Will 18 Billionaires Solve Illinois’ Financial Problems ? Governor Pritzker Has a Hidden Agenda To Increase Everyone’s Taxes !

After watching the numerous pro and con commercials for the proposed Amendment to the Illinois Constitution for the “Fair Tax Act”. The supporters of the Amendment argue that 97% of Illinois will pay the same or less taxes. The “Pro” Commercials also state at the end: ” who should pay the tax you or the billionaires?”

So all of this led to the some research by me.

How many billionaires are in Illinois?

The answer is 18 billionaires per Forbes residing in Illinois.

Yes, only 18 billionaires in the State of Illinois.

So we should all believe that the 18 billionaires will pay all of this tax?

Now the real kicker. Of those 18 billionaires 6 of them share the same last name. Ready? PRITZKER. Yes it’s true. 30% of our billionaires are in his family. Is Illinois that stupid to believe he wants to increase tax on only his family? Wake up. Do some research and vote NO on this nonsense fair tax scam.

On Nov. 3, Illinoisans will vote on whether to keep Illinois’ flat income tax structure or move the state to a new progressive income tax scheme. The flat tax structure has been in the Constitution since 1970.

Less than two weeks remain and the airwaves are being bombarded with emotionally charged ads for and against the progressive tax. 

Still confused? Here are the 20 facts you should know about the progressive tax amendment.

1. What you’re voting on…

First, know that when you vote on the amendment, you are not voting on any tax rates.

The only thing you are voting on is whether or not to let lawmakers move Illinois’ income tax from a flat structure to one that allows different income levels to be taxed at different tax rates, often called a “progressive tax.” 

Today, the Illinois Constitution ensures incomes are taxed at a single, flat-tax rate, regardless of how much Illinoisans make. That means everybody pays the same share of their income in taxes. 

Under a progressive tax structure, some income levels can be taxed at higher tax rates than other income levels.

Voting “yes” supports the change to a progressive tax structure, and voting “no” opposes the change and keeps the flat-tax structure.

2. What you’re not voting on…

Again, you are not voting on tax rates. The proposed amendment doesn’t set any tax rates whatsoever. Instead, lawmakers set tax income rates through legislation, which can be changed at any time.

To be clear, the amendment you are voting on:

  • Does not set permanent tax rates in the constitution.
  • Does not ensure 97% of Illinoisans will pay the same or less in taxes.
  • Does not limit lawmakers to raising taxes only on the rich.
  • Does not stop lawmakers from raising taxes on lower and middle-income Illinoisans.
  • Does not stop lawmakers from imposing higher rates on any and all income groups.

Also note that the ballot language describing the amendment is inaccurate. The ballot states the amendment “gives the State ability to impose higher rates on those with higher income levels and lower income tax rates on those with middle- or lower-income levels.”

That is misleading. There is nothing in the amendment language to stop lawmakers from imposing the same high rates on both middle- and low-income Illinoisans. Eighteen progressive states tax middle-income residents at the same rate as the wealthy. (See Fact 14 for details.)

3. The proposed tax rates can change at any time…

Lawmakers have already passed a set of progressive tax rates and income brackets which will go into effect on January 1st, if the amendment passes. When you hear adssaying “97% of Illinoisans will pay the same or less,” that statement is referring to the rates lawmakers passed, not the amendment. 

The maximum tax break any Illinoisan would receive under the new structure is just $65 (for a taxpayer with $249,999 in income). An Illinoisan with a net income of $10,000 will receive a tax break of $10.

The tax rates and breaks, however, are only introductory. The progressive tax structure allows the state to impose higher rates on any income group. And the taxes and the income brackets can be changed by the legislature at any time without taxpayer input. The introductory tax rates and the income brackets are shown below.

4. Without reforms, the proposed tax hike falls billions short of what Illinois needs…

The legislature’s introductory progressive tax rates are projected to raise an additional $3.1 billion in revenue annually, though that amount may be overly optimistic if too many of Illinois’ wealthy residents flee.

That amount is far short of what’s needed to cover the state’s deficits, let alone pay for the governor’s other spending promises. Without reforms, Illinois needs about $10 billion in additional revenues each year just to properly balance the budget. 

