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ayar July 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Sadly, The problem *is* Big Business. Term limits under the current regime would probably makeRead More things worse than better, sad to say. Why ? because we don't want to "gut" Illinois, just repair it. The first step is to admit that "big gov" messed up on contributions. Second part is to get our Lottory de-crappitized, in other words, de-privatize it, and bring the money back into the STATE. A drop in the bucket some people will say. To them I say if you don't save the little things the big things will do magically away. THEN we cap the salaries on all public servants, especially the big boys making the big bucks, and say no mo money until our tax rates go down. Nothing worse than hearing a politician running for office saying "I'm a multi-millionaire, I'm from big Business and I'm here to help". you mean "to help yourself to mo money. No thanks. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130312/BLOGS02/130319936/the-philadelphia-story-bruce-rauner-part-ii
ayar July 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Sadly, The problem *is* Big Business. Term limits under the current regime would probably makeRead More things worse than better, sad to say. Why ? because we don't want to "gut" Illinois, just repair it. The first step is to admit that "big gov" messed up on contributions. Second part is to get our Lottory de-crappitized, in other words, de-privatize it, and bring the money back into the STATE. A drop in the bucket some people will say. To them I say if you don't start saving it, then your outgo will exceed your income and your upkeep will be your downfall. Also, capping the salaries on all public servants big and small would be a big help, and say no more money until our tax rates go down. Say a 5 year lockdown on salaries. Nothing worse than hearing a politician running for office saying "I'm a multi-millionaire, I'm from big Business and I'm here to help". you mean "to help yourself to more money. No thanks. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130312/BLOGS02/130319936/the-philadelphia-story-bruce-rauner-part-ii
ayar July 23, 2014 at 01:00 pm
Sadly, The problem *is* Big Business. Term limits under the current regime would probably makeRead More things worse than better, sad to say. Why ? because we don't want to "gut" Illinois, just repair it. The first step is to admit that "big gov" messed up on contributions. Second part is to get our Lottory de-privatized, and bring the money back into the STATE. A drop in the bucket some people will say. To them I say if you don't start saving it, then your outgo will exceed your income and your upkeep will be your downfall. Also, capping the salaries on all public servants big and small would be a big help, and say no more money until our tax rates go down. Say a 5 year lockdown on salaries. Nothing worse than hearing a politician running for office saying "I'm a multi-millionaire, I'm from big Business and I'm here to help". you mean "to help yourself to more money. No thanks. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130312/BLOGS02/130319936/the-philadelphia-story-bruce-rauner-part-ii
James Williamson July 22, 2014 at 08:58 pm
I wish Chicago problems would stay in Chicago. If these individuals want to live here then theyRead More should leave their issues behind them. Why should Oswego have to suffer this? They came here because Oswego is a nice place to live. But it will only stay a nice place if they leave their problems at the door.
Sean O'Gara July 22, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Law abiding citizens don't refuse to cooperate with the police. My hunch is, and I bet the copsRead More figure this too, is that the robbers were targeting a drug supply that they knew was kept at the house, which would explain why the "victims" don't want to cooperate with the police. I highly doubt the robbers did this just for phones and a car. And I am sure the "victims" know their robbers. And I am guessing drug sales paid for the house and Audi. Enjoy your neighbors Oswego!
Oswego mom 2011 July 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Nice. Sleepy town Oswego. Boasting of excellent schools, etc. Oswego Township shows that thisRead More property is owned by: IH2 PROPERTY ILLINOIS LP % ALTUS GR Owner Address: 21001 N TATUM BLVD STE # 1630- Owner City: PHOENIX, AZ 85050 307 Hemlock Drive. Ashcroft subdivision 2012 taxes = $8,723 according to zillow.com How content the homeowners in just this subdivision paying these property tax rates must feel with neighbors like this. Be aware neighbors. Outside investors are renting to anyone.
junk yard Dawg July 23, 2014 at 07:52 am
Put that Mexican in jail for life what a piece of shit
joe July 23, 2014 at 10:05 am
Vehicular Homicide charges will follow very soon, and he'll do some serious time in prison. His lifeRead More changed dramatically when he collided with car #1.
junk yard Dawg July 23, 2014 at 10:25 am
Lock his ass up and throw the key away.
