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Balich: County buildings won’t be ‘soft target’ if Will County Board members carry firearms

Balich: County buildings won’t be ‘soft target’ if Will County Board members carry firearms
County committee to discuss concealed carry

Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 10:24 p.m. CDT
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By MIKE MALLORY – mmallory@shawmedia.com
JOLIET – A Will County Board member said Tuesday that he has support from Republican and Democratic board members for his proposed resolution that would allow board members to carry concealed firearms in county buildings.

Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, on June 14 introduced to the board’s Legislative and Policy Committee a rough draft of a resolution he wrote prior to the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting. Board members are not allowed to carry firearms in county buildings. Balich expects a formal discussion to take place Tuesday when the committee meets.

Balich believes allowing board members who have a valid Firearm Owners Identification card to carry concealed firearms would have significant benefits.

It would keep county buildings from being viewed as a “soft target” – one where would-be offenders only have to be concerned with a handful of armed law enforcement officers. Balich said a potentially armed board, composed of 26 people, would lower or eliminate the loss of life and improve safety in the county’s public buildings.

He’s not saying each member should carry, but rather they should be able to if they so choose. He said an intruder wouldn’t know who was carrying.

“If 26 people are able to carry, that’s a big deterrent to a mass shooting,” Balich said.

Balich said the move also would save the county money, especially when a new 11-story courthouse is built and more security officers are required.

He referenced Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/21-6, which says anyone who carries or stores weapons in buildings or on land supported by public funds commits a Class A misdemeanor if they do so without prior written permission from the property’s chief security officer.

Balich said he interprets this to mean that a resolution is not necessary, and a chief security officer would have a “hard time” trying to give a reasonable denial to a properly licensed gun owner.

Balich said he sent the statute and similar laws from other governmental bodies to Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Tatroe for review. A message left Tuesday with Tatroe was not immediately returned.

Balich said he’s received support when talking to board members from both political parties. He said opinions on the Second Amendment are personal choices.

“National TV likes to blow it up, but it’s not a Republican-Democrat thing,” Balich said. “It’s more of a personal thing. It’s about whether you believe people should have a right to defend themselves.”

He expects a vote on the matter will not be tied to party allegiances.

Balich: Will County Board members should be allowed to carry guns

Balich: Will County Board members should be allowed to carry guns
Susan DeMar LaffertyContact ReporterDaily Southtown
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A week before the Orlando massacre, Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Township, crafted a proposed resolution that would allow him and his fellow licensed board members to carry concealed weapons into county buildings, where they are currently prohibited from doing so.

From an economic standpoint, it would save the county money, he said, and from a safety perspective, it might deter incidents like what happened in Orlando from happening in Will County, he said.

Balich brought up his proposed resolution at the end of Tuesday’s legislative committee meeting, and he hopes it will be discussed at next month’s committee meeting. His resolution said that it would be “unfair to the taxpayer to pay for sufficient armed security officers at meetings” when a number of board members are licensed to carry guns.

Those elected officials who are properly licensed should be allowed to carry concealed firearms into county and forest preserve properties, the proposed resolution said.

“People trusted me enough to vote for me,” Balich said.

While a potential shooter could easily spot a uniformed officer, he would not know which board members were packing a gun, he said.

Offenders usually seek out places like the Orlando nightclub, where “no one has a weapon to fire back,” Balich said.

His idea goes back several months, when county officials first discussed how to enhance security measures, he said.

Balich also cited state laws that allow a mayor, aldermen, trustees and police to act as “conservators of the peace,” with powers to arrest people who violate municipal ordinances after completing a law enforcement training course. However, they do not specifically mention allowing those officials to carry weapons.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Tatroe said that, as of now, the state prohibits firearms in county buildings, but said she would research the proposal.

Balich’s suggestion did not sit well with all committee members.

Democratic leader Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, said, “This was not the time nor the place” to discuss such a proposal.

“We need a time of mourning,” he said. “We need a time of healing.

“These 49 victims have not even been buried yet,” he said, referring to the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Sunday morning. “After what just happened (in Orlando), I did not want to hear about guns. I was not prepared for that. We can talk about politics later on.”

Brooks added that he did not believe county board members should be allowed to carry guns into county buildings.

slafferty@tribpub.com

Not guilty and you still must pay the storing and towing charge

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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

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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.

Will County Capital Improvements projects/ Decision

23:00 minutes discussion of building fresh to what the County needs begins. The question is cost, and value. Is it cheaper and better to build new, or demolish an old building and build new? Is it cheaper to retro-fit an old building or build new on vacant land? Should the County look at the options, or dismiss moving everything to a central campus built specifically to our needs?

Ronald Reagan Birthday Celebration Fundraiser

County Board members Balich & Fricilone Cordially Invite you to a
Ronald Reagan
Birthday Celebration

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Public Landing Restaurant
200 W. State Street Lockport, IL 60441

Music by Dave Molinari

Open Bar & Passed Elegant Hors d’oeures
Guest Speakers Include:
Dan Proft, WLS 8900 AM Chicago, Radio
Charlie Kirk, Fox News Commentator
Patrick Casale, KLAV 1230 AM & 1400 AM Las Vegas Radio

$1,000 Event Sponsor (includes event recognition and 10 tickets)
$500 Silver Sponsor (includes event recognition and 5 tickets)
$250 Bronze Sponsor (includes event recognition and 2 tickets)
$150 Supporting Sponsor (includes 2 tickets)

Sponsorship Opportunities and Ticket Information:
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Please Make Checks Payable and Send to: Elect Balich
12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL 60467 (Proceeds will be divided equally by Elect Balich and Citizens for Fricilone)

“A copy of our (Elect Steve Balich & Citizens for Fricilone) reports filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”

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

Bed Time Story about Government

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.

Aerial Phototrophy Amendment will go to public hearing in January

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.

Business Security

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 mfisch@willcosheriff.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.