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  • URGENT CALL FOR HELP IN SCHOOL DISTRICT U-46!

    09/25/2016 5:03:35 AM PDT · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 10 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 9/24/16 | Laurie Higgins
    As you may remember, the Friday before Labor Day, U-46 CEO Tony Sanders made the decision to allow a gender-confused middle school student to use an opposite-sex locker room. And Sanders also decided to conceal this information from district parents. Only one school board member, Jeanette Ward, had the courage and integrity to notify parents via her Facebook page of this information. As a result, she has been on the receiving end of vicious, hateful, and false personal attacks. Contrary to what Leftists in the district are saying, Mrs. Ward revealed no personal identifying information about the student. She did...
  • Shots fired near University on Green Street (Champaign, IL)

    09/25/2016 2:50:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 4 replies
    Daily Illini ^ | September 25, 2016
    EXCERPT U of I Police âś”@UIPD Police are investigating a shooting near Third and Green. Please avoid the area and call @ChampaignPD if you have information. #UIUC 3:44 AM - 25 Sep 2016
  • If Not Trump, Who Will Cure the Rot?

    09/24/2016 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Holman W. Jenkins Jr.
    One of the brothers charged in the August shooting death of mother-of-four Nykea Aldridge in Chicago, which prompted a controversial tweet from Donald Trump appealing for black support (“VOTE TRUMP!”), was released only two weeks earlier on a firearms violation... Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson last month explained reality to the Chicago Tribune: Of the 1,400 people on the city’s “Strategic Subject List” of those believed responsible for its gun violence, most have been arrested and released multiple times on gun charges. By one count (that of the Chicago Sun-Times) 75% of those booked on gun violations in the first...
  • Violence-plagued Chicago plans to hire nearly 1,000 more cops

    09/23/2016 11:23:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
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  • Mayor delays speech on Chicago violence amid blowback

    09/20/2016 5:51:45 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 9/19/2016 | Charles Thomes
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to deliver a speech later this week on public safety and Chicago's violence problem, but he's made some adjustments.The original plan had the mayor speaking Tuesday to reportedly call on some African-American parents to do a better job raising their children. The blowback has caused him to delay and rethink his speech. After helping rename the South Side Water Filtration plant after the late former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, Rahm Emanuel confirmed his speech will call for better parenting as a means to reduce violence in African-American neighborhoods."There's significance in making sure that...
  • CHICAGO POLICE TO UNDERGO MANDATORY 'DE-ESCALATION' TRAINING

    09/19/2016 12:49:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    AP ^ | September 19, 2016 | Staff
    The Chicago Police Department launched mandatory training designed to help officers de-escalate conflicts, including situations involving the use of force and mental health issues. The program, which Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is scheduled to discuss Monday evening, is among several department reforms following the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The black teenager was shot 16 times in 2014 by a white Chicago police officer. Graphic squad-car video of the shooting was released last year, prompting citywide protests, police leadership changes and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
  • Police: 5 killed, 38 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    09/19/2016 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 19, 2016
    Five people were killed, including a pregnant woman, and at least 38 more were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and Monday morning, police said. Parasha M. Beard and a 26-year-old man were sitting in a car parked in the 8700 block of South Marquette when another vehicle pulled alongside them and a gunman with dreadlocks opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The woman was shot in the neck, and the man suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.
  • No bail in caught-on-video shooting of man, 71, on Southwest Side (Perp arrested! Chicago)

    09/19/2016 4:42:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 6 replies
    A judge denied bail Saturday for Antoine J. Davis, who’s charged with bicycling up to a 71-year-old man Southwest Side man as he watered his lawn earlier this month and robbing and shooting him in an incident that was caught on surveillance video. Davis, 30, is charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the police. The shooting victim, identified by his family as Federico Laguardia, was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He’d been watering his lawn Sept. 6 in the 7000 block of South California Avenue in Marquette...
  • Obama Administration’s Lawless Decision Delays a Much-needed Infrastructure project

