I 294 Construction Projects 2018-2025 as Presented by the Illinois Tollroad Commission Representatives to Schiller Park Residents on 9/19/2018

Go to this link to see the presentation by representatives of the Illinois Tollroad Commission of the I 294 expansion projects designed and scheduled to be built from 2018 – 2025 and understand how this will impact you as a resident of Schiller Park :

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Franklin Park Police Department Executes a Search Warrant for a Drug Investigation at a Home in Schiller Park

At 1:15 pm today, Sept 12th, the Franklin Park police executed a search warrant for drug activity at 3719 Ruby Street in Schiller Park, without a SchillerPark police car in sight. For weeks the residents of Twi-Lite Condos were complaining about drug sales from occupants from 3719 Ruby Street but the Dispatch Center wouldn’t even send a squad car even when the activity was going on in Twi-Lite Condos parking lot.

Maybe now Schiller Park will enforce their criminal housing management ordinance and oust these “bad eggs”. Schiiler Park may need to ask for a police report from Franklin Park Police.

This residence is on a major route that children take to and from East Leyden High School. Fentanyl, an opioid, was recovered on the scene at the apartment.

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When Will The Politicians Stop Adding Taxes To Increase The Burden On Illinois Residents ?

As many Illinoisans hit the road this holiday weekend, they’ll be faced with exorbitant gas taxes. But if some politicians get their way, it won’t stop there. One candidate for governor has floated the idea of a vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, tax.

“It’s only fair if you’re on a road and traveling on that road then you should pay your fair share on the road like everybody else is paying,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker told the Daily Herald in January. More recently, however, Pritzker has denied having a VMT tax plan, telling the Illinois Farm Bureau on Aug. 22, “I don’t have a proposal for a mileage tax.”

This is not the first time an Illinois politician has suggested a per-mile driving tax. In 2016, Senate President John Cullerton introduced a bill that would have required all Illinois motorists to pay a VMT tax. That tax would have come on top of the state’s current gas tax of 34 cents per gallon, but with drivers receiving a tax credit from the state to cover the number of miles driven per month.

Additionally, Cullerton’s proposal would have required drivers to either install a tracking devices to monitor mileage or pay a flat annual rate of $450. Facing major opposition, the Senate leader was ultimately forced to kill his own bill.

In light of these efforts, a group of 16 House members have signed on to a resolution opposing a VMT tax. As pointed out in the language of the resolution, “[a VMT tax] would impose undue hardship and disproportionally impact rural Illinoisans who must drive longer distances for work and school.”

Per-mile gas taxes raise serious privacy concerns. As Cullerton’s bill illustrated, drivers may be required to install devices to monitor miles driven in the event of a VMT tax. Not to mention that a VMT tax would only add to Illinoisans’ already-punishing tax burden.

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Video shows fight at Go Bananas in Norridge; petition seeks to shut down the amusement center

Video shows fight at Go Bananas in Norridge; petition seeks to shut down the amusement center – Park Ridge Herald-Advocate
— Read on www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/news/ct-nhh-go-bananas-tl-0830-story.html

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Are Chicago Area School Superintendents Seeking To Protect Their “Turf” By Restricting Competition Without Considering the Best Interests of the Families and Students by Opposing HR 610 ?

Currently, throughout the Chicagoland area various persons purportedly speaking in behalf of school districts are panic peddling concerns by area Superintendents, regarding a US Congress House Bill (HR 610) that was introduced for consideration by the US House of Representatives in January, 2017.

Below is a link to the bill and the text of the bill that you can also view by clicking the link to the bill:

First and foremost, the process of considering the content and ultimate revisions of such a Bill is a long and tortured path where all interested parties have a right to weigh in on the Bill and its content as part of our great American Democracy.    Hopefully, what will come out of this process is a path to improving education as we know it.

I have read HR610 2017 & the current law 20 USC 6301 et seq (Meaning these laws https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/20/chapter-70/subchapter-I). The Bill delegates the distribution of  Block grants to States, removes Federal requirements for curriculum & testing to obtain funds, eliminates the national setting of caloric maximums for State lunches and allows parents to provide lunches for their children. Funding for children with disabilities is provided by another law. This Bill is all part of bringing schools and education decisions back to the communities that serve the kids.

There is plenty of Federal funding and existing legislative protections for children with disabilities

So what is the perceived crisis ?

Critics of H.R. 610 argue that the bill would have a disproportionately negative impact on public schools in low-income communities because it would repeal ESEA, which has provided a significant source of federal funding to them. The Department of Education reports that more than about 56,000 public schools and 21 million children would be impacted by changes to Title I funding:
ED’s most recent data on participation in the program are from school year (SY) 2009-10. In SY 2009-10 more than 56,000 public schools across the country used Title I funds to provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects. For example, funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, as well as special preschool, after-school, and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum.
That same year Title I served more than 21 million children. Of these students, approximately 59 percent were in kindergarten through fifth grade, 21 percent in grades 6-8, 17 percent in grades 9-12, 3 percent in preschool, and less than one percent ungraded.
Supporters of H.R. 610 argue that children from underperforming “Title I” public schools in low-income areas would be able to use a voucher to attend a better private or charter school under H.R. 610.

