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Saturday, June 6, 2015

19th Ward keeps this under wraps why


An investment group purchased the defunct Family Pride Grocery Store and all the buildings adjacent to it going south up to the Mystic Bar.
This same investment group is currently in negotiations to purchase Mystic Bar and the small strip mall at the corner of 107th and Pulaski Rd. (See below photo)

If this location was going to be anything GOOD for Mt. Greenwood the 19th Ward politicians would be releasing this information and have big signs posted with their names on it....
But the whole deal is shrouded in secrecy.... WHY????

Well, if I owned property in this area I would be calling the 19th Ward and be asking them what is the plans for this location.... Something BIG and I have a feeling SOMETHING BAD for Mt. Greenwood is coming....

Call the 19th Ward Office and ask....
10400 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 238-0288

or go on-line and ask via their website:
CLICK HERE FOR THE 19th Ward Office

No investment group spends this kind of money UNLESS they already have approval from the City
and the Alderman for their project.
Do NOT accept "WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS GOING TO BE" from any politician....
they would be bull shiting you.

Small-business retirement plan Illinois Law

Ok folks below is the new Retirement law in Illinois. Quinn said the law goes into effect June 1 of this year, which is when appointments will be made to the seven-member Illinois Secure Choice Savings Board tasked with choosing a private firm to manage the funds. ByJune 1, 2017, all businesses in operation for at least two years and that have at least 25 employees without a work-based savings plan such as a pension or 401(k) can decide to work with private entities but they can also join the newly created Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, which comes with a default 3 percent payroll deduction.

Public Act 098-1150

    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act.

    Section 5. Definitions. Unless the context requires a
different meaning or as expressly provided in this Section, all
terms shall have the same meaning as when used in a comparable
context in the Internal Revenue Code. As used in this Act:
    "Board" means the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Board
established under this Act.
    "Department" means the Department of Revenue.
    "Director" means the Director of Revenue.
    "Employee" means any individual who is 18 years of age or
older, who is employed by an employer, and who has wages that
are allocable to Illinois during a calendar year under the
provisions of Section 304(a)(2)(B) of the Illinois Income Tax
Act.
    "Employer" means a person or entity engaged in a business,
industry, profession, trade, or other enterprise in Illinois,
whether for profit or not for profit, that (i) has at no time
during the previous calendar year employed fewer than 25
employees in the State, (ii) has been in business at least 2
years, and (iii) has not offered a qualified retirement plan,
including, but not limited to, a plan qualified under Section
401(a), Section 401(k), Section 403(a), Section 403(b),
Section 408(k), Section 408(p), or Section 457(b) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in the preceding 2 years.
    "Enrollee" means any employee who is enrolled in the
Program.
    "Fund" means the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program
Fund.
    "Internal Revenue Code" means Internal Revenue Code of
1986, or any successor law, in effect for the calendar year.
    "IRA" means a Roth IRA (individual retirement account)
under Section 408A of the Internal Revenue Code.
    "Participating employer" means an employer or small
employer that provides a payroll deposit retirement savings
arrangement as provided for by this Act for its employees who
are enrollees in the Program.
    "Payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement" means an
arrangement by which a participating employer allows enrollees
to remit payroll deduction contributions to the Program.
    "Program" means the Illinois Secure Choice Savings
Program.
    "Small employer" means a person or entity engaged in a
business, industry, profession, trade, or other enterprise in
Illinois, whether for profit or not for profit, that (i)
employed less than 25 employees at any one time in the State
throughout the previous calendar year, or (ii) has been in
business less than 2 years, or both items (i) and (ii), but
that notifies the Department that it is interested in being a
participating employer.
    "Wages" means any compensation within the meaning of
Section 219(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code that is received
by an enrollee from a participating employer during the
calendar year.

    Section 10. Establishment of Illinois Secure Choice
Savings Program. A retirement savings program in the form of an
automatic enrollment payroll deduction IRA, known as the
Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, is hereby established
and shall be administered by the Board for the purpose of
promoting greater retirement savings for private-sector
employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner.

    Section 15. Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Fund.
    (a) The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Fund is
hereby established as a trust outside of the State treasury,
with the Board created in Section 20 as its trustee. The Fund
shall include the individual retirement accounts of enrollees,
which shall be accounted for as individual accounts. Moneys in
the Fund shall consist of moneys received from enrollees and
participating employers pursuant to automatic payroll
deductions and contributions to savings made under this Act.
The Fund shall be operated in a manner determined by the Board,
provided that the Fund is operated so that the accounts of
enrollees established under the Program meet the requirements
for IRAs under the Internal Revenue Code.
    (b) The amounts deposited in the Fund shall not constitute
property of the State and the Fund shall not be construed to be
a department, institution, or agency of the State. Amounts on
deposit in the Fund shall not be commingled with State funds
and the State shall have no claim to or against, or interest
in, such funds.

    Section 16. Illinois Secure Choice Administrative Fund.
The Illinois Secure Choice Administrative Fund
("Administrative Fund") is created as a nonappropriated
separate and apart trust fund in the State Treasury. The Board
shall use moneys in the Administrative Fund to pay for
administrative expenses it incurs in the performance of its
duties under this Act. The Board shall use moneys in the
Administrative Fund to cover start-up administrative expenses
it incurs in the performance of its duties under this Act. The
Administrative Fund may receive any grants or other moneys
designated for administrative purposes from the State, or any
unit of federal or local government, or any other person, firm,
partnership, or corporation. Any interest earnings that are
attributable to moneys in the Administrative Fund must be
deposited into the Administrative Fund.

    Section 20. Composition of the Board. There is created the
Illinois Secure Choice Savings Board.
    (a) The Board shall consist of the following 7 members:
        (1) the State Treasurer, or his or her designee, who
    shall serve as chair;
        (2) the State Comptroller, or his or her designee;
        (3) the Director of the Governor's Office of Management
    and Budget, or his or her designee;
        (4) two public representatives with expertise in
    retirement savings plan administration or investment, or
    both, appointed by the Governor;
        (5) a representative of participating employers,
    appointed by the Governor; and
        (6) a representative of enrollees, appointed by the
    Governor.
    (b) Members of the Board shall serve without compensation
but may be reimbursed for necessary travel expenses incurred in
connection with their Board duties from funds appropriated for
the purpose.
    (c) The initial appointments for the Governor's appointees
shall be as follows: one public representative for 4 years; one
public representative for 2 years; the representative of
participating employers for 3 years; and the representative of
enrollees for 1 year. Thereafter, all of the Governor's
appointees shall be for terms of 4 years.
    (d) A vacancy in the term of an appointed Board member
shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the
same manner as the original appointment.
    (e) Each appointment by the Governor shall be subject to
approval by the State Treasurer, who, upon approval, shall
certify his or her approval to the Secretary of State. Each
appointment by the Governor shall also be subject to the advice
and consent of the Senate. In case of a vacancy during a recess
of the Senate, the Governor shall make a temporary appointment
until the next meeting of the Senate, at which time the
Governor shall appoint some person to fill the office. If the
State Treasurer does not approve or disapprove the appointment
by the Governor within 60 session days after receipt thereof,
the person shall be deemed to have been approved by the State
Treasurer. Any appointment that has not been acted upon by the
Senate within 60 session days after the receipt thereof shall
be deemed to have received the advice and consent of the
Senate.
    (f) Each Board member, prior to assuming office, shall take
an oath that he or she will diligently and honestly administer
the affairs of the Board and that he or she will not knowingly
violate or willingly permit to be violated any of the
provisions of law applicable to the Program. The oath shall be
certified by the officer before whom it is taken and
immediately filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

