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  • Sanctuary issue draws dueling demonstrations to Capitol

    02/27/2017 6:33:21 PM PST · by chicagolady · 9 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | 02/26/2017 | John Reynolds
    A pending bill in the Illinois House that would create sanctuary zones for undocumented immigrants drew demonstrators from both sides of the issue Saturday to downtown Springfield. Rosanna Pulido of Springfield, founder of The Illinois Minuteman Project, organized a noon rally at the Abraham Lincoln statue at Second Street and Capitol Avenue. The rally was in opposition to HB 426, which would allow schools, medical treatment and health care facilities and places of worship deny access to state and local law enforcement officers who are enforcing immigration laws, unless the officers have a court-issued warrant. "It's absolutely ridiculous," ( Chicagolady)...
  • Police: 3 dead, 9 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings (where's Obama?)

    02/27/2017 4:57:00 AM PST · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | 2/26/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO -- Three men were killed and at least nine other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon, according to Chicago police. (snip) Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire into a crowd at a party in the 6500-block of South Drexel in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. A 20-year-old man was shot in the face and torso, and a 37-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police and the medical examiner's office said. They both died at the scene, making them Chicago's 100th and 101st...
  • Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist

    02/26/2017 4:09:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    In truly progressive fashion, Chicago renamed one of its streets after a terrorist. Earlier this month Alderman Robert Maldonado submitted a proposal to name three blocks of a city street after Oscar Lopez Rivera, the founder of the Puerto Rican terror group FALN, which was responsible for 120 bombings and armed robberies in the U.S. during the ‘70s and ‘80s that killed nine and injured hundreds of others. On Wednesday, aldermen approved the measure honoring Lopez Rivera, the terrorist whose 70-year sentence was recently commuted by Barack Obama. Aldermen also voted to approve an honorary street re-naming for Puerto...
  • Leftists go Full Libtard at Sen. Cassidy townhall (videos)

    02/25/2017 10:55:40 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/23/2017 | vladimir998
    I'll post two links to Leftists going insane at Sen. Cassidy's townhall on the 23rd. One shows the Libtards disrupting the chaplain's opening prayer and another shows them disrupting and refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Chicago police arrest 81 in overnight raids, mostly for drug and weapons offenses [Feds to Help]

    02/25/2017 6:00:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | Feb 25, 2017, 4:24 AM ET | By David Caplan
    The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday. The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified...
  • Dem Illinois Gov Candidate Urges Men to Protest Trump by Using Ladies Room

    02/24/2017 11:36:15 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 80 replies
    FRONTPAGEMAG ^ | 02/24/2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tom, Andrew, sorry. But your party has gone completely insane. I don't think there are words for how insane. If men crowding into the Ladies Room doesn't show Trump... I don't know what will. {..snip..}
  • Chicago sports anchor suspended for publicly bashing Trump

    02/24/2017 5:17:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/24/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    A TV sportscaster in Chicago was suspended on Thursday for tweets he posted on Sunday that compared President Trump to a "cartoon lunatic" and alleged the election was not fair. "Sports anchor Mark Giangreco's Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's non-partisan editorial standards," ABC-7's management said in a statement. "We've reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action."
  • Trump tweets 'Chicago needs help' after 7 homicides in one day

    02/24/2017 12:38:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 23, 2017 | Sam Charles and Fran Spielman
    Seven people were fatally shot in Chicago on Wednesday, making it the deadliest day of 2017 so far. And it was only the 21st time in the past 16 years that Chicago has seen that many homicides in a single day, records analyzed by the Chicago Sun-Times show. The bloody day prompted another tweet from President Donald Trump, who wrote "Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there - totally out of control. Chicago needs help!"
  • Illinois' Republican governor OK with 'Obama Day' [Time to Primary Bruce Rauner]

    02/23/2017 7:37:01 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/23/17 | Daniel Chaitin
    A bill in the Illinois state legislature that would create "Barack Obama Day" earned praise from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday. "It's incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner said at an event. There are three bills being debated in the Illinois state legislature that would create a holiday on Aug. 4 (Obama's birthday) in honor of the 44th president; two in the House that would make a state holiday, closing schools and the government, and another in the Senate that would devise a...
  • Billionaire Pritzker Tells Men to Use Women's Bathrooms to Protest Trump

