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  • Chicago Mayor Blames Cops for this Year’s Deadliest Weekend

    02/19/2020 7:42:46 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    National ^ | 2/19/2020 | Steve Pomper
    Why doesn’t this surprise me? People lament the violence in cities that have been under one-party political rule for decades. But voters keep electing people who not only fail to make things better but also make things worse. Take Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for example. Voters elected another cookie-cutter, anti-law and order politician, and the violence that was bad before she took office may be getting worse. But, of course it’s not her fault or the fault of bad policies. No. The fault belongs to—you guessed it—the police. Who didn’t see that one coming? No cop, that’s for sure. But...
  • Trump's commutation of Blagojevich sentence sparks anger from Illinois House Republican leader

    02/18/2020 4:00:19 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 18,2020 | Louis Casiano
    The Illinois House Republican leader blasted President Trump on Tuesday for granting clemency to former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat after he was elected president. "It's very disappointing," Jim Durkin told reporters in the state capitol in Springfield. “We have a massive federal investigation into corruption in the state of Illinois and this action distracts and dilutes what I think is the proper role of the Department of Justice — to root out corruption,” He said Blagojevich was "rouge on steroids" during his tenure as governor.
  • 11 Children Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago

    02/18/2020 10:14:21 AM PST · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/17/2020 | Staff
    CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 11 children were wounded in shootings this weekend, when a total of at least 26 people were shot across the city, four of them fatally. Most of the child victims of gun violence between Friday afternoon and early Monday morning were teenagers, including three girls who were wounded in a mass shooting in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on Friday night.(snip) Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent out a scathing series of tweets Saturday night, saying “adults are failing these children.” “As a city, we have a fundamental obligation to ensure the safety of our children so that...
  • 11 children shot in yet another violent Chicago weekend

    02/18/2020 7:10:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | February 17, 2020
    Chicago's weekend began with a girl reportedly shooting her 11-year-old brother, who had to be rushed to the hospital. By the time Monday morning rolled around, 25 people had been shot, 11 of them minors, police said. Three died in the weekend violence, all of them adults, according to police. The shootings occurred between Friday at 6 p.m. local time and 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to CNN's review of the Chicago Police Department's major incident reports.
  • Black Families Came to Chicago by the Thousands. Why Are They Leaving?

    02/18/2020 7:04:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    New York Times via Yahoo! News ^ | February 17, 2020 | by Julie Bosman, The New York Times
    ... The steady exodus of African Americans has caused alarm and grief in Chicago, the nation’s third largest city, where black people have shaped the history, culture and political life. The population of 2.7 million is still nearly split in thirds among whites, blacks and Latinos, but the balance is shifting. Chicago saw its population decline in 2018, the fourth year in a row. Since 2015, almost 50,000 black residents have left. They have been driven out of the city by segregation, gun violence, discriminatory policing, racial disparities in employment, the uneven quality of public schools and frustration at life...
  • Sanders endorses progressive lightning rod Chicago DA

    02/13/2020 10:53:35 AM PST · by karpov · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | February 13, 2020 | Holly Otterbein
    Bernie Sanders is throwing his weight behind Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney who is facing several primary challengers after a first term that has been simultaneously celebrated by progressives and come under fire nationally for her handling of actor Jussie Smollett’s case. Sanders’ campaign told POLITICO he is also endorsing Kane County, Ill. state’s attorney candidate Junaid Afeef, Travis County, Texas, district attorney candidate Jose Garza, and Harris County, Texas, district attorney candidate Audia Jones. The endorsements are in keeping with the Vermont senator’s attempts to position himself as the most progressive presidential candidate on criminal justice policy,...
  • Jussie Smollett Indicted on 6 Counts for Lying to Police!

