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  • Alderman: Closing CVS In East Garfield Park ‘Amounts To Theft’ (Chicago)

    02/27/2017 8:21:03 AM PST · by simpson96 · 47 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/26/2017 | Nancy Harty
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Politicians are pushing back against the planned closing of a CVS pharmacy within the next month on the west side of Chicago. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports. State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin and other elected officials stood in front of a CVS store at Madison and Kedzie Sunday morning to denounce the move. Her husband, Alderman Jason Ervin, said the case was a travesty and that it amounts to theft. “We have enough challenges and problems in this community, and we don’t need to have the fact that our seniors cannot get their basic medicine anywhere in East or...
  • Illinois lawmaker wants to end gun owner ID cards

    02/25/2017 4:23:19 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    KMOV.COM ^ | 24 FEBRUARY 2017 | KMOV.COM
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) - A Southern Illinois state representative is pushing a plan to end the state's program to register and identify gun owners. Representative Jerry Costello said the Firearm Owners ID program is losing money and creating more bureaucracy for lawful gun owners. "It's very important to my constituents in downstate Illinois," Costello said. Currently the FOID cards are needed to purchase and possess guns and buy ammunition. Applicants must submit to a background check.
  • Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist

    02/26/2017 4:09:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    In truly progressive fashion, Chicago renamed one of its streets after a terrorist. Earlier this month Alderman Robert Maldonado submitted a proposal to name three blocks of a city street after Oscar Lopez Rivera, the founder of the Puerto Rican terror group FALN, which was responsible for 120 bombings and armed robberies in the U.S. during the ‘70s and ‘80s that killed nine and injured hundreds of others. On Wednesday, aldermen approved the measure honoring Lopez Rivera, the terrorist whose 70-year sentence was recently commuted by Barack Obama. Aldermen also voted to approve an honorary street re-naming for Puerto...
  • Former GOP House leader, Illinois Rep. Bob Michel has died at 93

    02/17/2017 6:33:55 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 68 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 02/17/2017
    WASHINGTON — A former aide says former House Republican leader Bob Michel has died at age 93. Michel was an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the GOP House minority for 14 years. His skill at seeking compromise with the Democrats was critical in helping Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush pursue their agendas during their presidential terms.
  • Pritzker Calls for Bizarre Protest After Trump Strips Transgender Protections (They're CRAZY!)

    02/23/2017 12:12:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WMAQ-TV ^ | February 23, 2017 | Tom Schuba
    Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker slammed President Donald Trump Thursday for stripping federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, but his idea for a protest raised some eyebrows. “As a protest against Trump’s rescinding protections for trans kids, everyone should use the other gender’s bathroom today,” Pritzker tweeted alongside the hashtag #protecttranskids....
  • A Pleasant Day Protesting All Things Trump

    02/23/2017 12:01:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 23, 2017 | Charles Lipson
    It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. That’s unusual for Presidents’ Day in Chicago, where the weather is typically a mournful dirge for Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, with blowing snow and biting wind. But in 2017, it was a gentle, sunny day that felt like mid-May. A good day for a protest, and one had gathered on the riverbank opposite Trump Tower. There were lots of police nearby, but they were relaxed, without much to do. The demonstration was clearly peaceful, so I decided to walk over and see what it was about. It was about President Donald...
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) Principals Told Keep Out Immigration Agents Without Warrant

    02/22/2017 2:16:01 PM PST · by PBRCat · 40 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | Lauren FitzPatrick
    As the Trump administration expands its deportation policy, Chicago Public Schools told its principals that they should not let any agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement into schools without a criminal warrant. “To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law,” chief education officer Janice Jackson wrote. The district also distributed palm cards in English and Spanish from the National Immigrant Justice Center containing such legal advice as not opening doors to immigration officials. President Donald Trump campaigned on building a wall to keep...
  • Campus Leftists at UChicago say Free Speech Shouldn’t Apply Equally to Everyone

