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  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

    03/21/2018 11:44:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 83 replies
    In 30 years of writing op-ed columns for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, I'm hard pressed to recall making any political predictions. I prefer to leave it to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn. But here comes an exception. Bruce Rauner has slit his throat, with his general incompetence and a campaign that was so dishonest that it set some sort of record in a state where truth is typically flushable. The way he failed to get a single one of his goals accomplished in his three and a half years as governor is by itself a flop worthy of...
  • Pro-Life Democrat Dan Lipinski Pulls Off Narrow Win in Illinois Primary

    03/21/2018 6:59:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/21/2018 | Alexandra Desanctis
    The Associated Press has just called the primary race in Illinois’ third congressional district for pro-life Democratic congressman Dan Lipinski, who narrowly defeated his progressive challenger Marie Newman. Lipinski has represented the district in the U.S. House for over a decade, but this year’s primary threat from Newman — which was a nail-biter even as the last votes trickled in — gained traction as the result of his moderate stances on a handful of political issues, most notably abortion. His win tonight was likely aided by his high name recognition in the district — Lipinski’s father, Bill, represented the same...
  • Governor Rauner Defeats Conservative Challenger Ives in a Close Illinois Primary

    03/21/2018 6:57:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/21/2018 | Alexandra Desanctis
    The Associated Press has called the Republican gubernatorial primary race for current Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, who defeated his conservative challenger Jeanne Ives in a tight contest tonight. Ives conceded to Rauner around 11:30 p.m., saying, “We fell just a bit short.” In spite of the close loss, the Ives campaign put together a remarkable effort in the primary, challenging Rauner to a difficult campaign season despite his massive spending advantage. When the race was called, Ives lagged behind the sitting governor by a little over three percentage points. Meanwhile, Erika Harold defeated Gary Grasso tonight for the GOP attorney-general...
  • 5 things to watch for in the Illinois primary

    03/20/2018 5:15:13 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 7 replies
    In one of ABC News’ “18 for '18” races, the fight for the identity of the Democratic Party between its progressive and establishment wings has spilled into Illinois 3rd Congressional District where Blue Dog Democrat Dan Lipinski is facing a challenge from activist Marie Newman, who has the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders, EMILY's List and a handful of labor groups. Money has dominated the high-profile gubernatorial primaries in the state — $100 million has been spent already on the Republican and Democratic sides. Gov. Bruce Rauner, likely the most vulnerable GOP incumbent governor in the nation, has been dogged...
  • Does the right to bear arms extend to public housing?

    03/17/2018 8:49:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Timothy Birdnow
    The Progressive left loves to assign "rights" to poor people who have no constitutional basis (the "right" to medical care, for instance) but is strangely reticent when it comes to your Second Amendment rights. Apparently, if you live in a housing project in East St. Louis, you had best surrender your guns at the door. From the Belleville News Democrat: The woman, who was identified in the lawsuit only as N. Doe, out of fear that her abusive ex-husband could find her if she was identified, has a valid Illinois FOID license and has been trained in firearm safety, according...
  • Students Trash Walmart During Anti-Gun Walkout In Chicago

    03/17/2018 9:53:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Derek Hunter
    It was supposed to be 17 minutes of silent protest in honor of the 17 people killed last week in Parkland, Florida, in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But on the south side of Chicago Wednesday morning, there was no silence as students who walked out of nearby Simeon Career Academy trashed a Walmart during their walkout protest. Dozens of student walked out of Simeon at the appointed time of the protest, only to enter Walmart and knock over store displays and rip products off the shelves. Video of the aftermath shows aisles trashed and there...
  • Cook County GOP Tries New Tactic to Undermine GOP Townships' Pro-Ives Endorsement

    03/16/2018 9:55:57 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 16, 2018
    Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison is attempting a first time ever-seen tactic to overrule or undermine all of the Republican Township Committees that chose to endorse counter to his primary picks with a sample ballot that hit mailboxes Friday. In the mailing, Morrison writes in a small box a comment that leads unknowing Republicans to believe that any other ballots - possibly including local township organization ballots - are illegal. Wheeling Township GOP Committeeman Ruth O'Connell told Illinois Review, "This mailing undermines the work we've been doing in Wheeling Township and my authority as a committeeman. We endorsed Jeanne...
  • Infrastructure: Fed money comes in low

