Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tax Increases Ahoy!

Thanks to decades of mismanagement and endemic corruption, Daley is about to stick it to everyone:
  • Mayor Daley hates raising property taxes about as much as Chicago homeowners despise paying those increases.

    Part of it is fear of political backlash. The other is a pragmatic desire to leave the door open for Chicago Public Schools to tax to the max, as it has in 10 of the 13 years since Daley's school takeover.

    But with a $217 million budget gap and the next election four years away, it looks like the mayor may have no choice but to bite the bullet this time. That's even after crusading for property tax relief to soften the blow of reassessment increases.

And here comes the blame game!
  • None of the city's $713.4 million property tax levy is available for day-to-day operations. It's largely eaten up by pension obligations.

    "How do you go on like that while giving police and fire pay raises every year and with pensions and health care going off the charts? They're all afraid of the headlines. But, take the polls and stuff 'em. You need to govern," the source said.

Ah Fran Spielman, using the "anonymous sources" to do the mayor's dirty work of blaming the Police and Fire Departments for the upcoming property tax increases. Isn't having a tame media creature around to do your bidding just the greatest thing? If that "anonymous source" wasn't sent by the fifth floor to start the ball rolling on the mayor pleading poor once the contract meetings actually start, then we don't know anything about how City Hall operates with a complicit media to bilk the taxpayers out of billions while stealing everything that isn't nailed down.

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39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in mind Daley still has to give the envelope to dee boys.

8/21/2007 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm... didn't we just lease the skyway for big bucks? And if we are so strapped, why are we wooing the olympics with non-refundable public money? And why am I still living here?

8/22/2007 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stragely though FRAN the pensions are way underfunded! lets blame the police who produce revenue also! HEY FRAN YOUR ANOTHER LIKE SNEED UNDER DALEYS COMMAND, HE IS YOUR KING AND FRAN LIKE IN BYGONE DAYS YOU WILL RESPOND TO YOUR SLAVE MASTER OR ELSE! LETS EDUCATE AND GIVE AWAY ALL THE FREEBIES TO THE ANIMALS AND ILLEGALS WHO REFUSE TO PAY ANY TAXES! ALL THE SERVICE OVER IN THEIR AREAS GREAT JOB MAYOR CLOWN!

8/22/2007 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To save money the city could raise retirement age. Make cops work til at least 60. Or make it so you start collecting your pension at 63. Just like S.S. And lets cut the aldermen down to 25.

8/22/2007 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

again why do anything. embarass the mayor. let crime go through the roof to ruin his olympic dream.

answer your calls and thats it. I refuse to do anything other than i have to by G.O..

The only way to get the muttering studdering mayors attention is to not give him his way and embarass him!

8/22/2007 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HERE IS THE NEWS.....
Daley sends Madigan to Springfield, the result is 10 years in residence and less the 75K income to quailfy for 7% tax cap. This means 99% of us will get hammered with the 40-60% increased property tax tri-annual reassessment in a month or so. My taxes go from 3700 to 5700. The best news is that this happens every three years so expect to pay 10-15k in taxes within a ten year period as the Assessor's office attempts to assess homes closer to market value like all the other counties in the state already do. Do not get caught off guard if you escrow your taxes into your mortgage, expect the increase and budget for it.

8/22/2007 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No brainer, our contract will go to arbitration and we will get what the city offered in the first place. Same old story.

8/22/2007 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they will blame the Police and the Fire fighters for the tax increase. It is the Daley, Chicago way.

8/22/2007 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you want to know why we are being taxed more than any other city? lets look what chicago is known for! the best welfare,healthcare programs for individuals who are so brainwashed that nothing is their fault and they need a parent figure to take care of them " i.e. mayor daley and the democratic party" so what do they need to fund these programs,money,and who are the most consistent sources of revenue and taxes,the city workers.if they truly wanted to make money heres a few ideas....1. time to cut off the gravy train of all these free social services,if you go to any gas station on the south and west sides you will see individuals flashing their link cards like a badge of honor but yet they amazing have enough money for alcohol and lottery tickets at 20 to 30 bucks a pop. 2. lower the taxes for the individuals who actually contribute something,the business owners,these individuals bust their ass running a business,putting people to work,and employing people who contribute to the economy but they are told by the democratic party that they should be punished because they made alot of money and they are evil. these welfare receipents can learn a few things from these business owners so maybe they will not be breast fed by the government all their life.

