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  • Is Elgin-O'Hare extension caught in political roadblock?

    02/09/2016 12:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    A divide between the Illinois tollway and Chicago on the cost of airport land needed for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension is threatening progress on the massive project, considered vital for the suburbs. An agreement to sell property on the western edge of O'Hare to the tollway at market value more than a decade ago has disintegrated, officials said, and the city's latest price tag of about $190 million is giving the tollway sticker-shock. "We've been negotiating for a long time. ... It's within the last couple of months I've realized how far apart we were," tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said....
  • Bill would make Obama’s birthday a state holiday

    02/08/2016 9:13:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Reboot Illinois ^ | February 4, 2016 | Kevin Hoffman
    A bill introduced in the Illinois House would make Aug. 4, President Barack Obama’s birthday, a state holiday. State Rep. André Thapedi, D-Chicago, and three other Chicago-area Democratic lawmakers are sponsoring House Bill 4654, which was filed on Feb. 2. The legislation would make Obama’s birthday a legal holiday, meaning state offices and schools would be closed. From the bill: “The fourth day of August of each year shall be a legal holiday to be known as Barack Obama’s Birthday to be observed as a day on which to hold appropriate exercises in commemoration of our illustrious President. When August...
  • I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

    02/08/2016 8:11:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Better Roads (Equipment World) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Chris Hill
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in each direction to a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 55 near Chicago using a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. IDOT is allowed to use P3 agreements only if the general assembly adopts a resolution supporting a proposed project, a state law in place since 2011. This would be the first P3 managed lane project in the state. “By using existing resources to leverage private investment, we can build the type of infrastructure...
  • Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for 'Stupid' Wall

    02/08/2016 7:03:41 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 95 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8 Feb 2016 | by Brian Latimer
    A former Mexican president had some tough words when asked about GOP candidate Donald Trump's much-touted plan to build a border wall that he says will be paid for by Mexico. "We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it's going to be completely useless," said former Mexican president Felipe Calderón when asked about this at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Sunday. Calderón told CNBC's Hadley Gamble his country will not be funding the construction of the wall, also adding that while Trump blames Mexican migration for the majority of illegal...
  • Professor at Christian college who wore hijab in 'solidarity' with Muslims leaves school

    02/07/2016 7:23:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2016 | Rick Moran
    A political science professor from Wheaton College, a small Christian school outside of Chicago, who wore a hijab to proclaim her "solidarity" with Muslims, has "found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation" with the school and the two will part ways. Larycia Hawkins also said that her gesture was an acknowledgment that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. After recommending that she be fired, the college's Provost withdrew his request and turned the matter over to the college president who reached the confidential agreement with Hawkins that has led to her leaving the school without being fired. CLTV:...
  • HUNDREDS of Protesters Carry “TRUMP IS RIGHT” Signs at First PEGIDA Rally in England

    02/06/2016 11:38:36 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 6,2016 | Jim Hoft
    HUNDREDS of Supporters took part in the first PEGIDA rally in Birmingham, England on Saturday. https://mobile.twitter.com/BreitbartLondon/status/696032870872326144/photo/1
  • Establishment Panic! Trump Can Win Illinois

    02/03/2016 7:53:28 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 23 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | February 1st, 2016 | T. Carter
    Unlike his GOP opponents, Trump stands apart from the traditional establishmentarians on the right. On the Democratic side, Sanders and Clinton compete to out-talk one another with the exact same catchphrases and fictitious dramas about income inequality, gun violence, sexism and racism. On the Republican side, all the candidates talk big on amnesty and illegal immigration after they've all spent years supporting it. They all talk about the grassroots after taking million dollar checks from the right-wing donor class and Wall Street. They all blur together. Among them, only one candidate stands out. While the two Democratic front-runners and all...
  • Illinois Board Of Elections Rules: Ted Cruz Is A ‘Natural Born Citizen’

