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Updated: February 23, 2013 6:37AM



So the plan in Illinois is to have illegal immigrants come forward to get a driver’s license and be entered into the illegal status system. If you have been hiding from the law, why would you admit you shouldn’t be in the United States just to get a driver’s license?

And why do you need a license? If you get stopped for a violation, E-Verify does not exist. No one knows who you are. You’ll get a small fine for not having a license or insurance, and the car might be taken. You will not be deported.

Having a driver’s license means nothing. Get in line for citizenship like my parents did.

And politicians need to stop throwing illegal immigrants a bone to get their vote. Follow the laws that are already on the books.

Don Tornow

Chicago Heights

Thankful for support

I want to thank everyone who has emailed and called me expressing support for my Will County Board resolution regarding the concealed and open carry of firearms. Many board members of both parties support this proposal.

This is an important issue, not only for District 7 but for the entire county. When the county board passes the resolution, it will tell the Legislature that our residents want their Second Amendment rights be upheld.

Illinois is the only state that denies its citizens their constitutional right regarding firearms. State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) has proposed House Bill 3794, which would allow the issue of concealed carry to be decided on a county-by-county basis.

In 2007, Pike County passed an advisory resolution, stating if the Legislature passed any laws further restricting firearms, Pike County would deem those laws unconstitutional. Then, 91 of Illinois’ 102 counties approved identical resolutions.

Non-binding referendums in support of concealed carry for personal protection received overwhelming support in 10 counties in the Nov. 6 election. While local law does not override state law, these county referendums will pressure lawmakers to finally approve a concealed-carry law during the current legislative session.

Steve Balich

Republican, Will County Board District 7

Video gambling for Tinley Park

Tinley Park should allow video gambling. The village is always looking for additional income and to retain businesses.

The state has legalized this form of entertainment, and many surrounding towns have approved it. But Tinley Park has disallowed video gambling without a valid reason.

This form of gambling will prove to be popular. One bar in Oak Forest collected $3,406 in one month for the city.

Rather than having Tinley Park residents go to other towns to enjoy video gambling and give those towns more tax revenue, let’s keep it in our village. Let’s OK video gambling in Tinley Park.

Jim Pauly

Tinley Park



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