    02/23/2017 4:35:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 23, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    A billionaire Democratic megadonor, who is exploring a run for governor, encouraged men to use women's bathrooms on Wednesday sparking criticism from transgender advocates and politicians. J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire heir whose father co-founded Hyatt hotels, floated the idea of switching bathrooms in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order reversing an Obama policy that could have stripped federal funds from schools that maintain separate bathroom facilities based on sex.
  • Obama could be a highway star - but should it be I-55 or I-294? (Freeper help needed)

    02/23/2017 6:26:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sam Charles
    Should it be the Barack Obama Expressway or the Barack Obama Tollway? Democratic state legislators seem to agree that the hometown state senator made good should take his place alongside Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and others immortalized in Illinois highways. But they apparently hit a fork in the road over just what stretch of pavement should get the honor. Two Illinois state representatives have competing plans to rename different Illinois highways after Obama.
  • 6 dead, including pregnant woman, in Chicago shootings (Where's Obama?)

    02/23/2017 4:34:59 AM PST · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/23/2017 | Deanese Williams-Harris, Megan Crepeau and Elvia Malagon•
    Six people were killed and six others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Wednesday, police said. A 20-year-old man and a pregnant woman in her 20s were shot in Chatham at about 8:15 p.m., police said. Officers got to the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue to find the woman on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and side. The man was found in the driver's seat of a parked car with a gunshot wound to his neck. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. (snip) Later, at 8:50 p.m., a 24-year-old man...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) Principals Told Keep Out Immigration Agents Without Warrant

    02/22/2017 2:16:01 PM PST · by PBRCat · 40 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | Lauren FitzPatrick
    As the Trump administration expands its deportation policy, Chicago Public Schools told its principals that they should not let any agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement into schools without a criminal warrant. “To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law,” chief education officer Janice Jackson wrote. The district also distributed palm cards in English and Spanish from the National Immigrant Justice Center containing such legal advice as not opening doors to immigration officials. President Donald Trump campaigned on building a wall to keep...
  • Opinion: FALN killed my father — don’t name street for its leader

    02/22/2017 1:12:13 PM PST · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 21, 2017 | Joe Connor
    Chicago plans to honor unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera by naming three blocks of a city street for him, Oscar Lopez Rivera Way. The final vote by Chicago’s 50 aldermen on this horrific proposal by Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) is scheduled for Wednesday of this week. In this age of constant terror threat, the words “disgrace” and “outrage” do not come close to describing the insanity, the insult and the pain that honoring the leader of Puerto Rican Terrorist group, Armed Forces for National Liberation National Liberation, brings to our family, the families of all FALN victims and all...
  • Chicago Sports Anchor Calls Trump ‘Cartoon Lunatic’

    02/22/2017 11:36:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    Ad Week/TV Spy ^ | 2/22/17 | Kevin Eck
    WLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco responded to a tweet about Donald Trump by saying America has been exposed as country full of “simpletons” and by also calling Trump a “cartoon lunatic.”
  • REPORT: HS STUDENT CHARGED IN BRIGHTON PARK SHOOTING THAT KILLED 3 (CHICAGOWHERE'S OBAMA?)

    02/22/2017 4:25:37 AM PST · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    ABC CHICAGO (WLS) ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2017 | CHICAGO (WLS)
    <p>CHICAGO (WLS) -- A high school student has been charged in a shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood last week that left three people dead, the Chicago Tribune reports.</p>
  • Durbin Statement On DHS Mass Deportation Guidelines

    02/21/2017 6:42:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 2/20/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, released the following statement in response to leaked memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing President Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration.  "These guidelines are now the official policy of the Trump Administration, implementing the President's mass deportation Executive Orders. I have called on my counterpart on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Chairman John Cornyn, to hold hearings on these orders—we need an immediate public examination in Congress of these heavy-handed, anti-family policies. The Senate should also pass the bill...
  • 5 Killed, 32 Wounded in Presidents Day Weekend Shootings Across Chicago (Where's Obama?)

    02/21/2017 6:22:45 AM PST · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2/21/2017 | Staff
    An unseasonably warm Presidents Day holiday weekend saw at least 37 people shot across the city, leaving five dead, according to Chicago Police.(snip) (snip) officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 900 block of East 132nd Street found a man in his 20s in a field with gunshot wounds across his chest and torso. (snip) (snip) 33-year-old Eddie Thomas was sitting in a vehicle in the 4900 block of West Van Buren when someone in a silver car pulled up and opened fire, (snip) Earlier Saturday, a man was found shot to death in Back of the...
  • ICE arrests man who escaped Illinois prison in 2003

    02/19/2017 9:10:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    KSL ^ | 2/19/17
    A man who escaped from an Illinois prison in 2003 has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta. An ICE spokesman says Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo was taken into custody Friday as part of an enforcement operation targeting criminal illegal immigrants. Authorities say Soberanis-Rumaldo is a Mexican national who was in the U.S. illegally.
  • Son of FALN Bombing Victim Fuming Over Honorary Street Sign

    02/17/2017 11:30:48 AM PST · by PBRCat · 12 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    A man whose father was killed at a New York City restaurant bombing for which the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN claimed responsibility lashed out at Chicago aldermen Thursday for approving an honorary street designation for FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera. At the behest of local Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted without a word of debate to designate a three-block stretch of North Luis Munoz Marin Drive as Oscar Lopez Rivera Way. Joseph Connor was just 9 years old when his 33-year-old banker father Frank was killed in the 1975 explosion at Fraunces Tavern...
  • Morning Spin: U.S. Rep. Kelly writes Trump letter on Chicago violence

    02/17/2017 7:08:36 AM PST · by csvset · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Katherine Skiba
    <p>Democratic U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson has written a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence calling on them to do something about violence in Chicago, and included photos of the 38 children age 16 or younger whom her aides determined had been shot and killed in the city since February 2016.</p>
  • Column: Let's try extreme vetting for gun owners (barf alert)

    02/17/2017 6:21:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 feb 2017 | Zorn
    What if — and it's a crazy thought, I know, but stay with me — what if it actually isn't a good idea to allow nearly everyone to buy all the guns they want with minimal to nonexistent background checks? What if it's not just poverty, joblessness, illegal drugs, wimpy judges and fractured families causing the sort of mayhem that recently saw three kids die of bullet wounds in just two days in Chicago? What if the glut of guns is a part of it?
  • 10-Year-Old Boy Says Carjackers Dropped Him Off, Told Him to 'Have a Good Day at School' (Chicago)

    02/16/2017 6:53:08 AM PST · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 1/24/2017 | Staff
    A 10-year-old boy who was in a car as it was carjacked said the suspects dropped him off when they realized he was in the back seat and told him to “have a good day at school.” “I went to open the car door for my mom and out of nowhere some girl came over and took me with her,” said Richard Rodriguez. “I was scared but I didn’t want the girl to see me. I was afraid I was going to get hurt.” Chicago police said the vehicle was stolen just before 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block...
  • Chicago toddler's fatal shooting streamed live on Facebook (More kids murdered - Where's Obama?)

    02/16/2017 6:24:16 AM PST · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 2/15/2017 | Staff
    Chicago (AFP) - A toddler and a man were fatally shot while riding in a car in a Valentine's Day attack captured in a live video on Facebook. Police said Wednesday that they were still searching for a suspect in the shooting which shocked Chicago, a city grappling with a surge in violence so severe that it has drawn the condemnation of President Donald Trump. The two-year-old boy, identified by officials as Lavontay White, was shot in the head on Tuesday and died at a hospital. The boy was riding in the back seat of a red sedan, with his...
  • Chef Rick Bayless to Close Multiple Chicago Restaurants ‘Out of Respect’ For IMMigration

    02/16/2017 4:50:59 AM PST · by simpson96 · 47 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff
    (Full article title: Chef Rick Bayless to Close Multiple Chicago Restaurants ‘Out of Respect’ For Immigration Demonstrations) Celebrity chef Rick Bayless said Wednesday he would be closing four of his Chicago restaurants "out of respect" for his staff's decision to support a planned civil action in response to recent immigration issues. Organizers in cities across the U.S. are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not shop on Thursday as a way to show the country how important they are to America's economy and way of life. The protests have been dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants." Bayless said Frontera...
  • 6 Shot at Memorial For Victim of Chicago Gun Violence

    02/16/2017 4:45:16 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff
    Six people, including a 12-year-old girl, were shot Wednesday night on Chicago's South Side during a memorial for a victim of a previous act of gun violence, police said. The shootings occurred about 8:16 p.m. in the city’s Greater Grand Crossing community in a "business establishment" on the 500 block of East 75th Street, Chicago police said. Community activist Jedidiah Brown told reporters that "the opposition" to those attending the memorial came through an alley before opening fire on the group of mourners. He added that the mother of the person being memorialized was also among the victims, though police...
  • [7th Circuit] Court: Deport Illegal Immigrant Who Committed Voter Fraud

    02/14/2017 10:20:58 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 14 Feb 2017 | Edmund Kozak
    The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick, a resident alien who registered to vote illegally, can be deported for the act despite her claim that she did so at the direction of a DMV employee. Fitzpatrick arrived in the country in 2002 and is married to a U.S. citizen. Fitzpatrick applied for an Illinois driver’s licence a few years after arriving in the country, court records show. During the process, the DMV clerk asked Fitzpatrick if she wished to register to vote, telling her “it’s up to you.”
  • Editorial: 2 young girls shot in Chicago: This has got to stop (barf alert)

    02/14/2017 9:00:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 14 few 2017
    Two scenes in Chicago: •Children playing basketball in a schoolyard suddenly scatter. Because it begins to rain or was time to go home? Yes, in most neighborhoods that's why children run with purpose. In parts of Chicago, children run from gunfire. They know the sound. They know they should duck. Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12 years old, is in a West Englewood elementary schoolyard with classmates early Saturday evening when they hear shots. Kanari knows to duck, her uncle says, but the kids scatter. Kanari is struck in the head by a bullet.
  • Chicago police clear officers of racial profiling in stop of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

    02/13/2017 7:43:01 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE ^ | 2/9/2017 | Jeremy Gorner
    Chicago police clear officers of racial profiling in stop of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush On Aug. 4, 2016, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush was pulled over in Bronzeville. He was let go without a ticket being issued, but later filed a complaint with IPRA alleging racial profiling. This video contains body cam footage from one of the officers that Rush filed the complaint against. (Source: CPD) Chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department's Bureau of Internal Affairs found that the two Wentworth District officers acted properly because they had probable cause to make the stop. Earlier that day, officers at roll...
  • Chicago ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ Speaker: Palestinian terrorist

    02/12/2017 7:47:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 02/12/17 14:46 | Hillel Fendel
    A female Palestinian-Arab terrorist who murdered two Israeli students is to be a featured speaker at a Jewish Voice for Peace conference in Chicago. […] More than half of the featured speakers listed on the Jewish Voice for Peace event’s website are Muslim or Arab. But perhaps the most significant speaker will be Rasmea Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who was convicted of murdering two Hebrew University students in Jerusalem in 1969. […] Odeh was released from prison in a prisoner swap after serving ten years of her (life) sentence. …
  • Top Restaurants Will Sell Cookies to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

    02/11/2017 8:30:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/10/17 | Erin Parfet
    A handful of Chicago restaurants are baking cookies and selling them through Feb. 24, with the proceeds benefitting the abortion group Planned Parenthood, the Chicago Eater reported. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Participating restaurants i the pro-abortion fundraiser: Bad Hunter bang bang pie shop Cellar Door Provisions Elizabeth Elske Floriole Giant Honey Butter Fried Chicken Hoosier Mama Pie Company LOba pastry Local Foods Lula PArachute PLeasant House Bread SPINNING J“Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization that directly serves many of the groups impacted by President Trump’s recent executive orders,” the Planned Parenthood of Illinois Bake Sale website stated.However, this couldn’t be further from...
  • Four accused in Facebook Live torture case plead not guilty

    02/10/2017 7:57:56 PM PST · by Auntie Mame · 25 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | Rummana Hussain
    The four people charged in the Facebook Live attack that drew outrage across the city and country pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday before Cook County Judge William Hooks. All the defendants’ assistant public defenders entered the pleas on behalf of their clients. Their next court date will be March 1.
  • Illinois Rep.: October 2017 Should Be ‘Zombie Awareness Month’

    02/10/2017 1:45:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    A state representative has a resolution making October 2017 “Zombie Awareness Month.” State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside) said he wants to grab media attention with the title in his resolution. He hopes the bill will encourage discussions on how to be prepared for the next disaster. “If you can find something like zombies, which modern culture is talking about, you’ll catch people’s attention,” Welch said. He also thinks “Zombie Awareness Month” is a better name than “Disaster Preparedness Month.” “When you have six or seven thousand pieces of legislation, you have got to have creative ways to bring attention...
  • Silencing the Guns: How Chicago can keep guns off the streets (barf alert)

    02/10/2017 10:42:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 10 feb 2017 | Ellen Alberding
    Editor’s note: This is the third in an occasional series of opinion essays, produced in cooperation with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, exploring solutions to the scourge of gun violence in Chicago. The Crime Lab released a report this month about the historic surge in There is much to learn from the Crime Lab’s report. For example, many people likely do not know that almost 20 percent of Chicago’s homicide victims are children and teens; that almost half of gun violence victims are not affiliated with a gang; and just 6 percent of shootings last year resulted in arrest.
  • Trump again threatens to send ‘Feds’ to handle Chicago’s ‘carnage’