That’s made up of a structural budget shortfall of some $3-$4 billion annually, another $1 billion yearly to begin paying down the state’s $8 billion in unpaid bills, and about $5 billion more each year to properly pay for the state’s true retirement costs.

Unless lawmakers enact major spending and pension reforms, they’ll have no choice but to eventually raise tax rates again (see Fact 5).

5. What progressive tax rates may eventually look like… 

Since Illinois lawmakers refuse to pursue pension and spending reforms, they will eventually be forced to raise taxes to address the state’s $10 billion annual deficit highlighted in Fact 4.

A Wirepoints analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue tax data found that lawmakers will have to significantly raise rates on both middle- and higher-income Illinoisans to raise $10 billion annually. Tax rates on middle-income Illinoisans would jump to 9 percent, while rates on the wealthiest taxpayers would increase to more than 11 percent.

(The example below is one of many potential rate structures, but it’s a fair representation of the rates required to raise a $10 billion across middle- and higher-income taxpayers.)

6. There’s no property tax relief…

No matter what’s been advertised, the $3.1 billion raised by the introductory progressive tax rates would not provide real property tax relief to Illinois homeowners.

The tax hike’s new revenues would be immediately swallowed by the state’s budget shortfall. There’d be nothing left for the state’s other problems.

Illinois governments collect more than $32 billion in property taxes every year. To provide Illinoisans with meaningful property tax relief of just 15 percent, the state would have to increase progressive income taxes by an additional $5 billion over and above the amount already needed to cover the state’s structural deficits. That would require significantly higher tax rates on Illinois’ middle- and lower-income residents.

7. Illinois’ current flat income tax is fair…

You may have heard the current flat-tax structure is unfair because low income residents and wealthier residents pay the same tax rate. Under Illinois’ current flat income tax, everyone pays the same rate of 4.95 percent.

But focusing on the rate ignores that the wealthy pay far more in taxes under the flat-rate tax structure. Those who earn more, pay more.

Take, for example, two Illinoisans. One makes $20,000, while the other makes 100 times more, or $2,000,000. At a 4.95 percent tax rate, the lower income Illinoisan pays nearly $1,000 in taxes, ignoring exemptions and deductions. In comparison, the wealthier resident will pay about $100,000, or 100 times more.

8. Illinois’ current flat income tax, after exemptions, is effectively progressive…

What you might not have heard is that after taking into account deductions and exemptions, Illinois’ flat-tax structure is actually progressive.

Illinois’ standard exemption lowers each Illinoisans’ taxable income by $2,275. That, coupled with many other deductions allowed by law, results in lower-income Illinoisans paying a lower effective tax rate than higher-income Illinoisans.

Data from the Institute on Taxation on Economic Policy shows how “progressive” Illinois’ flat tax already is. Illinoisans with the lowest incomes effectively pay 1.5 percent of their income in taxes. In contrast, the wealthiest taxpayers pay 4.1 percent

9. Hitting the wealthy may cause more to leave…

Illinois already loses thousands of wealthy Illinoisans to other states every year. IRS data shows a net 26,000 tax filers making $200,000 or more have left Illinois since 2012 alone, depriving the state of a cumulative $60 billion in income that could have been taxed.

Frustrated by Illinois’ corruption, debts, high taxes, a struggling economy and politicians’ complete refusal to pursue reforms, you can bet many more high-income residents have one foot out the door. A 60 percent tax hike might be their final reason to leave.

10. Illinois’ political history is full of broken promises…

Illinois politicians have a long history of breaking promises to Illinoisans, especially when it comes to taxes.

Politicians promised the 2011 “temporary,” 67 percent income tax hike would fix the state’s budget and eliminate its unpaid bills. “We have some temporary tax increases that are designed to pay our bills, get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing and make sure that our state has a strong economy,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. Four years and $31 billion additional tax dollars later, Illinois’ budget remained unbalanced, its bills unpaid and its pension debts were larger than ever.

Politicians again promised balanced budgets and stability after they passed a permanent 32 percent income tax hike in 2017. Now they’re back again, promising the same with the progressive income tax hike.

Illinois’ spiking pension debts prove how empty those promises have been. Despite billions of dollars in tax hikes, Illinois pension debts continue to rise, putting a larger and larger burden on struggling Illinoisans.

