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A: CHICAGO — Among the things Chicago wants to be known for, having the highest total sales taxes of any major city in the nation is probably not one of them.

But that’s what it’s getting after the Cook County Board voted early Saturday to double the county sales tax to 1.75 percent, raising the city’s cumulative rate to 10.25 percent. That compares with rates in New York and Los Angeles that are below 8.5 percent. The next highest rate in the country is in Memphis at 9.25 percent.

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Disabled and elderly participants in the Circuit Breaker program pay reduced fees.

Passenger $78
B-Truck (gross weight 8,000 lbs. or less) $78
Motorcycle $38
Person’s with Disabilities $78
America Remembers $105
Antique Motorcycle (5-year plate expires 12/09) $30
Antique Vehicle (5-year plate expires 12/09) $30
Education $118
Environmental $105
Firefighter $95
Illinois Route 66 $105
Mammogram $103
Master Mason $103
Organ Donor $103
Park District Youth Program $105
Pet Friendly $105
Police Memorial $103
Prevent Violence $105

Q: I bought a Land Rover from a dealership.?
It had an former owner that owed money on the car, but we agreed to do sale thru a Chicago dealership. I paid my agreement in full. Will former owner affect how long I wait for my title in mail from secretary of state IL?

A: You should also consider that such a car may be expensive to insure. Check your insurance rates before buying one, for example here –

Q: What should I pay for a used 95 Subaru Outback with 128k miles in good condition?
95 Outback128k mi asking price: 3750
For sale by individual (Kelly Blue Book) values:
Private 335038904340
Trade 203526753050
note: car was driven in the chicago/wisconsin area as a commuter car so exposed to winter conditions since 95

A: remember its a 13 year old car now,their asking way too much for it,i wouldn’t put over 2500 in it if that,it would have to be really nice and have a real good maintenance record with it,even then putting that much in to it is a gamble,id try and get the price of it down some if possible,good luck with it,and have a good new years.

Q: Car Address change not reporting?
I bought a new car in April in Chicago (I was living there for last 3 years) for 23000 dollars and I paid $1500 in taxes (got tax credit from my trade-in), while all of a sudden I got a new job in California. I had to move, and when I went to California DMV they are charging me 1400 dollars for getting a Cal. license plate. But I already paid taxes in Illinois and just in two months I again have to pay sales tax on my car. I don’t understand why. Can I claim refund of Sales tax from Illinois since I am not using the car there anymore? Also when I informed my finance company about the Address change, my monthly installment shot up by $60 dollars due to taxes. Can I tell my Finance company that I have moved back to Illinois and decrease my monthly EMI back to old? I have proof of address for my old Illinois address in terms of bank statements, credit cards etc., which I can show if needed.

A: It is simply harassing you. Clear everything and also make them sure that you have done everything right.

Q: Should the US government take our tax $ to give one company owned by foreigners, unfair advantage over another?
The US government is giving Chrysler money to buy old cars for $4500 towards the sale of a new Chrysler. Chrysler already took many billions of $$, foreign interests have pretty much been given a huge chunk of the company and certain politicians supporters more of it.

This will hurt Ford’s business, a company who stayed afloat taking None of our money at a time when things have been very hard for them.

Isn’t this extremely twisted and wrong? Not to mention taking our money to just give away to individuals who got part of the company for nothing, but being political ally’s, and others for supporting one business over another because of cheaper prices paid for by US to support favoritism for one company over another.

How would you like it if you worked for Ford and your job was put in jeopardy over this? Or if Obama just decided he liked a competing company better than the one you work for and decided to give them a competitive advantage?

It’s not like this isn’t already going on. The tarp money is being used to support friends of the administration and hard foes. To bail out banks Senators have interest in that don’t qualify. To help some banks steal other banks assets and leave their stock holders with nothing.


I’m telling you, if this doesn’t stop we will all be working for the government. Directly or by large corporations owned or otherwise controlled by the government. Like everyone in the health care industry. Insurance industry, Auto industry, energy industry, Banking industry, home industry, farming industry, media, State and Local governments are being given money and controlled by the feds as well. If these people are not pushed back, the government will control your medical, your job, make it impossible for you to start or own a small business or any way of making a living not controlled by the federal government. They will control your thermostat, where your children go to school because they will ally with teachers unions to crush private and home schooling, and they have made it evident that the alliance with the Union is more important than children’s education when they scrapped a hugely money saving (saved 45% off the cost of public education) voucher program that got kids in DC out of horrible dangerous schools with terrible results in education and helped them into private schools with excellent results and a nice environment for the children in stead of dangerous, but the alliance with the teachers Union was more important than the children’s safety, the quality of the education, and the huge money they were saving on the program. That has to tell you something.

The Obama’s have also profited richly when Michelle Obama devised a program to shove the poor out to crappy clinics so the rich could have better access to the nice facilities in a University Hospital in Chicago. There is a congressional investigation underway started by democrats and involving the extremely leftist democrat Bobby Rush.

This is not about what’s good for you. The Obama administration is not about what is good for the poor, but they are elitists who align with the rich and lie to and use the poor for political support to help their big support in the circles of the world’s elite billionaires. Yes, the world’s billionaires, people like George from Belgium who hates the position of the US in the world and seeks to bring down our standard of living, while he and his billionaire friends, the ruling class and the Oligarchy they create are of course above all those rules and restrictions they place on the little people.

Take a really good look at what you are getting here. You may also want to take a good look at how the people have ever fared in a popular uprising involving taking from one group to supposedly give to the masses. The poor screwed the producers in the country, got a little to start and keep them going, and it ended up with the extremely rich and the governing class getting it all, those with enough money getting out, and the poor stuck in much worse conditions than they started with. Russia, Cuba, Burma, Germany (under the National Socialist Nazi Party) Iran, and so many other examples around the world.

When the government takes control and there is no one to stop them, they will never look out for the little guy, ever. They take it all for themselves and their friends. That is where we are headed people.
George = George Soros, didn’t get that last name in.
Will, You are Wrong, or Dishonest. The Federal Government is not giving the incentive to Ford. Why is it democrats without an argument invariably turn to lies? And invariably don’t really have a good argument? This is not a partisan thing.

A: It is absolutely unconstitutional. The duties of the Federal government are laid out and they are not to push outside of those limits. Obama is an enemy to the constitution, but it’s not just democrats. There is a conspiracy to set up an Oligarchy by and for a cabal of Ivy League graduates and many of the extremely rich in the world, like George Soros, you need to really check his record. Convicted in Europe for currency manipulations and booted out of more than one country. He is the tip of the ice burg from Europe, and there are middle eastern interest, Oriental interests and billionaires from all over the world who are beyond laws and borders you will NEVER hear about.

This is an attempted culmination of a plan to pluck the US and put it under the domination of a world wide Oligarchy. To them we are live stock and they don’t think we deserve such a quality of life as we have here in the US. The live stock can get by and survive to fill their purpose on much less, and be much less trouble that way.

Q: Do you think you can answer those!?(dont look them up!!)?
1.THE TWO DOORS: You approach two talking doors. One door leads to the City of Truth, while the other door leads to the City of Liars. You do not know which door is which. You are able to ask only one qustions to determine which door is which. The door that leads to the City of Liars always speaks lies, while the door that leads to the City of Truth always speaks the truth. You want to go to the City of Truth. What question do you ask to determine which door leads to the City of Truth? Note***The doors will not answer questions about physical things (i.e., “is it raining right now?” or “what is my name?”)

2.THE THREE LIGHT BULBS: A windowless room has three light bulbs. Three switches are outside the room, and each switch operates one of the bulbs inside. If you only can enter the room once, how can you determine which bulb is connected to which switch.

3.THE SLOW-CAR RACE: Mr. Rodrigo and Mrs. Golden agree to be involved in a special car race to Chicago. The catch was that the LAST car back would be the winner.

We both started out very slowly towards Chicago. We decided to stop for gas and think about how to win this race. Suddenly, an idea popped into our heads. Once we left, we both drove as fast as we could to Chicago.

What was the idea that we both came up with and why did we drive so fast to Chicago?

4.THE MAN IN THE ELEVATOR: A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator to go down to the ground floor to go to work. When he returns, he takes the elevator to the seventh floor and walks up the stairs to rach his apartment on the tenth floor. He hates walking so why does he do it?

5.WHAT A SALE!: You walk up to a hardware store and see an interesting sign in the window:

1 for $3

12 for $6

200 for $9

1510 for $12

What item is this sale for?

6.THE PERSON IN THE HOSPITAL: Walter spent three days in the hospital. He was neither sick nor injured, but when it was time to leave he had to be carried out. Why?

7.THE WORKING WOMAN: Every day, Beth travels 30 miles in the course of her work. She doesn’t travel in a wheeled vehicle and never has problems with traffic, the police, weather, or airports. What does she do?

8.THE TIRE TRACKS MURDER: The police found a murder victim and they noticed a pair of tire tracks leading to and from the body. They followed the tracks to a nearby farmhouse where two men and a woman were sitting on the porch. There was no car at the farmhouse and none of the three could drive. The police arrested the woman. Why?

A: 1. Ask either door, “If I ask the other door which door leads to the City of Truth, what would it tell me?”

2. Leave one switch off, turn a second switch on for a while and then turn it off, turn the third switch on and keep it on. Enter the room. The lit bulb matches the third switch. The cool bulb is the first switch and the warm bulb is the second switch.

3. I don’t know this one.

4. He is too short to reach the 10 button on the elevator and can only reach as high as 7.

5. I don’t know this one.

6. Walter is a newborn baby.

7. I don’t know about this one, but maybe she is an animal such as a horse or a mule that works pulling a plow or turning a wheel in circles.

8. Since it is a pair of tire tracks, it is probably from a bicycle. The police see a woman’s bicycle at the farmhouse, so they arrest the woman.

Q: What do you think Fraud rings steal Puerto Ricans’ identities for sale to illegal immigrants?
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Born in a U.S. territory where he has lived all his life, Jose Marrero Rivera didn’t know his name and social security number were racking up thousands of dollars in unpaid charges in Chicago and Miami.

The snack bar worker is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans caught up in a lucrative document-fraud scheme to hide illegal immigrants in the United States. They’re American citizens with Hispanic surnames. And their records — kept loosely in schools or church rectories, where they are easy to steal — draw as much as $6,000 on the black market.

Only when police showed up at Marrero’s San Juan airport food stand to arrest him for car theft did he realize that identity thieves were upending his life.

“All the information, all of it, the driver’s license, the Social Security, my address, was mine,” he said of the warrant. “I was shocked. I told them simply that it wasn’t me.”

Documents stolen from Puerto Rico have shown up in fraud-ring busts in Delaware and Ohio and immigration raids on meatpacking plants from Texas to Florida. No government or law enforcement official can put a dollar amount on the illegal trade, but documents are so valuable that addicts on the island trade their own documents for drugs.

“Birth certificates have become legal tender,” said Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rico’s secretary of state.

The island government’s only answer so far is to void every Puerto Rican birth certificate as of July 1 and require about 5 million people — including 1.4 million on the U.S. mainland — to reapply for new ones with security features. New birth certificates will be issued starting July 1, and all old birth certificates will be annulled by Sept. 30.

But no one can guarantee the mass inconvenience will solve the problem. Untold numbers of passports, driver’s licenses and other documents issued to holders of false birth certificates are still valid.

The law only aims to make it harder to get false documents in the future, but does nothing to target those already in circulation. And a person holding a stolen birth certificate could conceivably apply to receive one of the new ones, which will have special seals and be printed on counterfeit-proof paper — though they would have to present other personal data that they might not have, McClintock said.

“We had to take drastic measures,” he said. “The new law does not pretend to solve all the problems. What it aims to do is resolve the massive theft problem.”

The problem stems from the Puerto Rican tradition of requiring birth certificates to enroll in schools or join churches, sports team or other groups, which keep them in unsecured offices or drawers. The new law voiding all birth certificates prohibits such groups from keeping copies.

“I think people noticed that no one was paying attention to those documents,” said a Puerto Rico-based FBI agent on the cases, who requested anonymity because the agent works under cover. “In the future, this could be linked to everything, even terrorism. I don’t doubt that it could go that way.”

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A: Not very good we could have another 9-11

Q: Anyone heard of a used car scam with the seller located in Scotland? has a listing for a 2005 Cadillac CTS, a $19-$24K luxury vehicle available for only $8100! We emailed the buyer & were told that he is “working in Aberdeen, Scotland,” but he can arrange the purchase for the vehicle since it’s located in Houston, TX. Sounds too good to be true…he wants to have the transaction handled through WorldPay only. We copied & pasted the VIN# of the car listed and found that it was also posted in the Chicago Topix classifieds for $10K! This guys making money by taking deposits via WorldPay and NEVER COMPETING THE SALE – BUYERS BEWARE!!!

A: This sounds like the well-known eBay and craigslist scam. It’s always someone in London or Europe who has an incredible car for sale at a discount price. Some people actually fall for this. Some people are not that bright.

