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  • Consumers in Cook County are fleeing rising taxation by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and are not only buying their pop outside of Cook County to avoid the oppressive Preckwinkle Tax but are also using their out-of-county visits to purchase groceries. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Cook County Beverage Tax Repeal Vote set for October 10 

    Cook County Beverage Tax Repeal Vote set for October 10 A meeting of the Cook County Board’s Finance Committee has been called for Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00am to take up the ordinance to repeal the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax.  At the request of Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, the lead sponsor of the ordinance, Finance Committee Chairman John Daley has agreed to set a meeting date to conduct a public hearing on the matter and have the item considered before the board. “It’s time for the county board to vote and we will now have a vote to… Read more… 

    Published on September 19, 2017

  • Flanagan’s Wake, will return to Chicago Saturday, September 23 through Thursday, November 9. Flanagan’s Wake, which has played in the Chicagoland area steadily since 1994, will run in tandem with Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Chicago’s newest venue, Chicago Theater Works (1113 W. Belmont).

    Flanagan’s Wake returns to Chicago at new location 

    Flanagan's Wake returns to Chicago at new location Chicago Theater Works adds second production to venue line-up CHICAGO - The producers behind Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are pleased to announce the long-running improv/comedy, Flanagan’s Wake, will return to Chicago Saturday, September 23 through Thursday, November 9.  Flanagan’s Wake, which has played in the Chicagoland area steadily since 1994, will run in tandem with Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Chicago’s newest venue, Chicago Theater Works (1113 W. Belmont). Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a great party,” Flanagan’s Wake will play a rotating schedule Fridays – Sundays starting in September. “We… Read more… 

    Published on September 14, 2017

  • The "Norwegian Gem", a cruise ship operated by the "Norwegian Cruise Line" and built in Papenburg, Germany 2006-2007. The photo was taken in Freeport, Bahamas at the 13th of March, 2008.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Cruise industry responds to Hurricane Irma, Harvey destruction 

    Cruise industry responds to Hurricane Irma, Harvey destruction The Cruise Industry responded to the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey by cancelling dozens of cruises and coming together to help collect supplies and food for the victims. This update is provided by Alan Fox, Chairman & CEO of Vacations To Go which helps guests book cruise vacations Hurricane Irma left a trail of death and devastation across the Caribbean last week before slamming into Florida and spreading across the southeastern U.S. At this writing, there have been at least 38 confirmed deaths in the Caribbean and 23 in the… Read more… 

    Published on September 14, 2017

  • English: Cross junction in the northwest corner of the Loop in Chicago.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    CTA, Chicago merge Ventra and Library Cards into ID 

    CTA, Chicago merge Ventra and Library Cards into ID CTA, City of Chicago, and Chicago Public Library to Integrate Ventra and Library Cards into City’s Municipal ID Card Innovative pact provides a “3-in-1” benefit to municipal ID cardholders; Will allow Chicagoans to use their city-issued ID card to load fares and ride CTA and also use the ID as a Library card Chicago will become the first U.S. city to offer a municipal ID card that can be used to load and pay public transit fares under an innovative agreement between the City of Chicago, acting through its Office of… Read more… 

    Published on September 14, 2017

  • Preckwinkle allies push repeal vote to committee 

    Preckwinkle allies push repeal vote to committee Commissioner Sean Morrison’s Statement on Beverage Tax Repeal Ordinance. Vote on repeal set for October 10, 2017 as former New York Michael Bloomberg pours millions into advertising defending oppressive soda tax on suburban residents Chicago, IL – On August 9, I submitted the Beverage Tax repeal ordinance with the aggressive goal of having it voted on at the next county board meeting on September 13. I was cautiously optimistic we’d get enough support today to wave the board rules and fast track the repeal ordinance directly to the floor for a straight up… Read more… 

    Published on September 13, 2017

  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

    Sanders proposes to expand Medicare 

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 16 of his Democratic colleagues introduced legislation Wednesday Sept. 13, 2017 to guarantee health care to every American by expanding and improving Medicare.

    “Today, we begin the long and difficult struggle to end the international embarrassment of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all its people,” Sanders said.

    “At a time when millions of Americans do not have access to affordable health care, the Republicans, funded by the Koch brothers, are trying to take away health care from up to 32 million more. We have a better idea: guarantee health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care program.” Read more… 

    Published on September 13, 2017

  • GOBankingRates (PRNewsfoto/GOBankingRates)

    57% of Americans Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings 

    57% of Americans Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings Millennials are more likely than other generations to have nothing saved, while adults 65 and older are more likely to have $10,000 or more in a savings account. In Illinois, 39 percent of residents have no savings, the GoBanking Survey shows More than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, a new survey found. In fact, 39 percent of survey respondents said they had no money set aside in savings at all. For the second consecutive year, personal finance website GOBankingRates asked more than 8,000 Americans how much money they have… Read more… 

    Published on September 12, 2017

  • Bell used in Firefighter's Bell Ceremony at the 16th Anniversary Commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2017 terrorist attacks at the Orland Fire Protection District headquarters in Orland Park, Illinois.

    Video: Orland Fire commemorates 9/11 victims 

    Video: Orland Fire commemorates 9/11 victims The Orland Fire Protection District held a Memorial Service Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 to commemorate and remember first responders and Americans who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks 16 years ago. The service was held at the OFPD's Firefighter Memorial at its headquarters in Orland Park, 9790 West 151st Street, at 8:30 am. Firefighters installed a memorial flag to remember the firefighters, and victims, who lost their lives or were injured that day. An Honor Guard raised the American Flag and conducted a Bell Ceremony and included remarks by Orland Fire Chief Michael Schofield… Read more… 

    Published on September 11, 2017

  • Ziyad Tahini, named Best Tasting by Cook's Illustrated Magazine 2017

    National Magazine names Ziyad Tahini “Best” Tasting 

    National Magazine names Ziyad Tahini “Best” Tasting Cook's Illustrated crowns the Mediterranean food company’s Tahini as their favorite among leading brands. Cooks Illustrated, the iconic magazine that investigates how and why recipes work, named Ziyad brand All Natural Tahini as the best tasting sesame seed paste on the market. The recognition is the result of the magazine’s analysis of seven major Tahini brands. Tahini is a paste made from crushed pureed sesame seeds. Tahini is a cornerstone of the healthy Mediterranean Diet and a key ingredient used in making hummus. It is high in healthy fats and essential amino acids,… Read more… 

    Published on September 8, 2017

  • Lyons Mayor Chris Getty. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Getty hosts forum against Soda Tax Thursday Sept. 7 

    Lyons Mayor Getty urges repeal of Soda Tax Lyons, Illinois – Lyons President Christopher Getty urged residents to attend a public hearing Thursday at Village Hall to voice their opposition to Cook County’s Soda Tax. Getty said several officials including Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski and State Representatives Silvana Tabares and Mike Zalewski will also attend the meeting to detail efforts to repeal the tax through legislation. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the Lyons Village Hall, 4200 Lawndale Avenue starting at 6 pm. “The soda tax is regressive, punitive and causing serious harm to… Read more… 

    Published on September 7, 2017

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