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Don Gettys July 22, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Is Rauner spending all of his money paying people to write for the Patch? This propaganda is aRead More really biased disservice to the readers and voters.
Jon Hall July 22, 2014 at 03:47 pm
It's not like the governor of this sorry state actually runs anything.
RIGHT LANE July 22, 2014 at 04:32 pm
don...here you are again I see....... ...please identify why in the world you would vote for quinn!Read More You seem to dislike Rauner and aren't afraid to rip him! Tell me one thing that quinn has done well! One thing to make this state better, one thing he's done to keep jobs here, one thing he's done to limit unions on the take....go ahead don give me any positive point about quinn!
traileraide July 22, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Amen.
Person of interest July 22, 2014 at 03:13 pm
The above statement, "D86 teachers would be well advised to stay under the radar" isRead More shameful.
Linda Burke July 22, 2014 at 04:05 pm
The threat to teachers here is scary. Once you've seen this group at board meetings, calling forRead More people who disagree with them "to lose their privilege of speaking," etc., you'll never say "it can't happen here." They've already given hints of what they would do to curriculum if teachers can be reduced to a desperate underclass with no rights and no due process. It isn't pretty. Richard Skoda wants teaching to conform with the teachings of the Catholic Church--as understood by him. (Ironically, creation science, which he favors, is not a Catholic thing. But we are dealing with a culture here where ignorance is no shame.) He and his board allies are deeply embedded with extreme groups that would impose an anti-science agenda. Let's not forget that this board majority made its political debut in Sept. 2012 with a truly scary homophobic movement that included death threats against school personnel. We can't say "we didn't know." The emails orchestrated by their group were so scary that a police officer had to be present at a board Sept. 2012 board meeting. "First they came for the teachers. . ."
Edward Andrysiak July 22, 2014 at 09:30 am
Hey Don...you elected one "no money/no business" experience person to the WhiteRead More House...like what you got? Demonizing the successful/rich is a continuing Democratic tactic that only idiots believe. When cash flows and businesses prosper, people have jobs. We don't need any more politicians who do not understand a balance sheet. You might just try and believe some people have more than enough money and just want to give back and do something for the rest of the folks...like, at least, through out your garbage!
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
If this country ends up looking like "The Hunger Games" kids should be learning how to useRead More a bow and arrow.
RIGHT LANE July 22, 2014 at 02:56 pm
don gettys.......it takes money to get recognized to be able to run for an office DON! Are youRead More actually saying quinn is a better choice? Are you union or just on the take? Go RAUNER!!!!! ED...right on! This clown the dems voted in office is simply a community organizer for those on the take.....have you ever seen a worse representation for a president in your lifetime? I see no more of the stupid obama stickers and even the fools who voted for him have a "I'm ready for Hillary" sticker to replace it! Is the experiment in sympathy over people? Elect a president with some business sense and WHO CAN LEAD!
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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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.
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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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Smarty McSmartypants July 22, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 04:13 pm
Oh Cindy, try enjoying your life and allow people to enjoy theirs. You sound very angry and upsetRead More that people don't think and act just like you. You're entitled to your opinion, but it doesn't mean you can dictate what everyone else can or can't do. C'est la vie.
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.
Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
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!!
Jack marengo July 18, 2014 at 07:13 am
Also happened in the fountain at the Main Street station last Friday during the Car show.
Kelly July 18, 2014 at 08:46 am
Saw several tweens in swimsuits inside the fountain, as if it were a swimming pool, Saturday. ThoseRead More kids parents need to get them pool passes or possibly some manners?
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DHD July 17, 2014 at 01:47 pm
What an idiot.
Teri D. Springer July 20, 2014 at 11:45 am
OMG, seriously??? It was still light out! She needs her eyes checked and to redo her licenseRead More testing.
Scarletti's Italian Kitchen | Credit: File Photo
Kelly July 18, 2014 at 08:55 am
Please NO MORE Italian restaurants! We need a sandwich shop like Sho-Fly Pie used to be or VillageRead More Gourmet in Clarendon Hills. Berto's Deli is OK but there is room for another!
Patricia Vlcek July 19, 2014 at 02:23 pm
I agree with Denise and Adria. We do need more diversity in Cuisine choices. Italian may beRead More popular, but its over done in our town. I am sorry to see Scarletti's leave, but happy this family will enjoy much needed time together.
Darien Resident July 21, 2014 at 08:37 am
Scarletti's has been one of my husband and my favorite restaurants. We will miss them and theirRead More fine service and cuisine. We wish them the very best and totally understand their decision.
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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?
Ryan July 17, 2014 at 09:37 am
Illinois Government: Too Big to Fail. ...or even be reformed a tiny bit.
Independence666 July 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Illinois is a joke!!
Seer_ July 17, 2014 at 02:55 pm
That's okay- the broke-assed State of Ill is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
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georgiarbarnett July 17, 2014 at 08:01 am
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Grumpy Old Man July 17, 2014 at 03:51 pm
We hearken back to a conversation we had long ago. I agree with the targeted and temporary tariffRead More which allowed HD to get back on its feet and thrive. I tend to agree with you that as far as schools are concerned the primary focus needs to be on the teachers and the quality of education they produce as measured by the success of the students and budgets which allow the teachers to do their jobs.