8/22/2007 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city could save money by giving all those officers involved with that disturbance at that shooting in 011 ten day suspensions.

8/22/2007 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about that letter from the city that you have to sign for??? The letter outlines how much "compensation" the city gives its employees... What a joke, SCC post that nonsense if you can. I guess were are supposed to feel guilty during contract talks...

8/22/2007 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When they sold my skyway, yes my skyway...its all of ours not just the kings where is the money? Where is the money they used to build Sox dump park? Some of that was put forth by txes. Has Reindick given a dime back?

8/22/2007 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should have read like this....

How do you give ghetto rats more and more money?

8/22/2007 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOW DALEY IS HAVING MORE PEOPLE TAKE ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT PAY1 WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE PRIVATE WORLD IF YOU WORKD WITHOUT PAY? HOW ABOUT DALEY GET RID OF HIS FLEET OF TAX PAYER PAID CARS, AND THE HUGE DETAIL HE HAS DRIVING HIM AND MS. DAISY (MAGGIE) AND HIS FRIENDS AROUND WOULD SAVE MILLIONS!

8/22/2007 05:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the bazillions the head asshole just committed for low income housing?

8/22/2007 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Daley. He is the one to blame along with the aldercreatures. Millennium Park, Planters on the streets, O'hare Expansion already going to cost more than anticipated. Why don't we get to vote our own raises like king Richie and his band of thieves. Fran, Sneed and all the media just kiss Daley's ass and make us look like the bad guys. Fuck Daley and this city.

8/22/2007 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a positive note, does this imply that our pension will be better funded?

8/22/2007 08:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't the public figure it out?
When da mere was running for re-election, there was NO budget shortfall.
Now once again, Police, Fire and City workers need a contract and all of a sudden...WE'RE BROKE!!!!
Fire the budget director and make the mayor resign if they didn't see that in the books. [ya sure]
Once again...' the mayor can cry poor mouth and blame the city employees, especially the po-po for a raise in their property taxes or fees.
Yup, it's OUR fault!
Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxma Culpa!

ol vet

8/22/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they will blame the Police and the Fire fighters for the tax increase. It is the Daley, Chicago way

Agian...why do anything but show up. Are you poeple that fuckin stupid. If you want change and you want a descent contract you will have to let go of the machoism for a while. Let the streets go to shit. Hell they blame us already why not give them something to really blame us for.

Beat the mayor at his own game.

8/22/2007 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If my taxes go up 2 grand with no contract im gunna start smackin coppers up side the head for workin. Fuck you and your hatchet faced whore wife Mr Mayor.

8/22/2007 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If my taxes go up 2 grand with no contract im gunna start smackin coppers up side the head for workin. Fuck you and your hatchet faced whore wife Mr Mayor."

8/22/2007 11:10:00 PM

Signed Fr. Tom Nangle
Just try to stay true to my flock, Hey dat reminds of a story of the real police ya know, westside warrior workn Christmas saw a star in the sky ,Did I tell ya that one before if so stop me, I'm gettn misty& when am I getting a new take home ride this one's got ten thousand miles on it from all my runs to the summer home in wisconsin....

8/22/2007 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT ABOUT THE MONEY FROM THE ILLINOIS STATE LOTTERY?????????? WHERE DOES IT GO?????

8/23/2007 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN BROTHER TO 8/22/2007 05:33:00 PM

Take home cars has always been one of my biggest gripes. It's unbeleivable how many do nothing "trophy gals" (personally I think most of them look like $$##@) drive into the lot at HQ's everyday with their "absolutely, positively, without a doubt, necessary for operational functions and duties" take home cars. BULLSHIT!

As I have posted here before: "why exactly does the female Sergeant in charge of IAD records need a take homw car." I ask it again. Just one example of the many scams being brought by our so called leaders.

Hopefully, someone with some balls and a white shirt reads this and shows the stones he/she is paid to have and does something about this.

PS: a little bird told me that Dana has seen fit to promote his dolly PT to Captain. Has anyone heard the same?

8/23/2007 04:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Old Grey Guy said...

