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  • Mayor Emanuel Moves To Abolish Police Review Board

    05/13/2016 6:36:20 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 13 MAY 2016 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (CBS) Mayor Emanuel will abolish the citys troubled Independent Police Review Authority. For months, the mayor has been criticized for how the city investigates excessive force allegations against Chicago police. In an op-ed piece thats expected to appear in Sundays Sun-Times, the mayor says the city would replace the agency with a civilian agency that has more independence and more resources to do its work. My goal is to bring safety to every community, through building trust in our police department, Emanuel said.
  • Emanuel blames 40 years of financial neglect for bad poll results ( Chicago )

    05/12/2016 7:19:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 05/11/2016 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday blamed his dismal showing in a New York Times poll on 40 years of financial neglect of Chicagos South and West sides not on disenchantment with him. One year after the mayors second inauguration, 62 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Emanuels performance as mayor. Only 25 percent approved of the job the mayor is doing. ... Without mentioning former Mayor Richard M. Daley by name, Emanuel laid the blame squarely on the doorstep of his predecessor and political mentor.
  • CHICAGO New Top Cop's Fiancee Under Investigation For Alleged Police Exam Cheating

    04/05/2016 5:36:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    DNA Info ^ | April 6, 2016 | Mark Konkol and Heather Cherone
    New Top Cop's Fiancee Under Investigation For Alleged Police Exam Cheating By Mark Konkol and Heather Cherone Updated April 5, 2016 THE LOOP Mayor Rahm Emanuel's newly appointed top cop Eddie Johnson's fiancee is a Chicago Police lieutenant named in an ongoing investigation into alleged cheating on the department's lieutenant's exam, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. It's the same cheating probe that sources said helped derail Deputy Chief Eugene Williams' chances of being promoted to police superintendent. Now the allegations are part of a separate probe, this one by Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson, sources said. Williams, one of the...
  • Q&A: Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget

    03/31/2016 2:42:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 3/31/2016 | SARA BURNETT
    CHICAGO Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation's third-largest district in what could be an early glimpse of a more prolonged strike still to come. Some 27,000 Chicago Teachers Union members have been working without a contract since June. They've overwhelmingly authorized an open-ended strike like the one that closed schools for more than a week in 2012, though that would still be weeks away. The union and its allies say Friday's action is an attempt to draw attention to their fight for a new...
  • Speculation builds about mayor's Chicago police decision

    03/27/2016 11:47:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Yahoo / Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2016 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    CHICAGO (AP) As speculation swirls about who will be Chicago's next top cop, a finalist for the post said Sunday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered him the job a few days ago, but then phoned Saturday night to say he was "going in a different direction." An aide to Emanuel on Sunday denied that Cedric Alexander was ever offered the job as Chicago's police superintendent. Alexander, the public safety director in Georgia's DeKalb County, told The Associated Press that the mayor offered him the job Thursday during a meeting in Washington, D.C., and that the mayor said he intended...
  • Emanuel rejects top cop finalists, to name Johnson new interim superintendent

    03/27/2016 10:59:45 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 27, 2016 | John Byrne , Bill Ruthhart and Jeremy Gorner
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has decided to install veteran cop Eddie Johnson as the city's interim police superintendent while rejecting the three finalists the Chicago Police Board sent him, according to four sources familiar with the process. It remained unclear whether Emanuel will seek to hand the top cop job to Johnson permanently, but his move to circumvent the three candidates presented to him from the Police Board's national search for a new police superintendent came among heightened pressure from black and Latino aldermen to make the hire from within the department. Johnson, a prominent African-American who currently serves as chief...
  • Police: Homicides rise in Chicago; illegal gun seizures fall

    03/01/2016 2:38:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2016 4:38 PM EST | Don Babwin
    Homicides and shootings have doubled in Chicago so far this year compared with the same period in 2015, and police have seized fewer illegal guns - more possible signals that officers have become less aggressive in the aftermath of a shooting video released last fall.Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante said Tuesday that he was so concerned about officers possibly holding back that he filmed a video for the entire department in which he encouraged them to do their jobs and assured them that a federal probe of the force was not aimed at individuals. "We are aware that there is...
  • Emanuel Warns Trump Ahead of Super Tuesday: "This Is Not a Joke"