    Section 25. Fiduciary Duty. The Board, the individual
members of the Board, the trustee appointed under subsection
(b) of Section 30, any other agents appointed or engaged by the
Board, and all persons serving as Program staff shall discharge
their duties with respect to the Program solely in the interest
of the Program's enrollees and beneficiaries as follows:
        (1) for the exclusive purposes of providing benefits to
    enrollees and beneficiaries and defraying reasonable
    expenses of administering the Program;
        (2) by investing with the care, skill, prudence, and
    diligence under the prevailing circumstances that a
    prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with
    those matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of
    a like character and with like aims; and
        (3) by using any contributions paid by employees and
    employers into the trust exclusively for the purpose of
    paying benefits to the enrollees of the Program, for the
    cost of administration of the Program, and for investments
    made for the benefit of the Program.

    Section 30. Duties of the Board. In addition to the other
duties and responsibilities stated in this Act, the Board
shall:
    (a) Cause the Program to be designed, established and
operated in a manner that:
        (1) accords with best practices for retirement savings
    vehicles;
        (2) maximizes participation, savings, and sound
    investment practices;
        (3) maximizes simplicity, including ease of
    administration for participating employers and enrollees;
        (4) provides an efficient product to enrollees by
    pooling investment funds;
        (5) ensures the portability of benefits; and
        (6) provides for the deaccumulation of enrollee assets
    in a manner that maximizes financial security in
    retirement.
    (b) Appoint a trustee to the IRA Fund in compliance with
Section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code.
    (c) Explore and establish investment options, subject to
Section 45 of this Act, that offer employees returns on
contributions and the conversion of individual retirement
savings account balances to secure retirement income without
incurring debt or liabilities to the State.
    (d) Establish the process by which interest, investment
earnings, and investment losses are allocated to individual
program accounts on a pro rata basis and are computed at the
interest rate on the balance of an individual's account.
    (e) Make and enter into contracts necessary for the
administration of the Program and Fund, including, but not
limited to, retaining and contracting with investment
managers, private financial institutions, other financial and
service providers, consultants, actuaries, counsel, auditors,
third-party administrators, and other professionals as
necessary.
    (e-5) Conduct a review of the performance of any investment
vendors every 4 years, including, but not limited to, a review
of returns, fees, and customer service. A copy of reviews
conducted under this subsection (e-5) shall be posted to the
Board's Internet website.
    (f) Determine the number and duties of staff members needed
to administer the Program and assemble such a staff, including,
as needed, employing staff, appointing a Program
administrator, and entering into contracts with the State
Treasurer to make employees of the State Treasurer's Office
available to administer the Program.
    (g) Cause moneys in the Fund to be held and invested as
pooled investments described in Section 45 of this Act, with a
view to achieving cost savings through efficiencies and
economies of scale.
    (h) Evaluate and establish the process by which an enrollee
is able to contribute a portion of his or her wages to the
Program for automatic deposit of those contributions and the
process by which the participating employer provides a payroll
deposit retirement savings arrangement to forward those
contributions and related information to the Program,
including, but not limited to, contracting with financial
service companies and third-party administrators with the
capability to receive and process employee information and
contributions for payroll deposit retirement savings
arrangements or similar arrangements.
    (i) Design and establish the process for enrollment under
Section 60 of this Act, including the process by which an
employee can opt not to participate in the Program, select a
contribution level, select an investment option, and terminate
participation in the Program.
    (j) Evaluate and establish the process by which an
individual may voluntarily enroll in and make contributions to
the Program.
    (k) Accept any grants, appropriations, or other moneys from
the State, any unit of federal, State, or local government, or
any other person, firm, partnership, or corporation solely for
deposit into the Fund, whether for investment or administrative
purposes.
    (l) Evaluate the need for, and procure as needed, insurance
against any and all loss in connection with the property,
assets, or activities of the Program, and indemnify as needed
each member of the Board from personal loss or liability
resulting from a member's action or inaction as a member of the
Board.
    (m) Make provisions for the payment of administrative costs
and expenses for the creation, management, and operation of the
Program, including the costs associated with subsection (b) of
Section 20 of this Act, subsections (e), (f), (h), and (l) of
this Section, subsection (b) of Section 45 of this Act,
subsection (a) of Section 80 of this Act, and subsection (n) of
Section 85 of this Act. Subject to appropriation, the State may
pay administrative costs associated with the creation and
management of the Program until sufficient assets are available
in the Fund for that purpose. Thereafter, all administrative
costs of the Fund, including repayment of any start-up funds
provided by the State, shall be paid only out of moneys on
deposit therein. However, private funds or federal funding
received under subsection (k) of Section 30 of this Act in
order to implement the Program until the Fund is
self-sustaining shall not be repaid unless those funds were
offered contingent upon the promise of such repayment. The
Board shall keep annual administrative expenses as low as
possible, but in no event shall they exceed 0.75% of the total
trust balance.
    (n) Allocate administrative fees to individual retirement
accounts in the Program on a pro rata basis.
    (o) Set minimum and maximum contribution levels in
accordance with limits established for IRAs by the Internal
Revenue Code.
    (p) Facilitate education and outreach to employers and
employees.
    (q) Facilitate compliance by the Program with all
applicable requirements for the Program under the Internal
Revenue Code, including tax qualification requirements or any
other applicable law and accounting requirements.
    (r) Carry out the duties and obligations of the Program in
an effective, efficient, and low-cost manner.
    (s) Exercise any and all other powers reasonably necessary
for the effectuation of the purposes, objectives, and
provisions of this Act pertaining to the Program.
    (t) Deposit into the Illinois Secure Choice Administrative
Fund all grants, gifts, donations, fees, and earnings from
investments from the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program
Fund that are used to recover administrative costs. All
expenses of the Board shall be paid from the Illinois Secure
Choice Administrative Fund.

    Section 35. Risk Management. The Board shall annually
prepare and adopt a written statement of investment policy that
includes a risk management and oversight program. This
investment policy shall prohibit the Board, Program, and Fund
from borrowing for investment purposes. The risk management and
oversight program shall be designed to ensure that an effective
risk management system is in place to monitor the risk levels
of the Program and Fund portfolio, to ensure that the risks
taken are prudent and properly managed, to provide an
integrated process for overall risk management, and to assess
investment returns as well as risk to determine if the risks
taken are adequately compensated compared to applicable
performance benchmarks and standards. The Board shall consider
the statement of investment policy and any changes in the
investment policy at a public hearing.

