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Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

* From Reboot

Below is a map of stories from across Illinois of people and organizations that are feeling the pain of the current Illinois government shutdown. Click on the individual map marker to learn more about the impact this state government shutdown has had on an organization or Illinoisan.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

55 Comments
  1. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 9:43 am:

    Here comes the heat.

    I doubt if these folks are interested in a dorm-room Randian economics discussion on the evils of collective bargaining and prevailing wage.

    They actually have lives and jobs to do.


  2. - Former Federal Prosecutor - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 9:44 am:

    Words cease to have meaning if we are calling this a government “shutdown.”


  3. - Concerned - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 9:54 am:

    Is there a similar map showing the companies that have relocated out of Illinois?


  4. - walker - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:02 am:

    A little too cutesy. This isn’t a game.


  5. - Lkwd Res - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:26 am:

    Cute chart. Those the 99% of us that are unaffected by these stories, really, really care.


  6. - Under Further Review - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:28 am:

    Looks remarkably like the map of overburdened Illinois taxpayers footing the bill for political waste and corruption.


  7. - burbanite - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:35 am:

    Don’t you mean the 1% not affected?


  8. - Lkwd Res - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:49 am:

    “1%” are we not past that nonsense yet? $1,800 a mo in SS benefits ($21,600 annually) vs. average IL pensioner receiving $40K+ per year. State workers are fed off my tax dollars. this model will have diminishing returns and is not sustainable.


  9. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:50 am:

    ===walker - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:02 am:

    A little too cutesy. This isn’t a game.===

    Agreed. Not fun at all.


  10. - SonofSuperAbe2014 - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:51 am:

    That looks like my face each and every time I pay my state income tax and local property taxes to fund bloated and corrupt government entities.


  11. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:51 am:

    UFR, I forget, what was the dollar amount of savings on “political waste and corruption” that the governor identified in his proposed FY16 budget?


  12. - Under Further Review - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:55 am:

    Take it down a notch Word. You are too angry. You like to fault everyone else for their opinions, but in the past few days media reports have shown that you are off base (the President used his own middle name overseas and the toxicology reports in Texas differed with your assertions).


  13. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:03 am:

    what was the dollar amount of savings on “political waste and corruption” that the governor identified in his proposed FY16 budget?

    Seems like a legitimate question.

    – MrJM


  14. - Me too - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:05 am:

    Lkwd, no one was supposed to live off of Social Security. Additionally, had the employer share been paid, it would have been cheaper than SS plus a matching 403b (which is the public version of a 401k). But hey, your worldview doesn’t allow for John Q. Public to work for 30+ years to have a decent retirement. Here’s a fun fact: GRF dollars would have had to be collected to pay what the employer owed, and to get those dollars they refused to raise taxes. That way you Lkwd, benefited from the pension funds personally. You’re a taker, taking lower taxes with the idea that someone else (the pension funds of state employees) would foot the bill later. You were on public aid all of those years.


  15. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:09 am:

    What is cute about a map showing where our neighbors are being hurt by the inability of the top elected official to govern the State?


  16. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:13 am:

    If you think funds such as LIHEAP are a waste, why not save your own money and shut off your air conditioner today, all day and all night. Your 90 degree plus bedroom will feel downright cozy by tonight./s


  17. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:18 am:

    === Under Further Review - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 10:55 am:

    Take it down a notch Word. You are too angry.===

    Go easy on him. It’s a terrible burden to be right objectively and subjectively all the time. He bears the burden for all.


  18. - anonlurker - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:25 am:

    @ A guy
    Mirror mirror on the wall…


  19. - Concerned citizen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:30 am:

    A guy - maybe he works for someone on the Democratic side of the aisle, which would make it personal for him?

    Question - is this site aimed at only one side of the spectrum?


  20. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:33 am:

    a lurk…you keep lurkin’


  21. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:39 am:

    UFR, the answer is $200 million in “operational efficiencies.”


  22. - In the know - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:40 am:

    Tippity tip tip of the iceberg here. My office has not been allowed to issue new grants or contracts since late March. We have several million in federal money hanging in the balance waiting for a budget. We are hearing about layoffs and postponed hires every week. Multiply that by every other state agency office which deals with grants, contracts, or purchases, and these add up to big bucks.


  23. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:40 am:

    Guy, you don’t presume to be “right” in your postings?

    That explains a lot.


  24. - anonlurker - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:44 am:

    Will do :)


  25. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:46 am:

    - Concerned citizen -,

    Being new here, some advice;

    Don’t assume anything about any commenter. You can look foolish real fast.

    To the Post,

    Given what is left that hasn’t been ruled on by the courts to be “paid”, the real pain and heat will be more intense. Judicial budgets are blind too, even when monies are finite.


  26. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:46 am:

    === Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:40 am:

    Guy, you don’t presume to be “right” in your postings?

    That explains a lot.===

    Kinda testy today friend. You get up on the wrong side of the Aerie?


  27. - Old Shepherd - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:13 pm:

    No worries, though. While people start to truly suffer because of the impasse, we will still have two State Fairs. Priorities.


  28. - Concerned citizen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:13 pm:

    Willy - thanks for the tips (the one you stated, and the one you only inferred - that regular posters will circle the wagons for each other). My post used maybe in it, not a statement at all. Just a guess as to why another poster seems so angry and nasty.


  29. - Leave a Light on George - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:19 pm:

    “Take it down a notch Word. You are too angry.===

    Go easy on him. It’s a terrible burden to be right objectively and subjectively all the time. ”

    That made me snort/laugh.


