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Homer 33C receives top financial rating

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:

Nov. 1, 2016


Homer 33C receives top financial rating


Homer School District 33C continues to demonstrate fiscal responsibility and financial health, earning a spot on the state’s “Financial Recognition” list


On Monday (Oct. 31), administrators learned the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) had once again awarded Homer 33C its top financial rating. Ratings are determined by five key indicators:

  • Fund Balance to Revenue Ratio
  • Expenditure to Revenue Ratio
  • Days Cash on Hand
  • Percentage of Remaining Short-Term Borrowing Ability
  • Percentage of Remaining Long-Term Borrowing Ability


“We have been entrusted to spend community resources wisely and responsibly,” said Superintendent Kara Coglianese. “We take that responsibility seriously and work tirelessly to provide the best services possible without sacrificing the integrity of our educational programing.


“In Homer 33C, we all strive to honor our word to be strong financial stewards,” she added. “Our staff does an amazing job working together to identify efficiencies by sharing resources and holding the line on expenditures.”


Of the 856 school districts in the State of Illinois, only 568 (or 66 percent) earned the “Financial Recognition” designation this year.


Homer 33C has consistently appeared on the state’s “Financial Recognition” list since the profile was first issued in 2003.


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Source: Will County News

Disability Awareness program comes to Homer 33C

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

Hadley Middle School fifth-graders learn how to play seated volleyball during a P.E. “take over” Nov. 1 at the school.

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 1, 2016


Disability Awareness program comes to Homer 33C

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association “takes over” gym for two days

Hadley Middle School students will never look at people with disabilities the same way.


For two days, they experienced what it might be like for someone to play sports without the use of their legs or sight using sports chairs and other equipment in P.E. class.


“We want students to learn about the limitations and freedoms athletes with disabilities experience while competing,” said Linda McGinnis, Assistive Technology and Physically Health Impaired Specialist for the district.

Fifth-graders at Hadley Middle School learn how to play goal ball — a game for the visually impaired.

The event was organized by the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association, which routinely “takes over” school gymnasiums to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with disabilities.


The Lincolnway Special Recreation Association has been providing adaptive and special recreation services for individuals with disabilities since 1976.


In recent years, it has visited a number of school districts, raising awareness about disabilities by taking over P.E. classes and leading students in adapted sports, such as goal ball — a game for the visually impaired.


This is the second year the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association has visited Homer School District 33C.


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Source: Will County News

State representatives elect the speaker of the House every two years

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan isn’t a typical state representative. It’s his role as speaker of the House that gives him such outsized power.

But voters statewide don’t get to pick who holds that position. If they did, they certainly wouldn’t choose Madigan. Nearly two-thirds of registered voters in Illinois disapprove of the speaker, according to recent polling from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

So how has he stayed in power for so long? Illinoisans should ask their representatives.

Just as voters elect state representatives, state representatives elect the speaker of the House every two years. To become the speaker, Madigan just needs a majority vote.

“I don’t become the speaker because someone issues an edict,” Madigan said in a 2004 interview. “I become the speaker because there are at least 60 members of the House, generally Democrats, who vote for me to be the speaker.”

The Democratic Party has held a majority in the Illinois House for all but two years since 1983. They can select anyone to be the House speaker. But they choose Madigan every time.

In fact, there is not a single sitting House Democrat who has ever voted for someone other than Madigan for the speakership. (Note: In 1995, a House Republican majority made Lee Daniels the House speaker by acclamation, which means Democrats in attendance technically voted for Daniels.)

At the bottom of this email is a list of sitting representatives who voted for Madigan for speaker in 2015, at the beginning of the current General Assembly.

If a representative has only voted for Madigan once or twice, it doesn’t mean he or she is less supportive of the speaker than anyone else. It simply means that representative hasn’t been in office for very long.

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, has voted for a Madigan speakership 16 times.

“One man has shown he has the capacity to chart a course toward fiscal sanity and sound public policy. That man is Michael Madigan,” Currie said before nominating Madigan for the speakership in 2015. “He is decent; he’s honest; he’s a person of great integrity.”

State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, seconded the nomination of Madigan for speaker in 2015. “Speaker Madigan … recognizes our duties and our need for strength to protect democracy and as a check to other branches of government,” he said. Bradley went so far as to reference Benjamin Franklin and Pope Francis in his gushing remarks about the speaker.

While serving as a state representative, Illinois comptroller candidate Susana Mendoza voted for Madigan for speaker six times. Mendoza seconded Madigan’s nomination in 2011.

“I’ve had the privilege to serve under his leadership for 10 years now, only a quarter of the time that Illinois has benefitted from his almost 40 years of stewardship,” Mendoza said of the speaker. “Over the last decade, I have witnessed his skills as a leader and a man who time and time again has demonstrated his passion and love for this state and has consistently put Illinois first.”

It’s easy to see why Illinois Democrats vote for Madigan. The man has unprecedented authority.

