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  • July 4th weekend typically Chicago's most violent: analysis

    06/30/2016 10:25:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 29, 2016 | By Kyle Bentle and Jonathon Berlin
    The Fourth of July holiday is Monday, and if the long holiday weekend is anything like previous years, it could be one of the most violent of the summer. The total number of Chicago shootings rises significantly during the summer months ­- - June, July and August. Those three months have the most shootings per month of the year from 2012 to 2015 combined, the years the Tribune has tracked the data. June, the lowest of the summer months, has a total of 1,137 shootings from 2012 to 2015, which is nearly 150 more than the nearest month, May.
  • Age to buy tobacco in Chicago increasing to 21 this week

    06/29/2016 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 7:24 AM EDT
    The minimum age in Chicago for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products goes up to 21 at the end of the week. […] Hawaii and California have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21 statewide. Illinois lawmakers are considering a similar measure. The Chicago City Council approved the age increase in March, along with higher taxes and other efforts to combat tobacco sales. …
  • Obama’s DOJ to ‘Look Into’ Challenging SCOTUS on Executive Amnesty

    06/29/2016 4:52:10 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6/28/2016 | Brandon Darby
    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is looking into options to challenge a Supreme Court ruling that effectively determined a lower court’s decision neutering President Obama’s executive amnesty would stand. The ruling would help to prevent Obama from ignoring U.S. laws and from allowing many illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. without deportation. The statements from Attorney General Lynch were made during an interview with Reuters. The Reuters writer appears to have confused the ruling, as SCOTUS did not make the decision to block President Obama’s executive amnesty, they simply tied in their decision–which led to the Fifth Circuit’s ruling...
  • Republican Judge Richard A. Posner: F*** the Constitution

    06/28/2016 9:44:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 06/27/16 | Joel B. Pollak
    Judge Richard A. Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, has published an op-ed at Slate declaring that the U.S. Constitution is a waste of time. Posner writes: And on another note about academia and practical law, I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries—well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course...
  • VIDEO: ISIS Threatens San Francisco — Sort Of

    06/27/2016 9:17:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon, Jun 27, 2016 | Max DeNike
    San Francisco has the unfortunate honor of appearing in a new propaganda video for the Islamic State released Sunday, no doubt to coincide with the city’s massive Pride celebration, since persecution of LGBT people is a hallmark of deranged fundamentalists. Several alleged terrorists appear on screen to praise Omar Mateen, the Orlando gay nightclub shooter, and Larossi Abballa, the man who attacked a French police officer and his family June 13, the day after the Orlando shooting. The trio reportedly encourages more attacks in the U.S. and Europe, and this is when the footage of San Francisco starts to roll...
  • Chicago Is Pushing For A Massive Bailout Of Its Public School System

    06/27/2016 1:35:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | June 27, 2016
    It is well known that Chicago's pension liabilities have completely decimated the city's finances and currently stand at close to $20 billion. Faced with a significant challenge of meeting funding obligations as a result of a 2010 state law, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently won a slight reprieve in the amount of money the city would have to contribute to fund the liabilities over the next few years, as recently Illinois lawmakers overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto and will now change the legislation in order to allow the city to defer payments to fund pensions. Under the prior legislation, Chicago was...
  • Forgotten History: How American Presidents From Washington To Lincoln Agree (Shortened)

    06/27/2016 3:00:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 27, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    In recent decades, a revisionist history of American trade policy has developed an almost religious status in Washington D.C. In this context, the candidacy of Donald Trump has been presented as a deviation from America’s historic “free trade” policy when, in fact, America was founded on Alexander Hamilton’s protectionist economic system whose greatest defenders would become Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party.
  • Horrific Chicago: 311 murders year to date

