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This mug is one of a number of items being sold at a fundraiser to support the Woodford County Sheriff Department’s K-9 unit. The fundraiser will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Metamora IGA, 610 W. Mt. Vernon St.


Registered voters angry about budget woes: Poll

Illinois registered voters are mad as hell.

Data from a recent poll show that Illinois registered voters are angry about the state’s current deficits and want their governor to make long-term fiscal health a priority for Illinois now and in 2019. The results come from a poll that AARP commissioned.

Pollsters, Alan Newman Research, questioned registered voters ages 25 and older in Illinois in July 2018 on behalf of the AARP state office in Illinois. Most voters, across all political parties, say they are angry about the state’s current fiscal deficits and view this as the top most important issue in the state right now.

Key findings include:

  • Two-thirds (65 percent) of Illinois registered voters ages 25 and older rate their anger about Illinois’ current fiscal situation as a ‘4’ or a ‘5’ on a scale of one to five (‘5’ meaning extremely angry).
  • Most (84 percent) Illinois registered voters agree that the governor and state legislature need to make the state’s fiscal problems the top priority in 2019, with 65 percent saying they strongly agree.
  • Nearly six in 10 (59 percent) Illinois registered voters support a graduated income tax structure as a way to help solve the state’s fiscal problems.
  • Most (70 percent) oppose taxing retirement income as a way to help solve the state’s fiscal problems.
  • Most (73 percent) Illinois registered voters know someone considering leaving Illinois to live elsewhere and half (49 percent) have considered relocating themselves.​

The research firm completed 1,202 telephone interviews, 600 via landline and 602 via cell phone. Data are weighted by age and gender according to the February 2018 Illinois state voter database statistics.

Voters will choose between incumbent Bruce Rauner and challenger J.B. Pritzker Nov. 6, to be governor for the next four years.


Sale of K-9 items to support sheriff’s efforts

A fundraiser to support the Woodford County Sheriff Department’s K-9 unit will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Metamora IGA, 610 W. Mt. Vernon St.

Woodford County Sheriff K-9 merchandise such as stuffed toys and mugs will be sold along with pulled pork sandwiches, chips and soft drinks. The purchase of these items will help to financially support the K-9 unit.


Local bank official chosen for regional post

Goodfield State Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Chad Martin has been named regional vice chair of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI). Martin will serve on the CBAI board of directors as well as the group’s strategic planning committee and will chair the education committee.

He has worked for the bank since 1999 and was appointed its president/CEO three years later. 

Locally, Martin is a former president of the Roanoke Rotary and Roanoke-Benson Recreation Association. He currently serves on the board of directors with Maple Lawn Homes of Eureka.

The Metamora native lives in Roanoke with his wife and their four sons

Apples to be celebrated for healthy eating

The adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has been used to encourage healthy eating.

In recent years, Apple Crunch Day has promoted eating apples as part of a healthy diet. The Eureka Public Library District is inviting students in first through third grade to enjoy apples at the library, 202 S. Main St., from 3:15-4 p.m. Oct. 11. Apple stories, apple tasting, craft projects using apples and other activities are planned.

The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. The activity has spread across the country, and many entities such as schools and libraries celebrate Apple Crunch Day in some way to raise awareness about eating better diets as part of a healthy lifestyle.



–Woodford County News Briefs–