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  • Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A

    09/19/2012 8:32:31 AM PDT · by Tex-Con-Man · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 19, 2012 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago alderman who made national headlines during the summer for opposing a Chick-fil-A in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward has reversed course, saying he will let the fast-food chain open a store in Logan Square. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, said the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage. Though Moreno said he scored a "big win," the company made nearly identical pledges in a July 19 Facebook post that went up even...
  • Confirmed: Mafia Towns Have Dirty Politicians

    09/18/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    The four areas where organized crime reigns in America -- New York City, Dirty Jersey, Chicagoland and South Florida -- also account for the lion's share of corruption convictions by federal prosecutors against local officials as reported by Joe Palazzolo for The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The U.S. Department of Justice has released the number of corruption convictions its prosecutors have won against public servants over the last ten years across the 93 federal judicial districts into which the country is divided, and at the top of the list is New Jersey with 429 convictions. Third on the list...
  • Chicago Teachers Union strike ends

    09/18/2012 4:00:55 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    The Chicago Teachers Union voted to end its strike Tuesday, concluding an episode that put President Obama in a bind between siding with a major labor union in his hometown and Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff and the current mayor of Chicago. The strike's end means at least 350,000 students who had not been attending Chicago public schools for a week will return to the classroom. The end of the strike came Tuesday afternoon after the Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted to end the dispute and accept a contract offered by the city. Even before the union...
  • Chicago Teachers Union delegates vote to end strike

    09/18/2012 3:31:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Mary Wisniewski
    (Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted on Tuesday to suspend their strike, several delegates said as they departed a meeting of union leaders. The decision ends a confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over reform of the third largest U.S. school district.
  • Would be Car Bomber Adel Daoud Was an Occupy and Obama Supporter

    09/18/2012 8:01:28 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    Riehl World News ^ | September 18, 2012 | Anonymous
    The FBI has charged an 18-year-old man for allegedly trying to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Investigators have identified the suspect as Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from of Hillside, Ill., a Chicago suburb. An Adel Daoud of Hillside, IL has a page at adel daoud hillside, IL. Daoud Adel’s “Impact” rating is : 25 Actions 4 Recruits. His actions involve the following: Obama for America 1 Action 0 Recruits Constance Ruff with Advancement Project 1 Action 0 Recruits StudentsFirst 1 Action 0 Recruits Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 1 Action 0 Recruits...
  • How the Chicago Teacher Union Strike Affects Michigan

    09/18/2012 5:19:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Chicago teachers want 16 percent raises and are fighting accountability benchmarks. The 26,000-member Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday, leaving nearly 400,000 students in the lurch. Teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan, but they have happened in the past, most recently when Detroit Public Schools teachers walked out on students in 2006. Paul Kersey, director of workforce policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, works at an office so close to where the striking Chicago teachers are marching that he said he could hear the protesters outside his window. Kersey, who formerly was director of labor policy at the Mackinac...
  • Authorities: Parolee charged in slaying of woman at Whitehall Hotel

    09/17/2012 9:46:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jeremy Gorner
    A parolee has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with last month’s fatal shooting of an alleged prostitute at a Gold Coast hotel, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Lamarcus Washington, 28, of Chicago had already been in custody for violating his parole on a 2008 drug conviction, since being questioned about the Aug. 13 slaying of 22-year-old Brianna Gardner, authorities said.
  • Man is Accused of a Jihadist Plot to Blow up a Bar in Chicago

    09/17/2012 3:58:49 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | Michael Schwirtz, et al.
    An 18-year-old suburban Chicago man, who the authorities say was enamored with Osama bin Laden and intent on killing Americans, has been arrested after attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, officials said Saturday. Mr. Daoud, a United States citizen who lives in Hillside, Ill., on the outskirts of Chicago, has been under surveillance for months, and in multiple conversations with agents expressed a desire to kill on a mass scale as revenge for what he believed was the persecution of Muslims by the United States, according to court papers. In one conversation...
  • Defense Attorney Says Teenager Accused in Bomb Plot "Immature"

    09/17/2012 3:17:07 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 17, 2012 | Kim Janssen
    During a brief appearance Monday, a boyish-faced Daoud wore leg shackles, an orange jumpsuit and a scruffy, unkempt beard and Afro-style hair. He’s accused of trying to blow up a bar and liquor store using a car bomb placed in the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Friday night. Though federal authorities haven’t identified the bar, the co-owner of Cal’s at 400 S. Wells, Mike Feirstein said Sunday that he believes his family’s bar was the target. A federal complaint alleges (Abel)Daoud pressed a “detonator” that he believed would explode the car bomb, killing dozens. Daoud — who worshipped at...
  • Jesse Jackson To Teachers: 'We've Lost More Children In Chicago Than In Libya, Iraq And Afghanistan'

    09/17/2012 2:17:52 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 11 replies ^ | 2012 09 17 | Unattributed
    Jesse Jackson at Saturday's rally for striking Chicago school teachers
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacher’s strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a “fair” deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacher’s balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, “[w]e’re not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.” That’s quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

    09/17/2012 1:10:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Star Parker
    It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor. Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents? The answer, of course, is neither side. Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city. No one solely represents the interests of the kids. It’s not to say that the union or the mayor has no interest in...
  • Mortgage cops taking tough stance (Chicago)

    09/16/2012 2:21:59 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-13-12 | Lew Sichelman
    Strategic defaulters, beware. The feds are coming for you. And they are not happy. Not the FBI. The Office of the Inspector General at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The OIG may not have the same fearsome "G-man" reputation as its better-known counterparts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but it is every bit as much a law enforcement agency, with the same powers to search, seize and arrest. Special OIG agents are even authorized to carry firearms. The OIG's mission is to seek administrative sanctions, civil recoveries and criminal prosecutions against anyone who abuses the FHFA's programs. And it...
  • Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there's no 2nd term

    09/15/2012 8:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | September 13, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    I’m just back from a delightful trip down to a little sandwich shop on the Southside of Chicago where prominent members of the black community enjoy lunch served up with a side of political gossip. I relish the occasions I get invited to these little meetings and never know who’ll be sitting at the table with me but love the jerk chicken combo with extra “bodacious sauce”. In a corner over by a colorful mural celebrating the roaring-twenties and jazz I got an earful about the black community’s feeling about both the Obamas and their abandonment of Chicago for the...
  • Jihad Teen Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Chicago Bar

    09/15/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    A Chicago teen was arrested in Chicago for trying to blow up a bar with a car bomb. News 9 reported: Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. The U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced the arrest Saturday and said the device was inert and...
  • Feds: U.S. teen held in 'jihad' terrorist bomb attempt at Chicago bar

    09/15/2012 5:13:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Liam Ford
    Adel Daoud, 18, of Hillside, was arrested Friday night when he tried to blow up what he thought was a car bomb in front of a downtown bar after undercover federal agents supplied him with a Jeep fitted with fake explosives, prosecutors announced today.
  • Muslim Teen Charged for Attempted Chicago Bombing

    09/15/2012 3:26:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 9/15/12 | JASON KEYSER/ap
    Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. ~~SNIP~~ In May, two undercover FBI employees contacted Daoud in response to the material and exchanged several electronic messages with him in which he expressed an interest in
  • "Caliphate Conference" Seeks to Islamize Europe, U.S.

    02/21/2012 10:07:15 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | February 21, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    The explicit aim of the Istanbul Process -- currently backed by the Obama administration -- is to make it an international crime to criticize Islam. A Muslim fundamentalist group is organizing a conference focused on turning Austria and other European countries into Islamic states. The "Caliphate Conference 2012" will be held on March 10 in the Austrian town of Vösendorf, situated just south of Vienna. The main theme of the event will be "The Caliphate: The State Model of the Future." The conference is being organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir [Party of Liberation], a pan-Islamic extremist group that seeks to establish...
  • 8 wounded, 3 dead in city shootings

    09/15/2012 8:23:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Peter Nickeas
    A couple dozen people stood silent outside police tape in Humboldt Park early Saturday morning as West Side police guarding a crime scene stood expressionless on the other side. Residents of the neighborhood tucked their hands inside hoodie sleeves to keep warm. Police put theirs behind duty vests. About three houses down from the tape, 26-year-old Jerrell Butler lay dead in a gangway, shot while standing on a sidwalk with his 32-year-old cousin, who was also wounded.
  • Che Guevara in Chicago

    09/15/2012 5:30:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 15, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    You just knew Che Guevara would show up as an icon of the union demonstrators in Chicago. Why? Well, let’s consider the factors in this demonstration by union-educators who were mostly educated by other union-educators. *Che Guevara outlawed trade unions. Then-- at Soviet gun-point-- he herded all recalcitrant Cuban union-members into forced-labor camps and sent their rebellious union-leaders to the firing squad. * The union members clamoring for more union privileges in Chicago while wearing t-shirts hailing this murderous Stalinist union-buster and hailing him as a “role model” are mostly products of America’s public schools-- and keen to continue the...