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  • Groups, churches urged to prepare for worst

    09/17/2012 9:26:04 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    The News Gazette ^ | 9/17/12 | Tom Kacich
    They say they're not doomsdayers or survivalists, but a handful of people who met in a small room at a Mahomet church last week say they believe it's time to prepare for emergencies and disasters. And they want others to the same. The group, known informally as the Christian Emergency Preparedness Network, wants church and civic groups to band together and prepare food, water, equipment, expertise, security and more for what they believe is an impending crisis. It has nothing to do with the upcoming election, says David Pike, a crop scientist who lives in Champaign and is retired from...
  • Caliphate conference coming to Chicago area

    05/30/2012 5:49:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5-30-12
    Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic organization that openly calls for restoration of the caliphate -- that is, the political union of Muslims worldwide in a single Sharia state ruled by the caliph. This means that the group is dedicated to subverting and destroying all governments not ruled by Islamic law, and as such it is banned in many countries. But not in the U.S., which has never shown any awareness on an official level of non-violent efforts to impose Sharia. They're once again coming to the Chicago area to hold their Caliphate Conference: it will be held on June...
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacherís strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a ďfairĒ deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacherís balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, ď[w]eíre not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.Ē Thatís quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Pelosi: Mitt Romney is not going to be President of the United States

    09/16/2012 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to even entertain the idea of working with Mitt Romney to solve the nationís problems on Sunday. Why? Because ďMitt Romneyís not going to be President of the United States,Ē she told CNNís Candy Crowley, bursting out into laugher. ďI think everybody knows that, right?Ē
  • Jihad Teen Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Chicago Bar

    09/15/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    A Chicago teen was arrested in Chicago for trying to blow up a bar with a car bomb. News 9 reported: Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. The U.S. District Attorneyís Office in Chicago announced the arrest Saturday and said the device was inert and...
  • Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there's no 2nd term

    09/15/2012 8:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | September 13, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    Iím just back from a delightful trip down to a little sandwich shop on the Southside of Chicago where prominent members of the black community enjoy lunch served up with a side of political gossip. I relish the occasions I get invited to these little meetings and never know whoíll be sitting at the table with me but love the jerk chicken combo with extra ďbodacious sauceĒ. In a corner over by a colorful mural celebrating the roaring-twenties and jazz I got an earful about the black communityís feeling about both the Obamas and their abandonment of Chicago for the...
  • Muslim Teen Charged for Attempted Chicago Bombing

    09/15/2012 3:26:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/15/12 | JASON KEYSER/ap
    Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. ~~SNIP~~ In May, two undercover FBI employees contacted Daoud in response to the material and exchanged several electronic messages with him in which he expressed an interest in
  • Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strike

    09/15/2012 5:37:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/11/12 | Joe Newby
    Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strikeJoe Newby September 11, 2012 On Monday, teachers in Chicago went on strike, but a post at EAG News says the strike looks more like a rally for socialist revolution complete with Che Guevara t-shirts and anarchist flags as "a supportive collection of political radicals" joined the teachers on the picket lines. **SNIP** According to one flag-bearing protester, the banner represented "revolutionary unionism,Ē which, according to a post at the International Workers Association, "aims to unite all workers in combative economic organizations, that fight to free themselves from the double yoke of...
  • Mayor's Reputation Tarnished in Teachers Union Dust-up

    09/15/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristen Mack, et al.
    The measure of who won and lost in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's showdown with the Chicago Teachers Union won't be clear until the details of the new contract emerge, but last week's strike took some of the luster off the mayor's self-portrait as an innovative leader brimming with new ways to solve the city's most vexing challenges. The long, stressful path to getting a contract in place offered a glimpse that Emanuel perhaps is not as multidimensional as he tries to appear. Repeatedly, the mayor turned to one tool: the attack. That singular approach contributed to the first teachers strike in...
  • Wanted: 1 goat herder, 30 goats at OíHare Intíl Airport (Chicago)

    09/14/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    WFLD FOX Chicago ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dane Placko
    ...Fox Chicago has learned the Chicago Department of Aviation recently put out a bid looking for someone to supply goats to graze on the grass and brush at O'Hare. It also calls for a goat herder...
  • Chicagoís government-run health care is almost as horrible as its government-run schools

