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  • Campaign Disclosure Complaint Filed Against "Wilmette Friends" Political Group

    03/25/2017 1:24:58 PM PDT · by PBRCat
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | March 24, 2017 | Anonymous
    The purpose of Illinois campaign disclosures laws is to promote transparency and to permit voters to make informed decisions. While posing as a virtuous civic organization, the ‘Wilmette Friends’ are actively supporting candidates and opposing their challengers without disclosing their campaign contributors in violation of Illinois law. No one knows how to learn what expenditures have been made or where the funds were deposited. The League of Women of Voters, which has a lot in common with the Wilmette Friends (and the New Trier Caucus) is supposed to be nonpartisan, but in New Trier it would appear that the local...
  • Boy suspended for taking (shotgun bullet) shell casing to preschool, mom's Facebook post goes viral

    03/25/2017 7:15:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2017
    An Illinois mom behind a viral Facebook post spoke to Fox 2/News 11 Wednesday. Her son, Hunter, 4, has been suspended from his preschool for bringing a shell casing from a fired bullet to school. He'd been at the preschool for about a year, she said, and now was in tears. Neither she nor Hunter's dad knew it, but he found something he thought was pretty neat and he took it to school Tuesday to show his friends. [Snip] Well....when I was escorted to the office for a sit down. I was handed a tiny .22 empty brass casing. Not...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity? Romeoville IL April 8th at the PD

    03/25/2017 6:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, Romeoville Illinois held a gun “buy back. They took in 73 guns, pictured above. Some of those firearms are very nice indeed, and worth much more than the $60 that police were paying people for them. Third from the left of the middle row of long guns appears to be an M1 carbine and sling. Two over on the left is a classic .22 target rifle, two over to the right a classic hunting tool, a pump action .22 rifle, probably a Winchester 1906.  In the center of that row are two Stevens Crackshot .22 rifles,...
  • 7 People Shot Across Chicago On Thursday

    03/24/2017 6:28:12 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 38 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 3/24/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — At least seven people were wounded in separateshootings on Thursday in Chicago. The latest attack happened about 11:30 p.m. in the Eden Green neighborhood on the Far South Side, where a 42-year-old man was walking in the 13300 block of South Indiana when a gunman opened fire from a parking lot nearby, according to Chicago Police. A bullet grazed his leg and he declined treatment. An hour before that, a 20-year-old man was driving in Englewood’s 6600 block of South Racine when he was shot in the head and he crashed into a parked car, police said....
  • COOK COUNTY HAS LARGEST POPULATION LOSS OF ANY COUNTY IN THE U.S.

    03/23/2017 5:46:12 PM PDT · by 198ml · 40 replies
    Illoinois Policy Institute ^ | 3/23/17 | Michael Lucci
    Cook County lost more population than any other county in the United States from July 2015 to July 2016, according to a new data release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Cook County shrank by 21,324 people. The county had more births than deaths and gained 18,434 people from international immigration. However, Cook County had a net loss of 66,244 people to other parts of the United States, which more than offset the components of population growth.
  • Chicago Teen Afraid to Come Home After She Was Sexually Assaulted on Facebook Live

    03/23/2017 4:17:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 3/22/2017 | Staff
    (CHICAGO) — The mother of a 15-year-old girl who authorities say was sexually assaulted in an attack streamed live on Facebook said Wednesday that her daughter has received online threats since it happened and that neighborhood kids have been joking about it and harassing her family. The woman was reunited with her daughter on Tuesday, two days after the girl went missing and a day after police learned of the attack. She said her daughter is staying with a relative and is scared to come home, and that she shares that fear. "This is just disturbing and to think the...
  • Report: Illinois Lawmakers Reject 'Barack Obama Day'

    03/22/2017 1:14:47 PM PDT · by drewh · 25 replies
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | March 22 2017 gmt | ward room
    Illinois lawmakers did not pass a bill that would have designated former President Barack Obama's birthday a state holiday, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Republicans voiced concern over the other Illinois presidents, such as Ronald Reagan, not having similar holidays, the newspaper reported. They also noted the economic cost of closing state buildings on such a holiday. White House Photographer Shares Favorite Obama Photos White House Photographer Shares Favorite Obama Photos Under the original proposal, schools and state offices would have closed, while banks and businesses could have, but would not be required to close. The bills were introduced by...
  • No Fake News: Vote Fraud Case

