Thursday, October 30, 2014

FireFly: For Those of You Who Have Forgotten the Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Lost With This "Should Have Been Foreseen" Boondoggle

Enter "FireFly" in the Search Bar in the upper left hand of this blog. Especially, the JSEB and some JS Reporters, "Frick" and "Frack", the two who called me IN PRINT weird and a freak. And the JS reporter who added an upstairs bedroom to my one story ranch house in order to make me the criminal instead of the victim. And I was the one who was dumb enough to report the theft.

Peoria County Administrator and a Majority Of Board Members Seem Poised to Lend ELM of Peoria Millions

Lee Graves, who founded ELM, is a VERY wealthy person who is smart enough to know that if he can get millions from Illinois taxpayers at an interest rate estimated to be 3%, that he would be a fool not to take advantage of this taxpayer handout.. If Graves's business is so financially stable, he could fund the money personally, use Venture Capital Investors or borrow all the money needed from the banks himself.

Banks will always lend the money when they have the taxpayers backing. In event of default, the banks ALWAYS stand first in line to get repaid.

The sad part about Grave's maneuver is that County Board Members nor their administrator are competent loan officers. In the 10 years, I pointed this flaw out numerous times. I was able to stop one and possibly two, wealthy business persons from taking advantage of the boards lack of experience.

In my years on the board, no one in administration EVER checked to see if the jobs promised ever happened. Several of the county loans soured, especially FireFly. I was the only board member who consistently pointed out the flaws in FireFly's presentation. The leading local politician who strongly supported the loan was David Leitch.

Look up "FireFly" on my search bar for my blogs on this major boondoggle. I told our administrator at the time of the loan, that FireFly did not need a few million from Peoria City and Peoria County but that they needed several hundred million to develop, market and distribute their batteries. Our administrator, Patrick Urich, now Peoria City Manager, did NOT advise board members to turn down this bad loan. At the time, Peoria County did not even have a Financial Manager, a point I campaigned on in 2000. Board members who are paid around $7,000 a year are hardly qualified to be loan officers.

The JS Editorial board should take up this issue, BEFORE a decision is made by the County Board and the recipient laughs all the way to the bank as many other recipients have done over the past approximately 20 years.

Chad Grimm - A Jump From Health Club Manager to Illinois Governor Would Be a Halloween Nightmare

Union Democrat bosses throw 6 figure dollars to this Libertarian's non-campaign, believing, probably correctly, that the additional votes he would draw would come from disgruntled Republicans and Independents. and stick this near bankrupt state to four more years of disastrous Democrat rule.

Just a  another dirty trick by dirty Democrats and dirty union bosses

So sad that this country and workers are led by so many Socialists masquerading as ordinary U.S.A. citizens looking after everybody's'  best interest, but in reality, their interests; the loot they gain by being reelected.

Grimm is regarded as loose cannon but the Libertarians could care less. They just want anyone whose mouth moves to be on the ballot. Grimm has already run for two offices in Peoria and lost badly. Reports are that he recently addressed 8 schools. About what? Physical education? To slip in remarks to pass on to their parents to not vote for Republicans is what I've been told. Who made this decision? What do we have well paid health and physical education teachers for?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bladder Cancer Chemo Treatments a Success?

I'll know before the day ends tomorrow, How do I feel about it? Well, I'm pretty much a positive pragmatist. Never heard of a positive pragmatist? Whatever will be, will be, and I'll go on living for the next day to come. And the warm days of playing tennis in the southland.

"Frick" and "Frack" Boast of Accomplishments Not Yet Accomplished

Today's "Word on the Street" written by 2nd rate reporters at the JS brag about the RFM, the  nearly completed Marriott Courtyard and the Louisville Slugger Complex as "done deal' accomplishments for the community

Yup, done deals, but any accomplishments of the three above mentioned, are waiting in the wings. Despite that the taxpayers of Peoria have a major stake in all, figures like attendance, censuses, financial stability, etc. are difficult to come by. We seem to have a local newspaper that finds it more important to sell ads than report the news. The JS does run most obits 3 or 4 times so it looks to visitors that we have an awful lot of people dying in the neighborhood.

And didn't the Civic Center lose a bundle last year, Believe I blogged on that.  (Interested in what I wrote? Just enter "Civic Center" in the upper left hand corner 'Search Bar' on this blog to find my older blogs) No doubt a blessing it was built but it's recent expansion is casting some concern whether it will be a financial success. Maybe Bradley would have built a basketball stadium on campus making games more of a student draw. And hockey ice would not be a problem for the basketball players and slick court flooring. Maybe the IHSA might find a campus setting more desirable and not so close to Big Al's and other downtown vices..


Bustos Ranked 16th Out of 100 Being Best in Controlling Government Wastefull Spending.

And many wonder how Illinois is so financially strapped. Oh, yes, blame it all on Republicans and George Bush.

And the Republican Mayor of Washington, Il. has thrown his support behind Democrat Quinn because Quinn brought financial and other aid to his community when it was literally destroyed by a tornado or series of.

Like as if a Libertarian Governor maybe named Darth Vader wouldn't have done the same??????? Or a more likely Republican Governor named Rauner wouldn't have done the same??  Even George Ryan would have done the same! Why George even gave $2 million of your taxes to the privately owned baseball club but that didn't stop the City of Peoria giving the owners an extra $1.6 million last year. Plus the debate-able figure of $5 million the City gave to the private owners when the stadium was being built. Politicians have no problem finding worthwhile projects to support with YOUR MONEY.

