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Monday, Aug 15, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Press release…

The People Who Play By The Rules PAC has launched new TV and radio ads, “Summer of Joy – Stop Chicago Violence From Coming To Your Town, Vote NO on JB Pritzker.”

Chicago violence is coming to the suburbs. Pritzker will set free those charged with, among other things: Burglary, Arson, Kidnapping, 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, and more. And yet we have Mayor Lori Lightfoot calling it “The Summer Of Joy” in Chicago. It is anything but.

The ads will run statewide and are available on YouTube and the PBR PAC Facebook page.


:30 TV SPOT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCF4c9YoJ70

Chicago Mayor LORI LIGHTFOOT:
“It will be the summer of joy in Chicago”

VO:
Thanks to Governor Pritzker, the lawlessness of Chicago will soon be the law statewide.

JIM GLASGOW, Will County State’s Attorney:
“That law goes into effect, our hands will be tied. All their bonds will be extinguished on January 1st”

BOB BERLIN, DuPage County State’s Attorney:
“We’re going to have violent criminals out on the street.”

VO:
That’s why 100 of Illinois’ 102 Illinois State’s Attorneys oppose Pritzker’s mandatory release of violent criminals. Stop Chicago violence from coming to your town. Vote NO on Pritzker.

:60 RADIO SPOT Transcript:

Chicago Mayor LORI LIGHTFOOT:
“It will be the summer of joy in Chicago”

VO:
Instead, the trio of Pritzker, Lightfoot and Foxx have made this another summer of murder, mayhem and chaos.

Mother of murder victim Servando Hamros:
“My granddaughter called me to say ‘help me, my Daddy’s shot.’ And then they executed him in front of her. And then they shot her.”

VO:
Thanks to Governor Pritzker, the lawlessness of Chicago will soon be the law statewide. Pritzker’s so-called “SAFE-T” Act makes Illinois a safe haven for violent criminals. That’s why 100 of Illinois’ 102 County State’s Attorneys oppose Pritzker’s mandatory release of alleged murders, kidnappers and arsonists.

Prosecutors like Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow:
“It’s going to be literally the end of days.”

And prosecutors like DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin:
“We’re going to have violent criminals out on the street.”

VO:
Stop Chicago violence from coming to your town. Vote NO on Pritzker. Paid for by People Who Play By The Rules PAC

* Barb Ickes at the Quad City Times

In August of 2021, police say, Brittany Griswold, 35, of Geneseo, was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle involved in a fatal collision in Rock Island. The head-on crash resulted in the death of Cecilia “Ceci” Nache, 49, of Rock Island.

Griswold was charged with two felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide and aiding/abetting or possession of a stolen vehicle.

Her bail was set at $50,000, but she was released on her own recognizance. She was freed on a written promise to return, in other words, without posting bond.

Represented by former judge and prosecutor Larry Vandersnick, Griswold did not spend a day in jail. After multiple requests by a reporter for a copy of her jail mugshot, Griswold was fingerprinted and photographed — one year after the crash.

On March 27, 2019, police said, Armand Cannon, 27, of Grand Mound, was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle involved in a fatal collision in Moline. The crash resulted in the death of Tammy Loos, 51, of Milan.

Cannon was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated reckless driving, reckless homicide and aiding/abetting or possession of a stolen vehicle.

His bond was set at $250,000. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney.

While Griswold never spent a day in jail, Cannon remained behind bars for the three years it took for his case to go to trial. In May, he was found guilty of all charges. […]

“It seems grossly inequitable that one person walks while the other cannot possibly come up with the cash bail, which the judge must have known, given the defense counsel was appointed,” [Ben Ruddell, director of criminal-justice policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, after being supplied with the basic details]. “How much money you have shouldn’t be a factor.” […]

Blanca Leal, one of three sisters of Ceci Nache, who died in the crash with Griswold, said someone from her family had attended every one of the court hearings. They were disappointed, she said, when they learned Griswold never was processed through the jail, and her high-profile attorney was able to get her released without serving a day.

Bail reform may result in pre-trial release of other defendants who face the same charges, Leal understands, but the inconsistent treatment, based on money, is a bitter pill.

* Gov. Pritzker on Friday when asked about the Trump raid

Well, I’m shocked and dismayed, honestly, that Republicans across Illinois haven’t stood up for law enforcement, haven’t stood up for law and order. And instead are standing with somebody that clearly, there is something afoot here that may lead to a prosecution. It seems like, you know, Republicans say that they’re anti crime. And yet here they are standing up for somebody who seems to have committed one.

On the other hand, there’s a presumption of innocence that the governor also talks a lot about. But he does have some nuance

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday called on authorities to “quickly and thoroughly” complete their investigation into potential influence peddling involving a police body-camera manufacturer and a state senator who spearheaded a massive criminal justice reform bill approved last year.

The Tribune reported on Monday that state Sen. Elgie Sims, a Chicago Democrat, was approached in the spring by federal authorities looking into whether Axon Enterprise Inc. either directly or through other lobbying entities improperly tried to influence Sims. The criminal justice legislation he championed and was enacted in 2021 included a slew of reforms, including requiring every police officer in the state to wear a body camera by 2025.

“On this matter, I encourage authorities to act quickly and thoroughly and to hold anyone accountable who should be held accountable,” Pritzker said Monday at an unrelated news conference on Chicago’s South Side.

* Crain’s

Local Republicans have been fairly quiet so far about the still-unfolding Mar-a-Lago raid. But not the National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose national finance co-chair is Chicago corporado Ron Gidwitz.

In a weekend note to contributors, the fund-raising committee for Republican senators and nominees pushed all sorts of buttons. “Why did the Biden administration’s DOJ raid Mar-a-Lago? This has NEVER happened before, and it’s a DISGRACE,” the fund-raising pitch stated. “Could Biden be using the government power to potentially PUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN JAIL?”

It continued: “The ONLY way to STOP this potential ABUSE OF POWER is by taking our critical Election Year poll so we can WIN this November and RESTORE TRUMP’S Majority.”

There was no immediate response from Gidwitz to a request for comment.

* Pritzker campaign…

Darren Bailey has spent his entire political career cozying up to Donald Trump, breathlessly repeating his dangerous rhetoric and promising to enact his harmful agenda. As MAGA loyalists at every level of government wage a relentless campaign to delegitimize the Federal Bureau of Investigation following a search of Donald Trump’s Florida home, Bailey must answer for whether or not he believes the FBI should be defunded.

Republicans wasted no time sowing distrust in law enforcement in an attempt to please the former president, and Bailey quickly questioned the department’s motives, demanding the FBI “immediately explain their actions.”

Voters deserve to know: Does Bailey agree with his party’s radical right-wing comments discrediting the FBI?

    • Mary Miller’s declaration that “The “Deep State” DOJ hates President Trump because he is an outsider who won in 2016 by attacking the DC Swamp for failing the American people.”
    • Marjorie Taylor Greene’s call to “DEFUND THE FBI!”
    • Lauren Boebert’s claim that the “Dept of Injustice” Raiding Mar-a-Lago “Is Gestapo Crap”
    • Josh Hawley’s demand that “Garland must resign or be impeached. The search warrant must be published. Christoper Wray must be removed. And the FBI reformed top to bottom.”
    • Rand Paul’s assertion the FBI may have planted evidence

“Working families deserve better than a MAGA apologist who chooses a twice-impeached disgraced former president over accountability, justice, and democracy itself,” said JB for Governor Press Secretary Eliza Glezer.“Bailey must be honest about his party’s attempt to hinder a federal investigation and come clean about why he is more loyal to Donald Trump than a U.S. institution vital to democracy.”

* DuPage County board chair Republican candidate Greg Hart…

Safety and security from crime is a top concern of voters. That is why I am so honored to earn the endorsement of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police for DuPage County Board Chairman. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the state, and represents over 33,000 active duty and retired police officers.

The Illinois FOP endorsement was given because I fully support our police and the rule of law. My opponent, Deb Conroy, chose to stand with criminals and the radical defund the police movement when she voted for the disastrous SAFE-T Act. The Safe-T Act eliminates cash bail, allowing for the release of violent criminals onto our streets.

DuPage County remains a destination location to live, work, and raise a family because of our safe communities. Keeping our communities safe is my number one priority once elected as DuPage County Board Chairman.

Will you join the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police and help keep this momentum going?

…Adding… Rep. Deb Conroy…

While Greg Hart is trying to exaggerate the facts and scare residents I was doing my job and in a meeting with Director Brendan Kelly and John Thompson discussing the white flag law.

* ILGOP…

In case you missed it, Democrats in the Senate just passed a bill to help bring SOCIALISM to America by hiring OVER 80,000 IRS AGENTS to harass Americans!

Make no mistake, if Democrats continue to hold power, things will only get worse. They’re ready to implement MORE tax hikes, more government regulations, and more attacks on our way of life.

We’re fighting back against Democrats’ extreme socialistic policies. We’re working to build a state and a country where citizens can succeed, but we’re up against a wall.

Democrats are raising MILLIONS and MILLIONS to push the socialist agenda. With the election less than 90 days out, we need to keep up!

Rich, can you RUSH a quick donation before our mid-month deadline so that we can DEFEAT SOCIALISM this November?

The US can never be a socialist country. We’re counting on you to help us out.

* From a US Rep. Jan Schakowsky press release…

For far too long, billionaires have enjoyed their mega yachts and trips to space, while hardworking Americans are left struggling to provide for their families. The Inflation Reduction Act will implement a 15% minimum corporate tax so that our richest corporations start to pay their fair share. The bill will also provide funding for the IRS to go after ultra-wealthy tax evaders and will raise at least $124 billion from these tax cheats. Finally, this bill will not raise taxes on any family making $400,000 or less per year, and there will be no new taxes on small businesses. This bill yet again puts people over politics and finally goes after the super rich and corporations.

* From Ben Bradley’s interview of US Rep Adam Kinzinger

Kinzinger was a rare republican critic of Trump during his time in the White House. He says the final fracture, his breaking point, came on Election Night 2020 when Trump called for an early end to the vote count while he was ahead.

“We talk about democracy – Republicans love to talk about the Constitution – and yet we’re openly violating it now,” he said.

…Adding… Tribune

An analysis last year of Chicago Police Department deployment data appears to raise questions about whether Chicago police officers are consistently on the street at times when most shootings happen in the city. […]

The separate “GPS Analysis by Time of Day and Day of Week” included a 10-year review of shooting data, which examined days of the week. It showed that on weekdays, shooting incidents peak during the 9 p.m. hour. But on weekends, shooting incidents rise until 2 a.m. and then start declining.

The analysis further examined GPS data for three types of patrol responses in the so-called Tier 1 and Tier 2 districts, where most shootings happen — non-tactical district units, tactical district units and the citywide Community Safety Teams, which were launched by Brown as part of his crime-fighting strategy.

The analysis period was between June 2020 and February 2021. In all three categories, the number of officers working in the field, or on the street, appeared out of sync with the number of shootings on the weekends, according to the report.

* CWBChicago

The city had 167 carjackings last month, up 11% from last July. There were 149 cases in July 2020 and 53 in July 2019.

City records show that Chicago police have made arrests in slightly less than 7% of this year’s hijackings. The arrest rate for 2021 carjackings is 13%. It’s important to note that arrest rates for previous years are typically higher than current periods because police have had more time to identify offenders and secure charges from the state’s attorney’s office.

In 2021, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges in 75% of the carjacking cases that Chicago police brought in, according to the prosecutor’s office data.

…ADDING… Media advisory…

ADVISORY: 9:15 a.m. Tomorrow Aug. 16

Sen. Villa, Rep. Stava-Murray, Community Leaders, Advocates Attend Public Court Watching in Support of Ending Money Bond

Pretrial Fairness Act is law and will go into effect January 2023

WHO:

State Sen. Karina Villa, (D-West Chicago)

State Representative Stava- Murray, (D-Downers Grove)

Katrina Baugh, The People’s Lobby

George Gutierrez, formerly incarcerated community member

Pastor Nathan Perrin, Lombard Mennonite Church

Reverend Dwight Stewart, United Methodist Church

WHAT:

Elected officials, community members and activists will attend public bond court hearings followed by a press conference where they will discuss their support of the Pretrial Fairness Act, which eliminates money bond in Illinois.

WHEN:

9:15 a.m. tomorrow

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

WHERE:

Dupage County Courthouse

505 N County Farm Rd.

Wheaton, IL 60187

       

35 Comments
  1. - JoanP - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 11:47 am:

    People whining about increased funding to the IRS need to read this from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2022/irs-pipeline-tax-return-delays/


  2. - Excitable Boy - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 11:47 am:

    So Proft’s big idea is to replicate the Richard Irvin campaign? It’s a bold strategy, let’s see how it plays out.


  3. - Asylee - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 11:54 am:

    JB signed a flawed law that makes everyone in Illinois less safe. The US Congress just passed tax hikes on fuel suppliers that will cause prices to skyrocket while at the same time giving tax breaks to wealthy people for buying electric cars. The IRS is doubling in size. If you think that won’t impact small businesses and people at the lower end of the income spectrum, I have some ocean front property for sale in Arizona I would love to sell you.


  4. - TheInvisibleMan - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 11:55 am:


    Prosecutors like Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow:
    “It’s going to be literally the end of days.”

    The only time the residents of Will County are going to hear Glasgow talking about his job, he appears as a willing ally in a GOP ad for Bailey.

    Glasgow also had a bad week last week, with an appellate court giving a stay to the democratic current office holder he is trying to remove from office.

    Glasgow’s “end of office days” can’t come soon enough. If he has enough time to go after office holders who have committed no crimes while in office, then he has time to properly do the work to prevent anyone he considers dangerous from being released prior to trial. Instead, he’s going to release them out of spite.


  5. - Huh? - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 11:57 am:

    Years ago, the IRS sent me a letter claiming I owed back taxes. I called them and said the check was attached to the return, the amount and check number. They went looking for my return, found it, cashed the check, and refunded the penalties.

    What an outdated system. Nice person helped me out.


  6. - H-W - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:03 pm:

    @Huh?

    I prefer an outdated system. Having humans working the phones fixes a lot of issues and mistakes, as well as allows citizens to get explanations when necessary.

    If everything were scanned into an automated system, the first thing to go would be labor costs, and again, I like having the opportunity to ask questions and get answers directly.


  7. - G'Kar - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:07 pm:

    Catching tax cheats = Socialism? Who’d thunk it.


  8. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:09 pm:

    ===While Griswold never spent a day in jail, Cannon remained behind bars for the three years it took for his case to go to trial.===

    I’m not sure it’s just about money here, but the money certainly helps.


  9. - vern - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:14 pm:

    ===Democrats in the Senate just passed a bill to help bring SOCIALISM to America by hiring OVER 80,000 IRS AGENTS to harass Americans===

    In the span of a week, the Republican Party has completely flipped on law enforcement. They now quite literally want to defund the FBI, have leaked the names of individual FBI agents for harassment purposes, and deployed deranged conspiratorial rhetoric to oppose the addition of more officers to enforce tax laws.

    The police unions need to look long and hard at what has happened last week. Republicans have proven, beyond any doubt, they will turn on law enforcement to defend the rich and the powerful. They will do everything in their power to destroy law enforcement agencies that fairly enforce the law. And when their extremist followers physically attack law enforcement, as in Cincinnati, Republican politicians will say and do nothing.


  10. - JoanP - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:15 pm:

    = I prefer an outdated system. =

    Windows XP? Machines from a company that no longer exists, and only one person can fix? A system that can’t handle all the information?

    There’s outdated and there’s insanity.


  11. - Roadrager - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:21 pm:

    ==Years ago, the IRS sent me a letter claiming I owed back taxes. I called them and said the check was attached to the return, the amount and check number. They went looking for my return, found it, cashed the check, and refunded the penalties.==

    How many years ago? Because Congress has been steadily defunding the IRS over the past couple of decades, and there have been stories of them being unwilling/unable to go after the biggest tax cheats because they simply do not have the staffing to undertake the complex cases.

    ==Having humans working the phones fixes a lot of issues and mistakes, as well as allows citizens to get explanations when necessary.==

    The IRS is so understaffed, it hasn’t even picked up the phone 90 percent of the time over the last two tax filing seasons.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/06/24/irs-taxpayer-calls/

    ==In case you missed it, Democrats in the Senate just passed a bill to help bring SOCIALISM to America by hiring OVER 80,000 IRS AGENTS to harass Americans!==

    I think I need to go enter the concussion protocol. My brain hurts.


  12. - Lurker - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:26 pm:

    I think we are near a total completion in the GOP. everything that I believed in and was supported by this party. Now, my beliefs are unchanged but the GOP has completely flipped on anything sane.


  13. - JS Mill - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:26 pm:

    = The Safe-T Act eliminates cash bail, allowing for the release of violent criminals onto our streets.=

    A total lie.

    =JB signed a flawed law that makes everyone in Illinois less safe.=

    Nope.

    =that will cause prices to skyrocket=

    That you chicken little?

    =The US can never be a socialist country.=

    So no more farm subsidies? Boy is ayatollah bailey gonna be mad when he reads that one.


  14. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:27 pm:

    “In case you missed it, Democrats in the Senate just passed a bill to help bring SOCIALISM to America”

    You mean it wasn’t already here, all these years of Democrats holding power at various times? Lol. It’s the same ancient empty drivel, to scare a shrinking base.

    All Republicans voted no on helping seniors and the disabled, including helping their own voters. The same for fairer taxation, cleaner energy, ACA funding, job investment and the rest of the bill. That’s a very powerful message going into November


  15. - Amalia - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:32 pm:

    any violence is pretty scary, but…fingers crossed…the absence of the mass looting violence we saw in 2016 and 2020 is not discussed because it’s not happening again. and it could be because there have been several problematic cases across the country. maybe connections in communities have helped this summer.


  16. - MoralMinority - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:34 pm:

    How about we replace the IRS agents with u federal ushers and pass the collection plate down the pews for a freewill offering. It would fit in well with the religious theme of Bailey’s campaign.


  17. - Alice Childress - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:42 pm:

    The Griswold case continues to drag on…status hearing after status hearing, only prolonging the inevitable: prison time. Accountability lacks everywhere, but especially with individuals caught red handed. I get the right to trial, etc., but the victims and their families are almost always the overlooked component.


  18. - H-W - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    Regarding the Quad Cities and bail issue, the bitter pill is one thing. But ignored in this presentation is the framework regarding bail. No bail/sliding scale bail is strictly about creating conditions to ensure that the accused will appear for the trial. So the only bail issue is whether or not a judged believe Griswold and Cannon could be trusted to appear for their case.

    If there is no argument that Griswold absconded, then the no bail release was appropriate. The failure to photo and fingerprint Griswold was a local screw-up at the Sheriff’s office.

    As for Cannon, the absence of release is for three years was literally a jail sentence imposed prior to evidence of innocence or guilt. Ironically, it means Mr. Cannon will be released three-years sooner, but if the issue is bail or no bail, the issue is “would Mr. Cannon have absconded before his actual trial occurred. There is in fact no way to know that since he was jailed the whole time.

    If we wish to discuss the idea of bail, then focus on bail, and use evidence related to absconding. Anything else is simply the politicization of bail through false witness.


  19. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 12:47 pm:

    == Prosecutors like Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow:
    “It’s going to be literally the end of days.”==

    If this “literally” brings the end of days, shouldn’t republicans support it? Evangelical Christians have been trying to hasten the Rapture for decades now, you’d think they’d be on board with whatever helps do that. /s


  20. - Anotheretiree - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:15 pm:

    ==Asylee The IRS is doubling in size== This has been an amazing to watch propaganda campaign. The IRS has around 78,000. Down from 100,000 before the GOP started to dismantle it. The 87,000 new employees (Not agents) will be hired over the next 10 years during that time 50% of current employees will be able to retire. The goal is to get back around 100,000 so someone will be there to answer the phones and process the amended retours I filed a year ago. Also, I hope for your sake the magic Mississippi river pipeline to AZ is built so your property will be worth something.


  21. - thisjustinagain - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:23 pm:

    To Joan P at 12:15pm: Go read the Social Security POMS Manual; lots of references to multiple old systems, and even paper-based records still not scanned in and have to be sent to other offices for some situations. IRS is also drowning in paper because e-filing isn’t available to everyone (some seniors, disabled, no computer or skills, etc.) and not everything can be efiled.

    As to the CPD staffing, it can be hard to schedule shift staffing by calls per timeframe, and still maintain minimum service levels on other shifts. That CPD is short some 1,500 officers doesn’t help matters either; they don’t have the people to staff overlapping shifts or the special units without cutting elsewhere.


  22. - duck duck goose - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:25 pm:

    Why would a group that calls itself “People Who Play By the Rules” be concerned about the government investigating tax cheats?


  23. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:36 pm:

    That Darren Bailey ad is a great exhibit to an argument against governments releasing video willy nilly. It’s dangerous and pretty disrespectful to the victims.


  24. - Miso - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:46 pm:

    DUI is not detainable under the PFA. PFA applies only to forcible felonies in the criminal code. Neither applies to DUI. Everyone walks out.


  25. - Alice Childress - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:54 pm:

    H-W, don’t know if any of that was directed to my comment, and I get what you’re saying. Having said that, this isn’t a casual DUI. Someone was killed and while defendants deserve their day in court, victims’ families are left with a dead one while the person responsible for the death gets their freedom (obviously until their final day in court).


  26. - AlfondoGonz - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 1:57 pm:

    I’ll start by saying “defund the police” was dumb, both as policy and as far as politics.

    But it’s worth noting the left called to defund the police due to instances where LEO killed civilians who did not pose a serious threat to LEO. Whereas republicans now call to defund and disband the FBI and label it corrupt because they…executed a search warrant, approved by a judge, for subpoenaed materials which had not been voluntarily tendered?

    The fact is, GOP only supports anything they purport to support if they think it is on their side. Utterly without scruples.


  27. - Wildcat12 - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 2:11 pm:

    “ Chicago violence is coming to the suburbs.”

    Can it still be called a dog whistle when you’re basically shouting your intent?


  28. - walker - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 2:18 pm:

    Proft and Glasgow are both lying about this bill. Anything to scare the public I guess.


  29. - illinifan - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 3:01 pm:

    Wait did I miss that I was in was upside down world? Socialism is now considered hiring people to ensure Federal law is complied with? They are also yelling defund the FBI. Then Rs are no longer the law and order party.


  30. - H-W - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 3:11 pm:

    @Alice - No, my comments were not directed at anyone on this blog, but at the original post. I just think it important that any discussion of the policy rely upon evidence related to assessing the policy. I think the Constitutional premises associated with conviction before punishment are unalienable rights.

    I also apologize for my poorly written original post. Sometimes I embarrass myself.


  31. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 3:33 pm:

    = while at the same time giving tax breaks to wealthy people for buying electric cars.=

    How hard do people have to work to be this stupid? The new tax credit has an income cap AND a price cap for the vehicle. So not only can rich people not get the tax credit (due to their income level), if they did, they wouldn’t be able to use it on the very expensive EV they’d be more likely to buy.


  32. - Sir Reel - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 3:33 pm:

    Something is wrong with the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s computer. It’s randomly capitalizing words. Makes their argument hard to follow.


  33. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 3:34 pm:

    Adding…the previous tax credit had no income limit and no price cap, so any ol’ billionaire could get $7,500 back when they bought their $200k Porsche Taycan EV. Now, not so much.


  34. - Victor Kingston - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 3:56 pm:

    I cannot explain the depths to which Democrats in Will County wish that Jim Glasgow would just become a Republican. He doesn’t play well with anyone, he seems to actively hate the party, and I don’t believe anyone has heard him say a nice word about anyone that isn’t Jim Glasgow.


  35. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Aug 15, 22 @ 6:17 pm:

    “Democrats are raising MILLIONS and MILLIONS”

    As they should be, after enacting many major pieces of legislation in just two years with a 50-50 senate (let’s see critics do that). That’s not even counting the president signing the inflation relief bill tomorrow.


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