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  • At the 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago

    09/26/2018 6:05:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 September, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference was held at the Chicago O'Hare airport Hyatt Regency this year. I arrived after driving up from Dallas. As usual, the last 30 miles consisted of slow moving traffic. I used a GPS to make the proper turns. There wasn't any real choice of another hotel. The conference rate at the Hyatt wasn't too terrible. $119 with parking included. I expect some state and local taxes will be added to the final bill. The hotel had something new this year. A small "no guns" sign in red on the entrance doors. We were...
  • Wheaton (Il) man says he saw a mountain lion in his backyard

    09/25/2018 10:40:00 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 15 replies
    WGN ^ | 24 Sept 2018
    “Just though, ‘Oh my gosh. How can that be a cat when it’s that big? And it’s in my backyard,’” he said... In 2009, Chicago police shot a cougar in the Roscoe Village neighborhood... There have been a couple of similar sightings in the area in the last few days, according to social media posts.
  • The disaster that is the modern Democratic Party began 50 years ago in Chicago

    09/20/2018 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cp124 · 45 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | 9/19/2018 | Charles Todorich
    SOUTH PORTLAND — Sometimes it takes a confluence of events to provide clarity to the muddle. The events in this case are the 50th anniversary of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August 1968, the recent death of Sen. John McCain and the mind-numbingly idiotic statement by Fox News commentator Marie Harf on “Outnumbered” on Aug. 16 that “the highest form of patriotism is protest.” The muddle is the catastrophic state of the modern Democratic Party.....
  • Northwest Side priest who burned rainbow banner removed from church effective immediately

    09/23/2018 7:35:18 PM PDT · by Coronal · 38 replies
    Chocago Tribune ^ | September 22, 2018 | Ese Olumhense
    Days after it was revealed that the Rev. Paul Kalchik of Avondale’s Resurrection Catholic Church burned a rainbow banner that once hung in the church, Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has removed him from his role as head of the North Side church. “For some weeks now, I have become increasingly concerned about a number of issues at Resurrection Parish,” read a letter, signed by Cupich, to parishioners and staff at the church. “It has become clear to me that Fr. Kalchik must take time away from the parish to receive pastoral support so his needs can be assessed.”...
  • Caught In Custody Fight, 5-Year-Old Boy Sent To Ireland

    07/11/2012 5:04:48 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 39 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | no byline
    Updated 07/10/12 – 9:06 p.m. CHICAGO (CBS) — A 5-year-old Orland Park boy at the center of an international custody battle was sent to Ireland on Tuesday to live with his father, even though he was born in the U.S. and has lived most of his life here. Jack Redmond was born in south suburban Blue Island, and has spent all but a few months of his life in the United States. His mother, Mary Redmond, says the Chicago area is all the boy has ever known. His school, his doctor, his dentist, his friends — they’re all here. Custody...
  • Chicago Priest Removes Sacrilegious Objects Defies Cardinal Cupich

    09/20/2018 9:43:11 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | September 20, 2018 | Jim Bownman
    Gay group Dignity USA president Chris Pett: “He’s hijacking the parish and trampling on core Catholic values . . . The archdiocese needs to denounce this in the strongest possible terms.” Father (Paul) Kalchik, 56, claims he was preceded by three “bad priests” who were “big in promoting the gay lifestyle” before he was ordained as pastor of Resurrection by Cardinal Francis George in 2007. The flag was first displayed prominently at the church’s altar in 1991 to welcome LGBTQ worshippers to the faith, according to Kalchik, but it was later taken down and put into storage — along with...
  • LGBTQ Activists Decry Flag Burning Priest: "Had No Idea This Hate Was in His Heart"

    09/20/2018 9:09:21 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 33 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 19, 2018 | Mitchell Armentrout
    Two dozen LGBTQ activists rallied Wednesday night outside the Avondale church where a priest burned a rainbow flag last week against the orders of Cardinal Blase Cupich. Calling the Rev. Paul Kalchik’s Sept. 14 flag-burning at Resurrection Catholic Church a “hate crime plain and simple,” Ald. Deb Mell (33rd) called on Pope Francis and Cupich “to send this hateful bigot packing.” “We’ve come so far as an LGBTQ community, and we have so many things to celebrate, and to think that this hatred is being spread in our neighborhood is not acceptable,” she said. “This isn’t who we are ....
  • Chicago priest defies Cardinal Cupich, burns rainbow flag as an act of ‘exorcism’

