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Will County to move on Capital Projects

April 17,2015

The last 2 years capital projects were discussed over and over. I heard costly consultants, and studies and listened to continued discussion on what the County could do to remedy the situation which gets worse the longer it is talked about without action. The Republicans took control of the Board in the 2014 election, allowing for new chairs of the committees, and a new leadership. It is clear that the Appointment of Mike Fricilone and Reagan Freitag ushered in the action that is needed to get these much needed projects started ASAP. They are not messing around with more expensive studies and Consultants. They are moving forward! They are doing their job. I am sure some will want to try to slow down the process, but rest assure the Citizens of Will County will not stand for more indecision, costly studies. The people want and deserve action.
Will County will get funds for a new courthouse from a variety of places including asking City of Joliet for $3 Million Dollars, since Joliet will benefit by the Court staying in Joliet. The cost of the Court House will be estimated at $175 Million according to Mike Fricilone, the County Finance Committee Chairman.
Ragan Freitag County Chairman of the Capital Improvement Committee, and Fricilone said Joliet needs to help make this happen in order for the Court to remain in downtown Joliet. They want to work with Joliet, and feel it is Joliet’s best interest to work with the County. County Board Members like Steve Balich agree with Freitag and Fricilone. Balich said “The idea of building new on an empty piece of land is also attractive and would provide a long term vision with a campus setting. The Structures could be built to the specific needs of the County with everything new.” If Joliet wants to partner, County Board Members including Balich would find that desirable. Ragan Freitag said we need Joliet to contribute if they want us downtown. Fricilone agreed saying The County could break ground quickly. There were no objections to the plan at the joint Finance and Capital improvement meeting.
Fricilone said we could get the necessary funds from The Court User Fee, $2.4 million in money from last years property tax increase, investment from Joilet, and the RTA fund. When asked about a Public Service Tax, he said we can move without it, but the Board could go to referendum later.

Fundraiser for Steve Balich June 16, 2015

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Fundraiser for Steve Balich Will County Board Dist. 7

Tuesday June 16th 6:30pm to 9:30pm
St. Dennis Church 1214 Hamilton Lockport IL. 40441

Music by Dave Molinari Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres

Honored Speakers
Chicago Blackhawks: Grant Mulvey, held the record for being the youngest player since expansion in 1967 to score an NHL goal, scoring his first goal at the age of 18 years, 32 days. He kept the record till October 3, 2013

State of Illinois Senate Minority Leader: Christine Radodgo

State of Illinois House Minority Leader: Jim Durkin

Speaker of the County Board: Jim Moustis

Las Vegas State Central Committeeman & Talk Radio Host : Pat Casale

Master of Ceremony: Dan Proft WIND Radio Host

Gold Sponsor $1,000 ________ Silver Sponsor$500_________ Bronze Sponsor $250________

Donations $35.00

Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL. 60467
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Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices

me and Mike at opening of recorder of deeds & cororner office Jan 20 2015
Tuesday January 20th 2015, Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices, 158 N. Scott St. Joliet, Il. began at 9am. Will County’s Larry Walsh, County Board Members: Jim Moustis, Deniese Winfrey, and Ragan Freitag, as well as Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante spoke of all the work that went into getting the building opened. They expressed that Will County Government being located in downtown Joliet is what helps give the downtown life. The cost was partially funded from revenue from the county’s energy plant which operates at the county’s Prairie View landfill converting gas from the landfill into useful energy.
The building is energy efficient using led lights with dimmers that react with sunlight entering the room. There are 2 tankless water heaters which will also save energy. The Building has plenty of parking and is very easy to get to from I- 80 or Rt. 30. It is estimated that this building will save $250,000 in rent.

We have too many laws

I don’t understand the concept of making a new law when there is already on on the books. Despite not agreeing with letting a judgement call from the code enforcement officer be the determination of a violation, a light nuisance belongs in the nuisance law.

Reform Our State

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How we can change our State for a better tomorrow

Dan Proft WLS Radio Morning Host Keynote

Jeanne Ives District 42 State Representative Steve Balich Will County Board Member

Master of Ceremony: Pat Hughes

Meet and greet with new leaders for a better tomorrow
State Reps: Mark Batinick District 97, Margo Mc Dermed District 37, Yvonne Bolton District 98, Glen Nixon District 79, Peter Breen District 48, Will County Board: Darren Bennefield District 5, Annette Parker District 9

A Donation Will Be made to Dragonfly Childhood Cancer Organization

Wednesday 6-4-14

Music by Dave Molinari
3hr. Open Bar, Appetizers, and plenty of friendly People from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Woodbine Country Club 14240 West 151st St. Homer Glen, IL. 60491

