Cuba Township issued the following news release Thursday:
CUBA TOWNSHIP REPUBLICANS HOSTS
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SERIES
September 12, 2013 - North Barrington, Illinois - The public is invited to attend a series of open forums being held in the Barrington area to meet and engage with Republican candidates running for Illinois Governor in 2014.
Wednesday September 25 - Meet Kirk Dillard
Chessie’s/111 Bar & Grill, Barrington
Wednesday October 09 - Meet Bill Brady
McGonigal’s Pub, Barrington
6:00 PM Upper Level
Sunday October 13 - Meet Bruce Rauner
Lake Barrington Shores, Lake Barrington
1:00 PM Recreation Center
Thursday October 24 - Meet Dan Rutherford
Zaza’s Tavola Italiana, Lake Barrington
6:00 PM Private Room
The gatherings are sponsored by the Cuba Township Republicans as a public service to educate voters on the candidates, their policy positions, and their ideas for Illinois. For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.cubatownshiprepubicans.com.
“Illinois is facing serious challenges and we need a new Governor to lead the state out of this mess. The Cuba Township Republicans welcome community members and local business leaders to attend these events and learn about the solutions these candidate could provide as our next Governor.” said Cuba Township Republican Chairman Bruce Sauer.
About Cuba Township Republican Committee
Cuba Township is located in southwest Lake County, Illinois and covers an area of 24 square miles and population of approximately 16,000 people. Cuba Township encompasses Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Lake Barrington, North Barrington Port Barrington, Tower Lakes,and portions of unincorporated Lake County. In the 2012 General Election election 78% of Cuba Township registered voters turned out to vote.
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The McHenry County Department of Health issued the following news release Tuesday:
WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has been recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) with an Achievement Award for its “Quick Reference Guide for Public Health Emergencies”. This marks the 15th NACo Achievement Award received by MCDH since 1995. Now in its 44th year, the Achievement Award Program not only recognizes effective and creative programs, but also creates awareness of county activities to share with other counties across the nation.
Educating key response partners, local businesses and the community on disaster related topics is both a priority and a challenge for local health departments. MCDH strives to ensure that residents are aware of the county’s response plan and knowledgeable about their own responsibilities before, during and after disasters. The MCDH Quick Reference Guide for Public Health Emergencies was developed as a way to accomplish this objective.
Distribution of the guide is ongoing, with over 80 copies having been delivered to organizations such as police and fire departments, municipal and township governmental bodies, hospitals, emergency management, functional needs agencies, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, schools and businesses.
For more information on the “Quick Reference Guide for Public Health Emergencies,” contact Keri Zaleski, MCDH’s Emergency Response Coordinator at 815-334-4510. September is National Preparedness Month. View our preparedness brochure so you will be thinking clearly in an emergency.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, issued the following news release Friday:
Sale and use of ‘tax-zappers’ now illegal in Illinois
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, cracking down on high-tech sales tax avoidance will be signed into law this afternoon. Franks’ measure takes aim at curtailing the falsification of electronic cash register records to lower a business’ tax liability.
“The notion that billions in sales tax revenue is being lost due to businesses cooking their books is unconscionable,” Franks said. “Even though it was already illegal to cheat on taxes, ‘tax-zappers’ created an easy way for an unscrupulous few to cheat that is very hard to track.”
House Bill 49 bans the possession or sale of computer software, known as a ‘tax-zapper,’ that allows a business to underreport taxable income by doctoring transaction records. By inserting a flash drive into an electronic register, the zapper alters receipts, thereby artificially lowering the business’ tax liability.
According to the Associated Press, in 2009 tax receipt losses from zapper software were estimated at $2.8 billion in the California restaurant industry and $1.7 billion in New York. Seven states including Michigan, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Utah and West Virginia have already passed laws banning the sale and use of tax-evasion software. Richard Ainsworth, a Boston University professor and expert on this issue, estimates that 30 percent of businesses that rely primarily on cash transactions are using this type of software.
“The vast majority of Illinois businesses play by the rules and are put at a severe disadvantage by anyone using these devices,” Franks continued. “This law will help stop those perpetrating tax fraud from placing the costs of their criminality onto the backs of honest taxpayers in Illinois.”
State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, issued the following news release Friday:
Crystal Lake – Today, State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) was proud to see Senate Bill 2314 become law. The bill was motivated by her desire to protect women from hard to detect breast cancer. Women with dense breast tissue are four to six times more likely to develop breast cancer, yet mammograms have a hard time detecting cancer in this type of tissue. Rep. Wheeler passed SB 2314 in the spring which will have the meaning and consequences of “dense breast tissue” explained in layman’s terms.
“Early detection is the easiest way for women to protect themselves from breast cancer,” explained Rep. Wheeler. “This law will help give women the knowledge necessary to help make informed decisions, especially if they are at-risk.”
There are many reasons why woman are not exploring this common, yet risk-filled problem. The most effective way to detect breast cancer in dense tissue is through an MRI or ultrasound, which can add significant cost to cancer screening. These tests are typically reserved for woman with a high risk of breast cancer, which can cause a sense of fear among those who are recommended to have additional testing. Regardless, Wheeler believes lifesaving information trumps the potential fear and cost.
“Women have the right to have a full understanding of their health. This law will have the risks and consequences of dense tissue thoroughly explained,” said Wheeler. “With the right knowledge and doctor-to-patient support, women will be able to properly explore their best options in terms of screening and treatment.”
The Governor signed SB 2314 this morning and has now become law.
State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, issued the following news release Wednesday:
Legislation prohibits township officials from double-dipping on transit boards
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – In the wake of a failed attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint a career politician and political ally to the CTA Board of Directors, state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, introduced legislation today closing a loophole that allowed certain politicians to pad taxpayer-funded salaries through appointment to state transit boards.
“After decades of corruption, enough politicians in prison to fill their own cell block, and countless millions of taxpayers’ hard-earned money wasted on the same old political games, Illinois can no longer tolerate politicians following the letter of the law, while exploiting loopholes and ignoring the spirit of the law,” Franks said. “The people I represent believe public service is about doing what’s right and making life better for the people of Illinois, not enriching friends and cronies.”
House Bill 3659 makes all employees and elected or appointed officials of township or other local governments ineligible for appointment to the boards of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Metra. While current law does not prevent township officials and employees from serving on these boards, employees and officials of federal, state, county and municipal governments are ineligible for appointment.
Franks introduced the measure in response to the governor’s attempt to appoint Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli to the CTA Board of Directors, a move which would have added a $25,000 annual taxpayer-funded paycheck to Zuccarelli’s over-$180,000 township salary. Zuccarelli declined the nomination this week, after Franks and others demanded the governor reconsider the appointment which violated the spirit of the current legal prohibition on transit board members collecting other taxpayer-funded salaries.
“Ultimately, no one would design a transit system like the one we have today,” Franks continued.
“Taxpayers deserve an integrated transit system that puts their interests first, speaks with a coherent voice and exercises real oversight authority. By closing this loophole and continuing to crack down on cronyism at all levels of government, I am fighting to make this message heard in Springfield.”