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  • Emanuel socks city retirees with 40 percent health insurance hike ( Chicago )

    09/13/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday dropped another financial bombshell on Chicago’s 25,000 retired city workers and their dependents: their monthly health insurance premiums will be going up by a whopping 40 percent — in spite of a pending lawsuit and a precedent-setting Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Last year, Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare. For the city, the Year One savings was $25 million. For retirees, that translated into an increase in monthly health insurance premiums...
  • $13 minimum wage in Chicago

    08/27/2014 6:12:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 24 replies
    WLS AM ^ | 8-26-14 | Bill Cameron, 89 WLS News.
    (Chicago) Mayor Emanuel is vowing to phase-in a higher minimum wage in Chicago than Springfield politicians are planning for the entire state. Rahm says he’ll push for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago even if the state enacts its pending ten dollar minimum wage.
  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago not murder capital

    08/25/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/25/2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against suggestions that violence in his city is out of control, touting new statistics that show violent crime is down in Chicago “The narrative is: We’re the murder capital. Not close,” the Chicago mayor said during an interview with POLITICO. When asked about perception of crime in Chicago, Emanuel was quick to note that he is most concerned with the opinions of his city’s residents about the safety of their communities. But the mayor still seems frustrated with the media, which he feels is focusing on individual incidents of crime without telling the whole story.
  • The Fall of the City of Chicago

    08/06/2014 4:17:52 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 56 replies
    Recent polls show Karen Lewis, the Jabba the Hut-like leader of Chicago’s Teachers shown above the odds-on favorite to unseat Rahm Emmanuel and become the next Mayor of Chicago. And this is the reality: the old JFK bargain, where White Liberal Democratic elites govern and give out special favors to Blacks (and Hispanics) in exchange for votes is ending. Chicago’s “FIRE” interests (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) had a good long run. But demographics is everything. Why indeed should Black populations with the majority or near majority of votes and most active voters (and least vulnerable to double/triple voting prosecutions)...
  • Poor Families Use 'Supervouchers' To Rent In City's Priciest Buildings (HUD's Chicago Gold Coast!!)

    07/28/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 36 replies
    Crains Business Journal ^ | 7/28/14 | By Alby Gallun
    The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program...
  • Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis (Teacher Union Prez) could give Rahm run for his money

    07/14/2014 8:40:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 14, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor. It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president’s potential candidacy seriously as well. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably should, too. At least that’s what a surprising new Early & Often Poll suggests. If the mayoral election were held today, the lightning rod union leader who was the architect behind a 2012 teachers’ strike would beat Emanuel by 9 percentage points in a head-to-head contest, the survey found.
  • Even Chicago is fed up! Furious black protesters call Obama ‘worst president ever elected’ (VIDEO)

    07/13/2014 10:35:00 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 13 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Residents from Chicago’s South Side expressed frustration Friday over President Obama’s attention to prioritizing the illegal immigrant crisis at the border over their city’s escalating violence. During a protest outside the Chicago Police Department some residents called for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy over their failure to address the violence – and even Obama’s as well, according to Rebel Pundit. “Barack will go down as the worst president ever elected, Bill Clinton was the African-American President,” one resident told Rebel Pundit. “President Barack needs to pay attention to Chicago, if he cannot pay attention...
  • Emanuel pushes gun control while Chicago runs red

    06/24/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Dave Workman
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this month insisted that his brand of gun control should spread nationwide, but this past weekend’s Windy City body count – with six dead and more than 20 wounded, according to this morning’s Chicago Sun Times – does not instill public faith in his strategy. Earlier this month when Mark Glaze stepped down as executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety,” he told the Wall Street Journal, “when a mass shooting happens…nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting (in Santa Barbara).” Late last month, Washington CeaseFire President Ralph...
  • 6 shot in South Shore: 'We can't even go to the laundromat' [Obamacity]

