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Maxon’s Gun Shop, Range Coming To DuPage County?

The last time I blogged about Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in the near-northwest suburb of Des Plaines, I was congratulating them back in February 2015 on receiving a prestigious Five Star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

These days, Maxon’s is in the local news for their proposed expansion into DuPage County, Illinois. Erin Hegarty reported on the Chicago Tribune website on November 23:

Preliminary plans have been proposed for an indoor shooting range and gun shop in Warrenville, just across the street from Naperville on Ferry Road.

Naperville resident Dan Eldridge already owns the Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in Des Plaines. Building a second location in Warrenville was a necessity because he needs more classroom space, he said, but it will also fill a void for this type of business in the western suburbs.

“This would allow us to grow in an underserved area in Chicagoland,” Eldridge said.

The new location on 7-plus acres at 30W255 Ferry Road will serve residents in Warrenville, Naperville and Aurora – a market that lacks facilities for shooting classes and practice ranges, he said. Its proximity to Route 59 and Interstate 88 will allow them to attract shooting enthusiasts from as far as 20 to 30 miles away, he said…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

According to Hegarty, Maxon’s owner figures the new facility would employ about 25 full- and part-time workers.

You can read the entire article on the Chicago Tribune website here. And for more information about Maxon’s, head on over to their site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Illinois State Police Releases Concealed-Carry Statistics For 2014

Following up on last Sunday’s post about Illinois concealed-carry, the other day I found out the Illinois State Police just released a report entitled Concealed Carry Statistics 2014. I got the chance to examine it this morning and pulled the following which may interest Illinois readers of the blog. From January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014:

• Applications Active By County- 91,651
• Applications Denied By County- 2,359
• Licenses Revoked By County- 175

Concerning applications active by the counties comprising the Chicagoland area:

• Cook County- 23,921
• DuPage- 5,577
• Kane- 2,873
• Lake- 4,252
• McHenry- 2,555
• Will- 6,134

All those Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses. It’s got to be just a matter of time before the streets are running with “rivers of blood,” right?

Sarcasm aside, if (when?) it gets to the point that Illinois concealed-carry permit holders start “perforating” the bad guys with some regularity- no matter how justifiable the shootings were- the anti-gun/gun “control” crowd and their presstitutes will be screaming at the top of their lungs how the “Land of Lincoln” has become the “Wild West.”

As if they would know…


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You can read the entire Illinois State Police report (.pdf format) here. And to find out more about the Illinois Concealed Carry License, head on over to their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015 Crime, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Mainstream Media, Public Safety, Self-Defense Comments Off on Illinois State Police Releases Concealed-Carry Statistics For 2014

50,000 Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses Issued

Bad guys take note. From the website of the Illinois-based civil rights organization Guns Save Life yesterday:

Illinois 50,000 CCW licenses, by county

TOTAL PAID CCL APPLICATIONS 72,447
TOTAL ACTIVE LICENSES 49,980…

Cook is the county with the most “active” licenses issued to date, with 12,641.

Followed by:

DuPage 3,359
Lake 2,516
Madison 1,726
McHenry 1,589
St. Clair 1,364

I, for one, feel a lot safer knowing these thousands of Illinois Concealed Carry License holders are out there.

And last I checked, there weren’t any rivers of blood flowing through the Chicagoland streets.

At least as it relates to these law-abiding gun owners.

You can view all the Illinois CCL data on the Guns Safe Life website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Cook County Loses Alarming Number Of Well-Educated, High-Income Earning Residents

Early one Saturday morning a few years back, I picked up my cousin in a western suburb of Chicago for a weekend of fishing at my family’s place in Wisconsin. While grabbing coffee at the gas station down his street, I mentioned to him that he was lucky he lived in DuPage County. He replied that the taxes were kind of high there. I told him there were other things besides taxes that made that county an attractive place to live in.

Certain Cook County residents have apparently noticed as well. Particularly those with college degrees and big paychecks.

Paul Merrion wrote on the Crain’s Chicago Business website back on February 14:

As the Great Recession churned job prospects for many, Cook County lost about 13,000 residents with six-figure household incomes to other places, despite the widely hyped revival of downtown housing and jobs.

Between 2007 and 2011, Chicago and its immediate suburbs also ended up with about 10,000 fewer residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, even after accounting for new arrivals, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s first attempt to track population shifts by income and education at the county level.

In recent years, local officials and real estate developers have touted a resurgence in young tech workers and affluent empty-nesters revitalizing the city’s core. Yet those trends are seemingly being overshadowed by more powerful factors, as other parts of the city and close-in suburbs send even larger numbers of prosperous, college-educated people to DuPage County and beyond…

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The words “brain drain” first came to mind when I read this article.

Then, I remembered that just because one has a bachelor’s degree or higher doesn’t necessarily mean they’re smart.

And that’s coming from someone who has both a bachelor’s and master’s.

Still, I suspect this “diaspora” won’t bode well for the county down the road.

It’s been my experience that good government generally demands educated decision-makers.

Most definitely, informed policy-making.

Otherwise, consider what the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., once said:

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

I still reside in Cook County. I like it here. And I’d hate to see it implode as a result of voting and governing carried out under the above conditions.

Regrettably, I can’t shake the thought of one more word as I type this post.

“Destiny.”

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Merrion, Paul. “Well-educated, highly paid residents leaving Cook County.” Crain’s Chicago Business. 17 Feb. 2014. (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140215/ISSUE01/302159988/well-educated-highly-paid-residents-leaving-cook-county#). 27 Feb. 2014.

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Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s New Warehouse Tool Sheds Light On Local Government Fiscal Health

It’s been some time since I talked about Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on this blog. The last time I mentioned her name was back on April 3, 2012, when I blogged about a new Internet tool- The Ledger– that Illinoisans now had available to keep a closer eye on state finances.

Joining the comprehensive online financial database this week is The Warehouse, which lets state residents scrutinize local government finances.

From the Comptroller’s website Monday:

CHICAGO – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday launched The Warehouse, a comprehensive online database that puts Local Government financial information and tens of thousands of records at a single location for taxpayer review.

Each year, the Comptroller’s Office collects financial reports from 5,200 counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across the state. In creating The Warehouse, Topinka has made those records and other pertinent local financial information collected by her office immediately available to residents…

Warehouse visitors are able to search records by report type, unit of government or community name. Once a local government is selected, users will be taken to a landing page where they can view a snapshot of local finances, Annual Financial Reports and Audits. The site also offers a “compare data” feature allowing visitors to see how one government stacks up against another.

I took this new database for a spin last night. You can search by “Report Type” or “Unit Type” along the left sidebar, or enter keywords in a query area at the top of the right sidebar.

All seemed to be working well, until I punched in “Cook County” in the search query. This is the message I got:

Sorry, there is no current documentation required for Cook County. No data is available.

Hmmm. I noticed DuPage and Lake Counties come up fine, so I’m not sure what the deal is here.

I can see The Warehouse being a good tool for researchers and those wanting to check on the fiscal health of the towns and other jurisdictions they reside in, I can also envision prospective homebuyers and renters using it as well should they choose to look into the financial situation of the place they’re considering moving to.

The Warehouse has it’s own web page, which can be accessed here.

And you read the rest of that release from the Comptroller’s site here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 Fiscal Policy, Government, Main Street, Spending Comments Off on Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s New Warehouse Tool Sheds Light On Local Government Fiscal Health

Chicago-Area Laws Concerning Self-Defense Tools

(UPDATE: Revised to reflect City of Chicago’s passage of Substitute Ordinance SO2013-6015 on September 11, 2013, regarding personal safety tools)

From my research, I’ve noticed that quite a few Chicago-area residents wanting to find out more about the legality of their personal safety tools in their communities, county, and the state of Illinois often have a difficult time locating that information on the Internet easily.

Which is a shame, considering the amount of changes that have been made recently to state and local laws concerning firearms and other self-defense tools. For example, not only is concealed-carry now on the books at the state-level, but the City of Chicago and Cook County have tightened their gun “control” measures and there are a number of new “assault weapon” bans in effect in several metro-area communities.

So, in my “local” post for the day I thought I’d share with Chicagoland readers some links on the Internet where a bunch of this info can be found.

In my opinion, I’d approach general queries from the state level down to the municipal level. No use trying to find out if something is legal in your community if the state bans it and they supersede local laws in a particular area.

State of Illinois

Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/24-1)- Firearms, Chemicals, Electric
Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/33A-1)- Knives
Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/33F-1)- Body Armor
Public Act 98-63, Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66)- CCW

Cook County

Cook County Ordinance No. 07-O-36, Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban- Firearms
No info found on knives, body armor

DuPage County

No info found

Kane County

No info found

Lake County

No info found

McHenry County

No info found

Will County

No info found

City of Chicago

Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 8, Chapter 20- Firearms, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 4, Chapter 144- Ammunition, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 8, Chapter 24- Knives, Chemicals, Electric, Amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015

Chicago Suburbs

Query the municipality in question in a search engine with the name of the town and state plus “ordinances” and proceed from there. If you can’t find any local ordinances on the town’s website, there’s a good chance the municipality outsources their codification and public display. In which case, check the Illinois municipal client catalogs of the following codifying companies below:

American Legal Publishing Corporation
Municipal Code Corporation
Sterling Codifiers

Hope this comes in handy!

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Friday, August 16th, 2013 Ammunition, Firearms, Government, Knives, Legal, Self-Defense Comments Off on Chicago-Area Laws Concerning Self-Defense Tools

Illinois Foreclosures Up 9 Percent Year-Over-Year

“Real estate is going UP!” That’s what one of my family members recently roared at me when I suggested that the Chicago-area housing market was still a mess.

Did I happen to mention this individual also serves as one of my “reverse indicators?”

Anyway, not only are Chicagoland home prices down year-over-year (which I talked about here), but foreclosures too- more so around the state than around the Windy City. From the November 2012 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report from real estate information company and Survival And Prosperity advertising partner RealtyTrac Tuesday:

Florida posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the third month in a row, with one in every 304 housing units with a foreclosure filing in November, followed by Nevada, Illinois, California and South Carolina…

One in every 392 Illinois housing units had a foreclosure filing in November, the nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate. A total of 13,520 Illinois properties had a foreclosure filing during the month, down 9 percent from the previous month to a seven-month low, but still up 9 percent from November 2011 — the 11th straight month where Illinois foreclosure activity has increased on a year-over-year basis.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)


RealtyTrac

As for the Chicago metropolitan area, the Irvine, California-based company said on its website:

Florida and California metro areas accounted for 16 of the top 20 highest metro foreclosure rates. Other cities with foreclosure rates in the top 20 were Rockford, Ill., at No. 11 (one in 290 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Chicago at No. 13 (one in 306 housing units); Las Vegas at No. 16 (one in 336 housing units); and Dayton, Ohio, at No. 18 (one in 338 housing units).

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Chicago Tribune real estate reporter Mart Ellen Podmolik chimed in this morning on the Chicago newspaper’s website:

In the Chicago-area counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and Will, almost 11,000 homes received a foreclosure notice in November, a decrease of 10.5 percent from October’s level of activity but up 1.6 percent from November 2011.

Most of that activity was in Cook County, where about 2,299 homes received initial notices of default, another 2,651 homes were scheduled for court-ordered sales and 2,086 homes were repossessed by lenders.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

I’ll have to see if I can’t find data on the local housing supply. Lots of for sale signs up on front lawns around the area…

You can read the Realty Trac report on their website here.

Source:

Podmolik, Mary Ellen. “Illinois foreclosures rise for 11th month.” Chicago Tribune. 13 Dec. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-illinois-foreclosures-rise-for-11th-month-20121213,0,6683119.story). 13 Dec. 2012.

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012 Housing Comments Off on Illinois Foreclosures Up 9 Percent Year-Over-Year

Chicago Area, Illinois Foreclosure Activity Spikes From A Year Ago

Dang. I never thought I’d read the following flow from Chicago Tribune real estate reporter Mary Ellen Podmolik’s keyboard. From the Trib website this morning:

Two reports issued Thursday show that the Chicago area’s housing market remains challenged and its recovery lags behind the nation’s.

Podmolik’s work has typically been more upbeat lately. I wonder what could be behind the angst? From the piece:

Mortgage foreclosure notices were issued against 12,212 properties in the six-county Chicago area last month, an increase of 3.6 percent from September and 18.6 percent from October 2011, Realty Trac reported. During October, 3,117 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and Will counties were repossessed by lenders.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

There you go. According to an article released this morning by our advertising partner, Realty Trac, the foreclosure situation extends well beyond the Chicago metro area. From their website:

One in every 356 Illinois housing units had a foreclosure filing in October, the nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate. A total of 14,899 Illinois properties had a foreclosure filing during the month, a 6 percent increase from the previous month and a 19 percent increase from a year ago — the 10th consecutive month where Illinois documented an annual increase in foreclosure activity.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Yeah, I can see why Podmolik recognizes the local residential real estate market is challenged after taking this all in.


RealtyTrac

Nationwide, Realty Trac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for October 2012 shows foreclosure activity is down 19 percent.

Go figure. Illinois goes the opposite direction of the rest of the nation once again.

Source:

Podmolik, Mary Ellen. “Illinois foreclosure activity up 19% from a year ago.” Chicago Tribune. 15 Nov. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-illinois-foreclosure-activity-up-19-from-a-year-ago-20121115,0,5950091.story). 15 Nov. 2012.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012 Housing Comments Off on Chicago Area, Illinois Foreclosure Activity Spikes From A Year Ago

Democrats Could Control Illinois General Assembly For Next Decade

Last night, Illinois had its biggest legislative primary election in the last 10 years.

And it looks as if Democrats could dominate state government for the next 10 years.

Anthony Brino, Stephanie Fryer, and Andrew Thomason reported on the FOX Illinois website this morning:

Democrats controlled the General Assembly and the governor’s office last year, allowing them to draw new legislative maps that were a boon to them and harsh to Republicans. New districts are drawn once each decade by the dominant party to reflect population shifts outlined by the U.S. Census.

As a result of this redistricting, Democrats could very likely control the state legislature in Illinois for a number of years. Monique Garcia, Alissa Groeninger, and Ray Long wrote on the Chicago Tribune website last night:

Even before unofficial results rolled in, some sitting Republican lawmakers were bound to lose in DuPage County, casualties of the Democratic-drawn state legislative districts. The map is tilted so heavily toward Democrats that the party led by House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Illinois Democratic chairman, is all but ensured November general election victories that could set it on a course to control the General Assembly for the next decade.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Sources:

Brino, Anthony, Fryer, Stephanie, and Thomason Andrew. “GOP takes a bruising in tough Illinois primary.” FOX Illinois. 21 Mar. 2012. (http://www.foxillinois.com/news/illinois/GOP-takes-a-bruising-in-tough-Illinois-primary-143626306.html). 21 Mar. 2012.

Garcia, Monique, Groeninger, Alissa and Ray Long. “Indicted state lawmaker cruises to primary victory.” Chicago Tribune. 20 Mar. 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-state-lawmaker-charged-with-bribery-cruising-to-primary-victory-20120320,0,1719356.story). 21 Mar. 2012

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