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  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • Chicago thieves adopt 'crash-and-grab' tactics

    12/15/2014 5:36:35 PM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) — All the burglars use the same audacious tactics: A vehicle crashes through a storefront in the wee hours and up to six people in dark clothing and ski masks pour out, grabbing whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. Then the thieves dash out over the broken glass to a waiting getaway car. Since September, at least a dozen "crash-and-grab" burglaries have been reported at retail businesses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Some targeted high-end businesses, including a Neiman Marcus store on the famed Magnificent Mile. Others struck less affluent locations such...
  • Report: Obamacare Shutting Down Free Health Clinics

    12/14/2014 6:47:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 04:31 PM | Greg Richter
    The Affordable Care Act is spelling the demise of free healthcare clinics across the country, The Wall Street Journal reports. Of clinics across 28 states, almost a dozen in the past two years have cited Obamacare as their reason for shutting their doors. Both The Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Rock Island, Illinois, and the Ninth Street Ministries Free Medical Clinic in Polk County, Arkansas, shut their doors this year saying their missions were complete. Now that most of their former clients have medical insurance, many through expanded Medicaid, they are no longer needed, they say. …
  • BUSH 45: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEB BUSH PRESIDENCY

    12/14/2014 1:16:44 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2014 | Virgil
    January 21, 2025 Now that Jeb Bush—known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb—has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration. As we know, America has seen great change during the third Bush presidency, starting with its population, which has grown by some 30 percent these past eight years. Indeed, today, well more than 400 million people live in America—most of them either citizens, or citizens-to-be. And while establishing Spanish as the Second Language of America has not...
  • No other team wants to pick up openly gay NFL draft pick Michael Sam after ....

    08/31/2014 7:00:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 98 replies
    mail online ^ | Josh Gardner AP
    FULL TITLE: No other team wants to pick up openly gay NFL draft pick Michael Sam after he's cut from the St. Louis Rams Michael Sam was not picked up by any other team Sunday after the NFL's first openly gay draft pick was cut by the St. Louis Rams. Sam's dreams of becoming the first gay NFL player have now been placed on hold. Sam is now free to sign with any NFL practice team. Scroll down for video
  • Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train

    12/13/2014 4:52:47 PM PST · by gaijin · 26 replies
    CBS local, Chicago ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | WBBM’s Steve Miller
    Local Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train December 11, 2014 5:08 PM Share on email 554 View Comments Related Tags: attack, Blue Line, CTA, Facebook, Steve Miller, Suzanne Le Mignot, VIDEO Featured & Trending: (CBS) – A video posted on Facebook is generating hundreds of responses, and it shows at least two young men on a CTA Blue Line train, slapping an older man and taunting him. WBBM’s Steve Miller has spoken with one of those young men about why he did it. The video goes on for more than two minutes. It shows at...
  • Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train

    12/12/2014 10:33:11 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 69 replies
    cbslocal Chicago ^ | 12-11-2104
    Latest News Headlines: (CBS) – A video posted on Facebook is generating hundreds of responses, and it shows at least two young men on a CTA Blue Line train, slapping an older man and taunting him. WBBM’s Steve Miller has spoken with one of those young men about why he did it. The video goes on for more than two minutes. It shows at least two young men, both African American, slapping an older man on top of his head. And then they appear to tease him. It’s been shared dozens of times on Facebook, but originally was posted by...
  • Sen. Durbin: Elizabeth Warren a ‘great spokesman’ for Democrats

    11/16/2014 10:08:28 AM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren long has been a hero on the progressive left, but her popularity among the Democratic Party establishment is growing rapidly. Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, now is set to assume a leadership role in her party’s Senate caucus, and the leaders of that caucus say she’s uniquely qualified for the job.“I think [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, all of us, have confidence that Elizabeth Warren is a great spokesman for our caucus and for our party on a national basis,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Mr. Durbin appeared on...
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on ‘Cromnibus’

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the “cromnibus” spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on “swaps” transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the “push-out” provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...
  • Reggie Bush Wears Protest Shirt (I can't breathe)

    12/07/2014 1:01:51 PM PST · by doug from upland · 43 replies
    espn ^ | 12-2014
    DETROIT -- Lions running back Reggie Bush, who has been outspoken about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, continued his outspoken nature Sunday when he wore a shirt reading "I Can't Breathe" during pregame warm-ups Sunday. Bush wrote the message -- in black ink on his blue shirt -- signifying the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died while being placed in a chokehold as he was being arrested. Bush wore the shirt a day after Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt in pregame warm-ups prior to his team's game Saturday night...
  • Next up: Illinois municipal bankruptcy?

