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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.

Why another Illinois tax increase

Lawmakers and special-interest groups across Illinois are trying to dupe Illinoisans into paying higher income taxes. They’re trying to convince Illinoisans that a progressive income tax hike is only a tax hike on the rich. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Need proof? Look at both progressive tax proposals on the table in Illinois.
Under current Illinois law, the individual income tax rate will be 3.75 percent in 2015. Under the progressive tax-hike plan from state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Champaign, a higher 4 percent rate kicks in on any income of more than $18,000. That income tax rate targets hardworking Illinoisans.
Jakobsson’s progressive tax rates also attack the middle class. Her 5 percent tax rate applies to income earned after $36,000. When an Illinoisan earns more than $58,000, Jakobsson’s tax rates jump to 6 percent, and again to 7 percent on income earned after $95,000 – nearly double the rate Illinoisans will pay in 2015.

Source: Email correspondence with state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson
Another progressive tax plan, developed by the union-funded Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, increases the tax rate for anyone who earns more than $5,000.

Source: IEANEA

It’s no surprise that Jakobsson’s progressive tax-hike proposal targets the middle class – it’s how progressive income taxes work. That’s where a lot of the money is.
Just look at where the top progressive tax rates – the rates that are supposed to “make the rich pay their fair share” – start in other states.

Source: Tax Foundation Facts & Figures 2013

So don’t be fooled when lawmakers say a progressive income tax is only a tax on the rich. The proposed rates in Illinois make it clear that lawmakers are gearing up to raise tax rates on Illinois’ working- and middle-class residents.
– See more at: http://illinoispolicy.org/progressive-tax-hike-would-hurt-middle-class-illinoisans/?utm_source=Illinois+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=67da57680b-0220_unraveling&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0f5a22f52c-67da57680b-11508273#sthash.KzSRjUFz.dpuf


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, […]

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.

It is wake up time

Americans are no longer asleep. Citizens are becoming engaged, and are demanding good government. They are fed up with increasing taxes, regulations, and bloated government. Any money government gets from “we the taxpayer” is spent. They build a park, high speed rail, trail, etc. and expect us to believe they did it for us. All money spent by government comes from the people. They feel it is their responsibility to take as much of our money as we will allow to do things for us, and take their cut for their effort.

I don’t want to give my hard earned money to government to re-distribute. I am fed up with the loss of the America I knew growing up. We are all affected by the tyranny imposed by our government. Our deficit now costs 3 Million Dollars per Minute, thanks to our elected officials. January 1st we in Illinois will feel the loss of 2% more from our take home pay. That means you pay $66 per month more to the failing State of Illinois on a $40,000 gross pay. If you make $80,000 you get to pay $132 per month extra for the State to re-distribute as they see fit.

We must stand against progressives like Obama, and Quinn ridding ourselves of their failed way of operating Government. Socialism Don’t work, just ask Spain, Greece, and Ireland. The answer lies in limited government, less taxes, and less regulations! I believe in God and the Constitution, not the philosophy of Marx and Lenin. We need self-reliance not dependence. We need to look carefully at each candidate. The people on the Titantic did not vote to hit the iceberg, and we should not vote for anyone who does not believe in Capitalism, or the Constitution.

Clothes Drive for Military families

I have been involved with numerous events,drives, and projects over the years, but the importance of this clothes drive for me, really stands out. In this time of extreme turmoil I feel compelled to do my small part heading this drive. Men and women are fighting for us and in some cases their families are experiencing not only the absence of a loved one, but financial burdens. Donating your unwanted things to these deserving families is one thing we as individuals can do. Operation Home Front is a caring group with the mission of helping Military families in need. Please do your part, and help support our Military families.
The Homer Founders Club is sponsoring the clothes drive to help Military Families through Operation Home Front. Supporting the drive for used and new clothes are Homer Township, Americans for Prosperity, Homer Lockport Tea Party, and the Will County Tea Party Alliance. This will go from August 1st till the first week of December. For information visit www.Homerlockportteaparty.com
Ace Hardware 12121 W. 159th Street in Homer Glen, Donated a store front to help our needy Military families, and also agreed to be a drop point. Ace Hardware always has helped the community, and we thank them.

