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Homer 33 C Butler 4th graders say “goodbye” with ice cream social

News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
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For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2017
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Butler 4th graders say “goodbye” with ice cream social
Ready to start middle school in the fall
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Butler School fourth-graders graders are just about ready to say “goodbye”
to their elementary years and “hello” to their middle school years.
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On Monday (May 22), they gathered one last time for a fourth-grade social.
The PTO helped make their goodbyes a little sweeter with ice cream.
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Nearly half of unemployed people in Illinois have given up on finding work

MAY 12, 2017
A new survey from Harris Poll for Express Employment Professionals shows that nearly half of unemployed people in Illinois have given up looking for work.

Forty-four percent of unemployed Illinoisans have given up on finding a job, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll for Express Employment Professionals in March and April.

Though the Harris Poll survey indicated that fewer Americans have given up on searching for work in 2017 compared with 2016, Illinois is not following the same trend. The percentage of unemployed Illinoisans who have given up job searches is higher than it is among other states’ unemployed populations, according to the Chicago Tribune. The number of those who’ve given up looking for employment has steadily increased in Illinois since 2016, when it was 41 percent, and 2015, when the number was 33 percent, the Tribune reports.

The national numbers from Harris Poll show the country overall has improved, with only 33 percent of unemployed Americans giving up their job searches, down from 40 percent in 2016.

So why is Illinois worse off than the rest of the United States?

“Economic and political factors unique to Illinois may be at play here,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals, in a news release.

Patrick Dolan, who manages 16 Chicago-area Express Employment staffing franchises, pointed to the state’s litany of fiscal woes and uncompetitive laws. “Business owners know that we have massive unpaid bills in the state, so they start thinking tax hikes,” Dolan said, according to the Tribune.

Dolan isn’t wrong.

Illinois currently owes more than $12 billion on backlogged bills from various vendors for services already rendered, and has $130 billion in unfunded state pension debt. Illinois has a spending problem, yet rather than passing needed reforms, many in Springfield are looking to pass the costs onto residents and businesses. The Illinois Senate’s proposed “grand bargain” budget deal contains a bevy of new taxes and tax hike proposals, including increases to both state individual and corporate income taxes, which would provide further incentives to residents and businesses to leave the state.

And Illinoisans have several good reasons to seek opportunities elsewhere. Illinois’ personal income growth has lagged behind income growth in other states, including neighboring Indiana. From 2006 to 2016, personal income in Indiana grew by nearly 39 percent, while Illinois saw personal income growth of only 31.4 percent over the same period. Manufacturing jobs ̶ which often pay better than jobs in the service sector ̶ have also decreased in Illinois. From 2012 to 2016, Illinois lost 18,000 manufacturing jobs on net, while Indiana gained nearly 32,000.

Illinois residents are also getting slammed with some of the highest property taxes in the country, the seventh-highest combined state and average local sales taxnationwide, and one of the most expensive overall tax burdens in the United States. Illinois’ property taxes are 2.5 times higher than Indiana’s, and Illinois’ average combined sales tax is about 23 percent higher than that in Indiana, which does not have local sales taxes.

The Prairie State’s poor income growth and its massive tax burden make out-migration a no-brainer for many residents. From 2006 to 2015, Illinois lost more than 119,000residents on net to Indiana. It’s not hard to see why: Indiana residents have better opportunities in the well-paying manufacturing sector, higher income growth, and a much lower tax burden.

