News briefs: Manley invites seniors to share thoughts at Retiree Advisory Committee

Knowing seniors have unique viewpoint on the best way to administer state legislation and local programs, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is hosting a Retiree Advisory Committee to hear their opinions directly, from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at her district office, located at 2701 Black Road, Suite 201, in Joliet.

“Our seniors are a vital part of our community, and it is important that there is a place to discuss issues which directly affect them,” Manley said. “Retirees can offer different opinions and viewpoints gained through their experiences in life to the debates over legislation in Springfield. I encourage all seniors who are interested to come out and join me for part of their morning.”

Manley hosts a number of regular advisory committees to hear from area families about their perspective on state programs and services and to talk with them about state happenings that may impact them directly.

Manley’s Retiree Advisory Committee is free and open to all residents of the 98th District. An RSVP is required. To do so, or for more information, contact Manley’s full-time constituent service office at 815-725-2741 or email

Firefighters host gun raffle

The Bolingbrook Firefighter Local 3005 are hosting the annual 2016 Gun Raffle, raffling off 12 firearms; six long guns and six pistols. There will be a maximum of 1,000 tickets sold.  Each ticket costs $50 and each ticket is allowed to win one time per month. If your ticket is drawn it will be placed back into the drawing for the remaining months of the raffle.  The first drawing will take place in July 2016 and the final drawing will be in December 2016.

Each month there will be a drawing for one long gun, one pistol, one $100 gift card and one $50 gift card. Winners will be notified via email or phone and must go to Bass Pro Shop Bolingbrook to file the required paperwork and receive the firearm. Gift cards will be mailed to the winners.  A valid FOID card is required to receive any firearms.  To purchase a ticket check out this link:

VNA Health kicks off  ‘Walk into Wellness’ series

VNA Health Care is kicking off its “Walk into Wellness” Community Open House event series from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27  for “Keep the Beat”: A Celebration for a Healthy Heart. The event takes place at VNA’s new clinic, located at 161 N. Independence Blvd., near Romeoville High School. The community is invited to attend and learn about risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, get tips for controlling blood pressure, and find resources for quitting smoking. All Walk into Wellness events include free health screenings, a healthy cooking demonstration with samples, a raffle and more. For more information about VNA, visit

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