Remember Earl J Field


Today marks the 9th Year Anniversary of the passing of Former Mayor and President Earl J. Field. Earl’s passion for the Village of Norridge along with his leadership and caring ways will never be forgotten. He has done so many great things in his life-time. Let’s remember him today and every day for all the wonderful things he has done. Keep his family and friends in our prayers today. We miss you Earl.

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Why Should You Vote ?


Make your voice heard … Every Vote Counts!

The Importance of Voting

Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have. About 150 million American citizens are qualified to vote. Unfortunately, many don’t. They give up on a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them.

Why Vote?

Nobody can force a citizen to vote. But many citizens do vote, because voting lets them tell the government what they want it to do. If citizens think they’re paying too many taxes, they can vote for a person who promises to lower taxes. If citizens want more services, they can vote for someone who will promise to spend funds to gain more services.

Every Vote Counts

It’s also important for citizens to know how to work the voting machines or to mark the ballots they’ll be using when they vote, so that their votes will be counted. Why is that so important? Because every vote counts! An election might be decided by a single vote and history would be changed because a person got…or lost…that one vote!

Here are some important events in U.S. history that were decided by just a few votes:

• Richard Nixon, not John F. Kennedy, would have become President of the U.S. in 1960 if one person from each voting place had voted differently. If just one U.S. Senator had voted differently.

• U.S. President Andrew Johnson would have been removed from office in 1867.

• Texas might not have become part of the United States in 1845 if one U.S. Senator had voted differently. The vote in the U.S. Senate was 27-25 to invite Texas to become a state. If it had been a tie, Texas would not have been asked to become part of the Union.

You Can Make a Difference! Here’s how…

• Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting.

• If you’re 18 or older, vote in every federal, state, and local election.

• Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote in any election.

• Know what’s going on in your country and community.

• Write letters to public officials about issues that are important to you.

• Remind everyone 18 and older to vote.

• Respect your right to vote! It’s a privilege that many people in the world don’t have.

Remember vote in the Illinois Primary today.

For those that live in the Leyden Fire Protection District vote “YES” for the referendum

https://royfmc.com/2018/03/16/vote-yes-for-leyden-fire-protection-districts-referendum-on-march-20-2018/

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Covert Government Taxation! Feeling Ripped Off Yet ?


We all know the government taxes our income. But what about the many other ways the government covertly drains money from our wallets? Total personal income taxes in fact represent less than half our total tax burden.

Every year, Americans pay at least $657 billion in hidden taxes! Stealth taxes, which balloon the cost of countless necessary expenses and leisure activities, violate a basic principle of taxation: that taxes should be visible to the people who pay them.

Here are eight hidden taxes that covertly drain money from your wallet on a regular basis:

Hidden cell phone taxes cost you over $100 per year.

Over 95 percent of adult Americans own cell phones. But when these millions upon millions of people pay their wireless bills, only a fraction of the money they shell out actually goes to their mobile phone service.

That’s because local, state, and federal governments, 911 systems, and even local school districts slip hidden taxes and fees to our cell phone bills that end up costing the average American cell phone consumer an extra 18 percent. So a monthly phone bill that ought to be $60 costs around $70.80. Every month.

Taxes and surcharges make up to 27 percent of every electric bill.

New York residents are forced to use the monopoly energy company Con Edison for electric, gas, and steam. Con Ed is the biggest property tax payer in the state of New York – and passes its own $1.1 billion annual property tax to its own customers. The average New Yorker pays about $22 in taxes on a typical monthly Con Ed bill.

The electric bill scheme is happening all around the country. In San Diego, for example, $60 million is funneled to the city’s general fund every year thanks to hidden electric and gas taxes.

Cities give exclusive contracts to trash haulers – in exchange for big kickbacks.

Big cities often award exclusive trash collection contracts. In exchange for the sole right to collect garbage within its boundaries, cities demand 5 to 10 percent of a hauler’s gross or net receipts as a “franchise fee,” but it can be a lot more than that. Take Santa Ana, California-they get 18 percent of its hauler’s annual revenue in an annual kickback.

Once a company locks down an exclusive contract, it can ratchet up what you pay for garbage collection since it no longer has to compete with other trash companies; then the trash hauler makes more money and covers the franchise fee costs. Exclusive trash contracts resulted in franchise fee kickbacks of more than $29.2 million to cities governments in 2013. This annual revenue is then funneled to general funds, where it can be spent on anything.

