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  • Chicago's Only Possible Salvation: Bankruptcy

    03/04/2015 10:19:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/04/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Is the Chicago pension system so messed up and union work rules so entrenched the only way to change either of them is bankruptcy? I think so. So does Dennis Byrne who wrote on his blog today Chicago's Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy. This is a guest post from Byrne. Chicago's Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy Wait, I thought only the Republican Party was being torn asunder by a rift between the establishment middle and the fringe. That impression was nailed down, again, last week by the embarrassing fracture among House Republicans over funding for the Department of Homeland Security....
  • Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Run-Off Should Terrify Hillaryland

    03/03/2015 12:37:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/03/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Last week, the mayoral election in Chicago produced a shocking result when incumbent Rahm Emanuel—Barack Obama’s former chief of staff—failed to get the 51% of the vote needed to avoid a run-off. Emanuel should be worried, but you know who should really be terrified? Hillary Clinton and her acolytes. This election result is a warning that not everyone is ready for Hillary. First, some context. In Chicago, Da Mare does not go to a runoff. Ever. If you’re in charge of the machine, it does your bidding and its gets you re-elected, period. That’s how Richard M. Daley ended up...
  • Sen. Kirk: Chicago Could End Up Like Detroit If Mayor Emanuel Not Re-Elected (Rino-barf alert)

    03/03/2015 5:58:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | March 2, 2015 | Craig Dellimore
    Sen. Kirk: Chicago Could End Up Like Detroit If Mayor Emanuel Not Re-Elected March 2, 2015 Craig Dellimore (CBS) — Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has given his tacit endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. He refused to call it an endorsement, but Senator Mark Kirk made clear he feels Chicago would risk dire financial straits like Detroit has seen if Mayor Emanuel is not re-elected.
  • Chicago baseball pioneer Minnie Minoso dies

    03/02/2015 7:36:12 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    The baseball world lost another legend on Sunday with the death of former Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso. Minoso was a seven-time All-Star while playing with the White Sox in the 1950s and 1960s, but much more than that he was a pioneer. When he was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the White Sox in 1951, he became the city of Chicago’s first black player. There is some dispute over when Minoso was born, but the team website said he was 92. The Chicago Tribune reported that Minoso was found dead in his car at a Chicago gas...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

    03/02/2015 4:01:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...
  • Minnie Minoso, Treasured White Sox Ballplayer, Is Dead

    03/01/2015 12:44:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who became the major league’s first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died.
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events (Hussein's best friend - Bill Ayers)

    02/28/2015 6:02:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeremy Mikula
    **SNIP** March 22: Jeanne Bishop will discuss her new book, "Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace With My Sister's Killer," with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. 4 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., semcoop.com, 773-752-4381
  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating (Baa2)

    02/27/2015 5:09:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/27/15 | Heather Gillers, Hal Dardick
    The debt-plagued city of Chicago took another financial blow late Thursday when Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating, citing its overwhelming pension burden. Even if recent state pension changes survive a court challenge, the ratings statement said, "we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations." The drop, to a rating of Baa2, could drive up borrowing costs for the city and cause problems with some of Chicago's current interest-rate swap contracts.
  • 'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington

    02/27/2015 6:16:15 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 70 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/26/2015 | Multiple Authors
    The US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian.Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week. As three more people came forward detailing their stories of being “held hostage” and “strapped” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney...
  • Rahm Emanuel not the only loser on election night

    02/26/2015 6:01:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 feb 2015 | John Kass
    There were plenty of winners and losers in this week's Chicago city elections, and you can always follow the losers by the echoes of their shrieks through the alleys. And there are famous names of Chicago Democratic politics among them, names like Berrios and Mell and Daley and Preckwinkle. We'll get to them. The biggest loser of all, of course, is Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was forced into a runoff campaign with Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, and given the unrest in the wards and Emanuel's huge likability deficit, it's looking as if he could be a loser in...
  • 3 dead, 3 wounded in shootings on West, Far South sides