Jimmy Dean July 23, 2014 at 09:45 am
Angry? far from it. Jealous? Never. I don't get angry, I take care of business when it comes toRead More seeing that our children are being treated right. Your friends at the co-op know I mean business. It took some time for them to learn the lessons that i teach, but in the end they know who controls the floor. For you to not be in shock over the fact that there are others in the district who haven't had your same experience, given the small amount of information that i have provided is heartbreaking to me. I have only scratched the surface to reveal a couple examples of the issues seen from the KCSEC. The co-op, what do they really do? provide case managers and the Aid if needed and a top heavy bureaucracy? Why can't the school district do this? All over this country they are doing it. To allow one bureaucracy to manage so many children in the county is the reason why some kids get treated poorly, while others are treated better.. Maybe when Oswego had a population under 10,000 with 1 high school, 2 elementary schools and 2 junior high schools, it was a viable option, but now that the population has grown to over 34,000 the co-op is just not equipped to take on the task, thus my children end up being treated poorly, while you and our Opinion poster are dancing with the fairies in never never land, blind to the fact that the rest of us end up entrenched in a World War 1 stand-off with them. Good for you. Its nice to hear that there are some people who are actually not being treated like their children don't matter. I simply find the posting of this Opinion to be timed, prompted and fake. A last ditch effort by the co-op or someone in the co-op, or putting someone up to placing an opinion on patch in an attempt to keep the Oswego school district in its stable by swaying public opinion.. There is a lot of money on the line, maybe some jobs being cut. I think in the long run, the district is making the right choice in leaving the co-op. I would actually like to see all the school districts in Kendall County follow suite and get back to taking pride in seeing to our special needs children being provided an education, rather than pawning it off to the KCSEC to bungle the job. I believe that by Oswego 308 stepping up to take charge of the special education program shows initiative and foresight into the growing needs of the children in the special education programs. Our youngest has a long way to go in the district, so I am here for the long haul and have no problem holding the district accountable, just as I have done for the Kendall County Special Education Co-op.
Rebecca Shinault July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am
Im sorry that you, and your children have had this experience. I wish I could change that. Who knowsRead More maybe I can. Every student deserves to be treated the way I, and many others were/are treated. You mentioned you felt this piece was fake, and that it was written to sway opinions to keep control of the money. I can assure you it's not. It is a raw heartfelt letter I wrote, because I don't want to see any child go with out the services I received. I do not work for KSEC, nor have I ever. My time as a student with KSEC officially ended June 4th 2007. Although I do not need to give it, my maiden name is Rebecca DeKing, as I feel you and many others may feel the need to validate my Identity. There are an abundance of good people at KSCEC, fighting for the students. Its not about the money, its not about the jobs it's about the students. Like I said in my writing, I know the coop isn't perfect. Nothing is - but no one can deny they have helped a great number of students. Once again I am sorry your experience wasn't/isn't the same as mine, and others. If I can help with anything, I will do my best, feel free to contact me via Facebook.
dianebelles July 23, 2014 at 11:42 am
Mr. Dean I am sorry that you are angy. You say your are not but maybe you should read your ownRead More words. Like I stated previously everyone's experience is different. Just because you do not agree with us does not mean our experience did not happen. Please stop making this lovely young woman feel bad about her words. They are her words only hers!!!!! I just so happens to fully agree with her!! Again I hope your child and every child gets what they deserve. I also hope that you discover what your journey is all about. Good luck to you during this journey and May God Bless you and your family.
Fewer voters than ever think their Congressional Representative deserves reelection. It's up to you to change it!
McCloud July 23, 2014 at 06:20 am
I like the dysfunction, means they can't reach into our pockets.
Tony July 23, 2014 at 07:02 am
I would like to see some younger people get in office myself, but if thats the only Democrate thenRead More so be it.
McCloud July 23, 2014 at 07:57 am
Yet another show of tolerance from the "open minded" left.
