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  • The Islamophobia Revolution Will Be Brought to You by Diet Coke

    06/02/2015 3:40:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    While Americans yawned through another weekend, watching television or playing catch with their kids, the greatest human rights violation in our nation’s troubled history took place in the sky above Chicago. Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University who has participated in MSA and ISNA events, and gotten her photo taken with Obama, was denied an unopened Diet Coke.
  • CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 8:36:14 AM PDT · by relictele · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Juan Perez Jr
    Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. In a letter dated last week, Byrd-Bennett said she planned to step down Monday. She did not give any reasons for her decision. Byrd-Bennett has been on paid leave since mid-April, when school officials released wide-ranging subpoenas from the federal investigation. Her paid leave was scheduled to end next week and she had not been expected to return to her post. The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education...
  • David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]

    05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."</p>
  • It all begins with "Black Larry" and Omaha's Boys Town

    05/31/2015 5:56:54 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 5 replies
    Libertarian Republican ^ | Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Eric Dondero
    This FROM THE EDITOR: We will have a major update to the Dennis Hastert child sex ring story here tonight. Witness, sworn statement. Stay tuned... We will begin our coverage of the so-called "Dennis Hastert Sex Scandal," with a video from the early 1990s, from a trusted source of this website. The documentary was set to air on the Discovery Channel in 1994, but was pulled at the last minute, and never ran on cable TV. Some blog sleuths eventually dug it up, years later. It contains some mind-numbing accusations and earth shattering evidence against some Nebraska politicians at the...
  • Andrew Breitbart For Congress

    05/31/2015 5:35:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    I met Andrew Breitbart almost a decade ago at a party. All I knew about him was that he worked for Matt Drudge, and Tucker Carlson told me I had to meet him. Tucker wasn’t at the party, but he knew Andrew would be and made me promise I’d introduce myself. I did, and I did. Even though I’d expected nothing, Andrew was nothing like I’d expected because you simply couldn’t anticipate the uniqueness of Andrew Breitbart. The party was in the big office of a publisher (I can’t remember what it was for; probably someone else’s book), and Andrew...
  • Hastert's indictment suggests he was victim of blackmail scheme

    05/29/2015 8:48:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    The facts surrounding the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert are vague and suggestive. He is being charged with several currency violations and one count of lying to federal investigators.  The currency violations are the result of withdrawals from several bank accounts by Hastert over a two year period that exceeded the $10,000 limit on withdrawals which that needed to be reported under the law. Much of that cash apparently went to one individual in order to cover up "prior misconduct" by Hastert dating back to his time as a teacher and wrestling coach. Washington Post: In 2010, confronted...
  • Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

    05/30/2015 6:48:57 AM PDT · by Sawdring · 64 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/28/2015 | Daniel Marans
    On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing. Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011 interview, claiming it “wasn’t popular, and there was a lot of fight in the Congress” over it.
  • No Time for Hillary Scandals -- Every Reporter Everywhere Is Covering the Dennis Hastert Indictment

    05/30/2015 2:19:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Following a Chicago grand jury’s decision to indict former House speaker Dennis Hastert on charges that he violated federal banking laws by paying $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up “past misconduct,” rumors have abounded about what exactly that misconduct might be. The Washington Post reports now that Hastert “was trying to cover up decades-old allegations that he sexually molested a male victim to whom he recently paid hush money in violation of federal banking laws, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the case.” The misconduct, according to the unnamed source, dates from Hastert’s days...
  • Dennis Hastert and the Illinois Combine

    Did Denny Hastert, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, really think he could get away with it? He must have. He kept paying and paying, until the FBI came knocking, asking about all that cash he was withdrawing from his bank accounts. And you know the rest. Whether you consider it hush money to cover up sexual misconduct when he was a teacher and coach, or an attempt to right what he considered to be the wrongs of his past, there's one thing we do know:
  • Dennis Hastert Paid to Hide Sexual Misconduct With Student: Official

