If you are tired of our state legislature drawing election districts every 10 years in a manner to best ensure their re-election — gerrymandering — you might be interested in a statewide petition drive to change the process. Under the umbrella of Yes for Independent Maps, a group has drawn a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would place the redistricting power in the hands of a bipartisan/nonpartisan independent commission. The petition drive is to place the proposal on the Fall 2014 ballot.
‘Tis the season when bus tour companies will soon advertise out-of-town shopping trips. I urge shoppers to shop locally first! Princeton’s Main Street offers a wide variety of enticing gifts at fair prices, with the bonus of having our shopping dollars support our community.
Recently my friends and I had the pleasure of participating in the Shadows of the Blue and Gray. The event is an annual favorite for our group that participates in events of various sizes in at least four states. Some in our organization have participated in national events, including the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg this past summer. We tip our hats to the small committee that works very hard throughout the year to plan this event that brings both participants and spectators from as far away as Chicago. Over the years, this committee has continually shrunk in number for various reasons, sadly many of them political, until only a handful of active committee members are faced with the daunting task of fundraising and planning for an event
It might be free to us because someone paid the price for it, and what an awesome price it was! He gave his life, so we wouldn’t have to pay for it. That free gift is repentance. If he hadn’t made that sacrifice, none of us would have a very bright future. I know for sure I wouldn’t. Don’t think for a minute that you can put something over on God for He knows everything we do and has it all written down.