Thursday, August 20, 2015

Free Garbage Pickup?

The media is already framing the debate so Rahm can ram this through the City Council:
  • Suburbanites have grown accustomed to paying a garbage-collection fee in addition to their property tax bill. It looks like Chicagoans will soon face a similar pain in the wallet.

    One week after his budget team held closed-door meetings with aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is all but saying that a garbage-collection fee is coming to Chicago.


  • Chicago would almost certainly have to start smaller to get residents of 600,000 single-family homes, two-, three-flats and four-flats used to the idea of paying for a service they’ve grown accustomed to getting for free.
Free? Then why were we paying property taxes all these years? We figured that covered an entire swath of city services - lights, streets, cops, fire, etc. Now we find out it was free?

:::cough cough bullshit! cough cough:::

Any guesses as to how impassable the alleys become in certain neighborhoods where the residents already don't use garbage receptacles provided by the city? What about the exploding rodent populations? And that fire pit we weren't using much lately just got a new lease on life as a backyard incinerator. Hell, we might start fly dumping on the Ryan coming in to work.

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96 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we know all the South and West Side residents will pay. LOL LOL LOL

8/20/2015 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rat population is rising big time.
I see more and more everyday running across the street in broad daylight.

8/20/2015 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Announcement coming soon. Homan Square will be stripped of many officers to be returned to the streets. Units affected will be Asset Forfeiture, Gang Enforcement, Gang Investigations, OCD, ERPS and SWAT. Gangs, SWAT and OCD will take the biggest hit especially SWAT. Sorry fellas time to work for a living. Also no more vest covers, gym shoes or cargo pants. Vest must be worn under the shirt. WTF!!!! FOP where are you?

8/20/2015 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll just bring my garbage to work and dump it in the dumpster.

8/20/2015 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger The Wolf said...

Whoa, I thought once you got something it couldn't be taken away. If I have to pay for garbage then I DEMAND that those on the Government Tit take a reduction in benefits. I'm talking about those individuals with Bull Shit (I stress BS): Asthma, learning disabilities, over weight, etc. LINK card/SSI abusing shit. Give me $500 a month for food and a half dozen free cell phones cuz I also would like to drive a brand new SUV every other year

I also demand that these liquor stores that buy a half million in liquor from the wholesalers every month start proving they are selling and paying taxes on a half million dollars of sold booze. I bet the books show hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal converted LINK funds. The lost tax revenue right there is staggering.

Stop paying for relatives to baby sit their own flesh and blood.

Anyone smoking dope or using or selling drugs should immediately lose their benefits for life. I have to work 40% harder so some piece of shit can get high with my tax deductions?

Also stop paying these slum lords $1200 a month or more on a Section 8 where you collect nothing from your tenant in exchange for them not complaining about their shitty apartment you couldn't get $400.00 a month for.

8/20/2015 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I have to pay, the city can kiss my recycling good-bye.

8/20/2015 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of HQ, if any POs use the bathroom they have to pay up as well. That's right, U go tot the bathroom and go fastball or curveball U can expect a bill. Try and time U'r curve balls so U don't have to do it at work and the fast balls I guess U just stay and remain dehydrated.

8/20/2015 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a serious note related to garbage pickup: has anyone seen their garbage trucks leaking garbage after they pick up the garbage?? Our garbage truck picks up the garbage, and after the machine smushes up the garbage, the seals on the part of the truck holding the garbage leak lots of putrid garbage mess back into the alleys. Have you noticed the stains on the street right where the garbage trucks stop? That's from the leaks in the seals on the truck's hopper.

Why is it the recycling truck can do the same route as a city garbage truck, but do it with a crew of one? vs the city crew of 2 to 3 workers? and then they cover more ground in the same shift?

8/20/2015 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fly dumping on the Ryan? You might as well. They can't even figure out who's shooting on it!

8/20/2015 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should ALL call our aldermen about this.

Tell him/her we don't want this new tax for something we are already paying for.

