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  • Opposing a Rod Blagojevich Pardon Just as Political as His Prosecution

    02/19/2020 2:24:24 PM PST · by kiryandil · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 21, 2020 | Bernard Kerik
    Overzealous, out of control, and power-hungry prosecutors wanted to send a message with the Rod Blagojevich case: if you dare to have the audacity to exercise your Constitutional rights and challenge their false claims at trial, they will use the entire weight of the United States of America to destroy your reputation in the court of public opinion, and see to it that the court imposes the most devastating of fines, penalties, and prison sentences. They will do everything in their power to destroy you personally, professionally, and financially, and worse than anything else, they insure that in the end...
  • Pritzker, wealth can't save you from yourself (Running for Illinois governor)

    06/01/2017 7:39:00 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/31/2017 | John Kass
    The beauty of being a billionaire in politics is that you can say you're not beholden to anyone. And J.B. Pritzker, Democrat and billionaire, is running for governor of Illinois. When you're a billionaire in politics, nobody can buy you. So you don't have to fall to your knees and beg the political money men, then bounce up like a medieval jester to tell voters you're an independent who'll speak truth to power. So being a billionaire isn't all that bad a thing in politics. But wealth can't save you from moronic self-inflicted wounds. If you're a Pritzker, you can...
  • 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...
  • Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

    12/31/2019 11:20:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2019 | Kathleen Foody
    llinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process is a key part of the law, which takes effect Wednesday and made Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people 21 or older. When they crafted the policy, Illinois lawmakers said they wanted to repair some of the damage caused by law enforcement’s efforts to combat sale and use of the drug, particularly in minority communities. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced the...
  • J.B. Pritzker 8th most unpopular governor in the country, poll says

    10/23/2019 2:41:03 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    chicago.suntimes ^ | 10/23/2019 | Tina Sfondeles
    Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker may have legalized recreational marijuana and ushered in a massive capital plan in his first year, but a Morning Consult poll finds he’s the eighth most unpopular governor in the country. While Pritzker’s approval rating has remained relatively steady, his disapproval rating has climbed, the poll found. Earlier this year, a Morning Consult poll found his favorability at 44%, with the latest poll clocking him at 43%. His disapproval rating has grown from 35% earlier this year to 42%. Unsurprisingly, the disapproval is coming from Republicans, who watched the political newcomer rush in a bevy of...
  • Illinois passes law requiring LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools

    08/11/2019 6:12:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 11, 2019 | Aris Folley
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed legislation ensuring state schools teach the role and contributions of LGBT people in American history. Pritzker signed off on House Bill 346, which was recently passed by state House earlier this year, on Friday. The law requires all schools in the state include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks.
  • Gov. Pritzker’s wrong to give Confederate Railroad the boot

    07/10/2019 4:54:24 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 64 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 10, 2019 | Editorial Board
    Yes, the Confederate flag offends us... Maybe the flag is about Southern pride, good ol’ rebel spirit. But it is about the South’s historic defense of slavery, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, fascism, white supremacy, white nationalism and bigotry. Gov. Pritzker said, “The Confederate flag is a symbol of not just slavery, but of treason against the United States.” Why are we writing to criticize Pritzker for banning Confederate Railroad, a country band that uses the Confederate flag, from performing at a state fair? Because government should pick its battles wisely and rarely when curbing free expression, even free expression...
  • Illinois governor, Mr. Creosote, Slurs the South

    07/10/2019 3:45:34 PM PDT · by Bonemaker · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 07/09/2019 | John O'Connor
    SPRINGFIELD — Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag, setting off a firestorm by southern Illinois fans who believe they’re under Chicago liberals’ thumb of political correctness. The band was scheduled to appear Aug. 27 at the DuQuoin State Fair , but Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration canceled the appearance last week. “This administration’s guiding principle is that the state of Illinois will not use state resources to promote symbols of racism,” Pritzker spokeswoman Emily Bittner said. “Symbols of hate cannot and will not represent...
  • Frequent Fliers on Epstein's plane

    Pres. Bill Clinton Larry Summers, director National Economic Council for Obama, Sec Treasury for Clinton Sandy Berger, National Security Advisory for Bill Clinton Mark Lloyd, Chief Diversity Officer at FCC for Pres. Obama; NBC, CNN, New America Foundation Doug Band, former Deputy Assistant to Pres. Clinton, creator of Clinton Global Initiative Rodney Slater, Sec of Transportation for Pres. Clinton Eric Nonacs, foreign policy advisor to Pres. Clinton Gayle Smith, USAID director for Obama; US NSC director for Pres. Clinton Ira Magaziner, CEO Clinton Health Access Initiative, advisor to Pres. Clinton Peter Rathgeb, CEO Siemens Bank Greg Carpenter, Open Society Institute?...
  • Pritzker, Cassidy and Bush Celebrate Baby Snuff Bill

    06/17/2019 9:59:40 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 15 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 6/17/2019 | Laurie Higgins
    It’s official. Illinois is the now the most pernicious state in the country. Governor Jay “Baby Butchery Booster” Pritzker signed into law the Kill-Babies-Bill—euphemistically named the Reproductive Health Act—which has nothing to do with reproducing and nothing to do with health. Instead it enshrines in law that the smallest, weakest, most vulnerable humans have no legal rights and that larger, stronger, arrogant people have an absolute right to kill them. Illinois is now the nation’s bloody altar on which babies are sacrificed to the god of Autonomy that America worships.
  • Illinois Legalizes “Death Penalty” by Dismemberment Abortions of Viable Unborn Preemies

