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Dr. Garen Wintemute
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT April 24, 2014 at 08:47 pm
This doctors picture reminds me of a character: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_E._Neuman
Earnan Drummann April 24, 2014 at 08:48 pm
This guy looks like he got sandblasted by a glazier. I agree with Lenny Kravitz.
OldTimer April 24, 2014 at 08:53 pm
Hey Dr. Wintemute, I hate to ruin your crusade but Chicago has one of the strictest set of gun lawsRead More in the nation and it is the gun violence murder capital of the United States! They had another blood bath there last weekend. There are over 300 million guns (not including police and military) in our country. What are you going to do, Doctor? Ban them all. By doing so the law abiding citizen would turn their guns in and the criminals would keep theirs, thereby setting the good citizens up for slaughter. You need to think through your crusade before you spend a million buck on a futile mission. We are a nation of guns. We always have been, Doctor. You won't change that. The barn door is open and all the horses already ran away!
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Vicky Polito April 24, 2014 at 07:10 am
Yes, Illinois should.
Grandpamike April 24, 2014 at 07:10 am
@Joe Alcohol is taxed, but pot not, at least for now. Alcohol, controlled by corporations and theirRead More minions in Government, pot, not so much. Of course, if it goes legal everywhere, there will be a big push to make sure that non-Government approved growers <anyone can grow pot>will be penalized and incarcerated to protect the integrity of the product <sure>. Just like the red light cameras are for safety and not for revenue generating.
John Tips April 24, 2014 at 10:40 am
Ever here about the $80.00 Dollar per ounce pack plan? The plan calls for Marihuana to be onlyRead More sold by drug stores in state. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pay farmers $2.50 to per ounce grow it. Pay distributors $2.50 per once to package, and distribute it per pack. Pay the drug companies and their outlets $5.00 per ounce pack to market it and do the required paperwork. Pay rehabilitation facilities $10.00 to help those who are dependent on hard Illegal drugs! That's $20.00 spent on overhead/distribution. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Now we continue with the per ounce benefits......................... 1. Give $10.00 to law enforcement activities to enforce it. 2. Give $10.00 per ounce sold to pension plans, & retirements. 3. Give $10.00 per ounce sold to rebuild Illinois roads/bridges. 4. Give $10.00 to help pay for schools and their assessments. 5. Give $10.00 to reduce our medicare and medicaid burdens. ................................................................................................... Now we remain with $10.00 out of ever once pack of Marihuana sold to do with whatever our legislators please!
Plainfield during the April 2013 rainstorm.
Ericus Alanas April 24, 2014 at 02:33 pm
sue the federal government too for allowing global warming to hurt your bottom line.
Joel Craig April 24, 2014 at 03:12 pm
This isn't about not paying claims. This is about blaming the above communities for creating theRead More conditions which led to so much claim-able damage and, in turn, looking for reimbursement for damages paid. Frankly, it's an interesting case and could be a damning look at planning and water management in these towns. Regardless of the amount of rain, when you build thousands of houses across the watershed and cover the earths natural sponge with short grass and asphalt, where is all this water supposed to go? I do see this as Farmers being greedy; I see it as them trying to force some accountability among our local governments.
Vicky Polito April 24, 2014 at 04:58 pm
This is very interesting. Farmer's may be right to at least raise the issue of bad planning andRead More execution of development. Plenty of towns don't get that right, at least not all of the time, and that's in great part being more eager to please developers than anyone else in equation, including homeowners. There's a lot of willful ignorance at what might happen more than five years down the road, when all the houses are sold. And, insurance companies are supposed to be helping people protect themselves, while insurers are actually gamblers, rolling the dice on actuarial tables and risk-management formulas and loopholes. But, is someone getting the shaft on the assessing and assigning of risk from the get go? Someone besides those people in the middle, the property owners whose money is what's under those shells being slid around on the table? It's worth asking because we do practice capitalism with a little too much scam built in: a lot of people look to make extra money not by delivering better product or innovating efficiencies or whatever is actually reflective of making a contribution to the system, but by sticking someone else with their tab when they're looking for the faster, easier buck. For their part, those homeowners are pretty tight with that money, and they aren't any easier to convince that their share of the tab might just have to go higher. It seems pretty clear that somebody, and probably everybody, will have to pay more, one way or another.
