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  • Mark Kirk: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Running For President Would Hurt IL GOP

    12/24/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 37 replies
    RedState ^ | November 22nd, 2014
    In an interview with The Hill Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said that possible presidential runs by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would hurt the Illinois Republican Party. “We definitely have our isolationist wing, which I completely disagree with,” he said, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), before promising to back a GOP candidate in the presidential primary that he thought would do well in Illinois. He criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bombastic style as well.
  • Mayor Emanuel’s Son Robbed Outside Family’s Lakeview Home

    12/21/2014 4:45:29 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    CNS Chicago ^ | 12/20/14 | Mike Krauser
    The teenage son of Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of a robbery outside the mayor’s Lakeview home Friday night, a spokesperson from the mayor’s office confirms. Police were called to the 4200 block of North Hermitage at 10:05 p.m. Friday for a report of a robbery on the street where there would normally already be a police presence. Emanuel’s 17-year-old son went out to make a phone call when he was jumped by two men who stole the teen’s cell phone. A police report obtained by the Chicago Tribune says that he was put in a chokehold by one...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • BUSH 45: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEB BUSH PRESIDENCY

    12/14/2014 1:16:44 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2014 | Virgil
    January 21, 2025 Now that Jeb Bush—known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb—has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration. As we know, America has seen great change during the third Bush presidency, starting with its population, which has grown by some 30 percent these past eight years. Indeed, today, well more than 400 million people live in America—most of them either citizens, or citizens-to-be. And while establishing Spanish as the Second Language of America has not...
  • 2 dead, 13 others wounded in separate shootings

    12/13/2014 6:35:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 13, 2014 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Two men were killed and 13 other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded since Friday in separate shootings on the city's Far South and West sides, said police. Around 7:03 p.m., a 28-year-old man was fatally shot while he sat in a vehicle on the 1300 block of North Springfield Avenue. The man was in the vehicle with a female child when someone came up to the vehicle and began shooting. According to WGN TV, the man had a 3-year-old girl who was possibly his daughter on his lap at the time. The man was shot in the head...
  • Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train

    12/12/2014 10:33:11 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 69 replies
    cbslocal Chicago ^ | 12-11-2104
    Latest News Headlines: (CBS) – A video posted on Facebook is generating hundreds of responses, and it shows at least two young men on a CTA Blue Line train, slapping an older man and taunting him. WBBM’s Steve Miller has spoken with one of those young men about why he did it. The video goes on for more than two minutes. It shows at least two young men, both African American, slapping an older man on top of his head. And then they appear to tease him. It’s been shared dozens of times on Facebook, but originally was posted by...
  • No. 2 Senate Dem: 'We've got a problem' if Dodd-Frank rider stays

    12/12/2014 2:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday morning slammed a provision in the pending spending bill that would repeal a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and expressed doubt that enough Democrats could support the package if that rider remains. “I just spoke to Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats believe this is an odious provision that should not be included. Many of us feel the same way,” said Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “[Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can take it out in the bat of any eye, and I hope he will....
  • Cop to be suspended over playing 'Sweet Home Alabama' at protest

    12/11/2014 9:59:11 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 66 replies
    RedEye ^ | Megan Crepeau
    The Chicago police officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" from of a police car during a West Side anti-police-violence protest over the weekend will be disciplined, according to a news release sent from the Chicago Police Department on Thursday.
  • Sen. Durbin: Elizabeth Warren a ‘great spokesman’ for Democrats

    11/16/2014 10:08:28 AM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren long has been a hero on the progressive left, but her popularity among the Democratic Party establishment is growing rapidly. Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, now is set to assume a leadership role in her party’s Senate caucus, and the leaders of that caucus say she’s uniquely qualified for the job.“I think [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, all of us, have confidence that Elizabeth Warren is a great spokesman for our caucus and for our party on a national basis,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Mr. Durbin appeared on...
  • Judy Baar Topinka dies early Wednesday morning after stroke

    12/10/2014 4:15:25 AM PST · by Petruchio · 53 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/10/2014
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died, less than 24 hours after having a stroke. A statement from her office says the 70-year-old Topinka died early Wednesday morning following complications from the stroke. She'd reported discomfort and was admitted to a hospital in Berwyn. After undergoing testing, she lost consciousness Wednesday and was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m. Topinka, a Republican, won a second term last month in a tough race with Democratic challenger Sheila Simon, the former lieutenant governor.
  • Good Parents are Losing Their Children Over Healthcare Disagreements.

