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  • Is Elgin-O'Hare extension caught in political roadblock?

    02/09/2016 12:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    A divide between the Illinois tollway and Chicago on the cost of airport land needed for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension is threatening progress on the massive project, considered vital for the suburbs. An agreement to sell property on the western edge of O'Hare to the tollway at market value more than a decade ago has disintegrated, officials said, and the city's latest price tag of about $190 million is giving the tollway sticker-shock. "We've been negotiating for a long time. ... It's within the last couple of months I've realized how far apart we were," tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said....
  • Low gas prices signal economic downturn elsewhere

    02/08/2016 10:41:41 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | February 08, 2016 | Laura Thoren
    Gas prices in Chicago are still falling, but the price at the pump is having a negative impact on the economy. ... as the cost to fill up your tank goes down, could this also be a sign -- the economy is tanking? Commodities trader Scott Shellady thinks so. "It's bad for everybody. We are going to lose one-fifth of the jobs we created in 2008," said Shellady. And he doesn't expect a market rebound anytime soon. So if you were hoping to cash in your 401K or IRA and retire in the next year, Shellady says, rethink your plans....
  • Bill would make Obama’s birthday a state holiday

    02/08/2016 9:13:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Reboot Illinois ^ | February 4, 2016 | Kevin Hoffman
    A bill introduced in the Illinois House would make Aug. 4, President Barack Obama’s birthday, a state holiday. State Rep. André Thapedi, D-Chicago, and three other Chicago-area Democratic lawmakers are sponsoring House Bill 4654, which was filed on Feb. 2. The legislation would make Obama’s birthday a legal holiday, meaning state offices and schools would be closed. From the bill: “The fourth day of August of each year shall be a legal holiday to be known as Barack Obama’s Birthday to be observed as a day on which to hold appropriate exercises in commemoration of our illustrious President. When August...
  • I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

    02/08/2016 8:11:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Better Roads (Equipment World) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Chris Hill
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in each direction to a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 55 near Chicago using a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. IDOT is allowed to use P3 agreements only if the general assembly adopts a resolution supporting a proposed project, a state law in place since 2011. This would be the first P3 managed lane project in the state. “By using existing resources to leverage private investment, we can build the type of infrastructure...
  • 2 Killed, 20 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    02/08/2016 6:18:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | February 8, 2016
    Two men were killed and at least 20 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend, according to Chicago Police. At least 14 other people have been shot in separate attacks since 5 p.m. Friday.
  • Cop who killed college student and 55-year-old mother sues for 'extreme emotional trauma'

    02/07/2016 11:09:36 AM PST · by NRx · 69 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02-07-2016 | Peter Holley
    A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his 55-year-old neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate that blames the mentally ill 19-year-old for causing the officer “extreme emotional trauma.” Officer Robert Rialmo’s lawsuit was filed Friday and offers the first public account of the moments before Rialmo shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier on Dec. 26. The suit claims that Rialmo, who was arriving at the scene of a domestic disturbance with another officer, opened fire after the teenager twice swung a bat at the officer’s head and then raised the weapon a third time,...
  • Gage Park victims' identities officially released by medical examiner (CHICAGO)

    02/06/2016 2:55:58 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Feb 6, 2016
    Gage Park victims' identities officially released by medical examiner Chicago Tribune staff Contact Reporter The Cook County medical examiner's office on Saturday officially released information on the identities of the six people found killed inside a Gage Park home this week. The six family members were found dead a little after 1 p.m. Thursday when police were called to a home in the 5700 block of South California Avenue because a man who lived there had not shown up for work. Those killed were identified as Rosaura Martinez, 58, who family members have said went by Rosaura Hernandez; her husband,...
  • HUNDREDS of Protesters Carry “TRUMP IS RIGHT” Signs at First PEGIDA Rally in England

    02/06/2016 11:38:36 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 6,2016 | Jim Hoft
    HUNDREDS of Supporters took part in the first PEGIDA rally in Birmingham, England on Saturday. https://mobile.twitter.com/BreitbartLondon/status/696032870872326144/photo/1
  • George Will on Primary Race (video)

    02/05/2016 5:55:09 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | February 4, 2016 | George Will
    George Will on Primary Race (video)
  • Chinese-led investors plan to buy Chicago Stock Exchange

