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White’s legislation to expand the organ/tissue donor registry passes House committee

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
SPRINGFIELD -- Secretary of State Jesse White's legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the state's First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver's license or identification card passed the House Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee unanimously.
House Bill 1805, sponsored by state Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), now goes to the
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All-you-can eat breakfast on April 2

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
ASHTON ­ -- The Ashton Fire Department will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. - noon on Sunday, April 2 at the Mills and Petrie Memorial Building. The menu will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage , biscuits and gravy, toast, Cliff ‘s apple cider donuts, hash browns, pancakes, coffee, juice and milk.
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ABBA annual drawdown fundraiser set for April 8 at the Lions Center

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
ASHTON -- The Ashton Business Boosters Association will host a drawdown on Saturday, April 8. Tickets are available by contacting Dave Balch at Ralphie and Lulu's at 815-453-2103 or from various ABBA members.
Tickets are just $10 each, which includes dinner and multiple chances to win cash prizes. With cash prizes of $20, $50 and a jack pot
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Lee County 2016 final multiplier announced

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
SPRINGFIELD --Lee County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
The property assessment equalization factor, often called the "multiplier", is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state's
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Expenditure for white boards approved

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
ASHTON, The AFC School Board approved the purchase of white boards for the classrooms at a price of $18,377. The funds to purchase the white boards will come from the federal REAP grant.
They also approved the change of the core locks in the building which haven't been changed in approximately 20 years. The change would offer the opportunity to
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Local students participate in Penguin Project documentary

Posted: Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017
DEKALB -- Filmmmaker Randy Caspersen's recently completed documentary, Go Penguins!, about DeKalb-area theatre group, the Penguin Project, screens at DeKalb's Egyptian Theatre at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.
The documentary includes two area students, Meg and Caitlin Cheatham.
The production crew was made up of undergraduate and graduate students from the media area in NIU's Department of
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Ashton fire responds to two fires last week

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
ASHTON -- The Ashton Fire Protection District was called into action last week on two fires.
They were first called to a house fire on Ashton Road in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 7. The fire marshal declared the cause of the fire was lightning.
The structure of the home was a complete loss, however the family
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Simonton speaks about new jail

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
ASHTON, Lee County Sheriff John Simonton and several Lee County Board members were present at the Ashton Village Board meeting on Monday, March 13 to present information on the proposed Public Safety Referendum which will be on the April 4 ballot. 

Simonton pointed out that over the past couple of years the Lee County Jail has gone from an
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Ashton Festival committee seeking nominations

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
ASHTON -- Plans for the 2017 Ashton Festival, which will be held June 10 and 11, are well underway with a new committee. The committee needs your help. They are seeking nominations for Parade Marshals and Business of the Year. Please take time to nominate your selections and submit the names to the Ashton Village Office or the Ashton Gazette
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American Legion Pancake Breakfast set for March 18

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Franklin Grove American Legion Post #497 has announced that its annual All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 18 at the Legion Hall in downtown Franklin Grove.
Pancakes and whole hog sausage will be served from 6:30 a.m. until noon. Tickets for the breakfast are available at the door
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