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  • 10 Killed, 29 Wounded In MLK Day Weekend Shootings [Chicago]

    01/17/2017 6:10:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | January 17, 2017 | Staff
    At least 39 people have been shot across Chicago over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving 10 dead. The latest killing happened at 11:36 a.m. Monday in the West Side Austin neighborhood, where a vehicle pulled up to 24-year-old Allante Elmore on a porch near his home in the 4800 block of West Hubbard, and shot him repeatedly, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.
  • “Statistical Evidence Not Required” (Heather MacDonald on DOJ and Chicago Police)

    01/17/2017 4:44:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies ^ | Heather MacDonald
    The most important statement in the Justice Department’s damning report on the Chicago Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior. Released on Friday, the report found the Chicago police guilty of a “pattern or practice” of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a “pattern or practice” (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct. “Statistical evidence is not required” for a “pattern or practice” finding, the DOJ lawyers announce, citing unrelated court precedent. Nor is there “a specific number of incidents” required to constitute...
  • Obama's Early Writing on Chicago was Eerily Prophetic

    01/16/2017 8:59:47 PM PST · by PBRCat · 30 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | January 9, 2017 | Ben Joravsky
    I re-read Barack Obama's autobiography. I revisited the book to help me think through Obama's relationship with Chicago, and what his departure means for our since he's not coming back here. I found a lot of reminders that as much as Chicago loves to claim Obama as its own, he was never really ours. Obama settled in Chicago by happenstance. He wanted to be a community organizer and he couldn't find a job anywhere else. He arrived in 1985 at the age of 24. He'd already lived in New York, California, Hawaii, and Indonesia. The son of a man from...
  • Editorial: Who wins with a fancy pro golf course on South Side?

    01/16/2017 6:55:55 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 16 jan 2017
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District are entranced by the prospect of a gorgeous, challenging golf course on the South Side near the yet-to-be-built Obama Presidential Center. It is a project with star appeal, beginning with Tiger Woods. But we have to ask: Does a fancy, professional-caliber golf course like this best serve Chicagoans, especially those on the South Side? Or is this about helping President Barack Obama improve his golf game?
  • Debunking Loretta Lynch's One-Sided 'Chicago Cops Are Racist Villains' Statistics

    01/14/2017 10:31:54 AM PST · by Rockitz · 23 replies ^ | 14 January 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Is it fake news when on MLK weekend Loretta Lynch issues a scorching 164 page report blasting Chicago police for using force on Blacks 10 times more often then Whites... but nowhere mentioning that Blacks are murdered 15 times more often than Whites, or that Blacks are the murders 20 times more often than Whites, or that Police are 30 times more often to be killed by a Black than by a White? Seems like a shot in the face at Jeff Sessions and a gift to BLM and civil rights leaders, in the final hour... Statistical Ideas' blog's Salil...
  • Video shows police tackling and beating a black man suspected of stealing a car. It was his.

    01/14/2017 2:03:27 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2017 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a law-abiding PhD student, not a violent car thief. “This is my vehicle, sir,” he said, his voice captured by the dashboard-camera video. “I have evidence. . . . I purchased this vehicle Jan. 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet.” It wasn’t enough. The officers placed him in handcuffs in the driveway of a church, two blocks from the police station in Evanston, Ill.
  • For the first time ever, there will be a black Lady Liberty on a coin

    01/13/2017 10:49:33 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 140 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 1/12/17 | AJ Willingham
    A new commemorative coin from the U.S. Mint and Treasury features a fresh depiction of Lady Liberty. With a crown of stars in her hair and a toga-like dress, she's as patriotic as ever. She's also, for the first time on an officially minted coin, portrayed as a black woman. The United States Mint unveiled the 24k gold coin in commemoration of their 225th anniversary. Gaze upon her beauty in full:
  • DOJ: 'Reasonable cause' to believe Chicago police use excessive force