    06/03/2014 4:31:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/3/14 | Adam Sege and Rosemary Regina Sobo
    <p>A gunman fired into a crowd at a South Shore strip mall Monday night, striking two teenagers and four adults, according to police....</p> <p>For Tamesha Ginn, a lifelong South Shore resident who heard the gunfire from her porch, the shooting reflected changes her neighborhood has gone through in the years since her childhood.</p>
  • 5 dead, 15 wounded in weekend shootings

    06/01/2014 7:08:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 1, 2014
    Five people were killed and at least 15 others have been wounded in separate shootings across the city since Friday evening, including eight shot within the first 30 minutes of June. The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the Austin neighborhood, when a teenage boy was killed and five others were wounded. The six were standing in a group at the intersection of West Ferdinand Street and North Lavergne Avenue about 12:30 a.m. when several shooters emerged from a nearby alley and opened fire, police said.
  • Pelosi Stumbles Across a Good Point on Immigration

    05/17/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    I know this isn’t really much of a shock: but Nancy Pelosi is, once again, uttering nonsense. This time, her aimless string of platitudes was focused (and I use the word “focused” rather loosely) on immigration reform. Like many of her progressive allies (in both parties) she rambled about the need for America to create a “path to citizenship”. Nancy, we already have a path to citizenship… And generally, the first step to becoming a US citizen isn’t breaking our Federal immigration laws. According to CNS News: “As a country, we cannot, let me say, we cannot prohibit a path...
  • Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade busted for speeding, running red lights: report

    05/09/2014 9:29:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5-8-14 | Adam Edelman
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing criticism after reports emerged this week that his motorcade was caught speeding and violating other traffic laws at least 20 times since 2012. City vehicles carrying Emanuel were spotted speeding near schools and parks and running red stoplights just shy of two dozen times since 2012, WLS-TV reported this week. The station tracked Chicago’s red light and speed cameras and discovered that the city vehicles known to chauffer Emanuel around regularly break critical traffic safety laws. Infractions included a February incident in which speed camears caught both of Emanuel’s vehicles going more than 10...
  • I-Team: Mayor's motorcade caught on tape (Rahm Emmanuel running red lights)

    05/08/2014 6:37:19 AM PDT · by heartwood · 65 replies
    Eyewitness News ABC 7 ^ | May 7, 2014 | Ben Bradley
    May 5, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Red lights? Speed limits? They're apparently not a problem if you are driving the mayor of the city of Chicago. Despite Rahm Emanuel's contention that red light and speed cameras are "all about safety," the ABC7 Eyewitness News I-Team learned those same cameras regularly catch the mayor's motorcade running red and speeding. The city's website catalogs all red light and speed camera violations regardless of who you are. The I-Team ran the plates of the two city vehicles in which Emanuel is chauffeured around Chicago. Since 2012, the cameras have caught the mayor's motorcade...
  • Shootings on South, West sides kill 2, injure 5

    05/08/2014 5:21:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-8-14 | Deanese Williams-Harris and Adam Sege
    Shootings on the city's South and West sides left two people dead and at least five others wounded late Tuesday and early this morning. About 9:50 p.m., two men were shot in the 7900 block of South Vincennes Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood. Two assailants approached on foot and started shooting, police said. A witness told relatives the two had been inside the restaurant when the two walked in.
  • Shock Transcript: IL Senate Linked Obama with Corrupt Blagojevich Ally; Called Him Obama’s “Mentor”

    05/04/2014 5:22:09 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 10 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/4/14 | Aurelius
    In a previously unpublicized transcript from 2004, the Illinois State Senate specifically linked then US Senator-Elect Barack Obama with corrupt politician and Rod Blagojevich ally Emil Jones Jr. More than simply connecting the two, the transcript specifically calls Jones Mr. Obama's "mentor" and his "political godfather." The transcript was written on November 8, 2004, soon after Mr. Obama was elected to the United States Senate. Ironically, the subject of the section in which the soon-to-be Senator was linked to Jones was written in praise of Mr. Obama. The quote comes from Senate Resolution 716, which was in place to congratulate...
  • Memos: Clinton White House used immigration issue to defeat Republicans

