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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

Will County Capital Improvements projects/ Decision

23:00 minutes discussion of building fresh to what the County needs begins. The question is cost, and value. Is it cheaper and better to build new, or demolish an old building and build new? Is it cheaper to retro-fit an old building or build new on vacant land? Should the County look at the options, or dismiss moving everything to a central campus built specifically to our needs?

Ronald Reagan Birthday Celebration Fundraiser

County Board members Balich & Fricilone Cordially Invite you to a
Ronald Reagan
Birthday Celebration

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Public Landing Restaurant
200 W. State Street Lockport, IL 60441

Music by Dave Molinari

Open Bar & Passed Elegant Hors d’oeures
Guest Speakers Include:
Dan Proft, WLS 8900 AM Chicago, Radio
Charlie Kirk, Fox News Commentator
Patrick Casale, KLAV 1230 AM & 1400 AM Las Vegas Radio

$1,000 Event Sponsor (includes event recognition and 10 tickets)
$500 Silver Sponsor (includes event recognition and 5 tickets)
$250 Bronze Sponsor (includes event recognition and 2 tickets)
$150 Supporting Sponsor (includes 2 tickets)

Sponsorship Opportunities and Ticket Information:
I will attend and request ________ tickets to be held at the door ($50 per ticket) or pay at the Door
I am unable to attend but would like to show my support by contributing $________

NAME:
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Please Make Checks Payable and Send to: Elect Balich
12259 Derby Lane, Orland Park, IL 60467 (Proceeds will be divided equally by Elect Balich and Citizens for Fricilone)

“A copy of our (Elect Steve Balich & Citizens for Fricilone) reports filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.”

2014 IL. Governors Forum hosted by Will County Tea Party Alliance

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.html

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.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/GOP-Gubernatorial-Candidates-Square-Off-240225161.html#ixzz2qRrbAbgh

Bed Time Story about Government

Tax Payer bedtime story
• October 26, 2011
• By: Steve Balich
Once upon a time in beautiful Homer Glen, there was a retired man that was hired part time by a Home Owners Association to maintain the subdivision. His job paid $10 Hr. and consisted of making sure there was no trash on the street. He worked 2 hrs. per day, and since there was not much trash to pick up in the street, he expanded the scope on his own to the front lawns of the people in the sub-division. Everyone loved this guy, and saw a real value in what he was doing. There are 100 homes paying his salary so the $100 per week only cost each resident $1 per week.
Now this old guy likes working and the idea of everyone liking him. He tells the residents he would like to expand his duties to making sure the side walks are shoveled in the winter. These tasks are welcomed to be added to the old guy’s duties. His pay would now be increased 50 cents to $10.50 and he would be paid by the hour with a 2 hour guarantee each day. His base pay is now $105 per week, and after the first winter passed he logged 120 Hrs shoveling snow costing $1260. His pay with a small increase went from $5200 per year to $6720 or $1.30 per home per week. Some people were getting upset with the added costs, but still saw a value. The old guy going into his 3rd year of doing a great job asked the association for a raise of 50 cents which increased his pay to $11 per hr. Assuming he worked the same amount of time he now gets paid $7040 per year or $1.36 per home per week.
Taking the example of Government the old guy sees his chance to expand the scope of his duties by asking to increase his hours to include shoveling driveways for seniors that were unable to do it. The compassionate Residents agreed and after the first snow, the old guy found he did not have enough time to get all this work done so he asked the association to hire him a helper at $10 per hr. and give him a raise to 11.50 since he is now a supervisor. The home owners did not want to be mean spirited by not helping the seniors so it was agreed. The Old guy’s base is now $5980 plus 120Hrs shoveling snow giving him $7360 per year and his helper $1,200 per year or 1.65 per week per home.
Like any government employee who is doing a good job, they expect a raise which shows the association is happy with their job performance, so each employee is given an additional 50 cent per hour. The helper is angry because he is doing the same work as his supervisor and wants a bigger raise. There is hostility because the pay schedule is not fair. The helper comes to work angry, and does not work as hard. The Supervisor wants to get rid of the helper, but can’t come up with a substantial reason. The helper slips on the ice and sues the association for an injured back. The Insurance rate is increased and the Board of the association figures they will vote to terminate the position because it is getting to costly. Some residents are mad because they are now responsible to take care of their own property. Others are angry about the excessive cost they are expected to share. While others have no clue why they can’t afford to live there anymore, but feel forced to move to a cheaper neighborhood.

Aerial Phototrophy Amendment will go to public hearing in January

Back in April 2013 Balich began trying to amend the building code in Will County to prevent the use of Aerial Photos to initiate building code violations. He felt it was a violation of privacy and violated 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution as well as the Unalienable Rights granted in the Declaration of Independence . Over the months the language was changed many times, and it was discussed at length in various committees. Tuesday December 10th at a joint meeting of Land Use and the judicial Committee’s Balich pointed out that Illinois law allows for use of Aerial Photos according to the Will County States Attorney. Using Aerial Photos is legal, but just because it is legal does not mean they have to be used. Despite alleged use of Aerial Photos being used in code enforcement, Balich pointed out the land Use Director said Aerials are rarely used, making passage of the amendment into a check verifying Aerials will not be used to initiate code violations. Passing the amendment to chapter 43.14 of the Will County Code would put the Amendment as policy of the Board. It will go to Public Hearing in January then to a vote at the full County Board.
“County Personnel are prohibited from using aerial photography to initiate code violations for administrative adjudication enforcement proceedings.”
The 4th Amendment protects citizens from searches conducted without a warrant. The 5th Amendment prohibits the government from denying any citizen “life, liberty, or property without due process. The 14th Amendment says “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law. Local government generally gets their power from the State, therefore this also applies to local code inspectors. The Declaration of Independence states we have the right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (property) from God.

Business Security

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 mfisch@willcosheriff.org.

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.

Brady in the lead Battleground Polling

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.

Concealed Carry Class in Homer Glen

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.

Class Fees:
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)

Homer taxes going up again

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
aadolf2@homerschools.org

Deb Martin, Vice President
dmartin2@homerschools.org

Amy Blank, Secretary
ablank2@homerschools.org Against Tax increase

Ed Campins, Member
ecampins2@homerschools.org Against Tax increase

Patrick Dwyer, Member
pdwyer2@homerschools.org

Cindy Polke, Member
cpolke2@homerschools.org

Barb Wilson, Member
bwilson2@homerschools.org

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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
mike@homerhighway.com Responsible for the Property Tax increase

Pam Meyers Supervisor p.meyers@homertownship.com
Trustee
John Kruczek j.kruczek@homertownship.com
Trustee
Christina Neitzke c.neitzke@homertownship.com Against Tax Increase
Trustee
Vicki Bozen v.bozen@homertownship.com Against Tax Increase
Trustee
Ed Kalas e.kalas@homertownship.com

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Homer Fire District is going for a $4,000,000 plus Referendum. December 2, 2013– 6:30 p.m.
Homer Township Fire Protection District
Administration
16050 S. Cedar Road
Lockport, IL 60491
ph: 815-838-5006
fax: 815-838-6635
Secretary Paul Anderson, President Keith Hojek, Trustee Mark Lobes, voted to let the people decide with a referendum for a bond.
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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
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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 jlukasik@lths.org
Samantha Neitzke, Vice President sneitzke@lths.org Against Tax increase
Ann Lopez-Caneva, Secretary alopez-caneva@lths.org
Lisa Bickus, Member lbickus@lths.org
Lou Ann Johnson, Member ljohnson@lths.org
Michael Lewandowski, Member mlewandowski@lths.org
Charles Travis, Member ctravis@lths.org