Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Illinois Sucks

  • SPRINGFIELD -- A new subpoena seeking records about Gov. Pat Quinn's botched 2010 anti-violence program has been issued, this time from a federal grand jury based in Chicago.

    The request marks the first subpoena issued by Chicago-based federal authorities in the probe into Quinn's $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Numerous prior subpoenas had come from federal authorities in Springfield.

    The federal grand jury in Springfield has subpoenaed emails from the governor's former chief of staff, Jack Lavin, and several others heavily involved in implementing the program.
  • The next time you complain about taxes in Illinois, take some comfort in knowing your complaining is justified — at least according to a new report on the fairness of tax systems across the U.S.

    The study from Wallethub focused on federal tax policy and analyzed and ranked each state based on the fairness of its state and local tax system, which included income taxes, property taxes and sales and excise taxes.

    Where does Illinois fall? No. 47. Arkansas, Hawaii and Washington are the only states with more unfair tax structures.
  • Among the many metrics that show Obama's home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs.

    Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month "There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs. "

    "For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps," the Institute wrote. “In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000."
And democrats still hold a lead in every major political race this year?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrats....skillfully separating taxpayers from their money for generations!!!

9/17/2014 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are all getting what we voted for, Good and Hard.

9/17/2014 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),


No-no don't look at that. Look over here we're creating jobs!!

Never-you-mind that other peoples hours are being cut and those people now qualify for food stamps in order to create this job illusion.

Words conjure up images and for many when you say a job is created the image is one of being self sufficient. That is no longer the case. A job doesn't mean what you think it does anymore.

BTW, The Illinois tax revenue monthly report for this Aug (FY 2015) IS in.

Guess what?

Income tax revenue is DOWN vs 2014.

Personal, Corporate, Motor Fuel, Utility taxes, take your pick.

Sales tax is up but why?

Maybe the cost of all your groceries that has something to do with it eh? Also how many local jurisdictions in Illinois just jiggered the sales tax rates. Look it up!

All this job propaganda and no tax revenue growth. Why look!! Look at the BLS data on all the jobs illinois created over the last year.

Jul 2013 5788.9 (thousands)
Jul 2014 5824.5

What is that ...35,600 non-farm payroll jobs? And income tax revenue is down but don't look at that either.

9/17/2014 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid is as stupid does.
Keep voting Democrat.
If you always do what you've always done you will always get what you always got.
break the cycle, please.

9/17/2014 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want Quinn, Rahm, and the rest of the big-government-as-religion corruptocrat cultists to keep winning. I want their victories to continue to show large majorities paving their way unopposed. Rule-by-edict, violate laws, get caught squandering, hiding, or blatantly "allocating" funds by questionable means...

It motivates me to have a clear focus and a mission in life, and to plan as I have never planned- to leave this disgusting, criminal haven and sorry excuse for a state in this great nation. The bright side is this: They don't fool you. They wear it plain as day and your fellow Illinois residents swallow willingly. Let the takers have it.

9/17/2014 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous xcop7903 said...

"You can't fix stupid!" Ron White

9/17/2014 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We both know the candidates are god awful. Can't support a Scott Walker support. How bout independent instead of ramming the car back and forth into a wall between dems and Republicans. The same people who cry repubs will be going back to dems in a few years

9/17/2014 01:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe people could be so stupid as to elect a democrat for anything if they get back in this country is done for either civil war or complete economic breakdown how fucking dumb can Americans be?

9/17/2014 03:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former alderman Billy the clown Ocasio sure seems scared. I wonder why? Could it be the feds got him this time? We shall see real soon Billy. Better call Eddie Burke Billy, cause Quinn can't swim, God knows you can't swim, but Eddie B just might be able to help you again.

9/17/2014 03:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the talk about "recovery" is bulls__t, intended to get people to keep blowing up their plastic on Black Friday.

The reality?

Woman who worked in four jobs, overcome by fumes, dies as she naps in car

updated August 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM

"ELIZABETH, N.J. — Maria Fernandes worked four jobs, including shifts at two different Dunkin Donuts.

