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  • COOK COUNTY HAS LARGEST POPULATION LOSS OF ANY COUNTY IN THE U.S.

    03/23/2017 5:46:12 PM PDT · by 198ml · 40 replies
    Illoinois Policy Institute ^ | 3/23/17 | Michael Lucci
    Cook County lost more population than any other county in the United States from July 2015 to July 2016, according to a new data release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Cook County shrank by 21,324 people. The county had more births than deaths and gained 18,434 people from international immigration. However, Cook County had a net loss of 66,244 people to other parts of the United States, which more than offset the components of population growth.
  • No Fake News: Vote Fraud Case

    03/22/2017 12:38:27 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 22, 2017 | Mark Brown
    [A]n undercover operation involving federal postal inspectors... discovered irregularities in applications for mail ballots. [T]he ballots were to be sent was a vacant lot... On April 3, 2015, a postal inspector posing as a letter carrier attempted to deliver the ballots. When the inspector parked near the vacant lot and exited the vehicle, Perry allegedly approached him and said he had been waiting for the ballot delivery. According to the criminal complaint against Perry, he then signed his own name to a form acknowledging receipt of the ballots and carried them into the nearby campaign office. “Perry admitted that his...
  • POLICE: CHICAGO TEEN APPARENTLY GANG-RAPED ON FACEBOOK LIVE

    03/21/2017 11:07:03 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 18 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 3-21-2017
    A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday. Police only learned of the attack when the girl's mother approached police Superintendent Eddie Johnson late Monday afternoon as he was leaving a department in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city's West Side, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. She told him her daughter had been missing since Sunday and showed him screen grab photos of the alleged assault.
  • HORROR: 15 Year Old Chicago Girl Gang Raped on Facebook Live

    03/21/2017 1:19:18 PM PDT · by davikkm · 34 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Cristina Laila
    Chicago, IL – Police say a 15-year-old girl is the victim of a horrifying gang rape by a group who streamed the attack on Facebook Live. Fox News reports: None of the roughly 40 people who watched the video called police about the attack, investigators said. It’s the second time in months that Chicago police have investigated an apparent attack streamed live on Facebook. “Here’s what’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw it and didn’t pick up the phone to dial 911,” Johnson told WGN-TV. “That’s not right....
  • Congressman Luis Gutierrez Handcuffed & Escorted Out of Chicago ICE Office

    03/14/2017 4:28:35 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 27 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 03-14-2017 | Tim Brown
    Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was handcuffed and escorted out of the Immigration and Customs Office in Chicago on Monday after he refused to leave when asked. Gutierrez, who advocates for a number of changes to immigration law in the united States attended a meeting between ICE and immigration lawyers, activists, community leaders and other elected representatives, according to NBC Chicago. “They were asking about specific cases and about the general conduct of ICE and deportations,” said Doug Rivlin, Gutierrez's director of communications. Here are a series of tweets from Rep. Gutierrez of what took place. https://twitter.com/RepGutierrez/status/841305270043181057 https://twitter.com/RepGutierrez/status/841337720710537216 https://twitter.com/RepGutierrez/status/841355062836396033 https://twitter.com/RepGutierrez/status/841388110357381121 https://twitter.com/RepGutierrez/status/841389015836315651 This...
  • God's Will and Glory ,your Fruit to take in and bare[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/14/2017 10:25:17 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    You my children have been orchestrated for My will and glory but are you accomplishing my will at this very moment or have you put me on pause for I AM your Redeemer, Lord and God . My yoke is easy there is no striving but a beautiful flowing river of Life and this is the wellspring I call to that abides in you ! My law is Love and My Rudder for your life is intimacy with me . So come even now and walk with Me in the Garden of your Destiny for there is fruit of My...
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • White House spent $77 million in 2016 alone to promote ObamaCare

