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  • Worst Idea in Illinois: Statewide Property Tax (to pay for unfunded pensions)

    05/14/2018 11:28:59 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 51 replies
    cdobs.com ^ | 5-2018 | Mike Glennon
    An audible gasp went out in the breakout room I was in at last month’s pension eventcosponsored by The Civic Federation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Evidently, that wasn’t reality shock enough. This week the Chicago Fed published that proposal formally. It’s linked linked here. It surely ranks among the most blatantly inhumane and foolish ideas we’ve seen...
  • Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm

    03/19/2018 7:55:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2018 4:27 PM EDT | Sara Burnett
    Far more people have cast early ballots for Illinois’ primary than did so four years ago, an increase that comes amid competitive contests for governor and other offices and record-breaking spending that has made the election nearly impossible to ignore. More than 330,000 people had cast ballots for Tuesday’s primary as of Sunday, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, and thousands more people were voting on Monday. The total in 2014 was just over 200,000. Some of the biggest increases have been in Cook County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Chicago, where the number of early votes cast...
  • Cook County GOP Tries New Tactic to Undermine GOP Townships' Pro-Ives Endorsement

    03/16/2018 9:55:57 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 16, 2018
    Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison is attempting a first time ever-seen tactic to overrule or undermine all of the Republican Township Committees that chose to endorse counter to his primary picks with a sample ballot that hit mailboxes Friday. In the mailing, Morrison writes in a small box a comment that leads unknowing Republicans to believe that any other ballots - possibly including local township organization ballots - are illegal. Wheeling Township GOP Committeeman Ruth O'Connell told Illinois Review, "This mailing undermines the work we've been doing in Wheeling Township and my authority as a committeeman. We endorsed Jeanne...
  • Seattle Soda Tax Not Doing Too Well

    01/31/2018 1:30:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The WasteWatcher (Citizens Against Government Waste) ^ | January 11, 2018 | Spencer Chretien
    While the rest of us were popping champagne to celebrate the arrival of 2018, Seattle greeted the New Year with a 1.75 cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages. It was needed, former Mayor Ed Murray once said, for a host of noble reasons: to reduce sugar consumption; to raise revenue for important projects like a year of “free” community college for all graduating public high school students; and, to subsidize purchases of healthy foods by low-income families.Before he resigned in disgrace over multiple allegations of personal misconduct, Murray considered the soda tax one of his greatest accomplishments, a “cutting...
  • Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks is a bigger scumbag than the four scumbags who tortured...

    12/09/2017 6:09:00 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 9, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks is a bigger scumbag than the four scumbags who kidnapped and tortured a learning disabled man in Chicago In January of this year in Chicago, two black men and two black women kidnapped a learning disabled white man, imprisoned him, tortured him, cut off part of his scalp, forced him to drink from the toilet, demanded ransom from his parents, and posted part of the torture as a video on Facebook. They also called him racial slurs, which puts this into the hate crime category.Well, one of these scumbags has just been sentenced to probation...
  • Luis Gutierrez to Announce He Won't Seek Reelection: Sources

    11/27/2017 6:27:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/27/17 | Mary Ann Ahern
    NBC 5 has learned Congressman Luis Gutierrez will announce Tuesday he is not running for re-election after 24 years on Capitol Hill, sources say. Guitterez telephoned key democratic leaders late this afternoon to let them know of his plans. Calls to Guitterez tonight have not been returned. Already printing petitions Monday night-- to begin the process of getting signatures before next Monday's deadline -- is Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia. Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa is considering a congressional race. This will also leave an opening on the county board should Garcia opt for Guitterez's seat.
  • Cook County Employees to be Laid Off; Cry and Beg to be Spared

    11/22/2017 8:19:02 PM PST · by impetrio1 · 23 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 11/22/17 | Bob and Laura Parks
    At some point, you run out of ways to squeeze more revenue out of the public and reality sets in; the same reality that walks in county facilities and are met with more indifference than compassion, which is why it's hard to feel much sympathy for some of these fat-and-panicked employees that have had secure jobs for decades.
  • More Than 300 Cook County Workers Laid Off

