Petitioning Government Is Your Right!

Protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution - the Petition Clause.

How to Write a Petition - The Marmora Street Project

Are You Getting Your Fair Share of Tax Dollars Returned or
Getting Nothing In Return?

In this petition guide You Will Learn

How to write a well researched petition

in under a week and get $125,000.00

Even if you've never created a petition!

Does this sound too good to be true?  It is a fact that I got my community that much money and it only took one week to research and write the petition.  You can to.

This website is about hard-core facts on YOUR getting money returned to your community through an “instrument” called the petition.

It is a constitutional right of any citizens of the United States of  America to petition government.  It is usually referred to as the  “Petition Clause” of the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.  It  guarantees the right of the people “to petition government for redress of grievances.”

I am not a lawyer but my experiences have led me down the path of reading many a law in several  venues:  Federal, state and county courts.  I even dealt with really low courts called local courts in the City of Chicago.  These are not courts at all and the person acting as a judge is not really a judge but some lawyer who gets paid to attend these proceedings.  It's a side job.  I refer to them as kangaroo courts, aptly named because you cannot present evidence, question anything, nor even face your accuser.  They are a disgrace to the judicial system but they are a big revenue generator for the city.

Remember some important things:

    You do not need to be a  lawyer to interpret the law.  Lawyers, as well as judges, are merely  interpreters of the law.  A judges decision in a case is an  interpretation.  They can be wrong!  For example, taking a case to the appellate level court can potentially overturn a lower court decision (interpretation).

    You should also realize that lawyers have a practice.  Yes, they practice law.  Just like doctors, who also have a practice.  One would logically think that after all these centuries of practicing something they would have at least perfected it!  Not so. 

    Even the U. S. Supreme  Court can be wrong in their interpretations, as evidenced by decisions  rendered in the last 100 or so years that have now been overturned by a  new set of Supreme Court judges.

"The Law" is a fluid type thing that can change and often does as time marches on.

What I said above provides the reason you can do something to help yourself and the community you live in.  The reasoning is based in law and as such provides a full rationale for getting things done for your community.


From the Desk of Wayne Strnad

Dear Friend,

Hello and thank you for stopping by my web site.

As you probably know, all of us pay taxes in one form or another. 


  • If you purchase something, you pay a tax.  
  • If you own property, you pay a tax. 
  • If you drink water, you pay a tax.
  • If you have a job, you pay several taxes although some of the money withheld will not be called a tax.
  • If you have a phone (land-line or cell), you pay outrageous taxes that usually include every level of government - federal, state, county, local
  • Utilities - gas and electric.

This list goes on and on...

Our politicians keep trying new techniques to cover up the fact that they are taking money from us.  They create a Surcharge or other such names, to take our hard earned money from us.

The American people are being stripped of wealth day-in and day-out
and getting next to nothing in service for it.

Have you ever wondered what you actually get in return for taxes that are levied?

Many urban areas get, as a service paid for with tax dollars, garbage pickup.  Even this is changing though as municipalities switch over to privatization.  The one bad thing about privatization is that it is not subject to disclosure laws such as those provided by the Freedom of Information Act, which relates to governmental disclosure.  In this case, government washes its hands of any reporting and accountability to the people it serves.  The accounting reduces to a single line item.  Let us not talk about any potential corruption that is inherent in the bidding process for a company to get a contract from a municipality.

Another service that people should get is usually referred to as Capital Improvement.  This is money that is a line item in a budget.  Capital Improvement can be such things as fixing streets, lights, and other things that are not of an infrastructure nature. 

In a perfect world, it should be a given that all communities of people are treated the same and given the same in return.

Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and not all people are treated the same.  Communities are discriminated against!  However, when it comes to taxing communities, government expects these communities to pay their "fair share."  It is in the distribution of the tax dollars received by government and then returned to that community, that discrimination happens.

Side note here:  Discrimination is not only based on sex, race, religion, age and whatever else is defined in "law" but in the distribution of wealth or the tax dollars received by government and then distributed back to communities.

