By Nancy Thorner -
On June 2nd of this year the Obama administration announced new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a goal of reducing carbon emissions over the next 15 years. These goals as outlined by the EPA in the Clean Power Plan impose significant restrictions on power plants already in existence, even natural gas plants. Power plants are cited by the EPA as the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly on-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
The reasons given by the EPA for its new regulations are in keeping with blaming man's emission of CO2 as the cause for runaway global warming, yet the global temperature has remained flat over the past 17 years. History tells us that natural climate variability has happened over the centuries; i.e. the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than today. In 2009 some prominent alarmists are on record saying that if temperatures remained flat for 15-20 years, the scientific community needs to re-evaluate the theory. Three years later in 2012 a report in the UK Daily Mail revealed the following from a quietly released Met Office report:
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos boasted this week that a warden had been hired to oversee Thomson Correctional Center, which is about to be opened after 13 years as a lockup for federal criminals.
Wednesday, the Daily Caller brought up a question that's been on the minds of people in the area, who protested loudly in 2009 when Durbin first suggested using Thomson for Gitmo prisoners. Will once again the debatae over transferring international terrorists from Gitmo to U.S. soil return, and is that what Senator Durbin and President Obama are preparing to do with Thomson Prison?
The Daily Caller's Patrick Howley thinks so.
Thomson Prison, which houses 1,600 cells, installed a new warden Tuesday. President Obama gave the federal government control of Thomson prison in 2009 through the Department of Justice. Obama planned to move Guantanamo refugees into the prison until Republicans blocked funding for detainee transfers.
Since then, Obama has unilaterally released a number of Guantanamo prisoners including five senior Taliban leaders. Democrats would still like to see detainees moved there, and have repeatedly used the talking point that a new transferred-terrorist unit managed by the Defense Department would stimulate the local economy in Carroll County.
Illinois Review spoke with Congressman Adam Kinzinger about the plans for Thomson in June. He said the President would have to bypass Congress to bring Gitmo detainees to Illinois.
When I talk to Illinois Republicans, the main topic of conversation is the Governor’s race, which is the way it should be. Obviously, the race for Governor is extremely important to the future of Illinois. Do we want to continue to embrace Pat Quinn’s failed policies or will Illinois voters give Bruce Rauner a chance to “Shake up Springfield” and get Illinois moving in the right direction?
I am a staunch Bruce Rauner supporter and I am committed to seeing him win in November, but I also believe we as Republicans should pay attention to some of the other races on the ballot this year and make them a priority as well.
Tom Cross is in a tough battle for the State Treasurer’s office. There also are many State legislative races that are extremely important as well.
If Bruce Rauner does get elected, he is going to need a governing coalition ends the super majority the Democrats enjoy in the House and the Senate. It is important that we pay attention to these other down ballot races.
By Mark Rhoads -
Are critics of President Obama making too much fuss about his long vacation at Martha's Vineyard during several national and internationnal crisis events? Is he not entitled to vacation time? What signal does it send about his leadership and haven't other presidents also vacationed in August?
Just minutes after he read a statement of shock about the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, President Obama returned to the golf course. Yes, a president deserves a vacation, but like a doctor, the president should be always on call for emergencies. If the brutal killing of Foley was not enough of an emergency to warrant more than five minutes of the president's time and attention in a public statement, one wonders what he thinks an emergency is?
CHICAGO - The conservative principle of making government smaller is a racist concept that targets black families, according to Karen Lewis' trusted advisor and campaign committee treasurer Brandon Johnson.
"When you talk about making government smaller, that is code ... for eliminating black people from jobs," Johnson, from the Chicago Teacher Union's Black Caucus, said at a meeting of teachers in April 2013.
How would that be? Because black people have risen to economic success due to public sector jobs, Johnson said.
"When we look at the overall scope of how the economic base within black communities have survived, it’s been public sector workers, public sector jobs that have made the middle class, and frankly upper middle class jobs possible for black families," Johnson said.
"This move to eliminate this entire class of people is not just an issue for the people who are impacted, but also for the world around us."
The 9:19 minute video is below:
SPRINGFIELD - Wednesday, the Appellate Court upheld a lower court ruling that the Term Limits Initiative is unconstitutional and thus, will not be included on the November 2014 ballot.
