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  • Video: Illinois Democrat dismisses GOP colleague as “half” a black person

    04/11/2014 1:21:48 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    The context for this little chestnut of racial nastiness was a heated floor debate in the Illinois legislature over a proposed education reform bill. The fireworks started when Democratic Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, who is Hispanic, delivered a speech criticizing charter schools. Ms. Chapa LaVia was no doubt casting aspersions on behalf of teachers unions — who’ve contributed heavily to her campaigns, are bankrupting the state, and don’t much care for competition. In defense of the status quo — which traps far too many children, especially children of color, in failing public schools — Chapa LaVia appealed to her fellow...
  • IL:St. Charles Twp. homeowner shoots intruder

    03/22/2014 12:11:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    couriernews.suntimes.com ^ | 18 March, 2014 | Janelle Walker
    ST. CHARLES TWP. — A homeowner shot an intruder who had broken into his house Monday morning, Kane County sheriff’s police said. The alleged intruder — a 26-year-old St. Charles resident who initially ran from the scene — was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he was being treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, authorities said. He is expected to survive, said Kane County sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler. Deputies were called at 11:20 a.m. to the 38W000 Block of Mallard Lake Road in unincorporated St. Charles Township by the homeowner, said Gengler. The 43-year-old resident shot the intruder with...
  • IL Democrat Introduces Bill to Register All Firearms

    03/12/2014 6:08:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The Gateway Pundit | 3/12/14 | Jim Hoft
    Gun owners know that registration always leads to confiscation. Joseph Stalin’s firearms confiscation was a tremendous success for the Socialist state. Under the Tsar, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. That all changed when Stalin and the communists took control. Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people… after he took their guns. (Zinnfigur)
  • Albany Park resident fights deportation to stay with wife, infant son

    02/05/2014 8:46:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 25 replies
    Medill Reports ^ | JAN 30, 2014 | KJERSTIN WOOD
    Anibal Fuentes Aguilar, an undocumented immigrant, faces the daily fear of leaving his wife and 6-month-old son behind. “My son, Franky, has acid reflux and needs medicine and care,” Fuentes said last week through an interpreter. “I’m the only one who provides for my wife and my son.” The 27-year-old Albany Park resident is facing deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a raid on his apartment complex last year, when officers were looking for another person and inquired about Fuentes’ status. He was told he must voluntarily leave for his native Guatemala by Jan. 31, but was granted...
  • Police object to fraction of gun-carry permits under Illinois conceal carry (99.3% approved)

    02/04/2014 7:09:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 31 January, 2014 | AP
    January 31, 2014 (CHICAGO) -- Police across Illinois have objected to just 236 applications from people seeking to carry concealed weapons out of 33,631 submitted to the state police.
  • Bong or Bang: Illinoisans Must Choose

    01/25/2014 8:28:25 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Shotgun News ^ | 1-22-14 | Robert W. Hunnicutt
    The Chicago Tribune has reported that Illinois regulators have proposed new rules that would require users employing the state’s new medical marijuana law to give up their right to own a gun, even if they already have a state-issued firearms identification card or concealed carry license. Those of you who have filled out a 4473 form lately will recall that “unlawful users” of marijuana are disqualified from buying a gun, so it seems likely that state officials are trying to harmonize regulations with federal law. That’s ironic, of course, since federal law makes no provision for medical marijuana. NRA is...
  • Anti-gun IL Representative Laura Fine can’t take the ISRA’s heat

    01/23/2014 6:48:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 21 January, 2014 | NA
    Illinois State Representative Laura Fine was planning on holding a virulently anti-gun town hall meeting Wednesday evening in her district to lambast the new Illinois carry bill.On deck to support her was the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.The plan:  frighten her constituents with baseless fear-based demagoguery and emotional tugs on the heartstrings.  No doubt blood dancing and bloody shirt waving was on the agenda for little Laura Fine.The silly little woman was rumored to want to use the event to launch a campaign seek the repeal of Illinois’ new carry bill at the...
  • IL:Federal Court Strikes Down Ban on Chicago Gun Stores as Unconstitutional

    01/06/2014 7:35:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    In the case, ILAFR v. City of Chicago, the District Court struck down Chicago's ban on all sales and transfers of firearms within the city today, though a status hearing is set for 14 January, where the court will give the City the opportunity to file a motion for stay pending appeal. The finding by the court in summary judgment for the plaintiff is in stark contrast to the short shrift that the second amendment received in the recent decision on the "Safe Act" in New York.  It is likely that both decisions will be appealed, but both are...
  • Springfield, IL Nativity Scene Chairman: Is Atheist Signage Political Dialogue or Hate Speech?

