Jun 15

People who run a rigged game recognize a bust out when they see one.

The state reported $99.4 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales within the 2016 budget year.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/powerball-mega-millions-to-drop-illinois-due-to-states-budget-crisis/

    Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to state's budget crisis
    The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement. Concern over the state of Illinois' fiscal condition prompted that decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

Jun 02

Updated Jun 04

    By the numbers: The price and pain of no budget in Illinois
    On the 702nd day in Illinois without a budget, the state Legislature and governor again did nothing. No budget. No relief. No sanity. Wednesday was the final day of the regular spring legislative session, but the Democrat-controlled House and Senate failed to approve a budget - and Gov.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Joe

    term limits!

  • You can put Jesus in the Governor's Mansion and Madigan won't budge. He and Cullerton are the problem. Until those who vote these guys in grow some male genatalia, it will remain same stuff different day!

May 30

Updated Jun 02

Governor Cop-Out

"How is Illinois better off than when he took office in 2015, and what solid accomplishments can he point to?"

http://www.bettergov.org/news/rauner-gropes-for-silver-lining-as-state-flounders-amid-gridlock#overlay-context

    Rauner Gropes For Silver Lining As State Flounders Amid Gridlock
    Bruce Rauner ran for governor pledging to "shake up Springfield," but with more than two years of leadership under his belt Illinois government is more shaky than shaken up and the rookie governor appears moving to downsize expectations ahead of his reelection bid next year.
    http://www.bettergov.org
  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    Passing bad checks is a crime, Bob. Of course, it is a bit early to lay odds for Rauner to end up in prison, like so many of our past Governors.

    I know what a freeloader is, I'm asking you to name them. Rauner complains loudly and often of waste and abuse. Tell him to start naming names. Be specific.

    I posted an article on the NIU President abusing the system. He still has his job. But NIU is laying off janitors. Rauner blames Unions, tho.

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    180,000: Number of unpaid [state] bills in Illinois as of Wednesday.

    $14.5 billion: Dollar damage of those unpaid bills. The backlog has tripled since 2015 and, at this pace, will reach $28 billion by 2021. At that time, it will consume 80 percent of the state’s budget.

    7 months: Average...

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    180,000: Number of unpaid [state] bills in Illinois as of Wednesday.

    $14.5 billion: Dollar damage of those unpaid bills. The backlog has tripled since 2015 and, at this pace, will reach $28 billion by 2021. At that time, it will consume 80 percent of the state’s budget.

    7 months: Average wait for a bill to be paid by the state. Illinois is now paying bills for October 2016.

    9 to 12 percent: The high interest rate Illinois must pay, by law, on overdue bills.

    $800 million: Interest due on the state’s unpaid bills.

    Bob wants to pass bad checks. I want a Governor who will govern.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/by-the-numbers-the-price-and-pain-of-no-budget-in-illinois/

May 31

Updated Jun 01

You are Tokyo, suckers!

If rich old white men like Madigan and Rauner were being hurt by this impasse, it would have been resolved yesterday. But it damages the poor, the struggling young — who rely on public universities and colleges that are dropping staff, injecting furlough days into their academic calendars, and, in general, suffering on starvation rations. Plus those with disabilities, victims of crime, and all the unfortunates who must fall back onto a safety net that both men are pawning to the rope merchant.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/godzilla-never-seems-to-care-about-tokyo-being-crushed-beneath-him/

    Godzilla never seems to care about Tokyo being crushed beneath him
    Seven hundred days? Where has the time gone? That's easy. Washed over the waterfall of wasted opportunity. With the entire state of Illinois soon to follow, battered on rocks, then breaking apart as it plunges into the frothing financial abyss. Unless . . . . Well, unless nothing.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Rauner has been in office only a few years and is trying to fix this garbage that the Democrats started. Madigan has been in office for over 20yrs and the democrats want to raise taxes again. Rauner is actually standing up for us and trying to keep people from leaving this city.

