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  • Dem Sen Durbin: Franken Leaving Should ‘Establish a National Standard’ For Roy Moore

    12/10/2017 3:15:21 PM PST · by Cheerio · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2017 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) leaving the U.S. Senate should “establish a national standard” on how the Senate deals with Alabama GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore if he wins. Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON: Joining us now is Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin. He is in Springfield, Illinois. Welcome, senator. I want to pick up on something that Senator Collins said about the choice that senators may face if Roy Moore is elected in Alabama. And the question is: What business does the Senate have in overturning the will of...
  • Woman Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime in Beating of Disabled Teen on Facebook

    12/09/2017 6:59:32 AM PST · by PBRCat · 22 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 8, 2017 | Megan Crepau
    Chicago woman who live-streamed video of the racially charged beating of a teen with mental disabilities pleaded guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years of probation. Brittany Covington, 19, has been in custody since her arrest in January. Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks banned Covington from social media over the four years, prohibited her from contact with two of her co-defendants and ordered her to do 200 hours of community service. The 19-year-old also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and intimidation charges. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges, including kidnapping....
  • Woman gets probation in Facebook hate-crime case (Tortured white Trump supporter on Facebook)

    12/08/2017 7:03:12 PM PST · by Cubs Fan · 51 replies
    A woman who live-streamed herself and a trio of friends abusing a mentally disabled man and taunting him with racial insults was sentenced to probation Friday after spending nearly a year behind bars. Brittany Covington, 19, had been held at the Cook County Jail without bond since January, when she and co-defendants Tesfaye Cooper, Jordan Hill and her 24-year-old sister Tanishia Covington were arrested on kidnapping and hate-crime charges. The plea deal prosecutors made with Brittany Covington makes her the first of the four to be released, though she will remain on probation for four years and is barred from...
  • BIG LIST of GOP lawmakers who want to save Obama's amnesty

    12/08/2017 7:23:00 AM PST · by smileyface · 26 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Leo Hohmann
    Check out the full Kate’s List below: Kathy Steinle Kathy Steinle Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) (202) 225-4215 (Facebook) Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) (202) 225-5816 (Facebook) Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) (202) 225-2371 (Facebook) Rep Mark Amodei (R-NV) 202 225-6155 (Facebook) Rep Mike Coffman (R-CO) (202) 225-7882 Facebook Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)(202) 225-4540 (Facebook) Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) (202) 225-3011 (Facebook) Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) (202) 225-4276 (Facebook) Rep. Peter King (R-NY) (202) 225-7896 (Facebook) Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) (202) 225-2778 (Facebook) Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) (202) 225-4315 (Facebook) Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) (202) 225-3761 (Facebook) Rep. John Faso (R-NY) (202) 225-5614...
  • Students question Catholic school's emphasis on Christmas

    12/08/2017 7:06:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 7, 2017 | Kyle Perisic
    Students at a major Catholic university are upset at the school’s emphasis on Christmas, saying they wish other religious holidays would receive equal attention on campus. At Loyola University Chicago, Muslim students told The Loyola Phoenix that they wish Muslim holidays would receive the same attention as Christian holidays, despite Muslims accounting for less than five percent of the student population.
  • Conservative Internet shock jock Harold (Hal) Turner convicted of threatening to kill Chicago judges

    08/13/2010 4:10:48 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 13 2010 | Dave Goldiner
    A Brooklyn jury took less than two hours Friday to convict right-wing loudmouth Harold (Hal) Turner of threatening to kill three Chicago judges. Turner's mom and teenage son gasped and sobbed as the jury found the Internet shock jock guilty of a single charge of threatening to murder the judges - a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison. An ashen-faced Turner stripped off his tie and belt and handed his wallet to a clerk before he was led out of the courtroom in downtown Brooklyn. "I love you, dad," his son, Michael Turner, 16, said after the...
  • Durbin Statement On Cornyn-Grassley Immigration Proposal

