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Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, could face more charges in the highway deaths of four people Monday, July 21, including Ulrike Blopleh of Channahon.
vince y July 22, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Vicky�L. Palacios was a wonderful person. A amazing neighbor who never put herself first and gave meRead More some of my best advise as a young man with a family. God Bless the families. so speechless. Rest in peace!
Henry Sadowski July 23, 2014 at 12:45 am
How the hell does a guy with that many violations get a job driving??? Lock him up and throw awayRead More the key, and make whoever hired him his cellmate...
Katie Sweigert Jabbar July 23, 2014 at 02:12 am
So many deaths along this corridor in the past few weeks. I drive it several times a week andRead More lately it has been a white-knuckle experience. Everyone's in such a hurry. I'd rather be late than dead.
Terri Schrishuhn. Photo provided
Ex Jolietian July 22, 2014 at 05:22 pm
Her pay seems high. I wonder how it compares to someone in the private sector. I know her benefitsRead More are better.
Herc July 22, 2014 at 05:32 pm
I don't think we should pay taxes if we don't have kids in school!
Ex Jolietian July 22, 2014 at 05:36 pm
I always figure we are paying for when we went to school.. LOL
George Fabyan July 22, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Stop being a Profit Center and start using your money to be the change you want to see
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 08:32 pm
"What the govt is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.Read More It's not good at much else" Tom Clancy,.
Bill Gnech July 23, 2014 at 12:05 am
Sign the Term Limit petition in Arlington Heights. Must be registered voter.
Steve July 22, 2014 at 01:21 pm
Seems like pretty weak charges considering he KILLED 4 people! Wonder if he is even legal?
Kathryn Gassensmith July 22, 2014 at 04:19 pm
They need to have trucks in right hand lane like it used to be. They also need PROFESSIONAL truckRead More drivers and pay PROFESSIONAL truck drivers. $9.00 an hour forces long haul drivers to drive more than the allowable 8 hours a day. They need to bring back Union drivers making a living wage and make it more difficult to obtain a trucking license. Didn't we learn ANYTHING from George Ryan's gifting of trucking license?
Kathryn Gassensmith July 22, 2014 at 04:22 pm
2speed..that is absurd. Everyone is under a clock, but not everyone KILLS four people!
With the vehicles involved in the crash still in the background, Illinois State Police held a press conference Monday, raising the death toll to five from Monday's two crashes on I-55 moments apart.
amanda July 22, 2014 at 08:48 am
and the names have been released: Three women and one girl were killed in the crash. They have beenRead More identified as: Kimberly K. Britton, 43, of Urbana; Piper Britton, 11, of Urbana; Vicky L. Palacios, 54, of Coal City; and Ulrike P. Blopleh, 48, of Channahon.
PatchMaster July 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Last year when the construction in that area began and the crashes started adding up there was anRead More out cry about what to do about it. Well the state police and local and state legislators got together to try and find ways to reduce the amount of accidents in the area. Nice job guys-NOT. I know it is not solely the fault of local and state officials, blame must also go to those who drive recklessly. And by that I mean anything that distracts you from your PRIMARY job which is safely and legally operating your motor vehicle. Having higher speed limits is not the problem. Trucks ignoring the law that states their speed limit is 55mph is so widely ignored that they are a major contributor to the problem. Now I know there are people who will come on here and defend trucker drivers but who hit who here? In both crashes a truck was the initiator, need I say more? Regardless of what the state does there will always be stupid drivers, and as long as we have construction zones and stupid drivers we will have crashes and loss of life.
Kristine Neumann July 22, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Speed is the problem. I don't think anyone drives 55 on the expressways. Everyone is in a hurry,Read More for what I don't know. Just to save a few minutes?
A Pace bus outside the Will County courthouse. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Tony July 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Those dam white people in those crime ridden white neighborhoods. They move into black neighborhoodsRead More , destroy it and bring in all their drug dealing, gang bangn and illegitimate fatherless baby factories. They also shoot up schools and theaters ever day. Just watch the news. How DO the black people tolerate it ? Dam those white people.
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm
Shantel- Newtown shooting was never actually proven to have happened.
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Shantey- actually my grandpappy never spoke to one of his daughters again after she married aRead More knee-groe.
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Shantel July 22, 2014 at 10:49 am
It was reported that the driver was speeding and over corrected. A witness said they sped pass them.Read More This tragedy could have been avoided. The sad thing us we tell our kids to be safe and then this happens. My prayers go out for the family.
Kimberly July 22, 2014 at 06:02 pm
He is not a teen because he was 22. And he can't get charged with anything since he was deadRead More instantly. Two people died, the 22 year old and the passenger who got sent to Peoria. I knew the driver and it was reported he was drunk. So there is an underage drunk driver who killed 2 people....
