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  • Mom: 15-year-old son killed in North Chicago

    04/18/2014 7:41:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 18, 2014 | Lisa Black
    A North Chicago family is mourning the death of a 15-year-old boy who died early Thursday after being shot in the head and left in an alley, said the victim’s mother, Roxanne Beech. Travon Beech was an eighth-grader at Neal Math & Science Academy who had enjoyed basketball and football until recently, when he started staying out late and getting in trouble, she said.
  • Report: Chicago's Top Cop Cooking the Books on 'Declining' Crime Rate

    04/18/2014 1:09:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Since the beginning of 2014 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy have been touting a declining crime rate in the Windy City, but according to a new report by Chicago Magazine, they may be cooking the books. "City leaders manipulated crime statistics to create the appearance of a rapidly decreasing rate of crime."
  • Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class

    04/18/2014 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | April 16 | AARON M. RENN
    This is the Democratic Party’s new top-bottom coalition, one in which the traditional middle class—white ethnics, blue-collar manufacturing and trade workers, small business owners, and others—has no part. These “left-outs” are the urban equivalents of Reagan Democrats. Their instinct to vote Democratic may remain, but the economic interests that once bound them to the party have largely disappeared, leaving them politically unaffiliated. They are open to voting for a compelling Republican, such as Rudolph Giuliani—particularly if the city in which they live appears to be spiraling downward. In other words, these independent-minded, urban middle classes are quintessential swing voters. They...
  • Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3˝ years (Chicago)

    04/17/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2014 8:10 PM EDT | Michael Tarm
    An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home—prison. Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened a teller by showing her a revolver tucked in his waistband during the 2013 heist, a federal judge imposed a 3˝-year prison sentence, citing a rap sheet that includes crimes from home invasion to kidnapping. “This is not the first time you’ve inspired fear,” Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said, scolding the high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman. As...
  • Maniac or Patriot? Chicago Man Arrested for Brandishing Gun over Soda Tax

    04/15/2014 8:27:50 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 26 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Winters
    Chicago resident Nahshon Shelton was arrested over the weekend for allegedly pulling out a 22-caliber pistol gun and threatening a convenience store clerk and fellow customers in his anger over a 22-cent “sin” tax on the 2-liter Pepsi he was purchasing Saturday afternoon. Chicago police reported that Shelton was adamant that his outburst was justified, as they quoted him as saying “This is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt! Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.” While I do not condone Shelton’s action, I cannot help but empathize with his frustrations. The...
  • Chicago Police Superintendent caught creating phony police reports to reduce crime rate

    04/15/2014 9:34:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/15/14 | Doug Book
    Other than hitting the perfect tee shot, nothing is more gratifying than the sight of liberals hoisted on a petard fashioned by their own corruption. In May of 2011, anti-gun lunatic Garry McCarthy was named Chicago Police Superintendent by mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Though making all of the usual promises about reducing the city’s crime rate, during his first full year–2012–Chicago recorded 507 murders, the most since 2008 and more than in any year since 2003. Of course, more important than 507 dead was the fact that Emanuel’s approval rate seemed to decline another notch...
  • Chicago Minutemen reunite for SAVE THE AMERICAN WORKER RALLY"

    04/14/2014 10:41:10 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 12 replies
    self ^ | April 14 2014 | Rosanna Pulido
    For Immediate Release: Contact: Rosanna Pulido April 14, 2014 Rick Biesada tel. 773-771-3927 Chicago, IL – The head of the Illinois Minuteman Project and former Republican candidate for Congress, Rosanna Pulido, announced that her group, along with The Chicago MInutemen Project group and grassroots organizations, is holding a “SAVE THE AMERICAN WORKER RALLY” at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 22, at the corner of Michigan and Van Buren Streets in downtown Chicago. Pulido said the rally is being held to protest a gathering of well-heeled Republican politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs pushing amnesty for illegal aliens at the nearby Chicago Club...
  • 4 dead among at least 35 shot in Chicago in 36 hours

    04/13/2014 9:15:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2014 | Stephanie K. Baer and Peter Nickeas
    At least 35 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in 36 hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday. Officers responded to at least 26 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.
  • 16 shot, 2 fatally, in 12 hours

    04/12/2014 9:53:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 12, 2014 | Peter Nickeas and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Two people were shot to death and 14 others were wounded in city shootings from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. The most recent homicide happened about 9:25 p.m. Friday in the 2700 block of East 76th Street in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said. A 37-year-old man, who has not yet been officially identified, sustained "multiple" gunshot wounds and died on a front porch of a frame home on that block.
  • (Congressman) Rush (D-IL): I've Been Cooperative With the Inquiry

