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  • Emails show top officials aware of Clinton's private address

    07/01/2015 5:33:40 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Jul. 1, 2015 | LISA LERER and MATTHEW DALY
    Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department late Tuesday night The chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, requested Clinton's email address on Sept. 5, 2009, according to one email. His request came three months after top Obama strategist David Axelrod asked the same question of one of Clinton's top aides
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

    07/01/2015 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 1, 2015 9:22 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen
    Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts—including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation—to the nation’s third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn’t afford. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said schools would still open on time in the coming school year and class sizes wouldn’t be affected. He put the blame on state legislators for worsening the situation and said a property tax increase was up for consideration. The district had to borrow and factor in the cuts to make the pension payment by Tuesday’s deadline because legislators,...
  • Sheriff Clarke Schools Rahmbo

    06/05/2015 10:17:47 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 5, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is famous for saying that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to do things you might not be able to get done except for the emotions of the moment spurring calls to action. Chicago’s bloody Memorial Day weekend, which saw a dozen people killed -- including a four-year-old-girl -- certainly proved no exception to Rahm’s Rule as he called for, wait for it, stricter gun control as he spoke at a luncheon honoring police officers for valor and service. “It’s not just about...
  • Spike Lee Comes to Film ‘Chiraq,’ Unsettling Some Chicagoans

    05/31/2015 6:41:28 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 31, 2015 | JULIE BOSMAN
    A reference to the gun violence that has left parts of Chicago feeling like a war zone to many residents, the word is believed to have been coined by local rappers years ago. But it is taking on another life as the working title of a new Spike Lee movie that is expected to be filmed here this summer. Local politicians have lined up against the title. Mr. Lee has been confronted by Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who told him in a meeting last month that he was “not happy” about the name.
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fired cop in racist photo: 'Good riddance'

    05/28/2015 8:51:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/27/15 | Fran Spielman
    .....Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott with an unknown man in a photo believed to be taken between 1999 and 2003. | Court file photo Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday had two choice words for the now-fired Chicago Police officer who joined another former officer in posing with rifles as they stood over a black man lying on his belly with deer antlers on his head. “Good riddance.” “Let me be clear: That photo does not represent the values of the city of Chicago that we all share in common. It doesn’t represent the values of the...
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • Moody’s downgrades Chicago schools, park district ratings

    05/13/2015 9:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2015 7:43 PM EDT
    Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the debt of both the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District on Wednesday, a day after it downgraded the city’s bond rating to junk status. Moody’s has given a Ba3 rating to the school district’s debt, down from a Baa3 rating, saying the district faces “increased strain on its precarious financial position” due to last week’s Illinois Supreme Court decision overturning state pension reform. It reduced the Chicago Park District’s rating to from Baa1 to Ba1, one notch below investment grade. The rating service’s moves affect the school district’s $6.2 billion in general obligation...
  • Tony Rodham’s Ties Invite Scrutiny for Hillary and Bill Clinton [all living large]

    05/11/2015 7:07:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | Steve Eder
    "......When Mr. [Tony] Rodham was short on cash in 2010, Mr. Clinton helped get him a job for $72,000 a year raising investments in GreenTech Automotive, an electric car company then owned by Terry McAuliffe, an old friend of Mr. Clinton’s and now the governor of Virginia. “I was complaining to my brother-in-law I didn’t have any money. And he asked McAuliffe to give me a job,” Mr. Rodham said during the court proceedings, which were the result of a lawsuit over unpaid legal bills filed by his lawyer in a child support case. A brother down on his luck...
  • Rahm Emanuel lived rent free in BP flack's apartment(I can't wait until GOP Congress calls hearings)

    06/08/2010 10:39:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies · 66+ views
    american thinker ^ | 6/8/10 | Thomas Lifson
    If you or I lived rent free for five years in an apartment in pricey Washington, DC, we would have to pay income taxes on the value of the rent on the place. But apparently not Rahm Emanuel. The wonderful Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times writes: We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign. Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer. Shortly...
  • Video: Watch Rahm Emanuel’s SUV run red lights and drive on the wrong side of the street

    04/19/2015 1:56:58 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-19 | Twitchy Staff
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, under fire since last year when reporters caught his police-driven SUV running red lights, is still running red lights and putting the good people of Chicago in danger: ... How flagrant? Check out the videos. First up, running a red light and making a left turn: And here’s the mayor’s SUV reportedly running the light and driving into the wrong lane:
  • Why Bob Woodward’s New book is a stunner and why John Bolton went off (Video)

