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Average Joe July 25, 2014 at 03:24 pm
Corporate profits are at record highs - no one is forcing them to do anything, but to obey the law!
George Sedares July 25, 2014 at 03:31 pm
Ah, the level of ignorance never ceases to amaze me. Many of you would sing a different song if youRead More knew that Social Security and work health plans were earned benefits, part of a law or good faith package, incentive package- take you pick.... All you crybabies are so worried now that someone will come into your home at night to take away all that you 'may" have earned . Most of you are doing well and toot the GOP horn. Those that are struggling- well they are like cattle, don't matter, and just corral them and toss them a bail of hay while waiting for jobs to return to the U.S. BTW- Most of this Obamacare is a modified Romneycare that you all conveniently forget to note ! Now go back to sleep. Ignorance is bliss !
Howard Roark July 25, 2014 at 03:39 pm
George -- Soc Sec and Medicare are Ponzi schemes with no assets. The USSC has ruled that we have noRead More legal claim to any benefit at all, and that any money we get is at the discretion of Congress. Both of those are really two separate programs, taxes on the front, and welfare on the back end. They are not savings plans, retirement plans, health insurance plans, or anything else that we have all been led to believe they are. They are frauds. Just thought I'd let you know.
Alec Ayter July 25, 2014 at 09:44 am
this patch is crap we need the old one back
Resurrected July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am
This must be based on communities with less than 50,000 people!
Joseph R. Martan July 25, 2014 at 11:07 am
Western Springs is #3. Of course - the lawless element is terrified of my 14 lb. attack dachshund!Read More lol
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RALPH MALPH July 25, 2014 at 01:53 pm
Please find me video of jordan flopping . This was not done back then , especially from jordan . TheRead More flopping started with this era , Lebron and all the other are terrible actors look terrible doing it . Lebron is supposed to be the best of his era , he should act like it and maybe take a lesson from jordan , the best player ever , who would rather beat players the honest way then to beat someone by cheating or acting .
hometown July 25, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Ask any ye shall receive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jL84Sqgum0Read More http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6_VPFiHOf4 Last time I checked your feet have to be established in the lane to draw an offensive foul..not transitioning on defense..
hometown July 25, 2014 at 02:22 pm
Any competitor knows that if it's allowed, then it's fair game to use...so you're comment on honestRead More vs cheating is irrelevant. Non flopping rules were established this season, so pior to this season it was allowed. Back to era discussion..jordan would fair similar if the same rules applied and vice versa..the outcome is they utilize ever aspect that avail to win and in any situation the both are still dominate players...so show me a video of where a magority of LB points in any given game are based on flopping as opposed to his ability to score over an opponent...then that would justify your rant and honesty, but a foul or two.does not make a player or a game
Voice of Reason July 24, 2014 at 08:37 am
"Some, such as the Blue Brothers, you probably knew were filmed in Chicago."? "theRead More Blue Brothers"? I wonder if they did any of the filming for that movie near Soldier's Field?
B.S. Buster July 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
But you dong see the film "Chicago" on the list. It was filmed in Toronto
B.S. Buster July 24, 2014 at 07:52 pm
But you don't see the film "Chicago" on the list. It was filmed in Toronto
Doremus Jessup July 24, 2014 at 01:04 pm
After reading the headline I thought it was a story about Reboot's Sugar Momma's pending divorce.
ayar July 25, 2014 at 01:42 pm
@Edward - "ayar...you seem to be saying rich people need to work...need more money and the likeRead More and go into politics to be successful. " huh ? say whaaat ? nope, Edward, actually the EXACT opposite. I think *poorer* people need to get involved in politics, or the Rich politicians will eat them ALIVE. "I'm a businessman and I'm running for office" generally means vote for the OTHER guy.
ayar July 25, 2014 at 01:52 pm
oh, and I'd rather see someone in office that has experience in the public sector as opposed toRead More private, and understands the reason for both to exist side by side, which Mr. Rauner [who doesn't seem to be able to answer a lot of reporters questions] doesn't. It sure seems like a hedge fund manager is looking at the pensions in Illinois like a big piggy bank in need of a sledgehammer for him and his buds to cash in on. Which is NOT the case, people payed into those things with their blood, sweat and tears. And you talk about sucking up to boss's parties, and so on. How do people in the BUSINESS world advance ? we both know. So yes, I'd rather vote for a politican who actually knows that side of the street who will keep after our federal reps to keep the faucet flowing.
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Barry and Michelle aren't planning on coming back to ILLAnnoy; they're buying a multi-million dollarRead More estate in a gated community in Rancho Mirage. They be'z down with the everyday peoples!
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Bill and Hill are po peoples.
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Bill and Hill be po peoples
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Fred Savage July 23, 2014 at 09:42 am
Here's an idea...don't click on links you don't want to read.
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Grama July 23, 2014 at 07:25 am
what is all this crap?
Deb Bicher July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am
Please delete those posts off the site -- If the poster has something to say, then they need to haveRead More an explanatory sentence recommending the links. Even then, they are still not relevant to any ongoing discussion. Thanks.
Estelam Meyer July 24, 2014 at 10:23 am
Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Rick Johnson July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
Jamie, Your response was very well articulated and researched, however I'm not sure the type of taxRead More reform I'm eluding to should be thought of as "stooping". Are their countless loop holes and special deals in place to lower the effective tax rate for companies like Walgreen, encouraging them to keep their jobs and revenue in our state? Absolutely. But that is precisely the problem. Special deals have to be made because our corporate rate is so high. Roughly 70% of the jobs in our country come from small businesses. These same small businesses aren't afforded the special deals received by companies like Abbott, Cat or Walgreen, making it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. Here's the bottom line, it is the responsibility of the CEO and their Board to improve their bottom line and grow their business - growth that is vital for our communities. The trickle down effect of new jobs and subsequent tax dollars feed into things like better education for our kids and lower healthcare costs for our families. But until we decide to actually do something to encourage this growth, we'll continue to see our communities suffer.
Jamie July 22, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Rick, I guess I could have used a better term than stoop, but corporations keep whipsawing statesRead More against each other and now even the US vs. other nations. A line needs to be drawn to say that corporations that want to operate in the US need to abide by a certain standard that is fair for all. If we compare our tax rate to Switzerland for example, we are ignoring the fact that they do not have a comparable military that we have that preserves democracy and capitalism for our nation and many others. However, I do understand that you were referring more so to small business owners, but Walgreens for example competes with small business owners such as ma & pa pharmacies which I cannot even think of any off hand and ma & pa convenience stores. Those tax breaks that Walgreens (just one company out of many that are exploiting inversion) are receiving are used as an unfair advantage against ma & pa stores who in turn want tax breaks as well. Then the downward spiral continues. Eventually government (local, state, fed) bills need to be paid. I am a fiscal-conservative, social-liberal which may be necessary to disclose my next point. Trickle Down Economics is often cited for many reasons, but usually only translates to tax breaks for Big Corporations which are job killers rather than creators over the long-term. The rhetorical dialogue needs to be changed or updated to emphasize the needs that you are talking about. Which means in my opinion holding those candidates who defend Trickle Down Economics accountable for its exploitation and failures and ask how they might improve it. Since the Reagan era, the nominal tax rate has fallen, and yet still net high paying jobs has fallen since then. Yet we somehow the US did not collapse when the top tax bracket was at 90% during or prior to the Kennedy era. I do understand that the economy has gotten globally competitive since the 90% tax bracket and that the technological advances have changed the economic landscape since Reagan so it is not a simple fix. Yet, our tax system has not absorbed those technological changes nor has it addressed all the unfair (my opinion) trade agreements with other nations. We got to re-examine the same political rhetorical dialogue when our candidates keep regurgitating their campaign agendas. Thanks for your compliments on my articulation. I try. I feel it is better to be respectful than to insult opposing views. However, I think we are on the same page for the most part.
Divers prepare to go into the water in Naperville on July 19 to rescue two people whose car went into the water. | Credit: Northern Illinois Fireground Photos
Diana Greenberg July 19, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Was there deaths?
brian July 19, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Yes, two passengers. Driver got out...
MoMoTC July 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm
The three young men were Fraternity Brothers from Northwestern University. Sympathy for the parentsRead More and families at this heartbreaking time.
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Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Bryan Harz July 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm
AAARGGHHHH HAVE YOU NOT READ A THING I HAVE WRITTEN
Bryan Harz July 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Go on...
Johnny R July 25, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Cindy, marijuana is a cure for cancer but you are not smart enough to know that! What kind ofRead More person wants to keep it out of the hands of people that are fighting cancer? You and our corrupt government that's who!... Its a cure in 1999 Rick Simpson found the cure for cancer - in 2001 he tried to tell the world! http://youtu.be/Ckn5LrzoU7k
Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
Mike Fangman July 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Excuse me, Independence666, but I'm going to have to ask you to extinguish your burning cross.
Chicago Police at the scene of a Friday morning shooting  on East 43rd Street. | Screenshot via the Red Line Project Storify.
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
Blackdemon July 25, 2014 at 06:02 am
I bet they are glad they have the toughest gun laws on their books. It sure is stopping the ThugsRead More from shooting each other, and the little want to be Thugs. Just like Detroit, this town is lost. Most of our major cities are headed here shortly. The good people move out, and you are left with ghetto full of Thugs. We should bring back hard labor. Jail shouldn't be a good thing.
This week Randy Hultgren once again aligned  himself with the far right wing of his party with his “No” vote to save highway construction jobs.
Susan glad anderson July 19, 2014 at 08:08 am
Mike/Gerard - are you really prepared for another recession, because that is what could come withRead More the shock to the economy with the loss of some 700,000 construction jobs and the many more hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs that support these highway jobs. Remember that there are engineers who plan the projects, dozens of suppliers who provide the materials, truckers who move the materials and the millions of dollars lost to the communities along the way by each of these groups of people who now have much less money to spend in their communities. Plus, you have to pay the now unemployed workers unemployment insurance and perhaps other social safety net benefits! I find your thinking short sighted and if every one felt this way our road, schools and communities would be in ruins.
Sandy July 19, 2014 at 10:08 am
And let's not forget the safety factor here. Gerald & Mike -- you know who to blame now if youRead More blow a tire or get tossed of your motorcycle in a huge pot hole. Personally, I think Randy just wants to keep up his nearly perfect ranking with the Heritage Foundation -- probably gets more Koch money that way.
Walt Hines July 19, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Gerald, I'd like to know what has been stolen from road work?......Sandy and Susan, come on now youRead More know they'll just outsource these jobs to China! LOL Baaahaaaaa. We'll just let the suits do their jobs. Maybe Randy will pitch in and spread the asphalt that reaches inexcess of 120 degrees on a cool day. We'll throw him out there when it's 95 and 100% humidity, he'll survive just fine! LOL Baaaahaaaaa. Hey Randy, there's 3 bridges that have been closed in Illinois because they're falling down, remember those. How about the school bus that was on one when it happened, remember that one, thought you did. I can't wait until the next big accident due to road conditions and it's all a matter of time. Hopefully it won't involve the family of some of these posters on here. These roads were not made to last forever. We live in Northern Illinois and have harsh weather. This past winter took a major hit to most of them and they're only going to get worse. We'll either spend the money now or will spend 3x's the amount later, hhmmm now there's something to ponder...... Want to stop spending and cut cost, start with the politicians pensions.... that will never happen. No I'd rather have the half ass roads that they have in the south and they have no winters to speak of....... Ladies you're spot on, it's the middle class that's keeping us a float and it's not looking good one damn bit! But hey we're saving money, Baahaaaaaaaa!
Andrew Chin. (Patch file photo.)
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Jesse Vega in his booking mug and on Wednesday afternoon in the back seat of an Elgin police car after his capture.
Just Sayin July 17, 2014 at 03:54 pm
ATTENTION PATCH EDITOR ET AL.... This fellow Louis Fasullo needs to be reported to localRead More authorities. His comment is not only highly confused...but also borders on a confession of sorts. Check into his ISP address...and contact appropriate persons.
sophia July 18, 2014 at 08:19 pm
jesse's lips look like he enjoys servicing men in prison!
Hater July 19, 2014 at 02:21 am
Guy seams totally stable. http://louisfasullo.blogspot.com/?m=1Read More http://dockets.justia.com/search?query=Louis+Fasullo I wonder wtf he's suing dc comics for?
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