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  • Niles trustees give OK for gun shop to be near schools

    07/23/2014 6:49:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 23 july 2014 | Erin Chan Ding
    A proposed gun shop/shooting range that has generated controversy because of its location near several neighborhood schools will be coming to Niles. The Niles Village Board of Trustees voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a special use permit to allow firearms sales, firearms safety training and an indoor firing range at the proposed location, at 6143 Howard St. About 200 supporters and critics of the plan packed the Village of Niles Municipal Building to make their voices heard on the gun shop, to be called Sportsman’s Club and Firearms Training Academy. Dozens wore green shirts and ribbons to honor victims...
  • Eighty Years Ago Today, John Dillinger Helped Create the FBI

    07/22/2014 2:39:19 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | 7/22/2014 | Ed Krayewski
    Gangster John Dillinger’s lifelong career of crime—he robbed at least 12 banks and four police departments and was accused of shooting and killing an East Chicago police officer while escaping one bank robbery—ended, with his life, eighty years ago today outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Agents from the Division of Investigation (DOI) of the Justice Department (DOJ), a predecessor to the FBI, surrounded the theater based on a tip from an informant and then shot and killed him when he resisted arrest outside.
  • Inside One Hobby Lobby Employee's Inspiring Fight for Equality (So-called "transgender")

    07/19/2014 11:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mic ^ | Eliel Cruz
    It wasn't enough that Hobby Lobby won in a landmark Supreme Courty case for employers being able to deny women reproductive healthcare coverage. Now, the conservative-led company wants to also dictate which restrooms women can use at work. That is, if you happen to be a transgender woman. Megan Sommerville, a 16-year veteran of the arts and crafts franchise, began her transition in 2009 and had her name legally changed in 2010. But she was nevertheless recently written up at her Aurora, Ill., store when she began using the women's restroom. According to Sommerville, store managment said that she'd only...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Texas may have it all, but they won’t get Santa Anna’s leg - (Illinois vs. Texas)

    07/18/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies
    Illinois Watchdog ^ | June 9, 2014 | Scott Reeder
    First those Texans took our jobs. Then they took our money. Well, to be precise, Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna’s leg. A group of Illinois soldiers stole it fair and square – back in 1845. During the U.S. war with Mexico, Santa Anna skedaddled from the battle on a donkey and left his prosthetic leg behind in a carriage along with a bag of gold and a freshly cooked chicken. A group of Illinois soldiers ate the chicken, gave the Army the gold and kept the leg. One of the soldiers traveled about Illinois charging 10 cents for...
  • GOP senator wants missile shields for airplanes

    07/18/2014 12:22:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 54 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Keith Laing
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is calling for commercial airplanes to be equipped with missile defense systems after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday. Kirk said Friday in an interview with CNN that the missile defense system would prevent a repeat of Thursday's crash, which killed the 298 passengers aboard the flight. "I would have another suggestion that there is a system called DIRCM, which could potentially defeat heat-seeking missiles looking to shoot down a civilian airliner," Kirk said after calling for "one hell of a wrongful death suit" to be filed against Russia. "It is...
  • Foul-Mouthed Tinley Park Man Arrested For Cursing at His Kids & a New Mom: Illinois

    07/16/2014 7:16:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Patch - News ^ | July 16, 2014
    <p>A foul-mouthed Tinley Park man cursed out his children and threatened to lock them in a "hot truck" if they didn't "shut up," then unleashed a stream of profanity at a woman who objected to his language, police said.</p> <p>The man, 33-year-old Mark Pawlak of 17411 Carlyle Court, was carted off by the Orland Park cops and charged with disorderly conduct for his allegedly offensive behavior.</p>
  • Gutierrez: Immigration fix is deportation 'in sheep's clothing'

    07/15/2014 12:33:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    A key House Democrat on immigration reform is slamming a bipartisan bill that would make it eaiser to deport child immigrants from Central American countries who are crossing the border illegally. “This is not the middle ground, this is the deportation-only agenda dressed up in sheep’s clothing," Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said of the bill introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). "More of the same is not a solution,” he said. Gutierrez had already expressed opposition to the Cornyn-Cuellar proposal at a press briefing on Friday in which he and his colleages from the Congressional...
  • ‘Transgender’ Files Complaint Against Hobby Lobby for Denying Use of Women’s Restroom

