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  • Study: Chicago Criminals Avoid Gun Shows, Internet Sales, Buy Guns On Street

    08/31/2015 8:07:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/30/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    As for specifics regarding sources for purchasing guns, some of the inmates indicated that gangs have individuals with a Firearm Owners Identification Card who buy guns then sell them to gang members. Others indicated using “corrupt cops” who seize guns then “put them back on the street.” The inmates made clear they do not walk into gun stores to buy guns. Which proves a point Breitbart News, Gun Owners of America, and other gun rights groups have made for years; namely, that background checks place a burden on law-abiding citizens which criminals easily avoid.
  • Call Guinness, New Record in Gun Control Stupidity

    08/30/2015 7:47:18 AM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies
    nraila.org ^ | Aug. 28, 2015
    Despite the best efforts of the Brady Campaign and Michael Bloomberg's Everytown, a small group in suburban Chicago has managed to break new ground in gun control stupidity. The achievement took place August 25th at a rally protesting a new Mariano's grocery store in Northbrook, Ill. organized by Peaceful Communities. The company's offense? Not forbidding licensed carry inside their suburban locations. While a small protest for a silly cause is standard gun control fare, this one featured items of special significance. The protestors held signs during the event, several of which stated "SIGNS SAVE LIVES." By that logic, the roughly...
  • Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there's no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. That means smaller winnings can be paid out, but not the larger lottery wins. Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait. Rick tells the Chicago Tribune that if the situation were reversed, the state would "come take it,...
  • Editorial: Concealed gun law allowing questionable people to carry

    08/28/2015 5:45:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 aug 2015
    Two years after Illinois’ concealed-carry law went into effect, it’s time we took a hard look at whether people who are a danger to themselves or others are getting permits to carry hidden weapons. Under the law, even people who been arrested for violence are eligible to carry concealed weapons. The law leaves it up to local police to object if someone who shouldn’t be packing heat applies for a permit. But that extra safeguard apparently is not protecting us the way it should, at least in Cook County, whose residents account for about a quarter of the state’s concealed-carry...
  • Man killed in shooting near Obama's home

    08/26/2015 2:05:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 25, 2015 | Sam Charles
    A man was shot to death in the South Side Kenwood neighborhood Tuesday evening, only about two blocks from President Barack Obama’s home. Reginald Sanson, 25, was in a vehicle about 6 p.m. when another vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
  • L.A. relocation could set up clash of titans among NFL owners

    08/21/2015 10:23:21 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | Sam Farmer
    The NFL's meandering road back to the nation's second-largest market wound through Chicago on Tuesday, with team owners hearing the competing Los Angeles stadium pitches for the first time. A league that goes to great lengths to avoid pitting owner against owner — revenue sharing, salary cap, and cross-ownership rules that preclude owners from fighting over the sports dollar in the same cities — is now bracing for a clash of the titans. "I guess you could use the metaphor of musical chairs, and there's a bit of that going on," said Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants...
  • How US Sugar Policies Just Helped America Lose 600 Jobs

    08/20/2015 7:21:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/15 | Bryan Riley
    The manufacturer of Oreo cookies recently announced plans to move production of Oreos from Chicago to Mexico, resulting in a loss of 600 U.S. jobs.This should be a wake-up call to defenders of the U.S. sugar program and other job-destroying trade barriers.The leading ingredient in Oreos is sugar, and U.S. trade barriers currently require Americans to pay twice the average world prices for sugar.Sugar-using industries now have a big incentive to relocate from the United States to countries where access to their primary ingredient is not restricted.If the government wants people making Oreo cookies and similar products to keep their...
  • That giant sucking sound in Chicago comes from these HQs

    08/18/2015 5:16:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | August 15, 2015 | JOE CAHILL
    From Allstate, CME Group and McDonald's to Motorola Mobility and Walgreens Boots Alliance, it's hard to think of a big company in metro Chicago that's not cutting head office staff. Corporate headquarters operations that created good jobs for generations of Chicagoans have turned into drivers of unemployment in recent years. Total headcount at Chicago's 10 biggest companies fell 5.6 percent last year. And data from Chicago outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas show big, locally based companies contributing an outsized share of nearly 90,000 layoffs in Illinois since 2013. Kraft Heinz joined the parade on Aug. 12, cutting 700 of...
  • 2 parachutists seriously injured in Chicago Air & Water show

    08/16/2015 4:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Fox News.com via AP ^ | August 16, 2015
    CHICAGO – Two parachutists were seriously injured Saturday during the Chicago Air & Water Show after colliding midair while performing a stunt, a parachute team spokeswoman said. Witnesses say at least one of the men clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. The two men were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said. The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing a stunt known as a "bomb burst," Golden Knights spokeswoman Donna Dixon told...
  • 2 dead, including 14-year-old girl, and 7 wounded in shootings across Chicago

    08/14/2015 6:03:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015
    Two people, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed and seven other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago since Wednesday, according to police.. Tracy Davis, 14, was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of North Homan Avenue in East Garfield Park, She was dead on the scene, officials said.
  • Women's group criticizes Rauner for all-male Tollway board

    08/11/2015 10:53:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 22, 2015 | Richard Wronski
    A national women's organization is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner's appointments to the Illinois Tollway, saying he is violating state law by creating an all-male board. Over the past three months, Rauner has named five male directors and re-appointed another to the nine-member Tollway board, which already included three men. In addition, Rauner backed Greg Bedalov as the agency's new executive director. Bedalov replaced Kristi Lafleur, who had held the post under the tenure of former Gov. Pat Quinn. The National Council of Women's Organizations is charging that Rauner is violating the Illinois Gender Balanced Appointments Act. The 1991 law is...
  • Rauner Appoints ‘Rooftop Pastor’ To Illinois Tollway Board

    08/11/2015 10:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | July 17, 2015 | CBS Chicago
    (CBS) – Corey Brooks, the “Rooftop Pastor” from Chicago’s South Side who endorsed Republican Bruce Rauner for governor, now has a paid appointed position with the Rauner administration.Gov. Rauner’s office on Friday announced Brooks, senior pastor at New Beginnings Church, will be a director on the Illinois Tollway Board, the Downers Grove-based authority that controls toll roads.Brooks was among a group of African-American religious leaders in Chicago who backed Rauner, a wealthy businessman, over incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, saying Democrats had taken black political support for granted.The tollway appointment would seem an odd fit for Brooks, a social crusader who...
  • Kansas State dental student, 22, gunned down in Chicago

    08/11/2015 8:09:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | August 10, 2015
    A Kansas State University student was killed Thursday night while in her hometown of Chicago. Briona White, 22, was found bleeding from several wounds about 7 p.m. in the south-side Roseland neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. Police officers responding to reports of a shooting also found White’s boyfriend, William Drake, 20, with a gunshot wound to his head.
  • Valerie Jarrett Saved $200K On Real Estate Deal Using Tax Loophole She Opposes

    08/11/2015 5:02:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 11, 2015 4:32 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Obama, purportedly saved $200,000 on a Chicago real estate deal by taking advantage of a tax loophole she openly opposes and actively worked to eliminate, according to a watchdog investigation. The investigation, conducted by the Chicago-based Better Government Association (BGA), focused on the 2013 sale of a $160 million luxury high-rise in which Jarrett pocketed more than $1 million in profits. Jarrett served as an executive at a Chicago real estate development firm called the Habitat Company prior to joining the White House as a senior adviser to Obama in 2009. While there,...
  • CPS budget relies on state cash that isn't there [ Chicago Public Schools]

    08/11/2015 4:27:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 08/10/2015 | Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki and Jordyn Holman
    Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday proposed a $5.7 billion operating budget for the upcoming school year that relies on $480 million in new funding from state government that might never come. School leaders conceded the spending plan contains a mix of “unsustainable” borrowing and limited classroom cuts that they say they must begrudgingly make because of a $676 million payment for teacher pensions that’s due at the end of the school year. There also are numerous fiscal wild cards in the mix, including budget adjustments that might ensue should CPS reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on...
  • Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staff

    08/10/2015 12:24:17 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 35 replies
    Yahoo.Com ^ | August 10, 2015 | Mary Wisniewski
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a previously announced, $200 million budget cut and a shift in student enrollment. The announcement came as CPS released its $5.7 billion 2016 budget, which includes a historic $1.1 billion budget deficit driven by rapidly rising pension payments. The layoff notices will affect 479 teachers and 1,012 other staff members, out of more than 41,500 employees, according to the school system. CPS officials said 99 percent of the teacher cuts are due to shifting student enrollment. It expects to...
  • More than 3,500 people detained in secretive Chicago Police warehouse where there have been [snip]

    08/06/2015 6:46:44 PM PDT · by null and void · 22 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 03:48 EST, 6 August 2015 | Elaine O'flynn
    • 82 percent of the people held in Homan Square over 10 years were black • Racial disparity of detentions sparks fears of serious civil rights violation • Most were charged with drug offences but others for minor traffic crimes • Personal accounts say people held in secretive facility not treated properly More than 3,500 people have been held in a secretive Chicago Police warehouse described by critics as a CIA-style 'black site', it emerged today. New documents reveal that 82 per cent of the people held in Homan Square were black, sparking fears that the racial disparity of...
  • No one, and I mean no one, has been a bigger supporter of the hardliners in Iran than Obama

    08/06/2015 11:21:55 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-06-15 | DrJohn
      The Barack Obama career tree is decorated with ornaments of failure. Most notable among the early disasters is Grove Parc. Grove Parc was a housing project in Obama's district in Chicago. Obama used it as a springboard for his political ambitions. He enmeshed himself with the slumlords Valerie Jarrett and Tony Rezko and subsequently Obama got campaign funding while Jarrett and Rezko got wealthy. The residents suffered for it. Back in 2012 I said this would be the blueprint for the Obama Presidency: Grove Parc was the blueprint for the Obama Presidency. It’s a shame that no one in...
  • Inspector raps Emanuel's wellness program ( Chicago )

    08/05/2015 5:23:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | August 04, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's signature wellness initiative may be just a 90-pound weakling, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson is suggesting. In a report issued today,E the city's watchdog said there are "serious questions" about whether the much-promoted program, which aims to get city workers to shape up or pay more, actually has accomplished much except to spend money. ... despite a 19 percent decrease in its workforce between 2004 and 2013 (41,550 to 33,554 full-time equivalents), the city incurred a 43 percent increase in health care costs." The city's current $24 million contract with American Healthways Services,E a Tennessee firm that...
  • Rahm Emanuel Slanders Supporters of Israel

    04/30/2014 5:49:05 PM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 30, 2014
    It turns out that American citizens “are not allowed” to criticize Israel. Or so says Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama. Emanuel was asked his view of the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace in an interview appearing in the April 21 issue of The New Republic. He ventured to say that while Israel “has a security concern involving geography, geography does not have the same value it did in 1967.” Emanuel’s strategic notions are highly debatable. Without the territories captured 47 years ago, during the Six-Day War, Israel would be nine miles...
  • 3 killed, 12 hurt in Chicago weekend shootings

    08/02/2015 9:14:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 2, 2015 | Alexandra Chachkevitch and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Three men have died and at least 12 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since Saturday afternoon across the city, police said.
  • Here’s How Many Lives Were Taken in Just 8 Armed Attacks in Gun Free Zones

    08/02/2015 10:03:46 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/02/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Calls for more gun control almost always follow a public crime or terror attack in which the attacker–or attackers–use a gun. Yet many of the most infamous attacks take place in gun free zones–places where law-abiding citizens disarm themselves to comply with the rules while criminals take advantage of disarmed masses and open fire. What follows are just a few of the many examples of shootings in gun free zones that could be listed. There is not one type of firearm that can be blamed–the weapon used was sometimes a handgun, sometimes a rifle, other times a shotgun–nor is there one...
  • Gun used in Garland, Texas attempted terror attack may be from Fast and Furious

    08/02/2015 7:41:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/02/2015 | Taylor Millard
    The gun used during the attempted terror attack on the “Draw Muhammad” event in Texas may have been bought from the Arizona store linked to Fast and Furious. Los Angeles Times broke the news yesterday which also included the nugget that Nadir Soofi’s purchase was known by the federal government (emphasis mine). Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after...
  • Opinion: Berrios Family Owes Us $529,000 ( Chicago )

    08/02/2015 9:09:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    5 NBC Chicago ^ | Jul 18, 2013 | Edward McClelland
    Cook County Assessor (and Democratic Central Committee Chairman) Joe Berrios just cost the taxpayers $529,000 – the settlements we’ll be paying to 11 county workers he fired so he could replace them with family members and political cronies. Berrios said he didn’t know the firings were impermissible because “I thought they were all at-will employees.” Considering that political hirings and firings have been illegal for 40 years, Berrios should have known better. Most likely, he doesn’t care. When questioned about his hiring practices, Berrios claims he’s not subject to county ethics rules that prohibit nepotism. Then he asks why his...
  • Man claiming to be Obama’s son arrested

    08/01/2015 12:28:08 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    WGN TV ^ | 8/1/2015 | CALLIE COUNSELLOR
    CHICAGO — A man claiming to be President Obama’s son now has to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet after causing a bomb scare outside Obama’s Kenwood home. Marquez Hassell, 20, was arrested Thursday after he approached the Obamas’ house on the 5000 block of South Greenwood Avenue and dropped a duffel bag over a barricade, which a secret service agent deemed suspicious. Police and a bomb squad responded and discovered that it contained an empty aerosol can, pieces of broken glass and personal hygiene items. Hassell told police he was Obama’s son and that the President was scheduled to return...
  • After boosting the sales tax, Preckwinkle now wants $130 million in pay hikes (Crook County IL)

    07/31/2015 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/30/2015 | GREG HINZ
    Cook County Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle Government and Politics Infrastructure More + Preckwinkle-seeks-pay-hikes-following-Cook-County-sales-tax-increase.com Photo by Manuel Martinez Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers. Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Only those who make more than $200,000 in annual salary would be excluded. The proposal, sent to a Cook County Board committee for review, extends to other unionized employees...
  • Chicago man cleared after 17 years in prison shot dead

    07/29/2015 7:05:34 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 29 JULY 2015 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who served 17 years in prison for murder before being cleared of the crime has been shot and killed almost three years after being released from prison, police said Wednesday. Alprentiss Nash, 40, was fatally shot Tuesday after an argument during "a drug deal gone bad" between Nash and his attacker, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. He said a suspect was in custody and charges were pending Wednesday afternoon. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Nash died of multiple gunshot wounds. Guglielmi said two weapons were recovered, one belonging to the suspect...
  • Police: 7 dead, 34 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    07/27/2015 9:02:16 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 30 replies
    Seven people have been killed and at least 34 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon, police said. Most recently, a 16-year-old boy was shot to death Sunday evening in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
  • Hillary Clinton Pledges to Install 500 Million Solar Panels if Voted President

    07/27/2015 7:44:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 76 replies
    time ^ | July 26, 2015 | Helen Regan
    “We are on the cusp of a new era” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made tackling climate change one of her key goals were she to enter the White House, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide by the end of her first term in office. Clinton also called for a major increase in other renewable-energy sources, saying she wants every U.S. home to be powered by clean energy within a decade, reports Reuters. “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency,” she said at a weekend rally in...
  • Pension doomsday: How will Illinois pols cope with this crisis?

    07/26/2015 8:40:19 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 47 replies
    Chicago Trubune ^ | JULY 24, 2015
    More bad news for Chicago (and Illinois) taxpayers arrived Friday morning in a 35-page, double-sided packet. On one of the last pages: "The entire Act is void." Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak tossed out Chicago's pension reform law. City Hall had negotiated the pension changes for municipal and labor employees with many of the city's unions on board. But Novak, using the Illinois Supreme Court's May pension opinion as her sword, ruled that the city's plan violates the Illinois Constitution: A public worker's pension is a contract that cannot be "diminished or impaired." lRelated Revenge of the pension...
  • 2 Investigators: Creepy Clown Trespasses At Chicago Cemetery, In Dead Of Night

    07/24/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Dave Savini
    (CBS) — Creepy clowns running around cemeteries and city streets scaring people. There have been reports around the country – and now here in Chicago, too. CBS 2’s Dave Savini talks with a Chicagoan who had a close encounter with a nocturnal clown earlier this month. The cell phone video tells it all: a person dressed in a clown suit, trespassing at historic Rosehill Cemetery in the dead of night. Julia Graham says she was “freaked out” at the figure as it ran toward the main gate. She and her husband were driving by around 10 p.m. “When we get...
  • Major donor to Obama, Emanuel to host Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Chicago

    07/21/2015 2:57:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Rick Pearson, Bill Ruthhart and John Chase
    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her second fundraising visit to Chicago on Tuesday, attending an event at the home of securities trader Rajiv Fernando. In 2011, Obama appointed Fernando to serve on the International Security Advisory Board, a panel that was charged with advising then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on sensitive security matters. After the appointment, ABC News raised questions about Fernando’s qualifications for the panel. Days after the report, which also noted Fernando’s contributions to the Clinton Foundation, the trader stepped down from the board, saying he did not have time to serve. Clinton is asking...
  • Nancy Pelosi: Sanctuary City Policies Are Not the Problem, Guns Are

    07/23/2015 2:24:20 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 40 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 7-23-2015 | AWR Hawkins
    During a July 23 press conference, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)(D-CA-12th) suggested the problem with sanctuary city policies isn’t the sanctuary aspect but the continued the access to guns. An unidentified reporter asked Pelosi if she supports the current GOP push to force cities to comport with immigration laws, and Pelosi made clear that she does not. She then explained her opposition by making nameless references to the July 1 murder of Kathryn Steinle–allegedly shot to death by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on San Francisco’s Pier 14–and argued that sanctuary cities are not the problem. Pelosi said:...
  • Chicago Sinfonietta founder Paul Freeman (1936-2015)

    07/22/2015 8:56:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 22, 2015 | Hedy Weiss
    Maestro Paul Freeman who, for 24 years was the Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta – a post he held since his founding of the orchestra in 1987 – died Tuesday night, July 21. He was 79 and, according to a statement issued by the orchestra, he had been fighting a number of physical challenges over the last few years.
  • Is Stroger Hospital in Chicago Selling Aborted Babies’ Body Parts? Pro-Life Group Seeks Info

    07/22/2015 1:16:52 PM PDT · by Morgana
    lifenews.com ^ | July 22,2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    Since 1992, the publicly-funded Stroger Hospital has been doing abortions and now their name has appeared in the video with Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, explaining how the abortion giant sells body parts of aborted babies. Last week, the Illinois Review reported that the transcripts reveal that Dr. Nucatola suggested to the actors posing as buyers to check in with the hospital’s family planning director to see if they can connect and collect fetal body parts after abortions. Then the buyers ask the abortionist how far into pregnancy the hospital does abortions. She responds by saying that their...
  • Court overturns some Blagojevich Senate-seat convictions

    07/22/2015 12:03:26 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5 hours ago | Associated Press By MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint in prison, ruling that the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama's administration in exchange for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's former U.S. Senate seat. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago also ordered the resentencing of Blagojevich, offering the 58-year-old a ray of hope that he could end up serving less than his original 14-year term. The...
  • 10 Dead, 34 Wounded In Weekend Violence

    07/21/2015 8:44:08 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 23 replies
    The Chicago Tribune (via Second City Cop) ^ | 20 July 2015 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    At least 10 people were killed or found dead under suspicious circumstances since 3 p.m. Friday afternoon across Chicago. Among the dead were the decomposing bodies of a mother and her three children found in an East Chatham home with evidence of trauma and a fire that was never reported, and three men dead in a double-murder-suicide in the Mayfair neighborhood Friday afternoon. Thirty-five people were also wounded in shootings as far north as the Albany Park neighborhood and as far south as Roseland. Some of the wounded were in critical condition. No side of the city was without a...
  • Court overturns some Blagojevich convictions (Breaking)

    07/21/2015 12:36:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Associated Press
    DEVELOPING: An appeals court has overturned some of the corruption convictions of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. he 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago released its ruling Tuesday.
  • Chicago Police officer shoots male with bat in Lincoln Park

    07/20/2015 7:27:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A Chicago Police officer shot a male beating someone with a baseball bat early Monday in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. Officers working the CTA Special Employment beat were on patrol when a citizen told them there was a large fight in the 1500 block of North Clybourn, according to a statement from Chicago Police. The officers responded and saw a male striking another male lying on the ground with a baseball bat, police said.
  • Guns on the bus: Still a bad idea

    07/20/2015 7:16:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 july 2015
    "Granny's got a gun" was the headline on the television news report the day Ramona Taylor-Kamate was mugged on a crowded bus in Detroit. Taylor-Kamate, then 56, told WJBK News that she struggled with the young man who grabbed her purse in January 2013. He tried to flee when the bus stopped, but she held on and followed him onto the sidewalk. When he reached for his boot, she thought he was going for a gun — so she pulled out her own pistol and fired 11 times. He escaped. Rauner OKs changes to concealed carry law as state gun...
  • Why Pensions Are A (Big) Black Swan – Chicago’s Unfunded Liabilities Are 10 Times Its Revenues

    07/19/2015 7:44:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Investment Watch ^ | July 17, 2015 | John Rubino
    Why Pensions Are A (Big) Black Swan – Chicago’s Unfunded Liabilities Are 10 Times Its Revenues, 50% Of Their Cash That Will Have Go To Pensions. [ Full title ]. ... When talk turns to what might derail today’s debt-driven “recovery,” the big names and easy stories get most of the attention: China with its soaring debt, volatile equities and heavy-handed intervention; Japan with its stratospheric debt and science fictiony demographics; Greece, which needs no explanation; the developing countries with their weak currencies and mountain of dollar-denominated debt. And of course America’s triple bubble of stocks, bonds and derivatives. Underfunded...
  • Gutierrez: Steinle Death ‘A Little Thing’ - no compassion from Illegals Supporter

    07/17/2015 9:25:20 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/17/15 | i hanchett
    Representative Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) referred to the death of Kate Steinle as a “little thing” on Telemundo on Saturday. Gutierrez, during a report on the debate over sanctuary cities after the death of Kate Steinle, first flagged and translated by Newsbusters, said, “Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Barack and Valerie's great Communist Party marriage

    07/17/2015 6:57:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7-17-15 | Paul Kengor
    In my current book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, I write of the phenomenon of Communist Party marriages. “Theirs was the first ‘party marriage’ that I observed,” wrote Whittaker Chambers in Witness, describing the decidedly non-sacramental marriage of two of his Communist Party comrades, before writing of his own “party marriages.” From Marx and Engels, to Herbert Marcuse and Wilhelm Reich, to Betty Friedan and Kate Millett, to Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, our comrades on the far left have bequeathed a legacy of noxious ideas on marriage and family. Their political-cultural...
  • Man charged in baby’s death near Chicago rapper Capo’s murder scene

    07/16/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2015 | BY Rachelle Blidner
    A man was charged with killing a 13-month-old baby while fleeing police after the shooting of Chicago rapper Capo, prosecutors said Monday. Antoine Watkins, 21, plowed over Dillan Harris as police chased him after seeing him walk "calmly" away from the murder scene Saturday, prosecutors said. Watkins has been charged only in the baby's death "at this point," not in the murder of Capo, whose real name was Marvin Carr, prosecutors said. "You killed my f---ing baby!" a woman howled during Watkins' bond hearing Monday before she was escorted out of the Cook County courtroom, according to DNAInfo. . .
  • Cook County Board OKs sales tax hike [ Illinois ]

    07/15/2015 5:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 15, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    Cook County Board today cleared the way for President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to raise the county's sales tax a penny on the dollar, mostly for pensions. The action came when the board's Finance Committee, which includes all board members, voted 9 to 7 to 1 to send the $474 million a year tax hike to the full board, which will consider it later today. The key votes came from Commissioner Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat who voted "yes," and suburban Republican Elizabeth Gorman, who cast a "present" ballot and who is widely rumored to soon be headed to a new,...
  • Black Activists in Detroit Blame Democrats for Violence

    07/14/2015 8:35:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    Red Statements ^ | June 24, 2015 | Steve Ahle
    Black activists got angry when the Detroit Police Chief James Craig called the people responsible for shooting 12 people on a playground killing one of them urban terrorists. They complained about the insult and want him to apologize. Craig refused to back down and stuck to his guns. Craig said quite bluntly: “You will allow this to continue if you do nothing. It must stop now.” That’s when the president of the Detroit National Action Network (founded by Al Sharpton) Rev. Charles Williams took umbrage to Craig’s assertions that these thugs are urban terrorists: “We want to make it...
  • Plaintiffs In Chicago-Area Lawsuit Assert A “Civil Right” To Force Suburbs To Enact Gun Control Laws

    07/13/2015 7:57:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 13, 2015 | NRA ILA
    We at the NRA have seen a lot of strange legal theories asserted by gun control advocates over the years, but a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by a group of Chicagoans still managed to distinguish itself in this dubious tradition by asserting that the plaintiffs have a “civil right” to specific forms of gun control. The basis of the lawsuit is a May 27, 2014 “study” published by the City of Chicago entitled, “Tracing the Guns: The Impact of Illegal Guns on Violence in Chicago.”The report finds that a disproportionate number of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago from 2009...
  • Chicago Lawsuit: Gun Control A ‘Civil Right

    07/13/2015 10:04:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 7, Father Michael Pfleger, the Coalition for Safe Communities in Chicago, and other gun control plaintiffs filed a lawsuit suggesting gun control is a “civil right” that is violated by a lack of gun laws and regulations in the Chicago-area villages of Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood. The suit claims that “20 percent of guns” found at Chicago crime scenes between 2009 and 2013 were guns legally purchased from gun shops in these villages. Therefore, the suit posits a need for more regulatory oversight of gun stores in Riverdale, Lyons, and Lincolnwood.
  • Michelle Obama's Cousin Named 'Black Chief Rabbi

    07/13/2015 7:55:34 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 13, 2015 | Tova Dvorin
    Rabbi Capers Funnye to be the first American head of the Black Hebrew Israelites since 1999. America has elected its first "Black Chief Rabbi," the International Israelite Board of Rabbis (IIBR) announced - and he is a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama. Rabbi Capers Funnye, a Chicago-based convert to Judaism, is the first person to hold the position since Chief Rabbi Levi ben Levy died in 1999. "Rabbi Funnye’s work with Black Jews in the United States and Africa made him uniquely qualified for this position," the IIBR said. "His goal as Chief Rabbi is to build closer ties...