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Illinois Democrats made clear that their partisan agenda is more important than the future of our state

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Today, Illinois Democrats made clear that their partisan agenda is more important than the future of our state.

 

Despite being given the opportunity to set our state on the right path, Democrats in the Illinois House and Senate refused to pass a balanced budget with real lasting property tax relief.

 

A 32% tax increase without real reform is not the answer. Illinois already has the highest property taxes in America. We have the 5th highest tax burden in the country.

 

I am writing to you tonight to make something explicitly clear to our supporters and our opponents: Team Rauner will never give up on this fight for reform.

 

Challenge the Democrats directly by committing to reform instead: sign our reform petition here.

 

Democrats sent a strong message to Illinois families this evening: they are willing to push our state further into debt and destruction just to continue the corrupt, self-serving agendas of Speaker Madigan and the Chicago Machine.

 

Illinois deserves so much better. If you agree, pledge your commitment here.

Choosing reform over the status quo is not easy, but with your help – we will bring back Illinois.

 

Your support is more important now than ever before.

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Bruce Rauner

Source: Will County News

The North Korean EMP Threat

The North Korean EMP Threat

Originally published at Fox News.

The North Korean EMP Threat

North Korea is already one of the most dangerous places in the world, and it’s becoming more perilous by the day.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang completed its ninth ballistic missile test this year. The North Korean state run media said its maniacal leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened to send a bigger “gift package” to the United States.

The same day, the United States tested its ability to intercept long-range ballistic missiles potentially fired from North Korea. Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring announced the test was successful today.

I’m glad we are honing our ability to stop intercontinental ballistic missiles over the Pacific, but I hope our military leaders recognize that traditional nuclear war is only half of the threat the Kim Jong-un regime poses.

As I testified at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources earlier this month, the North Koreans have another offensive option, which they may already be able to execute and would be devastating to the United States – a weaponized electromagnetic pulse.

An electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, occurs when a relatively small but carefully designed nuclear warhead is detonated in the atmosphere. The explosion causes what can best be described as a massive power surge, which can damage or disable electrical devices for hundreds of miles on the ground below. As I told the Senate Committee, such an attack would be catastrophic to the United States because we are an electricity-dependent nation and our grid is ill-prepared to handle it.

I am not talking about simple, isolated, short-term blackouts like those which have occurred in New York, Los Angeles, or Detroit. These blackouts could encompass entire regions. Without proper preparation, the grid disruption (and destruction) caused by an EMP could take months to years to repair. Non-perishable foods would spoil from lack of refrigeration. Hospitals would run out of life-saving, temperature-controlled medications within days. Dialysis and other medical devices would stop working. Water systems that rely on electricity would stop pumping water and pipes would burst from the weight and pressure. The cascade of consequences of a protracted regional power outage would be devastating.

Bill Forstchen, who has been my co-author on several novels, lays out the effects of an EMP on a small town in North Carolina after the electrical grid was disabled in his New York Times bestselling novel, One Second After. Although it is a work of fiction, it is extremely well-researched – and terrifying.

But it is not impossible for this fiction to become a reality. Tom Clancy, after all, wrote about an enemy of the United States weaponizing a commercial air plane seven years before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Peter Vincent Pry, who leads the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and served on the Congressional EMP Commission, warns that North Korea may be closer to EMP-capability than many experts think.

On May 4, coincidentally the same day I spoke to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Pry wrote that many in the national security world and media have erroneously downplayed the threat from Pyongyang. A successful nuclear strike on U.S. soil would require a great deal of precision and advanced missile technology – two things the North Koreans have apparently not yet attained – but Pry points out a successfully launched EMP requires much less.

“An EMP attack entails detonating a nuclear weapon at high-altitude, above the atmosphere, so no reentry vehicle is necessary to penetrate the atmosphere and blast a city. The area of effect of an EMP is so enormous — a warhead detonated at an altitude of 30 kilometers will generate an EMP field on the ground having a radius of 600 kilometers — that an accurate guidance system is unnecessary,” Pry wrote.

It is good that our military leaders have all eyes trained on North Korea, but we must do more to mitigate the threat.

