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Representative Bill Mitchell takes questions and comments By Mike Lakin Rep. Mitcheil's Mr. Pulaski Town Meeting did fill just about every chair in Mt. Pulaski City Hall Wed. June 16. Many commented, positively, that Mitchell didn't orchestrate the meeting. The questions and comments ranged over a variety of topics. Those topics included the deficit, the State Constitution, K - 12 education, public assistance, spending, money due local govern- ment bodies, fees, private busi- ness, Kid-Care, Illegals, primaries, term limits, and... God. It was npt something Rep. Mitch- ell could prepare for before hand. Whether it was the $100,000 the state promised for the new Elkhart Lift Station, the several hundred thousand dollars owed the school district or the very needed repairs to the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse; Mitchell recognized the State's several obligations. As for the money owed the school district, those funds will eventually arrive. Mitchell said that school districts would receive payments that are due, but as to when, he could not answer that question. The lift sta- tion and courthouse is part of a state capital bill that amounts t( $31 Billion. The state is now selling bonds to finance this capital bill. These bonds are being financed by increasing your license plate sticker price by another $20. Superintendent Phil Shelton said that the state should elimi- nate the Pre-K program. He said the program was not needed. The almost $1 Billion for the program could be placed in the state's education fund. Retired teacher, Phyllis Beccue, had quite a sur- prised look in response to Phil's statement. Mitchell noted that the Pre-K program is a financial boon to the Chicago area. The funds go not only to public schools, but also to private schools and private day care centers. Mitchell added that this program is an example of how the state creates a program and then it becomes what we know as entitlement: Janet Schahl commented on the Illinois business climate. Janet said those increased license fees, increased permit fees, all seem to harm the Illinois business cli- mate and are pushing Illinois b.usi- nesses out of the state. Mitchell agreed. He said the Indiana Gov- ernor once commented that the best Indiana business economic development plan, for his state, is Illinois' treatment of Illinois busi- nesses. The Illinois businesses move to Indiana. Mitchell added that there are needed business reforms in Illi- nois. He said that in the last ten years, the population of the state has lost 800,000 residents. That loss is, in part, related to the state's job climate. Another reform Mitchell says is needed is a reform of Illi- nois' Workers Compensation laws. He said those needed reforms have been repeatedly block by Illinois trial lawyers. One comment involved term limits for elected officials. Mitch- ell replied that elections, in them- selves, are term limits. He has to serve his area, knowing his re- election depends on how residents view his service. Roger Bates inter: jected that the state should con- sider term limits on the offices of legislative leaders. Keeping people like Mike Madigan from holding his legislative office for too many years. Roger Bates commented on the need for a reform of the primary system. Mitchell said he is in favor of an open blanket primary using a single ballot. He also backed moving the primary back to early spring. Winter weather cuts down on voter turnout. Mitchell added that the reason for the primary move in 2008 was to help Presi: dent Obama capture the nomina- tion. It was a Chicago thing. Judy Cavestani said she thought one problem with elections was that they last too long. She favored limiting elections to a very few months to keep voter interest up and. maybe, TV ads down. The issue of illegal immigra- tion involved several issues. The public was against it. Mitchell said he was co,sponsoring the Arizona Immigration legislation for Illi- nois. Applause was the response. He added he did not think it would go very far in the legislature. Mitchell pointed out that ille- gal immigration is a problem in Illinois. His