Thursday, July 06, 2017

Bag Tax Failing

  • Cook County’s soda tax may have been stalled by a court order, but Chicago’s tax on disposable bags — in effect for six months — is not bringing in as much cash as the city had hoped.

    Chicago aimed to raise $9.2 million from the 7-cents-a-bag fee in its first year. As of collection on June 18, the tax has raised nearly $2.4 million in the nearly five months since it took effect; that leaves it well off the mark, said Molly Poppe, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Finance.
Here's comes the spin though:
  • That aside, the tax has had a significant environmental impact thus far, reducing disposable bag use per shopping trip by 42 percent in its first month, according to a preliminary April study.
So it's a success "environmentally." You know what? The neighborhoods where the re-usable bags are most prevalent? Those weren't the neighborhoods where the plastic bags were blowing down the streets and alleys, hanging in trees all winter, clogging street gutters and sewers. But "bag man" Rahm and "water bottle" Daley and soon, "soda" Prickwrinkle) are learning a strange reality:
  • When it makes economic sense for people to travel a little farther to save money, they're going to travel.
And when they travel, they're going to do some of their regular shopping there, too. And gas their cars. And buy their smokes. And their liquor. And a gun, maybe some ammunition. And maybe a big ticket item to ship back home. And then, Illinois is making it easier to leave the State completely and permanently by raising income taxes 32%.

Not amusingly, that money was already spent. The city, county and state base their budgets on "expected revenues. And when those revenues fail to materialize, they raise fees, taxes or fines, especially in a democrat run state. Spending is sacrosanct and cannot be touched.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Big Toni is going to have to lay off some of her voters.

7/06/2017 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I travel 5 minutes to Park Ridge to shop...no bag tax there.....15 minutes to DuPage Co...lower taxes there to

7/06/2017 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many Chicago stores are about to lose their business. Because customers are now shopping in the suburbs where they get free bags.

Nice job messing things up.

7/06/2017 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't wait to leave!

🚗

7/06/2017 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once the bag tax hit I always brought my own or shopped outside Chicago. Wonder how much sales tax money the city is losing on people shopping outside Chicago to avoid the bag tax? I will never by any drink in cook county again when that sugary tax hits. I'm sure many others will do the same.

7/06/2017 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These lousy bastards have all the bases covered. Since the money is not coming in, they can save face and pretend that the environment, chidren etc have been saved by their forward thinking taxes. Makes me sick.

7/06/2017 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Eustace McGargle said...

I'm retired and work security at one of the large retail chains. Since the bag tax I see almost no bags going out the door.

7/06/2017 12:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rham-hole... I been posting for months... we need a hypodermic needle tax for the hypes to pay... and a used tire tax for those people who run their cars into pot holes that the city refused to fill. Rham-hole will you ever learn. You might have to stop planting all those trees in the nicer neighborhoods and relax with the bike paths-- no one ain't got no money anymore. But I will think of great taxe schemes for u, do it for the childrun

7/06/2017 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"soda" Taxwrinkle...

The city added $.05 per gallon tax on gas two separate times in the 80's. They drove every bordering gas station out of business.

7/06/2017 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always recycled my plastic and paper bags anyway. In my neighborhood there were never any plastic bags blowing down the street. Now I bring my own bags or buy groceries outside Chicago. I have not spent a cent on bags. I will now buy any "sugary" drink outside cook county. I will never pay a cent on this silly tax. They will lose more money on more than just sugary drinks because people will buy other groceries while outside crook county too.

7/06/2017 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The study will continue until the summer of 2018, said Doug Palmer, a senior associate at ideas42. Although the group has recently collected a new batch of data, Palmer said it has not analyzed it yet.

It will conduct more research in the summer and fall, and wants to see final results before it makes conclusions."


At the risk of sounding cynical, there's still time to "adjust" the findings for when the study is completed & released.


rb

7/06/2017 02:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gas is cheap. It makes trips a few extra miles longer cheaper too.

7/06/2017 02:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Rahm basing a budget on a pipe dream.

Fuck you Rahm. Where's the casino? Fund our damn pension.

