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  • Police Chief Says Some Detroit Teachers Should Be Armed

    02/23/2018 4:11:48 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    WWJ ^ | February 23, 2018 | Greg Bowman
    In the wake of this month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he is open to the idea of some teachers being armed with guns in classrooms. “Certainly, there should be a very thorough vetting process,” ... “When I talk about vetting, I mean someone who is trained, someone who is responsible, the rigors associated with someone in a school environment. It could be an ex-military, ex-police officer; some of those folks are teachers, as an example.” Craig likened the vetting process to that of airlines following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, in that...
  • Illinois Governor Drinks Chocolate Milk To Demonstrate His Commitment to Diversity

    02/23/2018 6:10:11 AM PST · by PBRCat · 47 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 22, 2018 | Kim Jansenn
    CHICAGO In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity. "It's really, really good," Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink. "Diversity!"
  • Springfield Bishop Reaffirms No Communion for Durbin

    02/22/2018 7:08:32 PM PST · by PBRCat · 11 replies
    Springfield Journal Register ^ | February 22, 2018 | Bernard Schoenberg
    Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese has reaffirmed that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, should not be allowed to receive Holy Communion because of a recent vote on an abortion issue. According to a statement issued by Paprocki on Feb. 13, Durbin was among 14 Catholic members of the U.S. Senate who voted against a bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization. The bill, dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on Jan. 29 got only 51 of a needed 60 votes to move forward in the Senate. “Because his voting...
  • Attorney/Former Playboy Model Calls Out "Body Shaming" Attack Ad in Judicial Campaign

    02/22/2018 7:03:42 PM PST · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | February 22, 2018 | Maya Dukmasova
    Attorney Corri Fetman, 54, doesn't have the typical resumé of someone running for judge. Since being admitted to the Illinois bar in 1988, she's started her own law firm, performed in bodybuilding competitions, written an advice column, and posed for Playboy. In 2007 she sparked controversy by mounting a billboard in the Gold Coast's Viagra Triangle that read "Life's short, get a divorce" to advertise her legal services. After nearly 30 years practicing law, Fetman was ready for a new challenge: running for Cook County Circuit Court judge. Fetman said she has been targeted before; sexual harassment at work first...
  • Durbin: Congress Must Stand Up to Gun Sales Lobby & Act to Prevent the Next Mass Shooting

    02/22/2018 5:06:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 2.21.18 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    CHICAGO – In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined local gun safety advocates to call on Congress to act on common sense gun reforms and stop turning a blind eye to the deadly toll of gun violence in our schools and neighborhoods. The only vote the U.S. Senate has held this Congress on guns has been to overturn a regulation to keep guns out of the hands of individuals with mental illness.  “There is no single reform that could stop every shooting, but we...
  • 8 killed, 30 wounded in Presidents Day weekend shootings across Chicago [Gun Free Democrat City]

    02/21/2018 4:30:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    ABC CHICAGO ^ | 2/20/18
    Eight people were killed and at least 30 others have been wounded in Presidents Day weekend shootings across Chicago. The most recent fatal shooting...
  • Illinois governor mixes, gulps down chocolate milk to symbolize diversity

    02/22/2018 12:20:29 PM PST · by bkopto · 76 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | 2/22/2018 | ana valens
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) cares about diversity. In fact, he cares about it so much that he drank your mom’s favorite chocolate milk concoction at a corporate event honoring Black History Month. The supposed-metaphor happened after Hyatt Hotels’ vice president and global chief diversity officer Tyronne Stoudemire presented a bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup and said that it represents “diversity” through “women, people of color, people with disabilities, the aging population, and generation X, Y, and Z.” Standing on stage right next to him, Gov. Rauner held a glass of milk as Stoudemire poured chocolate syrup right into it....
  • McCartht Says He Was Victim of a "Witch Hunt" to Mask City Hall Cover Up

