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State and Local Legislative Briefing Scheduled for March 27

Join renowned speakers and the Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about state and local issues.  Topics include current legislative issues and Farm Bureau’s 2017 legislative priorities.  Ample discussion time is scheduled.

 March 27, 2017

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie (Community Room, 5th Floor)

211 E. Grand Street, Chicago

11:30 a.m. (Lunch)

Discussion begins at 12:00 p.m.

This discussion is open to legislators and their legislative staff only.  For additional information or to register for the event please contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276.

Members are Encouraged to Discuss Policy Issues Without Leaving Home

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This discussion will take place via conference call and all farmer members are invited to join in.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights, including the acquisition of land by the government or public utilities.  This remains a timely and pertinent issue given the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and the Rock Island Clean Line energy project.  Both projects will involve the acquisition, likely through eminent domain of private property. Farmer members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them, not related to the topic. To participate in the discussion: Farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate in the discussion.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them. Mark y ...

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State and Local Legislative Briefing Scheduled for March 27

Join renowned speakers and the Cook County Farm Bureau® for a candid discussion about state and local issues.  Topics include current legislative issues and Farm Bureau’s 2017 legislative priorities.  Ample discussion time is scheduled.

 March 27, 2017

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie (Community Room, 5th Floor)

211 E. Grand Street, Chicago

11:30 a.m. (Lunch)

Discussion begins at 12:00 p.m.

 This discussion is open to legislators and their legislative staff only.  For additional information or to register for the event please contact Bona Heinsohn at (708) 354-3276.

Members are Encouraged to Discuss Policy Issues Without Leaving Home

Cook County Farm Bureau® will host a policy discussion on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This discussion will take place via conference call and all farmer members are invited to join in.  The discussion will primarily focus on private property rights, including the acquisition of land by the government or public utilities.  This remains a timely and pertinent issue given the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and the Rock Island Clean Line energy project.  Both projects will involve the acquisition, likely through eminent domain of private property. Farmer members participating on the call will have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of concern to them, not related to the topic. To participate in the discussion: Farmer members will receive an automated call just prior to 7 p.m. asking if they want to participate in the discussion.  Once on the call, members will be able to hear the discussion, ask questions, and discuss topics of interest to them. Additi ...

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Members Invited to Attend a Policy Discussion with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability on September 13

Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will discuss the economic status of the state on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook County Farm Bureau office (6438 Joliet Road, Countryside).

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability was formed in 2000 to be a bipartisan, nonprofit research, and advocacy think tank that works across ideological lines to promote social and economic justice for everyone, from traditionally disadvantaged populations to the middle-class.

For additional information about any of these events, please contact us at (708) 354-3276.

Cook County Leaders Tour OSI Chicago

Cook County Farm Bureau Staff Exchange participants toured OSI Group, Chicago during day one of the program.  OSI is McDonald first and longest tenured beef supplier.

 

Eric Napientek, Assistant Vice President, Chicago Operations of OSI discusses the different products processed at the Chicago-based OSI plant during this year’s Staff Exchange Program.  Participants toured both the raw and cooked product floors as part of the program.

 

Legislators attend Agriculture Roundtable on Food Safety

Legislators from throughout Cook County joined Cook County Farm Bureau for an exclusive discussion on food safety and sanitation at this year's Agriculture Roundtable.  Panel experts include: Sander Robinson, Illinois Department of Public Health; Jeff Heinsohn, Walnut Grove Farms; Tamara Nelsen, Illinois Farm Bureau; Mark Denzler, Illinois Manufacturers' Association; and Bob Reinhard, Tyson Foods, Inc.

Farm Bureau to Host an Agricultural Roundtable on Food Safety and Sanitation

On Monday, March 21 beginning at 11:30 am Cook County Farm Bureau® is hosting a legislative agricultural roundtable focused on food safety and sanitation.  Confirmed roundtable speakers include Tamara Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau®; Jeff Heinsohn, Walnut Grove Farms; and Robert Reinhard, Hillshire Brands; Mark Denzler, Illinois Manufacturers' Association; and Sander Robinson, Illinois Department of Public Health. The roundtable will feature speakers on GMO testing, safety, and labeling; on-farm sanitation; and quality control at processing.  Speakers will provide a brief information and overview of their industry or farm then the discussion will be opened up to questions from policy leaders.  This panel is designed to provide Cook County elected leaders and their staff with pertinent information about an issue that impacts their constituents. The discussion will begin promptly at 12:00 pm with lunch beginning served at 11:30 am at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s Childre ...

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Farm Bureau Concerned about Paintball Gun Ordinance

Farm Bureau sent the following letter to Cook County Commissioners regarding a proposed paintball gun ordinance. Cook County Farm Bureau® is opposed to Ordinance 15-5254 (Replica Firearms and Paint Pellet Gun). Farm Bureau policy #109 (Firearms) states that Farm Bureau is opposed to new, more stringent gun control laws.  The policy further states that any new commitment to gun control should be made by the strict enforcement of current laws (Policy 109, page 85, lines 25-26). Additionally, paint pellet guns are visually different in appearance than firearms.  The exceptions in the ordinance provide for the transport of paint pellet guns by the licensee or agent or employee of the licensee or by a common carrier.  Under the ordinance, individuals who already possess paintball guns would not be able to transport their own guns to a range.  The ordinance is moot regarding paintball guns owned prior to the effective date. We acknowledge the goals of the ordinance and recognize the ch ...

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Farm Bureau Re-Doubles Efforts to Repeal Sales Tax Increase

Farm Bureau sent the following letter to Cook County Commissioners supporting the gradual repeal of the Cook County sales tax increase, approved in July. The purpose of this communication is to SUPPORT Ordinance 15-5311, which provides for the gradual repeal of the Cook County sales tax.  Cook County Farm Bureau® policy #202 (Cook County Finance) opposes the increase in the county’s sales tax rate. Ordinance 15-5311 calls for the 1.75 percent sales tax rate approved in July to be reduced to 1.25 percent for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2017 and 0.75 percent thereafter. As a result of the sales tax approved in July, Cook County consumers and visitors are facing a nation-leading sales tax of between 10.25 percent and 11.25 percent.  The highest rate, 11.25 percent, will be paid by consumers in the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority area. Cook County Farm Bureau® strongly opposes the county’s sales tax rate approved in July and strongly supports Ordinanc ...

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