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Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, could face more charges in the highway deaths of four people Monday, July 21, including Ulrike Blopleh of Channahon.
vince y July 22, 2014 at 09:59 pm
Vicky�L. Palacios was a wonderful person. A amazing neighbor who never put herself first and gave meRead More some of my best advise as a young man with a family. God Bless the families. so speechless. Rest in peace!
Henry Sadowski July 23, 2014 at 12:45 am
How the hell does a guy with that many violations get a job driving??? Lock him up and throw awayRead More the key, and make whoever hired him his cellmate...
Katie Sweigert Jabbar July 23, 2014 at 02:12 am
So many deaths along this corridor in the past few weeks. I drive it several times a week andRead More lately it has been a white-knuckle experience. Everyone's in such a hurry. I'd rather be late than dead.
George Fabyan July 22, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Stop being a Profit Center and start using your money to be the change you want to see
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 08:32 pm
"What the govt is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.Read More It's not good at much else" Tom Clancy,.
Bill Gnech July 23, 2014 at 12:05 am
Sign the Term Limit petition in Arlington Heights. Must be registered voter.
Eric Blair July 22, 2014 at 08:03 am
Dozens of studies done in Europe document the many health hazards associated with these micro-waveRead More transmitters/repeaters. Of course since we here in the U.S. know more than the rest of the world combined our benevolent government refuses to recognize the results. Seems there’s nothing these government scumbags won’t do for money. Unbeknown to most is the fact that they don’t work for us, the People. They work for the benefit of the Corporation. They have nothing but contempt for us. We the People are assets and liabilities to be manipulated as “they” see fit. The real reason police exist is to protect “them” from us and to generate more revenue for their pensions (along with much else). If these trustees give the middle finger to the residents opposing (rightly) these cancer causing appliances and allow this violation of the health of the residents to proceed, that would be an act of tyranny or war. At this stage voting is not an option. It would be time to hang them by the neck or at the very least tar and feather them. How much longer are “We the People” going to allow these greedy scumbags to ignore us all?
S July 22, 2014 at 05:32 pm
Still have hope - sign the petition and support the residents by coming to the meeting on SeptemberRead More 2nd - https://www.change.org/petitions/michael-byrne-do-not-allow-cell-phone-towers-on-tinley-park-school-grounds
TP Resident July 22, 2014 at 07:11 pm
They are just delaying until the popularity of the subject goes away. Then they do a quick vote ofRead More yes.
Central Collision Center July 22, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Central Collision Center is also hiring experienced auto body technicians. Interested applicants canRead More apply in person at 18040 Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park or online at http://bit.ly/UfO3Y0
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Barry and Michelle aren't planning on coming back to ILLAnnoy; they're buying a multi-million dollarRead More estate in a gated community in Rancho Mirage. They be'z down with the everyday peoples!
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Bill and Hill are po peoples.
Vicky Kujawa July 22, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Bill and Hill be po peoples
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Jean Morrow July 21, 2014 at 01:11 pm
But when men do this at the Orland Park Public Library, neither the staff nor Director calls policeRead More or bothers to catch them on film. Why is that?
Kristen Heather Grosskopf July 21, 2014 at 03:16 pm
No bond set? Ok. This is a dead issue.
Dr G July 21, 2014 at 05:16 pm
Deport that camel
Orland Fire District Battalion Chief Mike Schofield talks about heroin abuse in the district during a July 15 presentation.
Homer Calcalavecchia July 21, 2014 at 06:52 pm
No matter how many druggies are in OP it is still the best suburb around. Just think how nasty theRead More addicts in a place like, say, Mokena are, what with all their uneducated hillbillies.
Colleen Kisel July 22, 2014 at 06:10 am
Addiction is a legitimate brain disease and it can affect individuals of any age, anyRead More socioeconomic status and in any city or town including Orland Park. This stigma associated with addiction has kept many from speaking up, but we must do something about these needless deaths. There is no easy solution to the problem of stigma associated with drug addiction. It is so deeply rooted. How many more young people will die?
bob July 22, 2014 at 11:05 am
From the Mayor on down to the trustees this Village is a Joke,it will be called City of Orland ParkRead More soon just look at mess on Lagrange road
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Rick Johnson July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
Jamie, Your response was very well articulated and researched, however I'm not sure the type of taxRead More reform I'm eluding to should be thought of as "stooping". Are their countless loop holes and special deals in place to lower the effective tax rate for companies like Walgreen, encouraging them to keep their jobs and revenue in our state? Absolutely. But that is precisely the problem. Special deals have to be made because our corporate rate is so high. Roughly 70% of the jobs in our country come from small businesses. These same small businesses aren't afforded the special deals received by companies like Abbott, Cat or Walgreen, making it even harder for them to grow and create jobs. Here's the bottom line, it is the responsibility of the CEO and their Board to improve their bottom line and grow their business - growth that is vital for our communities. The trickle down effect of new jobs and subsequent tax dollars feed into things like better education for our kids and lower healthcare costs for our families. But until we decide to actually do something to encourage this growth, we'll continue to see our communities suffer.
