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  • Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, 2015

    03/21/2015 9:05:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois Gun Owners Lobby day was held yesterday, the 18th of March 2015.  The idea of a gun owners lobby day has spread among the many grass roots organizations across the nation.  Over a thousand gun owners showed up at the Illinois capitol in Springfield on Wednesday.  This is not in response to a crisis involving the defense of the right.  The principle of that was won in 2013.     A shall issue law was passed in 2013, against the strong opposition of the Chicago Democrat machine, and a veto by Democrat Governor Pat Quinn.   The legislature overrode Quinn's...
  • Rahm Emanuel Needs Republican Help

    03/18/2015 5:08:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 17, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    The difficult task for Emanuel is to win their support while not alienating the more-progressive elements of the electorate. So the mayor is raising big money from wealthy conservative donors while sending a subtle message in his campaign ads that is designed to scare the more-affluent constituencies in the city—without trumpeting support from the Right. He has welcomed Rauner's quiet outreach for his campaign while also blasting the governor for his proposed budget cuts. March 17, 2015 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is about as partisan a Democrat as there is in this country. But to win a second term and...

    02/12/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 2/11/2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016. The Daily Herald reports the licenses don't meet requirements set by the 2005 Real ID Act that were meant to increase security. Illinois doesn't require a birth certificate to get a driver's license, which Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt said is one of the law's mandates. Haupt said state legislators would have to approve funding for changes to driver's license requirements. He said he's not sure how much it would cost, but the Secretary of State's office previously estimated...
  • Rauner takes dead aim at unions

    02/11/2015 6:03:58 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 feb2015 | Eric Zorn
    WHEREAS Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a sweeping executive order Monday "respecting state employees' freedom of speech," and WHEREAS this order began with 26 "Whereas ..." paragraphs, many of which mistily invoked the violated rights of public sector workers who are now "forced against their will" to fund "activities to which they object," and WHEREAS our patience for hand-waving, smoke screens and general rhetorical folderol is limited ... THEREFORE let's cut the rubbish. Rauner's order isn't animated by empathy or some fastidious concern with constitutional fine points. It's animated by a desire to put public employee unions into a death spiral,...
  • IL:Bill Introduced to allow CCW Holders and Police to Possess Switchblades

    02/10/2015 10:24:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Tim Bivins has introduced an act to allow people with valid concealed carry permits to carry, purchase, and possess switchblade knives, stun guns, or tasers.  It is an incremental reform to the Illinois code.  If the bill can make it out of committee and up for a vote, it seems imminently sensible.  Who would object to someone who is legally allowed to carry a concealed pistol, from being allowed to carry a knife, stun gun, or taser in the same circumstances? From  Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a person who has been issued a...
  • Plainfield Man Charged With Impersonating Police Officer

    01/31/2015 5:25:40 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | January 30, 2015 8:09 PM | CBS Chicago
    (STMW) – A southwest suburban man was charged with impersonating a police officer after actual law enforcement officials saw him driving a car made to look like a police cruiser.
  • IL: 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear 'Assault Weapon' Ban Case

    01/26/2015 5:34:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The 7th Circuit federal court of appeals will hear a case against a local ban on some common rifles, handguns, shotguns, and magazines.  The city of Highland Park, notorious for its anti-second amendment laws, passed an ordinance that requires residents to turn in, modify or remove the banned items from the city.   Ordinance 136(pdf) deals with "Assault Weapons".  The ordinance includes very broad boilerplate language.   Some claim that the ordinance was lifted from the City of Chicago. The definitions are broad and cover most semi-automatic rifles, and a fair number of pistols and shotguns.   Highland Park has a...
  • Early poll shows Illinois conservatives favoring Ted Cruz for 2016

    01/12/2015 7:51:55 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Illinios Review ^ | Monday, January 12, 2015
    CHICAGO - The Illinois-based "Land of Reagan" website ran an online poll in November and December of 2014, asking the question: "Among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, who is your first choice at this time?"The results:
  • IL:Chicago Homicides for 2014

