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Pamela Uslander (center, back row) and the remnants of a Hot Dog Lady flashmob. | Pam Uslander
Ercie Berwick April 12, 2014 at 04:45 pm
I agree with you, Stephen! Absolutely! And you know what else? Plass Appliance stuck out like aRead More sore thumb for years after downtown Elmhurst began to beautify itself and the stores did extra things to their front to make them look more inviting. And there stood Plass Appliance with their dingy, worn-out sign, for years, as if they were thumbing their nose at the people they expected to do business with. I finally couldn't stand it anymore, and I wrote the owner a polite but to-the-point letter. Not long afterwards, they got a brand new sign. I LIKE to think that my letter had a bearing on their having done that. It just got my goat because their dingy, dirty sign was there long after the rest of the stores looked so attractive. No excuse!
Dave Noble April 12, 2014 at 05:20 pm
I've heard more than one person say that Willis Johnson plans to purchase the Plass location, butRead More that it's contingent upon approval of the six-story parking garage.
Ercie Berwick April 12, 2014 at 05:26 pm
I say leave "The Hot Dog Lady" alone. She lends a lot of class to the downtown area. IRead More love to see her there when I'm weary and tired and hungry, and I always make a beelline for her cart, order one of her luscious hot dogs with a drink and sit down on one of the benches nearby to rest up and have my little feast. Don't the city fathers have more important things to think about other than "The Hot Dog Lady?" Heavens to Elizabeth!!!
Emmet Paulson April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
The guy who is in didn't hand out water bottles, just a lot of hot air
Senator Breckinridge April 10, 2014 at 07:41 am
jimbo, what do you mean by 'exiating rules'. According to Mr. Webster, there is no such word asRead More exiate. There is a word "expiating"; but the verb expiate means "to atone for; or to make amends or reparations for". Thus, the usage of expiate implies some sort of guilt based action. Assuming you meant expiating, what is the city guilty of ? btw, Doremus, you are spot on - these people think they are so important - reminds one of the scene in "Animal House" when Otter blurts out "point of parliamentary procedure". And I don't think they have any idea how much they look like petty bullies attempting to "re-regulate" this lady under the guise of public safety. sort of like a kangaroo court.
Joy April 10, 2014 at 08:50 am
I am not surprised at all. Anything the council doesn't want to deal with is put on hold. Leave theRead More poor woman alone already.
Daniel Cusack April 16, 2014 at 05:38 pm
I have to agree with Mary. Gerald, you are making Max and McCloud look like the fools they obviouslyRead More are. Keep up the good work.
Joel April 16, 2014 at 07:04 pm
This is what you get when you have hippy professors running the government. The trouble is that theyRead More never worked a day in their lives. And you the working schmuck will be left with the bill.
Phaedrus Pirsig April 16, 2014 at 07:50 pm
Gerald quit baffling with B.S.....Daniel you Mary sound like a couple of junior high schoolRead More students. Obamacare has raised the price of healthcare, for those that have to pay full price, significantly. I just did my taxes and they are incredibly higher. So higher healthcare, higher taxes and no end in sight. Listen to the news, everyday it's talk of raising taxes. Sit down and add up all the taxes you pay. What percentage is it on the dollar?......And far as Romney goes, I think conservatives saw him for what he was, they just believed he may have a little more business savvy than a socialist with no experience in the private sector and we would have thrown him to the curb if he did his job with the same quality that this President has done his....Gerald for all the business sense you speak of, so far you've acted like a complete apologist and that does not get the job done.
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Jim Court March 28, 2014 at 07:09 pm
Would it not be a vastly superior idea to locate part of the public works to the Northside ofRead More Elmhurst in the commercial and industrial area west of York Rd. ? It is hugely inefficient to have vehicles and employees waste huge amounts of time, manhours, gas and wear and tear on equipment traveling back and forth. I would divide the town in half with the tracks as the dividing line. The community is geographically large enough to warrant this and any time and motion study would support what I am saying. Innovative thinking and constructive problem solving is the answer.