    02/11/2020 3:21:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Ovation Eddie 2 ^ | 11/2/20 | Chicago Police
    Flashback to Chicago Police Reaction!
  • 750,000 Reasons Sun-Times' Kim Foxx Endorsement Shouldn't Shock

    02/14/2020 10:17:02 AM PST · by bitt · 5 replies ^ | 2/12/2020 | mark konkol
    KONKOL COMMENTARY: The Sun-Times didn't just endorse Kim Foxx's reelection bid. Its owners donated $750,000 to her campaign since September. The investigation into whether any individuals within the Cook County State's Attorney's Kim Foxx's office engaged in any wrongdoing in connection with the Smollett investigation continues, according to special prosecutor Dan Webb. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford File) CHICAGO — It seemed strange enough the Sun-Times editorial board on Monday "strongly" endorsed Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx for a second term, telling voters to spare her the "injustice" of letting a "single high-profile mistake ... overshadow her accomplishments." Foxx's "single" flub,...
  • Bernie Sanders Endorses Kim Foxx despite Smollett Baggage

    02/13/2020 7:29:06 PM PST · by bitt · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/2020 | By TOBIAS HOONHOUT
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) released a slew of endorsements for state attorneys on Thursday, including one for Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney who was investigated for her decision to drop charges against former Empire actor Jussie Smollett. “I am honored today to have the endorsement of Senator Sanders,” Foxx told Politico. “When I first ran four years ago on a platform that included a holistic approach to criminal justice reform, it was different than what previous prosecutors had ever attempted. Since in office, we’ve implemented bond and cannabis reform, we’re leading the country in vacating wrongful convictions...
  • Global warming was blamed for evaporating the Great Lakes, now blamed for high water levels in Chicago's 'climate emergency'

    02/13/2020 2:35:08 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 21 replies
    Wirepoints ^ | February 13, 2020 | Mark Glennon
    “What we are seeing in global warming is the evaporation of our Great Lakes.” That was Illinois Senator Dick Durbin in 2013 when Lake Michigan was at a record low. You can find plenty of claims to the same effect from the time. Nobel Prize winner Al Gore chimed in around then, too, saying climate change was driving Great Lakes levels down by causing evaporation. But that was then and this is now. What’s causing today’s record high levels? Climate change, naturally. So now, citing “catastrophic lakefront erosion” from high water, Chicago just declared a climate emergency. It’s radical, and...
  • State Attorney Kim Foxx Shifts Some Blame to Trump After Jussie Smollett Is Indicted

    02/12/2020 3:21:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies ^ | February 12, 2020 | Julio Rosas
    Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is on the defense after former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday on charges related to filing a false police report about the alleged Trump-inspired hate crime he reported in 2019. Foxx recused herself from the subsequent investigation after Chicago police interviewed two brothers who said Smollett paid them to stage the attack, where he claimed two men in "Make America Great Again" hats assaulted him and called him homophobic and racial slurs, but her office continued the inquiry. The State's Attorney office then dropped all criminal charges against Smollett in exchange for...
  • Illinois becomes first to do in-state coronavirus testing

    02/11/2020 11:27:54 PM PST · by Freedom56v2 · 8 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | 02.22.20 | Jon Asplund
    The state health department hopes to detect cases earlier and prevent the disease from spreading. Illinois is the first state to do in-state testing for novel coronavirus. The Illinois Department of Public Health said test results are typically available within 24 hours for specimens arriving at the department's Chicago laboratory, the agency said in a statement. IDPH is also working on bringing testing to Springfield and Carbondale. “The ability to do this testing will mean we will be able to detect any new cases of novel coronavirus earlier and prevent any possible spread,” IDPH Assistant Director Evonda Thomas-Smith said in...
  • Is Illinois contestable in 2020 for Trump?