Hidden taxes and fees inflate your cable bill by 10 percent.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) levies a 17.9 percent tax on cable companies – much of this tax is passed down to consumers. The FCC continuously comes up with absurd ways to spend our cable tax dollars. For example, in 2009 the agency spent $350,000 sponsoring NASCAR driver David Gilliland to promote digital television. Do we really need to spend more than a third of a million dollars to stamp an FCC policy objective on a racecar? Gilliland’s race car got into an accident at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix in 2008 – and lit on fire.

Another example: A major effort to connect Atlanta schools to high speed internet in 2013 instead wasted millions. The current FCC chair said the major push resulted in $2 million wasted on brand new smart phones for school administrators. Meanwhile, 75 percent of students at the school had less than one hour of internet access a day. Your cable bill taxes at work, folks!

911 fees don’t fund emergency services.

Cities and states slip “911 fees” into cable and wireless bills. In the 1990’s, consumers were told such fees were necessary in order to make upgrades to emergency communication needs. After years of collecting 911 fees, most of the upgrades making this tracking possible around the nation are complete… But state governments like the reliable, seemingly non-controversial revenue stream. So they simply keep the 911 fees in place.

The resulting revenue is routinely exploited. In 2008, Chicago doubled its wireless 911 fee from $1.25 to $2.50 per month to help fund its Olympic bid. You remember the Chicago Olympics, right? Oh right, they lost that bid. Funny thing, though – that 911 fee never got reduced. In fact, it was increased a further 56 percent in 2014, causing Chicagoan’s phone bills to rise by $16.80 per phone line per year. The reason for the 2014 hike was to “save” pension funds for city workers (what does that have to do with emergency services again?). In its first year alone that increased 911 fee generated $110.8 million.

Taxes on sugary beverages increase consumer costs – and don’t make us healthier.

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Boulder or Oakland all have taxes on sugary drinks. In Berkeley, distributors of soda, energy drinks, and sweetened iced teas are forced to pay a 1 percent per ounce tax. Meaning a 16-ounce soda bottle gets taxed at 16 percent. The funds collected don’t go to fighting obesity, educating children about healthy eating, or subsidizing gym memberships for fat people – they go right into Berkeley’s general fund.

There’s also no proof that the tax makes us healthier. A study by Cornell University indicates that many soda drinkers end up switching to beer. Another study found that even if a 58 soda tax were imposed, it would only decrease the average U.S. Body Mass Index by 0.16 points. That’s equal to less than a pound for a six-foot-tall person.

Pet license fees are routinely exploited to cover for budget shortfalls.

Many cities and states require dog owners to purchase a government pet license – and if you don’t renew the license annually, you can get slapped with hefty fees. Pet licenses provide an easy, steady stream of revenue for city and state governments facing budget crisis.

Pennsylvania, where dog licenses are required by state law, has its own Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement Office. Given the state’s enormous annual expenditures, Pennsylvania struggles with budget issues year after year. In order to balance their budget, officials continue to divert funds from the Dog Law bureau to the state general fund, where the money can then be spent on just about anything. In 2015, the state collected $6.5 million from the sale of a million dog licenses.

Up to 25 percent of each plane ticket goes directly to the federal government in taxes.

Most airplane tax revenue funneled to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With this steady stream of cash, the FAA has rapidly increased ballooned in size and decreased in efficiency. The agency’s budget has doubled since 1996, as did its personnel costs – even though its workforce fell by 4 percent. This means that on average, each FAA bureaucrat has gotten a 100% increase in compensation over the last 20 years – on your dime!

Feeling ripped off yet?

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Spending bill could quash Minor League Baseball players’ wage claims


I really hope fans get as upset by this proposed legislature, which would keep minor leaguers’ salaries from increasing, as they did about the new MiLB extra-inning rules.

A massive government spending bill that Congress is expected to consider this week could include a provision exempting Minor League Baseball players from federal labor laws.

The exemption would represent the culmination of more than two years of lobbying by Major League Baseball, which has sought to preempt a spate of lawsuits that have been filed by minor leaguers alleging they have been illegally underpaid.

