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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.
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
Hosted by County Board Members
Jim Moustis District 2 Mike Fricilone District 7 Lee Ann Goodson District 5 Judy Ogalla District 1
Tom Weigel District 12 Ragan Freitag District 6 David Izzo Districr 2 Margo Mc Dermed District 12
Chuck Maher District 11 Liz Collins District 13 Don Gould District 6 Suzanne Hart District 11
Join the Host Committee in Sponsoring Steve Balich
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Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL. 60467
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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
April 26, 2013
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Will County Board Member Steve Balich
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.
Fundraiser for Steve Balich
Will Bounty Board Committees: Judicial, Legislative, Building Code Update, Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Finance
Date: Wednesday, June 5th from 7pm-10pm
Woodbine Country Club 14240 West 151st Homer Glen, Il 60491
Gold Sponsor: $1000 Silver Sponsor: $500 Bronze Sponsor: $250
Donations of $40 Includes Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres. Music by DJ Joe Bozen
Checks can be mailed to: Elect Balich 12259 Derby Lane Orland Park, Il 60467 or pay at the door
Speakers Will Include:
Keynote Speaker: Joe Walsh
Jim Durkin-State Rep 82nd District
Christine Radogno- State Senate Minority Leader
Master of Ceremony Dan Proft- WLS Radio Host
Join Host Committee of County Board Members:
Jim Moustis District 2
Mike Fricilone District 7
Lee Ann Goodson District 5
Judy Ogalla District 1
Tom Weigel District 12
Ragan Freitag District 6
David Izzo Districr 2
Margo Mc Dermed District 12
Chuck Maher District 11
Liz Collins District 13
Don Gould District 6
Suzanne Hart District 11
Any questions can be answered by emailing Sbalich@comcast.net
Or calling (815)-557-7196
A copy of the report will be filed with the State Board of Elections.
When it comes to the proposed improvements to 159th Street in Homer Glen, who knows best?
Is it John Portman, the chief engineer from the Illinois Department of Transportation? Or is it the people of Homer Glen?
Portman doesn’t even live in Homer Glen. But he wants to force residents to accept his vision of this important roadway. He sees 159th Street as a way to move traffic quickly from Interstate 355 to the shopping areas in Orland Park. But he’s forgetting about Homer Glen
Shouldn’t some of that traffic stop at businesses in the village? We need sales tax dollars too.
Portman wants a 12 inch high median that cars can’t cross to extend from Gouger to Will Cook Road. The plan calls for breaks to make U-Turns every 1/8 to 1/4 mile along the stretch.
But it’s going to be awfully hard to visit the businesses on 159th Street in Homer Glen if there is a huge median dividing the road and preventing drivers from stopping to shop. Will drivers do a U-Turn to shop or just keep going till they get to a convenient location?
IDOT talks about safety but that’s all they do. When asked to include a mountable median that allows an entrance for business from either side of the street instead, they said their job is to move traffic as quickly and safely as possible. They don’t care about the people of Homer Glen because they don’t live here and aren’t elected officials.
When discussing the cost of maintaining the medians, Portman says the state will maintain the concrete if local government doesn’t add any beautifying elements, meaning landscaping. IDOT is shifting the cost of maintenance to local government.
Local governments must tell the state that we do not want the raised median. If the medians are installed, we will not beautify them. Let the bankrupt state of Illinois maintain them.
Once again, it seems that government of the people, by the people and for the people is losing ground. And this time, it’s losing to non-elected officials who dictate law through rules and regulations. It’s the Nanny State gone wild.