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State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
Joe Kocur April 22, 2014 at 08:54 pm
Yea sounds good built it in Chicago. Maybe it will employ 100,000 of the welfare parasites.
swimmer April 22, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Yes Jay Jay, Fox news is the only place to get the truth according to the lunatics. Enjoy.
They Don't Get It April 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Let Bush pay for it he got the economy in this mess. He has enough oil to handle it.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:10 am
@Greg Smith - LOL. More nonsense from the Rush crowd. Millions of blacks who are just asRead More disadvantaged as your scumbag gang banger buddies don't drive around shooting up their neighborhoods. You are also, clearly a racist. There are millions of white Americans who aren't born into money and who are unemployed. You should be thankful that we still have a war on drugs. Legalize drugs remove your profits and all of your homies are going to be unemployed and no Ford Foundations to give you grants.
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!
Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Quixote April 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm
There’s actually nothing surprising about Twitter parodists being viciously tracked down byRead More the police, because if we don’t speak up for everybody’s rights, we better be ready for our own rights to be trampled on when we least expect it. It starts with criminalizing deadpan satire in the form of “Gmail confessions” intended to embarrass or “injure” a well-connected academic department chairman, and from there it moves to criminalizing Twitter parodies intended to “injure” a city mayor. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal-satire case at: http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/ and consider, in particular, the NACDL’s statement that if certain individuals “feel aggrieved by online speech with academic value, they have remedies in tort,” rather than in criminal courts. http://raphaelgolbtrial.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/raphael-golb-amicus-brief.pdf Note, incidentally, that the Peoria chief of police “said the intent of the account was not clearly satirical. 'I don’t agree it was obvious, and in fact it appears that someone went to great lengths to make it appear it was actually from the mayor,' he said.” This argument was first employed precisely in the New York “Gmail confession” case. That case, despite being widely reported on in the press, has been largely ignored by legal commentators, so it’s not at all surprising that the police now feel free to go after the creators of satirical Twitter accounts embarrassing to wealthy and powerful members of the community, whether they be politicians, university presidents, or anyone else ordinary people might choose to mimic and mock on the Internet.
SportzFan April 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm
The article said the twitter account had only about 4 dozen followers...so why Mr. Mayor are you soRead More worked up? Really...you let these punks get to you that much? Your reaction was so over the top I think you need to question if you are the right person to lead your city.
Marlon St. John April 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm
It is truly disturbing that there is more than one judge in Peoria willing to sign their name to aRead More warrant that sweeps up every device with a built-in memory to address tweets that are open communication. Why didn't they just go ahead and freeze their bank accounts and impound their cars, too?
President Obama
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
I hate to disagree with all. No president created any jobs. The policies a president supported mayRead More or may not contribute to job creation and not only during his administration. The private sector creates jobs. Government policies affect and impact on their creation and of course government expansion creates government jobs which normally do not do anything positive for the economy. Presumably an Obama library would provide for construction jobs (short term employment), a few long term jobs for the library staff, and have other impact on the local economy (tourism). I also note that jobs being created are a nice thing, but the more important question is what kind of jobs minimum wage or higher, burger flipper or sanitary engineer or skilled technician, IT type job, etc. With that I close and leave the field to others. Maybe we could post all of these comments on the walls of the Obama library and they would then have some relevance to the topic at hand - but as is evident, this is the Patch tradition, comments on and off base. Happy dueling guys.
McCloud April 22, 2014 at 03:15 pm
I happen to agree with you, however when speaking with people who don't understand this the best IRead More can convey is that RR provided the environment necessary for the massive job creation. People have the strange conception that jobs are the benefit, as a business owner jobs are a cost. Public sector job creation most of the time is also a cost with the product many times irrelevant. But crafty campaign speeches from public sector enablers have been around for ages, and people drink it in.
