In the Journal Standard on September 1, 2013 it was reported that Attorney Michael Phillips, attorney for Freeport Township, filed a suit to determine if it was valid for Freeport Township to own a building with the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC). He characterized it as a “Friendly” law suit. Phillips also said in the article that the Township has no intention of leaving the property. What a joke! On August 22, 2014 it was reported in the Journal Standard that Township Supervisor Patrick Sellers intends to move the Township offices which had been purchased for $366,971 in 2012 as early as January 7, 2015. On August 27, 2015 it was reported in the Journal Standard that the suit filed by Mr. Phillips would be dismissed so the building could be sold for $250,000. The Township it was reported had spent between $25,000 and $30,000 on legal fees. So much for the “friendly” law suit. A lot of questions should be asked such as why was the building purchased to begin with if there were legal issues, and of course, why are they selling it for much less than the purchase price? The answer is simple – it’s just taxpayer money. The more you waste the more you can tax. That is the bureaucrat moto.
Ten years ago 50,000 bicyclists a year would visit Sausalito, California. Now the number is closer to 500,000. They rent the bicycles in San Francisco, bike across the Gold Gate Bridge to Sausalito, and then take the ferry back to San Francisco with their bicycles. In a few years thousands of bicyclists will be riding the Jane Addams Trail. They should stop at Freeport or end their trips in Freeport. If they want to end their trips in Freeport, there should be vans or buses to take them and their bicycles back to their starting points to the East or North of Freeport (for a fee of course). While in Freeport, they would eat and visit the quaint shops downtown. Eventually, the City could charge them fees to park their bicycles. Sales tax dollars would increase as merchants would sell more food and merchandise. Real estate tax revenue from the downtown would rise as property values increase. Hopefully, our next Community Development Director will have the foresight to recognize that Trail issues should be addressed immediately if Freeport is to benefit from the traffic. It’s just too bad there are not some shops downtown selling that medical marijuana being produced at Mill Race Crossing. Now that would be a good marketing tool!
The concert features “Rockabilly and Blues on Chicago” with Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama at 6 pm and Dirty Fishnet Stockings at 8 pm. It all takes place on Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street in downtown Freeport from 5:30 pm to 11 pm. In addition to the music, there’s great food and a beer garden. For more information see on the band, Dirty Fishnet Stockings, go to http://www.dirtyfishnetstockings.net/
Based on an average of the five most recent national polls, the candidates invited to be on stage for the prime time 8:00 pm central debate will be: Donald Trump (23.4%), Jeb Bush (12.0%), Scott Walker (10.2%), Mike Huckabee (6.6%), Ben Carson (5.8%), Ted Cruz (5.4%), Marco Rubio (5.4%), Rand Paul (4.8%), Chris Christie (3.4%) and John Kasich (3.2%).
The second tier candidates invited to be on stage for the 4:00 pm central include: Rick Perry (1.8%), Rick Santorum (1.4%), Bobby Jindal (1.4%), Carly Fiorina (1.3%), Lindsey Graham (0.7%), George Pataki (0.6%) and Jim Gilmore (0.2%).
America elected a community organizer as President, so listen carefully because just about any one of the Republican candidates has better credentials to be President than Mr. Obama!
The Mayor has appointed Elmo B. Dowd of Rockford, Illinois as the new Community Development Director. Mr. Dowd has a good bureucratic and Democratic pedigree for what that is worth! He worked in the administrations of Governors Blagojevich and Quinn – and look at the condition of this State! Mr. Dowd joined the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) in 2006, as Senior Policy Advisor in the Associate Director’s office. Mr. Dowd has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and is a past Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. In 2008, he was named IEPA Associate Director. See http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Elmo-Dowd/769983001
For the complete Council agenda go to http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20150803.pdf