    09/18/2016 7:40:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | September 15, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Seemingly every day some politician or another, usually from the left of the political spectrum, calls for more infrastructure investment. In North Dakota there is a $3.7 billion infrastructure project under construction. This project received all the necessary federal permits and is 60% complete. But now the Obama administration, bowing to radical left wing protestors, has thrown the project into doubt with its unprecedented decision last Friday to halt construction on one section of the project. Apparently infrastructure investment is not the priority we were led to believe. The project in question is known as the Dakota Access Pipeline. It...
  • Cops: 1 dead, dozens displaced in string of arsons in Heart of Chicago

    09/17/2016 5:53:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 9-17-16 | Megan Crepeau and Elvia Malagon
    A man was killed and about two dozen people were driven from their home in a string of fires set within blocks of each other in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood early Friday, police and fire officials said. At least seven separate fires were reported around 3 a.m., apparently set in alley trash cans that spread to garages and at least one home in the South Side neighborhood, according to officials.
  • This is How You’ll Bail out Municipal Pension Funds: Check the bills in your mailbox. [Chicago]

    09/17/2016 10:35:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 15 September 2016 | Wolf Richter
    It has gotten so bad that the phrase “Pension Crisis” made it into Wikipedia. It’s the perplexing reality that municipal, state, federal, and corporate pensions in the US and similar schemes around the world are so badly underfunded that it will be impossible to fulfill the promises by a wide margin. By many trillions of dollars. With state and municipal pension funds in the US, the situation is particularly tricky because the beneficiaries are voters and employees of the government, and politicians of all stripes bought their votes with promises of low contributions and rising benefits. They got away with...
  • Candidate vs. the Machine

    09/17/2016 7:21:24 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 16, 2016 | Editorial Board
    Jeffrey Leef is a Republican and a political novice who challenged Chicago's Democratic machine by running for Congress. He had no expectation of defeating incumbent Rep. Danny Davis, whose 7th district hasn't elected a Republican in 70 years. This was an idealistic pursuit by a citizen in defense of the endangered two-party system in Cook County. What could possibly go wrong? Leef got the nomination and secured enough signatures to get on the ballot. But before he could put up signs or receive a single donation, an ousted committeeman filed an objection to his candidacy with the Board of Elections....
  • Civil Rights Protest Planned For Chicagoland Speedway Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Race

    09/16/2016 3:07:46 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Joliet Patch ^ | Sep 16, 2016 | Joseph Hosey
    Civil Rights Protest Planned For Chicagoland Speedway Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Race New Black Panther Party “troops” will have a presence at the protest, the organizer said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) - September 16, 2016 4:32 pm ET JOLIET, IL — A civil rights group plans to protest Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Terrance Alton Cox III, of Minority Youth Matters Movement, said his group will protest the lack of black NASCAR drivers, as well as police brutality and unjust incarceration. Cox said “blacks spend $1.3 trillion and there’s only half of a black driver...
  • Christian could be fired for refusing to watch LGBT ‘inclusivity’ video

    09/16/2016 5:04:18 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 37 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 15, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, September 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Christian's 14-year career is being threatened because he refused to watch a training video on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer "diversity and inclusivity." In April, the Social Security Administration announced all employees must be trained in LGBTQ "diversity and inclusivity." Longtime information technology employee David Hall, whose Christian convictions do not consider sodomy healthy or normal or good for people, believed that the “training” was against his sincerely held beliefs. Specifically, Hall, 42, was told by his superiors to view a 17-minute video that includes "tips for increasing cultural awareness in...
  • Morning Spin: Emanuel's police reform plan gets first public hearing

    09/13/2016 12:07:50 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/13/2016 | Contact Reporter
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to revamp the oversight system for Chicago’s beleaguered Police Department will get its first public airing Tuesday at a City Council committee meeting. Administration officials and aldermen are likely to get an earful, given the early reaction of police accountability advocates made to reporters when Emanuel unveiled his plan in late August. They criticized the mayor for not including a fixed minimum budget in the ordinance, which would eliminate the Independent Police Review Authority and replace it with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. That omission, they say, would allow the mayor or council to gut...
  • A federal solution to Chicago's public pension mess

