breesecouncilLeft: Carl Ratermann, Gary Usselmann, Timothy Schleper and Jason Davinroy are sworn in as Breese City Council aldermen by police chief Bob Fix. Right: Breese Mayor Charlie Hilmes (left) congratulates alderman Paul Steinman on his 8 years of service to the city of Breese. (Photos by Melissa Wilkinson)    Paul Steinman issued a fond farewell to his compatriots on the Breese City Council last Tuesday, May 7 during a regular council meeting. Steinman officially retired from his position as Ward 3 alderman after losing a re-election campaign to newcomer Timothy Schleper in early April.
    “I just wanted to say thank you very much for the years you’ve spent here,” said Breese mayor Charlie Hilmes. “People truly don’t realize the time that it takes. Congratulations Paul; it’s been a pleasure working with you.”
    Schleper was sworn in alongside Jason Davinroy (Ward 1), Carl Ratermann (Ward 2) and Gary Usselmann (Ward 3), all of whom were re-elected in April’s election. 

For participants of the first New Baden Elementary School color run, rain only added to the fun. Students, teachers and parents dashed through the streets of New Baden on Saturday, May 11, beginning with white T-shirts and ending with bright splashes of color. (Photos by Melissa Wilkinson and Noah Sliney)

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