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    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    07/01/2019 @ 12:15 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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. 

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    06/01/2019 @ 12:30 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    05/01/2019 @ 10:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    04/01/2019 @ 2:45 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    03/01/2019 @ 8:30 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    02/02/2019 @ 8:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    01/01/2019 @ 12:00 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure...

    12/02/2018 @ 8:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure...

    11/02/2018 @ 7:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Let’s Talk About the Ag on Your Plate

    10/04/2018 @ 9:03 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    I want to visit a farm but haven’t been able to. What would I see? Answered by Bona Heinsohn

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    10/01/2018 @ 8:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Farm Bureau provides food for those in Need

    09/11/2018 @ 7:50 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Farm Bureau Members Support Area Non-Profits

    09/09/2018 @ 8:30 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    Great things happen when people and organizations work together.

    Illinois Harvest Season Emergency (HSE) Permits Available

    09/07/2018 @ 4:06 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Farm Bureau Working on Eminent Domain Policy

    09/06/2018 @ 7:45 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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 Negotiates Changes to Cook County Zoning Code

    09/05/2018 @ 7:40 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure...

    09/01/2018 @ 7:30 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    Many years ago, I packed my heels, suits, and hopes and dreams and traveled to the lovely mecca of Springfield, Illinois.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    08/01/2018 @ 7:00 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    07/10/2018 @ 9:20 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    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.

    Manifolds, Manolos, and Manure

    06/06/2018 @ 2:45 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    Cook County Farm Bureau® is a grassroots organization, which means that our policies, resolutions, and decisions begin with our members.

    Manifolds, Manolos & Manure

    05/01/2018 @ 12:35 pm | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    March’s victories could signal significant concerns this fall for commissioners in contested races who supported the beverage tax repeal.

    Manifolds, Manolos & Manure

    04/01/2018 @ 11:05 am | By Bona Heinsohn, CAE

    A thoughtful (and funny) story.