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County creates “Rainy Day Fund”

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Board Approves Depositing $219,000 into Fund to be Reserved for Restricted Future Purposes

Carlinville – In April, the Macoupin County Board welcomed news from its independent auditors that the county had finished “in the black” to the tune of more than $219,000 in its General Fund.  Board Chairman Andy Manar credited the county board and the county officials for undertaking a dedicated and disciplined approach to the spending of taxpayer dollars to achieve the positive result.

At the May County Board meeting, Manar described the creation of a Budget Stabilization Fund as “part two” of a two step process toward paving a way for continued responsible spending practices moving forward in Macoupin County government.

“In April, we welcomed positive news of a budget surplus that showed us we responsibly spend our taxpayer’s money in Macoupin County government,” said Manar.  “This month, we are capitalizing on that positive achievement by seeking a solution that will ‘lockbox’ county dollars in an effort to preserve services and reinforce to taxpayers that we understand that spending their dollars should always be considered carefully.”

At the May meeting of the County Board, Manar said action was taken to create a Budget Stabilization Fund and make an initial deposit of $219,000 which was realized as a result of effectively managing the FY 2010-11 budget.  The Fund will exist as a restricted fund in the County treasury, only allowing the Board to appropriate to or make expenditures from the Fund with a two-thirds supermajority vote.

Furthermore, Manar explained that additional safeguards will exist with the creation of the Fund such as prohibiting the levying of additional taxes solely to ensure a balance in the fund and a provision restricting the Fund’s balance to be no more than 15% of the county’s total General Fund.

“The idea isn’t to create a fund with an open checkbook so that future county boards can spend recklessly,” said Manar.  “By restricting the ability to actually spend this money and also specifically defining purposes for which it can be spent, we are promoting responsible spending and avoiding any possibility of this money ever being used as some type of ‘government slush fund.’”

Manar referred to the fact that on top of the two-thirds supermajority approval requirement for making expenditures, the money will only be able to be used in the future to prevent a reduction in services or employees, to cover a General Fund deficit following an audit, or for costs associated with a natural disaster.

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“Ultimately, creating a Budget Stabilization Fund for the County will amount to ensuring that services for our county taxpayers remain at a quality level and that people are able to keep their jobs,” said Manar.

 

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Cases filed during June 30 through July 6. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Lawrence E. Ealey, 50 of Springfield, is charged with loitering as a registered child sex offender in a park in connection with a June 30 incident.

Larry E. Conlee, 40 of Mount Claire, is charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer or corrections employee in connection with a July 1 incident.

Jessica Mccaw, 35 of Saint Louis, MO, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and causing damage in excess of $300 to property in connection with a July 3 incident.

Austin T. Fank, 18 of Mount Olive, is charged with causing a motor vehicle crash involving death or personal injuries, failing to give information and render aid, driving while never issued a license, driving failing to give notice of crash, failure to obey a stop sign, and failure to reduce speed in connection with a July 4 incident.

TRAFFIC

Josh S. Tucker, 29 of Mount Olive, is charged with driving on a suspended license and cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a June 20 incident.

Charles V. Bond III, 32 of Mount Olive, is charged with driving on a suspended license and having a cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a June 19 incident.

Justin C. Grider, 42 of Carlinville, is charged with driving on a suspended license in connection with a June 26 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 34 of Sorento, is charged with driving on a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to display a registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

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Patrick I. Rogan, 37 of South Abington Towns, PA, is charged with speeding 26-34 mph over the limit in connection with a June 27 incident.

Samantha M. Meza, 31 of Carlinville, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with a June 29 incident.

Jessica R M Green, 36 of Carlinville, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with a June 30 incident.

Bryant J. Tilley, 18 of Wilsonville, is charged with driving while never issued a license and driving 11-15 mph above the limit in connection with a June 30 incident.

Johnelle B. Crawford, 52 of Gillespie, is charged with driving on a suspended license in connection with a July 3 incident.