Sponsorships $150 Silver (3 tickets) $250 Gold (5 tickets) $500 Diamond (table 10ickets)
$40.00 Donation at the door or
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Balich Ordinance not allowing aerial photos to initiate code violations is now law after Executive Order by County Executive

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Balich Ordinance not allowing aerial photos to initiate code violations is now law after Executive Order by County Executive

The process addressing use of aerial photos in code violations began in April 2013 when Balich first brought a Resolution to the Legislative Committee. Balich said he was having trouble getting it to the right Committee. The issue was moving from Land Use to Judicial with not much happening. Balich eventually decided to move it forward as a change to the ordinance which required a public hearing and a full vote of the County Board. After playing ring around the Committees for a few Months moving from Judicial to Land Use to Executive and finally to a joint meeting of Land Use and Judicial in December 2013, it passed and was to be set for public hearing. Finally May 6th 2014 there was a public hearing, and immediately after the hearing the Judicial Committee voted it down. This was a shock for Balich who thought it would pass with no problem. It was dead as far as Reed Bible, Tom Weigel, Ken Harris, and Jacky Traynere were concerned. Balich said it is not over, he was not giving up. He said this is a people issue and could not understand why the Democrats and Weigel did not get it.

At the May 13th Executive Committee Jim Moustis motioned to put it back on the Agenda, for a vote of the full board. Reed Bible and Herb Brooks voted no the rest of the Committee voted yes giving the ordinance new life with a vote of the full Board. Jim Moustis made the valid point that 4 people from a committee should not have the power to kill an issue. Mr. Moustis also pointed out that anything can be added to the County Board Agenda by the Executive Committee. Balich was confident there were enough votes to pass from the full Board.May 14th the County Executive passed an Executive Order, putting Balich’s ordinance into law before the vote of the full Board. Balich is extremely pleased with Walsh’s decision standing for the people of Will County.

Executive Order 14-30
Aerial Photography Prohibited
Lawrence M. Walsh, will County Executive, hereby prohibits the Land Use Department and its personnel from using aerial photography to initiate an internal Land Use complaint of an ordinance violation. Dated May 14, 2014 and signed by Will Vounty Executive Lawrence M. Walsh.

Jesse Alaniz speake against use of Aerial photos to initiate Building Code violations

On June 6, 1788, James Madison warned “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations…” Madison also recognized that they, the Framers themselves could abuse their very own powers, “A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
Enter then Reed Bible (Democrat), Jackie Traynere (Democrat), Ken Harris (Democrat) and Tom Weigel (Republican) who voted to allow the Will County Land Use Department to use Aerial Photos to initiate Building Code violations. I would hope then that Mr. Reed will spare me the threat that he is a lawyer along with his other credentials which appear to be more of a threat to my personal freedom rather than credit. As for the other Democrats it comes as no surprise. A majority vote by a majority mob gives them the right to do just about anything according to their platform. As to Mr. Weigel, a “Republican” I would remind him of one of Calvin Coolidge’s greatest accomplishments, “Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.” Calvin Coolidge
The Will County Board will not doubt attempt to dupe the people that this is legal and that “the courts have ruled”. Nonsense, the courts have not ruled rather the courts have drifted from the original intent of the United States Constitution & Bill of Rights. So what does this say about the Will County Board? There may be many who will be angry with this new unjust law but take comfort that the people of Illinois have awoken and that Will County just affirmed Gallup. The Tribune posted in an April 4, 2014 story that the state with the most trusted government in America was North Dakota. The state with the least trusted government? Yes, you guessed it, Illinois was the winner. But the news doesn’t end there. In another Gallup Poll (April 30, 2014) Illinois was one of the top states with up to 50% stating that they want to leave Illinois with an estimated 19% of those polled stating that they intend to move for various reasons. It is my personal opinion that 50% of those in Will County don’t trust their government, that 50% of those living in Will County do wish they could leave and I do believe that Will County’s fair share will leave the state in the future. What about the rest of us what can we do? Well there are three options.
The first option left to the people from the Declaration of Independence, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Of course designing men will tell you that this no longer applies which would then give the people the second option.
Associate Justice Joseph Story wrote in his Commentaries, “The people have established it and spoken their will; and their will, thus promulgated, is to be obeyed as the supreme law. Every department of the Government must, of course, in the first instance-, in the exercise of its own powers and duties, necessarily construe the instrument. But, if the case admits of judicial cognizance, every citizen has a right to contest the validity of that construction before the proper judicial tribunal; and to bring it to the test of the Constitution. And, if the case is not capable of judicial redress, still the people may, through the acknowledged means of new elections, or proposed amendments, check any usurpation of authority, whether wanton, or unintentional, and thus relieve themselves from any grievances of apolitical nature.” – §42
But if designing pen still persist that this too is “antiquated”, that the courts “have not drifted” and that the “courts have ruled”, I would then remind the American People of the United States Supreme Court case, “National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. ~ “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, [who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.]” – June 28, 2012. Tiocfaidh ár lá, the courts have ruled . . .
With the Almighty’s Blessing I Am,

Jesus Alaniz
This 6th Day of May in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Two Thousand & Fourteen

Balich Opinion on Woodbine Purchase

After receiving calls about the Meeting of the Village of Homer Glen, this Tuesday April 22nd at 6:30pm 14917 S. Founders Crossing, concerning the purchase of Woodbine Golf Course, I feel I should state my position as a taxpayer of Homer Glen.