Without real spending and pension reforms, lawmakers will have no choice but to raise taxes on those who generate two-thirds of the taxable income in Illinois: lower- and middle-income earners.

11. Taxing retirements will be a whole lot easier…

There’s been a lot of discussion whether the amendment would lead to a tax on retirement income. Today, retirement income is not taxed in Illinois, though there is nothing in state law prohibiting it. It’s simply been too unpopular for lawmakers to pass under the current flat-tax regime – taxes would have to be raised on all retirees at one flat rate.

But under a progressive tax structure, taxing retirement becomes much easier. Lawmakers can target one segment of retirees, say higher-income retirees, with a new tax. That makes it far easier to pass politically than targeting all retirees at the same time. Once lawmakers successfully tax one segment of retirees, other segments could be targeted over time.

State Treasurer Frerichs said it best recently: “One thing a progressive tax would do is make clear you can have graduated rates when you are taxing retirement income.” Frerichs is correct. Every single state with a progressive tax structure also taxes retirement income.

12. The amendment allows for multiple income taxes…

Passing the amendment will not only allow Illinois lawmakers to pass any progressive tax rates they want, it would also allow them to tax the same income more than once.

The current language of the Illinois Constitution says the state can only have one income tax. The amendment strips that language from the Illinois Constitution, giving state lawmakers the option to pass multiple taxes on Illinoisans’ income. For example, they could pass an additional income tax dedicated to paying for pensions.

13. Illinois is nearly surrounded by flat tax states…

Several pro-tax ads imply that Illinois’ flat tax makes the state an outlier, especially among its neighbors. But the fact is the majority of Illinois’ neighbors have a flat or nearly-flat tax structure

Michigan has a flat tax like Illinois. All Michiganders pay the same rate of 4.25 percent. The same goes for residents in Indiana, with a flat state tax of 3.23 percent. Kentuckians, too, pay a flat-tax rate of 5.0 percent. And Missouri’s progressive tax structure is essentially flat, taxing all income above $8,424 at a rate of 5.4 percent.

14. There are 18 states with a flat tax or no income tax at all…

Illinois will not “modernize” its taxes, as some promoters of the tax like to say, by adopting a progressive structure. In fact, the trend nationally has been for states to adopt flat or zero income taxes.

Utahchanged from a progressive income tax to a flat tax in 2008. North Carolina moved to a flat tax in 2014. Kentucky changed to a flat tax in 2018. And Tennessee has passed legislation that will eliminate the state’s income tax by 2022. In contrast, Connecticut was the last state to adopt a progressive income tax back in 1996. 

In all, there are currently 18 states nationally that tax residents at the same tax rate. Nine states have flat incomes taxes and nine have no income tax at all.

15. Many progressive tax states treat the middle class like the wealthy…

No matter what pro-tax ads may imply, a progressive tax is not a cure-all for middle-income residents. Many “progressive tax” states tax low- to middle-income workers at the same marginal rate as millionaires. Eighteen of them, in fact. The table below highlights those states.

Georgia, for example, taxes everybody’s income above $7,000 at the marginal rate of 5.75 percent. Idaho’s top marginal rate is 6.93 percent on all income greater than $11,554. Neighboring Missouri has a top rate of 5.4 percent on all incomes above $8,424.

Almost all of the top tax rates in the table are higher than the 4.95 percent Illinoisans pay today, before taking exemptions and deductions into account. Look down the list. Nebraska’s top rate is 6.84 percent on incomes over $31,160. That’s certainly not “millionaire” income levels. Nor is it in Iowa, where residents pay a max of 8.53 percent on the income they make over $73,710. In that whole group of states, only New Mexico has a top rate that’s lower than Illinois’ current flat tax.

16. The progressive tax would result in the second-highest business rate in the nation…

Lawmakers’ introductory progressive tax would raise tax rates on all individuals making over $250,000, many of whom are small business owners, to as high as 7.99 percent from today’s flat rate of 4.95 percent. It would also raise Illinois’ corporate income tax rate to 10.49 percent, the second-highest in the nation, behind only New Jersey. 

The Tax Foundation found that Illinois’ business competitiveness would plummet to 47th from 36th nationally under those progressive tax rates.

