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  • Northwestern doubles its programming on ‘deconstructing masculinity’

    10/19/2017 4:36:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Learn about ‘the patriarchy’The private university that put a female professor through multiple Title IX investigations for criticizing “sexual paranoia” is returning to its man-hating roots.Northwestern University is adding a second cohort to its six-week “dialogues” on “examining and deconstructing masculinity,” which are run by NÜ Men, a collaboration between its Social Justice Education unit and Center for Awareness, Response and Education, The Daily Northwestern reports.The assistant director of residence life, Dan Amato, credited “increased interest” for the addition of the second cohort. The program, which features “eight to 10 male-identifying students and two facilitators” in each dialogue, started in spring 2016 with...
  • [FAA Employee] Man accused of using app to get child porn could be released while he awaits trail

    10/18/2017 4:44:01 PM PDT · by markomalley
    WGN ^ | 10/18/17 | Meghan Dwyer
    A federal employee who allegedly threatened to kidnap, rape and kill young girls over the internet could get out of jail while he awaits trial on child porn charges.Prosecutors said Richard Barnett, 39, was dangerous and if they let him out of custody he could make a run for it. The judge said she was not ready to decide just yet. She wanted more time to think about it. But she is concerned about how dangerous he is.Police arrested Barnett in Aurora Monday. He faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly chatting with young girls on the internet and...
  • Sheriff David Clarke: NFL Players Should Tell Chicago ‘Gangbangers’ to ‘Put the Guns Down’

    10/17/2017 11:10:36 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 16 replies
    The Politistick ^ | OCTOBER 17, 2017 | MATTHEW K. BURKE
    Responding to progressive propagandist Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” who has been hosting his show from Chicago, where he has been bashing conservatives for highlighting the longtime Democrat-controlled city’s astronomical murder rate, despite having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark appeared on FOX Business to discuss not only Chicago but also the anti-American NFL protests against the American flag and the National Anthem. Sheriff Clarke accused Trevor Noah of trying to downplay Chicago’s murder rate because it sheds a negative light on the Democrat Party and that it’s...
  • Eastern Illinois University’s ‘Lincoln Hall’ eyed for name change

    10/16/2017 6:13:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    College Fix ^ | October 16, 2017 | Haley Toy
    The “Lincoln Hall” dorm at Eastern Illinois University may be renamed because its counterpart at the school — “Douglas Hall” — has come under fire. The university’s faculty senate recently passed a resolution calling on campus leaders to consider renaming the two dorms because Stephen Douglas, a Democrat, famously advocated for slavery against Republican Abraham Lincoln in a series of debates.
  • 23 shot, 9 fatally, over the weekend in Chicago

    10/16/2017 4:16:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/15/2017 | Madeline Buckley
    Among the 23 shot in Chicago over the weekend: a 64-year-old teacher, a young mother and a 15-year-old boy. The nearly two dozen shootings from Friday afternoon to Monday morning included nine people who were killed, two of whom were teenagers. An unintended target of a drive-by in Rogers Park, Cynthia Trevillion was killed by a stray bullet Friday night while she waited for a train at the CTA Morse stop. She was a teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park. Simone D. McKay, a 26-year-old mother of two, was fatally shot in front of her Rosemoor home...
  • Chicago named among safest cities in the world [Caution: NOT the Onion]

    10/13/2017 6:33:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/13/17 | Rachel Konig Beals
    Despite Chicago’s alarming, if select, murder statistics and routine singling out by President Donald Trump for gun violence, this lakeside metropolis was just ranked one of the safest cities in the world.The Economist Intelligence Unit, a London-based research firm affiliated with the Economist magazine, named Chicago to its 2017 Safe Cities Index, issued Thursday — one of only three US cities to crack the top 20 — largely based on advances in digital security.The annual ranking assesses 60 global cities using four factors: personal safety, health security, digital security and the safety of infrastructure.Chicago, at 19th-safest, narrowly trailed the other...
  • Judge in Chicago refuses to alter ruling on sanctuary cities

    10/13/2017 3:29:48 PM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/13/2017 | Jason Meisner
    A federal judge in Chicago on Friday refused to alter his previous ruling barring Attorney General Jeff Sessions from requiring sanctuary cities nationwide to cooperate with immigration agents in exchange for receiving public safety grant money. In granting the preliminary injunction last month, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration could suffer “irreparable harm” in its relationship with the immigrant community if it were to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s new rules. The judge also said the attorney general overstepped his authority by imposing the special conditions, agreeing with the city’s argument that it was...
  • Durbin's Statement On Trump's Executive Order On Health Care

    10/12/2017 5:28:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 10/12/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    CHICAGO—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order further targeting and destabilizing the Affordable Care Act:“Make no mistake—after spending nine months repeatedly trying and failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is sabotaging America’s health care system and hurting working families to make a political point. His tactics are well documented: President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing federal agencies not to enforce the law, cut the open enrollment period in half, cancelled television and radio ads that educated people about how to enroll for insurance, slashed funding for patient navigators...
  • Obama's Presidential Library Won't Actually Have Library Materials

    10/11/2017 4:27:29 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 72 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    Unlike traditional presidential libraries, the Obama Presidential Center will not actually have library materials. That is—it will not house former President Obama’s manuscripts, documents, letters, and gifts from his tenure in office—items presidential centers around the country all have. Instead, it will include space for outdoor functions and picnics, a basketball court, recording studio, sledding hill, children’s play garden, and more. As for the actual library documents, the center will rely online archives for Obama’s presidential materials as a way to avoid meeting federal standards in construction, raising money for an endowment, and paying the National Archives and Records Administration...
  • Cook County Board [Chicago] repeals pop tax

