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  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • Cardinal Francis George dies after long struggle with cancer

    04/17/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    Cardinal Francis George, the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during that 17-year tenure became the intellectual leader of the American church, died Friday morning at his home after a years long struggle with cancer. He was 78.
  • Cardinal George Passes Away

    04/17/2015 11:25:09 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 6 replies
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    Cardinal George Dies. Tweet from media & link to official announcement. RT @nbcchicago Official announcement on the passing of Cardinal George expected for 2 p.m. Watch it live here: http://nbcchi.com/tqU9DqM
  • NY Fed's "Plunge Protection Team" Starts Chicago Trading Floor "In Case Of Disaster..."

    04/17/2015 10:00:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/15/15 | Tyler Durden
    What kind of natural disaster would be bad enough to completely shut down the operations of the New York Federal Reserve Bank? It would have to be something very unusual, and apparently the New York Fed is very concerned that such an event could happen. According to Reuters, the New York Fed has been transferring personnel to Chicago and building up its satellite office there just in case a “natural disaster” makes it impossible for normal operations to continue in New York…
  • Contractor pleads guilty to supplying defective parts for NC bridges

    04/17/2015 5:11:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Cullen Browder
    Raleigh, N.C. — A highway contractor pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to supply defective components to bridges in North Carolina, authorities said. Joel De La Torre, 33, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false statements concerning highway projects and aggravated identity theft. He will be sentenced in July, when he faces up to seven years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Defects were found in October 2011 in elastomeric bridge bearings – slabs of rubber reinforced with multiple layers of steel and placed underneath bridges to absorb shock – that had been shipped to 25 highway...
  • Chicago: Economic Death Spiral After 84 Years of Democratic Control

    04/16/2015 4:22:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after winning reelection, pronounced Chicago "the greatest city in America." Run by Democrats for more than eight decades, Chicago should serve as a showplace that reflects the wonderful world of "progressive policies." Public schools are a mess, and the city's finances place their bonds at near junk level. In 2013, the city averaged 36 homicides a month, with the majority of them unsolved. CNN aired a series on Chicago called "Chicagoland," starring the city's dynamic mayor. Presumably, Emanuel thought it would show off the mayor as he tackled the city's problems. Why, if the man his...
  • 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...
  • No One Knows What to Do With This 76-Foot-Deep Hole in Chicago

    04/14/2015 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 04/14/2015 | Kelsey Dollaghan
      If you didn’t know what to look for, you might miss it completely. But from the air—or from Google Earth—it’s impossible to overlook: A gaping, 76-foot-deep hole that has sat abandoned since the 2008 financial crisis. This was the spot where, as the real estate bubble peaked in 2007, a developer planned a 2,000 foot supertall skyscraper called the Spire. Envisioned as the tallest building in the US and the second tallest in the world, it would have cost at least $1 billion to build the twisting tower, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava of One World Trade Transit Hub...
  • 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...
  • Breaking: Rahm fishhead Emanual projected to be winner in CHI Mayoral election

    04/07/2015 7:00:14 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 63 replies
    CBS News and others | 4/7/2015 | CBS News
    They just broke in and announced Jesus "Chuy" Garca called rahm to congratulate him. This city deserves what they vpte for. Idiots.
  • Rahm Emanuel Has Not Been Good for Chicago (Runoff election today)

    04/07/2015 6:11:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | April 7, 2015 | Edward McClelland
    If Rahm Emanuel defeats Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to win re-election as mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, it won’t be because he’s made the city a better place to live. He hasn’t. [Snip] [Rhambo has made] Chicago feel more like a confederation of 50 wards than a single city. And in most of those places, life has become more of a hassle. The libraries are open only half a day on Mondays. (And that’s a compromise after the mayor initially closed them all day.) Speed cameras spit out $35 tickets for going 36 miles an hour in a...
  • Opening night at the unfinished Wrigley Field was a disaster

    04/06/2015 10:16:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 5, 2015 | Cork Gaines
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was at the game, and he confirmed that lines for the restrooms were "problematically long" and posted a photo of what appeared to cups filled with urine.
  • 4 Killed, 18 Wounded In Weekend Shootings

    04/06/2015 7:36:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    CHICAGO (STMW) — Four people were killed and at least 18 others wounded in shootings across Chicago throughout the weekend.
  • Police: GPS may have told couple to drive off Cline Avenue bridge (East Chicago)

