Enlightening Commentary

Take Your Medicine

Posted on October 28, 2015

PoisonIt was quite the banner day in Chicago in terms of confiscation and giveaways. First up, “Mayor Rahm Emanuel, aldermen ask taxpayers ‘to take medicine’ to cure ‘municipal illness’“:

After weeks of discussion, debate and flat-out complaining by some, Ald. Patrick O’Connor told his colleagues it finally was time for Chicago to face up to its woeful condition. O’Connor, an alderman since 1983, said decades of financial mismanagement had brought them to the point where approving a budget stacked with $755 million in new taxes and fees was the lone remaining option.

“Nobody wants to be told you’re sick, you need to take medicine. You need chemo. You need an operation. This is an equivalent of a municipal illness,” said O’Connor, 40th. “We don’t have an option of saying, ‘No.’ We have the option of picking our choices to stay alive.”

A breakdown of the new taxes and fees shows:

  • $543MM property tax for police and fire pensions
  • $45MM property tax hike for school construction
  • $62MM in new garbage pickup fees
  • $48MM in taxi and ride-share fare and fee hikes
  • $40MM in new taxes on streaming services and cloud businesses
  • $13MM in more expensive building permit fees
  • $2MM to remove vehicle boots
  • $1MM in e-cigarette taxes

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ledger, a breakdown of accompanying cuts shows:

  • $0

We’re going to speculate that none of the above figures will be anywhere close to the actual returns and that another round of hikes will be needed to make up for the shortfall.

Speaking of shortfall, these same idiots approved the leasing of prime lakefront property (for $10) for a ‘museum’ to display a mediocre-at-best director’s toy collection:

“Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed 300,000-square-foot museum to house his trove of art and movie memorabilia on the shore of Lake Michigan cleared its final major city hurdle Wednesday as the Chicago City Council voting to approve zoning for the project.

City approval of the Lucas museum seemed all but ordained, given the strong support Emanuel has thrown behind the concept and the fact aldermen are loath to draw the mayor’s ire by opposing projects he has made a high priority.

This sort of fanboi crap usually works best as a temporary exhibit in LA or Vegas, not in a permanent salt pile/circus tent on the lake.

Yub nub!

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. Mr. Scotie October 28, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    The City of Chicago manages money like my ex-wife.

    • DMS October 29, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Justification for spending $500.00 at Kohl’s and getting $50.00 in Kohl’s cash and thinking they got a screaming deal.
      My Ex was as bad as the City. Spend spend spend, I need more money.

  2. jay October 29, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Illinois, the shithole that has one of the highest tax rates in the country and the lowest debt rating. There is no end to this trash. Blame the taxpayers or the acum who produces nothing for society but a burden. Good ole Illinois. Wish i could leave.

  3. scooter46 October 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I guess asking the government and their cronies to take the medicine is out of the question?

  4. Joseph October 29, 2015 at 10:31 am

    i like how the people who were responsible for the corruption get paid by the tax increase…what a city! Its almost as bad as the federal government…well not that bad:)

    • Parker October 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

      It’s worse….you can still find places well off the radar where the fed impact is pretty minimal…..i can’t see that working inside the city limits.

  5. The Bible has the Answer October 29, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Hey, webmaster, what happened to my earlier post? Seriously?

  6. Parker October 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I usually think Konkol is a complete jackass, but he nailed it with the Goodfelllas analogy.

  7. FormerChicagoin October 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Vote with your feet. If you can, leave before the Chicgo death spiral tightens. How much longer can citizens put up and pay for this chicanery. As the article says more money from the productive to the unproductive. People, your feeding the weeds.

    • Mike Madigan October 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      I think you mean Illinois, not Chicongo.

  8. The Bible has the Answer October 29, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    The State of Illinois known as the “Land of Lincoln” should read what the illustrious and honest man Abe Lincoln had to say about what is happening over 150 years ago. here is the quote.

    Government, possessing the power to create and issue currency and credit as money and enjoying the right to withdraw both currency and credit from circulation by taxation and otherwise, need not and should not borrow capital at interest as a means of financing government work and public enterprises. “Honest” Abe Lincoln

  9. The Bible has the Answer October 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Here is one that will drive the liberal give away fools in office a run for their, I mean others money!

    Within the covers of the Bible are the Answers for all the problems men face.
    Ronald Regan

    • Citycop October 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Love me some Ronnie Reagan. I miss him. I miss the 80s too. Except the whole pantyhose and unshaven beaver thing. Everything else was great.

  10. Frank Rizzo October 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Flew into Midway last week, as I exited the aircraft a Southwest employee said to me, ” Welcome to Detroit . That’s about right!

    • Mike Madigan October 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      More like Greece

  11. JohnGslt October 29, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Why worry. Rahmbo just announced he’ll run for a third term to fix all Chicongo’s fiscal problems. One thing is certain… murder rates will rise.

  12. erica_wilhelm@yahoo.com October 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    If you guys and gals are tired and scared THEN STAND UP. I’m tired of hearing so many pussy comments. This is a beautiful place and has massive potential.

    • Joseph starr October 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Go to south chicago between 10 pm and 2 am and walk through the niehborhoods and im sure some civic minded individuals will give you a lesson i. “Potential”

      • jay November 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        Haha, the sjw whites that blame their own for this mess.

  13. Brock Obamson October 29, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    In the mean time Baltimore is schooling Chi Town, they just had a shooting at the vigil from another shooting. Can’t make that stuff up.

    • JohnGslt October 30, 2015 at 2:36 am

      Baltimort… another Democrat run town where NGW.

      • James M October 30, 2015 at 9:38 am

        Dem or Rep its Blacks doing the shooting. Your living in a fantasy world.

        • jay November 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm

          What? The news and the pos priest are all over tv blaming the law abiding white taxpayers. How can that be? How?

  14. Fr. Marquette October 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Why is there a $45 M tax for new construction? Chiraq is not as Detroit where 96% cannot read English….perhaps we need new IPADs for everyone to play games, study porn and watch movies.

  15. bobdog October 30, 2015 at 6:08 am

    What the city council claims they will do with the extra revenue is different that what they will actually do with it. Like the state’s 66% tax increase, almost all of this newfound revenue will be funneled to the city’s unfunded pension liabilities. As usual.

    Gee. When does the Teachers’ Union contract expire again?

  16. Zeke October 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    It’s really crazy that when one of the same people who “managed” the city into its crisis is carping about the mess he helped create. Rahmster should remove his hamster and dance on the lakefront for loose change.

    • Cecil October 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Now that is funny!

  17. Bonjo October 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Tried to Google, but found nothing. Just curious, being an ex Flatlander, retired up here in Cheeseland. Is the Illinois Lottery still working on IOU’S?

    • Mike Madigan October 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      If over $600 it is. Now the legislators are complaining that people are going to Indiana and Missouri for lottery tickets.

    • jay November 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      But they lie and say its for the schools or kids right? Yea, a broken gambling system in a broken state benefita the schools so its all gold taking the gambling addicts money. IL the most corrupt state

  18. Frog October 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    If someone in the Mayor’s office would just apologize for the mismanagement, everyone would feel better. An apology always fixes what is wrong … that’s what the national trend seems to be. What foolishness we find ourselves surrounded by…

  19. Mike Madigan October 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Zillow ranks Chicago as #6 best cities for Halloween. Based on Candy Received and least walking and safety risks. Sounds like they have been drinking Rahms Cool aid.


    I guess the 9mm, and 45 acp passed out in Englewood, Austin, and Garfield Park aren’t factored into their figures.

  20. Frank Rizzo October 30, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Rahm should just ban index fingers to reduce gun violence!

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