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92 Comments

  1. Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Collinsville Township. Is it the Beginning or is it the End? With the majority of voters staying home on Election Day. Derrick Keith Cox and his Team with the exception of Ashley Stewart walked away with a win in the Collinsville Township race. Weeks prior to the election promises from the Cox Team started hitting social media and many door steps with the offer of limb and leaf pick up for not only the residents of Collinsville Township, but for all of the City of Collinsville. One would have to imagine this would be quite the undertaking for the Road and Bridge Department. Unless Mr. Cox and the Trustees are going to collect the leaves and limbs themselves. Then the promise to pay the taxpayers back the money the Township has been holding that’s against the law that Mr. Cox has ranted about every year for the last four years. Once again this will be quite the undertaking to find each person who is rightfully due this refund. Who is going to go through all the records of deed transfers to assure people who have moved or the estates of those who died are properly paid? Obviously not the assessors employees who Mr. Cox has for the last four years claimed aren’t worth the money they are being paid. Maybe again Mr. Cox and his team are going to scour the recorders themselves. Let’s not forget when the election took that nasty turn and a letter was sent to Jason Rehg’s employer by Mr. Anonymous. The denials from the Cox Team came almost as quickly as the above promises. Yet for a team running on transparency everyone knew where the letter came from. As was stated on social media. When you lay with dogs, you get fleas. I hope they all got a flea treatment. They say you get the Government you deserve. Well Brad Swell thanked this campaign managers Ron Jedda and Mark Achenbach. Now remember those two names because both are associated with CARD and the dissolution of such. Mr. Achenbach actually resigned from the CARD board to help who else but Derrick Keith Cox in the dissolution of CARD and then was voted back on without any public knowledge. Maybe sitting out in these small April Elections isn’t such a good idea after all.

  2. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Nothing do do with up here,but the city of Red Bud,Illinois entered into a 30 year contract
    with Symmetry Energy solutions, and now the residents are finding their gas bills doubler even triple.
    Stick with Ameren,it’s a lot cheaper

  3. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Anyone watching the Cardinals opening day game probably
    noticed this idiot sitting behind home plate waving, and acting stupid.
    Guess it proved you have money, you may not have common sense.

  4. Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Parents – did you know that your state legislators could take away your rights regarding your minor child?

    House Bill 1797 and Senate Bill 2190 would repeal the existing parental notification requirement for abortion in Illinois. This Repeal Bill undermines parental rights and puts girls at risk to sexual predators, molesters, traffickers, abusive boyfriends and bullies.

    It means someone else could take your 14 year old daughter to have an abortion without you ever knowing she was pregnant or by whom. Parents will be unable to provide appropriate aftercare for their girls, such as extra support, or post-abortion counselling, if this information is withheld from them.

    A March 7-10th poll of 600 Illinois registered voters found that 72% still believe a parent or guardian should be notified if a minor girl is seeking an abortion. Wouldn’t you want to know if it was your child?

    Then call today: Sen. Christopher Belt, at 618-875-1212, Sen. Rachelle Aud Crowe, at 618-251-9840, Rep. Latoya Greenwood at 618-646-9557, Rep. Jay Hoffman at 618-416-7407, and Rep. Katie Stuart at 618-365-6650. If you can’t get through on the phone leave a message or look up their addresses and write a letter, but do so now.

  5. Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Well it finally happened the Troy PD made some big changes. Thanks for getting rid of the so called leader. its nice not to have to listen to his wife spreading rumors and jabbering at the Barber Shop on how great they are !!!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    So the Troy PD is setting up automatic license plate scanners at the ramps to highway 40 and 162, without giving any reason other than to catch “felons”, and not having ANY public debate about the intrusion of government and law enforcement into personal privacy and liberties. Who is the city contracting with? How long will license plate images be stored? Who has access to them? How much is the city being paid or paying for these cameras? What defines putting some license plate on a “hot list”- why stop at felons, why not go for people who have double parked or missed jury duty? Finally, congratulations, TPD, lets assume you scanned a plate that was on the “hot list”, but who’s to say that car stays outside of the city limits or your jurisdiction? What’s the point???

  7. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Mr. Dixon running for Belleville Mayor would be a great choice.
    At least he is honest about his past(a rare thing in politics)
    Race has nothing to do with it.Belleville has been going down the crapper for years.

  8. Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I am curious how Pete Poletti, Collinsville Township Assessor, was able to obtain my name and address to send a political mailing? The mailing targeted seniors who received the senior citizen property tax exemption or freeze. This should not be legal. He used his position to obtain this information.

  9. Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Did anyone else notice in the Collinsville Township board meeting Trustee Cox had a prepared statement addressing each of the public comments?

  10. Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Well good news !!! By the end of March a bad leader is leaving his job . When a person starts thinking he is a big time official and getting all of his freebees its time to go…Need new ideas and better leaders .Hopefully we get one whos spouse keeps there nose out of it..

  11. Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Guess I will have to start smoking to get the vaccine. Since when is smoking a chronic disease?

    • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Well Good News in Troy . A bad leader is finally leaving !! Unfortunately some people including the spouse think they run a small city or town after serving for a extended period. Then when they p s off to many employees or people getting there free handouts and are forced to bail out . By the end of March we are loosing one ….Bye Bye !!!!!

