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  • President Trump, local allies partially to blame for Illinois COVID-19 spike, Gov. Pritzker says

    10/19/2020 7:06:21 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 11 replies
    abc7chicago ^ | 10/18/2020 | AP
    CHICAGO -- Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday that President Donald Trump and his allies in Illinois are partly to blame for the coronavirus spike in the state. Pritzker spoke to CNN's "State of the Union" the same day health officials announced 4,245 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths. "He's modeling bad behavior. He doesn't wear a mask in public. He has rallies where they don't encourage people to wear masks in public," Pritzker said. "But it is the president's allies in our state, all across the state, who are simply saying to people, 'Don't pay any attention...
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot considering $94 million property tax increase, more than 300 city worker layoffs and gas tax hike, as part of plan to close $1.2 billion budget gap, sources say

    10/18/2020 9:46:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Oct 18, 2020 | Gregory Pratt and John Byrne
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a $94 million property tax increase, layoffs for more than 300 city workers and a gas tax hike as part of her plan to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit, sources told the Tribune. Lightfoot also is considering about $500 million in refinancing city debt to help close the deficit, sources said.
  • Chicago On Track To Have Highest Murder Total In More Than Two Decades

    10/12/2020 9:13:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/12/2020 | John Sexton
    Chicago’s murder rate is currently about 50% above what it was at this time last year according to data released by the Chicago Police Department. Chicago has seen a rise in murder cases, not just compared to the previous year but compared to the previous four years, according to figures released by the Chicago Police Department.The CPD regularly posts statistics about crime in the city, both week to week and year to year. A look at recent stats shows that murder has risen in the city, doubling in the first week of October from the previous week with 15...
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says billboards honoring Breonna Taylor are not political

    09/28/2020 4:40:50 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/25/2020 | John Byrne
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is using electronic billboards on city property to honor Breonna Taylor following protests in Chicago this week in response to her fatal shooting by police in Louisville, saying the campaign on signs alongside local expressways is not politically motivated despite some aldermanic criticism.(snip) n a statement, the mayor’s office likened the Taylor messages to public service announcements the city posts on the digital billboards. “This week, the city’s social media channels and electronic billboards are honoring the life of Breonna Taylor and countless other victims of systemic injustice with the display #SayHerName,” the statement reads in...
  • A “Culture of Lawlessness” in D.A. Offices. Progressive prosecutors around the country have failed to pursue justice for the public.

    09/26/2020 3:36:01 AM PDT · by karpov · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | September 25, 2020 | Jason C. Johnson
    U.S. Attorney William McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania blames Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner for the rise in violence in the City of Brotherly Love. Krasner’s policies, McSwain announced, “create a culture of lawlessness; they leave criminals emboldened; and they have inevitable consequences.” Indeed, since Krasner took office in 2018, homicides are up 49 percent and shootings have climbed by 59 percent. If the trend holds, Philadelphia will tally more than 450 homicides in 2020—the highest count in nearly 30 years. Crime is spiking precisely because Krasner isn’t holding serious offenders accountable. An analysis by my group, the...
  • Chicago Democrats

    09/22/2020 2:20:59 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 13 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 09/22/2020 | Chicagoconservative27
    I keep seeing on Facebook that the economic carnage is not the fault of Lightfoot or Gov Fat Boy per libs because it was done in the name of "safety". That its the virus that did it. I do not understand that line of thinking nor willing to figure out where they think that is correct. Its insane. I argue back with no luck.
  • Americans can’t let Twitter noise overwhelm political reality.

