On July 27 it was said in Good Day Illinois that if Illinois legislators were paid on the basis of performance, they never would get paid. Remember – this is Illinois and incompetence is rewarded. The Illinois legislature is just another example. There is a rumor going around that members of the Illinois House (at taxpayer expense) will be taking a sabatical in Detroit to learn how to effectively raise taxes and complete the destruction of this state. Of course, that is a joke. Our Illinois legislators do not need lessons in how to raise taxes and destroy this state since they are already experts. Perhaps, Detroit learned from them!
Ogle County Fair Starts Tomorrow – July 31 – August 4
Fair located at 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon, Illinois
For a full schedule of events go to http://www.oglecountyfair.com/
Jo Daviess County Fair Starts Thursday, Runs August 1 – 4 at Warren, Illinois
Full Schedule of events available at http://jodaviesscountyfair.org/
August 2 – 4 at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut, Freeport, Illinois
Friday and Saturday: 7 am to 8 pm; Sunday: 7 am to 5 pm. The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event. It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year’s feature is Massey. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, a Sunday non-denominational church service beginning at 8:30 am, Gasoline Alley (featuring Stover engines), sawmill, and blacksmith shop. A variety of large and small steam engines will be in operation; there will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. Also ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train (Adults: $7; Children Under 12: $3), and visit the Silvercreek Museum (Adults: $3; Children Under 12: Free). Great food is offered including a variety of food stands, plus breakfast from 7 am to 9:30 am and a Noon Dinner from 11 am until 1 pm. A Farmer’s Hitch Class Horse Pull will be offered on Friday at 6:30 pm. A Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a kiddie tractor pull after the parade. Adults: $6; Children under 12: $3; Season Pass: $15; Senior Citizen (60 and above) Day on Friday Only: $10 (includes show admission, train ride and museum tour). (815-235-2198 or 815-235-7329)
Freeport, 4 – 10 pm, Cruise from 7 – 10 pm
For more information go to http://www.freeportcruisenight.org/about.html
Governor Pat Quinn stopped the pay of legislators since they did not pass pension reform. If Illinois legislators were paid on the basis of performance, they never would get paid. As it is, we have some of the highest paid legislators in the country. Our state legislators are some of the least effective of any in the country. Couple this with their reckless spending and they are a prize. Republican or Democrat – they are all to blame. In the end our Governor and our legislators will not solve the pension problem by adjusting benefits to reflect the reality of the Illinois economy. The solution will just be higher taxes on those who elect to stay in Illinois or cannot afford to leave.
Eat all you can because the season is all too short! The countryside is beautiful at this time of the year – take a drive into the country and maybe you will even be able to buy a few ears of corn!
As an added bonus, it looks like the weekend will be perfect. Temperatures in the low to mid 70’s. Don’t forget the Taste of Lena on Saturday!!
Saturday, July 27th, Downtown Lena, 10 am – 4 pm
Enjoy a fun day in Lena with cars, food, music, and more. The Tailgate for Hunger Rotisserie will be debuted. An entire beef will be show cooking all day long on this specially designed grill. There will be food sampling in local stores, food vendors, kids bounce house and games, vintage and antique car show, the Chicago Bears Fan Bus, “DA-BUS”, will be on display, live music from Free Fall and beer gardens.
A few years ago the City of Freeport spent $50,000 on beatification efforts. The deer have now over run this City and parts of Stephenson County. If you want Bambi in the City, then forget flowers, new trees, vegetables, and most types of shrubs. The landscaping tool of choice in Freeport is now mulch. Damage done by deer to properties in this City runs into hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is a losing battle – more deer every year. Unfortunately, our former mayor did not recognize any problems facing Freeport. Will our new mayor be any different? Aldermen in seriously affected areas are blind to the deteriorating conditions in their wards caused by total neglect including failure to recognize the deer problem.
On May 20 Mr. Gitz as one of his first acts reappointed all department heads on interim basis for 90 days. During that period he was going to evaluate all departments. When you have a failed administration as with Mayor Gaulrapp and one repudiated by the voters, it means there is a problem with most city departments if not all city departments. Mr. Gitz should be given a chance to act. Same old faces will mean a continuation of the failed policies of the Gualrapp administration.