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Pro-Life/Pro-Family Forces Issue a “No Confidence” Vote in Bruce Rauner

Steve Balich Editors Note: We have a broke State!!!! No ability to pay our past bills, and taxes are at the max. So the Governor makes Illinois the only State in the union to have taxpayer funded abortion. The Governor also just made Ill. a Sanctuary State inviting illegals to come. So local schools hospitals, jails, etc. now can have higher costs. 

Pro-Life/Pro-Family Forces Issue a “No Confidence” Vote in Bruce Rauner
A News Release from the Illinois Family Action and Family-PAC:The following Bill of Particulars was unanimously endorsed today by representatives of 20 statewide pro-life and pro-family organizations at a meeting in Chicago.

Bill of Particulars

Whereas the 2016 platforms of both the national and Illinois Republican parties clearly state their opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion.

Whereas the Republican members of the Illinois House and Senate have expressed their united opposition to taxpayer-funded abortion as expressed in House Bill 40.

Whereas the duly-elected Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, after making several public promises to veto House Bill 40, shockingly, caved to pressure from radical abortion extremists and signed this dastardly legislation into law on September 27, 2017.

Whereas every Republican member of the Illinois Congressional Delegate called upon Rauner to veto HB 40.

Therefore, we the assembled leaders of 20 pro-life, pro-family statewide organizations in Illinois state the following:

We hereby express a vote of “no confidence” in Governor Bruce Rauner.

We hereby state that Governor Bruce Rauner, were he to seek re-election for the office of Governor, will not have our support in either a Republican primary or in the General Election of 2018.

We state that we will support a candidate or candidates for governor who are  publically committed to the repeal of House Bill 40 in 2018 Republican primary and, if required, in the 2018 general election.

We further state that we will support only candidates for public office who are publically committed to the repeal of House Bill 40.

We encourage the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, other Christian churches, Jewish people, and other people of Faith throughout Illinois to demand of their local public officials a public commitment to support the repeal of House Bill 40.

We ask people of Faith throughout Illinois to join us in prayer for … the many innocent victims of abortion including the unborn, the women victimized, and their families who will suffer as a result of the pen of Governor Bruce Rauner.

In addition to Illinois Family Action and Family-PAC, here are some in other groups that voted to issue this “no confidence” statement:

Illinois Citizens for Ethics PAC

Lake County Right to Life PAC

Lake County Republican Assembly

West Suburban Patriots

Walsh Freedom

One Nation Under God Foundation

Christian Emergency League

Illinois Citizens for Life PAC

Catholic Citizens of Illinois

Freedom’s Journal Institute

Source: Will County News

Something smells fishy in Illinois politics

This might be difficult to believe, but something smells fishy in Illinois politics.

A fresh odor is rising from the 118th House District.

Until recently, state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, represented constituents living within Illinois’ southernmost district. He first took office in 2003.

Politics runs in the Phelps family. Brandon is the nephew of former Illinois House member and U.S. Rep. David Phelps – one-fourth of the gospel-singing Phelps Brothers Quartet.

Turns out Illinoisans may have witnessed something of a miracle.

Brandon Phelps resigned from his Illinois House seat on Sept. 1. In a statement, he said he did so “in the interest of [his] personal health.” But on Sept. 14, Phelps registered as a lobbyist with the Illinois secretary of state’s office.

He is risen, indeed.

A look at Phelps’ client list shows he’s continuing a tradition of state lawmakers who formulate energy policy while serving in Springfield only to take lobbying work from energy interests upon leaving office.

Since 2000, at least two dozen former lawmakers have worked as lobbyists for ComEd or its parent company, Exelon. A majority of those lawmakers served on their chamber’s energy or public utilities committees. Some even chaired those committees. (You can read more about this phenomenon in my August column, “Former Illinois lawmakers powered by energy interests.”)

Phelps now joins those ranks, albeit with different energy giants for the time being.

Phelps served as the chairman of the House Public Utilities Committee before resigning. He was also the vice chair of the House Energy Committee. Now, the same energy interests regulated by Phelps’ committees are among his clients.

The secretary of state’s office shows Ameren and Foresight Energy LLC are retaining the services of Dorgan, Butcher & Phelps LLC, where Phelps is trying out his new gig.

Ameren Illinois is one of the largest energy utilities in the state next to ComEd, delivering power to 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers in central and southern Illinois. Foresight runs four coal mining complexes in central and southern Illinois, two of which are just outside Phelps’ former district.

Both clients have obviously held a major interest in bills Phelps handled in his committee leadership roles. And they’ve spent accordingly. Ameren groups have contributed nearly $85,000 to Phelps’ campaign fund since 2002, with the most recent gift coming in June.

