Friday, August 29, 2014

8-29-2014 UPDATE on Plote CASE

The following indicates that Plote is moving for dismissal.


The above is taken from:,2014CH170,IL004015JL2014CH170D1 This reference should also update the reader concerning current status.

If you want a history of the case and its background see the August 29, 2014 Boone County Journal; portions of which are shown below.



Another GOP Holdout State Expands Medicaid Under Obamacare


The Obama administration announced this afternoon that Pennsylvania will expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, bringing another half million Americans health care coverage under the law.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican in a tough race to be re-elected, reached a compromise with the Obama administration to allow the state to expand Medicaid through managed-care organizations. The deal should be a boost to private health insurance companies in the Medicaid business like Aetna AET +1% (AET), UnitedHealth Group UNH -0.05% (UNH), Humana HUM +0.25% (HUM), Molina (MOH) and Centene (CNC).

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

WREX: New Boone County animal shelter proposed


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New Boone County animal shelter proposed

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:05 PM CDT

By Ken DeCoster


When you step inside Boone County's animal shelter, it's clear it's not in the best shape.
"This building is about 60 years old. It was originally designed as a veterinary clinic. It was never designed as an animal control facility," says Roger Tresemer, a supervisor at Boone County Animal Services.
Boone County Board Member Cathy Ward says the building outlived its usefulness years ago.
"You can see that the cages are butted up against each other and they need space so they don't share diseases, so they don't share insects and fleas and teh rest of it," Ward says.
This November, Boone County voters will decide the fate of that shelter. The county wants to spend $800,000 to build and equip a new animal services facility approximately three times the size of the existing shelter.
The recommended site is near Highway 76 and Squaw Prairie Road.
"It's more visible. There's more space
. We've often had complaints about this space which is on Appleton Road near home. The new site is wide open adn would be much easier for people to get to and find," Ward says.
But the perks come with a price. Voters need to decide on the issue because it's their tax dollars paying for it. The county would raise property taxes to secure the funds.
It's too early in the process to determine if that's something voters are willing to do — but come November, the county will have its answer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision


Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year. Other major unions, covered by multi-year contracts, won't reach the opt-out point until 2015 or later.

With the teachers given a 31-day window in August to decide, representatives for the state's largest public-sector union are imploring them to stay or risk losing their clout in how schools are operated.

"If I don't stand up and stay in my union, then we don't have a voice," said Chandra Madafferi, a high school health teacher and president of a 400-member local in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

Meanwhile, conservative groups are running ads and publicizing the chance for teachers to "grow your paycheck and workplace freedom."

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Boone Co Rental Housing Association


Meeting regarding Boone Co Rental Housing Association We have
selected a time and location to meet for a discussion on forming an
association for Rental Housing Providers in Boone County. This
Wednesday, August 27th at 6 pm.  We will be meeting at Bush Gardens Bar and Grill, 622 S State St, Belvidere. 

Please invite anyone you think would be interested in joining us.See you then.

Paul Arena

Estimated referendum cost for Animal Service Building on a $100,000 HOME

Here are the estimates that the Finance Committee will be discussing at 6:00PM on Tuesday, August 26.



The above figures are from:$file/Animal%20Services%20Referendum%20Impact%20To%20Taxpayers_201408221635.pdf

Guest Column-- My View: Boone County Board ethics questioned

Cathy Ward

By Cathy Ward

Posted Aug. 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am

The Boone County Board likely made history on Aug. 18 at a special meeting, hastily called and not much liked by the packed house and five of 12 board members — and many seriously questioned the ethics of this meeting.
At issue was putting a referendum regarding building an animal shelter on the Nov. 2 ballot. As far as anyone connected with the Boone County Board could recall, no board has ever tried to call a meeting on such short notice on such a controversial topic which had never been debated in open session.
Board members learned of this special meeting on Aug. 15 at 4 p.m., when a notice came via email that four board members had signed to have a special meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 18. The meeting had to be Monday, you see, because the deadline for getting the referendum on the ballot was midnight Monday.
What bothered many of us was the fact that putting a referendum on the ballot has never been debated at any committee, had never been debated at any board meeting, and yet it was coming before us for a final vote just five hours before the deadline. Also, this notice came late Friday afternoon, giving very few taxpayers and those interested notice of the meeting. Not all of the dozens and dozens who packed our meetings have minute-by-minute easy access to email.
Board member Ron Wait took credit for calling the special meeting, saying he called nine board members, and all said they thought a referendum could be considered. He said that’s the way they did it Springfield.
Boone County State’s Attorney Michelle Courier said the meeting was legal and putting it on the ballot was legal, too. I believe her. Michelle does her homework thoroughly and completely.
However, I believe there is a considerable difference between legal and ethical. I don’t consider this an ethical way to do business by elected officials for our taxpayers. Luckily, word spread to dozens and they came to see what our board would do. The vast majority were not happy by the results when the proposed referendum passed 7-5.
While I totally believe in referendums and have supported many, I don’t believe last-minute, down-to-the wire, hastily called meetings on topics never debated should be decided at the last minute at meetings called just hours before. Our people, the people we represent, deserve better.
Board members voting for the referendum were Chairman Bob Walberg, Vice Chairman Paul Larson, finance chairman Karl Johnson, Denny Ellingson, Brad Fidder, Chris Berner and Wait.
Board members voting no were Bill Pysson, Marion Thornberry, Craig Schultz, Ken Freeman and me.
The whole scenario was very disappointing.
I would not advise other boards to follow this tactic.

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