  12. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    The Cherokee Nation has requested that Jeep discontinue the use of the name of their people, I my self believe this has been a long time coming and would be in the best interest of Jeep in todays social climate.
    The Cherokee people were the second largest owners of African American slaves in the United States, I mean to call your vehicle the “Jeep Grand Cherokee” would be the same as having a vehicle called ” The Confederacy Cruiser “,
    Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to buy a vehicle named after monsters who kept people as slaves.

  13. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Following the stories of people “jumping the line” to get their Covid Vaccines. Does it seem to anyone else that it is mostly those “law and order Republicans” who can’t seem to follow the rules…

  14. Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I was in the 4 O yesterday. A sign on the counter says you must wear a mask. A sign on the plexiglass says you can’t verbally abuse the cashiers. I’m guessing the second sign is because the cashiers pay no attention to the first sign. Go figure…

  15. Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 11:26 am

    For all of you who believe masks don’t work, I hope your next surgical team is aware of and respects your beliefs.

  16. Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Looks like Madigan is finally out of the picture.All he has to do now is sit back,and collect his pension.
    No one is going to dig up dirt on him, because their state job depends on keeping quiet.
    Speaking of this, unless you are a RN,MD,or teacher, you knew someone to get the state job.

    I have been told it takes “an act of god” to work for the highway department.

  17. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Seems like a lot of police chases wind up with someone getting seriously injured or killed.
    Maybe if someone is able to shoot at the car radiator at some point; this would render the car
    inoperable , and avoid a lengthily chase.
    A comment from a law enforcement professional about this would be in order.

  18. Anonymous on January 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Missed you last couple weeks on Soundoff.!
    Great to hear you are covering Highland also.. Question: Why don’t some officials in Troy or Madison County return phone calls? I don’t care what kind of question is they should have the professionalism to return the call. They are certainly paid well for the time they put into the job and the benefits from friends in other offices are great . Maybe a official will have time to answer this question !! YOU THINK ?

  19. Anonymous on January 6, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Having Mary Miller represent us will be an embarrassment for our district. She is succeeding John Shimkus who understood that his role was to support all citizens of the r.
    If Mary Miller thinks that ellection results were “tainted”, then what does that mean for her own results. Were they “tainted” also?
    Yes, I am a registered democrat but have voted for John Shimkus many times ove rthe last 20 years I have lived in the district because he would work across party lines when needed to do what was right for ALL people he represented.

    Mary Miller, we do not all believe that results of presidential election were fraudulent and are embarrassed that you are objecting to the certification of election results

  20. Anonymous on December 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    It’s my understanding that the schools can request funds from our taxes up to 5%,then there is need for a tax referendum to ask the voters to approve it.
    I came from a town 20 miles south of Belleville.
    Several years ago they requested a tax referendum, using the excuse there had not had one in 20 years.
    Well 20 x 5 =100 so our school taxes doubled in 20 years.Naturally they took the full amount every year.
    We have tightened our belts everywhere possible, so we need this additional money to function.
    Can’t remember if it passed or not, but I do remember talking one of the umpires for the softball team.
    Your school is one of the highest paying for umpires,that’s why I drive 25 miles to do it.
    Oh; did I forget about the greenhouse that was built.

  21. Anonymous on December 13, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Hand in the cookie jar? Seems like Mitch Bair and The City of Collinvsville should have thought before they hired council woman Donna Greene’s company to disinfect City Hall on an annual basis? Sounds like a conflict of interest for sure!! Seems like they have been there and done that before!!

  22. Anonymous on December 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    With the high cost of college tuition and unpaid student loans,
    one wonders why the coaches make so much.
    Some in Illinois make millions, surprise ,surprise!

  23. Anonymous on December 10, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Restaurants and Bars in Troy still open ? Of course they are.
    Always see cars hiding around business. Those who can’t refrain from a drink. So sad…Could it be some of them are past LAW abiding people .These are the people we know who drive really nice cars have lots of toys , travel alot and live in Expensive homes playing the high roller. These are the ones who should know basic business rules …Always make sure you have enough money to pay your income and bills for a year put away. These business owner claim they are going out of business and broke when they call from their second home in Florida . Or the Casino where they drop 5 grand a week .I don’t feel sorry for them at all . I have seen to many of them reach in the cash drawer and grab money from there own business to play cards or drink or somewhere else….

  24. Anonymous on December 10, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    WILL THIS EVER HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIME ?
    The day we can get elected officials in Troy who will do what’s right and be honest. Make the rules of the game apply to everyone ( including yourself and family ) Can every official holding office now honestly say he does not play favoritism . Can every official say they will do what they can for our Town with out expecting a favorite along the line. Don’t be afraid of other officials who are sleazy . If the honest and good guys can stick together, without worrying about there jobs or getting reelected we can overcome these people who’s names are on every street corner …These people do not own you .I have not labeled anyone in particular because they know who they are. They should sit down and explain to there family members how they operate see how they feel about them then. Comments to this are welcome . Thanks for posting Times Tribune

  25. Anonymous on December 8, 2020 at 9:14 am

    St. Louis city is considering closing several public schools because of low attendance .
    The current superintendent has not received any negativity yet.
    Had he been white, the natives would surely be restless by now

  26. Anonymous on December 4, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Back long ago there used to be a silent record on the juke box.Six plays for a quarter
    The purpose of this was to give people a chance to talk without having
    to shout over the loud music.
    How times have changed, now you have to shout over the loud talkers seated next to you.

  27. Anonymous on December 3, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    A recently published report of a local school expenses is disturbing.
    Some of the expenses were for pizza and donuts
    Quite a few were for for employees making over $90,000
    Millions for the entire payroll, some money in banks not even local.
    Wonder if there was any anonymously spent at the local pot dispensary?

    • Anonymous on December 14, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      It was in black and white. The tax payers in the Triad school district need to contact Triad Central Office and ask for a spreadsheet showing the year to year raises for each Administrator in their Central Office for the last 10 years. You can get this through the Freedom of Information Act. You will be astonished to see the raises given each year for these Central Office Administrators especially during the times when they were telling the tax payers that they need to pass referendums to raise our property taxes. You will also find interesting the number of high paying Administrative jobs that were created and given to family and friends of said Administrators. Please make sure that you use an anonymous email address when requesting the information via the Freedom of Information Act (which by law you can do). This will avoid Triad trying to find out who you are and trying to start their usual character assassination campaign. As they do whenever anyone dares to question their authority. It is time real change happens at the top and STOP funding Triad off of the backs of the tax payers. Don’t be fooled by more referendums with threats given to your children of possibly loosing music, art, band ect. That was shameful in itself. This is supposed to be a “Public” school NOT a Corporation.

      • Anonymous on December 20, 2020 at 5:33 pm

        The underlying problem with Triad is its approach to taxation. Most local taxing districts start by asking themselves, “What do we need?” It’s a bottoms-up approach, and results in lower taxes.

        Triad Administration asks, “What can we get (without holding a hearing)?” You can see how that results in higher taxes. We need School Board members who are accountable to taxpayers, instead of simply rubber-stamping the Administration proposals.

  28. Anonymous on December 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Restaurants that are open for indoor dining are violating a Health and Safety requirement.

    Makes me wonder whether they’re violating other Health and Safety requirements …

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2021 at 8:36 am

      As anyone ever used a product that claims to be the best. Then the company comes out with the same product, but call it better. Don’t you think to yourself haven’t I been paying for the best already? Well that’s how I feel about the Derrick Keith Cox campaign for Collinsville Township Supervisor. He has been a Township Trustee for four years. He boasts about be number one politician in the area yet him and his team are going to make the Township better. What has he been doing the last four years? He points out these bad things he’s been a part of as a Trustee and the takes credit for all the good it took three plus votes to get. In the forum he didn’t answer questions he just complained over and over. Look at what he does on the Bi-State Board if he doesn’t get his way. He’s on with Elliot Davis like every week. He not your opinion for a better township. It’s just feeding his ego that’s all ladies and gentlemen. If you don’t believe me just watch his videos or ask those who work in the Senior Center.

  29. Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Social media does not require evidence. Courts do. Success on social media, without success in the courts, is like seeing your own breath in the cold. It only feeds the narcissist.

  30. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    This is the first time I’ve been back to my hometown of Troy since 2018 and I have to say a lot has changed. I’m concerned. There’s more places to gamble here than to actually buy groceries or places for actual activities that don’t involve burning a hole in your pocket. I guess this is the new Vegas of the Midwest! I guess in that case I’ll take a Tito’s on the rocks, cheers!

  31. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Tier 3 ? Who are you trying to kid .People will not pay attention to this ..We need strong leadership in small towns . Leadership should also have a cap on years in office. If a leader cannot accomplish what he wants in couple years then he or she needs to be replaced anyway. They let the job title go to there head. And of course family members think they also have authority. I think in many cases higher responsible positions should change every 2 years regardless. Some leaders get lazy and carless with their mouth…Not realizing the people who work with them (not for them ) as they think are the ones laughing behind there back ….Now what does Tier 3 have to do with this ? These leaders can enforce this but are to lazy and don’ want to stir the pot …

  32. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    GREAT JOB TIME TRIBUNE FOR SOUNDOFF
    First thanks to the person who commented about Welfare and Disability people . Thank you . It is so true. It seems like there is a certain type of ( Union employed person ) who is always looking for a good attorney so they can sue over a job to draw disability. I say Union because it is usually people who have good paying Union jobs. They can’t wait to go buy expensive homes or vehicles ( Usually Pickups ) and drink or hunt, fish all the time and sit on their butt…Some i am sure are reading this. They are also the ones who stick together .. True, just look around …

  33. Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Driving on Meridian Road in Glen Carbon,I was tailgated and passed
    even though the speed limit was 35, as I was doing.
    There must be a strong magnetic field in the atmosphere there that is
    interfering with their car electronics, turn signals don’t seem to work in that area;
    mine did.

  34. Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Seems like the people on welfare and so called “disability” are doing fairly well.
    We look for reduced prices on meat at the store.
    The above mentioned are at the custom cut meat counter,
    always buying name brand groceries ,abusing parking privileges ,and
    in most cases have newer cars.

    • Anonymous on November 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Patel of Pete’s Market is sure getting the royal treatment. I wish Mayor Adomite would take me around to all the taxing entities to get my taxes abated. Just doesn’t seem fair to other small business owners. He should pay his fair share. It’s not like grocery stores aren’t close to us.

  35. Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    A big shout-out to Alfonzo’s in Troy. While other restaurants are openly ignoring the Governor’s orders banning indoor dining, Alfonzo’s has been plugging along. They’ve been trying to get by on carry-out and delivery alone. As for me, I’m only patronizing those restaurants that are COMPLYING with the efforts to limit the spread of Covid. I will not patronize those who do not comply. If folks wouldn’t mind replying with other family owned restaurants that are complying, it will give me a list of other places to patronize.

