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  • 51% Of Murders In The U.S. Come From Just 2% Of The Counties

    05/02/2017 6:36:28 AM PDT · by blam · 56 replies
    Vessel News ^ | 5-2-2017 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    John R. Lott, Jr. | Crime Prevention Research Center The Distribution of murders The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common. In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders. 69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country. The worst 1%...
  • Update: Chicago police say race was not a motive behind attack shown on Facebook Live

    01/05/2017 6:42:27 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 80 replies
    Stl.today ^ | Jan 5, 2017
    Update: Chicago police say race was not a motive behind attack shown on Facebook Live FROM WIRE REPORTS 20 min ago (23) Update at 7:45 a.m. Chicago police say they don't believe a man beaten in an assault broadcast live on Facebook was targeted because he was white. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday morning that charges are expected soon against four black suspects. Guglielmi says the suspects made "terrible racist statements" during the attack, but that investigators believe the victim was targeted because he has special needs, not because of his race. Guglielmi says it's possible the suspects were...
  • Cook County soda pop tax approved with Preckwinkle breaking tie vote

    11/10/2016 1:26:15 PM PST · by RedWing9 · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 10, 2016 | Hal Dardick
    The Cook County Board on Thursday narrowly approved board President Toni Preckwinkle's new penny-an-ounce tax on sugary and artificially sweetened beverages, with Preckwinkle breaking a tie vote.
  • Wikileaks: Creamer (from Veritas Videos) directly connected to Robby Mook, DNC

    10/30/2016 7:06:40 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 27 replies
    Wikileaks via Reddit | Oct 30 2016 | released by Wikileaks
    [–]propercoil 138 points 41 minutes ago THIS IS BIG - Bob Creamer from the Veritas videoshttps://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/37101 Neera Tanden, Podesta & Mike Lux discuss how to use Bob Creamer!: Just wanted to pass along this note I sent to Bob Creamer, who as you may know is consulting for the DNC and is close to Robby Mook. Wanted to pass it along to you as well, hoping you won’t take offense because I feel some urgency about this. You and Podesta are a great bridge to the DC, more establishment oriented progressive world, but I just feel like the campaign is...
  • The election race you didn't hear about: Voters just ran a top Chicago-area prosecutor out of office

    03/15/2016 7:48:29 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 26 replies
    CHICAGO (AP) ^ | 03.15.2016 | Sophia Tareen
    Voters ousted the Chicago area's top prosecutor Tuesday, backing Democratic primary challenger Kim Foxx in a campaign dominated by questions about Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's handling of the shooting death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer.
  • Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence

    03/24/2016 5:52:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03/19/2016 | Mark Brown
    Chicago Brown: Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence Mark Brown This is a good news story, but underlying it is a bleak reality. The volume of gunshot wounds and other trauma cases treated at Stroger Hospital is so high that the U.S. Navy has teamed up the past two years with the hospital’s prestigious trauma unit to keep its medical personnel better prepared for their next deployment. The Navy guys might see as much action in a typical night at Stroger as they would if they were in a combat setting. Let that sink in for a minute....
  • Proposed law to stop terror suspects from buying guns in U.S. faces NRA, GOP opposition

    11/18/2015 7:07:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Cameron Joseph and Larry Mcshane
    The NRA -- and their gun-loving Republican cohorts -- are refusing once more to stop terrorists intent on getting armed in the U.S.A. A legal loophole allows suspected terrorists on the government's no-fly list to legally buy guns, but a bill to fix that will likely wither on the vine. The federal Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, even in the wake of last week’s terrorist killing of 129 people in Paris, remains a long shot due to its rabid pro-gun opponents. "Anything which they feel restricts the use or the ability to retain a gun they’re opposed...
  • JOHN LOTT DISCUSSES GARY KLECK’S CRITICISMS OF THE EVIDENCE REGARDING “MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME”

    11/18/2015 10:47:00 PM PST · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | November 18, 2015 | Ari Armstrong
    In August, Kleck told Mother Jones that he doesn’t know of any “credible criminologist” who believes that “with more guns there are less crimes.” More recently Kleck was interviewed by Ari Armstrong about these points and Kleck’s claims that there hasn’t been any increase in the rate that people are carrying permitted concealed handguns and that neither more guns nor more concealed handguns reduce homicides or any other type of violent crime. Here is the beginning of Ari’s interview with Lott: Recently I interviewed criminologist Gary Kleck about gun ownership and crime. In the course of that interview, Kleck expressed...
  • City Council committee rejects gun sales tax resolution

