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Letter to the Editor from Shelby County Sheriff Don Koonce

Letter to the Editor

Posted June 6, 2017

Dear Editor:

9-1-1 is the backbone of public safety and Illinois' back is breaking.

On behalf of the Sheriffs, the Chiefs of Police, and all the man and women of public safety in Illinois, we encourage Governor Raunder to approve SB 1839.  Without that approval, the system will be unfunded at the close of business June 30th, 2017.  It's unthinkable that someone in Illinois might call 9-1-1 after June 30th and nobody would be there to take the emergency call.

Legislation passed in 2015 requires the consolidation of 9-1-1 systems, and upgrading technology to help our telecommunicators deliver the most professional and expedited service to our communities.  Our emergency dispatch centers are required to implement location services, receive text messages and automatic crash alerts within the next 3 years.  None of this comes without a cost and that cost spread across all users is the fairest and most efficient model for delivery.

The goal is to develop a fully-funcational 9-1-1 system that meets the deamdns of ever-changing telecommunications technology in a digital world, while being accessible anytime, anywhere, from any device in Illinois.  Providing 9-1-1 services for all members of our community simply cannot be done by keeping old, costly and failing technology in place.

We firmly believe the proposed revenue provided in SB1839 for 9-1-1 allows for much-needed upgrades to outdated, flawed and ineffective technology--including landline phone services using copper wire--in 9-1-1 centers statewide.  The surcharge increase also addresses the rising cost of salaries, technology and resources required to effectively deliver 9-1-1 services across Illinois.

The time is now for Illinois to move forward, not backward, in protecting the citizens we all serve.


Don Koonce, Sheriff

Shelby County

Shelbyville, IL   62565


Letter to the Editor: NO MORE NEW TAXES!

Letter to the Editor

Posted April 27, 2017


Dear Editor:


Outside of the Chicagoland region, Montgomery and Christian counties are among the most overtaxed counties in south central Illinois. For those who don’t follow the news, Montgomery County passed a 1% county school facilities sales tax and Taylorville voted in yet another oppressive property tax hike on April 4. Unfortunately, things are only going to get far worse before things get any better.


It’s time for you to become informed on some pieces of pending legislation in committee hearings awaiting release to the legislative houses of the Illinois General Assembly that will be even worse than our current property tax rates, as well as the 8.25% overall sales tax effective in the business districts of Nokomis, Litchfield and Hillsboro beginning July 1.


Senate Bill 9, drafted by Senator Toi W. Hutchinson of Chicago Heights, was originally a bill proposing a 1% tax on bottled beverages which contain sugar products, but was abandoned after much criticism from voters. Since then, revisions have been made that, if passed, you can be charged sales taxes for Internet streaming, satellite Internet service, parking in a municipal parking lot or garage and services like laundry/dry cleaning, storage unit rentals, plumbing, landscaping & gardening, heating & cooling (HVAC), information technology and dog grooming. The bill also proposes increased taxes on your utility bills, tax penalties for a municipality wishing to establish a TIF or business district and a “business privilege” tax. This also doesn’t include attempts from Democrats to increase the individual income tax to 5% from 3.75% and the corporate income tax to between 15% and 20% from 7.75%.


You may have seen occasional ads in your local newspaper advocating for you to contact your legislators to oppose another tax proposed by Democrats in the General Assembly since 2015: a 10% sales tax on advertising. It essentially punishes small businesses for advertising in newspapers, as well as on radio and television. A proposed House Resolution (HR 28), written by Republican Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills and co-sponsored by Democrat Reps. Jay Hoffman of Swansea, Natalie Manley of Joliet and Martin Moylan of Des Plaines, opposes the proposed tax as it is oppressive toward small businesses which rely on advertising to build up their business and bring in new customers. A study done by No Ad Tax Illinois in 2015 showed that small businesses make up more than 98.2% of the state’s employers, helping create 53,000 new jobs a year.


We’re among the highest taxed states in the nation, third only to California and New York, mostly because of all the additional taxes we’re forced to pay. As a result of this excessive taxation and reckless spending in Springfield, the state’s billions of dollars in debt simply because they haven’t had a balanced budget since 2001, something our legislators are bound to according to Article VIII, Section 2, subsection (b) of the Illinois Constitution, which clearly states: “The General Assembly by law shall make appropriations for all expenditures of public funds by the State. Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year.” So if Democrats in Springfield clearly can’t balance a checkbook, then why are they in office forcing unbalanced budgets to be passed?


There is absolutely no need for more taxation when the problem over the past sixteen years is overspending and a lack of fiscal accountability. Call your legislators and voice your opinion that you don’t want to be bogged down with an even heavier tax burden. It’s because of their recklessness with money which has led to one person leaving the state of Illinois for a less hostile environment in regards to taxation and commerce every five minutes. Yes, Illinois loses 12 residents every hour and can lose a little over 100,000 residents in a calendar year.


It’s time to project a strong message to both Democrats and Republicans in Springfield: NO MORE NEW TAXES!


