Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Brady says he'll release tax returns | Daily Chronicle

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady has changed his mind and will release his income tax returns after all.

Quinn earned $155,486 in salary in 2009, which compares to $120,227 in wages he claimed on his 2008 returns. For 2009, he paid $27,547 in federal and $4,468 in state income taxes, his returns show. His property tax bill on his west side Chicago home was $3,211.

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Lead-paint rule to raise cost of renovations - - BusinessRockford.com

All owners of houses built before 1978need to read this article. The policy was adopted April 22, 2008, and goes into effect Thursday. It also applies to work started before but not completed by Thursday.

70 percent — about 59,000 homes — of the housing stock in Winnebago County and 60 percent of the housing stock in Boone County was built before 1978, the last year that it was legal to use lead-based paint in houses built or rehabilitated using federal money.

The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting rule — issued April 22, 2008 — applies to any project affecting at least six square feet indoors or 20 square feet outdoors and requires contractors for projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified as having been trained in specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

requires landlords, whether they are renovating the property themselves or hiring a contractor, to provide tenants with an EPA pamphlet about lead hazards and have the tenants sign a form acknowledging that they received the pamphlet before work begins.
Fines for noncompliance can run up to $37,500 per violation per day.

The rule does not directly apply to homeowners doing work in their own houses, although the EPA encourages them to get the pamphlet laying out safe procedures and to follow them.
“Actually, the homeowner has some responsibility, too,” Sweeny said. “If you live in a pre-1978 house and you’re doing your own work, you have the added burden of trying to follow these rules because once you start doing this stuff, what’s the next thing they’re going to want — some type of certification that it was done this way when you go to sell your house.”

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INSURANCE EXEMPTIONS | For some, health care will mean ERs

 

provide 32 million uninsured Americans with coverage by the time it's fully in place in 2019.

about 23 million people will remain uninsured for reasons including exemptions from the requirement to buy health insurance, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

  • prohibits illegal immigrants
  • exempts people with religious objections
  • those for whom even the cheapest insurance would cost more than 8 percent of their income

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New Springfield bishop called extremist on abuse

 

the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called Paprocki an extremist Tuesday.

It notes that Paprocki once said the devil was behind the sexual abuse lawsuits against the Catholic church

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Governor derails Genoa's dreams for Amtrak

The train will depend upon state.

while Quinn reportedly had said it was IDOT officials who had decided on the change, Kollias said that "the governor made the decision, and we support the governor's decision."

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Wednesday that because the state will be paying the bills for track upgrades and a yearly operating subsidy, Amtrak will run the train on whatever route the state wants. He said it also will be up to state officials to figure out how soon the construction can begin.

a new connecting track would have to be built in Elgin between the Metra line and the Union Pacific line. The Union Pacific line also would need to add electric stop-go signals, sidings to enable oncoming trains to pass each other, new track in some areas and some new stations. But if all those items were installed to handle the Amtrak service now, they would already be in existence when and if Boone and Winnebago County join the Regional Transportation Authority and Metra decides to start Rockford commuter service.

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Two senators subpoena Obama administration for information on Fort Hood shootings

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Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) issued the first congressional subpoenas of the Obama administration Monday after accusing the White House of stonewalling their requests for information about the Fort Hood shootings

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Belvidere aldermen expect to borrow to cover payroll

City officials say they’ll probably have to borrow money to pay their police, fire, and building and street department employees in the next fiscal year.
A vote Monday to pay them from the utility tax failed to garner a nine-vote supermajority.

 

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