    12/06/2014 3:11:43 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12-6-'14 | Andrew Schroedter and Patrick Rehkamp
    At its recent annual conference the Illinois Municipal League, a century old adviser and advocate for local government, took the unprecedented step of sponsoring an in-depth session on a volatile topic: hometown bankruptcies. The Sept. 18 session, entitled “Finance: Lessons from Detroit and Pension Cases,” couldn’t have been timelier. Many of Illinois’ municipal leaders are warily eyeing Motown’s bankruptcy proceeding while questioning whether their financially desperate and cash-crunched cities, suburbs and villages could face the same fate, a Rescuing Illinois investigation finds. At the very least, these leaders are now, more than ever before, openly questioning if bankruptcy is a...
  • Gay Music Director Files Suit After Being Fired From Church Over Engagement

    12/04/2014 4:10:37 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    nbc Chicago ^ | 12-4-2014 | Mary Ann Ahern
    A former Catholic choir director who is gay filed a lawsuit Thursday after he was fired when he announced plans to marry his partner. Colin Collette along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Cook County Human Rights Commission filed the suit against Holy Family Parish and its pastor at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. Collette claims he was fired over the summer from his position as the choir director at Holy Family parish in Inverness when he announced his engagement to his longtime partner. “It saddens me to have this integral part of my life taken away because I...
  • Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police Department

    12/04/2014 12:06:23 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12-4-2014 | Dana Liebelson, Ryan J. Reilly
    In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency's investigation found that officers in Cleveland routinely use unjustifiable force against not only criminals and suspects, but also innocent victims of crimes. The so-called “pattern or practice” report from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was released Thursday afternoon as DOJ and the city announced plans to develop a court-enforceable agreement that would impose an independent monitor on...
  • University of Chicago Student Threatens Rape on Facebook to Further Diversity Initiatives

    12/03/2014 11:22:16 AM PST · by rightistight · 23 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/3/14 | Aurelius
    Two weeks ago, a University of Chicago student, freshman Derek Caquelin, reported that they had received public threats of rape on Facebook, and that the perpetrator also called them racially offensive terms. After an investigation by the University, it has been determined that the student who reported the post was the person who actually wrote it. Caquelin told the college that he had been hacked and that someone wrote the racist, threatening message on his profile. The University took the matter seriously and investigated the incident when it was first reported, and contacted a third party website-provider to find out...
  • Be smart about gun-crime sentences

    12/02/2014 5:58:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 02 dec 2014
    Illinois has a chance to get smarter about penalties for gun crimes, hitting offenders with longer sentences where needed and shorter ones where appropriate. We urge the Legislature to seize the opportunity. So much is at stake, especially in Chicago, where the bloodshed from guns is constant and horrific. Within the next couple of days, the Legislature’s Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee will present a series of findings on gun violence and gun laws, reflecting months of listening to law enforcement officials, national criminal justice experts and others. The committee’s findings are expected to be the basis for new laws...
  • IRS Scandal Follows Old Obama Illinois Pattern

    05/24/2013 5:22:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 24, 2013 | Tom Thurlow
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - IRS Scandal Follows Old Obama Illinois PatternPosted By Tom Thurlow On May 24, 2013 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Boy, it sure makes a primary or election contest easier when your opponent pulls out, don’t you think?  Barack Obama has been managing to do that since he won the Democratic nomination for state senator in Illinois in 1996, and it helps explain the IRS harassment of conservatives and Tea Party groups since 2010.  Whereas once Obama targeted candidates to get them to pull out, from 2010 onward, he had the...
  • These Two States Cut Medicaid…And Saved Money

    11/30/2014 4:50:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 72.2 million Americans were receiving Medicaid benefits for at least a month. Medicaid is a government health insurance program aimed at helping the poor and disabled. Enrollment into the program is going up dramatically, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). Both Medicaid and ChildrenÂ’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are up 15 percent, or 8.7 million people, since Obamacare began enrolling people in the fall of 2013; states that expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing 22 percent growth or more. For many states, Medicaid is the largest item of...
  • Ferguson Protesters Take Over Water Tower Plaza, Urge Black Friday Boycott

    11/28/2014 12:38:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newsradio WBBM-FM ^ | November 28, 2014 | Mike Krauser
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Dozens of activists staged a demonstration Friday morning at the Historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, calling for a boycott to protest the controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. With anger still simmering over the grand jury’s refusal to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson with any crime for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, protests have continued throughout the week across the U.S. Protesters have called for a boycott of Black Friday shopping, in an effort to call attention to what they called the inherent injustice of capitalism. “We’re in a system...
  • Illustrating Chicago Values (244 Teenagers Have Been Shot In Chicago Since Michael Brown Died)