Some bricks came loose near the elevators on the first floor of the Will County courthouse on Monday. Credit: Submitted photo
John Tips April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
First of all they were not bricks but tiles! Anyone who has an old home knows that it requiresRead More maintenance and some remodeling! The building itself is sound and built out of concrete! We don't need another courthouse - we need to rein in spending starting here!
Rock Hound April 24, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Maybe the proposed 30,000 raise for the Sheriff should be used to fix the tiles. They cry that theyRead More don't have money but they want raises when basic upkeep is not being done to the county buildings. Wasn't the a mold growing in the Eagle Building and the boiler shooting out fire because it is so old?? Hey but all the Deputy Chiefs and Sheriff drive around in County issued cars. HMM
Rep. Manley pictured with Paige Henson (far right) and her parents. Paige is a Will County Drug Court Participant. Credit: Submitted photo
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State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 07:48 pm
Subsidies and tax breaks and incentives for corporations. Exactly
Independence666 April 24, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Incentives such as tax breaks for purchasing "fule efficient" cars?
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 08:15 pm
Fule effecient? Yeah, that's it
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Hey Oprah, where are you?? out in the streets helping these thugs find a new way of life?? with allRead More that cash and negro power behind you, you should be able to fix this in one show.
Ericus Alanas April 21, 2014 at 11:49 am
Tim, its not that hard to see how they view money, it apparently grows on trees for them by how theyRead More are able to budget. Off by 500k on a line item? no concern here... http://www.plainfieldfpd.com/files/12_0724_BUDGET_ORDINANCE.pdf
Tim April 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Ericus - Thanks for the link. The budget looks like it could be handled much better, but that isRead More distinct from the guys pounding the pavement, which is who I was speaking so positively of... From what I can see, the budget is still running in the black, with no deficit spending dipping into contingency funds... (I'm looking at you, village and PD). Like I said, there is always room for improvement, and I have seen no reason to think that the FD wouldn't respond to CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. So run some numbers of your own, look for ways to better handle it, and make suggestions to the board at a public meeting. Unless they prove me wrong by their actions, they still have the public trust in that respect.
Blake April 21, 2014 at 05:34 pm
If you do decide to go to a fire district board meeting expect an inquisitive look from those seatedRead More behind the front table. They don't often have much of an audience at the meetings and I am sure they prefer it that way. Tim is right, the men and women that protect the residents of Plainfield do a fine job. Those in charge of spending the money do so freely. They do apply for grants which is good. I don't think they have ever uttered the phrase that we need to "do more with less". The budget appears to have alot of discretionary spending built in, such as expense accounts for the Chiefs etc.
Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Bob April 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Wow...you guys are nuts. And I am conservative......a "kid" did something he should notRead More have. A parody doesn't harm other people like he was doing. I do not think anyone would want this "kid" to do it to them and their family. Teach the young man right from wrong w/ the proper punishment.....and chill out people....geeezzzz.....
voice of america April 24, 2014 at 02:16 pm
Bob,I don't where you come from maybe russia, Iran I know the leader over there did the same thingRead More to his people. We are not the mayor or police chief, don't take the job if you can't take what comes with it. I am sure the Mayor said to the incumbent, I can do this job better then you, trust me vote for me, not everybody! the kid did not trust him saw who he really was. the kid is a hero, he brought the true colors of the mayor out, and the kid was wright. Now he got to go. and the police chief with him.
The Other Christine April 24, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Bob... If someone said I was smoking pot with a prostitute I would have to sue them for defamation.Read More That is the proper punishment. And that is what we are trying to explain to you. He didn't yell fire in a crowded theater... that would have the potential to harm other people. They mayor, judges, and police were overzealous at least, or acted criminally at worst. I can't imagine how you think it's acceptable for the police to raid someone's house over a satirical twitter account... this is not Nazi Germany.
President Obama
McCloud April 24, 2014 at 08:20 pm
Sounds to me like -9.8 million jobs from your socialist hero is working out well for, let me see putRead More together your subsets of Americans, the middle class, blacks, women, latinos, gays, poor, bilesiantransgender.
