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  • Editorial: Ease the rules on gun ranges: Chicago aldermen, stop fighting federal judges

    04/25/2017 6:00:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 apr 2017
    Chicago has been fighting a losing battle on guns, and it's not quite ready to stop. In 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington, D.C., ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment, the city should have realized its own ban was doomed. Instead, it went through its own litigation, which ended with the Supreme Court ruling that Chicago, too, was trampling on a constitutional right. At that point, the city passed a new ordinance allowing Chicagoans to get permits to own handguns, provided they got training at a gun range. But, in an odd twist (or a...
  • Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group

    04/24/2017 12:01:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 23, 2017 | Katherine Skiba
    Former President Barack Obama, on a two-day visit to Chicago that began Sunday, met privately with at-risk young men on the South Side to talk about gang violence, jobs skills and employment, a spokesman said. The meeting was with participants in a program created by Obama's longtime friend and former education secretary, Arne Duncan — and signified a return to Obama's roots as a community organizer 30 years ago on the South Side. "He said he grew up during that time because of the work he was doing," Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said. Now the former president wants to solicit...
  • Watchdogs in Illinois

    04/21/2017 8:54:15 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Adam Andrzejewski
    Two regular guys from Southern Illinois, Kirk Allen and John Kraft, became folk heroes after lawfully “citizen arresting” their park district board. Now, their fight against corruption threatens to shake the political establishment. Illinois’ number one manufactured product is corruption. More than 95 percent of the Illinois legislature is safe in gerrymandered districts. The incumbent governor has three current federal investigations of his administration, but the Attorney General/state’s attorney class can’t find public vice anywhere. So what can the law abiding citizen do? The answer is coming from some regular guys in southern Illinois who decided to hold public officials...
  • Teacher allegedly forced students to take off their underwear

    04/13/2011 11:56:34 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 24 replies
    News-Democrat ^ | April 13, 2011 | Elizabeth Donald
    COLLINSVILLE -- A special-education teacher has been removed from the classroom after allegedly forcing students to remove their underwear. According to a letter sent to parents earlier this week, the teacher observed feces on the classroom floor at Webster Elementary School on March 30. To determine which student had soiled his pants, the teacher had each child go into a private bathroom stall by himself, remove his underpants, put his clothes back on and exit the stall to show his underpants to the teacher. "The teacher was not present in the bathroom stall and at no time was your child...
  • Just Super. Chicago approves IDs for illegal immigrants

    04/21/2017 9:59:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    h ^ | 04/21/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The Windy City has a whole host of issues to deal with these days, many of them centered around the fact that you’re more likely to be murdered there than in Fallujah on any given day. But rather than worrying about pesky little problems like that, the city council has decided to go after the really big ticket items on the agenda. One of these is to begin creating and distributing special municipal ID cards for various “underserved” groups including illegal immigrants. What could possibly go wrong? (CBS News, local) A program to create municipal identification cards passed overwhelmingly,...
  • Stop Congress from trashing Illinois’ concealed gun protections (barf alert)

    04/18/2017 5:46:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    The people who think the Second Amendment phrase “well-regulated” means “not regulated at all” are back. This time, they’re pushing a dangerous idea called “concealed carry reciprocity” that would allow people who get concealed gun carry permits in states that have absolutely no restrictions to carry those hidden, loaded guns anywhere in the country. That means a state such as Illinois could no longer draw a line and refuse to give concealed carry permits to people convicted of violent misdemeanors, substance abusers, repeat drunken drivers or who have severe mental health issues. Under the U.S. House version of a proposed...
  • A delightful advocate for legal, responsibly owned guns

    04/17/2017 6:15:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 17 apr 2017 | Laura Washington
    I write, often harshly, about The People of the Gun. I harbor a dim view of Second Amendment advocates. With each new shooting in Chicago, I have become more terrified of guns and the people who carry them. It’s time I actually met one.
  • Commuter alert: Legislators risk killing IDOT's plan to add I-55 toll lanes

