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Seer_ July 23, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Dwayne- what does it say about a society that pays a bunch of barely literate individuals that wouldRead More probably otherwise be incarcerated 10s of millions of $ to chuck a basketball through a hoop while millions of children go to bed hungry every night?
Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, could face more charges in the highway deaths of four people Monday, July 21, including Ulrike Blopleh of Channahon.
Mike Fangman July 23, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Tracey, owner-operator means you work for a trucking company but own your own rig.
Jp July 23, 2014 at 01:35 pm
It's was a horrible accident. My heart goes out to the families. The news did a cover story on thisRead More stretch of highway. It showed 172 accident 6 deaths and 58 injuries. The state needs to take a look into that. I do feel his bail is excessive. Let alone made him out to look like a murderer who intentionally did this. I guarantee he wishes it was him rather than to take 4 lives. I think there are many occupations that don't require log books yet these people have been up for 24 hrs + and they get behind the wheel. Yes he should be held responsible but There are people committing horrific crimes that don't get that kind of bail. I know when something horrible happens they want to throw the book at that person. Unfortunately nothing will change the outcome. A perfect example is cell phones. Many deaths have resulted from people causing accidents while on the phone. It's against the law to use them when driving but I see it every day. I will say people are responsible for there actions and there the only ones to blame. Don't put the blame on the state police. That's not on them. I feel for them and everyone on that scene because no doubt it was a horrific accident scene
Ericus Alanas July 23, 2014 at 01:57 pm
Truck traffic on 55 is insane, its getting way out of control and just today there were 11 trailersRead More with 9 of them going 3x3. Its like driving on the same tracks as a locomotive train.
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
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.
Gerard H Schilling July 22, 2014 at 08:53 am
Since Naperville owns 30+% of IMEA which owns among other things the Prairie States coal power plantRead More which has been unable to sell its surplus electrical generation thus the blamed 22 million short fall in our electric fund by Krieger. No matter what we do our rates will be higher. Same analogy as the water deal a few years back. Don't use the water and when we didn't they had a short fall in revenue and goosed our water rates. You have to love these guys that get us coming and going.
Resurrected July 22, 2014 at 11:07 am
Gerard our rates are low compared to many surrounding communities and other areas.
Gerard H Schilling July 22, 2014 at 11:50 am
Learn to read a balance sheet Resurrected and see how they beg, borrow and steal from one fund toRead More balance the electric one. In addition the Smart meter project (22 mill with 3 million overrun) also is buried in this fund and bonding is paying for some of it. If we were charged actually what electricity is costing us in real time we would be far and away the highest in the state much less the area. Pay me now or pay me later applies to this scheme. Lastly IMEA contract is a liability loadstone around our collective necks which could be disastrous in the next few years. On a positive note if it survives the EPA's draconian new emission standards it might finally be able to sell its excess capacity which could possibly reduce our costs?
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Marty Spielman July 21, 2014 at 05:36 pm
Bad drivers get under my skin too but isn't this kind of... weird? Also, if they guy is postingRead More these to youtube, doesn't he need to blur the license plates?
Verbal Sniper July 21, 2014 at 06:11 pm
Many truck drivers are using these to protect themselves in the event of a crash.
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.
Divers prepare to go into the water in Naperville on July 19 to rescue two people whose car went into the water. | Credit: Northern Illinois Fireground Photos
Karl Brubaker July 21, 2014 at 03:57 pm
It's a time machine! Those young men went foreword in time, got drunk at Ale Fest, went back toRead More early that morning and drove off the road....................................... Ale Fest- Saturday, July 19, 2014 VIP – 12:00 to 5:00 pm General Admission – 1:00 to 5:00 pm Drunk drivers- Michael T. Szot, 21, of Geneva, is accused of driving drunk at about 2 a.m. Saturday
jeff p July 21, 2014 at 07:42 pm
By "try hard", I really meant, "was exceptionally grossly negligent." Yeah,Read More it's a tragedy. That doesn't make the driver less responsible for the result. I am trying hard to figure out how one could unintentionally steer a car into that quarry. Took some doing.
jeff p July 21, 2014 at 07:44 pm
And do 21 year olds even like ale?
Divers prepare to go into the water in Naperville on July 19 to rescue two people whose car went into the water. | Credit: Northern Illinois Fireground Photos
Diana Greenberg July 19, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Was there deaths?
brian July 19, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Yes, two passengers. Driver got out...
MoMoTC July 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm
The three young men were Fraternity Brothers from Northwestern University. Sympathy for the parentsRead More and families at this heartbreaking time.
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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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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
Mark S July 23, 2014 at 03:20 pm
We should OUTLAW enriched white flour, refined sugar, HFCS, Food coloring, and any other foodRead More additive that adds to the Obesity and Diabetes epidemic that has hit this Country in the last 2-3 decades. If it's a health issue, 90% of the stuff sold at grocery stores should be banned. Including ALL processed foods that our Corporations are making BILLIONS from.
Bryan Harz July 23, 2014 at 03:31 pm
Just because stores sell foods that are bad for you does not mean you have to buy them or eat them.Read More Folks may want to educate themselves on how to have a healthy diet. Spend more time in the produce isle maybe. Same can be said for weed and alcohol. Why do people always want the government to save them from themselves by banning or prohibiting unhealthy products?
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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