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нояб. 10, 2007 08:09
Давайте делиться новостями
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сент. 3, 2015 23:05
Emmanual to see $500Mln property tax hike
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is poised to raise property taxes by $500 million for police and fire pensions and school construction and impose a garbage-collection fee to generate $100 million more, City Hall sources said Wednesday.
The $500 million property tax increase will cost the owner of a home valued at $250,000 roughly $500 more each year. The garbage fee — widely viewed as a back-door property-tax hike — will be a monthly assessment of roughly $11 to $12 per household.
The mayor’s 2016 budget also will include a tax on e-cigarettes and other smokeless tobacco products — roughly equivalent to the $7.17 tax slapped on a pack of cigarettes purchased in Chicago — and a $1 a ride surcharge on Uber and other ride-hailing services.
Sources said the surcharge will be part of a broader package of reforms to level a playing field that has allowed ride-hailing companies to siphon business from taxicabs.
A penny-an-ounce “fat tax” on sugary soft drinks aimed at curbing obesity might also make its way onto the smorgasbord of tax and fee hikes served up by the mayor, depending on the outcome of a public hearing spearheaded by the tax’s champion: Ald. George Cardenas (12th), chairman of the City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection.
The 60 percent increase in the city’s property tax levy, along with a garbage fee, ride-hailing surcharge and smokeless tobacco tax, make up the largest collection of tax and fee hikes Chicagoans have ever seen.
But City Hall sources said Emanuel is determined to eliminate the city’s structural deficit, put police and fire pensions on solid footing and eliminate risky financial practices that his predecessor and political mentor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, used to mask the true cost of city government.
Struggling to solve a $30 billion pension crisis that has dropped the city’s bond rating to junk status, Emanuel needs, even under the best-case scenario, $754 million in new revenue to balance his 2016 budget and shore up police and fire pensions.
And that’s not counting the $9.5 billion pension crisis at the Chicago Public Schools.
During a Jan. 30 debate that preceded Round One of the mayoral sweepstakes, Emanuel ruled out a post-election property tax increase but pointedly confined the guarantee to the city’s operating shortfall.
That prompted then-Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) to warn of a “massive” property tax hike for pensions if Emanuel was re-elected. Budget Committee Chairman Carrie Austin (34th), one of Emanuel’s most powerful City Council allies, subsequently embarrassed the mayor by calling a post-election property tax hike inevitable.
Fioretti and Austin were right.
Sources said the 2016 budget that Emanuel will present to the City Council on Sept. 22 will include a $450 million property tax increase for police and fire pensions the mayor once hoped to shore up with revenues from an elusive Chicago casino.
In addition, Emanuel will ask aldermen to adopt a separate levy of $50 million to bankroll school construction and pay off old projects.
For more than 20 years, CPS has been empowered to impose a capital improvement tax but never activated it. In an audit that outlined the “breaking point” in CPS finances, the accounting firm of Ernst & Young suggested that the City Council take advantage of the school construction levy.
Emanuel has offered to raise property taxes by an additional $170 million for the schools, but only if teachers accept the equivalent of a 7 percent pay cut and the state reimburses CPS for “normal” pension costs.
That would require the City Council to cast a second vote — this time to reinstate the old, dedicated property tax levy for teacher pensions.
But sources said the mayor is unwilling to put that money on the table until the union and the Illinois General Assembly step up to the plate. That will obviously have to wait until the budget stalemate between Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has been resolved.
What Emanuel likes to call the “grand bargain” would also require the Legislature to lift the property tax cap on CPS. That’s no sure thing either at a time when Rauner is pushing hard for a property tax freeze.
Together, the increases for both the city and CPS have the potential to raise the annual property tax bill for the owner of a home valued at $250,000 by nearly $700.
The suburban-style garbage-collection fee could be a tough sell.
African-American aldermen have urged Emanuel to trash it on grounds that it will leave some neighborhoods filthy, breed widespread avoidance and possibly, cost laborers their jobs.
