Thursday, January 21, 2010

NDK must disclose possible pollutants within 10 days


NDK Crystal must disclose within 10 days to the Illinois attorney general’s office and the Boone County state’s attorney’s office what harmful chemicals may have polluted the water, soil and air after a Dec. 7 explosion at its Belvidere plant.

company also has 60 days to provide a corrective action plan, hazard and operability study and supply a “root cause analysis” of what caused the disaster.

Click on the following for more details:  NDK must disclose possible pollutants within 10 days - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Below are photocopies of the court complaint against NDK.  The two count indictment claimed “Substantial Endangerment to the Environment”(page1)  and “Air Pollution”(page 5).   Quartz particles and caustic soda are named in the complaint.  Page 4 describes the injunction which was sought.

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Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits

 Front of Supreme Court Building

corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns

justices also struck down part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that barred union- and corporate-paid issue ads in the closing days of election campaigns.

justices, with only Thomas in dissent, did uphold McCain-Feingold requirements that anyone spending money on political ads must disclose the names of contributors.

Click on the following for more details:  Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits -

Campaign Financing for the New Boone County Judgeship

Three old names on the political front are running in the Republican primary for Judge of  the new 17th Circuit Court:  David A. Englund, James P. Hursh and Ron Wait. 

As mandated by law the three candidates have submitted required schedules of contributions and expenditures for the last six months to the State Board of Election.  Their respective filings are listed below. 

As a convenience the following is a summary of their filings.

David A.Englund:  Mr. Englund has expended $19,074 on the campaign as of 12-31-2009.   In addition there are in-kind contributions (internet ads) of approximated $2500 given by Berman Stephen of Hanover, MD and approximately $6220 of in-kind contributions paid by the candidate. Thus far the campaign is  financed almost completely by a $50,000 loan from Mr. Englund’s personal funds. There was $31,100 of remaining funds as of 12-31-2009.

Mr. Englund ran successfully for re-election to the 16th district in 1994, a total of $15,000 was expended based upon filings available at the Board of Elections.

James P. Hursh: Mr. Hursh has expended $15,856 on the campaign as of 12-31-2009. In kind contribution of $270. Total receipts consists of $18,351 in individual contributions and a $5,000 loan from Ralph and Beverly Hursh.  $10,000 of the contributions was from the candidate himself.  Other major contributors include: R Robert Funderburg ($1,000), Retired Judge Angus More of Rockford($1,000), Jody and Kathy Goad,($300),  Kent Kniep ($250), Dave and Amy Gallano ($210), Gerald and Carol Rowe ($160).  Jack Wolf Chrysler made an in-kind contribution of $250.  There was $7,495 of remaining funds as of 12-31-2009.

Ron Wait:  Mr. Wait has expended $22,230 on the campaign as of 12-31-2009.  The entire campaign has been financed by a $80,000 loan from the candidate.

During the period 7-1 to 12-31-2009, Mr. Wait was also actively soliciting funds under the CITIZENS FOR RON WAIT, a political committee which existed since 1982.  That committee has the stated purpose to elect Ron Wait to 68th Representative District in the General Assembly.  The required disclosure items for that committee are also shown below.  There is a sizeable list of large contributors.   This listing is available by clicking on the smaller photocopies.  Also see the $4,000 transfer in’s from corporate sponsors also on small photocopy.  It is difficult to determine what affect this committee has had on the campaign for judge.  Expenditures exceeded revenue and only $2,054 cash is now available.  During the period the committee owed a loan of $51,000 from the candidate which is unchanged from the previous period.   

It is anticipated that there will be no additional disclosures until after the February 2, 2010 Primary.

ELECT ENGLUND JUDGE                Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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HURSH FOR JUDGE        Click photocopy to enlarge.

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RON WAIT FOR JUDGE       Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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Purpose:   Elect Ron Wait to 68th Representative District in the General Assembly.

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