In response, Bruce Rauner, Chairman of the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits, directed the term limit effort's legal team to immediately file an appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the matter.
“Let the people of Illinois decide for themselves if they want to term limit legislators. Time is running out - the Illinois Supreme Court needs to take the case. Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed the petition to put our amendment on the November ballot and the State Board of Elections has certified that we submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot. The people deserve to have their voices heard.” Rauner said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “The Illinois Supreme Court should not ignore the people of Illinois.”
The Appellate Court affirmed the Cook County Circuit Court ruling, which found the term limits initiative unacceptable under two provisions in the State Constitution: Article XIV, Section 3, which governs ballot initiatives to amend the constitution, and Article III, Section 3, known as the "free and equal clause."
CHICAGO - With a reported $0.00, Wednesday morning, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections to challenge Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor in 2015.
Lewis is signed onto the committee as chairman of "Citizens to Elect Karen Lewis as Mayor of Chicago," with Brandon Johnson as treasurer. Tuesday, American Federation of Teachers promised $1 million if she decided to run.
Lewis, who has had an ongoing feud with Emanuel for years, has publicly criticized the mayor for closing schools, lengthening the school days and years, and not dealing with the red-ink teacher pension fund. Filing HERE.
WASHINGTON DC – Teflon tape, molded plastic explosives and handguns are all concealment tricks that a group of researchers were able to pull off on the Rapiscan Secure 1000 machines previously used at TSA checkpoints and currently used at courthouses, prisons and other government security stops.
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University maneuvered weapons past the full-body X-ray scanners that were deployed at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013 – at a cost of more than $1 billion.
“Frankly, we were shocked by what we found,” said J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, in a statement. “A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques.” ...More HERE
BetaBeat is reporting that Northern Illinois University has enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that denies students access to social media sites and other content the university considers “unethical” or “obscene.”
Effective for residents, students and staff, the restrictions span across the NIU network, which includes both campus research and education center as well as the school’s Wifi network. Enacted July 25, the revised policy isn’t entirely new, but the implementation of a new filter that will strictly enforce it is.
One of the most controversial of the restriction is on political activities such as surveying, polling, material distribution, vote solicitation and organization or participation in meetings, rallies and demonstrations, among other activities.
In addition, illicit activity discovered during “routine monitoring” by the university is grounds for an investigation. According to BetaBeat, the policy is loaded with phrases like “but not limited to” and “etc.” to make it all as vague as possible. What exactly each bullet point means is unclear, but the idea of such censorship is concerning students.
By Mark Weyermuller -
Sorry to disappoint you, but this protest produced no national news anchors, no arrests, and no tear gas.
The red-light camera protest last Saturday at Belmont and Lake Shore during the air show was more of a pep rally for the citizens of Chicago for liberty, freedom, and fairness.
An estimated 10,000 cars, joggers, walkers and bikers passed this busy intersection during the protest, which coincided with the ever-popular Chicago Air Show.
Radio show host Mark Wallace led 20 patriots for three hours along with 44th Ward GOP Committeeman and candidate for 44th Ward Alderman Scott Davis. They were joined by Barnet Fagel, also known as the "Red Light Doctor." Fagel has spent hours timing and video taping intersections with these cameras.
One of the many issues with red light cameras is the timing of the yellow light, which is required by state law to be a minimum of three seconds. Initial estimates on the camera at Belmont are short the legal minimum, at 2.8 seconds.
The ranks of non-teachers - such as administrators, counselors, teacher aides and cafeteria workers - has swelled 130 percent since 1970 and they now make up 50 percent of all public school employees according to a new study, The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don't Teach.
Looking at data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the growth of non-teaching staff has greatly outpaced student growth over the past four decades.
From 1970 to 2010, the number of students grew by 8.6 percent, while the number of non-teaching personnel increased by 130 percent. Non-teachers now consume over a quarter of all education expenditures, the study found.
In addition, America now spends a greater percentage of its education funding on non-teachers than any other country in the world besides Denmark. ...More at CNSnews
WASHINGTON - When asked by College of DuPage professor Jackie McGrath what the U.S. House is doing to help make higher education more affordable for families and students, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) responded with an "Ask Peter" Youtube. Roskam said the U.S. House had passed the "Student and Family Tax Simplification Act," this summer, but he did not mention the bill had a slim chance to become law.
