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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than ...
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than they were when they first put Born in the U.S.A. or The River down on the turntable, still feels like Bruce has something -- OK, a lot of things -- to say about our country and the way we live our lives, things that not a lot of other artists are saying. And whether he's talking about the knife that can cut this pain from your heart, the house that's waiting for you to walk in or what that flag flying over the courthouse means, he's nailing down feelings that are so universal that they can raise your spirits and break your heart at the same time. Plus, lets face it, the man rocks.
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By RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall
Oct. 3, 2012 10 a.m.

Warm weather equals more time spent outdoors, more social activities
like barbecues, reunions, and much needed vacations. It also means that
more people will be dining out, and perhaps enjoying food and drinks outside
under the starlight. To accommodate customers who smoke, several
establishments in Henry and Stark Counties have created outdoor smoking
areas and beer gardens so patrons can light up while sipping a cool
To ensure that bars and restaurants are in compliance with the Smoke
Free Illinois Act (SFIA) in regard to outdoor patios or other designated
outdoor smoking areas, Henry and Stark County Environmental Health
Inspectors want to remind businesses and proprietors of the following SFIA
A proprietor may designate an area as an outdoor patio where smoking is
permitted only if the area:
* Is not enclosed and is located at least 15 feet from doors, windows
that open, and ventilation intake vents. (A space is enclosed if it is
surrounded by a combination of walls and a ceiling, regardless of windows
and doorways, and regardless of the material of the structure. The use of
canvas , tarps, screens, lattice, or strips/sheets of plastic to enclose a
smoking area is considered a violation.)
In addition to complying with fire code and any local ordinances,
outdoor smoking structures must meet one of the following criteria to be in
compliance with Smoke-Free Illinois.
* Be completely open on one side (no wall or other material on one side)
even if it is a tent. Doors and windows being open do not count as one side
being completely open.
* Have half walls (50% of the distance between floor and ceiling) on two
or more sides.
* Have no overhead covering.
Environmental Health Director, Dorothy David, also emphasizes the
requirement for businesses and proprietors to post "No Smoking" signs: "No
Smoking" signs or the international "No Smoking" symbol, consisting of a
pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle
with a red bar across it, must be clearly and conspicuously posted in each
public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited." Signs
are available to download at the Illinois Department of Public Health Web
site: www.smoke-free.illinois.gov
The purpose of the Smoke Free Illinois Act is to protect the health of
Illinois residents, workers, and visitors from the documented health effects
of secondhand smoke exposure. When the Smoke Free Illinois Act went into
effect in 2008, Illinois became the 22nd state to protect workers, patrons
and visitors in all its businesses and public places from the health risks
of secondhand smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois
is now one of 25 states and the District of Columbia to have comprehensive,
statewide smoking bans which prohibit smoking in public places,
establishments such as bars and restaurants, as well as all other
workplaces, including casinos.
The Health Department continues its Smoke Free Illinois Act enforcement
efforts by following up on complaints, conducting routine compliance checks
and issuing citations for violations of the Act. Smoking complaints can be
filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health on the Web at
www.smoke-free.illinois.gov or by telephoning the Department's toll-free
Complaint Line at 866-973-4646. Complaints also can be made to the Henry and
Stark County Health Department or a local law enforcement agency.

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