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  • Property taxes grow faster than Illinoisans’ ability to pay for them

    08/21/2017 1:52:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 16, 2017 | John Klingner
    Illinoisans already pay some of the highest, if not the highest, property taxes in the nation. An analysis of the past 15 years shows that property taxes are growing far faster than residents’ ability to pay for them. Between 2000 and 2015, the total property taxes Illinois local governments collected doubled. Household incomes in Illinois, in contrast, only grew 31 percent over that time period. Because taxes have grown so much faster than income, the burden property taxes impose on Illinoisans has grown significantly. In 2000, property taxes consumed 4.4 percent of household incomes. In 2015, property taxes consumed 6.7...
  • Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: ‘An absolute disgraceful act’

    08/17/2017 8:20:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments. Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid. “What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned,” Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported. “If anyone has any...
  • Elgin, Illinois Man Booked A Prostitute - And She Turns Out To Be His Wife

    08/15/2017 5:58:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 92 replies
    Telegraph Sun ^ | 8/14/2017
    A 52 year old man in Elgin, Illinois was taken by surprise after a prostitute he hired through a website turned out to be his own wife of the past 19 years. The man had been using the site for some months to hire prostitutes and meet them for sex at motels in neighboring areas. Last weekend, the man told his wife he was going out drinking with work colleagues, when in reality he was traveling to a motel on the outskirts of town. Upon checking into the motel the man used his phone to access his regular website used...
  • Certification to bid on I-74 jobs takes about 90 days (disadvantaged businesses)

    08/15/2017 11:14:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Moline Dispatch-Argus ^ | July 31, 2017 | Gerold Shelton
    MOLINE -- Building the new Interstate 74 bridge will take years, but certification to bid on the jobs building it should only take about 90 days. The Illinois Department of Transportation held a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification and supportive services workshop Monday evening at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St. At the workshop, officials from IDOT shared information on how those who are in presumed disadvantaged groups can bid on contracts associated with the project. To qualify for DBE certification, the business owner must have a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million. Engineering consulting businesses must average...
  • President Trump recognizes Naperville's India Day celebration with letter (Illinois)

    08/12/2017 6:04:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | August 12, 2017 | Katie Smith
    In recognition of the 70th anniversary of India's Independence, an official letter from President Donald Trump will be presented Sunday at Naperville's India Day Grand Celebration. The letter reads, in part, "Thanks to the irreplaceable contributions of Hindu and Indian Americans, the future of our valued partnership has never looked brighter, and we continue to foster even greater cooperation for future generations," according to a news release. The celebration, hosted by the Indian Community Outreach Organization and sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition, is one of the largest in Indian-American festivals in the United States. The day is aimed at...
  • Illinois has 63,000 government workers making over $100K

    08/06/2017 8:04:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 27, 2017 | Joe Kaiser
    High-priced government workers cost taxpayers in Illinois $10 billion a year, with municipal managers in areas surrounding Chicago reaping the most benefits. Illinoisans are struggling under the highest property taxes in the nation, a declining population and the nation’s worst income growth, but one group is still doing pretty well – government workers. According to OpenTheBooks.com, Illinois has 63,000 public employees making more than $100,000, costing taxpayers $10 billion. These government workers range from auto pound supervisors to corrections nurses to junior college presidents and more. One of the most lucrative government fields is that of village and city managers,...
  • Korean cuisine coming to Galesburg next month (Illinois)

    08/06/2017 5:46:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Register-Mail ^ | August 6, 2017 | Jay Redfern
    GALESBURG — Local foodies recently had the opportunity to experience authentic Korean food at Taste of Galesburg, and starting next month they will be able to enjoy it on a regular basis in downtown Galesburg. Ok Hyun (Kim) Curtis and her daughter Amber Jordan will soon open Koreana at 323 E. Main St. Koreana, scheduled to open mid-September, is an authentic Korean restaurant that will serve food native to South Korea, where Kim was born and raised, and where Amber was stationed with the Army. Koreana will offer popular Korean dishes such as bulgogi (grilled, thinly sliced beef), galbi (marinated...
  • Emanuel to sue Feds over new Sanctuary City Rules

