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  • Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by 10,000 students

    11/19/2018 9:13:19 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 26, 2018 | Juan Perez Jr
    Chicago Public Schools this fall recorded one of the sharpest single-year enrollment declines since the district’s student population began a steady downturn 16 years ago. The 361,314 students counted on the 20th day of classes this fall represents a reduction of 10,000 students from last school year. That’s a slightly smaller drop than two years ago, when enrollment plummeted by about 11,000 students from the preceding year. The numbers continue a long-standing trend that began in 2003, when total enrollment stood at 434,000. ... Years of falling enrollment, school expansion and choice patterns have left CPS with tens of thousands...
  • Geoscientists Find Large Impact Crater in Greenland

    11/15/2018 7:47:28 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Nov 15, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    An international team of geoscientists from the United States, Canada and Europe has discovered a large impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland. A paper on the discovery was published in the journal Science Advances. The Hiawatha impact crater is approximately 19.2 miles (31 km) wide and lies under an ice sheet that is 0.6 miles (1 km) thick.The scientists believe this crater was formed by a 0.6-mile wide iron asteroid that slammed into the Earth at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago. ..." “Researchers were looking at the map...
  • Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the time of humans

    11/14/2018 3:09:50 PM PST · by ETL · 51 replies
    ScienceMag.com ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Paul Voosen
    On a bright July day 2 years ago, Kurt Kjær was in a helicopter flying over northwest Greenland—an expanse of ice, sheer white and sparkling. Soon, his target came into view: Hiawatha Glacier, a slow-moving sheet of ice more than a kilometer thick. It advances on the Arctic Ocean not in a straight wall, but in a conspicuous semicircle, as though spilling out of a basin. Kjær, a geologist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, suspected the glacier was hiding an explosive secret. The helicopter landed near the surging river that drains the glacier, sweeping out rocks...
  • Shocked by Trump aggression against reporters and sources? The blueprint was made by Obama

    11/09/2018 11:33:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 06/18/2018 | Margaret Sullivan
    It was never a question of "if." It was always a matter of "when." The seizure of a New York Times reporter's phone and email records has sent a chill down the spine of every reporter concerned about protecting his or her sources. That means every serious reporter — especially those in Washington who report on politics and national security. It is disturbing because reporters need to be able to do their jobs, unfettered. But absolutely no one should be surprised. First off, the Trump administration has been all too clear about its scorn for established press rights — with...
  • If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama (oldie, January 2016)

    11/07/2018 6:00:55 PM PST · by God luvs America · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/2016 | James Risen
    If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama. Mr. Trump made his animus toward the news media clear during the presidential campaign, often expressing his disgust with coverage through Twitter or in diatribes at rallies. So if his campaign is any guide, Mr. Trump seems likely to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive crackdown on journalists and whistle-blowers that is an important yet little understood component...
  • Black Man Precludes Casualties in Bar Shootout—Only to be Shot and Killed by Police

    11/12/2018 9:00:40 PM PST · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 32 replies
    The Root ^ | 2018-11-12 | Natalie Degraffinried
    The headline should have been: “Security Guard Apprehends Shooter and Saves Lives.” Instead, it’s another case of the police shooting and killing an innocent black man. Eyewitnesses say that at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, [Cook County, Chicago] Ill., security told a group of intoxicated men they had to leave. One of the men returned armed, at which point shots were exchanged between them and armed security guards. One of the guards, Jemel Roberson, 26, managed to restrain one of the gunmen. From WGN9: “He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back with his gun in...
  • Election Judge Witnesses Fraud, Reports it, Democrats Demand Her Removal

    11/12/2018 10:53:32 AM PST · by Steve1999 · 17 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-11-12 21:00 | Scott Morefield
    As the eyes of the nation are fixated on Florida amid growing accusations of election fraud and the recent ballot recount, there seem to be more suspicions circling around St. Clair County, Illinois.
  • I left Illinois for law school and I won't be back

    11/08/2018 6:57:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8 Nov 2018 | Colin Finnegan
    Springfield is toxic. Good ideas are shut down by party politics. Members of the General Assembly are all too eager to make a “campaign” speech on the Capitol floor, but all too hesitant to introduce or support meaningful legislation. Why would I raise a family in Illinois? Why should my hard-earned money be taxed to feed the bloated belly of Springfield and the dysfunction that is Illinois state politics? No one likes paying taxes, but I am OK with it if enough of those taxes go to help needy schools, poor neighborhoods or Illinois’ crumbling infrastructure. After Tuesday, I knew...
  • Fox News: IL- Gov: Prizter - D defeats Rauner - R

    11/06/2018 5:02:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 6, 2018 | Staff
    The Fox News Decision Desk has determined that in Illinois, Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker will unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He’ll become the richest governor in U.S. history.
  • Information needed - Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois

    11/06/2018 10:36:44 AM PST · by BlueLancer · 42 replies
    6 November 2018 | BlueLancer
    Looking for any FReepers who can give me some information about Rock Island Arsenal.
  • A Brown Wave of “stay at home” minorities not voting Democrat is powering a Red Tsunami

    11/05/2018 7:20:38 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 26 replies
    vanity | Nov. 5, 2018 | By Kevin Collins
    In June a writer from Chicago went to the reopening of a steel mill in southern Illinois and came away saying Donald Trump would win in 2020 because the Democrats have no one like him. At that time I said the Republicans would not lose the House in 2018 and I starting saying they would take 11 Democrat Senate seats precisely because the Democrats have no one like him to campaign for them like Donald Trump; and they don't. Now every race is about Donald Trump’s great performance as our president, our leader and main cheerleader for America. As per...
  • Hillary Clinton remains the Democrats best chance to defeat Trump in 2020

