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  • Emanuel won't rule out property tax hike for police, fire pensions ($550 million)

    02/01/2015 4:16:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/30/15 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday defended the way he has dealt with the city's looming financial crisis against attacks from his challengers, touting his record of crafting the city's budget during his first term but refusing to rule out a property tax increase to deal with huge upcoming government worker pension payments. The back-and-forth took place at the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board endorsement session, the second time all five mayoral candidates appeared face to face. City Hall has a looming $550 million payment to make to shore up police and fire department pensions, and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti called...
  • White House unhinged over Netanyahu speech

    01/29/2015 11:01:47 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 29 Jan 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    At first blush, it might seem that the White House has become unhinged over an appearance by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress. After days of whining that Netanyahu’s appearance was not cleared with the White House, U.S. officials have taken to the press to anonymously screech and moan... ....... Ironically, the scuffle comes just after Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists killed two Israeli soldiers, reminding us that Iran is on the march throughout the region and that the Iranian government with which Obama hopes to achieve a grand reconciliation is committed to Israel’s destruction. UPDATE: In...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Liberal Infighting: Elizabeth Warren-Supporting Group Attacks Rahm Emanuel

    01/27/2015 6:09:46 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Caroline May
    One of the left-wing groups pushing for an Elizabeth Warren presidency is no fan of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Democracy for America (DFA) announced this week that it will be supporting seven progressive Chicago Aldermen that the group says Emanuel, President Obama’s former White House chief of staff, has attacked. The DFA’s effort highlights the ever-more apparent rift in the Democratic Party between the progressive so-called Warren-wing of the party and more establishment Democrats.
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • IL: 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear 'Assault Weapon' Ban Case

    01/26/2015 5:34:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The 7th Circuit federal court of appeals will hear a case against a local ban on some common rifles, handguns, shotguns, and magazines.  The city of Highland Park, notorious for its anti-second amendment laws, passed an ordinance that requires residents to turn in, modify or remove the banned items from the city.   Ordinance 136(pdf) deals with "Assault Weapons".  The ordinance includes very broad boilerplate language.   Some claim that the ordinance was lifted from the City of Chicago. The definitions are broad and cover most semi-automatic rifles, and a fair number of pistols and shotguns.   Highland Park has a...
  • Mother, Daughter Charged With Attacking CPS Employees And Student

    01/25/2015 9:14:50 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2015
    (STMW) — A mother and daughter upset that their teenage relative was disciplined at a South Side elementary school are charged with allegedly beating and stabbing two Chicago Public Schools employees and a teen boy at the school. Authorities say the attack took place on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Bond Elementary School in the 7000 block of South May Street, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
  • Medical negligence in Illinois abortion clinics risk women’s health…and lives

    01/25/2015 2:10:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 24, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Perhaps the most astounding aspect of the shoddy care of abortion clinics is the claim they all make to provide quality health care for women. A recent example of the hypocrisy in Illinois is not only disgusting, but also dangerous to the women it purports to serve. The study from Illinois Right to Life revealed: 63% of licensed Illinois women’s clinics have not received a health and sanitary inspection in between two and three-and-a-half-years. The failure of the Department of Public Health to conduct regular health and sanitary inspections leaves women open to the prospect of unsterile surgical tools, dirty...
  • Obama’s response to terror: A shrug

    01/25/2015 7:05:23 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky
    President Obama used his State of the Union address to urge Americans not to fear terrorists: “We lead best, when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.” But his words reached Americans when the Gallup Poll notes that 40 percent of Americans are very or somewhat worried that they will become a victim of terrorism — a higher percentage than when Obama took office in 2009. They have reason for concern. From Day One, this administration has downplayed the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists. It declared the terrorist attack at Fort Hood,...
  • Feinstein tells Haaretz: PM speech 'inappropriate,' Iran sanctions 'dangerous'

