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St. Rep. Batinick to host Veterans Services Event November 15

News From

State Representative Mark Batinick

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2017

Contact: Debbie Kraulidis

(815) 254-0000

Batinick to host Veterans Services Event November 15

 

PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host a free Veterans Services Event in Plainfield on Wednesday November 15.

“This event will provide veterans in our area the chance to find out about the services available to them and get any assistance they might need with benefits paperwork,” Batinick said. “We will also have a representative of the Secretary of State’s office available to discuss the Veterans’ designation drivers’ licenses, which more veterans are eligible for this year.”

The event will be Wednesday November 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Marine Post located at 24741 Renwick Road in Plainfield. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Rep. Batinick’s Plainfield district office at (815) 254-0000.

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Mark Batinick

State Representative 97th District

815-254-0000

repbatinick.com

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C /26 student musicians selected to participate in ILMEA Honors Festival

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:

Nov 6, 2017

 

26 student musicians selected to participate in ILMEA Honors Festival

Performed Nov. 4 at Festival Finale Concert

 

More than two dozen band and choir students from Homer Junior High School were selected to participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) Elementary and Junior High Division’s District I Music Festival in November.

The students auditioned for the opportunity in September and joined 250 student musicians from 70 schools in the southwestern metropolitan Chicago area at a joint performance on Nov. 4 in New Lenox.

“We are very proud to have these musicians represent Homer CCSD 33C,” said Homer Junior High School Choral Director Diane Pullara.

 

More than 1,200 students, including about 100 Homer Junior High School chorus and band students, auditioned for the opportunity.

Those selected to participate attended a full day of rehearsals on Nov. 4, followed by a public Festival Finale concert at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

 

 

 

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Source: Will County News

Information about Associate Judge Victoria Mckay Kennison seeking position for Circuit Judge

As you may know the vacancy position for Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes was just posted .  I am happy to announce that I am running for this position.  Due to the short turnaround time on my petitions, I am seeking your help in gathering signatures.  I ask this knowing that you have already been out for well over a month walking and talking to voters on behalf of other candidates.  Please know that I and my family will also be out working every day to obtain signatures and I sincerely appreciate any assistance you may offer.

 

In the days to come I will be working on a complete Bio, but in the meantime here are a few things about myself:

 

  • Resident of Will County for almost 20 years
  • Practiced in Will County Public Defenders Office for almost 2 years
  • Following the PD’s office I went directly into private practice with The Law Offices of Edward R. Jaquays. Specialized in criminal law, family law (divorce, paternity, custody disputes & child support enforcement), juvenile law & appellate practice.
  • After 13 years in private practice I was appointed in 2011 by the Circuit Court to serve as an Associate Judge in Will County.
  • I have served assignments in Domestic Violence court, civil Orders of Protection, Family court (Divorce, Paternity, custody disputes & child support enforcement) as well as served as interim presiding judge of the Misdemeanor Jury court (DUI & aggravated traffic cases).
  • I currently serve as a Floater judge which means that I hear multiple other court calls, including Probate, Juvenile, Foreclosure, Small claims, criminal felony and misdemeanor court calls, including Domestic Battery Court and the 4 specialty courts (Drug Court, Veteran’s Court, Adult Redeploy Court and Mental Health Court).

 

In the past I have served as a Republican election judge, President of Will County Legal Aid Program and served on the Prairie State Legal Services Executive Committee, President of the Will County Women’s Bar Association and a number of other local community boards and committees.

 

I graduated from Illinois State University and received my law degree from John Marshall Law School.

 

I currently live in Joliet with my husband, Dan.  Together we have three adult children and four grandchildren.

 

I am running for this position because it is important for the citizens of Will County to keep a strong and experienced judicial Circuit. I have the necessary legal background and the on the job experience that sets me apart from any other opponent.  If you are able to collect signatures on my behalf, or have any questions, please contact me directly at  v.kennison@att.net.

 

Thank you,

Associate Judge Victoria Mckay Kennison

 

Source: Will County News

Rep. Welter makes newsletter accessible online

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News From

State Representative David A. Welter

For Immediate Release                                                                            Contact: Rep. Welter

     November 6, 2017                                                                                              (815) 416-1475

Sealsmall

News From

State Representative David A. Welter

For Immediate Release                                                                            Contact: Rep. Welter

     November 6, 2017                                                                                              (815) 416-1475

Rep. Welter makes newsletter accessible online

 

MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) announced today that his 2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up newsletter is currently available for constituents to view or download online via his official state website,www.repwelter.com.  Print copies of the newsletter will be mailed out to residents throughout the 75th District in mid-November. The 75th District includes portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties.

Representative Welter’s newsletter includes a recap of major issues addressed by the Illinois General Assembly this year as well as Welter’s specific advocacy on behalf of district residents on issues ranging from opposing tax increases to serving our state’s veterans.

“My first and most important priority is always to keep local residents informed of what is taking place in Springfield and how I am working every day to make their voices heard throughout the legislative process,” Representative Welter said. “I look forward to receiving feedback from constituents with their ideas for how we can improve the quality of life for every family, taxpayer, student and senior citizen on both sides of the I-80 corridor.”