    05/29/2015 1:33:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 113 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/29/15 | PETE WILLIAMS, ERIN MCCLAM and TRACY CONNOR
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal sexual misconduct while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. Tribune newspapers reported earlier in the day that two unnamed federal officials said that Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct. Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges that he structured bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and later lied about it to the FBI. The indictment said that Hastert was paying an unidentified...
  • Hastert Reportedly Paid Individual From His Past To Hide Sexual Misconduct

    05/29/2015 12:21:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.buzzfeed.com ^ | 05-29-2015 | John Stanton, Andrew Kaczynski, Evan McMorris-Santoro
    What We Know So Far Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, was indicted Thursday on federal charges of evading reporting requirements and lying to the FBI The Illinois Republican allegedly agreed to pay an unnamed individual $3.5 million for previous misconduct Source: Investigators considered including a second alleged victim in the Hastert indictment, but ultimately chose not to do so. A source familiar with the investigation told BuzzFeed News that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon considered but did not pursue additional charges against former Speaker Dennis Hastert, which would have included a reference to an Individual B, one of potentially...
  • Dennis Hastert paid to conceal sexual misconduct, sources say

    05/29/2015 11:39:54 AM PDT · by Callahan · 188 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 5/29/2015 | RICHARD A. SERRANO AND TIMOTHY M. PHELPS contact the reporters
    Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
  • Schweikart Reviews Overdue Account of America’s True History

    05/29/2015 4:24:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 30 replies
    Heartland Institute ^ | May 27, 2015 | Nancy Thorner
    The final Heartland Author Series event before The Heartland Institute moves its headquarters from One South Wacker Drive, #2740, to its new facility in Arlington Heights was held on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Featured was Larry Schweikart, who along with co-author Michael Allen, wrote the newly released 10th anniversary edition of “A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to America’s Age of Entitlement.” It is irrefutable that during past three decades, many history professors have allowed their biases to distort the way America’s past is taught. These intellectuals have searched for instances of racism, sexism,...
  • Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

    05/28/2015 4:40:52 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 168 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    05/28/2015 7:49:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28 at 7:07 PM | By Mark Berman and Paul Kane
    Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges(1:13) Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges Thursday, including lying to the FBI in an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments to a person to conceal past misconduct. (Reuters) J. Dennis Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker in the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million because of “past misconduct” against an unnamed individual from their hometown west of Chicago. Hastert, 73, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in...
  • Former speaker Dennis Hastert indicted for hush money cover-up

    05/28/2015 3:45:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/28/2015 | Tom LoBianco
    Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct." The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after agreeing to pay the money. The indictment does not explain precisely what the "past misconduct" is, but instead details at length various withdrawals and financial transactions he made with the unidentified subject. The payments totaling about $1.7 million occurred over a period of years beginning in 2010...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • Feds charge former House Speaker Dennis Hastert with lying to FBI, illegal cash structuring

    05/28/2015 2:36:45 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 28 | Jon Seidel
    Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert with illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to make payments to someone he committed “prior misconduct” against and lying to the FBI about it
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges (indictment linked)

    05/28/2015 2:34:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.” In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.” In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million. Although the indictment specifies neither the “bad acts” nor the victims, sources said...
  • Rand Paul in Chicago: Crime "not a racial thing, it is a spiritual problem"

    05/28/2015 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    ChicagoTribune.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Bill Ruthhart
    Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul brought his presidential campaign to Chicago on Wednesday, appealing to African-Americans on the South Side, entrepreneurs downtown and Republicans in the suburbs.
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fired cop in racist photo: 'Good riddance'

    05/28/2015 8:51:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/27/15 | Fran Spielman
    .....Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott with an unknown man in a photo believed to be taken between 1999 and 2003. | Court file photo Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday had two choice words for the now-fired Chicago Police officer who joined another former officer in posing with rifles as they stood over a black man lying on his belly with deer antlers on his head. “Good riddance.” “Let me be clear: That photo does not represent the values of the city of Chicago that we all share in common. It doesn’t represent the values of the...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Epic Failure Of Chicago Gun Control Proves More Gun Control Needed

