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  • Bankrupt Illinois Madness: House Committee Wants Taxpayers to Spend $100 M. on Barack Obama Library

    04/20/2014 7:13:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Illinois is broke. Its public pension plans are the most troubled in the nation. Illinois passed massive "temporary" tax hikes to fix the pension problem, but that did not make a dent in the problem. Nonetheless, ideas to waste more taxpayer money are always on the table. Here's a recent example. $100 Million for Barack Obama Library Today, the Illinois Policy Institute reports by email ... _________________________________________________________ An Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for a Barack Obama library. Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • 60 Plus Launches Major Ad Campaign Against Senators Supporting Obamacare for Mortgages

    04/17/2014 5:55:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2014 | PR Newswire
    The 60 Plus Association today released TV and radio advertisements in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee Members who are sponsoring recently introduced legislation that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare. 60 Plus targeted three Democrat and four Republican U.S. Senators supporting this government take-over, including Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
  • Illinois trooper charged for roadside strip search

    04/16/2014 6:26:44 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 16, 2014
    <p>EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois state trooper is facing a felony aggravated battery charge after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop.</p> <p>The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports 32-year-old Cory Alberson was released on $20,000 bail on Monday after he pleaded not guilty.</p>
  • Illinois Term limits and Millionaire Tax Initatives

    04/16/2014 7:53:18 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 03/22/2014 | Rick Pearson
    ...The House speaker's plan would ask lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled legislature to submit to voters on Nov. 4 a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would create a 3 percent income tax surcharge on personal income exceeding $1 million a year. That would be added to the existing personal tax rate, which stands at 5 percent for all taxpayers but is scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent next year... ...Rauner's own populist-tinged ballot initiative, a petition drive to put a constitutional amendment before voters in November to limit legislators to a maximum of eight years in office. In pushing...
  • Maniac or Patriot? Chicago Man Arrested for Brandishing Gun over Soda Tax

    04/15/2014 8:27:50 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 26 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Winters
    Chicago resident Nahshon Shelton was arrested over the weekend for allegedly pulling out a 22-caliber pistol gun and threatening a convenience store clerk and fellow customers in his anger over a 22-cent “sin” tax on the 2-liter Pepsi he was purchasing Saturday afternoon. Chicago police reported that Shelton was adamant that his outburst was justified, as they quoted him as saying “This is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt! Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.” While I do not condone Shelton’s action, I cannot help but empathize with his frustrations. The...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 84 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Chicago Police Superintendent caught creating phony police reports to reduce crime rate

    04/15/2014 9:34:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/15/14 | Doug Book
    Other than hitting the perfect tee shot, nothing is more gratifying than the sight of liberals hoisted on a petard fashioned by their own corruption. In May of 2011, anti-gun lunatic Garry McCarthy was named Chicago Police Superintendent by mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Though making all of the usual promises about reducing the city’s crime rate, during his first full year–2012–Chicago recorded 507 murders, the most since 2008 and more than in any year since 2003. Of course, more important than 507 dead was the fact that Emanuel’s approval rate seemed to decline another notch...
  • Hollywood producer heard Bill Clinton say Obama ineligible

    04/02/2012 8:03:26 PM PDT · by Kukai · 74 replies
    WND ^ | April 1, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A successful Hollywood producer who had an insider’s view of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign claims she heard Bill Clinton say that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president. Bettina Viviano – who started her own film production company in 1990 after serving as vice president of production for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment – told WND that it was common knowledge among delegates committed to Hillary that the Clintons believed Obama was constitutionally ineligible and that Bill Clinton would eventually disclose his belief to the public. The Clintons were the original “birthers,” Viviano told WND in an interview in...
  • Chicago Minutemen reunite for SAVE THE AMERICAN WORKER RALLY"

