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County Board Members can Cary a gun in the County Building with permission of the chief security officer.

County Board Members can Cary a gun in the County Building with permission of the chief security officer.

 

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There has been discussion of concealed carry in public buildings in Will County since Steve Balich brought forward a resolution he wrote days before the Orlando murders in June to the legislative committee meeting on the Tuesday after that horrid event.

Since presenting the Resolution a more compelling statute was noted by an Attorney Friend of Balich, Ed Ronkowski. Ed wrote:

As you know, if the Illinois Concealed Carry laws prohibit an Illinois Concealed Carry licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm on or into any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government. As you also know, Illinois Criminal Code prohibits a person to possess on or about his person, upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town, except when an invitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such weapon or the lawful commerce in weapons, or except when on his land or in his own abode, legal dwelling, or fixed place of business, or on the land or in the legal dwelling of another person as an invitee with that person’s permission, any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm.

The law that applies to County Board members came about in the early 1970’s. Back then a DePaul law student who had an Indiana Concealed Carry license and an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card signed a lease and was living at the DePaul University uptown campus on Clifton Ave. while going to law school. One day Chicago Police Officer moonlighting as a security guard mention to the law student that he let the janitor in the law student’s room to check for a leak. The law student told the security guard that he should not do that without him present because he keeps his .380 Belgium Browning Semiautomatic there (it was registered with the City of Chicago). The guard said that was not allowed. The law student said he had asked his Property Law professor if his DePaul lease allowed him to possess a firearm in his dorm room, and was told “yes”. At the end of the school year the law student moved back home to the suburbs and the University got a law passed the next year that eventually morphed into the current law which says:

“Sec. 21-6. Unauthorized Possession or Storage of Weapons.

(a) Whoever possesses or stores any weapon enumerated in Section 33A-1 in any building or on land supported in whole or in part with public funds or in any building on such land without prior written permission from the chief security officer for such land or building commits a Class A misdemeanor.

(b) The chief security officer must grant any reasonable request for permission under paragraph (a).”

(720 ILCS 5/21-6)

So one does not need a resolution for a County Board Member who has a fixed place of business, the County Building at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet to possess a firearm on or about their person while at their own fixed place of business. Nor do they need a concealed carry license. Any County Board member who has a FOID license can possess a firearm while at their fixed place of business if they get permission of the chief of security of that property if that fixed place of business is supported with public funds. Of course, those County Board members who get a paycheck to work there who have Illinois Concealed Carry licenses can transport their loaded firearm to their own fixed place of business on their person. All the County Board members need do is find out who the “chief security officer” is for the County Building and get permission. And “chief security officer must grant any reasonable request for permission”.

 

(720 ILCS 5/21-6) (from Ch. 38, par. 21-6) 
    Sec. 21-6. Unauthorized Possession or Storage of Weapons. 
    (a) Whoever possesses or stores any weapon enumerated in Section 33A-1 in any building or on land supported in whole or in part with public funds or in any building on such land without prior written permission from the chief security officer for such land or building commits a Class A misdemeanor. 
    (b) The chief security officer must grant any reasonable request for permission under paragraph (a). 
(Source: P.A. 89-685, eff. 6-1-97.)

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The original Resolution presented by Steve Balich at the Will County Legislative Committee in June:

Where as: There are terrorist attacks happening by the week, County Board/Forest Preserve elected officials are taking votes on issues;

Where as: Some armed security should be present, but it’s unfair to the taxpayer, to pay for sufficient armed security officers at meetings while numerous Will County Board Members/Commissioners have the proper license to carry concealed;

Where as: It’s not the licensed, law-abiding, trusted elected County Board Member/Commissioner  we need to worry about;

Where as:  An exception to Illinois’ weapons ban was carved out for elected or appointed municipal officials in 1872, enabling elected officials to carry firearms, make arrests, interview suspects, and even hold them in custody.

Where as: Public Act 90-0540 and (65 ILCS 5/3.1-15-25) (from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-15-25)

Sec. 3.1-15-25 allow for An Conservator of Peace Designation;

Where as: (60 ILCS 1/100-10) allows for a Township Enforcement Officer appointed by the Township;

Where as: Allowing Elected Will County Board Members/ Forest Preserve Commissioners  with current concealed carry permits the ability to help in securing the safety of everyone at no cost to the taxpayer;

Therefore:  We Do Resolve: Properly licensed Will County Board Members/Forest Preserve Commissioners should be allowed to exercise their right to carry concealed firearms in the County /Froest Preserve properties either by Resolution or Ordinance.

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Statutes backing up original Resolution:

‘Conservator of the peace’

The Conservator of the Peace title is still used in the USA. For example, in Virginia, Special Conservators of the Peace have all the powers of a peace officer or law enforcement and are authorized to perform arrests, carry firearms as part of their duties, direct traffic, use a police logo on their uniform and utilize police style lights on their vehicles. They operate on public property such as court houses, parks and open spaces, housing developments, etc

The Illinois’ weapons ban was carved out for elected or appointed municipal officials in 1872, enabling them to carry firearms, make arrests and interview suspects, and even hold them in custody.