    01/13/2017 10:04:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 59 replies ^ | 1/13/17 | Mark Hensch
    The Justice Department has “reasonable cause” to believe Chicago police officers use excessive force, the agency announced Friday. Announcing the outcome of a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation first launched in late 2015, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there was cause to believe the Chicago Police Department “engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.” “The pattern or practice results from systemic deficiencies in training and accountability, including the failure to train officers in de-escalation and the failure to conduct meaningful investigations of uses of force.
  • Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse

    01/13/2017 8:24:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 11:14 AM EST | Michael Tarm and Don Babwin
    Institutional problems within the Chicago Police Department have led to serious civil rights violations for years, including racial bias against blacks and a tendency to use excessive force, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Friday. The Justice Department launched its investigation of the 12,000-officer force — one of the nation’s largest — in December 2015 following the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer shoot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times as he walked away holding a small, folded knife. The video of the 2014 shooting, which the city fought to keep from being...
  • Emanuel asks credit ratings agency to back off ahead of latest round of borrowing [Chicago=junk]

    01/11/2017 4:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 10, 2017 9:35 pm | Hal Dardick
    As City Hall prepares to borrow $1.2 billion, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a Wall Street debt ratings agency that’s been highly critical of Chicago’s finances to withdraw its evaluation of city creditworthiness, the administration disclosed Tuesday. The mayor contends that the junk status placed on the city’s debt by Moody’s Investors Service drives up borrowing costs covered by taxpayers and does not reflect the steps he has taken to fix the city’s finances. “It has become increasingly clear that Moody’s rating methodology and agenda are far from objective and independent,” Emanuel wrote to Raymond McDaniel Jr., president and CEO...
  • (Howie) Carr: Long, long goodbye with last few lies

    01/11/2017 3:40:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 11, 2017 | Howie Carr
    How can we miss him when he won't go away? Last night in Chicago, Obama was lucky he didn't throw out his shoulder from patting himself on the back so much. [Snip] "Hello Chicago," he began. "It's good to be home." Home? His first lie, at 9:02 p.m.. "We have shown the capacity to change." As we did on Nov. 8. And now, Jan. 20 will mark the end of an error. Ten minutes in, he finally got around to blaming Bush. In a rush, Obama mentioned how he "shut down Iran’s nuclear capacity without firing a shot." Yeah, right....
  • Inauguration Watch Party! Springfield Illinois Jan 20th 2017

    01/10/2017 6:37:55 PM PST · by chicagolady · 16 replies
    Eventbrite ^ | 1/10/2017 | Chicagolady
    Donald J Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America! Come and watch this event on big screen TV, with fellow Patriots! Lunch and Champagne toast included with your 25 dollar ticket. Tickets must be purchased by Monday January 16th 2017. Please freepmail me for more info
  • A Dairy Queen owner unleashed a racist tirade against a customer. He no longer has a business.

    01/09/2017 9:29:13 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/9/17 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    The Dairy Queen owner shouting the n-word at Deianeira Ford told her he could say whatever he wanted at his fast-food restaurant — that any accusations and complaints she uttered would fall on deaf ears. Ford was vindicated two days later, when her Facebook post about the incident provoked outrage so strong that the Dairy Queen in Zion, Ill., didn’t open for business. But her victory was tempered by something even more troubling that she heard at a protest: Although she was the most vocal victim of the owner’s racism, she was not the first.
  • Violence, racial divisions in Chicago cast dark cloud over Obama farewell address

    01/09/2017 5:15:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The weekend before President Obama’s planned farewell address was a good one by Chicago’s violent standards — only one person was killed by gunfire and eight others were wounded. As Mr. Obama returns home Tuesday to deliver his final speech as president, Chicago is in the grips of a soaring homicide rate and reeling from a horrific black-on-white torture hate crime that was captured on video. Over Christmas weekend, 12 Chicagoans were killed in a total of 27 shootings. Amid criticism that the president and his former chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have failed for eight years to address...
  • The Other Tragedy of the Chicago Torture Video

