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15 Submitted By Phil Bertoni tificates by Illinois working-age adults for classroom instruction - for science Logan County Democratic Party (41% to 60% by 2025). She relates that and language labs, computer skills and held its "Blue Donkey Chicken one of the major impedances of this programming classes, and, yes, more Dinner" on Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln. goal is the poor mathematics prepara- tion of high school graduates, which (L-R: Mr. Perry Knop (husband of Shelia Simon - Political Science instructor and Social Sci- ence department chair at John A. Logan College), Steve Waterworth (18th Congressional Distdct Democratic Nominee), Rebecca Drake (Logan County Democratic Chairperson), and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Ms. Shelia Simon. mathematics classes - to name a few areas. Onother matters, Simon pointed out that 97% of our state food money goes to non-Illinois food! She noted the exciting rise in numbers of state- wide farmer markets, noting that the Federal Government has recently passed legislation providing funds for card-swipe machines and credit/debit card checking for small farmer-market entrePreneurs. She closed with a reference to Wis- consin's attempts to shutting out orga- nized labor from its decision-making, and that here in Illinois, "we involve everyone" in our decision-making throughout the state. As Ms. Simon was returning to her seat in-amidst of a rousing stand-up applause, Logan County Democratic leader, Rebecca Drake of Chestnut, remarked how "all of us here in this The key speaker was Illinois Lieuten- necessarily translates into the need for to our ant Governor, Ms. Shelia Simon,a state-wide standard of a 3-year high daughter of long-time statesman and school mathematics curriculum. politician, Paul Simon (deceased), Simon, while admitting and clearly who served in the halls of the United understanding the desire for home- States Congress for 22 years (1975- town elementary and secondary 1997). Ms. Simon is quite obviously schools, spoke of the important need a "chip off the o1' block", with her for school consolidation- from 800 dedication as a former Jackson Coun- school districts down to 300 or 400. try prosecutor fighting crime, a former The consolidation efforts are not just SIU law professor, and a participant for financial considerations- students room tonight feel instantly connected Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Shelia Simon". Lt Governor Simon was preceded by an informational, fact-finding talk delivered by a nationally-known moti- vational speaker, Jill Morgenthaler, a retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel who served nearly 30 years in Korea, Berlin, Bosnia and Iraq. She spoke of the need to "rescue" our nation from attacks on: medical care for military in the Illinois Reform Commission, will have better and more wide-spread veterans, senior citizen rights, women which helped to restore ethics and curriculums taught by more highly- rights and student education financing trust in government by establishing trained and qualified teachers. In (Pell grants for one) andlabor organiz- the first political contribution limits addition, consolidation would provide ing in Illinois. As Lieutenant Governor, Simon has recently undertaken a fact-finding of the state's 48 community colleges in regards to increasing the percentage of meaningful college' degrees or cer- shared accounting and administration services, eliminating the need for so many local and regional superin- tendants, assistant superintendants and principals, thus saving tax payer monies and freeing up more funds Morgenthaler noted she got here today in an American-made car off of one of the automobile union lines, ate dinner processed and trucked in by union workers, and was educated by school systems on the elementary, Rebecca Drake (Logan County Democratic Chairperson). Jill Morganthaler (retired US Army Colonel, 30 yrs and Democratic motivational & fact- Illinois finder speaker). Simon. Lieutenant Governor Ms. Shelia secondary and collegiate levels that allow their teachers and professors to sit across the bargaining tables to help negotiate salaries and curriculums. In regards to the "war on women", Ms. Morgenthaler related that on the Federal level, Republicans want to cut nearly $1 billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies and kids. She went on to note how various states are enacting legislation attacking women rights - ticking off state after state that are currently doing this and what they are exactly proposing. In the war on public education, the Republicans are pressing hard to Oat the Head Start Program by $1 billion - meaning that over 200,000 children would be unable to participate in pre-school programs. She pointed out the pressing politi- cal-awareness need for all of us, by noting what Winston Churchill once proclaimed: "Never give up, never give up, never give up". Invitation to Comment on a Proposed Telecommunications Facility This notice is to serve as an oppor- trinity for all interested persons to review and request further environ- mental processing of an FCC applica- tion proposing a telecommunications antenna structure. The proposed project will consist of the construc- tion of a 250-foot (257 f&t overall, including all appurtenances) self-sup- porting lattice telecommunications tower southwest of the intersection of State Route 54 and 1225th Avenue in Cornland (Town of Mt. Pulaski), Logan County, Illinois (39-57-29.1N, 89-22-15.7W). Proposed equipment will be located within a fenced com- pound at the base of the tower. The application may be reviewed by enter- hag the 854 file number A0780903 at this website: www.fcc.gov/asr/ applications. Interested persons may raise environmental concerns by filing a "Request for Environmental Review" with the FCC between August 10, 2012 and September 10, 2012. The structure will be marked/lighted in accordance with FAA Advisory circular 70/7460-1 K Change 2, Obstruction Marking and Lighting, a med-dual system - Chap- ters 4,8(M-Dual),&12. InStructions for filing requests are contained on the following website:www.fcc.gov/ asr/environmentalr quest. The FCC strongly encourages requests to be filed online; however, written requests may also be sent by mail to the following address: FCC Requests for Environ- mental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, Dt2 20554.