By. Chris Stritzel
The day has come that we all have been waiting for, the City of St. Louis has defaulted on Paul McKee's failed Northside Regeneration. It is a spectacular take down to the man who was once heralded as the savior of the Northside. A man who was heralded by Lacy Clay (D-MO 1st) just last week about helping save the Northside, "This is not the time to change course with a developer that secured the anchor federal facility, a grocery store in a food desert and a hospital in a medical care desert. All of us, SLDC included, should be lining up behind Paul McKee, not playing a dangerous game that could derail all that he has worked so hard to build for north St. Louis".
McKee's experiment, which began in 2002 with the assembly of and on the Northside and backed by the city in 2009, was full of lies and false promises to bring the Northside back and make it a destination that was stable and safe. The idea was hard not to like but the snail's pace that the project was driven at coupled with a gross amount of incompetence took the project and derailed it ultimately. Not to mention the fact McKee took advantage of the system to get more tax breaks and money for the project that never came. It was a disgusting show of greed by a man who helped develop Winghaven. It all seemed so perfect till the effects and lack of anything being done were felt.
Over the course of 9 years, McKee presented plans for a office building on North Tucker, redevelopment of the Tucker and Cass area, hundreds of new homes by the future NGA, preservation of existing buildings, the 22nd Street Interchange, "Life Works", Bottle District (with Clayco) "Healthworks Village" on the Pruitt Igoe site, a gas station and a grocery store. Only the gas station and the grocery store have begun construction. Pruitt Igoe was cleared of trees for Healthworks Village but nothing else seems to be happening there, yet Paul McKee and Lacy Clay believe he's done a ton for the Northside and the City of St. Louis when in reality, McKee has done nothing while neighboring neighborhoods develop themselves and come back slowly (Old North). Oh, and the NGA, McKee deserves NO CREDIT on that project, just because he owned the property doesn't mean he reaps the benefits.
GALLERY: McKee's Dreams
But as troubling news came out of Paul McKee's dealings (from earlier) the City grew fed up and passed a resolution unanimously removing his tax credits in late April. It was big victory then and I wrote story titled, "Paul McKee Screwed Over St. Louis. Now What?" I smacked him down in that story and stated, "The man has been given to many chances and, at some point, the City and Paul McKee need to part ways". That time for the City to part ways has finally come. After being scammed enough, the City announced it would Default with McKee over the Northside Regeneration development. They cited the lack of progress on the development and the dark use of tax money and credits to do whatever he wanted.
Even though the Default would have to be approved in court (as this would nullify the development agreement), victory has never been so close to touch on this project t those who have opposed McKee. It puzzles me how and why the City let McKee's agreement go on like this for so long when they knew that Northside Regeneration LLC was screwing over and hurting the City and, the already vulnerable, Northside. As the sun sets on North St. Louis and the City of St. Louis, a new era is ready to rise. The post McKee era could, and I expect it too, open up the flood gates for redevelopment projects on the Northside. The over 1500 acre swatch of land divided the Northside and it will be reunited as last (maybe).
The Northside has potential and with the biggest problem pushed out of the way, or at least is on the way out, that potential will be unlocked. The story of Paul McKee's failed development stops here on the planning board, but the controversies and set backs will forever live on as the worst deal the City has ever made. Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration LLC will not be missed to those who have opposed of it and who once supported it, but now regret supporting it. And if somehow the Northside Regeneration does happen, it will have a suburban vibe to it as the urban model may not work well in a project of this size and scale. But who am I to speculate on that?
Now, Paul McKee's land will not be acquired back by the City so maybe having the City cut ties with him will allow McKee to kick development into high gear. While I am not holding my breath, there is a part of me that still has hope that McKee will do something truly significant up on the Northside, but the civic government could very well be putting McKee under stress. Either way, I have reached out to all McKee affiliated companies to have a one on one with him to discuss the future of Northside Regeneration.
Everyone who ever ran for office and won in this City has had a common goal, to have the city better off when they leave office than they came into it. The goal is and was to make St. Louis a better place to live, work, play and do whatever you want because this is home. Sometimes
I think that goal is put on the shelf when the Aldermen and politicians in general move on to agendas that benefit their own needs and wants. Sometimes the will of the voters is ignored for a politically motivated cause that will hurt our City more than it will help it. A recent showing of this is the Board of Aldermen trying to force a re-vote to lower the number of Ward from 28 to 14. It was voted on in 2012 and it has stayed in place since then but the new effort to keep the Board extremely large is not needed. The people voted on this issue 6 years ago and by wanting them to revote on it in a April Election (lowest turnout) is flat out gerrymandering.