    09/13/2012 6:41:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Chicago’s government-run health care is almost as horrible as its government-run schools This article from CBS is a great example of the mindset of the people who run the city of Chicago.Chicago set up a government run health care clinic inside a garbage truck garage. Only after the media reported on it did the government decide it was a bad idea.The mindset that says it’s a good idea to run a health care clinic in such a filthy environment, is the same mindset that is in charge of running Chicago’s public schools.CBS reports:clinic that had been...
  • Watch Chicago for signs of public-worker union strength

    09/13/2012 7:05:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 9/13/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Watch Chicago. A strike by teachers there demonstrates public sector unions' struggle to find their footing in an era when even their friends are turning on them. "I don't think it's hard to see footprints" between the Windy City and events elsewhere, said Bob Bruno, a labor expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Writ large, this is another of these stories about collective bargaining in the public sector under siege. It's been unfolding since 2010." About 26,000 Chicago teachers went on strike this week over everything from pay and how much student test scores should count toward teachers'...
  • Chicago teacher strike is about the kids ("It's for the children")

    09/12/2012 2:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Progressive ^ | September 12, 2012 | Theresa Moran
    Chicago teachers arenít striking because of pay. They are walking picket lines because theyíre sick of so-called education reforms that donít address the real problems in the schools and instead emphasize privatization and rote testing. Teachers point out shocking disparities in Chicagoís education system, particularly the lack of resources in schools serving low-income black and Latino students. About 80 percent of Chicago students receive free and reduced lunch. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his kids to a private school with three libraries and seven art teachers. But half of Chicago public schools donít have full-time art and music teachers, 98...
  • Strike day twoĖ Chicago teachers party in the streets (Update ó Video added)

    09/11/2012 11:02:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 11, 2012 | Anne Sorock
    The Chicago Teachers Union continued its second day of the strike by celebrating in a party-like atmosphere with kids, festive music, and a giant fuzzy elmo doll. They may be anticipating a long strike: according to CTU President Karen Lewis, the idea that a contract will be settled by the end of Tuesday ďis lunacy.Ē I traveled downtown to view the protest. The ďLĒ train was packed with young teachers in red t-shirts, smiling and laughing about the strike. One teacher commented that all they were doing at his high school to provide for students was ďplopping in The Hunger...
  • Obama Lawyer Admits Forgery (title shortened)

    09/11/2012 2:17:44 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 68 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 12, 2012 | Dan Crosby
    NEW YORK, NY Ė After a Maricopa County law enforcement agency conducted a six-month forensic examination which determined that the image of Obamaís alleged 1961 Certificate of Livej Birth posted to a government website in April, 2011 is a digital fabrication and that it did not originate from a genuine paper document, arguments from an Obama eligibility lawyer during a recent New Jersey ballot challenge hearing reveals the image was not only a fabrication, but that it was likely part of a contrived plot by counterfeiters to endow Obama with mere political support while simultaneously making the image intentionally appear...
  • DisgustingÖ Chicago Teachers Union Protests Outside 9-11 Memorial

    09/11/2012 11:44:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Chicago Teachers Union protested outside a 9-11 emorial event today in Chicago.(PHOTO AT LINK)WLS reported: Dozens of striking Chicago teachers are protesting outside a Sept. 11 memorial event where Gov. Pat Quinn is speaking. The Chicago Democrat hasnít weighed in on the walkout, which entered its second day on Tuesday. As he headed into the event, Quinn walked through the crowd, which sang ďAmazing GraceĒ and held American flags. He said ďGood luck.Ē The teachers marched over from nearby Curie Metro High School on the cityís southwest side.
  • Illinois: Land of 7,000 Governments

    09/11/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 3 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | September 7, 2012 | Whet Moser
    People in Illinois like to complain about big government. But maybe there's a bigger problem: little government. Lots and lots of them, from municipalities to townships to special districts to school districts. Every five years the Census does a census of governments, and Illinois ranks first, as it always does, with 6,968, over 2,000 more than the runner-up, Pennsylvania. And we don't just have more governments than anywhere else; we have more of just about every kind of government the Census surveys. 2007 was the last year that a detailed breakdown was available; here are how the top four states...
  • Union Parasites Bleed Chicago

