On Sunday afternoons in the fall I used to enjoy watching professional football games, especially the Bear and Packer games. It was time to escape the reality of our everyday lives, and watch something that was meaningless in the overall picture of life. Now that has changed. The players want to make political statements on Sunday afternoons. The fans pay an exorbitant amount for tickets while many of the players are paid millions of dollars a year. I for one do not want to pay the players on Sunday afternoon to punish me with their political views. Enough is enough. The Bears will be playing the Packers on Thursday night. I guess I will just skip the game. Frankly, I don’t like players who spit in the face of those who have served, and are serving this country. Maybe I’m out of touch with the values of the American people, but at least they won’t get my money any longer.
It appears that the Pecatonica River will crest on Tuesday. Further, Yellow Creek continues to threaten businesses in Freeport. This problem should have been addressed after the Yellow Creek flooding in 2010. Hopefully, the flooding will not be as bad as 2010. It’s hard to understand why we allow people to build homes, and start or rebuild businesses in flood prone areas. Of course, I guess that means most of the people living in coastal areas of the country should not be allowed to live there!
Outage Status: As of 2:09 PM on 7/20/2017 we indicate that 40 customer(s) are affected by a power outage in your area. Severe weather has interrupted your service. Our field crews have investigated your outage and have determined that additional resources are necessary to restore power. We are currently in the process of estimating when service will be restored.
Outage Status: As of 4:06 PM on 7/20/2017 we indicate that 40 customer(s) are affected by a power outage in your area. Severe weather has interrupted your service. Our field crews have investigated your outage and have determined that additional resources are necessary to restore power. The preliminary restore time is 7:00 AM on 7/21/2017.
The power was off in some areas of Freeport since 8:12 p.m. last night (Wednesday July 19). During the day on Thursday, July 20, ComEd could not or would not provide its customers with an estimate of when service would be restored. Around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 ComEd finally estimated that power would be restored around 7:00 a.m. Friday, July 21. 35 hours with no power, but who real cares! In the meantime, people waited while their food rotted not knowing when power would be restored. It’s too bad ComEd doesn’t care about Freeport, but it is even worse that the City Administration did nothing to advise residents of the situation. Oh well, I guess Freeport is too busy tearing down houses, creating new TIF’s to shift the real estate tax burden to homeowners and small businesses, and hiring new police personnel. Obviously, some areas of Freeport are more important than others. I guess the affected areas just are not important.
I have taken the Rockford Register Star for over 40 years, and recently terminated my subscription. My most recent renewal notice for a one year subscription was $397.20. This was an increase of $100 from the previous year. During the last year of my recent subscription, I had stopped the paper for over 2 months for various reasons, but you only receive a credit for “vacation stops” for over 15 days. As a result, I received no credits for the months I did not receive the paper. To make matters worse, there are up to 16 premium editions each year for which you will be charged $5.50 for each one which could mean an additional $88 per year. Your subscription is shortened in proportion to the value of the number of premium editions. This is information is on the back of the bill entitled “Subscription Notice.” I called them and complained, and was told I would receive a revised paper bill for $296.40 for the year. Of course, I never received it until I had cancelled my subscription! For informational purposes, the Journal Standard in Freeport, Illinois follows the same procedures in regard to vacation stops, and watch out for those premium editions! Also, in Massachusetts Gatehouse Media settled a class action law suit which involved similar practices. Is it time for a class action against Gatehouse media covering the Rockford Register Star, Journal Standard, and other newspapers owned by Gatehouse Media across the United States? In the meantime, just put this newspaper on permanent vacation hold, and they might get the message.
The Freeport City Council will have its regular meeting tonight June 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at 314 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois. Of particular interest on the agenda is the 1st reading of Ordinance #2017-52 which will require city department heads to reside within the corporate limits of the City within six months of the date of his/her appointment. It’s about time this policy was formally instituted. If these department heads want to take Freeport’s money, they can at least live in the City. How can you be the Police Chief, and talk about crime in the City, and you do not live in the City? How can you talk to others about community development when you do not live in the City? The answer is simple. They cannot be good representatives of this great community if they do not live here. Imagine, if the Governor of Illinois lived in Indiana, and was trying to promote business in Illinois!
You can watch the council meeting at Comcast channel 17, and see the full agenda at the City website.
As reported in the June 2017 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, Dog bite claims are on the rise nationwide, and especially in Illinois. Illinois is second in the nation in dog-related claims in 2016. Only California is ahead of Illinois. I guess you could say that at least Illinois leads the nation in something! The average cost of a dog bite in Illinois is $43,343, and the largest dog bite verdict so far in 2017 is $940,000. So, if you have a dog, you better have good insurance because you could lose your home, and then you will be living with Fido in his dog house.