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  • Abortion bill passes Illinois House

    04/26/2017 5:30:50 AM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    WGN ^ | 4/25/17 | Tom Negovan
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The Democratic-controlled Illinois House has approved public funding for all abortions. The House voted 62-55 Tuesday to allow state-employee health insurance or Medicaid to cover abortions. Medicaid currently covers abortions in limited cases. The vote capped a two-hour debate and coincided with the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a "progressive agenda."
  • Editorial: Ease the rules on gun ranges: Chicago aldermen, stop fighting federal judges

    04/25/2017 6:00:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 apr 2017
    Chicago has been fighting a losing battle on guns, and it's not quite ready to stop. In 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington, D.C., ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment, the city should have realized its own ban was doomed. Instead, it went through its own litigation, which ended with the Supreme Court ruling that Chicago, too, was trampling on a constitutional right. At that point, the city passed a new ordinance allowing Chicagoans to get permits to own handguns, provided they got training at a gun range. But, in an odd twist (or a...
  • 3 dead, 13 wounded in shootings on South, West sides (just another Monday in Chicago)

    04/25/2017 5:12:35 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/25/2017 | Heather Schroering, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Elvia Malagon
    Seven people were shot during a span of an hour Monday, a day that saw a total of three people fatally shot and 13 others wounded, police said. There were five double shootings including one in the city's Englewood neighborhood on the South Side that left a 19-year-old man dead. About 7:30 p.m., a 19-year-old man was fatally shot and a 17-year-old boy was wounded while they were walking(snip) The shooter got out of a black car and opened fire at the pair, police said. A 19-year-old man was shot in the chest,(snip) A minute after the shooting on Honore...
  • Durbin: Dems can think what they want, but are required to support abortion in policy

    04/24/2017 1:43:14 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 24, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s not called the Democratic sacrament for nothing, you know. After DNC chair Tom Perez declared abortion rights an issue of potential excommunication for Democrats after Bernie Sanders endorsed a pro-life Democrat from their Unity Tour. CNN’s Dana Bash asked Sen. Dick Durbin whether he agrees with Perez and the pro-abortion lobby represented by NARAL, or whether Democrats will back pro-life candidates in the future. Durbin replied that Democrats can think however they want … as long as they support abortion in public, that is:
  • 7 dead, 31 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings [Obama's Homecoming]

    04/24/2017 8:27:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    even people were killed and at least 31 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. The violence brought the city’s toll to at least 980 people shot, 170 fatally, since the start of the year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.
  • 7 dead, 31 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    04/24/2017 8:22:08 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 4 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 4/424/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO -- Seven people were killed and at least 31 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. The violence brought the city's toll to at least 980 people shot, 170 fatally, since the start of the year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.
  • In Sanctuary City Crackdown, Justice Department Threatens to Withhold Grants From 8 Cities

    04/21/2017 10:13:23 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    wsj ^ | 4/21/17 | Laura Meckler
    The letters were sent to officials in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York City and Sacramento, Calif., as well as Cook County, Ill. These municipalities were identified in a Justice Department inspector general’s report last year as potentially out of compliance with the requirements. Friday’s letter asks the cities to send documentation that they are in compliance by the end of June.
  • How MS-13, One of America’s Most Dangerous Gangs, is Funded

    04/21/2017 8:04:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    FOX Business ^ | April 19, 2017
    MS-13, a group that was started by Central American immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s, is known for its ruthless and violent tactics. Most of the founding members were from El Salvador and fled to the U.S. during the country’s civil war that lasted 12 years, from 1980-92. Since then the gang’s membership has ballooned to at least 10,000 members in the United States and more than 30,000 worldwide, according to the FBI and Treasury Department. “[MS-13] is one of the most dangerous and rapidly expanding criminal gangs in the world today,” Philip Holloway, a legal analyst and former...
  • Obama heads to Chicago to agitate against Trump (it's back alert)

    04/21/2017 3:39:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2017 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Steel yourselves. Barack Obama's about to emerge from the shadows — and first stop, University of Chicago. Why there? No doubt, it's one of the more receptive breeding grounds for his particular brand of activism - the activism he’ll be touting to malleable student-age minds while engaging in, as his people called it, a "conversation about community organizing and civic engagement." Make no mistake about it. This is about teaching the upcoming generation, loud as it already is about all topics that offend, to get even louder, even Leftist Prouder, and to - here's the gist - use that Leftist...
  • Obama in Chicago Monday for first post-presidential appearance

    04/21/2017 11:11:29 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    chicago.suntimes.com ^ | 4/21/17 | Lynn Sweet
    Former President Barack Obama will make his first post-presidential public appearance on Monday, heading to the University of Chicago to discuss civic engagement and community organizing. Obama’s talk at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St., at 11 a.m. Chicago time will be a “conversation,” as he is flanked by six younger activists — from Kenwood Academy High School to college students and a bit older, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times. This event is part of Obama’s commitment to “engage the next generation of leaders,” Lewis said.
  • Just Super. Chicago approves IDs for illegal immigrants

