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  • When Liberals Can't Bring Themselves to Denounce the Likes of Farrakhan

    01/23/2019 10:16:07 AM PST · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 23, 2019 | Phil Kadner
    I thought of that while listening to a debate last weekend about Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Tamika Mallory and the Women’s March. Mallory, an African-American woman who is a co-founder of the Women’s March, is an enthusiastic supporter of Farrakhan, and has called him the “greatest of all time.” A prominent religious leader in Chicago for decades, Farrakhan is known for spewing anti-Jewish hate speech. In addition to saying that Jews control the government, the news media and Hollywood, he has claimed they were behind the slave trade and the experimental use of drugs on black Americans. In...
  • Pritzker vows ‘most progressive state’ on abortion — GOP sees ‘left wing’ agenda (Illinois)

    01/23/2019 6:33:28 AM PST · by Salman · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 01/22/2019 | Tina Sfondeles
    Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at ensuring the state is properly enforcing a politically divisive law that allows for the taxpayer funding of abortions — saying he was “concerned” former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration wasn’t “making sure that it was enforced for state government employees.” The move prompted one Republican legislator to accuse Pritzker of running a “highly-politicized and left wing administration.” Pritzker signed the executive order at a Planned Parenthood of Illinois office in Chicago, while also commemorating the 46th anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which effectively legalized abortion...
  • On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Gov. Pritzker Makes Illinois Most Progressive State for Women's...

    01/22/2019 1:37:43 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 12 replies
    Illinois News- Illinois.gov ^ | 1/22/2019 | Office of the Governor
    On the 46th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Governor JB Pritzker took executive action making Illinois the most progressive state in the nation for women's reproductive rights. "On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I'm proud to declare under my administration, the State of Illinois will be the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing the right to choose for every single woman," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Thanks to the courageous advocates across our state, HB 40 is the law of the land. I was proud to stand with you in that fight,...
  • Illinois Tollway Constructionworks program launches across Northern Illinois

    01/22/2019 11:14:49 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Chicago Crusader ^ | January 3, 2019 | crusader
    A few years ago, during a panel discussion at the 47th annual Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) was the opening speaker on the topic of “Putting Black America to Work: the New Skilled Trade Workforce.” Lawrence noted that the industry supported by skilled trade workers will need an infusion of youth because the average age of workers was 53 years old. Rep. Lawrence said, “We are building a new bridge from Detroit to Windsor (Canada). I’ve been told we are bringing in welders from Vietnam to help build it.” It seems unfathomable that the United States, a...
  • Should the Illinois Tollway keep spending this $25 million?

    01/22/2019 10:59:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 27, 2018 | Editorial Board
    Northern Illinois has its share of public works projects that have languished in the “planning stages” for years without ever seeing an inaugural bucket of concrete poured. Millions spent, nothing delivered. A third airport in Peotone comes to mind. So do the Illiana toll road and, for those with long memories, the Crosstown Expressway proposal of the 1960s and ’70s. You probably can put the Route 53 extension on the same dusty shelf. Proposals for an expressway that would extend Route 53 into Lake County stretch back to the 1960s. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads But now the Chicago Metropolitan...
  • Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies

    01/21/2019 3:07:27 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/21/19 | Jordain Carney
    New tensions are flaring on the Senate Judiciary Committee over plans by newly minted Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to dig into Obama-era scandals. Graham, a close ally of President Trump’s, has outlined several areas he wants to probe now that he has the Judiciary Committee gavel. They include the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications targeting former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), asked about Graham’s plans, started laughing and compared them to the “thrilling days of yesteryear.” “This is going to be...
  • Puerto Rico bankruptcy decision a Death Star for Wall Street

    01/18/2019 7:34:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Chriss Street
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision wiping out half of Puerto Rico's general obligation bonds represents a potential Death Star precedent against Wall Street buying municipal bonds from states without a balanced budget. The reason that high-tax rate and potentially insolvent states like California, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland have continued to have access to massive new borrowing is Wall Street's ability to sell general obligation municipal bonds to high-income individuals who can benefit from receiving federally tax exempt interest. Most muni investors also believe that the federal government will bail out any state financial crisis. Few Americans understand that...
  • Think Progress Is Furious That A Woman Defended Herself From Armed Robbery In Chicago

    01/15/2019 12:52:09 PM PST · by detective · 44 replies
    A 25-year-old woman in Chicago defended herself against an armed attacker with her own legally concealed weapon. But according to Think Progress’ LGBTQ Editor Zack Ford, “That’s not how justice works.”
  • Tantrums: Democrats Are Refusing to End the Shutdown by Boycotting Meetings at the White House

    01/15/2019 11:32:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    President Trump hosted a border security meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon. In an effort to make progress on the government shutdown, Trump invited Republican and Democrat lawmakers to attend with ideas. Not a single Democrat showed up. Their leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, were also missing. “As Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi refuse to negotiate, President Donald J. Trump and his team are working hard to find solutions to solve the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border and reopen the government. The President has a proposal on the table...
  • Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on

    01/13/2019 6:48:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Japan Today ^ | January 13, 2019 | Saul Loeb, Agence France-Presse
    Top Republican lawmakers on Sunday warned against Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to secure funds for a border wall, signaling doubts within the president's party as a government shutdown was set to enter a fourth workweek. Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he would "hate" to see Trump invoke emergency powers for a wall. "If we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built," he said. And Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, told ABC, "We don't want it to come down to a national...
  • Anti-Gun Chicago Alderman Ed Burke Charged With Extortion, Had 23 Guns in His Office