    02/22/2018 5:30:21 AM PST · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 21, 2018 | Fran Spielman
    (Rahm) Emanuel has been under fire for keeping the Laquan McDonald shooting video under wraps for more than a year and waiting until one week after the April 7, 2015, mayoral runoff election to authorize a $5 million settlement to the McDonald family — before a lawsuit even had been filed. The video was released on Nov. 24, 2015 — but only after a judge ordered it. That same day, Jason Van Dyke, the white officer on that video, was charged with the first-degree murder of the black teenager. The mayor has emphatically denied keeping the dashcam video of the...
  • Madigan's Leadership Becomes Democratic Primary Litmus Test Amid Harassment Complaints

    02/20/2018 8:02:52 PM PST · by PBRCat · 2 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2018 | Rick Pearson
    Speaker Michael Madigan’s undisputed political power came under attack Tuesday amid new criticism over his handling of harassment complaints as the March Democratic primary increasingly turns into a referendum on his leadership. Madigan faced increasing calls for him to step down from the state Democratic chairman post he has held for two decades, as well as demands for an independent investigation of complaints that have led him to shed two top loyal political lieutenants in a week. The misconduct scandal comes as the long-serving speaker and his private interests as a property tax appeals lawyer already had been a focal...
  • USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city' (Liberalism works alert)

    02/20/2018 3:33:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Baltimore Sum ^ | February 20, 2018 | Justin Fenton
    Baltimore’s highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday. Though official data from the FBI won’t be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation’s 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 homicides the city experienced in 2017 were a 17 percent increase over the prior year, and translated to a rate of 56 killed per 100,000 people. That easily outpaced New Orleans and Detroit, which both had about 40 killings per 100,000 people, according to...
  • Supreme Court to decide whether mandatory union dues violate First Amendment rights

    02/19/2018 5:04:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    When Mark Janus got his first paycheck working as a child support specialist for the state of Illinois in 2007, he was stunned to see a nearly $50 deduction for union dues. He had worked for the state in the 1980s and didn’t remember anything like it. “I’m going like, ‘I’m not a member of the union. What’s going on here?’” he said. Worse yet was where he saw the union dues going, such as to efforts demanding wage increases at a time when Illinois was struggling with a crippling pension debt. Now Mr. Janus is taking his case to...
  • The Enemy is at the Gates. What Is The President Doing About It?

    02/19/2018 11:34:36 AM PST · by PBRCat · 54 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 19, 2018 | Neil Steinberg
    The president (Trump), who has been dismissing this attack on our country as a “hoax” and “fake news” for over a year, leapt to defend, not the country, but himself. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” he tweeted, dodging the point. (By 2013, Trump had already spent $1 million exploring a potential bid.) “The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” Maybe yes. Maybe no. More indictments will come, and we’ll see who among Trump’s inner circle, or Trump himself,...
  • Feds charge 24-year-old Chicago trader in first crypto-fraud case

    02/18/2018 2:30:52 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    A 24-year-old trader who considered himself "invincible" according to federal investigators has become the first target of a criminal fraud prosecution involving "cryptocurrency," after allegedly siphoning $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin from his Chicago employer... Judge Martin asked the Korean-American defendant if he spoke English and understood the proceedings, which he did...As part of his $100,000 bond deal, Kim surrendered his passport...Prosecutors are expected to outline the charge that "from September through November 2017, Kim transferred more than $2 million of the trading firm's Bitcoin and Litecoin to personal accounts to cover his own trading losses, which had been...
  • Duckworth using pregnancy to educate male-dominated Senate

    02/18/2018 9:05:09 AM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 37 replies
    MSN/AP ^ | 2/18/18 | LAURIE KELLMAN,
    Duckworth, one of 22 women in the Senate, has the experience to give her policy advice and criticisms of President Donald Trump an especially authoritative edge. His demand for a military parade? "Our troops in danger overseas don't need a show of bravado, they need steady leadership," she said...Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it...she'll be the first senator to give birth while in office...And so, along with her legislative and political goals, the Illinois Democrat is adding a new one: educating the tradition-bound Senate on creating a workplace that...
  • Bill Clinton, the nobody nobody sent [Sexual Predator Clinton = Persona-Non-Grata]

