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I got this email today.  I get so sick of this place sometimes, for all the corruption and having to pay for the privilege of living in such a corrupted place.  And no, you can’t “just move!”

I’ve known people who think property tax issues don’t apply to renters, and I wanted to address that. 

Whoever owns the property has to pay the property tax, so if you are renting, your landlord has to pay those taxes, and he will just raise your rent to defray those costs and still keep his profit margin.  So property tax issues most certainly do apply to renters, as well. 

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You’ve heard the old saying “Home is where the heart is.”
For many middle-class families in Illinois, however, home is where the hurt is. That’s because Illinois now has the highest property taxes in the nation.
Our median property-tax rate is more than twice the national median rate. We’ve reached a point where some Illinois homeowners pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgages.
All of this begs the question: Why are property taxes so high?
Because Illinois has more taxing bodies than any other state in the country.
In fact, Illinois has nearly 7,000 of them – that’s 1,800 more than the next-highest state, Texas. Many of these units of local government are overlapping and duplicative. They contribute to Illinois’ growing debt, waste and corruption.
It’s time for this to change.
That’s why we’re leading the charge to consolidate these duplicative layers of government and give homeowners the property-tax relief they deserve.
Will you join us today?

Your gift of $15, $35 or $50 to the Illinois Policy Institute will help Illinois homeowners take back control of our property taxes.
We can’t do it without you.


Kristina Rasmussen
President and Chief Operating Officer

Illinois Policy · 190 S. LaSalle St. · Suite 1500 · Chicago, IL 60603 · USA

Headlines and Gun Laws

This was the headline:

Chicago homicides drop to lowest level since 1965

the city’s Police Department said Wednesday that in 2013 the city recorded the fewest killings since 1965 and saw its overall crime rate fall to level not seen since 1972.

and this was the note I made on it:

Wait for it …
must have been an overturn in the gun ban laws … .

A few days later I saw this article:

Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules

In that article I found this paragraph:

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s long-standing gun ban. And last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the only state that still banned the practice. The resulting state law largely stripped city and officials of surrounding Cook County of their authority to regulate guns, which especially irked officials in Chicago, where residents had to apply for concealed-carry permits through the police chief.

So let’s see.  The first article stated:

The year (2013) did not start promisingly, with more than 40 homicides recorded in January, […] But the rate slowed considerably after that, and by the end of the year the city had recorded 415 homicides, 88 fewer than in 2012 and 20 fewer than in 2011.

When you link in this part from the 2nd article:

last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons in Illinois

and put 2 and 2 together, well you can start to see the pattern, can’t you?  It is clear what happened last year that caused the homicide rate to slow considerably.

Ever since I’ve been following Dr John Lott I’ve seen this pattern repeated all over the place.  I saw it after the gun law battle in Washington DC, and I’ve been watching it here in Chicago.  It is a verifiable, undeniable fact that when people are allowed to carry guns, crime goes down. 

There is no need for “dialogue” on this anymore, no need to “have a conversation” about this anymore.  The facts are in, the time for talking is done.  The 2nd Amendment works, it always has, and now it’s for the government to sit down, shut up, and let the people arm themselves. 

Even the Detroit police chief realizes that now.

Detroit police chief James Craig says more citizens should be armed

Oh, and for the record, as long as people are going to send their children off to public schools, it ought to be standard practice that all teachers are armed and certified in gun/target training.  Anyone that you entrust your children to ought to be able to protect them.

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Merry Fitzmas!

Saw this over on Backyard Conservative, and it’s just too good not to pass along!

 

John McHugh of Green Oaks writes (to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"):

Wake up, old Rod Blagojevich, the Feds just rang your bell.
Just step outside … and take a ride … no time for extra gel.
They heard the tape … there’s no mistake …
This state’s half-way to Hell.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, save Illinois! Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

How could you, Rod Blagojevich? This really has me beat.
It wasn’t nice … to put a price …. on that there Senate seat
The way you threatened Wrigley Field
How can the Cubs compete?
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, save Illinois! Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

Get real there, Rod Blagojevich, you’re much too smart a man
Remember what this state has done to Otto, George and Dan.
If Durbin doesn’t write a note
You’ll join them in the can.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, save Illinois! Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

 

Mike Stawarski writes:
The Night Before Fitzmas

‘Twas the night before Fitzmas, all still at Rod’s house
While the Feds vetted transcripts: “That Blago’s a louse”.
A Senate seat’s empty, the temptation is great
To use the advantage and change Blago’s fate.