    11/22/2017 1:04:37 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 56 replies
    WBBM ^ | 11/21/17 | Roseanne Tellez
    Cook County board meetings are usually dry and filled with policy and procedure details. On Tuesday, that was not the case. There were tears and real emotion. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez introduces us to some of the people who got the most unwelcome news, days before Thanksgiving. Some county employees begged for their jobs. Cook County commissioners who supported a penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax say they warned of the cost of repealing it: a budget amendment filled with pain. “It has actual layoffs of human beings who have jobs and who have families,” Commissioner Larry Suffredin (13th District) said. Officials...
  • Former president Obama called for jury duty in Chicago

    10/27/2017 10:24:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2017 10:19 PM EDT
    Former President Barack Obama has been called for jury duty in Chicago. Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans on Friday told county commissioners during a budget hearing that Obama, who owns homes in Washington, D.C., and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, will serve in November. He is registered to vote in Chicago. Evans says Obama’s safety will be “uppermost in our minds” when he serves. …
  • Obama Called For Jury Duty; Told Court 'Would Not Be Able To Serve'

    01/23/2010 6:02:22 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies · 1,318+ views
    Politics Daily/Woman Up ^ | January 23, 2010 | Lynn Sweet
    President Barack Obama was called to jury duty at a southwest suburban Chicago courthouse, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. But the White House said Saturday that the president notified the Cook County Circuit Court that "he would not be able to serve." Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported that Obama's jury duty summons was sent to his home on the South Side of Chicago asking him to report on Monday at the county courthouse in the suburb of Bridgeview. The White House said the court was told weeks ago - no surprise - that Obama could not make it. This isn't...
  • The Soda Tax: A Single Victory or a Blueprint for the Future?

    10/13/2017 9:18:20 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 13, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In November, 2016, the Cook County Board of Confiscators created a new tax on most non-alcoholic beverages – punitive, astronomical, and unconstitutional. Virtually everything that could be wrong with a government policy was wrong with this one, and the community reacted with unexpected force. County commissioners reported receiving more complaints about this issue than on any other issue in their careers. Despite a united front held by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle through the summer 2017 implementation, the resolve of her members soon withered as the real effects of the hated tax began to be felt. In the end, it...
  • Cook County Board [Chicago] repeals pop tax

    10/11/2017 4:08:50 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/11/17 | Hal Dardick
    The Cook County Board finished the job on Wednesday and repealed the controversial pop tax, which means soda drinkers won’t have to pay it come Dec. 1. ... The repeal was a foregone conclusion after the board’s Finance Committee voted 15-1 on Tuesday, signaling the pop tax would be scrapped after just four months.
  • Fed-up Illinois homeowners consider moving (trunc)

    09/30/2017 7:07:37 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 73 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/29/17 | Gail Marksjarvis & Corilyn Shropshire
    Full Title: Fed-up Illinois homeowners consider moving: 'It’s not just the property taxes on my home; it’s all of them'...Some of those who are leaving Illinois say they’re frustrated with their tax burden and the state’s financial situation. After going more than two years without a budget, Illinois lawmakers passed a spending plan over the summer, one that involved a 32 percent income tax hike for residents. The state is still digging itself out of the financial disarray that accumulated during the budget impasse. A Forbes listing of the best and worst states for taxes in 2016, before the tax...
  • 26-year-old man accused of stabbing his co-worker to death at the Hickory Hills, IL Arby's.

