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  • Oh Good! Soros Friend Could Rig Elections in 16 States

    10/20/2016 6:01:49 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 7 replies
    Reddit and Independent Sentinel Blog ^ | October 16, 2016 | S. Noble
    Mark Malloch-Brown, a Britisher, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Smartmatic International Corporation, an  ‘elections solutions provider’ that offers its voting machines, vote counting machines, software and techies to run elections all over the world.Mark Malloch-Brown also serves as Vice Chairman at George Soros’s international Open Society Foundation.Mark Malloch-Brown is so proud of his service to George Soros that he boasts of it on the Voting Machine Company’s website. On Election Day, a private company tied to Soros will manage the voting in 16 states, including voter registration, the printing of ballots, the programming of the voting machines, the counting and tabulation of the...
  • Police: Chicago Teen Found Dead in Trash Can Was Burned Alive

    10/20/2016 6:02:15 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/18/2016 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A medical examiner ruled the death of a 15-year-old boy burned alive in a Chicago alley a homicide Monday, The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. Firefighters responding to a garage fire in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago found the body of Demetrius Griffin, 15, burned to death, WPVI reported. Autopsy results showed Griffin died of thermal injuries due to a fire started in the garbage can, which authorities says means he was alive when the fire started. Polly Sykes, the victim’s mother, asked the community’s help in finding the killer. “Community, I need your help. They killed my baby...
  • Schakowsky Ire as Phony as Kited Checks

    10/18/2016 9:57:45 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2006 | John Kass
    Every time Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky mentions "Republicans" and "scandal" and "accountability," she'll be sticking her husband's foot in her mouth. The foot I'm talking about belongs to her spousal unit, Robert Creamer, the noted champion of the poor and the downtrodden and Democratic political organizer. Creamer's judge was U.S. District Court Judge James Moran, the former Democratic state legislator from Evanston. Moran's son-in-law is Democratic political consultant Peter Giangreco, who has worked politics with Creamer and Schakowsky and had a seat on the board of one of Creamer's many organizations. Judge Moran says he thought about recusing himself...
  • Northwestern to Quadruple Safe Spaces for Black Students After Complaints

    10/18/2016 5:19:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 18, 2016 | Tom Ciccotta
    According to a task force report out of Northwestern University, administrators are planning to quadruple the number of safe spaces for black students. The proposal for additional environments for black students came after a 149-page-report on the “Black Student Experience” at Northwestern. The report concluded that black students feel “dissatisfied, exhausted and alienated on campus.” As a result, the report provided 14 recommendations on how the experience for black students could be approved at Northwestern.
  • Michelle Obama recruited to run for Senate, Chicago mayor

    10/18/2016 10:10:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 18, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    "There is no per­son in polit­ics that I think Demo­crats, in­de­pend­ents, and Re­pub­lic­ans would love to see take on pub­lic ser­vice more than the first lady," Thomas Bowen, a former top aide to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, told NJ's Karyn Bruggeman. . . . According to the report, Emanuel's seat could open in 2019, and Sen. Dick Durbin is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2018. "Ob­vi­ously she'd be qual­i­fied to run for just about any of­fice up and down the tick­et
  • 1,000 more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year

    10/17/2016 11:20:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/2016 | Staff
    A thousand more people have been shot in Chicago this year compared with the same time last year after a weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 40 wounded, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune. At least 3,475 people had been shot in the city as of shortly after midnight Monday compared with 2,441 people shot this time last year, an increase of 1,034, according to Tribune data. There have been at least 595 homicides this year compared with 409 this time last year, an increase of 186. The gun violence over the weekend was...
  • Face it: Property taxes are forcing Illinoisans out of their homes

    10/14/2016 10:09:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 109 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | October 13, 2016 | Austin Berg
    Pardess Mitchell is watching her community crumble. She and her husband have lived in Lake County for 16 years. They pay more in property taxes than they do on their mortgage. The tax bill is $15,000 a year on a house they bought for $227,000 in 2013. “They’re taxing us out of the neighborhood. They’re pushing us out. They’re pushing us out of our homes and communities,” she said. “If it continues this way we’ll have to leave.” A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released Oct. 10 revealed nearly half of registered Illinois voters said they would leave the...
  • Another Second City Cast Member Quits After Offensive Audiences (He blames Trump!)