But sources said Emanuel is determined to forge ahead with the fee and portray it as leveling the playing field at a time when roughly 40 percent of Chicago households — living in anyplace above a four-flat — already pay for private garbage collection.
Four years ago, Inspector General Joe Ferguson estimated that a volume-based, annual fee of $100 for every 96 gallon cart used could generate up to $125 million a year — even if the fee triggers a 17 percent reduction in household refuse and a similar drop in the number of carts used.
But sources said Emanuel has chosen to go with a flat monthly fee to avoid penalizing families with two or three garbage carts.
With some suburbs using one-man crews, sources said the mayor has approached the Laborers Union about possibly reducing the size of the city’s three-man crews and reassigning those employees to other vital services, like tree-trimming and rodent control.
The city could purchase a “different kind of garbage truck” as older trucks are replaced due to the shift to smaller crews, sources said.
“They’re not all three-men crews. Sometimes there’s three. Sometimes there’s two,” said Chuck Loverde, secretary-treasurer of the Laborers District Council and president of Laborers Local 1092.
“Crew sizes are very efficient in what they’re doing. You see how clean the city is. If crew sizes were affected, the city wouldn’t be as clean as it is.”
James Ellis, business manager of Laborers Local 1001, did not return phone calls.
To generate revenue, union leaders have suggested city crews be given the green light to compete with private scavengers for the right to pick up garbage at more than 1,800 multi-unit residential buildings where city pick-ups were recently discontinued.
Ald. Joe Moore (49th), one of the mayor’s closest City Council allies, said the double-whammy of a property tax hike and garbage collection fee will be one of the toughest votes he has cast.
That’s especially true considering former Mayor Richard M. Daley had a political phobia to raising property taxes that prompted him to freeze them for 17 of his 22 years in office.
The result is that Chicago property taxes are unrealistically low when compared with rates for similarly sized homes in most suburbs.
But Moore said aldermen have little choice now but to swallow the bitter post-election pill and hope outraged constituents calm down by the 2019 election.
“We knew all along we were facing significant fiscal challenges. Without help from Springfield, our range of choices are pretty narrow. The choices are really between bad and worse,” Moore said.
Because of the make-up of his Far North Side ward, Moore said he’ll have an easier time than most voting for what he called a “user fee” on garbage collection.
“You can make an argument that it’s more fair because all of my constituents who are renters and condominium owners have had to pay for their garbage pick-up for decades. They can make an argument that they’re finally leveling the playing field. And it’s a user fee that many suburbanites and many other large cities, for that matter, already pay,” Moore said.
The garbage fee, the ride-hailing surcharge and the smokeless tobacco tax all originated with aldermen.
That allows Emanuel to share the political blame for the avalanche of tax increases that will be needed to steer Chicago away from the financial cliff.
There’s one more idea originating with the anti-Emanuel Progressive Caucus that the mayor is considering — and it has nothing to do with taxes.
To generate millions and give beleaguered motorists a break, sources said the mayor is considering another parking ticket amnesty program that could be extended to the $100 tickets churned out by red-light cameras and the $100 and $35 tickets generated by speed cameras.
In 2002, City Hall raked in more than $8.2 million and wiped 242,000 old parking tickets off the books with a six-week parking ticket amnesty.
Seven years later, the city collected $7 million and wiped 135,000 unpaid parking and red-light tickets off the books during a 10-week amnesty.
City Hall has been reluctant to offer frequent amnesty programs for fear of reducing collection rates by creating the expectation of periodic breaks. There’s still some concern that yet another amnesty would have that same effect. That’s why it’s not yet a sure thing for Emanuel.
июнь 18, 2015 01:34
Завтра в Чикаго выступает Bette Midler:
United Center (Chicago, IL), Thursday June 18, 2015 / 8:00pm
янв. 3, 2014 08:38
Прогноз погоды в Чикаго - В Воскресенье/Понедельник ожидается -25Ц.
