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Balich: Will County Board members should be allowed to carry guns

Balich: Will County Board members should be allowed to carry guns
Susan DeMar LaffertyContact ReporterDaily Southtown
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A week before the Orlando massacre, Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Township, crafted a proposed resolution that would allow him and his fellow licensed board members to carry concealed weapons into county buildings, where they are currently prohibited from doing so.

From an economic standpoint, it would save the county money, he said, and from a safety perspective, it might deter incidents like what happened in Orlando from happening in Will County, he said.

Balich brought up his proposed resolution at the end of Tuesday’s legislative committee meeting, and he hopes it will be discussed at next month’s committee meeting. His resolution said that it would be “unfair to the taxpayer to pay for sufficient armed security officers at meetings” when a number of board members are licensed to carry guns.

Those elected officials who are properly licensed should be allowed to carry concealed firearms into county and forest preserve properties, the proposed resolution said.

“People trusted me enough to vote for me,” Balich said.

While a potential shooter could easily spot a uniformed officer, he would not know which board members were packing a gun, he said.

Offenders usually seek out places like the Orlando nightclub, where “no one has a weapon to fire back,” Balich said.

His idea goes back several months, when county officials first discussed how to enhance security measures, he said.

Balich also cited state laws that allow a mayor, aldermen, trustees and police to act as “conservators of the peace,” with powers to arrest people who violate municipal ordinances after completing a law enforcement training course. However, they do not specifically mention allowing those officials to carry weapons.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Tatroe said that, as of now, the state prohibits firearms in county buildings, but said she would research the proposal.

Balich’s suggestion did not sit well with all committee members.

Democratic leader Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, said, “This was not the time nor the place” to discuss such a proposal.

“We need a time of mourning,” he said. “We need a time of healing.

“These 49 victims have not even been buried yet,” he said, referring to the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Sunday morning. “After what just happened (in Orlando), I did not want to hear about guns. I was not prepared for that. We can talk about politics later on.”

Brooks added that he did not believe county board members should be allowed to carry guns into county buildings.

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The Balich Fundraiser June 2, 2016 at Mullets

Balich Fund Raiser 6 2 2016

Balich pushed Homer Township Property Tax Referendum Passes by 87%

Homer area referendums seek voter approval, term limits, tax increase
Published: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:36 p.m. CDT

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By FELIX SARVER – fsarver@shawmedia.com
HOMER TOWNSHIP – A referendum in Homer Township is seeking to require all taxing bodies in the area to receive voter approval by referendum before increasing taxes.

The referendum is being proposed by Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, who said the proposal would be nonbinding.

However, one way he would “make it binding” is to publicize the names of elected officials who vote to raise taxes without going to referendum.

Balich said he would make it known those officials “defied the express will of the people.”

“It’s very important for the taxpayers – that includes businesses and the renters – to make their voice heard and vote yes to this referendum,” he said.

Balich’s referendum is one of three being proposed in the Homer area. The village of Homer Glen and the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District have also proposed their own referendums. Homer Glen Mayor George Yukich wants to limit the terms of his office and the Northwest Homer fire officials want to increase taxes to replace aging equipment and parts.

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Balich said every year he visits local government boards and tells them not to raise taxes to no avail.

The base does not want Jeb Bush Republican/ Establishment needs to understand this

From Illinois Review
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Balich: Republicans Are United … Against Jeb Bush

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By Steve Balich – Wight Engineering event 402

When it comes to presidential politics, Republican and Republican-leaning Independents seem to be split on where they want to lend their support. While Trump has the largest percentage of support, his is nowhere near a majority, and it is slipping. If anything, support has been more evenly spread among the other candidates since the last debate.

We are more divided than ever. Or are we? If there is one thing that unites us, it is the fact that the base of the party doesn’t want Jeb Bush to be the nominee.

