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  • Feds: Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds arrested at Atlanta airport

    04/11/2016 9:19:23 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 46 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | april 11, 2016 | Jon Seidel
    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds is in federal custody following his arrest Monday morning at the Atlanta airport, federal authorities confirmed. U.S. District Judge John Darrah issued an arrest warrant for Reynolds at the end of March after the former congressman missed a court appearance to remain in South Africa at the side of his daughter. Reynolds said she was facing spinal surgery and is possibly suffering from cervical cancer.
  • Chicago Needs More Tasing

    01/01/2016 8:25:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | January1, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    Progress is often hard to measure, but in the coming year in Chicago, there will be one revealing indicator: how many citizens are being Tased. More, note, is likely to be better. That's the theory of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and black aldermen who want to see fewer people being riddled with police bullets. The mayor announced Wednesday his plan to equip every officer with a Taser, in the hope that more suspects perceived as dangerous will be subdued without the use of lethal force. The impetus for the change is a series of fatal shootings by cops. One of the...
  • Chicagoland: A Tale of 2 Tragedies

    12/03/2015 5:54:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | December 3, 2015 | Larry Elder
    In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. The dash-cam video of the shooting was not released until a few days ago, when ordered by a judge. Right before the video's release, the county prosecutor announced the intention to charge Van Dyke with first-degree murder. The excessive charge and the timing were done, presumably, to mollify potential protesters because the prosecutor called the investigation "ongoing." Following the release of the video, which showed McDonald being shot 16 times, protesters marched on Chicago's Michigan Avenue (aka the "Magnificent Mile") on Black Friday,...
  • If Police Shooting Video Had Been Released Sooner, Would Emanuel Be Mayor?

    12/02/2015 4:22:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | December 2, 2015 | John Kass
    Would Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been re-elected if voters had seen the video of Laquan McDonald's execution? No. Rahm would have lost the election. Why? Because he would have lost Chicago's black vote. Without the black vote, Rahm Emanuel would not be the 9.5-fingered boss of Bartertown. Black political figures would have been uneasy standing with Rahm. They would have run away. They couldn't stand with him. Not if that video came out during the election campaign, the video showing white cop Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald, hitting him with two rounds, and then, with McDonald on the...
  • Expert: Billions in Chicago Bonds Pay for Literally Nothing

    03/31/2015 7:40:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | 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...
  • Holders Justice Dept Uses Bank Settlements to Fund Democrat Nonprofits

    08/30/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | August 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, our Chicago-style Attorney General has proven that corruption is the basic foundation upon which the modern Democrat Party is built. Eric Holder, the nation’s top extortionist officer, has been running around the financial sector suing banks for anything (and everything) he can get away with. Ally Bank paid millions for alleged racist lending practices (an allegation the DOJ made without ever looking at loan portfolios), JP Morgan has shelled out billions for various anti-Obama comments regulatory infractions, and Bank of America just paid a $16.6 billion fine for their government-mandated role in the financial crises of 2008.Aside from...
  • Guns Dont Cause Gang Violence Democrats Do

    05/05/2014 9:51:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Between Friday night, and Sunday evening, 28 people had been shot in Rahm Emanuels gun control utopia (Chicago). Which, unbelievably, shows an improvement over the previous weekend, which tacked on more than 40 gunshot victims to the citys climbing statistics. And, heck, with the CPDs recent scandal surrounding how they classify various crimes, it almost makes you wonder if these numbers are more ballpark figures than actual stats. It would be easy to begin writing an article aimed at the abject failure of gun control. But, truthfully, Chicagos failure goes far deeper than misguided (Bloomberg approved) regulation schemes. Since the...
  • Flesh-Eating Drug Krokidil Hits Chicago Yet DEA, Liberals Remain Unaware

    10/12/2013 3:43:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 12, 2013 | John Ransom
    A designer street drug made in Russia has hit the Chicago area according to a drug rehab doctor in Joliet, Illinois. The doctor has said that hes seen as many as three patients who are suffering extreme effects of the drug. Those effects include scaly lesions, rotting flesh, gangrene and, eventually, death. Some reckon the life expectancy of chronic users at two years. Made by combining codeine with gasoline and other toxics, Krokidil (Russian for crocodile) is many times more potent than morphine and three times more potent than heroin, with withdrawal symptoms beginning shortly after the one and a...
  • Obama to Martha's Vineyard as Chicago Crime Burns

