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Did you know that Child Support Laws in Illinois dramatically changed as of July 1, 2017? 

Did you know that Child Support Laws in Illinois dramatically changed as of July 1, 2017?
The old law based child support on a percentage of the payor’s net income.
The income of the person receiving support did not factor into the calculation.
That meant that, for example, a father who makes $30,000.00 per year could pay
20% of his net income to a mother who makes $250,000.00 per year.
Under the new law, the court looks at both parents’ incomes when calculating support. The court determines the combined net incomes of the parents, and
then uses an income shares chart to determine the basic child support obligation.
Each parent is responsible for part of the basic child support obligation in proportion to his or her share of the parties’ combined net income.
This new law could mean huge changes in the amount of support you pay or receive. Please schedule an appointment with Attorney Sarah Vahey to educate yourself on your obligations and rights. Knowledge is power!
Sarah M. Vahey
Castle Law

Source: Will County News

Soros Shifts $18 Billion To Foundation He Uses To Fund Left

George Soros Gets It: When Will More Wealthy Conservatives?

George Soros Gets It: When Will More Wealthy Conservatives?
Written By John Biver Here was the headline: “Soros Shifts $18 Billion To Foundation He Uses To Fund Left.” That is not a typo. $18 billion with a B. This guy is serious about seeing Leftism advanced. The facts about that “shift” of dollars are presented by Aly Nielsen at NewsBusters.org.

By now, most people who follow politics are aware of George Soros and his generous funding of radical Leftist issues and organizations around the world.

Here are the opening paragraphs of Nielsen’s article:

Left-wing financier George Soros just nearly tripled the size of his foundation by adding an additional $18 billion in assets. The foundation has funded liberal activism on immigration, abortion, journalism and a myriad of other issues. Its soon-to-be president was also formerly a DNC executive dire…

Here are a few details from the article put into bullet points:

  • Soros has given away roughly $14 billion throughout his lifetime.
  • Soros has also funneled more than $103 million to journalism groups around the world including ProPublica, NPR and Columbia University.
  • Soros also gave at least $10.5 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Media outlets that backed her campaign or policies had received an additional $61 million in prior years.
  • OSF operates in seven different global regions including the U.S., Africa, Latin America and Europe.
  • Through the various OSF branches, Soros has started revolutions, undermined national currencies and funded radical groups throughout the world.

There are a lot more colorful details in the article, but my focus is the money:

By transferring $18 billion to OSF, Soros has signaled he intends this left-wing agenda to remain well-funded long after his death.

Soros is 87 years old.

At American Thinker, Rick Moran wrote about this news item as well: “Soros transfers most of his wealth to Open Society Foundations.”

Two sentences from the article: “The foundation said it is the second-largest in the world after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” “The Wall Street Journal estimates Soros’s net worth at $23 billion.”

Note this good point as well: “Suffice it to say, infusing his foundation with that much cash will free up other resources for partisan campaign donations.”

Soros isn’t the only big money person funding Leftist causes, of course, but he’s the biggest dog. Another big dog is Tom Steyer (read more about him here). Steyer is worth an entirely separate article since he is funding an effort to impeachPresident Trump. Tech magnates have also made headlines over the past few years as they have written enormous checks to left-wing causes. J.B. Pritzker, another Leftist billionaire, is running for governor in Illinois.

The Lefty titans get it — everything in politics costs money. If you want your political agenda to succeed, it requires money money money.

There are a few good examples on the political right where conservative donors are adding more zeros to the checks they write. But many more of our big dogs need to realize that funding a building with their name on it at their alma mater is not going to save the country from the Leftist agenda.

The only way conservatives save the country is if we have the money to fight. The large PACs and the large think tanks are adequately funded, but the best fighters are many of the small, underfunded groups. I’ll name just two here — the Illinois Family Institute and Illinois Family Action (there are many more here and around the country).

Often the smaller organizations are more aggressive and less concerned with being politically correct. Their effectiveness would greatly increase with more funds to hire more staff to oversee more campaigns and events to reach more people. The decades-old think tanks are happy to operate the same as they always have while expecting a different result.

A few years ago I wrote (and rewrote) a series of articles on this topic — it starts with this one. In one, I included this story:

In August of 1781, our Southern forces had trapped Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis in the little Virginia coastal town of Yorktown. George Washington and the main army and the Count de Rochambeau with his French army decided to march from the Hudson Highlands to Yorktown and deliver the final …

“Send for Haym Salomon.” Even the Father of his country needed funding — and he knew where to turn.

Here is an invitation to those conservatives who can write checks to fund a much-needed communications revolution from sea to shining sea. Wealthy donors need to start exercising a little critical thinking, and stop supporting organizations that don’t have a vision and start funding those that do such as IFI and IFA.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C/ Old Plank Trail Community Bank joins effort to save 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:

Nov. 8, 2017


Old Plank Trail Community Bank joins effort to save Ross School

Donates $500 to restore one-room schoolhouse


Old Plank Trail Community Bank has joined the effort to Save Ross School, a historic one-room schoolhouse on Bell Road.


The bank contributed $500 toward the restoration efforts. It is the largest monetary donation received to date.

“The effort to restore Ross School is a great community effort,” said Paul Slade, Chairman and CEO of Old Plank Trail Community Bank.


“As a community bank, we believe in supporting the good work of our friends and neighbors,” he added. “Commitment to the community we serve is one of our core values and we are thankful for the opportunity to help.”

Ross School was built circa 1850s and served generations of students up until 1956 when Homer Community Consolidated School 33C was established with the consolidation of six one-room schoolhouses.


The district is in the midst of a $10,000 fundraising campaign to restore the school, which was moved to the entrance of Homer Junior High School in 1997.

Volunteers have already addressed structural concerns at the school by adding collar ties inside the school and replacing the leaky roof with materials donated by Filotto Construction and Richards Building Supply Company.


Funds are needed, however, to restore or replace some of the siding, windows, doors and hardwood flooring.


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.



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Source: Will County News

Lockport Declared A Home Rule Community

Lockport Declared A Home Rule Community

LOCKPORT, IL — The City of Lockport announced that the official results of the Special Census conducted earlier this summer shows an updated population count as 25,590, which qualifies Lockport as Home Rule status. According to the city, Home Rule Authority in Illinois goes back to 1970 in the Illinois Constitution, and states that a municipality can only achieve Home Rule status by either surpassing 25,000 residents or by its citizens passing a referendum.

The city said now that it is recognized as a Home Rule community, it has more authority and control over revenues, condemnation, licensing, and zoning, to name a few. It will also allow the city to earn a larger share of Illinois per capita revenues, such as MFT funds.

Source: Will County News