And Foresight has given $28,500 to Phelps’ campaign since 2010, with its latest donation coming about a week before his resignation.

Phelps’ lobbying shop handles more than just energy interests. But other clients may still be looking to cash in on the former lawmaker’s committee connections. The University of Illinois must know Phelps served on the higher education appropriations committee, ditto for the Illinois State Dental Society and Phelps’ seat on the House committee in charge of health care licenses. Both entities are on his lobbying roster.

Phelps’ other clients include the Monsanto Company, the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, the Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois and the Vapor Technology Association.

What a friend they have in Brandon.

Phelps’ draw as a lobbyist obviously comes from his Statehouse connections and former role in the legislative process. But at least until 2019, he’ll also have one particularly receptive lawmaker on which to rely: his cousin, Natalie Phelps Finnie.

Natalie is the daughter of David Phelps, and has carried on the singing congressman’s legacy in her own gospel group – the Phelps Sisters. She was appointed to Brandon’s House seat soon after he resigned.

Maybe a line from one gospel tune covered by the Phelps Sisters can bring some solace to Illinoisans concerned that such blatant conflicts of interest might go unnoticed.

“Oh right never loses, and wrong never wins. And grace will always be greater than sin.”

Austin Berg
Director of Content Strategy

Source: Will County News

What’s Next for SpaceX?

What’s Next for SpaceX?
Monica Savaglia Photo By Monica Savaglia
Written Tuesday, October 10, 2017
SpaceX has launched another one of its spacecrafts into space this week. One of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets was launched from Vandenberg, California, on Monday, October 9, 2017. This week’s launch sent 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM).

This launch is the first of two that are scheduled for this week for SpaceX. The company plans to launch another rocket on the opposite coast of the U.S. All should go smoothly since these types of launches are very familiar to SpaceX.

SpaceX and communications company Iridium hold a contract with each other that involves launching 75 of Iridium’s NEXT satellites, which will end up creating a constellation of 66 telecommunications probes, in lower Earth orbit. The company has been launching Iridium’s satellites in increments and will continue to do so over the next year.

SpaceX’s launches this week will bring the number of completed missions to 15 so far for this year — double the amount it completed in 2016.

With 15 missions already completed this year, what else can we expect from SpaceX?

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THIS Breakthrough Technology

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and one of the world’s richest men, is betting the house on a new technology that could make you a pile of money.

In short, Bezos has declared this is the next world-changing technology. He believes it is so life-altering that soon we’ll find it in every home.

He even went so far as to launch an entire division dedicated to this technology at Amazon.


SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX Mission to Mars

Elon Musk, founder and chairman for the company, spoke openly about one of SpaceX’s biggest goals of taking humans to Mars. You’ve probably heard something in the past few years about these plans. It still remains a major goal for him and the company. And he’s making sure no one forgets.

Recently, Elon announced to the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, that SpaceX will be able to send unmanned cargo ships to Mars in 2022, in addition to the plans of having 100 explorers make it to the planet by 2024.

The first unmanned cargo ship from SpaceX that will make it to Mars will deposit items that will be used to build the first Mars colony. In addition, it will be there to observe the planet and scope out any possible resources that could be used in the future.

Then SpaceX will send a crewed spacecraft that will land on Mars, which will be accompanied by cargo ships with supplies to establish settlement on the planet.

We can definitely expect to hear more about SpaceX’s Mars exploration and colonization in the next few years, and only time will tell how concrete those plans become.

A Quicker Way to Travel to Major Cities

On top of SpaceX’s plans of establishing life and travel on the red planet, it’s also planning to make it easier and faster to travel to major cities around the world.

During the International Astronautical Congress, Musk revealed that SpaceX will launch a reusable rocket by 2020. Musk has dubbed this “legendary” rocket “Big F*cking Rocket” (BFR).

BFR will be designed for traveling in space, but it’ll also be designed to fly across the Earth.

Musk posted on Instagram that the BFR can “fly to most places on Earth in under 30 minutes and anywhere in under 60 minutes.” And, to intrigue people more, he said the cost per seat on this rocket would be the same as that of a full-fare economy seat in an aircraft.

There’s a lot to be excited for and a lot to be a little hesitant about when it comes to this project from SpaceX.

In theory, the idea seems amazing. Especially if you can travel across the globe in just one hour and at the same price of what it would cost to book a flight on an airline. However, there’s a lot to plan out and money that needs to be spent in order to make this idea happen.

Currently, there’s no infrastructure for this type of travel, and that means SpaceX would have to build launch pads and supply the transportation needed to take passengers to and from the launch pads that’ll be located near major cities across Earth.

Again, another great idea from SpaceX and its founder, but only time will tell how this project develops.