Jamie July 22, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Rick, I guess I could have used a better term than stoop, but corporations keep whipsawing statesRead More against each other and now even the US vs. other nations. A line needs to be drawn to say that corporations that want to operate in the US need to abide by a certain standard that is fair for all. If we compare our tax rate to Switzerland for example, we are ignoring the fact that they do not have a comparable military that we have that preserves democracy and capitalism for our nation and many others. However, I do understand that you were referring more so to small business owners, but Walgreens for example competes with small business owners such as ma & pa pharmacies which I cannot even think of any off hand and ma & pa convenience stores. Those tax breaks that Walgreens (just one company out of many that are exploiting inversion) are receiving are used as an unfair advantage against ma & pa stores who in turn want tax breaks as well. Then the downward spiral continues. Eventually government (local, state, fed) bills need to be paid. I am a fiscal-conservative, social-liberal which may be necessary to disclose my next point. Trickle Down Economics is often cited for many reasons, but usually only translates to tax breaks for Big Corporations which are job killers rather than creators over the long-term. The rhetorical dialogue needs to be changed or updated to emphasize the needs that you are talking about. Which means in my opinion holding those candidates who defend Trickle Down Economics accountable for its exploitation and failures and ask how they might improve it. Since the Reagan era, the nominal tax rate has fallen, and yet still net high paying jobs has fallen since then. Yet we somehow the US did not collapse when the top tax bracket was at 90% during or prior to the Kennedy era. I do understand that the economy has gotten globally competitive since the 90% tax bracket and that the technological advances have changed the economic landscape since Reagan so it is not a simple fix. Yet, our tax system has not absorbed those technological changes nor has it addressed all the unfair (my opinion) trade agreements with other nations. We got to re-examine the same political rhetorical dialogue when our candidates keep regurgitating their campaign agendas. Thanks for your compliments on my articulation. I try. I feel it is better to be respectful than to insult opposing views. However, I think we are on the same page for the most part.
Orland Fire District Battalion Chief Michael Schofield at the July 15 presentation. | Credit: Orland Fire District video
sellscars July 19, 2014 at 09:36 am
Thank God that the Orland Fire Department has the courage to tell it like it is, and not worryRead More about the "it doesn't happen here" attitude that is rampant in our community. Please notice that the 135 Superintendent never said they did not turn the Fire Department away, she deflects the question and says they embrace the D.A.R.E. program. If any of you have children who have gone through this very outdated program, ask them, THEY think it is laughable. It is like a Drug Abuse Program written by Disney... What is sad is how the majority of the officials at the meeting in this video have not spoken up yet, or have flip-flopped on the issue, shame on them. Anyone familiar with our City and School Districts KNOW the attitudes that are portrayed by our leaders. Just ask any Eagle Scout that wanted to advance any program to discuss teen and pre-teen suicide prevention, they also get the same doors slammed in their faces....
Arthur Huff July 20, 2014 at 10:19 am
Was the police department asked to be a part of the meeting?
Megan James July 20, 2014 at 04:54 pm
No shock here that the Mayor is upset. He and other Trustees seem to enjoy keeping their headsRead More stuck in the sand when it comes to any serious issues that might put and negative flare on Orland. They seem to rather everyone not talk about it and pretend it doesn't exist then really do anything proactive to do something to stop it. I know the Police department has held village meetings, so I applaud both the OPPO & OPFD for all their efforts. Regardless of it being a problem in elementary schools yet or not, kids should be made aware of the dangers at any age. We teach them about sex ed in gradeschool yo help prevent STD and unwanted pregnancy. ...why wait until it make be too late to teach them of the danger of illegal drugs. They should at least start educating kids in six grade and above. And if the OPFD is willing to do it for free...bonus! No extra costs to Village or Schools while helping prevent another overdose.
paschal July 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm
Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Programmer Corner July 22, 2014 at 04:45 pm
But Cindy, should we jail adults who choose to use it? Why?
Smarty McSmartypants July 22, 2014 at 04:46 pm
Cindy, for gosh sakes, do be a dear and put a cork in your empty blow hole sweety. And to others:Read More please don't feed the troll.
Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
The amendments the House is passing to not penalize banks who do business with legal medical andRead More recreational pot dispensaries, and also to prohibit the DEA from interfering with state marijuana laws is all really good news! This is a step in the right direction allowing the people of their home state to be a real voice in what kind of society they wish to live in. Now that is real freedom! We'll have to see how the Senate handles it.
Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
Mike Fangman July 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Excuse me, Independence666, but I'm going to have to ask you to extinguish your burning cross.
Chicago Police at the scene of a Friday morning shooting  on East 43rd Street. | Screenshot via the Red Line Project Storify.
Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
A ramp going up at the new I-294 / I-57 interchange in the south suburbs. | Credit: Illinois Tollway
Mike Fangman July 19, 2014 at 12:38 am
Whatever. They should have put it in when it was built.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:21 pm
No cash What ? so You have to have Ipass ? What if You don't travel the road everyday. Leave it toRead More the Il. tollway to confuse people .
Jerry July 20, 2014 at 06:48 pm
There are several exits in the system that are IPass only. Signs are posted in advance of the exit.Read More If you don't have IPass and use the exit anyway, you have 7 days to pay the toll online.
Andrew Chin. (Patch file photo.)
paschal July 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm
First-time mom Amanda Stroud of Joliet holding her newborn son Jordan with Kathleen Choate, R.N., from the Silver Cross Special Care Nursery that is now designated a Level II Nursery with extended neonatal capabilities.
Amanda Stroud July 17, 2014 at 05:28 pm
Silver Cross has been such a blessing! I can't thank the neonatal nurses enough for taking suchRead More great care of my son :)
Ex Jolietian July 17, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Amanda.. I'm so happy for you and your HUSBAND. It takes 2 parents to raise a child.Read More Congratulations on doing it right!
Monica Moni Hurley July 18, 2014 at 06:23 am
Congrats Amanda & Andrew!!:):)
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