Jake Leonard
Chapter Chairman | Tri-Counties Libertarian Party
Deputy Communications Director | Libertarian Party of Illinois


Letter to the Editor Endorsing Rob Heberling for Taylorville Mayor

Letter to the Editor


Posted March 27, 2017


Dear Editor:

Over these past weeks, the citizens of Taylorville and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming election.   On Tuesday, April 4th, Taylorville will be electing a new mayor.  While attending the recent mayor’s forum and hearing each of the candidates it became obvious that only one mayoral candidate stands out as having knowledge of and has been actively engaged with City issues.   That candidate is Rob Heberling.   While serving as Alderman for Ward 2 over the past eight years Rob has shown leadership in action.  As an Alderman, Rob has always placed the City first when looking at needs of the community by providing the best services while utilizing tax dollars in the wisest manner.  He has shown that he will not move forward on any issue without having a plan to provide support and a source of revenue.  Rob is always professional in his thinking and decision making, and acts in the best interest of our citizens.  He has the vision, maturity, wisdom and courage to lead the City of Taylorville into the future.
Rob Heberling is a man of high integrity who values God, family and community.  He is a natural leader who has gained experience and knowledge through his eight years as an Alderman.   As a City, we have some issues which require continuity during transition from the current Mayor to the next.  We need a mayor with experience who is current on city issues.   Someone who can lead the effort and make the learning curve as short as possible.  Someone who has been a part of the City Council who knows the background of current issues – some of which we have been working on for years.  I have watched his thoughtful and seasoned approach to issues, both large and small.   He has shown that he has the knowledge that is needed at this critical time to provide the leadership this City needs.
Rob Heberling’s experience and understanding of the issues involved in our community’s economic and financial development makes him an exceptional choice for mayor.  He is always working on creative solutions which reap positive impacts for the City.
Taylorville is at a critical time in its history, and this election has the potential to define our future for this generation as well as future generations.
There is only one candidate running for mayor who has the community and business experience to lead our City immediately and that candidate is Rob Heberling.  I have evaluated all mayoral candidates very carefully with much thought, prior to and during the mayoral forum.  As a result I am stongly endorsing Rob Heberling for mayor of Taylorville during this election and ask you to join me in voting for Rob on Tuesday April 4th.
Thank you for your consideration.
Martin Vota
City of Taylorville Alderman



EDITORIAL on Taylorville School Referendum

Posted March 4, 2017


This is a station editorial, I'm Randal J. Miller, station president.  The Taylorville School District has placed on the April 4th ballot, a referendum to increase the property tax rate.  If passed, it would be the first time the tax rate for the Taylorville School District has been increased since 1979.

The District announced proposed cuts should the refrendum fail, in their February 13th meeting. The cuts include non replacement of 4 retirements, teaching and other staff reductions, Madrigals, Scholastic Bowl, FFA, Journalism, Spring Musical, all school athletics, music, and art among other cuts by the 2018/2019 school year. The cuts would reduce the district’s expenses by nearly two million dollars.

Should the referendum pass, it’s projected to raise enough money to allow the district to continue with the programs cut. There would be a period of time before the district begins to receive the funding from the referendum, and the Taylorville School District said they would have to bridge the gap before they started to see the funds generated by the referendum.

The way we see it, passage of this referendum is a "quality of life" issue.  It was the Taylorville Schools that was part of my family's decision to buy WTIM back in the fall of 1992 and move my family to town.  All 3 of my girls graduated from Taylorville High School.  Schools continue to be one of the major reasons why families decide to locate to the community.

And, with the completion of the 4-lane Illinois Route 29, families looking to locate in a more affordable community, are looking at Taylorville as a town to move to.

The future of the Taylorville community is at stake with this April 4th Taylorville School referendum.  My wife and I are voting "YES" on April 4th to support our community's future.  We hope you will do the same.  Let's keep Taylorville the great community that it is...for our children now and in the future.

That's our opinion....we welcome yours.  Our e-mail address is editorial-at-randyradio-dot-com.


Letter to the Editor Supporting Taylorville School Tax Referendum


Posted January 29, 2017


Dear Editor:


I support the upcoming tax referendum for the school district. One reason I support this is the fact the money stays here in our area and not sent off to Chicago. I believe investing in education is one of many things needed to combat the problems we face in the long term such as the drug epidemic and crime in general.


Thank you,
Ray Koonce
Taylorville,IL. 62568


Letter to the Editor: COMPLIMENTS to 2 Local Churches


Posted January 24, 2017


A compliment to two of our Taylorville area churches:
Grace Baptist Church of Taylorville during each month that has five Sundays, upon the 5th Sunday evening of that month, the evening sermon is preached by either a teen or the youth pastor.  The body of the service is performed entirely by youth of Grace Baptist Church.  Following the service, a potluck for the entire congregation is held in the fellowship hall, which is a great way to celebrate the blending of generations.

First Baptist Church of Taylorville for their innovative courage and faith in holding services at the Taylorville Cinema. How perfect a setting to reach the broader public and in presenting Faith based films, such as that being offered the morning of January 29.

Congratulations to both of these Taylorville Churches!

Linda Hagood 
Taylorville, Illinois 



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