    06/13/2019 8:39:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 20 replies
    The Thomas More Society ^ | 12 June, 2019 | Peter Breen, Vice President, Senior Counsel
    Illinois RHA Makes Radical Changes to Allow Abortion on Viable Fetuses The Thomas More Society has declared Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s signing of SB 25, the state’s extreme abortion law, to be tantamount to “legalizing the death penalty, with no possibility of appeal, for viable unborn preemies.”Peter Breen, Vice President, Senior Counsel  “The legacy of this governor, and any legislator who voted to pass this law, will be that of cruel dehumanization of unborn Illinoisans on a mass scale,” declared Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel.The Honorable Peter Breen, former Illinois Representative and Thomas More Society...
  • Illinois governor says new abortion law makes state most progressive on the issue

    06/12/2019 5:07:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    ABC ^ | June 12, 2019 | Justin Doom
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday is expected to sign into law the Reproductive Health Act, which he said would make his state the most progressive on the issue. The measure, which lawmakers said codifies existing practices, removes restrictions on abortions later in one's pregnancy and any criminal penalties for physicians who perform them, according to ABC Chicago station WLS. The new law also repeals Illinois' partial birth ban and the state's 1975 abortion act, in addition to expanding insurance coverage for procedures and for contraception.
  • Pritzker blames flat tax for declining population, announces $29 million Census count effort

    06/05/2019 1:35:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Center Square ^ | 6/5/2019 | Greg Bishop
    While Illinoisans will be paying higher taxes, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he’s going to give state lawmakers at least a $1,600 pay increase because they’re hard workers. Pritzker said he’ll sign the budget bills being sent his way, despite the ire from taxpayers that lawmakers gave themselves a raise while doubling the state’s gas tax. Pritzker was asked multiple times in Chicago Tuesday if he’d line-item veto more than $280,000 in lawmaker pay increases when he gets the budget that was passed in overtime session. “Look, this was a highly negotiated budget,” Pritzker said. “We had the Republicans and Democrats...
  • Without pension reform, progressive income tax .. guarantees tax hikes on Illinois’ middle class

    05/30/2019 11:23:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | May 21, 2019 | Orphe Divounguy
    Without pension reform, progressive income tax amendment guarantees tax hikes on Illinois’ middle class. ( Full title). The current progressive income tax proposal would fail to pay down the state's unfunded liability while damaging Illinois' economy. On May 20, Democrats in the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee approved Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s prized progressive tax constitutional amendment. While the Senate had previously passed a new income tax structure – already different from the governor’s original proposal – the House Committee also passed the amendment without putting in income tax rates. ... progressive tax proponents need to face that without pension...
  • Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

    05/04/2019 7:12:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2019 | Sara Burnett
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could possess up to about an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana, while non-residents could possess about half an ounce (15 grams). The measure also would automatically expunge some marijuana convictions. If it passes, Illinois would join 10 other states, including neighboring Michigan, in legalizing recreational marijuana. While the Illinois law would take effect Jan....
  • Ryan, Blagojevich and Now Pritzker? Mon Dieu!

    04/28/2019 8:09:47 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    The News Gazette ^ | April 28, 2019 | Jim Dey
    Pritzker's great toilet tax caper has returned with a vengeance. The Pritzkers' alleged effort to scam Cook County taxpayers out of $300,000-plus via a property tax reassessment scam immediately cast a giant shadow over the new administration. An investigation conducted by Cook County Inspector General characterized the tax assessment effort as a "scheme for obtaining money by means of false representations" and openly invited federal prosecutors to pursue the matter. Shortly after that Pritzker sent checks to the treasurer covering the $330,000 in questionable refunds that he received. He denied the repayment represented an admission of misconduct. Pritzker is promoting...
  • Report: Gov. J.B. Pritzker under federal criminal investigation

    04/27/2019 5:59:23 AM PDT · by Twotone · 42 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | April 24, 2019 | Greg Bishop
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker, his wife First Lady M.K. Pritzker, and others are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that critics highlighted in last year’s gubernatorial race. WBEZ first reported the federal probe, citing information from a law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation. Pritzker’s attorney denied any wrongdoing. “Neither the Governor nor the First Lady have been contacted by law enforcement regarding the property tax appeal,” Attorney Marc Elias said in an email to Illinois News Network. “We are confident that any further review of the matter will show that the appropriate rules were followed.” Pritzker,...
  • Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals On Gold [tr]

    04/24/2019 8:46:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    WBEZ ^ | April 24, 2019 | Tony Arnold, and Dave McKinney
    Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year, WBEZ has learned. A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed to WBEZ that the probe, which has not been revealed publicly until now, began last October and remains active. There are no signs that criminal charges are imminent. WBEZ has also confirmed that Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker’s personal assistant who was involved in the property tax appeal, Christine Lovely, is being represented by one of Chicago’s most...
  • Feds Probe Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker and First Lady

    04/24/2019 7:45:25 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 34 replies
    WBEZ ^ | April 24, 2019 | Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold
    Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign. The billionaire governor and his wife may face a serious legal threat arising from their controversial pursuit of a property tax break on a 126-year-old mansion they purchased next to their Gold Coast home. A Cook County inspector general’s report found MK Pritzker directed workers to remove all toilets from the mansion in order to have it declared “uninhabitable,” which gave the Pritzkers a huge property tax break. “Neither the Governor...
  • Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?

    04/11/2019 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/20/2018 | Jennifer Bilek
    Exceedingly rich, white men (and women) who invest in biomedical companies are funding myriad transgender organizations whose agenda will make them gobs of money. As an environmental activist who was deplatformed from a speaking venue by transactivists, in 2013 I developed curiosity about the power of this group to force this development. A year later, when Time magazine announced a transgender tipping point on its cover, I had already begun to examine the money behind the transgender project. I have watched as all-women’s safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a...