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Mansion's 'cross' didn't help banker's tax case

There are 203 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 21, 2009, titled Mansion's 'cross' didn't help banker's tax case. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

One of the most artful property-tax tricks in the history of Illinois -- a sham of near biblical proportions -- has finally been exorcised.

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Southsider

Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 21, 2009
I think everyone in Crook County should do this. The only way to stop Erkl Stroger is cut off its lifeblood:money

“Freedom is not Free”

Since: Nov 08

Berwyn, IL

#2 Jul 21, 2009
He give it a try.
THETRUTHTHELIGHT

Chicago, IL

#3 Jul 21, 2009
where is the picture of this guy? I want to see his picture splashed on the front page in the morning. We demand to see a picture of this criminal dirtbag.
Michael

Budapest, Hungary

#4 Jul 21, 2009
I love Illinois. It never lacks for entertainment. Glad the Department of Revenue thinks this case was handled appropriately on their end. Goes to show that IDR is just another in a long line of incompetent state agencies wasting taxpayer dollars. I'm guessing that if this was some schmuck who IDR believed had $1,000 in unclaimed income, they'd have come down on him like the Russian Army did on the Hungarians in 1956. What a joke.
Joe

Dekalb, IL

#5 Jul 21, 2009
John, You need to check out the Chicago home property tax status of a certain Mr. Rahm Emanuel. An e-mail rumor circulating earlier this Spring claimed that RE pulled the same 'religious status exempt' scam as your story above. I'll consider it a rumor until proven one way or the other.
Dick Do Nothing Durbin

Plainfield, IL

#6 Jul 21, 2009
Do services at Sen. Roland's tombstone qualify the tombstone as tax exempt?
Rob

Des Plaines, IL

#9 Jul 22, 2009
Joe wrote:
John, You need to check out the Chicago home property tax status of a certain Mr. Rahm Emanuel. An e-mail rumor circulating earlier this Spring claimed that RE pulled the same 'religious status exempt' scam as your story above. I'll consider it a rumor until proven one way or the other.
What, are you to lazy to check the public tax records yourself? Or are you to busy trying to spread false rumors?
Schmed

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 22, 2009
SharonD wrote:
"If he does [win on appeal], then taxpayers should demand sanctuary at his church, on the racquetball court, lighting millions of candles, one for every property-tax-paying, unordained chumbolone in Illinois.
No one has to demand sanctuary at his church, when we all supposedly have the freedom to establish our own.
SharonD...do us all a favor and if you disagree...cut and paste the entire article and give your rebuttal. Your continual postings are quite childish. Are you atempting to win the most postings award this evening?
Stewart Levine

United States

#12 Jul 22, 2009
As you John, I am a whistle blower.
After I lost my license to practice law, I did the same thing.
I delivered clout; sealed envelopes to the Judge's chamber.
I delivered clout; sealed envelopes to the Secretary of State.
I delivered clout; sealed envelopes to the politicians.
That's all I could do when I lost my license to practice law,
the same thing I did when I was a lawyer, I delivered clout.
The dirty rotten lawyers I worked for were to cheap to pay F.I.C.A. because if they did, that would leave tracks.
Taytelbaum

Krommenie, Netherlands

#14 Jul 22, 2009
Mr Kass,

nice article!
cbb

United States

#15 Jul 22, 2009
SharonD wrote:
"Michael was asked at his deposition if any strangers had attended his church services."
What, exactly, was that question supposed to prove? Who's to say that you have to allow strangers into your place of worship? Religion is a personal thing. Who is any judge to say that Michael's religion is less valid than anyone elses?
It sounds as though Galvin is making a law respecting an establishment of religion.
Either all churches are exempt, or none are.
I agree with the last line completely - why shouldn't all churches, whether in someones home, on an acre of land or a storefront pay property taxes? One step further - ministers and income taxes...
New subject

Chicago, IL

#16 Jul 22, 2009
Write about the poor democatic choices for governor and senate, include the Greeks too.
Rob

Brattleboro, VT

#17 Jul 22, 2009
Evading taxes is almost always going to end in tears. But $80,000 on a $3 million property? That is a heck of a tax bill. The more the government confiscates, the greater the temptation to evade.

Since: May 09

Houston, TX

#18 Jul 22, 2009
Sounds like the attorney got his credentials the same way as the reverend.
chicity1

Lyons, IL

#19 Jul 22, 2009
Michael wrote:
I love Illinois. It never lacks for entertainment. Glad the Department of Revenue thinks this case was handled appropriately on their end. Goes to show that IDR is just another in a long line of incompetent state agencies wasting taxpayer dollars. I'm guessing that if this was some schmuck who IDR believed had $1,000 in unclaimed income, they'd have come down on him like the Russian Army did on the Hungarians in 1956. What a joke.
You think this Is JUST Illinois??? You Ought to see California, Nevada, New york and New jersey for starters. Thats not too mention Other countries where you can hold a peaceful demonstration one day and 100`s of people murdered.
jack

Mesa, AZ

#20 Jul 22, 2009
I'm still trying to figure why any so-called church gets to own property without paying taxes like the rest of us. Can't figure why I have to subsidize those that speak in tongues and bang those pots and pans.
eva

Melrose Park, IL

#21 Jul 22, 2009
Remind me never to patronize that guy's bank.

Since: Jun 08

Lees Summit, MO

#22 Jul 22, 2009
Now that's one clever guy. Glad they reversed the decision as I believe everyone should pay their fair share, but I have to give the guy some credit. Nice try!
Man with an idea

Chicago, IL

#23 Jul 22, 2009
Michael wrote:
... I'm guessing that if this was some schmuck who IDR believed had $1,000 in unclaimed income, they'd have come down on him like the Russian Army did on the Hungarians in 1956. What a joke.
You got that right! I was overpaid $996 unemployment IN THE STATE'S ERROR 2 years back and the state has been taking my tax returns ever since.
Hardliner

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Jul 22, 2009
The lord giveth the state taketh away.

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