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  • Valedictorian Claims High School Censored Graduation Speech

    05/23/2018 7:18:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 5/23/18
    SCIOTA, IL (CBS Local) – An Illinois high school valedictorian has hired a lawyer after claiming that school officials demanded he remove all religious references from his graduation speech. Sam Blackledge was set to deliver the speech at West Prairie High School on May 19. According to the 18-year-old, school administrators informed him that he needed to take out anything that mentioned God and Jesus minutes before Blackledge was scheduled to go on stage. “It was terrible. I felt like I wanted to cry,” the valedictorian said, via The Kansas City Star. “Christ is the only reason I was a...
  • Vowel Movement: How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English

    08/24/2012 2:10:57 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 137 replies
    Slate ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rob Mifsud
    On July 4, 1960, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard rang in Independence Day with a dire Associated Press report by one Norma Gauhn headlined “American Dialects Disappearing.” The problem, according to “speech experts,” was the homogenizing effect of “mass communications, compulsory education, [and] the mobility of restless Americans.” These conformist pressures have only intensified in the half-century since the AP warned “that within four generations virtually all regional U.S. speech differences will be gone.” And so as we enter the predicted twilight of regional American English, it’s no surprise that publications as venerable as the Economist now confirm what our collective...
  • ... art installation ... in Chicago ... with replica AR-15s 'for rent'

    05/20/2018 2:21:15 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 May 2018 | Staff
    Art exhibit has been dubbed the Chicago Gun Share Program. Each bike slot is filled with an AR-15 to show just how easy it is to get a gun in US. Exhibit was created by the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 'We're hoping the Chicago community can take advantage of this...and learn how simple it is for a civilian to obtain a weapon of war.' Also included in the exhibit is a screen that allows people to donate to the Brady Center. At least 862 people have been shot in Chicago in 2018 and 173 people have...
  • Federal Lawsuit Filed To Block Obama Presidential Center In Chicago

    05/19/2018 7:33:25 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 26 replies
    Political Insider ^ | May 16, 2018 | Ann
    Barack Obama made a habit of stealing private land to create more public parks. Now, in a highly ironic turn of events, public park activists have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to block construction of the planned Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on the city’s South Side. The Obama Presidential Center has been mired in controversy from the start. In March 2015, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance for Chicago Park District land in Jackson Park to be transferred to the City of Chicago to lease to the Obama...
  • What Do Taxes Do For Us?

    05/18/2018 8:30:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 18 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 16, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As you may have heard, Illinois has a pension problem. Now, that’s not Illinois’ only problem, of course. Illinois also has a crime problem, an education problem, a quality-of-life problem, a transportation problem, a public corruption problem, an unemployment problem, and a population shrinkage problem. Frankly, there isn’t enough room in this column to list all of Illinois’ problem, but that’s a start. The Chicago Fed – that’s the Chicago branch of the Federal Reserve System – has proposed an idea for dealing with a part of Illinois’ pension problem. Since the problem is that many state and local government...
  • Barack Needs to Return to His Roots as an Organizer if Obama Center to Flourish

    05/17/2018 11:03:25 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 29 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 16, 2018 | Mary Mitchell
    If former President Barack Obama wants the Obama Presidential Center to define his legacy, he’s going to have to let life go full circle. That means climbing off his presidential high horse and returning to his roots as a community organizer. Once Obama announced his library would be in Chicago, it was as if the former president had suddenly turned into a greedy real estate developer. And unfortunately, the manner in which the project was unveiled wasn’t inclusive. Jeanette Taylor, the education director for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Taylor said she asked the former president why he wouldn’t sign...
  • Obama Foundation offers breakfast to Chicagoans who rally for presidential center

    05/16/2018 12:13:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/15/18 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Obama Foundation is trying to generate as much public support as possible ahead of the city of Chicago's first municipal vote to approve construction permits that would allow the Obama Presidential Center to be built on historic parkland. The foundation's chief engagement officer, Michael Strautmanis, emailed "friends" of the project late last week asking them to show up at City Hall at 5 a.m. Thursday to demonstrate to city officials that local residents are behind it. Attendees were told to pick up Obama swag — T-shirts and buttons — from the organization's local headquarters ahead of Thursday. Although the...
  • Resource officer prevents possible school shooting after man brings gun to Illinois high school

    05/16/2018 9:11:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2018 | Kathleen Joice
    A resource officer may have prevented a massacre after a 19-year-old former student allegedly brought a gun inside an Illinois school and opened fire. The suspect shot at the Dixon High School resource officer, who returned fire and struck the gunman, City Administrator Danny Langloss said. The officer was not hit by gunfire and the suspect had non-life threatening injuries. No students or staff members were injured in the incident. The suspect was placed in police custody.
  • Jack up property taxes for pensions, say three Chicago Fed economists

    05/15/2018 2:03:25 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 128 replies
    Chicago business ^ | May 14, 2018
    Illinois homeowners, who already pay some of the nation's highest property taxes, should pay about 40 percent more for the next three decades to wipe out the state's crippling pension debt, according to a trio of economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The economists argue that paying off the state's $129.1 billion in unfunded pension obligations cannot be done with revenue from new taxes such as a tax on marijuana sales or on financial transactions. Would you pay 40 percent more in property taxes if it would wipe out the state's crippling pension debt? Yes No See results...
  • School Apologizes For ‘Most Likely To Bomb The U.S.’ Yearbook Superlative

    05/15/2018 1:49:53 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 11 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 15, 2018 | Sonu Wasu
    It’s a yearbook controversy, which has a Valley charter school issuing an apology to parents Monday night. Parents who just received the yearbook from Sonoran Science Academy were in disbelief after seeing a page in which a student with a Muslim first name was voted “most likely to bomb the U.S.” Bree Brown has an 11-year-old daughter at the school and said her daughter showed her the post over the weekend and appeared disturbed by it. “I looked down and read, most likely to bomb the U.S. and I just sat there for a second and thought, no way. This...
  • Federal lawsuit filed to block Obama library construction

    05/15/2018 10:41:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2018 | Bradford Richardson
    Activists filed a federal lawsuit Monday to block construction of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s historic public parklands. Protect Our Parks Inc. accused organizers of an “institutional bait and switch” by initially advertising the center as the 44th president’s official library. “In August 2016, the City and the Park District publically announced that the Obama Presidential Library, promised to include all of the former President’s official records, would be built in Jackson Park,” the lawsuit reads. “Then, in May 2017, after the Defendants’ public announcement that a true ‘Presidential Library’ would be built, the Obamas did an about face...
  • Shorewood Burger King was closed, so man stripped naked in street, police said

    05/15/2018 6:38:04 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 26 replies
    The Herald-News ^ | May 15, 2018 | The Herald-News
    An intoxicated Plainfield man was so irate over being locked out of Burger King he stripped off his clothes and struck an officer a few times, police said. Officers were sent about 2:15 a.m. Sunday to the East Jefferson Street Burger King in Shorewood after employees complained of a man standing outside the drive-thru and pounding on the window, Deputy Police Chief Eric Allen said. “He was visibly upset the business was closed and was banging on the drive-thru, screaming at the employees inside,” Allen said. “He was heavily intoxicated.” Manuel Silverio, 30, hit the window one more time after...
  • Metra Overtime Soars To $119 Million From 2013 To 2017; One Mechanic Earned $366,000 [Chicago rail]

    05/14/2018 12:21:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 10, 2018 at 10:20 pm | Brad Edwards
    A Metra track inspector and two mechanics have been paid a total of $1.2 million in overtime in the past five years. That payout, one lawmaker tells 2 Investigator Brad Edward, is out of control. “There’s excessive overtime being paid,” says State Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove). “That creates mistrust from taxpayers.” In all, Metra’s overtime costs soared above $119 million from 2013 to 2017, according to interviews and records. 2 Investigators counted 351 employees who earned at least $100,000 in that span. Topping the list is a mechanic who earned more than $366,000 in overtime. “I think that …...
  • Worst Idea in Illinois: Statewide Property Tax (to pay for unfunded pensions)

    05/14/2018 11:28:59 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 51 replies
    cdobs.com ^ | 5-2018 | Mike Glennon
    An audible gasp went out in the breakout room I was in at last month’s pension eventcosponsored by The Civic Federation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Evidently, that wasn’t reality shock enough. This week the Chicago Fed published that proposal formally. It’s linked linked here. It surely ranks among the most blatantly inhumane and foolish ideas we’ve seen...
  • Chicago Fed Thinks It Knows How To Tax Illinoisans Fleeing Pension Liabilities

    05/13/2018 7:13:14 AM PDT · by blam · 57 replies
    Wire Points ^ | 5-13-2018 | Mark Glennon
    An audible gasp went out in the breakout room I was in at last month’s pension event cosponsored by The Civic Federation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Evidently, that wasn’t reality-shock enough. This week the Chicago Fed published that proposal formally. It’s linked here. It surely ranks among the most blatantly inhumane and foolish ideas we’ve seen yet....
  • Statewide property tax proposed by Chicago Fed

    05/11/2018 6:11:34 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 38 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Mark Glennon
    Glennon: Statewide property tax proposed by Chicago Fed By Mark Glennon - An audible gasp went out in the breakout room I was in at last month's pension eventcosponsored by The Civic Federation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Evidently, that wasn't reality-shock enough. This week the Chicago Fed published that proposal formally. It's linked here. It surely ranks...
  • Brandt begins local production, still hiring (Illinois)

    05/08/2018 4:12:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Pantagraph ^ | May 8, 2018 | Derek Beigh
    HUDSON — Brandt Group of Companies is now in business in McLean County. The Canadian agriculture manufacturer has started making grain-conveying and grain-handling equipment with 75 employees at 19500 N. 1425 East Road in rural Hudson after spending the last few months preparing the plant, Brandt President Shaun Semple told The Pantagraph on Tuesday. "We took two products to get the initial management team up and running," said Semple. "Our hope is to be at 150 (employees) by the end of the first year of production. ... We could get up to 250 or 300 by the end of the...
  • Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

    05/07/2018 2:19:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 141 replies
    MSN ^ | 5-7-2018 | Dominique Mosbergen
    Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73. The compact requires its members to cast their Electoral College ballots for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The agreement goes into effect once states representing at least 270 electoral votes — the number needed for a candidate...
  • U.S. District Court finds Some Felons Have Second Amendment Rights

    05/07/2018 5:36:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 April, 2018, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois held that some felons have the right to keep and bear arms. Larry Hatfield was a perfect test case. From reason.com, Hatfield v. Session (formerly Hatfield v. Lynch) Plaintiff Larry Edward Hatfield wants to keep a gun in his home for self-defense. But the Government bans him from doing so, because 28 years ago, Hatfield lied on some forms that he sent to the Railroad Retirement Board: a felony in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a). Hatfield later pled guilty to one count of...
  • 5 Illinois counties declare ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners

    05/07/2018 6:19:41 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 41 replies
    Detroit News ^ | May 6, 2018 | Don Babwin, Associated Press