    04/24/2014 5:42:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Notes and memos just released by former President Bill Clinton's library reveal that the administration's political team schemed to use the immigration issue to defeat Republicans. Just months into the new administration, memos were swapped inside White House offices discussing how to use immigration to knock out Republicans in California, Texas, New York and other states. In one memo to former Clinton deputy Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, a top aide wrote, “Immigration will be one of the top two or three issues in the California governor's race in 1994, and I suspect the issue will be significant in...
  • Obama taps veteran of Clinton investigations for chief counsel

    04/22/2014 7:45:53 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Monday said he has selected W. Neil Eggleston to become chief counsel, adding the expertise of a veteran attorney who was involved in some of the most heated legal battles of the Clinton administration. Eggleston, a white-collar defender who is now at Kirkland & Ellis, will replace departing White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in mid-May. "Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team," Obama said in a statement. "He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years."...
  • See what they’ll be teaching in the Chicago public schools

    04/21/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 20 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Chicago public schools are set to introduce a new Afro-centric curriculum, according to a closely-guarded copy obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The curriculum covers kindergarten through tenth grade and is designed to align with Common Core. It includes a web link to TheAfrican.com, a website whose publisher decries “fake-Jews” and calls the United States a “Zionist-occupied enemy territory.”
  • Rahm Emanuel Lowers Murder Rate in Chicago… by Lying About It

    04/21/2014 6:46:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Good news. Crime is down in Chicago. Walk the streets late at night. Carry your wallet in your back pocket. It’s safe. Homicides dropped 18 percent in Chicago last year and crime overall was down 16 percent, according to statistics released by the police department this morning.Shootings across the city dropped by 24 percent from 2012 and 16 percent from 2011, according to the department’s numbers. Sexual assaults were down 6 percent from last year, robberies down 12 percent, serious battery down 16 percent, burglaries down 22 percent, motor vehicle thefts down 23 percent, thefts down 3 percent. How was...
  • Inside the Beltway: A new interest in Rahm Emanuel for 2016?

    03/11/2014 8:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The recent Conservative Political Action Conference provides a forum for big names. But it’s also a platform for the murmurs and asides from political strategists who’ve been everywhere and done everything, and like to speculate. Such is the case when the potential presidential candidacy ofHillary Clinton was parsed by a pair of insiders. Would she run? Maybe, if her health and vigor remain strong. But is she holding a place for someone else? Could be. The take-away suggestion: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seriously being groomed as a White House contender. “Maybe in the lead role, maybe the running mate....
  • Rahm Emanuel: Mayor America (Paid Advertising No Doubt)

    02/15/2014 1:18:03 PM PST · by mgist · 7 replies
    FT ^ | 2/14/14 | Luce
    Has the mayor of Chicago reinvented the city’s notorious political machine – and does he covet the White House? When Rahm Emanuel became mayor of Chicago in 2011, he proclaimed: “I will not be a patient mayor.” It was an understatement. The former chief of staff to Barack Obama returned home with a near-legendary reputation for his take-no-prisoners style of operating. That is how he acquired the nickname “Rahmbo”. He once famously mailed a dead fish to a pollster with whom he had fallen out. There are few significant Washington figures who have not felt the lash of his tongue....
  • City's MLK prayer breakfast turns into Democratic rally (economic justice in Chicago)

    01/19/2014 9:00:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/17/14 | Michelle Manchir
    The city’s annual prayer breakfast to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday at times turned into an election-year pep rally for Illinois Democrats to push the idea of a minimum wage hike. **SNIP** Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn weren’t listed on the program, but both took the stage after guests dined on eggs and sliced melon. Both politicians who are seeking new terms this year tied their support for an increase of the minimum wage at the federal and state levels to King’s legacy of fighting for justice. Quinn said leaders today...
  • Emanuel announces appointments for grocery task force (Chicago)

