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Balich Ordinance not allowing aerial photos to initiate code violations is now law after Executive Order by County Executive

1-14-2014 Me at Governors Forum 2

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.

2014 IL. Governors Forum hosted by Will County Tea Party Alliance

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.html

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.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.html#ixzz2qRrbAbgh

CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS

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.

Aerial Photos in Will County

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.

Santelli, “STOP THE SPENDING”

From Beautiful Homer Glen, I am sickened by the thought of a compromise that raises the debt ceiling even 1 cent. My Property taxes in Homer Glen keep going up because I need to pay more to the local taxing bodies. These elected board members forget where they came from. They think they need to give me something with my own money while taking a cut for their governmental entity. Instead of trying to cut back or keep things the same they expand government. People right here in Homer Glen, are losing income, jobs, and homes. The cry from the people is STOP THE SPENDING!
The Congress was sent to Washington to de-fund Health Care, balance the budget, “How” STOP THE SPENDING!!!!!!! http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/don-t-laugh-at-sentelli

Basic economics for elected officials

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.

Joe Walsh has a sense of purpose

From Beautiful Homer Glen, I am sick of the never ending story of the government needing more money to fund new and increased programs. Homer Glen Taxes and water bills only go up. There is a terrible economic climate. Yet government on all levels spend taxpayer money like it grows on the money tree in your back yard. The problem is the tree stopped producing money a long time ago. Rep. Joe Walsh Congressman, (R-Ill.) said we have the opportunity of a lifetime before us now. “Cut, Cap, and Balance” is the single most significant reform package that’s come through Congress in decades. America is on an unsustainable path that requires a drastic change of course in the way Washington spends hard-earned taxpayer dollars. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/joe-walsh-s-sense-of-purpose

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

From beautiful Homer Glen, listening to the radio, I hear the jobless rate is now 9.1%. That high number helps me understand why there are so many homes abandoned and why foreclosures are rising. Business is struggling because people have less disposable income. The 9.1% number does not include people who ran out of unemployment, and those that just gave up looking for work. The actual unemployment rate is ? In any event there is a big problem.

http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/jobs-jobs-jobs

Fox News discussion of the debt ceiling

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/steve-balich-mark-witte-discuss-possible-debt-ceiling-20110602

Stop Foreign Aid

From Beautiful Homer Glen, I have been trying for over 2 hours to find the total amount of foreign aid we will be paying to countries this year. I can’t find the actual dollar amount, but after reading numerous articles, my guess is APX. 1% of the budget. I am thinking of these payments going from our bankrupt country to countries that aren’t even on our side. My taxes in Homer Glen are high enough. The State of Illinois loves the money tree growing in the citizen’s backyard. The Federal Government just spends on everything even if it is Unconstitutional. I am sick of paying the fruits of my labor to corrupt, bloated, wasteful, governments. This includes all countries getting foreign aid, Illinois, and the U.S. Federal Government.

http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/stop-foreign-aid