General Primary Election: March 18 endorsements

March 12, 2014

By Frank Schier
Editor & Publisher
and Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Editor’s note: The Rock River Times has only made endorsements for propositions and major, contested races. Therefore, the ballot choices presented below are an abbreviated version of the formal ballot.

FOR CITY OF ROCKFORD VOTERS

Following is a specimen ballot for contested races in the General Primary Election, March 18, 2014. Voters will be eligible to vote in the districts as indicated on their valid voter identification card. City of Rockford residents who have been registered in Rockford, but moved before February 18, 2014, within the City limits and failed to change their address with the Board of Elections will be allowed to vote for Federal Offices only.

INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS

TO VOTE, COMPLETE THE OVAL TO THE LEFT OF YOUR CHOICE, LIKE THIS: 

To cast a write-in vote, complete the oval to the left of the blank space provided and print the candidate’s name in that space. For specific write-in instructions, refer to the card of instructions provided in the booth. If you tear, soil, deface or erroneously mark this ballot, return it to the Election Judge and obtain another.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPECIMEN BALLOT

STATE

FOR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
(Vote for one)

Pat Quinn and Paul Vallas

Let’s look at the negatives first. While unseating Pat Quinn in the primary may be a difficult task, many feel Illinois has reached a socioeconomic and political breaking point. Quinn’s cry for infrastructure-charged job increases is continuing to result in massive spending. The state is still far behind in paying its bills and the pension settlement sits poorly with many. Less than 50 percent of Democrats supported him in a recent poll.

In a move that could add to his lack of support, the governor also failed to do the people of Illinois a favor when he tapped Paul Vallas as his running mate. While he’s got name recognition, Vallas’ run as CEO of Chicago Public Schools was praised by many, followed by stints running school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Bridgeport, Conn., many characterized as disastrous. He enjoys strong support in the Chicago suburbs, but lost to Rod Blagojevich in the 2002 primary. Sadly for him, Vallas was also directly connected to former Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. LaVonne Sheffield. Getting very little love from labor unions, Vallas will certainly be a conflict for Quinn’s pro-labor push. While Vallas technically meets the three-year residency requirement to run for lieutenant governor, he’s been largely absent since a Connecticut judge ruled he didn’t hold the proper credentials to run the largest school district in the state.

The following can be seen through positive lenses. Vallas is known for his organizational skills. Besides helping Quinn run the state, we hope he will use his skills to improve the water quality of Illinois rivers, since he would be in charge of them, and he has a good model to follow in the fine work of outgoing Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. Pollution from CAFOs and natural gas fracking must be addressed. Quinn himself continues to support green jobs and alternative energy, even though he doesn’t seem to get that big wind is big, bad news for the environment. Big wind has no economic sustainability without tax money. Quinn is more in touch with the common person in Illinois than most, but he has to deliver the same way he campaigned for Granny D and CUB in his early career. As a publication that supported his promotion of Granny D and her march across the country for campaign finance reform, we still hope to see him address that cause with legislative proposals in Illinois. He says very positive populist things, but the old model of Chicago politics keeps pulling him away from being truly progressive.

Tio Hardiman and Brunell Donald

Long shot Tio Hardiman is a former activist in the Chicago anti-violence movement. He held several key positions in the city including one with Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program and, most recently, the CEO of CeaseFire Illinois. Funding for CeaseFire, now Cure Violence, came from federal and state money, almost of all of which was controlled by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. While Hardiman was largely successful, his release from the organization at the same time he was arrested for domestic battery has served as an assault on his credibility. His proposal for three state-owned casinos is not a winning hand.

A former assistant state’s attorney, Brunell Donald is politically unqualified and, like Hardiman, is lucky to be on the ballot. In January, Quinn dropped his bid to have Hardiman and Donald bounced from the race. Quinn decided it wasn’t worth the challenge to argue the validity of Donald’s address even after a hearing examiner recommended she be removed from the ballot. The Hardiman-Quinn race is also a financial mismatch. Hardiman began the year with $553 in campaign funds while Quinn’s reported $4.5 million. Although Hardiman was able to raise more than $15,000, it hasn’t been a factor, especially as the domestic battery arrest still hangs over his head. Hardiman’s pleas for union support have fallen on closed-shop ears. Disappointingly, neither Hardiman nor Donald has spoken out for the environment.

While it is refreshing to see Hardiman and Donald run and hear their courage of viewpoints and efforts, they cannot beat the big state machines economically.