    02/10/2020 4:30:07 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 78 replies
    Guava Cheese Puff | February 10, 2020 | Guava Cheese Puff
    I think Trump can win Illinois in the fall. It used to be a key swing state, if not, THE swing state before 2004 realigned everything. The last Republican to win IL was either Reagan or Bush in the eighties. Can Trump contest it?
  • Massive cheerleader fight at center court

    02/09/2020 7:56:35 PM PST · by Enterprise · 124 replies ^ | February 9, 2020 | Kane
    EAST ST. LOUIS – The East St. Louis School Superintendent Arthur Culver announced today that Flyers cheerleaders would be banned from performing the rest of the year after some of the team members broke out into a fight with Trinity Catholic High School’s cheerleading squad. The fight between the East St. Louis and Trinity Catholic cheerleaders happened Saturday in the Alton Shootout. The two were conducting dueling routines at center court when the melee erupted.
  • Billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker endorses Joe Biden

    02/04/2020 7:24:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 4, 2020 | By BRIAN SLODYSKO
    WASHINGTON -- Billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker, a major Democratic fundraiser and former commerce secretary under President Barack Obama, has endorsed Joe Biden for president. The former vice president’s campaign announced her endorsement on Wednesday. Pritzker’s support could give Biden a considerable fundraising boost. Pritzker is an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune and played an instrumental role in Obama’s rise, helping him raise money for his successful Senate run as well as his 2008 presidential primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. She served as Obama’s commerce secretary from 2013 until he left office. Her brother J.B. Pritzker is the governor of...
  • States are already paying for unfunded pensions

    02/04/2020 6:13:07 AM PST · by karpov · 21 replies
    Chicago Booth Review ^ | December 26, 2019 | Jonathon Platt
    Kicking pension problems into the future is popular with politicians, enabling them to make promises and let voters worry later about borrowing costs. But large, unfunded state pension liabilities are a costly problem—and the cost is already reflected in current bond prices, research by Chicago Booth PhD candidate Chuck Boyer suggests. “The public pension funding crisis is not merely about future insolvency,” he writes. “Future obligations are having an effect on debt spreads right now.” To many Americans, it may seem unimaginable that states would fail to fully pay pensions promised to teachers, firefighters, and other public-service workers. It has...
  • 2 Killed, 16 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings So Far

    02/02/2020 10:28:55 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 15 replies
    WBBM Radio ^ | Feb 2, 2020
    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two men were killed and 16 other people, including a Chicago firefighter, were wounded in shootings over the weekend citywide as of Sunday morning. The latest fatal shooting happened early Sunday in Little Village on the Southwest Side. A man and a woman were riding in the back seat of a southbound vehicle at 2:56 a.m. in the 3100 block of South California Avenue when a dark-colored SUV pulled alongside them at a red light, according to Chicago police. Someone in the SUV opened fire before it fled eastbound on 31st Street. The driver of the...
  • But of course: Illinois continues with automatic voter registration despite registration of noncitizens

    01/31/2020 5:19:35 PM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | DCG
    Just last week I told you how Illinois’ new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said the data of 574 people who self-identified as non-citizens was erroneously forwarded to elections officials to be registered to vote. Election officials confirmed that 545 of them were ultimately registered. No worries though as demorat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker claims the system has been “fixed!”
  • 'Respect the people of South Bend!': Buttigieg fundraiser derailed by gay protesters

    01/26/2020 11:58:28 AM PST · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 26, 2020 | Naomi Lim
    Pete Buttigieg's pitch to Democratic donors in Chicago was overshadowed by protesters. During a fundraiser of more than 300 people at the tony Standard Club on Saturday, Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was interrupted by two demonstrators while he was trying to answer questions . . . “I need you to respect me, and respect my question, and respect the people of South Bend! You’re saying solidarity, you’re saying rules of the road, and you’re not following them yourself. You don’t love me; you won’t let me ask my question," shouted the protester, who also identified as...
  • How Drag Queen Story Hour Expanded Across America

    01/27/2020 1:41:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 27, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Drag Queen Story Hours started out as niche events on the West Coast, but these events—aimed at children as young as age 3—have spread to libraries and schools across the United States, dividing local communities. These story hours are “just what they sound like,” Drag Queen Story Hour’s official website states: drag queens reading to children. The events are designed to be about 45 minutes long for children aged 3 to 8 years old, intended to capture children’s imagination and help children explore their gender fluidity through “glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.” Books used during Drag Queen Story...