    09/18/2020 11:39:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Claremont Institute ^ | 09.17.2020 | Newt Gingrich
    It seems there is suddenly a movement in media to silence anyone who speaks out against George Soros—and, specifically, his funding of radical prosecutors seeking to change the criminal justice system by simply ignoring certain crimes. This happened to me personally this week while I was being interviewed on Fox’s Outnumbered. When I brought up Soros’s plan to get pro-criminal, anti-police prosecutors elected across the country, two of the show’s participants interrupted me and forcefully asserted that Soros was not involved. ... Soros’s plan to elect these prosecutors has been well documented ... There are plenty of specific examples of...
  • An Apology is Owed in Chicago

    09/16/2020 5:41:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 16, 2020 | Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel
    On June 11, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a news conference with new Chief of Police David Brown. She was livid. She announced that she had been contacted by the office of Congressman Bobby Rush and presented with videos recorded on a night of rioting following anti-police protests at the end of May over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The videos revealed thirteen policemen in Rush’s office, two dozing, others making coffee and preparing popcorn. Bobby Rush, indignant and upset, spoke as well. He castigated the officers for their having had “unmitigated gall” to make themselves coffee and...
  • At Least 50 Shot, 11 Fatally, During Weekend in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago

    09/14/2020 8:20:54 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Sep 2020 | AWR HAWKINS
    By Monday morning ABC 7 reported the numbers had risen to 51 shot, 12 fatally. The Chicago Sun-Times reported 53 were shot, 11 fatally. ABC 7 notes four people were shot, one fatally, in Englewood just before 4 p.m. Sunday. The victims were sitting on a porch when a passing vehicle stopped and two people jumped out and began shooting. A 35-year-old man was shot in the head and killed, while a 26-year-old woman, 17-year-old boy, and 60-year-old man were all shot and wounded. An 86-year-old man was shot dead in West Pullman Sunday. His body was discovered about 6...
  • 7th Circuit: COVID-19 Order Exempting Religious Services Is Valid

    09/13/2020 6:50:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 9/4/20 | Howard Friedman
    In Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker, (7th Cir., Sept. 3, 2020), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the Illinois Republican Party that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's COVD-19 Order limiting gatherings (including political gatherings) to 50 people is unconstitutional because there is an exemption from the limit for religious services. The court, denying a preliminary injunction, said in part: A careful look at the Supreme Court’s Religion Clause cases, coupled with the fact that EO43 is designed to give greater leeway to the exercise of religion, convinces us that the speech that accompanies religious exercise has a...
  • Iron Chef Stephanie Izard To Lay Off Hundreds In Chicago

    09/03/2020 10:00:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Patch ^ | 9-2-20 | Jason Addy
    More than 270 workers are set to lose their jobs at the award-winning chef's restaurants this month due to the coronavirus. CHICAGO, IL — Hundreds of workers at Iron Chef Stephanie Izard's restaurants in Chicago are set to lose their jobs later this month. The companies that operate Izard's Girl & The Goat, Duck Duck Goat and Little Goat Diner notified Illinois officials in July that each plan to lay off dozens of restaurant workers starting Sept. 20. According to notices filed with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, 96 employees at Little Goat Diner face permanent layoffs,...
  • Chicago police release surveillance video of suspects seen looting store in May

    09/02/2020 8:37:45 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2020 | By David Aaro
    Chicago police on Tuesday released surveillance video asking for the public's help in identifying a group of people who broke in and ransacked a store on the city's West Side back in May. Video showed dozens of people swarming the West Chicago Avenue business, which sold electronics among other items, around 1:45 p.m. on May 31. Many were captured taking whatever merchandise they could find over a roughly 25-minute period. At least one person violently kicked and shattered a protective covering under a counter that housed additional items. The aftermath of the looting spree saw the store looking like a...
  • Chicago looting proves Black America deserves reparations — here's why

    08/30/2020 1:55:17 PM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 83 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 30, 2020 | Carlos Ballesteros
    In the early hours of Aug. 10, caravans from across the city ransacked high-end stores in and around downtown after rumors circulated on social media that Chicago police had shot and killed a 15-year-old Black boy on the South Side. Police did shoot 20-year-old Latrell Allen, who is Black, the day before. Police allege Allen fired gunshots at them, but officers were not equipped with body-worn cameras, and no other footage of the incident has been made available. Allen is expected to recover. Images of people walking in and out of department stores with their hands full of products transfixed...
  • One dead, five injured in shooting at Chicago restaurant (one of many shootings)

