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George Fabyan July 22, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Stop being a Profit Center and start using your money to be the change you want to see
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 08:32 pm
"What the govt is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.Read More It's not good at much else" Tom Clancy,.
Bill Gnech July 23, 2014 at 12:05 am
Sign the Term Limit petition in Arlington Heights. Must be registered voter.
Fewer voters than ever think their Congressional Representative deserves reelection. It's up to you to change it!
George Fabyan July 22, 2014 at 05:59 pm
We have enough old farts in office. We need someone young and energetic, not old and boring.
Mike July 22, 2014 at 06:52 pm
An old-school Madison, WI liberal? Uh, I'll pass, thanks.
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Barry and Michelle aren't planning on coming back to ILLAnnoy; they're buying a multi-million dollarRead More estate in a gated community in Rancho Mirage. They be'z down with the everyday peoples!
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Bill and Hill are po peoples.
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Bill and Hill be po peoples
Rich Mallen July 21, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Rick Johnson July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
Jamie, Your response was very well articulated and researched, however I'm not sure the type of taxRead More reform I'm eluding to should be thought of as "stooping". Are their countless loop holes and special deals in place to lower the effective tax rate for companies like Walgreen, encouraging them to keep their jobs and revenue in our state? Absolutely. But that is precisely the problem. Special deals have to be made because our corporate rate is so high. Roughly 70% of the jobs in our country come from small businesses. These same small businesses aren't afforded the special deals received by companies like Abbott, Cat or Walgreen, making it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. Here's the bottom line, it is the responsibility of the CEO and their Board to improve their bottom line and grow their business - growth that is vital for our communities. The trickle down effect of new jobs and subsequent tax dollars feed into things like better education for our kids and lower healthcare costs for our families. But until we decide to actually do something to encourage this growth, we'll continue to see our communities suffer.
Jamie July 22, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Rick, I guess I could have used a better term than stoop, but corporations keep whipsawing statesRead More against each other and now even the US vs. other nations. A line needs to be drawn to say that corporations that want to operate in the US need to abide by a certain standard that is fair for all. If we compare our tax rate to Switzerland for example, we are ignoring the fact that they do not have a comparable military that we have that preserves democracy and capitalism for our nation and many others. However, I do understand that you were referring more so to small business owners, but Walgreens for example competes with small business owners such as ma & pa pharmacies which I cannot even think of any off hand and ma & pa convenience stores. Those tax breaks that Walgreens (just one company out of many that are exploiting inversion) are receiving are used as an unfair advantage against ma & pa stores who in turn want tax breaks as well. Then the downward spiral continues. Eventually government (local, state, fed) bills need to be paid. I am a fiscal-conservative, social-liberal which may be necessary to disclose my next point. Trickle Down Economics is often cited for many reasons, but usually only translates to tax breaks for Big Corporations which are job killers rather than creators over the long-term. The rhetorical dialogue needs to be changed or updated to emphasize the needs that you are talking about. Which means in my opinion holding those candidates who defend Trickle Down Economics accountable for its exploitation and failures and ask how they might improve it. Since the Reagan era, the nominal tax rate has fallen, and yet still net high paying jobs has fallen since then. Yet we somehow the US did not collapse when the top tax bracket was at 90% during or prior to the Kennedy era. I do understand that the economy has gotten globally competitive since the 90% tax bracket and that the technological advances have changed the economic landscape since Reagan so it is not a simple fix. Yet, our tax system has not absorbed those technological changes nor has it addressed all the unfair (my opinion) trade agreements with other nations. We got to re-examine the same political rhetorical dialogue when our candidates keep regurgitating their campaign agendas. Thanks for your compliments on my articulation. I try. I feel it is better to be respectful than to insult opposing views. However, I think we are on the same page for the most part.
Divers prepare to go into the water in Naperville on July 19 to rescue two people whose car went into the water. | Credit: Northern Illinois Fireground Photos
Donald Ramsell July 19, 2014 at 02:02 pm
It is highly unlikely that the blood and urine tests that were presumably sent to the police labRead More have even been tested yet. Further, any tests at the hospital are considered of little value, and even the hospital would admit that they are non-confirmatory.
Arthur Dietrich July 20, 2014 at 07:41 am
The Daily Herald reports Szot was co-president of SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions,Read More and helped plan Red Ribbon Week, which typically encourages students to be drug- and alcohol-free.
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Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Programmer Corner July 22, 2014 at 04:45 pm
But Cindy, should we jail adults who choose to use it? Why?
Smarty McSmartypants July 22, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Cindy, for gosh sakes, do be a dear and put a cork in your empty blow hole sweety. And to others:Read More please don't feed the troll.
Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
The amendments the House is passing to not penalize banks who do business with legal medical andRead More recreational pot dispensaries, and also to prohibit the DEA from interfering with state marijuana laws is all really good news! This is a step in the right direction allowing the people of their home state to be a real voice in what kind of society they wish to live in. Now that is real freedom! We'll have to see how the Senate handles it.
Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
Mike Fangman July 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Excuse me, Independence666, but I'm going to have to ask you to extinguish your burning cross.
Chicago Police at the scene of a Friday morning shooting  on East 43rd Street. | Screenshot via the Red Line Project Storify.
Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
This week Randy Hultgren once again aligned  himself with the far right wing of his party with his “No” vote to save highway construction jobs.
Susan glad anderson July 19, 2014 at 08:08 am
Mike/Gerard - are you really prepared for another recession, because that is what could come withRead More the shock to the economy with the loss of some 700,000 construction jobs and the many more hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs that support these highway jobs. Remember that there are engineers who plan the projects, dozens of suppliers who provide the materials, truckers who move the materials and the millions of dollars lost to the communities along the way by each of these groups of people who now have much less money to spend in their communities. Plus, you have to pay the now unemployed workers unemployment insurance and perhaps other social safety net benefits! I find your thinking short sighted and if every one felt this way our road, schools and communities would be in ruins.
Sandy July 19, 2014 at 10:08 am
And let's not forget the safety factor here. Gerald & Mike -- you know who to blame now if youRead More blow a tire or get tossed of your motorcycle in a huge pot hole. Personally, I think Randy just wants to keep up his nearly perfect ranking with the Heritage Foundation -- probably gets more Koch money that way.
Walt Hines July 19, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Gerald, I'd like to know what has been stolen from road work?......Sandy and Susan, come on now youRead More know they'll just outsource these jobs to China! LOL Baaahaaaaa. We'll just let the suits do their jobs. Maybe Randy will pitch in and spread the asphalt that reaches inexcess of 120 degrees on a cool day. We'll throw him out there when it's 95 and 100% humidity, he'll survive just fine! LOL Baaaahaaaaa. Hey Randy, there's 3 bridges that have been closed in Illinois because they're falling down, remember those. How about the school bus that was on one when it happened, remember that one, thought you did. I can't wait until the next big accident due to road conditions and it's all a matter of time. Hopefully it won't involve the family of some of these posters on here. These roads were not made to last forever. We live in Northern Illinois and have harsh weather. This past winter took a major hit to most of them and they're only going to get worse. We'll either spend the money now or will spend 3x's the amount later, hhmmm now there's something to ponder...... Want to stop spending and cut cost, start with the politicians pensions.... that will never happen. No I'd rather have the half ass roads that they have in the south and they have no winters to speak of....... Ladies you're spot on, it's the middle class that's keeping us a float and it's not looking good one damn bit! But hey we're saving money, Baahaaaaaaaa!
Andrew Chin. (Patch file photo.)
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Jesse Vega in his booking mug and on Wednesday afternoon in the back seat of an Elgin police car after his capture.
Just Sayin July 17, 2014 at 03:54 pm
ATTENTION PATCH EDITOR ET AL.... This fellow Louis Fasullo needs to be reported to localRead More authorities. His comment is not only highly confused...but also borders on a confession of sorts. Check into his ISP address...and contact appropriate persons.
sophia July 18, 2014 at 08:19 pm
jesse's lips look like he enjoys servicing men in prison!
Hater July 19, 2014 at 02:21 am
Guy seams totally stable. http://louisfasullo.blogspot.com/?m=1Read More http://dockets.justia.com/search?query=Louis+Fasullo I wonder wtf he's suing dc comics for?
Ryan July 17, 2014 at 09:37 am
Illinois Government: Too Big to Fail. ...or even be reformed a tiny bit.
Independence666 July 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Illinois is a joke!!
Seer_ July 17, 2014 at 02:55 pm
That's okay- the broke-assed State of Ill is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
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Grumpy Old Man July 17, 2014 at 03:51 pm
We hearken back to a conversation we had long ago. I agree with the targeted and temporary tariffRead More which allowed HD to get back on its feet and thrive. I tend to agree with you that as far as schools are concerned the primary focus needs to be on the teachers and the quality of education they produce as measured by the success of the students and budgets which allow the teachers to do their jobs.
Fred Savage July 17, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Sure..more money from our $17 trillion in debt Fed will fix everything. It's free money!
oldschool July 17, 2014 at 09:25 pm
I hope everyone who reads this knows that administrators negotiate their contracts with the schoolRead More board of their districts. Nothing to do with the teacher union, however they are part of the teacher retirement system. The other thing everyone should realize is that many of these superintendents come back as "consultants" to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars per year. I have been teaching for 30 years, every teacher I know would agree that there needs to be a cap on this type of retirement gouge. I could write a book about the waste in schools, all of it as the result of administrators trying to justifying their existence. G.O.M (above), you nailed it. Get rid of the federal department of education and the state department of education. What they do in no way makes me a better teacher!!
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