    02/18/2017 9:31:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Heat Street ^ | 3:20 pm, February 16, 2017 | Ian Miles Cheong
    Students at the prestigious University of Chicago say that free speech should not apply equally to everyone. The students objected to the school’s Institute of Politics’ invitation to former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. They claim that allowing him to speak “normalizes bigotry” and provides a platform for fascism. Lewandowski did not join the White House staff but by many accounts remains an influential advisor to the president. The coalition of students from U of C Resists, Graduate Students United, Students Working Against Prisons, and UChicago Socialists claim that the school’s “commitment to free expression” doesn’t require the institution...
  • Lawmakers aim to make Obama's birthday a holiday in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers from Chicago have proposed legislation to make former President Barack Obama's birthday a state holiday. Three bills have been introduced that would all make Obama's birthday, Aug. 4, an official holiday.
  • Chicago Public Schools send 381K kids home with letter blasting Trump, GOP governor

    02/08/2017 2:10:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Roughly 381,000 kids were sent home this week from Chicago Public Schools with a partisan letter blasting President Trump and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Chicago’s WGN reported Tuesday that officials with CPS angered parents by handing out letters that excoriate Republicans — and Republicans only — for budget problems. A letter distributed on Monday begins by saying that Mr. Trump and Gov. Rauner “attack those who need the most help” as a segue into the state’s financial woes. “CPS cannot run the school system that your children deserve with the funds we have,” the letter says. “Under the law, CPS...
  • Letter: New Trier High School offering students 'smorgasbord of ideologically non-diverse seminars'

    02/07/2017 9:18:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    To the Editor: A group of parents of New Trier High School students is concerned about what their teens will be taught during the forthcoming "All School Seminar Day" planned for Feb. 28, titled: "Understanding Today's Struggle for Racial Civil Rights." New Trier High School is often ranked among the best in the country. It serves the prosperous suburbs north of Chicago - Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, most of Northfield, and parts of Glenview - an overwhelmingly white area. The township was traditionally conservative and Republican but now leans liberal and Democratic. Its main campus for sophomore through seniors is...
  • Boy Severely Beaten at Suburban Middle School by Another Student

    02/07/2017 8:08:53 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 79 replies
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | NBC Chicago Story Monkey
    A 12-year-old boy was in a coma over the weekend after being severely beaten by another student at a northwest suburban middle school Friday. Kenyon Woods Middle School Principal Lisa Olsem said the young boy was “assaulted by another student” just before noon. He suffered severe injuries and was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin before being transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. {SNIP} At the Elgin school district meeting Monday night, the student board member wore green, a symbol officials say is meant to represent hope. Others throughout the district wore the color in...
  • Democratic legislators call for Obama state holiday

    02/06/2017 8:24:46 PM PST · by bkopto · 58 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | 2/3/2017 | Brian Robbins
    President Barack Obama's birthday may become the next state holiday, if some Illinois Democrats have their way. House Bills 231 and 503 and Senate Bill 55 all make Obama's birthday, Aug. 4, an official holiday. Both House bills would make Aug. 4 a "legal holiday," in which state government offices shut down, and schools and businesses have the option of closing. The Senate bill's "Barack Obama Day" would be commemorative only. Rep. Andre Thapedi, a Chicago Democrat who is sponsoring HB 231, had tried making Obama's birthday a state holiday last year, but the bill stalled in a House committee....
  • Lose FOID card, keep your guns: Crystal Lake lawyer's story case in point (Illinois)

    02/06/2017 5:45:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6 few 2017 | Robert McCoppin and Tony Briscoe
    After allegedly finding a loaded weapon in the possession of a Crystal Lake attorney during a drunken-driving investigation, police said they made a bigger discovery when they searched the man's home: a cache of 56 handguns and rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Authorities apparently had not confiscated the weapons earlier from the lawyer, Donald F. Franz, despite the fact that his arrest in January marked the second time in about nine months that he has been accused of carrying a loaded gun in his car after his firearm owner's identification was revoked, court and police records show. He...
  • Pastor Tells Trump ‘Top Thugs’ In Chicago ‘Respect’ His Presidency, Want Sit Down To Lower Killing

