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  • Official: Obama campaign refusing to pay bill from 2008 rally

    10/19/2012 4:57:36 PM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 10-19-12 | John Dempsey
    President Obama's campaign has raised millions of dollars, but officials in Springfield Illinois are still griping about an upaid bill from a 2008 campaign rally. When he was a candidate in August of 2008, Barack Obama used Springfield as a backdrop to introduce Joe Biden as his running mate. However Springfield Alderman Frank Edwards tells WLS that the Obama campaign has refused to pay $55,000 it owes in police overtime costs: "If you're going to go after your citizens for bills they owe you then everybody's in. And that's just kind of the way I look at it. I think...
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr., Might Be Heading Back to Mayo Clinic

    10/19/2012 8:48:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 33 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Michael Sneed
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is in a world of hurt ­— medically and legally — may be returning to Mayo Clinic for treatment. A source who claims to have visited Jackson said, “Jesse is finding it difficult to continue his treatment because the press is staking out his home and making access to his doctor, incredibly hard.” “His doctors are considering sending him back to Mayo Clinic for treatment.” The source added Jackson, who is being treated for bipolar disorder during his four-month absence from work, is trying “to stay focused and calm to enhance his treatment and...
  • Bad Reviews, Shaky Mental Health Not Expected to Keep Judge Off the Bench

    10/19/2012 7:55:31 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Lisa Donovan
    [A] Cook County judge deemed “legally insane” will likely be re-elected. Judge Cynthia Brim still collects her regular paycheck — seven months after her suspension from the bench for erratic behavior. Despite the bad publicity, voters will likely give her another six years on the bench. Brim was admitted to practice in 1983. From 1984 to 1991, she worked for Mayor Harold Washington and later under Mayor Richard M. Daley and Roland Burris. “Most [lawyers] indicated a lack of confidence in her legal abilities,” even though her cases are “generally non-complex . . . her rulings are unpredictable and delayed....
  • Bullet tax eyed in bid to curb Chicago crime

    10/18/2012 3:49:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 18, 2012
    As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm — an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will submit a budget proposal Thursday that calls for a tax of a nickel for each bullet and $25 for each firearm sold in the nation's second-largest county, which encompasses Chicago.
  • Obama plans election-night rally in Chicago convention center

    10/18/2012 3:24:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 17, 2012
    U.S. President Barack Obama plans to usher in what he hopes will be a second four-year term in the White House at an election-night rally at a huge convention center near downtown Chicago, campaign and city officials said on Wednesday. The event will likely draw thousands of supporters to the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Obama's hometown and the site of his re-election campaign headquarters. Supporters are expected to watch the voting results come in and then hear a speech by the incumbent Democrat who faces Republican Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and private equity executive, in the...
  • Obama picks McCormick Place for election night rally (Massive downsizing!)

    10/17/2012 6:28:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/12 | Rick Pearson
    President Barack Obama plans to hold his election-night rally at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, a move aimed at easing concerns over weather and security, sources with knowledge of the event said Wednesday. Given the indoor location, the event seems unlikely to match the electric atmosphere of Obama’s 2008 outdoor victory rally in Grant Park. That event drew an estimated 240,000 people downtown and created picturesque images of the city’s skyline that were seen worldwide. While the decision to use McCormick Place will tamp down the crowd size, it will provide the president with greater security. McCormick Place was the...
  • No need for Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign: Illinois governor

    10/17/2012 5:56:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/17/12
    Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn said on Wednesday he sees no need for Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., to resign his congressional seat or remove himself from the November election ballot, even though Jackson has been undergoing medical treatment for four months. "He was elected by the people to serve his term," said Quinn, in an interview with WBBM-780 Radio. "Obviously, he has had some health challenges." Jackson, the son of civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, has been treated for bipolar disorder. In an interview broadcast by NBC Chicago television, Quinn called his fellow Democrat "a friend" and...
  • Obama election night: McCormick Place in Chicago (Ambitious or Foolish?)