    03/16/2018 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    News Review ^ | February 22, 2018 | Dennis Myers
    Donald Trump’s first budget recommendations help pay for a bigger military with lower expenditures for other promised programs. His recommendations for infrastructure disappointed local officials across the nation, and his plan to revive Nevada’s Yucca Mountain also received limited funds. Trump’s plan calls for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure projects, with just $200 billion supplied by the federal government. It was widely assumed, including in conservative circles, that the program would force local governments to raise taxes. In the Unification Church publication Washington Times, economist Peter Morici wrote, President Trump’s infrastructure plan puts a heavy burden on the states and will...
  • Jeanne Ives for Governor (Endorsement)

    03/16/2018 9:40:18 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | March 16, 2018 | Editors
    Voters in Illinois head to the polls this Tuesday. They should vote for Jeanne Ives in the Republican gubernatorial primary over the thoroughly disappointing incumbent governor Bruce Rauner, who has forfeited any claim on his party's nod. Failing to pass the fiscal reforms he promised wouldn’t alone justify his ouster in the primary. But Rauner’s duplicity on the issue of abortion should be disqualifying to conservatives. During the election, Rauner — who is pro-choice, had once donated to Planned Parenthood, and whose wife is an abortion-rights activist — insisted that he was merely running to fix the state’s coffers. He...
  • Chicago Students Riot And Loot At Strip Mall During Gun Walkout

    03/15/2018 1:10:24 PM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | HollyMatkin
    Chicago, IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. “They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday. Not all of the protests were peaceful. On Chicago’s South Side, Simeon Career Academy students descended on businesses situated in a strip mall behind the school, and began harassing customers and employees. “Things started out cool,” a Potbelly Sandwich Shop manager, who did not want to be further identified, told Blue Lives Matter. “But then some...
  • New Trier GOP Disses Gov. Rauner, Issues "No Endorsement"

    03/12/2018 10:56:33 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    North Cook News ^ | March 12, 2018 | Anonymous
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's local Republican organization will not endorse his re-election. The New Trier Township Republican Organization (NTRO) officially declined to endorse during a meeting on Saturday, just blocks from Rauner's home. "It is extraordinarily rare to fail to endorse an incumbent governor, let alone the incumbent's local organization." Rauner is facing a challenge from conservative reform State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton). Blair Garber said NTRO should back Rauner because "his money" can help Republicans re-claim control of the Illinois House from Democrats. "There's nobody who can do this but Bruce," he said. He's put in $100 million of his...
  • Sanders Invokes Trump in Response to Question About the Democrats’ Farrakhan Problem

    03/11/2018 8:58:48 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 10, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday invoked President Donald Trump's name multiple times in response to a question about what advice he can give progressive leaders who have a tough time condemning noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Several House Democrats have come under fire in the last week for their association with Farrakhan, including Democratic National Committee vice chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), who recently earned a "Four Pinocchios" rating from the Washington Post Fact Checker concerning his interactions with the controversial Nation of Islam leader. Sanders sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper at the South by Southwest conference in Austin,...
  • Chelsea Clinton visit draws hundreds to La Grange bookstore (Chicago area - photos)

    03/10/2018 8:32:16 AM PST · by simpson96 · 72 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/10/2018 | Kimberly Fornek
    Hundreds of people, many with their daughters and granddaughters, waited in line in and outside Anderson's Bookshop in La Grange Friday night for Chelsea Clinton to sign a copy of her latest book.(snip) "I like what Chelsea is doing to highlight women," said Evalee Dumas of Darien. Dumas said the book shows the accomplishments of women and their diversity. The women profiled have different ethnicities, but all have something to give to the world. "I have two granddaughters and four grandsons and I certainly am going to expose them to these books," she said. Some people came because they like...
  • 'Collusion' with Chicago officials and 13 other problems locals have with Obama Presidential Center

