Douglas County Republican chair Scott Harris presents a plaque to Chuck Knox and his wife Caryl for Chuck’s years of service to Douglas County. Knox has served as Douglas County Republican chairman and also served on the Douglas County Board. He is the author of books about his family history and one on veterans’ stories. Chuck is very involved in his hometown of Villa Grove where he was inducted into the Villa Grove High School Hall of Fame in 2006. Also in 2006 he was named State of Illinois Outstanding Citizen of the Year for the Department of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Kaskaskia Country Club between Arthur and Arcola was the site for the annual Douglas County Lincoln Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 9. About 50 people were in attendance and all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the staff of the Club.
The Douglas County Republican Central Committee hosted the event for county Republicans and other guests. Scott Harris, Atwood, is chair of the DCRCC. Jason Barickman, senator from Bloomington for the 53rd District was the guest speaker.
Barickman has quite an interesting story in that he was born in Streator to a single mother who had moved from Chicago in order to give her son a better life.
She went to school to become a nurse and in that capacity she met a local farmer while treating him in the emergency room. That man became her husband and the man Jason calls ‘Dad.’
Senator Barickman has also served in the Illinois National Guard and is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.
He spoke about the fact that our state is at a crossroads and the importance of finding the way out of the problems that are hurting Illinois and its citizens.