Thursday, April 18, 2013
Authorities released new photos early Friday morning of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings
The FBI has released photos and videos of two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured nearly 200. At a press conference Thursday, Special agent Richard DesLauriers said the FBI has developed two suspects in the case and are looking for the public's help to identify them. The FBI said these are the only photos the public should view to assist in the case. Suspect #1 is seen in the photos wearing a dark hat. Suspect #2 is wearing a white hat. DesLauriers said Suspect #2 is seen setting down a bag in front of a restaurant at the site of the second explosion. Authorities believe the suspects are connected and appeared to be walking through the crowd together. "We know the public will play a critical…
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago unanimously voted to give a 39-year lease of the Wilmette Harbor to the Wilmette Harbor Association
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) unanimously voted to give a 39-year lease controlling the Wilmette Harbor to the Wilmette Harbor Association (WHA). The vote occurred at the Board's meeting on Thursday. Although the vote to grant the lease to the WHA was unanimous, at least one member of the board made it known that they would have liked to have seen a shorter five-year lease granted instead. "I don't think it benefits us to enter into a long lease," Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos said during the vote. "However, I do see the importance two continue opening the Harbor...although I would prefer five years." The WHA said in a statement handed out at the meeting that there were numerous benefits to …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
North Shore representatives show active efforts while Dold raised no money.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) raised $390,206 for his campaign committee for the quarter ending March 31 while Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) took in $173,617, according to reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Former Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), who lost to Schneider in November and is reported by some Washington sources as considering a rematch, did not raise any money, according to the FEC reports. Earlier: Schakowsky, Schneider Urge Sequester Action Schneider brought in a total of $390,206 with $278,611 coming from individuals and $111,591 from committees. An individual is limited to a maximum donation during a two-year election cycle of $2,500 per candidate and a committee can give as much $5,000. …
A Skokie, Ill. man was sentenced to 85 months in prison after leading an international tax fraud scheme that shorted the U.S. Department of Treasury of more than $1.6 million.
SKOKIE, Ill. - A Skokie man has been sentenced to 85 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution after directing more than 20 federal income tax refunds to his homeland in Romania, authorities said on Monday. Ovidiu Isac, 31, of Skokie, claimed refunds in the names of Romania citizens who had visited the U.S. on exchange student visas, authorities said. Isac will be subject to deportation after completing his sentence in the U.S. At least 470 false tax returns, typically claiming refunds between $4,000 and $7,000, were filed and resulted in a loss of more than $1.6 million to the U.S. Treasury during the conspiracy that spanned three tax years between 2007 and 2009. The returns were filed in the names and social …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
State legislature may consider whether to move to a graduated income tax rate, meaning those who earn more would pay more.
Did the tax man take a big bite out of your wallet this month? With tax season almost behind us, let's take a look at an issue before the state legislature — should Illinois switch from a flat income tax rate to a graduated rate? The last year Illinoisans escaped paying income tax to the state was 1969. Just seven states still collect no income tax. Thirty-four states use the graduated income tax system, while eight others join Illinois in imposing one rate on all. Our friends at Reboot Illinois put together a graphic look at various aspects of the flat tax vs. graduated tax debate, excerpted here on Patch. Check out the full graphic at RebootIllinois.com. Want to know more? This article is posted throughout the Chicago-area Patch network…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Wilmette Harbor Management Inc. released a memo on Friday saying the company is trying to assume operations of the Harbor.
Wilmette Harbor Management Inc. (WHM) has released a memo to members of the Sheridan Shores Yacht Club on Friday, saying that the company is "ready, willing and able" to assume operations of the Wilmette Harbor. The Harbor is facing closure this summer after the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) rejected the lease bid from Wilmette Harbor Association, a group that has managed the harbor for 75 years, the Chicago Tribune reported. After the meeting, the Tribune reports, David St. Pierre, the MWRD Executive Director, said that it's unlikely that a new tenant could take over the lease in time for the boating season to begin. But WHM said in the memo released today that they would, given the opportunity, be committed to opening…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
With 23 out of 24 precincts reporting at the time of publication, a group of four candidates who ran together have taken the lead.
Update 11:14 p.m. At the time of publication, 23 out of 24 precincts were reporting. Hauser has the lowest percent of the votes as of 11:14 p.m. The four leading candidates — lcantara, Flanagin, Steen and Levine — all ran together. Four out of the five candidates will be elected to the Board. These results do not include early voting, voting by mail or provisional ballots. Any votes for write-in candidates will be counted within a week after the election. Five candidates are running for four positions in the District 39 Wilmette School Board. Keep checking Patch on Tuesday evening as results come in. Information about the candidates provided by the League of Women Voters of Wilmette.
At the time of publication 22 out of 23 precincts were reporting, showing Bob Bielinski in a 19% lead over opponent Mike Basil.
Updated 11:07 p.m. Twenty-two out of twenty three precincts are reporting. Bielinski is maintaining his lead by 19% over Basil. There's still one precinct that's yet to report. Keep checking Patch for more information as it becomes available. Updated 8:01 p.m. With twenty out of twenty-three precincts reporting, Bielinski appears to be holding strong to his lead, with 19% more votes than Basil. Updated 7:54 p.m. Sixteen out of Wilmette's 23 precincts are now reporting, and Bielinski has a 20% lead over Basil. Updated 7:43 p.m. Eleven out of 23 precincts are now reporting. Updated 7:38 p.m. One out of 23 precincts have reported so far, and Bielinski has a small lead over Basil, with 109 to 75 votes. Two candidates — Bob …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Do you know who you'll be voting for on Tuesday? Learn more about the candidates here!
Monday, April 8
Local elections will be held on Tuesday — do you know who you'll be voting for to be the next Wilmette Village President? Both candidates are currently members of the Board of Trustees. To learn more about candidate Bob Bielinski, read his candidate Q&A here. To learn more about candidate Mike Basil, read his candidate Q&A here.
Learn more about Wilmette Village President candidate Mike Basil's plan for the Village.
Monday, April 8
Name: Mike Basil Age: 44 Family: Married for 18 years with two children in D39 schools Past Experience: I am a partner in the law firm of Clausen Miller, P.C., with 18 years of experience advising and representing parties in commercial litigation matters. I also worked in the corporate world for a few years in between undergrad and law school. I hold an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago, a BA from the University of Michigan, and a JD with honors from St. Louis University. I have coached my children and their friends in Park District soccer, basketball and baseball, and was active and effective in bringing about change in Wilmette long before I ran for public office. Past Local Government/Elected Positions: I have been serving …