ALERT: Stop this bill in the House‏

LIPINSKI, ROSKAM, HULTGREN WARN AGAINST ILLINOIS’ PROPOSAL TO OPPRESS FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A bill that would force pro-life health care providers to promote and participate in abortion, SB 1564, passed the Illinois Senate this week, and now moves to the House. The bill would also violate federal law, a bipartisan letter from Members of the federal Illinois delegation says.

Congressional members of the Illinois delegation Peter Roskam, Dan Lipinski and Randy Hultgren say in the letter that SB 1564 does more than “gut the conscience protections currently enshrined in [Illinois law].” The bill would “stand in stark contrast to the requirements of superseding federal law, including the Church Amendment, the Coats-Snowe Amendment, and the annual Hyde-Weldon Amendment.”

And it could cost medical facilities in Illinois badly-needed federal assistance. They write that “such legislation could seriously imperil funds for healthcare programs, including reimbursements under Medicare and Medicaid.”

“The right of conscience s a fundamental freedom protected under the U.S. Constitution. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment expressly guarantees that Americans will not be prohibited from acting under their chosen religious beliefs, stating, “Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise [of religion].”

The White House asserted in 2012 that “The President and this administration have previously expressed strong support for existing conscience protections, including those relating to health care providers.”

SB 1564 was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Daniel Biss – Julie A. Morrison – Toi W. Hutchinson – Linda Holmes – Kimberly A. LightfordMichael NolandHeather A. SteansWilliam DelgadoIris Y. MartinezJacqueline Y. CollinsEmil Jones, IIIDonne E. TrotterMattie Hunter and Kwame Raoul.

Two Republicans – GOP leader Christine Radogno and freshman Senator Chris Nybo – supported the bill.

Illinois House member Robyn Gabel, a former Planned Parenthood director and Madigan’s lieutenant Barbara Flynn Currie are managing the bill in the Illinois House.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REP:  http://ilga.gov/house/

 

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LEAVE YOUR 13-YEAR-OLD HOME ALONE? POLICE CAN TAKE HER INTO CUSTODY UNDER ILLINOIS LAW

Illinois Policy Institute –

Any parents who leave their children age 13 or younger home alone may be guilty of neglect under Illinois state law.

That’s because Illinois law states that “any minor under the age of 14 years whose parent or other person responsible for the minor’s welfare leaves the minor without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that minor” is neglected.

It’s the strictest law of its kind in the nation. Only a handful of other states have a minimum age for leaving children home alone. For example, three states list 12 as the minimum age for leaving children home alone, while three states set the minimum age at 8. Kansas lists the minimum age at 6. At least 30 states have no minimum age for when a child can be left home alone.

While the law in Illinois defines neglect only where the child under 14 years old is left without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for his or her mental or physical, health, safety or welfare, it does not define “unreasonable period of time” or “regard for the mental or physical health, safety or welfare.” Rather, it provides a non-exhaustive list of 15 factors for a court to determine. But that provides practically no guidance to a parent trying to decide when they can or can’t leave their 13-year-old without supervision.

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VA Sends Veterans’ Medical Info To FBI To Get Their Guns Taken Away

Daily Caller –

Documents obtained by The Daily Caller and interviews with American veterans reveal a shocking government program: The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list.

The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.

Veterans deemed mentally incompetent or financially incapable are finally speaking out about the errors in the system and the fearful harassment they and their families face from the federal government. And it all starts when vets go to the VA to get medical help.

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7th ANNUAL CHICAGO & ILLINOIS TAX DAY TEA PARTY RALLY

Come join us at the beautiful

Arcada Theater

105 E. Main Street, in St. Charles

for an evening with top Illinois fiscal conservatives

and

great musical entertainment from amazing performers

Wednesday April 15, 2015

Doors open at 4:00 PM – Event 5:00 – 7:00 PM Admission – $10.00 Theater holds 900 – First Come, First Serve

Alcohol, soft drinks and finger foods will be available at the Theater

Master Of Ceremonies – Denise Cattoni – Founder, Illinois Tea Party

Joe Walsh – Am560 The Answer Evening Talk Show Host

Former U.S. Congressman Dan Proft – AM560 The Answer Morning Talk Show Host

Adam Andrzejewski – Founder For the Good of Illinois

John Tillman – CEO Illinois Policy Institute

David From – State Director – American for Prosperity

Pastor Corey Brooks – C.E.O. of Project H.O.O.D. – Helping Others Obtain Destiny

Larry Kaifesh – Former Republican U.S. Congressional Candidate

8th District Blair Garber – Evanston Township Republican Comitteeman

Jesus Alaniz – Conservative Republican who will speak about illegal immigration.

