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  • VIDEO: Instructor arrested for attacking conservative students

    11/19/2017 11:45:04 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Nov 18, 2017 | Andrew Minik
    A University of Illinois graduate instructor was arrested for assaulting two students during an anti-Trump protest Thursday, stealing the phone of one student and throwing it on the sidewalk. Tariq Khan is a PhD candidate at the university and has taught courses such as “Constructing Race in America” and “U.S. Gender History since 1877.” He is also involved with various anarchist and communist organizations including Black Rose Anarchist Federation and Antifa, in addition to working with the undergraduate socialist students. The event Thursday began as a demonstration to air grievances about President Trump one year after his election. Khan spoke...
  • This Is What Anguish Looks Like: Victims of Black-on-White Violence

    11/17/2017 7:49:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American ^ | November 17, 2017 | Colin Flaherty
    Budding Hollywood actresses do not have to rely on semi-naked fat dudes in expensive hotels for acting tips. Not anymore. Real-life examples of real-life emotions such as despair, abandonment, anguish, and betrayal are easy to find if you know where to look – e.g., local stories of black-on-white violence. Let's start with some backstory in Chicago. During last year's election for the Chicago version of states attorney, Kim Foxx was not hiding anything. With loads of cash from George Soros and lots of support from Black Lives Matter, she bragged about how, under her watch, she was going to stop...
  • Innocent man jailed for 29 years freed, cops beat confession out of him

    11/16/2017 5:41:08 PM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-15-2017 | Tariq Tahir
    A man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for a double murder has been released a month after his conviction was quashed. Arthur Brown, 66, was sentenced to life in prison after he convicted of murder and arson after a video store was burnt down, killing two people who lived next door. Brown was 37 and had no criminal record when he was called to the store on Chicago South Side to fix a lock. He says he was choked and beaten by police until he confessed and maintained his innocence through two trials, multiple appeals and lengthy post-conviction...
  • When in Rome, or Chicago: Thermal baths open in former River West paint factory

    11/16/2017 10:27:23 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 7, 2017 | Robert Channick
    Chicagoans looking to soak in ancient Roman thermal pools, housed inside a somewhat less ancient restored former paint factory: Your bath is almost ready. Aire Ancient Baths, a Spanish company, is opening a 20,000-square-foot facility in the River West neighborhood later this month, featuring cold, warm and hot baths, a salt water flotarium, and other spa amenities that were all the rage two millennia ago. “The whole concept is to bring back the tradition of Greek and Roman bathhouses,” said Silvia Barnett, a spokeswoman for Aire Ancient Baths. The expansive subterranean baths will occupy the restored basement at 800 W....
  • Mom With MS Finds Nasty Note After Parking In Handicapped Spot

    11/16/2017 6:11:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 126 replies
    Illinois Patch ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Shannon Antinori
    Mom With MS Finds Nasty Note After Parking In Handicapped Spot By Shannon Antinori, Patch National Staff | Nov 15, 2017 Updated Nov 15, 2017 "You need to think twice before judging someone," the Plainfield mom said. " You have no idea what they've been through." By Shannon Antinori, Patch National Staff | Nov 15, 2017 2:22 pm ET | Updated Nov 15, 2017 11:50 pm ET PLAINFIELD, IL — From all outward appearances, Michele Clarke, 39, looks young and healthy. But 16 years ago, the Plainfield mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then she has had to battle...
  • Cards Against Humanity buys land on Mexican border to stump Trump's wall plan

    11/15/2017 8:44:15 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2017 | Aaron Smith
    Cards Against Humanity, an irreverent card game company known for its attention-seeking pranks, says it bought land on the U.S.-Mexico border to block President Trump from building his wall. The Chicago company said on its website that this was part of a holiday promotion, for which customers could contribute to the wall-blocking project with $15 purchases for surprise gift packages. On Wednesday morning, just a few hours after the launching the program on Tuesday, Cards Against Humanity said it was sold out. "Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans," said Cards Against Humanity on its web...
  • House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

    11/15/2017 8:06:09 AM PST · by Hadean · 116 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2017 | John Bowden
    Several House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Trump on Wednesday, asserting that Trump has violated the Constitution. Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Al Green (Texas), Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio) and John Yarmuth (Ky.) said the five articles of impeachment come out of concern for the country's national security. "We believe that President Trump has violated the Constitution, and we've introduced five articles of impeachment," Cohen said at a press conference.
  • Baltimore is more murderous than Chicago. Can anyone save the city from itself?

