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E-Corners project. The revolving loan fund administration board has been notified that Farmers National Bank has agreed to provide an additional $47,000 in financing for cost overruns associated with the Coz-E-Corners project. A request for final payment to Max Cor, Inc. for water tower rehabilitation in the amount of $94,822.80 was approved. Items for consideration and possible action: Approval of fruit tree planting at French Creek Park, discussed at the last meeting. Ordinance #14-06-Authorizing purchase of certain real property for purposes of parking, namely, the â€œJennings parking lotâ€? was approved. Mayor Pannier informed the council that two bids are coming for the lining of a sanitary sewer on Route 30 at Bartlett Street. The lower bid will be accepted. A goal setting meeting began at 6:30 pm, led by Theresa Wittenauer of the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council. The next scheduled meeting is set for March 10th, in the Whiteside County Board Room at 7:00 p.m.
&OR 4HE 0RAIRIE !DVOCATE .EWS MORRISON â€” High School Principal Scott Vance was appointed as Assistant Superintendent of the Morrison School District at the February 24th board meeting. Vance will officially begin on May 30, 2014. School Board President Jim Prombo stated, â€œWe hired Scott knowing he didnâ€™t have his endorsement. We will be hiring him as interim Superintendent, so that some days there is a certified Superintendent in attendance. Vance will take over by the next school year. Vanceâ€™s salary is based on that of an Assistant Superintendentâ€™s.â€? Vance is originally from Rock Falls, and has been a Principal at the High School for four years, but has been employed with the District for 14. Vance stated, â€œI am extremely excited for the opportunity.â€? Upon receiving his Superintendent Endorsement, Vance will act as sole Superintendent for the Morrison district. Vance will replace Dr. Suellen Girard, who is retiring on May 29th. During the regular meeting of the school board, board members approved minutes from previously held meetings. Mike Vegter and Brandon Shelton were absent, as "Y */(. (5'').3 person for part time summer help was Jim Ridley, but he was present &OR 4HE 0RAIRIE !DVOCATE .EWS doing yard work and maintenance. via Skype.
Mt. Carroll City Council Hears Presentation About One Percent Sales Tax MOUNT CARROLL â€“ The Mount Carroll city council met for its finance committee meeting at 6:45 pm and its regular meeting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 with all aldermen present. The council approved the minutes from the February 11, 2014 meeting and the accounts payable. Cemetery committee Alderman Mike Risko reported that the Cemetery Committee discussed starting an endowment fund for the cemetery. Alderman Bob Sisler had asked what assurances were there that future councils would not tap into the fund. He was told that the funds would be under the Mount Carroll Foundation and they would handle the fund. Risko also announced that Mr. John Apple would be returning to conduct another cemetery stone repair workshop this May. He would also stay in Mount Carroll for an additional three days to help the City repair stones in the old section of the cemetery for a cost of $3,000. The council voted five to one to approve having Mr. Apple do the work. The council approved hiring a
They also approved the placement Superintendentâ€™s report of a bench on the Doug Miller grave Girard reported on the February 14 district institute day, noting site in section four of the cemetery. that it was a great success. Teacher Proposed one percent sales tax feedback was excellent, with many Chadwick Milledgeville School teachers finding ways to increase the Superintendent Tim Schurman was utilization of technology to enhance in attendance to inform the council and improve instruction. about the proposed one percent Girard informed board members that as a result of the cold winter, sales tax that will be on the ballot utility rates for the district have for the primary elections March 18. increased, which will lead to an Schurman announced he was not increase in utility bills. there to try to persuade anyone, The second facilities grant has he was there merely to inform. He been approved, and would provide Â˝ noted that all three school boards in of the funds needed for the fire alarm upgrades. The district is also seeking the county are backing the proposal. a Safety Grant, that would provide He explained the pros and cons funds to re-key Northside classroom of the tax and how it would impact doors so that there can be a master the school districts. He stated that key, and so all classrooms can be the revenues from the tax would locked from the inside in the case be divided among the districts of an emergency. Board members received key cards at the meeting, according to number of students. to allow for access to the front and The revenues can only be use for rear doors of the high school. facility improvements. Girard happily reported that In other business, Jill Bess briefly the projected deficit has been cut discussed marketing of Mount in half. Currently, the deficit has been reduced from $367,489.24 to Carroll. $363,475.78.
