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.
New Illinois legislation: "Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that prevents ticket quotas from being used to evaluate a police officer's performance.
It also prohibits a county or municipality from requiring a police officer to issue a specific number of tickets within a certain period of time."
And speaking of tickets, an update on Dale's speed camera ticket mailed to him from East St. Louis. A letter was sent telling him his ticket has been invalidated, probably because a judge ruled those tickets were illegal shortly after he received his. But there are still a couple of cameras on 64 east and west as you drive across the bridge. They are on the east end of the bridge on the green signs-the east signage camera is on the grouping which has a yellow sign pointing to Cahokia and just across the way on the west bound is another, with exit 3rd street in yellow. There had been another camera just in the westbound lanes a bit further east, but I have not noticed this one lately.
While walking Ferdie this morning I ran into one of our staff people who is one of the most mild mannered of men, rarely gets upset. He told me it took him forever today to get from his home in Fairview Heights to the campus and he left really early. Last night it took him an hour and a half to get home, half an hour spent sitting still and going no where in the exit lane to 64 west of the merge with 55/70. He finally decided to slip into the 55 lane and head for Collinsville and then 159 to Fairview.
There really is no good reason for IDOT to be constantly working on the same area of 64 in Illinois, year after year after year. It's one thing to believe the roads will be great when done, but they're never done and each year commuters spend way too much time sitting in jams. It's all about money. IDOT has it and they're darn well going to keep doing things in order to keep the money flowing. At the very least there should be some way to allow the rush hour hours to be cleared of all that work stuff. It'll be a miracle if some year drivers from Illinois can actually go straight over to St. Louis without stopping.
I searched IDOT on Twitter just know because I'd seen a News Democrat announcement that at 11 this morning IDOT would have a news conference to give the results of a construction zone speed camera survey they did.
What I learned when the Twitter search feed for IDOT came up is how many people either don't know how to spell or they think IDOT is pronounced IDIOT because some of their tweets are about being an idiot not about the Illinois department of transportation.
In reality IDOT"s Twitter page is @IDOT_Illinois
Haven't found what I was actually looking for, however.
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?