Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Sun-Times has a tax hike freak-out
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Sun-Times has a tax hike freak-out

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

* The adults need to intervene at the Sun-Times. Check out this lede

Tapped-out Chicago property owners would face yet another tax hit for teacher pensions — but their aldermen would escape another difficult vote — under a historic new statewide school funding deal now headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.

Tapped-out? Right. Chicagoans should ask their suburban and Downstate friends about their property tax bills.

* The screaming front page…

* Thankfully, the editorial board put things into perspective

But it is not unexpected news. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had hinted all along that another tax hike for the city’s public schools was likely, once he finished squeezing Springfield for more school money. And, regrettably, the hike is largely necessary. It is the price Chicago must pay for decades of past financial mismanagement. It is the price the city must pay for its future.

As unwelcome as higher taxes are, worse yet for Chicago and its public schools has been the damage done by constant borrowing and allowing unpaid pension obligations to pile up. A city that borrows to pay basic bills — spending money on interest payments instead of hiring cops or teachers — is a city living on borrowed time.

Mayor Daley and, for his first term Rahm Emanuel, allowed Chicagoans to live in a fantasy world where they didn’t have to pay for the services they received. And they were enabled by the city’s media and, particularly, its editorial boards which endorsed those guys at every turn.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

55 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:31 am:

    If CPS also maxes out its levy for pensions, it’ll be closer to $150 million increase next year. That’s a lot, but it’s also relatively tiny given that the total tax bill for Chicago taxpayers is well over $5 billion. Nobody wants an increase, but this is long overdue and completely necessary.


  2. - Almost the weekend - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:37 am:

    =Mayor Daley and, for his first term Rahm Emanuel, allowed Chicagoans to live in a fantasy world where they didn’t have to pay for the services they received. And they were enabled by the city’s media and, particularly, its editorial boards which endorsed those guys at every turn.=

    You can describe this as every governor from Walker to the present in regards to the fiscal state of Illinois


  3. - Memo From Turner - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:38 am:

    ==Mayor Daley and, for his first term Rahm Emanuel, allowed Chicagoans to live in a fantasy world where they didn’t have to pay for the services they received. And they were enabled by the city’s media and, particularly, its editorial boards which endorsed those guys at every turn.==
    That is absolutely the best summation ever. I would only add that labor did its part enabling with contracts that were not sustainable in exchange for endorsements and campaign workers.


  4. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:38 am:

    Not only the media, but the Chicago metro biz community — including big hitter contributors like Citizen Rauner — enabled Daley and Emanuel’s reckless fiscal practices.

    With Daley especially, the media and biz community created a cult of personality of the Indispensable Man, an alleged management wizard.

    Meanwhile, he was selling off assets to pay ongoing expenses. It’s like selling your furniture to buy groceries. Can’t sustain it.


  5. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:39 am:

    I suggest Chicago homeowners calculate their effective tax rate.

    Divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home.

    That’s one’s effective tax rate.

    In the suburbs, a 4% effective tax rate is not uncommon, up from about 2% a bit over a decade ago.


  6. - walker - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:41 am:

    This will ramp up the effectiveness of a property tax “corruption” message targeted at MJM and Berrios.


  7. - cdog - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:42 am:

    There is an omission in this description of the causes of damage in Chicago–unaffordable labor agreements.

    Chicago’s financial situations are classic examples of what happens when the tail wags the dog.

    People are waking up; this is good, even though a little painful.

    Labor needs a leash.


  8. - pundemonium - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    Cookie Monster shares his home with the Sun-Times.


  9. - let's be real - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    The nonsense that Chicagoans aren’t tapped out because their property tax bills are lower than their suburban counterparts needs to stop. We all know Daley + Rahm were/are smart enough not to constantly run up property taxes, so they hike fees and other taxes. Chicagoans shoulder the highest tax and fee burden of any city in Illinois by far. https://www.illinoispolicy.org/chicagoans-the-most-taxed-residents-in-illinois-paying-more-than-30-city-taxes/


  10. - Ahoy! - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    –Mayor Daley and, for his first term Rahm Emanuel, allowed Chicagoans to live in a fantasy world where they didn’t have to pay for the services they received. –

    That actually sounds like the rest of Illinois too. We also didn’t need to pay for pensions, someone else (my generation) will pay for that.