Debra harris July 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Jimmy was my stepson'' I raised him for ten years plus''inever stopped believing in you,,'he was aRead More great kid,,,I loved him like a son!!!I forgive you buddy for all the bad we went through,,,you never believed in god,,,but I know he has you in his arms,,,my prayers go out to my ex husband James Harris jr'''you will always be in my heart
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EAGLEYE July 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm
Truth, the driver of that tractor trailer rig has only so far been charged with log bookRead More falsification. I had posted earlier that if what is alleged comes out to be fact, that guy needs to get a minimum of 25 years in the penitentiary. Well, I just heard on the six o'clock news that he is likely to be charged soon with vehicular homicide, which carries a maximum sentence of 28 years.
EAGLEYE July 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm
Ex-Jolietian, obviously the troopers cannot hammer them all, but they can and will crackdown on theRead More ones that break the law. They will do that for sure along with doing tough roadside safety inspections of their rigs. Any time there is an accident of this magnitude involving tractor trailer rigs, you will see stepped up police action on these rigs and their drivers. Don't forget also the fines in construction zones double and an accident involving a fatality let alone four victims would spell lots of years for the driver if convicted.
Ex Jolietian July 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm
From what I've seen the worst truckers are the guys that handle shipping containers....they tend toRead More drive the oldest trucks...and guys that drive gravel/grain trucks. They get paid by the load, not by the mile or by the hour. More loads, more money.
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Barry and Michelle aren't planning on coming back to ILLAnnoy; they're buying a multi-million dollarRead More estate in a gated community in Rancho Mirage. They be'z down with the everyday peoples!
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Bill and Hill are po peoples.
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Bill and Hill be po peoples
William Ross Henry. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Walter O. July 22, 2014 at 09:16 am
Dumb ass hillbillies! Go back to the hills.
PatchMaster July 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Perhaps Mr. Henry's punishment should include being chained to one spot in a hot room filled withRead More empty beer cans, excrement and hungry pit bulls.
TheQuietOne July 22, 2014 at 01:23 pm
So... the POS is still proving to be a POS? *shrugs* Just keep him on house arrest in his feces andRead More urine infested house.
Vicky Polito July 22, 2014 at 08:58 am
Ms. Pekarscik--what club is it that you refer to and what do your profits go toward? Do you meanRead More that if Bingo can't operate for two days there is no "profit" to donate to the RF? Sorry, I'm just not familiar with the specs on this, but I'd like to know. Maybe you could recruit some volunteers from outside the club as well, to help with coverage and assuring your needs are met? Someone like me would consider volunteering, and I think I could corral another couple of people. Maybe? Thanks.
Brian Kocher July 22, 2014 at 09:14 am
I've played bingo at Plainfield Fest for years. It was one of the last original tents at PlainfieldRead More Fest stretching all the way back to the days when it was held on the Village Green. If volunteers were needed, I could have had many people to volunteer with me.
Ericus Alanas July 22, 2014 at 11:05 am
Ive been going since the 80s and I did take a few years off due to relocation, however it was aRead More great event. Great job.
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Herc July 21, 2014 at 05:09 pm
Laz, really want to get mad read this article: New Obama rule could force cities to house illegalsRead More Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/new-obama-rule-could-force-cities-to-house-illegals/#bwixcwqRrVMebFuQ.99
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Laz Bronski July 22, 2014 at 06:37 am
Ha! Like property values in Shorewood/Plainfield/Joliet area aren't beat up enough without dailyRead More protests by the LA RAZA? I thought I read some sh*t oozing out Holder's pie hole a while back about something similar. He was whining that the burbs are not diversified enough and of course that isn't right. This entire regime is completely lawless and out of control. I swear I never believed in Chem Trails and all that other gibberish but I'm not so sure these days. We as a people have become so complacent, we just let everything go by. I recall when gas for the first time hit $2 bucks a gallon. The country was calling for Bush's head on a platter. Nowadays? People must be on heavy drugs or something. Have you seen these ILLEGALS registering for high school claiming to be 17 yet don't look a day under 45? Nothing the schools can do because these ILLEGALS have no information, no records. They are bringing in serious diseases that we in the US have never seen before. Just what we want, our teenage daughters schooling with some old pedophile pretending to be 17. What choice do these communities & schools have? They will lose all the money they are supposed to get unless they allow these Illegals move on in. What are they saying 90% ++ of ILLEGALS that cross over never show up for any sort of court hearing. They don't want to come here to live and contribute and pay taxes! They just want to come here and disappear into the night and be supported by those of us working 3 part time jobs and paying taxes. Sad, sad state of affairs. I feel terrible for the kids that will survive us. What's it going to be like for them? Even the demo-commie states don't want anything to do with these people. They already come here and changed our culture to resemble theirs more than what ours was once. I don't think we've seen nothing yet!
Each November, organizers distribute clothing to those in need. Credit: GoFundMe.com
Done July 20, 2014 at 07:26 pm
I got Ya! I have some very nice winter clothes and blankets that I will be very happy to drop off.
