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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....