    04/16/2017 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Randy Blankenhorn
    In a matter of days, time will run out on a plan that could cut down on commuting times, pave the way for even less traffic congestion, and potentially give taxpayers a break. For reasons that remain unclear, the General Assembly has ignored the Illinois Department of Transportation's I-55 managed lanes project, and the cost of doing nothing has the potential to harm the state's ability to do business for years to come. The I-55 managed lanes proposal would add an express toll lane between the Veterans Memorial Tollway in the southwest suburbs and the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago....
  • Final park milestone reserved for Hillary Clinton, Park Ridge committee says

    04/13/2017 2:49:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2017 | by Jennifer Johnson
    The last granite block in a series of historic Park Ridge milestones will be reserved for recognition of Park Ridge native Hillary Clinton, the city's Heritage Committee formally determined this month. The committee on April 11 passed a resolution stating that the milestones' final plaque, currently blank, be dedicated to Clinton's achievements, said Committee Chairman Milton Nelson. But when the plaque will be completed and installed at the Hodges Park site has not yet been finalized. "We have not decided on the wording, and the big problem is financing," Nelson said. "Our committee does not have any funds at all...
  • Illinois budget stalemate forces Northeastern to cancel classes

    04/12/2017 6:14:01 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    WQAD ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jesyka Dereta
    CHICAGO (AP) – Northeastern Illinois University says it will cancel three days of classes in order to cut costs as public universities in Illinois struggle to make ends meet during the state’s budget stalemate. The Chicago-based university will no longer hold classes April 11, 12 and May 1. Illinois has been without a budget for 21 months and has a bill backlog of $12.9 billion. Northeastern Illinois interim President, Richard Helldobler called the state’s unprecedented budget impasse a “state of emergency” for the school.
  • Cash-Strapped University Saved From Paying $30K Speaking Fee to Valerie Jarrett

    04/11/2017 10:46:27 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    freebeacom.com ^ | 4/11/17 | Sam Dorman
    Cash-strapped Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) was required to pay former President Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett $30,000 to speak at its commencement ceremony until a donor agreed to cover the cost. NEIU's president declared a "state of emergency" on April 5 amid a budget impasse. Despite the university's questionable financial situation, its Board of Trustees learned during an April 6 meeting about a contract negotiated with Jarrett to pay her a $30,000 speaking fee, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. One board member reportedly called the decision to pay Jarrett "disturbing." State representatives were also concerned about the decision.
  • Donor spares struggling NEIU from paying Valerie Jarrett $30K fee

    04/11/2017 5:55:43 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4/10/2017 | Tina Sfondeles
    Three class days were cancelled to cut costs during the budget impasse, and union leaders are planning a rally to protest the school’s financial straits —but Northeastern Illinois University was planning to pay former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett $30,000 to speak at its commencement ceremony. Those plans changed after a few university trustees objected —and the Sun-Times began asking questions. Northeastern said late Monday that a donor came forward to pay the five-figure speaking fee. But at an April 6 board meeting, trustees approved an honorary degree for Jarrett —while learning that a contract had already been negotiated and...
  • Are tolls on former Elgin-O'Hare shifting traffic elsewhere?

    04/10/2017 11:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | March 13, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Since tolls descended on Route 390, there has been an exodus of cars and trucks from the former Elgin-O'Hare Expressway.Vehicles decreased between 38 percent and 28 percent on sections of Route 390 between Lake Street and I-290, according to Illinois tollway data comparing usage before construction and in February. Where are those thousands of commuters and truckers going? Boycotting 20-cent a mile tolls on Route 390 and spilling off onto local roads in communities like Roselle, some residents say.Commuter Brian McGehee was running late Friday at 7 a.m., "so, I bit the bullet," he said referring to Route 390. "The...
  • Tollway puts $4 million toward increasing contractor diversity

