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Kraulidis & Bolton a Responsible Team for Will County Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Kraulidis and Yvonne Bolton are two of three candidates running for Will County Board 13 in the Republican primary (voters will be asked to vote for two candidates).

 

In an election year where insurgents are being recognized for their dedication to principled stands on responsible government, these are the two to keep any eye on.  Both have a history advocating for less taxes, smaller government, and more accountability to the taxpayer.

Both candidates have worked in grassroots organizations prior to being involved in the political arena. Their passion for less taxes, and more accountability is a message that they both have carried with them into their political positions. With this year’s frustration with the stereotypical establishment candidates on both sides of the isle, these two should be a breadth of fresh air for the voters in the 13th District.

Mr. Kraulidis is a Republican Committeeman in the 32nd Precinct and the Plainfield Township Republican Chairman. Over the years, he has been a frequent guest on radio programs promoting the principles of responsible government with the message of lower taxes, less bureaucracy, and more responsibility to the taxpayer. Although, he was the highest vote getter in the Republican primary in 2012, he fall short in the Obama General Election sweep in Will County.

Mrs. Bolton a Committeewoman in the 23rd Precinct, Plainfield Township Tax Collector, and former Republican candidate for the Illinois State Assembly in the 98th legislative district.  She is also the Vice Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Will County, where she works aggressively to promote GOP principles in the Latino communities. The Illinois Primary election will be March 15.

John Smith

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 7:12 PM, sbalich@comcast <sbalich@comcast.net> wrote:

http://willcountynews.com/2016/02/19/kraulidis-bolton-a-responsible-team-for-will-county-board/

Source: Will County News

State leaders to take on the tax and regulatory reforms

In February 2012, Caterpillar Inc. CEO Doug Oberhelman wrote an op-ed outlining the reforms Illinois needs to foster an environment for jobs growth, instead of driving more and more businesses across state lines. In the four years since the Springfield State Journal-Register published Oberhelman’s letter, Illinois has been the only state in the region with a net loss of manufacturing jobs.

In his piece, Oberhelman pointed out the policy problems that prevent companies such as Caterpillar from making new investments and creating new jobs in Illinois. He urged state leaders to take on the tax and regulatory reforms necessary to rebalance Illinois’ economy and put the state’s fiscal house in order. “Caterpillar has deep roots in Illinois,” he said, adding that “Illinois is Caterpillar’s home, and it is my home.” However, Oberhelman also pointed out that Caterpillar hadn’t opened a new Illinois factory for decades, and state policy problems have a lot to do with it.

Illinois has lost 12,500 manufacturing jobs on net in the four years since Oberhelman wrote his op-ed, while surrounding states added a net 234,000 manufacturing jobs. Michigan gained 73,000, Indiana added 44,000, Kentucky tacked on 29,000, and Wisconsin added 21,000 manufacturing jobs.

What policy problems was Oberhelman describing? Specifically, he pointed to Illinois’ broken workers’ compensation system, high tax burden and dire budget projections. Oberhelman suggested the following:

  • Develop a long-term sustainable budget that allows the 2011 tax increase to sunset on time and relieves pressure on taxpayers
  • Dramatically reduce workers’ compensation costs

State government has not hit the target on either of these marks. Illinois made an attempt at pension reform in 2013, but the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the law and ruled it unconstitutional in May 2015. The state must pass a constitutional amendment to fix its pension problems. The General Assembly passed certain workers’ compensation reforms in 2011, before Oberhelman wrote his letter, but the system remains outdated and structurally flawed. Manufacturing job losses have continued unabated since the letter was written, and the losses stretch back to the turn of the 21st century.

Automation and outsourcing to other countries have partly driven this trend. But another driver, especially in recent years, is that manufacturers are passing up Illinois for surrounding states. The problem that Oberhelman addressed is that industrial companies looking to grow in the U.S. are avoiding Illinois.

His message ended with a clear choice for Illinois:

“Business leaders are making decisions today on where to invest in the future. Illinois must act now, with a bipartisan sense of urgency, to position itself for future job creation that is being discussed in boardrooms all across this country. I want Illinois to be in the hunt for those types of investments, including investments by Caterpillar. Illinois deserves it.”

Politicians didn’t heed Oberhelman’s advice, and the results are in: Illinois’ blue-collar middle class is struggling. After four years of delay, it’s even more urgent that the state act. Working-class Illinoisans deserve rewarding careers and opportunities in industries such as manufacturing, and it’s up to policymakers to clear the barriers that are keeping companies away.


Michael Lucci
Vice President of Policy

Source: Will County News

Will County forced to pay and reduce its recycling program

Will County forced to pay and reduce its recycling program

When it comes to electronic recycling, Will County has been a leader in the state, once having 13 permanent sites where residents could freely dispose of their old TVs and computers.

Now, for the first time, to keep its once-thriving recycling drive alive, Will County will have to pay for an out-of-state company to handle its recycling collections, which have been drastically reduced to three sites.

“We have been fortunate not to pay until now,” said County Board Speaker Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort Township, calling it a stop-gap measure until a legislative remedy could be worked out.

The county’s long-time recycling firm, Vintage Tech, of Plainfield, broke its contract Feb. 1, saying it could no longer make enough money from manufacturers to sustain its efforts.

The county received one bid, $202,900 from California-based Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), to replace Vintage Tech, which is expected to be approved at the Feb. 18 County Board meeting.

To keep the costs down, the collection sites were expected to do more of the work, which forced all but three to close this month.

ERI is requiring the sites to stack and wrap all electronic items on pallets, and have a forklift available to load a semi-trailer. Most sites cannot accommodate a semi-trailer, and don’t have the staff available to do the labor that is required, officials said.