    02/01/2017 2:01:35 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 11:45 am, February 1st, 2017 | JD Durkin
    Pastor Darrell Scott, who has long been a fervent supporter of Donald Trump, met with the President at the White House Wednesday as part of a meeting for Black History Month, and used his opportunity at the table to reveal a piece of curious news to the Commander in Chief. “I was contacted,” he said to the President, “by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago for a sit down. They reached out to me because they associated me with you. They respect you.” “They believe in what you’re doing,” Scott continued, “and they want to have a sit...
  • President Trump sent FedEx courier a $10,000 check in the mail (Feel good story)

    01/30/2017 9:33:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post DC Politics ^ | January 30, 2017 | Justin Jouvenal
    The evening before his inauguration, President Trump took time to meet with a 24-year-old FedEx courier from rural Illinois. In a tent behind the Lincoln Memorial in D.C., the soon-to-be president praised Shane Bouvet for his work as a volunteer on his campaign, hugged him and then promised him an extraordinary thank you: a $10,000 check. The unusual meeting was arranged after Trump said he read a profile about Bouvet in The Washington Post. The struggling single father had spent nights working and days volunteering for Trump, who Bouvet hoped could bring renewal to his home town of Stonington, Ill.,...
  • Rahm Emanuel calls for actions to welcome immigrants

    01/30/2017 6:19:17 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | Jan 30, 2017
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on city residents to show immigrants that they are welcome through actions such as hosting a meal or offering kind words.</p> <p>Emanuel says in a statement Sunday that his family plans to host young immigrants attending Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago for "a meal, a conversation and a recognition and celebration of all that unites us, rather than what divides us."</p>
  • Accidents create need for changes at Gurnee tollway exit

    01/28/2017 10:15:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | January 23, 2017 | Bob Susnjara
    Bill Bertram frequently felt uneasy as cars whizzed past while he waited in traffic to reach the Tri-State Tollway's Grand Avenue exit ramp in Gurnee in the months after a $19.4 million reconstruction project was completed in 2015. Thoughts of being a sitting duck for a rear-end crash crossed his mind. Still, the 59-year-old Round Lake Beach resident said, driving north on the tollway to the westbound exit ramp was the most efficient option to head home from his Evanston job. On Nov. 16, at about 5:15 p.m., the rear-end crash he worried about happened. Bertram was stuck in a...
  • Chicago improv performer to play Barron Trump in new comedy show

    01/27/2017 4:03:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 27, 2017 | Nina Metz
    Chicago improviser and stand-up comedian Shannon Noll will play the title character in the new stage show "Barron Trump: Up Past Bedtime," opening Saturday at The Revival in Hyde Park. "It's a variety show in the style of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' and it's basically Barron Trump getting read a bedtime story, and then deciding to stay up past his bedtime and play with his imaginary friends," Noll said Friday....
  • Daughter of imprisoned IL Governor pens raw open letter to ‘spineless’ Obama

    Daughter of imprisoned IL Governor pens raw open letter to ‘spineless’ Obama for not pardoning her father January 27, 2017 | Carmine Sabia | The daughter of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich laced into former President Barack Obama for not pardoning her father who is in prison for corruption. Amy Blagojevich, 20, called the former president “spineless” for not commuting her father’s sentence as he did for American traitor Chelsea Manning. “You’ve betrayed the concept of justice like many other heartless individuals have done before you. I thought you were different. I thought you had a moral compass. Turns out...
  • Sessions Promises to ‘Properly Enforce’ Current Gun Laws, Endorses NRA-Backed Project Exile

    01/27/2017 7:02:12 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Freebeacon.com ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    Sessions Promises to ‘Properly Enforce’ Current Gun Laws, Endorses NRA-Backed Project Exile Stephen Gutowski January 10, 2017 Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said Tuesday he would prosecute gun crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction during his confirmation hearing for attorney general. Sessions’ views on gun crime prosecutions were made clear during an exchange between him and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas). Cornyn framed the question in terms of violence against police and gun violence against minority communities. He specifically focused on gun crimes committed by felons who were already prohibited from possessing firearms. “We ought to hold our police and...
  • Federal Court Strikes Down Chicago Gun Range Regulations