    08/12/2013 4:25:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | John Ransom
    It wouldnt be summer really if America didnt get to witness another lavish Marthas Vineyard vacation by Barack Obama and his posse. Maybe we should just be thankful that he didnt first ruin American credit like he did in 2011 before departing for the island off of the Massachusetts Horn of Plenty. Hotel rates in the summertime on the island range from $250 to $2100 per night. Thats more even than good seats at an NFL football game cost. Dont get me wrong; Im not against a president going on vacation. But when Americans face one of the worst job...
  • 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...
  • Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal

    04/16/2012 5:25:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | April 16, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Operation Fast and Furious is the deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history. A scandal so big, it’s worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong. In the early days of the Obama Administration, President Obama claimed his goal was to stop the trafficking of guns from the United States into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels. He claimed gun dealers in the United States were responsible for sending guns to Mexico. Both of his claims were lies. In order to push his lies and policies built around them, with a...
  • Obama's Weekly Job Approval Retreats to 46%

    03/09/2011 10:00:05 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Gallup ^ | March 8, 2011 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    PRINCETON, NJ -- President Barack Obama averaged 46% job approval the week of Feb. 28-March 6, his lowest weekly average since mid-December. Obama's weekly approval rating had steadily improved from mid-December to late January, peaking at 50% during the final two weeks in January, before dropping below that mark in February. Trend, November 2010-March 2011: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Obama is now essentially back to where he was in the immediate post-election phase of 2010. The decline could be due to a number of issues the administration is...
  • 10,000 Chicago police, fire applicants given fraudulent physical exams, feds say

    02/17/2011 1:37:27 PM PST · by Tom Rounder · 6 replies
    Newsalert ^ | February 17, 2011 | Steve Bartin
    More than 10,000 applicants to the Chicago police and fire departments were given fraudulent physical exams and tests by a medical services company, authorities said Thursday. U.S. Occupational Health performed the tests between 1999 and 2005 on applicants and employees of various city departments, federal prosecutors said in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
  • Chicago Political Boss Struggles to Answer Questions in the Xtranormal World(Satire Video)

    02/10/2011 8:22:07 AM PST · by Tom Rounder
    Xtranormal ^ | December 9, 2010 | Stewart North
    A difficult interview for a Chicago Machine Boss in the Xtranormal world.
  • Dan Savage Promotes Anti-Christian Evil

    11/23/2010 11:47:47 AM PST · by mlizzy · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 11-22-10 | Laurie Higgins
    No matter what one thinks of the homosexuality-affirming "It Gets Better" project, do we really want the president of the United States to be associated with radical sex columnist Dan Savage, the creator of this campaign? "It Gets Better" is the online video project that Chicago native Dan Savage created in which he seeks to end bullying by affirming homosexuality. Joining him in this effort are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. Savage--the even more offensive doppelganger of our Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings--celebrates homosexuality in general and his own in particular. He has chosen...
  • Even In Chicago Residents Wanted More From Obama

    10/07/2010 5:20:59 AM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/06/10 | Fox News
    CHICAGO -- Even in President Barack Obama's hometown, they had hoped for more. Obama will be stumping for Senate candidate and basketball buddy Alexi Giannoulias on Thursday in Chicago, a city where every other person crossing the street seems to have a story about descending on Grant Park that historic night of the 2008 election or proudly watching the president take the oath on television. But nearly two years after Obama took office, while the president remains widely popular in the city, his image has slipped a bit as many people wonder where the promised change and jobs are, even...
  • 'Blues Brothers' mall to be demolished

    09/25/2010 9:52:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 58 replies
    upi. ^ | Sept. 24, 2010
    HARVEY, Ill., Illinois officials announced plans to demolish a suburban Chicago mall that served as a set for a famous scene in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers." Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday the state is receiving a $4 million federal grant to demolish Dixie Square Mall in Harvey to make way for redevelopment to revitalize the area, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. The mall, which has been vacant for more than 30 years, served as a filming location for the mall car chase scene in "The Blues Brothers." "Dixie Square has been a place that we know has to...
  • Chicago man charged in FBI anti-terror sting