    07/15/2014 4:22:42 AM PDT · by massmike · 59 replies
    http://christiannews.net/ ^ | 07/15/2014 | Heather Clark
    AURORA, Ill. – A Hobby Lobby store in Illinois is facing a discrimination complaint after a ‘transgender’ employee was told that he may not use the women’s restroom until he has reconstructive surgery to switch from male to female reproductive organs. The employee, who goes by the name Meggan Sommerville, also professes to be a Christian. He has worked for Hobby Lobby since 1998, at which time he identified as male.However, in 2009, Sommerville began transitioning to look like a woman and changed his name. According to Sommerville, Hobby Lobby accommodated him by changing his gender in the company records...
  • Assault-weapons ban still goal for Illinois governor

    07/14/2014 6:40:28 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 13 replies
    SLPD ^ | 7-14-14 | AP
    CHICAGO • llinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The Democrat addressed the issue at a news conference on Sunday. He spoke in the Morgan Park neighborhood — a South Side Chicago community that's been affected by gun violence.
  • Chicago Residents Hammer Obama On Immigration Spending, Plead For Help

    07/13/2014 2:28:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 13, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A group of protesters in Chicago called for action and heavily criticized President Obama for ignoring the high rates of violent crime in the city while spending billions of dollars to deal with an influx of illegal child immigrants into the U.S. “Do something for our children,” said one of the protesters, in a video posted at the blog Rebel Pundit. “Have the same love for these young young people like you got for the ones across the border, and you want to save them.” “With the president setting aside all of these funds for immigrants, and forsaking the African...
  • Actor Harry Lennix Trained Obama to Act Presidential 10+ Years Before 08 Election

    07/13/2014 6:07:16 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | ? | Mancow
    This video is interesting. I dont know how embed video.
  • Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago

    07/12/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    chicagotribune ^ | 2014-07-07 | Peter Nickeas
    For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood. It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers. It...
  • Gutierrez Slams 'Shameful' GOP for Creating Fear of Children

    07/11/2014 5:11:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 11, 2014
    Friday on "Democracy Now," Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) attacked his "shameful" Republican colleagues for wanting to change the 2008 child trafficking law so that the children from from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador current streaming across the border in hopes of evading deportation will be treated the same as those from Mexico before approving the $3.7 billion in emergency funding the president has requested. The Illinois Democrat said, "I think it is shameful that in the Congress of the U.S. we see members of Congress engendering and creating fear of children. We should be protecting children, not creating fear of...
  • Gutierrez Urges Obama To Take Immediate Action To Halt Deportations

    07/08/2014 7:14:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 38 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 8, 2014
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Joined by several families facing deportation, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) on Tuesday demanded President Barack Obama take “immediate” action that would prevent those families and others from being torn apart. WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports families stepped to the microphone with tears in their eyes as they Agustin Corona, who is facing deportation, said he has children who were born in the U.S., and he’s had a job since the mid-90s. “I would like to stay here. This is Chicago. I’m part of Chicago,” he said. Gutierrez said Obama can use his executive powers to halt...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • Flood of lawsuits over concealed carry denials (Illinois)

    07/05/2014 8:15:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 05 july 2014
    ---behind a firewall but article is about 800 denials of concealed carry permits without explanation--pictured is recent Air Force veteran ,clean record, honorable discharge--denied --lawsuits are being filed--
  • Supreme Court ruling signals trouble for state, Chicago (free stuff in the Constitution)

    07/04/2014 4:31:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/14 | Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick
    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being challenged in court. Today’s ruling also could affect the city of Chicago’s ongoing phase-out of retiree health insurance subsidies, a program Mayor Rahm Emanuel was counting on to save millions of dollars a year, as well as legislation recently approved to modify the pension plans of city workers and laborers. The 6-1 decision centers around a 2012 law that allowed the state to charge retired workers for...
  • It’s all about jobs in Illinois – Just 900 of them

