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Fundraiser for Steve Balich

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Fundraiser for Steve Balich
Will County Board district 7

Thursday June 2nd 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Mullets Sports Bar 14903 S. Bell,Homer Glen IL. 60491

Music by Dave Molinari

Honored Speakers:
Master of Ceremony: Tim Kraulidis
Dan Proft: WIND Radio Host
Doug Mayhal: President of Will County Ill. State Rifle Association
Laurie Mc Philips: Candidate for Will County Executive

State Republican Minority Leaders Radogno & Durkin ( If not in secession)

Gold Sponsor $1,000 ________ Silver Sponsor $500_________ Bronze Sponsor $250________

Donations $35.00 at the Door or by Mail
Includes Beer & Pasta

Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL. 60467
(815) 557- 7196 WWW.ElectBalich.com Sbalich@Comcast.net

“A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois
Paid for By Elect Balich

Families have less money money at the end of the month

 

These Charts say it all

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(All data courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Have a good day….if you can.

Source: Will County News

Muslims Seize Power in London England

Things are about to get interesting in London:

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan was set on Thursday to become the first Muslim to be elected mayor of London, loosening the ruling Conservatives’ hold on Britain’s financial center after a campaign marred by charges of anti-Semitism and extremism.

His expected victory may be a lone bright spot for Labour on a day of local elections in England, Scotland and Wales. Opinion polls suggested the main opposition party would lose seats in some traditional strongholds, testing the authority of its new left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

In bright sunshine, Britons trickled in to voting stations to cast their ballots in elections which some campaigners fear could fail to attract many voters, as the contests have been overshadowed by next month’s referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.

The fight to run London – the top prize in the local elections – has pitted Labour’s Khan, 45, the son of an immigrant bus driver, against Conservative Zac Goldsmith, 41, the elite-educated son of a billionaire financier.

The winner will replace Conservative Boris Johnson, who has run the city of 8.6 million people for the past eight years and is seen as a leading contender to succeed David Cameron as party leader and prime minister.

We’re not nearly as excited as Yahoo. As the website YoungCons noted, Khan’s family has serious ties to Islamic radicals:

While countries of Europe are confronted with the problem of responding to the millions of Middle East refugees seeking asylum, the great city of London is about to elect a Muslim mayor.

And not just any Muslim mayor but a man who has faced a string of claims about his past dealings with Muslim extremists.

His name is Sadiq Khan.  And he is a bad dude.

From Breitbart:

Polling suggests some people are nervous about having someone like Mr. Khan near an office that wields so much power, responsibility, and cash.

In fact one third of Londoners remain suspicious of having a Muslim Mayor, and the likes of Sajid Javid or Syed Kamall suffer because of their co-religionists’ insistence on fellow-travelling with extremists, if not holding extremist views themselves.

Apart from his somewhat threatening statements about not voting for him while claiming that “he is the West”, Mr. Khan’s own track record is perhaps one of the most sour of all Muslim politicians in the Western world.

In 2001 he was the lawyer for the Nation of Islam in its successful High Court bid to overturn the 15-year-ban on its leader, Louis Farrakhan.

In 2005 and 2006 he visited terror-charged Babar Ahmad in Woodhill Prison. Mr. Ahmed was extradited to the U.S. in 2012, serving time in prison before being returned to the UK in 2015. Mr. Ahmed pleaded guilty to the terrorist offences of conspiracy, and providing material support to the Taliban.

 

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Source: Will County News

Madigan muzzles Illinoisans on term limits

Madigan muzzles Illinoisans on term limits

Austin Berg

When Mike Madigan first took his seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, the wide-eyed youths of the world were proclaiming the virtues of Coca-Cola.

“I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony,” they sang on an Italian hilltop.

Peace. Unity. Democracy. It was 1971.

More than four decades into Madigan’s tenure, Illinois couldn’t be much further from those ideals.

In fact, Madigan has muffled one of the few common choruses among Illinoisans of all political stripes — support for term limits. For yet another year, Illinoisans will be deprived of a referendum on the ballot to vote on this matter.

Nearly four out of five Illinois residents support term limits, according to polling from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It’s no wonder Madigan doesn’t want to give voters the choice to restrict political staying power.

Strong demand for term limits in Illinois should come as no surprise.

Only 25 percent of Illinoisans are confident in their state government, according to poll numbers released Feb. 17 by Gallup. This stands as the lowest rate in the nation by an eight-point margin, and is far lower than that of any other Midwestern state.

The best case for term limits in Illinois might be the fight surrounding, well, term limits. Only the strongest of political machines could so effectively deny Illinoisans their voice on an issue with such widespread support.

In a 2014 fight to put legislative redistricting to a popular vote, that same political machine provided a prime example of why Illinoisans feel a need to end the status quo in the first place.

A citizens group wanted a vote on its plan to take redistricting out of the politicians’ hands and make the process nonpartisan. The group collected nearly double the 300,000 signatures required by law to get the measure on the November 2014 ballot. But a lawsuit filed by a longtime associate of Madigan prevented voters from being heard on the matter.

Instead, the ballot saw three nonbinding survey questions, one of which Madigan later admitted was placed purely to boost Democratic turnout for then-Gov. Pat Quinn.

It’s no wonder so many Illinoisans see state politics as a power trip and not a public service.

Opponents of term limits often argue they restrict the voice of voters. If constituents put a politician in office for decades, doesn’t that mean he or she is doing a good job?

Perhaps, but tenures stretching across generations have led to un-democratic outcomes for voters across the state. Madigan has consolidated his power through decades of fundraising, redistricting and scare tactics, to the point where nothing can become Illinois law without his approval.

How’s that for democracy?

With more than 80 years of combined experience between Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, entrenched political figures run the show in Illinois. The same is true in cities across the state — especially the Windy City. Of the top 10 biggest cities in the U.S., Chicago is the only one without term limits for its mayor or City Council members.

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, often dubbed “the real mayor of Chicago,” took office in 1969.

As things stand, Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for politicians who use the system to earn a paycheck at all costs. The average lawmaker salary in the General Assembly is more than $80,000, according to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. And that’s for what is legally considered a part-time job.

And don’t forget about politicians’ pensions. A career state lawmaker who retires at age 66 can expect to receive $2.1 million in lifetime pension benefits, according to Illinois Policy Institute research. With that kind of money on the line, it’s not surprising that statehouse stalwarts are fighting to maintain the current system.

Term limits aren’t just a cosmetic change. They aren’t a feel-good Coke commercial. They’re a powerful reform that can make Illinois democracy work again.

Austin Berg is a writer for the Illinois Policy Institute. He wrote this column for the Illinois News Network, a project of the Institute. He can be reached ataberg@illinoispolicy.org.

Source: Will County News