    08/30/2020 12:52:34 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 26 replies
    Six people were shot, including one who died at the scene, as they ate outside a restaurant in Chicago, according to the city Fire Department.
  • Tony Davis Charged With Attacking, Robbing 85-Year-Old Woman Near Mag Mile

    08/29/2020 11:09:27 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 08 29 2020 | Staff
    Chicago police have arrested and charged a man wanted or robbing and attacking an 85-year-old woman in a parking garage near the Magnificent Mile. Tony Davis, 45, of Chicago, is now facing felony charges of aggravated battery of a victim over 60 and robbery stemming from the attack Tuesday morning. Police say he grabbed the woman’s purse, threw her to the ground and dragged her a few feet before running off. The woman suffered a head injury as a result. Davis was arrested Friday when he was stopped for violating CTA rules. SNIP
  • The Alliance of Democrat Elites and the Mob: When silence really is violence.

    08/24/2020 7:20:34 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 24, 2020 | Abraham H. Miller
    It makes sense that not a word was spoken at the Democratic National Convention about the riots, looting, and mayhem that have ravaged some of our major cities. To denounce Antifa and Black Lives Matter would have been to denounce the Democrats’ own base. And while many a Democratic mayor is embracing the idea of defunding the police, they’ve had no hesitation calling the police to protect themselves. Citing the need for her and her family to live in peace and security, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had the police cordon off her block to prevent protesters from coming anywhere near...
  • Push by Aldermen to Ask Pritzker to Send National Guard Troops to Chicago Blocked by Lightfoot

    08/22/2020 5:22:57 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 14 replies
    WTTW ^ | 8/20/2020 | Heather Cherone
    A bid by several aldermen to demand that Gov. J.B. Pritzker deploy the Illinois National Guard to Chicago in an effort to reduce escalating violence and sustained protests amid the coronavirus pandemic failed on Friday at a special meeting of the Chicago City Council. Although Mayor Lori Lightfoot dismissed the effort by Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward), Anthony Beale (9th Ward), Raymond Lopez (15th Ward) and Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward) earlier this week to force the special City Council meeting as a stunt and an example of “grandstanding,” 47 aldermen attended the virtual meeting, ensuring it took place. Veteran City...
  • “The Movement Has Been Hijacked’: Black Communities Increasingly Defending Police

    08/22/2020 7:26:39 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 14 replies
    For months now there have been calls in all the major riots around the country to defund the police as a solution in the wake of the death of African-American George Floyd. Now large numbers of Black communities are coming out against that ‘stupid’ idea. . The assumption by many is that these demands were only coming from within black communities, where many of the BLM protests occur. The truth is that many community leaders and locals from these do not want this at all. Many locals feel the only thing keeping their communities safe during these times is the...
  • Chicago City Council Members Call For State Of Emergency Declaration, Request National Guard

    08/21/2020 11:13:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/20 | Jordan Lancaster
    A group of Chicago City Council members requested that Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker immediately declare a state of emergency in Chicago and deploy the national guard in light of ongoing rioting and looting in the city. The City Council held a special meeting Friday to consider the resolution. The governor was asked to deploy the national guard for a period of 4 months to assist local law enforcement in quelling the unrest. The council members also asked for monthly public safety hearings and “reports regarding the collective and unified efforts to address the rioting, looting, destruction, and most importantly,...
  • Crime spikes as Soros-funded DAs take charge: 'They're not progressive, they're rogue'

    08/21/2020 5:43:32 PM PDT · by karpov · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2020 | James Varney
    Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros bankrolled the successful campaigns of a new crop of district attorneys who now preside over big cities with skyrocketing crime and frayed relationships with police departments. Soros-backed DAs in Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco and other cities have fired scores of experienced prosecutors and, as promised, stopped prosecuting low-level quality-of-life crimes such as disorderly conduct, vagrancy and loitering. Their laissez-faire criminal justice philosophy bucks the get-tough “broken windows” approach, made famous by then-New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, which targets minor offenses to cut off the criminal element in the bud. Put into practice, New...