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  • 40 Of Weekend's Shooting Victims Had Been Arrested 672 Times, Top Cop Says

    08/22/2016 11:19:28 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | 8/15/2016 | Alex Nitkin
    BRONZEVILLE — After another brutally violent weekend in Chicago, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson appeared impatient and exasperated Monday as he renewed his plea for judges and legislators to help keep repeat gun offenders off the streets."Any leader in the city of Chicago that thinks what we're seeing out on the streets is OK, shouldn't be a leader," Johnson said, his voice swelling. "Go to those neighborhoods and live there, and tell me how you feel then."Those killed over the weekend included 23-year-old Abner Garcia, an Army veteran with no criminal history, and 19-year-old Arshell Dennis, a college student whose father...
  • Federalizing the MLA

    08/22/2016 8:09:02 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 22, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Colleges and universities are forever feeling shortchanged by taxpayers. They needn't worry. For one thing, they are far richer than those of us who actually pay federal levies. For another, academia has succeeded in securing millions for what look like panel discussions at the Modern Language Association. "The National Institutes of Health has spent more on exercise programs for refugees, anti-tobacco video games, weight-loss programs for truckers, and studies on gay hook up apps than it has to fight the Zika virus," Elizabeth Harrington reported in the Washington Free Beacon on August 8, 2016. And a good chunk of that...
  • 7 Killed, 47 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    08/22/2016 5:33:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    NBC News Chicago ^ | August 22, 2016
    Seven people were killed and at least 47 more people — including an 8-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and Monday morning, according to Chicago Police. The weekend’s latest homicides happened within 20 minutes of each other Sunday afternoon on the Southwest and West sides. About 4:30 p.m. in Gage Park, someone walked up to a 35-year-old man in the hallway of a home in the 5500 block of South Spaulding and shot him in the left leg. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, police...
  • Illinois pastors sue to overturn state ban on reparative therapy for gay minors

    08/21/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    CHICAGO, Illinois, August 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A group of ministers is suing the state of Illinois over a law that makes Christian counseling for minors with same-sex attraction a crime. Pastors Protecting Youth has filed a lawsuit against the state's Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which makes it illegal to help teens overcome unwanted homosexual inclinations. The Illinois law states that "being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming.” It bans "conversion therapy" and any counseling that "represents homosexuality as a mental disease, disorder, or illness." The language of the law is in...
  • Chicago Rapper and White House Guest Common Says Trump Will Take America Back to ‘Slave Days'

    08/21/2016 1:46:24 PM PDT · by drewh · 82 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | | 1:20 pm, August 21st, 2016 | by Tommy Christopher
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is reaching out to the African-American community these days, and in a new interview with Newsweek, at least part of that community is reaching back. Chicago rapper, actor, and White House invitee Common doesn’t seem to be persuaded by Trump’s newfound concern for black voters, if this interview is any indication: “America wouldn’t be taking a step back… we’d be taking 12 steps back [if Trump becomes president],” the Chicago-born musician and activist tells Newsweek. “It would be returning to some of the mentality of racism we’ve seen in the mid-Sixties, in the civil rights...
  • Blast from the past: Reading Hillary Rodham's Hidden Thesis

    05/30/2014 2:35:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    nbcnews ^ | 9/6/2007 9:08:10 PM ET | Bill Dedman
    Before reading Hillary Rodham's assessment of the old radical from Chicago — Alinsky's “compelling personality,” “his exceptional charm,” and the limitations of his “anachronistic” tactics — it’s important to understand how the document was sealed... ... Just as conservative authors have speculated, it was the Clintons who asked Wellesley in 1993 to hide Hillary Rodham's senior thesis from the first generation of Clinton biographers, according to her thesis adviser and friend, professor Alan H. Schechter, who describes taking the call from the White House. Wellesley's president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis...
  • Chicago Communists Descend on Milwaukee

    08/18/2016 2:45:30 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    The New American ^ | 17 August 2016 | Steve Byas
    “This system sees police wantonly murdering people as part of the normal order of things,” proclaimed Carl Dix (shown), co-founder of the Revolutionary Communist Party, in explaining why many of his fellow communists have traveled 90 miles north from Chicago to Milwaukee to join in what he called a “righteous rebellion.” Dix deflected accusations that his group was stirring up trouble in Milwaukee by charging that the police are responsible for the death of a 23-year-old black man, Sylville Smith, and any resulting violent protests. Police say that Smith was shot and killed after a Saturday afternoon traffic stop, but...
  • 7 Chicago Officers Face Firing Over Laquan McDonald Cover-Up

    08/18/2016 9:32:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Aug 2016 | Mitch Smith
    Chicago’s police superintendent called for the firing of seven officers for their response to a colleague’s fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014, a case that incited widespread protests here and led to accusations of a cover-up.The decision by Superintendent Eddie Johnson, announced Thursday morning by a Police Department spokesman, comes nearly two years after Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at Mr. McDonald, who was 17 and African-American.Mr. McDonald’s death roiled the city, laying bare longstanding tensions between the police and black Chicagoans. The case has led to increased scrutiny and skepticism of the department, including a Justice...
  • Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week

    08/17/2016 7:15:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 August 2016 | Alexandra Chachkevitch•
    Nearly 100 people have been shot in Chicago in less than a week, pushing the number of shooting victims so far this year to more than 2,500 — about 800 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune. Between last Friday afternoon and early Thursday, at least 99 people were shot in the city, 24 of them fatally. At least nine people were killed on Monday alone, the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, according to Tribune data. Among the wounded that day was a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played...
  • Authorities: Facebook feud about girlfriends sparked brawl that left man, 23, dead

    08/17/2016 8:03:02 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/16/2016 | Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A man and two women are being held in lieu of $900,000 bail after they allegedly beat a man to death with a broom handle, a metal baseball bat and a two-by-four on the West Side after a Facebook fight, authorities said. Lithia Henderson, 41, Marshalla Kelly, 23, and Marshall L. Henderson, 21, appeared in court Sunday, where a judge set bail at $900,000 for each of them, according to Cook County state’s attorney office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.The three, from Chicago, are charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Andre Jackson and are slated to appear again in court...
  • At Least Six Swing States Face Double-Digit Premium Hikes under Obamacare

    08/16/2016 9:47:25 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 August 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Double-digit Obamacare premium hikes projected in 2017 may bode in Donald Trump’s favor, as several swing states are being impacted by double-digit increases under the law and consumers are expected to see the hikes around Nov. 1 — one week before heading to the polls. Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Hillary Clinton has vowed to make the Obamacare exchanges work. Some say the way she would do that is through raising taxes.
  • Gov. Rauner signs new law expanding Illinois gun prohibitions

    08/16/2016 11:55:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    guns.com ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | Chris Eger
    Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a popular bill last week that would reclassify some as being ineligible to own firearms due to stalking orders or protective orders from other states. Sponsored by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy, D-Chicago, the measure directs the State Police to deny an application for or revoke an individual’s Firearm Owners Identification Card if they are subject to an order of protection or no-contact order related to stalking. It passed the House in April and the Senate in May, both in unanimous votes, earning Rauner’s signature on August 12 along with a host of other...
  • 51 Illinois Families Ask Court to Suspend School’s Bathroom, Locker Room Policy

    08/16/2016 10:30:12 AM PDT · by milton23 · 7 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/15/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    Adding to the handful of lawsuits involving transgender students across the country, lawyers representing a group of 51 families in a Chicago suburb asked a federal judge to temporarily suspend a school policy that grants a transgender student access to the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms. “Every parent sends their kids to school expecting that the school is going to protect them at the most basic level—their safety, their privacy, their dignity,” Jeremy Tedesco, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case, said after the hearing wrapped on Monday afternoon. “What we’re asking for is a temporary injunction that will...
  • Cubs Apologize After Playing ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ for Accused Domestic Abuser

    08/15/2016 3:08:14 PM PDT · by Enchante · 55 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 15, 2016 | Gabriella Paiella
    For some reason, playing a song in which 50 percent of the lyrics are the exact phrase “smack my bitch up” for an accused domestic abuser didn’t quite sit right with people, leading the Cubs to issue the following formal apology: "The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue. We have terminated our relationship with the employee responsible for making the selection and will be implementing stronger controls to review and approve music before public broadcast during our games."
  • 52 shot: Pace of gun violence in Chicago remains high over another weekend

    08/15/2016 9:27:20 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 15, 2016 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    More than 50 people were shot over another violent weekend in Chicago, a level of violence that has marked many of the summer weekends this year and has pushed the total number of people shot in the city to more than 2,600. The number of people shot during all of last year was 2,988. Between Friday evening and early Monday morning, at least 52 were shot and nine of them were killed, according to police. The weekend before, 49 people were shot, nine of them fatally. And the weekend before that, 52 people were shot, seven of them fatally. The...
  • President Obama gets briefing on violence in Milwaukee, then goes golfing

    08/14/2016 1:24:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/14/16 | Dave Boyer
    A vacationing President Obama received an update Sunday about a night of rioting and gunfire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before he headed out for another round of golf. The White House said Mr. Obama was briefed on the unrest by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who spoke to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The president later departed for a golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Washington lawyer Cy Walker and Mercer Cook, a cousin of Ms. Jarrett. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. called for the National Guard to respond to the area where rioters burned
  • Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week

    08/12/2016 5:24:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 11, 2016 | Alexandra Chachkevitch
    Nearly 100 people have been shot in Chicago in less than a week, pushing the number of shooting victims so far this year to more than 2,500 - about 800 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune. Between last Friday afternoon and early Thursday, at least 99 people were shot in the city, 24 of them fatally. At least nine people were killed on Monday alone, the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, according to Tribune data. Among the wounded that day was a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played...
  • Chicago Murder Stats

    08/11/2016 12:07:59 PM PDT · by safetysign · 18 replies
    Hey Jackass ^ | 08/11/2016 | staff
    Website has charts, graphs, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly totals. http://heyjackass.com/
  • Monday was Chicago’s worst day in more than a decade for homicides, with 9 people fatally shot

    08/11/2016 7:33:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2016 | Derek Hawkins
    Michael Lucas, 61, was sitting on his front stoop in Chicago’s Burnside neighborhood, watching his 3-year-old grandnephew play in the afternoon sun, when without warning two men ran toward the house and opened fire on him.
  • In Illinois, the Blue-State Model Rolls toward Bankruptcy

    08/10/2016 5:30:28 PM PDT · by randita · 39 replies
    NationalReview ^ | 8/10/16 | George Will
    <p>Deficits and unfunded pension liabilities as far as the eye can see. Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican governor Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is failing in the nation’s fifth-most populous state, you can see real artistry in the self-dealing by the Democrats who, with veto-proof majorities in the state legislature, have reduced this state they control to insolvency.</p>
  • 2 vulnerable GOP incumbents break with Trump on immigration

    08/10/2016 5:28:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2016 5:20 PM EDT | Sara Burnett
    Two Illinois Republicans considered among the nation’s most vulnerable congressional incumbents are breaking from their party and its outspoken presidential nominee, Donald Trump, to push laws that would include a path to citizenship for people living in the country illegally. Rep. Bob Dold and Sen. Mark Kirk joined GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and business leaders at an event Wednesday in Chicago. They argued comprehensive immigration reform would help the economy, ensure companies have the workers they need and is the right thing to do. “It’s about people before politics,” said Dold, whose district north of Chicago is home...
  • City declines to identify cops in O'Neal fatal shooting, cites their safety

    08/09/2016 8:12:27 PM PDT · by rey · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9 Aug 2016 | Dan Hinkel
    The video is a must watch. The vehicle passes between two officers essentially shooting at each other. At about 5:41 on the video an officer reloads while pointing his weapon at another officer.
  • Judge denies Blagojevich's bid to lighten 14-year sentence

    08/09/2016 10:37:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 9, 2016 | Associated Press
    A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor's wife and daughters during his resentencing.
  • Public College Offers Blacks-Only Classes, Claims It’s Totally Okay

    08/09/2016 7:11:40 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/2016
    A community college in Illinois is trying to defend itself after it decided to offer special classes only available to black people. “College: Changes, Challenges, Choice” is a one-credit introductory course at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, and is intended to help new students “assess your purpose for college, assess your study strategies, set college and career goals, examine your values and decision-making skills, and develop an appreciation for diversity.” But while the class may want students to appreciate diversity, the school doesn’t practice what it preaches. Two sections of the class are specifically set aside exclusively for...
  • Cook County GOP Boots Out Stealth Democrat Committeemen

    08/09/2016 6:43:51 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | August 8, 2016 | blank
    Worrying over whether someone is a real Republican is hardly a new issue for the GOP in a Democratic-dominated city where some wards are nearly devoid of Republican voters, let alone anyone who can occupy a leadership role. Accordingly, committeemen spots have long been sought by opportunistic converts of questionable loyalty. But Christopher Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, said concern was heightened after the Democratic-controlled Legislature in one of its last acts under Gov. Pat Quinn in 2015 gave ward committeemen the power to submit lists of proposed election judges. Previously, that power had been held by the...
  • Chicago Police say three West Side gangs plotting to shoot cops

    08/08/2016 4:34:24 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 37 replies
    Fox 32 - Chicago ^ | AUG 08 2016 05:39PM CDT
    Leaders from three West Side gang factions met last week to discuss plans to shoot members of the Chicago Police Department in response to the fatal police shooting of Paul O’Neal, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. The meeting took place Thursday between higher ups from the Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers, according to an alert issued to department members the day after the meeting. The Four Corner Hustlers “provided guns” and have “a sniper in place” though authorities do not know where, according to the alert. The Four Corner Hustlers are also supplying the other two gangs...
  • The DNC prints the first bumper sticker for Michelle Obama

    08/08/2016 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/8/16 | Paul Bedard
    The Democratic National Committee is feeding excited speculation that first lady Michelle Obama will follow Hillary Rodham Clinton from the East Wing to the Senate. Following on the heels of her well-received Democratic convention speech, the DNC has just printed up Obama bumper stickers and is offering them to supporters of Clinton for a $10 donation.
  • Michelle O for Senate? DNC prints first bumper sticker (Democrat cattle call alert)

    08/08/2016 8:34:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 9, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    The Democratic National Committee is feeding excited speculation that first lady Michelle Obama will follow Hillary Rodham Clinton from the East Wing to the Senate. Following on the heels of her well-received Democratic convention speech, the DNC has just printed up Obama bumper stickers and is offering them to supporters of Clinton for a $10 donation. It shows the first lady bathed in Obama blue beside her convention speech phrase, "When they go low, we go high." Ever since that speech, dubbed "stunning" by the Los Angeles Times, speculation has been high in Illinois that the popular native daughter...
  • In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel finds a typically Democratic solution to his pension fund problems

    08/07/2016 4:44:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 7, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    With all the trouble that Rahm Emanuel has been having in Chicago lately, specifically with unrest surrounding his police department and other scandals, it’s easy to forget that he’s dealing with another serious problem: his city is nearly bankrupt. As with so many other large, Democrat run municipalities, the chief culprit here is the massively underfunded pension system for municipal workers. Their unions negotiated some real sweetheart deals for them over the years, but the costs were completely unsustainable. When the city began to go broke, no real compromise was ever offered by the unions so Rahm is left to...
  • Judge Blocks Bid to Knock GOP Pol From Nov. Ballot

    08/05/2016 4:17:14 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    Court House News ^ | August 5, 2016 | Lisa Klein
    CHICAGO (CN) — A Federal judge granted the Republican Party a preliminary injunction stopping a hearing to remove a congressional candidate from the November ballot. In its lawsuit filed in June, the party said two Democrats, Frances Sapone and Sammy Tenuta, infiltrated its ranks by running for and winning positions as ward committeemen on Chicago's far west side. According to the complaint, Sapone and Tenuta's candidacies don't count due to a bylaw the party passed last year disqualifying anyone who had voted for another party in a primary over the eight years prior, and their committeeman spots are considered vacant....
  • Rauner surprises GOP with action on birth control, abortions

    08/04/2016 7:51:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 4, 2016 7:55 PM EDT | Ivan Moreno
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has clashed with Illinois Democrats on big issues like the state budget and the influence of unions, but he recently he bucked the party line on legislation the GOP has fervently opposed: expanding birth control coverage and access to abortions. Not a single Republican voted in favor of either bill. So last week, Rauner surprised some Republican legislators and angered conservative groups when he signed both Democrat-sponsored measures. One of them extends insurance coverage for nearly all contraceptives and the other requires physicians who refuse to perform abortions or other health care services for moral and...
  • United in Refusal to Back Trump, Kasich Stumps for Kirk

    08/04/2016 5:40:54 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 04 AUGUST 2016 | CHARLES THOMAS
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Former presidential candidate John Kasich and Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk have not endorsed Donald Trump for president. Kasich was in Chicago Thursday helping Kirk raise money for his campaign against Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Kasich, the moderate Republican governor who shunned Trump in Cleveland, is campaigning for other moderate Republicans around the country. After a tour of Chicago's 1871 technology business incubator, the Ohio governor praised Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, calling him a "unique" member of the highly partisan U.S. Senate.
  • Emanuel proposes water, sewer tax to shore up ailing pension fund

    08/04/2016 7:54:59 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 43 replies
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday called for a new tax on city water and sewer bills to stabilize the city's largest pension fund, a move he portrayed as his latest tough decision to secure Chicago's financial future. Emanuel's plan, which would increase the average water and sewer bill by 30 percent over the next four years, was quickly met with resistance from some aldermen who argued the city would be better off adding business taxes or even raising property taxes again to come up with the hundreds of millions of dollars a year needed to keep the city's municipal workers'...
  • Illinois insurers seek premium hikes of up to 45 percent

    08/03/2016 9:39:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 2, 2016 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO--Health insurance premiums for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace could increase by as much as 45 percent according to proposals submitted by insurers and made public Monday. The leading insurer on Illinois' exchange, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is proposing increases for 2017 ranging from 23 percent to 45 percent for individual health care plans, according to proposals posted by Heathcare.gov. Another insurer, Coventry Health Care of Illinois, proposed rate increases as high as 21 percent. Harken Health Insurance Company has proposed a nearly 29 percent hike in individual premiums and Health Alliance Medical Plans...
  • Police: 65 homicides in July in Chicago

    08/01/2016 9:37:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    chicago.suntimes.com ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | Jordan Owen
    Chicago is poised to see the number of homicides in July dip from June, but the city is still on pace to see more people killed in 2016 than last year. There were 65 homicides in Chicago in July, according to Chicago Police. There were 71 homicides in the city in June and 66 in May.The city has recorded 381 homicides so far in 2016, police said. That’s up about 44 percent from last year, when the city had 264 murders through July 31, 2015.
  • Carbondale, Illinois officer shot, transported to St. Louis

    08/01/2016 4:34:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    WPSDLOCAL6.COM ^ | August 1, 2016 | By Krystle Callais
    CARBONDALE, IL - A Carbondale police officer was last reported in serious condition after being shot late Sunday evening. The Carbondale Police Department says around 11:38 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 700 block of North Robert A. Stalls Street when they determined gunshots were being fired. While driving toward the source of the gunshots, they saw a tan four-door car driving away from the scene. The officers started to pursue the tan car. During the chase, a suspect fired several gunshots from the tan car. The shots hit the police car and one of the officers inside. The...
  • Yes, the murder rate in Chicago is going up, not down

    07/31/2016 1:20:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Much of the media focus centering on the Republican and Democratic conventions dealt with the contrast between Donald Trump’s “dark vision” of America as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s cheerful, optimistic outlook. For proof of this, the Democrats chose to selectively highlight various statistics which show that, overall, crime rates in the United States remain lower now than they were during the historically high levels seen in the eighties and early nineties. That much is certainly true, but it’s equally accurate to point out that in certain places things have gotten considerably worse over the last several years, primarily in large,...
  • Property taxes jump, and jaws drop ( Chicago )

    07/28/2016 6:27:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 73 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 28, 2016 | Dennis Rodkin
    The property tax bill on Jeff and Roberta Price's Lincoln Park home was about $400 in 1977, the first year they lived there. It's been going up ever since but rarely with the jolt of this year's 63 percent increase. The increase, from $8,652 to $14,104, has the couple re-considering their plan to retire in the Kenmore Avenue home, where they raised their kids. They're looking at homes in Indiana "as a backup plan" for the time when Roberta retires in a few years, said Jeff, who is already retired. "We have lived in our home for almost 39 years...
  • Homicide rate surging for black Chicagoans, report finds(BREAKING NEWS ALERT!)

    07/27/2016 9:36:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Dan Hinkel
    Chicago's per capita homicide rate climbed over the last decade, and the chances of an African-American being killed in the city spiked drastically, according to a new report. From 2005 to 2015, the city went from 17.3 homicides per 100,000 residents to a rate of about 18.8, according to a report from the Injury Prevention and Research Center at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. But the report held particularly troubling news for African-Americans. The rate for blacks in Chicago jumped from 36.1 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2005 to 46.5 a decade later. Other studies have shown steep drops...
  • COOK COUNTY PROPERTY TAX BILLS CAUSE OUTRAGE [Pensions]

    07/27/2016 6:41:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    ABC 7 News Chicago ^ | July 5, 2016 | Charles Thomas
    Cook County taxpayers are outraged after property tax bills showed up in the mail. The bills are skyrocketing this year. The city of Chicago and its public school district's fiscal problems literally hit home over the weekend, when property owners saw their second installment tax bills. Outside the assessor's office, city homeowners told one property tax horror story after another.
  • Gunfire often connected to gangs hitting Chicago children

    07/23/2016 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 20 July 2016 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago mother thought she knew when it was safe to take her children outside, that her ability to size up and avoid people trouble seemed to follow would protect them. Then a bullet fired from a gun that D'Antignay Brashear never saw pierced the cheek of her 4-year-old son, Kavan Collins. It fractured the boy's jaw and shattered some teeth before it went out his other cheek, all while he held his mother's hand. - Six-year-old Jaylene Bermeo was drawing with sidewalk chalk on the evening of June 6 in the Logan Square neighborhood on the...
  • Bellefontaine Neighbors police seek girl, 13, in shooting that left two critically wounded

    07/20/2016 9:01:18 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 29 replies
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 7/20/2016 | Valerie Schremp Hahn and Kim Bell
    BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS • Police early Wednesday morning said they haven't been able to find a 13-year-old girl suspected of shooting and critically wounding a couple in their 70s during a beauty supply store robbery the day before.The girl was considered armed and dangerous. She apparently ran from the store carrying a pistol. Police search dogs lost her scent in a wooded area between the store and the Castle Point neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.Bellefontaine Neighbors Police said this surveillance image shows a girl they want to talk to in connection with a shooting at a Bellefontaine Neighbors beauty supply store on...
  • 6-year-old Chicago girl shot, critically wounded in West Englewood

    07/20/2016 6:12:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    FOX 32/Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/20/2016 | Craig Wall
    CHICAGO (FOX 32/Sun-Times) - A stray bullet hit a 6-year-old girl who was sitting on her front porch Tuesday afternoon in the West Englewood neighborhood, leaving her in critical condition.As Tacarra Morgan sat with her mom and grandmother on the front steps of her grandparents’ home in the 6000 block of South Paulina Street about 1 p.m., a shooting began to unfold a block Someone in a white sport utility vehicle opened fire on a group of people standing in the 5900 block of South Paulina, CPD First Deputy Supt. John Escalante said from the scene of the crime.Several people...
  • Jesse Jackson: After Dallas and Baton Rouge, we need action (beyond barf alert)

    07/19/2016 5:14:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 19 july 2016
    As the Republican Party holds its national convention in Cleveland, Americans have been shaken by the shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., following the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minn. I spoke at the funeral of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, weeping with his family and friends, as they remembered and mourned their loved one. I spoke later at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, leaders of the police in different communities, and witnessed their tears as they mourned the deaths of their fellow police officers in Baton Rouge.
  • Will Barack Obama Run for Governor of Illinois?

    07/16/2016 4:50:02 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 66 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 12, 2016 | Will Reynolds
    President Obama’s nostalgic speech in Springfield has local politicos wondering what he has planned after leaving the White House. “I miss you guys,” Obama said during an address in the Illinois statehouse on the anniversary of his Presidential campaign announcement. He returned to his frequent theme of bringing civility and compromise to politics. Next year I’ll still hold the most important title of all, and that’s the title of citizen. And as an American citizen, I understand that our progress is not inevitable — our progress has never been inevitable. It must be fought for, and won by all of...
  • Mike Pence’s Chicago Ties: His Irish Grandfather Settled On South Side

    07/15/2016 4:59:30 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 89 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 15 JULY 2016 | CRAIG DELLIMORE
    (CBS) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was raised in the Hoosier state, but he says he has a strong, personal connection to Chicago. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the Loop. Pence says his grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in 1923 and came to Chicago, where he drove a bus for 40 years. In a speech to the City Club of Chicago in December 2014, he said his parents grew up on the South Side.
  • How Richard Speck's Rampage 50 Years Ago Changed a Nation

    07/14/2016 11:18:17 AM PDT · by Borges · 62 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/14/2016 | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    Fifty years ago a stranger with a pockmarked face and a "Born To Raise Hell" tattoo on his left arm barged into a Chicago townhouse where a group of student nurses were living and proceeded to lead them "like lambs to the slaughter." The intruder's name was Richard Speck and for five hours he systematically tortured and murdered eight women, raping at least one of them. *** The crime horrified Chicago and the rest of the country because it was so unfathomable — a massacre for no apparent reason by a remorseless stranger against a group of young women he...
  • 10 Top Republicans Sitting Out the RNC Convention

    07/13/2016 9:02:03 PM PDT · by detective · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jul 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Trump-resistant and election battling Republicans including two former Presidents, two former Republican nominees, and several former 2016 presidential hopefuls are offering up excuses for why they will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, notably among them a break with a history of former Presidents attending their party’s convention. Here are ten of the most prominent Republicans who say they’ll skip out on the convention and a few more who will or maybe won’t.
  • White Woman Walks In (Chicago) Black Neighborhood: I'm Sorry Black America

    07/13/2016 7:30:21 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 12, 2016 | Audrina Bigos
    Just four words: Black America, I'm Sorry. Laurella Willis' methods are turning heads on Chicago’s South Side, CBS 2's Audrina Bigos reports. [Snip] [Willis] says she is sorry about "everything that's going on in America." The violence, the anger, the racial tension, all of it. "I don't want to continue to see Black American being oppressed, and held down and killed like animals," Willis said.
  • Chicago’s Collapse Has Begun

    07/13/2016 4:10:26 AM PDT · by detective · 70 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2016 | Michael Bargo, Jr
    The city of Detroit, now famous as an economic disaster, began its decline when it lost jobs. This was accompanied by a loss of population, a rapid rise in poverty, increasing dependence upon federal entitlement programs and an unstoppable downward economic spiral. Puerto Rico is now undergoing an economic collapse sparked not by population loss but by excessive government spending. Chicago is in the same situation. Government overspending and over taxation comes first, population loss follows. Chicago is technically bankrupt. Its expenditures have exceeded its receipts for about ten years. All big rust belt cities in the Midwest, East, and...