Elect-ability equals money, knowledge and experience. On the state level, based on job qualifications and capability, vote for Quinn and Vallas.

FOR STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEMAN

SIXTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

(Vote for one)

John M. Nelson

Dave Neal

A candidate for many offices, including our federal congressional seat, long-time politico and incumbent John M. Nelson lost to Paul Gorski in 2008 for chairman of the Winnebago County Board. He knows regional and state party politics. He has connections locally and down state. Is he willing to go out on a limb and ask for something? We hope so. He will be our liaison between Springfield and local party needs. Democrats control the House and the Senate. Much can be gained. We need an activist. While Neal is a former Illinois Special Prosecutor and Grundy County State’s Attorney, Nelson’s political experience and contacts stand out. Vote for Nelson.

FOR STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEEWOMAN

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

(Vote for one)

Christine Eik Winick

Dorothy “Dot” Turner

Dot Turner was one of more than 150 laid off from Sensata Technologies when their jobs were transferred from Freeport overseas and the plant was moved to China. A 43-year employee, Turner became a strong voice for the regional labor sector and was a guest of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, at President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address.

Turner faces incumbent Christine Eik Winick. Winick has been involved with the Illinois Democratic Party since the early ‘80s. Since 1982, Winick has sat on the Knox County Board, and has served as township supervisor and Democratic Party Chairwoman. Winick was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the 17th District in 1984 and 2008. She was appointed in 2012 to replace Mary Boland, who resigned.

While Turner’s lack of experience is evident, she’s got solid party support locally. She’ll need it facing an incumbent with decades of experience and national backing. Turner deserves a chance. Vote for Turner.

FOR COUNTY SHERIFF

(Vote for one)

Randall L. Olson

Robert (Bob) Redmond

Jeffrey S. Schroeder

Glenn A. Heidenreich

Robert C. (Bob) Springer

In this closely-watched and most-important local race, the Democratic bid for Winnebago County Sheriff boasts candidates with many levels of experience and many stains from each end of the spectrum. For too many years, former Sheriff Donnie Gasparini has held sway over that office, spinning off very questionable deer hunting practices (automatic weapons) and real estate “practices” with the county. His son, Donnie, Jr., is a deputy chief, just as Scott Meyers, Sheriff Dick Meyer’s son, is a also deputy chief. They’ve both been promoted to the same rank on the same day – every time – from sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief! Can you say, “arrogance” and “nepotism”? These political dynasties must come to an end. Anyone beholden to Gasparini or Meyers is a “No” vote here. Meyers’ kingdom, known as the over-blown “Criminal Justice Center” has created a criminal justice industrial complex downtown that needs to be downsized, and it has not reduced crime. The cracking concrete edifice is a negative for River District and real economic development downtown.

The worst of the worst, Dandy Randy Olson is not a Democrat, no matter what he says. He is one of the oldest insider players in the Republican party since elephants were born. His running as a Democrat is a sham! No self-party-respecting Democrat should ever vote for him, and if they do, they should turn in their party card. His candidacy makes party politics the true joke they are. Be laughed at by every Republican in the county, you supposed Democrats and go donkey-faced first with a vote for the phony-Dem Dandy Randy Olson. He’ll be sure to kick you in the donkey. By the way, you can be sure he is asking every Republican friend he has to pull a Democratic primary ballot, “just this once,” so the Dandy can win. Unfortunately, he’s pulling first-ballot position. Olson is a deputy commander with the Air-One Emergency Response Coalition, the helicopters out at the airport that assist police agencies and fly too low over the city. He served as a Pecatonica police officer in the late ’70s and was an auxiliary officer with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department from 1975 to 1998. He’s always wanted to be a real sheriff. Olson ran as the Republican he is when he unsuccessfully challenged Dick Meyers for sheriff in 1998. He was a Republican Winnebago County Board Member for many years. While he’s been successful in his father’s business, his attempts to buy a seat at the county political table have been marred by blunders and shaky alliances. Olson was demoted from his forest preserve presidency post to a regular board member after he created the position of public safety and risk management officer and tapped his Roscoe Police Officer Theresa Rawaillot for the job in a police force that may have only existed on paper. Rawaillot served under Olson on the Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition. Olson was also at the center of controversy in 2011, when the forest preserve purchased 18 acres of swampland from his longtime-friend, former Sheriff Donnie Gasparini, for $216,500. Olson also attempted to back-door an increase of up to 150 percent of the current WCFPD tax rate until the effort was thwarted by Illinois Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, in 2012.

