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  • CBS News pollster reveals why ‘blue wave’ is unlikely

    08/18/2018 6:20:39 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 18, 2018 | By Mary Kay Linge
    ... “In 2016, a lot of us assumed we knew what would happen in Michigan and Wisconsin,” Salvanto told The Post. “It was a great lesson for us pollsters: Even if you think you know what will happen, poll it if you can.” Blame it on the Blue Wall. Since 1992, in six consecutive presidential elections, a solid block of 18 states had voted for the Democrat every single time. They would have given Clinton 239 electoral votes — 89 percent of the way to victory — if she had held on to them all.Few bothered to ask those states’...
  • Boy, 3, among 7 shot in West Englewood...; teen shoots self in head after police pursuit

    08/17/2018 7:00:56 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/17/2018 | Deanese Williams-Harris and Rosemary Sobol
    Seven people have been shot during one attack on Friday night on the South Side, Chicago police said. The shooting happened about 8:05 p.m. in the 1600 block of West 65th Street in the West Englewood neighborhood, said Officer Norma Pelayo, who was citing preliminary information. Further details were not immediately available. Other Friday shootings left a 27-year-old man fatally wounded and three others wounded. A “young male’’ between the ages of 15 and 17 shot himself in the head following a foot pursuit with police in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. It...
  • Illinois Court Strikes Down School Zone Gun Ban as Unconstitutional

    06/26/2018 5:03:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In People vs Green, an Illinois appelate court struck down a state law banning  guns within 1,000 feet of a school.  The court relied on a previous decision that struck down a ban on guns within 1,000 feet of a park. Quovadis Green was observed across the street from a school. He was wearing his security guard uniform and had a holstered pistol on his belt. He moved into and out of a van. A teacher, Dan Svoboda, noticed him and notified an assistant principle. The principle approached green and and asked if he was a police officer. Green...
  • Second Amendment Foundation Secures Injunction Blocking Deerfield ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

    06/13/2018 8:36:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/12/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    On Tuesday the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) secured an injunction blocking Deerfield, Illinois, pending “assault weapons” ban. On April 3, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Deerfield was not only banning said weapons but empowering its chief of police to confiscate them and destroy them. He would also be empowered to confiscate and destroy “high capacity” magazines. On April 5, 2018, Breitbart News reported that SAF filed suit against Deerfield, claiming the village’s “assault weapons” ban violated Illinois’ preemption law. SAF’s lawsuit was joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association and Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Governor Rauner Shows Political Courage in Illinois

    03/22/2018 12:42:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeanne Ives and Governor Bruce Rauner It isn't often that you see political courage shown in Illinois. Illinois is a deep blue state that has very restrictive gun control laws. Chicago politicians are all to eager to curry favor with the national media and to go-along to get-along with the anti-Second Amendment agenda. Illinois politics is dominated by Chicago. Governor Bruce Rauner went against the flow and the enormous power wielded by the network media. He vetoed an expensive and ineffective bill, SB 1657, designed to make gun sales more difficult in Illinois, at least for small dealers.  From...
  • Was Accidental Discharge by Illinois Judge a Dry-Fire Mistake?

    03/17/2018 1:18:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    It happened on 15 September, 2017. An Illinois Judge, Patrick O'Shea, 67, accidentally fired a short barreled Smith & Wesson five-shot in his apartment in Wheaton, Illinois. The bullet went through a mirror, the wall, and into the next apartment. No one was hit, and there was little property damage. He checked to see if anyone was in the apartment. There was not. He may have thought “No harm, no foul”, and proceeded to attempt to lie his way out of the problem. Big mistake. It changed his life. From dailyherald.com: On Sept. 24, the neighbors told police they...
  • Firearms Instructor Uses AR-15 to Stop Knife Attack

    03/04/2018 12:10:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 February, 2018, Dave Thompson, a firearms instructor, used an AR-15 type rifle to stop a knife attack he witnessed in the apartment complex where he lives.  From patch.com: Police said a witness to the stabbing incident retrieved an AR-15 rifle from their home and stopped the attacker “with only a threat of force.” The witness had both a valid firearm owner's ID card and a concealed carry permit, according to the sheriff's office.The witness, who spoke with WGN-TV, said he ran to grab his AR-15 after hearing the commotion and spotting a “pool of blood” in his...
  • 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...
  • Durbin Apologizes for Remarks on Abuse (Flashback)

    01/15/2018 4:17:36 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2005 | Shailagh Murray
    Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday offered a tearful apology on the Senate floor for comparing the alleged abuse of prisoners by American troops to techniques used by the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge, as he sought to quell a frenzy of Republican-led criticism. Durbin, the Democratic whip, acknowledged that "more than most people, a senator lives by his words" but that "occasionally words will fail us and occasionally we will fail words." Choking up, he said: "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies." He singled out the victims...
  • Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans

    01/03/2018 7:38:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 1-2-2018 | Brendan Bakala
    Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans Studies by two major American moving companies rank Illinois as the top “outbound” state of 2017. On Jan. 2, United Van Lines released its 41st annual National Movers Study and Atlas Van Lines released its 2017 Migration Patterns study. United based the study on its customers’ household moves made in 2017, and Atlas studied nearly 73,000 interstate and cross-border relocations of household goods from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017. In both studies, Illinois was home to the highest rate of outbound moves in the nation. United’s...
  • Illinois Drives People Away

    12/13/2017 7:13:40 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2017 | The Editorial Board
    If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration. The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow...
  • Black Women Carrying Guns in Chicago, Part of National Trend

    09/20/2017 12:07:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 September, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent article in the Chicago Tribune detailed the experiences of a black woman who obtained a concealed carry permit in Chicago. The article is surprisingly positive about her experiences. An important point is that minority women make up a significant percentage of the growth in concealed carry permits nationwide. From chicagotribune.com: Robinzine, 51, is a gun owner with a concealed carry license. Since she received her permit in late spring, she carries her firearm wherever she goes. “It's like a part of me now,” Robinzine said with the smile.Data show Robinzine is part of a burgeoning group in...
  • Illinois Reform of Switchblade Ban Officially Signed Into Law

    08/26/2017 1:52:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 14 August, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 607, the reform of the Illinois ban on switchblade knives, into law.From ilga.gov: (2) The provision of paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section prohibiting the sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, does not apply to a person who possesses a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card previously issued in his or her name by...
  • Elgin, Illinois Man Booked A Prostitute - And She Turns Out To Be His Wife

    08/15/2017 5:58:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 92 replies
    Telegraph Sun ^ | 8/14/2017
    A 52 year old man in Elgin, Illinois was taken by surprise after a prostitute he hired through a website turned out to be his own wife of the past 19 years. The man had been using the site for some months to hire prostitutes and meet them for sex at motels in neighboring areas. Last weekend, the man told his wife he was going out drinking with work colleagues, when in reality he was traveling to a motel on the outskirts of town. Upon checking into the motel the man used his phone to access his regular website used...
  • Lucci: Forget the unemployment rate, Illinois is in a depression

    06/30/2017 6:17:07 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    Alton Telegraph ^ | June 25, 2017 | Michael Lucci
    Time to pop the champagne bottles and celebrate the state’s economic success, right? Not so fast. Illinois’ path to a low unemployment rate has been paved by labor force dropout. Too many workers have given up on the Land of Lincoln, and their act of despair is actually driving down Illinois’ jobless rate. You see, when an unemployed Illinoisan gives up on looking for work, he is no longer counted as unemployed. As more Illinoisans give up, the unemployment rate goes down. Illinois’ low unemployment rate is nothing to celebrate. If anyone is to be cheered, it is the dozens...
  • What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln

    06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 63 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 JUN 17 | By John Kass•Contact Reporter
    llinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money. Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday. So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan. And here it is:
  • Illinois budget stalemate forces Northeastern to cancel classes

    04/12/2017 6:14:01 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    WQAD ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jesyka Dereta
    CHICAGO (AP) – Northeastern Illinois University says it will cancel three days of classes in order to cut costs as public universities in Illinois struggle to make ends meet during the state’s budget stalemate. The Chicago-based university will no longer hold classes April 11, 12 and May 1. Illinois has been without a budget for 21 months and has a bill backlog of $12.9 billion. Northeastern Illinois interim President, Richard Helldobler called the state’s unprecedented budget impasse a “state of emergency” for the school.
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity? Romeoville IL April 8th at the PD

    03/25/2017 6:33:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, Romeoville Illinois held a gun “buy back. They took in 73 guns, pictured above. Some of those firearms are very nice indeed, and worth much more than the $60 that police were paying people for them. Third from the left of the middle row of long guns appears to be an M1 carbine and sling. Two over on the left is a classic .22 target rifle, two over to the right a classic hunting tool, a pump action .22 rifle, probably a Winchester 1906.  In the center of that row are two Stevens Crackshot .22 rifles,...