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By DOUG ROKKE
For Rantoul Press
Smith puts heart, soul into mayor’s job
To the editor:
My wife and I moved to Rantoul March 1, 2001. It was not too long after that I met Chuck Smith.
Chuck became a close friend. I was on board before Chuck ran for mayor the first time.
Editor’s note: This week Pauline Poremba makes like a pseudo-Tom Kacich with his News-Gazette Mail Bag column. She answers several reader queries with some help.
SPRINGFIELD – There is an old Marine saying that goes something like this: Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.
Gov. Bruce Rauner would do well to remember that adage, because this past month he has failed at all three.
His first two years in office have been marked not so much by accomplishment but by clarity of vision.
RURAL DEWEY — The Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergency is an active organization.
In the last article I was going to introduce you to one of our many success stories, Chaos, but he will have to wait. Here is an example of a recent rescue. It is a sad situation but with an positive ending.
“Public libraries are the heart and soul of any community. They are a place to read, and think and browse and dream.”
Letter writers who wish to submit an epistle regarding a candidate or issue for the April 4 election may do so right up until March 29, the final edition of the Press before the election.
Backs Smith for re-election as local mayor
To the editor:
My family and I moved to the village of Rantoul 20 years ago, and through the years we have observed the economic and social changes that the village has experienced due to the closing of Chanute Air Force Base and the great recession that soon followed.
It’s fitting that Rantoul’s heartbreaking postseason defeat at the hands of Mahomet-Seymour last Wednesday night came on the first day of March.
That devastating loss was the definition of a March Madness postseason basketball game.
I have only one way to start this week’s column.
Our town must say farewell to an amazing gentleman, Eddie Carter, who was respected by adults and children. He never met a stranger.
Anywhere he went you would hear, “Hello, Officer Carter,” and he would look up, and there was that genuine smile straight from the heart, and he would remember your name.