In 1973 Illinois’ Speed Limit Was 70 MPH

by Steve Doner, Former Illinois Chapter Coordinator for the National Motorists Association

The 70 mph speed limit bill recently signed by the governor starts to undo some of the damage done by the national 55 mph limit which was established in 1973.  Illinois had a 70 mph speed limit 40 years ago and it was not just for rural interstates.  Most state highways, even two lane highways, had limits higher than the 55 mph that is still in place on metro Chicago’s toll roads and other interstates.

After reading the recent Illinois speed limit bill and discussing it with sponsor Jim Oberweis it is clear to me that the bill was intended to cover, and should apply to, metro Chicago for many of the same reasons that it makes sense for rural areas.  The house and senate overwhelmingly passed it as such.  The speed limit for all metro Chicago interstates will revert to 70 mph unless IDOT produces an engineering study showing the new limit it to be unsafe.  County boards may also have the ability to block the new limit.

If IDOT abides by the sound traffic engineering principles espoused by transportation and police departments across the country and around the world, it is nearly certain that the findings would dictate a speed limit of 70 mph (or higher) for metro Chicago expressways, with the possible exception of those within the city limits.  Certainly the 70 mph limit should apply to I-294 and all routes West, North and South of I-294.

IDOT should increase the metro Chicago limits and the county boards should stand aside.  All the evidence indicates that there would be no negative impact on safety.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Overall metro Chicago highway safety would be improved.  Here’s why:

Police Officers’ Perspectives on Gun Control

by Doug Wyllie | PoliceOne

In March, PoliceOne conducted the most comprehensive survey ever of American law enforcement officers’ opinions on the topic gripping the nation’s attention in recent weeks: gun control.

More than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals took part in the survey, which aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only professional group devoted to limiting and defeating gun violence as part of their sworn responsibility.

Totaling just shy of 30 questions, the survey allowed officers across the United States to share their perspectives on issues spanning from gun control and gun violence to gun rights.

Left Right and You – The Chicago Way With Bill Daley

Many thanks to Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley for joining us. We asked him about serving President Obama, pensions, and patronage. When Mr. Daley talked about Pat Quinn’s RTA patronage, I did ask him “you’ve run the White House and your brother was the mayor Chicago, are you telling me there wasn’t any patronage in the White House or Chicago?” You’ll have to listen now or download the show to hear Mr. Daley’s response.

Jeff and I also discussed the Chris Christie versus Rand Paul battle over the soul of the Republican party. I pointed out the 3 big factions of the GOP are the Big Government Republicans, Social Conservatives, and the people who lean libertarian. The last two presidential primaries were won by the Big Government Republicans (Romney & McCain), but will BGR’s be able to fend off the other two factions? Time will only tell.

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A TSUNAMI of Debt HITS DETROIT

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By James Carlini

Do you hear that? It’s a crumbling sound reverberating across the country.

It’s the great wall of over-bloated government pensions starting to crumble in Detroit. The unions think they will stop the crumbling? I don’t think so.

The money has run out. There is NO more money. How do they not understand that?

CORRUPTOCRACIES AND CLOUTOCRACIES

Detroit is not the only city that will feel this Tsunami. Some of the other “Corruptocracies” across the country better realize that their time is near.

What is a “Corruptocracy”? It is a government entity that is mired in corruption, clout and years of deals that favor cronies, relatives, and burden constituents. It could be a city, a township, or even a state made up of politicians, unions, favored vendors, and clouted workers. The framework of the Corruptocracy is usually made up of one or several Cloutocracies where all hirings and promotions are based on clout (or who you know, not what you know).

Some of the elite East Coast media call it Chicago-style politics, but come on, we have all seen the same “good ol’ boy” network connections in places all over the country.

Illinois unions fight to block Medicaid savings

by Paul Kersey | Illinois Review

One of the screwier effects of Illinois labor law was on display last week when an arbitrator ruled that the state would have to terminate its contract with Maximus Health Services.

In September 2012, the state hired Maximus to review Illinois’ Medicaid rolls and remove those who were no longer eligible for benefits. The company’s investigation identified 60,000 ineligible people on the rolls, but the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees objected and filed a grievance, saying that state workers should perform the Medicaid review instead, even though the state said it lacks the resources and its workers lack the knowledge to do the job properly. In the end, the arbitrator determined that the state has to fire Maximus by Dec. 31 and use state workers.

It would be easy to criticize the union for its selfishness — and I don’t necessarily want to discourage any of that – but it should be said that the union’s reaction was exactly what the state’s labor law encourages. Because the law allows for contracts in which all employees must pay either union dues or agency fees as a condition of employment, the union has a direct interest in maximizing the number of employees that the state has on its payroll. And under its own law, the state must reach an agreement not only on wages but on all aspects of employment, including how state workers are assigned. This means the union can wage a protest not just over how its members are employed, but over how they are not employed (“Hey, that’s our job!”).

Left Right and You Radio Show

Representative Jack Franks is the only Democrat representing McHenry county in the legislature, but when it comes to Pat Quinn and taxes he sounds a lot like a Republican. Franks is also the first Democrat I have heard endorse Bill Daley for Governor over the incumbent Pat Quinn.

Is that Bill Daley or Jeff Dunham's puppet Walter?

Is that Bill Daley or Jeff Dunham’s puppet Walter?

The organizer of The Red Run, Kristen Guerrieri also joined us to talk about fighting human trafficking and her charity 5k on Saturday August 10th in Algonquin. Please check out www.theredrun.org for more details.

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