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March for Life Chicago

LIBERTY DEPENDS UPON VIRTUE
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America Cannot Remain Free Unless Her Citizens Are Governed by Virtue

With the holiday celebrations behind us, I can think of no better way to begin a new year of fighting for the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters than the March for Life Chicago next weekend.

March for Life Chicago

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the biggest pro-life event in the midwest! You’ll be joined by thousands of pro-lifers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Indiana.

The march kicks off Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m., from Federal Plaza at 50 W. Adams Street in Chicago (click for map and directions). Guest speakers include former Planned Parenthood director Ramona Trevino and Chicago Bears co-owner Pat McCaskey.

Chicago Rose Dinner

The evening before the March, join me for the second annual Chicago Rose Dinner, Saturday, January 13 at 6 p.m. at Petterino’s, 150 North Dearborn in Chicago (click for map and directions).

The Rose Dinner will feature keynote speaker Ramona Trevino, author of Saved by Grace, who used to manage a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. Tickets are $75 each, with valet parking available for $15.

Click here to register for the Rose Dinner, January 13
I hope I’ll run into you at one or both of these great pro-life events next weekend. Please be sure to come up and say hello!

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Yours for Life,

Eric J.​​​​​ Scheidler
Executive Director
Pro-Life Action League
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P.S. To let all your friends know you’ll be attending the March for Life Chicago, and help build buzz for the event, you can RSVP on Facebook.

Pro-Life Action League
6160 N Cicero Ave, Ste 600
Chicago IL 60646
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Friends and pro-family supporters,

Now is the time for us to demonstrate AUTHENTIC Chicago values. Our liberty depends upon virtue, and I can think of no greater way to be virtuous than to defend unborn children from the barbaric evil that is abortion.

America is on the path to becoming a nation that values the worth of every one of it’s citizens, even those in the womb.

Join us for March for Life Chicago on January 14, 2018.

Sincerely,

James Michael Francis Komaniecki
President, CEO
www.RestoreAmericanLiberty.com, Inc.
LIBERTY DEPENDS UPON VIRTUE

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“What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without restraint. Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites;…….. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free.”
– Edmund Burke

“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.”
– Samuel Adams

“Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
– John Adams

“The phrase ‘the Fall of America’ suggests some cataclysmic event ended the American Empire which had stretched from Maine to California and Florida to Washington. But at the end, there was no straining at the gates, no barbarian horde that dispatched the Empire in one fell swoop. Rather, the Empire fell slowly, as a result of challenges from within and without, and changing over the course of hundreds of years until its form was unrecognizable.”
– The End Of Empires: Rome Vs. America | The Federal Observer

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Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI.”

Byron York: What the Trump dossier criminal referral means
by Byron York | Jan 6, 2018, 6:33 AM

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (pictured right), and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote a Thursday letter to the Justice Department about Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier. Here’s what seems to be going on. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (pictured right), and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote a Thursday letter to the Justice Department about Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier. Here’s what seems to be going on. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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There’s been a lot of confusion about the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and crime subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham to refer Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier, to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation.

The two senators sent a brief letter Thursday to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and FBI director Christopher Wray. The letter, which was unclassified and released to the public Friday, was a cover letter for what Grassley and Graham called a “classified memorandum related to certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets regarding the so-called ‘Trump dossier’ that Mr. Steele compiled on behalf of Fusion GPS for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee and also provided to the FBI.”

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Grassley and Graham said that, on the basis of the classified information laid out in the memo, “we are respectfully referring Mr. Steele to you for investigation of 18 U.S.C. 1001, for statements the committee has reason to believe Mr. Steele made regarding his distribution of information contained in the dossier.” (18 U.S.C. 1001 is the same federal false statements law that special counsel Robert Mueller has used to charge Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos in the Trump-Russia investigation.)

That’s all Grassley and Graham said, or at least all they said that was released to the public. The classified memo, of course, was not released at all.

It was all very confusing. What did the letter mean? Were Grassley and Graham alleging that Steele lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee? To some other congressional committee? To other investigators? If so, to whom?