    09/22/2010 7:31:52 PM PDT · by Justaham · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-22-10 | John Schulenburg
    Wow, so Bob Woodward’s new book is making a lot of headlines to today and why shouldn’t it? It’s an amazing view into the White House and well, frankly scared the bejeesus out of me just knowing that this joker is in charge of our country and military. Where to begin? It starts with the front page story from the Washington Post which talks about Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars. The book quite literally is a stark reality check for the American people on who their Commander-in-Chief is and how he thinks. The first bombshell that people are talking...
  • Rahm Emanuel unhappy Spike Lee titled new film 'Chiraq'

    04/15/2015 7:32:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC7Chicago.com ^ | 2015-04-15
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq." The word suggests the city is as dangerous as the war zone in Iraq. "We had an honest, frank conversation," Emanuel said. Emanuel said he suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place. The mayor says he thinks that the subject Lee told him his film would deal with - black-on-black violence - is an important topic that...
  • The Democrats have created their illegal alien ‘brooms” that will eventually sweep us all away

    04/15/2015 8:20:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/15/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Karl Marx who would be a Democrat Senator if he was alive today said, “The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.” Last week’s runoff mayoral election in Chicago brought this quote to mind. It also suggested a comparison to the plot of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In that production we see Mickey Mouse working as an apprentice to a sorcerer who orders him to tend to a series of chores that includes fetching water. Seeing his opportunity to use the power in the sorcerer’s wand for his own benefit, Mickey commands a broom...
  • Rahm Emanuel Re-Elected as Chicago Mayor in Runoff

    04/07/2015 9:08:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 07, 2015 | MARK PETERS and BEN KESLING
    Rahm Emanuel Re-Elected as Chicago Mayor in Runoff Incumbent defeats challenger Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia after failing to win a second term outright in February By MARK PETERS and BEN KESLING April 7, 2015 CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel was re-elected Tuesday following a spirited runoff here that tested the policies and personality of the nationally known politician.
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins 2nd term in runoff victory

    04/07/2015 8:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2015 10:53 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen and Sara Burnett
    Rahm Emanuel won re-election Tuesday as voters in Chicago’s first mayoral runoff decided that, despite his brusque management style, the former White House chief of staff was best equipped to deal with the many dire challenges facing the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” Garcia after failing to capture a majority against four other candidates in a February election. The mayoral runoff was the first since the city changed the way it conducts elections about 20 years ago. […] Emanuel raised far more money than Garcia, plastered...
  • ABC Refuses To Air Anti-Rahm Emanuel Commercial

    04/04/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/04/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The ABC network refuses to air a commercial criticizing Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel even though other networks are running the spot, The Daily Caller has learned.As Emanuel seeks re-election in the Chicago mayoral run-off next week, the Republican-leaning Real Chicago PAC produced an ad highlighting reported instances of Emanuel’s corruption and crony capitalism, including his promotion of the transportation company Uber, in which his brother Ari is a major investor.“We sent the commercial to the local Fox affiliate. They vetted it, they checked every single quote and every single headline to make sure it was accurate and they ran...
  • Bernie Sanders endorses Rahm challenger

    04/02/2015 6:18:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | David McCabe
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has become the latest high-profile progressive to endorse Cook County Commissioner Chuy García's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D). “I am going to Chicago to support Chuy García and [City Council candidate] Susan Sadlowski Garza. I support them because we need a political revolution in this country and we need the kind of working-class coalitions that Chuy and Susan are pulling together,” Sanders said in a statement.
  • Judge to rule on free-speech question in Chicago mayor race

    04/01/2015 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Pantagraph ^ | 4-1-2015
    A federal judge says he'll decide soon on whether the Chicago Transit Authority must let employees distribute campaign leaflets in break rooms that oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election bid. U.S. District Judge Robert Dow began hearing testimony Wednesday on a temporary restraining order that would force the transportation agency to allow the materials in advance of the April 7 runoff election. Dow told attorneys he hopes to rule by noon Thursday. The Amalgamated Transit Union filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Tuesday accusing the CTA of violating its members' free-speech rights. It claims the CTA allowed the distribution of...
  • Amnesty, Left-Wing Activists Lining Up Behind ‘Chuy’ Garcia Against ‘Godfather’ Emanuel

    03/28/2015 5:05:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2015 | Tony Lee
    Though Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) recently praised Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) for making Chicago the “friendliest” city for immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, pro-amnesty advocates and progressives are lining up beyond his opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who is in a dead heat with Emanuel in the mayoral runoff. (SNIP) “He told targeted Democrats in tough re-election fights that he wanted them to vote for this anti-immigrant bill,” Gutierrez said then. “That’s a fact, an irrefutable fact. So it’s nice that Rahm Emanuel the candidate is for the DREAM Act kids now, but actions speak louder than words.”
  • Obama International Airport? Emanuel floats idea of renaming O'Hare, Midway