C.Steven Tucker – Healthcare Policy Team Leader for the Illinois Tea Party

Art Havenhill – Co-State Coordinator Tea Party Patriots

Babette Holder – Frederick Douglass

Kirk Allen – Edgar County Watchdogs

Eric Golub -Conservative comedian, author, blogger and public speaker

Musical guests include: World class guitarist, John Ivan, singer/songwriter Bert Cattoni preforming ‘I Still Believe’ and Kevin Chalfant, the first stand in lead singer for Steve Perry with Journey, performing ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.

Parking is just north and just west of the theater. Metra West line trains run from Chicago to Geneva and back every half hour.

Contact: Denise Cattoni – 630.290.2130

Steven Tucker – 630.674.1551

Download the event flyer here

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FBI, federal prosecutors investigating Aaron Schock

CNN –

Washington (CNN)The FBI and the federal prosecutors in Illinois are investigating whether Rep. Aaron Schock broke the law in accounting for campaign expenses, according to people familiar with the matter.

Schock in recent days announced plans to resign, citing controversy surrounding allegations that he improperly accounted for travel and other contributions from donors and mileage reimbursements for a personal car he purchased with campaign funds. But the probe managed by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield, Ill., means his legal troubles are just beginning.

The federal investigation is focused on at least three questions, according to people familiar with the inquiry, including the mileage reimbursements, travel that was paid for by donors and in-kind contributions from donors that were not reported.

The FBI is delivering subpoenas in Washington and Illinois, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

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Obama says he learned of Clinton using private email through news reports

Fox News –

President Obama says he first learned from news reports that his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, used a private email account during her tenure, amid reports the White House and State Department may have known as far back as last August that Clinton did not use government email.

“The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports,” Obama told CBS’ Bill Plante, in response to a question of when the president learned of Clinton’s use of a private email account for conducting government business.

Obama, in an interview with CBS aired Sunday, continued to stand by his claims that “the policy of my administration is to encourage transparency… and that’s why my emails — the BlackBerry that I carry around — all those records are available and archived and I’m glad that Hillary has instructed that those emails that had to do with official business need to be disclosed.”

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THORNER: JEB BUSH EMBRACES NEW WORLD ORDER; COMMON CORE PROVIDES GLOBAL EDUCATION

By Nancy Thorner – 

There is more behind the facade of what Jeb Bush stands for than meets the eye. As detailed in Part 1, “Jeb Bush, a conservative, a moderate, or a globalist,” Jeb didn’t allow challengers to stand in his way when running and winning the governorship three times in Florida. Although it has been reported that Jeb Bush governed as a conservative, in the interim Bush has taken positions that mirror those of Democrats, specifically with amnesty and Common core.

During Jeb Bush’s recent appearance at C-PAC he captured 5th placed percentage-wise. During an interview conducted by Sean Hannity Bush spoke of himself as a “reform-minded conservative.” It is interesting that Jeb Bush was open to a question and answer session with Sean Hannity, but not to a direct confrontation with the C-PAC audience. Of even greater interest is why Jeb Bush is seemingly being pushed as the anointed Republican presidential candidate for 2016.

Part of the answer is found in Phyllis Schlafly’s book, “A Choice Not An Echo.” Schlafly details how in early 1936 a little group of secret kingmakers (prominent financiers and industrialists) laid long-range plans to control the Republican Party. This group has used every trick to dictate the choice of the Republican presidential nominee up to now, although failing in their selections of Bob Dold and John McCain. It was the kingmakers who were responsible for derailing and destroying Senator Barry Goldwater in the election of 1964. For the kingmakers, it was anyone but Goldwater, preferring, as they did, the continuation of the policies of Democrat incumbent Lyndon Johnson to those of Goldwater. With this in mind, there is every reason to believe the kingmakers of today, although faces have changed, are partial to Jeb Bush as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee?

Entities that embrace the “One World, Centralized Political System

The kingmakers are not the only entity who believe Jeb Bush fits the criteria of what a presidential candidate must stand for and represent. The author’s goal is to set forth the tangled web of Common Core as it relates to what the U.N.; non-governmental organizations; and the elitist, establishment members of the Republican Party all wish to achieve in the future: One World Government, often called Globalism.  One World Government is a project of the elites.  It’s presently on track to become the social and political agenda of the 21st century.  Jeb Bush, as a globalist, would lead this nation’s ship in the right direction, while Common Core Standards would enable the process.

