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rudym55 July 24, 2014 at 02:48 pm
The Reboot Illinois web site is a piece of work. I couldn't read the article unless I answered twoRead More questions or I shared their page. No thanks.
Donna Smith July 24, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Safewise is the Kayak/Oribtz of home security, it's just an ad. Irritating you have to answerRead More questions to get to the article then get slammed with pop ups.
jim July 24, 2014 at 04:55 pm
sort of like patch
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Bill Baggins July 24, 2014 at 01:01 pm
Just shows that Will and Cook are just wretched hives of scum and villany.
Don Gettys July 24, 2014 at 01:50 pm
It does look like their security cam was bought at a Dollar store.
Clutche July 24, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Would be nice if we cold zoom in a bit
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Cindy July 24, 2014 at 04:06 pm
I can't believe this! After all the years I have ranted against alcohol, and you run a story likeRead More this? About BARS? And ALCOHOL?? How many times do I have to say this? Alcohol is a drug! Just because it's legal doesn't make it right! You wouldn't smoke pot, would you? Heaven's no, because "drugs are bad" and you aren't drug users. But alcohol is a drug! A casual booze drinker is no better than a casual pot smoker, except they aren't breaking the law! People need to grow up and set an example and not use mind-altering drugs to relax, get high, buzzed, stoned, have "fun", celebrate, socialize, etc. What a thing to do! And we will NEVER get the pot smokers to understand why it is wrong and immature to use drugs, as long as people use alcohol! I have chastised pot smokers for years online, trying to talk some sense into them, and their number one excuse is, "Pot is safer than alcohol." I tell them over and over that we shouldn't smoke pot OR drink alcohol! How hard is that? Great, now all the pot smokers will see this article and feel further justified in continuing THEIR drug use! Is that what you want? And what will happen if "weed" becomes legal in Illinois? How will you booze drinkers feel if we have "weed tastings" and "pot shops" all over? Would you like that?? I should hope not! Oh this makes me so mad. I type my fingers to the bone for YEARS, writing tons of blogs, thousands of comments, even a BOOK on why we shouldn't use mind-altering drugs like marijuana or alcohol, and then I see articles like this. And this article will probably reach more people in one day than I ever have in years of typing. And you get PAID for this, too, while I don't make a single dime! It isn't fair! Just remember: articles like this set a terrible example, making it look like when you grow up, it's good to use a mind-altering DRUG to relax, have "fun", celebrate, socialize, etc. Is that what you want? How are casual booze drinkers any different from casual pot smokers? They aren't! Think about it! I would like to write to every bar on this list, and chastise them for setting a terrible example. I would like to help them realize that they should go out of business and start a business where they do not sell mind-altering drugs!
Programmer Corner July 24, 2014 at 05:50 pm
Cindy = troll
Dwyane Wade
Shantel July 24, 2014 at 10:58 am
Seer you just got put in your place. There is no need for me to further your shame. Hometown calledRead More you on your bull. Now go eat some chilled balls Jeffrey! I'd rather eat fried chicken than human balls any day.
Johnny appleseed July 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm
All I can say is way to go kid! I wonder if Wade minored in drama, because his acting after he flopsRead More is priceless...won themselves some games on account of flopping
BertH July 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Good question kid.
j July 23, 2014 at 05:40 pm
Voice of Reason July 24, 2014 at 08:37 am
"Some, such as the Blue Brothers, you probably knew were filmed in Chicago."? "theRead More Blue Brothers"? I wonder if they did any of the filming for that movie near Soldier's Field?