While state law does not offer an exact definition of the term, it generally refers to an official whose primary employment is not as a police officer.

(65 ILCS 5/3.1-15-25) (from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-15-25)

    Sec. 3.1-15-25.  Conservators of the  peace;  service  of

warrants.

    (a)  After  receiving  a  certificate  attesting  to  the

successful  completion  of  a training course administered by

the Illinois Law Enforcement Training  Standards  Board,  the

mayor,   aldermen,   president,   trustees,  marshal,  deputy

marshals,  and   policemen   in   municipalities   shall   be

conservators   of   the  peace.   Those  persons  and  others

authorized by ordinance shall have power  (i)  to  arrest  or

cause  to  be  arrested, with or without process, all persons

who break the peace or  are  found  violating  any  municipal

ordinance  or  any  criminal law of the State, (ii) to commit

arrested persons for  examination,  (iii)  if  necessary,  to

detain  arrested  persons  in custody over night or Sunday in

any safe place or until they can be brought before the proper

court, and (iv) to exercise all other powers as  conservators

of the peace prescribed by the corporate authorities.

(b)  All   warrants   for   the  violation  of  municipal

ordinances or the State criminal law, directed to any person,

may  be  served  and  executed  within  the   limits   of   a

municipality by any policeman or marshal of the municipality.

For  that purpose, policemen and marshals have all the common

law and statutory powers of sheriffs.

(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)

 

Public Act 90-0540

(70 ILCS 1205/4-7) (from Ch. 105, par. 4-7)

Sec.  4-7.   Employees;  police  force.  The board of any

park district may employ  engineers,  attorneys,  clerks  and

other   employees,  including  a  police  force,  as  may  be

required, and  may  define  and  prescribe  their  respective

duties  and  compensation.    After  receiving  a certificate

attesting to the successful completion of a  training  course

administered   by   the  Illinois  Law  Enforcement  Training

Standards Board, the members of the  board  and  all  police

officers  appointed by the board shall be conservators of the

peace within and upon the parks, boulevards,  driveways,  and

property  controlled  by  that  park district, and shall have

power to make arrests subject to the provisions of  the  Park

District Police Act. The exercise of such authority shall not

permit  the  possession  or use of firearms by members of the

board. (Members of the Board must have the certificate to Carry)

(Source: P.A. 89-458, eff. 5-24-96.)

 

 

Township constable/Enforcement Officer  is an appointed position

(60 ILCS 1/100-10)

Sec. 100-10. Township enforcement officer.

(a) The township board may appoint one or more township enforcement officers to serve for a term of one year and may remove an officer with or without cause. Every person appointed to the office of township enforcement officer, before entering on the duties of the office and within 10 days after being notified of the appointment, shall cause to be filed in the office of the township clerk a notice signifying his or her acceptance of the office. A neglect to cause the notice to be filed shall be deemed a refusal to serve.

(b) The sheriff of the county in which the township is situated may disapprove any such appointment within 30 days after the notice is filed. The disapproval precludes that person from serving as a township enforcement officer, and the township board may appoint another person to that position subject to approval by the sheriff.

(c) Every person appointed to the office of township enforcement officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall execute, with sufficient sureties to be approved by the supervisor or clerk of the township, an instrument in writing by which the township enforcement officer and his or her sureties shall jointly and severally agree to pay to each and every person who may be entitled thereto all sums of money as the township enforcement officer may become liable to pay on account of any neglect or default of the township enforcement officer or on account of any misfeasance of the township enforcement officer in the discharge of, or failure to faithfully perform, any of the duties of the office.

    (d) The township enforcement officers shall have the same power and authority within the township as a deputy sheriff but only for the purpose of enforcing township ordinances. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, township enforcement officers are authorized to enforce county ordinances within areas of a county located within the township pursuant to intergovernmental agreements between the respective county and township to the extent authorized by the agreement. The township enforcement officer shall not carry firearms and will not be required to comply with the Peace Officer and Probation Officer Firearm Training Act. The officer shall attend law enforcement training classes conducted by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board. The township board shall appropriate all necessary monies for the training.

(d-5) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, in all actions for the violation of any township ordinance, township enforcement officers shall be authorized to issue and to serve upon any person who the township enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe is guilty of a violation of a township ordinance a notice of violation that shall constitute a summons and complaint. A copy of such notice of violation shall be forwarded to the circuit court having jurisdiction over the township where the violation is alleged to have been committed. Every person who has been issued a summons shall appear for trial, and the action shall be prosecuted in the corporate name of the township. Enforcement of county ordinances shall be in accordance with procedures adopted by the county and any applicable State law.

(2) In all actions for violation of any township ordinance when the fine would not be in excess of $500 and no jail term could be imposed, service of summons may be made by the township clerk by certified mail, return receipt requested, whether service is to be within or without the State.

(e) The township enforcement officers shall carry identification documents provided by the township board identifying him or her as a township enforcement officer. The officers shall notify the township clerk of any violations of township ordinances.

(f) Nothing in this Code precludes a county auxiliary deputy or deputy sheriff, or a municipal policeman or auxiliary police officer from serving as a township enforcement officer during off-duty hours.

(g) The township board may provide compensation for the township enforcement officer on either a per diem or a salary basis.

 

Source: Will County News

Letter to the editor Concerning Homer Township Assessor

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Although the assessor’s office presents itself like it’s some kind of secret society, in reality its function is quite simple. The office is responsible for putting a value on property and the skill sets required to be an assessor is on par with a real estate appraiser. In Will County, the township assessor is responsible for appraising all of the property in its jurisdiction once every 3 years along with managing individual tax appeals. The office is autonomous and any pressure from other politicians in Will County or the State of IL to influence property values must be ignored.

I am going to make the assumption that Assessor Szynkowski’s silence to our inquiry about her department’s spending is her way of telling me to go away, so I decided to compare Homer Township to 5 other townships in Will County. I have attached a spread sheet that gives us a snapshot of the financial performance each assessor office. I used the audited financials of New Lenox, Wheatland, Plainfield, Joliet and Lockport Townships from the FY 2014-2015 along with the 2010 census report for the population numbers and housing units in each township.

I wish I could tell you that Homer Township is a lean, mean productive machine that is serving the public at the highest levels, but the numbers say otherwise. Homer has the smallest population and number of housing units, yet our assessor office pays the highest salaries. Many of the townships in Will County have almost twice the number of housing units and their office is able to deliver services at lower salaries than Homer. Once you add in the operating costs of the department, Homer ranks third in total spending behind Joliet and Wheatland Townships. Both of those townships have twice the population and housing units.
In order to really understand how much of a premium we pay for the assessor’s office, I broke down the data by cost per housing unit, resident and assessment.

As you can see, Homer is substantially higher across the board. The most disturbing number to me is the cost per assessment. The assessments per year number is generated by taking one third of the total housing units in each township. The number does not include any of the appeals. If you consider we have the smallest number of housing units (which means fewer appeals) and we do not have a large number of commercial properties to assess (which are more complex and time consuming) the assessor’s office performance is totally unacceptable. What is so special about Homer Township that we pay over $30 per assessment more than other townships?

As a citizen and taxpayer of Homer Township, it really is depressing to see how our trusted politicians misspend our money and mismanage our township. Homer Township’s cost structure should be about the same as New Lenox Township. Assessor Szynkowski has been in the assessor’s office since 1990. She has been the township assessor since 2001. She is the President of the Will County Assessor’s Association. It’s not like she is incompetent. She knows exactly what she is doing.

Where are our trustees? Why aren’t they asking questions? Where is Supervisor Meyers? Is she too busy trying to build the perfect dog park to look into a patronage racket running right under her nose? The town board has a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers, yet they approve the Assessor’s budget every year. Do the math. All of the assessor’s office revenue is property tax generated. In this one fiscal year, Homer’s cost is $137,000 more than New Lenox. This is happening every year. What is the total cost to the taxpayer over the last 15 years? One million dollars? Maybe more?

This has to stop. Elections are coming up. Last election, Assessor Szynkowski ran unopposed. Supervisor Meyers ran unopposed. 5 citizens stepped up to run for 4 trustee seats in the Republican primary. No Democrats bothered to run in the general election. We can’t have this. Anybody out there interested in community service? Assessor? Supervisor? Clerk? Trustee? Send me a PM.

Assessor Department Comparisons FY 2014 -2015 Township Population Salaries Total w/ Expenses Housing units

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Source: Will County News

The third annual Mokena Festa Italiana will be held on July 17

The third annual Mokena Festa Italiana will be held on July 17. Last year’s event attracted 1,400 attendees, and an even larger crowd is expected this year. The festival is based on the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel from 69th Street. The day will begin with an 11 a.m. procession from the Mokena Intermediate School at 11331 195th St. to the festival grounds at the Front Street Metra Station lot. ■

Customary Italian foods such as pasta and meatballs, sausage and beef sandwiches, fried dough, pastries, and Italian ice will be served.

Musical acts will perform throughout the day on the main stage, and a variety of family activities are planned, including arts and crafts, face painting and a petting zoo. Admission is $20 for a family of five, $10 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.

Transportation is available via Metra. All funds raised will be donated to local charities. (MokenaFestaItaliana.com, 773-778-8586) FRA NOI July 2016 79 ■

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C reveals new logo and website

                                            News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

June 29, 2016

 

Homer 33C reveals new logo and website

 

Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C has a new look and website.

 

On June 29, the district launched a new and improved website that is not only easier to navigate but responsive, meaning it automatically adjusts to whatever device the reader is using — whether it’s a desktop computer or mobile phone.

 

“In this age of smartphones and instant communications, it’s important that we have a place where parents and community members can go for accurate and up-to-date information,” said Superintendent Kara Coglianese.

