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Balich: County buildings won’t be ‘soft target’ if Will County Board members carry firearms

Balich: County buildings won’t be ‘soft target’ if Will County Board members carry firearms
County committee to discuss concealed carry

Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 10:24 p.m. CDT
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By MIKE MALLORY – mmallory@shawmedia.com
JOLIET – A Will County Board member said Tuesday that he has support from Republican and Democratic board members for his proposed resolution that would allow board members to carry concealed firearms in county buildings.

Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, on June 14 introduced to the board’s Legislative and Policy Committee a rough draft of a resolution he wrote prior to the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting. Board members are not allowed to carry firearms in county buildings. Balich expects a formal discussion to take place Tuesday when the committee meets.

Balich believes allowing board members who have a valid Firearm Owners Identification card to carry concealed firearms would have significant benefits.

It would keep county buildings from being viewed as a “soft target” – one where would-be offenders only have to be concerned with a handful of armed law enforcement officers. Balich said a potentially armed board, composed of 26 people, would lower or eliminate the loss of life and improve safety in the county’s public buildings.

He’s not saying each member should carry, but rather they should be able to if they so choose. He said an intruder wouldn’t know who was carrying.

“If 26 people are able to carry, that’s a big deterrent to a mass shooting,” Balich said.

Balich said the move also would save the county money, especially when a new 11-story courthouse is built and more security officers are required.

He referenced Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/21-6, which says anyone who carries or stores weapons in buildings or on land supported by public funds commits a Class A misdemeanor if they do so without prior written permission from the property’s chief security officer.

Balich said he interprets this to mean that a resolution is not necessary, and a chief security officer would have a “hard time” trying to give a reasonable denial to a properly licensed gun owner.

Balich said he sent the statute and similar laws from other governmental bodies to Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Tatroe for review. A message left Tuesday with Tatroe was not immediately returned.

Balich said he’s received support when talking to board members from both political parties. He said opinions on the Second Amendment are personal choices.

“National TV likes to blow it up, but it’s not a Republican-Democrat thing,” Balich said. “It’s more of a personal thing. It’s about whether you believe people should have a right to defend themselves.”

He expects a vote on the matter will not be tied to party allegiances.

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Homer Township Property Tax to be on March 15, 2016 Ballot

The Homer Township Property Tax Referendum Has enough signatures to get on the March 15, 2016 Ballot, and stand up to a challenge.

September 19 Getting enough petitions to get on the Ballot

This Referendum is the strongest statement the citizens can make to their elected officials. There is no wiggle room to spin things to make it seem like the people feel it is alright to raise the Property Levy every year because they can. Although this is an Advisory Referendum, it will be hard for an elected official to defy the direct will of the citizens by voting for a tax increase without going to Referendum. Any elected official ignoring the directive of the voters should be voted out of office.

We believe people in Homer Township should have a say in their Taxes. ( The Question on the Ballot: Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax Levy? Yes or No). This is not a Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian issue. It is a citizen and Business issue. Please remember to vote yes on the March 15, 2016 Ballot.taxpayer sign

I want to Thank Walsh Freedom, Americans for Prosperity, Kristen Cross Candidate for Will County Recorder of Deeds, Laurie Mc Philips Candidate for Will County Executive, & Marlene Carlson Candidate for Will County circuit Clerk, who have been at every walk we did in the process of getting the necessary signatures.

The most important people to thank are the 97 plus volunteers from Will, Cook, Dupage, Kendal and Lake Counties. Everyone that helped in getting this on the Ballot should be proud of this accomplishment. This is the first Referendum of its kind in the State of Illinois, and maybe in the United States.

Once this passes in March, citizens in other Townships, Cities, and Counties will do the same thing. They will want to take back control of their Property Taxes.