    01/25/2017 6:27:03 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 24, 2017 | By Stephen Gutowski
    A federal appeals court struck down restrictions on the placement and operation of gun ranges imposed by the city of Chicago as unconstitutional on Wednesday. The ruling is the latest in Chicago’s fight with federal courts over the issue of allowing gun ranges within city limits. In 2011, a federal court struck down the city’s complete ban on gun ranges in Ezell v. City of Chicago. In response the city passed a new law which legalized ranges but forced them to be located in manufacturing districts—at least 100 feet apart from other gun ranges, at least 500 feet away from...
  • Common Responds To Donald Trump's Threat To Send Feds To Chicago

    01/25/2017 3:24:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot New Hip Hop ^ | January 25, 2017 | Devon Jefferson
    Common says "We gone help each other" in response to Trump's threats to send Feds to Chicago. Last night President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share news about his big plans for national security and his plans to help remedy the "carnage" going on in the city of Chicago. In the tweet below Trump claims that the homicide rate is up 24% and vows to send the feds to the city if things don't get better soon. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Now, it appears that Chicago Native Common is 100% against Trump's plan to send federal officials to his hometown as the...
  • President Trump Says he Is Open To Using Feds to Fix Chicago Violence

    01/24/2017 6:32:50 PM PST · by drewh · 171 replies
    Twitter ^ | 6 minutes ago | POTUS
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 1m1 minute ago More If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
  • Wayne County is glad it voted 84 percent for Trump

    01/17/2017 3:47:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 17, 2017 | Neil Steinberg
    FAIRFIELD, Illinois — Drive 275 miles due south from Cook County to Wayne County. You’ll notice differences right away. It is warmer here, literally — last Wednesday, when it was 42 degrees in Chicago, it was 67 degrees in Fairfield, the county seat, and with a population of 5,000, the largest town in Wayne County, population 15,000. Figuratively warmer too. Ask directions at a bakery and the owner will walk out into the street to point the way. Strangers volunteer to put you up for the night. Pop in on the bank president, unannounced, and he’ll visit with you a...
  • Schaumburg woman who fired at cops thanks them for not killing her

    01/13/2017 4:39:00 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Barbara Vitello
    Prosecutors say Broyles became upset after her estranged wife phoned her at work and told her she wanted to end their marriage. Broyles asked the officers if they would return fire if shot at them, Loiterstein said. The officers responded that they did not want to shoot her, Loiterstein said. The officers left after Broyles pointed her weapon at them,
  • Inauguration Watch Party! Springfield Illinois Jan 20th 2017

    01/10/2017 6:37:55 PM PST · by chicagolady · 16 replies
    Eventbrite ^ | 1/10/2017 | Chicagolady
    Donald J Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America! Come and watch this event on big screen TV, with fellow Patriots! Lunch and Champagne toast included with your 25 dollar ticket. Tickets must be purchased by Monday January 16th 2017. Please freepmail me for more info
  • Disturbing Lessons from the Chicago Beating

    01/10/2017 11:49:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2016 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, four young blacks -- two males, both 18 years old; and two females, 18 and 24 years-old -- kidnapped a mentally disabled 18-year-old white boy and tortured him for 24 hours. Among other things, they kicked him, beat him, cut his scalp, made him drink from the toilet and made him kiss the floor while saying he loves black people. During the beatings, the suspects yelled out, "F--- white people, boy" and "F--- Donald Trump." The victim was found by police on Jan. 3rd. There are five important lessons to be learned from this episode. 1. Even after...
  • Illinois Congressman: Poverty Plays A Large Role In Chicago Gun Violence