    10/14/2016 8:34:35 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 75 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 10/13/2016 | Steve Miller
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A fourth member of Second City’s ETC revue quit after multiple occurrences of offensive behavior from audiences. 33-year-old Peter Kim told WBBM that audiences here in Chicago and across the country where he has toured, seem to feel emboldened by the no-holds-bars, speak-your-mind style of Donald Trump. “I really think he gave people carte blanche to act and behave hateful,” Kim said. Kim said audiences have gotten more abusive in the past year and has heard people use the ‘f’ word, alluding to a slur against gays. “The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was...
  • The College Board’s SAT and ACT Money Hustle

    10/14/2016 7:24:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 14, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    A recent report alleged that the College Board, the architects of the college entrance exams known today as the SAT, is becoming a profit-driven (yet taxpayer-funded) machine, instead of a business focused on the greater good. The National Center for Policy Analysis's latest report, "The Big Business Profitability of the Nonprofit College Board," highlights how profits are driving the nonprofit College Board. The report gave a background on the two tests, which may not be well-known by the general populace. For example, the SAT was originally used after World War One to screen for scholarships while testing applicants’ innate intelligence....
  • Mysterious Hero Cold-Cocks Mugger With Thermos At Bus Stop, Prosecutors Say

    10/13/2016 12:31:34 PM PDT · by NorthMountain · 49 replies
    dna-info Chicago ^ | October 12, 2016 5:19am | Erica Demarest
    COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A mysterious good Samaritan came to the aid of a woman getting mugged at an Andersonville bus stop, cold-cocking the attacker with a Thermos and leaving him on the ground for police to clean up, authorities said. But authorities don't know who swung the Thermos: The good Samaritan took off before officers arrived, leaving a bus stop full of witnesses to tell the tale. According to his public defender, Lomeli has worked as a valet parker for the last 20 years. Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. on Tuesday said Lomeli could be released on...
  • Poll Shows Nearly Half of Illinoisans Want to Leave State

    10/11/2016 7:29:26 PM PDT · by bkopto · 61 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 10/10/2016 | Tom Schuba
    According to a new poll conducted by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 47 percent of registered Illinois voters want to leave the state. In comparison, 51 percent of the poll's respondents said they’d prefer to remain in the state, while 2 percent remained undecided. According to the poll, 20 percent of respondents said it was likely, somewhat likely or likely that they’d leave the state in the coming year. Nearly 80 percent said it was unlikely. Respondents cited the state’s taxes, weather, government and jobs as the main reasons for wanting to leave the state. According to...
  • One gun's journey — 42 bullets fired, 2 killed, 5 wounded (barf alert)

    10/09/2016 7:33:15 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 oct 2016 | Annie Sweeney
    The young woman arrived home to find a footprint still visible on her front door. Her South Shore apartment had been broken into, and the small safe she kept under her bed was missing, along with the black .40-caliber Glock handgun she kept inside. Over the next year, that Glock would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets. In the hands of a street gang, the gun was used in at least five separate shootings that left two dead and five others wounded, police say. Officers found the weapon — loaded with 21 rounds...
  • Republican senator fires back at Donald Trump for saying he's 'not doing so well' (Mark Kirk)

    10/07/2016 11:59:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 7, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Republican Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign fired back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday morning after the Manhattan billionaire said Kirk was "not doing so well" in the Illinois Senate race. Kirk's campaign manager, Kevin Artl, told Business Insider in a statement that the Illinois Republican was far outperforming Trump in the state. "The simple fact is that the Illinois Senate race is a statistical tie and Sen. Kirk is outperforming Donald Trump by a net of 13 points," he said.
  • Citing beating of officer, Chicago's top cop says police are 'second-guessing themselves'

    10/07/2016 4:44:37 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Oct. 6, 2016 | Jeremy Gorner and Hal Dardick
    Chicago’s top cop said Thursday one of his officers was seriously beaten at an accident scene because the national focus on police shootings has caused officers to second-guess themselves. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the patrol officer told him she did not use her gun to defend herself for fear of a backlash. "She didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news," he said. *snip* The suspect smashed the officer's face into the pavement repeatedly until she was unconscious, police said.
  • Chicago gets new agency to investigate police shootings

    10/06/2016 8:13:18 AM PDT · by PROCON · 5 replies
    USATODAY | Oct. 5, 2016 | Aamer Madhani
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  • Obama to head to Chicago to raise cash for Dems (Heads up Chgo metro Freepers)

    10/05/2016 3:00:11 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    The Daily Times ^ | Oct 4, 2016
    Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 7:39 pm The Latest: Obama to head to Chicago to raise cash for Dems President Barack Obama is headed for his home town of Chicago this weekend to raise some cash for Hillary Clinton's campaign and for Democrats in the U.S. House. The president also will attend a Sunday campaign event for Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who's challenging Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. The White House says Obama will travel to Chicago on Friday and return to the White House on Sunday.
  • Victim fatally shoots would-be robber in Bronzeville

    10/03/2016 1:47:34 PM PDT · by NorthMountain · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 09/29/2016, 12:51am | Sun-Times Wire
    A man fatally shot another man who was trying to rob him Wednesday night in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The 22-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle with another male about 8:20 p.m. in the 4300 block of South State when two males armed with handguns walked up and announced a robbery, according to Chicago Police. ... Treamel Gray, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:35 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He lived in the 18900 block of Avers Avenue in Flossmoor. An autopsy Thursday ruled his death a homicide....
  • As Chicago Staunches Fiscal Bleed, Schools Are Awash in Red Ink

    09/30/2016 2:21:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 29 September 2016
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  • Johnson for President Endorsement (Hillary Rejected by her Hometown Paper)

    09/30/2016 1:37:58 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 30, 2016 | Editorial Board
    Time upon time, Clinton's behavior affirms the perception that she's a corner-cutter whose ambitions drive her decisions. One telling episode among the countless: Asked by a voter if she was for or against the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, she replied, "If it's undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." As we've asked here before, will Hillary Clinton ever get over her consuming fear of straight talk?
  • Vaccines Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

    09/29/2016 7:14:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/29/2016
    Vaccines Regulators: Doctor concocts vaccines with cat saliva, vodka Published September 29, 2016 Associated Press Illinois regulators on Wednesday suspended the license of a suburban Chicago doctor who allegedly gave patients modified vaccinations containing cat saliva and vodka. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ordered the emergency action in the interest of public safety, according to paperwork signed by Acting Director Jessica Baer. After hearing complaints from health care providers that children were getting unapproved oral versions of childhood shots from Dr. Ming Te Lin, investigators visited Lin's Flossmoor practice. They found a cluttered, unsterile office and "a...
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Speech at Polish American Congress in Chicago, Illinois (9/28/2016)

    09/28/2016 8:25:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-28-2016 | Donald Trump Speeches and Events via You Tube
    Watch Live: Donald Trump Meets With Polish American Congress in Chicago - Donald Trump Remarks to the Polish American Congress
  • Judge blocks Election Day registration at Illinois polling places

    09/28/2016 7:35:00 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/28/2016 | Leonor Vivanco and Rick Pearson
    A federal judge Tuesday blocked Election Day voter registration at polling places in Illinois, declaring a state law allowing the practice unconstitutional because it created one set of rules for cities and another for rural areas. Voters will still be able to register Nov. 8 and cast a ballot for president but only at a limited number of sites, including the county clerk's office, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The ruling, handed down on National Voter Registration Day, is the latest front in a broader battle between Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan and Republicans led...
  • Editorial: More blood in the news cries out for saner gun laws

