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  • Illinois Needs To Have A Scott Walker Moment

    07/30/2015 9:48:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    State Government: Illinois' new sheriff can be forgiven if he's feeling as underappreciated as the marshal Gary Cooper played in "High Noon." Let's hope his movie ends as happily. Gov. Bruce Rauner is fighting almost single-handedly against an entrenched, corrupt political class of lawyers, lobbyists, social service providers, media and teachers unions whose rallying cry is to smother reform and maintain business as usual in Springfield...... Years of overspending have many state and city of Chicago bonds selling at junk status. Illinois is now called "the deadbeat state" because it's two to three months behind in paying billions of dollars...
  • Chicago man cleared after 17 years in prison shot dead

    07/29/2015 7:05:34 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 29 JULY 2015 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who served 17 years in prison for murder before being cleared of the crime has been shot and killed almost three years after being released from prison, police said Wednesday. Alprentiss Nash, 40, was fatally shot Tuesday after an argument during "a drug deal gone bad" between Nash and his attacker, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. He said a suspect was in custody and charges were pending Wednesday afternoon. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Nash died of multiple gunshot wounds. Guglielmi said two weapons were recovered, one belonging to the suspect...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of 'gutter politics'

    07/27/2015 4:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News' Todd's American Dispatch ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee said the president’s Iran policy would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” The president bristled at what he called a “ridiculous” comment. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” he said. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also...
  • Ozymandias (Obamandias)

    07/26/2015 5:14:35 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias ^ | 1818 | Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Ozymandias Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 - 1822 I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'...
  • Pension doomsday: How will Illinois pols cope with this crisis?

    07/26/2015 8:40:19 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 47 replies
    Chicago Trubune ^ | JULY 24, 2015
    More bad news for Chicago (and Illinois) taxpayers arrived Friday morning in a 35-page, double-sided packet. On one of the last pages: "The entire Act is void." Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak tossed out Chicago's pension reform law. City Hall had negotiated the pension changes for municipal and labor employees with many of the city's unions on board. But Novak, using the Illinois Supreme Court's May pension opinion as her sword, ruled that the city's plan violates the Illinois Constitution: A public worker's pension is a contract that cannot be "diminished or impaired." lRelated Revenge of the pension...
  • Progress: Illinois passes law preventing welfare payments to the dead

    07/25/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    What a state to live in! What a state to die in. With nearly the full complement of lifely civic benefits for the deceased—voting and welfare receipt—Illinois is the place for the active, modern expired citizen. Until today. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun his attack on this recently vibrant Prairie State constituency by cutting benefits to them. Even food stamps will no longer flow to those who until recently needed daily sustenance. Only in Illinois.Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 3311 on July 21, requiring the Department of Human Services to conduct a monthly crosscheck of its aid...
  • Broken mosque window remains under investigation

    07/25/2015 5:20:30 AM PDT · by skimbell · 25 replies
    QCOnline ^ | Friday, July 24, 2015 | Leon Lagerstam
    MOLINE -- A police and FBI investigation continues into a broken-window incident at a Moline mosque earlier this week, authorities said Friday. A Chicago chapter of the Council in American-Islamic Relations -- CAIR -- asked Friday for it to be investigated as a hate crime. Moline Police Detective Scott Williams, public information officer, said police and mosque officials "have no reason to believe it's a hate crime, and believe damage was done by a rock, not a bullet, pellet, or other type of projectile. A police report lists it as "criminal damage to property."
  • Report: Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

    07/23/2015 11:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:44 AM EDT
    Japanese media reports say automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets. […] The company sold only 82,000 vehicles in the United States last year, less than one percent of the total market. …
  • Court overturns some Blagojevich Senate-seat convictions

    07/22/2015 12:03:26 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5 hours ago | Associated Press By MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint in prison, ruling that the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama's administration in exchange for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's former U.S. Senate seat. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago also ordered the resentencing of Blagojevich, offering the 58-year-old a ray of hope that he could end up serving less than his original 14-year term. The...
  • Local Marines ensure Arlington Heights veteran was buried in dress blues