    02/29/2016 7:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    WMAQ-TV ^ | February 29, 2016 | Mary Ann Ahern
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up a warning Monday to Donald Trump after the Republican presidential front-runner failed to denounce an implicit endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. "I think playing with dark forces [will] come back to haunt you," Emanuel said after casting his vote on the first day of in-person voting in Illinois. "This is not a joke." When asked whether Democrats should underestimate Trump, Emanuel gave what he called a larger statement on the issue. "Donald Trump, in 'The Apprentice' show, that was kind of a faux reality show, where you auditioned for a job,"...
  • Is Elgin-O'Hare extension caught in political roadblock?

    02/09/2016 12:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 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....
  • Bloody start to the year as Chicago Police investigate FIFTY murders last month

    02/01/2016 7:43:25 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 25 replies
    Murder police in Chicago have recorded the worst January in more than a decade for homicides - after more than 50 killings in the city in one month. Detectives had to investigate 51 homicides between January 1 and 31 - up 75 percent compared to the same period in 2015 and the worst figures since 2000. A bloody start to the year has also seen city officials log double the number of shooting in the first month of 2016 compared to the same time last year with nearly 242 separate incidents. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3426141/Bloody-start-year-Chicago-police-investigate-FIFTY-murders-month-making-city-s-worst-January-homicides-2000.html#ixzz3yvpDYXsc Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter |...
  • Chicago Police Street Stops Decrease Dramatically Amid Sinking Morale

    01/13/2016 4:15:28 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    DNA Info.com ^ | 1/13/2016 | Mark Konkol
    CHICAGO — Police officers are making drastically fewer investigative stops and confiscating fewer guns as murders and shootings have increased so far this year, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. So far this year, the number of so-called investigative stop reports — formerly known as “contact cards” — has decreased by about 80 percent compared to the same time period last year, police sources told DNAinfo.com. There also been a 37-percent decline in gun arrests and a 35-percent decrease in gun confiscations compared to last year, according to police data. Meanwhile, there have been 72 more shootings (a 218 percent increase) and...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Cuban Vacation ~ he makes De Blasio look good

    01/01/2016 11:15:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 1, 2016 | Matthew Continetti
    No doubt you, too, spent the holidays relishing the humiliation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the overrated and obnoxious Democratic Party hack who, finally, is teetering on the brink of political oblivion. How the former ballet dancer and Sarah Lawrence alumnus parlayed ambition and drive and the ability to scream like a lunatic into high office and a fortune of more than $10 million is one of the remarkable political stories of our time. "Emanuel has succeeded in almost every professional endeavor he has undertaken," Ryan Lizza wrote approvingly in 2009. Spoke too soon. How bad is Rahm Emanuel? He...
  • Rahm Emanuel, Stranded in Cuba as His Deputy Gets Assaulted

    12/29/2015 10:59:47 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | December 29, 2015 | Jim Geraughty
    Yesterday I called Al Sharpton's call for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's resignation over a police shooting the “perfect Obama-era scandal.” It showcases Obama’s hometown, home of some of the country’s strictest gun-control laws, plagued by 2,937 shootings in the past year, about 350 more than the previous year; an entirely-Democrat controlled political system that engages in cover-ups and a culture of unaccountability; a microcosm of African-Americans, the most loyal demographic to the Democratic Party, feeling victimized and disregarded by leaders they eagerly elected and reelected. Elitism, double-standards, runaway state power, incendiary agitation, racial tensions - it's all here. Now we...
  • Little Man, Big Head

    12/29/2015 6:12:01 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-29-2015 | MOTUS
    In case there’s anyone who still thinks Rahm willingly left Big Guy’s employ as Chief of Staff to spend more time with his Chicago family: Al Sharpton, Barry’s go-to-man on racejust called for Emanuel’s resignation. That should clarify the break up once and for all.I love you bro, butt it’s time to go.Yes, it’s true; the one time street agitator who was single handedly responsible for destroying the reputation of an innocent NY prosecuter by falsely accusing him of raping Tawana Brawley, of instigating a riot against white owned Freddie’s Fashion Mart, resulting in the death of 8 people, who...
  • 2 'vicious' dogs shot, one fatally, by Chicago Police in Woodlawn

