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Foliage, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve Foliage, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve (Photo by The Elginite).

The regularly scheduled monthly open thread for October 2011. Discuss what you want.

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  1. Terry Gavin says:

    Elgin has lost a great person in Steve Munson & I for one am proud to have had to opportunity to have knowN him! RIP Steve & to Ruth & your family GOD BLESS…

  2. Terry Gavin says:

    Now that Crook County Second Installment Tax bills have arrived & we the residents of Elgin see a 22%-24% tax increase across the board it’s time for action. The Elgin City Council is contemplating increasing our taxes even more. If you’re fed up as I am that government bodies are increasing taxes everywhere call your council members/Mayor & demand NO MORE TAXES on us the people of Elgin!

    The 2012 budget process is starting this month & these elected officials need to hear from us now.

    • One Vote says:

      The entire system of “Charge whatever you like; by law they have to pay it,” is insane. In the real world we have shared sacrifice, but not in government.
      Elgin studied the budget and came up with snow removal, leaf collection and utility taxes.
      Surely with 900 employees for 110,000 residents there must be something they can do to cut out city functions that are not part of the core raison d’être. But they are still playing politics. Those SEIU patches sewn on city workers uniforms are REALLY expensive.

      • Terry Gavin says:

        Actually the city reports there are 626 employees & 483 are unionized O V. But your comments about “shared sacrifice” is right on!

        I attended 5 of the 7 budget meetings and spoke at 4 of the meetings & by the end of it all they recommended NO TAX INCREASES only spending cuts & reductions in the size of government. Talk about being surprised since there was a strong emphasis to raise taxes or severely cut services. I objected & offered alternatives
        to a all or nothing type approach.

        In the end the Task Force wouldn’t give cover to the council or staff to raise taxes. Now all they’ve got to do is follow Mayor Kaptain’s Task Force’s recommendations!

  3. Enough is Enough says:

    5-year-old killed by gang gunfire on Elgin’s NE side

    From Staff Reports October 7, 2011 9:15PM

    ELGIN — A 5-year-old boy was killed in a gang shooting as he rode in a car Friday night on the city’s northeast side, police said early Saturday morning.

    According to reports, the boy, who was not immediately identified, was in a car with two relatives that was backing out of a driveway in the 900 block of Elma Avenue about 7 p.m. The two relatives told police they heard gunfire and moments later realized the child had been hit.

    They then drove to a gas station in the 1300 block of Dundee Avenue and called police. The child was immediately transported by fire department paramedics to Sherman Hospital in Elgin in critical condition. The boy died a short time later, police said.

    Police suspect this was a gang-related shooting.

    “It’s believed that this car was specifically targeted,” Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda stated in a press release received shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday. “We are determined to find those responsible for this incident.”

    The Elgin police gang unit continues to investigate.

  4. Terry Gavin says:

    What a terrible tragedy! This is what gangs do & whomever is responsible for this needs to be removed from society forever!

    • Danise Habun says:

      I simply wanted to inform everyone that Tomorrow Saturday, October 15 · 12:30pm - 2:00pm there will be a “Anti Gang Violence March/ In Memory Of Eric Galarza Jr. March”. We will meet at The Boys and Girls Club located at 355 Dundee Ave@ 12:00pm to set up an informational table. The march will start at 1pm. We will head up Dundee all the way to Elma where the victims house is. The distance is 1.7 miles, if you can’t or don’t want to walk that distance you can also meet us at the victims house on Elma to show support once we arrive.

  5. b4real says:

    We have a choice and that’s at the voting box, if we elect officials that will hold staff and themselves accountable then we can get our finances under control and balance the books without raising taxes and fees. There have been no changes in staff even though we are 4.5 million or more short in the budget, they should have seen this comming and if not they should be going. The citizens must demand better representation from those elected to run the city and give direction to staff.

    • One Vote says:

      Gee, where does Illinois get that kind of dough? I thought we were broke. Ditto for the federal budget.

      • RS says:

        There’s always plenty of money to go around in election season.

        “I want to thank both state Rep. Keith Farnham and state Sen. Michael Noland (both of Elgin) for their work assisting…Reopelle in obtaining this grant,” City Manager Sean Stegall stated in the release.

        • paul says:

          Speaking of politics; why is Department of Natural Resources funding $50 million for municipality Recreation Centers! Isn’t DNR threatening to close State Parks and waysides due to funding issues?
          And speaking of politics, doesn’t Elgin already have an eastside recreation Centre!!! Built at great cost and with on-going Elgin taxpayer subsidy!

      • paul says:

        Scroll down a few articles from the Courier News article about this $50 million grant to read how the State of Illinois is BILLIONS behind in debt payments! No mention of Farnham and Noland of their direct assistance in running up BILLIONS of dollars debt while refusing to pay for that debt!!!
        Stick a fork in America - we are done.

    • One Vote says:

      Kenyon (and his money) have been around GOP politics for a long time.
      He’s done lots of favors over the years with very little personal effort. And things have gone downhill without Mike taking action.
      We’ll see if clout saves his bacon. You can’t really say he’s earned it by his performance.

  6. RS says:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8391413

    Teachers, parents fight Sears’ tax breaks

    “We in the state of Illinois have for too long allowed corporations like Sears to basically shake us down,” said State Sen. Michael Noland, (D) Elgin.

    Sears recently commissioned a study that concluded the company contributes 15,000 jobs to the area and more than $3 billion in economic development. In a statement, Chris Brathwaite, Sears VP of Media Relations and Corporate Communications, said, “Sears Holdings paid over $200 million taxes last year in the state of Illinois…to make it sound like this company is simply standing here with its hand out is simply not true. District 300 has not lost a dime due to the EDA.”

    • One Vote says:

      Noland says he likes a good fight, and jumped in the ring with D300 to fight Sears.
      It’s not like Sears has nowhere else to go.
      The dems are broke with no hope of recovery. Sears is the scapegoat of the week.
      Noland couldn’t possibly say, “We spent like drunken sailors in a recession and the money is gone.” He’s got to blame someone.

  7. Todd Martin says:

    In a perfect world, Sears would pay full property taxes at their headquarters just like any other business. All businesses are not equal. Noland fails to notice that there is competition for major employers like Sears. As the Anti-Senator, he effectively seeks to remove 6000 jobs from our district. This follows his previous role as… Anti-Senator who votes to remove millions in revenue from our district in gambling revenue because we the people didn’t beg properly.

    • One Vote says:

      Where was Mike’s whine when Quinn and Lisa Madigan were giving high fives for cutting a deal with Navistar?
      Or the same thing with Quinn, Emanuel and Ford?
      Such hypocrisy is astounding.

    • One Vote says:

      Not me.
      1) I don’t believe in the project.
      2) It’s too close to Al’s, and too tempting.

  8. b4real says:

    Elgin may be $10M - 13M in red, this is headline in the courier news.

    http://couriernews.suntimes.com/8289884-417/elgin-may-be-10m-13m-in-red.html

    It keeps getting worse, we have highly paid staff that first does not adjust spending in a recession, housing collapse, high unemployment and says they are going to be off by 4.5m and then by the end of the budget task force it’s up to 9M and now it’s up to 13M. We still have time to get to 20M by budget due date. Where else can such incompetence be rewarded with job security. The deficit train left the station a long time ago headed for Elgin, the signals were missed or avoided for whatever reason, enough is enough. Are the citizens expected to make up the difference and pretend it’s ok.