    09/12/2016 8:24:19 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 September 2016 | Ed Bachrach
    <p>If you experienced sticker shock with your latest real estate tax bill, or worry about what's around the corner with proposed big increases on your water and sewer bills, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Chicago's pension debts are finally starting to gobble the city. Chicagoans have two options: Swallow hard and take the massive increases as a cost of living in this great city, or fight for a better solution.</p>
  • The Black Body Count Rises as Chicago Police Step Back

    09/12/2016 12:51:56 PM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 11, 2016 | Heather Mac Donald
    The streets are gone,” Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago police union, told me last month. The night before, Aug. 14, a Chicago police officer’s son had been killed in a shooting while sitting on his family’s porch, one of 92 people killed in Chicago during the worst month for homicides in the Windy City since July 1993. The August victims who survived included 10-year-old Tavon Tanner, shot while playing in front of his house (the bullet ripped through Tavon’s pancreas, intestines, kidney and spleen); an 8-year-old girl shot in the arm while crossing the street; and two 6-year-old girls....
  • Chicagoan, Dissatisfied With Police Coverage, Hires Private Patrols

    09/10/2016 3:01:00 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/9/2016 | Dana Kozlov
    (CBS) – A Chicago man, fed up and frustrated with what he says is the rising crime in his neighborhood, takes matters into his own pocketbook — shelling out thousands to pay for private street security. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports. Security firm owner Howard Greer, also a Chicago cop, patrols the 1100 block of North LaSalle. It’s his off-duty job, paid for by this De Mudd. “I’ve been watching my neighborhood deteriorate over the last couple of years,” Mudd says. Police, he says, couldn’t keep up. So, Greer and fellow off-duty officers now walk the Gold Coast pocket with...
  • CHA danger zones — a Sun-Times / BGA Watchdogs special report

    09/10/2016 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Scarpetta · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 10, 2016 | Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Mick Dumke and Brett Chase
    On the South Side, a 22-year-old Chicago man the police said was a gang member was shot to death May 27 inside a Washington Park apartment described as “a known gang hangout.” At another South Side apartment, a 25-year-old man was gunned down along with another man on Valentine’s Day. At a house in Englewood, three people were shot and killed May 12. These killings — part of the city’s surge in violence — all occurred at a home or apartment whose rent was covered totally or in part by the federal government through Section 8 “housing choice” vouchers issued...
  • (Chicago) Teacher Disciplined After Trying To Force Student To Stand For Pledge

    09/09/2016 6:25:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 8, 2016
    A Blue Island high school teacher has been disciplined, after trying to force a student to stand for the pledge of allegiance. Michael Stillman, an attorney for Community High School District 218, wouldn't say how the teacher was disciplined, but said her behavior did not rise to the level of a fireable offense. [Snip] The student's mother, Kelly Porter, said the teacher was suspended. [Snip] Her 15-year-old son, Shemar Cooper, chose to sit during the pledge two weeks ago, and his Spanish teacher approached him about it. His mother acknowledged his response was "America sucks," and she said that "was...
  • Terrifying moment a 71-year-old man is shot..in broad daylight while watering..Chicago's South [tr]

    09/08/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Staff
    A 71-year-old man was shot in Chicago this week while watering his lawn as two men attempted to rob him. It was a little after 11 a.m. on Tuesday when the victim, Fred Laguardia, was approached by two suspects on bikes outside his home in Marquette Park. Home surveillance video taken from a neighbor's house shows the two men attempting to rob Laguardia, however he refused to give in to them. A struggle ensued and the senior citizen was thrown to the ground, where he was shot once in the abdomen by one of the men, according to WGNTV.
  • Chicago Hits Grim Milestone With 500 Homicides in 2016

    09/07/2016 7:24:36 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07 September 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    The City of Chicago hit a deadly milestone over the Labor Day weekend — the 500th homicide of the year. And with that tragic tally, the Windy City has now logged more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles combined — and is on pace to reach a homicide level not seen since the 1990s, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. Don't blame the cops, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said outside police headquarters Tuesday. "It's not a police issue, it's a society issue," Johnson said after a Labor Day weekend during which 65 people were shot, 13 of them...
  • Chicago’s homicide count for 2016 soars past 500 after violent Labor Day weekend

    09/06/2016 10:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 2:00 PM | Reuven Blau
    The homicide count in Chicago has soared past 500 so far this year, exceeding the total number of murders for all of last year. The bloody death toll of 512 was reached after a violent holiday weekend where 65 people in the city were shot, 13 fatally, authorities said. The figure is a 20-year high.By contrast, there have been 409 homicides combined in New York and Los Angeles through late August. …
  • Malkin: Sicko Terrorist Lynne Stewart: Still Hating Cops

    09/06/2016 4:35:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 7, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    Old age and illness have not dulled the tongue or treasonous soul of convicted jihad-enabling lawyer Lynne Stewart. She's as vile and violence-promoting as ever. Freed from prison two years ago on "compassionate release" after being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, the flaming 76-year-old radical is still championing left-wing massacres against the police. And still kicking America in the teeth. The Associated Press reported over the holiday weekend that the mouthy menace remains stubbornly devoted to "armed struggle." Translation: Sicko Grandma Stewart — as unrepentant and unapologetic as the rest of her rotten hippie pals in the bloodthirsty Weather Underground,...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Closes Illinois Clinic That Didn’t Get Enough Customers

    09/06/2016 8:28:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | September 2, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Another Planned Parenthood has closed its doors, this time in Illinois. The abortion chain’s Effingham facility closed on Aug. 30 and posted a note on its door directing patients to the Planned Parenthood in Champaign, Illinois, the Effingham Daily News reports. A spokesperson for the Illinois abortion affiliate said they decided to consolidate the two centers because business “continued to drop” in Effingham. Local pro-lifers said the news was a good sign. Rob McKerrow, one of a small group of pro-lifers who stood outside the facility every week to offer women life-affirming information and support, said they noticed how Planned...
  • Chicago searches for answers to stem surging murder toll

    09/05/2016 6:52:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 04 September 2016
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  • Election 2016: Who Will Win the U.S. Senate?

    09/05/2016 5:03:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2016 | Arthur Schaper
    Election 2014 displayed one of the most incredible switches of U.S. Senate control in recent memory. The Republicans did not just take back the upper chamber—they wiped the floor with the Democrats. They bested some of their pettiest political tricks, including three different Democratic candidates in Montana, plus three-way races in other states. Nothing can top Election Day 1980, which produced a Republican majority with 12 Senate wins. Election Day 2014 produced nine seats, but could have been 11 if not for the intense infighting in Republican primaries. So, will 2016 turn into an epic landslide of the Democrats and...
  • Couple Leaves Chicago After 1 Day, Moves Back To Arizona Because Of Crime

    09/02/2016 5:11:31 PM PDT · by blam · 104 replies
    Fox5NY ^ | Fox5NY
    August 31, 2016 PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A newlywed couple raised in Arizona created a successful YouTube business. Then they decided it was time to leave the valley and explore life, so they moved to Chicago. But one day after arriving in the "Windy City," their big move turned into a big nightmare. "It's one of the most amazing cities in America," said Brianna White. "Hey, why not, we're doing okay. We can go there and be okay financially, so why not go and see what happens," said Jaelin White. But what happened next terrified the Whites. All unpacked, the couple...
  • WATCH: There Is Now An Official Trailer For “Brianna & Jaelin’s Walking Tour” & It Is Hilarious

    09/02/2016 5:55:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    b96.cbslocal.com ^ | September 1, 2016 11:53 AM | By Lizzy Buczak
    The minute long video features “walking tour” organizer Kevin Fergus who is addressing “Whitey’s” or in other words, fans of the couple. The tour takes you to the Granville red line platform “complete with a sketchy guy” and shows you the popular spots Brianna and Jaelin visited including Subway and the CVS parking lot! Facebook originally removed Kevin’s event page after it was reported, probably by Brianna and Jaelin, but has since restored it. ... The meetup will be at Berger Park and so far, 2.9K are going with 5.3K interested. ... The Whites also told DNAInfo that they hope...
  • Proposal would label bullets sold in Illinois with serial numbers

    09/02/2016 7:26:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    fox32chicago.com ^ | 8/2/2016 | Larry Yellen
    The CEO of AMMO Coding Systems, Matt Harrington, says his technology would allow ammo manufacturers to easily code the millions of bullets they sell every year. After recovering bullets at a shooting, police could enter those codes into a database, learn where the bullets were purchased, then visit the seller to obtain the name of the buyer. “You're going to have to explain, Mr. Smith, why is the bullet you bought at Walmart now in this five year old's head, on the West Side of Chicago. Explain that,” Harrington said.
  • With 90 Homicides, August Was Chicago’s Bloodiest Month In 20 Years

    09/01/2016 7:29:52 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/1/2016 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A 24-year-old man was killed and a 23-year-old man was grazed by a bullet in a shooting in the West Lawn neighborhood late Wednesday night, capping off the most violent month in Chicago in 20 years.Chicago police said there were 90 homicides in August, and a total of 472 people shot in 384 separate attacks. The city has not had that many murders in one month since August 1996.As he has several times before, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said a relatively small group of repeat gun criminals are responsible for the the vast majority of gun violence...
  • To end senseless homicides, give suspected Chicago killers the Capone treatment

    09/01/2016 3:18:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1 sept 2016 | Sean Kennedy
    Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to reveal his "magic bullet" for combating the spate of murders here. Johnson has a point — what exactly is Trump's secret plan to end the gun violence? The GOP candidate should answer this challenge. Here's a simple plan: Chicago should "Al Capone" its killers. When the notorious Chicago gangster finally went down in 1931, it wasn't because of his complicity in scores of murders or bootlegging that brought him outlandish wealth. The mob boss was taken down because he did not pay his taxes — and that brought...
  • Chicago’s Murder Rate Spirals Out of Control

    08/31/2016 8:29:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 30, 2016 | Jack Dunphy
    We turn our attention once again to the city of Chicago, where, as of this writing, 2,858 people have been shot and 487 have been killed so far this year (both numbers will surely be higher by the time you read this). The website HeyJackass.com tabulates these and other figures related to crime in Chicago, and it reports that on average someone is shot every two hours and murdered every twelve. But these averages are for the year overall; we are now in the prime shooting season of summer, and the averages for August approximate to someone being shot every...
  • August most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years

    08/31/2016 8:07:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 29 August 2016 | tried, could not copy, fi
    ... more than 400 shot, 78 killed ...
  • Woman sets herself on fire in Chicago congressman’s office

    08/31/2016 6:37:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/30/2016 | Staff
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a woman walked into U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ office on Chicago’s West Side, drank out of a bottle of hand sanitizer, poured the sanitizer over herself and set herself on fire with a lighter.</p> <p>Authorities haven’t identified the woman who was taken to a hospital in serious condition with burns. Police say her condition has stabilized.</p>
  • Chicago gangs no longer know or fear the police, and bodies pile up

    08/31/2016 5:08:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 aug 2916 | John Kass
    The dead multiply in Chicago, the fruit of the gang wars ripening in August. With at least 78 killed so far, August is the deadliest month in nearly 20 years, according to a Tribune analysis. It's all but certain that the city's homicide total will push beyond the 491 dead of last year. August most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years August most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years And people in those Chicago neighborhoods that have become killing fields look with dread toward the Labor Day weekend. So do City Hall and the police. Twenty-five...
  • It’s Time to Turn Out the Lights in Illinois

