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Call The County and Ask for a vote by mail ballot

Steve Balich Note: Getting a ballot mailed to you allows you to vote in the comfort of your home. It also gives you the opportunity to do a google search on the Candidates. It is so important to vote!!!! Every vote counts. Electing people closest to your opinions gets you representatives who hopefully vote for more things you want.


Take advantage, request a Vote by Mail ballot for the March 20, 2018 General Primary Election

Will County Clerk, Nancy Schultz Voots, wants to make sure nothing stops Will County residents from voting in the Gubernatorial General Primary Election on March 20, 2018. From now until March 15, 2018 at 4:30 PM, registered voters can request a Vote by Mail ballot. All Aurora residents need to contact the Aurora Board of Elections to request a Vote by Mail ballot.

Requesting a Vote by Mail ballot is as easy as visiting www.thewillcountyclerk.com and clicking on the Vote by Mail icon located in the Quick Links section at the top of the homepage. The Vote by Mail page provides all the ways to request a ballot. Once requested, it is the voter’s responsibility to follow up if a ballot is not received. The Will County Clerk’s website provides a Vote by Mail ballot status lookup on the Vote by Mail page.

Due to the fact that the March 20, 2018 election is a Primary, one must declare a Party affiliation. Illinois law does not require a voter to be registered for a specific Party; a voter can switch Parties from one Primary to the next. A Nonpartisan ballot will contain referendum only; no candidates. Please review the list of Referenda at www.thewillcountyclerk.com to determine if a Nonpartisan ballot will be available.

‘Worse Than Watergate’: ‘Shocking’ House Intel Memo Allegedly Reveals FISA Abuse by Senior DOJ and FBI Officials

‘Worse Than Watergate’: ‘Shocking’ House Intel Memo Allegedly Reveals FISA Abuse by Senior DOJ and FBI Officials

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by KRISTINA WONG18 Jan 201823,537 from Breithbarth

Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a “shocking” classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.
“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Fox News. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo “sickening” and said it was “worse than Watergate.”

Steve King

I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo

9:32 PM – Jan 18, 2018 · Washington, DC
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Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), another Judiciary Committee member, called the memo “deeply troubling” and said it raises questions about the “Obama DOJ and Comey FBI.”

“The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation,” he tweeted.

Ron DeSantis

The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation.

2:10 PM – Jan 18, 2018
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“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, also said to network.

The viewing of the memo came after all Republican members of the House intelligence committee, whose investigators compiled the classified memo, voted Thursday to make it available to all House members. Every Democrat on the committee voted against it.

According to Gaetz, the memo’s contents could lead to the firing — and perhaps even jailing — of senior DOJ and FBI officials.

“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity.

He said what he saw in the memo also explains why Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently referred the Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele for a criminal investigation.

“I think there will be criminal implications here,” Gaetz added.

The memo also reportedly contains information about the dossier put together by Fusion GPS that alleged Trump and members of his team colluded with Russians in the 2016 election, according to a report by investigative journalist Sara Carter.

It was revealed in October that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Despite being a political document, the dossier was reportedly part of the evidence FBI officials used to apply for and obtain a warrant through a secret FISA court to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Page told Breitbart News in a statement: “After over a year of inciting discord and threats of violence across America, it’s encouraging that the individuals in Washington responsible for these efforts to undermine our great democracy may be held accountable soon.”

Breitbart News reported on March 3, 2017, that the Obama administration took steps to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign using “police state” tactics, including spying on the Trump campaign. That report is widely believed to have led to President Trump’s tweet that later accused the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower.

Members of the public and Congress are now calling for the document to be declassified and released to the public.

Lee Zeldin

Immediately #ReleaseTheMemo #FISAMemo & ALL relevant material sourced in it. Every American needs to know the truth! We wouldn’t be revealing any sources & methods that we shouldn’t; only feds’ reliance on bad sources & methods.

7:28 PM – Jan 18, 2018
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DeSantis said the House intelligence committee, pursuant to House rules, should vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible.

“While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth,” he said.

“Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure.”

According to House Rules, if the House intelligence committee votes to make the report public, President Trump would have five days to issue an objection. If he objected, it would take a vote on the House floor.

