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Brady in the lead Battleground Polling

Poll Shows Large Amounts of Voters Undecided in Race for Illinois Governor

A poll conducted by the Battleground Polling Group found 45% of voters remain undecided in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. This continues the trend from the first poll released in June by Battleground Polling Group, an independent polling group.

With 45% of voters undecided, current State Treasurer Dan Rutherford leads decided voters with 18% of likely voters, followed by current State Senator Bill Brady with 13%, with State Senator Kirk Dillard and businessman Bruce Raunner close behind, each with the support of 12% of likely voters.

“This early in the game, it is not unexpected for undecided to be leading the way in the race for the GOP nomination,” said Battleground Polling Group president Dennis Cook.

Among respondents who identified as members of a Tea Party organization, Bill Brady opens up a lead among decided voters, earning 29% of the vote.

Undecided voters also are leading the way in the contest for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer, with 60% of voters still undecided. Of voters who have made a decision, former House Minority Leader Tom Cross is opening up a lead over Dupage County Auditor Bob Grogan, with Mr. Cross earning the support of 27% of voters, and Mr. Grogan earning the support of 13% of voters.

“Certainly, Tom Cross is in a solid position as we move into the winter campaign season,” said Cook. “But, with 60% of voters still undecided, Bob Grogan still has room to pick up more support as the campaign moves into full swing.”

Among Tea Party members, Tom Cross expands his lead over Bob Grogan to 31% to 9%.

You can view the poll here November Republican Primary Poll Results

To obtain its results, Battleground surveyed 535 randomly selected registered voters who participated in each of the last three Republican Primary Elections through automated telephone calls and an online survey method. The margin of error for each survey is +/- 3.97 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. The Poll was conducted from November 3 – November 11.

Battleground Polling Group, led by Dennis Cook and Christopher Ford, M.Ed., conducts public opinion polls throughout the state of Illinois as a public service and for research. For more information, visit www.battlegroundpolling.com.

Concealed Carry Class in Homer Glen

Illinois Concealed Carry Class
Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th

Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricolone are working with 2A Firearms Education to host classes for the general public on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th at Mullet’s Sports Bar and Restaurant at 14903 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen. Special pricing has been secured for this class.
To receive the discounted price you must register for class at www.2afe.com/tea-party.html After registering, and paying for class you will be contacted by Brian from 2A Firearms Education to confirm that you are registered. If you are having trouble registering or have other questions please contact Brian at 815-714-9757

This seems to be the most common question we hear. The new concealed carry law requires 16 hours of training but allows for certain exemptions.

Everyone will fall into one of the three following categories:
• Active or honorably discharged military personnel are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours of training.
• If you have not served in the military but have taken a firearms safety course, you may be exempt for 4 or 8 hours depending on the course. Please call Brian at 815-714-9757, and he will help to determine how many additional hours of training that the law requires.
• If you have not served in the military and have not had any other firearm training, the law requires that you complete 16 hours of training.

Class Fees:
8 hour course $135.00
12 hour course $230.00
16 hour course $260.00. (This course also includes the NRA Basic Pistol course packet and completion certificate)

Homer taxes going up again

Contact people on these Boards and let them hear how you feel. If you can make the meetings great. Sign in to speak. There are very few people we elect that actually don’t want to tax us out of our homes. When taxes go up it is harder to sell your home and harder to make ends meet.
Shame on all those Board of people we voted in who don’t get it. They raise taxes because they can. They should follow the example of Jim Holland, Frankfort Mayor who cut the property tax again.
Homer 33C is planning to raise the Property Taxes just under 5% again, Tuesday December 17th at 7pm meeting at the Homer 33C School Dist. Office 158th and Bell next to the Jr. High. If you can make it please go and voice your opinion. You can also email the Board members
Angela Adolf, President

Deb Martin, Vice President

Amy Blank, Secretary
ablank2@homerschools.org Against Tax increase

Ed Campins, Member
ecampins2@homerschools.org Against Tax increase

Patrick Dwyer, Member

Cindy Polke, Member

Barb Wilson, Member


Homer Township Road District plans to raise the Property Taxes 1.7%. The meeting is December 9th at 7:30pm at the Old Town Hall 16053 S. Cedar
Road Commissioner Mike Devivo Office phone: 708-301-0246
Office fax: 708-301-0436
mike@homerhighway.com Responsible for the Property Tax increase

Pam Meyers Supervisor p.meyers@homertownship.com
John Kruczek j.kruczek@homertownship.com
Christina Neitzke c.neitzke@homertownship.com Against Tax Increase
Vicki Bozen v.bozen@homertownship.com Against Tax Increase
Ed Kalas e.kalas@homertownship.com