That’s exactly why Warren Buffett says he wouldn’t relocate a business to a state like Illinois. He knows lawmakers will hit businesses with higher taxes to pay for things like the state’s pension crisis: “In the public sector, you know, it’s a disaster…If I were relocating into some state that had a huge unfunded pension plan, I’m walking into liabilities…And those are big numbers, really big numbers…And when you see what they would have to do  I say to myself, ‘Why do I wanna build a plant there that has to sit there for 30 or 40 years?’”

17. Illinois is already the most corrupt state in the nation…

Voters have to decide if they want to hand over more of their tax dollars to the most corrupt state in the nation.

A 2020 study by the University of Illinois at Chicago found that, “Chicago continues to be the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois remains the third most corrupt state.” And a report by the ABC 7’s investigative news team pegs Illinois as “the most corrupt state in America.”

A Chicago alderman, two state senators and two state representatives have all been indicted in the past year. House Speaker Mike Madigan is under investigation and Senate President Don Harmon’s offices have been raided by federal agents, as well.

18. Illinois is already shrinking more than any other state in the country…

Voters have to decide whether higher taxes are worth the risk of even more residents leaving. Illinois is already losing more people than any other state in the nation. In all, Illinois’ population has shrunk by 170,000 since 2010.

19. Illinoisans already face one of the nation’s highest tax burdens…

Illinoisans have to decide whether they can afford a higher overall tax burden, already one of the nation’s highest.

The Tax Foundation says Illinoisans are burdened by the 5th-highest state and local taxes in the nation. And Kiplinger, the personal finance company, calls Illinois the “Least Tax-Friendly State” in the nation. 

20. Illinois home values already suffer some of the worst growth in the nation…

Illinoisans have to decide whether their already-suffering home values can handle more tax hikes.

Unfortunately for Illinois homeowners, they already pay the highest property taxes in the nation. Those high taxes and weak demand have damaged the value of Illinoisans’ property. U.S. Census Bureau data shows that real Illinois median home values have fallen by nearly 20 percent since 2005, the 6th-worst performance nationally.

A Wirepoints-Zillow study found that Illinois homeowners lost out on $270 billion in property appreciation between 2009 and 2019 due to the state not growing at the national average.

Last point: Reforms are the alternative to tax hikes 

One thing entirely missing from the debate over the progressive tax is spending reforms. 

Despite the many crises described above, structural reforms have never been offered to ordinary Illinoisans as an option – only higher taxes.

Vote how you want on Nov. 3, but realize that Illinoisans should have been voting on a pension reform amendment – the constitutional change Illinois really needs.

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Roy F McCampbell’s Blog is #16 on the Top 30 Political Satire Websites and Blogs in 2020


Roy F. McCampbell’s Blog is #16 on the Top 30 Political Satire Websites And Blogs in 2020 | Political Satire Blog


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McCampbell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname McCampbell was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute. Researchers suggest a joint progenitor of both the Campbells and the MacArthurs.

A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname McCampbell. It is a name for a person with a crooked mouth, or crooked smile. This nickname surname is derived from the Gaelic words cam and beul, meaning crooked and mouth. Nicknames could be derived from various sources. In general, they came from the physical characteristics, behavior, mannerisms and other attributes of the bearer.

Early Origins of the McCampbell family

The surname McCampbell was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute. Researchers suggest a joint progenitor of both the Campbells and the MacArthurs. The MacArthurs were the ancient senior sept of the Campbells. Arthur derives from the son of King Aedan MacGabhran, the 9th century Scots King of Argyll. The Clan Campbell was known as the Siol Diarmaid an Tuirc or, alternatively, the Clan Duibhne, and in a Crown charter Duncan MacDuibhne was ancestor of the Lords of Lochow in 1368.

Sir Colin Campbell, son of Sir Archibald, was succeeded by Sir Duncan in 1427. Sir Duncan’s second son, Black Colin of Glenorchy founded the Campbells of Breadalbane. He built the castle of Caolchurn and married Margeret Stewart, heiress of the Lords of Lorn. After the Battle of Harlaw in 1411 in which the MacDonalds were badly defeated by the King, the Campbells, took advantage of the situation to acquire more territory from the MacDonalds.

