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  • Future of Balbo monument, a gift from Mussolini, uncertain [Chicago]

    08/18/2017 8:05:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 18, 2017 8:20 AM | Christopher Borrelli
    Every now and then, for the more than 80 years it has stood outside Soldier Field on Burnham Harbor, the Balbo monument — a slender, 18-foot tall column of greenish breccia rock, perched at the foot of the bike path — has unnerved many Chicagoans. That is, the ones who knew its history. It was a gift to Chicago from fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, erected in 1934 to commemorate a celebrated trans-Atlantic flight of 24 11-ton seaplanes from Rome to Chicago. The namesake of the monument was the leader of that voyage, General Italo Balbo, an Italian aviator who had...
  • Drinking soda pop will one day be like smoking on an airplane (barf alert)

    08/18/2017 7:52:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 18aug 2017 | Elissa Bassler
    Five or 10 years from now, Americans will look at cheap, sugary drinks the way they now look at smoking on airplanes and in restaurants — as a really bad idea. Cook County, having recently implemented a tax on sweetened beverages, is at the forefront of this movement to encourage people to transition to healthier drinks. But the county’s leadership role is in jeopardy. The beverage industry and retailers are pushing hard to repeal this tax. We can’t think of a worse idea.
  • Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: ‘An absolute disgraceful act’

    08/17/2017 8:20:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments. Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid. “What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned,” Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported. “If anyone has any...
  • Confederate monument stands on Chicago's South Side as questions swirl around the country

    08/17/2017 7:11:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-16-17 | Nereida Moreno•
    While a national debate over Confederate symbols in the U.S. rages this week, a monument on Chicago's South Side commemorating the deaths of 4,000 Confederate soldiers stands largely unnoticed. At Oak Woods Cemetery in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the 30-foot granite monument, called Confederate Mound, marks the mass grave of soldiers captured and held at Camp Douglas, where many died of smallpox and cholera. Topped by a bronze statue of a Confederate infantry soldier, arms folded across his chest, the monument was dedicated in 1895, with President Grover Cleveland and an estimated 100,000 people attending. Unlike many other statues commemorating...
  • Abraham Lincoln Monument Torched In Chicago

    08/17/2017 5:49:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Douglas Ernst
    Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments. Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid. “What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned,” Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported. “If anyone has any...
  • Abe Lincoln Statue Vandalized In Chicago – Locals Take To Social Media To Call Him Racist

    08/17/2017 8:40:56 AM PDT · by pabianice · 81 replies
    Blue Lives Matter ^ | 8/17/17 | Blue
    Abraham Lincoln Statue Vandalized Chicago, IL – In the most dumbfounding vandalism of the year, somebody set an Abraham Lincoln statue on fire in Chicago on Wednesday, according to 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez. The monument has stood near 69th & Wolcott St since it was erected in 1926. It is now blackend by fire. By all appearances, somebody dumped accelerant on the bust and then lit it on fire. According to Alderman Lopez, Chicago PD is investigating who committed the act and what their motivation was. Abraham Lincoln, who led the Union to victory in the civil war and...
  • Johnson, Emanuel bemoan canceled game after fight closed United Center (Chicago)

    08/17/2017 5:37:27 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 28 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 15, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Tuesday bemoaned the fights that forced the United Center to close, canceling the championship game of a basketball league intended to keep teenagers off the streets in the summer. The pandemonium — some captured on cellphone video — prevented neighborhood teams made up of players from two of Chicago’s top high school basketball teams — Orr Academy and Curie Metropolitan — from squaring off in a title game. As upsetting to Emanuel and Johnson as the ugly scene outside the United Center was the fact that the league itself was supposed...
  • Inevitable: Chicago Pastor Demands Washington Name be Removed from Park Because of Slavery Ties

    08/17/2017 5:30:39 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 08/16/17 | Kemberlee Kaye
    A Chicago Pastor is demanding George Washington’s name be removed from a city park because Washington was a slave owner. He’s also targeting a park named after Andrew Jackson....this is the natural progression of things — once you begin erasing historical monuments, there is no end. When it becomes wholly accepted to impose current values on historical figures and events, why bother with history at all?
  • Man Released From Custody After Triple-Fatal Shooting In East Side Home (Chicago gun owner)

    08/17/2017 4:38:38 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 10 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/16/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man who shot and killed three people in his East Side Home on Sunday has been released from custody, but police said their investigation continues. Police said the 31-year-old man told officers he shot three people who had broken into his home near 102nd and Ewing around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, but police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi later said “further investigation revealed some inconsistencies in his initial story.” Police sources said a witness told detectives the three people shot inside the house had been there all day, leading investigators to question his account of the shooting. Wednesday morning,...
  • Chicago Pastor Urges Mayor To Remove George Washington Statue

    08/17/2017 3:07:56 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 35 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 16, 2017
    President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.” Bishop James E. Dukes of Chicago’s Liberation Christian Center made headlines in the Windy City on Wednesday for calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename Washington Park and remove a statue of the first U.S. president over his ties to slavery. “It’s time. Please read my letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and The Chicago Park District,” Mr. Dukes wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. “I’m calling on them to change the names of Washington and Jackson Park....
  • Chicago Pastor Urges Mayor to Remove George Washington Statue, Rename Park Over Slavery

    08/16/2017 5:11:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.” Bishop James E. Dukes of Chicago’s Liberation Christian Center made headlines in the Windy City on Wednesday for calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename Washington Park and remove a statue of the first U.S. president over his ties to slavery. Mr. Dukes told his Facebook flock that “it’s time” after Mr. Trump sparred with reporters over efforts to expunge Civil War-era monuments from existence. “This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson...
  • Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

    08/16/2017 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 24 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 6/16/17 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.
  • Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

    08/16/2017 8:45:50 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 49 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/16/2017
    A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park. “When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people...
  • Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

    08/16/2017 9:05:49 AM PDT · by DFG · 57 replies
    Chicago CBS local ^ | 08/16/2017
    A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.
  • Charges pending for homeowner who shot, killed 3 intruders

    08/15/2017 5:00:03 AM PDT · by sleeper-has-awakened · 47 replies
    WGN Web Desk ^ | 08-14-17 | WGN Web Desk
    CHICAGO – Police say charges are now pending against a homeowner who shot and killed three intruders inside his Southeast Side home. The homeowner told police three people broke into his home Sunday night through the basement and he acted in self-defense, shooting the alleged intruders before locking himself inside a room and calling police.When police arrived at the scene at 103rd and south Ewing, they found the bodies of a 22-year-old man, 24-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy inside.One was shot in the head, the others were shot multiple times.So far police won’t say exactly what the homeowner is...
  • 9 Dead, 30 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    08/14/2017 7:06:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/14/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Nine people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning.(snip) Three people were killed in a Sunday evening shooting in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side. A 17-year-old boy, 22-year-old man and 24-year-old woman all suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body at 5:32 p.m. in the 10200 block of South Ewing and were pronounced dead at the scene,(snip) About 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Emmanuel Fleming, 34, and 46-year-old Michael Swift were killed in a shooting in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The men...
  • Sanctuary for Whom?

    08/14/2017 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2017 | Ken Blackwell
    President Donald Trump issued an executive order to stop subsidizing cities which obstruct immigration law. Chicago filed suit in response. Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to continue collecting federal dollars while ignoring federal policy. Chicago is a “sanctuary city.” That sounds nice, kind of like Oskar Schindler protecting Jews from the Nazis. It actually means protecting illegal aliens who commit crimes from being punished and deported. When President Donald Trump took office, some 300 jurisdictions, including 106 cities, actively interfered with federal law enforcement. The Chicago case arose from a drunk driver and illegal alien. Shortly after completing probation for a...
  • City Of Chicago Offers Advice In Event Of Nuclear Attack (Implicit msg-Trump's gonna kill us all!)

    08/11/2017 2:04:15 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/11/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — What should one do in the event of a nuclear attack? Not long ago, it seemed like an abstract question. That was before President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who have been escalating military threats recently. Just today, Trump said his earlier warning about bringing “fire and fury” upon the communist nation may not have been tough enough. When asked what could be tougher, he said, “Well you’ll see.”(snip) IF YOU ARE NEAR THE BLAST: •Turn away and close and cover your eyes to prevent damage to your sight •Drop to the ground face...
  • CPS drops bombshell: Needs $269M from city

    08/11/2017 12:36:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    Matt McGrath, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the city will take responsibility for the $279 million itself, even though it has its own gap of nearly $200 million, including the cost of hiring new police. "I'm sure we will" come up with those funds, he said. But "no details" are available today.
  • US Sisters Found in Seychelles Resort Died of Excess Fluid in Lungs

    10/01/2016 1:43:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/01/2016
    wo American sisters found unresponsive in their resort in the Seychelles died of excess fluid in their lungs, according to authorities in the island nation off Africa’s east coast. Autopsies performed Wednesday showed Robin Korkki, 42, of Chicago, and Anne Korkki, 37, of Denver, died from acute pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs, police told the Seychelles News Agency. Cerebral edema, or excess fluid in the brain, also contributed to Anne Korkki’s death, the news agency reported. No explanation was offered for the fluid buildup in the women’s lungs. Experts are conducting a toxicology analysis in a forensic laboratory...