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  • Chicagoland voting machine casts candidate’s vote for his Dem opponent

    10/21/2014 6:03:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a...
  • IL Poll Workers Break Law – Tell Obama to “Vote Democrat” at Chicago Polling Booth (Video)

    10/21/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-14 | Jim Hoft
    After spending the weekend golfing, President Barack Obama flew to Chicago Monday to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Reporters were there to film the event. At one point one of the workers tells Obama to “Vote Democrat.” Of course, this is against the law. Cook County is a Campaign-Free Zone – asking voters to vote a particular way is strictly prohibited..
  • DHS: All passengers from Ebola affected countries to fly through 1 of 5 airports

    10/21/2014 9:25:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 59 replies
    cbs46.com ^ | 10/21/2014 | Vanzetta Evans
    The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that all people flying from three Ebola affected nations must fly through one of five American airports. One of the airports being Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. DHS says this move is to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the United States. Passengers flying from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will undergo additional health screenings and protective measures that were put into place at the five airports last week. The five airports are JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and O'Hare. This new mandate will go into effect Wednesday.
  • GOP candidate discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat he is running against

    10/21/2014 8:45:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-21-14 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan....
  • GOP candidate in Cook County, IL discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat

    10/21/2014 7:00:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/21/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat mantra that voting fraud is rare takes another blow today with the stunning story of a GOP candidate unable to vote for himself in Cook County Illinois. The Illinois Political Review reports: Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said...
  • Early voting problems arise in Cook County suburbs

    10/20/2014 4:58:28 PM PDT · by knak · 48 replies
    daily herald ^ | 10/20/14 | eric peterson
    Problems were reported in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County on the first day of early voting Monday -- including one case of a Republican candidate being unable to vote for himself or other members of his party on a touch screen. The other issue, which occurred at Arlington Heights village hall and a few other locations, involved the wrong signatures popping up for voters who came in to cast ballots. Both issues were addressed as soon as election judges were made aware of them, and they did not interfere with voters being able to cast ballots in the way...
  • Black Youth Gang Behind Brutal Attacks at U of I Campus in Champaign (Video)

    10/19/2014 11:49:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 19, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The beatdowns took place during 3 and 4 AM on Saturday night. The targets were random and attacked for no apparent reason.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)There have been 45 similar assaults near campus since October 1st. ABC7 reported: The ABC7 I-Team is reporting a rash of random attacks near the University of Illinois flagship campus. A safety alert for students was posted after Champaign police say five students were jumped and beaten by a roving gang over the weekend. One-by-one early Saturday morning, a gang of men attacked several people as they walked down streets near the U of I campus. For about an...
  • City's Speed Traps Backfire [Chicago]

    10/18/2014 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 58 replies
    Yahoo! Screen ^ | CBS-Chicago
    Drivers in Chicago have gotten wise to speed cameras, budget figures show, and now the city needs to come up with $50 million in revenue. Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars -– through good behavior. Mayor Rahm Emanuel underestimated the intelligence of Chicago drivers, and the city paid for it big time. On a smooth, wide, well-travelled stretch of Irving Park Road, running between two cemeteries — no homes, no stores, no parking — the city of Chicago is trying to balance its budget. Each flash means a photo; each photo, a violation. Each violation: a...
  • Obama changes date for next visit -- it's Oct. 20 (Chicago)

    10/15/2014 11:49:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | Katherine Skiba
    Obama changes date for next visit -- it's Oct. 20 By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter contact the reporter ElectionsBarack Obama WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will raise funds for Democrats at a $10,000-a-person dinner on Oct. 20 at the Lincoln Park home of Barbara Goodman Manilow, according to an invitation obtained by the Tribune. Obama’s appearance at the dinner had been slated for Oct. 19, but the date has been changed. Manilow is chairman of the board of the Crown Family Philanthropies in Chicago. The invitation says guests can expect a private, seated dinner, remarks, a question-and-answer period and photo.
  • Tom Cross - "A Different Kind of Republican" former Minority Leader IL HOUSE supports leftist causes

