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Week One 2022 On Monday, January 10, we gaveled in for the start of the second session of the 89th General Assembly.  As I have done five times before, I walked up the stairs of the Capitol thinking how honored and lucky I am to serve as your State Representative.  The first week is mostly...
88th General Assembly: A few months back, while looking at a construction project, I had a client ask me how everything in government was going. Before I was able to answer him he quickly said, “Let me guess, my taxes are too high and I want more services.” His response caused me to laugh a...
The cover of this thin, spiral-bound cookbook simply says “International Cookbook.”  No author indicated but the flyleaf tells us it was published by Cookbook Publishers, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, in 2000.  Inside are chapters titled France, Germany, Italy, The Orient and Mexico. The index has recipes...
Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting Sorry about that. How can you make so many mistakes in one day? I get up early. Driving by Bruce’s drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me. In January, the temperatures can scrape the bottom of the seed...
Dear Savvy Senior, Can you provide any tips on how to write an obituary? My dad, who has terminal cancer, has asked me to write his obituary, which will be published in the funeral program and run in our local newspaper. Not a Writer Dear Not, I’m very sorry to hear about your dad’s prognosis....
One dish meals have been popular like forever. Who enjoys a sink full of crusty pots and pans after dinner? Better Homes and Gardens, a company people have trusted for many decades, published many cookbooks over the years. The following recipes are adapted from “One Dish! 90 Irresistible Easy...
Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I’m worried about my brother. What’s wrong? He keeps saying, “Deep hole with water.” Don’t worry, he means well. Driving by Bruce’s drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me. The sun came up. It’s a...
If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, your plot for self-improvement probably kicks into gear sometime on Jan. 1, when the hangover wears off and the quest for the “new you” begins in earnest. But if research on habit change is any indication, only about half of New Year’s resolutions are likely...
Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to get my personal, legal and financial information organized so my kids will know what’s going on when I’m no longer around. Can you offer any tips on the best way to do this? Unorganized Emma Dear Emma, Organizing your important papers and getting your personal...
Chester, Illinois, is the home of Popeye the Sailor Man!  Elzie Segar, a Chester native, was the man who created the iconic character most of us remember from childhood. Along with his girlfriend, Olive Oyl, his buddy Wimpy  (who was always looking for a hamburger) and the many other cartoon...

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