    08/04/2017 7:15:53 PM PDT · by johnk · 50 replies
    WLS-AM 890 ^ | Aug 4, 2017 | By Bill Cameron
    (CHICAGO) Mayor Emanuel says he’s going to sue the Trump Justice Dept on Monday over its new Sanctuary City rules. New rules just out prevent Sanctuary Cities like Chicago to get certain law enforcement grants and so the mayor says Chicago will file suit to kill the rules and get the millions in question. In an interview with WLS-AM for Sunday’s edition of “Bill Cameron and Connected to Chicago”, the mayor said “We are not going to be put in a position of choosing who we are as a welcoming city and strengthening our police dept. These are exactly the...
  • Northwestern Professor and Oxford University Employee Wanted for Homicide

    08/04/2017 12:41:17 PM PDT · by Del Rapier · 46 replies
    NBC news ^ | 08/04/2017 | ARIANA BROCKINGTON
    A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee who are wanted as suspects after a man was found fatally stabbed inside a luxury Chicago apartment, police said. On Monday, first-degree murder warrants without bail were issued for Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, for their alleged involvement in the death of Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau, Cook County court records show. The documents say Cornell-Duranleau, 26, died after being stabbed multiple times. A community alert released by the Chicago Police Department says the body was discovered on July 27. Lathem has been an...
  • Pritzker says he'll lead Illinois as resistance state to Trump

    08/01/2017 1:24:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 31, 2017 | Rick Pearson
    Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker Monday pledged if elected to lead Illinois as a resistance state to President Donald Trump's policies and said Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's silence on federal issues demonstrated he was "complicit" with the president. "I'm proud to be part of the resistance," Pritzker told a group of supporters, using downtown's Trump Tower as a backdrop. "When I'm governor, we're not going to be silent like Bruce Rauner. Illinois will be a firewall against Donald Trump's destructive and bigoted agenda." On Monday, Pritzker unveiled plans such as expanded availability of health care and protections for gay rights...
  • A new tax on sugary drinks designed to generate revenue for cash-strapped Cook County .......

    07/31/2017 5:10:57 AM PDT · by sleeper-has-awakened · 71 replies
    illinoispolicy.org ^ | 06/28/17 | Robert Brutvan
    Full Title: A new tax on sugary drinks designed to generate revenue for cash-strapped Cook County will be the third burdensome tax applied to soda prices in Chicago, making a $4 12-pack of soda in the city cost $5.97. Beginning July 1, residents of Cook County may notice their grocery bills growing as a penny-per-ounce tax on artificially sweetened beverages takes effect.The new tax will be added on top of Chicago’s highest in the nation sales tax of 10.25 percent and the city’s 3 percent tax on non-alcoholic beverages. With the new sugary beverage tax, soda in Chicago will be...
  • Illinois budget backlog is giving health care providers, patients a headache

    07/29/2017 7:54:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 July 2017 | Dawn Rhodes
    Betty La France found a way to deal with a doctor who demanded she pay her entire bill upfront because the state could not be counted on to pay insurance reimbursement: She stopped going. While IL leaders waged a two-year budget battle, the state fell years behind in reimbursing medical providers for their services, skimping physicians and dentists even if their patients were up-to-date with their premiums. At public universities, officials and workers say some doctors and dentists, particularly those outside an insurance plan's provider network, increasingly asked patients to pick up the state's tab during the impasse. Some physicians,...
  • Naked Chicago Man with Self-Inflicted Penis Wound Rushes at Police

