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By Heidi Litchfield - Morris Daily Herald

MORRIS – At just 24, volunteer Morris fireman James Allen lost his life in a residential fire because of a backdraft.

Nearly 30 years later, Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District Chief Tracey Steffes is working toward recognizing Allen by having a portion of Route 47 through Morris named in his honor...

Steffes approached state Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, with the memorial idea and Anthony jumped on board to help.

“I’m really honored to do this,” Anthony said. “Anytime I can honor a public servant, it’s what I want to do. I get that warm feeling that you get when you’ve done something for someone, and it makes me excited to do it.”
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. John Anthony (R-Morris) was sworn in for his first full two-year term as a member of the Illinois House representing Illinois’ 75th District today, expressing optimism for bipartisan cooperation between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-led General Assembly. All 118 members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office for the inaugural of the 99th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.
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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.”