Here is only one example.  There are a multitude that can be provided.

First, some background on how government is composed....

The Local Government

Large Cities:  I live in a large city called Chicago.  It is politically dissected into entities called Wards.  There are 50 Wards that make up Chicago.  The "head" of a Ward is called an alderman.  The head of the whole city is called a Mayor

Small Cities:  Smaller communities that have a population of at least 25,000 residents can apply for "Home Rule" status and then be a city onto themself.  They become not only a city but then enjoy the luxury of taxing residents.  Examples of this abound and you can see their existence everywhere - all the suburbs of Chicago are an example of Home Rule government.  They are usually referred to as Villages.

In these smaller communities there are parallels in elected officials and they usually go like this:

Mayor           is equivalent to      Board President
Alderman    is equivalent to      Board Member

Both large and small cities are allowed to tax their residents.


The Next Layer of Government

After Local Government we have another political dissection that is composed of cities and villages.  This is called a County.

As you can imagine, they are also a taxing body.  When I use the term body, I am not referring to a human being but a paper entity as defined in law.

Similar to the "village" mentioned above, this governmental unit has a Board President and Board Members.  Sometimes the Board Members are referred to as Commissioners.  Here in Chicago, our county is called Cook County.  It is, as of this writing, the highest taxing unit in the entire country.


Layer Number Three - the State

As you might imagine things snowball very rapidly and government becomes extremely complex both in its functions and services it should provide.  In all this, I need to mention the fact that each of these "bodies" create laws.  At the Local Level, the laws are usually referred to as ordinances.

The State is composed of counties.  The head of the State is called the Governor.  At this point in the political dissection, government is split and made to follow the Federal blueprint.  What I mean by that is the State is divided into two parts:  The House of Representatives and the Senate.

They are also a taxing body.  The rules or laws they make are sometimes referred to as "Compiled Statutes."

If you have been diligently following this, you realize that so far we have three taxing bodies:  Local Government, County Government and State Government.


The Last Layer of Government - the Federal Government

This, of course, is the largest body because it is composed of all 50 states and other territories. 

It is politically divided into two entities, as is the State, called the House of Representatives and the Senate.

It has its own set of rules called Federal Laws which are applicable for all the member States and territories.

As a side note: 

You might not like the term I'm going to use here but it is a reality of what States do to avoid Federal Courts cases.

If a Federal Law is created, States follow suit and make their own version of the Federal Law.  For instance, it took many years of struggle to force government to disclose information to its citizens.  It became known as the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA for short.  If a given State did not have such a law on their books (the compiled statutes) then they could, in theory, have been brought to Federal Court.  No State wants to find itself in Federal Court for potential violation of Federal Law!  I call it the Cover Thy Ass principal or CTA for short.

If the Federal Government Creates A Law, The State Shall Follow the Lead and Create Their Own Version.


Back to the example.  Now that you have an idea of how complex this structure really is, and I admit my explanation is a watered down version, let me briefly tell you that there is great disparity in the distribution of tax dollars collected from a community versus what is given back to that same community.

Here is what I mean:  On the east side of Chicago there is a Ward that had resurfaced many of its streets while other wards were struggling just to get something done.  Resurfacing a street costs about $60,000 per block, if one believes what local government says.  The funding for such activity comes from Capital Improvements.  Each Ward is given a budget of $1,000,000 for all Capital Improvements per year.

Now that might sound like a lot of money to you but it's really "chump change" when you consider that the budget of Chicago is $6,000,000,000.  That's 6 billion dollars.

In my community I found one block that still had stones for a street, had electric poles from the 1930's, sidewalks that were of the WPA era, and there were no catch basins to catch rain water.

What's even worse than this fact is that

This Community Paid Taxes For 90 Years

What they received in return for their tax dollars was garbage pickup.  Sad, but true until I found out the truth and made things happen.


If your community, like millions of other communities in America, does not have some simple things maintained for it, then it’s about time you take the initiative to do something to get some of your tax money back into the community and get your fair share of the  pie, the American Dream, or whatever you want to call it.