    Section 40. Investment firms.
    (a) The Board shall engage, after an open bid process, an
investment manager or managers to invest the Fund and any other
assets of the Program. Moneys in the Fund may be invested or
reinvested by the State Treasurer's Office or may be invested
in whole or in part under contract with the State Board of
Investment, private investment managers, or both, as selected
by the Board. In selecting the investment manager or managers,
the Board shall take into consideration and give weight to the
investment manager's fees and charges in order to reduce the
Program's administrative expenses.
    (b) The investment manager or managers shall comply with
any and all applicable federal and state laws, rules, and
regulations, as well as any and all rules, policies, and
guidelines promulgated by the Board with respect to the Program
and the investment of the Fund, including, but not limited to,
the investment policy.
    (c) The investment manager or managers shall provide such
reports as the Board deems necessary for the Board to oversee
each investment manager's performance and the performance of
the Fund.

    Section 45. Investment options.
    (a) The Board shall establish as an investment option a
life-cycle fund with a target date based upon the age of the
enrollee. This shall be the default investment option for
enrollees who fail to elect an investment option unless and
until the Board designates by rule a new investment option as
the default as described in subsection (c) of this Section.
    (b) The Board may also establish any or all of the
following additional investment options:
        (1) a conservative principal protection fund;
        (2) a growth fund;
        (3) a secure return fund whose primary objective is the
    preservation of the safety of principal and the provision
    of a stable and low-risk rate of return; if the Board
    elects to establish a secure return fund, the Board may
    procure any insurance, annuity, or other product to insure
    the value of individuals' accounts and guarantee a rate of
    return; the cost of such funding mechanism shall be paid
    out of the Fund; under no circumstances shall the Board,
    Program, Fund, the State, or any participating employer
    assume any liability for investment or actuarial risk; the
    Board shall determine whether to establish such investment
    options based upon an analysis of their cost, risk profile,
    benefit level, feasibility, and ease of implementation;
        (4) an annuity fund.
    (c) If the Board elects to establish a secure return fund,
the Board shall then determine whether such option shall
replace the target date or life-cycle fund as the default
investment option for enrollees who do not elect an investment
option. In making such determination, the Board shall consider
the cost, risk profile, benefit level, and ease of enrollment
in the secure return fund. The Board may at any time thereafter
revisit this question and, based upon an analysis of these
criteria, establish either the secure return fund or the
life-cycle fund as the default for enrollees who do not elect
an investment option.

    Section 50. Benefits. Interest, investment earnings, and
investment losses shall be allocated to individual Program
accounts as established by the Board under subsection (d) of
Section 30 of this Act. An individual's retirement savings
benefit under the Program shall be an amount equal to the
balance in the individual's Program account on the date the
retirement savings benefit becomes payable. The State shall
have no liability for the payment of any benefit to any
participant in the Program.

    Section 55. Employer and employee information packets and
disclosure forms.
    (a) Prior to the opening of the Program for enrollment, the
Board shall design and disseminate to all employers an employer
information packet and an employee information packet, which
shall include background information on the Program,
appropriate disclosures for employees, and information
regarding the vendor Internet website described in subsection
(i) of Section 60 of this Act.
    (b) The Board shall provide for the contents of both the
employee information packet and the employer information
packet.
    (c) The employee information packet shall include a
disclosure form. The disclosure form shall explain, but not be
limited to, all of the following:
        (1) the benefits and risks associated with making
    contributions to the Program;
        (2) the mechanics of how to make contributions to the
    Program;
        (3) how to opt out of the Program;
        (4) how to participate in the Program with a level of
    employee contributions other than 3%;
        (5) the process for withdrawal of retirement savings;
        (6) how to obtain additional information about the
    Program;
        (7) that employees seeking financial advice should
    contact financial advisors, that participating employers
    are not in a position to provide financial advice, and that
    participating employers are not liable for decisions
    employees make pursuant to this Act;
        (8) that the Program is not an employer-sponsored
    retirement plan; and
        (9) that the Program Fund is not guaranteed by the
    State.
    (d) The employee information packet shall also include a
form for an employee to note his or her decision to opt out of
participation in the Program or elect to participate with a
level of employee contributions other than 3%.
    (e) Participating employers shall supply the employee
information packet to employees upon launch of the Program.
Participating employers shall supply the employee information
packet to new employees at the time of hiring, and new
employees may opt out of participation in the Program or elect
to participate with a level of employee contributions other
than 3% at that time.

    Section 60. Program implementation and enrollment. Except
as otherwise provided in Section 93 of this Act, the Program
shall be implemented, and enrollment of employees shall begin,
within 24 months after the effective date of this Act. The
provisions of this Section shall be in force after the Board
opens the Program for enrollment.
    (a) Each employer shall establish a payroll deposit
retirement savings arrangement to allow each employee to
participate in the Program at most nine months after the Board
opens the Program for enrollment.
    (b) Employers shall automatically enroll in the Program
each of their employees who has not opted out of participation
in the Program using the form described in subsection (c) of
Section 55 of this Act and shall provide payroll deduction
retirement savings arrangements for such employees and
deposit, on behalf of such employees, these funds into the
Program. Small employers may, but are not required to, provide
payroll deduction retirement savings arrangements for each
employee who elects to participate in the Program.
    (c) Enrollees shall have the ability to select a
contribution level into the Fund. This level may be expressed
as a percentage of wages or as a dollar amount up to the
deductible amount for the enrollee's taxable year under Section
219(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code. Enrollees may change
their contribution level at any time, subject to rules
promulgated by the Board. If an enrollee fails to select a
contribution level using the form described in subsection (c)
of Section 55 of this Act, then he or she shall contribute 3%
of his or her wages to the Program, provided that such
contributions shall not cause the enrollee's total
contributions to IRAs for the year to exceed the deductible
amount for the enrollee's taxable year under Section
219(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    (d) Enrollees may select an investment option from the
permitted investment options listed in Section 45 of this Act.
Enrollees may change their investment option at any time,
subject to rules promulgated by the Board. In the event that an
enrollee fails to select an investment option, that enrollee
shall be placed in the investment option selected by the Board
as the default under subsection (c) of Section 45 of this Act.
If the Board has not selected a default investment option under
subsection (c) of Section 45 of this Act, then an enrollee who
fails to select an investment option shall be placed in the
life-cycle fund investment option.
    (e) Following initial implementation of the Program
pursuant to this Section, at least once every year,
participating employers shall designate an open enrollment
period during which employees who previously opted out of the
Program may enroll in the Program.
    (f) An employee who opts out of the Program who
subsequently wants to participate through the participating
employer's payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement may
only enroll during the participating employer's designated
open enrollment period or if permitted by the participating
employer at an earlier time.
    (g) Employers shall retain the option at all times to set
up any type of employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a
defined benefit plan or a 401(k), Simplified Employee Pension
(SEP) plan, or Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees
(SIMPLE) plan, or to offer an automatic enrollment payroll
deduction IRA, instead of having a payroll deposit retirement
savings arrangement to allow employee participation in the
Program.
    (h) An employee may terminate his or her participation in
the Program at any time in a manner prescribed by the Board.
    (i) The Board shall establish and maintain an Internet
website designed to assist employers in identifying private
sector providers of retirement arrangements that can be set up
by the employer rather than allowing employee participation in
the Program under this Act; however, the Board shall only
establish and maintain an Internet website under this
subsection if there is sufficient interest in such an Internet
website by private sector providers and if the private sector
providers furnish the funding necessary to establish and
maintain the Internet website. The Board must provide public
notice of the availability of and the process for inclusion on
the Internet website before it becomes publicly available. This
Internet website must be available to the public before the
Board opens the Program for enrollment, and the Internet
website address must be included on any Internet website
posting or other materials regarding the Program offered to the
public by the Board.

