Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Yesterday Illinois Governor Quinn unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation.
At first glance only one of the projects on the list affect Metro East drivers and that is in the Alton Godfrey area, but at second glance it looks as though there are hundreds more coming not on the official announcement. Looks like Effingham will be looking at more I-70 work which seems to go on for years on end, totally obvious to anyone who takes 70 through that area.
There sure is a lot of money for road work in Illinois and so little money for paying school districts what they ought. And, the same drivers will be jammed up as always, just for work done a mile down the road from where the last ended.
Also on Illinois roads, it will cost you 375 dollars for speeding in a work zone whether workers are present or not.
I guess Opening Day for baseball is also the official start of spring and a perfect storm of a date for all the state departments of transportation to begin going full bore with highway and road construction.
For Illinois drivers....ugh....
IDOT will be closing lanes east and west bound on 55/70 beginning at 157 (Collinsville) and ending at 270. Drivers probably won't know what part of the roadway will be closed at any particular time or day.
And, according to the electronic message board along Vandalia in Collinsville, there will be only one lane for traffic beginning today. That's one lane for both directions which means one direction will have to wait for a flagman to let cars going in the other direction to get through and then stop them to allow the others to move.
There's no accountability from IDOT or MoDOT or any DOT to the public. They do what they want when they want.
Gov. Pat Quinn has prepared an election-year spending proposal that would make permanent the 67 percent income tax increase set to expire in 2015 and couple it with property tax relief for homeowners, sources familiar with the plan said Tuesday.
The temporary tax increase he signed into law in 2011 is needed to fund education and the property tax relief would take the form of a $500 refund.
So who gives the 500 dollar property tax refund? The state or the local counties?
At 8 this morning the Illinois General Assembly is to vote on changing the name of the Restroom Access Act HB4036.
The name or title of the act would change the (the) to (the). What? I had read this several times before I comprehended that the name would really not change at all. So why do this? Well, it allows a rep Burke to add an amendment (HB4036-HCA1) which would outlaw the sale of raw milk in Illinois.
"After the effective date of this Act, no person shall sell or distribute, offer to sell or distribute any milk or milk product for human use or consumption unless such milk or milk product has been pasteurized and has been produced and processed in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Department. The term "sell or distribute for use or consumption" means to sell or distribute to a person for human use or consumption and not for processing or resale in any form."
What does this have to do with Restroom Access? Nothing. But we are talking Illinois afterall.
Update: As of 9:15 Jim Oberweis is holding a rather large lead over Douglas Truax in the senate race. 68 percent counted Oberweis 56% to Truax 44%
With 71% of the vote counted, Bruce Rauner holds a slight edge over Kirk Dillard 40% to 38%
The GOP side of the primary has brought the most interest this year with 4 candidates running for the governor slot and two for the senate spot on the November ballot.
The man some consider the front runner, Bruce Rauner faces challenges by 2 state senators-Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and rounded out by state treasurer Dan Rutherford. Interestingly Dillard is being supported by former governor Jim Edgar and state labor unions who have poured money into his advertising campaign. The unions hope that Dillard will edge out Rauner who they fear will be a Scott Walker type governor.
In the senate race the ballot pitts Jim Oberweis against Doug Truax. Oberweis has run for state office in the past while Truax has not.
Current governor, democrat Pat Quinn should have no problem in the primary. He also is the beneficiary of union money. His opponent is Tio Hardiman, a former leader of a Chicago anti-violence group who was dismissed after being arrested for domestic battery. That charge was later dropped.
Illinois state representative Jay Hoffman is hoping to put forth legislation that will require red light cameras in all municipalities. Regardless of whether you think these are a good safety thing or believe they just are a way to raise money, these cameras are now being removed in other states and cities including Missouri. Judges have begun to rule tickets don't have to be paid and just last night Ellisville city council voted to have theirs removed.
So Illinois is behind the times. I hope this goes no where, we're already being watched everywhere we go.
Illinois state senator Mattie Hunter of Chicago has proposed a new tax on soda obstensibly for health reasons. We're living in a time when any time someone wants to impose new taxes they believe they have a winning argument when health claims are made. The revenue would go to health services and education initiatives. Forgive me for being cynical. That revenue just screams pork for friends.
The US Green Building Council released their ranking of states according to their LEED Green Building development. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013.
Illinois is number one, certifying 171 projects representing 2.29 square feet of LEED space per resident. Maryland and Virginia follow at numbers 2 and 3.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design