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State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 08:41 pm
How long do you think it will take to recover from the deficits, left from Bush's wars?
Independence666 April 24, 2014 at 05:28 am
If the clueless Obama would have signed on to Ryan's budget, we would have been well on our wayRead More toward eliminating the deficit. Instead, he chose to drive us over the cliff. He has been an absolute failure.
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 06:37 am
If Ryan and his cohorts started to slash corporate welfare along with everything else, perhaps itRead More would be worth considering
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Hey Oprah, where are you?? out in the streets helping these thugs find a new way of life?? with allRead More that cash and negro power behind you, you should be able to fix this in one show.
Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Bob April 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Wow...you guys are nuts. And I am conservative......a "kid" did something he should notRead More have. A parody doesn't harm other people like he was doing. I do not think anyone would want this "kid" to do it to them and their family. Teach the young man right from wrong w/ the proper punishment.....and chill out people....geeezzzz.....
voice of america April 24, 2014 at 02:16 pm
Bob,I don't where you come from maybe russia, Iran I know the leader over there did the same thingRead More to his people. We are not the mayor or police chief, don't take the job if you can't take what comes with it. I am sure the Mayor said to the incumbent, I can do this job better then you, trust me vote for me, not everybody! the kid did not trust him saw who he really was. the kid is a hero, he brought the true colors of the mayor out, and the kid was wright. Now he got to go. and the police chief with him.
The Other Christine April 24, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Bob... If someone said I was smoking pot with a prostitute I would have to sue them for defamation.Read More That is the proper punishment. And that is what we are trying to explain to you. He didn't yell fire in a crowded theater... that would have the potential to harm other people. They mayor, judges, and police were overzealous at least, or acted criminally at worst. I can't imagine how you think it's acceptable for the police to raid someone's house over a satirical twitter account... this is not Nazi Germany.
President Obama
Ryan April 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Rand Paul Is Right: Carter Was Thriftier Than ReaganRead More http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/24/rand-paul-is-right-jimmy-carter-was-thri Reagan was great on taxes and the economy, but terrible on spending.
McCloud April 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Reagan was left with Carter's mess, 22% interest rates 10.8% unemployment 2% GDP 800 DOW indexRead More over 400 US hostages in captivity
JAY JAY April 24, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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Credit: City of Geneva website
A April 18, 2014 at 08:29 am
We moved here last August and love the hydrants. I didn't realize there were so many! Thanks for theRead More interactive map. But its unclear who won the contest. Not that it matters really but I'm curious. It shows 2nd and 3rd which are incredible. Does anyone know?
Credit: City of Geneva press release
Julie April 11, 2014 at 06:28 am
I wish there was a grant with such quick action to repair State Street. It really is in such needRead More of repair. The stretch between Williamsburg and 7th is really, really bad and a vehicle's worst nightmare. I once saw IDOT trucks there, maybe about a month ago, but I don't think they did any repairs.
Lorr Ochsner April 11, 2014 at 11:08 am
That is wonderful news! A great addition to Third Street !
Mitch Dinges April 14, 2014 at 05:50 pm
Who is going to pay for the natural gas for the fireplace? What insurance will there be to coverRead More liability for those dumb enough to get burned or clothes on fire.
Harley McComb April 9, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Waiting until after rush hour will only add time to the overall project time. Also of mostRead More importance WATCH OUT FOR WORKERS!!!!!
ANN MARIE April 10, 2014 at 06:17 pm
It would have been so much easier if 38 and Fabyan were NOT being done simultaneously!!!!! So muchRead More for shopping over on Randall Road this summer!
Martha Hanna April 15, 2014 at 07:50 am
Is the county ever going to fix the curve on Fabyan? Heading west on Fabyan and turning left on RtRead More 31 is so dangerous unless you are turning on the arrow.
Ryan April 24, 2014 at 01:22 pm
excerpt: "Because so much of the federal budget is tied up in health care spending, a return toRead More growth would have disastrous effects on the country’s future fiscal health. This would have been true without Obamacare, of course; future federal health spending commitments were unsustainable before the law and remain so now. But with the health law in place, layered on top of the already byzantine old system, meaningful reforms will be even more difficult to achieve. Obamacare has not only added to the nation’s already unaffordable health care tab, it has further narrowed the ways in which we might pay for it. Now that we've passed it, we not only have to figure out what's in it, we have to figure out how to pay for it, too. "
McCloud April 24, 2014 at 01:29 pm
It's very obvious that the provider supply will be reduced in large fashion. Why else would seniorRead More home health care facilities be shedding jobs in a growing demographic market. Low Obamacare reimbursements will force retirement on the one end and shrunken entry into the profession. Hospitals and facilities will be consolidated, many closed up. It's already starting to look like the rest of the civilized world's health system in all hemispheres.