Ex Jolietian July 20, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Great point. I know someone who owns some commercial property near one of the charities inRead More Joliet... every morning he has to run off the bums that hang around his front door. He regularly scrubs the pee stains off his entryway and sidewalk. Make it hard to be poor, make it miserable. Funny how the people in The Patch turned on the fat guy that is filing a lawsuit against the city.. then they want me to donate clothes to the same type of people.
Done July 21, 2014 at 06:59 am
You can't put everyone in the same category as the fat guy. Never indicated that I was #teamfatguyRead More and never asked you to donate.
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Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Rick Johnson July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
Jamie, Your response was very well articulated and researched, however I'm not sure the type of taxRead More reform I'm eluding to should be thought of as "stooping". Are their countless loop holes and special deals in place to lower the effective tax rate for companies like Walgreen, encouraging them to keep their jobs and revenue in our state? Absolutely. But that is precisely the problem. Special deals have to be made because our corporate rate is so high. Roughly 70% of the jobs in our country come from small businesses. These same small businesses aren't afforded the special deals received by companies like Abbott, Cat or Walgreen, making it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. Here's the bottom line, it is the responsibility of the CEO and their Board to improve their bottom line and grow their business - growth that is vital for our communities. The trickle down effect of new jobs and subsequent tax dollars feed into things like better education for our kids and lower healthcare costs for our families. But until we decide to actually do something to encourage this growth, we'll continue to see our communities suffer.
Jamie July 22, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Rick, I guess I could have used a better term than stoop, but corporations keep whipsawing statesRead More against each other and now even the US vs. other nations. A line needs to be drawn to say that corporations that want to operate in the US need to abide by a certain standard that is fair for all. If we compare our tax rate to Switzerland for example, we are ignoring the fact that they do not have a comparable military that we have that preserves democracy and capitalism for our nation and many others. However, I do understand that you were referring more so to small business owners, but Walgreens for example competes with small business owners such as ma & pa pharmacies which I cannot even think of any off hand and ma & pa convenience stores. Those tax breaks that Walgreens (just one company out of many that are exploiting inversion) are receiving are used as an unfair advantage against ma & pa stores who in turn want tax breaks as well. Then the downward spiral continues. Eventually government (local, state, fed) bills need to be paid. I am a fiscal-conservative, social-liberal which may be necessary to disclose my next point. Trickle Down Economics is often cited for many reasons, but usually only translates to tax breaks for Big Corporations which are job killers rather than creators over the long-term. The rhetorical dialogue needs to be changed or updated to emphasize the needs that you are talking about. Which means in my opinion holding those candidates who defend Trickle Down Economics accountable for its exploitation and failures and ask how they might improve it. Since the Reagan era, the nominal tax rate has fallen, and yet still net high paying jobs has fallen since then. Yet we somehow the US did not collapse when the top tax bracket was at 90% during or prior to the Kennedy era. I do understand that the economy has gotten globally competitive since the 90% tax bracket and that the technological advances have changed the economic landscape since Reagan so it is not a simple fix. Yet, our tax system has not absorbed those technological changes nor has it addressed all the unfair (my opinion) trade agreements with other nations. We got to re-examine the same political rhetorical dialogue when our candidates keep regurgitating their campaign agendas. Thanks for your compliments on my articulation. I try. I feel it is better to be respectful than to insult opposing views. However, I think we are on the same page for the most part.
paschal July 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm
Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Programmer Corner July 22, 2014 at 04:45 pm
But Cindy, should we jail adults who choose to use it? Why?
Smarty McSmartypants July 22, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Cindy, for gosh sakes, do be a dear and put a cork in your empty blow hole sweety. And to others:Read More please don't feed the troll.
Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
The amendments the House is passing to not penalize banks who do business with legal medical andRead More recreational pot dispensaries, and also to prohibit the DEA from interfering with state marijuana laws is all really good news! This is a step in the right direction allowing the people of their home state to be a real voice in what kind of society they wish to live in. Now that is real freedom! We'll have to see how the Senate handles it.
Minooka Principal Darcie Kubinski submitted her resignation on Thursday. Credit: FIle photo
LaRue July 19, 2014 at 09:51 am
Well stated Will Teach!
C. Bear 34 July 19, 2014 at 10:03 am
All I can do is go off of first hand knowledge, and she did do all those things. My child wasRead More harassed at times by teammates and the principal because we spoke up. It is interesting that almost all the parties involved (super, principal and the coach) are now all gone. You are right about 1 thing, she was not alone, the AD should be next to fall.
Minooka mom July 19, 2014 at 10:06 am
I could not agree with will teach more. I am glad she tried to change the culture that had been inRead More place prior to her arrival. I agree with you that I hope the attempted changes continue, but I am not hopeful in light of our recently elected Board of Education.
Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
Mike Fangman July 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Excuse me, Independence666, but I'm going to have to ask you to extinguish your burning cross.
Chicago Police at the scene of a Friday morning shooting  on East 43rd Street. | Screenshot via the Red Line Project Storify.
Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
Andrew Chin. (Patch file photo.)
paschal July 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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