    01/25/2015 5:50:31 AM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | 12:07 PM | Chemi Shalev
    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.” Feinstein’s statement to Haaretz comes against the backdrop of the growing backlash against Netanyahu’s upcoming March 3 speech to Congress, which is already causing some Democratic lawmakers to rethink their support for the Iran sanctions bill proposed by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey and Republican Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois. According to journalist Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor, Menendez is trying to...
  • Rauner picks Planned Parenthood Vice-Chair to head Healthcare and Family Services [Illinois]

    01/21/2015 2:35:04 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 34 replies
    The Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Fran Eaton
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Rauner picks Planned Parenthood Vice-Chair to head Healthcare and Family Services SPRINGFIELD, IL - Last week Governor Rauner announced a number of additional appointments, including those he wants to head the Department of Revenue, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Health and Illinois Commerce Commission.One appointment raising social conservatives' eyebrows is Felicia Norwood, who was named by the governor to be the new Director of Illinois' Department Healthcare and Family Services. Norwood, who will lead the state's agency focused on caring for Illinoisans' health, is also...
  • Chicago Cops Laugh at Security Demands of NYT Reporter Who Revealed Darren Wilson's Address

    12/02/2014 8:44:57 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 2, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    New York Times reporter, Julie Bosman who along with her colleague, Campbell Robertson, thought is was perfectly okay to write an article revealing the town and street where former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson lives. This act of complete obliviousness to the safety of officer Wilson caused quite an uproar including from Sean Hannity who blasted the Times for revealing this personal information about Wilson's home address. One result of this backlash was the publication on the Web of the home addressses of both Bosman and Robertson so they could experience a bit of karmatic kickback. Apparently this was a...
  • Criminal act against property going viral

    01/20/2015 12:20:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    KPRC, NBC 2, Houston TX ^ | Jan 19 2015 06:11:36 PM CST | Bill Spencer
    It is a crime spree and viral internet sensation that started in Chicago last May and is spreading across the country like wildfire. […] It's called “Put ’Em In A Coffin,” and it was created by a rap musician named VonMar, who has posted dozens of videos of himself doing it. He's even been arrested for it. Just what is “Put ’Em In A Coffin”? James McHugh, 28, lives in the Fifth Ward, and he can tell you exactly what it is, because it happened to him this past weekend. “A group of young idiots, just out for laughs, to...
  • Tanning salon or abortuary – which one gets inspected more?

    01/20/2015 7:00:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    An Illinois pro-life group is calling for lawmakers to correct a wrong related to abortion clinics. Though state law requires the health department to inspect abortion mills anytime it deems necessary, Emily Zender of Illinois Right to Life tells OneNewsNow it is "appalling how the Illinois Department of Public Health can look the other way while Illinois' abortion clinics are providing substandard medical care." "We have found that on average, 40 percent of the clinics in Illinois have gone between 14 and 17 years without a health inspection," she reports. "And abortion clinics in Illinois are only being inspected an...
  • Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a forgery

    01/28/2010 10:49:09 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 941+ views
    The Art Newspaper ^ | January 27, 2010 | Emily Sharpe
    Not what it appears to be: the Archaic Mark LONDON. A clever bit of detective work by US scholars and scientists has proven that one of the jewels of the University of Chicago’s manuscript collection is, in fact, a skilled late 19th- or early 20th-century forgery. Although speculation as to the authenticity of the Archaic Mark codex has been rife for more than 60 years, prior to this definitive research many believed it was an early record (possibly as early as the 14th century) of the Gospel of Mark and the closest of any extant manuscript to the world’s oldest...
  • One Dead, Six Shot in Separate Chicago Shootings

    01/18/2015 1:31:25 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 17, 2015 | Warner Todd Huston
    As subzero temperatures hit Chicago, the violence continues. Between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening one was killed and six others were shot in the Windy City. Thus far this year, in the 17 short days of the first month of 2015, 70 have been shot. Thirteen of those were fatalities.
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/17/2015 | ap
  • Concealed-carry concerns prove to be off target (IL)

    01/17/2015 11:44:34 AM PST · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    Herald Review ^ | 01/17/2015 | Ryan Voyles
    Brad Sweeney did not know what to expect when concealed-carry of firearms became law in Illinois last year. The Decatur police chief said he and his officers were hopeful that it would not cause any problems, though the thought of Decatur turning into a “wild, wild west” of gun violence did cross his mind. . . . Concerns raised by critics as Illinois became the last state to allow concealed-carry for citizens have dissipated as officials said the roll-out has been as smooth as possible. While some estimated that upward of 400,000 people would file for permits in the first...
  • Can Illinois' Bruce Rauner Turn Around Nation's Worst Fiscal Mess?

