Monday, July 31, 2017

The Daily Line: Most (Illinois) legislators aren’t aware that CPS finances are in Grade A, emergency meltdown

Two points worth noting from Mike Fourcher's The Daily Line.  I worked for a guy who told me his job was pointing out the painfully obvious.  Mike's doing that here and the shockingly obvious thing here is the blindness of many Illinois Legislatures.

3. Most legislators aren’t aware that CPS finances are in Grade A, emergency meltdownIn off the record conversations with a dozen or so non-Chicago legislators this past week, all knew that CPS was in financial trouble, but few comprehended the true magnitude of the problem. More than a few eyes popped when I said that without state help or a significant property tax increase, CPS was looking at a nearly $1 billion operating deficit. 
4. Non-Chicago legislators think Chicago needs to start raising its own taxesEven knowing how big Chicago schools’ money problems were, non-Chicago legislators, Democratic and Republican alike, seem to agree that the city needs to start raising its own property taxes. Most knew Chicago’s TIFs were diverting a large portion of property tax revenue for schools and that Chicago has kept property taxes lower than other parts of the state. In their minds, Chicago should be solving its own problems. The city’s internal TIF struggles and fights about equitable property assessment are entirely irrelevant to them as they look at Chicago’s tremendous property wealth in comparison to the rest of the state.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Chicago Massacre; Closed Schools and Guaranteed Poverty - VLOG EP. 4


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Brits in Raqqa Syria

Dunkirk's Mark Rylance from Milwaukee

I saw Dunkirk yesterday at the big screen at Elgin Marcus Theater (that's a must if you see it). Looked up the actor who plays the civilian skipper who took his ship to evacuate troops and discovered he's from Milwaukee. Former Wisconsinite Mark Rylance wins Tony for 'Twelfth Night' More on the movie later but it's five stars from me. A "guy" film, but still five stars.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Footage from dead foreign #ISIS fighter's phone shows them shooting at civilians and laughing during the killing within #Mosul

The six renegade Democrats: Connor, Costello, Moylan, Mussman, Stuart, Yingling

Here are the six Democrats who broke with Madigan and joined Governor Rauner on his veto of a 32% tax hike.  At least we could frame the narrative that way but few seem inclined to do so.  Instead these six slide under everyone's radar about.

That's Madigan's plan of course and we shouldn't let him get away with it.