    03/26/2015 2:51:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 25, 2015 | Bill Ruthhart
    Could Mayor Rahm Emanuel be thinking about renaming Chicago’s airports, perhaps after President Barack Obama? Emanuel brought up the airports' names during a candidate forum Wednesday night at Chicago State University. The topic came up as the mayor fielded a question on why he quickly proposed, then abandoned efforts to name a new North Side high school after Obama and the South Side’s Stony Island Parkway after the late Arthur Brazier, a revered African-American civic leader who founded the Woodlawn Organization and was pastor of the Apostolic Church of God for 48 years. "We have to, in some way, whether...
  • ACLU: Chicago police had higher stop-and-frisk rate than NYC

    03/23/2015 4:56:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 23, 2015 6:56 PM EDT | Don Babwin
    Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois released a report Monday saying it identified more than 250,000 Chicago stop-and-frisk encounters in which there were no arrests from May through August 2014. African-Americans accounted for nearly three-quarters of those stopped, even though they make up about a third of the city’s population. On...
  • Rahm Emanuel Needs Republican Help

    03/18/2015 5:08:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 17, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    The difficult task for Emanuel is to win their support while not alienating the more-progressive elements of the electorate. So the mayor is raising big money from wealthy conservative donors while sending a subtle message in his campaign ads that is designed to scare the more-affluent constituencies in the city—without trumpeting support from the Right. He has welcomed Rauner's quiet outreach for his campaign while also blasting the governor for his proposed budget cuts. March 17, 2015 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is about as partisan a Democrat as there is in this country. But to win a second term and...
  • Connect the dots: 4/21 - WH picks Neil Eggleston as new counsel; a week later, Rhodes email pops up

    05/03/2014 4:24:35 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 36 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Everyone missed what is now, in hindsight, a crystal clear signal that the White House knew that the buffalo chips were about to hit the fan; and that they are very worried.On April 21, the White House announced that Neil Eggleston would be the new counsel to the president. It didn't get much notice, but in light of recent events, it's a really big deal.
  • Jesse Jackson backs Garcia over Emanuel for Chicago mayor

    03/10/2015 8:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 9, 2015, 2:37 PM | Juan Perez, Jr.
    Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” Garcia got the endorsement of the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday as both the challenger and Mayor Rahm Emanuel compete for the crucial African-American vote ahead of next month’s runoff election. Jackson cited Garcia’s “consistent track record of service” including his work with Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor. Jackson also said his support of President Barack Obama, who has endorsed Emanuel, had no bearing on endorsing Garcia.“This is not about President Obama and me; it’s about Chuy and Rahm Emanuel. It’s about whether there’s a plan for reconstruction,” said Jackson, who did not directly criticize...
  • Billionaires Ken Griffin, Pritzkers part of $1.3M cash dump to Emanuel campaign ( Chicago politics )

    03/09/2015 5:47:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/09/2015 | Natasha Korecki
    Over three days, some of the wealthiest people in Chicago, if not the nation, dumped more than $1.3 million into the political re-election campaign of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.. Among the donors was Citadel founder and billionaire Ken Griffin, who donated $250,000 to Emanuel. The mayor is battling to keep his seat against a surging Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Others who donated from March 3 to March 6 include: Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, $200,000; Richard Melman, $100,000; and Jay B. Pritzker and M.K. Pritzker, who tossed in $50,000 each. Garcia recently took in a a $250,000 contribution from...
  • Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Run-Off Should Terrify Hillaryland

    03/03/2015 12:37:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/03/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Last week, the mayoral election in Chicago produced a shocking result when incumbent Rahm Emanuel—Barack Obama’s former chief of staff—failed to get the 51% of the vote needed to avoid a run-off. Emanuel should be worried, but you know who should really be terrified? Hillary Clinton and her acolytes. This election result is a warning that not everyone is ready for Hillary. First, some context. In Chicago, Da Mare does not go to a runoff. Ever. If you’re in charge of the machine, it does your bidding and its gets you re-elected, period. That’s how Richard M. Daley ended up...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall

    03/02/2015 4:01:35 PM PST · by raptor22 · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ities: The problem with socialism, Margaret Thatcher once noted, is you eventually run out of other people's money. In progressive Chicago, that's hit home as Moody's has cut its credit rating to two grades above "junk." Chicago's finances are staggering under the weight of an unfunded pension liability that Moody's Investors Service has estimated at $32 billion, eight times the city's operating revenue. Chicago has a $300 million structural deficit. And Illinois law requires the city to up its 2016 contributions to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still...
  • Rahmbo forced into humiliating runoff in Chicago