    11/25/2014 3:39:41 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Hey Jackass! ^ | 11-25-14 | Hey Jackass!
    November to Date Shot & Killed: 29 Shot & Wounded: 99 Total Shot: 128 Total Homicides: 32 Totals Since Ferguson (Aug 9 – Nov 24) Shot & Killed: 130 Shot & Wounded: 725 Total Shot: 855 Total Homicides: 155
  • After Obama's immigration announcement, Dems challenge GOP to respond

    11/23/2014 11:32:13 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As Republicans challenge the legality of President Obama's unilateral action on immigration, Democrats are firing back with a challenge of their own. "It is clear that they can complain, they can threaten, they can talk about lawsuits, cutting off funding, shutting down the government, in the extreme, even impeachment. But the real question is: Can they govern? Can they govern?" asked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. The GOP is weighing their options to undo the president's moves - "a bit of a threat to our democracy," as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas,...
  • Ancient Martian civilisation was wiped out by nuclear bomb-wielding aliens& they could attack Earth

    11/22/2014 12:08:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 128 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 18:15 EST, 21 November 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan for
    If you're planning to go to the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois this Saturday, you might be in for a bit of a surprise with the final talk of the day. Because that's when plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg will present his theory that an ancient civilisation on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race. In his bizarre theory, Dr Brandenburg says ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the attack - and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today. Back in 2011 the...
  • Emanuel: 'What the president did was create an opportunity'

    11/22/2014 6:10:58 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Marwa Eltagouri
    A crowd gathered Saturday at a Chicago high school named for a Mexican president to rejoice in President Barack Obama's executive action to issue a reprieve for people living in the United States illegally whose children were born here — a decision that would shelter 4 million to 5 million from deportation. Chicago leaders, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., addressed the crowd, most of whom were immigrants, at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen. Although they praised the president's action, they cautioned that the order was only a first step in immigration reform. "The hard...
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law

    11/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    WBEZ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Arnold
    An Illinois judge has ruled unconstitutional a controversial plan to reduce state employees’ retirement benefits. Labor groups sued the State of Illinois for passing a bill reducing their members’ pension benefits. The unions representing downstate and suburban teachers, university employees and most other state workers argued the state constitution says, specifically, that retirement benefits can’t be diminished. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz agreed.Belz quoted directly from the state constitution in his six-page decision, citing the passage that states retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or repaired.” He singled out components of the bill that narrowly passed...
  • Dem Rep: Republicans Wants To Use ‘Xenophobia’ And ‘Bigotry’ Against Latinos

    11/21/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    Appearing on MSNBC after President Obama’s speech announcing executive amnesty, Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez told host Rachel Maddow that Republican disbelieved Obama’s border claims because they wanted to use “xenophobia” and “bigotry” against Mexicans. MADDOW: The first thing the President announced tonight in his three part plan was yet further resources to the border, yet more resources in terms of stopping people from crossing in the first place, catching them when they do, and sending them back. [Republican operative Steve Schmidt] said no Republican in the country believes that is true. That’s obviously a fake assertion. What’s behind the refusal...
  • Durbin: Obama order does not go far enough

    11/20/2014 2:25:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The executive order coming from President Obama to protect millions of immigrants from deportation falls short, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said Thursday. Durbin, an author of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, called Obama’s action a good first step, but argued it should do more. “Here’s the problem we have. I’d like to see all of the families of Dreamers be protected,” he told reporters. Obama’s order does not cover the parents of illegal immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age and were protected from...
  • Gutierrez to GOP: ‘Stop Whining’

    11/20/2014 11:54:45 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 93 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez had two words for Republican lawmakers condemning President Obama’s executive amnesty: “Stop whining.” In an interview on Thursday with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, the Illinois representative dismissed the constitutional concerns voiced by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans over the White House’s unilateral push to legalize millions of illegal immigrants. “Mitch McConnell — they should stop whining, and they should start legislating, and start saying what they’re going to do,” Gutierrez said. “They have an incredible victory in the Senate, an incredible new majority in the House of Representatives. Use it to do something constructive!”
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • GOP simmers while Dems look for 'big' immigration action from Obama

    11/20/2014 12:51:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Congressional Republicans seethed while Democrats were cautiously excited on eve of President Obama's big announcement about his plans to ease deportation laws for millions of people living here illegally. “I’m looking for big!" Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Examiner, when asked what she hoped Obama would say in a prime time address on Thursday. “What we are hearing is it will be five million people who are now not going to be deported. That’s keeping families together, and that’s huge in my district.” The president plans to make significant changes to U.S. immigration policy when he announces his...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Americans Disapprove of Exec Amnesty Because They Have Not Been Explained What It Is