    Section 65. Payments. Employee contributions deducted by
the participating employer through payroll deduction shall be
paid by the participating employer to the Fund using one or
more payroll deposit retirement savings arrangements
established by the Board under subsection (h) of Section 30 of
this Act, either:
        (1) on or before the last day of the month following
    the month in which the compensation otherwise would have
    been payable to the employee in cash; or
        (2) before such later deadline prescribed by the Board
    for making such payments, but not later than the due date
    for the deposit of tax required to be deducted and withheld
    relating to collection of income tax at source on wages or
    for the deposit of tax required to be paid under the
    unemployment insurance system for the payroll period to
    which such payments relate.

    Section 70. Duty and liability of the State.
    (a) The State shall have no duty or liability to any party
for the payment of any retirement savings benefits accrued by
any individual under the Program. Any financial liability for
the payment of retirement savings benefits in excess of funds
available under the Program shall be borne solely by the
entities with whom the Board contracts to provide insurance to
protect the value of the Program.
    (b) No State board, commission, or agency, or any officer,
employee, or member thereof is liable for any loss or
deficiency resulting from particular investments selected
under this Act, except for any liability that arises out of a
breach of fiduciary duty under Section 25 of this Act.

    Section 75. Duty and liability of participating employers.
    (a) Participating employers shall not have any liability
for an employee's decision to participate in, or opt out of,
the Program or for the investment decisions of the Board or of
any enrollee.
    (b) A participating employer shall not be a fiduciary, or
considered to be a fiduciary, over the Program. A participating
employer shall not bear responsibility for the administration,
investment, or investment performance of the Program. A
participating employer shall not be liable with regard to
investment returns, Program design, and benefits paid to
Program participants.

    Section 80. Audit and reports.
    (a) The Board shall annually submit:
        (1) an audited financial report, prepared in
    accordance with generally accepted accounting principles,
    on the operations of the Program during each calendar year
    by July 1 of the following year to the Governor, the
    Comptroller, the State Treasurer, and the General
    Assembly; and
        (2) a report prepared by the Board, which shall
    include, but is not limited to, a summary of the benefits
    provided by the Program, including the number of enrollees
    in the Program, the percentage and amounts of investment
    options and rates of return, and such other information
    that is relevant to make a full, fair, and effective
    disclosure of the operations of the Program and the Fund.
The annual audit shall be made by an independent certified
public accountant and shall include, but is not limited to,
direct and indirect costs attributable to the use of outside
consultants, independent contractors, and any other persons
who are not State employees for the administration of the
Program.
    (b) In addition to any other statements or reports required
by law, the Board shall provide periodic reports at least
annually to participating employers, reporting the names of
each enrollee employed by the participating employer and the
amounts of contributions made by the participating employer on
behalf of each employee during the reporting period, as well as
to enrollees, reporting contributions and investment income
allocated to, withdrawals from, and balances in their Program
accounts for the reporting period. Such reports may include any
other information regarding the Program as the Board may
determine.

