Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Immigration Jail in Rockford?





Posted Apr 25, 2017 at 10:36 AM Updated Apr 25, 2017 at 11:38 PM

By Cristina Gloria

I would like to express disappointment about how the immigration detention forum was handled April 17 at the YWCA. After attending, I question whether this public forum was intended to be an opportunity to hear from the sheriff about renting space for civil immigration detention in our jail and to answer questions from the public. If so, it did not meet that goal and it did not reflect the mission of the YWCA as it did not “promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity” to the attendees or the citizens of this community.

The members of the AAA & Latino American Voices feel that the presence of so many sheriff’s deputies dressed in bulletproof vests and carrying weapons was unnecessary, as well as the way they treated the forum attendees.

I have worked with law enforcement and have great respect for the work they do. However, the way that the deputies talked to us was as if we were criminal suspects or prisoners who were being lined up for a count. I was waiting to be asked to put my hands against the wall to be searched.

The audience at the meeting was made up of professionals, business owners and a few publicly elected officials. There appeared to be some deputies dressed as civilians in the audience taking up the already limited seating.

I perceived all of this as a technique to intimidate the people who were attending the forum. Why was this allowed in a facility of an organization that is promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity? Personally, I did not feel dignified by the presence of so many deputies, the ineptitude of the ICE officer and the final comments from state Rep. John Cabello.

Mr. Cabello did not demonstrate empathy at all and clearly demonstrated his “white male privilege” when he said that immigrants “should be afraid” and that they should “get legal.” I hope that the YWCA will invite Mr. Cabello to one of its workshops so that he may understand that his comments were completely inappropriate and reflected his lack of understanding of immigration issues.

As if they have any other option under the law or that only undocumented immigrants are deported. I know the YWCA does not have control over what he said, but the YWCA has the obligation to offer assistance to Mr. Cabello to understand how to speak thoughtfully to all people.

The responses that the sheriff provided insulted the intelligence of the attendees at the meeting. He presented the ICE detention center as something that he would have total control over, telling ICE whom he will take and whom he will not.

The ICE officer was unable to say if the sheriff had this authority or not. The sheriff did not clarify how the functions of law enforcement to fight crime would be affected even as he heard how the immigrant community’s trust of police will be broken if ICE has a presence in our jail. It is unclear if he understands that federal civil detention is different from criminal custody.

In conclusion, at the end of the forum we left with more questions, more distrust of the sheriff’s decision-making process and disappointment toward how we were treated at the YWCA, which is supposed to be a safe place for the community.

Cristina Gloria, MA, LPC. is a community liaison and board member for AAA & Latino American Voices.

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Universal Basic Income



Canada Is Launching a Major Test of Universal Basic Income



  • Finland, The Netherlands, and San Francisco, California have already shown their interest in giving people a regular monthly allowance — a system known as basic income.

    Now Ontario, Canada, is planning its own basic income trial as well.

    Related: Universal Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Should Never Come

    On April 24, Premier Kathleen Wynne outlined new details of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP), which is slated to begin later this spring and last for three years.

    A total of 4,000 people in three regions in the province will begin receiving additional income based on each individual's current salary.

    A single person in the trial can receive up to $16,989 per year, though the equivalent of 50% of any additional earned income will be subtracted from that total. So a person who makes $10,000 a year at their job, for example, would receive $11,989 in basic income, for a total income of $21,989.

    Eligible recipients, who must be considered low-income and be between 18 and 64 years old, will be chosen through a randomized selection process

    In her announcement, Premier Wynne said one goal of the pilot is to reassure people that their government supports them.

    "It says to them, government is with you. Ontario is with you," she said.

    Related: Could a Universal Basic Income Really Work?

    The premise of basic income is straightforward: People get monthly checks to cover living expenses such as food, transportation, clothing, and utilities — no questions asked.

    Along with Canada, a number of countries are conducting their own basic income trials.

    Finland's government launched its pilot on January 1, and is giving 2,000 unemployed Finns $590 a month. In various cities throughout the Netherlands, 250 people will soon receive an extra $1,100 per month for two years. And in Kenya, the charity GiveDirectly has launched a trial version of a 12-year study that seeks to gather the first longitudinal data on basic income.

    The concept of basic income has been around since the 1960s. In the decades since the radical idea was proposed, various researchers and government officials have given basic income experiments a try, with mixed results.