    12/08/2008 9:59:33 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 18 replies · 405+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | December 8, 2008 | Daniel Zanoza
    It was literally one of the most fulfilling events of my life. However, I didn't fully realize it at first. In late 2007, I thought it was time to get my life back on track after becoming totally blind two and a half years ago. Sure, there was my writing. And support of pro-family causes filled up many of my days. Yet there was something missing. However, I was soon to learn what it was. A few years ago, it was suggested I lead a project that would eventually result in a Nativity scene standing in the state Capitol Building...
  • Historic Nativity Scene To Be Unveiled In IL State Capitol Building in Springfield Tues., Dec. 2nd

    11/27/2008 10:55:19 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 5 replies · 387+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | November 27, 2008 | Dan Gura
    SPRINGFIELD, IL -- On Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008, a privately-supported Nativity Scene will go on display in the state Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. Solely funded and constructed as a result of donations from private citizens, the display depicting the birth of Jesus Christ will stand in the East Hall of the Capitol Building from December 2nd through the 28th. The Nativity Scene and events surrounding the exhibit are being organized by the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC). The scene--designed and constructed by Chicago-based builder Karl Fritz and his son master craftsman Timothy Fritz--will feature the baby Jesus, Joseph and...
  • 2nd Annual Springfield, IL Nativity Scene to Stand in Capitol Rotunda: Opening Day Ceremony 12/1/09

    11/29/2009 8:39:56 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 265+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Nov. 29, 2009 | Springfield Nativity Scene Committee
    The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will again erect a Nativity Scene that will stand in Illinois’ state Capitol Rotunda Building. Opening day ceremonies regarding the Springfield Nativity Scene (SNS) will take place between 12 Noon and 1 P.M. on December 1st in the state Capitol Rotunda located at South 2nd Street & East Capitol Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. The public is invited to attend the event. The Springfield Nativity Scene--which was originally underwritten by the Chicago-based Thomas More Society--is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This year the display is co-sponsored by Isringhausen Imports of Springfield and...
  • Nativity Scene To Stand For Third Year In A Row in Illinois State Capitol

    08/25/2010 5:45:51 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies
    RFFM.org ^ | August 25, 2010 | Judy Cleary
    For the third year in a row, a Nativity Scene will stand in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda Building this Christmas season. The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) sponsors the religious display which features statues of the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a hand-crafted manger setting. The Nativity scene is underwritten by the Chicago-based Thomas More Society http://www.thomasmoresociety.org/. "I am very honored to once again be part of a group that will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ," said Daniel T. Zanoza, Chairman, Springfield (Illinois) Nativity Scene Committee. "Besides its religious significance, the Nativity scene is a wonderful...
  • (IL) Nativity scene in Arlington Heights park just about a go

    12/11/2012 9:48:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 12/8/2012
    A controversial Nativity scene is on the verge of approval in Arlington Heights, though park district officials say they still want some questions answered from the private group that is requesting the display be installed.  On Friday, officials from the Arlington Heights Park District met with Jim Finnegan of the Illinois Nativity Scene Committee to review his group’s permit application for the Nativity display and to discuss its potential location in North School Park. Park district officials gave Finnegan a list of questions to answer — such as whether the group has insurance for the display — before it is...
  • 72-year-old East Moline woman arrested for 2008 seat belt ticket

    12/26/2013 5:01:54 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 65 replies
    WQAD ^ | December 23, 2013, updated on:December 24, 2013 | Brittany Lewis
    The family of a 72-year-old woman is calling for change after she was arrested for a five-year-old seat belt ticket. “They said, ‘You got a warrant.’ A warrant? A warrant for what?” said Carol Fulscher, the woman arrested. “I never would’ve imagined in a million years that they would’ve arrested a 72-year-old woman,” said Jeanette Byrd, Carol’s daughter. Fulscher, comfortably sitting on her couch at her home in East Moline, was sitting in a jail cell Saturday night, December 21, 2013. “I was frightened to think that she was in a jail cell, with who knows who,” said Byrd. According...
  • IL:Police: Robber killed by clerk after exchange of gunfire

    12/23/2013 8:27:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    wgntv.com ^ | 11 December, 2013 | NA
    Police say Demarcus Brandon was armed with a handgun, and tried to rob a cell phone store in the 1700 block of East 87th Street Tuesday night. The store’s owner who also had a handgun himself shot and killed him.
  • Angry priest fighting for immigration reform

    12/07/2013 2:56:20 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 6, 2013 | MARLEN GARCIA
    There are hundreds of immigration reform activists across the country who also counsel those in despair over pending deportations. Their work is often driven by the nightmarish realities of undocumented immigrants. On Friday, I received an unusual call in that I heard from an angry priest at his wit’s end over stalled immigration reform. Fr. Brendan Curran of St. Pius V in Pilsen called while standing outside the third-floor West Chicago office of Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill. Curran said that Roskam’s staffers closed the office and turned out the lights upon the arrival of his group of 12...
  • PPP: US Senate IL: Dick Durbin (D) 51% - Jim Oberweis (R) 36%

    11/26/2013 3:56:10 PM PST · by Perdogg · 104 replies
    PPP: US Senate IL: Dick Durbin (D) 51% - Jim Oberweis (R) 36%
  • Tornado rips through Illinois

    11/17/2013 12:36:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    A large tornado tore through Washington, Ill., east of Peoria on Sunday, the National Weather Service said, part of a dangerous line of fast-moving storms that ripped through the Midwest
  • Illinois Catholic lawmakers cite Pope Francis in decision to back gay ‘marriage’ (spinning words)

    11/07/2013 3:52:11 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, November 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In its report Wednesday on the Illinois legislature’s passage of same-sex “marriage,” the Chicago Tribune cited two developments since May that helped the bill’s backers get the final votes they needed: the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling and Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality. The paper quotes two Catholic state representatives who cited Pope Francis in explaining their decision to support the measure: Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia and House Speaker Michael Madigan. Madigan reportedly also secured between five and 10 additional votes to redefine marriage. The papal comments at issue came in an interview...
  • Home district editorial lauds Kinzinger for slamming Cruz, Tea Partiers in Congress

    10/20/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Oct 20 2013 | Illinois Review
    ROCKFORD - Sunday, an emboldened Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) pointed his Facebook followers to a Rockford Star editorial that lauds Kinzinger for slamming Ted Cruz and Congressional colleagues that stood against the debt ceiling being raised in last week's vote. Earlier in the week, the Congressman also criticized colleagues for how they handled the government shutdown. The home district editorial Kinzinger referenced called the small cadre of budget hawks in Congress -including Congressman Randy Hultgren, who was the only Illinois "no" vote on the debt ceiling vote - "nihilists" and "bullies": One who did show his mettle, however, was Rep....
  • Illegal Immigrant Drivers License Program Kicking Off

    10/17/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    wics.com ^ | October 16 2013, | wics.com
    Illegal immigrants, driving legally on the road. Next month, non-visa status people in Illinois can begin the process of obtaining a temporary driver's license. Despite the controversial law being on the books since January, many questions remain. "Public safety." "But they're here illegally." Those are the main arguments for and against a law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a temporary drivers license for three years. "This means freedom," Claudia Fabian, who came to the U.S. from Argentina, said. "It means being not scared anymore of maybe you are not going to be stopped that day and put in jail...
  • Governor Bars State From Asking Job Applicants About Felony Records

    10/08/2013 11:15:56 AM PDT · by magellan · 38 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | October 7, 2013
    Illinoisans with a felony on their records will no longer be asked about their criminal past when they apply for state jobs. Promoting the decision to what he calls "Ban the Box," State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) says the governor's administrative order doesn't mean private employers will be required to hire ex-cons. It simply means applications for state government jobs will no longer include a box indicating whether an applicant has pled guilty, or been convicted of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic violation. State agencies would still be allowed to conduct background checks, and request information...
  • Undocumented immigrants soon can apply for drivers licenses in Aurora, Naperville

