Monthly Archives: March 2014

Congratulations to Wisconsin Badgers for Making It to the Final Four!

Wisconsin with its win over Arizona has advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.

Good Luck to Wisconsin – Its next game is against Kentucky Saturday night, April 5, at 7:49 pm on CBS. Prior to the Wisconsin game, Florida plays UConn.


Police Officers Attend Seminar on Issues Facing Our Senior Citizens

20140324-190143.jpgPolice officers from all over Illinois recently attended a week long seminar on Elderly Service Officer Training. Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices in Freeport, Illinois spoke to the officers on Guardianships and Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property. As Heather said, “I enjoy speaking to groups and always feel it is a mutual learning experience. The officers asked excellent questions on issues facing them every day when dealing with our senior citizens and their families.”

Tired of Plastic Bags Littering the Countryside – San Francisco and Other Communities Are Doing Something About Them!

20140323-214823.jpgGo down any street in most American Cities and you see old plastic bags along along the streets. Not too many years ago all stores gave you paper bags which would disintegrate in the land fills. These plastic bags will take 1000 years to breakdown in a landfill. Recycling is one answer, and would certainly contribute to reducing the problem. Today only a small per cent of the bags are recycled with rest ending up our landfills and and even in our oceans. San Francisco has banned plastic bags. You go into a store, and you must furnish your own bag or pay a minimum of 10 cents for a compostable or recylable bag. Perhaps, it is time for the rest of the country to follow San Francisco’s example.

What Has Happened to Our Banks – Treating Customers Like Criminals.


Once upon a time, banks wanted deposits.

Once upon a time, banks paid interest on money deposited.

Once upon a time, bank employees treated customers with respect.

Once upon a time, banks valued their customers and actually made loans to help them buy a home or start a business.

Today, banks don’t care about deposits from customers. In fact they question every check being deposited.

Today, banks treat their customers with contempt as if they were criminals.

Today, banks only make loans so they can sell them and make a profit – they don’t care about helping the local economy!

If you complain about the practices at your local branch bank of Big Bank, Inc., you are told that government regulations are the reason for the banks treating customers like criminals.

Of course, the banks should know a criminal when they see one. You know the old expression, it takes one to know one! If I remember correctly, it was not the average citizen of this country who was responsible for the financial meltdown in 2008. It was caused by greedy bankers and crooked stockbrokers on Wall Street – not people on main street.

By the way if you complain, Big Bank, Inc. will just tell you to leave and take your money with you. Of course, you will be charged an exit fee for early withdrawal!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground.

They’ll be wearin’ the green at the Freeport City Meeting on Monday, March – Let’s Just Hope They Won’t Be Spending the Green!

Meeting at 6:00 pm 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd floor – watch live on Comcast Channel 17.

Items of interest:

2nd reading of ordinance on litter caused by handbills and newspapers – It’s about time something was done about these unwanted papers.

1st reading of ordinance to extend date for implementation of rental ordinance to June 2, 2014. Rules will be suspended and this will be voted on at the meeting. See posting on March 13 in regard to this ordinance. The extension and general implementation issues remind one of Obamacare!

Purchase of two Zoll Cardiac Monitor Defibrillators for fire department at cost of $59,030.40.

See complete agenda at

Click to access A20140317.pdf

If you get bored, listen to Wearing of the Green at

Freeport School District 145 Uses Public Funds to Promote Proposition on Ballot to Raise the Sales Tax 1%



The mailing to the households in the District a few days before the election is a blatant attempt by this District to influence the election on Tuesday.   The superintendent and her cohorts through this mailing misrepresent and distort the facts.   This mailing does not even attempt to educate the public in an unbiased way presenting both sides of the issue. 

When did appointed administrators have the right to tell us at our expense how we should vote?

Shame on the School Board for permitting such conduct.

Here’s the Illinois Statute dealing with election interference.   You decide if the law has been violated!

§ 10 ILCS 5/9-25.1. Election interference

    (a) As used in this Section, “public funds” means any funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly or by any political subdivision of the State of Illinois.

    (b) No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated for political or campaign purposes to any candidate or political organization. This Section shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to any proposition appearing on an election ballot, or for dissemination of information and arguments published and distributed under law in connection with a proposition to amend the Constitution of the State of Illinois.

   (c) The first time any person violates any provision of this Section, that person shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Upon the second or any subsequent violation of any provision of this Section, the person violating any provision of this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.


City of Freeport Threatens Property Owners – Letter to All Property Owners Shifts Burden to Taxpayers to Prove They Don’t Own Residential Rental Properties!

On March 6 all property owners in Freeport received a letter from the Freeport Police and Community Development Departments advising them of the requirement to register their rental properties. The letter stated that it was being sent to residential rental property owners based on information obtained from the Stephenson County Assessor’s taxpayer records. That Assessor’s Office is certainly a mess if they think every taxpayer in Freeport owns rental properties. The burden is put on the taxpayers of Freeport to notify the City by email or calling if the letter was sent to the taxpayer in error (means taxpayer does not own residential rental properties).

Another bureaucratic nightmare! Why don’t they send letters to every taxpayer in Freeport asking them about the condition of the streets around their homes?

When will the Freeport City Council wake up and start doing its job – instead they are in chronic slumber land!

IRS Uses Gestapo Tactics Against Small Businesses and Individuals While Its Employees Plead the Fifth!

Lois Lerner while appearing before a congressional committee for the second time again refused to talk asserting her right against self-incrimination (5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).

It’s not that Ms. Lerner should not have this right, but is particularly disgusting that she works for an agency before which the average taxpayer has few real rights much less the right against self-incrimination. Every time you sign and file a tax return you could be subjecting yourself to criminal prosecution! Write across the return that you are asserting your 5th Amendment right to refuse to answer – surprise you go to jail!

How do we reward IRS employees who may have been part of a criminal conspiracy (targeting political groups)? Only in America – we let them retire with a generous Federal pension – speculated to be over $100,000 per year!

Enough said – we all must get back to work and pay our taxes so Lois Lerner and her friends can enjoy the benefits of living in a democracy!

Oh by the way, if you are ever questioned by the IRS, tell them you are asserting your Lois Lerner Rights! I’m sure the agent will understand as you are carted off to jail.

School District 145, Freeport, Illinois Cannot Be Trusted – District Says Vote on March 18 for a 1% Sales Tax Increase and Your Property Taxes Will Go Down – Believe It and I have Winning Lottery Ticket to Sell You!

Freeport School District 145 is spearheading an effort to add an additional 1% to the sales tax to benefit schools in Stephenson County. Freeport’s District, being the largest, would benefit the most from the additional tax. If passed, the additional tax would raise the Freeport rate to 9.25%. Statements by officials of this District carry no legal weight. Reduce your property taxes one year and double them next year – that is the bureaucratic way. The superintendent and her assistants will move on to their next victim after the Freeport School District has been irreparably harmed. Freeport is a failing district, and more money is not the answer. Let’s spend more time educating the children of this District (not figuring out how to avoid making up “cold” days), and worry less about how you can raise more money from the already overtaxed citizens of this community.