The move met with skepticism in a number of circles. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called it an “effort to deflect attention” from the Trump-Russia probe. A former prosecutor called it “nonsense” in an interview with the Washington Post. A law professor speculated that it was “baseless.”

At the same time, few outside the committee seemed to understand what the letter meant. So, here is what appears to be going on:

Steele has not talked to any of the three congressional committees investigating the Trump-Russia affair – the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, or the House Intelligence Committee. Steele did not make false statements to them because he has not made any statements to them.

Steele has, reportedly, talked to Mueller’s prosecutors, but it seems highly unlikely Grassley and Graham are suggesting Steele lied to Mueller because it is highly unlikely – actually, beyond highly unlikely – that the Mueller office would have shared any of Steele’s answers with the Senate Judiciary Committee. So, what were Grassley and Graham referring to in their letter? What are the “statements the committee has reason to believe Mr. Steele made” that Grassley and Graham believe might be false?

The answer is that Steele talked – and talked a lot – to the FBI. Remember that when he began to compile the dossier in the summer of 2016, Steele reportedly concluded the sensational information he had picked up – allegations of election collusion and Trump sexual escapades in Russia – was so important that he had to take it to the FBI. Steele told the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones that he first took the material to the FBI “near the start of July.”

That began a series of communications between Steele and the bureau in which Steele made certain representations to the FBI about his work. It is a crime to make false statements to the FBI – doesn’t have to be under oath, doesn’t have to be in a formal interview or interrogation setting, it’s simply a criminal act to knowingly make a false statement to the FBI.

As a result of their talks, Steele and the FBI reached a tentative agreement whereby the FBI would pay Steele to continue the anti-Trump work.

All the while, Steele was also working for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS – his dossier was the result of a Fusion anti-Trump project funded by the Clinton campaign. As part of that, Steele briefed reporters on what he had found. In a London court case, Steele’s lawyers said that in September 2016, Fusion GPS directed Steele to brief reporters from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, Yahoo News, and, later, Mother Jones. Steele did each briefing individually.

One serious question is whether Steele told the FBI that he was telling reporters the same information – those explosive allegations about Trump and Trump associates – that he was bringing to bureau investigators. If the FBI knew that, would they have agreed to an arrangement to make Steele a paid FBI operative investigating the Trump-Russia affair? That would have been a most unorthodox arrangement, with Steele disseminating his allegations to the FBI and the press simultaneously.

That is not exactly how the FBI operates. So now the question is: When Steele was discussing working for the FBI, did he fully inform the FBI of what his work for the Clinton campaign involved, in particular his briefing the press on the findings he would be reporting to the FBI? To use Grassley’s and Graham’s words, were the “statements the committee has reason to believe Mr. Steele made regarding his distribution of information contained in the dossier” accurate?

One way to find that out is to compare what Steele told the London court with what Steele told the FBI. Some of the London court testimony is public. As for what Steele told the FBI, the Senate Judiciary Committee has examined a lot of dossier-related material from the FBI under an agreement that allows the committee to view materials the bureau has originally produced to the House Intelligence Committee.

It appears that Grassley and Graham are pursuing inconsistencies between what Steele told the FBI and what Steele told the London court. If they conflict, which is true? If what Steele told the FBI was untrue, that’s a problem.

Ultimately, the Steele-FBI deal fell through, for reasons that have never been publicly disclosed.

But there has been much speculation that the FBI used information from the uncorroborated dossier to seek court permission to spy on Americans in the Trump-Russia investigation. That would be a big deal, and it is an issue House and Senate Republicans are determined to sort out.

“I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation,” Grassley said in a statement Friday. “But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review. Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI.”

“Maybe there is some innocent explanation for the inconsistencies we have seen,” Grassley continued, “but it seems unlikely.”

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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

CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS

Ficarello Candidate for Will County Sheriff “CLEAR PATH PROGRAM” FOR INMATE WORKERS
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“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.

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.