The legislation, sponsored by Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black passed the U.S. House on July 24, 2014. Bill descriptions say if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Obama, the law would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to consolidate certain tax benefits for educational expenses and amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements to the child tax credit.
H.R. 3393 passed the House with 195 Republicans and 32 Democrats supporting it. All of Illinois' Republican delegation voted "yes" and five Democrats that are being threatened in November elections joined the Republicans - Bustos, Schneider, Foster and Enyart.
CHICAGO - Heartland Institute has been the one single national organization that's stood up against the radical environmentalist movement. They've led the effort with scientific and logical arguments, and the American public by and large agrees with their assessment. Global warming (or "climate change") is not a serious issue to over two-thirds of Americans, polls say.
In a recent op-ed, Heartland Institute's Joe Bast notes how conservatives led the anti-pollution movement during the 1970s and 80s, when environmental issues were passed with bi-partisan majorities in Congress. But a change took place in the 80s, and the issue became political - and a weapon of the radical Left. Bast writes:
The great environmental protection legislation of the 1970s passed with nearly unanimous support because the problems were real and begged for national solutions. After early major successes, an iron triangle of bureaucrats, grandstanding politicians, and yellow journalists started a drum-beat for pursuing ever-more stringent emission reductions regardless of their negligible benefits and soaring costs. The consensus that had produced lop-sided votes in favor of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts disappeared, not because of some kind of “political stasis in the ‘90s,” but because the biggest environmental problems had been solved and further legislation wasn’t needed.
A federal judge in North Carolina recently struck down the latest challenge by the U.S. Justice Department to a state law that requires voters to bring photo identification to the polls. Voters continue to strongly support voter ID laws and don't consider them discriminatory.
In fact, a new Rasmussen poll finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters believe all voters should be required to prove their identity before being allowed to vote. Only nineteen percent (19%) disagree.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 14-15, 2014. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
WASHINGTON DC - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (photo above) has admitted in Senate hearings that the recently announced restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions have nothing to do with reducing pollution. Instead, said McCarthy, EPA imposed the restrictions based on a belief that imposing expensive renewable energy on the electricity marketplace will stimulate the economy.
“The great thing about this proposal is that it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control,” McCarthy told the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee July 23. “It’s about increased efficiency at our plants. It’s about investment in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units.”
According to Bonner Cohen, McCarthy repeatedly emphasized that EPA views its rule as an investment opportunity for the business community, while downplaying the cost it would impose on consumers.
“This is an investment strategy that will not just reduce carbon pollution but will position the United States to continue to grow economically in every state, based on their own design,” she said.
However, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report finding EPA’s proposal will cost the U.S. economy $50 billion per year through 2020. That is the equivalent of $500 per household per year.
CHICAGO - Once a language arts teacher at the Cook County Sheriff's boot camp program, journalist James Foley was violently executed by Muslim ISIS extremists Tuesday in Iraq.
Foley was a freelance war journalist and had been captured and imprisoned for two years before his death by beheading. In the video of his execution, ISIS warned the U.S. that the fate of a second American journalist depended upon President Obama's response to their actions.
A year before being captured in Iraq in 2012, Foley was captured and imprisoned by Muslim extremists in Libya for 44 days. After being released, he came back to Chicago and retold his story during a 2011 visit to Chicago's Medill School of Journalism.
During the interview, Foley said that risk-taking in war reporting is something that should be carefully studied. Foley was asked - only two weeks after being released - "Was there anything you would re-do?"
Foley's response is at the 36:30 mark in a YouTube posted by Medill:
"The risk-taking was ratcheted up - this is something that you have to be careful about. ...You have a close call, you really need to look at that, you know. That's pure luck that you didn't get killed there. Pure luck. And you need to either change your behavior right there, or you shouldn't be doing this.
It's not worth your life, it's not worth leaving your mother, brother, sister bawling, and worrying about your grandmother dying while you're in prison. It's not worth these things. It's not worth your life no matter what romantic ideal you have, no matter what ethic you think you have, it's never worth that, you know? I'm 37 years old, I should have known it a long time ago."
More billionaires are born in Chicago than in any other U.S. city apart from New York, according to reports from two firms that investigate wealth.
In fact, one in every 200 billionaires in the world is born in Chicago, according to wealth research firms Spear’s Magazine and consultancy WealthInsight.
