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  • Boykin asks United Nations for help fighting Chicago violence

    12/16/2017 3:44:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 67 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 12/14/17 | Megan Hickey, Craig Wall
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin headed to the United Nations in New York Thursday to ask for help fighting violence in Chicago. "I'm hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts," Boykin said. Boykin boarded a plane to New York City for a meeting with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. It's a meeting that's been planned for more than a month and stems from disconcerting violence numbers seen this year in Chicago. Violence which...
  • Illinois Drives People Away

    12/13/2017 7:13:40 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2017 | The Editorial Board
    If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration. The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow...
  • Congress considers "Conscience Protection Act" with Illinois nurse's support

    12/13/2017 6:34:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | Dec. 11, 2017 | Illinois Right to Life
    CHICAGO - While Illinois conservatives' rancor rose to new heights when Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Democrat-promoted bills forcing Illinois taxpayers to subsidize low income women and girls' abortions and local law enforcement to ignore federal immigration policy, a "right of conscience" bill started conservatives' dissatisfaction with Rauner. The state measure, which went into effect in January 2017, requires medical personnel to provide the following information if a patient requests an abortion: Refer the patient to a facility that performs abortions. Transfer the patient to a facility that performs abortion. Provide the patient with a list of other...
  • Dem Sen Durbin: Franken Leaving Should ‘Establish a National Standard’ For Roy Moore

    12/10/2017 3:15:21 PM PST · by Cheerio · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2017 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) leaving the U.S. Senate should “establish a national standard” on how the Senate deals with Alabama GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore if he wins. Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON: Joining us now is Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin. He is in Springfield, Illinois. Welcome, senator. I want to pick up on something that Senator Collins said about the choice that senators may face if Roy Moore is elected in Alabama. And the question is: What business does the Senate have in overturning the will of...
  • Woman gets probation in Facebook hate-crime case (Tortured white Trump supporter on Facebook)

    12/08/2017 7:03:12 PM PST · by Cubs Fan · 51 replies
    A woman who live-streamed herself and a trio of friends abusing a mentally disabled man and taunting him with racial insults was sentenced to probation Friday after spending nearly a year behind bars. Brittany Covington, 19, had been held at the Cook County Jail without bond since January, when she and co-defendants Tesfaye Cooper, Jordan Hill and her 24-year-old sister Tanishia Covington were arrested on kidnapping and hate-crime charges. The plea deal prosecutors made with Brittany Covington makes her the first of the four to be released, though she will remain on probation for four years and is barred from...
  • Conservative Internet shock jock Harold (Hal) Turner convicted of threatening to kill Chicago judges

    08/13/2010 4:10:48 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 13 2010 | Dave Goldiner
    A Brooklyn jury took less than two hours Friday to convict right-wing loudmouth Harold (Hal) Turner of threatening to kill three Chicago judges. Turner's mom and teenage son gasped and sobbed as the jury found the Internet shock jock guilty of a single charge of threatening to murder the judges - a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison. An ashen-faced Turner stripped off his tie and belt and handed his wallet to a clerk before he was led out of the courtroom in downtown Brooklyn. "I love you, dad," his son, Michael Turner, 16, said after the...
  • Durbin Statement On Cornyn-Grassley Immigration Proposal

    12/05/2017 3:25:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 12/5/2017 | U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on legislation announced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA): “Neither Senator Cornyn nor Senator Grassley has ever voted for the Dream Act. This proposal, as I have told them personally, cannot be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.The laundry list of unrelated immigration bills which they have offered is designed to delay and stop any serious bipartisan effort to solve this crisis created by the Trump Administration on September 5th. I will continue my efforts...
  • 2018’s most important, expensive and strange election

    12/04/2017 1:40:22 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 6 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | Nov 17 | George Will
    ...This model is the iron alliance of the Democratic Party and government workers’ unions. Madigan supports Pritzker, who is committed to the alliance. This is the state of the state under it: Unfunded state and local government retirement debt is more than $260 billion and rising. Unfunded pension liabilities for the nation’s highest-paid government workers (overtime starts at 37.5 hours) are $130 billion and are projected to increase for at least through the next decade. Nearly 25 percent of the state’s general funds go to retirees (many living in Texas and Florida). Vendors are owed $9.5 billion. Every five minutes...
  • Illinois Republican John Anderson, third-party candidate for president in 1980, dies at 95

    12/04/2017 12:41:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 12/04/2017 | Anne Kenderdine
    John B. Anderson, an Illinois Republican who cultivated a free-thinking reputation during his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who mounted a serious third-party bid for the White House in 1980, died Dec. 3 in Washington. He was 95. His family announced the death in a statement. Additional details were not immediately available. After entering Congress in 1961, Anderson spent many years in lock step with Republican Party orthodoxy and was a supporter of ultraconservative Sen. Barry Goldwater's presidential bid in 1964.
  • Legendary opera conductor molested teen for years: police report

    12/03/2017 8:30:50 AM PST · by bkopto · 63 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/2/2017 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine molested an Illinois teenager from the time he was 15 years old, sexual abuse that lasted for years and led the alleged victim to the brink of suicide, according to a police report obtained by The Post. The alleged victim came forward to the Lake Forest, Ill. Police Department in October 2016 to detail the molestation, including times when Levine would masturbate in front of him and kiss his p*n*s, according to the report. The alleged victim informed a former Met Opera board member of the alleged abuse in 2016 and she alerted the...
  • Guitierrez: From chopping up "pig innards" to owning a $1.1 Million Second Home