    07/18/2015 5:41:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | July 13, 2015 | Christopher Placek
    Marines give off their own uniforms for a comrade.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Vince Maranto entered the Marine Corps during the Korean War in 1951, and for the rest of his life, he lived by the slogan "Once a Marine, always a Marine." And that's the way he wanted to be buried -- in full dress blues. When Maranto died June 30, son Tony remembered his dad's wish, but years removed from the war, Vince Maranto had held onto only his coat. Tony scrambled to assemble pieces of a complete Marine uniform in the days before the funeral, calling around to surplus stores with little...
  • Gutierrez: Steinle Death ‘A Little Thing’ - no compassion from Illegals Supporter

    07/17/2015 9:25:20 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 44 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/17/15 | i hanchett
    Representative Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) referred to the death of Kate Steinle as a “little thing” on Telemundo on Saturday. Gutierrez, during a report on the debate over sanctuary cities after the death of Kate Steinle, first flagged and translated by Newsbusters, said, “Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”
  • Cruz Threatens to Cut Off Authorization for State Dept. Funding After Nuke Deal

    07/16/2015 1:23:23 PM PDT · by VinL · 63 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/16/ 15 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is moving to block future State Department funding and nominees unless President Barack Obama guarantees that Congress will have the authority to fully review a recently inked nuclear accord with Iran before the deal is approved by the United Nations, according to a copy of a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Cruz, a vocal opponent of the administration’s diplomacy with Iran, maintains that the White House is seeking to circumvent congressional review of the deal by going straight to the U.N. Such a move could lift key sanctions on Iran before Congress has...
  • Man charged in baby’s death near Chicago rapper Capo’s murder scene

    07/16/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2015 | BY Rachelle Blidner
    A man was charged with killing a 13-month-old baby while fleeing police after the shooting of Chicago rapper Capo, prosecutors said Monday. Antoine Watkins, 21, plowed over Dillan Harris as police chased him after seeing him walk "calmly" away from the murder scene Saturday, prosecutors said. Watkins has been charged only in the baby's death "at this point," not in the murder of Capo, whose real name was Marvin Carr, prosecutors said. "You killed my f---ing baby!" a woman howled during Watkins' bond hearing Monday before she was escorted out of the Cook County courtroom, according to DNAInfo. . .
  • 'It can be very dangerous around here,' says girl, 9, after teens shot in park

    07/16/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Dawn Rhodes and Megan Crepeau
    The three girls walked down to Riis Park on the Northwest Side to feed bread to the ducks in the lagoon, as they do every day. It was one of their favorite spots in the Belmont Central neighborhood. But on this Wednesday evening, they were stopped by a large swath of yellow police tape across the southern edge of the park, marking off where a 16-year-old boy was shot dead and a 15-year-old boy was wounded minutes before. "It makes me very concerned," said Karina Munoz, 16. "It makes me feel not safe anymore. It makes me feel like this...
  • Puerto Rican congressman tells millions of Hispanics to become citizens

    07/16/2015 7:36:13 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15:06 EST, 15 July 2015 | David Martosko
    A Democratic congressman wants millions of people who hold U.S. green cards to become American citizens in order to send Donald Trump and other Republicans a message that they're 'mean and frankly, let’s be honest, racist.' Louis Gutierrez, who is the senior House Democrat from Illinois and a Puerto Rican immigrant, spoke on the House floor just after 10:00 Wednesday morning, delivering a message especially to more than 5 million Hispanic U.S. residens who are eligible for citizenship today. 'Every time you see Trump’s face on your TV, vow to learn a little more English or a few more history...
  • Cook County Board OKs sales tax hike [ Illinois ]

    07/15/2015 5:26:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 15, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    Cook County Board today cleared the way for President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to raise the county's sales tax a penny on the dollar, mostly for pensions. The action came when the board's Finance Committee, which includes all board members, voted 9 to 7 to 1 to send the $474 million a year tax hike to the full board, which will consider it later today. The key votes came from Commissioner Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat who voted "yes," and suburban Republican Elizabeth Gorman, who cast a "present" ballot and who is widely rumored to soon be headed to a new,...
  • Illinois is now the biggest food-stamp user in the Midwest ( Michigan mentioned )

