Land of Lincoln: The third-world casa on the prairie

In a recent blog post here at American Thinker, Thomas Lifson chronicles the tale of Harvey, Illinois, a failing community where government officials havestolen everything not nailed down.  Now, having exhausted all sources of revenue, the municipality is facing insolvency.

Well, why wouldn’t the people in charge of Harvey take liberties with the public treasury?  The state legislature just broke the Illinois bank in a recent spending bill, setting the example for these minor potentates.

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  • Cat-astrophe

    We are all Greece….

    • Art Deco

      No, we’re not.

    • felis gracilis

      We will be if we let our political masters continue to have their way.

  • Art Deco

    Harvey is a suburban township in Cook County. What is unusual for suburban townships is that it’s a slum.

    The homicide rate has the last 8 years or so bounced around a set point of 39 per 100,000. The South Side of Chicago has had a rate of about 45 per 100,000 in recent years, the west side of Chicago, 51 per 100,000; Gary, Indiana 58 per 100,000; and East Chicago, Indiana 29 per 100,000. Ordinary Chicago suburbs have rates around 2.3 per 100,000. The more congenial neighborhoods in the city have rates of about 5.6 per 100,000. The annual robbery rate bounces around 800 per 100,000, more than 7x the national average of 111 per 100,000. Forcible rapes bounce around 59 per 100,000 per year (as opposed to 27 per 100,000 nationally).

    About 93% of the population is black or hispanic. Income levels appear to be about 60% below Illinois means. A surprisingly high % of the population have college degrees (about 10%).

    The way to ameliorate this problem is to dissolve the municipal government and have the county government impose an appointive trusteeship (if there are provisions in Illinois law to do such a thing).

  • Art Deco

    The article did not delineate much in the way of instances of theft by private parties (though the SUV purchase walks right up to the line). Rather it’s lack of treasury controls and respect for fiscal plans.

  • UCSPanther

    Illinois has long joked about having governors who spent time running license plate stamping presses after leaving office. The place sounds like severe political corruption is endemic through much of the state…

  • Maggat

    Federal Gov’t in a few years.