In order to be more successful, fewer people in government would be a start. Some people in government now ignore the cause to improve our City since they are stuck up in issues like this. A prime example of trying to help this City out is targeting Paul McKee's failed Northside Regeneration and all the incentives and back door deals done to make this scheme "possible". Members of the Board taking steps to look into this deal are putting City before their own wants and needs, something this City needs more of. 90% of the time, I disagree with the actions of the Board of Aldermen and City Government in general because my political opinions are different than theirs. But like them, even though some members do not show it, we share a common goal to see St. Louis better off. Everyone who lives in the City wants to see it better off regardless of Political Ideologies, Race, Religion, where they live and more.
The Government Currently only has a handful of members who are willing to truly improve life in this City, and I applaud them for that. Meanwhile, others have their own agendas. This "own agenda" stuff has to stop for the betterment of the City. We have crime to tackle, education issues to tackle, corruption to tackle and the long standing Delmar Divide to tackle. Politicians can't brand themselves as "Progressive" and not try to fix these issues, it is false advertising to do so. Reducing the Board to 14 members could help get more Pro-St. Louis Progressives on Board but can we really trust them? Many false promises have been made and even some members of government try to go Progressive but are shot down by those who want their own agendas taken care of first before the City. That mind set has allowed us to lose over half our population since 1950, divide our City, allow crime to rise, Fragmentation to become more eminent, lose the bid for Amazon's HQ2 and even slow our post recession recovery.
What's worse is that the utter craziness in Government is preventing us from tackling the issues head on. If the Government, Board of Aldermen, Mayor and whoever else were to get their heads into the game and put personal agendas aside to start tackling the large issues, we could actually bring Amazon to St. Louis, reverse decades of loss growth and maybe even convince the County to allow us to merge. I understand the Aldermen who want to keep the Board at 28 Members because they fear losing representation in local Government, but if the primary goal was to make St. Louis thrive, I believe their worries would go away. If the City were to implement policy that would actually help the entire City and not just a Ward or two, the City would thrive and grow as well as the Metropolitan Area. However, that goal is hard to achieve when politicians have their own agendas on their mind.
To the Members of the Board of Aldermen, listen to the people of this City. They want a City that's better for everyone North to South and East to West. Put your personal agendas behind you and put the City first, it is the only way to improve life here and draw more people to move and visit here.
To Mayor Lyda Krewson and President Lewis Reed, lead the charge to make St. Louis a better place to live. You two are the "top dogs" in Government here. You both have the opportunity to steer the City toward the better and to be an example for the members of the Board of Aldermen.
To the People of St. Louis City, Elect Representatives into office that have a vision of unity for the region and a mindset to make St. Louis a better place to live, work, play, stay and whatever else. Your vote counts, so make it count. Progressives who are eager to tackle the issues here at home are the ones who can change the City for the better and lead us on.
To Every Person who lives in the City and those who once lived here, Promote your City, it is your home. Let us all promote it so that future generations of St. Louisans have opportunities that we never could even imagine.
We St. Louisans share a common goal regardless of political party, race, religion, sex or the neighborhood we live in. That goal is to see St. Louis better off than we came into it. Its a goal that unites us and we have to take it and run with it if we wish to see St. Louis succeed.
We've come a long way but very slowly. It's time to start speeding that process up, we can if we share the goal to make St. Louis thrive.
- Chris Stritzel
By. Chris Stritzel
When Paul McKee acquired over 500 acres of land on the Northside for his failed "Northside Regeneration" project, many thought it could be a savior. However, after years of gathering up land, nothing has been done but the land area has changed in size and buildings have burned down (including the Clemens Mansion). The only real big victory was the NGA West selecting Northside as its new home. However, the lack of movement on any kind of project in Paul McKee's area is shocking. So far, Pruitt Igoe has been cleared for "Healthworks Village" and a Grocery store and Gas Station on North Tucker is ready to go, but questions still swirl over what his real ambitions are.
Paul McKee received a special tax credit from the City when he set out to conduct his mega project. It was a secret tax credit and was repealed unanimously in the Board of Aldermen on the 17th. Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward) proposed the bill. Civic trust with Paul McKee is gone, and the repeal of the credit is the first step in allowing the land to be broken up and sold to other, trusted, developers. Even small organizations like Old North Restoration Group are helping bring the Northside back to life. Many places on the Northside have projects lined up or underway, except for Paul McKee's property.
At the rate of development happening in Paul McKee's property, he will be dead and I'll be in my mid-40s once anything significant happens that the North will benefit from. The NGA doesn't count as it is not open to the public. He claims to have money but I question that since all we see for Northside Regeneration are renderings and sketches of things. Those are visions of a Paul McKee who, if he had the money, would act. The entire development could've been finished by 2024 if it got started right away, but we are just now starting to see dirt being moved, and nothing built.