As I told senators this month, Congress needs to work to cut red tape and enable innovation so that we can work to harden our power infrastructure against an EMP attack in communities across the United States. This means, in part, designing systems that favor resistance, resilience, and redundancy over simple efficiency. It also means moving to a more diversified grid, which can be more easily restored.

This preparation will require active collaboration between federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector to foster an environment for innovation and to remove the hurdles preventing the quick responses that will be necessary to defend our power grid.

This will not be easy or cheap, but the threat is real – and we don’t want to be caught in the dark.

Your Friend,

Source: Will County News

City Council approves new licensing rules for pharmaceutical reps

Passed last November 9 days after the election.  Takes effect July 1st.

City Council approves new licensing rules for pharmaceutical reps

Nov 17, 2016, 1:12pm CST
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The Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical representatives to carry a special license and report sales data to city officials, measures that Mayor Rahm Emanuel says will prevent deceptive marketing by drug salespersons and reduce opioid painkiller abuse.

The ordinance passed on Wednesday by a unanimous vote and will take effect in July 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported.

It requires pharmaceutical reps to record and report to the city the number of health care professionals they’ve contacted, the types of drugs promoted, any samples provided, and if doctors were paid for their time.

In addition to the reporting requirements, sales reps will have to acquire a special license to operate within the city limits. The permits have to be renewed annually and will cost $750 each. Drug reps who break the rules or operate without the required license will also be fined between $1,000 and $3,000 for each violation or day of violations, the Tribune reported.

Advocates for the new ordinance, including city Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita, have said the regulations are necessary to curb deceptive sales practices and reduce opioid addiction, which has become a major public health problem across the country.

In Chicago, 403 people accidentally died from opioid overdoses last year, according to a report released last month by the Chicago-Cook County Task Force on Heroin. (Commentary: fewer deaths than a holiday weekend in Chicago)

Pharmaceutical companies and industry groups have questioned the need for the new licensing rules, calling them a “harmful tax increase” that do little to address the underlying problem of opioid abuse. A group of 16 pharmaceutical organizations, including Lake Forest-based Horizon Pharma, wrote a letter to the City Council calling the regulations “unnecessary” and “duplicative,” the Tribune reported.

Source: Will County News

Summary of the Homer School District 33C Board of Education Meeting May 30, 2017

Summary of the Homer School District 33C

Board of Education Meeting

May 30, 2017

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Deb Martin, President      Elizabeth Hitzeman, Vice President      Karen DeFilippis, Secretary

Adam Briner, Member  Kevin DeSchaaf, Member  Christine Marcinkewicz, Member        Russ

Petrizzo, Member

At the May 30    th  Board of Education meeting:

  • Goodings Grove PTO Treasurer Jenny Reichardt thanked the Board and District for partnering

with the PTO to install a new playground at the school. The PTO has raised $60,000 for the

project

  • Superintendent Dr. Kara Coglianese introduced Countryside Bank Branch Manager Barbara

Iovinelli and recognized the bank for supporting the Future Ready Student Foundation’s efforts

to raise money to send 18 Homer Junior High School choir students to New York this summer

to perform at Carnegie Hall. The bank donated $500, which was split between two students

who won a blind drawing

  • Dr. Coglianese recognized Will County Deputy Bob Parker who is retiring from the force this

year.  Deputy Bob Parker has been looking after Homer 33C students and staff for years,

providing law enforcement services when necessary and assisting administrators with matters

of safety, security and emergency planning. Dr. Coglianese thanked Parker for his years of

service and presented him with a clock

  • Teachers Union representative Cathy Clayton reported the 2016-2017 school year is in its final

week and wished everyone a happy summer

  • Support Staff Union representative Susan Koziarski thanked the Board and Administration for

successfully completing contract negotiations with the Union. The agreement was unanimously

approved by the Union on May 20           th

  • The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

Resignations

  1. Jennifer VanHeest – kindergarten teacher, Schilling School, effective at the end of the

2016-2017 school year

  1. Jeanine Arundel – Hadley Middle School Dean and Discovery Program Coordinator,

effective June 30, 2017

  1. Virginia Wessling – lunchroom monitor, Butler School, effective May 15, 2017
  2. Craig Schoppe – Director of Support Personnel Services, effective June 30, 2017
  3. Melody Johnson – 8 th grade girls basketball coach, effective at the end of the 2016-2017

