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Response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address, delivered today:

Illinois Opportunity Project Chief of Staff Mark Cavers released the following statementin response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address, delivered today:

“After seven months without a budget, there has been a frenzy of positioning by pundits and politicians against Governor Rauner. The fact is, Governor Rauner was elected on the promise of a “Turnaround,” because the old ways of doing business had left many behind. State budgets of the past had moved Illinois to last in the nation in nearly every economic indicator: public safety, education, job creation, population growth, infrastructure maintenance and bond rating.

In his Budget Address today, the governor re-stated his willingness to work across the aisle while he also demonstrated the courage to challenge powerful politicians and special interests – a bold and necessary step toward fixing problems long ignored. There is no joy in making difficult decisions and having tough conversations. But what choice is left? It is long past time to end lip-service and false promises and to begin solving our problems by enacting the economic and political reforms the governor referenced today.

Many of the governor’s political opponents – those who defend the state’s failed status quo – began messaging against the proposed reforms as soon as he left the chamber today. They expressed outrage over the lack of a state budget and claimed that their ideas could spare Illinoisans pain and sacrifice. We know this is simply not true.

The budget they demand he sign is, in fact, billions of dollars out of balance, and requires massive tax hikes on hardworking families and businesses. They propose this budget and corresponding tax increase knowing that the 2011 tax hike they passed – the largest in Illinois’ history – left us with a downgraded credit rating, an increased unfunded pension liability, and an additional $127 million in debt.

Though it may be difficult to see today, the change the governor promised when he was elected has begun. Illinoisans had the courage then to begin the turnaround of our great state. We must now have the fortitude to see it through; and have the vision to craft a sound and sustainable budget, as well as to build a better state – one that can grow once again.”

Source: Will County News

Adopting meaningful reforms for Criminal justice

Shortly after Gov. Bruce Rauner assumed office, he announced a major goal for Illinois’ oversized criminal-justice system: Reduce the state’s prison population by 25 percent by 2025.

On Feb. 24, leading experts from the Illinois Policy Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, along with representatives from the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, will host a panel to discuss new research and solutions to help realize this goal.

In 2016, Illinois Policy will focus on re-entry reforms, which will enable more ex-offenders who have served their time to find meaningful work to support themselves and their families – instead of continuing to cycle in and out of the system.

Each year, more than 30,000 people are released from Illinois prisons and face the challenge of re-entering society. But nearly 45 percent of those leaving prison will return within three years. The biggest obstacle to getting their lives back on track – and staying out of prison – is finding good jobs. Research from the Safer Foundation shows that Illinois ex-offenders who are employed a year after release can have a recidivism rate as low as 16 percent. Instead of a clear path to becoming independent, however, many ex-offenders find themselves practically unemployable because of state policies that make obtaining work exceedingly difficult.

Success is possible, but only with employment. Adopting meaningful reforms such as criminal-record-sealing expansion and removing unnecessary occupational-licensing restrictions will save Illinois money in recidivism-related costs while enhancing public safety. Please join the Illinois Policy Institute and the ACLU of Illinois at this important event.


Rodger Heaton – Chairman of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, Director of Public Safety, and Homeland Security Advisor to the governor.

Bryant Jackson-Green – Criminal Justice Policy Analyst with the Illinois Policy Institute.

Ben Ruddell – Criminal Justice Policy Attorney with the ACLU of Illinois

Moderated by Khadine Bennett – Staff Attorney and Legislative Counsel with the ACLU of Illinois


Lisa Creason — mom, activist and ex-offender


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. *A light breakfast will be served
Location: Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654


Source: Will County News

Shopping while White

by | Feb 15, 2016  The Black Sphere

Political Corectness

There is a saying by black Liberals that blacks can’t be racist. The idea is centered around the notion that if you are powerless, you can only respond to your oppressors, which is not racism, but defense.

Perhaps that’s true, if indeed black people were powerless. To believe this idiocy, one would have to believe oneself to be a victim.

Of course, victimhood is what Liberals preaches, teaches, and enforces, so there is no wonder America is full of idiots who believe this nonsense.

The fact is that today, white people are far more oppressed than blacks, and it is generally at the hands of blacks. Most have been trained to ignore the stories, and the media and Leftist white enablers are all too willing to do the same or look the other way, when they see the oppression of non-blacks by blacks.

Check out how this black welfare queen treats a man simply shopping while white. Starts heating up about 3 min. in

The following video is not from the article and has very bad language. I rarely put up a video like this but it seemed to follow the article, so excuse the offensive language.

