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  • Detroit Residents Fight Back Over Water Shutoff: 'It's A Life-or-Death Situation' [Just Like Food!]

    07/21/2014 8:17:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Guardian (UK)R ^ | July 21, 2014
    Detroit Residents Fight Back Over Water Shutoff: 'It's A Life-or-Death Situation' The beleaguered city says a water shutoff is essential to recoup $89m in overdue bills. But the decision outraged thousands of Detroiters – who have taken matters into their own hands Of 178 homes whose water was shut off last week, 79 had restarted their supplies, triggering $21,750 in fines on top of what the residents already owed. When the coast is clear, and the trucks from the contractor shutting off water for the city of Detroit have rolled away, the men with water keys come. They offer residents...
  • Just another usual weekend in the gun free zone of Chicago

    07/20/2014 5:41:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/20/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    So… how’s that whole gun free zone thing in Chicago working out? Even though they came close to setting a new record over the 4th of July, things in the Windy City aren’t slowing down much. The toll just for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning was impressive in a pretty horrid way. A 10-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically injured by a stray bullet fired into her home in the Garfield Park neighborhood Friday afternoon, authorities said.The girl, and another 12-year-old shot in the same neighborhood, are among 22 people shot between about 3:30 p.m. and...
  • 22 shot in Chicago over 12 hours, including girl, 11, killed at sleepover

    07/20/2014 5:08:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mitch Smith, Peter Nickeas and Juan Perez Jr.
    Shamiya Adams was sitting on a bedroom floor in her best friend's home, making s'mores after an evening of practicing a dance routine, when the shot ripped through the house in Garfield Park. The bullet crashed through the wall of the bedroom and struck the 11-year-old in the head. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where family kept an overnight vigil until the girl was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. today. [Snip] The victims told police they were approached by someone they didn't know, who fired shots at them. In other shootings:
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • U. Illinois Prof: Zionists partly to blame for recent outbursts of anti-Semitism (tax $ at work)

    07/19/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/19/2014 | William A. Jacobson
    Steven Salaita is one of the leaders of the anti-Israel academic boycott movement in the United States. He even has authored a guide for other faculty as to how to implement boycotts of Israel at their own universities.Salaita currently is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech and starting in August will join the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s American Indian Studies Dept.Salaita’s Twitter feed is crudely anti-Israel and has been since long before the recent Gaza conflict. Maybe that will be an issue for a later day.But for today it’s worth noting that Salaita is following the path we...
  • Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets [Chicago]

    07/18/2014 8:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/18/2014 | David Kidwell and Alex Richards
    Thousands of Chicago drivers have been tagged with $100 red light fines they did not deserve, targeted by robotic cameras during a series of sudden spikes in tickets that city officials say they cannot explain, a Tribune investigation has found. The Tribune's analysis of more than 4 million tickets issued since 2007 and a deeper probe of individual cases revealed clear evidence that the deviations in Chicago's network of 380 cameras were caused by faulty equipment, human tinkering or both. Chicago transportation officials say they had no knowledge of the wild swings in ticketing until they were told by the...
  • Illinois Gov. Wants Statewide Assault Weapon Ban over Chicago Violence

    07/17/2014 7:29:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/17/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) is supporting statewide "restrictions" on .50 caliber rifles and bans on "assault weapon" and "high capacity" magazines because of the violence in heavily gun-controlled Chicago.
  • Feds beef up response to gun violence in Chicago

    07/17/2014 6:08:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 july 2014 | Jason Meisner and Timothy M. Phelps
    Two weeks after Chicago's rampant gun violence shot back into the national spotlight with a bloody Fourth of July weekend, federal authorities are scheduled to announce Thursday that seven new ATF agents are being deployed to the city to try to help stem the violence. By year end, the move will boost to 52 the number of agents in the Chicago office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which traditionally has worked closely with Chicago police on tracing the flow of guns into the city and tracking guns used in crimes. In a separate action, the...
  • Sen. Durbin says border kids not a danger to Illinois citizens

    07/15/2014 3:17:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | MITCH DUDEK and LYNN SWEET
    After touring a shelter in the Chicago area that houses children from a recent rush of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. border, Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday said he wanted to make it clear the youths are not a danger to Illinois citizens. “My friends, you would want to adopt these children if you spent five minutes in the room with them,” Durbin said at a news conference at Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park. “They are lovely, beautiful little kids.” His remarks come after Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and some other GOP lawmakers alleged that some of the children...
  • Keep up pressure for sane gun laws