Jim Court April 2, 2014 at 08:37 am
I am always amazed by the lack of community response. I believe we are a fairly educated communityRead More so it confuses me. Are we this disengaged or perhaps exceptionally busy. Has the Patch lost its voice in the community?
j April 2, 2014 at 10:06 am
Any attempt to contact the Oltean family or their attorney for comment on this story? What was theRead More offer price and independent estimate of fair market value? Wouldn't the offer price be public information? Lorraine, that might be a good update to this "news advisory" from city hall.
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
WLA March 27, 2014 at 02:52 pm
It has been a long Elmhurst added so many new houses in one location at one time and we have oneRead More chance to get this right. While the tax revenues generated from the new homes will benefit the city as a whole, it is primarily Field School and to a lesser degree Sandburg that will shoulder the burden of the influx of students. I appreciate my alderwoman's forward thinking on this matter. Where her kid's go to school or how much her tax bill none of my business. Her job is to look out for the best interests of her constituents.
Mike W March 30, 2014 at 09:25 am
Total funding for this project and apartments on Hahn Street should support another elementaryRead More school or significant expansion of Hawthorne, Field, and Sandburg. No portable classrooms! Total funding being from impact fees, continuing property taxes, state funding etc...blinders can't be keep on and forget the magnitude of what's going on at Hahn Street. Tie this up by oversizing impact fees on Hospital Project ($25k per lot minimum) until funding from both Hospital and Hahn Street figured out. Make the Hospital impact fee carry over to the Hahn Street project until the matter is resolved and school funding sorted out.
Dan March 30, 2014 at 10:15 am
New house construction has been a cash cow for the city over the past decade. It replaced the taxRead More revenues that the car sales use to generate to the city. The cost of building permits is substantially higher then the actual cost to approve and inspect the homes being built. The new construction doesn't just bring in new tax revenue from the homes built but also increases the value and in turn the tax revenue for all the homes in Elmhurst. If it is okay to charge an impact fee by guessing on the number of students these new homes will generate why not charge an impact fee on the actual homes that have children in the school system? We need to stop using our home values as an ATM to fund our schools. Illinois is dead last in funding schools from the state. They provide less than 8% of the school budget or about $3.25 per day per child to district 205 while most of the funding comes from property taxes. The average school district in Illinois receives about 28% of their budget from Springfield. The 20% under funding our school district is burdened with equals tens of millions of dollars a year. It is time for property owners to stand up and say we already are paying way more than our fair share.
Sen. Michael Connelly, R-Naperville, wants to see another Big Ten school in Illinois.
Vincent Russell March 24, 2014 at 09:12 am
Maybe these smart high school seniors are leaving the state to attend schools in states they willRead More actually live in. They are probably learning from their parents that the more they will make, the more the state of Illinois wants--and more! If they start a business, Illinois will want even more. Dear Senators, focus on lowering taxes, fixing Illinois, and leave the Big Ten alone.
Jamie March 24, 2014 at 07:03 pm
One of my economics professors in an IL state university was explaining to us one of the majorRead More reasons U of I’s tuition has skyrocketed in recent years which was due to the costs associated with stadium renovations and other costs related to its football program. So I would suggest that the state legislature do its homework before jumping the gun on this issue, and I would hope the voters would do their homework on that as well. Also, many schools football teams that make it to the lesser bowls end up losing money and that it is the BSC organization that keeps most of the profits. I believe there are over 100 football programs in the Div 1A but only about 25 of them pay for themselves. Although, the 25 that do like say U of Michigan are able to fully support the other sports programs at the school and boost Alma mater donation. I don’t know which other IL university these lawmakers want to see join the Big 10, but if that school’s tuition is considered affordable, I would leave well enough alone.
Joe O'Malley March 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm
They should have introduced legislation that would actually reduce the unfunded debt of the State.Read More Two Republican nitwits.
Bob B March 19, 2014 at 10:08 am
Bender, these are the results strictly from DuPage County. Oberweis won the state but Truax carriedRead More DuPage.
