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  • Illinois Not Paying Out Big Lottery Jackpots Amid Budget Standoff

    08/28/2015 5:34:21 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 53 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 28 AUGUST 2015 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Lottery says big winners since July 1st aren’t getting any money yet because there’s no state budget, meaning the state has no legal authority to pay out lottery winnings. The good news is: You won the lottery. “It was a happy day. My husband was really excited. I thought he was going to have a heart attack,” said 73-year-old Helen Whitfield of Bourbonnais. The bad news is: It may be awhile before you’re paid.
  • Editorial: Concealed gun law allowing questionable people to carry

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

    08/27/2015 5:37:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Zacks ^ | August 26, 2015 | Nilendu Saha
    With crude prices hovering around $40 a barrel, the broader market is on tenterhooks. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell almost 7% in the past week. The troubles grew as oil prices hovered close to its lowest level in almost seven years. The bearish mood is compounded by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s opinion that the commodity is slated to fall to $30 per barrel or less. Whiting Refinery Unit Restarted Amid the gloom, the news that BP Plc (BP - Analyst Report) has restarted the largest of three crude distillation units (CDUs) in its refinery in Whiting, IN., cast...
  • Planned Parenthood Doc Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Has Been Unlicensed for Three Years

    08/24/2015 10:31:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Sarah Zagorski Aug 24, 2015
    In 2013, Planned Parenthood’s Chicago affiliate was sued when a 24-year-old woman named Tonya Reaves died from a second trimester abortion. After the tragedy, Dorsey Johns, Reaves’ mother, told a Chicago television station that Planned Parenthood staff “carelessly performed” the elective abortion and failed to properly monitor and assess her daughter’s condition after the procedure. The abortionist who performed the procedure on Reaves, Mandy Gittler (shown above), is currently employed at a Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan. However, Gittler has not obtained proper licensing in Michigan and she’s had several complaints filed against her in the last two years....
  • Planned Parenthood Blasts Music That ‘Sounds Like It Came From Hell’ at Peaceful Protesters

    08/24/2015 10:04:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | August 23, 2015 | Megan Fox
    I went to the Planned Parenthood protest in Aurora, IL, on August 22, 2015, and while the huge crowd was heartening, something happened that I still can’t believe. Recently I wrote about the lame “Funny or Die” video that made fun of our outrage over Planned Parenthood tearing babies limb from limb and selling the parts to the highest bidder. But those are comedians, so we expect them to be crass and outrageous. What we don’t expect is for Planned Parenthood, whose representatives have been caught gorging themselves on salad and wine while they talk about crushing the bodies of...
  • Post-Holiday Blues? The Obamas Look Glum As They Return Home From Martha's Vineyard

    08/23/2015 10:40:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 23, 2015
    Post-Holiday Blues? The Obamas Look Glum As They Return Home From Martha's Vineyard 23 August 2015 President Barack and the first family looked glum as they stepped off Marine One outside of the White House as they returned from their summer vacation. [Pic in URL] They have been in Martha's Vineyard for the past two weeks enjoying their annual summer break, and looked far from happy to be home. Obama and wife Michelle put on similar grimaces as they landed at Cape Cod en route to the capital, but managed to temporarily overcome their disappointment and put on a smile...
  • GOP senators fight over failure (Graham, Lott, RINOs slam DeMint as selfish "loser" but praise Kirk)

    11/03/2010 7:06:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 125 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-03 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Long-simmering tensions within the Republican Party spilled into public view Wednesday as the pragmatic and conservative wings of the GOP blamed each other in blunt terms for the party’s failure to capture the Senate. With tea party-backed candidates going down in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, depriving Republicans of what would have been a 50-50 Senate, a bloc of prominent senators and operatives said party purists like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had foolishly pushed nominees too conservative to win in politically competitive states. (snip) Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott put it plainly: “We did not nominate our...
  • Obama admin assures foreign governments they won’t be penalized for doing business with Iran

    08/20/2015 3:49:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 8/20/15 | Pamela Geller
    Has Obama registered as an agent of the Islamic Republic of Iran yet? Why not? What would he be doing differently if he were one? “Senators: Obama Admin Hiding Secret Iran Deal Letters,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, August 19, 2015:Two leading U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to release secret letters to foreign governments assuring them that they will not be legally penalized for doing business with the Iranian government, according to a copy of a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco...
  • BREAKING: Secret Obama Letters Found by 2 GOP Senators, Send Obama Admin Into Panic Mode