Another candidate reportedly too close to Don Gasparini, Redmond, began his career in 1977 as a dispatcher for the Rockford Police Department and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police Department. He became a Rockford Police patrol officer in 1985. During his career, Redmond worked as a training officer, gang and violent crime investigator, hostage negotiator. He also supervised the Youth/Sex Crimes and Auto Theft units before he retired as a sergeant in 2008. To quote a column by Paul Gorski: “Redmond has voted in Republican primaries as recently as 2012 and was the campaign committee chairman for Republican Glen Weber’s race for state’s attorney against Democrat Joe Bruscato. Redmond is listed as “Chairperson” of this committee at the Illinois State Board of Elections website: http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/CommitteeDetailOfficers.aspx?id=11825. That all makes for pretty strong Republican credentials. Yes, folks, I think he’s really a Republican, not a Democrat. With political good-ol-boy Jim Hughes, who works for the Republicans and he used to be a Democrat (a very good buddy of Donnie’s), working on his campaign, he’s a no go.

More of a Democrat than any of the other candidates, Schroeder said he will only seek one term. Since announcing his candidacy last November, the 36-year veteran of the sheriff’s department has claimed internal issues are to blame for the county’s high crime rate. Schroeder wants to hire more deputies on the streets and inside the jail. Schroeder retired as a senior sergeant Oct. 29, 2013. I like him.

A former Navy Seal, Heidenreich has been with the sheriff’s department for more than 20 years. A sergeant, Heidenreich is also a member of SWAT and serves as the department facility security director. We do not need any further militarization of our law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Dick Meyers backs Robert C. (Bob) Springer, a 30-year veteran of the department. He began his career as a corrections officer and retired as deputy chief under Meyers. Springer has administrative experience, marked by working as commander and trainer for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS). Under Springer, the ILEAS was one of the first responders to Hurricane Katrina and continues to work area law enforcement agencies and maintains strong regional police and community ties. Nominating Springer, however, would be putting a rubber stamp on the current, impotent department and continuing the Gasparini and Meyers political dynasties, marked by over-taxation, questionable deals and nepotism.

This is the most important race out of all the local elections. Please vote for a true Democrat and someone who might actually be a sheriff for the people of Winnebago County, not special interests or special families. Vote for Schroeder. He’s the underdog. Encourage all your friends to volunteer and vote for him and give him as many campaign contributions as you can. Schroeder is your man; the big-money boys don’t like him; if you have any doubt about that, Sunil Puri contributed $5,000 to Springer’s campaign. Schroeder has to fight against that powerful money and connections. Help him any way you can. Real Democrats, stand up for your man! Vote for Schroeder.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD

DISTRICT FOURTEEN

(Vote for one)

Jesse Aguirre Wladimiro

L. C. Wilson

For too long, L. C. Wilson has been an ingratiating political tool for Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen. With redistricting, he ran a nasty attack-ad against former Winnebago County Board Member George Anne Duckett and won. To everyone’s loss, Duckett moved to the East coast. Because Wladimiro hasn’t campaigned much, incumbent L. C. Wilson can win on name recognition. However, Wilson lacks a real voice and has built a reputation of casting the board’s token “yes­ man” vote. Aguirre Wladimiro represents a new face and voice in District 14. Vote for Jesse Aguirre Wladimiro.

PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN

(Vote for one)

Candidates from the following list

ward 1 pct 1 Michael J. Laskonis

ward 3 pct 5 John Tac Brantley

ward 4 pct 2 John M. Nelson

ward 5 pct 1 Odell D. Simpson

ward 5 pct 3 Valerie D. Hanserd

ward 5 pct 4 Victory Bell

ward 7 pct 5 Wladimiro T. Aguirre

ward 8 pct 3 Karen Hoffman

ward 8 pct 5 Charles Whitmore

ward 8 pct 6 Betti J. Caldwell

ward 9 pct 1 Charles H. Laskonis

ward 9 pct 3 Charles Perteete

ward 9 pct 4 James L. Samorian

ward 9 pct 5 Carl R. Granath

ward 11 pct 4 Tuffy Quinonez

ward 12 pct 1 Regina Brenmark-French

ward 12 pct 6 Domonic Meneghetti

ward 13 pct 1 Pearl Hawks

NO ENDORSEMENTS FOR PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN: A precinct committeeman has essentially one job, and that is to grow their party and round up as many votes as possible on Election Day. Here, we have a classic example of party politics: the party decides who is going to run and nobody contests those candidates.