school year​

  1. Nichole Boyce – 8 th grade class sponsor, Homer Junior High School, effective at the end

of the 2016-2017 school year

Letters of Intent to Retire

  1. Jane Petschow – school psychologist, Goodings Grove and Young Schools, subject to

compliance with the applicable requirements of TRS and the District’s collective

bargaining agreement; effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

  1. Carol Ziegler – special education teacher, Schilling School, subject to compliance with

the applicable requirements of TRS and the District’s collective bargaining agreement;

effective at the end of the 2017-2018 school year

  1. Marytherese Sajdak – school nurse, Homer Junior High School, effective at the end of

the 2016-2017 school year

Leaves of Absence          (Beginning and end dates open to modification)

  1. Gina McInerney – 4 th grade teacher, Goodings Grove School, effective from September

18, 2017 through December 8, 2017 and through the end of the 2017-2018 school year

  1. Shannon Moore – 4 th grade teacher, Butler School, effective September 27, 2017

through November 24, 2017

  1. Laura Walsh – speech-language pathologist, Butler School, effective October 5, 2017

through January 5, 2018

  1. Sharon Pearson – bus driver, Transportation, effective April 20, 2017 through June 30,

2017

  1. Antoinette Eaton – bus driver, Transportation, effective August 23, 2017 through October

24, 2017

  1. Donna Grasser – custodian, Administration and Goodings Grove School, effective June

7, 2017 through July 19, 2017

  1. Janina Kornas – custodian, Homer Junior High School, effective April 18, 2017 through

June 30, 2017

Position Recommendations

  1. Provisional approval for additional Kindergarten FTE teachers at Schilling School as

enrollment increases

  1. Reading Specialist at Schilling School
  2. 1.0 FTE and 0.5 FTE TPI (Transitional Program of Instruction) teachers
  3. Nurse aide

Employment Recommendations

  1. David Mekhiel – Assistant Director of Special Education, Administration, effective July 1,

2017

  1. Sandra O’Callaghan – social worker, Schilling School, effective August 21, 2017
  2. Karissa Pecci – early childhood teacher, Young School, effective August 21, 2017
  3. Michelle McDougall – social worker, Butler School, effective August 21, 2017
  4. Megan Kibbons – psychologist, Goodings Grove School, effective August 21, 2017
  5. Amy Miller – general music teacher, Goodings Grove and Schilling schools, effective

August 21, 2017

  1. Gail Malvestuto – psychologist, Homer Junior High School, effective August 21, 2017
  2. Sarah Beglen – general music teacher, Schilling School, effective August 21, 2017​

○ Carol Dicksen, boys 6  th /7 th  grade volleyball

○ Kelly Klosak, cheerleading

○ John Fencl, boys cross country

○ Kristen Bard, 5               th /6 th  grade cross country

○ Jeff Weathers, girls 8  th  grade volleyball

○ Ken Zeimetz, girls 7     th  grade volleyball

○ Annmarie Corcoran, girls 6       th  grade volleyball

○ Amy Marzano, A Team softball

○ Brittany Konsoer, 7      th  grade softball

○ Kristen Guska, 7            th  grade softball

○ William Keasler, boys and girls 7             th /8 th  grade track

○ Mike Poremba, boys 7               th /8 th  grade track

○ Kristen Bard, girls 7      th /8 th  grade track

○ David Rush, 5 th -8 th  wrestling

○ Kenton Brace, 5            th -8 th  wrestling

○ Jake Gage, 5   th  grade basketball clinic

○ John Fencl, 5  th  grade cross country clinic

○ Jeff Weathers, 5           th  grade volleyball clinic

○ Linda Curry, 5 th /6 th  grade speech

○ Nichole Boyce, 7           th /8 th  grade speech

○ Leighann Cannon, 5     th /6 th  grade Scholastic Bowl

○ Nichole Boyce, 7           th /8 th  grade Scholastic Bowl

  • External coaches for sports, effective for the 2017-2018 school year

○ Paul Oster, wrestling

○ Christopher Myers, wrestling

○ William Pavlich, boys track

○ Della LoPresti, cross country

  • The Board tabled a recommendation to hire a full-time clerical aide to enter student

assessment data into the OnHand Instructional Management System. The data is needed to

identify at-risk students, review assessment scores and manage interventions. The Board has

asked to investigate other options

  • Homer Junior High School Assistant Principal Greg Zurales presented an overview of the

Homer Junior High School graduation ceremony, which will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June

2 nd  at Lockport Township High School East Campus

  • District Leadership Team (DLT) co-chairs Tammie Ebel, Cathy Clayton, Kathleen Robinson and

Kara Coglianese presented an update on the group’s work this year. The team of 20-plus

teachers, administrators and staff members meet once a month from 4 to 6 p.m. to review

student assessment data, track progress, set goals and complete strategic plan priorities.