 

“For many newcomers, a school district’s website is the first place they go for information about their child’s potential school,” she added. “We want their first impression to be a good one. We want them to see within a matter of seconds who we are: a highly progressive grade school district that is preparing students for the rigors of the 21st century. Our new website achieves that through the use of photos, articles and easy-to-find reports, such as School Report Cards.”

 

While developing the new website, the district updated its logo. The new logo is a green circle with “33C” stamped in the center in white. Encircling it are the words: Citizenship, Responsibility, Excellence and Community.

 

The new website can be found at www.homerschools.org.

Source: Will County News

Homer School District 33C Board of Education Meeting June 28, 2016

Summary of the Homer School District 33C

Board of Education Meeting

June 28, 2016

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            Barb Wilson, President      Angela Adolf, Vice President      Amy Blank, Secretary

      Deb Martin, Member    Ed Campins, Member    Elizabeth Hitzeman, Member    Russ Petrizzo, Member                                                                                       

 

 

At the June 28th Board of Education meeting:

  • Union representative Terri Pellizzari thanked the District for providing professional development opportunities for teachers and staff this summer.

 

  • The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

Resignations

  1. Jenna Maziur – special education teacher, Hadley Middle School, effective for the 2016-17 school year
  2. Megan Bailey – 3rd grade teacher, Young School, effective June 30, 2016
  3. Kelly Ryan – paraprofessional, Young School, effective August 15, 2016

 

Leaves of Absence

  1. Roger Copen – bus driver, Transportation, effective April 25, 2016 through June 3, 2016

 

Employment Recommendations

  1. Kristen Rekruciak – 2nd grade teacher, Schilling School, effective August 18, 2016
  2. Christine Janssen – assignment change from Read 180 aide to Read 180 teacher, Homer Junior High School, effective August 18, 2016
  3. Erin Sagon – 8th grade math teacher, Homer Junior High School, effective August 18, 2016
  4. Janet Peters – reading teacher, Goodings Grove School, effective August 18, 2016
  5. Sarah Brusokas – special education teacher, Hadley Middle School, effective August 18, 2016
  6. Collette Ryan – assignment change from clerical aide, Butler School, to bus driver, Transportation, effective August 24, 2016

 

Employee Recalls Due to Openings Caused by Resignations or Job Shifts

  1. Mary Hoffman – clerical aide for the 2016-17 school year
  2. Deborah Alvarado – paraprofessional for the 2016-17 school year
  3. Mary Kay Oldendorf – paraprofessional for the 2016-17 school year
  4. Annette Pahl – paraprofessional for the 2016-17 school year
  5. Susan Shea – paraprofessional for the 2016-17 school year
  6. Jeanette Bobak – paraprofessional for the 2016-17 school year

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved Concussion Guidelines for 2016-17 school year following a report by Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. Robinson explained how the District formed a Concussion Oversight Team (COT) last fall to develop a school-specific emergency plan for interscholastic athletic activities — as required by a new law in Illinois. The team, which included Robinson, Athletic Director Amanda Monahan, Certified School Nurse Melissa Geibel and Psychologist Gwent Grant, began the process by reviewing research from Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In their research, they found 80 percent of children are ready to return to play one to four weeks after suffering a concussion. They used the information to help craft the District’s Concussion Guidelines, which will be shared and discussed with coaches, teachers and staff during upcoming training sessions. In addition, the guidelines will be shared with parents in the Parent/Student Handbook so that they know what to look for as well.

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved revised job descriptions for the following:
  1. Central Office Receptionist/Secretary
  2. Substitute Coordinator
  3. Lunchroom Supervisors

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with New Lenox School District 122 for Orientation and Mobility services for the 2016-17 school year

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved the 2016-17 Prevailing Wage Resolution

 

  • The Board adopted a resolution to preserve estimated interest from investments as interest

 

  • The Board set a public hearing on the FY 2017 budget for 7:15 p.m. September 27, 2016 in the Administration Boardroom

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved Administrative Procedures for Discipline for the 2016-17 school year.

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved the 2016-17 Coaches Handbook

 

  • The Board reviewed and approved the 2016-17 Athletic Handbook

 

 

 

 

The Next Regular School Board Meeting is July 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Source: Will County News

What’s really behind the ongoing push for gun control?

gun control signThe gun grabbers tell you they want more gun control in order to keep you safe. But that is the Big Lie.

If they really wanted to limit guns used most to murder people they’d target handguns, which are used in almost half of all homicides. Of 8,124 murders using a firearm in 2014, handguns were used 5,562 times. Rifles were used to murder someone only 248 times. And the dreaded “assault weapon” the politicians make such a kerfuffle over is a subset of rifles, so the number of people killed by those is much lower.

That is evidence the government assault on so-called “assault rifles” is just a show designed to confuse, deflect and cause conflict and a means to begin the incremental steps to a complete gun ban.

According to the FBI, shotguns were used more than rifles (262 times), and Joe Biden says you ought to buy one to shoot from your front porch to scare intruders away. Knives (1,567 times) were the most-used weapon of choice after firearms, followed by “weapon not stated (830 times), what the FBI calls “personal weapons” (hands, fists, feet, etc., 660 times) and blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc., 435 times).