    10/11/2017 4:08:50 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/11/17 | Hal Dardick
    The Cook County Board finished the job on Wednesday and repealed the controversial pop tax, which means soda drinkers won’t have to pay it come Dec. 1. ... The repeal was a foregone conclusion after the board’s Finance Committee voted 15-1 on Tuesday, signaling the pop tax would be scrapped after just four months.
  • Mike Ditka apologizes for comment on racial oppression

    10/11/2017 2:41:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2017
    Mike Ditka has apologized for saying he wasn’t aware of any racial oppression over the last 100 years in the United States. The famed Chicago Bears coach came under fire for making the comments during a radio interview on Monday about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. He issued an apology the next day, saying he was talking about professional football and not society as a whole. “I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years,” the Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl-winning coach said to WGN-TV in Chicago. “The interview was about the...
  • The financial collapse of Illinois is accelerating

    10/10/2017 11:47:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/10/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    John O'Connor of the AP has just broken the news that the unpaid bills of the Great State of Illinois have reached the awe-inspiring sum of $16.5 billion. Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and a review obtained by The Associated Press shows $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills – as much as half the total – hadn't been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June. Although many of those IOUs have since been paid, a similar amount in unprocessed bills has replaced...
  • In Chicago, a Las Vegas Every Month

    10/09/2017 6:44:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 9, 2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There were 59 murders in Chicago in September, the city where black lives don’t seem to matter to liberals and gun control zealots. The horrible death toll in the Las Vegas massacre is just a normal month in the gun control and murder capital of America. The Democratic caucus in Congress that seizes on Las Vegas as another crisis too terrible to waste in their pursuit of gun control says nothing about the Chicago carnage, for which nary an NFL millionaire takes a knee while whining about social justice: The murder toll in Las Vegas on Sunday makes it the...
  • Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government

    10/09/2017 7:03:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune.com ^ | Oct 6, 2017 | Diana Sroka Rickert
    Commentary: Welcome to the dysfunction of Illinois government Diana Sroka Rickert I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. And it’s all paid for by you, Illinois taxpayers. “Welcome to state government,” said a new colleague, as we boarded the elevator for the 16th floor. This summer I got to see...
  • 3 in custody after assault-style rifle found in vehicle leaving O’Hare

    10/07/2017 8:58:33 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 121 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/07/2017, 07:20pm | Matthew Hendrickson
    Three people were taken into custody Saturday after a driver was pulled over as he left O’Hare International Airport and an assault-style rifle and handgun were found inside his vehicle. A pressure cooker was also found during the traffic stop, which happened shortly after 8 a.m. as the vehicle exited O’Hare Airport, according to Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Neither the guns nor the pressure cooker were believed to have been intended for any acts of violence in the city, which will see enhanced security measures during the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, police said. The vehicle was stopped after the...
  • Welcome to the Dysfunction of Illinois

    10/07/2017 5:07:47 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 6, 2017 | Diane Sroka Rickert
    I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. The Thompson Center, where I worked, is a near-perfect representation of (Illinois) state government. It is gross, rundown, and nobody cares. Despite the shoddy condition of the state — fiscally and otherwise — there is a disturbing sense of entitlement among some state...
  • Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Vegas Massacre

    10/05/2017 6:35:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    TMZ ^ | October 5, 2017
    Stephen Paddock had his sights set on Lollapalooza in Chicago and even booked 2 rooms in a hotel that overlooked the massive outdoor venue ... TMZ has learned. Paddock booked one room for August 1, 2017, 2 days before the August 3 kickoff. Paddock then booked a second room for an August 3 arrival. Both rooms had an August 6 checkout .. that's when Lollapalooza ended. The hotel directly overlooked the main stage as well as several adjoining stages. It also overlooks the main entrance and exit where thousands of people file through. And the hotel had a bird's-eye view...
  • On average, there is mass killing bigger than Vegas in Chicago each month

    10/04/2017 7:02:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/04/2017 | Jack Hellner
    There were 762 murders in Chicago in 2016, the most in 19 years.  On average, there was mass killing – by different perps – that adds up bigger than the Las Vegas massacre each month.  Where is the wall-to-wall coverage?  Chicago has very strict gun laws, with no gun shops in Chicago.  The Chicago police and politicians know where the criminals, gangs, and guns are, so why don't they get them off the street?  We see more effort to restrain the cops instead of restraining the criminals.  In Chicago and elsewhere, we repeatedly see killings and other serious crimes committed by...
  • Deli co-owner regrets 'dumb' tweet about Las Vegas shooting

    10/03/2017 1:08:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 60 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 3, 2017 | Karen Berkowitz
    Just weeks after stoking controversy by using Nazi imagery on his Jewish deli's Facebook page, the co-owner of Max's Deli in Highland Park again has ignited outrage — this time with a tweet he fired off in response to the Las Vegas shootings. "Soon as I heard it was country music, I felt relief. White people shooting white people isn't terror ... it's community outreach. #LasVegas," the tweet read. Greg Morelli, one of the owners of Max's Deli, expressed regret Tuesday for the tweet, which he says he dashed off at about 7 a.m. Monday from his personal Twitter account.
  • Fed-up Illinois homeowners consider moving (trunc)

    09/30/2017 7:07:37 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 73 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/29/17 | Gail Marksjarvis & Corilyn Shropshire
    Full Title: Fed-up Illinois homeowners consider moving: 'It’s not just the property taxes on my home; it’s all of them'...Some of those who are leaving Illinois say they’re frustrated with their tax burden and the state’s financial situation. After going more than two years without a budget, Illinois lawmakers passed a spending plan over the summer, one that involved a 32 percent income tax hike for residents. The state is still digging itself out of the financial disarray that accumulated during the budget impasse. A Forbes listing of the best and worst states for taxes in 2016, before the tax...