Kent Frederick March 19, 2014 at 11:23 am
What is really interesting is that the vote between Matune and Sandack was very close in DuPageRead More County, but Sandack carried the three precincts in Will County (Bolingbrook) by a substantial margin.
Kathy S. March 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm
I agree with Bender. Where are the other party's results?
Veritas March 19, 2014 at 06:19 pm
So......give the names and the vote count PLEASE. This story is fascinating really. Elmhurst, orRead More FLOODHURST as some people call it. has a city council that is going to charge MORE MONEY for WATER! Too bad all those poor Elmhurst residents who are flooded every other month can't hoard their water in their basements and then sell it back to the city.
Veritas March 19, 2014 at 06:21 pm
Maybe instead the brilliant City of Elm / Floodhurst should erect gigantic rain barrels all overRead More town to collect all that flood water. Then the residents could get in their boats whenever it floods here and retrieve water for their use at home. And the only cost would be for the gigantic rain barrels. Then everyone here can be SO GREEN in this COOL Flooded City.
Ercie Berwick March 20, 2014 at 12:06 am
If we put our heads together, perhaps we can come up with something to get back at the City ofRead More Elmhurst concerning the rate increase in our use of water. Maybe we can all stop taking daily showers. Why do people feel they need a daily shower or a daily bath for that matter? Whatever happened to good old-fashioned sponge baths? And let's stop planting flowers and having to water them. And how about letting the grass get brown; it always comes back. It seems to me that if we put our thinking caps on, we can beat the City at their own miserable little game! Ten dollars a month increase is outrageous, and why do we have to be the helpless victims? We need to stop being "victims" and stand up and be counted. It wouldn't hurt to picket City Hall! Anybody thought about that??? :(
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Ken March 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
I voted early and they had the nerve to ask me for my ID! I asked the judge why now and not when IRead More vote during the general election and I was told it was to protect my ballot from being stolen! I should have the right to steal votes just like they do everywhere else! Where's Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when you need them?
LunchLadyU March 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm
During Early Voting your ID is requested, but if you vote on the regular election day in yourRead More precinct you are not required to show ID because they verify your signature.
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
Vincent Russell March 12, 2014 at 09:15 am
With ramps, or underpass, they can still be in business. Millions of travelers will benefit.Read More Clearly the greater good prevails in this case.
Jim R March 12, 2014 at 10:32 am
Vincent I understand your point and wish they would have done this years ago, but remember it is theRead More clowns in the state running the show. They would probably turn that into a multi year project and have to buy private property for easement. All they have done for us is bankrupted the state, murdered unborn children, and made a mockery of marriage. I do not respect Quinn or Cullerton. Wish they would go some place else and work for a living.
J. Geoff Rove March 12, 2014 at 06:20 pm
Under 26 years of Republican governors, the suburbs got little in construction compared to all theRead More license and gas taxes paid. Sure, the ride to Hinsdale on Il-83 was improved by Dillard, but then nothing at 63rd, Plainfield, or 75th. The Dupage Tollway scammers didn't want any improvements at North and IL-83, then people would avoid the Tolled I-294.
Herc March 6, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Marianne, nice word statesman, that stopped in the 70's. Today's career politician could care lessRead More about you or me. It's all about lining their pockets with the taxpayers money! They'd sell their soul's to the devil if they had to. Chivalry is long gone!
Ex Jolietian March 6, 2014 at 03:26 pm
Hey.. Teddy is a hero. He dove back into the murky waters that infamous evening.. to put Mary Jo'sRead More panties back on. Google "Waitress Sandwich" sometimes... and enjoy!
Citizen Sane March 16, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Please do not think that my preference leans toward this thread. The direction of my preference mayRead More be very much on the proverbial fence, but the sway of it can be garnered by use of preference.