Jason McSweeney April 24, 2014 at 09:12 pm
These are the irrefutable facts: When G.W.Bush took office, we had a balanced budget. When heRead More left – we didn’t. When G.W.Bush took office the unemployment rate was 5%. When he left – it was 8.7% The government bailout of Wall Street that has given us trillions of dollars in debt was supported by, and signed into law by President G.W. Bush. Good luck re-writing history on those FACTS. Feel free to look them up when the Obama Presidential Library opens up!
McCloud April 24, 2014 at 09:55 pm
I'm sorry, was I speaking of GW Bush?
Credit: File photo
Tim April 18, 2014 at 10:22 am
Thanks for that video Vicky. Did anyone else get the feeling that Silosky was being givenRead More 'practice' to hold meetings like this? She kind of gives herself away at the end of prt1 where she said "Well, Hurtado always did it this way", as if she was following a set of directions given to her. Otherwise, why in the world would she want to emulate that guys behavior? It seems like she is being given the role of the public face for this group, because it is thought she is the 'least offensive' in the public eye. Which means she is somehow unaware that people still know that she is tied at the hip with peck... I can't say this enough times, but this is NOT about you Janet, it is about the park district. You have already decapitated your credibility. It is not coming back. It is gone forever. The ONLY action that you can take that would move the district forward, is to resign. There just is no way to sugar-coat this. You are the problem, along with hurtado and steinys. Your insistence on holding a vote for this resolution until the next meeting because 'you know what the vote is going to be' is a disgusting manipulation of the purpose of the park district. It is exactly this behavior that has given calls for your resignation in the first place. It was almost exactly a year ago where the three of these clowns had no problem at all appointing peck, without the other two board members present. Don't pretend to care that you care about the district, when it is plainly obvious that you only care about your little political kamikaze group.
Vicky Polito April 18, 2014 at 10:27 am
I'm going to disagree on the point that Silosky was following Hurtado's methods. I took herRead More statement to be more of a "oh, I didn't realize we could skip reading chapter and verse on going to closed session and just plainly state it was for personnel" (or, for land acquisition, etc., any reason generally covered by OMA regs). I thought on that bit all she was saying was that she assumed that was the way you had to do it because that's how it had been done/she'd seen the board pres do it and that's how the motion/agenda item reads in detail. I didn't see or hear anything suspect in what she said at that moment.
Tim April 18, 2014 at 10:32 am
Fair enough. Under most circumstances I wouldn't be suspicious either. But these are not mostRead More circumstances. When I said that her credibility is gone forever, I guess my reaction is the result of that perception. No matter what she does, in my eyes she will always be seen as having an agenda to continue the behavior that brought all of us to this point. I will always see that subtext in all of her actions, which is why I call for her resignation. It's the tangible end result of the phrase 'losing the public trust'.
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Grandpamike April 16, 2014 at 11:45 am
Years away, just like years away for any meaningful business opening in Plainfield. Maybe, if ourRead More leaders would think past this week and, at least discuss and possibly apply for a license to be one of the dispensaries, even if we don't get it, at least you are showing some initiative.
Ron Jidzny April 16, 2014 at 03:33 pm
What did Garrett Peck do at this meeting to contribute to the discussion?
Vicky Polito April 16, 2014 at 09:45 pm
Peck didn't say a word. With him, that's actually the best contribution possible. He could atRead More least feign modest interest, look like he's plugged in. He sat there with his hand propping up his smooshed face, like a bored tween in civics class desperate for the bell to ring.
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Bad News Bears April 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm
I kinda like this idea. An extremely experienced ED is coming in for a few months. Larry, have youRead More given any thought to having him start cleaning house to make the permanent position more appealing?
Larry Newton April 15, 2014 at 01:12 pm
The interim is extremely qualified, but I would seriously doubt that many personnel changes willRead More occur during his watch, unless it is shown that actual criminal activity is going on. He wasn't hired to clean house, he was hired on a short-term basis to make day-to-day decisions that need to be made until the permanent person begins. The new, permanent E.D. will have an opportunity to add/subtract/deploy personnel resources as she(he) sees fit.
Vicky Polito April 15, 2014 at 01:21 pm
HALLELUJAH! Big shout of thanks out to Larry Newton for ever so subtly alluding to the fact that aRead More WOMAN is as likely to be hired here. The gender of anyone filling such a job isn't important, except in that it shouldn't be assumed! So, here's to the BEST Exec Director we can hire, not the best "man" for the job!
