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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
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
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.
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.
Ryan July 17, 2014 at 09:37 am
Illinois Government: Too Big to Fail. ...or even be reformed a tiny bit.
Independence666 July 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Illinois is a joke!!
Seer_ July 17, 2014 at 02:55 pm
That's okay- the broke-assed State of Ill is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Grumpy Old Man July 17, 2014 at 03:51 pm
We hearken back to a conversation we had long ago. I agree with the targeted and temporary tariffRead More which allowed HD to get back on its feet and thrive. I tend to agree with you that as far as schools are concerned the primary focus needs to be on the teachers and the quality of education they produce as measured by the success of the students and budgets which allow the teachers to do their jobs.
Fred Savage July 17, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Sure..more money from our $17 trillion in debt Fed will fix everything. It's free money!
oldschool July 17, 2014 at 09:25 pm
I hope everyone who reads this knows that administrators negotiate their contracts with the schoolRead More board of their districts. Nothing to do with the teacher union, however they are part of the teacher retirement system. The other thing everyone should realize is that many of these superintendents come back as "consultants" to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars per year. I have been teaching for 30 years, every teacher I know would agree that there needs to be a cap on this type of retirement gouge. I could write a book about the waste in schools, all of it as the result of administrators trying to justifying their existence. G.O.M (above), you nailed it. Get rid of the federal department of education and the state department of education. What they do in no way makes me a better teacher!!
Vicky Kujawa July 14, 2014 at 06:29 pm
Paradise Pup has the best cheeseburgers in the country.....the rest of their menu is also top notch!Read More Bring cash and queue up early!
Dr. Terry July 14, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Great place, but not the best in the country.
Joe Skibinski July 12, 2014 at 10:43 am
It's not surprising to see Roseland on the list. It has had to struggle with inadequate finances forRead More decades. It may serve Advocate well to consider siphoning a little bit of the cash they spend expanding Christ from lot line to lot line and use it to purchase this struggling institution. Then upgrade it's emergency room, as well as it's in and outpatient facilities. This would alleviate some of the pressure on Christ's emergency room and shorten the the ambulance ride for those who need it the most. Granted that there are great benefits to the economies of scale at Christ. However, such concentrated investment of resources in our hospital system leaves many areas of the city under served and ignored.
Stu Pidasso July 13, 2014 at 09:32 pm
Most hospitals are not "safe", As one Nurse mentioned to me a few years ago " try andRead More stay healthy, you really DO NOT want to be in a hospital" " i should know I work there 40 - 50 hours a week! " I said " point well taken, thank you!"
AnniesDaughter July 11, 2014 at 08:57 pm
I got married and moved here from Ohio 41 years ago. If I had known then what I know now about thisRead More state I would have run screaming back to Ohio. Too late now, the grandchildren live here so I stay.
JAY JAY July 12, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Only takes 2 words to describe IL. HELL HOLE!!! Corrupt politicians and law breakers head the list,Read More living off the backs of the law abiding tax payers.
JAY JAY July 13, 2014 at 08:48 am
Shame is, CROOK COUNTY alone has destroyed the state from border to border. The theiving politiciansRead More have turned it into a corrupt and crime ridden Cesspool !! Tax payers be damned. Chicago ...Obama's training ground !!!
Tony July 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm
One step closer to becoming nationalized
Le Avion July 11, 2014 at 10:05 am
Voice of Reason, I never hid my opinions so what are you complaining about? Search and you'll findRead More research that shows that increasing the minimum wage is good for the businesses and the overall economy. But I am sure nothing will convince you anyway since you prefer the echo chamber of fox news et al. BTW, check out the announcement from IKEA this morning about increasing the minimum wage of their US employees.
Edward Andrysiak July 11, 2014 at 10:44 am
Mixing apples and oranges. Minimum wage is NOT intended to be a living wage. Minimum is entry levelRead More and part time work...a place for young people to get a start in the business world and yes, a place for older folks to supplement their SS check with a few bucks. Living wage and minimum wage should never be compared...they are not the same thing!