    04/21/2017 9:59:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    h ^ | 04/21/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The Windy City has a whole host of issues to deal with these days, many of them centered around the fact that you’re more likely to be murdered there than in Fallujah on any given day. But rather than worrying about pesky little problems like that, the city council has decided to go after the really big ticket items on the agenda. One of these is to begin creating and distributing special municipal ID cards for various “underserved” groups including illegal immigrants. What could possibly go wrong? (CBS News, local) A program to create municipal identification cards passed overwhelmingly,...
  • With a little Grace, Javy gets his ring

    04/19/2017 10:44:45 AM PDT · by TBP · 2 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 13, 2017 | Bradford Doolittle
    Baez's emergence as one of baseball's most exciting players has been told of many times. Obviously, that part of the tale -- the one in which he helps the Cubs win their first title in 108 years -- was a pretty important prerequisite to Wednesday's festivities. So too was another story that has been well-covered: the loss of Baez's sister, Noely, to spina bifida in 2015 at the tragically young age of 21. It was that part of Baez's story that caught the attention of Grace Davis, a young Cubs fan in Jefferson City, Missouri. Grace is now 20 years...
  • 3 dead, 11 wounded in Tuesday shootings (Democrat owned and operated Chicago)

    04/19/2017 4:55:55 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/19/2017 | Staff
    Three people were shot to death and 11 other people were wounded in shootings since Tuesday morning, according to officials. A 22-year-old woman was shot dead about 11:35 p.m. in the 10700 block of South Indiana Avenue (snip) police found the woman on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to her abdomen and left ankle. (snip) The double fatal shooting happened about 8:15 a.m. in the 5100 block of South Halsted Street. The woman, 22, and the man, 25, were sitting in a vehicle when two people stepped from another vehicle and started shooting,(snip) A 20-year-old man was shot in the...
  • Durbin, Kelly Introduce Legislation to Address Youth Unemployment in High Poverty Areas

    04/18/2017 6:21:41 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 31 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 4/18/17 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today unveiled two pieces of legislation they will introduce when Congress is back in session next week to expand and increase access to employment opportunities for at-risk youth. The Helping to Encourage Real Opportunity (HERO) for At-Risk Youth Act and the Creating Pathways for Youth Employment Act will increase federal resources for communities seeking to create or grow employment programs and provide tax incentives to businesses and employers to hire and retain youth from economically distressed areas.
  • What Chicago really needs (45 shootings over Easter weekend)

    04/18/2017 9:45:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/17/2017 | Post Editorial Board
    Easter weekend was Chicago’s bloodiest since New Year’s, with 45 shootings, at least two of them fatal — a bad sign heading into the warmer months. The Windy City’s only consolation is that it’s doing better than last year: 915 shootings so far, vs. 955 in the same period in 2016. Homicides are also down, from 171 to 166. But the numbers are still higher than New York’s, though Chicago has about one-third the Big Apple’s population. And the NYPD continues to bring its own crime stats down, year after year — progress it’s continued to deliver (with occasional setbacks)...
  • Stop Congress from trashing Illinois’ concealed gun protections (barf alert)

    04/18/2017 5:46:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    The people who think the Second Amendment phrase “well-regulated” means “not regulated at all” are back. This time, they’re pushing a dangerous idea called “concealed carry reciprocity” that would allow people who get concealed gun carry permits in states that have absolutely no restrictions to carry those hidden, loaded guns anywhere in the country. That means a state such as Illinois could no longer draw a line and refuse to give concealed carry permits to people convicted of violent misdemeanors, substance abusers, repeat drunken drivers or who have severe mental health issues. Under the U.S. House version of a proposed...
  • A delightful advocate for legal, responsibly owned guns

    04/17/2017 6:15:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 17 apr 2017 | Laura Washington
    I write, often harshly, about The People of the Gun. I harbor a dim view of Second Amendment advocates. With each new shooting in Chicago, I have become more terrified of guns and the people who carry them. It’s time I actually met one.
  • Commuter alert: Legislators risk killing IDOT's plan to add I-55 toll lanes

    04/16/2017 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Randy Blankenhorn
    In a matter of days, time will run out on a plan that could cut down on commuting times, pave the way for even less traffic congestion, and potentially give taxpayers a break. For reasons that remain unclear, the General Assembly has ignored the Illinois Department of Transportation's I-55 managed lanes project, and the cost of doing nothing has the potential to harm the state's ability to do business for years to come. The I-55 managed lanes proposal would add an express toll lane between the Veterans Memorial Tollway in the southwest suburbs and the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago....
  • Trump and Sessions — where rhetoric and deportations meet (barf alert)

    04/16/2017 6:52:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 16 apr 2017
    (snip)Tuesday, at the U.S.-Mexico border, Sessions told border agents the crackdown was aimed at drug and human traffickers as well as cartels to “take our stand against this filth.” In the same breath, he vowed to prosecute those who have fraudulent documents. They’re hardly in the same league with killers and rapists. Here’s what Sessions leaves out: Immigrants who have committed no crime, except to cross into the United States for a better life, are being caught in his net. He should also mention that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are law-abiding. Studies have shown that immigrants are less...
  • Police capture suspect in gun theft who sent Trump manifesto

    04/14/2017 11:26:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    News24 ^ | April 14, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    <p>Chicago - Police captured a Wisconsin man early on Friday, ending an intense manhunt launched after he allegedly robbed a gun shop and sent an anti-government manifesto to US President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Joseph Jakubowski, 32, was arrested without incident on a farm in the midwestern state of Wisconsin, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said.</p>