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seer. April 18, 2014 at 02:16 am
Channing Grant -which McDonalds do you work at? does a college diploma fast-track you to be the headRead More fryer?
lilacorn1956 April 18, 2014 at 07:45 am
How many of those in the high unemployment areas are in farm land?
Joe Kocur April 18, 2014 at 11:52 am
I didn't go to college and look at me!!! Big bad joe
Colleen McAbee April 17, 2014 at 06:13 am
What's an Oswego?
h m April 17, 2014 at 06:44 am
Who cares!!! At the rate Chicago is going, it will be the next Detroit.
Johnny appleseed April 17, 2014 at 10:07 am
Who did they mug to get that rating?
Max Smart April 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm
This is the ONE that madicant and crew cannot control...People are free to leave the state anytime.
JAY JAY April 18, 2014 at 07:53 am
Easier said than done !!!! Free to leave this *&^%$#@! Corrupt state. Hell if it is, insaneRead More prop.tax makes it almost impossible to sell your home to flee.
Jacob Matthews April 18, 2014 at 04:37 pm
Jay Jay, I applaud your insight. Corruption on the forefront, vigilante justice, overinflatedRead More property taxes, laws lobbied for by alcoholics persecuting smokers for all wrong doing. Welcome to Illinois folks. Re-evaluate the equity in your home versus the extortion you are paying to corrupt politicians. Short term loss is often worth the long term gain.
Alice Riley April 15, 2014 at 09:12 am
Oh and in one year our property taxes more than doubled--and that's not even including what theRead More mayor plans to do with increasing property taxes. This state is run by corrupt politicians and union leaders. Their ineptitude has what has led us to this fiscal nightmare and they continue to look the other way and just expect to have the residents pay even more to solve the problems of their own making..
Grumpy Old Man April 15, 2014 at 01:33 pm
@Southeast Side - Well, if all of the middle class has moved out of Chicago it will be othersRead More (wealthy, poor, working class) who are paying the tax. If your argument is that there still is a middle class in Chicago and that they will pay the tax, say it. As it is your response just sounds like a left wing shill. Other than your last comment, I happen to think your post has a point because I think implicit in your response is that there is still a significant middle class in Chicago (but if taxes keep going up the comment in the main article could be a self fulfilling prophesy - maybe not - there is some controversy over whether millionaires would leave the state if the 3% additional surtax was imposed on earnings above $1 million).
Grumpy Old Man April 15, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Frankly, I am not so sure that Zorn doesn't have a point. The ever escalating property taxes affectRead More all of us and probably in excess of what we would pay in terms of increased property taxes (or rent increases due to them). However, it would require some trade off - like a reduced property tax level than currently in place and a single taxing entity for Chicago - the council to set all taxes in the City including taxes for CPS. I don't have the answer but I wouldn't mind some reduction in services and something done abut the constitutional provision that these pensions can't be touched regardless of how economic downturns affect the ability of the investments in which the funds are deposited to maintain a pension amount at a given level.
Momx4inGeneva April 16, 2014 at 03:33 am
@William, You are the reason many folks leave this town. Liberal values, no sense of neighborhoodRead More trust, and pure judgment. So...should I tell my children they were conceived by a "sperm donor" as you think? Believe me, you didn't get me "worked up", only my "sperm donor" can do that. Sorry to disappoint. I won't even acknowledge the rest of your pint-sized egotistical comments. Talk to me when you have a disabled child, are a cancer survivor, and work hard enough to understand the real value of Conservative life. I am leaving this uppity town soon. It's quite sad, truthfully. I talk to many and they want out because of people you. I am leaving Illinois, I won't look back on Geneva as a good place to be even though I've been here 13 years. I only stayed for my "Sperm donor-ed children". You're a ruthless pig. William? William who? Reveal yourself like a real man would. You're a coward just like a terrorist. Saying ruthless things to belittle a woman, you're also an abuser. Seems to me your a bitter old man. May God forgive you, for he knows not what he does.
Momx4inGeneva April 16, 2014 at 03:48 am
@William you need to be "Booted" out of this town, and State. You can take your threatsRead More and abuse with you. You, the old man, married, but hasn't ever been able to shoot a "X" anything. Sorry God hasn't blessed you with a womb to carry your evilness.