    01/14/2015 11:36:18 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 14. 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    State Government: Bruce Rauner became Illinois' 42nd governor on Monday, the first Republican since 2003. He inherits a state that's been dubbed "America's Greece," but it's another opportunity to show what a GOP chief executive can do. A big part of the GOP tsunami in 2014 occurred at the state level, with Republicans expanding their hold on governors' mansions and legislatures with wins in blue states such as Maryland, Massachusetts and President Obama's Illinois. The number of GOP governors has grown to 31 from 21, control of legislatures has expanded to 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers, and Republicans now...
  • 1 million tons of pressurised CO2 stored beneath Decatur, Illinois

    01/14/2015 8:44:01 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 86 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 14JAN2015 | Eric Worrall
    7000 ft below the city of Decatur, Illinois, population 74,710 people, is a high pressure reservoir which contains 1 million tons of CO2. From the press release: "One of the largest carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its goal of capturing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injecting it deep underground in the Mount Simon Sandstone formation beneath Decatur, Illinois. The project is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture and storage. IBDP director Robert Finley talked about the million-ton milestone with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz...
  • Meeks says Rauner Administration to implement Common Core curriculum

    01/13/2015 11:15:09 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 13, 2015
    CHICAGO - In one of his first public interviews since being picked by new Governor Bruce Rauner to be the state's new school superintendent, Rev. James Meeks told WLS 890 AM this morning that he intends to implement the Common Core curriculum in the state's schools. Meeks, a Democrat, headed the Illinois Senate Education Committee while he was a state senator serving his Chicago-based district. He continues to pastor the 15,000-member Salem Baptist Church and has become an advocate of school choice over the years. ...
  • How Saddam tracked foes in U.S.

    07/14/2003 2:48:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 149+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 14 2003 | DAVE NEWBART
    The documents kept by the Iraqi Intelligence Service were meticulous in detail and sweeping in scope. In some, Iraqi intelligence officers in the United States are directed to use informers to track the "criminal'' actions of one current and one former Chicago area resident, both Assyrian Christians from Iraq who founded an anti-Saddam Hussein political party. Another accuses the group of being influenced by "imperialists'' and "Zionists.'' Others include the exact dates of the group's meetings and conventions in Chicago and elsewhere, the names of the people who ran the events, those in attendance and what statements were made. Trips...
  • Illinois Governor Backs Away From No Tax Hike Pledge

    01/12/2015 10:14:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    It's par for the course for politicians to back away from campaign pledges. But one might have at least expected that Republicans would not consider tax hikes. Unfortunately, even that modest assumption is suspect as Governor Rauner Set to Inherit Illinois' Sea of Red Ink. Illinois faces a sea of red ink because shrinking income tax revenue will fail to keep pace with rising pension and health insurance costs, according to outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn's latest three-year budget forecast. The projections from the Office of Management and Budget warn that the estimated $4.1 billion bill backlog expected at the close...
  • New Illinois GOP governor to deal with worst fiscal mess in the nation

    01/12/2015 8:08:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2015 | Rick Moran
    Illinois's new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, will be sworn in today, and he is facing what most experts agree to be the worst fiscal crisis of any state in the nation. The Democrat-controlled legislature simply can't restrain itself.  That, and a pension time bomb set to go off in the next few years, swamping the state's finances, makes Rauner's job the most challenging of any new governor elected in November. Some of the numbers in this Reuter's report are incredible: Pension payments are projected to jump to nearly $7.6 billion in fiscal 2016 from $6.8 billion this fiscal year....
  • Washington’s gas tax guzzlers "maybe motorists won’t notice that we’re gouging them"

    01/12/2015 6:12:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    wash times ^ | 1/11/15 | s moore
    Suddenly everyone in Washington wants a gas tax hike — apparently so that consumers don’t save too much money at the pump. As prices keep falling, the politicians and the moochers in Washington want a piece of the action. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and even Republicans such as Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have linked arms with the entire road-building industry and green groups that want the cost of fuel to go up.Mrs. Pelosi won’t even hide her cynical motivation: With gas prices low, maybe motorists won’t notice that we’re gouging them: “If there’s...
  • Report: Obama Toasted Saddam's Frontman at Rezko Party who is the guy..far right?