The league has long claimed exemptions for seasonal employees and apprenticeships, allowing its clubs to pay players as little as $1,100 a month, well under the pay that would be dictated under federal minimum wage and overtime standards. But with those exemptions under legal challenge, Major League Baseball has paid lobbyists hundreds of thousands of dollars to write a specific exemption into the law.

To Read more :

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/spending-bill-could-quash-minor-league-baseball-players-wage-claims/2018/03/18/d31cd76e-2b0a-11e8-8ad6-fbc50284fce8_story.html

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Illinois Democratic Polling in Governor Contest


NEW #ILGov Dem Poll:

Pritzker: 32%

Kennedy: 26%

Biss: 22%

Undecided: 16%

Victory Research, conducted Mar 13-16

Margin of Error: 2.82%

Total polled: 1204 statewide

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Have you ever wondered why so many kids these days are allergic to peanuts?


Have you ever wondered why so many kids these days are allergic to peanuts?

Where did this allergy come from all of a sudden?

Before 1900, reactions to peanuts were unheard of. Today almost a 1.5 million children in this country are allergic to peanuts.

What happened? Why is everybody buying EpiPens now?

… Peanut oils were introduced as vaccine excipients in the mid 1960s.

… By 1980 peanut oil had become the preferred excipient in vaccines, even though the dangers were well documented.

… Although peanut allergies became fairly common during the 1980s, it wasn’t until the early 1990s when there was a sudden surge of children reacting to peanuts – the true epidemic appeared. What changed? The Mandated Schedule of vaccines for children doubled from the 80s to the 90s:

1980 – 20 vaccines

1995 – 40 vaccines

2011 – 68 vaccines

It would be imprudent enough to feed peanuts to a newborn, since the digestive system is largely unformed. But this is much worse – injecting intact proteins directly into the infant’s body. In 36 vaccines before the age of 18 months.

read more: http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/are-peanut-adjuvants-in-vaccines-responsible-for-the-peanut-allergy-epidemic/

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The Real Meaning of St Patrick’s Day


Today should NOT be a day of drunkenness and stupor. Instead, today should commemorate Saint Patrick on the day of his death AND more importantly, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

This is his story.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote:

“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soulwas rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him, “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”

He began his studies for the priesthood and was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishopof Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.

Patrick preached throughout all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in his confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?

Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and it has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In his footsteps.

Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us.

Now that’s the true meaning of Saint Patrick’s Day.

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McCampbell’s Best of 2016-2017 on You Tube


 

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East Leyden Ground Breaking on Dodge Field for New Addition


On Thursday, March 15, 2018, The Leyden Board of Education celebrating of a new addition ($48,000,000) to East Leyden High School on Dodge Field at 5 PM.

The opening of the Ground Breaking with the Leyden Band

The speeches at the Ground Breaking

Now we get the shovels into action on Dodge Field

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Vote “YES” For Leyden Fire Protection District’s Referendum on March 20, 2018


For those that live in the Leyden Fire Protection District it is very important that you come out and vote in the March 20, 2018, primary.   Not only should you vote but make sure you vote “YES” for the Leyden Fire Protection District’s Referendum for the purpose of purchasing a new ladder truck and new ambulance.  

The Leyden Fire Protection District serves a population of 18,000 in 4.5 square miles, with 13 full time firefighters and is  effectively and efficiently  lead by Chief Kory Ryan;  who have and continue to responsibly utilize taxpayer funds to provide the highest level of public safety for the residents of the Leyden Fire Protection District.   img_0042

Why?

The primary response fire apparatus is over 18 years old having been put into service in 2000.    Since its purchase it has responded to thousands of fire and emergency response rescues and now sees the wear and tear of successive years of emergency operations.  The ambulance was purchased in 2013 and has over 80,000 miles on the vehicle.

It is imperative that the voters authorize the replacement of this aging equipment. This older equipment is becoming a maintenance concern for the Leyden Fire Protection District and this aging  will ultimately jeopardize the successful and effective  delivery of emergency services  to the community.

The fire apparatus was shiny and new at the time of their purchase in 2000 and 2013, but are now old and tired after their everyday usage in the District saving lives and protecting property.

 

Vote “YES” for the Leyden Fire Protection District’s Referendum for the purpose of purchasing a new ladder truck and new ambulance to ensure the future successful delivery of services by District personnel to protect lives and property of those residents and businesses in the District.

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