    09/10/2012 6:33:30 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 20 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | September 10, 2012 | Scooter Van Neuter
    CHICAGO (BHN) - In a city already plagued by runaway crime, corruption, and years of liberal mismanagement, Chicago's Teacher's Union has struck that city after refusing an offer for a 16% pay increase. Chicago's teachers are already among the highest paid in the country, averaging over $76K a year before benefits. Despite the extravagant pay, Chicago kids test among the lowest in the country, leading many to question why the city doesn't fire the greedy "educators" and bring in real ones. Union president Karen "The Hut" Lewis, defended her union's decision to strike, saying, "Yo, give us the [f-ng] money...
  • One day of teaching nets IL union lobbyists $100k-per-year state pensions

    10/24/2011 8:59:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 24,2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    Itís practically a fantasy come to life: work a single day and get a golden parachute that will guarantee oneís retirement in comfort and luxury. Only in Illinois, itís not just a fantasy, itís a dream come true for two high-ranking union officials who worked a single day in a public school. Thanks to a loophole in the law that the state legislature inserted into a ďreformĒ law, that one day as substitute teachers will cost Illinois taxpayers a few million dollars in pensions: Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees...
  • Jarrett's Million Dollar Security Detail - Slumlord Protected by Taxpayers

    09/10/2012 5:10:47 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 16 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 9-10-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Valerie Jarrett, long known in some circles as the "other half of Barack's brain," and in other circles as a Chicago slumlord, has her own security detail. Jarrett's official title is "Senior Advisor to the President." Here's the point: The idea that someone such as Jarrett--who officially plays no role in national security or counter-terrorism--would receive USSS protection would be laughable if it werenít, in fact, real. Itís like a tale out of the Versailles Court of the Sun King--the sort of anecdote that provokes the peasants, eventually, to revolution. But in the meantime, before the deluge, Jarrett plans to...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Makes War On Kids And Parents

    09/10/2012 5:12:49 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 19, 2012
    Public Employee Unions: In a city with double-digit unemployment, teachers who can't be fired and who make more than double what their students' parents make, have gone on strike. Anyone for school choice? Public sector unions reared their burdensome and inefficient head Monday when some 25,000 unionized Chicago Public School teachers went on strike, unhappy with a salary the parents of their students can only envy, leaving 350,000 students and their overtaxed parents struggling in the educational lurch. The Chicago Teachers Union walked away from a contract offer that amounted to a 16% raise over four years for the average...
  • Obama Will Solve Chicago Teachers Strike

    09/10/2012 4:47:38 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 10 September 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Last week I asked a stupid question, and it took me a couple of hours on Friday to figure it out. I've been hoping I wouldn't forget it all weekend. And here we are, and I remember what it was. The stupid question I asked was: "Why are the teachers in Chicago going on strike?" The answer is very simple: So Obama can solve it as a campaign issue. That's why they're on strike. It won't be long before we hear Moochelle say that he's up late at night on the campaign trail practically crying, reading letters...
  • Itís For the KidsÖ Chicago Teachers Ė Who Make $74,839 a Year Ė Go On Strike

    09/10/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    The Getaway Pundit ^ | September 10, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected. Teachers in Chicago make an average $74,839 a year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bKmzG8-bmWY** The teachers want a 16% raise over 4 years costing the city $400 million. (Who gets that kind of a raise these days?) Tens of thousands of teachers and support staff in Chicago went on strike Monday after their union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement. The AP reported: Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after their union and district...
  • Charter schools in session despite [public school] strike [in Chicago]

    09/10/2012 4:01:30 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 9, 2012 | Jennifer Delgado
    Leslie Daniels enrolled her son in a Chicago charter school three years ago because she didn't like the education he was getting in his local neighborhood school. In the back of her mind, she also knew the school was less likely to be affected by labor problems because its teachers are not members of the Chicago Teachers Union. That's an added benefit now that the union has called for its first walkout in 25 years. All of the city's charter schools will remain open Monday. "I'm glad I made the switch," said Daniels, 55. "I feel for the other parents...
  • Why do so many public school teachers send their own children to private schools?