Luther July 10, 2014 at 09:59 am
It's only pork, theft, waste, etc. when it's not in your neighborhood. I'm sure there is a lot ofRead More the same going on downstate that seldom gets reported. HFM_U.
Angel July 10, 2014 at 04:51 pm
Just got this email this morning. Where did the state get 2.5 million to give Naperville for yetRead More another sports complex ? ________________ From the Desk of Naperville Park District’s Executive Director Ray McGury Dear friend of the Naperville Park District: I’m pleased to inform you that earlier this week, Governor Pat Quinn announced the awarding of a $2.5 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to support the Naperville Park District’s construction of an Activity Center. As you’re probably aware, the District has been working diligently on this project. It began in 2013 with soliciting public feedback and demonstrating a need for a year-round facility that will support recreation for people of all ages, families, those with special needs and our senior residents. The Activity Center, which will be located at the corner of Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive, also will encourage health and wellness for all ages, provide a place for teens to connect and address the recreational and social needs of our increasingly diverse population. Some of the planned Activity Center spaces include: • Sports courts • Gymnastics studio • Fitness spaces • Indoor playground • Indoor track • Café • Multi-purpose rooms for programs/events Currently, staff is working with the architect and engineering team to design the Activity Center; a draft concept can be found at www.napervilleparks.org/activitycenter. The remainder of this year will focus on design and permitting, with construction beginning in spring 2015. I know I speak for both the park board and staff when I say that this is a project that we’re very excited about and we look forward to providing residents with updates as the project progresses. Sincerely, Ray McGury Executive Director
TheLonePunman July 12, 2014 at 07:10 am
C'mon people, buy those fishing and hunting licenses, after all, those DNR dollars go right intoRead More the general accounting fund...
RB July 3, 2014 at 09:21 am
Healthy drinking water, or cheap gas? Prince Von Carhartt says Fracking will be an economic boon toRead More Illinois. Stop fracking before it's too late!
Bill Lindich July 3, 2014 at 03:46 pm
False dilemma much?
mcf June 28, 2014 at 04:20 pm
This Seems To Be More Of A Babysitting Situation For Parents Who Work Outside The House! Dont HaveRead More Kids If You Cant Stay Home And Raise Them. That's Not The Schools Responsiblity! 8:30 To 3:00.
Willie Wilmette June 29, 2014 at 06:36 am
I would have no objection to having teachers in school 8 hours per day (full-time), but if you wantRead More students to learn & retain more, adding more school days per year would be much more effective.
Laura June 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm
I wish I understood why there is so much teacher hostility in our community. This was an articleRead More about the "idea" of an extended day and it turned into teacher bashing. Yes, I am a teacher. Yes, I have a decent salary to do so but I work very hard at making sure my kids are getting what they need. If I was told my day was to go to 5:00, it would make zero difference since that is my day everyday now. So many people put us down in these cowardless comment posts. Are we really that bad as teachers that you want us to make less? How would that fix anything? None of us went into teaching to be well off....none of us! We do it because we love it! 8 to 5 would make no difference to the extent of our passion for what we do. We just want the respect deserves as well educated and hard working professionals.
Vicky Kujawa June 26, 2014 at 01:59 am
Wish they would just ticket all of the idiot drivers floating around. Seems like when WisconsinRead More drivers visit here they drive like morons. Why do we need to carry uninsured motorist insurance? I thought that not having insurance was illegal........?
lala June 26, 2014 at 07:57 am
They could easily make a small fortune ticketing all those that continue to text and drive. I saw aRead More woman the other day driving and holding an iPad On the top of her stearing wheel.
Carol S. Kohn June 26, 2014 at 09:26 am
I'm glad to know that this has happened!
McCloud June 23, 2014 at 07:55 pm
Not too hard, hand out 401K brochures to all teachers and other public union pigs at the trough, andRead More tell them they need to acclimate themselves to the 1980s' when pensions were pretty much gone from the private sector. Anything less is pure corruption, as there are too many favors ans corruption associated with the big pot of money. Anyone who fails to see this is either a public union benefactor or lost in the woods.