    07/15/2014 5:58:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 15 july 2014
    We could throw up our hands after a brazen gunman killed a photographer and then kept shooting at other people on a Saturday afternoon on a busy street in a neighborhood where shootings aren’t common. The shooting added to a ceaseless toll of horror that seems to flow like a river of blood. Three others died and 29 were hurt by gunfire over the weekend. The Independence Day weekend before: 16 dead, more than 60 wounded. Tragedy compounding tragedy. Families burying their loved ones, children gunned down, all after a concerted effort by Chicago police to reduce the bloodshed. The...
  • Republican Rauner Makes His Case Before Black Forum; Quinn A No-Show

    07/14/2014 8:30:17 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    WBBM.COM ^ | 14 JULY 2014 | CBS2LOCAL.COM
    (CBS) – An expected showdown between candidates for Illinois governor ended up a one-sided affair Monday. Republican Bruce Rauner attended the Black Economic Forum at Chicago State University. Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, the Democrat in the contest, did not. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there as GOP candidate ventured alone into what might be described politically as enemy territory. Picture a Bears fan visiting Green Bay’s Lambeau field, though the reception Rauner got was at least courteous, with many in the crowd listening carefully to what he had to say.
  • Even Chicago is fed up! Furious black protesters call Obama ‘worst president ever elected’ (VIDEO)

    07/13/2014 10:35:00 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 13 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Residents from Chicago’s South Side expressed frustration Friday over President Obama’s attention to prioritizing the illegal immigrant crisis at the border over their city’s escalating violence. During a protest outside the Chicago Police Department some residents called for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy over their failure to address the violence – and even Obama’s as well, according to Rebel Pundit. “Barack will go down as the worst president ever elected, Bill Clinton was the African-American President,” one resident told Rebel Pundit. “President Barack needs to pay attention to Chicago, if he cannot pay attention...
  • Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis (Teacher Union Prez) could give Rahm run for his money

    07/14/2014 8:40:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 14, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor. It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president’s potential candidacy seriously as well. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably should, too. At least that’s what a surprising new Early & Often Poll suggests. If the mayoral election were held today, the lightning rod union leader who was the architect behind a 2012 teachers’ strike would beat Emanuel by 9 percentage points in a head-to-head contest, the survey found.
  • Quinn, Kelly seek tighter gun laws after July 4 weekend violence (Chicago)

    07/14/2014 3:37:01 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 14 july 2014 | MATT MCKINNEY
    Days after Chicago marked a violent Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly reiterated their support for tighter gun laws. “I’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by this violence,” Quinn said at a news conference Sunday, a block from where Tonya Gunn, 44, was shot to death last week in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The latest push comes on the heels of an especially bloody weekend, in which 13 people were killed and at least 58 wounded in shootings across the city. Quinn and Kelly urged the passage of a bill in the Illinois General...
  • Actor Harry Lennix Trained Obama to Act Presidential 10+ Years Before 08 Election

    07/13/2014 6:07:16 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | ? | Mancow
    This video is interesting. I dont know how embed video.
  • Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

    07/12/2014 3:41:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Jul 11, 2014 | Updated 1:24 PM CDT | Erin Carlson
    Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent—’Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring “Simpsons” character—delivered an especially batty Twitter rant directed against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. […]hows that gunfreezone engineered slaughter goin Rahm Emanuel numbnut — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 10, 2014 yeah thats it the NRA supplied guns & killers to Chicago. denialFreaks — Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) July 10, 2014It’s tough to parse the taunting tirades of the self-professed “Motor City madman” but the “gunfreezone” he mentions is an obvious reference to Emanuel’s sweeping new gun-control regulations that establish special-use zoning designed to push...
  • Twenty-One Shot, 2 Killed Overnight in Chicago Violence

    07/12/2014 3:12:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 67 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 12 JULY 2014 | NBC NEWS
    Following a particularly violent Fourth of July weekend, violence in Chicago continued Saturday with 21 people shot overnight, including three people wounded outside a Northwest Side pizza restaurant. The shooting took place around 10 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of West Fullerton Avenue when someone opened fire on three people outside Marco’s Pizza in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, according to authorities.
  • Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago

    07/12/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    chicagotribune ^ | 2014-07-07 | Peter Nickeas
    For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood. It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers. It...
  • Child immigration crisis reaches Chicago-area shelters

    07/11/2014 5:15:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    abc7chicago.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Ravi Baichwal
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border is now playing out in Chicago as hundreds of undocumented children are now in this area. Some 57,000 undocumented minors have entered the southern US, with reports that as many as 482 youngsters are in the custody of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services in Chicago-area shelters. "All these children are facing deportation back to countries where they fear harm; we need a fair and orderly adjudication system," said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers slugged...
  • Why such secrecy on gun permits?