    02/05/2016 10:51:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2016 1:44 PM EST | Joseph Pisani
    The Chicago Stock Exchange, founded more than a century ago, said it has agreed to be acquired by a Chinese-led investor group. The buyers are considering opening a stock exchange in southwest China and also hope to list Chinese stocks in the U.S., Chicago Stock Exchange CEO John Kerin said in an interview Friday. The exchange needs the cash from the buyout to launch its new trading products and platforms, Kerin said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kerin will continue as CEO after the deal closes. Leading the investor group is Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group, a holding company...
  • American Muslim Leader Slams Wheaton 'Christians and Muslims Worship Same God' [1 John 2]

    02/05/2016 8:49:55 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 1/25/2016 | Samuel Smith
    Islam teaches that Christians and Muslims worship the same god, the head of The Center on American-Islamic Relations wrote last week in defense of a suspended Wheaton College professor who asserted that notion on Facebook in December. In an op-ed condemning the Illinois Evangelical higher education institution for suspending and attempting to fire political science professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same deity, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad argued that the school's belief that the two religions don't worship the same God displays a level of "ignorance." "It is clear that Wheaton College has...
  • Illinois and New Hampshire Agree Cruz Is A Natural Born Citizen

    02/05/2016 6:38:54 AM PST · by raptor22 · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 5, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Donald Trump, his aura of invincibility shattered by Iowa caucus voters he once called “stupid,” is throwing a tantrum these days, convinced that Ted Cruz “cheated” and continues to maintain the untenable proposition that in any event he is a not eligible to be President of the United States. Cruz did not cheat in Iowa. Cruz supporters may have indeed cited to supporters of Dr. Ben Carson CNN news reports and tweets that Carson was skipping New Hampshire and South Carolina, so draw your own conclusions, but where were the Carson president captains to shepherd their flock?
  • Six Dead in Chicago Mass Stabbing(Whew. No gun)

    02/05/2016 6:05:46 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    bretibart.com ^ | 2/4/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On February 4, Chicago Police Department officers discovered five adults and one child stabbed to death in a home in Chicago's Gage Park. Police found the bodies around 1:05 PM Thursday. According to the Chicago Tribune, the CPD sent officers to investigate after someone called police to say a "co-worker had not shown up for work Wednesday or Thursday." When officers arrived to check on the missing co-worker, they looked through a window and saw "what they believed to be a body" inside the house. Upon entering the house, they found five adults and "a child 11 or 12 years...
  • Chicago schools announce cuts after union rejects offer

    02/03/2016 7:27:40 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    https://www.yahoo.com ^ | 02/02/2016 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) — Officials with Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday they're ready to cut $100 million from school budgets and force teachers to pay more pension costs after their union rejected the latest contract offer, ratcheting up the tone of contentious negotiations that have lasted over a year. Schools CEO Forrest Claypool called the union's rejection "disheartening" and cost-cutting efforts — including potential layoffs of support staff like teachers' aides — necessary without a deal. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis shot back, calling the announcement the "latest act of war" and saying teachers in the nation's third-largest district would...
  • Ted Cruz Is A 'Natural Born Citizen,' Board (Illinois) Of Election Finds

    02/02/2016 4:36:59 PM PST · by 11th Commandment · 488 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/02/2016 06:37 pm ET | Cristian Farias
    On the same day he won the Republican Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got a favorable decision from the Illinois Board of Elections, which ruled that he met the citizenship criteria to appear on the state's primary ballot. Two objectors, Lawrence Joyce and William Graham, had challenged Cruz's presidential bid with the board, contending that his name should not appear on the March 15 ballot because his candidacy did not comply with Article II of the Constitution. In response to the filings, Cruz's lawyers relied on Supreme Court precedent, legal history and articles from noted constitutional scholars to...
  • Illinois Supreme Court Confirms old Illinois Gun Law Unconstitutional

    02/02/2016 7:36:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois has reconfirmed its ruling from 2013 that a basic Illinois weapon law is facially unconstitutional. It ruled in People vs Burns that the Aguilar decision stands and was correct. From courthousenews.com: While a state may prohibit felons from carrying readily accessible guns despite the Second Amendment - and in fact Illinois has a law forbidding felons from possessing any kind of firearm - the AUUW law applies to everyone. In reversing the appellate court ruling and vacating the conviction and sentence, Justice Anne Burke wrote for the court: "The offense, as enacted by the Legislature, does not...
  • Bloody start to the year as Chicago Police investigate FIFTY murders last month

