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Jeff Sessions wants all those prisons full

Jeff Sessions wants all those prisons full



Attorney General Jeff Sessions just reminded the country that he wants the failed War on Drugs to be the centerpiece of his Justice Department policy. The top law official on Friday directed prosecutors to seek the maximum penalty possible even for the lowest level drug offenders.

“It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” Sessions said in a memo.

The AG said his maneuver is simply an attempt to return to a DOJ policy mandated by Congress .

“We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple,” Sessions said in a speech announcing the change. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.”

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) immediately responded to the AG’s decision.

“While we appreciate the attorney general’s commitment to reducing crime and combating dangerous opioid abuse, we think his strategy is misguided, unsupported by evidence, and likely to do more harm than good,” FAMM said. “Indeed, the drug epidemic challenging our country today is a devastating indictment of the one-size-fits-all punishment regime that General Sessions seeks to expand. His charging memo throws decades of improved techniques and technologies out of the window in favor of a failed approach.”

Former Attorney General Eric Holder also responded to his predecessor’s move.

“The policy announced today is not tough on crime,” Holder said. “It’s an ideologically motivated, cookie-cutter approach that has only been proven to generate unfairly long sentences that are often applied indiscriminately and do little to achieve long-term public safety.”

Holder’s memo to undo certain mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines was one of the few Obama Justice Department policies championed by small government conservatives.

Source: Will County News

Illinois State Rifle Association May, 2017 Chairman’s Comments



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Conservative author and speaker, Ann Coulter, is just the latest victim of the hateful leftists in this country. Ann was going to give a speech at Berkley, supposedly the ‘birthplace and home of free speech’ in this country. With threatened riots (not just protests) and the Mayor saying he could not guarantee her safety, she finally had to cancel at the last moment. It was later discovered that the Mayor is associated with extreme hate groups. If he wanted her to speak, he could have gotten enough police to ensure order. This is in addition to the forty-two times that a conservative speaker had to cancel their scheduled speech in 2016. Guess how many times a liberal speaker had to be cancelled for security reasons…..NONE!!!

In Portland Oregon, protesters shattered business windows, set bonfires in the streets and vandalized a police car on Monday, May Day, afternoon as a May Day protest devolved into a short-lived but chaotic riot. It began as a city-permitted march, but ultimately black-clad leftists Fascists protesters wearing masks, started fires and doing major property damage. Police declared it a riot. Officers used flash-bang grenades to disperse the crowd arresting 25 people. Windows were broken in many buildings including Target and Brooks Brothers.  I hope President Trump will make sure that the Justice Department will ensure these rioters get federal charges and finally get these riots stopped. This anarchy is in large part funded by Self-professed Nazi war criminal George Soros. He continues to go free while radicalizing American politics and society. There is a strategy to take him down by first openly identifying the over 200 organizations he owns and funds. They are created to sabotage the United States.       Meanwhile here in Chicago, more than 1,000 people have been shot so far this year, and the city has had nearly 200 murders, but Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said he saw some good news in April’s crime statistics. Shootings were down 13 percent for the first four months of the year, compared to the same time in 2016. While shootings were down, murders in April were up 80%. So the shooters are getting better at aiming. I guess that what he is happy about.

Despite predictions earlier, firearm sales are moving up once again.  The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows March numbers 10% higher than January and 9% higher than February of this year.

Obama stopped the transfer of US military guns back to the USA while president. He wanted them all destroyed.  But now, thanks to Trump, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will be getting 86,000 M1 Garands from overseas sometime this year. There are many collectors and shooters who will be thrilled to have one of these historic firearms. To buy one of these or any other firearm from the Civilian Marksmanship Program, you need to be a member of a club or organization that is affiliated with the CMP.  The Illinois State Rifle Association is an affiliate.

Last week, Iowa gun rights got a bonanza when Iowa House File 517 was signed into law.  Among the provisions of HF517 are: stand your ground, immunity from civil liability if you have to shoot an aggressor to stop them, state wide preemption, the ability to carry in the Iowa Capitol building, and granting a citizen the ability to sue those who establish “gun free zones” if those citizens believe their civil rights have been violated.  Very nice.


