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State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 05:07 pm
I'm quite happy with Obama. Another four yrs would be fine.
Gary April 23, 2014 at 05:19 pm
OK. It's agreed then. We build a temporary Obama Presidential library in Chicago for about $10,000Read More and then tear it down after 4 years. Is everyone on board, yes, good. Let's do it.
Gary April 23, 2014 at 05:20 pm
We'll promise him that he can "keep his library in Chicago if he wants". he-he-he-he.Read More I'm sure he'll understand.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Hey Oprah, where are you?? out in the streets helping these thugs find a new way of life?? with allRead More that cash and negro power behind you, you should be able to fix this in one show.
Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
voice of america April 23, 2014 at 07:56 am
We need a million man march in Peoria. Demand the removal of the Mayor, All three Judges, and PoliceRead More chief.
Elizabeth Miller April 23, 2014 at 08:34 am
It probably took 3 judges to get them to grant the warrants they were looking for. And the AttorneyRead More Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) is the "bar" you are looking for. You will find specific rules there and though anyone can lodge complaints, and all complaints are heard, the accused members of the bar have a right to defend themselves and their actions. The attorney for the arrested kid can file for sanctions, too, and move to suppress the information obtained by the warrant if it is judged to have been granted erroneously.
The Other Christine April 23, 2014 at 10:22 am
Here you go: On March 14, Judge Kirk Schoebein signed off on a warrant seeking subscriberRead More information from Twitter. On March 29, two days after Twitter gave police the information they requested, Judge Lisa Wilson approved a warrant for Comcast to find out where the person who used the Internet to access Twitter lived. On April 1, Elliott was identified as the Comcast subscriber for 1220 N. University St., the affidavit said. Two weeks later, Judge Kim Kelley approved the warrant to search the house. Police seized several iPhones, two Xbox video game consoles, computers, pieces of mail, drug paraphernalia, alleged marijuana and digital memory cards. Courtesy of the Peoria Journal Star Read more: http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140417/News/140419023#ixzz2zitrPrj3
President Obama
JAY JAY April 23, 2014 at 02:19 pm
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm This guy describes B. Hussain O'bumbler and his band of thieves to a tee !!!Read More "Dirty" Harry R., Nancy Piglousy, Chuck "the lying B-tard" Schumer + 1,000s more that will go nameless. Thanks to the working tax payers, the PO FOLK have food on the table, Section 8 housing, medical, cell phones, EBT & SNAP cards, +++ support $$$ for their chillins!!! Only in America
stanley seigler April 23, 2014 at 04:36 pm
@jayjay, you got it brother: "Thanks to the working tax payers, the PO FOLK have food on theRead More table, Section 8 housing, medical, cell phones, EBT & SNAP cards, +++ support $$$ for their chillins!!! Only in America" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> and as you know when you have done it unto them (the least) ye have done it unto Him (maybe Her) ... praise the Lord, hallilulia ... say AMEN BROTHER ... next sell all you have and give it to the poor!!!
JAY JAY April 23, 2014 at 05:40 pm
you know when you have done it unto them (the least) ye have done it unto Him (maybe Her) ... praiseRead More the Lord, hallilulia ... say AMEN BROTHER ... next sell all you have and give it to the poor!!! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I Have done NUTTIN but support them with my tax $$$$$$$$ and charity contributions. The Demo-Demons have done unto them for votes. The old adage teach a man to fish is a Demo NO NO!!! Dependncy for votes is and has been their goal. You're another spread the wealth O'bowa. Praise the GOVT. /// I chee wowa Recommend
Lefty Ruggiero April 12, 2014 at 07:31 am
Have the people who gave out the award ever driven the extension? If you are exiting from Ace/JewelRead More onto Atkinson, you must pull out 2-3 car lengths past the stop sign in order to see North or Southbound traffic. Now it takes longer to exit onto Atkinson than before the extension, but what do I know, I only use common sense.
Donald L. Coulson Credit: Burnett-Dane Funeral Home
Sean G. April 7, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Wow.