In 1517 the Campbells and the MacLeans of Duart were called upon by the Crown to again suppress the Lord of the Isles, MacDonald of Lochalsh, who had seized two Royal Castles. Lochalsh went to the scaffold and the Campbells acquired more land. Their Chiefs were bestowed with knighthoods, baronies and Earldoms. The Earl of Argyll becoming Chancellor of Scotland to James IV, and through his influence achieved a measure of peace throughout the Highlands.

Early History of the McCampbell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCampbell research.

McCampbell Spelling Variations

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. McCampbell has been spelled Campbell, Cambell, Cambel, Camble, Cammell and many more.

Early Notables of the McCampbell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Duncan Campbell, the first Earl in 1437; Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquis of Argyll, 8th Earl of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, (1607-1661); and his son, Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll (1629-1685), a Scottish peer; Robert Campbell, 5th Laird of Glenlyon (1630-1696), Scottish noble, best known as one of the commanding officers at the Massacre of Glencoe; Sir Archibald Campbell, who became the first Duke of Argyll in 1701; John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland (1636-1717), known as “Slippery John”, Scottish peer during the Glorious…
Another 96 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCampbell

Ireland Migration of the McCampbell family to Ireland

Some of the McCampbell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this article . This is from whence I came and I will cover further later

Migration of the McCampbell family

For Scottish and Scottish-Irish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Neil Campbel, who was a “Scotch prisoner” sent to New Jersey in 1685 by order of the English government in 1651; Agnes Campbell, who arrived at New York in 1774 with her two children.

My ancestor was John McCampbell, arrived in the Great Valley of Virginia in 1753, and had seven children. John was born about 1688 at Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Contemporary Notables of the name McCampbell (post 1700)+

  • Commander David McCampbell (1910-1996), American naval aviator and all-time leading Navy flying ace with 34 aerial victories, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944, eponym of the USS McCampbell (DDG-85), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and David McCampbell Terminal, Palm Beach International Airport
  • Artis J. McCampbell (b. 1953), American politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (2006-)
  • Kennedy McCampbell Crockett (b. 1920), American diplomat who was the United States Ambassador to Nicaragua from 1967 to 1970
  • Nancy McCampbell Grace (b. 1952), American Virginia Myers Professor of English at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio

The McCampbell Motto The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

One of the ten commonest surnames in Scotland, the name was taken to Ulster by galloglass and later, in much larger numbers, by settlers in the 17th century plantation schemes. It is now among the fifty commonest surnames in Ireland. Some of the name however, may be of ancient Irish origin, descended from a County Tyrone sept that bore the name Mac Cathmhaoil. CAMPBELL was known as the race of Diarmid, for centuries the most powerful influence in Argyll and the West of Scotland. In the 13th century Archibald Campbell obtained the Lordship of Lochlow through his marriage with the daughter of the King’s treasurer, and for a long period thereafter, the Campbells of Lochlow formed one of the chief branches of the clan. Early records of the name mention Gillespie Cambel, who held from the Crown, the lands of Menstrie and Sauchie in 1263, and he was also a witness to a charter by Alexander II erecting Newburgh in Fife into a burgh in favour of the monks of Lindores. The name in Ireland is Mac Cathmhaoil (battle chief). When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father’s christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.

Motto: Ne obliviscaris
Motto Translation: Forget not

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Schiller Park Fire Chief, Peter Chiodo, Walk Off——Congratulations !

Congratulations to Fire Chief Peter Chiodo as he retired yesterday from 31 years of service to the Village of Schiller Park.

Chief Chiodo has been a skilled Chief, compassionate and brave firefighter, and a decent human being. He has dedicated dedicated to the people of Schiller Park and the people he worked with at the SPFD. He will be greatly missed, but he has inspired many firefighters in his career to follow his good example.

Good luck in your future endeavors, Chief Chiodo !

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Can Governor Pritzker Place A Moratorium On Evictions Indefinitely in Illinois ?

The Governor has worried publicly about a pending flood of evictions, the landlords association has noted. That is a problem caused by the moratorium.

A state appeals court has been asked to step in and decide whether Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has the power to indefinitely continue issuing executive orders, prohibiting landlords, many of whom say they are approaching financial ruin, from forcing apartment and rental house tenants to either pay their rent or face eviction.

