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MORRIS – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) issued the following statement today upon news of the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:
“Today Illinois has lost a true champion and principled leader of strong convictions and unmatched energy. Judy Baar Topinka’s life and career was embodied by service, determination, and a common-sense approach to every cause she undertook. Judy’s sense of humor, her loyalty, and her unbridled passion for making Illinois a better place than she found it are just a few of the many qualities that made her such a unique and respected leader. We will miss her courage, her laughter and her ability to identify challenges and articulate positive solutions without mincing words. May she rest in peace.”
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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives today formally adopted a resolution introduced by State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) honoring retiring Kendall County Sheriff Richard A. Randall for his years of service and dedication to the people of Kendall County. The resolution, HR 1253, was adopted by a unanimous vote.

“Sheriff Randall’s leadership has guided Kendall County through nearly three decades of our growth from a mostly rural county to an area that saw the second-fastest population growth of any county in the nation,” Rep. Anthony said. “This growth brought ever-increasing pressures on the Sheriff’s Office to meet the fast-changing needs of Kendall County families. Through it all, Sheriff Randall remained a firm and steady hand leading us in our mission to serve and protect the community.”

MORRIS – In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Day throughout the State of Illinois, Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) and Morris Hospital are jointly sponsoring a free diabetes screening for the public from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 14 in the main lobby of Morris Hospital, located at 150 W. High Street in Morris. 
The screening consists of a finger-stick blood glucose test.  A 10-12 hour fast is recommended.
MORRIS –State Rep. John Anthony has filed a House Resolution, HR 1303, to honor the late Grundy County Sheriff Terry Marketti of Gardner, who served as Sheriff from 2004 until he passed away suddenly in December 2012.

“Sheriff Marketti served the people of Grundy County with distinction,” said Rep. Anthony. “Throughout his life and career, Terry Marketti put people first, setting a fine example of what public service is all about. As a former sheriff’s deputy myself, I admire and respect Sheriff Marketti’s lifetime dedication to serving and protecting the community. It is time for the State of Illinois to honor his memory for all that he achieved and everything that he meant to the many individuals and families whose lives he touched.”
CHANNAHON –State Rep. John Anthony is partnering with the Kendall and Grundy Emergency Management Agencies, Kendall and Grundy County Health Departments and Morris Hospital to inform residents of measures being taken to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Illinois by hosting a town hall meeting.

The Ebola Preparedness Town Hall will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 29 at the Channahon Park District’s Arrowhead Community Center, located at 24856 W. Eames Street in Channahon. The town hall is free and open to the public.
MORRIS –State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield) has joined a bipartisan coalition of over two dozen House lawmakers in support of House Resolution 1276 calling for members to oppose Senate Bill 16, a massive rewrite of the school funding formula that determines how General State Aid (GSA) is distributed to Illinois’ school districts. If enacted, schools in Rep. Anthony’s district; which includes portions of Kendall, Will, Grundy and LaSalle Counties; stand to lose over $1.134 million in total funding under SB 16.

SB 16 cleared the Illinois Senate in late May but was not brought for a vote in the House of Representatives. However, high ranking Democrats have been meeting secretly with education advocates over the summer and it is likely that a revised version of the bill will emerge during the General Assembly’s November veto session.