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  • Quinn, Kelly seek tighter gun laws after July 4 weekend violence (Chicago)

    07/14/2014 3:37:01 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 14 july 2014 | MATT MCKINNEY
    Days after Chicago marked a violent Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly reiterated their support for tighter gun laws. “I’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by this violence,” Quinn said at a news conference Sunday, a block from where Tonya Gunn, 44, was shot to death last week in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The latest push comes on the heels of an especially bloody weekend, in which 13 people were killed and at least 58 wounded in shootings across the city. Quinn and Kelly urged the passage of a bill in the Illinois General...
  • Actor Harry Lennix Trained Obama to Act Presidential 10+ Years Before 08 Election

    07/13/2014 6:07:16 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | ? | Mancow
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  • Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

    07/12/2014 3:41:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Jul 11, 2014 | Updated 1:24 PM CDT | Erin Carlson
    Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent—’Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring “Simpsons” character—delivered an especially batty Twitter rant directed against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. […]hows that gunfreezone engineered slaughter goin Rahm Emanuel numbnut — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 10, 2014 yeah thats it the NRA supplied guns & killers to Chicago. denialFreaks — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 10, 2014It’s tough to parse the taunting tirades of the self-professed “Motor City madman” but the “gunfreezone” he mentions is an obvious reference to Emanuel’s sweeping new gun-control regulations that establish special-use zoning designed to push...
  • Twenty-One Shot, 2 Killed Overnight in Chicago Violence

    07/12/2014 3:12:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 67 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 12 JULY 2014 | NBC NEWS
    Following a particularly violent Fourth of July weekend, violence in Chicago continued Saturday with 21 people shot overnight, including three people wounded outside a Northwest Side pizza restaurant. The shooting took place around 10 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of West Fullerton Avenue when someone opened fire on three people outside Marco’s Pizza in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, according to authorities.
  • Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago

    07/12/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    chicagotribune ^ | 2014-07-07 | Peter Nickeas
    For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood. It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers. It...
  • Child immigration crisis reaches Chicago-area shelters

    07/11/2014 5:15:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    abc7chicago.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Ravi Baichwal
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border is now playing out in Chicago as hundreds of undocumented children are now in this area. Some 57,000 undocumented minors have entered the southern US, with reports that as many as 482 youngsters are in the custody of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services in Chicago-area shelters. "All these children are facing deportation back to countries where they fear harm; we need a fair and orderly adjudication system," said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers slugged...
  • Why such secrecy on gun permits?

    07/11/2014 6:51:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 july 2014
    The creation and implementation of Illinois' law permitting licensed owners to carry concealed firearms has not been a graceful process. It was forced on the state, the last to forbid conceal carry, by a federal appeals court in 2012. The General Assembly dawdled before finally reaching a compromise that left no one particularly pleased. Now comes the next tricky part: making the system work in such a way as to protect the constitutional rights of gun owners without creating new dangers to public safety. Most states have "shall-issue" laws, which spell out the conditions for getting a concealed carry permit...
  • Beanie Baby billionaire balks at the Big House

    07/11/2014 3:46:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Kim Janssen
    Lawyers for billionaire Beanie Baby creator and convicted tax cheat Ty Warner say he’s “a self-made man with a generous heart” and a federal judge was right not to send him to the big house. Prosecutors were left fuming in January after Warner was handed just two years probation and 500 hours community service for hiding $100 million in secret Swiss bank accounts to con the IRS. In February, they asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order Warner be resentenced. But attorneys for the 69-year-old Oak Brook toy industry titan argued in a 57-page court filing Thursday...
  • Amid gangland shootings, Chicago leaders call for federal resources

    07/11/2014 2:04:00 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 30 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Mike Tobin
    Jasmine Curry, a mother of five and five months pregnant, lay dead along Chicago’s Dan Ryan expressway Wednesday morning, the latest victim in Chicago’s epidemic of gunfire with a bullet to the head. It was uncommon that she was shot on the expressway, not uncommon that someone from her neighborhood was killed. In fact, Jasmine was not even the first person in her family to be gunned down. The gangland vendettas raged on the South and West Sides of Chicago over the holiday weekend. Thirteen people were killed, another 58 wounded as the bullets flew. Police were fired on and...
  • Rev. Jackson: Obama, Feds Need To Do More To Combat Chicago Violence (Needs $2 billion more)