    10/14/2014 10:03:24 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 14 replies
    Tom Cross got the name "Double Cross" while he was Minority Leader in State House the Democrats ran everything but the Republicans would always help with votes like Civil Unions, Same Sex Marriage, Tax Increases. There would always be 3-5 Republicans that would vote in favor of the Democrats and they would pass a bill by a couple of votes.
  • How Obama Became the Gay-Rights President: The inside story of his political evolution

    10/13/2014 3:14:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 12, 2014 | Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry
    When President Barack Obama launched his campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat in late 2002, his wife Michelle enlisted the help of a longtime friend, Kevin Thompson. Michelle had gotten to know Thompson back in the early 1990s, when she was still Michelle Robinson and the pair worked in the policy shop of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Over the years, the two had stayed close, working together again at the University of Chicago Hospitals and swapping home improvement ideas over meals. Obama, who was then a state senator, would be facing off in the Democratic primary against businessman Blair...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Feds order review of security at all facilities holding illegal immigrant children...

    10/12/2014 1:00:33 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10/9/14 | Michael Zennie
    Two teenage asylum seekers from Guatemala have escaped a detention center in Illinois and carjacked a 91-year-old Navy veteran. The incident has prompted the federal government to order a security review at all 139 shelters across the country that house illegal immigrant minors, MailOnline can exclusively reveal. The boys, age 16 and 17, were able to walk away unchallenged from Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois, outside Chicago, on Wednesday morning and carjack two victims before they were arrested more than 225 miles away outside Iowa City, Iowa, according to authorities. Police say they targeted an elderly man in Moline,...
  • House homestretch: 5 key dynamics

    10/10/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/8/14 | Alex Isenstadt
    The battle for the House has turned into trench warfare, with Republicans trying to scrape out enough wins to give them a historic majority and Democrats doing everything they can to minimize GOP gains. If the election were held today, strategists from both sides say, Republicans would expand their current majority by between six and eight seats ... Republicans head into the final weeks of the campaign almost exclusively on offense. Of the 31 or so races seriously in contention, 22 — over 70 percent — are in districts held by Democrats. Twenty of the 31 districts were won by...
  • Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

    10/10/2014 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    Taxpayers on hook for millions in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching . Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. ... The union bosses collecting the payouts had jobs at the National Education Association (NEA), the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) after their teaching careers. Most got...
  • Political fictions no stranger than reality — but at least they're less depressing

    10/09/2014 4:40:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 oct 2014 | John Kass
    In an early scene on "Madam Secretary" — a kinda Hillary Clinton political soap opera on CBS — our heroine mucks horse manure out of a barn. As played by Tea Leoni, Madam Secretary is a former CIA-analyst-turned-professor in the Virginia horse country, in jeans and boots. She holds a pitchfork in her hand. And bits of straw and road apples cling to the tines. She's asked: Why clean up horse poop? "Why?" asks Madam Secretary. "I like it. It relaxes me." Just then the president of the United States (Keith "I'm Easy" Carradine) rolls up the dusty road in...
  • Jane Austen in the White House

    10/08/2014 7:06:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-8-14 | Rosslyn Smith
    Some people seem to be just discovering the odd position Valerie Jarrett has held in this administration. They also seem to be struggling to find a metaphor for her role. I have seen her compared to Rasputin, but that doesn't fit the dynamics of the relationship. Barack Obama may be as detached from the threats of his day as Tsar Nicholas II was 100 years ago, but Rasputin was very much his and the Tsarina's social inferior. I suspect Jarrett considers herself at least the Obamas’ equal if not their superior. When I consider Valerie Jarrett's role in things, I...
  • Chicago Cop Shot BREAKING

    10/07/2014 5:11:28 PM PDT · by llevrok · 137 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | 10/8/2014
    just listening on my scanner (police zone 7)
  • Obama guidance, schedule, Oct. 7, 2014: NYC for Dem fundraisers

