Should Blue Island adopt Home Rule

Should Blue Island adopt Home Rule

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Glenwood, IL

#1 Sep 16, 2013
Is now the time for this?
Non

Orland Park, IL

#2 Sep 16, 2013
Not a good idea...let them show us they can wisely spend the money we give them already before we give them permission to tax us more. Home rule is not a panacea of funds and localized power to abuse further. Once that door is opened you will find it very difficult to turn back and legislatively the benefits pretty much exist already in current state law.
Home Rule Repealed

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 16, 2013
Illinois Policy Institute -
Home rule repealed in Westmont, rejected in 4 other communities

Many local voters didn’t realize it, but residents of Westmont, Ill., made history during last week’s election.

By a vote of 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent, Westmont became the first Illinois community to repeal a municipality’s home rule power in 29 years. The last repeal happened in Rockford in 1983.

Westmont automatically became a home rule community after a special census in 2007 showed Westmont had more than 25,000 residents. State law automatically grants home rule powers to communities with a population of more than 25,000.

The subsequent 2010 census showed that the village fell short of the 25,000 population mark, triggering an automatic home rule referendum according to state law.

Jim Tobin, president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), has been fighting home rule in Illinois for decades. Tobin calls home rule “one of the most financially devastating schemes Illinois politicians have ever come up with.”

“Home rule means, literally, home rule unlimited taxing power,” Tobin said.“A home rule municipality can create just about any tax under the sun and raise taxes without limit.”
TUA assisted a group called Citizens for Westmont to work for elimination of the village’s home rule power in the referendum battle.

Enactment of home rule powers is often shortly followed by increases to sales, utility or property tax rates. Communities often borrow against future home rule revenues to finance big projects.

The recent November election had voters in nine communities in Illinois voting on home rule referendums. Home rule was defeated in five of those communities and approved in four others.

Illinois communities that rejected or repealed home rule
Elkville
Harrisburg
Kenilworth
River Forest
Westmont (population fell below 25,000)
Voted Down

Chicago, IL

#4 Sep 16, 2013
Village of South Chicago Heights, Home Rule
4 of 4 Precincts Reported

Vote For 1
% Votes
YES
48.71%
303

NO
51.29%
319
take it to the people

Glenwood, IL

#5 Sep 16, 2013
I say we have a referendum and let the people vote.
No to Higher Taxes

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 16, 2013
take it to the people wrote:
I say we have a referendum and let the people vote.
The population of Blue Island has steadily declined, so numbers for automatic Home Rule are no where near where they have to be for Home Rule to be Automatic.

Blue Island residents have been well educated regarding home rule powers. Home Rule has been home voted as many times as it has been placed on the ballot in Blue Island.
Blue Island Voters can vote down Home Rule as many times as the Home Rule referendum is placed on the ballot.
take it to the people

Glenwood, IL

#7 Sep 16, 2013
No to Higher Taxes wrote:
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The population of Blue Island has steadily declined, so numbers for automatic Home Rule are no where near where they have to be for Home Rule to be Automatic.
Blue Island residents have been well educated regarding home rule powers. Home Rule has been home voted as many times as it has been placed on the ballot in Blue Island.
Blue Island Voters can vote down Home Rule as many times as the Home Rule referendum is placed on the ballot.
Or it can be home voted for. It maybe the way to get these bridges home open.
take it to the people

Glenwood, IL

#8 Sep 16, 2013
Maybe Vargas can succeed where Peloquin has failed.
Not For US

Chicago, IL

#9 Sep 16, 2013
No to Higher Taxes wrote:
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The population of Blue Island has steadily declined, so numbers for automatic Home Rule are no where near where they have to be for Home Rule to be Automatic.
Blue Island residents have been well educated regarding home rule powers. Home Rule has been home voted as many times as it has been placed on the ballot in Blue Island.
Blue Island Voters can vote down Home Rule as many times as the Home Rule referendum is placed on the ballot.
"A home rule municipality can create just about any tax under the sun and raise taxes without limit.”
We believe

Blue Island, IL

#10 Sep 16, 2013
take it to the people wrote:
Maybe Vargas can succeed where Peloquin has failed.
You really think that home rule would equal success? iIt was previously voted against because it would strip taxpayers of their autonomy, and provide city leaders with the power to issue bonds and increase taxes or fees. This current group of leaders is the most dishonest to date, all the more reason to control their spending not enhance it!
CASA

Northbrook, IL

#11 Sep 16, 2013
If this administration really wanted to open the bridges it would use the tax payers money for that
purpose rather than handing out high paid, useless patronage jobs to the Rita family.

I remember the city council meeting when Domingo demanded full time status for the mayor. Why did do that? Because he wanted the money and the job.

Home rule is ploy by the BIIP to soak money out of the working families of Blue Island for political patronage jobs and personal gain.

Blue Island doesn't need higher taxes, it needs honest government.
take it to the people

Glenwood, IL

#12 Sep 17, 2013
Vote yes to Home rule. Its the ONLY WAY!!!!
The truth

Blue Island, IL

#13 Sep 17, 2013
take it to the people wrote:
Vote yes to Home rule. Its the ONLY WAY!!!!
Educate yourselves people. These bizo's are trying to fool you! Educate the entire town on the detriments of home rule.
take it to the people

Glenwood, IL

#14 Sep 17, 2013
The truth wrote:
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Educate yourselves people. These bizo's are trying to fool you! Educate the entire town on the detriments of home rule.
If you listen to this moron the sky is falling and Blue Island is doomed. In reality we are in better shape than we have ever been. Keep up the good work Vargas. We are behind you 100%
On the payroll

Blue Island, IL

#15 Sep 17, 2013
take it to the people wrote:
<quoted text>If you listen to this moron the sky is falling and Blue Island is doomed. In reality we are in better shape than we have ever been. Keep up the good work Vargas. We are behind you 100%
This guy is a liar. The city is not in good shape at all.
NO WAY

Eustis, FL

#16 Sep 17, 2013
No No No No No No NO!
this again

Eustis, FL

#17 Sep 19, 2013
Oh God. Not this again.....we've already voted NO how many times?
blue

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Sep 19, 2013
take it to the people wrote:
<quoted text>If you listen to this moron the sky is falling and Blue Island is doomed. In reality we are in better shape than we have ever been. Keep up the good work Vargas. We are behind you 100%
This must be a WHACKNUT BIIP PATRONAGE JOB HOLDER. Brainwashing has taken over.
vote yes to home rule

United States

#19 Sep 22, 2013
blue wrote:
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This must be a WHACKNUT BIIP PATRONAGE JOB HOLDER. Brainwashing has taken over.
I disagree.
gwiz

United States

#20 Sep 23, 2013
vote yes to home rule wrote:
<quoted text>I disagree.
I love B.I.

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