    07/26/2017 8:44:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    A naked Chicago man, bleeding from his penis, charged toward police officers who subdued him with tasers, according to the video footage of the incident. Police responded to a call Monday at Grace Street and Drake Avenue to find a naked man yelling incoherently, the New York Post reported. The video, which blurs the man’s crotch area, shows him charging at a female police officer. “Get outta here, b—h!” he screams at the officer. The person who recorded the video shouted at the officers responding to the scene that they should open fire to subdue him. “Oh my God, bro!...
  • Why Illinois Is In Trouble - 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B

    07/26/2017 10:08:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/26/2017 | Adam Andrzejewski
    Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state’s financial woes aren’t stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher. Whenever we open the books, Illinois is consistently one of the worst offenders. Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor. Using our interactive mapping tool, quickly review (by ZIP code) the 63,000 Illinois public employees who earn more than $100,000 and cost taxpayers...
  • 3 Men Blocked I-80 Ramp Before Early Morning Carjacking (Suburban Chicago)

    07/23/2017 6:30:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 78 replies
    Illinois Patch ^ | July 23, 2017 | Tim Moran
    3 Men Blocked I-80 Ramp Before Early Morning Carjacking A report indicates three suspects carjacked a vehicle on the I-80 ramp to I-355 in New Lenox early Saturday morning. By Tim Moran (Patch Staff) - Updated July 23, 2017 12:41 am ET NEW LENOX, IL -- A reported car jacking took place early Saturday morning on an expressway ramp. An incident was reported on police scanner traffic on the westbound Interstate 80 ramp to northbound Interstate 355. Three men were blocking the ramp and asked the victim to use his phone before one of the men approached on the passenger...
  • Krishnamoorthi Calls On WH Counsel To Publicly Disclose All Pardons Issued By President Trump

    07/22/2017 12:33:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today wrote to White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, calling on him to publicly disclose all pardons issued by President Trump. Rep. Krishnamoorthi's letter comes in response to the Washington Post’s report that President Trump and his legal team have explored his power to pardon as a means of disrupting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The signed letter is available here and the text follows: July 21, 2017 The Honorable Donald F. McGahn, II Counsel to the President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20006...
  • Illinois Sheriff IDs Another Victim of Notorious Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy

    07/19/2017 7:00:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 07-19-2017 | AP
    CHICAGO — An Illinois sheriff's office said Wednesday that it has identified a Minnesota runaway as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. In a news release, the Cook County Sheriff's Department said that the remains of a person whose body was found under the crawl space of Gacy's Chicago area home in 1978 were those of 16-year-old James "Jimmie" Byron Haakenson. The teenager had left his home in 1976 and was last heard from in August of that year when he called his mother and told her he was in Chicago. Gacy was convicted of killing...
  • 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...
  • Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter while allegedly intoxicated

    07/14/2017 10:32:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 58 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | July 11, 2017
    Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter while allegedly intoxicated Jul 11, 2017, 3:33pm CDT Updated Jul 11, 2017, 4:13pm CDT Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Adolphus Busch IV was arrested in Swansea Monday night after police say he tried to fly a helicopter while allegedly intoxicated. According to a statement from the Swansea Police Department, officers at 12:48 p.m. were dispatched to a report of a helicopter landing, for an unknown reason, at 1 Bronze Point, Swansea. Upon their arrival the helicopter was already on the ground in a parking lot. Assessment of the area and safety of...
  • A Wall Art Installation Brings Anti-Trump Anger to the Surface at Chicago’s Ruido Fest

    07/10/2017 8:52:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Remezcla ^ | July 10, 2017 | Isabelia Herrera
    In September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin construction on President Trump’s infamous 130-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At times like these, the symbolism of barriers hits hard. It’s no surprise that on Saturday, attendees at Chicago’s Ruido Fest – a rock en español festival in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood – decided to stage a protest against a Home Depot branded booth that featured a mock wall installation. The activity invited festivalgoers to decorate tiles and glue them onto the wall as artists played sets across the grounds. In addition to the symbolism of the installation, protesters expressed...