    08/20/2015 5:43:52 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 92 replies
    conservative tribune ^ | August 20th, 2015 | conservative tribune
    The presidential administration that vowed to be the most transparent since the baptism of Nkuwu Nzinga has once again demonstrated that such vows mean nothing to it. In addition to the secretive manner in which Secretary of State John Kerry conducted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program — in itself secretive — there was also the matter of secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. And now, additional side deals, this time between President Barack Obama and the leaders of foreign governments, have also come to light. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • Senators: Obama administration hiding secret Iran deal letters

    08/19/2015 8:07:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/19/15 | Adam Kredo
    Two leading U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to release secret letters to foreign governments assuring them that they will not be legally penalized for doing business with the Iranian government, according to a copy of a letter sent Wednesday to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) disclosed in the letter to the State Department that U.S. lawmakers have been shown copies of several letters sent by the Obama administration to the Chinese, German, French, and British governments assuring them that companies doing business
  • Comcast reveals subscriber in online comments case

    08/21/2015 2:09:19 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/21/2015 | DAVID MERCER
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Comcast Cable Communications has given a northern Illinois politician the identity of an Internet service subscriber whose account was used to post an anonymous comment online suggesting the politician molests children.
  • Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis When He Visits the USA

    08/21/2015 1:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 08/21/2015 | Emily Wilkins
    Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis. Lawmakers and immigration activists expect the pontiff’s message will resonate beyond Capitol Hill and inspire members of Congress and their constituents. The pope's U.S. schedule includes an address to Congress on Sept. 24 and a meeting two days later with immigrants and Hispanic families at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “He’s been clear on our failure to respond appropriately to immigrants and refugees,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., told CQ. “I don’t think anyone will...
  • New Poll Shows Trump Leads GOP Race in Illinois (Jeb in 2nd place)

    08/21/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 8/19/15 | NBC Chicago
    Trump held 23.3 percent of votes compared to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's 16.5 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 11 percent New poll results show that businessman Donald Trump has widened his lead over the other GOP presidential contenders in Illinois. Victory Research, a political consulting firm, surveyed 801 "likely Republican primary voters" in Illinois from Aug. 16-18, and many of them chose Trump as their candidate. Trump held 23.3 percent of votes compared to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's 16.5 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 11 percent. Rounding out the top six in the poll are neurosurgeon...
  • MICHELLE OBAMA TO JUMP IN RACE FOR PRESIDENT?

    08/20/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by OPS4 · 63 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/20/15 | WND
    And on the Democrat side, there’s surging support for a self-avowed socialist who is challenging Hillary Clinton, who thought she was the anointed candidate in 2008, only to be knocked off her pedestal by upstart Barack Obama. She considers herself anointed now, but finds her support fading quickly. So how about the gauntlet being thrown down by … Michelle Obama?
  • Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

    08/19/2015 8:51:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    HealthDay News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Alan Mozes
    Drug-resistant head lice are very likely coming to a school near you, U.S. investigators warn. At least 25 states host lice populations that don't respond to common over-the-counter treatments, a new analysis reveals. Permethrin, part of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, has long been the go-to weapon against head lice, mosquitoes, bedbugs and other insects. But continued exposure to permethrin has caused a huge swath of the dreaded insects to develop genetic mutations that render such drugs useless. "It's a very classic resistance story. ... Head lice, which can't jump or fly, transmit by direct physical contact. They quickly infest...
  • That giant sucking sound in Chicago comes from these HQs

    08/18/2015 5:16:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | August 15, 2015 | JOE CAHILL
    From Allstate, CME Group and McDonald's to Motorola Mobility and Walgreens Boots Alliance, it's hard to think of a big company in metro Chicago that's not cutting head office staff. Corporate headquarters operations that created good jobs for generations of Chicagoans have turned into drivers of unemployment in recent years. Total headcount at Chicago's 10 biggest companies fell 5.6 percent last year. And data from Chicago outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas show big, locally based companies contributing an outsized share of nearly 90,000 layoffs in Illinois since 2013. Kraft Heinz joined the parade on Aug. 12, cutting 700 of...
  • Illinois corruption: The state’s 20 most politically corrupt women of the 21st century