Springfield should learn from Indiana and put in place policies that reduce the number of people who have given up on finding work – and on Illinois.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Hadley students come to the rescue Collect much-needed food, supplies for neglected animals

News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2017
Hadley students come to the rescue
Collect much-needed food, supplies for neglected animals
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A year-long project has paid off for two Hadley Middle School sixth-graders.
The students, who educated classmates about Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue
in Joliet, organized a collection effort that yielded boxes of much-needed
supplies, including dog food, treats and blankets.
“It was definitely a successful project,” said Hadley teacher Joe Cernak who
introduced students to “Genius Hour” — a movement sweeping the nation
that challenges students to work creatively on a project that interests them.
The students put together a presentation about Hopeful Tails Animal
Rescue, shared it with classmates and encouraged them to help out by
donating supplies
They collected more than a dozen boxes of supplies and proudly delivered
them to the animal rescue in mid-May.
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Trump News May 23, 2017

President Trump’s first proposed budget shows respect for the people who pay the bills. The administration’s proposal reverses the damaging trends from previous administrations by putting our nation’s budget back into balance and reducing our debt through fiscally conservative principles, all the while delivering on President Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Social Security retirement or Medicare. The budget’s combination of regulatory, tax, and welfare reforms will provide opportunities for economic growth and creation. Get the facts about President Trump’s budget.


Unlike any budget proposed by the previous administration, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget achieves balance within the 10-year budget window and begins to reduce the national debt within that same window.

The policies in this Budget will drive down spending and grow the economy. By 2027, when the budget reaches balance, publicly held debt will be reduced to less than 60 percent of GDP, the lowest level since 2010.


The President’s Budget does not cut core Social Security benefits. And the President is fulfilling his presidential campaign promise not to cut Medicare benefits.


President Trump’s budget saves the American people billions of dollars through welfare, tax, and regulatory reform.


The President is requesting $54 billion, or 10 percent, more than the defense level President Obama signed into law for both the 2017 CR and the 2018 budget cap. This increase balances the need to rebuild the military with the need for disciplined, strategy-driven, executable growth.


The Budget includes over $2.6 billion in new infrastructure and technology investments in 2018 to give CBP frontline law enforcement officers the tools and technologies they need to deter, deny, identify, track, and resolve illegal activity along the border.


President Trump’s budget provides national paid family leave for the first time in the history of this country.

Find out more information about President Trump’s Taxpayer First Budget at WhiteHouse.gov/taxpayers-first.

Source: Will County News

Illinois state lawmakers are taking paychecks despite not passing a budget

Illinois state lawmakers are taking paychecks despite not passing a budget for nearly 700 days. One might assume they’d be working around the clock to earn them.

But Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has called the House into session for less than six hours in the entire month of May.

Meanwhile, the House has spent hours playing softball and basketball against the Senate. The House vs. Senate basketball game took place May 15. State lawmakers then took to the diamond for the House vs. Senate softball game May 17.

House members erupted in applause last week when Chicago Democratic state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie announced May 10 that session on Friday, May 12, had been canceled.

The regular legislative session only runs from January through May, so members of the House and Senate will likely begin their summer breaks after May 31.

Illinois state lawmakers, taking home a base salary of nearly $68,000 a year, are paid far more than lawmakers in neighboring states. The average lawmaker salary including bonuses is $82,000.

When adding the cost of health insurance, dental insurance, mileage reimbursements, per diem payments and normal pension costs, taxpayers are on the hook for more than $100,000 per lawmaker in total annual operating costs.

And that’s not all.

Taxpayers pay once for politicians’ salaries and another 1.5 times for their bankrupt pension system. Taxpayers will contribute the equivalent of nearly $123,000 for each lawmaker in 2017 just to keep the General Assembly Retirement System afloat. State lawmakers have refused to reform their retirement plans.

While the full House has been in session for less than a single workday in May, members have been holding committee meetings throughout the month. But House appropriations committees – where lawmakers should be forging a new budget – have seen relatively little action in 2017.

The Appropriations Committee for General Services has held two meetings in the last 20 days.

And with all the talk Illinoisans have heard from lawmakers about how our state funds public education, the Appropriations Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education has met only twice in nearly 50 days.

Most Illinoisans would love to have the work schedule of their elected officials. Many would love to be working at all – the Land of Lincoln still has 146,000 fewer people working compared with before the Great Recession, an economic sickness that demands legislative action.

But state lawmakers have better things to do.

Austin Berg

Senior Writer Illinois Policy

Source: Will County News