Edward Andrysiak July 23, 2014 at 07:36 pm
Change we need...Change we need...heard that before? Thought the "change" was going to beRead More something entirely different? Many did and are now disappointed. I have to wonder why we are so stupid as to believe any politician when they say they will cut, freeze and do other good things based on revenue growth in the State. If you worked for a widget store that was loaded with department after useless department and, high expenses that could be cut but aren't: only to be called to a meeting by the owner who told you they were having cash flow problems (can't pay their bills) and were hoping to increase growth in the store (meaning get more customers and sales)...you might quickly look at that and realize the widget market is topped out and there are NO MORE sales and with no cuts internally...the place will be closing it's doors very soon. Time to go looking! So, don't believe what you hear. A successful business man will know and not admit that he has to cut, cut, cut, expenses and improve income to the best of his ability and hope that the cuts and savings help get the appreciation of the electorate allowing for more time to continue to cut the size and cost of government which will stabilize taxes and hopefully attract businesses and, finally, increase income/revenues. I believe Rauner will do just that! Oh...did I mention he will not need to kiss anyone's dupa because he don't need their money or favors. Vote for the successful candidate!
Seer_ July 23, 2014 at 08:39 pm
No worries- Quinn just floated another $1 billion in bonds to build roads to enrich some juiced-inRead More road contractors and trade labor unions and buy some Nov union votes.
Doremus Jessup July 24, 2014 at 01:04 pm
After reading the headline I thought it was a story about Reboot's Sugar Momma's pending divorce.
James Williamson July 22, 2014 at 08:58 pm
I wish Chicago problems would stay in Chicago. If these individuals want to live here then theyRead More should leave their issues behind them. Why should Oswego have to suffer this? They came here because Oswego is a nice place to live. But it will only stay a nice place if they leave their problems at the door.
Sean O'Gara July 22, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Law abiding citizens don't refuse to cooperate with the police. My hunch is, and I bet the copsRead More figure this too, is that the robbers were targeting a drug supply that they knew was kept at the house, which would explain why the "victims" don't want to cooperate with the police. I highly doubt the robbers did this just for phones and a car. And I am sure the "victims" know their robbers. And I am guessing drug sales paid for the house and Audi. Enjoy your neighbors Oswego!
Oswego mom 2011 July 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Nice. Sleepy town Oswego. Boasting of excellent schools, etc. Oswego Township shows that thisRead More property is owned by: IH2 PROPERTY ILLINOIS LP % ALTUS GR Owner Address: 21001 N TATUM BLVD STE # 1630- Owner City: PHOENIX, AZ 85050 307 Hemlock Drive. Ashcroft subdivision 2012 taxes = $8,723 according to zillow.com How content the homeowners in just this subdivision paying these property tax rates must feel with neighbors like this. Be aware neighbors. Outside investors are renting to anyone.
junk yard Dawg July 23, 2014 at 07:52 am
Put that Mexican in jail for life what a piece of shit
joe July 23, 2014 at 10:05 am
Vehicular Homicide charges will follow very soon, and he'll do some serious time in prison. His lifeRead More changed dramatically when he collided with car #1.
junk yard Dawg July 23, 2014 at 10:25 am
Lock his ass up and throw the key away.
dianebelles July 23, 2014 at 11:42 am
Mr. Dean I am sorry that you are angy. You say your are not but maybe you should read your ownRead More words. Like I stated previously everyone's experience is different. Just because you do not agree with us does not mean our experience did not happen. Please stop making this lovely young woman feel bad about her words. They are her words only hers!!!!! I just so happens to fully agree with her!! Again I hope your child and every child gets what they deserve. I also hope that you discover what your journey is all about. Good luck to you during this journey and May God Bless you and your family.