Tom Chapel April 8, 2014 at 10:32 am
Don't forget about Brooks Kellogg another former Libertyville real estate mogul three years ago. OneRead More day, a well known influential businessman, the next day murder for hire and mistresses. Interesting that the wives of both men stood by them which certainly shows they had a lot more class than their husbands.
stanley seigler April 23, 2014 at 04:06 pm
@Jim R, re: "RAND Comes Clean" +++ as all know my stat/article can beat your stat/articleRead More ... so as mentioned, only history will tell +++ opine: BOcare will take its place along side other great pieces of progress legislation produced by the DEMs: social security, medicare, the civil rights act +++ feel sure GOPs have proposed progressive legislation as well, just cant recall any. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> it's fruitless to debate my article v your article, but FYI: +++ the author (a. roy) of "rand comes clean" is a long time GOP BO-care hater, a former bain capital and supporter of romneycare (very similar to ACA) +++ perhaps roy's title provides insight to his bias. rand didn't come clean, roy just gave his version of enrollment. if anyone has any links to rand's response, if any, to the roy article pls post lets get the facts on the table.
Gary April 23, 2014 at 04:17 pm
Only history will tell? Well we're four years into it and costs have gone up and millions have lostRead More their health care plans. That's enough history for me to draw conclusions. You can wait until 2022 if you want, but 60% of us have made up our minds already.
Michele Schwartz April 23, 2014 at 05:16 pm
Stanley seigler I agree with you on your posts. mccloud/ russ foster don't "get it" theyRead More think if they listen to "hate radio" (rush limbaughs) that what they hear will become True.... Wonder if they know that rush is considered an Entertainer...The MAIN reason "people can't keep their insurance" is because the "insurance " that they have is SUB STANDARD. Or their EMPLOYERS want to cut their hours so they won't be eligible for insurance . Sounds like a Great Place to work...
Tom Chapel April 21, 2014 at 08:04 am
Walked by the old band shell and it occurs to me that a band could still perform there without theRead More roof. As to the other stuff, there are two issues: one is the city government, one is private development. The city has nothing to do with tear downs. So, we can cheer about all of the great things about Libertyville and cry that the very things that we love create the economic incentive to buy a home, tear it down and put up a mini castle. Oak Brook went through this and it changed the city to upper crust de luxe. I love the mix here but it won't last much longer. Even the postage stamp homes on Rockland, east of 4th which were the homes of the blue collar workers decades ago, are getting 6 figures for something twice the size of my garage.
Susan April 21, 2014 at 08:58 am
Tom, you appear to be the lone understander in this blog of what I have been trying to express. InRead More one sentence, you summed it up: "I love the mix here, but it won't last much longer." I've always loved the mix in Libertyville - of ages, income, new and old, open space and not. It's changing so quickly it's frightening and I loathe the thought of living in a city of upper crust de luxe. Our older kids (mid-to late 20s) had a very grounded experience here. Our two younger ones have a skewed understanding of "normal" because the village has changed so much. I still remember with such sadness the statement in some print media when whoever owned the building where "The Blue Smock" was operating kicked them out (for those not living here then, it was an interesting resale shop on Church Street for many things - clothes, furniture, books, dishes, etc.). The written statement said that The Blue Smock no longer represented Libertyville. If I was trying to deny that things were changing around here, that statement jolted me out of my delusions. And, as I type this, I hear the noise of the beautiful home being demolished......
Running55 April 21, 2014 at 11:33 am
Tom - yes they could play there without a bandshell, similar to cook park. My issue is that theRead More village should invest in a new shelter (whether it's a formal band shell or not) rather than just knock it down with no plans. Susan - I do understand your concerns but I would rather Libertyville have more tear downs and nice remodeled homes (they won't tesr down everything) rather than the village become like gurnee, grayslake, or mundelien that has a mix of old and new but no village identify and mid quality schools. I don't think there are any villages that can maintain a low housing cost and top schools and thriving downtown area. You really can't have both. You will see our town become less desirable but as a result older less maintained houses will remain or you are a top community but the costs get driven up. At the end of the day most families with two working families can afford to purchase a house in almost any city in the northern burbs, but they have to make the trade off for larger and new vs small and older with good schools. I don't think liberrtyville is keeping as many families out due to housing cost and availability but it is causing more folks to make the trade off if it's worth it.
Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, wants to see another Big Ten school in Illinois.
Greg Leonard April 3, 2014 at 07:03 am
Typical out of touch politicians. Why not address the states lack of full funding to the stateRead More university system. Even better yet why not address the issue of admissions at the univ of illinois. How about making a study or policy to have the states public Big 10 school univ of il admit only in state applicants first to fill its openings before accepting any out of state applicants? Like many big name universities today the real money is made off those out of state tuitions and to become glorious symbols of egos vs education.