REPUBLICAN PARTY SPECIMEN BALLOT

FEDERAL

FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR

(Vote for one)

James D. “Jim” Oberweis

Douglas Lee Truax

Jim Oberweis has run for office so many times (five times, and lost), he finally won in 2012 for a state senate seat. He’s now an incumbent, but no match for the federal incumbent he could face, Democrat Dick Durbin, whom some call, “The most popular money machine in the county, outside the Clintons or Obama.” That’s a tough challenge for a fellow that doesn’t breed excitement within his own party.

While he doesn’t have Durbin or Oberweis’ campaign funds, Truax seem to be the new hope of the Republican Party, generating Obama-like excitement among some conservatives. A West Point grad, a former Army Ranger and captain, successful business man whose firm is all about what ObamaCare is and isn’t, and he’s ready to take it on. He’s got domestic politics and foreign affairs credibility, and a veteran of our nation’s armed forces would surely make a stronger potential challenge to the political veteran Durbin. Republicans are suffering from retreaded retreads across the county. They need new wheels. Truax can bring them up to speed and bring them youth. If you want the same Republican party, vote for Oberweis, if you want a hope for the Republican party: vote for Truax.

STATE

FOR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
(Vote for one)

Bill Brady and Maria Rodriguez

Dan Rutherford and Steve Kim

Kirk W. Dillard and Jil Tracy

Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti

Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti are the best choices out of a crowded field that show how divided the Republican party has become in the State of Illinois. While less than 50 percent of Democrats say they’d vote for their own man Quinn, the math is even tricker for Republicans. Rauner’s major problem is himself and his wealth; he’s been throwing massive media money into this race and the labor unions have been throwing it right back at the Winnetka millionaire. Dillard, who has union backing, is rising in the polls to overtake former favorites Rutherford and Brady, who each have challenges. Rutherford has a sexual harassment lawsuit pending, and Brady has lost this race before. Rauner is fresh, confident, and would fit right into the Senate club of millionaires. He has that “leadership charisma” and the money to back it. I really like the fact Rauner also has “charisma” in his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti. Her father is a legal immigrant from Ecuador, and her mother, is a Cuban refugee. If they can harness and deliver to the state’s growing Latino vote (say “Chicago”), they have real potential against Quinn. Vote for Rauner and Sanguinetti.

FOR TREASURER

(Vote for one)

Tom Cross

Bob Grogan

In spite of bi­partisan talks to merge the offices of treasurer and comptroller, races for both are under way in 2014. As House minority leader, Illinois Rep. Tom Cross, (R ­Oswego), has offset measures brought by the Democratic machine. He pushed for early pension reform when Democrats were dragging their feet to appease Gov. Pat Quinn (D). In the end, Cross forged a seemingly key alliance with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan to push the pension bill through the House. In a political flip-­flop, he then voted against the bill, saying he didn’t believe numbers. Cross later correctly revealed that the bill provides no reform and does little, if anything, to protect taxpayers from paying the lion’s share of a $100 billion mistake.

The current DuPage County auditor, Grogan is a CPA and has campaigned through the eyes of an accountant, much like fellow Republican, gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner. Grogan is running largely on the platform of transparency. However, by lending his campaign $50,000 in order to file a public report, only to have the campaign give the funds right back, it proved to be a contrasting stunt that makes little sense. While Grogan stated he made the move to prove he could afford to fund his campaign, it was the classic sleight­ of ­hand Illinoisans expected from the GOP. The endorsement goes to Tom Cross.

FEDERAL

FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS

SIXTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

(Vote for one)

David J. Hale, Jr.

Adam Kinzinger

While David Hale has frequently questioned this editor & publisher’s brainpower, this one is the literal “no brainer” — vote for Kinzinger. David Hale may be the darling of the local Tea Partiers, but he is just completely unelectable to national office. If you listened to him very frequently on the now defunct-WNTA, you know what I mean. You may remember him and his video phone chasing run away Wisconsin Democratic senators at the Clock Tower Inn who were trying to avoid a budget vote to frustrate the state Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Hale was impressive in his petition drive for concealed carry in the county. Those kudos hardly qualify him to be a U.S. congressman. Although like Jesus Correa running for mayor, I smilingly kinda admire Hale for running for Congress. While I guarantee you will hear more from the veteran Mr. Hale, Kinzinger deserves your vote. He’s done well in his first term. Beside gaining some good committee asignments, the Air Force major has piloted his first big bill “Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013 H.R. 235” successfully through the House, and it is now before the Senate. The bill would aid veterans with medical experience to gain employment in that field as civilians. Vote for Kinzinger.