  11. - Fax Machine - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:49 am:

    Is there a housing boom in Hammond Indiana? I can imagine moving over the IL/IN border has to look very attractive to a lot of Cook County residents.


  12. - Molly Maguire - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:53 am:

    Rich, you are spot on. I live in one of those high tax burbs and happily pay 3x as much as Chicago homeowners for the good schools, parks, services, etc. High taxes mean high property values.


  13. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:54 am:

    Are we all a bunch of babies?
    We pay more for everything why would the cost of governments not go up too?

    This not just about Chicago, it’s about every government. Why did we believe that there was magical waste and fraud enough to pay normal cost of living increases? Who believes we can cut our budget enough to not increase costs?

    It’s like telling people that because you have a savings account, you can cover every increase with it, even though it only holds a $1.50.

    We’ve been told that government can meet every emergency, provide social needs, educate every child - and not cost more. Hooey. For 30 years our governments borrowed in order to spare us the real costs.

    Our governments have been run like Ponzi schemes and no elected official would reveal the truth.


  14. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    CDog, they’re called “agreements” for a reason. No one is forced to sign them.

    You think CTU and the police and fire unions have been lovey-dovey in their relationships with Daley and Emamuel? That’s bizarre revisionism.

    I understand you’re a proponent of the Deadbeat School of Government in which you sign and then seek to renege on contracts, but that’s not truly “conservative” by any honest definition, either in the public or private sectors.


  15. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 9:58 am:

    Oh - blaming unions is just another lie.
    Get real. Unions have been in decline since 1955.
    Do you blame dinosaurs for the turds you find on your lawn?


  16. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:00 am:

    Oh - blaming unions is just another lie.
    Get real. Unions have been in decline since 1955.
    Do you blame dinosaurs for the poo you find on your lawn? Unions could be exinct and thete would be little impact on this.


  17. - Sheesh - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:06 am:

    The big difference, which you conveniently overlook, is the return of services for the tax dollars. If the schools produced educated graduates instead of illiterates, if the roads were paved and potholes filled, if the police department was properly staffed and permitted to arrest criminals who were prosecuted and jailed, there would be no complaints. The jail has revolving doors. Sales taxes are higher in the Loop. Why is Chicago building an arena for De Paul? Other areas have higher taxes, but services are better.


  18. - Fax Machine - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:09 am:

    IPI is right about TIFs - they just need to stop using cartoons to make their point.


  19. - TR - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:09 am:

    The Sun-Times is like the Tribune in bizzaro world.

    The Trib has a knee-jerk, hyperbolic editorial board but offers sober, unbiased coverage in it’s news section. The Sun-Times does the exact opposite.


  20. - Uncle Louie - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    Typically when you pay more you get something. With the never ending pension funding shortfall, you pay more and get the satisfaction of knowing that a government employee will have a well funded retirement while you work forever.

    Sounds fair to me. I’ll stick around until they start taxing retirement income, which they will have to get around to eventually. There are plenty of states that got their fiscal act together years ago, and some of them have nice climates.


  21. - City Zen - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    Is Jorge Ramirez officially on the C-ST editorial board now or just in spirit?


  22. - Cassandra - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    Or the residents can move. I don’t say this in a snide way. It really is a choice. Increasingly, in a large complex urban area taxes are higher. Nevertheless, many folks are moving into large urban areas for better opportunities for themselves and their kids. My rural Indiana relatives pay much lower property taxes but the schools and other services are less rich. Not to say they are nonexistent and there are definite advantages to living in the country. It’s a choice.


  23. - Juice - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    let’s be real, the analysis you shared doesn’t include any property taxes for schools for any communities listed, which is a huge part of the burden basically everywhere.