JT June 24, 2014 at 07:27 am
McCloud, you are right on. I would take a step further and order all present pension receivers whoRead More receive above $100,000/yr to be re evaluated. Those are the people who got us into this position, and in my opinion they should not get it. Also I would like to add, we have a real shot at cleaning up this mess by cutting Madigan off. Paul Schimpf (retired Marine, atty. that was at Sadam Hussein's trial) is running against his daughter, Lisa. www.schimpf4illinois.com - Please check him out, and help get him elected. With a new governor and AG, we might have a chance to clean this cesspool out.
John Tips June 22, 2014 at 07:36 am
Never much cared for Paul Simon when he represented Illinois! Just as George Bush - relativesRead More should not be in politics! Judy has our votes again!
CHISEL June 22, 2014 at 03:09 pm
HELLO Wilbur!
Plainfield First June 24, 2014 at 02:46 pm
don't like either.
ayar June 20, 2014 at 04:22 pm
from deerfield resident "My point is.....anyone elected in this era to public office betterRead More have one thing on their mind.... the economic well being of the state they represent.". Okay, on that argument, sir - from the Wall Street Journal http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/27/which-states-take-the-most-from-the-u-s-government/
Independence666 June 21, 2014 at 09:38 am
No one can beat the Madigan name. They have the power. They buy the votes. Illinois is a joke.
McCloud June 22, 2014 at 08:16 am
Its a coronation rather than an election in IL.
Patrick Healy June 17, 2014 at 08:54 pm
RB, it's people like you we can thank for running this once great state into the ground. It's peopleRead More like you we can thank for electing one of the worst presidents in recent history. What a disgrace. Illinois is one of the worst run states in the union. You can take your compassion and shove it up your ass. We're in deep trouble. Don't be so quick to criticize our neighbors. They are in better shape than Illinois. We're bankrupt thanks to low information voters such as yourself. IRS, obamacare, Benghazi, Iraq, Syria, slow recovery, sounds like Springfield moved to Washington. Way to go RB! Way to go Madigan! Way to go Obama. Time for a real change. One that is pro business, pro energy and pro growth.
Rick Swiftwater June 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm
Patrick, fear not, most all of the Blue States are Corrupt...Why is it they all went for Obama...TheRead More worst of the worst; Illinois, New York, California, Washington, Oregon, the list goes on and on. Washington State Governor's Races; When Chris Gregoire was losing, this state pulled one out of the Chicago Play Books, they found Ballots in the Hallway, and under Desk, or just lying around the Court House....Lo and Behold, how could it be? It was magic...Like the Lost e-mails of Lois Lerner. I was raised in Chicago, the South Side, Bridgeport, you talk of corruption.....Of course it's nothing compared to the Corrupt Democratic Party....They cry for Gun Control, yet look at Chicago's Black Community, WOW...These Kids are killing each other, by the numbers.....Drugs, Robbery, Murder, yet Rahm Emanual is still the favorite son of the Democratic Machine.....These clowns are for real....Mayhem, Murder, Extortion, Coercion and so much worse....Yep, the new Democratic Party....Illinois Corrupt? no worse than the other Blue States....... In Washington State, it's the Employees of the State, Counties and Cities that do the Coercing....All are Union Represented, can't be fired or held accountable..... Teddy Roosevelt once said; "Behind the Ostensible Government, sits enthroned a Government, acknowledging no allegiance and owing no responsibility to the people" The Culprit, Bureaucracy and Corrupt Politicians.....Self Perpetuating, self Gratifying and self Promoting>>>>Government<<<<
joseph jung June 18, 2014 at 06:17 am
But wait, We as taxpayers also payed to promote Illinois as a great tourist attraction.....ReallyRead More got our moneys worth with that....Lincoln, NUM<NUM NUM. what a pile of crap!
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