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(IGH 3CHOOL 0RINCIPAL 3COTT 6ANCE WAS APPOINTED AS !SSISTANT 3UPERINTENDENT OF THE -ORRISON 3CHOOL $ISTRICT AT THE &EBRUARY TH BOARD MEETING 6ANCE WILL OFlCIALLY BEGIN ON -AY U.S Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton and the Depot. The partnership with Sauk Valley Community College is continuing to develop a program to ensure students are career and college ready. Vance noted that the Three Rivers Athletic Conference principals will be meeting in early March to discuss the vote on conference realignment. The vote will be on whether to retain the divisional format currently being used for all sports or to move to a â€œplay everyoneâ€? format in all sports other than football. The High School is hosting the IHSA 2A Boys Basketball Regional Tournament the week of February 24-28. Junior High Principal Hogue reported that his staff members greatly appreciated the one day technology training, with many teachers commenting on the benefits of using the Chrome books to help with instruction and engagement. Preparations are continuing for the ISAT exams. The exams have been pushed back one week, due to school snow days. Over 160 students attended the â€œRed Danceâ€? sponsored by the Junior High and BEST parents. A trivia night fund raiser is scheduled for Saturday March 15th at 6:00 with dinner and and a fun night of trivia, sponsored by BEST. Joe Robbins of the elementary schools informed the Board that over 35 counselors from Northern Illinois attended a â€œCounselors Academyâ€? training session during the recent Teachers Institute day, which was arranged by Mr. Braasch, and held at Super Wash. Several teachers aides attended an Autism Workshop hosted by Bi-County at no cost to the district. After school tutoring is underway, with the number of students ranging from 8-15 students in each grade level. Superintendent Girard commented on the Insurance Committee
Meeting, stating that there is a 3.25% increase in taxes that go directly to the Government for the Affordable Health Care Act. Individual premiums will increase from $374.75 to $400.87. The cost of vision insurance has gone up by about 8.15%, with individual premiums increasing from $7.36 per month to $7.96. There is no cost to the District. Information on disability insurance is being discussed. A closed session was held for contract negotiations.
Discussion items Financial report as of January 31, 2014 - Superintendent Girard stated, â€œThis looks better that I thought it would. We have improved the deficit by $367,000.â€? RC Smith Bus Contract 2014-2015 - An increase of $800 a year on each route which equals $6400.00was presented. PreK routes increased by $525 per route. â€œThatâ€™s a very reasonable increase,â€? Girard added. Insurance renewal quotes - Girard said, â€œThis is really good news. The increase includes taxes for the National Healthcare Law. This is a very modest increase. I am very thrilled with the renewalâ€?.
Action items Keyless entry and key check-out approval form was approved. District audit for 2014-2015, with an increase of $130.00 was approved. Gorenz and Associates said the cost would be $9,730.00. Traffic pattern for Southside and Junior High was approved. Cathleen Vegter commented, â€œThe community complains about the current pick up and drop off situation. They should like this.â€? Chief Melton will be completing the proper signage. The Junior High Swimming Cooperative agreement was also approved.
