A letter to the Beardstown council

    This is a copy of a letter I read to the City Council at the meeting on Sept. 19.
    In September 2014, I heard the then-City Attorney for the City of Springfield, Todd Greenbert, give a presentation in which he spoke on Springfield being a home rule unit. He explained that a city must have a population of 25,000 to be a home rule unit, and only a home rule city can mandate services related to public safety or health, such as garbage service, on its residents. This is according to the Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Sections 6 and 7.

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    In last week’s Focus, I wrote about two doors listed in the Scriptures. One door was an open door which God gives as an invitation to hope and our calling, an open door which no one can shut.