"Often she drove from job to job, stopping along the road to catch a couple hours sleep, police said. She kept a container of gasoline in her 2001 Kia Sportage because occasionally she ran out of gas, authorities said.

"Early Monday, the 32-year-old Newark woman pulled into a lot off Route 1 & 9 in Elizabeth for a nap. She apparently left the car running and was overcome by carbon monoxide mixed with fumes from the gas can that had overturned, police said. Fernandes was found dead in the car about eight hours later.

"This sounds like someone who tried desperately to work and make ends meet, and met with a tragic accident," Elizabeth police Lt. Daniel Saulnier said.

9/17/2014 04:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm. How did "figures" or "statistics" or "information" get replaced overnight by the word "metrics?" Sounds real snappy, doesn't mean anything new.

A society with no production, no creation of wealth, and no metaphysical basis has to scratch along on little word games.

Think I'll go take a "selfie."

(Is that like a "personal?")


9/17/2014 04:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you have to like where your tax money is being spent.

How about those bike lanes that took up a lane that used to be used for traffic. So we can sit at a red light three times while I watch a biker use this lane maybe once every other week.

And why do we have these bike lanes in the winter. Guess there must have been a sudden decrease in traffic to diminish all these lanes.

And the cost for this could have been another step to supply money into pensions!

Thanks for wasting our tax dollars!!!

9/17/2014 04:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All any thinking person needs to do is invoke Reagans line, "are you better off now than you were four years ago?" We've had 40+ years of Dems in power and where has that gotten Illinois...

9/17/2014 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dummcrats can give a fuck about what Wallethub has to say and apparently the voters feel the same way.

9/17/2014 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep, and the newest polls show Quinn will now win easily because people don't like "rich guys"
Shame on Rauner for raising retiree health care costs 40%......O wait that was a Dem, not the evil rich racist Republicans

9/17/2014 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illinois Sucks

Run by corrupt politicians:

And in other news: Water is wet.

9/17/2014 06:46:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

Three states worse than Illinois---

Hawaii---Home of Barack.

Arkansas---Home of Bill Clinton.

Washington---Home of Starbucks Coffee.

This explains everything.

9/17/2014 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw this on Facebook. Charles Barkley said "the poor have always voted Democratic and they are still poor". Tells us something tells them nothing. Always taking.

9/17/2014 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be all worth it one Maggie Daley Park is completed

9/17/2014 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

News you can use, too bad the main stream commie news media are still rallying for the democRats.

9/17/2014 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes the democrats are leading all state races and I guess Quinn ( potatoe head) will be in office for a few more years. The voters will get what they want, higher taxes. Quinn is hammering Rauner for even mentioning that he is open to taxing pensions. However, that would take an amendment to the state constitution, something only the legislature can do. The democrats have been talking up a sliding state income tax for two years now and that would include taxing pensions and social security. I think it is coming and will be on the front burner after Quinn wins this fall. The democratic scare tactics and class warfare are winning. Rauner is an honest man, wealthy so he does not need deals for cash. He is our one chance to save this state. He would expose all of the Springfield back room deals.

9/17/2014 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see1 who is responsible for our sorry state, declining economy and country? Could it be our retarded leadership (Quinn, Durbin, Pelosi, Reid, Rahm) or our Messiah, the community organizer,

9/17/2014 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does a state that is broke give millions of tax dollars to groups like cease fire ?
Chicago is broke , finds money to put air conditioning in schools , Chicago is not Arizona .
No money for more police officers or health insurance for retirees .
Who said every person will see their health insurance go down $2500 a year ?
Time to hope for change .

9/17/2014 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, will be keep up with having two governors in jail at the same time? Seems we always have one housed.

9/17/2014 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And democrats still hold a lead in every major political race this year?"

Sad, isn't it? Just goes to show how ignorant the voting public is. This state is screwed. There is very little to no hope for this state. Unfortunately, the country is going in the same direction.

