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  • Transgender Birth Certificates Approved by Illinois House

    05/25/2017 4:38:33 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 40 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 5/25/2017 | David E. Smith
    This afternoon, the Illinois House debated and passed HB 1785 – a highly controversial proposal that would make it significantly easier for gender-dysphoric persons to obtain fraudulent birth certificates. This bill passed by a vote of 63-32. See the full roll-call vote below. Six Republican lawmakers voted with fifty-seven Democrats to approve deceptive birth certificates: Steve Anderson (Geneva), “Leader” Jim Durkin (Burr Ridge), Sara Jimenez (Springfield), David Olsen (Downers Grove), Bob Pritchard (Sycamore), & Grant Wehrli (Naperville). If one of these lawmakers represent you and your family, you may want to ask him/her why he/she voted in favor of this...
  • Dogs Thrown Off Hospital Parking Tower in Oak Lawn, ILLINOIS : Police

    05/22/2017 3:14:36 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Dogs Thrown Off Hospital Parking Tower in Oak Lawn, ILLINOIS : Police Cops say dogs were thrown off a 5-story parking tower at Advocate Christ Medical Center. One dog has died, and the other has broken legs. By Lorraine Swanson (Patch Staff) - May 22, 2017 2:51 pm ET Dogs Thrown Off Hospital Parking Tower in Oak Lawn: Police OAK LAWN, IL — Two gravely injured dogs were found Saturday afternoon on the Advocate Christ Medical Center campus in Oak Lawn. Oak Lawn police say it appears that the dogs may have been thrown off a parking tower. Oak Lawn...
  • 4 dead, 34 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    05/22/2017 5:13:29 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/22/2017 | Staff
    Four people were killed and at least 34 others, including a 9-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning. The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened about 2:40 p.m. Sunday, when an 18-year-old man was killed and a 15-year-old boy was wounded in the 100 block of North Parkside in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The man was shot in the back and pronounced dead at the scene(snip) Earlier Sunday, a 46-year-old man was shot to death in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was walking on the sidewalk about 3:45 a.m....
  • Illinois closer to celebrating Barack Obama Day

    05/20/2017 8:37:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tina Sfondeles
    A measure to make former President Barack Obama's birthday an honorary state holiday now heads to the governor's desk after clearing the Illinois House unanimously Friday. The bill would make Aug. 4. Barack Obama Day in Illinois, but state government and businesses would remain open. "Mr. Obama served this country well, and I really believe personally, that we should give folks their flowers while they're still alive," bill sponsor state Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, said on the House floor. "So honoring our president while he can experience it and feel it and and show the love, I...
  • Gun demand rises in Chicago despite national drop-off under Trump

    05/15/2017 5:03:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 15 may 2017 | Robert McCoppin
    Demand for legal firearms in Chicago continues to grow even as the appetite nationally and in Illinois has fallen significantly in recent months — something gun vendors attribute to the election of President Donald Trump. While gun sales nationwide appear to have dropped from the levels they reached during the Obama years — apparently driven in part by lessened concerns under Trump that access will be restricted — changes in state laws and Chicago's crime wave have unleashed a pent-up demand for legal gun ownership in the area. Gun suppliers have called former President Barack Obama their best salesman, because...
  • The Frightening Ghost of Illinois Future

    05/14/2017 7:16:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Financial Sense ^ | 12 May 2017
    When the US territory of Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy last week, we took the opportunity to identify the most likely candidates among US states to follow the new legal precedents that are now being set by its example. The editorial board of a leading newspaper in one of those states, Illinois, argues that Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy filing represents the “frightening ghost” of that state’s debt-laden future. Here are some excerpts from the Chicago Tribune‘s editorial. They first set the stage: Puerto Rico is the terrifying Ghost of Illinois Future: a worst-case example of what happens when a government no...
  • Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at Illinois hospital