    03/11/2018 7:19:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/08/18 | Anna Giaritelli
    A panel of national and local experts, comprised mostly of African-Americans, lambasted Chicago city officials in a meeting Wednesday night for how they have worked closely with the Obama Foundation to build the Obama Presidential Center on public land despite criticism and serious concerns from representatives of the South Side neighborhood. "You have all this talk about collusion between Trump and Russia, right? To me, that sounds like collusion between the city and the university, and we see the same thing happening in relation to this," one of the panelists, Jawanza Malone, executive director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, said....
  • As bullets fly, Chicago police boss blasts civilian oversight plans

    03/11/2018 6:47:15 AM PDT · by wmileo · 29 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | March 11, 2018 | Bradford Betz
    Chicago's police superintendent on Saturday blasted efforts for greater civilian oversight of the department, citing "real progress" in fighting crime -- just hours after at least eight people were reportedly wounded in overnight shootings. Hours later, two men were slain on the city's South Side, the Chicago Tribune reported. Proposals by the city's leading community organizations call for greater oversight by a seven-member civilian board called the Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, the Chicago Tribune reported. But Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said no one consulted him or anyone in the CPD for the year and a half it...
  • Gun Confiscation Begins in Illinois

    03/10/2018 9:09:50 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies ^ | 3/10/2018 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It is no longer a conspiracy theory spawned by deplorable bitter clingers, but a creeping reality spawned by shootings law enforcement could have prevented but didn't. The Illinois House has passed legislation requiring 18- to 20-year-olds to give up certain legally purchased and legally owned firearms: A bill requiring 18-20 year olds to hand over or transfer ownership of heretofore legally possessed "assault weapons" is gaining sponsors in the Illinois Senate after passing the House last month. The bill, HB 1465, was sponsored in the House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and passed by a vote of 64-51 on February...
  • University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory closing after 100 years

    03/09/2018 2:34:34 AM PST · by texas booster · 41 replies
    WGN TV 9 ^ | March 8 2018 | WGN Web Desk
    WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. -- After more than 100 years of operation, the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, is closing. Owned by the University of Chicago, the observatory is slated to cease operations Oct. 1 “Unfortunately, operating Yerkes no longer makes sense for the university from a programmatic or cost standpoint," said David Fithian, U of C's executive vice president, in a statement. "Drawing to a close our operations there is the first step in a collaborative process to determine the ultimate disposition of the buildings and property. We currently have no specific plans nor have we approached any potential...
  • Republican Jewish Coalition calls for resignation of 7 Democrats over 'ties' to Farrakhan

    03/08/2018 8:46:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/8/18 | DAVID CAPLAN
    The Republican Jewish Coalition is calling for the resignation of seven Democratic members of Congress whom it claims are "connected" to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The group describes him as a "known anti-Semite." Farrakhan has routinely spoke disparagingly about Jews over the years, as well as white people, in general. He was thrust into the mainstream spotlight again this week after excerpts from a speech he gave last week on the Nation of Islam's Saviour's Day surfaced online. During the speech, he once again described Jewish people -- who he says "are my enemy" -- in a...
  • Legal team for Chicago cop charged with teen's murder wants a change of venue

    03/08/2018 3:39:27 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 14 replies ^ | 03/08/2018 | Whitney Lloyd
    Lawyers for a Chicago police officer accused of murdering a Chicago teen in a shooting captured on dashcam video that ignited protests in the city and around the country are arguing their client will not be able to get a fair trial in Chicago. Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke was back in court Thursday as his lawyers argued extensive media coverage of the October 2014 incident in which Van Dyke shot and killed 17-year old Laquan McDonald means Van Dyke will not be able to get a fair trial in Cook County where Chicago is the county seat.
  • I Fell in Love With the Cannabis Candidate. Then I Got Burned.

    03/08/2018 11:03:22 AM PST · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | March 8, 2018 | Hunter Stuart
    In media interviews and on his social media pages, Wolf said he was a "former FBI agent" and "Iraq Veteran" who had also worked overseas as a "presidential envoy" with the U.S. State Department. He also claimed to be a "Professor of Human Rights" at Roosevelt University. I'm a cannabis supporter, and it was great seeing a former law enforcement guy embrace it so openly. I especially liked that Wolf spoke of the need not just to legalize it but to destigmatize it. I felt like he was someone that could represent my interests in the nation's capital as soon...