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  • Hillary Clinton Delivers Speech Tuesday at Chicago Conference

    06/26/2017 12:47:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | June 26, 2017
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to Chicago Tuesday as a featured speaker at the American Library Association's annual conference. Sponsored by Simon & Schuster, Clinton's speech likely will touch on her forthcoming illustrated children's book "It Takes a Village," inspired by Clinton's 1996 book of the same title, being published by the company in September. The publishing house notes the book "will be published for the first time by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as an all-new, full-color picture book illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee." Clinton speaks at 10 a.m. at the conference...
  • Couple sues dog food manufacturer after pet death

    06/26/2017 10:31:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Meatpoultry.com ^ | June 22, 2017 | Erica Shaffer
    Couple sues dog food manufacturer after pet death June 22, 2017 - by Erica Shaffer SEATTLE – A couple in Washington State recently filed a lawsuit against Wheeling, Illinois-based Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc., owned by Holly and Joel Sher, after one of their dogs was poisoned by pet food tainted with pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug. Nicole and Guy Mael of Washougal, Washington, filed the lawsuit against Evanger’s and Nutripack LLC, a pet food company owned by members of the same family, in US District Court for the Western District of Washington. The couple is seeking a jury...
  • 4 killed, 43 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago

    06/26/2017 9:04:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 26, 2017 | by Elyssa Cherney
    Four people were killed and 43 others were wounded, including a dozen teenagers, in shootings in Chicago over the weekend, according to police. More than 1,700 people have been shot in the city this year, about 180 fewer than this time last year when violence reached levels not seen in two decades. There have been at least 313 homicides this year, eight fewer than this time last year, according to data collected by the Tribune. Among those killed this past weekend was a 17-year-old boy, who was shot about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. He was arguing with someone at a gas...
  • Best Places to Make a Living: MoneyRates.com Ranks the Top States

    06/25/2017 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Money Rates.com ^ | May 23,2017 | by Richard Barrington
    All of these financial factors are especially important if you are thinking of moving to another state, or finding a way to jump-start your career. Are things likely to be tougher or easier if you relocate? To help you look before you leap, MoneyRates.com has assembled a list of the best and worst states to make a living. This list is based on the following factors: Cost of Living Workplace safety State tax burdens Median wages Unemployment rates Based on a combination of the above five factors, these are the best and worst states to make a living in 2017:...
  • Illinois budget crisis could shut down Aurora-area road projects

    06/25/2017 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2017 | Steve Lord, Rafael Guerrero and Gloria Casas (Aurora Beacon-News)
    It's possible Illinois is about to come down with a statewide case of Seasonal Affected Disorder. The season is construction, which an old joke says is one of two in Illinois. The disorder is the continuing one in Springfield, where the ongoing budget crisis is about to shut down road projects during the height of that season. And the affected are everyone from officials who work to put needed projects together, to the drivers who have to negotiate construction zones and torn up streets. In Aurora, workers last week got the barriers and cones out to reduce Farnsworth Avenue, near...
  • Rainbow-decorated CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) train cars rolling to mark Pride Parade weekend

    06/25/2017 8:44:08 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 24, 2017 | Rachel Hinton
    Rainbow-decorated CTA rail cars are rolling this weekend to mark the 48th annual Pride Parade Sunday on the North Side. The Chicago Transit Authority and Mayor Emanuel both touted the four decorated cars cars on Twitter. They’ll operate on the Red Line.
  • Chicago Police unable to control thousand-strong gang party lasting hours

    06/25/2017 8:07:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/25/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    At last we know why Chicago’s homicide level is so out of control: Gangs, not police control the streets. The gangs know it; the police know it; and now, thanks to DNAinfo.com/Chicago, we know it. A week ago, Chicago street gangs held a huge party in a park, with a thousand people attending, some brandishing firearms, terrifying neighbors for hours. The police sent 25 squad cars, yet were outnumbered and unable to really do anything. Stephanie Lulay wrote:
  • Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.
  • Durbin Statement On Discovery Of Asian Carp Near Lake Michigan

    06/24/2017 3:10:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 72 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 6/23/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the discovery of an adult Silver Carp near the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam in the Calumet River:“I’m deeply concerned by today’s announcement that an adult Silver Carp was discovered a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan.  If this invasive species reaches the Great Lakes, it could cause significant economic losses and irreversible damage to the ecosystem, and threaten the drinking water of 30 million Americans.  Now more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to prevent their spread by ensuring strong federal funding for the Great Lakes...
  • iPhone Manufacturer Wants To Create Tens Of Thousands Of US Jobs (Foxconn)

    06/23/2017 10:03:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KGTV-TV ^ | June 22, 2017 | Casey Mendoza and Grant Suneson
    In a move that will likely make the Trump administration really happy, a major manufacturer is shifting jobs from China to the U.S. Foxconn, the company known for making iPhones and other big-name gadgets, plans to invest $10 billion in a production plant in the U.S — specifically somewhere in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana or Texas. The plant could create up to 50,000 new jobs. President Trump hinted at this deal in June while visiting Wisconsin for his "workforce development" tour. "Just backstage, we were negotiating with a major, major, incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions,"...
  • What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln

    06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 63 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 JUN 17 | By John Kass•Contact Reporter
    llinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money. Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday. So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan. And here it is:
  • [Illinois State] Comptroller Mendoza Reaches Out to State Leadership (We're broke and going down!)

