Category Archives: Chicago

The Tax Is “Canned”


It’s dead. Cook County Board unceremoniously repeals sweetened-beverage tax, 15 yes, 2 no. Effective December 1, 2017 #canthecookcountytax Advertisements

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Can Illinois Governor Rainer Be Re-Elected ?


 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner lost an unprecedented battle with the “Springfield insiders” he once campaigned to dethrone when lawmakers approved a budget deal and $5 billion tax hike over his objections, and without the pro-business reforms the Republican promised for … Continue reading

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Leyden and Norwood Park Townships Need To Seriously Consider School District Consolidation 


One of the maddening aspects of the state’s ongoing financial crisis is that some obvious long-term solutions are rarely considered. One solution to the massive tax collections by state and local government is to reduce the number of local governments. … Continue reading

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Today is the Day !!!


  The minimum wage increase in Cook County starts today, July 1st It’s going up to $10 an hour and will increase by a dollar every year to get to $13 an hour by 2020. There are at least 50 … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Streamline Illinois Government


Last year legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to approve a “smart streamlining” bill (Senate Bill 3) that would enable all 102 Illinois counties to begin merging or eliminating overlapping, and arguably, unnecessary units of government, including … Continue reading

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Appearance Speaks Volumes For Schiller Park


 The Village needs to understand and implement “curb appeal” throughout the Village, especially at it’s gateways.  Would a respectable resident repair his auto on their front lawn and then leave the parts laying around for a week on the front … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field


April 23, 1914………Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field), opens for the first time, with the Chicago Federals as the first tenants. The Federals are part of the upstart Federal League, the 3rd Major League. The Federals will remain in Weeghman Park for … Continue reading

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Parakeets in the Chicago ‘Burbs ?


Have you seen parakeets in Chicago? Some time in the 1970s, somebody’s pet parakeets escaped. These weren’t tropical parakeets, but ones that evolved in the relatively cold climate of southern South America, called Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus). Their cold-tolerance and … Continue reading

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A Day of Remembrance 


Today, April 15th, we celebrate the life and times of Harold Lee Washington (April 15, 1922 – November 25, 1987); an African American lawyer and politician who became the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death … Continue reading

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Piltaver the “Accidental Mayor”


April 12, 2017 “GOODNESS” VANQUISHED IN LINCOLNWOOD, NORRIDGE, SCHILLER PARK, PARK RIDGE ELECTIONS ANALYSIS & OPINION BY RUSS STEWART by RUSS STEWART If there is any lesson to be learned from the April 4 suburban elections, it is this: Voters … Continue reading

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