    02/25/2015 6:47:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    Four years ago, former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel breezed to victory in the Chicago mayor's race. He was the golden boy of Democratic politics, mentioned in some party circles as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Yesterday, the incumbent mayor was humiliated by failing to receive a majority of the votes against 4 relative unknowns. The result forces an April 7 runoff where he is still expected to win handily, but is now considered damaged goods. His downfall? Persistent violence and a pension shortfall threatening to bankrupt the city. Bloomberg: “We have come a long way and...
  • Mayor Emanuel To Face Chuy Garcia In Runoff Election

    02/24/2015 8:00:21 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/24/2015
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take on Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a runoff election on April 7. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. Garcia had 34 percent of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the runoff. Trailing Garcia is businessman Willie Wilson in third with 10 percent, Alderman Robert Fioretti in fourth with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls was in last with 3 percent.
  • Mayoral Election Edges Closer To Runoff Between Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia

    02/24/2015 6:35:11 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    cbs chicago ^ | 2-24-2015
    It appears likely Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face off against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy Garcia in a runoff election for Chicago Mayor on April 7. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 46 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid the runoff. Garcia had 34 of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the April runoff. Trailing Garcia is businessman Willie Wilson in third with 10 percent, Alderman Robert Fioretti in fourth with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls was in last with 3...
  • Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

    02/24/2015 7:52:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:30am EST | Mary Wisniewski
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday’s municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city. Emanuel, 55, a former adviser to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning. Emanuel is close to the mark, getting 48.3 percent of the vote in a recent Ogden & Fry poll. His nearest...
  • Obama heads to Chicago to designate monument, boost Emanuel

    02/19/2015 7:30:13 AM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Side neighborhood in Chicago is getting long-sought federal protection from President Barack Obama, whose visit on Thursday could also provide a political lift to the city's mayor. Obama will formally designate the neighborhood where African-American railroad workers won a historic labor agreement in the 1930s. In the process, the president's trip to his hometown could help boost turnout for his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election in Tuesday's contest.
  • Obama shocked, 'slightly irritated' by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod

    02/03/2015 9:24:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 3, 2015 | Annie Karni and Celeste Katz
    President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election - and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod. Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes. The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote. "'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney....
  • Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

    09/04/2009 4:15:09 AM PDT · by Man50D · 105 replies · 2,375+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 04, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken. Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done. Outlined in the 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” Sunstein and co-author Richard H. Thaler argued that the...
  • Emanuel won't rule out property tax hike for police, fire pensions ($550 million)

    02/01/2015 4:16:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's teenage son is recovering from injuries after being mugged

    12/21/2014 8:23:10 AM PST · by dennisw · 58 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 21 December 2014 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER FOR MAILONLINE
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's teenage son is recovering from injuries after 'being mugged and put in a chokehold by two men' near family's home Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son Zach was robbed near his family's home on Friday night Zach, had 'injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip,' said Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn One mugger allegedly 'threw him in a chokehold' while the other allegedly punched Zachary to the ground A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home...
  • (Rahm) Emanuel's son robbed near family's North Side home

    12/20/2014 4:14:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 56 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Dec. 20, 2014 | Rosemary Regina Sobol and Alexandra Chachkevitch
    Robbers put mayor's son in chokehold, stole his cell phoneMayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was robbed near the family's home on the North Side on Friday night, according to a Chicago police report.. One of them "placed his arm around the victim's neck in a rear chokehold," and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report said. "The offenders then asked the victim, 'What else you got?' (and) forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone," the...
  • Chicago City Council Chooses Suicide By Minimum Wage

    12/04/2014 3:49:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Fiscal Policy: A city teetering on the brink of insolvency passes a minimum wage that would reach $13 by 2019, higher than the minimum elsewhere in a state that just elected a Republican governor. What could go wrong? Ignoring the first rule of holes (when you're in one, stop digging), the Chicago City Council, in a Tuesday emergency session called by Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, voted 44-5 to raise the city's minimum wage from the current statewide level of $8.25 an hour to $10 on July 1, with future increases bringing it to $13...
  • Emanuel socks city retirees with 40 percent health insurance hike ( Chicago )

    09/13/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday dropped another financial bombshell on Chicago’s 25,000 retired city workers and their dependents: their monthly health insurance premiums will be going up by a whopping 40 percent — in spite of a pending lawsuit and a precedent-setting Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Last year, Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare. For the city, the Year One savings was $25 million. For retirees, that translated into an increase in monthly health insurance premiums...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago not murder capital