Tell him/her to never refer to the present system as FREE GARBAGE COLLECTION because that is not what it is.


I smell a Rham Rat. I just had a terrible thought. Rham probably wants to privatize our garbage collection and sell it off like Shortshanks did with the parking meters. God save us from the Democommunists,

8/20/2015 03:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire the City sanitation and let the homeowners hire independent garbage haulers.

Of course you will be trading the City Gangsters for the Mafia Gangsters.

8/20/2015 04:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next up, A fee for the streetlights on your block.
Paying it will not make them work better or more reliably, but not paying it will get them turned off.

8/20/2015 04:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charge assessments for pothole repair. If there is a hole in the street in front of their house, it is their fault. Not the water and ice's fault.

8/20/2015 04:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet the Fire Department could really help city finances!

Nice House youse got here Bub. Pity if somethin' happened to it. You know we see too many preventable fires here in Chicago. Look what happened to Joe's house. Someone spilled something and flash, he and his family are gone. Arson, Bad Luck, What's the difference? You don't want to be the next one do you? Just hire us to keep you safe. We'll be here every Wednesday to collect. Don't be late!

8/20/2015 04:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to bring mine to work and dump it in the squad car like everyone else does!

8/20/2015 04:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when whole blocks in Englewood and the west side don't pay?

8/20/2015 06:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm and the 50 Alderthieves need to take classes at any one of the "free" community colleges in our fine city.
Classes on Financial planning 101.
In the meantime, TAKE THE CHECKBOOK AWAY FROM THEM !!!!!

8/20/2015 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

I know a lot of people who dump on the Dan Ryan.

8/20/2015 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would really have to watch your can. How many local neighbors would dump their stuff in your can if you had to pay a per can fee.

8/20/2015 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So can I shop for a garbage collection service?

8/20/2015 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a cop, but I read the blog to get the real fucking news. This is straight up bullshit. Everyone in Chicago pays some form of tax and this is out of control now. What is the purpose of Streets and San then if not to pick up nasty garbage? I never wanted to do that for a living but evidently there are well paying gigs with pension for this and it comes out of the main operating budget. Now we have to pay for pickup? There will be areas overflowing with rodents and this is all because the do nothing alderfools are chasing pennies. Again no one is looking at reducing the hundreds of no show gigs that pay hefty salary and pension. Zero movement on the massive CPS budget that clearly outlines theft and deception. Nothing about the theft of overtime at OEMC, yes I said it. No fucking way a human can work 60-70 hour weeks for years and not pay a price physically. Someone is cooking the time cards. But then again I can now make fuck you money and not put up with this, others cannot. Its a damn shame. In high school we had to read the book Boss by Mike Royko, evidently we are now living in the fucking sequel.

8/20/2015 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only have 16 yrs on the job and I can't afford to stay I'm being taxed right out of my home so I'm in the process of getting hirered in another state . Now I have to sell my house for a loss and uproot my family all because the politicians in this shit hole and there bullshit
The truth is I'm glad they forced my hand because other than work there is nothing in this whole state much less the city of Chicago that I want to stay here for crime congestion and taxes all three things have become so overwhelming and will not get any better with the likes of Rahm in there why would I want to stay so hopefully by this time next year I will be saying hello from a whole new state

8/20/2015 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When RAHMA pays for his own Security!!!!

He made 15 Million in the stock market with no training
Now wants the trappings of power

8/20/2015 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ain't nothing free

8/20/2015 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to have to start putting chains on your garbage carts so your neighbors don't throw their garbage into your cart. Forget about recycling! If I have to double pay for garbage pickup than I'm getting my monies worth. Everything goes into the one cart!!! What a bunch of bullshit! I will gladly pay for the garbage removal of the fifty plus one assholes at city hall! I'm out of here! That's it! Enough! Uncle!

8/20/2015 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger Chi Tavious said...

So, does that mean if those of us who live in 16,17 and 19 volunteer to pay extra, we can get back the Police presence that was taken from us? Hey, wait a minute...don't we already pay a premium, Rahm?