Both statistical and anecdotal evidence show this. Statistically, Jeb Bush is in a freefall. Poll after poll shows him in major decline. The latest Pew Poll puts him at 4 percent and in 6th place. And that’s with all the advantage of the party establishment, money, and name I.D.

The theory was that with more exposure and the race heating up Jeb would rise to the top. But the exact opposite has happened. As recently as July, the Real Clear Politics’ poll average had Bush firmly in first place at 17%. As the public has gotten to know him more, his numbers have fallen.

The anecdotal evidence is even more compelling. Try this a home. Ask your soft Republican and/or Independent friends what they think of Jeb Bush for president. You will invariably get the same reaction – an eye roll. It’s not even a “no.” It’s an eye roll. That doesn’t work well in a primary.

But what does that mean for the General Election? Not good things. In fact, you can ask your Independent and soft Democratic friends about Hillary Clinton. It’s a similar reaction. The vast middle of the country does not want a Clinton or a Bush again in the White House.

The Democrat leadership is hell bent on nominating Clinton. Why would we give up such a massive advantage in the General Election by nominating another person the middle just doesn’t want? I don’t understand it.

I like Jeb Bush. I believe he did a fine job as governor of Florida. He appears to be the smarter of the two brothers. But if he didn’t have the family and political connections that he has, he would be with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at the second tier debate. Or worse yet, he would be with Rick Perry and Scott Walker – watching at home.

Elections are about the future. And Jeb Bush represents the past.

It’s time for the Republican Establishment to recognize that.

Steve Balich lives in Homer Glen, Illinois.

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

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

Make a difference with your property tax

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Join Steve Balich & Joe Walsh
This is your opportunity to make a difference
Everyone has been complaining about their taxes for years, and feel helpless in doing anything about it. We believe HOMER TOWNSHIP residents should have a say in their property taxes.
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 / No
Help our petition gain the 3000 signatures needed to get on the ballot by walking with us.
Sunday July 26th 1pm meet at Tazza Restaurant 14065 S. Bell Homer Glen. Return for lunch with Joe Walsh and Steve Balich at 4pm.
Become involved: Walsh Freedom Barb@WalshFreedom.com (847) 804-2112
Steve Balich sbalich@comcast.net (815) 557-7196

Call to action Saturday June 27,2015

Tax Referendum Flyer for Facebook
Saturday June 27, 2015 I am asking as you to make a difference by helping me get signatures for the Property Tax Referendum.
We will meet at 10:30 at the Speedway on 151st and Bell. I will give you a clip Board and petitions. Some of us can walk both sides of the street getting signatures. Others will get a voter list for the densest areas of Homer Township. We will meet back at Mullets Sports Bar at 3pm to turn everything in. We will have a notary there.
If you can’t make it, please get a few petitions completed and mail them to me: Steve Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, Il. 60467.
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 am trying to make a difference and know you want to make a difference too. I believe property owners are fed up with the taxes, but feel like stopping increases in the Property Tax Levy is hopeless.
I believe we can make a difference by putting the question on the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election. To accomplish this I need 2000 signatures. I need your help and your desire to make a difference. This is an advisory Referendum that sends a loud and clear message to the people we elect to office that we are fed up and not going to take it anymore.
If you Don’t Live in Homer Township passing this Referendum will inspire people in your Town to do the same as Homer.
Please pass this to your friends
Questions or to volunteer contact Steve Balich (815) 557-7196 sbalich@comcast.net

I thank each of you and know we will make a difference
Steve Balich

Balich hopes Homer Twp. vote deters tax hikes

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Balich hopes Homer Twp. vote deters tax hikes
By Susan DeMar Lafferty
Daily Southtown
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Will Co. Board member seeks no-tax-hike referendum on March 2016 Homer Township ballot
Will County Board member Steve Balich wants taxpayers to send a message to all taxing districts in Homer Township — people are against any property tax increase, no matter how small.