The City was scammed by a man who had a vision but that vision fell apart. Residents are angry. The government is angry. When are we going to hold him accountable? He wants more land and if we give it to him, we will be shooting ourselves. He is a con man who's credibility is extremely low, or non existent. The man has been given to many chances and, at some point, the City and Paul McKee need to part ways. We've lost several historic buildings because of him and we will continue to lose them if we don't act. Unless we see a large scale project with financing and a defined ground breaking date, I am skeptical and very disappointed and angry a McKee.
By. Eli Karabell
The President of the Board of Alderman Race is shaping up be quite exciting, considering the high stakes potential this election poses for our City of St. Louis
The incumbent President Lewis Reed is up for reelection in a position which has no term limits. President Reed has served as the President of the BOA since 2007.
President Reed has many accomplishments to bent including being on the cutting - edge of many new inventions, parliamentary practice, effective Government reforms & a general commitment to excellence to serve the BOA & the Citizens of St. Louis.
President Reed has been extremely popular among the vast majority of St. Louis voters for over 10 years. Before being President of the BOA, President Reed was the 6th Ward Alderman in the Shaw, Compton Heights, McKinley Heights & Botanical Garden Neighborhoods. President Reed was instrumental in creating a Safe 6th Ward where his neighborhood has resembled excellence since his first years as Alderman.
President Reed continues to live in the 6th Ward with his Family.
Megan E. Green an Independent - Democrat is also running for President of the Board of Alderman. Currently Alderwomen Green Represents the 15th Ward in Mid South St. Louis, which includes the areas around Tower Grove Park, South Grand Business District, Tower Grove South & environs. Alderwomen Green was first elected in 2014 succeeding longtime Alderwomen Jennifer Florida who ran for the Recorder of Deeds office against Sharon Q. Carpenter. Alderwomen Green has been very popular among Progressive Democrats & Republicans, having a crossover appeal among Progressive voters in general.
Alderwomen Green has been at the forefront of many important social, civil & legal fights including being the Sponsor of the BB203 which contained strong language to protect Women's healthcare in St. Louis. BB203 was Co - Sponsored by 6th Ward Alderwomen Ingrassia & passed handily in the BOA 10-17 in early 2017. Alderwomen Green has been a national Democratic - Independent figure for many years, at one time being a Leader of the College Democrats at Penn State University, her Alma Mater. Alderwomen Green is viewed as a Potential National or State Democratic figure depending on how she performs in the President of the BOA race, along with successful passage of her other accomplishments which as of yet, will remain to be seen. Alderwomen Green stands for what her constituents in the 15th Ward desire, easily winning over 68% of the vote against her opponent in the Democrat primary last year, Jennifer Florida, the Former Alderwomen. Interesting to see what Alderwomen Green will do in this fluid & exciting BOA Presidency race.
As Alderwomen Green has stated in a recent St. Louis Post Dispatch article: “I’ve been the underdog in every race I’ve been in. But St. Louis is a much more progressive city than our elected officials reflect."
'Green contends she’s already played a significant role in driving the legislative agenda at the Board of Aldermen, by introducing bills governing community benefits agreements, marijuana decriminalization and police reform.'
“I’ve been leading the conversation at the Board on these issues." Alderwomen Green is a serious competitor for the Presidency of the Board of Alderman & she is somebody to keep on your Political radar this upcoming Presidents race in 2019.
Another major challenger who may make both these Politically savvy Lawmakers sweat, is State Senator Jamiliah Nasheed representing the 5th Senatorial District which includes most of the City of St. Louis eastern half. Senator Nasheed is one of the most experienced, thoughtful & effective State Senator's in Missouri history. Senator Nasheed has been a State Senator for over 5 years serving with high popularity among her constituents. Senator Nasheed is highly trusted to accomplish the tough tasks, jobs & bills which need to be made. Senator Nasheed took the lead on advocating for Clean Government, Safe policing & body cameras on our police, in addition Senator Nasheed was very effective at promoting the new developments of the NGA in North St. Louis across the street from the former Pruitt - Igoe Complex, the New SLU Hospital expansion where the former Pevely Deary was located at the Corner of Grand & Chouteau Avenues in the Midtown district of St. Louis, all while she was advocating for cleaning up the corruption of Jefferson City. As a State Senator, Nasheed has championed Minority Rights, Gay Rights, Muslim Rights & a litany of other important issues relating to Equity indicators, implementing the Ferguson Report fully in St. Louis City & County, policing reforms, community policing strategies & helping establish mentorship opportunities for area youth who are at risk in a Senatorial District which is heavily African - American & at risk of a lack of effective resources to combat these pressing matters.
Senator Nasheed has been a hero to her constituents who have reelected her handily to the Missouri Senate. If elected to the Presidency, Senator Nasheed would also make History as both the First Female President of the Board of Alderman, along with being the first Muslim President of the Board of Alderman. (Footnote: The Author is Muslim). Senator Nasheed is term - limited for her time in the Senate, where she has one of the Highest Approval ratings of any State Senator from the 5th Senatorial District in the State's history.
