Monday, July 25, 2016

David Soll to Announce "No-Kill" and end to Puppy Mill Policies, July 25



David Soll

Democratic Candidate for Winnebago County Board,
invites the media to his fundraiser, 
Monday, July 25, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM, 
to learn more about his plans for a
 "No Kill" Policy for Winnebago County Animal Services
and to eliminate "puppy mills" in the county.

Soll will deliver his policy statements at 7 PM, 
and will be joined by speakers Becky Beau, a no-kill policy advocate,
and Jim Beam, a leader in the fight against puppy mills.
A question and answer period will follow.

David Soll for County Board Fundraiser
Hope & Anchor
5040 N. 2nd St
Loves Park, Illinois
6 to 8 PM
Policy statements delivered at 7 PM

Contact David Soll for more information:
815-593-5858


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tammy Duckworth Meet-N-Greet, Sunday July 24, 2016


Please join Illinois’ next Senator

Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for U.S. Senate

For a special Winnebago County Meet & Greet with
Winnebago County Democrats

Sunday, July 24th
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

IBEW Local 364
6820 Mill Road
Rockford, IL 61108

Please RSVP
Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact
Mo Green at Mo@TammyDuckworth.com or
Cameron Joost at Cameron@TammyDuckworth.com

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Local Democrats Take Time Out From Campaigning to Work Clothing Drive

Local Democrats Take Time Out From Campaigning to Work Clothing Drive

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016

For More Information Contact
Paul Gorski

Local Democratic Candidates Take Time Out from Campaigning to Work Clothing Recycling Drive

ROCKFORD, IL – Local Democratic candidates John Nelson, Angelique Bodine, Tricia Sweeney and David Soll are taking time off from campaigning to volunteer for the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) Clothing Recycling Drive being held at various locations Saturday, July 9.

John Nelson, candidate for Winnebago County Board Chairman; Angelique Bodine, candidate for State Representative, 69th District; Tricia Sweeney, candidate for State Representative, 68th District, and David Soll, candidate for Winnebago County Board Member District 17 have turned in their campaign walking shoes for work gloves to volunteer for the annual KNIB Summer Clothing Drive, being held at eight Rockford area Schnucks Markets and the Belvidere Township Building Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Nelson has signed up at the E. State Street Rockford Schnucks, Bodine at the Roscoe Schnucks, and Sweeney and Soll are volunteering at the Loves Park Schnucks. All declined to make campaign statements as these are not campaign events but nonpartisan, nonprofit, community-focused volunteer events. 

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) is a private, non-governmental, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to educating and involving individuals in productive solutions that care for our stateline community environment. KNIB has collected more than 3.6 million pounds of clothing since 1999, with the recycled items being distributed in the U.S. and developing countries or repurposed into fiberfill products.

Nelson, Bodine, Sweeney, and Soll encourage residents to recycle unwanted clothes and remind residents that there are many volunteer opportunities at KNIB recycling drives and recycling centers throughout the year. Please visit http://www.knib.org to learn more about these volunteer opportunities.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Wallace: Rauner’s Budget Plan Prioritizes Politics over People -- Press Release Attached

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 



FOR MORE INFORMATION:
June 16, 2016 Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433
Litesa@StateRepWallace.com

Wallace: Rauner's Budget Plan Prioritizes Politics over People


ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, on Thursday was

critical of funding left out of Gov. Bruce Rauner's stop-gap budget
proposal that would sacrifice critical funding for Illinois' working
families, children and senior citizens while sparing the wealthiest
Illinoisans, and prioritizing expenses like office supplies for state
agencies over domestic violence shelters, breast cancer screening
programs and financial aid for college students.

"Illinois has gone nearly a year without a state budget and that is

simply unacceptable," Wallace said. "Now, the governor wants legislators
to vote for a budget that massively underfunds programs that keep
seniors in their own homes and provide essential services for disabled
children and those with mental illness. The governor has been holding
Illinoisans hostage so that he can get his agenda of hurting working
families put into place. He needs to stop playing games and focus on
getting Illinois back on track."

