Category Archives: Cost of Government

So What? It’s Not My Money.

“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” –  Everett Dirsken When you’re as broke as we are here in Illinois, you don’t have that much margin for error. That’s what leads us to … Continue reading

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Cook County “Pop Tax” Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunity

The latest story to hit the airwaves is the threat by the Federal government to cut off food stamp (SNAP) benefits to Cook County as a result of its 1 cent per ounce “pop tax”, which could result in an … Continue reading

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Dance Band on the Titanic

There’s an old saying that bad news comes in threes. It’s certainly true today for Illinois. First comes the news that Illinois’ insurance rates under Obamacare are set to skyrocket by 43%-55% at the end of the year. Nothing about … Continue reading

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The Governor’s SOTS Speech, What He Said and What He Didn’t Say

Every “State of” speech I’ve ever heard follows the same script: A recitation of accomplishments achieved since the previous speech; A shopping list of proposals to be addressed before the next one; and A reminder that those who stand in … Continue reading

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The Case Wasn’t Made For Township Consolidation

Today’s vote by the McHenry County Board to deny the motion to put township consolidation on the March 2016 primary ballot came as a surprise to some, but was, in my opinion, the correct one. I’ve said all along that … Continue reading

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