On Jan. 1, the state of Illinois celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Smokefree Illinois Act. This legislation was developed to protect the public and employees in many different environments from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Locally, the Grundy County Tobacco Coalition will host a celebration of the law from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. It will be held in the community room at the Morris Municipal Services Facility, 700 N. Division St.
Open to the public, this event is made possible by funds received from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Beginning at 5 p.m., local businesses will be recognized for their compliance for the past five years with SFIA.
For additional information, contact Kay Lynn Shoemaker at the Grundy County Health Department, (815) 941-3113.
Four toss hats into ring for Dist. 60C board
Four petitions to run for the Saratoga School District 60c board were returned to the district for the April 9 election.
Petitions for school board elections became available in September and had to be returned by Dec. 26.
The original due date was Dec. 24, but legislation was passed to extend the deadline to Dec. 26 due to the Christmas holiday.
Saratoga’s Board of Education has four seats up for election, all four-year terms. Incumbents Ginger Jones, Tracy Lawyer and Mark Overbeck all returned their petitions to run to keep their seats.
Incumbent Kathleen Ran-dall decided against running for re-election. Newcomer Anne McDonnell also turned in a petition.