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24 April 2019

  • Marquis shelves $500M project, citing Illinois’ business climate
    HENNEPIN — Marquis Inc. announced its decision to let more than 800 acres in Illinois land options in Scott County, near Jacksonville, expire in late April, shelving its plans for the development of a $500 million ethanol facility.

    According to a news release issued by the company Monday, Marquis cited pending state legislation that would undermine the competitive business process.

    “This legislation would inflate the cost of the development to the point the project would not have an adequate return on investment and would negatively impact our company’s ability to competitively bid construction projects,” Mark Marquis, CEO of Marquis Inc., said.

    “Illinois government’s anti-business and high tax policies will require us to pursue company expansions in surrounding states,” Marquis said.

    “State bill SB 1407 is an example of legislation that will negatively impact our company’s expansion plans — removing our company’s choice in construction contractors we hire and the agreed upon price between the two parties, reducing competition and inflating costs.

    “Additionally, recent international trade tariffs have restricted the export market of ethanol and distillers grains to several countries, including China, Brazil, Peru, and the European Union,” Marquis said.

    “Our federal government, including our U.S. trade representatives, have failed to reduce and eliminate tariffs on agricultural products, such as ethanol, distillers grain, soybean and soybean meal. These tariffs caused a reduction in corn value, leading to lower prices for U.S. farmers and adding to an already distressed agricultural economy.

    “I hope our legislators work together to tackle these trade barriers and release the stranglehold of regulations on job creators,” Marquis said.

    Marquis Inc. is a multi-generational family company operating two large-scale ethanol production facilities, employing more than 250 staff members, and producing more than 500 million gallons of ethanol and a million tons of high-protein animal feed a year.

    Marquis remains committed to bettering the community through service and producing homegrown ethanol for cleaner air and more affordable fuel.

    With a production capacity of 1 million gallons of fuel grade ethanol per day, Marquis operates the largest dry-mill biofuels production facility in the United States at 11953 Prairie Industrial Parkway in Hennepin.

  • Perry Memorial Hospital acquiring In-Home Care VNA
    PRINCETON — Perry Memorial Hospital announced Monday it will be assuming ownership of In-Home Care VNA.

    The Home Health Change of Ownership Licensure Application has been submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the services will be offered as Perry Home Care starting June 14.

    The Perry Team welcomes the addition of professional at-home health care as it will provide supportive care centered on the patient and family to improve the quality and coordination of nursing care and the patients’ quality of life at home.

    “Perry continues to grow our services,” Annette Schnabel, president and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, said.

    “Perry Home Care providing home health aligns with the Perry Mission to provide compassionate, quality health services to the people and communities we serve,” Schnabel said.

    Homebound residents in Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, LaSalle, Lee and Stark counties will have access to cost-effective, physician-supervised attention through an individualized nursing care program to meet their health needs, including physical, occupational and speech therapy.

    Perry Memorial Hospital is an active health care organization identifying ways to support the care continuum to deliver an excellent quality Perry experience when receiving Perry care in the hospital and beginning June 14, in local homes.

  • The Princeton Closet reaches half-century mark
    PRINCETON — The Closet in Princeton is turning 50.

    To celebrate, the resale shop will provide treats and prizes for its shoppers and volunteers on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tours will also be given of the backroom for those interested in seeing how donations are sorted and priced for the sale rack.

    The Closet, which is run by Church Women United of Princeton, receives approximately 20,000 donated items per month.

    Saturday will be a great day for those who have supported the mission of The Closet over the years. What started as a small resale shop in 1969, has surely made its mark on the people it serves.

    The idea for The Closet came from two teachers who became aware of the need for children of migrant workers. The two women who ran with the idea to help fulfill the need were Barbara Mueller, who resides in the Midwest, and Velma Lagerstrom, who now resides in California.

    From the first day the shop opened, the mission of The Closet has always been to collect the sale proceeds and donate them back to local nonprofit organizations.

    Through the years, the donations have grown immensely. Sue Scruggs, a member of The Closet board, said the shop is currently working toward its $3 million mark in giving back to the community.

    “We’re so lucky we can bless as many agencies as we have over the years,” she said.

    The Closet has also been a go-to place for those facing emergency situations. Through an emergency voucher system, service organizations can refer people to the center for necessities during a time of need — whether it’s clothing, shoes, cooking necessities, linens or toys for children.

    The Closet also has helped local teachers who are in need of classroom supplies for their students.

    “It’s what we’re most grateful for,” Scruggs said. “None of this would happen without the generosity of the donations that come to The Closet.”

    Just last week, the Princeton Chamber of Commerce named The Closet the 2019 Service Club of the Year based on its generosity to the local community.

    The Closet is made up of more than 80 volunteers, with more than 50 active. Scruggs said the help of the volunteers is greatly appreciated, and although those numbers seem strong, The Closet is always looking for more volunteers — even if it’s one day out of the month that a person can commit. The Closet is especially a good place for high schoolers in need of community service hours.

    “Every little bit helps,” Scruggs said.

    The Closet is located at 2026 N. Main St.

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