    It also include a lot of taxes that Chicago residents don’t actually pay, like the hotel tax, or PPRT, and others that some may pay but by and large are paid for by businesses (lease transaction tax),


  24. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:15 am:

    Let’s be real - Please compare apples to apples, property tax burden in Chicago to property tax burden in the suburbs.


  25. - James the Intolerant - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:15 am:

    RMD, 7 for 22 in batting for paying the City’s portion of the pension pick-up, he made it all possible. And many of those years were good years, so we could have concrete planters on streets.


  26. - W Flag - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:17 am:

    Another question that I would ask of those living outside of Chicago is how many of you pay “street taxes” to park your cars on arterial streets? Daley did not simply remove the existing parking meters when he sold the parking ticket collections to a private firm. The number of pay to park locations expanded greatly, so ever time you run an errand to a business without a parking lot, you must pay for the privilege of shopping in Chicago.
    If you visit Lincoln Park, off of Recreation Drive, the parking lot has pay boxes.


  27. - Texas Red - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:23 am:

    =cassanda=

    “better opportunities for themselves and their kids”

    I know you must be kidding about opportunities for their kids right ? 2016 CPS test score show that only 1 out of 4 kids reads at grade level.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cps-reading-scores-dip-barely-1-in-4-read-at-grade-level/


  28. - Steve - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    Property taxes can go higher in Chicago. Who’s going to stop them ? The libertarians on Chicago’s City Council ? Can Chicago have Kenilworth style property taxes for CPS kind of schools? Stay tuned, many Chicago politicians want to give it a try. After all, public pensions have to be paid.


  29. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    ==After all, public pensions have to be paid==

    For a change! You can only rip people off for so long before the jig is up.


  30. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    ==I know you must be kidding about opportunities for their kids right ? 2016 CPS test score show that only 1 out of 4 kids reads at grade level.==

    How would you fix that without costing more - or do we all move away and leave this situation as is? Just give up? Without using magic beans, how would you fix that?


  31. - Century Club - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    Can you believe they want to raise taxes to pay for EDUCATION? When will these commie, tree-hugging Democrats ever learn? Taxes are for TIF’s, showing Wait Wait Don’t Tell me at Pritzker Pavilion and paying the parking meter company so we can shut down Halsted Street for Market Days. /s


  32. - Responsa - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:37 am:

    I’ve long been a cheerleader for the survival of at least two major Chicago newspapers. I think a city and metro area this size and diverse and important to the region needs two reasonably journalistically competent papers with somewhat different editorial POVs. But both papers have become unreadable. This is partly because the “news” that’s printed is mostly recycled and unverified AP and Reuters coverage produced from afar. And the supposedly “hard news” stories that are crafted locally are too often basically not distinguishable from what was once known as “opinion” or “commentary”. Sad.


  33. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    ==1 in 4 kids reads at grade level==

    Besides readiness, kids will learn to read when presented with the instruction. Those who struggle or can’t need special help ala reading specialists. Won’t even go near parental help and follow up at home……………. So, given that so many want to pay less to the schools, not more, what the heck do people expect? Kids aren’t widgets on an assembly line (unless you think of your own that way…..)


  34. - Christopher - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:41 am:

    ==public pensions have to be paid==
    Yes, they do. The City negotiated a contract with workers and received the services as specified. The Courts are in agreement.


  35. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:50 am:

    Want lower taxes?
    Do it the JB way…
    Remove your toilts and request a property tax review.


  36. - @MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    “With Daley especially, the media and biz community created a cult of personality of the Indispensable Man, an alleged management wizard.”

    Or as we call it around these parts, Gravitas™.

    – MrJM


  37. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:56 am:

    Not that this is the exact same thing but this reminds of when gas prices spiked a decade or so ago. Or, to make it more Illinois-centric, when Ameren’s prices jumped markedly in early 2007 after the artificial price caps went away. When you get used to paying a certain amount for a product/service/tax for a long time and then a price jump occurs what is your first thought? Economists say such a thing is no big deal but that is not how a homeowner or consumer or business owner thinks. Their thoughts are a little more angry/bitter.