    08/18/2015 8:32:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Reboot Illinois ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | Caitlin Wilson
    Illinois corruption: The state’s 20 most politically corrupt women of the 21st century Caitlin Wilson REBOOT STAFF Jul 31, 2015 We use the term “old boys network” as shorthand for the culture that breeds political corruption. A new study from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute contends the term is gender-inaccurate. “Unsupervised, Ensnared, Relational, and Private: A Typology of Illinois’ Corrupt Women” takes a look at the women of Illinois who have been convicted for abusing their official powers. It challenges the notion that “female public officials have a deterrent effect on corruption” and examines the methods and motivations most...
  • Business' sign causes a stir (Michael Brown Memorial Fun)

    08/17/2015 10:22:06 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    News-Gazette ^ | 8/13/2015 | Jerry Nowicki
    FARMER CITY — A local business owner with a penchant for controversy set his sights on Ferguson, Mo., this week. "Congrats Michael Brown one year with no criminal behavior," the sign outside Schmidt's Welding and Machine Shop in Farmer City read Tuesday and early Wednesday, days after the one-year anniversary of a Ferguson police officer shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Phil Schmidt, who owns the sign and the business, was unapologetic, saying the message was similar to others he's put up over the years outside his shop at 824 E. High Street. "It is what it...
  • UW Faculty Mass Exodus

    08/17/2015 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 73 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    He may not be getting as much attention as The Donald but Governor Scott Walker’s higher education reforms in Wisconsin are having a real world impact there. “Who wants to work in a state where tenure is an abstraction?,” Kelly Wilz, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, writes in a column which appeared on the Academe Blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Apparently, not many of her colleagues, even the tenured ones. “The emails keep rolling in,” Wilz writes. “More colleagues leaving–not for better pay, not because they didn’t love their jobs, but...
  • 2 parachutists seriously injured in Chicago Air & Water show

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

    08/15/2015 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    AP ^ | August 15th, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN
    AK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — America's two foremost Democratic couples — the Obamas and the Clintons — mingled on Saturday as politics mixed with summer repose on swanky Martha's Vineyard. President Barack Obama, halfway through his annual two-week getaway on the Massachusetts island, teed off in the afternoon with former President Bill Clinton, trading compliments on the first hole. Later in the day, both presidents were to join Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton at another Democratic luminary's birthday party. "Good!" said a spry-looking Clinton, donning light blue pants and a dark shirt, after Obama made his putt on the...
  • Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time (Illinois)

    08/13/2015 8:11:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time Gregory Pratt Lincoln-Way 210 officials had big plans for the school district's future in 2005 — booming population growth would fuel new success. Ten years and a $225 million referendum to build two schools later, District 210 is on the state's financial watch list and needs to close one of its four schools to try and make ends meet. District officials defend the decision to forge ahead with the construction of two schools in the late 2000s, saying they trusted enrollment figures that showed the district would have thousands...
  • Women's group criticizes Rauner for all-male Tollway board

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

    08/11/2015 10:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | July 17, 2015 | CBS Chicago
    (CBS) – Corey Brooks, the “Rooftop Pastor” from Chicago’s South Side who endorsed Republican Bruce Rauner for governor, now has a paid appointed position with the Rauner administration.Gov. Rauner’s office on Friday announced Brooks, senior pastor at New Beginnings Church, will be a director on the Illinois Tollway Board, the Downers Grove-based authority that controls toll roads.Brooks was among a group of African-American religious leaders in Chicago who backed Rauner, a wealthy businessman, over incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, saying Democrats had taken black political support for granted.The tollway appointment would seem an odd fit for Brooks, a social crusader who...
  • Valerie Jarrett Saved $200K On Real Estate Deal Using Tax Loophole She Opposes

    08/11/2015 5:02:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 11, 2015 4:32 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Obama, purportedly saved $200,000 on a Chicago real estate deal by taking advantage of a tax loophole she openly opposes and actively worked to eliminate, according to a watchdog investigation. The investigation, conducted by the Chicago-based Better Government Association (BGA), focused on the 2013 sale of a $160 million luxury high-rise in which Jarrett pocketed more than $1 million in profits. Jarrett served as an executive at a Chicago real estate development firm called the Habitat Company prior to joining the White House as a senior adviser to Obama in 2009. While there,...
  • Catholic Bishop: 'Moral Decadence' of 21st Century West 'Rivals Decline & Fall of Roman Empire’

    08/11/2015 4:43:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/11/15 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Bishop Thomas Paprocki says that the “moral decadence of our 21st century Western world now rivals the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.”“Historians tell us that abortion and infanticide were widespread, commonplace, and for the most part legal in the classical world of the Greeks and Romans," said Paprocki, the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois."Perhaps if they had the technology at the time, they would have sold fetal body parts for profit,” the bishop said in a July 26 video response to undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood...
  • Whip list: How many Democrats oppose Obama's Iran nuclear deal? (Only 9 Congressmen and 1 Senator)

    08/10/2015 2:26:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 4:33 PM ET, Mon August 10, 2015 | Tal Kopan and Deirdre Walsh
    House Democrats who are a "no" on the deal (9 of 44 needed to override potential veto): Steve Israel, New York Nita Lowey, New York Ted Deutch, Florida Grace Meng, New York Kathleen Rice, New York Albio Sires, New Jersey Juan Vargas, California Eliot Engel, New York Brad Sherman, California Note: 150 House Democrats signed a May letter supporting the then-unfinished Iran negotiations and none have come out against the deal since it was completed. Senate Democrats who are a "no" (1 of 13 needed to override potential veto): Chuck Schumer, New York Senate Democrats who are a "yes": Tammy...
  • Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staff

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

    08/10/2015 11:40:03 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 8 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | August 10, 2015 | Todd Strandberg
    The coal industry is facing its toughest challenge since The Great Depression of 1929. The collapse in coal prices and a growing weight from new regulations has claimed dozens of firms. In just recent months, three major coal producers have filed for bankruptcy. Alpha Natural Resources operates more than fifty underground and surface mines in five states. It is the nation’s largest producer of the type of coal used in steel production. In 2011, Alpha Natural Resources was worth $11 billion in stock value. The firm is now worth less than $7 million. Peabody Energy Corporation, is the largest private-sector...
  • Wrigley Field Evacuated Following Bomb Threat After Giants vs. Cubs

    08/09/2015 4:43:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    BleacherReport ^ | August 9, 2015
    The Chicago Cubs finished a critical four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon, but baseball took a backseat in the aftermath of the game. According to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly, there was a bomb threat at Wrigley Field following the contest. He provided more context with a quote from a police officer and described the scene:
  • Chicago Police, SWAT teams surrounding home on West Side

    08/09/2015 2:56:36 PM PDT · by infool7 · 38 replies
    WGN Chicago ^ | 8/9/2015 | Kelly Barnicle
    CHICAGO — Chicago Police and SWAT teams have a home surrounded on the city’s West Side. Police say that at approximately 12:30 this afternoon officers witnessed a man walking into a building on the 1200 block of S. St. Louis Ave. with a gun. They evacuated neighboring buildings and have been on the scene afternoon. There have been no reports of injuries. It was not immediately clear if there is anyone else in the building. More details as they become available. WGN’s Kelly Barnicle contributed to this report
  • Inspector raps Emanuel's wellness program ( Chicago )

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

    08/05/2015 1:16:12 PM PDT · by massmike · 56 replies
    http://abc7chicago.com/ ^ | 08/05/2015 | Frank Elliott
    A bar owner admitted he set his gay nightclub on fire in Oak Park. Frank Elliott pleaded guilty to arson and insurance fraud for the fire at The Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge in 2012. Prosecutors said Elliott doused the bar in alcohol, wrote gay slurs on the wall, then lit it on fire. He was sentenced to two years' probation and has to pay back $107,000 to two insurance companies.
  • Rahm Emanuel Slanders Supporters of Israel

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

    08/02/2015 7:14:51 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug 2, 2015 | Phil Kadner
    Southland group's goal: Sanders as president By Phil Kadner About 50 people gathered Wednesday in a banquet room at a Flossmoor restaurant to launch a ""political revolution." It's a grass roots movement for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate who embraces single-payer national health insurance, tuition-free public universities for all, increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and taking control of the federal government away from billionaires and corporations and returning it to the people. Mention to these folks that the Vermont senator has been called a socialist, and instead of protests, you're likely to bring a...
  • Another ratings agency downgrades CPS’ debt to junk status (Fitch)

    08/02/2015 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 28, 2015 6:58 AM | Juan Perez Jr.
    A second financial ratings agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools’ debt rating to junk status, reinforcing Wall Street’s dim view of the district’s finances. Fitch Ratings on Monday downgraded billions of school board bonds to its “BB+” ranking, which it said reflected the “limited progress” CPS has made to address a vast budget gap as well as the district’s meager cash reserves. Fitch said those reserves are likely to be extinguished by next year. District officials have announced $200 million in spending cuts. Fitch said the district also will require “a combination of tax increases, contributions from the state and...
  • 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...
  • Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds finally finds place to stay for the night (Chicago politics alert)