    07/13/2015 2:33:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 13, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois and Michigan have traded places on two key metrics for measuring prosperity and opportunity, and both changes are embarrassing for the Land of Lincoln. The first major change came in October 2014, when Michigan surpassed Illinois for total factory jobs. Michigan now has 25,000 more factory jobs than Illinois even though the Wolverine State’s economy is only three-quarters the size of Illinois’. Now, new data from the Department of Human Services shows the embarrassing role reversal has come full turn. In March of this year, Illinois bumped off Michigan to become the Midwest’s No. 1 user of the Supplemental...
  • Chicago Lawsuit: Gun Control A ‘Civil Right

    07/13/2015 10:04:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 7, Father Michael Pfleger, the Coalition for Safe Communities in Chicago, and other gun control plaintiffs filed a lawsuit suggesting gun control is a “civil right” that is violated by a lack of gun laws and regulations in the Chicago-area villages of Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood. The suit claims that “20 percent of guns” found at Chicago crime scenes between 2009 and 2013 were guns legally purchased from gun shops in these villages. Therefore, the suit posits a need for more regulatory oversight of gun stores in Riverdale, Lyons, and Lincolnwood.
  • Police: 2 dead, 3 injured in ambush-style shooting against Chicago-area officer

    07/13/2015 8:46:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    fox8.com ^ | 7/13/2015 | unknown
    River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O’Shea says the 24-year-old man “ambushed” the officers shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday and that they returned fire, killing him. He says two officers suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening. One was shot in his bullet-proof vest and the second was treated for other injuries.
  • Michelle Obama's Cousin Named 'Black Chief Rabbi

    07/13/2015 7:55:34 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 13, 2015 | Tova Dvorin
    Rabbi Capers Funnye to be the first American head of the Black Hebrew Israelites since 1999. America has elected its first "Black Chief Rabbi," the International Israelite Board of Rabbis (IIBR) announced - and he is a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama. Rabbi Capers Funnye, a Chicago-based convert to Judaism, is the first person to hold the position since Chief Rabbi Levi ben Levy died in 1999. "Rabbi Funnye’s work with Black Jews in the United States and Africa made him uniquely qualified for this position," the IIBR said. "His goal as Chief Rabbi is to build closer ties...
  • BLACK YOUTH MOB Attacks Woman Near University of Chicago Campus With Kids in Back Seat

    07/10/2015 11:56:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world. A mob of black youths attacked a woman near the University of Chicago with children in the back seat. The youths were using racial slurs as the beat the car. Her two children were covered in broken glass. The youths threw a bike through her back window. ABC 7 reported: “Her car damaged, her nerves shaken, the victim of an alleged group attack near the University of Chicago campus with her children in the back seat of her car talked exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News about the incident Friday night. Police say two people were arrested...
  • Dozens of Shootings in 1 Weekend: A Look at Chicago's Gun Problem

    07/08/2015 10:03:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 24 replies
    ABC ^ | 7 JUL 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO and ALEX PEREZ
    Fireworks took on a second meaning in Chicago this 4th of July weekend. Dozens of people were shot, including a 7-year-old boy who died while celebrating with his family. It was one of many incidents that police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the result of a broken system. The city saw a total of 34 shooting incidents this past weekend, the Chicago Police Department told ABC News. There were 48 victims, including 7 murder victims, according to the police. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was "saddened and sickened" by the weekend's violence, he said at a news conference Monday on an unrelated...
  • Why nothing happens on gun control (CNN psychotic break)

    07/07/2015 1:08:03 PM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/7/15 | Zelizer
    <p>This weekend, while Americans were celebrating Fourth of July, horrible shootings took place in Chicago that resulted in seven deaths and over 50 injuries. It's another stark reminder of the cost of our country's inaction.</p> <p>President Obama gets this tragic reality.</p>
  • Chicago (anti-gun) group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations

    07/07/2015 10:27:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 7. 2015 | By Tribune wire reports
    A Chicago community group is suing three suburbs, accusing them of not adequately monitoring gun stores they believe are the source of weapons that have filtered into the city. The Rev. Michael Pfleger on Tuesday announced the lawsuits against Lincolnwood, Lyons and Riverdale. The activist priest says many of the guns recovered from Chicago crime scenes came from stores in those communities. Lawyers for the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming the suburbs' gun store regulations violate the Illinois Civil Rights Act.
  • CHICAGO ACTIVISTS TO SUE 3 SUBURBS OVER GUN SALES (Father Pfleger)

