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Tyler Harvey (left) and Clint Robinson (right) of Moultrie County Farm Bureau
discuss projects of the Kaskaskia Watershed Association with  Rep. Halbrook.

On Monday, State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) attended the 17th Annual Kaskaskia Watershed Association (KWA) Summit at the Mariners Village Conference Center at Carlyle Lake. The KWA is a group of volunteers that works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve watershed wide issues that include five of the counties in the 102nd district (Shelby, Moultrie Macon, Douglas and Champaign Counties).


The Kaskaskia Watershed Association has been instrumental in securing a US Army Corps of Engineers ‘Handshake Partnership Program’ award of $20,000 to improve the pollinator habitat around Lake Shelbyville. This project will convert 100 acres of old field habitat choked out with invasive species into a diverse pollinator mix, vital to numerous insect species which pollinate native Illinois plants.

“I would like to thank the Moultrie County Farm Bureau members who attended and participated in a panel discussion about how framers are working with the Kaskaskia Watershed Association to improve water quality through better efficiencies in fertilizer applications and various crop planting strategies,” commented Rep. Halbrook, a member of the Counties & Townships Committee. “It was encouraging, also, to hear members of the public suggest that we should pursue private donations as matching monies for the federal dollars that are already approved and waiting to be used for the various projects as soon as there is a 50-50 match,” added Halbrook.
The Youth Police Program was developed by the Department Safety, Law & Order Committee, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police in a meeting at the State Police Academy in October of 1971. Both males and females ages 14 through 16 are eligible to participate.

The primary purpose of the Youth Police Program is to establish an inter-personal relationship between the youth of our State and Law Enforcement Officers, in order to create a better understanding of the problems and attitudes of both groups, and to develop a rapport between youth and the police.

It is our intention that the youth attending this program need not necessarily be interested in a career in Law Enforcement. In fact, we feel that those youths who do not seem to have vocational or scholastic direction may benefit the most from this program. It is really our desire to recruit the average youth representing all communities and cultural backgrounds in the State of Illinois in an effort to rekindle in our youth the fading respect for persons empowered with the responsibility of enforcing the law at all levels of government.

This goal can be better accomplished by exposing these youths to Law Enforcement with an opportunity to objectively witness the rigid training and standards set forth in law enforcement today. 

It is our desire that each participant returns to their community with a clearer understanding of the police and their problems.

Applications must be received by the American Legion Division Chairman, Delmar Buske (4th Div., 21st Dist.) at 904 N. Van Buren Street, Litchfield, IL 62056.

If you have any questions, Mr. Buske may be contacted at 217-556-9555 or by e-mail at delmarbuske@yahoo.com.
In light of the severe storms that came through Illinois last night, this is a reminder that we need to be prepared in case of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encourages people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued. The month of March is designated as "Severe Weather Preparedness Month" to remind residents about the resources available in the case of an emergency.

IEMA suggests that people have storm radios on and wireless emergency alerts enabled on their smartphones in case more storms roll through.

Seek shelter immediately if a tornado warning is issued for your area. The best shelter is in a basement or cellar. If an underground shelter is not available, find an interior room or hallway on the lowest level, such as a closet, small interior hallways and bathrooms without windows.

You can download a disaster kit checklist HERE to help you and your family be better prepared.

Champaign County Clerk, Gordy Hulten (seated center), testifies to the Elections and Campaign Finance Committee at the State Capitol on Friday, February 24, 2017.

The testimony from Mr. Hulten and several other county clerks and election authority personnel, focused on a wide range of issues from outdated voting machines and voter fraud concerns to same-day voting challenges.
I was happy to host the first "Page-for-a-Day" from our area this week, Elizabeth Hess, the morning personality for NewsTalk 1400 on WDWS-AM radio out of Champaign, IL. The "Page" program allows for people who are interested in the legislative process to experience and observe first-hand the workings of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Springfield…Governor Bruce Rauner began his third budget address since taking office by quoting President Abraham Lincoln, said State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).

“The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion… We must think anew and act anew. We must think anew and act anew,” quoted Gov. Rauner of Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln.

“I agree with workers comp and pension reforms, and common-sense changes in regulations that the governor outlined in his speech today,” commented Rep. Halbrook, who serves on the Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee. “I continue to be ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to move our state forward and grow more jobs,” concluded Halbrook.

If you would like to review the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposed by Governor Rauner today, please click HERE.