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  • Photo Implies ISIS Threat to Chicago

    08/22/2014 9:22:28 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 93 replies
    WGNtv or Channel 9 Chicago ^ | August 21, 2014 | Mark Suppelsa
    There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS). First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate. Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building.
  • 17,000 N.J. red light camera fines dismissed because drivers never got the tickets

    08/21/2014 6:03:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | August 21, 2014 | Matt Friedman
    Thousands of drivers in New Jersey were caught on camera allegedly running red lights but were never informed of the potential fines they faced because of a technical glitch. And the state Judiciary has asked local courts to throw out all 17,000 alleged infractions. The state lawmaker who today brought the issue to the public’s attention — Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon —said it's is just the latest example of why New Jersey’s red light camera should not be renewed when it reaches its December expiration date. ... The news of the glitch comes just days after the former CEO of Redflex...
  • Rev Wright’s daughter Jeri Wright’s indictment was a quiet affair

    08/21/2014 5:09:20 PM PDT · by GilGil · 7 replies
    Syndictated News ^ | 7/7/2014 | syndictated news
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Former Country Club Hills, Ill., police chief Regina R. Evans, 50, pled guilty to charges of fraud related to a $1.25 million state grant awarded in 2009 to We Are Our Brother’s Keeper, a not-for-profit program that Evans owned with her husband, Ronald W. Evans, Jr. Regina Evans appeared before U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough and entered an open plea of guilty to the following charges: conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering (one count); wire fraud (three counts); and money laundering (seven counts.) There is no plea agreement between the government and Evans.
  • Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t

    08/21/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 103 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 21, 2014 10:50AM | RICK MORRISSEY rmorrissey@suntimes.com
    If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’? I don’t believe you would, no matter how strongly you feel that the Washington Redskins should be able to keep their nickname. And I don’t believe Mike Ditka would, either, even though he has come out strongly on the side of intolerance, whether he realizes it or not. The say-anything coach went off on those of us who want to see the Redskins nickname go the way of medical bloodletting. In an interview with RedskinsHistorian.com — you always save up...
  • Hostess Twinkie factory near Chicago closing [400 Jobs Lost, Obama Goes Golfing]

    08/21/2014 4:38:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/20/14
    The Schiller Park, Ill., bakery, where Twinkies were invented in 1930, will close according to an announcement by Hostess Brands on Wednesday....
  • Obama's Ferguson Remarks Ignore Bloody Chicago Weekend

    08/20/2014 4:46:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 20, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Malignant Neglect: The president talks about Ferguson, Mo., but not about a Chicago weekend where three dozen people were shot, seven of them killed, including a 16-year-old black girl who wanted to be a doctor. To his credit, President Obama was more judicious than usual talking about the shooting of Michael Brown outside St. Louis. He did not say the police acted stupidly. He actually made a rare attempt at acknowledging individual responsibility when he said that when young black men "commit a crime, they need to be prosecuted, because every community has an interest in public safety." One of...
  • Chicago Tribune poll: Chicago voters split on luring Obama library

    08/20/2014 7:30:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Kim Geiger
    Voters in the city that launched President Barack Obama's political career are split over whether to put tax dollars into luring his presidential library to Chicago. Less than half of those surveyed in a Chicago Tribune poll — 47 percent — said they favored the idea of using tax money to attract or build the library, while 45 percent said they opposed it and 8 percent were undecided. There was a gap along racial lines: 61 percent of black voters polled were in support and 60 percent of white voters opposed. The survey was taken as the Barack Obama Foundation...
  • Should protests and signs be allowed on bridges over highways? FREEP THIS POLL!! (For the Patriots!)

    08/18/2014 6:25:07 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 30 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | Aug 18 2014 | Daily Herald
    Scroll down to Reader Opinion poll at bottom towards the right
  • Bali ‘Suitcase Killer’ complains about ‘Racist’ KFC prison food

    08/18/2014 6:13:48 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 34 replies
    popdust ^ | 08/18/2014 | Debbie Emery
    You would think that after police in Bali found the body of her dead mother in a suitcase in a taxi, the last thing on the mind of Heather Lois Mack would be what she’s being given to eat right now ,But the imprisoned, pregnant 19-year-old from the wealthy suburb of Oak Park near Chicago has been complaining about how bad the food is behind bars. “Heather complains about the food and that she is not being well-treated in jail, nevertheless police treat the prisoners all the same,” said Djoko Hari Utomo, chief of police for the Balinese capital Denpasar,...
  • Why no rioting over these shooting deaths? [Just another weekend night in Chicago]