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On March 18th the voters of Carroll County have a facilities sales tax resolution on the ballot initiated by the three Carroll County School Districts. The voters are being asked to support a one cent sales tax on qualifying goods that would benefit the local schools by being able to update, remodel, construct, or purchase facilities update security measures, and provide energy upgrades. Currently, the only way to complete these tasks is through a building referendum that is paid back over time by bonds, the use of health, life safety taxes administered through the levy on local property owners, or by selling working cash bonds; again paying them back over time. The biggest advantage of not using bonds is the local taxpayer does not pay the funds back over a 20 year time period. That process results in funds equal to three to four times the actually project costs of the work due to interest paid over time. The facility sales tax would allow you to pay for local projects as you go resulting in lower costs for local taxpayers. The funds can only be spent on facilities which would result in a stimulus effect locally by working with local contractors. The tax has the ability to lower local taxes for property owners through bond and interest abatement on bonds already purchased or by not selling additional bonds in the future. The tax will not be assessed on food, titled vehicles, medicine, farm equipment and parts, or your local energy bill. It would be assessed on prepared food, gasoline, and restaurant purchases. The vote requires a simple majority in the entire county for it to be successful. In Carroll County, with tourism especially big, visitors to our area would help support your local schools. With the Bureau of Prisons starting to update the Thomson Correctional Center and moving towards hiring employees, the local traffic will increase and items purchased in Carroll County by them would go to support your local schools; more importantly the kids who are educated there. Do your sons, daughters, or grandkids not deserve the best facilities to learn? Up to date facilities would also make the local towns more attractive for new residents to move to Carroll County. New residents to Carroll County would help reverse a trend of population leaving Carroll County and provide the opportunity for new residents to help lower your taxes by increasing Equalized Assessed Value (EAV), increase local dollars on State generated funds from increased population, and help neutralize or
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The 2014 Spring Session of the 98th General Assembly in Illinois is in full swing. One of the first items on the agenda this past week was House Joint Resolution 80 (HJR80) which sets forth the amounts of general funds estimated to be available during the State Fiscal Year of 2015. The revenue amount was set at $34.495 billion and was passed 112 to 0. Interestingly, the amount passed for last year FY2014 was $35.446 billion and the actual amount was $36.073 billion. For FY2013 it was $33.719 billion and for FY2012 it was $33.173 billion. So the amount set for the upcoming year is $1.578 billion less than last year. However, please keep in mind that this joint resolution has no force of law, and is only a guideline for the appropriations committees in their deliberations. As has been said before, Illinois does not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem and it would be best for the state to spend over a billion dollars LESS this upcoming year and begin to reduce our state debt. Speaking of spending and reducing the budget, I also wanted We started the Stephenson County to bring to your attention a brief Tea Party January 2010 after seeing how President Obama was socializing our once-great country. Thanks to old film, we can see how he has broken so many of his promises – like transparency, running things through Congress, etc. The government now controls a large percent of the economy. What has the government ever done efficiently? Now we are at the March 18th primary elections. We have tried the moderates like Bob Dole and John McCain. Mitt Romney was much better but lacked the fight to expose Obama’s dismal record. There are three main enemies of our founders’ conservative values that push the Democratic Socialist agenda. 1st – Public Unions: Even FDR, the liberal of the day, was against them; 2nd – The mainstream media; and 3rd – The NEA (education system). They are waiting for us old Dr. Anjali Parekh Reagan Conservatives to die and then Ophthalmologist replace us with Socialists. Karl Marx said that we must have Socialism first ___________________________________
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Severe Weather Preparedness Month
While the majority of Illinois tornadoes occur between April 1 and June 30, the tornado outbreaks on Nov. 17, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2014, proved that these violent storms may happen any time of the year. Tornadoes can be deadly and cause serious injuries and property damage, but there are actions people can do to protect themselves and their families. Throughout March, the Carroll County Emergency Management Agency is joining with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and other emergency management agencies across the state to promote severe weather preparedness. IEMA and the National Weather Service have prepared a Severe Weather Preparedness Guide that provides information on what you should do before, during and after a tornado, severe thunderstorm or flooding. The guidebook is available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov. (or use your agency website and link to
the guide) One of the most important preparedness actions is to have a way to receive emergency warnings 24 hours a day, especially while you sleep. A NOAA Weather Alert Radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) automatically alerts when a watch or warning is issued for your county. There are also several smartphone apps available that can alert you to imminent dangers. These warnings can provide precious time for you to seek shelter from an approaching tornado or severe storm. I encourage everyone to take time in March to learn more about how you and your family can stay safe during severe weather. Sincerely, Gregory Miller Carroll County ESDA Coordinator
COMMENTARY One Manâ€™s Opinion
By Jim Sacia Nobody likes taxes. We all really dislike new taxes. We all want the best for our children. Education requires taxes. As homeowners we all pay property tax and that funds our childrenâ€™s education. None of us wants to pay more but what if we could keep our educational facilities upgraded without burdening the property owner? What if we put on the ballot on March 18 a one percent sales tax to be used solely for school facilities? Eighteen counties in Illinois have already passed it and many more have it on the ballot. Studies have shown that the one percent increase in sales tax does not affect retail sales. Large ticket items like boats, cars, trucks, mobile homes, and of course farm equipment and farm inputs are exempt. The good news is that the tax is spread to all who spend money in the county including those of us who donâ€™t live here but spend money here, myself included. My $10.00 meal at a restaurant will cost me an additional dime. Sometimes I pick up the check for the four of us for a noon meal - the $50.00 cost translates to an additional fifty cents. My $50.00 gas fill adds another fifty cents. Yes, pennies add up to dollars, but keeping the burden off of our property owners is a bonus, especially when those passing through or visiting for work or play help us out. All f ive Stephenson County School Boards have approved putting the one percent sales tax on the ballot.