    02/03/2016 7:14:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/03/2016 | Kerry Picket
    4885015 Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a “natural born citizen” according to the Illinois Board of Elections.The state’s BOE ruled that Cruz met the citizenship criteria to appear on the state’s primary ballot.Two state residents, William Graham and Lawrence Joyce, challenged Cruz’s eligibility with the board, claiming his name should not appear on the March 15 primary ballot because his candidacy did not comply with Article II of the U.S. Constitution. : “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the...
  • Birther Challenge Against Ted Cruz Dismissed By Illinois Board Of Elections

    02/03/2016 5:59:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    Red State ^ | February 3, 2016 | Ulysses Arn
    The Illinois Board of Elections of Monday ruled on a birther challenge to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility to be on the Illinois March 15th primary ballot. The board said that, "Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary." As they rejected the challenge, as well as another separate challenge against Sen. Marco Rubio. Popular Grove lawyer Lawrence Joyce brought the challenge, he was one of the lawyers representing people in 2008 and into 2009 seeking to have Barack Obama disqualified from serving as President using the same birther arguments that were made against Cruz. Those birther challenges against President Obama...
  • 10 things my White friends BETTER NOT ruin during Black History Month

    02/01/2016 8:24:02 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 162 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | 2-1-2016 | Nikki Lynette
    <p>1. The 2016 Presidential Election. So... we're just gonna act like that thing on his head is hair? Aside from the fact that he's shown himself to be a sexist bigot, if Donald Trump isn't even perceptive enough to notice a seagull nesting on his head then how the hell can he run a country? Only the most racist and player-hatery of my White homies could possibly be pro-Trump. And if that's what you're about, then that's your business. But don't ruin the Presidential Elections for the rest of us this month. Keep it to yourself until March. Let us enjoy our last Black History Month with a Black president in peace.</p>
  • Reformer Sen. Cruz and Brutal Mr. Hyde

    01/31/2016 8:01:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts -- "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of jury trials." "Draconian mandatory minimum sentences," he wrote, can produce sentences that far outweigh the crime, especially for "nonviolent drug offenders." The Ted Cruz who wrote that piece -- and co-sponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- may not be familiar to those following...
  • Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Vandalized with Swastika (libs in desperation mode now)

    01/30/2016 7:35:46 PM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Entertainment industry outlet TheWrap shared the Reddit user’s image of the star painted with a black, backwards swastika on Saturday; however, the the outlet reported the star showed no signs of damage upon further investigation. Trump has at times been portrayed as a “nazi” by members of the media since announcing his candidacy. Democrats and even some fellow Republicans have disparaged him as a racist over his pledge to enforce the country’s immigration laws. Following the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States, citing the “great hatred towards Americans by large...
  • Mexican Actress Kate Del Castillo Under Investigation On Suspicion Of Money Laundering (Trump hater)

    01/30/2016 7:11:36 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 9 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 25 Jan 2016
    WESTLAKE DISTRICT (CBSLA.com) — A handful of fans held signs outside of the Mexican consulate Monday in support of actress Kate del Castillo, who is under investigation on suspicion of money laundering in Mexico.
  • Police officer to sue family of teenager he shot

    01/31/2016 8:29:51 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 31 replies
    HotAir ^ | 01/31/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    This is one of the more unusual (and disturbing) news items to pop up over the weekend. You probably recall the story of 19 year old Chicago resident Quintonio LeGrier, who was shot and killed by officer Robert Rialmo during a domestic disturbance call. LeGrier, who may have suffered from mental illness, came out of the residence with a baseball bat, ignored multiple orders to stand down and was shot. Unfortunately, one of the rounds fired by Rialmo was a "through and through" shot which passed through LeGrier and went on to strike and kill Bettie Jones, a neighbor. The...
  • Report Proves Obama Lied About Knowledge of Clinton's Personal Email

