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  • The Soda Tax: A Single Victory or a Blueprint for the Future?

    10/13/2017 9:18:20 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 13, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In November, 2016, the Cook County Board of Confiscators created a new tax on most non-alcoholic beverages – punitive, astronomical, and unconstitutional. Virtually everything that could be wrong with a government policy was wrong with this one, and the community reacted with unexpected force. County commissioners reported receiving more complaints about this issue than on any other issue in their careers. Despite a united front held by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle through the summer 2017 implementation, the resolve of her members soon withered as the real effects of the hated tax began to be felt. In the end, it...
  • The financial collapse of Illinois is accelerating

    10/10/2017 11:47:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/10/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    John O'Connor of the AP has just broken the news that the unpaid bills of the Great State of Illinois have reached the awe-inspiring sum of $16.5 billion. Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and a review obtained by The Associated Press shows $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills – as much as half the total – hadn't been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June. Although many of those IOUs have since been paid, a similar amount in unprocessed bills has replaced...
  • In Chicago, a Las Vegas Every Month

    10/09/2017 6:44:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 9, 2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There were 59 murders in Chicago in September, the city where black lives don’t seem to matter to liberals and gun control zealots. The horrible death toll in the Las Vegas massacre is just a normal month in the gun control and murder capital of America. The Democratic caucus in Congress that seizes on Las Vegas as another crisis too terrible to waste in their pursuit of gun control says nothing about the Chicago carnage, for which nary an NFL millionaire takes a knee while whining about social justice: The murder toll in Las Vegas on Sunday makes it the...
  • Chicago Man Arrested For Vandalizing Christopher Columbus Statue

    10/09/2017 7:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2017 | Justin Caruso
    Three men reportedly vandalized a statue of Christopher Columbus in Chicago Saturday. According to the Chicago Tribune, a bystander saw three males vandalizing the European explorer’s effigy, causing them to flee. However, “one tumbled off his bike and was held by the witness until Monroe District police officers got there and placed the 30-year-old under arrest, police said.” Columbus Day is set to be celebrated on Monday, and many leftists see the holiday as offensive. Some left-wing “antifascist” activists have decided to deface statues of Christopher Columbus this weekend to protest his holiday. It is unclear if these men were...
  • Illinois Bill Introduced to Ban All "Assault Weapons"

    10/07/2017 8:21:10 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 85 replies
    Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes it unlawful to deliver, sell, or purchase or cause to be delivered, sold, or purchased or cause to be possessed by another, an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge. Makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge 300 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the State Police in the time provided. Provides exemptions and penalties. Prohibits delivery, sale, purchase, or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices....
  • Welcome to the Dysfunction of Illinois

    10/07/2017 5:07:47 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 6, 2017 | Diane Sroka Rickert
    I walked into the Thompson Center on my first day, not knowing what to expect. In many ways, my new workplace was like any other large organization: big building, thousands of people and plenty of broken computers. Except this building is dilapidated, many of the employees are political hires and the computers will never be repaired, ever. The Thompson Center, where I worked, is a near-perfect representation of (Illinois) state government. It is gross, rundown, and nobody cares. Despite the shoddy condition of the state — fiscally and otherwise — there is a disturbing sense of entitlement among some state...
  • Mark Kirk v2.0 - The 2018 Illinois Governor's Race

    10/06/2017 12:41:32 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 16 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 6, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the summer and fall of 2015, many Illinois Republicans called for the party to retire incumbent US Senator Mark Kirk in the primary. Despite some party pressure, but obviously not enough, he refused to sit out the election. He campaigned for re-nomination, which scared both candidates and money out of the primary, and he won the spring… losing the fall as everyone predicted. Mark Kirk was elected narrowly in 2010, in a race that should have been a landslide even in Illinois. It was the best year for the Republican party in generations, and he was fortunate to have...
  • In the absence of police participation- robberies, shootings and homicides soared