До Среды ожидаются холода до -30Ф с ветром, если верить сводке погоды по ТВ.
Говорят, такого холода не было с 1982.
сент. 29, 2013 12:23
У всех свои дела.
наверное, замечательно,что никто не стремится посидеть с земляками.
Так же и в Миннеапполисе-как ни приедешь,все с кем не встречаешься говорят о недостатке общения.
Ну а где инициатива от вас самих?
Всем по очереди звонить?
сент. 11, 2013 14:30
Дамы и Господа,которые в Чикаго!
Немного на юг переехал.Во Флориду.
Но какая у нас была встреча в...2007.
Но хотелось бы со всеми вами ещё раз всретиться!
сент. 11, 2012 07:45
На следуюшей неделе Чикаго выступают 2 знаменитыx певца:
LEGENDARY BUDDY GUY and Jonny Lang
September 15 at The Chicago Theatre
Willie Nelson and Family
September 20 at The Chicago Theatre
сент. 1, 2012 09:56
ЖАСМИН в Чикаго
Nov 10, 2012 07:00 pm - Nov 10, 2012 10:00 pm
5501 N Kedzie, Chicago, IL
Ирина Аллегрова в Чикаго (бывшая Бакинка, кстати)
Sunday, November 04, 2012 7:00 PM
1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL
февр. 18, 2012 22:49
Электронная платежная система Google Wallet временно прекратила свою работу в связи с ранее выявленной уязвимостью. Для перевода чужих денежных средств, злоумышленникам достаточно было лишь получить физический доступ к мобильному устройству.
Компания отключила возможность предоплаты 10 февраля, то есть на следующий день после того как блог The Smartphone Champ опубликовал информацию о том, что получить доступ к платежной системе Google очень просто. Чтобы сделать это, не нужно быть хакером или знать какую-то секретную комбинацию. Достаточно лишь зайти в настройки и сбросить их, после чего приложение предложит пользователю ввести новый PIN-код.
«Проблема заключается в том, что платежная система Google Wallet связанна с
дек. 24, 2011 10:53
The best concerts coming to Chicago in 2012
The upcoming New Year will be an exciting time for music lovers in Chicago, with a diverse group of entertainers coming to the city that includes classic rock, blues, and heavy metal icons, along with country superstars, beloved singers/songwriters, oldies bands, and local favorites. Here's a sneak peek at some of the best Chicago concerts of 2012. (Note: All shows are currently on sale, unless otherwise noted).
Pink Floyd is among the most successful and respected bands in music. In what will no doubt be one of the biggest concert events in 2012, founding member Roger Waters brings "The Wall Live Tour" to Wrigley Field on June 8, 2012.
The iconic album "The Wall" features songs "Another Brick in the Wall" (Parts 1 and 2), as well as my favorite tracks, "Comfortably Numb," "Run Like Hell," and "Is There Anybody Out There?".
Fans will love that in addition to the individual tickets for the show, there are special VIP packages for sale that include a buffet dinner, drinks, T-shirt, tour program, and more.
In the 2011 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, B.B. King was ranked at No. 6, which is a most deserved honor. He is a true legend, and I would pay money just to hear him perform one song - "The Thrill Is Gone."
B.B. King will be in concert on March 22-23, 2012 at House of Blues. Ticket prices are $82.50-$85 for this 21-and-over show.
Speaking of the recent Rolling Stone greatest guitarist rankings, the fact that this man did not make the list is just ridiculous. Eric Johnson, the rock/blues guitar virtuoso, takes the stage on January 12, 2012, at House of Blues. This 17-and-over general admission show costs $27.50 in advance and $30 day of show.
Gigantour featuring Megadeth and Motorhead
Two of the biggest names in heavy metal, Megadeth and Motorhead, will be headlining Gigantour, which also includes Volbeat and Lacuna Coil. This all-ages, general admission concert will be held February 10, 2012, at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 23, 2011.
