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  • Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing

    04/10/2018 1:07:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 86 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    An Illinois technocrat has demonstrated the Progressive attitude about the Constitution and the Second Amendment. Representative Bill Foster has a PhD in Physics from Harvard. He was raised and earned his Bachelor degree in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin.  In his view, the Constitution is a document that can be re-interpreted to mean different things every few years. That is true in a sense. Amendments to the Constitution can be put forward and passed any time. It is clear a constitutional amendment is not what Representative Foster is talking about. From chicagotribune.com: Flanked by two area high school students, a pediatrician...
  • Volunteer Church Member Stops Attacker in Church Gunfight

    04/07/2018 9:07:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth Baines, who announced an armed robbery. A 57-year-old armed church member was seated inside. The church member was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit. It seems likely that he was a member of a voluntary church security team, as later reports refer to him as a “security guard”, but no report mentions that he had a security guard license, or that he was paid as a...
  • Governor Rauner Shows Political Courage in Illinois

    03/22/2018 12:42:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeanne Ives and Governor Bruce Rauner It isn't often that you see political courage shown in Illinois. Illinois is a deep blue state that has very restrictive gun control laws. Chicago politicians are all to eager to curry favor with the national media and to go-along to get-along with the anti-Second Amendment agenda. Illinois politics is dominated by Chicago. Governor Bruce Rauner went against the flow and the enormous power wielded by the network media. He vetoed an expensive and ineffective bill, SB 1657, designed to make gun sales more difficult in Illinois, at least for small dealers.  From...
  • Was Accidental Discharge by Illinois Judge a Dry-Fire Mistake?

    03/17/2018 1:18:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    It happened on 15 September, 2017. An Illinois Judge, Patrick O'Shea, 67, accidentally fired a short barreled Smith & Wesson five-shot in his apartment in Wheaton, Illinois. The bullet went through a mirror, the wall, and into the next apartment. No one was hit, and there was little property damage. He checked to see if anyone was in the apartment. There was not. He may have thought “No harm, no foul”, and proceeded to attempt to lie his way out of the problem. Big mistake. It changed his life. From dailyherald.com: On Sept. 24, the neighbors told police they...
  • Firearms Instructor Uses AR-15 to Stop Knife Attack

    03/04/2018 12:10:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 February, 2018, Dave Thompson, a firearms instructor, used an AR-15 type rifle to stop a knife attack he witnessed in the apartment complex where he lives.  From patch.com: Police said a witness to the stabbing incident retrieved an AR-15 rifle from their home and stopped the attacker “with only a threat of force.” The witness had both a valid firearm owner's ID card and a concealed carry permit, according to the sheriff's office.The witness, who spoke with WGN-TV, said he ran to grab his AR-15 after hearing the commotion and spotting a “pool of blood” in his...
  • Illinois | Ban on Guns within 1,000ft of Parks are Unconstitutional

    02/09/2018 11:33:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Supreme Court of Illinois has ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within a 1,000 feet of a park is obviously unconstitutional. It is unconstitutional because it “directly implicates the core right of self-defense”. From reason.com: Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within 1,000 feet of a public park violates the constitutional right to bear arms. The decision in People v. Chairez extends the logic of prior rulings by the same court and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit holding that Second Amendment rights exist...
  • Durbin Apologizes for Remarks on Abuse (Flashback)

    01/15/2018 4:17:36 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2005 | Shailagh Murray
    Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday offered a tearful apology on the Senate floor for comparing the alleged abuse of prisoners by American troops to techniques used by the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge, as he sought to quell a frenzy of Republican-led criticism. Durbin, the Democratic whip, acknowledged that "more than most people, a senator lives by his words" but that "occasionally words will fail us and occasionally we will fail words." Choking up, he said: "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies." He singled out the victims...
  • Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans

    01/03/2018 7:38:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 1-2-2018 | Brendan Bakala
    Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans Studies by two major American moving companies rank Illinois as the top “outbound” state of 2017. On Jan. 2, United Van Lines released its 41st annual National Movers Study and Atlas Van Lines released its 2017 Migration Patterns study. United based the study on its customers’ household moves made in 2017, and Atlas studied nearly 73,000 interstate and cross-border relocations of household goods from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017. In both studies, Illinois was home to the highest rate of outbound moves in the nation. United’s...
  • Illinois Drives People Away

    12/13/2017 7:13:40 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2017 | The Editorial Board
    If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration. The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow...
  • 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 chicagotribune.com: 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...
  • Illinois Reform of Switchblade Ban Officially Signed Into Law

