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  • Activists: "Soul of City" at Stake in Obama Library Agreement Flap

    09/21/2017 12:58:23 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 12 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 21, 2017 | Rachel Hinton
    About 300 residents packed a South Side auditorium Wednesday night to demand that the promise of jobs, economic development and other benefits of the Obama presidential library center be put in writing. The activists and residents want a community benefits agreement, something many say will protect the neighborhoods and people the center may displace. Last week, at the foundation’s community meeting, President Barack Obama himself told residents that he would not sign a benefits agreement, which would put into writing the promises the foundation has made thus far on bringing jobs, economic development and resources to the South Side.
  • Loyola recruits white students to become 'anti-racist allies'

    09/21/2017 8:37:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 21, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    Loyola University-Chicago is expanding a controversial program that trains white students to become “anti-racist, anti-supremacist White allies.” While the school has offered the Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness (R.A.W.) program in the past, the number of recruits will nearly double this year, according to Loyola, which hopes to recruit at least 25 participants, more than double the 12 students who participated in 2016.
  • Black Women Carrying Guns in Chicago, Part of National Trend

    09/20/2017 12:07:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent article in the Chicago Tribune detailed the experiences of a black woman who obtained a concealed carry permit in Chicago. The article is surprisingly positive about her experiences. An important point is that minority women make up a significant percentage of the growth in concealed carry permits nationwide. From Robinzine, 51, is a gun owner with a concealed carry license. Since she received her permit in late spring, she carries her firearm wherever she goes. “It's like a part of me now,” Robinzine said with the smile.Data show Robinzine is part of a burgeoning group in...
  • Undocumented students say other Illinois universities are being more supportive than SIU

    09/20/2017 9:21:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Daily Egyptian (Student Newspaper) ^ | September 20, 2017 | BY MARNIE LEONARD
    Though the administration has begun to put supports in place for undocumented students affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that shielded them from deportation, some say SIU is lagging behind other Illinois universities. “Since the undocumented body of students is smaller [here], the urgency is lower,” said Martha Osornio, an undocumented student and a senior studying cinema and photography from Chicago. “Other universities are all doing workshops and things to help their larger populations of undocumented students.” The University of Illinois system’s flagship campus has a website dedicated to providing resources for undocumented students, Here,...
  • Feds Paid $1.7 Million to Kids in Juvie

    09/20/2017 5:15:00 AM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration improperly paid children in juvenile detention facilities $1.7 million, according to a new audit. The inspector general for the agency found that just four states accounted for the improper disability payments. The estimate for fraudulent payments was "conservative" since the audit did not compile all data from the four states reviewed...*snip SEE POST #1* "While SSA had established overpayments for 274 of these juveniles, we identified 273 instances where SSA was unaware of all or part of the confinement period. We determined that 158 of these juveniles were confined for 6 months or longer without SSA's...
  • New York State rated “F” for financial practices

    09/18/2017 3:42:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    WIVB News 4 ^ | September 18, 2017
    The Chicago-based group Truth in Reporting gives the state a grade of “F” in its new 50-state analysis of government spending and budgeting. Specifically, the report’s authors faulted New York for its relatively high pension and health care obligations, as well as its high tax burden. California, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts earned similarly low scores from the group.
  • Shocker! LA Pension Gap Spirals Past $10 Billion

    09/17/2017 9:19:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    CityWatch Los Angeles ^ | 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 | MARC JOFFE
    California pension worries most often focus on CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state’s two multi-employer behemoths. But the state has many other underfunded plans, and these city and county systems pose significant challenges for governments that contribute to them. The City of Los Angeles faces the largest municipal pension funding gap, measured in absolute dollar terms. According to the city’s 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Los Angeles’ Net Pension Liability totaled $8.2 billion. Curiously, this number does not appear on the city’s government-wide balance sheet (called a Statement of Net Position). Instead, the $8.2 billion is reported as part of LA’s...
  • Nightmare: DACA Amnesty DREAM Act Will Cost $115 Billion Thanks to Obamacare

    09/17/2017 9:30:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 15 Sep 2017 | John Carney
    Taxpayers in the United States will face a steep bill if the Trump administration signs legislation to extend legal status to so-called “Dreamers,” the illegal aliens who arrived as children and are now protected under the Obama-holdover unlawful executive order known as DACA. The cost of a legislation to legalize childhood arrivals is likely to be far higher than earlier attempts because of Obamacare’s health insurance subsidies. The Affordable Care Act subsidizes the costs of health insurance for millions of Americans and would likely foot the bill for many of those whose residency in the U.S. would be legalized by...
  • Family lawyer: ‘Serious questions remain’ in Kenneka Jenkins’ [Freezer] death

    09/15/2017 11:05:47 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 24 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/15/2017, 12:41pm | Sun-Times Story Monkry
    The lawyer for the mother of a 19-year-old woman who was discovered in a Rosemont hotel’s walk-in freezer said Friday “serious questions remain” about the circumstances involving her death. Attorney Larry Rogers Jr. said “despite requests for all evidence, none of the snippets of the video” provided to the family show Kenneka Jenkins walking into the freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Just a day before, Chicago activist Andrew Holmes said he saw surveillance footage and said Jenkins went into freezer by herself, without being forced inside. “We all was wondering and wanted to know did anybody pull her down...
  • Cupich bans guns in all Chicago Archdiocese parishes and schools