    02/09/2017 10:08:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    chicagocrusader.com ^ | February 9, 2017 | By Crusader
    With his sights set on Chicago, America’s third-largest city, as a target, recently-elected President Donald Trump claims to have a solution for the violent city where gunfire has become commonplace and created a homicide rate that last year reached a 20-year high. His plan, while vague, follows a Jan 24 tweet in which he said, “Chicago’s murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If the Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help.” Trump later added, again in a tweet, that if Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” he would “send...
  • All CPS students sent home with letter accusing Gov. Rauner of ‘cheating’ kids

    02/08/2017 6:51:08 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    CHICAGO — Intense rhetoric between Chicago democrats and Illinois’ republican governor is nothing new, but some parents are upset it is now being played out in a letter sent home with their kids. Chicago Public Schools officials sent home a letter with all 381,000 students blasting Gov. Bruce Rauner and ignoring any role democrats may have played in the state’s budget woes. The “Dear Parents” letter begins by stating “Governor Bruce Rauner, just like President Trump, has decided to attack those who need the most help.” Twice the letter accuses Gov. Rauner of “cheating” children. Once it says the governor...
  • Boy Severely Beaten at Suburban Middle School by Another Student

    02/07/2017 8:08:53 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 79 replies
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | NBC Chicago Story Monkey
    A 12-year-old boy was in a coma over the weekend after being severely beaten by another student at a northwest suburban middle school Friday. Kenyon Woods Middle School Principal Lisa Olsem said the young boy was “assaulted by another student” just before noon. He suffered severe injuries and was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin before being transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. {SNIP} At the Elgin school district meeting Monday night, the student board member wore green, a symbol officials say is meant to represent hope. Others throughout the district wore the color in...
  • Arizona-Based Redflex Photo Radar Firm to Pay $20 Million to Chicago for Bribery Scheme

    02/06/2017 9:14:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | February 6, 2017
    Photo-enforcement firm Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. announced on Monday that it will pay $20 million to the city of Chicago to settle its high-profile bribery scandal. The Glendale, Arizona-based firm released details of its settlement agreement on the same day that its former CEO, Karen Finley of Cave Creek, is scheduled to report to prison. Finley was sentenced in November to 30 months in federal prison and pay $2 million in restitution for conspiracy to commit bribery in Illinois and Ohio. She was supposed to report to the U.S. Marshal's Office in Phoenix on January 3, but that was since...
  • Democratic legislators call for Obama state holiday

    02/06/2017 8:24:46 PM PST · by bkopto · 58 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | 2/3/2017 | Brian Robbins
    President Barack Obama's birthday may become the next state holiday, if some Illinois Democrats have their way. House Bills 231 and 503 and Senate Bill 55 all make Obama's birthday, Aug. 4, an official holiday. Both House bills would make Aug. 4 a "legal holiday," in which state government offices shut down, and schools and businesses have the option of closing. The Senate bill's "Barack Obama Day" would be commemorative only. Rep. Andre Thapedi, a Chicago Democrat who is sponsoring HB 231, had tried making Obama's birthday a state holiday last year, but the bill stalled in a House committee....
  • Andy Shaw: To curb Chicago gun violence, look closely at NY plan

    02/06/2017 5:52:57 AM PST · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 7 feb 2017 | Andy Shaw
    Before Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson acknowledged a couple weeks ago that he’s dealing with some challenging medical issues, his top priority was legislative approval of tougher gun sentencing laws in Illinois. He’s made that clear on numerous occasions, including a recent pitch for support from the Better Government Association. Johnson’s primary concern, for now at least, should be his health, but finding ways to eradicate Chicago’s “killing fields” is still the city’s most daunting challenge.
  • Lose FOID card, keep your guns: Crystal Lake lawyer's story case in point (Illinois)

    02/06/2017 5:45:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6 few 2017 | Robert McCoppin and Tony Briscoe
    After allegedly finding a loaded weapon in the possession of a Crystal Lake attorney during a drunken-driving investigation, police said they made a bigger discovery when they searched the man's home: a cache of 56 handguns and rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Authorities apparently had not confiscated the weapons earlier from the lawyer, Donald F. Franz, despite the fact that his arrest in January marked the second time in about nine months that he has been accused of carrying a loaded gun in his car after his firearm owner's identification was revoked, court and police records show. He...
  • Toure: Black-on-Black Crime in Chicago Not a Prime Issue Black Americans Need Resolved

