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With the vehicles involved in the crash still in the background, Illinois State Police held a press conference Monday, raising the death toll to five from Monday's two crashes on I-55 moments apart.
o July 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Wow are they ever going to finish that bridge work on 55? So sad for all involved.
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm
How many state cops does it take to read an official statement?
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Are the other 2 state cops there to finish reading the statement if the other one goes on coffeeRead More break?
A Pace bus outside the Will County courthouse. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm
the monkeys on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
o July 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm
Then they get off the bus and sit on the porch and wait to get shot . East side summer nights.
KIMBER45 July 22, 2014 at 02:15 am
Haha
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Ex Jolietian July 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm
LOL @ Walmart. The largest employer in the USA with an average wage over $12.00 an hour plusRead More benefits. Blame a successful company.
Seer_ July 22, 2014 at 12:26 am
Wow- that's $24k a year.
Ex Jolietian July 22, 2014 at 12:37 am
It's not the minimum wage the left accuses Walmart of. These are low skilled, entry levelRead More jobs.....stepping stone jobs.
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Pols like Quinn and the Springfield Legislative Gang aren't worth saving.
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 06:14 pm
Pols like Quinn and the IL Democrat Gang are not worth saving.
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 06:15 pm
IL pols like Quinn and the Democrat Gang are not worth saving.
William Ross Henry. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Raggedyann July 21, 2014 at 09:31 pm
"silly rabbit"? Now you switched to football talk.
Nunya Bidness July 21, 2014 at 09:37 pm
I know exactly what Thirsty means..... all I am saying is I have only heard ghetto people say it!!!Read More There is no Shantel trap.... you aren't as keen as you think you are.
Nunya Bidness July 21, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids!!
Vicky Polito July 21, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Ed--I often draft my posts in an unaddressed email text or in MS Word and then copy and paste--thoseRead More other programs check my grammar and spelling, just in case, (though not flawlessly, I admit) and then I also have a copy at least temporarily for the few times that Patch/internet technology throws a nutty and my comment just evaporates! Also, THANK YOU and everyone at the RF for doing such great work for such a good reason. LOVE this whole thing and would be happy to try and help in any way I can to push for that more space needed. You are correct that Plnfld Fest and/or Midwest Brewers' Fest can become huge draws that will give long-time successes in neighboring towns, like Rib Fest or various "Tastes" and music festivals, etc., some friendly competition!
Jan Schrock July 22, 2014 at 12:25 am
Dear Plainfield Community; The Plainfield High School Athletic Booster Club and Wildcat AthletesRead More would like to thank you for your wonderful support at the Dunk Tank at Plainfield Fest. We enjoyed meeting you and had a lot of fun. We also thank Plainfield Junior Cats and Plainfield River Front organization for their encouragement and assistance.
Caleb Woehr July 22, 2014 at 01:21 am
The fest needs a popcorn/kettle corn vendor
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
Zack Mooranis July 21, 2014 at 07:41 pm
Patch is in trouble guys. There's been words out for months that they may declare bankruptcy.
Hawa Coulibaly July 21, 2014 at 09:05 pm
Every now and then a group of trolls come on patch to start fake controversies regarding theirRead More Around The Region post. If you don't want to know what is going on around your region, then don't read it. It's that simple!
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Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 03:57 pm
Don't forget the billions Congress scrounges up every year to send as aid to our pals in Israel.
Herc July 21, 2014 at 05:09 pm
Laz, really want to get mad read this article: New Obama rule could force cities to house illegalsRead More Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/new-obama-rule-could-force-cities-to-house-illegals/#bwixcwqRrVMebFuQ.99
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 05:23 pm
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Deborah Moore July 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Screamfield is an amazing haunt, in which the actors and the behind the scenes crew become a tightRead More knit family, Who return year after year. But we are always searching for new Blood, as a portion of our cast tends to be seniors in High School and move along to colleges. Haunt camp will be a fun, and enjoyable process. Come see what fun it is to scare others, even if you hate haunted houses yourself. (I would never ever go in one before I started working for Screamfield this will be my 5th year, I now go to six flags fright fest to enjoy the make up and special effects...even walking threw actual haunted houses) I hope to see alot of new bodies there....and new Victims... I mean cast members. Ms. Eat'em (Deb Moore) Tenant of Screamfield
Vicky Polito July 21, 2014 at 04:10 pm
The whole Screamfield/Halloween season in Plainfield is a terrific experience! Looking forward toRead More this year. Last year we happened to have friends in twon around that time and the weather was great and they were just bowled over by the job everyone involved in this public fun fest does!
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joe July 21, 2014 at 06:21 am
Come on guys, give IDOT a break, there is no Adult Supervision at IDOT. If you can spell shovel inRead More three try's, you become a supervisor. And don't worry about those crews working at night like other states do, that won't happen here.