8/20/2015 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this goes through, you will be charged for garbage pickup whether you use it or not.

8/20/2015 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the sanctity of "social justice" only YTz should have to pay the coming "garbage fee" which would really hurt po'Folk who are way used to getting everything FREE

8/20/2015 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garbage is already covered in my real estate taxes! What the hell was I paying for?!

How about this idea, we also pay for a shit ass city council!

I want to see the council cut down by 2/3 alderman! Los Angles city council only has 15 councilman [alderman]! We can do just fine getting rid of these part-time bozos!

In fact, I want a tax rebate for paying for a doing nothing city council!

8/20/2015 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I already bring my large trash to other neighborhoods.

8/20/2015 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll just hire a private contractor to pick up my garbage. And cut out that portion from my property tax.

8/20/2015 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rahmulus-Does that mean that homeowners in quiet neighborhoods will not see garbage pickups since a former CPD boss/ now Commissioner will divert the Streets & San staff to Blighted Areas who will merely toss their trash out "da winnow?" You see that mentality with the diversion of police to blighted areas that do not want law enforcement - so Williams will apply this mismanagement skill to Streets & San.

Then Rahmulus can send out Inspectors who will cruise the quiet areas and write citations just like the Revenue clowns who will only venture to non-Amish areas to ticket the good citizens. And Rahmulus will get "Mo Money" - none of which will go to the pensions.

Hey Guy on a Bike from Finance : how many blighted areas do you pedal/cite through?

8/20/2015 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is gentrifying at an increasingly high rate. The people that are well to do don't mind paying a small garbage collection fee. The people who are just getting by are upset about it. In the long run, this is good for the city because it will run the poor people out and more rich people will then gentrify the poorer neighborhoods. More and more city neighborhoods are being gentrified and property values now have gone past the 2006 peak prices. Proving that the city is the place where people want to move to. People don't want to move to cookie cutter, boring and bland suburbia. They want to live in a modern city where dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities are plentiful. The garbage fee is a short term nuisance but a long term gain.

8/20/2015 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger The Chicago Syndicate said...

The first of many fees to start coming down the line. Clout City is on it's way to bankrupting it's citizens or becoming bankrupt itself, all while the political fat cats continue to stuff themselves.

8/20/2015 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when whole blocks in Englewood and the west side don't pay?

8/20/2015 06:12:00 AM

What do you think will happen? They'll still get their garbage picked up but the city will raise YOUR rates.

8/20/2015 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rahmulus-Does that mean that homeowners in quiet neighborhoods will not see garbage pickups since a former CPD boss/ now Commissioner will divert the Streets & San staff to Blighted Areas who will merely toss their trash out "da winnow?" You see that mentality with the diversion of police to blighted areas that do not want law enforcement - so Williams will apply this mismanagement skill to Streets & San.

Then Rahmulus can send out Inspectors who will cruise the quiet areas and write citations just like the Revenue clowns who will only venture to non-Amish areas to ticket the good citizens. And Rahmulus will get "Mo Money" - none of which will go to the pensions.

Hey Guy on a Bike from Finance : how many blighted areas do you pedal/cite through?



I've been in 015 all week. Will be in between Pulaski and Sacramento and Chicago and Madison next week....think that's 011 & 015. Averaging 70-80 cites per day out here.

8/20/2015 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they could pre-date it because we've been getting garbage pickup "free" this entire time. Then, be gracious enough to put us all on affordable payment plans to be accommodating.

8/20/2015 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut the alderman's staff.....matter of fact, cut down the whole city council in HALF......they DO nothing...they get a gratis 100K a year to do with as they please, have a taxpayer funded staff, etc etc.....they are not needed....toss a coin.....heads, we lose the even numbered wards.....tails, the odd numbered wards.....for some of you smart legal minds out there, how do we get this on a ballot?
I do NOT need an alderman, a County rep, a state senator, a state representative, a US senator, a US rep, a mayor, a governor and a President all representing me. But I do need my garbage picked up, which is INCLUDED in my taxes.....RAMMER has already reduced my police protection, my fire protection, banishing them all to the NEEDS of the south and west sides....time for a million taxpayer walk to City Hall.....
To coin a phrase:
Taxpayer Lives Matter!!