    09/24/2017 8:25:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Patch Illinois ^ | Sep 23, 2017 | Lorraine Swanson
    Arby’s Ripper Told Mom, ‘I Did A Bad Thing:' Prosecutor Bail denied for 26-year-old man accused of stabbing his co-worker to death at the Hickory Hills Arby's. Lorraine Swanson September 23, 2017 HICKORY HILLS, IL -- Kristina and Daniel Price gripped each other’s hands during a bond hearing Saturday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, as they listened to a Cook County prosecutor describe their brother Johnny’s last moments of life. John Price, 35, was stabbed to death last week while working the night shift at Arby’s in Hickory Hills. The man accused of his murder, Irvin Thomas, 26,...
  • Black Chicagoans Ignore Dem Leaders, Pull Epic Conservative Move

    09/21/2017 6:41:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    conservative tribune ^ | Sep 19, 2017 | Kim Smith
    Black Chicagoans Ignore Dem Leaders, Pull Epic Conservative Move By Kim Smith on September 19, 2017 at 3:38pm Black women in Chicago are coming to the realization that the best defense is a good offense. Despite Democrat leadership in the crime-ridden city imploring citizens to let law enforcement handle the exploding crime, residents — primarily black women — are thinking for themselves and buying guns for self defense. The Chicago Tribune reported that nearly 1,400 black women in Illinois have received concealed carry permits in 2017. That number has gone up since last year and is almost twice the 800...
  • The Bastille, Mob Rule, and Emptying of Prisons

    07/14/2017 4:14:14 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 30 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 14, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on big city life on Bastille Day… Every year on July 14, the French celebrate Bastille Day, the beginning of the end for the Bourbon monarchy, and, ostensibly, the rise of the power of the people. Even here in the United States, an ocean away, with only the slightest connection to the French people and culture, we enjoy the day as an unofficial holiday. We drink French wine, enjoy brie and crackers, and sing Le Marseillaise (in the original French, of course). It’s an excuse for a sale, for a party, for a festival. As long as we don’t...
  • Want a Drink, Friends? Here's the Last Straw.

    07/10/2017 8:13:54 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 10, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on doing business in Illinois in 2017… The pundit class, and our cousins in the political class as well, have said and written much about the spate of new taxes, spending, and regulations in Illinois that have hit, and will continue to hit, in Chicago, in Cook County, and across Illinois this year. First, the minimum wage was hiked… Illinois was already a dollar over the national minimum wage, so Cook County passed an ordinance to jump to $10/hour on July 1, 2017, then to increase by another dollar per year through 2020, when it would hit $13/hour… and...
  • Cook County Residents Rejoice at a Deus ex Machina

    06/30/2017 6:02:31 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 30, 2017 AD | John F. Di Leo
    Life in Chicagoland, and the unfulfilling refreshment of a temporary stay… (this is the third in a series on the new Cook County soda tax): For all we like to say about the great culture of THE ancient Greeks – for all intents and purposes, they invented theater, you know! – they were really just as human as the rest of us. Sometimes, no matter how well the story was going, they wrote themselves into a corner. There was just no way to resolve the situation and end the play. So what did they do? They rigged up a contraption...
  • Burdens of Taxation? Cook County's New Soda Tax Just a Drop in the Bucket

    06/28/2017 5:25:02 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 28 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 28, 2017 AD | John F Di Leo
    On July 1 – barring a court order or a last minute act of legislative wisdom or fear (at this point, we’ll take either) – Cook County will implement a “Soda Tax,” a brand new penny-per-ounce beverage tax on non-alcoholic drinks that exceed certain threshold of either regular or diet sweeteners. It will capture virtually all regular and diet soda pop, most juice drinks, and either many or most other flavored drinks, such as sport drinks, frappucinos, sweetened or diet iced teas, lemonade, etc. Much has been said and written about the outlandish nature of this tax. Charged in addition...
  • Cook County, A Soda Tax, and the Death of an Economy

    06/26/2017 5:27:46 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 30 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 26, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Contemplations on the new Cook County Soda Tax... Cook County, Illinois - the home of America’s fourth largest city - Chicago, is, like many metro areas, broke. So, as many jurisdictions do when broke, they imagine a need to raise tax rates. The one they have chosen for July 1, 2017 is a soda tax, in addition to any applicable sales tax, which in Illinois can be as high as ten percent ad valorem already. This new “soda tax” is not just on soda, but on any beverage that is sweetened with either sugar or artificial sweetener (so it applies...