    11/03/2017 12:39:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2 November 2017 | Gary Gateley
    Latonya Bryant can still see Ernest Barnes Jr, her 24-year-old son, smiling and calling out to her in the sunshine that June 2014 afternoon, his words like an echo that keeps getting louder. “He’s waving to me in the back yard of our house and saying, ‘Ma, I love you,’ and I say, ‘Baby, I love you, too,’” Bryant remembers. By turns, the memory makes her cry, and makes her smile. And for a long time, those memories were proving almost impossible for her to live with. She pulled through, but barely. Bryant also keeps playing a video in her...
  • GOP lawmaker: Senate should expel Moore if he wins

    11/10/2017 5:48:39 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 134 replies ^ | 11/10/17 07:12 PM EST | By John Bowden -
    A GOP lawmaker is calling for the Senate to refuse to swear in Roy Moore (R) if the Alabama Senate candidate defeats Doug Jones (D) in a December special election.
  • Illinois Democratic Rep Danny Davis ‘Sees Nothing Wrong’ With Changing The National Anthem

    11/09/2017 2:32:03 PM PST · by drewh · 67 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:22 11/09/2017 | Kerry Picket
    WASHINGTON — Illinois Democratic Rep. Danny Davis says he sees ‘nothing wrong’ with the California ACLU’s effort to ban the Star Spangled Banner as the country’s national anthem. “Well, you know, one of the things about the Constitution that our forefathers wrote, and basically, there were none of our foremothers that were there. There were none of our fore-sisters there. There are changes that can take place and there is room to change,” he told TheDC Thursday. Alice Huffman, president of the California chapter of the NAACP, declared the anthem to be “racist” and that it “doesn’t represent our community....
  • 'Distracted Walking' Could Come With $500 Fine in Chicago

    11/09/2017 10:47:43 AM PST · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/8/2017 | Dick Johnson
    A proposed "distracted walking" ordinance that could become law in Chicago would see pedestrians fined up to $500 for negligently strolling with their eyes fixed on a cellphone screen. NBC 5 asked city strollers Wednesday night what they thought of the proposal. Some barely noticed a TV news crew let alone the traffic trying to turn. "Well people do walk into traffic when they're not paying attention," one pedestrian told NBC 5 Wednesday night. "Pedestrians are getting hurt more often---well if you cross when the light is red you should be good," another said. But you're not according to aldermen...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin blames Chicago’s gun violence on Indiana’s gun laws

    11/08/2017 4:29:55 PM PST · by mdittmar · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2017 | Sally Persons
    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin on Wednesday attributed the guns laws in Indiana for the continued wave of violence in neighboring Chicago.“We’re next to Indiana and if you got to a gun show in Indiana, you can purchase a gun without a background check. And so that’s what’s happening,” Mr. Durbin,a Democrat, said on MSNBC. “The drug gangs and these thugs are filling up the trunks of their car and heading into the neighborhoods of Chicago. And we see these gun violence crimes happening every single day.”Mr. Durbin said that nearly 600 people have died in Chicago due to gun-related deaths...
  • Former President Obama Reports For Jury Duty

    11/08/2017 8:41:17 AM PST · by maggief · 51 replies
    CBS Chicaco ^ | November 8, 2017
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Former President Barack Obama reported for jury duty Wednesday morning at the Daley Center downtown. Obama spent the night at his home in Kenwood before leaving for jury duty shortly after 9:30 a.m., in a motorcade of four black SUVs, a marked Chicago police SUV, and a marked Illinois State Police SUV. After navigating through traffic in the Loop, he arrived at the Daley Center courthouse around 10 a.m., and entered the building through the basement.
  • Journalist Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson of Sexual Harassment

