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Inmate lockdown lawsuits influence sheriff’s budget dispute

The number of lawsuits filed by the inmates against Winnebago County Sheriff Caruana currently stand at twenty-one with undoubtedly more on the way. This is the inmate’s response to an unanticipated upsurge in the number of lockdown hours triggered by the sheriff in the months immediately following the layoff of 10 correction officers. The lawsuits are identical except for the name of the inmate, suggesting an organized campaign to reduce the lockdowns. How did the county get into this position? First, county spending has exceeded revenues....

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Local taxpayers affected by unfunded state mandates

It’s challenging for a local taxing body to balance their budget without additional unfunded state mandates being imposed on them from Springfield, whether it’s the Illinois Supreme Court in the first example below or the general assembly in the second example, which hasn’t balanced a budget in over a decade. Effective November 1, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court amended its Rule 941concerning the “Use of Restraints on a Minor in all juvenile delinquency proceedings arising under the Juvenile Court Act” of 1987. This ruling mandates that...

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Supreme Court should review individual contraception mandate, not just Corporate mandate

The Supreme Court agreed to take the Case of Hobby Lobby and another corporation, who say their religious rights are being violated by forcing them to pay for their employees contraceptives and abortifacients. Obamacare is actually making those who pay for uninsured people’s premiums, which includes contraceptives. If contraception is against our beliefs, aren’t we as individuals also losing our religious freedom? Religious freedom doesn’t just stop at the church door on Sundays. It is practiced in everyday life. The...

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Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Husband – Sweartheart real estate deal

As verified by snopes.com @ http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/blum.asp The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, most of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these properties will fetch about $19 billion. A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI and it...

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National news quick on Tom Delay’s conviction but ignore acquittal

  The national network news media, ABC, CBS, and NBC were quick to broadcast stories of the conviction of Tom Delay, which was news, but it would be fair to say that they should have been just as quick to broadcast his exoneration at the appellate court level – NOT! Excerpt: Back in 2010, when ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was convicted on money laundering charges related to campaign fundraising, all three network morning and evening news shows made sure to tell their viewers. On their November 24, 2010 evening newscasts, all...

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Legal and financial consequences of home rule in Rockford

Home rule, created by the Illinois Constitution in 1970, allows municipalities to raise taxes, pass ordinances to address local problems, and do just about anything not prohibited by state law. Non-home-rule communities can do only what the state law stipulates. Proponents of home rule always opine that the issue appears to boil down to a lack of trust in our elected officials not to excessively raise taxes without voter approval. In 1983, after two consecutive years of excessive tax increases, home rule opponents obtained 10,800 signatures...

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