Q: Move to chicago for college: Are my figures reasonable?
I graduate high school in May 2009 and plan on moving to Chicago. I was accepted into a community college. The main reason I think I can afford it is because I wont have to have a car. My car + Insurance = 230 a month. Here is what I’m thinking:

Misc223( 200 + sales tax of 11.25)

The minimum wage will be 8.25 when I arrive, or very soon after.

748/8.25 = 90.6 hrs/mo or if I work 20 days: 4.5 hrs/day

I’ll skip some more math but I would prolly want to work 6.15 hrs/day
and have 49flexiblele $ each month.

(1) Does this sound reasonable, am I missing anything important or is anything wrong?

(2) Will it be easy or hard to find a job in Chicago? I jusdon’tnt want one in food.

(3) is it okay to have work, college, and apartmenspreadad around since there is a subway or should I keep them really close together? Like can you travel across town really fast?

(4) What else do you think I should know?

when I said 49flexiblele $ I ment 490$

A: You need to add in food, cell phone, will you have cable or internet in your apartment? clothes, miscellaneous household needs, savings, recreational money, etc. Also, you’re saying rent of $450, I’m assuming you’re planning on having a room mate because you definitely won’t find your own apartment for that amount and even with a room mate if you want to live in a “nice” neighborhood I’d say to budget more like $550-$650 per month. I’m assuming you’d be splitting a 2 bedroom and they’d be about $1100-1400. For $450 you’d probably have to be splitting a 1 bedroom, maybe even a studio. If you want to live right downtown it will be at least double that.

Finding a job probably WON’T be easy. It took me about a year of searching just to change jobs even with a decent amount of work experience. Do you have retail experience? You said anything but food so I’m assuming you might want to try clothing stores or electronic stores or something. Even retail is cut-throat around here. Most places will pretty much toss your application if you don’t already have retail experience – even if you have customer service experience like in a restaurant or fast food. If you haven’t already worked in a clothing store, etc, they’re unlikely to consider you. I went to school for fashion merchandising and couldn’t get hired for a fashion/retail job until my senior year. Office jobs are likely out of the question because they definitely don’t consider people for those jobs unless they have like 2+ years experience. The restaurant jobs will be fairly easy to get because they have high turnover rate but still competitive.

I suggest you live close to school and work. I live in Chicago and my commute time is 1 to 1 1/2 hours to and from work riding the busses and trains.

Q: Do you agree with the bill passed by the state legislature regarding permenant Chicago mass transit funding?
Last Thursday, the Illinois general assembly passed legislation providing perminant funding for the Chicago area. That is, after governor Rod Blagojavich placed a stipulation giving out free rides to the elderly. In my opinion, that free ride clause should be reserved for low income residents who cannot afford a car or cabfare, let alone full priced fares on CTA, Metra, and/or Pace. The way it sounds on paper, it sounds like we are giving away some…..and I mean some rides away. In the long run, I say a small sales tax increase is a small price to pay to ensure I can go to work, the movies, shopping, or out and about in general knowing I am not contributing to traffic congestion and creating more greenhouse gasses. I want to know what you think. Speak on it.

A: In my opinion, the permanent funding was a great benefit, considering Chicago has one of the best mass-transit systems in the country. Do I think free rides should go to the low income over the elderly? My answer is no. Because than you would have to define poor. People would not be satisfied because people would complain about making $10.00 more than the limit. They would want to know why they were not included. Everybody consider himself or herself to be poor, especially when a gain is at stake. Anyway, many seniors are neglected and have no one to provide for them, properly. I think they should have free rides in order to make it easy for them to provide for themselves.

Q: car run on water is it possible?
what is best deal for cars run on water where to find in chicago area any tips and right suggestions please if any one used let me know the best product on sale

A: Sure,

Here is one that does

Also links to where you may be able to buy one.

I doubt that is what you are looking for though.

Q: registering your car.?
i want to register my car in delaware.
am moving from chicago..
i know there is no sales tax in delaware…and
mine is a used car bought in how does tax works for me,when i register my car in delaware

A: Merely registering a car (in any US state) does not require paying sales tax. Sales tax is assessed on sales, not on registrations

Q: Which career opporutnity do I accept?
I am 25 years old and I am currently employed with a corporation as a sales manager in California which I have been with for two years. I have been interviewing with two companies to bring me back to Chicago and both companies offer cars and equally good benifits. I have two offers on the table and I really need advice which route to take.
Career 1:
Company will give me an existing territory of $10,000,000 that consists of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. They will also put me through their in house training “University” which will look like a PHD in the industry for these products. This company is the largest manufacturer of these products in the world with limit-less possibilities of promotional opportunities within. The problem is that the salary will be the same as my current job through the 6 month training program which then I will get a $5,000 pay increase on my salary. This company also offers a yearly bonus up to 40% of the salary which could turn out to be a total of $95,000 (salary+bonuses) in the beginning years of my career. Lastly this company has a huge product offering and the best technical support in the nation.

Also a mulit billion dollar corporation, but a small division within the company that is relatively new to the industry. This company will start me with no existing business but extra $7,500/ year on my salary with quarterly bonuses up to 25% of the salary for the year. I will also have a larger territory which means more travel as well. With this company there is only one product line to sell.

The issue is that money is really tight and the extra $7500 a year on the salary will help out big time in comparison to the other opportunity. So which would you take the guarenteed long-term career with promotional opportunities, more money in the long run and the education with existing business with a smaller salary or the more up front cash on the salary with no existing business with a large company with a division in the early stages? I am so stressed out about this and I really need advice! Thank you

A: the first one hands down. It is very rare to get training on a job these days and i like all the benefits included. The education you will fain from the house training will help you in future jobs should you choose to move on

Q: Can you believe all these Blue laws from Illinois?
Illinois Crazy Law

The English language is not to be spoken.

You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

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You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

You may be convicted of a Class 4 felony offense, punishable by up to three years in state prison, for the crime of “eavesdropping” on your own conversation. -720 ILCS 5/14-2.


It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.

In the Pullman area, it is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.

Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.

Kites may not be flown within the city limits.

It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck.

Spitting is forbidden

It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.


One may not pee in his neighbor’s mouth.


Humming on public streets is prohibited on Sundays.


Cars may not be driven through the town.

Des Plaines

Wheelbarrows with For-Sale signs may not be chained to trees.


A man with a moustache may not kiss a woman.


It is illegal to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Bowling is forbidden.

It is unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.


It is unlawful for “negroes” to be within county boundries from sundown to sunrise.


It is illegal to expectorate from any second-story window.


There is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats.


It is against the law to use a slingshot unless your are a law enforcement officer.


Town fathers, reflecting the pet peeve of hearing their town’s name mispronounced ‘Jolly-ETTE’ when all local folk know it’s pronounced ‘Joe-lee-ETTE’, made pronouncing it Jolly-ette a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5 fine.


A rooster must step back three hundred feet from any residence if he wishes to crow. Hens that wish to cackle must step two hundred feet back from any residence.


Bees are not allowed to fly over the village or through any of Kriland’s streets.


Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited.

There is a ban on unnecessary repetitive driving on 23rd Avenue.

Morton Grove

You may not own a handgun


It is against the law to make faces at dogs.

Orland Prak

No pool tables are allowed in a public establishment, because it supports gambling.


Spitting on the sidewalk is a criminal offense.

Park Ridge

Trucks may only park inside closed garages.


Basketball hoops may not be instaled on a driveway.


It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, or any other domesticated animals.

A: Gee, none from my hometown, the second largest in the state.
Hey, did you know that Hawaii has an Interstate road system?

Q: What lense combo should I get for my DSLR?
I plan to get a D80 soon and I want to get the best combo of lenses up to 300mm. I shoot year-round, but my two big events are the Chicago Auto Show and football games in the fall. My seats are 4th row endzone

Been looking at compact zoom 28-300 lenses since that would give the widest range. I could get a close shot when the play is in my endzone or I could zoom when the play is between the 50 and my endzone. What are the downsides to having a 28-300? I see a Sigma for sale on eBay BIN for $239 and Tamron BIN for $329. Is the Tamron worth the + $90? I know I’ll need an additional lense wider than 28-300 for shooting cars, but I won’t have to worry about that until next January.

I currently have a 100-300 AF lense for Nikon that locked up on me last year at a baseball game. It will soon be off for repairs and I will sell it if I get the 28-300. My other two options are to keep the 100-300 and get a D80 with a 18-55mm or an 18-135.
Summary of my options:
1) Keep the 100-300 and buy a D80 with the kit 18-55
2) Keep the 100-300 and buy a D80 with a 18-135
3) Sell the 100-300 and buy 28-300 plus a wider lense later.

I appreciate any and all of your .02. Thank you Yahoo! Answers!

A: Keep the 100-300 and get it serviced, and consider the 18-135 as I think for what you seem to what it would give you more flexibility (not having to change for a shot 55-100). I’ve not had good luck w/the auctions, are they selling due to some sort of damage? etc. Good luck!

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