    10/17/2012 5:53:29 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 17, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's election night event in Chicago will be at McCormick Place, I've been told. The rally will be indoors and will not be designed to try to recreate the massive Grant Park gathering that marked Obama's 2008 election. I reported Oct. 3 Obama will be in Chicago election night. On Wednesday, the location was confirmed. The event will be indoors, with the Obama team not wanting to take a chance on the November weather--which was gorgeous on the evening of 2008 when Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. The 2012 Obama election night
  • (Obamaville) 4 girls charged after U. of C. students robbed, pistol-whipped

    10/17/2012 5:50:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/12 | Rosemary R. Sobol
    <p>A judge set bail today at $100,000 each for three teen-age girls charged as adults with the armed robbery of two University of Chicago students this week near the South Side campus, authorities said.</p> <p>A gun brandished by a fourth suspect, a 14-year-old girl facing juvenile charges, discharged while the girl was pistol-whipping a 28-year-old female student early Monday, but no one was shot, police said. The woman was accompanied by another student, a 22-year-old man.</p>
  • Tavis Smiley is out at WBEZ — and he’s not smiling [Chicago NPR station drops black man!]

    10/16/2012 2:39:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 10/15/12 | Laura Washington
    The nationally syndicated show “Smiley & West” has been dumped by WBEZ-FM (91.5), one of the nation’s largest carriers of the Public Radio International show. The news, first reported last week by Time Out Chicago blogger Rob Feder, is a blow to both Smiley and the cause of diversity. The move has triggered a wave of charges and countercharges and has resurrected a long-simmering controversy over the role of black voices in the era of Obama.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Is the Target of a Criminal Investigation for Home Decorating

    10/15/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/15/12 | John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire
    In what's shaping out to be a pretty dreadful year for Jesse Jackson's Jr., the Chicago congressman who has been on medical leave for bipolar disorder is now the subject of a criminal investigation for misusing campaign money to spruce up his house. The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett and Evan Perez report that a FBI probe of Jackson is in its "final stages ... according to people familiar with the matter," with the possibility of an indictment coming before the November election. The paper reports Jackson's attorneys tried to get assurances that an indictment wouldn't come before Nov. 6,...
  • Bad reviews, shaky mental health not expected to keep judge off bench (chicago)

    10/14/2012 5:14:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10-13-12 | LISA DONOVAN
    This month the Chicago Bar Association issued its judicial evaluations for the 50-plus judges running for retention, putting her and seven other judges under the “not recommended” category, as the association did in 2006 when she was up for re-election. ‘Not qualified’ The Chicago Council of Lawyers also recently found her “not qualified” — as the council did six years earlier. snip Court records obtained by the Sun-Times reveal she was examined by a court-appointed psychiatrist who believes she’s “presently mentally fit with medication” but opined she was “legally insane” at the time of the reported skirmish with the sheriff’s...
  • Why Joe Walsh Might Win the 8th (IL Congressional Dist)

    10/13/2012 7:54:55 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 42 replies
    5 NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Oct 12, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    Why Joe Walsh Might Win the 8th By Edward McClelland |  Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:07 PM CDT It ispossible that Rep. Joe Walsh, Tea Party-Ill., will hold on to his seat. A poll conducted this week by We Ask America has him leading challenger Tammy Duckworth, 47.8 percent to 45.1 percent. (The previous poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling in late September, had Duckworth ahead, 52-38.) This is not supposed to happen. House Speaker Michael Madigan drew this seat not just for a Democrat, but specifically for Duckworth. One of the reasons Duckworth lost to Peter Roskam...
  • DEMBACLE: DEM REDISTRICTING PLANS FALTER IN ILLINOIS

    10/13/2012 4:13:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 13, 2012
    In 2010, GOP candidates for federal office had a banner year in Illinois. The GOP picked up 4 House seats and a U.S. Senate seat in President Obama's adopted home-state. State party GOP candidates, fared less well, however. The state party picked up a handful of legislative seats and lost the Governor's office to Democrat Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's former running-mate. As a result, Democrats controlled all levers for last year's redistricting process. They vowed to use it to reverse the GOP gains in the U.S. House. It isn't working out as planned. Years of Democrat control have taken a...
  • Taxing bullets criminal