    07/11/2014 6:51:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 july 2014
    The creation and implementation of Illinois' law permitting licensed owners to carry concealed firearms has not been a graceful process. It was forced on the state, the last to forbid conceal carry, by a federal appeals court in 2012. The General Assembly dawdled before finally reaching a compromise that left no one particularly pleased. Now comes the next tricky part: making the system work in such a way as to protect the constitutional rights of gun owners without creating new dangers to public safety. Most states have "shall-issue" laws, which spell out the conditions for getting a concealed carry permit...
  • Beanie Baby billionaire balks at the Big House

    07/11/2014 3:46:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Kim Janssen
    Lawyers for billionaire Beanie Baby creator and convicted tax cheat Ty Warner say he’s “a self-made man with a generous heart” and a federal judge was right not to send him to the big house. Prosecutors were left fuming in January after Warner was handed just two years probation and 500 hours community service for hiding $100 million in secret Swiss bank accounts to con the IRS. In February, they asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order Warner be resentenced. But attorneys for the 69-year-old Oak Brook toy industry titan argued in a 57-page court filing Thursday...
  • Amid gangland shootings, Chicago leaders call for federal resources

    07/11/2014 2:04:00 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 30 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Mike Tobin
    Jasmine Curry, a mother of five and five months pregnant, lay dead along Chicago’s Dan Ryan expressway Wednesday morning, the latest victim in Chicago’s epidemic of gunfire with a bullet to the head. It was uncommon that she was shot on the expressway, not uncommon that someone from her neighborhood was killed. In fact, Jasmine was not even the first person in her family to be gunned down. The gangland vendettas raged on the South and West Sides of Chicago over the holiday weekend. Thirteen people were killed, another 58 wounded as the bullets flew. Police were fired on and...
  • Rev. Jackson: Obama, Feds Need To Do More To Combat Chicago Violence (Needs $2 billion more)

    07/10/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Craig Dellimore
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel are differing on where the fingers should be pointed when it comes to federal anti-violence help, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Emanuel agree curbing violence involves not just police but economic development and jobs in high crime neighborhoods, but Rev. Jackson seemed to fault President Obama for funding priorities that appear to put immigrant children coming across the borders first. “If we can find $4 billion for those children, and we should, we can find $2 billion for Chicago,” said Jackson.
  • Summer weekend 2014 worse than St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    07/10/2014 5:43:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 july 2014 | Charles Lipson
    In 1929, when rivals killed seven members of Bugs Moran's gang, the world was shocked. Chicago's image as a corrupt, violent city was emblazoned in memory around the world. More than eight decades later, if you stroll around Europe and tell people you are from Chicago, some still pretend to shoot with a submachine gun. They have never visited the Art Institute or strolled the Magnificent Mile. They don't know the modern, vibrant city or the miles of greensward along the lakefront. No, when they think of Chicago, they think of Al Capone, organized crime and violence. Sadly what's old...
  • Time to declare martial law in … Chicago?

    07/09/2014 7:31:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    No one doubts that Chicago has a significant problem with violence. As of Monday, the city logged its 200th homicide this year, a shooting that followed a dozen other shooting murders over the Independence Day holiday weekend, and dozens of more wounded in other incidents in the same time frame. It’s worth noting, though, that this is the latest the city hit its 200th homicide in the last four years, according to Red Eye Chicago, and that the homicide rate is down 4% over last year, which was the lowest year for Chicago homicides in nearly 50 years.Still, it’s...
  • Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago's top cop says

    07/08/2014 1:55:27 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2014 | Michael Pearson
    Chicago's police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed in a city already known for frequent shootings. "There has to come a tipping point where this changes," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday of the violence. "The illogical nature of what's happening here -- that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And I refuse to think otherwise in a great country like America that we can continue to allow this to happen...
  • Chicago: 82 shootings in 84 hours

    07/08/2014 3:18:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08 july 2014
    "The solution does not just include policing — although we'll continue to look for ways to put more police where they're needed. We also have to give our young people alternatives to the street, and as a community we need to demand more of ourselves and our neighbors." — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on Chicago's blood-soaked Fourth of July weekend As Sunday night crept (no doubt cautiously) to Monday morning, residents of the South Chicago neighborhood endured a firefight. They witnessed a tide of mayhem worthy of urban war zones worldwide. This is not how Chicago wants to build its reputation...
  • Netanyahu condemns 'abhorrent' killing of Palestinian teen

