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  • You Won’t Believe What Tax Reform Will Cost Wealthy Californians In 2019

    04/18/2018 1:52:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Lots of people just talk about soaking the rich, but Donald Trump and the GOP actually did it — in California, anyway, although they won’t be alone. The controversial phase-out of the state and local tax deduction (SALT) will drop like a bombshell on high-tax-rate blue states, which is one reason why Democrats so staunchly opposed it. According to an analysis from California’s Franchise Tax Board, the Golden State will be Ground Zero: President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now.They’re...
  • Tammy Duckworth wants to bring her newborn to the Senate floor

    04/18/2018 2:42:30 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 58 replies
    Chicago Business Journal ^ | 04/18/18 | Anne Stych
    Senator Tammy Duckworth, the mother of a newborn daughter, is calling for a rule change that would allow children under the age of one to be brought onto the Senate floor during votes. The Illinois Democrat, 50, became the first sitting senator to give birth while in office when she and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, welcomed Maile Pearl Bowlsbey April 9. Current rules prohibit family members, including children, from the Senate floor, but Duckworth argued that the ban doesn’t support working parents who can’t be away from an infant for long periods of time in their first three months. Duckworth...
  • Obama Foundation relies on repeat donors in first quarter

    04/14/2018 7:21:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2018 | by Lolly Bowean
    The Obama Foundation saw its largest donations so far this year come from repeat contributors who pledged to give even more money toward the organization’s vision, records show. The Crown Family, which owns a stake of the Chicago Bulls, real estate mogul and gay rights activist Mel Heifetz, and the Ford Foundation have made large million-dollar contributions before but agreed to repeat donations of more than $1 million each. The Obama Foundation reported one new donor of more than $1 million: Iger Bay Foundation, which is affiliated with the Disney family. The Obama Foundation was also given more than $250,000...
  • Sears to close last store in Chicago [its home market]

    04/12/2018 4:03:08 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 77 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/12/18 | Chicago Tribune staff
    Sears, based in Chicago for more than a century and now facing mounting troubles, is closing its last store in the city. Employees at the store at Six Corners, on the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood, were told of the closure Thursday morning, spokesman Howard Riefs said in an email.
  • Hillary Clinton warns Chicagoans of ‘war on truth,’ celebration of racism

    04/12/2018 12:18:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 12, 2018 | by Tina Sfondeles
    Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t pull any punches on Thursday, telling a Chicago audience that in America today “truth, facts and reason” are under siege and “racist and white supremacist views” are finding an ear in the media and the White House. Clinton returned to her hometown to both receive an award and help raise money for a political action committee aimed at bolstering African-American women in politics — and to blast what she called the country’s “challenging times” in light of Donald Trump’s presidency. “We are living in challenging times. We’re living through a war on truth, facts and reason,...
  • IFI Update: ERA Passes Illinois Senate

    04/11/2018 9:44:42 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 18 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 4/11/2018 | Laurie Higgins
    In a stunning display of ignorance, the Illinois State Senate just voted 43-12 in favor of the resolution to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment. What makes this vote even more enraging is that Republicans Pam Althoff (R-Crystal Lake), Jason Barickman (R-Pontiac), Mike Connelly (R-Wheaton), Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee), Chris Nybo (R-Hinsdale), Sue Rezin (R-Morris), and Tom Rooney (R-Palatine) voted with Democrats on this partisan resolution.
  • Biologically inspired membrane purges coal-fired smoke of greenhouse gases

    04/11/2018 2:24:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | 04/11/2018 | by Neal Singer, Sandia National Laboratories
    Enzymatic liquid membrane design and mechanism of carbon dioxide capture and separation. The Sandia/University of New Mexico membrane is fabricated by formation of 8-nanometer diameter mesopores. Using atomic layer deposition and oxygen plasma processing, the silica mesopores are engineered to be hydrophobic except for an 18-nm-deep region at the pore surface which is hydrophilic. Through capillary condensation, carbonic anhydrase enzymes and water spontaneously fill the hydrophilic mesopores to form an array of stabilized enzymes with an effective concentration greater than 10 times of that achievable in solution. These catalyze the capture and dissolution of carbon dioxide at the upstream surface...
  • Illinois Senate plan would include LGBT history in schools

    04/11/2018 9:02:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 10, 2018
    Illinois senators advanced a plan requiring public schools to teach a unit on the role and societal contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBT individuals. [Snip] The proposal requires all elementary and high schools to teach a unit studying "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State." "People need to see their history to understand that they are a part of our society," said Sen. Heather Steans, the measure's sponsor. The measure would also have schools use more inclusive and "non-discriminatory" textbooks going forward. Johnson said the measure...
  • Chicago Aviation security officer fired over passenger dragging sues city, United Airlines

    04/11/2018 8:31:02 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    chicagotribune ^ | 4/11/2018 | Tony Briscoe
    A Chicago aviation security officer fired after forcibly removing a United Airlines passenger is suing the airline and his former employer, according to court documents. James Long filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the department, its commissioner, Ginger Evans, and United. On April 9, 2017, aviation security officers, including Long, were called to a United flight for a passenger who refused to give up his seat. The responding officers approached the passenger, Dr. David Dao, and tried to persuade him to leave calmly, after which Dao told them, “I’m not leaving this flight that I paid money for. I don’t care...
  • 3 dead, more than 100 with severe bleeding from synthetic pot: Illinois health officials

    04/10/2018 9:32:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 93 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 4/10/2018 | ANDREA MILLER
    A third person who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has died in Illinois, health officials confirmed. There are now 107 people in central Illinois and the Chicago area who experienced severe bleeding after using the synthetic pot, often called spice, K2 or fake weed, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. “Each day we’ve seen the number of cases rise,” said director of the IDPH Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. "Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe. They are not regulated and people don’t know what chemicals may be in them, like rat poison. While efforts are underway to get...
  • Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing

    04/10/2018 1:07:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 86 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    An Illinois technocrat has demonstrated the Progressive attitude about the Constitution and the Second Amendment. Representative Bill Foster has a PhD in Physics from Harvard. He was raised and earned his Bachelor degree in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin.  In his view, the Constitution is a document that can be re-interpreted to mean different things every few years. That is true in a sense. Amendments to the Constitution can be put forward and passed any time. It is clear a constitutional amendment is not what Representative Foster is talking about. From chicagotribune.com: Flanked by two area high school students, a pediatrician...
  • Baltimore students score near bottom in reading, math on key national assessment

    04/10/2018 8:16:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/10/2018 | Liz Bowie
    Baltimore City students scored near the bottom in reading and math compared to children in other cities and large urban areas on an important national assessment given in 2017. In fourth- and eighth-grade reading, only 13 percent of city students are considered proficient or advanced. In fourth-grade math, 14 percent were proficient and in eighth-grade math 11 percent met the mark, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federally mandated test from the U.S. Department of Education... That put the Baltimore ahead of only Detroit and Cleveland, and sometimes ahead of Milwaukee and Fresno, Calif. — areas of...
  • House of pain: Illinois property taxes up, but home prices lag

    04/08/2018 6:55:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 4/8/2018 | Orphe Divounguy, Bryce Hill, Joe Tabor
    Skyrocketing property taxes, a sluggish state economy and Illinois’ outmigration crisis could spell trouble for the housing market. Most people view their decision to buy a home at least in part as an investment. For most households, the net equity in their home represents the bulk of their net worth. But it’s more than just a financial decision – it’s a sign of trust and certainty in the future of a given community. Unfortunately, government data suggest home prices in Illinois are still down 10 percent compared with 2006. And over the same time, property tax bills have gone up...
  • Volunteer Church Member Stops Attacker in Church Gunfight

    04/07/2018 9:07:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth Baines, who announced an armed robbery. A 57-year-old armed church member was seated inside. The church member was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit. It seems likely that he was a member of a voluntary church security team, as later reports refer to him as a “security guard”, but no report mentions that he had a security guard license, or that he was paid as a...
  • Anthony Rizzo goes deep calling for stricter gun laws

    04/07/2018 4:49:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 29, 2018 | David Haugh
    f all the artwork Cubs manager Joe Maddon has introduced to his players this spring, the most powerful display appeared Thursday at Marlins Park during batting practice before the Cubs’ 8-4 victory. In a walking exhibit of empathy, Cubs players wore maroon T-shirts with “Stoneman Douglas” on the back and “#MSDStrong” on the front, an opening-day tribute to the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Maddon’s foundation, “Respect 90,” purchased the shirts for the Cubs.
  • They're Coming For Them: Boulder Passes AR-15 Ban, Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban Upheld

    04/06/2018 7:13:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 149 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it was not a good day for the stock market and it wasn’t a good day for gun rights. A federal judge decided to uphold a law that already strengthened the state’s ban on so-called assault weapons. The judge went on the whole weapons of war tangent in his opinion (via Bloomberg) Massachusetts’ beefed-up ban on assault weapons doesn’t violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a U.S. judge ruled, handing a victory to gun-control advocates seeking to pass such a law nationwide following a spate of deadly mass shootings."The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines,...
  • Perv Exposes Himself to Little Girl in Target Gender-Neutral Restroom in Chicago

    04/06/2018 7:07:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/06/2018 | Debra Heine
    Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a child in a Chicago Target women's restroom last week, prompting some to blame the store's gender-neutral bathroom policies for the crime. Hey @Target! We told you https://t.co/98V0XDhevb — Jaihawkk (@Jaihawkk) April 5, 2018 According to Chicago police, a mother entered the bathroom with her young daughter. A man, insisting that he needed to use the restroom too, went into the women's room soon afterward. The sicko pushed into the stall where the little girl was, exposed his genitals, used the facility, and then fled the scene, police said. He...
  • US Town Bans Semi-Auto Rifles, Violators to Be Fined Up to $1,000/Day

    04/05/2018 11:34:01 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 5, 2018 | Rebekah Baker
    A city board in northwestern Illinois near Chicago has taken a significant step to increase gun control in their town. On Monday night, members of The Deerfield Village Board of Deerfield, Illinois voted unanimously to ban what they view as “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, CBS News reported. The ordinance also includes “semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns with certain features.” “The possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia,” the ordinance states. As noted by CBS,...
  • Town Bypasses Constitution, US Citizens Given 60 Days to Turn in Guns Or Become Criminals

    04/05/2018 10:39:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 166 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 04/05/18 | Jack Burns
    As the state promises gun rights activists they’re not coming for their guns, behind the scenes they’re pleading for it to happen. And now the feared gun grab is occurring. Residents in Deerfield, Illinois have 60 days to surrender their “assault weapons” or face fines of $1000 per day per gun. The gun ban ordinance was passed on April 2nd with residents left with few choices of how to dispose of their valuable “assault weapons.” Upon careful reading of the ordinance, residents will be left with revolvers, .22 caliber “plinking” rifles, and double barrel shotguns to defend their homes and families from criminals who...
  • Deerfield bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

    04/05/2018 5:23:35 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3 April 2018 | Steve Sadin
    The Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a ban on certain types of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, amending a 2013 ordinance that regulated the storage of those items. The new ordinance prohibits the possession, sale and manufacturing of certain types of assault weapons and large capacity magazines within the village, according to the ordinance. One change from the law as it was originally discussed exempts retired police officers from the ban, according to Village Manager Kent Street. Violations carry a fine of between $250 and $1,000 per day, according to Matthew Rose, the village attorney. He said the fine...