3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

No, those recent tax hikes haven't improved Chicago's financial health

From Crain's Greg Hinz and Truth in Accounting:

In a report that City Hall won't like much, a Chicago-based watchdog group says hundreds of millions of dollars in recent tax hikes haven't done much to improve Chicago's woeful financial condition—at least so far.

Truth in Accounting, a somewhat conservative research group whose board runs the ideological spectrum, gives the city an F on its overall financial breakdown, saying each Chicagoan would be on the hook for $41,700 in unfunded liabilities if the city shut down tomorrow and had to reconcile its books—more than many people make in an entire year. Overall, it concludes that "Chicago finances (are) still in peril."

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20171115/BLOGS02/171119936/watchdog-group-gives-chicago-finances-an-f

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  • YakovBok In the RP since 1996

    And yet people will continue to vote the clowns back into office simply because they have a "D" after their names.

  • Dan Miller RP/WR resident since 1978

    Democrats have been running Chicago and the General Assembly for 32 of the last 34 years. Yes, both parties are to blame. But one party deserves more blame than the other, and unless we recognize where blame belongs, our elected leaders will keep digging the financial hole deeper.

Oct 31

Updated Nov 07

Bushra Amiwala for 13th District Cook County Board Commissioner Fundraising Dinner

Come support Bushra Amiwala in her run to represent the 13th District (representing Rogers Park) on the Cook County Board. Ticket includes a three-course meal at a local family restaurant in the 13th district. We will have the opportunity to hear about Bushra's goals and vision for Cook County. Additional donations and contributions are open and appreciated.

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Monday, November 13 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Marilyn's Restaurant and Pancake House
900 Dempster St, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Please contact Gracie at gracie@amiwala2018.com with any questions or concerns.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amiwala-for-cook-county-fundraising-dinner-tickets-39338481457?aff=es2

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  • Bill Morton President, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

    Thank you for asking "Live From Rogers Park". The expansion to our new office needed to happen. Our old office at 7231 N Sheridan Road only had room for one desk. Our new office has three large desks and plenty of room. We purchased all of the office furniture and...

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    Thank you for asking "Live From Rogers Park". The expansion to our new office needed to happen. Our old office at 7231 N Sheridan Road only had room for one desk. Our new office has three large desks and plenty of room. We purchased all of the office furniture and equipment from the previous business, so that we could quickly move in and get right to work, without spending too much time on office design and arrangement.

    Another improvement at our new office (7101 N Glenwood Avenue), is that we now have a service window and reception desk to address community questions and needs.

    An interesting aspect of the move, was when we had to remove a storefront window to get our two commercial Konica Minolta (bizhub 200 & bizhub C220) copy machines in. That cost us a bit, to synchronize both Ardmore Glass and The Professionals Moving Specialists for the delivery.

    Recent developments include the networking of our computers and installation of our 8 camera security system by Kris Luck of Quest Network Services.

    Our campaign, which was a combination of three fundraiser events per week, a membership drive, and gofundme, was enough to facilitate the move and get us started at our new home.

  • is this the new campaign headquarters, Bill?

Oct 25

Updated Oct 26

Another unrelated shooting.

On the Far North Side, a 22-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle in the 1700 block of West Estes Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood around 8:15 p.m. Monday when an offender on foot shot him in the right forearm, shoulder and back, police said.

  • d3 NOH

    You must have missed the thread that's been going for three days ?

  • Bruce_ Comment by TBD, whom you've muted

    So is it better that we have 4 gangs feuding in RP with unrelated shootings?

  • Jeffrey Littleton 3rd Generation Uptown

    Every shooting is related to something or someone.

Oct 24

Updated Oct 25

G-d bless our government!

This article is about Crook County. I'm sure the same can be applied to the City and State. I just don't understand how people can defend the status quo in Illinois.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-cook-county-budget-soda-tax-20171023-story.html

    Cook County taxpayers are still waiting for these numbers
    Hang around the Cook County Building for a decade or two and you learn truisms now on display as commissioners write a soda-tax-free budget for 2018: * Democrats on the County Board would rather invite Donald Trump along on vacation than displease public employee unions.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • That's one of the most weakest and most inept editorials I'ver seen from the Tribune, which is saying a lot. It claims that Cook County could avoid the budget cuts by cutting salaries, implying that county salaries have risen significantly over the last decade or so. Personally, I would be...