    09/14/2017 12:40:51 PM PDT · by infool7 · 49 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/12/2017 |
    Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has issued a decree banning guns in all parishes, schools and other facilities across the archdiocese. The decree, effective Thursday, echoes statements the cardinal has made over the past two years in support of banning guns from churches. It stipulates that anyone found with a gun on archdiocesan property will be asked to remove it from the premises and won't be allowed to return until it's gone. Clerics and staff members also will face disciplinary action. The decree does not prevent clergy who own guns legally for hunting or sports from keeping their firearms inside a...
  • Judge Rules Madigan's Power Sufficient to Reinstate Suitit

    09/14/2017 11:01:28 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2017 | Tina Sfondeles
    (Judge) Kennelly said. . . that a constitutional issue may arise with Gonzales’ claim that there was “vote dilution” in the alleged placement of two fake candidates on the ballot. “The fact that Gonzales argues the effect of this fraud was to dilute the Hispanic vote — the two alleged sham candidates have Hispanic surnames — does not negate the fact that the registration of sham candidates can, on its own, constitute a deprivation of a constitutional right,” Kennelly wrote. Throughout the campaign, Gonzales maintained that he and Madigan were the only candidates on the ballot until he submitted his...
  • 9 shot – 3 fatally – in Tuesday gun violence across Chicago

    09/14/2017 4:34:29 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9/14/2017 | Staff
    (snip)at 3:38 p.m. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 30-year-old man was standing outside in the 300 block of South Kilbourn when another male walked up, pulled out a handgun and opened fire.(snip) Another man was killed at 4:42 a.m. in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Officers (snip) found the 32-year-old lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the face,(snip) About 2:40 a.m., 17-year-old Antonio Monteza was shot to death in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood. He was at a gas station in the 7500 block of North Sheridan when another male...
  • I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer.(Barf alert)

    09/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13th September 2017 | David A. Ansell
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own. Sarai’s plight was brought to my attention when a local religious group held a hunger strike advocating transplant access for Sarai and other uninsured patients. When she died, her congregation marched seven miles, holding her photograph and lugging coffins emblazoned with her name, to launch a sit-in in front of Northwestern University Hospital. Her death certificate named...
  • University promises ‘disciplinary action’ for students who engage in ‘hateful demonstrations’

    09/13/2017 6:14:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 13, 2017 | Ben Decatur
    Officials at a public university are promising to discipline students for “hateful demonstrations” and “hate speech” — but refuse to articulate what they consider might fall under that category. In the wake of controversial protests and demonstrations across the country, administrators at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois have created hate speech and violence contingency plans, according to the school’s student newspaper, The Daily Egyptian.
  • Dear white people: We don't need a torch to be part of the problem

    09/10/2017 1:30:41 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 80 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 15, 2017 | Marisa Novara
    Denouncing acts of blatant hatred and bigotry is easy. But those of us who are white people don't need to carry a torch to be part of the problem. The subjugation of people of color happens every day by those who would never march with citronella torches or drive a car through a throng of innocent protesters, by people who would recoil at being called racist. Subjugation occurs by white people across the Chicago region who protest public and affordable housing under the polite cover of parking and density concerns; by white people across the state of Illinois who, knowing...
  • How Chicago is morphing into Detroit in one easy lesson

    09/10/2017 12:14:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    My heart is breaking for Chicago, and for all Americans, as one of our greatest cities crumbles before our (and the world’s) eyes. I don’t see any way out of the vicious circle of political corruption, irrevocable pensions obligations overwhelming tax revenue, vanishing public services, and a decline in civil order leading toward a third world level of crime.  As a result, the city consumes itself, strangling business and entrepreneurship, and killing off precious assets. Now, comes a story that captures it all in one heart-rending example. Sam Cholke of DNAChicago writes: BRONZEVILLE — Chicago’s top-rated bed and breakfast...
  • AP Refers To Illegal Immigrants As ‘Undocumented Citizens’

    09/08/2017 1:34:23 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/7/2017 | Amber Athey
    The Associated Press shirked their own style guide in a recently published article, using “undocumented citizens” in lieu of their usual “undocumented immigrants.” The article with the strange reference was published on September 5 and discusses Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “The Chicago Sun-Times reports that school officials say about a third of the school’s students are undocumented citizens,” the AP wrote.
  • Suspected Mexican Cartel Kidnapper Linked To Massacre Of Hundreds Extradited From Chicago

    09/08/2017 10:58:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies ^ | 9/7/17 | Ryan Saavedra
    An alleged member of one of the most violent Mexican drug cartels was found in an American sanctuary city and turned over to Mexican officials on Tuesday. Coahuila state police officers traveled to the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo where they took custody of Juan Rafael “El Cubano” Arredondo Oviedo. U.S. authorities arrested Arredondo, a “foot soldier” in the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel, at an immigration court in Chicago, Illinois, a sanctuary city, where he sought to be a protected as a witness from the Los Zetas cartel who he said is going to kill him.
  • Detroit Bus Drivers Expose Deplorable Working Conditions: Rodents, Bed Bugs, Spitting And Assaults

    09/07/2017 5:17:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    WWJ ^ | September 7, 2017
    Detroit bus drivers say they’re fed up working in deplorable conditions — with primitive seating, daily assaults from passengers and bug-infested coaches — and they’re demanding the city take action. The drivers say their working conditions are disgusting — they have no choice but to breathe diesel fumes, passengers verbally abuse and spit on them, and they’re forced to dodge roaches, bed bugs and rodents. Those are just some of the complaints
  • Anti-Israel group urges Antifa violence against Zionists

    09/07/2017 8:46:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 6, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter is facing backlash for repeatedly equating Zionism with white supremacy and fascism. SJP had initially drawn attention for advertising an event called “Smashing Fascism: Radical Resistance Against White Supremacy,” in which it claimed that “there is no room for fascists, white supremacists, or Zionists” at the Illinois institution.