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Homer Glen State of the Village Address


The Homer Township Chamber of Commerce Cordially Invites You to the 2016 State of the Village Address Presented by Mayor George Yukich Thursday, March 31, 2016 DiNolfo’s Banquets 14447 W. 159th St. Homer Glen, IL 60491 Registration begins at 11:15 a.m./Lunch promptly at 11:45 a.m. $35 Chamber Member $40 Non-Member


Kindly reply by March 24th Business / Organization ____________________________________________ Contact: ______________________ Address _______________________________________City ____________________ State _____ Zip _________ Phone ______________________ Email ____________________________________________________________ Please reserve ________ places at $ _______ per person.


Please list all attendees and dietary requests on back. Please list me as a __ $500 PLATINUM Sponsor or as a __ $250 GOLD Sponsor or as a __ $125 SILVER Sponsor Sponsorships are also available as follows: $500 PLATINUM Sponsor: Four luncheon tickets; Recognition on email and newsletter correspondence; Business name on event sign; Business name on event program; Chamber website advertisement space for six months and chamber mailing labels for current members. $250 GOLD Sponsor: Two luncheon tickets; Recognition on email and newsletter correspondence; Business name on event sign; Business name on event program; Chamber website advertisement space for three months. $125 SILVER Sponsor: Business name on event program; Business name on event sign; Recognition on chamber website; Recognition on email and newsletter correspondence.


Please make check payable to: Homer Township Chamber of Commerce Please charge my VISA, MasterCard or American Express (circle one) Card Number ______________________________________________ Expiration __________________________ Print Name ________________________________________________ Code ______________________________ Signature _________________________________________________ Amount $___________________________ You also have the option to register and pay online at the new Chamber website  http://homerchamber.com/

Source: Will County News

We need your help to get the Homer Township Property Tax Referendum Passed

Last year we hit the pavement hard and knocked on hundreds and hundreds of doors. In the end we successfully placed or property tax  referendum on the March 15th ballot, but the work isn’t over yet. Now we must make sure that the residents of Homer Township know what is at stake.
 Americans for Prosperity has loaded a script and call list into their state of the art phone banking system and I’m asking all of you to join us Saturday, February 27th at Mullets in Homer Glen from noon- 4pm. We will be hitting the phones to educate residents about our property tax  initiative and urging them to vote yes on March 15th.
AFP will be buying lunch for all the volunteers so come hungry. Please RSVP as soon as possible to tkoehn@afphq.org so that we have a head count for food. I hope to see everyone there.
God Bless You and Your Family
-Steve Balich

Todd Koehn | Field Director | Americans for Prosperity Foundation – Illinois m: 224.239.5311 | e: TKoehn@afphq.org

Source: Will County News

A Daughters Journey to Far Off Places

It’s been since Sunday that we have been non-stop traveling but we are finally settled in! After our flight to the Philippines Manila, we took a small plane an hour south to a smaller island called el nido. It is absolutely beautiful here!! Today we just took it easy hanging out at the beach and waking around town and we made some new friends from Canada.

Source: Will County News

Rauner to Dems: Work with me or pass tax hike

Editors Note: The People in Illinois are fed up with increased taxes to pay for excessive salaries, benefits, and pensions that exceed more than the average private sector worker who may get laid off or loose their job on any given day.

Rauner to Dems: Work with me or pass tax hike

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday evening closed out a tour of speeches to civic groups around the state with an often-repeated message for Democrats:

Work with him on what he considers reforms or pass a tax hike and wear the blame for it.

Eight months into fiscal year 2016 without a state budget, the Republican from Winnetka continued to put the onus for the budget impasse on Democrats in general and House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago in particular.

After a speech to the Springfield and Illinois chambers of commerce Tuesday, the governor told reporters, “I’ve said to the speaker, ‘I will work on tax reform and new revenue, but we need to do reforms.’ So far, he’s refused.”

Asked if his position was so weak that he must simply wait for the speaker to act, the governor said: “I can’t unilaterally raise taxes, and I won’t unilaterally raise taxes. And I can’t pass a budget; only the Legislature can pass a budget. ”

Rauner said Democrats, who hold supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, “know that only doing a tax hike isn’t either the right answer or politically popular. They just want to try to force me to do that, and I’m not going to that, so we’re going to stay the course.”

Democratic leaders, including Sen. President John Cullerton of Chicago, have recently said Rauner’s wrong, that without some agreement with the GOP, the votes simply aren’t there for a tax increase.

They’ve also rejected the core of the Rauner “Turnaround Agenda,” with a Madigan spokesman recently calling it “neither structural nor reform” but “another whack at middle class families so the 1 Percenters can get further ahead.”


Rauner has said while he’s never said one thing must or must not be included in a grand bargain with Democrats, he wants:

  • Term limits for elected state officials, including legislators, and independent legislative redistricting.
  •  A property tax freeze coupled with local governments being given the option to cut costs by removing some items from collective bargaining, the prevailing wage and contracting rules.
  • Significant changes to the state’s civil lawsuit and workers compensation systems.

Rauner on Tuesday argued that simply using his veto and other executive powers to control out-of-whack spending or to fashion a one-year patch would not be addressing Illinois’ fundamental flaws in its political and business environments. Those flaws, he says, are costing the state population, jobs and the ability to compete.

“Higher taxes or fewer services … I say that’s not the choice,” the governor said Tuesday. “Let’s do faster economic growth and less government waste and bureaucracy. We’ll free up billions to put into our schools and human services. That that needs to be the conversation.”

“If we were just an average-growing state — average-growing over the last 15 to 17 years — we wouldn’t have a budget deficit, we wouldn’t have unpaid bills, we wouldn’t have had the need for a tax in 2011 and we’d have money for our schools. We need to grow and we need to shrink the cost of government.”

Not everyone agrees with the idea that Illinois can right itself solely by downsizing government and promoting growth, especially in the short term.

Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois-Springfield, said that while both are legitimate goals, even eliminating the state’s entire payroll wouldn’t let Illinois balance its budget and pay its debt.

Democrats and Republicans alike, he said, are probably going to have to accept some bitter pills — likely reduced spending on social services for Democrats and some form of tax increase for Republicans — if there is to be a budget agreement anytime soon.

Without an overall budget for fiscal 2016, the state is still making payments on roughly 90 percent of the bills it covered in the previous year by paying for costs mandated in continuing appropriations, by court decrees, in the primary education budget that did pass and for its debt service.

And that spending does not include funds for higher education or most social services.
Illinois also is sitting on about $6.9 billion in unpaid bills, and that amount will grow to $10 billion to $12 billion by June 30, the end of fiscal year 2016 if action isn’t taken, according to state Comptroller Leslie Munger, R-Lincolnshire. Additionally, Illinois unfunded pension obligations are estimated at $111 billion to $113 billion.

Source: Will County News