Monday, June 27, 2011

Tough Times?

  • Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget office spokeswoman will be making nearly 50 percent more money after receiving an additional job title this spring.

    Kelly Ann Krapf, a former broadcast reporter who uses the name Kelly Kraft, received a salary boost from about $71,000 to more than $105,000.

  • Last year, an Associated Press analysis revealed that Quinn had given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4 percent to 35 staffers over the previous 15 months. The raises were handed out at the same time Quinn was proclaiming a message of “shared sacrifice” and calling for deep spending cuts because of the state’s financial crisis. A Quinn spokeswoman said half of those salary increases were the result of a promotion or a change in job title with an added workload.
But hey, enjoy that income tax hike, corporate tax hike and double digit unemployment Illinois! And you better not even think about owning a gun for personal protection, you dirty serfs. Don't be getting ideas above your station in life.

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Blogger Shawn said...

OT: But worth the read!

http://www.savethenews.org/changethechannels/market-detail/769/chicago-il

Chicago is the nation's third-largest radio and television market. Despite its size, Chicago is dominated by a handful of media companies. Just four companies control most of the local news market. Tribune Company alone controls nearly one-fifth of the local news market for the entire Chicago area.

A Local News Sharing Agreement between four stations (CBS, NBC, FOX and CW affiliates) combines journalists, crew and editorial staff to produce a single newscast. News crews from each station are coordinated by a single editor to ensure that no two stations cover the same story. The footage collected is shared between the stations.

To make matters worse, the bankrupt Tribune Company, which participates in the Local News Sharing Agreement with CW affiliate WGN, also owns radio station WGN-AM and flagship paper The Chicago Tribune, a level of concentration that violates FCC rules. To avoid selling any of the properties, the Tribune Co. asked the FCC to temporarily waive its rules. The FCC agreed, despite public outcry and the arrangement's dubious legality. Now, Tribune wants to make those waivers permanent, which would allow the company to sell several Chicago media properties in one consolidated "package" to the highest bidder. If the FCC agrees, the move would permanently consolidate the city's media landscape.

6/27/2011 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for me to send my weekly your a DICK Govenor Quinn letter.

6/27/2011 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Did the crystal ball unit get disbanded because they should have predicted the latest flash mob attacks or is "Director" Golstein planning a counterstrike based on articles he read in Guns and Ammo?

6/27/2011 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah how bad is it?

Well you have to stoop pretty low to take taxpayer money that has been designated to go to a charity and use it to fund your corporate tax break programs.

They call it borrowing but isn't that what you would expect them to say -- like the man with his hand stuck in the cookie jar robbing the gold coins that he has seen someone toss in the salvation army Santa bell ringer kettle.

As he's cuffed and dragged off -- "but I was only borrowing the money -- I-I-I was going to pay it back"

Yeah right!

I don't think we even know who the good guys are anymore.

---clip--

Illinois borrowing tax funds intended for charities

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois has borrowed more than $1 million this year to help cover its own expenses from money taxpayers give to charity.

The state government has borrowed about $1.17 million this fiscal year from money that Illinois taxpayers designate on their tax returns for charitable use, The News-Gazette in Champaign reported

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-illinois-borrowing-tax-funds-intended-for-charities-20110626,0,1028067.story


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So think for a minute how seriously f%$Ked up this is.

The story says that the State has to pay the money back withing 18 months with interest.

So when you donate to a charity using the check box on your tax form. The state pockets the money for up to 18 months racking up interest charges on the loan and the state will have to raise your taxes to pay for that loan.

What a circle jerk!

These people need to go.

6/27/2011 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus how many jobs did he give out? I know he gave zalewskis daughter in law a huge $125,000 a year job with a car,just out of bullshit college guess she was best qualified right potato head? Quinn you better not fuck with CPD pension,along with that mumbling madigan mouthpiece cunterton what criminals we are broke except for our friends,contributors,family right elected thieves??

6/27/2011 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lying piece of shit. Shameless, sociopathic fuck.

6/27/2011 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

fuck Pat Quinn What an asshole

6/27/2011 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the job of "Canoe Czar" is still available? Remember, "honest" Pat Quinn appointed one of his pals, @ $85,000 to report on canoeing opportunities in Illinois. That is until the newspapers found out.
Another democRAT piece of shit.

6/27/2011 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I make far less than what she used to make and now she makes triple what I do... Thanks for breaking it off in the taxpayer's ass.

6/27/2011 01:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slaves do not own guns, only the free do.

6/27/2011 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT I just heard on WBBM that the state is using the charity portion of our 2010 tax returns to pay down the budget shortfall. So, if you designated that $100 of your 2010 State of Illinois Tax refund was to go to wildlife, cancer or any other charity listed on the 2010 return, forget about it.