    11/19/2015 4:00:24 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 3 replies
    The idea was to ask the state to establish a special sales tax on handgun and ammunition sales. The thought was that the money made from the sales tax would help pay for body cameras. The Baltimore City Council's public safety committee rejected the resolution, but it is clear the conversation about funding the body camera program is not going away. City Councilman Carl Stokes, who is running for mayor, was one of the resolution's sponsors.
  • Momentum For A Tax Overhaul Is Growing Day By Day

    11/18/2015 3:52:22 AM PST · by expat_panama · 19 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/17/2015 | LEW UHLER AND PETER FERRARA
    Our tax-cutting cup runneth over. Not since adoption of the Federal Personal Income Tax (16th Amendment) over 100 years ago has so much attention been given to the adverse effects of high-rate income taxes on economic growth, personal wealth creation, and wage and job levels. Thank you, national Republican debates and presidential hopefuls. Also weighing in are investment business leaders like Carl Icahn regarding the disastrous effects of U.S. tax laws on American businesses. U.S. corporations are fleeing the highest corporate tax rate among industrialized nations (about 40%, including state corporation taxes) through inversions — buying a controlling interest in...
  • Study Learns Chicago Criminals DON'T Buy Their Guns Legally

    09/01/2015 8:44:57 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Buzzpo.com ^ | 8/30/2015 | ERIC REED
    A recent study that was conducted by the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab has learned that Chicago criminals do not acquire their guns from gun shops, gun shows or the internet. The study examined and interviewed inmates in Chicago’s Cook County Jail who are either facing current gun charges, or have a background consisting of firearms related convictions. The study learned that virtually zero criminals have ever used the internet or gun shows, because that method is easily traceable. It’s much safer for a criminal to acquire firearms on the streets where they’re harder to keep track of, and that’s...
  • 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...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Assessor Berrios gave key job to top tax lawyer's nephew ( Chicago )

    08/02/2015 9:03:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/01/2015 | Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Max Rust
    No introductions are needed when the law firm of Crane and Norcross goes to Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios asking him to lower the value he’s placed on properties owned by the firm’s clients. The Chicago law firm comes to Berrios to lower the property assessments on hundreds of properties across the city and suburbs each year, saving some of its clients as much as $100,000 or more in property taxes as a result. Since September 2009, when he launched his first campaign for assessor, Berrios’ campaign funds have gotten $60,900 in contributions from employees of Crane and Norcross, records...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Chop Chop Chinaman, restaurant that spurred vandalism case, closes

    06/07/2015 3:31:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7, 2015 | By Kevin Pang
    A Lakeview Chinese restaurant with a controversial name that spurred a criminal vandalism case has closed, though its owner said he intends to reopen. Chop Chop Chinaman, located at 3343 N. Halsted St., has been shuttered for the last several weeks. Its name contains what many consider an ethnic slur — Chinaman — and it caused one woman in February to scrawl lipstick on the restaurant window to express her displeasure. That woman, Jeannie Harrell, was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property. She wrote on the window (in terms saltier than a newspaper allow) that the name is racist,...
  • Squatter living rent and mortgage free

    04/04/2015 6:16:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | Apr 2, 2015 | Craig Wal
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Tinley Park squatter living rent and mortgage free The problem with squatters is hitting home in an upscale Tinley Park Subdivision. On Mallow Street where homes sell for $350,000 or more, a woman has been living in a house rent and mortgage free for two years. “It's very frustrating, our property taxes are very high, I work nights to pay mine and to help support my family. And I just see her coming and going without a care in the world it's enormously frustrating,” said neighbor Patti Yara. And no one is more frustrated than...
  • Bernie Sanders endorses Rahm challenger

    04/02/2015 6:18:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | David McCabe
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has become the latest high-profile progressive to endorse Cook County Commissioner Chuy García's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D). “I am going to Chicago to support Chuy García and [City Council candidate] Susan Sadlowski Garza. I support them because we need a political revolution in this country and we need the kind of working-class coalitions that Chuy and Susan are pulling together,” Sanders said in a statement.