Local News for Sunday, March 17

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Published on March 17 2013 6:47 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she hasn't made up her mind about whether to run for governor in 2014.  Madigan also told reporters this week that she doesn't have a timeline for making the decision whether to challenge Governor Pat Quinn in a Democrat primary.  Madigan reportedly met recently in Washington with potential support groups, including EMILY's List, an organization that funds women candidates.  Her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, shed no light on her plans either, saying he doesn't know where she is in her decision process.

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There's potential good news for drivers with a heavy foot.  State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer wants to up the speed limit by five miles per hour on most interstates across Illinois.  The only exceptions would be in Chicago and the collar counties.  Every surrounding state except for Wisconsin has a maximum speed limit of 70MPH.  Wisconsin, like Illinois, has a maximum limit of 65MPH.

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Medical providers will be honored at health care organizations throughout the country on Saturday, March 30, during National Doctors' Day.  The annual event recognizes physicians for the role they play in helping patients, promoting overall health, and their accomplishments.  Since National Doctors' Day this year falls on a Saturday, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital will honor their physicians on Wednesday, March 27.  Members of hospital administration will be on hand in the physician lounge thanking the doctors and presenting them with a special gift in gratitude for their service.  In addition, physicians will be presented with special chocolate "Oscars" for winning nominations received from hospital colleagues and fellow physicians, with categories such as "Most Likely to Play a Doctor on TV" and "Most Likely to Play Marilyn Monroe in a Movie" among other categories.  For more information, phone Physician Liaison Misty Campos at the hospital at 347-1590.

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Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held today at Holy Cross Parish Center at Wendelin.  Doors will open at noon and games will begin at 1pm.  Concessions of sandwiches and homemade dessert will be available along with popcorn, soda and water for purchase.  There will be a 50/50 drawing along with door prizes.  The event is sponsored by the Family Life Committee of Holy Cross Church.

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While Father Sylvano Pera is recuperating, some area Catholic churches are making changes in their Mass schedule.

For today, here's the schedule:

6:30am Mass at St. Michael's Church in Sigel...8am Mass at St. Mary's Church in Neoga...10am Mass at St. Michael's Church in Sigel.  Green Creek and Lillyville churches held Mass on Saturday evening.

In addition, weekday masses at 8am at Lillyville and Green Creek will be canceled this week.  You're invited to Mass at St. Michael's Church in Sigel on Tuesday at 6:30 and 8:00, Thursday at 8am and Friday at 8am, and at St. Mary's Church in Neoga on Wednesday at 8am.

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The group "Valor III" will be in concert today at Edgewood Full Gospel Church.  The concert will begin at 10:45am.  Valor III of Statesville, North Carolina consists of Ronald and Mark Moore, Reverend Jeff Rowland and Ken Turner.  The mission of Valor III is to spread the gospel to the world by sharing the love of God through their singing and preaching ministry.  The church is located at 209 South Route 37 in Edgewood.  Admission is free.

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The annual meeting of COWS...Community Organization Working for Stewardson...will be held today at 6pm at the Stewardson Village Hall. 

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The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers March Jam will be today at the Lions Community Building in Forest Park in Shelbyville.  There will be fiddling and jamming from 2 to 5pm.  If you play an instrument, like to sing or dance, or just listen, you're welcome to attend.  Take along a finger food to share.

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The St. Elmo junior class is holding a porkburger fundraiser today from 11am to 2pm at the Church of God SHED in St. Elmo.  There will be porkburgers and hot dogs from Nuxoll's.  Burgers and dogs may be purchased as a meal with sides, drink and dessert or they may be purchased separately.  Carryouts will be available.  Proceeds will help pay for Post Prom.

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A musical drama focusing on the Roman soldier present at the crucifixion of Christ and the Centurion accompanying the Apostle Paul on his journey to imprisonment in Rome will be presented tonight.  The event will begin at 6:30pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Division Street in Altamont.  The Centurion is portrayed by Reverend James Likens, senior video producer for Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis.  There is no admission price, but a freewill offering will be taken.

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A soup supper will be held at the Teutopolis Knights of Columbus Hall today from 3:30 to 7pm.  Proceeds from the event will go for grounds improvement around the K of C Hall.  A variety of soups, sandwiches, homemade desserts and drinks will be served.  There will also be a large raffle and a small raffle.  You could win a hog, a grill, a freezer, a recliner or a .22 caliber rifle with an oak gun cabinet.

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There will be a Cowden-Herrick Post Prom Fundraiser Dinner today at the Herrick Community Building from 11am until the food runs out.  On the menu will be chicken, pork tenderloin, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes and side dishes along with dessert.  The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.

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The 30th Annual Zion Hog Roast will be held today at Zion Lutheran Church on 600th Avenue south of Altamont.  The meal will be served starting at 4:30pm featuring barbecue pork and baked beans with Doug McCain's Gourmet Barbecue Sauce, potato salad, chips, applesauce, orange drink, tea and coffee and desserts of many varieties including pies.  The cost of the meal is a free will offering.  Proceeds will be shared by Lutheran Care Center and Zion Lutheran Church.

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The Altamont Masonic Lodge is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Breakfast this morning until noon.  The Lodge is located at 111 North Second in Altamont.  Free will donations will be accepted.

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The St. Isidore Parish Spring Breakfast is underway today at St. Aloysius Parish Center in Bishop Creek.  The breakfast will be served until noon, including whole hog sausage and ham, fried or scrambled eggs, pancakes, homemade breads and rolls, juice, coffee and milk.  There is a country store with baked goods, crafts, mystery boxes and a quilt raffle.