CHICAGO - A Chicagoan made a video - and a statement - when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the streets in the president’s hometown to highlight Obama's handling of the Ebola threat.
CHICAGO - A Chicagoan made a video - and a statement - when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the streets in the president’s hometown to highlight Obama's handling of the Ebola threat.
By Laurie Higgins -
In lengthy discussions on Illinois Review over the past few weeks on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of voting for “moderate” Republicans, I have been surprised to learn of the intensity of hostility that “moderate” Republicans feel for conservatives. They call conservatives “crazy loons,” “whack jobs,” “insane,” “fringe,” “hysterical,” and “homophobic hatemongers.” Yes, they sound remarkably like liberal Democrats.
For those who are tuning in late, I have suggested that the time has come for conservatives to make their votes count by voting for Pat Quinn in the gubernatorial race. I’m proposing this not because I support Quinn’s policies, but because the Republican Party is rapidly abandoning what are dismissively called the “social issues.”
“Moderate” Republicans have deceived gullible, compliant conservatives for years, urging them to call a “truce” (or more accurately, a surrender) on the social issues until our state and federal fiscal house is in order. What “moderate” Republicans didn’t tell their gullible, compliant water-carriers is that they have no intention of ending the truce, because in reality they hold in contempt conservative views on life, marriage, and religious liberty. What many “moderate” Republicans (henceforth referred to as “immoderates”) do care about are conservative votes and money.
But they won’t care about those for long.
NAPERVILLE, IL - Tuesday, voters across Illinois will be faced with 131 referenda that calls for new taxes, tax hikes or municipal debt increases. As part of its ongoing mission of promoting economic freedom in the Land of Lincoln, Americans for Prosperity – Illinois re-activated their “Local Anti-Tax Initiative.”
For the fourth consecutive election cycle, AFP-IL is warning taxpayers in communities where such referenda are proposed, using both grassroots activity and paid communications including mail and automated phone calls.
Of the 131 tax-related referenda across the state, AFP-IL focused on 40 via the Local Anti-Tax Initiative. In some cases, particular referenda were targeted because local activists proactively engaged the chapter on their referenda and in other cases a question was chosen because it appeared particularly harmful to economic well-being of local residents:
DIXON - In a press release today, the Illinois Conservatives Facebook page announced they are recommending that Illinois conservatives vote for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in Tuesday's election.
The announcement caused division within the Facebook page's leadership. Two board members - downstate businessman Brian Milleville and attorney Sharee Langenstein - resigned after the board voted by 70 percent to endorse Rauner.
Citing concerns over Rauner's positions on the Second Amendment, life, and marriage, Langenstein told Illinois Review, "If individuals make the choice to vote for Rauner that's one thing, but a group that claims to espouse conservative principles should not endorse or recommend a candidate who is not fully conservative. Illinois Conservatives Facebook group now has a reputation for not being conservative at all."
Remaining board members include the group's founder Zach Oltmann of Dixon, Vice President Demetri Broches, Sherry Helmuth, John Poshepny, Joe Kaiser, Andrew Englund, Lennie Jarrat, and Andrew Spitzer. The group has been "liked" by 3,254 members.
The group's press release explained their reasons for recommending Rauner:
By Willard Helander -
With voting by mail open to all voters, Illinois permits any campaign to create their version of an “official request” for a ballot by mail. The newest change to election laws is virtual, real-time tracking legislatively attached to every voter who asks for a ballot by mail.
When the forms are turned in to elections officials, Illinois law requires this information be pulled to a statewide Intranet site where all political groups can see. When ballots are mailed to the signer, the political eyes are watching. When the ballot is not voted nor returned for a few days, the political eyes are still watching. And knocking and calling again.
Beginning in June, door-to-door “vote by mail shoppers” have gathered thousands of signatures on forms. Even when voters explain they want to vote in person, voters indicate they were urged to sign the form “to make sure their vote counts.” Sounds so helpful, doesn’t it?
People apparently will sign anything to get a door knocker to go away.
By John F. Di Leo -
Of all the issues in the news – the destruction caused by Obamacare, six years of record joblessness, the body counts of inner city street crime – no other issue encapsulates every aspect of this election like the Ebola epidemic.
And don’t say it’s not an epidemic, because it most certainly is… just not here, not yet. Ebola is an epidemic in Africa, and it could be one here. One of the many jobs that our government has is ensuring that this awful contagious disease, fatal to somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of those stricken by it, doesn’t spread to the United States.
Beginning With What We Know:
What do we know about Ebola? It’s a virus, which means that it is contagious. It’s harder to catch than many viruses, and easier to catch than many others, so it’s a medium contagion risk, as viruses go. But it’s an incredibly dangerous one, with a fatality rate of over fifty percent. Balancing the likelihood of contagion with the likely prognosis of the infected, this must be recognized as a horrendously dangerous disease.
There are only three ways to deal with such illnesses: find a vaccine to prevent it, find a cure to survive it, or quarantine those infected so that it doesn’t spread. With an illness this severe, we simply must use quarantine for the time being, until vaccines and cures are both proven successful and mass-produced in enough quantity to deal with a greater outbreak.
BY Mark Weyermuller -
I declared Jim Oberweis the winner of the debate an hour before it started. Of course, I'm an Oberweis supporter so I'm somewhat biased. Last night the City Club of Chicago and WTTW Channel 11 hosted the debate for the United States Senate Race here in Illinois. It was democrat Dick Durbin vs Republican Jim Oberweis. In all fairness, the Democrats I spoke to all declared Durbin the winner.
It was held on the Campus of Northeastern University at the studios of WTTW with about 60 people in the studio audience. Phil Ponce was the host and moderator in what was billed as a discussion rather then a debate. The attendees were treated to gourmet mini-sandwiches and open bar 90 minutes prior to the live broadcast. There was some expensive bourbon at the bar but I cannot confirm or deny that.
CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and state Senator Jim Oberweis discussed issues Wednesday night on public broadcaster WTTW's Chicago Tonight.
Among the many topics discussed with show host Phil Ponce, Durbin opposed a travel ban for those coming to the U.S. from ebola-infected countries, Oberweis supported a ban. Durbin and Oberweis agreed competition should be a part of America's space program. The discussed National Football League's domestic violence controversy, and Durbin used the opportunity to blast the NFL's tax exemption.
The Republican National Committee encourages voters to "get rid of Obamacare" by voting Republican and warns what could happen if one doesn't vote in the November 4th election:
A trend seen by prolife activists that frequently engage college students on campuses nationwide is the growing acceptance of post-birth abortion, or killing the infant after he or she is born, campus prolife outreach leaders tell The College Fix.
Anecdotal evidence by leaders of prolife groups such as Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust said in interviews that not only do they see more college students willing to say they support post-birth abortion, but some students even suggest children up to 4 or 5-years-old can also be killed, because they are not yet “self aware.”
“We encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit,” said Mark Harrington, director of Created Equal. “While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”
Campuses where the high school, college students, local activists and staff members of Created Equal have encountered this opinion include Purdue, University of Minnesota, and University of Central Florida. And at Ohio State earlier this year, the group captured a debate on video between one of its members and an older woman on campus who defended infanticide.
“This is the whole problem with devaluing human life at any stage—it will naturally grow to include other groups of humans; in this case, born humans as well as preborn humans,” Harrington said. “[I] talked with one young man at the University of Minnesota who thought it was alright to kill children if they were under the age of 5 years old, as he did not consider them persons until that age.”
By Ulysses Arn -
ROCK ISLAND - Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney told KWQC TV that people raising the issue of voting machines in her county repeatedly switching votes for Republican candidates to Democrat votes is "voter suppression". The clerk said they're addressing the issue.
MOLINE, IL - Up until now, stories of Illinois voting machines switching votes in have been anecdotal and blamed on voter error or calibration issues.
There is now a video of it actually happening.
A man in Moline used his phone to document how his vote for a Republican registered as a vote for the Democrat. The man wanted to vote for Republican Neil Anderson for Illinois State Senate, but when he touched Anderson’s name the vote registered for Democrat Mike Jacobs.