stanley seigler April 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm
we have a "a failure to comunitcate" [cool hand luke] and a failure to compare apples +++Read More the cloudy one cherry picked RR 6 vice 8 years ... think it might clarify issues if the cloudy one would just provide ref/link from which he cherry picked and which he hasnt and probably wont... <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< FYI and as mentioned: RR, bush-one, bush-two (see link above) in 20 years produced less jobs than clinton did in 8 years +++ ie, DEM policies produce more jobs than GOP policies ... and BO created FACT: BO (2009-13) created 1.2M jobs. NOT NOT zero jobs as the cloud posted with NONO ref. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ in the mean time accept grumpy's opine: No president creates jobs and the fact jobs were being lost in 2008 and are now being added +++ and that the economy is improving +++ your call re the reasons!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< @jim miss you point +++ we all know RR served 8 years and 4x12 is 48 ... what's yo point ... or do you have one??
McCloud April 22, 2014 at 01:37 pm
The fact is that the ACA was designed for folks like Russ to lose his insurance. That's what isRead More incredible about the Obama's lie, and to add insult to injury no backlash (thanks media). See, there are alot of folks who are happy to pay a lower premium with higher out of pocket costs, but Obama forces by law everyone to buy a cadilllac, when they'd rather have Chevy.
McCloud April 22, 2014 at 02:55 pm
Which lie is worse? "If you like your doctor/insurance policy, you can keep it." Or (toRead More the Ukraine) "Hand over your nukes, don't worry, we've got your back"
Gerald Vigue April 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Maxwell, I am still waiting for your website, or an invite to tour your multi-million company.Read More Really, I love industry on parade, and I liked to take students on corporate tours. As far as you can keep your insurance, you could keep it if it was not junk insurance. Unfortunately, over 900,000 policies in California and Kentucky alone were junk, and these states sued the companies for them. Companies had 3 years to comply with the ACA standards, and they couldn't even do that. Further, Obama gave them 20% profits, and they still want to screw you for more! Emsley was made over $400 million, McGuire $1.3 billion by sending people to death, and the SOBs want more of your money, or your death. Obama stopped the law suits against insurance fraud, because the fraudulent lawsuits would have put the ACA in court which would have stopped the enactment of the ACA. And the companies largely relented, and less than 1 million lost coverage, and most got a better deal out of the whole thing after they factored in the Gov support. Now, about your complaints. Read Potter's books, esp. Obamacare, what it means to me. There is an ACA policy for you. And your old insurance was junk. If you are too lazy to study, then find a reputable insurance salesman who can guide you through it. I studied old age insurance for four years, with 4 different salespeople before I found suitable insurance. Insurance is important, and it’s important that you stop blaming Obama for your screwing of yourself. Do your homework. From your answers to my questions, I would guess none of you whiners have ever done any homework on anything, and have the curiosity of G. Bush. And constantly remember, Fox News is sponsored by Prince Al Weleed Bin Talal, a Saudi Prince who makes billions by screwing Americans, just like you. Anything you learn from Fox has been censored by the Saudis, who gave Fox $2.3 Billion, for that privilege, and Saudi's love war. As far as Ukraine is concerned, why don't you guys go and fight. But take your wallet, not mine. We presently have over 600 bases and posts in over 140 countries. Most of which you could not even name. There are over 225 countries requesting further American assistance, I hope you wallet is very, very big. About 11% of the economy of S. Carolina is federal military spending, on WWII style bases. Ever wonder why Lindsay Graham wants to fight forever everywhere?? I'll let you pay for that. Ukraine and Iraq are twins; full of people who say they want our help until we give it, and then they will say F-you, but give me more money. You guys never learn.
Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, wants to see another Big Ten school in Illinois.
Greg Leonard April 3, 2014 at 07:03 am
Typical out of touch politicians. Why not address the states lack of full funding to the stateRead More university system. Even better yet why not address the issue of admissions at the univ of illinois. How about making a study or policy to have the states public Big 10 school univ of il admit only in state applicants first to fill its openings before accepting any out of state applicants? Like many big name universities today the real money is made off those out of state tuitions and to become glorious symbols of egos vs education.