    09/10/2012 4:45:48 PM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 11, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Why do so many public school teachers send their own children to private¬†schools? The Washington Times reports:‚ÄúNationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúIn Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúIn Philadelphia,...
  • Why the Chicago teacherís strike is bad news for President Obama

    09/10/2012 10:41:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10Sep 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    For the first time in nearly three decades, Chicago public school teachers went on strike this morning. At first glance, you might be tempted to think that what happens in Chicago has little to no effect on the politics of Washington and the presidential race. But, youíd be wrong. There are several reasons to believe that what happens in Chicago could have a real ó and negative ó impact on President Obama and the broader race for the White House this fall. We list the three biggest reasons below. * Itís Chicago: Yes, we know that President Obama has no...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Chicago strike is Democratic Ďsetupí

    09/10/2012 2:01:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh: Chicago strike is Democratic Ďsetupí By: Kevin Robillard September 10, 2012 03:14 PM EDT Rush Limbaugh said Monday a strike by the 26,000-member Chicago Teachersí Union was nothing but a ploy to help President Barack Obamaís reelection. ďLetís just see how long this thing goes on, and letís see how it gets solved,Ē the conservative talk show host said on his radio show. ďAnybody want to bet against me that Obamaís the one that gets credit for this, in a few short days? Anybody want to bet that there might be a little bit of violence and finally...
  • Paul Ryan on Chicago teachers strike: ĎWe stand with Rahm Emanuelí

    09/10/2012 4:04:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Chris Moody
    Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke out against the Chicago Teachers Union strike on Monday, saying he stands behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's opposition to the demonstration. "Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher's union strike is unnecessary and wrong," Ryan said in Portland, Ore., according to a pool report transcript. "We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel." More than 26,000 education professionals in the Chicago area did not attend work on Monday over a contract negotiation dispute with the...
  • Romney slams striking Chicago teachers

    09/10/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the Chicago Teachers Union for its decision to ďturn its backĒ on students in the Windy City after the labor group, representing teachers and support staff in the nationís third-largest public school system, walked off the job for the first time time in 25 years. ďTeachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet,Ē said Mr. Romney, the GOPís presidential nominee. The two sides are reportedly not far apart in salary negotiations, but other issues ó such...
  • Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Two Distinct Approaches to Governance

    09/10/2012 12:12:37 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-04 | Joshua Culling
    [Last week] in the 7:00 hour Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will address the Democratic National Convention. Why he was chosen to speak I have no idea; he is probably the worst governor in America. Illinois' budget is an absolute mess, even after Quinn's $7 billion tax income tax hike. He has shown no appetite for difficult political decisions and has ceded much of his governing authority to the unions who financed his election. But his speech is useful in that it will tie Gov. Quinn to another prominent Illinois Democrat - President Barack Obama. And it will contrast their strikingly...
  • Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence

    09/06/2012 8:34:04 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug. 22, 2012 | Dr. Barbara Bellar
    Video at link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdnY8r7_fLw&feature=player_embedded
  • Democrat National Convention to Showcase Tax Hiking Governors

    09/06/2012 1:54:24 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-04 | Will Upton
    On the opening day of their national convention, Democrats have chosen to showcase three governors who have a long history of pushing job-killing tax hikes on their respective states: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, and Maryland Governor Martin OíMalley. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who kicks off the evening of tax hikers, has had a long love affair with tax increases. In May of 2009, Gov. Quinn proposed a 50-percent income tax hike, increasing the income tax rate from 3-percent to 4.5-percent. The proposed tax hike would have taken about $4 billion from Illinoisís private economy near...
  • Illinois' credit rating downgraded after pension reform failure

    08/30/2012 5:26:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 30, 2012 | Monique Garcia
    Illinois' credit rating was downgraded by Standard & Poor's on Wednesday, a move that came after Gov. Pat Quinn's inability to persuade lawmakers to cut costs in the state's debt-ridden public employee pension system. The agency lowered the state's credit rating from A+ to A, citing a "lack of action" on changes aimed at decreasing the pension system's unfunded liability, which could hit $93 billion by next summer if nothing is done. Standard & Poor's also gave Illinois a "negative outlook," saying the state's budget future remains uncertain. It's unclear what impact the new rating will have on Illinois' pocketbook,...
  • Bolivian gray titi monkey born in Chicago

