Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC) has released an endorsement for candidates of the local election to be held on April 7, 2015. In conjunction with receiving written responses from some candidates, CIPAC conducted interviews to further understand individual views on business and political issues facing Decatur and Macon County. CIPAC endorsed the following candidates:
The 2015 election will be significant to further economic prosperity in Decatur. CIPAC recognizes the importance to have pro-business candidates in office to serve as a powerful voice to advocate on behalf of the local business community. After careful review of individual policy positions and, where applicable, voting records, CIPAC chose to endorse the candidates who will best promote the business climate in Decatur and Macon County.
About Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC):
Central Illinois Political Action Committee (CIPAC) supports business-friendly candidates and issues at both the local and state levels in Illinois. The purpose of CIPAC is to improve government and business in the State of Illinois by assisting candidates seeking nomination and election to state and local offices in Illinois and by supporting or opposing public policy issues.
Governor Rauner issues statement on arrest of National Guardsman for terrorist activities
Governor Bruce Rauner has issued the following statement:
“Yesterday, Adjunct General Daniel M. Krumrei and Illinois Public Safety Director Rodger Heaton briefed me regarding the ongoing investigation into an Illinois National Guard soldier, his potential involvement in terrorist activities and the soldier’s impending arrest.
“Last night, I was informed that the Illinois National Guard soldier was arrested for alleged terrorist activities including attempting to join and assist ISIS and conspiring to facilitate other terrorist actions. I commend the Illinois National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for working together closely to apprehend this individual and his associates. On behalf of all citizens of Illinois, I thank all the members of our National Guard as well as the FBI for protecting our state and defending our country. “
Irma Wallace of the Faith Coalition for the Common Good and Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) explained the need for updated federal contractor standards for minority hiring during a Senate committee on Wednesday.
Manar, FCCG to feds: update minority hiring goals
SPRINGFIELD– Companies that work on projects receiving federal money are required to meet certain anti-discrimination and minority employment standards. Those rules have been on the books since 1965, haven’t been updated since 1980 and are based on census data from 1970.
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and the Faith Coalition for the Common Good are urging the federal government to update those standards to reflect the demographic changes of the last 45 years.
“The face of our communities has dramatically changed in the past 30 years. The workforce in our cities and state must be reflective of our community,” said Irma Wallace, Transportation Equity Network National Liaison for FCCG.
The federal government’s minority hiring rules prohibit federal contractors and sub-contractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex or nationality.
These rules are based on a 1965 executive order issued by President Lyndon Johnson. In addition to banning discrimination, the order also established minority participation goals that were last updated in 1980 — based on population and workforce data from the 1970 census.
The standards were scheduled to be revised in 2010, but no action has been taken.
“We live in a diverse state, in a diverse nation. Our workforce should reflect out population now, not our population from 1970,” Manar said.
Manar and Wallace testified before the state Senate’s Labor Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved Senate Joint Resolution 7 that urges President Obama, members of Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor to update these regulations.
The resolution now moves goes to the entire Senate for approval.
10th annual Penguin In The Park 5K Run/Walk Set For March 28
Join "The Penguin," John Bingham, for the 10th annual Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 28, 2015, starting at 9 a.m. in Fairview Park.
"The Penguin," John Bingham '70, returns to his alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, for a race that embraces the virtual Penguin in all of us—a race for both the speedy, and those who want to take their time and enjoy the course.
After spending 14 years as a columnist for Runner's World magazine, Bingham joined forces with Competitor Magazine. Although he is now retired, he continues to serve as an advocate of runners of all fitness levels and hosts fitness focused trips with his wife, Coach Jenny Hadfield. Bingham's newest book, "An Accidental Athlete," is an addition to his collection of best-selling books aimed to help everyday runners/walkers with their training goals and start them on the path to fitness success.
For more Penguin wisdom, visit johnbingham.competitor.com/.
Starting at 9 a.m., the race takes place in Fairview Park on roads and the rolling bike path; afterwards, a post-race party will be held inside Millikin's Griswold Gym for awards, warm food, and inspiration from John Bingham, "The Penguin" himself. Race finishers will receive a memorable engraved "Penguin" medal. Proceeds from the race benefit a designated John "The Penguin" Bingham sports management scholarship at Millikin University, as well as the Decatur Indoor Sports Center's youth programs. For more information about the race and registration details, visit penguin5k.com or contact Mandi Podeschi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Packet pick-ups will take place at Staley Credit Union, located at 3330 N. Woodford St. in Decatur, Ill., on Friday, March 27, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on the morning of the race at Fairview Park.
Fairview Park Roads To Be Temporarily Closed For Penguin In The Park On March 28
All roads in Fairview Park will be closed on Saturday, March 28 from 9 – 10 a.m. for the Penguin in the Park 5k Run/Walk. Register for the race at www.penguin5k.com by 5 p.m. on March 25. Race day registration is available and will be taken from 7 – 8:15 a.m. at the Fairview Park Pavilion #1. For more information on the Penguin in the Park 5k, visit www.penguininthepark.com.
