By MaryAnn Ahern
| Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 | Updated 11:36 PM CST
The Republican candidates for governor square off in their first debate, but the frontrunner was missing. MaryAnn Ahern reports.
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Tuesday was the first of several forums planned in advance of the GOP primary for Illinois gov-ernor.
Three of the candidates, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard attended the Will County Tea Party forum in Plainfield, but the front-runner — Bruce Rauner — was a no-show.
An empty chair was placed on stage for Rauner, who asked that a surrogate read an opening statement for him, a request that was denied.
The questions ranged from jobs to education.
Brady said he plans to abolish the State Board of Education if he’s elected governor.
Rutherford was asked about his views on same sex marriage.
“I think we need to be very sensitive about this kind of a discussion. Is it perfect to be in a world that has a man and a woman bearing their natural-born child? Sure it is. But it isn’t a perfect world we live in,” Rutherford said.
Dillard was asked about Rauner’s claim that union bosses control politicians.
“I’ve taken money from the Operating Engineers, that’s a private union, and they’re concerned, and they support me because they believe I’m the best candidate,” Dillard said.
Earlier this week, Rauner said all of the attention he’s receiving and questions about using clout to get his daughter into Walter Payton Prep stem from his high poll numbers.
“I’m an independent guy, I can’t be bought, bribed or intimidated,” Rauner said.
Rauner initially said he would only attend five public forums, but has now changed his mind and will also attend an extra one later this week.
After the forum, a straw poll was taken that included Rauner’s name. The results will be an-nounced Wednesday morning.
Tax Payer bedtime story
• October 26, 2011
• By: Steve Balich
Once upon a time in beautiful Homer Glen, there was a retired man that was hired part time by a Home Owners Association to maintain the subdivision. His job paid $10 Hr. and consisted of making sure there was no trash on the street. He worked 2 hrs. per day, and since there was not much trash to pick up in the street, he expanded the scope on his own to the front lawns of the people in the sub-division. Everyone loved this guy, and saw a real value in what he was doing. There are 100 homes paying his salary so the $100 per week only cost each resident $1 per week.
Now this old guy likes working and the idea of everyone liking him. He tells the residents he would like to expand his duties to making sure the side walks are shoveled in the winter. These tasks are welcomed to be added to the old guy’s duties. His pay would now be increased 50 cents to $10.50 and he would be paid by the hour with a 2 hour guarantee each day. His base pay is now $105 per week, and after the first winter passed he logged 120 Hrs shoveling snow costing $1260. His pay with a small increase went from $5200 per year to $6720 or $1.30 per home per week. Some people were getting upset with the added costs, but still saw a value. The old guy going into his 3rd year of doing a great job asked the association for a raise of 50 cents which increased his pay to $11 per hr. Assuming he worked the same amount of time he now gets paid $7040 per year or $1.36 per home per week.
Taking the example of Government the old guy sees his chance to expand the scope of his duties by asking to increase his hours to include shoveling driveways for seniors that were unable to do it. The compassionate Residents agreed and after the first snow, the old guy found he did not have enough time to get all this work done so he asked the association to hire him a helper at $10 per hr. and give him a raise to 11.50 since he is now a supervisor. The home owners did not want to be mean spirited by not helping the seniors so it was agreed. The Old guy’s base is now $5980 plus 120Hrs shoveling snow giving him $7360 per year and his helper $1,200 per year or 1.65 per week per home.
Like any government employee who is doing a good job, they expect a raise which shows the association is happy with their job performance, so each employee is given an additional 50 cent per hour. The helper is angry because he is doing the same work as his supervisor and wants a bigger raise. There is hostility because the pay schedule is not fair. The helper comes to work angry, and does not work as hard. The Supervisor wants to get rid of the helper, but can’t come up with a substantial reason. The helper slips on the ice and sues the association for an injured back. The Insurance rate is increased and the Board of the association figures they will vote to terminate the position because it is getting to costly. Some residents are mad because they are now responsible to take care of their own property. Others are angry about the excessive cost they are expected to share. While others have no clue why they can’t afford to live there anymore, but feel forced to move to a cheaper neighborhood.
Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone Will County Board Members District 7 are hosting two seminars on the “Affordable Care Act, presented by the Will County Health Dept.
Homer Township Library 14320 W. 151st St. Homer Glen 10:30am to 12:30pm January 11th with individual concerns being addressed by appointment January 25th
Lockport Public Library 121 E. State, Lockport10:30am to 12:30pm January 18th with individual concerns being addressed by appointment February 1st.
Questions: Steve Balich 815 557-7196
Back in April 2013 Balich began trying to amend the building code in Will County to prevent the use of Aerial Photos to initiate building code violations. He felt it was a violation of privacy and violated 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution as well as the Unalienable Rights granted in the Declaration of Independence . Over the months the language was changed many times, and it was discussed at length in various committees. Tuesday December 10th at a joint meeting of Land Use and the judicial Committee’s Balich pointed out that Illinois law allows for use of Aerial Photos according to the Will County States Attorney. Using Aerial Photos is legal, but just because it is legal does not mean they have to be used. Despite alleged use of Aerial Photos being used in code enforcement, Balich pointed out the land Use Director said Aerials are rarely used, making passage of the amendment into a check verifying Aerials will not be used to initiate code violations. Passing the amendment to chapter 43.14 of the Will County Code would put the Amendment as policy of the Board. It will go to Public Hearing in January then to a vote at the full County Board.
