I feel like over and over we keep hearing about what a difference a year can make. Sometimes that difference is good and sometimes that difference is bad. We can see how quickly kids change in a year, how an older person can change, how we personally can change, how a football team can go from a great team to completely defeated (yes I got to watch my Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints). In the course of one year, everything can change. This year the drought was quite a big change over what we were used too.
What can also change in the course of this next year? Our elected officials. While I know many, okay maybe all of us, are quite frustrated with our some of our elected officials. In fact, you may even feel that why should you vote? Will it make a difference? Well I have always been an action person. While I may not always get my way, I know that in life if I haven’t at least stood up and acted, then I shouldn’t complain.
Are you registered to vote? Do you know who you are voting for? I have spoken to a number of people who do not realize that because of the census and the redistricting who they are voting for. This makes it a challenge to figure out locally who you need to be paying attention too! If you are unsure who you are voting for this November, you can go to www.ilfb.org and click on the Legislative Action Center. Then under elected officials, click on locate districts. This will take you to an interactive site where you can determine what districts you are in. Also on the IFB Legislative Action Center, you can find out under Elections and Candidates, who the Congressional and State Legislature candidates are for you. If you are not registered to vote, you can also start that process right from the Legislative Action Center. Remember you only have till October 9th to register.
Get to Know Your Policy:
Get Out the Vote
When it comes to elections, there is one thing you can say with certainty: It’s my vote, my future!
Because every local, state, and national election can impact how you farm, Illinois Farm Bureau encourages you to be not only a voter, but also an informed voter. IFB also says that casting your ballot isn’t the only way to make a difference at election time. Getting to know Illinois Farm Bureau policies, like #105 Elections, help you guide your organization through issues like redistricting and by providing political funds for pro-farm candidates. Read part of the policy to see what we mean:
We will support:
1. State legislation modifying the present consolidated election law so that the right of secret ballot is protected.
2. Efforts to shorten political campaigns by moving primaries closer to general elections, provided county clerks have ample time to prepare for the general election.
3. A limit on campaign spending and franking privileges.
It’s your vote. It’s your future. That’s why it is important to get to the pools on November 6 and elect men and women who are pro-agriculture and represent your vision for the future. To learn more call our office or to read the entire policy, visit www.ilfb.org/policy.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
FS: Good Sears Robuck Running Gear $350. 815-864-2572
FS: 2 16ft Franklin heavy livestock gates $100 each. 815-864-2572