7/06/2017 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much will the state run short on their glorious income tax increases?

How much will Illinois owe their suppliers this year?

Cash up front, Cash up front.

7/06/2017 03:04:00 AM  
Blogger james dillard said...

Spending is sacrosanct and cannot be touched.

single best reason to escape madiganistan...

7/06/2017 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous bratton fan said...

I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.

7/06/2017 03:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I buy gas cigs pop in Indiana been doing it for years

7/06/2017 04:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are tired of one tax after another. Unless they build a fence around Chicago this tax will cost jobs lost when businesses close there doors. The Chicago brain trust doesn't have a single brain between the lot of them.

7/06/2017 05:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mostly buy all my products outside of Cook county anyway!

I have this cool invention called a car and it gets filled up and brought back to city!

Wait until I retire, i will absolutely be gone!

7/06/2017 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about falling revenues, sure the made 2 million in taxs, what about the money lost from customers going elsewhere, my city spending has dropped about 80%. Sure Ill run in for a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk, but any $100 dollar runs are over. People have cars and will use them if they have to. Are they trying to make the nicer areas a food desert too?

7/06/2017 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These scoundrels might expand the bag tax to the small plastic bags you get at the super market to place your apples or bananas. Also perhaps the bag you get when ordering to go at McDonald's, Chipotle, etc. I could see that coming.

7/06/2017 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The democrats have made it crystal clear that I cannot do any of my shopping in the city of Chiraq or Cook County.

7/06/2017 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do pass a budget on expected revenues? Only in this city, state and county! Try and buy a house that way?

7/06/2017 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All it does is drive more people to the suburbs to shop. I now do all my grocery shopping in the surrounding suburbs and if I need to grab something at a grocery store in Chicago, I carry it out. Rahm and the aldermen can shove those seven cent bags up their asses.

7/06/2017 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I retired in 97 and immediately moved to Wisconsin. Sure my pension is taxed here but I more then make it up in paying less property taxes and none of all the other BS taxes Chicago, Crook County, and Illinois dump on you with. I'd never go back and now my kids are all leaving the dtate too. Screw all you thevin Dummycrate politicians, you assholes will never learn.

7/06/2017 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm, the expert on the NYC subway system, is pushing Trump to raise the federal gas tax.
Madigan also has a statewide "sugar tax" on the burner which he is waiting to push through once he declares victory over Rauner (Thank you Republican sellouts). Going outside Cook County to escape the tax won't matter.

7/06/2017 06:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They make you pay the Chicago sales tax for a car even if you buy it outside Shitcago.. Next time you shop at 7-11 in Beloit WI, they will make you prove you don't live in Shit's ville. Otherwise, you pay the tax....

7/06/2017 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Prickwingle has THREATENED to lay off people if this tax doesn't pass...HUH????....Well go ahead you IDIYOT...Trim that Bloated payroll already...These Dumdocrats are REALLY FUNNY some times with their logic and thinking....

7/06/2017 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought my 9mm M&P Shield in Lake County, accessories on Amazon, 120 rounds of ammo in DeKalb County.

7/06/2017 07:20:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

I haven't noticed any fewer ghetto tumbleweeds.

7/06/2017 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No big thinkers here in Illinois......certainly not any of the politicos.......
When you ADD a stupid tax to bags and just about all liquid consumable products, the only thing you are doing is LOSING MORE ILLINOIS (Chicago and Cook County) jobs......honest hard working taxpayers have had enough of your SPEND then tax more nonsense....so now Jewel and Butera and Mariano's anywhere in the city and county will have to lay off THEIR workers when their sales drop dramatically.....
And now, thanks to the new "budget deal" here, we get socked again with an income tax raise.....

How about all you politicos cut YOUR staff 15%? How about we reduce the Alderman, and the Cook County Board by HALF? How about we take away that 1.5 MILLION $$$$ that each alderman gets to use as a "discretionary" fund?

How about we just VOTE OUT every lousy incumbent come next election and start over? Rahm, Prickwinkle, Dart, Madigan, Culloton, are at the top and of my list to vote out......even as Rahm starts to build HIS $30 million war chest to run for reelection........