    04/10/2014 11:44:35 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said the Office of Congressional Ethics has a pending inquiry against him, triggered most likely by Chicago Sun-Times stories raising questions about spending from his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant, among other issues. Rush’s “Citizens for Rush” campaign fund has paid $5,000 to the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro for the OCE inquiry, Rush told me. “I’ve been cooperative,” Rush said. He said he wants the OCE to “affirm” that he has not violated any rules. “I have been just totally, totally cooperative, open and cooperative and I encouraged anybody they...
  • BREAKING THE DEMS MAGINOT LINE: Black & Latino Leaders in Chicago Switching to GOP

    04/10/2014 6:36:55 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 37 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 9, 2014 | Paul Winters
    The winds of political change sent a chill up the backs of national Democrat leaders Tuesday when two long-time Chicago Democrat powerhouses announced their support for Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, in his attempt to unseat incumbent Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Reverend James T. Meeks of the 15,000 member strong Salem Baptist Church and Manny Sanchez, founder and managing partner of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP, the second largest minority-owned law firm in the United States, both made their intentions public today in statements and interviews given to Fox News. Both men are respected throughout Chicago, particularly among the black and...
  • The Truth About Chicago Crime Rates

    04/08/2014 1:25:54 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | April 7, 2014 | David Bernstein and Noah Isakson
    Chicago conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons. About one-quarter of victims of aggravated assault and battery failed to get counted in Chicago Police statistics for 2012, according to a city...
  • Chicago police underreported aggravated assaults, batteries in 2012

    04/08/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/07/2014 | Jeremy Gorner
    Chicago police did not report about a quarter of the aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims in its crime statistics in 2012, an audit by the city's top watchdog found. The department failed to follow state guidelines by counting each aggravated assault or battery as one incident, not each victim as it should have, leading to the underreporting because of all the incidents that involved multiple victims, according to the inspector general's office. The department said it has reported aggravated assaults and aggravated batteries in this way for many years, meaning Chicago's statistics on these crimes — including nonfatal shootings...
  • HOLY

    04/08/2014 7:29:12 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 8 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-8-14 | jedediah
    My substance is eternal yet Holy in that its "consistency" changes everything it touches into eternal life that receives my promise and it is then the blessings of Melchizedek are released and "all" matter is then "transfigured" into Me ( Jesus) Acts 17:28-29 28 For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring. 29 Since then we are God’s offspring, we ought not to suppose that Deity (the Godhead) is like gold or silver or stone, [of the nature of] a representation by...
  • Chicago Murder Rate at Lowest Level in 50 Years after Concealed Carry

    04/06/2014 5:22:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 04/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Even Chicago isn’t hopeless. Just its politicians. In July of 2013, Illinois became the last state in the union to enact a concealed carry law. In January of this year, the state began accepting applications for permits. This week, Chicago police announced that the city’s first quarter murder rate was the lowest since 1958.The first three months of the year saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013–a 9 percent drop–and 55 fewer murders than 2012, according to a statement from Chicago Police.There were 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims, drops of 26 and 29...
  • Breaking: Otis McDonald, champion of Supreme Court victory, passes

    04/05/2014 12:06:59 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 12 replies
    Seattle Examiner ^ | april 4 2014 | Dave Workman
    Otis McDonald, the man whose name will be forever synonymous with Second Amendment activism for his victory over Chicago’s handgun ban, died today, according to his nephew, Dr. Frederick Jones, who spoke with this column. He was 80. Mr. McDonald, who was 76 at the time the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. City of Chicago that its handgun ban violated the Second Amendment, and that the right to keep and bear arms was incorporated to the states via the 14th Amendment, had been suffering from a lengthy illness. Mr. McDonald was the key figure in a lawsuit brought...
  • Former Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., Transferred After Prison Dispute

    04/06/2014 8:34:45 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 6, 2014 | Michael Sneed and Lynn Sweet
    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times. The 49-year-old former Chicago congressman had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison, according to the source, who said a guard took exception to that. As a result, the longtime South Side politician was placed in solitary confinement for four or five days more than a month ago, the source said. It took about...
  • Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate

    04/05/2014 10:51:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 5, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law passed in Illinois last year. The first three months of 2014 have seen the fewest number of homicides since 1958 — six fewer than this time in 2013, and 55 fewer than this time in 2012, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. Gun-rights advocates argue that concealed carry laws can reduce crime and keep the population safer. The state began accepting applications for permits in January.
  • Indianapolis Murder Outbreak Double Number In Chicago

    04/05/2014 11:51:34 AM PDT · by digger48 · 21 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | John Dodge
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If somebody told you that Indianapolis has seen more murders than Chicago in the past few days, would you believe it? It’s true. Way more. (snip) So far in 2014, there have been 41 murders in Indianapolis, putting the city on pace for more than 160. Through March, Chicago Police have recorded 62 murders for the year–the lowest first-quarter total since 1958.
  • Cook County GOP Chief: No Regrets About Threats to Ex's Boyfriend

    04/05/2014 11:03:45 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Aaron Del Mar — the Cook County Republican Party chairman who’s up for re-election — is the latest local GOP leader to get tangled up in a particularly nasty divorce. Del Mar, 35, fired off a series of threatening text messages to his ex-wife last year, according to court documents obtained by Early & Often.
  • Chicago After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law

    04/05/2014 11:03:06 AM PDT · by dvan · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 4, 2014 4:45pm | Jason Howerton
    On July 9, 2013, a bill to recognize Illinois gun owners’ right to carry concealed firearms was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns. Gun control advocates warned that high-crime areas, like Chicago, would only see more violence if residents were allowed to carry guns in public. In reality, the opposite may be happening. On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department announced that the city experienced its lowest murder rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014. There were 6 fewer murders than the...
  • 14 shot since 8 p.m., including 6 at West Side party

    04/05/2014 7:18:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 5, 2014 | Peter Nickeas
    A pair of gunmen shot six people at a West Side party early Saturday morning - one opened fire toward a back porch from an alley while someone else opened fire from the front door as party goers tried to run inside. Eight other people were wounded across the city overnight since about 8 p.m.
  • Here’s What Happened to Crime in Chicago After Illinois Finally Passed Concealed Carry Law

    04/04/2014 5:10:31 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4 Apr 2014 | Jason Howerton
    On July 9, 2013, a bill to recognize Illinois gun owners’ right to carry concealed firearms was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns. Gun control advocates warned that high-crime areas, like Chicago, would only see more violence if residents were allowed to carry guns in public. In reality, the opposite may be happening. On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department announced that the city experienced its lowest murder rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014. There were 6 fewer murders than the...
  • Chicago Sun-times First Major US Paper to Accept Bitcoins

    04/04/2014 2:58:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CIO ^ | 4/4/2014 | Tim Hornyak
    The Chicago Sun-Times is now accepting bitcoins as payment for subscription, becoming the first major U.S. newspaper to take the digital currency.The paper's goal is to keep evolving with changing technology, and accepting bitcoin payments is one way it is trying to stay digitally focused, Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk said in a release.The Sun-Times has a "digital-first" strategy that led it to experiment with a bitcoin paywall for a one-day period in February.It had partnered with San Francisco-based micropayments startup Bitwall so readers could donate bitcoin or tweets on Twitter to benefit an organization called the Taproot Foundation, which pairs professionals...
  • Former Gov. Blagojevich, sealed tapes and the Windy City that runs the Nation

    04/04/2014 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/4/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “I’ve Got This Thing, and It’s F*king Golden. . .I’m just not giving it up for nothing,” said former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaking of his ability in 2008 to name the new owner of Barack Obama’s vacated US Senate seat. And now rumors are swirling Blago just might be getting out of jail much earlier than required by the 14 year sentence which he is serving in a mountain Gray Bar Inn, forced retreat in Colorado. Two Chicago Tribune reporters, John Chase and Jeff Coen, (who did not answer a CiR call to hear their side) are being lambasted...
  • Amazing Graphic Shows Chicago’s Middle Class Disappear Before Your Eyes

    04/03/2014 9:43:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | April 3, 2014 11:12 AM | By John Dodge
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The graphic that you are about to see is sobering, perhaps depressing, and you can’t take your eyes off it. We have the exhaustive work of Daniel Kay Hertz, a masters student at the University Of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, to thank for that. At the risk of sounding like an old carnival barker, step right up and watch the middle class of Chicago vanish before your eyes. However, this is no side-show. It shows the demise of the foundation of an American city. Watch as the grey squares, which illustrate the middle class that...
  • Gun Control: The Facts, Figures, And Frustrations

    04/01/2014 4:13:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Neon Tommy - Annenberg Digital News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Kevin Litman-Navarro
    When I think of Chicago, my mind goes to Wrigley Field, Michael Jordan and the Sears Tower. Over the last few weeks, I have added something else to this list: gun violence. Since Friday, 17 people have been shot in the city. A couple weeks back, on the night of March 11th, ten shootings occurred in Chicago. Just to be clear, that is over the course of ONE NIGHT. Only the Chicago Tribune reported on these incidents, resulting in most Americans not even hearing about them. This is an irresponsible omission; an incredibly disturbing trend; a manifestation of our hyper-desensitized...
  • Obama hits Chicago Wednesday for DNC fundraisers

    03/29/2014 8:35:31 PM PDT · by gooblah · 17 replies
    Chicago- Sun Times ^ | Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:14pm | Lynn Sweet
    President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee. Obama hosts a roundtable—I am told keyed towards business executives—at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. The Obama roundtable is hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price.
  • Man fatally shot on South Side, 13 wounded in other shootings [Chicago]

    03/29/2014 12:52:49 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    Chicago Trib ^ | 3-29-14 | Carlos Sadovi, Deanese Williams-Harris, and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A man was fatally shot in the city's South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood, and at least 13 others were wounded during shootings citywide over 36 hours Friday and Saturday. Most recently, about 7:30 a.m. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, a 19-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh in the 3500 block of West Hirsch Street, according to police. Chicago Police News affairs Officer Jose Estrada said the man was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in an unknown condition. In addition to the gunshot victim, another 19-year-old man was the victim of a battery...
  • Train Operator Behind O'Hare Crash Identified

    03/29/2014 4:12:56 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 52 replies
    nbc news ^ | 3/28/2014 | Phil Rogers
    <p>The woman at the controls of a Chicago Transit Authority train that crashed at O'Hare Airport had worked 69 hours in the seven days before the accident.</p> <p>Brittney T. Haywood, 25, from Chicago, said she dozed off at the controls Monday when the train crashed into the terminal and rode up the escalator.</p>
  • Cook County Judge Once Found Insane Wants Back On the Bench

    03/28/2014 1:03:38 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 52 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Stefanie Esposito
    “I’ve had two years to think about this,” Judge Cynthia Brim said Friday downtown before the seven-member Illinois Courts Commission. “I have a different understanding and perspective of my condition.” The commission is considering a complaint filed by the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board. A board attorney argued Friday that Brim remains “mentally unable to perform her duties.” But Brim — who has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and has been hospitalized multiple times for mental illness since 1993 — said she now knows she must carefully monitor her condition and keep taking medication regularly. “You’re not expecting to...
  • (Democrat Governor) Quinn Could Be Added to Suit By CSU Whistleblower

    03/28/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Gov. Pat Quinn could be added as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claims he was fired in retaliation for calling attention to alleged financial misconduct by Chicago State President Wayne Watson. Glenn Meeks, who was vice president of administration and finance at the school, claims in the suit that he introduced himself to Quinn at a luncheon on March 25, 2013, and urged the governor to reappoint members of the university’s Board of Trustees who intended to replace Watson. Quinn did not reappoint the board members. And the next day, Watson fired Meeks. Meeks’ attorney,...
  • Crouching Thugs, Hidden Machete: Bicycler Waylaid Just for Giggles

    03/27/2014 3:51:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Patch ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dennis Robaugh, editor
    Bicyclist hopes video of his attack surfaces on the Internet.A man riding his bike home from work on Chicago's West Side was set upon by two men in their 20s, one wielding a machete who swatted his bike as he sped past. “I tried to speed past them, but one of them swung the machete at my back wheel," the man told the Chicago Sun-Times. "And then the same guy punched me in the face." The other held a camera phone and laughed. “That’s when I thought, ‘Oh, well this guy’s giggling, this is a joke to them. At least...
  • Obama hitting Chicago for April 2 DNC fundraiser

    03/27/2014 1:54:37 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3-18-14 | Lynn Sweet
    Chicago Obama hitting Chicago for April 2 DNC fundraiser Tue, 03/18/2014 - 6:09pm Lynn Sweet President Barack Obama returns home on April for fundraising to benefit the Democratic National Committee with a small dinner among the events at the Lincoln Park home of Obama major donors Grace Tsao-Wu and Craig Freedman. "It will be a great opportunity to get a photo with the President and hear him speak in an intimate setting," a note with the invite said.
  • 2nd Former Chicago State Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