It helps if your last name is Pritzker, making you a member of the illustrious family that founded the Hyatt Hotel chain. Four of Chicago’s 11 billionaires are Pritzkers.
The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run.
“I did say privately to Karen and at our executive council meeting that if Karen was to run, we would be all in,” AFT leader Randi Weingarten told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview Tuesday. “In a race like this, spending $1 million would not be unprecedented for the AFT.”
Weingarten said Emanuel “has shown a deep disrespect for what public education is all about.”
Eli Lilly, Jr., of Eli Lilly and Co. pharmaceutical company and the Lilly Endowment, was baptized, sang in the youth choir, and served as an adult at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.
Now the church has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase after the bank’s alleged mismanagement lost the church millions of dollars, reports the Indianapolis Star.
The church, which was founded in 1837, received three trusts when Lilly died in 1977. Through a series of bank mergers, two of those trusts ended up at JPMorgan, where they went from a high of $39.2 million in 2007 to a low of $26.7 million just a year later. JPMorgan voluntarily resigned as trustee last November.
“JPMorgan caused the church trusts to lose approximately $13 million in value as a result of JPMorgan’s decisions to purchase over 177 different investment products, mostly from itself, using Church funds because they produced the highest revenues to JPMorgan,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit comes days after news broke about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation of JPMorgan Chase for steering “private-banking clients to its own investment products and away from those offered by outside firms,”according to the Wall Street Journal. ...More HERE
CHICAGO - A new poll shows that several incumbent Aldermen in Chicago are in trouble, and that a hypothetical Republican candidate for mayor is only six points behind Karen Lewis.
The poll conducted August 8-10 on behalf of the Chicago Republican Party tested the effect of adding a "qualified Republican" to the mix in the mayor's race and in a number of Aldemanic races. In some wards an unnamed, hypothetical Republican was a strong contender for Alderman.
CHICAGO - GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner issued the following statement regarding the news that former campaign manager and top Obama aide David Plouffe (photo above) is joining ride-sharing company Uber:
“David Plouffe’s first order of business should be to encourage Governor Pat Quinn to veto the anti-ride sharing bill pending right here in President Obama’s home state," said Rauner. "Ride-sharing companies like Uber are exactly the type of innovative companies Illinois should be welcoming and recruiting - I know it and the President’s top people know it. Pat Quinn should know it too.”
CHICAGO - As we and CBS Chicago reported, seven people have been killed and at least 29 others wounded in shootings across the Democrat-controlled Windy City since Friday evening. And according to New York's Fox 5, "Fifteen people were shot in a rash of violence in another Democrat stronghold: New York City. The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours.
However, as Patriot Post observed, because most of these shootings consist of blacks shooting fellow blacks as a result of poverty plantations fostered by statism, civil rights "leaders" like Al Sharpton and Chicago-based Jesse Jackson remain deafeningly silent on the issue.
It's simply astounding that Gov. Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard to quell the violence in Ferguson as the result of a shooting involving a white cop and a black teenager -- a case that's still under investigation -- yet the violence bloodying the streets of Chicago and New York City continues unabated and ignored.
By Emily Zender -
We've all seen it.
The ice bucket challenge has gone viral around social media.
Once nominated by a friend via Facebook, you video yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on your head in an effort to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Then you donate.
Everyone from Bill Gates and Jimmy Fallon to the Kennedy family and Illinois' own state politicians have participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Harmless right? Not so fast.
SPRINGFIELD – The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits, chaired by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, held a press conference today demanding the Illinois Supreme Court act quickly in deciding if a Term Limits amendment can be put before the voters in November.
A Cook County judge ruled the petition calling for the referendum, which was signed by nearly 600,000 people, did not meet the threshold to go on the ballot.
“Time is running out for the people of Illinois who overwhelmingly want the opportunity to vote on term limits this November," said Rauner. "Make no mistake about it – the people of Illinois want term limits. Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed the petition to put our amendment on the November ballot and the State Board of Elections has certified that we submitted more than enough signatures to be on the ballot in November."
Illinois law requires ballots for the November election to be certified by August 22nd, but extensions are possible.
CHICAGO - A federal appeals court has taken on the issue of pay-to-play corruption in Illinois under disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit by riverboat casinos in a late Friday ruling. The suit alleges that racetrack owners bribed Blagojevich to push through legislation that transferred 3 percent of casino revenue to the racetracks.
