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Friday, Mar 28, 2008

* Wally Phillips was Chicago radio

* Tax hike gives Palatine no good options

* More taxes to come?

* Is $35 too much for a movie ticket?

* NYSE tells Sun-Times Media of non-compliance

* McCulloch Verdict a Template for a Future Terry Link?

* ICC approves 5-year, $139 million plan to improve safety at rail crossings

* IHSA gets clean bill of financial health

* Rezko’s lawyers visit him in jail

“You do not know where a witness is going to go off the paper,” Halprin said. “And it happens at every single trial.”

* Illinois wants to check drivers license applicants for warrants

* State alters rules, now says Plainfield needs a hospital

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s latest assessment of Edward Hospital’s plan for a hospital in Plainfield shows a need for hospital beds in Plainfield — the opposite of what the state agency has said for four years.

* Illinois’ kids fare better, but problems remain

* Durbin to update progress at Marion’s scrutinized VA hospital

A VA investigation found that at least nine deaths between October 2006 and March of last year were “directly attributable” to substandard care at the Marion hospital.

* Dean to Clinton and Obama: Bickering could hurt party in November

* McCain Launches First General Election TV Ad

* Laura, Jenna Bush to promote new book in Naperville

- Posted by Kevin Fanning        

6 Comments
  1. - Cassandra - Friday, Mar 28, 08 @ 10:23 am:

    Did the Palatine area residents write a lot of letters to Stroger and their Commissioner about Stroger’s sales tax hike. Did they
    demonstrate at Cook County board meetings. Did they call their Commissioner to protest.

    Unlikely that many did. When you are talking about seceding after a tax hike, it’s too late. The time to do something is before. It is much easier to prevent a tax hike than to get it reduced once implemented. All those Stroger friends and relatives who will be hired as a result of this
    tax bonanza won’t take kindly to the prospect of
    losing their jobs in the future.

    At least Palatine area residents can drive a few miles to avoid the tax. For city and inner-ring suburbs, we are somewhat captive, unless we want to spend big money on gas and/or hours of precious non-work time traveling to distant places to shop.


  2. - Kevin Fanning - Friday, Mar 28, 08 @ 10:44 am:

    —At least Palatine area residents can drive a few miles to avoid the tax. —

    Sure, but that is also the main thrust of their argument. It kills their businesses. Imagine what will happen to car dealerships, or any business that has large item sales. Residents can just drive ten minutes in the other direction and save literally thousands.


  3. - Cassandra - Friday, Mar 28, 08 @ 11:37 am:

    Apparently, they didn’t make that argument very forcefully. An avalanche of letters and phone calls and visits from a combination of angry consumer AND angry business owners would not go unnoticed.

    I really doubt that happened. In Illinois, we love
    to get taxed.


  4. - fed up - Friday, Mar 28, 08 @ 2:20 pm:

    Kev,
    another mistake, it makes no differance where you buy your car in Ill. you pay the tax for where you live.


  5. - Kevin Fanning - Friday, Mar 28, 08 @ 2:51 pm:

    fed,
    How bout a lap top?


  6. - Annon - Monday, Mar 31, 08 @ 11:28 pm:

    Wow…not an 86-acre LIFESTYLE shopping center!!! Perhaps they should charge a $35 entrance fee in addition to the movie ticket.

    Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pick up my hot tix and go to a live performance for the same price. At least I can clap my hands twice and shout out “Now act for me, acting slaves!”

    Better be careful though, not to disturb those around me or the marketers will have to come up with a new concept based on my bad behavior (i.e., open a live theater where people behave as they should, giving them an opportunities to triple the cost of a ticket.

    Only in my hometown.

    A for the Bush Ladies…You go, Girls!


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