    01/30/2016 3:48:08 PM PST · by rightistight · 65 replies
    IOTW Report ^ | 1/30/16 | Aurelius
    According to a new report from the New York Times, the State Department announced that 18 emails between President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be withheld from release to the public. These emails "had been sent through Hillary Clinton's private computer server" on her private email. The report from the Times did not make the connection that Mr. Obama had lied. However, IOTW Report has found that this revelation proves that President Obama lied about how he gained knowledge of Ms. Clinton's server. According to CBS News, President Obama stated that he had no knowledge of Ms. Clinton's server...
  • Widow of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz indicted

    01/28/2016 12:55:13 PM PST · by Fundamentally Fair · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | January 28, 2016 | Michael Martinez
    <p>The widow of an Illinois police lieutenant who tried to portray his suicide as murder was indicted Wednesday on six counts accusing her of participating in her husband's stealing of charitable funds, authorities said.</p> <p>Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, is the wife of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who killed himself last year. Officials said her husband staged his suicide to appear he was killed in the line of duty while pursuing three suspects. The case prompted a massive manhunt for weeks until authorities unraveled the ruse.</p>
  • Jailed E.C. (East Chicago) councilman sworn into office (while in jail)

    01/26/2016 2:36:32 PM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    NWI.com ^ | January 22, 2016
    Locks and bars didn't stop East Chicago Councilman Robert Battle's inauguration. The newly sworn-in Battle can retain his public title and annual salary of $42,356 a year despite being held in Porter County Jail on federal drug and homicide charges.
  • Nearly half of Chicago's young black men are out of work, out of school

    01/25/2016 3:38:15 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 31 replies
    .chicagonow.com ^ | 25 Jan 2016 | Austin Berg,
    Anecdotal evidence surrounding Chicago City Council’s Dec. 2, 2014, vote to hike the minimum wage by 58 percent over four and a half years suggests this trend will continue. The owner of the iconic Original Rainbow Cone ice cream shop in Beverley said she would be forced to cut the number of students her business employs over the summer by half. A Panera Bread location cited the hike when it decided to close, as did Home Run Inn pizza when it killed plans to open a new location in Portage Park.
  • EAST CHICAGO COUNCILMAN SWORN IN FROM BEHIND BARS

    01/25/2016 6:49:39 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies
    ABC Chicago ^ | January 25, 2016 | N/A
    An East Chicago councilman was sworn into office behind bars earlier this month while in custody on murder charges. Robert Battle, who was re-elected in November when he ran unopposed, was given his oath of office and signed required paperwork on Jan. 15, said Paula Miraldi, of the Lake County Board of Elections in northwest Indiana. The board of elections received the paperwork Friday morning, but it was dated Jan. 15. Battle needed to be sworn in and submit his paperwork by Feb. 1, otherwise the council post would be declared vacant. Battle has been in the custody of the...
  • Franklin Graham: "Islam and Christianity Clearly Do Not Worship the Same God" [2 John 1]

    01/24/2016 1:06:10 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, celebrated evangelist Franklin Graham said in response to the controversial claim by a faculty member at Wheaton College in Illinois. In a series of tweets late Saturday night, Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, laid out his opposition to the recommendation of the college’s faculty council that the school drop its plans to terminate a professor who published her belief that Islam and Christianity worship the same God, which Graham said was "no minor issue." In December 2015, Larycia Hawkins, who teaches political science at Wheaton College, was put on...
  • IL Auditor General reportedly doled out $213k to Happy's Super Service (Democrat)

    01/24/2016 9:39:08 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 23, 2016
    Saturday, January 23, 2016 IL Auditor General reportedly doled out $213k to Happy's Super Service SPRING VALLEY - Happy's Super Service Station in Spring Valley, Illinois, provided a reported $213,338.31 in gas and vehicle repairs over 10 years to Illinois' new Auditor General Frank Mautino, which has drawn national attention in Forbes.com. The hundreds of thousands of dollars Mautino spent at Happy's since 2005 averaged about $20,000 a year. That's either a whole lot of gas or Mautino's campaign vehicles are lemons - all of them. Mautino was a member of the House Speaker Mike Madigan's Democrat leadership, but now...
  • Obama’s Dirty Little Secret to Winning the 2012 Presidential Election

    01/24/2016 6:36:30 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.12.12 | Michael Medved
    ...there’s no basis for the common claim Obama won through a superb, unprecedented, supremely effective get-out-the-vote effort by the Democrats. Even downcast Republicans have hailed the opposition’s turnout operation as magnificent, but they fail to note that it resulted in far fewer voters showing up for President Obama. - The president drew 7.6 million fewer votes than he did in the hope-and-change election of 2008. - Exit polls showed that Obama got a slightly smaller percentage of the black vote than last time and that turnout was sharply down, delivering at least 1.5 million fewer African-American ballots for the Democrats....
  • The Insurgency Has Only Just Begun - We Absorb Vilification and Ridicule As Fuel

    01/23/2016 9:43:02 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 67 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 1-22-2016 | sundance
    January 22, 2016 The Insurgency Has Only Just Begun - We Absorb Vilification and Ridicule As Fuel by sundance "What so frightens the conservative movement about Trump's success is that he reveals just how thin the support for their ideas really is. His campaign is a rebuke to their institutions. It says the Republican Party doesn't need all these think tanks, all this supposed policy expertise. It says look at these people calling themselves libertarians and conservatives, the ones in tassel-loafers and bow ties. Have they made you more free? Have their endless policy papers and studies and books conserved...
  • Students Boycott High School’s Required ‘Racial Identity’ Day

    01/21/2016 9:12:37 AM PST · by detective · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jan 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    At least one thousand students skipped New Trier High School's mandatory day of "racial identity" classes on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The suburban Chicago high school, which ranks among the top public high schools in the country, held class on the public holiday, and scheduled seminars on "systemic racism" that sought to increase students' awareness "of their own racial identities and the identities of others." But students stayed away in droves.
  • DoD bases no longer accepting driver's licenses from 5 states as ID

    01/21/2016 2:04:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2016 | Fox News
    Defense Department bases no longer will accept driver’s licenses from five states as proof of ID -- a consequence of the implementation of a controversial post-9/11 law. The decision, which affects residents of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington, was announced Wednesday. Residents from those five states, going forward, will need another form of ID such as a passport to enter. The move marks one of the first big changes after the government started to implement a 2005 security law known as the REAL ID Act. The legislation was meant to tighten standards for government-issued IDs – like driver’s...
  • Area Satirical Publication The Onion Sold To Univision (Seriously)

    01/19/2016 1:57:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    npr.org ^ | 1/19/16 | David Folkenflik
    Univision Communications Inc., the parent company to the nation's leading Spanish-language broadcast channel, has acquired a controlling stake in the satirical news site The Onion, NPR has learned. The agreement between two seemingly disparate media outfits was described to NPR by a person with direct involvement in the negotiations. A second person who was briefed on the deal by Univision executives also confirmed its broad strokes. The amount of money involved in the deal was not disclosed. NPR has also obtained a memo from the CEO of The Onion announcing the deal to staffers.
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • Donald Trump Leads Marco Rubio by 20 Points in Illinois 36-16%

    01/17/2016 9:23:44 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 30 replies
    Overtime Politics ^ | 1/17/16 | Fred
    Things are looking good for Donald Trump in Illinois, where he leads Marco Rubio by 20 points among likely primary voters. Rubio and Cruz are within 1% of each other, but things fall off substantially from there. 4 candidates received 5% of the vote each, and 2 tied for 8th place with 3% each.
  • Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home

