Local News for Sunday, December 9

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Published on December 9 2012 11:34 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Governor Quinn wants state representatives to side with him on state prisons.  He says about 500 child abuse investigators could lose their jobs if lawmakers don't uphold his veto.  Lawmakers put more than 50 million dollars in the budget this year to pay for prisons but Quinn took it out, and asked lawmakers to put it towards the Department of Children and Family Services instead.  The legislature slashed the DCFS budget by 50 million dollars.  Quinn says half-empty prisons should never be a priority over fighting child abuse.

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Governor Quinn could face tough competition if he runs for re-election in 2014, but he says people shouldn't count him out so soon.  He says naysayers counted him out in 2010, but he managed to pull off the victory.  Quinn credits his ability to organize people on a grassroots level for the win.  A recent public policy poll puts Quinn's approval rating at just 25%, but Quinn says he thinks he's doing a good job.

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A reminder of the Christmas Open House today at the Cross at the Crossroads.  The Open House will run from 1 to 3pm in the Cross Welcome Center.  There will be free refreshments and piano music, plus the opportunity to browse through more than 50 Nativity scenes on display in the chapel.

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The 20th Annual National Trail Farm Toy Show is set for today from 9am to 3pm at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building on West Fayette.  More than 100 vendors will have items on display, and Santa will be there from 11am to 1pm.  Admission is $2/person, but those younger than 10 will be admitted for free.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to children's charities.

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The Lutheran churches of Sigel, Stewardson and Strasburg are once again combining their voices for a Christmas cantata, and this is the 50th annual such event.  The cantata will be presented tonight at 7pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Strasburg at the corner of First and Locust.  Both traditional and contemporary songs will be featured.

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Effingham VFW Post and Auxiliary will hold their Christmas party tonight for members.  There will be a meal at 4pm and a dance from 5 to 8:30pm.  The public is invited to the dance and there will be no cover charge.  Benny and the Amigos will be playing.

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The Southeastern Illinois Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will sponsor a special candlelighting service tonight at 6:45pm to remember the children that have been lost.  The service will be held at the St. Thomas Parish Center on Jourdan Street in Newton, just east of the Catholic Church.  The event will consist of special music, readings and the candlelighting.  Refreshments will follow after the program.  Everyone is welcome.

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Jackson Township Baptist Church is holding a holiday meal today.  After Sunday School at 9:30am and worship at 10:30am, a meal will be enjoyed starting at noon.  The church will supply the rolls and drinks.  Everyone planning to attend should take a friend and/or relative to celebrate today's Christmas and New Year's potluck.

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Hey!  Hey!  Unto you a show is born!  Come see it!  It's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and will be presented today at 2pm at the Effingham Performance Center.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger.  With more than 100 people involved, it's likely that you'll know someone!  Tickets will be available at the door.