Sometimes a new tax spread out over many, some not even living here, makes good sense. It makes exceptional sense if it staves off a property tax increase for a building referendum or levy to repair crumbling infrastructure.
A Fair Tax: Growing Illinoisâ€™ Economy & Giving the Middle Class a Fair Shake
By Kristen Crowell As I speak with working families all over the state, Iâ€™m hearing an all-too-common refrain. People who work hard, pay their taxes, and play by the rules find it tougher and tougher to get by. Theyâ€™re upset that while ordinary Illinoisans struggle, big corporations and the very rich arenâ€™t paying their fair share â€“ a view shared by 82% of Illinois voters. Theyâ€™re right. Economic data substantiates the fact that here in Illinois lower and middle-income families pay about twice the rate in taxes than what the rich pay. Thatâ€™s simply not fair. Many of these families are at the breaking point and theyâ€™ll be asked to shoulder even more if Springfield doesnâ€™t changes its prioritiesâ€”fast. Middle and lower-income families will either go without essential services or face higher local taxes, probably both, unless Springfield confronts the upcoming fiscal cliff head-on. Expiring tax rates will add $2 billion to the current $6 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Critical investments in public education, infrastructure, public safety, health and human services, and more â€“ literally all of our most important priorities â€“ will face cuts unlike anything weâ€™ve ever seen without drastic changes. It shouldnâ€™t be that way, and it wonâ€™t if the will of the people is respected. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Illinoisans believe such draconian cuts would have unacceptable consequences for vital programs and services. A Better Illinois is a large and diverse coalition committed to fundamentally altering the way Springfield does business through long-term, structural reform that creates stable and sustainable revenue. Implementation of a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes would do just that. Our reforms represent the opposite of how Springfield governs
BE A PRAIRIE ADVOCATE Page 5 todayâ€”with Band-Aids and budget gimmicks, kicking the can down the road until the next crisis arises. In addition to stability, an even better reason for a Fair Tax is its impact on lower- and middle-income families and their bottom lines. Implemented properly, a Fair Tax represents a tax cut â€“ not an increase, but a cut â€“ for the overwhelming "Y -)#(!%, -),,%2 majority of Illinois taxpayers over &OR 4HE 0RAIRIE !DVOCATE .EWS February 19, 2014 â€” The River what they currently pay. Thatâ€™s not what youâ€™ll hear from the Ridge School Board met at 7:00 out-of-state special interest groups PM, with members Barb Schaible, spending obscene amounts of money Merri Sevey, Raymie Diestelmeier, peddling doomsday scenarios. But Matt Wild, David Howard and theyâ€™re just manufacturing strawmen President Allen Crist present, with and outright lies to protect big Don McLane absent. Superintendent Brad Albrecht, High School/Middle corporations and the rich. School and Principal Mike Foltz were Contrary to the big-money fear also present. The Board heard news mongering, a Fair Tax represents a from the Administrators, including tax cut for the vast majority of Illinois congratulations to the WYSE team on families over what they currently pay. their First Place finish in the regional Perhaps most insulting about the competition. current smear campaign by out-ofRelevant and important dates state special interests is that it seeks for the district include March 3 to silence the voices of Illinois voters through 14 for ISAT testing; the â€“ 92% of whom believe the tax and Boysâ€™ Basketball Sectional at River budgeting process in Springfield is Ridge on March 4th, 5th and 7th; broken and needs to be fixed. March 6th is the Elementary Open Fair Tax legislation simply puts House; March 18-19 for Preschool the question of a Fair Tax to Illinois Screening; March 19-20 for Parent/ voters on the upcoming November Teacher Conferences; last day of ballot. It is we, the people, who school for June 4th, assuming no will ultimately decide. The big more emergency days; and June 5th money pouring in from outside for Teacherâ€™s Institute. Illinois actually seeks to deny us the Albrecht Retirement Date opportunity to vote on a Fair Tax for Superintendent Brad Albrechtâ€™s requested retirement date of June ourselves. 