meetings in Mount Pulaski and Farmer City
Sen. Bill Brady is visiting communities
in central Illinois to talk about their concerns and tell them more
about the issues worked on during the spring legislative session in
Mount Pulaski residents are invited to
attend the community meeting in Mount Pulaski at 8 a.m. on Sept. 20
at the VFW.
The senator has meetings in Clinton,
Tremont, McLean and Edinburg. He will be in Farmer City at 7:30 a.m.
Sept. 17 at the Farmer City Cafe. Meetings are also being planned
for Forsyth, Heyworth and Riverton.
If you are interested in a meeting in
your community, call Sen. Brady's office at (309) 664-4440.
enrollment for energy assistance program
Senior citizens and people with
disabilities may enroll in the
Income Home Energy Assistance Program during the priority
enrollment period of Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.
LIHEAP is designed to help eligible
low-income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will
provide eligible households with a one-time benefit to be used for
energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income,
household size, fuel type and geographic location.
LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. Energy
assistance is provided by local community action agencies or
not-for-profit agencies throughout the state. The agency provider
for DeWitt and Logan counties is Central Illinois Economic
Development Corp., (217) 732-2159; for Macon County, Decatur-Macon
County Opportunities Corp., (217) 428-2193; for McLean County,
Mid-Central Community Action Inc. (309) 829-0691; for Sangamon
County, Sangamon County Department of Community Resources, (217)
535-3120; and for Tazewell and Woodford counties, Tazewood Community
Services Inc. (309) 266-9941.
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state certification of nonpublic schools
Sen. Brady will address state budget
cuts that put an end to an official certification process for
Illinois' nonpublic schools. He has taken steps to make sure the
General Assembly addresses the issue during the fall legislative
session in November.
The certification process was halted
earlier this year when Gov. Rod Blagojevich slashed the Illinois
State Board of Education's assessment budget by $1.1 million, and
the board responded by eliminating the four-person certification
Dropping the certification program
hurts the ability of nonpublic school students to compete in
athletic competitions throughout the state and hurts the ability of
nonpublic school students to make college applications with the same
credentials as public school students.
Illinois has had a long-lasting
relationship of public schools and nonpublic schools working
together to educate our children. We should continue this
relationship, Brady says.
interns are helping in Sen. Brady's office this fall. They are Adam
Bruner, an Illinois Wesleyan accounting major from Dwight, and Josh
Tippin, an ISU business administration major from Pleasant Plains.
[News release from
Sen. Bill Brady]