figLtres show Hlegals make up 6% to 7% Of the state's- population. In addition, the Illi- nois Kid Care program is an ineffi- cient program. Mitchell said state figures show that 75% to 80% of the children in the program are children of illegal immigrants. Mitchell said he raised this prob- lem with Governor Quinn. Quinn's response was a "roll of his eyes" and he went on to another issue When the state's financial prob- lem was brought up, Mitchell said the Illinois Constitution requires a balanced budget each year. But this constitutional requirement is ignored each year. He, and a very small hand-full of legislators, attempts to abide by the Constitu- tion each year, but it's been unsuc- cessful. Would Mitchell favor an increase in the Illinois income tax to reduce the deficit? Mitchell said an outright tax increase would not help. Not, unless there is an agree- ment not to increase the spending on new programs. Mitchell favorg a change in state spending that would tie spending to the rate of inflation. He said if state spending was tied to the rate of inflation. the state would work towards solv- ing its financial problems. Mitch- ell has been working on this idea for several years. But broad sup- . port for this type of limit is not shard by a majority of his legisla- tive constituents. Mitchell made a most inter- esting comment. The two largest expenses for-the State of Illinois are K - 12 Education and Public Assistance. Just recently, Public Assistance has moved into the #1 slot for state, spending. As for God. One of the people attending the meeting spoke at some length on how God fits into the equation. Suffice it to say God apparently punishes gamblers and lotto players. My summary of one example... God guided the bullet fired by Lee Harvey Oswald to punish Piesident Kennedy in response to the Supreme Court taking prayer out of the schools. After that, Bill Mitchell looked around to find someone that looked like they might have a question. The photo of Rep. Mitchell accompanying this article was taken during Pres. Kennedy stae- ment- anology. All in all, it was a very good meeting with a couple interesting side trips. One beautiful Sunday morn!ng, a minister announced to his congregation: "My good people, I have here in my hands three sermons...a $100 sermon that lasts five minutes, a $50 sermon that lasts fifteen minutes, and a $10 sermon that lasts a full hour. "Now, we'll take the collection and see which one I'll deliver." Prevailing Wage Rates The following public bodieshave passed an Ordinance establishing prevailing wage rates for construction to be the same as those in Logan County as determined by the Illinois Department of Labor. Anyone wishing to inspect the Ordinance may do so at the office of the clerk of the following bodies: Latham Fire Protection District Latham Lake Bank/Two Mite Grove Cemetery Maint. Dist. 530 W. 4th, Latham Laenna Township and Road Dist. 530 W. 4th, Latham Multi-TownshipAssessing District of Lake Fork, Aetna, and Laenna Townships 290-2000 Ave., Mr. Pulaski Village of Latham 120 N. Macon, Latham Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Prot. Dist. 612 E. DeKalb Mr. Pulaski Lake Fork Township 290 2000 Ave., Mt. Pulaski Mt. Pulaski Township & Road Dist. 402 S. Spring, Mt. Pulaski ROAD DISTRICT TREASURER'S ANNUAL REPORT Town Fund To the Highway Commissioner, LAENNA Road District Loga n County, Illinois I Charles Rand Treasurer of LAENNA Road District, Logan County, Illinois. being duly sworn, depose and say that the following statement is a correct report for the fiscal year beginning April 1,2009 and ending March 31. 2010. Beginning Balance April 1, 2009 $76,501.52 REVENUES - Property Tax $56,295.63; Replacement Tax $4,978.88; Interest Income $391.11; Transfer $1,000.00 TOTAL REVENUES $62,665.62 EXPENDITURES - Administration $38,916.38: Building $2,076.62; Illinois Municipal Retirement $3,514.98: Social Security $6.802.66: Other Expenses $4,906.46 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $56.217.10 Ending Balance March 31. 