Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
State legislature may consider whether to move to a graduated income tax rate, meaning those who earn more would pay more.
Did the tax man take a big bite out of your wallet this month? With tax season almost behind us, let's take a look at an issue before the state legislature — should Illinois switch from a flat income tax rate to a graduated rate? The last year Illinoisans escaped paying income tax to the state was 1969. Just seven states still collect no income tax. Thirty-four states use the graduated income tax system, while eight others join Illinois in imposing one rate on all. Our friends at Reboot Illinois put together a graphic look at various aspects of the flat tax vs. graduated tax debate, excerpted here on Patch. Check out the full graphic at RebootIllinois.com. Want to know more? This article is posted throughout the Chicago-area Patch network…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Check out the top 10 rated shopping destinations in Libertyville, based on Yelp reviews. Did your neighbors get it right?
Websites like Yelp have empowered the everyday customer to become their local neighborhood's critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. So what do your neighbors have to say on Yelp? Based on Yelp's highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 shopping destinations in Libertyville. Related: Yelp's Top 10 Restaurants in Libertyville: Do You Agree? Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp top 10 list? Let us know in the comments' section.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Are you paying more for child care in Libertyville than you have in the past?
The cost of child care has risen dramatically over the last 25 years according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. According to the report, child care costs have nearly doubled since 1986. The average weekly child care payment for a family with children under the age of 15 and a mother who works full-time is $148. Those numbers rise to $179 per week for those with children under the age of 5. Most families choose to have a relative care for their child, with about 42 percent of kids under the care of a grandparent or other relative. More than 32 percent of families opt for an organized care facility like day care or preschool, the Census Bureau reports. Have something to say about local daycare centers? Share your reviews through the Patch …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Wheeling resident Danni Allen was declared the winner of NBC's reality show Monday night.
Wheeling resident Danni Allen shed 121 pounds during her participation on The Biggest Loser, earning her $250,000. Allen was declared the show's winner during a live finale on NBC. Fans gathered at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, where Allen tends bar, to cheer her on. The winner of the show's 14th season, Allen began the contest at 258 pounds. She weighed in Monday night at 137. "Down to the final round of the show she has inspired thousands, if not millions of people with her life, story, and triumphs on the show," Eric Pelletier wrote Friday on Patch. Allen, 26, is a graduate of Mundelein High School, according to the Daily Herald.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In recognition of March 14 being National Pi Day, Patch wants to know where to get the best slice in Libertyville—and yes, pizza counts!
March 14 is unofficial holiday known as National Pi Day because the numbers in the month and date correspond with the first three digits of π (3.14), according to timeanddate.com. Pi is a name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter, meaning for any circle you can divide the circumference by the diameter and always get exactly the same number, which is approximately 3.14159, according to math.com. By the way, March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Wonder if he had a favorite type of pie—apple, cherry, pizza? Tell Us: Who's got the best pie in Libertyville? Got a great recipe? Share it in the comments!
Patrons of the Cook Memorial Library District are invited to participate in a technology needs survey through March 24.
Do you have an opinion or suggestion for how to improve technology at Cook Memorial Library? Let them hear it! Through March 24, the library is conducting a brief on-line survey to measure patrons’ technology needs, which will help the library board identify priorities for the 2013–14 budget. To take the survey, go to www.cooklib.org or click on the survey link above. The Cook Memorial Library District includes the Apsen Drive Library in Vernon Hills and Cook Park Library in Libertyville.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Were you satisfied with the village's services? Or do you think there's room for improvement?
Tuesday's snow storm dumped a good half-foot or more of the white stuff across the region, which resulted in an old-fashioned "snow day" for many. While residents were digging out their vehicles, driveways and sidewalks, village plows were working to clear the roadways. Patch wants to know how you rate the snow removal service of your village. Take our poll and share your comments. Related: Snow Blower Etiquette in Libertyville: What Times of Day Are Appropriate to Snow Blow? 5 Snow Games to Rid the Winter Blues in Libertyville
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Snow blowers are extremely helpful after a big storm, but they can also be very noisy. How late is too late and how early is too early to use the machines?
With snowfalls averaging 1 to 2 inches per hour Tuesday, Libertyville residents will likely be using their snow blowers over the next couple days. Patch wants to know: How late is too late to snow blow your property and how early is too early? We posed the “snow blower etiquette” question to our Facebook fans Monday and here’s what residents had to say: Off by 10, not on before 6 work day, 9 weekend seems reasonable to me... Eh, I tend to give people a break on this. I assume people snowblow when they can. A snow plow is more likely to wake me up, but still it must be done. Anyone who is willing to clear my driveway can do so WHENEVER THEY WANT! I guess it doesn't matter if you help your neighbors. What do you think? Should people be …
In a surprising move, Comcast has now increased their blast package from 25 mbps to 50 mbps at no additional cost. I know, right?
Call me skeptical. But according to a Comcast spokesperson, customers with the Internet "Blast!" package will now have double the speed, from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps. For those that aren't in the know, that's a lot of extra horsepower. "The changes will go into effect [around March 4]," said Comcast Corporate Communications Director Angelynne Amores. With the extra speed, you could download a 1 gigabyte file in about 3 to 4 minutes. Customers will not incur any cost for the added speeds. Specifically, the "Blast!" plan is increasing download speeds from up to 25 Mbps to speeds up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds from up to 4 Mbps to up to 10 Mbps, while "Extreme" 50 customers will receive download speeds up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps) and …