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  • Two Chicago officers struck, killed by train during foot pursuit

    12/18/2018 6:54:54 AM PST · by lightman · 13 replies
    Officer Down Memorial Page ^ | 18 December A.D. 2018 | Staff
    Conrad Gary Police Officer Conrad Gary and Police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo were struck and killed by a Metra commuter train while investigating a shots fired call in the area of 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue at 6:20 pm. The were investigating the sounds of gunfire that had been detected by a ShotSpotter sensor in the area. As they arrived at the scene they observed a suspect running up an embankment toward the railroad tracks. They were both struck by an outbound train while they pursued him at the 103rd Street Rosemoor stop. A handgun and shell casings were recovered near...
  • Will You Have to Pay the Netflix Tax?

    12/17/2018 8:12:57 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/2018 | Kristin Tate
    Chicago has won a legal battle allowing its wasteful “amusement tax” to be levied on everyday people. Residents who enjoy gaming will now have to pay a 9 percent tax for streaming services they buy through Playstation. They also have to pay this 9 percent tax on other streaming services for entertainment like Netflix, Spotify, and Hulu. The amusement tax is one of multiple examples of government using its ability to pick the pockets of the populace to select winners and losers in the market while paying its bills with money that citizens often do not realize they are spending....
  • College Kid Beats Back the Chicago Machine and Boss Madigan Blinks

    12/16/2018 4:38:32 PM PST · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 16, 2018 | John Kass
    DePaul University freshman David Krupa scored an impressive victory in Chicago politics on Saturday: Boss Madigan — the most powerful Democrat in Illinois — backed out of a challenge to Krupa’s candidacy for alderman in the Southwest Side’s 13th Ward. “I am truly humbled to be the first candidate on the ballot to challenge the 13th Ward since 1991,” Krupa, 19, told me at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners offices. A few political guys mumbled privately that Madigan must be so angry that he might as well fill a burlap bag of the severed heads of a few of...
  • An ambitious plan to change how we build housing

    12/15/2018 4:16:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Builder ^ | December 10, 2018 | Fast Company
    Fast Company reports on a Chicago company that is betting big on modular apartment construction. Just beyond the snowy streets and neatly packed three-flats of Chicago’s southwest side, the factory at 3348 South Pulaski appears like a low gray monolith, spanning nearly 10 normal blocks and serving as a boundary between the residential neighborhood and the city’s industrial freight hub. Inside, the Chicago general contractor Skender is setting up what amounts to an apartment factory: An assembly line that will crank into gear in the spring, producing standardized apartment units ready to be bolted into a steel-framed stack on a...
  • New Dem Lawmaker: I'm Being Threatened Not to Vote Against Madigan

    12/14/2018 9:57:29 PM PST · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 14, 2018 | Tina Sfondeles
    State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray says she is receiving warnings from lawmakers and unions that a “no” vote on his leadership bid will lead to retaliation.
  • John Kass: Chuck, Nancy, Donald and 'The Wall'

    12/13/2018 8:21:26 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    After it was over, Chuck mumbled as if he’d just had unmentionable outpatient surgery. And Nancy bragged about how she was “the mom” in the room, before she veered off to a treatise on skunk urination fights while questioning the president’s “manhood.” We can at least thank Pelosi for having the decency not to hold up her hands. But when a gentlewoman like Nancy Pelosi feels compelled to discuss skunk urine in the most vulgar terms, while putting her “I was trying to be the mom” in the same rhetorical stew as her ruminations on “manhood,” it suggests she’s lost...
  • It's up to Kirk Cousins to prove he's not an $84 million bust

    12/13/2018 8:42:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 12, 2018 | Dan Wetzel
    Last January, Case Keenum threw 20 incompletions, threw two picks, and threw away what felt like a Super Bowl in the cold of the NFC championship game in Philadelphia. The Minnesota Vikings saw their quarterback get outdueled by Eagles backup Nick Foles, dashing the dream of hosting the Super Bowl. Afterward, the franchise focused on a single thing – get a quarterback, just about any quarterback, at just about any price. All the other pieces were there, they believed. So they went out and got Kirk Cousins, for $84 million over three years, convincing him to come to Minnesota because...
  • Cops: Liquor store clerk fatally shoots 2 would-be robbers, 15 and 17

