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July 02, 2011

It’s July, and as our Chicago Real Estate Forum followers know, a new month brings interesting national observances. What you might not know is that this July also includes new state laws and more weekend days than the month has seen in six years.

July 2011 has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. This hasn’t happened since July 2005 and won’t happen again until July 2016.

There’s an email going around that says this only occurs every 823 years. That is not true. But the subject of the Internet provides a perfect transition for this post to unveil a new law that took effect on July 1 called the Illinois Amazon Tax.

The law states that when you shop from your Illinois home, you’ll have to pay the state’s sales tax when buying items from online stores that don’t have a physical presence in Illinois. The rates start at 6.25 percent and vary according to community.

Many companies threatened to leave the state if this law were passed, including online retailer Fat Wallet, a coupon and deals site whose motto is “We exist to help people save money.” The company indeed moved its business from Rockford to Beloit, Wisconsin as a result of the Illinois Amazon Tax law.

“We said all along (the tax) was going to affect a pretty good chunk of our bottom line, and we’d have to relocate if it was passed,” said Fat Wallet spokesman Brent Shelton. “So we did.”

Another law began Friday that involves an item you might find in your garage. Illinois became the 13th state to require that a bitter-tasting ingredient be added to antifreeze. Pet owners pushed for this, saying antifreeze, which is toxic and causes fatal kidney failure to pets, tastes sweet to some animals.

“Some dogs and cats like the taste of it,” said Dr. Byron McCall a Springfield-area veterinarian. “If the car leaks a little antifreeze in the garage, the dogs and cats lick it up.”

Speaking of dying, the death penalty in Illinois was abolished on July 1, even though the state hasn’t executed a prisoner in 10 years. Under a bill signed by Governor Pat Quinn in March, anyone on death row now gets a life sentence.

And, that’s where your tax money is going.

Onto this month’s national observances:

After you fix up your home, you should fix up theirs. After all, July is National Doghouse Repairs Month!

July includes Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days, appropriate for this weekend, and has also been designated National Doghouse Repairs Month and Smart Irrigation Month.

July is National Culinary Arts Month, National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. It’s also: National Baked Bean Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, Eggplant and Lettuce Month, Mango and Melon Month, Nectarine and Garlic Month, National Pickle Month, National Horseradish Month, Blueberries Month and Lasagna Awareness Month, though I’m not sure what we need to be aware of.

July is Sandwich Generation Month, but it’s not food related. This commemorates people caring for their aging parents and their young children, a generation sandwiched in the middle.

It’s also Family Reunion Month, Bereaved Parents Month, National Make a Difference to a Child Month and Social Wellness Month.

It’s not just National Child-Centered Divorce Month, it’s also National Share a Sunset With Your Lover Month.

And it’s not just International Group B Strep Awareness Month, it’s also Herbal/Prescription Awareness Month.

July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month, Bioterrorism Disaster Education and Awareness Month, National Wheelchair Beautification Month, Women’s Motorcycle Month, Tour de France Month, Family Golf Month, National Recreation and Parks Month, and my birthday month.

No gifts, please.

July 1-7 is National Unassisted Homebirth Week (yikes!); July 4-10 is Nude Recreation Week (ooh, la la!); July 10-16 is Sports Cliché Week (that’s in a league of its own); and July 17-23 is National Independent Retailers Week (many of whom won’t want to celebrate the new Amazon Tax.)

July also holds these daily observances:

1: Second Half of the Year Day (Hope it’s a good one!)

3: Compliment Your Mirror Day (My, you look shiny today!)

7: Chocolate Day (I’ll be celebrating big.)

8: SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)

10: Don’t Step on a Bee Day (As opposed to all the days you should.)

11: International Town Criers Day (sniffle)

16: Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day (you’ll pick them back up tomorrow.)

18: Global Hug Your Kid Day (should be every day.)

24: Tell an Old Joke Day (Knock knock! Who’s there? Thermos. Thermos who? Thermos be a better knock-knock joke than this!)

27: Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day (huh?)

29: Lasagna Day (wow, a day and a month in awareness of this dish. What am I missing?)

Finally, the big holiday this month is the 4th of July, which will be celebrated all weekend long across the country and the Chicago area. Chicagoland Real Estate Forum has the most comprehensive list of firework displays in the area online for you to peruse.

Have a safe Independence Day weekend and a wonderful month of July!

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Happy birthday! It’s my birthday month too. July birthdays rock!

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