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  • Tavis Smiley is out at WBEZ — and he’s not smiling [Chicago NPR station drops black man!]

    10/16/2012 2:39:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 10/15/12 | Laura Washington
    The nationally syndicated show “Smiley & West” has been dumped by WBEZ-FM (91.5), one of the nation’s largest carriers of the Public Radio International show. The news, first reported last week by Time Out Chicago blogger Rob Feder, is a blow to both Smiley and the cause of diversity. The move has triggered a wave of charges and countercharges and has resurrected a long-simmering controversy over the role of black voices in the era of Obama.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Is the Target of a Criminal Investigation for Home Decorating

    10/15/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/15/12 | John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire
    In what's shaping out to be a pretty dreadful year for Jesse Jackson's Jr., the Chicago congressman who has been on medical leave for bipolar disorder is now the subject of a criminal investigation for misusing campaign money to spruce up his house. The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett and Evan Perez report that a FBI probe of Jackson is in its "final stages ... according to people familiar with the matter," with the possibility of an indictment coming before the November election. The paper reports Jackson's attorneys tried to get assurances that an indictment wouldn't come before Nov. 6,...
  • Bad reviews, shaky mental health not expected to keep judge off bench (chicago)

    10/14/2012 5:14:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10-13-12 | LISA DONOVAN
    This month the Chicago Bar Association issued its judicial evaluations for the 50-plus judges running for retention, putting her and seven other judges under the “not recommended” category, as the association did in 2006 when she was up for re-election. ‘Not qualified’ The Chicago Council of Lawyers also recently found her “not qualified” — as the council did six years earlier. snip Court records obtained by the Sun-Times reveal she was examined by a court-appointed psychiatrist who believes she’s “presently mentally fit with medication” but opined she was “legally insane” at the time of the reported skirmish with the sheriff’s...
  • Why Joe Walsh Might Win the 8th (IL Congressional Dist)

    10/13/2012 7:54:55 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 42 replies
    5 NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Oct 12, 2012 | Edward McClelland
    Why Joe Walsh Might Win the 8th By Edward McClelland |  Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:07 PM CDT It ispossible that Rep. Joe Walsh, Tea Party-Ill., will hold on to his seat. A poll conducted this week by We Ask America has him leading challenger Tammy Duckworth, 47.8 percent to 45.1 percent. (The previous poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling in late September, had Duckworth ahead, 52-38.) This is not supposed to happen. House Speaker Michael Madigan drew this seat not just for a Democrat, but specifically for Duckworth. One of the reasons Duckworth lost to Peter Roskam...
  • DEMBACLE: DEM REDISTRICTING PLANS FALTER IN ILLINOIS

    10/13/2012 4:13:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 13, 2012
    In 2010, GOP candidates for federal office had a banner year in Illinois. The GOP picked up 4 House seats and a U.S. Senate seat in President Obama's adopted home-state. State party GOP candidates, fared less well, however. The state party picked up a handful of legislative seats and lost the Governor's office to Democrat Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's former running-mate. As a result, Democrats controlled all levers for last year's redistricting process. They vowed to use it to reverse the GOP gains in the U.S. House. It isn't working out as planned. Years of Democrat control have taken a...
  • Taxing bullets criminal

    10/13/2012 3:04:24 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 oct 2012 | Steve Chapman
    For urban politicians, gun control is like the bar in "Cheers" — a place of refuge they can seek out whenever things aren't going well. Things aren't going well on the crime front in Chicago, with homicides up 25 percent this year. So what else can our elected leaders do but promise action against guns? Action against the possession and use of guns by violent felons would be a good idea, but the proposal offered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is something else: a penalty on nonviolent citizens who bear no blame for the carnage.
  • Despite federal probe, mental illness, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. expected to be re-elected

    10/13/2012 2:57:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 12, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI AND ART GOLAB
    He’s being treated for bipolar disorder — a mental illness that can bring depression, mania, risky behavior and delusions. He’s had a highly publicized relationship with a “social acquaintance” that rocked his marriage. His name is repeatedly linked to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Now he’s the target of a federal investigation into “suspicious activity” into his congressional finances. What does all this mean for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s political future when the Nov. 6 election is a little more than three weeks away? “He’s going to be re-elected,” political consultant Thom Serafin said. “In this particular part of the...
  • Illinois Orphans (GOP winning in IL races)

    10/12/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 15 replies
    We Ask America ^ | Oct 12, 2012
    Illinois is one of those areas considered by some as an “orphan state.” Barack Obama will surely win here easily with Chicago leading the parade. Like the other orphan states (California & New York) candidates in key Illinois congressional races cannot count on millions of dollars being spent to by the campaigns of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney to persuade voters to put their state in the red or blue column on magic white board election night. The congressional races are in essence the campaigns leading the parade but they are on their own. It also means that in some...
  • Report: More trouble for Jackson Jr.

    10/12/2012 3:22:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Report: More trouble for Jackson Jr. By SEUNG MIN KIM | 10/12/12 5:12 PM EDT Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) – gone from Congress since June on a medical leave of absence – is now facing a new federal investigation into “suspicious activity” in his finances, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. According to the Sun-Times, federal investigators are looking into Jackson’s finances surrounding his House seat and the “possibility of inappropriate expenditures." This latest probe doesn’t involve the ethical troubles that had been surrounding Jackson in connection with allegations that he used official resources to try and win appointment to...
  • 1,100 Illinois inmates got unemployment while in jail last year

    10/11/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 11, 2012
    State officials say they have found more than 1,100 inmates who they believe improperly collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $2 million while jailed in Illinois sometime in about the last year. One Cook County inmate collected almost $43,000, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, though most were paid far less. Nearly all of the fraud occurred in mid-2012 from county jails across the state.
  • Would You Support a County-Wide 'Violence Tax'? (Poll) (tax on guns and ammo)

    10/10/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    tinleypark.patch.com ^ | 10 October, 2012 | NA
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has floated the idea of a tax on guns and ammunition to offset a 2013 budget shortfall. Is this a good idea? Nicknamed a "violence tax," a proposed Cook County tariff would hike up the prices of firearms and ammo as a way to take care of a 2013 budget shortfall, according to an NBC 5 Chicago News report. READ: Check Out the Full NBC 5 Chicago News Story for More Details The tax is being considered by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who said it wouldn't just be used to fill a...
  • Editorial: County tax on guns, ammo a reasonable idea (IL)

    10/10/2012 9:31:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 9 October, 2012 | NA
    Someone standing at the intersection can see Stroger Hospital to the east, where many gunshot victims are treated; the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to the south, where many shooters are incarcerated, and the Cook County medical examiner’s office to the west, where many shooting victims lie dead. That intersection would be a good spot to reflect on the huge cost of Chicago’s gun violence and why Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal for a tax on guns and ammunition is more than reasonable. Trying to close a $115 million gap in the 2013 budget she will present...
  • Walsh Gaining Ground on Duckworth's Territorial Advantage

    10/10/2012 9:00:13 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Carol Marin
    The danger for Tammy Duckworth in the November election is that Congressman Joe Walsh is a better, more nimble, more natural retail politician than she is. Thanks to a new redistricting map, there are 6 percent more Democratic voters in the newly revised 8th District. Almost two-thirds of voters here went for Obama in 2008. So Duckworth arrived with a substantial advantage. A Public Policy Poll last month put her 14 points ahead of Walsh. But there is a growing sense that the race is tightening. Sean Trende, an election analyst for RealClearPolitics.com, said Tuesday that the website, which aggregates...
  • State: More than $2M in unemployment benefits went to inmates

    10/09/2012 6:20:17 PM PDT · by John W · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 9, 2012 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,100 people have collected nearly $2 million in unemployment benefits while they were in county jails or state prisons, including $43,000 that went to a person in the Cook County Jail, a state agency said Tuesday. In Cook County alone, there were 296 inmates tied to $722,689 in wrongful payments. In Will County, 21 inmates collected $85,159. Lake County was another leader with 20 inmates collecting $84,533, the agency said.
  • USDA DIVERSITY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTED ATTENDEES TO CHANT 'OUR FOREFATHERS WERE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS'

    10/09/2012 5:34:25 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/09/2012 | Tony Lee
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) paid Chicago consultants over $200,000 in taxpayer money to put on diversity training workshops that included activities in which employees were instructed to chant "our forefathers were illegal immigrants." The government watchdog group Judicial Watch alleged in documents released this week that these programs only served to promote and enforce left-wing political agendas. A USDA department official said the statements were not reflective of USDA policy, and the consultants merely had "participants repeat provocative and potentially offensive phrases as part of an exercise to examine stereotypes." According to Judicial Watch, the USDA has...
  • Paul Ryan fundraising in Chicago, Big Bird joins protests

    10/09/2012 7:11:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/07/2012
    October 7, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan came to the Chicago area for a big fundraiser, and protesting Democrats were waiting for him. His motorcade arrived at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The top price was nearly $76,000 per person. Outside, Democrats demonstrated against the Republican agenda and Big Bird joined them to protest Mitt Romney's plan to end the federal subsidy for the Public Broadcasting System. They were upset about his Medicare plans, but Republicans say they're on a roll after the first Presidential debate. "The Romney-Ryan voucher plan would leave seniors at the mercy of...
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tighter oversight of local debt

    10/07/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Mark Shade
    Pennsylvania legislators, grappling with capital city Harrisburg's $340 million of debt, set out on Thursday to tighten the state law that governs how cities and towns win approval for complex, taxpayer-funded projects. In a day-long hearing, members of Pennsylvania's Senate Local Government Committee questioned former local officials publicly for the first time about how Harrisburg could have racked up so much debt tied to renovations of its ill-fated trash incinerator. ... A handful of other U.S. municipalities - in particular, Alabama's Jefferson County, which filed the country's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy last November - were also undone largely by debt...
  • COULD NEW FEDERAL PRISON HOUSE GITMO DETAINEES?(White House bypasses Congress)

    10/06/2012 8:24:33 AM PDT · by seekthetruth · 32 replies
    FOX & FRIENDS ^ | October 6, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    Fox & Friends interview of Beverly Perlson.
  • Obama to lose Illinois?

    10/06/2012 2:47:45 PM PDT · by dialup_pundit · 117 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10/06/2012 | Bruce K.
    When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh the more Republican downstate vote... Now comes a new poll from WeAskAmerica...
  • Could Obama Lose Home State Of Illinois?

    10/06/2012 2:12:04 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 54 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 6, 2012
    Campaign 2012: When an incumbent Democratic president is virtually tied in a congressional district he carried by high double digits in 2008, and is losing in the suburbs of his hometown, there could be trouble brewing. In August, a poll by the Joliet, Ill.-based polling firm of McKeon and Associates, found President Obama leading challenger Mitt Romney in Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, by a 12-point margin 49-37. That would seem to be a comfortable edge, but it is significantly smaller than traditional margins needed to outweigh the more Republican downstate vote. "He has to come out...