    11/04/2018 6:28:21 AM PST · by libstripper · 121 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2018 | Laura Washington
    She beat Donald J. Trump last time. At least, by the popular vote. Can she do it again this time, for real? Hillary Clinton may be gearing up for a third run for president of the United States. Even as a two-time loser, she could be the Democratic Party’s best chance of ending the Trump presidency
  • Dem candidate for Congress busted for lies about being a nurse

    11/04/2018 10:17:33 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/4/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Underwood’s fraud was busted by a local newspaper, The Kane County Reporter, which would probably get a Pulitzer of the fraud had been on the part of a Republican. We will watch and wait to see if this outstanding work of a local paper gets any such recognition. The entire article should be read to take in the depth of the phoniness. It’s clear from the lede paragraph onward that Underwood put aside the actual practice nursing in favor of left wing politics:
  • Illinois' highest paid superintendent fired after misconduct investigation

    10/31/2018 11:14:31 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 Oct 2018 | Zak Koeske
    According to Paraday’s own calculation of payment due after retirement — which included three unused personal days, 532 unused sick days and 350 unused vacation days multiplied by his nearly $2,000 per diem rate — the district owed him $1,757,229.45, documents show. Paraday allegedly permitted himself to accumulate compensatory time without limit for any day in which he worked more than eight hours, despite his contract not allowing for the accrual or use of comp time. Since fiscal year 2006, when he started as superintendent, Paraday had used 2,484.65 hours of comp time, or the equivalent of 310 days, records...
  • Netanyahu praises Trump for condemning anti-Semitism following Pittsburgh attack

    10/31/2018 5:29:29 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    JTA ^ | 29 Oct 2018 | Anon
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel praised President Donald Trump for condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Ron Dermer, also lauded Trump, citing the president’s prepared remarks made at a rally Saturday in Illinois hours after the attack, which killed 11. In a message sent to the Jewish community of Pittburgh on Sunday, Netanyahu said the Jewish people are “blessed” to have “many friends around the world who reject and fight anti-Semitism.” He wrote: “I want to express my appreciation to President Trump for unequivocally condemning this heinous crime and for...
  • My review of 10/27 Trump rally: Murphysboro, IL

    10/30/2018 1:22:18 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 27 replies
    Self | 10/30/2018 | Me
    Finally, here are my more extended observations and comments from my family's attendance at the Trump rally in Southern Illinois, on 10/27/2018. I'll hit a few high points, but not spend a lot of time on what the President said -- here is a link where you can watch, yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl4k_fH8Vk8 My intent is more to let people who've not been to one of these rallys "see" what they are like, or for those who've attended in the past, maybe see how they have evolved or in what ways this rally may have been a bit unique. I also take...
  • Reports: Growing number of $100,000-plus public pensions in Illinois cost taxpayers

    10/30/2018 7:02:10 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 23 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | 10/30/18 | Greg Bishop
    Two recent studies of public sector pay and retirement benefits show tens of thousands of retired Illinois public employees making six-figures or more in all levels of government, dwarfing figures from states with more people. ... Illinois has more than $130 billion in unfunded pension debt for its five state-run pension systems. Adding in other post employment benefits, that number climbs to more than $200 billion. Municipal governments in Illinois also are struggling with unfunded pension liability. Some report using most, if not all, of their share of property taxes to pay pension costs. Taxpayers United of America said Illinois’...
  • 43 Shot, Five Fatally, over Halloween Weekend in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago

    10/29/2018 12:20:52 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Oct 2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Forty-three people were shot, including five who were shot fatally, over Halloween weekend in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that beginning with Friday, each day in the weekend became more violent. For example, “three wounded and one killed Friday night, 11 wounded and one killed on Saturday, and 25 shot — three fatally — on Sunday.” The five individual killed were 16-year-old John Pena, 23-year-old Kenjuan D. Scott, 30-year-old Deshawn Jacobs, 20-year-old Detavious Beeks, and an unidenified 33-year-old male. All were fatally shot while standing on a sidewalk, walking, or inside a vehicle.
  • The Late Great State of Illinois

    10/29/2018 10:35:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 29, 2018 | Andrew Ferguson
    As the sun rose, the first frost of the season flashed silver across the mowed fields of Adams County, Illinois, and the same small group of regulars gathered at the Fast Stop gas station in Payson. They get their coffee here most mornings before commencing the day’s business. (One definition of progress: Americans used to worry about getting gas from a coffee shop; now we think nothing of getting coffee from a gas station.) Most of the guys are retired or close to it—firefighters, farmers, machinists. All but a couple of them are Republicans, and when they talk politics, as...
  • As hurdles mount for Obama Presidential Center, worry and anxiety grow on South Side

    10/27/2018 2:46:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/24/18 | Lolly Bowean, Jeff Coen
    **SNIP** But recently, as development of the Obama center has faced obstacles and groundbreaking has been pushed back, Winston and some of her neighbors have begun to worry about the project’s fate. It faces a legal challenge in federal court over the use of park space for the center, and its chief local backer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, recently announced he will not be seeking a third term as mayor. The result is anxiousness that has swept over some residents and communities on the South Side as they brace for a possible long wait, a bitter fight or even another grand...