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County Board members weigh in on what should need a building permit

By Steve Balich October 2017  

Call the Will County Board 815-740-4626 and give your opinion

People would never think they need to get a building permit to replace a shut off valve, but they do. Most people replace old doors by going to Home Depot, Menards, or Lowes to buy a new door which is most always better than the old one they are replacing. Will County  Land Use staff say an improper door is unsafe and needs a building permit t.  They use the “safety” word like it is their duty to protect people from themselves. People are smart enough to hire someone or get someone who knows how to do the repair if they can’t do it themselves. The only thing a permit does is to raise the cost of doing the repair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If the structure of the building is not changed by the repair there should be no need for a permit. I brought forward the question to discuss which specific items should no longer require a building permit. Will County Land Use does not agree with anything that takes away money or work from their department, even if it is better for the citizen.

Debbie Militello said there is nothing worse than getting up & getting in the shower only to be hit in the face with cold water. Your water heater just died and you need a new one. Wait…  according to Will County Land building code you need a permit before the new water heater can be installed, and what if it’s the weekend. The above scenario is wrong and I will fight to change it.

Mark Ferry said all repairs at ground level should not require a building permit.

Gretchen Fritz: “Many of these types of repairs and replacements are done by the homeowners themselves; a big motivation for that is to keep the costs down. Requiring permits for routine maintenance adds to total project cost and negatively impacts the homeowner’s ability to limit costs.”

Darren Bennefield: “Your home is one of your biggest investments, and naturally you want to protect it. We can trust residents to do what is best for their own homes.”

Jim Moustis  “We need building permits to make sure projects are done correctly, but there is no reason to require permits for routine repair and maintenance.”

Charles “Chuck” Maher “Keeping an eye on the bureaucracy is the role of the elected official. Part of that over site is ensure that our citizens are protected but not over regulated.”
Mike Fricilone “ I understand the purpose of building permits which is to make sure all work is done to current code. We do however need to address over regulation and added cost to merely doing a repair or maintenance to a property. Some people don’t even know they need a permit and others may not do the maintenance or repair because of the added cost of the permit.”

When we talk about repair and maintenance items that should be excluded from needing a permit It is my contention that most anything that does not change the structure should be exempt. The Will County Assessor lists such items as not qualifying as an improvement such as: Siding, Doors, Plumbing, Solar energy, Cabinets, Counters, Windows, heating, flooring, above ground pools, roofs except the HIE application.


Any repair work performed to prolong or maintain the condition of an existing of an existing structure should not require a permit.

More Specific examples:

  1. Fences that are no more than 6 feet high.
  2. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the lowest level of grade to the top of the wall unless the wall supports a surcharge.
  3. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
  4. Sidewalks and driveways that are 30 inches or less above adjacent grade and not placed over a basement or story below it.
  5. Exterior or interior painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, flooring, cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing work.
  6. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
  7. Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling.
  8. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  9. Replacement of glass in any window or door. The replacement glass shall comply with the minimum requirements of the International Residential Code.
  10. Installation and replacement of a window, door, garage door, storm window and storm door in the same opening if the dimensions or framing of the original opening are not altered. The installation of means of egress and emergency escape windows may be made in the same opening, without altering the dimensions or framing of the original opening if the required height, width or net clear opening of the previous window or door assembly is not reduced.
  11. Replacement of existing roof material that does not exceed 25% of the total roof area performed within any 12-month period.
  12. Replacement of existing siding.
  13. Repair or replacement of any part of a porch or stoop which does not structurally support a roof located above the porch or stoop.
  14. Installation of additional roll or batt insulation.
  15. Replacement of exterior rain water gutters and leaders.
  16. Installation of an uncovered deck where the floor of the deck is no more than 30 inches above grade.
  1. Minor electrical work for the following:
    1. Replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles
    2. Replacement of a receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 150 volts to ground with a like or similar item. This does not include replacement of receptacles in locations where ground-fault circuit interrupter protection is required.
    3. Replacement of installed electrically operated equipment such as doorbells, communication systems and any motor operated device.
    4. Installation, alteration or rearrangement of communications wiring.
    5. Replacement of dishwashers.
    6. Replacement of kitchen range hoods.
    7. Installation of battery-powered smoke detectors.
  2. The following gas work:
    1. Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
    2. Replacement of a minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make this equipment unsafe.
    3. A portable fuel cell appliance that is not connected to a fixed piping system and is not interconnected to a power grid.
  3. (4) The following mechanical work or equipment:
    1. A portable heating appliance.
    2. Portable ventilation appliances.
    3. A portable cooling unit.
    4. Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment governed under the Uniform Construction Code.
    5. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make the equipment unsafe.
    6. Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are put into action by motors 1 horsepower.
    7. Portable evaporative cooler.
    8. A portable fuel cell appliance that is not connected to a fixed piping system and is not interconnected to a power grid.
  4. (5) The following plumbing work:
    1. Replacement of bib valves if the replacement hose bib valves are provided with an approved atmospheric vacuum breaker.
    2. Refinishing of existing fixtures.
    3. Replacement of ball cocks.
    4. Repair of leaks.
    5. Clearance of stoppages.
    6. Replacement of faucets or working parts of faucets.
    7. Replacement of valves other than shower or combination shower/bath valves.
    8. Replacement of traps.
    9. Replacement of a water closet, lavatory or kitchen sink.
    10. Replacement of domestic clothes washers and dishwashers.
  5.  The following heating, ventilation and air conditioning work:
    1. Replacement of motors, pumps and fans of the same capacity.
    2. Repair and replacement of heating, supply and return piping and radiation elements which do not require rearrangement of the piping system.
    3. Repair and replacement of duct work.
    4. Repair and replacement of air conditioning equipment and systems.
    5. Repair and replacement of control devices for heating and air conditioning equipment.
    6. Replacement of kitchen range hoods.
    7. Replacement of clothes dryers if there is no change in fuel type, location or electrical requirements.
    8. Replacement of stoves and ovens if there is no change in fuel type, location or electrical characteristics.
  6. A permit is not required for the installation, alteration or repair of generation, transmission, distribution, metering or other related equipment that is, by established right, under the ownership and control of a public utility as the term “public utility” is defined in 66 Pa.C.S. § 102 (relating to the definitions).