    11/20/2014 12:48:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) claims that a strong plurality of Americans do not support President Barack Obama's executive amnesty because they are in the dark about the specifics of what Obama will do and what executive amnesty is. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 48% of Americans disapprove of Obama's executive amnesty. Republicans opposed to it have vowed to prohibit Obama from using federal funds to enact unlawful grants of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. When asked about the poll on Wednesday's The Ed Show on MSNBC, Gutierrez refused to see the poll numbers as a strong...
  • Bank Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot Himself During Chase Was Former Atlanta PD Lieutenant (Illinois)

    11/20/2014 6:02:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11020-2014
    Bank Robbery Suspect Who Fatally Shot Himself During Chase Was Former Atlanta Police Lieutenant Police said Dodd was a former lieutenant with the Atlanta police and was visiting Matteson from Georgia Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 • Updated at 4:05 PM CST A man suspected of robbing a bank Friday morning and leading police on a car chase through the south suburbs before fatally shooting himself has been identified as a former lieutenant with the Atlanta Police Department. Maurice Chester Dodd, 44, died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a suicide, according to the Cook...
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez Thinks Obama Will Mandate 5-10 Year Residency on Immigration Order

    11/19/2014 8:54:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/19/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who leads the Immigration Task Force in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, offered some clues as to what could be in President Obama’s executive order. “I think the president is going to choose between five and 10 years, that is that you have to be in the United States for five to 10 years and you have to be working here and you are going to pay for a background check,” Gutierrez said on Fox last night. “You’re going to submit your fingerprints and they come back clear. He is going to give you a work authorization...
  • Illinois Pension Debt Soars To $111 Billion

    11/18/2014 3:40:41 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/17/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Pension debt in the Land of Lincoln is a big problem. So big, in fact, that it would take three years of a complete government shutdown, during which the entire general fund went toward pensions, just to break even. No funding for schools, no money for public safety and nothing for health care and human services. Illinois’ unfunded pension liability grew to more than $111 billion this year, according to official estimates. That’s a $48 billion increase just since 2009. ... That $111 billion pension shortfall means the state now has only 39 cents of every dollar it should have...
  • RentEconomist Jonathan Gruber’s Ties to Goldman Sachs/Hamilton Project/Obama

    11/15/2014 3:00:08 PM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 27 replies
    Firedoglake ^ | fflambeau
    ....In my far less titillating research on the Hamilton Project (see work listed below), I have come across some interesting ties between MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and the Hamilton Project. Gruber–it turns out–carries bags for the Obama administration and the Goldman Sachs, Robert Rubin-funded Hamilton Project. Gruber is a RentEconomist ready and seemingly willing to take any economic position (pardon the RentBoy inspired pun) you might want, for money that is, lots of it as Emptwheel has shown....... ....But while I have been doing research recently on the links between the Obama government and Robert Rubin and Goldman Sachs and...
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 9:22:10 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter and not Steelers6
    "His accomplishments, and his lifelong pursuit of conservative principles, will have a lasting effect for generations to come: from his work on the Ways and Means Committee and the Republican Study Committee, to his work founding the Heritage Foundation and leading the American Conservative Union. He fought for lower taxes, a simplified tax code, free-market principles, and free trade."
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 3:20:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | Katherine Skiba
    Longtime Illinois Congressman Phillip Crane, a northwest suburban Republican who championed conservative principles and once ran for president, died Saturday in Maryland, according to family.. Crane, who suffered from congestive heart failure and lung cancer, died of respiratory failure in a daughter's home in Jefferson, Md., according to another daughter, Catherine Hott, of Berryville, Va.
  • Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country

    11/09/2014 8:12:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-9-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country by Daniel Greenfield People are funny that way. They cling to their bibles and guns. And then if you declare war on them, they don’t want to vote for you. Coal-heavy districts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois that had been steadily moving away from Democrats in recent elections appear to have completed that shift Tuesday, when they overwhelmingly backed Republicans who vowed to oppose what they call President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.”In West Virginia, once a long-time Democratic stronghold, Republicans will take control of both houses of the state...
  • VIDEO: Plane manages tricky landing during high winds at O'Hare

    11/09/2014 5:54:20 AM PST · by EBH · 57 replies
    Friday, November 07, 2014 07:15AM CHICAGO (WLS) -- Aviation officials reported delays and some cancellations for flights at O'Hare Airport Thursday due to high winds, making landings for some flights - like this one - a bit tricky.
  • Fire Valerie Jarrett: If Obama wants to shake things up, his closest adviser should be first to go