34 states and the federal 16th, 2016 was approved after government have abandoned the Executive Session of the meeting, antiquated, anti-growth tax system as was the hiring of Kate Wiersema as Assistant Softball Coach. that still burdens Illinois today. Additional Action Itâ€™s no coincidence neighboring Crist told the Board that a Food Midwestern states and others with a Allergy Policy form is in draft form Fair Tax are recovering more quickly and should be ready for board review from the Great Recession, with far by March. The Board approved lower unemployment and much Teacher and Classified Employee stronger job creation. Seniority Lists. Thereâ€™s no surer way to stimulate The Board next meeting will be Illinoisâ€™ economy and create new March 17th, 2013 at 7:00 at the River jobs than a Fair Tax that puts more Ridge District attendance center. money in the hands of lower and middle-income taxpayers who will spend it in their local communities. Thatâ€™s a recipe for both short-term stimulus and long-term economic growth. Mrs. Illinois/America Pageant (Married) Itâ€™s long past time to change our <RXFDQEH antiquated and unfair tax code, in 0UV ,OOLQRLV$PHULF D favor of a Fair Tax with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates 67$7( for higher incomes. Letâ€™s put an end ),1$/6 to the constant budgeting-by-crisis $SULO WK in Springfield, and at the same time give the middle class a fair shake. Kristen Crowell is the Executive 6WHSKDQLH3LOOHU Director for A Better Illinois, a 0UV ,OOLQRLV$PHULFD statewide coalition of civic and (17(512: :LQDWULSWR1DWLRQDOV community organizations, small 0DJQLĂ€FHQW:DUGUREH business, labor, and faith leaders, DQG)DEXORXV3UL]HV educators, service providers, and tens &$//)25<285 $33/,&$7,2112: of thousands of ordinary taxpayers seeking to modernize Illinois tax &ODVVLF 3DJHDQWV ,QF structure to create greater fairness (PDLO SDJHDQWV#PUVLOOLQRLVDPHULFDFRP : WK 6WUHHW 2DN %URRN ,/ and long-term economic growth.
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&OR 4HE 0RAIRIE !DVOCATE .EWS Eastland Superintendent Mark Hansen gave a brief and informative presentation on the one percent sales tax proposal that the county will be voting on in March, at the February 25th, 2014 meeting of the Savanna City Council at 333 Chicago Avenue. Present at the meeting were council members Bill Robinson, Bill Sweeney, Gary Scott Law, Ray Skiles, Jeff Griswold, Lisa Robinson and Peg Haffey (subbing for the absent Mayor McCombie as Mayor Pro Tem). Also attending were City Clerk Paul Hartman, and department heads Sheryl Sipe, Michael Moon, Shawn Picolotti and John Lindeman. Retailerâ€™s occupation tax Hansen began his presentation by defining the proposed tax, calling it a â€œsales tax within the county, of one percentâ€?; he exampled that if you purchase something that costs a dollar, you would pay a penny tax under this purchase. This applies only to service sales, with items like groceries and titled vehicles being exempt from the tax. He said to calculate the impact of this tax on each individual, it would be helpful to think of how much one spends in one year and add one percent to that total. He said that the idea for this came from Iowa, and that at this point every county in Iowa has approved this type of sales tax for facilities. Hansen said this type of tax has worked quite well to raise funding for Iowa schools. He opined that the Illinois legislature has approved this type of tax because it has neither the funds to sufficiently support its schools, nor the will to raise taxes in order to do so. This measure gives the local counties the opportunity to decide â€œif they want to tax themselves.