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  • Council panel approves agreement with Obama Foundation over use of Jackson Park

    10/14/2018 5:02:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/11/18 | Lolly Bowean
    A City Council committee took the first step Thursday toward approving legislation that outlines how the Obama Foundation can use Jackson Park and the Obama Presidential Center once it is built. And for the first time, the committee revealed language in the legislation that seeks to protect current homeowners and residents who live closest to the selected site. As part of their agreement, which the panel approved unanimously, the city will monitor property values and other indicators of demographic changes near the center site. If there are dramatic changes, the city will implement measures to keep residents in their homes,...
  • Black Caucus Chairman Purges Himself of Emanuel's 20K

    10/13/2018 3:02:03 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 13, 2018 | Fran Spielman
    The chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus is purging himself of a surprise, $20,000 contribution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel amid concern that it might damage his chances of winning re-election. Instead of keeping the money and putting the windfall into his campaign fund, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) is distributing the mayor’s check — in $2,000 increments –– to ten community organizations and other groups in his ward that are working to stop the never-ending cycle of gang violence and train people for jobs. The alderman said he appreciated the mayor’s gesture and means no disrespect. But he was concerned...
  • Editorial: The deadly peril of not enforcing gun laws (barf alert)

    10/13/2018 5:59:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 oct 2018
    For a long time, Thomas Caldwell behaved like a man who wanted to go to prison and wouldn’t stop until he got his way. In September, he pleaded guilty to selling guns without a federal license and now faces a prison sentence of up to five years. The question is why he wasn’t locked up sooner.
  • 'We Have the Right to Bear Arms': Kanye Talks Guns, Chicago Violence With Trump

    10/11/2018 8:33:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11 Oct 2018 01:56 PM | Fox News Insider
    President Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West spoke to reporters in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon before their lunch meeting. West, who has sparked outrage from some on the left with his outspoken support for the president, riffed on a series of topics, including racism, tax breaks, education, prison reform and gun control. “The problem is illegal guns, illegal guns is the problem. Not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms," West said when a reporter asked him about the debate over gun violence in America and gun control. West, a Chicago native, said he and the president...
  • President Trump and Kanye West [vanity]

    10/11/2018 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2018 | Reno89519
    Okay, call this a vanity as I'm listening live on Fox News and there is no video yet. Will add it later. President Trump, Kanye West, and Jim Brown at the White House moments ago. Interesting give and take with the reporters. Kayne up front that Stop and Frisk is bad, President Trump says he's listening. Kanye West shut down question on guns with observation that the problem with guns is illegal guns and that citizens have the constitutional right to bear arms. Great.
  • The feds were watching,(trunc) still able to sell Glock that killed Chicago police officer

    10/11/2018 8:52:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11 oct 2018 | Jeremy Gorner, Annie Sweeney
    Thomas Caldwell once told a federal agent that selling guns was an addiction. Even after being told to stop because he had no license, the Wisconsin man kept peddling firearms, posting more than 200 ads on a controversial website. One of those guns, a Glock 26 9 mm handgun, ended up in the hands of a four-time felon who used it in February to kill Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer in a shocking daylight shooting in the heart of the Loop, according to recently filed federal documents. The records give a rare look at how shadowy gun deals flourish between...
  • Outspoken abortion clinic opens first Chicago-area location (Mega Barf)

    10/09/2018 3:56:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 9, 2018 | Lisa Schencker
    Carafem also is trying to normalize the procedure by making visits to its clinics as relaxing as possible, such as by sending patients home with pink bags containing mints and tea and spacing out appointments so patients don’t have to linger in waiting rooms amid strangers. Carafem offers two types of abortions: one that is achieved by taking a series of pills, first in the office and then at home, and, another, aspiration, that uses a suction device and is performed in the clinic. Carafem charges $425 to $475 for the pills and $550 for aspiration, without insurance. Skokie’s Carafem...
  • Kanye West will meet President Trump on Thursday to discuss manufacturing jobs ..

    10/09/2018 9:16:51 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 9, 2018 | By Francesca Chambers
    Trump on Thursday to discuss manufacturing jobs in Chicago and opportunities for ex-cons The rapper will meet Trump along with his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner They will discuss manufacturing jobs in Chicago and opportunities for ex-cons West has been a prominent supporter of the president despite public criticism Angered SNL cast members when he went on an unscheduled rant last month at the end of the show about Trump Met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in 2016 after he was elected Wife Kim Kardashian has been the White House two times to discuss prison reform...
  • Trump calls on Chicago to embrace stop-and-frisk policing

    10/08/2018 9:30:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 0ct. 08, 2018 6:28 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann and Michael Tarm
    President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of “stop and frisk” policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation’s third-largest city. “The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city,” he said at a convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Trump said he had ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “immediately” go to Chicago “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave.” He also encouraged the city to embrace the stop-and-frisk policing method, in...
  • Chicago rejects 'stop and frisk' advice from 'clueless' Trump

    10/08/2018 12:54:46 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 8, 2018
    Chicago officials summarily rejected President Trump's advice Monday to use "stop and frisk" policing to reduce violence, with the mayor's office calling the president "clueless" and motivated by the fear of losing midterm elections. Trump urged Chicago to use "stop and frisk" policing at a police convention earlier in the day and offered federal assistance to undo a 2015 legal agreement between the Chicago Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union. The office of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city was uninterested in Trump's idea for reducing violent crime.
  • A Rare, Paralyzing Neurological Disease Won’t Stop This Brain Scientist From Running Chicago