    09/28/2016 4:02:59 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 47 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 28 sept 2016
    Three important news stories this week, taken together, cry out for saner gun laws in Illinois — beginning with tougher penalties for gun crimes. In the first story, a man charged with shooting and killing another man near Millennium Park on Saturday was reported to have a criminal record that should have precluded him from even being on the street. The suspect, Paul Pagan, 32 had been arrested 39 times and was twice convicted for pointing a gun during an argument. He has convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct, marijuana possession and possession of a stolen...
  • Activists converge on downtown Glencoe, pushing gun control (barf alert)

    09/27/2016 4:27:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 sept 2016 | Irv Leavitt
    Irv Leavitt "I just want to be a neutral," in the gun control debate, said Stephanie Macakanja. "I really try not to be political." But she agreed Saturday to allow a "no-guns" sticker on the front door of her two-year-old Glencoe gift shop, Blacksheep General Store, 346 Park Ave. "If they came in here one-on-one, we might have had a longer conversation," she said. "But when they came in here en masse — just give me the sticker." Northbrook gun-control activists Lee Goodman and Nancy Goodman, joined by about two dozen members of their group Peaceful Communities and members of...
  • 8 killed, 43 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

    09/26/2016 8:16:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC News Chicago ^ | September 26, 2016
    Eight people were killed and at least 43 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning, including a west suburban man fatally shot on a sidewalk near Millennium Park. The downtown killing happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street in the Loop, where 54-year-old Peter Fabbri was walking with two other people when he got into an argument with another male, who pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, according to Chicago police. The shooter took off on a bicycle but was arrested nearby, police...
  • 'Playing guns,' spaghetti Westerns and our violent gun culture

    09/26/2016 5:11:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 sept 2016 | John Blades
    I grew up with guns. Along with my boyhood pals, I grew up coveting, collecting and running wild with guns. "Let's play guns!" was our sham battle cry during those innocent years, the 1940s and '50s. While girls were jumping rope and playing jacks, we boys were shooting up the neighborhood. Depending on the season, we were just as likely to have been playing baseball, basketball or football. But "guns" was our sport for all seasons, fair weather and foul, indoors and out. From prekindergarten years until adolescence, guns had a powerful grip on our imaginations and our sporting lives,...

    09/25/2016 5:03:35 AM PDT · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 10 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 9/24/16 | Laurie Higgins
    As you may remember, the Friday before Labor Day, U-46 CEO Tony Sanders made the decision to allow a gender-confused middle school student to use an opposite-sex locker room. And Sanders also decided to conceal this information from district parents. Only one school board member, Jeanette Ward, had the courage and integrity to notify parents via her Facebook page of this information. As a result, she has been on the receiving end of vicious, hateful, and false personal attacks. Contrary to what Leftists in the district are saying, Mrs. Ward revealed no personal identifying information about the student. She did...
  • Shots fired near University on Green Street (Champaign, IL)

    09/25/2016 2:50:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 4 replies
    Daily Illini ^ | September 25, 2016
    EXCERPT U of I Police âś”@UIPD Police are investigating a shooting near Third and Green. Please avoid the area and call @ChampaignPD if you have information. #UIUC 3:44 AM - 25 Sep 2016
  • If Not Trump, Who Will Cure the Rot?

