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Updated: May 29, 2014 6:17AM



It was good to see a logical reasoning in an editorial supporting municipalities in their fight against the minimum manning bill in Springfield. However, if the media would have done their homework, which you did not, you would have found the $30,000, $50,000 and even more checks union hack Devaney and the IAFF wrote to all the politicians in Springfield to buy their votes to get this ridiculous legislation passed to this point.

It is impossible to compare real estate taxes in any Illinois town with those in the rest of the country as Illinois is dead last in its funding of public education making local school districts dependent upon property tax. Also, regarding that 1,200-square-foot Georgian in Evergreen Park whose first installment for property tax is $2,586, just cast your eyes across the border if you really want property-tax envy. That $2,500 would just about pay your entire property tax bill for the year in Chicago. But in Chicago homeowners’ tax is less because of all the commercial and industrial property which is taxed at a higher rate. This could be another reason the taxes are lower in Philadelphia, too.

Chicago

So the Naperville police chief makes $154,000 a year while taking in a police tax-funded lifetime pension to the tune of $104,000 a year, which is also state tax exempt. He also gets a police car for personal use while the taxpayers pay for the insurance and gasoline to operate it. He is probably thinking about retiring to a state like Nevada where the taxes are less, and then get a security consultant job at one of the casinos.

It’s amazing to me that the aldermen/women in Chicago have no other pressing matters to attend to than ridding the city of plastic bags.

To Bob of Orland Park: Since there are no funds to clean up 82nd Avenue, get some gloves, boots and trash bags and start cleaning it. You will get exercise, fresh air and a sense of accomplishment in your neighborhood. Maybe more people will follow your lead and our streets won’t look disgusting.

A.P. from Orland Park

I am having a difficult time understanding why the state continues to make contracts with unions that state that their members receive preferential treatment in hiring when new job openings occur. Central Management Services does not even score applications or create an eligibility list of nonstate employees. Why is it that not all citizens of the state of Illinois are given the same consideration for employment? We may have persons who are not state employees with more experience and/or education than a state employee who is selected for the position (as a “promotion”). I think that preferential hiring practices should cease for all government employees.

The media says women make 20 percent less than men. If that were true, why would anyone hire a man?

Graffiti arrest: Come on, most of these parents are good parents and most likely on public assistance and have no extra money to make restitution for their kids being mischievous. So the answer is to totally tie up the juvenile court calendar with hearings on these graffiti matters that will cause major backups in the juvenile system — which will cost the taxpayers more money then it’s worth chasing after restitution. What about having the kids perform community service removing the graffiti or clean up of trash on the streets of Chicago? CTA reports what you want to hear, but you’ll never get another follow-up story on how much they recovered or this crackdown again.

Ralph from Monee

I recently read about the new head basketball coach at St. Laurence High School, Jim Maley. In the article it was indicated that he was fired from a Chicago public school for enforcing academic and conduct rules that caused some players to miss games due to rule violations. That apparently irked some of the “helicopter” parents of the students in question. Well, I think Mr. Maley is just the man for the job at St. Laurence, a place where academic and conduct rules really matter.

Tom from Evergreen Park



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