    03/22/2017 12:38:27 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 22, 2017 | Mark Brown
    [A]n undercover operation involving federal postal inspectors... discovered irregularities in applications for mail ballots. [T]he ballots were to be sent was a vacant lot... On April 3, 2015, a postal inspector posing as a letter carrier attempted to deliver the ballots. When the inspector parked near the vacant lot and exited the vehicle, Perry allegedly approached him and said he had been waiting for the ballot delivery. According to the criminal complaint against Perry, he then signed his own name to a form acknowledging receipt of the ballots and carried them into the nearby campaign office. “Perry admitted that his...
  • Chicago Funerals Face Threats Of Gang Violence

    03/22/2017 9:46:07 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 3/21/2017 | Jim Williams
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For many, a loved one’s funeral or wake is a somber time; but in some Chicago neighborhoods, the mourning happens under the threat of gang violence. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports that some community leaders are calling for state lawmakers to crack down on this. While June Williams has offered comfort to the grieving at her funeral home for decades, it still didn’t prepare for her some of the things she would witness. “A gentleman went up to see his brother, who had been killed, and I’m standing at the casket, so of course, I’m thinking, ‘how...
  • Illinois House Votes Against Making Obama Birthday a Holiday

    03/22/2017 8:24:57 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 14 replies
    The State Journal Register ^ | March 21, 2017 | Anonymous
    Barack Obama's name is revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday. Legislation to make the 44th president's Aug. 4th birthday a state holiday fell six votes short Tuesday. Chicago Democratic Rep. Sonya Harper said it would honor a man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois Senate. But Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested it be honorary. The Republican floor leader said even Obama wouldn't want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off. He noted that Tampico native and 40th president Ronald...
  • Commentary: The NRA's gun market crisis (barf alert)

    03/22/2017 6:49:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 mar 2017 | Firmin DeBrabander
    The National Rifle Association spent a record amount to support Donald Trump's winning presidential campaign — upward of $30 million. While this investment looks wise now, recall that not long ago it was the height of insanity. Trump's campaign seemed doomed — but the NRA doubled down on its risky bet anyway, which threatened to marginalize it and undermine it politically. I believe this bet testifies to the NRA's desperation. This sounds odd, I realize, when you consider how the gun lobby is racking up legislative victories — expanding "campus carry" and permitless concealed-carry gun laws at the state level,...
  • Illinois House votes against making Obama birthday a holiday

    03/21/2017 10:14:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    AP ^ | March 21, 2017
    Barack Obama's name is revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday. [Snip] The Republican floor leader says even Obama wouldn't want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.
  • Durbin, Davis Introduce New Legislation to Support Children Traumatized by Community Violence

    03/21/2017 6:11:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 3.19.17 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis
    CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis today unveiled the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act, which is designed to address the toxic stress and trauma that impacts many children from Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. “As we work to address the root causes of violence, we need to focus on the impact that community violence and other traumatic experiences have on Chicago’s children,” said Durbin.  “During a visit to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center last year, I learned that more than 90 percent of youth in the facility had one thing in common:...
  • Man wounded in hail of gunfire outside Cook County courthouse (Chicago)

    03/21/2017 4:39:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/20/2017 | Peter Nickeas and Steve Schmadeke
    A brazen midmorning shooting outside the bustling Cook County criminal courthouse on Monday left a 21-year-old man critically wounded and at least one regular to the sprawling Southwest Side complex rethinking his safety. “These guys don’t have any boundaries,” said defense attorney Stuart Goldberg, who pulled into a parking lot next to the crime scene minutes after the shooting. Police said the 21-year-old victim was walking on his way to the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue when he was hit by shots fired from someone in a white van at about 9:25 a.m. Two off-duty...
  • Muslim, Latina, and Attacked From All Sides

    03/18/2017 4:56:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Chicago Reader ^ | 03.16.17 | Alex V. Hernandez
    Diana Cruz, 44, was born and raised in Chicago and converted to Islam 17 years ago. She's Mexican on her mother's side and Puerto Rican on her father's, volunteers as the administrative coordinator in Chicago for Islam in Spanish, and is working on a degree in Islamic Studies through Mishkah University. Here she describes what it's been like to witness the impact of anti-immigrant policies under the Donald Trump administration.I grew up in my mother's Mexican culture, but my parents were sure I kept my father's Puerto Rican roots through things like cooking arroz con gandules. When I came to...
  • Anti-Semitic flyers attacking 'Jewish privilege' appear at UIC [University of Illinois-Chicago]

