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  • Confederate monument stands on Chicago's South Side as questions swirl around the country

    08/17/2017 7:11:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-16-17 | Nereida Moreno•
    While a national debate over Confederate symbols in the U.S. rages this week, a monument on Chicago's South Side commemorating the deaths of 4,000 Confederate soldiers stands largely unnoticed. At Oak Woods Cemetery in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the 30-foot granite monument, called Confederate Mound, marks the mass grave of soldiers captured and held at Camp Douglas, where many died of smallpox and cholera. Topped by a bronze statue of a Confederate infantry soldier, arms folded across his chest, the monument was dedicated in 1895, with President Grover Cleveland and an estimated 100,000 people attending. Unlike many other statues commemorating...
  • Abraham Lincoln Monument Torched In Chicago

    08/17/2017 5:49:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Douglas Ernst
    Abraham Lincoln has joined George Washington on the list of those targeted by Chicagoans in a national debate over Civil War-era monuments. Alderman Raymond Lopez took to Facebook Wednesday night to decry a defaced statue of the nation’s 16th president in the Englewood neighborhood. The giant bust appears to have been damaged after someone in the 15th Ward sprayed and ignited a flammable liquid. “What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism. This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged & burned,” Mr. Lopez wrote, a local NBC affiliate reported. “If anyone has any...
  • Inevitable: Chicago Pastor Demands Washington Name be Removed from Park Because of Slavery Ties

    08/17/2017 5:30:39 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 08/16/17 | Kemberlee Kaye
    A Chicago Pastor is demanding George Washington’s name be removed from a city park because Washington was a slave owner. He’s also targeting a park named after Andrew Jackson....this is the natural progression of things — once you begin erasing historical monuments, there is no end. When it becomes wholly accepted to impose current values on historical figures and events, why bother with history at all?
  • Man Released From Custody After Triple-Fatal Shooting In East Side Home (Chicago gun owner)

    08/17/2017 4:38:38 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 10 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/16/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man who shot and killed three people in his East Side Home on Sunday has been released from custody, but police said their investigation continues. Police said the 31-year-old man told officers he shot three people who had broken into his home near 102nd and Ewing around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, but police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi later said “further investigation revealed some inconsistencies in his initial story.” Police sources said a witness told detectives the three people shot inside the house had been there all day, leading investigators to question his account of the shooting. Wednesday morning,...
  • At scene of a shooting, mother thanks God her son is in jail: 'They can’t get to him there'(Chicago)

    08/17/2017 4:26:03 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/16/2017 | Peter Nickeas
    (snip)Victor Davila died here in an alley between Whipple Street and Sacramento Avenue.(snip)Davila and many of the men mourning his death were Latin Kings, police said.(snip) The young man killed here was a close family friend of Pat Razo, a 42-year-old woman whose sons and a nephew were Latin Kings. It’s a struggle to raise boys in the neighborhood, she said. She moved to Carpentersville for 10 years to give them a better chance, but her stepson Aaron -- the oldest of her children -- was shot to death in the western suburb in 2007. He was 17.(snip)Then in April...
  • Chicago Pastor Urges Mayor To Remove George Washington Statue

    08/17/2017 3:07:56 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 35 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 16, 2017
    President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.” Bishop James E. Dukes of Chicago’s Liberation Christian Center made headlines in the Windy City on Wednesday for calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename Washington Park and remove a statue of the first U.S. president over his ties to slavery. “It’s time. Please read my letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and The Chicago Park District,” Mr. Dukes wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. “I’m calling on them to change the names of Washington and Jackson Park....
  • Chicago Pastor Urges Mayor to Remove George Washington Statue, Rename Park Over Slavery

    08/16/2017 5:11:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.” Bishop James E. Dukes of Chicago’s Liberation Christian Center made headlines in the Windy City on Wednesday for calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename Washington Park and remove a statue of the first U.S. president over his ties to slavery. Mr. Dukes told his Facebook flock that “it’s time” after Mr. Trump sparred with reporters over efforts to expunge Civil War-era monuments from existence. “This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson...
  • Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

    08/16/2017 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 24 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 6/16/17 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.
  • Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

    08/16/2017 8:45:50 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 49 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/16/2017
    A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park. “When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people...
  • Pastor Wants Presidents’ Names Removed From Washington, Jackson Parks Over Ties To Slavery

    08/16/2017 9:05:49 AM PDT · by DFG · 57 replies
    Chicago CBS local ^ | 08/16/2017
    A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities. A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park. Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.
  • Certification to bid on I-74 jobs takes about 90 days (disadvantaged businesses)

    08/15/2017 11:14:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Moline Dispatch-Argus ^ | July 31, 2017 | Gerold Shelton
    MOLINE -- Building the new Interstate 74 bridge will take years, but certification to bid on the jobs building it should only take about 90 days. The Illinois Department of Transportation held a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification and supportive services workshop Monday evening at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St. At the workshop, officials from IDOT shared information on how those who are in presumed disadvantaged groups can bid on contracts associated with the project. To qualify for DBE certification, the business owner must have a personal net worth of less than $1.32 million. Engineering consulting businesses must average...
  • How Does It Fare Up: The Illinois State Fair in Bankrupt Illinois