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    That's one of the most weakest and most inept editorials I'ver seen from the Tribune, which is saying a lot. It claims that Cook County could avoid the budget cuts by cutting salaries, implying that county salaries have risen significantly over the last decade or so. Personally, I would be interested in knowing if that is the case, or to what extent. We know that union contract agreements resulted in some kind of increase this year, but by what percentage? And what has the salary situation been over the last decade? But at no point do the editorial writers ever bother to inform us to what extent the county has raised salaries during this period. Why is the Tribune editorial board incapable of finding and giving us this information? Did they just not have the time? Were they drinking cocktails and time slipped away from them? Were they out boating and forgot to look up the facts? Or was the data not sufficiently convincing, so they thought that broad, baseless allegations would be more effective?

    The very same Tribune published a much more informative piece about the Cook County budget just last week, which includes facts such as these: 87 percent of the budget goes to fixed costs in public health and public safety that can't be avoided by cutting salaries; the county has already eliminated 250 positions, after cutting the county work force by 10 percent. It's pretty clear that the budget crisis is real:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-tony-preckwinkle-budget-plan-20171003-story.html

  • YakovBok In the RP since 1996

    from the 10/5/17 editorial referred to as a rebuttal:

    "Ammar Rizki, the county’s acting chief financial officer, told commissioners late Friday that without the pop tax money, the county would have to reduce spending by 11 percent from 2017 levels."

    "Preckwinkle’s proposed budget calls for spending about $4 billion on...

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    from the 10/5/17 editorial referred to as a rebuttal:

    "Ammar Rizki, the county’s acting chief financial officer, told commissioners late Friday that without the pop tax money, the county would have to reduce spending by 11 percent from 2017 levels."

    "Preckwinkle’s proposed budget calls for spending about $4 billion on day-to-day operations, an increase of about $539 million from this year."

    "The spending increase also is driven by higher wage and benefit costs embedded in union agreements negotiated by the Preckwinkle administration and approved by the County Board."

    "Overall spending — including grant and special purpose programs funded with dedicated revenue streams, construction costs and equipment purchases — would increase to nearly $5.36 billion from $4.9 billion this year."

    It is apparent that the County has a lot of room to improve its financial responsibility. Spending continues to increase. Unfortunately for the "never met a tax and big government that was bad" crowd, we still don't know how much of the spending referenced in the 10/5/17 editorial is because of the maleficence referenced in the 10/23/17 editorial.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 23

Thank you to Cook County Commissioners!

Our gratitude to the Cook County Board of Commissioners for voting on behalf of the county's best interest.

https://youtu.be/3yWdYF-g9SY

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    Our gratitude to the Cook County Board of Commissioners for voting on behalf of the county's best interest.
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  • Trudy Leong Student Trustee, Northeastern Illinois University

    "Unlike sky-high taxes on cigarette, the sugar tax hit too many people in far too obvious a way.

    The public revulsion over the sugar tax sends an unmistakable message to elected revenue-hungry officials across the state and country who watched events unfold in Cook County. It's been tried in a...

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    "Unlike sky-high taxes on cigarette, the sugar tax hit too many people in far too obvious a way.

    The public revulsion over the sugar tax sends an unmistakable message to elected revenue-hungry officials across the state and country who watched events unfold in Cook County. It's been tried in a few isolated locales, Boulder, Colo., and Philadelphia, Pa., to name two sites, and its proponents, who insist they know best, would like it implemented virtually everywhere.

    But that's not going to happen, not as long as people are willing to tell those who govern them, "This far and no farther."

    http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2017-10-13/soda-tax-flop.html

    #CanTheTax @CanTheTax #newsgazette @newsgazette

  • Exactly right deviant!

    what are we handing out "thanks" for anyway?

Oct 20

Updated Oct 22

    New Tax On Uber, Lyft Would Pay For CTA Improvements, Rahm Says
    CITY HALL - The city is set to raise taxes on Uber or Lyft rides by 29 percent next year to fund improvements to CTA bus and train lines, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. Emanuel, who is set to introduce his 2018 budget Wednesday, gave a brief preview of his spending plan Tuesday while celebrating the expansion of Walgreens' Chicago workforce by 300 employees.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Yes..those stats makes more sense.

  • DHR

    Those stats are false. Uber drivers are the worst on so many levels . They cant drive or they just ignore common sense driving rules. Park in crosswalks to pick up fares when they can easily park in the No Parking zone before all corners. Not registered or licensed ....

