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Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Tom April 20, 2014 at 05:42 pm
I'm sure they do have a lot to do. But, I think the point was things were being sent to his kidsRead More & wife. After so many "f" words, texts about you & hookers & marihuana it becomes more than embarrassing. Remember, kids can be pretty cruel & give them material like that & I can imagine his kids were taunted to tears more than once.
Dan Cox April 20, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Tom, oh the horror... teased and given a bad day... poor things. Lets throw out common sense and useRead More our political power to do what no citizen could do, horseshit.
Dan Cox April 20, 2014 at 05:55 pm
Mayor Ardis, in my opinion you need a swift kick in the ass, for wasting tax payers money for yourRead More own Gestapo Police Action. I have forwarded the Tweet to several hundred people and we want this baby to go viral... so hang that one where the sun don't shine.
President Obama
stanley seigler April 20, 2014 at 05:11 pm
Moochers, aks children, old folks, po folks the disabled (mentally and physical) ... ie, individualsRead More and families facing hardship cost taxpayers, "About 12 percent of the federal budget in 2013, or $398 billion, supported programs that provide aid (other than health insurance or Social Security benefits) to individuals and families facing hardship. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< +++ Spending on safety net programs declined in both nominal and real terms between 2012 and 2013 as the economy continued to improve." +++ surely no sane person believes all these all those facing hardships are moocher ... anyone know the percent moochers? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ Some say that welfare fraud is not a significant problem +++ advocates for welfare programs insist that fraud is only found in 2%-3% of cases researched by the thousands of welfare investigators across the nation. < http://www.roanen.com/1/post/2012/04/how-much-is-welfare-fraud-costing-us.html > +++ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> in any event, even the total [$398B] is indeed a pitance compared to other tax payer expenses +++ say for example the iraq war which: "An update in 2013 said was $6 trillion +++ Dick Cheney said: 'We should expect as American citizens that this would cost at least $100 billion for a two-year involvement' +++ close but no see-gar mr veep ... veep's cost estimate about 0.017% of actual cost which would have paid for aboot 15 years of support for the least. ... a contractor could get a lotta losing work if the veep was his estimator :) +++ veeep also said we would find WMDs...still looking!
JAY JAY April 20, 2014 at 06:23 pm
STANLEY "hymie" We don't want to hear about past tense BS over and over !!! ThisRead More **&^%$#@! guy is the present USA Danger destroying America. Financially, a job killer,a housing killer, a free market killer, an investment dividend killer, a self esteem killer, a motivation killer,a pro illegalist. a Anti christian, if you have a company you didn't build that, should have destroyed him. +a race baiter !!!! Just to name a few.
Mildred April 20, 2014 at 06:28 pm
This is quite simple. If they Build the Obama Library in Illinois and you don't want to see it.Read More DON'T GO TO IT.
Credit: File photo
Harry Benson April 16, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Why? Hasn't it already been proven that the Mexicans can either climb it or dig under it?
Dense much? April 16, 2014 at 03:55 pm
A million dollars well wasted.....
Infamous Steve April 17, 2014 at 10:21 am
LMMFAO Harry!!!!
The existing courthouse was built in the 1960s. Credit: File photo
Infamous Steve April 15, 2014 at 09:22 am
Yea, you take the court house out of the ghetto and I'm sure they will all be devastated... ManyRead More officials — including Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante — have pushed to keep the courthouse downtown. "The impact for Joliet would be devastating" if the courthouse were to leave, Winfrey acknowledged. "We are not trying to do that," she added, saying the county board actively supports the revitalization of downtown Joliet.
Volunteer workers chip in their services by shoveling mulch during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Community Volunteer Workday in 2013. This year’s event will be held on April 26 at Whalon Lake. Credit: Submitted photo
Infamous Steve April 14, 2014 at 08:50 am
Yea, what about the Hammel woods dog park? that is in such poor shape, It's not even funny. You knowRead More it is bad when even a forest preserve officer makes the comment,"you know, they just built two new dog parks. You think they'd spend some money on this one."
Seer April 10, 2014 at 12:05 am
Heroin was tough to get before we invaded Afghanistan beccause the Taliban outlawed it- now the CIARead More runs the poppy field show over there and our streets are flooded with H.
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Infamous Steve April 7, 2014 at 09:15 am
And this isn't going to create a controversy?!?!?!?!
Pat April 7, 2014 at 04:01 pm
From what I can see, there is no shortage of people wanting these jobs, so what does that tell you?Read More For what its worth, I say no!
Rick whatshisname April 19, 2014 at 07:42 pm
You know, some of you are beginning to seem like whining Liberals! (scary thought huh!)Read More Please...move on to another article already!
stanley seigler April 20, 2014 at 01:14 am
"like to call it the unaffordable scare act" ... a rose is a rose is a rose ... asRead More mentioned ad nauseam, ACA will take its place along with other pieces of great legislation (eg, social security, WPA, medicare, GI bill, civil rights, etc) by bleeding heart liberals +++ any progressive legislation/proposals from the GOPs besides BLOCK BO??
stanley seigler April 20, 2014 at 01:22 am
@whatshis, re '...whining Liberals! (scary thought huh!)Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ huhhuh, not as scary as rushlimbo regurgitating conservatives!!
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
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