    12/05/2017 3:25:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 12/5/2017 | U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on legislation announced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA): “Neither Senator Cornyn nor Senator Grassley has ever voted for the Dream Act. This proposal, as I have told them personally, cannot be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.The laundry list of unrelated immigration bills which they have offered is designed to delay and stop any serious bipartisan effort to solve this crisis created by the Trump Administration on September 5th. I will continue my efforts...
  • 2018’s most important, expensive and strange election

    12/04/2017 1:40:22 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 6 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | Nov 17 | George Will
    ...This model is the iron alliance of the Democratic Party and government workers’ unions. Madigan supports Pritzker, who is committed to the alliance. This is the state of the state under it: Unfunded state and local government retirement debt is more than $260 billion and rising. Unfunded pension liabilities for the nation’s highest-paid government workers (overtime starts at 37.5 hours) are $130 billion and are projected to increase for at least through the next decade. Nearly 25 percent of the state’s general funds go to retirees (many living in Texas and Florida). Vendors are owed $9.5 billion. Every five minutes...
  • Illinois Republican John Anderson, third-party candidate for president in 1980, dies at 95

    12/04/2017 12:41:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 12/04/2017 | Anne Kenderdine
    John B. Anderson, an Illinois Republican who cultivated a free-thinking reputation during his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who mounted a serious third-party bid for the White House in 1980, died Dec. 3 in Washington. He was 95. His family announced the death in a statement. Additional details were not immediately available. After entering Congress in 1961, Anderson spent many years in lock step with Republican Party orthodoxy and was a supporter of ultraconservative Sen. Barry Goldwater's presidential bid in 1964.
  • Legendary opera conductor molested teen for years: police report

    12/03/2017 8:30:50 AM PST · by bkopto · 63 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/2/2017 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine molested an Illinois teenager from the time he was 15 years old, sexual abuse that lasted for years and led the alleged victim to the brink of suicide, according to a police report obtained by The Post. The alleged victim came forward to the Lake Forest, Ill. Police Department in October 2016 to detail the molestation, including times when Levine would masturbate in front of him and kiss his p*n*s, according to the report. The alleged victim informed a former Met Opera board member of the alleged abuse in 2016 and she alerted the...
  • Six Black Souls gang leaders convicted in Cook County's first test of state RICO law (IL)

    12/02/2017 2:19:22 PM PST · by RightGeek · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/2/2017 | Megan Crepeau
    Two days after the bizarre dismissal of five jurors, a reconstituted jury on Saturday convicted half a dozen reputed leaders of a West Side street gang in Cook County’s first test of a tough state anti-racketeering law. Attorneys for reputed Black Souls gang leader Cornell Dawson and five lieutenants are sure to make a focus of their appeals the sudden dismissal of several jurors Thursday in the midst of deliberations by the original jury. One juror allegedly made racist remarks in the jury room. Another was found to have lied on her jury questionnaire. A third lost consciousness and had...
  • Lake Villa detective tells teen he was detained 'because you're white' [Illinois]

    12/02/2017 7:14:43 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 20 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 11/29/2017 | Sarah Zoellick
    Lake Villa's police chief issued an apology Tuesday after a video went viral of one of the department's detectives screaming at a group of teens, telling one of them he had been detained because of his skin color. When someone unseen in the video questions why he's being detained -- "Is it because I'm a teenager? Because I have baggy pants on?" he asks -- the detective spins around, points back at him and yells, "Because you're white."
  • Guitierrez: From chopping up "pig innards" to owning a $1.1 Million Second Home

    11/29/2017 11:52:20 AM PST · by PBRCat · 29 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Gutierrez told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday that he and his wife bought a home for more than $1 million last year in Dorado, on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. He said they’re renting out the property now but it will “probably be our house that we live in” at some point. “I’m going to be active in the politics of reconstruction of my island, because I love that island,” he said, noting that he had a plane ticket to leave Sunday for his fourth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the tropical U.S. commonwealth in September....
  • Guitierrez for President? You Heard It Here First

    11/29/2017 11:45:49 AM PST · by PBRCat · 38 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Mark Brown
    Gutierrez seemed to be mapping out was the type of campaign that could be used to hold the Democratic Party accountable for its commitments to the nation’s immigrant and Latino communities, instead of what he sees as a party that abandons them when it becomes inconvenient. It wouldn’t be the kind of campaign where he’s trying to win the nomination so much as a campaign to collect delegates and carry the cause of the immigrant community to the convention. For a comparison, think of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s groundbreaking presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988, when he energized black voters...
  • Chicago bakery loses 800 workers after immigration raid

    11/29/2017 11:30:00 AM PST · by doug from upland · 106 replies
    WGN 9 ^ | 11-28-17 | Melissa Espana
    CHICAGO — A Chicago bakery lost 800 workers to an immigration raid earlier this year. Bloomberg reports that the Cloverhill Bakery on the Northwest Side, lost more than a third of its employees who didn’t have sufficient documentation. The Swiss-based company makes hamburger buns for McDonald’s and other chains. A spokesman said the bakery is struggling to replace staff, is facing pressure to raise wages, and has lost $21 million due to the disruption.
  • Charges filed against Lake Central teacher accused of snorting drugs in class

    11/29/2017 10:48:33 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | 11/28/ 2017 | Meredith Colias, Becky Jacobs
    Lake County prosecutor's office has filed charges against a Lake Central English teacher accused last week of using drugs in her classroom. Samantha Cox, 24, of Cedar Lake, was formally charged on Monday with possession of cocaine, a felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to Lake County court records. Officers were called to the high school, 8400 Wicker Ave., around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after students reported to the principal they saw Cox with drugs in her classroom, court documents said. A student "had video of what appeared to be a teacher 'snorting' a line of an illegal substance,"...
  • Media Lapdogs – The Great Enablers of Sexual Abuse on Capitol Hill

    11/29/2017 8:42:23 AM PST · by x1stcav · 17 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 11/29/17 | David Blackmon
    BOOM! As I’m writing this morning’s Update, Down Goes Lauer! Down Goes Lauer! Down Goes Lauer! More on this tomorrow. Melanie Sloan, a former top communications aide to 88 year-old Democrat Congressman John Conyers, told an interviewer on Tuesday of an instance in which Conyers called her to his office when he was in his underwear. “I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,” she told The Washington Post. “I turned on my heel and I left.” Alrighty, then. Ms. Sloan has leveled sexual harassment allegations at Conyers that date back to 1997, 20 years ago. The unfortunately...
  • More construction, fewer toll collectors in tollway's 2018 budget draft

    11/29/2017 5:56:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | November 13, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Is that toll collector in the booth an endangered species? Not quite with 387 collectors working for the Illinois tollway in 2018, but the numbers are dwindling as the agency moves toward an automated system. Through attrition, toll collector jobs will drop by 32 next year, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of the 55 eliminated positions agencywide, according to the proposed budget recently released. Other budget highlights include an estimated $60 million spike in revenues and a $269.7 million increase in capital spending from 2017. Overall the operations and maintenance budget, which includes salaries and equipment, will rise by...
  • 3 members of Congress arrested at Trump Tower protest

    09/19/2017 12:13:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 19, 2017
    Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested at a protest outside Trump Tower. U.S. Reps Raul Grijalva, of Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon and refused to move. Protest organizers had said prior to the event that the lawmakers planned to get arrested.
  • Three Democratic congressmen arrested at Trump Tower protest

    09/20/2017 9:03:46 AM PDT · by Hadean · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Ray Downs   
    Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower in New York City while protesting for immigrants' rights. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and Adriano Espaillat of New York were arrested on civil disobedience charges. Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, and six other protesters were also arrested. "I stood in front of Trump Tower today with a whole lot of DREAMers, immigrants and Americans to say enough to Trump and his criminalization of our immigrant communities," Grijalva wrote on his official Facebook page. In a statement, Guttierez...