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    Those stats are false. Uber drivers are the worst on so many levels . They cant drive or they just ignore common sense driving rules. Park in crosswalks to pick up fares when they can easily park in the No Parking zone before all corners. Not registered or licensed . Taking away living wages away from cab drivers who are registered, tested for license and need to purchase medallions in order to do biz in the city. It’s BS so Rahm’s brother can make even mo money. What’s Rahm getting in exchange?

Oct 06

Updated Oct 22

    "Come Back" Commissioner Larry Suffredin
    Outrage toward the Cook County beverage tax is overwhelming in Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin's district - and residents are calling on him to change his position and repeal the tax.
    https://www.youtube.com/
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Oct 06

Updated Oct 16

    After the Cook County soda tax dies
    Is it too soon to gloat? Nah. Crack open that can of soda with gusto, taxpayers. You won. Relentless public pressure appears to have doomed the Cook County soda tax. The County Board Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday. As of Friday, 12 of the 17 commissioners had signed on to repeal it.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Ah, yes. The fool in question is squandering their money on how many gallons of unnaturally sweetened beverages per day?

  • Phill Domo My rights are absolute and non-negotiable!

    Omar, if you hate pop then don't drink it. Simple, right?

Oct 03

Updated Oct 06

    Lincoln Towing Says 464 Complaints Over Two Years A 'Miniscule' Number
    CHICAGO - Drivers lodged 464 complaints during the past 21 months against the notorious firm Lincoln Towing, almost all of them alleging illegal tows, according to data provided to DNAinfo by state officials.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • Now Wazzup, do you think if Lincoln towing operated on the up 'n up, there would be that many complaints against them?

    Orange....I wish, in my fit of anger, it occured to me to sue. Of course the Walgreens employees questioned said Walgreens does not dictate Lincoln towing operating policy.

  • Walgreens does not dictate Lincoln Towing's policy but by signing a service contract with Lincoln Towing they accept, approve and own the policy. Lincoln Towing is a contractual agent of Walgreens. As such, Walgreens shares responsibility for unlawful towings. Walgreens employees would not know that so their standard response is that "we don't have anything to do with it".

Sep 14

Updated Oct 05

Toni Taxwinkle Should be Impeached

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-soda-tax-kass-met-0914-20170913-column.html

When she was 4th Ward Alderman from 1991-2010, Alderman Joe Moore was politically aligned with Preckwinkle. I wonder what his perspective is on this assinine tax?

    Hidden treasures in Toni Taxwinkle's idiotic pop tax
    Taxpayers are rightfully angry about Toni Taxwinkle's costly and idiotic soda pop tax, though there are some hidden gems in it, too. But angry taxpayers jamming the county boardroom on Wednesday weren't looking for treasure. They were looking for vengeance on Taxwinkle for her ravenous penny-per-ounce soda pop tax.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Perceptions and impressions are certainly not invalid--they can point to real problems, although in the case of employment percentages, you ultimately have to have real numbers in order to have any impact.

    I wonder why it is that Cook County doesn't seem to provide a breakdown on who it hires....

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    Perceptions and impressions are certainly not invalid--they can point to real problems, although in the case of employment percentages, you ultimately have to have real numbers in order to have any impact.

    I wonder why it is that Cook County doesn't seem to provide a breakdown on who it hires. I have to say, that murkiness alone gives your perspective some credence.

    Chicago does a slightly better job, apparently, although Latino city employees are still far behind their share of the city's population. I don't know what the situation is like in 2017, but these are the stats from 2015:

    "Of the more than 32,500 total city employees, nearly 46 percent are white, 31.8 percent are black, 18 percent are Hispanic and fewer than 3 percent are Asian American." (Compared to a city that is roughty 30% white, 30% Latino and 30% Black). https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/the-watchdogs-whites-still-hold-most-top-city-jobs-under-rahm-emanuel/

    In any case, it seems like just about every governmental office in the state has much better representation by whites (strongly overrepresented) and blacks (who achieve parity to their population in many Chicago--and likely Cook Cty--government offices), and Latinos are still pretty far behind as the "newcomers." But if you're going to blame Preckwinkle for low Latino hiring in Cook County, you have to blame every single other government entity in the state as well.

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    Omar, yes I do place blame on every single government entity and their leaders starting with Rauner, including Preckwinkle, and ending with 16Shots Rahm.

    The underepresentation of LatinX groups has been ongoing and well known to LatinX policy advocates. Preckwinkle was a disappointment because people had hopes that she was cut from a different cloth. That turned out to be limited differences with Emanuel but not a reformer when it came to LatinX underrepresentation.

Sep 22

Updated Sep 25

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