8/20/2015 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next up, A fee for the streetlights on your block.
Paying it will not make them work better or more reliably, but not paying it will get them turned off.

If you don't pay, Gary himself could handle this problem...

8/20/2015 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the gibs me dats refuse to pay, they'll still get collection.

8/20/2015 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may be time to start the revolution

8/20/2015 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is some truth to downsizing at Homan. SWAT is getting down sized but not Gangs.

8/20/2015 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The city is gentrifying at an increasingly high rate. The people that are well to do don't mind paying a small garbage collection fee. The people who are just getting by are upset about it. In the long run, this is good for the city because it will run the poor people out and more rich people will then gentrify the poorer neighborhoods. More and more city neighborhoods are being gentrified and property values now have gone past the 2006 peak prices. Proving that the city is the place where people want to move to. People don't want to move to cookie cutter, boring and bland suburbia. They want to live in a modern city where dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities are plentiful. The garbage fee is a short term nuisance but a long term gain.

8/20/2015 09:53:00 AM

Troll, you should channel your fiction-writing skills into a book, instead of wasting your efforts here.

8/20/2015 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I'll just hire a private contractor to pick up my garbage. And cut out that portion from my property tax.

8/20/2015 09:14:00 AM

I really LIKE that idea.

8/20/2015 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I only have 16 yrs on the job and I can't afford to stay I'm being taxed right out of my home so I'm in the process of getting hirered in another state . Now I have to sell my house for a loss and uproot my family all because the politicians in this shit hole and there bullshit
The truth is I'm glad they forced my hand because other than work there is nothing in this whole state much less the city of Chicago that I want to stay here for crime congestion and taxes all three things have become so overwhelming and will not get any better with the likes of Rahm in there why would I want to stay so hopefully by this time next year I will be saying hello from a whole new state

8/20/2015 07:35:00 AM

You should go, no question. We all need to do what's right for us. But, what is so different about YOUR life that you can't survive here financially, when the rest of us can?

8/20/2015 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I only have 16 yrs on the job and I can't afford to stay I'm being taxed right out of my home so I'm in the process of getting hirered in another state . Now I have to sell my house for a loss and uproot my family all because the politicians in this shit hole and there bullshit
The truth is I'm glad they forced my hand because other than work there is nothing in this whole state much less the city of Chicago that I want to stay here for crime congestion and taxes all three things have become so overwhelming and will not get any better with the likes of Rahm in there why would I want to stay so hopefully by this time next year I will be saying hello from a whole new state

8/20/2015 07:35:00 AM

I hope for the sake of your future employer, your reports are written better than your post.

8/20/2015 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/20/2015 09:53:00 AM
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You're an idiot

8/20/2015 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't matter to this regime whether you use your garbage cans or dump your trash in the middle of the nearest park, they are still going to bill you the full amount of the fee. It's not like they're going to skip your house and grab your neighbor's garbage because she paid, they're going to bill every property. The only thing we will be able to do is bring some kind of legal action against the City when they refuse to pick up that couch, refrigerator, building material or abandoned car we no longer want. Hey, if we're paying for them to pick up the trash, they can't refuse to pick up all of our trash!

8/20/2015 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if you take you garbage and put it into someone else's can or drop it in an empty yard etc. you still will be paying for the new garbage fee if it goes into effect.

8/20/2015 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm is taking a page from business. They quote you a low basic rate and then hit you up with all sorts of mandatory charges and fees. Look at your phone bill, airline bill, hotel bill, etc (now some hotels charge a "resort" fee--talk about greed and gall--) Rahm can say he is not raising taxes. I'm sure that the billing for the garbage collection will be outsourced to some connected firm.