    04/05/2015 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    NWITimes.com ^ | 28MAR2015 | Joseph S. Pete
    A woman died and her husband was injured after they drove off the ramp to the demolished Cline Avenue bridge, which has been closed since 2009. Zohra Hussain, a 51-year-old woman from Chicago, died of burns at the closed Riley Road exit of Cline Avenue, according to the Lake County coroner's office. Her husband, Iftikhar Hussain, 64, survived the plunge of 37.5 feet off an elevated section of highway. He was able to get out of their 2014 Nissan Sentra after it smashed into the ground below, on property owned by BP. But the car erupted into flame while his...
  • How dare Indiana Governor Pence listen to normal people rather than to the left

    04/05/2015 8:56:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/5/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    What’s really going on with the media’s hit job on the Hoosier state? When I retired from my tenured teaching career at a suburban Illinois college just across the border from Indiana, I was hired as a news correspondent for a large daily newspaper, located at the time in Gary, IN. I was hired, I later found out, because a very leftist editor had so alienated readers with his attacks on Republicans, especially in and around Crown Point, that readership figures had plummeted and changes had to be made at all levels. This editorialist took after the beloved mayor of...
  • 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...
  • Squatter living rent and mortgage free

    04/04/2015 6:16:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | Apr 2, 2015 | Craig Wal
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Tinley Park squatter living rent and mortgage free The problem with squatters is hitting home in an upscale Tinley Park Subdivision. On Mallow Street where homes sell for $350,000 or more, a woman has been living in a house rent and mortgage free for two years. “It's very frustrating, our property taxes are very high, I work nights to pay mine and to help support my family. And I just see her coming and going without a care in the world it's enormously frustrating,” said neighbor Patti Yara. And no one is more frustrated than...
  • Chicago Robbers Appear to Copy Mexican Cartel Roadblock Tactics

    04/01/2015 2:26:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    A group of robbers on the south side of Chicago appear to have taken a page out of the Gulf Cartel or Los Zetas manual for setting up roadblocks in order to carry out violent robberies. Just last week a group of three or four robbers have used a construction area in the city’s south side to set up roadblocks as a trap for motorists. Once the motorists stop, they were assaulted and robbed, UPI news reported. The practice bears a striking similarity to a practice already established by both the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas who set up roadblocks...
  • 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...
  • Robbers set up fake road blocks, then attack drivers on Chicago’s South Side

    03/31/2015 5:51:49 PM PDT · by bornred · 37 replies
    WGN ^ | March 31, 2015 | TONYA FRANCISCO
    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a group of robbers have been using fake road blocks to attack drivers. This is happening in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side. It’s happened twice in the last five days in the 300 and 400 blocks of west 51st Street, around 6 p.m. After drivers stop to move a construction barrel blocking the street, three or four suspects start attacking and robbing them. Police have only released vague descriptions of the suspects.
  • Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Expert: Billions in Chicago Bonds Pay for Literally Nothing

    03/31/2015 7:40:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Ransom
    In masterful article by Kristi Culpepper, a muni-bond expert who works for the state of Kentucky, Chicago’s bond financing scheme is exposed as a house of cards that postpone debt payments in return for higher interest payments over time. Amongst the questionable strategies exposed by Culpepper include using long-term financing to cover day-to-day expenses, using bonds to pay pension obligations and misappropriating returns from the interest rate swap portfolio as an “ATM” for the city. And the winners are: Chicago city employees—union employees, for whose paychecks and benefit the scheme of providing short term-cash in return for high interest payments...
  • How Chicago has used financial engineering to paper over its massive budget gap

    03/30/2015 6:15:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kristi Culpepper
    This article explains that the City of Chicago has concealed how it has dealt with its budget gap over the past decade. The city failed to cut its recurring expenditures to match its recurring revenues after it blew through its reserve funds. Instead, two administrations have: Used long-term debt to finance everyday expenses and maintenance; Used long-term debt to finance judgments and settlements, including police brutality cases, and retroactive wage increases and pension contributions for its unionized employees; Restructured the city’s existing debt to extend the maturities on its bonds far out into the future in order to avoid having...
  • Joakim Noah Confirms Lil Durk's Manager Was With Him Before Fatal Shooting

    03/30/2015 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 8 replies
    NBC Chicago, Chicago Sun Times ^ | 29 March 2015 | Staff
    After the 111-80 victory over the New York Knicks, he confirmed that rapper Lil Durk’s manager, who was shot and killed early Friday morning, attended a meeting with him just hours earlier, discussing a way to get involved in Noah’s "Rock the Drop" anti-violence campaign.
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth announces Senate bid [Illinois]

    03/30/2015 9:05:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/30/2015 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., made it official on Monday and announced her 2016 Senate in a video, largely autobiographical, titled “Tammy Duckworth is running for the Senate.” As first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, Duckworth, a wounded Iraq war vet, elected to her second term last November, is looking in 2016 to clinch the Democratic nomination and take on Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. Kirk is a top target for the Senate Democrats as he seeks a second term. Duckworth does not mention his name in her announcement video. Duckworth describers herself as a wife, a mom and a combat veteran...
  • Mayor Suggests that Chicago Airports Be Renamed [semi-satire]

    03/30/2015 8:42:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2015 | John Semmens
    In an unexpectedly difficult reelection campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought to rally support by promising to rename the City’s two airports in honor of President and Michelle Obama. The two airports are currently named in honor of World War II Navy pilot Edward “Butch” O’Hare and the 1942 Battle of Midway—an upset US victory over Japan that many historians view as the turning point of the war in the Pacific. “I don’t mean to denigrate these earlier historic events, but they pale in significance to the impact that President Obama has had on this country,” Emanuel explained. “O’Hare was...
  • Law firm: Dinosaur cheating tipped workers

    03/29/2015 1:00:29 PM PDT · by Kenny500c · 42 replies
    Albany Times-Union ^ | March 29, 2015 | Lauren Stanforth
    A New York City law firm known for filing class action lawsuits on behalf of chain restaurant workers is going after Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for what it says is the systemic underpayment of tipped workers like servers and bartenders. The law firm of Fitapelli & Schaffer said it has filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving all six New York state Dinosaur Bar-B-Que locations, including the one opened in Troy in 2010. Dinosaur has made tipped workers spend at least 20 percent of their time doing non-tippable work — like rolling...
  • 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.”
  • Islamic State In Illinois Planned Another Ft. Hood

    03/27/2015 4:24:26 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business ^ | March 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Terrorism: An Illinois National Guardsman sought to fight with Islamic State as his cousin plotted to kill scores at an Illinois National Guard facility. If they had succeeded, would President Obama call it workplace violence? President Obama's "JV" terrorist team has metastasized to the point where its franchisees have spread across continents and oceans, with the FBI investigating ISIS-related activities and plots in all 50 states, including a very dangerous one in the commander in chief's home state of Illinois. One of those FBI investigations involved the arrest Wednesday of Hasan Edmonds — a supply specialist with the Illinois National...
  • More people moved away from Illinois last year than any other state

    03/27/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    WBEZ 91.5 ^ | 3/26/2015 | Susie An
    Illinois had the biggest decrease in population according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Between July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the state lost 9,972 people. On the other end, Texas saw the largest population increase adding more than 450,000 people during that time. Cook County saw a very slight decrease in population. It’s one of four counties with a population of more than 1 million to experience a decrease. Others include industrial counties like Wayne County, Michigan; Cuyahoga, Ohio; and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The rate of people leaving Cook County for other counties has been increasing since...
  • How I Stood Up to Chicago’s ‘Abusive’ Imam

    03/27/2015 6:42:41 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03/26/2015 | Zainab Khan
    Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, who faces new criminal charges of sexual assault, tried to ban Zainab Khan from burying her father. Now, she tells her courageous story of standing up to one of Chicago’s most powerful imams. The decision by courageous women in Kabul, Afghanistan, to defy the orders of mullahs and carry the coffin of a young woman, Farkhunda—slain for the false accusation of burning the Quran—took me to a dramatic moment last spring when I faced off against an imam, not in some faraway city in our Muslim world, but in our own backyard, right here in the...
  • Does Mayor Emanuel Know Where Chicago’s Airports Got Their Names?

    03/26/2015 12:36:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    CBS ^ | 3-26-15 | Bernie Tofoya
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared to suggest renaming one of Chicago’s airports after President Barack Obama on Thursday, but also sounded confused about how the O’Hare and Midway got their current names. During a mayoral forum at Chicago State University, the mayor seemed a bit flustered as he answered a question about his quick about-face after he suggested naming a Chicago high school for President Barack Obama, and renaming Stony Island Avenue for the late civic leader Rev. Arthur Brazier. That’s when the mayor brought up the city’s two airports. “We have to, in some way, whether it’s President Obama or...
  • Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change

    03/26/2015 7:23:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | John Breslin
    EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change - and where just days ago a gun battle left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead and his two-year-old neighbor in critical condition Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, the poverty plagued neighborhood where Barack Obama became politicized and starting forming his ideas of hope and change as a community organizer. And this is where just days ago a gun battle between two rival street gangs erupted that left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead, his kindergartner great-grandchild nursing a bullet would to his left arm...
  • 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...
  • Chicago man gets probation in 'knockout game' crime

    03/25/2015 4:35:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Quincy Herald-Whig ^ | March 24, 2015 | Don O'Brien
    Lamar CoulterQUINCY -- A Chicago man who prosecutors said was playing the "knockout game" was sentenced to probation Monday during a hearing in Adams County Circuit Court. Lamar Coulter, 21, could have received up to four years in prison on a felony aggravated battery charge, but was sentenced to 24 months probation and 270 days in jail by Judge William Mays. This is Coulter's first felony offense. Mays ordered Coulter to spend 180 days in the Adams County Jail. With day-for-day good time credit, Coulter could be out in 90 days. Coulter was arrested on June 27 after two separate...
  • Four Frankfort, Illinois Men Jailed After Alleged Tinley Park Road Rage Attack

    03/25/2015 5:56:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    patch.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Joseph Hosey
    Four Frankfort Men Jailed After Alleged Tinley Park Road Rage Attack The men denied attacking a driver but video showed otherwise, police said. By Joseph Hosey (Patch Staff) March 24, 2015 The four men, along with a 16-year-old, were in a Chevy Tahoe that pursued a 21-year-old man and his girlfriend into Tinley Park, police said. The Elabeds and the other driver then reportedly headed over to the Tinley Park Police Department to accuse each other of wrongdoing. The Elabeds claimed they were actually “threatened and followed by (by the other driver) and his girlfriend,” police said, and while at...
  • Gentry Liberals Have Increasing Clout in Chicago's Shrinking Electorate

    03/24/2015 5:45:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Rahm Emanuel heads into a runoff April 7 in his bid for a second term as mayor of Chicago. He's the favorite going in, having won 46 percent in the Feb. 24 first round against longtime local officeholder Chuy Garcia's 34 percent and topping 50 percent in recent polls. Emanuel, President Obama's first White House chief of staff and architect of the Democrats' 2006 takeover of the House, is politically astute, energetic and profane. Given all that, it's surprising that his support is down from the 55 percent he won in the first round in February 2011. And it's interesting...
  • All in the family: Valerie Jarrett and the Chicago communists

    03/23/2015 9:22:05 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Valerie Jarrett is the most powerful figure in the White House, rivalling President Obama in the scope of her influence over the fate of the Republic. Her personal Secret Service detail attests to the importance of her role in our government – in a position that is unelected and unconfirmed by the Senate. She has served as godmother of Barack Obama’s political and personal life, from introducing him to his future wife Michelle Robinson to integrating him into Chicago’s political machine and power structure. Professor Paul Kengor provides fascinating details about her background, and that of other key members of...
  • 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...
  • The Race-Baiting Hypocrisy Of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin

    03/23/2015 2:51:21 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 23, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    olitics: Sen. Dick Durbin, who says Republicans have shoved attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch to the "back of the bus," once filibustered and opposed the GOP nominations of black and Latino appeals court judges. Last week, Durbin accused Republicans of forcing Lynch, President Obama's African-American nominee to replace Eric Holder, to "sit in the back of the bus" until a vote on a controversial sex trafficking bill could be held. That thinly veiled reference to the moment in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to move from her seat in a Montgomery, Ala., bus was meant to paint Senate Republicans as...
  • Chicago Mayor’s Race Is Cast as a Test of Liberalism

    03/22/2015 8:17:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    nytimes ^ | March 21, 2015 | JONATHAN MARTIN and JULIE BOSMAN
    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel had just finished the quintessential municipal politics photo op, briefly inspecting a dusty street-paving project on a block of the South Side lined with tidy brick bungalows. As his opponent, Jesus G. Garcia, along with supporters in labor and the left, tried to paint Mr. Emanuel as the candidate of the “1 percent,” the mayor made sure to banter with hard-hatted city workers on this Tuesday afternoon before making his way to a waiting sport utility vehicle. But when a reporter asked him about a labor leader’s accusation that he is too sympathetic to corporations,...
  • CPS worker charged in shooting near Far South Side charter school

