The Stephenson County Tea Party had a last-minute meeting to decide if we are going to resume. The big question is, do we fight the establishment that has created this disaster? Or do we say “Let it go, default, and the sooner the better so we can start over!”
I guess we are going to fight one more time.
The Democrats and RINOs (Republican In Name Only) seem to care more about their pensions and their Siamese twin, aka the public unions. Ask your leaders how many government pensions they get or are going to get! Now where is the Transparency?
Only the Tea Party seems to care about the young people. We are the only ones trying to take back our Country, State, and County government, and return them to the taxpayers by limiting government expansion, restrictions, and taxes on businesses that pay all the taxes.
Now Freeport is looking at another 1% sales tax increase. I am sure Monroe, Wisconsin, hopes it passes, as their sales tax is only 5.5% versus Freeport’s 8 to 9.25% before the increase. The Tea Party supports business.
So where is your support? Without private business expansion, then the government has only one choice: To tax businesses, their employees, and their customers more.
The Stephenson County Tea Party will have a public meeting with U.S. Republican Congressional candidate, Eric Reyes, who will be running against Bobby Schilling for the IL 17th district in the March Primary. The Tea Party meeting will be January 21st. The place will be announced.
Stephenson County Tea Party
stepcoteaparty at aeroinc.net
Festival of Trees: Success!
On behalf of the Savanna Historical Society, thank you to the businesses, groups and individuals who supported our third annual Festival of Trees. The nearly 50 trees showed imagination, creativity and whimsy, with no two being the least bit alike. The raffle prizes donated by businesses were a wonderful blend of ideas and gift certificates. Thanks for your help.
Thank you to the Events Committee workers, docents and volunteers who helped in so many ways. Our event has grown bigger and better; we could not have done it without your help. From sign makers and dish washers to ‘gofers’ and major event sponsors, THANK YOU!
Thank you to the public who supported the Festival with their attendance and participation. It is always a pleasure to greet our visitors. The Society is proud to present a family friendly event that everyone can enjoy and sincerely appreciate your attendance and kind comments.
Again, thank you to everyone involved. We are already thinking about the 4th annual Festival of Trees!!!
Events ChairSavanna Historical Society
By Brian Stewart
IL State Representative, 89th District
As we come to the close of the year I wanted to take the opportunity in my next two columns to bring you up to date with new laws that were enacted by the Illinois Legislature. These will become effective on January 1, 2014, so please take note and share them with family, friends and co-workers.
Medical Marijuana: This law creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the strictest medical marijuana law in the country. It establishes a pilot program that sunsets after four years. A specific list of debilitating, or terminal medical conditions are outlined in the bill which patients must be suffering from in order to qualify. The number of dispensaries is limited to 60 throughout Illinois, and the Department of Agriculture may approve up to 22 cultivation centers. A patient is prohibited from possessing more than 2.5 ounces at a time (Public Act 98-0122).
Tanning Facility under 18: No person under the age of 18 may use an indoor tanning facility that emits ultraviolet radiation to tan even if they have parental consent (Public Act 98-0349).
Online State Budget: Requires the Governor’s Office to post the upcoming years’ budget online in entirety for the public within 60 days of its announcement (Public Act 98-0461).
Winery Unsealed Bottle: Amends the liquor control act and allows a person to leave a winery with a half consumed bottle of wine. In other words, if you are at a winery and can’t finish the whole bottle, and don’t want to throw it away. The winery can cork it, put it in a tamper-evident bag and then you can take it home with you. You are only allowed to take one OPENED bottle with you (Public Act 98-0145).
70 MPH Speed Limit: The speed limit on rural Illinois interstates is being raised to 70 miles per hour. The bill excludes certain urban and suburban counties from the higher speed limit. SB 2356 also reduces the number of miles over the legal limit a vehicle must be traveling in order to constitute a serious traffic offense. (Public Act 98-0511).
DUI Motorboat: If a person is found guilty of DUI on a motorboat (not non-motor watercraft) the Secretary of State has the authority to suspend that convicted person’s Driver’s License. The .08 for vehicles is the same for motorboats (Public Act 98-0103).
E-Cigarettes Under 18: All forms of nicotine products including E-Cigarettes cannot be offered to or purchased by anyone under the age of 18. These products will be held under the same standards as tobacco products (Public Act 98-0350).
No Cell Phones while Driving: Texting is already illegal and now cell phones will be illegal to use in cars without hands-free devices. Fines for first-time offenders will be $75 (Public Act 98-0506).
Aggravated Device Use: If you are in an accident involving an injury while texting or using your cell phone, it is a Class A Misdemeanor or a Class 4 Felony if the accident resulted in the death of another person; HB2585 (Public Act 98-0507)
Cigarette Littering Control: Changes the definition of littering law in Illinois to add cigarette butts. First time offense: Class B Misdemeanor with a fine up to $1,500. Second Offense: Class A Misdemeanor with same fines. Third Offense: Class 4 Felony with potential $25,000 fine and possible jail time (Public Act 98-0483).
Is there a Santa Claus?
If someone asked me today, I’d say the same thing that Frank Church wrote to little Virginia Hanlon in the New York Sun 116 years ago.
“Virginia,” he said, “Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age… Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”
Jolly Old Saint Nick - we may seldom see him with our own eyes, but we know he is there. We have heard about him! We know he has been there every time we see blessings and generosity to each other and every time we see gifts to the many worthy charitable organizations in the 89th District. Please keep them in mind this season, as well as the men and women of the US Armed Forces both stateside and overseas serving and fighting for freedom on our behalf.
It is in that spirit that I would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and blessed Christmas Season!