    01/08/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2017 | Staff
    Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois's 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We hear now from Congressman Danny Davis. He's represented the 7th Congressional District since 1996, but gun violence is not just an abstract concept to him. His 15-year-old grandson Javon was killed in a dispute over borrowed clothing last November, and Congressman Davis delivered the eulogy. He was kind enough to host us in his offices on Capitol Hill. Congressman, thank you so much for speaking with us...
  • CBS Radio Deceptively Implies Chicago Torturers Were White Trump Supporters, Victim Was Black

    01/08/2017 4:51:33 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 57 replies
    CBS Radio Deceptively Implies Chicago Torturers Were White Trump Supporters, Victim Was Black by Alex Griswold | 12:58 pm, January 7th, 2017 AUDIO 600
  • [ Live Leak via Stop Hillary You Tube ] Watch: CNN reporter Sara Ganim caught LAUGHING while watch

    Published on Jan 6, 2017 SICK! CNN reporter Sara Ganim caught LAUGHING while watching Chicago Kidnapping footage on air ==============================­==========­===
  • Judge denies bail to hate crime suspects as new details of kidnapping are revealed

    01/06/2017 6:45:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 6, 2017 | John Sexton
    When hate crime charges were brought against four suspects accused of kidnapping and torturing a schizophrenic 18-year-old man yesterday, it was not immediately clear if the charges stemmed from the victim’s race or from the fact that he was mentally-challenged. The AP reports today that the four suspects were charged with two separate hate crimes, one based on the victim’s race and the other based on his disability. Lawyers for the four suspects portrayed them as responsible adults and asked a judge to grant them bail so they could return home while they await trial. The Associated Press reports the...
  • Hate crime charges filed after ‘sickening’ video shows attack on disabled man in Chicago

    01/05/2017 11:58:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | January 5, 2017 | Mark Berman and Derek Hawkins
    Authorities in Chicago charged four people with hate crimes Thursday following the emergence of a disturbing video appearing to show them shouting obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump and white people while abusing a man authorities say has mental health problems. The footage, which Chicago’s top police officer labeled “sickening,” quickly went viral online. In the shaky video, a terrified young man in a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants is seen crouching in a corner, his wrists and neck bound with orange bands, his mouth taped shut. A young woman films as two young men slash the sleeves of his...
  • Now Students Demand a 'Sanctuary Campus' For Illegals AND Their Families

    01/05/2017 11:58:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2017 | Tom Knighton
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC) students have decided they want their campus to be a safe haven for illegals -- and also for their " related community members." They are demanding to be included among the number of institutions throughout the country that believe they can exempt their campuses from federal laws. Luckily, in this case the administration isn't sure it's that bright of an idea : While hundreds of student groups have demanded sanctuary for students in the United States under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, fearing that President-elect Trump would follow through on his...
  • Special Needs Man Tortured, Told to Denounce Trump in Streamed Video

    01/04/2017 7:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 4, 2017 | Tim Molloy
    Chicago Police arrested four people accused of tormenting a special needs man in a video posted on social media. In the video at least one of the assailants says “f— white people” and tells the victim to say “f— Donald Trump.” Many on Twitter used the attack Tuesday to criticize the Black Lives Matter movement, and the hashtag #BLMkidnapping trended on Twitter Wednesday night. But an officer with Chicago police media relations told TheWrap he was not aware of any connection between the suspects and Black Lives Matter, and said police had not indicated the suspects were in any way...
  • Chicago police: Live video showing tortured man hostage (group shouted, "Donald Trump")

    01/04/2017 4:47:39 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4 Jan 2017 | BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
    The Chicago Police Department is investigating a Facebook Live video showing a tortured man held hostage by a group of people. Chicago police officers responded to a residence on the 3300 block of W. Lexington at 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday where they found a disoriented man walking on the street, police said. Police searched through the damaged property and discovered signs of struggle possibly linked to the victim. Police said they are questioning suspects as the investigation remains ongoing. No charges have been filed.The victim can be seen on camera crying and with what appears to be tape on his...
  • WATCH: Man ‘Tied Up & Tortured’ on Facebook Live in Chicago

