From the monthly archives:

May, 2015

Dan Proft to be the Featured Guest during a “Dine and Discuss” at the Farm Bureau

Political commentator, Dan Proft will join the Cook County Farm Bureau for a dinnertime discussion on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Farm Bureau office.   The evening will begin with a light meal at 6:30 pm followed by Proft delivering his “state-of-the-state” presentation at 7:10 pm.  Questions will follow.  Attendees will also be invited to participate in the Annual Viewpoint Survey before departing.    The “Dine and Discuss” is free to Farm Bureau members; however, reservations are required by calling (708) 354-3276.  Reservations are due by July 7, 2015.   Proft is a Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free market think tank based in Chicago.  In addition, Proft serves on the boards of directors for the Disabled Patriot Fund, a non-profit that provides assistance to Illinois military families, Freedom to Learn-Illinois, which promotes charter school educational choice and on the Advisory Board of Aid for Women.  Proft ...

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2015 Bookmark Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!  We received over 100 entries and we had such a hard time making a decision as they were all really good!  The lucky winner of the contest was Ali from Hoffman Estates.  He will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card.  There were 3 runner-up winners as well and they will be awarded a $15 Amazon gift card.  In no particular order, the runner-ups were:  Emily from Burbank, Piotr from Burbank and Diane from Burbank.  Congratulations to all of our winners! 

Ali from Hoffman Estates, 1st Place Winner

Piotr from Burbank, Runner-Up

Diane from Burbank, Runner-Up

Emily from Burbank, Runner-Up

Farm Bureau Members Encouraged to Submit Entries to 2015 Member Photo Contest

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is once again asking its members to bring rural life into focus by taking and submitting pictures for the annual member photography contest.  Picture Illinois, the 2015 Member Photo Contest, is open to IFB members and their families. The contest is limited to photos taken in Illinois in 2013 or after, by amateur photographers.    Entrants can submit their photos to one of three categories, including “Looking Up,” “Fairs n’ Festivals,” and “Hidden History.” The grand prize winner will receive $150, while three first place winners will receive $75 each, three second place winners will receive $25 each and the photo selected as “Members’ Choice” at IFB’s 2015 Annual Meeting in December will receive $50. The contest runs from June 1 to Nov. 1, 2015. Winners will be announced in the spring 2016 issue of Partners magazine and in FarmWeek in January 2016.  Employe ...

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Let the Farm Bureau Pay for Your Groceries

Farm Bureau Concerned About Funding Proposal

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) Go To 2040 plan lays out numerous goals for the Chicago metropolitan area, including effective transportation and the conservation of open space.  To fund the priorities set forth in the Go To 2040 plan, CMAP has proposed a quarter-cent sales tax on purchases made in the Chicago metropolitan area, which is defined as the counties in the Regional Transportation Authority service area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will).  CMAP estimates that the quarter-cent sales tax would raise $300 million.  CMAP’s proposal sets a precedent for other regional planning commissions including: the Bi-State Regional Commission (Rock Island), Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission (Marion), North Central Illinois Council of Governments (Ottawa), South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission (Harrisburg), and the Western Illinois Regional Council (Macomb) to propose a sales tax on purchases made in ...

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Farm Bureau Leaders award Ipad

Kathleen Doherty (pictured center) received her brand new Ipad mini in May.  The Ipad mini was just one of several giveaways offered by Cook County Farm Bureau at this year’s Flower and Garden Show.  Doherty is a teacher in Ford Heights.  Pictured left to right is: Farm Bureau President James Gutzmer, Doherty, and Public Relations Team Chairwoman Janet McCabe.

Chicago FFA Students discuss their SAE projects with the help of IAA & CCFB Foundation

The IAA Foundation in cooperation with the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation direct financial help to Chicago FFA students for their SAE projects.


Program Offered for Legislative Staff

On Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, August 26 Cook County Farm Bureau® is hosting a Cook County farm-business/food processor tour for Cook County staff.  On Tuesday, June 23 tour participants will depart from the Cook County building at 8:30 a.m., unless other arrangements are made.  The bus will return to the pick-up location at/before 1:00 p.m.  This tour will include a visit to Tyson’s Chicago plant and one additional stop.  Reservations are needed by Friday, June 12. On Wednesday, August 26 tour participants will depart from the Cook County Farm Bureau® office in Countryside, at 12:30 p.m. unless other arrangements are made.  The bus will return to the pick-up location at/before 5:00 p.m.  This tour will include a visit to Mullins Food Products, a wholesale food distributor located in Broadview and East Balt Bakery, a bakery whose client list includes McDoanlds.  Reservations are needed by Monday, August 17. County, State and Federal staff members are e ...

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Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

In April, the small town of Fairdale was struck by a tornado.  Fairdale, an unincorporated community situated west of Kirkland on Illinois Route 72 boosts a population of 150 residents.  Residents who are served by the Kirkland Fire Protection District, Kirkland post office, and Kirkland-Hiawatha Schools.  Kirkland, a quintessential small town has 1,744 people to its name, including my husband’s family and our 400-cow dairy farm. On April 9 at 7:15 p.m. an EF4 tornado with wind speeds between 186 and 200 miles per hour struck Fairdale, damaging every building in its wake before traveling to Kirkland.  Two people lost their lives.  This isn’t breaking news.  Most, if not every, news station has carried some information about the Fairdale tornado. But what needs to be shared and commended is the out pouring of community support.  At last count there were over twelve semi-trailers filled with clothing, non-perishable food, hygiene products, paper products, and cle ...

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