7/06/2017 07:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ass clowns will say it was a great success. Bag sales have dwindled and they will use flawed logic stating that means less trash.

In reality sales have jumped over the borders.

The blue can garbage program has also failed due to certain communities always do the opposite of what is right.

Add the brilliant SODA tax and income tax hike and we have attacks on us for are income.

7/06/2017 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's such a simple thing, and yet democrats don't seem to ever learn. Don't write the check until the money's in the bank!

Spend, spend, spend! When the money runs out, raise taxes so the spending can continue. Communists and liberal democrats run down the same road. They want to make all your decisions for you!

J.J.


7/06/2017 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tax your way into prosperity, it's the democratic way, all while you drive those robber baron businessmen out of business. And when those businesses leave make starting a new business as difficult as possible with lots of rules and fees.

7/06/2017 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city's "experts" ought to be paid on a percentage. If they're only 30% right on any subject, they get paid 30% of their fee.

J.J.

7/06/2017 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You earned your salary which you were fully taxed on by the feds and the state.
You spend your earned money which you are again taxed on.
With few exceptions, every building or property in the city and county has taxes paid on them.
Well over 50% goes to schools-even if you don't have children or your children are out of school.
Every time you go out to dinner you pay taxes on that meal.
Every prescription you have filled, you pay taxes on.
Television, you pay taxes on.
Electricity, you pay taxes on along with every other utility.
Extra taxes on firearms and ammunition.
An overweight goiter throated County board president wants to tax soft drinks.
And these are just a few examples...
Taxes slated to increase by the incompetent thieves in Springfield.

My biggest issue is-So, Where Does All This Money Go?

7/06/2017 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope madigan and his goons read this article

7/06/2017 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

du page county.... where Chicagoans shop/gas/cigs and booze!

7/06/2017 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger Chiraq! said...

They need the tax cause of nonsense like this.

Sheriff Tom Dart's budget has increased 124 million (inflation considered 41 million) since he took office in 2006. The Sheriff added 68 Shakman exempt positions while eliminating 602 full time predominately officer positions in the last decade. Records indicate the Sheriff has been incredibly reckless with budget decisions, resulting in 600+ less officers providing valuable resources and protection to the citizens of Cook County.  Records also indicate that Sheriff has had more than sufficient funding to keep staffing at standard/safe levels but inexplicably chose not to do so!

2006 Sheriff Budget:: $388,872,980.00
2016 Sheriff Budget:: $513,351,967.00   

Elimination of 602 Jobs..
 Sheriff office 2006:: 7,306 full time positions.
Sheriff office 2016::  6,704 full time positions.

Political Hiring..
Exempt Positions 2006:: 176 positions
Exempt Positions 2016:: 244 positions.

7/06/2017 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to wal mart in countryside for groceries. Bags are free

7/06/2017 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I can’t carry it or put it in my pocket, then I’ll buy it from amazon. Still screwed with sales tax but screw this 7 cents a bag nonsense.

7/06/2017 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cut 40 % you would not miss anything

7/06/2017 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you in Beverly and Mt. Greenwood our boarders touch Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Marionette Park, Alsip and Worth. Gas in those places are 10-20 cents cheaper per gallon. No bag tax there and they have every major shopping store. Part of Tinley is Will County no water or sugar tax and Indiana is a 20 minute drive with significant savings, our family has been doing it for years. Aside from a quick hotdog or hamburger at the local stand we haven't dined in Chicago in more than 10 years. Oakbrook, Tinley, Orland and Palos all within 20 min from South Side with free parking 5 star restaurants and bars and you wont get robbed. Send a message back to the city and take your business elsewhere. Believe me they feel it.

7/06/2017 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all of us retirees, and those closing in on retirement; moving out of the city, or even out of the state only solves some of the issues involving this city and county. I too am moving , but I realize that I will be forever connected to the politics of this city and county. Receiving a pension from the city is a bond that will only be broken by death, or bankruptcy.

