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Homer 33C Butler School students take Kindness Adventure

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:

Sept. 26, 2016

Butler School students learn about the Kenyan culture during a Kindness Adventure at the school on Sept. 26.

Butler School students take Kindness Adventure

Learn about Kenyan culture and why we should all be kindhearted and open-minded

Butler School students just got back from a Kindness Adventure where they learned about the Kenyan culture and why we should all be kindhearted and open-minded.


Students joined their Kindness Adventure guide in the school gymnasium on Monday (Sept. 26) where they took a quick trip to Africa using storytelling, music, interactive videos and magical illusions.


They met school children from Kenya who told them a little bit about their homes, food, clothing and school day. They even helped the Butler students learn a few words in Swahili, such as “Jambo” for “Hi” and “Habari gani” for “How are you.”


Afterward, they were given an opportunity to purchase handcrafted jewelry from Kenya, including beaded wristbands, rock bracelets and carved bone necklaces.

An example of handcrafted jewelry from Kenya.

Proceeds not only help cover the cost of the assembly (which is offered to schools for free) but provide income for Kenyan artisans and raise funds to provide clean water in Kenya.


Just last month, the Kindness Adventure team traveled to a rural village outside of Nairobi where it dedicated its first clean water well in Kenya.


For more information about the project, visit http://www.kindnessadventure.com/well-kajiado.html


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Meemic Foundation awards three $100 grants to Homer 33C Junior High teachers

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:

Sept. 23, 2016


Meemic Foundation awards three $100 grants to Homer Junior High teachers


Three Homer Junior High School teachers have a little extra money to spend on classroom projects, thanks to a grant from The Meemic Foundation.


On Sept. 16, Field Consultant Andrew Briick from the Meemic Foundation and Meemic Insurance Company stopped by Homer Junior High to deliver three $100 grants to teachers Diane Blaskey, Jennifer Woods and Leighann Cannon.


The teachers applied for the grants online.


“I am so thankful to receive this grant,” said Blaskey. “It is going to benefit my students, enrich the teaching process and help utilize 21st century technology.”


“I will be able to spend it on much needed school supplies that some of my students cannot afford,” added Woods.


Cannon, who plans to buy math manipulatives with the grant money, said the extra materials will help her students make connections when doing math.


“Manipulatives are proven to help create a deeper understanding of concepts and lead to retention and information,” she said.


Since 1992, The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education has been supporting education excellence through funding programs and other partnership initiatives.


Created by Meemic Insurance Company and founded as a nonprofit organization, The Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as colleges and universities. It has been an active partner with the educational community in Illinois since 2014.


“Over the course of two decades, we’ve been pleased to support some truly inspiring educators,” said Briick. “Nearly $2,000,000 has been provided to members of the educational community to support innovative programs, events and projects that have significantly impacted the classroom experience.


“The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education continues to support the efforts of educators from preschool through higher education,” he continued. “We will always seek to partner with local educational communities to provide additional grant funding opportunities and other needed resources to advance the quality of education.”



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Laurie Mc Phillips Will County Executive Candidate Supports the Safe Roads Amendment


According to reports, $6.8 billion—with a “b”—has been “swept” from Illinois transportation funds for other uses over the past 10 years and as much as $500,000 as recently as last year.  On November 8th you have the opportunity to stop this practice.  There is a proposed Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that would require the state and local governments to spend all funds raised for transportation projects ONLY on transportation projects.

We pay motor fuel taxes, fees for vehicle registrations and license plates and other transportation-related taxes and fees with the expectation that these monies will be spent to maintain, improve and build roads, highways, mass transit and other transportation systems in our communities.  Historically portions of monies raised from these revenue sources have been diverted to other “non-transportation” purposes.

While most of the state-level diversions of transportation funds have affected state monies, local motor fuel tax (MFT) formula funds were also diverted as recently as FY 2015. This proposed amendment would prohibit future diversions of local MFT formula funds for non-transportation purposes.

I fully support the Safe Roads Amendment to protect our transportation funds so we can utilize them for much-needed projects throughout our region, especially considering the truck traffic in Will County.  These funds are critical to keeping our roads and infrastructure safe, creating jobs and bringing businesses and opportunities to Illinois and Will County.

