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  • Former Madigan chief of staff indicted in ComEd corruption probe

    05/27/2021 9:59:36 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies
    The Center Square ^ | May 26, 2021 | Greg Bishop
    Tim Mapes served for years under former House Speaker Michael Madigan as the clerk of the Illinois House and as Madigan’s chief of staff. Now, Mapes has been indicted on a charge of lying to a grand jury in a federal bribery probe connected to the longtime former speaker. Last summer, federal prosecutors revealed a deferred prosecution agreement ComEd entered into where the utility admitted to paying associates of Madigan in money and jobs in order to curry favor from the then-speaker. Com-Ed agreed to pay a $200 million fine and cooperate in the investigation. Madigan has not been charged...
  • Rock Island Auction: Evolving the Art of Gun Auctions

    05/23/2021 5:26:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 19 May, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    Rock Island Auction has quickly become one of the premier gun auction places on the Internet. Rock Island Auction is separate from Rock Island Arsenal. It is a word association for marketing. There is no legal association. Both institutions are located in Rock Island, Illinois, but have no overlap. Rock Island Auction is also frequently confused with Rock Island Armory, also known as Armscor. Armscor is a firearm and ammunition manufacturer based in Nevada.Rock Island Auction (RIA) had its first regional auction in February of 2003. It was a 600 gun auction. The auction was designed as an in-person auction...
  • Border Patrol Has Seized More Fentanyl So Far This Than In All Of 2020 As Overdoses Surge

    05/18/2021 11:42:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | Emily Zanotti • May 18, 2021
    United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now says that there is a surge in fentanyl coming across the United States border, and the agency has seized more of the incredibly potent narcotic in the first several months of 2021 than it did in all of 2020. “Customs and Border Protection seized more fentanyl so far in 2021 than all of 2020,” ABC News reported Tuesday. “As of April, 6,494 pounds of fentanyl were seized by authorities at the border, compared to 4,776 pounds in all of 2020. In fact, fentanyl seizures have been increasing since 2018.” “Fentanyl is an...
  • Illinois Judge Finds FOID Unconstitutional Under Second Amendment

    05/02/2021 6:47:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 54 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 28 April, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    Judge T. Scott Webb, of White County, Illinois, Found the requirement to obtain a (FOID) before owning a firearm in Illinois, to be unconstitutional. From the decision, Case 17-CM-60, 26 April 2021: “A citizen in the State of Illinois is not born with a Second Amendment right. Nor does that right insure when a citizen turns 18 or 21 years of age. It is a façade. They only gain that right if they pay a $10 fee, complete the proper application, and submit a photograph. If the right to bear arms and self-defense are truly core rights, there should be...
  • Illinois’ Latest Use Of Taxpayer Money As Political Club – Wirepoints

    02/25/2021 4:17:13 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 5 replies
    Wirepoints ^ | 02/25/21 | Mark Glennon
    Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs and a group of 29 other state financial officials recently sent letters to six of the nation’s largest private sector money managers in a transparently partisan attempt to bully them out of supporting Republicans. The effort is a misuse of the power that adheres to managing billions of dollars of taxpayer money and sets a dangerous precedent that might well invite retaliation in the same form by Republicans holding similar offices or from a Republican successor to Frerichs. It’s an attempt by incumbent officeholders to control much of the money that controls politics. Unfortunately, the effort...
  • Conservative grassroots Candidates are on the Trail (campaigns have begun) #2 of a series

    02/11/2021 4:42:38 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 15 replies
    freeRepublic | Feb 11, 2021
    Candidates are wasting no time getting on the campaign trail. Research is needed to identify the best Conservatives. We know that RINO Liberals are campaigning. ILLINOIS: March 2022 primary is 13 months away. To take on Congress-critter Kinzinger, the Impeachment RINO. IL-16 Already 4 challenger Republicans running, including: Gene Koprowski (R) - Multimedia Producer & Conservative Activist Jim Marter (R) - Management Consultant & Former Candidate Wyoming at-large. House Defeat Liz Cheney in Aug '22 primary 4 challengers, including: Bryan Miller (R) - Energy Consultant, Retired USAF Officer & '20 US Sen Candidate Anthony Bouchard (R) - State Sen., Realtor
  • Police Urge Residents to Stop Reporting Unemployment Fraud to Law Enforcement