    02/25/2015 8:29:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 25, 2015 | Peter Nickeas, Liam Ford and Carlos Sadovi
    At least three men were killed while two other men and a teen boy were wounded in attacks in the Roseland, West Garfield Park and East Garfield Park neighborhoods Wednesday, authorities said..
  • Guardian: Chicago police run a CIA-style 'black site'

    02/24/2015 12:57:20 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 2-24-2015 | THOMAS A. CORFMAN
    The Chicago Police Department operates an unofficial detention center on the West Side that some defendants' lawyers describe as the equivalent of a CIA black site, according to a report by the Guardian newspaper. Suspects are interrogated at the facility, a warehouse in the Homan Square complex, instead of being formally booked and detained at a police station, the London newspaper reported today in two stories totaling more than 3,600 words. The practices at the facility include beatings by police, shackling suspects for long periods of time and denying attorneys' access to their clients, the Guardian says. The report follows...
  • Rahmbo forced into humiliating runoff in Chicago

    02/25/2015 6:47:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    Four years ago, former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel breezed to victory in the Chicago mayor's race. He was the golden boy of Democratic politics, mentioned in some party circles as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Yesterday, the incumbent mayor was humiliated by failing to receive a majority of the votes against 4 relative unknowns. The result forces an April 7 runoff where he is still expected to win handily, but is now considered damaged goods. His downfall? Persistent violence and a pension shortfall threatening to bankrupt the city. Bloomberg: “We have come a long way and...
  • Mayor Emanuel To Face Chuy Garcia In Runoff Election

    02/24/2015 8:00:21 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/24/2015
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take on Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a runoff election on April 7. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. Garcia had 34 percent of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the runoff. Trailing Garcia is businessman Willie Wilson in third with 10 percent, Alderman Robert Fioretti in fourth with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls was in last with 3 percent.
  • The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

    02/24/2015 2:14:25 PM PST · by NRx · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 Feb 2015 | Spencer Ackerman
    The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

    02/24/2015 7:52:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:30am EST | Mary Wisniewski
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday’s municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city. Emanuel, 55, a former adviser to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning. Emanuel is close to the mark, getting 48.3 percent of the vote in a recent Ogden & Fry poll. His nearest...
  • Daughter of former Obama pastor sent to jail after new allegations surface - Jeremiah Wright

    02/24/2015 5:54:01 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 24, 2015 | Ray Long
    Daughter of former Obama pastor sent to jail after new allegations surface By Ray Long Chicago Tribune contact the reporter The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack Obama, was sent to jail Monday by a federal judge who revoked her bond in a money laundering case. lRelated Rev. Jeremiah Wright's daughter found guilty of money laundering Breaking News Rev. Jeremiah Wright's daughter found guilty of money laundering Jeri Wright, 49, of Hazel Crest, was convicted last March of 11 corruption counts, including money laundering and lying to a grand jury, in a case tied...
  • Obama's Mysterious Mentor "Frank" Resurfaces

    02/23/2015 7:23:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | February 23, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Yesterday’s news became big news on the Fox News Channel last week when former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani brought up the name of President Barack Obama’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. It was almost seven years to the day when we published our seminal piece about Davis, “Obama’s Communist Mentor.” Davis was a member of the Communist Party and a suspected Soviet espionage agent. He was included in the FBI’s security index, meaning that Davis could be arrested or detained in the event of a national emergency. The FBI file on Davis documents his anti-white and pro-Soviet views,...
  • Farrakhan: Giuliani Grew Up A "Privileged Cracker Devil"

    02/23/2015 11:22:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 106 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago during his annual Saviours’ Day speech, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his controversial comments saying Obama doesn’t love America.
  • FEC not letting Jesse Jackson Jr. off the hook just because he’s in jail

    02/22/2015 3:21:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/19/15 | Colby Itkowitz
    **SNIP** So Thursday, the FEC sent Jackson’s campaign committee its eighth consecutive failure-to-file notice. It must file its end-of-the year report for 2014 or face a penalty. (Perhaps that threat rings a bit hollow when you’re already in jail?) In August 2014, the FEC fined Jackson for nearly $18,000 for not filing reports in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. He must formally terminate his committee to get the FEC off his back, but his treasurer quit in September 2013, and so it seems there’s no person responsible for doing the necessary paperwork. Since his last report in November 2012,...
  • Do Chicago a favor, don't let Rahm win Tuesday

    02/22/2015 6:40:30 AM PST · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 feb 2015 | John Kass
    Chicago really doesn't need a presidential temple of worship masquerading as a presidential library, or a fancy downtown college basketball palace, or a Star Wars museum on the lakefront. And downtown doesn't need a big casino, either, not even a glitzy one with monstrous video billboards depicting the giant, pitiless eyes of the mayor staring down at those from the neighborhoods who dared to look up. Downtown has been getting quite a bit of attention, and though it might be nice to have all these things, (or not) — they aren't vital to the future of Chicago. But there is...
  • Obama dares Rand Paul to show up on the South Side of Chicago now - as he mocks GOP contender's...

    02/20/2015 4:58:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/20/15 | Myriah Towner
    Obama dares Rand Paul to show up on the South Side of Chicago now - as he mocks GOP contender's claim that Republicans are 'the party of jobs and opportunity' As President Barack Obama hit out at Republicans who have criticized his economic policies, he singled out Republican Senator Rand Paul - who previously said income inequality has worsened under Obama's administration. During the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting today, Obama remarked on Paul's 2013 comment that the Republican party needs to show up on the South Side of Chicago and shout: 'We are the party of jobs and opportunity'....
  • Record freeze on Lake Ontario as 4,700 square miles of ice forms on Great Lakes IN ONE NIGHT

    02/19/2015 6:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 95 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/19/14 | Mia De Graaf
    More than 4,700 square miles of ice formed over the Great Lakes in just one night on Tuesday. The Arctic blast that swept the Midwest and Northeast saw a near-record amount of Lake Ontario was iced over, with just 20 per cent of open water left. Overall 82 percent of the five water bodies sealed up. Temperatures are expected to drop again on Thursday night, leading forecasters to predict that figure to climb significantly by Friday morning.
  • Great Lakes ice cover on pace with 2014's almost-record year

    02/19/2015 6:20:53 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 19, 2015 | Liam Ford
    The Siberian Express that’s imported northern Russia’s weather into North America is leading to a second year of fast-growing ice cover on the Great Lakes, setting up the Chicago area for the possibility of another cool spring. By Wednesday, the Great Lakes were 85.4 percent ice-covered, just above the 85.2 percent on Feb. 18 last year, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. With below-average temperatures predicted for at least the next week, the lakes could approach last year’s levels of 92.5 percent ice cover, the second-highest level since records began in the early 1970s.
  • Exonerated man files $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University (Innocence Project)

    02/19/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/15 | Suzannah Gonzales
    A wrongfully convicted man filed a $40 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor, a private investigator and an attorney, accusing them of framing him for a double murder to get another man released. Alstory Simon, 64, of Ohio, claims in the lawsuit that he was the victim of unethical tactics by a team focused on freeing another man in what became a celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case. Simon was imprisoned in 1999 after confessing to the 1982 murder of two people in a park, and spent more than 15 years behind bars before he was...
  • Obama heads to Chicago to designate monument, boost Emanuel

    02/19/2015 7:30:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Side neighborhood in Chicago is getting long-sought federal protection from President Barack Obama, whose visit on Thursday could also provide a political lift to the city's mayor. Obama will formally designate the neighborhood where African-American railroad workers won a historic labor agreement in the 1930s. In the process, the president's trip to his hometown could help boost turnout for his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election in Tuesday's contest.
  • Suburban Chicago imam charged with sexually assaulting woman at Islamic school

    02/17/2015 6:47:02 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Yorkton This Week / AP ^ | 2-16-2015 | MICHAEL TARM
    <p>CHICAGO - The longtime head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 23-year-old woman who worked at the school.</p> <p>Police said Tuesday that 75-year-old Mohammad Abdullah Saleem faces a felony charge and was arrested Sunday. He is due in court on Tuesday.</p>
  • No, The Jackie Robinson West Story Is Not About Gentrification (Another Lying Liar Busted)

    02/16/2015 1:54:51 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    DeadSpin ^ | 02/16/2015 | Daniel Kay Hertz
    ---SNIP--- On a nitty-gritty level, I would be interested if Dave Zirin can think of a single example on the South Side of Chicago of a) Boys and Girls Clubs that are now bistros, or b) public baseball diamonds that are now condos. Actually, I'm not that interested, because I know the answer, which is "No," because a) those things did not happen and b) Dave Zirin made them up. One reason I know that Dave Zirin made them up is that black neighborhoods in Chicago, particularly on the South Side, almost never gentrify. --SNIP-- Which means that Dave Zirin...
  • GSP joins SNL on 40th Anniversary Special

    02/16/2015 2:08:37 AM PST · by Bratch · 43 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | February 16 2015 | Jasmine Velasco
    Governor Palin wowed the crowd as she arrived on the "red carpet" for Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary 3-hour special.She stopped on the "red carpet" to talk with actor Alec Baldwin, quipping that she likes his brother, Stephen –a conservative– better. NBC anchors Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer intereviewed the two of them, and it may be me, but it seemed as though Baldwin was doing his best to keep Gov. Palin from talking. After Guthrie asked her a direct question, Baldwin was forced to listen, while chomping on his gum (or could it have been leftover food from dinner?)Twitchy caught some of the...
  • Chicago Ship: New Footage Discovered of 1915 Disaster That Killed 844

    02/14/2015 1:49:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    abc ^ | SUSANNA KIM
    The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was found by Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while he was looking for unrelated material about World War I, the Chicago Tribune reported. Nichols found the footage on Europeana’s 1914-1918 website. Nichols said he found the clips in Dutch newsreels. Title cards describing what happened precede them. "It's as easily recognizable to someone who cares about Chicago history as the Titanic, so I knew what I had right away," Nichols, who has lived in Chicago for 20 years, told the Chicago Tribune. "I knew folks would...
  • Don't sugarcoat it: Jackie Robinson West is not the champion

    02/13/2015 9:20:10 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    chicago trib ^ | 2-13-15 | Huppke
    If you care at all about the players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, don’t call them champions. They aren’t. Wednesday’s announcement by Little League International that the team has been stripped of its U.S. title and all its wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament is all the proof you need. These are not champions. To say otherwise is a disservice to these kids, and they’ve already been handed a disservice big enough to last a lifetime. So don’t say, “It’s OK, kids, you’re still champions in our eyes.” Don’t say, “We don’t care, you...
  • Disgraced Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Hires Lawyer

    02/12/2015 7:41:49 PM PST · by doug from upland · 45 replies
    Disgraced Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Hires Lawyer A day after getting stripped of their national crown, officials from Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team appeared Thursday with a newly hired lawyer who pledged to review Little League International's investigation to make sure it was done fairly. "I want to make sure that whatever rules and regulations applied to Jackie Robinson West were applied to every other team," the lawyer, Victor Henderson, said at a news conference. Henderson said he's also told the players, and team officials, that they should not give up their claim to the title...
  • Jesse Jackson: Jackie Robinson West’s Punishment Is Inappropriate And Racist

    02/12/2015 3:57:56 PM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 12, 2015
    Little League Baseball vacated all of Chicago-area Jackie Robinson West’s wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament on Wednesday. After investigating allegations that several players on JRW do not reside within the team’s district borders, LLB stripped the team of both it’s Great Lakes Regional and U.S. national titles. Despite the open and shut nature of the case, several of the team’s supporters — including Jesse Jackson and Michael Pfleger — stated at a Wednesday press conference that JRW’s punishment had nothing to do with any possible recruiting infractions and was born purely through…
  • Don't sugarcoat it: Jackie Robinson West is not the champion

    02/12/2015 9:41:54 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 56 replies
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/ ^ | 02-11-2015 | Rex Huppke
    If you care at all about the players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, don’t call them champions. They aren’t. Wednesday’s announcement by Little League International that the team has been stripped of its U.S. title and all its wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament is all the proof you need. These are not champions. To say otherwise is a disservice to these kids, and they’ve already been handed a disservice big enough to last a lifetime. So don’t say, “It’s OK, kids, you’re still champions in our eyes.” Don’t say, “We don’t care, you...
  • Jesse Jackson threatens lawsuit in Little League World Series scandal

    02/12/2015 9:17:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 11, 2015 | Mike Oz
    Rev. Jesse Jackson, the polarizing civil rights activist, is calling for Little League International to return the U.S. championship to the 12-year-olds from Jackie Robinson West, mere hours after Little League stripped the team of its title. And if that doesn't happen, Jackson said Wednesday afternoon, he may take legal action. Jackie Robinson West — consumed in a vortex of allegations involving ineligible players and illegally redrawing its league boundaries — became a feel-good story in Chicago and across the country on its run to the Little League World Series. An all-black team that was supported by MLB players, Jackie...
  • U.S. Little League champs stripped of title thanks to coach they beat, 43-2

    02/12/2015 9:08:59 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 02/11/2015 | Marc Normandin
    Little League officials announced Wednesday morning that Jackie Robinson West, the 2014 U.S. Little League World Series champions, have vacated their wins and been stripped of their title thanks to the use of ineligible players. In essence, they attempted to build a Little League all-star team by bringing aboard players from Chicago districts outside of their own, and a neighboring league caught on and reported as much to Little League officials.According to Evergreen Park officials -- the neighboring league which caught on to the illegal roster -- Jackie Robinson West spent their 2014 "manipulating, bending and blatantly breaking the rules for...
  • JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated

    02/12/2015 6:45:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 11, 2015
    JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated February 11, 2015 2:58 PM (CBS) – There are accusations that racism was behind the decision by Little League International to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of the national title over cheating by the adults who run the team. “We know that we’re champions, our parents know that we’re champions and the team’s parents know we’re champions and Chicago knows we’re champions,” said JRW catcher Brandon Green. Green said the players did nothing wrong as he stood with his mother, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fr. Michael Pfleger at the headquarters...
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Strikes Blow Against Unions

    02/11/2015 10:25:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 11, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    tates: Illinois entrepreneur turned governor Bruce Rauner ends the practice of forced union dues for government workers who don't want to join a union as he pursues right-to-work zones to promote growth. In Illinois, they're called "fair share" dues collected from workers said to benefit from the collective bargaining of the unions they're in thrall to, whether they want to join or not, moneys collected by force to pay for that representation. "Fair share" is a favorite mantra to liberals, but not to newly elected Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. He believes that there's nothing fair about extorting money from people...
  • Little League strips U.S. title

    02/11/2015 6:37:25 AM PST · by shove_it · 18 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11 Feb 2015
    Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team and has suspended the coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday. The Jackie Robinson West team, the first all-African-American team to win the championship, must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships. The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was ruled to have used players from outside its local area by recruiting players from neighboring...
  • Chicago’s Little League championship team stripped of title

    02/11/2015 6:38:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 64 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 11, 2015
    CHICAGO (AP) — Little League International has stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's boundaries. Little League International also suspended Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler from league activity.
  • Who gets shot in Chicago?

    02/08/2015 9:41:00 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Feb. 8, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Sociology, which is sometimes defined as the painful and tedious explication of the obvious, occasionally comes up with useful insights, or at least proof that some useful insights are true. That seems to be the case with a study by Yale sociologist Andrew Papachristos, published in the academic journal Social Science & Medicine, and featured in the Chicago Sun-Times. It turns out that being arrested with someone else is the best predictor of who will get shot in Chicago. No, not by the police, as the Al Sharptons of the world would like to claim. Shot by another civilian, in...
  • Chicago needs a champion in the fight against guns (barf alert)

    02/03/2015 5:53:21 AM PST · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03 feb 2015
    When the five men running to be mayor of Chicago sat down Friday with the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board, they were at times eloquent in describing the social roots, such as a dearth of jobs and inadequate schools, of Chicago’s gun violence. But they often left us wondering just how serious they would be about getting rid of illegal guns. A good mayor must be able to pat his head and rub his stomach at the same time. He must be able and willing to attack the root causes of gun violence while also aggressively going after illegal guns. We...
  • Exclusive: Obama's post-presidential slogan: 'Eight years is only the beginning'

    02/02/2015 4:20:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Lynn Sweet
    Though President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle still have two years left in the White House, their foundation has come up with a bold slogan for their next chapter: “Eight years is only the beginning.” When they leave on Jan. 20, 2017, Obama will be only 55 and his wife, who turned 51 on Jan. 17, will have just celebrated her 53rd birthday. Not that I ever doubted it, but the Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation‘s revamped website, which went live Friday, makes it clear the Obamas intend to maintain a robust public presence in the decades to come. The...
  • Emanuel won't rule out property tax hike for police, fire pensions ($550 million)

    02/01/2015 4:16:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/30/15 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday defended the way he has dealt with the city's looming financial crisis against attacks from his challengers, touting his record of crafting the city's budget during his first term but refusing to rule out a property tax increase to deal with huge upcoming government worker pension payments. The back-and-forth took place at the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board endorsement session, the second time all five mayoral candidates appeared face to face. City Hall has a looming $550 million payment to make to shore up police and fire department pensions, and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti called...
  • Chicago: A Great City?

    01/30/2015 3:05:53 PM PST · by yetidog · 73 replies
    January 30,2014 | Vanity
    Is Chicago a great city? What makes it different?
  • Road rage leads to shots fired at Chicago man’s car on I-80/94

    01/30/2015 8:38:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 28, 2015 | Sun-Times Wire
    A ride through northwest Indiana almost turned deadly for a Chicago man after some mutual road rage turned into gunshots being fired at him on I-80/94. What Indiana State Police called a “road rage incident turned ugly” started about 11 a.m. Tuesday when the 28-year-old Chicago man, driving a 2003 Acura, got involved in some unpleasantness in the eastbound lanes of the Borman Expy. in Lake County. Police said it started when the victim and another driver “became involved in road rage” — things like not letting the other car pass and flipping the driver off, a statement from ISP...
  • Liberal Infighting: Elizabeth Warren-Supporting Group Attacks Rahm Emanuel

    01/27/2015 6:09:46 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Caroline May
    One of the left-wing groups pushing for an Elizabeth Warren presidency is no fan of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Democracy for America (DFA) announced this week that it will be supporting seven progressive Chicago Aldermen that the group says Emanuel, President Obama’s former White House chief of staff, has attacked. The DFA’s effort highlights the ever-more apparent rift in the Democratic Party between the progressive so-called Warren-wing of the party and more establishment Democrats.
  • Mother, Daughter Charged With Attacking CPS Employees And Student

    01/25/2015 9:14:50 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2015
    (STMW) — A mother and daughter upset that their teenage relative was disciplined at a South Side elementary school are charged with allegedly beating and stabbing two Chicago Public Schools employees and a teen boy at the school. Authorities say the attack took place on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Bond Elementary School in the 7000 block of South May Street, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
  • 3 killed, 22 wounded in weekend shootings

    01/25/2015 9:10:37 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2015
    Three men were killed and at least 22 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.