Please join me in voting “YES” for the Safe Roads Amendment and make government accountable.  For more information, please visit www.saferoadsamendment.com.

Laurie McPhillips
Will County Executive Candidate

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Madigan is the longest-serving House Speaker in the U.S. /killing Illinois is the result

Published on Sep 14, 2016

Illinois is one of only 14 states without term limits and this documentary highlights the influence an officeholder can wield in the absence of term limits. Madigan is the longest-serving House Speaker in the U.S. Madigan became an Illinois legislator in 1971 and has been Speaker of the House in Illinois for all but two years since 1983. During the time Madigan has been Speaker, Illinois has had six different governors, more than 200 state senators and more than 500 state representatives.

Watch Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFdXztPlYKc&feature=youtu.be&goal=0_9471dd8540-d8996b66c0-12875677

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Illinois stands out in the industrial Midwest for its skewed government-to-manufacturing-jobs ratio.


Illinois and the Great Lakes states are America’s traditional manufacturing powerhouses. When the Industrial Revolution transformed Midwestern cities into prosperous production centers, the manufacturing sector drove up wages and employment for a large swath of Illinois’ middle class. But now government jobs are far more common than manufacturing jobs in Illinois.

In March 2002, Illinois state and local government jobs surpassed manufacturing jobs for the first time in Illinois’ recorded history. Since then, the ratio of government jobs to manufacturing jobs has moved in favor of government work, as Illinois manufacturing jobs have plummeted, while government jobs have remained steady. There are now 175,000 more jobs in state and local government in Illinois than there are in manufacturing, a striking change in a state in which production jobs once formed the backbone of middle-class opportunity.

illinois manufacturing jobs

Illinois’ weak economic recovery has led to the smallest manufacturing-to-government-jobs ratio in the industrial Midwest

Of the five largest manufacturing states in the Midwest, Illinois is the only one with significantly more government workers than manufacturing workers. In Indiana, there are 125,000 more manufacturing jobs than government jobs; in Wisconsin, there are 92,000 more manufacturing jobs than government jobs; in Michigan there are 55,000 more manufacturing jobs than government jobs; and in Ohio, government jobs slightly outnumber manufacturing jobs by 17,000.

illinois manufacturing jobs

One factor that has driven the disparity between Illinois and other manufacturing states in the Midwest is Illinois’ poor recovery from the Great Recession. Illinois lost more than120,000 manufacturing jobs during the economic downturn of the Great Recession. And Illinois has regained only 20,000 manufacturing jobs since hitting bottom in January 2010. Since their respective recession bottoms, the other Midwestern manufacturing states have added tens of thousands more manufacturing jobs than has Illinois, helping to drive all of their unemployment rates at least one point lower than Illinois’.

illinois manufacturing jobsReforms to bring back Illinois’ manufacturing sector

Illinois needs spending, tax and regulatory reform to make the state more attractive for manufacturing investments and the jobs that come with them.

Spending reform should include changes to the state’s pension systems, including an amendment to the Illinois Constitution’s pension-protection clause. Collective bargaining with government unions should be optional rather than mandatory, so local governments can better manage their costs and employees. And Illinois local governments should be consolidated as necessary to eliminate duplicative services. All of these reforms would help drive down the cost of government – and the property taxes needed to fund it.

Tax reforms should focus on lowering property taxes and making the tax code more pro-growth. Manufacturing firms will be much likelier to invest in Illinois if they think they can get a solid return on their investment, after factoring in the cost of taxes and regulations. The estate and franchise taxes should be repealed, because they directly tax manufacturing capital in Illinois and create an incentive for companies to locate their machinery outside the state. Furthermore, the sales tax can be expanded to services in order to lower income taxes and exempt business inputs from sales taxation.

Finally, policymakers should prioritize regulatory reform for the state’s workers’ compensation system, which affects manufacturers more than employers in many other sectors. Illinois’ workers’ compensation system has high medical, wage-replacement and indemnity costs, along with financial incentives for physicians to dispense potentially harmful drugs and for workers to stay out of work.