    12/24/2013 1:13:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the members of a grocery store task force that will work to find new owners for stores left vacant after Safeway closes all Dominick's stores in the Chicago-area Dec. 28. The task force will work with building representatives, gather local market data, find and approach likely prospects in the food industry as well as host tours, create marketing materials and engage brokers. It will also work to ensure the availability of fresh food and produce and support workers who are affected by the store closings.
  • WALL STREET DEMS: VALERIE JARRETT LACKS ANY BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE

    12/16/2013 4:56:11 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 44 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    In a recent long-form article on the troubles that the banking and investment sectors have had with the destructive policies coming out of the White House, unnamed Democrats told Politico that Rahm Emanuel and, most especially, Valerie Jarrett were not only entirely unresponsive to their concerns, but they actually lacked any knowledge about the industries for which they were tasked with crafting policy--and earned no "respect" because of it. Things got so bad that representatives of the financial sectors just stopped having meetings with the White House because any such meetings were pointless. The December 11 article, "Lament of the...
  • Report: Obama Wanted Rahm Emanuel to Run 2010 Census

    11/23/2013 3:48:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/23/2013
    There is an ongoing congressional investigation of improprieties and possible fraud at the US Census, as the New York Post reports a rumor that in 2009, gearing up for the 2010 national headcount, the Obama administration wanted to put the Census under the auspices of senior White House aide Rahm Emanuel.Normally, the Census is administrated by the Chief of the Commerce department. Obama reportedly decided that Emanuel would be a superior overseer. The fact that a strident Democratic strategist such as Emanuel could have been at the helm of the Census, the main purpose of which is congressional redistricting, must have put Republicans...
  • Calling city 'unlivable,' Mancow sells Lincoln Park condo (Chicago)

    11/18/2013 7:08:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | Nov 18, 2013 | Bob Goldsborough
    Calling city 'unlivable,' Mancow sells Lincoln Park condo 'I think they've done a good job of making the city unlivable for families' By Bob Goldsborough Special to the Tribune 8:31 a.m. CST, November 18, 2013 Calling his decision to leave the city “heartbreaking,” radio host and reality TV star Erich “Mancow” Muller has sold his Lincoln Park condominium and decamped to a house in Wilmette. Muller, who is a married father of twin school-aged daughters, told Elite Street he’d had enough with city living. “The schools are awful. I guess I could have had (my daughters) go to public schools,...
  • NOW WE KNOW… Obamacare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: “The Individual Market Is Going Away” (Video)

    11/03/2013 9:28:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 147 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/3/13 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, a former adviser to the Obama White House, admitted today that, if Democrats have their way, the individual insurance market is going away. “Insurance companies don’t want, insurance companies don’t want the individual market as it’s constructed. They see the future. That individual market is going away. They don’t want to invest in it.” That was their plan all along. Via FOX News Sunday:
  • Rahm: 'Heads are rolling' over ObamaCare

    10/30/2013 8:06:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he had been assured "that heads are rolling" over the technical problems plaguing the ObamaCare website. “I have all the confidence and I — and all the assurance that heads are rolling and they're spinning right now to fix the problem," Emanuel told CNN. Emanuel said that the president's focus was fixing the technical issues underlying the ObamaCare website. Users have been unable to open accounts and purchase insurance on the portal, which was billed by the administration as the easiest way for uninsured consumers to...
  • Mayor (Chicago's Rahm Emanuel) wants to kill aldermanic stealth account

    10/25/2013 3:08:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/25/13 | Hal Dardick
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to deep-six a stealth City Council account that some aldermen used to put family members, campaign operatives and those with political baggage on the public payroll without detection until the Tribune exposed the practice. The $1.3 million secret fund, which dates back decades at City Hall, is zeroed out in the 2014 budget proposal the mayor unveiled Wednesday. The change, however, will save only about $6,000. That's because the money is being spent to create a council office of financial analysis and to beef up regular aldermanic expense accounts — which some aldermen also have used...
  • Karen Lewis Believes Rahm's "In Trouble"