Students are tested in the fall, winter (if they fall below the 25 percent quartile) and spring. The

District Leadership Team and School Leadership Teams (SLT) then pour over the data, looking

for patterns and trends to see if adjustments are needed in the curriculum, rigor or pacing.

Looking ahead, the District Leadership Team will focus on curriculum mapping and pacing

(concentrating on grades K, 1 and 2) this summer. In the fall, School Leadership Teams will

review the DLT’s recommendations, new student assessment data and adjust their percentile

growth targets. Building principals and grade level teams will meet throughout the year to ​

review progress toward targets and develop instructional strategies to meet their goals. In

addition, the School Leadership Teams will plan and implement site-based professional

development in goal areas and report monthly to DLT on student achievement progress and

strategy development

  • The Board approved the City of Lockport School Facility and Land/Cash Fees for property

located within the Homer 33C District boundaries

  • The Board approved the Butler baseball field improvement project. Work will begin this

summer

  • The Board approved the Municipal Lease Agreement with Santander Leasing, LLC and the

Leased Vehicle Assignment Agreement with Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc.

  • The Board approved the release of a Multipurpose Xerographic Paper Bid
  • The Board reviewed and confirmed the Budget Hearing date and time for September 26, 2017

at 6:45 p.m. and set the Regular Board meeting date for the month of December 2017 as

December 19, 2017

  • The Board approved the Honorable Dismissal of the following full-time Educational Support

Personnel: Jeanette Bobak, paraprofessional; Mary Ann Pratt, paraprofessional; Lisa Oneil,

paraprofessional; Susan Shea, paraprofessional; Mary Kay Oldendorf, paraprofessional;

Annette Pahl, paraprofessional and Jessica Suerth, paraprofessional

  • The Board approved a resolution authorizing the reduction of the District’s Media Center

Classroom Volunteer Coordinator position for Scott Masen from full-time to part-time, effective

at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year

  • The Board approved a three-year contract with the Support Staff Union and a Memorandum of

Understanding regarding a one-time retirement incentive for eligible employees. Union

members will receive a 4.2 percent increase in pay the first year, a 3.7 percent increase the

second year and 3.7 percent increase the third year

  • The Board agreed to partner with the Goodings Grove PTO and commit funding to the

Goodings Grove Playground Project, including any needed site work and contribution for

playground equipment

  • The Board approved merit pay for Administrators as presented
  • The Board approved raises for non-certified support staff not included in the Support Staff

Union. The non-union employees will receive a 4.2 percent raise in 2017-2018; a 3.7 percent

raise in 2018-2019 and a 3.7 percent raise in 2019-2020 — just like members of the Support

Staff Union​

Source: Will County News

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Source: Will County News

Trump News May 30, 2017

Watch highlights from President Donald J. Trump’s trip abroad:

TODAY’S EVENTS

12:30 PM: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence

2:00 PM: Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sean Spicer

WHITE HOUSE UPDATES

Yesterday, President Trump and Vice President Pence visited Arlington National Cemetery to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation.

Last week, President Trump took his first trip abroad. Read more about the President’s trip here and watch highlights from day five and six of his eight-day trip below:

President Trump met with world leaders at the NATO summit last week where he reaffirmed his desire for a productive economic and security relationship with Europe and promised to continue strengthening cooperation with Belgium on these and other important issues.