    12/17/2008 7:40:19 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 4 replies · 839+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | april 6th 2008 | gateway pundit
    Mr. Nadhmi Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who has supported US Presidential candidate Barack Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
  • City aims to jump-start Near South Side development

    07/11/2013 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 2 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    The city is trying to kick-start development of vacant 62-acre parcel near downtown controlled by a controversial Iraqi billionaire once linked to convicted Democratic influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
  • Illinois concealed carry fails to produce hoped for bloodshed and mayhem

    01/07/2015 8:39:37 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 1/7/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    One year ago, Illinois was forced by the courts to allow the issuance of concealed carry permits over the great objections of anti-gun rights groups. We were warned that there would be “blood in the streets” and carnage unbound. After twelve months of this horrid state of affairs, the police in the Land of Lincoln report that the event has turned out to be pretty much a big nothing-burger.
  • 2014 finishes as 4th coldest year on record for Illinois

    01/06/2015 9:31:10 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies
    Journal Standard | 1/6/15 | Rip N. Read
    Illinois has seen the fourth coldest year on record with an average statewide temperature of 49.9 degrees in 2014. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says 2014 is tied with 1912 and 1972 with an annual temperature that’s 2.9 degrees below average. The coldest year on record since 1895 was 1917 with an average temperature of 48.3 degrees.
  • Illinois Introduces Automatic Retirement Savings Program, a First for the Nation

    01/05/2015 9:37:59 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    ny times ^ | 1-5-2015 | JOSH BARRO
    Illinois is taking a novel approach to getting its residents to save for retirement. Starting in 2017, most state residents who don’t already have a retirement plan at work will be automatically enrolled in individual retirement accounts, funded through a 3 percent deduction from their paychecks. The program will be created under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday. Participation will be voluntary, but workers who don’t want to save will need to opt out manually. (They will also be allowed to save more than 3 percent if they wish.) An estimate produced by the plan’s backers found...
  • GOP Rebukes David Duke, But Not His Voters (LAUGH ALERT)

    01/04/2015 11:15:31 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 4, 2015 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Just when I thought David Duke had gone the way of the Betamax, buggy whips and record stores, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, Republican politician and jailbird has re-emerged to haunt the new Republican-controlled Congress. The new House Republican whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana apologized this past week for an honest "error in judgment" that led him to speak in 2002 to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist group founded by Duke.
  • Glendale Heights man recovering after taxi crashed into his bedroom

    01/02/2015 6:51:58 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 12/31/2014 | Justin Kmitch
    "I ran in there and Shawn was pinned. The dog was under the car, so I pulled her out. And my bushes and treadmill are in my bathroom," she said after the accident. "The guy got out of the car, and that's when I think I yelled, 'Where's the gun?' and that's when he ran out of there."
  • Farrakhan Urged ‘Retaliation’ For Michael Brown A Month Before Brinsley Executed NYPD Cops

    01/02/2015 8:38:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 2, 2015 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In late November, the student government at taxpayer-funded Morgan State University sponsored a conference on slavery reparations for black Americans. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was the keynote speaker. The Nov. 22 conference, called the 2nd Annual Black United Summit International, occurred on Morgan State’s historically black campus in Baltimore, Md. The conference theme was “Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce — REPARATIONS Now!” Total attendance was over 2,000, according to EAGnews.org. Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, provided a detailed report about convention activities. Farrakhan’s keynote rant lasted over two hours. At one point, he held up what resembled...
  • Disorientated girl, 7, knocks on stranger's door and says she has been in a plane crash