Reinvigorating Illinois’ manufacturing sector will take time and significant policy reforms to restore the state’s competitiveness and fiscal viability. It is urgent that lawmakers come together on these points to help Illinois’ production workers get back on the job.

TAGS: jobs, manufacturing, unemployment, workers compensation

Source: Will County News

Soros pays professional protesters to riot/ 70% live somewhere else



By zerohedge 9/24/2016

Who Is Behind The Riots? Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs

Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anarchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN’s Erin Burnett:

“This is not Charlotte that’s out here.  These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals.

“We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside.  They were coming in on buses from out of state.  If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night.  I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs.  They’re not coming from Charlotte.”

As shocking as this statement is, it should not be a total surprise. 18 months ago, as the riots flared in Ferguson, there was one man pulling the strings of this ‘domestic false flag’… George Soros.In an apparent effort to  “keep the media’s attention on the city and to widen the scope of the incident to focus on interrelated causes — not just the overpolicing and racial discrimination narratives that were highlighted by the news media in August,”liberal billionaire George Soros donated $33million to social justice organizations which helped turn events in Ferguson from a local protest into a national flashpoint.

As The Washington Times explains,

 There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets.

Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with MoveOn.org.

Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.

Still not buying it? As The New American recently reported, Ken Zimmerman, the director of U.S. programs at Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF), denied last year that Soros had funded BLM, saying it was just a rumor. 

That was before hackers with DCLeaks.com published OSF documents showing that the Soros group had already given at least $650,000 directly to BLM.

Those same documents reveal the reason for OSF bankrolling BLMthe “dismantling” of America so that it can be recast according to the vision of Soros and his leftist cohorts.

The communist-on-its-face nature of these and other demands of the organizations under the BLM umbrella are a clear indicator of the real intent of BLM. The deep-pocketed funding by the likes of Soros, the Center for American Progress, the Ford Foundation, and Borealis Philanthropy show that BLM is the means, not the end.

BLM is little more than a tool of social revolutionaries hell-bent on destroying America so they can build their long awaited dystopia which they attempt to pass off as a utopia.

So with Hillary’s poll numbers declining rapidly, and a debate looming that she would desperately like to be focused on domestic division as opposed to every email, pay-to-play, foreign policy misstep, and cough or stumble she has taken; is anyone shocked that ‘out of state’ protesters would turn up in Charlotte suddenly turning a peaceful but angry protest into tear-gas-filled deadly riots? And who is a big donor to Clinton?



Financier George Soros founded what would become the Quantum Fund in 1969 with $12 million. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he’s now worth $24.7 billion and continues to invest through Soros Fund Management, a family firm. As a political donor, Soros has been mercurial. In 2004, he contributed $23.5 million to organizations opposing George W. Bush’s reelection effort. In 2008, he donated $2,300 to both Clinton and Barack Obama, and that was it. Soros’s Open Society Policy Center, the advocacy arm of his philanthropic network, spent $8.2 million on lobbying Washington in 2015. It focuses on international human rights, immigration, foreign aid, public health and criminal justice reform, among other issues. Since 2003, Soros has contributed $54 million to federal candidates and committees.

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Trump Offers Cleveland New Hope, Pastors Pray To Protect Him From ‘Satanic Attack’

As Trump Offers Cleveland New Hope, Pastors Pray To Protect Him From ‘Satanic Attack’

“… are going to war against you on a level that you’ve never seen before …”

Evangelical Christians of multiple races mixed their faith in God with their faith that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump can heal the nation on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland.

“I want to thank the African-American community because, I don’t know if you’ve been watching, but the poll numbers are going like a rocket ship,” Trump said. “I fully understand the African-American community has suffered from discrimination.”


Trump said America’s cities must be rebuilt.


“It breaks my heart to see any American left behind or to see a city like Cleveland that has had so many struggles, and that there are many wrongs that still must be made right,” the GOP nominee said.

After Trump spoke to the assembled crowd, Pastor Darrell Scott, a co-host of the event, spoke to Trump.

Scott said a “nationally known” pastor, whom he did not identify, had warned Trump “that if you choose to run for president, there’s going to be a concentrated Satanic attack against you.”