    03/17/2017 6:58:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 17, 2017 | Adam Sabes and Jackson Richman
    Anti-Semitic flyers appeared at the University of Illinois at Chicago Tuesday declaring that “Ending white privilege...starts with ending Jewish privilege.” UIC student Eva Zeltser posted a picture of one of the flyers on Facebook, claiming that she found copies posted all over campus and declaring, “My heart is broken.”
  • Durbin Statement on President Trump's Budget Request

    03/16/2017 6:47:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 3/6/2017 | Senator Dick Durbin
    CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump submitted his first budget request to Congress: “President Trump’s budget is terrible economic policy and would be a disaster for America. Slashing funding for the things American families need most, like affordable housing, home heating, early childhood education, roads and bridges, and medical research and development, won’t even come close to balancing the national budget but will hurt countless people along the way.”
  • Metro Police Officer Will Not be Charged in Deadly Alpine Bank Shooting

    03/16/2017 3:38:34 AM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies
    Mystateline ^ | 14 march 2017 | Staff
    Metro Police Officer Will Not be Charged in Deadly Alpine Bank Shooting WARNING: Story contains graphic video of shooting ROCKFORD - WARNING: This story contains graphic video of a shooting death. It was distributed to show that a security guard's actions in use of deadly force were justified. Viewer discretion is advised. The Metro Security Officer who shot and killed an armed bank robber after the robber pointed a gun and fired at him will not be charged in the shooting. The Winnebago County State's Attorney's office has determined the use of deadly force was justified given the life-threatening danger...
  • IL Retirement System Only 13.52% Funded: Debt Interest Hits $9.1 Billion Per Year

    03/15/2017 4:47:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 14 March 2017 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Despite a massive rally in the stock market, Illinois public pension liabilities continue to grow. GARS, the Illinois General Assembly Retirement System, is only 13.52% funded, down from 17% funded in 2013. How long can GARS last? Meanwhile, Illinois has accrued a combined net pension liability of roughly $130 billion on which it assumes a 7% return. Effectively, that is an interest liability of $9.1 billion a year even though that liability technically does not bear interest. This is a guest post from Michael Lucci at the Illinois Policy Institute. Interest on Illinois’ Pension Debt is $9.1 Billion Per Year...
  • Records: Chicago Police recruits rarely flunk out

    03/15/2017 9:23:49 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/15/2017 | Dan Hinkel
    CHICAGO — Standing before nearly 100 newly hired Chicago police recruits on their first day at the academy, Cmdr. Daniel Godsel issued a stern warning about the next six months of training. "It's going to be very difficult, physically and mentally," he told the recruits last month. "You're going to find conditions at the academy strict and demanding. We're gonna hold each of you to the very highest of standards, and we will not tolerate anything short of excellence." Yet the Police Department's own numbers show that the recruits have little reason to worry about washing out. In fact, all...
  • Rep. Gutierrez Handcuffed in ICE Office After Bringing Demands, Staging Sit-in

    03/14/2017 6:39:38 AM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 13, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) got handcuffed in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Chicago today after arriving with a list of demands and staging a sit-in. One of the things the congressman was protesting was a series of tweets issued by ICE last week warning that those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program weren't necessarily safe from removal. "DACA is not a protected legal status, but active DACA recipients are typically a lower level of enforcement priority," ICE tweeted. "Deferred action may be revoked anytime especially when someone commits a crime or poses a national security...
  • UI students reject divestment referendum

    03/11/2017 7:11:19 AM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 3 replies
    Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette ^ | 3/11 | Ben Zigterman
    A student advisory referendum calling on the University of Illinois to divest from companies linked to human-rights violations failed, 56.8 to 43.2 percent. The ballot question referenced human-rights violations of the Palestinian people along with those of "all peoples," though campaign organizers say they weren't singling out Israel. UI senior Muhammad Yousuf of UIUC Divest, which sponsored the campaign, said Friday he was pleased the referendum got as many votes as it did.
  • New art installation meant to inspire dreams of diversity. (College students get nap time.)

