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NAIS bill - support its passage
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IL folks - Please voice support for SB840 - Cottage Food Bill!!!!

Please call the committee members and your own representatives to support SB840 - the Cottage Food bill.

 

This bill allows for home-made jams, jellies, fruit butters and baked goods to be sold (up to $25K per year) with no inspections from state or local health departments, the department of ag, etc.

 

Items not specifically allowed in the law can be sold if the person (at personal expense, of course) has their recipe tested and registered with a certified lab.

 

 Committee hearing is Wednesday, May 18, at 9:00 am.

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Animal Hoarding Bill in Illinois - Asking for calls and letters

HR1166 criminalizes anyone housing more than 7 animals... Let them know this is unacceptable intrusion into private affairs!  [Read More]
 
 

HOMESCHOOL Bill in Illinois

Meeting for home schooling families to create a strategy for fighting SB0136 - a bill that would require registration of all home or alternative schools with the state of Illinois  [Read More]
 
 

Time Stand Still in a Honey Yard

As the slow methodical dance unfolds between the Apiarist and her hives, a drop of sweat slowly rolls down the back of her neck. Even at 40F in February, she knows that the actions she takes now can makeor break this colony of 50,000 bees. The husbandry that she applies will provide liquid nectar in a few months time – a sweetener that has been cherished throughout thousands of years by the human race, and of course, wildlife.

She knows the health benefits after having carefully been instructed by a Veteran 'Keep – her father. At age 9, Astrid Sabo has been a Beekeeper more than half of her life and she knows that the careful precision she applies is appreciated by family who enjoy the benefits of her labor. She has rested on her belly in the spring to watch the ladies travel from flower to flower while collecting pollen and mused at their industry. And yes, she has been stung as she will be quick to tell you if asked.

She knows that farmer’s crops, backyard gardeners vegetables, and commercial fruit orchards depend in large part to Honey Bees pollination. Being exposed to the environmental benefits and declining population of the little winged insects, she has become a steward in her own right of the land.

Somehow February 27th she found herself in Springfield, hours from home and the hives. She traveled with her father Mike Sabo and her younger brother to the Great Rotunda where legislative matters hum off the walls much as the bees fill the hive with their song. Beside her stands Senator Dave Luechtefeld, the Legislator that supports her in her effort to continue what she loves and has dedicated many hours of her life to. About to walk into the Senate Agricultural Committee, a bead of sweat slowly makes it's way down the back of her neck. This hearing covering SB 2959 could make the difference if Astrid, and indeed 95% of Illinois Beekeepers, can continue to keep hives.

She has dreams of selling at the local Farmers Market to support her hives, however current regulation prohibits the opportunity unless, as the Illinois Department of Health suggested at an after Committee meeting, she rent a commercial kitchen. The logistics of transporting such a delicate agricultural product must not be known to the IDPH. Nor the fact that Bees, like Astrid, are tenacious in guarding the comb from which the honey is removed and cannot be coaxed to stay behind while the honey travels to its final point.

In a time when Illinois Consumers are looking for fresh, locally produced products the question must be poised as to why such barriers are created between producers and consumers. How many times have individuals looked for a local product on the store shelves or Farmers Markets only to find imported products crowding out the items that could support the local economy?

If we want to keep the opportunity for the Astrid's out there in Illinois to provide a future for our Agricultural Industry, our Farmers Markets, and our toast with just a touch of natures bounty – it is time to stand up and provide legislative requests of our Representatives.

There are currently 3 bills related to the regulatory process of honey awaiting Committee Meetings or advancement to the floor in Springfield this year (SB 2959, HB 6132, and HB 5755). They have statewide sponsorship and true bipartisan support.

I encourage each and every Illinois citizen who enjoys honey, and the affiliated items that can be produced with the byproducts (candles, soap, wax), to support these 3 bills by contacting their State Senator and Representative.

~ ~ Written by Sharon Sabo
Founder, IICFA
 
 

Illinois Senator Introduces a Resolution against NAIS!!

SR0127 was introduced into the Illinois Senate this morning by Senator Luechtefeld.

In order to be passed, we will need support from everyone we can find.

Please take a moment to contact the following legislators and let them know you support SR0127 and would like to see it passed!

And, please take a moment to thank Senator Luechtefeld for introducing this resolution on behalf of all livestock owners and consumers in IL!!!

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James F Clayborne Jr.    (618) 875-1212  F(618) 274-3010         

                                              (217) 782-5399 

                                 claybourne@senatedem.state.il.us

 

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Kirk W Dillard                  (630) 969-0990     F(630) 969-1007
                                                  (217) 782-8148
         
                                                     senator@kdillard.com 

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Don Harmon                    (708) 848-2002     F(708) 848-2022

                                              (217) 782-8176

                                              Harmon@senatedem.state.il.us

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Dale A. Righter                   (217) 235-6033     F(217) 235-6052

                                              (217) 782-6674     (888) 235-6033

                                                    drighter@consolidated.net

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Louis S Viverito                 (708) 430-2510    (708) 430-2610

                                                            (217) 782-0054

                                                                  viverito@senatedem.state.il.us

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David Luechtefeld  (618) 243-9014    (618) 243-5376

                           (217) 782-8137

                                 sendavel@midwest.net 

 
 

USDA and DHS - No Producers or Consumers Invited, Thanks

No livestock owners or consumers allowed at "International Homeland Security Training"

This training will help develop systems and procedures for dealing with livestock disease outbreaks, and will also discuss NAIS and depopulation.

Please contact the IL Governor - IDOA and USDA say "no way" to public and producers on all counts - but invite people from 13 other states and 4 foreign countries.

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