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Emily Stone (Editor) April 22, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Thanks for posting, Amy. I just put a note up on the site's Facebook and Twitter pages. HopefullyRead Moreth at will help get some response.
Susan April 24, 2014 at 01:43 AM
Hi Amy, I have an idea for you. I would try to contact the people at the Lake Forest/Lake BluffRead MoreLea rning Disabilities Assoc. These are a group of very active, very nice parents with a broad array of special needs kids of all types. They might be able to help you find someone very specific to talk to whose child shares your kids' concerns. Here's their website: http://www.lflblda.clubexpress.com/ Good luck!
Linda Hahn Zaveson April 23, 2014 at 09:29 AM
did you try Facebooks' page.. Lost Dogs Illinois?
Linda Hahn Zaveson April 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM
nevermind i see on that page he's found.
Ted April 18, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Congratulations Cindy! GLASA's outstanding programming will become even better with this grant. Read MoreYo u do so much for so many with so little! Thank you for all you do for those that have impairments (and those that don't!). Happy Easter!
curious April 18, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Happy ending! I heard he has been happily reunited with his family.
amyproeh April 18, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Yes we found him! Thank you!
Emily Stone (Editor) April 18, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Hooray! So glad to hear it!
More 2nd Amendment=More Freedom April 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Steve S. April 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM
For you to state that Rep. Drury fails to understand that we have a budget crisis in Illinois showRead Moret hat you are a. misrepresenting him and the facts of what he supports and b. you have no idea who he is or what he is about and that your opinion is NOT based on budgets but purely based on you carrying a gun. His primary purpose of running for this office was to get control of the budget, I'm not arguing his success or lack of it. YOU have made the guns the issue, and you will vote only on that subject, you really don't care about the budget, let's be honest.
Programmer Corner April 04, 2014 at 10:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TFcUiS1HfQ On 2/26/2014 at 2:37:40 in the video, the Dunkin'Read MoreDonuts franchisee says "I hope I don't have to hire an attorney". I think his name is Karim Khoja, which is the same name on the agenda. His business name on the agenda is Lake Forest Donuts, Inc. It would make sense to form a separate company, so if a suit is brought and lost, only the new company is possibly liable, not the entire organization. I wonder if the meeting is postponed because we're about to get our a??es sued...
Janice April 04, 2014 at 11:54 AM
PC---Now I am confused. You seem to be posting exact same stuff as a former poster. For exampleRead Moreth is video and reference to the same specific spot. Also reference to harvey and Evanston as other towns in your posts regarding city finances--can we post under more the one user name on this site?
Programmer Corner April 04, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Hi Janice, no, not the same guy, although I do not see his posts anywhere anymore. Do you knowRead Morewhat happened? Regardless, I did take it upon myself to take his challenge about the spreadsheet. I also copied and pasted some of his links to the video referenced above and didn't change anything he had in the post, so maybe that's why the time is exactly the same? He seemed to imply that there is a connection between DD, WF, 911, and our finances. Probably true, but the powers that be do not seem to want citizens to participate - postponed meetings with no update, and you should really attend the finance meetings. It looks like we're in trouble for some reason. Rich people - go figure! Although I am saddened that Amberley Woods will be paved over, DD will destroy the look of the depot, trees are being cut down at the beach and the savannah, another part of me says, ah, let the system break. After all the strikes and bankruptcies, a lot of these poor decisions will go away because the administrators won't have a leg to stand on, and we can start from scratch. I ran cross country against the Township of Evanston, which is no more. And Harvey... wow, the sheriff has had to take over? No thanks. I'll bet some citizens there wished they knew where their money went.
Janice April 01, 2014 at 03:30 PM
PC: Another poster John Q Taxpayer was looking for a program that performed this function--did you Read Moreget this from him? share with him? He does not seem to be posting much lately....
Programmer Corner April 01, 2014 at 05:10 PM
I saw that guy posting over and over about this kind of thing! A programmer myself, I checked outRead Morew hat he was yaking about for Park Ridge and finally found their treasury report. The entries are delimited by semicolons which makes it a helavu lot easier to parse than commas because there are no semicolons in business names. I found another city's treasury report (above) which is actually delimited by commas. There are commas in business names, so it makes it almost impossible to parse. So, me being anal programmer, I tried to do it and succeeded! I just added some features/columns which I thought would be neat to see. But, something also makes me sad about this endeavor: I think that many of our towns could face cuts in services if not dissolution (Harvey, Evanston, etc.). I got to thinking, wouldn't this be easier if citizens could help? And do it by looking at something that's easy to read? But the biggest problem is that someone would lose their job if we cutback somewhere. But then again, that's happening anyway with our outsourcing of 911 and other possible police functions, which I think is just terrible. I wish someone would comment on a specific row, because I don't know what most of this stuff is. I would guess that if something is listed for last year, and perhaps for 1 or 2 years prior, that the budget estimate could be added in that middle column under Cur Bdgt Amt. This cost and some kind of definition might jump out at us as really... uh... wha? why are we buying this? But again: cutbacks equals job loss.
Programmer Corner April 11, 2014 at 08:25 AM
What are "Medical Claims"? I thought a medical claim is the total amount of the bill,Read Morethat is then submitted to the insurance company. The insurance company then pays the doctor or hospital the amount of the claim minus the deductible. Also, why would the amounts be almost the same year after year? Roughly $3.7 million in the graphic above. Does the above imply that insurance did not cover 3.7 million in injuries? Seems high. Those claims did not exist prior to 2011. I wonder what happened starting in 2011...
Rene Caputo March 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Sorry Folks, I guess I have been oblivious!! After making some phone calls to the correctRead Moredepartme nts in our towns and talking with city managers, and doing a little research online, I really jumped the gun. Only the dispatchers for the Police dept. will be moving IF the consolidation takes place. So I stand to be corrected. I'm still not sure if I agree with this consolidation. It's suppose to save everyone tax dollars but what will the cost be to include our dispatching board with Glenview? According to the report from the study that was done, the dispatchers, 48 including Glenview will be cut to 12 in all. These 12 dispatchers will cover Glenview, the cities they dispatch for plus Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood. Only 12 dispatchers? How many will lose their jobs? How will 12 dispatchers cover all of these towns? Our Police Depts. Facilities will close at 11PM with a remote attendant? What dos this mean? What will be the difference between the handling of a 911 call compared to a break-in? Where does the call go to, then where, then where...before the actual dispatch? How is the dispatch handled? Is it a push of a button, a phone call, a radio call? What is the time frame? Are we really going to be better off with this consolidation? I have some doubts--someone tell me we will!
Programmer Corner March 28, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Rene, I am on your side. The reason this is even being considered is because cash is tight,Read Moreotherwi se it would not be considered. So, if cash is tight, city govt is trying to save money by cutting back. Why cut back on safety first, though? In fact, police and fire depts would be the last places that should be cut back, even if it is only dispatching. What if the power goes out between here and Glenview, not here, not Glenview, but somewhere in between? Some 911 calls may not get through just for that reason.
Carethemost School March 21, 2014 at 01:36 PM
It bothers me John Q. ALOT!!! I am on your side! It's shameful this has gone on for so loooong!
Janice March 22, 2014 at 06:35 PM
There seems to be a lack of willingness to discuss MI from a perspective of "would we startRead Morethi s today, knowing what we know now?"
Janice March 22, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Hopefully spring break will give all parties a chance to reflect and return to this topic with aRead Moreren ewed sense of purpose and constructiveness....seems like the whole town is empty now...