Remember these names
I want you voters in St. Clair and Madison County to remember these names when it’s time for re-elections. Daniel Beiser, Jerry Costello II, Jay Hoffman and Eddie Lee Jackson. They voted to pass Madigan’s budget that is seven billion dollars over what money the state has. That means in order to pay that off, we the middle class will have to pay it off by raising our taxes. Oh, yes remember Mr. Clayborne because he didn’t know how to say nay so he voted present. These politicians are supposed to work for us taxpayers down state not Mr. Madigan and Chicago.
Respect for horses
The bison and eagle are symbols of American history, why has the horse not been designated as a symbol? Horses have been the backbone and workhorse of America and deserve protection and reward for their work. Suddenly they are being sold to slaughter houses in Mexico and Canada and suffer a brutal and painful death. Our government can stop this horrible atrocity by passing the Safe Act. House Bill HR 1942 instead of Bill S1214, this legislation would stop horses from being sold out of the country to slaughter houses.
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Business loan pool
On May 5 or there about, Scott Tieman, Rick Stubblefield, Herb Simmons and Frank Miles gave the thumbs up to Facebook concerning something from the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants on Facebook that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Ray Willis of the HUD Chicago office officially announced a $50,000,000 HUD section 8 108 Business loan pool, which could leverage up to 45 to 150 million in private investment. County Board Chairman Mark Kern and County Board endorsed this effort. Thanks for being able to leverage that much HUD money because we know a lot of private investment people will make a lot of money off of that. And it will only be the local taxpayers that will either be pushed out of their home, homes ruined. Considering Dick Durbin is from East St. Louis, he knows exactly how to do it.
Did the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department in their access to grant money have anything to do with the fact that District 118 is so poor now that the superintendent is all happy because now the money they get they can spend wherever they want. There is a lot of money in TIF that came from school district taxes diverted to TIF. But you can’t count that. So basically you can divert all the money to TIF and then cry poor.
Never read so many nasty letters as in the Friday 3, June paper.
I propose an Illinois Courthouse festival day. One with food and drink located around each courthouse in the state. Preferably on different days so taxpayers from other counties can visit and get an idea of how other counties are run. It is not run by a political party. It is a county taxpayer driven with volunteers from all the nonprofit organizations and schools included, which raise money throughout the county. It is all about emboldening the taxpayer political and government entities are always saying taxpayers are at fault for not getting involved and I do agree. However the amount of involvement necessary today is impossible, unless you are being paid a salary or insurance benefits to be there.
Please provide the name or if there is a bill out there to stop the resignation and receipt of pensions of those found in criminal activity that are among the government workers. If there is a bill out there, show who is responsible. The public cannot handle resignations of people caught in illegal activity and then carrying on and receiving payment for the rest of their lives. It’s got to stop and we have to hold specific people accountable.
Rent, property taxes
Thanks BND for the article on rent payments and property tax payments in East St. Louis. East St. Louis has high property tax rates with property values very low. East St. Louis landlords have been receiving residential rental payments of $800 and $1,200 for years. These payments are subsidized or payed completely by the government, no one would pay that hard-earned money to live there as seen by the exodus of citizens. Now that other cities have jumped on the bandwagon to get subsidized housing money, which is an apparent boon to the Belleville School District. Obviously rental payment is a business.
The Leaders in Missouri and more over in St. Louis are smarter than leaders in Illinois. They have garnered more federal funding for Infrastructure than Illinois or the metro-east. The leaders promoted the designation and funding of the Jefferson Memorial for the riverfront and the Arch in the late 40’s. Jumping forward: they named the Poplar Street Bridge, Illinois had no say. They were successful in convincing the feds to dedicate city Route 40 to Interstate 64 and fund all the infrastructure improvements for a trifling $55, million. They fought and won the new bridge funding fiasco, Illinois lost. They named the new bridge, Illinois lost. They won the location for the NGA, Illinois lost. I guess we can’t complain about the NGA location, after all, Illinois wins all the trash and debris from the demolition of buildings and contamination. Boy, isn’t it great to see East St. Louis and the metro-east move forward!
Get over it
Get over it St. Clair County, we lost, St. Louis gets the NGA project. And now the fun really starts. When they start to build it. Secret documents about the taxes rates on the side cost overruns, kickbacks to contractors, minorities wanting more work. Recent issues going on with the site. Oh boy this is going to be fun!
Homes located on private hidden drives with one or more homes with little or no churn, quaint little all brick homes customized by builders, keep their market values down along with their assessments. All because they start out with under value dollar amounts on the permits, they never churn and if a rogue assessor increases their value they generally have connections to get it lowered.
Someone wrote a letter sympathizing with the coal miners and making fun of the people in favor of clean air and clean water because of the climate change, they don’t get it. This is the 21st century. It’s over, the coal miners need to learn a new skill. It won’t be this year or next year, there won’t be any more use for coal; other things are coming along, nitrogen, electricity. We didn’t have cellphones or remote control TV’s 25 years ago, but we do now. Electronic devices. You need to have a better education to survive, it’s not a political issue. Yes the climate is changing, and it has before it is what destroyed the Mayan culture and those that lived in Cahokia, both of those were wiped out by drought and that is what is headed this way. Maybe not here, but in the rest of the world.
If the day before the election, we had a bad storm there would be no electricity, there would be no elections. And Obama would claim he would run for a third term. If the week before elections Hillary is indicted, can Joe Biden step in?
High tax rates
In regard to the tax bills for East St. Louis, there is no serious mention of the fact that the tax rates are so high in the city. And those increased revenues are going to go into the TIF district coffers and continue to be the slush fund for the City Council of East St. Louis. Someone needs to take a serious look at that. And try to work with the people and property owners to rectify the situation.