For those who are not familiar with this venue, the main floor is standing room-only, but the balcony area has a limited amount of seats and a separate bar area. If you want to leave the car at home, the Red Line trains and CTA buses 81 Lawrence, 151 Sheridan, and 36 Broadway will take you there.
For as long as I can remember, Neil Diamond had a reputation for putting on one of the best live shows in music. For a reason. And in 2011, he became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Kennedy Center Honoree. His radio-friendly list of songs include the classics "America," "Sweet Caroline," "I'm a Believer," "Cherry, Cherry," and many more.
Neil Diamond will be at the United Center on July 6, 2012, with ticket prices ranging from $55-$120.
Lovehammers, along with opening act Bottle of Justus, are scheduled for House of Blues on March 10, 2012. Tickets start at $22.50. For this show, there are a couple reasonably priced VIP packages that offer a sound check party, meet and greet, T-shirt, CD, and DVD.
I had the chance to see Marty Casey and Lovehammers in concert, and they blew me away. Marty is an electrifying front man, and the band is tight and polished.
If you have not seen Buddy Guy perform live, you will have plenty of opportunities to hear the gifted, charismatic blues veteran. He will be playing at his own club, Buddy Guy's Legends, throughout the month of January, beginning January 5, 2012. The concerts take place Thursdays-Sundays, with a rotating lineup of special guests like Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Brother John, Carlos Johnson, John Primer, and Carl Weathersby.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Jim Peterik will be at the Montrose Room in Rosemont, Illinois, on February 11, 2012. He is the founding member of Survivor and Ides of March and gave us one of the coolest movie theme songs of all time, "Eye of the Tiger" from "Rocky III." At this particular show, he will introduce his latest venture, Lifeforce, a smooth jazz project.
This super talented and entertaining performer is playing at one of the loveliest small venues in the area - Montrose Room at the Hotel InterContinental in Rosemont. The intimate night club setting has great acoustics and a friendly staff. Tickets are $20. A special hotel/concert package is available.
When I had the chance to see Peter Frampton in concert several years ago, I felt he was even better than when he first started his career. Just like many kids who grew up in the '70s, "Frampton Comes Alive" was a must-have album for me. On a recent television appearance, we learned that guitar maestro Frampton is not the only talent in the family: Son Julian has the vocal chops and stage presence to have a long and prosperous music career like his famous dad.
"Frampton Comes Alive! 35 Tour" will be at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 25, 2012.
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw are part of the "Brothers of the Sun Tour," which also features Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen. The show will take place at Soldier Field on July 7, 2012.
Not only is Tim McGraw a talented musician, but he is also a pretty impressive actor, with solid performances starring opposite Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" and Gwyneth Paltrow in "Country Strong."
Creed rocks the Chicago Theatre with two shows, April 13 and 14, 2012. The first night will feature the music of "My Own Prison," and on the second date, the band will perform the CD that I feel is a career highlight for them, "Human Clay."
Creed lovers will be thrilled to hear that there are VIP packages for this concert, with goodies like a chance to hear the band's sound check, a meet and greet, posters, and CD.
The Black Keys with Arctic Monkeys
The Black Keys, the blues/rock duo from Akron, Ohio, have sold over $2 million in CDs. You can catch them at the United Center on Monday, March 19, 2012. The opening band will be Arctic Monkeys. Tickets range from $39-$59.
Salute to the '60s
Oldies fans will want to check out the Salute to the '60s show at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, on Friday, February 3, 2012. Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone, The Grass Roots, and The Buckinghams will perform.
I've seen all these bands on several different occasions, and if you enjoy this type of music, the huge stream of hits you will hear are almost impossible to get out of your head.. Songs like "Midnight Confession," "Susan," and "Kind of a Hush" are among the catchiest pop tunes of their time.
