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The Gift of Government of the People, by the People, and for the People

More than national poll numbers, though, in 2023, we here at Breakthrough Ideas are thankful for all the community groups that have formed in the last couple of years or the last couple of months to fight back against government policies that are detrimental nonsensical, and traitorous.

The biggest local fight right now is happening in Manteno. Hundreds of local residents showed up on Tuesday for the Manteno Plan Commission meeting to confront their local leaders and members of Gotion about their concerns over the EV battery plant. Prior to the meeting, a number of them held a rally and a press conference featuring their lawyer, who articulated a number of concerns about the Chinese Communist-backed company Gotion’s plan.

The press conference included Phil Nagel, Mark Glennon, Jeanne Ives and Robby Dube – the lawyer.

You can listen to the lawyer's remarks in front of the Plan Commission here: Concerns raised over Gotion battery plant at Manteno Planning Commission Meeting - YouTube.

The lawyer asks several questions about specific chemicals that will be used in the manufacturing process, to which some of the questions Gotion leaders cannot answer. The exchange is interesting because the lawyer points out that the current village code prevents Manteno from authorizing the use of any highly toxic material of which a number would be present in the manufacturing of EV batteries.

We should all be very thankful for these citizens who are standing up to big government, big corporations, and the Communist Chinese.

The Edgar County Watchdogs have been doing some digging on the Gotion deal, too. From FOIAs they requested, we now know that on the very same day, the deal-closing fund became effective, February 3, 2023, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) sent over emails to Speaker Welch and Senate President Harmon requesting to spend $125 million for the Gotion deal.

Below are copies of the emails. Read how casually the two Democrats spend your money. It appears that a simple phone call was made to the two of them to comply with the law so that they are notified and give their okay. It is also obvious that the Gotion deal had been in the works for months. Who knows if the Chinese were actually the ones asking for hundreds of millions to come to Illinois and if they are the entire reason for the $400 million deal closing fund’s existence?

This fight is not over. But without local citizens getting involved it would have been by now. We should all be thankful that we can petition our government, we can run for office and support good candidates that run, and we can kick the bums out when they fail us.

Here’s another local example of people taking action in their community. I received the following very simple large postcard in the mail about the Wheaton Park District's plans to expand Cosley Zoo – a zoo built for toddlers to interact and view a couple dozen different farm and other small animals. Citizens have been showing up at WPD meetings, voicing their opinions, and then sent out this flyer with more information about the park district than many residents I am certain had ever seen before.

I applaud the group for getting involved.

We’ve been given a gift in this country - the gift of government of the people, by the people and for the people, as Lincoln was known to have said. That gift will be squandered if good people sit it out and don’t get involved.


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