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  • Gun demand rises in Chicago despite national drop-off under Trump

    05/15/2017 5:03:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 15 may 2017 | Robert McCoppin
    Demand for legal firearms in Chicago continues to grow even as the appetite nationally and in Illinois has fallen significantly in recent months — something gun vendors attribute to the election of President Donald Trump. While gun sales nationwide appear to have dropped from the levels they reached during the Obama years — apparently driven in part by lessened concerns under Trump that access will be restricted — changes in state laws and Chicago's crime wave have unleashed a pent-up demand for legal gun ownership in the area. Gun suppliers have called former President Barack Obama their best salesman, because...
  • Illinois closer to celebrating Barack Obama Day

    05/20/2017 8:37:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tina Sfondeles
    A measure to make former President Barack Obama's birthday an honorary state holiday now heads to the governor's desk after clearing the Illinois House unanimously Friday. The bill would make Aug. 4. Barack Obama Day in Illinois, but state government and businesses would remain open. "Mr. Obama served this country well, and I really believe personally, that we should give folks their flowers while they're still alive," bill sponsor state Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, said on the House floor. "So honoring our president while he can experience it and feel it and and show the love, I...
  • Their Public Housing at the End of Its Life, Residents Ask: What Now? (Cairo, IL)

    05/19/2017 6:34:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 17 May 2017 | Monica Davey
    Cairo, Ill., has a population of fewer than 3,000 people. A plan to demolish two public housing developments would force many residents to leave and cut the school enrollment in half. ___ The authorities announced last month that the cost of fixing the developments was out of reach, and that replacing them altogether would cost almost 10 times as much. For hundreds of residents, the decision may mean not only leaving these crumbling buildings, but also moving from Cairo altogether. “For sure they needed to fix this place up a long time ago,” said Nena Ellis, 38, a mother of...
  • The Kennedy Democrats don't want (Chris in Illinois)

    05/14/2017 10:42:56 PM PDT · by Impy · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/14/17 | NATASHA KORECKI
    For years, Democrats have tried to cajole Chris Kennedy into running statewide in Illinois, hoping that the wealthy son of the late Robert F. Kennedy could parlay his exalted family name into high office. So when Kennedy finally announced a bid for governor in February, comparisons to Camelot abounded. He took the early lead in polling and drew an almost immediate endorsement from a coalition of county chairmen in Southern Illinois. Now, three months later, Kennedy has fallen out of favor with key labor groups and powerful forces within the Democratic establishment. And he’s facing a roadblock that’s unfamiliar to...
  • The Frightening Ghost of Illinois Future

    05/14/2017 7:16:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Financial Sense ^ | 12 May 2017
    When the US territory of Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy last week, we took the opportunity to identify the most likely candidates among US states to follow the new legal precedents that are now being set by its example. The editorial board of a leading newspaper in one of those states, Illinois, argues that Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy filing represents the “frightening ghost” of that state’s debt-laden future. Here are some excerpts from the Chicago Tribune‘s editorial. They first set the stage: Puerto Rico is the terrifying Ghost of Illinois Future: a worst-case example of what happens when a government no...
  • Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at Illinois hospital

    05/14/2017 2:54:21 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | May 14, 2017 12:14 AM | AP
    Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage at a hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction's officer guarding him, authorities said. A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon, Kane County Sheriff's Off6ice spokesman Patrick Gengler said. Gengler said one officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters.
  • Gunman Holds Geneva Hospital Staff Hostage

    05/13/2017 4:36:37 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    cbs ^ | 13 May 2017 | Audrina Bigos
    21-year-old Tywon Salters At one point, Salters was seen taking a female nurse hostage inside a room in the hospital’s emergency room area. “Unfortunately, just a short while ago, the negotiations broke down,” Gengler said. “The SWAT team made the decision to make entry into the room and one of the SWAT team operators did discharge his firearm, striking the inmate and killing him.”
  • IL GOP Sen. Brady serves as coal-mine canary with his proposed "Grand Bargain 2.0" (tax increase)

    05/13/2017 1:44:08 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | May 12, 2017
    Friday, May 12, 2017 IL GOP Senator Brady serves as coal-mine canary with his proposed "Grand Bargain 2.0" SPRINGFIELD - Republican state Senator Bill Brady - once the favorite of social conservatives when he ran twice for Illinois governor in 2010 and again in 2014 - has now willingly stepped in as a tax-hike canary in the Illinois Republican coal mine by making a daring call for tax hikes in the governor's newest "grand bargain" budget proposal. And it's not just one tax hike the Bloomington senator wants Illinoisans to inhale along with him, it's two or maybe three new...
  • CHICAGO Ald. Arena's Section 8 development means more crime, lower property values

    05/12/2017 6:05:08 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago City ^ | Mar 17, 2017 | Glenn Minnis
    Ald. Arena's Section 8 development means more crime, lower property values in Jefferson Park, says expert Crime Glenn Minnis James Bovard warns residents of Jefferson Park that they need look no further than the opposite side of the city to see what a proposed low-income, subsidized housing complex could mean for their neighborhood. The plan, backed by 45th Ward Alderman John Arena, would nearly double the amount of subsidized housing in the neighborhood. “It could be the Chatham aftermath all over again,” Bovard, a noted libertarian author and lecturer, told the Chicago City Wire. Chatham is a South Side neighborhood...
  • Caught on Camera: Concealed Carrier Shoots and Kills Armed Car Jacker [VIDEO]

    05/11/2017 8:53:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies ^ | May 11, 2017
    An unnamed motorist at a gas station in Elmwood Park, Illinois, shot and killed a would-be carjacker in early April, the whole event being caught on the station’s security cameras. However, police say the motorist acted in self defence and will not be charged for the incident.
  • The Big 3 Exodus: California, Illinois, and New York Keep Losing People to Other States