On a recent PBS show, Peter Noone showed that he's still an infectious, joyous entertainer, and just as handsome!
Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville has another highly entertaining show in February 2012. On Saturday, February 11, you can see American English.
It's very challenging to capture the brilliance of The Beatles, but American English are considered among the very best tribute bands in the country. Managed by Sam Leach, the former promoter for The Beatles, the group recreate a full Fab Four experience of sight and sound, delivered with Beatlesque wit and charm.
Barry Manilow's most ardent fans, "Fanilows," will be in heaven as their man appears live at the Chicago Theatre, February 2-4, 2012. Tickets range from $24.99 to $224.99.
The gifted singer/songwriter gives 110 percent at his shows, with a warm, engaging personality, audience interaction, and a string of hits that boggles the mind. Even a rocker like me melts when I hear "Weekend in New England," "Trying to Get the Feeling," and the beautiful "Could It Be Magic." Barry Manilow is one of those entertainers that some are too "cool" to admit they like, but here you go - I am coming out of the closet to say I'm a secret "Fanilow!" Shh. Don't tell anyone.
Coldplay will be at the United Center August 7-8, 2012. Ticket prices are $49.50, $79.50, and $110.
This will be Coldplay's first North American tour in almost three years. Their latest release, "Mylo Xyloto," has the distinction of receiving the most No. 1 rankings of any album this year worldwide, and included two Grammy-nominated singles.
By Patricia Batson | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Thu, Dec 22, 2011
февр. 1, 2011 06:54
В Чикаго завтра/послезавтра обещают 20 инчей снега (50 сантиметров).
-17 Цельсия, ветра, и шторм - какого не было с 1967 года
окт. 30, 2010 08:44
K нам в Чикаго посылали из Йемена взрывчатку - в две Чикагские синагоги.
Chicago synagogues warned to watch for suspicious packages
Chicago, Illinois (CNN) -- Synagogues across metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, began taking "appropriate precautions" Friday after a warning by security officials to watch out for suspicious packages from abroad, according to a Jewish Federation spokeswoman.
President Barack Obama said that two packages that apparently contained explosive materials were bound for two synagogues in Chicago.
President Barack Obama said that two packages that apparently contained explosive materials were bound for two synagogues in Chicago.
нояб. 24, 2009 07:56
Biggest baby crib recall in U.S. history:
Более 2 миллионов детских кроваток отзывают здесь - .
Дети могут просунуть голову и задохнуться - зарегистрированы детские смерти.
также видео показало детские коляски, где нескольким детям ампутировало пальцы. Советую посмотреть линк.
июль 16, 2009 21:39
SEARS TOWER больше нет в списке достопримечательностей Чикаго.
Ее место займет Willis Tower
по имени Британской страховочной компании.
июнь 22, 2009 22:07
Illinois will begin using photo radar in freeway work zones in July.
One mile per hour over the speed limit and the machine will get you a nice $375.00 ticket in the mail.
Beginning July 1st, the State of Illinois will begin using the speed cameras in areas designated as "Work Zones" on major freeways.
Anyone caught by these devices will be mailed a $375.00 ticket for the FIRST offense.
The SECOND offense will cost $1000.00 and comes with a 90-Day suspension. Drivers will also receive demerit points against their license, which allow insurance companies to raise Insurance rates.
This is the harshest penalty structure ever set for a governmental unit involving PHOTO speed enforcement. The State already has two camera vans on line issuing tickets 24/7 in work zones with speed limits lowered to 45 MPH. Photos of both the Driver's face and License plate are taken. Pass this on to everyone you know who might be affected!!!
июнь 22, 2009 10:58
24 Июня выступает Пугачева - в даунтауне.
18-21 была чудесная выставка ЛЕГО (brickworld.com in Westin hotel).
Если кто был с детками - поделитесь фотографиями. я постараюсь сбросить свои позже.