    01/03/2015 5:37:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-3-15 | Snejana Faberov
    Kentucky State Police found the wreckage of a small plane Friday night after a disoriented 7-year-old girl walked to a home and reported that she had been involved in a crash that killed her entire family. The plane, believed to be a Piper Seneca, was discovered just before 11pm Eastern time near KY 810 South in Lyon County. A family of four were found dead inside the wreckage, including the little girl's parents, older sister and a cousin. Early Saturday morning, Kentucky State Police identified the victims of the crash as Marty Gutzler, 49, his wife Kimberly Gutzler, 45, their...
  • Elizabeth Warren? How about Michelle Obama.

    01/01/2015 3:19:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    AmericaBlog ^ | December 17, 2014 | John Aravosis, editor & founder
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet John Aravosis, AMERICAblog, and Anthony Katsivalis during the Christmas holiday Press Reception #1 in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Dec. 11, 2014.I was invited to the White House Christmas Party this year (there are 12 or so such parties in fact — ours was the print press party), and invited my nephew Anthony Katsivalis as my guest. Anthony has worked in politics (most recently on the Giannoulias Senate campaign), and now is an Internet marketing specialist in Chicago. I’ve noted this before, and had the same reaction this...
  • Man fleeing authorities is killed by semi

    12/31/2014 7:03:17 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | Dec 30, 2014
    Man fleeing authorities is killed by semi Staff Report Published: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. DESOTO COUNTY - A man running from authorities died Tuesday after being stuck by a tractor trailer in DeSoto County. Octavio Lopez, 35, of DeKalb, Illinois, was running at 12:58 p.m. on the north shoulder of State Road 70. Lopez was carrying a knife and running from DeSoto County Sheriff’s deputies, who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • More Than $5,000 Worth of MS Medicine Stolen From Tinley Park Man's Porch

    12/31/2014 5:35:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    patch.com ^ | Dec 30, 2014 | Joseph Hosey
    More Than $5,000 Worth of MS Medicine Stolen From Tinley Park Man's Porch The 28 stolen pills were worth $5,166.51, police said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) December 30, 2014 at 6:14pm The man was expecting to receive a package of Gilenya on Dec. 19. He left his home about 7 a.m. that day. When he returned about 12 hours later, the package was not there, police said.
  • Violent fight caught on tape at McDonald's in Chicago (River North-Nice area)?

    12/29/2014 8:54:04 PM PST · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    Above Top Secret.com and YouTube ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 | jhn7537
    Not much to share, but this video is crazy... Surprised no one was killed with those violent swings with the chairs... And the sad part is the guy in the video at the end is laughing... I'm from this area, and I find it disturbing that this type of behavior is accepted today.. I'm also embarrassed with my city... and not just my city but the state of this country, but that's a whole other thread in itself... I wonder if any of them are having trouble breathing...
  • Illinois abortions fall to lowest number since 1974

    12/29/2014 3:22:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | December 28, 2014 | Lauren Enriquez
    The Illinois abortion rate has fallen to its lowest number in 40 years, a new report reveals. The 2013 Illinois Abortion Statistics, issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health, reported that the abortion rate has dropped by 5.7 percent. This decline represents nearly 2,500 babies who saw life instead of abortion last year. The abortion rate decreased in every age group except for those 45 years of age and above. There was a very dramatic abortion decline among minors – 20 percent fewer young mothers choose abortion from September to December. Illinois Right to Life credits the decline to...
  • Bears clean house: GM Emery, Trestman fired

    12/29/2014 8:21:14 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 63 replies
    abc 17 ^ | 12-20-2014
    Trestman was hired in a winding interview process that included more than 12 candidates. The other finalist for the opening was Bruce Arians, who just completed a 10-6 season with the Arizona Cardinals. Trestman said Sunday he planned to return, but after a 6-10 finish and drama-filled season, his fate was determined several weeks ago. The Bears lost five straight games to end the season and eight of their final 10. Chicago was 8-8 in 2013. Billed as a quarterback whisperer, Trestman had strong results as a rookie coach. The Bears finished second in the NFL in scoring to the...
  • Boy, 14, among five charged with murder in SW Side home invasion