    10/07/2018 7:54:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | October 4, 2018 | Cindy Kuzma
    Chicago runner Lynn Rogers knows the brain and nervous system in detail. After all, she earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. Every day in her research, she uses non-invasive brain stimulation to understand the connections between mind and muscle. But even with a brain-science background, she struggled to find information about her prognosis when, last year, she received a rare diagnosis: chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, or CIDP. The disease causes her body to attack her own nerve cells, destroying their protective coatings and short-circuiting their signals. After three weeks of paralysis and three months as an inpatient at the same...
  • When the Brett Kavanaugh circus ends, we won't forget your sins, Matt Damon

    10/06/2018 9:08:23 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/5/2018 | John Kass
    Future historians probably won’t devote entire volumes to Hollywood actor Matt Damon for his part in the grotesque savaging of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly, Damon will most likely be just a footnote, some jester in motley, participating in the American political circus. It is that circus in which Kavanaugh, a man of exemplary public reputation, has had his honor stripped by the political left, accused without evidence or corroboration, as a high school sexual predator, a gang rapist, a drunken bully and boor. If Damon is remembered at all in this, it will be for a bit part, his mimicry...
  • Officer convicted of murder in slaying of Laquan McDonald

    10/05/2018 6:09:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 05, 2018 7:56 PM EDT | Don Babwin and Michael Tarm
    A white Chicago officer was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager that was captured on shocking dashcam video that showed him crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from police. The video, some of the most graphic police footage to emerge in years, stoked outrage nationwide and put the nation’s third-largest city at the center of the debate about police misconduct and use of force. The shooting also led to a federal inquiry and calls to reform the Chicago Police Department. Jason Van Dyke, 40, was...
  • Some skeptical that tollway authority testing tracking technologies only for toll purposes

    10/05/2018 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | September 11, 2018 | Greg Bishop
    A freelance automotive journalist worries a testing site operated by the Illinois Tollway Authority could be for more than just testing automated tollway technology. Paul Brian said he’s noticed a site with various sensors on northbound I-294 for years with a sign that reads “for testing purposes only.” Illinois Tollway Authority officials said the site is used for testing various sensors, but only for tollway purposes. The site, established in 2015, had an initial price tag of $2.7 million. “The Illinois Tollway has used the test site to study a range of systems – some of which were adopted and...
  • BREAKING: A verdict as been reached in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke,...

    10/05/2018 10:55:54 AM PDT · by blueyon · 53 replies
    Twitter @NadarDIssa ^ | 10/05/18 | Nadar Issa
    BREAKING: A verdict as been reached in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with shooting teenager Laquan McDonald. The jury will announce the verdict in about one hour.
  • Cadre of GOP insiders getting big salaries at Illinois tollway

    10/05/2018 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | September 24, 2018 | Marni Pyke
    In less than two years, the Illinois tollway has hired six Republican insiders for high-level jobs that collectively pay nearly $916,000 a year, including a former elected official, political operatives and the relative of a state GOP leader. That troubles some government watchdogs who say they are concerned about favoritism in an agency with a history of patronage. Tollway officials said the agency is staffed with qualified professionals. "More and more the Illinois tollway is becoming the 'Who's Who' of Republican political hires," said Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Chairwoman Susan Garrett, a former Democratic state senator. Tollway spokesman Dan...
  • Family of construction worker killed in Tri-State Tollway crash devastated

    10/04/2018 2:06:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2018 | Alvia Mlalagon
    It seemed like Frank Caputo had worked in construction with his family since he could walk, and at 61 years old, he had no plans of retiring anytime soon, his family said. “He would die with concrete on his hands, and he did,” said Lorraine Richards Caputo, his estranged wife. “His blood ran concrete. He was proud of his job. He was a good worker, and he did a damn good job.” Caputo was working Friday night on the northbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway near Rosemont where two lanes had been closed for a construction project. Just before 10:20...
  • Illinois Tollway Opens Annual Map Cover Art Contest for Students (with diversity theme)

    10/04/2018 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 10, 2018 | Community Contributor drohrback
    DOWNERS GROVE, IL - The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate (MBRE), is inviting high school art students to participate in the 2019 Tollway Map Cover Art Contest for a shot to land on the cover art of the official 2019 Illinois Tollway Map. Recognizing the Illinois Tollway's commitment to diversity, the theme for the 2019 contest calls on student artists to submit artwork that illustrates the importance of diversity and inclusion. Areas of focus for the 2019 Tollway Map Cover Art Contest may include, but are not limited to, the following themes: Diversity...
  • An electric Tri-State? Illinois Tollway looks at embedding charging equipment in parts of I-294

    10/04/2018 10:56:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 26, 2018 | Mary Wisniewski
    The Illinois Tollway is examining the possibility of embedding equipment into I-294 that would charge electric vehicles as they drive along the road. The agency is at the start of a $4 billion project to rebuild and widen a 22-mile stretch of I-294, also known as the Tri-State. As part of the project, the Tollway wants to add infrastructure to charge electric vehicles. Off the highway, that could include both conventional charging stations and “super-charger” stations that power up electric cars and trucks more quickly. The agency also is studying “smart-powered lanes,” a type of technology being tried in Sweden...
  • Republican Delegation Ask US Attorney to Probe Pritzker

    10/03/2018 9:07:53 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 15 replies
    Capitol Fax Blog ^ | October 3, 2018 | Rich Miller
    The Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office calling for a full investigation into JB Pritzker’s “scheme to defraud” Illinois taxpayers by ripping toilets out of his mansion to claim the property as uninhabitable. October 3, 2018 The Honorable John R. Lausch, Jr. United States Attorney’s Office Mr. Lausch: We write to call your attention to a recent Cook County Inspector General investigation which concluded that Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker engaged in a “scheme to defraud” Cook County of over $300,000 in improper property tax reductions and refunds. The Inspector General’s report concluded that the...