    09/21/2010 7:59:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 9/20/10 | Andrew Stern
    A man who wanted to carry out a terrorist attack and planted what he thought was a bomb in Chicago has been charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and an explosive device, authorities said on Monday. Since June, an FBI informant and undercover agents had been in contact with Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, providing him with a fake bomb and more than $3,000 to fulfill his alleged desire to expose supposedly inadequate security measures and embarrass Chicago Mayor Richard Daley into resigning.
  • Gang Members Hold Press Conference to Criticize Chicago Police

    You read that right. Gang members in the most violent city in the nation criticized the police for being ineffective in combating...gang violence.
  • Chicago Police Chief Criticized for 'Gang Summit'

    CHICAGO -- The idea seemed simple though bold: Call reputed gang leaders to a meeting with top police and federal prosecutors and deliver an ultimatum to end killings in the nation's third-largest city. But Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis is facing mounting criticism for holding a so-called "gang summit" last month, even though several police departments across the country have relied on that approach for decades to help reduce crime. Among the chief complaints: that Weis himself was at the meeting, that the department should instead be adding more officers on the streets and that gangs won't take the message...
  • Hill titan Dan Rostenkowski dead at 82

    08/11/2010 11:18:26 AM PDT · by Puppage · 12 replies ^ | 8/11/2010 | Puppage
    (CNN) -- Former Illinois Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, who rose through the ranks of Chicago's rough-and-tumble political scene to become one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill, has died, according to the office of Chicago Alderman Richard Mell. He was 82.
  • Obama Family Cook Named Policy Adviser

    07/15/2010 7:13:35 AM PDT · by opentalk · 44 replies · 3+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 07/14/2010 | Judicial Watch
    In a comical move even for a czar-happy president who has rewarded dozens of cronies with distinguished titles, the White House has named the Obamas personal Chicago cook as Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives. Its no joke, even though is sounds like a bad one. The Chicago chefs rapid ascension, reported this week by a conservative Washington D.C. newspaper, has been kept under the radar for the last month. Sam Kass went from being a 20-something, Windy City gourmet cookprivately paid by the Obamas to feed themto big-time White House adviser in a matter of months. In between,...
  • Cedra Crenshaw Exposing Chicago Machine Election Scams

    07/08/2010 9:01:40 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 7-4-10 | Citizens4Cedra
    Cedra Crenshaw, Candidate for IL State Senate 43rd District, exposes the Chicago Machine ELECTION SCAMS being used to try to knock her off the ballot. The Chicago Machine would prefer to disenfranchise the voters of the 43rd State Senate District because they can not defend her opponent's record as a big spending, tax hiking, tool of the Democratic Machine.
  • Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

    06/20/2010 5:12:17 PM PDT · by mware · 147 replies ^ | 10:00PM BST 20 Jun 2010 | By Alex Spillius in Washington
    Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the "idealism" of Barack Obama's inner circle.
  • Brown: U.S. Should Fund High-Speed Rail

    06/08/2010 9:18:54 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 78 replies · 142+ views
    Roll Call ^ | June 7, 2010 | Rep. Corrine Brown
    The expansion of passenger, high-speed and freight rail is critical to the economic growth of the United States. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, my goal is to have high-speed, intercity passenger and commuter rail lines connecting nationwide to enhance and improve our systems of transportation. A robust passenger rail system in America will go a long way toward solving some of our nations economic, energy, environmental and transportation challenges, as well as create thousands of jobs. These benefits, however, do not come without a price tag, and experience in other countries makes it clear...
  • All charges dropped against cop in fatal crash (Chicago cop, drunk killed two)

    06/04/2010 11:44:43 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 111 replies · 2,866+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 4, 2010 | Matt Walberg
    <p>With a judge's earlier ruling that Chicago Police Officer John Ardelean had been arrested and detained without probable cause, Cook County prosecutors today dropped all charges against him in a crash that killed two people.</p> <p>The 36-year-old officer was charged with drunken driving and reckless homicide after his SUV broadsided a car on Thanksgiving 2007.</p>
  • Obamas Waterloo - Social Security numbers, Identity theft

