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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 know it is somewhat dangerous everywhere, but when you leave Homer Glen, or for that matter Will County the degree of danger increases. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/class-for-conceal-carry-is-your-2nd-amendment-right I am not saying that a trip to Chicago is dangerous. I am saying that there is a higher probability of having a problem in Cook County as compared to Will County and other Collar Counties. Flash mob attacks, carjacking, muggings, and drive by shootings form this perception. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/the-right-to-own-a-weapon-protects-our-freedom
I believe that open and concealed carry laws which are our right according to the second amendment would end some if not the majority of the insecurity I feel when I leave Homer Glen. The “Bad” guys seek weak or easy victims. If they don’t know who is carrying a weapon, suddenly everyone becomes a deterrent to crime. The Illinois State Police is in favor of concealed carry. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1818862/posts http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-atlanta/open-carry-deters-armed-robbery-kennesaw
The Tea Party Organizers from Homer Lockport Tea Party, Joliet Tea Party, and Will County Tea Party Alliance recognize the importance of our second amendment right. We understand that carrying a gun on your person in Illinois is not legal. When you leave Illinois you can carry. The laws vary from State to State, but a conceal carry license from Utah is good in 32 States. That is why we are offering a legal class to be allowed to carry in certain States when leaving Illinois.
Our Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class is a fun, exciting and very informative class. Our class covers everything from handgun styles, holsters and ammunition to the rules, laws and how to handle a confrontation. We provide you with all of the vital and necessary information to help you make the best decisions.
Under a Socialist Agenda we are experiencing a rapid decline in life toward that of a third world nation. People are waking up but many are still not paying attention. I we don’t stop Obama’s change we will never keep our standard of living, and loose our freedom. We just can’t take Freedom for granted. We now must fight for Freedom before it is gone.
It doesn’t matter if you are left or right, this video is about getting prepared for the coming decline which I fear this country must go through in order to return to the roots that made this country great.. Let me know your thoughts and feel free to pass along to your friends, neighbors, and family. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/freedom-lost
Understanding that spending causes Debt, and the Elected officials need to stop using our money to buy our votes with doing things for us. Remember the only money government has comes from the taxpayer.
From beautiful Homer Glen I am looking out the window at all the nice home’s , trees, and cars going by realizing that Homer glen will not exist as I know it in 10 short years if congress continues to keep on spending and borrowing so they can spend more. We have reached a pivotal point in the history of our great country when we either take action to reign in the debt, or let things keep on going toward our demise. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/debt-our-demise http://www.youtube.com/embed/VtVbUmcQSuk
Do we as a people realize what will happen shortly if nothing is done. We are better off to feel the pain now, rather than waiting till we have nothing left. The argument between the House of Representatives and the President along with the Senate; should start with spending NOTHING, and stopping all funding of any kind. Once we are at ZERO, they can fund what is absolutely a necessity, like the military. Our elected officials need to save our country. We are on the eve of financial destruction, and arguing about raising the debt ceiling. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/don-t-raise-the-debt-cieling We borrow money from anywhere we can get a loan and give that money away for some project or group with no way to pay back the loan. We pay the interest so we don’t default.
The entire mess was preventable, but we people were asleep at the wheel while our elected officials were wide awake and giving us THINGS to make us want to vote for them. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/the-compromise-that-killed-us