    03/13/2017 5:06:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | March 13, 2017
    The Obama administration doled out more than $77 million to promote the former president’s signature health-care legislation in what could be its final full year of existence, contracts obtained by The New York Post showed. They show the federal government contracted with Democratic-leaning public relations firm Weber Shandwick to spend $74.15 million on July 28, 2016, and another $3.69 million on Sept. 9, 2016, promoting the plan. The Weber Shandwick contract was signed by Pam Jenkins, president of the firm. Its chairman, Jack Leslie, was picked by Obama in 2009 to be chairman of the US African Development Foundation. Leslie...
  • Gun Permit Demand Surges In City: 'People Are Worried About Crime'(Chicago)

    03/12/2017 9:48:28 AM PDT · by RC one · 11 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | March 10, 2017 | Heather Cherone and Tanveer Ali
    CHICAGO — A spike in demand by city residents saw the state issue 63 percent more permits to Chicagoans to own a gun in 2016 than in 2015, according to data obtained by DNAinfo from State Police. In 2016, some 38,712 Chicagoans got a state-issued Firearm Owners Identification card compared to 23,725 in 2015. About 212,000 people are licensed to own a gun in Chicago, according to State Police. The number of Chicagoans allowed to own a gun has been on the rise since 2015, when it jumped 21 percent from 2014, according to the State Police. In addition, there...
  • Illinois pitches sales tax for Netflix, Spotify, other streaming services

    03/12/2017 7:52:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Illinois Policy Center ^ | March 3, 2017 | Joe Kaiser
    Illinois pitches sales tax for Netflix, Spotify, other streaming services Joe Kaiser The city issued notice in November 2016 that it was again expanding its 9 percent amusement tax, this time to businesses subscribing to paid programming – a creative way to skirt federal law prohibiting taxing satellite providers the same as cable providers, the latter of which the city already taxes. By directly taxing businesses – such as restaurants or bars that subscribe to satellite TV for sports packages – the tax is imposed directly on the consumer rather than the satellite provider. This means each business that buys...
  • Editorial: Springfield: Want to reduce shootings and killings in Chicago? Pass this bill

    03/10/2017 8:49:28 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 mar 2017
    The first reported shooting of 2016, at the start of a horrendous period of gun violence in Chicago, occurred five minutes after midnight on Jan. 1 — a woman was grazed by a bullet fired through a window on South Paxton Avenue. The first killing of 2016 happened two hours later, when a fight at a New Year's Eve party in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood spilled onto the street, leading someone to shoot 24-year-old DeAndre Holiday in the chest. Soon after, mourners arrived at the scene, including a shocked woman in a pink coat who punched a car in agony....
  • Chicago man freed from prison, given $25 million. He spent his 2nd chance rebuilding his old gang

    03/09/2017 5:13:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-8-17 | Jason Meisner•
    Chicago man freed from prison, given $25 million. He spent his second chance rebuilding his old gang The top was down on Thaddeus Jimenez's shiny Mercedes convertible and opera music blared on the stereo as he and a gang associate drove around Chicago's Northwest Side looking for someone to shoot. Just three years earlier, Jimenez had won a staggering $25 million verdict for his wrongful murder conviction. But instead of building a new life, he used the windfall to rejuvenate his old gang, paying recruitment bonuses, buying guns and fancy cars, and even giving cash prizes to members willing to...
  • Man who blew millions reviving gang faces prison in brazen shooting

    03/09/2017 6:09:07 AM PST · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 mar 2017 | Jason Meisner
    The top was down on Thaddeus Jimenez's shiny Mercedes convertible and opera music blared on the stereo as he and a gang associate drove around Chicago's Northwest Side looking for someone to shoot. Just three years earlier, Jimenez had won a staggering $25 million verdict for his wrongful murder conviction. But instead of building a new life, he used the windfall to rejuvenate his old gang, paying recruitment bonuses, buying guns and fancy cars, and even giving cash prizes to members willing to tattoo their faces with the Simon City Royals insigni
  • Man who beat murder case killed minutes after leaving jail

    03/08/2017 2:07:52 AM PST · by pawpawrick · 42 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 03/08/2017 | pawpawrick
    A Chicago man accused of murder who beat his case when prosecutors couldn't give him a speedy trial was killed after leaving Cook County Jail on Monday night, according to authorities. Kamari Belmont, 23, was being held on separate murder and robbery cases stemming from a single night in 2015 in which he was accused of shooting one man during a robbery who later died and robbing another man a couple of hours later.
  • Illinois Is Prepared—for Zombies The state readies for an undead apocalypse -financial

    03/07/2017 3:07:13 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 6, 2017 | Gerald Skoning
    Illinois Is Prepared—for Zombies The state readies for an undead apocalypse while its financial situation grows worse. Gerald Skoning Illinois’s state lawmakers are busy these days, but not with trying to reform the pension system or improve Springfield’s dismal bond rating. Instead, they’re moving to designate October 2017 as Zombie Preparedness Month. This may sound like a joke, but it’s (un)deadly serious: A resolution adopted by the state House last month contends that “while a Zombie Apocalypse may never happen, the preparation for such an event is the same as for any natural disaster.” Residents are urged to “create a...
  • Chance the Rapper donating $1 million to Chicago public schools

    03/07/2017 9:51:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    ....The newly minted hip-hop star, who won the first three Grammys of his career for his album "Coloring Book" last month, met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last Friday to discuss the cash-strapped education system in his hometown. Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, left the meeting visibly upset and noted he had urged Rauner to "do his job" during their "vague" discussion. He also promised fans on Twitter that his "fight has just begun" on the matter and that he would "have a plan" to further address the issue on Monday morning. The 23-year-old made good on his word by...
  • Happy Casimir Pulaski Day, Chicago!

    03/06/2017 8:26:40 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 6, 2017
    Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Chicago, Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski (March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779), a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born in Poland as Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski. He is praised for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution and known as "the father of the American cavalry".
  • Gangs reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods

    03/04/2017 7:27:45 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2017 | Michael Tarm
    When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington.
  • Chicago Honors an Unrepentant Terrorist

    03/03/2017 8:29:29 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 3, 2017 | Ron Kolb
    Recently, the Chicago City Council named a street in honor of Oscar Lopez-Rivera, the founder of the notorious terrorist group FALN. In President Obama's waning days in office, he commuted his sentence. He had been scheduled to serve until June of 2023, and after Obama's order, he still would remain incarcerated at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana until May 17 of this year. But early in February, a fervent Lopez-Rivera supporter, the far-left Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez, succeeded in having him transferred to Puerto Rico, where he will be with his daughter while under house arrest until his...
  • Foxx: Some Nonviolent Cook Inmates Might Now Get Out of Jail Free

    03/02/2017 2:45:47 PM PST · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 2, 2017 | Rumana Hussain
    A few dozen inmates who remain locked up in Cook County Jail because they’re too poor to post their relatively low bonds may be out soon under a new program State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced for indigent, nonviolent offenders Wednesday. After the Cook County Sheriff’s Office singled out 50 cases of those who were “languishing” in jail for several months because of their inability to post $1,000 or less, the State’s Attorney and Public Defender’s offices came together to identify those inmates who would be better served outside jail, Foxx said. Through “agreed motions” requesting I-bonds, the inmates who qualify...
  • Reportedly Mob-connected Democrat Marty Moylan wants a $100 FOID card (ILLINOIS)

    03/02/2017 7:25:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    GUNS SAVE LIFE ^ | FEB 28, 2017
    Reportedly Mob-connected Democrat Marty Moylan wants a $100 FOID card February 28, 2017 Back when Rod Blagojevich busied himself introducing all manner of radical gun control schemes, Democrat Marty Moylan worked as an Electrical Union enforcer. His job, among other things, involved getting Electrical Union workers "out of jams". He's also got ties to the Chicago mob, per the "Chicago Clout" blog. Marty Moylan later became mayor of Des Plaines. Now, the guy "that will tell you anything to get elected" has wormed his way into the Illinois House. Democrat Marty Moylan stands as one of those Progressive Caucus Democrats...
  • HEAVY METAL: Chicago Gangs Are Now In An Escalating Rifle War

    02/28/2017 12:33:52 PM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | February 28, 2017 | Bob Owens
    Not too long ago, Chicago’s bloody gang warfare was restricted to small, concealable handguns. That’s not the case anymore. The first time 14-year-old Brisa Ramirez remembers hearing rifle fire was when a man was shot dead on a Sunday afternoon outside a Catholic church around the corner from her home in Back of the Yards. She raises her voice to imitate the sharp, metallic bursts. Ta. Ta. Ta. Ta. Ta. It was a foreign sound even in this neighborhood accustomed to gunfire. “It wasn’t like a normal (shooting). … It was like something more terrible,” Brisa says. “A noise that...
  • Mark Giangreco Busted for Groping at the Trump Twitter Orgy

    02/28/2017 5:29:33 AM PST · by PBRCat · 14 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 27, 2017 | Neil Steinberg
    ABC 7 did exactly that to veteran sportscaster Mark Giangreco, suspended without pay for several weeks for calling Donald Trump “this cartoon lunatic” elected by “a country full of simpletons.” Giangreco is technically a sports anchor, but any sportscaster who stuck to the dry recitation of scores and injuries wouldn’t last long on TV. He’s expected to inject his opinions and humor in an appropriate way, except of course when he doesn’t. ABC 7 didn’t say which part of the statement rankled. I’d assume it was the dismissing half their audience as idiots part. Frankly, I’d expect to get in...
  • Alderman: Closing CVS In East Garfield Park ‘Amounts To Theft’ (Chicago)

    02/27/2017 8:21:03 AM PST · by simpson96 · 49 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/26/2017 | Nancy Harty
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Politicians are pushing back against the planned closing of a CVS pharmacy within the next month on the west side of Chicago. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports. State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin and other elected officials stood in front of a CVS store at Madison and Kedzie Sunday morning to denounce the move. Her husband, Alderman Jason Ervin, said the case was a travesty and that it amounts to theft. “We have enough challenges and problems in this community, and we don’t need to have the fact that our seniors cannot get their basic medicine anywhere in East or...
  • Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist

    02/26/2017 4:09:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    In truly progressive fashion, Chicago renamed one of its streets after a terrorist. Earlier this month Alderman Robert Maldonado submitted a proposal to name three blocks of a city street after Oscar Lopez Rivera, the founder of the Puerto Rican terror group FALN, which was responsible for 120 bombings and armed robberies in the U.S. during the ‘70s and ‘80s that killed nine and injured hundreds of others. On Wednesday, aldermen approved the measure honoring Lopez Rivera, the terrorist whose 70-year sentence was recently commuted by Barack Obama. Aldermen also voted to approve an honorary street re-naming for Puerto...
  • Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings

    02/16/2011 7:40:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/16/11 | Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday. Mr. Obama’s order, known as a Presidential Study Directive, identified likely flashpoints, most notably Egypt, and solicited proposals for how the administration could push for political change in countries with autocratic rulers who are also valuable allies of the United States, these officials said.
  • Chicago-based Arab group faces fresh terrorism scrutiny (AAAN and Obama)

    11/01/2013 1:17:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 1, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    AAAN has long been tied to President Obama. In 2001 and 2002, the Woods Fund of Chicago, with Obama on its board, made grants totaling $75,000 to the AAAN—about a fifth of AAAN’s overall budget. Obama served in that role alongside Bill Ayers and received $6,000 a year from 1999-2002. AAAN’s founder Rashid Khalidi and his wife Mona hosted Obama in their home on at least one occasion. Obama praised Khalidi’s insights, which had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases.” Khalidi returned the compliment, telling a mostly Arab audience, that Obama is...
  • Chicago police arrest 81 in overnight raids, mostly for drug and weapons offenses [Feds to Help]