    12/11/2018 9:29:05 AM PST · by Simon Green · 80 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 11, 2016 | Jerome Gorner
    Two would-be robbers who were fatally shot at a liquor store in the Gresham neighborhood Saturday night have been identified as a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, authorities said. Keshawn Marzette, 15, of the 8300 block of South Throop Street, and William Larson, 17, of the same address, were pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Autopsies Sunday determined both died of multiple gunshot wounds and their deaths were classified as homicides, the office said. The two were shot to death by a store employee about 8:30 p.m. when they tried to rob...
  • Chicago campaign volunteer shot while recording himself canvassing on Facebook Live

    12/10/2018 10:56:08 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    NBC ^ | 12 10 2018 | David K. Li
    A campaign volunteer for a Chicago City Council hopeful was shot while recording himself canvassing on Facebook Live, police and the candidate said. The victim — identified by the candidate as Maxwell Little — was shot in the leg by a man wearing a red mask at about 1:46 p.m in the West Englewood neighborhood on the city's south side, Chicago police said Monday. Little, 32, was recording himself on Facebook Live talking about his support for candidate Joseph Williams when gunfire erupted, according to Williams. The alleged shooter then ran away, police said, and there was no immediate arrest....
  • A Chicago neighborhood battles endless flow of illegal guns

    12/10/2018 8:15:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2018 | Sharon Cohen
    Ke’Shon Newman’s daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. […] The Auburn Gresham neighborhood is flooded with illegal guns: .40-caliber pistols, .380 semi-automatics, .38-caliber revolvers. Police recover as many as they can, searching apartments, stopping cars, cornering people on the street. A buy-back in June brought in hundreds of firearms. And in September, the mayor and other dignitaries gathered to mark a milestone: Police in the 6th District had recovered their 1,000th gun this year. […] Chicago’s gun violence has captured the national spotlight in...
  • Eiffel Tower, Louvre shut down as France braces for new riots

    12/09/2018 8:59:52 PM PST · by 867V309 · 40 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 12-07-18 | Samuel Petrequin and Sylvie Corbet
    Nationwide, about 89,000 police will fan out in the streets, an increase from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested as the protests degenerated into the worst street violence to hit the French capital in decades. In addition to the closure of the Eiffel Tower, many shops and museums across Paris, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the Grand Palais, will be shut on Saturday for safety reasons. Music festivals, operas and other cultural events in the capital were canceled.
  • Gun Control Fail: California Firearm Homicides Up 18 Percent

    12/09/2018 10:56:01 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/8/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    California, a state with every gun control imaginable, witnessed an 18 percent rise in firearm homicides from 2014 to 2016. This rise in firearm homicides comes despite the fact that Democrats, gun control groups, and the establishment media constantly claim that states with the strictest gun controls see lower rates of violence and death. California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, red flag laws (i.e., Gun Violence Restraining Orders), a ten-day waiting period for gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases, a minimum firearm purchase age of 21, a ban on campus carry, a...
  • By Unanimous Vote, Delaware Set the Stage for Success

    12/08/2018 9:50:54 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 7, 2018 AD | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on the anniversary of the first ratification convention’s conclusion… On December 7, 1787, at Elizabeth Battel's Golden Fleece Tavern in Dover, Delaware, the state of Delaware became the first state to ratify the new Constitution of the United States, and did so by a unanimous vote of thirty to zero. With such an auspicious beginning, we might think that national ratification would be a foregone conclusion, but ... no such luck. As easy a decision as it was for some states, it was a very difficult one for others. We think there are huge differences between the states today...
  • Search Continues for Gunman Who Opened Fire in Loop Subway Tunnel During Evening Rush Hour

    12/07/2018 3:41:27 PM PST · by PBRCat · 12 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 7, 2018 | Hannah Leone
    The search continued Friday for the gunman who shot another man at close range in the pedestrian tunnel between two busy Loop subway stations, according to Chicago police. A 27 year-old-man was shot in the left hip Thursday evening. Police said he likely knew the gunman and was not cooperating with investigators. The shooting happened just after 5 p.m. near the Jackson stop on the Blue and Red lines. CTA surveillance video appeared to show a man standing in the tunnel that connects the two lines when the shooter walked up and fired twice, hitting him once, police said. Police...
  • Daley Pension Debacle: Where Did $54 Million Go?

    12/07/2018 11:27:47 AM PST · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | Tim Novak
    If there ever was any hope that five Chicago city workers pension funds would make any money by investing $68 million with then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew and one of his key political supporters, it didn’t last long. Only months after the deals were made a dozen years ago, problems began to emerge. The nephew, Robert G. Vanecko, and his partner Allison S. Davis, a developer who gave campaign money to Daley and was appointed by the mayor to the Chicago Plan Commission, started investing in a series of property deals that, by the time the last of them are...
  • A College Kid Running for 13th Ward Alderman Gets a Lesson in the Chicago Way

    12/07/2018 10:24:25 AM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 7, 2018 | John Kass
    A Southwest Side David vs. Goliath story. The David is David Krupa, 19, a freshman at DePaul University who drives a forklift. He’s not a political powerhouse. He’s just a conservative Southwest Side teenager studying political science and economics who got it in his head to run for alderman in a race that pits him against the most powerful ward organization in Chicago. The Goliath is the 13th Ward Democratic Organization run by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, aka Boss Madigan, the most powerful politician in the state. Boss Madigan has long hand-picked his aldermen. He likes them loyal and...
  • Transportation officials: Illinois gas tax increase is needed

    12/07/2018 3:20:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Southern ^ | 12/06/18 | Brenden Moore
    **SNIP** And according to a panel of transportation experts, the problem will only get worse in the future unless the state begins to better fund investments in its transportation system. "We're behind, to be perfectly frank," said IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, one of the panelists. "We are not funding transportation as well as some of our neighbors and as our competitors. ... I spend $250 a month on my phone. I spend $50 a month for water. This is the infrastructure of my life. It's what I need to make things happen. And we're spending 50 cents a day on...
  • DC officer says department is massaging the numbers when it comes to violent crime

    12/04/2018 7:59:45 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    FOX 5 ^ | Dec 04 2018 | Marina Marraco
    Crime is an affliction that plagues all major cities. In the District, the past three years have seen an ebb and flow of violence ... But a close look at DC police crime stats reveals ... One veteran DC police officer is blowing the whistle on what he calls years of corruption and crime reclassification by the department. "If it's a burglary and someone enters the home, but nothing was taken they'll have us re-classify it as Unlawful Entry which brings the crime down from a felony to a misdemeanor ... Felonies are reported to the FBI – the Uniform...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Dems’ Job Over Next Two Years Is to Divide Trump and His Base

    11/30/2018 10:30:13 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 29, 2018 | Trent Baker
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday voiced his support for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in bid to regain her speakership and discussed what the Democrats need to be doing in the next two year’s of President Donald Trump’s presidency. The former chief of staff for former President Barack Obama said the next two years need to be spent setting up for 2020 and “dividing” Trump and his Republican base. “The next two years are setting up for the election in 2020, and dividing, in my view, the Republican Party and Donald Trump from the base of the Republican...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Dems’ Job Over Next Two Years Is to Divide Trump and His Base

    11/29/2018 12:25:50 PM PST · by detective · 85 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Nov 2018 | Trent Baker
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday voiced his support for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in bid to regain her speakership and discussed what the Democrats need to be doing in the next two year’s of President Donald Trump’s presidency. The former chief of staff for former President Barack Obama said the next two years need to be spent setting up for 2020 and “dividing” Trump and his Republican base.