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  • 3 dead, 13 wounded in weekend shootings [Sharpton doesn't care, no marches planned]

    11/24/2014 5:29:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Fox Chicago ^ | 11/24/14
    Three men were killed and at least 13 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening. The most recent fatal shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side left one man dead and another wounded early Saturday.
  • After Obama's immigration announcement, Dems challenge GOP to respond

    11/23/2014 11:32:13 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As Republicans challenge the legality of President Obama's unilateral action on immigration, Democrats are firing back with a challenge of their own. "It is clear that they can complain, they can threaten, they can talk about lawsuits, cutting off funding, shutting down the government, in the extreme, even impeachment. But the real question is: Can they govern? Can they govern?" asked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. The GOP is weighing their options to undo the president's moves - "a bit of a threat to our democracy," as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas,...
  • Local Politicians Rally In Support Of Obama’s Immigration Policy

    11/22/2014 11:41:33 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Bob Roberts
    U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez Saturday challenged Chicago’s undocumented community to “set the standard” for registration under President Obama’s executive orders. “This isn’t complicated,” Guiterrez (D-Ill.) said to a receptive crowd at Benito Juarez High School. “Ever church will be a designated site. Every community college will be a designated site. Every school will be a designated site. Every health care center will be a designated site.” He said his goal was to provide training “for not hundreds but thousands of people so that millions can reach justice in this country.” Yet Gutierrez said executive action by the President is not...
  • GOP Introduces Bill That Would Enforce Ebola Travel Ban

    11/21/2014 9:28:47 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 21 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | November 21, 2014 | Patrick Clarke
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is among a group of five Republican senators who introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would impose a travel ban preventing those in countries currently afflicted by Ebola from coming to the United States. A release on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's official website detailed the legislation. Rubio and Grassley are joined by Sens. Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Under the proposed bill, people living in countries experiencing "widespread transmission of Ebola" as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be unable to acquire a visa to...
  • Dem Rep: Republicans Wants To Use ‘Xenophobia’ And ‘Bigotry’ Against Latinos

    11/21/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    Appearing on MSNBC after President Obama’s speech announcing executive amnesty, Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez told host Rachel Maddow that Republican disbelieved Obama’s border claims because they wanted to use “xenophobia” and “bigotry” against Mexicans. MADDOW: The first thing the President announced tonight in his three part plan was yet further resources to the border, yet more resources in terms of stopping people from crossing in the first place, catching them when they do, and sending them back. [Republican operative Steve Schmidt] said no Republican in the country believes that is true. That’s obviously a fake assertion. What’s behind the refusal...
  • [GOP Governor-elect Bruce] Rauner says Obama immigration move 'great start'

    11/21/2014 6:46:16 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 82 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Michelle Manchir,
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Friday called President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration a “great start” to “get the dialogue going” on immigration policy changes. The comments came as Rauner addressed more than 900 advocates for the Latino community in Rosemont. Rauner told the crowd he supports “comprehensive immigration reform,” which he acknowledged will take more work. Immigration reform 'opens doors' NIU student and undocumented citizen, Laura Ramirez, faces daily challenges of living without citizenship. “The real way to do it is on a bipartisan basis, through Congress, through the legislature, with the president, with the states all working...
  • Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law

    11/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    WBEZ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Arnold
    An Illinois judge has ruled unconstitutional a controversial plan to reduce state employees’ retirement benefits. Labor groups sued the State of Illinois for passing a bill reducing their members’ pension benefits. The unions representing downstate and suburban teachers, university employees and most other state workers argued the state constitution says, specifically, that retirement benefits can’t be diminished. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz agreed.Belz quoted directly from the state constitution in his six-page decision, citing the passage that states retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or repaired.” He singled out components of the bill that narrowly passed...
  • Illinois Shooting Ranges Permissible Under Definition of Private Recreation in Zoning Code

    11/21/2014 9:57:46 AM PST · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    National Law Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | National Law Review
    In Platform I Shore, LLC v. Village of Lincolnwood, 2014 IL App (1st) 133923, the First District Appellate Court held that a shooting range was a permitted use under the plain and unambiguous language of the Village's zoning ordinance. This case illustrates that regardless of whether a particular activity is unpopular, zoning officials must act in a reasonable and non-arbitrary manner when ruling upon zoning applications. . . . . The First District Appellate Court held that the plain language of the Lincolnwood Zoning Ordinance was unambiguous. The court noted that it was undisputed that the plaintiff's property was located...
  • Durbin: Obama order does not go far enough

    11/20/2014 2:25:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    thehill.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The executive order coming from President Obama to protect millions of immigrants from deportation falls short, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said Thursday. Durbin, an author of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, called Obama’s action a good first step, but argued it should do more. “Here’s the problem we have. I’d like to see all of the families of Dreamers be protected,” he told reporters. Obama’s order does not cover the parents of illegal immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age and were protected from...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • GOP simmers while Dems look for 'big' immigration action from Obama

    11/20/2014 12:51:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Congressional Republicans seethed while Democrats were cautiously excited on eve of President Obama's big announcement about his plans to ease deportation laws for millions of people living here illegally. “I’m looking for big!" Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Examiner, when asked what she hoped Obama would say in a prime time address on Thursday. “What we are hearing is it will be five million people who are now not going to be deported. That’s keeping families together, and that’s huge in my district.” The president plans to make significant changes to U.S. immigration policy when he announces his...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Americans Disapprove of Exec Amnesty Because They Have Not Been Explained What It Is

    11/20/2014 12:48:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) claims that a strong plurality of Americans do not support President Barack Obama's executive amnesty because they are in the dark about the specifics of what Obama will do and what executive amnesty is. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 48% of Americans disapprove of Obama's executive amnesty. Republicans opposed to it have vowed to prohibit Obama from using federal funds to enact unlawful grants of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. When asked about the poll on Wednesday's The Ed Show on MSNBC, Gutierrez refused to see the poll numbers as a strong...
  • Fighting illegal guns is God’s work (barf alert)

    11/20/2014 6:18:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 20 nov 2014
    Blase Cupich’s arrival as archbishop presents a historic opportunity to turn Chicago away from its horrific gun violence. As Cupich officially assumes his duties Tuesday, we urge him to take a leading and visible role in fighting the devastating flow of illegal guns into our city. Nothing could be more God’s work. Cupich has said he is “prepared to speak” on a gamut of pressing social issues in the Chicago archdiocese, from the “deep pockets of poverty” to income inequality to compassionate care for the elderly — all profound matters. But arguably no issue is more pressing than the violence...
  • Chicago Public Schools Teach 5th-Graders About “Safe” Anal Sex

    11/19/2014 8:38:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | 11/18/14 | Dave Blount
    It is absolutely essential that education be pried loose from the claws of Big Government and Big Unions. Otherwise children will continue to be educated by liberals. For a graphic example of what this entails, refer to Chicago, the political cesspools of which spawned our Community Organizer in Chief: Parents at a Near West Side school say they are “shocked” and “horrified” after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate. During report card pickup Wednesday at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, the school hosted several...
  • Pilot Killed When Small Plane Crashes Into Home Near Midway

    11/19/2014 3:35:37 PM PST · by Petruchio · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 18, 2014 6:40 AM
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The pilot of a small cargo plane was killed when the plane crashed into a home a few blocks away from Midway International Airport early Tuesday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot reported engine problems shortly after taking off from Midway, and was trying to get back to the airport, but never made it. The plane nose-dived into the front of a two-story home in the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue, around 2:45 a.m., and ended up partially in the living room, and partially outside on the front lawn, its tail still up in...
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez Thinks Obama Will Mandate 5-10 Year Residency on Immigration Order

    11/19/2014 8:54:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/19/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who leads the Immigration Task Force in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, offered some clues as to what could be in President Obama’s executive order. “I think the president is going to choose between five and 10 years, that is that you have to be in the United States for five to 10 years and you have to be working here and you are going to pay for a background check,” Gutierrez said on Fox last night. “You’re going to submit your fingerprints and they come back clear. He is going to give you a work authorization...
  • Keystone left behind as Canadian crude pours into U.S.

    11/16/2014 7:45:16 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    National Post ^ | November 14, 2014
    Delays of the Keystone XL pipeline are providing little obstacle to Western Canadian oil producers getting their crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast, with shipments set to more than double next year. The volume of Canadian crude processed at Gulf Coast refineries could climb to more than 400,000 barrels a day in 2015 from 208,000 in August, according to Jackie Forrest, vice president of Calgary-based ARC Financial Corp. The increase comes as Enbridge Inc.’s Flanagan South and an expanded Seaway pipeline raise their capacity to ship oil by as much as 450,000 barrels a day. Canadian exports to the Gulf...
  • 3 killed, 15 hurt in separate city shootings

    11/16/2014 7:36:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Alexandra Chachkevitch, Carlos Sadovi
    Three men died and at least 15 people, including six teenagers, were wounded in shootings across the city since Saturday afternoon, police said. In the latest fatal shooting, a 27-year-old man died after being shot around 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the Old Town neighborhood downtown, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. Around the same time, a 24-year-old man died and two other men were in critical condition after being shot at a party around 3:10 a.m. Sunday in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood on the West Side. A 14-year-old boy was in critical condition and a 16-year-old boy was wounded...
  • Fifth-Grade Sex Ed Plan Horrifies Chicago Parents Who Say It's Obscene

    11/15/2014 8:21:17 AM PST · by bkopto · 68 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | Stephanie Lulay
    Parents at a Near West Side school say they are "shocked" and "horrified" after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate. SNIP But some of the information disturbed parents at the meeting, leading one to snap photos of five pages in the binder that included a lesson plan for fifth-graders. One of the pages, titled "Feel Good Reasons to Use FCs [Female Condoms]," included how to make sexual intercourse last longer and read: "Once you pop, you don't have to stop!" The page included...
  • U. of I. clears way for convicted radical to teach again

    11/14/2014 5:52:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | Jodi S. Cohen
    U. of I. clears way for convicted radical to teach again By Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune contact the reporter CrimeUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignHomicideHistoryWeather UndergroundUniversity of Illinois at Chicago In a change of direction, University of Illinois officials paved the way Thursday for convicted felon James Kilgore to again teach on campus, the latest controversial faculty decision at the state school. Kilgore's contract was not renewed after his criminal past was the subject of a newspaper story and board members expressed concern about his employment. But on Thursday, U. of I. board members, including Chairman Christopher Kennedy, who once...
  • Dems Deny Duckworth a Proxy Vote in Democratic Leader Elections

    11/14/2014 5:17:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 13, 2014 | Billy House
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is expecting a baby in December, is being denied a request to vote by proxy in the House Democratic Caucus leadership and committee member elections next week—even though her doctor advises she can't travel to Washington in the late stages of her pregnancy. The Iraq War veteran, who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, made the request in a letter to fellow Democrats. Her letter was read during a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting on Thursday. But objections were raised, and the request was denied, with opponents including Democratic Steering...
  • How Rauner can target illegal guns (Illinois)

    11/13/2014 6:15:24 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 13 nov 2014
    Chicago desperately needs a real leader in the fight to get illegal guns off our blood-stained streets. Nothing is more important to our city’s future. We believe that leader can and must be Bruce Rauner. That may seem counter-intuitive. Rauner is a Republican who ran for governor as a strong defender of the Second Amendment, against an incumbent Democratic governor, Pat Quinn, with a long record in support of gun control. But it is precisely because Rauner is a Republican and a staunch defender of legal gun rights — and because he now faces the prospect of finding common ground...
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 3:20:03 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | Katherine Skiba
    Longtime Illinois Congressman Phillip Crane, a northwest suburban Republican who championed conservative principles and once ran for president, died Saturday in Maryland, according to family.. Crane, who suffered from congestive heart failure and lung cancer, died of respiratory failure in a daughter's home in Jefferson, Md., according to another daughter, Catherine Hott, of Berryville, Va.
  • Former Illinois congressman Phil Crane dies

    11/09/2014 9:22:10 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 9, 2014 | By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter and not Steelers6
    "His accomplishments, and his lifelong pursuit of conservative principles, will have a lasting effect for generations to come: from his work on the Ways and Means Committee and the Republican Study Committee, to his work founding the Heritage Foundation and leading the American Conservative Union. He fought for lower taxes, a simplified tax code, free-market principles, and free trade."
  • IRS: Gary schools owe $6.7 million

    11/09/2014 10:15:59 AM PST · by John W · 30 replies
    Post-Tribune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Carole Carlson
    GARY — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking $6.78 million in unpaid payroll taxes from Gary Community School Corp. The IRS has filed two liens in the Lake County Recorder’s Office against the school district. One lien, filed Sept. 3, seeks payment of $5,270,467 for payroll taxes in 2013. The other lien, filed June 24, says the district owes $1,514,529 for part of 2012 and 2013. IRS spokesman Luis Garcia said the agency doesn’t comment on specific taxpayers. “The public document has to speak for itself,” he said. The documents state the IRS is giving notice that taxes, including interest...
  • Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country

    11/09/2014 8:12:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-9-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country by Daniel Greenfield People are funny that way. They cling to their bibles and guns. And then if you declare war on them, they don’t want to vote for you. Coal-heavy districts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois that had been steadily moving away from Democrats in recent elections appear to have completed that shift Tuesday, when they overwhelmingly backed Republicans who vowed to oppose what they call President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.”In West Virginia, once a long-time Democratic stronghold, Republicans will take control of both houses of the state...
  • Obamacare rates in Illinois: Higher premiums, more options in 2015

    11/09/2014 7:38:52 AM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/6/2014 | Wes Venteicher, Gregory Karp, Robert Channick
    Illinois residents who enroll in Obamacare on the whole will pay higher premiums than last year for the most popular plans, but they'll have many more options to choose from, according to 2015 plan information released Friday. Premiums for the lowest-cost options in the most popular group of plans will rise 2.6 percent on average statewide, although rates for those so-called silver plans will vary widely, from a decrease of 5 percent to an increase of 12 percent, the Illinois Department of Insurance announced Friday. Rates for the lowest-cost plans, called bronze, will increase 11 percent on average. While Illinois...
  • Fire Valerie Jarrett: If Obama wants to shake things up, his closest adviser should be first to go

    11/07/2014 9:05:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 7, 2014 | Carol Felsenthal
    Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done. Now it’s really time to do it. Let’s stipulate right away that it would be...
  • Think Twice About Illinois’s Crony Republican Governor-Elect

    11/07/2014 7:20:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 149 replies
    SPECTATOR.ORG ^ | 07 NOVEMBER 2014 | WILLIAM J KELLY
    With Bruce Rauner’s election in Illinois, the Republican Governor’s Association has checked this bluer-than-blue state off its Democrat tick list. It must feel good—but I’m less than sanguine. For the better part of a year, powerful Chicago Democrats have been whispering in my ear, extolling Rauner’s virtues. I heard similar insider political “chatter” about Barack Obama from these same Democrats long before he ran for U.S. Senate. Even the left-leaning Chicago Sun-Times suddenly changed its no-endorsement policy to back Rauner — and only Rauner — without even the basic formality of a candidate questionnaire or interview.
  • Chicago Protesters Charge City Police with Systematically Targeting and Killing Black Youth

    11/07/2014 7:51:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nick Chiles, editor-in-chief
    While Chicago has been portrayed as a city that has been overwhelmed with violence in the Black community, a group of protesters gathered in front of the Chicago police headquarters on Wednesday night to charge that in fact the Chicago police department is systematically targeting African Americans in the city, leaving far too many dead at the hands of Chicago police officers. A group of noteworthy attendees at the rally was the families of young people killed by the police, who publicly recounted the circumstances of their deaths and described how they have been trying to get answers and justice...
  • Evanston Becomes First Illinois City To Raise Cigarette-Buying Age To 21

    11/07/2014 5:57:12 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 07 NOVEMBER 2014 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    (CBS) – If you have to be 21 to buy a drink, do you need to be the same age to buy cigarettes? One community in Illinois thinks so. Health experts are hoping Evanston won’t be the last. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports. At this Evanston grocery store, signs warn you can’t buy tobacco under age 18. Starting Saturday, the age limit goes up to 21, when a new ordinance takes effect. “You’re going to have some customers that are going to be upset, but the law’s the law,” says Kosta Douvikas of D and D Finer Foods.
  • The Social Justice of Coal

    11/06/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Robert Bryce | Robert Bryce
    Demonize coal. Keep the poor in the dark. And, above all, keep pushing the fantasy that U.S. government action (with or without the approval of Congress) is essential to dealing with climate change. That — in a nutshell — is the climate-change strategy of the Obama administration and its environmentalist allies. Evidence of the third point can be found by looking at the “Clean Power Plan” — the 645-page set of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last June that, if it withstands legal challenges, will effectively outlaw the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States....
  • US 6 New Zealand 74: Rugby match draws 61,500 to Soldier Field

    11/05/2014 11:19:37 AM PST · by the scotsman · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2nd November 2014 | Jack McCarthy
    'They came from nearby North Lawndale and as far away as Oceania to witness a landmark rugby game Saturday at Soldier Field.. Both curious and committed fans crowded into the lakefront arena as New Zealand's All Blacks — the world's top team — opened a 43-6 first-half lead and beat the USA Eagles 74-6 on a crisp, sunny afternoon. The All Blacks never trailed, but results were almost beside the point. Saturday's game celebrated both community and an emerging sport that returns to the Olympics in 2016 after a more than 90-year absence. The sellout crowd of 61,500 was the...
  • MSNBC: IL Gov Race ‘Real Blow to President Obama’

    11/05/2014 7:28:20 AM PST · by bigbob · 29 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11-4-14 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC’s political panel on Election Night was shocked by the Republican Party’s victory in the Illinois Governor race on Tuesday, with Andrea Mitchell declaring it “a real blow” to the president. Chris Matthews described GOP candidate Bruce Rauner’s victory as “unbelievable” and “amazing.” And host Andrea Mitchell added “it's also a real blow to president obama. There’s no way you can’t call it a blow to the president. Because he campaigned for him [Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn]. That was one race that the president really did want to win.” Al Sharpton added that Republicans did a better job turning out...
  • Calls to election judges a 'serious attempt to disrupt' voting

    11/05/2014 4:02:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-5-14 | Brian Slodysko AND MONIFA THOMAS
    barrage of automated phone calls offering false instructions to scores of election judges was "a serious attempt to disrupt" Chicago voting operations in the run-up to Tuesday’s vote, election officials said. Between Friday and Monday, an unknown number of judges — the paid partisan employees tasked with operating polling stations — received the misleading robocalls, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. “Given the level of response that we received, we suspect it was a large number of people — we don’t know how large,” Jim Allen, board spokesman, said Monday. Some of the judges received calls informing them...
  • Republican Bruce Rauner Wins Illinois Governor's Race

    11/04/2014 8:54:25 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 20 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | Nov 04, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Illinois is the worst-governed state in the nation. It has high unemployment, poor economic performance, billions in unfunded pension liabilities, billions in unpaid bills, failing schools, the worst credit rating in the country, and rampant corruption and cronyism. According to a recent Gallup poll, a whopping 50 percent of respondents would even choose to move out of state if they had the chance. For these reasons, voters in The Prairie State have chosen to pass on re-electing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, or the “failure,” as Republican challenger Bruce Rauner pegged him on the campaign trail. Instead, they’re taking a chance...
  • Illinois Governor’s Race: Rauner Pulls Ahead

    11/04/2014 8:28:03 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 35 replies
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 04 NOVEMBER 2014 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (CBS) — According to the latest expanded exit polls from CBS 2, Bruce Rauner is gaining the advantage in the razor thin race for Illinois governor.
  • Rauner Beats Quinn

    11/04/2014 8:54:17 PM PST · by Lurker · 26 replies
    Fox News | 4 November 2015 | Fox News
    Fox calls it for Rauner.
  • Here's where you can register to vote around Chicago on Tuesday

    11/04/2014 9:12:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | by BRANDON WALL
    Are you feeling a sudden burst of inspiration and want to vote on Tuesday, but aren't sure where to start? Let's get you sorted out. Not registered? You're in luck! 2014 is the first year Illinois offers same-day registration after a bill was signed into law earlier this summer. You will be able to register and vote at select locations if you are 18, an American citizen, and present two forms of identification, one of which shows your current address. Acceptable forms include a driver's license, a state ID card, a passport, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government...
  • Find the incumbents on your ballot, then vote 'no'

    11/04/2014 9:07:12 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 4, 2014 | By Dennis Byrne
    This is Election Day, and I'm proud to cast my vote against the assorted utopians, finaglers and totally self-involved who are running Illinois and America into the ground. It's no coincidence that most of those who are getting the back of my hand are incumbents. And Democrats. I mean, look at what they've done, in Illinois and America. A potted plant could do better. Not that some of the challengers are better than potted plants, but you can't blame them for a state and a federal government that are circling the drain. The Affordable Care Act, proudly marked by President...
  • Could weather be a factor in Tuesday's election?

    11/03/2014 10:17:51 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 14 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | 3 Nov 2014 | Kurt Erickson Lee Springfield Bureau
    Both Democrats and Republicans have spent considerable time and money this election cycle trying to convince voters to cast their ballots early. While the tactic was designed to push potentially reluctant supporters to vote during a non-presidential election when turnout is typically down, it also could have something to do with Illinois' fickle weather patterns in November. According to most forecasts, Tuesday could be a rainy day from Houston to Buffalo. In some cases, the precipitation could lead to flooding along Illinois' western border, one early forecast noted. If you were one of those lucky enough to have voted early,...
  • Undercover video shows North Carolina poll workers offering ballots to ineligible impostor-twenty

    11/03/2014 7:31:14 AM PST · by kevkrom · 8 replies
    Daily Mail Online United Kingdom ^ | 3 November 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor for MailOnline UK
    Undercover video shows North Carolina poll workers offering ballots to ineligible impostor – TWENTY TIMES – putting voter ID battle back on the front burner Conservative guerrilla filmmaker James O'Keefe pretended to be a series of North Carolinians who hadn't voted in years In precinct after precinct, election officials offered him ballots without confirming his identity Only one polling place turned him away without an ID, but officials there were breaking the rules in order to do it O'Keefe famously embarrassed US Attorney General Eric Holder by obtaining the cabinet member's ballot in Washington as a protest against the lack...
  • Governor's Race in FL, MI, IL all Toss Ups

    11/02/2014 5:52:07 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 44 replies
    PPP ^ | Nov 2, 2014
    PPP's final polls for Governor in Florida, Michigan, and Illinois find incredibly tight contests in all three states. Florida is the closest. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist both have 44%, with Libertarian Adrian Wyllie polling at 6%. PPP usually has a policy of not releasing poll results to the decimal, but when we find a tie on our final poll of the cycle somewhere we make an exception. Crist is at 44.0% to 43.8% for Scott- in terms of raw respondents to the poll that's 526 for Crist and 524 for Scott. Wyllie may be playing a spoiler role for...
  • Federal judge refuses government request to close terrorism hearing

    11/02/2014 4:22:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/31/14 | Jason Meisner
    A federal judge Friday refused a government request to close her courtroom for a hearing next week for a Bolingbrook teen charged with attempting to go abroad to join the extremist group Islamic State.. Prosecutors had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox to restrict access of the public and the news media during the Monday detention hearing for Mohammed Hamzah Khan because of "privacy concerns" involving two minors connected to Khan's case but not charged with any wrongdoing. In her four-page ruling, Cox said prosecutors had not met their burden to show that closing the proceedings would outweigh the "value...
  • Man charged with shooting outside Bridgeview mosque (ILLINOIS)

    11/02/2014 3:33:38 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    FOX 32 CHICAGO ^ | NOV 2, 2014
    Man charged with shooting outside Bridgeview mosque Nov 02, 2014 2:28 PM CST A southwest suburban man is accused of shooting another man in the back Friday afternoon after a prayer service at a Bridgeview mosque. Rame R. Joudeh, 41, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, all felonies, according to a statement from Bridgeview police. Joudeh confronted the 36-year-old man about 1:05 p.m. in the 9200 block of Beloit Avenue in Bridgeview, police said. The shooting happened after a prayer service, while the men were outside the mosque...
  • Largest Mainland US Crude Pipeline May Be Reversed

    10/31/2014 12:06:59 PM PDT · by thackney
    Oil Pro ^ | 10/30/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Marathon Petroleum says it's assessing options for the future of the largest mainland US oil conduit- the 1.2 M/bd Capline pipeline. In recent years, the pipeline, which runs from St. James, Louisiana (the delivery hub for Light Louisiana Sweet crude) to Patoka, Illinois, has seen sharp declines in shipping volumes as midwestern refiners access the growing supply of Bakken and Canadian crude to replace expensive imports via Capline. Crude flows through the US have effectively reversed as less expensive US (primarily Bakken) and Canadian production pushes out imports delivered to the US Gulf coast. Several reversals and newly-built pipelines now...
  • AGAIN: Voting Machines Swap Votes For Republicans to Votes for Democrats ( Illinois, Maryland .. )

    10/31/2014 11:48:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In the past week we've see votes cast on machines in Illinois' Cook County and in Maryland switch from Republican to Democrat due to "calibration errors." Watchdog.org has done phenomenal work in documenting changed votes. Now, a new report from The Weekly Standard shows that votes cast in Illinois for Republicans are being changed yet again in favor of Democrats. ... So what do we do about this? If machines in different states repeatedly changed votes from Democrat to Republican, Eric Holder would have launched a federal investigation under suspicions of fraud and I doubt "calibration error" would be accepted...
  • How Many Elections Will The Democrats Steal?

    10/31/2014 10:21:11 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 57 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 31, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Theft: As "calibration errors" switch votes in Illinois and Maryland, an election watchdog group sues the latter over massive voting by noncitizens in one county after discovering voters registered in multiple states. The fact that many people will do anything to get out of jury duty has exposed massive fraudulent voting in Frederick County, Md., that may have been going on for years. Illegal aliens who stated they were noncitizens on jury duty forms were found to have cast votes in elections. The Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA) cross-checked jury duty forms with individual voting records and found that hundreds of...
  • 2014 Election Results: Democrat Voter Fraud Caught in Arizona, Maryland, And Illinois? [VIDEO]

    10/30/2014 8:54:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 10/30/2014
    Early voting has begun for midterm 2014 elections, and reports of Democrat voter fraud have come in from Arizona, Maryland and Illinois. The Arizona incident featured a liberal activist caught on video stuffing hundreds of ballots into a ballot box. In Maryland and Illinois, voting machines were switching votes from Republican to Democrat, raising suspicions of fraud being the root of the so-called malfunction. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Greenpeace terminated the contract of a Colorado-based worker who was caught on video seemingly condoning fraud in the state’s new vote-by-mail process. The undercover video was taken by James...
  • On A New Shared Street In Chicago, There Are No Sidewalks, No Lights, And Almost No Signs

    10/29/2014 1:28:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    Fastcoexist ^ | 27 October 2014 | Jessica Leber
    Chicago is about to take a gamble on a four-block stretch of town where drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are all equal. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Imagine a street with no sidewalks, no crosswalks, no curbs, no lane markings--basically no real distinctions between pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers at all. At first glance, that might seem like an extraordinarily unsafe street. But the city of Chicago is betting on its success as it redesigns a four-block stretch of its uptown. The New York Times editorial board recently called the concept of shared streets a “radical experiment” for the city...