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  • Houston Leads Nation for Illegal Immigrant Minors' Destination

    08/29/2014 4:01:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Kristin Tate
    many unaccompanied alien children (UAC) were set free in various counties across the country. More were released in Texas' Harris County--in which Houston is located--than any other county in the nation. ... Dallas County received the second most UAC in Texas ... Educating the foreign minors will not be cheap; David Anderson, the Texas Education Agency General Counsel, recently pointed out that due to cultural differences and language barriers, it will be more costly to education immigrant children than it is to educate students who are U.S. citizens. In Texas, more than $45 million will be spent educating the UAC...
  • Man with ISIS flag on vehicle threatens cops with bomb (Chicago)

    08/28/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    Man with ISIS flag on vehicle threatens cops with bomb Updated: Aug 28, 2014 3:17 PM CST CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man who had an ISIS flag waving from his vehicle is facing several charges after he threatened police with a bomb Wednesday morning when he was pulled over on the Southwest Side. Emad Karakrah, 49, was charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to Chicago Police. He was also issued three traffic citations. Someone called police after seeing a “suspicious person” driving a...
  • CPD commander charged with official misconduct, aggravated battery

    08/28/2014 5:54:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 aug 2014 | Frank Main
    One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most valued commanders was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery for allegedly putting his gun in a suspect’s mouth last year, officials said. Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who has been in charge of the Harrison District on the West Side, was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday. Evans is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday on the charges, which are both felonies.
  • Taxpayers to host Ottawa Town Hall meeting Saturday

    08/28/2014 5:04:19 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 2 replies
    Ottawa Times ^ | August 28 2014 | Steve Stout
    Displeased by Congress and troubled by the recent voting record of U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, a citizen group is hosting a 16th Congressional District Town Hall meeting at the Ottawa American Legion, 901 La Salle St., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. "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," explained event coordinator Rosanna Pulido. "If Congressman Adam Kinzinger cannot lead, we will take the lead ourselves and fight for the American people and the American taxpayer."
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • Chicago native suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

    08/27/2014 7:28:58 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug 27, 2014
    Chicago native suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed Militants in Syria A Chicago-born man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. "We were aware of U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of New Hope, Minn. McCain, who was born in Chicago, was killed...
  • Farrakhan Attacks Arabs, Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Whites in Ferguson Rant

    08/26/2014 10:17:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 25, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During his latest sermon for the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed the protests and controversies surrounding Ferguson, MO. police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Micheal Brown. Farrakhan said, "With 67 percent of black people you have to live under a white mayor with 67 percent white people you cant make the laws that govern that town. Now if that's the condition let me set the stage for Michael Brown. See I don't know about the store they say he strong armed somebody and took some cigars but I know this, coming to Chicago ... when you live...
  • Durbin Announces More Than $1.7 Million For Improvements to Illinois Health Centers

    08/26/2014 4:05:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | August 26, 2014 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,703,777 in funding through the Affordable Care Act to support construction and renovation projects at community health centers in Chicago, Illinois and the Chicagoland area. This funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was made available through the Patient Centered Medical Home Facility Improvement Grant program.  “Community health centers serve an important purpose for families in Illinois and across the country,” Durbin said. “With the help of these federal resources, made available through the Affordable Care Act, Illinois health centers can continue...
  • 12 Things You Need to Know About Government Unions

    08/26/2014 2:20:05 PM PDT · by willowsdale · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 22 | Stan Greer
    Long after the pro-union monopoly National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was adopted in 1935, even strong supporters of this statute rejected the appropriateness of attempting anything analogous in federal, state, or local government. For example, in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who just two years earlier had publicly endorsed and signed the NLRA, wrote a letter to a government union official explaining it is “impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or bind the employer” in dealings with “Government employee organizations” because “the employer is the whole people . . . .” In the late 1950s and early 1960s, politicians...
  • Islamic State To Chicago: 'We Are In Your Streets'

    08/25/2014 4:57:43 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 42 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 25, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Jihad In America: Terroristic tweets underscore the Islamic State's global reach. It has an army of Western passport holders, and an open southern border to cross. It's not only coming to the U.S.; it's already here. Slain journalist James Foley studied his craft in the Chicago area, earning a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. For a time he was a teacher in the Cook County Jail boot camp program. He was familiar with the streets of Chicago. So, apparently, is the Islamic State that beheaded him. An anonymous tweet has an attached photo showing...
  • Residents Protest After Man, 19, Shot by Cops: 'They Killed My Baby'

    08/25/2014 2:27:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 88 replies
    DNAinfo Chicago ^ | 8-25-14 | Erin Meyer
    NORTH LAWNDALE — Dozens of people gathered on a West Side street Monday afternoon to protest the shooting death of 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, who was killed by police Sunday night. Thunder boomed overhead and blowing rain hit a blood-soaked porch in the 2800 block of West Polk Street, where McIntosh's mother, Cynthia Lane, stood outside surrounded by supporters. "I want my baby, they killed my baby," Lane said, sobbing. Police responded to a call of an armed men at the Polk Street address Sunday around 7:10 p.m., and when they tried to talk to McIntosh, he ran, authorities said. Police...
  • Chicago robberies drop 20% after concealed carry permits are issued

    08/25/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/25/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    When’s the last time you heard any good news out of Chicago, at least as it relates to crime figures? Well, prepare yourselves for a change from the status quo. While the murder rate and gang violence are still bad – and frequently in the local news – the robbery rate has gone down recently. And the police think they might know why. Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and...
  • CNN's Pereira Bemoans Chicago Violence 'Taking A Back Seat in the Headlines;' CNN Barely Covers

    08/24/2014 7:04:05 PM PDT · by South40 · 9 replies
    MRC ^ | 8/19/2014 | Matthew Balan
    On Tuesday's This Hour, Michaela Pereira endorsed guest L. Z. Granderson's take on the media's extensive coverage of the ongoing turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown. The liberal commentator pointed out that "this past weekend, we had over 30 people shot – seven of them died – in the neighborhoods in Chicago – many of them black and brown. None of that was covered." Pereira replied to Granderson by asserting that "because of Ferguson, Chicago is sort of taking a back seat in the headlines. And Chicago's a very concerning thing, and...
  • Ferguson On Steroids: 10 Shot Overnight In Chicago

    08/24/2014 7:44:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | John Nolte
    How many nine-year-old Antonio's need to die in Chicago before the national media will park its satellite trucks in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Hall and demand answers and action. How many black people, including black children, need to die in Chicago before the national media stops counting civilian casualties in Gaza as a political weapon against Israel and starts counting them in one of our own cities. Overnight in Chicago 10 people were shot. One night. One. How many more until the national media cares enough to look into the root causes of the violence, poverty, despair, terrible...
  • Chicago A Top Terror Target; Ominous Tweet Connects ISIS Threat In City

    08/23/2014 6:55:47 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 31 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | August 22, 2014 | John Dodge
    Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern. “Many terror organizations refer to Chicago as Obama Town,” said CBS 2 security expert Ross Rice, a former FBI agent in Chicago. Under President Obama, the U.S. took out Osama bin Laden, and used repeated drone strikes to weaken terror networks. In the meantime, the U.S. government on Friday issued a security bulletin to all U.S. law enforcement in light of the...
  • Photo Implies ISIS Threat to Chicago

    08/22/2014 9:22:28 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 109 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 · 104 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...