Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced the official launch of his Summer Reading Club Program for grade school students who live within the 90th Illinois House District.  The program is offered to encourage summer reading among local youth and promote the lifelong benefits of literacy.  Free brochures are available for download on Rep. Demmer’s legislative website at tomdemmer.com or by calling his Rochelle District Office at (815) 561-3690.

“Students who read over the Summer are better prepared to return to school in the Fall.  Reading is fun, as well as being great for education, enjoyment, and lifelong learning.  I am proud to join area schools and libraries in helping promote summer reading to area students,” said Rep. Demmer.

Participating students are tasked with reading eight books over their summer break.  Books from local library programs are accepted; and books of 150 pages or more count as two books.  After a student completes his or her reading list, they must have a parent or guardian certify the reading was accomplished and return the signed form on the brochure to Rep. Demmer’s office by the deadline of Friday, August 11th.

Students who successfully complete the reading club will receive a certificate of participation and one reader will be selected to win a party for their entire class during the upcoming fall semester.  Details will be worked out directly with the winning reader and their school.

from Rockford Register Star, May 2, 2017

ROCKFORD — A privately funded expressway would be built in tandem with an ambitious railroad project that would slice through Winnebago and Ogle counties in an effort to more efficiently move goods from coast to coast.
Great Lakes Basin Transportation wants to build a 261-mile railroad that bypasses Chicago, where cargo crawls through a congested tangle of railroad lines. The company filed its application to build the railroad with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on Monday. The proposed route resembles a giant C. It begins near Milton, Wisconsin, and travels south through Winnebago County west of Rockford and continues south through Ogle and Lee counties, southeast through LaSalle and Grundy counties and east to Pinola, Indiana.
Company officials say they’ll build a privately funded toll road, dubbed the “Daniel Burnham Expressway” after the famed Chicago urban planner, to complement the railroad and to expedite highway traffic around Chicago. The toll road would link the Indiana Toll Road with Interstates 80/94, 65, 57, 55 and 80. The massive infrastructure projects carry a combined $8 billion price tag and would likely require several years of state and federal review before construction could begin.  Read more here.
The Formal Application to the STB for Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. was filed on May 1st.  A link to the application can be found at: