Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Belvidere Home Prices and Home Values | Zillow


Belvidere Home Prices & Values

Zillow Home Value Index

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  • 4.4% 1-year change
  • 7.1% 1-year forecast
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The median home value in Belvidere is $117,500. Belvidere home values have gone up 4.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.1% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Belvidere is None.

Mortgage delinquency is the first step in the foreclosure process. This is when a homeowner fails to make a mortgage payment. The percent of delinquent mortgages in Belvidere is 5.6%, which is lower than the national value of 6.0%. With U.S. home values having fallen by more than 20% nationally from their peak in 2007 until their trough in late 2011, many homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages, meaning they owe more than their home is worth. The percent of Belvidere homeowners underwater on their mortgage is 30.8%, which is the same as Rockford Metro at 30.8%.

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Belvidere Market Overview

Data through May 31, 2015
  • $117,500 ZHVI
  • 7.1% 1-yr forecast

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    (May 31, 2016)

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  • $134,900 Median sale price
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Letter: Stand up to Rauner's anti-union efforts - Opinion - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL


  • I get the idea Gov. Rauner has no interest in seeing the existence of any union in Illinois continue as we know it.
    He pretends to want to give property owners some relief through a bill that also includes language exempting municipalities from adhering to prevailing wage laws concerning contract bids. That bill was voted down. I'm sure he now will say it's the unions that are keeping us from getting our taxes lowered.
    Why doesn't he offer a bill concerning property taxes with no strings tied to it? Probably because he knows that is irresponsible and will make the budget hole even bigger. Every move he makes is aimed at getting rid of unions and making this a right-to-work state.
    Do people understand why unions were formed in the first place? To keep people like him from taking advantage and to give workers a say at their place of employment. He wants to make it so that unions don't have the money to fight for the workers they represent. Rauner has all the money he would ever need, but he says it isn't fair for us to band together to try to make our lives better through collective bargaining.
    Stand together, state workers and union families. Make Rauner a one-term governor. Call and email your lawmakers and oppose his legislation and tactics. Contact the governor, too. There are better ways to balance the budget than on the backs of the people who provide services to the public.
    Gary Shepherd
  • The State Journal-Register


    Posted Jun. 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM

Above is from:  Letter: Stand up to Rauner's anti-union efforts - Opinion - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Rauner Goes MIA In Eyes Of News Media | WNIJ and WNIU

Even as Illinois heads toward a partial government shutdown, Governor Bruce Rauner has largely stayed out of the public eye.

If you watch TV at all, it probably doesn't seem like it's been a long time since you heard from Gov. Rauner.

He's got a campaign-style ad running statewide.

"With your help, I'm going to keep fightin' to grow our economy and fix our broken state government," Rauner said in his ad.

In Rauner’s opinion piece within the Chicago Tribune, he updated what he wants legislators to do before he'll negotiate on revenue for the state budget.

But he hasn't subjected himself to answering questions about it.

That's not to say he's gone missing completely; he stopped by the Springfield farmer's market over the weekend, and he visited a Vietnam War memorial in Jacksonville last week. He also met with reporters after tornadoes touched down in Coal City; questions then were limited to the emergency.

Otherwise, the last time Rauner set aside time to answer questions from the media was June 12. That’s more than two weeks ago

Above is from:  Rauner Goes MIA In Eyes Of News Media | WNIJ and WNIU

Health-care union launches anti-Rauner television ads


SPRINGFIELD — Just as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken to the airwaves in the fight over the state budget, a labor union representing home-care workers is launching television ads this week to argue against cuts.

The Service Employees International Union, which represents 57,000 workers affected by the state budget, is running two 30-second ads in several television markets, including the Quad-Cities and the Springfield-Decatur area.

In one ad, Betty Wessing, an elderly woman who uses a walker, talks about the importance of a state program that allows her to stay at home. Without the home health care aide provided by the state, she says, she could be forced into a nursing home.

She also takes a shot at Rauner, who was a businessman before becoming governor in January.

"The rich is just getting richer, the poor is just getting poorer," she says.

The ads come as Rauner and Democrats in the General Assembly are at loggerheads over a state spending plan. Rauner last week vetoed most of the budget sent to him by the Legislature, saying it was unconstitutional because it was out of balance by more than $3 billion.

The move means Illinois is poised to start a new fiscal year on Wednesday without a budget in place. Rauner wants the House and Senate to approve a property tax freeze, term limits and workers' compensation reform and overhaul the political remapping process before he'll consider some kind of tax increase to close the gap.

"Showing the authentic and very real personal stories of people affected by Gov. Rauner's choices is part of our strategy because we know that the people of Illinois want to see these programs preserved," SIEU Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad said.

In a second SEIU ad, Terry Lango worries that his disabled brother, Wade, would have to go to a nursing home if he cannot get home care services provided by the state.

"He's going to a nursing home," Terry Lango says. "And he's going to die in a nursing home. And I'll die, too, without him."

The timing of the ads also coincides with the expiration of SEIU's labor agreement with the state.

"Contracts for 57,000 child care and home health care workers expire June 30th, and the governor has made demands and proposed budget cuts that would lead to massive layoffs and lead to enormous damage to our low-income workforce," Muhammad said.

The union declined to say how much the ads cost but called the campaign "unprecedented."

Rauner, meanwhile, is running ads worth more than $800,000 criticizing Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

"Illinois is at a crossroads," the female announcer says. "Mike Madigan and the politicians he controls refuse to change. They're saying 'no' to spending discipline, 'no' to job-creating economic reforms, 'no' to term limits. All they want is higher taxes. Again."