    10/07/2013 3:52:27 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    beaconnews.suntimes.com ^ | October 7, 2013 1 | Kalyn Belsha
    AURORA — The Illinois office that issues driver’s licenses is preparing to roll out its biggest initiative in 14 years: helping undocumented immigrants apply for those licenses. Come December, when appointments become available to apply for the licenses, an Aurora facility will be one of 25 designated locations across the state where immigrants can go to get them. “This is our No. 1 priority right now in our office,” said Tom Benigno, chief of staff to Secretary of State Jesse White, who leads the office that is overseeing the initiative. Benigno joined State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Alderman...
  • Councilwoman Quillman Calls Confrontation a 'Chaotic Situation'

    10/07/2013 12:22:29 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 8 replies
    Joliet Patch ^ | 10/03/20113 | Joseph Hosey, Editor
    Councilwoman Jan Quillman said the night she squabbled with a firefighter she was greatly upset by the bloody "massacre scene" she happened upon when her mother-in-law injured a varicose vein.
  • CASE SOLVED: Effingham gun sign thefts case solved, arrest made

    10/03/2013 6:44:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 2 October, 2013 | GSL
    Larry Micenheimer.  Photo courtesy Facebook. Gun haters intolerant not only of gun rights, but also free speech rights.Guns Save Life director Don Huskey, who hails from Effingham, was perplexed when signs touting his “All American SHO-Show” gun shows started turning up missing in and near Effingham during the month of September.He replaced the signs, on private property where he had owner permission to post them, and they too turned up missing.“It’s frustrating,” he told GSL’s president John Boch.  “It’s really frustrating.”Well, last week Don Huskey got some good news.Police made an arrest.Of course, just like in the opening intro to...
  • Nine Alleged Members of Hobos Street Gang Indicted in RICO Conspiracy for Murders

    09/26/2013 7:40:19 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    FBI.GOV ^ | September 26, 2013 | U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Nine Alleged Members of Hobos Street Gang Indicted in RICO Conspiracy for Murders and Other Violent, Drug-Related Crimes CHICAGO—Nine defendants who allegedly directed or participated in a violent, drug trafficking street gang known as the Hobos were charged today in a federal racketeering conspiracy (RICO) indictment with engaging in murders, attempted murders, robberies, and narcotics distribution. The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges five murders, solicitation of a sixth murder, four attempted murders, three robberies, and the operation of “drug spots” and “drug lines” on the city’s south side among a pattern of criminal activity between 2004...
  • IL:Edward Hambrick freed from jail after gun law ruled unconstitutional

    09/21/2013 6:59:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    myfoxchicago.com ^ | 18 September, 2013 | Mike Flannery
    Edward Hambrick also enjoyed choosing his own clothing Wednesday, something he could not do in 14 months at the Cook County Jail. He was locked up longer than some convicted of violent crimes, though authorities said the 40-year-old computer programmer's record is completely clean. He was among four defendants freed from the jail overnight. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez dropped gun possession charges against 103 defendants Tuesday. The Illinois Supreme Court last week ruled the gun possession charges they all faced were based on a law that is unconstitutional. "Everything is pretty much destroyed," Hambrick said of being locked up. "But...
  • Rally in Springfield to support immigration rights, Trust Act and Safe Driving Act

    09/21/2013 6:28:43 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    GazetteNET ^ | September 20, 2013 | BOB DUNN
    SPRINGFIELD — Supporters of immigration rights plan a rally in Springfield on Saturday in support of two bills they say will keep the state safer. The rally is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. at All Souls Church, 449 Plainfield St., in Springfield. The bills are known as the Trust Act and the Safe Driving Act, according to a statement from organizers. The Trust Act would prevent individuals released by judges and magistrates from then being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The bill would also clarify that it is not the responsibility of local law enforcement officials to...
  • First Impact Of Illinois Supreme Court Ruling On Right To Carry

