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I thought it was so unfair that the State took away Mr. Ryan's pension. That law should be written so that it can be challenged by the Supreme Court. Did they take away William Beavers' three pensions? I don't think so. So the State officials do what they want to do discriminately.
8 months ago on George Ryan breaks six-year silence and Bruce Rauner talks taxes
@GUEST The "people" need to petition to have the Constitution rewritten. It needs updating anyway because what applied 20-30 years ago, doesn't apply today.
8 months ago on Only in Illinois: Does July 3 IL Supreme Court decision doom Illinois pension reform?
It seems to me the legislature will have to rewrite the Constitution to get what they want.
If the other presidents had private monies build their library, then this President should do the same. However, PUBLIC monies built the Lincoln Library -- what's the difference, besides race?
10 months, 1 week ago on Take our poll: Should Illinois spend $100M for Obama Presidential Library?
@MaverickCoast I'm a union member Mr. Maverick. For decades I worked for a community college with no pay increases until the union came in and started a "step" increase based on seniority and education. THAT's what the union did for me. We were also able to participate in the health care plan and contribute to a 401K. Otherwise, we would have nothing. We also have grievance protection.
THAT's what the union did for me. I don't besmirch them, and normally people like you who have never been in a union and had job protections are the ones crying the loudest.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on First poll of general election: Rauner has slight edge, unions have strong support
Is Chicago the next Detroit? Could be. I'm from Detroit and slowly I see a pattern. I see the outter neighborhoods, esp. the South side being abandoned by its core citizens, Blacks, and I see empty storefronts in the neighborhoods, everywhere. If you go to the northside, there are vacant storefronts, and go downtown, businesses are closing (Eddie Bauer, Filene's, et al). I applaud the mayor for trying to stop the bleeding.
I've never understood why pensioners get a COLA. If it was a private pension they wouldn't get COLA. Is this in a contract?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Only in Illinois: Quinn’s big pension decision
The one thing I hate is for the legislators to state the tax is "temporary" when they know doggone well it's permanent. Say it up front.
11 months, 1 week ago on Quinn to propose making 2011 tax increase permanent in budget speech
I only heard part of the Civic Federations proposal on the radio but they want to TAX Social Security benefits and STATE Retirement pensions. They're nuts. The people -- seniors -- won't go for it. I won't go for it. I would rather move out of Illinois than have more taxation on my pensions.
12 months ago on Only in Illinois: Civic Federation report has something for both Dems and GOP to hate
Did the SEVEN (7) siblings come BEFORE homelessness or after?
1 year, 2 months ago on Abbott Labs CEO warns corporate health plans might dwindle
@orphan Annie He should have said "most" people.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115457/obamacare-victim-florida-happy-she-can-get-real-coverage
So, why isn't this woman on TV rebuking her statements?
Republicans don't understand that these cuts hurt BUSINESS. Who do they think most hospitals depend on for their revenue? Medicare and Medicaid recipients. We are closing a hospital in Chicago because of too many "uninsured" patients. If those uninsured patients had insurance even Medicaid insurance, the hospital would be alive. It's a business!
They want to cut food stamps. Don't the Repubs realize that this will hurt the family grocer, the food products company -- HELLO! Kraft and GE, get ready for lower revenues because food stamp recipients will not be able to buy your foods.
1 year, 4 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115403/obamacare-plan-cancellation-letters-cynical-republican-hypocrisy
No, that wasn't a leg slip. That was AJ advertising to casting directors for a job. She doesn't have anything lined up according to imdb.com. Her last movie was an animation voice.
3 years ago on Angelina Jolie – Leg Slip – 2012 Academy Awards Oscars
@Rickey Well, I read Howard what's his name and Jeffrey Christ. But maybe they've moved on?
You know these reality shows are running their course. Everybody is shopping a reality show, maybe that's why dramatic TV and comedy are back :)
3 years ago on Ratings: The Big Bang Theory beats American Idol easily on Thursday, Idol down 39%
@Francois Don't kill it yet!
@Rickey Rickey, are you angry?
@prd9601 I don't agree with JimmyI. I think he adds a lot. I think of him as the "minor" Clive Davis.
Maybe this will help! AI has a youtube channel. Yay!
I'm not so sure about this 24. I only saw 3 maybe 4 that IMO have "star" quality. And did anybody take notice that Jordin is going to be a "star" of a major movie this summer?
Lastly (sorry for hogging), those salaries for the judges are ridiculous and that's why it's the most expensive show on TV.
Rickey and all, I predict that Idol will become a cable show if the numbers fall lower. That's not a bad thing because all reality shows are on cable. The good thing about Idol is it is the number # talent show on TV. It finds more "name" artists than anyone has -- except Star Search, which it is patterned after. The second thing I want to say is they need to abbreviate those auditions, cut them down to one hour. Be done with it. We don't need to see every single singer that made it/didn't make it. And stop leaking the final 24. Close that leak!
Only time will tell.
@Francois Rickey you used to post the critics reports for idol, and you don't do that anymore; why? Nobody seems interested in Idol anymore.
April, Andre was singing a Maxwell song. It's very very popular. Youtube it. Everybody has sang that song.
Well, Idol never ever appealed to youngsters anyway. If you go to the concerts, all you see are Older people -- mom and pops and their teenage kids. It's terrible that advertisers keep trying to reach the 18-25 set, when that set is playing video games. The older people, 35+ are the ones at home. I work at my computer at home at night and I tune into TV on the computer. I don't turn the TV on except to see IDOL. I go to hulu to watch tv while working on the computer.
I work with two people who are/were Idol enthusiasts and they DVR the show. But even today, they don't know what's what, or who's who unless I tell them.