    10/04/2017 7:34:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Canada Freepress.com ^ | October 4, 2017 | Mitch Wolfe
    In the absence of police participation- robberies, shootings and homicides have soared in these cities and other similar cities BLM and Liberal Press Bashing of American Cops Lead to Greater Gun Violence Mitch Wolfe October 4, 2017 The latest FBI report on gun violence in American cities, especially in specific liberal Democratic-controlled cities- discloses a very inconvenient truth. The relentless bashing and public criticism of urban cops by the activist BLM (Black Lives Matter), the liberal press+ liberal civic leaders have had the unintended consequence of producing a huge increase in black on black killings in certain visible minority cities....
  • After saying the US flag is toilet paper to her, U-46 Board member doubles down

    10/01/2017 7:44:55 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | SEP 30, 2017
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 After saying the US flag is toilet paper to her, U-46 Board member doubles down ELGIN - Earlier this week, U-46 School Board member Traci O'Neal Ellis opined about the National Football League controversy on her personal Facebook page, saying "That flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me." The post was passed along to fellow U-46 Board member Jeanette Ward, who shared Ellis' comments with others. Local media picked it up, and Ellis' words were soon appearing on national blogs and being commented on by national political persons Saturday like former Governor Mike Huckabee:
  • Fed-up Illinois homeowners consider moving (trunc)

    09/30/2017 7:07:37 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 73 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/29/17 | Gail Marksjarvis & Corilyn Shropshire
    Full Title: Fed-up Illinois homeowners consider moving: 'It’s not just the property taxes on my home; it’s all of them'...Some of those who are leaving Illinois say they’re frustrated with their tax burden and the state’s financial situation. After going more than two years without a budget, Illinois lawmakers passed a spending plan over the summer, one that involved a 32 percent income tax hike for residents. The state is still digging itself out of the financial disarray that accumulated during the budget impasse. A Forbes listing of the best and worst states for taxes in 2016, before the tax...
  • Illinois Gov. Rauner Signs Bill Allowing Medicaid For Abortions (Republican)

    09/28/2017 3:09:04 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 33 replies
    WGN9 ^ | September 28, 2017 | AP
    CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, ending months of speculation after the Republican reversed his stance on the issue last spring. The General Assembly controlled by Democrats approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until Monday, in part because he has changed his mind about support of the plan. As a candidate in 2014, Rauner said he would support expanding coverage for abortions. But last April he said he opposed the idea and said the state should focus on improving the economy. The proposal...
  • Rauner Signs Democrat Bill Forcing Taxpayers to Fund Abortion

    09/28/2017 2:58:38 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 27 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 9/28/2017 | Laurie Higgins
    Governor Bruce Rauner has stabbed conservatives in the back—again. But much worse, he has ensured that thousands more babies will be killed in the womb every year in Illinois, and taxpayers will pay for their deaths. Despite his commitment to veto HB 40, which requires taxpayers to fund the intentional killing of humans in utero—including healthy humans of any gestational age—through Medicaid and state employee insurance plans, Rauner is signing it into law. This is the same man who during the gubernatorial campaign told IFA that he believes life begins at conception. Claiming that life begins at conception and then...
  • 9 Teens Arrested After Attack at Illinois Six Flags Theme Park Leaves Family Hospitalized

    09/27/2017 4:16:50 PM PDT · by Main Street · 80 replies
    KTLA5 ^ | September 27, 2017 | Tribune Media Wire
    Suburban Illinois police are asking for witnesses to speak out after an attack at a Six Flags theme park near Chicago left a family hospitalized. Three family members were attacked by a group of nine people – one adult and eight teens – Saturday night around 9 p.m. during Fright Fest, the Lake County News Sun reported. Gurnee police officials told the newspaper the attack happened “after members of the larger group apparently cut in line and were using foul language when the family exchanged words with them.” Police say the family — a 51-year-old man, a 50-year-old woman and...
  • Tollway board OKs Tri-State widening over objections from some suburbs

