Jun 06

Updated Aug 12

Soda Tax

Here's a link to a "sample" list of the beverages subject to the new 1 cent per ounce beverage tax effective July 1. It's 11 pages of 1000s of beverages. It's everything we consume except milk & bottled, unflavored water. Even the healthiest of juices are taxed. It's outrageous & to add insult to injury our elected officials in Springfield are considering the same tax statewide. That means Cook County will be double taxed. So the beverage tax of $1.44...

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Here's a link to a "sample" list of the beverages subject to the new 1 cent per ounce beverage tax effective July 1. It's 11 pages of 1000s of beverages. It's everything we consume except milk & bottled, unflavored water. Even the healthiest of juices are taxed. It's outrageous & to add insult to injury our elected officials in Springfield are considering the same tax statewide. That means Cook County will be double taxed. So the beverage tax of $1.44 on a 12 pack of soda will become $2.88 on top of all the other taxes we pay!! Keep in mind this tax will apply to the drinks in restaurants, take out, self-serve etc. There's no avoiding it in Cook County.

I wasn't able to cut/paste the link - The website is noilbeveragetax.com There is a "click here" link on the page to the beverage list. There is also a petition to our state representatives to vote NO on the state beverage tax. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH already with putting their reckless, negligent ways on the backs of the taxpayers.

    Say NO to beverage taxes in Illinois.
    I just took action against proposed beverage taxes in Illinois. Join me and make your voice heard
    http://noilbeveragetax.com
  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    Thanks, guys! The sort of commentary here wherein you refer to people with whom you disagree as a "piece of sh*t" made me realize it was time to unsubscribe. Whew! That feels better.

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Taxwinkle makes Todd Stroger look like a Tax Conservsative. (Remember, he got ousted for a 1% county sales tax hike.)

    But no, I do not think she will win - nor is she fit to be the next Mayor.

    Sadly, I hear that Chuy Garcia is going to run again....

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    Taxwinkle makes Todd Stroger look like a Tax Conservsative. (Remember, he got ousted for a 1% county sales tax hike.)

    But no, I do not think she will win - nor is she fit to be the next Mayor.

    Sadly, I hear that Chuy Garcia is going to run again. He will raise taxes and make Taxwinkle look like a Tax Conservative. Gotta fund all his "progressive programs" somehow.

    But look, it really doesn't matter who will win the primary and general elections -- The REAL Mayor of Chicago has been, is, and will continue to be IL House Speaker Mike Madigan.

    So the Tax and Spend governance of this city will continue. And we will continue to lose population and jobs/companies - and with them part of the tax base - making more "fees" (= taxes) and outright taxes (like property taxes) the ONLY way to fund the spendthrift ways of whoever the next mayor is .. and the one after that ... and the one after that, etc., etc.

    As I've said - The people get government they deserve ... because they keep electing these bums.

Aug 13 2015

Updated Jun 26

Free Rain Barrel Program

Alderman Margaret Laurino and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are teaming up with the Albany Park Community Center and the Mayfair Veterans Committee to bring FREE RAIN BARRELS to the 39th Ward!

Rain barrels are a type of green infrastructure that capture rainwater from your roof and save it for when you need it. By keeping this water out of the sewer system, rain barrels also help prevent sewer overflows and flooding. They also provide you with a free and...

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Alderman Margaret Laurino and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are teaming up with the Albany Park Community Center and the Mayfair Veterans Committee to bring FREE RAIN BARRELS to the 39th Ward!

Rain barrels are a type of green infrastructure that capture rainwater from your roof and save it for when you need it. By keeping this water out of the sewer system, rain barrels also help prevent sewer overflows and flooding. They also provide you with a free and sustainable water source for your garden, and reduce harmful pollutants carried into our waterways by runoff.

You can use rain barrel water to wash your car, water your lawn, or clean work boots and tools. Rain barrel
water is naturally free of chlorine, lime, and calcium and some gardenersswear their plants prefer it. However, since rain barrel water is runoff from your roof, do not drink it!

Most homes can benefit from several rain barrels. We will provide up to two barrels free of charge. If you have areas of unpaved, pervious ground near your downspouts, rain barrels should work in your yard. Homeowners throughout Cook County have incorporated rain barrels into their yards with great results

Our 55-gallon rain barrels are made using repurposed, or upcycled, food barrels so they are doubly green.

Just sign up for your rain barrel HERE
http://aldermanlaurino.com/content/free-rain-barrels
and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will deliver your rain barrel before the end of the year.

If you have any questions on the 39th Ward Rain Barrel Program, please feel free to call the ward office. 773-736-5594

http://www.aldermanlaurino.com/

    Free Rain Barrels | aldermanlaurino.com
    Most homes can benefit from several rain barrels. We will provide up to two barrels free of charge. If you have areas of unpaved, pervious ground near your downspouts, rain barrels should work in your yard. Homeowners throughout Cook County have incorporated rain barrels into their yards with great results.
    http://aldermanlaurino.com
  • METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT OF GREATER CHICAGO now sells rain barrels at cost, they used to give them away for free for a while, but they're back to at-cost sales.

    Odd but true link to info: https://www.mwrd.org/irj/portal/anonymous/rainbarrel

  • I don't have any problems with my rain barrel filling. I have it under a gutter that drains from one side of the house and it filled up after 2 rainstorms. However....

    I did not elevate the barrel, and found when I attached the hose to the spigot the water...

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    I don't have any problems with my rain barrel filling. I have it under a gutter that drains from one side of the house and it filled up after 2 rainstorms. However....

    I did not elevate the barrel, and found when I attached the hose to the spigot the water barely dripped out. I have a long hose, and maybe the yard has elevated spots, and I found I couldn't water anything at all!

    SO...I remembered I have a smallish utility pump I bought several years ago in case of basement flooding. It's about 7 or 8 inches high and 3 or 4 inches in diameter. (Something like this: https://www.harborfreight.com/16-hp-submersible-utility-pump-1600-gph-63319.html)

    I hooked up my hose to it and dropped it into the top of my rain barrel and plugged it in. Voila! Water came out the sprinkler to water my vegetables! I let it run until the barrel was empty (the water stopped!)

    So this worked well for me. I am looking forward to Wednesday and Thursday when we're supposed to get more rain and my rain barrel will fill up again.

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