    06/26/2016 3:18:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    Compton Herald ^ | June 22, 2016 | Jarrette Fellows, Jr.
    Calamity reigns in 2016 in Chicago, as 1,818 people have been shot in gun violence, 311 murdered, and 1,538 wounded. June has been the bloodiest month with a total of 289 people shot, 51 killed, and 240 wounded, as of June 21. Fifty-six were shot and 13 killed over the Father’s Day weekend, alone. Strikingly, mayhem in Chicago ranks right up there with some of the most violent spots globally — Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Karachi, Pakistan; Mogadishu, Somalia; Beirut, Lebanon; and the West Bank in Israel.
  • 4 dead, 26 wounded in shootings citywide

    06/26/2016 10:18:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | June 26, 2016 | Grace Wong, Megan Crepeau, Gregory Pratt
    Four people were killed and at least 26 others have been wounded from Saturday morning through early Sunday across the city, police said. Among the victims were a 19-year-old pregnant woman shot along with three friends in Morgan Park; a 55-year-old man killed at a party in East Garfield Park; and a man shot by another person as they sat together in a car in Edgewater Beach. The Morgan Park attack occurred at 11:43 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of West 114th Place, said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.
  • Illinois Measure Would Create Advisory Council for Muslims

    06/24/2016 8:02:10 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    ABC ^ | June 20, 2016
    Illinois could become the first state in the U.S. with a law giving Muslim-Americans a formal voice in state government. The Chicago Tribune reports that a bill approved by the Legislature would create a 21-member Illinois Muslim-American Advisory Council. It's awaiting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. The governor's office said he's reviewing it. Muslim leaders said it would send a welcoming message to Muslims. The governor and legislative leaders would appoint council members. Kareem Irfan, a Chicago lawyer who led an earlier version of the council under Gov. Pat Quinn, said it would be good to have a lasting institutional...
  • Democratic platform drafters align on Israeli-Palestinian stance

    06/23/2016 8:01:06 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 23, 2016
    Two delegates to the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee — one appointed by Hillary Clinton and the other by Bernie Sanders — said the platform must reflect the hardships faced both by Israelis and Palestinians. [Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., appointed by Sanders and Clinton respectively, said] “Palestinians struggle under an unjust occupation that deprives them of the rights, opportunities and independence that they deserve. That is the reality of a conflict that has gone on for far too long and at a terrible cost.” The statement was released by J Street, the liberal Middle East policy...
  • CPD notifed Sinead O’Connor threatening to jump from bridge

    06/23/2016 6:30:10 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 90 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | Miriam Di Nunzio
    Chicago Police are tonight confirming that they are on the lookout for singer Sinead O’Connor, who famously went missing for a 24-hour period in May while staying at a home in Wilmette, and was later found safe, and may now be threatening suicide. Chicago police received a call from police in Dublin, Ireland, stating that the singer had apparently threatened to jump off a bridge in Chicago. Concerns prompted Chicago Police Department to issue an “All Call” alert Thursday advising officers to be on alert for the 49-year-old singer.
  • Luis Gutierrez Paid His Wife Over $300,000 From Campaign Funds

    06/23/2016 7:20:09 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 23 June 2016 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) has paid his wife and daughters hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign’s coffer since 2010, according to campaign finance data. Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign’s payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser. Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress. She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign...
  • City records 300th homicide with 13 over Father's Day weekend

    06/22/2016 8:22:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 June 2016 | Alexandra Chachkevitch and Peter Nickeas•
    he city recorded its 300th homicide this weekend and went on to record six others over a 60-hour period that saw 59 people shot, 13 fatally, from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning. So far this year, about 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died of their wounds, according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune. A total of 306 people have been killed this year by shooting, stabbing or other means, Tribune records show. A 3-year-old boy was among the wounded who survived the weekend shootings. Police said he’s...
  • Jerusalem Post Owners Resign; Face Corruption Charges