    07/02/2014 12:11:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Welcome to Illinois! The Land of Lincoln… home to the City of the Big Shoulders… a great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.” One thing that you probably shouldn’t hope to get in Illinois, though, is a job. Because from August of last year until this May the entire state managed to generate … 900 of them. A report by the Illinois Policy Institute finds that only 500 jobs were created in the state from August 2013 to May 2014, ranking it among the worst in the country over...
  • At Walgreen, renouncing corporate citizenship

    07/01/2014 3:19:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
    A little less than two years ago, Gregory D. Wasson, the chief executive of Walgreen, sought a series of tax breaks from Illinois, where his company is based. “We are proud of our Illinois heritage,” he said at the time. “Just as our stores and pharmacies are health and daily living anchors for the communities we serve, we as a company are now recommitted to serving as an economic anchor for northeastern Illinois.” The state gave Walgreen $46 million in corporate income tax credits over 10 years in exchange for a pledge to create 500 jobs and invest in upgrading...
  • Chicago Pride Parade 2014

    06/29/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 56 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | June 29, 2014
    This year, the colorful procession will start out with dozens of married gay couples walking side by side, some with their children. Follow along here for live coverage, including photos, tweets, stories, videos and more.
  • 'And that's what happens when they know you're recording': Cop caught by trucker for speeding

    06/29/2014 6:08:33 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 29 June 2014 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    ( 'And that's what happens when they know you're recording': Cop caught by trucker for speeding and talking on his cell phone changes his tune when he sees camera ) A trucker was driving through Illinois last week when he says a police officer sped past him going way above the speed limit - while chatting on his cellphone. Brian Miner decided to take the law into his own hands and honked his horn repeatedly, prompting the officer to pull over. In a video posted to YouTube by Miner, the officer undergoes an amazing transformation once he realizes he's being...
  • The University Of Illinois’ Other On-Staff Terrorist (SLA's James Kilgore)

    06/29/2014 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/24/14 | Matt Kaufman
    **SNIP** But the worst of the SLA’s crimes came on April 21, 1975. That’s when Kilgore and three comrades, all wearing ski masks, rushed the Crocker National Bank in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael, ordering customers to get down and clerks to turn over money. One SLA member, Emily Harris, fatally shot Myrna Lee Opsahl, who was depositing funds for her church. (Harris, though claiming in court that it was an accident, had dismissed her victim as “a bourgeois pig,” Hearst said.) Opsahl wasn’t the only fatality that day, Dey noted: “Court documents allege that during the robbery, Kilgore’s girlfriend...
  • Nine Ways That Chicago Is Like 'Star Wars'

    06/27/2014 3:49:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mark Jacob
    George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," announced this week that he had chosen Chicago as the home of his new museum. Here's how the city and the movie series are remarkably alike: 1. An invisible power influences events, sometimes with negative results. In "Star Wars," it's The Force. In Chicago, it's The Clout. 2. Robots engage in predictable, often inane dialogue. In "Star Wars," there are R2-D2 and C-3PO. In Chicago, there are TV news anchors. 3. Story of a father and a son has great significance. In "Star Wars," it's Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. In Chicago, it's the...
  • HHS considers Olympia Fields facility for unaccompanied immigrant children (Former monastery)

    06/23/2014 12:17:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 21, 2014
    OLYMPIA FIELDS - Thousands of children from Central America are entering the United States through the nation's southern border, overburdening local facilities and resources. The crisis has the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the search for lodging facilities elsewhere in the states. One facility being considered is in Chicago's far southern suburbs - the quiet community of Olympia Fields. Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement Saturday morning announcing this week the HHS will be conducting an inspection of a former monastery at 203rd and Governors Highway to be used to house some of the children that...
  • Steve Scalise, A Rising Conservative Star

    06/21/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/2014 | Larry Kudlow
    “Reinvigorating the leadership” is how one senior House staffer described the ascendency of Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who won a first-ballot victory for the position of GOP whip. The staffer went on to portray Scalise as not a member of the Washington establishment. Indeed, Scalise is a former chair of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative caucus in the U.S. House. He has had a meteoric rise, and he is someone to be reckoned with. Scalise’s win follows Kevin McCarthy’s first-ballot victory for the GOP majority-leader slot. And here’s something I did not know: As whip, Scalise gets...
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The Hill.com. As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • The American Flag Daily: A House Divided

    06/16/2014 4:40:50 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 16, 2014 | JasonZ
    On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln, the newly-minted Republican candidate for the United States Senate, addressed the Illinois Republican convention in Springfield. His remarks included some of his more well-known words: "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other." Although he lost the Senate seat to Stephen Douglas, he...
  • Ill. Gov.’s Supporter says Republican Voters are KKK Members

    06/12/2014 4:01:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 12, 2014 | Staff
    A leading supporter of Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said that Republican voters are backers of the Ku Klux Klan and members of militias, according to local reports. Outspoken Chicago Pastor Walter “Slim” Coleman made the controversial remarks while standing beside Quinn, who was present to receive the reverend’s endorsement. Quinn’s support for divisive and racist rhetoric has been causing his campaign problems. The governor’s campaign came under fire in April after it tweeted messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Quinn stood by silently as Coleman compared Republicans...
  • White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett Met ‘Four Or Five Times’ With Illegal Immigrant Activist Group

    06/10/2014 3:39:24 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/10/2014 | Patrick Howley
    President Obama’s senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett held a series of meetings with illegal immigrant activists during Obama’s first term and concluded that “They are the best that we have.” Jarrett, a Chicago-era mentor to Obama and wife Michelle, is currently fighting to pass immigration reform legislation, in her words, “this summer.” “I had met, maybe, a year-and-a-half ago, with about Four Dream Act kids,” Jarrett said in a 2012 conversation with Walter Isaacson at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, video of which was posted by The Aspen Institute in 2014.
  • Michelle Obama a Senator from Illinois?

    06/08/2014 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    After Michelle and Barry leave the White House – if they leave the White House, which is certainly up in the air – there are rumors afoot that they may emulate Bill and Hillary and take up residence as far away from each other as humanly possible.  To add intrigue to connubial conjecture, it is also alleged that Michelle may do a Hillary Clinton and run for a Senate seat in Illinois.Speculation abounds that when she’s not “playing politics with our kid’s health,” doing the Dougie on late-night talk shows, vacationing with mom and the girls, scolding schools begging to...
  • Florida would ban abortion post-viability, Ohio moves to ban abortion insurance, and more

    06/06/2014 7:10:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    life site news ^ | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the Senate voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new HHS Secretary to oversee the implementation of ObamaCare, states around the country were voting to protect the unborn, fighting for marriage, and wrestling with a wave of transgender “anti-discrimination” proposals that would allow biological men to use women's restroom and shower facilities. Florida The state of Florida is poised to protect children from abortion if they have the capacity to survive outside the womb. H.B. 1047, which would bar abortions after viability, passed the Senate by a party line 24-15 vote....
  • Insurer's Message: Prepare for Climate Change or Get Sued

    06/06/2014 3:15:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/06/14 | John Roach
    To insurance companies, there’s no doubt that climate change is here: They are beginning to file lawsuits against small towns and cities who they say haven’t prepared for the floods and storms that will cost the companies billions in payments. Earlier this week, the U.S. arm of a major global insurance company backed away from an unprecedented lawsuit against Chicago and its suburbs for failing to prepare for heavy rains and associated flooding it claimed were fueled by global warming. While legal experts said the case was a longshot, its withdrawal didn't alter the message it contained for governments: prepare...
  • Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

    06/05/2014 9:41:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Thursday, Jun 5, 2014
    First Lady could be positioning herself for a run at Mark Kirk's seat in 2016 By Ward Room StaffFLOTUS for Senate? It wasn't that long ago that such a slogan would seem absurd, but political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016. A Thursday column in Reuters suggests that Obama would be the only candidate with a large enough profile to unseat the Republican. The column also points to Obama's recent willingness to debate the merits of her school lunch program with Republicans, a trip to China,...
  • [IL] Confidential Records Left Behind After Mental Health Centers Closed

