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Sounding the Alarm: Unacceptable

Every sign of progress has been marred by partisan politics. A budget was approved Tuesday by the Senate — with no Republican support. Even if the House concurs, Rauner likely will veto a measure only supported by Democrats. A bipartisan compromise is needed for Illinois to persevere.

The budget proposed was balanced. Rauner can no longer lean on that tired excuse.

http://www.sj-r.com/opinion/20170523/sounding-alarm-unacceptable

    Sounding the Alarm: Unacceptable
    Editor's note: Illinois is the only state in America without a budget, a failure that digs it deeper into debt each day. But the lack of a budget is not the only serious problem that requires action from the state's elected leaders.
    http://www.sj-r.com
  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    Fine, when can we expect Rauner to list the spending cuts he wishes to see?

    I'm sure if you have a poll that asks IL voters if they want to see certain services cut, you will see similar figures showing how unpopular such cuts are.

    Do IL voters support cuts...

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    Fine, when can we expect Rauner to list the spending cuts he wishes to see?

    I'm sure if you have a poll that asks IL voters if they want to see certain services cut, you will see similar figures showing how unpopular such cuts are.

    Do IL voters support cuts to prison guards, State police, care for developmentally disabled adults, services for the elderly? Do you have some poll numbers on that?

    Now, you seem to think that we are in disagreement. But I am asking Rauner to simply explain exactly what cuts to spending he wishes to make. If he rejects increasing revenues (taxes) then specify the cuts.

    He's the Governor. I am asking that he do his job! He is currently not doing it.

    The "Around half (49 percent) of likely voters said spending cuts should be the ONLY tool used to close the budget deficit." are going to be very disappointed.

    What specific municipal government entities does Rauner recommend be cut?

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    "The Illinois Senate this week passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) that would close the carried interest loophole that enables hedge fund and private equity managers to avoid paying millions of dollars in Illinois taxes."

    While billionaires like Rauner complain but he doesn't actually do anything.

    http://evanstonnow.com/story/government/evanston-now/2017-05-24/77704/biss-targets-carried-interest-tax-loophole

May 18

Updated 3 hours ago

    Civic Committee sides against Rauner in budget war
    Warning of a looming "catastrophe," a key Chicago business group today effectively sided against Gov. Bruce Rauner in the state's bitter budget war.
    http://www.chicagobusiness.com

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Kimball Lights Out?

The last few days it seems the streetlights have been out on Kimball. Was it the wind/storm that we had last week that caused an issue? Just curious.

7 hours ago

Homeless woman around Kedzie and Wilson

Has anyone else run into the lady that hangs around the McDonald's on Kedzie and Wilson? Does anyone know what her story is?

I was standing outside of the McDonald's on Kedzie and Wilson just now smoking a cigarette, and the lady came up to to ask me for a cigarette. She has approached me several times before asking for cigarettes and I always give her one. Then she will always have very incoherent conversations with me. Most of the...

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Has anyone else run into the lady that hangs around the McDonald's on Kedzie and Wilson? Does anyone know what her story is?

I was standing outside of the McDonald's on Kedzie and Wilson just now smoking a cigarette, and the lady came up to to ask me for a cigarette. She has approached me several times before asking for cigarettes and I always give her one. Then she will always have very incoherent conversations with me. Most of the time, she'll mouth the words to an entire conversation without saying anything but I think she assumes I heard her, because she'll then ask me if I understand. I usually just nod along and say nothing.

Today she got very angry with me and made vague threats against me and was telling an imaginary third person to throw me in jail. I think she thinks she was being interviewed by the news because she was talking about a camera and a news helicopter.

I don't feel threatened because I'm certain she has no idea what she's saying, but I'm concerned because I feel like she has been very badly abused and traumatized. When I am able to catch pieces of her conversations, it sounds like she's remembering really horrible things that she's been through.

Has anyone else had any interaction with her? Does anyone know if there are any mental health agencies that could help her? She looks to be in her 50's or 60's, white woman with very chapped or windburned skin and a lot of missing teeth. I assume she's homeless because she's always wearing the same clothes and smells pretty bad. I see her fairly regularly, so I guess she may have some tie to the neighborhood.

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5 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Gun shots

Just heard 6-8 loud reports. Came from berteau and kimball maybe or just east of kimball. It woke me so the round count might be wrong but now I'm hearing the ambulance. Called it in.

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Bga, check your email

  • Thanks for the info Ward as in one paper they show a van in the alley and in another paper they say it happened on Saint Louis.

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May 15

Updated 24 hours ago

Albany Park burglaries...

Unfortunate that the descriptions aren't better...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170320/albany-park/albany-park-district-police-warn-of-burglaries-car-thefts-robberies.amp

Also, Lawrence Hall has been a training ground for young residential burglars.

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Impossible! That would mean that I would be wrong when I agree with you.

  • Ward is very knowledgeable and a good guy to consult with. Among his admirable qualities there is the fact that he doesn't let his verbal opponents on electronic platforms get under his skin and he will never do hilariously pathetic things worth eternal mockery just because someone pokes his last...

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    Ward is very knowledgeable and a good guy to consult with. Among his admirable qualities there is the fact that he doesn't let his verbal opponents on electronic platforms get under his skin and he will never do hilariously pathetic things worth eternal mockery just because someone pokes his last nerve because he is too awesome to even be affected by any kind of provocation. Tantrums are for the weak and sorry. Kudos for Ward and for everyone who has enough going on in life. No need to let others get under one's skin because after all this is just an internet forum. Ideologically Ward and I couldn't be further away as I spend my life campaigning for every Bernie Sanders clone in the EU but I have tremendous respect for him. Finding common grounds when the odds are against us agreeing on anything is our Leitmotiv, the future of the USA.

5 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

  • Meghan,

    Nothing to do with the current topic, but I found out why the "locked" dumpsters in the alley on Spaulding were open -- someone stole the key and lock. ☺

    Oh well!

34 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Beep Beep

😆

Okay, Where is this "alley" and why not send a video to '16' , SEC.OF STATE and the State Police if not only the Sheriff of Cook County?
If it ain't in writing: it never happened!"

But be prepared for the tiny dancer, Gov. Rattneer to ask for MORE TAXES then pocket more money and change nothing, no .ore police or City or States Attorney's that are regulated go let them go by volume and PERIWINKLES just wants to collect " Court costs" WITHOUT conviction and officers that Maybe "WORKED MIDNIGHTS and fall asleep in court?😱

But with a video: the media may get interesting if not social media!
Then the rusty unlubricated wheels get back to running again!!

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