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In January we rang in the New Year. With a fizzle and a pop 2019 came roaring in. Candidly, I don’t even remember how our house celebrated or if we did. January gave way to the Polar Vortex and we happily ushered in February.
Last fall I wrote about my blue-eyed girl who quietly entered the world one hot Father’s Day kicking it around a barrel pattern. Despite her inability (and lack of desire) to ride a bike she’s learned to lope and more importantly to stay in the saddle.
During a blisteringly hot summer night in the middle of evening milking, a spark from an old electrical box jumped from the electrical box to the stanchion barn. Before you could say “Holstein”, our milking barn was in flames. Fortunately, the individuals working recognized the magnitude of the hazard and evacuated the cattle and themselves before anyone was injured.
In our family, late summer/early fall is simply one of the best times of the year. Most years, the corn and soybeans have canopied, and we’ve parked the cultivator. This fall seems to be the exception since the weed zapper is still electrocuting weeds.
Let’s set the record straight. Great statement. Great thought. So, let’s set the record straight. I like shoes. A lot of them. I prefer boots and I have a rockin’ pair of Ariat that I save for special occasions. They’ll return when the weather is cooler. During the summer I wear mainly running shoes. I do chase pre-teen girls around the softball diamond after all.
As a young legislative staffer in Springfield, the end of session meant late nights and even later night celebrations. The run up to the end of session isn’t for everyone you either love the pressure or you hate it-there’s no in-between. My six years were during the infamous Blagojevich Administration.
Ten years ago, my blue-eyed girl quietly entered the world one hot Father’s Day. It was literally the last time she was quiet.
For years, my mom refused to tell her friends that I was a “lobbyist” for the Farm Bureau. When asked, she’d say that I was helping farmers or that I simply worked for the Farm Bureau.
The history of Washington, D.C. is tied to its role as the capital of the United States. Like many issues, it was created and designated through compromise and consensus.
The seating of the 101st General Assembly combined with the turnover on the Cook County Board, Cook County Farm Bureau® has 27 new legislators to share the importance of Cook County agriculture and to build relationships with. Many of the new legislators represent highly urban areas and have a limited knowledge of agriculture. Our role as advocates calls on us to communicate with legislators about agriculture and Farm Bureau’s priority issues.
Every year I’m given the chance to coordinate an opportunity for diverse leaders to learn more and explore their local government. Through discussions with the County Administrator, County Chairman, agency directors, and special districts leaders, we have discovered how county government functions and how special districts operate separately and in conjunction with county government. Leaders focused the conversations on partnerships, innovation, and opportunities for community development.
My farmer and I went to college in Illinois. We considered a Wisconsin school, but at the time out-of-state tuition was out of the question. A decade later (yes, that hurt) my favorite cousin became a “Miner” at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. The longer she spent in Wisconsin the more we paid attention to Wisconsin schools until we were rooting for “Big” Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers during March Madness.
In November, Cook County’s voter turnout hit an eye-popping 28 percent, or the sixth highest recorded turnout in the last 12 years. With those votes comes a wave of new faces. In January, JB Pritzker, Juliana Stratton, and Kwame Raoul will join incumbents Jesse White, Susana Mendoza, and Michael Frerichs at the helm of Illinois’ government. Together they’re charged with leading Illinois out of impending fiscal doom and into prosperity.
Since 2010, Cook County Farm Bureau® has operated a Political Action Committee (PAC) designed to support candidates who are supportive of the policies, priorities and mission of the Farm Bureau while promoting the economic and social well-being of farmers and farm-related interests in Cook County.
I want to visit a farm but haven’t been able to. What would I see? Answered by Bona Heinsohn
As a young teen, I donned my Troxel helmet, grabbed my English saddle, and mounted a rotten, chubby pony. That beast is why I will never own a pony. Plutchie taught me the basics: grooming, tacking up, walk, trot, canter, and novice jumping.
Cook and Mercer County Farm Bureaus delivered sweetcorn for families at the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, Self-Help Closet, and Schaumburg Barn in conjunction with Senator Laura Murphy and Representative Michelle Mussman. Senator Murphy is “adopted” by Mercer CFB through Farm Bureau’s Adopt-a-Legislator® program.
Great things happen when people and organizations work together.
IDOT’s Harvest Season Emergency Permit allows travel only on state routes. It does not cover travel on Interstates or local routes. Separate permits may be available on local roads at the option of that local jurisdiction. HSE permits are not available for Interstate highway travel.
Kelo v. New London is the landmark eminent domain case. After the Supreme Court’s ruling, more than 20 states significantly changed their eminent domain laws to make eminent domain more difficult. The Supreme Court’s case was ultimately over New London authorizing the use of eminent domain on a little pink house that overlooked the Thames River in 1997.
Farm Bureau actively engaged with Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, Chairman of the Committee on Building and Zoning and the Building and Zoning Department to minimize the impact of zoning changes on Cook County agriculture.
The amendment provides: reasonable minimum lot sizes for individuals interested in keeping livestock or horses.
Many years ago, I packed my heels, suits, and hopes and dreams and traveled to the lovely mecca of Springfield, Illinois.
A month ago, when I started thinking about this column, my plan was to write about what our cows eat. Like us, they eat balanced meals complete with a supplement that ensures that they meet their nutritional needs.
My first car was a sweet little faded 1989 red Ford Escort hatchback. The ‘BUNNI 9’ (yes, that was its license plate) was complete with a stick shift and a left turn signal that only worked if you pressed on the hazard button at the same time. That little car went some great places during its short tenure with me. We went to Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and to the top of my farmer’s corn silage pile.
Cook County Farm Bureau® is a grassroots organization, which means that our policies, resolutions, and decisions begin with our members.
March’s victories could signal significant concerns this fall for commissioners in contested races who supported the beverage tax repeal.