    08/18/2014 5:39:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/18/2014 | Ethel C. Fenig
    While rioting and racial tension continues in Ferguson, Missouri over the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown there was a ho hum, business as usual, nothing-we-can-do-about-it attitude towards the following headline  in the Chicago Tribune regarding shooting deaths that was probably similar to others across the nation over the week end.   Three people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and sixteen others injured in shootings across the city between late Saturday morning and early Sunday morning, police said. The majority of the victims--and most probably the shooters--in Chicago were black; the others Hispanic.  And yet, except for grieving family...
  • 32 Shot in Spate of Weekend Chicago Violence [Darren Wilson NOT a suspect]

    08/18/2014 3:08:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/17/14
    Five people have been killed and at least 27 others wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.
  • Shootings leave 3 dead, 16 wounded

    08/17/2014 7:25:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 17, 2014 | By Peter Nickeas
    Three people were killed and sixteen others injured in shootings across the city between late Saturday morning and early Sunday morning, police said.
  • VICE News: Live From the Streets of Ferguson, Missouri

    08/16/2014 9:32:57 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 223 replies
    Vice News Live Feed. They were in the middle of the action last night.
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Emotions spill over at Lincolnwood meeting about Palestinian flag (Illinois)

    08/14/2014 5:39:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 11, 2014, 10:25 PM | Angie Leventis Lourgos
    A Monday night meeting over a Palestinian flag in north suburban Lincolnwood was intense but civil much of the way before emotions spilled over among some in attendance, with one man leaving after being chastised by the mayor. The flag that was the subject of heated debate is part of a display of about 60 international flags along Lincoln Avenue that stretches from Devon to Touhy. Several residents have recently asked that the Palestinian flag be removed, but village officials say they have no plans to do so. Community members spoke in favor of and against the flag before the...
  • Class warfare at State Fair as Democrats rally against GOP

    08/14/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Dave McKinney AND NATASHA KORECKI
    SPRINGFIELD — Raise the minimum wage! Release your tax returns, Bruce Rauner and Jim Oberweis! Rich guys who “stash” their money in the Cayman Islands can’t relate to the average Illinois Joe! Hammering it all home, a new, black-tuxedoed and top-hatted character debuted, dubbed “Baron Von Moneybags,” patterned after the Monopoly character, Milburn Pennybags. The satirical likeness allied with Gov. Pat Quinn waved a sign that read “.01%ers for Rauner!” As that example of political theater and all of the day’s sloganeering showed, Wednesday was all about class warfare as Illinois Democrats converged on the State Fair facing their iffiest...
  • Ex-CEO of company in red light camera bribery scandal indicted (Chicago)

    08/13/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    myfoxchicago.com ^ | 08/13/2014 | Sun-Times
    The former CEO of the company at the heart of Chicago's red light camera bribery scandal has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Karen Finley — the 54-year-old former boss of Redflex Traffic Systems — was indicted Wednesday, three months after city worker John Bills was charged with soliciting bribes to help Redflex win the city's lucrative red light camera contract, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. . . . . . But evidence of unexplained spikes in tickets issued at intersections since then means the red light program remains a political headache for Emanuel.
  • Chicago Tourist Killed, Stuffed in Suitcase in Indonesia

    08/13/2014 6:31:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    NBC ^ | Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 • Updated at 8:25 AM CDT | Staff
    Sheila Von Weise Mack was last seen alive on Monday when an argument she had with her daughter was captured by surveillance cameras in the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel in Denpasar, Bali A Chicago woman vacationing in Indonesia was killed -- her body stuffed inside a suitcase earlier this week -- and her daughter and another man were arrested. The body of 62-year-old Sheila Von Weise Mack was discovered on Tuesday in a suitcase in the back of a taxi, parked at the prestigious St. Regis Hotel in Denpasar. Mack's daughter, Heather Lois, 19, and another man, 21-year-old...
  • Dick Durbin's Thug Tactics Vs. Law-Abiding Walgreen

    08/11/2014 3:08:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    investors.com ^ | August 6, 2014
    After a month of assaults and threats from the D.C. political class, venerable drug retailer Walgreen Co. announced it will remain headquartered in Illinois for the time being instead of entering a tax-inversion merger with Europe's Alliance Boots that would move it abroad to lower its tax bill. Good news for Washington, but the millions of Walgreen shareholders aren't partying it up. Walgreen lowered its expected earnings about 20%, or nearly $2 billion, annually by 2016. Shares of Walgreen buckled as much as 8.5% after its news hit the tape Tuesday afternoon, and gapped down an additional 17% at Wednesday's...
  • Dognappers Steal Pomeranian, Demand Ransom, Threaten To Shoot Owner: Police

    08/11/2014 12:09:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.dnainfo.com ^ | August 11, 2014 9:51am | By Erin Meyer and Josh McGhee
    GAGE PARK — A dognapping in which a Pomeranian named Sunny was held for $250 ended with a woman being arrested and the pup safely returned home after detectives listened in on the ransom call, authorities said. "I just thank God I got my puppy back. When you have a puppy for a long time, a puppy is just like your kid," the dog's owner, a 66-year-old woman who asked that she not be identified, told DNAinfo Chicago. Charged in the theft is Daniela Ramirez, 26, of the 6000 block of South Troy Street, who was arrested Thursday and appeared...
  • Illinois 16th Congressional District Town Hall For the People/By the People!

    08/11/2014 6:08:15 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 2 replies
    self | August 11 2014 | Self
    "AWOL" It simply means not being where you are supposed to be at the time you are supposed to be there. Congressman Adam Kinzinger is just like Obama he runs around to fundraisers while Rome is burning! Since Congress represents the PEOPLE'S HOUSE, yes it is OUR HOUSE we will move forward for the best interest of the people in the 16th Congressional District. If Congressman Adam Kinzinger cannot lead we will take the lead ourselves and fight for the American People, the American Worker and the American Taxpayer. You are invited to a Illinois 16th Congressional District Townhall. It...
  • 'War on whites'? No way

    08/10/2014 10:02:18 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2014 | Clarence 'the Cross-eyed' Page cpage@tribune.com
    U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., claims liberals are waging a "war on whites." If so, Barack Obama must be at war with himself. That's how goofy Brooks' logic sounds. But he's not nuts. It is an old reflex, when cornered in politics, to lash back with the same charge others have leveled at you — or, put another way, to project your own flaws onto other people. What's sad about Brooks' claim is his feeble attempt to play the white victim card, plucking the strings of white nationalism, just to have his way with the nation's immigration policy.
  • Luis Gutierrez throws his support behind Hillary Clinton in 2016 (Payback for FALN pardons?)

    08/10/2014 10:25:29 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | 08/07/2014 | CHAD MERDA
    e polls show an overwhelming amount of support for Hillary Clinton and now Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., is ready to give her a boost as well. Gutierrez, who appeared on PoliticKING with Larry King, says Clinton has what it takes. “I will be happy to back Hillary Clinton, I think she has an astonishing background and a readiness," Gutierrez said. "If she’s ready, I’m ready for Hillary.”
  • An 'Antiviolence' Boondoggle in Murder-Plagued Chicago

    08/09/2014 7:06:29 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 50 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2014 | Claire Groden
    Two summers ago a home invasion by gang members on the city's South Side went wrong when one of the robbers shot another one in the back of the head, according to Chicago police. Sixteen-year-old Douglas Bufford was killed, and 19-year-old Jermalle Brown was charged with first-degree murder. His trial begins on Aug. 15, and it may attract more attention than usual in a city plagued by violent crime, just as his arrest did. Why? Because at the time of the shooting, Douglas Bufford and Jermalle Brown were also on the Illinois state payroll, earning $8.50 an hour to hand...
  • Illinois Great Communicators Tournament 2014

    08/08/2014 2:15:10 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 4 replies
    Think Freely Media ^ | 8/8/2014 | Anonymous
    Think Freely Media is sponsoring its first Great Communicators Tournament in 2014 to identify, from within the liberty movement or beyond, and promote individuals who can effectively and persuasively discuss and defend the free market and the founding principles. The 2014 Great Communicator will be named during the State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting in Denver, after competing in front of judges Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham, and Heather Higgins. Contestants will first submit a video of him or her describing a policy issue using moral arguments to support a free enterprise or limited government position. These videos should: •take the...
  • Concealed carry trainers have checkered pasts