JJ Hawk April 3, 2014 at 09:12 am
These guys are clueless. What a waste of time. Unless they also plan to create another major TVRead More market in Carbondale or Bloomington, good luck even getting the BIG 10 to answer a phone call. Not to mention the unofficial BIG 10 requirement that member institutes are AAU members. Wonder what buddies of these senators are being paid to be on this commission?
Sal April 3, 2014 at 05:10 pm
A school should be chosen for quality of the education received, not for being in some silly sportsRead More league. Wrong priority.
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."
Thee wakeboard park is proposed for North Lake. Credit: Three Oaks Recreation Area
Denise Majko March 20, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Is this an early April fools joke?! Seriously? And ONLY 80 parking spots... Why do things likeRead More this always happen...just keep adding stuff until things are so utterly congested and piled on top of each other than no one enjoys anything. Not to mention all of the extra stuff that will need to be kept up, repaired, replaced...
Karen Bressett Beeksma March 21, 2014 at 07:55 am
Unless you live in Crystal Lake it will be to expensive to go anyway . Between parking fee andRead More entrance fee .. to rich for my blood as it is !!!!
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Tom Lunde March 14, 2014 at 04:59 pm
I was just in this place about five hours ago and I didn't see this guy. I was interested in thisRead More Amish couple having some McDs burgers
Anthony P. March 15, 2014 at 09:04 am
Me: working the fryer. You: working the drive thru. You yell to me "light salt!" And imRead More immediately captivated by your mole as it stares back at me. We make sweet love on the freezer. 21 years later our McLove child is chaimed to the door of our love shack. ...forever on minimum wage because he has brains of a chimp.
Ron Rogers March 26, 2014 at 09:08 am
It's about me!!!!!!!!
Conceptual Site Plan for Crystal Lake Park District aquatic and recreation centers on Ackman Road. Credit: Village of LITH documents
sharon March 14, 2014 at 06:16 am
Awful location in a RESIDENTIAL area. This will bring streams of traffic turning right fromRead More southbound Huntley Road, cutting off the other drivers who are westbound. Then, they will stop before turning left. This is what currently happens with those who go south on Swanson. Is LITH board arranging for any turn lanes or reciprocal use agreements? Crystal Lake typically doesn't share or play well with others.
Harry Buzinski March 16, 2014 at 07:41 pm
I live in this area and it's totally the wrong spot !!!! Not to mention that it's in LITH , REALLYRead More CLPD ???? You people who are on the board must have your heads in your a*$& !!! This spot is worse than the old dodge dealership at 14 & 176. You people must like spending the taxpayers money for land all over the city, instead of one central location!!!!! Apparently you have not looked at the old Wal-Mart location that has more room easy access from route 14 and also main street, it's also next to Three Oaks Recreational area. Before spending taxpayer money for the wrong spot take the blinders off and look at it in a new light....
Denise Majko March 29, 2014 at 05:39 pm
I love the idea of a Park District aquatic center in Crystal Lake especially with how the City isRead More going to ruin the new Three Oaks Recreation area with that cable project that's been approved. I do agree that the location is all wrong for the aquatic center. What's wrong with the southeast corner of 14 and 176? Is that corner still open and unused? There is quite a bit of open space along 47 and along the western end of 14. (I admit to not knowing if that would be land available to purchase & build on.) Why are we squeezing the aquatic center in a residential area on narrow 2 lane Ackman Road?!! And what is the rush? Seriously...aren't brains a requirement to have the positions these people have to make these type of decisions?! smh
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
Herc March 6, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Marianne, nice word statesman, that stopped in the 70's. Today's career politician could care lessRead More about you or me. It's all about lining their pockets with the taxpayers money! They'd sell their soul's to the devil if they had to. Chivalry is long gone!
Ex Jolietian March 6, 2014 at 03:26 pm
Hey.. Teddy is a hero. He dove back into the murky waters that infamous evening.. to put Mary Jo'sRead More panties back on. Google "Waitress Sandwich" sometimes... and enjoy!
Citizen Sane March 16, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Please do not think that my preference leans toward this thread. The direction of my preference mayRead More be very much on the proverbial fence, but the sway of it can be garnered by use of preference.