    05/27/2015 9:05:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Brietbart ^ | May 26, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Following a Memorial Day Weekend during which 12 people shot and killed and 43 more were wounded, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a large part of the solution to the problem is more gun control. That’s right — gun control is failing miserably and the solution is more gun control.
  • Boy, 5, mauled to death, dog killed by neighbors in Gresham [Chicago]

    05/26/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | 05-26-2015 | Staff
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 5-year-old boy was killed by a dog on the city's South Side Monday night. Several witnesses intervened, eventually killing the dog. The Cook County medical examiner identified the victim as James W. Nevils, of the 8000-block of South Escabana Avenue. Neighbors said Nevils and the dog, described as a pit bull, may have been at the same Gresham house. Residents in the 8900-block of South Carpenter Street said they heard a woman screaming for help around 9:30 p.m. Monday. "I hear someone yelling, 'He has my baby! Somebody please help me!' When I looked, I thought...
  • 56 shot, 12 dead in Chicago's Memorial Day Weekend

    05/26/2015 7:59:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/26/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    At least 56 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend between Friday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, according to authorities. Twelve people, including three shot Monday afternoon, died from their wounds. Twelve others shot between late Monday morning and early Tuesday morning survived their gunshot wounds, bringing the total of non-fatal gunshot victims for the weekend to 44.
  • Nine Dead, At Least 34 Injured in Memorial Day Weekend Shootings

    05/25/2015 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    NBC Local ^ | May 25, 2015
    The official start of summertime in Chicago began violently, with nine people dead and at least 34 others injured in shootings across the city. Among those injured was a 4-year-old girl, identified by family as Jacele Johnson, who was shot in the head while sitting inside a car outside of a prom party Friday evening. The incident happened at about 8 p.m. near West 70th and South Justine streets in the West Englewood neighborhood.
  • Police: 6 killed, 23 wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings

    05/24/2015 1:55:54 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Sun-Times Wire
    Six people were killed and at least 23 others—including a 4-year-old girl—have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said. The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.The girl was shot in the head and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was in critical condition, authorities said. The...
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • Chicago police commander faces trial on excessive force charge

    05/19/2015 8:29:27 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Chicago Trib ^ | 5-19-15 | steven schmadeke
    A Chicago police commander whose aggressive tactics won him street cred with rank-and-file officers and community leaders is set to go on trial next month on charges he crossed the line by shoving the barrel of his service weapon down a man's throat and threatening to kill him. When his trial starts June 22, Glenn Evans will become the second recent Chicago police officer facing criminal charges to opt to let a judge, not a jury, decide his fate at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. The trial appears likely to play out amid a continuing national debate over police use...
  • Alarming Surge In Murders And Shootings In Baltimore ( Gun Free zone )

    05/19/2015 7:10:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    WJZ News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christie Ileto
    City crime spike. A dramatic increase in violence in Baltimore. Dozens of shooting and murders in the last few weeks following the riots last month. Christie Ileto reports some are concerned police are hesitant to crack down after six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray. ... 96 homicides in Baltimore this year–an undercurrent of violence that’s up almost one-third from this time last year.
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..‘Un-American’

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment “xenophobic” and “un-American.” That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosi’s comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Undocumented migrants with kidney trouble flock to Illinois

    05/18/2015 2:58:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    La Prensa ^ | May 18, 2015
    Chicago has become the promised land for undocumented migrants with kidney problems, people who in other states receive no medical care due to their immigration status although here they can get free dialysis and kidney transplants. The Illinois legislature last October passed a law that provides funds for kidney transplants for undocumented migrants, the first such legislation in the United States. Religious and community organizations such as Latinos por la Salud and the Mision de Vida, Fe y Esperanza have received requests for help from people arriving from the neighboring states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, while others have traveled much...
  • New push to change Illinois remap process begins

    05/18/2015 10:09:12 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April28, 2015 | Rick Pearson
    A renewed petition drive aimed at asking voters to take much of the politics out of the drawing of state legislative boundaries was launched Tuesday, nearly a year after a similar effort was struck down by a Cook County judge. The “independent map amendment” effort, intended to try to change the Illinois Constitution, is an attempt to secure more valid petition signatures and reword the proposal to try to conform with Judge Mary Mikva’s ruling in June, advocates said. At issue is the every-decade process of redrawing the state’s 118 House and 59 Senate districts to conform to population changes...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Generous pension benefits only one part of state, city financial crisis ( Chicago )