    In general, however, the data seem to tilt in basic income's favor. One study, published in late 2016, found people who received unconditional cash transfers used vices like drugs and alcoholless frequently than people who didn't receive the money. And though it's easy to assume free money would make people lazy, research suggests the opposite is true. People in one 2013 study actually worked 17% longer hours and received 38% higher earnings when getting a basic income.

    Skeptics, meanwhile, argue that because many basic income trials have been conducted in small villages in the developing world, the findings don't necessarily translate to developed countries.

    Ontario's trial will begin in the regions of Hamilton, including Brantford and Brant County, and in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. The third pilot will launch in Lindsay in the fall.

    "Everyone should benefit from Ontario's economic growth," Wynne said in a statement. "A basic income will support people in our province who are reaching for a better life."

    This article originally appeared on Business Insider[JS1] . Read more from Business Insider

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    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Morning Spin: Rauner's improbable fundraising pitch: Balanced budget without tax hike



    Morning Spin: Rauner's improbable fundraising pitch: Balanced budget without tax hike


    The speculation at the Capitol held that if the state’s budget impasse continues through next year’s election, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will campaign on the fact that he blocked Democrats from hiking taxes.
    End the speculation. Cue the campaign.
    In a fundraising letter sent to Republican supporters from the governor’s campaign, Rauner says: “Speaker Mike Madigan and the Springfield Democrats REFUSE TO FIX our state. Illinois taxpayers deserve a balanced budget WITHOUT any tax increases.”
    That’s a sharp contrast to what the governor previously has said, including his acknowledgment that the state needs more revenue as well as spending cuts to achieve a balanced budget. (He's not alone in that view — leading Democrats have said the same. The shortfall is just too big.)
    Of course, Rauner has made as a precondition for approving a tax hike his list of “structural reforms” (previously known as his “turnaround agenda”), which include a property tax freeze, changes to workers' compensation, term limits for politicians and a plan to take much of the politics out of the drawing of legislative districts. Those demands have met with opposition from Madigan and the Democratic-controlled legislature, leading to the stalemate.
    “In the midst of the ongoing budget impasse in Springfield, I don’t normally have time to write personal letters like this but I urgently need to hear back from you ASAP,” Rauner said in the form letter addressed to “Dear Fellow Taxpayer” and marked “Personal & Confidential, Urgent Reply Requested, Please Respond in 7 Days.”
    In the letter, Rauner calls himself “the only leader in Springfield standing between Illinois and more job-killing, taxpayer-crushing policies!!”
    “I’ve fought tooth and nail to bring back Illinois because I’m sick and tired of career politicians who are more concerned with taking care of their special interest allies than families like yours,” he wrote.
    While most fundraising appeals start at the low-dollar end to generate at least a few bucks, Rauner — a wealthy former private equity investor who put $50 million into his re-election campaign in December — isn’t shy.
    “Now, facing what could be the most expensive governor’s race in Illinois history, I urgently need you to consider partnering with my campaign with your most generous PLEDGE OF SUPPORT of $2,000, $1,000, $500 or $250 today,” Rauner wrote.
    “Make no mistake: Illinois has come too far to allow Mike Madigan to install yet another liberal puppet in the Governor’s Mansion he can pull the strings on,” he wrote.
    Rauner contended that “every tax-and-spend liberal in Springfield and nearly every liberal newspaper have called on me to capitulate to Mike Madigan’s demands, raise taxes on you and your family with no reforms to show for it, and pass yet another un-balanced budget.”
    “I refuse to pass the buck to the next generation,” the governor wrote, adding that “after doing my level best not to fundraise for the last two years, I’m reaching out to request your immediate support.”
    Rauner, who spent nearly $28 million of his own money in defeating then-Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014, added a P.S. to his letter: “I won my first campaign for governor of Illinois on the promise to Shake Up Springfield — and delivered.”
    By the way, don’t expect those ads featuring Rauner and a roll of duct tape to stop anytime soon. A report on cable TV ad buys shows the commercials running through at least the end of April. The ads are being paid for by an affiliate of the Republican Governors Association. (Rick Pearson)

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    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Controversy over trustee appointment/ouster of Chief at District 2 Fire District


    The Rhubarb

    10 hrs ·

    Posted by Boone County Board member Cathy Ward on April 21, 2017.