  38. - SAP - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    The 1995 CPS “reform” legislation let Chicago off the hook on CPS pension contributions. The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund went from being pretty well-funded to almost as poorly funded as the Downstate Teachers Fund in 2 short decades.


  39. - PhD - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    Interest on debt from previous decisions to keep tax revenue too low and spending too high is the real problem. The only solution is some combination of raising revenue and cutting spending. Adults should not delay painful decisions when the delay will create even more pain later.


  40. - ste_with_a_v_en - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    “Unions have been in decline since 1955″
    Private sector yes, but public sector union membership has risen. Government unionization has risen from 23% in 1973 to 36% today, while private-sector unionization has declined from 24% in 1973 to 7% today.


  41. - Harry - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Interesting for what is now a union-run paper to be so anti-tax. Almost makes you think they are trying to take Rahm down a peg as they prepare the battle-space for 2019.


  42. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 11:58 am:

    Simple solution. 1/4% city earmings tax. Pension crisis citywide (including CPS) fixed. Anout $1 billion by my calcs


  43. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 11:59 am:

    ===Simple solution===

    Simple solutions are usually neither. Where are you gonna come up with the votes to pass that one?


  44. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    Rich. Good question. Maybe the same place as were they’ll get them progressive income tax votes?


  45. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    Last year, St. LOO passed a voter referendum to keep theirs. Wouldnt it be worth a try. Fire and police. Teachers. Thats bunches of support.


  46. - Molly Maguire - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    W Flag — in our burb, we pay street taxes too. Parking meters, annual parking stickers, parking permits to park on the street for more than a few days. That’s OK, I support it.


  47. - W Flag - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    “Street taxes” applied to every retail street or a handful of selected streets? It is a real pain when you have to pay $1.75 or $2.50 for stopping at a coffee shop or visiting to barber for a hair cut.

    The parking regulations are now enforced a private company which essential purchased the parking spaces from the city for decades and the number of spaces with pay parking expanded massively. If you lived here, I doubt that you would be okay with it.


  48. - PhD - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:40 pm:

    == 1/4% city earmings tax. Pension crisis citywide (including CPS) fixed.==

    It is much easier to raise school tax levy or alternatively increase state income tax and increase state education funding.


  49. - Chuckee Baby - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    Confused now….I thought that the Chicago Federation of Labor, and Edwin Eisendrath bought the Sun-Times last month. Do they run the Editorial Page yet or not?


  50. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    PhD. Just trying to help Chicagos problem.


  51. - JustAGuy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 5:49 pm:

    Christopher - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 10:41 am:
    ==public pensions have to be paid==
    Yes, they do. The City negotiated a contract with workers and received the services as specified. The Courts are in agreement.

    The courts at one point also thought Plessy v. Ferguson was OK too, and were in agreement on that. If you are bleeding out, do you put a tourniquet on to save the person - or wait for the doctor to arrive 30 minutes because you need approval from a physician to administer treatment?


  52. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 5:53 pm:

    ===The courts at one point also thought…===

    Yeah, the ILSC went 7-0 last time on this whole pension thingy and the pesky constitution.

    So…


  53. - PhD - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 12:32 am:

    ==PhD. Just trying to help Chicagos problem.==

    While Chicago may have a difficulties, the state has much bigger problems. Chicago’s pensions are better funded and Chicago has access to much greater property wealth. State income tax revenue has to increase by another $3 billion and state spending has to be reduced by another $2 billion. Increase the tax base by taxing retirement income, increase state worker deductibles for health care, and impose hiring freeze for state employees.


  54. - blue dog dem - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 5:00 am:

    PhD. I like your thinking. Exvrpt the income tax part. Since most of the wealth of the state comes out of Chicago, doesn’t a city earnings tax accomplish the same thing? Taxing retirement income needs to be done.in a progressive manner.
    But heres the catch 22,200. That’s the net loss in the states population last year. For sure, increasing taxes on residents Will test that number again. Losing population is a very bad thing.