“County Personnel are prohibited from using aerial photography to initiate code violations for administrative adjudication enforcement proceedings.”
The 4th Amendment protects citizens from searches conducted without a warrant. The 5th Amendment prohibits the government from denying any citizen “life, liberty, or property without due process. The 14th Amendment says “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law. Local government generally gets their power from the State, therefore this also applies to local code inspectors. The Declaration of Independence states we have the right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (property) from God.
To Business Owners:
To help address the ongoing regional problem of business break-in’s in Will and Cook County, our Will County Sheriff’s team is again offering to visit any Homer Glen business that requests help in reviewing their safety and security measures. The Village of Homer Glen wants to help business owners be as safe and secure as possible.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is ready to assist any business owner who would like to arrange for an onsite business visit from the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office can provide helpful information on how to make your place of business more secure against break-ins. Please feel free to contact the Will County Sheriff’s Substation in Homer Glen at 708-645-2512 or email Lt. Mark Fisch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a regular precaution, all businesses should be diligent with their nightly cash deposits and not have cash onsite after business hours. Signs posted near registers and other visible locations (by rear doors, etc.) should make note that there is no cash in facilities after hours.
The Village of Homer Glen thanks the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce for helping to communicate this important message to business owners. We continue to encourage our business community to take advantage of this free offer from the Sherriff’s Office.
Poll Shows Large Amounts of Voters Undecided in Race for Illinois Governor
A poll conducted by the Battleground Polling Group found 45% of voters remain undecided in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. This continues the trend from the first poll released in June by Battleground Polling Group, an independent polling group.
With 45% of voters undecided, current State Treasurer Dan Rutherford leads decided voters with 18% of likely voters, followed by current State Senator Bill Brady with 13%, with State Senator Kirk Dillard and businessman Bruce Raunner close behind, each with the support of 12% of likely voters.
“This early in the game, it is not unexpected for undecided to be leading the way in the race for the GOP nomination,” said Battleground Polling Group president Dennis Cook.
Among respondents who identified as members of a Tea Party organization, Bill Brady opens up a lead among decided voters, earning 29% of the vote.
Undecided voters also are leading the way in the contest for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer, with 60% of voters still undecided. Of voters who have made a decision, former House Minority Leader Tom Cross is opening up a lead over Dupage County Auditor Bob Grogan, with Mr. Cross earning the support of 27% of voters, and Mr. Grogan earning the support of 13% of voters.
“Certainly, Tom Cross is in a solid position as we move into the winter campaign season,” said Cook. “But, with 60% of voters still undecided, Bob Grogan still has room to pick up more support as the campaign moves into full swing.”
Among Tea Party members, Tom Cross expands his lead over Bob Grogan to 31% to 9%.
You can view the poll here November Republican Primary Poll Results
To obtain its results, Battleground surveyed 535 randomly selected registered voters who participated in each of the last three Republican Primary Elections through automated telephone calls and an online survey method. The margin of error for each survey is +/- 3.97 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. The Poll was conducted from November 3 – November 11.
Battleground Polling Group, led by Dennis Cook and Christopher Ford, M.Ed., conducts public opinion polls throughout the state of Illinois as a public service and for research. For more information, visit www.battlegroundpolling.com.
Illinois Concealed Carry Class
Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th
Will County Board Members Steve Balich and Mike Fricolone are working with 2A Firearms Education to host classes for the general public on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th at Mullet’s Sports Bar and Restaurant at 14903 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen. Special pricing has been secured for this class.
To receive the discounted price you must register for class at www.2afe.com/tea-party.html After registering, and paying for class you will be contacted by Brian from 2A Firearms Education to confirm that you are registered. If you are having trouble registering or have other questions please contact Brian at 815-714-9757
WHICH CLASS DO I NEED?
This seems to be the most common question we hear. The new concealed carry law requires 16 hours of training but allows for certain exemptions.
Everyone will fall into one of the three following categories:
• Active or honorably discharged military personnel are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours of training.
• If you have not served in the military but have taken a firearms safety course, you may be exempt for 4 or 8 hours depending on the course. Please call Brian at 815-714-9757, and he will help to determine how many additional hours of training that the law requires.
• If you have not served in the military and have not had any other firearm training, the law requires that you complete 16 hours of training.
8 hour course $135.00
12 hour course $230.00
16 hour course $260.00. (This course also includes the NRA Basic Pistol course packet and completion certificate)
Contact people on these Boards and let them hear how you feel. If you can make the meetings great. Sign in to speak. There are very few people we elect that actually don’t want to tax us out of our homes. When taxes go up it is harder to sell your home and harder to make ends meet.