With the vehicles involved in the crash still in the background, Illinois State Police held a press conference Monday, raising the death toll to five from Monday's two crashes on I-55 moments apart.
amanda July 22, 2014 at 08:48 am
and the names have been released: Three women and one girl were killed in the crash. They have beenRead More identified as: Kimberly K. Britton, 43, of Urbana; Piper Britton, 11, of Urbana; Vicky L. Palacios, 54, of Coal City; and Ulrike P. Blopleh, 48, of Channahon.
PatchMaster July 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Last year when the construction in that area began and the crashes started adding up there was anRead More out cry about what to do about it. Well the state police and local and state legislators got together to try and find ways to reduce the amount of accidents in the area. Nice job guys-NOT. I know it is not solely the fault of local and state officials, blame must also go to those who drive recklessly. And by that I mean anything that distracts you from your PRIMARY job which is safely and legally operating your motor vehicle. Having higher speed limits is not the problem. Trucks ignoring the law that states their speed limit is 55mph is so widely ignored that they are a major contributor to the problem. Now I know there are people who will come on here and defend trucker drivers but who hit who here? In both crashes a truck was the initiator, need I say more? Regardless of what the state does there will always be stupid drivers, and as long as we have construction zones and stupid drivers we will have crashes and loss of life.
Kristine Neumann July 22, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Speed is the problem. I don't think anyone drives 55 on the expressways. Everyone is in a hurry,Read More for what I don't know. Just to save a few minutes?
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Barry and Michelle aren't planning on coming back to ILLAnnoy; they're buying a multi-million dollarRead More estate in a gated community in Rancho Mirage. They be'z down with the everyday peoples!
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Bill and Hill are po peoples.
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Bill and Hill be po peoples
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Grama July 23, 2014 at 07:25 am
what is all this crap?
Deb Bicher July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am
Please delete those posts off the site -- If the poster has something to say, then they need to haveRead More an explanatory sentence recommending the links. Even then, they are still not relevant to any ongoing discussion. Thanks.
Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Rick Johnson July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
Jamie, Your response was very well articulated and researched, however I'm not sure the type of taxRead More reform I'm eluding to should be thought of as "stooping". Are their countless loop holes and special deals in place to lower the effective tax rate for companies like Walgreen, encouraging them to keep their jobs and revenue in our state? Absolutely. But that is precisely the problem. Special deals have to be made because our corporate rate is so high. Roughly 70% of the jobs in our country come from small businesses. These same small businesses aren't afforded the special deals received by companies like Abbott, Cat or Walgreen, making it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. Here's the bottom line, it is the responsibility of the CEO and their Board to improve their bottom line and grow their business - growth that is vital for our communities. The trickle down effect of new jobs and subsequent tax dollars feed into things like better education for our kids and lower healthcare costs for our families. But until we decide to actually do something to encourage this growth, we'll continue to see our communities suffer.
Jamie July 22, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Rick, I guess I could have used a better term than stoop, but corporations keep whipsawing statesRead More against each other and now even the US vs. other nations. A line needs to be drawn to say that corporations that want to operate in the US need to abide by a certain standard that is fair for all. If we compare our tax rate to Switzerland for example, we are ignoring the fact that they do not have a comparable military that we have that preserves democracy and capitalism for our nation and many others. However, I do understand that you were referring more so to small business owners, but Walgreens for example competes with small business owners such as ma & pa pharmacies which I cannot even think of any off hand and ma & pa convenience stores. Those tax breaks that Walgreens (just one company out of many that are exploiting inversion) are receiving are used as an unfair advantage against ma & pa stores who in turn want tax breaks as well. Then the downward spiral continues. Eventually government (local, state, fed) bills need to be paid. I am a fiscal-conservative, social-liberal which may be necessary to disclose my next point. Trickle Down Economics is often cited for many reasons, but usually only translates to tax breaks for Big Corporations which are job killers rather than creators over the long-term. The rhetorical dialogue needs to be changed or updated to emphasize the needs that you are talking about. Which means in my opinion holding those candidates who defend Trickle Down Economics accountable for its exploitation and failures and ask how they might improve it. Since the Reagan era, the nominal tax rate has fallen, and yet still net high paying jobs has fallen since then. Yet we somehow the US did not collapse when the top tax bracket was at 90% during or prior to the Kennedy era. I do understand that the economy has gotten globally competitive since the 90% tax bracket and that the technological advances have changed the economic landscape since Reagan so it is not a simple fix. Yet, our tax system has not absorbed those technological changes nor has it addressed all the unfair (my opinion) trade agreements with other nations. We got to re-examine the same political rhetorical dialogue when our candidates keep regurgitating their campaign agendas. Thanks for your compliments on my articulation. I try. I feel it is better to be respectful than to insult opposing views. However, I think we are on the same page for the most part.