Building code discussion at 39:56


Source: Will County News

7-Old Boy Lived As A Girl Removed From His Home, Guess What Happened

7-Year-Old Boy Who Lived As A Girl Was Removed From His Home… And Guess What Happened Next

From Mommy Underground October 2017

The LGBT community has set their target on America’s most vulnerable population – innocent children.

Determined to force their way of life onto the youngest population, the latest trend in the LGBT movement is their obsession with gender, or rather “lack of gender”. Convinced children really don’t “know what gender they are,” the LGBT community seeks to encourage children to become “transgender.”

But when a young boy who was encouraged to live as a girl was taken from his home, the LGBT movement suffered a humiliating blow and learned what most Americans knew all along.

The entire “born that way” argument was defeated when a 7-year-old boy, who was living as a “girl”, was removed from his home.

The Guardian reported:

“Mr. Justice Hayden said the woman had caused her son “significant emotional harm”, and he criticised local authority social services staff responsible for the youngster’s welfare.

The judge said the woman had been “absolutely convinced” the youngster “perceived himself as a girl” and was determined that he should be a girl. He said the boy was now living with his father, who is separated from the woman. The youngster still saw his mother…

The judge added: “I was also left in no doubt that [the mother] was absolutely convinced that [the boy] perceived himself as a girl.” Hayden said his “overwhelming impression” was that the woman “believes herself to be to fighting for [her son’s] right to express himself as a girl”.

But as soon as the boy was separated from his mother, he began living out his biological gender, proving the notion he “wanted to be a girl”, completely untrue.

You see, Americans know there is no such thing as being “transgender”, you are either born a boy or a girl. That’s it.

Just because a little girl likes to climb trees and play with the guys, doesn’t make her a boy. And if a boy prefers softer activities, it doesn’t make him a girl.

But as Mommy Underground previously reported, the LGBT community is attacking children from all angles, from the house to the classroom.

Even hosting “transgender” summer camps for children.

No child is safe.

Families need to speak up and stand against this cruel indoctrination of children.

In their most formative years, children need to hear the truth and be taught right from wrong.

Causing a child to be confused on their biological gender can cause serious psychological damages that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Some parents even go so far as to give their young children hormone treatment, as if they are a social experiment.

However, The College of Pediatricians speaks on the dangers of giving children puberty blockers.

Breitbart reported:

The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.

The statement points out that such gender confusion should be treated as a psychological disorder called “gender dysphoria” and is “a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).”

The group is most concerned about the regimen of drugs that are given to children to block puberty. “Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.”

Rates of suicide among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex change reassignment surgery are “twenty times greater” than the rest of the population even in such trans-friendly places as Sweden.