7/06/2017 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's clear that Chicago residents have money to waste on fireworks and alike, so build a Chicago casino already! Do the right thing Eh am and fund our fucking pension as it should have been funded all along.

7/06/2017 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago bag tax a hoax.. Plastic bag usage down?? will the mental midgets at City Hall think people just moved their shopping outside Chicago boundaries ?
Worse.... stores pulled out collecting plastic bags for recycling ..LOL

Toni taxwinkle's Crook County.Il soda tax will be a joke ... $2.90 tax on a 12 pack of Pepsi ??? DuPage County , Indiana 35 minutes away .. 7 % sales tax, No RTA tax , lower Cigarette taxes.. No Crook County booze taxes
Most under reported story in Chicago ,was Rahmmy boosting to National media, Chicago had the highest Cigarette taxes in America .. What an assswipe!!!!

7/06/2017 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bratton fan said...
I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.

7/06/2017 03:44:00 AM
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No one home... Cook County democrats stealing working class ..blind for decades
Cuts ?? Take a look at Daley Center . A Cook sheriff deputy walks petitions to a judge to lower fees ,and then walks the papers back.. for a $120,000 a year

7/06/2017 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When grocery shopping, I drive a short distance outside the City. Get my bags for free, and store them in my vehicle. Because people are shopping outside the city it's forcing stores in the city to drop prices and there are some great sales. That's when I reuse the bags in my car. So if I can figure out how to save a buck by avoiding the bullshit seven cent bag tax, then there's a bunch of others doing the same thing. This is one of the reason the City is not getting their project revenues. On guns or ammo, I order on line to a gun dealer outside of Cook and have my ammo delivered to a friend's address outside the City. Not being a racist but just pointing out what I've observed about the Democrat's, because they'v been pandering and enslaving minorities, with their mind control; the Democrat's have lost site that normal thinking people are not under their control or are willing to follow them over the cliff. This City and State make me sick, and I can't wait to see this place in my review mirror.

7/06/2017 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing that the LINK card holders are exempt from the bag tax. They can't recycle bags like non-LINK citizens? They carry their expensive leather purses to the store, why can't they have a recycles bag with them?

7/06/2017 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure that SNAP recipients aren't penalized with the 7 cents plastic bag tax. Considering that this is the group that routinely litters our trees, streets and sewers with these bags (and We're the ones that have to pay for their littering...)

7/06/2017 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous bratton fan said...

I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.

7/06/2017 03:44:00 AM

Yeah, she's brilliant in her cost savings solutions. She tells Dart to empty out Cook County jail because there are too many black and brown people locked up. So those who should be safely off the streets are out here terrorizing the rest of us. She's saved a few bucks and is thought a financial genius by people like you.

7/06/2017 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toni the clown keeps on taking, no clue what to do while we are losing billions yes people billions in upcoming federal dollars simply beacuse rahm-toni-the 50-durbin-duckworth refuse to obey federal alws which they were involved with passing! the illegal criminals need to be gone, simple as that! The federal dollars we are losing are also used for "policing" with the murder and mayhem in this corrupt city the counts are rising while we have kevin navarro that goof saying he was "not pleased"! how much tax money was wasted kevin? You and the white shirt boys and girls are a national disgrace, not only do street coppers laugh and look away at all of you but so do the nationals respected departments!

Then we had not long ago goofy "gimme a beer" brendan oreilly remove Trumps street sign and then promising to return the over $5,000 oreilly took in campaign cash from Trump, but like a typical lying crying democrat did not return it!

As rahm takes a victory lap with the federal ice cream van and the 20 dea (mostly young coppers) here, over in Polnad where President Trump is respected as a real man should be:

Polish Crowd Chants ‘Donald Trump!’'USA! USA!'
'It’s such a great honor'

https://news.grabien.com/story-polish-crowd-chants-donald-trumpusa-usa

Notice how Trump has been everywhere surrounding this corrupt state after election? He and his people will not even dip their toes into this corrupt blood filled dirty swamp!
The absolute total lack of leadership from the elected here, down to the clown show exempt show we are on our own! To the hard working street coppers no matter what my shirt is blue and I will always back you up and protect you and your family because all that matters ladies and gentlemen is #bluelivesmatterforever!

