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  • Property taxes grow faster than Illinoisans’ ability to pay for them

    08/21/2017 1:52:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 16, 2017 | John Klingner
    Illinoisans already pay some of the highest, if not the highest, property taxes in the nation. An analysis of the past 15 years shows that property taxes are growing far faster than residents’ ability to pay for them. Between 2000 and 2015, the total property taxes Illinois local governments collected doubled. Household incomes in Illinois, in contrast, only grew 31 percent over that time period. Because taxes have grown so much faster than income, the burden property taxes impose on Illinoisans has grown significantly. In 2000, property taxes consumed 4.4 percent of household incomes. In 2015, property taxes consumed 6.7...
  • Slight, 61-Year-Old Musician with Carry Permit, Shoots Big Teen Robber

    08/21/2017 1:06:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On July 30, 2017, a 61-Year-Old, mild mannered musician, Darius Summers, walked down to the local gas station for a cup of coffee. He had recently obtained a concealed carry permit. Darius is not a large man.A local miscreant “made” Darius, and saw that Darius was armed. He decided that he would rob Darius of his gun. It was a terrible mistake in the victim selection process. The store video shows what happened. It did not turn out well for the large, armed, thuggish teenager. Darius lulled the suspect into a false sense of security. Then he accessed his...
  • ‘Kid Rock’ May Be Ineligible for Michigan Ballot (Note :The name that is)

    08/14/2017 4:44:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    Elections bureau would decide whether Robert Ritchie can use stage name Robert Ritchie may end up challenging Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan next year, but his stage name, Kid Rock, may not be allowed to appear on the ballot. Kid Rock is a household name to Americans under the age of 50, and voters might be attracted to vote for him, as a middle finger to the political establishment. But it’s not immediately clear whether his famous stage name would appear on the ballot or if he’d be required to run under his less-known given name. 
  • Man In Fear For Life After Mistakenly Identified As Deadly Driver From White Nationalist Rally In VA

    08/14/2017 4:02:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    CBS Destroit ^ | August 14, 2017
    Macomb Man In Fear For Life After Mistakenly Identified As Deadly Driver From White Nationalist Rally In VirginaA Michigan man is facing death threats after being wrongly identified on several alt-right websites as the owner and driver of a car that drove into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday. Jerome Vangheluwo, of Macomb County, was once the owner of the Dodge involved in the deadly crash at yesterday’s rally – but sold the car in 2012 to a dealership. Now he and his son are facing threats after their names, home address and pictures have been circulated online. Michigan State...
  • House Ethics Committee to Continue Inquiry Into Dem. Rep. Conyers

    08/09/2017 4:11:53 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 7 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Charles Fain Lehman August 9, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman August 9, 2017
    The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday that it will extend its inquiry into Rep. John Conyers's (D., Mich.) payments to his former chief of staff. The committee said it needed more time to review a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Associated Press reports. The report suggests that there is "substantial reason" to believe that Conyers paid his chief of staff, Cynthia Martin, for work she did not perform. In April of 2016, Conyers claimed to have placed Martin on unpaid leave, after she pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. However, the ethics office said that she was...
  • Illinois has 63,000 government workers making over $100K

    08/06/2017 8:04:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 27, 2017 | Joe Kaiser
    High-priced government workers cost taxpayers in Illinois $10 billion a year, with municipal managers in areas surrounding Chicago reaping the most benefits. Illinoisans are struggling under the highest property taxes in the nation, a declining population and the nation’s worst income growth, but one group is still doing pretty well – government workers. According to, Illinois has 63,000 public employees making more than $100,000, costing taxpayers $10 billion. These government workers range from auto pound supervisors to corrections nurses to junior college presidents and more. One of the most lucrative government fields is that of village and city managers,...
  • Dearborn, Michigan

    08/05/2017 7:47:31 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 29 replies
    the last 12 months the city of Dearborn, Michigan, has been thrown into conflict. At its heart, the conflict is about fear, ideology and identity politics – and what it means to be an American. Dearborn, home to the largest mosque in North America, is a place of apparent contradictions: simultaneously a sleepy, affluent suburb and yet also the subject of rumours about Isis terror cells and sharia law.
  • ICE Arrests 33 people during operation in West Michigan

    08/04/2017 7:38:08 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    Fox17 News ^ | AUGUST 4, 2017, | Fox 17 News
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — 33 people were arrested in a recent four-day operation in West Michigan by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. In a press release put out early Friday, the agency says the operation was meant to target “criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration violators.” They say that among the 33 taken into custody, 24 of them had prior criminal convictions. The operation took place this week across West Michigan. The arrests span individuals from four different countries: Mexico (22 arrested), Guatemala (7 arrested), El Salvador (3 arrested) and Liberia. Rebecca Adduci, the ICE Enforcement and Removal...
  • Half of mayoral candidates in Detroit have criminal past

    08/03/2017 6:36:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3,2017 | AP
    DETROIT (AP) - Half of Detroit’s eight mayoral candidates have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons. Three of the contenders on next Tuesday’s primary ballot were charged with gun crimes, and two of them were charged for assault with intent to commit murder, a Detroit News analysis shows . Some of the offenses date back decades. The most recent was in 2008. Political consultant Greg Bowens says there are candidates in every election cycle with past hardships. “ Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges,” Bowens said....
  • Half of Detroit’s 8 mayoral candidates are felons

