Thank you to all who helped make Music and Magic in Savanna a special event. To all the volunteers who helped both in front and behind the scenes, a heartfelt ‘thank you’. Your help was outstanding and most appreciated. Thank you to all who supported the event with your attendance. Bringing first class professional entertainment to area families has always been a goal of Alan St. George as he hosts events for charity; this year’s non-profit organizations, The Savanna Historical Society and Adrianne’s Angels.
Again, thank you for your help and support.
Almost Home Animal Society
We would like to announce the establishment of Almost Home Animal Society; a no-kill, not-for-profit care and adoption organization, founded in 2012. We are funded by donations only. Our mission includes provision of spay/neuter assistance to reduce feline and canine overpopulation, veterinary care and eventual adoption placement in permanent homes. Our community outreach programs include a Therapy Cat Program. You may have recently seen pictures of our therapy cat, Lucky, visiting with residents at Big Meadows Nursing Home. We are grateful to Big Meadows for partnering with Almost Home and special thanks go out to Jaime Zastrow, Activities Coordinator, for opening their doors and hearts to us. Requests for animal therapy visits from other assisted living/long-term care facilities and nursing homes are welcome.
Part of our goal is to raise funds for a future shelter building. Contacts expressing interest in membership, volunteer opportunities and participation in upcoming events are most welcome. The need to assist with humane pet care, provide aid and shelter when possible to homeless animals and promote the welfare of cats and dogs in Northwest Illinois is great. It requires a team effort and AHAS cannot succeed without broad based community support. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for helping those who cannot help themselves.
Board of Directors
Almost Home Animal Society
PO Box 123
Savanna, IL 61074
We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the businesses and individuals who helped support the Darla Rawley benefit that took place on April 27, 2013 at PJ’s Stephenson Street Station in Freeport, IL. Your generous support by way of donations, either by products, monetary, or time, made this event extremely successful.
Your generosity was so greatly appreciated. May you each be blessed because of your giving support. We wish we could thank each of you individually, but please know that your kind giving did not go unnoticed. Blessings to each of you who contributed to the success of this benefit.
Darla Rawley, Jody Akins, Donna Herring, and everyone who helped with this event.
Obama’s Proposed Cigarette Tax Increase A Payoff To Teacher Unions
President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in the federal cigarette tax from $1.05 to $1.95 on each pack of cigarettes will severely impact low and moderate income smokers and is a payoff to teacher unions, according to Jim Tobin, President of the Taxpayer Education Foundation headquartered in Chicago.
“Pres. Obama (D) already has broken his promise not to raise taxes on low and moderate income taxpayers,” said Tobin. “Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, his proposed cigarette tax hike, which would raise taxes $78 billion over 10 years, would be used to expand the ineffectual and wasteful preschool education programs. This is a blatant payoff to teachers’ unions, who were among the biggest contributors to his campaigns, and who are a solid voting bloc for him and other Democrats.”
“Low and moderate income taxpayers are more likely to smoke than high income taxpayers, so this proposed tax increase would hit them especially hard,” said Tobin.
“Raising the federal cigarette tax would induce even more smokers to buy their cigarettes in areas that have the lowest total taxes, driving additional sellers out of business.”
“Additionally, this tax hike would further encourage the growth of the black market in cigarettes, filling the coffers of the crime syndicates.”
“Taxpayers have had it with higher taxes. Despite his promise to the contrary, Pres. Obama has raised taxes on the very groups he swears to ‘strengthen’. The payroll tax increased by 44% for 100% of earnings for middle and low earners, while the high income earners are capped at $113,700. The economy is still in the tank, unemployment remains high, and it’s time to rescue taxpayers with tax cuts. Tax increases are the last thing they need at this time.”
Taxpayer Education Foundation
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
“Fracking.” What is it and what is its importance to Illinois? Experts have known for years that natural gas and oil deposits exist in deep shale formations, but until recently the natural gas and oil in these formations were believed to be “non recoverable.” Fracking is the process of releasing the oil and gas from these formations and recovering them on the surface.
In Illinois, especially the southern part, the opportunity to recover significant oil and natural gas is amazing.
Simply put “fracking” injects fluid into underground rock fissures at high pressure in order to release the natural gas and oil. Whenever you talk injecting fluids deep underground under significant pressure, bells and whistles alert many well intentioned persons and organizations to demand a slowdown to insure that every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted to insure complete safety. It shouldn’t be any other way.
The good news is fracking has been used by the oil and gas industries since the 1940’s and has become an element of natural gas and oil development worldwide. In the more recent past, learning to use horizontal drilling in combination with vertical wells has given the industry the opportunity to recover far more than was ever thought possible. Obviously it’s a huge boon for Illinois. HB 2615 establishes the perimeter for fracking in Illinois. The concerns, creating the need for a bill, center over the potential exposure of natural water sources to contamination. Opponents of fracking contend that fracking fluids can cause ground water contamination. The bill creates the Illinois Hydraulics Fracturing regulator act.
Most people have no concept of how much fracking is already going on throughout the United States. State regulations are typically two to four pages. Illinois’ regulations are one hundred four pages and if it puts your mind at ease, the Illinois EPA is on board as is the Sierra Club, arguably the strongest environmental group.
The injected fluid is 90% water and 9.5% sand. The balancing .5% is sodium chloride – used in table salt; Ethylene glycol – used in household cleaners; borate salts – used in cosmetics; sodium/potassium carbonate – used in ice cream; and isopropanol – used in deodorant.
Many of us have wanted this bill to move due to the thousands of jobs at stake. The Speaker has had no such motivation. Rich Miller, publisher and author of Capitol Fax, sees it this way, “One other reason for Madigan’s delaying of the fracking bill may have been to get Republicans in line on the budget and pension reform this month. There’s no sense in rewarding their districts with lots of new jobs if they won’t participate in the rest of the process, goes the reasoning. So fracking and a whole lot of other issues have been put on the back burner for now.”