Some towns feeling growing pains

Some towns feeling growing pains

There are 16 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 31, 2009, titled Some towns feeling growing pains. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

When the Village Board demoted Police Chief Michael Joswick, former Mayor Gordon Mueller -- who hired Joswick as a part-time officer 27 years ago -- called it "one of the blackest days in Gilberts history." For the other side of the story, though, you'd need to talk to the man who cast the tie-breaking vote that resulted in the chief's removal last ...

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Tough Love

Lake Villa, IL

#1 Aug 4, 2009
People living and breeding (like crazy) in cardboard houses in once productive farm fields having to drive every place they need to go. Human life and culture reduced to cookie cutter beige boxes, zombified by computer and TV screens in a concrete and chemically treated lawn world. Welcome to Walmartville USA.
Clark W Grizwold

United States

#2 Aug 4, 2009
Better than the Ghetto that is Chicago, where single people can't even walk the streets at night without becoming fodder for the minorities assaulting them.
Or Racine. Been there. Welcome to the Jungle.
Fred

United States

#3 Aug 4, 2009
Tough Love wrote:
People living and breeding (like crazy) in cardboard houses in once productive farm fields having to drive every place they need to go. Human life and culture reduced to cookie cutter beige boxes, zombified by computer and TV screens in a concrete and chemically treated lawn world. Welcome to Walmartville USA.
You think "breeding" is a problem in the suburbs, try looking on the south and west sides of Chicago.
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 Aug 4, 2009
Tough Love wrote:
People living and breeding (like crazy) in cardboard houses in once productive farm fields having to drive every place they need to go. Human life and culture reduced to cookie cutter beige boxes, zombified by computer and TV screens in a concrete and chemically treated lawn world. Welcome to Walmartville USA.
Take your meds, you're hallucinating!
Beyond the Exurbs

Millington, IL

#5 Aug 4, 2009
I liked Sean Michel's "goldilocks" comment the best.
Easynow2112

Naperville, IL

#6 Aug 5, 2009
Another puff piece that doesn't adequately describe what is actually going on in Gilberts. The population explosion happened in 2003, not last year.

Where is Zirk finding these guys to write these stories?
Tough Love

Lake Villa, IL

#7 Aug 5, 2009
Clark W Grizwold wrote:
Better than the Ghetto that is Chicago, where single people can't even walk the streets at night without becoming fodder for the minorities assaulting them.
Or Racine. Been there. Welcome to the Jungle.
I don't live in Racine. My ISP provider does and they think it's just fine.

Since: Aug 09

Chicago, IL

#8 Aug 5, 2009
This demotion was a political vendetta; Joswick campaigned for the wrong guy. I'm a former So. Elgin resident, good job Gilberts for staying on Zirk. Don't sit back on your heels, he's creative but he talks too much and can't keep his stories straight and is bound to slip up.
Tough Love

Lake Villa, IL

#9 Aug 5, 2009
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>
Take your meds, you're hallucinating!
OK, I'll agree about the meds (no drugs, just a plate of fresh vegetables, pasta and a glass of wine will do the trick), but I'm not hallucinating. These ugly, unimaginative, school-busting, traffic snarling cardboard colonies have been sprouting up like ragweed on a vacate lot. I actually feel sorry for the litters of kids that come out of them. Their entire life revolves around the minivan or the TV. I see what they turn into by the time they hit high school. Bored out of their skulls, drinking to try and dull the tedium.

One of my hot button issues, I'll admit. It just infuriates me that these greedy developers and stupid communities can't create something that actually elevates the human experience instead of reducing it to a colorless, monotonous life sentence spent in tract housing and commuting.
paraquat

Lake Villa, IL

#10 Aug 5, 2009
Life is what you make it.
Exel

Madison, WI

#11 Aug 6, 2009
Something needs to be done about the over population of aliens here. How about one child per family like China and see how fast they hit back for the border!
Seriously

Elk Grove Village, IL

#12 Aug 6, 2009
That's an intelligent comment. Of course it does not address the fact that the uncontrolled growth in LC was caused by greedy redneck farmers and village leaders who allowed unchecked home building without regards to overcrowding schools, roads and other public resources in today's urban sprawl America.
Hainesville Mexican Chica

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Aug 7, 2009
"One of my hot button issues, I'll admit. It just infuriates me that these greedy developers and stupid communities can't create something that actually elevates the human experience instead of reducing it to a colorless, monotonous life sentence spent in tract housing and commuting. "

I agree with that Tough Love.

In regards to aliens and China - That is simply stupid.
concerned

Springfield, MO

#14 Aug 9, 2009
Exel wrote:
Something needs to be done about the over population of aliens here. How about one child per family like China and see how fast they hit back for the border!
i agree 100%. giving birth to all those kids for free on medicaide and hauling them around in really nice suv's. now that's the american dream!!!!!!!!!!
RL Resident

Schaumburg, IL

#15 Aug 10, 2009
I could see that rule being held for those on medicaid etc ... but not for those people who work hard and provide for their family.

How would that idea begin to be managed?
BeenThereDoneTha t

Alsip, IL

#16 Aug 11, 2009
Tough Love wrote:
<quoted text>
OK, I'll agree about the meds (no drugs, just a plate of fresh vegetables, pasta and a glass of wine will do the trick), but I'm not hallucinating. These ugly, unimaginative, school-busting, traffic snarling cardboard colonies have been sprouting up like ragweed on a vacate lot. I actually feel sorry for the litters of kids that come out of them. Their entire life revolves around the minivan or the TV. I see what they turn into by the time they hit high school. Bored out of their skulls, drinking to try and dull the tedium.
One of my hot button issues, I'll admit. It just infuriates me that these greedy developers and stupid communities can't create something that actually elevates the human experience instead of reducing it to a colorless, monotonous life sentence spent in tract housing and commuting.
Very well put Tough Love

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