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March 3, 2015 the Will County judicial Committee met. Legislation was brought forward for a $300 Administration Fee charged to individuals when their car is towed. Presently there is no Administrative fee, but there is a towing fee and a storage fee that must be paid by the individual regardless of the verdict in court. Therefore the Judge can find you not guilty and you still must pay the storing and towing charge. With this new legislation, the administrative fee can be returned to you if the Judge orders it, but the towing and storage charges are the individuals expense even when found not guilty. Nothing is changed accept adding an administrative fee.
As a member of the Judicial committee I spoke firmly against what I consider unethical, immoral, and just plain not fair. With a not guilty finding the Judge should be able to refund the towing fee, the storage fee, and the administrative fee. Just because cities charge these fees to people found not guilty does not make it right. It should be the Judge’s decision if the fees should be returned. Will County would then have to pay the towing and storage charges, and not collect the Administrative fee.
The Committee argued that the administrative fee may be too high putting a burden on people. I felt like they thought the towing and storage fees were just an acceptable part of the process. One member said it is just like getting a lawyer; the court doesn’t reimburse that cost. I explained that you can represent yourself at no cost, and there would be no fees if your car was not towed unjustly in the first place.
Steve Balich (815) 557-7196
Will County Board District 7
Balich Ordinance not allowing aerial photos to initiate code violations is now law after Executive Order by County Executive
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.
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.
Ficarello Candidate for Will County Sheriff “CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS
November 5, 2013 Editor No Comments
“CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS To keep the incarceration rate below national average for non-violent misdemeanant offenders and traffic offenders, an alternative type of sentencing is needed in Will County. This alternative category of sentencing will present the court system with a program that would allow judges to order manual labor of sentenced inmates, […]
“CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS
To keep the incarceration rate below national average for non-violent misdemeanant offenders and traffic offenders, an alternative type of sentencing is needed in Will County. This alternative category of sentencing will present the court system with a program that would allow judges to order manual labor of sentenced inmates, in lieu of extended jail time. The alternative sentencing will not only help the taxpayer by reducing inmate housing costs due to the sentence time being exchanged for manual labor, but also provide these low risk offenders an opportunity to learn life skills and repay the community.
The placement in this type of alternative sentencing must meet certain eligibility and the individual must agree to the terms and rules of the program. The sentenced inmate must be physically capable and able to work in all weather.
The sentenced inmate must also pay a one-time insurance fee and processing fee prior to participation in this program. The processing fee will be utilized to provide special clothing for both the job being performed and exposure to the elements/climate.
These sentenced individuals will work only in approved work settings for governmental institutions, or non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. They will be supervised by sworn officers, and will operate five days a week. A civilian coordinator will provide management of the various job assignments throughout the community. Failure to meet the terms of the program or a break in the rules will result in spending the rest of their sentence in a general population setting with the full sentencing reinstated.
Inmates in this program who have not completed high school or attained a G.E.D. will be encouraged to participate in the G.E.D. program offered by the Support Services Division of the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
This program will provide a “Clear Path” for inmates to learn the responsibility of hard work, serving their sentence and providing a positive experience by giving something back to the community, and encouraged enrollment in the Sheriff’s G.E.D. program. Also contact with various charitable organizations could provide help for these individuals once they have completed their sentencing.
The “Clear Path Program” will be evaluated after one year to analyze the cost, benefits and savings resulting from the program.
A future contingency of this plan would allow individuals sentenced to probation/supervision, including hours of community service, to also participate in a plan of a similar environment.
Will County has in my opinion excessive regulations. An example is the use of Aerial Photos to initiate code violations. I have been trying since April to amend the Ordinance to not allow it. Finally in October I am getting movement and it will be going to a vote either in October or November.
From beautiful Homer Glen I am writing my take to an email sent to me by Mark kirk. Mark Kirk, like the freshman congressman openly stands for fiscal conservatism putting aside his vote for Cap and Trade, which he now understands was wrong. When I read his email I become very insecure with how this will affect my future and the people in Homer Glen, Lockport, New Lenox, etc. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/obama-gets-to-spend-trillions-more The U.S. had a cash budget deficit last year of $1.3 trillion, but once you include increases to unfunded liabilities, our real budget deficit was approximately $5 trillion. Even if Americans were taxed 100% of their income it wouldn’t be enough to balance the budget. No wonder S & P lowered our ratting from AAA to AA+.