Idiots like this act out in ways that are unbelievably destructive, and are the REAL reason America suffers as these moron continue to blame their problems on whites, while ignoring their own behavior, as well as the REAL racists: the Democrats.

I get lots of hate messages from blacks who can’t stand it when I expose this type of behavior, but truth is truth. But you can bet there are far too many blacks who will watch this video and cheer this woman on, as the white man only wanted to get some groceries.

Imagine if the scenario had escalated, where she attacked him?

It should be noted that the guy filming was black, and he was smart enough to recognize that the black woman was noticeably “set off” by the presence of that white man. Yes America, black Liberals are the worst racist in this country, and it’s time America recognize it, and stop making excuses for it.

Source: Will County News

Super Majority Plus of State Legislators “DO NOT” Vote to Support IL Manufacturing

Rauschenberger: Only 20% of State Legislators Vote to Support IL Manufacturing

On this edition of Against The Current (ATC), Dan Proft sits down with former State Senator and current President and CEO of the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMAIllinois.org) Steve Rauschenberger.

With Governor Rauner set to give his 2016 State Budget Address, Rauschenberger, an Elgin Republican, widely recognized as the preeminent state budget expert during his 15 years in the General Assembly, discusses the future for small to midsize manufacturers in Illinois if they’re going to have one, the seismic changes to state government required to balance the books, and how the future of the Illinois Republican Party is woven into both.

Rauschenberger offers a tour de force on 21st century jobs, state government and IL politics in this most informative installment of ATC.

Source: Will County News

Left Behind


Left Behind

By Patrick Hughes


In recent weeks, the fiscal problems that stalk the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system have shifted into high gear. The teachers’ union rejected a contract offer from the administration, the district announced $100 million in cuts, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to move ahead with a state take-over of the district. Bankruptcy seems to be the only option for the district, as the state’s abysmal fiscal condition makes a CPS bailout impossible.


Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced financiers to back a high-interest $725 million bond sale to keep this failed system clunking along for a few more months. The desperate measure of a failed bureaucrat who lacks the courage, vision and leadership to try a different path. And while Rahm flails away, the futures of nearly 400,000 school children hang in the balance.


School Choice Picture


In November 2014, in advance of the Inauguration of the 99th General Assembly, I wrote a commentary for The Illinois Opportunity Project calling on newly elected – or re-elected – state legislators to consider funding education based on equity, efficiency and excellence.


“There can be no legitimate dispute that the failure to reform our education system is hurting students. An evaluation by the National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that nearly two-thirds of Illinois 4th graders in the state’s public schools do not perform at grade level in math or reading


…There is an opportunity here. However, without a state-approved universal voucher system, the only way low-income families can access better schools is through the help of nonprofits and scholarships. But, the need far outweighs the available resources.


Illinois must re-think the antiquated, oppressive and incorrect notion – fiercely advocated by teacher unions – that government is the best entity to make decisions about education. This idea has led to a system in which a child’s education – and therefore, opportunity in life – is tied to his parents’ income and zip code…


Now is the time to issue the challenge to legislators once more: take up school choice before one more academic year goes by. School choice is the chance to rescue students from failing schools and to make good schools better. It is the chance to make good on campaign promises to provide a quality education for every child and reduce state spending.


School choice is an unequivocal opportunity for legislators to become heroes to the children and families of Illinois. The 2016 campaign mailers will write themselves. ”


Yet, union controlled Democrat state legislators didn’t dare stand with us on this issue. Instead, they continue to oppose vouchers and charter schools on the specious grounds that such programs will hurt education by taking funding away from traditional public school systems. But this is just an excuse to protect their own livelihoods and the livelihoods of teachers’ union members who moonlight as their political foot soldiers.


According to research from the Friedman Foundation, school choice policies actually free up state education dollars, allowing traditional public school districts to spend more per pupil. In Arizona, which has the sixth largest Hispanic public school enrollment in the country, traditional public schools successfully coexist with charters. Public school district officials there say charters haven’t hurt their enrollment and have encouraged them to innovate, which leads to a better education for all students.


We can’t allow Democrat state legislators to force families into a failing system that leaves children behind, especially when better alternatives exist. We can’t allow Democrat state legislators to force suburban and downstate taxpayers – all of whom are required in part to fund CPS – to bail out the failed CPS system again. And we can’t allow Democrat state legislators – who ignored our call to action the first time – to cling to their waning power and crumbling institutions at the expense of the school children and tax payers of Chicago and beyond.


We can’t. And we won’t. The 2016 campaign mailers have begun to write themselves.

Source: Will County News