FOR COUNTY SHERIFF

(Vote for one)

Gary Caruana

Frank Pobjecky

A military veteran, Pobjecky is the off-duty Winnebago County deputy who shot four armed robbers at Maria’s Pizza in 2011. One of the suspects, 16-year-old Michael Sago, was killed in the shooting. Pobjecky was found to be justified in his use of deadly force. While a very competent deputy and a brave and admirable man, Pobjecky represents the Dick Meyers’ administration and lacks experience to lead a regional police department. He has great potential, and we hope he progresses in his career.

Although Caruana hasn’t been a police officer since the 1980s, his administration skills exceed the qualifications to run the office of sheriff. His impressive 26-year stint as manager of security for UPS across the entire state of Illinois included relationships with the FBI, FAA, DEA, TSA and the United States Secret Service. Caruana also maintained working relationships with the Illinois State Police, ATF and local police agencies. He has promised to end nepotism in the Sheriff’s Department. He wants to change the merit commission and diversify command staff. Caruana is consummate professional. Your vote for Caruana is so important to disarm the unwieldy negativism that would continue in the sheriff’s department if we have another representative of Gasparini and Meyers’ holding that powerful office. The morale under the cloud of favoritism is horrible. Vote for Caruana.

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY BOARD

DISTRICT EIGHT

(Vote for one)

Brian Leggero

Dianne Parvin

Eli Nicolosi

The race for the Winnebago County Board District 8 seat includes an incumbent with name recognition and two opponents who have stopped at nothing to win a public election. Brian Leggero has made an unsuccessful bid for Rockford City Council and was booted from the ballot in this race two years ago, when Parvin defeated Michael Kleen.

With little party support, Nicolosi’s eagerness when he lost to Democrat Jeff Holt in the race for Rockford Township Clerk in 2012 reportedly caught the attention of real estate mogul Sunil Puri who, according to sources, has taken the young graphic designer under his political wing.

Like the race in District 14, Parvin, a successful Realtor, has a slight advantage with name recognition, especially since Nicolosi and Leggero have remained significantly quiet. However, Parvin’s permanent residence remains a question as March 18 approaches. According to Parvin, she resides at 6397 Muirfield Lane, Rockford. That’s also the address she used when she was sworn in Dec. 3, 2012, and listed on her Statement of Candidacy for re­election Nov. 22, 2013. According to the United States Postal Service, Parvin receives mail at 102 Sycamore Lane, Machesney Park, a luxury home she says is owned by her boyfriend, Dr. Roger Hulsebus. According to the Secretary of State, the $700,000 property is owned by Twin Forks Investments, LLC. Parvin and Hulsebus are listed as members of the LLC. The address listed as Hulsebus’ primary residence is at 841 Allenburst Lane in Rockford, a home the retired chiropractor rents to Parvin’s son. On that property, Hulsebus is claiming a $6,000 owner-occupied tax exemption. While Parvin owns a property in District 8, it appears the property is a chess piece to keep her on the county board while she enjoys sprawling luxury along the Rock River, in the heart of the Sixth District represented by Kay Mullins. Parvin’s residency questions, coupled with Nicolosi’s pay­-to-­play apprenticeship are outweighed by Brian Leggero’s dark horse potential. A true people’s candidate, Leggero deserves a chance to represent District 8 without the smokescreens of deep­-rooted party politics.

PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN

FOR PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN

(Vote for one)

Candidates from the following list

ward 1 pct 1 Luther Landon

ward 1 pct 2 Donald B. Hall

ward 1 pct 3 Brian Leggero

ward 1 pct 5 Peter Thomas, Eli Nicolosi. Vote for Thomas. Nicolosi represents too many special interests.