Many of you know that SB1657 – a terrible bill to curtail retail firearm sales passed the senate and now moves on to the Illinois House for concurrence.  If SB1657 is passed into law:
1. Hundreds of shooting sports entrepreneurs will be forced out of business. Among them are gun shops, ranges and gunsmiths.

2.  Increased dealer overhead costs linked to the cost of compliance with the bill will raise the retail price of new guns by up to $300 or more.  Essentially, this bill places a tax on your Constitutional rights.

3.  It will be illegal for you to sell your gun collection of more than 9 guns without getting a state license.

4. Anyone who purchases a firearm will be subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance by the authorities.  Additionally, personal information of all gun buyers will be gathered and electronically indexed by state agencies.
The primary sponsor of SB1657 is Senator Don Harmon.  Harmon is a left-wing, radical anti-constitutionalist whose district is in Oak Park. He takes his instructions – and quite a bit of money – from former NYC mayor, Michael Bloomberg.  Bloomberg has assigned Harmon with the task of dismantling private firearm ownership in Illinois.  The Bloomberg/Harmon team will succeed in stripping you of your rights if you do not stand up and take action.

Bartenders at a West Village hot spot in Boston served up discrimination — with a liberal twist — refusing to serve a customer because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, according to a lawsuit.  An accountant from Philadelphia was kicked out by workers at The Happiest Hour on West 10th Street over his conservative fashion statement.  “Anyone who supports Trump — or believes what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!”

Five-year-old Caitlin Miller and several of her classmates were playing make-believe last week on the playground at McLauchlin Elementary School in North Carolina. One of her friends was pretending to be a queen and another was pretending to be a princess. Caitlin was their protector. And in order to protect the Royals, she armed herself with a stick that resembled a gun. Within minutes, the five-year-old was snatched up by a teacher and sent to the principal’s office, promptly suspended and accused of a heinous offense of, “turning a stick into a gun and threatening to shoot and kill other students.” “The assistant principal said Caitlin had a stick and she was using it to shoot and kill other students,” she said. Mrs. Miller said the entire incident has been blown way out of context. Mrs. Miller said she had to sit down with her daughter and explain why her make-believe fun was against school policy. “It was gut-wrenching for me. She’s innocent. She’s young. She should be five and have fun.”

With leftists increasingly turning to violence to try to get their way, and with the likes of Soros and Bloomberg using their enormous sums of money to try to eliminate guns and our civil rights, it is becoming more important than ever to do all we can to protect our rights. If Clinton had gotten to be president we would be even worse off and in a little over three years, in all likelihood, there will be another extreme anti-gun (anti-rights) person running against Trump; and, if they win, all we gained will be gone in a heartbeat. So now for the immediate concern of SB1657, call your representative and politely, but strongly, express your support of gun rights and your opposition to this terrible bill. For the long run, support those legislators who support your rights, both financially and in any other way you are able. Your future rights depend upon it. The antis are dramatically upping the ante with literally millions of dollars and they’re getting better organized.


Doug Mayhall



*** All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ISRA, Will County Grassroots, or any of it’s members or officers.***

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Source: Will County News

Employment Opportunities in Will County May 2017

Employment Opportunities

Current openings in Will County government are posted here:

Featured job opening this week:  Truck Driver (Will County)

Private sector openings available:

Union Pacific
Electrician-Diesel Engines (Dolton and Melrose Park)
Passenger Car Electrician (Chicago)

Full-time Warehouse Associate (Romeoville)
Reduced-time Warehouse Associate (Joliet)

Work Force Services Division of Will County Job Board
Over 180 position openings from businesses looking for qualified candidates in Will County: http://www.jobs4people.org/job-board.aspx

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Source: Will County News

Senate Bill 9’s tax on home repairs would fall hardest on Illinois’ middle-class and senior residents.

Illinois Senate proposal would tax home repairs

Senate Bill 9’s tax on home repairs would fall hardest on Illinois’ middle-class and senior residents.

Members of the home building industry say Senate Bill 9’s tax on home repairs would fall hardest on Illinois’ middle-class and senior residents.

