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Dorchester’s Sesquicentennial Set for August 5-7

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Dorchester’s Homecoming is set for August 5, 6, and 7. Kittenball will be the highlight of the whole weekend as performances every night. Friday, Glendale Riders will be under the spotlight, Saturday will feature Cruzen, and Southern Blend will close the celebration on Sunday.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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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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Increase in gas tax, new laws coming July 1

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The tax assessed on fuel will increase and several new laws will hit the books in Illinois starting July 1.

The gasoline tax will increase to $0.47 per gallon, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue, and the state’s tax on diesel fuel will rise to $0.545 per gallon. The gas tax is rising from $0.454 per gallon or about a 3.5 percent increase while the diesel fuel increase is a 3 percent increase over the current $0.529 per gallon tax.

Officials say the increase in fuel taxes take effect at the start of each new fiscal year under a 2019 piece of legislation. The increase in tax is calculated each year based on inflation.

Other changes coming on July 1 include a program to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, changes to the Freelance Worker Protection Act, and a new bill protecting child influencers.

Undocumented immigrants seeking a license must have identification documents, prove residency exceeding one year in the state of Illinois while also passing a driving test and having valid car insurance, according to HB 3882.

The change in the Freelance Worker Protection Act will offer more protections for freelance workers against threats and intimidation as well as obligating companies to pay freelance workers in a timely fashion.

Lastly, new legislation SB 1782 amends the child labor law and aims to protect child influencers who become popular online. Children under the age of 16 are required to receive a specified portion of the earnings with those earnings being put in a trust fund.

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