Phaedrus Pirsig April 16, 2014 at 09:04 am
Jim, that's fine, I was only mirroring your own comments. Are you also proud that all yourRead More neighbors property taxes are going up? I have neighbors that been on my street for 25-40 years that are being forced out of their homes because the city took away their long term resident discount and shrank their senior citizen discount 85%. All due to union pensions. Are you proud that this is the worst state in the country fiscally because of union debt. Debt procured by union backed politicians. Do you think your neighbors, friends and family that aren't union members are proud of you for the debt they pay? What do you think non-union people say about you behind your back? Jim do you worry that the city or state will go bankrupt and you will get nothing because your union won't compromise? Anyway, thank you for displaying your pride, we all know what comes after it.
Jim Edgar
Tony Pedretti April 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm
The Post Comment box keeps cutting the URL off. I had to force a line break in the middle to get toRead More all post. Remove the space between /events/ and term_limits when copying and pasting. The correct link is... http://www.bettergov.org/events/ term_limits_edgar_experts_tackle_hot_issue.aspx
Tony Pedretti April 16, 2014 at 11:26 am
The BGA has added the presentations (ie. slide decks) to the earlier 'Term Limits: Edgar, ExpertsRead More Tackle Hot Issue' web page. Video that will give context to them should be available within the next week. The 5 people that provided data (versus opinions) are Alden Loury, Alex Gilewicz, Paul Hale, Dr. Karl Kurtz, and Dr. Chris Mooney.
John Chrusciel April 16, 2014 at 01:13 pm
Thanks for the link...interesting information...
Marty Spielman April 11, 2014 at 07:00 pm
I would argue that just about every town has a certain amount of uptight citizens. NapervilleRead More certainly has its share at least. We should not rely on a list to tell us where the best places to live are. Your town is what you make of it. If you are happy in the home and town you live in then that should be enough satisfaction.
lisa bleichman April 11, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Where you live does not define you. How you conduct yourself and the values you instill in yourRead More family make wherever you live the best place in Illinois .
Chicago Food Guy April 13, 2014 at 01:22 pm
I agree to a point Lisa, but external elements certainly has the capabilities of defining a person.Read More Neighbors kids always throwing trash outside of their car, kids walking around with their pants half way down their arse, drug dealing, the occasional child perp that lives down the street, the list goes on. Certain areas are way more conducive and advantageous to raising your family the right way, inside and out.
bobrzik April 9, 2014 at 08:31 am
Gee, you know, I wonder if the relative wealth of these suburbs has something to do with the lowerRead More unemployment rate. Just wondering.
Bernard Johnson April 6, 2014 at 02:16 pm
WI is no bastion of good governance nor is it on a sound economic footing. Have you been to KenoshaRead More lately? Have you seen the issues that are manifest in Milwaukee? Are you aware of the divisions between those who blame their own public workforce [firemen, law enforcement, teachers, etc] for the state's inability to sustain itself in the face of imploding real incomes and the continued decline? The biggest thing going for WI over/in comparison to Illinois is that WI isn't awash with perversely corrupt politicians, haven't declared their major city as a 'sanctuary city' and doesn't have a vast segment of their population sucking 'em dry by being both utterly unemployable and consuming vast resources at the same time. Of course, if you like cheese/dairy products, bowling, drinking to excess on a regular basis and open'g day of deer-season being an official day-off; Wisconsin's may be the place for you.
RB April 6, 2014 at 06:06 pm
The Illinois problem took years to build up and is now manifesting in a big way. Democrats andRead More Republicans are to blame. Someone above blames the electorate and I can't dismiss that. If they begin to tax retiree income (not just public pensions...all pensions) and don't do something about getting a progressive tax rate.....we will have more flight from the State. Without a progressive tax structure, we would actually have higher taxes than California...and that's scary. Prince Von Carhartt is simply pointing out the obvious with no real plan to fix the problem. It will get much worse before it gets better, regardless of who is Governor.
Jan April 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm
We've been had by both sides of the aisle over the years. Guv candidates can campaign all theyRead More want, but no one person is going to fix the mess we're in. They've proven time and again they don't know how to handle money and yet they have the brass kahoonies to raise taxes here and there and everywhere. Anyone who believes there's any such thing as a temporary tax hasn't been paying attention- at all. I think the electorate vents in chat rooms and opinions posts It's almost as if they actually think their elected officials are reading this stuff. How many have actually contacted them? IF we don't tell them what we want, we give them free rein to do whatever THEY want - and that's OUR fault.
A Delargo April 4, 2014 at 06:04 pm
Ill has the largest population of liberal dolts on the planet - Ground-zero in the war on povertyRead More failure.
sklogw April 8, 2014 at 06:12 pm
Zombie population.............AHhhhhhahahhaha
McCloud April 8, 2014 at 06:14 pm
Not liberal dolts, just enough union pension, sprinkled with welfare collecting, food stampRead More collecting, free healthcare collecting, with a dash of ideologs who have guilt.
