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High corporate, property taxes stunt job growth in Illinois By Michael Carroll

Studies: High corporate, property taxes stunt job growth in Illinois

  • By Michael Carroll


Illinois imposes a higher tax burden on its businesses than most of its Midwest neighbors, according to newly released economic data that some observers say proves the state lags in attracting businesses.

An April Anderson Economic Group study ranked the tax burdens on businesses for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Illinois businesses paid 9.4 percent of their profits in taxes to the state in 2015, while businesses in most of Illinois’ neighboring states paid percentages in the range of 7 to 8.7 percent, according to the study.

Only Minnesota, with a rate of 9.7 percent, was higher in its business tax burden.

“Taxes are certainly not No. 1 on the list when businesses are considering location,” Jason Horwitz, a senior consultant with the Anderson Economic Group who helped to prepare the report, told Illinois News Network.

But Horwitz pointed out that the state’s corporate income tax, at 7.75 percent, is among the highest in the nation. This might not be a major factor in a business’s decision to locate in the Chicago area, which has a great deal of talent and infrastructure, but it can bear on businesses considering to locate their operations further south in Illinois, he said.

A lower corporate tax in a neighboring state could lure a business to locate there instead of the southern areas of Illinois, Horwitz said, which is indicative of downstate Illinois’ stagnant job growth.

The study also makes clear that of the taxes imposed on businesses around the nation, the corporate income tax is a smaller burden than two other taxes. Topping the state tax burdens for businesses is the property tax and general sales tax.

A recent blog post by Illinois Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Aurora, said that Illinois businesses are moving out of state or closing down due to high property taxes in the state. A report by the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit tax policy institute based in Washington, found that on a ranking of states with the best business climates, Illinois was 46th based on overall property tax burden. A recent WalletHub study found Illinois had the second highest property taxes in the country.

The small business climate in Illinois is chock-full of uncertainty, according to Wheeler, who expressed concern that state legislators are proposing legislation that is hostile to business.

“Small business has been called the backbone of the American economy for good reason,” the lawmaker said in a recent blog post. “Small businesses create more than two-thirds of the net new jobs and employ more than half of the country’s workforce.”

An April briefing report by the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, which was created by the General Assembly to study economic trends, found a dichotomy in the state’s economic performance of late. Although unemployment fell to just under 5 percent in March, nonfarm payroll employment also declined for three straight months, while recent gains in manufacturing jobs have dropped, the report said.

And eight of the state’s metropolitan regions reported a loss in payroll jobs between March 2016 and March of this year.

“Illinois is likely to continue to lag both the nation and Midwest with widely divergent trends in its metro areas as population declines and manufacturing employment weakens and jobs move out of state,” the commission’s report said.

Horwitz emphasized that the Anderson report’s numbers should be taken in a nuanced manner. North Dakota and Wyoming are shown to have high business tax burdens, but that is due more to geography and natural resources, he said, noting that the two states have severance taxes on oil production.

A key point to take away from the study is that businesses pay a variety of taxes far beyond the corporate income tax, Horwitz said.

For many business owners in Illinois, the reports on Illinois’ tax burden numbers ring true.

“The tax burden is so severe here in Illinois and so intense and, frankly, unfair that it retards job growth,” Al Panico, the president and CEO of The Line Group Inc. in Arlington Heights, told Illinois News Network.

Panico, whose company manufactures metal parts for multiple industries, sees a direct correlation between the state’s higher business tax burden and businesses moving out of the state. The corporate income tax can add thousands of dollars to businesses’ annual tax burdens, according to Panico.

“There are other reasons businesses move out of Illinois as well,” he said, citing high workers’ compensation rates paid by companies, pension fund financial burdens and other types of taxes, such as Cook County’s soda tax.

The state needs to get a balanced budget, come up with a way to cap property taxes and reform the pension system to cut costs, Panico said.

“The first thing they need to do is workers’ compensation reform,” he said.

Source: Will County News

Illinois Department of Natural Resources bringing back alligator gar

Illinois Department of Natural Resources bringing back alligator gar

  • Illinois News Network
  • May 21, 2017


Illinois is renewing efforts to reintroduce the locally extinct alligator gar to the state’s water system.

The long, cylindrical fish with a long beak used to be found in Illinois but was extirpated, with the last recorded catch in 1966.

