Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Good Start

  • The court battle delaying the Cook County sugary drink tax is about to start hitting home.

    A hearing on the tax has been pushed back until next week, but Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that layoff notices will be going out soon.

    Preckwinkle was counting on that tax revenue to generate tens of millions of dollars this year alone, and without it she said she has no option but to take drastic measures. So, starting later this week, more than 1,100 layoff notices will start going out.
We're betting that the actual noticeable impact is closer to zero than Prickwrinkle is letting on. County government is far too overstaffed with made up spots being paid six-digits, like Mrs. Mark Brown for starters. There are dozens, maybe hundreds more.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call her bluff. Start laying off.

7/13/2017 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah.... My Dr.Pepper from Dupage County just started tasting sweeter

7/13/2017 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Flannery's kid.

7/13/2017 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

County need to trim some fat...start paying people if the bring in results rather than bullshitting

7/13/2017 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they are going to cut the people monitoring the electronic bail monitors. There should be no noticeable changes in performance.

7/13/2017 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask the important questions!

Will the Cook County Jail Pizza Fund be affected?

7/13/2017 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, the State of Illinois will bail Cook County. /s

7/13/2017 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this judge, and who slated him?

7/13/2017 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny its always public safety that gets threatened. No mention of free stuff being cut out or the hundreds of no show jobs or the dozens of 4 deep county hiway workers....thats always fun to watch. 3 trucks , 12 guys, 2 guys working ! Yeah Toni...get rid,of cops and guards.

7/13/2017 02:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Blind White Liberal Guy said...

Not enough revenue so you actually have to make cuts to live within your means? Heavens to murgatroyd! Why is Toni the first one to employ this revolutionary tactic? She should tell the city and state how this works so maybe they can get finances managed too. Personally, I blame the cops, Rauner, and Trump for ruining this place.

7/13/2017 04:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cook county should be disbanded!

We already have a city, what good is county!

7/13/2017 05:36:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Laying off eleven hundred useless county workers---No impact. Laying off eleven hundred necessary workers to make a point---that's the plan.

7/13/2017 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I considered deplorable for shopping in Indiana?

7/13/2017 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get rid of most of them, they're all political jobs and political hacks .

7/13/2017 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was purported to be a health issue. To many obese and diabetic people. Now she was relying on the money all along. Talking out of both sides of her mouth. Largest group of consumers are exempt because of food stamps, link cards etc,.
PsSame nonsense as speed and red light cameras, bag tax and nickle a bottle water tax for the environment. They really think we are fools.

7/13/2017 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the tax doesn't go into effect, threaten the public's safety. Sounds like a good plan. Works for TV commercials all the time.


7/13/2017 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Don't Tread on Me said...

Why is it that Politicians can only spend too much? Preckwinkle in this case, can only spend more without dropping the Dooms Day scenario? Everyone else in this country lives on a balanced budget or goes into bankruptcy in just a few years.

Lets not vote for anyone who cant manage on a balanced budget without burdening the taxpayers with the word "doomsday" in their rhetoric, or raising taxes to meet their over substantiated needs...NO balanced budget, no vote. Tax raises, no vote.

It's simple really...

7/13/2017 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

raise taxes..raise taxes...raise taxes that's all we hear every year! Is it a no wonder why NO other county in Il cries the same bullshit that crooked county does? Maybe its about time an Independent federal auditor comes in and start finding out where the money is really to guess?

7/13/2017 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni & Dart...let the Lay-Offs begin....more than a thousand we understand.

7/13/2017 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No fat will be cut. The SOP every time us poor serfs start getting uppity and say "NO MORE!", the powers that be look to make cuts that will hurt us the most. The 6 figure political patronage jobs and the money for free shit used to buy the votes of da comoonitay are sacrosanct and cannot be touched. Just things like fire, police, street repairs, garbage collection, and schools. Eventually, the serfs will cry uncle and say "OK, we'll grab our ankles and pay up. Just bring back the vital services you cut". Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Been going on since long before I was squeezed out onto this sad, sorry-ass ball of rock. Will continue long after I take a dirt nap. Nothing new under the sun.

7/13/2017 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on what they keep saying about crime being down and closing unoccupied portions of the jail, it sounds like they don't really need that much staff anyway....

7/13/2017 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahmie has a home in Michigan. Rahmie does his shopping in Indiana, there is no tax on food or water in Indiana. No bag tax either! Rahmie and his goon squad park the suburban at the old wal mart in Michigan city and stock up. A great leader in the cause of do as I say not as I do.......

7/13/2017 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it time for the tax payers to march on city hall and the county building?

7/13/2017 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, naturally the most expendable employees are the patronage spots, but we can't have those folks laid off, so they'll lay off the people who are actually necessary, thus creating a crisis and build support for increasing taxes.