    12/26/2015 6:52:00 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 26 Dec 20015 | Sam Charles
    Officers were called to the 700 block of East 69th Place about 10:30 p.m., police said. When they arrived, they found three “vicious” dogs that were “advancing towards citizens then at the officers,” The officers opened fire, killing one of the dogs and injuring another, Greer said. The injured dog ran off with the third, which was unharmed.
  • Chicago Protest Leader Demands That Police Be Defunded

    12/13/2015 6:38:03 PM PST · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12.10.2015 | | Mark Tapson
    Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports with guest host Peter Alexander, a youth leader of the protest movement in Chicago that was triggered by the police shooting of a black teenager in 2014, demands that the police department be defunded and the money be reallocated “to fund black futures.” The Washington Free Beacon reports that Breanna Champion of the Black Youth Project called it "unheard of" and “unacceptable” that police receive 40 percent of the city’s budget. Her organization wants that money
  • Even Rahm Emanuel Supporters Having Doubts About Their Man

    12/11/2015 6:28:20 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    nbc ^ | 12-11-15 | tracy jarrett
    NOTE: The funny characters you have been seeing can be removed when you post an article. Erase any apostrophe, parenthesis, and dash and then replace those characters from your keyboard. :) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CHICAGO - As protests continued in Chicago Thursday following the delayed release of video showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald, voters on the city's North Side, who overwhelmingly supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in last April's election, have doubts about his ability to address corruption and continue leading the city. "I do not think that Rahm is doing all that he can to fix the situation." said Colleen Fry,...
  • Illinois: Chicago Still Trying To Withhold Ticket Camera Emails (Rahm's private emails)

    12/10/2015 11:40:53 PM PST · by Ken H · 15 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 12/08/2015 | n/a
    Chicago, Illinois mayor uses private email accounts to hide conversations about controversial photo enforcement program. The city of Chicago, Illinois is doing everything it can to keep the local newspaper from getting a hold of documents related to the controversial red light camera and speed camera programs. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen M. Pantle heard motions from city lawyers last week designed to delay the process. Back in June, Chicago Tribune reporter David Kidwell filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking six months' worth of emails to or from Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) discussing automated ticketing. The request...
  • Black Lawmakers Split On Whether Rahm Emanuel Should Resign

    12/10/2015 5:43:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 12/10/15 | Darren Sands
    WASHINGTON - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are split on whether Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel should resign for his actions in the case of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Emanuel has been under fire since the November release of video showing the 2014 police shooting of McDonald. The video - which the city refused to disclose until a court order forced it to do so - showed McDonald being shot 16 times by police in an encounter that played out much differently than the original police account of the incident. Some CBC members told BuzzFeed News that Emanuel...
  • Rahm Emanuel is in deep, deep trouble

    12/10/2015 4:42:53 PM PST · by NRx · 68 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12-10-2015 | Amber Phillips
    Two weeks after a video was released of a Chicago policeman shooting a black teenager 16 times, the mayor of Chicago on Wednesday apologized for it and took some measure of responsibility. "I'm sorry" for the shooting of Laquan McDonald, which "happened on my watch," Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) told the full Chicago City Council in a rare speech. For the next 40 minutes, Emanuel delivered a "genuine" and "heartfelt" speech about police brutality and city violence that seemed "real," said critics and supporters alike who heard it, according to the Chicago Tribune. But the reaction on the street was...
  • Video: Illinois legislator pushes bill to allow recall of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    12/10/2015 12:30:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    If Rahm Emanuel refuses to resign from office after his administration buried the video of Laquan McDonald shooting until after his re-election, Chicago voters can’t do much about it. One Illinois Democrat wants to change that. State representative LaShawn Ford will introduce legislation that will allow for a recall of the Chicago mayor if enough voters sign petitions — and based on recent polling, that won’t be much of a hurdle:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO An Illinois state representative has introduced a bill that could remove Mayor Rahm Emanuel from office immediately.Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation...
  • Protesters Call for Mayor Emanuel's Resignation in Citywide Walkout