â€? Hansen called the vote on the tax â€œa simple majority voteâ€? for the registered voters in Carroll County on March 18th. He said that each voter has to decide how this vote would impact them individually and how it would potentially help the school facilities of the county. All three boards of the districts (West Carroll, Chadwick/ Milledgeville and Eastland) have approved putting this tax on the ballot, largely because they saw either immediate or future needs for this type of funding. Hansen said that the tax works thusly; the tax is generated, then redistributed by the county to the schools on a per student basis. Going by percentages, Eastland had about 28 percent of the students in the county, and would thus, get that percent of the full amount, whereas West Carroll had about 53 percent of the students, and would garner that amount. He said that a rough calculation would put about $280,000.00 per year in the Eastland coffers, with â€œsignif icantly moreâ€? for West Carroll, each, of course, on a yearly basis. Taking each district at a glance, Hansen said that Eastland had been unable to do some facility work because of the property values of Lake Carroll, and they had also closed one facility. He talked about the need to invest in older properties
already purchased to keep them viable, such as possibly going with geothermal heating which would lower energy costs and free up more funds for other purposes. Chadwick/Milledgeville, he said, was doing well with finances but said its facilities did need some work. With West Carroll, there were both facility needs and debt to be paid off, and the revenue from such a tax could address both of these issues. If the tax doesnâ€™t pass, Hansen said, there are ways to raise money for these needs, and in fact the law states if your buildings are not safe, you must then raise property taxes in order to repair them. If the tax passes, each district will look much different in ten years, while they will look largely the same if the tax does not pass. Ms. Robinson asked if the districts were under any obligation to pay off debt right away with the proceeds of the tax, and Sweeney, a former West Carroll Board member, said that while it did not, it did restrict the districts to certain types of expenditures, namely, those related to grounds and facilities, and could not be used for things such as salaries or books. Hansen said that while he didnâ€™t emphasize a â€œloweringâ€? of property taxes as a potential benefit of the tax, he did think that it would contribute to a general overall blunting of future property tax hikes because the funds from the tax could be utilized for expenses that might otherwise have to be funded through future hikes in property taxes. West Carroll Board President Mike Highland briefly addressed the council, informing them that the board has talked about using the proceeds of the tax for reducing the bonded indebtedness, because if this is not done, the taxes on these bonds will go up anyway. He said the intent was to maintain the tax rate at the same rate rather than to allow it to increase. He added that the tax on the ballot will be called a â€œretailerâ€™s occupation tax,â€? just so that everyone can identify it when they go to vote. Frozen pipes update Public Works Superintendent Lindeman fielded some questions regarding his departmentâ€™s workload over the past month, informing the council that had been â€œprobably 90 percent cold relatedâ€? issues. He said heâ€™d seen a couple more frozen lines in just the last week and for the first time in his experience, had dealt with a frozen sewer main as well. He said he had seen incidents of four and a half feet of frost and thought it would be several weeks before things got better, as the frost will go deeper as the weather warms. He added that the Hot Shot unit that had been purchased had not been working very well, and that the department was working on better ways to get it to work efficiently. He added that the water meter replacement project seems to be progressing well, with 36 units being replaced in one day alone. Lindeman, in response to a question, said that he advises Savanna citizens to continue to run a small, pencil-thick stream of cold water to help guard against frozen water lines, until notified otherwise.