    04/14/2014 10:41:10 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 12 replies
    self ^ | April 14 2014 | Rosanna Pulido
    For Immediate Release: Contact: Rosanna Pulido April 14, 2014 Rick Biesada tel. 773-771-3927 Chicago, IL – The head of the Illinois Minuteman Project and former Republican candidate for Congress, Rosanna Pulido, announced that her group, along with The Chicago MInutemen Project group and grassroots organizations, is holding a “SAVE THE AMERICAN WORKER RALLY” at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 22, at the corner of Michigan and Van Buren Streets in downtown Chicago. Pulido said the rally is being held to protest a gathering of well-heeled Republican politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs pushing amnesty for illegal aliens at the nearby Chicago Club...
  • 4 dead among at least 35 shot in Chicago in 36 hours

    04/13/2014 9:15:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2014 | Stephanie K. Baer and Peter Nickeas
    At least 35 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in 36 hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday. Officers responded to at least 26 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.
  • The Chicago Dictionary, Volume One

    04/13/2014 9:27:26 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 13, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Definitions of Words and Idioms that Mean Something Else in Illinois; posted as a public service for the consumers of news... City Council: A rectangular block of rubber, affixed to a rounded wooden handle. Ordinarily used in conjunction with an ink pad. (Alternate definition: a justification for tax increases). City Jobs: Political jobs. (Alternate definition: Bitter people who thought they were getting one of those cool ghost-payrolling jobs, but were surprised to find that they didn't). Collective Bargaining: The union boss talks; you listen. There’s nothing collective about it, and there’s no bargaining either. (Alternate definition: a justification for tax...
  • Congress Unplugged: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) says Lois Lerner Committed Felonies

    04/10/2014 9:15:23 AM PDT · by revdavis · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/10/14 | TellDC
    Rep. Roskam (R-IL) answered the following question to TellDC: What is going on to happen with potential contempt charges today against Lois Lerner in your House Ways and Means committee? (02:42)
  • Darrell Issa says emails suggest Elijah Cummings prompted IRS targeting of True the Vote

    04/09/2014 4:07:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/9/2014 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    This story was published at 4:33 p.m. and has been updated with a response from Rep. Cummings.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel's top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for non-profit status. Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official whom Issa's panel is poised...
  • Schock: ‘Clear Evidence’ Lerner Broke The Law

    04/09/2014 6:10:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/9/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R., Ill.) told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson there is “clear evidence” embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner broke the law Wednesday on Fox News. The House Ways and Means Committee released a report today revealing evidence highly incriminating to Lerner, and will refer her to the Justice Department for prosecution. Among the more startling allegations, Schock revealed the committee found evidence she deliberately attempted to obstruct Crossroads GPS’s 501 (c)(4) approval for purely political reasons. “We have in writing her own e-mails after meeting with liberal-leaning groups like Democracy 21 and others where they specifically say,...
  • Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner

    04/09/2014 6:37:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Speaker of the House ^ | 4-9-2014 | Press Release
    Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner Posted by Speaker Boehner's Press Office April 9, 2014 Press Release WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House Ways & Means Committee sent a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Attorney General outlining probable criminal actions taken by Lois Lerner during her tenure at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):“The Ways & Means Committee, led by Chairman Camp, has conducted a serious and thorough investigation of the IRS, uncovering abuses and criminal acts that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • Ex-Aide to Obama Pal Pleads Guilty to Stealing Taxpayer Funds

    04/11/2014 2:25:13 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney
    former chief of staff for the Illinois state public health department pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money through a kickback scheme that began when Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, a close friend of President Barack Obama, headed the agency. Whitaker brought in Quinshaunta R. Golden, a niece of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., as his top aide in 2003 after then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich hired him as public health chief. Their spouses — Dr. Cheryl S. Rucker-Whitaker and Victor Golden, who is now a $111,432-a-year administrator with the Illinois Lottery — went into business together...
  • Video: Illinois Democrat dismisses GOP colleague as “half” a black person

    04/11/2014 1:21:48 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    The context for this little chestnut of racial nastiness was a heated floor debate in the Illinois legislature over a proposed education reform bill. The fireworks started when Democratic Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, who is Hispanic, delivered a speech criticizing charter schools. Ms. Chapa LaVia was no doubt casting aspersions on behalf of teachers unions — who’ve contributed heavily to her campaigns, are bankrupting the state, and don’t much care for competition. In defense of the status quo — which traps far too many children, especially children of color, in failing public schools — Chapa LaVia appealed to her fellow...
  • Springfield gets ugly

