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Monday, April 8, 2013
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Senate approved drivers licenses for illegal immigrants on Tuesday, with bipartisan backing. What do you think? Take the Patch Poll.
The Illinois House will soon take up a bill passed in the Illinois Senate Tuesday that allows illegal immigrants to obtain temporary drivers' licenses and insurance. Half of the GOP lawmakers in the Illinois Senate voted against the bill. The measure passed, though, with a final vote of 41-14. Senate Bill 957 would enable about 250,000 illegal immigrants who already drive in Illinois to have a chance to go through drivers testing, receive a special license good for three years and purchase insurance. That means safer roads for Illinoisans, backers of the bill say. Officials say uninsured immigrants behind the wheel cause $64 million in damage claims every year. Voting against the measure were Republican senators Tim Bivins, Larry Bomke, …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
We're just wondering: Is Geneva a "Red" community or a "Blue" community? Let us know by making your vote in our Geneva Patch straw poll.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
We're just wondering: Is Geneva a "Red" community or a "Blue" community? Following the Oct. 3 debate, leave a comment and let us know your choice with a vote in our Geneva Patch straw poll.
Are you a Barack Obama fan or a Mitt Romney supporter? We've seen the analysis of which states will be designated red or blue in the coming November election, but what about Geneva? Where do we stand in 2012? Let us know by taking our Geneva Patch straw poll. Please vote only if you live in Geneva or are in the Geneva School District or Library District. We'd like this to be a true Geneva vote.
Friday, July 27, 2012
The president's small-business comments upset many people and gave Republican Mitt Romney a point of attack. But Barack Obama said the comments were taken out of context. What do you think? Take the Patch Poll.
President Barack Obama's recent comments about small business created a firestorm that could become a focus of the 2012 election — even as Obama and his supporters say his comments were taken out of context. "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own," he said during a July 13 speech in Virginia. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." Take the Patch poll below: Who plays the most significant role in creating jobs and economic growth? That's not the entire speech, which you can read on the independent FactCheck.org. According to that post, the comments were taken out of context: "There’s no question …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Professional football's biggest game of the season, a cause for an unofficial national holiday, is usually played in warm climates. Do you want to see that changed?
With NATO under his belt, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for the next big event he would like the city to host. He wants a Super Bowl. There may be some pros to his idea, but there are a lot of cons: the small capacity of Soldier Field (after all, the $uper Bowl is all about money); the unpredictable yet usual frigid February weather and the lack of a dome over Soldier Field. Historically, the Super Bowl has been played in locations with warmer climes, where you don’t have to worry about a blizzard making it difficult to get the to the game, such as California, Arizona and Florida. Games have been played in domes in Atlanta, Detroit and Indianapolis. Who knows, though? Conventional wisdom and past history will be tested next year …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Gordon Matthews, Luther Simjian and Eugene Polley may not be household names, but their inventions are part of everyday life.
Voice mail. The ATM. The remote control. These inventions are so much of today’s life, we barely can function without them. Gordon Matthews is the inventor and patent-holder for voice mail. In the late ‘70s, Matthews began working on the technology that would come to be called voice mail. His "Voice Message Exchange" managed electronic messages in a digital format, and he patented it in 1982. At times, it seems Matthews saw himself as a bit of a Dr. Frankenstein. "I'm not really pleased with some of the things I see voicemail being used for today," Matthews once remarked. "We didn't design this technology to annoy people, but rather make their lives easier." In 1939, Luther Simjian patented an early and not-so-successful prototype of an …
Monday, May 21, 2012
In an earlier poll, 59 percent of voters in the six-county metropolitan area and 58 percent of city voters agreed that hosting NATO would improve Chicago's international standing.
Geneva, Switzerland. London. The Hague. And now, Chicago? Mayor Rahm Emanuel has touted the NATO summit as a way to showcase Chicago on an international stage, and much of the Chicago area agreed with that notion, according to a Tribune/WGN-TV poll, conducted days before the NATO Summit began. A total of 59 percent of voters in the six-county metropolitan area and 58 percent of city voters agreed that hosting NATO would improve Chicago's international standing, the poll found. About 3 out of 10 surveyed disagreed. "If everything goes smoothly, it's a great opportunity for Chicago to step outside the shadows of other major cities in the U.S. and the world," Marc Hetherington, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, told …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Recent studies suggest that drastic methods must be taken.
The big news coming out of last week’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, D.C., was a public health report that predicts that if Americans keep getting heavier at the current rate, 42 percent of the population will be obese by 2030. Childhood obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled in the last 30 years, according to the CDC, which states that in 2008, a third of U.S. children were overweight or obese. The percentage of children 6 to 11 defined as obese rose from 7 percent in 1980 to almost 20 percent in 2008 And, America’s obesity problem may hinder the number of organ donors. The pool of potential living kidney donors may be shrinking because of the national obesity "…
Monday, May 7, 2012
Some songs endure for generations. Others fade away.
Today is a good day to sing: “Monday Monday, so good to me Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be” On May 7, 1966, "Monday Monday" by the Mamas and Papas hit No. 1 on the charts. According to brainyhistory.com, May 7 has had some significant moments in American pop music history. For example, on May 7, 1941, Glen Miller recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA. This week’s Patch Poll is about which pop songs will stand the test of time. Below is Billboard's list of "Hot 100" No. 1 songs for the time period including May 7, at the beginning each decade, going back to 1970, as listed on Digitaldreamdoor.com. Which one of these songs will endure and be remembered 50 years from now? Although Patch Polls are interesting but terribly …