    01/09/2017 6:02:52 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 6, 2017 | Tavis Smiley
    All four suspects in the Chicago torture video now face charges of aggravated battery, hate crimes and kidnapping. See Jordon, Tesfaye, Brittany and Tanishia. See the crime they committed. See how swift justice is dispensed when the perpetrators, rather than the victims, are black. I’m having such a hard time trying to compartmentalize my feelings about the videotaped torture of this precious young man. Let me tell you why.
  • Armstrong & Getty explain how CBS News falsely implied the Chicago torturers were white

    01/09/2017 6:19:20 AM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    KGO CBS Radio San Francisco ^ | Janaury 5, 2017 | Armstrong & Getty
  • University Offers Reward To Downplay Chicago Violence

    01/07/2017 12:44:56 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies ^ | 1/7/17 | David Krayden
    The University of Chicago is seeking some creativity from its students to improve their city’s crime-ridden image. According to The College Fix, the university’s admission’s office is offering a $500 cash prize to student tour guides who can find “a creative way to dispel the negative perception” that the city is somehow less than safe. In an email first obtained by The Chicago Maroon, Colleen Belak, the assistant director of admissions at the university, asked students to think hard about how their city is depicted. “If you’ve paid attention to the national news (or Donald Trump’s tweets) over the last...
  • Sweet: Obama’s legacy - he will always be Chicago's president (LOL alert)

    01/07/2017 9:22:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 6, 2017 | Lynn Sweet
    Oh, Chicago, we will miss having the president be one of our own. After eight years, we've gotten used to it. President Barack Obama. First lady Michelle Obama. South Siders, both. They made us proud to be Chicagoans. We set aside our sides - North, South, West, Southwest, Southeast - and with one voice in Grant Park on election night in 2008 we celebrated. A Chicagoan had won the presidency. Obama's most tangible Chicago legacy will be the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, which will last beyond our lifetimes. But consider, too, the intangibles of his legacy, things...
  • U. Chicago offers $500 for ‘creative ways’ to fight city’s ‘perception of violence’

    01/07/2017 8:40:48 AM PST · by Hube · 81 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 1/7/2017 | College Fix Staff
    The University of Chicago’s admissions office is offering an incentive to its student tour guides: Come up with “a creative way to dispel the negative perception'” that the city is unsafe. The Chicago Maroon obtained a copy of the email Assistant Director of Admissions Colleen Belak had sent out to the guides. The student who provided the message asked to remain anonymous due to a “confidentiality policy.” In her email, Belak manages to toss in the name of the president-elect: “If you’ve paid attention to the national news (or Donald Trump’s tweets) over the last few months, you’ll notice that...
  • Crimes against whites equals small percentage of hate crimes [aww, thanks again AP]

    01/06/2017 2:29:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2017 5:11 PM EST | Russell Contreras
    The horrific beating of a mentally disabled white man in Chicago by four black assailants broadcast on social media is highlighting anti-white hate crimes at a time of increased racial strife in the United States. But federal statistics and experts say anti-white incidents remain a smaller percentage of overall hate crimes. Anti-black hate crimes are still the largest number of cases. According to the 2015 FBI hate crime statistics, the latest available, there were 613 anti-white-related crimes out of 5,850 total cases. That’s around 10.5 percent of all reported hate crimes, and within the yearly average, federal numbers show. By...
  • All The News That's Fit To Stint (Media Coverup Of Anti-White Hate Crime)

    01/06/2017 12:19:27 PM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 6, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    Media coverage of the prolonged anti-white brutalization of a mentally challenged boy has been despicable. From the politically correct know-nothingism of Shephard Smith, to the antiseptic-and confusing-reports from the Associated Press, to the anti-Trump non sequiturs bankrolled by Latin American Marxists, to the repugnant coverage of CNN, there has been blanket denialism from the left. The same press organs which trumpeted “news” of hate crimes which to the last turned out to be complete and utter hoaxes have decided that four sadistic barbarians kidnapping, humiliating and torturing a handicapped young man because he is white-over the course of 2 days-is...
  • NBC Reporter Defends (bleep) Trump' Kidnappers - Were Not 'Truly Trying To Be Criminal' [VIDEO]

    01/06/2017 9:33:23 AM PST · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 5, 2017 | Christian Datoc
    NBC News correspondent Ron Mott made an odd statement when discussing the four Chicago teens who kidnapped and tortured a mentally challenged young man. Mott told wondered aloud to MSNBC's Ali Velshi why the four suspects "made so many errors" and broadcasted their crime on Facebook Live "if they were truly trying to be criminal." "Well, you look at it on the surface and you think kids can make some really poor decisions from time to time," Mott answered.
  • Chicago Is Breaking: The Celebration of Thugs Creates More Thugs

    01/06/2017 7:10:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/06/2017 | David French
    The video is horrible. A young white man is bound and gagged on the floor, huddled in a corner. A group of black men and women beat him, kick him, and cut his hair until his scalp bleeds. One of the men yells, “F*** white people. F*** Donald Trump.” It happened in Chicago. It was all streamed on Facebook Live. Chicago, of course, is the city that’s become the “nation’s abattoir,” with more murders than Los Angeles and New York City combined. And this is the second Chicago video in two months showing black suspects beating a white victim...
  • FACES OF HATE 4 charged with aggravated battery in Facebook assault of disabled Chicago man

    01/05/2017 3:05:09 PM PST · by Strac6 · 34 replies
    There is only a video link for the TV story content, no written story, but we all know the details by now. More Importantly, go to the link to view the the booking photos of the 4 animals who did this to the disabled man. ANIMALS!
  • Steven Crowder Nails Media’s Hypocrisy on #BLMKidnapping

    01/05/2017 12:57:17 PM PST · by infool7 · 23 replies
    Louder With Crowder ^ | 1/5/2017 | Steven Crowder
  • Four charged with hate crimes over livestreamed Chicago assault

    01/05/2017 12:48:07 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 6 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | January 5, 2017
    Chicago (AFP) – Chicago prosecutors filed hate crime and other felony charges Thursday against four people suspected of holding a special needs man captive and assaulting him in a racially charged attack broadcast live on Facebook. Video of it shows a terrified young white man crouching in the corner of a room as four black attackers taunt and beat him, at times yelling “Fuck Donald Trump” and “Fuck white people.” The video was posted live on Facebook by one of the alleged perpetrators, and has since spread on the internet. Police identified the four suspects on Thursday – three of...
  • Hate crime charges filed after ‘sickening’ video shows attack on disabled man in Chicago

    01/05/2017 11:58:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | January 5, 2017 | Mark Berman and Derek Hawkins
    Authorities in Chicago charged four people with hate crimes Thursday following the emergence of a disturbing video appearing to show them shouting obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump and white people while abusing a man authorities say has mental health problems. The footage, which Chicago’s top police officer labeled “sickening,” quickly went viral online. In the shaky video, a terrified young man in a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants is seen crouching in a corner, his wrists and neck bound with orange bands, his mouth taped shut. A young woman films as two young men slash the sleeves of his...
  • Now Students Demand a 'Sanctuary Campus' For Illegals AND Their Families

    01/05/2017 11:58:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2017 | Tom Knighton
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC) students have decided they want their campus to be a safe haven for illegals -- and also for their " related community members." They are demanding to be included among the number of institutions throughout the country that believe they can exempt their campuses from federal laws. Luckily, in this case the administration isn't sure it's that bright of an idea : While hundreds of student groups have demanded sanctuary for students in the United States under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, fearing that President-elect Trump would follow through on his...

