Thursday, November 12, 2009

Giving back to our Veterans

Bob Michel Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic - Ground Breaking Ceremony, November 10, 2009

How fitting that the day before the celebration of Veteran's Day, local leaders gathered to celebrate the culmination of a seven year project - The construction of the new Bob Michel Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. Several hundred people gathered including legislators, laborers, Veterans, and community supporters to participate in the ground breaking ceremony. The Dunlap High School Band provided an atmosphere of moving patriotic music fitting the occasion.

Speakers included Congressman Aaron Schock, who acknowledged the efforts of many people, both Democrat and Republican, who worked together over many years to make this dream a reality for our returning Veterans.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hal Fritz urged the audience to support our veterans in their quest for freedom for this generation and future generations. He identified the Dunlap Marching Band members as the future leaders of our country.

David Barker, an injured Iraq War Veteran described how the technology and service upgrades offered at the new clinic will assist in his recovery.

The Veterans present joined the dignitaries in the official groundbreaking.

We must care for and protect at all costs the men and women who leave their homes and their families to defend our freedom and way of life. The new Bob Michel Outpatient Clinic is another step towards that ideal.

View more pics here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A shot across the bow...

In an amazing shift of public sentiment, less than one year after a massive Obama win, New Jersey and Virginia elected Republican governors yesterday.

Illinois Legislators be on notice, a similar fate may very well be in store for you. Note the premier issues on voters minds in New Jersey: High property taxes, unemployment, corruption. Sound familiar? Only last week Democratic Illinois legislators enacted changes in campaign finance reform with only one exemption: THEMSELVES!

New Jersey should be a blinking red hazard light for any legislator that puts their own ambitions before the welfare of their state. No matter the degree of your arrogance, no matter how cushy you feel in your incumbency, no lawmaker is exempt from complete voter repudiation. We can only pray that Illinois will be next.

Some Republican humor...