On Saturday, President Trump delivered remarks to United States Military Personnel at Naval Air Station Sigonella to finish off his first trip abroad.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are guided by 6-year-old Christian Jacobs, son of fallen U.S. Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, to his father’s grave during Memorial Day ceremonies, Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

WHAT WE ARE READING

“If we stay with Obamacare, within a few years tens of millions will have no insurance at all that is even remotely affordable. Aetna, Humana, and other major insurers in just recent months have fled Obamacare.”Washington Times

“Obamacare is wrecking individual and small group markets. This year, premium cost increases in the individual markets are averaging 25%, and the thousands of dollars in deductibles are breathtaking. Many middle-class folks in these markets are stuck paying the equivalent of a second mortgage.”USA Today

“A recent report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which found the cost of the average policy on the federal Obamacare exchanges used in 39 states increased 105 percent between 2013 and 2017.”The Oklahoman

Source: Will County News

Trump’s keeping his enemies too close

Trump’s keeping his enemies too close

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You’ve heard the saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” President Donald Trump may be keeping them too close.

GotNews.com is reporting that two National Security Council sources have identified National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell as the source of anti-Trump material being leaked to the mainstream media.

According to GotNews, McMaster uses Powell, who has been described as the Republican Huma Abedin, to plant negative stories with the anti-Trump media. Powell is longtime District of Criminals swamp dweller, having begun as an intern for GOP Senator Kay Baily Hutchison and then staffer for former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

In addition to her post at the NSC, Powell works as Ivanka Trump’s top adviser on policy and staffing, as Bob Livingston reported in January when he revealed all the Goldman Sachs alums in the budding Trump Administration.

Powell is a member of the Hillary Clinton-linked Vital Voices nongovernmental organization, the former president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She’s also close to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who many see as having essentially taken over Trump’s agenda. The Washington Post reported Kushner will play a key role in an upcoming shakeup of Trump’s West Wing team.

The Economic Policy Journal has more on Powell’s Deep State ties.

You can read more on Powell at Gotnews.com.

Source: Will County News

Senate Democrats approve $5.4 billion in tax increases

Senate Democrats approve $5.4 billion in tax increases; GOP Rep. Ives takes control of bill in House

  • By Greg Bishop and Dan McCaleb
  • May 23, 2017 Updated May 23, 2017

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Illinois Senate Democrats on Tuesday approved $5.4 billion in tax increases with no Republican support, including an income tax hike that would be made retroactive to Jan. 1.

The new revenue would help offset a $37.3 budget plan that also was approved by the Senate Tuesday, which adds more spending to the version passed last week.

Both the tax increase and the spending bills are part of the Senate’s so-called grand bargain, a series of budget-related measures that senators of both parties had been negotiating for months.

In addition to raising the state’s income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, the tax hike bill also would raise the corporate tax from 5.25 percent to 7 percent and expand the state’s sales tax to include certain services.

Because the income tax increase would be retroactive to the beginning of the year, the effective 2017 tax rate would be 5.81 percent if it were to take effect June 1.

A family with annual income of $60,000 would pay $3,486 in state income taxes in 2017, up $1,236 from the current rate. Families with the same income would pay $290 a month for the remainder of this year, including the retroactive portion, up from $187 monthly.

The vote in the Senate was 32-26, with no Republican support. It faces an uncertain future in the House, where anti-tax-hike Republican Rep. Jeanne Ives filed as chief sponsor.

“I prefiled for the bill so I could control it in the House,” Ives told Illinois News Network. “I think that there’s a bigger conversation that needs to be had before we do a tax increase. … I thought the best way to have a voice in that discussion would be to control the bill in the House.”

Ives acknowledged that there are procedural ways for Democrats to take the bill away from her, but she hopes that doesn’t happen.

“There are a lot of tax increases in here that we shouldn’t even be having a conversation about until we’ve talked about cutting spending and doing more for the business community rather than making them the highest taxed in the United States,” she said.

Gov Bruce Rauner has said he would not support the tax increases if there is no corresponding property tax freeze. So far, there’s not.

“The biggest issue that now stands in the way of us reaching an agreement is resistance to freezing your property taxes, and giving you the ability to control whether your property taxes go up or down in the future,” Rauner said in a Facebook Live event earlier Tuesday. “We will always stand on the side of taxpayers and homeowners and make sure we get an agreement that is fair to you.”

Initially, the grand bargain bills were tied together. If one failed, they all failed.

Last week, Democrats stopped negotiating with Republicans and started decoupling the grand bargain bills, passing several pieces of legislation with little or no GOP support.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, sponsors the $5.4 billion tax increase. She said the bill has been amended many times, proving that Democrats were willing to compromise with Republicans.