    09/19/2013 6:41:18 AM PDT · by marktwain
    onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com ^ | 17 September, 2013 | John Richardson
    This past Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously in People v. Aguilar that the Illinois law that banned carry outside the home was illegal under the Second Amendment. Yesterday, this ruling caused Cook County Circuit Judge Ellen Mandeltort to reverse herself and drop charges against Deafalla Haddad. Mr. Haddad had been charged with the unlawful use of a weapon after he was found in possession of a handgun during a routine traffic stop. Cook County Circuit Judge Ellen Mandeltort last week denied Deafalla Haddad's request to drop the charges. But the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that part of...
  • Illinois Supreme Court: Second Amendment Applies Outside the Home

    09/12/2013 1:32:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Young lady with revolver in Arizona Today, 12 September, 2013,  the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the second amendment of the Bill of Rights applies to the carrying of arms outside of the home.  They did this by declaring the Illinois statute which makes carry of loaded firearms outside of a persons property illegal, to be unconstitutional.  From the decision http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2013/112116.pdf:    We begin with section 24-1.6(a)(1), (a)(3)(A), which states: “(a) A person commits the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when he or she knowingly: (1) Carries on or about his or her person or in...
  • Hunger strikers seek transplants for undocumented immigrants

    08/05/2013 7:03:53 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | MITCH DUDEK
    Demanding access to organ transplant procedures for undocumented immigrants, a group of hunger strikers set up camp outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Sunday. They said they would stay until hopsital CEO Dean Harrison agreed to a meeting. The group of about 40 picketers included 14 people who were in the sixth day of a hunger strike. “We’re asking for help,” said Blanca Gomez, 23, who needs a kidney transplant. “I go to dialysis three times a week. I’m not going off the hunger strike until I get on the transplant list.”
  • IL:Cook County Bans More Guns

    07/21/2013 9:03:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    This ban and restrictions appear blatantly unconstitutional under Heller and McDonald.  I am sure there will be court challenges.  Too bad the commissioners will not be held personally accountable for their lack of responsibility.   From the Daily Herald: The Cook County Board Wednesday voted to ban the sale of guns to people under 21, restrict how people with children at home store their ammunition and add firearms to its list of banned so-called assault weapons. The votes come as suburbs have until midnight Friday to approve their own assault weapons bans, though few have expressed much interest in doing so....
  • IL:Fannypack Carry with new Law

    07/09/2013 7:29:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2013 | Dean Weingarten, kurt555gs
    Opencarry.org  has some decent discussion on the new concealed carry law in Illinois. Here is a link to a PDF file of the new law.  168  double spaced typed  pages Full text of the Illinois Firearms Concealed Carry Act (HB183) Here are some well thought out remarks from kurt555gs on the Illinois forum on opencarry.org: HB183 is now law! The legislature has over ridden the ( irrelevant ) governor's veto. The Concealed carry portion of the law is horrid. Written by the Chicago anti civil rights bunch and full of delays and traps and criminal penalties to Illinois License to...
  • IL:A real way to prevent killings

    07/08/2013 9:57:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3 July, 2013 | Dr. Keith Ablow
    The results of a University of Chicago study on preventing homicide amongst young men are a start toward solving that city’s (and other cities’) plague of violence. The National Bureau of Economic Research has released data from the university’s Crime Lab that shows that cognitive behavioral therapy—in which young people are taught to observe their thought patterns and change them—can prevent homicide, at least while the therapy is ongoing. The theory behind the study was that a large percentage of the violent acts of young people are not planned. Instead, they occur almost instantaneously, when conflict erupts and horrible reflexes...
  • IL:Quinn’s veto of gun measure misfires

    07/08/2013 6:09:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    thetelegraph.com ^ | 7 July, 2013 | NA
    Gov. Pat Quinn is off target in his bid to rewrite a bill that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed firearms. Last week, and with only a week before a federal court deadline requiring the state to approve a concealed carry law, Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, the legislation passed in May by the Illinois General Assembly in an attempt to meet the court’s mandate. Even though the bill was approved by wide margins in both the Illinois House and Senate, Quinn’s amendatory veto sends the measure back to legislators with significant changes that the governor...
  • IL:DeKalb County lawmakers disagree with Quinn’s changes to concealed carry bill