    12/08/2014 8:02:55 AM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 26 replies
    PJMedia Lifestyle ^ | 12/09/2014 | Rhonda Robinson
    While President Barack Obama asks the nation if we will accept the “cruelty of ripping children from their parents arms” it’s blatantly apparent to parents like Michelle that he isn’t talking about sick children like hers. Agents of the state with calculated, callus, impunity take their children. On the morning that plunged Michelle and Isaiah into their current nightmare, Michelle scurried around her room at the Ronald McDonald House talking to Isaiah, and getting ready to see him. “Hurry,” he pleaded, and so she did. Before she could board the transport shuttle to the hospital another call came in: a...
  • Chemical leak at Hyatt Regency deemed intentional

    12/07/2014 3:37:04 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    myfoxchicago.com ^ | Dec 07, 2014 | Sun-Times Media Wire
    Nineteen people were hospitalized early Sunday after an intentional chlorine leak at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare during the 2014 Midwest FurFest, public safety officials said. The leak, reported about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, caused a complete evacuation of the hotel at 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. The hotel was hosting the Midwest FurFest convention. Attendees dress up like furry animals and celebrate art, literature and performance based on anthropomorphic animals, according to the convention's website.
  • Reggie Bush Wears Protest Shirt (I can't breathe)

    12/07/2014 1:01:51 PM PST · by doug from upland · 43 replies
    espn ^ | 12-2014
    DETROIT -- Lions running back Reggie Bush, who has been outspoken about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, continued his outspoken nature Sunday when he wore a shirt reading "I Can't Breathe" during pregame warm-ups Sunday. Bush wrote the message -- in black ink on his blue shirt -- signifying the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died while being placed in a chokehold as he was being arrested. Bush wore the shirt a day after Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt in pregame warm-ups prior to his team's game Saturday night...
  • Somebody May Have Tried to Poison a Bunch of Furries With Chlorine Gas

    12/07/2014 3:50:06 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 86 replies
    Vice News ^ | December 7, 2014 | Meredith Hoffman
    Thousands of people — many dressed as foxes, bears, pandas, and other fuzzy creatures — were evacuated from a suburban Chicago hotel early Sunday morning after a chemical leak that police are investigating as a criminal act. The leak — of a chlorine-containing gas in the Hyatt O'Hare Regency Hotel — sent 19 people to the hospital, including several attendees at the 15th annual "Midwest FurFest," an animal fandom convention. The hospitalized individuals "complained of nausea and dizziness," the Midwest FurFest organizers explained on their website. "The Rosemont Police Department determined this was a criminal act and began investigating it...
  • Chicago City Council Chooses Suicide By Minimum Wage

    12/04/2014 3:49:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Fiscal Policy: A city teetering on the brink of insolvency passes a minimum wage that would reach $13 by 2019, higher than the minimum elsewhere in a state that just elected a Republican governor. What could go wrong? Ignoring the first rule of holes (when you're in one, stop digging), the Chicago City Council, in a Tuesday emergency session called by Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, voted 44-5 to raise the city's minimum wage from the current statewide level of $8.25 an hour to $10 on July 1, with future increases bringing it to $13...
  • Fight guns in Chicago, Michael Bloomberg (barf alert)

    12/04/2014 5:09:28 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04 dec 2014
    Come to Chicago, Michael Bloomberg — in a big way — if you really want to fight gun violence in America. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Among American big cities, Chicago suffers one of the highest per capita rates of gun violence. And you, since stepping down as mayor of New York, have established yourself as a national leader — certainly the leader with the deepest pockets — in the uphill fight for sanity in gun laws. No city or state could use you more. As we wrote in an editorial last month, Chicago...
  • Chicago Cops Laugh at Security Demands of NYT Reporter Who Revealed Darren Wilson's Address