Doremus Jessup April 2, 2014 at 10:37 am
Did Citadel engage in scalping? Did Citadel engage in front running? Has the FBI informed Citadel ifRead More it is a target of their High Frequency trading investigation?
Doremus Jessup April 2, 2014 at 10:45 am
Madeliene Doubek, Aren't you curious where the money for your paycheck comes from? Citadel, do youRead More think the FBI can use evidence used in your trade secrets case against you with regards to HFT trading?
Doremus Jessup April 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Maybe they can get Allen Keyes to fill in for Rauner.
Doremus Jessup April 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Just think, if you are guilty of insider trading for every high frequency trade what the penaltiesRead More would be.
FaceOnMars April 1, 2014 at 04:03 pm
The list isn't all that important to me to click on another link to find out.
Doremus Jessup April 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm
When calling someone a fool maybe you should use the correct form of you're.
McCloud April 2, 2014 at 01:00 pm
No you're a D Bag.
Concern Citizen April 2, 2014 at 07:28 pm
Totally tired of Democrat they always raised taxes to cover-up there propaganda. They are nothingRead More but broken promises and corrupt. Vote for Republican for change in Illinois.
McCloud March 31, 2014 at 11:08 am
The guy is a complete joke. Liberal extremist spewing nonsense.
Sal March 31, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Typical no plan liberal Democrats...blame Bush. Blame rich white guys. No more taxes. No more freeRead More rides to union moochers. Illinois is textbook for what YOU DON'T DO to succeed.
frank April 1, 2014 at 12:49 am
I agree with those who agree with me, the rest of you need to find a new rag to cry into.Read More #################
Mike Madigan
Tony Pedretti April 14, 2014 at 11:17 am
The BGA responded to my request for the data from the people who presented at their event. They areRead More working on getting presentations and video from the event up on the BGA web site. In the meantime, they have posted photos and a brief recap of the event here: http://www.bettergov.org/events/term_limits_edgar_experts_tackle_hot_issue.aspx
Tony Pedretti April 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm
The Post Comment box keeps cutting the URL off. I had to force a line break in the middle to get toRead More all post. Remove the space between /events/ and term_limits when copying and pasting. The correct link is... http://www.bettergov.org/events/ term_limits_edgar_experts_tackle_hot_issue.aspx
Tony Pedretti April 16, 2014 at 10:55 am
The BGA has added the presentations (ie. slide decks) to the earlier 'Term Limits: Edgar, ExpertsRead More Tackle Hot Issue' web page. Video that will give context to them should be available within the next week. The 5 people that provided data (versus opinions) are Alden Loury, Alex Gilewicz, Paul Hale, Dr. Karl Kurtz, and Dr. Chris Mooney.
Grumpy Old Man March 31, 2014 at 05:29 pm
To the extent that rationing is the result of the inability of certain groups to afford insurance,Read More or insurance at the level that it will provide them with the care they desire Gary's point is spot on. The rationing is based on the rising cost of medical care and the ability of the insurance industry to contain costs without decreasing the quality of care available to its insureds. That generally means the variety of plans at differing costs, with the greater the coverage provided, the more the cost of the premium. The government currently provides health care to those persons who do not have health care insurance. That health care may not be the same level or quality that a person with a cadillac plan obtains, but health care, including care for life threatening injuries or diseases is provided. The single payer system which some want skewers this result, results in less care available and will result in the most rationed health care program around - it limits choice. There is an argument that if employer provided health insurance had never been introduced the costs of health care would be markedly less than it is. That is probably true. I don't know that the genie can go back in the bottle, that physicians will make house calls, but all of these benefits we appear to get either from the government or our jobs have consequences, some of which are not beneficial. A young person, in good health, is probably better off getting a health care plan which pays only for catastrophic coverage leaving him to pay for ordinary doctor and ER visits. The issue is cost containment without reduction in quality or care. Government decisions concerning medicaid and medicare have resulted in numerous doctors not accepting medicaid patients. Medicare may soon, if not already, may see this happening. That is what happens when the government interferes. You end up harming more than you help, and those you seek or claim to help generally come out worse. The next time Pedro you start on your pathetic little rants about others growing up and thinking about others, you might first take a good look in the mirror.
Vicky Kujawa March 31, 2014 at 06:23 pm
@Pedro: things 'cost more here' because of our corrupt government; they sure shouldn't. There isRead More nothing particularly special about this state!