    11/17/2003 11:06:43 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 31 replies · 8,759+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | November 18, 2003 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM POST OWNERS RESIGN; FACE CORRUPTION CHARGES Post To Be Sold, Management Reshuffled Jerusalem Post Publisher Tom Rose, Editor Bret Stephens To Be Replaced By SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer New York-----November 17........ Under heavy pressure from investors, Conrad Black will step down as chief executive of Hollinger International Inc., publisher of the Jerusalem Post and Chicago Sun-Times, and the company may be sold after an internal investigation found that fees had been improperly paid to Black and other senior executives. Several other executives are also leaving Hollinger as part of a management shakeup the company announced early Monday. David...
  • Chicago’s deadly Father’s Day weekend: 12 murders, 54 shootings

    06/21/2016 7:13:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | June 21, 2016
    CHICAGO — On Father’s Day weekend in Chicago, 12 people were murdered in 54 different shootings across the city. Among the dead is a 16-year-old boy. The youngest of the injured is just 3, police tell CNN. This weekend is unfortunately not atypical in Chicago, where shooting deaths this year are on track to be the worst in two decades. Here’s a breakdown of a city on the brink of a troubling record.
  • 56 Shot, 13 Killed During Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago

    06/20/2016 12:15:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 20, 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    Another holiday brought another slaughter of innocents in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. Fifty-six people were shot during Father’s Day weekend, and 13 of those shooting victims died. This brings the number shot in Chicago to “about 1,800 people” year-t0-date, the Tribune reports.
  • Why Does President Obama’s Twitter Account Follow Porn Stars?

    05/14/2016 8:47:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    fastcompany.com ^ | 5/13/16 | Sarah Kessler
    President Obama’s Twitter account, which is run by his "Organizing for Action" staff, follows 636,000 accounts. Many of them you might expect: Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry. Even Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg don't really raise an eyebrow. But several accounts on the presidential follow list fit a different theme: Asa Akira, a porn star who has 653,000 followers and, in her Twitter bio, states "I have an award-winning a****le." Joanna Angel (390,000 followers), who describes herself as a "multiple award winning punk porno princess;" Penthouse Pet Of The Year Nikki Benz (808,000 followers); and Ashley Steel (138,000 followers),...
  • Cops: 11 dead, 43 wounded in Father's Day weekend shootings

    06/20/2016 5:05:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 20, 2016 | Sun-Times Staff
    Eleven people were killed and at least 42 more - including a 3-year-old boy - were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and early Monday, according to Chicago Police. The most recent homicide happened early Monday on the South Side. A 22-year-old man was shot in the back about 1:30 a.m. and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died. About 1:30 p.m., someone used a high-powered assault rifle to kill a 17-year-old boy outside a Catholic church in the Back of the Yards neighborhood during Sunday Mass. The boy was walking outside Holy Cross Church...
  • Chicago man drives 1,200 miles to deliver 49 handmade wooden crosses to Orlando

    06/19/2016 4:24:02 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 June 2016 | Anneta Konstantinides For Dailymail.com
    As Orlando continues to reel a week after the worst mass shooting in US history consumed the city in tragedy, one Chicago man is traveling thousands of miles to deliver comfort. Greg Zanis, 65, drove 1,200 miles from his home to the Orlando Regional Medical Center to deliver 49 wooden crosses he made by hand. Each of the three-foot-tall white crosses bears the name of the 49 victims who were murdered at the gay nightclub Pulse during Latin night on June 12.
  • Singer on Mexican 'The Voice' dies in Chicago after shooting

    06/19/2016 5:44:34 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    MSN AP ^ | June 19, 2016
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of "The Voice" in 2011 has died after he was shot in an ambush while celebrating his birthday with friends. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that 45-year-old Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes died on Saturday. He was shot three times in the head late Thursday outside his Tras Bambalinas School on Chicago's southwest side.
  • 18 people shot, 6 fatally, in weekend violence (Chicago)

