Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peoria 9-12 Project is hosting Joan Krupa as guest speaker

The Peoria 9-12 Project will be hosting Joan Krupa as a guest speaker. The topic of discussion is on reforming ethics in IL politics. This is a non-partisan discussion for citizens to learn how to hold our elected officials accountable and represent the principles and values we, as Americans stand for. All who have concerns are welcome. The discussion will be held at Peoria Lakeview Library on Saturday May 30th, at 3pm. Please contact me by, Jody Pitcher to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meanwhile, Rep. David Leitch moves and shakes in Springfield...

Judging from the following press release, it appears that our state Representative David Leitch is well plugged into the needs of the community and is busy moving legislation through the ranks in Springfield. Currently, David is focusing on reforming the states mental health system, constituent services, and the issues relating to health care in Illinois. He is also working on economic development, education reform and restoring the Illinois River.

There is no substitute for experience in government, and David seems to know the ropes well enough to affect real and positive change in Illinois. Way to go, David. We are so proud of you, and continue to pray for your sucess!

From a Press Release:

Leitch Bills supporting Mental Health Services and Renewable Energy go to Governor this Week

Springfield, IL… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) is pleased to announce that two bills he passed in the Illinois House (HB 204 and HB 3746) have now passed the Illinois Senate and will be sent to the Governor.

House Bill 204 would require the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to reimburse advanced practice nurses for psychiatric services they provide, as authorized by law, to Medicaid recipients.

Under current law, the Illinois Medicaid Program does not reimburse for Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) services delivered to patients for psychiatric conditions. By allowing reimbursements to APN’s for mental health services, additional individuals may be reached in underserved populations such as rural areas and low-income urban settings. Delivery of services by APN’s has been cost effective for the delivery of other health care services and would be a potential cost effective solution to increased delivery of mental health services.

“Since there are only 5,000 child psychiatrists in the U.S., this bill is of extreme importance for increasing behavioral healthcare services,” Leitch said. “I have been trying to pass this for 10 years, so I thank Sen. Dale Risinger for his great work in the Senate.”

The other bill passed, House Bill 3746 would provide that a county or municipality may not require a wind tower that is used exclusively by the end-user to be setback more than 1.1 times the height of the device from the property line.

“The problem is the current law is designed for wind farms, not a single user,” said Leitch"

Under current law, counties and municipalities have the authority to regulate the siting of wind farms or wind devices. However, if signed into law, this bill will ensure that a property owner can install a wind tower for personal purposes without having to adhere to county and municipal setbacks that are required for larger wind farms.

Leitch said he was pleased at the progress of his legislative agenda this session and went on to say that, “these two bills, especially, are of critical importance throughout the state and I am hopeful that Governor Quinn will soon sign them into law.”

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Aaron Schock to host Congressional Art Competition this Saturday at Lakeview Museum

From a News release:

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) will announce the winners of this year’s Congressional Arts Competition at the Lakeview Museum at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday May 16, 2009. All participants, along with their families, teachers, media and the general public are invited to attend this reception.

“I know how valuable creative expression is for students’ growth,” Schock said. “I am just amazed at the level of talent at this year competition. Some terrific works were submitted by so many students; the choice is certainly going to be difficult. No matter which work is chosen, the Eighteenth district will certainly be well represented in Washington.”

WHO: Congressman Aaron Schock

WHAT: 27th Annual Congressional Arts Competition

WHERE: Lakeview Museum, 1125 West Lake Avenue, Peoria

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., May 16, 2009

The competition, open to all area high school students, included paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography.

The “Top Ten” and “Best in Show” will be determined by Jim Richerson, President & CEO of Lakeview Museum; William Butler Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; and Jennifer Lee Executive Director of the Peoria Art Guild, who are serving on the judges panel.

At the end of June, the winning artwork will hang for one year beside works from other Congressional districts in the passageway between the House office buildings and the United States Capitol.

The Congressional Arts Competition began in 1982 as an attempt to offset reductions in federal grants for arts programs by giving creative students the chance to have their talents recognized nationwide. Since then, more than 650,000 students have participated in the competition. The work of thousands of young American artists has been showcased in the Capitol complex.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rove Against Card Check

by Atomic Lib Smasher

Card check does not play in Peoria. Former adviser to President George W. Bush was in town yesterday speaking at one of the downtown hotels against the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act", which basically makes votes to unionize public. From The Peoria Journal Star:

Labor leaders say relationships they worked to build with management for more than 20 years in central Illinois were jeopardized Monday with Karl Rove's appearance to speak against the Employee Free Choice Act.