    09/27/2017 2:06:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 28, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Amid a chorus of support from gridlock-weary drivers and the construction industry, Illinois tollway directors approved widening the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Thursday. Officials promised no toll increases but about $120 million for the $4 billion project will come from new fees to be imposed on I-PASS holders when they don't use transponders. A concept plan includes extra lanes, a "Flex Lane" for express buses, and highway interchange improvements at bottlenecks between Rosemont and Oak Lawn. "This is a first step," Chairman Robert Schilerstrom said. "We'll be reaching out to the communities. We're very interested in listening to their input...
  • New I-90 Bus Lanes Speed Up Commute To The Suburbs

    09/27/2017 6:15:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    DNA Info ^ | September 7, 2017 | Alex Nitkin
    CHICAGO — Sixteen miles of new "flex lanes" will allow PACE buses to breeze past traffic along I-90 going west from O'Hare Airport, suburban transportation officials announced this week. The lanes will carry six new bus lines all along the Jane Addams Tollway, half of them linking up with the Rosemont Blue Line station to give passengers direct access to the city. Ratcheting up bus service was the last piece of a $2.5 billion effort to widen the tollway between O'Hare and suburban Elgin, officials said. Construction wrapped up last December. The extra lane will stay clear most of the...
  • Tollway worker killed in hit-and-run crash along the Tri-State

    09/26/2017 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | September 18, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Illinois State Police are looking for the driver of a semitrailer that struck and killed an Illinois tollway maintenance worker Monday afternoon. The 48-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was picking up debris on the right shoulder of the southbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) close to 127th Street in Alsip. As he headed back to his vehicle just before 12:30 p.m., the semitrailer driver hit the worker and sideswiped his vehicle, an Illinois State Police spokesman said. The driver did not stop. The tollway "extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends," officials said. This is the first...
  • Rauner to decide on abortion bill 'in the near future'

    09/25/2017 8:06:55 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/25/2017 | Rick Pearson and Kim Geiger
    Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he will decide "in the near future" the fate of a controversial and politically complex measure that would expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions for women covered by Medicaid and state employee insurance. The Republican governor's decision has major political consequences as he seeks re-election, illustrated by his vow in April to veto the bill and comments last week that he was undecided. Democrats who run the legislature approved the legislation May 10 but did not send it to Rauner's desk until Monday. The governor was immediately peppered with questions at a pair of stops about what he'll...
  • USAA refuses to quit NFL

    09/25/2017 10:46:22 AM PDT · by Az Joe · 51 replies
    09/25/2017
    210-531-8722 Called them this morning...threatened to cancel if they dont. You have to work your way through the prompts a bit.
  • Ex-Patriots star ‘ashamed’ of team after wave of anthem protests

    09/25/2017 10:43:14 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 25, 2017 | 11:50am | Mark W. Sanchez
    Matt Light, who was on the Gillette Stadium field for countless victory formations, has never been so incensed to see a Patriot take a knee. The former longtime left tackle, the decade-long blind-side protector of Tom Brady, pushed back against New England joining the national anthem protest like the players were an incoming rusher. “If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light told the Boston Herald in an impassioned interview. “I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because...
  • NFL sponsors unconcerned about national anthem protests: Official

    09/25/2017 11:12:06 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 141 replies
    The NFL’s top corporate sponsors haven’t expressed any concern about the unprecedented wave of player national anthem protests this weekend, a league spokesman said Monday. NFL players engaged in widespread demonstrations on Sunday, hours after President Donald Trump called on the league’s owners to fire ‘son of a [expletive]’ who kneel during the pregame national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the vast majority of the league’s 32 owners issued statements in solidarity with players and condemned Trump for engaging in divisive rhetoric. “We talk to our sponsors all the time, whether it’s raining or the sun is out. We’ve...