    07/31/2015 2:36:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jon Seidel
    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds couldn’t tell a federal magistrate judge Thursday where he planned to live as he awaits trial on misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns for four consecutive years. That’s because of lifetime restrictions on his residency stemming from his conviction decades ago for having sex with an underage campaign worker. After shooting down two possibilities Thursday — including a residence near a kids center in Bartlett and a Red Roof Inn in Indiana — U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez told him to return to her courtroom and try again Friday afternoon. His new defense...
  • Organizing the Chicago Way: Challenger Says Hoffa and Feds Use Intimidation to Control Union

    10/10/2011 4:23:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2011 | John Ransom
    Fred Gegare, who is challenging Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in elections this month to head up the transport union, says that Hoffa and the US government are colluding to control the union by the use of intimidation. If true, the allegations could mean that 50 years of work trying to rid unions of mob influence has come to an end.  Hoffa and the Justice Department, says Gegare, have abused a decades-old consent decree, “which was once used to remove mobsters two decades ago, [but] is now being used to target [Hoffa’s] critics” through a “rogue investigative unit set up by...
  • Wheaton College to Drop Student Health Insurance Because of 'Obamacare' Birth Control Mandate

    07/30/2015 8:06:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Due to an objection with an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires health insurance plans to offer base birth control, Wheaton College has announced that it will no longer offer health insurance to its students to avoid conflicting with the institution's Christian convictions. The decision, announced to its students on July 10, effectively strips about a quarter of the suburban Chicago non-denominational liberal arts school's undergraduate and graduate students of their health care plans, which is about 700-plus individuals. As one of the most contested aspects of Obamacare has been the requirement for health insurance plans to provide birth control...
  • Chicago man cleared after 17 years in prison shot dead

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

    07/29/2015 12:36:46 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 18 replies
    PPP ^ | 7/29/15 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's newest Illinois poll finds that Mark Kirk's popularity is plummeting, and he trails Tammy Duckwo rth in a hypothetical match up. Kirk was already struggling when we last polled the state in February- only 28% of voters approved of the job he was doing to 32% w ho disapproved. After getting involved in a series of controversies over the last five months his numbers have turned even more in the wrong direction- now only 25% approve of him with his disapproval spiking up to 42%.
  • Editorial: Make gun laws work the way they're supposed to

    07/28/2015 6:25:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 july 2015
    Half the guns used by criminals in Illinois gush in from states that do an even lousier job than Illinois of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. When a big city like Chicago is a national hub of the illegal drug trade — even El Chapo has competition in this town, as Sun-Times reporter Frank Main wrote Sunday — then stopping that flow of guns is essential. Now, finally, a leading voice of the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, on Sunday said what Chicago leaders have been saying for years: At least close...
  • Police: 7 dead, 34 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    07/27/2015 9:02:16 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 30 replies
    Seven people have been killed and at least 34 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon, police said. Most recently, a 16-year-old boy was shot to death Sunday evening in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
  • Ozymandias (Obamandias)

    07/26/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias ^ | 1818 | Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Ozymandias Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 - 1822 I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'...
  • Pension doomsday: How will Illinois pols cope with this crisis?

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

    07/25/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    What a state to live in! What a state to die in. With nearly the full complement of lifely civic benefits for the deceased—voting and welfare receipt—Illinois is the place for the active, modern expired citizen. Until today. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun his attack on this recently vibrant Prairie State constituency by cutting benefits to them. Even food stamps will no longer flow to those who until recently needed daily sustenance. Only in Illinois.Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 3311 on July 21, requiring the Department of Human Services to conduct a monthly crosscheck of its aid...
  • 10 Dead, 34 Wounded In Weekend Violence

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

    07/21/2015 1:24:50 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 19, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    In my current book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, I write of the phenomenon of Communist Party marriages. “Theirs was the first ‘party marriage’ that I observed,” wrote Whittaker Chambers in Witness, describing the decidedly non-sacramental marriage of two of his Communist Party comrades, before writing of his own “party marriages.” From Marx and Engels, to Herbert Marcuse and Wilhelm Reich, to Betty Friedan and Kate Millett, to Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, our comrades on the far left have bequeathed a legacy of noxious ideas on marriage and family. Their political-cultural...