It wasn’t a one-time “error,” the same thing happened when he tried to vote for GOP congressional candidate Bobby Schilling. When he touched Schilling’s name, the vote registered for his Democratic opponent, Rep. Cheri Bustos.
WISCONSIN - What kind of a president jokes about voter fraud in Chicago? A president who comes from Chicago - a city considered one of the most corrupt, Democrat-dominated places in history.
At a campaign stop in Wisconsin to stump for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, Obama said:
“Because early voting runs through this Friday, you don’t have to wait until election day,” he said. “You can vote all week! ...I mean you can only vote once,” he added. “This isn’t Chicago now.”
H/T: BizPac Review
WASHINGTON DC - According to Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller, the radical, pro-amnesty National Council of La Raza is promoting a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID -- including here in Illinois.
“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”
So who ended up using the Post’s helpful graphic?
The Chicago chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice tweeted Blake’s article with the message, “Reminder — #Illinois does NOT require #voterID to cast a ballot,” along with the pro-Democrat hashtag #TurnOutForWhat.
The tweet was helpfully retweeted by the National Council of La Raza.
CHICAGO - On Oct. 20, Personal PAC, Illinois' pro-abortion political action committee, hosted its 21st Annual Awards Luncheon in Chicago.
The event was keynoted by former CIA officer Valerie Plame who told the Windy City Times that she believes "the issue of our time is going to be women's economic and educational freedom."
"This [abortion] is an issue I believe in passionately, and I love Personal Pac's focus on state and local candidates and that's where real change is effected at those levels."
Personal PAC celebrated its 25th anniversary with the idea of "The personal is political. The political is personal."
Gov. Pat Quinn (D) also spoke. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D), Ald. Tom Tunney (D) and state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D) were in attendance.
Terry Cosgrove, President & CEO of Personal PAC focused his remarks on the upcoming election and Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner, who is also ardently pro-abortion. He specifically spoke about Personal PAC's opposition to the state's parental notification law, which requires parents of minors to be notified before their child can have an abortion.
"Mr. Rauner likes to say he has 'no social agenda,' but his actions and statements around reproductive rights, as is the case with marriage equality, tell an entirely different story," Cosgrove to the Windy City Times. "Bruce Rauner has a social agenda and it is a very frightening agenda. The mission of Personal PAC is to elect pro-choice leaders and candidates who understand that the definition of 'pro-choice' is that every woman in Illinois should have the exact same access to reproductive health care regardless of age, income or geography."
State Treasurer candidate Tom Cross was the only statewide Republican endorsed by Personal PAC.
NASHVILLE, IL - According to Ron Deedrick, the Campaign Manager for southern Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, the dark money group 'Campaign for 2016' has broken the Illinois Campaign Finance laws for the second time since they began their campaign of personal attacks against Karmeier.
"'Campaign for 2016' is breaking Illinois campaign finance laws. On a disclosure filed late on Oct. 27th the 'Campaign for 2016' shows two disbursements to the county Democratic organizations in Franklin and Williamson Counties in southern Illinois," Deedrick said. "These laws aren't set up to allow shadow organizations of out-of-state lawyers to steal Supreme Court seats.
Recent additions to the Illinois Campaign Finance laws prohibit independent groups like Campaign for 2016 from funneling money into local political party organizations. (Illinois Statute 10 ILCS 5/9-8.5c).
The Illinoisans for Karmeier Campaign filed a formal complaint ( HERE) with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Oct. 29 seeking immediate relief from the campaign violations by the group, which has collected nearly $2 million to financial the personal attack efforts against Justice Karmeier.
"This isn't the first time 'Campaign for 2016' has broken the law. Since they began their attacks 10 days ago, they've violated a number of provisions of the current finance laws," Deedrick said. "The opposition says it's their goal to educated the public about the Justice's record, but it is apparent that what they are really about is doing anything they can to intimidate the courts and buy this southern Illinois Supreme Court seat."
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) made an official visit last week to the United States Air Force Academy to conduct oversight of efforts to train next-generation commissioned officers and visit with cadets from his district. Schock was guided on a tour of campus facilities by some of the academy cadets he has nominated during his nearly six years serving in the United States Congress. As part of his oversight efforts, Schock joined classroom laboratories and participated in various training exercises with cadets, including simulated ejection from combat aircraft in a war zone.