    02/10/2021 3:05:15 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 09 Feb 2021 | Benjamin Fearnow
    ...The Batavia Police Department in upstate New York on Tuesday joined hundreds of local law enforcement agencies in asking both potential victims and concerned residents to report allegations of unemployment benefit fraud directly to the state's Department of Labor. Police in Avon Lake, Ohio, in Whitman, Massachusetts, and in Evanston, Illinois, say frustrated taxpayers have called or even shown up at the station holding 1099-G tax forms which show someone is fraudulently reporting income in their name. ..
  • Republicans who backed Trump impeachment face increasing wrath

    02/01/2021 4:07:12 AM PST · by RandFan · 38 replies
    Just The News ^ | Feb 1st | By John Solomon
    Republicans who have supported Donald Trump's impeachment from South Dakota to South Carolina are getting a painful reminder of just how powerful the former president remains within the Republican Party ranks. Rep. Tom Rice was the latest to feel the wrath of Trump supporters when the South Carolina state GOP voted to censure him this weekend for his vote two weeks ago supporting the House Democrats impeachment article. "Trying to impeach a president, with a week left in his term, is never legitimate and is nothing more than a political kick on the way out the door," state GOP Chairman...
  • Illinois Lawmakers Pass ‘Transformational’ Criminal Justice Legislation In 11th Hour Of Lame Duck Session

    01/13/2021 5:13:16 PM PST · by libstripper · 30 replies
    WBEZ (Chicago, IL NPR) ^ | Jan. 12, 2021 | Patrick Smith
    Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday used the final hours of the general assembly’s lame duck session to pass a sweeping and controversial criminal justice reform bill that would eliminate cash bail, make it easier to ban officers from working at police departments across the state and allow for anonymous complaints against cops.
  • Gun Store Burglars Meet the Owner During After Hours Break-In…It Went Poorly

    01/09/2021 11:29:28 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    7 Jan 2021 | JOHN BOCH
    At least one of the group of intruders received some ballistic dissuasion when they entered the store. Thanks to the shop’s camera system, store management and cops have nice quality video of the incident, along with an image of the license plate of the getaway ride. The car’s driver dropped his bleeding buddy at the local hospital’s ER entrance before speeding back to Peoria. The guy they’d left at the hospital is now in the morgue. Meanwhile, cops found the driver/car owner not long after. It wasn’t exactly tough detective work since the (alleged) perp used his own car. Perhaps...
  • Man with concealed carry permit shoots and kills robbery suspect inside Chicago cell phone store

    12/29/2020 3:27:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies ^ | 27 December, 2020 | Nate Rodgers
    A man on the scene shot the robbery suspect in the chest and abdomen, police said. It is not clear if the man was the owner, employee, or another customer. Police said the shooter, 29, had a valid concealed carry permit. The robbery suspect was transported in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
  • GOP lawmaker: I am not afraid of Trump

    12/08/2020 3:24:21 AM PST · by RandFan · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/20 06:00 AM EST | BY JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
    Adam Kinzinger says he isn’t scared of President Trump. Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, has garnered a reputation for being one of the few GOP lawmakers willing to push back on Trump. The Illinois Republican has been one of the most outspoken critics of the administration’s decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan, was one of the first in his party to recognize President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, slammed the president’s allegations of voter fraud on Twitter and has come out heavily against the QAnon conspiracy theory.
  • 'NYPD Blue' Star Doubles Down on Kyle Rittenhouse Defense, Makes Big Promise

    11/26/2020 9:01:53 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 11/25/2020 | Samantha Chang
    Actor Ricky Schroder doubled down on his decision to contribute his own money to help bail out Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of fatally shooting two men during anti-police rioting in Wisconsin in August. Schroder’s generosity will enable the 17-year-old Kyle to celebrate Thanksgiving at home with his family. Schroder, who has been eviscerated by trolls on Twitter and in the media, said the mob bullying by left-wing thugs won’t intimidate him.
  • Kyle Rittenhouse on Kenosha shootings: 'I don't regret it'