Steve Balich 815 557-7196

Joe Walsh joins Steve Balich to get signatures for the Homer TWP. Property Tax Referendum

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Walsh Freedom & Steve Balich, want to make a difference in taxpayers lives
Radio Host & Former Congressman Joe Walsh is coming to Homer Township Saturday September 19th to make a difference in the lives of the people of Homer Township, getting signatures in support of the Property Tax Referendum initiated by Steve Balich (meeting at Mullets to go get signatures at 1pm and returning at 4pm for Pizza). Currently there is enough signatures to get on the ballot. The goal is 2000 signatures but 3000 would be better, to stand up to any challenges. Former Congressman Joe Walsh will help to finish the job making sure it is on the ballot.
Once this passes March 15, 2016, the people will be one step closer to taking back control of their government. The issue is not about Political Parties. It is a people issue benefiting every citizen. Raising Property Tax takes money from every family. If you rent, taxes go up, then so will your rent. When taxes go up so do prices you pay when buying things since business has more expense which will pass on to the consumer . Raising taxes increases the cost of doing business and our cost of living taking more of our hard earned cash.

In a Representative Democracy citizens allow others, usually elected officials, to represent them in government processes including property tax increases. Although this is an Advisory Referendum, meaning the taxing Bodies can ignore the will of the people, it is the strongest statement citizens can make to these officials, clearly stating the will of the citizens. This is our opportunity to make a difference and make our voice heard. If a person on a Board goes contrary to the will of the people that person needs to be voted out.

The Petition for the march 15th Ballot reads Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax Levy? Yes or No

I want to thank all the Local Volunteers, Walsh Freedom, Americans for Prosperity, and Joe Walsh for all their help. We are getting close to the goal and will achieve it. God Bless everyone!
Steve Balich 815 557-7196 sbalich@comcast.net

Walsh Freedom, Steve Balich, & 46 volunteers gather signatutes

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Walsh Freedom, Steve Balich, & 46 volunteers walk to make a difference in taxpayers lives
Radio Host, Political Activist, Former Congressman Joe Walsh came to Homer Township Sunday July 26th to make a difference in not only the lives of the people in Homer Township but those throughout the State of Illinois. Walsh Freedom walked door to door to get signatures in support of the Property Tax Referendum initiated by Steve Balich. There were 46 citizens from as far as Lake County joining with those from Will, and Dupage Counties. The group got 640 Signatures, putting the total number to Date at 1320. The Goal is 2000 signatures but 3000 would be icing on the cake. Former Congressman Joe Walsh will get with Steve Balich and do one more effort to finish the job getting it on the ballot. Balich indicated that there are local people getting signatures that have not turned them in yet. Balich is confident there will be enough signatures to get on the March 15th 2016 primary ballot.

This Referendum in Homer Township is just the beginning. Every Township, City, and County will have someone believe they can get this on the Ballot in their area. Once this passes others will follow. The people will be one step closer to taking back control of their government. The issue is not about Political Parties, rather it is a people issue benefiting every citizen. Does a Republican family suffer loss of income the same as a Democrat when Property Taxes are increased? Does the Senior on a fixed income care which political party raised their property tax? Does a struggling Business care which group is increasing their cost of doing business?

In a Representative Democracy citizens allow others, usually elected officials, to represent them in government processes including property tax increases. Although this is an Advisory Referendum, meaning the taxing Bodies can ignore the will of the people, it is the strongest statement citizens can make to these officials, clearly stating the will of the citizens. This is our opportunity to make a difference and make our voice heard. If a person on a Board goes contrary to the will of the people that person needs to be voted out.