The doctors argue that “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

The LGBT community needs to back off, and leave innocent children alone.

Children should not be subject to the perverse culture ever, never mind at a young age.

Do you think every child should be removed from the home if they are persuaded to live as the opposite sex?

Did the judge make the right call to remove the 7-year-old boy from his mother?

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Interior work begins at Ross School

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. 19, 2017


Interior work begins at Ross School

Volunteer preps walls for new paint


The labor-intensive task of stripping and sanding old paint from the interior walls of Ross School has begun.


John Hoffman, whose wife Mary Lynn works at Butler School, volunteered to take on the task after learning about the district’s restoration efforts.

He arrived Oct. 19 with scraper and sandpaper in hand.


“I was looking for something to do that I’m able to do,” said the retiree who underwent hip and knee replacement surgery in recent years.


A bit of a DIYer at home, Hoffman brought his woodworking skills and carpentry skills to Ross School.

“I have tools and I am willing to work,” he said when offering to help with the restoration effort.


Ross School, which dates back to the 1850s, was moved to the entrance of Homer Junior High School 20 years ago.


It was used for live history lessons at one time but closed for safety reasons.


It was on the verge of collapse when Homer 33C started a fundraising effort and staff members Phil Ackland, Ed Malley and Bill Kocanda volunteered to address the structural issues and install a new roof with supplies donated by Filotto Construction and Richards Building Supply Company.


In the spring, the district will need to address rotted siding, windows and doors. It hopes to raise $10,000 to complete those projects.


So far, the district has received monetary donations from Midland Federal Savings and Loan Association, Big R and several Homer 33C parents who donated through EZ School Pay. In addition, the district has received pledges from Ultimate Driving School, United Express Delivery, Gaston Bistro, Jet’s Pizza and Time 4 Sweets.


Crockett Construction has agreed to donate the labor to install the new siding and doors. Will-Cook Ace Hardware has agreed to donate the paint to complete the project.


If you would like to join the effort to Save Ross School, please contact Homer 33C Communications/Public Relations Manager Charla Brautigam at 708-226-7628

Source: Will County News

Sharia Has Come to Texas

Steve Balich Editors note: The United States is supposed to stand for the rule of law which means U. S. law not foreign or religious. I see violations of Federal Law with such things as Sanctuary Cities, Marijuana, taxes, property rights, and on and on. In Illinois unfunded mandates are not allowed yet they break their own rules consistently. America should not have any no-go Zones or any court using anything except U.S. law. I get why some want Islamic law. However, if the vast majority of a community practice, understand, and live under those rules which are in conflict with U.S. law the question now changes to why are these groups living here when they prefer laws and lifestyle from somewhere else. Everyone in the U.S. must obey U.S. law, move out of the U.S., or end up in jail or pay fines. America is a melting pot where immigrants need to learn and accept the language and culture or leave to a place they fit in. Our law should not accommodate them. Immigrants should assimilate to America if they want to be living in America.


http://www.slate.com/articles/video/whos_afraid_of_aymann_ismail/2017/06/aymann_ismail_s_muslim_series_confronts_who_s_afraid_of_islam_in_america.html  Video’s from Slate

OCT. 13 2017 10:43 AM

Sharia Has Come to Texas

Fox News and Breitbart claimed a rogue court was enforcing Islamic law in America. So I went to see it for myself.

This video is part of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims. Follow along on Facebook.

It happened at the Republican National Convention last year, and it’s happened at just about every right-wing protest I’ve covered in the past few years: People tell me Sharia law is coming to America. Muslims secretly want to impose their will on all of us. In fact, there are already “no-go zones” in United States, and we must act now to stop them from spreading.

Where do they think this is happening? In places like Dearborn, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas. Dallas in particular has become a center of anti-Sharia protests, inflamed partly by reports from Fox News, Breitbart, and others that an Islamic court had been established there to decree medieval justice in America. The protests were loud enough that Texas passed a bill last summer to ban “foreign law” from being applied.

Could this rogue Islamic court be real? And what evidence led Texas to act? In the episode above, I travel to the real-life Islamic Tribunal in Arlington, Texas, to ask one of its founding imams what he does there. Then I meet with Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican who represents a rural distinct outside Dallas and who sponsored the new legislation. He insists the bill doesn’t target Muslims, but the law’s backstory suggests otherwise.

Aymann Ismail

This series is written and produced by Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer, and edited by Aymann Ismail.

Source: Will County News