Kirk said he voted to support the Budget Control Act because it begins our effort to control federal spending to protect our economic future. “We should have cut more. Because the federal government borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends, Congress should have cut at least $4 trillion from our future spending and borrowing. That is why I supported the Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Comission Report and the “Gang-of-Six” effort to cut trillions more from federal spending. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/progressive-and-gang-of-6-want-to-restructure-america-lies-and-mis-truths Unfortunately, fiscal conservatives control only one third of the government. The Senate and White House are still run by fiscal liberals. Given the leaders we currently have in the Executive Branch and Senate, the Budget Control Act provides the best cuts in spending we could get”. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/senator-kirk-and-the-debt-ceiling-compromise
I think S&Ps reason for downgrading the U.S. debt rating at this time is because, “the differences between political parties have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to bridge”. The reality is, the Republicans and Democrats aren’t far apart at all. Neither parties are serious about cutting spending. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/joe-walsh-is-right
Thank you, President Obama with your socialist agenda that will never work. We needed to pass the balanced budget amendment and stop spending more than we take in. I heard no talk of spending on only very necessary items to start with. Instead of talking about stopping all Foreign aid, we heard of not getting social security checks out in time. Instead of stopping payments to all illegal immigrants, we heard the military may not get paid. The American People are sick of helping everyone in the world at the demise of the American citizen.
Senator Kirk went on to explain the bill, which I fee is a threat to the economic well-being of our Country. I feel no matter what happened the credit rating was going down. I disagree with the compromise, but understand how the Senator rationalized his support.
* Cuts $900 billion over ten years from planned spending by the regular part of the government that spends about one in three taxpayer dollars,
* Cuts a further $1.5 trillion from automatic spending (entitlement programs) that spend two-thirds of taxpayer dollars through legislation written by a bipartisan Joint House-Senate Committee with powers to ensure up or down votes in the House and Senate. Should this bill fail, more automatic spending reductions would ensure that the promised savings will be realized.
* Requires that the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution will be voted on without further delay this fall by the House and Senate. If approved, this amendment needs no signature by the President before going to the States. If 3/4 of States approve, the Constitution is amended.
* Allows the President to request a $900 billion increase to the debt limit following the passage of the bill, and another $1.5 trillion once the $1.5 trillion reduction to automatic spending reforms is submitted to Congress or the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution is sent to the states.
The Budget Control Act will prevent American default, ensuring the prompt fulfillment of our commitments to Social Security beneficiaries, veterans and Medicare patients. While only a first step, it will increase the transparency, performance and results we should demand from America’s government. By cutting spending and only allowing debt increases of equal amounts, this bill avoids an immediate crisis and sets the precedent of reforming and reducing automatic spending by the federal government.
If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact me online at kirk.senate.gov or call Mark Kirk at (312) 886-3506.
From Beautiful Homer Glen, I just finished reading an email from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He is angry at the stupidity coming from our elected people in Washington. It is a small world when it comes to how Homer Glen is affected the sane as a faraway State like Louisiana when it comes to waste, spending, and debt forced on an unwilling people. Read more on Will County Examiner article http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/bobby-jindal-gets-it People who produce are not willing to accept the idiotic notion that we should borrow money to give to people, governments, and programs that will never pay it back and demand more. It is nice to be charitable but stupid to borrow money to do it. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/don-t-laugh-at-sentelli What on earth is Obama thinking? I know he believes in the socialist model, but the man can’t be walking with his eyes closed. The Progressives are even worse, going along with this foolishness, they are simply afraid of braking rank with their President and doing what is right. Some Republicans are in that mix and should be even more ashamed, because we sent then to do a job and they are failing us. If those people in Washington did their family budget like they do the countries, they would be trying to collect food stamps, free medical and other government programs which they would not qualify for because they make too much money. They would be asked why they earn 1,000,000 plus per year and only have increasing credit card balances to show for it.
Beautiful Homer Glen is a conservative municipality, and home to the Homer Lockport Tea Party and Homer Township Republican Organization. The last election people from our groups worked for Adam Kinzinger and Joe Walsh in their successful elections to the House of Representatives. Our Homer people like others that worked to elect people to the House that would not fund Obamacare, and cut all expenditures of the Federal Government. These freshman Congressmen should be standing firm to what we sent them to do, cut, cut, and defund Healthcare. Instead they are afraid of the media saying they failed by shutting down the Government. I tell each Congressman, “You failed to do what we sent you there to do if you continue to not defund Healthcare, and make substantial cuts in our budget that is negative Trillions. You control the purse strings. Only you can say how and what we spend our money for. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/cut-the-debt-cieling
It is very simple logic, which is hard for Liberals to understand. Money was spent that we did not have and never should have been approved. We are 14 Trillion in the hole, and still looking to spend.
From beautiful Homer Glen, while eating at the Purple Onion, I could not help but over hear some people next to me in a heated argument about the Republican and Democrat views. It seems that there were people from both groups in the discussion of the debt ceiling. I started to think that the parties have morphed into something different from 50 years ago. They all seemed to agree on cutting spending, but the debt ceiling was an issue. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/debt-ceiling-politics http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/steve-balich-mark-witte-discuss-possible-debt-ceiling-20110602