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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 14, 2017

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – December 14, 2017

 

Executive Directors Message

When The National Concealed Carry Reciprocity (NCCR) bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives the anti-gunner’s propaganda machine went into high gear.  According to the ant-gunners, if NCCR passes the U.S. Senate, every conceivable calamity known to man will sweep across the county.  I expect a plague of intergalactic locusts will invade the earth and eat every morsel of vegetation.
They are using the same untrue charges (none of which ever happened) against concealed carry they have used in every state since Florida passed a modern concealed carry law back in the 1980s.  There are about 16.5 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States, not counting the states that allow open carry and permit-less concealed carry (that would include several million more people).  The lies are: women will be less safe, domestic abusers will be getting guns, criminals will be able to get guns, crime rates will go up, stalkers will be able to carry guns and, of course, “this is a gift to firearm manufacturers from the NRA.”  The fact is that concealed carry drives crime rates down.  If National Reciprocity passes the Senate, crime will go down even further.  That is what the anti-gunners are really afraid of.
Last Monday, there was a terrorist attack at New York’s Port Authority bus terminal.  There are between 250,000 and 275,000 people who commute and use the Port Authority terminal.  Since it is also near the Christmas holiday season, thousands more folks visit and shop in New York City.   The failed explosion occurred in a tunnel that many, if not most, of these people use.
Of course the talking heads are dancing around the issue, putting as much frosting on the incident as possible.  One law enforcement guy actually commented that we have to find out why the would-be bomber would pick this spot to set off a bomb.  Really, did he just say that!  I was flabbergasted.  This guy better watch his mail.  I imagine some school, somewhere, is going to ask for the return of their kindergarten certificate of attendance that they issued this guy.
Rudolph is checking to make sure his nose is bright enough, Donner and Blitzen are recovering from sprained ankles (but will be ready for the big night), some elves are polishing the sleigh, while others are checking that troublesome naughty or nice list in preparation for the loading Santa’s bag of goodies.  For those of us who don’t have all the advantages of elves, we may be in a quandary about what to buy someone or, more likely, haven’t had enough time to go shopping.  To relieve you of this terrible anxiety, I would like to suggest that a gift of an ISRA membership might solve all of your problems.  You could even buy someone a Life, Endowment, Patron, or Benefactor membership.  After all, what else can you give someone that will both last a lifetime and carry on their influence?
Thanks for being a member.
 
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Source: Will County News

FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election

Explosive Texts Point To FBI, Not Russian, Meddling In 2016 Election

Scandal: For 18 months, the FBI has been fixated on determining whether President Trump worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But explosive text exchanges between top FBI agents suggest it should be looking in the mirror.

 

 
 From Investors Business Daily

The text messages sent between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, which became public on Wednesday, provide a rare and illuminating window into just how rabidly partisan putatively nonpartisan law enforcement officials can be.In the exchanges, they called Trump an “idiot,” a “loathsome human,” an “enormous do-che,” and said “this man cannot be president.”

When not berating Trump, they were praising Hillary Clinton. In one text, Strzok said: “God Hillary should win 100,000,000-0.” In another, he said that “a lot of people are holding their breath hoping” about Clinton.

When Hillary accepted the party’s nomination in July, Strzok texted “Congrats on a woman nominated for President in a major party! About damn time!” During one of the presidential debates, he texted: “Oh hot damn. HRC is throwing down saying Trump in bed with Russia.” In one of Page’s texts, she said Hillary “just has to win now.”


On their own, these texts might not be a big deal, even if the two are career government employees. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

But Strzok and Page weren’t just a couple of bureaucrats crunching numbers in a windowless office at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Strzok was a key player in the FBI’s investigation into whether Clinton had broken the law by using a private, unsecured email server to handle highly classified documents. He interviewed several of the people involved, including Clinton herself.

He was also the person who watered down the language in the statement used by Comey to exonerate Clinton, changing it from “gross negligence” to “extremely careless,” which as we noted in this space was critical to Comey’s claim that Clinton didn’t break any laws.

Remember, too, that when Strzok was busy airbrushing Clinton’s email crimes, he would have known that, had the FBI done the right thing and indicted her for putting national security at risk, it would have crushed her campaign, and helped elect the man Strzok clearly felt should never be president.

In other words, Strzok had motive, means and opportunity to sabotage that investigation.

Strzok and Page were also deeply involved in the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russia meddling, which started almost immediately after Comey let Clinton off the hook, and was sparked by a dodgy Clinton-financed “dossier.” In fact, according to CNN, Strzok signed the document making the Russia probe official.

So did these FBI agents act on their fervent anti-Trump beliefs in ways that might have compromised the integrity of both investigations?