Dan Stephenson, chief of fisheries for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said his division is part of a program being given alligator gar “fry,” or juvenile fish, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The fry are given to us,” Stephenson said. “We raise them, some in our hatcheries, and also we have two cooperating private hatcheries that really think it’s neat and interesting to try to bring back the alligator gar.”

The Illinois DNR started restocking the alligator gar in 2009 before taking a few years off. It resumed last year by stocking approximately 1,600 alligator gars. The state received this year’s supply in May and will raise them until September, then release them.

“We put them in there about 12-16 inches, and let them grow for a couple of years, hopefully,” Stephenson said. “And once they get bigger, then if you happen to get flooding, then they’ll move out into the river and really disperse pretty widely.”

The Illinois DNR hopes to create a population of alligator gar that is attractive to fishers.

According to Stephenson, the alligator gar can grow to 6 or 7 feet, and the record weight is more than 300 pounds.

“They get so big they make quite a trophy for the anglers to go after,” he said. “We have an opportunity to bring back a fish that’s extirpated — you know, extinct in Illinois — that’s really pretty neat to be able to do that.”


Stephenson emphasized that the project will take time.

“We know that to create a self-sustaining fish population is going to be difficult,” Stephenson said. “The females aren’t sexually mature until they’re 11 years old. This is really a long-term project. We’re talking decades if this works at all.”

Stephenson noted that the effort has minimal costs associated with it, and that fishing licenses, not taxpayers, help pay for any expenses.

“We’re going to do this every year as long as the Fish and Wildlife Service will give us the fry,” Stephenson said.

Three other types of gar still exist in Illinois: the shortnose, longnose and spotted gar. The alligator gar population is thriving in southern states from Florida to Texas. Stephenson said alligator gar do not pose any threat to residents.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C encourages students to “keep the learning going”

News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
| 708-226-7628
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For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2017
Homer 33C encourages students to “keep the learning going”
Summer may be a good time to relax and hang out with friends, but it’s
also a great time to read something for fun.
It’s a message resonating throughout Homer School District 33C as
students approach the last day of school.
“We want you to enjoy your summer,” teachers tell their students in a
video being shared on social media. “We also want you to keep reading.
You’ve learned so much this year; keep it going all summer.”
According to a three-year study by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville,
students who read over the summer tend to gain a month of reading
proficiency while those who do not read lose two to three months of reading
So, as the last day of school approaches, teachers throughout Homer 33C
are encouraging students to pick up a book, magazine or newspaper and
“keep the learning going.”
“We hope students use some of their free time this summer to engage in
reading by choosing books they will enjoy,” said Homer Junior High School
English Language Arts teacher Shannon Schroeder. “We’re hoping to instill a
​love of reading for pleasure, and summer is a great time to escape into a
good book.”
At Homer Jr. High, students are being encouraged to join the school’s
Summer Reading Program by considering their Lexile when choosing a book,
and recording what they’ve read by filling out a Google form.
Those who participate will be entered in a drawing for exciting prizes.
They’ll also be recognized in a variety of ways.
At the elementary level, students are being challenged to read a certain
number of minutes or a certain number of books during the summer months.
Those who complete the summer reading challenge will be rewarded with a
special school celebration when classes resume in the fall.
As the video concludes: “When you get back (from summer break), you’ll
be ready to learn and grow.”
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Source: Will County News

Trump News May 22, 2017

Watch a recap of President Donald J. Trump’s first two days abroad:


9:30 AM LOCAL / 2:30 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump depart Riyadh, Saudi Arabia en route to Tel Aviv, Israel

1:20 PM LOCAL / 6:20 AM EDT: President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel

1:55 PM LOCAL / 6:55 AM EDT: President Trump gives remarks with President Rivlin of Israel

2:15 PM LOCAL / 7:15 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

3:25 PM LOCAL / 8:25 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump visit the Western Wall

6:00 PM LOCAL / 11:00 AM EDT: President Trump meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

7:25 PM LOCAL / 12:25 PM EDT: President Trump gives remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu – Watch Live

7:30 PM LOCAL / 12:30 AM EDT: President and First Lady Trump have dinner with Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu

4:30 PM: Vice President Pence participates in a series of meetings with lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol


On Saturday, May 21, 2017, President Trump and King Salman participated in the signing ceremony for the Joint Strategic Vision Statement for the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, worth $110 billion in defense capabilities.