    03/27/2014 10:06:32 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | Jodi S. Cohen
    <p>A second former employee of Chicago State University has filed a lawsuit against the public institution claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting alleged misconduct by the school’s president.</p> <p>The whistleblower lawsuit brought by Glenn Meeks, the university’s former chief financial officer, comes just weeks after the university lost another wrongful termination case and was ordered to pay more than $3 million to a former employee.</p>
  • Pat Quinn Named in Chicago State Lawsuit

    03/27/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | March 27, 2014 | Anonymous
    The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn Meeks alleges his firing occurred because he brought a number of, unseemly at best and possibly illegal at worst, Watson practices to the attention of former Chicago State Board of Trustees Gary Rozier on October 31, 2012 and told Rozier he (Meeks) would report his concerns to the Illinois Inspector General’s Office if the board did nothing. Ultimately, in February-March 2013, the board attempted to remove Watson from the presidency During this attempt, Meeks had a conversation with...
  • OBAMA’S RASPUTIN - Valerie Jarrett’s Influence on Obama

    03/26/2014 9:41:15 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 13 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | 3/26/2014 | Jamie Glazov
    OBAMA’S RASPUTIN Valerie Jarrett’s Influence on Obama Posted By Jamie Glazov On March 26, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/jamie-glazov/valerie-jarretts-influence-on-obama/print/ Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dr. Paul Kengor, a professor of political science at Grove City College. His books include The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. His latest book is 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. FP: Paul Kengor, welcome to Frontpage Interview. I would like to talk to you today about Valerie Jarrett, her background, her relationship with Barack Obama,...
  • Emergency brake failed to stop Chicago train

    03/25/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    AP/Pioneer Press ^ | 3-25-14 | JASON KEYSER
    CHICAGO—An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday. The events that led to Monday's accident, which occurred around 3 a.m. and injured more than 30 passengers, might have begun with the train operator dozing off toward the end of her shift, according the union representing transit workers. But Tuesday's announcement that a piece of emergency safety equipment might have failed was the first indication the accident could have been caused by human error...
  • CNN's Chicagoland makes white Chicagoans look good

    03/24/2014 7:11:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 21, 2014 | Ray Salazar
    As a native Chicagoan, I watched "Fireworks," episode 3 of CNN’s original series Chicagoland, and waited to learn something new about my city. Despite the hype and high acclaim, Chicagoland—once again—failed to capture an accurate Chicago story. What bothered me most about tonight’s episode is that the new adults celebrated in episode 3, all the new people aspiring to help our city, all the new people doing good are white: the doctor, the chef, the reporter, the theater director.
  • The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

    03/24/2014 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | JASON HOROWITZ
    In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers. “He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and “Barack Obama was key in helping us do that.” By the...
  • Congressman's $200,000 loan (amnesty cheerleader)

    03/22/2014 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Liz · 11 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 10/29/08 | Robert Becker, Todd Lighty and Dan Mihalopoulos, w/
    CIRCA 2008 Democrat Cong Luis Gutierrez personally lobbied then-Democrat Mayor Richard Daley to back a controversial multimillion-dollar development for a campaign contributor who had just lent the congressman $200,000 in a real estate deal. Now Gutierrez's unusual gesture of support is under federal scrutiny.Gutierrez's July 7, 2004, letter to Daley -- written on U.S. House stationery -- is part of a federal grand juryi nvestigation. Gutierrez said there is no connection between the loan and his support for the Galewood Yards project, which is not in his district.....he said his involvement was "extremely minimal" and "entirely appropriate." Key events in...
  • Rahm Repeatedly Insults Chuck Todd: Something Wrong With 'Your Brain'

    03/20/2014 9:30:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about a guy who could pick a fight in a phone booth—if there were phone booths anymore . . . On today's Daily Rundown, in a conversation about charter schools, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel repeatedly insulted host Chuck Todd, suggesting he was ignorant about charter schools, was "backward" looking, and that being in Washington had affected "your brain." Todd generally took it in stride, but after one insult couldn't suppress a "wow" of amazement at Rahm's rudeness. View the video here.
  • House Ethics Committee Investigating Representative Gutierrez