The Chicago-based court says the case required it to "once again decide whether some shenanigans'' in the Legislature "and governor's office crossed the line from the merely unseemly to the unlawful.''
CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants portions of a lawsuit filed against Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office dropped, and a court to sanction the former staff lawyer who filed it.
Madigan's office asked a federal court on Monday to dismiss claims by Edmund Michalowski against two treasurer's office employees and the Republican state treasurer's office. Michalowski said the employees were involved in racketeering and retaliated against him for refusing to do political work. He also said Rutherford sexually harassed him.
Madigan calls the racketeering changes "baseless," and said the harassment allegations involving the office weren't "sufficiently severe or pervasive." She wants Michalowski's lawyers to pay her costs to defend racketeering portions of the suit. Rutherford is represented by his own attorneys.
CHICAGO - Twenty-two states now recognize Illinois conceal carry permits, The Northwest Herald reports. The states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said the state's 16-hour training course is likely a factor in that growth. Illinois' training requirement is among the most stringent nationwide.
However, Illinois doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn't recognize other state permits. Gun owners who want to carry in other parts of the country can get nonresident concealed-carry permits for Utah and Florida. Those require four hours of training and are recognized in more than 30 states.
The bill lawmakers approved in 2013 was due to a federal court order, though the measure was fought hard by those who wanted Illinois to retain its last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry.
This chart combines the latest opinion polls using a poll-tracking model and is updated whenever a new poll is released.
|We Ask America/Chicago Sun-Times||51||38||11||Rauner +13|
|Gravis/Human Events (R)||48||40||12||Rauner +8|
|Mellman (D-Quinn)||39||38||23||Rauner +1|
|We Ask America/Reboot Illinois||47||33||20||Rauner +14|
|Harstad (D-Illinois Education Assocation)||46||42||8||Rauner +4|
|We Ask America/Capitol Fax||51||39||-||Rauner +12|
|We Ask America/Reboot Illinois||47||37||16||Rauner +10|
|PPP (D)||38||41||21||Quinn +3|
Source: HuffPo Polling
“Let all the babies be born. Then let us drown those we do not like,” said G.K. Chesterton. The philosopher was making a pro-life point, but, increasingly, we’re seeing mothers who actually are performing their own post-partum “abortions.” One case involves a 34-year-old Maryland woman who did, in fact, deliver a baby on two different occasions — and then decide to drown the child right after birth. Writes Lifesite News’ Ben Johnson, “Melissa Schrae Bowen of Prince Frederick said she killed her babies because she had three children already and could not afford an abortion. She saw her acts of infanticide as a parallel to legalized abortion.”
The grisly story came to light on March 8, 2012 when the defendant’s mother found the body of a baby boy, born sometime in 2007, in a garbage bag in Bowen’s car trunk and contacted the police. Months later on November 16, authorities would discover another dead baby boy in a suitcase in a home in La Plata, Maryland; that child was birthed late in 2011 or early in 2012. Bowen said that in both cases she successfully hid her pregnancies, gave birth on a toilet, and then left the children to die. The first child lingered on struggling for life, however; Bowen then drowned him in a bathtub.
The Tax Foundation released a tax map that shows the real value of $100 in each state.
Because average prices for similar goods are much higher in California or New York or Illinois than in Mississippi or South Dakota, the same amount of dollars will buy you comparatively less in the high-price states, or comparatively more in low-price states. Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Tax Foundation adjusted the value of $100 to reflect how prices are different in each state.
By Brady Cremeens -
SPRINGFIELD - Numbers released Monday in a monthly report on jobs and employment by Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest Illinois is doing poorly — despite two recent announcements from Gov. Quinn’s office highlighting a drop in unemployment and expansion of jobs in the Rockford area.
Last week, Gov. Quinn announced a significant decrease in the state’s unemployment rate, from 7.1 percent in June to 6.8 percent in July.
“Illinois’ comeback is going strong and we’ve got more work to do,” Quinn said in a statement. “Illinois manufacturers are helping to drive our economy forward by creating good jobs and supporting local communities across the state.”
The governor touted the 11,200 new private sector jobs added in July and said the news proves “that we are heading in the right direction.”