    12/02/2014 8:44:57 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 2, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    New York Times reporter, Julie Bosman who along with her colleague, Campbell Robertson, thought is was perfectly okay to write an article revealing the town and street where former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson lives. This act of complete obliviousness to the safety of officer Wilson caused quite an uproar including from Sean Hannity who blasted the Times for revealing this personal information about Wilson's home address. One result of this backlash was the publication on the Web of the home addressses of both Bosman and Robertson so they could experience a bit of karmatic kickback. Apparently this was a...
  • POLICE LAUGH AT REPORTER Who Published Darren Wilson’s Address After She Requests A-List Protection

    12/02/2014 9:12:49 AM PST · by servo1969 · 70 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-2-2014 | Jim Hoft
    New York Times reporter Julie Bosman published Officer Darren Wilson’s address in a report on his recent marriage.Now Bosman is worried about her own safety and reportedly has requested A-List police protection.The police laughed at her.Illinois Review reported: Julie Bosman, the Chicago-based New York Times reporter who published police officer Darren Wilson’s address is “over exaggerating” her security concerns say the Chicago Police Department (CPD).Sources inside CPD tell Got News that Bosman (photo above) demanded a level of protection afforded A-List celebs and dignitaries. But an investigation revealed that she was not in any danger, and deserved no more than...
  • PRIORITIES: Will University Of Illinois Employ Terrorist Murderer Or Take $4.5 MILLION Gift?

    12/02/2014 9:32:36 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Campus Caller ^ | 12-2-14 | Eric Owens
    The semi-prestigious University of Illinois system is rapidly becoming famous for its bizarro penchant for hiring terrorists as professors. Last month, the statewide board of trustees cleared the way for the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign to rehire 1970s-era Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist James Kilgore, a convicted murderer who participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was shot and killed. The 42-year-old mother of four bled to death on the bank floor. Now, Chicago businessman Richard Hill has notified officials at the University of Illinois at Chicago that he will rescind a pledge to donate $6.5...
  • Be smart about gun-crime sentences

    12/02/2014 5:58:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 02 dec 2014
    Illinois has a chance to get smarter about penalties for gun crimes, hitting offenders with longer sentences where needed and shorter ones where appropriate. We urge the Legislature to seize the opportunity. So much is at stake, especially in Chicago, where the bloodshed from guns is constant and horrific. Within the next couple of days, the Legislature’s Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee will present a series of findings on gun violence and gun laws, reflecting months of listening to law enforcement officials, national criminal justice experts and others. The committee’s findings are expected to be the basis for new laws...
  • Oprah Targeted in Foiled Terror Bomb Plot

    12/01/2014 11:28:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 1, 2014
    The Chicago studios of talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey and the iconic “Sears Tower” (renamed Willis Tower) were the targets of a terrorist truck-bomb plot in 2009. But initially unbeknownst to federal authorities, two of the conspirators recently were arrested for unrelated state crimes in different parts of the country. The alleged bombers targeted Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Studios because they resented her popularity and power, while the tower was selected because of its obvious landmark status. The bomb plot itself, planned in 2009, was inspired by militant Islamist hatred of American military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to law...
  • Midway Airport Security Line Reportedly Over 1 Mile Long (Sunday after Thanksgiving)

    12/01/2014 10:11:04 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 29 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/30/14 | Alana Horowitz
    Holiday travelers faced a literal nightmare on Sunday morning when the line for security checks at Midway Airport in Chicago was reportedly over a mile long. KOMO reporter Denise Whitaker said that the line was 1.2 miles long. An airport spokespersonsaid that she wasn't surprised by the crowds. “This happens sometimes,” Chicago Aviation Department rep. Karen Pride told the Chicago Sun-Times. “There was a period of time earlier this morning, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., that lines were long because that is when most people are traveling for the holiday period.” Twitter users posted pictures of the hellish scene....
  • Farrakhan: 'Law of Retaliation' Applies to Ferguson

    12/01/2014 7:13:25 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 66 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Nov 2014 | Jeff Poor
    Farrakhan: 'Law of Retaliation' Applies to Ferguson In a fiery sermon last week, Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan addressed the Ferguson verdict and reaction. In his remarks, he suggested retaliation as means for a just end. “We gonna die anyway,” Farrakhan said. “Let’s die for something. Elijah Mohammed said 40 years ago, maybe near 50 years ago – there were 20 million of us then – he said if 10 million of us lost our lives, 10 million would be left to go free. Wait, wait. Just think about that. See, when my Muslim family here, Imams and my...
  • IRS Scandal Follows Old Obama Illinois Pattern