    03/10/2017 12:24:05 PM PST · by jonascord · 17 replies
    Daily Egyptian, (Campus newspaper) ^ | March 7, 2017 | Olivia Spiers
    A new interactive art installation is opening the door for students to share their future dreams of diversity through “Nap-Ins” in Morris Library. Student coordinator Marissa Amposta is facilitating four sleep sessions in March where students will be given the opportunity to nap for two hours in the rotunda during the library’s operating hours. The sessions are meant to “internally generate student dreams of diversity,” said Amposta, a senior from Mundelein studying art. “The nap-ins are part of the internal journey to diversity,” Amposta said. “All dreams start while sleeping.” The nap-ins are part of the Dreaming Diversity Art Installation,...
  • Editorial: Springfield: Want to reduce shootings and killings in Chicago? Pass this bill

    03/10/2017 8:49:28 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 mar 2017
    The first reported shooting of 2016, at the start of a horrendous period of gun violence in Chicago, occurred five minutes after midnight on Jan. 1 — a woman was grazed by a bullet fired through a window on South Paxton Avenue. The first killing of 2016 happened two hours later, when a fight at a New Year's Eve party in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood spilled onto the street, leading someone to shoot 24-year-old DeAndre Holiday in the chest. Soon after, mourners arrived at the scene, including a shocked woman in a pink coat who punched a car in agony....
  • Southern Illinois University Hosts Library ‘Nap-Ins’ To Have ‘Dreams Of Diversity’

    03/09/2017 7:41:30 PM PST · by drewh · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3.9.2017 gmt | by Justin Caruso
    Southern Illinois University’s Morris Library is now hosting “nap-ins” to help students dream of diversity. Marissa Amposta, a “student coordinator” at the university is holding four two-hour naps in the library this month to “internally generate student dreams of diversity,” the Daily Egyptian reports. The naps will be part of the Dreaming Diversity Art Installation, which is part of Women’s History Month and apparently real. After the students sleep, they can write their dreams down and pin them to a fabric scroll, which will later be discussed at a panel of women for Women’s History Month.
  • Unite behind human rights and vote yes to divest

    03/08/2017 8:37:52 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 10 replies
    Daily Illini ^ | 3/8 | Muhammad Yousuf
    Alleging divestment is anti-Semitic depends on the conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Our critiques of Israel’s practices are not attacking people of the Jewish faith or heritage.
  • Man who beat murder case killed minutes after leaving jail (Chicago)

    03/08/2017 6:52:45 AM PST · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/8/2017 | Peter Nickeas and Steve Schmadeke
    A Chicago man accused of murder who beat his case when prosecutors couldn't give him a speedy trial was killed after leaving Cook County Jail on Monday night, according to authorities. Kamari Belmont, 23, was being held on separate murder and robbery cases stemming from a single night in 2015 in which he was accused of shooting one man during a robbery who later died and robbing another man a couple of hours later. Cook County prosecutors in January dropped murder charges against Belmont and his co-defendant, Terrance Hogan, 23, after allowing too much time to elapse under the state’s...
  • Man who beat murder case killed minutes after leaving jail

    03/08/2017 2:07:52 AM PST · by pawpawrick · 42 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 03/08/2017 | pawpawrick
    A Chicago man accused of murder who beat his case when prosecutors couldn't give him a speedy trial was killed after leaving Cook County Jail on Monday night, according to authorities. Kamari Belmont, 23, was being held on separate murder and robbery cases stemming from a single night in 2015 in which he was accused of shooting one man during a robbery who later died and robbing another man a couple of hours later.
  • Chance the Rapper donating $1 million to Chicago public schools

    03/07/2017 9:51:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    ....The newly minted hip-hop star, who won the first three Grammys of his career for his album "Coloring Book" last month, met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last Friday to discuss the cash-strapped education system in his hometown. Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, left the meeting visibly upset and noted he had urged Rauner to "do his job" during their "vague" discussion. He also promised fans on Twitter that his "fight has just begun" on the matter and that he would "have a plan" to further address the issue on Monday morning. The 23-year-old made good on his word by...
  • Chicago almost goes full week without fatal shooting

    03/05/2017 2:41:57 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 5, 2017 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago nearly went a full week without a fatal shooting.The Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune reported the city had passed such a milestone on Sunday morning for the first time in more than five years.
  • Gangs reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods

    03/04/2017 7:27:45 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2017 | Michael Tarm
    When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington.
  • Foxx: Some Nonviolent Cook Inmates Might Now Get Out of Jail Free

    03/02/2017 2:45:47 PM PST · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 2, 2017 | Rumana Hussain
    A few dozen inmates who remain locked up in Cook County Jail because they’re too poor to post their relatively low bonds may be out soon under a new program State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced for indigent, nonviolent offenders Wednesday. After the Cook County Sheriff’s Office singled out 50 cases of those who were “languishing” in jail for several months because of their inability to post $1,000 or less, the State’s Attorney and Public Defender’s offices came together to identify those inmates who would be better served outside jail, Foxx said. Through “agreed motions” requesting I-bonds, the inmates who qualify...
  • Illinois Governor prepares to hire “scabs” in response to state workers strike threat