BuildingSTL will be watching as State Senator Nasheed runs for the Presidency of the Board of the Alderman with interest, along with all the other Democratic candidates for the Seat.
On The Republican Side:
No Republican Candidates have announced intentions to compete for the President of the Board of Alderman seat. Former St. Louis Police Chief Doyle Samuel Dotson lll has been floated as Potential GOP candidate for the seat, along with Andrew M. Jones Jr. who previously ran for Mayor of St. Louis against now Incumbent Mayor Lyda L. Krewson, then 28th Ward Alderwomen. Another potential Republican challenger could be 20th Ward Republican Committeeman, Erik Shelquist who previously was the Republican nominee in 2014 for President of the Board of Alderman against Incumbent Board President Lewis E. Reed. Republicans have also floated the idea of running Robert Crump, 23rd Ward Committeeman for the seat.
None of the above mentioned Republican Party individuals have expressed a solid Yes or No answer in regards to there intentions in running for the Presidency of the Board of Alderman in 2019. When Mr. Karabell (The Author) questioned these individuals for this Article, they would not respond to request for comment.
No Independents, Greens, Socialist Party or Libertarian Party candidates have appeared to accept there respective parties nominations for this important election. If we find out more information on the intentions of Third Party Candidates, BuildingSTL will let the readers know.
BuildingSTL knows this election is very important to the future health, growth & stability of the City of St. Louis. This website is very excited to have the opportunity to cover such a monumental election. We all here at BuildingSTL sincerely wish all the candidates the best of luck in this election!
By. Chris Stritzel
As many people probably know, Building St. Louis was in favor of Proposition P going into today's election. We personally thought it was going to fail. It clearly did not fail. So after the historic victory tonight over the passage of Prop P, Twitter became a very large platform for people to voice their opposition to the 60-40 final tally at the end of the night. While many people, including the Mayor, voiced their support for Prop P and celebrate the victory, many others are loathing. Many people are stating that they are "let down" or "40% of the people if St. Louis hate the cops to the core".
Bassem Masri, a reporter, tweeted out his fierce opposition to the vote by making it clear that the cops "will have to work for their raise".
Because Mr. Masri could not handle the loss that he had tonight, he claims, and clearly jokingly, that the City was recording dead people as voting in favor of Proposition P. An outrageous claim that is also comical. Here are some other tweets expressing anger after tonight's vote. Those include supposed "intimidation" by police when they are just doing their jobs and more conspiracy theories bigger than Alex Jones on Gay Frogs. It is just ridiculous talk and all false.
Let me make something clear before the next tweet. It is not a "fuck you" to the Ferguson report as the PEOPLE voted democratically in favor of a police department raise. NO WHERE in the Ferguson report does it say that people can't decide what happens to Police Departments. Also, how dare you alienate people who live within the City Limits for voting in favor of Prop P as well as our counterparts in the county. Are they not citizens who have the right to vote? Should they not have voted? Plus, you don't even know what Wards went in favor of the Proposition (I can tell form your tweet that you were hinting at the South Side). So how dare you assume.
Also, it isn't white supremacy that won tonight. What was won was law abiding, safer city advocates who want change. Your attitude needs to change SIR.
Calls for an Audit
After the results, and during, people are calling for an Audit of the City to see where the Prop S money from 2008 went that as supposed to pay for pay increases then. While it is a good idea, and should still be done, there is far more than just that money that has gone somewhere. St. Louis ahs a corruption problem and our money is being thrown places that the public never sees. And while the passage of Prop P his evening is great, we need an audit to slowly start reducing taxes in the city.
Prop P is a temporary fix. Until the wasted money is found, taxes will have to remain high. We must also stop handing out incentives and tax breaks to developers as it weakens our tax base. Stores though are causing numerous people problems. What many people need to understand is that no stores or businesses will close from this tax increase f they are stable. It just won't happen. We have tourism and other things to keep business alive. if anything, the minimum wage increase earlier this year would've spelled out doom to many businesses if it were kept in place. As I said earlier, this will have to be a temporary fix until the wasted money can be found.
Conclusion: Are we ok?
Yes we are. We have a lot of work to do to heal our broken city. Clearly people are pissed at the results. That's understandable. Do we have to blame the entire police department for the issue? No. There are good cops and bad cops. Bad cops are the minority here so bitching about the entire police department is not right. We need the cops to work closely with their community to earn their trust back while also enforcing the law to the fullest extent. It is their job you know. Do know, Prop P is not just abut the Police, it is also about our Fire Fighters.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, officers deserve our respect. Fire Fighters especially deserve respect as they are separate from the Police Department. The money from this should be included in Police Officers and Fire Fighters pay checks next year.
By. Chris Stritzel
Welcome to the first Tuesday Briefing. These briefings include honest insight and opinions into ongoing situations in St. Louis City. Lets get started with the Looming Proposition P vote and the growing Homicide Crisis in the City.