Of course, keeping us safe is not the goal of the politicians or the gun grabbers or anyone else who would deign to make your choices for you. If they wanted to keep us safe, they would institute “doctor control.” Doctors kill almost a million soon-to-be-born babies a year and more than 1 million more Americans die each year of iatrogenic deaths (doctor or hospital error) and adverse reactions from prescription drugs. The total number of annual homicides using all means (less than 12,000) pales in comparison to doctor-caused deaths.

It’s not politically correct to say it, but most homicides are gang bangers killing other gang bangers, gang bangers killing people standing near their gang banger targets or gang bangers killing people they’ve targeted for crime. Your chance of dying from a gunshot if you are not a gang banger or not committing suicide is 0.0005417721518987342 percent. The media won’t tell you that.

As I’ve told you before, when you hear a politician say he wants “to keep you safe” or he’s doing something “for the children,” what he’s really saying is he wants to steal your liberty. If there’s one constant in politics it’s that the law being considered will do the opposite of what the politician tells you it will do.

All modern governments are organized crime legitimized by the police power of the state. There is illegal crime and there is legal crime. We tend to accept government crime because it has made itself politically legal and politically palatable with such propaganda myths as “democracy.”

All economic power, political power and religious power are vested in the state. The state manages the system backed by police power. Police power is civil and military.

The German state under Adolf Hitler was organized crime protected by visible military power, whereas American so-called democracy is a police state without the jack boots and the swastika. Police power in a modern “democracy” appears more benevolent because it is more subtle or more invisible. But police power is ever present. It normally isolates and prosecutes enemies of the state, radiating its presence through the controlled media for public obedience. This type of police state is accurately described as benevolent totalitarianism. Sometimes, however, it misfires and rears its despotic head in actions like Waco and Ruby Ridge.

All national states have one thing in common. They want all uncontrolled arms of the people confiscated. And just as governments occasionally misfire, so do politicians. In the wake of the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting, Democrat Congressman Jerrold Nadler let slip how the agents of the state feel about the people owning guns:

One of the definitions of a nation state is that the state has a monopoly on legitimate violence. And the state ought to have a monopoly on legitimate violence.

If the premise of your question is that people are going to resist a tyrannical government by shooting machine guns at American troops, that’s insane.

Yes it is insane to think that and the government has made it so. Americans, except for a very small percentage, do not own any “machine guns” they can shoot at “American troops.” Thanks to illegal and illegitimate laws, they cannot own them without jumping through hoops and paying large sums of money required by the 1934 National Firearms Act, the 1968 Gun Control Act and the Hughes Amendment to the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act.

The only example of controlled arms in the hands of the people is Switzerland. And even this situation is quasi-military for home defense.

Why do all governments want to confiscate the firearms of their people? It is quite simple. The government political system fears an armed citizenry.

The gun grabbers’ useful idiots are quick to say that Americans with their AR15s are no match for the American military and to think that they could stand up to the U.S. military armed with AR15 is ludicrous. But Afghans resisted the Soviet Army and ran them off with their tails tucked. The Taliban in Afghanistan and the Iraqis resisted the vaunted U.S. military armed with AK47s and improvised exploding devices.

The authorities know full well that they, with all their high tech weapons, cannot subdue a determined people with private arms. This is why they want your guns. Therefore, they use all manner of spurious persuasion to get you to give up your arms and to exert hostility toward others who won’t. Same old divide and conquer.

The man or woman who silently keeps arms and learns to effectively use them is the greatest force there is in defense of freedom.

Organized crime, no matter how legitimate it may appear, wants no risk of being overthrown and no personal risk to the politicians and bureaucrats. It wants no threat to the state that it cannot calculate and control.

The state is therefore the enemy of the people. Otherwise it would not fear the people and want to disarm them. We can clearly understand disarmament because we recognize that the state and its bureaucrats and politicians are on one side and the people are on the other.

The frivolous debate of public safety against crime and criminals is laughable except media hype actually persuades more and more people of this pacifist nonsense. The bold and insane issue of gun control is that the cause of so-called “gun violence” is guns. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is creating violence with weapons of death all over the world.

The strategy of public persuasion with propaganda is far less risky to the state than physical force. Although, keep in mind thatpropaganda is force and leads as certain to conclusions in favor of the government.

Disarmament propaganda has been going on in the U.S. for many years, along with increased calls for stepped-up requirements of gun registration and piecemeal and continuous legislation. It ebbs and flows in intensity depending upon the political winds.

Before the final act of turning in your guns, as has happened in Canada and Australia, there appears every conceivable ruse of entrapment to make sure that the government can identify every gun owner and every pro-gun sympathizer. And every attack on gun ownership brings out the National Rifle Association’s marketing blitz appeals for new members.

Affixing your name and identity to the NRA is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Anyone naïve enough to believe that the NRA membership list won’t end up with gun confiscation authorities is too naïve to own a gun.

