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A notice from the Huntley Area Tea Party:
Come to the Huntley TEA Parties’ Smart Meter Event
Who: The Huntley Tea Party
What: Smart Meter Awareness Meeting- What’s coming your way?
When: Wednesday, February 22nd,
6:30-700 PM: signup, meet and greet
7:00 PM: Presentation
Where: Cosman Center [Park District building], 12015 Mill St, Huntley
This meeting will feature a presentation on Smart Meter Issues affecting every household in Illinois. The process of imposing Smart Meters in McHenry and Kane counties is in the planning stages.
For over a year, the Tea Party of Naperville has been leading the effort to prevent the Village from imposing Smart Meters on all residences of the community.
Thanks to their research efforts, we have the details on the privacy, health, safety and other consequences of installing Smart Meters in our area.
Our speaker is Bill Broderick, who will lead the powerpoint presentation and discussion.
Some of the topics include how the power grid and Smart Meter interact, what data is transmitted, breach of privacy and health issues.
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I wonder if any of the legislators who voted for the Com Ed/Ameren rate hike bill (Com Ed refer to it as the “Smart Grid” bill) will attend the meeting. Here’s the House Roll Call. Here’s the Senate Roll Call.
State Senator Dan Duffy emails that he voted against the bill to bailout Sears and sends the following explanation:
The BAIL OUT bill Passed in the Senate.
The bill gives Sears and CME a special tax break, along with creating a special Tax Tribunal (more government) and expands tax credits to ex-felons to help them obtain “better jobs”.
The bill is a compilation of too much – for too few – and picks “winners and losers” for the special people who can afford big time lobbyists…
I voted NO.
To keep ALL jobs here in Illinois – the SOLUTION is to REPEAL the 67% tax increase for everyone – not just give breaks to the big boys while small businesses, which create 80% of the jobs in Illinois, get NOTHING but the opportunity to pay the bill Sears, CME and others don’t want to pay.
Today Sears and CME…tomorrow the others will come to get theirs.
Repeal the largest tax increase in Illinois and have EVERYONE follow the same laws.
We must stop creating one set of laws for some – and another for the politically connected.
I found the roll call on the bill: House Bill 1883. The bill passed 36-18-11. Who voted how appears below:
Republicans supporting the bill were
One might note that four of the GOP “Yes” votes were from people who have run for statewide office. The CME folks are capable of making significant campaign contributions.
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Later Tuesday afternoon, the Illinois House cast 99 votes against the proposal. 8 voted “Yes;” 6 “Present.”
All local representatives voted against the measure.
State Senator Pam Althoff provided the deciding vote in overriding Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of the Commonwealth Edison/Ameren electric rate increase bill.
The veto override of the veto of Senate Bill 1652 passed by just one vote.
That means every one of the “Yes” votes can be characterized as the deciding vote.
With Althoff having no election opponent, she will walk away from the vote unscathed.
The other two area Senators, Dan Duffy and Chris Lauzen voted against the bill.
Some of these others, however, will come under heavy attack during primary and/or general elections. These State Senators voted “Yes:”
- Collins, A.
- Johnson, T.
- Jones, E.
- Jones, J.
The House roll call is below. Representing McHenry County, State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) and Barrington Hills Republican State Rep. Mark Beaubien supported the bill, which passed 61-52.
Without those two votes, the Civil Union legislation would not have become law.
Sixty votes were required for passage.
The 32-24 vote Illinois State Senate roll call is below:
The Workers Comp reform bill favored by Democrats as a way to cut costs for business at the expense of doctors and hospitals didn’t pass two nights ago.
On the last night of the spring session, however, enough votes were mustered to reach 60 votes.
In fact, there were two extra votes.
The May 31, 2011, roll call is below:
There were no changes in State Rep. Jack Franks’ vote. He was still a “Yes.”
His Republican colleague continued to vote against the bill. State Rep. Mark Beaubien was not on the House floor. Beaubien voted “No” the first time around.