6/27/2011 05:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..someone in the media should confirm this somehow and go national with it. Chicago can get rid of him now..before its too late.

6/27/2011 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you read in yesterday's paper that the money you designate for
charity when you file your Illinois
State income tax return is being
used by the state to pay it's bills ? And the State has promised
to repay the money at 18% interest. Yeah right, and pay no
attention to that man behind the
Green curtain. This is shameless
chutzpah at it's worse.
Time to see if that recall procedure is legit or just a sham.

6/27/2011 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All animals are created equal, it's just that some animals are more equal than others.

6/27/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinn, who for years was on the outside looking in and who was very critical of governemnt and its inefficiency and high taxes and corruption, finally got a position of power. And, guess what happens? He becomes what he has always been critical of: a lazy, political hack who is more concerned with his political party and the well beings of its members then the voters. By approving the new districts map in Illinois and calling that fair, he is a hypocrit. By threatening cuts in essential services instead of going after some of the 8000 useless government boards and agencies in this state he is a phony. Well I did not vote for him and I will not vote for him in the future.He is afraid of Madigan.

6/27/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the CPS hefty pay raises for the top officials including Island Boy Brizzard. And then they insult the working teachers by taking away their 4% pay raise. On top of that they want a longer school day, visits to students homes, and pay raises based performance. Brizzard had "silent rooms" at his last gig where he sent unhappy brooding teachers who didn't follow the flow. Chicago better rent out the United Center because there will be plenty of candidates for brooding.

6/27/2011 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sad truth is this:
The citizens of Illinois knew all this about Quinn, but still choose to elect him.
The Democratic Party, which in my opinion, is hell bent on turning this country into a socialist country.
They have designed the voting districts so they can't lose.

6/27/2011 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on you, Quinn. Shame on you. I can't wait for some intelligent, ethical person to replace you. Ass.

6/27/2011 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So an increase in workload entitles one to a raise?

where do we apply?

6/27/2011 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how much of the lottery money is being "borrowed" by state politicians? It's obvious it is not being used for the schools as intended.

6/27/2011 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Illinois

6/27/2011 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight. Democrats are making the rich richer by giving ridiculous raises to their chosen ones and giving huge amounts of money to keep any and all big business in Illinois? At least republicans want less government and to lower taxes.

6/27/2011 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RECALL QUINN. He should be right next to Blago in jail.

6/27/2011 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Law and Order said...

Now that Blago has been convicted, maybe the G can turn it's attention to Quinn and convict his ass next.

6/27/2011 02:48:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

badboyobitch will be hitting the chain gang hard in the near future--- as usual quinn is another politician talking out of both sides of his mouth--- since the head of cps " blizzard " is laying off another 1000 teachers does this mean that they can now get the 4 percent raise they were promised via contractual obligation---

6/27/2011 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, interesting...

---

Federal government takes over fund with ties to Daley’s son, Patrick

A Chicago venture capital fund whose projects paid more than $1.2 million to former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s son has been taken over by the federal government, which says the fund owes taxpayers $21.4 million.

Cardinal Growth L.P. — which was run by attorney and former federal prosecutor Robert Bobb Jr. and accountant Joseph McInerney, a close friend of Daley’s son, Patrick Daley — borrowed nearly $51 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration over the past decade but has been unable to repay $21.4 million, court records show.

more

6/27/2011 03:34:00 PM  
Blogger Cone Of Silence said...

OT - As long as we have a post on moron politicians, Rahm is all for giving away the country to the illegal invaders via the DREAM Act!

HEADLINE:
Emanuel, Duncan Praise Federal DREAM Act In Advance of Durbin's Senate Hearing

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today voiced their support for national DREAM Act legislation ahead of Tuesday's first U.S. Senate hearing."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/
clout/chi-emanuel-duncan-praise-federal-dream-act-in-advance-of-durbins-senate-hearing-20110627,0,3407052.story

Hey, maybe we can give them each a luxury car and free gas too. I know I've got plenty of money to donate to the occupying forces... NOT!

6/27/2011 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must all share the sacrifice necessary to make Illinois a better state. Your share is higher taxes and fewer services. The Governor's share is that he must steal from a smaller pie than if the economy were doing better. I know it doesn't sound equal, so maybe we should raise your taxes again.
/sarcasm off

6/27/2011 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT - As long as we have a post on moron politicians, Rahm is all for giving away the country to the illegal invaders via the DREAM Act!

HEADLINE:
Emanuel, Duncan Praise Federal DREAM Act In Advance of Durbin's Senate Hearing

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today voiced their support for national DREAM Act legislation ahead of Tuesday's first U.S. Senate hearing."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/
clout/chi-emanuel-duncan-praise-federal-dream-act-in-advance-of-durbins-senate-hearing-20110627,0,3407052.story

Hey, maybe we can give them each a luxury car and free gas too. I know I've got plenty of money to donate to the occupying forces... NOT!