    10/07/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | by Lynn Sweet
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday travels to New York City to headline fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Saving the Democratic Sentate majority is a White House political priority. Illinois Democrats are organizing folks to use the various ways to vote: vote-by-mail, early voting and absentee voting, as well as showing up on election day and casting a ballot.
  • [IL] Bolingbrook man faces terrorism charges, allegedly tried join ISIS

    10/06/2014 9:44:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WLS ^ | 10/6/2014
    Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of Bolingbrook was arrested by the FBI at O'Hare International Airport after allegedly supporting overseas terrorism. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he was attempting to join ISIS. Khan was arrested by the Chicago FBI's Joint Terrorism task force without incident on Saturday night. He was charged in criminal court Monday morning with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing Thursday morning. According to the complaint affidavit, law enforcement agents observed Khan pass through security at O'Hare on Saturday afternoon. The...
  • A bleak future for the average chumbolone of Illinois

    10/06/2014 3:34:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 05 oct 2014 | John Kass
    If you're an Illinoisan who isn't on a political payroll — meaning you won't have a fat six-figure pension like many of our public officials — you'll likely spend this last month before the Illinois governor's election in deep contemplation. Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and businessman Bruce Rauner, the Republican, are in a daily knife fight, but if you're wise, you might also spend this time asking yourself these eternal questions: •Since I don't have a government pension, what kind of sauce will I put on my dry dog food to make it tasty when I'm old? •Would bottled...
  • Dick Durbin's wife discovered to be a Lobbyist

    10/05/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2014 | James Longstreet
    The Chicago Tribune headlines that Dick Durbin’s wife is a lobbyist, and that there may have been instances in which her clients received federal funding. We are quickly told that this was just a coincidence (and that our fly is open). Durbin explained that he and his wife “take pains” to be certain there are no conflicts of interest. The imagery of sleepless nights and “Honey, what shall we do?” conversations wrought with forehead wiping and hand wringing come to mind. How could they ever get in such situations? The Tribune reports that despite all the painstaking efforts assuredly taken...
  • Rockin' the Wall at Eureka, Chicago

    10/05/2014 8:00:31 AM PDT · by LS · 10 replies
    self ^ | 10/5/2014 | LS
    Illinois Freepers, I'll be at Eureka College on 10/30 showing our film "Rockin' the Wall," about music's part in bringing down the Iron Curtain. Check with Eureka for the time, but I'm pretty sure the show is free. I'll be there for the Q&A and booksigning. I am scheduled to have the film in Chicago at the Theater for the Arts associated with the Polish American Film Festival on 12/1, but as of now, I'm about two sponsors short of covering all costs there. If you are interested, and can help, let me know. Sponsors get on-screen credit; credit on...
  • Obama's back-to-basics speech: Economy is better than you think

    10/02/2014 4:50:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/2/14 | Linda Feldman
    CHICAGO — Just over a month until Election Day, President Obama is returning to a theme he hoped to make a centerpiece of the midterm campaign: the economy. Multiple crises overseas, the resignation of the Secret Service’s director after eye-popping threats to presidential safety, and the first case of Ebola in the United States have all kept Mr. Obama in a reactive mode. But in a speech Thursday at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., the president will go on the offensive and highlight the strides the economy has made since the near-economic collapse he inherited in 2009. He will also...
  • 353 US Reps to Kerry: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ on Nuke Detonator

    10/03/2014 8:32:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 10/3/2014, 5:47 PM | Mark Langfan
    In a stunning bi-partisan “Congressional Letter” from over 353 out of 435 U.S. congresspersons to US Secretary of State John Kerry, the 353 U.S. representatives issued a stark warning that, “As you wrote in the Washington Post earlier this summer, if Iran’s nuclear program is truly peaceful, “it’s not a hard proposition to prove. The only reasonable conclusion for its stonewalling of international investigators is that Tehran does indeed have much to hide.” The Congressional Letter’s signatories included almost all of both parties’ leaderships, and was greatly aided by Republican Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL-06) of Illinois, a stalwart, and...
  • The first-ever Great Chicago Fire Festival is bracing for a nippy night