“It is clear that the United States Air Force Academy places value on the character of these cadets as well as their classroom instruction and combat training. It is inspiring to see these active men and women motivated to lead in service to our nation. The 18th District of Illinois and I are proud to be represented by these outstanding cadets and thankful for their service and sacrifice,” Schock said of his visit.
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By Irene Starkehaus -
Kaci Hickox is a nurse with degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Johns Hopkins University. She spent time in West Africa helping and caring for Ebola patients while working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. When she returned to the U.S. last Friday, she was forced into quarantine at a New Jersey hospital. She has tested negative for Ebola and has exhibited no symptoms, but she was placed in confinement anyway because Ebola has a 21 day incubation period.
Hickox is now examining possible litigation against the State of New Jersey for having infringed upon her civil liberties because she was detained against her will. Her lawyer…let me rephrase that…one of her multiple lawyers summed up Hickox's position in this way:
"She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it."
Doctors Without Borders…for a little background on Médecins Sans Frontières, fifty years ago, a group of French physicians were employed by what is now known as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Crescent Societies and broke away to form an independent movement with its mission to provide timely emergency medical relief free of the administrative and legal restrictions imposed upon the ICRC .
SPRINGFIELD - "Libertarian Chad Grimm knows that it takes real conservative principles to make Illinois soar," says a new political action committee called "Liberty for Illinois."
The group filed paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections October 22, and a week later, a mailer attributed to them hit downstate Illinois voters mailboxes promoting Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm for governor. The only name on the ISBE paperwork is of a forklift operator named Michael Bonivel of Chicago.
While Odom made it clear to the Fioretti backer that his residence is Virginia and not Chicago, the man was determined to get Odom's signature -- even though it would be illegal.
WOODSTOCK, IL - Republican Steve Reick, who’s running against Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), thinks the long-time state legislator can be beat.
Given the Republican year it's shaping up to be, he may be right. He's trying Franks to Mike Madigan in television ads with the theme: "If you wouldn't vote for Mike Madigan, then don't vote for Jack Franks."
Second ad below:
WASHINGTON DC – The Congressional Leadership Fund today released an ad “All In” in Illinois’ 12th congressional district race. The ad will air on St. Louis broadcast TV as part of CLF’s $500,000 in independent expenditures in the IL-12 race. The “All In” ad campaign will also include a 15-second version for online advertising.
“Nancy Pelosi knows she can count on Bill Enyart’s vote even when it hurts Southern Illinois,” said Emily Davis, spokeswoman for Congressional Leadership Fund. “Bill Enyart’s hyper-partisan record may earn him Washington liberals’ campaign cash, but Southern Illinois families deserve a leader in Congress who will stand on their side.”
By Rebel Pundit -
Chicago activists Paul McKinley, Mark Carter, Joseph Watkins and Harold “Noonie” Ward recently went on the record with RebelPundit to deliver a message to black communities across the country.
More at Rebel Pundit
CHICAGO - Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor released a new television advertisement this morning featuring Bruce and Diana discussing why he is running for governor.
SUGAR GROVE, IL - Jim Oberweis, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, took aim at Dick Durbin today blaming him for his role in Obamacare. According to the Oberweis campaign, Obamacare premium hikes are on the way, but not until after the election.
Those planning to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges won’t be able to do so on the website until Nov. 15. Last year the enrollment date was Oct. 1.
“Dick Durbin has set another time bomb for American consumers that will conveniently go off right after the election,” said Oberweis. “They are hiding the premium increases for obvious political reasons.”
Last year a study from the Brookings Institute said premiums increased 24.4% nationwide. Oberweis estimated that a similar increase looms for most Illinois health care consumers.
Oberweis was joined at a downtown Chicago press conference by supporter and former primary opponent Doug Truax, a health care expert and President and Managing Partner of Oak Brook-based Veritas Risk Services. Truax is advising Oberweis on health care issues.