    Section 85. Penalties.
    (a) An employer who fails without reasonable cause to
enroll an employee in the Program within the time prescribed
under Section 60 of this Act shall be subject to a penalty
equal to:
        (1) $250 for each employee for each calendar year or
    portion of a calendar year during which the employee
    neither was enrolled in the Program nor had elected out of
    participation in the Program; or
        (2) for each calendar year beginning after the date a
    penalty has been assessed with respect to an employee, $500
    for any portion of that calendar year during which such
    employee continues to be unenrolled without electing out of
    participation in the Program.
    (b) After determining that an employer is subject to
penalty under this Section for a calendar year, the Department
shall issue a notice of proposed assessment to such employer,
stating the number of employees for which the penalty is
proposed under item (1) of subsection (a) of this Section and
the number of employees for which the penalty is proposed under
item (2) of subsection (a) of this Section for such calendar
year, and the total amount of penalties proposed.
    Upon the expiration of 90 days after the date on which a
notice of proposed assessment was issued, the penalties
specified therein shall be deemed assessed, unless the employer
had filed a protest with the Department under subsection (c) of
this Section.
    If, within 90 days after the date on which it was issued, a
protest of a notice of proposed assessment is filed under
subsection (c) of this Section, the penalties specified therein
shall be deemed assessed upon the date when the decision of the
Department with respect to the protest becomes final.
    (c) A written protest against the proposed assessment shall
be filed with the Department in such form as the Department may
by rule prescribe, setting forth the grounds on which such
protest is based. If such a protest is filed within 90 days
after the date the notice of proposed assessment is issued, the
Department shall reconsider the proposed assessment and shall
grant the employer a hearing. As soon as practicable after such
reconsideration and hearing, the Department shall issue a
notice of decision to the employer, setting forth the
Department's findings of fact and the basis of decision. The
decision of the Department shall become final:
        (1) if no action for review of the decision is
    commenced under the Administrative Review Law, on the date
    on which the time for commencement of such review has
    expired; or
        (2) if a timely action for review of the decision is
    commenced under the Administrative Review Law, on the date
    all proceedings in court for the review of such assessment
    have terminated or the time for the taking thereof has
    expired without such proceedings being instituted.
    (d) As soon as practicable after the penalties specified in
a notice of proposed assessment are deemed assessed, the
Department shall give notice to the employer liable for any
unpaid portion of such assessment, stating the amount due and
demanding payment. If an employer neglects or refuses to pay
the entire liability shown on the notice and demand within 10
days after the notice and demand is issued, the unpaid amount
of the liability shall be a lien in favor of the State of
Illinois upon all property and rights to property, whether real
or personal, belonging to the employer, and the provisions in
the Illinois Income Tax Act regarding liens, levies and
collection actions with regard to assessed and unpaid
liabilities under that Act, including the periods for taking
any action, shall apply.
    (e) An employer who has overpaid a penalty assessed under
this Section may file a claim for refund with the Department. A
claim shall be in writing in such form as the Department may by
rule prescribe and shall state the specific grounds upon which
it is founded. As soon as practicable after a claim for refund
is filed, the Department shall examine it and either issue a
refund or issue a notice of denial. If such a protest is filed,
the Department shall reconsider the denial and grant the
employer a hearing. As soon as practicable after such
reconsideration and hearing, the Department shall issue a
notice of decision to the employer. The notice shall set forth
briefly the Department's findings of fact and the basis of
decision in each case decided in whole or in part adversely to
the employer. A denial of a claim for refund becomes final 90
days after the date of issuance of the notice of the denial
except for such amounts denied as to which the employer has
filed a protest with the Department. If a protest has been
timely filed, the decision of the Department shall become
final:
        (1) if no action for review of the decision is
    commenced under the Administrative Review Law, on the date
    on which the time for commencement of such review has
    expired; or
        (2) if a timely action for review of the decision is
    commenced under the Administrative Review Law, on the date
    all proceedings in court for the review of such assessment
    have terminated or the time for the taking thereof has
    expired without such proceedings being instituted.
    (f) No notice of proposed assessment may be issued with
respect to a calendar year after June 30 of the fourth
subsequent calendar year. No claim for refund may be filed more
than 1 year after the date of payment of the amount to be
refunded.
    (g) The provisions of the Administrative Review Law and the
rules adopted pursuant to it shall apply to and govern all
proceedings for the judicial review of final decisions of the
Department in response to a protest filed by the employer under
subsections (c) and (e) of this Section. Final decisions of the
Department shall constitute "administrative decisions" as
defined in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (h) Whenever notice is required by this Section, it may be
given or issued by mailing it by first-class mail addressed to
the person concerned at his or her last known address.
    (i) All books and records and other papers and documents
relevant to the determination of any penalty due under this
Section shall, at all times during business hours of the day,
be subject to inspection by the Department or its duly
authorized agents and employees.
    (j) The Department may require employers to report
information relevant to their compliance with this Act on
returns otherwise due from the employers under Section 704A of
the Illinois Income Tax Act and failure to provide the
requested information on a return shall cause such return to be
treated as unprocessable.
    (k) For purposes of any provision of State law allowing the
Department or any other agency of this State to offset an
amount owed to a taxpayer against a tax liability of that
taxpayer or allowing the Department to offset an overpayment of
tax against any liability owed to the State, a penalty assessed
under this Section shall be deemed to be a tax liability of the
employer and any refund due to an employer shall be deemed to
be an overpayment of tax of the employer.
    (l) Except as provided in this subsection, all information
received by the Department from returns filed by an employer or
from any investigation conducted under the provisions of this
Act shall be confidential, except for official purposes within
the Department or pursuant to official procedures for
collection of penalties assessed under this Act. Nothing
contained in this subsection shall prevent the Director from
publishing or making available to the public reasonable
statistics concerning the operation of this Act wherein the
contents of returns are grouped into aggregates in such a way
that the specific information of any employer shall not be
disclosed. Nothing contained in this subsection shall prevent
the Director from divulging information to an authorized
representative of the employer or to any person pursuant to a
request or authorization made by the employer or by an
authorized representative of the employer.
    (m) Civil penalties collected under this Act and fees
collected pursuant to subsection (n) of this Section shall be
deposited into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund. The
Department may, subject to appropriation, use moneys in the
fund to cover expenses it incurs in the performance of its
duties under this Act. Interest attributable to moneys in the
Tax Compliance and Administration Fund shall be credited to the
Tax Compliance and Administration Fund.
    (n) The Department may charge the Board a reasonable fee
for its costs in performing its duties under this Section to
the extent that such costs have not been recovered from
penalties imposed under this Section.
    (o) This Section shall become operative 9 months after the
Board notifies the Director that the Program has been
implemented. Upon receipt of such notification from the Board,
the Department shall immediately post on its Internet website a
notice stating that this Section is operative and the date that
it is first operative. This notice shall include a statement
that rather than enrolling employees in the Program under this
Act, employers may sponsor an alternative arrangement,
including, but not limited to, a defined benefit plan, 401(k)
plan, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan, a Savings
Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) plan, or an
automatic payroll deduction IRA offered through a private
provider. The Board shall provide a link to the vendor Internet
website described in subsection (i) of Section 60 of this Act.

    Section 90. Rules. The Board and the Department shall
adopt, in accordance with the Illinois Administrative
Procedure Act, any rules that may be necessary to implement
this Act.

    Section 93. Delayed implementation. If the Board does not
obtain adequate funds to implement the Program within the time
frame set forth under Section 60 of this Act, the Board may
delay the implementation of the Program.

    Section 95. Federal considerations. The Board shall
request in writing an opinion or ruling from the appropriate
entity with jurisdiction over the federal Employee Retirement
Income Security Act regarding the applicability of the federal
Employee Retirement Income Security Act to the Program. The
Board may not implement the Program if the IRA arrangements
offered under the Program fail to qualify for the favorable
federal income tax treatment ordinarily accorded to IRAs under
the Internal Revenue Code or if it is determined that the
Program is an employee benefit plan and State or employer
liability is established under the federal Employee Retirement
Income Security Act.

    Section 500. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.855 as follows:

    (30 ILCS 105/5.855 new)
    Sec. 5.855. The Illinois Secure Choice Administrative

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stupid is, Stupid does guess ooky and pooky didn't get the life is like a box of chocolates message

Tito and Amanda Watts were arrested over the weekend for selling “golden tickets to heaven” to hundreds of people. The couple, who sold the tickets on the street for $99.99 per ticket, told buyers the tickets were made from solid gold and each ticket reserved the buyer a spot in heaven — simply present the ticket at the pearly gates and you’re in.

selling-golden-tickets
“People can sell tickets to heaven,” a Jacksonville police spokesman said. “But the Watts misrepresented their product. The tickets were just wood spray painted gold with ‘Ticket To Heaven – Admit One’ written in marker. You can’t sell something as gold when it’s not. That’s where the Watts crossed the line into doing something illegal.”

Tito Watts said in his police statement:

I don’t care what the police say. The tickets are solid gold… it ain’t cut up two by fours I spray painted gold. And it was Jesus who give them to me behind the KFC and said to sell them so I could get me some money to go to outer space. I met an alien named Stevie who said if I got the cash together he’d take me and my wife on his flying saucer to his planet that’s made entirely of crack cocaine. You can smoke all the crack cocaine there you want… totally free. So, try to send an innocent man to jail and see what happens. You should arrest Jesus because he’s the one that gave me the golden tickets and said to sell them. I’m willing to wear a wire and set Jesus up…

Amanda Watts said in her police statement:

We just wanted to leave earth and go to space and smoke rock cocaine. I didn’t do nothing. Tito sold the golden tickets to heaven. I just watched.

Police said they confiscated over $10,000 in cash, five crack pipes and a baby alligator.

Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Water for Texas, Oklahoma Storm Victims

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Anheuser-Busch said it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville brewery in Georgia late Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross.

"Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

The Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water a few times a year, Haas said, partnering with the American Red Cross to provide to places in need within the United States.