    02/16/2018 5:40:27 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 18 replies
    Tribune Content Agency ^ | February 15, 2018 | John Kass
    Chicago Democrats have a saying about unwanted help who may want to wet their beaks in the trough of public service: “We don’t want nobody nobody sent.” And former President Bill Clinton is now that nobody. National Democrats hugged him as recently as the 2016 presidential campaign, ... Now they don’t want him anywhere near the 2018 congressional midterm elections. How can you have Bill around while you reach for that weaponized #MeToo movement and rewrite your history? It would be so awkward. Politicians don’t want voters to realize that those who shout the loudest often sip their hypocrisy quietly,...
  • Cook County Jail inmates applaud for suspect in Chicago cop's killing

    02/16/2018 6:34:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Chicagotribune.com ^ | February 16, 2018 | Elyssa Cherney
    Cook County Jail inmates applaud for suspect in Chicago cop's killing Elyssa Cherney Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Cook County Jail officials said they planned to take action after several inmates clapped as the suspected killer of Cmdr. Paul Bauer was escorted from his first court hearing on Thursday. Jail officials said they were going to forward video of the "despicable" action by up to five inmates to prosecutors so it could be considered in any potential sentencing. None of the inmates have faced trials yet. The officials also intend to transfer those inmates to jails outside Cook County. The inmates...
  • MAKING HISTORY [Illinois TV Station Hires Hijab Wearing "Journalist"]

    02/14/2018 9:59:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    FTVLive.com ^ | 2/12/18 | Scott Jones
    .....She's in the small market of Rock Island, Illinois in the Quad Cities. She works at WHBF and she is trying to make it in this business. She has been rejected for on air jobs time and time again. She wasn't rejected because of her talent, she was rejected for what she was wearing. Tahera Rahman wears a hijab and as you clearly know, seeing a Reporter wearing a hijab...
  • Madigan Fires Longtime Aide After Sexual Harassment Complaints

    02/13/2018 9:06:37 AM PST · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 13, 2018 | Tina Sfondeles
    She sent Mike Madigan a letter last year warning the House speaker that a top political aide — and brother of Madigan’s own hand-picked alderman — had made “unwanted advances.” Repeated text messages asking the woman if she wanted to go out on a date or have drinks. A press release about the news conference calls the firing “pro-active but a cover up” — showing the woman is not pleased about how her allegations were treated. The woman, identified as Alaina Hampton, came forward “not once, but twice.” The firing came a day after Hampton filmed an interview. “I basically...
  • Pritzker the Sneak Disser Might as Well Have Said the "N" Word

    02/12/2018 6:08:29 AM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | February 9, 2018 | Adeshina Emmanuel
    He's the guy who talks crap behind your back. In Pritzker's case, it's on an FBI wiretap.The billionaire candidate for governor, like too many white so-called progressives, is a fake friend to the black community. The feds had tape rolling in November 2008 when Pritzker gave then-governor Rod Blagojevich his advice on whom to appoint to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after his ascent to the White House. "Of all the African-Americans I can think that are sort of like, qualified, and vetted,” Pritzker says, White was “the one that's least offensive.” When the news first broke...
  • Illinois | Ban on Guns within 1,000ft of Parks are Unconstitutional

    02/09/2018 11:33:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Supreme Court of Illinois has ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within a 1,000 feet of a park is obviously unconstitutional. It is unconstitutional because it “directly implicates the core right of self-defense”. From reason.com: Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within 1,000 feet of a public park violates the constitutional right to bear arms. The decision in People v. Chairez extends the logic of prior rulings by the same court and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit holding that Second Amendment rights exist...