Farms aren’t just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.
Closer than classmates, more sensational than siblings, cousins are a boon to growing up.
While I never lived in the same town with my own cousins, I remember how I loving family get-togethers. Even for cousins I saw rarely, our play would pick up right where it left off the last time we were together.
My older cousins were someone to look up to. My younger ones tickled me with their cuteness. We always managed to fill the hours with games and adventures that each of us could relate to.
Mark Bott had the idea for Operation Kidsafe 11 years ago. Since then, more than 1 million children have participated.
The program is free. It allows kids to be photographed and fingerprinted and lets parents obtain other safety information. The parents are handed a document that can be updated. No personal information is given and there is no databasing.
"So you will always have a document that's ready to hand to law enforcement," Bott said. Of course, no one wants to ever see the information needed.
Since the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law in March, it's been legal to record audio of someone without asking permission. But legislators are working on a replacement.
The Supreme Court found the old law overly broad. It was a crime even to record in public, where people shouldn't really have an expectation of privacy. Because of that, Illinois' law was considered one of the strictest in the nation.
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is defending the city’s decision to renew a contract for CWLP insurance, despite criticisms over the lack of a bidding process.
The 3 year contract with R.W. Troxell to insure the city owned utility will cost around $1.8 million per year. Mayor Houston, during an interview on WUIS’ Illinois Edition, said the local firm has been doing business with the city for 30 years with a solid track record.
One Springfield Alderman called the two zoning changes approved for halfway homes in Springfield during last night's council meeting as "picking and choosing."
Zoning classifications for halfway houses were called into question last fall when a man living in one, known as House of the Rainbow, was arrested for murder. After that, the council refused to go along with zoning for that operation.
Yet last night, changes were allowed for properties on East Jackson and South 11th.