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[VIDEO] 2013: ILLINOIS ST PATRICK’S DAY MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE; WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 18, 2013

This year the Illinois Lottery offered its St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle once again. The results will be posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 and many will find themselves a bit richer.  The odds are some of the best of all games offered by the Illinois Lottery.

The above video shows one of the MEGA winners from last year.  The entire town of Millersburg, Illinois, pulled together and 117 people won one of the four $1,000,000 prizes.  Wow…now that is amazing!   Also astounding is that another million dollar winner from last year, just stepped forward!  With only a few days left a Wood Dale resident claimed their prize.

Most only dream about what they will do with all that cash….trips, expensive cars, fancy homes, charity donations, sharing with family…and the list goes on.  But only four will win the big prize of $1,000,000…what would you do with that huge amount of money?

Check out this link to see if your dreams can turn into a reality.  And yes…I played too:).  GOOD LUCK!  Hope the luck of the Irish is with us all.   And if you happen to win and want to buy a home in Chicago….look me up!

CHECK OUT THE ODDS OF WINNING!

  • Only 500,000 tickets were sold and are currently sold out.
    • 4 Prizes of $1,000,000, odds are 1 in 125,000!
    • 5 prizes of $100,000 each, odds are 1 in 100,000!
    • 500 prizes of $1,000 each, odds of 1 in 1000!
    • THAT’S 509 TOTAL AVAILABLE PRIZES WITH OVERALL ODDS OF 1 IN 982!
  • The cost is $20 per ticket.

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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) 2011: NEW CURFEW IN CHICAGO BEGINS SUNDAY; IS BIG BROTHER WATCHING?

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed to get a new curfew law established in Chicago.  The curfew was unanimously approved earlier in the summer by the Chicago City Council and takes effect this Sunday October 2, 2011.

It was put in place to ensure the safety of Chicago area children and has strict penalties.  Unsupervised minors aged 12 and younger are required to be home by 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on the weekends.  If parents do not follow this new curfew they will be responsible for fines of up to $500 or community service.  If they receive three offenses within a year the fine goes up significantly and will cost the guilty parent $1,500 fine plus community service. 

There is a potential problem with this fine.  In many cases, children who will not follow this law are either extremely hard to manage, or live below the poverty level or with parents who don’t care and will be unable to pay the fine.  Will they offer counseling and family assistance?  Or will we have police and the courts tied up with these issues, instead of finding the killers of the kids shot nearly every day.

While this sounds good on paper, the sad fact is that many of the youth killed by drive-by shootings or stray bullets have been in their homes or next to an adult family member.  Some think this is a plan with good intentions, but will instead end up being just another case of “Big Brother”, further restricting our rights.  This is not to say they would not like to see an end to the violence and especially the deaths of innocent children.

Fairly soon, American will be just like any other third world country.  Our rights keep slipping away from us right under our noses.  What do you think?  Is this a good plan?

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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7/18/11: NEW “RIVERS CASINO” OPENS IN DES PLAINES; ADDS 1000 NEW JOBS

The highly anticipated, $445 million dollar Rivers Casino, opened today (Monday 7/18/11), in Des Plaines just outside of Chicago.  The new casino is a 20-acre site located at the corner of Des Plaines River Road and Devon Avenue.  So many flocked to the casino today for its grand-opening, it was almost overwhelming.  Traffic was backed-up and it seems the demand was higher than expected.

Rivers Casino is slated to be one of the state’s largest gambling facilities, projections estimate $260 million in receipts during its first year.  If this holds true, it would be the second highest earning casino, second to The Grand Victoria located in Elgin, which generated gross revenues of $287 million in 2010.

The casino added 1,000 jobs to the area, making them among the top three employers in Des  Plaines.  However, some have doubt about just how much revenue the new casino will add to the struggling state’s bottom line, due to the timing of its opening.  In a troubled economy, the initial excitement may be overshadowed by this reality; many people just don’t have the funds to gamble like in the past.

Some also are worried about the possibility Gov. Pat Quinn may sign a massive gambling expansion bill, opening the door for much more competition.  But that could take time to set in motion, especially when dealing with all the government “red tape”.

