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Thursday, Mar 28, 2013

* I received this e-mail today from Lutheran Social Services of Illinois…


I cannot thank you enough for lifting up the work of LSSI again in association with your birthday. So far you have raised $1,320!

Again, thanks for lending your support to our work. You know that many human service organizations across Illinois are experiencing extreme stress because of the continuing erosion of the state’s ability to fund services. Even large providers like LSSI—organizations that for years now have made significant adjustments to try to preserve vital human care services—have gotten perilously close to the brink.

At LSSI, we appreciate your personal commitment to us and your willingness to advocate for us among your followers. We also appreciate your professional awareness of the stress under which the whole human care delivery system in Illinois is laboring.

Daniel Schwick, M. Div.
Vice President for Church and Public Engagement
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

That’s pretty good. Many, many thanks to all who donated. But I think we can do better. Click here and donate if you can. Thanks again!

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Thursday, Mar 28, 2013

[The following is a paid advertisement.]

The satellite television industry serves a crucial role in connecting Illinois to the rest of the world with content that informs, entertains and educates – in many instances it’s the exclusive broadcast service provider available to Illinois homes. In addition, the satellite TV industry is an important economic driver creating hundreds of jobs in our state.

Facts About Satellite TV in Illinois:

    • Serves 1.3 million households in Illinois (almost a third of homes that subscribe choose satellite)
    • Employs over 790 people, plus more than 1,000 technicians at 481 local retailers
    • Rural Illinois depends on satellite TV since cable does not often provide service to their area
    • Satellite TV offers a wider range of foreign language programming in comparison to cable

Lawmakers continue to be prodded by the cable TV industry to place a NEW 5% monthly tax on satellite TV service. Previous versions of this discriminatory tax proposal have been defeated in Springfield—and similar bills are regularly defeated in other states including three times in neighboring Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota. This revenue generator needs to be clearly labeled what it is: An unfair tax increase on the 1.3 million Illinois families and businesses who subscribe to satellite TV.


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Thursday, Mar 28, 2013

* That’s it for me. Just about everybody else I know is on spring break, so I’m gonna take a pause as well. Maybe I’ll see you at opening day.

Thanks to all those who donated to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois this week. If you haven’t done so yet, please click here and help ‘em out. Thanks in advance.

* I get ideas

And there’s fire
In every finger

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