9/17/2014 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Illinois Sucks"

The biggest "no-shitter" subject heading ever posted on SCC

9/17/2014 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the democratic plan. Keep people dependent on government and voting democrat. They could never win another election without the government dependent constituents they've created. This neutralizes the taxpaying constituents and keeps them from electing republicans.

9/17/2014 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People don't trust republicans, that is why they elect democrats.

9/17/2014 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

There's no doubt that IL sucks as we're not only *ruled* by DemonRAT Crooks, but they're STOO-PID(tm) Crooks to boot.

However I do take exception to that middle piece on Taxes. Any *Study* that is based on a fucking Telephone Poll and its goal is about "Fairness", and lastly includes the libtard dog whistle, the '1% Percent' -- aka: the evil rich -- is completely and utterly meaningless.

Hell, a quick look at that poll by anyone with a working brain can see its meaningless, that Cali-fucking-fornia is a "Fair State" regarding its taxes. Really?!? People and businesses are fleeing there in droves because of the insane taxes. So who the fuck are they trying to kid?

Sheesh. California Taxes are 'Fair'?? Riiiight, friggen libtard Moonbats.

9/17/2014 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop bitching about the bike lanes. They are here to stay and so are us riders. We ride and use the lanes year round and you know it. We are reducing overall traffic loads when we choose to bike instead of drive, if we are among those who have that luxury, and while many of us behave very badly on the road, not all of us do. We would like to simply co-exist.

(Threat to harm or kill me with your car in 3, 2, 1 ....)

9/17/2014 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depressing. But we didn't need reports to tell us something we already knew.

9/17/2014 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And my idiot neighbors here in the 41st ward will vote democrat like they always do but bitch and moan when their property taxes hit $10,000.00 a yr. time to get outta Dodge......

9/17/2014 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this in any way related to mayor Rahm Emmanuel giving away at least $1 Million of taxpayer money to CeaseFire, the corrupt organization comprised of convicted felons? I'd sure hate to see the Feds investigation our Mayor for something like that.

9/17/2014 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with the tiny BULLSHIT cost of living increases..

Looks like the first year increase is already wiped out by inflation.


This just in...

New Record: Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for First Time

( – Although the overall Consumer Price Index dropped by 0.2 percent in August, the price index for food rose 0.2 percent, with the average price for a pound of ground beef rising to $4.013 per pound--the first time it has ever topped $4 per pound.

In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price for a pound of ground beef had been $3.884 per pound—which was the record price up to that point. From July to August, the average price jumped 12.9 cents, an increase of 3.3 percent in one month.

A year ago, in August 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.454 per pound. Since then, it has climbed 55.9 cents--or about 16.2 percent.

Just five years ago, in August 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $2.134, according to the BLS. The price has since climbed by $1.879 per pound—or 88.1 percent.


The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose 1.5 percent in August, the largest increase among the groups. The index for beef and veal rose 4.2 percent, its largest increase since November 2003.”

Beware the ADJUSTED consumer price index that tells us cost of living is only up 0.2%

9/17/2014 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detroit bankruptcy.

Judge Orders Week-Long Break in Detroit Bankruptcy Trial
Fox Business-5 hours ago

See how this works? Gonna delay this thing until AFTER elections.

9/17/2014 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Quinn
"The Jobs Governor"

and yeah, bike lanes, worst thing to happen to chicago in a long time. let's prevent commerce from moving. my communte takes almost 2.5 times as long now thanks to every major street near downtown being reduced to one lane. f'ing BRILLIANT!!!

9/17/2014 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stop welfare period. Send all the moochers to some other state.

9/17/2014 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need term limits.

9/17/2014 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous The Tax Man Cometh said...

Don't complain - if everyone voted these people out - or at least voted at all, the outcome would be different.

Wait til it starts effecting your pensions and benefits. Then you'll wise up. BUT THEN, it will be too late.

Only idiots and those on all the freebie programs vote for Quinn. If you are working, and still think he is good for you - VOTE FOR HIM. And kiss your pensions goodbye.

Rauner won't be the guy to mess up your pensions.