Acting city Manager released a statement saying, “What the casino helps do for Des Plaines is it puts us on the map. What that looks like in the future, we don’t exactly know at this point.”  However, at this moment they are celebrating and hoping it will boost their areas expansion and economy, even if it’s temporary.

But if the new casino does what it has for Aurora and Elgin, incredible growth is highly likely.  Des Plaines may already have seen a spurt, because since the news of the casino’s opening, it has gotten more inquiries from developers this year, than in the past.  Reports suggest the new casino is expected to generate $150 million in annual revenue for the state.

Today so many patrons attended the grand-opening, they considered having them take alternative routes.  But let’s see how long that lasts.  And how will this casino impact other area casino’s?  Will it just be a wash?  I’m sure The Hollywood and The Grand Victoria are nervous to see.

Rivers Casino is located at 3000 S. Des Plaines River Road, Des Plaines, IL www.playrivers.com.

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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6/28/11: LURA LYNN RYAN DIES, FINAL YEARS END IN VAIN

It was sad to hear that former Illinois first lady, Lura Lynn Ryan, died today at the age of 76-years-old.  She struggled through a long painful illness with cancer for many years and finally passed away at Riverside Medical Center.  Lura was diagnosed with lung cancer and hospitalized for complications reportedly from her chemotherapy.

While former Governor George Ryan was sent to prison for corruption, she spent her final years hoping in vain, for his release.  During her 55-years of marriage she certainly could not have foreseen spending her last years on earth, fighting for his freedom.  It was bad enough she was diagnosed with cancer, but to see her husband sent to prison during their retirement years, must have added salt to the wound. 

She supported him until her death and kept faithful throughout the years, maintaining her belief that he did nothing wrong during his political career.  It was unfortunate he was unable to also support her during her illness.

The former governor is still serving time in prison on federal corruption charges and is pushing hard to attend her funeral services.  News outlets reported that he was by her side as she passed away.

It is a tragedy that her last years were spent in poor health and she had to use her remaining energy trying to clear his name.  What a shame.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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GOVERNOR PAT QUINN BANS POLITICIANS FROM ADDING NAMES TO STATE SIGNS

Today, June 16, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn finally passed a law which helps the Illinois residents.  He signed legislation, which beefed up the current law, banning state politicians from promoting themselves by putting their names on state signs. Adding their names to these signs cost taxpayers a whopping $480,000 to erect.

It is about time they figured out this was a waste of money, especially with the recent wave of turnover’s in Illinois politicians. Removing the name of ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich was Governor Quinn’s first task when taking office.  It would have probably not been the last, so good they finally changed this policy.  How much did it cost to replace the names?

Did we really need to be reminded who our Governor was every time we paid a darn toll?  It was just good our Governor was not Weiner, that would have been a bit too fitting at a toll booth.

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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(SEE FULL LIST) MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL POSTS CITY EMPLOYEE SALARIES ON-LINE, IS THIS GOOD?

The new Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel apparently wants full transparency.  During the early phase of his Mayoral debut, he posted the full list of salaries for the 35,000 city workers on-line, for the world to see.  If you are curious to see just how much each position pays, and aspire to secure a job with the city at some point, you may want to check out the FULL list here.

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel mandated that the list be posted online, saying “it is another step toward openness, as we create an administration that is accountable to the citizens of Chicago.”  But I am sure the tech who posted the salaries may have thought otherwise, along with many others.  It is always a touchy subject to talk about how much someone makes, so to have it publicly displayed may make some workers very uncomfortable.

While, I am not sure if it was a good decision, it is certainly interesting to see what they all earn.  It shows salaries for everyone including sanitation workers, police officers, fire captains, secretaries, even Alderman.  The list includes details about each employee including, their name, salary, and job title.  It also breaks out the required furlough days, so you can see just how much they are losing by the new rules for required days off.

In all the years Mayor Daley was in office, this information has never been publicly displayed.  But with the new sheriff in town, new rules come into play.  I’m just not sure many city worker’s will be too happy with this new decision.

Does this make them vulnerable?  What if you did not want your girlfriend to know exactly how much you make?  Or your friends and family?  Well, they do now.  How would you feel if everyone knew exactly what you earned, would you like it?  Post your comments here, it will be interesting to see how many are in favor of the change.

And yes, the Mayor posted his $196,329 salary on the list, which includes his furlough days of course. Let’s hope he just doesn’t cut the pay for police officers, this is not a good time.