    08/03/2017 9:20:54 AM PDT · by tje · 38 replies
    The Detroit News ^ | Aug. 2, 2017 | Christine Ferretti,Mike Martindale and Robert Snell,
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  • UMich hiring admin for 'cultural appropriation prevention'

    07/29/2017 9:32:25 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 44 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 28 July 2017 | Adam Sabes
    The University of Michigan is looking for someone to clamp down on “students of concern” and “enact cultural appropriation prevention initiatives.” UMich estimates that about 40 percent of the job will involve coordinating “bias incident response efforts,” which entails coordinating “appropriate and effective intervention and communication between multiple campus offices...and the provision of support to individuals and groups targeted by bias behaviors.” The Coordinator will also be tasked with managing the school’s “bias prevention initiatives and Expect Respect initiatives” by partnering with other departments to “ensure annual Expect Respect messaging begins in orientation programs,” assisting with various “divisional social justice...
  • MI Senate Poll: Kid Rock 49, Debbie Stabenow 46

    07/28/2017 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 101 replies
    Trafalgar Group ^ | 28 Jul 2017
  • Cancer-stricken Marine dog who served three tours in Afghanistan is given a tearful hero's...

    07/27/2017 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | July 28, 2017 | Emily Crane For and Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Cancer-stricken Marine dog who served three tours in Afghanistan is given a tearful hero's farewell in Michigan before being euthanized A cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the US Marines has been given a tearful final goodbye in Michigan before being euthanized. Cena, a 10-year-old black lab, received a hero's farewell on Wednesday just days after his owner Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung completed a bucket list for the dying pooch. Hundreds of people turned up to farewell Cena, who was wearing a decorated blue Marine vest, in Muskegon before he was euthanized at the USS...
  • When my name was thrown out there for US Senate (Kid Rock Statement)

    07/26/2017 11:16:28 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 58 replies
    Kid Rock ^ | Jul 26, 17 | Kid Rock
    When my name was thrown out there for US Senate I decided to launch I was beyond overwhelmed with the response I received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bullshit. As part of the excitement surrounding this possible campaign, I decided to take a hard look to see if there was real support for me as a candidate and my message or if it was just because it was a fresh new news story. The one thing I've seen over and over is that although people...
  • Northville man can be charged with DUI for drunken driving in own driveway (Supreme Court Update)

    07/26/2017 8:54:09 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 58 replies
    Click on Detroit ^ | 07/25/2017 | By Mara MacDonald - Reporter , Derick Hutchinson
    NORTHVILLE, Mich. - The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that sitting in a car in your own driveway while drunk constitutes drunken driving. A Northville man questioned whether he could be ticketed for a DUI in his own driveway after he was found behind the wheel and going in and out of his garage, but not off his property. The driveway DUI case had been ping ponging between courts and finally ended up in front of the Michigan Supreme Court for a final decision. At issue was a Northville man busted for being drunk and driving in and out of...
  • Trump effect? Rock star leads incumbent Dem in Senate race

    07/25/2017 1:21:56 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 48 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/7/17 | David Rosenberg
    MainAll NewsUS & CanadaTrump effect? Rock star leads incumbent Dem in Senate race Trump effect? Rock star leads incumbent Dem in Senate race Poll shows rock singer Kid Rock defeating incumbent Democratic Michigan senator by 8 points in 2018 matchup. Contact Editor David Rosenberg, 25/07/17 09:44 Share Robert James Ritchie, better known by his stage name 'Kid RockRobert James Ritchie, better known by his stage name 'Kid RockREUTERS Will a rock star and political neophyte unseat a three-term Democratic Senator from Michigan? Not long ago such a suggestion might have seemed absurd, but less than a year after a real...
  • BOOM! Kid Rock LEADS in Michigan Senate Race Poll

    07/23/2017 8:50:31 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 48 replies ^ | Jul 23rd, 2017
    Rockstar Kid Rock set off a political firestorm after teasing his Twitter followers about a potential Senate run in Michigan. News broke this weekend that Kid Rock is LEADING challenger, Dem Debbie Stabenow in a new poll 30% to 26%! Days later, Kid Rock tweeted out a ‘manifesto’ to his followers, laying out his political believes in a short graphic.
  • Lawsuit Alleges Agency Told Grandfather to Give Up Gun Rights to Foster His Grandson

    07/19/2017 5:21:32 PM PDT · by Hadean · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 19, 2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    A lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday alleges the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) violated the gun rights of foster parents. Caseworkers from MDHHS and a county judge told William Johnson of Ontonagon, Mich., that he had to choose between his Second Amendment rights and fostering his grandson, according to a complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The 54-year-old Johnson is a retired, disabled Marine with a Michigan Concealed Pistol License. He and his wife were asked by the state of Michigan to foster their grandson. According to...
  • Businessman, vet John James files for U.S. Senate (MI)

    07/18/2017 11:31:46 PM PDT · by Mozzafiato · 5 replies
    The Detroit News | July 18, 2017 | Jonathan Oosting
    Link only, due to copyright:Businessman, vet John James files for U.S. Senate
  • Michigan County Clerk Stops Illegal Weapons Ban at Her Building

    07/18/2017 12:18:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona -( – On Friday, June 27th, Karen Spranger went to work as the County Clerk in Macomb County, Michigan. When she arrived at 0730, the metal detection machinery and the armed guards had been removed. She had filed a lawsuit to make this occur.  She had not been notified it would happen.In Michigan, public buildings are not allowed to forbid the exercise of Second Amendment rights, with an exception for court rooms or other official space used for official court business.From Security measures at the Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds office at the Talmer building...