    10/12/2013 11:01:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Friday, Oct 11, 2013
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has $5 million in his reelection campaign coffers more than a year out from the filing deadline, but with lagging poll numbers, the sharks are starting to smell blood in the water. Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, a longtime vocal critic, says Emanuel is vulnerable, and believes he'll need every penny of his campaign war chest to win another term. "I believe there's this notion that if you have a lot of money that you can overwhelm your opponents and we don't believe that. We believe that the number of people going to vote is what's...
  • Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford Toilet Paper

    09/21/2013 3:30:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 93 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com ^ | september 21, 2013
    In some cash-strapped Chicago schools, no resource can be taken for granted -- not even toilet paper. Nicholas Sposato, alderman of Chicago’s 36th ward, recently held a toilet paper drive for the schools in his community.
  • Rahm Emanuel condemns 'brazen' Chicago shooting

    09/20/2013 2:25:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 20, 2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned a Thursday night shooting on Chicago’s South Side that wounded 13 people, including a three-year-old boy. “Senseless and brazen acts of violence have no place in Chicago and betray all that we stand for,” said Obama’s former chief of staff in the first of a series of tweets Friday morning. “The perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Emanuel added. Witnesses said several gunmen fired at least 20 shots at a group on basketball courts, according to NBC News’s Chicago affiliate. The station said...
  • A late night basketball game, then 'boom, boom, boom, boom, boom'

    09/20/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 20, 2013 | Peter Nickeas and Jeremy Gorner
    Semecha Nunn tried hard to talk about her 3-year-old grandson, one of 13 people shot as neighbors played basketball in Cornell Square Park in the Back of the Yards Thursday night. "They need to stop, they need to stop," Nunn said, the last word coming out as almost a shreik as she closed her eyes and collapsed crying. Witnesses told police a gray sedan pulled up to the park around 10:15 p.m. and two men started firing in the 1800 block of West 51st Street. Related Photos: 3-year-old Deonta' Howard More New City crime » Raw video: 13 shot in...
  • Claim: Obama hid 'gay life' to become president

    09/18/2013 10:31:21 AM PDT · by golux · 83 replies
    WND ^ | 09/11/2012 | J. Corsi
    (...) “It was preposterous to the people I knew then to think Obama was going to keep his gay life secret,” said Kevin DuJan, who was a gossip columnist in Chicago for various blogs when Obama was living in the city as a community organizer and later a state senator. (...) He pointed to Obama’s association with convicted Chicago real estate magnate Tony Rezko, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Rev. Wright. “Obama was a dirty politician that the media never wanted to vet – that’s what concerned me about Obama,” (...) “President Obama and his chief of staff...
  • Rep. Deborah Mell appointed to father's Chicago council The Associated Press

    07/26/2013 5:55:29 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Rep. Deborah Mell appointed to father's Chicago council The Associated Press Last update Jul 24, 2013 @ 03:48 PM CHICAGO -- State Rep. Deborah Mell was sworn in as a Chicago city council member Wednesday, hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel named her as a replacement for her father after facing a politically awkward predicament. In a largely-expected move, Mell was sworn in Wednesday to the 33rd Ward seat that her father, Dick Mell, held for nearly 40 years. The powerful Democratic lawmaker, who has spoken glowingly of the good old days of Chicago patronage politics, pushed for his daughter's selection...
  • Protesters plan to be heard on CPS finances ('Rahm hates teachers'?)

    07/25/2013 2:35:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/24/13 | Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
    The woeful state of Chicago Public Schools' finances, which has led to teacher and staff layoffs and criticism about budget priorities, will bring protesters to today's monthly Board of Education meeting and to City Hall. **SNIP** CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement that the blame for layoffs and school closings isn't with pensions but rather the district's "heavily financed corporate school reform agenda." The union and other critics have blasted city spending on DePaul's basketball arena and privately run schools like charters. "It is time CPS ended its reign of error and got back into the business of...
  • Council committee passes gun proposals