    11/07/2017 3:13:30 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    nbc5 ^ | 11-7-17 | NBC
    Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has been accused of sexual harassment by a journalist who says the Chicago community leader grabbed her thigh while making a crude comment. Writer Danielle Young, in an article for "The Root," accused Jackson of making the "unwanted" advance and comment during a photo-op after a media event. "I walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me," Young wrote. "His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within arm’s reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed...
  • Chicago close to recording 600th homicide for only second time since 2003

    11/07/2017 7:37:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 6, 2017 | Madeline Buckley
    Chicago is close to recording its 600th homicide for the year, only the second time the city will have reached the grim milestone since 2003, according to data kept by the Tribune. After a weekend when 30 were people shot, five of them fatally, the number of homicides stands at 593 this year, according to the Tribune's database. That's below the 681 homicides this time last year but substantially above other recent years. Last year saw gun violence at levels not recorded since the late 1990s. This year has not been as bad, but the last time the city hit...
  • 2017 Gun Trace Report Conceals As Much As It Reveals

    11/07/2017 4:17:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The City of Chicago has released its Gun Trace Report. It is a political, polemical document, with a vernier of respectability lent by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Prominently displayed are suggested restrictions on gun ownership, gun sales, and increased record keeping requirements.While reading the document, I was looking to find how many guns were *not* traced. It is an important number. If the percentage of guns not traced is high, it undercuts any supposed utility of tracing guns.Not only does the document lack any numbers for guns that were not traced, it conflates the numbers of traced...
  • Edwardsville man who threatened to assassinate Trump could be sentenced to prison

    11/06/2017 6:53:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Belleville News Democrat ^ | 11/6/17 | Kara Berg
    An Edwardsville man who pleaded guilty to threatening to assassinate President Trump on Facebook may face up to five years in federal prison. Joseph L. Pickett published multiple posts on Facebook, threatening to “take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm” against Trump, according to a criminal complaint filed with the charges in June. “Before I die I want our president and congress to sign a treaty to never side with Russia or any enemy of the United States of America! If one will then that person deserves to be shot,” his post read. “Guess what Trump?...
  • 5 dead, 24 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    11/06/2017 8:37:25 AM PST · by simpson96 · 14 replies
    ABC7Chicago ^ | 11/6/2017 | Sun-Times Media Wire
    CHICAGO -- Five people were killed and at least 24 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon. A 38-year-old man was killed in the most recent fatal shooting, which happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday(snip) He was in the 1700 block of East 79th Street when he was shot in the chest, back and neck.(snip) At 4:26 p.m. Sunday, a 36-year-old man was killed in a West Town shooting on the Near West Side. He was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene(snip) A 26-year-old man was shot to death at 1:24 a.m. Sunday in...
  • New I-74 Bridge: Forum brings questions of detours, speed limits

    11/04/2017 5:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | October 31, 2017 | Deirdre Cox Baker
    More than 100 concerned residents peppered state and local officials Monday for information about the new Interstate 74 Bridge. Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri hosted the event, part of a series of casual meetings to share ideas and air concerns about the city. Experts on site included Ryan Hippen, construction field engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation. "I don't get tired of talking about this improvement," Hippen said. The basket handle true arch twin bridge is to cost an estimated $1.2 billion, and open late in 2020 after...
  • Illinois' first fracking permit returned by Kansas company

    11/03/2017 6:30:42 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/3/17 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The first company to obtain a permit for fracking in Illinois announced Friday it won't use it, citing market conditions and the state's "burdensome and costly" regulations. "The process we have gone through to receive a permit was burdensome, time consuming and costly due to the current rules and regulations of the state of Illinois, and it appears that this process would continue for future permit applications," Woolsey vice president Mark Sooter said in a statement. The Illinois Legislature in 2013 passed a law regulating fracking. At the time, the law was considered one of the...