    07/07/2014 4:21:19 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/7/14 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to face challenges on multiple fronts Monday as rocket fire from Gaza continued and tension between Jews and Arabs remained high the day after the arrest of six Jewish extremists suspected of killing a Palestinian teenager.
  • Authorities: Military service member with concealed carry permit shoots attacker

    07/07/2014 3:55:09 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 7, 2014 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    <p>A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said.</p> <p>The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the 11700 block of South Union Avenue in West Pullman, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain said during a court hearing Sunday.</p>
  • 3 CPS students accused of robbing, raping girl, 16, on South Side [ Chicago ]

    07/07/2014 3:20:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | FRANK MAIN
    Three Chicago Public Schools students have been charged with robbing and raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint after she got off a CTA bus on the South Side. The students — who attend Chicago Vocational Career Academy — were ordered held without bail Saturday. ... Wearing navy blue, jail-issued sweat clothes, they appeared Saturday before Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, who denied them bail, saying, “Not only is this victim — but this community at large — is in grave danger.” All three defendants admitted the allegations against them
  • Court orders Chicago to pay NRA’s legal fees

    07/07/2014 1:48:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    A federal court is ordering the city of Chicago to pay the National Rifle Association nearly $1 million in legal fees.
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

    07/07/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jack Spencer
    Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible. Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action...
  • Authorities: Military member with concealed carry permit shoots attacker

    07/07/2014 3:36:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7july 2014 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    A Gresham man is charged with attempted murder after he fired on a group of people leaving a party Friday night, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said Sunday. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the 11700 block of South Union Avenue in West Pullman, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain said in Cook County Bond Court. One of the victims noticed a cup of liquor on top of her vehicle and asked attendees of a party next door who...
  • More Than 50 Shot, 7 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend

    07/06/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 6, 2014
    Independence Day celebrations were marred by multiple shootings in Chicago that reportedly left at least seven dead and 50 injured. The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday, kicking off a violent weekend for the city. The city has been actively combating gang and shooting violence in recent years after a bloody year in 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides. The Chicago Tribune updated its tally of Chicago shooting victims today, bringing up the total of those shot to 1,129 so far this year. According to the Tribune, there...
  • Former Sen. Alan Dixon, 86, dies at his downstate home

    07/06/2014 1:43:31 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/6/2014 | Kim Geiger
    Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died this morning at his home in downstate Fairview Heights, according to his son. Dixon had been experiencing heart problems in recent months, his son Jeff Dixon said. He would have turned 87 on Monday. Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life.
  • Did Lois Lerner commit extortion under US Code Title 18 section 872?

    07/06/2014 9:24:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 3, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Because he posed a threat to Dick Durbin’s US Senate election in 1996, Illinois Republican Al Salvi was threatened by a United States government official. That official was Lois Lerner and she was using her position as a representative of the Federal Election Commission. In the course of her FEC inquisition of Salvi for alleged election law violations, Lerner made a statement that amounts to extortion. Following the Chicago way, Durbin made a series of FEC complaints against Salvi and Lerner took the point in handling his case. According to Salvi, at one point Lerner made an offer to him...
  • Exclusive details: Bid for Obama Library on Lake Michigan shore

    07/06/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies
    Politics Early and Often ^ | July 3, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Among the rival locations in Chicago for the Obama library and museum, the most majestic one hugs the Lake Michigan shore on the Southeast Side with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline. More than pretty, the Chicago Lakeside site has vast potential to trigger massive related economic growth and create jobs in an often ignored part of the city. With a presidential library and museum as an anchor, large-scale private investment that otherwise might take a generation to occur could happen in a decade. “It is the most incredibly beautiful site in the city of Chicago,” developer Dan McCaffery...
  • Grand Dragon Al Sharpton and MSNBC's Black Klux Klan

    07/06/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    Doctor Roy wrote: If you are going to make voting contingent on paying taxes I don't know what else you could call it [but a poll tax]. I still don't know what you guys are talking about with this " white guilt" malarkey. Obama came along at exactly the right time. Hell I'm an agnostic and I might have gottten elected if I got to follow Dubya's train wreck. - Equality! Obama's the Worst! Dear Comrade Doctor, I always have trouble understanding if you are as dumb as you pretend to be. I’d like to give you the benefit of...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • 13 shot as holiday weekend begins: 'It's like an everyday normal thing' ( Gun Free Chicago )