The National Rifle Association is promoting voter registration natiowide with Chuck Norris and their "Trigger the Vote" effort.
"This year's elections are more important than ever for the future of our country and our Second Amendment rights," the NRA says. "The only protection against attacks on our Second Amendment rights is your vote. This year we will need each and every individual gun owner's vote in every precinct and every district across the country."
By Howard Foster -
Advocates of “immigration reform” promise that if Republicans give legal status to the millions here illegally, overwhelmingly Hispanics, they will end up voting Republican. At least this will initiate a meaningful dialogue. The same claims have been made for decades about blacks, Jews and working women.
There are very good reasons why the dialogue never gets very far. As every conservative should know, human beings are complicated and basically apolitical. The typical voter does not make a checklist of issues or perform a cost-benefit analysis of party platforms in deciding which way to vote. The preference is usually made very early in life based upon tradition, heritage, the perception of which party is in power in one’s community, and which party or candidate seems to relate to their circumstances. Black Republican candidates have run here in Illinois (Alan Keyes) for major offices and have never won more than 15% of the black vote. Black voters probably see them as tokens or sell outs.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced Monday that a warden has been hired to oversee the newly-renovated, now federally-run Thomson prison. More funding will be needed to get the prison - which has never been fully utilized since its construction - ready to accept prisoners.
One Washington observer - @Jimmy Princeton - took note of the announcement and found irony in a Tweet Durbin sent out Monday and another he sent out in March 2014:
Insert caption. pic.twitter.com/lX0rdgjjbC— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) August 19, 2014
On July 24, 2012, in blazing 100°F heat, Kathy Forck (photo right) approached a Stericycle truck driver who was leaving the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Columbia, Missouri, to offer him a bottle of water.
Planned Parenthood hates Kathy Forck. Kathy spends hours outside their abortion clinic each week, encouraging women to choose life for their babies. As a result, Planned Parenthood brought trespass charges against her.
She was first found guilty at a trial in the municipal court, which could have landed her a big fine and 6 months in jail!
Chicago-based Thomas More Society appealed the ruling to the Circuit Court.
At a trial held just a few weeks ago, Planned Parenthood witnesses gave completely conflicting testimonies. Then, they showed the Judge video footage from a security camera supposedly documenting Kathy's trespass.
The Judge told Planned Parenthood that he could not see any evidence of a crime on the video. He sternly held that they simply could not prove their case.
In fact, when the Judge ruled to free Kathy of the bogus charges, he looked over to all the pro-abortion advocates sitting in the back of the courtroom and admonished them: "Even though you may not like my ruling, I do not want to hear a sound."
Kathy continues her pro-life work as a campaign director for 40 Days for Life, and as a member of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, offering peaceful sidewalk counseling to abortion-bound women in Missouri.
After years of sidewalk counseling and prayer vigils in Columbia, Planned Parenthood lost its license in February, 2014, and had to cease providing abortions there.
As Rebel Pundit notes, while the protests in Ferguson, MO, dominate the headlines after a police officer shot and killed Mike Brown, the violence rages on in Chicago. Over the weekend there were 31 people shot and 7 killed.
HeyJackass.com, a website that maintains a running tally of the shootings and murders in Chicago also reports the homicide total for 2014, which is 259 so far, with a total of 1,360 shot and wounded.
EAST MOLINE - Last October, when the federal government shut down, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) wrote the Chief Administrative Officer that she wanted to forego her congressional salary during the shut down.
Now the CAO says all members of Congress received their pay in full, including Bustos. Her Republican opponent Bobby Schilling called on Ms. Bustos to clear up any misunderstandings - was she or was she not fully compensated during the government shutdown?
"At best, Congresswoman Bustos misled the media into thinking she was giving back her pay, and then she failed to correct the record. At worst, she was downright dishonest. This is not the first time Congresswoman Bustos has misled the media, and it surely won't be the last," Schilling campaign spokesman Jon Schweppe said Monday.
Counter to Bustos' pay pocketing, Schilling rejected the congressional health care plan and the pension plan, Schweppe said. He also voted against pay increases and cut his office budget by 10 percent.
"What has Congresswoman Bustos done? She promised to forego her pay during the government shutdown, and then she quietly accepted it anyway, hoping that nobody would notice," Schweppe said.