    01/17/2016 11:04:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 9, 2016 | Len Wells
    Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home By Len Wells Evansville Courier & Press, Ind. (Tribune News Service) Published: January 9, 2016 ALBION, Ill. The remains of an airman listed as "missing in action" during the Vietnam War have been recovered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, Illinois. He had been missing since Oct. 3, 1969. He was 21 at the time. Cunningham's remains will be flown back to the United States later this month, arriving at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky on Jan 19. His remains...
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, & These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/17/2016 10:47:05 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3 Jan, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted. But, as JPMorgan details, Muni risk is on the rise for US states, but broad generalizations do not apply (in other words, these five states are 'screwed')... The direct indebtedness of US states (excluding...
  • REVEALED: Obama Was Not Constitutional Scholar… Here’s What He REALLY Did At Univ. Of Chicago

    01/16/2016 6:59:37 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Tea Party ^ | Sllen West
    I had to cringe during a particularly elitist remark that left Obama's mouth during his rteary town-hall on gun control; "I believe in the Second Amendment. It is there, written on the paper. It guarantees a right to bear arms. No matter how many times people try to twist my words around -- I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this -- I get it." Well, a colleague of Obama's at the University of Chicago, economist John Lott quoted Obama as having told him that he doesn't believe that people should be able to own guns when...
  • Clinton’s Spot on Illinois Ballot Challenged

    01/14/2016 2:15:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is ineligible to appear on Illinois's primary ballot, a petition filed with state officials on Wednesday claims. The petition argues that thousands of signatures submitted to get Clinton's name on the state's primary ballot are invalid for a litany of reasons. As a result, it claims, Clinton's signature total is under the 3,000 needed to qualify for a spot on the ballot. [Snip] Stop Hillary PAC says it found "more than two thousand signatures falling short of the legal requirement," according to its statement. "Now it is up to Illinois political officials, and ultimately the...
  • T-Mobile store employee shoots 2 armed robbery suspects (Chicago)

    01/13/2016 8:18:31 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 43 replies
    Two robbery suspects were shot by an employee at a cell phone store in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. The T-Mobile store in the 2000-block of East 95th St. was left riddled with bullet holes. If not for the employee carrying a weapon with a concealed carry license, the manager of the store says he might be telling a different story. "I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases. And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee," said Neil Tadros, store...
  • Presidential Eligibility is a Political Question

    01/11/2016 9:51:07 AM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 24 replies
    1/11/16 | Behind the Blue Wall
    For some of us who followed and participated in the Obama eligibility question, the last eight years have been more than a little frustrating on that front. Despite dozens of attempts by lawyers and others of varying degrees of competence to win a fair and impartial hearing of the issue, the court system closed its doors to us. The issue of the constitutional eligibility of the President of the United States would not be resolved by a neutral arbiter applying long-established principles of law to facts established pursuant to the rules of evidence (if you believe courts ever actually do...
  • Cops: Liquor store clerk fatally shoots 2 would-be robbers, 15 and 17

    01/11/2016 8:39:58 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 117 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 11, 2016 | Jeremy Gorner, Gregory Pratt, Megan Crepeau, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Dawn Rhodes
    Two would-be robbers who were fatally shot at a liquor store in the Gresham neighborhood Saturday night have been identified as a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, authorities said. Keshawn Marzette, 15, of the 8300 block of South Throop Street, and William Larson, 17, of the same address, were pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Autopsies Sunday determined both died of multiple gunshot wounds and their deaths were classified as homicides, the office said. The two were shot to death by a store employee about 8:30 p.m. when they tried to rob...
  • The secret millionaires next door (Lottery)

    01/09/2016 6:22:40 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-6-2011 | Ashley Rueff
    Chicago couple won $30 million in the state lottery and didn't tell anyone. Not even their kids. Somewhere in Chicago live a modest, middle-class couple with two teenage children and a $30 million secret. They recently won the Illinois Lottery, but have yet to tell friends, family or even their children. The couple plan to keep their jobs — he runs a small business — and raise their children with a strong work ethic by keeping secret their loaded bank account. "It's real unusual. Most people, they're ready to jump on it. They want to go on TV, they want...
  • Oregon Zoo staff infected by tuberculosis after exposure to infected elephants