1. I believe the purchase price was a great deal. The Village currently pays about ¼ Million Dollars to rent space at Founders Crossing each year. Stopping this bleeding of our Village coffers makes since. The Village needs to move in there as soon as possible.

2. I believe this meeting will give the public a chance to hear various options to what may be planned with the 100 plus acres that cost about 3Million Dollars.

3. I like the idea that a meeting is being planned to give the public some input. Nothing has been done at this point other than the purchase.

4. We need to make sure whatever the public and or Village desire as a finished product can be funded without a new tax, unless there is a referendum for the people to decide.

5. In the interim I believe since the Village owns the property, residents should be allowed to use it as long as it does not cost a lot of money. There are asphalt walking paths, huge fairways for sports practice fields, ponds for fishing, possibly a hall that seniors and other groups could use, plus God knows what else. We don’t need to raise taxes to do these things since they are pretty much ready to be used.

6. I don’t know where the money to buy the property is coming from, nor do I know what it will cost to develop a plan to convert the property to whatever its permanent use will be. My guess is a short term bond, or cash reserves for the purchase and site plan which could be paid by the ¼ Million savings in rent. Where the money to actually construct what is planned will come from is a separate issue.

7. When we hit the building phase sometime in the future, there should be a referendum asking the voters if they want to have a property tax, purchase another bond, or do nothing at that time. I know the General Obligation Bond to purchase the Illinois American Water transmission line could force a property tax if there is not enough revenue in sales tax to pay the bond. I don’t think this will happen, but spending on new projects does concern me. This is why I feel the voters need to decide at that future point.

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Reform Our State

Reform our State

How we can change our State for a better tomorrow

Dan Proft WLS Radio Morning Host Keynote Jeanne Ives District 42 State Representative Steve Balich Will County Board Member
Master of Ceremony: Pat Hughes

Meet and greet with new leaders for a better tomorrow

State Reps: Mark Batinick District 97, Margo Mc Dermed District 37, Yvonne Bolton District 98, Glen Nixon District 79, Peter Breen District 48,

Will County Board: Darren Bennefield District 5, Annette Parker District 9

A Donation Will Be made to Dragonfly Childhood Cancer Organization

Wednesday 6-4-14

Music by Dave Molinari

3hr. Open Bar, Appetizers, and plenty of friendly People from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Woodbine Country Club 14240 West 151st St. Homer Glen, IL. 60491

Sponsorships $150 Silver (3 tickets) $250 Gold (5 tickets) $500 Diamond (table 10ickets)

$40.00 Donation at the door or
Mail to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Ln. Orland Park, IL. 60467

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois

Do Not give up the Internet

1-14-2014 Me at Governors Forum 2The U.S. is controlled and operated by a group of people presumed to be led by Our President Obama. Since Obama took office he has lied to the American people, destroyed our economy, attacked our institutions, assaulted the Constitution, Religious Liberty, and changed the social structure to benefit those who do not produce. Did I leave anything out? I am sure I did.
Now the Administration after using the NSA to spy on the world is embarrassed by what other countries think of Mr. Obama and those in control in the U.S. The media which is now pretty much controlled by the government ignored all those scandals like Bengazzi, IRS Targeting, IRS going after media that won’t fall in line, and government spying on everyone in the world at the digression of who? The goal is obvious, to make the U.S. into a socialist system.
Why should the U.S. Government give up control of the internet that was developed by the military with tax dollars to any country, group of countries like the UN, or the “world”. It is ours and anyone can see the potential damage giving up control just to make Obama look good to the world. Once the World gets their grubby hands on control are we in greater danger? The world for the most part hates us. They pretend to be our friend as long as money keeps flowing their way with nothing in return to the taxpayer except the happy feelings generated by countries that kiss our backside and lie in wait with a knife to move to a stab a little higher whenever the opportunity arises.
When the internet is controlled by “who” will cyber-attacks on the U.S. become the norm. To pay the taxpayer back for the cost of development maybe every country should pay a tax to use our creation. Where our elected Representatives in saying no? They campaign on standing for America get elected and forget what they said. They want to be liked by the media so they shirk the responsibility of standing for what is right, which in today’s world is contrary to the direction of Obama and those who control him.