“Home repair has been removed, landscaping has been removed, personal services except for tattoos and piercings have been removed,” Hutchinson said of the sales tax expansion measure. “We need to figure out how to pass a revenue package that can pay for the core services of government. That’s the end-all game.”

Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, said the retroactive income tax increase will be especially hard on families.

“This will make it a tough six months, last part of the year,” McCarter said. “This is going to come to people in twice the punishment.”

McCarter said he also worries that the $5.4 billion tax increase will turn into a $7 billion tax increase before lawmakers are through.

“It seems like not everybody wants to show you the whole picture, because the whole picture is this: for every one dollar we’re not willing to cut, we have to take from the taxpayers in the form of a new tax,” he said. “It’s not just revenue. These are dollars out of people’s pockets. So every time we are not able to courageously tell people ‘no,’ tell constituents ‘we just can’t afford this,’ we have to go to the taxpayers to take more from them, dollar for dollar.”

The Senate also approved an appropriations bill Tuesday that Democrats say cuts $3 billion in spending and a budget implementation bill that fell a few votes short of passage last week.

But the budget bill approved Tuesday actually adds more spending than a version that passed last week.

State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said the latest budget bill keeps level spending for the local government distributive fund despite a 10 percent reduction passing the Senate last week. The bill also does not reduce Medicaid spending or the Community Care Program.

Steans said the amendment does include over a billion dollars in savings for pension reform. There’s also nearly half a billion dollars in savings from state employee group health insurance, but that’s pending court action on the labor dispute between the governor and AFSCME union. If the court sides with AFSCME, Steans said there would be fund sweeps.

Also on Tuesday, the Senate introduced two proposed amendments to the state’s Constitution that would allow for a progressive income tax.

The Constitution prescribes a flat income tax, regardless what the rate is. A progressive tax would allow lawmakers to create tiered rates depending on an individual’s income level.

The proposed amendments were read for the first time Tuesday, meaning two more readings are necessary before a vote can take place.

While the Senate has enough Democrat votes to override any Rauner vetoes, the House does not.

In a statement released shortly after the Senate votes, House Speaker Michael Madigan said his chamber will “thoughtfully” consider the measures.

“Since the beginning of the session, a working group … has worked diligently on state budget issues, including passage of a Lifeline Budget,” Madigan said. “They will thoroughly review the Senate’s proposal and consider it as part of our efforts to pass a full-year balanced budget that will end the budget impasse.”

Source: Will County News

Boy, it must be nice to get paid a lot of money by the taxpayers of Illinois, and goof around on the job

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Boy, it must be nice to get paid a lot of money by the taxpayers of Illinois, and goof around on the job. Leave it to your elected representatives.

Note from Jesus Alaniz

The 2016 Democratic presidential theme was that “working families should not have to struggle to make ends meet”. On May 23rd, the Illinois Senate Democrats passed a bill along partisan lines that would retroactively increase the Illinois state income tax by an estimated 32% or an average of $1,152 per person. I estimate that working individuals will have to fork over two weeks pay to the state, while working couples would have to hand over four weeks’ pay. In addition to struggling families, 800 CAT employees & 800 employees at Butterball, are about to lose their jobs so I made some calls. My first call was to Senator Toi Hutchison who wrote the bill. I informed her staff that these taxes were going to hurt working families and asked if Hutchison expected the 1,600 employees who were about to lose their jobs to pay those increases. Hutchison’s staff along with Rep Linda Chapa Villa’s and Rep. Kelly Cassidy said “they didn’t know” while there was no answer at Rep. Stefanie Kifowit’s office.

These increases along with proposed corporate income tax increases, a new opportunity tax to be laid on Illinois businesses and the talk about forcing companies to raise the minimum wage to supplement the new taxes laid upon working families are just apt to force more companies to follow in CAT’s & Butterballs departure. These taxes don’t care what race you are, whether you’re an atheist or what your religion or your sexual orientation is. These taxes don’t care if you’re a working a single mother or a student trying to pay off loans. “Lawmakers” should be ashamed but the mockery doesn’t end there. On May 23rd a story along with a video showing Ill “lawmakers” prioritizing an upcoming house vs. senate basketball games adds insult to injury, Rep. Litesa Wallace boasts of her cheerleading experience and calls for interested members to see her to discuss outfits (see Q98.5 Online, “Video Shows Rockford Legislator in Springfield Goofing Around on the Job” by Mark Charvat).