Reeder Report An Idea Without Fizz
SPRINGFIELD â€“ The latest taxation plan in Springfield is more than a bit hard to swallow. State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, has introduced legislation for the state to start taxing soda pop at a rate of 1 cent per ounce. That would jack up the price of a case of pop by 50 percent or about $2.88. H u n t e r â€™s reason is straightforward: Pop makes us fat. No kidding. So do pecan pie, potato chips and just about anything eaten to excess. Should we start creating special taxes for them, too? Or, you know, a few years ago I was reporting in Cuba and found that the government there rations food. It seems to ensure no one gets fat, but it leaves plenty of folks hungry. Perhaps that is a model Hunter should consider. Back during World War II, our government rationed food. I still have some of my grandmotherâ€™s ration stamps tucked away in a drawer. Maybe that would be a scheme worthy of the good senatorâ€™s adoption. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m not saying soda is particularly good for you. Like many journalists I was once a caffeine fiend downing seven or eight diet sodas a day. But 15 months ago I gave up all pop. Now the only beverages I consume are skim milk and water. But that is a personal choice. And pardon me, but personal choices should be just that â€“ personal. They shouldnâ€™t be subject to the dictates of government. Government needs to butt out of our private lives. Personal responsibility should triumph over government mandates. By the way, in case you think this is all about government wanting just the best for you, think again. This tax plan would suck $600 million a year right out of the pockets of Illinoisans, one quarter at a time. And that money would be used to further expand government. Illinois doesnâ€™t have a revenue
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problem â€“ it has a spending problem. Revenues are at their highest level in the stateâ€™s 196-year history. But our state government is still broke. There is an insatiable thirst for dollars in Springfield that no soda tax can quench. While soda may be making people overweight, new taxes are making our government fat. That in itself is a good reason for supporters of the new tax to put a cork in it.
Sticking With the Union? I remember when I was in grade school, I brought home a library book about labor leader John L. Lewis and watched my grandfather sputter. Grandpa Ralph never attended high school, worked with his hands his entire life and eventually was able to own his own farm after many years of working for other people. He believed individual initiative (hard work) is the key for working people to get ahead. And he didnâ€™t think much of Mr. Lewis â€“ or unions in particular. But I didnâ€™t know any of this at the time. I was just a fifth-grader looking for something interesting to read. I checked out the book from the school library because I thought it was pretty cool that Lewis and I had the same birthday. Grandpa wasnâ€™t so easily impressed. â€œThe man set the country on a path toward ruin, Scott,â€? Grandpa said at a family dinner as he eyed my book. His sister in-law, my great-aunt Avonal, chimed in that John L. Lewis was a great man who cared about ordinary people. Grandpa just shook his head. It just goes to show you, when it comes to unions not everyone can agree just what their contributions are. Thatâ€™s why I find a bill introduced by state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills, perplexing. Senate Bill 2682 would require all students to learn â€œthe history of organized labor in Americaâ€? before they graduate from eighth grade.
It would change the Illinois School Code to say: â€œThe teaching of history also shall include a study of the history of organized labor in America, the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a mixed free enterprise system, and the collective bargaining process.â€? So whose history of unions will be taught? My Grandpa Ralphâ€™s? Or my Aunt Avonelâ€™s? Itâ€™s important to remember that mythology surrounds much of the history of the labor movement. For example, when I was in high school I was taught about the Haymarket Riot in Chicago. My teacher, who belonged to a union, taught us that it was an example of how government persecuted labor organizers. The reality is much more complex. Thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Timothy Messer-Kruse, we now know that much of what we were once taught about that event is false. The defendants in the case received a fair trial, and the evidence that resulted in four being hung was substantial, MesserKruse said. Even today, much of what the men were convicted of would warrant the death penalty in many jurisdictions. But the Haymarket incident, which is marked as a seminal moment in the labor movement not only in Illinois, but the world, is portrayed much differently. The riot is the origin of international May Day celebrations by socialist and communist parties. Organized labor has played an important role in the development of this nation. And so have other groups: farmers, immigrants, Jews, Christians, small businesses, Republicans, Democrats, soldiers and pacifists. But I donâ€™t see Sen. Hastings calling for a teaching mandate about those folks. One canâ€™t help but wonder if this is serious legislation or an effort to pander to a group helpful in the last election. Hastingsâ€™ campaign received $30,000 from labor groups.
