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Bloomberg On Chicago: ‘Nowhere Will Political Power Evaporate More Dramatically’ When Donald Trump Takes Office

If readers still don’t think there will be repercussions to Chicago from a Trump administration despite its unabashed support for Hillary Clinton on Election Day (the Democrat received 83.63% of the city’s votes on Election Day), its offi...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 7, 2016

Signs Of The Time, Part 115

This “Signs Of The Time” post is actually about signage. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s honorary street signs in downtown Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reported this afternoon: After much fanfare from Chicago aldermen over the r...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 7, 2016

Signs Of The Time, Part 98

“Well, if they’re in Illinois today, they’re probably so much in love with Illinois that they’re not going to leave” -Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, on whether a proposed tax hike on millionaires might drive them from the st...
by Survival And Prosperity on Apr 7, 2016

Chicago Tribune: ‘Chicagoans Should Consider A Modest Property Tax Increase Inevitable’

Coming on the heels of last Thursday’s post and an earlier one about Chicago-area property/other taxes was an article by Chicago Tribune business columnist Melissa Harris entitled “Chicago isn’t Detroit- and it’s not going bankrupt.” In the...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 21, 2015

Obama: ‘I Haven’t Given Up’ On Tighter Gun Control

During this renewed push by Democrats for more gun “control,” I’ve noted efforts at the state level here in Illinois and in Congress as well. Now, U.S. President Barack Obama had thrown down the gauntlet in 2015. Obama recently spoke wi...
by Survival And Prosperity on Apr 12, 2015

Illinois Democrat Introduces Statewide Gun Registration, Ammo ‘Control’ Bill

“A list, record, or registry of legally owned firearms or law-abiding firearm owners is not a law enforcement tool and can become an instrument for profiling, harassing, or abusing law-abiding citizens based on their choice to own a firearm and...
by Survival And Prosperity on Mar 1, 2015

Illinois Named Worst-Run State In America In 2014

“‘We don’t have the time to mess around. We are in deep, deep trouble financially,’ [Illinois Governor-elect Bruce] Rauner told a meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau at a downtown Chicago hotel. ‘The next 24 months are going to be rough...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 9, 2014

Chicago Selected To Join 100 Resilient Cities Network

Nice to see Chicago is finally not on some list you really don’t want to be on. In all seriousness, the following sounds promising. From the Mayor’s Press Office last Wednesday: Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the City of Chicago was selected...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 8, 2014

2015 Cook County Budget Holds Line On Taxes, Fines, And Fees- For Now

Cook County residents dodged a bullet this time around. John Byrne and Hal Dardick reported on the Chicago Tribune website Friday: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday won easy approval for her $4 billion 2015 budget proposal that i...
by Survival And Prosperity on Nov 17, 2014

Hacker ‘Guccifer’: Chicago Targeted For Nuclear Attack In 2015

The recently-apprehended hacker known as “Guccifer” (Marcel-Lehel Lazar, an unemployed 43-year-old Romanian) is in the news today for something he told The New York Times while meeting with them. Andrew Higgins reported on the Times website yeste...
by Survival And Prosperity on Nov 11, 2014

Chicago Faces $297 Million Budget Shortfall In 2015, $588 Million Deficit By 2017

I’ve been wanting to blog about the latest City of Chicago annual financial analysis for some time now. This afternoon I’m finally getting that chance. From Fran Spielman (who’s done a terrific job breaking those analyses down the past couple y...
by Survival And Prosperity on Sep 23, 2014

U.S. Senator Michelle Obama (D-IL)?

“SUPER WIN FOR CHICAGO AND AMERICA!” -Comment on website of Chicago NBC affiliate Channel 5 tonight regarding speculation surrounding a U.S. Senate run by First Lady Michelle Obama Could First Lady Michelle Obama be our next United States Senator...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 5, 2014

Chicago’s Monthly Phone Tax To Rise 56 Percent?

New and higher fees, fines, and taxes. Less government services. That’s what Chicagoans should expect going forward considering the city’s fiscal health and who’s running the show. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last ni...
by Survival And Prosperity on May 30, 2014

Chicago Gangs Completely Out Of Control?

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel today decried the weekend violence that left at least nine people dead and at least 36 wounded in Chicago, calling for adults around the city to instill the right values in their children and to stand up for the safety of th...
by Survival And Prosperity on Apr 22, 2014

Illinois Millionaire Tax Halted For Now

Remember that “millionaire tax” Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) had been pushing which would have affected an estimated 13,000 or so millionaires residing in the state? It’s toast for now. Doug Finke reported on The State Jou...
by Survival And Prosperity on Apr 10, 2014

Chicago Public Pension Crisis Latest

Last Tuesday, I blogged about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to address some of the City’s public pension woes via larger contributions by City employees and $50 million tax increases for five straight years- beginning next year and continu...
by Survival And Prosperity on Apr 7, 2014

Chicago Wakes To Proposed Property Tax Hike On April Fool’s Day

Many Chicagoans probably wish what’s being widely-reported in the local news this morning about a proposed property tax hike is just a silly April Fool’s joke. It’s not. Fran Spielman wrote on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night: Chicago p...
by Survival And Prosperity on Apr 1, 2014

Statewide Gun Registration, Ammo ‘Control’ Bill Introduced In Illinois

The following Illinois gun/ammo “control” legislation made headlines in February, but it’s making the rounds again this week (probably due to its outrageousness?). From a press release on the website of Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassi...
by Survival And Prosperity on Mar 13, 2014

Republican Candidates For Illinois Governor Split On ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?

This November, an election will be held for Governor of Illinois. The four Republican candidates for the office- State Senators Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and businessman Bruce Rauner- were recently given campaign quest...
by Survival And Prosperity on Mar 2, 2014

Chicago, The Writing Is On The Wall

The city of Chicago is in for some tough times down the road. “The Machine” keeps putting a positive spin on the city’s deteriorating financial condition, but the numbers don’t lie. I’ve rattled them off time and time again, the most recent...
by Survival And Prosperity on Feb 6, 2014


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