    01/04/2015 12:30:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There is an independent site that tracks homicides in Chicago.  There are not affiliated with the police, and they use public sources to determine the number of homicides.  The numbers that they give include justified homicides and homicides by police. The numbers are very similar in 2014 to what they were in 2013.                                        2013   2014 Homicides by shooting      375     388 Woundings by shooting    1810   2231 Total Homicides                455    456 It is interesting to note that ratio of wounded to killed went up form 4.82/1 to 5.75/1 in one year. The site has a lot of great graphics depicting...
  • FBI Investigates after Jewelry Heist at Minn. Rest Stop Nets $500K

    12/09/2014 8:07:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    kstp ^ | 12-8-14 | kstp
    The FBI is helping investigate a high-level jewel heist at a southern Minnesota rest stop. Authorities say the theft was done quickly and precisely without weapons, and about $500,000 in jewels was taken. Danny Ranta is the head maintenance worker at the Marion rest stop on Interstate 90 between Eyota and Rochester, and he came into work Monday morning to learn there was a high-end jewelry heist in the parking lot. "Nothing has ever happened here before," he said. The robbery happened just after midnight Monday, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said. A man and several of his employees were...
  • Il: Bakery Shootout: no Restraints

    11/21/2014 3:38:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I teach students to make a decision about being put under restraint before they get into a deadly force situation.   By restraint, I mean that the aggressor/attacker is attempting something, or commanding you to do something, that significantly reduces your options for resistance.  One of the simplest of these is for someone to aim a gun at you from a vehicle, and order you to get into the car.  It is almost always better to run for cover at that point.  Criminals do not want to move you somewhere for your benefit. Other examples are: they are going to...
  • Think Twice About Illinois’s Crony Republican Governor-Elect

    11/07/2014 7:20:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 149 replies
    With Bruce Rauner’s election in Illinois, the Republican Governor’s Association has checked this bluer-than-blue state off its Democrat tick list. It must feel good—but I’m less than sanguine. For the better part of a year, powerful Chicago Democrats have been whispering in my ear, extolling Rauner’s virtues. I heard similar insider political “chatter” about Barack Obama from these same Democrats long before he ran for U.S. Senate. Even the left-leaning Chicago Sun-Times suddenly changed its no-endorsement policy to back Rauner — and only Rauner — without even the basic formality of a candidate questionnaire or interview.
  • The Governing Trap

    11/06/2014 2:06:28 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 5, 2014 | NRO Editors
    Around 9:00 last night, the TV pundits realized that it would no longer do to say that it was an anti-incumbent year: The vast majority of the incumbents losing — all of them in the Senate — were Democrats. Nor could the election be chalked up to red-state reaction. Republicans took Senate seats in Iowa and Colorado, which voted for Obama twice apiece, and governorships in Maryland and Illinois, which last voted Republican in 1988. The wave gave Republicans a larger Senate majority than all but the most confident among them had expected, and added to the ranks of their...
  • Rauner Beats Quinn

    11/04/2014 8:54:17 PM PST · by Lurker · 26 replies
    Fox News | 4 November 2015 | Fox News
    Fox calls it for Rauner.
  • Republican Bruce Rauner Wins Illinois Governor's Race

    11/04/2014 8:54:25 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 20 replies ^ | Nov 04, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Illinois is the worst-governed state in the nation. It has high unemployment, poor economic performance, billions in unfunded pension liabilities, billions in unpaid bills, failing schools, the worst credit rating in the country, and rampant corruption and cronyism. According to a recent Gallup poll, a whopping 50 percent of respondents would even choose to move out of state if they had the chance. For these reasons, voters in The Prairie State have chosen to pass on re-electing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, or the “failure,” as Republican challenger Bruce Rauner pegged him on the campaign trail. Instead, they’re taking a chance...
  • IL: Police Officer Robbed of his Gun and Badge

    10/10/2014 5:15:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the United States, armed citizens are seldom robbed.   When they are, it is usually because the robber does not know that they are armed, and simply makes a mistake in victim selection.   That may be what happened with a Illinois police officer.  It happened on 7 September, 2014.   From An off-duty Harvey Police Officer is in critical condition after being attacked and robbed. It happened around 3:00am this morning near 59th and Lake Shore Drive, at the nearby harbor. The officer was reportedly hit in the head with a gun, before his gun and badge were...
  • arn: illegal immigrant charged in hit and run death of rockford youth