"It's something we're uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period," he said.

About 2,000 cases, each carrying 24 cans, are en route to communities in Texas and Oklahoma, he added. The water is expected to reach those areas within the next few days.

Red Cross spokesman Jordan Scott said the organization had been working with Anheuser-Busch, one of their disaster relief partners, to iron out the logistics of the water shipments and what areas they were needed the most.

"Oklahoma and Texas are in an unprecedented situation," Scott said. "There are a lot of folks in need and everyone's coming forward to help out."

Scott said the additional drinking water would be "critical" to relief efforts in the area.

Heavy storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma this week have left at least 25 people dead, more than a dozen missing, and thousands of homes damaged. The rainfall was enough to fully reverse a drought afflicting the area for the last five years, according to meteorologists.

Anheuser-Busch has 12 breweries in the United States and is the maker of several major brands including Budweiser, Michelob ULTRA, Beck's, Kirin and O'Doul's.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Illinois has another criminal typical of Illinois politics would they expect anything less

What's on the sarges mind has just been informed of the following

John Dennis "Denny" Hastert ( born January 2, 1942) is an American politician, lobbyist and member of the Republican Party who was the 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1999 to 2007.
Has been indicted on federal charges alleging he agreed to pay $3.5 million in apparent hush money to a longtime acquaintance, then lied to the FBI when asked about suspicious cash withdrawals from several banks, federal prosecutors said.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEWS ALERT: The New United States Constitution Draft is in

We were able to get our hands on a draft of the new U.S. Constitution thanks to a leak in the white house. Below is the draft with the revised dates.

Preamble   Last revised: December 4, 2012

Article  I.   Last revised: November 26, 2012

Article  II.  Last revised: December 4, 2012

Article  III.  Last revised: December 4, 2012

Article  IV.  Last revised: October 16, 2011

Article  V.  Last revised: December 4, 2012

Article  VI.  Prior Obligations and Conditions  Last revised: October 16, 2011

Article  VII.  Ratification  Last revised: October 16, 2011

Preamble

We, the people of the United States, in order to protect the rights of individual citizens, promote the enduring federation of existing states, territories, and districts, establish standards of justice, provide for the common defense, and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, do establish this new constitution for the United States of America, a federal republic of limited powers that serves with and by the consent of the governed.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:  that all persons are entitled at birth to be treated equally by government and are possessed of certain inalienable human rights;  that among these are life, liberty, privacy, dignity, and the pursuit of happiness;  and that the proper function of government is to recognize, protect, defend, and preserve these rights.

The federal government of the United States of America shall consist of three co-equal branches as set forth below, each of which shall fully respect and show due deference to the others, and each shall as a first duty protect the person and the individual rights of every citizen, without presuming to substitute the judgement of officials for the right of each person to self determination.  The federal government shall be conducted openly by all who serve in it, and every substantial action taken in the name of the United States of America shall be subject to a democratic referendum of the people.  In the exercise of the limited powers granted to the government by this constitution or pursuant to it, in any instance that such powers shall conflict with or abrogate the rights of individual citizens, the latter shall prevail.

Article I.