The existing courthouse was built in the 1960s. Credit: File photo
Larry Newton April 14, 2014 at 06:37 pm
The courthouse is insecure and undersized. What better way to finance the cost of a new structureRead More than user fees?
Baby Paul April 15, 2014 at 08:11 am
The county board members should direct the money they were going to give themselves in raises towardRead More this project.
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John April 15, 2014 at 05:39 pm
@RB - How do you feel about morphine, norco, tramadol, fentanyl etc. around your family? TheseRead More prescription drugs are prescribed for many issues and most patients don't realize how truly evil these drugs can be. They are highly physically addictive. Unless something has changed, THC does not make you sweat, shake, and vomit when you stop using it.
Tim April 15, 2014 at 07:14 pm
RB- What about living near a location that has supported and participated in the molestation ofRead More children, near your family? Well, you already live near one of them. They are called 'churches', and there is a rather large one that was involved with that right here in Plainfield. And they pay ZERO taxes... does your judgement hold true for them too, or just things you have been told are bad by someone else?
RB April 16, 2014 at 06:17 am
@Tim I'm not a church guy. I trust none of them. I really could write a book about all the negativeRead More things I see on them. @John, as I said I'm in favor of legalizing it just like in Colorado. I just think it should regulated and the stores placed away from residential areas. Please do not feed me the non sense talking points about addiction. I know too many people that used it or use it, to believed in the BS that this is not addictive.
A Plainfield Public Works staffer removes an ash-borer infested tree. Credit: File photo
Ericus Alanas April 11, 2014 at 01:47 pm
The cost goes up exponentially for stump removal.
Courtney April 11, 2014 at 07:58 pm
Ummm $377 a tree and we are waiving the bid? That's a crock of ---- for the taxpayers no??????Read More Pretty sure people would love to bid on a job like this?!?! Who decided this? Pretty sure we could get quality bids and "quality" trees either way!
Auroran April 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Ericus: If you are referring to the Emerald Ash Borer being (hopefully) killed off by the coldRead More temperatures in our area, I'm sorry to report that didn't happen. One expert on TV said that the temperature of the wood DEEP inside the tree has to be colder than 25 degrees BELOW for a long time in order to kill off the borer. Sorry, but they're tough little buggers.
The Plainfield Farmers Market returns June 14. Credit: File photo
dina April 10, 2014 at 07:47 am
I agree with Sonja. I would love to see more fruit and vegetables and less flea market crap!
hardworkinglady April 10, 2014 at 09:14 am
I agree. This is a Farmers market not a flea market. We expect fruits, vegetables. Not avon andRead More Tupperware.
Thomas Hack April 11, 2014 at 05:38 am
How about some local honey!
Hector April 13, 2014 at 02:35 pm
Right Ericus, all the new houses being built and sold are just a hologram. You must not get outRead More much.
Seer April 14, 2014 at 01:19 am
Hector- the people buying houses are only able to buy them because they are getting govt HUD loansRead More with 0-3% down- private banks won't touch these deadbeat clowns with a 10 foot pole to write them a mortgage- that's the reason there are massive layoffs in the private bank mortgage depts. this is the SAME CRAP from 6-10 years ago that got the last housing bubble pumped up. You need to stop watching the teevee for govt propaganda.
JeffK April 23, 2014 at 10:27 am
Hey Vicky Hector I thought housing was booming every where? New data released shows IL had a dropRead More in March and wasn't just a drop in the bucket. You are quick to point out when you feel people are ill informed how about owning it once in awhile?
Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook is being accused of falsely advertising a concealed carry course that ended up not meeting state requirements. Credit: Patch file photo
Mayhem April 10, 2014 at 07:49 am
Is this a surprise to anyone? Many instructors saw this as an opportunity to get rich quick.Read More Several instructors we spoke with didn't even have a grasp on the required curriculum. When asked about range time, I was told that it would depend on how good of a shot I was. That revoked instructors list is just going to keep growing. Fact is, now you have 327 people that took classes, wasted their money and time. Hopefully these people will recoup the full amount of the bogus classes they took, and can get into a legit class.