Gun confiscation is not child’s play. It has to do with the basic survival of human liberty. Americans should protect their private guns and keep their guns private. This is the first law of survival against the organized crime of the state.

Gun confiscation can be and is being speeded up. As we have seen, all the government needs for an excuse is a massacre or even the pretense of a massacre as in Sandy Hoax and the Orlando Pulse nightclub false flags. Then there is the overwhelming onslaught of propaganda in the form of public outrage and calls for the immediate outlawing of all guns owned by individuals. Yes, a lot of well-meaning dupes join in on the government media hype for gun control. But guns do not cause violence.

What happens to our safety when all guns are in the hands of power-hungry goons? They will plunder and kill under any pretext and without any pretext at all.

Rent the 1998 movie “Enemy of the State,” starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman. Alas, the wimps and simpletons who go along with gun control propaganda will discover to their horror that they are enemies of the state. Mind control is awesome power.

Get your defense gun before it’s too late. Incidentally, short handguns are of little use to most people who have had little or no experience with them. If you choose to buy a handgun you must also choose to get serious instruction on how to use it. And you must practice, practice, practice; and then carry it with you religiously.

Of course, if you are unfamiliar with guns, instruction on their use should come before you make a purchase, or at the very least at the time of purchase.

No liberty lover’s home should be without at least one long gun like a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot – which discourages attacks upon person and property far more convincingly than a handgun with very little instruction required for proper use — and a sporting rifle like an AR15.

Do it NOW. Home defense is a human right, not a privilege.

Source: Will County News

Rauner continues to press for term limits for state legislative and statewide offices

Term Limits: While Not A Panacea, Quinn & Rauner Advance Worthy Proposals (Part 1)

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Written by John Biver

Former governor Pat Quinn agrees with Bruce Rauner, the guy who made him a former governor, when it comes to term limits. While Rauner continues to press for term limits for state legislative and statewide offices, Quinn has launched an effort aimed at the City of Chicago’s mayor. More on those proposals later. First, a few comments on the issue itself.

Limiting the years a person can serve in important political offices isn’t new. In fact, it’s very old. When the ancient Greeks pioneered democratic government 2500 years ago, they set it up so the entire 500-man council meeting on Pnyx Hill in Athens had 500 new faces every year. That’s right — serve a one-year term and then you’re out. Their reasoning was simple — the goal was “democracy.” Here is one dictionary breaking down the word: From the Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ +-kratia ‘power, rule.’

If the people were to rule, it would not be a good idea to vest too much power in any individual, including the power to hold office for extended periods of time.

During the American founding, term limits existed at the state level and were proposed for federal offices during the Constitutional Convention. When limits were left out, among those very concerned were Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Mercy Otis Warren (*see footnote below).

Term limits of a sort exist in the private sector as well — it’s easy to list a few examples. There are corporations that have age-limits for their senior executives. Airline pilots have a mandatory retirement age. Jobs that are physically demanding or that require exacting physical skill have a natural limit, as do professional sports like football and baseball, obviously.

The nature of political power is different from non-political power, of course, but there’s another layer to consider within the arena of government where “We the People” purport to rule. And that layer is the nature of the people drawn to run for political office.

Let me say this first to get it over with: a lot of good men and women run for and win political office. That said — allow me to emphasize something that I believe is too often over-looked: politics is a magnet for a lot ofless than good men and women.

Politics isn’t unique in attracting a certain personality type. For example, if you know anyone who works as an actor on stage, TV or film, chances are the spirit of Thespis that draws them to the stage manifests in colorful ways. They’re uninhibited to say the least.

Have any friends or family members that work in the trades such as an electrician, carpenter, mason, plumber, painters? Again, there’s a range of personalities to be found everywhere but my experience is that these tradesmen and women are sturdy, no nonsense people.

However, politics attracts so many of the wrong people that economic miracles like Illinois and the United States can be turned into economic basket cases.

The safeguards provided by separation of power, checks and balances, and even federalism don’t work too well when most people in and around government profit nicely from the system. As long as the taxpayers keep coughing up the money, there’s no reason to check or balance anything.

Elections are term limits, it’s true — but the advantages of incumbency is well documented. Sure, voters can be blamed for continuing to elect too many candidates whose goal is power, prestige and profit and not policy reform. What is clear is that far too many of the people who get their names on the ballot lack the skill level of a good accountant.

Imagine if the failure rate was similar in other professions. Compare the countless governmental policy boondoggles with the number of buildings that collapse due to poor engineering.

The next generation is inheriting debt and decline and our political class is so bright, many of them can’t even figure out who should use what bathroom.

All of the above was written to make the point that passing of term limits is no panacea. Electing a new corrupt and/or incompetent politician to replace the old politician gets you nowhere. California limits the terms of its legislators — and that state continues to accelerate in the wrong direction.

If term limits are passed in Illinois there are four key things to keep in mind:

First, if a person has been in office for 30 years on the day a ten-year term limit becomes law, that person can stretch their tenure out another ten years. The clock starts when the bill becomes a law, so there will be little immediate impact.