    01/08/2016 9:52:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    oregonlive ^ | 01/08/2016 | Lynne Terry
    The good news is that even though TB is highly contagious, the three infected elephants at the zoo did not spread the disease to visitors, including those who attended one of Rama's painting parties in which he created splatter paintings. About 5 percent of the captive Asian elephants in North America are infected. The disease can be deadly to elephants. Three pachyderms at an exotic animal farm in Illinois died from the disease between 1994 and 1996, according to the CDC. One handler in that outbreak got sick as well. At the Oregon Zoo, the first case popped up in...
  • Peaches The Elephant Has Died In Chicago

    01/22/2005 3:00:35 PM PST · by Scenic Sounds · 29 replies · 843+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 22, 2005 | By Craig Gustafson
    SAN PASQUAL VALLEY For 50 years she called San Diego County home. That's why animal-welfare activists are upset that Peaches, the oldest African elephant in the country, died earlier this week at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. Activists are criticizing the San Diego Wild Animal Park for its decision to move Peaches and two other older elephants, Wankie and Tatima, to the cold-weather city in early 2003. With two of those elephants now dead, they called the move "grossly irresponsible." Peaches, 55, died of "complications due to old age," according to Lincoln Park officials. She was found lying on the...
  • Obama blames Indiana for illegal guns in Chicago

    01/08/2016 12:53:16 PM PST · by digger48 · 35 replies
    WISH ^ | January 8, 2016 | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana is a gun state, and government leaders here are pushing back on President Obama's efforts to increase gun control. The president wants to make an example of Indiana because gun laws in the Hoosier state are less strict than the gun laws in his home state of Illinois. During the president's CNN town hall meeting on gun control Thursday he spotlighted the number of illegal guns in Chicago. "The problem," he said, "is that about 30, 40 percent of those guns are coming from Indiana, from across the border, where there are much laxer laws." The...
  • Semi driver cited after rolling over graves at Abraham Lincoln VETERANS cemetery

    01/07/2016 1:59:46 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    HEARALD NEWS -Joliet ^ | Jan. 6, 2016
    Semi driver cited after rolling over graves at Abraham Lincoln VETERANS cemetery Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 ELWOOD - Elwood police have cited a truck driver after he allegedly entered the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and ran an 18-wheel semitrailer over the graves of three veterans. Disobeying the "No Truck" signs posted at the entrance to the cemetery off Route 53, the driver told police he was traveling Monday afternoon to a warehouse located at the nearby intermodal facility operated by CenterPoint Properties, according to a news release from Elwood initiative Safe Roads Illinois. Identified by Elwood Police Chief Fred...
  • Texas Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Is Indicted on Perjury Charge

    01/06/2016 3:57:09 PM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | JAN. 6, 2016 | DAVID MONTGOMERY
    HEMPSTEAD, Tex. The state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman who three days later was found hanged in her cell at the Waller County jail, has been indicted on a perjury charge, a special prosecutor said here Wednesday. The charge against the Texas state trooper, Brian T. Encinia, is a Class A misdemeanor, and was announced at the end of a day of grand jury deliberations. The charge carries a possible penalty of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, prosecutors said. The charge stemmed from a one-page affidavit that Trooper Encinia filed with jail officials justifying...
  • Illinois Is The Sick Man Of America; Will Gov. Bruce Rauner Save It?