    10/13/2012 3:04:24 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 oct 2012 | Steve Chapman
    For urban politicians, gun control is like the bar in "Cheers" — a place of refuge they can seek out whenever things aren't going well. Things aren't going well on the crime front in Chicago, with homicides up 25 percent this year. So what else can our elected leaders do but promise action against guns? Action against the possession and use of guns by violent felons would be a good idea, but the proposal offered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is something else: a penalty on nonviolent citizens who bear no blame for the carnage.
  • Despite federal probe, mental illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to be re-elected

    10/13/2012 2:57:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI AND ART GOLAB
    He’s being treated for bipolar disorder — a mental illness that can bring depression, mania, risky behavior and delusions. He’s had a highly publicized relationship with a “social acquaintance” that rocked his marriage. His name is repeatedly linked to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Now he’s the target of a federal investigation into “suspicious activity” into his congressional finances. What does all this mean for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s political future when the Nov. 6 election is a little more than three weeks away? “He’s going to be re-elected,” political consultant Thom Serafin said. “In this particular part of the...
  • Illinois Orphans (GOP winning in IL races)

    10/12/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    We Ask America ^ | Oct 12, 2012
    Illinois is one of those areas considered by some as an “orphan state.” Barack Obama will surely win here easily with Chicago leading the parade. Like the other orphan states (California & New York) candidates in key Illinois congressional races cannot count on millions of dollars being spent to by the campaigns of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney to persuade voters to put their state in the red or blue column on magic white board election night. The congressional races are in essence the campaigns leading the parade but they are on their own. It also means that in some...
  • Report: More trouble for Jackson Jr.

    10/12/2012 3:22:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Report: More trouble for Jackson Jr. By SEUNG MIN KIM | 10/12/12 5:12 PM EDT Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) – gone from Congress since June on a medical leave of absence – is now facing a new federal investigation into “suspicious activity” in his finances, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. According to the Sun-Times, federal investigators are looking into Jackson’s finances surrounding his House seat and the “possibility of inappropriate expenditures." This latest probe doesn’t involve the ethical troubles that had been surrounding Jackson in connection with allegations that he used official resources to try and win appointment to...
  • 1,100 Illinois inmates got unemployment while in jail last year

    10/11/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 11, 2012
    State officials say they have found more than 1,100 inmates who they believe improperly collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $2 million while jailed in Illinois sometime in about the last year. One Cook County inmate collected almost $43,000, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, though most were paid far less. Nearly all of the fraud occurred in mid-2012 from county jails across the state.
  • Would You Support a County-Wide 'Violence Tax'? (Poll) (tax on guns and ammo)

    10/10/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    tinleypark.patch.com ^ | 10 October, 2012 | NA
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has floated the idea of a tax on guns and ammunition to offset a 2013 budget shortfall. Is this a good idea? Nicknamed a "violence tax," a proposed Cook County tariff would hike up the prices of firearms and ammo as a way to take care of a 2013 budget shortfall, according to an NBC 5 Chicago News report. READ: Check Out the Full NBC 5 Chicago News Story for More Details The tax is being considered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who said it wouldn't just be used to fill a...
  • Editorial: County tax on guns, ammo a reasonable idea (IL)

    10/10/2012 9:31:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 9 October, 2012 | NA
    Someone standing at the intersection can see Stroger Hospital to the east, where many gunshot victims are treated; the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to the south, where many shooters are incarcerated, and the Cook County medical examiner’s office to the west, where many shooting victims lie dead. That intersection would be a good spot to reflect on the huge cost of Chicago’s gun violence and why Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal for a tax on guns and ammunition is more than reasonable. Trying to close a $115 million gap in the 2013 budget she will present...
  • Walsh Gaining Ground on Duckworth's Territorial Advantage

