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  • A college kid running for 13th Ward alderman gets a lesson in the Chicago Way

    12/10/2018 8:12:42 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 31 replies
    To get on the ballot, Krupa was required to file 473 valid signatures of ward residents with the Chicago Board of Elections. Krupa filed 1,703 signatures. ***** But before he filed his signatures with the elections board, an amazing thing happened along the Chicago Way. An organized crew of political workers — or maybe just civic-minded individuals who care about reform — went door to door with official legal papers. They asked residents to sign an affadavit revoking their signature on Krupa’s petition. Revocations are serious legal documents, signed and notarized. Lying on a legal document is a felony and...
  • Chicago campaign volunteer shot while recording himself canvassing on Facebook Live

    12/10/2018 10:56:08 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    NBC ^ | 12 10 2018 | David K. Li
    A campaign volunteer for a Chicago City Council hopeful was shot while recording himself canvassing on Facebook Live, police and the candidate said. The victim — identified by the candidate as Maxwell Little — was shot in the leg by a man wearing a red mask at about 1:46 p.m in the West Englewood neighborhood on the city's south side, Chicago police said Monday. Little, 32, was recording himself on Facebook Live talking about his support for candidate Joseph Williams when gunfire erupted, according to Williams. The alleged shooter then ran away, police said, and there was no immediate arrest....
  • A Chicago neighborhood battles endless flow of illegal guns

    12/10/2018 8:15:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2018 | Sharon Cohen
    Ke’Shon Newman’s daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. […] The Auburn Gresham neighborhood is flooded with illegal guns: .40-caliber pistols, .380 semi-automatics, .38-caliber revolvers. Police recover as many as they can, searching apartments, stopping cars, cornering people on the street. A buy-back in June brought in hundreds of firearms. And in September, the mayor and other dignitaries gathered to mark a milestone: Police in the 6th District had recovered their 1,000th gun this year. […] Chicago’s gun violence has captured the national spotlight in...
  • Eiffel Tower, Louvre shut down as France braces for new riots

    12/09/2018 8:59:52 PM PST · by 867V309 · 40 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 12-07-18 | Samuel Petrequin and Sylvie Corbet
    Nationwide, about 89,000 police will fan out in the streets, an increase from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested as the protests degenerated into the worst street violence to hit the French capital in decades. In addition to the closure of the Eiffel Tower, many shops and museums across Paris, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the Grand Palais, will be shut on Saturday for safety reasons. Music festivals, operas and other cultural events in the capital were canceled.
  • Santorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’

    12/09/2018 2:35:34 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/09/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) on Sunday said he believes the Democratic Party could win in 2020 if they pick someone "unexpected" as their party's presidential nominee. Santorum, asked if there were any potential Democratic candidates he was afraid of, pointed to previous presidential contests, saying all of the Democratic candidates who won were "not the favorite" at the time. "When the Democrats win, they pick someone unexpected or someone who’s not the favorite," Santorum, a CNN analyst, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "[Former Presidents] Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter," he listed. "When they pick [failed...
  • Gun Control Fail: California Firearm Homicides Up 18 Percent

    12/09/2018 10:56:01 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/8/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    California, a state with every gun control imaginable, witnessed an 18 percent rise in firearm homicides from 2014 to 2016. This rise in firearm homicides comes despite the fact that Democrats, gun control groups, and the establishment media constantly claim that states with the strictest gun controls see lower rates of violence and death. California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, red flag laws (i.e., Gun Violence Restraining Orders), a ten-day waiting period for gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases, a minimum firearm purchase age of 21, a ban on campus carry, a...
  • Transportation officials: Illinois gas tax increase is needed

    12/07/2018 3:20:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Southern ^ | 12/06/18 | Brenden Moore
    **SNIP** And according to a panel of transportation experts, the problem will only get worse in the future unless the state begins to better fund investments in its transportation system. "We're behind, to be perfectly frank," said IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, one of the panelists. "We are not funding transportation as well as some of our neighbors and as our competitors. ... I spend $250 a month on my phone. I spend $50 a month for water. This is the infrastructure of my life. It's what I need to make things happen. And we're spending 50 cents a day on...
  • Search Continues for Gunman Who Opened Fire in Loop Subway Tunnel During Evening Rush Hour

    12/07/2018 3:41:27 PM PST · by PBRCat · 12 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 7, 2018 | Hannah Leone
    The search continued Friday for the gunman who shot another man at close range in the pedestrian tunnel between two busy Loop subway stations, according to Chicago police. A 27 year-old-man was shot in the left hip Thursday evening. Police said he likely knew the gunman and was not cooperating with investigators. The shooting happened just after 5 p.m. near the Jackson stop on the Blue and Red lines. CTA surveillance video appeared to show a man standing in the tunnel that connects the two lines when the shooter walked up and fired twice, hitting him once, police said. Police...
  • Daley Pension Debacle: Where Did $54 Million Go?

    12/07/2018 11:27:47 AM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | Tim Novak
    If there ever was any hope that five Chicago city workers pension funds would make any money by investing $68 million with then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew and one of his key political supporters, it didn’t last long. Only months after the deals were made a dozen years ago, problems began to emerge. The nephew, Robert G. Vanecko, and his partner Allison S. Davis, a developer who gave campaign money to Daley and was appointed by the mayor to the Chicago Plan Commission, started investing in a series of property deals that, by the time the last of them are...
  • A College Kid Running for 13th Ward Alderman Gets a Lesson in the Chicago Way

    12/07/2018 10:24:25 AM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 7, 2018 | John Kass
    A Southwest Side David vs. Goliath story. The David is David Krupa, 19, a freshman at DePaul University who drives a forklift. He’s not a political powerhouse. He’s just a conservative Southwest Side teenager studying political science and economics who got it in his head to run for alderman in a race that pits him against the most powerful ward organization in Chicago. The Goliath is the 13th Ward Democratic Organization run by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, aka Boss Madigan, the most powerful politician in the state. Boss Madigan has long hand-picked his aldermen. He likes them loyal and...
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • DC officer says department is massaging the numbers when it comes to violent crime

    12/04/2018 7:59:45 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    FOX 5 ^ | Dec 04 2018 | Marina Marraco
    Crime is an affliction that plagues all major cities. In the District, the past three years have seen an ebb and flow of violence ... But a close look at DC police crime stats reveals ... One veteran DC police officer is blowing the whistle on what he calls years of corruption and crime reclassification by the department. "If it's a burglary and someone enters the home, but nothing was taken they'll have us re-classify it as Unlawful Entry which brings the crime down from a felony to a misdemeanor ... Felonies are reported to the FBI – the Uniform...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Dems’ Job Over Next Two Years Is to Divide Trump and His Base

    11/30/2018 10:30:13 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 29, 2018 | Trent Baker
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday voiced his support for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in bid to regain her speakership and discussed what the Democrats need to be doing in the next two year’s of President Donald Trump’s presidency. The former chief of staff for former President Barack Obama said the next two years need to be spent setting up for 2020 and “dividing” Trump and his Republican base. “The next two years are setting up for the election in 2020, and dividing, in my view, the Republican Party and Donald Trump from the base of the Republican...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Dems’ Job Over Next Two Years Is to Divide Trump and His Base

    11/29/2018 12:25:50 PM PST · by detective · 85 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Nov 2018 | Trent Baker
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday voiced his support for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in bid to regain her speakership and discussed what the Democrats need to be doing in the next two year’s of President Donald Trump’s presidency. The former chief of staff for former President Barack Obama said the next two years need to be spent setting up for 2020 and “dividing” Trump and his Republican base.
  • Thousands moved out for a new GM factory; now it's closing

    11/30/2018 5:59:21 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 26, 2018. | David Shepardson;
    General Motors Co on Monday pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant that builds it, both examples of a costly gamble that is not paying off. GM’s widely touted factory of the future, forced on a town desperate for jobs and hailed decades later by former resident Barack Obama, is set to wind down over the next few years, leaving beleaguered Hamtramck wondering what happened. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference Monday that he told GM chief executive Mary Barra Monday that “we moved thousands of people out of that neighborhood...
  • Feds raid office of Chicago alderman whose law firm represented Trump

    11/29/2018 1:47:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2018 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Federal agents Thursday raided two offices of a powerful Chicago alderman whose law firm represented President Trump for more than a decade, though it was not immediately clear whether the operation was related to the president. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that approximately 15 agents arrived at Edward Burke's office in Chicago City Hall with cardboard boxes at approximately 7:30 a.m. The paper reported that the agents asked everyone in the office to leave and taped brown paper over the windows. Another team of agents showed up at Burke's office in the city's 14th Ward and papered over the windows there....
  • State Rep. Kifowit under fire for comments to fellow legislator

    11/28/2018 12:43:22 PM PST · by infool7 · 26 replies
    Kendall County Now ^ | 11/28/18 | Tony Scott
    State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit said she "intends to apologize" for her "poor choice of words" after drawing criticism from fellow legislators for comments she directed at a lawmaker on the State House floor Tuesday regarding the deadly Legionnaires outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Lawmakers were debating a measure that would increase the cap for funds the state would pay in civil lawsuits from $100,000 to $2 million, designed to help those affected by the Legionnaires disease outbreak at the veterans home in 2015, which has so far killed 13 people. The House ultimately voted 71-36 to override...
  • Illinois GOP calls for Dem to resign after she wishes ‘broth of legionella’ on IL Republicans

    11/28/2018 11:05:18 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 27, 2018 | Owen Daugherty
    The Illinois Republican Party is calling for Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit to resign after she wished an infectious disease upon a GOP colleague’s family. Kifowit directed the remark at Republican state Rep. Peter Breen during a contentious debate Tuesday over a bill to help families impacted by an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
  • Illinois soybean farmer witnesses effects of climate change in ruined crops

    11/26/2018 10:32:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 26, 2018
    At Jim Benham's soybean farm in Versailles, Ill., he says 20 acres of crops have been ruined this year by excessive rain – a casualty of climate change. "It's like chewing gum; they're just too wet," he said of the soybeans too soggy to harvest; they'd turn to paste if he tried. And what's worse, the 67-year-old farmer says he doesn't need a Ph.D. to know that things have changed. "When we have a rain event, we're not getting an inch; we're getting two and three and four inches," Benham said. "It doesn't take a scientist to know you have...
  • Nearly 130 Chicago Public Schools employees, including 9 teachers, ousted over background check....

    11/26/2018 5:59:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Nearly 130 Chicago Public Schools employees, including 9 teachers, ousted over background check issues Juan Perez Jr. 5-6 minutes Nearly 130 Chicago Public Schools employees have been terminated, recommended for dismissal or simply resigned amid scrutiny following an enormous review of worker backgrounds prompted by a Tribune investigation this year. That group of employees includes nine teachers, 35 people classified as classroom aides and an unspecified number of people the district lists as substitute or hourly workers, according to CPS. In addition, 124 employees are still barred from work because they have not submitted fresh fingerprints for an updated district...