    03/22/2015 6:46:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 21, 2015 | Tina Sfondeles
    A young man hired by the Chicago Public Schools to help students during arrival and dismissal at a charter school has been charged with shooting a 17-year-old girl just blocks from the school on the Far South Side.
  • Political Issues in an Age of Economic Nihilism

    03/22/2015 6:18:05 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 21, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What does it mean to be springtime in an odd year in America? As the snow begins to melt, the birds chirp and sing; the trees and bushes bud with new growth. The sun reemerges from its long vacation behind the clouds, and the study of economics takes a holiday. True, this last part probably doesn’t apply to everyone. Texans, Oklahomans and Montanans don’t forget everything they ever learned in school, just because it’s time for mayors and city councilmen to seek reelection to their valuable positions at the public trough, but here in the rust belt, where we hold...
  • Bill Ayers Wants Palin's People to Call his People

    03/20/2015 1:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 20, 2015 | M. Catharine Evans
    Sarah Palin so completely traumatized Weather Undergrounder Bill Ayers in 2008, he is still talking about the former vice-presidential candidate seven years later. In a March 18 Publishers' Weekly interview at Hyde Park's Seminary Co-op bookstore, Ayers injected Mrs. Palin into the conversation. It seems he still can't forget a governor from Alaska who dared to expose his fellow traveler at a private fundraiser on October 4, 2008 in Englewood, Colorado:. VP Candidate Sarah Palin, 2008: Our opponent, though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that he’s palling around with terrorists who would...
  • U.Va. Student From Chicago Brutally Beaten During Arrest

    03/18/2015 7:49:44 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    nbc 5 chicago ^ | 3-18-2015
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling for an investigation into the arrest of a college student with Chicago ties who was shown in a photo with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer. Charlottesville General District Court records show that Martese Johnson is charged on two counts: obstruction of justice without force, and public swearing or intoxication. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agent who made the arrest Wednesday morning, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the arrest report that Johnson "was very agitated and belligerent." A statement from a group calling itself "Concerned Black...
  • Woman Charged in Bali Suitcase Murder Gives Birth

    03/18/2015 6:46:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Mar 17, 2015 | By BJ Lutz and Chris Coffey
    The Chicago woman charged with killing her mother at a resort in Indonesia and helping her boyfriend stuff the slain woman's body in a suitcase gave birth Tuesday. Heather Mack's attorney confirmed to NBC Chicago that Mack, 19, delivered her 6 pound, 10 ounce daughter via cesarean section at about 6:09 p.m. (5:09 a.m. Central Time). Both mother and baby were said to be doing fine, according to attorney Anthony Scifo. Mack will likely remain hospitalized for a few days, he said.
  • Chicago Fray

    03/18/2015 6:20:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | John Stossel
    Rahm Emanuel, current mayor of my old hometown, Chicago, is not a gentle soul. But he's smarter than his big-spending predecessor, Richard M. Daley, and the union pawn, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who becomes the new mayor if he beats Emanuel in a run-off election April 7. Emanuel was the tough Obama chief of staff who reportedly stabbed a table with a steak knife as he listed political enemies. He relishes conflict and famously said that in politics, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." That comment scared libertarians and conservatives, who know that government usually uses crises as...
  • 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...
  • Sneed exclusive: Obamas want to live in New York, not Chicago

    03/13/2015 7:29:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 12, 2015 | Michael Sneed
    Sneed exclusive . . . New York is where they’d rather be. So let’s cut to the chase. Sneed is told by impeccable sources that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, want to live in New York when they leave the White House. “They want New York, plain and simple,” said a top Sneed source who asked to remain anonymous — but has a relationship with the Obamas. “It’s not an unusual decision,” added the source. “The Clintons moved to New York after Bill Clinton left the presidency. It’s a happening place.” “They love the vibe in New York...
  • Latino Studies curriculum will make CPS (Chicago Public Schools) a pioneer [edited]

    03/11/2015 12:02:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Catalyst Chicago ^ | March 9, 2015 | Melissa Sanchez
    When CPS unveiled its interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American studies curriculum last week, there was one module that really jumped out at School Board member Jesse Ruiz. Eighth grade students at district-run schools will learn about the World War II-era “bracero” program that brought Mexicans to the U.S. to fill labor shortages in agricultural fields. It’s a little-known bit of immigration history that’s more often taught in college ethnic studies courses or upper-level high school classes than in elementary schools. “My father was a bracero,” says Ruiz, before recounting his father’s stories of brutal treatment by supervisors in the fields....