SpaceX Demanding Government Support

SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell called for deregulation when space industry executives recently met with White House officials at the first National Space Council since it was disbanded in 1993.

SpaceX has a lot of plans in the works to further space exploration, and that’s why during the meeting with the White House Shotwell said, “If we want to achieve rapid progress in space, the U.S. government must remove bureaucratic practices that run counter to innovation and speed.”

Getting projects streamlined takes a really long time, and that’s discouraging innovation and exploration. Right now, the U.S. has many opportunities and a wide range of projects that would make us a leader in understanding and exploring space, but all of that is hindered by slow governmental processes.

Shotwell had this to say about those processes:

Regulations written decades ago must be updated to keep pace with the new technologies and the high cadence of launch from United States if we want a strong space launch industry here at home…

America is out-innovating the rest of the world in space launch.

Now is the time to move forward with new technologies that will advance the U.S.’s place in space exploration and innovation. The dominance in space that the U.S. experienced in the ’90s is very possible today. Right now, the U.S. has an even bigger opportunity to dominate if only the government would be willing to adjust its regulations.

Currently, the regulations that are in place are extremely dated and are hindering companies like Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Boeing (NYSE: BA), Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), Blue Origin, and Sierra Nevada Corporation — companies that have had a huge impact on recent space technologies and are leading the way toward change and exploration.

There’s a lot happening in space right now, and SpaceX is without a doubt one of the companies that’s dominating and fighting for innovation in the industry. I see a bigger agenda for the company in the future, along with more missions completed and more partnerships with other companies that are also looking to define themselves as space innovators.


Monica Savaglia
Wealth Daily

Source: Will County News

College of the Ozarks: A Role Model for Transforming Higher Education in America

College of the Ozarks: A Role Model for Transforming Higher Education in America

Newt Gingrich October 2017

College of the Ozarks: A Role Model for Transforming Higher Education in America

Families and students across the country struggle daily to afford college tuition. Often, they are left with two options: choose a less competitive school or absorb tremendous debt.

At the same time, state legislatures nationwide grapple with ways to make higher education more attainable for their residents. For lawmakers, that usually means raising taxes or running deficits.

These are terrible choices – and unnecessary ones.

For more than half of a century, College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, has been offering students no-cost, debt-free four-year college degrees by employing a model that any state could emulate.

The private Christian college began as a high school in 1906, became a junior college in 1956, and finally elevated to a full four-year institution in 1965. Today it offers students an excellent education in exchange for work.

I first visited College of the Ozarks in April of 2009 when I gave a speech at its Citizenship Forum. I was profoundly moved by the sincerity, diligence, and work ethic of both the students and faculty. I was delighted when they invited me back in November 2016 for another forum.

Students at College of the Ozarks earn – I mean actually earn – their educations by working in one of the more than 100 jobs offered to students on the 1,000-acre campus. For example, the college’s Keeter Center, which serves as a dining hall, meeting center, and hotel for guests, is staffed by more than 350 students. These students do everything from milking cows before breakfast to attending to guests at dinner. They are so successful, TripAdvisor named the on-campus facility a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. for 2017. This unique model is applied across nearly every aspect of the campus.

The work the students do on campus helps to greatly reduce the overhead of running the college, which helps the college offset the cost of providing students with an incredibly high-quality education. The remainder of student tuition is covered by scholarships and grants.

Once they graduate, these students have a first-rate education, real working experience, and zero debt.

States should specifically study this college for two key reasons.

First, 90 percent of College of the Ozarks students must show economic need prior to being admitted.

Second, U.S. News & World Report has recognized College of the Ozarks on its Best Colleges list since 1989, most recently ranking the school #1 in Most Innovative Schools and Best Value Schools for Regional Colleges in the Midwest, #4 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the Midwest, and #5 overall for Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

Of its many accolades, the #1 Most Innovative Schools ranking is most unique because it was determined differently than the other designations.

U.S. News asked top college officials from across the system to nominate up to 10 schools that were “making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.” Based on the answers of all those college presidents, admissions deans, and provosts, College of the Ozarks topped the list for Regional Colleges in the Midwest. That peer consensus shows you that there is something very special happening.

These designations are especially important to states because innovation and value are vital to unlocking high-quality, affordable education.

Imagine if states applied this model to public colleges and universities. Higher education would immediately be in reach for virtually every student. Students would graduate with both academic and professional skills – and they would be debt-free.

Think of the impact on the economy if these newly graduated young working professionals were saving money instead of servicing debt. Also think of the impact it would have on lower-income families, who otherwise see no hope of sending their children to college.

College of the Ozarks represents an enormous opportunity for states across the nation to implement a better model for the future of higher education.

Your Friend,

Source: Will County News