    10/10/2012 9:00:13 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Carol Marin
    The danger for Tammy Duckworth in the November election is that Congressman Joe Walsh is a better, more nimble, more natural retail politician than she is. Thanks to a new redistricting map, there are 6 percent more Democratic voters in the newly revised 8th District. Almost two-thirds of voters here went for Obama in 2008. So Duckworth arrived with a substantial advantage. A Public Policy Poll last month put her 14 points ahead of Walsh. But there is a growing sense that the race is tightening. Sean Trende, an election analyst for RealClearPolitics.com, said Tuesday that the website, which aggregates...
  • State: More than $2M in unemployment benefits went to inmates

    10/09/2012 6:20:17 PM PDT · by John W · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 9, 2012 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,100 people have collected nearly $2 million in unemployment benefits while they were in county jails or state prisons, including $43,000 that went to a person in the Cook County Jail, a state agency said Tuesday. In Cook County alone, there were 296 inmates tied to $722,689 in wrongful payments. In Will County, 21 inmates collected $85,159. Lake County was another leader with 20 inmates collecting $84,533, the agency said.
  • USDA DIVERSITY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTED ATTENDEES TO CHANT 'OUR FOREFATHERS WERE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS'

    10/09/2012 5:34:25 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/09/2012 | Tony Lee
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) paid Chicago consultants over $200,000 in taxpayer money to put on diversity training workshops that included activities in which employees were instructed to chant "our forefathers were illegal immigrants." The government watchdog group Judicial Watch alleged in documents released this week that these programs only served to promote and enforce left-wing political agendas. A USDA department official said the statements were not reflective of USDA policy, and the consultants merely had "participants repeat provocative and potentially offensive phrases as part of an exercise to examine stereotypes." According to Judicial Watch, the USDA has...
  • Paul Ryan fundraising in Chicago, Big Bird joins protests

    10/09/2012 7:11:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/07/2012
    October 7, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan came to the Chicago area for a big fundraiser, and protesting Democrats were waiting for him. His motorcade arrived at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The top price was nearly $76,000 per person. Outside, Democrats demonstrated against the Republican agenda and Big Bird joined them to protest Mitt Romney's plan to end the federal subsidy for the Public Broadcasting System. They were upset about his Medicare plans, but Republicans say they're on a roll after the first Presidential debate. "The Romney-Ryan voucher plan would leave seniors at the mercy of...
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tighter oversight of local debt

    10/07/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Mark Shade
    Pennsylvania legislators, grappling with capital city Harrisburg's $340 million of debt, set out on Thursday to tighten the state law that governs how cities and towns win approval for complex, taxpayer-funded projects. In a day-long hearing, members of Pennsylvania's Senate Local Government Committee questioned former local officials publicly for the first time about how Harrisburg could have racked up so much debt tied to renovations of its ill-fated trash incinerator. ... A handful of other U.S. municipalities - in particular, Alabama's Jefferson County, which filed the country's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy last November - were also undone largely by debt...
  • COULD NEW FEDERAL PRISON HOUSE GITMO DETAINEES?(White House bypasses Congress)

    10/06/2012 8:24:33 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 32 replies
    FOX & FRIENDS ^ | October 6, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    Fox & Friends interview of Beverly Perlson.
  • Obama to lose Illinois?

    10/06/2012 2:47:45 PM PDT · by dialup_pundit · 117 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10/06/2012 | Bruce K.
    When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh the more Republican downstate vote... Now comes a new poll from WeAskAmerica...
  • Could Obama Lose Home State Of Illinois?

