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Heartland seeks entrepreneurs

NORMAL— Heartland Community College is offering another session of its course aimed to help people learn the skills of opening a business.

Entrepreneur Essentials meets 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Raab Road campus. Classes start June 28 and continue through October.

Essentials is a vocational training program in which students develop a business plan. They learn about expectations, issues and responsibilities of organizing a business. 

Enrollment deadline is June 20; call 309-268-8048.

Barickman, wife welcome 1st child

SPRINGFIELD — While his colleagues were hunkered down in the Capitol dealing with a crush of last-minute legislative wrangling, state Rep. Jason Barickman was back home Friday tending to a different kind of business.

The freshman Republican lawmaker from Champaign was with his wife, Kristin, and their newborn baby, August Michael Barickman.

The child, their first, was born Thursday afternoon. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

In a text message to his colleagues, Barickman wrote, “Kristin is great, baby is perfect.”

Word of the birth brought applause on the floor of the Illinois House.

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