The text exchanges suggest they very well may have. Consider: 

  • Strzok texted Page saying that while he wanted to believe “that there’s no way he gets elected” he was “afraid we can’t take that risk,” then added cryptically that “it’s like an insurance policy.” The text doesn’t make clear what the “it” was, but does suggest the topic was discussed with the deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe.
  • In August, Page told Strzok he should stay where he is because “you’re meant to protect the country from that menace,” meaning Trump. She then sent a link to a David Brooks column in The New York Times which argued that, with Trump, “There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots.” To which Strzok said “of course I’ll try to approach it that way … I can protect our country at many levels.”
  • Days after the election, Page texted to say she bought “All the President’s Men,” a book about Nixon’s demise from the Watergate scandal, because “I needed to brush up on Watergate.”

One of the texts also suggests that both knew they should be careful when discussing Clinton. In April 2016, Page texted “you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced.”

At the very least, these messages cast still more doubt on both the Clinton email and the Russia investigations, and lend more credence to claims that both were driven primarily by a desire by federal officials to protect Clinton’s election chances, and hurt Trump in any way possible.

RELATED:

The Trump-Russia ‘Dossier’ Scandal Deepens

Did A Corrupt FBI Give Hillary Clinton A Free Pass? Sure Looks Like It

Source: Will County News

Ives Leads the Charge on Property Tax Reform

For Immediate Release

Ives Leads the Charge on Property Tax Reform

Jeanne Ives will join community activists, elected officials, and local businessmen and women in press conference at Profiles Barbershop, Phoenix, IL 

December 15, 2017 –  A coalition of public-interest lawyers filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that embattled Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios violated state and federal civil rights and housing laws by knowingly producing inaccurate assessments that punished poor and minority homeowners across the county. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, contends the county’s “residential property tax scheme is neither accurate nor uniform” and is “perpetuating institutional racism” by shifting the tax burden from wealthier, majority-white neighborhoods to poorer, minority neighborhoods.

Tomorrow, Jeanne Ives, a State Representative and Republican Candidate for Governor will join community activists, elected officials and local businessmen and women to call for a fair and equitable property tax system.

When: Friday, December 15, 2017, 11:00 AM
Where: Profiles Barbershop, 503 E. 153rd St., Phoenix, IL

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For more information or to book Jeanne Ives, contact Kathleen Murphy at 630-329-4680 orkathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News

‘Every school district should be a unit district’

Governor candidate Ives: ‘Every school district should be a unit district’

 Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says she believes in consolidating school districts. “Florida’s got one school district per county,” she said. “In Illinois, we’ve got 852 (districts in 102 counties).”

  • Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says she believes in consolidating school districts. "Florida's got one school district per county," she said. "In Illinois, we've got 852 (districts in 102 counties)."

     Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says she believes in consolidating school districts. “Florida’s got one school district per county,” she said. “In Illinois, we’ve got 852 (districts in 102 counties).”
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Candidate Jeanne Ives

Small school districts with big budgets are sucking up taxes across Illinois and should be consolidated, Republican candidate for governor and state Rep. Jeanne Ives said Wednesday.

“First thing, every school district should be a unit district,” Ives of Wheaton told the Daily Herald editorial board. “No more high school districts, no more elementary districts.”

Ives is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner in the March 20 Republican primary election, while seven Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination.

Consolidating school districts would cut expenses and reduce property taxes as well as benefit students, Ives said.

“Florida’s got one school district per county,” she said. “In Illinois, we’ve got 852 (districts in 102 counties). This is where you get your savings.”

For example, Ives suggested, Glenbard High School District 87 serving northeast DuPage County communities could absorb elementary school districts that feed into it.

She also cited the example of Winfield School District 34, which has two schools, saying it could merge with the much-larger Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, which also serves part of Winfield.

“(Those two schools) could easily be absorbed in District 200,” Ives said. “Get rid of that school district. Done.”

Consolidating school districts, state Rep. Jeanne Ives stressed, wouldn't necessarily mean losing local traditions. "It doesn't mean give up the school's mascot. It means the administration and all that goes up to the (larger) school district level," she said.

 Consolidating school districts, state Rep. Jeanne Ives stressed, wouldn’t necessarily mean losing local traditions. “It doesn’t mean give up the school’s mascot. It means the administration and all that goes up to the (larger) school district level,” she said. – Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Such reforms, she stressed, wouldn’t necessarily mean losing local control or traditions.

“It doesn’t mean give up the school’s mascot. It means the administration and all that goes up to the (larger) school district level.”

However, Ives also said some large school districts are unwieldy.

“Elgin (Area Unit District 46) and Chicago (Public Schools) are too big, actually. They need to be downsized,” she said.

“At the same time, you cannot have ‘zombie schools.’ You can’t have 140 kids in a high school and think that you’re going to have a good result and have the resources to provide for them.”

Earlier in 2017, Rauner signed legislation to make consolidating units of government easier.

Jeanne Ives, while saying she believes in consolidating school districts, says that's not the case with all districts. "Elgin (Area Unit District 46) and Chicago (Public Schools) are too big, actually. They need to be downsized," she said.