2010 $82 950.04 TOWN FUND IMRF-Retirement System $3,514.98; Bank of Latham- Social Secu'rity $6,602.66: Fron- tier-Building $978.12: AMEREN-Build- ing $1,098.50; State of Illinois-State taxes $1,191.33; Bank of Latham-With- holding $5,750.03: : Carol Bridges- Salary $2,433.61: Robert Altig-Salary $25,200.99; Charles Rand- Salary $2,861.04; Carl Faith- Salary $369.40; Robert Maske- Salary $369.40; John Drake- Salary $369.40; Julie Cowan- Salary $369.40; Other Expenses $4,908.24 TOTAL $56,217.10 HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER'S ANNUAL REPORT To the Board of Trustees, LAENNATown- ship, Logan County, Illinois I Robert Altig, Highway Commissioner of LAENNA Road District, Logan County, Illinois, being duly sworn, depose and say that the following statement is a correct report for the fiscal year begin- ning April 1, 2009 and ending March 31, 2010. Road & Bridge Fund Beginning Balance April 1,2009 $113,086.56 REVENUES - Property Tax $49,902.77; Replacement Tax $11,280.30; Interest Income $635.78; Miscellaneous Income $13,430.62: Transfer $1,622.77 TOTAL REVENUES $76,872.24 EXPENDITURES - Administration $3,845.55; Maintenance $24,361.66; Repairs $7,229.62; Building $2,531.35; Other Expenses $13,243.35: Transfer $1,200.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $52,412.02 Ending Balance March 31, 2020 $137,546.78 Ag-Land FS-Fuel $8,788.44; Stephanie Westen-Labor $1,471.71; Louie Voile- Labor $1,294.75; Jacob Taylor-Labor $32.17; Richard Jones-Labor $595.07; Cross Bros.-Repairs $5,997.60; AME- REN-Utilities $2,531.35; Altorfer-Repairs $1,232.02; Johnson True Value-Supplies $2,316.93; Walker Tire- Road Maintenance $1,611.50; Coady Supply Co.- Road Maintenance $1,019.94; Timmons Trucking-Road Maintenance $8,642.70; Logan County Highway Dept.- Road Maintenance $1,982.15 Transfer $1,200.00; Other Expenses $13,695.69 TOTAL $52.412.02 Road & Bridge Insurance Fund Beginning Balance April 1, 2009 $5,829.92 REVENUES - Property Tax $1,772.03; Interest Income $13.09: Dividend $716.00 TOTAL REVENUES $2.501.12 EXPENDITURES - Insurance $4,607.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $4,607.00 Ending Balance March 31 2010 $3.724.O4 TOIRMA-Insurance $4.607.00 Equipment & Building Fund Beginning Balance April 1. 2009 $4.051.45 REVENUES - Property Tax $4,026.76; Interest Income $30.53 TOTAL REVENUES $4.057.29 EXPENDITURES - Equipment $422.77 TOTAL EXPENDITURES - $422.77 Ending Balance March 31 2010 $7,685.97 Road & Bridge Fund-Building $,122.77: Road & Bridge Fund-Building $300.00 TOTAL $422.77 SUPERVISOR'S STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS I Charles Rand Supervisor of LAENNA Township, Logan County, Illinois, being duly sworn, depose and say that the fol- lowing statement is a correct report for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2009 and ending March 31, 2010. General Assistance Fund Beginning Balance April 1, 2009' $11,948.23 REVENUES - Property Tax $2,743.02; Rental Income $63.31 TOTAL REVENUES $2,806.33 EXPENDITURES - Home Relief $830.11; Transfer $1,000.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $1,830.11 Ending Balance March 31, 2010 $12,924.45 AMEREN-Home Relief $661.75; Bank of Latham-Home Relief $168.36; Trans- fer-To Town Fund $1,000.00 TOTAL $1,830.11 Leanna Lake Fund "Beginning Balance April 1, 2009 $4,484.93 REVENUES - Property Tax $1,253.72; Interest Income $23.76 TOTAL REVENUES $1,277.48 EXPENDITURES - -0- TOTAL EXPENDITURES- -0- Ending Balance March 31, 2010 $5,762.41 Town Insurance CD Fund Beginning Balance April 1, 2009 $6,685.07 REVENUES -Interest Income $114.30 TOTAL REVENUES $114.30 EXPENDITURES - -0- TOTAL EXPENDITURES- -0- Ending Balance March 31, 2010 $6,799.37 Road & Bridge Insurance CD Fund Beginning Balance April 1, 2009 $5,669.73 REVENUES -Interest Ini;ome $96.94 TOTAL REVENUES $96.94 EXPENDITURES - -0- TOTAL EXP#NDITURES -O- Erlding Balance March 31, 2010 $5.766.67 Town Insurance CD Fund Beginning Balance April 1. 2009 $6.018.10 REVENUES - Property Tax $3,365.64; Interest Income $16.38; Dividend $716.00 TOTAL REVENUES $4,098.02 EXPENDITURES - Insurance $4,990.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $4,990.0.0 Ending Balance March 31,2010 $5,126.12 TOIRMA-Insurance $4,990.00 WHAI ARE YOtl WAllING fOR? 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