Back in the 80's some of us old timers had a choice: Jane Bryne or Rich Daley. Some of our less entlightened brothers and sisters chose the Midget. Jane had her problems. She wasn't the most ethical of folks, she entered into deals with people of questionable character. All this being said, she took care of us.

So when the old timer from the 11th Ward starts blowing smoke tell him to stick it. He along with the other misguided fools helped give you this blithering idiot.

8/23/2007 04:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just shows that the police are greedy and overpaid. A cop should only make about 35,000 a year. 75,000+ for a patrolman? Thats nuts.

8/23/2007 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/23/2007 04:47:00 AM


Yep! take home cars the bset is when they have a rental take home car and use them for all the personal use! Taking kids to school,vacations etc... But you must ahve clout for this as many do! JUST BE READY FOR A HUGE TAX INCREASE IN THE NEXT TAX BILL FALL 07! DALEY AND HIS LAPDOG MADIGAN HAVE DONE THIS TO GIVE ALL THE ASSHOLES THAT WON'T WORK,THE ILLEGAL JAGOFFS FREE EVERYTHING WHILE WE TOIL TO PAY OUR KIDS TUITION, AND MAKE OUR HOUSE PAYMENTS THEY WILL TAX US OUT JUST WATCH DALEY TAKE ALL OUR CASH AS HE ALWAYS DOES! WE NEED A REVLOT AND A SPOKESPERSON TO SAY "WE ARE DONE WITH TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION"! WHEN WILL THEY STOP STEALIN OUR MONEY?? CHICAGO WILL BE A DETROIT A GHOST TOWN SOON THANKS TO DALEY-BLAGO-MADIGAN-THE 50 THIEVES-STROGER AND THE REST OF THE "CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY" RUNNING SHITCAGO! THEY ARE USING THE RICO LAWS ON SOS HOW ABOUT USING IT ON THESE CLOWNS IT IS MOST APPROPIATE ON THEM PLEASE INDICT DALEY AND HIS CREW NOW!!

8/23/2007 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the 1 billion daley got from selling the skyway?

8/23/2007 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for my own sence of pride. Not for Daley, or my boss. Court is my part time job. which I use to send my kids to parochial school and have a decent house in a good neighborhood in this city, in which I am forced to live. You smack me upside the head, and we have a big problem.

8/23/2007 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise the cash fines when a person gets convicted here in Chicago and Cook County. Since nobody ever serves any real time because of the jail and prison overcrowding, double the cash fines and raise money for the county and city.

Put a cap on public aid and assistance. You don't have to pay for someone to live from when they're 17 years old all the way until they die at an old age. The system is broken and constantly taken advantage of and you know who pays for it in the long run. The good honest non-criminal hard working family orientated responsible tax payer. Put a cap on it and stop waisting all those billions of dollars.

How about Daley stop doing the old "one dollar for you, two three for me" routine. You fucking money hungry jagoff, stop liging your pockets and filling your over seas bank accounts with the citys money.

If we're budgeted for 13,500 officers and their is only approx 9,230 officers on the payroll, where is all those millions going that isnt spent on officers? If we have to wait anywhere from 1-3 years to get a contract each time, where is all that money made in interest while that money sits in a high interest bearing account or cd's? We don't get any interest on my money come retro time!!! What the fuck. Anybody forget about the skyway deal - where is that 3/4 of a billion gone? hmmmm

8/23/2007 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

To save money the city could raise retirement age. Make cops work til at least 60. Or make it so you start collecting your pension at 63. Just like S.S. And lets cut the aldermen down to 25.

8/22/2007 07:34:00 AM

Umm, no. If they raise retirement age, that thats a whole bunch of po's that they have to keep paying at the highest bracket....to save money, they should LOWER the retirement age, so old timers leave sooner and are replaced by new guys making half what the old make...plus, the city pays police salary, the pension fund pays for retirement. As far as aldermen go, might as well cut them to 0....they have no say anyway....

8/23/2007 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again at budget time, why dont they get rid of the useless District managers and put a light duty police officer in the spot. Think of the money saved! Approximately $70,000 times 25 districts! But then why do anything that makes sense??

8/23/2007 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8/23 4:47 - Dana skipped right over Captain for PT and made her his Commanding Officer. Knocked poor ME right out of the box.
I wonder if he will promote his meal maker, I mean timekeeper.