    08/31/2016 3:37:38 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 34 replies
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com ^ | 31 Aug 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    The roads in Illinois are in decay. This may be the first state to go bankrupt. The question is not if, but when. State unions are so greedy that they are destroying the very state. This is exactly how Rome fell — government employees against the people. Seven states have constitutional provisions that state employee pensions must come BEFORE everything, including debt payments. Since the legislature in New Jersey was Democrat, they fought Governor Christie on pension reform. Their solution? On the ballot in November, there will be a provision to amend the state Constitution to put employee pensions before...
  • Array of Things Allow Chicago To Spy On Entire City: “Wake Up And Realize We’re Just Servants”

    08/30/2016 9:27:45 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | August 30, 2016 | Mac Slavo
    Chicago is launching a creepy new campaign to blanket the mega-city in more surveillance through its Array of Things, creating a network of (at least) 500 sensors devices that will be shared in a growing Big Data cloud. As The Chicago Tribune reports: The first of a network of data-collecting sensors that could one day blanket Chicago are now live. The city installed two nodes containing computers and sensors including low-resolution cameras as well as air quality sensors last week. They went up on traffic light poles at Damen and Archer avenues in the McKinley Park neighborhood on the...
  • Why Do I Carry? Because Thugs Like These Will Shoot You For Making Eye Contact

    08/29/2016 3:39:10 PM PDT · by detective · 108 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | August 29, 2016 | Bob Owens
    A cousin of NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade was shot and killed by a pair of serial offenders in Chicago on Friday because the two thugs didn’t like it when a taxi driver dared to make eye contact with them. A pair of brothers released from jail on parole have been charged with fatally shooting Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, in Chicago. Darwin Sorells, 26, and 22-year-old brother Derren, who are both documented gang members, were charged with first-degree murder Sunday over the death of Aldridge, 32, a mother-of-four. Both are repeat gun offenders, Chicago Police Superintendent...
  • Democrat Senate Candidate Lies About Refugees

    08/28/2016 6:31:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | August 28, 2016 | Kathryn Blackhurst
    Says they’re all orphans and widows because the men are 'all dead' Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois blatantly misled attendees at a forum this week when she claimed that the United States does not accept military-aged male Syrian refugees into the country. Duckworth, who is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk for his Senate seat, said Wednesday at a roundtable event with the Illinois Farm Bureau that the U.S. predominantly accepts Syrian women and children who are widows and orphans. Duckworth went on to imply there are “no men of military age” brought into the United States under...
  • Report: Black men, boys shot most by Chicago police

    08/27/2016 12:10:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 124 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2016 1:45 PM EDT
    After threatening to sue, the Chicago Tribune has obtained data from the city’s police department that tracks every time an officer has opened fire in the city over the past six years. The vast majority of those hit were black men or boys. There were 435 police shootings from 2010 through 2015, in which officers killed 92 people and wounded 170 others. In all, officers fired 2,623 bullets. The newspaper’s findings show about four out of every five people shot were African-American males. It found that about half of the officers involved were African-American or Hispanic and most of them...
  • A College Strikes Back Against Safe Spaces

    08/26/2016 9:25:40 AM PDT · by milton23 · 9 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/25/16 | Katrina Trinko
    If you want to be unquestionably affirmed and unchallenged in all your beliefs and views, don’t go to the University of Chicago. In a letter published by Intellectual Takeout, John Ellison, dean of students at the Chicago college, warns incoming students that there is no tolerance for the kind of student demands that have trended in recent years: Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from...
  • University of Chicago's warning to students following disruption by protesters

    08/25/2016 6:00:12 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 23 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 25 August 2016 | Patrick Lion For Mailonline
    Students at the University of Chicago have been warned not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings in the wake of several disrupted events at the institution at the hands of protesters. University officials are said to have told first-year students starting in the fall of its commitment to freedom of expression, saying it wanted civility and mutual respect but that it would still seek out ideas or opinions that were unpopular. The move comes after three high-profile incidents this year in which speakers invited to the university were interrupted or shut down and amid a trend of increasing political...
  • Illinois officials: Pension change could be 'devastating'