    "BOONE COUNTY BOARD AND DISTRICT 2 FIREFIGHTERS - Standing room crowd at our Wednesday night board meeting. Still learning more details every day, but we learned that the three-member Board of District 2 trustees ousted former chief Brad Bartell recently and many volunteers stood united at the meeting to protest that ousting. They want us (the county board) to change the board of trustees. One member, Jack Ryan, was up for reappointment and the majority of the board approved that appointment. Ryan spoke briefly and said there were reasons for the trustees' decision. He did not elaborate. This did not make the volunteers there happy. One volunteer, Brent Bryan, spoke at length explaining why many, many of the volunteers are not happy with the actions of the trustees. Bryan said they planned to get a referendum to voters very soon and ask that trustees be elected, not appointed by the county board. The three trustees are Ryan, Kevin Stark and Jim Marrs. All had been recommended for appointment by former chair Bob Walberg. The trustees next meeting is set for Monday, May 1, at the Fire District offices located near the Belvidere Post Office and Boone County Council on Aging at 7 p.m. Volunteers are hoping many will attend this open meeting to hear of their concerns. More to come, I'm sure. Standing room crowds are relatively rare."

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    SEE You-Tube proceedings of the Boone County Board regarding the appointment and public comment regarding it:

    10 minute thru 16 minutes for the public comment

    26 minute thru 30 minutes for discussion on vote on appointments.

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    WI & NY Dairy Farmers in trade war with Canada?


    Trump's latest target: Canada?

    Rick Newman


    Yahoo FinanceApril 21, 2017

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) is greeted by U.S. President Donald Trump prior to holdiing talks at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) is greeted by U.S. President Donald Trump prior to holdiing talks at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    If you thought our neighbors to the north were all chill and chummy, think again.

    President Trump, fresh from a visit to Wisconsin, told reporters on Thursday that certain Canadian trade practices are a “disgrace.” Canada, it turns out, recently lowered prices for a particular class of domestically produced dairy products, making them cheaper than imports from states such as Wisconsin and New York. That, in turn has led to the cancellation of some big contracts with family farmers in those states, and others. An industry group estimates the spat could cost American farmers $150 million, and force some of them to sell their cows.

    “What happened to our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and New York State – we’re not going to let it happen,” Trump said. “The fact is, NAFTA, whether it’s Mexico or Canada, is a disaster for our country. It’s a disaster. It’s a trading disaster.”

    Some people forget that the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has blamed for lost jobs, falling incomes and a bunch of other problems, involves not just Mexico, which Trump railed against while campaigning last year, but Canada, as well. Although it’s a free-trade deal, NAFTA still allows some tariffs and other types of protections on various categories of products, which is stipulated in the agreement. And products that were developed after NAFTA went into effect in 1994 sometimes fall into a grey zone where they’re not subject to tariffs that apply to other, similar products that did exist at the time.

    That appears to be what happened with a dairy product called ultrafiltered milk, which contains protein and fat products used to make cheese. Ultrafiltered milk was developed after NAFTA went into effect, and American product has been flowing into Canada for several years, subject to none of the tariffs that apply to other dairy products. Several Canadian provinces recently lowered the price of domestically produced UF milk, making it cheaper than the American version. Those changes are due to go national in Canada soon. Canada also subsidizes its milk industry, which helps keep farmers in business.

    The US dairy industry claims the recent price moves by Canada represent an illegal trade protection, similar to a tariff. On April 12, the entire Congressional delegation from Wisconsin signed a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others in the Trump administration urging them“to take immediate action to address this dire situation where apparent unfair trade practices are putting Wisconsin dairy farmers’ livelihoods at risk.” In response, Trump has lumped the dastardly Canadians with other countries, namely Mexico and China, that he feels are cheating on trade deals and hustling American workers out of their jobs.

    Worth knowing: Canada sees it differently.

    “It’s not Canada that’s the challenge here,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said recently, pointing out that Washington subsidizes agriculture just as Ottawa does, and that the United States has a $400 million trade surplus in agriculture with Canada. “Let’s not pretend we’re in a global free market when it comes to agriculture,” Trudeau said, meaning that just about every developed nation protects farmers viewed as indispensable pillars of national identity. Other Canadian politicians have argued that unfiltered milk from America has been getting a free ride in Canada, since it has been exempt from tariffs meant to apply to all dairy imports. Some also argue that American dairy farmers simply produce more milk that consumers demand, and it’s not Canada’s job to sop up the excess.

    For the farmers on either side of the border, this dairy skirmish is a big deal that directly affects their livelihood. But there’s a broader point, as Trump continues to promise that his grand effort to revamp NAFTA is coming soon, and will be terrific. Trump has bitten off a gigantic piece of gristle with his promise to revamp NAFTA or withdraw from the deal, and he can’t tweet-bash Canada—or even Mexico, for that matter—and expect rapid acquiescence. NAFTA covers thousands of products, and the whole point of more-or-less-free trade is to eliminate petty, one-by-one disputes over import tariffs on every single thing that crosses a border. (Anybody who wants to check for themselves can read the whole text of NAFTA here.)