    01/04/2017 5:16:45 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Heavy.com ^ | Jan 3, 2017
    WATCH: Man ‘Tied Up & Tortured’ on Facebook Live in Chicago Published 6:40 pm EST, January 4, 2017 Updated 8:11 pm EST, January 4, 2017 7 Comments By Tom Cleary 6.3k
  • Trump blasts Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel for record-setting 762 homicides and 4,331 shooting victims

    01/02/2017 12:11:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1/2/17 | David Martosko / ap
    full title....................Trump blasts Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel for record-setting 762 homicides and 4,331 shooting victims in 2016 and says he 'must ask for Federal help' if he can't fix Windy City..............................Donald Trump used his Twitter bully pulpit on Monday to blast Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for allowing his city's murder and firearms shooting rates to spiral out of control. 'Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016,' Trump tweeted. 'If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!'
  • Man with concealed-carry permit fatally shoots would-be robber

    01/01/2017 7:11:28 PM PST · by NorthMountain · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Chicago 12/30/2016, 03:17pm | Sam Charles, Jacob Wittich
    A man with a concealed-carry license fatally shot a would-be robber in Chatham Friday afternoon, sources said. The 23-year-old man was walking in the 8200 block of South Ingleside about 1:54 p.m. when another male pulled out a gun and tried to rob him, according to police. A fight broke out and the 23-year-old, who was licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and shot the would-be robber in the head, killing him, sources said.
  • Illinois ends 2016 with an $11 billion in unpaid bills

    01/01/2017 11:14:06 AM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | December 26, 2016 | Brendan Bakala
    Illinois state government has left the people of the Prairie State quite the stocking stuffer this holiday season: an $11 billion bill backlog that is expected to hit $14 billion by summer 2017. However, with money from a June stopgap funding agreement set to run out by the new year, nonprofit service providers and students receiving state grants may view it more as a lump of coal. Funding for service providers hasn’t been a priority for the General Assembly for quite some time. Service providers wait, on average, nearly a year to be paid. Illinois politicians have been delaying payment...
  • Meet the man who can basically read President Obama’s mind (I want to puke)

    12/30/2016 4:31:17 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/15/2016 | Colby Itkowitz
    Outside the Oval Office is a small rectangular room with two side-by-side, nondescript wooden desks. In one sits President Obama’s personal secretary. In the other is Brian Mosteller, the man who sweats the small stuff so that the president doesn’t have to. Few have even heard of Mosteller, but if you look closely at photographs taken inside the White House, you can often glimpse him at the edge of the frame, omnipresent. From his chair, he is the only person in the White House with a direct view of the president at his desk. No one gets in the Oval...
  • Chicago Way? Yet another alderman is accused of corruption

    12/24/2016 8:57:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2016 7:30 PM EST | Michael Tarm
    An alderman indicted on corruption charges while he sat in a City Council meeting is merely the latest in a rogues’ gallery of elected officials to face such allegations in Chicago, a city that over the years became saddled with a national reputation for corruption. Willie Cochran — who pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery, extortion and wire fraud charges — received word of his indictment last week while he sat in the City Hall chamber, fellow aldermen stopping by for hushed conversations. According to Illinois corruption researchers Dick Simpson and Thomas Gradel, more than 30 Chicago aldermen have been...
  • Is Chicago really that corrupt? Yes

    12/17/2016 6:54:59 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/14/2016 | John Kass
    Most aldermen, most politicians are hos," corrupt Chicago Ald. Arenda Troutman said, rather famously, on federal tape. She wasn't speaking about gardening tools, was she? Troutman was talking about the politics of Chicago, which is, if you've forgotten, the political corruption capital of the United States. Troutman represented the South Side's 20th Ward. At her 2009 sentencing, she squirted a few tears, sobbed, prayed, begged and then got four years in federal prison anyway. And on Wednesday her replacement, Ald. Willie Cochran, a former Chicago police officer who campaigned as something of a corruption buster, was himself indicted on federal...
  • Atheist who fought Illinois laws dies in small plane crash