Homer Fire District is going for a $4,000,000 plus Referendum. December 2, 2013– 6:30 p.m.
Homer Township Fire Protection District
16050 S. Cedar Road
Lockport, IL 60491
ph: 815-838-5006
fax: 815-838-6635
Secretary Paul Anderson, President Keith Hojek, Trustee Mark Lobes, voted to let the people decide with a referendum for a bond.
North West Homer Fire District Vote 7am Monday November 25th to raise the property taxes. Joe Malacina is against raising your taxes. Jim Kuzma and Vicki Fron have not stated a position, but voted to raise your taxes in the past.
Our Adminstrative Offices are located at:
Northwest Homer Station One
16151 West 143rd Street
Lockport, IL 60441-8595
Phone – 815-838-0180
Fax – 815-838-0185
Lockport H.S. District 205
December 15, 2014 (Truth-in-Taxation/Regular Meeting) 7:00 p.m. in the Maroon Room at the East Campus, 1333 East Seventh Street, Lockport, except where noted. Levy is for just under 3%
John Lukasik, President jlukasik@lths.org
Samantha Neitzke, Vice President sneitzke@lths.org Against Tax increase
Ann Lopez-Caneva, Secretary alopez-caneva@lths.org
Lisa Bickus, Member lbickus@lths.org
Lou Ann Johnson, Member ljohnson@lths.org
Michael Lewandowski, Member mlewandowski@lths.org
Charles Travis, Member ctravis@lths.org

Lead Plant closes, less ammo

October 16, 2013 11:00 pm • By Leah Thorsen lthorsen@post-dispatch.com 636-937-6249

The lead smelter in Herculaneum is shown in this 2001 file photo.
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HERCULANEUM • About 145 employees of the Doe Run lead smelter have learned they will lose their jobs at the end of December because of the plant’s closure, the Doe Run Co. said Wednesday. An additional 73 contractor jobs also will be eliminated.

The job cuts were expected. The plant, which has operated for more than a century and is the lone remaining lead smelter in the United States, announced in 2010 that it will cease operations at the end of this year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.

The Doe Run Co. announced last year that it had dropped plans to build a new lead processing facility in Herculaneum that would have used a new, cleaner lead production technology. The company cited the

$100 million project as too financially risky.

Employees were notified of their future with the company or of their impending layoff between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8 in face-to-face meetings, said Tammy Stankey, a company spokeswoman.

The company will keep about 75 employees into 2014 to operate its refinery and strip mill and to prepare the property “for closure and repurposing.” It expects to have transferred 43 employees to other Doe Run divisions by this year’s end, according to a company statement.

Some operations, such as the water treatment plant, will operate indefinitely, and a maintenance staff will remain to “maintain essential facilities,” the company said.

The company said it had been working with employees for months to help them transition to new roles and had set up a career center to help with resume writing, interviewing and job searches.

“We have a very talented workforce and encourage businesses looking for dedicated, hardworking and skilled employees to contact us,” Gary Hughes, general manager of the smelter, said in the statement.

Support our Vets

Get the word out……..Pass it on

In case you did not know about this event.

The races begin @ 2:10 PM this Sunday.

Free admission for everyone who is accompanied by a veteran. Buffet is free for vet’s but significant others/friends and family per Hawthorns request pay $19.95 for the buffet.

Hawthorne Race Course invites you to come out to the track on Sunday, November 10, to help us honor our country’s veterans.

We have sent out an open invitation to all active duty military members and veterans to join us for the day. All military members and veterans will receive free admission and live racing program, along with a free lunch buffet in our Gold Cup room.

Each of the day’s nine races will be dedicated to a branch of the military, and we would love if your veterans could join us in taking part in our celebration of them. In addition, we will be raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project throughout the day. Hawthorne has committed to donating all admission collected throughout the day to the Wounded Warriors Project and will hold several events throughout the day to further raise money for the Project.

As a local city official, we would like for you and a guest to join us in honoring local veterans.

Please call or email Savannah Short at 708-780-3671 or Savannah@HawthorneRaceCourse.com to make your reservation for free admission, program and Gold Cup buffet for you and a guest!


Ficarello Candidate for Will County Sheriff “CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS
November 5, 2013 Editor No Comments

“CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS To keep the incarceration rate below national average for non-violent misdemeanant offenders and traffic offenders, an alternative type of sentencing is needed in Will County. This alternative category of sentencing will present the court system with a program that would allow judges to order manual labor of sentenced inmates, […]

To keep the incarceration rate below national average for non-violent misdemeanant offenders and traffic offenders, an alternative type of sentencing is needed in Will County. This alternative category of sentencing will present the court system with a program that would allow judges to order manual labor of sentenced inmates, in lieu of extended jail time. The alternative sentencing will not only help the taxpayer by reducing inmate housing costs due to the sentence time being exchanged for manual labor, but also provide these low risk offenders an opportunity to learn life skills and repay the community.
The placement in this type of alternative sentencing must meet certain eligibility and the individual must agree to the terms and rules of the program. The sentenced inmate must be physically capable and able to work in all weather.
The sentenced inmate must also pay a one-time insurance fee and processing fee prior to participation in this program. The processing fee will be utilized to provide special clothing for both the job being performed and exposure to the elements/climate.
These sentenced individuals will work only in approved work settings for governmental institutions, or non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. They will be supervised by sworn officers, and will operate five days a week. A civilian coordinator will provide management of the various job assignments throughout the community. Failure to meet the terms of the program or a break in the rules will result in spending the rest of their sentence in a general population setting with the full sentencing reinstated.
Inmates in this program who have not completed high school or attained a G.E.D. will be encouraged to participate in the G.E.D. program offered by the Support Services Division of the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
This program will provide a “Clear Path” for inmates to learn the responsibility of hard work, serving their sentence and providing a positive experience by giving something back to the community, and encouraged enrollment in the Sheriff’s G.E.D. program. Also contact with various charitable organizations could provide help for these individuals once they have completed their sentencing.
The “Clear Path Program” will be evaluated after one year to analyze the cost, benefits and savings resulting from the program.
A future contingency of this plan would allow individuals sentenced to probation/supervision, including hours of community service, to also participate in a plan of a similar environment.