“We have been successful because we had lots of sites,” said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh. Now that more work is being required of the site hosts, there may be additional costs for those who stay in the program. He said he hopes to find some money to help these sites cover their costs.

Officials are concerned that with so few collection sites, more televisions will be dumped in ditches. County Board member Bob Howard, D-Beecher, said he has already had that problem in his rural area.

Residents can opt to have large electronic devices picked up at their door, but that fee also increased, to $75 from $25.

Will County began its recycling effort by offering one-day residential electronic collection events in 2000 — long before Illinois banned electronics from landfills in 2012. In 2007, the county partnered with local government agencies, such as townships and villages, to have four permanent drop off sites — a number that grew to 13 sites in 2011.

Last year, the county took in 4.4 million pounds of recycled electronics, according to Marta Keane, of the Will County Resource Recovery and Energy Division, an amount she believes will drop now that it is no longer as convenient for residents to recycle.

In 2015, it became illegal to charge local governments that operated recycling collection sites, with the intent that manufacturers would pay recycling processing firms, which covered the costs of collections.

“We paid nothing to recycle. It was fully funded by manufacturers,” said Keane, noting that part of the problem is that the value of metal and plastics is at an all-time low.

Recyclers want manufacturers to pay more, but manufacturers don’t want to, Keane said, adding that they are working on revising legislation to address all these issues.

On the other hand, County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, said, “Government should get out of the recycling business.”

Consumers should pay for recycling at the time of purchase, similar to the disposal fees they now pay for tires and oil changes, he said.

According to the willcountygreen.com website, all but three sites have closed or will close by the end of the month. Those remaining open so far include Lockport Township, 17112 Prime Boulevard; Mokena Public Works, 19004 S. Wolf Road; and the Village of Bolingbrook, 299 Canterbury Lane. All are open Monday through Friday.

As another alternative, Best Buy retailers offer free TV recycling with the purchase of a TV with delivery. Otherwise, it will take TVs through home collection for a $100 fee, according to the county’s website.

slafferty@tribpub.com

Source: Will County News

Ferguson Gang Leader Admits “Eric Holder Paid Us To Start Riots”

Ferguson Gang Leader Admits “Eric Holder Paid Us To Start Riots”

Eric Holder, USDOJ, Public Domain

Eric Holder, USDOJ, Public Domain

Eric Holder’s career has survived a long list of scandals; The 2008 Black Panther debacle, overturning Arizona’s immigration laws and ‘Fast and Furious‘ immediately spring to mind. These, however, pale in comparison to the recent allegations against Holder, the likes of which could easily land the Attorney General behind bars.

Evidence has been uncovered showing Eric Holder contributed funds to Ferguson’s gang population as incentive to loot and spread civil unrest in the area. These angry, government-sponsored terrorists have systematically infiltrated peaceful protests with the intention of escalating the situation and inciting riots.

A local gang leader came forward last week after being arrested during a night of mass-looting. The unnamed criminal is using his information to bargain for a reduced sentence.

Allegedly, Holder’s goal behind pouring the proverbial gasoline on an already volatile scene is to test militarized police response in a martial law scenario. It is also suspected that the riots have been started as the latest in distractions from the diabolical duo of Obama and Holder. This isn’t the first time they have created a media bait-and-switch to cover up any of their numerous crimes and blunders.

Officials have yet to publicly identify the damaging evidence submitted by the gang member, and are still in the process of verifying the legitimacy of said items.  Judge Rineheart of the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis is presiding over the case, and has reviewed the materials. During a phone interview with National Report Judge Rineheart stated  “The evidence I have seen is incredibly convincing.”

Holder is not yet officially charged with a crime, but it’s expected that a warrant could be issued for him within the coming days. Obama’s spokespeople have declined to comment.

– See more at: http://nationalreport.net/ferguson-gang-leader-admits-eric-holder-paid-us-start-riots/#sthash.PHVfF7FX.dpuf

Source: Will County News

Ranch Owner Reveals The Last Words Justice Scalia Said To Him The Night Before He Died

Ranch Owner Reveals The Last Words Justice Scalia Said To Him The Night Before He Died

Kevin Whitson February 15, 2016 Western Journalism

Antonin Scalia’s last night among the living was spent among friends, according to Cibolo Creek Ranch owner John Poindexter.

Describing the night before Scalia passed, Poindexter told reporters, “He was seated near me and I had a chance to observe him. He was very entertaining. But about 9 P.M. he said, ‘it’s been a long day and a long week, I want to get some sleep.’”

At 8:30 A.M. on Saturday, Poindexter attempted to wake the sleeping Supreme Court justice, but the judge didn’t come to the door. Three hours later, he returned with a friend of Scalia’s and entered the room. Poindexter described the scene upon entering the room: “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled.”

“He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” he added.

After checking for a pulse, and after speaking by phone with a physician, Poindexter said the decision was made not to attempt cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Scalia arrived on Friday and was only expected to stay until Sunday, with little opportunity to enjoy the 66,000 acres the Cibolo Creek Ranch had to offer. The ranch, which was established in 1857, played host to a great number of celebrities like Mick Jagger, Julia Roberts and Tommy Lee Jones.

“This was strictly a group of friends that the judge decided to join … It was an honor to have him. He was widely admired. There were no speeches. He wasn’t asked any hard questions, it was all about the outdoors and Texas, and what it’s like to being a Supreme Court Justice,” Poindexter stated.

“All of us here saw him as a stalwart defender of our way of life in Texas, in a real sense,” he said. “It’s a great loss. Having made that statement, if it was his time to go, he was surrounded by friends, in fairly nice setting, with a full tummy, too. He said he was very happy to be invited so it could have been in worse circumstances,” Poindexter concluded.

 

 

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