    01/05/2017 11:42:57 AM PST · by RummyChick · 98 replies
    tmz ^ | 1/5/17 | tmz
    Chicago cops just slapped 4 suspects with multiple charges -- including hate crime -- for kidnapping and torturing the 18-year-old man in that horrific Facebook Live video. Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington were charged Thursday with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jordan was additionally charged with robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle. Three of the 4, including Jordan, were also charged with residential burglary. The victim had been missing since Sunday and was found disoriented Wednesday. Cops later identified him as the man in the social...
  • CNN's Camerota Frets 'Right-Wing Websites' Making Chicago Beating 'Political'

    01/05/2017 11:22:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 1/5/16 | Brad Wilmouth
    As Thursday's CNN New Day covered the horrendous story of a white special needs man being tortured by four black teens in Chicago while they made anti-white and anti-Donald Trump taunts and live streamed the assault on Facebook, CNN co-host Alisyn Camerota fretted that "right-wing websites" like Breitbart, The Blaze, and Townhall are going too far in making the story "political." At 6:31 a.m. ET, after a full report on the horrific attack, Camerota plugged an upcoming segment on right-wing reaction to the video as she worried: "I mean, look, not only is this hideous, it's being also now somehow...
  • Call this disgusting attack in Obama’s back yard exactly what it is: a Trump-hating race crime [tr]

    01/05/2017 11:00:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2016 | Piers Morgan
    Few things shock me, as a hard-bitten journalist. But today, I’m in shock. I just watched a video that didn’t just sicken me, it contaminated every pore of my soul with feelings of pure, unadulterated, raw disgust and hatred. The short piece of film I endured depicts a gang of four black teenage thugs, two male, two female, abusing and torturing a poor terrified young white man with special needs. The sheer scale of their depravity appears to know no bounds.
  • Update: Chicago police say race was not a motive behind attack shown on Facebook Live

    01/05/2017 6:42:27 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 80 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2017
    Update: Chicago police say race was not a motive behind attack shown on Facebook Live FROM WIRE REPORTS 20 min ago (23) Update at 7:45 a.m. Chicago police say they don't believe a man beaten in an assault broadcast live on Facebook was targeted because he was white. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday morning that charges are expected soon against four black suspects. Guglielmi says the suspects made "terrible racist statements" during the attack, but that investigators believe the victim was targeted because he has special needs, not because of his race. Guglielmi says it's possible the suspects were...

    01/05/2017 5:52:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 4, 2017 | John Hinderaker
    This is the Associated Press’s innocuous report on a crime that occurred in Chicago on Tuesday, in its entirety: Chicago police say they are investigating a video circulating on social media that shows several people beating a man at a residence. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday that four suspects are in custody. Formal charges have not been filed.
  • 4 in custody after mentally disabled man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live

    01/04/2017 4:04:36 PM PST · by · 28 replies
    Fox 32 ^ | Jan 4 2017 | Lisa Chavarria
    Investigators are looking into a Facebook live video showing a group of people holding a young man hostage VIDEO AT LINK
  • How many unsolved Homicides are Justified?

    01/04/2017 4:45:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Image from While the site is not an “official” tabulator of homicides in Chicago, they seem to do a fairly credible job.  They show that 9 out of about 700 homicides in Chicago this year have been listed as from self defense, and there are 11 listed as police related. That is close to the official ratio listed in the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for the nation, which show police justified homicide a little bit greater than non-police justified homicides.  Both of those numbers are significantly under reported. Only about one out of five non-police justified...
  • Chicago's Record Violence Spills Into 2017 With 28 Shot on New Year's Day

    01/04/2017 12:03:30 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2017 | Julia Jacobo
    The record-setting violence Chicago saw in 2016 extended into the New Year -- with 28 people shot in the city on the first day of January alone, according to data from the Chicago Police Department. The first shooting of 2017 happened at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, when two men were taken to the hospital after one man was shot in the chest and the other in the back in a drive-by, according to the Chicago Police Department. Three men were killed in the shootings. Of those shot, five victims were women and three of the victims were minors. [Snip] Chicago saw...
  • Chicago's crime epidemic: How you can help

