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  • 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...
  • Court overturns some Blagojevich convictions (Breaking)

    07/21/2015 12:36:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Associated Press
    DEVELOPING: An appeals court has overturned some of the corruption convictions of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. he 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago released its ruling Tuesday.
  • I-74 Bridge Project in Jeopardy of Coming “to a Halt”

    07/20/2015 10:12:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    WQAD 8 ^ | July 11, 2015 - updated July 13 | Angie Sharp and Jonathan Ketz
    Construction on the new Interstate 74 Bridge is supposed to be done by 2020, but money – and time – is running out. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, Representative Cheri Bustos visited the Quad Cities to meet with local leaders about federal funding. Right now, Congress is trying to pass a highway bill to fix and fund our area’s infrastructure. However, if they don’t find a solution by July 31st, 2015, federal funding for those projects – like the I-74 Bridge – will end. Monday, July 13th, 2015, a spokesman for Bustos said that if federal funding for the project...
  • Guns on the bus: Still a bad idea

    07/20/2015 7:16:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 july 2015
    "Granny's got a gun" was the headline on the television news report the day Ramona Taylor-Kamate was mugged on a crowded bus in Detroit. Taylor-Kamate, then 56, told WJBK News that she struggled with the young man who grabbed her purse in January 2013. He tried to flee when the bus stopped, but she held on and followed him onto the sidewalk. When he reached for his boot, she thought he was going for a gun — so she pulled out her own pistol and fired 11 times. He escaped. Rauner OKs changes to concealed carry law as state gun...
  • Why Pensions Are A (Big) Black Swan – Chicago’s Unfunded Liabilities Are 10 Times Its Revenues

    07/19/2015 7:44:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Investment Watch ^ | July 17, 2015 | John Rubino
    Why Pensions Are A (Big) Black Swan – Chicago’s Unfunded Liabilities Are 10 Times Its Revenues, 50% Of Their Cash That Will Have Go To Pensions. [ Full title ]. ... When talk turns to what might derail today’s debt-driven “recovery,” the big names and easy stories get most of the attention: China with its soaring debt, volatile equities and heavy-handed intervention; Japan with its stratospheric debt and science fictiony demographics; Greece, which needs no explanation; the developing countries with their weak currencies and mountain of dollar-denominated debt. And of course America’s triple bubble of stocks, bonds and derivatives. Underfunded...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham comes out swinging against Donald Trump's McCain comments

    07/18/2015 5:11:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 89 replies
    WISTV.com ^ | 07/18/2015 | Jeremy Turnage
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Just hours after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a controversial comment about 2008 presidential candidate John McCain's military record, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham came out swinging in defense of McCain. Additional Links Trump on John McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured' The Latest: Rick Santorum favors curbs on legal immigration Trump, in a campaign visit in Iowa, told a crowd of supporters he was not a fan of McCain. “He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people who weren’t captured.” In a series of tweets posted to...
  • Gutierrez: Steinle Death ‘A Little Thing’ - no compassion from Illegals Supporter

    07/17/2015 9:25:20 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/17/15 | i hanchett
    Representative Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) referred to the death of Kate Steinle as a “little thing” on Telemundo on Saturday. Gutierrez, during a report on the debate over sanctuary cities after the death of Kate Steinle, first flagged and translated by Newsbusters, said, “Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”
  • Taxpayer-Funded Hospital in Chicago May Be Selling Aborted Babies’ Body Parts

    07/17/2015 5:51:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 7/17/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    It’s no secret that since 1992 the publicly-funded John H. Stronger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago has been doing abortions. However, now the hospital may have a dilemma on their hands because their name appears in the transcripts from the video with Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, explaining how the abortion giant sells body parts of aborted babies. Today the Illinois Review reported that the transcripts reveal that Dr. Nucatola suggested to the actors posing as buyers to check in with the hospital’s family planning director to see if they can connect and collect fetal body parts after abortions....
  • Growing tax burden will push people out of Cook County and Chicago

    07/17/2015 8:53:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ted Dabrowski
    City officials are pushing property-tax hikes, sales-tax hikes, and even a commuter tax and financial-transaction tax. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s wish for a $474 million sales-tax increase to help pay for the county’s growing pension debt has been granted. The hike pushes the sales-tax rate back up to 10.25 percent in Chicago – the same as it was when Preckwinkle took office in 2010. And that’s not the only new tax residents have to face. Preckwinkle is just the latest local leader to usher in a tax increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a new tax earlier this...
  • Cruz Threatens to Cut Off Authorization for State Dept. Funding After Nuke Deal

    07/16/2015 1:23:23 PM PDT · by VinL · 63 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/16/ 15 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is moving to block future State Department funding and nominees unless President Barack Obama guarantees that Congress will have the authority to fully review a recently inked nuclear accord with Iran before the deal is approved by the United Nations, according to a copy of a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Cruz, a vocal opponent of the administration’s diplomacy with Iran, maintains that the White House is seeking to circumvent congressional review of the deal by going straight to the U.N. Such a move could lift key sanctions on Iran before Congress has...
  • Man charged in baby’s death near Chicago rapper Capo’s murder scene

    07/16/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2015 | BY Rachelle Blidner
    A man was charged with killing a 13-month-old baby while fleeing police after the shooting of Chicago rapper Capo, prosecutors said Monday. Antoine Watkins, 21, plowed over Dillan Harris as police chased him after seeing him walk "calmly" away from the murder scene Saturday, prosecutors said. Watkins has been charged only in the baby's death "at this point," not in the murder of Capo, whose real name was Marvin Carr, prosecutors said. "You killed my f---ing baby!" a woman howled during Watkins' bond hearing Monday before she was escorted out of the Cook County courtroom, according to DNAInfo. . .
  • 'It can be very dangerous around here,' says girl, 9, after teens shot in park

    07/16/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Dawn Rhodes and Megan Crepeau
    The three girls walked down to Riis Park on the Northwest Side to feed bread to the ducks in the lagoon, as they do every day. It was one of their favorite spots in the Belmont Central neighborhood. But on this Wednesday evening, they were stopped by a large swath of yellow police tape across the southern edge of the park, marking off where a 16-year-old boy was shot dead and a 15-year-old boy was wounded minutes before. "It makes me very concerned," said Karina Munoz, 16. "It makes me feel not safe anymore. It makes me feel like this...
  • Puerto Rican congressman tells millions of Hispanics to become citizens

    07/16/2015 7:36:13 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15:06 EST, 15 July 2015 | David Martosko
    A Democratic congressman wants millions of people who hold U.S. green cards to become American citizens in order to send Donald Trump and other Republicans a message that they're 'mean and frankly, let’s be honest, racist.' Louis Gutierrez, who is the senior House Democrat from Illinois and a Puerto Rican immigrant, spoke on the House floor just after 10:00 Wednesday morning, delivering a message especially to more than 5 million Hispanic U.S. residens who are eligible for citizenship today. 'Every time you see Trump’s face on your TV, vow to learn a little more English or a few more history...
  • Columbus gives Redflex contract the red light ( Ohio )

    07/16/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 16, 2015 | Andy Long
    Mayor Michael Coleman announced Wednesday the termination of the city’s contract with Redflex, effective immediately. Redflex is the company that handled Columbus’ red light camera program before a state law forced the city to cease issuing citations. The announcement comes after a Redflex executive pleaded guilty to charges relating to bribing public officials. “Based upon the City’s contract authority, we will be terminating the contract with Redflex immediately,” said Mayor Coleman. “I support a photo red light camera program because it saves lives, however the actions of the Redflex executives have raised questions about the integrity of their program.”
  • Cook County Board OKs sales tax hike [ Illinois ]