  55. - PhD - Thursday, Aug 31, 17 @ 9:51 am:

    ==Losing population is a very bad thing.==

    It depends on who is leaving the state. Does the state really want to keep retirees that eventually require Medicaid support for nursing home care?


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Amazon HQ2 site list unveiled
* Out of sight out of mind?
* Frerichs tries to use state investments to prod Facebook into cleaning up its act
* The rise of the billionaire governors
* Camelot promises to grow lottery sales by 40 percent
* Munger tries to defend Rauner veto of Debt Transparency Act
* Rauner: "I can’t comment on any business disputes"
* Question of the day
* Rauner finally takes a stand on a federal issue
* Moody's says "political backlash" against pop tax could make other tax hikes more difficult
* Report: Amazon subsidy could add up to $2 billion
* *** UPDATED x1 *** 10,800 jobs lost in a single month, but Illinois media barely notices
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* MLB open thread
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Proposed Illinois university department ranking.....
* Head of Dem guv group defends Pritzker and his .....
* Slowik: Stage is set for state’s subdued bicent.....
* Rauner looks to Washington for the power to cha.....
* Rauner outlines $200 million in cuts to Illinoi.....
* Chicago releases list of possible Amazon headqu.....
* Rauner looks to Washington for the power to cha.....
* Chicago releases list of possible Amazon headqu.....


* EXCHANGE: Encounter group spawns group of lifelong friends
* EXCHANGE: Woman finds meaning in helping animals in need
* Medical students in limbo as young immigrant program ends
* Chicago releases list of possible Amazon headquarters sites
* Chicago Public Schools enrollment declines by about 10,000
* Police end investigation of Illinois woman's freezer death
* Group works to reopen Civil War museum in Illinois
* Rauner outlines $200 million in cuts to Illinois budget
* 2nd school forfeits football game at Chicago due to safety
* 2nd school forfeits football game at Chicago due to safety

* Illinois Lottery's new manager projects $4B in sales
* UIS students could study at newly proposed Chicago research center
* Aaron Schock attorneys contest federal claims on misstatements
* Under the Dome Podcast: Will lawmakers address gun control during the veto session?
* Chicago lawyer announces bid for Illinois attorney general
* Illinois borrows $1.5B at reduced interest to pay down debt
* Rauner cuts human services, other area in state budget
* Pritzker makes list of richest Americans; Rauner releases tax returns
* Pritzker makes list of richest Americans; Gov. Rauner doesn't
* Pritzker makes list of richest Americans, Gov. Rauner doesn't

* Is Dem primary over? No, but Pritzker rivals need to pick up pace
* The biggest Chicago-area building sales
* Here are the sites Chicago is pitching to Amazon
* Emanuel's challenges are far from over
* Clarification


* Today at the Chicago International Film Festival: ‘Princess Cyd’
* 2 workers seriously injured constructing gas pipeline in Elgin
* 11 people wounded in Chicago shootings since Friday afternoon
* MAP: Chicago weekend shootings tracker for Oct. 20 – 23
* Mercedes-Benz GLE: Mid-Size SUV offers luxury with four engine options
* 2 charged after thousands of illegal cigarettes found in Skokie raid
* 3 people shot in Greektown
* Man shot in East Garfield Park
* 24-year-old man shot in Humboldt Park
* Man, 21, seriously wounded in Fernwood shooting


* Google parent company turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico
* 3 shot at Taco Burrito King in Greektown
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 10/21/17
* How to talk to Holocaust survivors in the future? In Take a Stand's holograms, an answer
* Rauner looks to Washington for the power to change pension benefits
* The kindest team in the major leagues
* New-construction home in Lincoln Park: $1.5M
* For Cubs, once may not be enough, but twice had better hurry
* Five key questions facing the Cubs this offseason
* Reputation restoration: Bears rebuilding defense and rediscovering pride