Taxes voted to increase by Dems in Will County

Your Property Taxes in Will County were just increased by the Democrats with the deciding vote coming from Democrat Executive Larry Walsh. To put it into context Jim Moustis said taking in New Construction raises everyone’s taxes and Larry Walsh said the County takes New property money. The Democrats believe in raising taxes, taking your money, and the Republicans believe we are taxed too much. Check out what your Republican Board Members said about taking more of your money in the form of taxes. Reed Bible 46:35 Compares this tax increase to a meal at Mc Donalds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6JkcY5grNE Moustis 42:35, 54:20, 1:08:17; Izzo 47:38; Fricilone 48:05, 1:01:20; Balich 48:54 101:27; Margo Mc dermed 58:10; Maher 59:47; Hart 1:05:40; Freitag 1:02:25; Wiegel 103:21; Goodson 1:06:28; Walsh Speaks 1:10:14

Balich & Friclone Host Concealed Carry Class

Will Co. Board members offer concealed-carry gun course
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY slafferty@southtownstar.com November 1, 2013 11:08PM

Will County Board Member Steve Balich is co-hosting an Illinois concealed-carry class with 2A Firearms Education on Nov. 7 and 8. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 3, 2013 2:52AM

In two months, adults in Illinois will be eligible to get a license to carry a concealed handgun for self defense — something that residents of every other state are able to do now.
“They should have done this a long time ago,” Will County Board member Steve Balich (R-Homer Glen) said of Illinois legislators.
Balich has a Utah license that allows him to carry a gun in more than 30 states.
Part of the licensing process under Illinois’ concealed-carry law is completion of a 16-hour training class that involves classroom instruction and at least four hours at a gun range.
To help local residents meet that requirement, Balich and fellow county board member Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen), will host the two-day program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Mullets Sports Bar and Restaurant, 14309 Bell Road, Homer Glen, in cooperation with 2A Firearms Education and the Homer-Lockport Tea Party.
They have secured reduced pricing of $260 for the 16-hour class for those who register through the local Tea Party at www.2AFE.com/tea-party.html or call 2A Firearms Education at (815) 714-9757. The class will be limited to 40 participants.
Balich, a member of the Homer-Lockport Tea Party and founder of the Will County Tea Party Alliance, said he expects the class to be popular and plans to offer a weekend class later.
“I wanted to be sure to offer this in our area because it is our constitutional right,” Balich said, estimating that half the residents in the Homer Glen/Lockport area own a gun.
“Since it is part of our state law, we are just looking to give the opportunity to people who qualify. Classes are being run throughout the state, but this is an opportunity to have it locally,” Fricilone said.
Ironically, the class is being held in the rear banquet room of a bar. Illinois law prohibits guns in bars as well as at schools, parks, government buildings and on public transportation.
Balich stressed that no guns will be allowed in the class, which will use a separate rear entrance and have no access to the bar area.
Mullets’ owner Sam Akkawi said he offered the room free of charge to Balich and Fricilone because he has a “great relationship with the township and the village. Any time they need anything, I’m here. I want to maintain that relationship.”
The class will cover all aspects of the new law — where it’s legal to carry a gun, where it’s not and when the law allows you to use a gun, Balich said.
“You have to feel your life is threatened. You have to make sure you have no other choice,” he said.
Students will be able to make an appointment for the shooting portion of the training class at 2A Firearms Education’s range in Kankakee, where they will learn to handle, load and fire a gun, Balich said.
He said he’s arranging the class because he fully supports concealed carry and views it as “my constitutional right. I do not feel threatened, but I could protect myself if I need to.” Although he’s never had to use his gun, Balich said he would as a “last-ditch effort” to protect himself.
Not everyone is required to take the full 16-hour class. Active or retired military personnel and those who have taken a firearms safety course may only need the eight-hour class, which is offered on Friday for $135.
Persons with any firearms training may be exempt from four or eight hours of the 16-hour course. Those who are unsure of what training they need should call Brian at 2A at (815) 714-9757.

Aerial Photos in Will County

Will County has in my opinion excessive regulations. An example is the use of Aerial Photos to initiate code violations. I have been trying since April to amend the Ordinance to not allow it. Finally in October I am getting movement and it will be going to a vote either in October or November.