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Skokie Gets an A+ on Transparency

The Village of Skokie has been awarded a score of 100 by  the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) for its governmental transparency.  Skokie was one of only only 5 municipalities in Illinois to attain a 100% score. Personally I think this is in large part due to Mayor Van Dusen’s leadership. We have not always agreed...
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New Skokie Walmart Shopping Center project at the intersection of Touhy & St. Louis

  There is a new major Walmart shopping center development that has been approved by the village council. The site is 14 acres and lies between Touhy on the South, Chase Avenue on the North, Lawndale Avenue on the West and St. Louis Avenue on the East.  This is just a bit West of Crawford Avenue. Here...
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Skokie Sales Tax Increases to 9.5%

  It appears that the Skokie Sales tax increased to 9.5% in July 2012. That was a surprise. http://skokie.patch.com/articles/inside-look-westfield-old-orchard
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Lou Lang Closing in on Medical Marijuana Bill Passage

  It looks like representative Lou Lang is closing in on the passage of a Medical Marijuana Bill for Illinois. http://chicagoist.com/2012/11/27/lou_lang_illinois_medical_marijuana.php He has tried before. He just couldn’t muster the votes.  He told me that the sentiment was there, but that too many other representatives were scared of the political blowback. It seems like that...
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Audiotaping of Police & Public Officials in Illinois

Illinois has a very strict anti-eavesdropping law that, believe it or not, prohibits citizens from audiotaping police and other public officials while they are on the job. It is a crime to do so…. or at least it was until very recently. I think it is a good thing. It protects the police and/or public official and...
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Village budget debate – From EvanstonNow.com

EvanstonNow.com has collected data from Niles that indicates that it has the lowest out of pocket costs for homeowners in the area. Though Park Ridge has it own chart of results that show something entirely different. These charts a quite interesting. But obviously someone is using figures to mislead. It makes you wonder who...
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Skokie Gov. Home Owner Costs Compared to Other Villages

Skokie Costs to Home Owners Compared to Other Villages EvanstonNow has done an article that is deserving of close study by anyone interested in local governmental accountability. They compare two studies. One by Niles claiming itself to be the lowest local government in Illinois…. and another by Park Ridge showing Niles to be the...
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Legislation to Permit Automatic Electric and Gas Rate Increases over next 10 years

We received an email from Michael Happ of Citizen Action/Illinois “Hundreds of Illinoisans have written their legislators about ComEdand Ameren’s request for a free pass to raise rates on their customers. The General Assembly will debate this issue this morning-and may vote by Friday-which is why I’ll be in Springfield this week, and I...
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Ilya Sheyman running for Mark Kirk’s Old Seat

Ilya Sheyman has announced his 2012 bid against Rep Robert Dold. Dold is the Tea Party candidate who replaced Rep Mark Kirk after Kirk won the campaign for President Obama’s old Senate seat. Rep Dold is also president of family owned Rose Pest Control. (1) http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=8099253 (2) http://dailyherald.com/article/20110428/news/110429673/ (3) http://highlandpark.patch.com/articles/waukegan-democrat-is-early-dold-challenger (4) http://twitter.com/#!/Sheyman2012 Personal Contact...
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