    02/01/2016 7:43:25 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 25 replies
    Murder police in Chicago have recorded the worst January in more than a decade for homicides - after more than 50 killings in the city in one month. Detectives had to investigate 51 homicides between January 1 and 31 - up 75 percent compared to the same period in 2015 and the worst figures since 2000. A bloody start to the year has also seen city officials log double the number of shooting in the first month of 2016 compared to the same time last year with nearly 242 separate incidents. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3426141/Bloody-start-year-Chicago-police-investigate-FIFTY-murders-month-making-city-s-worst-January-homicides-2000.html#ixzz3yvpDYXsc Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter |...
  • Street cops say 'ACLU effect' drives spike in gun violence

    02/01/2016 6:02:52 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 01 feb 2016
    Authorities last year suggested Chicago’s spike in gun violence in 2015 was due to the “Ferguson effect” — cops afraid to do their jobs because of the scrutiny following the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. But with Chicago now plagued with an even steeper rise in fatal shootings in January, compared with the same period of 2015, street cops are offering a new reason: the “ACLU effect.” They say the Chicago Police Department’s pact with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to monitor police stops in greater detail is prompting...
  • CPD: January shootings double compared to 2015; murders up 75 percent

    02/01/2016 5:10:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 1, 2016 | by Mitchell Armentrout
    The first month of 2016 saw a marked spike in Chicago gun violence compared to January 2015, with more than double the number of shootings and a 75 percent uptick in murders, according to statistics released by Chicago Police early Monday. The city logged 292 gunshot victims in 242 separate shooting incidents from Jan. 1-31 this year, police said. That’s an increase from 136 victims in 119 shootings during the same period last year. In a statement from CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, police called the increases "unacceptable" and attributed most of them to gang conflicts and retaliatory violence.
  • Reformer Sen. Cruz and Brutal Mr. Hyde

    01/31/2016 8:01:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts -- "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of jury trials." "Draconian mandatory minimum sentences," he wrote, can produce sentences that far outweigh the crime, especially for "nonviolent drug offenders." The Ted Cruz who wrote that piece -- and co-sponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- may not be familiar to those following...
  • A Felon By Any Other Name

    01/31/2016 7:06:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    resident Barack Obama's friend William Ayers famously said he was "guilty as sin, free as a bird" after his acquittal on charges related to the Weather Underground, the domestic terrorism group he co-founded. The unrepentant Ayers and Hillary Clinton have that veneer of Teflon in common. Were her last name anything other than Clinton, Hillary would be indicted today. Actually, she would have been indicted long ago and sitting in prison today. But her last name is Clinton. As such, she's on the verge of becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party for president. "What a country, America," to finish...
  • Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Vandalized with Swastika (libs in desperation mode now)

    01/30/2016 7:35:46 PM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Entertainment industry outlet TheWrap shared the Reddit user’s image of the star painted with a black, backwards swastika on Saturday; however, the the outlet reported the star showed no signs of damage upon further investigation. Trump has at times been portrayed as a “nazi” by members of the media since announcing his candidacy. Democrats and even some fellow Republicans have disparaged him as a racist over his pledge to enforce the country’s immigration laws. Following the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the United States, citing the “great hatred towards Americans by large...
  • Police officer to sue family of teenager he shot

    01/31/2016 8:29:51 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 31 replies
    HotAir ^ | 01/31/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    This is one of the more unusual (and disturbing) news items to pop up over the weekend. You probably recall the story of 19 year old Chicago resident Quintonio LeGrier, who was shot and killed by officer Robert Rialmo during a domestic disturbance call. LeGrier, who may have suffered from mental illness, came out of the residence with a baseball bat, ignored multiple orders to stand down and was shot. Unfortunately, one of the rounds fired by Rialmo was a "through and through" shot which passed through LeGrier and went on to strike and kill Bettie Jones, a neighbor. The...
  • Illinois Schoolchildren taught: "Islam means peace, Islam teaches respect" [Antichrist - 1 John 2]

    01/30/2016 11:10:29 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 66 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/30/2016 | Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Community Contributor
    One hundred ten students from Glen bard South High School in Glen Ellyn, IL visited Masjid Baitul Jaamay [Mosque] of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glen Ellyn of Chicago on January 28, 2016. The students were from an honors world history class and had recently completed a study of Islam. They were accompanied by three teachers. Imam Shamshad welcomed the students and lead with some opening remarks that this is the need of the hour we should come together to understand other faiths specially The Islam because there are a lot misunderstanding about Islam and people do believe whatever they listen...
  • Oakland’s Minimum Wage Is Up, Wal-Mart Is Out