    10/06/2012 2:12:04 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 54 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 6, 2012
    Campaign 2012: When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh the more Republican downstate vote. "He has to come out...
  • David exposes Goliath(Charlie Madigan, Chicago Tribune)

    10/05/2012 4:35:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    GunNews ^ | September, 2005 | John Boch
    When I was in school, I was taught that newspaper reporters and editors were wise and learned individuals to be respected. They were experts at the use of the English language and generally unbiased and unemotional in their reporting of the news. Today, thanks to the “new” media, we better understand how biased the major media is in its reporting of news. We’ve heard of the disgraceful work of Jayson Blair at the New York Times. “All the news that’s fit to print,” trumpets the Times everyday in the little box on the front page. Looking back, I guess that...
  • Black Activist Urges Schools to Change Names from White Segregationist President

    10/05/2012 4:09:16 PM PDT · by rkoliver · 50 replies
    Black Activist Urges Schools to Change Names from White Segregationist President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Ted Hayes 424-222-6010 ted@tedhayes.us LOS ANGELES – Ted Hayes, homeless activist and host of the weekly radio talk show America’s Black Shield on WNJC 1360-AM in Philadelphia (www.wnjc1360.com ), is calling for for the School Districts of Portsmouth, Virginia and Peoria, Illinois to change the names of the Woodrow Wilson High School and the Woodrow Wilson Primary School, respectively, from a white segregationist U.S. president to a name that will honor a figure in the civil rights struggle for Descendants of Chattel Slaves (African Americans)....
  • NAACP Official: Obama Campaign Staffer Threatened Me

    10/04/2012 4:42:21 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | Mike Krause
    The President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges a director of the re-election campaign of Barack Obama has threatened and intimidated him because he doesn’t support the president. David Lowery says he believes he was threatened during a phone conversation with Louis Raymond, the Obama for America Illinois regional director. Lowery says he doesn’t personally support the president because he’s not addressing issues important to the black community. He said he was explaining that to Raymond when the Obama campaign official told him, “You know what? I know everything about you.” Lowery says Raymond added, “We’ve been...
  • Obama Collapse in Illinois: Tied in District He Won by 23 Points in 08

    10/04/2012 12:08:08 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    Back in August, a poll showed Obama with just a 12 point lead over Romney in Cook County, Illinois. While he posted a huge lead in the city of Chicago, the poll found him actually losing to Romney in suburban Cook County. It was a shock that I set aside as an outlier. A new poll of Illinois' 10th Congressional District, which includes parts of Cook County, however, suggests the August poll might not be such an aberration. The poll, from WeAskAmerica, finds Obama with just a 2 point lead over Romney, 47-45 in the suburban district. Obama won the...
  • Private equity firm sees profit in Chicago-area foreclosures [bulk real estate purchases]

    10/04/2012 11:59:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribunes ^ | 03 October 2012 | Mary Ellen Podmolik
    $2.1 million stake in 94 properties is part of federal pilot program to sell distressed real estate in bulk ___ A New York-based private equity firm is the latest investor entering the Chicago area's market for distressed homes. The Cogsville Group LLC paid about $2.1 million for an equity interest in 94 foreclosed properties from Fannie Mae that stretch from the Wisconsin border to the South Side of Chicago. The properties include 111 rental units, 68 of which are occupied. The transaction, part of a pilot program to sell foreclosures in bulk in hard-hit housing markets, was announced Tuesday by...
  • I'm coming for you.

    10/04/2012 2:00:19 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 9 replies
    Self | 10.4.12 | Self
    A poster last night read Mitts lips at the opening greeting. He said, "I'm coming for you." Man-o-man, this is just like sending a stale pizza to Axeldouche's Chicago headquarters last spring. I'M COMING FOR YOU, loser!
  • Chicago Pot Farm’s Plants as Big as Trees

    10/03/2012 1:54:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 3, 2012 3:13pm | Andy Fies
    Urban farming is usually thought of as a niche business for high-end food produce. In Chicago, it has taken on a new meaning. Police in a helicopter stumbled upon what may be the largest outdoor pot farm in the city’s history. Planted in rows and spread over an area the size of two football fields, as many as 1,500 plants averaging 6 feet tall were growing amidst heavy brush in an industrial area on the city’s South Side. “This would not be visible from the street,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy at a press conference today. “It’s surrounded by...
  • Chicago's Susan Crown, Influential Obama '08 Supporter, Campaigns for Romney '12