    12/10/2015 5:47:01 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 12/10/2015 | Staff
    Hundreds of protesters demanding an investigation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration flooded downtown Chicago streets Wednesday afternoon as part of a citywide walkout just hours after Emanuel publicly apologized for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald and vowed to fix broken Chicago police practices.The group chanted "Whose city? Our city," "Who's got to go? Rahm's got to go," and "No more killer cops."Demonstrators gathered at Daley Plaza at noon and started marching on North Dearborn. Police briefly detained two people during the protest near Dearborn and Washington as several other activists gathered around the vehicle chanting "Hell no, we won't...
  • Protesters Block Downtown Chicago Streets and Call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Resign

    12/09/2015 12:46:22 PM PST · by detective · 39 replies
    MSN News ^ | 12/9/2015 | Michele Gorman
    As controversy swirls over high profile police killings in the city, hundreds of protesters blocked streets in downtown Chicago on Wednesday as part of a citywide walkout to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel resign from his position. Hours earlier, Emanuel had publicly apologized for the 2014 police-involved shooting death of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black city resident, and pledged to fix the broken Chicago police practices.
  • Emanuel reverses course, now supports Justice probe of CPD

    12/07/2015 11:23:35 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/4/15 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday “welcomed” a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of “systemic issues embedded in” the Chicago Police Department and said, “I own the confusion” about his earlier opposition to the probe in the unrelenting uproar over the Laquan McDonald shooting video. Fran Earlier this week, Emanuel called the federal civil rights investigation requested by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan “misguided.” But that was before Hillary Clinton, Emanuel’s candidate for president, sided with Madigan. That’s apparently at least partially responsible for the mayor’s reversal. A conversation with Gov. Bruce Rauner, the mayor’s longtime friend, may also have played...
  • Rahm Emanuel op-ed: I own the problem of police brutality, and I'll fix it

    12/05/2015 1:37:35 PM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Dec. 4, 2015 | Rahm Emanuel
    Chicago is facing a defining moment on the issues of crime and policing and the even larger issues of truth and justice. To meet this moment, we need to conduct a painful but honest reckoning of what went wrong — not just in one instance, but over decades. Then we need to determine what to do differently to ensure that incidents like this don’t happen again. We cannot afford to have any resident of our city living in fear of the police and distrusting their words and actions. And we cannot allow the crimes of a small number of officers...
  • Rahmbo's MurderGate Scandal

    12/04/2015 8:01:04 AM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4, 2005 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There is a reason Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel earned the nickname “Rahmbo”. He is ruthless and relentless in acquiring and preserving power, and has no reservations about throwing people under the political bus to protect himself or his clients. He was a master at protecting President Obama’s political backside and is now busily protecting himself. Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy, appointed by Emanuel, resigned Tuesday under pressure from Emanuel who claimed McCarthy had lost the trust of those he had pledged to serves, with Mayor Emanuel making the announcement with typical political double-speak:
  • AG LYNCH: Attack is ‘wonderful moment to make significant change’

    12/03/2015 5:10:55 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    Living out the Rahm Emanuel adage to never let a crisis go to waste, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters today that the likely terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California represents a “wonderful moment to make significant change.” . After offering the obligatory condolences to the victims and support to the law enforcement officials conducting the investigation, Lynch said, “We’re at a point where these issues have come together really like never before in law enforcement thought and in our nation’s history. “It gives us a wonderful opportunity — a wonderful moment to really make significant change.”
  • Mayor Emanuel severs top cop's head to save his own