David L. Clark, 31 of Gillespie, is driving on a suspended license in connection with a June 26 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Kimberlee A. Gillespie versus Jonathan E. Gillespie
  • Charley Jones versus Troy Jones
  • John F. Zoller versus Stephanie Zoller

MARRIAGE LICENSES

  • Jacob Haley and Teylar Berola, both of Chatham

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Bike MS set for September 7, 8

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Participants in the Bike MS travel (archived photo)

Each year we hold the Bike MS: Gateway Getaway in Godfrey, Illinois to raise critical funds and create awareness around our movement. This year, on Saturday and Sunday September 7 and 8, over 1,100 riders plus more than a hundred volunteers and staff will converge on Lewis and Clark Community College’s Godfrey with a goal to raise $1.3 million to change the world for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Riders will take off over a 2-hour window beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:15 to 8:30
a.m. on Sunday. All participating cyclists, who must be at least 12 years of age and raise a minimum of $300 will have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, rest stops, a finish line celebration and much more.

You may see our riders who will tackle their choice of 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile routes both days, traveling along the limestone bluffs on the Great River Road and winding through Lewis and Clark district communities, including Godfrey, Alton, Fosterburg, Bethalto, Elsah, Otterville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Dorsey, Worden, Holiday Shores, Moro, Woodburn, Bunker Hill, Shipman, Staunton, Benld, Wilsonville and more.

Community members should drive cautiously through 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday
when the routes close.

MS is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.

The National MS Society, founded in 1946, is the global leader of a growing movement dedicated to creating a world free of MS. The Society provides global leadership and funds research for a cure, drives change through advocacy and provides programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Our vision is a world free of MS. Our mission is to cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about multiple sclerosis (MS) now – to move together toward a world free of MS. Our local chapter serves nearly 9,000 individuals in this area who battle this often-devastating disease.

You can learn more about this event at www.bikems.org.

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Macoupin County zip codes included in high-risk lead testing

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Move puts state closer to goal of universal lead testing by 2026

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced an expanded list of high-risk ZIP codes, increasing mandatory testing for lead exposure of children who live within those areas. 148 new zip codes, representing parts of 60 Illinois counties, have been added to the list this year, bringing the total of high-risk ZIP codes to almost 1,200.

“There is no safe level of lead in the blood,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “To better serve our children and build brighter futures for all of our residents, IDPH is acting to ensure that more children have access to the testing and interventions necessary to decrease the potential serious physical and developmental health concerns linked to lead exposure.”

Under Illinois law, any child residing in a high-risk ZIP code is to be tested automatically at 12, 24, and 36 months. All children six years of age and younger are required to be assessed for lead exposure through the use of a questionnaire administered by a pediatrician. In addition, children who fall into other risk categories spelled out in the questionnaire are also tested.

High-risk ZIP codes are determined through an algorithm that assesses a number of different risk factors. The department has been expanding that list of ZIP codes gradually and expects to implement universal testing for lead exposure across all Illinois ZIP codes by 2026. The new expanded list, which took effect July 1, 2024, can be found at: Pediatric Lead Poisoning High-Risk ZIP Code Areas (illinois.gov).

Under current Illinois law, blood tests which come back with lead levels in excess of five micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) require a public health intervention. This includes a home inspection to determine the source of the lead contamination. If lead is found, the inspector will work with the homeowner to remove the sources of lead. In addition, there will also be a visit from a public health nurse who will educate the family on ways to protect children from the harmful effects of lead. 

The newly-added ZIP codes come from the following Illinois counties:

  • Adams
  • Alexander
  • Bond
  • Boone
  • Calhoun
  • Carroll
  • Champaign
  • Clinton
  • Coles
  • Cook
  • Crawford
  • Cumberland
  • Dekalb
  • Douglas
  • DuPage
  • Edwards
  • Effingham
  • Franklin
  • Gallatin
  • Hardin
  • Henry
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Jo Daviess
  • Johnson
  • Kane
  • La Salle
  • Lake
  • Lee
  • Macon
  • Macoupin
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • Massac
  • McLean
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Ogle
  • Peoria
  • Piatt
  • Pope
  • Pulaski
  • Putnam
  • Randolph
  • Richland
  • Rock Island
  • St. Clair
  • Saline
  • Sangamon
  • Shelby
  • Tazewell
  • Union
  • Vermilion
  • Washington
  • White
  • Whiteside
  • Will
  • Winnebago

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