    11/07/2014 9:05:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 7, 2014 | Carol Felsenthal
    Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done. Now it’s really time to do it. Let’s stipulate right away that it would be...
  • Chicago Protesters Charge City Police with Systematically Targeting and Killing Black Youth

    11/07/2014 7:51:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nick Chiles, editor-in-chief
    While Chicago has been portrayed as a city that has been overwhelmed with violence in the Black community, a group of protesters gathered in front of the Chicago police headquarters on Wednesday night to charge that in fact the Chicago police department is systematically targeting African Americans in the city, leaving far too many dead at the hands of Chicago police officers. A group of noteworthy attendees at the rally was the families of young people killed by the police, who publicly recounted the circumstances of their deaths and described how they have been trying to get answers and justice...
  • Think Twice About Illinois’s Crony Republican Governor-Elect

    11/07/2014 7:20:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 149 replies
    SPECTATOR.ORG ^ | 07 NOVEMBER 2014 | WILLIAM J KELLY
    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 new GOP Senate is already gearing up to cause climate mayhem (OHNOZ)

    11/06/2014 5:00:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    grist.org ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Ben Adler
    On Tuesday night, Republicans won big: They picked up governorships in blue states like Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois, and they held House seats in competitive districts with embarrassing incumbents like Michael Grimm of New York, who physically threatened a reporter and is under indictment for tax evasion. But their biggest win by far was taking control of the U.S. Senate. As of this writing, Republicans had already secured 52 Senate seats, thanks to knocking off Democratic incumbents or replacing retiring Democrats in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Another GOP pick up is probable in...
  • George Lucas' unveils space-age art museum

    11/06/2014 9:29:51 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 11-5-2014 | Allyssia Alleyne
    No, you're not looking at an idyllic scene from pre-Death Star Alderaan. This futuristic building is the plan for George Lucas' $300-million art museum on Chicago's lakefront. Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago firm Studio Gang have released artist renderings of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that wouldn't look out of place in its namesake's "Star Wars" franchise. The avant garde structure, set to open in 2018, will have three levels of exhibition space topped by an observation deck with panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan. Inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van...
  • Nancy Pelosi Vows to Stay Democratic Leader, Calls Pro-Life Victory “Voter Suppression”

    11/06/2014 9:32:02 AM PST · by Morgana · 49 replies
    Life news ^ | 11/6/14 | Steven Ertelt
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she want to remain the top Democrat in the House, announcing she will run again for her leadership position.Her take on the massive pro-life election victory on Tuesday night is that Republicans won a victory because of “voter suppression.” The Washington Times has more: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked her fellow Democrats to keep her on as their leader in the new Congress next year, saying she still has unfinished goals she wants to accomplish. She said the chief message she took from Tuesday’s election, which saw Democrats eviscerated at all levels, is...
  • 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...
  • If you do not currently live in a red state, you probably will soon

    11/05/2014 8:19:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    RARE: America's News Feed ^ | 11/2/2014 | Merrill Matthews
    NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE NOV. 4, 2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS.... ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you do not currently live in a red state, you probably will soon. Either you will (1) flee your blue state to a red one, or (2) you and your fellow blue-state citizens will get so fed up with the high taxes and fiscal irresponsibility that you will vote out the blue-state politicians and replace them with red-staters. U.S. Census data confirms that voters are leaving blue states for red ones. The top 10 destinations are North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma,...
  • GOP governors win blue states Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois. Scott Walker re-elected.

    11/04/2014 11:45:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/5/2014 | Dan Merica
    President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois elected a Republican governor on Tuesday night. Massachusetts will have its first Republican governor since Mitt Romney. Stunning Republican victories came in reliably Democratic states, including those won overwhelmingly by Obama in 2012. Illinois ousted Democrat Pat Quinn in favor of Republican Bruce Rauner, while Maryland voters opted for Republican Larry Hogan over Democrat Anthony Brown. Republican Charlie Baker won a Massachusetts match-up against Martha Coakley, the state attorney general who lost a special Senate election to Scott Brown in 2010. Republicans also continued their dominance of governors' mansions when a number of...
  • 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.
  • Illinois Governor’s Race: Rauner Pulls Ahead

    11/04/2014 8:28:03 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 35 replies
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 04 NOVEMBER 2014 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (CBS) — According to the latest expanded exit polls from CBS 2, Bruce Rauner is gaining the advantage in the razor thin race for Illinois governor.