Though his appearance only lasted about an hour, the effects will be long lasting. The closed-door fundraiser was hosted by the Economic Freedom Alliance, a seven-state coalition that opposes the legislation and is traversing the Midwest.

"This group comes in without any care or any sensitivity towards those relationships. Bringing Karl Rove in is a lightning rod. That's not somebody you bring in to have a meaningful dialogue," said state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria.

Rove was a former adviser to President George W. Bush and currently is a commentator for Fox News. About 200 people representing roughly 30 unions rallied outside the Hotel Pere Marquette supporting the act, which they say will make it easier for employees to join labor unions.

The thing about card check is that it brings in more government to the workplace and further intruding on your lives. Those who should normally be making the decisions regarding union contracts - the employers and employees - would have the terms ultimately dictated to them by Big Government. Most importantly, each worker would be required to publicly declare their candidate of choice to anyone within eyesight or earshot. How is that "free choice"? Especially when you know how "coercive" union leaders can be?

I admit, in some places unions were needed for fair treatment of workers. But this was back in the days of kids working in coal mines and people exhausting themselves working 14 hour days 6 days a week. Now there are laws in effect that do protect workers from harsh practices. Unions anymore are more of a political arm for the Democrat party. Look at the teacher's unions, the UAW, SEIU, AFSCME, etc. All vote heavily Democrat. Why? They want to vote in the party that's going to help them more, such as with this card check even though it takes away the right to privacy (you libs should be all for that) of the employees on whether to unionize or not.

Now I know the libs would view someone like Karl Rove "in favor of big businesses and the corporations!" But it's "big business" that does employ people and work to keep prices low for the consumer. Take a look at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has the lowest prices around due to the fact that they do not have to raise them to pay for a union. Therefore more people shop there, and more jobs are needed. Karl Rove is not in favor of "big business". He and many others are in favor of big wallet America. Less union dues equals more money in your pocket! Now, if we could only do something about those high taxes.

I would put up the rest of the piece, but it is extremely biased. Probably due to the unionized forces (and the Democrat sycophants) for the PJ Star. They say nothing about the negative aspects, for which there are plenty including loss of jobs, in the story whatsoever.

Cross posted over at The Conservative Dominion.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Peoria 9-12 Project

We are a local organization in Peoria, IL. We met for the first time on March 13, 2009 to view a live television special aired by Glenn Beck on Fox News Channel. We had 156 people attend and started organizing that day. Our group's foundation is based on the 9-12 principles and values listed by Glenn Beck.

Principles:1. America Is Good. 2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life. 3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday. 4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government. 5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it. 6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results. 7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable. 8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion. 9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

12 Values: Honesty, Reverence, Hope, Thrift, Humility, Charity, Sincerity, Moderation, Hard, Work, Courage, Personal, Responsibility, Gratitude.

Peoria 9-12 Project was one of the organizers' for the April 15th Tea Party. This was our first rally to express our concerns for the enormous spending our government is responsible for. Currently, we are planning for future rallies. Our next rally is May 30th at noon in Liberty Park.

Peoria 9-12 Project meets twice a month. We believe in being proactive in local, state, and federal legislation, educating our community, and furthering the conservative movement. Our next meeting is Sat. May 9th at Lakeview Library at 4pm. On May 30th at 3pm at Lakeview Library, Joan Krupa will be our guest speaker. She will be discussing ethics reform in IL politics. All are welcome, limited space available. Please visit to sign up for a local chapter near you. I am the organizer for Peoria and you can contact me by email (

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Congressman Schock goes to bat for Peoria's #1 employer

Aaron Schock lays it all out for Neil Cavuto on how President Obama's new plan to tax off-shore profits of US companies will have devastating consequences for the likes of Caterpillar, Inc.

"What the President is talking about will close the door on good paying American jobs. The head of tax law at Caterpillar told me that this plan would have devastating consequences on their ability to compete globally and will speed up the process of foreign competitors buying up US Corporations."

Schock hopes that the phones in the Halls of Congress ring off the hook with calls from employees and shareholders urging them to kill this plan.

For some on-going local perspective on this issue, see this thread over at the Peoria Pundit.