    07/15/2015 5:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 15, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    Cook County Board today cleared the way for President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to raise the county's sales tax a penny on the dollar, mostly for pensions. The action came when the board's Finance Committee, which includes all board members, voted 9 to 7 to 1 to send the $474 million a year tax hike to the full board, which will consider it later today. The key votes came from Commissioner Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat who voted "yes," and suburban Republican Elizabeth Gorman, who cast a "present" ballot and who is widely rumored to soon be headed to a new,...
  • 12 wounded in Chicago shootings Tuesday

    07/15/2015 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 15, 2015
    At least 12 people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Tuesday. The latest shooting happened about 9:50 p.m. in West Englewood, where a 19-year-old man was walking in the 1700 block of West 61st Place when he heard gunshots and realized he’d been struck in the leg. A couple hours earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Three people were shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood less than 20 minutes earlier. About 7:35 p.m., the three males — ages 17, 18 and 19 — were outside. About 6:45 p.m., a 17-year-old boy...
  • Michael Brown’s Father Calls Anti-White Privilege Exhibit ‘Disgusting’

    07/14/2015 6:34:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/14/15 | Philip DeVoe
    Michael Brown Sr., father of Michael Brown Jr., whose death sparked riots in Ferguson, Mo., said he was disturbed and disgusted by the display of his son’s body in a Chicago exhibit designed to shame white privilege that opened last Friday.“I would really really like them to take it down. I think it’s really disturbing and disgusting,” said Brown Sr. in a tearful interview with Fox 2 St. Louis.The exhibit is called “Confronting Truth: Wake Up” and opened July 10th. According the interview, Brown Sr. had never even been contacted about the exhibit until it opened.“Confronting Truth” was put together...
  • First Look: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter as Barack & Michelle Obama in ‘Southside With You’

    07/14/2015 3:09:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Variety ^ | July 14, 2015 | by Dave McNary
    IM Global and producers State Street Pictures have launched production in Chicago on “Southside With You,” the romantic dramedy inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date. The film is focused on the 1989 date when a young Obama — portrayed by Parker Sawyers — was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (played by Tika Sumpter) on a summer afternoon and evening. The date took place at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
  • Little People of America fed up with Illinois high school's nickname

    07/14/2015 9:51:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 115 replies
    whig.com ^ | 7-14-15 | Don O'Brien
    The Midgets are under attack. Freeburg High School, in the Metro East area of St. Louis, was approached last week by members of the Little People of America and asked to change their nickname. The athletic teams at Freeburg have been known as the Midgets since the 1930s. The Little People were in the area for their convention in St. Louis and made a trip to Freeburg to let school officials that they were offended by the school's nickname. The Little People of America posted a petition on change.org asking that Freeburg change its mascot. "The term ‘midge' dehumanizes and...
  • Plaintiffs In Chicago-Area Lawsuit Assert A “Civil Right” To Force Suburbs To Enact Gun Control Laws

    07/13/2015 7:57:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 13, 2015 | NRA ILA
    We at the NRA have seen a lot of strange legal theories asserted by gun control advocates over the years, but a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by a group of Chicagoans still managed to distinguish itself in this dubious tradition by asserting that the plaintiffs have a “civil right” to specific forms of gun control. The basis of the lawsuit is a May 27, 2014 “study” published by the City of Chicago entitled, “Tracing the Guns: The Impact of Illegal Guns on Violence in Chicago.”The report finds that a disproportionate number of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago from 2009...
  • EX-COCAINE USER OBAMA JUST PARDONED A BUNCH OF COKE DEALERS

    07/13/2015 5:49:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Cocaine, it's a hell of a drug. Obama just set this guy free. And a whole bunch of his friends. Cocaine, it's a hell of a drug. And Obama, who wrote of using it in the past, still seems to have a soft spot for its dealers even though he no longer imbibes. His "pardons" mainly focus on cocaine dealers. Of his 46 pardons, 41 involved cocaine. Despite the lefty obsession with racial inequality in crack cocaine sentencing, only a minority of the pardons involved crack cocaine. Crack was not Obama's drug of choice. But just to be fair, he...
  • 6 dead, 26 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago

    07/13/2015 3:09:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Peter Nickeas
    An older couple walking on Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood slowed as they approached the red police tape, and their eyes met those of two young officers standing inside the crime scene. "Pasale, pasale," the officers said to the couple. "Pass." They ducked under the tape and stayed on the sidewalk, away from a cluster of shell casings and shattered glass. A 21-year-old man had been gunned down there. He was the 32nd person shot -- and the sixth killed -- over the weekend. In all, 10 were shot between Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, nine more...
  • Illinois is now the biggest food-stamp user in the Midwest ( Michigan mentioned )

    07/13/2015 2:33:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 13, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois and Michigan have traded places on two key metrics for measuring prosperity and opportunity, and both changes are embarrassing for the Land of Lincoln. The first major change came in October 2014, when Michigan surpassed Illinois for total factory jobs. Michigan now has 25,000 more factory jobs than Illinois even though the Wolverine State’s economy is only three-quarters the size of Illinois’. Now, new data from the Department of Human Services shows the embarrassing role reversal has come full turn. In March of this year, Illinois bumped off Michigan to become the Midwest’s No. 1 user of the Supplemental...
  • Chicago Lawsuit: Gun Control A ‘Civil Right

    07/13/2015 10:04:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 7, Father Michael Pfleger, the Coalition for Safe Communities in Chicago, and other gun control plaintiffs filed a lawsuit suggesting gun control is a “civil right” that is violated by a lack of gun laws and regulations in the Chicago-area villages of Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood. The suit claims that “20 percent of guns” found at Chicago crime scenes between 2009 and 2013 were guns legally purchased from gun shops in these villages. Therefore, the suit posits a need for more regulatory oversight of gun stores in Riverdale, Lyons, and Lincolnwood.
  • Michelle Obama's Cousin Named 'Black Chief Rabbi

    07/13/2015 7:55:34 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 13, 2015 | Tova Dvorin
    Rabbi Capers Funnye to be the first American head of the Black Hebrew Israelites since 1999. America has elected its first "Black Chief Rabbi," the International Israelite Board of Rabbis (IIBR) announced - and he is a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama. Rabbi Capers Funnye, a Chicago-based convert to Judaism, is the first person to hold the position since Chief Rabbi Levi ben Levy died in 1999. "Rabbi Funnye’s work with Black Jews in the United States and Africa made him uniquely qualified for this position," the IIBR said. "His goal as Chief Rabbi is to build closer ties...
  • Police: 2 dead, 3 injured in ambush-style shooting against Chicago-area officer

    07/13/2015 8:46:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    fox8.com ^ | 7/13/2015 | unknown
    River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O’Shea says the 24-year-old man “ambushed” the officers shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday and that they returned fire, killing him. He says two officers suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening. One was shot in his bullet-proof vest and the second was treated for other injuries.
  • Chicago’s Financial Fire: The city faces trouble from every direction.

    07/13/2015 6:57:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    City Journal ^ | 07/13/2015 | AARON M. RENN
    After years of warnings, financial reality is hitting home in Chicago, clouding Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hope for a transformational legacy. In March, Moody’s downgraded the city’s credit rating to junk, but Chicago’s financial hole long predates its ratings slide. The trouble began emerging at least as far back as 2003, albeit under the radar. Then, as the Great Recession pummeled municipal budgets around the country, former Mayor Richard M. Daley engaged in dubious deals, such as the city’s parking-meter lease. In 2010, as Daley’s tenure neared its close, Crain’s Chicago Business published an exposé on the troubling levels of debt...
  • Three Years After Planned Parenthood Killed Her in an Abortion, Tonya Reaves Still Waits for Justice

    07/11/2015 8:15:31 PM PDT · by kathsua · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Jul 10, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Tonya Reaves has been dead for three years. As the anniversary of the passing of this beautiful 24-year old African-American approaches on July 20, 2012, it seemed appropriate to link to a report we published last year based on the sworn deposition of Mandy Gittler, who conducted Reaves’ fatal 16-week abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago, Illinois. The deposition was taken as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by family representatives on behalf of Reaves’ only surviving son. After Gittler’s incriminating statement in which there were many inconsistencies and much blame-shifting, Planned Parenthood settled with the family...
  • BLACK YOUTH MOB Attacks Woman Near University of Chicago Campus With Kids in Back Seat