    05/24/2013 5:22:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 24, 2013 | Tom Thurlow
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - IRS Scandal Follows Old Obama Illinois PatternPosted By Tom Thurlow On May 24, 2013 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Boy, it sure makes a primary or election contest easier when your opponent pulls out, don’t you think?  Barack Obama has been managing to do that since he won the Democratic nomination for state senator in Illinois in 1996, and it helps explain the IRS harassment of conservatives and Tea Party groups since 2010.  Whereas once Obama targeted candidates to get them to pull out, from 2010 onward, he had the...
  • These Two States Cut Medicaid…And Saved Money

    11/30/2014 4:50:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    In 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 72.2 million Americans were receiving Medicaid benefits for at least a month. Medicaid is a government health insurance program aimed at helping the poor and disabled. Enrollment into the program is going up dramatically, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). Both Medicaid and ChildrenÂ’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are up 15 percent, or 8.7 million people, since Obamacare began enrolling people in the fall of 2013; states that expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing 22 percent growth or more. For many states, Medicaid is the largest item of...
  • Nordstrom shooting victim dies day after her birthday

    11/30/2014 2:22:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 30, 2014 | Marwa Eltagouri, Carlos Sadovi, Rosemary Regina Sobol
    ".....Ezaldein began dating Dee in August 2012 after meeting him through her older sister's roommate, they said. Dee physically abused and beat the woman throughout the relationship, and in December 2013, threatened her by inserting a handgun into her mouth, the victim's family said. The incident resulted in a hospital visit and the victim ending the relationship. In the year since, Dee had harassed both the woman and her family members by making threatening calls to her father and siblings, family members said. The victim changed her number three times as a result, they said. Ezaldein also tried to request...
  • BREAKING: COPS: NYT Reporter Who Published #DarrenWilson Address Calling Cops Nonstop

    11/28/2014 9:20:55 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 195 replies
    Got News ^ | 1/28/14
    The New York Times journalist who published Darren Wilson’s home address wants police protection and has been calling the police nonstop, Gotnews.com has learned. Julie Bosman “keeps calling the 020th District station complaining about people harassing and threatening her,” our source told us. She’s also “complaining about numerous food deliveries being sent to her residence.” Chicago police department sources alerted Gotnews.com about the glaring double standard on Friday. Gotnews.com published Julie Bosman’s address in Chicago after she published the address of Officer Darren Wilson and his new wife in a widely criticized move.
  • Ferguson Protesters Take Over Water Tower Plaza, Urge Black Friday Boycott

    11/28/2014 12:38:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newsradio WBBM-FM ^ | November 28, 2014 | Mike Krauser
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Dozens of activists staged a demonstration Friday morning at the Historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue, calling for a boycott to protest the controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. With anger still simmering over the grand jury’s refusal to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson with any crime for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, protests have continued throughout the week across the U.S. Protesters have called for a boycott of Black Friday shopping, in an effort to call attention to what they called the inherent injustice of capitalism. “We’re in a system...
  • CONFIRMED: VALERIE JARRETT KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH GOV. NIXON DURING FERGUSON FIASCO

    11/26/2014 7:12:16 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 94 replies
    COMPLETE ARTICLE BREITBART.COM ^ | 26 NOVEMBER 2014 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon adamantly denies that the White House pressured him to resist sending in the National Guard in response to violent protesters unhappy with the Michael Brown shooting decision. It is clear, however, that Nixon has been in close contact with President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett as the chaotic situation unfolded. According to the White House, Jarrett spoke with Nixon the first night of the protests as well as the morning after. Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz confirmed that Jarrett received “updates” from Nixon, “promising to stay in close touch” as the situation continued. “Valerie spoke to...
  • "A State with No Republicans!"

