A bipartisan Senate and House panel has begun its work to address a growing problem with heroin use and addiction in Illinois. State Sen. Kyle McCarter is one of seven senators on the Young Adult Heroin Task Force, which has been asked to assess and develop ways to combat a drug problem that is running rampant in many parts of the state. Sen. McCarter said he hopes the efforts will raise awareness and provide a real action plan.
“I hope we will see a better understanding of what we are dealing with; how serious the issue is and we all hope we can come up with solutions to save lives,” said McCarter (R-Lebanon). “One out of every four kids who tries heroin becomes addicted and half of those die.”
The Young Adult Heroin Task Force met for the second time Feb. 26 at the Capitol and took testimony from drug prevention specialists, public policy researchers, mental health experts and others for more than 90 minutes.
McCarter believes education and awareness are important to prevention efforts.
Final plans are being made regarding Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. that is to be developed on the southwest corner of the interchange (Interstate Highway 64) in New Baden.
During the New Baden Village Board meeting Monday night, several ordinances revolving around Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. were approved, including a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Redevelopment Agreement, a Business District Redevelopment Agreement and a resolution accepting the dedication of right of away along Richter School Road from Love’s Travel Stops.
It was noted that the Business District Redevelopment Agreement is going to be used to pay for “enhancements.”
“Love’s, pursuant to the village’s request, is upsizing the waterlines from 6-inch to 8-inch, so that we can service future development out there,” said village attorney Doug Gruenke, adding that they are also changing over many of their forced main lines to gravity lines for future development, costing additional money.
Village administrator James Morani added that the project will be funded upfront by the developer.
For the sixth-straight season, the Central Cougars basketball team used their experience and defense to claim the regional title. This year’s edition had to come back from as many as 12 points down to defeat crosstown rival and top-seed Mater Dei in the title game on Friday at MD.
Central also had to defeat Cahokia Conference rival Carlyle in the semifinal game on Wednesday evening.
The Cougars are now 22-8 on the season and will travel to Vandalia on Tuesday to take on Teutopolis in the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional.
The Knights finished the season with a 19-10 record while Carlyle checked in with a 21-9 record to end the season.
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