    08/25/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/25/2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against suggestions that violence in his city is out of control, touting new statistics that show violent crime is down in Chicago “The narrative is: We’re the murder capital. Not close,” the Chicago mayor said during an interview with POLITICO. When asked about perception of crime in Chicago, Emanuel was quick to note that he is most concerned with the opinions of his city’s residents about the safety of their communities. But the mayor still seems frustrated with the media, which he feels is focusing on individual incidents of crime without telling the whole story.
  • The murder of a 9 year old in Chicago “can’t be tolerated,” but it will be

    08/25/2014 8:55:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Another little Black boy was murdered in Chicago this week and noted social arsonist Father Michael Pfleger held a service for him and lamented, “[Antonio’s] slaying can’t be tolerated.” Sorry pastor but you are quite wrong about that. On Wednesday August 20 while Ferguson, Missouri was burning and collapsing under the weight of rioters reacting to the shooting death of a petty criminal at the hands of a police officer, a little boy was shot dead in the streets of Chicago. His name was Antonio Smith. He was nine years old. It’s a safe bet that you have not heard...
  • In Ferguson, professional agitators fan the flames as usual

    08/20/2014 10:00:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/20/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Radical communists, anarchists, even an ISIS flag waver; members of the far left from CA to NY are taking advantage of the death of Michael Brown to foment fury in Ferguson. A revolutionary named Gregory “Joey” Johnson is promoting and agitating local protestors as shown in a Missouri web post by writer Duane Lester. (1) Johnson is wearing a black tee shirt with white lettering: “The System Has No Future. Revolution Does.” He is chanting in childlike, sing song lyrics that say there will be no police brutality, no wars, no oppression when the Revolution comes. Using hatred of America,...
  • Streetlight McCarthy: Concealed Carry Same As Drunken Driving (Chicago)

    08/07/2014 5:20:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Streetlight McCarthy: Concealed Carry Same As Drunken Driving The expert in carrying a firearm while intoxicated speaks: “This is what I said from Day One: More guns is not the solution to gun violence. That’s akin to saying everybody should drive drunk to stop drunken driving. It doesn’t work that way.” So what's giving Chicago Police Supt. McCarthy flashbacks? Something he thinks will be an excuse to restrict Concealed Carry in Illinois. After Wednesday’s meeting at Kennedy-King, McCarthy also disclosed that one of the men shot this week at a North Side nightclub had one of...
  • Durbin: More Needs To Be Done To Help Child Immigrants

    08/03/2014 4:44:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | August 3, 2014
    Elected officials addressed thousands during the People’s Mass at Fiesta Del Sol in honor of dreamers, immigrants and the 47,000 children held at detention centers across the nation. WBBM’s Kimberly Easton reports a crowd of thousands listened intently to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senator Dick Durbin. Both Emanuel and Durbin assured the Latino community they will not turn their backs on children who are fleeing a dangerous situation. “We are here today at Fiesta Del Sol. This is a Mass dedicated to the dreamers. The action that was taken by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday was reprehensible. This...
  • Emanuel wants city to house 1,000 more young illegal immigrants, report says

    07/27/2014 5:21:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | July 27, 2014
    Emanuel wants city to house 1,000 more young illegal immigrants, report says Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:02 PM CST Updated: Jul 26, 2014 4:02 PM CST FOX News - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama administration chief of staff, wants to expand the city’s efforts to house young illegal immigrants from Central America, reportedly proposing to shelter an additional 1,000 of them by year's end. "The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore," said Emanuel, according to The Chicago Tribune. "While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot...
  • Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel

    07/17/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News | john R. Lott Jr.
    Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded. At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would "continue to make the case" that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws. Two days later, on Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn also called for more gun control, in particular a state ban on assault weapons, as the solution. But Chicago's problems lie with the city’s politicians. Nationally, police solve almost two out of every three murders – 63 percent of them. That figure is much...
  • Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

    07/12/2014 3:41:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Jul 11, 2014 | Updated 1:24 PM CDT | Erin Carlson
    Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent—’Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring “Simpsons” character—delivered an especially batty Twitter rant directed against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. […]hows that gunfreezone engineered slaughter goin Rahm Emanuel numbnut — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 10, 2014 yeah thats it the NRA supplied guns & killers to Chicago. denialFreaks — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 10, 2014It’s tough to parse the taunting tirades of the self-professed “Motor City madman” but the “gunfreezone” he mentions is an obvious reference to Emanuel’s sweeping new gun-control regulations that establish special-use zoning designed to push...