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  • Why Illinois Is In Trouble - 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B

    07/26/2017 10:08:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/26/2017 | Adam Andrzejewski
    Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state’s financial woes aren’t stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher. Whenever we open the books, Illinois is consistently one of the worst offenders. Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor. Using our interactive mapping tool, quickly review (by ZIP code) the 63,000 Illinois public employees who earn more than $100,000 and cost taxpayers...
  • Man killed days before turning 21: 'Lord have mercy, I got to leave Chicago,' friend says

    07/26/2017 5:32:56 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/25/2017 | Elyssa Cherney
    The man yelled to Chicago police officers standing near the scene of a fatal shooting on the South Side. "Did he have on black jogging pants like this?" he asked, pointing to his own. The man had heard his friend, Darius Gavin, had been shot, but he needed to be sure. He had just bought Gavin the jogging pants as an early birthday present and figured his friend might have been wearing them. The officers didn't know, so the man headed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where the victim had been taken and pronounced dead. “Lord have...
  • University of Illinois-Chicago teaches students to use ‘inclusive language’

    07/24/2017 5:52:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 24, 2017 | Dominic Mancini
    A two-day workshop series held recently at the University of Illinois at Chicago asked participants to watch what they say and choose their words carefully in order to make the campus more “inclusive.”
  • The Government Shouldn't Force Pro-Life Doctors To Promote Abortion, And A Federal Judge Agrees

    07/23/2017 8:43:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2017 | George Leef
    The Alliance Defending Freedom is a public interest law firm that fights to maintain religious liberty, free speech, and the right of people to freely live out their faith. The group was recently branded a “hate-group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which seems to think that disagreement with its ultra-left beliefs amounts to “hate.” One reason why ADF has earned the enmity of SPLC (and many others on the Left) is the success it has had in litigating against overreaching government policies that infringe upon Americans’ constitutional rights. Such a case is National Institute of Family and Life Advocates...
  • 3 Men Blocked I-80 Ramp Before Early Morning Carjacking (Suburban Chicago)

    07/23/2017 6:30:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 78 replies
    Illinois Patch ^ | July 23, 2017 | Tim Moran
    3 Men Blocked I-80 Ramp Before Early Morning Carjacking A report indicates three suspects carjacked a vehicle on the I-80 ramp to I-355 in New Lenox early Saturday morning. By Tim Moran (Patch Staff) - Updated July 23, 2017 12:41 am ET NEW LENOX, IL -- A reported car jacking took place early Saturday morning on an expressway ramp. An incident was reported on police scanner traffic on the westbound Interstate 80 ramp to northbound Interstate 355. Three men were blocking the ramp and asked the victim to use his phone before one of the men approached on the passenger...
  • Judicial Watch Warns 11 States to Clean Voter Registration Lists or Face Federal Lawsuit

    07/22/2017 3:22:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | APRIL 11, 2017 | Robert Popper
    Data Show Counties in 11 States Have More Registered Voters than Eligible Adult Citizens. ... The 11 states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. The states have 90 days after receiving the letters to address the problem and provide Judicial Watch documentation showing that they have conducted a “statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.” Judicial Watch informed the states that should they fail to take action to correct violations of Section 8 of the NVRA, it would file suit. Section...
  • After Dyke March Scandal, SlutWalk Chicago Bans ‘Zionist Displays’ From Upcoming August Protest

    07/21/2017 9:26:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    the algemeiner ^ | July 20, 2017 | Ben Cohen
    After the scandal involving the ejection of Jewish women carrying Star of David pride flags at Chicago’s Dyke March on June 28, a sister organization in the city has announced that it will follow suit by banning “Zionist displays” from its upcoming protest against sexual violence and “rape culture.”
  • John Wayne Gacy Victim Identified as Teenage Runaway

    07/20/2017 11:18:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KBZK ^ | 7/20
    An Illinois sheriff's office has identified another victim of the notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy: a 16-year-old runaway from Minnesota, CBS Radio station WBBM reports. James Byron Haakenson's family received the grim news from a Cook County Sheriff's Office investigator this week. Gacy was convicted of luring 33 young men and boys to his Chicago home, then strangling them and burying them on his property. The murders took place between 1972 and 1978. "It's not every day you heard this: A monster murdered your brother," said James' sister Lorie Sisterman. "It's just not an everyday, normal conversation that you...
  • University of Chicago Professor: Infanticide Is Morally Acceptable

    07/20/2017 6:47:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | July 19, 2017 | Jeff Cimino
    Jerry Coyne, a professor in the department of ecology and human evolution at the University of Chicago, recently posted a defense of killing disabled infants on his Why Evolution Is True blog: If you are allowed to abort a fetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren’t you able to euthanize that same fetus just after it’s born?
  • BOLLING: Why is Chicago a 'Warzone'? 'Liberal Democrats' to Blame

    07/20/2017 5:34:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 19, 2017
    Host of Fox News' "Specialists" Eric Bolling commented Wednesday during his "Wake Up America" segment that Chicago is a "warzone" because of liberal Democrats - he’s not wrong. [Snip] The facts are: Afghanistan’s population of 32.5 million was hit with 5.9 violent deaths per every 100,000 people. Chicago, with 2.72 million citizens, saw 13.5 violent deaths per every 100,000 people. Bolling poses the question: "What's happening?" Bolling goes on to say: "Liberal Democrats are happening. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a complete failure, Rahm was in over his head from the get-go ... At the beginning of his term, Emanuel eliminated...
  • Judges Ordered to Set Affordable Bonds for Defendants Who Pose No Danger

