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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 email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Against Tax increase
Ed Campins, Member
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org Responsible for the Property Tax increase
Pam Meyers Supervisor email@example.com
John Kruczek firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Neitzke email@example.com Against Tax Increase
Vicki Bozen firstname.lastname@example.org Against Tax Increase
Ed Kalas email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Neitzke, Vice President email@example.com Against Tax increase
Ann Lopez-Caneva, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Bickus, Member email@example.com
Lou Ann Johnson, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Lewandowski, Member email@example.com
Charles Travis, Member firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Co. Board members offer concealed-carry gun course
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com November 1, 2013 11:08PM
Will County Board Member Steve Balich is co-hosting an Illinois concealed-carry class with 2A Firearms Education on Nov. 7 and 8. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 3, 2013 2:52AM
In two months, adults in Illinois will be eligible to get a license to carry a concealed handgun for self defense — something that residents of every other state are able to do now.
“They should have done this a long time ago,” Will County Board member Steve Balich (R-Homer Glen) said of Illinois legislators.
Balich has a Utah license that allows him to carry a gun in more than 30 states.
Part of the licensing process under Illinois’ concealed-carry law is completion of a 16-hour training class that involves classroom instruction and at least four hours at a gun range.
To help local residents meet that requirement, Balich and fellow county board member Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen), will host the two-day program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Mullets Sports Bar and Restaurant, 14309 Bell Road, Homer Glen, in cooperation with 2A Firearms Education and the Homer-Lockport Tea Party.
They have secured reduced pricing of $260 for the 16-hour class for those who register through the local Tea Party at www.2AFE.com/tea-party.html or call 2A Firearms Education at (815) 714-9757. The class will be limited to 40 participants.
Balich, a member of the Homer-Lockport Tea Party and founder of the Will County Tea Party Alliance, said he expects the class to be popular and plans to offer a weekend class later.
“I wanted to be sure to offer this in our area because it is our constitutional right,” Balich said, estimating that half the residents in the Homer Glen/Lockport area own a gun.
“Since it is part of our state law, we are just looking to give the opportunity to people who qualify. Classes are being run throughout the state, but this is an opportunity to have it locally,” Fricilone said.
Ironically, the class is being held in the rear banquet room of a bar. Illinois law prohibits guns in bars as well as at schools, parks, government buildings and on public transportation.
Balich stressed that no guns will be allowed in the class, which will use a separate rear entrance and have no access to the bar area.
Mullets’ owner Sam Akkawi said he offered the room free of charge to Balich and Fricilone because he has a “great relationship with the township and the village. Any time they need anything, I’m here. I want to maintain that relationship.”
The class will cover all aspects of the new law — where it’s legal to carry a gun, where it’s not and when the law allows you to use a gun, Balich said.
“You have to feel your life is threatened. You have to make sure you have no other choice,” he said.
Students will be able to make an appointment for the shooting portion of the training class at 2A Firearms Education’s range in Kankakee, where they will learn to handle, load and fire a gun, Balich said.
He said he’s arranging the class because he fully supports concealed carry and views it as “my constitutional right. I do not feel threatened, but I could protect myself if I need to.” Although he’s never had to use his gun, Balich said he would as a “last-ditch effort” to protect himself.
Not everyone is required to take the full 16-hour class. Active or retired military personnel and those who have taken a firearms safety course may only need the eight-hour class, which is offered on Friday for $135.
Persons with any firearms training may be exempt from four or eight hours of the 16-hour course. Those who are unsure of what training they need should call Brian at 2A at (815) 714-9757.
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.
Steve Balich County Board District 7 Judicial, Legislative, Building Code Update, Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Finance
Wednesday June 5th 7pm – 10pm
Woodbine Country Club
14240 West 151st Street
Homer Glen, Il 60491
Music by Joe Bozen Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
Keynote Speaker: Joe Walsh Former Congressman & Radio Host
Christine Radogno State Senate Minority Leader
Jim Durkin State Representative
Master of Ceremony: Dan Proft WLS Radio Host
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Mayor Michael McGinn, Home Page, 40 elected leaders have joined Leadership Alliance Against Coal, http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/40-elected-leaders-have-joined-leadership-alliance-against coal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=40-elected-leaders-have-joined-leadership-alliance-against-coal Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn
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LOCAL LEADERS DISCUSS MEDIANS PROPOSED FOR 159th STREET WITH STATE’S SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
HOMER GLEN – A group of Will County officials who are worried about the size and length of the medians proposed for 159th Street went to Springfield on April 19 to speak with Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider.
Will County Board members Steve Balich and Mike Fricilone, Homer Glen Trustees George Yukich and Mike Costa, and Homer Township Supervisor Pam Meyers made the trip with State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). They were accompanied by Bob Schmidt, the owner of Homer Glen’s Wheel Go Camping and a representative of the Business Area Group of 159th, a merchants association.
They are concerned about the state’s plans to improve a seven-mile stretch of 159th Street between Interstate 355 and Will-Cook Road. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s project includes medians that cannot be crossed by vehicles.
“The raised medians are a safety hazard according to our emergency management authorities and fire districts. If they are installed, fire trucks will not be able to make U-turns on 159th Street, and emergency response time will be increased,” Balich said. “Local business owners also are concerned about how the medians will affect their livelihoods. The barriers will make it difficult for customers to access their businesses, and they might take their money and spend it in Orland Park instead.”
Omer Osman, the state’s Director of the Division of Highways and IDOT’s Chief Engineer, also attended the 40-minute meeting. At the conclusion, Schneider said she would direct IDOT to take a second look at the situation. She also told the group that she would contact them in two weeks.
“I would like to thank Senator Radogno and Representative Durkin for standing with our community,” Balich said.