An amendment to a bill currently sitting in the Illinois Senate would add another tax: this time, on home repairs. The legislation, Senate Bill 9, was one of the revenue-grabbing components of the so-called “grand bargain” budget proposal. The amendments to SB 9 contain a large package of new taxes and tax hikes, including taxes on internet streaming services such as Netflix, laundry services, landscaping, manicures and a host of other services and products.

Sponsored by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, SB 9 and its subsequent amendments have gained considerable support among the Senate leadership of bothparties, but have not yet gained enough support from rank-and-file senators.

Industry experts have voiced concern over the proposal, citing it as convoluted, hard to enforce and overly expensive. The Home Builders Association of Illinois opposes Hutchinson’s proposed tax and claims that it would cost 521 jobs, $47 million in reduced home repair and maintenance work, and a nearly $8 million reduction in revenue for state and local coffers.

Home Builders Association Vice President Bill Ward claimed the bill would hurt senior citizens and lower income residents.

“Senior citizens and other homeowners on limited income will be forced to forego needed repair work on their homes,” Ward said.

“Homes hit by fire and storm damage will be the hardest hit by this tax,” Ward said, according to The State Journal-Register. “On $20,000 damage to a home, the tax will amount to $1,250 in home repair work.”

Hutchinson’s proposed tax on home repairs would be yet another cost for Illinois’ middle class. Illinois homeowners already pay some of the highest property taxes in the country and carry one of the most expensive overall tax burdens in the nation.

The last thing homeowners need is a new tax on a basic service. And like property taxes, a tax on home repairs would also hurt senior citizens in Illinois, many of whom live on a fixed income.

The proposed home repair tax would also serve as yet another disincentive for buying a home in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln is undergoing a severe out-migration crisis, especially among prime working-age residents. From July 2015 to July 2016, Illinois’ population contracted by 37,500 residents due to out-migration, giving the Prairie State the worst population loss in the country. High taxes around home ownership such as property taxes and Hutchinson’s proposed home repair tax serve as further discouragement for people seeking to put down roots in Illinois. A poll released in October 2016 by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute showed that nearly half of Illinois residents wanted to leave the state, and of those who wanted to leave, taxes were the No. 1 reason.

Though currently shelved in the Senate Assignments Committee, SB 9’s amendments, with its slew of new taxes and tax hikes, is by no means off the table. Many in Springfield would like to see the tax-laden proposal become law, eager for fresh revenue to feed the state’s cost drivers. SB 9 and all its tax hikes should be thrown out for good, and lawmakers should embrace taxpayer-friendly reforms that will actually encourage people to live, work and retire in Illinois.

Source: Will County News

Comey foes, privacy fighters: Director’s firing ‘troubling’

Comey foes, privacy fighters: Director’s firing ‘troubling’


The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading voice against the FBI’s repeated attempts to further violate American communication privacy, is calling for an investigation into its favorite foe’s firing.

The group said in a statement:

The FBI is the country’s top law enforcement agency and serves the public, not the president. As defenders of the rule of law, we have deep concerns about President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. We disagreed with the director on many issues, including his consistent push for backdoors into our electronic communications and devices and a general weakening of encryption, which is crucial to protecting Americans’ privacy and security. But we are deeply troubled about Director Comey’s termination and what it says about the independence of the office and its ability to conduct fair investigations, including into threats to our digital security and the integrity of our elections. The next FBI director must be a strong, independent voice for the Constitution and the public interest.

Given the current climate at the Department of Justice, however, a new FBI director with respect for the Constitution is highly unlikely.

As Recode pointed out:

Trump’s attorney general, for example, similarly has criticized Apple for its strong defense of encryption. While Jeff Sessions represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 2015, he also voted against a law that reined in some of the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers.

A year later, Sessions sought in Congress to expand the FBI’s ability to collect information like web browsing histories during emergency cases without first requiring a warrant. That ultimately failed. But the larger privacy debate — whether law enforcement should have to obtain warrants to access Americans’ oldest emails for their investigations — remains an unsolved issue on Capitol Hill.

There’s also Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Trump, who similarly sits in opposition to the tech and civil-liberties crowds. An Army officer who later served in the House of Representatives, Pompeo regularly — and vocally — opposed efforts to curtail U.S. surveillance authorities. And Trump’s director of national intelligence, former Sen. Dan Coats, similarly has voted against surveillance reform.

Source: Will County News