Attorneys for a group of owners of apartment buildings and rental homes confirmed they have appealed the ruling of a Will County judge, who determined Illinois law gives Pritzker the power to continue to impose a moratorium on evictions, which has been in place since March. The landlords had sued Pritzker, arguing his anti-eviction orders violated their constitutional property rights, and amounted to an illegal taking of their property, by forcing them to foot the bill for the tenants’ continued use of their property, even if the tenants took advantage of the situation by simply refusing to pay rent.

The order blocks landlords from even beginning the process of removing non-paying tenants from their properties, or continuing eviction processes that had begun before the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak and Pritzker’s use of emergency powers to combat the disease’s spread.

Even as the appeal moves forward, Pritzker renewed the eviction moratorium on Aug. 22, extending the tenant protection measures another 30 days, to Sept. 19, at least. The extension came a few days after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose office enforces evictions in Chicago and suburban Cook, publicly asked Pritzker to prevent a “tsunami” of evictions that would follow the lifting of the eviction ban.

Pritzker has argued, and Dart has agreed, that lifting the eviction ban at this point in the pandemic would result in a new wave of homelessness and transience that would, in turn, make it harder to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Landlords, however, had a different take on the extension of the order.

In a prepared statement, the Illinois Rental Property Owners Association said “there is no rent payment crisis” in Illinois or elsewhere.

They said unemployment benefits have “successfully supported renters” amid the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions imposed by governors, including Pritzker, to fight it, which contributed to an historic economic downturn.

The IRPOA pointed to data supplied by the National Multifamily Housing Council, which they said showed only 2% more tenants have not paid their rent to this point in 2020, compared to 2019.

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Rosemont Horizon Collapsed 41 Years Ago Today, 8/13/1979

On August 13, 1979, the uncompleted roof of the Rosemont Horizon collapsed, killing five construction workers and injuring 16 others.[5] The collapse was featured in the “Engineering Disasters” episode of Modern Marvels, first broadcast by The History Channel on April 20, 2006.

The wooden roof of the 20,000-seat arena was 90 percent complete when it suddenly collapsed. Shortly after the collapse, officials speculated about a low-flying aircraft causing the collapse, and Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens told the AP that it was probably a gust of wind. However, an Occupational Safety and Health

Administration investigation revealed, “The building was in such unstable condition that anything could have set off the collapse. You could have blown on it and knocked it down.”

According to an engineering case studies project, shoddy planning and missing bolts are what caused the unfinished roof to collapse.

A post-collapse investigation carried by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that the cause of the collapse was the unstable condition of the wood roof frame.

Over 53 percent of the required connection bolts were missing from the building’s roof. Of the 944 girder bolts required for the connections already installed, only 444 were in place. Of these, 338 had no nuts, and some of the nuts in place were only finger-tight. OSHA also discovered that only 27 percent of the “compensating steel plates” were properly installed. Although the missing bolts were found the triggering cause, it was proved that inadequate bracing and the stockpiling of materials in the roof contributed to the collapse. Several other violations were attributed to the roof erector, who was severely fined by OSHA. The project’s architect and other subcontractors were also fined for diverse irregularities. Even the independent engineering firm retained by the city to investigate the collapse was fined by OSHA for unnecessarily exposure of their employees to fall hazards during field inspection.

In an interesting note, one year after the roof collapse, concrete stands under construction also collapsed at the Rosemont Horizon, dumping 34 tons of concrete to the ground. No fatalities or major injuries resulted from this accident.
The tragedy was featured on the History Channel’s Engineering Disasters in 2004, if you’d like to learn more.

The facility, originally named Rosemont Horizon, was intended to be the home of the Chicago Horizons of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and was home of the 1980-1981 season but the franchise folded in 1982. It was also intended to be the home of the WHA’s Chicago Cougars, but the team folded in 1975, three years before construction on the arena started. The first concert held at the Horizon was Fleetwood Mac on May 15, 1980, as they cut a red ribbon on the stage during the opening of the show.

The Rosemont Horizon was featured in many music videos, including the 1985 music video “Big City Nights” by Scorpions.[6]

Insurance company Allstate signed a 10-year contract worth more than $10 million on June 9, 1999, to acquire naming rights to the arena and renovate it.[7]

On December 29, 2002, Creed had an infamous concert at the arena, where the lead singer Scott Stapp had a bad reaction with a combination of pills and alcohol, causing Stapp to be inebriated during the concert. After mumbling incoherently for 5 songs, he later fell asleep and after a few minutes woke up and continued to sing until the concert was ended early. This resulted in a $2 million lawsuit against the band.