    07/10/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Craig Dellimore
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel are differing on where the fingers should be pointed when it comes to federal anti-violence help, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel agree curbing violence involves not just police but economic development and jobs in high crime neighborhoods, but Rev. Jackson seemed to fault President Obama for funding priorities that appear to put immigrant children coming across the borders first. “If we can find $4 billion for those children, and we should, we can find $2 billion for Chicago,” said Jackson.
  • Summer weekend 2014 worse than St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    07/10/2014 5:43:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 july 2014 | Charles Lipson
    In 1929, when rivals killed seven members of Bugs Moran's gang, the world was shocked. Chicago's image as a corrupt, violent city was emblazoned in memory around the world. More than eight decades later, if you stroll around Europe and tell people you are from Chicago, some still pretend to shoot with a submachine gun. They have never visited the Art Institute or strolled the Magnificent Mile. They don't know the modern, vibrant city or the miles of greensward along the lakefront. No, when they think of Chicago, they think of Al Capone, organized crime and violence. Sadly what's old...
  • Time to declare martial law in … Chicago?

    07/09/2014 7:31:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    No one doubts that Chicago has a significant problem with violence. As of Monday, the city logged its 200th homicide this year, a shooting that followed a dozen other shooting murders over the Independence Day holiday weekend, and dozens of more wounded in other incidents in the same time frame. It’s worth noting, though, that this is the latest the city hit its 200th homicide in the last four years, according to Red Eye Chicago, and that the homicide rate is down 4% over last year, which was the lowest year for Chicago homicides in nearly 50 years.Still, it’s...
  • Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago's top cop says

    07/08/2014 1:55:27 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2014 | Michael Pearson
    Chicago's police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed in a city already known for frequent shootings. "There has to come a tipping point where this changes," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday of the violence. "The illogical nature of what's happening here -- that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And I refuse to think otherwise in a great country like America that we can continue to allow this to happen...
  • Chicago: 82 shootings in 84 hours

    07/08/2014 3:18:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08 july 2014
    "The solution does not just include policing — although we'll continue to look for ways to put more police where they're needed. We also have to give our young people alternatives to the street, and as a community we need to demand more of ourselves and our neighbors." — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on Chicago's blood-soaked Fourth of July weekend As Sunday night crept (no doubt cautiously) to Monday morning, residents of the South Chicago neighborhood endured a firefight. They witnessed a tide of mayhem worthy of urban war zones worldwide. This is not how Chicago wants to build its reputation...
  • Netanyahu condemns 'abhorrent' killing of Palestinian teen

    07/07/2014 4:21:19 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/7/14 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to face challenges on multiple fronts Monday as rocket fire from Gaza continued and tension between Jews and Arabs remained high the day after the arrest of six Jewish extremists suspected of killing a Palestinian teenager.
  • Authorities: Military service member with concealed carry permit shoots attacker

    07/07/2014 3:55:09 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 7, 2014 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    <p>A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said.</p> <p>The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the 11700 block of South Union Avenue in West Pullman, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain said during a court hearing Sunday.</p>
  • 3 CPS students accused of robbing, raping girl, 16, on South Side [ Chicago ]

    07/07/2014 3:20:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | FRANK MAIN
    Three Chicago Public Schools students have been charged with robbing and raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint after she got off a CTA bus on the South Side. The students — who attend Chicago Vocational Career Academy — were ordered held without bail Saturday. ... Wearing navy blue, jail-issued sweat clothes, they appeared Saturday before Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, who denied them bail, saying, “Not only is this victim — but this community at large — is in grave danger.” All three defendants admitted the allegations against them
  • Court orders Chicago to pay NRA’s legal fees

    07/07/2014 1:48:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    A federal court is ordering the city of Chicago to pay the National Rifle Association nearly $1 million in legal fees.
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

    07/07/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jack Spencer
    Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible. Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action...
  • Authorities: Military member with concealed carry permit shoots attacker

    07/07/2014 3:36:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7july 2014 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    A Gresham man is charged with attempted murder after he fired on a group of people leaving a party Friday night, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said Sunday. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the 11700 block of South Union Avenue in West Pullman, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain said in Cook County Bond Court. One of the victims noticed a cup of liquor on top of her vehicle and asked attendees of a party next door who...
  • More Than 50 Shot, 7 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend

    07/06/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 6, 2014
    Independence Day celebrations were marred by multiple shootings in Chicago that reportedly left at least seven dead and 50 injured. The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday, kicking off a violent weekend for the city. The city has been actively combating gang and shooting violence in recent years after a bloody year in 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides. The Chicago Tribune updated its tally of Chicago shooting victims today, bringing up the total of those shot to 1,129 so far this year. According to the Tribune, there...
  • Former Sen. Alan Dixon, 86, dies at his downstate home

    07/06/2014 1:43:31 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/6/2014 | Kim Geiger
    Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died this morning at his home in downstate Fairview Heights, according to his son. Dixon had been experiencing heart problems in recent months, his son Jeff Dixon said. He would have turned 87 on Monday. Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life.
  • Did Lois Lerner commit extortion under US Code Title 18 section 872?

    07/06/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 3, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Because he posed a threat to Dick Durbin’s US Senate election in 1996, Illinois Republican Al Salvi was threatened by a United States government official. That official was Lois Lerner and she was using her position as a representative of the Federal Election Commission. In the course of her FEC inquisition of Salvi for alleged election law violations, Lerner made a statement that amounts to extortion. Following the Chicago way, Durbin made a series of FEC complaints against Salvi and Lerner took the point in handling his case. According to Salvi, at one point Lerner made an offer to him...
  • Exclusive details: Bid for Obama Library on Lake Michigan shore

    07/06/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies
    Politics Early and Often ^ | July 3, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Among the rival locations in Chicago for the Obama library and museum, the most majestic one hugs the Lake Michigan shore on the Southeast Side with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline. More than pretty, the Chicago Lakeside site has vast potential to trigger massive related economic growth and create jobs in an often ignored part of the city. With a presidential library and museum as an anchor, large-scale private investment that otherwise might take a generation to occur could happen in a decade. “It is the most incredibly beautiful site in the city of Chicago,” developer Dan McCaffery...
  • Grand Dragon Al Sharpton and MSNBC's Black Klux Klan

    07/06/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    Doctor Roy wrote: If you are going to make voting contingent on paying taxes I don't know what else you could call it [but a poll tax]. I still don't know what you guys are talking about with this " white guilt" malarkey. Obama came along at exactly the right time. Hell I'm an agnostic and I might have gottten elected if I got to follow Dubya's train wreck. - Equality! Obama's the Worst! Dear Comrade Doctor, I always have trouble understanding if you are as dumb as you pretend to be. I’d like to give you the benefit of...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • 13 shot as holiday weekend begins: 'It's like an everyday normal thing' ( Gun Free Chicago )

    07/05/2014 9:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2014 | Peter Nickeas, Michelle Manchir and Liam Ford
    At least 13 people have been shot in Chicago at the start of the long holiday weekend, including a woman killed as she sat on a porch near Garfield Park and a man slain in front of a hair salon on the South Side, police said. ... The mother of the boy, Andrea Byes, said she is planning to move out of the two-flat where she lives with her children because of the violence, drug sales and loitering on the block. "I'm not surprised something like this happened," said Byes, 40. "It was a matter of time. They're all over...
  • Exclusive details: Bid for Obama Library on Lake Michigan shore

    07/05/2014 2:52:45 PM PDT · by John W · 45 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Among the rival locations in Chicago for the Obama library and museum, the most majestic one hugs the Lake Michigan shore on the Southeast Side with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline. More than pretty, the Chicago Lakeside site has vast potential to trigger massive related economic growth and create jobs in an often ignored part of the city. With a presidential library and museum as an anchor, large-scale private investment that otherwise might take a generation to occur could happen in a decade. “It is the most incredibly beautiful site in the city of Chicago,”...
  • Flood of lawsuits over concealed carry denials (Illinois)

    07/05/2014 8:15:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 05 july 2014
    ---behind a firewall but article is about 800 denials of concealed carry permits without explanation--pictured is recent Air Force veteran ,clean record, honorable discharge--denied --lawsuits are being filed--
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • Lost gun store fight costs Chicago taxpayers nearly $1 million

    07/04/2014 6:17:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4 july 2014 | Frank Main
    Gun-rights advocates have delivered a one-two punch to the city of Chicago. The first blow came on Jan. 6 when a federal judge ruled the city’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional. On Thursday, the second blow landed when the judge approved $940,000 in legal fees that the city must pay to the attorneys who challenged the ban. Charles J. Cooper, one of those plaintiffs’ attorneys, charged $975 an hour for his work. Cooper, whose law firm Cooper & Kirk is based in Washington, is also looking for a big payout from the state. He submitted a $618,000 bill...
  • How Barack Obama Saved the Obama Administration