    07/18/2017 11:58:46 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 17, 2017 | Megan Crepeau
    Cook County judges will soon be explicitly required to set affordable bond amounts for defendants who do not pose a danger to the public. Beginning Sept. 18, judges will be prohibited from setting a higher bond than felony defendants can afford to pay. The same rule will apply to misdemeanor cases starting in January. Advocates of bond reform, including Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, applauded the decision. "There is often no clear relationship between the posting of a cash bond and securing the safety of the community or the appearance of a defendant," Foxx said in a statement Monday....
  • Recent high school grad accused of multiple robberies

    07/18/2017 7:32:57 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 17, 2017 | William Lee
    A recent Lincoln Park High School graduate was ordered held on $150,000 bail Saturday in connection to a recent string of strongarm robberies in the Lakeview neighborhood. Bryce K. McGill, 18, faces multiple counts of robbery and one count of aggravated robbery for several street robberies, at least three taking place on July 6 in the Boystown enclave in Lakeview, prosecutors said at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. In all of the attacks, McGill and an unnamed accomplice approached men and women on the street, and McGill would punch the victim in the face, prosecutors said. The pair then grabbed...
  • 10 Killed, 41 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    07/17/2017 6:40:58 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | 7/17/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A mother’s eyes are swollen shut from crying after the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, a community activist said. Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old man at 11:13 p.m. Friday, traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street, when a gray car pulled up next to them and someone inside opened fire, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. The boy was shot in the back and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, authorities said. He...
  • Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter while allegedly intoxicated

    07/14/2017 10:32:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 58 replies ^ | July 11, 2017
    Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter while allegedly intoxicated Jul 11, 2017, 3:33pm CDT Updated Jul 11, 2017, 4:13pm CDT Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Adolphus Busch IV was arrested in Swansea Monday night after police say he tried to fly a helicopter while allegedly intoxicated. According to a statement from the Swansea Police Department, officers at 12:48 p.m. were dispatched to a report of a helicopter landing, for an unknown reason, at 1 Bronze Point, Swansea. Upon their arrival the helicopter was already on the ground in a parking lot. Assessment of the area and safety of...
  • Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide...

    07/13/2017 6:15:34 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 126 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 13, 2017 | Katherine Skiba, David Heinzmann, Todd Lighty
    A Republican donor and operative from Chicago's North Shore who said he had tried to obtain Hillary Clinton's missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself in a Minnesota hotel room days after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his efforts, public records show. In a room at a Rochester hotel used almost exclusively by Mayo Clinic patients and relatives, Peter W. Smith, 81, left a carefully prepared file of documents, which includes a statement police called a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring. Days earlier, the financier...
  • Journalist Who Broke Story of Jewish Women Barred From Chicago ‘Dyke March’ demoted (tr)

    07/11/2017 6:04:18 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 18 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 7/10/17 | Ben Cohen
    An award-winning journalist who broke the story of the group of Jewish women ejected from an LGBTQ march in Chicago last month has been reassigned to non-journalistic duties at the paper which ran the original report, the Windy City Times. Gretchen Rachel Hammond — whose June 24 story caused a national storm after she detailed how three women flying Jewish Pride flags embossed with the Star of David were instructed to leave the gathering by organizers from the Dyke March Collective — confirmed to The Algemeiner on Monday that while she was still employed by the paper, she was not...
  • Muslim activist suggests resisting Trump is a 'form of jihad'

    07/07/2017 11:39:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 7/7/17 | Brooke Singman
    Controversial Muslim activist Linda Sarsour gave a fiery speech last weekend where she said fellow Muslim-Americans do not have to “assimilate” and blasted Trump administration policies, even suggesting that resisting those policies could count as a “form of jihad.”
  • Father killed in front of children in Gage Park fireworks accident

    07/06/2017 9:16:44 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 36 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | 7/5/17 | John Garcia and Laura Podesta
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A father was killed in front of his children on the Fourth of July in a tragic fireworks accident on Chicago's Southwest Side. Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, 42-year-old David Griffin was lighting fireworks in an alley in the 2500-block of West 54th Street in the city's Gage Park neighborhood. His wife said he was with his young children at the time. When he went to check on a firework that didn't seem to be firing, it blew up in his face as it shot into the air, police and fire officials said.
  • 2 men charged with triple murder in Englewood

    07/06/2017 7:18:07 PM PDT · by NorthMountain · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 07/03/2017, 10:18am | N/A
    Two men have been charged with fatally shooting three men Friday night in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. Timothy Gorden, 19, and 21-year-old Jayden Dorsey both face three counts of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police. About 8:50 p.m. Friday, two men were shot as they stood on the porch of a building in the 5700 block of South Wells, police said. Those men — ages 30 and 50 — were each shot in the chest and legs when two males walked up to them and opened fire. The gunmen then got into a white vehicle and drove...
  • Illinois House Overrides Gov. Rauner’s Veto on Tax Hike, Budget Bill

    07/06/2017 5:13:52 PM PDT · by digger48 · 69 replies ^ | 7-6-17 | Mary Chastain
    The Illinois House voted to override Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the income tax hike and budget bill. This is the first budget Illinois has passed in two years. The House voted 71-42, which is the bare minimum House Speaker Mike Madigan needed, after a security incident delayed the vote for two hours. The House passed the tax hike and budget bill on Sunday with 72 votes, including 15 Republicans. A few flip flopped, according to The Chicago Tribune: On Thursday, there were some slight changes. One lawmaker who previously voted for the income tax hike on Sunday, Republican...