    04/10/2014 7:12:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 10, 2014
    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora, took to the House floor Wednesday afternoon to defend a bill that would curtail the growth of charter schools in Illinois. She was at times sarcastic, at times defensive. She regularly interrupted House members who asked challenging questions about the bill. No surprise there. The debate in Springfield can be sharp. Chapa LaVia is not shy. But as she railed against charter schools — she claimed they're becoming segregated "between the haves and the have nots" — she turned to her fellow Democrats, waved her arms and said: "Listen to me,...
  • [Bobby Rush] Illinois Democrat reveals ethics review ["I've been just totally honest.."]

    04/10/2014 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 10, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said the Office of Congressional Ethics is reviewing him after reports in December about a $1 million grant his non-profit organization received more than a decade ago. Rush told the Chicago Sun-Times he has been cooperating fully with the review and has asked others around him to do the same. He said he has not yet been interviewed by the independent panel. “I have been just totally, totally cooperative, open and cooperative and I encouraged anybody they wanted to talk to [to be] honest and frank about it,” Rush said. He said he hoped the OCE...
  • FBI raids Calumet Township trustee's office (Yet another raid on a democrat)

    03/27/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 37 replies
    RTV6ABC ^ | 3/27/14 | Kara Kenney
    GARY, Ind. - Federal agents raided a northwestern Indiana township trustee's office Thursday, although they stayed mum on the reasons for the raid. FBI agents were joined with officers from the Indiana State Police and the IRS in a sweep of Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin's office in Gary on Thursday. Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenny found a 2011 audit of the trustee's office that raised concerns about the township's finances, including nine employees with take-home cars.
  • A Whole Lotta Democratic Corruption Going On

    03/28/2014 4:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what's in it.) I'd love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi's blink count must be off the charts. I'm going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue's gallery reference list. But let's not be naive. It's clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI's...
  • The Truth About Chicago Crime Rates

    04/08/2014 1:25:54 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | April 7, 2014 | David Bernstein and Noah Isakson
    Chicago conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons. About one-quarter of victims of aggravated assault and battery failed to get counted in Chicago Police statistics for 2012, according to a city...
  • Crack In Ivory Curtain

    04/08/2014 12:32:47 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When academia practices real diversity, one wonders how long it can continue. It usually doesn’t, unfortunately. Right now there is a crack in the Ivory Curtain in the person of Manuel Suarez-Mier, economist in residence at the School of International Service at American University. To call him politically incorrect would be an understatement. We mean that as a compliment. “I contend that any organization that has to use the word democratic as an adjective is anything but,” Suarez Mier said at a conference in Chicago co-sponsored by the Atlas Network and the Illinois Policy Institute. “Think about it: The Democratic...
  • Obama pal's ex-aide to plead guilty in grant scheme

    04/07/2014 7:15:11 PM PDT · by John W · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2014 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD—A onetime top aide to former state public health chief Dr. Eric Whitaker plans to plead guilty to bribery, theft and obstruction of justice in federal court this week in a $400,000 state grant kickback scam she is accused of trying to cover up, according to court documents the Tribune obtained. Quinshaunta Golden, 45, of Homewood, is scheduled to change her plea to guilty Thursday and has agreed to cooperate with authorities. Federal prosecutors have agreed to request a sentence of no more than 10 years and a month in prison, a copy of Golden's plea agreement shows. Whitaker, a...
  • Chicago Murder Rate at Lowest Level in 50 Years after Concealed Carry

    04/06/2014 5:22:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 04/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Even Chicago isn’t hopeless. Just its politicians. In July of 2013, Illinois became the last state in the union to enact a concealed carry law. In January of this year, the state began accepting applications for permits. This week, Chicago police announced that the city’s first quarter murder rate was the lowest since 1958.The first three months of the year saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013–a 9 percent drop–and 55 fewer murders than 2012, according to a statement from Chicago Police.There were 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims, drops of 26 and 29...
  • Former Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., Transferred After Prison Dispute

