Lake Bluff seeks records that led to tax exemption

There are 13 comments on the Jul 31, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Lake Bluff seeks records that led to tax exemption. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Lake Bluff requested financial records Thursday from a resident who got an $80,000 property tax break from the Illinois Department of Revenue after he converted his lakefront mansion into a church.

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noneoftheabove

Redford, MI

#22 Aug 1, 2008
I think that if Obama's church, preaching hate the way they do - is entitled to a tax break - then we all should be.
I'm sure this guys services couldn't be anything worse that Rev. Wrights tirades. I wish I could be on the jury to give him a break and let the chaos begin. There is no reason or logic that churches should not have to pay property taxes. If god created everything - why in the world would he need a tax break? Defies reason.
Tax the churches - stop allowing for deductions to churches.
give me a break

Simpson, IL

#23 Aug 1, 2008
Maybe we should all agree upon a date to attend services. I wonder if we would be let in? Hmmmm, who is busy this Sunday?
Blagos hair

Englewood, CO

#24 Aug 1, 2008
Yelena wrote:
Gotta love those rich, narcissistic a-holes who believe they're smarter than and above the law.
Rich, perhaps, class absolutely none, this clown is the epitome of evil. Ask anyone who has had the misfortune of dealing with him or his joke of a real estate office or ghost town of a bank. Many will cheer when both are shuttered.
Kitty D

New York, NY

#25 Aug 1, 2008
Can he be nailed to his own cross?

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#26 Aug 1, 2008
Moonbat, I think he's talking about Cubs tickets?
Moonbat wrote:
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You're going to have to dummy your reponses way down. This story was on the tribune. Your words are too big for us.
Ok fine

United States

#27 Aug 1, 2008
Ann wrote:
Can you just imagine if this sleazebag wins his case; every church-attending homeowner with a disabled relative will start holding "services" in their homes just so they can request tax-exempt status. It's sickening enough that REAL churches - many of which rake in PLENTY of dough ("non-profit" - HA!)- are exempt, let alone a bull **** ter like this guy.
I have a feeling that most churches (and no, I'm not very religious) do WAY more charity work than this guy, or anybody on this board right now.
Ok fine

United States

#28 Aug 1, 2008
Moonbat wrote:
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You're going to have to dummy your reponses way down. This story was on the tribune. Your words are too big for us.
That guys was just applying the principles of the communist manifesto. While I'm big on capitalism (I believe that harder workers should get bigger better rewards), ill managed, unfair capitalism (as this "church" guy was attempting to do), if left unchecked WILL lead to a great imbalance of wealth in this country to where the poor have nothing to lose in a communist revolution. Like I said, I don't EVER want that to happen so, yeah, I'm for cracking down on rich jag-offs manipulating the system.
TORQUE YOUR JAW

Niles, IL

#29 Aug 1, 2008
WHATS THE BIG DEAL? SNOOP IS TRAVELING WITH BISHOP DON JUAN (FORMALLY A WEST SIDE PIMP) THE LORD SHOULD BE THE JUDGE...
Just the average Joe

Rockford, IL

#30 Aug 1, 2008
Let's get real! He got a 80K break in taxes. How much was the tax bill? Was it a 150 thousand bill? The simple fact is that the tax man is raping the public, and no home in Lake Bluff should have a tax bill like that. He probably can't even sell the darn thing, as who in their right mind would sign up for that tax bill. How many children in public school must one house pay the cost? I understand, that he should pay his fair share, but that's a big share. Tax bills like that are not the norm across the US.
best idea

Hammond, IN

#31 Aug 2, 2008
Moonbat wrote:
There is a point that was brought up in a previous article that was left out of this one. The tax burden that this guy is getting out of is going to be spread out to across his neighbors. If I were one of his neighbors I’d be furious.
I hope they get him for the $115k plus interest and court costs.
I think we should send a busload of Mexican immigrants fearing deportation to his church for sanctuary. HA!
Shut him down!!!!
That is the best idea ever!!!!

Are you immigrants hearing this? Why pass up a Lakefront Mansion for your sanctuary or asylum? The pool alone is worth the stay. The Feds fear rich people...which you would be surrounded by 24-7. Just show up there...by law I think he has to admit you into his home AKA house of God. Word is he has a soft spot for non-caucasians.
John Blutarsky

Addison, IL

#32 Aug 2, 2008
Place would have made a good frat house too. Wish I had thought of it.
THE POINT

Hammond, IN

#33 Aug 4, 2008
Good to see some other papers getting into the act....

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/lakeforest/news/1...
zorts101

Niles, IL

#34 Aug 10, 2008
he don't lose. he aint heavy he's my brother. just cause you don't have. you can only learn, he is good at what he does. whats your problem ?

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