    11/29/2017 11:52:20 AM PST · by PBRCat · 29 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Gutierrez told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday that he and his wife bought a home for more than $1 million last year in Dorado, on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. He said they’re renting out the property now but it will “probably be our house that we live in” at some point. “I’m going to be active in the politics of reconstruction of my island, because I love that island,” he said, noting that he had a plane ticket to leave Sunday for his fourth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the tropical U.S. commonwealth in September....
  • Dem Rep. Gutierrez testing waters for potential 2020 presidential run

    11/29/2017 11:46:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 29, 2017 | By Chad Pergram
    Mystery solved? After Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday and endorsed a successor without revealing his future political plans, Fox News has learned the outspoken immigration advocate will be testing the waters for a potential 2020 presidential bid. Few national political figures could be more ideologically opposed on the issue of immigration than President Trump – who wants a border wall and has fought to suspend immigration from some Muslim-majority countries – and Gutierrez, who blasted even the Obama administration over legal deportations.
  • Guitierrez for President? You Heard It Here First

    11/29/2017 11:45:49 AM PST · by PBRCat · 38 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Mark Brown
    Gutierrez seemed to be mapping out was the type of campaign that could be used to hold the Democratic Party accountable for its commitments to the nation’s immigrant and Latino communities, instead of what he sees as a party that abandons them when it becomes inconvenient. It wouldn’t be the kind of campaign where he’s trying to win the nomination so much as a campaign to collect delegates and carry the cause of the immigrant community to the convention. For a comparison, think of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s groundbreaking presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988, when he energized black voters...
  • Illinois Representative Guitierrez to Retire After

    11/28/2017 7:14:15 AM PST · by PBRCat · 34 replies
    Belleville News-Democrat ^ | November 28, 2017 | Alan Fram
    WASHINGTON Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez will announce he is retiring and won't seek re-election next year. The 13-term lawmaker from Chicago has been a leader in his party's efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. His decision was confirmed by a Washington Democrat on condition of anonymity because the congressman had yet to announce his decision. Gutierrez, 63, is a leading member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He's pushed for federal aid to help rebuild storm-battered Puerto Rico. His parents came from Puerto Rico before moving to Chicago in the 1950s. The congressman has also clashed repeatedly with President...
  • Chicago bakery loses 800 workers after immigration raid

    11/29/2017 11:30:00 AM PST · by doug from upland · 106 replies
    WGN 9 ^ | 11-28-17 | Melissa Espana
    CHICAGO — A Chicago bakery lost 800 workers to an immigration raid earlier this year. Bloomberg reports that the Cloverhill Bakery on the Northwest Side, lost more than a third of its employees who didn’t have sufficient documentation. The Swiss-based company makes hamburger buns for McDonald’s and other chains. A spokesman said the bakery is struggling to replace staff, is facing pressure to raise wages, and has lost $21 million due to the disruption.
  • Media Lapdogs – The Great Enablers of Sexual Abuse on Capitol Hill

    11/29/2017 8:42:23 AM PST · by x1stcav · 17 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 11/29/17 | David Blackmon
    BOOM! As I’m writing this morning’s Update, Down Goes Lauer! Down Goes Lauer! Down Goes Lauer! More on this tomorrow. Melanie Sloan, a former top communications aide to 88 year-old Democrat Congressman John Conyers, told an interviewer on Tuesday of an instance in which Conyers called her to his office when he was in his underwear. “I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,” she told The Washington Post. “I turned on my heel and I left.” Alrighty, then. Ms. Sloan has leveled sexual harassment allegations at Conyers that date back to 1997, 20 years ago. The unfortunately...
  • Three Democratic congressmen arrested at Trump Tower protest

    09/20/2017 9:03:46 AM PDT · by Hadean · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Ray Downs   
    Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower in New York City while protesting for immigrants' rights. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and Adriano Espaillat of New York were arrested on civil disobedience charges. Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, and six other protesters were also arrested. "I stood in front of Trump Tower today with a whole lot of DREAMers, immigrants and Americans to say enough to Trump and his criminalization of our immigrant communities," Grijalva wrote on his official Facebook page. In a statement, Guttierez...
  • 3 members of Congress arrested at Trump Tower protest

    09/19/2017 12:13:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 19, 2017
    Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested at a protest outside Trump Tower. U.S. Reps Raul Grijalva, of Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on Fifth Avenue Tuesday afternoon and refused to move. Protest organizers had said prior to the event that the lawmakers planned to get arrested.
  • Luis Gutierrez to Announce He Won't Seek Reelection: Sources

    11/27/2017 6:27:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/27/17 | Mary Ann Ahern
    NBC 5 has learned Congressman Luis Gutierrez will announce Tuesday he is not running for re-election after 24 years on Capitol Hill, sources say. Guitterez telephoned key democratic leaders late this afternoon to let them know of his plans. Calls to Guitterez tonight have not been returned. Already printing petitions Monday night-- to begin the process of getting signatures before next Monday's deadline -- is Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia. Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa is considering a congressional race. This will also leave an opening on the county board should Garcia opt for Guitterez's seat.
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez to retire from Congress, sources say

    11/27/2017 6:20:18 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 62 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 27, 2017 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Democratic sources said Monday evening that veteran Congressman Luis Gutierrez will announce his retirement. He has been one of the more high-profile Latino politicians in the country, advocating forcefully for immigrant rights, since he became a U.S. representative 25 years ago.