Homicide Rate Destined to be Higher.
According to the City of St. Louis Government website and local media, the city homicide count for 2017 is at 161. That is just 27 shy of last year's (and 2015's) count of 188. Already with that number, we have the highest homicide rate in the United States. This year's total so far is way over what it what at this time last year. We are on track to crack the 190 or even 200 homicide mark for 2017. If we crack this number, it will give a new number per 100,000 that will make it the highest homicide year in St. Louis history and give us the "most dangerous city" title again, this time, for the 4th year in a row.
A majority of the 161 homicides that we have had this year take place in the North Patrol (AKA, North City). The total number of homicides in the North Patrol as of toy stands at 103. That is 5 shy of last year's 108. The North Patrol is expected to crack the 115 mark, a 7 homicide increase since last year and 42 higher since 2013 when the rate was at 73. The Central Patrol is at 47, once again, 4 shy of last year's 51 homicides. The number is expected to be 55 by years end. The only part of the city that is down on the homicide side of things is South City. South City currently has 11 homicides, 17 shy from last year's numbers. The homicide rate for this side of the city will not crack 15 making it "the safest part of the City".
If St. Louis stays on the path it is going, it will experience Year on Year (Y.O.Y) homicide growth until 2020. Why 2020? By then, things could be different as crime statistics showed homicides decreasing after 2010 but rising dramatically in 2015. In other words, 2020 is when change could come, but who knows if it really will.
Proposition P Vote
On November 7th, voters will go to the polls and decide whether to pass a tax increase to add an additional $19 Million to the budget to pay for Police Officers and Fire Fighter pay increases. Currently, the city lags behind the county in terms of how officers and fire fighters are paid. This will hopefully keep police officers in the city, and gain more, instead of losing them to the county. We need this to pass, but will it?
Ever since the Stockley verdict came out, Black Lives Matter (BLM) allies, have voiced their opposition to this pay increase because, "cops are pigs" according to them. Cops are overwhelmed and need to be paid more. You people complain whenever you don't get your $15 for flipping burgers at McDonald's. Why don't you people get out of the entry level workforce and work hard like our officers? Working at McDonald's is weak and ineffective to our society. Regardless of your opinion, we need Proposition P to pass. The benefits to this could be game changing.
Increase in officer pay means more prospective officers will be hired into the police force. The same goes for an increase in Fire Fighters and medics. We benefit from this by an increased response time across the board. If black lives really do matter, then why not do what's best by voting in favor of this? There is black on black crime across the city (105 suspects and 151 victims), but a officer involved shooting from 6 years ago really matters. Look at how much is at risk!
Across this city, we need to get out and vote, Vote, VOTE! Do your duty and thank our city's finest by voting in favor of Proposition P. The city desperately needs it and it can change our future for years to come.
VOTE YES ON PROP P ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2017.
By. Chris Stritzel
Missouri has a big decision to make next year. That decision is whether or not we continue with old leadership or elect new leadership. We prefer new leadership. That is why after a hard time deciding, I have endorsed Mr. Austin Petersen for Senate.
The reasoning behind this is clear, Claire McCaskill has been in power for far to long and has become out of touch for what a majority of citizens in this State want. Claire simply does not represent the Missouri of Today. In a State that leaned heavily toward Donald Trump and Eric Greitens in the 2016 General Election, it is no secret that the state is awaiting yet another Republican victory but this time, in Senate form. Austin Petersen is the candidate that will represent the majority of Missourians. His planned policies represent American values and what needs to be done in Washington if we are to shake things up.
So why do I support Austin over, say, Josh Hawley (Missouri Attorney General)? The answer is simple, he has a job that he must fulfill first before running for another public office. Austin Petersen has NEVER held political office even though he has sought the Office of the Presidency as a Libertarian. Because MR. HAWLEY was just elected the Attorney General, it seems to be a middle finger to the voters of Missouri who elected them to serve as Attorney General. It is simple to understand, he wants more power and influence over offering real ideas and leadership that Missourians want. REMEMBER your ad Hawley? Leaders not Ladders?
So why is the corporate media not talking about Austin? Answer: They are afraid that he can win. 2016 was the year of the outsider and 2018 is shaping up to be the same way. Joe Arpaio is considering a run in Arizona as former Milwaukee County Sheriff, David Clarke, could be gearing up for a Senate run of his own. Of these 2 names, all are respected by average citizens of their designated states. In Missouri, Austin represents "the Little Guy" who wants the Constitution enforced and the Government off of our backs. Who wouldn't want that?
The Establishment and media do not want Liberty or the Constitution enforced. The same with the ANTIFA organization and protesters that see the Constitution as a menace. That is not what this country needs. We need the laws enforced. It is as simple as that. Therefore, that is why Austin Petersen is our (and nearly 150,000+ other citizens) pick for the 2018 Senate Race to replace Claire McCaskill. Polls even show Austin leading Claire by 10 percentage points further backing up his support base.