Look around you.  I mean really look and see what's going on these days.  Maybe even take notes on what you see so that you can compare what is happening in your community vs other communities around you.

Ask Yourself:


Your Immediate Community
(Around your house)

Another Community
(Within your Political District)

What is the condition of the sidewalk in front of your house?    
     Is it beginning to crack?    

     Does it have a seal on it showing the date it was poured?
     If so, what year was it poured?

What is the condition of the street in front of your house?     
     How many potholes are there? (Yes, count them.)    
     Are there cracks developing around "sewer covers"?    
     Is there a dip in the street that is not a pothole?    
What is the condition of the street lights?     
    Are there wires showing from pole to pole?    
    Are the lamps that light the street old and less efficient bulbs?    
    Are the poles in line with the architecture of the area?    

These are only a few of the things you might like to look at when you compare what you get for your tax dollars.  I'm sure you can think of others.


But where do you start?

When I first tried to get funding for my community, I tried many things.  I listened and believed what those in office were telling me because I thought I could trust them.  That was my first mistake.  That’s all they told me was what they thought I wanted to hear, namely, that the issue would be taken care of in time.  They never did say how much time it would take, but said things like... Just give it some time, or, we’ll need to look into it, or, I’ll get on it as soon as possible and get back to you.

It was all lies.

I later discovered that the “Give it some time.” excuse was a very long time that they and their predecessors have been telling people to the tune of 90 plus years.  Yes, you read that right.

Marmora Street Project

You are probably aware that if you read the entire document you downloaded for free, there was mention of a street that was in dire need of repair.  If not, get your copy here by clicking on this link.  In fact, the residents of this street tried for more than 90 years to get the street up to standards but the local alderman and other city officials just ignored them except that every 10 or so years, the city would dump a truckload of stones at the end of the block and expect residents to carry the stones to the front of their house and place the stones in the street.  There were no curbs, sidewalks were of WPA vintage, sewers were falling apart and the lighting was more than 50 years old.  Outrageous really but that's what happens when people do not know what to do to rectify the matter.

In this Guide, the Marmora Street Project, you will discover some of the following plus a lot more:


How to research information so that you can attain facts for your petition.


How to construct the petition.


How to circulate the petition properly.


How to bind it for submitting.


Determining to whom you must present the petition.

Let me go through some of these key features in detail.

Researching Information

Marmora Street - Removing Old Surface

This photo shows the street being cleaned of the old top surface, making it ready for the new asphalt surface.


Support wood is used before the new concrete sidewalk is poured.


Due to the scope of the project, the concrete sidewalk was poured in sections.

It was once said that this is the age of information.  That was back in the late 60's.  I remember it so well because computers were finally making the scene.  The first "computer" task that proved the usefulness of the computer dealt with an election.  Votes were mechanically tabulated through something called a "device reader."  Essentially it was a machine that looked for spaces that were punched out of a card - actually something referred to as a Hollerith card.  The technology was relatively new at the time although the application of Hollerith cards was not.  They were used primarily as a way to communicate with the "mainframe" computer.  By the way, most computers of today could run circles around the mainframe of years gone by - yes, even the mainframes.

Today, the information/research cycle is completely different.  From the comfort of your home, you can pretty much research any type of information you need through popular, and not so popular, search engines.  Those are the starting points.  Also, it is not uncommon to have large web sites with their own search facilities.  An example would be a County Assessor or the Treasurer's Office, both of which maintain large volume's of data.

In this guide you'll discover some useful information as I take you one step at a time through the entire project.  The guide includes the framework for:


Historical information for your petition defense.


Chronology of the building of properties.


Detailed report of taxes paid.


Composing a letter to your Mayor or Administrator.


How to involve the media.




Here is a snapshot of an article that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.  Credit is hereby given and I extend my thanks to both the Sun-Times and Mary Mitchell, who came out to the area to see for herself what was going on (actually not going on at the time).

I believe that it was this article that appeared in the editorial section of the Sun-Times that forced the City of Chicago to finally take action to help the residents.  It was shortly after this that work began on Marmora Street.