    06/21/2017 3:42:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Illinois State Comptroller ^ | June 20, 2017 | Susana A. Mendoza
    OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER FORECASTS SEVERE FINANCIAL STRAIN BEGINNING IN JULY As Illinois' Chief Fiscal and Accountability Officer, my Office is responsible for managing the state's financial accounts as well as providing the public and the state's elected leadership with objective and timely data concerning the state’s difficult fiscal condition. As you are quite aware, I have been very vocal regarding these issues and the budgetary impasse since assuming office six months ago; however we are now reaching a new phase of crisis. Accordingly, I must communicate to you at this time the full extent of our dire fiscal straits...
  • Durbin, top Dem, says sanctuary cities too poor to help feds on immigration

    06/21/2017 12:57:32 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Sen. Richard J. Durbin said Wednesday Chicago’s sanctuary city policy isn’t about protecting illegal immigrants, but rather is a matter of poverty — the city doesn’t have enough money to turn illegal immigrants over to federal authorities. “Come on Uncle Sam, where’s the money?” Mr. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said in a hearing called to look at gangs’ prevalence among illegal immigrants.
  • Living in Illinois Teaches People to Hate Government

    06/21/2017 11:47:12 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 40 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 21, 2017 | Phil Kadner
    Illinois is the reason people hate government. The state is in the middle of a terrible financial crisis and two political titans are battling over bragging rights to the political carnage. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is likely to spend more than $100 million on his political campaign if he runs for re-election next year, claims to be on the side of reform. Rauner wants to freeze property taxes, cut worker’s compensation and undermine collective bargaining rights. He would also like term limits for state officials and reduce the gerrymandering of legislative districts. On the other side there is Michael...
  • COMPTROLLER MENDOZA REACHES OUT TO STATE LEADERSHIP

    06/21/2017 11:40:04 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Illinois Comptroller ^ | Sasana Menendez
    As Illinois’ Chief Fiscal and Accountability Officer, my Office is responsible for managing the state’s financial accounts as well as providing the public and the state’s elected leadership with objective and timely data concerning the state’s difficult fiscal condition. As you are quite aware, I have been very vocal regarding these issues and the budgetary impasse since assuming office six months ago; however we are now reaching a new phase of crisis.   Accordingly, I must communicate to you at this time the full extent of our dire fiscal straits and the potential disruptions that we face in addressing even...
  • Official warns Illinois finances in ‘massive crisis mode’

    06/20/2017 1:47:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    Seattle Time ^ | 17 June 2017 | Sara Burnett
    NComptroller Susana Mendoza is warning that new court orders in lawsuits filed by state suppliers that are owed money mean her office is required to pay out more than Illinois receives in revenue each month. That means there would be no money left for so-called “discretionary” spending — a category that in Illinois includes school buses, domestic violence shelters and some ambulance services. “I don’t know what part of ‘We are in massive crisis mode’ the General Assembly and the governor don’t understand. This is not a false alarm,” said Mendoza, a Chicago Democrat. “The magic tricks run out after...
  • 8 dead, 49 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    06/20/2017 11:42:37 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/20/2017 | Staff
    Two men shot to death in separate West Side incidents early Monday were part of a deadly weekend in Chicago that saw eight people killed and 49 others wounded in gun violence between Friday evening and Monday morning. More than 240 people have been shot so far this month. And more than 1,600 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 279 have died. Last year, more than 700 people were shot to death in the city. With 57 people shot, this weekend’s carnage outpaced the same weekend last year. From June 17, 2016, to...
  • Commentary: How the NRA conquered Washington and abandoned gun owners like me (barf alert)

    06/20/2017 11:20:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 june 2-017 | Matt Valentine
    In the winter of 2008, shortly after the election of Barack Obama, my fiancee and I stopped into a local gun shop in Austin to buy ammunition for target practice, a hobby we enjoyed once or twice a month. Though we hadn't asked, the clerk behind the counter told us that all the AR- and AK-style rifles were back-ordered. We could get on the waitlist, he offered, but the delay might be a couple of months — "if it's still even legal to buy one then." Eight years later, gun rights in America appear not only to have survived the...
  • Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe

    06/20/2017 9:34:07 AM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    Illinois is grappling with a full-fledged financial crisis and not even the lottery is safe – with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner warning the state is entering "banana republic" territory.   Facing billions in unpaid bills and pension obligations, the state is hitting a cash crunch that is rare even by Illinois standards. A top financial official just warned 100 percent of the state's monthly revenue will be eaten up by court-ordered payments. Rauner is calling a special session of the Democrat-led General Assembly in a bid to pass what he hopes will be the first full budget package in almost three...
  • Union group led by Edwin Eisendrath submits bid to purchase Sun-Times (former Chicago alderman)

    06/20/2017 9:13:37 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/20/2017 | Michell Armentrout
    An investment group led by former Chicago Ald. Edwin Eisendrath has submitted a bid against Chicago Tribune parent company Tronc Inc. to buy the Chicago Sun-Times and weekly Chicago Reader. “We have received a bid from a group led by Edwin Eisendrath and we are currently evaluating the proposal,” Sun-Times Publisher and Editor In Chief Jim Kirk said in an email. (snip) “Only coming out of Chicago could we put together something that’s progressive but not elite,” Eisendrath told Feder. “Great journalism in a great democracy means that the 99 percent should recognize themselves in what gets written.”