    01/30/2016 8:44:31 AM PST · by upchuck · 64 replies
    daily signal ^ | Jan 22, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    A minimum wage of $12.55 an hour in Oakland, Calif., may be the culprit for a Wal-Mart store's closure. Wal-Mart announced Jan. 15 it will close 269 stores globally, including 154 locations in the United States-affecting about 10,000 associates across the nation... snip Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat, has been leading statewide efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15. "This higher city minimum wage eliminated the jobs of the very workers advocates wanted to help," said James Sherk, a research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation... snip The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that most...
  • People Camp Out In Chicago For Limited-Edition Air Jordans

    01/29/2016 9:52:46 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 32 replies
    Channel 2 Chicago ^ | 1-28-2016 | Mike Krauser
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Several people were literally camping out in Chicago days early to get a crack at the latest limited-edition Air Jordans. The sale of the Air Jordan 2 "Just Don" model $650 per pair for adult sizes is Saturday. Some enthusiasts tell CBS 2 they've been in line since Monday, in the cold. Some of the would-be purchasers hope to flip the shoes by selling them for a profit, while others are just interested in wearing them. Sales are limited to one per customer.
  • 2016 Off To A Bloody Start as Shootings Double: 42 People Killed, 210 Hurt (Chicago)

    01/28/2016 11:00:37 AM PST · by PROCON · 41 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2016 | Kelly Bauer
    CHICAGO - Forty-two people have been killed and 210 wounded so far in January, almost doubling last year's numbers. It was the most violent January in years, according to DNAinfo Chicago data: In all, there were 199 shootings Jan. 1-25, while there were just 100 shootings over the same period last year. The data doesn't include the victims of violence from Tuesday into Wednesday, when three people were killed and another wounded. Through early Tuesday, 42 people had been shot dead and 210 wounded, while last January saw 22 people dead and 98 wounded in shootings. On Monday alone, five...
  • Woman Wounded In Dan Ryan Expressway Shooting(WTH?)

    01/28/2016 10:06:24 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | 1/28/2016 | unknown
    An 18-year-old woman was shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Thursday morning, after getting into an argument with someone in another vehicle. Illinois State Police shut down the outbound lanes of the expressway for more than an hour while they investigated and searched for evidence, but no shell casings were found. Police said the woman was a passenger in a van whose occupants got into an argument with someone in a blue car at a gas station near 79th Street and Lafayette Avenue around 2:20 a.m. The victims then drove onto the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway.
  • Jailed E.C. (East Chicago) councilman sworn into office (while in jail)

    01/26/2016 2:36:32 PM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    NWI.com ^ | January 22, 2016
    Locks and bars didn't stop East Chicago Councilman Robert Battle's inauguration. The newly sworn-in Battle can retain his public title and annual salary of $42,356 a year despite being held in Porter County Jail on federal drug and homicide charges.
  • EAST CHICAGO COUNCILMAN SWORN IN FROM BEHIND BARS

    01/25/2016 6:49:39 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies
    ABC Chicago ^ | January 25, 2016 | N/A
    An East Chicago councilman was sworn into office behind bars earlier this month while in custody on murder charges. Robert Battle, who was re-elected in November when he ran unopposed, was given his oath of office and signed required paperwork on Jan. 15, said Paula Miraldi, of the Lake County Board of Elections in northwest Indiana. The board of elections received the paperwork Friday morning, but it was dated Jan. 15. Battle needed to be sworn in and submit his paperwork by Feb. 1, otherwise the council post would be declared vacant. Battle has been in the custody of the...
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • Franklin Graham: "Islam and Christianity Clearly Do Not Worship the Same God" [2 John 1]

    01/24/2016 1:06:10 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, celebrated evangelist Franklin Graham said in response to the controversial claim by a faculty member at Wheaton College in Illinois. In a series of tweets late Saturday night, Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, laid out his opposition to the recommendation of the college’s faculty council that the school drop its plans to terminate a professor who published her belief that Islam and Christianity worship the same God, which Graham said was "no minor issue." In December 2015, Larycia Hawkins, who teaches political science at Wheaton College, was put on...
  • Obama’s Dirty Little Secret to Winning the 2012 Presidential Election