    09/05/2014 3:10:49 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review - TypePad ^ | SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 | Ulysses Arn
    n March of this year, 17 year old Emilio Perez ran out of gas on Interstate 88 near Joslin, Illinois. As he was walking to the exit ramp Emilio was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. On Thursday, 41 year old Maria E. Romero of Rockford was arraigned in Rock Island county on felony charges related to the death of Emilio Perez. Friday afternoon the Rock Island states attorney’s office confirmed to that Maria Romero is an illegal immigrant and that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer order against her, meaning that she cannot...
  • IL: State Police Change Rules on Concealed Carry License

    07/19/2014 1:23:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois State Police have come under a lot of pressure as the magnitude of the lawsuits they are facing under the Concealed Carry License procedures has become known.   Even the old media in Illinois has been complaining that the procedures are secret, people are not told why they were denied, and this is not following due process.    There are hundreds of lawsuits pending. They have decided to modify the process.   They issued a press release about  emergency rules on July 14th.   According to In a memo, the State Police Director Hiram Grau cites these lawsuits...
  • Bishop Paprocki: I Direct the Eucharist be Placed in the Center of the Sanctuary

    06/24/2014 10:31:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | June 24, 2014
    His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki; Ars celebrandi et adorandiOn the Art of Celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy The art of celebrating the liturgy properly and adoring the Lord in the Eucharist devoutly (ars celebrandi et adorandi) is the key to fostering the active participation of the People of God in divine worship. (Part 1 of series)The Reservation and Adoration of the Holy Eucharist 18. While the Holy Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle of every parish church in our diocese, the faithful in some places do not frequently come to pray before the tabernacle to be in the presence...

    06/16/2014 5:37:36 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jun 2014 | TONY LEE
    On Sunday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) claimed that he is "not for amnesty" and has never spoken to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) about immigration issues. Discussing Cantor's shocking upset on ABC's This Week, Gutierrez, despite traveling with Cantor to New York last year on a pro-amnesty tour, said that he has "never had a conversation with Eric Cantor about immigration." Gutierrez said that any Republican who is framed as supporting "amnesty" will lose and said even he was against amnesty even though he has been the most vocal and prominent amnesty supporter. "I am not for amnesty," he...
  • Belleville woman charged with faking cancer to raise money

    06/05/2014 11:41:02 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 4, 2014 | Jacqueline Lee
    A Belleville woman faces charges on Wednesday after police said she claimed to have terminal cancer and then accepted money from fundraisers to help pay non-existent medical bills and to support her family. Alissa A, Jackson, 31, was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony theft by deception of more than $500 but less than $10,000. Some of Jackson's friends, who rallied around her when they thought she had stage four ovarian cancer, said she received about $35,000 in cash and in-kind donations from supporters.Jackson's friends said she capitalizing on the support garnered by another Belleville woman, Christine Allsup, who...
  • Chicago Skydeck on 103rd floor begins to crack under family

    05/29/2014 7:24:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2014
    A California family visiting the Willis Tower in Chicago said they heard the glass flooring on its 103rd floor Skydeck begin to crack Wednesday night while they were taking in views of the city. A spokesman from the building said the sound came from the coating on the glass and the family was never in danger, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. “Occasionally this happens, but that’s because we designed it this way,” he told the paper. “Whatever happened last night is a result of the protective coating doing what it’s designed to.” …
  • Illinois spending $1,166 per bird to bring in prairie chickens

    05/19/2014 5:50:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    fox ^ | 5-19-14 | Scott Reeder
    The cash-strapped Illinois government has found a new use for its fleet of aircraft – flying birds into Illinois. I kid you not. State aircraft are flying to Kansas and transporting prairie chickens back to the Land of Lincoln. And at a time state lawmakers are looking at raising the state income tax, Illinois state employees have been hiking across Kansas trapping these chickens. Talk about fowl fiscal deeds.
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 "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 ^ | 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 ( – 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 ^ | October 16 2013, |
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...