    03/01/2017 9:08:59 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 29 replies
    HotAir ^ | 3/1/17 | Jazz Shaw
    There’s a fun little food fight breaking out in the state of Illinois this week which is sure to have public worker union advocates spitting nails. There was a recent vote among members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union authorizing a strike if Governor Bruce Rauner did not cave in to their demands. In response, the governor set up a new website inviting citizens to apply for government positions.
  • Public university to roll out ‘bystander training program on microaggressions’

    03/01/2017 8:09:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 1, 2017 | Dominic Mancini
    As members of the Redbird community we should all be aware of microaggressions and be prepared to intervene’ See something, say something comes to campus. Illinois State University officials are preparing to roll out a new “bystander training program on microaggressions.”
  • 1 confirmed dead in Ottawa storm; parts of Naplate damage (Illinois tornado)

    02/28/2017 4:53:18 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 12 replies
    mywebtimes.com ^ | February 28, 2017
    Just a link because I don't know the posting rules for this source. A tornado outbreak is shaping up tonight across several states. A lot of people will be asleep during the peak of the outbreak.
  • HEAVY METAL: Chicago Gangs Are Now In An Escalating Rifle War

    02/28/2017 12:33:52 PM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | February 28, 2017 | Bob Owens
    Not too long ago, Chicago’s bloody gang warfare was restricted to small, concealable handguns. That’s not the case anymore. The first time 14-year-old Brisa Ramirez remembers hearing rifle fire was when a man was shot dead on a Sunday afternoon outside a Catholic church around the corner from her home in Back of the Yards. She raises her voice to imitate the sharp, metallic bursts. Ta. Ta. Ta. Ta. Ta. It was a foreign sound even in this neighborhood accustomed to gunfire. “It wasn’t like a normal (shooting). … It was like something more terrible,” Brisa says. “A noise that...
  • Chicago surpasses 100th homicide of the year (where's Obama?)

    02/28/2017 6:28:15 AM PST · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    WGN News ^ | 2/25/2017 | Gaynor Hall
    CHICAGO -- Chicago reached a grim milestone overnight, surpassing the 100th homicide of the year. 38-year-old Samuel Head and a 20-year-old man - whose name has not been released yet - were both shot and killed at a house party at 65th and Drexel around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say two men in hoodies fired shots into a crowd, then took off. One victim suffered from a gunshot wound to the chest, while the other was hit in the torso and face. They both died at the scene. Head's girlfriend was taken to the hospital in good condition with...
  • Mark Giangreco Busted for Groping at the Trump Twitter Orgy

    02/28/2017 5:29:33 AM PST · by PBRCat · 14 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 27, 2017 | Neil Steinberg
    ABC 7 did exactly that to veteran sportscaster Mark Giangreco, suspended without pay for several weeks for calling Donald Trump “this cartoon lunatic” elected by “a country full of simpletons.” Giangreco is technically a sports anchor, but any sportscaster who stuck to the dry recitation of scores and injuries wouldn’t last long on TV. He’s expected to inject his opinions and humor in an appropriate way, except of course when he doesn’t. ABC 7 didn’t say which part of the statement rankled. I’d assume it was the dismissing half their audience as idiots part. Frankly, I’d expect to get in...
  • Sanctuary issue draws dueling demonstrations to Capitol

    02/27/2017 6:33:21 PM PST · by chicagolady · 11 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | 02/26/2017 | John Reynolds
    A pending bill in the Illinois House that would create sanctuary zones for undocumented immigrants drew demonstrators from both sides of the issue Saturday to downtown Springfield. Rosanna Pulido of Springfield, founder of The Illinois Minuteman Project, organized a noon rally at the Abraham Lincoln statue at Second Street and Capitol Avenue. The rally was in opposition to HB 426, which would allow schools, medical treatment and health care facilities and places of worship deny access to state and local law enforcement officers who are enforcing immigration laws, unless the officers have a court-issued warrant. "It's absolutely ridiculous," ( Chicagolady)...
  • Police: 3 dead, 9 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings (where's Obama?)