    11/26/2014 3:16:57 PM PST · by franky8 · 30 replies
    Illinois "A State with No Republicans!" Some interesting data on the 'state' of, the State of Illinois ... There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working. Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the U.S. . Their average pay is $110,000/year. Their pensions average 80-90% of their income. Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what? Be sure to read till the end. I've never heard it explained better. Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago ? Body count: In the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago .....
  • 3 dead, 13 wounded in weekend shootings [Sharpton doesn't care, no marches planned]

    11/24/2014 5:29:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Fox Chicago ^ | 11/24/14
    Three men were killed and at least 13 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening. The most recent fatal shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side left one man dead and another wounded early Saturday.
  • After Obama's immigration announcement, Dems challenge GOP to respond

    11/23/2014 11:32:13 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As Republicans challenge the legality of President Obama's unilateral action on immigration, Democrats are firing back with a challenge of their own. "It is clear that they can complain, they can threaten, they can talk about lawsuits, cutting off funding, shutting down the government, in the extreme, even impeachment. But the real question is: Can they govern? Can they govern?" asked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. The GOP is weighing their options to undo the president's moves - "a bit of a threat to our democracy," as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas,...
  • Local Politicians Rally In Support Of Obama’s Immigration Policy

    11/22/2014 11:41:33 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Bob Roberts
    U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez Saturday challenged Chicago’s undocumented community to “set the standard” for registration under President Obama’s executive orders. “This isn’t complicated,” Guiterrez (D-Ill.) said to a receptive crowd at Benito Juarez High School. “Ever church will be a designated site. Every community college will be a designated site. Every school will be a designated site. Every health care center will be a designated site.” He said his goal was to provide training “for not hundreds but thousands of people so that millions can reach justice in this country.” Yet Gutierrez said executive action by the President is not...
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • Dem Rep: Republicans Wants To Use ‘Xenophobia’ And ‘Bigotry’ Against Latinos

    11/21/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    Appearing on MSNBC after President Obama’s speech announcing executive amnesty, Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez told host Rachel Maddow that Republican disbelieved Obama’s border claims because they wanted to use “xenophobia” and “bigotry” against Mexicans. MADDOW: The first thing the President announced tonight in his three part plan was yet further resources to the border, yet more resources in terms of stopping people from crossing in the first place, catching them when they do, and sending them back. [Republican operative Steve Schmidt] said no Republican in the country believes that is true. That’s obviously a fake assertion. What’s behind the refusal...
  • [GOP Governor-elect Bruce] Rauner says Obama immigration move 'great start'

    11/21/2014 6:46:16 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 100 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Michelle Manchir,
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Friday called President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration a “great start” to “get the dialogue going” on immigration policy changes. The comments came as Rauner addressed more than 900 advocates for the Latino community in Rosemont. Rauner told the crowd he supports “comprehensive immigration reform,” which he acknowledged will take more work. Immigration reform 'opens doors' NIU student and undocumented citizen, Laura Ramirez, faces daily challenges of living without citizenship. “The real way to do it is on a bipartisan basis, through Congress, through the legislature, with the president, with the states all working...
  • Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law

    11/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    WBEZ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Arnold
    An Illinois judge has ruled unconstitutional a controversial plan to reduce state employees’ retirement benefits. Labor groups sued the State of Illinois for passing a bill reducing their members’ pension benefits. The unions representing downstate and suburban teachers, university employees and most other state workers argued the state constitution says, specifically, that retirement benefits can’t be diminished. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz agreed.Belz quoted directly from the state constitution in his six-page decision, citing the passage that states retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or repaired.” He singled out components of the bill that narrowly passed...
  • Illinois Shooting Ranges Permissible Under Definition of Private Recreation in Zoning Code

    11/21/2014 9:57:46 AM PST · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    National Law Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | National Law Review
    In Platform I Shore, LLC v. Village of Lincolnwood, 2014 IL App (1st) 133923, the First District Appellate Court held that a shooting range was a permitted use under the plain and unambiguous language of the Village's zoning ordinance. This case illustrates that regardless of whether a particular activity is unpopular, zoning officials must act in a reasonable and non-arbitrary manner when ruling upon zoning applications. . . . . The First District Appellate Court held that the plain language of the Lincolnwood Zoning Ordinance was unambiguous. The court noted that it was undisputed that the plaintiff's property was located...
  • Durbin: Obama order does not go far enough

