Solar tour in Oak Park, iL

There a was a solar tour just recently in Oak Park, IL … I know ooooooooooooooo. Haha It is just what you think it is basically people come around your home, looking at your solar powered set up and how you are saving the environment by having these panels upon your house and how it saves you money and the environment waste. This is so 1980 it is not funny. I cannot imagine people needing a tour to see how solar power works, nor to understand how it is beneficial to the environment. Is this why the environment is still crappy? Because people still live in this old-fashioned state of mind?

Well, I guess so because when I drive through the village the “picturesque village” does at times still look like a snapshot from the 70s or 80s and that is not always a good thing. Especially from a village that espouses environmental awareness and Frank Lloyd wright as a major contributor to the village’s culture. You, know you would think there would be the hanging gardens of Babylon part two ..somewhere … anywhere. Instead some of these houses look like the houses from the westside of Chicago only with no trash on the ground and no one hanging out in front of them!

But a lot of homes state wide were a part of this event so hopefully it will lead to maybe the village picking up steam and helping the local homeowners to include this initiative to their homes. Maybe even figure out how to give local homeowners tax breaks if they have such equipment added to their homes instead of celebrating the dreary architecture that makes Oak Park, il just so blah! One can dream while reality is in doubt!

Here is the article mentioning the solar tour:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-park-solar-tour-tl-0926-20190924-lcf2ibxej5bddcqktw2oyta6ve-story.html

In case you thought I was just bullshiting here is a link for the Hanging gardens of Babylon:

https://www.history.com/news/hanging-gardens-existed-but-not-in-babylon

 

Oak Park, Il budget issues

So, Oak Park, Il cannot pay its bills huh? Typical. Remember how they pushed for that pool that costs millions now the village board has pushed through a sizable budget with tax hikes! I am so glad I do not own property here, but I wonder how they will raise the money they need to cover the “structural deficit” that is mentioned in the article below. I think they will probably screw the homeowners a bit more and then screw, the people who have cars with parking and sticker increases.

I love how everyone or every municipal government entity blames the fact that they have to pay pensions for the law enforcement and fire departments when this is something that these governments agreed to a long time ago, when you already know a bill has to be paid at a certain time, you cannot just kick the problem down the road or just ignore it. Hell, if we can I want to do that with my student loans! But local governments like Oak Park, Il like to make these funds responsible or act like funding pensions is evil in some way.

I bet every person the board is having their pensions paid, I bet they would find the money and tax the shit out of everyone living in the Oak Park, Il area to get that money! The fact that the budget has had deficits for years is just stupid and many of the comments listed under the article seem to agree, but how are these people and this mayor still on the board are still elected and still are able to carry on without any of the residents publicly complaining or organizing, protesting about getting fucked over?

Nah, that would be putting walking the walk and talking the talk, so as long as these officials have no one from the residents or these two departments standing up to them, crappy budgets, ill-paid pensions and high taxes will be the standard for years to come. Suck it Oak Park, Il suck it.

Here is the article regarding the misaligned budget for 2017, congrats Oak Park, Il you hit another one out the park! http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-9-2016/Oak-Park-OKs-$135-million-budget,-triggering-tax-hike/