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Introduction to Township Government in Illinois

In 1848, Illinois voters in each county were given the right to organize townships. At that time, Illinois was mostly a farming state, and it was believed that townships would be more accountable to residents of rural areas.

In 1874, the Township Act specified the key functions of townships: 1) a general assistance program to qualifying residents; 2) to assess property for tax purposes; and 3) maintenance of township roads and bridges.

Township governments are created by voters in countywide ballot referendums and can be abolished the same way. But state law requires that all the townships in a county be dissolved simultaneously or not at all.

There are 102 counties in Illinois, and 85 have chosen to be divided into townships, making a total of 1,431 townships in Illinois. The 17 Illinois counties where townships don’t exist provide the three above mentioned services themselves.

Over the years, there has been radical shifts in demographics and advances in technology which perhaps makes township government unnecessary. There are strong arguments on both sides of the township government issue.

Pro: Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) is a private organization that currently represents most of the state’s 1,433 townships. TOI’s function is: the education of township officials; the promotion of township government; and lobbying on behalf of Illinois townships. They are the primary proponent of township government and have numerous articles on their web site promoting township government. According to TOI, “township government was, and is, intended to follow the will of the people and to respond to their needs. Township government today meets these criteria better and more effectively than any other form of local government.”

Con: Reboot Illinois is one of the organizations which believes that we should do away with township government — it is unnecessary and wasteful. Studies show that Illinois has more units of local government (which includes township governments) than any other state—by a margin of thousands. These Illinois townships tax 8 million people. The property tax is the townships’ major own-source revenue contributing 99.6 percent in 2002 and 99.9 percent in 2006. Townships should be abolished, with their functions assumed by cities and counties that can get the job done better, cheaper and more fairly. This paper clearly details the reasons for eliminating township government in Illinois.

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation and More

Issued at the request of Congress on Oct. 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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Thanksgiving Celebrated as the Birthday of Free Enterprise
“The celebration of Thanksgiving is a celebration of plenty and appreciation of the abundance that has characterized the free enterprise, individualistic, capitalistic systems of the US. This why America grew into the most productive, highest standard of living area in the world….”

The Pilgrims Were Definitely Not Like Modern-Day Refugees
“This upcoming Thanksgiving Day is sure to offer you and your family plenty of opportunities to argue over whether America should be welcoming Syrian refugees. If you have any liberal relatives or friends coming over for your Thursday feast, they’re going to relish the chance to tell everyone that the Pilgrims were refugees too — and hope that statement decimates all opposing view points….”

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Say ‘No Thanks’ to the Tyranny of the American Police State
“…This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from Washington’s vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people:

–governed by wise, just and constitutional laws
–faithfully executed and obeyed by its agents
–assisting foreign nations with good government, peace, and concord
–promoting true religion, virtue and science
–and enabling temporal prosperity…”

Our First Thanksgiving
“…Our American Thanksgiving Day is a unique holiday, a day set aside by Presidential Proclamation so that we may thank our Heavenly Father for the bountiful gifts he has bestowed on us during the year. It is also a day dedicated to the Family, the basic unit of our American society, the core and center around which all else in America revolves. This, too, is in accord with our basic religious faith, for the Commandment has come down to us to “honor thy father and thy mother.”…”

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Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God

By Joe W. Vann

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. –Romans 13:1-7

For many Christians throughout history, the text of Romans 13 has been used to justify inaction against the tyrannies of their day. German Lutheran pastors hid behind it in the time of the Nazis, giving sermons to their congregations that justified submission in the face of Nazi tyranny as “obedience to the Higher Power.” Hitler was happy to let them continue preaching.

Other Christians, however, have resisted this interpretation. In American history, Jonathan Mayhew, the man who was the first practitioner of what King George the Third would later dub “The Black Regiment,” was one Christian who correctly interpreted Romans 13 not as an excuse for inaction but rather as part of a Christian call to arms.

On 30 January 1750, Mayhew delivered a sermon “Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers with Some Reflections on the Resistance Made to King Charles I.” Its critique of the proper Christian response to tyranny would lay the philosophical groundwork for the American Revolution.

