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(Info for Lt Gov office was here - SD)
Quinn, Pat 217-782-6830
The past 7 weeks. Please take an opportunity to contact
Governor Quinn's office - to ask him to allow Livestock owners to
Participate in the "International Homeland Security Training" in June
(Wheaton, Illinois). http://www.standing
It was with great interest I read in FarmWeek (Page 9 Monday, February
9, 2008 edition) "Nine livestock emergency meetings planned" column.
I would like to point out that after these Meetings have concluded,
Illinois has been selected to "Host International Homeland Security
Training" by the USDA. See link below:
However, don't bother to call Mr. Jennings (Director IDOA) or Mr.
Kunkle (Illinois State Premises ID Coordinator) - producers, livestock
Owners, independent groups, etc. Are not to be "allowed" to attend
This "Tabletop Exercise". Even though it will address concerns with a
"foreign animal disease outbreak", Premises Registration (NAIS), and
Just ignore the fact that 13 States, 4 Nations and "Official" people can
Go. Don't bother to contact your legislator as we did (Senator
And ask for assistance in knowing what will happen at the meeting.
Senator Luechtefeld did an outstanding job requesting several times on
Our behalf 4 slots for Species Specific individuals to attend and
Understand what plans will be developed from these nine meetings. We
Even offered to "bring our own folding chairs and Box-Lunches if the
USDA/IDOA finds itself pressed for funds in this economically
It has been 7 weeks and now final notice has been received from Mr.
Jennings: The Illinois Department of Agriculture does not want the
Individuals who will be directly affected by (not to mention paying for
With tax dollars) this "Exercise" to attend.
Just sign up for the 9 meetings and let the "Officials" take care of all
The details. No need to worry about transparency or information being
Relayed to the individuals who will be directly impacted.
If any Farm Bureau member is as disgusted with the "business as usual"
Behind closed doors running of the Illinois Government as we are,
I encourage you to contact our new Governor Pat Quinn to ask
"What is the problem with small Livestock Owners being involved with
Let's see if it really will be a new era.
Mrs. Michael Sabo
Illinois Independent Consumer and Farmers Association (IICFA)
(info removed due to sheer volume of calls - SD)