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Soda Tax in Cook


On Oct. 11, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to repeal the notorious sweetened beverage tax. Fifteen of the 17 commissioners voted in favor of the repeal, providing enough support to thwart a possible veto of the ordinance. Shoppers will no longer have to pay the penny-per-ounce tax starting Dec. 1.
For months, commissioners have been subject to relentless criticism from taxpayers who overwhelmingly disapprove of the so-called “soda” tax. It appears that this tax was the tipping point for residents who have had to shoulder of one of the highest tax burdens in the country. From some of the nation’s highest wireless taxes to taxes on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify – not to mention a record-breaking property tax increase and the highest sales taxes of any major city in the nation – residents of Chicago and Cook County at large are tapped out. They have made their voices heard.
Shortly after its implementation, one poll commissioned by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association found nearly 87 percent of Cook County residents disapproved of the tax, and in the same poll 80 percent said they believed the tax was being done strictly for money and not for public health. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle later admitted that the county’s sweetened beverage tax was always about increasing revenue.

“We chose as a revenue generator a sweetened beverage tax, which had been enacted around the country, both for the revenue and because of the health benefits,” she said. “But first and foremost, because of the revenue.”

Taxpayer anger has extended beyond the soda tax debate. Constituents are expressing their displeasure with politicians who enacted and supported the tax by reportedly refusing to sign circulating petitions to simply place incumbents on the ballot in 2018, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

The fall of the sweetened beverage tax serves as a prime example of political activism at the grassroots level. Elected officials felt the anger of taxpayers. And Cook County commissioners were forced to flip their votes in an attempt to avoid electoral defeat.

The fight does not end here, however. As state and local governments in Illinois face continuing budget crises, elected officials will try to hit up tapped-out taxpayers rather than tackle needed reforms.

In fact, Cook County is one particularly good example of this.

More than 2,200 Cook County workers receive annual pay over $100,000. For career county workers – those who’ll work for 30-plus years – that means pension benefits worth millions of dollars over the course of their retirements.

Career Cook County workers who retired after 2013 with 30-plus years of service receive an average starting pension of $58,000 a year, meaning they’ll receive about $2 million in total benefits over the course of their retirement.

But Cook County commissioners sought new revenues instead of spending reforms.

Thankfully, taxpayers fought back to stop their efforts. And now they should fight for the change needed to truly fix spending problems within their local governments.

Chicago-area politicians should look to enact meaningful reforms such as introducing a 401(k)-style alternative to failing pension fundsaddressing local spending and eliminating tax increment financing districts.

Taxpayers should keep up the pressure on elected officials to adopt these reforms. Otherwise, residents will continue to live under the constant threat of increased taxes and fees.

Chris Lentino
Manager of Chicago Outreach  Illinois Policy


Source: Will County News

Trump News October 11 2017

The current tax plan is a disaster and needs to be reformed for all Americans. President Donald J. Trump is committed to bringing historic tax relief to the American people based on four key ideas – cutting taxes for every day Americans, simplifying the tax code, giving business the competitive edge, and investing in America. Today, President Trump is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver this message on tax reform to the American Trucker Association.


President Trump Approves Emergency Declaration for California Wildfires 
Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on October 8, 2017, and continuing.

While in California on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence received a briefing at the Sacramento Office of Emergency Services on the California wildfires. “To California, we say through this declaration: We are with you, our prayers are with you, and we will be with you every day until we put the fires out and stand with these families to rebuild these communities. That’s our pledge to each one of you today,” said the Vice President.

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First Lady Melania Trump Visits Infant Recovery Center for Prenatal Drug Exposure 
Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump traveled to West Virginia to visit Lily’s Place, the Nation’s first nonprofit infant recovery center for prenatal drug exposure. The First Lady was joined by Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to the President, and Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at the Department of Health and Human Services. All three participated in a roundtable discussion with staff followed by a tour of the facility.

The First Lady stated, “It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place, so that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults.”

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Pittsburgh Penguins Visit the White House 
On Tuesday, President Trump proudly welcomed the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to the East Room of the White House. The President entered the cheering room with First Lady Melania Trump and Penguins co-owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux. President Trump commended the Penguins, stating they “embody the values of dedication, discipline, and hard work,” and praised those same qualities in the first responders aiding both in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting and the fires consuming Northern California.

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President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House | October 10, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


Today, the President and First Lady welcome the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau to the White House. Later, the President will travel to Pennsylvania where he will deliver remarks on tax reform. Watch live at 5:45pm ET.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Vice President Mike Pence will host an event today at the Naval Observatory.


Later this week, the President will deliver remarks at the 2017 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

Source: Will County News

Eliminating Dixie means eliminating America

Eliminating Dixie means eliminating America

Jefferson statue
This article was originally published on The Abbeville Institute on October 5, 2017.

A few years ago Stephen Fry, English actor, writer and comic, hosted a televised tour of America, traveling from location to location in a London cab. His junket into the “Deep South” was introduced this way: “For years, I’ve been intrigued and bewitched by what seems to be America’s most charactable region. A place of cotton, courtesy, Gospel music, mint juleps, divine accents, and sultry Southern belles. I’m heading South to find out what makes old Dixie so distinctive.” This genial caricature of the South was largely held throughout America until the late 1950s when electronic media basically replaced print media.

At that time, the public began getting its news from a select few television networks located in New York. Without any serious competition, Manhattan networks controlled news coverage to the extent that they alone could decide what was reported and how it was interpreted. Their dominance was such that they were not overly concerned with accuracy. This marked the emergence of “fake news.” The South was the first victim of the power of these immense news networks.