Jimmy Dean July 23, 2014 at 07:49 pm
Well allow me to retort. You keep calling me angry lol.. get off your high horse lady and open yourRead More eyes. I have my own opinion on this matter, yet you seem to keep putting me down for having an opinion at all. Believe me, I do not need to show anger at anyone. I let these people hang themselves when they are trying to weasel and lie. I have caught several of them on numerous occasions lying point blank to my face. Maybe if I hadn't overheard your crazy haired friend saying what she did about my child, what she thought was behind my back, and the other things she said about my child to another staff member, the wool might still be over my eyes and I'd still be taking what she says at face value. But her true colors were revealed, Judas Iscariot in the flesh. I never thought that she or any of them would betray our trust or betray a child. But, people like that can't hide their true colors forever.. eventually the paint will rise through to the surface. Maybe in 2007 and earlier, she was different? Who knows, all I know, is that now, today, change is needed and this move away from the KCSEC is welcomed by me. I don't get mad, I just waited and got even. These people need to crawl on hands and knees and beg for forgiveness before I'd ever even consider just loosening the knot. You had a good experience, Rebecca had a good experience.. good for you(I say this as nicely as I can, yet you keep putting me down for it). Like I said before, I have only scratched at the surface and only revealed a couple examples of the problems we've experienced and friends of mine have experienced. I'm sure its more wide spread than just a few students. Probably one of the deciding factors district 308 is dumping the KCSEC, for not doing what they should be doing for EVERYONE.. There is nothing you can do Rebecca, the damage those people have done is unforgivable, the trust is long gone and seeing the district dropping the KCSEC is music to my ears. I can't help but think that I helped to bring about this move away from the co-op, by bringing their BS out in the open and it even makes my day just that much more pleasant to think that I helped bring about this change. I have said all I have to on this subject and until the KCSEC is dissolved, I probably won't truly be smiling fully.. But, I do show an evil smirk at the whole ordeal, because nobody thinks its all just a game now. Through all the lies, bullshit, backroom deals and backstabbing.. I'm the one standing on top, because I see Oswego 308 leaving your precious co-op as the beginning of the downward spiral that your crazy haired lady started and I finished. peace out
dianebelles July 24, 2014 at 07:32 am
I am not nor have I ever been on a high horse. You have NOT said anything nice. I will stand by myRead More words and I am sure Rebecca will also. Just to let you know. You think this was all done to protect a friend. You are wrong!!!!!! I completely understand that you are upset. I needed to fight for things my children needed. In the end everyone worked together to get things done. You seem to take pride in thinking you have all the power. I will agree with you that words are powerful but you having all the power I think not. PLEASE STOP with your ranting. I am a 53 year old woman and do NOT take anything you have written personally but Rebecca is a young woman just starting her life in the adult world. What you are doing to her is a rude awakening to how some people make poor choices. I would be willing to meet with you in person to discuss your issues and to see if there is anything that I can offer you to make sure your children get the services they need. I am NOT speaking about anything that has to do with the coop. Just two parents with disabled children trying to make the best life for ALL children. Diane Belles is my real name. You can contact me at diabebelles@sbcglobal.net. The journey that parents take with handicapped children is a tough. I know this all too well. My oldest son just graduated high school and will be going to college in a few short weeks :( my youngest son is a senior. I have seen and experienced many bad situations so I do have knowledge how to get things as I did them myself. PLEASE accept my help it is for the children. At the end of this process I hope there will be something to be proud of again this statement has nothing to do with dissolving the cop so do not mix my words. This is just a parent to parent with disabled children helping on another. In the end this is what this is all about anyways the CHILDREN. I am hoping that you finally can hear my words. I would like to close this by letting you know that although the crazy haired lady, Barb, was NOT my friend she was my children's case manager however the close bond and understanding that we have made in a year she has become someone that I would be proud to call my FRIEND!!!!! "Jimmy Deam" (not sure if this is your real name) I look forward to hearing from you through my email. May God shine down upon you and ease your heart ache and may he provide what your family needs. With great understanding Diane Hentges-Belles
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?
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.
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Bill and Hill be po peoples
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Fred Savage July 23, 2014 at 09:42 am
Here's an idea...don't click on links you don't want to read.
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Grama July 23, 2014 at 07:25 am
what is all this crap?
Deb Bicher July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am
Please delete those posts off the site -- If the poster has something to say, then they need to haveRead More an explanatory sentence recommending the links. Even then, they are still not relevant to any ongoing discussion. Thanks.
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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 24, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Programmer Corner July 24, 2014 at 05:43 pm
PS. Is there any way to hide a particularly person on Patch??? "Cindy" is just a machineRead More inserting garble.
Programmer Corner July 24, 2014 at 05:58 pm
Cindy = dork
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.
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