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  • Cop accidentally kills security guard at bar in Chicago suburbs

    11/12/2018 11:00:22 AM PST · by Drew68 · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/18 | Bradford Betz
    A police officer mistakenly shot and killed a security guard at a bar in Chicago's south suburbs early Sunday morning, Chicago’s Fox 32 reported. Witnesses said a security guard told a group of "drunk men" to leave a Robbins bar around 4 a.m. An armed suspect later came back inside the bar and opened fire, WGN-TV reported, citing witnesses. Armed security guards returned fire, the report said. One the guards -- Jemel Roberson, 26 -- apprehended the suspect outside, witnesses said. Roberson then requested help from Midlothian Police, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said. A witness told the station that...
  • Michelle Obama opens up about turning to IVF, reaction to Trump in new memoir

    11/09/2018 7:59:22 AM PST · by Phlap · 56 replies
    CBC ^ | 11/09/2018 | The Associated Press
    Book by wife of ex-U.S. president details ups and downs of marriage, political life
  • Illinois Nazi loses congressional race by huge margin

    11/07/2018 12:04:56 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/11/18
    An avowed Nazi running as a Republican lost a House race in suburban Chicago on Tuesday. Arthur Jones, who called the Holocaust "the biggest, blackest lie in history" and described himself as a former leader of the American Nazi Party, lost by a 50-point margin to incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski. Jones still managed to get more than 40,000 votes, according to official figures. The 70-year-old secured the Republican nomination in March, when the party did not bother to put up any other candidate in the heavily-Democratic congressional district. Jones's primary win was a major embarrassment for party leaders. They disavowed...
  • Lauren Underwood Wins 14th District

    11/06/2018 8:52:53 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 6, 2018 | Staff
    Lauren Underwood has won the 14th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating challenger Randy Hultgren, according to returns as reported by the Associated Press. Underwood is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her top causes as a candidate are access to quality health care for all Americans, the presence of high-paying jobs and a strong local economy, and maintaining the safety and security of northern Illinois families. Hultgren has been the 14th District congressman since 2011. Underwood was endorsed by former President Barack Obama and supported by a Democratic super PAC. The flipping of the 14th...
  • Fox News: IL- Gov: Prizter - D defeats Rauner - R

    11/06/2018 5:02:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 6, 2018 | Staff
    The Fox News Decision Desk has determined that in Illinois, Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker will unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He’ll become the richest governor in U.S. history.
  • [March 2018] Jewish GOP group calls for resignation of 7 Democrats over 'ties' to Farrakhan

    10/28/2018 7:04:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 49 replies
    The Republican Jewish Coalition is calling for the resignation of seven Democratic members of Congress whom it claims are "connected" to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The group describes him as a "known anti-Semite." The lobbying group on Tuesday called for the following lawmakers to step down: Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Danny Davis, D-Ill.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; and Al Green, D-Texas.
  • Hillary Clinton remains the Democrats best chance to defeat Trump in 2020

    11/04/2018 6:28:21 AM PST · by libstripper · 121 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2018 | Laura Washington
    She beat Donald J. Trump last time. At least, by the popular vote. Can she do it again this time, for real? Hillary Clinton may be gearing up for a third run for president of the United States. Even as a two-time loser, she could be the Democratic Party’s best chance of ending the Trump presidency
  • Dem candidate for Congress busted for lies about being a nurse

    11/04/2018 10:17:33 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 11/4/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Underwood’s fraud was busted by a local newspaper, The Kane County Reporter, which would probably get a Pulitzer of the fraud had been on the part of a Republican. We will watch and wait to see if this outstanding work of a local paper gets any such recognition. The entire article should be read to take in the depth of the phoniness. It’s clear from the lede paragraph onward that Underwood put aside the actual practice nursing in favor of left wing politics:
  • Netanyahu praises Trump for condemning anti-Semitism following Pittsburgh attack

    10/31/2018 5:29:29 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    JTA ^ | 29 Oct 2018 | Anon
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel praised President Donald Trump for condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Ron Dermer, also lauded Trump, citing the president’s prepared remarks made at a rally Saturday in Illinois hours after the attack, which killed 11. In a message sent to the Jewish community of Pittburgh on Sunday, Netanyahu said the Jewish people are “blessed” to have “many friends around the world who reject and fight anti-Semitism.” He wrote: “I want to express my appreciation to President Trump for unequivocally condemning this heinous crime and for...
  • My review of 10/27 Trump rally: Murphysboro, IL

    10/30/2018 1:22:18 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 27 replies
    Self | 10/30/2018 | Me
    Finally, here are my more extended observations and comments from my family's attendance at the Trump rally in Southern Illinois, on 10/27/2018. I'll hit a few high points, but not spend a lot of time on what the President said -- here is a link where you can watch, yourself: My intent is more to let people who've not been to one of these rallys "see" what they are like, or for those who've attended in the past, maybe see how they have evolved or in what ways this rally may have been a bit unique. I also take...
  • SBA List Candidate Fund Endorses Rep. Rodney Davis for Re-election in IL-13

