It was reported in the Tampa Bay Times that a when member of the National Hockey League team suffered from a stomach virus, the team member with the virus flew separately from the team (the team must fly on a charter) to Pittsburg on a commercial flight. This way the team member would not contaminate the whole team. That’s nice. Just protect the hockey team and to hell with the other 150 passengers packed in like cattle at the back of the plane. This story is too much to believe. In the spirit of the season professional sports are in class of their own – but what is new!
See the article at http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/mumps-afflicting-nhl-hard-to-control/2211030
When we ask our clients about digital assets, many respond that they don’t have any. That is not the case for most people. Do you have a bank account or brokerage account that you can access on your computer or phone? What is the user name and pass word for the account? Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? Again, what are user names and pass words for the accounts? Even if your executor or trustee as the representative of your estate has the user names and pass words for the accounts, does your representative have the legal authority to access the accounts? This is an area of the law where there are no absolute answers at this time. Until we have legislation covering such assets, you should at least attempt to cover said digital assets in your estate planning documents. If you have not already done so, consider updating your estate planning documents to cover your digital assets.
A follower of Good Day Illinois recently sent me a picture of a former Church in Polo which has been converted to the Polo Islamic Center. Most of us were unaware that Polo was a mecca for Muslims. Tell your Muslim friends that Polo, Illinois is the place to go if you want to interact with your fellow Muslims. I guess that means that pork hot dogs and beer will soon be banned in Polo, and that women will soon be wearing burkas instead of jeans!
The Mayor and his administration are now talking about hiring a retail consultant to the tune of $100,000 per year. If you ask someone what they do, and their response is “I am a consultant.” What does that mean? It means that they get paid a lot for promises, and that they will still get paid if they produce nothing. Most people work at a job where if they do not perform as promised, they do not get paid. I have no problem with the concept of consulting – that is if they produce results. So if the City wants to hire any more consultants, they should not get paid until they produce results. That is same for NIDA and the rest of the professional consultants running around governmental offices looking for easy money at the expense of the taxpayers. By the way the members of the Freeport School Board are experts at hiring consultants – ask them how much they paid the last one when they selected their last superintendent. How much did that debacle cost the taxpayers? The taxpayers deserve a refund.
By the way, the Freeport City Council is meeting Monday, December 1 at 6:00 pm in the rented Freeport City Council chambers at 524 West Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor. If you have Comcast Cable, go to channel 17 to watch live.
To review the meeting agenda, go to http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20141201a.pdf