 Jeanne Ives, while saying she believes in consolidating school districts, says that’s not the case with all districts. “Elgin (Area Unit District 46) and Chicago (Public Schools) are too big, actually. They need to be downsized,” she said. – Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Over the years, districts in St. Charles and Geneva, Wood Dale and Bensenville, and Mount Prospect and Elk Grove Township, to name a few, have faced possible mergers.

District 34 Superintendent Matt Rich said the district had looked at consolidation previously and conducted feasibility studies. He said the district already cooperates with West Chicago High School District 94, Benjamin Elementary District 25 and West Chicago Elementary District 33

“It’s not a new idea,” Rich said. “Every study has remarked on how well we’ve used our resources together and that it would be disadvantageous to do this. You would need to ask High School District 94 what it would do if it no longer had us as part of their tax base.”

Candidates talk about consolidation March 2015

Source: Will County News

Rauner signed a bill that gave a $2.35 billion subsidy to public utility companies on the backs of rate-payers. 

For Immediate Release

Ives Statement on the Anniversary of the Exelon Bailout

“Governor Rauner did not negotiate a fair deal for us.  Very simply, Governor Rauner is not in charge in Springfield, because he does not take charge, even when he has the chance.”

December 13, 2017 – Gov. Bruce Rauner celebrated the one-year milestone of the Future Energy Jobs Act on Tuesday. Gov. Rauner called the bill landmark bipartisan legislation. State Representative Jeanne Ives issued the following statement in response:

“Governor Rauner signed a bill that gave a $2.35 billion subsidy to public utility companies on the backs of rate-payers.

Crain’s Chicago Business supported that analysis, saying, ‘The proposal is unfair to customers and unnecessary to maintain reliable electricity supplies.’

“There has been no accountability for the bill. Minority communities were promised jobs and job training. We have seen no reports on how many people – if any – have been trained to install solar panels, or on how many jobs have been created. Also, the obscure language of the bill let the utilities net their costs against perceived savings in the whole system to deceive customers into believing they would pay no more than 25 cents a month for improvements.  In reality the charges for the new program – called a zero emission charge on the bill  – are anywhere from $1- $3 on a residential bills, higher for commercial users.

“Additionally, the Governor should have negotiated a claw-back provision into the bill to protect rate-payers in the event that the PJM Markets stepped in to increase their rates to keep nuclear as a base load supplier. According to Crain’s Chicago Business PJM is in the process of doing just that.  I support nuclear power however, Illinois is a net exporter of energy so the effect of the huge subsidy to Exelon was Illinois customers subsidizing the energy costs of out of state consumers of our power generation.

“Governor Rauner did not negotiate a fair deal for us.  Very simply, Governor Rauner is not in charge in Springfield, because he does not take charge, even when he has the chance.”

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For more information, contact Kathleen Murphy 630-329-4680 orkathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News

Fed tax cut will be great, but Illinois must change to compete with neighbors

Manufacturers: Fed tax cut will be great, but Illinois must change to compete with neighbors

FILE - Steel mill, manufacturing, factory
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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

A central Illinois congressman says residents hit with high property taxes and a recent state income tax hike will benefit from the tax reform making its way through Congress.

The House and Senate versions that Republicans passed are different, and they must be reconciled before being sent to the president.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said even with the various changes reconciled, the measure will mean small businesses in Illinois will get a lower federal tax burden.

“Those who believe in their local communities, those who’ve invested their time, their talent and their savings in our communities to provide that service, they’re going to get more money in their pocket,” Davis said. “I think that’s a good thing. That’s not a bad thing when you take money out of Washington and put it back home.”

But critics say tax cuts will create big deficits to the tune of more than $1 trillion.

“You’re going to see any deficit swallowed up by economic growth,” Davis said. He noted the economy under President Barack Obama was stagnant at 1 percent growth but the most recent economic indicators under President Donald Trump have growth at more than 3 percent.

The stock market surged in early trading Monday following the news of tax reform passing the Senate over the weekend.

But will any potential growth be felt in Illinois?

The state’s leading manufacturing group said federal tax cuts will help manufacturers but there still needs to be big changes in Illinois for the state to be able to compete.

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Vice President Mark Denzler said dropping the federal corporate income tax by 15 percent will benefit Illinois manufacturers.

“The federal tax reform is great,” Denzler said. “It’s going to help every manufacturer across the country. We’re excited about the opportunity for the first tax reform in decades. However, we now need to move and we need to get many of these changes made in Illinois so we can start competing with our neighboring states.”

Denzler has joined others from the business community for years calling on Illinois lawmakers to help lower the state’s workers’ compensation costs and high property taxes.

 All Illinois’ neighboring states, Denzler said, are adding tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs, but Illinois is “stuck in neutral.”

Congressional Republicans hope to get the bill to Trump before the Christmas break.

Source: Will County News