On Sunday, May 22, 2017, President Trump delivered remarks at the Arab Islamic American Summit where he gave his vision for “peace, security, and prosperity in this region and all throughout the world.”

Today, President Trump is in Israel where he will meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

Follow the President’s trip abroad at WH.gov/potus-abroad and on Twitter at #POTUSAbroad @WhiteHouse.

President Donald Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump arrive, Saturday, May 20, 2017, to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead). See more photos of the President’s trip abroad on Facebook and Flickr.


President Trump proclaimed on Friday the third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces Day. The President noted the nearly 70 year history of our Nation setting aside one day to recognize the great debt we owe to the men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

President Trump announced his intent to nominate K.T. McFarland as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.


“Trump said during his travels in recent days, he has found ‘new reasons for hope.’‘We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people,’ Trump said in his remarks.”The Hill

“President Trump Sunday in a highly-anticipated speech to Muslim leaders during his first foreign trip called for unity between the U.S. and Middle Eastern nations in the fight to ‘stamp out extremism.’ “Fox News

“Trump’s speech brought welcome relief to his Arab audience after eight years of Obama’s blindness to Iranian and terrorist threats.New York Post

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Percussion is Cool!

News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
| 708-226-7628
For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2017
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Percussion is Cool!
Fourth-graders delight guests with music showcase
Young School fourth-graders presented their school musical, “Percussion is
Cool!” to parents, grandparents and special guests on May 19.
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Directed by music teacher Jodi Bordenaro, they shared special songs and
music activities that they’ve been working on in music class.
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Watch a clip of their performance
The show highlighted the fourth-grade music curriculum, with special
emphasis on percussion instruments.
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Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Butler School 1st graders create lasting memories

News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
| 708-226-7628
For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2017
Butler School 1st graders create lasting memories
Make hand-printed pillowcases with their teachers
When students lay their heads down to sleep, they’ll be reminded of their
first year at Butler School.
Students have been making hand-printed pillowcases with their first-grade
teachers this week.
Each one carries a special message with their teacher’s name, such as:
“Now I lay me down to sleep, I’ll count these hands instead of sheep. I’ll
dream of how the year did pass in Mrs. Johnson’s first grade class.”
The pillowcases are embellished with the child’s handprint in a rainbow of
The end-of-the-year project is a long-standing tradition at the school.
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Source: Will County News

“The Justified use of Deadly Force in Illinois.”

The Lockport Township Republican Organization is sponsoring a guess speaker event. 
“The Justified use of Deadly Force in Illinois.”  Judge Ben Braun will be our Guest Speaker
When- Tuesday June 6th, 2017 from 7 pm to 8pm
Where- Prairie Bluff Golf Club on Renwick Road in Lockport, IL
For Questions or More Information Please call Pete DeLaney at 815 723-7979
This is a free event that is open to the public and will benefit any homeowner or conceal carry license holder. Topics included will be Castle Doctrine, Stand your ground, Disparity of Force and Burden of Proof. Learn the Law and stay out of trouble!

Source: Will County News

Surrender or Fight decision that will shape America for generations to come

Surrender or Fight

Originally published at Fox News.

Surrender or Fight

Republicans, in particular the Trump administration, are approaching a historic decision that will shape America for generations to come.

The endless hostility of the Left, exemplified by violent fascists on college campuses, thugs in the streets, determined disrupters at town hall meetings, and the dishonest elite media are all part of their efforts to defeat the reforms and changes that President Trump was elected to implement.

The constant, anonymous leaks from disgruntled federal bureaucrats aim to provide ammunition for the propaganda news media to press the attack.

The Left’s dance of destruction is stunningly choreographed.

I have been overseas for the last three days, and it has been sickening to see so many foreigners terrified because they unknowingly believe the news media’s false reports and vicious attacks. The only version of President Trump they know is the one portrayed in the 24-hour cesspool of CNN and the daily acrimony of the New York Times. Sadly, our own nation’s news media is doing more to undermine America’s image than Al Jazeera or Pravda combined.

As the media continues to serve as a megaphone for the nameless federal employees who have axes to grind, remember that 95 percent of 2016 campaign donations from federal employees went to Hillary Clinton. At the State Department, 99 percent of employees who gave supported Clinton, and that figure is 97 percent at the Department of Justice.