The Petition for the march 15th Ballot reads Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax Levy? Yes or No

I want to thank all the Volunteers, Walsh Freedom, Americans for Prosperity, and joe Walsh for all their help. We are getting close to the goal and will achieve it. God Bless everyone!
Steve Balich 815 557-7196 sbalich@comcast.net

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Walsh Freedom, Steve Balich, & 46 Volunteers walk to make a difference in taxpayers lives

Homer Township Tax Referendum

Tax Referendum Walsh freedom for facebookMy name is Steve Balich. I have been advocating for elected officials to treat taxpayer money as it was their own for many years without many positive results. I hear people on the Boards say the tax increase is just a little money or people won’t mind because we are giving them something. What they forget is the fact that these Boards are giving you something using your money without asking you if you want it. The Homer Township Tax Referendum which will be on the March 15th 2015 Ballot if enough signatures are obtained, says we believe people in Homer Township should have a say in their Taxes. ( The Question on the Ballot: Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax Levy? Yes or No). This is not a Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian issue. It is a citizen and Business issue.
In a Representative Democracy citizens allow others, usually elected officials, to represent them in government processes. Although this is an Advisory Referendum, meaning the taxing Bodies can ignore the will of the people, it is the strongest statement citizens can make to these officials, clearly stating what the citizen’s want. This is your opportunity to make a difference and make your voice heard. If a person on a Board goes contrary to the will of the people that person needs to be voted out.
Steve Balich (815) 557-7196

Balich fights for Homer Township City of Lockport taxpayers

My name is Steve Balich. As candidate for Will County Board, I will represent you. I have a proven record fighting taxes. In 2006 I answered the call by taxpayers in Homer Township City of Lockport complaining about being taxed by Homer Road District who did none of the work and City of Lockport that did all the work. After spending extensive time at the Tax Extension Department at County I understood the tax raised by Homer Road Levy was split with City of Lockport, but City of Lockport did all the work. The other Townships in City of Lockport have the same situation getting tax money for doing nothing.
After forming a committee to address the problem, we were joined by Lockport Citizens for fair Taxation. Jack Jarrett, Myself, and Ron De Sando met with The Homer Road Commissioner who promised to address the problem. We met with City of Lockport Officials, and reported back to the Homer Township Board. By 2008 we realized that implementing an equitable fix would take State changes to the process, which went nowhere.
Today Mike De Vivo is the only Township Road Commissioner within the City of Lockport that returns substantial funds above the legal split to the City of Lockport. This does not directly help the taxpayers of Homer Township City of Lockport, but does at least lessen the tax burden on everyone in City of Lockport. The other Townships within City of Lockport need to follow the example of Homer Township. The other Township Road Districts in City of Lockport are getting Tax Dollars for doing nothing.
Remember you can early vote by calling the County and asking to have a ballot mailed to your home 815 740-4626 No reason is needed
Steve Balich 815 557-7196 www.electbalich.com

Who is Steve Balich?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhfvw22pCVM&feature=related Adam Andrzejewski former Republican Candidate for Governor Said Steve Balich is a tremendous Candidate

http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBalich?feature=mhee#p/u/4/R6mri_Rffuk Bill BradyRepublican Candidate for Governor 2010 said No one is more enthuastic with the ability to lead and bring people together than Steve Balich

http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBalich?feature=mhee#p/u/3/82Xh4GHPWnI State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno Said Steve is a supporter of Smaller, efficient, and More Responsible government . He is a good man and do a good job at whatever office he gets into.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBalich?feature=mhee#p/u/5/Y3zH2ImGuMU
Dan Proft Republican Candidate for governor and WLS Radio Host said he was Chris Christy before it was cool. He has common sense and is straight forward. Steve knows what is right thing to do is, and is willing to fight for it as he has demonstrated. Steve is somebody you want on Will county board or any other Board for that matter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frFkCW2kAR4&feature=related Jack Roser renaissance pack, Family taxpayers Network, Champion News said we need to support Steve Balich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCJuDLT9LsE Tim Kraulidis Joliet Taxday Tea Party, will County Tea Party Alliance said We are going to support Steve through the end.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/steve-balich-mark-witte-discuss-possible-debt-ceiling-20110602 Steve Balich on Fox TV said we need to get our spending, regulations,and taxes under control. We need Jobs. We can’t Borrow money we don’t have to give away.

