Governor Pritzker’s proposed graduated income tax which he calls a “fair tax” is deception at a level which is even horrible by Illinois corrupt standards. Under his proposed rates the average person would get a very modest tax decrease. Only one problem, there is nothing to stop the tax and spend politicians in Springfield from raising the rates the next year. One reason Illinois is in such bad shape is the 3% increase in state pensions each year guaranteed by the Illinois Constitution. Unless the Governor’s income tax proposal is coupled with a change in the Illinois Constitution eliminating the guaranteed pension increases each year and changing state retirement benefits in Illinois, no income tax changes should be approved by the voters in Illinois. To make matters worse, the Governor does not address the high real estate taxes paid by residents of this state. In the long run his “fair tax” is just another Illinois gimmick to fund state government and its guaranteed pensions on the backs of the few remaining workers in the private sector. Illinois has one of the highest outward migrations of its citizens in the nation, and passage of the fair tax without other reforms will just accelerate this outward migration. After this punishing winter in Illinois, it’s nice to know that the politicians in Springfield will now start the financial punishment of its citizens.
Recently, in Northern Illinois we have not had much to celebrate, but it has been a great time for professionals in the weather forecasting field. Considering the tools available to forecasters, it is hard to understand that they often cannot predict the weather 24 hours ahead of time. Personally, I feel that we might as well rely on the groundhog to predict the weather. This year as is the custom on February 2 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people watched the groundhog deliver his forecast. Good news! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. My forecast is also for an early spring which is worth as much as those forecasts by our weather professionals. In the future let’s combine Groundhog Day and National Weatherperson’s Day since they both have a lot in common – both are right 50% of the time!
Trump will agree to reopening the government, and agrees to discuss the wall later if the Democratic leadership will sign the following.
We the leaders of the Democratic Party agree to and believe in the following:
There should be no walls or fences on our southern border. A line in sand on the southern border will be enough. In fact, it will be called the Obama border line, and you know what that means.
There should be no check points on the southern border since the border should be open to all who wish to come in.
Nancy Pelosi agrees to personally apologize to each family who has lost a loved one to an illegal alien.
Border patrol agents should give up their firearms, and be reassigned to leading the hordes of immigrants coming through Mexico to the United States.
Since the new Governor of California wants to open the borders, all immigrants arriving from Mexico will be housed at the expense California with temporary residences built for them in Sacramento, California.
And finally, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer will spend one month living in tents on the Arizona border with no armed protection or staff.
The democrats should have no problem signing this statement of beliefs because it is all true. And finally, the democrats will get their wish, no money for the wall!
The country will observe a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, honoring the 41st president George H.W. Bush. He died at age 94 Friday night, November 30.
Days of mourning usually recognize former commanders-in-chief and involve memorial and remembrance events.
How it can affect you?
The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver regular mail. All post office locations will be closed, too.
Limited package delivery will continue to avoid setbacks during the busy holiday season, however.
The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed.
All federal offices will be closed. Federal employees will be excused from work, except for reasons of national security or essential public businesses.
Some banks and courts will be closed. Federal Reserve Bank payment systems will work as normal. Closures will vary by area.
The Supreme Court is postponing arguments for a day.
The House has cancelled all votes for the week.
The Senate has postponed votes to after the Wednesday funeral.
McPherson Law Offices will be open since the private sector must work to pay for all of the government closing.
How lucky we are to have such beautiful public golf courses in Freeport, Illinois. When playing the East Course, pay particular attention to the 16th hole!
The Freeport City Manager in his column in the Journal Standard on May 19, 2018, says it would take the City 100 years at the present repair rate to bring the streets up to standards (whatever that means). On March 5, 2018 it was stated in Good Day Illinois that at the February 20, 2018, the Freeport City Council approved spending $32,250 for pothole software this year (2018), and then $19,250 each year thereafter to maintain the software. I say cancel this contract. How can the City spend over $200,000 in the next ten years on pothole reporting software when there is no money to fix the streets? This City Manager with the collaboration of the Council is playing the taxpayers of this City for fools. Oh well, what’s new. Enjoy paying your real estate taxes.
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.