    01/04/2017 6:00:17 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2017
    "In the six days we were in Chicago, 55 people were shot, 16 were killed. We were struck by just how routine it all felt. The dead and wounded were removed with grim efficiency — right down to the hazmat crews that cleaned away the blood. Murder seemed almost normal."
  • BLM flag on display for two weeks at Northwestern

    01/04/2017 9:12:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 4, 2017 | Amber Athey
    The Black Lives Matter flag will fly for two weeks at Northwestern University while the school hosts student-organized programming on black lives in the United States. Northwestern raised the flag above the Norris University Center on Tuesday morning and will keep it there until the programming is completed, reports The Daily Northwestern.
  • Nation's bedbug capital is no longer Chicago, Orkin says

    01/03/2017 7:20:23 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2017 | By Becky Yerak
    Some good news for Chicago: It's no longer the bedbug capital of the nation. In its annual ranking, released Tuesday, pest-control services provider Orkin said Baltimore tops its annual list of the top 50 cities for bed bugs. Chicago had been the center of bedbug action for four straight years. The list is based on data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments, both residential and commercial, from Dec. 1, 2015, to Nov. 30, 2016. Chicago ranked third this year. Baltimore moved up nine slots to No. 1, marking the first time it has made...
  • UPTOWN FLUNK: Double-Shooting Claims 2017's First Two Homicide Victims

    01/02/2017 8:10:03 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 21 replies
    CWB Chicago ^ | Sunday, January 01, 2017 | N/A
    UPDATE 6:09PM:  CWB Chicago has been told credibly, but not yet confirmed, that no firearms were recovered from the shooting scene, potentially raising further questions about Ald. James Cappleman's cut-and-dried statement that two men simply shot each other to death in a disagreement. Police say it is not uncommon for witnesses or family members to pick up firearms at shooting scenes. UPDATE 6:10PM: Police now say the second, unidentified victim was 25-years-old. Our original report follows. --------------- Chicago’s first two homicide victims of 2017 were shot to death in an Uptown “restaurant,” less than five hours into the new year. The...
  • Man with concealed-carry permit fatally shoots would-be robber

    01/01/2017 7:11:28 PM PST · by NorthMountain · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Chicago 12/30/2016, 03:17pm | Sam Charles, Jacob Wittich
    A man with a concealed-carry license fatally shot a would-be robber in Chatham Friday afternoon, sources said. The 23-year-old man was walking in the 8200 block of South Ingleside about 1:54 p.m. when another male pulled out a gun and tried to rob him, according to police. A fight broke out and the 23-year-old, who was licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and shot the would-be robber in the head, killing him, sources said.
  • Illinois ends 2016 with an $11 billion in unpaid bills

    01/01/2017 11:14:06 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | December 26, 2016 | Brendan Bakala
    Illinois state government has left the people of the Prairie State quite the stocking stuffer this holiday season: an $11 billion bill backlog that is expected to hit $14 billion by summer 2017. However, with money from a June stopgap funding agreement set to run out by the new year, nonprofit service providers and students receiving state grants may view it more as a lump of coal. Funding for service providers hasn’t been a priority for the General Assembly for quite some time. Service providers wait, on average, nearly a year to be paid. Illinois politicians have been delaying payment...
  • Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago

    12/31/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 2:31 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends. Obama will travel to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the meeting with House and Senate Democrats, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers. The White House is casting it as an effort to unite Democrats behind a plan to protect the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, before Republicans have a chance to settle...
  • Man charged with false unemployment claims in 3 states

