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  • Tales Of A Politician Who Will Say Anything To Distract Illinois Taxpayers

    04/04/2012 7:06:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | April 4, 2012 | Mike Shields
    Democrat Cheri Bustos could write a book on how to distract voters from her disturbing job-destroying record. Anointed by the Chicago political machine as the Democrat candidate in Illinois’ 17th District, Bustos started her campaign by following their playbook by attacking pizzeria owner and union member Bobby Schilling right out of the gate. In an effort to shed light on her aversion to the truth, the NRCC has launched a Web site dedicated to exposing the real Cheri Bustos – The site chronicles Bustos’ record in a series of chapters highlighting her support of big-government policies that have made...
  • Chicago activists protest immigrant detention plan

    04/01/2012 8:48:18 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media lfitzpatrick
    CHICAGO (AP) — Activists are finishing a three-day march through Chicago to protest a proposed new federal immigrant detention center.
  • Chicago Murder Rate up 56% [George Zimmerman NEVER seen in Chicago!]

    03/31/2012 6:50:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    Fox Chicago ^ | 3/30/2012
    We need to talk about the epidemic of violence that is raging on the streets of Chicago. The numbers can only be described as terrifying. Thirteen people were shot and two killed in six hours on Thursday. There have been 23 murders in the past two weeks, and 117 already this year. Chicago's murder rate is up 56 percent over last year. The people of Chicago are caught in the crossfire, and we are going to take an in-depth look at the violence. Why is it happening? Who is to blame?
  • Wind farm partnership has Evanston officials hopeful

    03/31/2012 11:30:41 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 17 replies
    Evanston officials hope that a partnership announced today among five Great Lakes states and several federal agencies could clear the murky regulatory waters that have made efforts to develop offshore wind farms on the Great Lakes difficult. Evanston began looking at such a project two years ago. “I think it’s terrific news, because I was told when I first started exploring wind turbines in the lake that no one would put them in the lake because there were no rules governing how to do it,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. “So I’m delighted that five states made this pact and...
  • Dwyane Wade’s Nephew Shot: 13 Wounded, 2 Killed Within 6 Hours in Chicago

    03/31/2012 7:37:35 AM PDT · by massmike · 86 replies ^ | 03/31/2012 | Amir Shaw
    Dwyane Wade’s nephew was one of 13 people who were shot in Chicago in one day. Wade’s nephew was shot at the Dollar and Tobacco convenience store on March 29. “I don’t have all of the details at this time,” Wade said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with all involved, including my nephew and sister. Having grown up in the inner-city, I am aware of the difficult realities that exist on the streets. One of the goals of my foundation, the Wade’s World Foundation, is to continue to spread the message that the violence needs to stop.”...
  • Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions in urban political shift

    03/31/2012 4:49:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 30, 2012 | Lyndsey Layton with Peyton Craighill
    ...The mayors want a raft of changes. They want to replace the uniform pay scale with merit pay. They seek to expand public charter schools, which are largely non-union. Some want to lengthen school days, requiring teachers to work more hours. And nearly all of these mayors have set their sights on the one workplace protection that teachers have held central for more than 100 years: tenure. The unions say many of the “fixes” embraced by the mayors are trendy ideas without evidence that they help children learn. Instead, they allow politicians to appear as if they are making improvements...
  • Illinois residents can now legally mail order ammunition

    03/30/2012 12:24:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    KFVS ^ | March 29th, 2012 | Amber Ruch
    Gun owners in Illinois will now be able to legally mail order ammunition from intra-state gun sales locations. Senate Bill 681 was sponsored by State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) and passed the Senate on March 28. It allows an Illinois resident to buy ammunition through the mail from an in-state federal firearm-licensed retailer or seller of ammunition. The bill is supported by the Illinois State Rifle Association and National Rifle Association. “Only in Illinois would it be illegal to order ammunition from an Illinois point of purchase. Currently, a resident can purchase ammunition through the mail from Wyoming, Florida...
  • 13 shot, 2 dead in Chicago in six hours Thursday night

    03/30/2012 8:29:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 30, 2012 | Peter Nickeas and Jeremy Gorner
    At least two people were killed and 11 others wounded in violence across Chicago overnight, most of the victims from just two shootings on the West and South sides, according to police. Suspects were being questioned in one of the shootings, the killing of a man near his home on the Far South Side, officials said.
  • Hoodie' Wearing Gunmen Kill 1, Wound 5 In Bobby Rush's Ill. District

    03/30/2012 7:36:18 AM PDT · by sunmars · 59 replies
    Former Black Panther Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, made quite a fuss when he donned a "hoodie" in the U.S. House until he was escorted out. At the time, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, "applauded his courage" for doing so. Meanwhile, back home in Rush's district, two men wearing hooded sweatshirts, or "hoodies," were the shooters in an incident that left one dead and five injured. A congressman was removed from the House floor Wednesday after giving a speech about Trayvon Martin while wearing a hoodie. In fact, during a span of six-hours Thursday night, 13 people were shot, leaving two...
  • Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show ends a day early

    03/30/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies ^ | 29 March 2012 | LORI RACKL
    The short life of “The Rosie Show” got even shorter Thursday when OWN aired the finale of the anemically rated program a day early. Talk show host Rosie O’Donnell did the equivalent of slipping quietly out the back door when she capped off Thursday’s broadcast not with any parting words, but with a performance by singer Josh Kelley. Kelley’s performance had been taped — and had aired — a few months ago, back when O’Donnell was doing her show in front of an audience in a much larger space at Chicago’s Harpo Studios. The show since had been stripped of...
  • Jesse Jackson Says Tea Party Wants To Sink Ship To ‘Destroy Captain’

    03/29/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | March 29, 2012 | Carol Cain
    DETROIT (CBS 62) Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by the Michigan Matters set to talk with host Carol Cain about developments in the Trayvon Martin murder case and the emergency manager saga playing out in Detroit. Jackson also offered a frank assessment of Gov. Rick Snyder’s dealings with the Motor City financial crisis. “You can’t separate the largest organ in your body from who you are,” he said about the state’s relationship with the city. “Detroit doesn’t have a problem, Michigan has a problem. Why is Detroit in crisis? We bailed out the automotive industry but the city has not been...
  • Spineless Illinois Politicians Propose to Shift Pension Burden to Schools

    03/29/2012 7:05:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | March 29, 2012 | Kyle Johnson
    By and large, politicians are not willing to tackle the unsustainable costs they’ve created. Consider Illinois public employee pensions. Public employee pensions have been a state expense. Therefore, a big chunk of legacy costs don’t need to be shown on school district books. But new legislation proposed by Senate Democrats seeks to change that. They want local school districts to bear that burden. The problem? On third of Illinois school districts are already on “financial watch lists,” according to the New York Times. So the geniuses in Springfield are proposing to increase the weight because it is likely much...
  • 80-year-old Homeowner Arrested After Shooting Burglar

    03/29/2012 12:23:01 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    An 80-year-old Army veteran was arrested after he shot a burglar who had broken into his Chicago-area home. Police have charged Homer Wright with one felony count of unlawful gun use. They charged the man who broke into Wright’s home, 19-year-old Anthony Robinson with felony burglary.
  • Illinois fumbles chance to hire its first black coach (RACE BAIT ALERT)

    03/28/2012 10:41:14 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 26 replies
    The University of Illinois has had 16 men’s basketball coaches since it began playing the sport in 1906. All of them, from Elwood Brown to Bruce Weber, had a skin pigmentation that resembled Cream of Wheat. On Tuesday, the school was preparing to hire its 17th coach, John Groce, who is as white (and shorn) as a cue ball. Apparently, we live in a state with the racial diversity of Iceland. It was one thing for Illinois to whiff on Shaka Smart, the very successful coach at Virginia Commonwealth, which is what new athletic director Mike Thomas did. Smart, who...
  • Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor for Wearing 'Hoodie'

    03/28/2012 8:10:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | Peter Kasperowicz
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a "hoodie," then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. A photo of Rush can be seen here. "Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." Rush also put on sunglasses. Rush quoted the Bible while presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) repeatedly interrupted him, then asked the Sergeant at Arms to enforce the House prohibition on hats in...
  • New pipeline plan to rival Keystone XL

    03/27/2012 8:56:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 27, 2012 | Zain Shauk
    Amid political turmoil surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline, two companies announced plans to create a rival system to bring crude oil from Canada and the northern United States to the Gulf Coast. The move is a response to mounting supply pressure in the north, where advances in drilling technology have heralded an oil boom that has created a glut of landlocked crude with limited transportation options. Enbridge, Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, and Enterprise Products Partners L.P., of Houston, will collaborate on a $2 billion pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to the Houston area, according to an announcement late Monday. Enbridge will...
  • Death Of Trayvon Martin Strikes Chord In Chicago - Dick Durbin says no justification for shooting

    03/25/2012 1:28:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies ^ | March 25, 2012
    The shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last month in Florida, at the hands of a member of the local neighborhood watch, has been sparking outrage across the nation, including Chicago, where protesters and public officials spoke out about the shooting over the weekend. Martin, who was unarmed, was killed in Sanford, Fla., last month by community watch representative George Zimmerman, who has claimed he acted in self-defense. No charges have been approved in the death of the teen, which occurred nearly a month ago. The shooting has placed increased scrutiny on Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” self-defense law,...
  • Pfleger on Trayvon Martin shooting: 'Protect our children'

    03/25/2012 12:25:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 25, 2012 | Jim Jaworski
    The Rev. Michael Pfleger today joined the chorus of voices demanding justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager shot in Florida by a man on neighborhood watch. Pfleger told the audience at St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church to demand racial justice and called on officials to treat the death of all children as equally tragic. "America, we demand you deal with race," Pfleger preached. "We demand you protect our children." .... During the service today at St. Sabina, dozens of children and teenagers locked arms and circled the altar. One held a sign reading "We are...
  • Pike County to Cook County: Drop Dead(IL)

    03/24/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Fed up with the control the Chicago machine has exercised over Illinois state politics in general and firearms laws specifically, Pike County has voted to legalize concealed carry effective immediately. The measure was approved on March 20 by a 3,214 to 550 margin in what calls one of the largest voter turnouts in county history. “Historians have stated that this is the first time since 1862 that county voters in any U.S. state have explicitly reversed a state law. The previous example was when the five western counties of Virginal nullified that state’s secession from the Union, and themselves...
  • Cedar Rapids among five cities where anti-Limbaugh ads will run [Huckabee is a rat!]

    03/23/2012 10:02:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 23 March 2012 | AP
    Rush Limbaugh’s opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star’s attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they’re going after bigger game. He’s already fighting back and the group’s stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities....
  • DIRTY LIBS ARE BUSTED – Robocall Scandal About to Break Wide Open – Extent of Scandal Has National

    03/23/2012 6:45:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    gateway ^ | March 23, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Two weeks aga a shady liberal group (they don’t even have a website) calling themselves the “Women of the 99%” made tens of thousands of illegal robocalls across the US attacking Rush Limbaugh and Republican lawmakers in battleground districts. We now have three recorded videos of the illegal robocalls from districts in Illinois, Wisconsin and California. Kevin G. sent in the latest video of one of the illegal robocalls from Rep. Dan Lungren’s district in California: The calls were placed in at least 25 Congressional districts in at least 12 different states across the US. ... The organization “Occupy Women...
  • What about murders closer to home? [Black columnist points out hypocrisy]

    03/23/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Trentonian ^ | 3/23/2012
    The shooting death of a black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a white/Hispanic George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., has caused a national fury... I have to offer this assessment about Sanford, social activists and others jettisoned into this Florida fray: Will blacks in America ever show anger and disgust for our murders, the black-on-black killings that permeate most urban cities, our disdain for life, our acceptance for thugs, gang members, etc.? Philadelphia has chalked up 80 murders in 2012, just about one a day, almost like downing a multivitamin tablet. Don’t forget your murder. Now go out and make this a...
  • Pike County, Illinois Enacts Concealed Carry

    03/23/2012 5:55:06 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 30 replies · 4+ views ^ | 3/23/2012 |
    PASA Park, Barry, IL -- In the election held Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the voters of Pike County, Illinois, approved a firearms concealed-carry ordinance by a 3,214 to 550 margin. It was one of the largest voter turnouts in county history. The ordinance directly contradicts current Illinois state law. As presented on the ballot, the ordinance took effect upon passage, and applies only to Pike County. The ordinance was placed on the ballot by a citizen initiative petition process that garnered three times the number of signatures required by law. The new "Constitutional Carry" Pike County initiative was spearheaded by...
  • Pfleger 'in solidarity' with Trayvon Martin's parents

    03/22/2012 8:23:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 22, 2012
    March 22, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Father Michael Pfleger is calling on churches across the Chicago area to participate in a rally for Trayvon Martin. Pfleger is asking for churches to place a bag of Skittles candy, a can of iced tea, and a hoodie at their alters this Sunday. These are the items Martin had on him when he was killed. Pfleger released a statement, saying, ''We may not all be able to go to Florida to stand with Trayvon Martin's parents, but we can do this in our church Sunday, standing in solidarity with them....
  • Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

    03/22/2012 7:29:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will...
  • Pike County voters overwhelmingly approve conceal-carry ordinance(IL)

    03/21/2012 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 21 March, 2012 | DEBORAH GERTZ HUSAR
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Pike County voters sent a message Tuesday in favor of gun rights. A question on Tuesday's primary ballot asked whether the county should adopt a constitutional carry of arms ordinance — and the answer was resoundingly yes by a vote of 3,214 to 550. Pittsfield chiropractor Dan Mefford spearheaded the ballot issue which he said had wide support from Democrats, Republicans and independent voters. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a poke in the eye for the thieves of liberty," Mefford said. "It's a thing whose time had come." Winning voter approval was key in sending what...
  • Rick Santorum Pledges To 'Pull Up Government By The Roots'

    03/20/2012 9:25:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 20, 2012 | John Hoeffel
    Rick Santorum Pledges To 'Pull Up Government By The Roots' By John Hoeffel March 20, 2012 Rick Santorum, after finishing far behind Mitt Romney in Illinois, turned his focus Tuesday night to winning his home state of Pennsylvania, which votes in five weeks, styling himself as the only trustworthy conservative and delivering a populist appeal aimed at blue-collar voters. After mentioning that he had called Romney to congratulate him, Santorum took aim at the front-runner in his election night speech, implying that he was too wealthy and not tough enough to take on President Obama. “We don’t need a manager,”...
  • Postman: Ayers family put 'foreigner' Obama through school

    03/19/2012 9:04:16 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 316 replies · 2+ views
    WND ^ | 3-19-12 | Jerome Corsi
    Allen Hulton *snip* A retired U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the late 1980s and early 1990s and claims to have met Obama in front of the Ayers home emphatically says yes to all three questions. Allen Hulton, who was commended for 39 years of honorable service with the USPS, has given a sworn affidavit to investigators commissioned by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio to determine whether Obama is eligible for Arizona’s 2012 election ballot. Hulton has recorded about three hours of video interviews with WND. Hulton...
  • Seeing the bigger picture in 10th District race (MARY MITCHELL ALERT)

    03/20/2012 10:19:45 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 20, 2012 3:40AM | MARY MITCHELL
    I have a lot of respect for Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), because the senior statesman has always been a strong advocate for the African-American community. So I was taken aback to see him among the West Side elected officials that publicly supported state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) days after Smith was charged with taking a $7,000 bribe from an undercover informant. Smith, of course, is innocent until proven guilty. But this is not the kind of news his supporters wanted to hear a week before a primary. Worse yet, the appointed official is facing off against Tom Swiss, a former...
  • US Rep. Jackson Jr. wins Illinois primary battle

    03/20/2012 7:20:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/20/12 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois has handily won the nomination against former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson. Halvorson was Jackson's first credible Democratic challenger since the son of the civil rights leader first won office in 1995. She lost a congressional bid to a tea party candidate in 2010 in another district and is also a former state legislator. The primary fight in the 2nd Congressional District was among the most contentious of the Illinois primary. The newly redrawn 2nd District extends to include parts of Halvorson's old legislative and congressional districts. It includes Chicago...
  • CNN And Fox Project Romney Wins Illinois

    03/20/2012 5:51:54 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 276 replies
    CNN and Fox | March 20, 2012
    No link yet. I'm just seeing it on CNN. Reuters said Fox called it as well.
  • NBC: Romney Wins Illinois Republican Party [Romney Wins Big In IL]

    03/20/2012 5:47:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 243 replies · 4+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 20, 2012
    NBC: Romney Wins Illinois Republican Party By Michael O'Brien, Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary with some ease on Tuesday evening, allowing him to likely add at his advantage over his rivals in the tally of delegates needed to secure the party's presidential nomination. NBC News projected that Romney had won the contest, the lone presidential primary taking place on Tuesday, shortly after polls closed. The primary offered Republicans maybe their best chance yet of a genuine one-on-one battle between the former Massachusetts governor and Santorum, his chief competitor for the Republican nod.
  • Illinois Republican Primary

    03/20/2012 5:25:48 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 20, 2012 | Staff
    The Race in Illinois Mitt Romney and his allies have pounded Rick Santorum on television and radio, especially in the expensive market of Chicago, where the suburban vote could prove decisive for Mr. Romney. Mr. Santorum was still hoping for a strong vote from downstate Illinois — abutting two states where he won, Iowa and Missouri — but his aides indicated that their hopes were fading in light of the heavy advertising campaign against him. Mr. Romney’s aides believe a comfortable victory could be at hand on Tuesday, but Mr. Santorum and the rest of the field showed no signs...
  • Police Handcuff NBC Chicago Photojournalist--Police release media members after about 10 minutes

    03/20/2012 11:55:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    nbcchicago ^ | Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 | Updated 7:54 AM CDT | Zach Christman
    Chicago police took two members of the media into custody Saturday, including an NBC Chicago photographer. Photographer Donte Williams and WGN Reporter Dan Ponce were detained as they attempted to cover the story of a 6-year-old girl who was shot and killed. Crews were standing on a sidewalk outside Mt. Sinai Hospital, where the girl had been taken. The hospital apparently called police, complaining of trespassers. The news crews, at the request of police officers, said they had already moved from a public sidewalk directly in front of the hospital, to a median halfway across the street. But police disputed...
  • Send Them a Message in Illinois and Beyond!

    03/20/2012 9:32:37 AM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 15 replies | 3/20/12 | Richard Viguerie
    Rick Santorum: Send Them A Message in Illinois – and Beyond By Richard A. Viguerie | 3/20/12 Rick Santorum’s campaign in Illinois – once again being outspent 10 to 1 by the Mitt Romney attack machine – is powered by a simple theme: Send Them A Message. Santorum’s rise as the conservative alternative to establishment moderate Mitt Romney isn’t an accident or the result of a slick advertising campaign. Rick is where he is because grassroots movement conservatives and Tea Party voters across America have had it with the establishment Republican Party, and its business-as-usual insiders of the Wall Street...
  • Prayer request

    03/20/2012 8:19:09 AM PDT · by thepatriot1 · 14 replies
    'Person of interest' questioned after Chicago cop shot
  • In Illinois, Santorum’s Chance at Nomination Is Slipping Away (Rick's last stand)

    03/20/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/20/2012 | Nate Silver
    A quick glance at the map might tempt you into thinking that the Republican nomination is roughly an even battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with Mr. Romney tending to prevail in the Northeast and the West, and Mr. Santorum in the Midwest and the South. Do the math, however, and you’ll find that the nomination isn’t all that close. Mr. Romney hasn’t done that well in the South — but he also hasn’t been shut out there, winning Florida and its 50 winner-take-all delegates, and Virginia, where only Ron Paul was on the ballot alongside him. The Southern...
  • GOTV in Illinois (R) Let's break 1980 Primary Turnout 1,130,081 voted as Reagan beat Anderson.

    03/19/2012 9:36:24 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 9 replies
    1980 Illinois Primary Turnout Record ^ | March 19, 2012 | Steelers6
    Ronald Reagan 547,355 (48.4%) to John Anderson 415,193 (36.7%) an 11.7% victory, Bush was way back with 124,057 (11%) 2 10 Crane 24,865 (2%) 3 2 All others 18,611 (2%) 0 2
  • Editors Roundtable: Concealed carry(Il Poll center left of article)

    03/19/2012 5:28:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 18 March, 2012 | Tom Martin, Jay Redfern, Lisa Coon, Rob Buck
    Question: The Illinois House of Representatives will debate legislation that would make it legal for licensed gun owners to carry firearms. Would you support such a measure? Pass bill, let Chicago opt out Despite concealed carry being a hot button issue, I’m lukewarm about it. I don’t think it’s a vital issue, and I believe our legislators should, instead, focus like a laser beam on finances. I respect the 2nd Amendment, but I also understand why Chicago legislators don’t want more people out there walking around with guns. The bill approved 11-1 by a House committee would allow county sheriffs...
  • Weekend of violence claims 10 shooting victims across Chicago

    03/19/2012 1:03:18 PM PDT · by infool7 · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 19, 2012 | Liam Ford, Peter Nickeas and Rosemary Sobol
    At least 10 people were killed, including a 6-year-old girl, in shootings over the weekend in Chicago. The slain were among at least 49 people wounded in shootings from 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to information compiled by the Chicago Tribune. Two teenagers were expected to appear in bond court today in the slaying of Aliyah Shell, as she sat with her mother, sister and a male about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the front porch of her home in the 3100 block of South Springfield Avenue. Aliyah was killed when a pickup truck pulled up in front...
  • Police charge father after he offers to help girls during snow storm

    03/19/2012 11:07:03 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 103 replies ^ | 3-19-2012 | Jessica King
    An Illinois father of three faces a potential $750 fine and possible criminal charges after he pulled over to ask two teenage girls if they needed a ride during a snow storm on March 2, 2012. Rodney Peterson says he was simply trying to be a good Samaritan by trying to help the girls, not harm them. Peterson says he saw two young girls, ages 13, leave a Shell gas station in the Barrington, Illinois area on cold wintery day without coats, umbrellas or hoods. He said he pulled over and asked them how far they were walking and they...
  • No 'spark' for Romney in Illinois

    03/19/2012 7:58:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/19/2012 | Reid J. Epstein
    Same story, different state. Mitt Romney has a roster of blue chip GOP supporters here, more resources and a superior organization in a state that seems a good fit to his brand of Republicanism. And, yet again, on primary eve Illinois remains in play, with Rick Santorum seemingly within striking distance and the former Massachusetts governor’s local supporters more nervous than they should be about Tuesday’s outcome. Bob Michel, the former House GOP Leader who served 19 terms in Congress representing Peoria, acknowledged that Romney has thus far failed to generate sufficient excitement to deliver a convincing knockout blow to...
  • Romney up big in Illinois (PPP- Rom 45 San 30 NEWT 12)

    03/18/2012 10:14:19 PM PDT · by VinL · 143 replies
    PPP ^ | 3-18-12 | PPP
    Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory in Illinois on Tuesday. He leads with 45% to 30% for Rick Santorum, 12% for Newt Gingrich, and 10% for Ron Paul. Romney's particularly strong among voters who live in suburban areas (50-29) and with those who live in urban areas (46-23). But he's even running slightly ahead of Santorum, 38-36, with folks who identify as living in rural parts and that strength with a group of voters he hasn't tended to do that well with is why he's looking at such a lopsided margin of victory. Romney tends to win moderates...
  • Operation Chaos: Should Illinois Democrats cross lines and vote for Rick Santorum?

    03/18/2012 8:19:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Chicago Now ^ | March 18, 2012 | by Brian C. Thomas
    I am a reluctant Democrat. Hell, I’m even a little embarrassed to call myself a Democrat. I’m not a fan of budgets increasing that should be decreasing. I am not a fan of coddling labor unions. I am not anti-union, but it seems like most unions are anti-hard work and I am certainly against that. But looking at my voting record, Team Dem has had my solid support over the years. Clinton got my vote twice; while Gore, Kerrey and Obama all got my vote, although the Kerrey vote earned me a trip to the ER for a panic attack....
  • In Illinois, Romney grinds away with attacks on Santorum

    03/18/2012 7:36:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 18, 2012 | Paul West
    CHICAGO -- In the latest indication that momentum is nonexistent in the Republican presidential contest, Mitt Romney won a victory in Puerto Rico on Sunday and worked toward another in Illinois on Tuesday, results that would quash Rick Santorum's efforts to build on primary successes last week in Alabama and Mississippi. On Sunday, the candidates were traveling down very different campaign paths. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, made stops across Illinois, including in conservative areas downstate where Santorum is expected to show strength. Santorum, meantime, skipped ahead to campaign in Louisiana, which votes this weekend. Until recently, Santorum appeared to...
  • On last day free, Blagojevich to offer last word

    03/18/2012 3:10:55 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 3/14/12 | MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) — On his last full day of freedom, Rod Blagojevich will do what he loved doing while Illinois governor and as he unsuccessfully defended himself against corruption charges: He'll step up to a microphone and talk.Blagojevich, known for colorful speeches and a habit of quoting historical figures, is set to speak outside his Chicago home Wednesday evening. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a Colorado prison on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence, making him the state's second governor in a row to go to prison for corruption.More than 50 reporters were swarming his home by...
  • Illinois: Romney 41% Santorum 32% Gingrich 14%

    03/18/2012 12:34:40 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 102 replies · 2+ views
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | 3/15/12 | N/A
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has the lead in Illinois but lots of voters are still trying to decide in the final days before the state’s GOP Primary. The first Rasmussen Reports poll in the state shows Romney at 41% and Rick Santorum at 32%. Trailing further back are Newt Gingrich at 14% and Ron Paul at seven percent (7%).
  • Pressure mounts on Romney for Illinois victory(Reuters weighs in;)

    03/18/2012 12:28:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3/18/12 | Steve Holland Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pressure is mounting on Republican Mitt Romney to win next Tuesday's presidential primary in Illinois, a state considered friendly territory as he seeks to fend off a growing challenge from conservative rival Rick Santorum. Romney and Santorum have added campaign events in Illinois over the next few days to try to get a leg up in the state, where a Chicago Tribune poll last week gave Romney a narrow lead of 35 percent to Santorum's 31 percent. The former Massachusetts governor is pouring money into Illinois and sending an ally, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to campaign...
  • 5 dead, 12 wounded in attacks across Chicago

    03/18/2012 10:46:57 AM PDT · by John W · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 18, 2012 | Liam Ford and Peter Nickeas
    Five people were killed and at least 12 other people wounded in shootings Saturday night and Sunday morning across the city. The evening attacks follow the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old girl and the wounding of four other people in Chicago within an hour Saturday afternoon, and 16 shootings, including the slaying of a 42-year-old man, overnight Friday and early Saturday morning.
  • What’s Next for Gun Rights?

    03/13/2012 11:19:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    NRO ^ | 13 mar2012 | Robert VerBruggen
    To gun-rights supporters, the Supreme Court’s District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago decisions may have felt like a dream come true — the Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms, and applied that right to state and local governments. Going forward, handgun bans are off the table in the U.S. But judging by a conference hosted by the Fordham Urban Law Journal last Friday, the two sides of the gun-control debate have simply regrouped, recalibrated their expectations, and lined up for battle once again. As definitive as Heller and McDonald may seem, they offer...