R. Kelly's 22,000-square-foot Olympia Fields mansion went up for auction on March 18 as part of ongoing foreclosure proceedings, and Kelly’s lender on the property, JP Morgan Chase, offered the sole bid of $950,000. | File photo
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:17PM
How can singer R. Kelly lose his Olympia Fields house and owe $5 million in taxes yet still live in Trump International Hotel & Tower? What am I doing wrong?
It’s really becoming tiresome reading some of the Speak Out comments about the Link card. Clearly, many are not reading the full comments from readers. No one is against someone getting help if they really need it. The problem is that way too many people are getting it when they don’t need it, or they are bargaining, stealing and conniving with those Link cards. It is the abuse, not the idea of helping someone in need, that people are against. They need to have much stricter rules about who can get them.
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. seems to still be in the newspapers. Old news is no news to me. I’m tired of looking at his face with his improvised tears. How many onions does he carry in his pocket to put on this farce?
Marilyn from Blue Island
The cardinals in Rome hit a home run in electing Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, as our new pope. I believe Pope Francis is the pope to make needed changes. May we all pray for him.
FK from Oak Lawn
It seems Cook County Commissioner William Beavers lost his money gambling in Indiana. Maybe the jury would think about giving you a little slack if you would have lost your money here in Illinois.
If certain Speak Out commenters do not like WGN-TV (Channel 9)’s Tom Skilling, then they can change the channel.
President Obama has finally put forth his budget. Tax as much as you want and spend more than you need.
Anyone in Crestwood who believes Lou Presta can get this town up and running in a couple of years must still believe in Santa Claus. Come on, Crestwood seniors and others! It’s time for a change. Vote New Leadership Party. There has been enough corruption in Crestwood. This is not Chicago. We do not want Chicago-style politics.
Judy from Crestwood
A person is entitled to be strong in their beliefs but also to be strong enough to know the difference between right and wrong.
Enough is enough about immigration reform. Let people come in through the front door like they’ve been doing for years, apply for citizenship, get a Social Security card, learn English and get a job. These people will be happy for years. Let’s get rid of the freeloaders.
I’ve traveled all over the United States but mostly down South and out West. One of the things that I’ve noticed is that in other places people seem more friendly and mind their own business and respect other’s property unlike up here where people are rude and ignorant many times. We have teenagers with horrendous attitudes and people who do not respect other people’s property.
I’m sick and tired about hearing about Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. He’s making $94 million and all he does is sit on his butt. They keep saying that he’ll play when he’s ready. Quit being momma’s little baby and get out there and play. They are paying you. Go do your job.
I think Mariano’s Fresh Market in Frankfort is awesome. It has been a long time coming. I’m thrilled to shop at Mariano’s.
For a while the news has been telling us how the gasoline prices have been going lower. The gas prices have actually been the same or slightly higher from what I’ve seen. What are these lie from the news? Are they supposed to be lowering the gas prices or not?
Some people say they can drive and talk on the cellular phone or text. The first thing that comes to my mind is they are poor drivers and they are making themselves very poor drivers. We just lost four teenagers in Wilmington when their car flipped into a pond. I’m surely suspicious that it was distracted driving that would cause something like that. I don’t believe the accident was due to drinking because they were very young and upstanding on-the-ball kids.
I think Michelle Obama is the most beautiful, dynamic, caring and intelligent first lady we’ve had since Jacqueline Kennedy. Wherever she goes, she lights up the room. Why Republicans soreheads are so down on her is anybody’s guess. It’s also obvious that she and her husband are crazy about each other. Isn’t that refreshing for a White House couple? Go, Michelle and Barack! I wish many more happy years of marriage to you.
What was up with the wind on March 20? I took a long drive down Interstate 57 and spent several hours in my car. I’ve never experienced such gusts that had me constantly gripping the steering wheel to ensure I didn’t veer off the road. Did anyone else encounter this?
Do any of the people who vote read the newspaper? How can they keep electing the same thieves again? Politicians from the past 20 years until now should not be paid for anything. They have done nothing. All they’ve done is lie, steal and run Illinois into the sewer. If you are a taxpayer, there is not one good reason to live in Illinois. If you are on some kind of welfare or free-money program, you are in the right place. Illinois is doomed. The politicians who are making the laws don’t have a clue how to do anything right.