Second, term limits doesn’t absolve Americans from their duty to participate in the governing of their country. Politics is for everyone, not just the politically ambitious.

A third thing that comes into play is the issue of pensions, and it’s not just legislators that legally abuse the system as Jim Edgar‘s example dramatically illustrates. Right now for Illinois legislators, a person vests in the pension system after eight years in office and is eligible for a full pension after twenty years.

Fourth, if a ten year term limit is imposed, will the time needed for vesting as well as for getting full benefits be shortened? Anyone who can do the math and see the corruption of the government employee pension systems in Illinois should agree that the best course of action — at a minimum — is to get rid of all pensions for elected office holders.

Next time we’ll take a look at the proposals being advanced by Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner.

Read Part 2

*Footnote: [W]hen the states ratified the U.S. Constitution (1787–88), several leading statesmen regarded the lack of mandatory limits to tenure as a dangerous defect, especially, they thought, as regards the presidency and the U.S. Senate. Richard Henry Lee viewed the absence of legal limits to tenure, together with certain other features of the U.S. Constitution, as “most highly and dangerously oligarchic.” Both Jefferson and George Mason advised limits on reelection to the U.S. Senate and to the Presidency, because said Mason, “nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation.” The historian Mercy Otis Warren, warned that “there is no provision for a rotation, nor anything to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which by a little well-timed bribery, will probably be done.” ~Source.

Post Script: For an excellent book on the philosophic backing for term limits, George Will’s Restoration holds up well after over two decades. Note also, it’s often easy to find a good review of a book should you lack the time to read it. For more information as well, visit U.S. Term Limits.

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Term Limits: While Not A Panacea, Quinn & Rauner Advance Worthy Proposals (Part 2)
Written by John Biver

Former Governor Pat Quinn, a fixture on the Illinois political scene for decades, has been on the statewide ballot many times, and also served as State Treasurer and Lt. Governor. Earlier this month, Reboot Illinois’ Matt Dietrich wrote this:

Before serving as governor from 2009 to 2015, Pat Quinn was known as a rabble-rousing reformer who, most famously, led a 1980 citizen initiative that cut the membership of the Illinois House by one-third.

Now Quinn wants to “open up” Chicago’s City Hall “and let the people in” — this is how his TakeChargeChicago.org states it:

Welcome to Take Charge Chicago, a grassroots movement to open up City Hall and let the people in. Take Charge Chicago aims to put two binding referendums on the ballot: a term limit on the Mayor of Chicago; and creation of an elected Consumer Advocate to be a champion for beleaguered Chicago taxpayers and consumers.

As written at the Associate Press:

The binding referendums could be on ballots as early as November or in the 2018 cycle, meaning there’s potential to make Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ineligible to seek a third term in 2019.

In an email to supporters, Quinn wrote:

Consider three points:

1. Chicago is the only city among the nation’s 10 biggest cities without a term limit on its mayor.

2. Incumbent Chicago mayors routinely outspend their challengers by millions of dollars reaped from lobbyists, corporations and billionaires.

3. The best way to achieve true campaign finance reform and end secrecy in City Hall is through mayoral term limits. And the only way to achieve term limits is through a petition drive and binding referendum, a power authorized by the 1970 Illinois Constitution.

During one 56-year span without the term limit, Richard J. Daley and his son Richard M. Daley served as mayor for a combined 43 years.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s effort to implement term limits for state-level offices is summed up in his “turnaround agenda”:

Term Limits Amendment

Background: Fifteen other states impose term limits on state legislators. Most states impose a limit of eight to 12 years in each chamber. It’s time for Illinois to adopt legislative term limits.

Proposal: The Illinois Constitution should be amended to limit a Representative or Senator from holding that office or combination of those offices for more than 10 years.

Here is Austin Berg writing at the Illinois Policy Institute:

As part of his “Turnaround Agenda,” Gov. Bruce Rauner wants a constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s tenure to eight years and state politicians’ to 10 years. Lawmakers filed resolutions in the Illinois House and Senate on May 22 to this end.

High demand for term limits in Illinois should come as a surprise to no one. Illinoisans are far less trusting of their state government than residents in any other state, and for good reason. The Land of Lincoln is one of the most corrupt states in the country, and contains the nation’s most corrupt city, Chicago, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Illinois Policy Institute is unabashed in its support for term limits — and lays out their argument succinctly:

Illinois’ political machine is fueled by career lawmakers.

With more than 80 years in office between Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, entrenched political figures run the show in Illinois.

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?

It’s time to dismantle Illinois’ political machine once and for all. It’s time for term limits on Illinois lawmakers.

As was pointed out in part 1, term limits have been a part of the American fabric since its founding era:

According to [James Young’s The Washington Community 1800–1828], the tendency to look with mistrust upon political power was so ingrained into American culture that even the officeholders themselves perceived their occupations in a disparaging light. James Fenimore Cooper described the common view that “contact with the affairs of state is one of the most corrupting of the influences to which men are exposed.” An article in the Richmond Enquirer (1822) noted that the “long cherished” principle of rotation in office had been impressed on the republican mind “by a kind of intuitive impulse, unassailable to argument or authority.” ~Source.