8/20/2015 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slow down on bashing the garbagemen. Most do a great job. They deal with the smelly cans in the summer and the frozen cans in the winter. My guys are awesome. It's a good job for guys that are willing to work hard. They work harder then 99% of policeman. Myself included. The recycle guys are ok as well they have far fewer cans to pick up and won't touch anything outside of the blue bin. This makes it faster for them.

8/20/2015 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Announcement coming soon. Homan Square will be stripped of many officers to be returned to the streets. Units affected will be Asset Forfeiture, Gang Enforcement, Gang Investigations, OCD, ERPS and SWAT. Gangs, SWAT and OCD will take the biggest hit especially SWAT. Sorry fellas time to work for a living. Also no more vest covers, gym shoes or cargo pants. Vest must be worn under the shirt. WTF!!!! FOP where are you?

8/20/2015 12:36:00 Am
True yep and rahms detail gone, treasures detail (whose the treasurer?0, the city clerks detail Susan D/Herbie, the airports, the marine unit all gone please stop the stupidity!

8/20/2015 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strangely according to suntime article "Joe Moore who grew up in the suburbs paid a garbage tax" so Joe tell us do you live in the city? why did you move here?

8/20/2015 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a few garbage cans on Hermitage we can fill up.

8/20/2015 01:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how this "fee" gets charged

8/20/2015 01:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) Oil is tanking on world markets except in this state where bp is saying "we are having trouble refining the summer blend only we require" we are paying approx $1.50 more per gallon is lisa madigans office or anyone looking into this? Or are they getting larger campaign contributions?"

8/20/2015 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw the Mayor, If they start charging me for garbage pick up, then they better send me people who are dressed in business suits instead of these loud talking foul mouthed savages would are talking on their phones while spilling my trash all over the ally. and they had better start charging these apartment buildings that have 20 city trash cans lined up,

8/20/2015 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
On a serious note related to garbage pickup: has anyone seen their garbage trucks leaking garbage after they pick up the garbage?? Our garbage truck picks up the garbage, and after the machine smushes up the garbage, the seals on the part of the truck holding the garbage leak lots of putrid garbage mess back into the alleys. Have you noticed the stains on the street right where the garbage trucks stop? That's from the leaks in the seals on the truck's hopper.

========

They've always squeezed out puddles of garbage juice. Nothing new.

8/20/2015 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Announcement coming soon. Homan Square will be stripped of many officers to be returned to the streets. Units affected will be Asset Forfeiture, Gang Enforcement, Gang Investigations, OCD, ERPS and SWAT. Gangs, SWAT and OCD will take the biggest hit especially SWAT. Sorry fellas time to work for a living. Also no more vest covers, gym shoes or cargo pants. Vest must be worn under the shirt. WTF!!!! FOP where are you?

Then why are they advertising for supervisors ?

8/20/2015 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll just throw it in the streets like some of the fine city residents do !!

8/20/2015 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous 11th Dist King said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The city is gentrifying at an increasingly high rate. The people that are well to do don't mind paying a small garbage collection fee. The people who are just getting by are upset about it. In the long run, this is good for the city because it will run the poor people out and more rich people will then gentrify the poorer neighborhoods. More and more city neighborhoods are being gentrified and property values now have gone past the 2006 peak prices. Proving that the city is the place where people want to move to. People don't want to move to cookie cutter, boring and bland suburbia. They want to live in a modern city where dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities are plentiful. The garbage fee is a short term nuisance but a long term gain.


Really? Where do you get your info from. The city of chicago has lost residents over the last ten years and can be proven. People want to live in a city where they pay for the police service and dont get any, i.e. 019th dist and 16th dist. I can accept you have different point of views, opinions, but dont come here and post bs stats about 2006 peak prices and people want to live in a cultural city. Please thats just one bloggers opinion and opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.

Stop with your bullshit, Chciago is not a place where people want to move to. But if they do want to, give them 5 years and see what they think then.

