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Tuesday, Jun 26, 2007

* Lawmakers warn of impending transit needs

* Editorial: Governor should sign bill raising truck speed limit

* Opinion: Inadequate congestion funding threatens Chicago’s future

* Editorial: Meth dangerous but all pushers and drugs deal in death

The list came about after Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation last year requiring state police to create the registry. OK, so it’s a start. Maybe the information listed there will be of use to someone, but the site has a ways to go before it’s complete and of consequence to people who are living with drug dealers who have been destroying urban neighborhoods long before anyone even heard of meth.

* Opinion: Smoke-Free Illinois Act will help all of state’s residents

* Hillary or Barack: Who’s got the Chicago fundraising juice?

* Lynn Sweet: Clinton outgains Obama here for one day, but not in long run

* Lawmaker asks state for help easing crowded schools

* Latino parents tired of CPS school squeeze

* Editorial: Cook Co. can’t put residents’ health at risk

* Tolls proposed for funding of $90M Fox River span

* Chicago’s Olympic bid wins backing of U.S. Mayors

* Rockford mayor trying to override governor’s veto

- Posted by Paul Richardson        

3 Comments
  1. - Freezeup - Tuesday, Jun 26, 07 @ 8:35 am:

    I agree that there are many drugs that cause death and destruction. The difference with meth is the dangers of the meth production lab itself. There aren’t many “meth dealers”, meth cooks are meth users.

    Obviously cocaine and heroin are very destructive but you see people who can recover from it’s addiction. Meth just seems to use people up.

    I’m not saying the registry is a good or bad idea, I just hope to help people grasp the idea that meth is a differnt deal…


  2. - Anon - Tuesday, Jun 26, 07 @ 9:02 am:

    I hope that the governor does back challengers to incumbant dems. Nobody should go unchallenged, especially when they voted for the Speakers budget, which DID cut spending in each of the areas that the flier mentioned. I’m a Dem, and I like those who were targeted at the parade, but they cant deny that they failed to do their jobs as democrats by voting for that budget. Voters elect them to do more than go to Springfield and do as the Speaker says. They should have done the right thing and voted against those cuts by voting against the Speakers budget.

    I’m fine with the actions of those passing the fliers at the parade. No problem at all. And if it was laughable, Fritchey and Feigenholtz wouldnt be talking about it.


  3. - Plutocrat03 - Tuesday, Jun 26, 07 @ 11:09 am:

    Just an observation to the editors who want to raise the speed limits for truckers.

    There are many reasons to have these large vehicles capped to lower speeds than passenger cars.

    Higher speeds mean more fuel consumption.

    They are large and obscure the view of the roadway and areas around the roadway by their physical characteristic. A difference in speeds means that this view blocking vehicle will not obstruct your view permanently.

    A corollary to the above is that a difference in speeds reduces the likelihood of a passenger vehicle staying in a truck’s blind spot for extended periods.

    These things are heavy and maneuver poorly. Raising the speed limit by only 5 mph to 70mph adds nearly 11% more energy that must be dissipated by he brake system, and increased manuvering distances on the roaway. This leads to extended braking distances and makes the job of keeping the rig on the roaday more difficult.

    Air brakes take more time to actuate than hydraulic systems. Harmonizing the speeds tend to pack vehicles closer together.

    The only up sides are from the industry which believe that it can wring a few more miles each day from their drivers.

    Not worth the trade off if you ask me……


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