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The Taylorville Park Board met for their regular board meeting on Tuesday night. The annual financial report, the golf course, and a potential modification to the overtime policy were discussed.

The independent auditor’s report, conducted by Sheridan Pulley, was completed as required annually. Sheridan concluded that the park district was in good shape financially.


Jason Boldig from Lakeshore Golf Course addressed the board to request improvements to the well system at the course.



The Department of Labor is looking to increase the minimum salary for excluding employees from overtime pay from $684 a week to $844 a week. This would affect the salaried employees working for the park district.



There were discussions about adding an option other than the $20 per year fee for the dog park, but after consideration, the board decided that due to the cost of the card, it was more logical to stay with the $20 per year option as the only option.


The budget for fiscal year 2024 was passed after going through final tweaks over the past few months.


There was discussion about members of Red Bland Little League wanting to keep the league being played at Don Bragg instead of Manners Park, where the games were previously held. This was the first year for the change due to concerns over safety at Manners Park.


Marlene Miller, Park Board President stated that there was nothing wrong with Manners Park after results came back three weeks ago deeming the park safe.



The board heard from Recreational Director Jessica Franks, who mentioned that the pool needed new audio equipment due to the previous system being outdated. The main concern was not being able to make announcements to the people inside the pool. This was approved, and it was stated that this equipment could be transferred to the new pool once built. There was also discussion about a concert coming to the park this summer, but no official action was taken.


The board then heard from the Maintenance Director and reviewed the Treasurer's report. The board approved the minutes and adjourned.


The next park board meeting is scheduled for June 24th.

The Taylorville Kiwanis held their weekly meeting as a cookout Tuesday evening at Kiwanis Park.   The cookout is an annual affair held at the Park that the club, in cooperation with the City of Taylorville, began developing in 1995.


The Kiwanis Club announced the winners of five-hundred dollars each, to 2 deserving Taylorville High School seniors.  Ella Goodman (second from left) will be continuing her education at SIUE majoring in Pharmacy. Ella will also compete on SIUE’s NCAA Division 1 track and cross country teams.  She was a 4-year Kiwanis Key Club member in her years at T-H-S.  Ella was present for the award along with her parents Jared (first from left) and Paula (third from left) Goodman.  Kiwanis Club Scholarship committee chair Dick Wamsley (right) presented the scholarship award.


The other Taylorville Kiwanis Club scholarship winner, Drew Mickey, was unable to attend and will be presented his award at an upcoming Kiwanis regular meeting.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.  For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.

New Legislation To Help Those With Bleeding Disorders

New legislation would make it easier for those with bleeding disorders to receive medical care without the delay of insurance preauthorization.  State Representative Bill Hauter’s new bill is putting patient's needs at the forefront as it would remove the emergency room visit requirement for insurance preauthorization.  This would ensure patients with bleeding disorders would get the prompt acute care they need.



After passing the House of Representatives, State Senator Dave Koehler sponsored the legislation in the Senate receiving unanimous support.  


The bill awaits Governor JB Pritzker’s signature.

Representative Halbrook Talks Sequestration And Carbon Capture

Carbon capture and sequestration projects have continued to be talking points in central Illinois.  Lawmakers in Illinois passed legislation on Saturday afternoon with hopes of dealing with the issues. Senate Bill 1289 includes companies needing to prove their project will catch carbon and not store it underground.  There will be more stringent rules carbon dioxide pipeline projects have to follow versus other carbon sequestration projects.  The bill also puts a moratorium on all multi-state pipelines. 


Many oppose this bill including State Representative Brad Halbrook and the Illinois Farm Bureau.  The IFB says companies can use a version of eminent domain, even though companies have to complete multiple steps first before just claiming a farmer's land. 



The bill passed 78-29 in the House. 

Illinois State Bean Passed by Senate

The Illinois Senate has passed House Bill 4439, which designates the soybean as the official state bean. State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield) hails this as a significant designation, noting Decatur, Illinois, as the "soybean capital of the world" and emphasizing the economic impact and job creation associated with the soybean industry.


Illinois leads the nation in soybean production, contributing 15% of all U.S. soybeans, according to the Illinois Farm Bureau. The bill received bipartisan support in the Senate. Illinois Soybean Association Chairman Ron Kindred praised the move, recognizing its alignment with the 60th anniversary of the association and the state's prominent role in agriculture.

TJHS Recognizes Students For Outstanding Character

Taylorville Junior High School Principal Eric Bruder recognized TJHS Students for their outstanding character throughout the month of May. Congratulations to all of the students!


Front Row 1: (L-R) Prem Patel, King Franks, Ally Koniak, Reagan Smith, Keefer Herzog, Logan Stearns, Lily Jones

Row 2: (L-R) Madison Roberts, Aislinn Bouvet, Carrigan Boykin, Emily Brown, Camri Phillips, Linus Melton, Keagan Heimsness, Amber Achenbach, Lydie Reber, Whitt Brown, Alaina Hogge 

Row 3: (L-R) Mia Willis, Sam Wagner, Miles Mateer, Parker Moses, Ethan Hosto, Bryce Houston, Aulon Letniku, Reagan Wiley, Isla Wareham, Amya Lin Chen, Easton Hemkin

Back Row 4: (L-R) Tanner Clayton, Fallon Turner, Benito Gonzalez, Nikyla Lawrence, Ella Mills, Briella Castle, Hannah May, Daisie Williamson, Hadlee Christopher, Savannah Whittaker, Jayda Hay, Brayden McClure, Lyzze Harden, Kenzley Heimsness, Jack Michel

Ameren Illinois Stresses Safety Near Downed Power Lines

In preparation of severe weather, Ameren Illinois is emphasizing safety around downed power lines. Ameren urges the public to stay away from downed lines, warn others, and report their location to Ameren immediately. Key safety tips include never driving over or touching downed power lines, keeping family and pets away, and not attempting to remove tree limbs or objects from power lines, as electricity can travel through them, especially when wet.


Rick Johnson, Vegetation Manager for Ameren Illinois, describes the fast-acting linemen that will be at the scene and reinforces the need for action and awareness near downed power lines.



Johnson notes that even experienced linemen have been hurt or even killed while handling these live wires, emphasizing the need for citizens to exercise extra caution.



Ameren Illinois also advises against attempting to rescue anyone in contact with a downed power line, instead calling 911 for assistance. It is crucial to treat any line as potentially energized and dangerous, as it is difficult to distinguish between electrical, telephone, and cable lines.


More information and safety tips are available in Ameren Illinois' digital media kit, which can be found here


Remember to call 911 or Ameren Illinois at 800-755-5000 to handle downed power lines.

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