    04/06/2014 8:34:45 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 6, 2014 | Michael Sneed and Lynn Sweet
    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times. The 49-year-old former Chicago congressman had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison, according to the source, who said a guard took exception to that. As a result, the longtime South Side politician was placed in solitary confinement for four or five days more than a month ago, the source said. It took about...
  • Indianapolis Murder Outbreak Double Number In Chicago

    04/05/2014 11:51:34 AM PDT · by digger48 · 21 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | John Dodge
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If somebody told you that Indianapolis has seen more murders than Chicago in the past few days, would you believe it? It’s true. Way more. (snip) So far in 2014, there have been 41 murders in Indianapolis, putting the city on pace for more than 160. Through March, Chicago Police have recorded 62 murders for the year–the lowest first-quarter total since 1958.
  • Chicago After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law

    04/05/2014 11:03:06 AM PDT · by dvan · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 4, 2014 4:45pm | Jason Howerton
    On July 9, 2013, a bill to recognize Illinois gun owners’ right to carry concealed firearms was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns. Gun control advocates warned that high-crime areas, like Chicago, would only see more violence if residents were allowed to carry guns in public. In reality, the opposite may be happening. On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department announced that the city experienced its lowest murder rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014. There were 6 fewer murders than the...
  • North Dakota Is Most-Trusted State; Illinois Is Least

    04/05/2014 1:36:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 5:06 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    The people of North Dakota put more trust and confidence in their state government than people in any other state, while the people of Illinois put the least. In polling done in June through September 2013, Gallup asked at least 600 people in each state this question: “How much trust and confidence do you have in the government of the state where you live when it comes to handling state problems—a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?” …
  • Democrats squawk as cracks form in immigration coalition

    04/04/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 3, 2014 | Byron York
    Immigration reform advocates are fond of citing broad support for their cause. But in fact the coalition behind the Senate Gang of Eight comprehensive reform bill is fragile and loosely cobbled together. How could Big Labor and the Chamber of Commerce and the tech world and Big Agriculture all unite behind one bill? Very tentatively. It wouldn't take much to break the coalition apart. And if that happens, the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform could blow up, not just for the moment, but for some time to come. And there are signs that is exactly what is occurring now....
  • Illinois bishop upholds priest’s decision to deny Communion to pro-abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by topher · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Apr 03, 2014 14:10 EST | by Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law.
  • Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

    04/02/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 51 replies
    Mail ^ | 04-01-2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin chairs the Senate investigations subcommittee. On Tuesday, Levin grilled Caterpillar executives and their accountants at a hearing on the company's tax strategy. "Caterpillar is an American success story that produces iconic industrial machines,"...
  • NRA lobbyist breaks hunting law, then lobbies to change it

    04/02/2014 4:59:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 48 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 2 apr 2014 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    L SPRINGFIELD — After a state conservation officer ticketed the National Rifle Association’s Illinois lobbyist last December for breaking a hunting law, the gun-rights advocate dutifully paid his $120 fine. But Todd Vandermyde, one of Springfield’s most powerful and effective lobbyists, didn’t stop there. A month later, he worked with one legislator to rewrite the law he broke. And not long after that, he enlisted help from House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, to carry legislation that, at least initially, would have greatly restrained the authority of Department of Natural Resources police officers to venture onto private property. “I...
  • Gun Control: The Facts, Figures, And Frustrations

    04/01/2014 4:13:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Neon Tommy - Annenberg Digital News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Kevin Litman-Navarro
    When I think of Chicago, my mind goes to Wrigley Field, Michael Jordan and the Sears Tower. Over the last few weeks, I have added something else to this list: gun violence. Since Friday, 17 people have been shot in the city. A couple weeks back, on the night of March 11th, ten shootings occurred in Chicago. Just to be clear, that is over the course of ONE NIGHT. Only the Chicago Tribune reported on these incidents, resulting in most Americans not even hearing about them. This is an irresponsible omission; an incredibly disturbing trend; a manifestation of our hyper-desensitized...
  • Durbin Criticizes Free Enterprise: ´Created Unfairness and Injustice´