    08/24/2016 9:22:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 4:28 PM EDT | Sara Burnett
    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says a pending move by Illinois’ largest public-pension fund would increase the state’s required payment by hundreds of millions of dollars, potentially leading to higher taxes or massive cuts to education and social services already suffering amid a budget crisis. The board of the Teachers Retirement System, which serves more than 400,000 teachers outside of Chicago, is scheduled to vote Friday on whether to lower its expected rate of return on investments. A reduction would trigger a larger contribution from the state, where the Republican governor and Democrat-led Legislature have gone more than a year without...
  • University dean bucks ‘safe space’ trend in letter to incoming freshmen

    08/24/2016 4:36:02 PM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 5 replies
    The Extract ^ | August 24, 2016
    Where institutions of higher learning offered students in past generations an opportunity to expand their horizons, today’s universities have largely become insulated purveyors of leftist groupthink. Social justice activists — both staff and students — on major campuses have increasingly demanded “safe spaces” or similarly anti-free-speech zones in an effort to silence opinions they do not support. At least one dean, however, is having none of it. In a recent letter to incoming freshmen, the College of the University of Chicago Dean John Ellison explained students should be prepared to have their pre-existing notions challenged.
  • Man Accused Of Shooting At Cop: ‘I Should Have Smoked His A–‘ (said in court, to the judge)

    08/24/2016 10:17:59 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/23/2016 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Far South Side man accused of shooting at a Chicago Police officer lashed out at a Cook County judge in court Tuesday, saying he should have just “smoked his a ‑ ‑” after being ordered held without bail, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. “Chicago Police shot at me first,” Kentrell Pledger, a reputed Black Disciple gang member, pleaded with Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. As sheriff’s deputies led Pledger away, his protests grew louder: “He shot at me first. So get your story straight, dog. And for that, I should have smoked his a ‑ ‑.” Pledger...
  • 40 Of Weekend's Shooting Victims Had Been Arrested 672 Times, Top Cop Says

    08/22/2016 11:19:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | 8/15/2016 | Alex Nitkin
    BRONZEVILLE — After another brutally violent weekend in Chicago, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson appeared impatient and exasperated Monday as he renewed his plea for judges and legislators to help keep repeat gun offenders off the streets."Any leader in the city of Chicago that thinks what we're seeing out on the streets is OK, shouldn't be a leader," Johnson said, his voice swelling. "Go to those neighborhoods and live there, and tell me how you feel then."Those killed over the weekend included 23-year-old Abner Garcia, an Army veteran with no criminal history, and 19-year-old Arshell Dennis, a college student whose father...
  • Federalizing the MLA

    08/22/2016 8:09:02 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 22, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Colleges and universities are forever feeling shortchanged by taxpayers. They needn't worry. For one thing, they are far richer than those of us who actually pay federal levies. For another, academia has succeeded in securing millions for what look like panel discussions at the Modern Language Association. "The National Institutes of Health has spent more on exercise programs for refugees, anti-tobacco video games, weight-loss programs for truckers, and studies on gay hook up apps than it has to fight the Zika virus," Elizabeth Harrington reported in the Washington Free Beacon on August 8, 2016. And a good chunk of that...
  • 7 Killed, 47 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    08/22/2016 5:33:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    NBC News Chicago ^ | August 22, 2016
    Seven people were killed and at least 47 more people — including an 8-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and Monday morning, according to Chicago Police. The weekend’s latest homicides happened within 20 minutes of each other Sunday afternoon on the Southwest and West sides. About 4:30 p.m. in Gage Park, someone walked up to a 35-year-old man in the hallway of a home in the 5500 block of South Spaulding and shot him in the left leg. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, police...
  • Illinois pastors sue to overturn state ban on reparative therapy for gay minors

    08/21/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    CHICAGO, Illinois, August 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A group of ministers is suing the state of Illinois over a law that makes Christian counseling for minors with same-sex attraction a crime. Pastors Protecting Youth has filed a lawsuit against the state's Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which makes it illegal to help teens overcome unwanted homosexual inclinations. The Illinois law states that "being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming.” It bans "conversion therapy" and any counseling that "represents homosexuality as a mental disease, disorder, or illness." The language of the law is in...