    07/03/2013 3:00:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    daily-chronicle.com ^ | 3 July, 2013 | DAVID THOMAS
    DeKALB – Local lawmakers said they support overriding Gov. Pat Quinn’s alterations to a concealed- carry measure, which include setting a one-gun limit on the number of firearms a person can carry and banning weapons entirely from establishments where alcohol is served. The Democratic governor used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to change legislation sent to him after months of intense debate and compromise. He added provisions on signage, employers’ rights and allowing local communities to create their own laws limiting assault weapons.Within hours of Quinn’s announcement, Illinois’ legislative leaders called a session for July 9 to deal with the...
  • Illinois AG seeks to deny forcibly disarmed young woman her day in court

    06/21/2013 4:16:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 June, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    Yesterday, we looked at Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's latest maneuvers intended to minimize Illinoisans' Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. Or perhaps that it is not her latest maneuver. As it turns out, she has also been busy lately trying to persuade the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to dismiss an 18-year-old woman's lawsuit over the state's refusal to issue her a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, required in Illinois for purchase or possession of guns and ammunition. From the Madison-St. Clair Record:
  • New Accounting Rules Will Force States to Admit Problems

    06/14/2013 3:00:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Many states, especially California and Illinois, have had severe pension underfunding problems for many years. However, new actuarial pension rules will finally force states to admit the problem. Thus, it should not be surprising that talk of "technical bankruptcy" and “service insolvency” is growing. Here are some pertinent ideas from California on the Brink: Pension Crisis About to Get Worse   Moody’s new credit standards for public pensions would nearly double the unfunded liabilities for state and local pension plans in California to $328.6 billion from $128.3 billion. California has the second lowest credit rating at Standard & Poor’s of all 50 states;...
  • School database loses backers as parents balk over privacy -(Gates Foundation funded Common Core )

    06/02/2013 9:32:36 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2013 | Stephanie Simon
    100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring, with officials in several states backing away from the project amid protests from irate parents. The database, funded mostly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is intended to track students from kindergarten through high school by storing myriad data points: test scores, learning disabilities, discipline records - even teacher assessments of a child's character. The idea is that consolidated records make it easier for teachers to use software that mines data to identify academic weaknesses. Games,...
  • With Illinois on the Brink of Concealed Carry, Lets Remember Those We Lost

    05/31/2013 5:50:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    ISRA ^ | 30 May, 2013 | Richard Pearson
    Illinois --(Ammoland.com)- Cliff or no cliff- that is the question. Today we should see revised language for HB0183. As all of you know we have been working very hard for concealed carry for a very long time.For me it has been 27 years and for others like Jim Vinopal it has been twice that long. Today at some time we will see language for an amendment to HB0183. We will all have to read the bill and decide if we can support it or not or just remain neutral . For me 27 years of work will have to be decided...
  • Will there be a "gay marriage" vote in Legislature before session recess on Friday?

    05/30/2013 1:29:10 PM PDT · by massmike · 3 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 05/30/2013 | n/a
    As we reported last week, the Illinois legislature has been close to passing a "gay marriage" bill being pushed by a well-funded and well-organized high-pressure homosexual lobbying blitz. But it's been stalled thanks to a great coalition of pro-family and church groups, coordinated by the Illinois Family Association (IFI). The bill sailed through the state Senate in February but it's run into trouble getting through the House, thanks to the coalition's great efforts. The House leadership has indicated that it won't come up for a vote unless the homosexual lobby has enough votes to pass it. This is the last...
  • GSL-sponsored Appleseed Event this weekend in Bloomington, IL!

    05/30/2013 6:47:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    GSL ^ | 29 May, 2013 | GSL
    This Saturday, in Bloomington, Guns Save Life will be sponsoring an Appleseed shoot at Darnall’s GunWorks and Ranges. It’ll be a great time and you’ll recognize many of the faces there from Guns Save Life! It’s a great time AND there’s about a dozen slots remaining and it’s a family friend event, so sign up your entire family and come out and join us! What is Appleseed? History and Heritage Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle...
  • Illinois General Assembly Playing Political Chicken Over CCW