  • Not a new crisis, just more epic each day it drags on. IL government needs an overhaul -- one that doesn't toss out the STATE along with the bathwater.

    Madigan is a scourge and needs to go! Absolutely. There's no denying it!

    Rauner walked into a mess determined to wrangle...

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    Not a new crisis, just more epic each day it drags on. IL government needs an overhaul -- one that doesn't toss out the STATE along with the bathwater.

    Madigan is a scourge and needs to go! Absolutely. There's no denying it!

    Rauner walked into a mess determined to wrangle it into shape. Super - Go Bruce!

    But holding the state budget hostage, while other forms of leverage to enact his reform agenda exist, has further damaged the state and deepens its debt daily.

    In business, losing strategies are replaced by new ones until positive results are achieved. That's what's lacking in Rauner's leadership; responsive governance.

    Sadly, the premise in the OP article is true; these two men can drive the state to complete ruin and they'll each come away unscathed. Only the taxpayers are hurt.

    IL legislators across party lines have failed us in failing to meet fiscal and financial obligations, largely in favor of their self-interest, for nearly 30 yrs. Madigan is the linchpin throughout. Good overview of what got IL into this mess in the attached Reuters/dot/com link under headings "'ILLINOIS MATH'" and "A DOWNHILL RAMP" in which Edgar's comments hint at the ensuing failures to meet obligations.
    http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-illinois-madigan/

Jun 01

We also believe that Illinois is now at risk of entering a negative credit spiral...

"The rating actions largely reflect the severe deterioration of Illinois'
fiscal condition, a byproduct of its stalemated budget negotiations, now
approaching the start of a third fiscal year,"

http://now.eloqua.com/es.asp?s=302554905&e=374354&elq=bcc9a7136e3646f7a5686ac4486025a0

    S&P: Illinois Various Debt Ratings Lowered One Notch On The State's Deteriorating Fiscal Condition; On CreditWatch Negative
    SAN FRANCISCO (S&P Global Ratings) June 1, 2017--S&P Global Ratings lowered its rating on Illinois' general obligation (GO) bonds to 'BBB-' from 'BBB'. We also lowered our ratings to 'BB+' from 'BBB-' on the state's appropriation debt, including bonds issued by the Illinois Sports Facility Authority and the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority.
    http://now.eloqua.com

May 31

Updated Jun 01

Congratulations!

Rauner has set a record for failure.

  • How "Millennial" -- a trophy just for showing up.

  • Democrats have been ruining this city for years. Highest taxes in the US and highest crime. Keep voting for the Lefties and see how far that gets you.

May 31

Updated May 31

NIU President skirts rules to hire cronies.

Yet NIU and NEIU are laying off support staff who make $26,000 a year while rauner blames the Unions. Hypocrites!
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2017/05/31/oeig-report-niu-mismanaged-by-president-baker/ahv0nmv/

    OEIG report: NIU mismanaged by President Baker
    DeKALB - A 56-page report from a nearly three-year investigation by the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General says President Doug Baker mismanaged Northern Illinois University by hiring five people as though they were part-time instructors and paying them more than $1 million combined.
    http://www.daily-chronicle.com

May 29

Updated May 31

Memorial Day, 1937

Eighty years ago, striking workers in Chicago were shot down by police. It transformed the course of labor rights in the US.

Few people think of unions or the plight of the working class when they think of Memorial Day. But they should. On that day, eighty years ago, one of the most important events in American history unfolded, an event that transformed the course of labor rights in this country.

In 1937, most of the country celebrated Memorial Day...

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Eighty years ago, striking workers in Chicago were shot down by police. It transformed the course of labor rights in the US.

Few people think of unions or the plight of the working class when they think of Memorial Day. But they should. On that day, eighty years ago, one of the most important events in American history unfolded, an event that transformed the course of labor rights in this country.