    SECTION 1.  The Bill of Rights
    1.  All governmental powers shall be subject to the individual rights of citizens as they are set forth in this section, and such rights shall not be abrogated by any branch or level of government.  All legislation enacted by the Congress, whether with or over the veto of the President, all executive orders issued by the Executive Branch, and every decision of the United States Supreme Court, shall be subject to Citizen Referendum.
   2.  Every citizen of these United States, whether by birth or naturalization (The People), shall enjoy the following rights, privileges and immunities which are held to be inviolate and inalienable.  Such persons as may be found in the United States or who are otherwise subject to its jurisdiction shall enjoy the rights and privileges set forth below for 'persons':
I.
Government shall neither establish nor endorse any religion, nor shall it prohibit the free exercise thereof, nor provide public funds and resources to any religious institution.  No law or act of Government shall abridge for any persons the individual freedom of speech, or that of the press; or the right of The People peaceably to assemble, or to petition the Government for redress of grievances.  The aforementioned rights and freedoms shall be preserved by government with respect to the traditional public forum and commons and to such electronic extensions in cyberspace such as the Internet, social networks, and such other technological realms as may in future exist.
II.
The right of citizens to keep and bear Arms is affirmed, subject to such reasonable limitations as may be necessary to secure the public health and safety.
III.
The right of any person to privacy and security in and about the home is essential to a free society.  Government shall make no law allowing the forced entry of a dwelling without consent of the dweller, but upon the order of a magistrate, after a showing of probable cause of a crime, in a manner to be prescribed by law.
IV.
The right of persons to privacy, and to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, private communications, and effects, against unreasonable surveillance, searches, and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants or other authority shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized or observed.
V.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall persons be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against themselves, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken except as punishment for a crime, or for a compelling public use, and in the later case with just and adequate compensation.
VI.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by a representative and impartial jury in the State, Territory, or District wherein the crime was alleged to have been committed, and to be swiftly informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be promptly informed and confronted with the witnesses and evidence against, and to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in favor, and to have the effective assistance of Counsel for a defense.
VII.
In Suits at common law or in equity where the value in controversy shall exceed one month's national median wage, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, other than according to the rules of the common law.
VIII.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel or unusual punishments inflicted, nor shall any person be subjected to torture or indefinite detention.  The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when, in cases of rebellion or invasion followed by an executive order imposing martial law, the public safety may require it.  No person shall be put to death as punishment by the United States except as may be necessary during time of war.
IX.
The enumeration in this Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by The People.
X.
The powers not delegated to the United States by this Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to The People respectively, or to the States.
XI.
The ultimate human dignity to determine the time, place, and manner of one's death shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District.
XII.
The right of persons in the United States to essential medical care shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District.  The right of female persons in the United States to seek or obtain termination of a pregnancy shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District, during the first and second trimesters thereof.  Equal access to medical care shall be provided to all persons regardless of their race, religion, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, social or economic status.
XIII.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a duly convicted crime, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to its jurisdiction.
XIV.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State, Territory, or District wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State, Territory, or District deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
XV.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District on account of race, religion, color, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, or previous conviction of a crime for which the punishment shall have been satisfied.  No Tax or monetary requirement shall be imposed on any citizen as a condition for voting.  The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District on account of age.
XVI.
The right of citizens of the United States to a secular public education at public expense in the place of domicile shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District.  Every parent shall have the right to enroll a child in a public school in the local community without regard to race, religion, color, gender, disability, ethnicity, economic status, citizenship, or previous conviction of a crime, or in such other private school in such other place of choice at his or her own expense.  The details of the curriculum taught and methods of instruction shall be determined in each community by the parents and faculty of each school without interference by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District. All persons shall enjoy equality of opportunity to public post-secondary schools, colleges and universities in their State, Territory, or District of domicile without regard to race, religion, color, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, national origin, or previous conviction of a crime for which the punishment shall have been satisfied.
XVII.
The right of citizens of the United States to on-line access for their effective and informed participation in government is self evident.  The United States shall provide every citizen with convenient local on-line access to the proceedings, records, files, papers, calendars, and official communications of all branches of government to the full extent consistent with the national security interests and the personal privacy rights of individuals.  Such means as may be necessary to prevent abuse and fraud shall be employed in these public networks for the conduct of voting and citizen referenda so as to support the widest unfettered secure access to every citizen by using current technology.  The Congress shall take such action as may be required to encourage maximum participation in government by the citizenry, and to ensure full and open disclosure of the government to the public.
XVIII.
The right of persons to come together and form professional associations and trade unions, whether in the private or public sector, shall not be denied, impaired or abridged by the United States or by any State, Territory, or District.  The rights of workers to collectively bargain and to engage in peaceful demonstrations and work actions shall not be denied, subject only to such reasonable limitations in the military services and other public sector positions as may be required for national security or public safety considerations.
    SECTION 2.  The Congress and The House
    1.  All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.  The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year.  Every member of Congress shall maintain a site containing a full and current financial disclosure, a complete record of all voting to date, a complete calendar of meetings with all persons and organizations related to their official duties or to legislation, and such other information as Congress may deem appropriate.
    2.  The House of Representatives shall be composed of 435 members chosen by popular vote every year by the people of the several States; and no member shall serve more than ten years.  No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State, Territory, or District in which chosen.
    3.  Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States, Territories, or Districts included within this Union, according to their respective numbers of citizens. The actual enumeration shall be made by national census every ten years, in such manner as each State, Territory, or District shall have at least one Representative.  The division of a State, Territory, or District into Congressional Districts shall follow the existing natural political and geographic boundaries therein, without regard to race, religion, color, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, national origin, or political affiliation.
    4.  When vacancies occur in the representation from any State, Territory, or District, the executive authority thereof shall fill them until the next general election is held.
    5.  The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker, and other officers, and shall have the sole power of impeachment, which shall require a two-thirds majority of the members.
    SECTION 3.  The Senate
    1.  The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, and one from each Territory or District, who shall serve for a term of three years; and each Senator shall have one vote.   No Senator shall serve longer than fifteen years.
    2.  When vacancies happen in the representation of any State, Territory, or District in the Senate, the executive authority shall promptly fill such vacancies by temporary appointment until the people fill the vacancies in the next general election.
    3.  No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that State, Territory or District for which chosen.
    4.  The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.
    5.  The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when such person is serving as President of the United States.
    6.  The Senate shall have sole power to try impeachments.  When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation.   When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside; and no person shall be convicted without concurrence of two-thirds of the members.  Upon reaching such concurrence upon findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a proposed judgment, the Senate shall present them to The People, who shall vote as to the Judgement to be imposed.
    7.  Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit, under the United States; but the party convicted shall, if found to be in violation of criminal law, nevertheless be subject to additional punishment, according to law, after leaving office.
    SECTION 4.  Elections
    1.  The general elections for President, Senators, and Representatives shall be held on the first Tuesday of November and the polls closed by the end of that day in local time.  No results whether preliminary, by polling, or other means shall be released or published until all polling places are closed.  The place and manner of holding elections for President, Senators, and Representatives shall be as prescribed by law, and Congress shall make and enforce uniform regulations to facilitate and encourage maximum citizen participation in government and the electoral process.
    2.  The individual votes for President, Senators, and Representatives shall be tabulated electronicly by a National Election Bureau under the close supervision of the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Chief Justice shall then promptly declare the results of the election to The People. 
   3.  All elections for President, Senators, and Representatives shall be publicly financed so as to encourage a fair and open opportunity for citizens to serve in elective office.  Congress shall impose strict limits on the ammount that candidates may expend in their election campaigns such that no person or entity may contribute more that one percent of the total ammount expended by any given candidate in any given election.
    SECTION 5.  Proceedings of Congress
    1.  The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
    2.  Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member. A majority of each House shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties, as each House may provide.
    3.  Each House's proceedings will be open, and will be broadcast to The People in real time.  Each House shall keep a record of its proceedings and publish same electronically and in text form promptly, excepting such parts as may in their reasonable judgment require secrecy by reason of national security, and as to such secret parts they shall be published as soon as the national security will allow.  The yeas and nays of the members of either House, on any question, shall be entered in the record.
    4.  Neither House, during the session of Congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
    5.  Every bill which shall be introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate shall bear the name of the legislator(s) who authored it, the date introduced, and any who endorse or sponsor it.  Such bills shall be promptly published in the record of proceedings and all shall be brought to the floor for the ayes and nays no later than six months from introduction, together with such amendments and recommendations as have been approved in committee, and the committee roll call vote tallies appended. 
    SECTION 6.  Duties and Privileges of Legislators
    1. The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall, in all cases, except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to or returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other government tribunal.
    2. No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no person holding any office under the United States shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office.
     3. Every Senator and Representative shall maintain an office in the Capitol and in the home district for the purpose of receiving and consulting with constituents, such offices to be uniformly staffed and paid for out of the treasury of the United States.  Members of Congress shall make themselves available for consultation with their constituents on a fair and equitable basis by written, electronic, and voice means, and in person.  No constituent shall receive more favorable access than any other.