Max Smart March 31, 2014 at 06:42 pm
pedro is obviously a neophyte idealist i.e. inexperienced. It's Ok. Reality will smack you down soonRead More enough. Wait until it's YOUR turn to pay for all of the "Free" stuff.
Local March 26, 2014 at 05:43 pm
I don't care who you are...that's funny.
william savick March 27, 2014 at 10:50 am
Soon you will see Toyota's hydrogen-fuel-cell Highlander on the streets. One tank-full will take youRead More 300 to 400 miles and you hardly feel the ride. This is the future now to save big-bucks in more ways than one with an FCEV .
Max Smart March 27, 2014 at 10:57 am
Alas, it too will die on the vine. The technology is not fully developed. More importantly, like ALLRead More fuel sources, they need a distribution system.
Deerfield Resident March 24, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Because quinn (no caps for sure) makes you go limp with the way he has run this state - fool!
Walt Hines March 24, 2014 at 08:53 pm
I'd like to know how many businesses are employing illegals and paying them under the table. NotRead More sure why I'm asking because that doesn't happen in Illinois or the U.S. for that matter. If it did then we'd have companies breaking the law and that would never happen, ever.
bletrich March 25, 2014 at 10:37 am
dirty bastids
Doremus Jessup March 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm
Should make up some t-shirts for Uihlein,Mansueto,Etc. " I contributed $100,000's of thousandsRead More of dollars to Rauner's campaign and all I got was this lousy 3% Surcharge Tax" Recommend
Ex Jolietian March 22, 2014 at 08:43 am
Quiz.. oh.. I thought it said Quiznos... my bad.
Citizen Sane March 23, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Best at awesome!!!!
Independence666 March 22, 2014 at 05:20 pm
The NY Times is nothing but a liberal rag. It's worthless reading such one sided news coverage.
I.P. Daley March 22, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Thank you Mr. Pulitzer for your esteemed analysis. ... I tune in to Fox & Friends just to stareRead More at Lizzie Hasselbeck's legs. ...
Red Sam Rackham March 23, 2014 at 11:30 am
Truax lost b'cuz Oberweis is better known. This isn't rocket science, people!
Stu Pidasso March 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm
lets go for 300 comments!! perhaps a Patch record? :)
ayar March 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Gary, Larry's right. I frequently post facts about where the money went, and it gets steadfastlyRead More ignored and essentially told gee that's too bad, I know we promised, it's those Dem's fault, etc. etc. fox news drivel. Fact is, those people paid into their retirement package, they earned it, period. Then you talk about "reform" in a sense which is let's go to a failed 401K system that a bunch of hedge fund folks want to grab hold of some Illinois dollars and gut the state out of dollars that were hard earned by the blood, sweat, and tears of Teachers, Police officers, and Firemen. No, what we need are jobs coming IN. and that problem my friend, is at the federal level, not the state. 'nuff said. Some folks just don't get it, I guess. And Larry, thank you for your service.
Ken March 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm
And to Gary's point, if these agreements were made while not having to agree to a balanced budgetRead More and keep the compensation packages directly in line with the averages of the private sector that surrounds them, let the bankruptcy proceedings begin. It is easy to talk big, when the taxpayer is your backstop. This is why charter schools and privatization works. We must keep the compensation packages financially tied to the surrounding averages so that it can never get out of line, so that these positions are truly tied to the public that they serve, rather than having false retirement ages, dirrerent wage hikes, COLAs, etc......The Libby LOVE equality, but for some reason, run FAR away from it here.
Walt Kienia March 19, 2014 at 07:38 am
5 reasons why you should just stay the hell home: - You don't have a clue about the issues beyondRead More what CNN told you; - You can't read or speak English; - You live your life acting against your own best interests; - You think American Idol is political TV; - You think George Will is the actor who played Norm on Cheers.
Doremus Jessup March 18, 2014 at 03:45 pm
Phaedrus, You sound like one of those selfish Ayn Rand followers.
Phaedrus Pirsig March 18, 2014 at 08:05 pm
What part buddy, was it the family part?
Jessica March 19, 2014 at 09:21 am
This is such a non-story. Of course beer is taxed. And the fact that it's by the gallon (?) makesRead More it seem all the more irrelevant.
Tony March 18, 2014 at 10:09 am
Well because I am retired and like Social Security and Medicare I won't be voting GOP for sure. ARead More billionaire for Governor, what next trillionaire. What ever happened to what we were told in school that in America anyone could be President, they forgot to mention about the money psrt, you must be rich.
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