    05/30/2014 9:12:57 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 1 replies
    WBBM.COM ^ | 30 MAY 2014 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration closed three health facilities in 2012 but left behind tractors and a forklift, an unidentified medical specimen and boxes full of confidential patient and employee records, an audit released Thursday said. The Department of Human Services also failed to properly announce the closures — another state agency even delivered $1,000 worth of bread and juice to one facility a month after it closed, according to the report by Auditor General William Holland.
  • Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Illinois Court On Fifth Amendment Rights

    05/29/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Bratch · 59 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 28, 2014 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously smacked down the Illinois Supreme Court in President Barack Obama’s home state for violating the Fifth Amendment. Almost always the Supreme Court chooses to take a case (called granting a writ of certiorari) from a federal appeals court or a state supreme court by setting the case for briefing and argument. The Court receives 8,000 petitions for certiorari per year, and it grants fewer than 80.Yet in this case of Martinez v. Illinois, the justices took the very rare step of deciding the whole case just based on the petition filed with them requesting review. The...
  • Rep. Kinzinger: Ukraine Election Can't Be 'Last Step' for US, EU

    05/27/2014 4:16:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | John Gizzi
    Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the more vocal Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Newsmax he is "cautiously optimistic" about the outcome of Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine. But Kinzinger quickly added that the landslide election of billionaire "chocolate king" Petro Poroshenko "can't be the last step" for the United States and the European Union in dealing with Ukraine. .... A decorated U.S. Air Force veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Kinzinger spoke to Newsmax after participating in Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday in Braidwood, Illinois. "Poroshenko has been on a lot of different sides in Ukrainian...
  • The Chicago Dictionary, Volume Four

    05/25/2014 2:47:10 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois; posted as a public service to the consumers of news: ASIAN CARP: A destructive monster that devours everything in its path, and is therefore a terrible threat to its rival, the state government. AUTUMN: The hour or two in which summer gives way to winter. BAIL BOND: The criminal promises to pay if he doesn’t show up for trial, and the city promises to look the other way while he commits more crimes until then. BIKE ROUTE: Adding 20% to the cost of building a road, increasing the danger...
  • 3 more child porn charges against ex-Rep. Farnham (Ill. RAT begins collecting pension)

    05/25/2014 6:25:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    **SNIP** Farnham is accused of using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography and to engage in graphic online chats in which he allegedly bragged about sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl. A federal criminal complaint alleges that Farnham, a Democrat from Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin a week before his abrupt resignation in March. Authorities also linked a Yahoo! email account used by Farnham to an online trading forum in which he chatted with other users about his...
  • 'Rooftop pastor' endorses Oberweis for Senate

    05/22/2014 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 2 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/22/2014 | Mitch Smith
    A South Side pastor who is highly visible in Chicago’s black community endorsed Republican candidate Jim Oberweis on Thursday in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The Rev. Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, said some Democrats had taken the African-American vote for granted and that black voters shouldn’t rule out candidates simply because of their party affiliation. Brooks, who is known as the “rooftop pastor” because he once slept for three months atop a shuttered motel to protest violence, cited Oberweis’ views on education and job creation as well the state senator’s visits to...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Without Amnesty George W. Bush Last Republican President

    05/20/2014 2:31:39 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who suggested on Monday that "every institution" in America should ignore the nation's immigration laws until Congress passes amnesty legislation, said President George W. Bush will go down as the last Republican president in history if Congress does not act on immigration. "I give you George W. Bush--the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history," Gutierrez said Tuesday on the House Floor. He added: If you do nothing on immigration, I guess you can take comfort in knowing that from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush, you had...
  • Convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.: Presidential pardons for all ex-offenders

    05/20/2014 4:09:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | May 20, 2014 | Casey Toner
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is serving the end of his 2-1/2-year sentence in a Montgomery federal prison, wants presidential pardons issued to all offenders who have served their time, according to a fellow inmate. Weeks after contacting Jackson inquiring about his ideas for prison reform, AL.com received emails from Jackson as well as a copy of a nine-page letter outlining his plan written by John P. Karoly Jr., an inmate Jackson knew during his stint at Butner Federal Prison in North Carolina. Jackson told AL.com he wrote two books while incarcerated, "The Tao...
  • Luis Gutierrez: 'Every Institution in America' Should Work Around Fed. Immigration Laws