    06/18/2016 8:26:17 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    ABC7chicago.com ^ | 6/18/16 | Sun-Times Media Wire
    At least 18 people have been shot so far this weekend and six of those victims are dead. One of the shootings happened in the University Village neighborhood early Saturday morning. Two security guards were called to a large outdoor party at a housing complex in the 1300 block of West Hastings. Someone started shooting and a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and killed. The two security guards were wounded.
  • Innocent Chicago woman gunned down outside Starbucks one block from police headquarters

    05/21/2016 9:54:18 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 33 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 21 May 2016 | Christopher Brennan
    A Chicago woman was gunned down coming out of a Starbucks on Friday, the victim of gang-related violence just one block from the city’s police headquarters.
  • Dick Durbin Says No Self-Respecting Sportsman Uses an 'AR-47' to Hunt Deer in Illinois

    06/18/2016 12:59:53 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 190 replies
    BuzzPo ^ | 6/15/2016 | BY ERIC REED
    If you haven’t been keeping up with the gun control debate following the Orlando terrorist attack, many democratic senators are conducting a filibuster of sorts to demand banning certain types of weapons. Illinois senator, Dick Durbin, apparently couldn’t resist speaking on the topic either. Ironically, every word that left Dick Durbin’s mouth made him look like a complete jackass. He claimed that no self-respecting sportsman in his home state of Illinois would ever use an ‘AR-47’ to hunt deer. Senator Durbin is actually correct for two major reasons. First of all, there’s no such thing as an ‘AR-47.’ There’s an...
  • Sen. Cruz: The Admin’s Refusal to Confront Radical Islamic Terrorism Has Made America Less Safe

    06/18/2016 11:32:55 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 16 , 2016 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor, emphasizing the need to address the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the horrific act of terror in Orlando last weekend. Sen. Cruz specifically called on Congress to take up and pass his Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) and Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act (TRIPA) in order to better secure our country.
  • Rep. Jolly drops out of Florida Senate race as Rubio speculation mounts

    06/17/2016 1:28:30 PM PDT · by TheBigB · 15 replies
    One of the top Florida Republicans running for Marco Rubio's Senate seat announced Friday he's dropping out of the race, fueling speculation that Rubio himself is preparing to reverse course and seek re-election to the seat. Rep. David Jolly, who indicated earlier this week he was getting ready to bow out, confirmed Friday he will seek re-election to the House. "It's clear the opportunity to change Washington, to do right by my community, is to simply ask for the opportunity to keep doing my job," he said in a statement. The move comes as party elders increase pressure on Rubio...
  • STEINBERG: Would-be terrorists can buy guns, but a reporter? No.

    06/18/2016 7:52:19 AM PDT · by nj_pilot · 57 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 6/17/2016 | Neil Steinberg
    There’s something soothing about buying a gun. Driving to Maxon Shooter’s Supplies in Des Plaines on Wednesday to purchase my first assault rifle, I admit, I was nervous. I’d never owned a gun before. And with the horror of Sunday’s Orlando massacre still echoing, even the pleasant summer day — the lush green trees, fluffy white clouds, blue sky — took on a grim aspect, the sweetness of fragile life flashing by as I headed into the Valley of Death.
  • WATCH: Ted Cruz Blasts Democrat ‘Political Gamesmanship’ in Wake of Orlando Terror Attack

    06/17/2016 5:19:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 104 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 6/16/2016 | Chris Pandolfo
    On Thursday Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to address the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando. The speech he gave should be the standard Republican response to the left’s deflection towards gun-control instead of addressing the real issue at hand: defeating radical Islamic terrorism.
  • Chicago's Property Taxes Jump Nearly 13 Percent

    06/17/2016 6:56:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | 13 April 2016 | Stephen Gossett
    Illinois residents already pay the second-highest property taxes in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation. Now Chicago homeowners can expect higher rates still. On average, they face a 12.8 percent increase this year, according to a release form the office of Cook County Clerk David Orr. That figure translates to a median $412.87 hike. Suburban homeowners, meanwhile, will see a slight increase, +1.7 percent in the North Suburbs and +2.1 percent in the South Suburbs. We've expected the hike since last year, as the massive debt load and unfunded pension crisis prompted the City of Chicago to pass a...
  • Jury finds no racial bias in Rahm Emanuel's security team