    05/11/2017 8:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | Wednesday May 10, 2017 | Ryan McMaken
    It seems that many residents of the West Coast and the Northeast are leaving those regions behind. In March, for example, the Sacramento Bee reported that California “exports its poor to Texas ... while wealthier people move in.” Former Californians report that a lackluster job market, a high cost of living, and high taxes are pushing them out. This week, Chicago Magazine reported on Chicago's highly publicized diaspora. One interviewee reported the crime, high cost of living, and taxes drove him out of Illinois and across the state line to northern Indiana. “I couldn’t have this size house in Illinois,” he said. Last week,...
  • Chicago police issue bulletin on gangs, high-powered weapons

    05/08/2017 6:54:49 PM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 5/8/2017 | DON BABWIN
    - Chicago police issued a bulletin Monday warning its officers about gangs armed with high-powered weapons, after three people were shot to death over the weekend - including two attending a memorial for the earlier victim. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the three people who were killed in the shootings Sunday were all members of the same street gang. A shooting early in the day left one man dead, and the two others were killed and eight people were injured in a spray of more than two dozen shots from two guns while attending a makeshift memorial for him. Police...
  • House to consider protecting immigration law evaders where IL's most vulnerable gather

    05/09/2017 5:38:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    House to consider protecting immigration law evaders where IL's most vulnerable gather SPRINGFIELD - Illinois House members will be asked this week to make state-funded places where Illinois' most vulnerable citizens gather as the very same locations criminals will be able to find sanctuary from immigration authorities. SB 31, dubbed by supporters as the "Illinois Trust Act," passed the Illinois Senate last week along party lines, with all Democrats voting "Yes," and all Republicans voting "No," except Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno, who voted "Present." Six Democrats did not vote. If the bill becomes law, tax-funded pre-schools, hospitals, nursing homes...
  • Hipster Obama’s presidential library will include a recording studio

    05/07/2017 3:10:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    PPP Focus ^ | May 7, 2017 | Paul Smedley
    Former President Obama and his wife Michelle returned Wednesday to Chicago to unveil plans for the new Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park dedicated to the 44th President. Barack and Michelle also announced that they will be donating $2 million to support efforts to create jobs in Chicago. The recording studio will be a space “where I can invite Chance [the Rapper] or Bruce Springsteen, depending on your taste, to come here and talk about how you can record music that has social commentary and meaning”, Obama said. The renderings depict three buildings – a forum, library, and museum –...
  • ‘Miracle’ cops survive after their van riddled by assault rifle (Chicago)

    05/04/2017 8:20:14 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/3/2017 | Frank Main, Fran Spielman
    Members of the La Raza street gang are believed to be responsible for shooting two Chicago Police tactical officers Tuesday — and one of the gunmen was using a .223-caliber rifle, most likely an assault weapon such as an AR-15, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Both officers have been released from Stroger Hospital where they were treated for their wounds. One officer, the son of a high-ranking Chicago police official, was shot in the hip and arm. The other was hit in the back, authorities said. The officers fired back, but it’s unclear whether anyone was struck. The officers were...
  • Message to Dems in governor’s race: Listen to black community (Illinois)

    05/05/2017 2:07:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 23, 2017 | Alexandra Sims
    The lineup for Illinois’ 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary is firming up fast. So far, the six-candidate field is mostly white, and all male. To win, one of them must energize and capture the party’s crucial base. African-American voters should be asking: What have you done for me? What will you do for me? Public affairs consultant Alexandra Sims says they should be making deals. In the governor’s race, “what’s going to happen across the state and across Cook County is deals. And you want the black community to be part of those deals.”
  • The Obamas Will Donate $2 Million To Support Summer Jobs In Chicago This Year

    05/03/2017 1:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 3, 2017 | Sam Levine
    Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he and Michelle Obama would personally donate $2 million to support summer jobs for Chicago young people this year. Obama made the announcement while presenting preliminary plans for his presidential library and center in Chicago’s Jackson Park neighborhood. Construction will take four years, but Obama said he wanted the facility to start offering programs immediately. “We don’t want to wait for a building,” he said. “One of the things that we will be starting this year is Michelle and I personally are going to donate $2 million to our summer jobs programs here...
  • 2 Chicago officers shot in 'targeted' attack; manhunt underway

    05/03/2017 5:47:26 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/3/2017 | Karma Allen
    Two on-duty Chicago officers were shot and wounded when two vehicles pulled up beside them on Tuesday and began "firing indiscriminately" in what is thought to be a targeted attack, the Chicago Police Department said. The officers, both male, were conducting an investigation in the city's south side when "one, possibly two vehicles, pulled alongside them and started firing indiscriminately at the officers," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference early Wednesday morning. One officer was shot in the arm and hip and the other in the back, Johnson said. They were taken to a local hospital...
  • Two Chicago police shot

    05/02/2017 8:20:51 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Fox 32 ^ | 2may 2017
  • Editorial: Ease the rules on gun ranges: Chicago aldermen, stop fighting federal judges

    04/25/2017 6:00:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 apr 2017
    Chicago has been fighting a losing battle on guns, and it's not quite ready to stop. In 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington, D.C., ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment, the city should have realized its own ban was doomed. Instead, it went through its own litigation, which ended with the Supreme Court ruling that Chicago, too, was trampling on a constitutional right. At that point, the city passed a new ordinance allowing Chicagoans to get permits to own handguns, provided they got training at a gun range. But, in an odd twist (or a...