7/06/2017 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why they desire illegal aliens. They leverage EVERYTHING. Plastic bags, sugary drinks, cigarettes, income, shootings, and yes, BODIES both warm and cold.

They use ANYTHING to justify more borrowing, even if its illegal. Heck sometimes its a bonus allowing more borrowing cuz cuz gotsta have coppers enforce da laws!

What happens when their claims dont pan out? Well, they just make more and more outlandish claims about their next new idea...like per bullet tax, 15 bucks an hour or penny per ounce tax. They just make it up, borrow against it and blame others.

Being a democrat means lying with impunity. Unions got their backs and so do gibsmedats. Nothing else matters.

7/06/2017 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.
7/06/2017 03:44:00 AM


You confuse being honest with not being a crook county politician.

Those "spending cuts" being touted will never touch her crook county minions......neither those on the county payroll nor those receiving the oh so "direly needed", and connivingly named "entitlements"......which, over the past few decades have been mutated from " on the dole" to "benefits" to "entitlements" which, as the name implies, every recipient is 'entitled' to receive.

Yep, prickwinkle sure is honest about that.

7/06/2017 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, this is dead on. Live in Mt. Greenwood, go to the Jewel in Merrionette Park. Know many many others doing the same, so not only are the not getting the revenue from bags, the store is losing revenue and the city is losing revenue on other items NOT being bought in Chicago. I would claim for the city, they have not made 2+ million dollars, but actually lost millions on taxes not collected on people buying stuff outside the city.

7/06/2017 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous bratton fan said...
I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.

7/06/2017 03:44:00 AM



She's no different than any other thieving democrat, and, she's as anti-white as they come too.

7/06/2017 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the water bill increase supposed to level off? Seem like each bill goes up 5 to 10%. Worst part for me is that I am in a condo which can not be metered so we all get the flat estimated bill. I live alone, take a 5 minute shower each day and do 2 to 3 loads of laundry a week. I am paying more than my partner, who is metered, that has a wife and 2 kids, a pool and waters their lawn a few times a week. WTF!!!

7/06/2017 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired CPD living in Southwest suburbs. I will not shop in Chicago. If the soda tax happens I can drive a short distance to another county or Indiana to shop and buy gas. DEMOCRATS ARE JOB KILLERS! With the Democrats hiking personal income taxes and corporate taxes hundreds of thousands of residents and jobs will flee Illinois. It doesn't make any sense to us peasants but it makes sense to corrupt self serving politicians in Illinois. They only strive to stay in power and enrich themselves. It has been going on for decades and will never stop.

7/06/2017 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beavers would pass high cigarette tax and laugh about it
only bought his in Indiana
is he in prison or did he pass

7/06/2017 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To rahm 2.4 million out your dumbasses wallets is still 2.4 million he gets to waste. Your money not his dumbocrats! 2.4 million with a "M" Just on stupid plastic bags!

7/06/2017 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a tax for every dead body at the morgue, probably would rival any TIF the twerp murder mayor has...

7/06/2017 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous bratton fan said...
I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.

What makes her so honest? She is saying that if the soda tax doesn't go thru they will lose 220 million next year. Then she tries to strong arm and intimidate the voters by saying there will have to be a 10% cut in county services. Math doesn't work. A 5% cut of the 4.4 billion budget would be the 220 million she needs to make up. Nothing honest about that

7/06/2017 04:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAVE NOT SPENT 7 CENTS YET! Analyze this Chicago Politicians. ALL, gas, water, pop and everything else possible purchased in suburbs,the only reason any purchase is made in Chicago is due to EMERGENCY! I don't drink soda, but once the tax kicks back in, Lake/Cook road is going to see extra traffic at the costco in Lake County. Gas, pop, water and everything else. I can't wait to retire and leave this shithole of a CITY! FED UP VOTER, TAXED OUT OF ILLINOIS!