Sears’ exit from Orland Park mall won’t leave a vacancy

Sears’ exit from Orland Park mall won’t leave a vacancy

Shoppers at Sears on Dec. 21. 2017 in West Dundee. Sears will close its store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park sometime between early March and early April. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Mike Nolan
Daily Southtown

Sears’ announcement that it will shutter its store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park doesn’t mean the anchor space will become a vacant eyesore, according to the company that owns the property.

The store, which has been an anchor since the mall opened in 1976, is scheduled to close sometime between early March and early April, according to Sears Holdings. Liquidation sales at Orland Park and dozens of other stores slated to close could start as soon as Friday, according to the company.

While the mall itself is owned and operated by Simon Property Group, Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust, controls the nearly 200,000-square-foot spot where Sears is located.

Last October, Seritage announced plans to develop a 10-screen 45,000-square-foot AMC Theatre along with retailers and restaurant tenants on the upper level of the Sears space, with their main entrances facing out toward the parking lot, with Sears consolidating store operations in the lower level.

With Sears’ announcement it is closing the Orland location, redevelopment will be expanded to include both upper and lower levels, but plans for the lower level are yet to be finalized, a representative for Seritage said Friday.

Sears closing 103 more stores, including Orland Square
In October, according to the village, Seritage presented plans to Orland Park officials for redevelopment of the 90,580 square foot upper level of the store as well as Sears’ 21,000-square-foot auto repair center.

“Sears going dark will cost us approximately $890,000 in sales and property tax revenue annually, but Seritage’s plans will offset that, generating over $1.5 million in annual revenue to the village,” Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with them on their redevelopment plans for the remaining property.”

Edward Lampert, Sears’ chairman and chief executive, spun off Seritage from Sears in 2015, buying prime Sears and Kmart properties and leasing the stores back to the retailer.

At the end of last September, Seritage’s portfolio included interests in 258 retail properties totaling more than 40 million square feet of space. When reporting third-quarter results last November, the company said that since its inception, it had completed or had begun 70 redevelopments of vacant retail space at properties in its portfolio, which includes mall-based and freestanding spaces.

Some shoppers interviewed Friday after the announcement of the closing were not surprised by the news, saying they knew the chain has been having trouble.

“I know they’ve closed a lot of stores. Still, it’s too bad,” Sheila Lynch, of Orland Park, said.

Like so many consumers, Theresa Nichols, of Oak Forest, said she finds herself buying more items online, including from Sears, although not as often as she used to.

“I like the Lands’ End (clothing) for my kids,” she said of the brand carried at Sears.

Once the Orland Square location closes, that will leave two Sears stores in the south and southwest suburbs — Chicago Ridge and Joliet — although the retailer has outlet stores in Bridgeview and Tinley Park.

A Sears department store at Matteson’s Lincoln Mall closed in 2012, while the retailer shuttered its store at River Oaks Center in Calumet City in 2013.

Although no local Kmart stores are on the current list, Sears Holdings has been closing stores locally in recent years, including Oak Lawn and Tinley Park. Locally, Kmart has two stores, in Bridgeview and Steger.

At the end of its fiscal third quarter, which ended Oct. 28, Sears Holdings operated 594 Sears outlets and 510 Kmarts in the U.S., almost 400 fewer stores compared with the same period in 2016.


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Conservative Host Mike Gallagher Endorses Ives On National Program

For Immediate Release

Conservative Host Mike Gallagher Endorses Ives On National Program
“[Electing] Jeanne Ives is absolutely necessary in the State of Illinois.”

January 9, 2018 – This morning, State Representative Jeanne Ives, a conservative reform candidate for Governor, was interviewed and endorsed by radio talk show host Mike Gallagher on his national program. Gallagher expressed his support for Ives saying, “[Electing] Jeanne Ives is absolutely necessary in the State of Illinois.”

On the program, Ives told Gallagher, “[Rauner] completely betrayed our party… I went to West Point. The honor code is, ‘A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.’ A really important part of that is you don’t ‘tolerate those who do.’ So, when Governor Rauner lied to us [about HB 40] and continued crony capitalist bailouts, I had to stand up. That’s what I’ve been trained to do. And that’s what I’ve been doing for 5 years in Springfield.”

Listen to the full interview here.

Tomorrow, nearly 200 supporters will be in attendance at a fundraiser featuring Gallagher that will benefit Ives bid for Governor.

Where: Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, Illlinois
When: January 10, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to book Jeanne Ives, contact Kathleen Murphy 630-329-4680 or kathleenemurphy26@gmail.com.

Balich Fundraiser June 2, 2016