In addition to these new abhorrent taxes and sports lunacies, the legislature refuses to commit to freezing property taxes and refuses to say whether or not they will raise taxes, penalties or fees next year. Years ago I switched parties and have had to keep Republicans honest. Now I’m embarrassed and ashamed in having to admit that I was once a Democrat.

Call Your State Rep Now & Tell Them To Get out Of The Family Budget

Illinois House of Reporesentatives
Name District City Phone Number
Daniel V. Beiser – District 111 Alton Illinois (217) 782-5996
Sheri Jesiel – District 61 Antioch Illinois (217) 782-8151
Linda Chapa LaVia – District 83 Aurora Illinois (217) 558-1002
Stephanie A. Kifowit – District 84 Aurora Illinois (217) 782-8028
Jay Hoffman – District 113 Belleville Illinois (217) 782-0104
Christine Winger – District 45 Bloomingdale Illinois (217) 782-4014
Robert Rita – District 28 Blue Island Illinois (217) 558-1000
Elaine Nekritz – District 57 Buffalo Grove Illinois (217) 558-1004
Jim Durkin – District 82 Burr Ridge Illinois (217) 782-0494
David McSweeney – District 52 Cary Illinois (217) 782-1517
Carol Ammons – District 103 Champaign Illinois (217) 558-1009
Mary E. Flowers – District 31 Chicagg Illinois (217) 782-4207
John C. D’Amico – District 15 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8198
Anthony DeLuca – District 80 Chicago Heights illinois (217) 782-1719
André Thapedi – District 32 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-1702
Ann M. Williams – District 11 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-2458
Arthur Turner – District 9 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8116
Barbara Flynn Currie – District 25 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8121
Christian L. Mitchell – District 26 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-2023
Cynthia Soto – District 4 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-0150
Daniel J. Burke – District 1 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-1117
Elgie R. Sims, Jr. – District 34 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-6476
Frances Ann Hurley – District 35 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8200
Gregory Harris – District 13 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-3835
Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. – District 40 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8117
Juliana Stratton – District 5 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-4535
Justin Slaughter – District 27 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-0010
Kelly M. Cassidy – District 14 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8088
La Shawn K. Ford – District 8 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-5962
Luis Arroyo – District 3 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-0480
Marcus C. Evans, Jr. – District 33 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8272
Melissa Conyears-Ervin – District 10 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8077
Michael J. Madigan – District 22 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-5350
Michael P. McAuliffe – District 20 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8182
Robert Martwick – District 19 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8400
Sara Feigenholtz – District 12 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-8062
Silvana Tabares – District 21 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-7752
Sonya M. Harper – District 6 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-5971
Theresa Mah – District 2 Chicago Illinois (217) 782-2855
Will Guzzardi – District 39 Chicago Illinois (217) 558-1032
Elizabeth Hernandez – District 24 Cicero, IL 60804 (217) 782-8173
Katie Stuart – District 112 Collinsville Illinois (217) 782-8018
Allen Skillicorn – District 66 Crystal Lake Illinois (217) 782-0432
Barbara Wheeler – District 64 Crystal Lake Illinois (217) 782-1664
Chad Hays – District 104 Danville Illinois (217) 782-4811
Bill Mitchell – District 101 Decatur Illinois (217) 782-8163
Sue Scherer – District 96 Decatur Illinois (217) 524-0353
Martin J. Moylan – District 55 Des Plaines Illinois (217) 782-8007
David S. Olsen – District 81 Downers Grove Illinois (217) 782-6578
William Davis – District 30 East Hazel Crest Illinois (217) 782-8197
LaToya Greenwood – District 114 East St. Louis Illinois (217) 782-5951
Anna Moeller – District 43 Elgin Illinois (217) 782-8020
Robyn Gabel – District 18 Evanston Illinois (217) 782-8052
Margo McDermed – District 37 Frankfort Illinois (217) 782-0424
Brian W. Stewart – District 89 Freeport Illinois

Video Shows Rockford Legislator in Springfield Goofing Around on the Job

Video Shows Rockford Legislator in Springfield Goofing Around on House Floor
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Boy, it must be nice to get paid a lot of money by the taxpayers of Illinois, and goof around on the job. Leave it to your elected representatives. 