    12/03/2015 11:11:59 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/3/2015 | John Kass
    Desperate to save his own head in the fallout over the recorded police killing of Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached for another. Another head, that is. This one belonged to Garry McCarthy, Chicago's superintendent of police, who just the other day said he'd never, ever quit. "I never quit on anything in my life," McCarthy told reporters late last week, after protesters closed Michigan Avenue on Black Friday, after the mayor hid out, lying low, letting McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez take all the heat. "The mayor has made it very clear that he has my...
  • Emanuel gets heated when Cuba travel plans revealed

    12/02/2015 4:52:19 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 21 replies
    Politico (via Drudge) ^ | 12/2/2015 | Nick Gass
    “We were saying backstage that you want to come back as an Emanuel child. You take your young people on fascinating trips around the world, headed these holidays to Cuba. Why?” POLITICO's senior White House correspondent asked. Emanuel bristled, responding, “Well, first of all, thanks for telling everybody what I’m going to do with my family." "You had a private conversation with me and now you decide to make that public. I really don’t appreciate that, for one, I really don’t," the mayor scolded
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel resists calls to resign

    12/02/2015 9:59:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/02/2015 | By Amanda Sakuma
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday fiercely resisted calls to follow his police superintendent in stepping down, even as the city continues to roil over the dashcam video released last week showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot by police. Asked at a POLITICO Playbook event whether he planned to resign, the notoriously brazen Emanuel sneered and made light of the question. “No, because I really so much look forward to this interview and I wanted to have it. I just felt so good saying that to you,” Emanuel said, explaining that Chicago voters already put their faith in him. ~SNIP~...
  • Emanuel dismisses Garry McCarthy as Chicago Police Department superintendent

    12/01/2015 10:25:31 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 66 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 1, 2015 | By Bill Ruthhart and Hal Dardick
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced he has dismissed Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, citing a lack of public trust in the police leadership in the wake of the high-profile shooting that eventually led to a white officer being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a black teen shot 16 times in a Southwest Side street last year. "Superintendent McCarthy knows that a police officer is only as effective as when he has the trust of those he serves," Emanuel said at a City Hall news conference where he appointed a task force to look at police accountability....
  • University of Chicago Closes Campus After Online Threat

    11/29/2015 7:44:10 PM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Dean Schabner
    The University of Chicago has canceled all classes and activities at its Hyde Park campus after being warned by the FBI of an online threat of gun violence there. In an alert sent out to the campus community, university president Robert Zimmer said FBI counterterrorism officials said the threat, posted by an unknown individual, specifically mentioned "'the campus quad' on Monday morning at 10 a.m." "Based on the FBI's assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling...
  • ‘Chi-Raq’ Actress Angela Bassett Calls Out Obama’s Hometown for Gang Violence

    11/29/2015 8:05:41 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Breitbart Hollywod ^ | November 27, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    In an interview published November 25, actress Angela Bassett suggested some Chicago leaders are having trouble with Spike Lee’s film Chi-Raq because they are embarrassed by the gun violence in their city. “Chi-Raq” is a nickname given to Chicago because the violence in parts of the city is reminiscent of a war-zone like Iraq. According to The Wrap, Bassett said the “bloodshed” in Chicago’s black communities is “completely and utterly wasteful, shameful, hurtful to the core.” She said that Lee is trying to use his movie “to just bring some awareness….It’s a good picture, it’s very positive.” Bassett said she...
  • CPS continues to fiddle while Springfield burns ( Chicago Public Schools )

    10/12/2015 2:47:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Crain Communication ^ | October 10, 2015 | Greg Hinz
    The indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett closes a chapter in yet another sad tale of greedy, cheating city officials. Her lawyer says she has agreed to plead guilty when she appears in court, and I hope the judge throws the book at her. But ethical misconduct is only a part of BBB's legacy. The ex-CEOalong with the rest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crack team at the Board of Educationhas left us with a whopper of a problem that could hit full force as soon as next month. I'm referring to the nearly $500 million hole in...
  • Former Chicago School Chief Goes Down In MASSIVE Corruption Bust