    10/03/2012 10:59:55 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 21 replies
    Breibart ^ | 3 October 2012 | Jasmine Velasco
    Businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Crown, a former Obama supporter and a member of one of Chicago’s most influential families, told an audience of over 300 women and men, “In the midst of the Obama administration, I became profoundly disappointed, disillusioned and actually a little angry.”
  • Illinois amendment would eliminate constitutional protections

    10/03/2012 6:31:31 AM PDT · by glorgau · 3 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | 10/4/12 | Staff
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A little-publicized amendment to the Illinois Constitution on this November’s ballot could have a big impact on the pensions and health care of state workers if Illinois voters approve it, a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says. According to John Kindt, a professor emeritus of business and legal policy, Amendment 49 is a “cleverly crafted feat of legislative legerdemain” that’s designed to concentrate more money and power in the state capital. “This is a potentially major change to the Illinois Constitution that has received very little publicity and has been the subject of almost no...
  • Where is Jesse Jackson Jr.?

    10/02/2012 6:26:21 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2 Oct 2012 | Claudine Zap
    His name is on the ballot. But Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. hasn't made a campaign appearance since the primary. The Democratic congressman from Chicago is running for re-election for his seat in the House of Representatives, but has been out of sight for the last three months, being treated for bipolar disorder. Campaign advisers told the New York Times, which noted that the campaign's office was locked shut, that the candidate is waiting for the doctor's approval to campaign again. The son of Rev. Jesse Jackson was expected to win the election easily, but the Washington Post reports he is...
  • Doctor seeking Illinois Senate seat offers brutal diagnosis of ObamaCare in viral video

    10/02/2012 5:40:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    She's a former nun, an Army major, a lawyer, a college professor and a physician. Now Dr. Barbara Bellar wants to be a state senator from Illinois, and she has one question about ObamaCare. “What the blank could possibly go wrong?” Bellar asks, tongue in cheek, after delivering a one-sentence indictment of President Obama's health care law. Bellar, a Republican candidate running for office in the state’s 18th district, gave the extended one-liner while warming up the crowd at a recent event for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Someone captured it on video, and now the doctor's diagnosis of the...
  • Federal government to buy closed Ill. prison for $165M, vows will not house Gitmo detainees

    10/02/2012 11:41:50 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    startribune.com ^ | Oct 2, 2012
    Federal government to buy closed Ill. prison for $165M, vows will not house Gitmo detainees Article by: SOPHIA TAREEN , Associated Press Updated: October 2, 2012 - 1:23 PM CHICAGO - The federal government has agreed to buy the closed Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million after the sale was held up for three years, state leaders announced Tuesday. Many Illinois leaders — including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn who spoke to The Associated Press ahead of a news conference to announce the sale — supported the purchase because they said it would bring...
  • Ryder Cup 2012: Europe beat USA after record comeback

    09/30/2012 5:42:19 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 48 replies
    BBC Sport ^ | 1st October 2012 | Tom Fordyce
    'Europe's golfers produced a stunning final-day comeback to win the Ryder Cup at a shell-shocked Medinah. With the United States requiring only four points from the 12 on offer, Europe somehow secured eight and a half to clinch a historic 14½-13½ win. Martin Kaymer sank a five-foot putt on the 18th green to get his team to the 14 points needed to retain the trophy, before a Tiger Woods bogey in the final match gifted them overall victory. The win matches the record recovery of Ben Crenshaw's US team in Boston in 1999 and is the best from a European...
  • Despite illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson on track for reelection

    09/30/2012 4:14:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2012 | Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
    CHICAGO — Battling mental illness and personal financial troubles, Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is a heavy favorite for reelection Nov. 6 despite a surreal campaign from which he has been absent for almost four months. Jackson, 47, who disclosed this summer that he has bipolar depression and has undergone weeks of hospitalization, is convalescing in Washington and meeting occasionally with aides. He has been absent from the House of Representatives since June 8. Whether he will campaign at all is in question. His reelection bid is being led by his wife, Sandi Jackson, who turned down interview requests....
  • ‘Killing Is The Solution,’ Gang Member Tells Walter Jacobson (Hope and Change in Obamaville)

