Major Abraham Lincoln Event, February 11th


The City of Lockport and The Gaylord Building, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will take part in a world record attempt on Friday, February 11, 2011 to help kick off nation’s Civil War Sesquicentennial.

People of all ages are invited to help The Gaylord Building and the City of Lockport take part in a Guinness World Record™ attempt as part of the national commencement of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
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Special Audit in Macoupin County

According to, the Macoupin County Board has voted for a special audit of the county clerk’s office.

The audit is aimed at determining if employees who no longer worked for the county have been allowed to stay on the county insurance plan and if the county has paid inaccurate amounts of payroll taxes to the federal government, among other questions. […]

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we have come to a juncture where it is absolutely necessary to obtain an independent audit of the way taxpayer dollars were administered by the county clerk’s office over the past several years,” [county board chairman Andy] Manar said.

Manar said the audit isn’t meant to point fingers, but rather to help the county “determine what wrong [sic] and put in place procedures to make sure these things do not happen in the future.”

Some of the discrepancies discovered by the newly-elected county clerk seem pretty serious. Refusing to point fingers may not be an option.

[H/T A.A.]

Bull Moose

One of our national leaders was shot but the injury did not deter his making a long speech.

I am in this cause with my whole heart and soul. I believe that the Progressive movement is making life a little easier for all our people; a movement to try to take the burdens off the men and especially the women and children of this country. I am absorbed in the success of that movement.

Friends, I ask you now this evening to accept what I am saying as absolutely true, when I tell you I am not thinking of my own success. I am not thinking of my life or of anything connected with me personally. I am thinking of the movement. I say this by way of introduction, because I want to say something very serious to our people and especially to the newspapers. I don’t know anything about who the man was who shot me to-night. He was seized at once by one of the stenographers in my party, Mr. Martin, and I suppose is now in the hands of the police. He shot to kill. He shot – the shot, the bullet went in here – I will show you.

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Naperville City Council Asks Its Public Library to Make Cuts

An alert longtime CB reader took the time to send a link to a Daily Herald story about Naperville’s public library today:

The library’s levy request of $12,450,000 for fiscal year 2012 was 3.15 percent, or $400,000 more than the previous year, but city council members asked the board to find and consider as much as $300,000 in additional abatements.
The library board is then set to present the proposal to the city council on Jan. 26. Staff will now work toward determining the specific line items in each budget to cut before the presentation.
Once the board makes its presentation to the city council, the council is expected to review the proposal before deciding how much of the library’s levy to abate in March.

Does this mean assertions that the DeKalb City Council cannot set the DeKalb Public Library’s levy are hogwash? Yeah, it probably does mean that.