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  • Arne Duncan’s Dismal Record ( Common Core

    10/05/2015 3:16:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2015 | Frederick M. Hess
    On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced he would be stepping down after nearly seven years on the job. This makes it a good moment to assess Duncan’s legacy, especially since his tenure has been shrouded by more than its fair share of puffery and overheated PR. This was predictable when it came to the usual Obama cheerleaders (Tom Friedman wanted Duncan to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state). But it also showed up at times as generous, even fawning, laurels tossed by the likes of David Brooks, Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, and Lamar Alexander. ... Duncan —...
  • Gun-control opponents love to cite Chicago. So how does it compare to the rest of America?

    10/05/2015 1:29:19 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 5, 2015 | Phillip Bump
    Any time an article is written about the overlap of gun violence and politics, there is one response that is guaranteed to be offered: "What about Chicago?" Say that mass shootings have occurred hundreds of times in the last few years and you're asked, "What about Chicago?" Talk about the politics of background check legislation and someone will respond, "What about Chicago?" Well, let's try to answer that. Chicago has become a go-to shorthand for opponents of gun-control legislation. That's in part thanks to President Obama calling Chicago home, the fact that the city's mayor is Obama ally Rahm...
  • Illinois Medical Marijuana Applicants Trending Female, Older

    10/05/2015 10:20:08 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 14 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Carla K. Johnson
    The patient most commonly seeking a doctor's blessing to use medical marijuana in Illinois is an older woman in Cook County with either severe fibromyalgia or cancer, according to data published Thursday in a report to the Legislature. The eight-page report is straightforward and makes no predictions about the future of the state's medical marijuana pilot program, which Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner inherited from his Democratic predecessor, Pat Quinn. The Illinois Department of Public Health compiled the data to fulfill a requirement in the medical marijuana law to report on the program annually to lawmakers. The report shows more than...
  • Redflex Tries To Win Back Shareholders (red light and speed cameras )

    10/05/2015 6:26:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Newspaper. ^ | 9/30/2015
    Redflex red light cameras and speed camera deployments have dropped by half as municipalities reject automated enforcement. Only a few years ago, Redflex Traffic Systems was at the top of its game. Stock analysts saw unlimited growth potential in the Australian firm that once operated more red light cameras and speed cameras in the United States than anyone else. Redflex was so confident about its bright future that it rebuffed Macquarie Bank's 2011 buyout offer at $2.75 a share. Today, Redflex trades at 24 cents per share, a top executive has been found guilty on federal corruption charges and the...
  • Drug charges filed after dozens of heroin overdose cases reported

    10/04/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/4/15 | Jeremy Gorner and Tony Briscoe
    Two reputed gang members were arrested and appeared in court on drug charges over the weekend after Chicago Fire Department crews responded to 74 heroin overdose cases in 72 hours last week.Chicago police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were combing the West Side trying to find the source of the dangerous batch of drugs. Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, was arrested Saturday and appeared in Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sunday on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and aggravated fleeing and eluding police, both felonies, prosecutors said.Sylvester, wearing a denim jacket with red lettering that read...
  • The awful truth about Obama's hometown that he and the media ignore in gun discussion

    10/03/2015 8:43:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-3-15 | Thomas Lifson
    Why has no one asked President Obama what “common sense” gun control measures in addition to those already at work in Chicago he would like to see? Why has no one asked him about the disparity in his concern over a handful of white victims in Orgeon versus his complete ignoring of hundreds of black murder victims in his hometown? Chicago, the town Obama adopted as his own and where his mansion still sits, puts the lie to the vague gun control nostrums he is selling. A highly amusing site called (“Illustrating Chicago Values”) graphically illustrates the ongoing carnage...
  • CORRECTED-Chicago businesses brace for potential doubling of property taxes

    10/02/2015 11:10:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Dave McKinney
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has disclosed that his record property tax hike plan entails significant cuts for nearly 300,000 homeowners, leaving Chicago businesses predicting they will face hikes of up to 50 percent. The second-term mayor last week proposed a $544 million property tax increase, the city's biggest ever, to help fix one of the worst-funded city pension systems in America ... Emanuel's office, which has said one in four dollars of the tax hike would come from the city's central business district, did not contest the 50-percent figure. But a mayoral aide insisted Emanuel's plan is his best effort...
  • DOJ Sues Town for Nixing Rezoning Plan to Build Islamic Temple