8/23/2007 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOW THINGS GET DONE IN CHICAGO
Three contractors were touring the White House on the same day.
One was from Chicago, another from Missouri and, the third, from
Florida.

At the end of the tour, the guard asked them what they did for a living.
When they each replied that they were contractors, the guard said
"Hey, we need one of the rear fences redone. Why don't you guys look at it and give me a bid?" So, to the back fence they went.

First up was the Florida contractor. He took out his tape measure and pencil, did some measuring, and said, "Well, I figure the job will run about $900. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."

Next was the Missouri contractor. He also took out his tape measure
and pencil, did some quick figuring, and said, "Looks like I can do this job for $700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."

Then the guard asks the Chicago contractor how much. Without so
much as moving, the contractor says, "$2700."

The guard, incredulous, looks at him and says "You didn't even
measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high
figure?"

"Easy," says the contractor from Chicago, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for
you and we hire the guy from Missouri."

8/23/2007 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Once again at budget time, why dont they get rid of the useless District managers and put a light duty police officer in the spot. Think of the money saved! Approximately $70,000 times 25 districts! But then why do anything that makes sense??

8/23/2007 05:03:00 PM



Try $100,000 x 25

8/23/2007 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO CONTRACT, NO WORKIE

8/23/2007 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DID THE MAYOR PAY FOR MEIGS YET?

8/24/2007 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous IAD Sergeant said...

MEMO to AMEN BROTHER TO 8/22/2007
05:33:00 PM

You guys make me sick. I just hope I can finish this post before I break down. I’m so distraught and offended I almost can’t think. How, I repeat How, can anyone question why I have a take home car? Obviously, the poster doesn’t know that I’m “special.” All of us assigned to the Internal Affairs Division are “special.” There have been many occasions when I had to attend a promotion party where my presence was obligatory to keep my job. What do want me to do, use my own car and gas? Also, there have many occasions when I had to stay late (way past 3PM – I think some of you use some other kind of time designation something like hundreds, but it’s been so long I can’t remember) to get a Police Officer’s disciplinary record for use by my cohorts. I ask you this, how do you expect two other IAD Sergeants to complete an investigation of an 11th District PO accepting a free cup of coffee to complete their task without this record? They need to know that he took a day off for missing court, or had the nerve to forget to call the Medical Section while he was home for some BS reason like being shot. I take these unexpected tasks in stride because I know that the ¾ of an hour I get everyday demands that occasionally I have to work past my normal 5 hours, OOPS – I meant 8 hours, sorry. Just in case you don’t know, some of my other “special” co-workers here at HQ’s are now forced to use marked administrative cars. You just can’t imagine how hard it is to drive home knowing that some person may actually stop you thinking you’re the Police. Some of these folks are ten year veterans and they know what to do, but what do the rest of us do, we weren’t given the oppurtunity to be the Police we had to take these good jobs right after we left the Academy. Speaking of the Academy isn't that Tobias dreamy. Finally, you should check on some of the others with take home cars. I’m not as special as Lt. PT from the 1st Deputy’s Office; she not only got a car she gets to be a Captain too.

I just want you guys to give up this totally unjustified crusade against us “special” folks here at HQ’s. If you continue to harp on this topic my fellow IAD sergeants and I will find different ways to justify the use of our cars. We’ll be in your alleys making sure you recycle, we’ll be driving down your streets and reporting if your cars are parked to close to a fire hydrant, we’ll be watching you – we’ll be watching you!!!

Have to go now, need to pick up Deb’s cleaning. You guys just think she’s stiff, its really the starch in her knickers.

Sgt. PM of IAD Records

CAIO

8/24/2007 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would bet there are many sergeants at IAD that are sweating their asses off now that the FBI and the USAO are scrutinizing what has transpired down there for years.

The innocent are crucified while the connected walk scott free.

8/28/2007 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just shows that the police are greedy and overpaid. A cop should only make about 35,000 a year. 75,000+ for a patrolman? Thats nuts.

8/23/2007 07:55:00 AM


You sir or maam are a total funking idiot. You should spend a couple of weeks working in our shoes. You would ask for a 100% raise.

8/29/2007 08:54:00 PM  

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