7/06/2017 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say that the new taxes will push people and jobs out of the city like it is a new idea.

I worked for a company that moved out to Oakbrook in the 80s or early 90s for a host of reasons, but we paid from the move with savings on sales tax (we printed a lot of reports on paper back then and sales tax was higher in the city) and the head tax.

I used to spend one day in the city whenever I visited family, but parking, taxes and crime keep me out now. (not necessarily in that order)

7/06/2017 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always love going over the border in Indiana to stock up every two weeks. The parking lots typically are Illinois plates. We all smile and nod to each other without speaking a word. We're all thinking the same thing. "Shove it up your fat ass cook county."

7/06/2017 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about we just VOTE OUT every lousy incumbent come next election and start over?
7/06/2017 07:38:00 AM


And how is that to be accomplished?

The entire history, literally, of this crooked county we call home has been one of endless conniving, scheming, scamming, chicanery, etc., all for the sole purpose of getting elected/reelected to positions of governmental authority which bestow upon the elected/anointed the power to impose ever increasing and imaginative thievery's/taxations upon an ever diminishing population of those who actually earn their means for acquiring their daily bread.

Greed drives this vehicle of crooks, mooks and miscreants.

Human ego avoids humility.

Human ego requires the thinking, feeling and believing that it's thoughts, feelings and actions are of significance.

Thus, the voter, being human, must think, feel and believe that their individual opinion, expressed when voting FOR a specific candidate up for election/reelection, has intrinsic value.

It doesn't.

The only value of an individual voter's vote is if more individuals vote for ONE specific candidate than any other.

That is how incumbents routinely get reelected, by doing whatever it takes to make the result of an election = incumbent gets more votes than any other candidate for that office.

The only way an incumbent gets fired is by not getting more votes than a non-incumbent on the ballot.

Even in a 2 person contest, this rarely occurs in the county of crooks, city of shitheads or even the state of slimeballs.

Because the human ego of the voter demands the casting of votes FOR a specific candidate, incumbents are, if not always smugly comfortable, usually confidently smarmy, even with a seemingly strong challenger.

Math will shatter their world.

And, much like the goofs at CNN, they won't believe it until they feel it.


Fire the incumbent equation:

1. Identify incumbent name on ballot

2.

If incumbent name is listed First, vote for whoever is listed LAST

OR

If incumbent name is NOT listed FIRST, vote for whoever IS listed FIRST.


To fire an incumbent, the voter must not give a shit who gets elected, as long as it's not the fucking incumbent fuck.

This requires the purposeful denial of the human ego's craving for feeling that their individual vote has any value, even when the candidates they've repeatedly voted for NEVER fucking win.

Winning may not be everything, but, it's the first thing that must happen, if being repeated fucked by politicians isn't your idea of having a wonderful time.

7/06/2017 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop giving free health care to illegals at County Hospital. How much does this cost taxpayers? Any media hound want to write an expose about that? Or too timid because it doesn't fit the leftist agenda.

7/06/2017 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city would tax the air you breathe if they could figure out a way to do it.

7/06/2017 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question is.. why didn't they initiate the spending cuts before introducing a new tax?
It's all about keeping the status quo. A rather expensive status quo.

7/06/2017 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This bag tax discourages shopping in the Loop. The Barnes and Noble at Jackson and State is a treat to go to---like the old Kroch's and Brentanos. However, since books are paper---one little rain drop and they are trashed....it's not like they have a parking lot either. Why not exempt retailers like Barnes? I can see not giving a bag if you buy a soda pop.... I will just "show room" and go to Schaumberg where they give you a FFREE plastic bag with handles.

7/06/2017 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is an increase in the decrease?

Oy vey! I can't keep up with the Democrat idiocy... time to skeedadle from Illinois altogether...

7/06/2017 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous States Without Taxes said...

States Without Income Tax: Alaska, Washington, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Texas and Florida.

States Taxing Only Capital Gains and Investments: Tennessee and New Hampshire.

States Without Sales Taxes: Alaska, Montana, Oregon, New Hampshire and Delaware.