    07/07/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    ABC7News ^ | 07/07/2015 | Michelle Gallardo
    Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church and other community activists plan to sue three Chicago suburbs to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands. The lawsuit will be filed in Cook County Circuit Court. It accuses Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood of not having enough oversight when it comes to licensing and regulating gun shops.
  • Chicago convulsed by another violent weekend; top cop blames justice system

    07/05/2015 11:24:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon July 6, 2015 | By Leslie Holland
    (CNN)A visibly angry Chicago Police Department Superintendent said Sunday that he is "outraged and saddened" by a violent holiday weekend there. Even in a city frequently beset by head-grabbing violence, seven slayings between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon drew terrible attention.
  • How much could Chicago pension payments jack up your property tax bill? Try 30 percent

    07/05/2015 6:49:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2015 | Thomas A. Corfman
    Even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel warns about a property tax hike of up to $250 million for the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, another big wave of increases likely is coming to rescue the pensions of police officers and firefighters. A massive payment due to those retirement plans next year could drive up Chicago property taxes by more than 30 percent, according to a Crain's analysis. And if the current logjam in Springfield continues, it could be a lot worse. Taxes on a $250,000 home would jump $224, assuming the city continues its current practice of using property taxes to fund...
  • 7-year-old boy killed among 30 shot in 8 hours overnight (Chicago)

    07/05/2015 4:38:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/05/14 | Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch, Jeremy Gorner
    A 7-year-old boy and two men were killed overnight and at least 27 other people were injured during an 8-hour stretch that started not long after dark.. About 11:55 p.m., a 7-year-old boy was killed and a 26-year-old woman was injured in a shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. The woman and the boy were standing on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of North Harding Avenue when gunfire erupted and bullets hit them, police said. The boy was hit in the right side of the chest and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. He was...
  • Dark Money group threatens Dems on opposing Iran nuclear deal (the Chicago way!)

    07/05/2015 6:33:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/5/15 | Thomas Lifson
    Even as the contours of the nuclear deal with Iran remain unknown (though a total cave in is strongly suspected), a progressive “Dark Money” group, whose donors’ identities are hidden, is threatening Democrats who might oppose the deal to keep their mouths shut and vote with the administration. Adam Kredo reports in the Washington Free Beacon: A prominent progressive organization linked to the White House and claiming to work for dozens of like-minded groups is threatening to attack any congressional Democrat who objects to a final nuclear deal with Iran, even before the terms of any such agreement have been...
  • White Professor Calls All White People To Mass Suicide Over Slavery

    07/03/2015 2:51:22 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 122 replies
    Th Libertarian Republic ^ | July 2, 2015 | Laura Meyers
    Dr. (and I use that title lightly) Adam Kotsko, a professor at Shimer College in Chicago, Illinois, thinks that all white people have been “complicit” in slavery, and should therefore “commit mass suicide” as reparation.
  • 3 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago as July 4th weekend begins

    07/03/2015 10:13:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/15 | Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch
    At least three men were killed and another five people were wounded across Chicago as the Fourth of July weekend got underway.. On one block in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a man was killed and another man was wounded about nine hours apart in shootings at the corner of 49th and Justine streets. Police said both men belonged to the La Razas gang, which has been fighting with a gang to the north in a small pocket of the Back of the Yards called "Halo City.”
  • Mike Flynn Tries to Jump From Pundit to Politician in Illinois

    07/02/2015 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    July 1, 2015 Mike Flynn has published about a million and a half words on politics and policy. Now, he's trying to put them into practice. Last month, Flynn, an editor for the conservative Breitbart News, announced his bid for the special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock in Illinois. The former columnist and founding editor of the Big Government blog decided to make his first run for political office after the scandal-tarred Schock's resignation, arguing that his role in the media prepared him for office. "My position is long-known, established, and out there, and I think that's something...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Man wanted for stomping puppy to death arrested in Chicago