Bad News Bears April 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm
The instructors will declare bankruptcy and no one will recoup a dime. It's the American way
At least one park board member says the issue should be handled locally, not in Springfield. Credit: File photo
Frank April 9, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Here's the kind of publicity we've gotten so far: Unopposed president of PPD removes qualifiedRead More people and appoints an ED with no experience at a 6 figure salary + benefits, a free vehicle titled in his own name and funds his master's degree (LAUGHABLE). Union labor laws are violated and the PPD is forced into a settlement (LAUGHABLE). The Illinois Attorney General, Illinois State Police and Will County State's Attorney have open investigations into a variety of wrongdoings (LAUGHABLE). The abuse of power is so bad that local Senators, Congressmen and Representatives are attempting to enact legislation to curtail it (LAUGHABLE). This isn't even counting alleged involvement with soccer club issues, missing equipment, contracts with bogus companies, the list goes on and on........and somehow you say that some sort of action to bring forth a curtailment of these situations might bring a black eye to the community? LAUGHABLE!!!!!
Frank April 9, 2014 at 08:37 pm
If the odoriferous equine dung you spew isn't the equivalent of peeing on someone then trying toRead More convince them it's raining, I know of no more to say.
my conscience April 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Frank, I think we agree the embarrassing state "solution" was caused by even moreRead More embarrassing local behavior. Singing in the rain, MC.
Plans for a Dunkin Donuts at Route 59, Oak and Arnold Streets is being reworked. Credit: File photo
Ron Jidzny April 8, 2014 at 05:31 pm
I was looking forward to seeing the improvements on this plan. Bill Lamb wants an improvement doneRead More to the 'Village of Plainfield' sign in front of Walgreens and mentioned that he likes the sign they have in West Chicago. That shouldn't even be a thought when you voted to continue a tax increase last night. Further demonstrating the lack of priorities in this Village. It may be nice to have but we don't need to have it. After the continuation of a sales tax increase last night, I'm done supporting any business in Plainfield. I'd rather get my coffee in the morning before hitting the interstate but I'll stop elsewhere before I get to work and I'll be sure to pump gas somewhere else too.
Lisa G April 9, 2014 at 07:44 pm
It's starting to get old seeing commercial deals getting shot down over & over. Plainfield badlyRead More needs; development, tax revenues & national stable businesses that don't fail within a year. The spot is perfect for Dunkin Donuts. The village has to start thinking about the 40,000 that live here and not just a few friends.
kyle korver April 10, 2014 at 12:22 am
Just'a good 'ol town, never meanin' no harm. Beats all you never knew All 'bout who you knew SinceRead More the day they was sworn.... Makin' their way...... The only way they know how Plaintucky!
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Vicky Polito April 8, 2014 at 11:56 am
To all involved: PLEASE do NOT forget that many kids and adults move to heroin as the cheaper highRead More once they get addicted to PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, often stolen from the medicine cabinets of their parents or other family members, even from those in the homes of friends. Secure your medications and/or monitor and count them, keep track. Once someone is addicted but runs out of "free" and easy access to these drugs, they become customers for drug dealers. But the cost ratio of that score is roughly 7-10 dollars for every 1 dollar they could spend on heroin, per high, so they switch to heroin. The sooner you an catch someone, especially a kid, prior to that switch to heroin, the better the chance to save their lives.
Ron Jidzny April 11, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Don't we all just enjoy driving by the gas pumps and seeing the cost of gasoline is now nearly $4.10Read More per gallon and we're a month and a half away from Memorial Day. Plus, five of the Village Board members voted to keep a two cent tax increase on gas. What I enjoyed even more was providing my business to another town other than Plainfield. It's sad that gas and sales taxes are the ways being used to find more revenue for Plainfield. Discretionary spending should be reviewed first before the necessities.
my conscience April 14, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Check on line before filling up. Today you can get gas cheaper in every direction from Plainfield:Read More Oswego, Joliet, Bolingbrook or Naperville all have cheaper gas, saving up to 18c per gallon. I have been checking on line gas prices for years. Its easy to do, just check the towns along your route. Plan ahead and save.
Ron Jidzny April 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm
More than two weeks in the books since this decision has been made and I haven't spent one nickel inRead More Plainfield.