    10/02/2015 11:35:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 2, 2015
    In its latest effort to protect Muslim rights in the United States the Obama Justice Department is suing an Illinois town for denying a rezoning application to convert an office building into an Islamic temple. Failing to approve plans for the Islamic worship center violates a 2000 law known as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit filed this week in federal court. The accused are lawmakers in Des Plaines, a Chicago suburb with a population of about 60,000. In 2013 the Des Plaines City Council voted 5-3 to reject...
  • Illinois Playbook [GOP outsiders Trump, Carson, and Fiorina way behind on ground game]

    10/01/2015 9:02:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/01/2015 | Natasha Korecki
    TOP-TIER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEN CARSON lands in Chicago for fund-raising today, but a week before the Oct. 8 petition circulating begins, he’s among the top three presidential contenders who lack solid organizations in Illinois. Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina are seriously lagging more establishment candidates – Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio – in laying a foundation in Illinois. “I don’t know that Trump gets on the Illinois ballot,” warns Republican strategist and former Illinois GOP chair Pat Brady. Absent a significant organization, you’re just not going to get it done in this state.” Brady is backing Gov....
  • See, I told you so: Trey Gowdy is a fake conservative

    09/30/2015 7:49:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 37 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Sep. 30, 2015
    Exhibit A: Amnesty Congressman Luis Gutierrez’ record speaks for itself, but here’s a taste: In July, Gutierrez dismissed the death of Kate Steinle at the hands of an illegal immigrant in a sanctuary city as “a little thing”… Most recently, Gutierrez proposed legislation granting illegal immigrants access to Obamacare. Trey Gowdy and Luis Gutierrez are close friends… (SNIP) After Boehner’s shocking announcement Friday, he secretly urged Gowdy to run for leader…
  • Rep.Gutierrez Introduces Bill To Open Obamacare To Illegal Immigrants

    09/30/2015 12:49:43 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Caroline May
    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) says illegal immigrants should not be barred from Obamacare. Gutiérrez says access to Obamacare is a moral imperative for all, regardless of legal status. He’s introduced legislation that would expand access to President Obama’s signature healthcare law to illegal immigrants.
  • (Three) killed when gunfire erupts at Fuller Park memorial barbecue (Obama's Chicago)

    09/30/2015 10:56:27 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9/30/2015 | Ashlee Rezin and Luke Wilusz
    A barbecue at a South Side park was interrupted by gunfire early Tuesday, leaving Antian Hardmon, Ayanna Northern, and Tyrone Spikes dead, and three other people injured in the Fuller Park neighborhood.About 30 people were enjoying the barbecue, a memorial for someone who died in a crash years ago, when more than 15 shots rang out, according to a woman who wished to be identified only as “Shorty.”Five people were shot about 12:10 a.m. in the 300 block of West 42nd Street when two males opened fire from an alley, according to Chicago Police. Lawn chairs and beer cans could...
  • More Than 50 People Shot for the Second Weekend in a Row in Chicago

    09/30/2015 10:09:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Trace William Cowen
    Four people were killed and 52 wounded during shootings across Chicago over the weekend. After multiple weekends in a row of increased violence in the city, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging a fresh and more proactive approach to gun control. [Snip] At least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to their analysis, that's roughly 400 more incidents than during the same period in 2014.
  • Man charged in sexual assault of 97-year-old woman

    09/29/2015 5:01:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | updated: 9/27/2015 3:10 PM | Associated Press (AP)
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A suburban Chicago man is being held on $5 million bail in the sexual assault of a 97-year-old woman at an assisted living facility.
  • WGN:Thousand of Bodies Could be Unearthed in Road Improvement Project (Chicago)

    09/28/2015 7:15:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Yahooo ^ | 9-28-15 | WGN
    could be as many as 10,000 bodies buried under what is now Oak Pak Avenue in Chicago. The area was once the grounds of a Cook County poorhouse and later an asylum for the mentally ill. (video report)
  • Beneath Chicago’s Gloss: How it is possible for a city this booming to be this broke?

    09/28/2015 6:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | 09/28/2015 | AARON M. RENN
    Chicago’s Loop hums with life and commerce today. A parade of companies, including Kraft and Motorola, has moved from the suburbs into the central business district. The greater downtown apartment market is booming, with thousands of new units being constructed. Chicago hotels will add 2,200 new hotel rooms this year to accommodate throngs of tourists. The city has rolled out new amenities and attractions, including an enhanced Riverwalk along the once-polluted Chicago River, and Maggie Daley Park, a fantasy-like playground that replaced the forlorn Daley Bicentennial Plaza section of Grant Park. Also opening this year: a long-anticipated elevated rail trail...
  • Roskam: Republicans Gather Enough Votes For Special Conference To Slow Down Speakership Election

    09/28/2015 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    (Washington, DC) Republicans in the House of Representatives have banded together to ensure a cooperative debate on strategy and party disagreements before House GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) can try to help House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) take Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’s ’s soon-to-be-vacated job as House Speaker, and instead force a special extended conference meeting that can now happen without McMorris Rodgers’ approval. The debate is enabled by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), who was circulating a letter to his colleagues calling for debate on the Speakership process. At least 50 fellow GOP members have...
  • Mayors Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees

    09/26/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 117 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.” “This is...
  • He’s baaack! Bill Ayers reveals shocking reason for Obama win

    09/26/2015 5:17:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies
    WND ^ | 9/26/15 | Aaron Klein
    In an interview with the Yale college newspaper published on Friday, Weather Underground terrorist group co-founder Bill Ayers said he believes his association with Barack Obama got the politician elected president in 2008. “That whole narrative blew up because no one could figure out how to run against Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton started it all by saying we don’t know who this guy is and he has sketchy friends (myself),” Ayers told the weekend supplement of the Yale Daily News, referring to controversy over his relationship with Obama. “I like to think that his association with me got him...
  • Clinton fundraiser was hosted by convicted drug dealer

    09/26/2015 11:23:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 25, 2015 | Anita Kumar
    Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, attended a fundraiser in New York hosted by John Zaccaro, convicted on felony drug charges after he sold cocaine to an undercover cop. The 1988 conviction of the son of unsuccessful Democratic vice presidential candidate Gerraldine Ferraro was reported in numerous publications at the time.
  • About 260 Chicago Public Schools lose money due to enrollment losses

    09/26/2015 10:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-25-2015 | Juan Perez
    Chicago Public Schools ... The district said it would freeze funds for schools where students appear to be enrolled, but have not attended any days of classes or received class schedules. ... The district said 10th day enrollment totaled 367,499. In 2002, the district's enrollment was 438,589.
  • Education Secretary Duncan’s children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obama’s two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncan’s children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • Dem Rep: Challenge Pope on Abortion, Gays, But Not Illegals, Income Redistribution

    09/23/2015 6:34:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    To quote the Church Lady: isn't that conv-e-e-e-e-nient? On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, Dem congressman Luis Gutierrez claimed that while he was "challenged" by the Catholic church's teachings on abortion and gay rights and found them "difficult" [but not difficult enough to change his standard liberal positions], no one can really argue the Pope's positions on illegal immigration and income inequality. View the video here.
  • Move over Hillary: Rahm Emanuel sued over use of private email

    09/25/2015 8:45:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/25/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton is not the only person facing trouble over the use of personal email to avoid the pesky necessity of turning over communications to public scrutiny. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just been sued by the Chicago Tribune over his use of private emails and texts with regard to public business. Steve Mills of the Tribune reports: The Chicago Tribune filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Mayor Rahm Emanuel violated state open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through private emails and text messages. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, asks...
  • Chicago Tribune sues over Mayor Emanuel’s private email use

    09/24/2015 1:05:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2015 3:48 PM EDT
    The Chicago Tribune is suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel over claims he violated open records laws for failing to disclose personal emails and texts used to conduct city business. Thursday’s lawsuit asks a judge to force the former White House chief of staff to produce documents. The lawsuit argues that the newspaper’s Freedom of Information Act requests to Emanuel’s administration have been “met with a pattern of non-compliance, partial compliance, delay and obfuscation.” …
  • Chicago TV Station Wishes Jews A Happy Yom Kippur With Nazi Emblem

    09/24/2015 7:01:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 60 replies
    TPM ^ | 9-24-15 | Katherine Krueger
    A Chicago television news station made a truly unfortunate art choice to accompany a segment on the Jewish High Holidays on Wednesday: the yellow Star of David that Jews were legally required to wear during the Holocaust. The stock photo was first flagged by a Chicago editor, who posted a screenshot of the WGN news broadcast online. The station responded to apologize for the art choice about 30 minutes later, and said in a tweet the image was "inadvertently" used. In a statement posted online, the station said the picture came from its image bank, and they "failed to recognize...
  • Top 25 Political Donations from 1989 to 2014

    09/24/2015 5:47:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    MERCATUS CENTER AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ^ | Mar 04, 2014 | Veronique de Rugy
    The incentives to use political connections for personal gain grow as the power of government grows. Donating to political campaigns is one way that private interests try to win alliances of government authorities. Over the past 25 years, several of the top political contributors have sought political privilege largely under the radar, with some surprising names appearing among the top 25. ... The top donor is ActBlue, an online political action committee dedicated to raising funds for Democrats. Fourteen labor unions were among the top 25 political campaign contributors. Three public sector unions were among the fourteen: the American Federation...
  • Hillary Clinton: I Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline (to combat global warming)

    09/22/2015 1:58:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Monica Alba and Carrie Dann
    After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project. "I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues," she said during a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday. "Therefore, I oppose it. I oppose it because I don't think it's in...
  • Living large on the public dime

    09/21/2015 9:56:44 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 3 replies
    The ^ | September 20, 2015 | Molly Parker
    “I tell everybody we’re just like the state of Illinois,” he said then. “We lived it up too good. And we didn’t see this coming and we thought it would last forever and when the (federal) cuts came, we weren’t in a position to handle it."
  • Chicago residents face ‘perfect storm’ of tax hikes

    09/21/2015 3:06:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2015 | Ruth Ravve
    Chicago already is one of the most expensive cities in the world -- No. 7, according to a report by financial firm UBS. But the cost of living soon could rise even more, if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets his way. The Windy City mayor is pushing a $500 million property tax increase, the largest in the city's history, as a way to balance an almost $700 million deficit. On top of that, surrounding Cook County just raised the sales tax to the highest in the nation, at 10.25 percent, while considering a hodgepodge of other fees. And the state...
  • Chicago Adds Ridiculous 9% “Cloud Tax” on Netflix and Other Streaming Services

    09/21/2015 8:06:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jason Snead
    Streaming companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Prime are revolutionizing how Americans consume media content. These wildly popular services enable ubiquitous and virtually instantaneous access to expansive catalogues of music, movies, and TV shows. Streaming is big business, and Chicago wants a piece of the action. On Sept. 1, the city’s controversial new “cloud tax” went into effect, extending a 9-percent “amusement tax” into the digital realm. Streaming the latest Taylor Swift album and binge-watching House of Cards is about to get a whole lot more expensive in the Windy City. In addition to its amusement tax, Chicago is extending...
  • The Scheming Marxist Architect of Obamacare, Robert Creamer, Helped Sell the Iran Deal

    09/20/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 11 replies ^ | 2015 September 14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton (h/t Judy Weddle)
    [picture of Robert Creamer] Looks like the Marxist architect of Obamacare also had a major say in putting forth the Iran Deal. Robert Creamer was convicted in 2005 for tax violations and bank fraud. He served time and was under house arrest. While in prison, he crafted the core underpinnings of Obamacare. Creamer is a political consultant who is very close to Barack Obama and is married to Jan Schakowsky, the Marxist Congresswoman from Illinois. While on the inside, he wrote, Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win. Obamacare was only the first major step in...
  • Chicago Adds Ridiculous 9% "Cloud Tax" on Netflix and Other Streaming Services

    09/18/2015 11:04:20 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 33 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jason Snead
    Streaming companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon Prime are revolutionizing how Americans consume media content. These wildly popular services enable ubiquitous and virtually instantaneous access to expansive catalogues of music, movies, and TV shows. Streaming is big business, and Chicago wants a piece of the action. On Sept. 1, the city’s controversial new “cloud tax” went into effect, extending a 9-percent “amusement tax” into the digital realm. Streaming the latest Taylor Swift album and binge-watching House of Cards is about to get a whole lot more expensive in the Windy City. In addition to its amusement tax, Chicago is extending...
  • Clinton slams Trump for not challenging questioner who called Obama a Muslim

    09/18/2015 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/18/2015 | John Wagner
    DURHAM, N.H. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham on Friday denounced Republican front-runner Donald Trump for not challenging an audience member in a rally Thursday night who said that President Obama is Muslim and "not even an American." “I was appalled,” Clinton told reporters following an appearance at the University Of New Hampshire. "He should have from the beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness in a questioner in an audience that he was appearing before." Clinton said had she been in Trump’s place, she would have “called out” the questioner. “That has no place in political...
  • The ‘Iran Deal’ Was Not Signed by Iran or Anyone Else