    07/03/2014 12:42:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    “Vote the man, not the party” is, in this day and age, just about the worst political advice you can offer. And not just because you might want to vote for a woman. Parties rule modern politics, and any points of differentiation between the candidate and the party are likely to be resolved in favor of the latter. As a candidate, Barack Obama differed from many Democrats in his (home-state-related) support for coal and disdain for the individual mandate. He reversed both. Grover Norquist endorsed this same accurate, cold-blooded, structuralist view of things when he told his Party in 2012,...
  • It’s all about jobs in Illinois – Just 900 of them

    07/02/2014 12:11:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Welcome to Illinois! The Land of Lincoln… home to the City of the Big Shoulders… a great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.” One thing that you probably shouldn’t hope to get in Illinois, though, is a job. Because from August of last year until this May the entire state managed to generate … 900 of them. A report by the Illinois Policy Institute finds that only 500 jobs were created in the state from August 2013 to May 2014, ranking it among the worst in the country over...
  • Will Rod be Spared? [Blagojevich]

    07/02/2014 6:12:27 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 07/01/2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Any day now, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is due to put out its ruling that could answer the most fundamental of questions: Were Blagojevich’s actions in fact criminal? During appellate arguments, which I watched in December, U.S. Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook, formerly the chief judge of the panel, grilled government attorneys on some of the basics of the case. It was almost jarring to watch justices question the very essence of charges that had been under a public microscope for five years. Easterbrook appeared incredulous after asking if prosecutors could cite “any criminal conviction in U.S. history”...
  • Former O-Care adviser: Health insurers will be ‘dead’ by 2025

    07/01/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Hill ^ | 07/01/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    A key former adviser behind President Obama's healthcare law said the traditional role of health insurers would be "dead" by 2025, predicting massive changes in the industry. "By 2025, insurance companies as we know them — taking in premiums and paying out — dead," Ezekiel Emanuel ... Emanuel, the older brother of former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has long argued that health insurers will shift away an employer-based system. By 2025.. ... Most Americans currently receive health insurance through their employers. ObamaCare includes an employer mandate, which requires companies with 50 or more...
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • Americans' confidence in Obama plummets to new low, poll shows

    06/30/2014 11:28:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | By CHAD MERDA
    There's little good news for President Barack Obama or the rest of U.S. government, according to a new Gallup poll. When asked about their confidence in the president, only 29 percent said they had confidence in Obama in his sixth year. That's down 7 percent from last year, and is a 22 percentage point drop from his first year in office. It's also lower than George W. Bush's rating in his sixth year (33 percent) and Bill Clinton (53 percent). It was during Clinton's sixth year in office that he was stuck deep in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
  • Same-day voter registration coming to Illinois: Change will apply only to Nov. 4 election

    06/30/2014 3:43:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-29-14 | Rick Pearson
    Sweeping Illinois election law changes likely to be in place this fall mean it'll be easier to register, vote while away at college and cast an early ballot. Democrats say the relaxed rules will allow more people to exercise a basic democratic right, but Republicans are leery the moves are aimed at pumping up the Democratic vote in what has been a decidedly blue state. The changes are part of a measure lawmakers approved this spring that Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign into law this summer. The biggest one will allow same-day registration for the first time, meaning Illinois...
  • Chicago Pride Parade 2014

    06/29/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 56 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | June 29, 2014
    This year, the colorful procession will start out with dozens of married gay couples walking side by side, some with their children. Follow along here for live coverage, including photos, tweets, stories, videos and more.
  • Supreme Court to consider ‘kill shot’ on public sector unions

    06/28/2014 10:59:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Supreme Court will make its most important ruling in labor law in decades next week when it weighs in on a right-to-work case that could determine whether non-union workers can be compelled to pay public sector union dues. Courts for years have recognized the rights of unions to ask non-members to pay dues for union negotiating costs, but a group of home healthcare workers in Harris vs. Quinn are challenging dues they pay to a branch of the Service Employees International Union as a violation of free speech. The case is pitting business groups and the National Right to...
  • Inside the jealous feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’ Clintons