    08/22/2012 9:23:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi. ^ | Aug. 21, 2012
    CHICAGO, - Officials at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo said a rare Bolivian gray titi monkey was born at the facility. The officials said Tuesday the monkey, one of only about 50 of its species in U.S. zoos, was born to mother Delasol, 21, the oldest titi monkey to give birth in a North American zoo, and father Ocala, 15, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday. The zoo said the monkey is the ninth child born to the couple. Officials said the birth is a "big deal" due to the declining population of the species in the wild.
  • Nineteen shot in Chicago night of mayhem

    08/25/2012 5:50:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 93 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/24/2012
    Nineteen people were shot in seven attacks overnight in Chicago, as the US city's gun violence epidemic continued. Thirteen of the victims were shot within a half-hour period, including eight in a drive-by shooting on a single street. Chicago officials have been battling a sharp increase in shootings and homicides, with some elected officials arguing gangs do not fear the police. The city's murder rate has spiked 29% year-over-year as of this month. By that time in 2011, 270 people had been killed in the city, according to data complied by the local newspaper RedEye Chicago. In 2012, that number...
  • Roger Ebert claimed that ď2016: Obamaís America,Ē the #1 movie, isn't in any Chicago theaters

    08/24/2012 6:19:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 24, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    This is Roger Ebertís website. For the weekend of Friday, August 24, 2012, he has written reviews of seven new movies:
  • Obama Jokes About Birth Certificate Controversy (flashback video)

    08/24/2012 3:45:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/30/2011 | AP
    President Obama showed his skills as a comedian at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner, focusing mainly on Donald Trump. He made fun of the birth certificate controversy, and ribbed Trump about his presidential ambitions. (April 30)
  • Street Gang Shootings In Chicagoland Are Proxy War For Mexican Drug Cartels

    08/24/2012 3:50:34 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    President Obama and his useless administration insist that the drug violence in Mexico is not spilling over the border into America. Don't buy the political BS from Washington, D.C. In fact, Jack Riley, the special agent in charge of the DEA's field office in Chicago, IL, says that the local street gangs are proxies for the Mexican drug cartels in the battle for turf as reported by Armen Keteyian for CBS News: Riley says Mexican cartels have a significant influence in Chicago's gang violence problem. "Let's take the gloves off on that," he said. "We know that the majority of...
  • Chicago Official Backpedals After Saying Reagan Deserves a ĎSpecial Place in Hellí

    08/23/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/23/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Chicago-area official apologized after saying former President Ronald Reagan deserves a ďspecial place in hellĒ for his part in stepping up the war on drugs. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a Democrat, said her language Tuesday was ďinflammatory,ď but stood by her criticism about the Ēfailure of the war on drugs to end illegal drug use or sales in this country.Ē According to the Chicago Tribune, Preckwinkle was defending the city of Chicagoís recent move to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, allowing police officers to write tickets instead of make arrests. She said drug treatment should...
  • ACT data: 31 percent of (Illinois) state's Class of '12 not college-ready

    08/22/2012 8:47:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2012 | Diane Rado
    Almost a third of Illinois' high school Class of 2012 scored too low on the ACT college-entrance exam to be considered ready for key college classes, according to data released Wednesday. Despite some improvements, the results were troubling to some educators, while others considered the information a flawed method for judging how well students will fare if they go to college. [Snip] Former state schools Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee, now president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, is troubled by the low college-readiness figures, particularly in science and math. Only 30 percent of Illinois' 2012 graduates met...
  • Another Shot Across The Bow By An Illinois State's Attorney

    08/21/2012 2:58:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 21 August, 2012 | John Richardson
    Ronald Dozier, State's Attorney for McLean County, IL, today fired a shot across the bow of those opposing concealed carry in Illinois. He sent out a press release today regarding Illinois laws and the Second Amendment. In that press release, he said that as of today his office won't enforce Illinois laws relating to the FOID Card Act, the Unlawful Use of Weapons, and Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons as they appear to contravene the Supreme Court's rulings in Heller and McDonald. What makes this even more interesting is Mr. Dozier used to be Judge Dozier. He served as State's...
  • On that potentially troublesome Cook County poll. Well, troublesome for Barack Obama.