   4.  During the three years preceding, while in office, and during the five years following a term in office no member of Congress shall accept from any person or entity, directly or indirectly, any money, gift, favor, or thing of value from any constituent represented or an behalf of any person or entity for whom he or she has or will cast a vote.
    SECTION 7.  Laws
    1. All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments, as on other bills.
    2. Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve, he shall sign it; but if not, he shall return it, with his objections, to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, where if passed by a two-thirds majority, it shall become a law, subject to Citizen Referendum.  In all cases the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the person voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each House respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law until the Congress shall reconvene and the ten days shall expire.
    3. Every order, resolution, or vote, to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary, (except on a question of adjournment,) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him, or, being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill.
   4. Every bill, order, resolution, or vote, passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, (except on a question of adjournment), shall, after being presented to the President of the United States; and before the same shall take effect, if approved by him, or, being disapproved by him, having been repassed by two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed, and every Executive Order of the President shall be presented to the People by means of a Citizen Referendum.  No bill, order, or resolution of either branch of government shall take effect unless affirmatively approved by a majority of the citizens, unless certified to be critical to the national security of the United States.  If so certified, the measure shall immediately be revoked and rescinded if subsequently not submitted to and approved by a Citizen Referendum.
    SECTION 8.   Powers of Congress
    The Congress shall have power--
    1.  To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense of the United States; but all duties, imposts, and excises, shall be uniform throughout the United States:
    2.  To borrow money on the credit of the United States, taking care that excessive debt not be accumulated:
    3.  To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes, taking care to preserve a free and competitive marketplace:
    4.  To establish an uniform rules of immigration and naturalization throughout the United States:
    5.  To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures:
    6.  To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States:
    7.  To establish uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States: -->
    8.  To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing, for limited times, to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries:
    9.  To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court; to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations:
    10.  To declare war, order the cessation of military action, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land or water:
    11.  To raise and support armies, a navy, an air force, a marine corps, a coast guard, and such other branches of the armed forces as may be necessary for the national defense:
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    13.  To make rules for the government and regulation of the armed forces:
    14.  To provide for calling forth the National Guard to execute the laws of the Union, keep or restore order, and repel invasions, pursuant to a declaration of emergency by the President and ratification by a two thirds majority of both houses:
    15.  To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the National Guard, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training according to the discipline prescribed by Congress:
    16.  To exercise authority over all places purchased, by the consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings: and
    17.  To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or office thereof.
    SECTION 9.   Limits on Congressional Powers
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    3.  No bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, shall be passed.
    4.  Congress shall make no law that applies to citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to U.S. Senators and Representatives, nor shall the Congress make any law exempting its members from statutes applying generally to ordinary citizens of the United States.
    5.  No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any State; no preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the one State over those of another; nor shall vessels, vehicles, or craft bound to or from one State be obliged to enter, clear, or pay duties in another.
    6.  No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be promptly published electronically.
    7.  No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States, and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title of any kind whatever, from any foreign State.
    SECTION 10.   Limits on State Powers
    1. No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts; or grant any title of nobility.
    2. No State shall, without the consent of the Congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws; and the net produce of all duties and imposts laid by any State on imports or exports, shall be for the use of the treasury of the United States, and such laws shall be subject to the revision and control of the Congress. No State shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.
    SECTION 11.   War Powers
    1.  Whenever the Congress shall consider any Declaration of War, or any Act or Resolution that authorizes the commitment of the Armed Forces to combat, or the funding of such activity, only the votes of those Members who have previously served in combat, and those who have children or grandchildren currently on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States of America shall be counted.
     2.   A two thirds majority of such votes shall be necessary for the passage of any such measure.
     3.  The maximum term of any such Declaration of War, Act, or Resolution that puts the Armed Forces into active combat shall be one year, although such actions of the Congress may be renewed and continued indefinitely after full and careful consideration.
     4.  Should the President commit the Armed Forces to active combat for any reason the Congress shall within thirty days of such action convene and, following the foregoing procedure, consider the prudence of such action, approve and confirm it.  Failing such approval, the Armed Forces shall be promptly withdrawn.

Article II.

  SECTION 1.
    1.  The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America who shall hold office during the term of two years, and, together with the Vice President chosen for the same term, be elected by popular vote in a general election.
    2.  In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.  Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.  Whenever the Vice President and a majority of the principal officers of the executive departments transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
      ;Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of the principal officers of the executive department transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose.
    3.  No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than thrice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than one year of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than twice.
    4.  The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January.
    5.  No person, except a natural born citizen of the United States shall be eligible to the office of President or Vice President; neither shall any person be eligible to these offices who shall not have attained the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
    6.  Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall promptly nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
    7.  The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.
    8.  Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:
   
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States."
  SECTION 2.
    1.  The President shall be commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States, and of the militia of the several States when called into the actual service of the United States.  The President may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in any of the executive departments, upon any subject; and shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.
    2.  The President shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.  The President shall nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law. But the Congress may, by law, vest the appointment of such inferior officers as they think proper in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.
    3.  The President shall have power to fill all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire one month after the beginning of their next session.
    SECTION 3.
    1.  The President shall, from time to time, give to the Congress and the People information of the state of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses of Congress, or either of them, and, in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed; and shall commission all the senior officers of the United States.
    SECTION 4.
    1. The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other felony, or for willful abuse of the office and its powers.

Article III.

    SECTION 1.   The Federal Judiciary
    1.  The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court of no less than nine nor more than eleven justices, and in such subordinate courts as the Congress may from time to time establish.  No President shall nominate and appoint more than two justices of the Supreme Court.
    2.  The judges both of the Supreme and the subordinate courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior and sound capacity; and shall receive for their services a fair compensation which shall be no less than the median national income plus twenty-five percent nor more than twice that amount, and which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.
    3.  The Congress shall provide facilities and full support for the federal judiciary commensurate with the dignity and the efficient functioning of a model system of justice for the United States.
    4.  The Senate shall promptly act on any vacancy in the federal judiciary, and shall confirm or reject any candidate nominated by the President together with a detailed statement of the reason for the rejection if that be the result.  Any candidate not acted upon in a floor vote within three months of nomination shall be deemed confirmed for the post.
    SECTION 2.   Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction
    1. The judicial power shall extend to all cases in law and equity arising under the constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority; to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the United States shall be a party; to controversies between two or more States; and between a State, or the citizens thereof, and foreign States, citizens, or subjects.  The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
    2.  In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a State shall be a party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction.  In all the other cases before mentioned the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact.
    3.  The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury, and such trial shall be held in the State where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the trial shall be at such place or places as the Congress may by law have directed.
    SECTION 3.   Limits on Judicial Powers
    1.  Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.  No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.  The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason; but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attainted.
    2.  In cases accepted by the Federal Judiciary involving constitutional challenges to acts of Congress or orders of the Executive Branch that have been affirmed by the People, due deference shall be afforded to the People's will. Such acts or orders shall be overturned only in such cases as there has been a showing of clear and convincing proof of a violation of the rights of equal protection to an identifiable minority.
    3.  The decisions of the Supreme Court shall be final as to all cases and controversies in which it shall render a judgement.  Any judgement that the Court shall designate as having weight of precedence in the evaluation of future matters will, however, be submitted to a citizen referendum by the People in the same manner as the orders of the Executive and the acts of the Congress.  In the event that two thirds of the voters shall decline to accept the decision of the Court as precedent, it shall not be cited in any subsequent proceeding of the Federal Judiciary, and shall be limited to the particular facts of the matter decided.

Article IV.

    SECTION 1.
    1. Full faith and credit shall be given in each State to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
    SECTION 2.
    1. The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States.
    2. A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice and be found in another State, shall, on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime.
    SECTION 3.
    1. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other State, nor any State be formed by the junction of two or more States, or parts of States.
    2. The Congress shall have power to dispose of, and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
    SECTION 4.
    1. The United States shall guaranty to every State in this Union a republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and, on application of the Legislature, or of the Executive, (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence.

Article V.

    1. The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution; or, on the application of the Legislatures of a majority of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of this constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by popular vote in General Elections in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress.

Article VI.  Prior Obligations and Conditions
    1.  All treaties and compacts made, all debts and obligations contracted, and all engagements entered into, before the adoption of this constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this constitution as they were under the previous one.
    2.  This constitution, and the laws of the United States which have previously been made, or which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
    3.  The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution; but no religious, political, or ideological test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States

Article VII.  Ratification

    1.  The ratification of  thirty-four States shall be sufficient for the establishment of this constitution as the supreme law of the land when confirmed by the People by popular vote in the next general election following the ratification