“Dick Durbin has been downright deceptive about Obamacare from the start,” Oberweis added. “He repeatedly said when Obamacare was being considered it would allow you to keep your health care plan and doctor, I guarantee it. Then he went on national TV and deceived the American people again about enrollment numbers, earning four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. Nothing Dick Durbin says about Obamacare should be believed.”
CHICAGO - Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia said Monday he will challenge Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the "non-partisan" February election. In announcing his plans, Garcia said the city is "not headed in the right direction."
Garcia joins Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti in challenging Emanuel.
Emanuel dismissed Garcia, saying he's not concerned about the Commissioner's potential impact on the mayoral race.
CHICAGO - Government officials are coming to Chicago to discuss major agricultural trade issues between the United States and The People's Republic of China.
The 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade will be hosted Dec. 16-18 by Obama's Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who is a Chicago business executive and longtime friend of President Barack Obama.
By John Kirkwood -
The Western world reacts in horror when some Third World Imam puts out a fatwa on a cartoonist or an author for merely challenging a point of Islam. We ask the “moderate” Muslim, why have you swallowed your tongue? Why aren’t you decrying this barbarism?
But when a lesbian mayor tries to enforce lavender Sharia against a group of Houston pastors for the crime of being Christian, where is the cry from the “homosexual community”? Pastors in Houston organize to stop a city ordinance that allows men to go into women’s bathrooms which was prompted by the LGBTQ agenda of Houston’s lesbian Mayor, Annisse Parker, then she subpoena’s the pastors’ sermons, emails, and all communication that they may have shared regarding the ordinance or even of the mayor herself. And where is the outcry from the homosexual community?
EAST PEORIA, IL - The highest-ranking African-American in Congress is scheduled to speak at an NAACP banquet in East Peoria.
Clyburn is assistant Democratic leader, the third-highest Democratic position in the House behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. He served as the House majority whip from 2007-2011.
Clyburn has spent a career in government. He was first elected to the House in 1993 and is up for re-election on Nov. 4.
By Nancy Mathieson -
So, maybe you live in a city like Dixon, Illinois, population 16,000 where everyone knows everyone, people are polite, work hard, and they don’t ask their neighbors too many questions.
In 2012, the mayor, everyone else in the city, and the national media discovered that Rita Crundwell, the city’s Treasurer and Controller had embezzled $53.7 million from the city over the past 20 years. How could the treasurer of an Illinois town with an annual budget of $6 million to $8 million steal over $50 million in two decades? Here is the toolkit for municipal fraud, as described by attorney Devon C. Bruce, who litigated the Dixon civil case and obtained the largest municipal settlement of its kind, $47 million.
How could this much money be stolen from a city?
Dixon’s mayor and five commissioners were part-time city employees, holding other full-time jobs in town. Dixon had three full-time city employees, including Crundwell whose salary was $80,000 a year. Dixon had no accountants on staff.
MURPHYSBORO - "Make no mistake, the Obama-Enyart agenda is devastating families and bankrupting Southern Illinois," says a new ad put out by GOP challenger Mike Bost in the downstate 12th CD. That somber tone may be what's causing Congressman Bill Enyart's hopes of re-election to fade, Politico writes today.
“There’s no question it’s a tough climate for Democrats right now but it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise,” said Emily Bittner, a DCCC spokeswoman told Politico. “Heading into the final week of the election every single Democratic incumbent is still competitive, which is drastically different from the situation in 2010.”
WASHINGTON DC - Conservative Richard Viguerie's "Fed Up PAC" released a new ad Tuesday, pointing to the issues they see as leading the national debate during the days leading up to November 4th. Democrats and Republicans are in an intense race for control of the U.S. Senate, and political pundits are referring to this election as the "Chaos Election."
With anxiety about ISIS, ebola and crime in America, Fed Up PAC asks "Who will keep us safe?" when contemplating which party is to be trusted to lead in Washington.
The issues at stake in this non-presidential election year, Fed Up PAC says, are: immigration, abuse of power and national security.
The expansion announcement means Amazon.com will begin collecting sales taxes during Illinois purchases, and the state's current honor system of remitting sales taxes will be defunct.
Company and state officials are to announce Tuesday plans for new facilities in the Chicagoland region.
CHICAGO - The Illinois Republican Party sent out a mailer last week warning their voters that Libertarian Party's Chad Grimm was being used to steal the election from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. This week another round of warnings filled hard R mailboxes.
The flip side of the mailer condemns Chad Grimm's views on social issues and topics the ILGOP has avoided discussing, stating that Grimm opposes term limits, supports gay marriage, his "party supports" abortion on demand and he supports legalizing heroin. According to a recent media interview, Grimm is personally pro-life.
ROCKFORD - Monday afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Rockford to stump for Democrats Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos' re-elections.
After Quinn introduced the vice-president to members of IBEW Local #364 and locals, Biden credited Quinn and the Democrats for adding 500,000 to the Medicaid rolls.
"Because of this guy, a half a million more people have Medicaid. A half a million people. What do the Republicans do? They want to kick 21 million people off of Medicaid over the next 10 years. That's what their budget calls for,” Biden said, Rockford's WIFR reports.
After his visit to Rockford, Biden crossed the Mississippi into Iowa to campaign for Democrat Brad Bralee in Iowa's tight U.S. Senate race with Republican Joni Ernst. There, Biden blasted the tea party for blocking negotiations in D.C. As reported by the Times-Union:
By Mark Weyermuller -
This past weekend over 900 conservatives got together for the Freedom Summit at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. The two day event was sponsored WIND-560AM radio and Uline Industries. This gathering brought together conservatives, tea party members, and libertarians from across the Midwest for education, inspiration, and motivation.
The event gave attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the nation' stop defenders of freedom. Fridaynight featured the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.
Jindal gave a great speech about freedom and opportunity in America. I hear he may be running for president in 2016. After his speech, former congressman and WIND radio host Joe Walsh fired up the crowd of over 700 for the next speaker, Nationally-syndicated radio and television host, Sean Hannity. He spoke for about 30 minutes interrupted by numerous applause and standing ovations.
OKAWVILLE, IL - State Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) cut an ad defending GOP State House candidate Terri Bryant against the Madigan/Chicago-style politics being used against her.
CHICAGO – Illinois' Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk hosted a U.S. Senate Human Rights Caucus Field Hearing to discuss ISIS’s growing threats to security and human dignity in the Middle East. Witnesses included Sandra Raheem, an Iraqi Assyrian Christian asylum-seeker; Dr. Khalil Marrar, Assistant Professor at Governors State University; Reine Hanna, Director of the Assyrian National Council of Illinois; and Mar Gewargis Younan, Diocesan Bishop at the Ancient Church of the East.
“ISIS controls more money, fighters and land than al-Qaeda did on 9/11 and is committing mass atrocities against women, children, and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East,” Senator Kirk said. “Members of Chicago’s Assyrian-American community and Illinois’ Middle East expert community highlighted how these barbaric terrorists pose grave threats not just overseas, but right here in Chicago.”
During the Field Hearing, Dr. Khalil Marrar explained why ISIS may target Chicago. “Where they really want to hit is what they call high value targets or significant value targets,” Marrar said. “Chicago, Illinois, is not just a major financial hub and a transportation hub,” he added, but also “a soft target” and “the hometown of President Obama.” This summer, a pro-ISIS Twitter user posted a photograph featuring a handwritten threat to Chicago, dated June 20th, with the city’s Old Republic Building in the background.
Months after the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the news of two American nurses becoming infected has sparked fear amongst the general U.S. population. With Ebola victims now in the United States, concerns are growing over the ability of the administration, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and hospitals to control the spread of disease.
ROCK ISLAND, IL - According to 36th District State Senate Candidate Neil Anderson, his opponent, Mike Jacobs, has been using state resources to host campaign-related events at nursing homes throughout the district.
"We should absolutely be doing what we can to promote the health and safety of our senior citizens, but I have to wonder how many nursing home visits Senator Jacobs made, and how many senior fairs he hosted in October of 2013," said Anderson.
According to Anderson, Jacobs scheduled three "Senior Resource Fairs" throughout the district during the month of October. The first, on October 9 was in Rock Falls, and the second on October 15 took place in Fulton. The third and final fair scheduled by Jacobs is set to take place October 28 in Rock Island, just a week before Election Day.