    05/19/2014 3:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) suggested that until Congress passes sweeping amnesty legislation, "every institution in America" should find ways to ignore or work around federal immigration laws. He also said that President Barack Obama's Deferred Action program was the first step in implementing more amnesty programs. Testifying before a Senate Subcommittee hearing in Chicago on "Immigrant Enlistment" that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) chaired, Gutierrez said that "every institution in America, including our military, must work around the inability of our federal government and the U.S. House of Representatives to fix our immigration system." He also pushed the Navy...
  • Obama camp angry, embarrassed over 2009 Nobel Prize: official

    05/15/2014 2:54:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Obama camp angry, embarrassed over 2009 Nobel Prize: official The Associated Press Posted: May 15, 2014 5:24 PM ET Last Updated: May 15, 2014 5:24 PM ET A senior Norwegian diplomat says his country's former ambassador to the United States was given a verbal lashing by Barack Obama's chief of staff when the president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Morten Wetland said Thursday the ambassador, Wegger Stroemmen, was approached by Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago's mayor, who accused Norway of "fawning" to the newly elected U.S. leader. Wetland, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations at the time,...
  • Third case of MERS confirmed in Illinois resident

    05/17/2014 2:54:53 PM PDT · by wtd · 75 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | May 17, 2014 | Nicole Hensley
    NY Daily News: Third case of MERS confirmed in Illinois resident The unnamed resident tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome after having contact with the first patient in Indiana, who contracted the virus while traveling in Saudi Arabia. The second case was reported in Florida, but is not linked to the other two
  • Brown's Husband Subpoenaed by the Feds

    05/14/2014 4:47:50 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 14, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's husband has been hit with a federal subpoena asking him to appear before a grand jury as part of an investigation into a state anti-violence program. It is the second, ongoing probe into Cook that is also looking into how monies were dispensed from the $54 million anti-violence program. Cook was paid more than $154,000.00 in salary and benefits from the grant funds.
  • 6 Students Arrested After Fight At Streamwood H.S. ("Race Brawl" says Drudge)

    05/14/2014 1:54:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    WBBM-TV ^ | May 13, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)STREAMWOOD, Ill. (CBS) – Police arrested six students at Streamwood High School on Tuesday, after a fight that prompted a “hold in place” order at the school. Six students were arrested in connection with the fight. No one was seriously hurt, although one student had a bloody lip. It was unclear how many students were involved in the fight. Police from Streamwood and several surrounding suburbs responded after a racially-based lunchroom brawl quickly spun out of control. “It was at least 40 kids fighting, then it travelled all the way up to the 2nd floor. They fought inside the offices,”...
  • Illinois voters don't want tax money going for Obama library

    05/13/2014 2:23:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/13/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Illinois political boss Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House in the state legislature, pushed through preliminary approval of a hundred million dollars in state funding for a Barack Obama presidential library to be located in Chicago, something Mayor Rahm Emanuel also supported. But it turns out that the state’s voters are not quite as interested in showering their hard earned tax dollars on a monument to The One.Erin Carlson of NBC Chicago reports: A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller reveals that a whopping 67 percent of prospective voters here in Illinois oppose the Michael Madigan-sponsored plan to earmark $100 million...
  • ATF, Chicago Columnist Whine About Alpha Girls Firearms Fashion Show

    05/05/2014 12:16:20 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/5/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Karen Bartuch is a former Chicago law enforcement officer (police work runs in the family, her brother is a cop too) who has worked everything from patrol, gang and tactical teams, undercover, surveillance, intelligence and counter-terrorism to serving as a policy advisor to the superintendent of police. She's also the founder and CEO of Alpha Girls LLC and the Women's Tactical Association, a self-defense training company specifically focused on teaching women the skills they need to defend themselves.