For questions or more information, please call Representative Welter’s office at (815) 416-1475.

 

MORRIS– State Representative David A. Welter (R-Morris) announced today that his 2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up newsletter is currently available for constituents to view or download online via his official state website,www.repwelter.com.  Print copies of the newsletter will be mailed out to residents throughout the 75th District in mid-November. The 75th District includes portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties.

Representative Welter’s newsletter includes a recap of major issues addressed by the Illinois General Assembly this year as well as Welter’s specific advocacy on behalf of district residents on issues ranging from opposing tax increases to serving our state’s veterans.

“My first and most important priority is always to keep local residents informed of what is taking place in Springfield and how I am working every day to make their voices heard throughout the legislative process,” Representative Welter said. “I look forward to receiving feedback from constituents with their ideas for how we can improve the quality of life for every family, taxpayer, student and senior citizen on both sides of the I-80 corridor.”

For questions or more information, please call Representative Welter’s office at (815) 416-1475.

Source: Will County News

Growth, debt and a controversial GOP tax plan

Steve Balich Editors Note:  The tax program is discussed by all these people who claim expertise to which I have noe other than being a taxpayer who is fed up. Bottom line to me is taxes will be much more clear and easier to file. Most everyone I know will have less of their money taken away in taxes. Business will come back and increased demand for labor will increase wages. The stock market where retirement savings is going up and people feel hope and encouragement in there economic life.

So I don’t really care that some experts  don’t like parts of the plan.

Growth, debt and a controversial GOP tax plan

If each of us can momentarily park our politics and ignore all those puffy-chested critics on MSNBC, Fox and our Facebook feeds, let’s agree on three essential thoughts framing the federal tax proposal that House Republicans floated Thursday:

The basic theme here — lowering American’s personal income tax rates by trimming deductions and credits — is good policy for our economy, today and tomorrow. As for corporations, the new rate would be lower than the one President Barack Obama proposed but would have the same rationale: It would make U.S. employers (including many companies based in Illinois) more competitive globally.

Several of the pre-Halloween frights that animated those TV screamers — They’re coming for your 401(k)! They’ll only help the rich! — proved wrong. This plan would lower middle class families’ taxes, in part by lifting the income ranges to which the various tax rates apply. Until Thursday, none of us had seen those tax bracket break points.

While each of us will find line items that help and hurt us, the cost of this plan should trouble all of us: Over 10 years, its authors acknowledge, it would raise our runaway national debt by $1.5 trillion. That flaw allows opponents of this plan to stand on reasoning more noble than self-interest or partisan politics.

Keep in mind that this is merely the House Republicans’ opening gambit; the next big federal tax plan enacted as initially proposed will be the first. But we did have an election in which whether to reduce or raise federal taxes was a big issue. And now we’re about to have the fight in the trenches that will or won’t end with a bill on the president’s desk.

Here’s how to approach this knock-down, drag-out battle:

A future that mimics the last several years of roughly 2 percent annual economic growth would consign America to weak job creation, persistent budget deficits and, eventually, a declining standard of living. So the question on the table is whether this plan would yield enough growth to raise several boats: more employment, higher personal income and thus deeper rivers of revenue flowing into Washington.

On this policy point as on most others, the know-it-alls of the right and left have the answers. But the record is mixed: Federal tax cuts proposed by Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan undeniably helped drive economic expansions; tepid growth, by contrast, followed the George W. Bush tax cuts of 2001-03. So you should thank profusely, then ignore, anyone who claims to know the effects this plan would have on growth. Tax policy matters, but so do other factors — monetary policy, demographic changes, new technologies, demand for U.S. exports …

We’re amused by the argument that the current rising economic indicators (and rising stock market) show that no tax cuts created these outcomes; it’s the very prospect of tax cuts since last year’s presidential election that has helped drive this growth.

Between this national debate’s commencement and conclusion, this question of growth should be at the forefront: What’s America’s best estimate of how this (or any) plan would make our economy more robust, drive more hiring and produce more tax revenue?

If you’re the typical Illinois resident, this plan’s tax bracket changes and near-doubling of the standard deduction should help you. And limiting or eliminating many current deductions and credits wouldn’t have much effect on you: Because only about a third of Americans itemize those deductions, they mostly help the affluent.

Raise your hand if limiting the interest deduction on new mortgages to your first $500,000 worth of home loans would send you to the poorhouse. Raise your other hand if you think it’s fair for citizens nationwide to subsidize all of the state and local taxes that high-tax states impose on their residents. (If you’ve raised both hands, you’ve surrendered to the status quo; you won’t be telling Illinois and local officials to slash taxation here because you’ll no longer be able to deduct it all on your federal return.)

Which brings us to those nasty budget deficits and a national debt now north of $20.4 trillion. There’ll be hypocrisy here: Politicians who’ve rarely if ever voted against a spending bill will now posture as debt hawks. As sinners reformed.

But there’ll also be warnings from those of us who have long (and often unpopular) records of urging that Washington live within its means. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget noted Thursday that a $1.5 trillion debt hike “amounts to almost $12,000 per household — a steep price passed on to our children.”

 

Source: Will County News