    04/01/2014 2:09:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/1/14 | Susan Jones
    In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said free enterprise isn´t always best. Government must step in. "The free enterprise system is a strong system," he said, but it "created unfairness and injustice when it came to health care, which we are addressing with this Affordable Care Act." In passing that law, Durbin said Democrats "rejected the free enterprise approach to health care and said let´s have something that basically respects families." He also criticized Republicans for embracing free enterprise: "Let me tell you a free enterprise idea when it came to health care. Before
  • Republican Main Street Partnership (George Soros is funding the Moderates)

    11/10/2005 10:45:24 AM PST · by jdhljc169 · 73 replies · 3,007+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 11/10/05 | Michelle Malkin
    Update 1145am EST. Many of you are asking for the list of the anti-drilling Republicans. The group who succeeded in pressuring the GOP to cave in calls itself the "Republican Main Street Partnership." They're holding a press conference at 130pm EST in Washington, D.C. to bray about their "victory." Here's some more info: Main Street Leaders who helped broker the deal to eliminate ANWR from budget cuts: Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH), Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Jim Walsh (R-NY), Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-MI), RMSP Executive Director Sarah Chamberlain ResnicHere's the complete list of "Main Street" members in Congress. 1pm EST....
  • Man fatally shot on South Side, 13 wounded in other shootings [Chicago]

    03/29/2014 12:52:49 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    Chicago Trib ^ | 3-29-14 | Carlos Sadovi, Deanese Williams-Harris, and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A man was fatally shot in the city's South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood, and at least 13 others were wounded during shootings citywide over 36 hours Friday and Saturday. Most recently, about 7:30 a.m. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, a 19-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh in the 3500 block of West Hirsch Street, according to police. Chicago Police News affairs Officer Jose Estrada said the man was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in an unknown condition. In addition to the gunshot victim, another 19-year-old man was the victim of a battery...
  • Train Operator Behind O'Hare Crash Identified

    03/29/2014 4:12:56 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 52 replies
    nbc news ^ | 3/28/2014 | Phil Rogers
    <p>The woman at the controls of a Chicago Transit Authority train that crashed at O'Hare Airport had worked 69 hours in the seven days before the accident.</p> <p>Brittney T. Haywood, 25, from Chicago, said she dozed off at the controls Monday when the train crashed into the terminal and rode up the escalator.</p>
  • Gun Grabber Keith Farnham’s Office Raided By Feds Searching For Child Porn!

    03/28/2014 2:55:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    Free Patriot.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Eric Reed
    This is becoming one hell of a week! The “gun-grabbers” are falling finally, and it all started with Rhode Island State Senator (“Go F%#K Yourself”) Joshua Miller. Next was Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox when his house was raided by the “Feds,” then Democratic gun-grabbing CA Senator Leland Yee who’s charged with illegally trafficking machine guns and rocket launchers, and who’s in the hot seat now? None other than Illinois Democratic State Representative Keith Farnham. How could things possibly get any worse for the Democratic party? We’ve already got cheating, bribery, extortion, money laundering, illegal weapons trafficking,...
  • Cook County Judge Once Found Insane Wants Back On the Bench

    03/28/2014 1:03:38 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Stefanie Esposito
    “I’ve had two years to think about this,” Judge Cynthia Brim said Friday downtown before the seven-member Illinois Courts Commission. “I have a different understanding and perspective of my condition.” The commission is considering a complaint filed by the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board. A board attorney argued Friday that Brim remains “mentally unable to perform her duties.” But Brim — who has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and has been hospitalized multiple times for mental illness since 1993 — said she now knows she must carefully monitor her condition and keep taking medication regularly. “You’re not expecting to...
  • (Democrat Governor) Quinn Could Be Added to Suit By CSU Whistleblower

    03/28/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Gov. Pat Quinn could be added as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claims he was fired in retaliation for calling attention to alleged financial misconduct by Chicago State President Wayne Watson. Glenn Meeks, who was vice president of administration and finance at the school, claims in the suit that he introduced himself to Quinn at a luncheon on March 25, 2013, and urged the governor to reappoint members of the university’s Board of Trustees who intended to replace Watson. Quinn did not reappoint the board members. And the next day, Watson fired Meeks. Meeks’ attorney,...
  • Bruce Rauner copies Mark Kirk’s Illinois playbook [IL Governor race]