Greg February 25, 2014 at 08:58 pm
I agree this is one form of corporate welfare. However if Illinois doesn't put skin in the game,Read More the film productions will go elsewhere. Most of the productions shooting in Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico were orphans from California which has very limited tax incentives although there is political movement out there to get some skin in the tax incentive game.
rss February 26, 2014 at 02:14 pm
SOUTHEAST SIDE - you have no clue what my economic and social views may be. To be sure, youRead More correctly pinpoint that I am no fan of tax breaks for film. And I am sick and tired of working and trying to raise kids in a nation that has increasingly run amuk of any moral compass. Your radical views no longer disturb me. I am now desensitized to the hard left and the imperialistic views of same. In the meantime, I work hard and once thought I earned a pretty good living... stop the theft!
John Roberts February 27, 2014 at 09:06 am
Film industry own the DVD industry as a subsidiary and claims loss on DVD's which basically get theRead More Original Author NOTHING. While the FILM INDUSTRY" Banks Millions.... Want to support Authors go to Amazon and Purchase the Stories from the Authors. People who write the books get the money they deserve.
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ayar March 13, 2014 at 09:27 am
and lowering minimum wage ? no thanksRead More http://chicagoist.com/2014/01/07/business_mogul_bruce_rauner_would_l.php
ayar March 13, 2014 at 09:35 am
If you want to bring jobs back, you have to open the federal trickle down again and get federalRead More money back into Illinois, which everyone knows already. How would he talk to those people ? would he even try ? Instead, let's get names like Foster, Kirk, Durbin, and Hultgren perhaps convincing congress into getting federal contracts back into our infrastructure [including education] and 'invest' in us again.
Max Smart March 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
Federal money? IL gets more federal funds than most states and squanders every dime on pensions andRead More other entitlements. What we need is people with the will to do the will of the PEOPLE!
Panelists discuss surge in DuPage County heroin abuse at Yellow Box Community Christian Church in Naperville. Mark Piccoli, director of DuMEG, activist Karen Hanneman and Jim Scarpace, of the Gateway Foundation Treatment Center.
Idont Givitout February 26, 2014 at 11:48 am
The solution to the problem is the law enforcement community should assume possession means it isRead More for personal use. Therefore they should make the possessor consume the entire quantity in possession at one time. Problem solved!
Jim Court February 28, 2014 at 02:06 pm
Idont Why don't they do that if you are on the way home and you have a large quantity of alcoholRead More you just have purchased? I assume you are being factitious.
Idont Givitout February 28, 2014 at 05:07 pm
I agree, too bad I have heart problems that prevent me from drinking alcohol. The low sodium partRead More sucks too
Kelly February 25, 2014 at 07:30 am
It is so sad that these burdans are on the victim not the lovely folks who perpatrate the crimes. IRead More suggest a bill should also remove the cell phone buyback kiosks at shopping malls, especially on route 59. People standing 5 deep with sometimes 8 phones???
Mel Reynolds tried to get his seat in Congress back in 2012. He got 1 percent of the vote. | Credit: File photo.
Edward Andrysiak February 20, 2014 at 03:58 pm
These creeps just do not give up sex and sex for them is with kids in one way or another. SocietyRead More needs to get serious and understand that you can not release them! Offences against a child should carry a life sentence. That way, and only that way are kids protected from future molestation...which is sure to come.
lyndia February 20, 2014 at 07:14 pm
Bernard, when you speak of animalist behavior and the home of his ancestors, you show your racismRead More and a lot can be said about YOUR race.
Edward Andrysiak February 21, 2014 at 06:56 pm
lyndia...I wondered how long it would take for some one to throw out the racism word. You need toRead More re-read Bernards post a few times so you clearly get what he said. You can't grab a few words out of context and quote them and then accuse. Perhaps it is you who have the racist tendencies because that seems to be all you can see in that post. Are you defending this pervert????