    02/27/2017 4:57:00 AM PST · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | 2/26/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO -- Three men were killed and at least nine other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon, according to Chicago police. (snip) Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire into a crowd at a party in the 6500-block of South Drexel in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. A 20-year-old man was shot in the face and torso, and a 37-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police and the medical examiner's office said. They both died at the scene, making them Chicago's 100th and 101st...
  • Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist

    02/26/2017 4:09:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    In truly progressive fashion, Chicago renamed one of its streets after a terrorist. Earlier this month Alderman Robert Maldonado submitted a proposal to name three blocks of a city street after Oscar Lopez Rivera, the founder of the Puerto Rican terror group FALN, which was responsible for 120 bombings and armed robberies in the U.S. during the ‘70s and ‘80s that killed nine and injured hundreds of others. On Wednesday, aldermen approved the measure honoring Lopez Rivera, the terrorist whose 70-year sentence was recently commuted by Barack Obama. Aldermen also voted to approve an honorary street re-naming for Puerto...
  • Leftists go Full Libtard at Sen. Cassidy townhall (videos)

    02/25/2017 10:55:40 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/23/2017 | vladimir998
    I'll post two links to Leftists going insane at Sen. Cassidy's townhall on the 23rd. One shows the Libtards disrupting the chaplain's opening prayer and another shows them disrupting and refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Chicago police arrest 81 in overnight raids, mostly for drug and weapons offenses [Feds to Help]

    02/25/2017 6:00:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | Feb 25, 2017, 4:24 AM ET | By David Caplan
    The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday. The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified...
  • Dem Illinois Gov Candidate Urges Men to Protest Trump by Using Ladies Room

    02/24/2017 11:36:15 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 80 replies
    FRONTPAGEMAG ^ | 02/24/2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tom, Andrew, sorry. But your party has gone completely insane. I don't think there are words for how insane. If men crowding into the Ladies Room doesn't show Trump... I don't know what will. {..snip..}
  • Chicago sports anchor suspended for publicly bashing Trump

    02/24/2017 5:17:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/24/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    A TV sportscaster in Chicago was suspended on Thursday for tweets he posted on Sunday that compared President Trump to a "cartoon lunatic" and alleged the election was not fair. "Sports anchor Mark Giangreco's Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's non-partisan editorial standards," ABC-7's management said in a statement. "We've reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action."
  • Trump tweets 'Chicago needs help' after 7 homicides in one day

    02/24/2017 12:38:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 23, 2017 | Sam Charles and Fran Spielman
    Seven people were fatally shot in Chicago on Wednesday, making it the deadliest day of 2017 so far. And it was only the 21st time in the past 16 years that Chicago has seen that many homicides in a single day, records analyzed by the Chicago Sun-Times show. The bloody day prompted another tweet from President Donald Trump, who wrote "Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there - totally out of control. Chicago needs help!"
  • Illinois' Republican governor OK with 'Obama Day' [Time to Primary Bruce Rauner]

    02/23/2017 7:37:01 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/23/17 | Daniel Chaitin
    A bill in the Illinois state legislature that would create "Barack Obama Day" earned praise from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday. "It's incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it," Rauner said at an event. There are three bills being debated in the Illinois state legislature that would create a holiday on Aug. 4 (Obama's birthday) in honor of the 44th president; two in the House that would make a state holiday, closing schools and the government, and another in the Senate that would devise a...
  • Billionaire Pritzker Tells Men to Use Women's Bathrooms to Protest Trump

    02/23/2017 4:35:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 23, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    A billionaire Democratic megadonor, who is exploring a run for governor, encouraged men to use women's bathrooms on Wednesday sparking criticism from transgender advocates and politicians. J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire heir whose father co-founded Hyatt hotels, floated the idea of switching bathrooms in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order reversing an Obama policy that could have stripped federal funds from schools that maintain separate bathroom facilities based on sex.
  • Obama could be a highway star - but should it be I-55 or I-294? (Freeper help needed)

    02/23/2017 6:26:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sam Charles
    Should it be the Barack Obama Expressway or the Barack Obama Tollway? Democratic state legislators seem to agree that the hometown state senator made good should take his place alongside Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and others immortalized in Illinois highways. But they apparently hit a fork in the road over just what stretch of pavement should get the honor. Two Illinois state representatives have competing plans to rename different Illinois highways after Obama.
  • 6 dead, including pregnant woman, in Chicago shootings (Where's Obama?)

    02/23/2017 4:34:59 AM PST · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/23/2017 | Deanese Williams-Harris, Megan Crepeau and Elvia Malagon•
    Six people were killed and six others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Wednesday, police said. A 20-year-old man and a pregnant woman in her 20s were shot in Chatham at about 8:15 p.m., police said. Officers got to the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue to find the woman on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and side. The man was found in the driver's seat of a parked car with a gunshot wound to his neck. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. (snip) Later, at 8:50 p.m., a 24-year-old man...