To recap, Austin Petersen is...
- An Outsider
- Liberty Promoter
- Constitution Enforcer
- Small Government Supporter
- Little Guy Voice
- Everything that the Establishment is not
- the person that will win this election.
Austin has also received the endorsements of notable individuals and organizations such as...
- Republican Liberty Caucus
- State Senator Eric Barkley (R-ME)
- Former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Bob Barr (R-GA)
- Former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL)
- Ben Shapiro
- David Rubin
- Dana Loesch
- Gary Nolan
- Thomas Woods
- Ron Coleman
- B. Wayne Hughes, Jr.
- Ryan Moran
- Mark Pellegrino
- Kurt Schlichter
So let's elect the guy who was Born in Independence, raised in Peculiar near a town called Liberty all within the State of Missouri.
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By. Chris Stritzel
After a surprising State Government vote, our neighbors to the East voted to increase their taxes 32% permanently which would supposedly help the State's financial crisis. Turns out, the tax hike would only further seal the state's fate as a bankrupt Midwestern State. Because income taxes would be rising 32%, chances of people paying such high taxes are extremely low. Because of this, Illinois would fall even further into bankruptcy. Besides the economic hardship that Illinois is facing, it was not caused by the people, it was caused by the people that the citizens elected to serve them, the Politicians.
The Politicians in Illinois have lead their once great state down the path of bankruptcy and corruption. Because of this, their state is in the issue that they are currently facing. An excellent example of this corruption is former Governor, Rod Blagojevich, trying to sell now former President Obama's Senate seat. This was caught in Rod was indicted and sent to prison where he remains. Besides this, many back door deals that aren't public, but we know they're going on, could be very well weakening their state further. Then the third reason why Illinois is in a hole is because of the City of Chicago.
Chicago is the third largest City in the United States. Even thought they have million of citizens who can pay taxes to fix their roads and maintain other infrastructure, they don't have enough. Some say they are bankrupt. So the state of Illinois gives Chicago tax money to run their machine and try to stabilize the city so they don't end up like Detroit. Even then, they still have issues funding individual departments such as the Chicago Police Department. The lack of money to stabilize the CPD is so large that the crime levels are flying up faster than the Department can handle. That is a reason that Donald trump is sending the feds into Chicago to try to being crime down before it is to late.
Not only is corruption and wasteful spending taking its toll on the state, but Illinois has been without a budget for three years. Three years without a budget has taken its toll. Bruce Rauner called a special 10 day session to get a budget put in place for the state, yet the politicians over looked this and goofed off until the last minute where a sample budget passed, but wasn't meant for real world use. So what did Mike Madigan and his politicians create for a budget? RAISE THE INCOME TAX! Of course... unless you want your state's tax base to flee from high taxes which will only hurt your state.
Clearly Mike and Friends didn't really think this through. That is why Bruce Rauner says that he will, "Veto Mike Madigan's permanent 32% Tax Hike the minute it reaches my desk". A good response from the governor who is pushing hard to get a budget and not a scam to take more tax dollars away form the people of the State. But, here comes the backlash, the Democratic Party in the state sees this as a desperate move by Rauner to save his Governor seat as the latest Governor race takes shape. Bruce Rauner says that, "This is not the case", and "I am going to get taxes lowered for Illinoisans so it grows our economy". The Democrats do not believe this at all.
So, as the gubernatorial race heats up, the Democratic Party's argument is that "Rauner is bad. His plan is bad. He is a Billionaire and doesn't represent us!" Well, stop for one minute. Your Party's leading candidate is J.B. Pritzker, little do you people know that he and his whole family are billionaires. Turns out, J.B's net worth is $3.6 Billion, but he hasn't made tis known. Further more, he is running as an Anti-Establishment candidate when in 2008, shortly after Obama was elected, Blagojevich tried to sell J.B. Obama's vacant Senate seat (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). True corruption at its finest. Lies spewed by the Left have led to this issue appearing. To the many who will vote for Mr. Pritzker, don't be surprised if he doesn't bring change, he is the definition of the establishment.
But hey! There is always a mathematician running! Mr. Daniel Biss (Democrat). Whoopee (Sarcasm intended). Yet another individual who claims he is for the people but has been a do-nothing politician in Springfield. He voted to raise the taxes 32%. Anti Establishment my ass. Even the sane people of Illinois will see through his lies and see who he really is. Mr. Biss is a do-nothing, just because he is a mathematician doesn't make him any better than J.B. Pritzker. If anything, Mr. Pritzker is smarter because all the money he has made. But neither of these two are as smart as the incumbent Governor who has pushed to make both sides work for the people in one of the most populist governorships in Illinois' history.