ward 1 pct 8 Michael Kleen

ward 1 pct 2 David J. Hale, Jr. Undervote

ward 2 pct 4 Don Light

ward 3 pct 7 Robert E. Brokish

ward 4 pct 2 Jeanne Greenfield

ward 4 pct 4 Joe Mata

ward 5 pct 3 Alvin Alexander

ward 6 pct 3 Pamela Connell

ward 8 pct 1 Tom Klein

ward 8 pct 4 David De Nale

ward 10 pct 2 Gloria Cardenas Cudia

ward 10 pct 3 Dominic “Anthony” Ditullio

ward 10 pct 6 Jason C. Leviskas

ward 11 pct 1 Linda Radford

ward 14 pct 2 Allan W. Benson

ward 14 pct 3 James Allen

ward 14 pct 5 John H. Harmon

This race includes many of the Rockford and Winnebago County’s usual suspects. The only contested race is one between Eli Nicolosi and Peter Thomas. While Nicolosi deserves a chance to jump into the game, again, it appears his influence goes deeper than a desire to represent voters. If you don’t like the Tea Party, undervote Hale.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, ILLINOIS

PROPOSITIONS

CITY OF LOVES PARK

MUNICIPAL SERVICE OCCUPATION TAX

Shall the corporate authorities of the City of Loves Park, Illinois be authorized to levy a Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and a Municipal Service Occupation Tax, at a rate of one percent (1%), until June 30, 2024 to be used for expenditures on public infrastructure, including but not limited to repairs, maintenance, improvements and reconstruction of roadway, drainage systems, pedestrian and bikeway facilities and water systems?”

YES

NO

Vote YES. The city is broke and the measure was brought by the people. Many city repairs are badly needed.

ROSCOE TOWNSHIP

CONTRACT FOR BUS SERVICE

Should the Roscoe Township Board of Trustees consider contracting for bus services to be used by residents living in rural, unincorporated Roscoe Township, with this service to be, in part, paid for with the property taxes dollars from all properties located in both incorporated and unincorporated Roscoe Township?

YES

NO

The Village of Roscoe pays $25,000 for this service, and many pockets that don’t have this service see the buses going right by. Many of the people who really need it (like a mother with a child who has a disability) can’t use it. The Village of Roscoe has the money. Word is a former Winnebago County Board Member opposes this and his relations are powerful within the village and the township administrations. How unkind. The population of the area is aging. They will need it soon. Vote YES.

KINNIKINNICK COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 131

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EXTENSION LIMITATION

Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for Kinnikinnick Community Consolidated School District No. 131, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois, be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to 12.5% per year for 2014 and 2015?

(1) For the 2014 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $105 .64.

(2) Based upon an average annual percentage decrease in the market value of such property of 4%, the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against such property for the 2015 levy year is estimated to be $101.77.

YES

NO

While the real estate market is correcting itself, it is arguably too soft for such a measure. However, a NO vote here is one against education in an area where property values are more than stable. Vote YES.

WINNEBAGO PARK DISTRICT

PROPOSITION FOR WINNEBAGO PARK DISTRICT

TAX EXTENSION LIMITATION

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Levy Limitation Law for WINNEBAGO PARK DISTRICT, Winnebago County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to 50% above the limiting rate for the purpose of levying an additional tax for all corporate purposes, pursuant to Section 5-3 of the Park District Code for levy year 2012 and be equal to 0.18% of the equalized value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2013?

YES

NO

Older and many recent studies show that for every $1 invested in parks, $10 is returned to the community in sales tax and commercial tourism revenue. If you don’t believe that, go to the big end of the spectrum and ask the State of Utah, if they received $10 for every $1 Utah put up for the national parks when the Republicans and the Tea Party children forced the national budget shutdown for 16 days. Utah didn’t lose all the money most states did with national parks. Always invest in your parks on the national, state, county, and city level. Parks pay a great return on investment, and they raise real estate values around them. Vote YES for the parks.

VILLAGE OF ROSCOE

PROPOSITION TO LEVY A TAX RATE FOR EXPENDITURES ON PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

VILLAGE OF ROSCOE, WINNEBAGO, ILLINOIS

Shall the corporate authorities of the municipality be authorized to levy a tax rate of 1% for expenditures on public infrastructure, or property tax relief?

YES

NO

How rare for voters to have the choice between improving the infrastructure or tax relief. It is hoped, the village leaders will give a little of both. If this doesn’t pass, look for a tax on utilities.Vote YES.

NORTH SUBURBAN PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EXTENSION LIMITATION

Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the North Suburban Public Library District, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois, be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to 20.5% for the 2014 levy year?

For the 2014 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $14.64.

YES

NO

A YES vote will allow the already struggling library district to continue while other cities fail to embrace their significance. Libraries are cultural centers with a very similar ROI to parks. Besides that, the North Suburban Public Library is an excellent library and a fine host to many public events. Vote YES.

Vote March 18!

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