Vicky Polito July 21, 2014 at 11:35 am
It does seem like IDOT moves ridiculously slowly, especially to get things started. Once somethingRead More is underway, they often do better. But holy smokes it does seem to take forever to get going with them. I know some of it is working with other organizations and municipalities, but those pieces always seem to move faster than the IDOT piece. Glad it will get done, though.
Deborah Moore July 21, 2014 at 11:37 am
Im glad it's finally starting, the back ups on I 55 are so dangerous.
Each November, organizers distribute clothing to those in need. Credit: GoFundMe.com
Done July 20, 2014 at 07:26 pm
I got Ya! I have some very nice winter clothes and blankets that I will be very happy to drop off.
Ex Jolietian July 20, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Great point. I know someone who owns some commercial property near one of the charities inRead More Joliet... every morning he has to run off the bums that hang around his front door. He regularly scrubs the pee stains off his entryway and sidewalk. Make it hard to be poor, make it miserable. Funny how the people in The Patch turned on the fat guy that is filing a lawsuit against the city.. then they want me to donate clothes to the same type of people.
Done July 21, 2014 at 06:59 am
You can't put everyone in the same category as the fat guy. Never indicated that I was #teamfatguyRead More and never asked you to donate.
by Lexi Hart
Dansr14 July 21, 2014 at 04:10 pm
Brilliant! Brought a smile to my day and an upbeat note to the beginning of my week!
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Desert Rat July 22, 2014 at 12:54 am
I bet Dr. Dike is from Nigeria.....
checkthisout July 21, 2014 at 11:48 am
Your right Sue, there are no more extensions, after 26 weeks your on your own. Just makes theRead More government look good by the unemployment rate dropping.
Seer_ July 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Billions of $ in aid to Israel- not one more penny for Federal extension of unemployment benefitsRead More from Congress-????
Jamie July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Rick Johnson – I agree that Illinois has to be more competitive, it’s just a fact ofRead More life. But is there an end to how far we should stoop? It is not just Illinois, but even the business friendly states that are losing out to foreign competition. And while red states are whipsawing blue states, all our states are being adversely affected. In 2013 according to Walgreen’s annual report, they paid about $134 million in state taxes which was about 2.2% of their earnings. What that does not reflect is the $6 million tax credit over a 10 year period nor does it reflect $625,000 in state incentives to train employees. Souce: http://redecatur.com/walgreens-to-renounce-u-s-citizenship/. But, I thought that the Illinois corporate tax rate was between 7% to 9%. In the US we previously argued which was better between red & blue states, and perhaps Walgreens would consider moving to Texas since their stated tax rate is 0% (Not really accurate since they have other ways of taxing corporations) but cheaper none the less. The nominal tax rate for the US is 35%, but corporations with a tax accounting department never actually pay that amount, and in fact many profitable corporations actually net rebates rather that actually paying taxes. I should clarify that those corporations that actually accrue a tax liability will defer the majority of if and therefore the cash actually transferred to the federal/state government is delayed for years. That amounts to an interest free loan in my opinion. But, individuals do not get to defer their taxes indefinitely like corporations. According to Walgreens 2013 annual report, their pre-tax earnings were $3,895 million and they paid $1,122 million (28.8%) but when one considers their tax deferral of $816 million their effective tax rate in 2013 was actually 7.9% As I understand, Switzerland’s nominal tax rate is 17%. I do not know if their effective tax rate is less than that. But I have to ask the questions. Are Illinois taxes really that high when one considers incentives and tax breaks? OK, so Texas’ state tax rate is lower and I understand the allure of moving to Texas, but Walgreens like many other corporations are no longer whipsawing U.S. states, they are saying to hell with all the states and denouncing their U.S. allegiance by exploiting the benefits of inversion. So are the red states taxes too high as well? Or is it the US tax rate that is too high. Again, I want to point out the difference between the nominal rate of 35% vs. Walgreens effective tax rate of 7.9%. Oh and another thing to consider, when corporations leave the burden falls on the individual tax payers. But, that burden is further compounded when those jobs like the ones in Deerfield IL are moved to Switzerland; there are less employed people in the pot to pay the deficits left by the inversion exploiters. I also read where Walgreens received $16.7 billion from Medicare & Medicaid in 2013. Should we maybe consider legislation to spend taxpayer dollars from Medicare & Medicaid to US based pharmacies? Or at least corporations that maintain their headquarters in the US. And I bet the savings that Walgreens realizes will still be spent on lobbying efforts to lessen the tax rate on the US operations that they still have to pay.
Divers prepare to go into the water in Naperville on July 19 to rescue two people whose car went into the water. | Credit: Northern Illinois Fireground Photos
Diana Greenberg July 19, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Was there deaths?
brian July 19, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Yes, two passengers. Driver got out...
MoMoTC July 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm
The three young men were Fraternity Brothers from Northwestern University. Sympathy for the parentsRead More and families at this heartbreaking time.
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Dr G July 20, 2014 at 09:09 am
Knock that old turd out.