    08/07/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 aug 2014 | Dan Hinkel
    As Illinois became the last state to allow concealed guns in public, state officials wrote a host of rules designed to prevent irresponsible uses of force that could take innocent lives. But multiple instructors authorized to teach people how to tote guns under the new state program are police officers with documented histories of making questionable decisions about when to use force, a Tribune review has found. One instructor is an officer whom two suburbs sought to fire because of substantiated excessive force allegations, municipal records show. Another was accused by two ex-wives of physical abuse — and by one...
  • A Night on the Streets of Chicago with Corey Brooks

    08/06/2014 5:59:10 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 3 replies
    Walsh Freedom ^ | July 28, 2014 | Joe Walsh
    Pastor Corey Brooks is a giant on Chicago’s South Side, both figuratively and literally. Standing over six feet tall, the pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago is more than just a man of the gospel. To the neighborhood he serves, he’s a preacher, a mentor, a role model, and more importantly, he’s everything that the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson aren’t — an outspoken advocate and spokesman for the betterment of the lives of everyone in his community. I first met Pastor Brooks last year when I wanted to get involved in solving the problem of violence that...
  • Pro-Gun Pushback Makes Moms Demand Action Ditch Illinois Event

    08/06/2014 7:56:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/5/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has pulled out of an Arlington Heights, Illinois, event "after the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) rallied its members to attend and protest the event."
  • Durbin: More Needs To Be Done To Help Child Immigrants

    08/03/2014 4:44:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | August 3, 2014
    Elected officials addressed thousands during the People’s Mass at Fiesta Del Sol in honor of dreamers, immigrants and the 47,000 children held at detention centers across the nation. WBBM’s Kimberly Easton reports a crowd of thousands listened intently to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senator Dick Durbin. Both Emanuel and Durbin assured the Latino community they will not turn their backs on children who are fleeing a dangerous situation. “We are here today at Fiesta Del Sol. This is a Mass dedicated to the dreamers. The action that was taken by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday was reprehensible. This...
  • Concealed carry is nothing to worry about

    08/03/2014 5:50:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 03 aug 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Gun control advocates are learning the downside of getting their way. Recently, a federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on the carrying of concealed handguns. Anti-gun forces have been losing in legislatures for a long time. Now they are finding that even where they win, they lose. Washington used to have the strictest gun laws in America. Besides the prohibition of concealed guns, all firearms had to be registered and handgun ownership was forbidden. Graphic: Legal restrictions of Illinois' concealed carry law Graphic: Legal restrictions of Illinois' concealed carry law READ THE STORY The restrictions had no...
  • Archaeologists Relocating Graves Found In Yard In Oak Brook, Illinois

    08/02/2014 2:39:02 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Nancy Harty
    Archaeologists Relocating Graves Found In Yard In Oak Brook August 1, 2014 7:34 AM CHICAGO (CBS) – A team of archaeologists has been excavating the yard of a west suburban home for the past two weeks, after the residents unearthed several graves from a 19th century cemetery. WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports property along what’s now known as Kimberly Court in the Brook Forest subdivision of Oak Brook was once part of a cemetery that was active from 1830 to 1890. Dr. Kevin McGowan, director of the Public Service Archaeology & Architecture Program at the Uiversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,...
  • Honduran children lead immigrant enrollment spike in Waukegan schools

    08/02/2014 6:22:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Lake County News-Sun (IL) ^ | July 31, 2014 | by Dan Moran
    Evidence of the Central American refugee crisis has crossed into Waukegan public schools, where 77 children from Honduras have enrolled as of the last week of July for the 2014-15 school year. According to Sharon Aguina, director of School District 60’s English Language Learners program, the Honduran influx has combined with a spike in new arrivals from Mexico and other nations to produce an overall 40 percent increase in immigrant students. Also contributing to the 40 percent increase are 289 new immigrant children from Mexico, compared to 206 new students from Mexico last school year. Aguino added that while some...
  • Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience

    07/31/2014 7:50:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jon Hilkevitch
    More than half of the latest batch of air-traffic controller job offers nationwide went to people with no aviation experience as part of a program designed to expand hiring among the general public, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. About 22,500 people without an aviation background initially applied. Of those, 837 were offered jobs. The remainder of the roughly 1,600 new controller slots went to more traditional applicants, including military veterans with aviation experience and accredited aviation school graduates. The hiring breakdown marks a major shift in FAA recruitment strategy, which is now geared toward trying to keep ahead of...
  • July ties the record for coolest ever in Illinois