Based on the above information and in addition to Alaska, if one resides in Vancouver, Washington and merely crosses the Columbia River directly into adjoining Portland, Oregon for shopping = NO TAXES

7/06/2017 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
When is the water bill increase supposed to level off? Seem like each bill goes up 5 to 10%. Worst part for me is that I am in a condo which can not be metered so we all get the flat estimated bill. I live alone, take a 5 minute shower each day and do 2 to 3 loads of laundry a week. I am paying more than my partner, who is metered, that has a wife and 2 kids, a pool and waters their lawn a few times a week. WTF!!!

7/06/2017 01:01:00 PM

Maybe if you took showers for more than 5 minutes you could have a wife too. Then a couple of kids and a swimming pool. A nice green lawn. You wouldn't have to live alone. At least think about it.

7/06/2017 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So these idiots passed the budget in December and counted money from the sugar tax that wasn't even passed yet? What a special kind of stupid. Yeah preckwinkle is different, she's worse than the rest of them. She always threatens cuts when her stupid election is coming up. Every other year it's new taxes and we have people that think she's on the up and up? You know who will get laid off? The people that do the grunt work and need that job, not the political friends of this tool. What a joke.



7/06/2017 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pop Tax will be as Successful as the 4 dollar a pack cigarette tax,85 % of cigarettes smokers in Cook County buy them outside, The new pop tax will cost Billions in lost Sales to Grocery Stores.

7/06/2017 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These tin-badge pols are aping Michael Bloomberg, former
NYC Mayor. It really looks bad, won't work, and the people
will always find a way around these King George pre-Revolutionary
taxes.
Poured drink tax? Just like a rock concert. People pre-load,
nurse a drink, and get a booster from the hip flask in the rest
room. As Americans we don't take this shit and it goes way, way
back. Look up "The Whiskey Rebellion."

7/06/2017 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/06/2017 03:41:00 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Anonymous bratton fan said...
I've mentioned before, Preckwinkle is different. She may be a Democrat with very different priorities, but she's honest. That's why as it's become clear the soda tax is in trouble, she's talking about spending cuts. It's pretty important to the future of the city to distinguish between honest people you disagree with and people like Rahm, Daley and Madigan.

What makes her so honest? She is saying that if the soda tax doesn't go thru they will lose 220 million next year. Then she tries to strong arm and intimidate the voters by saying there will have to be a 10% cut in county services. Math doesn't work. A 5% cut of the 4.4 billion budget would be the 220 million she needs to make up. Nothing honest about that

7/06/2017 04:37:00 PM

Exactly! And she says it's for health reasons only too. Just like speed cameras and redlight cameras are for safety even when they're next to a cemetery or a nonexistent park. Yeah sure...safety. Spend spend spend

7/06/2017 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

read the FAQ's on the county's web site on the soda tax. About as &^%$ing complicated as you can get. You'd have to hire someone full time to figure out all that shit.

Your mixed drink at the bar say rum/coke or 7&7 ? they have to collect the tax on how many ounces they put in each drink. Yes sir, thats $5.05 for your drink - I put 5 ounces of Coke in it......

7/06/2017 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

I buy my lottery tickets like I do my cigarettes, booze and soda,


IN INDIANA!

7/07/2017 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much has prewinkie collected in fines from gang bangers that possess ammunition and guns illegally?
Is she checking neighborhood stores selling tobacco without crook county tax stamp or are they given a pass if contributors

7/07/2017 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Transmaster said...

In California they completely banned plastic bags. In LA that put 300 people out of work because the company making them closed their doors. I pointed out that you can defy the ban by purchasing a box of small trash can liners, advice that went viral in LA. You can also purchase the actual plastic shopping bags from Amazon they are real cheap. For less the $50 bucks you can get enough plastic shopping bags to last for years. Thank God I live in Wyoming none of that BS here.

7/07/2017 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think neighborhood stores in ghetto will pay the tax on grape pop , he'll no .
They will buy pop in Indiana , sell to link card holders ,add in tax and county will see zero .

7/07/2017 12:39:00 PM  

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