Cheers

... to all those involved in the bus voter registration program, in which a former Connect Transit bus is being retrofitted to an office that allows people to register to vote.

The registration bus will travel throughout the Twin Cities and elsewhere in McLean County, offering a quick and easy way for people to register — whether they live in Bloomington or elsewhere in McLean County.

The primary election is March 20. The general election is Nov. 6.

Voting is your opportunity to have a say in local, state and national government. If you don't vote, you shouldn't complain later.

Cheers

... to Midwest Food Bank and Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who are partnering to provide food for students who participate in the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis.

The food bank, located in north Normal, serves food banks and meets emergency needs throughout the United States and some other countries, as well as Central Illinois.

Joyner-Kersee saw it as the perfect partner for her center that provides after-school education, enrichment, activities and sports, and whose organizers saw a need for their kids to take home food.

Last year,  a million people received assistance through the food bank's partner agencies.

Woof!

... to Illinois Wesleyan University First Dog Calvin, who is available for students and staff throughout the year as a listening ear, a loving companion and playful friend.

The personal pet of President Eric Jensen and his wife, Elizabeth, Calvin is part of campus life, even volunteering for various four-legged science research.

Companion animals bring a tremendous amount of friendship into human lives. Consider sharing a forever home with a dog, cat or other critter available from one of our area's many animal shelters.

Cheers

... to Ameren, for asking the public's opinion on two proposals for its new route related to a major expansion.

Both proposals would run from the Normal East Substation to the McLean County Substation. The project is intended to improve service reliability.

The electric utility has held several open houses about its plans. The Illinois Commerce Commission will make the final decision.

Cheers

... to Bloomington Housing Authority and Disney for anti-bullying reminders.

Certificates of appreciation, gift cards and wrist bands have gone to young people who pledge against bullying.

Cheers

... to our very own Jonell Kehias, this year's winner of the Jean Anderson Award that honors dedication, selflessness and promotion of downtown Bloomington.

The award is named for Jean Anderson, a Bloomington alderman from 1989 until her death in 1996. 

Kehias is director of marketing/retention for the newspaper.  

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