Tag Archives: Illinois

Quinn in Office Five Years Courtesy of Blagojevich – On Wednesday, January 29 He Gave His State of Illinois Speech – And We All Know the Condition of this State!

20140129-223041.jpgQuinn talks about building the middle class like his friends in Washington when he and his political associates in Springfield and Washington through their misguided policies are destroying the middle class. Lets look at Quinn’s accomplishments and goals:

67% increase in state income tax and he wants more

Proposes reducing fee for filing as a limited liability company from $500 to $39. At the present time fee is among the highest in the country. Quinn’s philosophy – give the people a crumb – one reduction for every ten increases whether it be court filing fees, license fees, or various tax increases. And don’t bet on the reduction passing the legislature! Not enough to make Illinois a “business friendly” state since once a business is formed in this state, Illinois makes it difficult to stay in business.
Pension reform – not enough and unlikely to survive the challenge from the public employee unions

Increase the state minimun wage from $8.25 an hour to at least $10.00 – he must be talking to Obama

These are just a few of his “accomplishments.” Now let’s look at the real state of this state!

Economic Performance – Illinois ranks 47 (50=worse)

Economic Outlook – Illinois ranks 48 (50=worse)

One Real Accomplishment – Quinn and associates are driving people out of Illinois. Domestic migration – Illinois ranks 48. From 2002 to 2011 Illinois lost 627,630 residents and they are still leaving!

For details see 2013 Alec-Laffer State Economic Competivieness Index

And the real joke – Quinn plans to run again for governor and the sad part is that only in Illinois could he possibly be re-elected!

Information on Concealed Carry Application Available at Illinois State Police Website – All Applications Must Be Done Online

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A news release states that the Concealed Carry License (CCL) website is being launched in advance of the January 5 application posting date to provide citizens with additional information that will assist with eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements, official forms, information for firearms instructors, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). I guess if you do not have computer, you need not apply!

The information can be accessed at https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx

Winter Has Come to Northwest Illinois!

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Some Events This Weekend!

FHN Festival of Trees Holiday Movie Series for children on Saturday with the remaining schedule as follows:

All at 10 am
Nov. 16 — Thor: The Dark World PG-13 ($3.50)
Nov. 23 — Labyrinth PG (FREE)
Nov. 30 — Frozen PG ($3.50)

Fall Instrumental Music Concert at Highland Community College – Friday November 15 at 7:30 pm in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport.

Congratulations to Area Football Teams in the State Quarter Final Games!

Quarter final games for area teams this weekend:

Class 1A
Lena-Winslow at Stockton, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Ottawa Marquette or Chicago Leo

Class 3A
Winnebago at Stillman Valley, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Aurora Christian or Seneca

Class 4A
Harvard at Rockford Lutheran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Chicago Phillips or Geneseo

Class 6A
Crystal Lake Prairie Ridge at Rockford Boylan, Saturday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm
Winner will play either Lake Forrest or Batavia

If your team keeps winning, then plan on the championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb:
Class 1A, 2A, 3A & 4A: Friday, November 29
Class 5A, 6A, 7A & 8A: Saturday, November 30

Case of the Week – Noncompetition Agreements in Illinois – Two Years of Employment Required

The First District Appellate Court in a recent decision held that a noncompetition agreement is not valid and enforceable if an employee is fired or resigns within two years. Illinois companies can still require newly hired workers to sign noncompetition agreements, but if the employee is employed for less than two years the restrictive covenant will lack the consideration necessary to be enforceable by an employer. There must be two years of continuous employment to be considered adequate consideration to support a postemployment restrictive covenant.

For details see Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services, Inc., 2013 IL App (1st) 120327

Click to access 1120327.pdf

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Final Stephenson County Barn Tour Sunday, October 13

This is the 10th and final year for the barn tour. It runs from 1 to 4:30 pm . You can spend a leisurely fall afternoon in the country on a self guided tour of three unique barns in Stephenson County where you will learn the stories behind their distinctive charm. There will be a special presentation at The Rafters Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena at 3:15 pm. Knoxville, IL barn restorationist, Trillium Dell Timberworks, will present the program. Refreshments and tours of The Rafters will be offered. (Call Martha Ebbesmeyer at 815.235.2165 for details)

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Illinois Tollway Rockford to Elgin Being Rebuilt to Three Lanes – Driving Nightmare!

Illinois is rebuilding the tollway (I-90) between Rockford and Elgin, but that does not stop them from charging tolls. If you have driven on the Tollway recently, you know that it is slow going, congested, and dangerous. The speed limit is 45 MPH all of the way from Rockford to Elgin. If there is an accident, you could be delayed for hours and miss your plane if you are going to O’Hare. Consider, an alternate route bypassing the Tollway and rejoining it at Elgin around Randall Road where the construction ends!

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Hope You Are Having a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend, But Don’t Forget the Second Installment of 2012 Real Estate Taxes Are Due Soon – Forget and It Will be Costly!

Second installments due as follows:

Carroll County – September 5

Jo Daviess County – September 9

Ogle County – September 6

Stephenson County – September 6

Winnebago County – September 6

If you are late, there will be an interest charge of 1.5 % per month which is an interest rate of 18% per annum. Sounds like usury to me! Of course, government is not subject to the rules the rest of us must follow.

Enjoy Shannon Homecoming Celebration This Weekend – August 31, September 1 & 2

There will be a volleyball Tournament, amusement rides, food, pancake breakfast, antique tractor  pull, parade, pork chop BBQ dinner, and many other events. Looks like a good way to spend  part of Labor Day weekend.

For all of the details go to http://www.shannonillinois.com/documents/laborday2013sm.pdf

Attention Small Business Owners – Your Electric Rates Could Be Going Up!

If you presently use FirstEnergy Solutions as your supplier, you probably received a letter stating the new rate beginning when your one year contract expires. Look at the rate and compare to your present rate. In reviewing one such letter the increase was over 30%. Do not ignore this letter since there is only a short time to terminate FirstEnergy Solutions as your supplier, and to obtain a new one. This does not apply to residential users since most municipalities (such as the City of Freeport) have negotiated separately on residential rates. If you use a different supplier, be sure to read any correspondence on renewal rates. One letter from FirstEnergy Solutions had the following penalty clause:

You will not incur any termination fee if you tell FirstEnergy Solutions you do not want to renew prior to your September 2013 meter read date. Termination of the agreement after that time will result in a cancellation fee of $1,000 for each account between 15,001 kWh to 100,000 kWh annually, $3,000 for each account using between 100,001 kWh to 400,000 kWh annually, and $5,000 for each account using more than 400,000 kWh annually.

Wow – what a penalty for not reading a letter and then trying to change your electric supplier!

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Attention Business Owners – Another Reason Why Businesses Are Leaving Illinois

The Third Appellate District Court in Illinois has found that an employee was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for a wrist fracture as a result of a fall on or near her residence. The employee fell on a snowy sidewalk going to a van after eating her lunch at her own home. The van was owned by her employer who let her take it home. Case is sad but true. No wonder no one wants to be in business in Illinois. Private and public employers who let employees take vehicles home should look at this case. It would take the Illinois Legislature or the Illinois Supreme Court to correct this result in the future. Don’t bet on it! Milynarczyk v. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission