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  • 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 · 6 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 · 73 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...
  • CNN’s Camerota Confronts Literal Nazi Running For GOP Congressional Seat in Insane Interview

    02/09/2018 12:52:16 AM PST · by Simon Green · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 02/08/17 | Aidan McLaughlin
    CNN’s Alisyn Camerota confronted a literal Nazi who is currently poised to nab the GOP nomination for Congress — and the interview predictably derailed, as the Nazi ranted about “the Jewish media.” Arthur Jones, a holocaust denier, anti-Semite, white supremacist and all around lunatic is set to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat near Chicago — and appeared on CNN to defend himself. “It is shocking to hear how vocally and unapologetically racist you are,” Camerota opened the interview. “Are you a Nazi?” Jones contended that he does not call himself a Nazi, but an “American patriot...
  • Governor denies clemency to Army veteran with green card who is facing deportation

    02/08/2018 4:21:27 PM PST · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    MSN Chicago Tribune ^ | February 8, 2018
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has denied clemency for an Army veteran and green card holder with a felony drug conviction, according to both the man's lawyer and his mother, who said she got the news in a letter from the governor's office Wednesday. Advocates had hoped a pardon from the governor would encourage the government to grant citizenship to Miguel Perez Jr., retroactive to when he joined the military in 2001. His attorney, Chris Bergin, applied for citizenship on Perez's behalf in July. That retroactive application for citizenship is the only pathway left for Perez, 39, after a three-judge panel...
  • Neo-Nazi poised to be GOP nominee in Illinois says he's not a 'single-issue candidate'

    02/07/2018 11:33:08 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 7, 2018
    A longtime neo-Nazi poised to be a Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois says nothing would get him to give up the chance to promote “America-first” policies in Washington. Arthur Jones, who has a long association with the American Nazi Party and related groups, was the only person to submit 603 signatures for the Republican ballot in the Chicago-area 3rd Congressional District, a Democratic stronghold. Horror spread quickly after the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times reported this week that Republicans appear unable to force Jones off the ballot.
  • Durbin: With President Trump Failing To Lead, Congress Must Pass The Bipartisan Dream Act Now

    02/06/2018 6:20:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 2.06.18 | U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    WASHINGTON—Five months since the Trump Administration terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called for Congress to come up with a legislative solution, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today once again came to the Senate floor to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now.  In his speech, Durbin noted that just four weeks ago—in a nationally televised White House meeting—President Trump himself acknowledged that the DACA crisis must be addressed first, before any attempt to turn to comprehensive immigration reform.  In that meeting, the President said that he wanted to...