    07/05/2014 9:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2014 | Peter Nickeas, Michelle Manchir and Liam Ford
    At least 13 people have been shot in Chicago at the start of the long holiday weekend, including a woman killed as she sat on a porch near Garfield Park and a man slain in front of a hair salon on the South Side, police said. ... The mother of the boy, Andrea Byes, said she is planning to move out of the two-flat where she lives with her children because of the violence, drug sales and loitering on the block. "I'm not surprised something like this happened," said Byes, 40. "It was a matter of time. They're all over...
  • Exclusive details: Bid for Obama Library on Lake Michigan shore

    07/05/2014 2:52:45 PM PDT · by John W · 45 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Among the rival locations in Chicago for the Obama library and museum, the most majestic one hugs the Lake Michigan shore on the Southeast Side with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline. More than pretty, the Chicago Lakeside site has vast potential to trigger massive related economic growth and create jobs in an often ignored part of the city. With a presidential library and museum as an anchor, large-scale private investment that otherwise might take a generation to occur could happen in a decade. “It is the most incredibly beautiful site in the city of Chicago,”...
  • Flood of lawsuits over concealed carry denials (Illinois)

    07/05/2014 8:15:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 05 july 2014
    ---behind a firewall but article is about 800 denials of concealed carry permits without explanation--pictured is recent Air Force veteran ,clean record, honorable discharge--denied --lawsuits are being filed--
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • Lost gun store fight costs Chicago taxpayers nearly $1 million

    07/04/2014 6:17:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4 july 2014 | Frank Main
    Gun-rights advocates have delivered a one-two punch to the city of Chicago. The first blow came on Jan. 6 when a federal judge ruled the city’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional. On Thursday, the second blow landed when the judge approved $940,000 in legal fees that the city must pay to the attorneys who challenged the ban. Charles J. Cooper, one of those plaintiffs’ attorneys, charged $975 an hour for his work. Cooper, whose law firm Cooper & Kirk is based in Washington, is also looking for a big payout from the state. He submitted a $618,000 bill...
  • How Barack Obama Saved the Obama Administration

    07/03/2014 12:42:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    “Vote the man, not the party” is, in this day and age, just about the worst political advice you can offer. And not just because you might want to vote for a woman. Parties rule modern politics, and any points of differentiation between the candidate and the party are likely to be resolved in favor of the latter. As a candidate, Barack Obama differed from many Democrats in his (home-state-related) support for coal and disdain for the individual mandate. He reversed both. Grover Norquist endorsed this same accurate, cold-blooded, structuralist view of things when he told his Party in 2012,...
  • It’s all about jobs in Illinois – Just 900 of them

    07/02/2014 12:11:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Welcome to Illinois! The Land of Lincoln… home to the City of the Big Shoulders… a great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.” One thing that you probably shouldn’t hope to get in Illinois, though, is a job. Because from August of last year until this May the entire state managed to generate … 900 of them. A report by the Illinois Policy Institute finds that only 500 jobs were created in the state from August 2013 to May 2014, ranking it among the worst in the country over...
  • Will Rod be Spared? [Blagojevich]

    07/02/2014 6:12:27 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 07/01/2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Any day now, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is due to put out its ruling that could answer the most fundamental of questions: Were Blagojevich’s actions in fact criminal? During appellate arguments, which I watched in December, U.S. Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook, formerly the chief judge of the panel, grilled government attorneys on some of the basics of the case. It was almost jarring to watch justices question the very essence of charges that had been under a public microscope for five years. Easterbrook appeared incredulous after asking if prosecutors could cite “any criminal conviction in U.S. history”...
  • Former O-Care adviser: Health insurers will be ‘dead’ by 2025

    07/01/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Hill ^ | 07/01/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    A key former adviser behind President Obama's healthcare law said the traditional role of health insurers would be "dead" by 2025, predicting massive changes in the industry. "By 2025, insurance companies as we know them — taking in premiums and paying out — dead," Ezekiel Emanuel ... Emanuel, the older brother of former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has long argued that health insurers will shift away an employer-based system. By 2025.. ... Most Americans currently receive health insurance through their employers. ObamaCare includes an employer mandate, which requires companies with 50 or more...
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • Americans' confidence in Obama plummets to new low, poll shows

    06/30/2014 11:28:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | By CHAD MERDA
    There's little good news for President Barack Obama or the rest of U.S. government, according to a new Gallup poll. When asked about their confidence in the president, only 29 percent said they had confidence in Obama in his sixth year. That's down 7 percent from last year, and is a 22 percentage point drop from his first year in office. It's also lower than George W. Bush's rating in his sixth year (33 percent) and Bill Clinton (53 percent). It was during Clinton's sixth year in office that he was stuck deep in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.