STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

Ag Meat And Poultry Inspectors Discover Unsanitary Conditions
In Illinois Food Plant; Findings Result In Revocation Of The Company’s License


A Greene County food processing plant cited for repeated violations of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act has had its license revoked. 
Parks Locker Service of Greenfield, Ill., was ordered to close following a July 16 administrative hearing at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building in Springfield.
The administrative law judge presiding in the case issued the revocation order after listening to testimony that department meat and poultry inspectors found 136 violations in the facility from March 24 to June 17 of this year and management was either unwilling or unable to correct the problems. 
The violations largely were for unsanitary conditions that endanger public safety.  They included instances where inspectors documented water dripping onto meat rails, rust on meat hooks, peeling paint on walls and ceilings in places where meat was stored or processed and holes in floors, walls and doors.    
The judge's ruling takes effect immediately and orders Parks Locker Service to cease "any and all processing and sale of meat or poultry products."  The plant has the right to appeal the decision. 
The Bureau of Meat and Poultry Inspection is responsible for administration of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act, which regulates the wholesomeness, labeling and advertising of meat and poultry products.  Inspections cover all aspects of intrastate slaughter and processing, from ante mortem inspection to the distribution of products to retailers.  Currently, the bureau inspects 243 establishments statewide.

'Portrait Of A Soldier' To Be On Display At
Run For The Fallen-Illinois Event 


CHARLESTON – For the fifth year, people from around the state will gather in Charleston to pay tribute the Illinois military men and women who have given their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year’s event, again to be held at Charleston High School’s Trojan Hill on Aug. 16, will feature the State of Illinois’ Portrait of a Soldier display with hand-sketched drawings of all Illinois military personnel who have died in the War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001.
The display is the creation of Cameron Schilling, a Mattoon artist, who drew the first portrait in August 2004, after Army SPC Charles Neeley, also of Mattoon, was killed in Iraq. Schilling gave the sketch to SPC Neeley's parents to convey his sympathy for their loss. In October 2005, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling decided to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member who has fallen during the Global War on Terror. The portraits are copies of the originals, which have been given to the fallen soldier’s next of kin, and the exhibit travels throughout the state of Illinois.
Run for the Fallen began in 2008 when a team of runners ran across America from Fort Irwin, Calif., to Arlington National Cemetery -- one mile for every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom at that time. Team members marked each mile with an American flag in remembrance of each service member.
Run for the Fallen-Illinois, in Charleston, asks each participant to walk/run one mile for a fallen soldier from the state of Illinois who was killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan. More than 250 Illinois residents have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
People can walk/run for a fallen soldier whom they knew, or a soldier will be assigned. Participants will receive information about their soldier at the event on Saturday, Aug. 16, anytime between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants will walk/run a mile at the Charleston High School track located just to the west of Charleston Middle School at 920 Smith Drive. Portrait of a Soldier will be on display in the middle school cafeteria.
To pre-register for this event, go to www.charlestonillinois.org and click on the “Run for the Fallen” link to print off a registration form. Complete the form, sign, date, and mail or deliver to the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department at 520 Jackson Ave., Charleston, IL. 
Registration is accepted the day of the event. However, anyone walking/running for a specific soldier who would like to have a card and photo for that person, should submit the registration form listing the soldiers name by Aug. 9. There is no fee to participate. Water is available to all participants. Any donations received will go toward construction of the Center for Wounded Veterans at the University of Illinois.
For more information, contact Vivian Bales at 217-549-0117, Carolyn Cloyd, 217-234-8022, or Bill Lair at 217-345-9580.





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