6/27/2011 05:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We landed on the moon!!!! - Lloyd Christmas

6/27/2011 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: Pat Quinn, Man of THE PEOPLE!!!

Fuck you!

6/27/2011 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naw they don't need a luxury car, an
old Chevy Suburban will do nicely,
with a cushion so that when the old
lady is hauling the kids around, she won't have to look between the
spokes of the steering wheel.
Furthermore, we urged you to elect
Scott Cohen for governor, he's knows how to have a "good Time."

6/27/2011 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that's why you should have voted, eh?

6/27/2011 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How about the CPS hefty pay raises for the top officials including Island Boy Brizzard. And then they insult the working teachers by taking away their 4% pay raise. On top of that they want a longer school day, visits to students homes, and pay raises based performance. Brizzard had "silent rooms" at his last gig where he sent unhappy brooding teachers who didn't follow the flow. Chicago better rent out the United Center because there will be plenty of candidates for brooding."

Look at the test scores, graduation rates, college completion rates of CPS Rhodes Scholars.
Oh, and CPS has the shortest school day and school year in the nation, just go to any suburb and compare their school year and day compared to CPS.

Oh, and CPS 'Teachers' are already the highest paid big city teachers in the nation. And when was the last time you saw a CPS employee sending their kids to a CPS school?

6/27/2011 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Fucking greedy swine , along with Madigan, wants to punish the Teachers, and don't fool yourselves, every Public employees union,but rewards his friends!! Lets get back at Madigan . Not by hurting him(he is untouchable), but by hurting his daughter in the next election. The sins of the Father and all that crap.What has Lisa done for the working Police?

6/27/2011 09:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Brizard, He , along with Rahm are out to crush Unions! Who does not think the F.O.P. is not on their radar? Does the 10 yr President have the moxie to deal with such a treacherous foe?

6/27/2011 09:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We never learn. We keep electing these assholes !!!

Fuck Quinn !!!

6/27/2011 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT

Just saw on the news that Lura Lynn Ryan went into the Hospital and is in "grave condition". Be on the lookout for Jim Thompson and his ilk spouting compassion for our honorable ex-Governor and he should be released.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Louisiana....

6/27/2011 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More tough times! The clout insider politics still stick together! I think Jesse White secretary of state must becoming senile. Why? many great people,that are honest need good paying jobs so i was not surprised when I went to Jesse Whites facility on Lexington and who was in charge none other that the guy who was fired from the old city clerk's office Laski,his friend Raymond Drish was a boss for Jesse White. Drish was fired for altering time sheets and porn on his city computer. Working for the old IG had it's advantages whereas the falsely accused could be helped and the others like Drish would be terminated. Drish was saying his brother John who was recently fired from the clerk's office was working for Jesse White at another facility.

Oh it gets better,the story was that Michael (Mick) Jones turned on Laski and wore a wire,but I was told that Laski and Jones were meeting and having breakfast at the breakfast at southern Bell pancake house in Bedford park,unbelievable I thought,so i went there last Thursday and there were the 2 felons having breakfast wonder when they will turn up in high paid positions working for Jesse White? My Brother is CPD and knowing what you guys and gals go through everyday things like this make me sick. Guess if your a hard working copper you get nothing,like they did to Bill Cozzi,if your corrupt you make out well!

ANY INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS WANT TO CHIME IN??

6/27/2011 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never never donate anything to ANY CHARITY again.

6/27/2011 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay to play all over again!!!

6/27/2011 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote with your feet.

6/27/2011 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey he did save our pension

6/28/2011 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet majority of voters are direct benefactors of government largess, whether via welfare, government employment, government contract, etc. Corruption in government is protected by majority voters' personal interest in maintaining status quo. If I had a government job that req'd 50% of my time, gave me a car, a credit card, and little taxing of my intellectual abilities, then I too would be a Quinn supporter, just as I would have been a Stroger and a Daley Machine supporter.

Anyone ever consider that Blago faced investigation and arrest only because he was a political outsider, particularly after he broke with his king-maker FIL Mell. Blago's political network seemed to be composed of corrupted immigrant entrepreneurs, not Daley Machine native Chicagoans, lots of West Asians and Eastern Europeans and far fewer sharp-suited attorneys.

Also thought last night's WTTW discussion on Blago's financial troubles' impact on his daughters. Mell will take care of his daughter and granddaughters, but price is imprisonment for his mavericky SIL.

6/28/2011 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Ryan and Blago can save him a spot on the prison softball team...this guy is as crooked as the rest.

6/28/2011 01:47:00 PM  

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