As Peter Kershaw writes:

John Adams called Rev. Mayhew “the morning gun of the Revolution.” Adams also dubbed him a “transcendent genius.” Robert Treat Paine called Dr. Mayhew, “The Father of Civil and Religious Liberty in Massachusetts and America.” No one today should underestimate the significant contribution that the Rev. Jonathan Mayhew made toward the cause of liberty and American independence. Mayhew preached several sermons on Romans 13. The sermon . . . was considered so important that it was printed and widely distributed throughout the American Colonies. Mayhew was also famous for his election sermons (in Mayhew’s day it was common for preachers to preach a sermon to the governor and the legislators immediately following an election). The message of Mayhew’s sermon challenging passive obedience and non-resistance to all rulers was radical and unmistakable — the king must repent of his tyrannies or face the consequences of his subjects forcibly throwing off the chains of tyranny. Mayhew’s sermon was even sent to the king and the British parliament as a “remonstrance.” Mayhew’s habit of serving remonstrances on tyrants became a common practice with many other patriot preachers, as well. King George branded these “nonconformist” clergymen as the “Black Regiment” (mocking them for the black robes they wore). Mayhew’s sermon resulted in the motto for the American Revolution: “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

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Moments in History

Taken from the GOP web site.

March 20, 1854
First Republican Party meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin

January 1, 1863
President Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation

January 31, 1865
Republican-controlled 38th Congress passes the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery

June 13, 1866
With unanimous Republican support and against intense Democrat opposition, Congress passes the 14th Amendment

March 1, 1872
Republican-controlled 42nd Congress establishes Yellowstone as first national park

December 9, 1872
First African-American governor, Pinckney Pinchback (R-LA), inaugurated

March 4, 1917
First woman in Congress, Rep. Jeannette Rankin (R-MT), sworn in

June 4, 1919
Republican-controlled 66th Congress passes the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote

June 2, 1924
Republican-controlled 68th Congress and President Calvin Coolidge grant citizenship to Native Americans with the Indian Citizenship Act

December 7, 1928
First Hispanic U.S. Senator, Senator Octaviano Larrazolo (R-NM), sworn in

January 3, 1949
Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) becomes the first woman to serve in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

May 17, 1954
Brown v Board of Education strikes down racial segregation in public schools; majority decision written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, former Republican governor (CA) and vice presidential nominee

August 21, 1959
first Asian-American U.S. Senator, Hiram Fong (R-HI), is seated

September 9, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower signs the 1957 Civil Rights Act

June 10, 1964
Senate passes the 1964 Civil Rights Act when the Republican leader, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), defeats Democrat filibuster

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September 25, 1981
Sandra Day O’Connor, appointed by President Reagan, becomes first woman on the Supreme Court

June 12, 1987
President Ronald Reagan calls for liberation of East Europeans from Communism with “Tear Down This Wall” speech

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Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals

Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals is the book by community organizer Saul D. Alinsky. It was published shortly before he died. His goal for the Rules for Radicals was to create a guide for future community organizers to use in uniting low-income communities in order to empower them to gain social, political, and economic equality by challenging the current agencies that promoted their inequality. Alinsky compiled the lessons he had learned throughout his personal experiences of community organizing from 1939-1971 and targeted these lessons at the current, new generation of radicals.

Know these rules and know what Democrats are doing!

* RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

* RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

* RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

* RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

* RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

* RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

* RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

* RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

* RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

* RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

* RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

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Bronze Statue Arrives in Aledo

This bronze statue honors the history of Aledo’s Roosevelt Military Academy and was installed this week on the courthouse grounds. The name of the statue is the Bronco Buster by Frederic Remington.

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Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment

Illinois Family Institute cordially invites you to a complementary Pastors, Church Leaders, and Patriots Luncheon.

Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment

with Dan Fisher

Sr. Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, OK

Oklahoma State Representative, District 60

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 11:00 AM

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

101 18th St., Moline, IL 61265

Event is open and free to the public. All are welcome to attend. For the flyer, CLICK HERE.

Reservations are required. RSVP to the IFI Office by August 21st at (708) 781-9328 or v.kathy@illinoisfamily.org. A free will offering will be taken.

Rediscover America’s forgotten history of pastors who risked everything to stand up for liberty and lead their congregations to battle against the British Empire in the War for Independence.

Dan Fisher has a passion for communicating God’s truth to this culture of “political correctness” and with America’s increasing “drift” from its founding principles and its Christian roots, he has become even more committed to helping return America to its foundation.

He is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, OK and currently serves as an Oklahoma State Representative. He was one of the first original Pulpit Freedom Pastors and a national leader in Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment.