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State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
Grumpy Old Man April 23, 2014 at 08:24 am
@Stones - I actually agree with you. My problem is simply the economic conditions presentlyRead More affecting Illinois, the lack of any credible solution and the nature of the Chicago and Cook County governments which can't seem to keep crooks out of office. I think Presidential libraries serve valuable purposes (and that doesn't matter which President it happens to be) can provide economic benefits to the area in which the library is location (whether short/long term is another question which I am not in a position to answer).
Political PR Machine April 23, 2014 at 08:38 am
I would suggest that Chicago be required to have a credit check performed before any publicRead More assistance is provided to them. The City of Chicago is on Public Assistance already - they should need to certify for benefits every two weeks and prove the need for more funds from us - the employer and safety net of Chicago Government. No Library Needed - Put his online and be progressive
Political PR Machine April 23, 2014 at 08:38 am
In this day and age, Presidential Libraries should be virtual, and should demonstrate leadership,Read More not egomania.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:10 am
@Greg Smith - LOL. More nonsense from the Rush crowd. Millions of blacks who are just asRead More disadvantaged as your scumbag gang banger buddies don't drive around shooting up their neighborhoods. You are also, clearly a racist. There are millions of white Americans who aren't born into money and who are unemployed. You should be thankful that we still have a war on drugs. Legalize drugs remove your profits and all of your homies are going to be unemployed and no Ford Foundations to give you grants.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
voice of america April 23, 2014 at 07:47 am
Judges are standing together it does not take 3 to get a warrant for his arrest. this is the JudgesRead More way of saying f u America, One for all and all for one the Judges are. So lets disbar all of them. Publish their names. fluid the IL. Bar complaint center, Keep doing it to they removed as judges they are unfit to serve as american judges.
voice of america April 23, 2014 at 07:56 am
We need a million man march in Peoria. Demand the removal of the Mayor, All three Judges, and PoliceRead More chief.
Elizabeth Miller April 23, 2014 at 08:34 am
It probably took 3 judges to get them to grant the warrants they were looking for. And the AttorneyRead More Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) is the "bar" you are looking for. You will find specific rules there and though anyone can lodge complaints, and all complaints are heard, the accused members of the bar have a right to defend themselves and their actions. The attorney for the arrested kid can file for sanctions, too, and move to suppress the information obtained by the warrant if it is judged to have been granted erroneously.
President Obama
stanley seigler April 23, 2014 at 08:49 am
@jim, re YOU SAID..." RR term covered 96 months (4 yrs) ... oooh, thanks for the correction ...Read More shudda wrote: '96 months (8 yrs)' +++ really didnt think anyone noticed my post :) +++ the point i was trying to make is someone cherry picked RR's 6 years vice the 8 RR severd our country so well.
Dave April 23, 2014 at 09:00 am
Facts about the Obama "recovery" vs. the RECOVERY under President Reagan:Read More http://www.ijreview.com/2014/04/131256-simple-graph-compares-reagan-obamas-recoveries/ If you're going to dispute these numbers, kindly provide links to sources. Read it and weep, liberals. Read it and weep.
stanley seigler April 23, 2014 at 09:26 am
@McCloud, re: "People have the strange conception that jobs are the benefit, as a businessRead More owner jobs are a cost." >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> what's strange is the cloud's view/conclusion/opine jobs are a "cost" +++ of course labor is an expense ... that the cloud see the resulting jobs (either public or private) as a cost vice a benefit to society is incomprehensible +++ except it might explain the cloud's misinformed statements. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> re: " RR provided the environment necessary for the massive job creation." +++ actually RR provided the environment that created massive wealth for his friends, the 1%. provided the environment that destroyed the middle class ... created the 1% v 99% divide +++ as factual data indicates, three GOP presidents (including RR) in 20 yrs created 2 million less jobs than DEM slick willie did in 8 years ... opine: a clear indication DEM policies work better than GOP's <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< +++ another indicator: GOP policies resulted in the great GOP 1929 depression and 2008 recession ... ie, GOPs were in control 8-10 yrs prior to each of these disasters ... coincidence, your call.
John Chrusciel April 17, 2014 at 06:08 pm
On the Divvy matter, I agree about the stations being eyesores. Didn't Divvy wind up in BankruptcyRead More court or something?
jim April 17, 2014 at 07:15 pm
City will find someplace else to spent the annual fee they would pay to have Divvy
carol j dixon April 17, 2014 at 09:37 pm
I believe it would be a thief problem.
Ald. Judy Fiske (1st Ward) identified this 12-pound miniature poodle, named Flip. He was slated by C.A.R.E. for euthanasia until she took him in.
Patch Reader April 19, 2014 at 08:00 am
There are two "Patch Readers" on this thread. One that supports the City Council's actionsRead More and believes it was time for CARE to go, and one that either doesn't know or refuses to believe the truth about CARE and the shameful way its Board acted through this whole thing. Robert Graham is right...the leadership embarrassed CARE with its insulting response to the City's request for negotiations. How could the City possibly want to work with someone like that?
Beth Wyatt April 19, 2014 at 08:19 am
Jim, the City Council didn't make this decision in a vacuum. Among other things, it had twoRead More professional reports that said there were serious problems with CARE, and it took months to come reach this vote. The Council also asked CARE over and over again to negotiate with them, and CARE essentially spit in their face. Read that email their President sent, and the letter they sent the Council - it's all public record. I agree with Patch Reader - I don't know how the City could work with them after that. Anyway, CARE said themselves they've wanted to move for a long time. Maybe that explains the way they acted.
Steph Pollini April 19, 2014 at 08:30 am
My god, people, it is OVER. MOVE ON, CARE people. Start your own shelter, whatever. MOVE ON.
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Procrustes' Foil April 13, 2014 at 05:16 am
John, one more thing. I am not a defender of Procrustes. I am trying to defeat ProcrusteanRead More "thinking."
John Chrusciel April 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
PF glad you liked the information. Was hoping to create some interest in the hobby. When it comes toRead More commemorating people or events, coins are the grand daddy of all. Modern style stamps were not invented until the mid 1800's. Coins with the faces of emperor's and kings on them have been around for thousands of years. Unfortunately I do not believe I have heard Polezani sing. Of course WFMT did Don Giovanni last week and it was wonderful but I do not think Polezani was in the rendition I enjoyed.
John Chrusciel April 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
PF I get it. I was wondering about foil as he used a hammer. Great handle. :)
Gerald Vigue April 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Maxwell, I am still waiting for your website, or an invite to tour your multi-million company.Read More Really, I love industry on parade, and I liked to take students on corporate tours. As far as you can keep your insurance, you could keep it if it was not junk insurance. Unfortunately, over 900,000 policies in California and Kentucky alone were junk, and these states sued the companies for them. Companies had 3 years to comply with the ACA standards, and they couldn't even do that. Further, Obama gave them 20% profits, and they still want to screw you for more! Emsley was made over $400 million, McGuire $1.3 billion by sending people to death, and the SOBs want more of your money, or your death. Obama stopped the law suits against insurance fraud, because the fraudulent lawsuits would have put the ACA in court which would have stopped the enactment of the ACA. And the companies largely relented, and less than 1 million lost coverage, and most got a better deal out of the whole thing after they factored in the Gov support. Now, about your complaints. Read Potter's books, esp. Obamacare, what it means to me. There is an ACA policy for you. And your old insurance was junk. If you are too lazy to study, then find a reputable insurance salesman who can guide you through it. I studied old age insurance for four years, with 4 different salespeople before I found suitable insurance. Insurance is important, and it’s important that you stop blaming Obama for your screwing of yourself. Do your homework. From your answers to my questions, I would guess none of you whiners have ever done any homework on anything, and have the curiosity of G. Bush. And constantly remember, Fox News is sponsored by Prince Al Weleed Bin Talal, a Saudi Prince who makes billions by screwing Americans, just like you. Anything you learn from Fox has been censored by the Saudis, who gave Fox $2.3 Billion, for that privilege, and Saudi's love war. As far as Ukraine is concerned, why don't you guys go and fight. But take your wallet, not mine. We presently have over 600 bases and posts in over 140 countries. Most of which you could not even name. There are over 225 countries requesting further American assistance, I hope you wallet is very, very big. About 11% of the economy of S. Carolina is federal military spending, on WWII style bases. Ever wonder why Lindsay Graham wants to fight forever everywhere?? I'll let you pay for that. Ukraine and Iraq are twins; full of people who say they want our help until we give it, and then they will say F-you, but give me more money. You guys never learn.
McCloud April 23, 2014 at 07:41 am
You need to stop with the 20% profit margin, try reading about what defines a business's profit andRead More what is an expense. I know it sounds good from the polluted information you are fed on a daily basis, but insurance company profits for health insurance has been around 2.5%. Let me try to break it down for you, for every dollar of premium now, $0.85 goes towards paying claims, then you have 2.5% state tax, 10% to pay the electric bill, payroll, capital equipment, lease, paper, postage, .... Then when all that is paid, whatever is left over is deemed profit moron.
McCloud April 23, 2014 at 08:50 am
The lies continue for this pig, it passed congress on lies, and the lies continue. Say it enoughRead More times, and people start to believe them. If this program is so great, why all the lies? If this program is so great, why all the impromptu delays every day granted by the king? I would think he would want this beauty in full gear.
Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd Ward) playfully hung a picture of his American bull dog, Dozer, on colleague Delores Holmes' (5th) nameplate before Monday's human services committee meeting.
Kirsten Carlson April 2, 2014 at 07:06 pm
This issue has been a very painful and long process for a lot of people and animals. There hasn'tRead More really been any productive dialog with CARE in over a year. If anything it has gotten less so. When the warden has to start saving dogs from the rescue organization and volunteers have paid over $10,000 in boarding costs and vet bills out of pocket while CARE sits on 1.3 million dollars, we have reached a whole new level of disfunction. The sooner this is resolved, the sooner the volunteers can start to get back to focusing on actually rescuing animals. The animals are still coming in, still require care, and still need to find homes. A very good plan was drafted and it was long overdue. It spells out a lot of the things that should have been in place all along. This oversight has been going on for much longer than the current committee or standing members of city council have been around. Blaming anyone doesn't help. Looking ahead to the future and seeing the potential in what could be a model shelter for Evanston would be in the best interest of the animals. It's still not over yet. Please read the draft put forth by the city and voice your support for a this much needed change that will benefit of the homeless animals in Evanston.
robert graham April 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Initially, all CARE had to do was revise their euthanization protocol and there quite likelyRead More wouldn't have been the problems which have now come to light. Due to their arrogance and intransigence, they are "no longer welcome" at the Evanston Shelter, which by the way, speaking of arrogance, is what a CARE volunteer said to a long time volunteer who does not support CARE a short time ago. Surely the money donated to CARE was not for the purpose of hiring lawyers, and why is the title of CARE, "CARE Incorporated"? What is this, Exxon/Mobil? How many people on the Board of Directors anyway? They cannot decide as to whether or not they wish to remain, as evidenced by the "CEO" refusing to speak at the meeting this past Monday. Equally egregious is that in light of the fact that lack of transparency is a major issue, Alderman Grover recommends a CLOSED DOOR MEETING! This is truly becoming an embarrassment, we have decent people spending money out of their own pockets to benefit stray animals, while C.A.R.E. FOR THE EVANSTON ANIMAL SHELTER is sitting on over a million dollars, which they should not be allowed to depart with under any circumstances.
jim April 7, 2014 at 07:46 am
URGENT!!! Waukegan dog needs a licensed rescue to pull this girl ASAP from Waukegan Police AnimalRead More Control. Her time is almost up at Animal Control.
jim April 3, 2014 at 08:07 am
I think they did a poor job. Unlike Shirley we cleared out entrance and exits to our alleys. RarelyRead More saw plows and several time ask the alder person if streets and san knew that there was a South Evanston.