Fred Savage July 17, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Sure..more money from our $17 trillion in debt Fed will fix everything. It's free money!
oldschool July 17, 2014 at 09:25 pm
I hope everyone who reads this knows that administrators negotiate their contracts with the schoolRead More board of their districts. Nothing to do with the teacher union, however they are part of the teacher retirement system. The other thing everyone should realize is that many of these superintendents come back as "consultants" to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars per year. I have been teaching for 30 years, every teacher I know would agree that there needs to be a cap on this type of retirement gouge. I could write a book about the waste in schools, all of it as the result of administrators trying to justifying their existence. G.O.M (above), you nailed it. Get rid of the federal department of education and the state department of education. What they do in no way makes me a better teacher!!
Linda Burke July 16, 2014 at 07:17 am
As for the teachers' offered contract, of course it is and should be subject to tough negotiations.Read More That's what collective bargaining means. However, the board's proposal would make us the extreme outlier in the Chicago area, and not in a good way. Its aim is to boot teachers out of the middle class, where they deserve to be. (Teachers don't get rich, but they should be middle class. How can they inspire our kids to seek and value education, if they personify an underclass of temporary labor?) It bears repeating that NO other Chicago-area high school district, and almost no other district of any kind, has attempted this. Folks, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. You get what you pay for. We can't be the worst paid district in Chicagoland, with a board majority that goes out of their way to insult and demean our teachers, and still offer an education that rivals the best of the best. Not only is this a moral issue, but middle class homeowners can't afford to pretend that school comparisons don't exist or don't matter. War on public education equals war on the middle class.
Ken Wilson July 21, 2014 at 09:07 am
I agree, Dr. Skoda is a high school teacher with over 30 years of worthy, exceptional service andRead More experience. He is clearly articulate and an intellectual who volunteers his time to serve as School Board President and cares deeply about children. It is understood in a community of over 100,000 some will attack his good intentions and disrespect the fact he is a teacher. There is a very small minority of High School Stalkers, some have been hangin out at the high school for longer than 20 years after they graduated. Yes, kind of like the old football quarterback from 1970s trying to finagle an invite to prom. I guess all this talk of War may brand the Union Education First movement (UEF) of bitter individuals as a Hate Group. Or so the word was at the public pool last weekend. We appreciate Dr. Skoda's .30 years of service as a teacher to children and his efforts to raise the bar on Illinois' public education.
Steve Gilmer July 21, 2014 at 01:53 pm
Huh?
Linda Burke July 15, 2014 at 09:29 pm
This is also interesting--the board majority tried to keep the location of the press conference aRead More secret from fellow board members and the public. Chicago Tribune reporter Annemarie Mannion published a short piece several days before the press conference indicating the day and time of the event, but not the place. I'm sure her article wasn't expected by the board majority--they obviously intended a complete surprise, with no advance notice at all. That way, they obviously hoped, they could keep their shenanigans secret from the public except for the version they wanted us to hear, while using a public place supported by public funds to promote their message. Fortunately, there was a person with a conscience who revealed the location of the meeting. One newspaper account of the press conference shows Mr. Corcoran holding up a sophisticated graphic obviously used to advocate for his extreme anti-teacher agenda. Who paid for the PR professionals to design this material? We taxpayers, of course. We will also pick up the tab for the district-wide propaganda mailing planned by the same four board members.
Linda Burke July 15, 2014 at 09:44 pm
This is interesting--the board majority wanted NO advance notice of the press conference to fellowRead More board members or the public. Days before the event, however, Chicago Tribune reporter Annemarie Mannion published a notice of the date and time, but not the place. Reporters were ordered not to reveal the location of the press conference. Fortunately, we were informed by an individual with a conscience, making it possible for concerned residents to attend the event, or try to. As you know, the taxpayers who tried to attend were arrogantly turned away. And to think this is the board majority that promised transparency, honesty, and accountability. We are obviously getting just the opposite.
Linda Burke July 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm
Oops, I didn't think my earlier comment had posted, so I posted the same idea twice. Sorry aboutRead More that. I am amazed that some people actually LIKE and support the devious tactics of this board majority--the secrecy, the dishonesty, the waste of taxpayer dollars, the contempt for taxpayers. Fortunately more and more district residents are beginning to question. Can't we all agree that if they want to hold a secret meeting and exclude the public, they should pay for their own private venue, their own PR consultants, and their own political mailings?
Patricia Higgins immediately after being struck in the face (right) and shortly thereafter. | NBC Chicago
Pamela Wollenberg July 17, 2014 at 04:13 pm
Oh Please !!!!
Just Me! July 20, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Janet- while I can empathize with what your friend is going through. I still can not believe thatRead More the thought even crossed her mind to sue for this. As someone else posted, if you break a leg skiing are going to sue the lodge? There are risks that everyone takes in all activities that we do when we walk out the door. If it sounds cruel I can't apologize, but this sounds like just another sue happy cituation that your friend is choosing to partake in. Whether waiting a year or not. I would think she of all people being a M.D. Would have a great understanding, she pays a huge premium in Liability Insurance just to practice medicine. Her premium is high because of frivolous lawsuits, hence if she wins her lawsuit (for an activity she chose) who will pay? The fans with higher ticket prices.
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