JJ Hawk April 3, 2014 at 09:12 am
These guys are clueless. What a waste of time. Unless they also plan to create another major TVRead More market in Carbondale or Bloomington, good luck even getting the BIG 10 to answer a phone call. Not to mention the unofficial BIG 10 requirement that member institutes are AAU members. Wonder what buddies of these senators are being paid to be on this commission?
Sal April 3, 2014 at 05:10 pm
A school should be chosen for quality of the education received, not for being in some silly sportsRead More league. Wrong priority.
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, wants to see another Big Ten school in Illinois.
Bernard Johnson March 22, 2014 at 11:01 am
PS. The University of Wisconsin spends over $7.5 million a year on their men's basketball program;Read More the State of Illinois can't even pay physicians in Illinois treating Medicaid patients and the state's un-funded pension liabilities excess $100 billion dollars. Murphy and Connelly appear to have delved into their St. Patrick's Day libations early and hard; what else could explain such pandoring to the lowest of the common denominator? This is just another sound-bite and photo-op designed / what passes as policy here in the dire state of the State of Ilinois. Reality-checkpoint, is this about higher-education, or - bouncy-ball pandering the thugs?
Lorriane March 23, 2014 at 04:18 pm
I recommend to my teens that they go put of state and develope roots elsewhere. I don't want themRead More coming back to work in this state and have to pay for this pension mess. No thanks
Mitch Dinges March 23, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Ridiculous to even consider such a thing at the state level. The state has no business whatsoeverRead More of embarking on such a matter. These are bored lazy politicians finding nothing else to do because of a Democrat party stranglehold on the state. Why not put pressure on an inept Attorney General to investigate all the nepotism, ethical compliance, and kick-backs and lack of responsibility by our legislature at governing a very very sick state of Illinois. Fix the University of Illinois by letting taxpayers daughter and sons attend and hopefully retain them within the state rather than sending the talent back to the country they came from, or the least make it affordable to go to the politically influenced "corruptllege."
joe bean March 24, 2014 at 10:37 am
well said, martina.
Brian L. March 24, 2014 at 11:52 am
I do agree Martina, but I still will hold that those hours have become wasted, albeit in retrospectRead More only. At the time it was well spent for me trying to do something for the community but as of a few days ago all it resulted in will be a torn down building. Again, I'm not affiliated with the savebrainerd group at all so am definitely not speaking for them. Just myself as a volunteer.
Britton Shoellhorn March 30, 2014 at 09:33 pm
I grew up in Libertyville at the intersection of Douglas and Maple Ave so I was very familiar withRead More the "ins and outs" of the Brainerd building as a child. I have since gone on to college and joined the US Army. I believe that whomever is in current ownership of the building should open up discussions with the Illinois National Guard about selling the building/property as this building would make a great Armory. The building mechanics would be more that adequate to house a number of units with a variety of specializations. It also has the Indoor running track that could be used for fitness tests. I addition the drill weekends would bring a number of honorable Service Members from around your State to the area that would stimulate the weekend food,service, and retail economies. The people of Libertyville would also have the comfort of knowing that they will be there during times of natural disasters; a great example being winter storms. Just a thought, Britton C. Shoellhorn
Martina Golden March 15, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Someone figures the seniors will get enough exercise walking the extra distance from downtown toRead More their new senior center at Brainerd.
Lisa Robinson March 15, 2014 at 04:41 pm
With all the proceeds from Libertyville Days going to the senior center, I'm sure they can afford toRead More buy a dvd from those profits.
Vera Pergl-Butkovich March 16, 2014 at 08:49 am
The Libertyville Days Festival proceeds go to running the Civic Center. The Senior Center, althoughRead More housed in the Civic Center does not take money from the Civic Center. As in other communities funding for the Senior Center comes from your tax dollars. The point I was making if the Village can not afford a $15.00 item, how in the heck are they going to afford a +$14,000,000 dollar building, and please don’t say ‘with the profits from the Brainerd building’…..that money will be going in to the pockets of the people who's children want to be either on the stage or run a nursery school.
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Tom Lunde March 14, 2014 at 04:59 pm
I was just in this place about five hours ago and I didn't see this guy. I was interested in thisRead More Amish couple having some McDs burgers
Anthony P. March 15, 2014 at 09:04 am
Me: working the fryer. You: working the drive thru. You yell to me "light salt!" And imRead More immediately captivated by your mole as it stares back at me. We make sweet love on the freezer. 21 years later our McLove child is chaimed to the door of our love shack. ...forever on minimum wage because he has brains of a chimp.