Drop off points are :
Ace Hardware 12121 W. 159th, Homer Glen
Homer Township 14350 W. 151st, Homer Glen
State Farm Insurance 14051 S. Bell, Homer Glen
Home Helpers 15736 S. Bell, Homer Glen
T-Time Golf 13750 W. 159th Homer Glen
Outpost Sports Bar 14929 Archer, Lockport
First American Bank 14741 Founders Crossing (Bell) Homer Glen
If you are unable to get to a drop point call STEVE BALICH 815 557-7196 and I will pick up bagged clothes from your house.

Jobs not taxes and regulation

From beautiful Homer Glen I see numerous homes for sale, and know others are in foreclosure. People don’t want to leave their homes. Loss of income or a job is devastating to families, and forces a move due to economic reasons. Individuals in their 40’s and up experiencing loss of income and in some cases employment are forced into an economic situation they never dreamed would happen to them. What happened to drive our country into this mess? We have a mess financially locally, at our State, and Federally. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/we-need-jobs-not-taxes-regulations

The progressive model pushed by those socialist leaning elected officials have taken so much from those that produce, and put so many restrictions on business that it is economically not viable for business to grow, employ more people. Political Correctness has joined with excessive regulation, and lawsuits to make the cost of employing people to high.

Government waste, increased taxes, over spending

From Beautiful Homer Glen I was just taken back after seeing the Video “ The Cartell” at the Homer Lockport Tea Party meeting. This film, exposed the school system for what it really is in many cases, a “money machine.” It exposes the fact that the teachers union is in bed with the Democratic Party, and the Superintendent of schools. Huge amounts of waste and unnecessary spending are done in the name of the children. In many cases no one knows where the money is being spent, since only a very small amount goes for teacher’s salaries. When the teachers union or administration says “it” is for the children they are playing their equivalent to the Race Card. Schools are the largest portion of property tax, and can be a sink hole of waste and unneeded spending.

Property Taxes in Homer Glen rose despite the assessed values dropping because the rates went up from the various taxing districts like Schools, Fire, and Library. The taxing districts with the exception of the Township raised their levy’s. January 1st 2012 the 2% reduction in Social Security Tax will be removed, making the 2% increase in State of Illinois Tax passed by the Progressive Democrats, in the State of Illinois take more money out of our pay checks. If you make $40,000 per year you get $66 per month extra taken out of your check. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/government-waste-rising-taxes-cut-the-debt-ceiling

Get conceal carry permit for 32 States

From beautiful Homer Glen, I know it is somewhat dangerous everywhere, but when you leave Homer Glen, or for that matter Will County the degree of danger increases. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/class-for-conceal-carry-is-your-2nd-amendment-right I am not saying that a trip to Chicago is dangerous. I am saying that there is a higher probability of having a problem in Cook County as compared to Will County and other Collar Counties. Flash mob attacks, carjacking, muggings, and drive by shootings form this perception. http://www.examiner.com/will-county-libertarian-in-chicago/the-right-to-own-a-weapon-protects-our-freedom
I believe that open and concealed carry laws which are our right according to the second amendment would end some if not the majority of the insecurity I feel when I leave Homer Glen. The “Bad” guys seek weak or easy victims. If they don’t know who is carrying a weapon, suddenly everyone becomes a deterrent to crime. The Illinois State Police is in favor of concealed carry. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1818862/posts http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-atlanta/open-carry-deters-armed-robbery-kennesaw
The Tea Party Organizers from Homer Lockport Tea Party, Joliet Tea Party, and Will County Tea Party Alliance recognize the importance of our second amendment right. We understand that carrying a gun on your person in Illinois is not legal. When you leave Illinois you can carry. The laws vary from State to State, but a conceal carry license from Utah is good in 32 States. That is why we are offering a legal class to be allowed to carry in certain States when leaving Illinois.
Our Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Class is a fun, exciting and very informative class. Our class covers everything from handgun styles, holsters and ammunition to the rules, laws and how to handle a confrontation. We provide you with all of the vital and necessary information to help you make the best decisions.