“He said there’s going to be a demon, principalities and powers, that are going to war against you on a level that you’ve never seen before, and I’m watching it every day,” Scott said, referring to the opposition Trump’s candidacy has spawned.

Scott’s wife, Belinda, then led the group in prayer as they gathered around Trump.


“Now God, I ask that you would touch this man, Donald J. Trump. Give him the anointing to lead this nation,” she prayed.

The meeting was open to clergy or all faiths and political ideologies.

“I think it’s good he’s open to hearing from clergy,” said Pastor Mike Wingerd of Emmanuel Assembly of God. “I’m very glad he’s concerned about religious freedom.”

Scott, who led the session, had spoken for Trump at the Republican National Convention.

“America is a melting pot, a country of diversity. We stand poised to make history, by standing together as Americans, as one. We are here as Americans regardless of race, creed or color. We are here as those who hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he said.

“The truth is the Democratic Party has failed us,” Scott said. “At home, our debt has grown, we are spiritually empty and we are more divided now than we have ever been before. Abroad, we are neither respected, we’re not feared by our adversaries, and our friends cannot count on us either. This is their legacy, and we need to make a sharp turn. We need to put into practice the great ideas and principles that our country was founded on, and which, after God, are the source of strength that has made this nation great.”


Source: Will County News

Homer School District 33C Finance & Operations Committee Meeting September 21, 2016

Summary of the Homer School District 33C

Finance & Operations Committee Meeting

September 21, 2016


            Barb Wilson, President      Angela Adolf, Vice President      Amy Blank, Secretary

    Deb Martin, Member    Ed Campins, Member    Elizabeth Hitzeman, Member    Russ Petrizzo, Member                                                                                       



At the September 21st Finance & Operations Committee meeting:

  • Retired teacher Karen DiFilippis asked the District to provide a breakdown of projected salary expenditures by groups: administrators, certified staff, non-certified staff, etc. She also asked the board to update the public on potential legislative threats (Senate Bill 231, House Bill 696 and pension reform). She indicated she contacted Senator Christine Radogno’s office and was led to believe the threats would not come to fruition.


  • Members went into executive session with external auditors to conduct a routine fraud interview in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.


  • Certified Public Accountants Richard Gaul and Ed McCormick from MPS/CPA presented an overview of the 2016 Audit. They indicated fund balances decreased due to capital projects and final debt payments. Without these two factors, the District would be reporting an increase in fund balance.


  • Christi Tyler, Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business, presented an update on the 2017 Tentative Budget. A few minor changes have been made and will be reflected in the Final Budget, which will be voted on by the Board at its next meeting on September 29, 2016. Changes include:
    • Adjusting beginning balances to match draft audit ending fund balances
    • A trade-in of eight aging buses when the District purchases eight new ones
    • The addition of a $30,000 copier lease
    • Final grant applications
    • A corrected salary adjustment

Tyler also indicated the District has set aside money to purchase radios for District communications. Administrators would like to release a bid in early October and bring a purchase recommendation to the Board at its October 25, 2016 meeting.


  • Member Adolf suggested the District review student fees to determine if they are sufficient to offset costs and consistent with surrounding school districts.



The Next Regular School Board Meeting is September 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

A Budget Hearing Will be Conducted Prior to the Meeting at 7:15 p.m.


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Homer Chamber, Fricilone, & Balich Host Town Hall for State Minority Leader Chris Radogno

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   CONTACT: Nate Brown 630-357-7552

September 23, 2016



Board, Homer Glen Chamber to host town hall meeting

District 7 board members to welcome State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno


JOLIET, IL- Will County Board members Steve Balich (R-Homer Glen) and Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen) today announced they are hosting a town hall meeting on October 13 from 7 to 9pm at the Village of Homer Glen Community Room, 14250 W. 151st St. Balich and Fricilone will be joined by State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and the Homer Glen Chamber of Commerce to discuss important issues facing the state and county.


“Our residents often ask to hear updates from our elected officials in Springfield, and we look forward to hearing from Sen. Radogno and getting our constituents’ questions answered,” said Balich. “This is a critical time in our state’s history, and everyone’s voices should be heard. We invite anyone interested in learning more about state and county issues to join us on October 13.”


