Representatives Tony McCombie (Savanna) and Terri Bryant (Murphysboro) met the Future Farmers of America leadership team in Chicago at the Illinois Farm Bureaus Annual meeting. The
state officers include President Sophia Hortin of Fisher, Vice President Eliza Petry of Rochelle, Reporter Shaylee Clinton of Ina, Secretary Miriam Hoffman of Earlville, and Treasurer Taylor Hartke of Teutopolis.

The Future Farmers of America boosts an all women leadership team. According to the FFA website, female membership in the FFA had been a major issue since 1933, and women were finally allowed into the organization in 1969.
The United States Postal Service will suspend mail
service to honor President Bush on Wednesday.

Today the entire State of Illinois celebrated 200 years of statehood. On December 3, 1818, less than a year after legislation was introduced in Congress to allow the Illinois Territory to move toward statehood, President James Monroe signed the authorization making Illinois the 21st State in our Union.

In 2018, the legislature highlighted Illinois’ rich history, our incredible resources. Our people have given us all a reminder that our potential is greater than our challenges and that there are innovative, important, and incredible things being built, born, and grown here every day.

The Governor held a ceremony at Chicago's Navy Pier, but our communities have been celebrating and looking back on our history the entire year. 

Several municipalities in the 71st District have passed resolutions in honor Illinois' 200th birthday - including: 
  • Albany
  • East Moline
  • Moline
  • Morrison
  • Rock Falls
  • Rock Island
  • Tampico
  • Thomson 
#IllinoisProud #Illinois200

2018GovernorsHometownAwardIllinois presented 23 localities with honors for the 2018 Governor's Hometown Awards program, during a special reception at the Governor's Mansion on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Morrison Loft 112 was represented by Kim Ewoldsen, left, Executive Director of Morrison Area Development Corporation; Jerry Lindsey, MADC President; Barry Dykhuizen, right, Morrison City Administrator. Ewoldson and Dykhuizen displayed the sign for Lindsey.

Morrison Loft 112, a local artist retail cooperative, was created by the Morrison Area Development Corporation (the City's economic development partner) in 2017. The community's strong connection to the arts, combined with an annual arts-community event, became the major reasons the group considered creating a retail art gallery.

The project received strong support, and Loft 112 opened December 15, 2017. The Loft opened with ten artists and is now home to more than 50, including several alumni.

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