Call to Action! SB0063 and HB0762

Two very important bills have been introduced in the Illinois Senate and House:

1) SB0063 – This Senate bill changes signature requirements for all political parties to place candidates on ballot. Sponsored by Sen. Kyle McCarter.

2) HB0762 – This House bill changes the vote threshold to become a political party, from 5% to 2%. Sponsored by Rep. Allen Skillicorn and Rep. David Welter.

If you have not already done so, please contact your State Senator and State Representative and let them know that you want them to support these bills.

You can find your representative’s contact information from here:

https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/

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Obamacare and Your Taxes This Year

By Claire Ball

I have, yet, another reason to dislike my government.

Attention tax filers! Were you unfortunate enough to have to get health insurance through the Marketplace in 2016? While doing my friend’s taxes, I came across a new splinter starting with the 2016 tax year, courtesy of Obamacare. If you receive a 1095-A statement for your insurance and there are amounts in column C ‘Monthly advance payment of premium tax credit’, depending on your income, you might have to PAY those amounts back. Here’s how it works:

In column A is the monthly premium for the plan you received, in column B is the value of the second lowest cost ‘silver’ plan. Column C is what the government paid to the insurance provider towards your premiums on your behalf (a mini-subsidy if you will). Depending on your income and where you fall along the federal poverty line, this column C amount will result in either a credit that you can take on your return, or a charge that you have to pay back on your return. You really won’t know where you stand on this until you file your taxes for the year. Case in point – one of my loved ones, who works at a restaurant and goes to college, normally breaks even on her return, but this year had to pay more than $600 because of this. $600 that she did not have nor did she (or I) have any inkling she might have to pay. She lives paycheck to paycheck and is trying to get a college degree and pay the rent, but she earned too much, apparently.

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Expediency vs. Long Term Philosophical Gain

By Ken Prazak

I see an increasing and disturbing trend, in my opinion, for those who align themselves with the libertarian name to choose an expedient path always involving more government. They seek what is “popular” and “practical”. Why push for legalization of drugs when to legalize crystal meth is not a popular position? Why then, should we even advocate our position against the initiation of force? After all, force is everywhere, it appears popular among politicians. If libertarians don’t advocate force, too, we will not be taken seriously.

I would remind those of you who grew up in the Fifties as I did, and suggest to those who are younger, that there were many things that Americans would have been absolutely, 100% against, and would have called it tyranny and un-American that is routine today. Public policy does change over time and what was thought unthinkable 60 years ago in some cases is considered mainstream today.

For example, routine roadblocks would have been thought of as only happening in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Never happen in America.

Confiscation without due process of law–forfeiture laws would have been regarded the same. It is now routine in America.

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Libertarian Voter Guide for DuPage November Ballot Propositions

NOVEMBER 8, 2016, GENERAL ELECTION – PROPOSITIONS
STATE OF ILLINOIS

CONSTITUTION BALLOT
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE 1970 ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION

Explanation of Amendment
The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation, and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.

For the proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.

VOTE NO – It’s simply a terrible way of ensuring the allocation of funds. The amendment should either be made in a general way to all apply to all budget appropriations or at least state that in the case of surplus user fees and fuel taxes will be decreased.

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Libertarian Party of Illinois State Convention Recap

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By Jennifer Floyd

Election years often see new members flocking to alternative parties and the Libertarian Party is no exception. Opening night of the 2016 Libertarian Party of Illinois State Convention hosted over one hundred attendees in a standing-room-only event to watch seven of the party’s presidential candidates debate before the nominating convention in April.

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The candidates who participated were; Dr. Marc Allen Feldman, Cecil Ince, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, Derrick Michael Reid, Rhett Smith, and Shauna Sterling. The event was moderated by Libertarian Party of Illinois State Chair Lex Green, video blogger Julie Borowski, and talk radio host from WMAY 970 AM in Central Illinois Greg Bishop. The event was live-streamed via YouTube and is available for viewing through the Metro East Libertarian YouTube page offering a second look at the alternative options in leadership.

Saturday featured a luncheon presentation by Julie Borowski and her topic “Why You Should Be Optimistic” speaking about how libertarian ideals are gaining traction and the strides we have made to be a more tolerant society. Other events included a presentation honoring the memory of Mark Agnini, a pivotal member of several northern chapters who died in a car accident last fall, workshops on interviewing and petitioning, and entertainment in the form of Libertarian-themed Jeopardy.

The convention closed out with the annual business meeting and the nomination of state party candidates. Claire Ball secured the nomination for Comptroller and is the only trained and active accountant seeking the position. Scott Schluter was nominated for the 117th District in the Illinois General Assembly, and Jake Leonard will be running for the 95th District of the Illinois House. Finally, by a narrow margin, Kent McMillen won nomination for the US Senate candidacy over Chris Michel.

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All the candidates must now begin to petition for the right to be on the ballot this fall in Illinois. Libertarians, as “new party” candidates, according to state law, must gather a minimum of 25,000 signatures to gain ballot access whereas Republicans or Democrats must only gather 5,000. This year, however, has seen a small change with the recent court decision striking down Illinois’ full slate requirement, opening the door to the Libertarians and other parties in running for election.

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