Shame on all those Board of people we voted in who don’t get it. They raise taxes because they can. They should follow the example of Jim Holland, Frankfort Mayor who cut the property tax again.
Homer 33C is planning to raise the Property Taxes just under 5% again, Tuesday December 17th at 7pm meeting at the Homer 33C School Dist. Office 158th and Bell next to the Jr. High. If you can make it please go and voice your opinion. You can also email the Board members
Angela Adolf, President
Deb Martin, Vice President
Amy Blank, Secretary
email@example.com Against Tax increase
Ed Campins, Member
firstname.lastname@example.org Against Tax increase
Patrick Dwyer, Member
Cindy Polke, Member
Barb Wilson, Member
Homer Township Road District plans to raise the Property Taxes 1.7%. The meeting is December 9th at 7:30pm at the Old Town Hall 16053 S. Cedar
Road Commissioner Mike Devivo Office phone: 708-301-0246
Office fax: 708-301-0436
email@example.com Responsible for the Property Tax increase
Pam Meyers Supervisor firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kruczek email@example.com
Christina Neitzke firstname.lastname@example.org Against Tax Increase
Vicki Bozen email@example.com Against Tax Increase
Ed Kalas firstname.lastname@example.org
Homer Fire District is going for a $4,000,000 plus Referendum. December 2, 2013– 6:30 p.m.
Homer Township Fire Protection District
16050 S. Cedar Road
Lockport, IL 60491
Secretary Paul Anderson, President Keith Hojek, Trustee Mark Lobes, voted to let the people decide with a referendum for a bond.
North West Homer Fire District Vote 7am Monday November 25th to raise the property taxes. Joe Malacina is against raising your taxes. Jim Kuzma and Vicki Fron have not stated a position, but voted to raise your taxes in the past.
Our Adminstrative Offices are located at:
Northwest Homer Station One
16151 West 143rd Street
Lockport, IL 60441-8595
Phone – 815-838-0180
Fax – 815-838-0185
Lockport H.S. District 205
December 15, 2014 (Truth-in-Taxation/Regular Meeting) 7:00 p.m. in the Maroon Room at the East Campus, 1333 East Seventh Street, Lockport, except where noted. Levy is for just under 3%
John Lukasik, President email@example.com
Samantha Neitzke, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org Against Tax increase
Ann Lopez-Caneva, Secretary email@example.com
Lisa Bickus, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Ann Johnson, Member email@example.com
Michael Lewandowski, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Travis, Member email@example.com
October 16, 2013 11:00 pm • By Leah Thorsen firstname.lastname@example.org 636-937-6249
The lead smelter in Herculaneum is shown in this 2001 file photo.
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HERCULANEUM • About 145 employees of the Doe Run lead smelter have learned they will lose their jobs at the end of December because of the plant’s closure, the Doe Run Co. said Wednesday. An additional 73 contractor jobs also will be eliminated.
The job cuts were expected. The plant, which has operated for more than a century and is the lone remaining lead smelter in the United States, announced in 2010 that it will cease operations at the end of this year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.
The Doe Run Co. announced last year that it had dropped plans to build a new lead processing facility in Herculaneum that would have used a new, cleaner lead production technology. The company cited the
$100 million project as too financially risky.
Employees were notified of their future with the company or of their impending layoff between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8 in face-to-face meetings, said Tammy Stankey, a company spokeswoman.
The company will keep about 75 employees into 2014 to operate its refinery and strip mill and to prepare the property “for closure and repurposing.” It expects to have transferred 43 employees to other Doe Run divisions by this year’s end, according to a company statement.
Some operations, such as the water treatment plant, will operate indefinitely, and a maintenance staff will remain to “maintain essential facilities,” the company said.
The company said it had been working with employees for months to help them transition to new roles and had set up a career center to help with resume writing, interviewing and job searches.
“We have a very talented workforce and encourage businesses looking for dedicated, hardworking and skilled employees to contact us,” Gary Hughes, general manager of the smelter, said in the statement.
Get the word out……..Pass it on
In case you did not know about this event.
The races begin @ 2:10 PM this Sunday.
Free admission for everyone who is accompanied by a veteran. Buffet is free for vet’s but significant others/friends and family per Hawthorns request pay $19.95 for the buffet.
Hawthorne Race Course invites you to come out to the track on Sunday, November 10, to help us honor our country’s veterans.
We have sent out an open invitation to all active duty military members and veterans to join us for the day. All military members and veterans will receive free admission and live racing program, along with a free lunch buffet in our Gold Cup room.
Each of the day’s nine races will be dedicated to a branch of the military, and we would love if your veterans could join us in taking part in our celebration of them. In addition, we will be raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project throughout the day. Hawthorne has committed to donating all admission collected throughout the day to the Wounded Warriors Project and will hold several events throughout the day to further raise money for the Project.
As a local city official, we would like for you and a guest to join us in honoring local veterans.
Please call or email Savannah Short at 708-780-3671 or Savannah@HawthorneRaceCourse.com to make your reservation for free admission, program and Gold Cup buffet for you and a guest!