    07/02/2015 10:55:13 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 2, 2015 | By Tribune wire reports
    A man wanted in western Illinois for stomping a puppy to death has been arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago, according to authorities. King Sami, 24, was stopped on Monday and taken into custody when officers discovered an outstanding arrest warrant from Warren County. Police say Sami kicked and stomped the pit bull puppy, Cash, in early May at his home in Monmouth, where he had gone to college after growing up in Chicago. King Sami WGN-TV The arrest warrant was issued after a neighbor went to police. Sami is charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a...
  • Local VFW Shuts Down Tea Party's 'Dangers of Islam' Talk

    07/01/2015 5:37:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Patch.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lorraine Swanson
    Oak Lawn post commander tells Tea Party group, "It ain't what we're about," after learning content of "educational seminar." Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn, IL.The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post has canceled an event on the dangers of Islam in America that was being hosted by the Southwest Chicago and Suburban Tea Party.The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post, which rents its facilities and rooms to various political groups, including Democrats and Republicans, clubs, community organizations, and veterans groups, said in a statement that it did not know what the event was about when the Tea Party group rented the space.A notice posted...
  • Banks: Card Breach at Trump Hotel Properties

    07/01/2015 12:47:38 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 07/01/2015 | Krebs
    The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and now Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears to be the latest victim of a credit card breach, according to data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Contacted regarding reports from sources at several banks who traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the company declined multiple requests for comment. But sources in the financial industry say they have little doubt that Trump properties in several U.S. locations — including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas,...
  • Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

    06/29/2015 8:31:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/2015 | K. Couric
    Ted Cruz continued his verbal assault on last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on Monday, saying the justices who ruled in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage “rewrote the Constitution.” “They joined a team, they put on bright-blue Obama jerseys and they rewrote the law,” the U.S. senator from Texas told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric during a live sit-down interview from Yahoo’s New York City studios. “Those decisions are a threat to our democracy.” Cruz slammed Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion in the Obamacare case on behalf of what the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful called “five...
  • Cruz Reminds Katie Couric That Hillary Created Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    06/30/2015 6:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 30, 2015 | John Nolte
    Faded, former-media darling Katie Couric hosted Republican Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a full-hour to discuss a wide range of issues Monday. The left-wing anchor, who is now perched at a place called Yahoo!, introduced Cruz as a historic candidate — potentially the first American president to be born in Canada. Later in the interview, she questioned Cruz on his citizenship. The look on Couric’s smug face when he correctly reminded her that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that birthed the anti-Obama Birther movement, is priceless. It all starts at right around the 25 minute mark....
  • Cruz Melts Couric's Mind: Hillary Started the Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    07/01/2015 1:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Who do you think started the birther movement against Obama? You know the birther movement, the claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii, that he was rather born in some Muslim country somewhere. And that he was not qualified, according to the Constitution, to be president, 'cause he's not born of American parents anywhere, and he was not born in the United States. Who started that movement? (interruption) Well, you're pretty damn close. It was Hillary Clinton that started the movement. It was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that started the movement. That whole thing was...
  • CPS TO CUT 1,400 JOBS AFTER MAKING $634M PENSION PAYMENT

    06/30/2015 8:11:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://abc7chicago.com/ ^ | 06/30/2015 | n/a
    As many as 1,400 Chicago Public Schools jobs will be affected starting as soon as Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz will lay out a plan Wednesday to fully fund the school district's teacher pensions. The announcement came after Tuesday's 11th hour $634 million pension payment. In a statement, CPS confirmed at least part of the money was borrowed and there will be 1,400 layoffs. The district said that not all of those positions are teachers, but some of them are. The Chicago Teachers Union reacted Tuesday night to the announcement. "I can tell you it's...
  • Pride Parade Celebrates Marriage, #LoveWins, As Protesters Call For New LGBTQ Goals (Blacks)

    06/29/2015 11:28:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rachel Cromidas
    An estimated over 1 million people turned out to cheer on Chicago's 46th Annual Pride Parade Sunday, which included at least three weddings and a guest appearance by the Stanley Cup. But the rainbow-bedazzled partiers also had their share of random mayhem, including a person who allegedly drove a car into the parade, a woman who attempted to streak in front of Rahm Emanuel on a public dare from a Greek billionaire and the much more pointed die-in protest staged by a handful of #blacklivesmatter activists to raise awareness about the perceived white-washing of the LGBTQ movement. With last Friday's...
  • Trump in Chicago: Says he’s ‘100 percent correct’ about Mexicans, blasts U.S. as ‘laughingstock’