    06/16/2016 7:38:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 16, 2016 9:03 PM EDT
    A federal jury has ruled against eight white and Hispanic Chicago police officers who claimed they were victims of racial discrimination after being transferred off Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s security detail. […] The officers claimed they were demoted to make way for less-experienced African-American officers and officers who worked on Emanuel’s campaign. They sued for millions in back pay and lost wages. …
  • How Chicago’s Streets Became the Wild West

    06/16/2016 12:54:20 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2016 | HEATHER MAC DONALD
    Someone was shot in Chicago every 150 minutes during the first five months of 2016. Someone was murdered every 14 hours, and the city saw nearly 1,400 nonfatal shootings and 240 fatalities from gunfire. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one an hour, topping the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings. The violence is spilling from the Chicago’s gang-infested South and West Sides into the business district downtown. Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies. The growing mayhem is the result of Chicago police officers’ withdrawing from proactive enforcement, making the city a dramatic example...
  • Mark Kirk [R(ino)-IL] : Trump 'too bigoted and racist' to be president [ed]

    06/16/2016 10:31:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | June 16, 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk will not support Donald Trump because the real estate mogul is “too bigoted and racist" for the people of his state, the Republican lawmaker said Thursday.
  • What to do about assault weapons (barf alert)

    06/16/2016 4:18:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 16 june 2016
    All guns kill. Some do so with horrifying efficiency. In Orlando early Sunday, a heavily armed madman opened fire on the crowd at a gay nightclub. The attack killed 49 people and wounded 53. It also reopened the tortured debate about gun ownership in America, where the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. In many states that protection translates into the ability to walk into a store, fill out minimal paperwork and leave with a military-style rifle.
  • Obama: Omar Mateen Had ‘Glock Which Had A Lot of Clips in It’

    06/13/2016 2:57:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 113 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 13, 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    President Obama spoke to reporters Monday about the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and said Omar Mateen had a “Glock which had a lot of clips in it.” Obama also said Mateen had an “assault rifle.” According to CNN, the President explained that Mateen acquired his guns via a background check. And he explained that the background check did not stop Manteen “because he did not have a criminal record that in some ways would prohibit him from purchasing” his weapons.
  • Judge allows workplace case against Tammy Duckworth to go to trial

    06/15/2016 2:29:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | May 12, 2016
    A 7-year-old workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth will remain a campaign issue into the late summer after an Illinois judge said on Thursday that the case could go to trial before the November election. Union County Judge Mark Boie set a tentative trial date of August and rejected an effort by government lawyers to dismiss the case, which stems from Duckworth's time as head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Illinois Republicans have highlighted the lawsuit, seeking to thwart Duckworth's bid against Sen. Mark Kirk, a first-term moderate in a Democratic-leaning state. Kirk is...
  • FBI Heads To San Francisco – Connecting Dots Behind Orlando Terrorist’s Wife Noor Sahi Salman…

    06/15/2016 7:46:32 AM PDT · by Bratch · 10 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | June 14, 2016 | sundance
    FBI Heads To San Francisco – Connecting Dots Behind Orlando Terrorist’s Wife Noor Sahi Salman… Posted on June 14, 2016 by sundance Finally.  It’s taken three days, we’ve been pounding the connections, and now media reports the FBI is in San Francisco to interview Ekbal Zahi.  Zahi is the mother of Noor Sahi Salman, terrorist Omar Mateen’s wife. There are very similar circumstances between the events, travels and behaviors of Omar Matten, his wife Noor Salman and the San Bernardino terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The connections include similar travel (Saudi Arabia), social Islam / Mosque connected relationships, and sham marriages to gain...
  • Illinois On The Fiscal Brink