    09/29/2012 5:48:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/27/2012
    Gangbangers in Chicago: What makes them tick, what are they thinking? CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson sat down with gang members in Chicago’s troubled Englewood neighborhood to try to find some answers. Some of the responses he received were not encouraging. “There’s no solution to the violence,” one gang member tells him. “Killing, killing is the solution.” Jacobson asked the young man if he would kill personally, if he had to. “I’ve never killed before, but if I had a gun in my possession,” he said. Jacobson says he has been walking the blocks for many years, but the state of...
  • FBI: Actor Ash Durrani threatened to kill flight passengers

    09/29/2012 2:45:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    EXAMINER.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | by Taylor Rios
    SNIPPET: "The FBI says that an actor threatened to kill flight passengers on a flight from Chicago Tuesday night. The plan was headed to Orange County and Arash "Ash" Durrani, 26, is going to appear in federal court Friday. Sources say that Ash Durrani was being unruly by pacing the aisles, demanding alcohol, harassing female passengers and threatening to kill people. According to the affidavit, the deranged model and actor yelled, "I'm from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you." This San Antonio Celebrity Examiner is just in shock. Did he say Afghanistan? Durrani was born in Alexandria, Virginia."
  • An Act of Bravery: Otis W. McDonald and the Second Amendment

    09/27/2012 12:51:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 September, 2011 | NA
    USA --(Ammoland.com)- Otis McDonald, born and raised amidst the hardships of sharecropping in the cotton fields of Fort Necessity, Louisiana, overcame poverty and social prejudice to become the first in his family to earn a college degree and rise to the relative comfort of America’s middle class. With drug and gang activity on the rise in Chicago, McDonald’s home has become increasingly threatened by violent crime. With no other intent but to defend his family against life-threatening intrusion, McDonald encounters the dichotomy of gun-wielding criminals and a Chicago statute limiting the purchase of handguns. As lead petitioner in a Supreme...
  • O.C. man, others restrain erratic airline passenger with belts

    09/27/2012 7:47:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    OC Register ^ | Sep 27, 2012
    O.C. man, others restrain erratic airline passenger with belts Arash Durrani, 26, a model and actor, will be charged with interference with a flight crew in connection with incident on flight to John Wayne Airport.
  • Tammy Duckworth (in Hijab) Say White Racism to Blame for Muslim Terrorism or Something

    09/27/2012 8:21:50 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | September 27, 2012
    So on Sept 16th, just days after the FBI-foiled the Jihad bomber “Muslim terrorist attack’, what does uber left-wing Ms. Duckworth do? She doubled down in her Hamas-linked-CAIR support, put on a hijab and stated: the growing minority population makes the white community uncomfortable, and whites would have to overcome their ‘racism.’ Introducing her at that meeting was the Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of Hamas-CAIR, Ahmed Rehab. Watch Mr. Rehab discuss the controversial Hizb-ut-Tahrir Islamic supremacist conference in Chicago in June, 2009. That same Hizb ut-Tahrir conference featured this illuminating exchange between an audience questioner and a conference...
  • Sebelius to hit campaign trail again after Hatch Act violation

    09/26/2012 11:57:08 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/26/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will soon be back to doing what she does best — campaigning for President Obama. Sebelius will travel to New Hampshire this weekend for a swing of “grassroots events” with Obama, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. The campaign trip comes after the Office of Special Counsel found that Sebelius had violated federal campaign law by campaigning for Obama during an official event. “OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when
  • Former CeaseFire worker fatally shot in Woodlawn(IL)

    A former employee of the CeaseFire violence prevention program was fatally shot today in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, officials said. ----------------------------cut-------------------------- "Marlon had a past, a lot of guys we work with and we hire do have a past," said Hardiman. "He got out of the life style and tried to turn his life around."