    05/14/2017 2:54:21 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | May 14, 2017 12:14 AM | AP
    Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage at a hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction's officer guarding him, authorities said. A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon, Kane County Sheriff's Off6ice spokesman Patrick Gengler said. Gengler said one officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters.
  • The Big 3 Exodus: California, Illinois, and New York Keep Losing People to Other States

    05/11/2017 8:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | Wednesday May 10, 2017 | Ryan McMaken
    It seems that many residents of the West Coast and the Northeast are leaving those regions behind. In March, for example, the Sacramento Bee reported that California “exports its poor to Texas ... while wealthier people move in.” Former Californians report that a lackluster job market, a high cost of living, and high taxes are pushing them out. This week, Chicago Magazine reported on Chicago's highly publicized diaspora. One interviewee reported the crime, high cost of living, and taxes drove him out of Illinois and across the state line to northern Indiana. “I couldn’t have this size house in Illinois,” he said. Last week,...
  • Durbin: Rosenstein Must Appoint Special Prosecutor or Resign

    05/12/2017 4:33:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 51 replies
    U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin ^ | 5.12.17 | U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin
    DECATUR—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: In an interview with NBC News, President Trump admitted to firing FBI Director James Comey because of his investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russian connections—that is dangerously close to obstruction of justice. This morning, the President tweeted a thinly veiled threat to Mr. Comey, which could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law. To preserve his reputation as a credible prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must appoint an independent special prosecutor to pursue possible criminal charges, or he must...
  • Fraternity reported for ‘bias incident’ of wearing construction outfits on May 5

    05/10/2017 2:14:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    The College Fix ^ | May 10, 2017 | by Greg Piper
    It wasn’t a Cinco de Mayo party. It had no sombreros or tacos, as far as anyone knows. Yet the University of Chicago’s Phi Gamma Delta, known casually as FIJI, has nonetheless been reported for the “bias incident” of throwing a party where attendees wore construction outfits. Relevant to know: Its fraternity house has been “under renovation and construction for two years.” But activists don’t care about context. If the left-wing arbiters of cultural appropriation get their way, FIJI’s members could face disciplinary action. The Chicago Maroon reports that the party was originally scheduled for May 5, but its start...
  • Chicago police issue bulletin on gangs, high-powered weapons

    05/10/2017 8:09:14 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | 08 May 2017 | DON BABWIN
    Chicago police issued a bulletin Monday warning its officers about gangs armed with high-powered weapons, after three people were shot to death over the weekend - including two attending a memorial for the earlier victim. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the three people who were killed in the shootings Sunday were all members of the same street gang. A shooting early in the day left one man dead, and the two others were killed and eight people were injured in a spray of more than two dozen shots from two guns while attending a makeshift memorial for him. Police suspect...
  • CPS needs $596M, not $129M, to finish year, top mayoral aide says ( Chicago )

    05/10/2017 3:45:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/09/2017 | Santiago Covarrubias
    It's going to take much more money to keep Chicago's schools open through June than previously revealed, top Emanuel budget aide Carole Brown says. The Chicago Public Schools actually need $596 million to keep schools open the rest of the school year, and not just the $129 million officials have publicly discussed, a top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. ... Brown said all options are on the table to find the cash needed to stave off an early closing of schools that CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has warned might be needed but that Emanuel has ruled out to...
  • Refugees escape violence and war, but anguish remains

    05/09/2017 6:55:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 9, 2017 | by Alison Bowen
    Abdulkarim Younes still can't sleep. Despite escaping the war that ravaged his Syrian hometown and surviving years in limbo in Jordan before arriving in Chicago as a refugee in January, he stays awake at all hours, awaiting calls from his family. His mother and siblings, who hope to join him in the U.S., remain in Jordan. The separation and uncertainty weigh on him as he waits for a reunion that might never come. Refugees in Chicago are reporting more stress and fear following President Donald Trump's moves to restrict arrivals, including proposed bans on refugees and a reduction in the...
  • As Chicago gangs escalate to rifles: Answering a new danger to cops and civilians (barf alert)

    05/09/2017 4:36:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 may 2017
    Chicago police are used to facing the possibility of death every time they put on their badges. But it's safe to assume they paid special attention to the alert on police radio channels Monday advising them to "expect a heightened presence of Satan Disciples" in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side. The real news: "This gang is in possession of numerous military-style rifles that are capable of piercing police protection." Shootings in Chicago, as in most places, are usually done with handguns, which have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive and easy to conceal. But in recent...
  • When pigs might fly in front of Trump Tower in Chicago

    A parade of giant gold pigs could be flying by Trump Tower in Chicago some time this summer, obscuring the 20-foot-high "TRUMP" letters on the side of the building facing the Chicago River. Chicago-based architecture design group New World Projects came up with the idea for "Flying Pigs on Parade" as a response to Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election. The floating art installation would send four giant gold pig ballons attached to a barge down the Chicago River for a day this summer, on a Saturday or Sunday in August, CBS Chicago reports. New World Projects still has...
  • Message to Dems in governor’s race: Listen to black community (Illinois)

    05/05/2017 2:07:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 23, 2017 | Alexandra Sims
    The lineup for Illinois’ 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary is firming up fast. So far, the six-candidate field is mostly white, and all male. To win, one of them must energize and capture the party’s crucial base. African-American voters should be asking: What have you done for me? What will you do for me? Public affairs consultant Alexandra Sims says they should be making deals. In the governor’s race, “what’s going to happen across the state and across Cook County is deals. And you want the black community to be part of those deals.”
  • ‘Miracle’ cops survive after their van riddled by assault rifle (Chicago)

    05/04/2017 8:20:14 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/3/2017 | Frank Main, Fran Spielman
    Members of the La Raza street gang are believed to be responsible for shooting two Chicago Police tactical officers Tuesday — and one of the gunmen was using a .223-caliber rifle, most likely an assault weapon such as an AR-15, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Both officers have been released from Stroger Hospital where they were treated for their wounds. One officer, the son of a high-ranking Chicago police official, was shot in the hip and arm. The other was hit in the back, authorities said. The officers fired back, but it’s unclear whether anyone was struck. The officers were...
  • Obama Says His Presidential Library Will Be a ‘Hub for the Community’

    05/04/2017 5:35:48 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2017 | JULIE BOSMAN
    CHICAGO — Barack Obama has seen presidential libraries. Sometimes they are a monument to the past, he said, standing on stage in an auditorium on Wednesday; a record of accomplishments. “And a little bit of an ego trip,” he added. “‘See what I did.’” . . . “What we want this to be is the world’s premier institution for training young people in leadership to make a difference in their countries, in their communities and in the world,” he said.
  • Obamas unveil design of presidential center in Chicago

    05/03/2017 9:49:13 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 62 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/3/2017 | Angela Caputo, Katherine Skiba, Blair Kamin
    Former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama on Wednesday offered the first look at the design of the planned Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park — a campus of three buildings highlighted by an eye-catching museum, whose height and splaying walls would make a bold architectural statement. The design appears to call for closing Cornell Drive, a major thoroughfare that runs through Jackson Park, to create a campus-like setting for the presidential center. That is likely to draw fire from thousands of drivers who each day use Cornell, which links South Lake Shore Drive, Stony Island Boulevard and the Chicago...
  • Chicago detective still on the job despite her own rap sheet

    05/03/2017 9:17:56 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/3/2017 | Staff
    CHICAGO -- Cherie Hendricks, a veteran Chicago Police Department detective, was arrested at a Louisiana Walmart on Christmas Eve for stealing $113.50 worth of reading glasses and coffee mugs. CBS Chicago reports that she was placed into a court-ordered diversion program, typically reserved for first-time offenders. This wasn't Hendricks' first incident. Hendricks was arrested for shoplifting more than $200 worth of vitamins in 2013 at a Lakeview Whole Foods, but has not faced any discipline. The Chicago Police Department opened an internal investigation after Hendricks was caught. Four years later, CBS Chicago was told that probe is still "open and...