Barbara Smith July 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
You Know the lack of respect for older and even younger people nowdays just shows that Our societyRead More is in trouble. People have no manners and the young people are rude and act like trash. Due to the lack of upbringing By the parents We need to teach manners in school. Before this whole country goes to hell if it already hasn't. One question for You Dr G. What if that was Your Dad or Your grandpa. Would You like someone to knock Them Out?
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley July 20, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Old man age 67- go and take a nice, big dosage of ambien- you should be ashamed of yourself- by theRead More way- I'm age 66- do the world a great big favor and get in bed and pull the covers over your head and stay that way!!
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Channing Grant July 21, 2014 at 06:43 pm
Legalized or not it is used by 1/4 of Americans illegally. It is available and always will.Read More Hydroponics changed everything. On the North Shore you can't drive more than a 90 seconds without passing a secret growroom.I don't have a green thumb so I never have grown any.
Smarty McSmartypants July 21, 2014 at 08:25 pm
ANY law, that criminalizes something without a real criminal is a law against us all.
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Russ July 19, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Kent - do you have details/links to stories about the Country House and Pfeifer Hall? My interestRead More has been piqued...
Independence666 July 20, 2014 at 08:50 am
Hey, if you really want to travel down some creepy roads, visit the war zones on Chicago's South andRead More West sides on any Friday or Saturday night.
Mike Fangman July 21, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Excuse me, Independence666, but I'm going to have to ask you to extinguish your burning cross.
Chicago Police at the scene of a Friday morning shooting  on East 43rd Street. | Screenshot via the Red Line Project Storify.
Tracey July 21, 2014 at 08:49 am
Let them kill each other? What about the one's who don't die and need millions in healthcare for theRead More rest of their life? Who pays for that? All of us! Stop the violence and ignorance!
Patti Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am
Who's kids are doing the shooting? Theirs! Parents cry about losing love ones yet are you parentsRead More watching over your own kids? Do they believe bad kids are being Bused into the City of Chicago to shoot people??? Parents where are you kids right now, where are they at night? Watch your KIDS it's up to you to teach them right from wrong NOT the police!
Pat F July 21, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Stop the revolving door of justice(nonjustice!)!! Once they are involved in a crime involving a gun,Read More they should be sentenced to Hard Labor.. That's right, just like the Old Days!! No more of this crap where they lay around and get free room and board! Put them out in chain gangs and let them work! Screw the bleeding hearts who want to be nice to felons! Most of these people are hardened criminals..once again, if you do the crime, you do the time..But, now make it Hard Time that may sway them to straighten up!!
This week Randy Hultgren once again aligned  himself with the far right wing of his party with his “No” vote to save highway construction jobs.
Susan glad anderson July 19, 2014 at 08:08 am
Mike/Gerard - are you really prepared for another recession, because that is what could come withRead More the shock to the economy with the loss of some 700,000 construction jobs and the many more hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs that support these highway jobs. Remember that there are engineers who plan the projects, dozens of suppliers who provide the materials, truckers who move the materials and the millions of dollars lost to the communities along the way by each of these groups of people who now have much less money to spend in their communities. Plus, you have to pay the now unemployed workers unemployment insurance and perhaps other social safety net benefits! I find your thinking short sighted and if every one felt this way our road, schools and communities would be in ruins.
Sandy July 19, 2014 at 10:08 am
And let's not forget the safety factor here. Gerald & Mike -- you know who to blame now if youRead More blow a tire or get tossed of your motorcycle in a huge pot hole. Personally, I think Randy just wants to keep up his nearly perfect ranking with the Heritage Foundation -- probably gets more Koch money that way.
Walt Hines July 19, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Gerald, I'd like to know what has been stolen from road work?......Sandy and Susan, come on now youRead More know they'll just outsource these jobs to China! LOL Baaahaaaaa. We'll just let the suits do their jobs. Maybe Randy will pitch in and spread the asphalt that reaches inexcess of 120 degrees on a cool day. We'll throw him out there when it's 95 and 100% humidity, he'll survive just fine! LOL Baaaahaaaaa. Hey Randy, there's 3 bridges that have been closed in Illinois because they're falling down, remember those. How about the school bus that was on one when it happened, remember that one, thought you did. I can't wait until the next big accident due to road conditions and it's all a matter of time. Hopefully it won't involve the family of some of these posters on here. These roads were not made to last forever. We live in Northern Illinois and have harsh weather. This past winter took a major hit to most of them and they're only going to get worse. We'll either spend the money now or will spend 3x's the amount later, hhmmm now there's something to ponder...... Want to stop spending and cut cost, start with the politicians pensions.... that will never happen. No I'd rather have the half ass roads that they have in the south and they have no winters to speak of....... Ladies you're spot on, it's the middle class that's keeping us a float and it's not looking good one damn bit! But hey we're saving money, Baahaaaaaaaa!
Andrew Chin. (Patch file photo.)
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