    08/26/2017 1:52:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 14 August, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 607, the reform of the Illinois ban on switchblade knives, into law.From ilga.gov: (2) The provision of paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section prohibiting the sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, does not apply to a person who possesses a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card previously issued in his or her name by...
  • Elgin, Illinois Man Booked A Prostitute - And She Turns Out To Be His Wife

    08/15/2017 5:58:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 92 replies
    Telegraph Sun ^ | 8/14/2017
    A 52 year old man in Elgin, Illinois was taken by surprise after a prostitute he hired through a website turned out to be his own wife of the past 19 years. The man had been using the site for some months to hire prostitutes and meet them for sex at motels in neighboring areas. Last weekend, the man told his wife he was going out drinking with work colleagues, when in reality he was traveling to a motel on the outskirts of town. Upon checking into the motel the man used his phone to access his regular website used...
  • Lucci: Forget the unemployment rate, Illinois is in a depression

    06/30/2017 6:17:07 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    Alton Telegraph ^ | June 25, 2017 | Michael Lucci
    Time to pop the champagne bottles and celebrate the state’s economic success, right? Not so fast. Illinois’ path to a low unemployment rate has been paved by labor force dropout. Too many workers have given up on the Land of Lincoln, and their act of despair is actually driving down Illinois’ jobless rate. You see, when an unemployed Illinoisan gives up on looking for work, he is no longer counted as unemployed. As more Illinoisans give up, the unemployment rate goes down. Illinois’ low unemployment rate is nothing to celebrate. If anyone is to be cheered, it is the dozens...
  • What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln

    06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 63 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 JUN 17 | By John Kass•Contact Reporter
    llinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money. Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday. So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan. And here it is:
  • Illinois budget stalemate forces Northeastern to cancel classes

    04/12/2017 6:14:01 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    WQAD ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jesyka Dereta
    CHICAGO (AP) – Northeastern Illinois University says it will cancel three days of classes in order to cut costs as public universities in Illinois struggle to make ends meet during the state’s budget stalemate. The Chicago-based university will no longer hold classes April 11, 12 and May 1. Illinois has been without a budget for 21 months and has a bill backlog of $12.9 billion. Northeastern Illinois interim President, Richard Helldobler called the state’s unprecedented budget impasse a “state of emergency” for the school.
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity? Romeoville IL April 8th at the PD

    03/25/2017 6:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, Romeoville Illinois held a gun “buy back. They took in 73 guns, pictured above. Some of those firearms are very nice indeed, and worth much more than the $60 that police were paying people for them. Third from the left of the middle row of long guns appears to be an M1 carbine and sling. Two over on the left is a classic .22 target rifle, two over to the right a classic hunting tool, a pump action .22 rifle, probably a Winchester 1906.  In the center of that row are two Stevens Crackshot .22 rifles,...
  • IL: Federal Court Upholds Lawsuit to Void Foster Parent Rules against Exercise of 2A

    02/06/2017 5:19:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Second Amendment Foundation has gained another win in Illinois. This victory is a necessary but preliminary step to restore Second Amendment rights to people who are foster parents in Illinois. From SAF: A federal district court judge in Illinois has denied that state’s motion to dismiss a legal challenge by the Second Amendment Foundation of its foster parenting rules that place restrictions on the possession of firearms for personal protection. SAF filed the lawsuit last summer on behalf of Kenneth and Colleen Shults in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Named as a defendant in...
  • Former Chicago Police Chief Blames Black Lives Matter for Rise in Violent Crime

    01/02/2017 7:28:45 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/1/2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Sunday blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for the uptick in violent crime in this country. During an interview with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York, McCarthy blamed anti-police brutality protests in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charlotte for creating a “political atmosphere of anti-police sentiment,” according to the Hill.
  • 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...
  • BREAKING: FBI Says Hackers Breached U.S. Election Systems

    08/29/2016 8:04:51 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 74 replies
    Law Newz ^ | 8/29/2016 | Rachel Stockman
    The FBI is sending out a warning that two local state election boards were breached by foreign hackers. This comes amid increasing concerns from Donald Trump supporters about the possibility of a “rigged” election. Several news outlets are reporting that the hacking occurred in Arizona and Illinois. In a bulletin the FBI wrote: The FBI received information of an additional IP address, 5.149.249.172, which was detected in the July 2016 compromise of a state’s Board of Election Web site. Additionally, in August 2016 attempted intrusion activities into another state’s Board of Election system identified the IP address, 185.104.9.39 used in...