On December 14, 2003, the floor at the Allstate Arena was named “Ray and Marge Meyer Court” in honor of Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Meyer and his wife. Meyer coached DePaul’s men’s team for 42 seasons and is the school’s all-time winningest coach.

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St Maria Goretti to Merge with St Beatrice Parish in Schiller Park

I discussed this in 2017, see the link

Two Catholic churches in west suburban Schiller Park are consolidating into one parish this fall, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Saturday.

Effective Oct. 1, the St. Maria Goretti parish, 10050 Ivanhoe Ave., will merge with St. Beatrice, 4157 Atlantic Ave. 

The decision to combine the two parishes was made after a two-month “discernment process,” according to a statement from the archdiocese.

“The united parish community will embark on the next phase of the renewal process to become a stronger, more sustainable presence for the future, capable of reaching more people in their work of making disciples of Jesus Christ, building communities and inspiring witness in the world around us,” the archdiocese said.

After the consolidation happens, St. Beatrice, located about a mile northeast of St. Maria Goretti, will be designated as the parish church, where the business office and sacramental records are kept, the archdiocese said.

The name of the new parish will be decided “at a later date.” 

The suburban merger is the latest under the archdiocese’s “Renew My Church” initiative, which has focused on churches with shrinking congregations and school enrollments among its 97 parish groupings. 

In February, the archdiocese announced a reshuffling plan that impacted 20 parishes across the city. Those mergers went into effect July 1.

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Mayor Lightfoot Hosts Her Birthday Party at Chicago City Hall Rooftop Garden

Members of media tip——-Mayor Lightfoot hosted her birthday on the roof of the Chicago City Hall this past week

Free Media Tip – Again

Don’t expect much out of these “reporters” though:

  • Maybe someone should investigate why the mayor had a private birthday shin dig including alcoholic beverages on the rooftop of city hall for her birthday during the time people are being slaughtered in the street yet again including the gold cost rap murder. How much did this cost the tax payers to prep the rooftop for her birthday celebration…. research that.
  • the bigger question is did how many people (capacity limits there Larry), was everyone wearing a mask, and was there social distancing

But Groot and Fatass are about to shut down the city again, bankrupting the last of the small business that have scraped by so far.

Labels: scandalsun-fucking-believable

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Is Leyden High School SD212 a Good Steward of Tax Payer Money ?

So this was just delivered to every Leyden High School parent’s mailbox.

This was clearly written and produced as if there was no pandemic. The information contained in this mailing was irrelevant before they mailed it. Each envelope cost $1.81 to mail.

We should all have a few questions few questions.

  1. How much was spent on the 8 1/2 x 11 magnet that will just be thrown in the garbage by a majority of Leyden Parents?
  2. Why couldn’t it just be posted on their webpage?
  3. How much was the total cost of the mailing ?
  4. Why do an individual mailing with identical duplicate information for each student in the same family ?

This is a complete waste of money!

Everyone has experienced tremendous real estate tax increases in their latest bills, with school districts constituting 65% of the bills.

This mailing didn’t even support the ill conceived now abandoned fantasy reopening of Leyden High School’s; while chaos now reigns as the District attempts to cobble together a total remote learning experience that they had 6 months to plan and failed to effectively use the time.

The District continues to demonstrate bad education management decisions and inept management of taxpayer money.

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Leyden High School Marching Band 2019 Memories

A special thank you to Bobby Riesterer for all of the work that you put into the making of this video and the countless hours you have spent over the last 17 years supporting the Leyden High School Marching Band. Also a thank you to all of the parents and volunteers who have spent countless hours this last season as well as past years supporting and making this a special experience for all of the marching band members.

And an acknowledgment and thank you to Bryan Miller and Abby Kott for the superb skills and delivery of a tremendous educational experience for all of the instrumental and marching band students.

As we endure this pandemic we continue to look forward to great music opportunities going forward and offer our support and prayers for a future successful music experience for all of the current and future Leyden High School students.

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