    06/21/2014 4:05:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/21/2014 | Edward Klein
    Outwardly, they put on a show of unity — but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other. “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign. The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.
  • CPS [Chicago] Laying Off 1,150 Teachers And Clerical Staff

    06/26/2014 4:36:46 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Chicago/CBS ^ | June 26, 2014
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Public Schools officials have sent layoff notices to 550 teachers and 600 clerical support staff, but said the teachers will be able to apply for other open jobs with the district for next school year. The district said the teacher layoffs were the result of enrollment declines at some schools, though CPS has not identified which ones. However, the district said it expects to have approximately 1,780 vacant teaching slots for next school year, and teachers who received layoff notices can apply for those positions. Approximately 1,400 of the open slots are for full-time teaching positions....
  • Facing court order, City Council votes to allow gun shops

    Under the gun to satisfy a federal judge, the City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow gun shops, but keep them out of most neighborhoods and require them to videotape every sale to prevent straw purchases. “If it was up to me as the person who helped establish the Brady bill, the five-day waiting period and the assault weapons ban, I wouldn’t take this step,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the 48-to-0 vote. “But given that we’re under court order, we decided we’d take the six months to come up with a way of designing an ordinance that meets the...
  • Chicago wins George Lucas museum

    06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-25-14 | Melissa Harris
    “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. The museum's board Wednesday is expected to vote on a name change — from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and destination. Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in...
  • Emanuel pushes gun control while Chicago runs red

    06/24/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Dave Workman
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this month insisted that his brand of gun control should spread nationwide, but this past weekend’s Windy City body count – with six dead and more than 20 wounded, according to this morning’s Chicago Sun Times – does not instill public faith in his strategy. Earlier this month when Mark Glaze stepped down as executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety,” he told the Wall Street Journal, “when a mass shooting happens…nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting (in Santa Barbara).” Late last month, Washington CeaseFire President Ralph...
  • P320 Enty: Federal Reciprocity Now!

    06/23/2014 8:02:16 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 9 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | June 22,2014 | Dan Zimmerman
    My four small children and I were headed to my parents’ house in Illinois when my daughter uttered those five words every parent on a road trip hates to hear, “I have to go POTTY!” When we returned to the van I noticed that the man had opened the side door of his van that was nearest mine and was standing in front of it. In order to put my baby in his car seat I would have to turn my back on the man standing 2 feet from me in the creepy van. Had I been in my home...
  • Steve Scalise, A Rising Conservative Star

    06/21/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/2014 | Larry Kudlow
    “Reinvigorating the leadership” is how one senior House staffer described the ascendency of Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who won a first-ballot victory for the position of GOP whip. The staffer went on to portray Scalise as not a member of the Washington establishment. Indeed, Scalise is a former chair of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative caucus in the U.S. House. He has had a meteoric rise, and he is someone to be reckoned with. Scalise’s win follows Kevin McCarthy’s first-ballot victory for the GOP majority-leader slot. And here’s something I did not know: As whip, Scalise gets...
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Daughter Convicted of Stealing From a State Grant

    06/20/2014 1:04:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    I S ^ | June 18, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s chickens are coming home to roost. Reuters reported this story. Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s daughter Jeri Wright was convicted on all counts of laundering thousands of dollars from a state grant slated for a Chicago job training program. She stole from the taxpayers and from the poor people who need the job training. Then she lied about it. I guess she didn’t learn anything from her father’s great preaching on that “God Damn America” and “Jewish lawyers”. Who would have thought that his comparing Jews of Jesus’ time to “Klansmen” and describing Jesus as a racial provocateur wouldn’t...
  • Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh ‘kicked off the air’ over racist terms on radio

    06/20/2014 5:44:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 6-20-2014 | Mitch Dudek
    Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh ‘kicked off the air’ over racist terms on radio Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:37am Mitch Dudek According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-show host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs. In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: “Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.” And: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about...
  • Bad news: Aspiring presidential candidate thinks opposing viewpoints “terrorize” people

    06/18/2014 8:48:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 18, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    This is a disturbing statement from a woman who’d like to head the federal government. Noah mentioned this quote in his commentary on the room to Hillary’s left. Gun control is one of few issues where she sent a signal to the party’s liberal base that she might be more boldly liberal than Obama. But this isn’t just an appeal to the Left on policy. It’s an appeal to the Left’s routine and increasing tendency to equate political speech they don’t like with physical violence. See, bothersome political speech with which you disagree is prized and protected. But violence against...