Why? April 3, 2014 at 08:50 am
They were terrible!!!! When it was snowing there wasn't a plow in site!!!!! The streets wereRead More difficult to drive on. When the snow was done they made the biggest production over plowing the parallel parking portion of the streets. It was RIDICULOUS! Several tow trucks, city car, police officers, and snow plows all along Sherman and the side steets. Such a ridiculous production!!! Evanston is so dramatic!!! Where were they when it was snowing? Drivers had the worst time getting around Evanston, but once they arrived to Chicago the major streets were clean as a whistle!
Why? April 3, 2014 at 08:51 am
You're right, Jim!!! Never saw snow plows!! Even if I was driving around!!!
CARE Board President Linda Gelb addresses the Human Services Committee on March 3.
Erin Chrusciel March 31, 2014 at 11:15 am
Just the fact alone that CARE felt the need to spend money on a lawyer is hinky.
Jordan S. Zoot March 31, 2014 at 11:21 am
Erin....it makes complete sense.....the guilty ALWAYS need representation.
Erin Chrusciel March 31, 2014 at 11:25 am
Yes Jordan I guess you are right about that. It just makes me sad that the whole thing has come toRead More this.
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
Mildred March 27, 2014 at 09:19 pm
Its raining dogs at Waukegan Animal Control again.... PLEASE PLEASE share widely as these sweetRead More souls only have 20 days from their intake date to find rescue, or else.... sounds like a "long time", but imagine if your life was on the line for those 20 days... Their time will be up before we know it... PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!
Steve Hirsch March 28, 2014 at 09:51 am
WHY is this organization still running our shelter? Because a couple of aldermen didn't have theRead More guts to throw them out? Shame on them.
Erin Chrusciel March 28, 2014 at 10:12 am
Amen to that Steve.
Jordan S. Zoot March 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm
I don't have a problem with assistance to those that truly need it....the problem is the festeringRead More open sewer called "entitlement" that has been created.When they start taking steps like: 1. Making SNAP recipients take weekly random drug tests or actively participate in recovery programs a condition of receiving benefits. 2. Cutting off public aid recipients that have more than two children. 3. Requiring active involvement and attendance in school for the kids of parents that receive assistance. 4. Deny public assistance that anyone that refuses to assist with local police investigations. The issue isn't that enough isn't being done....the problem is too much is being done without reasonable accountability and consequences for failure to capitulate with and comply with the rules associated with these programs. The current situation has the taxpayers being raped in many instances.
Tantor March 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm
Zoot's points 1,2,3,4 seem reasonable. At present we subsidize bad behavior. It is shameful thatRead More Chicago has one of the highest unmarried teen pregnancy rates in the nation. And this in city areas of Chicago with huge unemployment. Today's Tribune has an article where it is clear that Chicago police commanders knock on gangsters' houses to "warn" them not to be bad or...else.; and Chicago also provides, listen to this, "Social Services" to gangsters who want to take advantage of said "Social Services." Al Capone was born at the wrong time....He would have loved to have police commanders come to his house and warn him not to be bad, and then offer him social services. This whole thing sounds like a joke, or the script for a comedy, but it is actually happening. The article also lets out that the authorities in Chicago only count "shooting incidents," not the people shot in said incidents. So we may have more people shot than before, but numbers will show fewer "shooting incidents," leaving out the number of people shot. Who can trust authorities' statistics?
Jordan S. Zoot March 20, 2014 at 01:13 pm
Tantor...thank you.....my comment was not intended to be heartless or craven.....quite the contraryRead More it was intended to be realistic and fair....to everyone involved. A sharing of responsibilty is vastly different than entitlement. Entitlement is a legalized version of extortion nothing more or less.