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GOP Lawmakers Call for NRI Investigation, Freezing of Expenditures FEBRUARY 26 â€” Several Republican lawmakers are asking the Illinois Auditor General to refer findings from a February 2014 audit of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authorityâ€™s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) to the Executive Inspector General for review, and potentially to the U.S. Attorney for further investigation of potential criminal activity. The lawmakers also called for freezing any unexpended dollars â€“ which could be as much as $31 million. The Auditor General stated the $54.55 million NRI program was â€œhastily implementedâ€? with â€œpervasive deficiencies in Illinois Violence Prevention Authorityâ€™s (IVPA) planning, implementation, and management.â€? State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) said, â€œIâ€™ve spent 32 years in law enforcement and, quite frankly, if an investigator brought this document to me, I would call for a multiagency task force to immediately start a criminal investigation. This is an ongoing pattern in this state. Itâ€™s legalized theft, in my mind, of taxpayer dollars. They take state and federal money and it goes to various programs that donâ€™t work, donâ€™t exist, close the doors, nobody can figure out what happened to the money.â€? The audits also found Gov. Pat Quinn broke state law when he shuffled funds among various accounts in order to circumvent the Legislatureâ€™s authority to annually appropriate General Fund dollars. In effect, the Governor was able to create a non-appropriated slush fund of $91 million that he could use in future fiscal years without having to request that the General Assembly re-appropriate those dollars. Approximately $45 million was eventually given to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. (IVPA Compliance Audit, for two years ended June 30, 2012; pages 10-14; Released 2/25/14. Finding 12-1.) State Rep. David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) said, â€œEvery component of this audit is barraged with questions of ethical integrity. From the very
beginning, many of us had grave reservations about the formation and implementation of this program. This audit supports these concerns. This is nothing more than Gov. Quinn using taxpayer dollars to fund precinct walkers in Chicago.â€? S t a t e S e n . M a t t M u r p hy (R-Palatine) said, â€œThere was no documentation, no monitoring, no attempt to recover funds. We need to get this information to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and freeze the spending. Itâ€™s a shameful waste of taxpayersâ€™ dollars to bail out a failed politician.â€? State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Co-Chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, called the program â€œnothing more than a political slush fund for Gov. Quinn.â€? TheAuditor Generalâ€™s performance audit included the following key findings. A troublesome timeline â€“ beginning with Gov. Quinnâ€™s appearance in a Chicago neighborhood in August 2010. In less than two week, $30 million was allocated to the program â€“ before the IVPA staff was ever notified. In September 2010, the â€œGovernorâ€™s officeâ€? tells the IVPA Board of the commitment to release some funds immediately and the â€œrest after the election.â€? By Oct. 6, the program increased from $0 million to $50 million. (page 10) Subsequent funding brings NRIâ€™s totals to nearly $100 million in taxpayer funds. Of the program expenses that were reviewed, 40 percent were questioned by auditors. IVPA turned over decisionmaking to Chicago aldermen for organizations to serve as lead agencies for the NRI program. While billed as a violence prevention program, many of C h i c a g o â€™s m o s t v i o l e n t neighborhoods were not included. (page 73) Quarterly reports were submitted late and were inaccurate. IVPA failed to adequately monitor spending of state NRI funds by providers (page 92) and failed to exercise due diligence in selecting the agencies.
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Carroll Volunteers Needed for HCCâ€™s Adult Education County Literacy Program SWCD Offers Scholarship The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is taking applications for a $500.00 Scholarship. This will be awarded to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his or her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. Selection will be based equally on the following three criteria: Scholastic Achievement, Financial Need, and Extra Curricular Activities. All completed forms must be received by April 1, 2014 to the SWCD office at 807-C S Clay St, Mt. Carroll IL 61053. Applications may be obtained from any of the high school guidance counselors or by calling the SWCD office at 815-244-8732, extension 3.
Highland Community College Literacy Program is searching for literacy volunteers to tutor adults in Highlandâ€™s district. Volunteers tutor math, reading, writing or English as a Second Language. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend a tutor informational meeting from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at Freeport Public Library. The support and encouragement that tutors provide is a key influence in the lives of students. Students show greater achievement when they have individual instruction. One student who benefited by having a tutor is Cole Bergman, 18, of Stockton. Due to health issues while he was in high school, Bergman had to drop out of school. He could not keep up with his studies. Eventually, Bergman decided to attempt to complete his GED, but he tested low in math. Through tutoring, Bergman was able to excel. He received his GED in the summer of 2013. Today he is a student at Highland Community College, with aspirations to further his education at a baccalaureate school to complete his degree in Social Work. â€œIf it wasnâ€™t for the help I got with a tutor, I would not be in college today,â€? Bergman said. â€œYou have to want something bad enough to work
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