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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FIVE NEW CASINO’S COMING TO CHICAGO?

The senate has passed the first round of votes for the “gambling expansion measure”, allowing Chicago to build riverboat casino’s without the “river”.  If the new measure fully passes, casino’s would be able to open on dry land, throughout the city.  The backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably helped in passing the gambling expansion measure, SB 744, which narrowly passed the House with a 65-50 vote.  It now goes to Governor Quinn, who can accept or amend the ruling.

The bill was amended to five casino’s, which would be located throughout the Chicagoland area including, Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Park City and an unidentified location, in the south suburbs. The measure would still allow for the future expansion to nine casino’s, as well as the installation of slot machines at seven horse-race tracks.

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said revenue could help the state pay off some of its $8 billion deficit.
He then went on to say, “Altogether this bill will raise $1.5 billion in up-front revenue for the state of Illinois from these licensing fees, all of which are going to the unpaid bills of our state”.

While some still oppose the bill, suggesting people will spend money at the casino’s reducing the amount spent on restaurants and shopping, others believe the 10,000 additional jobs is worth the “gamble”.

What do you think?  Have Indiana riverboats been taking money out of Illinois pockets for all these years?  Does Chicago need casino’s?

NEW RIVERS CASINO OPENS 7/18/11-READ DETAILS

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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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MAYOR RAUM EMANUEL WELCOMES GE CAPITAL; BRINGS 1000 JOBS TO CHICAGO

Newly appointed Mayor Raum Emanuel, welcomed GE Capital to Chicago today. The Company announced its plans to bring 1000 new jobs to Chicago over the next three years, hiring 500 within the next year.

This is great news for the many unemployed workers, especially those looking for upper-end positions. The new jobs are said to include, skilled commercial, technical and regulatory positions to support GE Capital, Americas. While the company is now located at 500 W. Monroe, they are currently searching for new office space.

Companies heading to the city are greeted with open arms, due to the limited amount of employers currently hiring. While 1000 jobs won’t even put a dent in the unemployment rate, it still offers opportunities hard to find in this market. There will probably be thousands in line for the jobs, so if you plan to interview, you better have your game face on.

Let’s just hope they don’t follow the bad habit of some other companies, who advertise “Unemployed need not apply”.  This is a cruel and unbelievable practice that needs to end immediately.

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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NEW ILLINOIS REAL ESTATE LICENSE LAW BEGINS (via Real Estate Institute’s Blog)

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO ILLINOIS BROKER TESTING!

Starting May 1, 2011, the state of Illinois will issue a “Broker” license for entry-level real estate agents. New Broker licensees are allowed to help others buy, sell, manage and lease all types of real estate.  In order to obtain the “Broker” license, applicants must complete a 15-hour “interactive class.”   Real Estate Institute will begin offering this live class in May! “It’s really exciting to be a pioneer in the creation and development of … Read More

via Real Estate Institute’s Blog

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in REAL ESTATE

 

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2011 BLAGO RETRIAL BEGINS, WILL HE WIN?

Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich has pulled out his boxing gloves for his upcoming retrial, which begins this week.  His media blitz started again and it will be needed more than ever this go round.  Blagos’ original defense team deserted him when the money ran out, so he will need to work harder than ever.  In hopes of reaching the perspective jurors, his camera time continues to focus on his innocence.

While Blago has always maintained his innocence, only he and his insider’s know the truth.  Many have mixed feelings about his guilt or innocence so it is hard to tell how this will end.  But one thing’s for sure, Blago has become a pro at defending himself and speaks out as though he is running for office.  Pulling out his charm, and repeating “I am innocent” thousands of times, has a brainwash effect. If I was on the jury and had those words in the back of my mind throughout the trial, it may cause me to doubt the prosecutor’s.

In the end, we certainly do not know the entire story. But what we do know is that many politicians have done questionable things, and some get caught and some don’t.  In this case, Blago was just on the “got caught” list, in the eyes of the prosecutors. Unlucky for him, but it looks like he will fight hard until the end.

What do you think?  Is Blago guilty or innocent?

READ DETAILS/SEE VIDEO HERE: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4576982/blagojevich-asks-judge-to-cancel-retrial

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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