    07/17/2013 5:34:02 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 july 2013 | John Byrne
    City officials acknowledged Tuesday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plans to update the city's assault weapons ban and toughen penalties for some firearms violations near schools will have only limited impact on the gun violence plaguing parts of Chicago. That didn't stop the ordinances from advancing despite complaints from some aldermen that the measures don't go far enough. The Emanuel administration is pushing through the changes after the General Assembly's passage of a statewide concealed carry law and amid criticism he has been getting from parents of children who will have to walk through violent neighborhoods this fall because he closed...
  • Psaki Runs from Question About ‘Vanity Fair’ Benghazi Article (w/video)

    07/09/2013 2:21:11 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-9-2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    July 9, 2013 Psaki Runs from Question About ‘Vanity Fair’ Benghazi Article Washington Free Beacon Staff State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked by a reporter to reconcile former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s famous Benghazi question with claims in a new Vanity Fair article Tuesday in a State Department press conference.Psaki’s response was a predictable State Department refrain, stating “this has been all addressed” by the Accountability Review Board before quickly moving on:REPORTER: And when Secretary Clinton famously asked about Benghazi, “was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they would go kill some...
  • Gays are the next Jews of fundraising’

    06/26/2013 3:22:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 6-26-13 | tim carney
    While raising money for Bill Clinton (who signed the Defense of Marriage Act) in 1992, Rahm Emanuel proclaimed “Gays are the next Jews of fundraising.” I’m not 100 percent sure what he meant by that, but Democrats have certainly grabbed onto gay issues as a fundraising lever. Democrats today are using the gay marriage ruling as a way to raise money, my colleague Paul Bedard writes. Obama’s core network of fundraisers included many gay men and women who were also gay-marriage activists. I wrote on this after Obama spurred a fundraising boom by announcing his support for gay marriage.
  • Rahm Emanuel seeks big fines for gun offenses near schools

    06/25/2013 4:39:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 28 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 25, 2013 | FRANK MAIN
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to keep gunslingers away from public schools, buses and “safe passage” routes by creating a city ordinance with stiff fines for weapon offenses. The proposed ordinance comes on the heels of CPS’ closing of 49 elementary schools under a plan to tackle low enrollment. Most of the schools are on the West and South Sides.The closings have prompted CPS to expand the number of protected safe-passage routes that students take to school. Parents are concerned that their children will have to cross gang boundaries on their way to new schools. The ordinance, which the mayor intends...
  • Clinton’s Spokesman Tells Reporter To [edit] And ‘Have A Good Life’ (Hastings)

    06/25/2013 4:45:10 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 21 replies
    dollard ^ | 9/24/2012 | dollard
  • Emanuel to shift retired city workers to Obamacare [Obama lied to his biggest supporters]

    06/17/2013 10:03:22 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 15, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to start reducing health insurance coverage next year for more than 30,000 retired city workers and begin shifting them to President Barack Obama's new federal system. The move is aimed at saving the city money Once the phaseout is complete, those retired workers would have to pay for their own health insurance or get subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The city-subsidized coverage is particularly important to retired workers who aren't yet eligible for Medicare Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, said the uncertainties of the...
  • CONNECT THE DOTS: Obama's stranglegold on Treasury via COS Rahm Emanuel's dual role

    06/04/2013 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Liz · 30 replies
    various sources | 6/4/03
    THE TARGETING PAPER TRAIL BEGINS: Soon as they occupied the WH, Obama and the Chicago con artists (a) took control of the US Census; (b) Obama placed his COS Rahm Emanuel in control of the US Dept of the Treasury (the IRS). THE DOTS CONNECT Obama told voters "Tea Parties were a threat to democracy." His mouthpiece, Valerie Jarrett, said the O Team "would not forget" which Americans did not worship Obama. BACKSTORY WSJ REPORT--On Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury....
  • Rahm Rips Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Brings Up Campaign Gaffe