    September 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Chicago priest and his parishioners have burned a rainbow flag that was once displayed at the parish, in an act that the priest has called an “exorcism,” in apparent defiance of the Archdiocese of Chicago, led by pro-LGBT Cardinal Blase Cupich.
  • Priest Defies Cardinal Cupich, Burns Gay Flag

    09/19/2018 10:27:09 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 19, 2018 | Mitchell Armentrout
    A North Side priest who says he “can’t sit well” with Cardinal Blase Cupich burned a gay-friendly flag outside his Avondale church last week — against the wishes of the cardinal he claims is trying to minimize the clergy sex-abuse crisis. Rev. Paul Kalchik says the banner, featuring a cross superimposed over a rainbow, had been featured prominently in the sanctuary at Resurrection Catholic Church but had been taken down and was forgotten in storage at the parish at 3043 N. Francisco for more than a decade. Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag...
  • Obama Foundation deal with Chicago calls for $10 fee on 99-year lease: reports

    09/19/2018 10:02:24 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/2018 | Bradford Betz
    The foundation behind the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago has a tentative agreement with the city to pay just $10 to use 19.3 acres of city park space for 99 years, according to a report. The accord is described in legislation that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration will send to the City Council on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. If approved, the proposals will bring the estimated $350 million project closer to reality. Per the agreement, the city will own the buildings and grounds, while the Obama Foundation will be responsible for the center’s upkeep and management, Crain’s Chicago Business...
  • 5 takeaways from the second day of the Jason Van Dyke trial

    09/19/2018 5:21:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/18/2018 | Christy Gutowski, Jason Meisner, Stacy St. Clair and Megan CrepeauContact Reporters
    The long-awaited murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke continued Tuesday with key testimony from Van Dyke’s partner and other eyewitnesses in a racially fraught case that has roiled the city for nearly three years. Here are five takeaways from the second day of the trial: 4. " In a setback for the prosecution, Judge Vincent Gaughan tossed out the entire testimony of one prosecution witness. FBI forensic examiner Mark Messick made a slowed-down version of the dashcam video with arrows pointing to where he believed the bullets hit. But later he said on the stand he was...
  • #KassforMayor handicaps the post-Rahm opposition (corrupt Chicago politics)

    09/18/2018 4:00:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/16/2018 | John Kass
    The #KassforMayor campaign is en fuego, with hordes of supporters beseeching me to put dibs on Chicago, become mayor and boss this crazy town. Perhaps they love me for the simple honesty of my Chicago Way platform: Riches for me and mine, from boodle and asphalt and trucking contracts. And taxes for the rest of you to pay for it all. I will give sanctuary to all voters, even the suburban dead. And if you don’t like it, get your mouth shut. So let it be written, so let it be done. Yes, my friends, I am truly humbled by...
  • Chicago officials approve $16M for shooting victim's family

    09/18/2018 4:43:12 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 4 replies
    Associate Press ^ | 9/17/2018 | Staff
    CHICAGO — A Chicago City Council committee has given the go-ahead for a $16 million payment to the family of a woman who was fatally shot when a police officer fired at a teenage neighbor of hers. The city's corporation counsel, Edward Siskel, told the finance committee Monday that the payment to Bettie Jones' family made sense because a jury's decision against the city would cost more. He said a jury would have "profound sympathy" for Jones' family. The full City Council still needs to approve the payment. The 55-year-old Jones was standing near 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier in December 2015...
  • One brave rescue of a Cicero cop doesn’t justify concealed guns (barf alert)