Faust February 19, 2014 at 08:19 pm
@5decades. You sound like a bright guy, but your bedside manner just isn't going to make you a tonRead More of fans. When talking about a community issue and tossing around the word "ignorant" when referencing a group as a whole, you aren't going to be a crowd favorite. Glad you have accomplishments and accolades, and I mean that. It's just probably not the forum to mention them. Let me know if you have any advice on unfreezing down spouts (underground) because my drains, on every corner of my house, are up churning water and it's resulting in flooding around the house. My 4 hours of labor tonight didn't seem to help, although I think I did discover the person who built my fence, jammed one of the spouts about a foot into the ground and water is everywhere. That can't be good. And my back is effing killing me.
Idont Givitout February 19, 2014 at 09:20 pm
WLA, I'm high ground. Apart from some seepage issues which the city won't do squat about I'm good. IRead More do need a new roof this year but that's my problem. As far as fire prevention, this home is safe too. I proactively inspect it periodically to ensure that physically there are no problems. Wiring good too although I would like to rewire and improve the amp service. Today's electric needs are different than those from the 1950's. Same with waste sewerage, periodic maintenance keeps it problem free. So other than a lightning strike i'm good and insurance covers that. Considering an volcano coverage clause too recently (have a friend that has it and well just to be sure!!). When I lived in an unincorporated area I did have flood issues with ground water when it rained hard. there I was low ground and routinely had several inches of water pooling in both my front and rear yards. We could have had boat races at times!! I installed sufficient sump system that I could keep ahead of the incoming water even in the worst as long as I had electric. I had a big generator for those situations. so as you can see I am prepared for myself and anything I miss well that is on me not the city or anyone else. If I cared about staying in Elmhurst I would take these issues up with the city, but I look forward to moving out somewhere with land again. My last residence I had the yard was as big as the block I reside on now. Too close. ...... so if the city had been proactive in their JOB, they would not need to ask the residents to bail them out. BTW I too would be happy to help out for the good of the community, but it seems it is a one way street!................. Faust, depending on how deep the drain tiles are you could pour salt, I would recommend the calcium chloride, down the drain. That would help melt the blockage if it were near the surface. If the tiles are shallow it may be the soil that is froze and not much to do there that won't take just as long. Perhaps the easiest would be disconnect and put a downspout extension leading away from your foundation.
Zaria Zamek February 19, 2014 at 09:39 pm
@WLA wow we have something in common! I too check on elderly neighbors in bad weather and duringRead More power outages etc. In spite of my opinions on city responsibilities, I am a good neighbor. And you are absolutely correct on the tax dollars/alderman issue. @Faust thank you. @5Decades one, really? The town name as an ornament? Are you being serious here or sarcastic? Two, your position may not be so untenable, but your presentation stinks.
The Addison Avenue parking deck project has seen several incarnations and been the topic of much debate, particularly with regard to its proposed 6-story height. (File photo)
Idont Givitout February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am
Elmhurst will never be more than a desired residential area due to its proximity to downtownRead More Chicago. There are no reasons to want to shop in downtown Elmhurst. There are few reasons to want to dine in downtown Elmhurst. Downtown only serves the poor needs of the residents. A parking structure would only facilitate a few more commuters to Chicago. I don't mean to be negative on this but discussions of parking in Elmhurst have been going on since at least the 1970's. Until the city figures out a way to bring in business (office) there will never be a need for parking. Quaint shopping is only effective when there are not alternatives nearby. Elmhurst has Oak Brook, Woodfield, Yorktown, and of coarse Chicago nearby enough to draw shoppers away. This will NEVER change because of Elmhurst's glacial-like movement on anything other than rebuilding city facilities. I agree withh Mr Russel about the design aspects too. The shown rendering shows early 1900's warehouse/factory appearance. If the city want to continue shunning away business that is fine but a more modern/progressive design would be better. This actually reminds me of the Sandy's on Spring road. As a drive up burger joint it was fine, any other business in it failed due to the eight sided building curse. Not until I believe it was Silverado that changed the design was it able to succeed!! Put back office and retail space, giving people reason to come downtown and be done with it
Vincent Russell February 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm
This could be a great buy for District 205. They could be even closer to town, and gobble up moreRead More taxable property space.
Jim Court February 18, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Both of you make valid points. I would like to see a rendering of the proposed building.
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