    03/28/2014 8:17:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/28/2014 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    Bruce Rauner, the billionaire Republican nominee for Illinois governor, is doing all he can to turn himself into a career politician named Mark Kirk. Fresh off a closer-than-expected primary victory over three underfunded opponents, Rauner is avoiding social issues at all costs and hewing to a throw-the-bums-out message against the unpopular Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner has on his staff four Kirk alumni in his effort to replicate the moderate GOP senator’s path to blue-state victory. And like Kirk — and unlike Republicans in almost everywhere else in the country — Rauner avoids bashing President Barack Obama, who remains popular...
  • Illinois toddler injured by razor blades glued to playground equipment

    03/27/2014 8:50:21 PM PDT · by Altariel · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Fox News
    An Illinois playground was bobby-trapped with straight-edged razors glued to equipment frequented by children, WQAD.com reported. The sharp razors were discovered by parents at Millennium Park in East Moline, near the state’s western border with Iowa. The parents say their 2-year-old son was cut by one of the blades on the monkey bars. "He said, 'Ouch,'" Sally Jenks, the boy's mom, told the station. "He started bleeding and we looked and they [the razors] were everywhere."
  • Crouching Thugs, Hidden Machete: Bicycler Waylaid Just for Giggles

    03/27/2014 3:51:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Patch ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dennis Robaugh, editor
    Bicyclist hopes video of his attack surfaces on the Internet.A man riding his bike home from work on Chicago's West Side was set upon by two men in their 20s, one wielding a machete who swatted his bike as he sped past. “I tried to speed past them, but one of them swung the machete at my back wheel," the man told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And then the same guy punched me in the face." The other held a camera phone and laughed. “That’s when I thought, ‘Oh, well this guy’s giggling, this is a joke to them. At least...
  • Pat Quinn Named in Chicago State Lawsuit

    03/27/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | March 27, 2014 | Anonymous
    The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn Meeks alleges his firing occurred because he brought a number of, unseemly at best and possibly illegal at worst, Watson practices to the attention of former Chicago State Board of Trustees Gary Rozier on October 31, 2012 and told Rozier he (Meeks) would report his concerns to the Illinois Inspector General’s Office if the board did nothing. Ultimately, in February-March 2013, the board attempted to remove Watson from the presidency During this attempt, Meeks had a conversation with...
  • Quinn tells lawmakers to make 'hard choice' on keeping tax hike (another broken promise)

    03/26/2014 7:48:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/26/2014 | Ray Long and Monique Garcia
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today proposed making permanent the temporary income tax increase he signed into law three years ago, fully framing the debate over his fall re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner who wants the tax hike rolled back. Delivering his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Quinn sought to offer some sweeteners for keeping the tax increase—including a doubling of the tax credit for lower-income workers and offering a flat $500 property tax rebate to benefit homeowners. "As a result of our hard work to restore fiscal stability -- from spending reductions to pension...
  • Elgin officials shocked by child porn investigation of ex-Rep. Farnham

    03/26/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-26-2014 | Stephanie K. Baer
    Reports that federal agents were looking for evidence of child pornography when they seized computers from the Elgin district office of former state Rep. Keith Farnham shocked local officials who said the lawmaker was well-liked and active in the community. "I couldn't even fathom it. I was stunned," said former Elgin Mayor Ed Schock, adding that Farnham always worked on the city's behalf. Farnham has not been accused of any crime. Federal agents were searching for documents "pertaining to the possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography" as well as computer files, copies and negatives of child pornography or any...
  • The Many Reasons Mark Kirk Won’t Stump for Oberweis

    03/25/2014 1:30:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/25/14 | Kyle Trygstad
    Sen. Mark S. Kirk’s decision not to campaign this year against his in-state Democratic colleague should come as no surprise. While Kirk has said he will support the Republican ticket in November and has committed to actively assisting the party’s gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Republican told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet that he won’t be stumping for Republican Senate nominee Jim Oberweis. Kirk said he wants to protect his working relationship with Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin by “not launching into a partisan jihad.” But there are other equally compelling reasons not to hit the campaign trail against...