    10/30/2018 10:02:37 AM PDT · by Morgana
    Susan B. Anthony List ^ | Mallory Quigley
    Washington, D.C. – Today the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund announced its endorsement of Representative Rodney Davis for re-election in Illinois’13th Congressional District. “Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund is pleased to endorse Congressman Rodney Davis, a stalwart advocate for the unborn with a 100 percent pro-life voting record,” said former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, SBA List’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “Rep. Davis has co-sponsored legislation to stop late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy, protect babies who survive failed abortions, and to get taxpayers out of the abortion business. His opponent, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, is an extremist backed...
  • Reports: Growing number of $100,000-plus public pensions in Illinois cost taxpayers

    10/30/2018 7:02:10 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 23 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | 10/30/18 | Greg Bishop
    Two recent studies of public sector pay and retirement benefits show tens of thousands of retired Illinois public employees making six-figures or more in all levels of government, dwarfing figures from states with more people. ... Illinois has more than $130 billion in unfunded pension debt for its five state-run pension systems. Adding in other post employment benefits, that number climbs to more than $200 billion. Municipal governments in Illinois also are struggling with unfunded pension liability. Some report using most, if not all, of their share of property taxes to pay pension costs. Taxpayers United of America said Illinois’...
  • 43 Shot, Five Fatally, over Halloween Weekend in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago

    10/29/2018 12:20:52 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Oct 2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Forty-three people were shot, including five who were shot fatally, over Halloween weekend in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that beginning with Friday, each day in the weekend became more violent. For example, “three wounded and one killed Friday night, 11 wounded and one killed on Saturday, and 25 shot — three fatally — on Sunday.” The five individual killed were 16-year-old John Pena, 23-year-old Kenjuan D. Scott, 30-year-old Deshawn Jacobs, 20-year-old Detavious Beeks, and an unidenified 33-year-old male. All were fatally shot while standing on a sidewalk, walking, or inside a vehicle.
  • The Late Great State of Illinois

    10/29/2018 10:35:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 29, 2018 | Andrew Ferguson
    As the sun rose, the first frost of the season flashed silver across the mowed fields of Adams County, Illinois, and the same small group of regulars gathered at the Fast Stop gas station in Payson. They get their coffee here most mornings before commencing the day’s business. (One definition of progress: Americans used to worry about getting gas from a coffee shop; now we think nothing of getting coffee from a gas station.) Most of the guys are retired or close to it—firefighters, farmers, machinists. All but a couple of them are Republicans, and when they talk politics, as...
  • As hurdles mount for Obama Presidential Center, worry and anxiety grow on South Side

    10/27/2018 2:46:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/24/18 | Lolly Bowean, Jeff Coen
    **SNIP** But recently, as development of the Obama center has faced obstacles and groundbreaking has been pushed back, Winston and some of her neighbors have begun to worry about the project’s fate. It faces a legal challenge in federal court over the use of park space for the center, and its chief local backer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, recently announced he will not be seeking a third term as mayor. The result is anxiousness that has swept over some residents and communities on the South Side as they brace for a possible long wait, a bitter fight or even another grand...
  • Times updated! Trump rally today, in S. IL

    10/27/2018 8:51:25 AM PDT · by Paul R. · 37 replies ^ | 10/27/2018 | Me
    Times updated! The rally will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 4:30 pm CDT. Doors will open at 1:30 pm CDT. also Offsite parking / shuttle still not announced - bummer!
  • Report: Terrorists Exploit Food Stamps To Fund Domestic, International Attacks

    10/27/2018 8:10:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 25, 2018 | Luke Rosiak
    The report provided numerous examples of fraudsters exploiting the food stamp program to fund terrorist activities. A grocery store owner in Chicago was imprisoned in 2006 for stealing $1.4 million through food stamp fraud and aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In 2010, two Somali store owners in Michigan pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud and running an unlicensed money transfer business that sent money to “hot spots” in the Middle East and Africa. In Indianapolis, a ring of convenience stores bought food stamps from customers for 50 cents on the dollar. The ringleader was arrested on a return flight from...

    10/27/2018 1:29:37 PM PDT · by 4Liberty · 102 replies
    RSBN ^ | RSBN
    Trump rally live
  • Two Pritzker Staffers Fired After One Wears Charcoal Face Mask on Instagram

    10/26/2018 2:29:01 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 33 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 26, 2018 | Tina Sfondeles
    Several hours after announcing their suspensions, two campaign workers have been fired from Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s campaign amid controversy over an Instagram photo of a campaign worker wearing a charcoal face mask that resembles blackface. The campaign on Friday morning insisted the incident was not racial in nature and the employees in question would be suspended without pay for exercising poor judgment. But within hours, the campaign workers were ousted. The post by Carolyn Mehta — which LinkedIn identifies as the campaign’s Deputy Get Out The Vote Director — comes as the Pritzker campaign faces a lawsuit from former campaign...
  • Only strong federal laws will end widespread gun violence (barf alert)

    10/26/2018 6:29:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 46 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | Devereaux Peters
    Devereaux Peters I live in Chicago, not “Chiraq.” Chicago is my city, and I love it. Calling it Chiraq is an insulting, misguided attempt to describe and to cast blame for the gun violence that plagues us. Instead of constantly trying to use my city as a scapegoat when violence occurs, we need to recognize that gun violence is a national issue and not just a local one. As a kid, I developed my professional grit playing basketball at the South Side and Austin YMCA. I watched the sun rise every morning while driving up Lake Shore Drive on my...