8/20/2015 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut the alderman by 2/3 , cut middle management , get 2 men on a truck , let the driver get off his butt and help
next , most Important , before Chicago citizens pay one extra penny
No Sanctuary city , charge the illegals for tuition etc
no city welfare for gas,electric ,water , no free wi fi for the selected population that refuse to contribute to our great city

8/20/2015 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/20/2015 12:52:00 AM

Keep dreaming my friend. Keep dreaming.

8/20/2015 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politicians are terrified of raising property taxes. What the hell does it matter what you call it if you're raising the same amount of money? At least with the property tax I can get a minor benefit of writing it off my state and federal income taxes. Can't do that with garbage fees, utility taxes, sales taxes etc.

Write offs let us shift a teeny part of the burden to other taxpayers outside Chicago.

Open up casinos TOMORROW. Downtown, airports and at McCormick Place.

Hold nose raise property taxes.

Fully fund pensions.

8/20/2015 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hey Guy on a Bike from Finance : how many blighted areas do you pedal/cite through?

8/20/2015 09:44:00 AM

**followup comment**

Had to double check the districts. Yup...working 015 and 011 this week and going to be in 011 and 012 next week. I'd guess some areas of 015 and 011 qualify under "blighted" and maybe a 'few' areas in 012. Our beats are structured differently than you guys and gals police districts. Next week for example, the beat boundaries are Western to Pulaski and Madison to Chicago. This week, Pulaski to Austin, Chicago to Madison. Was in 015 this morning to use the can. Nice people at the desk (and No Sarcasm at all here.). Have had nothing but Positive interactions with the on duty PO's in 01, 015 and 012. Was in 018 last week. Figure about 6 weeks until I'm scheduled to be back in 016 (41st Ward).


Stay safe.

Finance Guy on a Bike.

8/20/2015 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We pay for garbage pickup and have to "rent" the totes-one for garbage and one for recyclables (and a third for yard waste, if desired).
It's about $45.00 every 3 months.
You cannot use your own cans-have to use the totes.

That doesn't bother me so much like the taxes for schools and education. We weren't blessed with kids but we sure pay for them!

Retired/30+

8/20/2015 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is gentrifying at an increasingly high rate. The people that are well to do don't mind paying a small garbage collection fee. The people who are just getting by are upset about it. In the long run, this is good for the city because it will run the poor people out and more rich people will then gentrify the poorer neighborhoods. More and more city neighborhoods are being gentrified and property values now have gone past the 2006 peak prices. Proving that the city is the place where people want to move to. People don't want to move to cookie cutter, boring and bland suburbia. They want to live in a modern city where dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities are plentiful. The garbage fee is a short term nuisance but a long term gain.

8/20/2015 09:53:00 AM


Isn't there a ban on posts from Rahm's office here?

8/20/2015 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will dump my shit garbage in ABLA. Hell I'm paying their rent anyway let the lowlifes pick up my shit.

8/20/2015 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well..there's plenty of vacant yards in the ghetto to dump our shit..I will just bring one bag a week..no problems...just imagine how much city fees will skyrocket during Obama's third term. It will be like 2 grand to call 911

8/20/2015 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city council is not stupid. They know for a fact that they have Joe Taxpayer by the balls. Property taxes, water bills, garbage fees, etc. are higher in the suburbs. There is no escape. Unless if you move out of state and for most of us, that is not an option.

8/20/2015 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see it now idiots dumping trash in neighbors cart! Send the police

Instead of all those street and San bosses driving around the city acting like they are emergency vehicles put them to work. Start by writing ticket on those abandoned houses the banks own!

8/20/2015 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Chicagoans kill me. OMG!!! Pay a garbage collection fee? The world is truly ending!!! Well welcome the hell to the rest of the world. And why not privatize it? Could anything be run worse than a city government entity? Why is Rahm in the garbage business anyway? .... oh wait....nevermind..