Congressional Republicans are rapidly approaching a crossroads. Some have already surrendered by giving up on town hall meetings. Others have accepted the news media’s false narrative as the truth. Republicans must decide if they are going to fight for what they believe in or retreat to the tenuous safety of the beltway bubble.

The Trump White House faces an even greater challenge. Trying to reason with, placate, or even respond to the Washington news media is a losing game. Each day, the opposition media is fiercely committed to either magnifying a supposed problem or inventing a new one.

We are today in a one-sided cultural civil war. The Left has picked the battlefield and defined the terms of engagement. If conservatives respond to this aggressive, sometimes violent hostility from the Left with confusion, uncertainty, and appeasement, we are guaranteed to lose the struggle to drain the swamp and reform Washington.

Further, surrendering will destroy America as we know it. Far from making America great again, we will have yielded our country to left-wing thugs, liars, and intimidators.

Those of us who truly want to make America great again have one choice: Fight. Our situation is similar to President Lincoln’s in 1861. He had to make the choice between fighting until he won or giving up on the idea of the United States. Once again, our country is at stake.

Senate Republicans are well-positioned because there are 10 Democratic senators up for re-election in states President Trump won last November. These Democrats should be made to carry the burden of the collapsing Obamacare system and the pain it is causing in their states. They should be made to own every strand of expensive red tape they vote to keep and every Homeland Security measure they oppose. They should be held accountable for every crime in their states committed by criminal aliens protected by sanctuary city laws.

If Senate Republicans implement an all-out campaign, they could pick up all 10 seats and have the largest GOP majority since the election of 1868.

House Republicans have a more difficult challenge. Political polarization, compounded by a number of incumbents retiring, make it harder for them to expand their majority. But here are some numbers for perspective:

  • 12 congressional districts carried by President Trump are currently represented by Democrats.
  • These Democrats won by an average of six percent, or just 19,000 votes.
  • Four won by less than two points.

On the other hand:

  • 23 Republicans are in districts won by Secretary Clinton.
  • They won their races by an average of 12 percent, or 37,000 votes.
  • Only one Republican in a Clinton-won district won by less than 2 points.

Defeating the Left’s attacks will require House Republicans to engage in significantly more training and planning than they are used to. Most House Republicans have spent their congressional careers in a safe majority. Very few lived through the disaster of 2006, and only a handful of current members were in the so-called permanent minority before 1994.

This House GOP has never faced an all-out political war like this. House Republicans must dramatically reorganize their thinking and restructure their activities – or resign themselves to accepting Speaker Pelosi and the impeachment effort of 2019 (which will be the Democrats’ first priority, should they gain control of the House).

House Republicans must change now. Fighting to retain a majority is far easier than fighting to reclaim it. Remember, before the Contract with America, House Republicans had been in the minority for 40 years.

The Trump White House, however, faces the biggest decisions. Members of the Trump team have used harsh words but timid tactics when dealing with the unending, dishonest, and vicious assaults by the left-wing media.

The President seems to understand how serious and how bad the situation is. He has said:

“As you know I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth.”January 21, 2017

“But there are some terrible, dishonest people, and they do a tremendous disservice to our country and to our people. A tremendous disservice. They are very dishonest people, and they shouldn’t use sources. They should put the name of the person. You will see stories dry up like you’ve never seen before.” February 24, 2017

“The Washington media is part of the problem. Their priorities are not my priorities, and they’re not your priorities.” April 29, 2017

When your opponents are “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” “do a tremendous disservice service to the country,” and are “part of the problem,” then you need a strategy and system that is built around that analysis.

The next few months will see one of the greatest decisions in American history. Do we fight to make America great again, or do we surrender to those who claim the elitist power to dictate to the rest of us?

There is no middle ground.

Your Friend,

Source: Will County News

$15 minimum wage would cost Illinois 93,000 jobs by 2027

Report: $15 minimum wage would cost Illinois 93,000 jobs by 2027

  • By Melissa Busch
  • May 19, 2017


Raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour would lead to 93,000 fewer jobs across Illinois by 2027, according to a new report released by one of the nation’s leading small business associations.

The report from the National Federal of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Center also shows that raising the minimum wage will reduce the state’s production output by more than $56 billion over a 10-year period.

“93,000 jobs is a gigantic loss for the state as a whole in terms of the various taxes those workers pay, as well as the loss of economic and purchasing activity,” Mark Grant, state director of the NFIB, told the Illinois News Network. “The same holds true for local economies.”