    10/04/2014 8:09:44 AM PDT · by infool7 · 24 replies
    Chicago Business Journal ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | Lewis Lazare
    With more than $2 million in production costs on the line, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first-ever Great Chicago Fire Festival may get a chilly reception — at least from Mother Nature, always a force to be reckoned with in this city. Indeed, what could wind up being record cold for an early October evening threatens to put a damper (rain is in the forecast too) on what was designed to be a major fall spectacle to attract local residents and tourists. The latest forecast shows daytime temps on Saturday will be lucky to top out at 50 degrees. By the...
  • Audit Upholds Majority Of Red-Light Camera Tickets (Chicago)

    10/02/2014 3:28:53 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | 10/02/2014 | Chuck Sudo
    An independent audit of nearly 16,000 red-light camera tickets determined that a majority of them were correctly issued. Ninety-six percent of the tickets were deemed to be properly issued, to be precise. . . . CDOT spokesman Peter Scales told the Sun-Times the validation rate was in line with the city’s expectations.
  • republican oberweis courting votes in african-american community

    10/02/2014 8:49:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ABC CHICAGO ^ | 9/30/14 | Charles Thomas
    In the race for the Illinois United States Senate seat, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is reaching out again to the African-American community in Chicago, which has traditionally voted Democratic. State Senator Oberweis says he cannot win the U.S. Senate seat without votes cast by African Americans, so he's pulling out all the stops to get his share.
  • Meet Chad Grimm: Illinois’ Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, better choice than Quinn and Rauner!

    10/01/2014 8:36:20 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 48 replies
    WGN TV ^ | October 1, 2014 | Steelers6
    In the race for governor, it’s not just Republican versus Democrat — there’s a new voice trying to elbow in. WGN’s Courtney Gousman talks to the Libertarian candidate fighting for your vote in November, Chad Grimm.
  • Obama Expected To Attend Quinn Fundraiser Wednesday

    09/30/2014 10:04:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    Chicago CBS Local ^ | 9-30-14 | Craig Dellimore
    P resident Barack Obama was expected to fly home to Chicago on Wednesday, to help boost Gov. Pat Quinn’s bid for re-election. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Obama’s popularity might be wavering nationally, but it’s still pretty high in Illinois, and Quinn was welcoming the president’s appearance at what’s expected to be a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to that,” Quinn said. “I’m a good friend of President Obama, and he’s a good friend of mine. He’s helped me in the last election, and I really need his help now. I’m really grateful that he’s coming...
  • White couple sues, says sperm bank gave vials from black donor

    09/30/2014 3:39:57 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Meredith Rodriguez
    White couple sues, says sperm bank gave vials from black donor By Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporter contact the reporter A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community. Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, alleges in the lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, that Midwest Sperm Bank sent her the vials of an African American donor's sperm in September 2011...
  • Among Chicago's black voters, disenchantment grows with Mayor Emanuel

    09/30/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 30, 2014 | BY MARY WISNIEWSKI
    Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a potential rival in the city's February election. Emanuel easily won the majority of voters in every African-American ward in 2011 to become mayor of Chicago, the nation's third-largest city. Since then, a persistently high murder rate, the closing of 50 public schools and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch have hurt his position and invited a bid from Karen...
  • Man indicted for threats to ‘rape, bomb and decapitate’ SIU students

    09/29/2014 6:54:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 9/29/14 | Twitchy Staff
    J.M. Berger @intelwire Follow Developing: Chicago man indicted for threats to rape, bomb and decapitate students at University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale J.M. Berger @intelwire Follow Developing: Chicago man indicted for threats to rape, bomb and decapitate students at University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale
  • Hundreds of flights cancelled at O'Hare, dozens at Midway as FAA struggles to fix fire damage