7/13/2017 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember the Crook County laugher 2 years ago .. The Cook County Highway trucks were parked for days in the garage, to save money on gas ,, but the County employees sat around whole day getting paid. lol

Funny to see Toni "stronger" Taxwinkle almost cry and whine on Fox News this morning ,saying $67 million soda tax dollars were needed by Nov 30th

Stop the Shop ,in corrupt Dimm's Crook County,Il and Chicago

7/13/2017 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We're gonna just fight this out in the courts for as long as it take, and we think we have a strong case," Preckwinkle said.

Another group, Can The Tax, is raising questions about cuts being greater than the amount of revenue lost from not having the tax. The county dismissed that as "alternative math."

The county filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed. The judge said he wants to hear arguments at a hearing now set for July 21.

1. Alternative math ? The layoffs are way more than the tax loss. Also Taxwinkey didn't consider that people would go outside Crook county to buy this stuff. The city is not getting the $$$ they expected from the bag tax.

2. Who picks the Crook county judge to hear this case? The chief judge. Motion to fix granted.
Is a Crook county judge going to rule against his boss? A career ending move.

7/13/2017 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My representatives for being a citizen of Chicago, Cook County

50 alderthieves
Cook County President
Cook County Board
State senators
State representatives
2 U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Fully paid for staff for each of the above

Doesn't anyone but me believe it's time to CUT governmental representation down to what is affordable?
And I won't even mention that about 38% of the citizens here in this metropolis are fully on the dole, for 5 generations

7/13/2017 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An amazing statistic has surfaced as a result of this, the people on LINK will be exempt for purely political reasons, after all thats the democrat base in this country, and in Cook county the number of people on LINK is 870,000.

Cook county has a population of 5.1 million, meaning there are 5.86 people paying for every person collecting LINK.

How is this model sustainable? How will there EVER be enough taxpayers to support the welfare class?

7/13/2017 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Democrat money for illegals, and others that keep voting for them. Keep voting for the Dem's suckers, this ranger in four months is in the wind. Heading for Arizona where a man is a man and not subjected to these progressives and their fucking bullshit ideas.

7/13/2017 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullwinkle's bluff. Let's see how far she'll take it.

And it's funny, isn't it, that the first things they always threaten to cut are police, hospitals and schools. Really? How about cutting the bloat from corrupt and
incompetent government first? Did that idea ever cross their minds?

Anyway, if she's forced to fire a mob of county employees, it will only make things better. In fact, I hope she keeps going with more rounds of firings.

7/13/2017 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the County can make do without more than a thousand workers? Why did they wait until now to lay some of them off?

7/13/2017 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I'm driving my car to buy gas in Indiana, while I'm there, I will get my bottled water, with no tax, my sugary drinks with no additional tax, a few packs of cigarettes, some fireworks, lower taxes on other goods, obtain plastic or. Paper bags from the stores there for free, also guns and ammo at Cabellas, go to areas where I don't worry about being shot. TRUMP TERRITORY, enjoy some less expensive restaurants, buy some booze, and maybe go to a casino. Then I'll come home, lock myself inside the house, set my intrusion alarm, activate my security cameras, let the dogs out to patrol my yard and don't go out until I have to. Also keep below the window to avoid being shot. And pay my increasing property tax. And probably never seeing a Chicago police car patrolling my neighborhood. But i must remember to vote democratic come election day.

7/13/2017 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Xxxxxxxx said...

And the only staff cuts she'll be making is in the law enforcement field. This is one way to control the jail population and those who would otherwise be prison bound. Can't house them, can't prosecute them, and the least of the cuts will be in the public defender's office. Foxx's office will lose the appropriate number of old-school ASAs, mostly those who are not comfortable with the current regime's agenda, and a bulk of the pink slips will be those in the sheriff's office who are not beholden to the politicians for their spot, and those who could possible stand the chance to put political constituents in jail. They'll lay off a few non-immigrant nurses at in the County medical iffices, same with a few Docs, but only those who use too many respurces. The County ER has some good trauma Docs, but if they don't kiss the feet of the connected, it doesn't matter what their skill level is, they'll be told to move on. Not tonworry, the or patronage spots will remain safe, and hidden.

7/13/2017 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like any business get rid of them, you could lay off a few thousand and no noticeable affect! Then we have this anti-police elected girl in Florida be the "do you know who I am" the "you can't stop me" bullshit was everywhere she violated the law and wanted the police to stop her simple as that she fed the bait appeals to the felon community to be anti-police:

7/13/2017 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
An amazing statistic has surfaced as a result of this, the people on LINK will be exempt for purely political reasons, after all thats the democrat base in this country, and in Cook county the number of people on LINK is 870,000.