    06/15/2016 8:31:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution) ^ | June 13, 2016 | Richard A. Epstein
    Illinois—a state that has long embraced progressive fiscal policies—has moved one step closer to the financial abyss. Last week, Moody’s Investors Service issued the jarring announcement that it was downgrading Illinois’s general obligations bonds to Baa2 from Baa1, which is just two levels above junk bond status. The next day, Standard & Poor’s followed suit by lowering its rating to BBB+, or three levels above junk bond status. In one important sense, this is really not news at all, since Illinois had thirteen bond downgrades under its previous governor, Patrick Quinn, even though it passed a temporary tax increase that...
  • 3 dead, 23 wounded in Chicago shootings Monday

    06/14/2016 6:40:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    Three men were killed and at least 23 other people were wounded in shootings Monday across Chicago.
  • Average Chicago property tax bill up nearly 13 percent

    06/14/2016 2:15:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/14/2016 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago homeowners should brace themselves for sticker shock when they open their mailbox at the end of the month: property tax bills on average 13 percent higher than last year. The big increase is mostly being driven by the record tax increase Mayor Rahm Emanuel engineered last fall to fix city pension funds for police officers and firefighters. Cook County Clerk David Orr released tax rate figures Monday, revealing the practical effects of City Hall's painful decision. The owner of a single-family home with the current average sale price of about $225,000 can expect to see a property tax bill...
  • 3 killed, at least 26 others wounded in Chicago shootings

    06/14/2016 6:04:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 14, 2016 | By Peter Nickeas, Others
    At least 29 people have been wounded, three fatally, in shootings since midmorning Monday in Chicago, authorities said. At 10:45 p.m., a 21-year-old man died after being shot in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The man was walking in the 5600 block of South May Street when someone in a passing black sedan fired shots, striking him in the left side, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition. He was later pronounced dead, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman.
  • 7 killed, 32 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    06/13/2016 7:17:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    ABC News Chicago ^ | June 13, 2016
    Seven people were killed and at least 32 others - including a 5-year-old girl - have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday night. A 5-year-old girl was wounded in the weekend's first shooting, which happened about 8 p.m. Friday. She was on a sidewalk with a 34-year-old woman when someone walked out of an alley and opened fire, striking the girl in the foot and the woman in the left ankle. The woman drove them to St. Bernard Hospital, where the woman's condition was stabilized. The girl was transferred to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition, police said....
  • Eric Holder: Fingerprinting Is Racist (What A Moron!!!)

    06/12/2016 4:29:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder has come out against proposals in Chicago and New Jersey to require fingerprint background checks of drivers for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft. Why would President Obama's onetime top lawman come out against regulation that is supposed to protect the riding public? Credit the intersection of two forces. First, Holder's tony corporate law firm, Covington & Burling, represents Uber. Also, as Holder sees it, requiring drivers to submit fingerprints may "have a discriminatory impact on communities of color." I was surprised to read about Holder's opposition, as I have trouble seeing Holder as...
  • San Jose Police arrest suspect from Donald Trump rally

    06/12/2016 7:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KRON-TV ^ | June 11, 2016 | Yama Hazheer
    SAN JOSE (KRON) — Officers arrested a 24-year-old man Friday after they had released a photo of him, along with others, asking the public to help identify suspects connected to assaults that happened during a rally for Donald Trump in San Jose last week. Officers arrested San Jose resident Anthony Yi on suspicion of robbery, assault and battery, according to police. The arrest stems from three separate incidents in which Yi allegedly robbed one victim and then assaulted two other people at the rally, police said. The rally, which drew hundreds of protestors, occurred on June 2 outside the San...
  • Jesse Jackson endorses Hillary Clinton