    09/17/2018 3:33:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 30 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 17 sept 2018
    A man with a concealed carry gun license stepped from his car on Thursday and shot the suspected shooter of a Cicero police officer. Good for him. Had the good Samaritan not joined the gun battle, the Cicero cop might not be alive today, and the accused shooter might have gotten away. EDITORIAL We remain unconvinced, all the same, that concealed carry is good for Chicago or Illinois. There is no convincing evidence — just the occasional anecdote — that permitting people to walk around with concealed guns detours crime. There is credible evidence, on the contrary, that concealed carry...
  • Chicago Pension Fiasco: $54 Million Lost on Deal With Daley Nephew and Ex-Obama Boss

    09/16/2018 12:55:23 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 43 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 16, 2018 | Tim Novak
    A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of President Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley. It was a high-risk investment. Allison S. Davis — a longtime Daley ally who once headed a small Chicago law firm that gave Obama his first job out of Harvard Law School — and Daley nephew Robert G. Vanecko even warned in the prospectus that the pension funds could lose their entire investments. But, with Daley in office and three top...
  • Rahm Emanuel’s failure is an ill omen for all Democrats

    09/15/2018 3:51:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14,2018 | Michael Barone
    At the same time, Emanuel acquiesced in Obama administration oversight of the city’s police department. And police officers’ retreat from proactive policing has led to enormous increases in shootings and homicides. I happened to be in Chicago in the early weeks of December 2008 and saw the celebratory air of a city festooned with posters hailing the new president — the first president Chicago ever produced. But after leaving office in January 2017, Obama has not moved back to Chicago and recently only visited briefly. Hope and change is not in the air. Chicago is one of the great creations...
  • Chicago Parish Cuts Up, Burns Rainbow Flag

    09/15/2018 3:10:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    LGBT flag once hung over sanctuary of gay parish, displayed at Cdl. Bernardin's MassParishioners of Resurrection Parish in Chicago, Illinois, held a rainbow flag-burning event last week, cutting up and setting on fire an LGBT flag that once hung in the sanctuary at the parish's first Mass. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 29, the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels, but the Chicago archdiocese — heeding complaints by gay activists — called the pastor, Fr. Paul John Kalchik, and ordered him not to hold the event. A handful of parishioners took things into their own hands and...
  • Chicago pension fiasco: $54M lost on deal with Daley nephew, ex-Obama boss

    09/14/2018 8:32:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2018 | Tim Novak
    Vanecko and Davis. Their firm made millions in fees even as retirement plans for teachers, cops, other Chicago city workers suffered big losses. A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of resident Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley. It was a high-risk investment. Allison S. Davis — who once headed a small Chicago law firm that gave Obama his first job out of Harvard Law School — and Daley nephew Robert G. Vanecko even warned in...
  • With $40M in new investment, this young logistics company aims to battle Amazon (100 jobs)

    09/13/2018 1:52:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 7, 2018 | Ally Marotti, The Chicago Tribune
    With $40 million in new investments announced Thursday, Chicago-based e-commerce logistics company ShipBob is eyeing an expansion — starting with a new fulfillment warehouse and a push to hire 100 people in the next year. The startup aims to help small to midsize e-commerce companies ship their products at speeds similar to Amazon. Shipping logistics tends to be the hardest part of launching an e-commerce brand, said Dhruv Saxena, ShipBob’s co-founder and CEO. “The expectation from a customer standpoint is that they will get all of their e-commerce orders delivered to them like Amazon Prime: same-day, next-day,” he said. “These...
  • Emanuel's Choice Was Either Get Out Or Get Beat

    09/13/2018 4:37:49 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 24 replies
    Nadig Press (Chicago) ^ | September 12, 2018 | Russ Stewart
    There are various exit strategies for a Chicago mayor. [G]et out before getting beat and not run for re-election. The most painful and humiliating is to run and get defeated. A mayor has to be egregiously inept to lose. And then there is the great beyond, dying in office. Smart mayors get out before they're voted out. Emanuel is a smart mayor. Make no mistake about this: With close to $9 million on-hand, Emanuel would have run in 2019 if he thought he would have won. His advisors concluded that he would not win, so he bailed, spewing forth the...