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Homer33C Schilling School third-graders plant tulip bulbs in memory of their buddy Tristan

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. 18, 2016

Schilling School third-graders plant tulip bulbs in memory of their buddy Tristan

Springtime flowers will always remind Schilling School students of their buddy, Tristan, a third-grader who passed away much too soon.

This week, his classmates planted tulip bulbs in front of the school in his honor.

Every spring, when the beautiful flowers appear, they will remind all of us of Tristan and his friendship, Principal Candis Gasa told the students.

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Source: Will County News

NRA urges continued vigilance on 2nd Amendment/revolt against liberal billionaires

George Soros at World Economic ForumFor many voters whose primary focus in the 2016 election was the 2nd Amendment, Donald Trump’s victory is quelling fears about the future of American firearm rights. But the nation’s top gun lobby is warning that the White House victory will embolden efforts by liberal billionaires and their legislative counterparts to disarm citizens.

National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre recently urged the organization’s 5 million members to continue fighting for the 2ndAmendment with the “same urgency and determined action that ended the political future of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Clinton made no secret about her plans to clamp down on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights— and American gun owners worried about the future of the Supreme Court responded in massive numbers by voting for Trump.

But LaPierre warns that Clinton’s anti-gun backers—liberal billionaires like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg— are already working to regroup and find new avenues to push their anti-firearm agenda.

He told supporters: “The truth is, the anti-gun billionaires have only one goal: the absolute eradication of the Second Amendment freedom for the average American citizen. Not for their security forces, their families and themselves. But for you: the everyday American who stormed the polls in an act of ultimate defiance of the elites. They will continue to enjoy the support of an openly dishonest media that truly hates your right to speak, your right to worship and your right to vote. And most of all, your right to keep and bear arms.”

If Trump makes good on his promises to vigorously defend the 2ndAmendment at the federal level, gun grabbers are expected to divert more resources to promoting anti-firearm regulations at the state and local level.

Unless they are vigorously challenged in the courts, these harsh new gun laws could effectively disarm hundreds of thousands of Americans without ever making national news.

Last week, Americans in three states got a taste of what may be coming.

In Nevada, voters passed a ballot measure aimed at closing the so-called gun show loophole. The new law will make private gun transfers between residents subject to the same scrutiny as retail gun sales, including requiring background checks.

Californians, meanwhile, voted to make their already draconian gun laws harsher by passing laws to ban the sale of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and requiring background checks for ammunition purchases.

A similar proposal was narrowly defeated in Maine.

Perhaps the most extreme of the new state gun laws, however, comes from the state of Washington. Voters there opted to make it possible for friends, family, law enforcement, nosey neighbors—or just about anyone, really— to accuse a gun owner of being dangerous, thus giving police the ability to suspend 2nd Amendment rights without due process.

Each of those new gun laws was backed by anti-2nd Amendment groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety. Both groups are heavily funded by, you guessed it, liberal billionaires like Soros and Bloomberg.

“Make no mistake: Moms will not allow the outcome of one election to deter us. It’s up to us to stand between the president-elect and the NRA’s vision of more guns for more people,” Moms Demand Action said in a statement following Trump’s win, adding that the group is prepared to “fight back on day one of Trump’s presidency.”

Source: Will County News

Will County beefs up security with armed deputy

Will County beefs up security with armed deputy

Will County will beef up security at its administration building in downtown Joliet by once again having a sheriff’s deputy armed with a gun.

The busy two-story office building, at 302 N. Chicago St, where the county board meets and where residents get marriage licenses, vote and pay taxes, is currently patrolled by a private security guard armed with a Taser.

The plan to add a deputy armed with a gun next month was not prompted by any incident, officials said.

“It’s just the environment we live in,” said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh.

“People are looking for a higher level of security with shootings happening around the country,” he said.

Sheriff’s deputies typically attend county board meetings now, and they previously provided security at the county building. But the previous sheriff, Paul Kaupus, pulled them off that assignment because he needed them to patrol the streets, he said.

The current guard will depart when his contract expires Dec. 1, Palmer said.

Having part-time deputies provide security during regular business hours and after hours meetings is a “very cost effective” solution, he said. The estimated $55,000 cost is “not much more” than the county now pays the private security guard.

But having a private security firm provide armed guards was too expensive, he said, adding that they are “more comfortable” with a sheriff’s deputy who is “fully trained.”

Because of the number of people who come to this building, Palmer said they are “not done with security enhancements,” but he declined to be specific.

Some officials would like to see metal detectors or hand held wands, but “to go through that to pay taxes or get a birth certificate is a bit much,” he said.

County employees are encouraged to wear identification badges on lanyards to distinguish them from the public, he said.

There is no plan to allow county board members, who have concealed carry permits, to bring guns into the building, Palmer said. That is currently banned.

This summer, board member Steve Balich proposed a resolution to allow elected officials to carry concealed firearms in to county and forest preserve properties, believing that it could save the county money.

A potential shooter could easily spot a uniformed officer, but would not know which board members were packing a gun, Balich reasoned. His resolution was never acted upon.

Source: Will County News