    10/08/2015 1:38:41 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Blake Neff
    The former head of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) was indicted Thursday for allegedly participating in a bribery scheme that illegally influenced more than $20 million in city spending. According to the charges against her, ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett steered a no-bid $20.5 million contract to the consulting company SUPES Academy in return for bribes and the promise of a job after she left her post. Prosecutors claim that Byrd-Bennetts corrupt dealings began in April 2012, when she first arrived in Chicago to work as chief education adviser, and continued for the next three years. U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said Byrd-Bennett...
  • CORRECTED-Chicago businesses brace for potential doubling of property taxes

    10/02/2015 11:10:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Dave McKinney
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has disclosed that his record property tax hike plan entails significant cuts for nearly 300,000 homeowners, leaving Chicago businesses predicting they will face hikes of up to 50 percent. The second-term mayor last week proposed a $544 million property tax increase, the city's biggest ever, to help fix one of the worst-funded city pension systems in America ... Emanuel's office, which has said one in four dollars of the tax hike would come from the city's central business district, did not contest the 50-percent figure. But a mayoral aide insisted Emanuel's plan is his best effort...
  • (Three) killed when gunfire erupts at Fuller Park memorial barbecue (Obama's Chicago)

    09/30/2015 10:56:27 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9/30/2015 | Ashlee Rezin and Luke Wilusz
    A barbecue at a South Side park was interrupted by gunfire early Tuesday, leaving Antian Hardmon, Ayanna Northern, and Tyrone Spikes dead, and three other people injured in the Fuller Park neighborhood.About 30 people were enjoying the barbecue, a memorial for someone who died in a crash years ago, when more than 15 shots rang out, according to a woman who wished to be identified only as Shorty.Five people were shot about 12:10 a.m. in the 300 block of West 42nd Street when two males opened fire from an alley, according to Chicago Police. Lawn chairs and beer cans could...
  • The Vicious Circle of the Leviathan State

    09/27/2015 5:45:30 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 26, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    By John F. Di Leo - Reflections on the latest tax hike request from the City of Chicago... Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked for a massive tax increase. No surprise there. Massive tax increases have been the stock-in-trade of the Democratic Party for a century, so it barely merits comment nowadays. Its what you expect when you elect Democrats (the sad thing is that you expect an equal level of opposition to taxes when you elect Republicans, but contrary to the laws of physics, such an equal and opposite reaction rarely appears). The oddity of this new one ...
  • Mayors Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees

    09/26/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 117 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities, wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement. This is...
  • Education Secretary Duncans children to go to Chicago private school he attended

    09/26/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2015 | Valerie Strauss
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan grew up in Chicago and attended the private, prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The pre-K-12 Lab Schools are progressive institutions ... resident Obamas two daughters attended the school before moving to Washington in 2009, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuels children are enrolled there now. And in the fall, Duncans children will be attending Lab, too, while his wife works there. .... his children will attend a progressive private school in Chicago, a school that does not follow key school reform policies that his Education Department has set for public schools. It does not, for example,...
  • Move over Hillary: Rahm Emanuel sued over use of private email

    09/25/2015 8:45:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/25/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton is not the only person facing trouble over the use of personal email to avoid the pesky necessity of turning over communications to public scrutiny. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just been sued by the Chicago Tribune over his use of private emails and texts with regard to public business. Steve Mills of the Tribune reports: The Chicago Tribune filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Mayor Rahm Emanuel violated state open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through private emails and text messages. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, asks...
  • Chicago Tribune sues over Mayor Emanuels private email use

    09/24/2015 1:05:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2015 3:48 PM EDT
    The Chicago Tribune is suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel over claims he violated open records laws for failing to disclose personal emails and texts used to conduct city business. Thursdays lawsuit asks a judge to force the former White House chief of staff to produce documents. The lawsuit argues that the newspapers Freedom of Information Act requests to Emanuels administration have been met with a pattern of non-compliance, partial compliance, delay and obfuscation.
  • Chicago mayor's budget includes massive property hike