So how did I go from the 32% tax increase to the 2018 Governors race? Simple, the answer is Corruption. Corruption has torn Illinois apart and the State can no longer afford to be led by such incompetence that it will begin to affect neighboring states. How? Corruption is like a disease, it spreads when untreated. Sooner or later, if Illinois doesn't solve their debt and corruption issues, nearby states that are vulnerable will begin to feel the heat and will crack under the pressure.
So, has Illinois lost their minds? Well, the people and Governor Rauner haven't but the Politicians, they have lost their minds. The Governor and the people should work together to get the budget passed that they want without raising their taxes before it is to late. Even though the State Senate Votes tomorrow on the planned budget, possibility of it passing without raising taxes is very slight since they have vowed to pass the 32% increase.
UPDATE: 7/4/17- Bruce Rauner Vetoed the 32% tax hile but the Senate Overided this decision. It goes to the house that can uphold the override or go with the Veto. If the tax goes in effect, I would like all sane people of Illinois to vote those representatives out of office because your taxes are going to be unbelievably high.
What do you think? Should Illinois continue down the path it is going or pause and reconsider where they are? Tell me in the comments section below.
By. Eli Karabell
The Honorable Steve Roberts has been a City of St. Louis Alderman, Business & Civic Leader plus a Resident of the 28th Ward for over 25 years. That is why I am writing this full endorsement Article of the Honorable Steve Roberts for 28th Ward Alderman, here this afternoon.
I have personally known this great person for many years & I can tell you can't find or meet a better qualified, more able - bodied & fantastic person then Steve Roberts. Steve Roberts has served his community in so many important & meaningful ways. From raising a wonderful family (His son is the Missouri State Rep. for District 77), to building communities & Building St. Louis. His projects have helped shelter, foster & create safe places for families & children to grow up, be safe & live in vibrant neighborhoods. Much of the City of St. Louis comeback in the last 20 years can be attributed to the positive Media coverage St. Louis has received from there amazing projects & work. Steve Roberts has built the Roberts Tower downtown, rehabbed the Theater right next door to the Tower & redeveloped formally abandoned/vacant properties in Many North St. Louis neighborhoods such as Penrose & the Greater Ville. Steve Roberts has created a truly fantastic family business with his Excellent brother Mike Roberts, a business which continues to help grow & prosper St. Louis. Steve Roberts also redeveloped the Current & Extremely popular Aldi Market at Roberts Marketplace at Delmar & Kingshighway (My Family Shops at Roberts Marketplace every week!) Steve Roberts & Mike Roberts have been more responsible for Building St. Louis then any other family in the History of the City. When they started in business, the City was on its last legs, but with there amazing leadership, business ethics & tireless love of the City & its redevelopment potential, the Roberts companies were able to Build STL & help create many livable, walkable & safe neighborhoods, that before there leadership & smart business sense came in, were on there last legs. Steve Roberts is not only a great & honest businessman but a wonderful gentleman & one of the all - time legends of goodness for the City of St. Louis. I grew up watching the Roberts Properties meteoric rise to greatness & I can say that I could not be more proud to see such a wonderful person run for Alderman of the 28th Ward. A man of Excellence in every Arena of Life.
With all that being said, the Citizens of the 28th Ward must Elect the Honorable Steve Roberts to the Board of Alderman on July 11th. Steve Roberts is the most qualified, honest & kind - hearted person to run for Alderman in my Lifetime. Honorable Steve Roberts will make a truly excellent & outstanding Alderman of the 28th Ward. Steve Roberts understands business sense, how to Build STL & most importantly how to Move St. Louis in a New Direction where all citizens have a voice & a seat at the Table & at City Hall. Importantly & rarely mentioned, Mr. Roberts understands the concerns of the residents of the 28th Ward better then no other, since Mr. Roberts has lived in the Ward much longer then any of the other candidates, Mr. Roberts has a unique perspective on how to improve life for the residents of the Ward, unlike his competitors who have lived in the Ward for a very short period of time. Mr. Roberts competitors have no experience like Mr. Roberts does, How many have Heard of Mrs. Vossmeyer of Mrs. Navarro before this election? Answer: None. Same question to Mr. Roberts: All of St. Louis. Why is that a great attribute? Knowing people & how to operate in the City make for great leadership naturally, Mr. Roberts has the experience to lead the 28th Ward from a multiple vantage points because of his previous experience as a successful Alderman, Businessman & Family Man. His competitors have none of those positive attributes. There attributes are more of liabilities then assets. The only person who is not a liability, but is an asset is the Honorable Steve Roberts. Steve Roberts will make a fantastic Alderman for all of the reasons listed above. I fully encourage everybody who reads this article to retweet it, repost it & to share with your countless friends & neighbors in the 28th Ward. The 28th Ward Must elect Steve Roberts to the Board of Alderman on July 11th. Steve Roberts will be the Alderman of Excellence in the City of St. Louis.