    09/28/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by John W · 43 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 28, 2014 | Lisa Black
    As of 7:30 a.m. Sunday, O'Hare International Airport had cancelled more than 530 flights and anticipates delays throughout the day as officials try to return flight traffic to normal after a fire Friday at the FAA's radar facility. The fire at the agency's Aurora radar facility wreaked havoc on the nation's air travel system and is also behind at least 50 flights were cancelled at Midway Airport, with an average 40 minute delay for incoming and outbound flights, according to the Chicago Avaition Department. The FAA said Saturday that technicians were working to complete a “damage assessment and timeline for...
  • Burris revelation raises more questions in already puzzling case

    09/26/2014 8:40:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    suntimes.com/ ^ | September 26, 2014 9:04PM | By Mark Brown
    An already bizarre trial involving allegations an African despot hired a pair of obscure South Side businessmen to overturn U.S. sanctions against his regime — with the help of Illinois politicians — took an even stranger detour Friday. In the process, former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris got sideswiped, if not outright run over, with completely unrelated — and to this point unsubstantiated — accusations he once tried to shake down a contractor while in office. Burris might be asking what he did to find himself in the middle of this mess, or just maybe he knows. I’ve always been as...
  • Public Pension Funds Face $2 Trillion Shortfall, Moodys Warns

    09/26/2014 11:53:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    zh ^ | 09/26/2014 | Tyler Durden
    the 25 biggest systems by assets averaged a 7.45% return from 2004 to 2013, but liabilities tripled over the same period leaving them facing a $2 trillion shortfall as investment returns can’t keep up with ballooning obligations. The top 25 funds account for 40% of the entire US public pension system with Illinois, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Louisiana at the top of the 'most underfunded' list. .... the New York-based credit rater’s calculation of liabilities tripled in the eight years through 2012, ... liabilities are crowding out spending for services, roads and schools.
  • Ground stop at O’Hare and Midway after fire at FAA facility

    09/26/2014 11:19:46 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 13 replies
    wgn tv ^ | 9-26-2014 | wgntv
    Flights are slowly resuming at O’Hare Airport after a fire at an FAA air traffic control center in Aurora forced a complete halt to flights in and out of O’Hare and Midway Airports. Hundreds of flights are cancelled at O’Hare, and that’s put thousands of travelers in long lines to re-book their trips. Some people stuck in Terminal 3 waited in line for at least one hour to reschedule their flights. Some travelers didn’t receive any notification about the cancellations and delays, and were shocked when they arrived at O’Hare and saw the long lines. Some people got alerts too...
  • Fire, Apparent Suicide Attempt At FAA Center Snarl Air Traffic

    09/26/2014 9:02:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jason Hanna and Thom Patterson
    Fire, Apparent Suicide Attempt At FAA Center Snarl Air Traffic By Jason Hanna and Thom Patterson, CNN September 26, 2014 (CNN) -- A contract employee at a Chicago-area air traffic control center apparently set a fire and tried to kill himself, officials said Friday, shutting the facility and stopping all flights at the world's second-busiest airport. The bizarre situation has resulted in a "ground stop," triggering the cancellation of more than 700 flights at O'Hare International Airport and more than 150 at nearby Midway Airport, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. The employee was being treated after suffering self-inflicted...
  • Possible that Chicago FAA fire intentionally set

    09/26/2014 7:19:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 9/26/2014 | Staff
    A fire at a Federal Aviation Administration outpost in Chicago that has grounded dozens of flights locally may in fact be arson, NBC News reported on Friday. Earlier, an NBC affiliate reported that the fire, which took place at a suburban Chicago FAA location, halted departing flights from O'Hare and Midway International airports. However, sources told NBC News that the fire may have been intentionally set.
  • Flights Halted At Chicago Airports Due To Fire At FAA Radar Center

    09/26/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by mykroar · 64 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/26/14 | CBS Chicago
    Flights at both Chicago airports have been halted Friday morning, due to a fire at Federal Aviation Administration radar facility in Aurora. Emergency crews found a man with self-inflicted wounds while putting out the fire. A ground stop was in place at O’Hare International and Midway International airports as a result of the fire. Flights headed into both airports were being diverted to other airports, while flights departing the airports were being delayed. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said fire investigators were at the scene, as part of the DuPage County Fire Investigation task force. Aurora...
  • Springfield Bishop Calls For Exorcism Tied To Gay Marriage [Same-Sex Marriage Comes From Satan]

