Sunday, December 09, 2018

Illinois and Westchester County's Credit Downgrade

Illinois Democrats may think they "control things" now but they're going to have to contend with the impact of caps on the State and Local Taxes deduction.  SALT may well explain loss of Congressional seats but now local towns are going feel the heat from property tax bills.

From Bloomberg on Westchester County's downgrade,
The average property-tax bill in the county last year was $17,179, the highest in the the U.S., according to a report by Attom Data Solutions. The federal tax law changes set a $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local levies and capped the mortgage-interest deduction to loans of $750,000.

There are some signs that high property taxes and the federal shift are having an impact.
The median price of single family homes in the county dipped to $675,000 in the third-quarter of 2018, a 3.6 percent decline from the previous quarter, according to an October 11 report by Miller Samuel Inc. and and Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Luxury homes prices fell even more, with a 6.4 percent decline to $2.1 million.

President Barack Obama Endorses Emmanuel Macron For French President: 'V...

Probably wishes he didn't record this one.

Friday, November 30, 2018

14th Ward Construction


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ukraine marks 85th anniversary of the Stalin-era famine aka Holodomor


Friday, November 23, 2018

A parth for Illinois's GOP

Michael Barone notes this GOP inroad into peeling away votes from Democrats
Florida was even closer, with Republican Ron DeSantis beating Gillum 49.6% to 49.2%. The reason, according to The Madison Institute's William Mattox, writing in the Wall Street Journal: "school choice." Florida has more than 650 charter schools and helps fund 100,000 kids' private school scholarships; most beneficiaries are black or Hispanic.
Gillum, endorsed by teacher unions, promised to cut these programs back; DeSantis backed them. As Mattox pointed out, the CNN exit poll showed an unusually high 18% of black women, as well as 44% of Hispanics, voting for the Republican. School-choice parents almost surely made the difference between victory and defeat.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mission to Moscow (1943) - Pro-Stalin propaganda made in Hollywood





From IMD,



"Mission to Moscow" was made at the behest of F.D.R. in order to garner more support for the Soviet Union during WWII. It was from the book by Joseph E. Davies, former U.S. Ambassador To Russia. The movie covers the political machinations in Moscow just before the start of the war and presents Stalin's Russia in a very favorable light. So much so, that the movie was cited years later by the House Un-American Activities Commission and was largely responsible for the screenwriter, Howard Koch being Blacklisted.

After World War I (1/2) | DW Documentary (WW1 documentary)





The War didn't end in 1918. DW shows the next decade.

Lance Morrow: The Presbyterian Minister’s Son

City Journal piece on IMO one of our oddest Presidents.

Monday, November 19, 2018

ActivStyle drops out of Illinois Medicaid | HME News

ActivStyle drops out of Illinois Medicaid | HME News

House Bill 5930 would prohibit supply companies from being paid less than 10% below Medicaid fee-for-service rates by MCOs. Devin told Crain’s Chicago if ActivStyle needs to be the “sacrificial lamb” to move the bill forward, “it’s a worthy cause.”

I have a hard time believing a Bill like HB 5930 goes forward in the coming budget environment. Feel free to comment how I'm wrong.

Conservative Republican Lawmaker Jeanne Ives 11-18-18

Conservative Republican Lawmaker Jeanne Ives 11-18-18: Outspoken conservative Jeanne Ives joins Craig Dellimore to discuss what went wrong for Illinois Republicans in the midterms, her predictions for what will happen between Democratic Governor JB Pritzker and the General Assembly, and her call for new Republican leadership in the state.

Friday, November 16, 2018

AdvocateAuroraHealth's Health Tech Venture Challenge

I think of myself as an Idea Hamster but sadly go blank on challenges like this,
Reimagine primary care Technology has opened the door to new possibilities for primary care. Advocate Aurora Health has partnered with MATTER to inspire, explore and source novel solutions that: Increase access to care. Provide innovative digital and virtual options to extend care beyond office-based primary care visits — allowing patients to get care where they are and exactly when they need it. Improve the patient experience. Empower consumers to take an active role in managing their own health through educational and consumer engagement tools. Reduce the overall cost of care. Decrease the time providers spend on administrative work, enabling them to spend more time where it matters most: with patients.
A wise Exec once told me he succeeded by pointing out the painfully obvious. My guess is the new possibilities obvious too and maybe not so painful.