In 1937, most of the country celebrated Memorial Day on May 30, which was a Sunday. In Chicago, the holiday could not have been better accommodated by the bright and warm weather. This made the city’s southernmost reaches an incongruous backdrop to the killing that day of ten unarmed men by the Chicago Police.

This incident, known as the “Memorial Day Massacre,” is what makes this holiday so essential to American history.

The men who were killed were among 1,500 striking steel workers and their supporters who had marched on a plant owned by the Republic Steel Corporation. They were associated with a new labor federation called the Committee for Industrial Organization, or CIO, which in the space of a year had managed, often by audacious and militant strikes, to build unions in long-time anti-union strongholds like General Motors and US Steel.

Read the whole story:
https://jacobinmag.com/2017/05/memorial-day-massacre-little-steel-strike-violence-police

Happy Memorial Day!

    Memorial Day, 1937
    Few people think of unions or the plight of the working class when they think of Memorial Day. But they should. On that day, eighty years ago, one of the most important events in American history unfolded, an event that transformed the course of labor rights in this country.
    https://jacobinmag.com
  • Neighborhood Dad 25-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Apologies for saying you wrote that. I see now that you cut and pasted the link to the article and the article's text.

    I don't think the article intended to affront deceased military members. But I think it did so.

    As for "the real Labor Day," May Day (May 1)...

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    Apologies for saying you wrote that. I see now that you cut and pasted the link to the article and the article's text.

    I don't think the article intended to affront deceased military members. But I think it did so.

    As for "the real Labor Day," May Day (May 1) is an ancient spring festival holiday. It wasn't until 1889 (three years after the May 4 Haymarket Riot in Chicago) that the Second International of Socialists and Communists meeting in Paris deemed it "Internationals Workers' Day." By then there had already been proposals in US states to have a "Labor Day" holiday. And in 1894, it was made a federal holiday. The first Monday in September.

    It was not done to keep US workers from acting in solidarity with workers from all over the world. If any division were hoped for, perhaps it was to keep it separate from the Communists having purloined May Day (an ancient celebration of Spring) so they would have a ready-made celebration and act as though all that singing and dancing was to honor Communism and Socialism. It wasn't. And isn't.

    Anyway, I maintain that an article that claims that Memorial Day is essential to American history because of a union v police conflict is still an affront to those intended to be the honorees of Memorial Day. And I apologize for attributing those words to you.

  • re: Neighborhood/Kastigar What? A legitimate disagreement among posters that DOESN'T disintegrate into verbal/personal combat? How refreshing!

May 26

Updated May 28

The Illinois Budget Disaster, Explained

The Illinois budget disaster. Why you should care.

"While there are certain groups organizing to end the impasse, especially around college funding and social service agencies, the majority of Illinoisans (62 percent) feels unaffected by the impasse, according to an October 2016 poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

That sentiment is misguided. Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that the lack of budget is making the state’s financial problems worse, not least because the state is...

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The Illinois budget disaster. Why you should care.

"While there are certain groups organizing to end the impasse, especially around college funding and social service agencies, the majority of Illinoisans (62 percent) feels unaffected by the impasse, according to an October 2016 poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

That sentiment is misguided. Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that the lack of budget is making the state’s financial problems worse, not least because the state is racking up an estimated $700 million in interest on unpaid bills in FY2017 alone. (For comparison, the state paid a total of $1 billion in interest on unpaid bills from 2004 to 2014, when we had budgets.) That doesn’t even account for the human costs of lost services and the agencies that have closed due to the impasse."

http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/May-2017/IL-Budget-Explainer/

    The Illinois Budget Disaster, Explained
    On May 31 the Illinois legislature will wrap its spring session, signaling the last chance our state has to pass a budget for the upcoming financial year, which begins July 1. This would not be a news item in itself if Illinois hadn't already suffered two years without a coherent spending plan; worse, it seems poised to go into a third.
    http://www.chicagomag.com
  • From this article: "The Democrats, led by House Speaker Mike Madigan, rely on a significant base of support from unions that represent public workers." Exactly. Which is why they rejected Rauner's budget. Yes, Rauner provided one way back in 2015. But since the tax hikes he (yes, Rauner's budget allowed for tax increases) called for were tied to real structural reforms to fix the underlying causes for the fiscal disaster Illinois finds itself in, there was no way that Madigan/Cullerton could let it pass.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Read the article to see what it contains:

    Rauner wants:
    1 A permanent property tax freeze
    2 Legislative term limits
    3 Changes to the state’s workers’ compensation payments
    4 Pension cuts that include new pension promises for workers hired in the future

    Democrats want:
    1 Changes to the income tax...

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    Read the article to see what it contains:

    Rauner wants:
    1 A permanent property tax freeze
    2 Legislative term limits
    3 Changes to the state’s workers’ compensation payments
    4 Pension cuts that include new pension promises for workers hired in the future

    Democrats want:
    1 Changes to the income tax structure
    2 To charge sales tax on a wider array of services
    3 Removal of some corporate/personal income tax loopholes
    4 A higher minimum wage

    Rauner wants: 1. freezing taxes, 2. legislative control and limits 3. make Illinois business friendly and like other states and 4. reduce the cost to the taxpayers of Illinois.

    The Democrats want: 1.increase taxes, 2. increase taxes, 3. increase taxes and 4. discourage employers from moving to Illinois.

    Don't blame Rauner; blame the Democrats who control the legislature.

  • You cannot tax your way to prosperity. Has and never will work.

May 18

Updated May 27

    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
  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    The legislators aren't doing a very good job or have "have prudent income v spending habits". So why do you think the people would be any worse?

    Let the citizens decide how much to allocate to the state, let the legislators decide how to spend what the people are willing to spend.

    We need more control by the people, not more control by the elected officials.

  • "why do you think the people would be any worse?"
    LOL!!

May 26

Updated May 27

Are there no work houses? No prisons?

This is Rauner's Illinois.

"Responding to nearly two years without a state budget, The Baby Fold will discontinue residential treatment center services, the Normal-based human services agency announced Thursday. The residential treatment center is for children who have been removed from their homes because of trauma, abuse or neglect and have significant mental health issues. "

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/baby-fold-to-close-residential-treatment-center/article_ebdac8fc-622b-5ace-9158-6725186b0b2c.html

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    This is the Democrats Illinois; they've been around a lot longer than Rauner.

May 24

Updated May 27

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
  • Right, States cannot "declare" bankruptcy as yet. But each year without a budget has deepened the state's financial deficit. IL bond ratings are close to JUNK status. What lies at the distal end of this zero-sum budget crisis trajectory?

    If one and two years without a state budget is unprecedented among the 50 states, and we embark on a third, we need to consider the next unprecedented eventuality it may lead to as well as the ramifications.

  • As long as we keep losing tax payers at the fastest rate in the country this will take of itself. The 'machine' will finally have gears that seize, the Ponzi scheme pension fiasco will be exposed for what it is, Chicago will be barred from taking juice loans, blood will...

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    As long as we keep losing tax payers at the fastest rate in the country this will take of itself. The 'machine' will finally have gears that seize, the Ponzi scheme pension fiasco will be exposed for what it is, Chicago will be barred from taking juice loans, blood will be spilled and our little Venezuela of a state will be the (already) laughing stock/poster child and gilded statue of what political empires do to its own citizenry.

    My business is tied to this soil so I prematurely weep because my hope for adult government representation ended a long time ago. Anyone who thinks this is isn't going to get worse before it gets better is kidding themselves.

May 18

Updated May 19

    Lots Of People Think They Can Solve Illinois' Budget Mess-But It's Not That Easy
    Ever since the Great Recession, a wave of fantasy governing has swept across the nation as news organizations and advocacy groups invite anyone and everyone to go online and try their hand at balancing their state's budget.
    http://www.bettergov.org
  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    Why are you suddenly link dropping on EveryBlock?

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