8/20/2015 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Napalitano is the 41st better be against this and better be against the weed.

Got it.

8/20/2015 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about charging a small fee for police service? That fee could pay for a lot. Tax the people who use it (or abuse it).

8/20/2015 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is only a few residents who do not use the receptacles in the
areas" you are talking about. We kept rats away from our homes by keeping the garbage cans as far from the house as possible, keeping the lids on tight and recycling as much as possible, then, a family moved next door and moved the garbage cans close to the banisters so they could come out and throw garbage into the can without having to walk down the stairs. A lot of times they missed the can and the garbage went all over the yard or into the basement and piled up two to three feet high before someone would sweep it up. This brought big rats and another creature that looked like something someone brought from the south and then released it in North Lawndale. This same family and their friends would drink alcohol on the front porch and eat fast food and throw it all and baby's pampers into the garbage cans on the curb, filling it up and some dropped onto the street also bringing rats. Maybe paying for garbage pick up will make the landlords more careful about who they rent to and what their tenants are doing.

8/20/2015 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to start putting chains....3-1-1 instructed me to put my garbage into others' cans because they did not have time to bring enough carts to hold the extra garbage because of my moving. I could have just dumped it like everyone else however, I decided I did not want to do that and I still recycle as much as possible. So don't make comments when you do not know the whole story.

8/20/2015 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recycling......the stores are now requiring your won bags or reusable bags which should cut costs for stores which should result in cheaper products for the consumer. So recycle, please.

8/20/2015 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:53 am- I can't believe wtf I just read. I'm guessing your some Northside yuppie or hipster. Ya see its like this, me and the rest of the paupers that are upset about this for the most part are so because the people running this town are crooked pieces of shit as the ones running OUR town always have been. Right now it's worse than ever and as our weasel mayor cries poor when it comes to many many important things that people risk life and limb earning for this city and also things Chicago TAXPAYERS deserve. His tears dry up though when it comes to helping out many connected people and companies with more money than you and your chums can fathom for unnecessary projects, programs, and disguised bullshit. The true middle/upper middle class taxpaying chicagoin get the most fucked out of them and don't qualify for the resources to ease the dick size. How about you tell us which block your on and I'll just leave my trash in your alley. I'll let ya pay, thanks mack

8/20/2015 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before I took a job with the city, I lived in Country Club Hills back in the 80's. We had our pick between 3 different
disposal companies. Is the city going to do the same. Let us pick who we go with. If they do there will soon be quite
a few pink slips be handed out in Strrets & San

8/20/2015 08:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am retired and a Snow Bird and spend almost the entire winter down south.

Will I be charged for garbage collection then? I have my neighbors watch my house and throw trash in my cans to make the place looked lived in.

I always had good relations with my city Garbage Collectors. Whenever possible I'd meet them and give the crew chilled bottles of water. When we had a regular ward based crew I would give them restaurant gift cards at Christmas. Never had a problem if I had to throw anything extra out. Like after a major clean-up or home improvement project. Just be careful not to over due it. Hate to see what Rham would do with this. I believe he once said, "If people think something is a good deal they're not paying enough."

8/20/2015 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been the rumor among streets and san. guys since the mid 90's. Problem was Ritchie knew half of bridgeport worked for the dept. and most were put there by the 11th ward office. He couldn't do it his own turf. The outfit did all they could to sweeten the deal too. So daley instead gave them the hired truck program to shut em up. But promises were rumored to have gone out when the truck program was on the front page of the times. The outfit that believe it or not is still around is pushing for this garbage shit. Street sweepers are next! Caruso..I mean Elgin sweepers is first in line. Like ants, as soon as ya think their gone....Their kids are back

8/20/2015 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is gentrifying at an increasingly high rate. The people that are well to do don't mind paying a small garbage collection fee. The people who are just getting by are upset about it. In the long run, this is good for the city because it will run the poor people out and more rich people will then gentrify the poorer neighborhoods. More and more city neighborhoods are being gentrified and property values now have gone past the 2006 peak prices. Proving that the city is the place where people want to move to. People don't want to move to cookie cutter, boring and bland suburbia. They want to live in a modern city where dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities are plentiful. The garbage fee is a short term nuisance but a long term gain.
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+1

8/20/2015 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Recycling......the stores are now requiring your won bags or reusable bags which should cut costs for stores which should result in cheaper products for the consumer. So recycle, please.