    11/20/2014 2:25:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The executive order coming from President Obama to protect millions of immigrants from deportation falls short, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said Thursday. Durbin, an author of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, called Obama’s action a good first step, but argued it should do more. “Here’s the problem we have. I’d like to see all of the families of Dreamers be protected,” he told reporters. Obama’s order does not cover the parents of illegal immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age and were protected from...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • GOP simmers while Dems look for 'big' immigration action from Obama

    11/20/2014 12:51:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Congressional Republicans seethed while Democrats were cautiously excited on eve of President Obama's big announcement about his plans to ease deportation laws for millions of people living here illegally. “I’m looking for big!" Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Examiner, when asked what she hoped Obama would say in a prime time address on Thursday. “What we are hearing is it will be five million people who are now not going to be deported. That’s keeping families together, and that’s huge in my district.” The president plans to make significant changes to U.S. immigration policy when he announces his...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Americans Disapprove of Exec Amnesty Because They Have Not Been Explained What It Is

    11/20/2014 12:48:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) claims that a strong plurality of Americans do not support President Barack Obama's executive amnesty because they are in the dark about the specifics of what Obama will do and what executive amnesty is. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 48% of Americans disapprove of Obama's executive amnesty. Republicans opposed to it have vowed to prohibit Obama from using federal funds to enact unlawful grants of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. When asked about the poll on Wednesday's The Ed Show on MSNBC, Gutierrez refused to see the poll numbers as a strong...
  • Fighting illegal guns is God’s work (barf alert)

    11/20/2014 6:18:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 20 nov 2014
    Blase Cupich’s arrival as archbishop presents a historic opportunity to turn Chicago away from its horrific gun violence. As Cupich officially assumes his duties Tuesday, we urge him to take a leading and visible role in fighting the devastating flow of illegal guns into our city. Nothing could be more God’s work. Cupich has said he is “prepared to speak” on a gamut of pressing social issues in the Chicago archdiocese, from the “deep pockets of poverty” to income inequality to compassionate care for the elderly — all profound matters. But arguably no issue is more pressing than the violence...
  • Chicago Public Schools Teach 5th-Graders About “Safe” Anal Sex

    11/19/2014 8:38:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 11/18/14 | Dave Blount
    It is absolutely essential that education be pried loose from the claws of Big Government and Big Unions. Otherwise children will continue to be educated by liberals. For a graphic example of what this entails, refer to Chicago, the political cesspools of which spawned our Community Organizer in Chief: Parents at a Near West Side school say they are “shocked” and “horrified” after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate. During report card pickup Wednesday at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, the school hosted several...
  • Pilot Killed When Small Plane Crashes Into Home Near Midway

    11/19/2014 3:35:37 PM PST · by Petruchio · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 18, 2014 6:40 AM
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The pilot of a small cargo plane was killed when the plane crashed into a home a few blocks away from Midway International Airport early Tuesday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot reported engine problems shortly after taking off from Midway, and was trying to get back to the airport, but never made it. The plane nose-dived into the front of a two-story home in the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue, around 2:45 a.m., and ended up partially in the living room, and partially outside on the front lawn, its tail still up in...
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez Thinks Obama Will Mandate 5-10 Year Residency on Immigration Order

    11/19/2014 8:54:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/19/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who leads the Immigration Task Force in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, offered some clues as to what could be in President Obama’s executive order. “I think the president is going to choose between five and 10 years, that is that you have to be in the United States for five to 10 years and you have to be working here and you are going to pay for a background check,” Gutierrez said on Fox last night. “You’re going to submit your fingerprints and they come back clear. He is going to give you a work authorization...
  • Keystone left behind as Canadian crude pours into U.S.

    11/16/2014 7:45:16 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    National Post ^ | November 14, 2014
    Delays of the Keystone XL pipeline are providing little obstacle to Western Canadian oil producers getting their crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast, with shipments set to more than double next year. The volume of Canadian crude processed at Gulf Coast refineries could climb to more than 400,000 barrels a day in 2015 from 208,000 in August, according to Jackie Forrest, vice president of Calgary-based ARC Financial Corp. The increase comes as Enbridge Inc.’s Flanagan South and an expanded Seaway pipeline raise their capacity to ship oil by as much as 450,000 barrels a day. Canadian exports to the Gulf...