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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?
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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.
3 weeks ago on Quinn to propose making 2011 tax increase permanent in budget speech