    05/18/2015 7:03:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/17/2015 | Chris Fusco, Dan Mihalopoulos and Patrick Rehkamp
    One of every four retired workers from the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools is getting a pension of more than $60,000 a year. That’s 80,365 people in all. For 13,240 of them, those checks provide a yearly income of $100,000 or more, a Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association analysis of pension records has found. An additional 20,004 have pension incomes totaling between $80,000 and $100,000 a year. ... the root of the problem is that government officials kept promising lifetime benefits to workers — and, in many cases, to their surviving spouses should they...
  • Andrea Zopp Decides To Run For Kirk's Senate Seat

    05/15/2015 4:48:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mary Ann Ahern
    Updated at 12:19 PM CDT on Friday, May 15, 2015 Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate. "Yes. I'm running," the Chicago Urban League president and CEO confirmed to Ward Room on Friday. Zopp said she will challenge Sen. Mark Kirk in next year's election and plans to make a formal announcement in the next couple weeks. During an interview last month with NBC 5, Zopp said she can "really bring something to the race." From Harvard Law School, she became the first deputy at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, a corporate lawyer...
  • Kerry and the Iran Surrender Caucus need to get their stories straight

    05/15/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/14/2015 - 4:02 PM EDT | JOHNATHAN GREENBERG
    One hundred and fifty members of Congress – all Democrats and, among them, most of the small group of bitterly anti-Israel lawmakers – signed a letter supporting President Obama’s diplomatic efforts vis-ŕ-vis the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Authored by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), and David Price (North Carolina), the letter exemplifies the hyper-partisanship that has driven the left wing of the Democrat party on this issue even as that wing has cried “partisan extremism” at the responses from Republicans. As if trying to prove Churchill right, this Iran Surrender Caucus, whenever presented with a choice between dishonor...
  • Exchange board votes to scoop up millions from two higher fees ( Colorado health insurance )

    05/15/2015 12:10:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Health News Colorado ^ | May 15, 2015 | Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
    Despite fury from lawmakers the day before, Colorado’s health exchange board voted on Thursday to collect millions of additional dollars from all Colorado health insurance customers, even those who have nothing to do with the exchange. On top of that “broad market assessment,” the board also voted to more than double the user fees levied on people who buy insurance through Colorado’s exchange. .. The higher broad market fee is projected to allow Connect for Health Colorado to scoop up about about $20 million in 2016. It has been set at $1.25 per member per month on all health insurance...
  • VIDEO: Illinois police officer subject of probe after teens pepper sprayed in handcuffs

    05/14/2015 12:17:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | May 14, 2015
    ALTON, IL (KTRK) -- A police officer will be investigated after an incident caught on camera in January at police headquarters in Alton, Illinois. An officer is seen apparently using pepper spray on two teenagers handcuffed inside a holding cell. One of the teens is seen twitching and shaking after being sprayed. So far, as KMOV reports, no action has been taken against the police officer involved.
  • Moody’s downgrades Chicago schools, park district ratings

    05/13/2015 9:43:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2015 7:43 PM EDT
    Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the debt of both the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District on Wednesday, a day after it downgraded the city’s bond rating to junk status. Moody’s has given a Ba3 rating to the school district’s debt, down from a Baa3 rating, saying the district faces “increased strain on its precarious financial position” due to last week’s Illinois Supreme Court decision overturning state pension reform. It reduced the Chicago Park District’s rating to from Baa1 to Ba1, one notch below investment grade. The rating service’s moves affect the school district’s $6.2 billion in general obligation...
  • Education Secretary Meets With Chicago Gang Leaders: They Just Need Jobs

    05/13/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 13, 2015 | 5:42 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets. “We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders—back home in Chicago.” He said he asked them what was the “biggest impediment” to getting gangs to stop...
  • Collapse: Moody’s downgrades Chicago’s credit to junk status as pension reform fails