    12/12/2016 11:40:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2016 11:14 PM EST
    An Illinois man who was one of the better-known atheists in the country and an activist for keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday. The McHenry County coroner said an autopsy Monday revealed that Robert I. Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died from multiple crash injuries. Authorities said Sherman was piloting a small plane that crashed into a cornfield either Friday night or Saturday morning. The crash is under investigation. Sherman was an outspoken atheist and critic of using state money for religious purposes and having religious displays in public spaces....
  • Chicago Mayor: Our City and State Have Values We Are Teaching Our Children — Embrace Gay Marriage

    12/09/2016 5:19:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 9, 2016 | 2:58 PM EST | Penny Starr
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Friday that his city and the state of Illinois support the values he and his wife are teaching their children, including a law in place that “embraces gay marriage.” “Amy and I teach our children about that differences should be something that you look to, learn from, etc.,” Emanuel said at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., during a discussion focused on cities in the wake of Trump’s election and the UK’s exit from the European Union. …
  • Illinois Democrat Loses Fight to Penalize Businesses That Help Build Trump’s Border Wall

    12/09/2016 11:46:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/09/2016 | Rod Kackley
    Illinois state Rep Will Guzzardi, a Democrat from the Northwest side of Chicago, failed to win legislative approval for a bill that would have required state pension funds to divest investments in companies hired by the Trump administration to build a border wall. “If Trump wants to build his wall he can, but our taxpayer dollars aren’t going to support it. Those aren’t our values,” Capitol Fax reported Guzzardi wrote in an email to his legislative colleagues. As for what exactly the values of Illinois might be, Guzzardi said he was inspired by a joint statement from California’s legislative leaders...
  • Will Rauner join Emanuel in defying Trump's plan to end sanctuary cities?

    12/07/2016 6:53:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Dec 6, 2016
    Will Rauner join Emanuel in defying Trump's plan to end sanctuary cities? CHICAGO - Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is being challenged by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council to stand up to President-elect Donald Trump's plan to enforce federal law concerning so-called "sanctuary cities." A committee in the Chicago City Council advanced a resolution Monday calling on Rauner to issue a statement of "support for cities that welcome our undocumented family members and neighbors and condemn any effort to strip the city of Chicago of federal funding." Rauner's office contends that the governor supports immigration policy reform,...
  • Illinois Commission Panel Says Christian-Owned Bed & Breakfast Must Host Gay Weddings

    12/06/2016 2:34:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/06/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    A decision forcing a Christian-owned bed and breakfast to pay a same-sex couple $30,000 for refusing to host their wedding ceremony will stand. A 3-member panel of the Illinois Human Rights Commission refused to hear an appeal in a decision compelling TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast to pay a fine for declining to host a gay wedding on their property, although they have hosted opposite-sex weddings in the past. TimberCreek owner Jim Walder told The Christian Post that they took issue with the panel decision and were planning to appeal to the full state Human Rights Commission. "Citizens should only decide...
  • (Gov Rahm) Emanuel Announces Immigrant Legal Fund

    12/02/2016 1:32:49 PM PST · by PBRCat · 56 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2016 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday kept up his postelection push to position himself as a protector of immigrants against President-elect Donald Trump, announcing the creation of a $1 million "legal protection fund" to help those fighting possible deportation. The fund was created in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center to "provide immediate legal information, screenings, consultations and representation to individuals who may be at risk for deportation," according to a news release from Emanuel's office. The money will come from the $20 million the city set aside for Emanuel's property tax rebate program, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Martinez.
  • IL LEGISLATORS WANT TO SPEND TAXES ON ABORTIONS |

    11/28/2016 9:38:58 AM PST · by Maudeen · 10 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 11/27/2016 | Monte Larrick
    Our state lawmakers are returning to Springfield this week for the second half of their Lame Duck Veto Session and they may vote on an abhorrent bill to use our tax dollars for abortions . . . .