    04/10/2017 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | March 23, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Illinois tollway directors agreed Thursday to spend up to $4 million to assist minority-, women- and veteran-owned construction companies that are seeking work with the agency. The funds will be distributed among seven entities including the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Training ranges from basics such as explaining the technicalities of bidding for a contract and obtaining financing to advanced classes in estimating the cost of a job or managing a business. The program will be evaluated based on the number of businesses served and successful bids, among other...
  • Proposed Tri-State makeover could be tricky

    04/10/2017 7:43:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 10, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Rebuilding and widening the mammoth Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is complicated enough given it's the system's most-used road, with up to 185,000 cars and trucks clogging it daily.Throw in a tangle of towns where officials either hate or love the project, plus churn on the tollway board, and the planned redo gets even gnarlier. The Illinois tollway intends to fix the road between 95th Street in the South Suburbs and Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont. There's no final design or budget yet, but a decision is expected soon.Improvements likely could include extra lanes and new interchanges -- exciting news for anyone...
  • City elects convicted felon as mayor, prompting threat from prosecutor

    04/06/2017 2:29:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | April 6, 2017
    The city of Markham, Illinois, has elected a convicted felon as its new mayor, prompting the county’s state’s attorney to vow to remove him from office. Roger Agpawa pleaded guilty to felony mail fraud in a federal medical insurance case in 1999. He is currently the fire chief of neighboring Country Club Hills and won Tuesday’s mayoral election in Markham, a suburb south of Chicago. By law, his felony conviction prevents him from holding some municipal offices barring a presidential pardon, CBS Chicago reports.
  • 'Mock improvised explosive device' causes hours-long flight delay at Pearson [UA547,Toronto-Chicago]

    04/06/2017 12:20:08 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | Apr 06, 2017 | Andrew Lupton
    A U.S.-based traveller is facing a mischief charge after trying to board a flight with a "mock improvised explosive device" at Toronto's Pearson airport this morning, in an incident that caused an hours-long delay for passengers. United Airlines Flight 547 was set to depart at 7 a.m. ET for O'Hare International Airport, but during security clearance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a device in a passenger's suitcase that caused them concern. According to a statement, CBP notified Canadian Air Transport Security Authority officials who "swabbed the mock IED for explosives with a negative result."
  • Rahm Emanuel Invents New ID to Ensure Illegals Get Their Welfare

    03/31/2017 9:49:50 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 Mar 2017 | Ian Mason
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has moved forward with plans for a Chicago-only identification card specifically designed to ensure illegal aliens in the city can receive welfare benefits with minimal risk of repatriation. The new program was unveiled at a Chicago City Council meeting on Wednesday, and it protects illegal aliens from federal oversight by not collecting any copies of identification documents presented when illegals apply for the identification card. “Applicants bring in the documents to prove someone’s identity. They hand them over to specially trained individual who can review the documents and then hand them back … It’s going to...
  • This IHOP Waiter Helps A Woman With A Disability Eat Breakfast And People Are Beyond Touched

    03/29/2017 3:10:18 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 76 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 28, 2017, at 11:18 p.m. | Brianna Sacks
    Joe Thomas has had the same Saturday breakfast routine for about the last five years. After checking on his customers at an IHOP in Springfield, Illinois, the 43-year-old server slides next to an elderly couple he calls Dale and Ma and helps them eat breakfast. Ma has Huntington's disease, a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, Thomas said, and has trouble with utensils. Dale used to feed his wife before eating, letting his own breakfast — two eggs, sausages, and pancakes with butter and a single egg on top — go cold....
  • Activists Rally Outside of Home Where Man Was Shot by ICE Agent

    03/29/2017 8:24:08 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 29, 2017 | Mitchell Armentrout
    Two guns were found at the Belmont Cragin home of a man who was shot by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent early Monday on the Northwest Side, authorities said. The allegation surfaced as immigration activists rallied Tuesday outside the home in the 6100 block of West Grand to decry the growing fear in Chicago’s Latino community as a result of the raid and its target, which remains unclear. A law enforcement source said Tuesday that federal agents recovered the gun that they say the 53-year-old pointed at them as they tried to serve an arrest warrant for his...