If a Democratic House member doesn’t vote for Madigan, he can take away her campaign money, strip her of any leadership roles and even make sure none of her bills get a hearing.

What does this system mean for average Illinoisans? It means that even if they disapprove of Mike Madigan’s near omnipotence in the House, their representatives may not.

Should House Democrats hold their majority after the November elections, they’ll choose the speaker once again in January 2017.

Will they stand up to Madigan? Or continue to silence voters by ceding their voice to a single man?

Austin Berg

Illinois Policy Action

Source: Will County News

Press Release: Hard Numbers, Hard Facts for Karen Stukel



Hard Numbers, Hard Facts for Karen Stukel


When we say that current Will County Recorder of Deeds Karen Stukel is squandering taxpayers’ money with two no-bid software contracts in six years, just how much money are we talking about?


In 2010 Stukel contracted for a new software system from Aptitude Solutions for $430,000. Although the system was never operational, the Recorder’s office paid $360,000. The Recorder’s office also paid for staff training and new equipment to support the Aptitude product which then was never used.


When Aptitude Solutions could not make the system work, Stukel broke her contract with them. Aptitude did return $295,000 of the $360,000, but the money and time spent to train the employees to use the new system, the money spent for equipment and lawyers’ fees is gone forever; the total loss incurred for this non-operational, non-usable system was $100,000.


Then in 2014 Stukel executed another no-bid contract for software, this time with Fidlar Technologies. The first 21 months of using Fidlar’s product has cost taxpayers $488,000. To put that in perspective, consider that the system custom-built for the Will County Recorder of Deeds office in 2008 cost only $237,000 the first year and just $40,000 a year for maintenance after that.


Stukel knew that the Fidlar product and service would be much more costly; that’s why she asked the Will County Board in the fall of 2014 to allow her to raise recording fees, which she did. Stukel does not care how much taxpayer money she throws away, and now she wants a third term as Recorder. Good government is not run this way. This is another reason we should fire Karen Stukel in November.




Contact: Kristin Cross for Recorder of Deeds Campaign

Source: Will County News

Letter to the editor: Why I’m voting for Change in Will County

Why I’m voting for Change in Will County


Politician abusing their Office.  The Current Lockport Township Supervisor, Ron Alberico contacted Officials in Will County to Complain about his Next Door Neighbor

having weeds in his backyard.


The Official most likely contacted was Larry Walsh, as Larry was a Will County board member with Herman Alberico, Ron’s father.  Larry Walsh is also the boss of Curt Paddock, the director of the Land Use Division.


I’m not going to address all of the all of the possible violation that were written up, they were only limited by the imagination of the minions. My yard tractor wasn’t properly painted, fire wood improperly stacked, garbage strewn across my yard, etc. I even had a bully from engineering  falsify a drainage chart


But their main issue was weeds in the back yard.

Our properties are 3.1 acres, and  half of the property is a conservation area by title restriction, created my the Illinois Department of Conservation.

Interesting point is that Will County Land Use ignores Title restrictions, I guess they feel their ordinances are more important.

The Land Use Ordinance they so proudly site applies to properties up to 2 acres, any properties larger are specified as exempted..


But that did not matter to Curt Paddock or Larry Walsh, they drew me into the Circuit court, and they dragged out the court case for over a year, the Asst. States Attorneys dropping one change each month, why, to cost me more in legal fees.  The problem is that I never got to plead my case before a Judge. 


For the next five years I have had a parade of Land Use minions come by when summoned by the Lockport Township supervisor Ron Alberico.


I finally had enough, and wrote the Chief Building Official Ray Semplinski, about  all of the building permit Alberico failed to obtain,  I believe there were at least 10,  the Roof, shed, windows, pool, decks, etc.  He even built a two story garage larger than what he had a permit for.  But the biggest item is the 600 square foot addition on his house for which he never got a permit, and hence never paid any real estate taxes on it for Twenty Years.



About this time Curt Paddock or Larry Walsh,  decided  I need to visit the new adjudication Court on the issue of weeds in my back yard. So back the  lawyer and more fees.

I am impressed by the Contracted Judges in this court, he read Land Uses’ case against me, and refused to hear it        I have been in law enforcement for along time and I have never heard of that happening.



Now lets go back to the 600 square foot addition to Alberico’s home.

The way the system is suppose to work,  you apply for a permit at the County Office, and that permit application is sent to the township assessor’s office t0o be noted on your property tax record..


Rather than going down to the Recorder of Deeds office , and look to when Alberico re-financed, and inspected the appraiser’s report, for the square footage. Curt Paddock white washed the violation by sending Elizabeth Reed, supervisor of the code enforcement. People,, to the township Assessors’ office to look at Alberico’s property tax record.  Nothing on there case closed.  Case closed.


What happened to Ray Semplinski, Chief Building Official, who’s people found all of the Alberico violation, he is no longer employed by the Land Use Division.   But Elizabeth Reed was promoted.




Grant Spooner

14200 High Road

Lockport, IL 60441



Source: Will County News