I think it's a changing landscape as far as TV is concerned, just like the movies! people aren't going to movies like they used to. Almost everything is moving to the internet or streaming video, and I'm sure Fox is aware.
If I were Fox, they should put the replay of Idol on its cable station. Idol used to do "after the show" type TV, and that was online and on cable. They need to do it again. Recapture the audience.
This year is going to be super tough for idol, because out of the ones they chose, I only see three potentials. And the TV audience has to get excited about the SINGERS, not the JUDGES. (and didn't JLO look stunning last night?) And the ones last year, esp. Pia, haven't been too productive have they? So Idol needs some more Oscar and Grammy winners! :)
That's something the Voice can't boast about. :)
Jordin looks super amazing. I hope she keeps the weight off.
3 years ago on Jordin Sparks Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston
All this ratings stuff effects how much they can charge advertisers. It happened to the X F too, and they had to refund monies. It's not good, but look at how crowded this singing competition field is. People are fatigued. And unless you are producing "stars", which AI is, people don't feel a stake in it.
Can someone tell me -- are they counting the DVRs? Because I work with two people who tell me they DVR Idol.
3 years ago on Ratings: American Idol down 16% from last week, down 35% from last year
@XL One last thing -- if AI were to be cancelled next year -- watch the howls go up....people will be devastated.
But because they're not getting the numbers, I expect there might be some cost cutting....no more high salaried judges and hosts.
@XL I don't think WGWG is the problem. Even if they find a WGWG this year (yawn!) they still have others in the stable who are 'stars'. Pia hasn't emerged yet. But I think Stefano is going to be "big"....he's like Michael Buble....and I think Scotty is going to be the next male Carrie Underwood.
The thing about AI is that audience feels they have chosen a winner. They also have successful tours. it aint out of gas yet.
Well you can't be top dog forever. I still love the show Nigel. But once the voice and XF came on the scene, the whole competition became crowded and even Nigel said it, "song fatigued". Peeps are getting tired of all the competition shows. It was bound to happen. The voice still hasn't produced a "star", so AI has that over the voice. And AI shouldn't be too concerned, I just hope they don't go "tweaking it again." The best thing they can do is cut down the number of weeks. Instead of a full season maybe 3/4 season and go on the tours earlier. The tour last year was a sell-out in every city so they have that to be proud of. They also have a winner with Scotty. What has the voice produced?
However, i can understand his concern because they won't be able to charge as high for commercial space.
@Rickey@Noelle They need to fire the writers and bring in some new people, a better story line. It seems to have peaked once they chose Marilyn. If I was Spielberg, I would bring in the script doctor, Carrie Fisher.
3 years ago on Ratings: The Voice down slightly, wins Monday
Oh no not Smash. I said in another forum, Rickey, they writing is not that good on Smash, it seems to have peaked in its storyline. And now they're bringing in "name" teenagers like Nick Jonas trying to get the younger folk. if this is Spielberg's project, he better jump in quick and save it.
I've been following this show. It's produced by Steven Spielberg. And I feel he's lost control of this show. it started out really really interesting, but when you start bringing in "teenager" guest stars (who's next - the Bieb?) then it shows that the writers don't have depth, and don't know where to go with this show.
3 years ago on Smash – Season 1 Episode 4 – The Cost of Art – Preview
I'm not starting nothing, but there was a blind item, and it seems to be these two.
To recap! A foreign born singer/actress, who is A-list in her country but not really know in the US, charmed some former A-list tweener dude and is only using him for show. Meanwhile, the foreign singer/actress is humping on a different former A-list singer who is on his way to hasbeenville and has kids with his reality star wife. The foreigner singer/actress and the former A-list singer are going overseas to do a reality show together and that's when they'll figure out if they want to be together. Shit, I think I just confused myself. QUICK! Somebody hand me chalk, a chalkboard and Will Hunting's brain.
3 years ago on Nick Jonas and Delta Goodrem Break Up
I saw the 2nd one and got bored with the adoption story. Why? The son is a wimp.
3 years ago on Smash – Enter Mr. DiMaggio – Recap
That was one pretty woman!
3 years ago on Whitney Houston’s Dress & Earrings Will Be Auctioned Off Next Month
Rickey, can you clean up the English:
"as left a whole"
should be Has left a hole"
He's NOT photogenic, not camera ready. I hope he still has some trust fund money.
3 years ago on Macaulay Culkin looks rough and gaunt these days
Oh Apple Apple -- WHY?
3 years ago on Apple Accused of Cashing In with Whitney LP Price Increase, The Artist wins at BAFTA Awards
Does anyone know where a live stream is online? I can't get CBS on my TV.
3 years ago on Grammy Awards 2012 Winners
IMO - she's going to need a LOT of work.
3 years ago on Melanie Amaro at Pepsi Super Bowl Party – Video
Heejun's brother: Tell your brother to get an agent quick....he should be on one of the Fox comedy shows.
3 years ago on American Idol 11 Hollywood Round, Part 2
By the truckload? I don't think that 17Mil-20Mil is a low number. Lower than they are used to yes, but still higher than 90% of the shows on TV.
She only sold 77,000 F**ing CDs the first week.....it's downhill from here on. The woman is un-exciting....it's like listening to chalk. I personally think she slept with Jimmy I -- he DOES have a reputation.
3 years ago on Jimmy Iovine: ‘Lana Del Rey’s Voice Haunts Me the Way Stevie Nicks’ Did’
Rickey -- give it up. You're damn if you do, damn if you don't. Most of these folk have not been with Idol the full 10 seasons, they're new people and just joined the Blogs. I enjoy Idol. We still talk about it at work and people are still psyched about it.
3 years ago on Ratings: American Idol up 4% from last week, down 28% from last season