Real estate tax bills will be on the way tomorrow for Cook County residents, many of them containing the cold, hard truth about where we stand. And it isn’t pretty. Chief correspondent Jay Levine has been crunching the numbers all day, after CBS 2 broke the story last night, to find out how bad things are. Taxing bodies most people probably never heard of, let alone realized they were responsible for a big part of your property taxes. They build and run libraries and schools and parks. Some of which you didn’t need or couldn’t afford, but you’re paying for
Zero sympathy for residents of NY, NJ, IL, or MA, as they voted Democrats into office. Of course, there isn´t much alternative, because GOPs in those states are practically indistinguishable from Dems.
I like the way article is written, you´d think the various agencies had mysteriously some how overspent on paperclips and bottled water, but by the way, there´s those pesky unfunded pension liabilities, they might by a factor but we´re unsure and we´re so confused.
The whole issue of taxes is in a weird situation right now.Obama started this ridiculous redistribution theme to reel in a huge block of voters and it sure as hell paid off for him in both the elections.Obviously it hasn´t worked with more people in poverty,wage gap getting bigger and millions of un and underemployed people,not to mention $6 trillion in new debt. The left uses debt as an excuse to raise taxes after they go on spending sprees.
There´s institutional liberal debt due to overly generous government unions benefits.
But there´s also a subterranean angle on taxes which is leading to population shifts to lower tax states like Fl. and Texas.We know cal. is the best example of a people and business exodus.
Blue state liberals are so addicted to tax and spend policies,they can´t see the self destruction going on right before their eyes.
You have to love the hilarity of Obama supporters getting tax increases while rich people barely got slapped and you have to make $400,000 to even qualify for that.I can see people in this income area asking for pay cuts rather than see Obama get their extra taxes.
The disconnect I don´t get is there´s a lot of outrage going on across the country on taxes but republicans are still scorned by the public even though they´re against taxes up until the cliff cave in.My guess is the government will see less than half of what their projections will supposedly bring in from the cliff deal.
The other disconnect I don´t get is Obama is the head snake on tax increases but still has a 50% approval and the media calls him a popular president.
Illinois rolled out its new, information-chocked school report card recently and provided an easy-to-understand figure of how many Illinois high school graduates are ready to go to college. Brace yourself: It´s only 46 percent. That, the state says, pegs how students have a reasonable chance at college success, based on their ACT scores. You don´t need to have nailed a perfect 36 on the ACT to know that means a little more than half of high school grads aren´t ready to do college-level work. Brace yourself again: Even that may be optimistic. By the ACT´s own calculations, only one-fourth of Illinois students are prepared
Apparently there´s no stopping a driver determined to run in a hit-and-run. A video circulating online depicts a cab driver trying to stop a black SUV from leaving the 1400 block of West Belmont after it rear-ended him. But the SUV driver was determined to leave. The cabbie jumped in front of the SUV, motioned for other cars to block the SUV and even started beating at the SUV´s driver-side window. But the SUV backed up and sped west — ultimately crashing into four other cars and leaving glass from broken headlights on the street in its attempt to run,
A north suburban parks official says he´s standing up for the U.S. Constitution by sitting down during the Pledge of Allegiance. But Morton Grove Park District Commissioner Dan Ashta´s symbolic actions have spurred an ideological tug of war with a local veterans group, which recently halted cash donations to the Park District until its entire board stands for the pledge at park board meetings. "Every veteran has taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and has been willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for all of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans," said Joseph Lampert, 47, commander of American Legion
A man from Arkansas died from gunshot wounds after he was dropped off at a Near West Side hospital by a cousin early Thursday morning, authorities said. Robert Franklin, 55, had been in a car with the cousin when they stopped to ask for directions, police said. The person they approached got into the back of the car and announced a robbery, police said. The robber fired into the car while getting out and hit Franklin in the back at least four times, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner´s office. The cousin drove Franklin to Stroger Hospital about 3:45 a.m.
A change in Medicare reimbursements is resulting in neighborhood medical supply stores shutting and, say those opposed to the change, making it harder for people to obtain wheelchairs, walkers, canes and oxygen equipment. Karen Walaszek is shutting her Master Medical Supplies at 1821 W. Chicago Ave. in Ukrainian Village after 30 years, saying the reimbursement change has "forced [me] into a corner." Master Medical is one of perhaps dozens of shops closing in the Chicago area, a list that also includes Activa Medical Supply at 2212 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park. Walaszek has posted an impassioned letter to customers on her
Retired city workers are asking a judge to block Mayor Emanuel from making them rely on Obamacare for their health insurance. It could cost Chicago taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. This affects most city retirees and it underscores how, after decades of grotesque financial mismanagement, the only choices left are painful ones.(Snip) When Mayor Emanuel sent letters announcing the change last month to about 24,000 retired city workers, the watchdog Civic Federation praised the move, saying it could eventually save taxpayers $70 million or more each year.
Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district´s elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year. That´s a nearly 22-percentage-point plunge from a year earlier. Students didn´t suddenly get less intelligent. They were not doing as well in the past as everyone was led to believe. The state had dumbed down the tests and lowered cut scores to avoid sanctions from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Educators fed parents an illusion that the vast majority of Illinois elementary students
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long