IRS dragging feet in release of interstate migration data

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

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By Scott Reeder | Illinois News Service
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.
In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information, but now it will take three years, said [...]

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Sometimes we need a break from technology

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

dial up phone

I bought a “new” phone the other day.

My 6-year-old, Anna, gave it a perplexed look.

“Where’s the buttons, Daddy?”

“There isn’t any, dear. It’s what’s called a rotary phone.”

She gave it another skeptical look and walked away.

Yes, when I dial, I actually dial.

An hour or so later when my wife got home from work she, too, gave it a bewildered look and said, “Why did you install that old thing? It doesn’t even have Caller ID. How will we know whether to answer the phone or not?”

Folks, it’s not about nostalgia.

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The state is not a surrogate for the family

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

butter cow

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – My daughter tugged on my hand and said, “Come on Dad let’s see the Butter Cow.”
So we walked over to the Dairy Building at the Illinois State Fair and gawked at 500 pounds of butter sculpted into the shape of a life-size cow.
The bovine is encased in [...]

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Illinois state fairs run by government appointees, lose money

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – The long-time directors of both Illinois State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair have a lot in common.
Both were disciplined recently for unethical conduct, both have operated their event at a financial loss and both come from political backgrounds with no professional experience managing fairs before taking their jobs with [...]

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Too much history of patronage and failure at the state fair

By   /  August 4, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

state fair

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – Twenty years ago the state implemented reforms designed to make the Illinois State Fair break even.
They failed. Big time.
The fair has been as sure-fired a loser as a kid playing a carnival game.
Well, maybe that’s not fair – every once and awhile, a youngster actually wins.
Not so [...]

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Government regs can spoil the milk

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

SHE LIKES IT FRESH: Wanda Beckerdite, the author’s grandmother, milks her cow, BB, near the Schuyler County hamlet of Brooklyn, Ill., in the late 1970s.

By Scott Reeder
SPRINGFIELD – My grandma liked her milk just like her orange juice – freshly squeezed.
To hear her talk, raw milk was wonderful.
And her view is now shared by many of today’s urban “foodies” who say raw milk tastes better, is richer in nutrients and can help prevent certain diseases.
In fact, the consumption of [...]

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