8/20/2015 07:28:00 PM

I DO recycle. I will continue to recycle. It's just that now I'll get my recyclable plastic shopping bags where I grocery shop. IN NORRIDGE.

8/21/2015 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe paying for garbage pick up will make the landlords more careful about who they rent to and what their tenants are doing.

8/20/2015 07:24:00 PM

Yeah, right.
And then the mutts will own my building because I discriminated against them for refusing to rent to them, because they MIGHT NOT throw their garbage out properly.

8/21/2015 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of posts agreeing to the new tax. The Mayor's office must be monitoring the heck out of this site. I especially like the posts about how happy they are with the ban on plastic garbage bags and how it will bring food prices down. Are you hoping for the scratch behind the ears or do you believe that nonsense? I have two food stores by me. One has convenient plastic bags, the other does not. Which one do you think I go to?

I like the idea about not recycling. Tax me again and the blue can will never see another thing in it. I don't know who is making a buck on this, but I think that is the protest. Tell Rahm no.

8/21/2015 05:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...oh yeah, I especially like the post about how a garbage tax will push out the poor undesirables and gentrify the city. Nonsense.

8/21/2015 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 11:18:00 What the hell are you smoking?

8/21/2015 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will all pay the tax. Look at your phone bill you pay for the city to give out free phones. Drink water lately from a bottle? Look at the corner of your windshield? Some of you even pay to park in front of your house with a credit card.


Has anyone ever thought that people who use the public schools should pay? Even the gimmee everything free crowd should have to pay a small portion.

Those bike lanes seem to take up space what up! NO taxes on bikes on roads?

How about another tax on BONDs for the jail birds we lock up day after day?

8/21/2015 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I aint payin' that - I'm gonna just throw my garbage wherever I feel!

8/21/2015 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump your bags of garbage on Michigan Avenue. Let's protest and make this 'world-class city' resemble the dirty streets of New York City.

8/21/2015 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Also on the proposed new fee recommendation list:
Street sweeper fee
Snow removal fee
Arbor maintenance fee
Street light fee
Traffic control device fee
Sewer fee
Water fee
Deep tunnel fee
Aldermanic expense fee
Budget shortfall recovery fee

8/21/2015 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best bet is to privatize garbage collection entirely. people can pay whomever they want to come collect it or just bring it to work and drop it off there and save even more. :)

8/21/2015 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do pay for garbage collection! It's included with our water bill. How about charging for having mor than two garbage carts. There are single family homes I have seen that have up to six.

8/22/2015 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops sorry my wife told me it's not on our water bill. However we are tired of being nickeled and dimed to death. I would like to know where all the revenue goes for our outrageous city vehicle tax stickers. Are they trying to force more middle class families out?

8/22/2015 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only recycle when I feel like it, and I never feel like it.

8/22/2015 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it the recycling truck can do the same route as a city garbage truck, but do it with a crew of one? vs the city crew of 2 to 3 workers? and then they cover more ground in the same shift?

8/20/2015 01:25:00 AM

Because if the can is not prominently out in the alley on collection day they don't pick it up. If the can is covered in snow in the winter, they don't pick it up; just put a nice orange sticker on it saying 'sorry' you broke the rules! We'll try again in 2 weeks.

Recycling......the stores are now requiring your won bags or reusable bags which should cut costs for stores which should result in cheaper products for the consumer. So recycle, please.

8/20/2015 07:28:00 PM
Go to Walgreens. They have much thicker bags. The ordinance only covers bags of a particular gauge. I LOVE IT!

8/22/2015 11:58:00 PM  

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