Local News for Sunday, January 20

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Published on January 20 2013 6:32 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

In every mailing she sends to promote a variety of pro-life efforts, she refers to herself as "Mrs. Jack Koester", but her friends know her as Loretta.

Loretta Koester, for years the chairman of the Effingham County Right-to-Life Committee, was honored Saturday night with the 2013 Effingham Daily News Citizen of the Year Award.  She was presented the award at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Gala.

Mrs. Koester has been involved in right-to-life activities since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling in 1973 allowed legal abortions in the United States.  Ironically, she received the award the night before this year's Right-to-Life Whole Hog Sausage and Egg Breakfast, annually the biggest fundraiser for local right-to-life activities.

The breakfast is underway this morning at the Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium along Main Street and will continue until 12:30pm.  It's an all-you-can-eat affair, and carry-outs are available.

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On this official presidential inauguration day, a report that one in three people in Illinois are poor.  A new report released by the Heartland Alliance's Social Impact Research Center reveals the recession, low employment numbers, and low-wage jobs have an impact on how people live in the state.  Thousands of people are unemployed and struggling to make ends meet but, more surprising, the report reveals over 100,000 people in Illinois work fulltime, but still fall below the poverty level.  Women, minorities, children, and the elderly are all at a higher risk of being poor.

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One of Illinois' political icons is struggling with Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Dawn Clark Netsch revealed the news this week, calling it one of her toughest challenges.  The disease attacks the nerves in the body and could soon make it difficult for the former state senator and comptroller to walk or even speak.  Netsch has been a voice in Illinois politics for four decades.  She was the first woman to run for governor as the Democrat candidate against Jim Edgar in 1994, the first woman to win a statewide race when she was elected comptroller in 1990, and has been a go-to person when it comes to deciphering the state constitution; she helped re-write the document back in 1970.

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The former Illinois State Trooper who killed two sisters on an Illinois interstate wants his driver's license back.  Matt Mitchell appeared at a hearing in Mt. Vernon this week, asking for the license to be reinstated.  It was revoked in 2007 after he was convicted of reckless homicide and reckless driving charges.  Mitchell was driving at more than 120MPH and talking on his cell phone when his car crossed the center line and slammed into Jessica and Kelli Uhl's vehicle.  Both girls were killed in the crash.  A hearing officer wil make a decision in the next 30 to 90 days on whether Mitchell can get his license back.

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The Central Illinois Effingham Harley Owners Group Chapter #1603 each year chooses a charity to support.  In 2012, the local group of motorcyclists chose to support the Effingham County Salvation Army chapter.  The group held various fundraisers and has a wishing well in place at Legacy Harley-Davidson where people can leave their change with the proceeds going to Salvation Army.  Chapter officials recently invited Salvation Army board member Bob Fergus, himself a motorcycle rider, to their meeting to receive a check for $3,034 representing funds raised over the past year.  Fergus noted that the check is the largest single amount received by the Salvation Army chapter and that the proceeds would be used for various people-helping efforts. 

The HOG Chapter has chosen to support Salvation Army again in 2013.

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The Effingham Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Contest will be held today at 2pm in the Enlow Center at St. Anthony High School, following the Tom Bryant basketball camp.

One boy and one girl from each age division (10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) will advance to the sectional competition.

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The Patoka Village Board has approved a municipal electricity aggregation agreement with AGE LLC.  Patoka residents will have the chance to vote on the aggregation question during the April 9 election.

Patoka board members learned at this month's meeting that there is barely enough money in the account to pay for mowing this coming season.  A fundraiser is being arranged for April 7.

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The man known for fighting Illinois' most corrupt politicians has a new role.  Govenor Quinn has appointed former US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to serve on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.  Fitzgerald brought charges that led to jail time for former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.  He also paved the way for current charges against former congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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Watson Baptist Church is celebrating Music Appreciation Sunday today.  The worship time will begin at 10:30am.

The church's chili supper that was weathered out last weekend will be held tonight at 5pm.

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A Santa Forget Me Not Shopping Day will be held today, a local vending day at the Teutopolis American Legion Post Home from 1 to 4pm.  It's a chance to get those items you might not have received for Christmas while you were busy buying for everyone else!  There will also be food and drinks available.

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The Stewardson Lions Club will hold their annual soup supper today from 4 to 8pm at the Stewardson Community Building.  Soup choices will be chicken noodle, chili and potato.  Grilled cheese and hot dog sandwiches, assorted desserts and drinks will also be available, and Bingo players can play Bingo at the event.

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The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers Jam Session will be today from 2 to 5pm at the Lions Community Building in Forest Park in Shelbyville.  Anyone of any age who plays a fiddle or an acoustic instrument is invited to join in.  Everyone gets equal time to lead.  Listeners are also welcome and you're more than welcome to dance.  Take along some finger foods.

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Cash Bingo will be held today from noon to 3pm at Holy Cross Parish Center in Wendelin.  Sandwiches and other snacks will be available starting at 11am, provided by the parish's CYO youth.  The event is being sponsored by the Family Life Committee.

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The women of St. Paul Lutheran ELCA Church of Altamont are sponsoring a chili supper today with serving to start at 4:30pm.  The menu will consist of chili, homemade chicken noodle soup, barbecue, hot dogs and chicken salad sandwiches, pie or dessert and drinks.  A free will offering will be received with proceeds to go to the Lutheran Care Center of Altamont.  The church is located one mile west of Altamont along Route 40, and the public is invited to attend.