Wallace pointed out that within the governor's budget proposal is nearly

$5 billion for operational expenses within the state bureaucracy for
items such as the state's vehicle fleet and the purchase of office
supplies, yet zero funding or massive cuts for breast cancer screenings
for women, services for children with developmental disabilities, autism
and epilepsy, youth job and mentoring programs, job training, veterans'
homes, and programs for senior citizens, such as meals for the homebound
and health screenings. In addition, the spending plan Wallace supported
would boost funding by nearly $18 million over last year's level for
Rockford School District 205, while the governor's bill invests $13
million less than the Wallace-backed proposal.

"Our organization is in an extremely difficult financial position, with

services being in complete jeopardy," Epilepsy Foundation Executive
Director Ben Slack said. "We need a budget—a responsible budget that
doesn't result in more harm than has already been done. Additionally, I
urge the governor to take immediate action and sign Senate Bill 2038, a
bi-partisan, life-saving bill on his desk right now."

Wallace was joined by advocates from Rockford University, the Federation

of Independent Colleges and Universities, Rosecrance, RAMP Center for
Independent Living, the Epilepsy Foundation and the Northwestern
Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

Those in attendance also urged the governor to sign the emergency human

services budget, which would keep the doors open at various human
service agencies in Northern Illinois. The bill passed without
opposition from Republicans and Democrats and has been awaiting Rauner's
signature for nearly a month.

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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - June 14, 2016






Blame game won't break budget stalemate
As pressure builds across the state in the absence of a budget deal, State Senator Steve Stadelman and school superintendents independently called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to rise above political games and personal attacks and work with lawmakers on an emergency, short-term budget and funding for schools.
"Let's stop the name-calling and finger-pointing," Stadelman said."Attacking those on the other side of the bargaining table generally doesn't make it easier to reach a deal. Instead of focusing on the November election, we need to agree on a budget now."
Without a budget, school superintendents across Illinois are left wondering if they'll have the resources to open and stay open when the school year begins at the end of summer. They also want the governor to work with Democrats on a school funding formula overhaul that takes into consideration factors like student poverty rates and local property tax wealth.
"The No. 1 issue at hand is equity, and we need an equitable distribution of the dollars that are allotted in this next budget year, and we need a budget in place by July 1," David Lett, superintendent of the Pana School District, said at a Statehouse news conference last week.
In addition, a coalition of statewide transportation professionals, warned last week that an entire road construction season will be lost – and with it 25,000 middle-class jobs – if Rauner and lawmakers do not come to an agreement on a stopgap budget by July 1.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rockford Rivets win in exciting fashion 15-14 in ten innings

Rockford's newest baseball team, the Rockford Rivets, beat the Kenosha Kingfish Friday night in exciting fashion 15-14 in ten innings. The Rivets jumped to an early lead, at one time leading the Kingfish 14-3. The Kingfish fought back, steadily scoring runs, scoring two more runs in the ninth inning to tie the game at 14-14. Almost four hours into the game, a 10th inning single drove in the winning run for the Rivets.

I was at this game. It was fun and I encourage you to take your friends and family to a Rivet's baseball game.

Visit the Rockford Rivet's website for more news and to order tickets to an upcoming game.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Downdetector.com reports problems with nearly all major cell phone carriers, June 3, 2016

Downdetector.com reports problems with nearly all major cellular phone carriers, June 3, 2016. If the information at Downdetector.com is correct, cellular phone service (iOS, Android and Windows-based phones) is spotty at best, or at worst down in many cities in the United States.

http://downdetector.com/status/att

http://downdetector.com/status/verizon-wireless

http://downdetector.com/status/us-cellular

http://downdetector.com/status/sprint

http://downdetector.com/status/t-mobile

Cricketwireless.com has a message on that site mentioning the outage, but I can't seem to find any other news coverage on this situation.


Send me a note at:  editor@winnebagocountynews.org 
to let me know if your cell service is up or down today, Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 03, 2016

How's your cellular phone service today Friday?

I've heard multiple reports of AT&T and Verizon cellular service being unavailable late today, Friday, June 3, 2016. I can't seem to find any major news reports on it though.

Email me at editor@winnebagocountynews.org if you are having problems with your cellular phone service today, Friday, June 3, 2016. Let me know who your carrier is too.