Ron Rogers March 26, 2014 at 09:08 am
It's about me!!!!!!!!
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
Sean G. March 12, 2014 at 07:54 pm
Many streets don't even have sidewalks. How about we work on that first Libertyville.
gary schlesinger March 12, 2014 at 08:13 pm
that will cost a bloody fortune. let us fix the streets first. they are deplorable. then getRead More sidewalks everywhere. is the public willing to pay more taxes for more sidewalks?
Kevin M March 12, 2014 at 08:23 pm
Shoveling responsibility comes with home ownership. Completely inexcusable for some houses to makeRead More zero effort. Hire a hardworking kid for $20. Elderly who get a break on property taxes should have the option to request complimentary sidewalk shoveling. Village can make such opportunities available to service groups like Boy Scouts, Adventure Guides, church groups, individuals, etc.to volunteer to shovel those houses. Maybe village can just administer and leave the work to good souls willing to help out their community. Anyone else? You have 48 hours after snow ends to demonstrate effort to clear sidewalk. After 48 hours, village will clear it or hire contractors to clear it and bill the resident.
Rick March 7, 2014 at 07:04 am
$11 million to cannibalize a property so it no longer resembles its own self has little to do withRead More preserving heritage. Not owning the property for that money is not building for the future. The old Aldens store could have been bought and fixed up for that money leaving operating funds for years. Then again Libertyville High School and Carmel High School both have beautiful stages and auditoriums that are not used and that are often available.
Sean G. March 9, 2014 at 09:54 pm
Rick, the real cost is about 15 million after you factor in the interest. My opinion after going toRead More two of the town hall meetings and talking to neighbors is the save Brainerd group is a small vocal group. But just in case - Let your neighbors know about the vote and give them the information the save the Brainerd group has published. All of that will be enough for a no vote.
BLT March 10, 2014 at 10:11 am
This started as a project to be completed with private donations. However, the public has donatedRead More only $12,503 in donations over the last three-year period. The public has already shown their lack of support for this project, so now we forced by the village to vote on a referendum to take the money from our pockets anyway. None of the businesses, that we’ve been told have invested millions and millions of dollars in Libertyville, have come forward to help finance this. Local business owners from the downtown area are not lined up to help finance this. If the Brainerd proposal were so viable, I’m sure some would be glad to participate. Last January the Brainerd group had collected enough signatures to but the question to voters at the election last spring. At that time they thought the building cost would be $3.5 Million. The referendum question for which they collected signatures would simply have asked residents whether the taxpayers of the Village should pay for the renovation. This referendum is and entirely different picture, and the original signatures are not relevant. We’ve been told that the referendum is not binding, and that feasibility studies will need to be conducted to make a final decision. Feasibility studies are not free, and they will come from the general funds. We have been forced to vote on a referendum based on no concrete information. Do you really think that the village, after not exercising their responsibility to keep this from moving to a referendum, will actually decide not to proceed if the referendum is passed? Let’s not kid ourselves; this project is another sports complex. A pig, by any other name, still smells just as bad. It will be a drain on the community for years to come, not a revenue-producing asset. This is simply an old building, not a historic landmark. Historic landmarks are places where historic events occurred, or represent unique architectural achievements that should be preserved. The Brainerd is neither of these, and never will be. Vote NO…
Margaret McCarthy March 11, 2014 at 08:46 am
Bravo, BLT!
Mick Garrison March 11, 2014 at 09:32 am
No one seems to mention that even if the referendum is passed, the Village Board is not obligated toRead More move forward on the project. Mayor Weppler made this very clear in each of the town all meetings. If the referendum passes, the Village Board would do its' due diligence. There are so many "ifs" that could be answered. My earlier comment about consolidating Village venues, moving those activities to the Brianerd Center and selling some of those properties deserves to be considered. A thorough review of building usage might yield some savings for the Village and help in future planning. Any comments?
BLT March 11, 2014 at 09:42 am
This issue should never have been made a referendum to begin with, given not only the weakness ofRead More the revenue and cost numbers, lack of any contractual commitments, but also that the signatures obtained to request the referendum were a year ago, thinking the project would cost a fourth of where it is today. Do we think that after not acting to stop a referendum, the board will refuse to go forward with the project if this passes? Not likely.