Feb 07

Updated Feb 09

Feb 11: Illinois 8th Senate District Candidates Forum

Message via the West Ridge Community Organization:

The West Ridge Community Organization is sponsoring a Candidates Forum for the Illinois 8th Senate District on February 11. The entire West Ridge community falls inside the 8th Senate District. Mick Dumke, reporter for ProPublica Illinois, will be the moderator. The event is free and open to the public. Here are the basic details:

Sunday, February 11, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Via Veneto Restaurant
(6340 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago)

All candidates...

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Message via the West Ridge Community Organization:

The West Ridge Community Organization is sponsoring a Candidates Forum for the Illinois 8th Senate District on February 11. The entire West Ridge community falls inside the 8th Senate District. Mick Dumke, reporter for ProPublica Illinois, will be the moderator. The event is free and open to the public. Here are the basic details:

Sunday, February 11, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Via Veneto Restaurant
(6340 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago)

All candidates have been invited, but as of now, three of the four candidates have responded they will be participating in the forum: Caroline McAteer-Fournier, Ira Silverstein, and Ram Villivalam.

There are many important issues which confront residents and the State of Illinois covering economic development, education, taxation and revenue, the environment, healthcare, gun control and other topics which each candidate will be asked to address. If you have concerns about these issues then attend this forum and learn what these candidates say about them and what they propose to do as your State senator. Adequate time will be provided at the end of the set questions for written questions from the audience before the candidate’s closing remarks are given.

About Mick Dumke: Mick is a reporter for ProPublica Illinois. He joined ProPublica after two years on the Watchdogs team at the Chicago Sun-Times. Before that, he spent almost a decade as a politics writer and editor for the Chicago Reader.

Check out: http://westridgecommunity.org/ for details.
Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561004343935403/

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Ahmed, there is a minor error in your post. West Ridge is not entirely in the 8th Senate District. Heather Steans, represents the 7th district, which includes a small section west of Ridge over to Western and from Howard down to Touhy.

  • Ahmed Khan 50th Ward Resident

    Helen NoH: That's true. There is a small part in the 7th. I copied the text right off of the Facebook page. I'll have it edited there. Thanks for catching that. But the sizable majority nonetheless! Hope people come out.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    I hope you have a successful forum and that folks aren't kept at home by the snow.

Jan 26

Chicago's debt: $45,200 per taxpayer

https://www.truthinaccounting.org/news/detail/financial-state-of-the-cities-2016#75 city ranking (in order)
We don't have enough money to pay our bills--only NY is worse.

    Financial State of the Cities 2016
    TIA believes it is imperative to provide an honest accounting of each city's financial condition. Therefore, we developed a sophisticated model to analyze all the assets and liabilities of the nation's 75 most populous cities, including unreported liabilities. This is the second year TIA has released an annual FSOC study, documenting the truth about each city's financial position.
    https://www.truthinaccounting.org

Jan 01

Updated Jan 02

Out-of-staters recognize our financial problems more clearly than we do

This excerpt is from an editorial in a newspaper in Nevada, the Review-Journal.

"Illinois is a financial basket case — which is what you get when you combine political patronage with powerful public-sector unions that control leftist politicians. The state should be a case study for other jurisdictions on how not to conduct public policy. After all, who will pay the bills when the taxpayers flee?"

Surely, after decades of one-party rule in Springfield, Cook County and Chicago, we voters can do better this March in the primaries and in September in the general election.

  • The joy of living in a state controlled by Democrats for decades. The unfunded debt is worse in high tax Democrat controlled states...and tends to be be better in low tax Republican states.

Nov 03

Updated Dec 30

    State Sen. Silverstein resigns from Senate leadership team after sexual harassment allegation
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced on Wednesday that Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein has resigned from the Senate Democratic Leadership team after being accused of sexual harassment. Legislative activist Denise Rotheimer testified Tuesday in front of a senate panel that Ira Silverstein made inappropriate comments to her while the two worked together on legislation.
    http://abc7chicago.com
  • Phill "Obama wants to know everything"

    And Democrats think they're "the good ones", "the resistance", SMH.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    It really doesn't discriminate by democrat or republican it's all a matter of keeping oneself in check at all times in how you speak to or treat your fellow colleagues

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