#22 Mar 10, 2012
Seriously, Nothing but a bunch of crooks. Just watched a City Council Meeting on Channel 4. They side step every questions presented to them by the citizens.
Blue Island residents need to ban together and show up at these meetings.
#23 Apr 24, 2013
Wake up Springfield? More like wake up, low information voters, isn't it. this was all predicted and well known before the last elections and what did Illinois voters do? Elect the same liberal, Democrats most responsible for the mess Illinois is in.
#24 Apr 24, 2013
The uncertainty in Illinois is greater than in any other state because our leaders have failed to take action that would halt the downward spiral. In rough terms: Had Illinois reformed its pension system after Rod Blagojevich left the governorship four years ago, lawmakers arguably could already have saved enough in pension costs to pay off the state' backlog of bills. Going forward, the prospects for state spending on schools and other priorities wouldn't be as bleak.
The failure of Illinois pols to confront their problems more with lip service than with solutions helps to explain why Illinois has underperformed the Midwest in job creation. Example: Michigan suffered as much as any nearby state during the recession, but the revival of the domestic auto industry has whittled down its unemployment rate to 8.5 percent. The Midwest generally is doing better than the country as a whole: Unemployment across this region even factoring in Illinois' high jobless rate stands at 7.4 percent.
With Illinois lagging so badly, it's no wonder Perry is on the growing list of governors intent on poaching employers here. His $80,000 ad campaign is hard to miss, and its boast that Texas is more pro-business than is Illinois unfortunately rings true. On Tuesday, he's slated to speak at the BIO International Convention in Chicago a big biotechnology gathering that draws thousands of business-savvy participants from around the world.
Wake up, Springfield. In the competition for job creation, many states are winning. Illinois? Illinois is losing.
#25 Apr 24, 2013
Springfield will act only when the pain hits home. Until then, politicians with small armies of family, friends and cronies feeding from the public trough (Legally or Otherwise), will continue to prop up the status quo.
No need to change until they've bled every drop of life out of our once vibrant state. A clear case of the Foxes guarding the Hen House. Sad!
#26 Apr 24, 2013
Illinois income tax too high as it turns 44
Forty-four years ago as of last week, Illinois began collecting a state income tax.
Folks from Cairo to Chicago filled out their IL-1040s for the first time in 1969, and the state began to transform.
State government has ballooned during the last four decades, and the governments thirst for more money has yet to be quenched.
Just consider that when the income tax passed, the initial rate was 2.5 percent. We are now paying double that.
But are we getting 100 percent better government today than we did in 1969?
Today, Illinois is floundering in a financial mess. The Deadbeat State is more than $9 billion behind in paying its bills, its five pension systems have a long-term unfunded liability of roughly $97 billion and its bond rating is the worst of any state in the nation.
As Ive pointed out previously, Illinois problem isnt one of revenue but of spending.
A tax not only raises revenue for government, it discourages certain behavior. Tax advocates freely admit the impact of a tax.
Thats one of the reasons they push for higher taxes on booze, cigarettes, soda, plastic bags, bottled water and a whole host of things they think are either bad for you or bad for the environment.
So what kind of conduct does an income tax discourage? Well, for starters, working.
It also penalizes risk-taking activities such as starting a business. And more important, it punishes success.
At times when the federal income tax rates have been lowered, the national economy has flourished.
But in Illinois, not only is our state government embarrassing us nationally and burying us in debt, our economy is in the dumps. The unemployment rate is 2 percentage points higher than the national average.
And now theres a push to raise the state income tax beyond the 5 percent imposed just two years ago.
Proponents of the measure they call a graduated income tax or a fair tax contend that its more equitable than the existing flat tax because those who earn more would pay more in tax and vice versa.
However, such a tax is anything but fair.
The harder a person works or the wiser that someone invests, the more the bureaucrats in Springfield will penalize them with a higher tax rate.
Taxes need to be broad, low and stable. A progressive, or graduated, income tax is none of those.
Under a graduated income tax, income tax rates would increase as family income rises, state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) said.We need to be incentivizing work effort, investments and entrepreneurship and not punish families when they make more money.
McSweeney is a sponsor of House Resolution 241, which opposes a progressive income tax in Illinois.
States such as Texas, Florida and Washington dont have a state income tax, and their economies are among the most robust in the nation.
When I was a reporter in Las Vegas, several former Californians lived in my middle-class neighborhood. They moved there for the simple reason that Nevada had no state income tax, while California had some of the highest rates in the country.
High taxes encourage people to leave. Low taxes encourage them to stay.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is well aware of this. Thats why he launched an initiative this month to try to lure businesses from Illinois to the Lone Star State. Among the reasons he is citing is that Illinois has a 5 percent income tax while Texas has none.
Illinois also has one of the slowest growth rates in the nation.
In 2011, Texas issued 97,450 building permits. Illinois issued 11,809.
The best way to reverse that trend is to lower the state income tax, not raise it.
#27 Apr 24, 2013
Please pick your own unique name....
Stealing my originality is bush league.
A small "w" is an indication of a lack of creativity....
#28 Apr 27, 2013
So whatever happened with this? Censure? Jail time? Resigned in disgrace? Noooooooo, of course not. The whole Dem party - reads courts and justices as well - take care of their own.
Apathetic voters let unqualified, power hungry, uncaring politicians be re-elected. And, now they are in power in our community ...thanks to the 70% of registered voters that DID NOT VOTE.
#29 Apr 27, 2013
Jessie and Sandra will be sentenced July 1.
Wait and see who is next in the long line.
#30 Apr 27, 2013
term limits will take care of this problem
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