Monthly Archives: February 2014

God Save the Queen – America Gives Piers Morgan Back to Great Britain!

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A sad day for America. It is being reported that Piers Morgan, Larry King’s replacement, will soon be leaving CNN after three years. His pompous, elitism will certainly be missed by his American audience! Let’s all chip in and buy him a ticket back to Great Britain. It’s rumored that Jay Leno is looking for job. At least we would be entertained instead of being punished every night.

Don’t Miss Rabbit Hole at Winneshiek Theatre March 1 and 6 – 8 Directed by Tom Myers

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Rabbit Hole will be presented at the Winneshiek Theatere at 7:30 pm on March 1, 6, 7, and 8. Winneshiek is the nation’s oldest continuous amateur theatre located at 228 W. Clark, Freeport, Illinois.
Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay Abaire which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
If you wish to read summary of the plot, go to http://thehollowlog.hubpages.com/hub/Play-Analysis-The-Rabbit-Hole

For more information and tickets go to http://www.winneshiekplayers.org/

Buy a Can of Soda and You Will Help Feed the Pigs in Springfield!

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Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (Chicago Democrat) pictured in the red dress is proposing another new tax – a penny per ounce on each sugary drink sold in sealed containers. Said tax is under the guise of helping people eat a healthier diet. What a joke! Allegedly, the money raised would be used to pay for some health services and educational efforts. As usual in the State of Illinois, the solution to every problem is more taxes. Tell this state senator not to worry about the people in Illinois. She should spend her time finding ways to reduce spending instead of more taxes. Don’t worry about the taxpayers of this state getting too fat – the only ones getting fat at our expense are the pigs in Springfield who continue to over feed with our hard earned income. The politicians in Springfield should not give us advice while gorging themselves at the expense of the taxpayers of this State.

Case of the Week – Flash Your Vehicle Headlamps – And What Do You Get? – A Ticket!

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Michael Elli, a resident of the City of Ellisville, Missouri, observed a speed-trap in the City of Ellisville, and communicated to other drivers approaching from the opposite direction by flashing his headlamps to warn them that they should proceed with caution. The flashing of headlamps is commonly understood as conveying the message to slow down and proceed with caution. Of course, an officer in a marked police vehicle saw him and issued a ticket. When he appeared in municipal court, he was advised by the judge that the fine for using headlamps to communicate the presence of speed-trap is $1,000!

Elli went to Federal Court and requested a preliminary injunction to stop the practice of ticketing individuals who flash their headlamps.

Decision: Preliminary Injunction Granted. The judge stated that the loss of First Amendment freedoms for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.

So it looks like flashing your headlamps is protected free speech, at least in the Eastern District of Missouri!

Read the case at
http://www.aclu-mo.org/files/4913/9144/8084/Order_Granting_Preliminary_Injuction.pdf

Freeport (Illinois) City Council Meeting, Tuesday, February 18 – Good Bye Shelly and Good Luck at New Job!

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The meeting will be at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor.
If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.

Items of interest:

Appointment of Shawn Boldt to Nida Board for two years.

Resolution to approve hiring Lauterbach and Amen LLP for 2014 audit for $34,900, 2015 audit for $35,890, and 2016 audit for $37,680. The firm is located in Warrenville, Illinois. I wonder how much this firm pays in Freeport real estate taxes. So much for keeping money in the local economy!

Resolution to authorize an agreement with Fehr Graham in the amount of $211,455 for annual services for the Freeport Landfills.

For the complete agenda of the council meeting, go to http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20140218a.pdf

Happy Birthday George Washington!

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George Washingon was born on February 22, 1732, and his birthday is celebrated on the third Monday of February. The picture is the George Washington Masonic National Memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. It is dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first President of the United States and a Mason. For more information on this memorial go to http://gwmemorial.org/

Stephenson County Board Meeting February 13

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Next meeting on February 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the County Board Room at the Stephenson County Court House, 15 N. Galena Avenue, Freeport.

For a complete agenda go to http://co.stephenson.il.us/board/mins.asp

Coming soon to Good Day Illinois a new feature called – How Much Are The Real Estate Taxes On This Building?