    02/05/2017 6:20:12 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 65 replies
    Breitbart Video ^ | 2-4-2017 | Trent Baker
    During the Saturday “AM Joy” broadcast on MSNBC, MSNBC contributor Toure said black-on-black crime is not the biggest issue for black Americans at this time. (snip) “This attack on black-on-black crime in Chicago — this is not the prime thing that black America needs dealt with” Toure told host Joy Reid. “We need the war on drugs dealt with, we need the wealth inequality dealt with, we need public schooling better, we need policing violence dealt with better.”
  • Here's what Trump's 'send in the feds' could mean for Chicago

    02/04/2017 3:05:40 AM PST · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/4/17 | Kelly Cohen
    President Trump has warned he may soon "send in the feds" to Chicago to help reduce gun violence there, and while that may sound like a threat from the new president, there's a precedent for federal aid in reducing gun violence. And though it may sound like federal intrusion into local issues, there already signs that some cities might welcome that aid.
  • Durbin Opposes Confirmation of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

    02/01/2017 7:14:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 2/1/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after voting against Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State:Election Day 2016 is a day that will live in cyber infamy—the result of a hostile foreign power intentionally attacking our democracy to influence the outcome of the presidential election. I have said repeatedly that this act of cyber warfare must not go unanswered, so I was deeply disturbed that Mr. Tillerson showed so little concern, and offered no plan to respond or hold Russia accountable. Secretary Tillerson’s close personal and business ties with President Putin give me no confidence...
  • Pastor Tells Trump ‘Top Thugs’ In Chicago ‘Respect’ His Presidency, Want Sit Down To Lower Killing

    02/01/2017 2:01:35 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 11:45 am, February 1st, 2017 | JD Durkin
    Pastor Darrell Scott, who has long been a fervent supporter of Donald Trump, met with the President at the White House Wednesday as part of a meeting for Black History Month, and used his opportunity at the table to reveal a piece of curious news to the Commander in Chief. “I was contacted,” he said to the President, “by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago for a sit down. They reached out to me because they associated me with you. They respect you.” “They believe in what you’re doing,” Scott continued, “and they want to have a sit...
  • Defense attorneys in Chicago torture video case complain that it's 'sad and unfortunate' that four

    01/31/2017 12:29:10 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1/31/17 | AP/ Kiri Blakeley
    Defense attorneys for the four suspects accused of tying up and torturing a mentally disabled man while they live streamed it on Facebook are complaining that the foursome have received death threats. 'It is sad and unfortunate that many have commented on these young men and women without knowing all the facts,' said Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli after a hearing on Friday. 'They have been denounced in the media before anything has been proven.' She said that 'sensationalized, pervasive media coverage' threatens to poison the jury pool. Neil Toppel, a public defender for one of the defendants, cited...
  • Caterpillar to move headquarters to Chicago area

    01/31/2017 7:40:49 AM PST · by bigbob · 62 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Jan 31 2017 | Reuters
    Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) said on Tuesday it would move its global headquarters to the Chicago area from Peoria, Illinois later this year to move closer to a global transportation hub and make it easier to recruit executives. A limited number of senior executives and some relocated from Peoria will be based at the new headquarters, and about 300 will be based there once the facility is fully operational, the company said in a statement. The company did not specify the exact location of its new headquarters.
  • Navy SEAL killed in al-Qaeda raid is identified

    01/30/2017 5:35:18 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | anuary 30 at 7:53 PM | Thomas Gibbons-Neff J
    Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Ill., died after he was wounded during a nighttime raid on an al-Qaeda-held village in southwestern Yemen on Saturday.
  • Mom charged with shooting son during family party in Lawndale (West side of Chicago)

    01/30/2017 4:52:38 PM PST · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | 1/30/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO -- Bond was set at $1 million on Sunday for a mother charged with shooting her son during a family gathering in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, according to court records. Angeline Minniefield, 43, faces one felony count each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm, according to Chicago police. Minniefield was at a family party about 12:45 a.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 1400 block of South Avers when she got into an argument with a 21-year-old man, police said. She pulled out a gun and shot the man...
  • Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children Into Programs

    01/30/2017 4:32:07 PM PST · by drewh · 74 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2 hours ago | staff reporter
    The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programs. The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child's birth certificate. A spokeswoman for the organization says it made the decision based on states and communities changing how gender is defined. A transgender child in Secaucus, New Jersey, was...