    If Trump wants to fight with Canada over ultrafiltured milk, then why not fight over powdered buttermilk (tariff item 0403.90.10), egg albumin (tariff item 3502.10.10), or whey powder and modified whey powder (tariff item 0404.10.10)? And those are just a few items in the dairy category. There are dozens more, and dozens of other categories. For every producer in America who feels he’s getting a raw deal on a given product, there’s one in Canada and Mexico who feels the same way about a different product. Litigious trade spitballers could spend many lifetimes fighting over tariffs and retaliatory tariffs, product-by-product, while the movement of goods atrophied and producers waited for waited desperately for litigation to end so somebody might buy their stuff.

    Trump earned a few nominal victories at the start of his presidency when he tweet-blasted companies such as Carrier, Ford and General Motors, criticizing them for conduction operations in Mexico. Most companies targeted by Trump ginned up announcements touting investments that create jobs in America, even if those “announcements” were rehashed news of plans already on the books. Trump, typically, tweet his approval and claimed credit for the new jobs, with the whole kabuki seeming to do no real harm.

    Canada is unlikely to play that game. Like Republican members of Congress Trump has struggled to corral, Trudeau and other Canadian politicians don’t answer to Trump. They answer to their own constituents in Canada, and that includes farmers happy with the new rules on ultrafiltered milk imports from America. Canada has voters too, and Trump will never be on the ballot there.

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    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Married Catholic Priest?


    New Notre Dame priest coming with wife and children

    The Rev. David Medow won't be coming alone when he transfers in June to Notre Dame Catholic Church from Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield.

    Medow is one of an estimated 150 to 200 married Roman Catholic priests nationwide, he said. The 59-year-old Chicago native also has two grown children.

    "My role is to be a priest, not a married priest," Medow said. "I'm moving into a new community, and people may have some questions. Some of my stories are different because I am married and have children, but it's not really different, in terms of my role."

    He has been married to Jane for 38 years. The couple's two children are Nikolai, 29, and Hannah, 25.


    Medow and the Rev. Patrick M. Mulcahy, the current pastor at Notre Dame, are switching parishes.

    Mulcahy began serving Notre Dame in December 2010 as an administrator and was installed as pastor Sept. 1, 2012.

    Medow began work at the Plainfield parish in July 1998 and became the pastor in June 2005.

    Ed Reid, a Notre Dame parishioner for the past 18 years, said he is looking forward to Medow's June 21 arrival.

    "It's interesting for the parish to be one of the very few in the country that will have a married priest, and I would expect overwhelming support for him," Reid said. "Everyone I've spoken with about this has been very supportive."

    Reid said he doesn't expect the experience at Notre Dame to be markedly different once Medow is there.

    "He may be able to relate a little better to everyday Catholic problems because he has a wife and children," Reid said.

    He said he believes The Catholic Church should probably expand having married priests.

    "Married priests, and women, too," Reid said. "The church needs to increase its vocation and its appeal."

    Susan Kinsella, a Notre Dame parishioner since 2001, agreed.

    "I didn't know it was allowed, but I think it's a great opportunity for the church," she said. "It's no secret there's a shortage of priests."

    Kinsella said she believes Medow will be welcomed by parishioners.

    "I'm very excited about it and can see no downside," she said.

    Medow was raised a Lutheran in a family with a Jewish father and Lutheran mother.

    He was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1985, serving for nearly 12 years, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church Nov. 1, 1996.

    Medow's ordination was allowed because of a special process set up by the Vatican about 1980 for clergy who wanted to become Catholic priests.

    Notre Dame Parish serves about 1,400 households, with parishioners from Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont, Willowbrook and other nearby communities.

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    Boone County announces board vacancies


    Boone County announces board vacancies

    Posted Apr 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM Updated Apr 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM
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    BOONE COUNTY — The Boone County government recently announced vacancies for various volunteer boards.

    The board of review has two two-year vacancies, the zoning board of appeals has one five-year vacancy, the conservation district has one five-year vacancy, the ethics commission has three one-year vacancies and the community building complex has one three-year vacancy.

    The application deadline is April 25. Interested parties should send a letter and/or resume expressing their interest and qualifications to Boone County Chairman Karl Johnson, Administration Campus, 1212 Logan Ave., Suite 102, Belvidere, IL 61008.

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