    05/17/2010 7:37:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 85 replies · 4,070+ views
    CFP ^ | May 17, 2010 | Jayme Evans
    EXCERPT But Ill go a step further: He couldnt pull something like this off alone. He would have needed help forging documents and forming the alleged conspiracy. Besides his inner circle, that help would have lurked within Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration or another federal agency. His co-conspirators must be tracked down, arrested, tried and if found guilty, they must be thrown in the US Armys Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth along with this phony. All social security numbers used by the usurper must be traced to their points of origin and any discrepancies must be investigated,...
  • Chicago CBS Affiliate Demands That The GOP Candidate Stop Talking About Democrat Scandal

    05/05/2010 4:58:11 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies · 690+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-05-10 | Curt
    The Chicago way I politics and in the media. Check out some of the stories the CBS station in Chicago did on the Abramoff story and his connections to the GOP a few years back. DeLay Tried, Failed To Aid Abramoff ClientVanity Fair: Bush Joked With AbramoffGOP Politicians Dump Abramoff DonationsTop Lobbyist Abramoff Makes A DealIn one story they write: His ties to GOP congressional leaders and the White House pose a particular problem for Republicans. More here. All legitimate stories about a topic that should be covered by the media. But now a story about a Democrat candidate...
  • AUDIO: Chicago Affiliate Wont Cover GOP Senate Candidate

    05/05/2010 2:22:38 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 29 replies · 1,232+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | 05/05/10 | Larry O'Connor
    The Democratic nominee, Alexi Giannoulias has been under fire because of the failiure of Broadway Bank and his direct connection to it. Believe it or not, there are suspicions of corruption, incompetence and graft with regard to a Democrat in Chicago. Go figure! Obviously, this is such a damaging story for Giannoulias that Rep. Kirk has been able to gain some serious traction in the race by continuing to focus on the issue. Thats what a politician does when engaged in a tough campaign. Now we have the spectacle of one of the major local stations in Chicago threatening not...
  • Judge says no to Obama subpoena in Blago case

    04/30/2010 11:03:41 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 111 replies · 4,367+ views
    AP via Brietbart ^ | 04/30/10 | Staff
    CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago has refused to issue a subpoena for President Barack Obama to testify at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political corruption trial.
  • Blagojevich lawyers urge judge to bar feds from putting Rezko on the stand - Unsentenced felons

    04/28/2010 6:35:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 625+ views
    AP ^ | April 28, 2010 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyers are asking the judge in his corruption case to bar testimony from convicted fixer Tony Rezko.... The lawyers said any witness convicted of a felony and still awaiting sentence would feel too much pressure to say whatever the government wanted to hear.
  • Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol for a tax increase (WTF???)

    04/23/2010 11:46:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies · 1,525+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/21/2010 | Ray Long and Michelle Manchir
    Thousands of teachers and other union workers descended on the state Capitol on Wednesday and chanted "raise my taxes" to try to pressure politicians to avoid major budget cuts. The vibe was the exact opposite of what you'd find at a tea party rally. But the loud chants barely resonated inside the Capitol, where lawmakers are trying to exit Springfield in a couple of weeks without voting for a tax increase that could jeopardize their re-election chances in little more than six months. "If you try to leave town without doing your job, we're going to chase you," warned union...
  • U.S. high-speed rail's ship finally comes in

    04/23/2010 11:21:29 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 102 replies · 1,007+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, April 25, 2010 | John Rosenthal
    Like the gleam on the tracks from an oncoming locomotive, high-speed rail transportation in the United States may be finally coming into sight. Before the end of the decade, rail backers promise, Americans will be traveling on bullet trains, the way Europeans and Asians have been doing for half a century. At speeds of up to 220 mph, high-speed rail will make it possible to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours, or half the time it takes to drive. Tampa to Orlando will take less than an hour, or 35 percent faster than by...
  • Prosecution seeks to limit defense arguments in upcoming Blagojevich trial

    04/21/2010 8:36:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 429+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jeff Coen | Jeff Coen,
    A little more than six weeks before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is to stand trial on corruption charges in federal court, prosecutors on Monday sought to put limits on the kinds of arguments his defense team can make once the proceedings get under way. The government asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel to keep Blagojevich's lawyers from mentioning the suicide of one-time Blagojevich adviser Christopher Kelly or their desire to play at the trial all of the tapes that were secretly made of the former governor's conversations in fall 2008. But one of Blagojevich's lawyers, Sam Adam Jr., said the...
  • Where in the world is Tony Rezko?

    04/21/2010 6:54:57 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies · 731+ views
    Barbara Hollingsworth ^ | Barbara Hollingsworth | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Why is Antoin Tony Rezko under lock and key at an undisclosed location, like some sort of CIA-renditioned al Qaeda operative? And why hasnt he been sentenced yet? As the June 3 corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Obamas former Illinois Senate seat approaches, the whereabouts of the former Blago and Obama fundraiser is literally a state secret. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Rezko was moved from Chicagos downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center on December 16th, even though its right across the street from the federal courthouse where Blago will be tried. Rezkos not...
  • The smell coming out of the White House

    04/08/2010 7:07:24 AM PDT · by usalady · 11 replies · 799+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | Martha
    Anyone familiar with Chicago knows that there are things that clings to those who move into a new environment. It is hard for politicians to get rid of the smell of corruption and the old stock yards.
  • Prosecutors file new details of case against Blagojevich under wraps

    04/06/2010 7:09:02 AM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies · 694+ views
    ChicagoTribune ^ | April 05, 2010 | Jeff Coen
    Federal prosecutors have filed a key document laying out their corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of the public eye at least for now. Such a filing is typically made part of the public record in the weeks before the start of a trial. Jury selection is set to begin June 3 for Blagojevich and his brother, Robert. But in a brief public filing to explain their actions, prosecutors said they have filed the new document under seal so U.S. District Judge James Zagel and the defense can first decide if any portions should stay under wraps....
  • Obamas SecEd manipulated school lists to favor powerful - (Chicago way)

    03/23/2010 3:57:57 PM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies · 636+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 23, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Chicago Breaking News reported late last night that former Chicago schools chief and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan manipulated a system to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice. The discovery of a list, the existence of which had been long denied by the city, and its composition of mainly high-powered political figures calls into question the appeals system used to reconsider applications that had been denied by the top Chicago-area schools: While many Chicago parents took formal routes to land their children in the best schools, the well-connected also sought help...
  • Chicago Style politics on national display.....

    03/16/2010 1:31:07 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 9 replies · 499+ views
    Mafia style community organizing like this is unbelievable!...The American citizen deserves better than this farce! Pelosi is a criminal! No way in hell can she put into a play a massive change like this without a vote! I'M SICK OF THIS!
  • Obama heads to Ohio looking for health care votes (Let the Bribes Begin)

    03/15/2010 10:37:24 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 19 replies · 606+ views
    Associated Press Via Google | March 15, 2010 | BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON Still seeking votes for his proposed health care overhaul, President Barack Obama appears ready to reverse his position and allow unpopular deal-sweetening measures in the hopes of finding Democratic support for legislation whose future will be decided in coming days. Increasingly eager to finish work on his top domestic priority, Obama was set to head to northeast Ohio on Monday with a final sales pitch for health care legislation that the top Democratic vote-counter in the House said lacked support to pass. Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, said he was "absolutely confident" the measure would pass during...
  • 2,000 grades raised at Chicago Public Schools' Hyde Park Academy

    03/10/2010 10:03:39 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 23 replies · 887+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3/10/10 | Rosalind Rossi and Art Golab
    Last school year at struggling Hyde Park Academy High, more than 2,000 grades were boosted at least one notch including more than 870 Fs that were changed to passing marks, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows. And this school year, blanket As were ordered issued to all students of five new Hyde Park teachers after the students suffered through a string of substitute teachers for most of the first quarter, a letter obtained by the Sun-Times shows.(snip)...complaints from dozens of teachers that their grades were changed last school year without their approval.(snip)...pressure to goose up grades is part of the...
  • Wash-Post Ombudsman: Were Too Disorganized To Uphold A Political Bias [drop conspiracy theories]

    03/09/2010 1:56:25 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 9 replies · 143+ views
    MEDIAITE ^ | 4:52 pm, March 8th, 2010 | Frances Martel
    The Washington Post seems to be under the impression that they are being attacked for some sort of editorial conspiracy involving Rahm Emanuel and his competence as White House Chief of Staff. After a week where Emanuel became the subject of three of the papers major storiestwo opinion pieces with opposing views and a front-page news item suggesting anonymous Washington insiders were upset Emanuels advice was not being takenthe Post has been taking fire from both sides for alternately undermining the President and attacking one of his top advisers. The confusion has brought about one of the more bizarre columns...
  • Did Cong. Massa Get The Same Dirty Trick Treatment From Obama and Emanuel as NY Governor Paterson?