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As Illinois Obamacare sign-ups jump 60%, top exec heads for exit

Crain’s Chicago Business,

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As Obamacare enrollment in Illinois soars, the executive director of the Illinois agency that manages the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange is stepping aside.

Jennifer Koehler, who led the online exchange, dubbed Get Covered Illinois, for two years, has resigned. She said she is volunteering her services to the Rauner administration to ensure a smooth transition until enrollment ends Feb. 22.

“Launching and growing GCI has been a great honor,” Koehler said in a statement. “In two short years, we have created a culture of coverage across Illinois, connected over 900,000 residents to health care coverage and as a result changed many peoples’ lives for the better. . . .I leave knowing that we have laid the foundation for a healthier state for years to come.”

WHAT DROVE THE ENROLLMENT SURGE?

A more informed public and a bolstered relationship with insurance brokers helped fuel Obamacare sign-ups in Illinois, jumping 60 percent so far this year compared with last year’s debut.

“We just had more momentum going into 2015,” said Barbara Otto, CEO of Health and Disability Advocates, a Chicago nonprofit that has educated consumers about the exchange.

During 2014, the first year of the exchange, some consumers mistakenly thought that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was only for people living in poverty, she said. But in 2015, “more and more people were hearing about friends, neighbors and others getting access to coverage.”

There was a gap in public awareness in 2014 not only in that the exchanges existed, but that subsidies were available for consumers who qualified, said Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president at Avalere Health, a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy.

“Illinois is one of the states with the biggest increase from 2014 enrollment,” Pearson said. “In terms of having a boost this year, I think they’re definitely doing well.”

Enrollment totaled 347,300 in Illinois as of Feb. 15. Of those, an estimated 172,000 people renewed coverage in 2015 and 175,000 people are new to the exchange, according to an Avalere Health analysis of federal data.

Of the total Illinois enrollees, 81 percent are from an area that spans from west suburban Naperville to Chicago to northwest suburban Elgin, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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House Oversight Committee Demands FCC Turn Over Unredacted Net Neutrality Emails With White House

Daily Caller –

The House Oversight Committee on Friday ordered Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to hand over unredacted versions of emails discussing net neutrality with the White House, which the FCC asked for input on redactions prior to disclosure.

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent a letter to Wheeler on Friday asking the FCC head to turn over unredacted communications between his office and high-level White House employees discussing net neutrality, which were first obtained by Vice News via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Those emails, which Chaffetz requested from Wheeler earlier this month in order to assess whether the White House exerted inappropriate influence over the FCC’s new net neutrality proposal, were reportedly “heavily…redacted at the behest of the White House.”

“I requested, among other things, all communications between and among FCC personnel and the White House, the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration relating to net neutrality, the open Internet proceeding, the classification of broadband, or the regulation of broadband Internet access service between January 14, 2014, and the present,” Chaffetz wrote.

 

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Obama’s DHS Report Warns Of The Real Threat To America: Right-Wingers

Daily Caller –

by Derek Hunter,

ISIS is marching across huge swaths of land in the Middle East, crucifying, beheading and burning alive untold numbers of human beings, and making direct threats against the United States.

But the Department of Homeland Security is making sure the government doesn’t take its eye off the real enemy – right-wingers.

CNN reports:

A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists.

The report cites “24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010,” or as ISIS calls it, “a slow Tuesday morning.”

Without naming names, or citing any sources, CNN declares:

Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.​

While anyone committing crimes is an issue law enforcement should be concerned with, the threat from lunatic fringe “sovereign citizens” — people who reject government — pales in comparison to an organized and well-financed group of jihadi terrorists excited at the prospect of their own death in the course of killing “infidels.”

A White House official said President Obama is concerned with all “violent ideologies.” How this is squared with the president personally meeting with leaders of anti-police groups in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, was not addressed. Nor were violent attacks on police in the name of “social justice,” like the execution of two New York City police officers by a member of the anti-police groups.

For clarity and comment on the report, CNN turned to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that by some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism. Perhaps 100,000 people form a core of the movement, he said.

The federal government’s focus on the domestic groups waxes and wanes, Potok said, in part because the threat from foreign groups like al Qaeda and its affiliates.

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