    01/06/2016 7:58:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/06/2016 | Aaron M. Renn
    llinois is America's biggest basket case: Over $150 billion in unfunded retirement liabilities. The worst overall fiscal condition of any state. Two governors and a raft of other public officials sent to prison. Corruption that costs every citizen more than $1,300 a year. Job growth that trails all surrounding states. The slow-motion liquidation of Downstate's manufacturing economy. Over 300,000 more people fleeing the state just since 2010. The venal and bankrupt political class of both parties created this toxic mess. Those who benefited served as enablers, including public employees, unions and the big business interests who always seemed to cut...
  • Chicago police shot (40 percent) fewer people in 2015

    01/04/2016 8:18:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 2, 2016 | Jeremy Gorner
    While the video release of a Chicago police officer's shooting of Laquan McDonald prompted a domino effect of change, including the ousting of the police superintendent and a federal civil rights investigation, the department finished 2015 on an ironic note: Officers shot the fewest people that they have in years. Chicago police officers shot 22 people in 2015, eight of them fatally. That's a 40 percent drop in the total number of people shot compared with 2014, when 37 people were hit by police gunfire and 16 of them were killed, according to department figures.
  • Clinton, Trump, Bush among those filing to get on Illinois presidential ballot

    01/04/2016 3:59:39 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/4/16 | Rick Pearson
    Illinois' role in the 2016 presidential nominating process began to take shape Monday, the first day of filing for White House aspirants and their all-important convention delegates to get their names on the state's March 15 primary ballot. On the Republican side, businessman and reality TV show star Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio filed for the GOP presidential preference ballot when the doors to the State Board of Elections opened at 8 a.m. All but Rubio also filed national convention delegate slates in the...
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, and These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/03/2016 6:22:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/03/2016 | Tyler Durden
    <p>As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted.</p>
  • Chicago Airport Police Told To "Run And Hide" During Active Shooter Situation

    01/03/2016 11:24:09 AM PST · by The All Knowing All Seeing Oz · 66 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Christian Datoc
    The nearly 300 unarmed police officers patrolling Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports have been told to “run and hide” during active shootings. Internal aviation department documents obtained by CNN instruct officers not “to become part of the response” to an attack. “If evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the door,” but Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the airport officers union, told CNN they have serious issues with the protocol. “These men and women are sent to the Chicago...
  • Obama Urges Citizens to Stand Up Against the National Rifle Association

    01/03/2016 10:13:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 3, 2016 | Debra Heine
    A hallmark of Obama's presidency since his early days in office has been his habit of pitting American citizens against each other: Democrats vs. Republicans, blacks vs. whites, rich vs. poor, climate change alarmists vs. climate change skeptics, gay vs. straight, etc.It was shocking at first. Seven years in, it is depressingly expected of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief.In his weekly address, released Friday, Obama vowed to spend his final year in office seeking ways to impose gun control policies via executive fiat, and urged American citizens to stand up against groups like the NRA -- which, of course, is made up of...
  • Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will fire Mike Pettine

    01/03/2016 9:57:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    NFL.com ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 at 04:20 a.m. | Ian Rapoport
    immediately after the regular season ends. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has already made the decision to fire coach Mike Pettine, multiple sources say, and it is likely general manager Ray Farmer will be shown the door, as well. Pettine leaves after just two seasons full of quarterback movement and a woeful defense. Farmer likely will leave despite never hiring his own head coach. Haslam has already laid the groundwork for the move, doing work on potential candidates and seeing who will be available to him. It ends a tumultuous tenure for Cleveland, filled with dysfunction, in-fighting, failed player acquisitions and...
  • Obama To Lead Town Hall On 'Guns In America' Thursday On CNN [The Propaganda Channel for Hussein]

    01/03/2016 12:46:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 1/3/16 | Kinsey Lowe
    In a move that is certain to stir things up as the political new year unfolds, President Obama will lead a televised town hall Thursday to address tightening restrictions on access to guns. Obama will sit down with Anderson Cooper on CNN at 8 p.m. ET for the one-hour event titled "Guns in America," which coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a mass shooting that left six dead and 13 others wounded.
  • Chicago airport police told to "run and hide" in event of active shooter

    01/03/2016 2:52:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    <p>Matt Brandon, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents the aviation police officers, said he doesn’t understand why the officers are prohibited from carrying guns.</p> <p>He said the union has been unable to get the aviation department to change the no gun policy, which dates to the early 1990s.</p>