    07/10/2015 11:56:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world. A mob of black youths attacked a woman near the University of Chicago with children in the back seat. The youths were using racial slurs as the beat the car. Her two children were covered in broken glass. The youths threw a bike through her back window. ABC 7 reported: “Her car damaged, her nerves shaken, the victim of an alleged group attack near the University of Chicago campus with her children in the back seat of her car talked exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News about the incident Friday night. Police say two people were arrested...
  • Kelly Shouts at Guest About Why Obama Hasn’t Commented on Heinous Murder: Give an Answer! You Can’t!

    07/10/2015 9:27:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    ijreview ^ | July 10, 2015 | Mike Miller
    During a discussion on Thursday’s “The Kelly File” about the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal alien, host Megyn Kelly asked left-leaning radio talk show host Richard Fowler why resident Obama has ignored the killing; after having spoken out on the deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and others. When Fowler wouldn’t answer the question, Kelly was all over him. She began by referring to the death of Brown: “His funeral saw three Obama officials in attendance,” she noted. “His death drew comments from resident Obama personally, and the administration sent in the DoJ and 40...
  • Barnicle Bemoaned Police Militarization, Now Calling for National Guard?

    07/10/2015 5:20:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    What does it say about Mike Barnicle that, in a discussion of the jump in inner-city crime, Al Sharpton sounded a lot more reasonable than the former Boston Globe columnist? On today's Morning Joe, Sharpton almost echoed the NRA's famous "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Said Sharpton: "people, because guns are there don't make you get up and shoot." But there was the blathering Barnicle--who during the Ferguson debate had bemoaned the militarization of police--seeming to condemn the absence of the National Guard in the inner cities. View the video here.
  • Detroit Has Fewest Cops Patrolling Streets In Nearly 100 Years

    07/09/2015 9:05:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    WWJ ^ | July 9, 2015
    The Detroit Police Department is suffering from its worst manpower shortage in nearly a century. There are currently fewer officers patrolling the city than at any time since the 1920s. At one point, the Detroit police force was over 5,000. Today, the force is just 1,590 officers strong — and not all of those are on the street. The city has lost nearly half its patrol officers since 2000 and ranks have shrunk by 37 percent in the past three years alone, according to the Detroit News. It’s so bad that precincts are reportedly left with only one squad car...
  • Driver hits 4 women in dramatic East St. Louis hit-and-run caught on video [No flag involved]

    07/09/2015 6:24:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    KTVI-TV ^ | 7/8/15 | Shawndrea Thomas
    On the afternoon of June 27th, a group gathered in the middle of the street at Lincoln Park in East St. Louis to watch and record what appears to be an argument and fight between two women. Then minutes later suddenly a gray car came barreling down the street mowing down 4 people. Four young women went flying into the air.
  • 2 dead, 7 wounded in shootings in Chicago since Tuesday [Stars & Bars on Chicago Flag!]

    07/09/2015 11:35:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/9/15 | Deanese Williams-Harris and Carlos Sadovi
    <p>Two people were killed and seven others wounded in shootings on the West and South sides of Chicago from Tuesday through early Wednesday, police said.</p> <p>A 25-year-old man was found shot several times on the sidewalk in the 3200 block of West Huron Street around 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, according to Officer Hector Alfaro, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.</p>
  • Why nothing happens on gun control (CNN psychotic break)

    07/07/2015 1:08:03 PM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/7/15 | Zelizer
    <p>This weekend, while Americans were celebrating Fourth of July, horrible shootings took place in Chicago that resulted in seven deaths and over 50 injuries. It's another stark reminder of the cost of our country's inaction.</p> <p>President Obama gets this tragic reality.</p>