Cook county has a population of 5.1 million, meaning there are 5.86 people paying for every person collecting LINK.

How is this model sustainable? How will there EVER be enough taxpayers to support the welfare class?

7/13/2017 10:49:00 AM

Throw 500,000 illegals in Crook County ,Il .....many probably vote too !!!

7/13/2017 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous County Police Sergeant said...

Look at this from the Policeman's/Deputy Sheriff's/Correctional Officers end for a moment.

Word is that not a single civilian is going to be laid off. Preckwinkle is only laying off Sworn Officers, Doctors, Nurses, States Attorneys, Highway Workers.

The 65,000/year pencil and paperclip brigade will NOT be touched. Bet on it!

This is being done so show the public what a terrible thing going without the sugar tax will be for them. No one gives a damn about the bureaucrats if they get laid off or not. A Trauma Surgeon, yes. A Policeman, yes particularly if you live in unincorporated Cook.

The Cook County Department of Homeland Insecurity and Emergency Mismanagement will not be touched. They are still buying toys, and a bunch of them for their clubhouse in Oak Forest.

The Forest Preserve Police (Toni's private Police Force), untouched. No freaking way a one of them will get launched.

We just had a Sheriff's Police recruit class get cut loose from FTO. We have guys and gals just married, a few have babies on the way. Who speaks up and defends these folks? What the hell did they do to deserve this? These kids followed the rules, passed the tests and academy, FTO training, etc. Why can't they get a chance? Maywood doesnt seem to care. the silence from the square is deafening. This means you Marlon.

As a Patrol Sergeant, it isn't enough that I have to spend half the night doing workforce payroll crap, and a bunch of useless stuff that takes me off the street so I can not supervise my watch. Now, I have young coppers calling me for a meet, I get there a few with tears in their eyes including a young man whose wife is 6 1/2 months pregnant with their first child and I have to calm them down. Get them relaxed and focused in their safety and dealing with these Ford Heights Jaggoffs.

Corrections is getting the shit end of the stick figuratively and literally. It is a terrible job. Much worse than it was 25 years ago when I was there as an Officer. The SJW's have hamstrung the Officers so they can't defend themselves. Hmmm, sounds like, the CPD. What a coincidence! But, alas, CPD doesn't get fecal matter thrown at it by the savages behind the bars either.

Any CPD Officer (or anyone for that matter) that cheers on the layoff of County Policemen and C/O's OR ANY POLICEMAN IN ANY DEPARTMENT AND THIS INCLUDES YOUR AIRPORT should be ashamed.

And save the speech about the political crap, chinaman, incompetent lackey employees, etc. Let he who has no sins cast the very first stone!

God help Preckwinkle if some young Officer kills themselves over the loss of their career. I pray that it doesnt happen and you should too.

Stay safe Brothers and Sisters.

--CCSPD Sergeant, South Patrol.

7/13/2017 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired from CPD moved to a city in Arizona and pay NO TAXES at all at the grocery store.

7/13/2017 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumb as fuck, counting on a soda tax as revenue.

Fuck you Illinois.

7/13/2017 08:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They always threaten to lay off cops, firefighters, prosecutors, etc. How about laying off some Public Defenders instead?

7/13/2017 09:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the expected shortfall from the nickel a round (yes 5 cents per round) ammo oppressive tax ? No gangbangers screaming about this one - oh wait, I forgot, they dont purchase arms ($25 per gun tax here) and ammo LEGALLY - silly me. This tax was supposedly implemented to "...aid victims of gun violence..." Yes, and legal gun owners are the ones who are creating this carnage - right? Tell me, anybody with live brain cells still buying ammo in Crook County? That's why places like GAT in E. Dundee and Marengo Guns in Marengo (7% tax here BTW) exist. Short road trip - no problem. Suck on it Taxwinkee.

7/13/2017 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can start with Mr Prickwinkle's resignation

7/13/2017 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CCSPD Sergeant, South Patrol.

I'm praying with you Sarge. How sad, theses people are heartless. Been on a long time so if a layoff comes I'll miss it. Many years ago they were laying off for this, that and whatever. I remember the worry. Where was I going to get a job? How am I supposed to survive? What about the kids? Insurance? Sure hope for my fellow officers this works itself out.
Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7/14/2017 07:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why Democrats Encourage Government Shutdowns

Brian Riedl

Why would Democrats want to keep the threat of government shutdowns alive?

Look no further than combative former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. Back in 2011, he admitted that “[f]rom a partisan point of view, I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a shutdown… If I was head of DNC, I would be quietly rooting for it. I know who’s going to get blamed. We’ve been down this road before.”

In other words, former Governor Dean says Democrats should root for government shutdowns because opinion-makers will reflexively blame the GOP.

7/14/2017 04:23:00 PM  

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