    09/18/2015 2:14:45 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 19 replies
    The Jewish Press Online ^ | September 18, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    The Nuclear Iran Deal that is at the epicenter of a Congressional battle and the focus of so much attention for months is not actually any deal at all, as not one of the parties, including any representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has signed the Agreement. This morning, Sept. 18, Cong. Mike Pompeo (R-KS-04) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In that letter Pompeo informed the Secretary that while reviewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Nuclear Iran Deal), he noted that there are no signatures on the so-called final Agreement. Without signatures, there can...
  • Obama set to deport 12 Iraqi Christian refugees

    09/17/2015 4:13:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 9-17-2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Detained for 6 months while criminal illegals allowed to stay. More than half of the 27 Iraqi Christians the Obama administration has been holding for the past six months at an ICE detention center in Otay Mesa, California, are set to be deported in coming weeks. ... Iraq is home to one of the most ancient Christian communities, evangelized by the Apostle Thomas not long after the time of Jesus. ... Many of Iraq’s historic churches, some dating back to the second and third century after Christ, have been destroyed or converted to mosques. Others sit empty. ... Thousands of...
  • Durbin: US should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees

    09/16/2015 12:40:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action ^ | September 15, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that the United States should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees, far outpacing the number the administration said last week that it will accept. “What the administration has posed is modest: 10,000. Too modest,” the No. 2 Senate Democrat said. “As far as I am concerned, I believe we should be prepared to accept 100,000—100,000 Syrian refugees.” Durbin's remarks come after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the United States will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees during the 2016 fiscal year that starts next month. The senior Democrat’s comments echo those of 72 House...
  • DuPage County Board member Peter DiCianni of Elmhurst to run for Congress

    09/15/2015 3:38:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    My Suburban Life ^ | September 14, 2015
    Current DuPage County Board member and former Elmhurst mayor Peter DiCianni will run in the Republican primary for the District 8 congressional seat. DiCianni announced his campaign Sept. 13 moments before the Talkie Trot, a local event he and his wife, Rose, have hosted for the last eight years to raise awareness for autism. DiCianni will run for the seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, when she makes a bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois. Currently, DiCianni is the chairman of the Illinois Autism Task Force. Since...
  • Anatomy of a Failed Liberal State

    09/15/2015 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    When I grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago in the 1960s and '70s, Illinois was still a financial and industrial powerhouse. The Land of Lincoln had a low-rate flat income tax, the property taxes were reasonable, the state ran budget surpluses, and Illinois was the home of such iconic mega-employers as Caterpillar, Sears Roebuck and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The public schools were pretty good back then and a dedicated corps of teachers put kids first -- they didn't walk out on strike, and they didn't have the fat pensions they can get now when retiring at...
  • Scott Walker Has a Plan to Cripple Federal Employee Unions

    09/14/2015 1:49:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 9/11/15 | Eric Katz
    Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a name for himself battling public-sector unions, and now he wants to take that fight to the federal level. During a speech in Illinois Thursday, Walker said he would take on federal employee labor groups on his first day in office. His proposal would require the unions to disclose exactly what percentage of union dues are spent on political activity, and ban the automatic deduction from feds’ paychecks in a corresponding amount. Walker said his plan was part of an effort to “wreak havoc on Washington” by transferring “power from the...
  • Retired Cop Accused of Threatening Investigators in Fox Lake Shooting Case

    09/13/2015 9:16:15 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 13 | Emily Shapiro
    A former Chicago cop was in jail today, accused of threatening people involved in investigating the deadly shooting of a Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer. On Friday, a man later identified as retired Chicago Police Officer Joseph Battaglia, blocked his number and called the Lake County Coroner’s Office, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said. "The subject said he was a 'retired police officer' and threatened to harm all of the Task Force members, as well as all of the other investigators involved in the death investigation of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant [Charles Joseph] Gliniewicz," the Sheriff's Office said in a...
  • Office Depot Defends Employees’ Refusal To Make Copies Of Anti-Abortion ‘Hate Material’[Boycott]