    09/24/2016 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Holman W. Jenkins Jr.
    One of the brothers charged in the August shooting death of mother-of-four Nykea Aldridge in Chicago, which prompted a controversial tweet from Donald Trump appealing for black support (“VOTE TRUMP!”), was released only two weeks earlier on a firearms violation... Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson last month explained reality to the Chicago Tribune: Of the 1,400 people on the city’s “Strategic Subject List” of those believed responsible for its gun violence, most have been arrested and released multiple times on gun charges. By one count (that of the Chicago Sun-Times) 75% of those booked on gun violations in the first...
  • Violence-plagued Chicago plans to hire nearly 1,000 more cops

    09/23/2016 11:23:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 21 September 2016
    see link in post below
  • Mayor delays speech on Chicago violence amid blowback

    09/20/2016 5:51:45 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    ABC7 Chicago ^ | 9/19/2016 | Charles Thomes
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to deliver a speech later this week on public safety and Chicago's violence problem, but he's made some adjustments.The original plan had the mayor speaking Tuesday to reportedly call on some African-American parents to do a better job raising their children. The blowback has caused him to delay and rethink his speech. After helping rename the South Side Water Filtration plant after the late former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, Rahm Emanuel confirmed his speech will call for better parenting as a means to reduce violence in African-American neighborhoods."There's significance in making sure that...

    09/19/2016 12:49:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    AP ^ | September 19, 2016 | Staff
    The Chicago Police Department launched mandatory training designed to help officers de-escalate conflicts, including situations involving the use of force and mental health issues. The program, which Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is scheduled to discuss Monday evening, is among several department reforms following the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The black teenager was shot 16 times in 2014 by a white Chicago police officer. Graphic squad-car video of the shooting was released last year, prompting citywide protests, police leadership changes and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.
  • Police: 5 killed, 38 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    09/19/2016 11:13:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 19, 2016
    Five people were killed, including a pregnant woman, and at least 38 more were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and Monday morning, police said. Parasha M. Beard and a 26-year-old man were sitting in a car parked in the 8700 block of South Marquette when another vehicle pulled alongside them and a gunman with dreadlocks opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The woman was shot in the neck, and the man suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.
  • No bail in caught-on-video shooting of man, 71, on Southwest Side (Perp arrested! Chicago)

    09/19/2016 4:42:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 6 replies
    A judge denied bail Saturday for Antoine J. Davis, who’s charged with bicycling up to a 71-year-old man Southwest Side man as he watered his lawn earlier this month and robbing and shooting him in an incident that was caught on surveillance video. Davis, 30, is charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the police. The shooting victim, identified by his family as Federico Laguardia, was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He’d been watering his lawn Sept. 6 in the 7000 block of South California Avenue in Marquette...
  • Obama Administration’s Lawless Decision Delays a Much-needed Infrastructure project

    09/18/2016 7:40:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | September 15, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Seemingly every day some politician or another, usually from the left of the political spectrum, calls for more infrastructure investment. In North Dakota there is a $3.7 billion infrastructure project under construction. This project received all the necessary federal permits and is 60% complete. But now the Obama administration, bowing to radical left wing protestors, has thrown the project into doubt with its unprecedented decision last Friday to halt construction on one section of the project. Apparently infrastructure investment is not the priority we were led to believe. The project in question is known as the Dakota Access Pipeline. It...
  • Cops: 1 dead, dozens displaced in string of arsons in Heart of Chicago

    09/17/2016 5:53:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 9-17-16 | Megan Crepeau and Elvia Malagon
    A man was killed and about two dozen people were driven from their home in a string of fires set within blocks of each other in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood early Friday, police and fire officials said. At least seven separate fires were reported around 3 a.m., apparently set in alley trash cans that spread to garages and at least one home in the South Side neighborhood, according to officials.
  • This is How You’ll Bail out Municipal Pension Funds: Check the bills in your mailbox. [Chicago]

    09/17/2016 10:35:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 15 September 2016 | Wolf Richter
    It has gotten so bad that the phrase “Pension Crisis” made it into Wikipedia. It’s the perplexing reality that municipal, state, federal, and corporate pensions in the US and similar schemes around the world are so badly underfunded that it will be impossible to fulfill the promises by a wide margin. By many trillions of dollars. With state and municipal pension funds in the US, the situation is particularly tricky because the beneficiaries are voters and employees of the government, and politicians of all stripes bought their votes with promises of low contributions and rising benefits. They got away with...
  • Candidate vs. the Machine