And yes, I endorse likable and competent Judy Topinka and capable Dan Rutherford, who recently got the "short end of the stick" by the liberal media, any time he runs for ANY political office.

And Bobby Shilling over Bustos? Any day.


So if Democrat Lisa Madigan saved the State of Illinois $15 Billion and all highly ranked Democrats like Quinn and a couple hundred other highly ranked Democrats did the same, why can't Illinois pay their bills??

Oh, blame it on George Bush. Ok, I understand.

Peoria County Deficit Totals $5.5 Million,. Not $3 Million as the JS Publishes

$3.5 million budget deficit, $1.5 million Highway Department deficit and $500,000 withdrawn from Emergency revenues. And, yes, Heddington Oaks, the relatively  new County nursing home, lost $900,000.00 in the FIRST HALF OF FISCAL YEAR 2014 despite $1.5 million support from Peoria County property owners who also support 17 OUT OF PEORIA COUNTY clients who pay no property taxes to Peoria County.

To make up some of these deficits, most of which will still be around at this time next year, the County plans to raise property taxes, raise fees, and cut staff. When you cut staff that means you already had too many unnecessary people on the payroll.

How did the County get in this serious financial situation? Ask the Democrats, who control the board. .Like Allan Mayer, who is up for election with the Republican candidate more than qualified to do a better job than Mayer. Mayer, as he personally states, has strong ties to the Democrat mess in Springfield. Mayer is a career Democrat politician who believes one balances a deficit budget by spending more.

For a more competent board member candidate like Oyler to lose this race would only prove the point, that no matter how incompetent the incumbents are; they are extremely difficult  to unseat.

And remember, all the Peoria County Democrats voted to own the Peoria Riverfront Museum building. The museum is proving to be a major financial disappointment. Firing the administrator and replacing him will NOT increase attendance and make the museum financially stable now nor in the future.

Journal Star Endorses Rauner - Then Criticizes Him For Soliciting Skilled Workers From Overseas

JS - Do you think the Editorial Writers sometimes live in a cave? Most of the business community have for years claimed not enough U.S. students were taking the hard courses that lead to jobs like medical doctors, engineers, scientists, high tech,etc. These business leaders and even unions have appealed to parents, high school and college leaders to entice more youth to take these hard courses.

Those appeals are not and have not worked for years so business leaders appealed to immigration to open the doors to foreign graduates who thrive on hard work during their schooling. Stop setting ridiculous quotas on skilled foreigners and cut back drastically the number of immigrants that are allowed into this country bringing few, if any, work skills.

Look at all the skilled people working at Caterpillar, Keystone, the Ag Lab, our Medical Doctors, hospitals, etc., who are from foreign countries. But the JS says Rauner is taking jobs away from local workers because of his support of common sense immigration measures that help stop companies from sending more work overseas.

Where skilled workers abound.

These remarks by the JS Editorial staff are attempts to tone down their endorsement of a competent business leader and throw a steak to a proven incompetent Quinn, offsetting their endorsement of Rauner, an endorsement probably dictated by their boss, Gateway Media.

Whenever a Republican holds a minority stake in a business that commits errors, the Democrats and the Liberal media place all the blame on most all Republican candidates. Democrat incumbents, according to the liberal media, can do no wrong, yet they are the ones that have put citizens in a serious state of unease.

I note that GM errors on ignition problems alone have caused 30 known deaths and hundreds of injuries. Also air bag defects have caused many deaths and injuries. Does the JS and the liberal medias condemn GM and car manufacturers and the Democrats who support them and suggest that buyers avoid buying from these companies? Or criticize people like Social Democrat George Soros for his investments in companies that lay off or close plants or do they just need Republican businesspeople politicians to blame when good intentions go wrong in companies in which the Republican candidate does NOT have a controlling interest.??

As I've written many times, the best people for the difficult road ahead, do not run for political office for fear of the gorilla liberal press will take every opportunity to tear their personal lives apart. Franklin Roosevelt had a mistress, John Kennedy had many trysts and seductions; brother Ted swam and ran for his life and let his alleged "mistress" drown, Bill Clinton having oral sex at the White House yet the liberal press, says "boys will be boys". Note these are all Democrats

Republicans have some illicit loves also; allegedly Dwight Eisenhower. And we all know about the extremely competent General who was forced from his post causing a lack of his leadership as one of the MAJOR failures thereafter in Iraq. And left the leadership to an incompetent I nickname OBO because he apparently never had a school nickname. Most unusual?

What a shame that the best are like the rest of us; far from perfect.

Quinn has had 6 years. Look to Illinois to be totally bankrupt with Quinn at the helm for FOUR MORE YEARS.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Friends, I question your intelligence if you cast a vote for 6 years of failure. Four more years of Quinn will see Illinois as a bankrupt state.

I'm sending this from my "Think Pad". Please THINK carefully before you vote. Voting the party line must go the way of the dinosaurs.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chicago Bears - Wait Till Next Year

Or next decade with this coaching staff, quarterback and 50% of the players. Remind me of the Chicago Dubs. Look good one game and like s--t the next 2 out of three. Good thing I was multi-tasking today or would have been a waste of my time watching.

"Soldier Girls" A Must Read Non- Fiction Book

Written by Helen Thorpe detailing the battles of three women at home and at war. Not for the faint-hearted. I couldn't put the book down. So exhilarating and so sad.