Land Of Lincoln Honor Flight To Take Off On First Flight Of The Year April 7
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield, a hub of the national Honor Flight Network, will take off on its first flight of the year on Tuesday, April 7th. LLHF serves Veterans of the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras, by providing them with an all-paid day long trip to Washington, DC, to visit and reflect at the national memorials built in their honor. Serving central and southern Illinois, this charter flight will have 13 World War II, 69 Korean and 2 Vietnam era Veterans aboard, along with their volunteer, self-paying Guardians and 3 bus captains for a total of 162. The Veterans served in the US Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy military branches, including the Army Air Corps of WWII.
Departing Springfield before sunrise, the 84 Veterans come from the Illinois towns of Altamont, Arcola, Argenta, Ashland, Auburn, Bath, Bethalto, Bloomington, Breese, Carbondale, Carlinville, Carterville, Charleston, Chatham, Clinton, Decatur, Effingham, Findlay, Gardner, Germantown, Gillespie, Girard, Green Valley, Griggsville, Highland, Homer, Hoopeston, Ingraham, Kane, Kincaid, Lincoln, Litchfield, Loami, Mahomet, Manchester, Manito, Maroa, Mattoon, Moweaqua, Murphysboro, Murrayville, New Berlin, Normal, Oakley, Olney, Oreana, Pana, Pekin, Ramsey, Riverton, Rochester, San Jose, Savoy, Shelbyville, Sheldon, Sherman, Spaulding, Springfield, St. Elmo, Sullivan, Taylorville, Tower Hill and Watseka.
Once they land at Ronald Reagan National Airport in DC, they will board three tour buses named Red, White and Blue for the day. Their itinerary will include stops at the national World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Air Force and Marine Corps Memorials, as well as the National Air & Space Museum (Chantilly, Virginia) and a Pentagon drive-by. The day’s tour will conclude at Arlington National Cemetery, with the viewing of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and Changing of the Guard. During the day they will also visit the Lincoln Memorial and view the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, plus various other viewing opportunities before departing back to Springfield.
The Veterans will return to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport that evening, arriving around 9:30 PM, and the general public is invited and encouraged to show their appreciation for their service to our country by welcoming them home. It is suggested to be to the airport no later than 9:00 and feel free to dress in red, white & blue to show your patriotic spirit. Balloons and posters are also allowed.
Land of Lincoln Honor Flight is also encouraging family and friends to assist the hub in locating and signing up our Veterans, especially World War II (enlisted prior to 12/31/1946) and Korean War era (01/01/1947 thru 12/31/1957), because all WWII and Korean vets on their Wait List have been offered flights during the first half of the year. Taking Veterans in the order of their eras, Vietnam Veterans (01/01/1958 to 05/07/1975) on the list will begin flying this fall. Applications can be obtained at the official web site of LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or contact John Dust, marketing/media volunteer, at HonorFlightGuy@aol.com or cell 309-339-0227.
LLHF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, receiving no federal, state or county funding. It is only able to honor the Veterans with their flight to DC due to the generous donations, sponsorships, fundraising events, merchandise sales and efforts of many individuals, businesses and organizations. For more information on the Honor Flight mission, visit the web site.
Davis Congratulates West Point Nominee on Acceptance
Springfield, IL – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following photo after presenting Tynon James Cleveland of Decatur, who Davis nominated, with a flag and congratulating him on his acceptance to the U.S. Military Academy West Point.
Cleveland was among 22 students Davis nominated to U.S. military academies last month. Cleveland’s parents are Joy and Jim Cleveland.
Davis Issues Statement on Congressman Schock’s Resignation
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement after Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced his resignation from Congress.
“Aaron is a friend and this is a sad day for the Illinois delegation but I know Congressman Schock is doing what he thinks is best for his constituents and I support his decision." said Davis. "I have enjoyed serving with Aaron in Congress and will miss working with him on legislative issues important to Illinois."
Macon County Clerk: Only 105 Vote At County Clerk's Office, Compared To 1,200 In 2013
Macon County Clerk Steve Bean issued a news item this morning stating that, "In 2013 nearly 1,200 voted before election. Monday, March 16th saw only 105 individuals casting votes in the county clerk’s office.
"With the interest in Sangamon Valley school board, Maroa – Forsyth school board and public question, City of Decatur mayoral contest, and numerous other districts which affect your property tax bill, we would have thought we see more individuals casting their ballots in the office or by mail.
"You can vote by mail by printing off a request for a ballot at the county webset or call 424-1333. The office is open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 except Good Friday.
"Open also on Saturday with hours 9-Noon on March 28 and April 4.
"Remember if you did not register to vote or did not change your address or name; You may use Grace Period voter registration and same day voting until April 4th."
This does not look good for voter turnout in the general election on April 7th.
Apparently, at this point, not much interest in the campaigns is being generated.
Let's hope that changes before the election is held because some important choices are going to be made on April 7th.