    02/25/2017 6:00:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | Feb 25, 2017, 4:24 AM ET | By David Caplan
    The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday. The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified...
  • Chicago sports anchor suspended for publicly bashing Trump

    02/24/2017 5:17:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/24/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    A TV sportscaster in Chicago was suspended on Thursday for tweets he posted on Sunday that compared President Trump to a "cartoon lunatic" and alleged the election was not fair. "Sports anchor Mark Giangreco's Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's non-partisan editorial standards," ABC-7's management said in a statement. "We've reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action."
  • Trump tweets 'Chicago needs help' after 7 homicides in one day

    02/24/2017 12:38:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 23, 2017 | Sam Charles and Fran Spielman
    Seven people were fatally shot in Chicago on Wednesday, making it the deadliest day of 2017 so far. And it was only the 21st time in the past 16 years that Chicago has seen that many homicides in a single day, records analyzed by the Chicago Sun-Times show. The bloody day prompted another tweet from President Donald Trump, who wrote "Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there - totally out of control. Chicago needs help!"
  • (Terrorist) Oscar Lopez Gets Street

    02/23/2017 12:21:43 PM PST · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 23, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Before his 70-year sentence was commuted in the waning days of the Barack Obama administration, Lopez spent 35 years of his life in federal prisons for his role as a leader in the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN. The group claimed responsibility for dozens of bombings across the U.S during the 1970s, including here in Chicago, although Lopez’s supporters argue he was never convicted of personally hurting anyone. The designation for the three-block stretch of North Luis Munoz Marin Drive was championed by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), who worked the floor prior to the vote. Even with that lobbying,...
  • A Pleasant Day Protesting All Things Trump

    02/23/2017 12:01:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 23, 2017 | Charles Lipson
    It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. That’s unusual for Presidents’ Day in Chicago, where the weather is typically a mournful dirge for Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, with blowing snow and biting wind. But in 2017, it was a gentle, sunny day that felt like mid-May. A good day for a protest, and one had gathered on the riverbank opposite Trump Tower. There were lots of police nearby, but they were relaxed, without much to do. The demonstration was clearly peaceful, so I decided to walk over and see what it was about. It was about President Donald...
  • Obama could be a highway star - but should it be I-55 or I-294? (Freeper help needed)

    02/23/2017 6:26:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sam Charles
    Should it be the Barack Obama Expressway or the Barack Obama Tollway? Democratic state legislators seem to agree that the hometown state senator made good should take his place alongside Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and others immortalized in Illinois highways. But they apparently hit a fork in the road over just what stretch of pavement should get the honor. Two Illinois state representatives have competing plans to rename different Illinois highways after Obama.
  • How Jesse Jackson Jr. collects $138,400 a year from the federal government

    02/23/2017 6:13:49 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 23 feb 2017 | Katherine Skiba
    Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show how he has been able to collect hefty benefit checks from the federal government after serving time in prison for looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund. Jackson, 51, receives about $138,400 a year — more than he made as a freshman congressman in 1995. Most of that — about $100,000 — is workers' compensation and tax-free, according to Chicago attorney Barry Schatz, who is representing Jackson in his divorce proceeding.
  • 6 dead, including pregnant woman, in Chicago shootings (Where's Obama?)

    02/23/2017 4:34:59 AM PST · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/23/2017 | Deanese Williams-Harris, Megan Crepeau and Elvia Malagon•
    Six people were killed and six others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Wednesday, police said. A 20-year-old man and a pregnant woman in her 20s were shot in Chatham at about 8:15 p.m., police said. Officers got to the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue to find the woman on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and side. The man was found in the driver's seat of a parked car with a gunshot wound to his neck. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. (snip) Later, at 8:50 p.m., a 24-year-old man...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) Principals Told Keep Out Immigration Agents Without Warrant

    02/22/2017 2:16:01 PM PST · by PBRCat · 40 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | Lauren FitzPatrick
    As the Trump administration expands its deportation policy, Chicago Public Schools told its principals that they should not let any agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement into schools without a criminal warrant. “To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law,” chief education officer Janice Jackson wrote. The district also distributed palm cards in English and Spanish from the National Immigrant Justice Center containing such legal advice as not opening doors to immigration officials. President Donald Trump campaigned on building a wall to keep...
  • Opinion: FALN killed my father — don’t name street for its leader

    02/22/2017 1:12:13 PM PST · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 21, 2017 | Joe Connor
    Chicago plans to honor unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera by naming three blocks of a city street for him, Oscar Lopez Rivera Way. The final vote by Chicago’s 50 aldermen on this horrific proposal by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) is scheduled for Wednesday of this week. In this age of constant terror threat, the words “disgrace” and “outrage” do not come close to describing the insanity, the insult and the pain that honoring the leader of Puerto Rican Terrorist group, Armed Forces for National Liberation National Liberation, brings to our family, the families of all FALN victims and all...
  • 4 killed, 24 wounded in holiday weekend city shootings so far (Chicago)

    02/20/2017 6:37:55 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Despite unseasonably warm temperatures that can lead to more people being outside — and, thus, more violence — the number of people killed and wounded in shootings citywide is slightly down from last year. Four people have been killed and at least 24 more wounded, including two 13-year-old boys, in South and West side shootings since 6 p.m. Friday, according to Chicago Police.
  • Campus Leftists at UChicago say Free Speech Shouldn’t Apply Equally to Everyone

    02/18/2017 9:31:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Heat Street ^ | 3:20 pm, February 16, 2017 | Ian Miles Cheong
    Students at the prestigious University of Chicago say that free speech should not apply equally to everyone. The students objected to the school’s Institute of Politics’ invitation to former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. They claim that allowing him to speak “normalizes bigotry” and provides a platform for fascism. Lewandowski did not join the White House staff but by many accounts remains an influential advisor to the president. The coalition of students from U of C Resists, Graduate Students United, Students Working Against Prisons, and UChicago Socialists claim that the school’s “commitment to free expression” doesn’t require the institution...
  • Son of FALN Bombing Victim Fuming Over Honorary Street Sign

    02/17/2017 11:30:48 AM PST · by PBRCat · 12 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    A man whose father was killed at a New York City restaurant bombing for which the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN claimed responsibility lashed out at Chicago aldermen Thursday for approving an honorary street designation for FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera. At the behest of local Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted without a word of debate to designate a three-block stretch of North Luis Munoz Marin Drive as Oscar Lopez Rivera Way. Joseph Connor was just 9 years old when his 33-year-old banker father Frank was killed in the 1975 explosion at Fraunces Tavern...
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • Morning Spin: U.S. Rep. Kelly writes Trump letter on Chicago violence

    02/17/2017 7:08:36 AM PST · by csvset · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Katherine Skiba
    <p>Democratic U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson has written a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence calling on them to do something about violence in Chicago, and included photos of the 38 children age 16 or younger whom her aides determined had been shot and killed in the city since February 2016.</p>
  • Column: Let's try extreme vetting for gun owners (barf alert)

    02/17/2017 6:21:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 feb 2017 | Zorn
    What if — and it's a crazy thought, I know, but stay with me — what if it actually isn't a good idea to allow nearly everyone to buy all the guns they want with minimal to nonexistent background checks? What if it's not just poverty, joblessness, illegal drugs, wimpy judges and fractured families causing the sort of mayhem that recently saw three kids die of bullet wounds in just two days in Chicago? What if the glut of guns is a part of it?
  • Ethics Board Fines Obama Campaign Manager $90K for Uber Lobbying

    02/16/2017 1:22:24 PM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    The man who managed former President Barack Obama’s campaign has been slapped with a $90,000 fine for using Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private email account to lobby the mayor on behalf of ride-sharing giant Uber without registering as a lobbyist. Newly-appointed Chicago Board of Ethics Chairman Attorney William Conlon said the fine assessed against David Plouffe is the largest ever by the Chicago Board of Ethics. It represents $1,000 for every one of the 90 days that Plouffe failed to registered as a lobbyist after his November 2015 email to Emanuel on the mayor’s personal account. “Registration of lobbyists is important....
  • Former Obama Aide Fined $90,000.00 for Illegal Lobbying

    02/16/2017 1:01:57 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 16, 2017 | Bill Ruthhart and Hal Dardick
    A former senior executive for Uber who once served as Barack Obama's campaign manager has been fined $90,000 by the Chicago Board of Ethics for illegally lobbying Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of the ride-hailing company. The board voted 5-0 to find that David Plouffe violated city ethics rules by failing to register as a lobbyist after contacting Emanuel to help the company on regulations for picking up travelers at Chicago's two airports.
  • Jimmy Butler, Chance the Rapper Have Message for Trump as He Continues to Call Out Chicago's Violenc

    02/16/2017 7:04:20 AM PST · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff
    Two Chicago icons, Bulls star Jimmy Butler and popular hip hop artist Chance the Rapper, have a message for Donald Trump as the president continues to spotlight the city’s violence. Chance, who recently made history while picking up three Grammy wins Sunday, said in a recent interview with The Undefeated that Trump’s series of comments about the rapper’s hometown made it seem as though “he was going to war with Chicago.” “I’m tired of n-----s talkin’ about Chicago like it’s a Third World country,” he told the publication. “Like, that it’s not a place of booming business with a very...
  • 10-Year-Old Boy Says Carjackers Dropped Him Off, Told Him to 'Have a Good Day at School' (Chicago)

    02/16/2017 6:53:08 AM PST · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 1/24/2017 | Staff
    A 10-year-old boy who was in a car as it was carjacked said the suspects dropped him off when they realized he was in the back seat and told him to “have a good day at school.” “I went to open the car door for my mom and out of nowhere some girl came over and took me with her,” said Richard Rodriguez. “I was scared but I didn’t want the girl to see me. I was afraid I was going to get hurt.” Chicago police said the vehicle was stolen just before 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block...
  • 6 Shot at Memorial For Victim of Chicago Gun Violence

    02/16/2017 4:45:16 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff
    Six people, including a 12-year-old girl, were shot Wednesday night on Chicago's South Side during a memorial for a victim of a previous act of gun violence, police said. The shootings occurred about 8:16 p.m. in the city’s Greater Grand Crossing community in a "business establishment" on the 500 block of East 75th Street, Chicago police said. Community activist Jedidiah Brown told reporters that "the opposition" to those attending the memorial came through an alley before opening fire on the group of mourners. He added that the mother of the person being memorialized was also among the victims, though police...
  • Editorial: 2 young girls shot in Chicago: This has got to stop (barf alert)

    02/14/2017 9:00:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 14 few 2017
    Two scenes in Chicago: •Children playing basketball in a schoolyard suddenly scatter. Because it begins to rain or was time to go home? Yes, in most neighborhoods that's why children run with purpose. In parts of Chicago, children run from gunfire. They know the sound. They know they should duck. Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12 years old, is in a West Englewood elementary schoolyard with classmates early Saturday evening when they hear shots. Kanari knows to duck, her uncle says, but the kids scatter. Kanari is struck in the head by a bullet.
  • Chicago police clear officers of racial profiling in stop of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

    02/13/2017 7:43:01 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE ^ | 2/9/2017 | Jeremy Gorner
    Chicago police clear officers of racial profiling in stop of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush On Aug. 4, 2016, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush was pulled over in Bronzeville. He was let go without a ticket being issued, but later filed a complaint with IPRA alleging racial profiling. This video contains body cam footage from one of the officers that Rush filed the complaint against. (Source: CPD) Chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department's Bureau of Internal Affairs found that the two Wentworth District officers acted properly because they had probable cause to make the stop. Earlier that day, officers at roll...