Park Ridge Taxpayer March 19, 2014 at 10:32 am
Thank you, Evanston, for setting a good example that the rest of Crook County can follow.
Arika Walker March 19, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Helping Evanston residents reduce their tax burden is a direct conflict of interest for the city.Read More The more they help, the less they get. They may be talking the good talk right now but based on the decades I have watched our local government, when it comes time to walk the walk they will stroll at best. Think about our library and the city's solution when times were tight... Also, will our high school require a name change since here is no longer a township? Wow...think of the cost involved in that!
jim March 19, 2014 at 06:45 pm
Arika Was it a Conflict of Interest for the Township to help Residents?
bwilson March 18, 2014 at 08:24 am
I am very disappointed that you did not talk to me about the assessor's office and how the EvanstonRead More Assessor's office helps taxpayers not just with the appeals twice a year but all year long. The assessor's office has saved taxpayers thousands of dollars because of wrong sq footage on their property or on exemptions that they did not receive. The assessor's office gets requests from attorney's and realtors about questions on properties. The assessor's office helps seniors on exemptions I gave you a long list of services that the Evanston Assessor's does to help evanston taxpayers save money
IgnorantA March 18, 2014 at 03:02 pm
"of if they" ?
Mildred March 18, 2014 at 08:47 pm
BYE Bye
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) watches fellow Evanston City Council members reject her and Ald. Mark Tendam's recommendation that the city sever its ties with CARE during the Human Services Committee Monday evening.
Erin Chrusciel March 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm
The CARE leadership has not shown any interest in changing their attitudes or practices. They haveRead More been allowed to not disclose records that pretty much should be public record. The animal warden has always tried to work with CARE even though they, the leadership and not the core volunteers, have never had any interest in working with honesty or integrity in regards to their relationship with the city and the cities paid staff. This problem is not a 1 or 2 year problem, it's been going on as long as the current leadership have been in place. I, along with several other very caring animal people were forced out of this volunteer group due to their arrogance and questionable ethics. I applaud those volunteers who have stuck by the animals and warden Teckler. I sincerely hope the city gets their heads out of the sand and stand behind their employees who have always done an exemplary job advocating for the animals in their care as well as all the calls they go on daily. I want to echo the sentiment that no one but the leadership of CARE is to blame for their current situation. Perhaps Ms. Gelb's volunteers should examine why their loyalty lies with this woman and not with the animals at the shelter. ( and why would a leader not embrace all volunteers of the organization she leads, kinda scary that you aren't welcome if you don't fit her model)
Josephine March 5, 2014 at 07:31 am
I don't live in Evanston but I am embarrassed for those of you who do. You have turned yourRead More municipal shelter over to this woman from Skokie, lock, stock and barrell. You've allowed her and her crew to euthanise nearly 50% of your dogs for a period of several years while accumulating somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5M in donations that assumably were to be used to care for the animals but now appear to be a stockpile of cash destined to allow CARE to build a private shelter somewhere outside of town. It was one thing for this to go on in secret, but now that it's out in the open things still aren't changing. It is no wonder the animal warden was powerless to stop this over the years. It's easy to see that the elected officials have an agenda of their own and that any time CARE goes crying to them about being picked on their rally around them and the dirty little secret continues. I applaud Alderman Tendam and Fiske for having the courage to challenge the status quo and try to fix this. If I were an Evanston resident I'd be asking Jane Grover and those who voted with her to explain how they could possibly think all of this is ok. I can't imagine this is the image you want all of the rest of us to have of your city.
Jan March 5, 2014 at 10:14 am
The aldermen all seem to agree that the only way the relationship between CARE and the city is goingRead More to work is if the current board steps down. If that's the case, this whole exercise of creating a document for them to review is a waste of time. The only question CARE needs to answer is if the Board will agree to step aside and hold a real election with oversight from the city to ensure it isn't just a transfer of power to more Gelb cronies. If the answer to that is no, then the discussion is really over. Stop the charade and cut to the chase.