He’s collecting the required 2,000 signatures to place a nonbinding referendum on the March 2016 ballot that will ask voters, “Shall each taxing body located wholly or partially within Homer Township be required to seek voter approval by referendum prior to increasing its annual total property tax levy?”

“We want to tell taxing bodies that we are fed up. They have no respect for taxpayers,” Balich said, adding that the referendum outcome will “end the debate once and for all about property tax increases.”

He said local government spending plays the biggest role in whether property tax bills rise or fall because the governments boost their tax levy, the amount of revenue the district seeks to collect via the property tax.

“Candidates run for office and say they are against property tax increases,” Balich, R-Homer Glen, said. “They get elected and say the tax is only going up a little so the people won’t mind. They forget that a little is a lot when every taxing body raises taxes a little, and over time these yearly increases add up to quite a big amount.

“If people speak up loud and clear that they are fed up (by voting for this referendum plan) maybe elected officials will change their tune,” he said.

If a taxing district wants more money, it should only be able to raise taxes for a specific purpose by referendum and then end that tax increase when the money is not longer needed, according to Balich.

Taxing districts — such as counties, towns, townships and school, park, library and fire protection districts — are limited by the property tax cap, which allows an annual tax rate increase of no more than 5 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. But Balich called the tax cap a “scam” because most taxing districts raise their rates up to the legal limit.

Taxpayers also have the right to address tax issues during tax levy hearings that local governments are required to conduct every year, but Balich said no one ever attends.

The referendum is way for people to “express their feelings” about property tax increases, he said, adding that if the Homer Township referendum measure succeeds, he hopes the anti-tax-hike movement will spread throughout the state.

“Once people see that it can pass, others will follow,” Balich said.

Will County’s preliminary home inspection code questioned

Will County’s preliminary home inspection code questioned
Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:33 p.m. CDT

By LAUREN LEONE–CROSS – lleonecross@shawmedia.com
JOLIET — Tom Joseph, a local watchdog for homeowners and real estate agents, is accusing Will County’s Land Use Department of conducting preliminary home inspections beyond the scope of individual permit applications — a practice he believes to be overreaching.

Will County’s preliminary home inspection code questioned
“If someone puts in (an application) for permit work, that’s the work that should be inspected,” said Joseph, who serves as the government affairs director for the Illinois Association of Realtors and the Three Rivers Realtors Association.

Joseph raised concerns earlier this spring to the Will County Board’s Land Use and Development Committee, saying the practice violates a homeowners’ fourth amendment rights.

“We don’t believe that’s the intent of the law,” he said.

But Will County Land Use Director Curt Paddock pushed back against the accusations Tuesday during a meeting of the Land Use and Development Committee. He pointed to the 2012 International Residential Code adopted by the County Board last year.

The code states that “before issuing a permit, the building official is authorized to examine or cause to be examined buildings, structures and sites for which an application has been filed.”

The department does not conduct inspections without the homeowners’ consent, he said.

If a code violation is “in plain sight” during a pre-inspection, the official has a right to cite it as a violation, he said. For example, if someone applies for a permit to put in a new water heater, he said, and the building official notices a live wire sparking while walking down the steps of the basement, that’s fair game.

“Their perspective is ‘You should have had blinders on,’” Paddock said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, committee member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, spoke out against the Land Use Department’s interpretation of the code.

“If someone comes and inspects my house, that’s one thing. But when I apply for a permit, the person should be allowed to only inspect what that was for and nothing else,” Balich said. “That’s way, way out of our boundaries.”

Paddock said during Tuesday’s meeting that there’s concern that the Land Use Department is conducting preliminary inspections “triggered by the current or proposed ‘for sale’ status of a property.”

“That’s simply not true,” he said, noting that the only condition triggering pre-inspections is a property owner’s permit application.

But Joseph alleges the department “on three occasions” attempted to or conducted pre-sale home inspections — a program not adopted by the county.

Alternatives were presented at the county’s Land Use and Development Committee Tuesday.