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Nature center to host Monarch training, tagging By Katie Cook Staff Reporter @Den_News The sun was shining and the sky was clear of clouds on Friday during the tagging of monarch butterflies. The Douglas-Hart Nature Center hosted a “Monarch Training and Tagging” program for everyone to join and will repeat the program on Thursday. The tagging is a science program that partners with Monarchwatch. org to research the migration patterns of monarch butterflies. The program trains the residents to tag the butterflies in a specific way and explains why they tag the butterflies, said Jennifer Tariq, the education director for DouglasHart. The program participants will be tagging butterflies they have raised and will be trying to tag wild butterflies they find. When tagging a butterfly, they are not harming them, she said. They are caught with a net and are handled properly. The tag has a special code that will identify them as
CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 “We only seem to have trouble when outsiders come,” she said. Stephanie Wood, a sophomore early childhood education major, said the shooting has changed her perception of party scenes. She said she would feel safe offcampus in a public location, but not at a party. “It’s scary to think somebody would feel the need to do that at a party,” Wood said. Good judgment should be a factor in decisions made when going to parties, Joshua Wiggs, a freshman psychology major said.
passing through. “ We c a l l t h e m t h e i r l i c e n s e plates,” Tariq said. The researchers put the tags under the butterfly’s wings in a particular spot. The placement of the tags will not interfere with their flying or health, Tariq said. The monarch population will spend its summer in Canada because it is cooler and then migrate to Mexico for winter. Some butterflies will probably not survive through the migration, she said. Many generations of butterflies make their way to Mexico, Tariq said. When a butterfly is found with a tag, they can be looked up at monarchwatch.org to see where they are from. This way the researchers can determine what kind of needs they have for their migration, she said. For example, a monarch will only lay its eggs on a milk leaf. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillar will only live on a milk leaf. “We’re trying to educate to resi-
dents that milk leaves are very essential and we need to take care of them,” Tariq said. The number of monarchs is declining and with this education, people can help them survive, she said. The tagging program consists of about eight to 10 people. Tariq said that this is the perfect amount for training. People can email the DouglasHart Nature Center to sign up for a training session at douglashartnc@ consolidated.net. Tariq warns people that it is a hit or miss with the training. The next training will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the nature center. “This is not just for adults; this is for families,” Tariq said. Children can easily learn how to tag a butterfly and can have a lot of fun, she added.
“It’s common sense,” he said. “Don’t bring a gun when alcohol is going to be involved.” Dan Nadler, the vice president for student affairs, sent an email to all students at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, giving information about Eastern’s counseling services for anybody at the “Barn Party.” “I am writing to reach out to individuals who attended the off-campus “Barn Party” this past weekend,” Nadler said in the email. “EIU’s Counseling Center staff members are available to assist any EIU students who may be experiencing distress following the event.” Nadler encouraged students to visit a licensed counselor, even if
it is just briefly to “process your thoughts.” The Counseling Center is on the first floor of the Human Services Building. Their number is 217581-3413 and the center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students who wish to call for after-hours emergencies should call 217-549-6483. The “Barn Party” investigation is ongoing and more information will be available as the Charleston Police Department continues its investigation.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 She also said a progressive tax system would result in lower effective tax rates for Illinoisans making less than $95,000, with the lowest tax bracket—those making less than $18,000— seeing a 2 percent decrease. Jakobsson, who has fought previously for the move to a graduated tax system, said her legislation would alleviate what she said is a great tax burden for low and middle-income families while asking the richest Illinoisans to contribute their fair share. However, many of Jakobsson’s Republican colleagues in the Illinois House have voiced adamant opposition to any move away from the current flat tax rate, including Sandack, who has written a number of articles denouncing the legislation. “Anyone who believes this is about ‘equity’ or ‘fairness’ is mistaken or woefully naïve,” Sandack said. “Illinois does not have a revenue problem, rather a spending problem. Period.” In a September article for Reboot Illinois, Sandack said the downsides of a progressive tax system are well documented, stating the move could stifle entrepreneurship and job creation within Illinois. Ralph Martire, executive director at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, however, adamantly disagreed with many of Sandack’s claims. Martire, who has worked extensively with Jakobsson to promote HJRCA33, said the threat of job loss and the migration of wealthy Illinois was false. “Where is the top 1 percent going to go?” Martire asked. “Every sur-
rounding state has a lower tax bracket than Illinois.” Martire also said California, where individual income tax rates are some of the highest in the nation, have consistently brought in more millionaires per year than any other state. However, for Martire, the fight for tax reform goes far beyond a simple change in the tax code. He said the switch would drastically change the scope of public education funding in the state, namely for those in low-income areas. According to data from the CTBA, the switch to Jakobsson’s proposed tax system would raise 15 percent more revenue than the current flat tax rate. However, those opposed to the switch, including the Illinois Policy Institute, have cited significantly different numbers as evidence opposing the amendment. According to an IPI press release from April, Jakobsson’s proposed raise would force tax hikes on 85 percent of Illinois taxpayers, as well destroy at least 65,000 jobs. Martire, however, countered, stating the IPI’s claims were made up of “spurious numbers,” and questioning the validity of their research methods. Regardless, one thing does seem apparent: the fight over the Illinois’ tax rate is far from over and will likely be a major issue in next year’s general election. Robert Downen can be reached at 581-2812 or at JRDownen@eiu.edu.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE1 The council also: • Approved the purchase of property at 1120 VanBuren Avenue. •Approved the annexation of 2651 Douglas Drive. • Approved a mutual aid agreement for ambulance service with
the Oakland fire protection district. • Approved a resolution for funding regarding a new federal requirement for street sign reflectivity. Seth Schroeder can be reached at 581-2812 or DENeic@gmail.com.
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