stanley seigler April 24, 2014 at 03:56 pm
@russ foster, re: 'Can you tell me exactly was was wrong with my former insurance policy'?Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ if you liked it probably nothing...but you cant make policy based on russ' experience ... if cancelled , why? (specific reasons) +++ i can tell yall-etal what was/is wrong with our health care system pre BO-care: 1] 30-40 million uninsured; 2] insurance companies could deny coverage due to pre exixtings; 3] 26 yo denied coverage under parents plan (if under 26 yo's, were they covered on yo former?); 4] insurance companies could cap cost (was there a cap on former?) 5] etc google ACA more advantages. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< +++ now can anyone tell us (at least me) why they believe the pre BO-care sysrtem was/is better than socilized medicine ... universal heath care ... practiced in most western democracies. AND which rank higher, by WHO, in quality and lower in cost than we do (WHO ranks USA 37th in quality and NUMBER ONE in cost)! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> rankings probably outdated but close enough for talking points
Mike April 3, 2014 at 05:10 pm
With all that extra money the State of IL has floating around
mcf April 4, 2014 at 07:03 am
Never Knew A Correctional Faciltiy Had To Be Pretty! Especially A MILLION DOLLARS Worth! AsRead More Long As There Is An Electric Fence Around The Property, I Say The Inmates Housing Is Complete!
Julie April 2, 2014 at 10:12 am
Jon, I think your beef should be w/Shodeen and the Geneva Park District and not to insult a specificRead More area. All people who pay Geneva taxes should be asked if they want such an addition if we have to pay to support it. Why should it be an automatic decision between the two parties without first consulting w/the tax payers? Personally, I have no use for the pool, but I certainly did use the pool on Western back in the day. Also, I believe anyone could use the pool in Mill Creek, just like anyone can use the pool on Western; the prices are just different for residents/non-residents, although I think you could have a membership, too-not sure though. Tom-I agree very much with your thoughts. If it were up to me and if my taxes were going to increase, I'd vote to close it.
Lou B. April 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Yes, a referendum would be nice on this matter. With the outrageous taxes that we in Geneva pay,Read More every significant addition to taxpayer liability should be put to the voters.
Ellabulldog April 5, 2014 at 02:48 pm
This was not a pool for the homeowners, anyone could join, it was a private pool. Since it was notRead More a very good pool many chose to go to Sunset even though it was further away. Hence it was not making money for Shodeen so they gave a loser away. It still may make sense for the PD to take it over since they would not have the initial cost of the land or pool or building, just the annual upkeep which hopefully fees will be able to maintain. This pool was never covered by Mill Creek taxes and was private and charged an annual fee. Nothing is changing except ownership. Pool will still be just a no fun lap pool with a small wading pool that is useless.
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, wants to see another Big Ten school in Illinois.
Bernard Johnson March 22, 2014 at 11:01 am
PS. The University of Wisconsin spends over $7.5 million a year on their men's basketball program;Read More the State of Illinois can't even pay physicians in Illinois treating Medicaid patients and the state's un-funded pension liabilities excess $100 billion dollars. Murphy and Connelly appear to have delved into their St. Patrick's Day libations early and hard; what else could explain such pandoring to the lowest of the common denominator? This is just another sound-bite and photo-op designed / what passes as policy here in the dire state of the State of Ilinois. Reality-checkpoint, is this about higher-education, or - bouncy-ball pandering the thugs?
Lorriane March 23, 2014 at 04:18 pm
I recommend to my teens that they go put of state and develope roots elsewhere. I don't want themRead More coming back to work in this state and have to pay for this pension mess. No thanks
Mitch Dinges March 23, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Ridiculous to even consider such a thing at the state level. The state has no business whatsoeverRead More of embarking on such a matter. These are bored lazy politicians finding nothing else to do because of a Democrat party stranglehold on the state. Why not put pressure on an inept Attorney General to investigate all the nepotism, ethical compliance, and kick-backs and lack of responsibility by our legislature at governing a very very sick state of Illinois. Fix the University of Illinois by letting taxpayers daughter and sons attend and hopefully retain them within the state rather than sending the talent back to the country they came from, or the least make it affordable to go to the politically influenced "corruptllege."
stix slavinski March 21, 2014 at 07:06 pm
Maybe it would get finished a little sooner if there were actually people working on it. I go pastRead More there two times every day and i can count the number of workers on on hand, and they are usually just standing around talking to each other. It seems like the project is large enough that there would be more than enough things for a full crew to be doing all up and down the length of roadway.