  36. Anonymous on November 13, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I noticed that on school days when the kids are being driven to school
    other than the bus; there seems to be a demolition derby taking place on the roads.
    I have been tailgated, and passed doing the speed limit.
    The solution is to “leave earlier” maybe.

  37. Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I see some women with blue hair for some reason.
    I think the official name is “mermaid hair”
    Considering the looks of the people that have it,
    Maybe it should be called “walrus hair”

  38. Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Brett Kepley states that there exists a “Constitutionally protected right of abortion”. I couldn’t the word abortion in my copy of the Constitution. Does Kepley have his own version just for liberal lawyers? Doesn’t the Declaration of Independence, after stating that all men are created equal, guarantee the government will protect “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Or does Kepley think this phrase applies only to men? I think not.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      See Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113

      However, many (conservatives) think that overturning Roe would make abortion illegal. Not so. Roe said that the constitution forbid the states from making abortion illegal If Roe were overturned, the struggle would return to the state level. Meaning that instead of one battle, we’ll have 50 battles.

  39. Anonymous on November 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Next time you decide to donate to a charity,
    check the expense ratio.
    Some are over 80%
    Even more shocking, check the CEO salary.

  40. Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 9:59 am

    I am confused by the way certain names are spelled and pronounced.
    Sean is “shawn” so why isn’t Dean called “dawn’?

  41. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    WHO ARE WE TRYING TO KID ? The local PD or State Police are not going around checking at night to see what Restaurants / Bars are serving inside . Too much politics involved. So if you read this paper , go ahead and make your reservations your place will be open . I know of certain Organizations or clubs that are having 50-100 people Restaurant gatherings set for First couple weeks of Nov…So don’t cancel your plans . You know when things opened up a couple weeks ago , people had a opportunity to show they understood the seriousness of C-19 but for some reason they could not send that signal to there brain. They could not resist getting out and join the party seen . Well The numbers now speak for themselves . Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    DAH-DAH-DAH When are the Restaurants and Bar owners going to wake up? It doesn’t take a genius to understand why places have to close indoor services again. I can’t believe these places. When they are given restrictions to follow or guidelines they still take advantage of the situation .Some customers don’t do as they are asked and the owners don’t want to say anything because they are afraid they won’t come back. Let’s face it some people just hate to be advised what the rules are. I have seen Restaurants / Bars with 10-12 people sitting at tables. Owners or Managers don’t say anything .They just want to make the money . So here we go again . Just follow the rules Restaurant / Bar Owners and maybe are numbers will decline and we wont have these close downs.

  43. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I say NO to the Governor and his closing stores. Who says he can pick and choose who says open and who closes. Restaurants have to close but Walmart and grocery stores can stay open. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to close either, but I don’t think people elected him to make these types of decisions. He’s not God. Let the public make up their own minds wether they should go out to dinner or not. Gov. Pritzker, stay out of our business. It’s our choice not yours.

  44. Anonymous on October 24, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Remember years ago when you went out to eat,
    it was relaxing, and low keyed conversations.
    Now it’s a loud ‘ha-ha-ha at the next table

  45. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Recently on a trip to Calafornia ,I noticed a huge billboard advertising tattoo removal.
    Reminds me of an advertisement on tv there
    “We don’t follow trends, we set them”

    reminds me of the

  46. Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 8:34 am

    To Interested Voters:

    We would like to share what we know about Sarah Smith who is a candidate for the Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon, IL. We aren’t lawyers or judges, but just ordinary citizens, who happen to have met Judge Smith and liked her appeal, drive and determination. We have researched her and found that she has achieved more in her short life than most people twice her age. She works diligently at being a mother, wife, judge, Air National Guard officer (Colonel) and now, candidate for the Appellate Court. Wow, what drive! We think she is someone who is honest and has the integrity and reputation for doing the right thing, which isn’t always easy.

    It’s been an unusual year for campaigning and through it all, Judge Smith has given her time, reaching out to the voters, staying engaged and listening to people in her very large district. We especially admire someone with such diligence, who by the way just graduated from U.S. Army War College, and her patriotism over political partisanship.

    We like what we have learned about Judge Sarah Smith and will vote for her on Nov. 3rd!

  47. Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I noticed that since this pandemic started that handicapped parking abuse
    has eased up somewhat(at eating places) since you are not supposed to go inside and sit for hours
    after you took the parking spot.

  48. Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Ever notice that most of the crime in St. Louis is in north city.
    Seems like mostly white police are assigned there; at least that
    what I see on the tv news.
    The other strange phenomena is lawn mowers don’t seem to exist there
    the grass and weeds are mostly unattended to.

  49. Anonymous on October 12, 2020 at 10:02 am

    To the citizens of Madison County:

    I am writing concerning Bob Daiber who is a candidate for Madison County Board Chairman. I know Bob and I know he has what it takes to lead the county board and do what’s right for the citizens of Madison County. I worked on several major projects and public awareness campaigns with Bob, and witnessed his ability to identify and solve problems. He has the ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in order to get things done. Bob is a dedicated professional with a “common sense” approach and I feel that’s what’s missing in today’s politics. Bob is intelligent, practical, and versatile and one who is politically savvy. He can listen and reach out to help those who need it most, regardless of one’s politics.
    Choosing a chairman to oversee the Madison County Board is a no-brainer for me. I especially like the no-nonsense approach Bob Daiber would take and his plan to reduce my taxes. My taxes went up considerably and I think it’s time we give someone who is “middle of the road” a chance at doing what is best for the taxpayers.
    Thanks for listening!
    Phil Smith
    618-344-6358

  50. Anonymous on October 5, 2020 at 9:49 am

    The Presidential Debate was one the most embarrassing things I have ever watched. It made me ashamed that this is the image that we put forth to the world, that, this is what democracy should look like. Shame on both candidates. I wish there was a realistic alternative. I don’t want to vote for either candidate.

  51. Anonymous on October 3, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Let’s be crystal clear about this. If the Republicans had an alternative to Obamacare, they would have proposed it in legislation. They haven’t. The whole “repeal and replace” is a hoax. Passing alternative health care legislation would have “repealed and replaced” Obamacare. But the ONLY legislation the Republicans have attempted (multiple times) has been to repeal Obamacare. Even when they held both houses of Congress, that is the only health care legislation that was considered. ANY Republican who tells you a different story is plainly lying to you.

  52. Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    In the recent Soundoff . Someone compared Bars and Restaurants to Walmart , Home Depot etc…No Comparison. The stores people wear mask . In the Bars after a few drinks you end up with 15 people outside nose to nose spitting all over each other without a mask on ..Called irresponsible . Lets face it , someone people just don’t like the idea of being told what is best for them . Thnen they go home and spread what they may have picked up to their family …

  53. Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Graduated Income Constitutional Amendment Tax Misconceptions

    Illinoisans are being asked to support a constitutional amendment that would fundamentally change the way we pay our state income tax. We support and recommend that you consider joining us in voting YES! We do so after careful consideration, much debate and we recognize and respect that there are differences of thoughts on this important matter. Nonetheless, we wish to clarify the following mis-conceptions.

    Misconception #1- If the amendment passes, it will give the legislature the power to raise taxes. Wrong! The Legislature already has the power to raise taxes, but legislators are loath to add more taxes to the lower and middle classes. The Graduated Income Tax Amendment would remove the current flat income tax and allow proposed future legislation to reduce some of the state income tax burden from low and moderate-income taxpayers to place more of it on wealthy taxpayers.

    Misconception #2- If the amendment passes it will open the door for the state to tax retirement income. Wrong! The Legislature already has the power to tax retirement income. No amendment is needed for legislators to tax retirement income now. Actually, if the Graduated Tax Amendment does not pass, taxing of retirement income will more likely be considered due to the urgent need for state revenue.

    Misconception #3-Voting against the Graduated Income Tax Amendment is a step toward keeping our taxes from increasing. Wrong! Illinois is one of only eleven states that do not have a graduated income tax, and one of only 3 states that do not tax retirement income. Illinois also imposes sales taxes on fewer items than most states. The lack of sufficient revenue forces local governments to rely heavily on property taxes to meet their obligations; and due to the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, additional state funding will be required.

    Misconception #4- Family farms will be hurt by the Graduated Income Tax Amendment. Wrong! Only corporate farms will pay the corporate tax rate.

    The Graduated Income Tax Amendment is a first step toward righting the state’s finances. Please vote “Yes” on the Constitutional Amendment to support a Graduated State Income Tax.

    • Anonymous on September 25, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      As long as Illinois is and remains a one party rule state yes, no matter what they call it your taxes – all taxpayers ( you even amazingly acknowledge this in your “Misconception#1 ) are going up. You live in a state that has more unfunded liabilities than any other of the 50 states ( you know like all those ‘union’ folks with lifetime taxpayer funded pensions, lifetime taxpayer funded healthcare, etc ) – how about an amendment to reduce these? Never gonna happen in anyone’s lifetime again, as long as there is one party rule

      • Anonymous on October 1, 2020 at 3:46 pm

        Its sad to say you are right about these so called ” Union” folks . I know of at least 10 on the top of my head that started drawing Disability when they were in their 50s , Drawing a nice pension, great healthcare and griping they do not get a 6 % Cost of living increase every year . Well to bad . Your in good enough shape to make it to the nearest bar every day ……Woops forgot this is a one party state…..Some of these people couldn’t tell you who their Senator was but they could sure tell you what it said on any page of there local union book …….

  54. Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    When I read the recent article about the attorney Thomas DeVore and his advice on opening bars and restaurants to indoor dining, it really bothered me. We all understand the awful situation for these businesses, but this is dangerous.

    A new study published by the CDC found that people who dined out within 14 days of testing were twice as likely to have contracted Covid. Going to a gym or gathering with less than 10 people showed no bearing on rate of infection. The difference, obviously, is the need to remove a mask. You can find the full report in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality weekly report.

    Look, if you are going to encourage bars and restaurants to open indoors, it seems for the good of the public, you need to urge caution as well. Folks need to know the consequences. Also, the precautions necessary to keep people safe ought to be part of the presentation. But, if you still to choose to do this, please stay away from me.

  55. Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Disappointed in you- Times Tribune
    Your Sound Off Section just confirmed us not renewing our subscription to your paper. Your Sound Off allows nasty opinions, yet anonymous? That is not a professional responsible newspaper. Just more crap that we are having on our televisions and online everyday. You have the opportunity to do positive, local stories and not add to the nasty, hate comments that divide our country more. I Worked at Times Tribune, under Editor Paul Ping, for 5 years. I was always proud of the work we did and you have taken it and trashed it. Good luck as I think you have just solidified many peoples decisions not to renew. Not enough Troy news anyway and you have ruined what made it special to local families. God Bless America

    • Anonymous on October 1, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Is this guy kidding !! Sound Off is Great .It gives people in Troy the opportunity to let the so called (Big Shots ) and (Barney Fifes) know what people really feel. Don’t you realize that if you posted your name you would have the News Teams out here every other week . Even though its a tiny town these are the ones that have the worst backstabbers around . Even you would probably loose some friends . Its good to be able to say what you really feel , it gives some of these so called leaders a chance to grow up and stop playing kiss a–.

  56. Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Both Madison and St. Clair counties suffer under systemic voter suppression. Yes, your vote is suppressed. State law states no precinct shall have more the 800 registered voters. The county clerks opt not to follow this law. As a result…you have a larger precinct and longer wait times at the polls. Because the precinct is oversized people shy away from being precinct committeperson. No precinct committeperson, no organization at the most basic level of our republic…and your needs go unmet as the position is vacant. No organization= lower voter participation.
    Contact your county clerk and demand they follow state law. They will try to fob you off. Demand they follow the law as enacted, not how they selectively decide “shall”= “may”. Contact the party of your choice and consider volunteering to fight the apathy of the elected caste. Your very freedom hinges on this. The devil is in the details and their transgressions make this hel…

  57. Anonymous on September 7, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    As a registered Republican, I am deeply offended by last week’s writer who asserted that I belong to a cult, and accordingly, take the progressive option of cancelling said writer. I now feel much better. So much so that I would offer that person my opinion: The 2012 platform is easily found online. Don’t be afraid of doing a little research before expressing your opinion.

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Did anyone else realize that neither of these commenters tried to refute the position of the original post that the Republican Party is a cult? One was offended, the other simply used that old trick of name calling.

      Let me quote from the 2012 Republican platform:

      “Our nation faces unprecedented uncertainty with great fiscal and economic challenges, and under the current Administration has suffered through the … most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.

      Many Americans have experienced the burden of lost jobs, lost homes, and lost hopes. Our middle class has felt that burden most acutely. Meanwhile, the federal government has expanded its size and scope, its borrowing and spending, its debt and deficit. Federalism is threatened and liberty retreats.

      For the world, this has been four years of lost American leadership, leadership that depends upon economic vitality and peace through strength.

      Put simply: The times call for trustworthy leadership and honest talk about the challenges we face. Our nation and our people cannot afford the status quo. We must begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes, and regulates. Jefferson’s vision of a “wise and frugal government” must be restored.”

      That sounds like it’s right on for 2020. Of course the 2020 Republican platform is nothing like this…

  58. Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 11:04 am

    I thought the Sound Off section was only for comments and no Bashing. What do you call it when the comment is made in the Elections column about the Republican Party being a cult…Just shows how narrow a Democrats mind is .or should i say the person who sent it in is . That person is probably out looking for something free ……..

  59. Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Hey! Has anyone noticed how much they have build up the roads in the next phase of the Hampton Glen development? I wonder if that is legal. It sure has added to the flooding on Country Lane and across into Pebblebrooke. Drive back there, it is crazy!

  60. Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    SHADOW WOOD PHASE 3 rezoning meeting — Anyone interested in speaking against the proposed zoning change from R-2 single family residential to R-7 multi-use planned residential, anything residential in the R-1 through R-6 categories (including multiple family dwellings, mobile home parks) for the field at the end of Wheat Drive (one end Harvest Run, one end Shadow Wood) should send an email to [email protected] or attend the Planning and Development Committee meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at the Madison County Board Room 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL, Ste. 203. This field abuts Shadow Wood, Harvest Run, Woodland Hills neighborhoods, but also will impact all residents on Country Lane, Bauer Road. The developer wants to go from 58 families (R-2 zoning) to 81 families (if R-7 is approved). The County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended to deny this rezoning, but the appeal now goes to the Madison County Planning and Development Committee with the above meeting date/time/location. Reference Shadow Wood Phase 3 File Number Z19-0058.
    Things to ponder:
    There are NO R-7 zoned districts within unincorporated Madison County — why this small 28 acre field?
    Traffic Generation – Per the Planning and Development Department — Single-family homes generate roughly 10 car trips per day during the week and multifamily (duplexes) generate roughly 20 car trips per day during the week. Shadow Wood Phase 3 is a seventy (70) lot subdivision consisting of fifty-nine (59) single-family dwelling lots and eleven (11) multi-family dwelling lots that will generate roughly an additional 810 trips per day. If it were kept at R-2 and 58 dwellings the estimated car trips would be 580.

    Stormwater Management & Drainage – The drainage of the property will be diverted to the proposed drainage areas on the property, as well as towards existing culverts east across Bauer Road (which floods to the point of impassable) and Wheat Drive (which recently had large rock gutters built in the subdivision to ease flooding in Harvest Run) and in an undetained area north of the subject property (not sure if this is the pond on Triad’s property, or the creek that runs through and occasionally floods Turtle Creek/Meadowbrooke/Fair Oaks/Hampton Glen/Woodland Hills/Shadow Wood).

    If the property is zoned R-7 and the developer goes bankrupt, or wins the lottery, or just decides to sell it, it is zoned R-7 and a new developer can use the latitude given by that very liberal zoning district.

  61. Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    It’s official. The Republicans no longer have any principles. In the recent past (2015), Republicans were opposed to deficit spending, governing through presidential executive actions, crony capitalism and Russian aggression. They were in favor of free trade, free markets and strong international alliances. While I don’t have a copy, I’d bet the 2012 Republican platform mentioned all of these things.

    The 2020 Republican platform (effectively) has just two words – Donald Trump. And his presidency has been in opposition to the principles listed above.

    Republicans no longer belong to a political party They belong to a cult.

  62. Anonymous on August 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Joe Biden has been in public service for 50 years. Donald Trump has been President for three and a half years, but has yet to do any public service.

  63. Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I have been going to the senior center for the last 5 yrs. or so, and if we cannot use it for the seniors, why not let the kids use it till things are back on an even keel? If they did what they said they would do as far as keeping after the cleaning of it, what will it hurt? I think its silly to let that building set there empty!

  64. Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Why is Madison County voting tonight to give the public defender a cost of living increase but not the rest of its employees?

  65. Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    There are teachers at local schools in Bond and Fayette Counties that are openly telling students that COVID is a hoax. Of course, they believe it is a ploy to remove Trump. These are frightening times for our democracy and education.

  66. Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Are you aware that the children of our teachers are going to school everyday? Why do our children receive only half of the education as their children? Why does every other family have to scramble to find child care or pay for child care? All other parents have had to figure out our child care situation since March. This is unfair. If I have to work and don’t have a sitter can my child go to school everyday too? 

    • Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      This is at Troy elementary schools.

    • Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      How can this be true? Not all of the Triad school district teachers live in Troy, they would have to do what their districts do, including those who live in Troy. Please site your sources.

  67. Anonymous on July 28, 2020 at 9:47 am

    What is going on with everyone in this Town….. do we think the pandemic is over with ? Not by a long shot.. yes cases are down in IL.. thank you Govenor or we would have been like other excelling states. You think you don’t need to wear a mask if you cant distance.. and what is up with local businesses not enforcing mask wearing or at least suggesting it…There are a couple that do but most don’t.. People in this town are walking around In stores and everywhere with no protection and NOT keeping 6 feet.. most disturbing is seeing someone in scrubs in the store with no mask… What DR,dentist or medical building or nursing home are they in.. sure would like to know so I don’t go there.. also seeing waiters and waitresses in stores with restaurant clothing on with no protection… I wont eat out because of that going on.. Oh and a Buffet… REALLY… what up!! What is it with people that wont protect others in public places.. Don’t tell me it is your right. yes it starts with and R but it is a RESPONSIBILITY.. just like wearing a seat belt, NO shoes, No shirt NO service. No texting on phone when driving.. No driving while intoxicated… I remember the fit people threw when all this went into effect.. Guess what it saved lives and people got over it.. We have had some new cases in this community some from traveling to highly infected states.. coming home and not quarantining until they are sick.. Most people are proven to be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic showing no sypmtom’s.. so when you decide to go to these infected states just remember you may be bringing that virus with you and not know it; go to work or shopping in town and kill someone with it.. Community spread that is a good one… we don’t know where they have been or if they even had a mask on .. who and how many were infected by them? Thank you to all you responsible citizens that distance and wear your mask in public places.. I appreciate it and so do many others.

  68. Anonymous on July 17, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Has anyone else been contacted by SSM Physical Therapy in Troy about potential exposure to COVID-19 in their office?

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Nope, but if you want COVID in Madison County, the Highland racetrack is open for business. These types of people don’t like to wear masks, social distance, or believe in science.

  69. Anonymous on May 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Before he retired, Scott Lawson was responsible for picking up signs around Troy that were put up where they weren’t supposed to be. When he retired, and his position was filled in the Police Department, they were supposed to start doing that. Ha! Just driving around, you can see that this kind of work is below the TROY PD.

    • Anonymous on May 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Yep. Plenty of Mosquito Joe signs around these days. Joe must be a friend of the PD, or the barber shop. Hard to tell them apart sometimes

  70. Anonymous on May 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Where I live burning is allowed. I have breathing problems and asthma. I enjoy sitting outside for fresh air, not pollution that make it hard to breathe. A neighbor burns all the time their grass cuttings. I do not want to cause problems with neighbors and say nothing. What I would like is for them to take this into consideration and burn late afternoon, or have clippings hauled away.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Neighbor, talk to me.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

      I agree, burning should be limited to certain days of the week. However, per the city ordinance: “Burning is allowed 7 days a week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., within the City of Troy for yard waste (leaves, branches, etc.) Burning of construction material is prohibited within the city limits of Troy.” Technically anyone burning in the city should have their fires out by 4:00 p.m. I don’t see how this works since fresh grass clippings can smolder for days. I guess, to have it changes to say Monday, Wednesday, Friday burning only, you would need to bring it up before the city council.

  71. Anonymous on April 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    The Collinsville Township Board of Trustees Operates Unencumbered by Accountability.

    Having watched the proceedings at the Collinsville, Illinois Trustee meetings both in person and via Facebook I was astounded to find the absence of structure for how the proceedings take place.

    Please feel welcome to go back and look at these videos yourself and you will find tremendous comedy amongst the sad realization that these elected officials behave on video with infantile vindictiveness and demonstrate no compunction to be transparent for the public, let alone operate with the taxpayers best interest. When reading this summation it might seem that this must be fiction or an exaggeration and I truly wish that too. These are paid employees that operate with little decorum and no willingness to be forthright, transparent, and open, they do not even recognize the need, as they are in power and impervious to accountability.

    During the last few meetings they ushered out the previous Supervisor Terry “Bones” Allan and in a prearranged coup installed a new Supervisor Dan Hopkins aka Yogi, who had two weeks earlier resigned his oath to serve the public. Under the cover of darkness and in the chaos created by the Covid19 isolation orders, an “emergency meeting” took place virtually in minutes.

    “Miraculously” the recently resigned former Trustee just happened to be hiding outside the “emergency meeting” and just after the previous long tenured Supervisor, who was likely forced to step down, the new Supervisor was installed without discussion or fanfare. There was one dissenting voice that delivered an admonishment by the concerned Trustee on behalf of the public for not yet again acting in haste, but the conspirators voted immediately.

    This crude illusion had been manufactured and was even predicted two weeks prior in the public comments on these video’s regarding the resignation and release of Dan Hopkin’s from his oath to serve the public. Suddenly, Dan could not wait to serve the taxpayers and obtain the large salary that went along with his new found enthusiasm.

    The past level of dysfunction has now dramatically risen. The lawyer is allowed unrestricted billable hours and when that point is brought up regarding concerns over productivity with tax dollars the response from new Supervisor Hopkins is for rationalizing and mitigating the wrongful nature of this practice by saying “other lawyers charge even higher prices”. This has nothing to do with the question posed but allows him to press forward with the meeting to the nodding approval of the other board members who also feel embarrassment over their own dereliction of responsibility and fear scrutiny of themselves.

    Then Dan Hopkins on his own, purchases for the taxpayers a $900 desk (at least the previous Supervisor bought his own) that was portrayed and once again minimized by stating that this desk was worth even more. This expenditure and approval of the abundant lawyer fees have never been discussed but are blindly allowed, which calls into question why, and are things corrupt or grotesquely negligent? Today the concern is that next meeting the new Supervisor will produce an expensive throne to preside over further obfuscation and ineptitude foisted upon the already strained taxpayers.

    This pandemic further highlights the complete disconnection of the Trustees to the taxpayer. These careless expenditures for “necessities” when the average taxpayer is struggling and feeling pressure trying to make it through financially. The money given to the lawyer and for a desk could have been used to assist the most disadvantaged people in the community. Perhaps some kids or seniors could have benefitted during these unprecedented times, however the Supervisor and conspirators draw the line when it comes at the expense of not increasing the income for the Township lawyer or not acquiring office furniture as the first acts of “leadership” through the crisis.

    True leadership is by demonstrating selflessness and setting the example for the followers, not by deepening the approval of those closest involved supporters/conspirators who are needed to allow continued Self interests. Why not contribute to the community if you want to produce leadership? At the very least the lawyer is intelligent enough to know better, but lacks the self respect and moral conviction to not allow himself from abusing his position also. He would be quick to produce a malpractice claim elsewhere for far less negligence. These precise points will never be addressed or responded to because a denial from shaky ground will pose a significant and likely embarrassing challenge.

    You can watch these videos by going to Derrick Keith Cox Facebook page and then when you read the comments you will find criticism of these actions, but what you will not find is anyone that defends or endorses these behaviors.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2020 at 10:59 am

      I suggest you watch the Township meetings on the township website if you want to see the whole meeting. Plus watching from the Facebook page of Derrick Keith Cox he has residents blocked including per his comments the new Trustee. Also there are childish subtitles calling Trustees and the Supervisor names like in the statement above. One even went as far as say Mr. Foley was tipsy at the last meeting. I agree the meetings haven’t been run the best in the past, but with Mr. Hopkins in the Supervisors seat I think you’ll see a change in how things are run around the Township and these meetings. All the whining and grandstanding will come to a stop I’m sure. I don’t think Mr. Hopkins can be pushed around like Mr. Allen was by Mr. Cox. I’d like to know why the Republic Services representative came directly to Mr. Cox and didn’t make an appointment to speak to the board directly? This board has to work together as a team and there’s four Trustees not just one and if the one doesn’t get his way then it’s a conspiracy that everyone is against him. Then the name calling comes out and the next meeting he’s convinced his friends to come to the meeting and plead his case. It’s sad to watch cause people aren’t coming for the Township meetings they are coming to be Derrick Cox cheerleaders.

  72. Anonymous on April 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

    In Jarvis Township it is a clear case of “who you know”.
    Those of us that travel Bauer Rd northbound have complained to township road commissioner about the mud that is left on the road almost daily by a farmer who has changed his operation and moving heavy equipment across the road to feed his cattle. That farmer works for the township.
    Instead of insisting the farmer sweep the road after leaving the mud, the township have this week put up People Crossing signs in the area when the equipment crosses the road.

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      The legalities of things like “Laws”, “Ordinances” and the “Constitution” are things for the Peasantry of the Fiefdom to follow and abide by, not the members of the Fiefdom working for the Township. It’s been that way for decades, they run things the way they want to around here, careful what you say or thugs working for the Road District may come knocking on your door. Or worse you could find yourself framed for a crime you didn’t commit by their appointed “good old boy” connection.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      That’s politics . If your part of it you get special favors if not then to bad . Always been that way in small towns. Some so called leaders think they are so important not releasing people sit back and laugh and talk about them.

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Jarvis Township You will find this small town political game and favoritism everywhere. People who grow up in these towns think they own them. Most are not very educated but form the little jerk group and take care of each other …Only way to change it is break up the group …Only way to do that is pick one at a time and do more for him or her that the Jerk Circle will. Always another way to skin a cat.

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