ALL the long-term Democrats will have sucked the money out long before it winds up in Federal Bankruptcy court where you (or your FOP representative) can wait in line with all the other creditors to get your 10 cents on the dollar settlement.

You thought it would be a $72,000 pension - try $7,200 a year.

Yep - Keep votin' Democrat!

9/17/2014 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When the people figure out that they can vote themselves money, it will be the end of the republic."

Benjamin Franklin

9/17/2014 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Stop bitching about the bike lanes. They are here to stay and so are us riders. We ride and use the lanes year round and you know it. We are reducing overall traffic loads when we choose to bike instead of drive, if we are among those who have that luxury, and while many of us behave very badly on the road, not all of us do. We would like to simply co-exist.

(Threat to harm or kill me with your car in 3, 2, 1 ....)

9/17/2014 10:04:00 AM

You're right; not all of you blow through stop signs and red lights (even at six way intersections). Not all of you ride the wrong way up one-way streets and give the finger to the motorist traveling properly on that street. Nope; not all of you text while operating a bicycle on ridiculously congested Milwaukee Avenue and not all of you ride in traffic lanes NEXT TO the bike lane 'because you can'. Not all of you hop onto the sidewalk when it suits you and terrify pedestrians.
But ENOUGH of you do to make us hate you. And before YOU threaten me, 3, 2, 1... I ride. I just don't ride anymore on Chicago streets, because so many of you make it too dangerous even for fellow bike riders.

9/17/2014 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Air conditioning in schools? Will somebody please tell the midget, that schools are closed, during the summer?

9/17/2014 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous ButcherBoy said...

There are still idiotic coppers that will continue to vote Democrat.

9/17/2014 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 grand a year property taxes? That is just about the norm in Will County and many parts of Cook and DuPage.

9/17/2014 08:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Threat to harm or kill me with your car in 3, 2, 1 ....)

9/17/2014 10:04:00 AM
No, no one would threaten you. But, in my opinion anyone who rides a bike on busy urban streets, especially at night, has a death wish. SUVs, cell phone use, conversations and just about everything else going on the these vehicles and they do not see the bike riders. And, I am not even mentioning the drugged and drunk drivers and there are plenty of them.Throw in the bike riders who are out at night without lights or who run red lights and stop signs, well, go figure.

9/17/2014 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I agree 100%, Illinois SUCKS! Question, you just retired and can live anywhere in the world.
Where would you go?

9/17/2014 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

xcop7903 said...
"You can't fix stupid!" Ron White

9/17/2014 01:43:00 AM

Isn't he the traffic guy in 025

9/17/2014 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cops don't vote. You'll go drive have way across the city for some sweet vri but heck why spend the 10 min it takes to walk down the block to cast your vote.

9/17/2014 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the guy you complained about his "idiot neighbor in the 4 1st ward who votes democratic" and "wait till we see property taxes go up". Go ask your neighbors in Park ridge and Niles what they pay. It's way way way more than you I promise. So easy with that talk.

9/17/2014 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the guy you complained about his "idiot neighbor in the 4 1st ward who votes democratic" and "wait till we see property taxes go up". Go ask your neighbors in Park ridge and Niles what they pay. It's way way way more than you I promise. So easy with that talk.

9/17/2014 10:45:00 PM

I live near there and have done the math. Park Ridge and Niles have us beat for services & schools for the money hands down.

Are they Nirvana? No place is, but do your homework and they win.

9/18/2014 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ex-convict has advice on deterring burglars

Marcus Williams, of Chicago, a convicted burglar, spoke this week at a community meeting at the Evergreen Park Public Library, providing tips to residents on how to prevent their homes from being burglarized. | Evan F. Moore/For Sun-Times Media

“I worked in the (Cook County) sheriff’s office in community relations,” Cunningham said. “I always found that when I or a police officer (gave anti-crime talks), they were kind of dry. We had a hard time holding the audience.”

9/18/2014 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Non-existant recovery..."



9/18/2014 08:52:00 PM  

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