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Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Smarty McSmartypants July 22, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Cindy, for gosh sakes, do be a dear and put a cork in your empty blow hole sweety. And to others:Read More please don't feed the troll.
Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
The amendments the House is passing to not penalize banks who do business with legal medical andRead More recreational pot dispensaries, and also to prohibit the DEA from interfering with state marijuana laws is all really good news! This is a step in the right direction allowing the people of their home state to be a real voice in what kind of society they wish to live in. Now that is real freedom! We'll have to see how the Senate handles it.
Johnny R July 23, 2014 at 08:08 am
Governments BIG lie (marijuana has no medical benefit) is why the feds keep Marijuana laws,theyRead More prevent cures of all kinds of diseases. Who benefit's from that? IN 1999 Rick Simpson found the cure for cancer - in 2001 he tried to tell the world! http://youtu.be/Ckn5LrzoU7k
Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
Mike Fangman July 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Excuse me, Independence666, but I'm going to have to ask you to extinguish your burning cross.
Chicago Police at the scene of a Friday morning shooting  on East 43rd Street. | Screenshot via the Red Line Project Storify.
Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
This week Randy Hultgren once again aligned  himself with the far right wing of his party with his “No” vote to save highway construction jobs.
Susan glad anderson July 19, 2014 at 08:08 am
Mike/Gerard - are you really prepared for another recession, because that is what could come withRead More the shock to the economy with the loss of some 700,000 construction jobs and the many more hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs that support these highway jobs. Remember that there are engineers who plan the projects, dozens of suppliers who provide the materials, truckers who move the materials and the millions of dollars lost to the communities along the way by each of these groups of people who now have much less money to spend in their communities. Plus, you have to pay the now unemployed workers unemployment insurance and perhaps other social safety net benefits! I find your thinking short sighted and if every one felt this way our road, schools and communities would be in ruins.
Sandy July 19, 2014 at 10:08 am
And let's not forget the safety factor here. Gerald & Mike -- you know who to blame now if youRead More blow a tire or get tossed of your motorcycle in a huge pot hole. Personally, I think Randy just wants to keep up his nearly perfect ranking with the Heritage Foundation -- probably gets more Koch money that way.
Walt Hines July 19, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Gerald, I'd like to know what has been stolen from road work?......Sandy and Susan, come on now youRead More know they'll just outsource these jobs to China! LOL Baaahaaaaa. We'll just let the suits do their jobs. Maybe Randy will pitch in and spread the asphalt that reaches inexcess of 120 degrees on a cool day. We'll throw him out there when it's 95 and 100% humidity, he'll survive just fine! LOL Baaaahaaaaa. Hey Randy, there's 3 bridges that have been closed in Illinois because they're falling down, remember those. How about the school bus that was on one when it happened, remember that one, thought you did. I can't wait until the next big accident due to road conditions and it's all a matter of time. Hopefully it won't involve the family of some of these posters on here. These roads were not made to last forever. We live in Northern Illinois and have harsh weather. This past winter took a major hit to most of them and they're only going to get worse. We'll either spend the money now or will spend 3x's the amount later, hhmmm now there's something to ponder...... Want to stop spending and cut cost, start with the politicians pensions.... that will never happen. No I'd rather have the half ass roads that they have in the south and they have no winters to speak of....... Ladies you're spot on, it's the middle class that's keeping us a float and it's not looking good one damn bit! But hey we're saving money, Baahaaaaaaaa!
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