Thank you, Paul Gorski, Editor, WinnebagoCountyNews.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thoughts on filling political vacancies...

I posted earlier (see copy at bottom of this post) that there is a vacancy in the office of Cherry Valley Township Clerk. Most units of government do the least they can to advertise these types of vacancies because frankly, not too many people are interested in being appointed to these positions. Also, state law doesn't require much notice to the public about filling vacancies. Despite the apparent lack of public interest in these appointed/elected positions, I still feel government officials need to be as upfront and vocal about finding qualified candidates to fill these positions. Unfortunately my blog posts here may be too little, too late, but I tried.

As I prepare for my township meeting tonight, I'm hoping that more than one interested party has come forward to request appointment to the office of Cherry Valley Township Clerk. Even if you're not interested in the position, come down to the meeting. The meeting starts in about 20 minutes, but the township office is just minutes away from most Cherry Valley Township residents.

Our offices at:

Cherry Valley Township
4875 Blackhawk Rd
Rockford, IL 61109


My early post, again!

Vacancy in Cherry Valley Township Clerk position

May 11, 2016 - Notice to Cherry Valley Township residents -

There now exists a vacancy in the office Cherry Valley Township Clerk. This vacancy is to be filled by appointment by the Cherry Valley Township board of trustees. To be eligible to fill the vacancy one must: live in Cherry Valley Township, Illinois, be a registered voter in Winnebago County, Illinois, and must be identified as Republican voter, as you would be filling an elected Republican official's office. Typically party affiliation is determined by your most recent primary voting record (Republican, Democrat, other.)

This vacancy will likely be discussed at the monthly May meeting, tonight, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

If you are interested in being appointed to this position, please either attend the meeting or contact the township office to express an interest in filling the position.

Cherry Valley Township
4875 Blackhawk Rd
Rockford, IL 61109

Phone: (815) 874-8100
FAX: (815) 874-2110

As sometimes happens with appointments, appointments are filled by other people within that unit of government. In this case, it is possible that a current trustee may be appointed to fill the vacancy in the Clerk office. If that is the case, there then would be a vacancy in Cherry Valley Township Trustee. (There is no such vacancy in trustee now, but if you were ever interested in filling such a vacancy, contact the township office and express an interest.)

Again, the only known vacancy in Cherry Valley Township government at this time is in the office of Township Clerk and this vacancy will be discussed, and might even be voted on, tonight, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM at township offices.

Vacancy in Cherry Valley Township Clerk position

May 11, 2016 - Notice to Cherry Valley Township residents -

There now exists a vacancy in the office Cherry Valley Township Clerk. This vacancy is to be filled by appointment by the Cherry Valley Township board of trustees. To be eligible to fill the vacancy one must: live in Cherry Valley Township, Illinois, be a registered voter in Winnebago County, Illinois, and must be identified as Republican voter, as you would be filling an elected Republican official's office. Typically party affiliation is determined by your most recent primary voting record (Republican, Democrat, other.)

This vacancy will likely be discussed at the monthly May meeting, tonight, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

If you are interested in being appointed to this position, please either attend the meeting or contact the township office to express an interest in filling the position.

Cherry Valley Township
4875 Blackhawk Rd
Rockford, IL 61109


Phone: (815) 874-8100
FAX: (815) 874-2110


As sometimes happens with appointments, appointments are filled by other people within that unit of government. In this case, it is possible that a current trustee may be appointed to fill the vacancy in the Clerk office. If that is the case, there then would be a vacancy in Cherry Valley Township Trustee. (There is no such vacancy in trustee now, but if you were ever interested in filling such a vacancy, contact the township office and express an interest.)

Again, the only known vacancy in Cherry Valley Township government at this time is in the office of Township Clerk and this vacancy will be discussed, and might even be voted on, tonight, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM at township offices.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Write In John M. Nelson for County Board Chairman

I'm asking my Democratic friends in Winnebago County to write in "John M. Nelson" (no quotes on the ballot) for Winnebago County Board Chairman. For most Democratic voters in Winnebago County, you will find on the back of your ballot an open spot for "County Board Chairman" like the graphic below.


Fill in the oval to the left of the line and write in: John M. Nelson.

Thank you!

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