    09/17/2016 7:21:24 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 16, 2016 | Editorial Board
    Jeffrey Leef is a Republican and a political novice who challenged Chicago's Democratic machine by running for Congress. He had no expectation of defeating incumbent Rep. Danny Davis, whose 7th district hasn't elected a Republican in 70 years. This was an idealistic pursuit by a citizen in defense of the endangered two-party system in Cook County. What could possibly go wrong? Leef got the nomination and secured enough signatures to get on the ballot. But before he could put up signs or receive a single donation, an ousted committeeman filed an objection to his candidacy with the Board of Elections....
  • Civil Rights Protest Planned For Chicagoland Speedway Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Race

    09/16/2016 3:07:46 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Joliet Patch ^ | Sep 16, 2016 | Joseph Hosey
    Civil Rights Protest Planned For Chicagoland Speedway Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Race New Black Panther Party “troops” will have a presence at the protest, the organizer said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) - September 16, 2016 4:32 pm ET JOLIET, IL — A civil rights group plans to protest Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Terrance Alton Cox III, of Minority Youth Matters Movement, said his group will protest the lack of black NASCAR drivers, as well as police brutality and unjust incarceration. Cox said “blacks spend $1.3 trillion and there’s only half of a black driver...
  • Christian could be fired for refusing to watch LGBT ‘inclusivity’ video

    09/16/2016 5:04:18 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 37 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 15, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, September 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Christian's 14-year career is being threatened because he refused to watch a training video on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer "diversity and inclusivity." In April, the Social Security Administration announced all employees must be trained in LGBTQ "diversity and inclusivity." Longtime information technology employee David Hall, whose Christian convictions do not consider sodomy healthy or normal or good for people, believed that the “training” was against his sincerely held beliefs. Specifically, Hall, 42, was told by his superiors to view a 17-minute video that includes "tips for increasing cultural awareness in...
  • Morning Spin: Emanuel's police reform plan gets first public hearing

    09/13/2016 12:07:50 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/13/2016 | Contact Reporter
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to revamp the oversight system for Chicago’s beleaguered Police Department will get its first public airing Tuesday at a City Council committee meeting. Administration officials and aldermen are likely to get an earful, given the early reaction of police accountability advocates made to reporters when Emanuel unveiled his plan in late August. They criticized the mayor for not including a fixed minimum budget in the ordinance, which would eliminate the Independent Police Review Authority and replace it with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. That omission, they say, would allow the mayor or council to gut...
  • A federal solution to Chicago's public pension mess

    09/12/2016 8:24:19 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 September 2016 | Ed Bachrach
    <p>If you experienced sticker shock with your latest real estate tax bill, or worry about what's around the corner with proposed big increases on your water and sewer bills, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Chicago's pension debts are finally starting to gobble the city. Chicagoans have two options: Swallow hard and take the massive increases as a cost of living in this great city, or fight for a better solution.</p>
  • The Black Body Count Rises as Chicago Police Step Back

    09/12/2016 12:51:56 PM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 11, 2016 | Heather Mac Donald
    The streets are gone,” Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago police union, told me last month. The night before, Aug. 14, a Chicago police officer’s son had been killed in a shooting while sitting on his family’s porch, one of 92 people killed in Chicago during the worst month for homicides in the Windy City since July 1993. The August victims who survived included 10-year-old Tavon Tanner, shot while playing in front of his house (the bullet ripped through Tavon’s pancreas, intestines, kidney and spleen); an 8-year-old girl shot in the arm while crossing the street; and two 6-year-old girls....
  • Chicagoan, Dissatisfied With Police Coverage, Hires Private Patrols