Again, H.R. 610 would repeal ESEA and limit the authority of the Department of Education — marking a dramatic shift in how public schools are funded. The Department of Education would only be authorized to administer education funding in federal block grants to states, a portion of which would have to be administered to private and home schooled students, according to the text of the bill:
The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.
To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

What scares the School Superintendents is that they would face competition for education dollars and would be required to be more responsive to parents’ and childrens’ educational needs and vision.

The HR 610, which was introduced to House by Iowa Rep. Steve King, in late January, is  still in its early stages, according to Congress’ official website. The bill was last referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Jan. 23, 2017 — and there have not been any more updates on the bill’s status since then.
H.R. 610 will have to take quite a few steps before becoming a law — which is a lengthy and timely process. The bill will first have to be passed by House, then Senate, before President Donald Trump officially makes it a law.

But there is something that everyone can do from the comfort of their own homes to make sure that this bill is passed — by calling their representatives and telling them just how H.R. 610 will effect them and what the HR 610 should contain increase the input of parents in the education of their children and bring competition to the arena of elementary and secondary education.
For parents, students, and educators everywhere there is still some time to contact their representatives and let them know how important H.R. 610 is to students and the public education system before the bill is voted on by Congress.

This is needed to ensure public school accountability and will be much more effective than any standardized testing. I really don’t know what the whining is about (well I do know, it’s about the School Superintendents protecting their kingdoms) because parents with vouchers never get all their tax money back. Schools will still get more money than they have kids in their schools.

If you ask me, higher education also needs reform when it comes to issuing education degrees. Education should always be a minor, never a major, and prospective teachers should have to major in something else especially at the middle and high school levels. I want high school math teachers especially to have math degrees, not education degrees (except as a minor).

At the end of the day this panic is all about power and money ; this discussion is about what is best for the adults .

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Sabatino’s Chicago

Sabatino’s (4441 W Irving Park) employees were told yesterday that restaurant is closing 12/23/18. Property allegedly sold. Anyone have details? Sorry to lose such a treasured institution, but understand the owners’ desire to retire.

Sabatino’s Restaurant located in Chicago holds true to the roots of classic Italian dinning. Serving Chicagoland over 40 years.
— Read on sabatinosrestaurantchicago.com/

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Disabled teens suffering the mental health effects of bullying

New research shows the effect of bullying on disabled teenagers and suggests what schools can do to help.
— Read on theconversation.com/disabled-teens-suffering-the-mental-health-effects-of-bullying-101186

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Persist List – Activism Starts With You

Persist List – Activism Starts With You
— Read on persistlist.org/

If your looking for a protest opportunity, this is a website for you

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East Leyden Construction

Drone view of construction in May, 2018


360 • view of construction


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Who Torched The Northlake Elephant ?

Please Share, Tag yourself and everyone that knew about this elephant! Spread the word anyway. With all our help we WILL find this guy. As many of you know by now our Elephant and the surrounding towns mascot was torched and burned completely to the ground Friday morning. To make matters worse, I was out of state on vacation celebrating my parents 50th anniversary. I had people at the house “house-sitting”. The house was not empty!

At roughly 3:15am Friday morning video captures a single person walking down the street, entering our yard throwing an accelerant on the face of the elephant. He lights it and it goes up in a massive fireball. He runs away! All while this is caught on video & audio. The elephant was made of fiberglass and is NOT very flammable. The fire dies out very quickly as it should and very little damage is done to the elephant. Roughly 30min later he returns to the scene as most criminals do. Again, this is caught on video. This time with much more accelerant. He sprays the entire front right side of the Elephant as well as my yard with this flammable liquid. Relights it, almost lighting himself on fire. This time due to the amount he used and lighting the grass on fire the flame was able to stay lit. At it’s max height I would guess the flames were 35-40ft high and the fire came with in feet of my house, the neighbors house and our fence. It burned for an hour. Not a single person drove down the street during this time and no police or fire department was called.

Although I had people home watching the house, they were sleeping and did not see any of this happening. When the fire was almost out but still burning my neighbor across the street came out for work and watched it burn for 8min. Did NOT call the police of fire department. He is not a suspect, but it just shows the pure ignorance of some people.

Not until the morning when my other neighbor got up for work did they see this and we were notified. Between all the video cameras at my house and the rest around this entire block WE WILL FIND THIS GUY. PERIOD! NO DOUBT! I am not posting a photo of him yet until I finish with detectives. However, should anyone have ANY information leading to the arrest of this individual there is a nice fat CASH REWARD in it for you! Put together by all of us.

The elephant was created in the late 60’s and was eventually brought here in November of 1986 by my father from Hayward Wisconsin. It has been a staple of this town and surrounding area for decades. My father and I used to decorate it and go all out for Christmas. My parents retired and I eventually bought the house from them in 2007 and took over care of the elephant. My father was diagnosed with a form of cancer due to his time served fighting in the Vietnam War. Agent Orange related for those of you that follow that. A few years ago he decided to sell a lot of his belongings to help pay for the increased cost of living for them. One of these belongings was the Elephant. After the town and surrounding area found out about the sale of the Elephant the town got together and created a GoFund Me page to help save it. We had nothing to do with this. The city raised about half the money he originally was selling it for in a short time. He never imagined so many people had such love for this simple statue and decided to cancel the sale. The elephant became “Everyone’s Elephant” and it was agreed it would stay. Kristi and I had plans in the works to repair and paint it this September. Sadly, that will no longer happen.

R.I.P. Northlake Elephant 1986 – 2018

Now let’s all get together and find this guy!

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