Illinois Medicaid – Half receiving benefits might not be eligible

Waste and abuse? Just a little bit here and there. After a review of one-in-four Medicaid enrollees in Illinois, so far 25 percent of the total number of enrollees in the program were not eligible and have been kicked off.

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Come to Illinois…

…we’re not even remotely revolutionary. Read more

New Illinois law requires photo ID to purchase over-the-counter drain cleaner

If you want the plain-old Drano, you don’t need an ID. But if you want to buy the heavy-duty stuff at Home Depot or your local Ace Hardware store, you’ll have to show a photo ID. Your name, address, birth date, time and date of purchase, as well as the net weight of the product purchased will be recorded in a log.

Apparently someone threw drain cleaner at two Chicago women recently, severely scaring their faces. The legislature had to do something of course, and came up with this feel good legislation that will do absolutely nothing to keep some idiot from doing the same thing in the future.

One True Value store owner estimated there was about 30 products they have for sale that fall under the new requirement. From CBS News in Chicago.

A new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log. …

The law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight. …

Non-compliance results in fines: $150 for the first offense, $500 for the second and up to $1,500 for the third and subsequent violations.

I ask one question of the women in Chicago. Do you feel safer now that the legislature has done something?


Taxing “the rich” doesn’t tax the rich after all

Last month we told you about the largest tax hike in the history of the state of Illinois, a 67% increase in income taxes, and corporate taxes rising to 9.5%.  This would raise $2 billion and balance the budget claimed Governor Pat Quinn (D.).  The tax was so widely popular that companies like Sears, the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange threatened to move out of Illinois if something wasn’t done.   Read more

The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street

About 10 months ago, Illinois passed what some believe to be the largest tax increase in the state’s history.  This was on top of a tax rate in Illinois that already was one of the highest in the country.  I don’t know whether Governor Pat Quinn (D.) followed this up by proudly announcing that Ilinois was open for business, but, if he did, it isn’t working out too well. Read more

Illinois increases income and corporate taxes while residents suffer

You can call it a 66 percent increase in taxes – it is – or an increase in the personal income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and corporate taxes from 3.25 percent to 5.25 percent. Either way, the State of Illinois is taking a huge gamble.

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Bringing civility to Chicago politics – the progressive liberal way

Let me make the point clear. By not walking out of this political rally – during his own introduction while he was on stage – Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) makes it clear he agrees with, or at least has no issue with, the statements made by state Sen. Rickey Hendon. This readers, is what Democrats think is civil.

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Durbin: Hey, jailing terrorists in Illinois is a great jobs program

Too much. I know the lefties want to close GITMO, and they know most Americans are vehemently opposed to bringing these thugs to America, mostly because they are … ummm … terrorists intent on destroying America. So how else can you sell a plan that Americans don’t want to Americans. Tell them moving the “detainees” to a prison in Illinois is a great JOBS program. Oh brother.


Just finished watching CNN where they just concluded a debate on whether bringing these “detainees” to the US will grant them new legal rights they did not have at GITMO. The conclusion was, no one really knows although the speculation is yes, they will. Wouldn’t you think this would be something they would settle before they bring them here. But then again, we do need jobs? Unbelievable.