    01/24/2016 6:36:30 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.12.12 | Michael Medved
    ...there’s no basis for the common claim Obama won through a superb, unprecedented, supremely effective get-out-the-vote effort by the Democrats. Even downcast Republicans have hailed the opposition’s turnout operation as magnificent, but they fail to note that it resulted in far fewer voters showing up for President Obama. - The president drew 7.6 million fewer votes than he did in the hope-and-change election of 2008. - Exit polls showed that Obama got a slightly smaller percentage of the black vote than last time and that turnout was sharply down, delivering at least 1.5 million fewer African-American ballots for the Democrats....
  • Chicago school district announces layoffs in central office

    01/21/2016 5:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2016 5:38 PM EST
    The head of the Chicago Public Schools says the district will lay off some of its central office staff on Friday. District CEO Forrest Claypool's statement came a day after top Illinois Republicans called for a state takeover of the financially troubled school district, which has a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a strike. ...
  • Students Boycott High School’s Required ‘Racial Identity’ Day

    01/21/2016 9:12:37 AM PST · by detective · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jan 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    At least one thousand students skipped New Trier High School's mandatory day of "racial identity" classes on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The suburban Chicago high school, which ranks among the top public high schools in the country, held class on the public holiday, and scheduled seminars on "systemic racism" that sought to increase students' awareness "of their own racial identities and the identities of others." But students stayed away in droves.
  • Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools

    01/20/2016 10:36:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 12:59 PM EST | Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen
    Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called the plan a "lifeline" for CPS, though Democrats quickly shot down the idea. Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said the legislation would give the Illinois State Board of Education control over the nation's third-largest school district. They also noted that GOP lawmakers may reveal a bankruptcy...
  • Thousands brave cold to attend Chicago anti-abortion march

    01/20/2016 7:54:58 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 17, 2016 | Renita D. Young and Mary Wisniewski
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thousands braved bitter cold temperatures for a "March for Life" in downtown Chicago on Sunday, five days before the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. Demonstrators held yellow balloons with "life" printed on them as organizers passed around rosary beads and others danced to music to keep warm in temperatures that hovered just above 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius). "This is about the soul of our nation that we gathered here today," Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, told a crowd that organizers said numbered...
  • Column: Bernie Sanders misfires on gun law repeal

    01/20/2016 5:28:01 AM PST · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 jan 2016 | Eric Zorn
    I considered it a point in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' favor that he voted to grant gun manufacturers and dealers broad exemptions from legal liability. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sanders' main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, had been hammering Sanders on the campaign trail for supporting the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a bill protecting those who make and sell firearms from lawsuits after those firearms are used in crimes. The early 2000s had seen a proliferation of such lawsuits filed by or on behalf of victims of gun violence, some of which were...
  • Black Pastor: Though African-Americans are 12.6% of the Population, 30% of Aborted Babies are Black

    01/19/2016 3:00:57 PM PST · by kathsua · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | Jan 18, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A prominent African American pastor in Chicago issued a strong cry against abortion in the bitter cold on Sunday during the March for Life Chicago. As the temperature neared zero degrees, the Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago on the South Side, urged more than 5,000 pro-lifers in attendance to take a stand against abortion, especially in the black community. He pointed out that abortion kills more black Americans than any other cause. The Chicago Sun-Times reports more about Brooks’ remarks: “No longer will we stand on the sideline and let these abortions happen in...
  • Megyn Kelly Asks White House About Muslim Attack On Cop – Their 2 Word Response Says It ALL

    01/19/2016 1:24:22 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 9, 2016 | Jack Davis
    Almost everyone had something to say about Thursday's incident in which a gunman who said he supported ISIS attacked Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett with a gun, shooting him 17 times. Everyone except resident Obama, that is, who over the course of his administration has shown a willingness to reply instantly and passionately when police are accused of a shooting. When Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked about the latest Islamic lone wolf to stage an attack on American soil, the White House had two words to say, according to Kelly: "No comment." She then discussed the implications of the...
  • Editorial: Call out gun criminals with a courthouse 'gun call'

    01/19/2016 10:49:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 19 jan 2016
    The Chicago police complain they arrest people all the time for the illegal possession of a gun, only to find the gun-toting goofs back on the street in the blink of an eye. Former Police Supt. Garry McCarthy liked to cite the example of four men in a car who were arrested back on Aug. 29 in connection with a murder. Between them, the men had been arrested 65 times before, including ten times for gun offenses. One of the men was out on bond at that moment, charged with shooting into a house.
  • Airport workers plan disruptions in nine U.S. cities on MLK Day