    12/28/2014 9:56:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 24, 2014
    Five people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting Monday morning during a home invasion in the Clearing neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Chicago Police announced early Wednesday that first-degree murder charges have been filed against: - An unidentified 14-year-old boy; - Schanise Barfield, 22, of the 200 block of North Leclaire Avenue; - Diamond Gamble, 23, of the 5000 block of West West End Avenue; - Nathaniel Jefferson, 24, of the 100 block of North Laramie Avnue; and - Quinton Washington, 24, of the 4900 block of West West End Avenue.
  • Illinois man arrested after threatening on Facebook to ‘kill cops and innocent white kids’

    12/28/2014 10:02:29 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 32 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 12/28/14 | BY JOEL LANDAU
    Illinois man arrested after threatening on Facebook to ‘kill cops and innocent white kids’ Aries Woodfin, 33, was arrested after police searched a suburban Chicago home where he stayed and found a gun, several rounds of ammunition and a homemade gun range. But the owner said the gun belonged to her and that Woodfin was only ranting and did not intend to follow through with his outburst. An Illinois man was arrested after police officers investigated a Facebook post in which he allegedly threatened to "kill cops and innocent white kids." Police arrested Aries Woodfin, 33, at a suburban Illinois...
  • Clerk: 'I wasn't scared' as gunbattle erupts with robbers, 7-Eleven staff

    12/27/2014 5:32:53 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27dec 2014
    After an armed man pointed a gun at the head of 60-year-old convenience store clerk Ibrahim Rahmoun, he and his boss grabbed a gun and took action leading to an exchange of gunfire outside a Northwest Side 7-Eleven. “The guy shot two bullets at us,’’ Rahmoun said. “We shot back at them. We shot eight.’’ “I wasn’t scared. ... I don’t care, it doesn’t bother me. When you work the night shift, a lot of robberies happen’’ said Rahmoun, who was at the counter when two men entered the 7-Eleven at 2900 W. Montrose Ave. about 1:25 a.m. Friday and...
  • The Strange Source of Our Cuba Policy

    12/21/2014 6:56:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    For a long time, the U.S. ostracism of Cuba has been like the vintage American cars on the streets of Havana: obsolete but imperishable. It didn't topple the Castro government, didn't force human rights progress and didn't unite the world behind us. Yet failure was no enemy of longevity. There are many reasons for its endurance. But if you're parceling out responsibility, you have to start with a curious invention of the founding fathers that we know as the Electoral College. Without it, our Cuba policy never would have persisted for so many years -- which is a reminder that...
  • Man With Knife Shot By Chicago Police After Lunging at Officers (Video)

    12/25/2014 9:45:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/25/14 | http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/12/mann-with-knife-shot-by-chicago-police-after-lunging-at-offi
    A Chicago man was shot by police after lunging at officers with a knife. The man stabbed an officer twice in his protective vest. The man was in critical condition after being shot twice by police. The Chicago Sun-Times reported: An allegedly suicidal man with a knife was shot and wounded by a Chicago Police officer on Christmas Day after he lunged at officers, injuring one of them, authorities said. Grand Crossing District police officers drove up to a building at 6:40 p.m. in the 400 block of East Marquette Road in the Woodlawn neighborhood to respond to a call...
  • Illinois Horse racing tracks tied to Blagojevich scandal file for bankruptcy (Balmoral, Maywood)

    12/25/2014 4:52:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/24/14 | Tony Briscoe
    Illinois' only two harness horse racing tracks kept their promise to the Illinois Racing Board as they filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday to continue operations into 2015 and protect themselves against property seizure. Balmoral Racing Club Inc. and Maywood Park Trotting Association Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a state court handed down a $78 million lawsuit judgment earlier this month for the tracks' ownership's role in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. **SNIP** The ruling stems from a federal racketeering suit that claims that John Johnston acquiesced to Blagojevich's request for a $100,000 campaign contribution in...