- Bill limits automated license plate readers
- Private uni’s subject to FOIA says House
- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
- State Roundup: GOMB Director won’t support borrowing
- Economists: pros, cons to raising the state fuel tax
To the Editor: Lisa Madigan came through for H.O.M.E.S.
Lisa Madigan, the Illinois attorney general, sent me, on April 20, one of her monthly updates… so I sent her one of mine because I have been fighting for H.O.M.E.S. for over three years.
“PLEASE, enforce the law and publicly penalize Stoneridge Dairy for the 10-mile fish kill on the Sangamon River in McLean Co. and A. J. Bos of Traditions Dairy for the purple discharge that entered the Apple River in Jo Daviess Co. The public needs to know that they can’t just get away with such catastrophic environmental damage. The young and upcoming dairymen need to understand that the scale of industrial farming is costly and not profitable, especially when the regulations are enforced. Our future depends on clean waterways.”
In less than 24 hours, this happened:
“Illinois attorney general issues complaint against Traditions South Dairy…”
There has been a mind-boggling amount of time, effort and money to achieve what is happening today. H.O.M.E.S. created a process that actually allowed government officials to do their job. It has been a nightmare that I don’t wish on anyone, but when you are fighting the good fight, it makes it OK. H.O.M.E.S. didn’t settle or wait to fight. The fight became a priority, or there wouldn’t have been the foundation set for three-plus years down the road to where we are now. Lisa Madigan is my hero.
From the May 11-17, 2011 issue