    05/29/2013 4:21:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    No Lawyers Only Guns and Money ^ | 29 May, 2013 | John Richardson
    The Illinois General Assembly is playing a game of political chicken over concealed carry with only nine days to go before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals stay on their ruling ends. On one side you have the Illinois State House of Representatives which has passed a shall-issue concealed carry law with limitations but that does mandate state preemption on firearms laws. On the other side you have Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL), State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D-IL), Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), and others of their gun prohibitionist ilk who want to preserve...
  • Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto's Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens

    05/28/2013 7:52:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 117 replies
    southmilwaukeenow.com ^ | May 27, 2013 | Kristan Harris
    The Illinois Ag Dept. illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News. Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years. “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of hisstock.
  • Something gun control advocates should really fear: So-called "constitutional carry" for Illinois

    05/15/2013 8:14:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 15 May, 2013 | John Lott
    If right-to-carry concealed carry laws are deemed so dangerous by gun control proponents, letting anyone who is not a criminal carry a gun with no other regulations should be really bad, right? Well, on June 9th, if Illinois hasn't adopted a concealed handgun law by that point in time, it will be legal to carry a concealed handgun in Union county and probably effectively in the rest of the state. The problem for gun control advocates is the same as it is each time that states pass right-to-carry laws: they have made predictions about impending disaster that never occur. In...
  • 30 days to go until Illinois gets unregulated carry!

    05/13/2013 3:47:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    GSL ^ | 9 May, 2013 | GSL
    30 days to go until Illinois gets unregulated carry! It’s not really Constitutional Carry, which four states enjoy and another (Arkansas) will have later this summer, because local home-rule government units can place restrictions (albeit, probably unconstitutional) and may try to make an arrest of an Illinois gun owner carrying concealed – or otherwise.Of course, if they choose to make an arrest based upon a local ordinance that regulates transportation or possession of a firearm that’s contrary to the Seventh Circuit’s Moore decision striking down the Illinois prohibition on carry outside the home as unconstitutional, they will be risking...
  • 30 days to go until Illinois gets unregulated carry!

    05/09/2013 12:01:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 9 May, 2013 | NA
    It’s not really Constitutional Carry, which four states enjoy and another (Arkansas) will have later this summer, because local home-rule government units can place restrictions (albeit, probably unconstitutional) and may try to make an arrest of an Illinois gun owner carrying concealed – or otherwise. Of course, if they choose to make an arrest based upon a local ordinance that regulates transportation or possession of a firearm that’s contrary to the Seventh Circuit’s Moore decision striking down the Illinois prohibition on carry outside the home as unconstitutional, they will be risking a 1983 lawsuit for damages. Section 1983 suits deal...
  • Second Amendment Foundation Wins Permanent Injunction v. Illinois Public Housing Gun Ban

    05/03/2013 2:34:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Gun Mag ^ | 2 May, 2013 | SAF
    The Second Amendment Foundation has won a permanent injunction against the Warren County, Ill. Housing Authority’s ban on the possession of firearms by residents or guests.The case was filed more than a year ago in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Rock Island Division. Ronald G. Winbigler, a resident of Costello Terrace in Monmouth, is a physically disabled former police officer who wanted to keep a handgun in his residence for personal protection.SAF filed the lawsuit on his behalf, and they were represented by attorney David Sigale, who noted, “People do not lose their Second Amendment rights...
  • FBI: Aurora teen arrested before heading to Syria to join ‘jihadist militant’ group

    04/20/2013 3:33:19 PM PDT · by EBH · 41 replies
    Sun Times Media ^ | 4/20/2013
    An 18-year-old Aurora man was arrested Friday night before he tried making his way to Syria to join a ‘jihadist militant’ group, federal authorities said. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was taken into custody without incident late Friday at O’Hare Airport by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force as he attempted to board a flight destined for Istanbul, Turkey, according to the FBI’s Chicago office. Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin Saturday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He appeared on Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tounisi,...
  • Illinois gun-haters running out of time to influence defensive handgun carry

    04/19/2013 3:26:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 April, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take a case challenging New York state's extremely restrictive "may issue" system for designating whose lives are worthy of armed defense. From Fox News: The justices on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a strict New York law that makes it difficult for residents to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public. The court did not comment in turning away an appeal from five state residents and the Second Amendment Foundation. Their lawsuit also drew support from the National Rifle Association and 20 states. Despite that lack of comment...