    03/20/2014 2:18:37 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 20, 2014 | Katherine Skiba
    Gutierrez (D-4th), 60, a national advocate for immigration reform, is serving his 11th term in Congress. Gutierrez’s office issued a vague statement of its own, saying the matter before the Ethics Committee related to a “long-standing contract” that was “allowable under House rules” but that was canceled by Gutierrez last year. USA Today reported last year that Gutierrez paid an Illinois lobbyist more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds to work side-by-side with his congressional staff. The lobbyist, Doug Scofield, the lawmaker's former chief of staff, was paid as a contractor to train staff, review and draft news releases and help...
  • Chicago voters want gun limits, no taxi fare hikes

    03/20/2014 4:58:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 mar 2014 | John Byrne and Cynthia Dizikes
    Chicago voters weighed in on three city referendums Tuesday, with a majority coming out in favor of keeping firearms out of restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting the size of gun magazines, and most taking a dim view of raising taxi fares, according to preliminary results. The three questions on the city's primary ballots carry no official weight but serve as a poll on what voters think about the topics. The low election turnout in Chicago, thanks to a lack of top-of-the-ticket contested races among Democrats, raises questions about the value of even the nonbinding opinions in taking the pulse...
  • Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

    03/19/2014 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2014 | by Kevin Liptak
    President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities. The Obama administration thinks that local data, which may have a real-world effect on Americans' lives, will provide a convincing argument for steps to prevent climate change. The risk rising sea levels have on individual communities will be the focus of a new website, climate.data.gov, which uses government data to put environmental changes in context. The White House also called on tech companies to develop tools for Americans to better get a grasp on how...
  • Un-American, Corrupt, and Compromised Politicians Running Rampant in Illinois

    03/17/2014 12:45:42 PM PDT · by mgist · 4 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 3/16/2014 | Shebat
    There are plenty of un-American activities going on inside the state of Illinois, at the local, state, and federal levels. Those activities involve politically active Muslim Brotherhood front groups and compromised politicians. Unfortunately, though there is an answer for dealing with both, itÂ’s nowhere in sight. Less than one month before the Benghazi attacks, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn celebrated the end of Ramadan with 15,000 Muslims at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. The imam who presided over the ceremony was none other than Jamal Said, WalidÂ’s mentor and trainer, prior to WalidÂ’s conversion to Christianity. Walid can provide a firsthand...
  • Four Teens Just CALLED OUT Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a Way That Would Make Any English Teacher Proud

    03/15/2014 7:58:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | March 15, 2014 | Emily Hulsey
    When these four teens were trying to come up with something to perform in Louder Than a Bomb, a youth poetry festival that reaches teens through after-school programs, they took their task seriously. Through their spoken-word performance of “Hide Your Schools, Hide Your Homes, Hide Your Children, Cause He’s Wrecking it All,” they unabashedly slammed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a passion you can both see and hear. …
  • Hard to give governor’s 2010 anti-crime program the benefit of the doubt

    03/12/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12 mar 2014
    When a government program is botched from the outset, everything about it becomes suspect. If money from the program flows to an elected official’s husband, you have to wonder — even more than you might usually wonder. If a teen hired by the program gets caught up in a murder rap, you can’t help but wonder why that teen was ever hired. When a government program is poorly executed at the outset, as was an anti-crime program set up by Gov. Pat Quinn, the benefit of the doubt fades fast. In August 2010, just before a tough election that pitted...
  • Inside the Beltway: A new interest in Rahm Emanuel for 2016?

    03/11/2014 8:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The recent Conservative Political Action Conference provides a forum for big names. But it’s also a platform for the murmurs and asides from political strategists who’ve been everywhere and done everything, and like to speculate. Such is the case when the potential presidential candidacy ofHillary Clinton was parsed by a pair of insiders. Would she run? Maybe, if her health and vigor remain strong. But is she holding a place for someone else? Could be. The take-away suggestion: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seriously being groomed as a White House contender. “Maybe in the lead role, maybe the running mate....
  • Man convicted of slaying 7 awarded nearly $500K

    03/10/2014 7:50:08 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 16 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 03-10-2014 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO - A former handyman serving life in prison for the 1993 murder of seven people at a suburban Chicago restaurant has been awarded nearly a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit in which he alleged a jail guard punched him in the face. Victims' relatives Sunday criticized jurors' decision for James Degorski, who, with an accomplice, shot and stabbed two restaurant owners and five workers at Brown's Chicken and Pasta during a botched robbery. Their bodies were found in a walk-in cooler and freezer. Degorski, now 41, accused a Cook County Jail guard of punching him and breaking his...