    06/29/2015 8:41:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times / The Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sandra Guy and Bill Zwecker, AP
    Donald Trump brought his in-your-face presidential campaign to Chicago audience on Monday, declaring that if is he is elected, he would make America “rich,” stop illegal immigration and “knock out” federal health-care reform that the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled the law of the land. And even as NBC became the latest network to sever its ties to Trump after he characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals, Trump insisted he had nothing to apologize for, saying his remarks were “100 percent correct.”(continued)
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Letter from Bishop Paul of Chicago Responding to the Supreme Court Decision

    06/28/2015 8:56:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Diocese of the Midwest ^ | 06-26-2015 | Bishop Paul
    ...“As your bishop — and from the perspective of the Church — nothing has changed. Even though same-sex marriage is ‘legal,’ no blessings will be given to any priests to conduct same sex-marriages in our parishes. Those who are in same-sex marriages conducted by their respective states, who are unrepentant, will not be communed.
  • [Chicago] 1 Million Expected For This Weekend’s Pride Parade

    06/26/2015 5:22:55 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 26 JUNE 2015 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    (CBS) – About 1 million people are estimated to line the four-mile Pride Parade route through Lake View and Uptown this weekend. Organizer Richard Pfeiffer in part responsible for keeping the parade safe. To help accomplish that, there will be “several hundred” police officers along the route, not to mention 90 off-duty officers, Pfeifer says.
  • Mike Flynn: GOP Establishment Fighting to Quash My Conservative Candidacy

    06/22/2015 6:14:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/22/15 | Kate McHugh
    Speaking to Breitbart News Sunday, Big Government founding editor Mike Flynn, a conservative activist running for the seat vacated by Aaron Shock, recounted the ways the central Illinois GOP is trying to quash his candidacy. Flynn says that, instead of making robocalls which can be recorded, supporters of his primary opponent Darin LaHood are conducting live calls and telling voters in the deeply conservative district that Flynn is a liberal Republican. “They’re saying I support amnesty, that I support banning hand guns,” said Flynn. “They’re not even testing the truth — they’re just outright lying, wholesale.” The amnesty charge is...
  • Clinton's Weakness in Important States

    06/23/2015 4:13:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Hillary Clinton has relaunched her campaign on Roosevelt Island with a 4,687-word speech. But it's not clear whether she and her husband, Bill Clinton, can win four presidential elections as Franklin D. Roosevelt did. Negative news for Clinton's prospects comes in the latest Quinnipiac polls in the key mega-states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In each of them, she leads or ties Republican opponents, though in many cases not by statistically significant margins. But she also is running under 50 percent of the vote in every pairing, averaging 47 percent against six different Republicans in Florida, 44 percent against seven...
  • 'White racism,' NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says

    06/21/2015 8:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Cathleen Decker
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley suggested Sunday that Congress had fallen under the sway of "white racism" and the political force of the National Rifle Assn. in refusing to respond with new laws to a cascade of shooting incidents in recent years.. Speaking before the nation’s mayors, gathered in San Francisco, O’Malley pointed to gun restrictions passed when he was governor of Maryland to ban assault weapons, enforce background checks and tighten permitting procedures -- efforts that have been blocked at the national level by Republicans, and some Democrats, in Congress. "One of the sad triumphs of white racism is...
  • 4 Killed, At Least 22 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    06/21/2015 6:31:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 6/21/15
    Four men were killed — including a man who died shielding his mother from gunfire — and at least 22 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.
  • Rep. Kinzinger: Drudge and ObamaTrade.com spreading misinformation

    06/21/2015 9:33:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | June 19, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger this week blamed misinformation from sites like ObamaTrade.com and other sites like Drudge Report that pass along those links for distorting information about trade legislation, including bills on trade promotion authority, trade adjustment assistance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal that has yet to be finalized. (emphasis mine)