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Jacksonville Journal Courier (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Jacksonville, Illinois Republicans rebuke Cruz Over attacks nation a 7a Cisne lied Lor first sports a in Sorrin of the heart of i Ileal ii Luna Las eau turn is net it Rit 21. Iwo Issue 217. Volume 185breaking news at monday. July 27.2015 75tf everyday people education building on colleges future Greg Olson journal counter Keri Mason became director of Lincoln land Community College s Jacksonville and Beardstown locations in june. By Greg Olson a decade ago Keri Mason did no to see herself working in higher education. Now she finds herself the director of two Community College locations. Mason was named director of the Jacksonville and Beardstown locations of Lincoln land Community College in june succeeding longtime director Jan Jerry. A even though its very Busy is till fall registrations its been a pretty smooth transition Quot Mason said. A Jan prepared me Well to take Over after Lier retirement. For the last two years she had been teaching and mentoring me knowing that she would he As director Mason oversees operations of Lincoln land s Jacksonville and Beardstown schools which includes academic advising course schedule development staff management and serving As faculty Liaison. Mason previously served As assistant director of the Lincoln lands Jacksonville location for eight years and prior to that was director of the annual fund at Illinois College for three years. Quot i never planned to work in higher education hut now that in a in the held Lii never leave Quot she said. Mason grew up in t of Unitia Missouri and earned a bachelors degree in communication from Truman state11 Juicer sity in Kirksville Missouri in 2003. A i met my husband i live at Truman state and we got married and settled in Jacksonville after Mason future 15a Springfield a Illinois government by the numbers 27 Days into a new fiscal year the state has no budget a deficit of up to $4 billion and Republican gov. Bruce Rauner insisting that democrats in the legislature embrace his five pro business and anti corruption initiatives. And in the face of those recalcitrant lawmakers Rainier has brought some new figures into the equation a 2 percent automatic Cost of living increase set to take effect this month to boost the $68,000 base legislative salary by nearly $1,400. A a they be taken a pay hike for themselves without any budget and without any real reforms Quot Rauner said last week. It s also the first pay hike in seven years for salaries that have not kept Pace with inflation. The time lapse the Way this years pay hike played out and the defense democrats have assumed this year after having rejected a pay Hump in 2014 All represent a new chapter in what a been a sordid compensation history for the general Assembly a 177 members a a number that used to be higher until taxpayers voted to reduce it because of a pay hike. The plot twists have democrats cornered. House speaker Michael Madigan wont answer questions about it. After years of Well intended politically popular votes to reject raises Chicago Senate president John Gilberton now says it would violate the Illinois Constitution not to take the pay. The charter prohibits a changes in salary Quot during a legislators term. The democratic cont rolled legislature has been locked in a weeks Long Battle with Rauner Over a state budget that was supposed to he in place by july i. The democrats proposed a spending plan they said that protected a a vital services but was Short on Cash by up to $4 billion. Rauner vetoed it and wont Settle the fiscal matter until democrats embrace his Agenda which includes tighter restrictions on injured worker compensation property a curbs and political term limits. Pay for state representatives and senators has been Krypton Ite for decades As witnessed by a 1978 raise provoking such vitriol that voters sliced the size of the House of representatives by one third an Oft ridiculed and eventually dropped Sci firestorm i 5a a news obituaries 2a police beat 3a local state 3a-5a commentary 6a nation world 7a-8a sports sports 1b-3b classifieds 4b-5b comics puzzles 6b advice 7b Bac Page 8b join the conversation what s your take on today s news go to and visit us on Facebook to share your thoughts. Paintball to go owner Joe Schnelten runs to take cover during a Small paintball match. Photos by Nick Draper journal courier finding a Niche with paintball fans by Nick Draper Greenfield air and Gas filled guns launching balls of paint can in heard popping sporadically across a Field full of obstacles and cover. Players move quickly and carefully consider their positioning to avoid being splattered by a Hall moving around 300 feet per second. Ducked away just North of Greenfield is the Battlefield paintball to go a hot spot for paintball enthusiasts from around the Region. A we get a lot of people to come out on the Fields and play a said owner Joe Schnelten. A your world War ii scenario brought in around 235 paintball to go next to Apple Creek offers groups a Chance to try their hand at covering their friends in paint. With an armory full of paintball guns and protective gear players can enjoy different Styli of play including elimination and capture the Flag. The business that started with the online Sale of paintball gun squeegees now encompasses a huge Field with Fields plastic barricade wooden spools cars and Forest scenarios. Though paintball equipment is Madison Schnelten 15, and Cecil Hunt la look to take out their target at a paintball match. Sold there no equipment is required for any groups looking to play because everything needed can he rented. Its a sport open to almost everyone As Well. Schnelten said he a had teens All the Way up to individuals in their 60s and 70s come out to join in. A i bet half of our people Haven to even player before a Schnelten said. A Over half our people Are a your gear is very simple a added owner Angie Schnelten. A a they la he running around the Woods around the ship they done to need complicated equipment. Our equipment is simple to operate and if you can play tag you can play depending on what tin group wants to do the matches can he As intense or relaxed As the players want it to be. Big events like the world War ii scenario Battle for Monti Cassino or the upcoming pirates plunder Are open to everyone including individuals a normally a group is required to play a and Are a Little More complicated. The oct. 3-4 pirates plunder event for example will feature Many different types of missions such As finding treasure capturing Points and storming the full sized pirate ship Complete with Cannon hatches multiple entrances and a hard to take stairwell that can prove a Challenge. The Battle for Monte Cassino features plenty of War props including a functional a machine gun paintball machine mock tanks that must be taken out with special bazookas and medic stations where players can i put Hack in the game after being hit. While the Halls do sting a hit when someone is hit getting caught up in the adventure can make the hit hardly noticeable. A when your adrenaline is going you done to even notice the hit a six Schnelten said. A it does leave a Mark if you get hit on the Hare skin but i always Tell everybody a it he As much fun if you Hurt your buddy just a Little in a i lawmaker pay a firestorm for years lit again by John of Connor associated press

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