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A group of Illinois lawmakers are pushing an agenda intended to help farmers who sell at local markets.

Their legislation covers a variety of issues. One bill would set uniform fees and sanitation requirements at farmers markets across the state.

Lindsay Record, director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, says more people are going to farmers markets, but that isn't translating into better business.

“We actually received reports from across the states from farmers that sales are down," Record says. "So people are there, but maybe they aren’t purchasing.”

The League of Women Voters is hosting two candidate forums for the upcoming election in DeKalb. 

The first takes place Thursday and features municipal offices, such as aldermen in the 2nd, 4th and 6th Wards, DeKalb mayor, city clerk, and Afton Township highway commissioner.  

All these candidates will be on the ballot for the Feb. 28 consolidated primary election.  

Another event on February 28 will feature DeKalb school board candidates. 

Both forums will take place in the DeKalb Municipal Building and begin at 6:30 PM.  

Sycamore City Council Considers Capital Plan

Feb 21, 2017

Sycamore’s city council examined a $14.3 million capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2018.

The Daily Chronicle reports about $10 million would go toward the third phase of construction for a wastewater treatment plant expansion.  The city slowly raised sewer rates since 2015 to pay for the improvements, but the current plans have dedicated revenue streams.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a committee will consider a plan to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. 

The building houses state government offices, but Governor Bruce Rauner renewed a call to dispose of the property during his budget address.   

"The JRTC occupies an entire city block of prime real estate of the Chicago Loop," he said. "For years, the state has failed to properly maintain the building. We now face deferred maintenance costs of hundreds of millions of dollars."  

"You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl."

We've all heard this, which is why it's refreshing to find a story that shows the opposite.

Rachel Raines is the protagonist of Small Town Roads by L.B. Johnson, one of our Read With Me selections for this month.

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