http: www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/good_day/english-only-township-homer-rule-steve-balich-20100719 Steve Balich on Fox TV stands for the Rule of Law regarding immigration

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150253381215573&ref=mf Steve Balich speaking at Americans for Prosperity “November is Coming” rally. Says we can win by getting out our voters.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1snOPHjgDaQ Steve Balich at Crunch Time Rally with Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Haley Barbour, Governor Bob Mc Donald, and Republican candidate for Governor Bill Brady
Steve Balich on Champion News talks about How and why he got involved with the Tea party. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvuFuGrNFJQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enK07Yv9k58&feature=related Balich says we need to stand for traditional America. Character matters.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/democrat-tea-party-steve-balich-dan-seals-obama-state-of-the-union-20110125 Steve Balich on Fox TV said government needs to stop raiding the social security fund. Actions speak louder than words.

http://www.beyondthebeltway.com/ April 17th, 2011 Steve Balich on Bruce Du Mont’s Belt Way Boys discussing the Republican field against Obama said Tea Party people like Candidates “to say it like it is”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSEgA8L_yQg Steve Balich Addressing H.S. District 205 School Board asking them not to raise the Levy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=1uFnEFLSgsc Steve Balich asks School district 92 not to raise the Levy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PopFVwGab7c Steve Balich tells it like it is at April 15, 2011 Tea Party Rally

“I have known Steve Balich since we attended high school together. Two of Steve’s most endearing qualities are his honest frankness about what he believes and his unflinching loyalty to things that truly matter. Over the years his loyalty to family, faith and freedom has prepared him for public life. I look forward to Steve’s success in the upcoming election and his continued advocacy on behalf of all taxpayers.”
Senator Pat O’Malley

“Steve is committed to the free market principles of less government, fewer taxes and more personal freedoms. Steve’s tireless work to educate and empower citizens in his community to become engaged in the political process has forced local, state and federal elected officials to become more responsible and accountable to the tax payers. I had the pleasure to partner with Steve and his grassroots supporters on countless efforts to hold elected officials accountable for how they spend our tax dollars at all levels of government. Steve’s passion and dedication to public service is inspiring and reflective of his true character. It is for these reasons and more that I support Steve Balich for Will County Board.”
Joe Calimino, Former State Chairman for Americans for Prosperity

Steve Balich is the type of person that needs to migrate to a leadership position. Steve has the drive, the people skills, the backbone that cuts through all the BS and gets results! Illinois needs a positive leadership example, so we can clean up this broken mess.

Steve Weber, CPA
Will County Treasurer

Endorsements

Endorsed by:
Illinois Federation of Republican Women Chairman Pat Free, Homer Township Republican Organization Chairman Joe Malacina, Will County Tea party Alliance, Lockport Township Republican Organization, Republican candidates for Governor Bill Brady, Dan Proft, and Adam Andrzejewski, State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno Joliet Tea Party organizer Tim Kraudlidis, Homer Lockport Tea party, Troy Township Tea Party organizer Jim Mc Farland, Plainfield Tea Party organizer Garrett Peck, Americas Tea party 1773, Illinois Taxday Tea Party, Illinois Latino Family Association Chairman Yvonne Bolton, Senator Pat O’Malley, Former State Chairman for Americans for Prosperity Joe Calimino, Jack Roser Renaissance pack, Family taxpayers Network, Champion News, Steve Weber, CPA, Will County Treasurer, Homer Founders Club President Gary Yambor, Fire District Trustees Paul Anderson, Vince Colabelli, Mark Lobes, Joe Malacina, Paul Siegel, and Kieth Hojek, Former Homer Fire Chief Mike Schoefield, Ed Kerfin Home Helpers, Homer Fire district Treasurer Ron Svara, Will County Young Republicans Immediate Past Chair & Vice – Chair/ Treasurer Gretchen Fritz.