    08/01/2014 11:27:44 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    WICS.com ^ | 08/01/2014 | WICS.com
    The state climatologist says last month's relative chilly temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded Illinois history. And as data are revised he says it's likely this July will break the record.
  • Police: Gunman and victim in Loop shooting 'had been friends for years'

    08/01/2014 7:14:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 31, 2014 | Marwa Eltagouri, Alexandra Chachkevitch and Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporters
    Police: Gunman and victim in Loop shooting 'had been friends for years' By Marwa Eltagouri, Alexandra Chachkevitch and Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporters Less than a week after Tony DeFrances learned that he was being demoted as part of a downsizing of his company, authorities said he walked into his boss’s office Thursday morning for a one-on-one. Apparently upset about his demotion, DeFrances, armed with a gun, confronted CEO Steven LaVoie, a longtime colleague and friend at the supply technology firm ArrowStream in the Loop, police said. At some point, DeFrances, 60, and LaVoie, 54, struggled over the gun. LaVoie was...
  • Police: Loop executive kills self after wounding firm's CEO (Chicago)

    07/31/2014 11:45:22 AM PDT · by Petruchio · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/31/2014 | Jeremy Gorner, Marwa Eltagouri and Meredith Rodriguez
    An executive of a Loop company, upset that he was being demoted, walked into the CEO's office on LaSalle Street this morning and shot him twice before turning the gun on himself, police said. The executive, 59, was dead on the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. The CEO of ArrowStream, Steven LaVoie, 54, was wounded in the head and stomach and was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
  • 'City of big hearts' can take in 1,000 immigrant kids, Rahm says

    07/30/2014 6:27:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Citing his immigrant grandfather’s frightening flight from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to open the city’s arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America. Some have suggested that the humanitarian effort funded by the federal government is a diversion and that Emanuel should concentrate all of his efforts on protecting Chicago’s children from the gang violence that has claimed far too many innocent victims. But the mayor argued Wednesday that a city of big shoulders with an even bigger heart can walk and chew gum at the same time....
  • The Coming Republican Takeover of... Illinois?

    07/30/2014 7:41:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    NRO ^ | 7-29-14 | Jim Geraghty
    How will President Obama feel when a Republican wins the governor’s race in his home state of Illinois? Gov. Pat Quinn is facing an increasingly uphill battle against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, a new We Ask America poll shows. Rauner is now sitting on a 14-point lead in the poll that was conducted July 28, which is up from his 10-point lead he had in a June poll. Rauner’s boost can be attributed to his economic plan, which includes a state income tax reduction. A poll showed while people don’t believe Illinois can afford this plan, a majority say...
  • University to Offer ‘Gender-Open’ Restrooms

    07/30/2014 5:33:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dominic Lynch
    Northwestern University will offer “gender-open restrooms” to its students this fall. “We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive,” campus spokesman Bob Rowley said in an email to The College Fix. “This is becoming a common occurrence on campuses across the U.S.” At Northwestern, the two sex-segregated bathrooms to be changed will simply have their front door placards replaced to reflect the transition – no major renovations are planned. The bathrooms are located on the third floor of the university’s main building that serves as the campus hub. Northwestern joins...
  • Local group expresses immigration views to Kinzingers office

    07/29/2014 6:19:53 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 3 replies
    Ottawa Times ^ | July 29 2014 | Steven Stout
    A small group of local citizens met with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger's staff Monday to voice concerns over the government's disregard for the nation's immigration laws. The group, who call themselves Taxpayers of Congressional District 16, met with Kinzinger's representatives in the Republican's district office in Ottawa. "We have come to believe that our congressman has become a leader in the amnesty (for illegal immigrants) movement within the Republication party," said Roseanna Pulido, of Ottawa. "We also believe the immigration issue is just not a border state issue. It is a national issue of national security." John Aschinger, of Streator,...
  • Older Men With Guns Rob Pharmacy, Make Off With Viagra, Other Drugs

    07/29/2014 5:45:49 PM PDT · by G Larry · 37 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 7-28-2014 | Dorothy Tucker
    "In broad daylight, two older men armed with guns held up a medical clinic on the West Side and made off with hundreds of dollars’ worth of Viagra and other drugs."
  • Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police 'shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard

    07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT · by Ken H · 128 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said. The girl's mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon. After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune. 'He started showing his teeth - that's when the officer shot him,' Echlin, 27,...
  • Standing up to the People of the Gun

    07/28/2014 10:06:36 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/28/14 | Laura Washington LauraSWashington@aol.com
    It’s a picture-perfect summer day, bright sun, sparkling skies. And here I am, stuck waiting for another press conference in another stuffy meeting room. Up front stood a bundle of boys and girls, 25 or so, preschoolers in pigtails, strapping youths sporting football jerseys, assembled at the podium, to pose with the politicians and preachers. What’s wrong with this picture? These kids should be in play lots, parks and backyards. They should not be props at a photo op at a West Side church, waiting for the boring adults to make boring their speeches. Perversely, this is the best place...
  • Poor families use 'supervouchers' to rent in city's priciest buildings

    07/28/2014 7:04:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Crain's Chicago Busness ^ | 7-28-14 | Alby Gallun
    The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program...
  • US Senator Touts Fed Gun Intelligence Center in Chicago

    07/27/2014 7:15:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    The Rooot ^ | 7-26-14 | Lynette Holloway
    After a spate[??] of shootings across Chicago that left over a dozen dead and nearly 100 wounded, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center, saying, “You can’t fight a war without intelligence,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the office will collect data on the more than 7,000 firearms used in crimes and recovered by Chicago police each year, the Sun-Times writes. “You can't fight a war without intelligence, to know where the weapons are, where the shooters are and to stop it before...
  • Tweet of the Day: Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s idea of slumming it

    07/27/2014 11:23:23 AM PDT · by heartwood · 23 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | July 24, 2014 | Howard Portnoy
    A number of prominent Democrats have pledged to spend the week learning how the other half lives. All have agreed to take the Live the Wage challenge, which entails limiting your cash outlay on food and transportation to $77 a week. The idea was developed by Brad Woodhouse, president of the labor-funded group Americans United for Change, who, according to the Washington Free Beacon, called on Congress to take the challenge. -- So how are the participants making out? Judging from a tweet by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, it’s tough living down here among the hoi polloi. The tweet, which...
  • Emanuel wants city to house 1,000 more young illegal immigrants, report says

    07/27/2014 5:21:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | July 27, 2014
    Emanuel wants city to house 1,000 more young illegal immigrants, report says Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:02 PM CST Updated: Jul 26, 2014 4:02 PM CST FOX News - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama administration chief of staff, wants to expand the city’s efforts to house young illegal immigrants from Central America, reportedly proposing to shelter an additional 1,000 of them by year's end. "The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore," said Emanuel, according to The Chicago Tribune. "While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot...
  • Greenville anti-gun violence group taking effort to Chicago

    07/26/2014 2:03:50 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 11 replies
    foxcarolina.com ^ | Jul 24, 2014 | Derek Dellinger
    The community activist group "Put Down The Guns Young People" is headed to Chicago to spread their message of putting an end to gun violence. The group is driving to Chicago and will spend the weekend meeting with community leaders and passing out literature. Logan said he's going at the expense of his personal safety.
  • Pat Buchanan, Political History, & the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    07/26/2014 6:37:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the troubled bastion of mainstream liberal journalistic thought in the great American heartland published a short, but typically piquant editorial piece slamming Patrick J. Buchanan for his soon-to-be released memoir of the 1968 Presidential campaign entitled, “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create a New Majority.” The Post-Dispatch, anticipating the release of Buchanan’s work launched what may be charitably labeled a pre-emptive strike on Buchanan, even though his new book does not concern the PD. Tony Messenger, the newspaper editor, picked an unnecessary fight with Pat Buchanan, and, like...
  • The Biggest Election of 2014: Bruce Rauner may take the governorship of America’s worst run state.

    07/25/2014 3:33:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you want to know which individual political race has the biggest stakes in 2014, look no further than the Land of Lincoln. The Illinois governor’s race pits incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat, against upstart non-politician Bruce Rauner. Why are the stakes so huge? Because Illinois is arguably the worst-run state in America. It’s a blue state that has been run for many years by corrupt and bungling politicians including Rod Blagojevich, who went to jail for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, and Mr. Quinn, who has run the state’s finances into the gutter. This year shows no...