    12/30/2016 3:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Dec 2016
    A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to student visitors on a cultural exchange to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers, federal prosecutors in Iowa said in court documents. Nikolai Monastyrski is charged in federal court in Iowa with wire and mail fraud related to the scheme that prosecutors say he perpetrated there as well as in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A complaint filed Nov. 10 by Dana Johnson, a Chicago-based U.S. Department of Labor special agent, says Monastyrski was able to...
  • Chicago murder spike accompanied by decline in arrests: Reports

    12/30/2016 7:58:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    The historic surge in violent crime seen across the Windy City in 2016 unfolded as the Chicago Police Department drastically reduced the number of times its officers stopped and arrested civilians, new data reveal. As 2016 comes to a close, Chicago has reportedly witnessed more than 700 murders during the course of the calendar year - the highest number of homicides on record since the turn of the century. As violent crime soared, however, police activity did quite the opposite, CBS News reported this week. ... Specifically, CPD officers have stopped and questioned 80 percent fewer people since 2015 while...
  • Editorial: Closing the door on a deadly year in Chicago (barf alert)

    12/30/2016 6:17:56 AM PST · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 30 dec 2016
    ---the usual sanctimonious blather --including the last sentence in this excerpt----"But in the here and now — to curb the carnage today — it is hard to overstate the importance of better gun laws and a powerful and professional police force. We strongly support new state laws to get and keep illegal guns off the street. Most significantly, we support legislation pending in Springfield that would increase minimum prison sentences for gun crimes. Illegal guns are killing our city."
  • Editorial: Make colleges a sanctuary from deportation threat (barf alert)

    12/29/2016 5:40:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 51 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 29 dec 2016
    A nationwide movement to declare university campuses “sanctuary” spaces for students who are undocumented immigrants has arrived on the doorstep of Southern Illinois University. SIU students have asked the university’s administration to protect those among them who are undocumented if and when federal immigration officials attempt to identify them — or to question, arrest or detain them — after Donald Trump becomes president Jan. 20. Universities have an obligation to stand up for their students — all of them. Almost all of these young people on college campuses who fear deportation were brought to this country as babies or small...
  • San Francisco grapples with growing crime, blight after years of liberal policies

    12/28/2016 7:59:15 AM PST · by george76 · 93 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 27, 2016 | Tori Richards
    San Francisco.. stands as a profound example of the damage ultra-liberal policies can do. After 20 years of envelope-pushing changes to grow government and ease law enforcement, the once-shining City by the Bay has turned into a place where: Property crime runs amok. An online map is needed to track human feces on city streets. Discarded syringes are common sightings. Public urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles ... San Francisco has the dubious honor of being at or near the top of numerous national surveys tracking homelessness, the cost of...
  • More than 60 shot, 11 killed over holiday weekend in Chicago

    12/27/2016 6:07:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | December 27, 2016 | Erik Runge
    CHICAGO -- More than 60 people were shot over the holiday weekend, 11 of them fatally. One of the most recent shootings left two teenage girls injured, one critically. It happened just after 11:30 p.m. Monday outside of Leland Giants Park. The 14-year-old was with a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in a van. The 13-year-old's father had just left the van to speak with someone in a nearby house when two people came up and fired shots into the vehicle, police said. While the 13-year-old sustained a graze wound and is in stable condition, the 14-year-old was shot...
  • Chicago Way? Yet another alderman is accused of corruption

    12/24/2016 8:57:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2016 7:30 PM EST | Michael Tarm
    An alderman indicted on corruption charges while he sat in a City Council meeting is merely the latest in a rogues’ gallery of elected officials to face such allegations in Chicago, a city that over the years became saddled with a national reputation for corruption. Willie Cochran — who pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery, extortion and wire fraud charges — received word of his indictment last week while he sat in the City Hall chamber, fellow aldermen stopping by for hushed conversations. According to Illinois corruption researchers Dick Simpson and Thomas Gradel, more than 30 Chicago aldermen have been...