Since many, many state legislators have held local public office first, I guess people shouldn’t be surprised when they forget that they are representing people in Springfield, not cities, villages, school districts, etc.
When the Northwest Municipal League issued the pre-election ratings of local legislators, I usually was down at the bottom.
The reason is that what is good for municipalities may be very bad for people.
Local governments don’t like the new Freedom of Information law…in the worst way.
They have to provide information in a week, unless they double the time for any or no good reason.
Their judgments can be overruled by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office of Public Access Counselor.
They can’t charge for the first fifty pages of information.
They can’t bill for the time it takes employees to find and copy the information.
So, before the law has been in effect even five months, it was rollback time.
Here is sponsor State Senator Don Harmon’s statement of victory upon passage of his “reform” legislation:
Concerns voiced by public bodies from across the State regarding the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) led to the passage of House Bill 1716, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park).
This legislation makes several changes to the system of processing FOIA requests while still protecting the core purpose of this widely used transparency tool.
Major changes contained in House Bill 1716 include giving public bodies additional time to process FOIA requests made by “recurrent requesters”, people who have made more than 50 total requests in the last 12 months, 15 requests within a 30-day period or 7 requests in a 7-day period.
“Recurrent requestors” will receive notification within 5 business days stating that their requested information will be delivered in a reasonable amount of time.
Additional changes to the FOIA system include giving local bodies the ability to charge a $10 dollar per hour fee to satisfy commercial requests for information, exempting the first 8 hours of work. Commercial requestors are businesses that use FOIA information to further their business goals, for example, marketing purposes.
Non-profits and the media are exempted.
These changes take into account suggestions from many government bodies from across the state that have been struggling to meet requests for information in the mandated amount of time.
With these reforms, individuals and organizations seeking information can trust that their requests will be granted while ensuring that our local governments are able to fulfill the requests without undue financial burden.
It also ensures that the FOIA requests of infrequent requestors receive priority, giving everyday citizens the access to vital local government information.
Note the line, “changes take into account suggestions from many government bodies.”
What could better tell people that Don Harmon represents governments, rather than people?
This is an Oak Park liberal, folks. This is what passes for a reformer in Springfield today.
As you can see from the Senate roll call below, State Senator Pam Althoff voted in favor of the FOIA restrictions, which Dan Duffy voted, “No.”
Showing you how important this bill was to the House Speaker, he arranged for it to be called the last night of the session, so the Senate amendments could be approved by House members.
The House roll call below shows State Rep. Jack Franks on the side of openness, which State Rep. Mike Tryon voted to help shutter the Freedom of Information process.
Senate bill 1652, the legislation that Commonwealth Edison and Downstate electric utility Ameeen promotes as a “Smart Grid” bill, passed the Illinois House this Memorial Day 67-47-1.
It previously passed the Senate, as you can see from the Senate roll call below:
Both state senators representing McHenry Count–Pam Althoff and Dan Duffy–voted for the legislation.
In the Illinois House, the vote was split on party lines.
Democrat Jack Franks opposed the bill, while Republicans Mark Beaubien and Mike Tryon voted, “Yes.”
The Senate still has to vote on House amendments before the bill can be sent to the Governor’s desk.
For those wishing to weigh in on the issue, the state switchboard number is 217-782-2000.
You may be surprised to see Democrat Jack Franks voting “Yes.”
He didn’t vote that way right away, however. He waited until he knew that the bill would not get the necessary 60 votes to pass.
Look at the video that Statehouse News took, which is below:
You will see that Republican State Representatives Mike Tryon and Mark Beaubien did not support the bill. They voted “No.”
Both the Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Hospital Association opposed the bill.
There may be a few Republicans who voted for the bill, but a cursory look at the roll call below did not reveal any to me. Too many names I don’t recognize.
“State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock, said he would have preferred a computer-generated map,” reports Illinois Statehouse News.
How did he vote?
Would you believe with House Speaker Mike Madigan?
What instructions were given to the computer that drew this map?