    01/11/2019 5:19:49 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 1/8/19 | Ted Seigel
    Ed Burke, Chicago’s longest-serving alderman and one if its most powerful, was charged with extortion in federal court on Thursday. The chairman of the city’s finance committee, who’s been in office for fifty years after succeeding his father, knows a thing or two about money. According to federal investigators, the former city cop used his power to tie up the business licensing process for a southwest Chicago Burger King restaurant to force the owners to steer their legal business to his firm. From the Sun Times: After the company struggled to have its permits approved, it agreed to steer business...
  • Fifth SEIU Official Ousted After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

    11/21/2017 4:49:28 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 18 replies
    freebeacon ^ | November 20, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    Another official at the Service Employees International Union has been ousted following accusations of sexual assault. Pedro Malave was first fired from a local Boston-area SEIU chapter in 2014, only to be later rehired at two other local chapters in California, the labor website Payday Report reported last week. Politico‘s Morning Shift newsletter flagged the report on Monday and confirmed that the locals dismissed Malave after they learned of his past alleged conduct. In the summer of 2014, the Boston-area 32BJ SEIU Local 615 investigated Malave, then the assistant director, after a co-worker, Daria Alladio, accused him of sexual assault....
  • Democrats Crack on the Wall

    01/10/2019 6:35:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10,2019 | Matthew Boyle
    Congressional Democrats are ditching House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ardent opposition to any barrier or wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, as the partial government shutdown continues and President Donald Trump takes his case directly to the border itself. ““If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said on CNN. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) also backed a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico....
  • Woman with concealed carry permit fatally shoots armed robber, police say

    01/08/2019 7:05:49 PM PST · by aimhigh · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/18/2019 | Tribune staff
    A woman with a concealed carry permit shot and killed a teen who tried to rob her at gunpoint Tuesday morning on the Far South Side, according to Chicago police. The 25-year-old woman was standing on a corner when the teen approached around 5:40 a.m. . . . When the teen pulled out a gun, the woman grabbed her own and fired one shot, hitting the teen in the neck, police said. The teen ran off but was found a block away and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.
  • HYPOCRISY: Staunch Chicago Ald. Gun Control Advocate Has To Surrender 23 Guns On Arrest.

    01/07/2019 8:28:54 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 28 replies
    https://chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | January 04 2019 | By Megan Hickey
    CHICAGO (CBS) — He’s been a staunch supporter of gun control measures for decades, but in a surprising twist, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday that nearly two dozen firearms were discovered in Ald. Ed Burke’s offices during their raids in November. It’s still not known if the guns that were found in November were discovered at Burke’s ward office or at City Hall, but it’s hard to miss the irony of a staunch gun control advocate having to turn over 23 guns as a condition of his bond. From outlawing cell phone cases shaped like guns to bans on concealed weapons...
  • Top House Dem calls for “give and take” with Trump over wall standoff

    01/04/2019 8:05:10 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 48 replies
    No Paper News ^ | Jan 4, 2018
    .@RepCheri Bustos says the border wall has become “nothing more than a symbol,” but notes that “in the end, we might have to give or take a little bit. It’s just the way the world works. Who’s Cheri Bustos? An interesting character, if you’re unfamiliar. Fun facts about her: — She’s the new chair of the DCCC, the committee charged with helping to elect Democratic candidates to the House in 2020. The DCCC chair is also the fifth-highest-ranking member of the caucus. This isn’t some rando floating compromise with Trump on CNN. This is the leadership. — She’s a Pelosi...
  • (Alderman) Ed Burke Charged in Attempted Extortion Case

    01/03/2019 2:24:28 PM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | January 3, 2018 | Claire Bushey
    The federal complaint says the fast-food company wanted to remodel a restaurant in Burke’s ward. When an executive called to ask why Burke’s office was holding up the permit to remodel, the alderman told him he needed to meet to discuss trucks that parked in the restaurant’s lot. Then he told a city employee to find out which lawyer did the company’s taxes. On June 11, 2017, Burke spoke by cellphone to an out-of-state public official who was meeting with the fast-food company executive, the complaint says. The official offered to “let him know how important you are.” “You’re good...
  • Dick Durbin: I'm running for reelection in 2020

    01/03/2019 7:06:22 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Janaury 3, 2019
    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday confirmed that he will seek a fifth term in the Senate. Asked on CNN’s “New Day” whether he would run for reelection in 2020, Durbin replied that he would, adding that his response shouldn’t be taken “as a formal announcement.” “What I’ve said is, I’m raising money and I’m trying to lose a few pounds, and that’s a good indicator that I’m looking forward to 2020,” Durbin told CNN’s John Berman. Durbin would almost certainly coast to an easy reelection in Democratic-leaning Illinois. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently...
  • New Illinois Political Ad

    01/02/2019 4:52:03 PM PST · by hanamizu · 16 replies
    KFVS-TV 12
    Saw a new political ad by "Friends of Mike J. Madigan" on TV a few minutes ago. Sad music, "They tried to take away healthcare" with a TV image of President Trump, "cut funding for breast-cancer screenings", again with image of Trump in background, "they even failed to act as our veterans died", but now a new day for Illinois, "to fight for affordable healthcare, equal pay for women...and for the wealthiest to pay their fair share" with a full screen pic of Trump's name on a skyscraper. It ends with Madigan (who apparently is the boss of Illinois) saying,...
  • By the numbers: Illinois receives ‘F’ grade on national ranking of states’ fiscal health

    01/01/2019 3:38:08 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Watchdog News ^ | Dec 31, 2018
    Illinois ranked No. 48 in an analysis of the state’s ability to pay all of its bills, including public employers’ pension benefits, according to a new ranking of the states’ fiscal health by Truth in Accounting (TIA). Illinois was found to be short $216.1 billion to pay its bills ... The amount of the state’s shortfall in funding to pay off its bills amounts to $50,800 per taxpayer