If you’re old enough, you might remember that the Republicans’ “Contract with America” in 1994 included a promise to call to a vote a Constitutional Amendment for term limits. Since the bill failed to get a two-thirds majority, it failed.

Here is another bit of interesting information on the overall topic:

Legal scholars have discussed whether or not to impose term limits on the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently, Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life “during good behaviour.” A sentiment has developed, among certain scholars, that the Supreme Court may not be accountable in a way that is most in line with the spirit of checks and balances. Equally, scholars have argued that life tenure has taken on a new meaning in a modern context. Changes in medical care have markedly raised life expectancy and therefore has allowed Justices to serve [far] longer than ever before. Source.

A few more facts from the same source as above:

  • Term limits for state officials have existed since colonial times.
  • At present, 36 states have term limits of various types for their governors.
  • Governors of 36 states and 4 territories are subject to various term limits, while the governors of 14 states, Puerto Rico, and the Mayor of Washington, D.C., may serve an unlimited number of [terms].

According to the Encyclopedia Chicago, “Alderman Mathias ‘Paddy’ Bauler summed up the prevailing political climate of the mid-twentieth century when he observed, ‘Chicago ain’t ready for reform yet.’”

Illinois and Chicago are both ready for and in much need of many reforms. Term limits are a good one to add to the list. Getting the larger work of reform accomplished, however, still requires more Illinoisans and Chicagoans to step up and do the work required in the political fields.

Source: Will County News

We want Trump they want Hillary along with money & power/ Shame Shame

O Kinzinger, Where Art Thou on Mark Kirk?

Written by Laurie Higgins

In a Chicago Sun Times article, U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Rockford) says Donald Trump“needs to begin to act like… someone worthy of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan’s job.”

Kinzinger says he agrees “100 percent” with Paul Ryan’s decision to be outspoken “when Trump says things that violate his conscience, violate our party,” and that speaking out is an honorable thing to do.

Kinzinger threatens that if Trump “wants to say that we can basically throw away [Republicans] that have dedicated a good part of their lives to bringing forward a Republican view, he’ll do that at his own peril.”

Kinzinger says that if the vote were held today, he would not vote for Trump.

Now, if only Kinzinger would take a principled and bold public stance like that on taradiddler U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) who has proven himself unworthy of any elected office, who has said things that violate the consciences of many Republicans, who has violated party principles, and who “has basically thrown away Republicans who have dedicated a good part of their lives to bringing forward a Republican view” of marriage and the intrinsic value of all human lives.

While Mark Kirk campaigns on his support for feticide and for taxpayer subsidies for Planned Parenthood, and while he has time and time again publicly supported every homosexuality-affirming legislation to come down the crumbling pike, and when he stood as the lone Republican rejoicing with homosexuals on the Supreme Court steps on the day the Obergefell case—the marriage equivalent of Roe v. Wade—was heard, where, oh where was the bold principled Adam Kinzinger?

Take ACTION:  Let Congressman Kinzinger know what you think about the inconsistencies in his application of principles by sending him an email:  info@ElectAdam.com

Source: Will County News

Official Set to Testify Against Hillary Found Dead

BREAKING: Official Set to Testify Against Hillary Found Dead

 

The suspicious circumstances surrounding the death last week of former U.N. President John Ashe had many wondering whether foul play was involved.

The New York Post’s Page Six reported that after Ashe was found dead Wednesday, the U.N. claimed that he had died from a heart attack. Local police officers in Dobbs Ferry, New York, later disputed that claim, saying instead that he died from a workout accident that crushed his throat.

Adding to the mysterious nature of Ashe’s death was the fact that he had been slated to be in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, from whom he reportedly received over $1 billion in donations during his term as president of the U.N. General Assembly.

 

And then there was this: During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Seng illegally funneled several hundred thousand dollars to the Democrat National Committee.

John Ashe And Hillary Clinton

According to an unidentified source who spoke with Page Six, prosecutors had intended to use the latter fact to link Ashe directly to Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton, with whom he could be seen schmoozing in the picture above.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Camp Invention: Where big ideas become the next big thing

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

Homer School District 33C students had a great time discovering the science behind demolition during a Camp Invention project at Hadley Middle School.

 

For Immediate Release:

June 28, 2016

 

Camp Invention: Where big ideas become the next big thing

It may be summer, but a number of Homer School District 33C students are back in school using their 21st century learning skills to build solar-powered crickets and to discover the science of slime.

 

It’s all part of Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program backed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 

“We’re pleased to offer a weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation,” said Hadley Middle School Dean of Students/Discovery Program Coordinator Jeanine Arundel.

 

“Children in grades 1-6 are working together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules,” she added.

Students are using their 21st century learning skills to build solar-powered crickets

 

Among the activities and challenges faced by students the week of June 27 were:

  • Brainstorming product ideas and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices
  • Exploring the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments
  • Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat
  • Discovering the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding

 

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Source: Will County News