The negative portrayal of the South offered by these Manhattan networks has influenced the public for several decades. But their unsavory portrayal of Dixie has finally begun to wane. The American public is rediscovering Dixie and realizing that it is not the “racist” backwater portrayed by network news, television programs and movies. The American South has been, and still is, a pleasant place to live and still maintains its distinctiveness. As you travel throughout the region you might not experience Hollywood’s Gone With The Wind scenario, but neither will you experience a Mississippi Burning scenario. Contrary to Hollywood and New York, it would be as hard to find a bigoted, drawling, pot bellied local sheriff as it would be to find a Scarlett O’Hara or a Blanche Dubois.

Like other American regions, the South has chosen to be part of the current century without discrediting its traditions or its heroes. Its esteem for its ancestors and its refusal to denounce them and become a clone of the Northeast is infuriating to the Left. History by Southern scholars that conflicts with sanctioned establishment versions is dismissed as a “lost cause” mentality. But the tiresome “lost cause” reproach is losing clout as more folks realize that there is indeed another side to the story. Heartland America is now being denigrated with a version of “lost cause” disparagement because of its refusal to accept the Left’s accusation that it is a hotbed of “white supremacy.”

While touring the South in the 1960s, John F. Kennedy delivered an address that contained this comment: “…the South is still the land of Washington, who made our Nation — of Jefferson, who shaped its direction — and of Robert E. Lee who, after gallant failure, urged those who had followed him in bravery to reunite America in purpose and courage.” It is disillusioning that the three southerners that President Kennedy praised in the 1960s — Presidents Washington and Jefferson, and General Robert E. Lee — are being maliciously portrayed as immoral racists — vile men whose memorials should be demolished.

With the removal of Confederate memorials, “social justice warriors” (SJWs) are testing the waters to see what the public will let them get away with. SJWs are probably surprised that, with the exception of resentful Southerners, the American public remains docile as memorials for Robert E. Lee and other historical Southern figures are destroyed. General Lee is the linchpin in this epic struggle to determine the kind of country we will have. As SJWs met no resistance to the ravaging of Lee memorials, they are now demanding the desecration of Washington and Jefferson memorials in our nation’s capital.

The anarchic cleansing of American history is being rationalized with the spurious accusation of “white supremacy/white nationalism,” which the Left interprets as it sees fit. The radical Left thinks its exploitation of exaggerated accusations of white nationalism will be as successful as its exaggerated accusations of racism. So, in addition to the elimination of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, it is using the slavery/racism ploy to demand the destruction of Mount Rushmore and insist that “The Star-Spangled Banner” be replaced as our national anthem.

Even some Southern cities are trashing their own Confederate memorials; primarily New Orleans and Birmingham. These two formerly thriving cities share another common characteristic: Both are included in a ranking of the 12 worst American cities. Their leaders cover up their inability to resolve real problems — crime, poverty, decaying infrastructure — by focusing on trashing Southern history, knowing they will be praised by the national media. New Orleans and Birmingham are becoming less livable and less safe but they are not representative of all southern cities. Fourteen of the 20 fastest growing metro areas in the nation are located in the South.

In recent decades there has been a massive migration of both blacks and whites from other regions into the southern states. Interestingly, the majority of blacks migrating into the South did not choose cities with large black populations, settling instead in towns with a white majority. This is yet another indication that the MSM’s propagandized portrayal of the South is losing its power to manipulate. Northern liberals seem to find hidden “racism” in every facial expression and every utterance by a white southerner. But this conflicts with the fact that the races are mostly comfortable with each other in the South, primarily because of its relaxed, laissez-faire style of living.

Recently, two law professors, Amy Wax and Lawrence Alexander, co-authored an article for The Philadelphia Inquirer, titled: “Paying the price for breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.” In their article,they had the audacity to say positive things about the 1950s, — a radical deviation from collegiate indoctrination. That was unforgivable to despotic professors and their brainwashed students who are separated from the real world by the walls of academia. They insist that nothing favorable can ever be said about the American society that existed prior to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Unfortunately, the majority of our population was born after 1970, so what they know about the 1950s comes from interpretations offered by media; versions influenced by political correctness. Also, polls indicate that the current generation knows very little about America’s history. It is a sad fact that the ones who know the least about our history are the ones who want to erase it.

— Gail Jarvis

Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. As a CPA/financial consultant, he helped his clients cope with the detrimental effects of misguided governmental intrusiveness. This influenced his writing as did years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia with his wife.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C administrators serve up hotcakes to bus drivers, dispatchers and mechanics

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:

Oct. 10, 2017


A token of appreciation

Homer 33C administrators serve up hotcakes to bus drivers, dispatchers and mechanics


After safely delivering nearly 3,700 students to school on Oct. 10, Homer 33C bus drivers, dispatchers and mechanics gathered at Young School for a special “Thank You” breakfast with the superintendent and administrative team.

“We can’t thank you enough for the work you do,” Superintendent Kara Coglianese told the group after preparing more than 200 hotcakes and turkey sausages for the district’s dedicated and reliable transportation department.


“We appreciate all you do,” she added, “so we wanted to serve you for a change.”

Joining her behind the serving line were Assistant Superintendent for Business Christi Tyler; Human Resources Director Michael Portwood, Technology Director Arlene Siefert; Buildings and Grounds Director Glen Wysong; Board of Education Vice President Elizabeth Hitzeman; Board of Education Secretary Karen DeFilippis; and Communications/Public Relations Manager Charla Brautigam.

“Thank you for all that you do for our children,” Hitzeman told the group.


“We are so blessed to have you,” added DeFilippis.


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Source: Will County News