Wednesday, November 13th in Springfield, members of the Illinois General Assembly, along with CASA officials, held a Capitol press conference to encourage the state’s veterans to volunteer with their local CASA group. Republican State Representative Dan Swanson of Alpha took part in the capitol event and talked volunteering to work with children. He started off by saying, “Readers make leaders. What better way to make future leaders by (taking) the time to read with them,” he said. “The veterans, last week during Veterans Day, we all celebrated. I like to talk with the school kids that, every veteran has a story. So here we have the opportunity to tell our stories to children and also read books for them (and) build that relationship, (and) build those leaders for the future and what greater way to do it than ask our veterans to help.” He added that active service duty members answer the call – and it’s time to answer the call once again. CASA, the Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocate, is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977. A judge in Seattle started using community volunteers – regular citizens – as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. Illinois CASA was founded in 1993 and is the organizing body for thirty-one CASA programs in 47 counties.
A Knoxville man is due back in Knox County Circuit Court in early March for a pre-trial conference in his attempted first-degree murder trial.
The ethanol industry is mourning the loss this week of pioneer and advocate Ray Defenbaugh, who was a founding member, president, CEO, and chairman of Big River Resources. Big River Resources has facilities in Illinois, […]
USDA Rural Development is touting a significant public works project in small-town Illinois this week.
The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg continues its documentary series Friday, January 24th with “The Great Buster”. The 2018 documentary celebrates the life and career of one of America’s most influential filmmakers and silent-era comedians Buster […]