Constructing the Petition

Discover what the header, first paragraph, body, circulator and notary text should read.  This particular petition took the form of a standard petition that would be used to get capital improvement money or prepare a referendum.

The Circulation Process

It's more than going out the door to talk to your neighbors.  Here you'll see some of the things that you should do both before, during and after your days work in circulating the petition, plus others items you should concern yourself with.


Guidelines that help.


A word about practice.


Items to carry with you.


Listen closely.


Taking notes at the end of the day.


Who can sign your petition.


Where to start circulating.

Binding Your Petition

One of the most important aspects before you present your petition is to bind it.  Here you'll learn about:


Numbering the pages after you order them a particular way.


How many copies you should make, minimally.


Punching the paper - it may not be where you think.


The Professional Look - adding the cover and backside.

Presenting Your Petition


Dishing out more balls until you get a strike.


Sample letter to the Mayor or Administrator or President of the Board.


Making the equivalent of a Press Kit for the media.


Inviting the newspapers to see for themselves and talk to the residents.

This guide really lays the foundation for any petition you would like to circulate to get money for your community.  This guide is a must have in your arsenal of community tools to get things done for your community.

It comes with a 60 day written guarantee.




Update:  For a limited time, you can now get this Guide for only $9.99.

To order your very own copy of this guide, simply click anywhere on the Money Back Guarantee.

One last thing. 

Many people have the false belief that they cannot do something because they are only one and there’s nobody to help; you can't fight city hall. 

Trust me, I am only one but managed to get more than $250,000.00 in improvements for my community.  The Marmora Street Project is only one example that I put in a guide to help others do the same for their community.  I was also instrumental in helping others to get more than $28,000,000 for a sewer project that happened in Chicago.  You can get things done if you only try and don’t give up very easily. 

Believe you can do something and you will!  Believe you can’t and you're defeated!


Wayne Strnad

Disclaimer.  There is none.  Yes, you read that right.  Whereas nearly everyone on the internet, including government, puts a disclaimer relating to anything, I do not.  Why? 

First, when you do community work you do so out of the kindness of your heart.  It is usually a thankless job and you do not make any money from carrying out the tasks involved. 

Second, everything you can download from this web site did, in fact, actually happen.

  • A railroad crossing was repaired and I made no money  for doing something positive for the community. This saved the taxpayers approximately $125,000.00.
  • The circulation of a candidate petition is actual fact that can be easily verified by visiting the State of Illinois, State  Board of Elections as well as the Chicago Board of Election  Commissioners.  You can use your favorite search engine to look up the  web address.  At the State of Illinois, State Board of Election web site, simply do a candidate search for Strnad.  These are disclosure statements.  You can easily see that it cost a lot of money, which was  out-of-pocket expense.  At the Chicago Board of Elections, search for  election results for 2003 when I ran for alderman of the 29th Ward and then 2007 when I ran for alderman of the 30th Ward.
  • The Guide for the Marmora Street Project, which is a working petition example, also was a  result of my efforts to get something completed for the community.  The  cost of the project was around $125,000.00.  I made no money in any  aspect of the project, either before, during or after the project was completed.

Now you may have similar results which if you add up the numbers would be around $250,000.00. 

Remember, I am but one person who did this.  You too can do the same.  In your petition you may seek more money or less, however, you probably will not receive any monetary gain but you will gain something that is priceless and that is:


Honor * Integrity * Justice

I sincerely wish the best for you in your endeavors.   Getting things done for your community is hard work and if anyone tells  you it's not then the fact is that they have never, ever, circulated a  petition in their life.

PS.  Don't forget to download your Free Information.  Visit the Surprise Page for Details.




Petition ClauseLegal InstrumentGovernmental BodiesDiscrimination LawCatch BasinSewerage


Sinkhole Formation Surprise

More Information

Here you can learn about other things to search for before you write your petition.

Replacing a Sidewalk

About Street Repair - Pothole vs Sinkhole

Street Repairs

Street Lights

Street Lights