    06/11/2016 8:10:50 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | June 11, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    Washington (CNN)-The Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, continuing a recent string of high-profile endorsements for the presumptive Democratic nominee. Jackson, speaking in Chicago, said he trusts that Clinton will look out for the interests of marginalized communities including refugees, immigrants and the poor. "We trust her to work on health care, to fight for the poor ... for the willingness to fight for civil rights," Jackson said. Jackson, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1984 and 1988, endorsed Clinton at the site of a memorial recognizing the hundreds of children killed in the city...
  • Illinois Passes Bill Forcing Every Doctor, Pharmacist and Pregnancy Center to Promote Abortion

    06/11/2016 6:35:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 65 replies
    Life News ^ | 05.26.16 | Jay Hobbs
    Illinois came one step closer to forcing its pro-life medical community to choose between violating state law and violating deeply held religious conscience Wednesday, as the state’s House approved Senate Bill 1564 and set the legislation on the governor’s desk.  The bill, which would introduce decisive changes to Illinois’ Health Care Right of Conscience Act, passed by a 61-54 margin and now awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.Originally put forward in the summer of 2015, the legislation would require pro-life medical providers, including 51 Illinois nonprofit pregnancy centers offering free services including ultrasound and STI testing, to take...
  • Gallup: Satisfaction With Country Under Obama Is Lowest Since Carter

    06/10/2016 7:21:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 62 replies
    cns news ^ | 10 June, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    <p>According to Gallup, Americans' satisfaction levels with the way things are going in the U.S. are low and President Obama will be leaving office with a lower overall satisfaction average of any president since Jimmy Carter.</p> <p>Only 29% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. according to the Gallup poll conducted during the first week of June.</p>
  • Trump’s Identity Politics Audacity

    06/10/2016 11:48:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    American Conservative, the ^ | 08 June 2016 | Rod Dreher
    He uses the Left’s identity politics strategies against them ___ For years I’ve warned that the Left is playing a dangerous game by embracing illiberal identity politics. Last week, the liberal writer Jonathan Chait wrote about the “ideological fissure” on the Left: Why is it wrong for Trump to gripe about how a Latino judge is bound to be unfair to him by virtue of his ethnicity, but okay for Sonia Sotomayor to assert that a Latina judge could be more fair as a result of her ethnicity? Why is it wrong for white people to look out for their...
  • Hillary Clinton Meets With Elizabeth Warren At Her D.C. Home

    06/10/2016 11:56:53 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 54 replies
    hotair.com ^ | June 10, 2016
    Elizabeth Warren could be on her way to becoming Hillary Clinton’s choice for Vice President. Today, Clinton invited Warren to meet with her at her D.C. home. Politico reports: Cameras captured Warren exiting a blue SUV with legislative director Jon Donenberg and heading into Clinton’s Whitehaven residence Friday morning, more than an hour before Clinton was scheduled to deliver remarks at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
  • 1 killed, 13 wounded in shootings Thursday

    06/10/2016 6:36:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 10, 2016 | Sun-Times Wire
    A 52-year-old man was shot and killed and at least 13 other people were wounded in shootings Thursday across Chicago. Paul Webster was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle about 5:26 p.m. when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots. The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred about 11:40 p.m. in Englewood. A 31-year-old man was standing outside in the 6300 block of South Parnell about 11:40 p.m. when a black sedan pulled up and someone inside shot him in the abdomen, leg and arm. Ten minutes earlier, a male, whose age was not immediately known,...
  • Obama Debate Comments Set Off Firestorm (Obama vs. Hillary 2007 Blast from the Past)

    06/09/2016 1:54:04 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 4 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Tuesday, July 24, 2007; 11:12 PM | By TOM RAUM The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's offer to meet without precondition with leaders of renegade nations such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran touched off a war of words, with rival Hillary Rodham Clinton calling him naive and Obama linking her to President Bush's diplomacy. Older politicians in both parties questioned the wisdom of such a course, while Obama's supporters characterized it as a repudiation of Bush policies of refusing to engage with certain adversaries. It triggered a round of competing memos and statements Tuesday between the chief Democratic presidential rivals. Obama's team portrayed it as a bold stroke; Clinton supporters saw...