    03/08/2010 9:58:05 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 243+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 3/8/2010 | The Lid
    I am not a fan of Congressman Eric Massa, and he may very well be the creep that his "scandal seems to make him look like." But as for his charges that that Democratic leaders are using the House ethics committee to get him out of office before the vote on health care because he voted against the House health care bill last fall, those charges are very believable, especially since (unless you believe in coincidences) a similar thing may very well have been what happened to Governor Paterson of NY
  • Massa: "Rahm Would Strap His Children to a Locamotive for a Vote" (confronted him in the shower)

    03/08/2010 8:22:06 AM PST · by maggief · 101 replies · 592+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | March 08, 2010 | ANDREW GREINER
    Rahm Emanuel has been accused of a lot of things during his political career, but today one outgoing congressman may have topped all insults. Rahm Emanuel is son of the devils spawn, disgraced Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY ) said during a radio show, -- the radio diatribe is posted on Real Clear He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive. (snip) "Let me tell you a story about Rahm Emanuel," Massa said on the program. "I was a congressman in my...
  • Convicted of corruption, 12 still await sentencing

    12/28/2009 7:57:29 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies · 744+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/28/09 | Tim Novak
    It has been more than four years since Jacob Kiferbaum pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme involving a hospital that needed state approval for a construction project, one of the earliest corruption scandals under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Kiferbaum, though, has yet to spend a day in prison. The north suburban construction magnate is one of 12 men convicted in Illinois political corruption cases who still await sentencing months -- in some cases, years -- after their convictions. The lone exception among them: Tony Rezko, who was a major campaign fund-raiser for Blagojevich, among other politicians. Like the others, Rezko...
  • Obama and the mob: Combating organized crime takes backseat in White House

    12/18/2009 8:00:50 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies · 755+ views
    Examiner ^ | 12/17/09 | Jim Kouri
    There is a feeling that permeates throughout the law enforcement community that organized crime gangs are getting a free ride during the Obama Administration. While most of the focus of federal law enforcement is on counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber crime, federal police agencies must still contend with more traditional anti-crime operations including emerging organized crime gangs. "I may sound cynical, but I believe because [President Barack Obama] is from Chicago -- a city noted for it's history of organized crime -- he may be used to what's known as 'the Chicago way' and the casual relationship between organized crime and...
  • Obamas involvement in Chicago Climate Exchangethe rest of the story (Mar 09)

    11/29/2009 12:18:55 PM PST · by opentalk · 7 replies · 689+ views
    cfp ^ | March 25, 2009 | Judi McLeod
    Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress is a FOXNews story by Ed Barnes. In short, While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president. The charity was the Joyce Foundation on whose board of directors Obama served and which gave nearly $1.1 million in two separate grants that were instrumental in developing and launching the privately-owned Chicago Climate Exchange, which now calls itself...
  • Corpse Believed to be School Chief Michael Scott (The Chicago Way)

    11/16/2009 5:03:52 AM PST · by Right_Handed_Writer · 167 replies · 9,298+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | Nov 16, 2009 | ANDREW GREINER
    A body discovered floating in the Chicago River near Merchandise Mart this morning is believed to be that of Chicago Public Schools Board President Michael Scott, police said. Police have not positively identified the man, but Scotts Cadillac was found nearby and Scotts family had reported him missing earlier in the day....
  • Wow Chicago Eliminated In First Round!

    10/02/2009 8:26:44 AM PDT · by Williams · 318 replies · 19,161+ views
    That's it Folks wow Chicago tossed out in the FIRST round!
  • Obama's Pursuit of the Chicago Olympics (Bread and Circuses)

    09/29/2009 9:45:21 AM PDT · by quesney · 12 replies · 709+ views
    quesney ^ | quesney
    Bread and Circuses: Wikipedia Bread and circuses (or Bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for handouts and petty amusements that politicians use to gain popular support, instead of gaining it through sound policy. The phrase is invoked not only to criticize politicians, but also to criticize their supporters for giving up their civic duty.