Remember bring 45 of your Friends out to Vote for Steve Roberts on July 11th & encourage all your friends, relatives & neighbors to Vote for this wonderful gentleman on July 11th. Additionally, Encourage all your fellow residents, neighbors & friends who live in the 28th Ward to Drive, Walk or take Public Transit down to the Board of Election Commissioners (Location: 300 North Tucker Blvd, Corner of Olive & Tucker) in Downtown St. Louis to cast there ballots early for Steve Roberts so we can guarantee an Election absentee victory over Heather Navarro & Celeste Vossmeyer on July 11th. Voting early is going to assist in making Sure we can elect Steve Roberts to Victory, on his quest to Build STL & create a truly viable seat at the table for all citizens of the City of St. Louis as the 28th Ward Alderman. Remember again, VOTE Early for Steve Roberts before July 11th. After reading this article if you could go down to the Board of Elections & Cast your ballot early for Steve Roberts, you would make my day! Get the Job Done 28th Ward Voters & Make St. Louis the City we all know it can be by electing Steve Roberts on July 11th!
By. Chris Stritzel
As the day broke today, many people opened the news app on their phone to see some news about the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park. It wasn’t the kind of news to be expected however. Many would’ve thought the news would say that today the Monument comes down with no exceptions. Well, that wasn’t it instead, it was about where it will go next. Reports have said that the monument has been sold to the Civil War Museum in Jefferson Barracks Park in suburban Lemay in St. Louis County.
Besides this, news got out on Peggy Hubbard’s FaceBook page about the owners of the monument. Surprise! The owner of the monument is and was never the City of St. Louis. It was on loan to the City by no other than the Daughters of the Confederacy. Yes, believe it or not, the owners are not the City of St. Louis. Becuase of this, the city is breaking its own laws listed in the Charter (The City’s Constitution). Here they are...
Any statue or monument structure that is donated PRIVATELY by a part, CAN NOT be removed WITHOUT the sole written consent by those that donated said structure.
Any monument, statue or free standing structure CAN NOT be removed WITHOUT consent and IS the property of the donor(s).
Designation of place in owners name, statues/monuments are the SOLE property of Donor. The authority to remove donated structure in public space CAN NOT be removed with out the permission of donor(s)
FOR THOSE WHO WANT THE REAL CODES:
22.04.060 - Donations.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is authorized, with the approval of the Board of Public Service, to accept and take charge of, for and on behalf of the City, all donations made to the public parks, places or squares of the City by private individuals or societies. It is hereby made his duty to devote and apply donations strictly to the purposes for which they were made. (Ord. 49771 § 1 (2), 1960: 1960 C. § 220.040.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307, 9631, 9796
22.04.070 - Statues.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall be authorized with the approval of the Board of Public Service on the submission of proper plans and sketches to allot space of ground in any of the public parks, places or squares as may be required for the erection of any monument, statue or other work of art or utility in commemoration of the services of the beneficence of any person or society who may offer to provide same at their own expense. (Ord. 49971 § 1 (3), 1967: 1960 C. § 220.050.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307, 9488, 9631
22.04.080 - Designation of places by donor's name.
The Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall have authority to designate officially certain places in the public parks, places and squares which have been improved by private donations by the name of the donor, and he shall in all such cases file a copy of the articles or stipulations of donation with the register.
(Ord. 49771 § 1 (4), 1960: 1960 C. § 220.060.)
City Counselor Ops.: 8629, 8891, 9307
Therefore, what is going on with the Confederate Memorial is unlawful and the daughters of the Confederacy can legally sue the City over the unlawful removal of a piece of the memorial. But, there is a twist in it. Remember the first paragraph? The Civil War Museum owns it now. But how?
After the Deed to the monument was found by the recorder of deeds, early this week, it caused controversy and was sold yesterday to the Civil War Museum it self. So now, the monument can have two hits against it. Even the Civil War Museum has the receipts to prove that they purchased it. So now, the city has to listen to the new owners of the structure. Whatever the city does, it will be unlawful. Peggy Hubbard responded to my request about this issue with this response.
”If the Mayor continues...then Yes, a lawsuit against the city will happen. She is NOW saying they lost the monument by default? How? It was NEVER the city to begin with. The Daughter's Of The Confederation headquarters in Virginia was NEVER notified. Missouri chapter is STILL in existence and active was NEVER notified. The mayor broke the law and ignored the city ordinances”
In short, Lyda will be getting herself into a huge issue over a piece of history that isn’t even hers or the city’s. So there you have it. The Confederate Memorial is not City property, it is private property being loaned to the city. From here, I have no clue where this is going to go, but I can say, it isn’t going to be pretty whatever happens.
*Parts of this story were learned from Fox 2 News. Read their story by clicking below.