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Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:03 am

quick takes 3-17-05

TO MERGE OR NOT TO MERGE

A public forum on the proposed merger of the city and county health departments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 E. Laurel St.

Leroy Jordan, former assistant superintendent of District 186 and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will serve as moderator. The event is co-sponsored by the Springfield branch of the NAACP and the Sangamon County Medical Society.

The Sangamon County Health Department has offered to take over the city’s health-department functions. City residents will vote on the merger proposal on April 5.

VISIONS OF UNITY

As part of an annual rally to promote racial unity and understanding, organizers are inviting central-Illinois students (third grade through high school) to submit original art works and poems.

Any drawing or painting (up to two by three feet) or poem (up to 40 lines) highlighting the theme of racial unity and understanding may be submitted. Eighteen winners, eligible for prizes of $20-$50, will be named, and winning entries will be published in Illinois Times. The deadline is Friday, May 27. Send entries to “Vision of Race Unity Contest,” P.O. Box 1841, Springfield, IL 62705.

A unity rally will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information about the contest or the rally, call 217-544-9595 or visit www.springfieldbahai.org.

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