    09/22/2015 2:11:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/22/2015
    CHICAGO Mayor Rahm Emanuel pitched a massive property tax hike Tuesday as a "last resort" to correct Chicago's financial footing, suggesting the only alternative for the nation's third-largest city would include severe cuts to police and fire services, recycling programs, pothole repair and even rodent control. Emanuel, who needs approval from state lawmakers and the governor for at least part of his sweeping plan, outlined a $543 million property tax over four years, a $45 million tax to modernize schools, and other new fees for residential garbage pickup, e-cigarettes and ride-sharing services. The property tax revenue would go toward...
  • Chicago residents face perfect storm of tax hikes

    09/21/2015 3:06:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2015 | Ruth Ravve
    Chicago already is one of the most expensive cities in the world -- No. 7, according to a report by financial firm UBS. But the cost of living soon could rise even more, if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets his way. The Windy City mayor is pushing a $500 million property tax increase, the largest in the city's history, as a way to balance an almost $700 million deficit. On top of that, surrounding Cook County just raised the sales tax to the highest in the nation, at 10.25 percent, while considering a hodgepodge of other fees. And the state...
  • Report: Lazard CEO Wasserstein dies

    10/14/2009 1:36:52 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 10 replies · 767+ views
    AP ^ | 14 October 2009 | AP via Yahoo
    NEW YORK Bruce Wasserstein, the CEO of Lazard Ltd., has died, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday, which cited sources familiar with the matter
  • Jabbar: Trump Big Enemy to Constitution; Trump Fires Back

    09/04/2015 7:48:57 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 9/4/15 | V. SAXENA
    On Wednesday, recent Islamic convert and former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a column for The Washington Post in which he referred to 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump as [t]he biggest enemy to the principles of the Constitution. His proof? Trumps alleged vendetta against the press, i.e., Trumps willingness to take Fox News host Megyn Kelly to task for asking unfair questions AND Univision political activist Jorge Ramos to task for rudely interrupting his press conference. The proud Islamist also excoriated Trump for the absurd, uninformed or just plain incorrect statements all of them in fact correct ...
  • Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

    09/03/2015 12:32:20 PM PDT · by sleeper-has-awakened · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09-03-2015 | Hal Dardick and Bill Ruthhart
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday.. The mayor also plans to push a new garbage collection tax, a new per-ride fee on taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and a new tax on electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. ....The property tax increase Emanuel is mulling would far exceed what the mayor himself said during...
  • Does Hillary Hate Jews?

    08/17/2015 3:47:43 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 27 replies
    nuke's-n2l's ^ | 8/17/15 | nuke
    Speaking to Iowa public radio last week, Mrs. Clinton sought to lay the responsibility for her own irresponsibility on someone else. “I was permitted to and used a personal email..."Which, to me, immediately begs the question, "Who permitted this?"Clinton history is replete with partial answers followed by questions, followed by more half-truths, accusations and prevarications, wiggle-wording their way around the rabbit hole. It is a favored Clinton strategy which is often conjoined with coordinated attacks upon the accusers. The objective being, to run out the clock.To what end, though, the Presidency? Is American electoral math so screwed, skewed and unbalanced that all Mrs. Clinton has to do to...
  • Another ratings agency downgrades CPS debt to junk status (Fitch)

    08/02/2015 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 28, 2015 6:58 AM | Juan Perez Jr.
    A second financial ratings agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools debt rating to junk status, reinforcing Wall Streets dim view of the districts finances. Fitch Ratings on Monday downgraded billions of school board bonds to its BB+ ranking, which it said reflected the limited progress CPS has made to address a vast budget gap as well as the districts meager cash reserves. Fitch said those reserves are likely to be extinguished by next year. District officials have announced $200 million in spending cuts. Fitch said the district also will require a combination of tax increases, contributions from the state and...
  • WILL SCHUMER FOLLOW OBAMA ON IRAN DEAL?

    07/22/2015 4:28:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    How the senator from New York could change the game in Congress if he has the guts. In April 2010, following a series of deliberate slights and insults by the Obama administration directed at Israel and its prime minister, including a threat by the State Department that the depth of the US-Israel alliance would depend on the progress of peace talks, Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senates ranking Democrat and Obama ally placed a call to the White House. The senator had had just about enough. He informed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in no uncertain terms that the...