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February, 2014

Farm Bureau Leaders Engaged Legislators During Legislative Reception

Newly appointed State Representative Jaimie Andrade met with Cook CFB leaders during this year’s Statewide Legislative Reception in Springfield.  Pictured left to right is: State Rep. Jaimie Andrade, Cook CFB Public Policy Team Member Don Bettenhausen, Cook CFB Vice President Mike Rauch, and Cook CFB Board Member Jim Bloomstrand. 

 

Cook County and Illinois Farm Bureau® leaders met with State Representative Marcus Evans during the Statewide Legislative Reception in February.  Pictured left to right is: IFB President Rich Guebert, Cook CFB Board Member Janet McCabe, State Rep. Marcus Evans, and Cook CFB Public Policy Team Member Cindy Gustafson.

 

Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium

The Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time, at Teibel's Restaurant in Schererville, Indiana. This symposium, sponsored by Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, offers commercial vegetable growers and market farmers opportunities to learn more about pest management, production practices, variety selection, and marketing; to visit with vendors; and to network with other growers.

For more information about registration CLICK HERE or contact Purdue Extension-Lake County at (219) 755-3240. For questions on the program, contact Liz Maynard at (219) 531-4200 Ext. 4206.

Congratulations to Jerry Anderson, Retiring Country Financial Agency Manager

Jim Gutzmer(L), President of Cook CFB, presented a Board approved Resolution to Jerry Anderson, retiring Rolling Meadows Agency Manager for Country Financial, recognizing Jerry's 39 years of outstanding service to members.  Congratulations and Thank You!

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Toni Preckwinkle Candidate for Cook County President

TONI PRECKWINKLE incumbent, Democratic candidate for Cook County President www.tonipreckwinkle.org                                                                  What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  As Cook County Board President, my two main responsibilities are the provisions of public health and public safety. Public health:  The Cook County Health and Hospital System is the safety net for thousands of individuals throughout the region - not just for our residents; but for individuals in counties and states throughout the country.  Last year alone, we provided over $500 million in charity care. The challenge is to balance our commitment to ...

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Green Candidates for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

GEORGE E. MILKOWSKI green candidate for METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking facing Cook County?  (1) The in-house legal staff seems to be unable to handle the work; maybe because they are not fully qualified to do so or are understaffed and overworked.  (2)  Too often decisions are made and policies changed with no input from community or citizens groups.  All stakeholders should have some input into any changes.  (3)  Invasive species such as the voracious Asian Carp have become a great economic problem because of the linkage of the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River watershed.  Greater efforts must be made to keep this under control. What avenues do you see to reduce government spending and waste?  The MWRD has a judgment against it of more than $35,000,000 in a case involving an easement in an alley.  MWRD has had to hire additional outside legal assistance fro ...

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GOP Candidates for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

R. CARY CAPPARELLI Republican candidate for METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT                                 www.rcarycapparelli.com                         R. Cary Capparelli for MWRDGC Commissioner                 www.facebook.com/groups/24778241874303/ What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  The Board of Commissioners must continue its efforts to implement proven ideas and to explore new innovative technologies that will improve water challenges and demands yet remain environmentally conscientious. However, the Commissioners need to be more accountable for its spending. Sole party domination has allowed for waste. Water management and safety is the single most important responsibility for the MWRDGC Com ...

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Democratic Candidates for Metropoltian Water Reclamation District

FRANK AVILA incumbent, Democratic candidate for METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT friendsforavila@sbcglobal.net http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cwZt1SqSsZw Facebook: Commissioner Frank Avila What do you consider to be the major issue(s) as it pertains to the office you are seeking facing Cook County?  (1) Treat waste water in a cost effective way to minimize the expense to the residents of Cook County.  (2) Educate the public on toxic chemicals in our personal care products, cosmetics, food, and the effect of pesticides, herbicides at the front end before it comes into our system.  (3) Improve environmental responsibility including the regulation of waste disposal to protect our waterways.  (4) Eliminate toxic chemicals from the source to prevent endocrine disruption; to protect the health and safety of district residents.  (5) Protect the quality of Lake Michigan water; to improve the water quality area waterways and protect aquatic life.  (6) Control commercial and ...

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Candidates for Cook County Board District 1

RICARD BOYKIN Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT 1 www.boykinforcookcounty.com What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Key issues facing the County are: ensuring businesses can afford to locate in the County, by maintaining an affordable tax rate; crime; and affordable healthcare for residents that live in Cook County and can’t afford regular care. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  I have three key areas I would focus on if elected: increasing economic development; working on initiatives to reduce crime; and accessibility to healthcare. What avenues do you see for increasing business growth and economic development in the County?  Increasing incentives for businesses to locate in Cook County, specifically areas that are underserved.  Working with the State and City on initiatives to reduce crime, which is one of the key issues in luring opportunities to underserved communities.  Education and trai ...

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Candidates for Cook County Board District 3

JERRY BUTLER incumbent Democratic candidate for COOK COUNTY BOARD, DISTRICT 3 Twitter: @JIcemanbutler What do you consider to be the major issue(s) facing Cook County?  Major issues facing Cook County are criminal justice, health care, and the juvenile detention center.  Jails and courts are still overburdened and the President’s recent change that moves to house 17-year-olds at the Juvenile Detention Center adds to an already over capacity problem.  Health, safety, and re-entry considerations lead me to believe that this initiative by President Preckwinkle was the right thing to do.  We must continue to work toward solutions and strategies that result in better outcomes for all the citizens of Cook County. What will your number one priority be, if you are elected?  Continue working to improve Cook County’s Health and Hospital System.  Growth in this revenue base through community partnerships and expansion of services will allow us to implement and sustain m ...

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