4 days ago

Thinking about running for alderman? Here's how:

50th Ward Follies, a knowledgeable and savvy resident, explains the timing, the method and the financing:

https://50thwardfollies.com/2018/05/21/aldermanic-election-deadlines/#like-2509

    Aldermanic Election Deadlines
    If you're thinking about running for alderman, it's time to get organized. The election will be held on February 26, 2019. You'll need a total of 473 valid signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot. You can begin acquiring those signatures on August 28, 2018.
    http://50thwardfollies.com

Apr 18

Updated Apr 20

Don't count on a progressive income tax to bail out Illinois

There aren't enough taxpayers or ANY income level to bail out Illinois of its financial mess. The only help the federal government can provide will be a law to enable Illinois to declare bankruptcy:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180413/ISSUE07/180419967/dont-count-on-a-progressive-income-tax-to-save-illinois

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
    https://home.chicagobusiness.com
  • Good neighbor: please refrain from name calling. I am not a selfish person and you don't know me. So very sad that a difference of opinion has to sink to name calling.

  • Those wealthy people you are slamming donate millions of dollars to charity, including museums, theaters etc. There are a lot of lower income people that also donate what they can. Bottom line we aren't in the upper 9% but are weighing our options because it is simply becoming impossible to keep up with the rising taxes and fees and fund our own retirement.

Apr 13

50th Ward Follies is back

The feisty and irreverent blogger known as 50th Ward Follies has been recovering from serous eye surgery and death of a beloved pet. But she's back now. Here's her site and her first post in several months.

https://50thwardfollies.com/2018/04/13/a-tough-year-so-far/

Yes, I’m still here.

It’s been a tough year so far, beginning with the death of Mr. Cat, my feline companion for more than 18 years...and I miss him every day.

Then I had eye surgery, and serious complications from which I...

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The feisty and irreverent blogger known as 50th Ward Follies has been recovering from serous eye surgery and death of a beloved pet. But she's back now. Here's her site and her first post in several months.

https://50thwardfollies.com/2018/04/13/a-tough-year-so-far/

Yes, I’m still here.

It’s been a tough year so far, beginning with the death of Mr. Cat, my feline companion for more than 18 years...and I miss him every day.

Then I had eye surgery, and serious complications from which I am still recovering.

And then came the March election,, with yet another carpetbagger from the Indo-American Democratic Organization moving into the state senatorial district barely a year before the election, and running a divisive campaign centered around slinging mud at an already-disgraced incumbent. He was aided in this by various special interests, and will no doubt be a reliable vote for those interests in Springfield. His campaign suggests that he will lower the ethical level in Springfield yet another notch.

You can bet he’ll have his own candidate for alderman, and probably, when the time comes, for committeeman as well. Deals are being discussed as you read this, and deals cost money, and money is being raised, lots of it. Google Illinois Sunshine database and check out who’s giving–and who gave and expects to be rewarded.

The aldermanic race begins later this year, officially. In actuality, serious candidates have been talking to potential donors since last year. Who will run? Debra has been raising money, and Ira’s loss of both his leadership position and his senate seat suggests that she’ll want to keep her job, which pays $120,000 per year. Nobody has openly declared but I hear there are at least three potential candidates exploring the possibility of running.

It’s going to be an interesting summer, and I’m feeling better already.

I just love a good fight.

    A Tough Year So Far
    Yes, I'm still here. It's been a tough year so far, beginning with the death of Mr. Cat, my feline companion for more than 18 years. He was wonderfully intelligent, fearless, and the real boss of our household, lording it over a succession of dogs and humans.
    http://50thwardfollies.com

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