Above from:  Health-care union launches anti-Rauner television ads

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Support Slumps | David Ormsby


Since Governor Bruce Rauner unleashed his nearly $2 million TV Ad buy two weeks ago, political and media pundits have been almost exclusively focused on diagnosing the 30-second spot's 20-second attack of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
What has escaped any substantive analysis is the ad's 10-second promotion of Rauner.
"The ads are not very helpful to the [budget] negotiations," said Paul Simon Public Policy Institute executive director David Yepsen on WGN's "Sunday Spin" last weekend to host Rick Pearson. "Republicans have been attacking Mike Madigan for years hoping to rub off on Democratic legislators and it hasn't seemed to work."
Some version of Yepsen's comments have been repeatedly echoed by political and media insiders throughout the last couple weeks.
But the 10-seconds of Rauner's self-promotional message has been widely overlooked.
"Change in Springfield isn't easy. But you didn't send me here to do what's easy. With your help, I'm goin' to keep fightin' to grow our economy, and fix our broken state government," Rauner says in the spot.
The Rauner ad may be as much about boosting Rauner's political standing as undermining Madigan's.
The governor's job approval rating in multiple key legislative districts has fallen - and in some cases sharply - in four legislative districts recently polled. A May 31 survey by The Illinois Observer's e-newsletter, The Insider in the Southern Illinois district of State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), for example, found that Rauner had an approval rating of just 29.3% and a disapproval of 43.9% or a net approval of minus 14.6 points despite winning Bradley's district over Governor Pat Quinn, 63-31%.
Now a new poll of 711 likely 2016 voters commissioned by The Illinois Observer reveals that Rauner's statewide job approval has fallen to a new low. Moreover, his approval ratings are now upside down.
The June 20 survey conducted by Chicago-based Ogden & Fry, the only polling firm which correctly predicted Rauner's five-point victory margin over Quinn, shows that just 35.7% of voters approve of the way the governor is handling his job while 46.7% disapprove or net approval of minus 11 points.
"Nearly half of respondents disapproved of the Governor's job performance," Ogden & Fry pollster Tom Swiss wrote in his polling memo.
The poll, which had a +/- 3.75% margin of error, identified 17.6% were undecided.
In our last poll on April 22, after Rauner's first 100 days, the governor's approval stood at 40.6% and disapproval at 36.3%. In the last 60 days, as confrontation with Democrats has grown, the governor's approval has dropped by five points and disapproval has grown by 10.
After the governor's first 30 days, an Ogden & Fry survey conducted for The Illinois Observer pegged Rauner's approval at 43.1% and disapproval at 28.2% with 28.6% undecided.
At the start of his term, a January 14 We Ask America poll placed Rauner's approval rating at 52%, with just 23% disapproving and remainder undecided.
Rauner's supporters and, crucially, undecided voters have been shifting into the disapproval column.
Moreover, the governor's 35.7% job approval - after five days of statewide advertising promoting his "change in Springfield" message - is only a hair above the 34% registered by Quinn in a November 22-25, 2013 Public Policy Polling survey. Quinn did have a higher disapproval rating, 60%, to Rauner's 46.7%.
Meanwhile, despite the governor's sinking public support, 2016 likely voters have failed to embrace the role of Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan as a "check and balance" on the governor's agenda, according to the survey.
In response to the question "Do you approve or disapprove of Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan serving as a check and balance on Governor Bruce Rauner's agenda?", only 30.1% of voters approved and 41.5% disapproved and 28.5% are undecided, the poll says.
They're in a poor position as a PR counterweight.
In the battle over the current political stalemate, neither side holds a public opinion advantage with likely 2016 voters.
Still, the bigger fight - and likely point of Rauner's advertising - is over the 2016 election rather the FY 2016 budget.
"I would suggest that this a longer-term effort than just the current stalemate," Pearson said on Sunday.
Ditto Yepsen.
"I think it [Rauner's ad] may be part of a longer game that the governor and Republicans are playing," said Yepsen. "They want to make gains in the legislative elections in 2016. I'm assuming it's part of longer-term strategy to soften up the Democrats."
More than to "soften up Democrats," the Rauner ad campaign is also aimed at rebuilding the governor's public support. Otherwise, Rauner-funded legislative candidates in 2016 face the same dilemma that Democrats faced under the unpopular Quinn - being associated with a deeply unpopular governor.
There may lie the reason that Madigan has taken to referring to GOP lawmakers as "Rauner Republicans."
Stay tuned.


David also edits The Illinois Observer: The Insider, in which this article first appeared.

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Above is from:  Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Support Slumps | David Ormsby

Friday, June 26, 2015

An exclusive look at the draft schedule for Pope Francis’s U.S. trip this fall - The Washington Post


By Michelle Boorstein June 26 at 8:51 PM

Pope Francis will meet with inmates in a Philadelphia prison gym, poor migrants at a D.C. church — where he may serve them lunch — and disadvantaged youth at an East Harlem elementary school, according to a working itinerary of his visit this fall to the United States that was shared with The Washington Post.

The itinerary for the trip — the pope’s first to the United States — is not final. The Vatican is expected to release an official version in the next few days, and church officials Friday emphasized that even that version could change before Francis arrives Sept. 22. A person close to the U.S. planning process provided The Post with the itinerary, and a second person knowledgeable of the Vatican team confirmed multiple details of the document.

The working itinerary reveals the pope’s plans to speak repeatedly about the plight of immigrants, including at Our Lady Queen of Angels School and on Independence Mall park in Philadelphia before tens of thousands of people. The Argentine pope will often speak in Spanish during the trip, the itinerary shows, highlighting the origins of the Catholic Church’s first Latin American pontiff and the fact that the U.S. church is one-third Hispanic — and quickly becoming more so.


An exclusive look at the draft schedule for Pope Francis’s U.S. trip this fall - The Washington Post