    05/13/2015 10:14:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/13/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Over the weekend we talked about the Illinois state supreme court decision which effectively terminated any effort to reform the state’s collapsing public worker union pension system and how it was endangering the future stability of the Land of Lincoln. The city of Chicago has the exact same problems, though on a more localized level. With debts in the hundreds of billions of dollars and tax rates which are already driving away businesses and residents alike, the iron grip of the unions on not just the legislature, but the state constitution itself is turning into an albatross around the...
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • Chicago credit rating plummets to junk status following pension ruling

    05/12/2015 4:07:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 05-12-2015 | Hal Dardick
    A major rating agency downgraded the city of Chicago's creditworthiness two notches to junk status, a move likely to increase the city's borrowing costs and make investors skittish as the financial world reacts to last week's Illinois Supreme Court ruling that bodes ill for city efforts to resolve its massive pension fund shortfall. Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating on bond issues backed by property, sales and fuel tax revenue to Ba1, one notch below investment grade, from Baa2, specifically citing last week's Supreme Court ruling on an attempt to cut state pension costs. Moody's calls the Ba1...
  • Obamas to make Chicago library site official at 5 a.m. Tuesday

    05/12/2015 6:51:04 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | May 11, 2015 | Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman
    WASHINGTON — At 5 a.m. Tuesday, with 618 days left in office, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle will announce that the Obama library, museum and presidential center will be in Chicago. Just after sunrise in Chicago, a video with the first couple will be released, and for the first time, the Obamas in their own words will comment on their post-presidential legacy projects. At noon, Martin Nesbitt, the Obama friend who is chairman of the Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s first chief of staff, will hold a press conference at the Gary...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Illinois Supreme Court basically kills and buries pension reform

    05/09/2015 10:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/09/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) has yet another challenge on his hands when it comes to righting the state’s precarious financial situation. As is so often the case in the Land of Lincoln, the problem is their bloated, underfunded public workers union pension system. The programs are facing billions of dollars in shortfalls with no relief in sight, and a recent effort to remedy the situation just went down in flames. A 2013 law which sought to reform the system by eliminating automatic increases, reducing future benefits and generally curbing the growth of the debt has been rejected by...
  • Illinois Justices Overturn State's Landmark 2013 Pension Law

    05/08/2015 9:08:03 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    ABC7chicago.com ^ | 05/08/2015 | AP
    The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit. In a unanimous decision, the seven justices declared the law passed 18 months ago violates the state constitution because it would leave pension promises "diminished or impaired." The decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what's necessary...
  • Man Arrested in Murder of Ill. Student Selling Car on Craigslist

    05/07/2015 10:42:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 7, 2015
    Investigators have arrested a St. Louis- area truck driving school employee in the murder of an Illinois student who was found slain after posting his car for sale on Craigslist, reports CBS St. Louis. The body of 19-year-old Taylor Clark was found at the M.T.C. Truck Center in Hazelwood, Mo. Tuesday, about 400 feet from the red 2007 Nissan 350ZX he had posted for sale and 25 miles west of where he was last seen by his girlfriend Monday in Glen Carbon, Ill. gordon2.jpg Michael Gordon CBS ST. LOUIS Police say the employee, 24-year-old Michael Gordon, fatally shot the Southern...
  • Chicago votes to pay millions over police torture

    05/07/2015 9:54:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 17 replies
    http://www.cbsnews.com ^ | /May 6, 2015, 7:14 PM | Dean Reynolds
    CHICAGO -- Jon Burge is an old man now, but he was once one of the most feared cops in Chicago, the master of a detective unit that allegedly tortured criminal suspects for decades. Operating out of the notorious Area 2 headquarters, Burge and his men were accused of choking, shocking, burning and beating people -- most of them African-Americans -- until they confessed. Chicago's city council voted Wednesday to pay $5.5 million to victims of police torture that date back from the 1970s into the '90s. The city has already spent more than $100 million after losing some lawsuits...
  • Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents

    05/07/2015 7:24:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 7, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    A new report released by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been raised in an intact, married family. The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is “one of the five least intact counties of America,” along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn. The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are...