    04/22/2013 3:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    DNAInfo Chicago ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ted Cox
    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave Rick Perry a Chicago-style greeting Monday, challenging the Texas governor to remember the reasons for his visit to Illinois — a jab at Perry's presidential debate forgetfulness. "I hope when he comes he remembers all three of his reasons," Emanuel said. "Because it will be a real test for him." Perry was in Illinois Monday to encourage businesses to move to Texas and was scheduled to address a Chicago business convention Tuesday. Emanuel made pointed reference to a campaign gaffe Perry committed while running for president. At a Republican debate late in 2011, Perry...
  • March homicides drop dramatically in Chicago

    04/02/2013 5:39:17 AM PDT · by Accessible Pudding · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 04-01-2013 | DON BABWIN
    Almost exactly a year after Chicago's surging homicide rate caught the nation's attention, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy rolled out statistics Monday that showed a dramatic drop in the number of killings. At the same time, they tried to allay safety concerns in the wake of a weekend fight involving more than a dozen young people on the Magnificent Mile.
  • 7 Shot At Club During Rapper's Album Release Party Source

    03/21/2013 12:21:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies
    http://www.nbcchicago.com ^ | Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 | Lauren Petty
    Seven people were injured in an overnight shooting at a record release party at a nightclub in Chicago's South Side Gresham neighborhood. Police said three men opened fire inside Mr. G's Supperclub on the 1500 block of West 87th Street around 1:15 a.m. A fight had started at the release party for a local rapper, police said, and three men pulled out handguns and fired into the crowd.A 19-year-old woman was struck and taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. Six men, mostly in their 20s, were also wounded. Only one was transported by ambulance.
  • Obama's Hidden Gay Lifestyle - new details

    02/28/2013 5:43:47 AM PST · by jsanders2001 · 53 replies
    WND ^ | Jerome E. Corsi
    A prominent member of Chicago’s homosexual community claims Barack Obama’s participation in the “gay” bar and bathhouse scene was so well known that many who were aware of his lifestyle were shocked when he ran for president and finally won the White House. “It is common knowledge in the Chicago gay community that Obama actively visited the gay bars and bathhouses in Chicago while he was an Illinois state senator,” Madsen told WND. “Nobody who knew Obama in the gay bar scene thought he could possibly be president,” said DuJan. DuJan, founder and editor of the Hillary Clinton-supporting website HillBuzz.org,...
  • TV anchor: 'Race-baiters' behind black-mob claims

    02/25/2013 11:11:04 PM PST · by Anila · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/25/13 | Colin Flaherty
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. Ravi Baichwal is not going to like this: Three-thousand people fought, looted, rioted, assaulted, cursed, threatened, hurled racial epithets and vandalized a Chicago neighborhood over the weekend. And all of them were black. Baichwal, a news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Chicago, says anyone who notices that is “an idiot.” Repeated examples of black mob violence in Chicago are “not riots,” Baichwal said. “It’s disaffected youth for sure,” and anyone who disagrees is “just race-baiting.” Baichwal was commenting on an epidemic of more than 450 cases of...
  • Rahm's Approval Rating: 19%

    02/22/2013 2:16:17 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    And only 2% 'strongly approve' of Chicago mayor   (Newser) – Maybe it's a good thing Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a presidential run—because he isn't doing so hot in Chicago. The mayor's approval rating has plummeted so far it's within spitting distance of Congress, according to a new Crain's/Ipsos poll, which showed only 19% of respondents approving of or even leaning toward approving of the job he's doing—and only 2% of Chicagoans strongly approving—while 50% at least lean toward disapproval. That's a big fall from September, when the public was roughly split, with 34% approving and 33% disapproving....
  • Rahm Emanuel Toying With 2016 Presidential Run, Sources Say

    02/14/2013 4:59:35 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2/14/13 | Lloyd Grove
    Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Grove—as long as Hillary doesn’t. And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is said by well-connected Democrats to be considering with the idea of running for president if Hillary Clinton opts out of the 2016 race. It’s unclear who raised the subject—Emanuel or the donors—and the mayor’s press secretary didn’t offer any clarity on who said what to whom. However, Tarah Cooper sent a photo of Emanuel's scrawl on yellow legal paper vowing "not ever" to run for "for...