2016 certainly started off with a test of our strength and our hearts. Damaging floods followed by the death of 11-year-old Romell Jones have not given Alton residents a chance to breathe and have a good time. Alton is open for business! Here are a few local events and places to visit. Friday, Feb. 5, Alton Main Street and Parrot Heads of the Riverbend Treasure Trivia; Saturday, Feb. 6, “Love Letters” Mardi Gras celebration at Jacoby Arts Center: ticket includes theater show, all-you-can-eat-and-drink jambalaya and hurricanes, king cake, coffee, beads and celebrations. Check out Grassroots Grocery for healthy community-based shopping.
J. Edward Shire
In communities across Illinois, retired thoroughbred race horses spend their days trail-riding or jumping. They perform in competitions, play polo, and work with children with developmental disabilities.
At Galloping Out, we’re dedicated to finding homes for these horses when they finish their racing years at Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course. This Valentine’s Day, you have an opportunity to help us support and advance that mission.
When you donate to Galloping Out, we will send a box of hand-dipped chocolates to the valentine of your choice. We will include a card acknowledging that a donation was made in your recipient’s name.
It’s never been easier to help arrange permanent and loving homes for retired thoroughbreds. You can make your contribution, which may be tax-deductible, online at www.GallopingOut.org. If you do so by Tuesday, Feb. 9, we will have your gift and card shipped in time for Valentine’s Day. The minimum donation is $50.
Galloping Out provides funding for the rescue, care, rehabilitation and retraining of retired thoroughbred race horses. The program was created by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, which represents horse owners and trainers at northern Illinois tracks, so that retired race horses have a chance to enjoy productive and rewarding lives.
Last year, Galloping Out celebrated its fifth anniversary. We are proud to have re-homed nearly 150 thoroughbreds.
If you have any questions about our program, please visit us online at GallopingOut.org or call (708) 652-2201. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Best wishes for your Valentine’s Day.
President, Galloping Out
The purpose of this letter is to respond to Republican Bill Meyer’s announcement of candidacy.
Mr. Meyer stated he worked to lower the county’s portion of citizens’ property tax bills. Madison County Board meeting minutes show Mr. Meyer (R), of Hamel, voted for every property levy that led to the high taxes you currently pay.
Mr. Meyer stated: “I have worked effectively to make Madison County a model of financial restraint and responsible spending.” All property owners have to do is look at their property tax bill to decide if Madison County is a “model of financial restraint.” Mr. Meyer voted for every one of Alan Dunstan’s (D) budgets that made your county property tax bill what it is today.
The “cat jumped out of the bag” when County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler (R) cut his budget 30 percent with no loss in services. Afterward, when no other county officeholder cut costs, did you see Finance Committee Member Mr. Meyer call for audits to identify and eliminate waste?
I call for a 10 percent decrease in the county property levy and audits to identify and eliminate waste.
Philip W. Chapman
EDITOR’S NOTE: Chapman is one of three Republicans running for the District 3 seat in the March 15 primary.