    09/24/2014 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | September 24, 2014 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    Springfield Bishop Calls For Exorcism Tied To Gay Marriage By Manya Brachear Pashman Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for "exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage" at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill into law next week. Paprocki said he will offer the prayers intended to cast out evil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the state's capital Wednesday. "It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and...
  • Caught On Tape: What Happens When You Try To Exercise Your Constitutional Rights In Illinois

    09/23/2014 1:10:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/23/14 | Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,
    What follows is the most powerful recorded police checkpoint scene I have witnessed since posting: Extremely Powerful Video – Happy 4th of July from a Police State Checkpoint, last summer. While the former incident happened in Tennessee, the following occurred in Illinois. The American pleb who was accosted by Illinois State Police was DeKalb resident Ryan Scott. While it starts off slow, make sure you watch it all the way to the end. While one of the the police officers is reasonable, the other one can’t stop yelling and seems to derive a particular pleasure from repeatedly informing the citizen...
  • 2 dead, 13 wounded in city shootings: 'Please don't let me die'

    09/22/2014 5:53:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 9/21/2014 | Peter Nickeas, Dana Ferguson, Liam Ford,
    Two teens were shot to death and at least 13 other people, including a 12-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The most recent shooting was a homicide that happened about 4:10 a.m. Saturday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, and the boy killed was the seventh person shot in that area in the West Garfield Park and Lawndale neighborhoods on the West Side.
  • Illinois judge rules police entitled to SWAT raid over parody Twitter account

    09/21/2014 8:18:55 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 19 September 2014 13.30 EDT | Ed Pilkington
    The police hadn’t even come for him. When four fully-armed officers of a Swat team burst into Jacob Elliott’s house in Peoria, Illinois in April they were looking for the source of a parody Twitter feed that had upset the town’s mayor by poking fun at him. ... A Peoria judge this week ruled that the police were entitled to raid the house on North University Street on 15 April under the town’s “false personation” law which makes it illegal to pass yourself off as a public official. Judge Thomas Keith found that police had probable cause to believe they...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • Mayor: New high school won't be named after President Obama

    09/18/2014 12:28:22 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18 ,2014 | John Byrne
    Chicago's newest selective enrollment high school will not be named after President Barack Obama, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had announced with much fanfare when unveiling the high profile school project. In a statement this morning, Emanuel said he would look for other possible names. “Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for...
  • Obama's Illinois: Food Stamp Growth Exceeds New Jobs

    09/17/2014 3:41:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1. Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner, has been arguing that Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, has turned the fiscal corner and is on its way back. The recovery may be slower than Quinn wants it to be — but, he says, it is real. It is an odd recovery, though, that makes more people dependent...
  • Welfare Sign-ups Beat Job Creation 2-to-1 in Illinois

    09/16/2014 6:21:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    For every job created in the state of Illinois, two people sign-up for food stamps—not exactly an encouraging statistic. The state ranked ‘dead last’ across America for job growth in 2014, according to the Illinois Policy.Not only is the economically-challenged state failing to create positions in the private sector, it actually lost nearly 6,000 jobs between January and July of this year. Since the financial crisis of 2008, Illinois has almost 300,000 fewer workers:  The pace at which Illinois has been creating jobs is simply not good enough for Illinois families, and policy mistakes, such as the historic 2011 tax hikes,...
  • 2 dead, 14 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

    09/15/2014 9:31:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    FOX Chicago ^ | 9/15/14
    Two people were killed and and at least 14 other people were wounded in weekend shootings across the city. The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.
  • Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal

    09/15/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    chicago sun times ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Chicago Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:30pm Better Government Association @bettergov | Email A deal involving the federal government’s most expensive lease in Chicago produced millions of dollars in profits for a development group that included Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama who is now his commerce secretary, a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation has found. The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in...
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...