Illinois, Chicago, Springfield and state Medicaid all corrupt

Illinois is notorious for government corruption. Since 1976, the state has the third highest corruption convictions in the nation, including four out of the last 7 governors. Chicago has been called “the most corrupt city in America.” A report by the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Better Government Association revealed that 150 top Cook County officials have been convicted in public corruption cases. So it should come as no surprise that a program such as the state Medicaid program, which is to provide the base of expansion for...

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Legal and financial consequences of home rule in Rockford

Home rule, created by the Illinois Constitution in 1970, allows municipalities to raise taxes, pass ordinances to address local problems, and do just about anything not prohibited by state law. Non-home-rule communities can do only what the state law stipulates. Proponents of home rule always opine that the issue appears to boil down to a lack of trust in our elected officials not to excessively raise taxes without voter approval. In 1983, after two consecutive years of excessive tax increases, home rule opponents obtained 10,800 signatures...

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Quinn creates nonstandard Concealed Carry throughout Illinois

According to Joe Sosnowski’s July 02, 2013 eNewsletter, Quinn is using his amendatory veto power to unilaterally change many portions of HB183, the Concealed Carry bill passed by a veto-proof majority vote of both houses of the General Assembly. The governor’s language will create a patchwork of different regulations and overly restrictive laws that will only obstruct law abiding citizens’ second amendment rights – the Chicago way! The governor is changing these portions of the law: Illinois must keep guns out of any...

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Illinois General Assembly Democrats are bankrupting the state

Illinois blue voters have elected a veto proof, Chicago-controlled Democratic House and Senate in the Springfield General Assembly, who are bankrupting the state. The Democratic Speaker of the House and the Democratic Senate President had distinctly different solutions for the $100B underfunded pension plans, and $7B in unpaid bills that the General Assembly had to borrow to “balance” the budget. Since the General Assembly left Springfield with the most crucial portion of its job undone (underfunded pensions), Fitch Ratings...

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Punish the drunk driver, not the law-abiding citizen!

The National Transportation Safety Board sent out a report to the states urging them to consider (which means do it or else lose your federal road funds) reducing the legal limit for drunk driving from 0.08 to 0.05, a 37.5% reduction. The board says new approaches are needed to combat DUIs that they say claim more than one-third of the lives in annual U.S. highway deaths. In the example used in the Rockford Register Star, the driver’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at 0.115, not 0.05. The urging of the federal NTSB is more...

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