Rod’s plotting and scheming were thick in the air,
And Patti’s encouragement hung like a dare.
With Rezko convicted and Wyma on tape
Rod sensed a pressure he could not escape.

The dollar signs danced around in their heads,
With visions of firings for those who write ed’s.
And Patti in the kitchen and Rod in the den,
Had begun financial planning for 2010.

More rapid than eagles his ideas they came,
And he cursed and he shouted. His mind was aflame.
“Now, Tribune! Now, Cubbies! Now, Obama and pols!
This seat’s up for sale – for anyone…except moles.

“You’ll put up the money! You’ll pay, then you’ll play!
And meet me on my terms or I’ll snatch it away!”
After ranting and spinning, he twirled through the air.
(He then glanced at Patti, and asked ‘How’s my hair?’)

The Feds through the wire couldn’t believe what they’d heard.
Screwing sick kids for money – that’s just too absurd!
By selling the seat for the highest bid one would pay,
Rod fashioned a political form of e-Bay.

But Fitzgerald was ready – a warrant he swore,
The next morning, a phone call, a knock at the door.
“You’re joking!” Rod opined. “My conscience is clear!
They’ll love me again, from Troy to Kildeer!”

But the cuffs, they clicked soundly, and as he drove out of sight,
Illinoisians, they nodded – the Feds got it right.

(Trib cartoon)

He didn’t know. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

(h/t Backyard Conservative)

No Change in Obama’s Illinois

It’s not a secret that I have my own issues with Chicago, and while searching for other blogs to read on that topic, I stumbled across this one.  I love this guy.  He’d probably hate the posts I have going on my regular blog, but the things he says about Obama and Chicago are dead on.  And he knows because he lives near Obama’s district from when he was in IL politics.  Ray knows his stuff, and he tells it like it is.

Chicago politics are a joke.  A very sick, corrupt joke, and a vote for Obama is to put that same sickness and corruption in the White House. 

 

MURDER CAPITAL USA: 426 DEAD IN CHICAGO THIS YEAR….WHERE IS CODE PINK TO PROTEST THIS VIOLENCE?

from Chicagoans Against Obama by Ray

Honestly…where are the left-wing peace activists?….

Why don’t they care about the tragic violence that is occurring on the streets of Chicago…

Is trying to save Chicago not as cool as saving Darfur?

Are minorities being slain in Chicago, less important than those being slain in the Middle East?

The fact is…..Chicago’s murder rate is far out-pacing the number of US casualties in Iraq…

As of October 24th… Chicago has had 426 murders this year…..Iraq has seen 280 American casualties over the same period of time…(By comparison….New York..a city with 6 million more residents…has had 417…and LA…with about a million more people…has had 302…)

At this point…calling Obama inexperienced, naive, arrogant, insecure, socialist, liberal, etc..et al…is RACIST….

As is mentioning his relationships/friendships/associations with Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Wright, Father Pfleger, and ACORN….

But…I can guarantee you one thing……one thing that is not racist to discuss, or point out….the brutal, and too often ignored violence of minorities on Chicago’s South and West side…

Brutal violence that occurred in the 13th district which Obama once oversaw as a State Senator…..and Brutal violence that Obama continues to ignore, and not discuss, as he knows it will not help his campaign narrative/lie of change……

Barack Obama did not change anything here in Chicago….violence, corruption, religious zealotry, drug abuse, and political malpractice have been common place in Chicago for 77 years……and still are today..

A strong unique leader…..a true change agent…would have spoken out against the vast ills of this city….

Unfortunately…a strong unique leader…Barack Obama is not…..

But, he is a pretty good sales guy…

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