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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 8:10 PM
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^ The other element is that Madigan is essentially the Speaker for life because he doles out positions of power to other members of the House in return for their perpetual support (i.e. fealty). As his power has grown, he has essentially become the most powerful man in Illinois despite the fact that he only needs to win the votes of around 30-40k people (his district) every time around. So he just needs to keep his district happy, and otherwise fuck the rest of the State.
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2018, 3:45 PM
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A good analysis of the pension problem and why we need to throw our gerrymandered legislature (and their bizarre tendency to keep re-electing Madigan as Speaker) out of office:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...pension-crisis

We simply can’t tax our way to solvency. Something will inevitably face the chopping block, and it won’t be pretty.
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2018, 10:58 PM
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That article basically reaffirmed by belief with what is wrong with this state. The problem isn't that Illinois is a high services state. I have no problem paying taxes to ensure our poor residents don't live in abject poverty. I have no problem paying for top notch infrastructure that the city needs, such as new bridges, new train lines, upgrading existing transportation infrastructure, etc.

The problem is the unions and state Democratic party got into bed with each other and basically kept each other in business (unions got ever higher benefits/money, Dems kept getting reelected) at the expense of the taxpayer. Illinois got economically wrecked by this systemic failure of democracy, and it needs to be brought to an end so that the state can reel itself back in from the brink.

We absolutely need a constitutional amendment to scale back union pensions and benefits to a level the state can afford. We absolutely cannot tax our way out of this, unless we plan on driving out the entire tax base.
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^ You will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever get that as long as Democrats get reelected.
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^ You will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever get that as long as Democrats get reelected.
I don't think it's necessarily a purely Democrat problem, but rather a problem with long-time politicians being in bed with their chosen money machines for decades upon decades on end. Get rid of the old guard, many of the problems will likely be able to be alleviated in fairly short order.

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I don't think it's necessarily a purely Democrat problem, but rather a problem with long-time politicians being in bed with their chosen money machines for decades upon decades on end. Get rid of the old guard, many of the problems will likely be able to be alleviated in fairly short order.

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You are right. But in Illinois, this is specifically a Democratic problem.

They have zero will to face up to this problem, although Kennedy shows a glimmer of a clue. Biss is hopeless and Priztker is an absolute tool. He will single handedly turn Illinois into worthless gelatin if he’s elected.
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You are right. But in Illinois, this is specifically a Democratic problem.

They have zero will to face up to this problem, although Kennedy shows a glimmer of a clue. Biss is hopeless and Priztker is an absolute tool. He will single handedly turn Illinois into worthless gelatin if he’s elected.
Biss, Kennedy, and Pritzker are all very different candidates. Biss and Pritzker are progressive-minded, but Biss is pretty much the anti-Pritzker. Weird that a certain democratic speaker has somehow still managed to win over both the leading democratic hopefuls...

The democratic party in Illinois is huge and leadership has outsize influence. Kennedy comes across a bit more centrist. His public criticism of Madigan and the machine as a democrat is refreshing. Hoping he can pull through.
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FYI, Polls now show Kaegi leading Berrios for the Assessor race. This could be a blow straight to the heart of the corrupt remnants of the Chicago and Crook County machine that feeds Madigan, Cullerton and the other tax appeal racket criminals. Everyone needs to turn out to vote in this race. A Berrios loss would be the most consequential election in recent history in Illinois. Kaegi is planning to throw wrench into the gears of the appeals racket greatly undermining the power and profits of many of the boat anchor politicians holding Illinois down.
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FYI, Polls now show Kaegi leading Berrios for the Assessor race. This could be a blow straight to the heart of the corrupt remnants of the Chicago and Crook County machine that feeds Madigan, Cullerton and the other tax appeal racket criminals. Everyone needs to turn out to vote in this race. A Berrios loss would be the most consequential election in recent history in Illinois. Kaegi is planning to throw wrench into the gears of the appeals racket greatly undermining the power and profits of many of the boat anchor politicians holding Illinois down.
Also this...

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...ichael-madigan

I can only hope this means his days as defacto Supreme Leader of Illinois are rapidly nearing their end.
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Apparently Chicago architecture cruises are the #2 most-booked "experience" on Tripadvisor globally. The only other American one in the top 10 is the Empire State Building.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/blog/tra...eriences-2018/
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Apparently Chicago architecture cruises are the #2 most-booked "experience" on Tripadvisor globally. The only other American one in the top 10 is the Empire State Building.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/blog/tra...eriences-2018/
Not a bad place to be, sandwiched between the Vatican and the Colosseum... Just goes to show the value of great architecture, if only our leaders would realize this and start actually preserving things.

I'm not that surprised though, I have a couple of tenants who work for the tour boat companies. They literally do nothing all winter and then make a years worth of money in like 5 months. They get paid an actual wage and also get tips, pretty sweet gig. I like it because it means free tours for the landlord!
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Apparently Chicago architecture cruises are the #2 most-booked "experience" on Tripadvisor globally. The only other American one in the top 10 is the Empire State Building.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/blog/tra...eriences-2018/
Wow, I really wish Chicago’s leaders would for once capitalize on assets like this in a global marketing push. Unfortunately, we have like zero history of anyone doing that....so let’s just keep talking about how great San Francisco and New York are all day long....
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The talk about rent control continues.

Can I sell off my properties? I think I’m gonna drop this business and skip town if this bullshit passes without at least significant property tax reform....
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Apparently Chicago architecture cruises are the #2 most-booked "experience" on Tripadvisor globally. The only other American one in the top 10 is the Empire State Building.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/blog/tra...eriences-2018/
Further down that list - Field Museum is the 9th most popular "new" event booked by Global travelers.
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The talk about rent control continues.

Can I sell off my properties? I think I’m gonna drop this business and skip town if this bullshit passes without at least significant property tax reform....
I doubt it goes anywhere. Rent control hasn't been effective anywhere it has been enacted and Chicago does not have an affordability issue.
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I doubt it goes anywhere. Rent control hasn't been effective anywhere it has been enacted and Chicago does not have an affordability issue.
I agree. I think our politicians won't pass it. Rahm certainly won't.
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Great piece in Crains about rent control.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...conomists-view
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I agree. I think our politicians won't pass it. Rahm certainly won't.
Plenty of wackjobs in the city council that will try to push for it, though (Solis, Ramirez-Rosa, etc.)
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Plenty of wackjobs in the city council that will try to push for it, though (Solis, Ramirez-Rosa, etc.)
Not enough though, but of course they exist.
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