The Board has been busy working on several important projects, including plans for a new Public Safety Complex and courthouse.  A groundbreaking ceremony to begin the construction of the Public Safety Complex is slated for October 5. The complex will house the Sheriff’s Department, 911 Center, and Emergency Telephone System Board.


“We are proud of the progress made in the past year to get these important capital improvement projects off the ground and moving towards completion,” said Fricilone. “The Board has worked diligently to provide these much needed modern facilities without burdening taxpayers with unnecessary debts and taxes. We look forward to updating residents and answering their questions.”


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What is chromium-6 and how did it infiltrate America’s drinking water?

What is chromium-6 and how did it infiltrate America’s drinking water?

BY COURTNEY NORRIS  September 21, 2016 at 3:53 PM EDT  | Updated: Sep 21, 2016 at 8:24 PM
Chromium-6 may flow in the drinking water of 200 million Americans, based on a new report by Environmental Working Group. Photo by Enid Martindale/via Flickr

Chromium-6 may flow in the drinking water of 200 million Americans, based on a new report by Environmental Working Group. Photo by Enid Martindale/via Flickr

Chromium-6, the cancer-causing chemical best known for its role in the Erin Brockovichstory, has been found at higher-than-recommended levels in the tap water supplying two-thirds of all Americans, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group.

EWG, a nonprofit research organization, analyzed Environmental Protection Agency data on more than 60,000 samples collected at water utilities in all 50 states between 2013 and 2015. They found chromium-6 at levels deemed unsafe by public health officials.







Chromium-6 occurs naturally in the environment, but high quantities are also produced by industrial projects. Pollution can occur when these industrial sites fail to follow proper waste disposal methods, such as with unlined coal ash ponds.

“The difficulty with chromium-6 is how to set a standard to protect human health during windows of development,” Andrews said.

Even in small amounts, chromium-6 can cause skin burns, pneumonia, complications during childbirth and stomach cancer.

More than 16 million Americans drink water contaminated with toxic chemicals that can be traced to military and industrial sites, according to new research from Harvard University. Photo by Adam Lister/via Getty Images

In 2014, California became the first state to put a cap on chromium-6 in drinking water. Photo by Adam Lister/via Getty Images

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies chromium-6 as a known carcinogen, there is no federal standard on the maximum amount of chromium-6. In 1991, the EPA set a regulation for total chromium, but that includes chromium-3, which is a naturally occurring chemical and essential human nutrient.

Then in 2014, California became the first state to put a cap on chromium-6 in drinking water, settling on a value of 10 parts per billion. But public health researchers based in in the state wanted a much lower goal of .02 ppb — 1/500th the state’s mandate.

Where’s the chromium?

EWG’s analysis, displayed in an interactive map, found 1,370 U.S. county water supplies with chromium-6 levels above California’s benchmark.

EWG found that Oklahoma, Arizona and California have the highest statewide averages of chromium-6. Phoenix has the highest of any city by far, followed by St. Louis and Houston with comparatively high levels.

“There should be no carcinogen in water,” Dr. Lynn Goldman, former EPA assistant administrator of toxic substances under President Bill Clinton, told the PBS NewsHour. “The overall problem here is, what does it take for EPA to speed up its standard-setting process?”

The EPA has been conducting a comprehensive health review of chromium-6 since 2010, when the first nationwide tests for the carcinogen began in response to a previous EWG report.

Goldman said the holdup over setting a federal regulation for chromium-6 is likely due to the fact that testing for chromium-6 toxicity is difficult and few people have proper experience with it.

In an emailed statement, an EPA spokesperson wrote the agency is assessing the health risks of chromium-6 and plans to release its findings for public comment next year. They also pointed out that only 2 percent of water systems tested by the agency had levels exceeding California’s enforceable water standard of 10 parts per billion. That is much lower than the 75 percent of systems, cited by EWG, that had levels higher than 0.02 parts per billion.

EWG’s report did not include samples from private well samples, where an estimated one-third of Americans get their drinking water.

The good news: as we have reported, there are filters you can buy to remove the chemical from your tap water. An ion exchange water treatment unit is the most effective.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include a statement from the EPA.

Source: Will County News