    08/20/2012 10:20:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    MoeLane.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Moe Lane
    The Daily Caller reported on a poll today that gave a rather remarkable result: it showed Barack Obama ahead of Mitt Romney 49 to 37Ö in Cook County, Illinois: which of course includes the City of Chicago. Being under 50% in what can be considered the ultimate Democratic stronghold is not good news for the President. In 2008 Cook County went for Obama over McCain 67/32; in 2010 it went for Quinn over Brady 54/40Ö which helped make the difference from Obamaís blowout 62/37 win statewide in 2008, and Quinnís squeaker 47/46 win in 2010. Put another way: if this...
  • Shock poll: Obama could lose Illinois, Romney leads in Chicago suburbs

    08/20/2012 9:37:36 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2012 | Alexis Levinson
    President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows. A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely. Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous. Those numbers do not bode well for the president. ďHe has to come out of Cook County with a...
  • Shock poll: Obama could lose Illinois, Romney leads in Chicago suburbs

    08/20/2012 7:46:31 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows. A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely. Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous. Those numbers do not bode well for the president. ďHe has to come out of Cook County with a...
  • Regarding Connecticut&New Mexico Leaning Tossup.What Are The Explanations?

    08/20/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT · by Ryan_Rubio_2016 · 35 replies
    Could Connecticut and New Mexico going from "Obama" to "Lean Obama" become a sign of things to come? What has happened in a blue New England state may hopefully be a new trend going into November. Maybe Connecticut turning purple is primarily due to the number of "Wall Street" residents living there and knowing what will happen to their fortunes or incomes if Obama is re-elected. Hopefully the trend will continue in September when New Jersey, Nevada and Minnesota turn purple giving Obama more states to worry about and less money and time to campaign in.
  • WeirdÖ Catholic Dem Governor Does Islamic Praying on Ramadan (Video)

    08/20/2012 7:30:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Gateway ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Really, Governor Quinn? Really? Catholic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn took time out recently to do some Islamic praying on Ramadan.
  • Shock poll: Obama could lose Illinois

    08/20/2012 5:18:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 100 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2012 | Alexis Levinson
    President Barack Obama could lose his home state of Illinois in November, a new poll shows. A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely. Cook is the most Democratic leaning county in the state. It is also the most populous. Those numbers do not bode well for the president. ďHe has to come out of Cook County with a...
  • Forum: Chick-fil-A at BU a welcome addition

    08/18/2012 12:25:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Peoria Journal-Star ^ | August 17, 2012
    Re. Aug. 14 story, "BU food court pick draws complaints": Bradley alumnus Eric Miller is quoted in the story as stating that allowing the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Bradley University counters the core values of what it means to be a Brave. BU's mission statement infers that they "represent a diverse learning community that acknowledges respect and understanding of all individuals." Chick-fil-A is a top-rated enterprise devoted to helping young people develop new skills while they gain employment. Outstanding service is promoted among employees. Their chicken sandwich is rated high in taste in Consumer Reports. The fact that they are successfully...
  • Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith over bribery charge

    08/17/2012 2:19:34 PM PDT · by rocksandbroncs · 22 replies
    Clout Street ^ | 2:17 p.m. CDT, August 17, 2012 | Ray Long and Annie Sweeney
    State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905. Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn his alleged actions before the 100-6 vote was taken. Three lawmakers voted present (see roll call here). [...] The disciplinary action against Smith required the votes of 79 members of the 118-member House. Smith was arrested March 13 by federal agents who alleged he used his office stationery to push for a $50,000 grant for a fictitious operator...
  • Illinois House expels Democrat indicted for bribery (the first expulsion since 1905)

    08/17/2012 1:43:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/17/12 | James B. Kelleher
    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Reuters) - The Illinois House of Representatives on Friday expelled a Democratic lawmaker indicted for bribery, the first member to be booted from the chamber since 1905. State House Representative Derrick Smith, who represents a staunchly Democratic district in Chicago, was arrested in March and charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for endorsing a daycare center's state grant application. He has denied the charges. Days after his arrest and indictment, Smith won the Democratic Party primary to contest the November 6 election, in part because some Democrats hoped he would resign and be replaced on the...