    11/19/2020 8:09:32 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 38 replies
    Fox6Milwaukee ^ | Nov 19, 2020 | Christina Van Zeist
    KENOSHA, Wis. - Speaking out publicly for the first time, Kyle Rittenhouse -- the 17-year-old charged in the fatal shooting of two men during a Kenosha protest -- said that he was protecting himself and does not regret it. In an interview with the Washington Post, the Antioch, Illinois teen said he considers himself "patriotic."
  • Congress demands US universities hand over all records of foreign donations

    08/04/2020 9:45:16 AM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    nyPOST ^ | 8/3/2020 | ebony bowden
    Congress wrote to the nation’s top universities on Monday demanding they hand over all records of donations they have accepted from foreign governments and rogue regimes, citing concerns that the multimillion-dollar gifts are a growing national security threat, The Post can reveal. The letters obtained by The Post were sent to the presidents of six of the country’s leading colleges — including Harvard, NYU and Yale — after a Department of Education investigation this year found American universities had accepted $6.4 billion of hidden foreign donations. The University of Chicago, the University of Delaware, Harvard University, New York University, the...
  • IL state rep. calls for "abolishment of history classes in schools" because they "lead to white privilege and a racist society"

    08/03/2020 7:53:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 44 replies ^ | 8/3/2020 | Adam Ford
    At a Sunday news conference, Illinois State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D), along with local leaders, called on the state's Board of Education to "abolish history classes in Illinois schools" because, he said, "current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society." A news release distributed before the event claimed that "current history teaching practices overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups." The lawmaker demanded history classes in the state immediately cease and remain abolished "until appropriate alternatives are developed." Concerned that current school history teaching leads to...
  • “BODIES EVERYWHERE”: As Many as 16 People Shot at Chicago Funeral Home (1 hour ago)

    07/21/2020 6:53:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 89 replies
    Breaking ^ | 7/21/2020
    Over a dozen people were injured in a shooting near a Chicago funeral home late Tuesday afternoon. The gunfire broke out at the Graham funeral home, located at 1018 W. 79th Street—in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. According to CBS 2, ‘there was some kind of planned ambush outside the funeral home, where a memorial service was going on for a homicide victim.’ The Chicago Fire Department reports at least 11 victims were taken to hospitals. All were listed in various conditions. “All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere,” witness Arnita Gerder told NBC Chicago. “Shot up everywhere, all...
  • Judge slaps down Pritzker order — Illinois Is Open For Business!

    07/02/2020 7:40:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Citizen Free Press ^ | 7/2/2020 | Kane
    CLAY COUNTY, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Governor J.B. Pritzker’s emergency powers to issue executive orders to close businesses or order people to stay at home expired 85 days ago on April 8th, 2020, a judge in Clay County Circuit Court ruled on Thursday afternoon. The ruling did not find the state has no power to forcibly close businesses or to restrict a citizen’s movements, but rather that those powers are derived from the Illinois Department of Public Health Act, not under the Illinois Emergency Management Act. Pritzker’s administration has at times cited both portions of state law to enforce his orders....
  • Trump Calls Out Pritzker’s Handling of Coronavirus Response Efforts

    05/17/2020 9:08:21 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 5/17/2020 | Becca Wood
    President Donald Trump singled out Gov. J.B. Pritzker in an interview on Sunday for Illinois' coronavirus response. Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business asked Trump how he would decide which states and cities will receive federal financial support, to which he called out local Democratic leaders. Trump accused Pritzker of money being the motivating factor for the his response to the pandemic, the president claiming he "knows the family." "He wants money because, you know, let's make up for the 25 years and some very bad current years," Trump said. Both leaders have previously traded attacks on how their respective governments...
  • Illinois Gov. Pritzker on COVID-19 fight: ‘We’re going it alone, as the White House has left all the states to do’

    05/10/2020 5:43:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/10/2020 | HANNAH LEONE
    As Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tries to meet goals for daily COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, he’s not banking on any help from the federal government, he said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper. “I have not been counting on the White House because there have been too many situations in which they’ve made promises not delivered,” Pritzker said. “Very recently they promised a lot of swabs. They’re supposed to arrive today, the first shipment of those. I’m looking forward to that. But what we’re doing is we’re going it alone, as the White House has...