    09/10/2016 3:01:00 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/9/2016 | Dana Kozlov
    (CBS) – A Chicago man, fed up and frustrated with what he says is the rising crime in his neighborhood, takes matters into his own pocketbook — shelling out thousands to pay for private street security. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports. Security firm owner Howard Greer, also a Chicago cop, patrols the 1100 block of North LaSalle. It’s his off-duty job, paid for by this De Mudd. “I’ve been watching my neighborhood deteriorate over the last couple of years,” Mudd says. Police, he says, couldn’t keep up. So, Greer and fellow off-duty officers now walk the Gold Coast pocket with...
  • CHA danger zones — a Sun-Times / BGA Watchdogs special report

    09/10/2016 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Scarpetta · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 10, 2016 | Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Mick Dumke and Brett Chase
    On the South Side, a 22-year-old Chicago man the police said was a gang member was shot to death May 27 inside a Washington Park apartment described as “a known gang hangout.” At another South Side apartment, a 25-year-old man was gunned down along with another man on Valentine’s Day. At a house in Englewood, three people were shot and killed May 12. These killings — part of the city’s surge in violence — all occurred at a home or apartment whose rent was covered totally or in part by the federal government through Section 8 “housing choice” vouchers issued...
  • (Chicago) Teacher Disciplined After Trying To Force Student To Stand For Pledge

    09/09/2016 6:25:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 8, 2016
    A Blue Island high school teacher has been disciplined, after trying to force a student to stand for the pledge of allegiance. Michael Stillman, an attorney for Community High School District 218, wouldn't say how the teacher was disciplined, but said her behavior did not rise to the level of a fireable offense. [Snip] The student's mother, Kelly Porter, said the teacher was suspended. [Snip] Her 15-year-old son, Shemar Cooper, chose to sit during the pledge two weeks ago, and his Spanish teacher approached him about it. His mother acknowledged his response was "America sucks," and she said that "was...
  • Terrifying moment a 71-year-old man is broad daylight while watering..Chicago's South [tr]

    09/08/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Staff
    A 71-year-old man was shot in Chicago this week while watering his lawn as two men attempted to rob him. It was a little after 11 a.m. on Tuesday when the victim, Fred Laguardia, was approached by two suspects on bikes outside his home in Marquette Park. Home surveillance video taken from a neighbor's house shows the two men attempting to rob Laguardia, however he refused to give in to them. A struggle ensued and the senior citizen was thrown to the ground, where he was shot once in the abdomen by one of the men, according to WGNTV.
  • Chicago Hits Grim Milestone With 500 Homicides in 2016

    09/07/2016 7:24:36 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07 September 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    The City of Chicago hit a deadly milestone over the Labor Day weekend — the 500th homicide of the year. And with that tragic tally, the Windy City has now logged more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles combined — and is on pace to reach a homicide level not seen since the 1990s, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. Don't blame the cops, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said outside police headquarters Tuesday. "It's not a police issue, it's a society issue," Johnson said after a Labor Day weekend during which 65 people were shot, 13 of them...
  • Chicago’s homicide count for 2016 soars past 500 after violent Labor Day weekend

    09/06/2016 10:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 2:00 PM | Reuven Blau
    The homicide count in Chicago has soared past 500 so far this year, exceeding the total number of murders for all of last year. The bloody death toll of 512 was reached after a violent holiday weekend where 65 people in the city were shot, 13 fatally, authorities said. The figure is a 20-year high.By contrast, there have been 409 homicides combined in New York and Los Angeles through late August. …
  • Malkin: Sicko Terrorist Lynne Stewart: Still Hating Cops

    09/06/2016 4:35:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 7, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    Old age and illness have not dulled the tongue or treasonous soul of convicted jihad-enabling lawyer Lynne Stewart. She's as vile and violence-promoting as ever. Freed from prison two years ago on "compassionate release" after being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, the flaming 76-year-old radical is still championing left-wing massacres against the police. And still kicking America in the teeth. The Associated Press reported over the holiday weekend that the mouthy menace remains stubbornly devoted to "armed struggle." Translation: Sicko Grandma Stewart — as unrepentant and unapologetic as the rest of her rotten hippie pals in the bloodthirsty Weather Underground,...