  30. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:19 pm:

    1 John 3:17


  31. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:20 pm:

    ===My post used maybe in it, not a statement at all. Just a guess as to why another poster seems so angry and nasty.===

    Ok. Sometimes just reading and learning prevents even “maybe” statements that put you at odds with what is.

    This blog… is the “deep” end of the Illinois Political Blog pool.

    Good luck.


  32. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:29 pm:

    ==- @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:03 am:==

    Thus, the avoidance from Rauner supporters.


  33. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 12:56 pm:

    What @walker said. The little cartoon faces are a little too cutesy.


  34. - Mama - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:06 pm:

    A lot of people are being hurt by Rauner’s Turnaround agenda.


  35. - Tha missin g - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:19 pm:

    @10:49am
    I, for one, am not past the 1% thin’ yet. I suppose you think if you ask that enough the question may go away. Seems like an extreme sham to me.


  36. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:26 pm:

    A guy- why do you always appear to attack one’s mood when they have clearly won the argument? Do you always wake up in the wrong side of history and reality? Just askin


  37. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:33 pm:

    Me too @ 11:05 - great post. I couldn’t have said it better myself.


  38. - Concerned citizen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:37 pm:

    Willy - you’re sweet. Deep end seems accurate.


  39. - Concerned citizen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:42 pm:

    Willy - I’m not sure Frank Underwood ever had a line as self-absorbed and condescending as your last post. Thanks for showing your true colors today; I now know which opinions to avoid.


  40. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:46 pm:

    Sink or swim…

    To the Post,

    With so little of the budget left, and funds required by court order to pay so much of the revenues, will Rauner turn and blame the judges for their ruling in the end?


  41. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:50 pm:

    ===Willy - I’m not sure Frank Underwood ever had a line as self-absorbed and condescending as your last post. Thanks for showing your true colors today; I now know which opinions to avoid.===

    I tried to help you…


  42. - Concerned citizen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:56 pm:

    Willy - why would you think someone needs your help while posting political opinions on a blog?


  43. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 1:59 pm:

    - Concerned citizen -,

    Move on. Go after - Wordslinger -, lol


  44. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 2:00 pm:

    @ Lkwd Res- I paid into SSI for 15 years, maxing out the last three. I will get almost nothing back from SSI, thus underwriting your portion.

    You are welcome!


  45. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 2:04 pm:

    ==the 99% of us that are unaffected by these stories, really, really care==

    That says a lot about you.

    ==$1,800 a mo in SS benefits ($21,600 annually) vs. average IL pensioner receiving $40K+ per year==

    So you want to set state employee pensions at the Social Security level? I’ve never understand this ridiculous comparison people make to Social Security. It’s an asinine comparison.

    ==this model will have diminishing returns and is not sustainable.==

    Guess what bub. The bill has to be paid. The sooner people accept it the better off we’ll all be. Instead of whining about it and trying to figure out a way around it our time would be better spent figuring out how to pay the bill that is due.


  46. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 2:27 pm:

    Concerned citizen,

    If there is one thing you can count on, any mention of Rauner will bring criticism from certain one trick ponies.


  47. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 2:32 pm:

    ” - Anonymous - “,

    You can defend Rauner, no one is stopping you. It’s up to you to make the argument


  48. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 2:52 pm:

    =If there is one thing you can count on, any mention of Rauner will bring criticism from certain one trick ponies.=

    LOL- If anyone is a “one trick pony” these days it is the governor and his frat boy club.

    He was supposed to be honest and transparent and has been anything but that. In reality he is no different than MJM (although he is better at it) and Cullerton. Appointing plenty of cronies to jobs and buying votes.

    I actually wanted something different in s Springfield not the same pile of stuff with a shiny new label!


  49. - Concerned citizen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 3:24 pm:

    Willy - I am staying away from Wordslinger - he seems mean. :)


  50. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 5:58 pm:

    I dont think I’m mean or angry, but I’m certain I’m no fool.

    That’s a good thing,

    Guy, CC, I’m sorry your feelings are hurt, but nobody makes you put it writing for all tne world to see.

    That’s a choice. You’re not victims.

    Step up and engage, any time, with your informed, intelligent, logical arguments supporting your scribbles.

    Or, just repeat what the man on the cable TV box told you was the smart thing to say, and play the victim when you’re called on the shallowness.


  51. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 8:22 pm:

    Concerned, maybe you should ramp up your involvement here and not try to fully engage on the first day or two.

    Read, learn, figure out who’s who and what they have to say before trying to diagnose their state of mind.

    Friendly advice, nothing more.


  52. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 28, 15 @ 11:25 pm:

    AA, you’re the goods.

    I respect your service and time served, brother, but I sure do wish you were on the second floor knocking heads together.

    With style. With style.


  53. - Concerned citizen - Wednesday, Jul 29, 15 @ 8:31 am:

    Wordslinger @5:58. No problem engaging in debate on the merits of policies. But your last paragraph is a good case in point. A point of view that differs from yours had to have come from the man in the cable box. People making these arguments are too dumb to make such arguments - they are mere puppets. Imo, your goal here is not to engage in reasoned debate, it is to ridicule those who disagree with you.


  54. - walker - Wednesday, Jul 29, 15 @ 9:50 am:

    ==No problem engaging in debate on the merits of policies.==

    Looking forward to your first comment in that spirit.


  55. - Concerned citizen - Wednesday, Jul 29, 15 @ 11:02 am:

    Hi Walker. There were several yesterday if you’re interested.


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