    08/15/2017 11:07:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | August 11, 2017 | Jim Ridings
    You can see it at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Illinois is falling apart and politicians don’t care. The Coliseum, the most popular fair attraction, is closed. I noticed how dirty it was inside. No maintenance, not even a power washing of the dirty concrete. Water leaks from the roof during storms. Last year, there were puddles in the aisles. A steel beam fell last October and the building was closed. The state had from last October until this August to repair it. It remains closed and could be closed for years until lawmakers decide to come up with the money...
  • Chicago flower company to customers: condemn racism – or go somewhere else

    08/15/2017 7:51:25 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 45 replies
    WGN TV ^ | 8/14/2017 | Mike Ewiing
    CHICAGO — A Chicago flower company is asking its customers to take a stance against racism – or take their business somewhere else. Visitors to the website of Flowers for Dreams are presented with a question in a pop-up: “Do you condemn racism, Nazism, and white nationalism?” If they select “Yes,” the website thanks them “for speaking out against hate,” and suggests they make a donation to groups like the Anti-Defamation League. If they select “No,” the website says: “Thank you but no thank you. We don’t want your business here.” Clicking “Goodbye” then redirects the user to the home...
  • 2 worshippers shot to death outside Chicago church

    08/15/2017 7:43:10 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/2017 | Staff
    The murder epidemic in Chicago extended to a house of worship on Sunday, as two parishioners were shot and killed outside a church as a service was about to begin. Emmanuel Fleming, 34, and Michael Swift, 46, were shot and killed walking up the stairs to the Friendship Baptist Church in South Austin, Chicago CBS reported. Fleming, a church usher who was entering the church with his three young children, yelled at his kids to take cover when the shooting began, according to the Chicago Tribune. “They were on their way up the steps to the church, and two gentlemen...
  • Charges pending for homeowner who shot, killed 3 intruders

    08/15/2017 5:00:03 AM PDT · by sleeper-has-awakened · 47 replies
    WGN Web Desk ^ | 08-14-17 | WGN Web Desk
    CHICAGO – Police say charges are now pending against a homeowner who shot and killed three intruders inside his Southeast Side home. The homeowner told police three people broke into his home Sunday night through the basement and he acted in self-defense, shooting the alleged intruders before locking himself inside a room and calling police.When police arrived at the scene at 103rd and south Ewing, they found the bodies of a 22-year-old man, 24-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy inside.One was shot in the head, the others were shot multiple times.So far police won’t say exactly what the homeowner is...
  • USDA Says Chicago Soda Tax Puts $87M In Federal Food Stamp Funding At Risk

    08/14/2017 5:27:19 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 14, 2017
    A controversial tax on sweetened beverages in Chicago is putting the entire state of Illinois at risk for losing millions in federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps), according to a warning sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to state regulators. Federal law prohibits states from collecting taxes on any SNAP-eligible grocery items, but Cook County, IL — which includes all of the city of Chicago — recently began adding a $.01 per ounce tax on most sweetened beverages. Some retailers are able to automatically remove the soda tax on SNAP...
  • 9 Dead, 30 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    08/14/2017 7:06:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 8/14/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Nine people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning.(snip) Three people were killed in a Sunday evening shooting in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side. A 17-year-old boy, 22-year-old man and 24-year-old woman all suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body at 5:32 p.m. in the 10200 block of South Ewing and were pronounced dead at the scene,(snip) About 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Emmanuel Fleming, 34, and 46-year-old Michael Swift were killed in a shooting in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The men...
  • CPS drops bombshell: Needs $269M from city

    08/11/2017 12:36:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    Matt McGrath, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the city will take responsibility for the $279 million itself, even though it has its own gap of nearly $200 million, including the cost of hiring new police. "I'm sure we will" come up with those funds, he said. But "no details" are available today.
  • Democrats worry about political fallout from county soda pop tax

    08/11/2017 8:32:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 11, 2017 | by Rick Pearson and Hal Dardick
    Concern about the political effects of a deeply unpopular county pop tax — on top of recent state and city tax increases — on Thursday hung over the first day of Cook County Democrats' endorsement session for next year's primary election. Northwest Side Ald. Nicholas Sposato, 38th, said he expects some backlash against the pop tax "down the road in the election next year." People complaining to him about the tax "are blaming the Democrats," he said, adding that the income tax increase would compound the problem. Democrats last month overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a state income tax...
  • Emails Show Rahm Used Sanctuary City Issue to Bolster National Image

    08/09/2017 2:02:04 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 15 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 9, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Rahm Emanuel has emphatically denied that politics is behind his decision to file a pre-emptive lawsuit seeking to block U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions from cutting off federal crimefighting funds to sanctuary cities. If that’s true, why did Emanuel play the media like a fiddle by dribbling out details of the lawsuit over a three-day period? And why do the mayor’s own private emails expose his attempts to use his pro-immigration stance to shore up a national media image that took a beating after the November 2015 release of video showing a white Chicago Police officer firing 16 shots at...