    09/12/2015 8:02:53 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 32 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | AP Staff
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. ( — A suburban Chicago woman is accusing Office Depot of religious discrimination, saying employees told her that making copies of an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy. Last month, Maria Goldstein, a Roman Catholic, asked employees at an Office Depot location in Schaumburg, Ill., to make 500 copies of “A Prayer for Planned Parenthood”, the Associated Press reported. The prayer was composed by the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of the anti-abortion group Priest for Life. It calls on God to “Bring an end to the killing of children in the womb, and bring an end to the...
  • Office Depot Apologizes to Woman Over Anti-Abortion Fliers

    09/11/2015 8:40:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    AP/ABC ^ | 9/11/15
    <p>The CEO of Office Depot apologized Friday to a suburban Chicago woman who said the company discriminated against her religious beliefs when its employees told her that making copies of an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy.</p> <p>Maria Goldstein, who is Roman Catholic, asked the Office Depot in Schaumburg last month to make 500 copies of "A Prayer for Planned Parenthood."</p>
  • Darin LaHood Wins Schock’s Seat In Special Election

    09/11/2015 3:24:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 11, 2015
    Illinois Republican state Sen. Darin LaHood won the special election to replace disgraced Republican Rep. Aaron Schock by a landslide Thursday. Lahood, son of former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, beat Democratic opponent Rob Mellon 69 percent to 31 percent, according to The Associated Press vote count. The former prosecutor was widely expected to win the traditionally conservative 18th district.
  • Cook County prosecutors steer clear of judges in gun cases

    09/11/2015 5:11:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11 sept 2015 | Frank Main
    Cook County prosecutors have been avoiding judges in the early stage of gun cases — opting to have grand juries approve their charges — to make sure the defendants are headed to trial, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. In a major policy shift, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez ordered her prosecutors to present felony gun-possession cases to grand juries about a month and a half ago. In the past, they typically brought those cases before judges in preliminary hearings. Grand juries and judges can both decide if probable cause exists for a defendant to go to trial. But grand juries almost...
  • Illinois is a leading state for Syrian (Muslim) refugee resettlement

    09/10/2015 7:01:43 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 6, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    Illinois is a leading state for Syrian (Muslim) refugee resettlement Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 6, 2015 This is a longish article at the Chicago Tribune that anyone concerned with Illinois should have a look at. Any ‘pockets of resistance’ in Illinois? Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says Syrian Muslims figure low on the list of asylum seekers. Has he ever looked at the stats? Or is he helping promote a victim narrative for the Leftwing media? But, this whining bit (below) jumped out at me and I want to bring it to your attention. The article...
  • Police arrest more than 150 men in sex trafficking sting

    09/10/2015 1:33:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/10/15 | Karen Ann Cullotta
    <p>A nationwide summer sex trafficking sting enlisting the help of police departments in Cook and Lake Counties has led to the arrests of more than 150 local men looking to pay for sex, one of whom was caught while his 2-year-old daughter was in the car, authorities said.</p>
  • Office Depot accused of religious discrimination

    09/10/2015 10:29:13 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/10/2015 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    A Rolling Meadows woman has accused Office Depot of discriminating against her Roman Catholic faith after employees told her running copies of an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy. Karen Denning, a spokeswoman for Office Depot, said company policy prohibits "the copying of any type of material that advocates any form of racial or religious discrimination or the persecution of certain groups of people. It also prohibits copying any type of copyrighted material." "The flier contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights," Denning said.

    09/09/2015 10:57:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | September 9, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is furious that House GOP leadership is considering holding a vote on a resolution of disapproval of President Barack Obama’s nuclear arms deal with the Islamic Republican of Iran under the terms of the Iran deal constructs put forward in legislation approved earlier this year from Sens. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • House GOP to postpone vote on Iran after member revolt (fight over secret side deals)

    09/09/2015 1:01:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/15 11:45 AM EDT | Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong
    House Republican leaders are delaying a vote on the Iran nuclear deal scheduled for Wednesday because of a rebellion from rank-and-file conservatives. The House was to hold a procedural vote to begin 11 hours of debate on a resolution disapproving the deal at 1 p.m. Instead, they will gather at 4 p.m. to discuss strategy. "We will continue the conversation on Iran from this morning and discuss strategy for the rest of the week," a GOP leadership aide said. The House subsequently went into recess shortly after noon once leadership called off the procedural vote. GOP leaders had to change...