SB99 Nepotism Policy

I’m beginning to think a Sandack type of overhaul of SB99’s Ethics and Nepotism Policies may be in order.  As you may recall, Current Mayor Ron Sandack ran with overhauling and tightening village ethics a platform issue, and upon election immediately wasted no time fulfilling that pledge to voters.  One part: no more campaign contributions from people or groups that do business above a certain level with the village.  It reflected aspects of ethics legislation the state General Assembly pursued in response to Blago’s (and Ryan’s) abuse of power.  That hasn’t had any deleterious effects here so far, and doesn’t look like it ever will.  If anything, some local companies have sighed relief they are barred from having to play that game.

Here are the sheets of the current Nepotism Policy for SB99.  This is not the policy for the District, this is for the School Board.

Page 2 of instructions for implementing Nepotism Policy

Page 1 of Instructions for implementing Nepotism Policy

Page 2 of instructions for implementing Nepotism Policy

The District 99 Nepotism Policy was changed in January to keep track with changes made to the School Board Policy.

I could not get these to post right at DGreport.

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Local MSM Getting Hip to RLC

Check this recent write up on the Reporter.

Overdue, the public is beginning to smell the rat that is Red Light Cameras.

Saturday 6:30pm steam

GOP Attack Ad

Trib Wakes Up On RLC

Today the Trib finally woke up to the nightmare of private for-profit companies that deploy traffic cameras and enter into contracts to ticket for “civil” traffic offenses committed by vehicles, and collect money to make their profit.  Red Light Cameras was the first manifestation of this scurrilous abuse of consent of the governed.

Read the Tribune article here.

The Trib also lays out the major players in the unfolding RLC rip-off.

Read the Trib article on the players here.

HB255’s false promise

Pennsylvania teaches a lesson Illinois refuses to learn.

More revenue, lower taxes, education funding.  All lies sold in years past every time politicians want a taste of back room money and power, want to cement campaign donors to a steady diet of cash kickbacks to keep those in office, in office as long as they wish, not as long as the electorate wishes.

Money wins election in Illinois, and the gambling industry delivers that cash.  In return, IL lawmakers turned the spigot wide open with HB255, a disaster for Illinois that will change our state.  For the worse.

I have several friends who say “What’s the harm of playing a little video poker at the Moose?”  What about at the convenience store next to the school?  The gas stations at every corner?  Grocery stores? Once the foot is in the door…

They will become part of the fabric of society here in IL.  Try teaching your children to be fiscally responsible when video gambling entices them with the lie of easy riches.  Every day.  Every time they go in for a slushee, or a candy bar.  Every time you take them grocery shopping.  Expanded gambling will expand two things in Illinois we least need: greed, and corruption.

Get ready for an onslaught of politicians expanding programs for the poor that will be the hardest hit by video gambling. Those who barely have the means to keep their heads above water, which here in Illinois is topping 22% of the population (10%+ unemployed, 12% in working poverty) are the specific victims of advertising campaigns that cajole and convince them that the winning is easy.  And the desperate want to believe, so they gamble.  And lose.

But IL pols don’t care about that.  They care about money.   And if the poor get poorer because the politicians take their money, well, they’ll just tax the rest who do have money.  More welfare, more programs, more help-help needed because the politicians stole what little the poor have.

Read about how well this has all worked out for Pennslyvania here.

Bellwood Loves RLC

The last three minutes are where the revenue agenda is discussed.  “It’s like having a casino!”