America’s Top 10 Most Expensive Cities – Yep, made the most expensive list. And we’re not even on a coast!
I’m including the whole Q/A thing from Dear Abby here, for the simple fact that the person who wrote it works in … you guessed it, Illinois! No doubt this happens in many places, but I was struck by the fact that the IL writer said it happened often. What kind of jerk locks their pet in a home they’re abandoning? Apparently an Illinois jerk.
DEAR ABBY: I work for a major lending company and have cleaned out foreclosed homes. Too many times, I find animals who have died from exposure or literally starved to death.
My message to homeowners is: PLEASE make arrangements for your pets if you can’t take them with you. Once a loan company notifies you of foreclosure, it can be many weeks before someone enters that home. Give your pet a fighting chance! — DISCOURAGED IN ILLINOIS
DEAR DISCOURAGED: I’m pleased to pass along your important message. If living arrangements change, your family pet should not be abandoned or dumped to fend for itself. Contact a rescue group so the animal can be placed for adoption with another pet lover or a shelter.
Compared with other cities, ours is a can’t-do place – “The Windy City Nanny State”
R U ambu-textrous? – Chicago thinks you’re too dumb to text and walk at the same time!
Illinois ranks 43rd for number of black male students graduating from high school – This is just sad! Why does our education suck so much?
The $20,000 question – Well, this might be one reason ….
Meeks seek aldermanic support for protest – So it’s a good idea to encourage students not to go to school?
Clout keeps power on – It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
A Chicago Operation from Top to Bottom – Which is why Obama knows Daley. Do you really want the corruption of Chicago politics in the White House?
Daley gives ward supers raise while asking unions for sacrifices – And retroactive raises at that – isn’t that nice???
Governor’s vetoes cut funds to fight wrongful convictions – Do NOT get wrongfully convicted for a crime in Illinois!
Cutbacks, layoffs dog Chicago financial industry – Don’t come here looking for work! We’re expensive, miserable, and short on jobs.
Illinois unemployment increases to 7.3 percent – Yeah, business sure is booming, isn’t it.
Illinois State Police advice to women who are attacked by criminals – They hand out popsicle sticks and tell you to throw up. Srsly. Gives whole new meaning to the term, “Gag me!”
Daley promises to fight to keep handgun ban – When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
Morton Grove repeals 27-year-old gun ban – Finally! A breath of fresh air after nearly 3 decades!
Wilmette repeals town’s handgun ban after high court ruling – Oh! You mean the 2nd Amendment applies to the people??
Evanston latest suburb to repeal handgun ban in wake of high court ruling – Another one bites the dust!
Of course it’s fair that they have guns and you don’t – Fear the government that fears your guns!
Is Chicago the source of Toronto’s guns? – Of course! Since we can’t have them here, might as well ship them up north!
Monster trains coming down the tracks? – You’ve heard Chicagoland was a railroad hub, right?
Motorists to pay freight – And expect to wait even longer at those train crossings too … I mean really wait. And wait. And wait. Oh, you died? Well, your ambulance was held up at the train crossing. Thanks Canadian National!
White Sox fan beat by Cubs fans, loses eye – Cubs fans get pissy when you say, “1908.”
2 Cubs fans charged in beatdown of Brewers fan – And this was after the Cubs won a game! One guy even hit his own sister when she tried to stop the fight!
Two Cubs fans to stand trial in Wisconsin for beating Brewers fan – We’ll see how well folks in Wisconsin take to the beating of one of their own by thugs from Chicago.
A few links my friend in Texas sent me – thanks Raga! *hugs*
And finally, I find it amusing that in Illinois, even fewer than average consider the Bible to be literal, and also in Illinois, fewer than average report having their prayers answered. Coincidence? 😉
- June 24, 2008
On many questions of faith, Illinois closely resembled the national profile in a new poll that takes an in-depth look at Americans’ religious beliefs. But Illinoisans were less likely to interpret the Bible literally.
While 33 percent of all respondents said the Scriptures were the "word of God, literally true word for word," only 27 percent of those in Illinois agreed.
Illinoisans were also more likely to agree that "there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion" and that "many religions can lead to eternal life."
And while Illinoisans pray as frequently as the rest of the country, they were less likely to report receiving answers to those prayers.
I hope the rest of you in the other 49 states have a great day! We can’t in IL, we get taxed for it. Seriously. It’s called the “amusement tax.” We can only have okay days, or all right days, but we can’t have great days where we smile and laugh or are amused in any way. But I still hope the rest of you have a great day – Lord knows someone ought to be able to! 😉
City of Chicago Amusement Tax: Owners, managers, operators of places where amusements are conducted collect tax from patrons for witnessing or participating in amusements