    01/18/2016 1:10:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2016 | Luz Lazo, Washington Post
    Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The workers - a mix of cleaners, baggage handlers, fuelers and wheelchair attendants - will risk arrest at airports and other locations including the Mall, to bring attention to their campaign for better wages, the Service Employees International Union said. The actions are the latest in the airport workers' campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a benefits package and job protections. They're also protesting threats against their efforts to unionize....
  • Donald Trump Leads Marco Rubio by 20 Points in Illinois 36-16%

    01/17/2016 9:23:44 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 30 replies
    Overtime Politics ^ | 1/17/16 | Fred
    Things are looking good for Donald Trump in Illinois, where he leads Marco Rubio by 20 points among likely primary voters. Rubio and Cruz are within 1% of each other, but things fall off substantially from there. 4 candidates received 5% of the vote each, and 2 tied for 8th place with 3% each.
  • Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home

    01/17/2016 11:04:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 9, 2016 | Len Wells
    Remains of Illinois soldier, missing since 1969, coming home By Len Wells Evansville Courier & Press, Ind. (Tribune News Service) Published: January 9, 2016 ALBION, Ill. The remains of an airman listed as "missing in action" during the Vietnam War have been recovered. Officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, Illinois. He had been missing since Oct. 3, 1969. He was 21 at the time. Cunningham's remains will be flown back to the United States later this month, arriving at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky on Jan 19. His remains...
  • Clerk With Concealed Carry License Shoots, Stops Two Robbers

    01/15/2016 10:24:00 AM PST · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/15/2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    An employee at a Chicago T-Mobile store with a concealed carry license shot two would-be robbers Wednesday, police and store officials said. The employee shot both of the suspects, but they fled the store, got in a car and drove themselves to the hospital,
  • In Climate Move, Obama to Halt New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

    01/15/2016 7:06:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 14, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will announce on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction, according to an administration official. The move would represent a significant setback for the coal industry, effectively freezing new coal production on federal lands and sending a signal to energy markets that could turn investors away from an already flailing industry. President Obama telegraphed the step in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, saying, "I'm going...
  • PETA hands out fur coats to women at South Side homeless shelter

    01/14/2016 12:08:43 PM PST · by Velveeta · 28 replies
    WGNTV ^ | 1/14/2016 | Bill Kissinger
    CHICAGO - PETA says it's okay to wear fur - if you're homeless. The animal rights group handed out more than 100 fur coats Thursday to women staying at the Matthew House homeless shelter on the South Side.
  • Clinton’s Spot on Illinois Ballot Challenged

    01/14/2016 2:15:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is ineligible to appear on Illinois's primary ballot, a petition filed with state officials on Wednesday claims. The petition argues that thousands of signatures submitted to get Clinton's name on the state's primary ballot are invalid for a litany of reasons. As a result, it claims, Clinton's signature total is under the 3,000 needed to qualify for a spot on the ballot. [Snip] Stop Hillary PAC says it found "more than two thousand signatures falling short of the legal requirement," according to its statement. "Now it is up to Illinois political officials, and ultimately the...
  • Chicago Tops Bedbug List for Fourth Straight Year: Report

    01/14/2016 1:56:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Bedbugs have apparently taken up a long-term residency in Chicago based on a new report from pest control company Orkin. Chicago topped Orkin's "Top 50 Bed Bug Cities" list for the fourth year in a row. In all, fourteen cities in the Midwest made the list, more than any other region, according to Orkin. The pests were spotted in multiple cities in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. Orkin based its findings on the number of bedbug treatments employees conducted between January and December of 2015, according to the pest control company. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments. [Snip]...
  • T-Mobile store employee shoots 2 armed robbery suspects [Article and Video]

    01/14/2016 12:13:04 AM PST · by beaversmom · 21 replies
    ABC 7 Eyewitness News ^ | January 13, 2016 | John Garcia
    Two robbery suspects were shot by an employee at a cell phone store in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. The T-Mobile store in the 2000-block of East 95th St. was left riddled with bullet holes. If not for the employee carrying a weapon with a concealed carry license, the manager of the store says he might be telling a different story. "I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases. And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee," said Neil Tadros, store...