Last time I checked, the state of Illinois did not have a budget and social service agencies and state vendors are waiting to paid. So, what was one of Rockford’s representatives to the Illinois House of Representatives doing? Working? Nope! She helping to planning a softball game on taxpayer time.

Video Shows Rockford Legislator in Springfield Goofing Around on House Floor

Yes, in the Illinois House, last week, representatives were caught on video wasting precious time to discuss the upcoming House vs. Senate softball game and basketball game. Democratic Rockford State Rep. Litesa Wallace, spoke to the chamber, to let members know that “cheerleaders and pom-poms would be ready.” Don’t believe me? Just listen. (Rep. Wallace speaks at 1:15 into the video)

Rep. Wallace, have you forgotten the state has not had a budget for 700 days? Did you forget the legislative session ends on May 31st?

Keep in mind that taxpayers are paying Ms Wallace $67,836.00 a year plus per diem. Ms. Wallace represents Illinois 67th district and her offices are located here in Rockford.

May I suggest a little more work and a lot less goofing off on the taxpayers’ dime?

Massive Hot Dog Recall

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Source: Will County News

Rauner hands tied by Democrats that Control Illinois for over 30 years/ Corruption, assault on our wallets

Audit panel reviewing state lease deal that some call an affront to taxpayers

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

The Illinois Legislative Audit Commission is now reviewing a warehouse lease agreement that critics call an egregious example of government waste and insider dealings.

And one of those critics, Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, is looking at introducing legislation that would require members of the Illinois Policy Procurement Board to recuse themselves from approving leases when they have possible conflicts of interest.

McSweeney and state Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, signed a letter to Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, and Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, who serve as co-chairs of the audit panel. The letter calls for an investigation of a $2.4 million lease negotiated with the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).

The five-year lease allows the department to store documents at the former Barney’s Warehouse store in Springfield. McSweeney and Cullerton say the building could have been purchased outright for $750,000.

“This has been a problem for years,” McSweeney told Illinois News Network. “This is why we need to drain the swamp in Springfield.”

McSweeney and others find the deal suspicious because the state negotiated it with a company called Climate Controlled Holdings, which has connections to the family of businessman Bill Cellini, who was convicted of a pay-to-play political scheme in 2011. Cellini’s son-in-law is part-owner of the leased building.

In addition, the chairman of the state’s Policy Procurement Board, Frank Vala, is a longtime friend of Cellini’s. The board signed off on the document storage lease.

“We’re still trying to figure out the next step here,” Ryan Keith, spokesman for Rita, told Illinois News Network. “The [audit] commission staff is trying to figure out what the process would be moving forward. It might require a resolution from either the House or Senate to either ask the audit commission to look at it further or the auditor general to look at it further.”

But with less than a week left in the legislative session, many lawmakers are focused on the budget and other key state issues, Keith said.

“This is something we’ll look at as part of the normal and recurring DHS audit,” Barickman told Illinois News Network. It will be treated like anything else that comes before the audit commission, he said.

At a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday, Mike Hoffman, acting director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, said the state hasn’t purchased a new building since 2013. He also said it’s incorrect to say the state could have bought the former Barney’s Warehouse for $750,000, which the current owner bought it for. He said the building was appraised at $1.2 million, and the new owner invested about $1.5 million to upgrade it.

“It’s not as black and white as some people have tried to make it sound,” Hoffman said. “There’s a lot of nuance on what the best option was for taxpayers in this case … We followed the process and did the best job that we could.”

Hoffman also said CMS, which manages state-owned property as well as lease agreements, has saved taxpayers $55 million over the past six years be renegotiating state leases. Though he acknowledged that’s getting more difficult because the does not pay it’s bills in a timely manner.

“Seems like there’s this reputation that we’re paying too much money,” he said. “The fact is, we’re negotiating very hard.”

Earlier this month, McSweeney and Cullerton called on Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office to block payments for the use of the warehouse until lawmakers can further investigate the contract. The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has yet to send any bills for the lease deal to the Comptroller’s Office, however.

Source: Will County News