Despite all references to the pay refusal being removed from Bustos' website and Facebook page, this tweet remained Monday morning from October 2, 2013:
SPRINGFIELD - Monday, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission released a report after conducting compliance checks in 342 businesses licensed to sell liquor.
The ILCC cited 47 outlets for liquor control law violations. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.
From the ILCC's report for July 2014:
LegiStorm has tracked 418 in-person town hall-style events scheduled by members of Congress in August. Some 301 have been or will be held by Republicans.
Of the 15 members included at the top of the list, 12 are Republicans. Only a pair of Democrats made the cut. No Illinois members made the list.
The top 15 members ranked by the number of town halls scheduled this August:
CHICAGO – Sen. Richard J. “Dick” Durbin (D-IL), denies citizens protection of their life and their property by pushing gun controls that take the ‘self’ out of self-defense, according to the president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
“Can you imagine waiting for Chicago police to arrive to save you from an armed assault? Custer stood a better chance of surviving,” stated Jim Tobin, president and founder of TUA.
“As an Illinois native, I have heard a lot of ridiculous gun control propaganda, but Dick Durbin’s assertion that even more gun control in Chicago might prevent the gun violence in the city is not only foolhardy, it is illegal. How many court rulings does he need to remind him of the Constitution he has taken multiple oaths to uphold, and spent at least 3 years studying in law school?” Tobin said.
“If we are not free to protect ourselves and are required to rely on police, you get….Chicago.”
Public middle and high school students in Dubuque, Iowa will be required to wear heart rate monitors in gym class to make sure they are actually being physically active.
"It will be a large portion of their grade, because we want to grade them on what they're actually doing in our class," Dubuque Schools Athletic and Wellness Director Amy Hawkins told ABC News.
Teachers will use the information collected from the heart rate monitors to write report cards.
"It really takes the opinion out of things," Hawkins said. "You know it's not really 'I think your kid is doing this and this in class.'"
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' Department of Healthcare and Family Services used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in an average of $60 million per quarter overdrawn for three years.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General released the report Monday, saying that the state had trouble paying back the estimated $720 million it overdrew. The feds estimate the delay in payback cost as much as $792,000 in lost interest.
The Department director Julie Hamos told AP they are "addressing the problem."
In the wake of media outrage over the arrest of a Huffington Post journalist, HuffPo "justice reporter" Ryan J. Reilly, exhibited ignorance and unprofessionallism when he tweeted a photo of cheap foam earplugs and asked, “I believe these are rubber bullets, can anyone confirm? #Ferguson”
Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh responded:
.@ryanjreilly Knowing difference between earplugs and rubber bullets is something you should know. Not something you crowdsource.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 17, 2014
NAPERVILLE - The topic of debates has become a source of contention between incumbent Congressman Bill Foster and his challenger, State Rep. Darlene Senger. Foster has agreed to a joint endorsement session with the Tribune, a debate sponsored by ABC 7 and the League of Women Voters, and a joint appearance on WTTW.
Senger is calling for the Congressman to face off at more public accessible settings, as well.
“I am happy to see that Congressman Foster has finally come around to having a discussion about the issues we face here in Illinois and as a nation, but the citizens of the 11th District deserve more than a closed room interview with reporters,” said Senger. “The Citizens of the 11th District deserve the right to sit face to face with both Congressman Foster and myself as we discuss the real issues facing them and ask any questions they may have.”
By John F. Di Leo -
In the case of Kolbe et. al. versus O’Malley, a class of various American individuals, businesses, and associations rightly challenged Maryland’s outrageous 2013 law banning honest, law-abiding citizens from possessing – not just public carrying, but possessing – several classes of firearms, such as the AR-15, and weapons – even pistols! – that hold more than ten rounds.
The Federal District Judge hearing the case, a Clinton appointee named Catherine C. Blake, disregarded both legal precedent and two hundred years of scholarship, in holding, outrageously, that this blatantly unconstitutional state law was constitutional.
Judge Blake declared that AR-15s and similar weapons “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms,” and therefore can be prohibited if a government wants to do so.
President Barack Obama is no friend of press freedom, says a New York Times reporter who may be sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. Reporter James Risen told his own paper in a profile about his plight published Saturday, “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. “They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” Risen’s troubles stem from the 2006 publication of his book “State of War,” which included classified information about a failed CIA plot against Iran’s nuclear program.
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