State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, sponsored House Bill 198, which would gradually increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

In early April, the House labor and commerce committee voted 17 to 6 to recommend the bill. The first increase, which would go into effect Jan. 1, would move the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9 an hour.

Senate Bill 1738, which calls for the minimum wage to increase to $9.50 on July 1 and gradually to $15 by 2020, was referred to the assignments committee on May 5.

If a version of the bills is passed by both legislative bodies and survives an expected veto from governor, the NFIB’s report shows that it would be detrimental to the state.

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour from its current level is equivalent to raising the cost of labor for employers of minimum wage workers by 82 percent. Nearly 56 percent of the forecasted job losses would be in the small business sector of the economy.

Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, told the Illinois News Network that government-mandated wage increases have negative impacts for everyone.

“Lost jobs reflect an inability to grow sales,” Karr said. “Fewer sales mean less in sales tax collection at both the state and local level as well as less income tax and, potentially, additional outlays in social service spending.”

Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, said that lawmakers need to stop imposing unfunded and costly mandates on employers.

“The proposed 82 percent hike in the state’s minimum wage will make Illinois’ [minimum] wage the highest in the nation and lead to further exodus of businesses,” Denzler said. “For the last three years, Illinois has led the nation in outmigration of people, largely because of the inability to find good jobs.”

Opponents of the wage increase say the state can’t afford to lose more jobs or impede businesses from expanding or creating jobs.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Illinois has added only a net 100 jobs since the year 2000. That means Illinois employers have added 1 new job every two months.

“It’s abysmal,” Denzler said. “Many of the politicians pushing for an increased minimum wage have never worked in the private sector nor met a payroll, but they act like government has all of the answers.”

If the increase gets approved, Denzler said the state may face many more hardships in addition to job losses and reduced hours for current employees.

“It will be much more difficult for young people to get their first jobs,” Denzler said. “In some cases, businesses will further automate by adding kiosks and other technology to replace employees because of the increased cost. Some businesses may raise prices, but they cannot always do it especially when competing with online stores and competition in other states.”

Since Illinois manufacturers pay an average of $75,000 per year with benefits, Denzler urged legislators to find a better way.

“Lawmakers need to look beyond the minimum wage and try to focus on helping Illinoisans get good-paying manufacturing jobs,” Denzler said.

Source: Will County News

Trump News May 20, 2017

Watch President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address:


8:30 AM: Vice President Pence hosts a breakfast meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

11:00 AM: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney

12:15 PM: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Business Council’s Annual Meeting

1:20 PM: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Council for National Policy’s 2017 Meeting

1:50 PM: President Trump departs the White House to begin his trip abroad, making his first stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


President Trump begins his trip abroad this afternoon, where he will make five stops. The President will be departing the White House at 1:50 PM. The President will seek to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and deliver a message of unity to America’s friends and allies. He will be making stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, and will be attending both the NATO and G7 summits. First Lady Melania Trump will join the President for the eight-day trip overseas. Stay up to date with the President’s trip at WH.gov/POTUSAbroad and on Twitter #POTUSAbroad.

First Lady Melania Trump announced yesterday some of the stops on her first foreign trip as First Lady of the United States of America.

Yesterday, President Trump held a joint press conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos participate in a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

President Trump announced his intent to nominate G. Keith Bryant to the Department of Homeland Security and Elizabeth Erin Walsh to the Department of Commerce.

Yesterday, Vice President Pence delivered remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Invest in America! Summit, and said, “today I say with confidence that with your continued help, with your innovation and with your industry, the companies that are represented here today, along with the leadership of President Donald Trump, I know the best days for America and all of her friends across the world are yet to come.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it has adopted the American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40.


“The United States is the only developed country that does not guarantee new mothers or fathers a single day of paid time off. Trump’s proposals would change that…”The Washington Post

“Ford Motor Co (F.N) said it would invest $350 million to upgrade its Livonia transmission plant in Michigan as the company expands its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains.”Reuters

“Speaking at a meeting with the chief editors of three Egyptian newspapers, Sisi expressed his confidence in Trump, saying ‘I believe in him and his abilities to resolve conflict’ … ‘Trump is a great man who is not satisfied with anything but success, and we have confidence in his abilities and his promises’”The Jerusalem Post

Source: Will County News