» Lawmaker Says Facebook Refuses To Fact Check Ads
» State Week: Chasing Amazon, Bonding Debt
» Teaching Kids To ‘Say Something’ In An Era of School Shootings
» Illinois Issues: Cities Lose Out On Retail Tax As Online Shopping Booms
» What Could Hurt Chicago’s Bid For Amazon’s HQ2?
» At CPS, More Special Education Dollars Go To White, Wealthier Students
» Illinois Bond Sale To Help Pay $16bn Debts
» Mayor To Propose Higher Prices For Ridesharing, Big Concerts
» WBEZ Investigation: CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education At Students’ Expense
» How's The Illinois Economy? For Rauner Administration, Depends On The Audience


* Guest Column: What taxpayers should demand from next attorney general
* Ed Rogers: The Democratic Party's obsession with Hollywood celebrities was bound to blow up
* Illinois Lottery's new manager projects $4B in sales
* Counterpoint: Updating antiquated systems will open door to transparency
* Point: Taxpayers deserve a better look at the state’s bills
* Thumbs Up: To recent acts of kindness in Springfield
* Eugene Robinson: Trump's the one who didn't know 'what he was signing up for'
* UIS students could study at newly proposed Chicago research center
* Aaron Schock attorneys contest federal claims on misstatements
* Illinois Trial Lawyers Association: U.S. Chamber Poll is another attack on the rights of Illinois citizens


* Bloomington man pens Lincoln law tour guide
* Bresee Tower capital campaign to start
* Mooving experience
* Bus driver strike vote concerns District 118
* Daily Digest: Normal streets closed for homecoming
* Area Calendar 10/21/17
* Daily Digest 10/21/17
* Study: Technology crammed into cars takes drivers' eyes off road
* Safe driving: Fatal teen accidents halved in last decade
* Photo: Light in the dark


* Arlington Heights couple continues Halloween tradition despite illness
* Epstein: Cubs' 2017 season was in no way a bust
* Poll finds Las Vegas shooting doesn't alter opinions on guns
* Egypt officials say at least 55 security troops killed in attack outside Cairo
* Argentina to open Russia's World Cup final venue in friendly

* GOP congressmen say Rauner 'let down' Illi...
* Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes job t...
* Hundreds of high school students tour Smit...
* Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for R...
* Rival: Kinzinger not conservative - MyWebT...
* Measure extends term of FSOC independent m...
* Helsinki Commission urges Erdogan to end p...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Hultgren 'disappointed' about potential re...
* Democratic 14th Congressional District can...

* Rock Island gets $971183 in federal grants......

* Rock Island gets $971183 in federal grants......
* Rock Island gets $971,183 in federal grant......

* Do knee-jerk pols put any thought into votes they cast on govt. business?
* Chicago Design Week’s best events
* Illinois teacher retirees: What the hell is Walgreen’s up to?
* Raimondo and Rahm make an offer to Amazon. It’s a secret.
* Will Third Time Be The Charm For 4537 N. Clark?
* The Chicago Trib’s scab columnist John Kass calls me a fanatic.
* Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers episode #37. Charles Thomas.
* Live From the Green Mill... It's Saturday Night!
* Forgotten Chicago Talks About Chicago's Arcade History, Saturday At The Bezazian
* Positive Loitering At Wilson/Broadway Tonight 6PM - 7PM


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Redesigning the TechCrunch app
* JerryRigEverything slams Pixel 2 durability
* Google Pixel 2: A Fantastic First Impression (Video)
* Google Home Mini starts shipping, Verizon promotes JBL Link 300
* Sharp AQUOS R compact tucks selfie camera into under-5-inch display
* Google kicks off Playtime 2017 for app developers
* Better pictures of OnePlus 5T leak with 2:1 display in clear view

* Sporcle Saturday: Long bombs
* Petricka undergoes surgery on right elbow
* Avisail sees similarities in rebuild, stellar year
* White Sox Arizona Fall League overview
* Ron Gardenhire’s second chance back in AL Central
* Jimenez among prospects in winter leagues
* The five longest White Sox home runs of 2017


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller