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  • The Chicago Connection

    06/26/2017 5:34:03 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    The American Report ^ | April 22, 2015 | American Report Staff
    April 22, 2015 This, the sixth and final installment of The Betrayal Papers, will explore various projects, schemes, and associations that tie Obama and his associates together. A preponderance of these project are based out of Chicago, the crossroad of the global Left, Islamic “civilization jihad,” and the Communist mafia. The themes to observe in each case are deception, greed, and power. To have any chance to retain our freedoms and personal safety, we must recognize the depth of the treason from within; we must name the perpetrators and conquer them before they end America. But first, three profiles of...
  • Cook County, A Soda Tax, and the Death of an Economy

    06/26/2017 5:27:46 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 26, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Contemplations on the new Cook County Soda Tax... Cook County, Illinois - the home of America’s fourth largest city - Chicago, is, like many metro areas, broke. So, as many jurisdictions do when broke, they imagine a need to raise tax rates. The one they have chosen for July 1, 2017 is a soda tax, in addition to any applicable sales tax, which in Illinois can be as high as ten percent ad valorem already. This new “soda tax” is not just on soda, but on any beverage that is sweetened with either sugar or artificial sweetener (so it applies...
  • 4 killed, 43 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago

    06/26/2017 9:04:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 26, 2017 | by Elyssa Cherney
    Four people were killed and 43 others were wounded, including a dozen teenagers, in shootings in Chicago over the weekend, according to police. More than 1,700 people have been shot in the city this year, about 180 fewer than this time last year when violence reached levels not seen in two decades. There have been at least 313 homicides this year, eight fewer than this time last year, according to data collected by the Tribune. Among those killed this past weekend was a 17-year-old boy, who was shot about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. He was arguing with someone at a gas...
  • Trump administration slashes grant for group combating white extremism

    06/25/2017 8:08:25 AM PDT · by digger48 · 32 replies
    WISH ^ | June 24, 2017 | ap
    BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slashed $400,000 in federal funding for one of the few U.S. groups that combat white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists. A grant announcement by the Department of Homeland Security eliminated funding for the Chicago-based Life After Hate, which was initially awarded the money in January during the closing days of the Obama administration. (snip) In all, Homeland Security awarded $10 million to 26 police and community organizations, none of which has a specific mission to counter groups in the so-called “alt-right,” a hodge-podge of...
  • Gay Pride Marchers With Jewish Flags Told To Leave Chicago Parade

    06/25/2017 11:34:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 6/25/17 at 11:39 AM | Harriet Sinclair
    Jewish people celebrating LGBT Pride in Chicago were told not to display Star of David flags because other people found them “offensive.” The Jewish Star of David flag was banned from the city’s annual Dyke March celebrations, and several people carrying the flag were removed form the march because their presence “made people feel unsafe,” LGBT paper Windy City Times reported. The Dyke March is described by organizers as being a “more inclusive, more social justice-oriented” march than the city’s main Pride parade. One marcher, Laurel Grauer, said she was harassed by other Dyke March attendees before being told she...
  • Rainbow-decorated CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) train cars rolling to mark Pride Parade weekend

    06/25/2017 8:44:08 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 24, 2017 | Rachel Hinton
    Rainbow-decorated CTA rail cars are rolling this weekend to mark the 48th annual Pride Parade Sunday on the North Side. The Chicago Transit Authority and Mayor Emanuel both touted the four decorated cars cars on Twitter. They’ll operate on the Red Line.
  • Chicago Police unable to control thousand-strong gang party lasting hours

    06/25/2017 8:07:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/25/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    At last we know why Chicago’s homicide level is so out of control: Gangs, not police control the streets. The gangs know it; the police know it; and now, thanks to DNAinfo.com/Chicago, we know it. A week ago, Chicago street gangs held a huge party in a park, with a thousand people attending, some brandishing firearms, terrifying neighbors for hours. The police sent 25 squad cars, yet were outnumbered and unable to really do anything. Stephanie Lulay wrote:
  • Sealing records angers House committee investigating ‘unmasking’

    06/23/2017 7:40:35 PM PDT · by Rabin · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Dan Boylan and Guy Taylor
    Nunes, Gowdy, and Schiff, Republicans and Democrats on the House intelligence committee have issued a series of subpoenas to relevant intelligence agencies for records of; X-National Security Adviser Susan Rice, X-CIA Director John Brennan, and X-Ambassador, Samantha Power, concerning the Russia Probe and related matters. Early April Judicial Watch issued a FoIA request to NSC, demanding records concerning Rices’ government communications on a related range of subjects. House intelligence committee says that legacy NSC staffers, have been slow-walking the subpoenaed materials. “We’ve been waiting since March 15 for this information. //Snipp// The actual records, it seems, have all been transferred...
  • Why Black People Are Leaving Chicago In Record Numbers

    06/23/2017 11:41:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Blavity ^ | June 23, 2017 | Staff
    We think of Atlanta as the black metropolis but during the Great Migration, where did all the black Southerners go? A lot went to Chicago, and their descendants are still there. Or were. Cause it turns out, the “black exodus” is very real in the city of Chicago. Chicago's Cook Country had — and has — the largest population of black people of any county in the United States. But Cook County has shown noticeable dips in its black population within the past year or so. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reports that more than 12,000 black residents left the...
  • What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln

    06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 63 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 JUN 17 | By John Kass•Contact Reporter
    llinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money. Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday. So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan. And here it is:
  • Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe

    06/20/2017 9:34:07 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    Illinois is grappling with a full-fledged financial crisis and not even the lottery is safe – with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner warning the state is entering "banana republic" territory.   Facing billions in unpaid bills and pension obligations, the state is hitting a cash crunch that is rare even by Illinois standards. A top financial official just warned 100 percent of the state's monthly revenue will be eaten up by court-ordered payments. Rauner is calling a special session of the Democrat-led General Assembly in a bid to pass what he hopes will be the first full budget package in almost three...
  • Chicago Public Schools borrow $275 million at sky-high interest rate

    06/20/2017 7:22:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | 06/19/2017 | Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman
    The Chicago Public Schools will pay 6.39 percent — an extraordinary interest rate by short-term lending standards — to borrow $275 million it needs to make a mandatory payment for retiree pensions before a June 30 deadline. That’s more than four times the interest rate a typical government would pay on the same borrowing deal ... It’s yet another sign of the dire financial condition of the nation’s third-largest public school system, which for months has had a “junk” credit rating from Wall Street financial institutions. CPS officials secured the $275 million on Monday from J.P. Morgan. It’s the final...
  • An Architectural & Business Masterpiece: Trump Tower in Chicago

    06/19/2017 3:54:31 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 51 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 6/19/2017 | Pocono Pundit
    Keep the faith, Deplorables!  We've turned the corner on the "Russian Collusion" lie, Comey has been outed as a leaker, and Steve Scalise is on the road to recovery!  Trump and his team are winning -- big time. To be honest, the Dems, Never-Trumpers, Fake News, and Deep State Keystone Cops have never run up against a cunning fighter like Trump. Why am I so confident? Well, one good reason is I know Trump at a deeper level because I read his books.  At the library last week I found his 2008 book, Never Give Up: How I Turned...
  • ‘No bail! Take him back!’ judge shouts, decrying schoolyard shooting

    06/19/2017 12:27:42 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 18 June 2017 10:52pm | Staff writers
    The 19-year-old man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of two young girls attending an end-of-year school picnic had flashed gang signs before gunfire erupted from the Jeep he was riding in, a prosecutor said Sunday. Raekwon Hudson, wearing a torn and tattered green sweatshirt, showed little reaction when Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him to remain in jail. “No bail! Take him back!” Chiampas shouted to her courtroom sheriff’s deputies after voicing her disgust. “Young children in this city can’t participate in a picnic without being in fear of their lives because of gangbangers on the street...
  • 3 dead, 36 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    06/18/2017 6:36:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 18, 2017
    A woman who was shot to death in the Gold Coast neighborhood was among eight people shot early Sunday. In total, 3 people have been killed and 36 others have been wounded in gun violence across Chicago since Friday evening. More than 200 people have been shot in the first half of the month, and more than 1,500 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 278 have died.
  • Could Illinois Be the First State to Go Bankrupt?

    06/12/2017 2:43:54 PM PDT · by detective · 70 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | June 12, 2017 | Eric Pianin
    Illinois has long been the poster child for a dysfunctional state fiscal policy. The state’s Republican governor, a formerly wealthy businessman, and the Democratic-controlled legislature have been perpetually locked in a race to the bottom as the Land of Lincoln has repeatedly flirted with near- bankruptcy and junk-bond level credit ratings.
  • Chicago Equality Rally unites Midsommarfest in defiance (Mass lunacy)

    06/12/2017 12:31:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Windy City Times ^ | June 11, 2017 | Gretchen Rachel Hammond
    While thousands joined the Equality March for Unity and Pride June 11 in Washington, D.C., Chicago was one of dozens of cities nationwide to hold its own rally as part of Pride Month and in honor of the 49 people who were killed at the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando one year ago. The venue for the Chicago Equality Rally was the Pride Stage at Midsommarfest in the heart of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Celebrated actor, writer and producer Fawzia Mirza served as the rally's emcee. Her powerful, exuberant voice was echoed by a crowd whose raucous enthusiasm was unencumbered by...
  • Real-time traffic, alerts to go live on I-90 this summer

    06/11/2017 4:16:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | May 17, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) drivers can expect those inscrutable black gantries towering over the roadway to get chatty this summer. The Illinois tollway has completed installation and testing of 29 digital message signs between Barrington Road and O'Hare International Airport. The displays will provide real-time traffic updates and safety advisories and direct drivers to shift lanes when crashes occur. The system will go live around the end of July or early August, Chief Engineer Paul Kovacs said at a Wednesday committee meeting. "All the construction is done and we've completed the testing so we know it's operational. Now we're training...
  • Pyke: 5 takeaways from the tollway's momentous Route 53 decision

    06/10/2017 10:55:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | May 30, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    After years of angst over whether to extend Route 53 north into Lake County, the Illinois tollway moved with dizzying speed last week approving a $25 million study of the project. But while the board's vote took seconds, there were hours of fraught testimony from environmentalists fearful of pollution, residents worried about losing their homes, commuters sick of sitting in traffic and construction industry representatives lobbying for jobs. Here are five take-aways from a momentous week: 1. Promising to pay for the extension could be a game-changer. Unlike his predecessors, Chairman Bob Schillerstrom pledged that if Route 53 is extended,...
  • (Chicago) Man Charged After Racist Rant At Starbucks When Coffee Spilled On Him

    06/10/2017 12:03:14 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 35 replies
    dnainfo ^ | 6/8/17 | Isra Rahman and Erica Demarest
    THE LOOP — A Chicago man who had coffee spilled on him at a Loop Starbucks is facing misdemeanor charges after allegedly spitting on people, punching a man and hurling racial slurs in a videotaped tirade. An ABC7 photojournalist witnessed the tirade and recorded it. Police said the man throwing the punches and calling people "disposable vermin" and "slave" is William Boucher, 23. He was charged with three misdemeanor counts of battery, accused of physically and verbally abusing three people Tuesday. Boucher declined to comment in a phone call with DNAinfo Friday, citing legal reasons related to his impending court...