CLEVELAND - Conservatives are happy with the social aspects of the Republican National Convention's 2016 Platform.
The conservative Liberty Counsel issued the following statement today:
This platform includes a strong affirmation of life, marriage, and religious liberty. The platform calls for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the repeal of ObamaCare. It calls for the repeal of the 1954 Johnson amendment that seeks to prevent churches and pastors from endorsing candidates. The platform rejects the LGBT agenda and calls for action against activist judges," said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel's Founder and Chairman. Paul Singer's attempt to push same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda was soundly defeated, said Staver.
The 2016 GOP platform is clearly pro-life:
The Fifth Amendment
Protecting Human Life The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.
We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.
CLEVELAND - Tuesday night's program at Quicken Loan Center in Cleveland will feature House Speaker Paul Ryan and former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.
CLEVELAND - Is Jack Ryan's former campaign manager in trouble again? Well if one's head is being called for on a stake, that's usually means trouble's on the way.
Tuesday morning from Cleveland, Chicago Tribune's columnist John Kass called for a pretty bloody scenario as the response to Melania Trump's speech having 26 of 28 words in a paragraph identical to Michelle Obama's speech in 2008. (And those words have been traced back to Saul Alinsky.)
Someone's head needs to fall, Kass says.
The smart thing to do would be to present the metaphoric head of Melania Trump's speechwriter to the media. Make it a "Game of Thrones" moment.
Just put it on a spike outside the Republican convention hall, let CNN and others jeer at the gaping face and sightless eyes, and leave it to the crows.
That someone would likely be the newly-hired Trump campaign's communications director, Jason Miller, who managed Jack Ryan's failed campaign twelve years ago. You know - the race where Alan Keyes came in and then lost to Barack Obama?
Jason Miller's name is attached to the statement that came out late Monday night after the controversy erupted when the Clinton campaign pointed out the speech similarities.
WHEATON - Times are tough for Obamacare, and they’re even tougher for Illinois families.
Last week, the state announced the imminent closure of Land of Lincoln Health, a taxpayer-funded co-op created under Obamacare as an alternative to traditional health insurance providers. Land of Lincoln becomes the 16th co-op to collapse, leaving only seven of the original 23 still operating across the country. This co-op’s failure alone leaves American taxpayers holding the bag for over $160 million and 49,000 Illinoisans without healthcare coverage.
U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight, is announcing his support for a proposal by Rep. Adrian Smith to provide an exemption from the individual mandate for the remainder of the calendar year for those who lose coverage because their co-op becomes insolvent.
CLEVELAND - Illinois' at large delegate from the 9th CD Marc Levine was interviewed by CBS News Monday night about the Rules uproar on the Republican National Committee Convention floor. (Updated)
"He got more votes than any Republican candidate in history in the primaries," Levine said about Trump and the Rule flak. "The Republican voters want him, so that's it. Let's not screw around with rules and things like that. He's our nominee."
CLEVELAND - No, Governor Rauner isn't in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, but the people that take credit for getting him into the Governor's Mansion are there now, leading Indiana Governor Mike Pence's bid for vice-president.
Nick Ayers, who worked with twin brothers Mike and Chris Schrimpf on the 2014 Rauner campaign, was heading up Pence's re-election campaign, and now he's moved with Pence onto the national campaign level. Before the Rauner campaign, Ayers directed the Republican Governor's Association and Governor Tim Pawlenty's short-lived 2012 presidential bid.
Back in June 1987, Sen. Joe Biden announced he would be a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988. The only problem was that his speech was lifted almost word for word from a personal biographical speech made earlier by British Labor Leader Neil Kinnock. So Biden made it sound as if Kinnock's life story was Biden's life story.
Last night the Trump staff blundered again by giving a speech to Melania Trump that was almost a word for word copy of a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Are these staffers too dense to realize that all these speeches are on video tape? Click Here to compare for yourself.
CLEVELAND - Illinois' Republican National Convention delegates were not a part of the ten states that submitted petitions for a roll call vote on the Rules Committee's report - an effort that they hoped would allow delegates to vote their consciences rather than as the voters selected in their states' primaries and caucuses.
The states that submitted petitions according to various sources were Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, North Dakota, Alaska, Virginia, Utah, Maine, Wyoming and non-state Washington D.C.
To view C-SPAN's take on the movement visit HERE.
UPDATE X1: The RNC released the following points after the convention uproar Monday afternoon:
CLEVELAND - Ohio Governor John Kasich will not be attending the RNC Convention being held in his state, but he did visit with Illinois delegates at a nearby hotel Monday afternoon. According to ABC's Ben Bradley, Kasich did not voice support for Trump, nor did he encourage delegates to support the presumed nominee.
By John F. Di Leo -
Thoughts on a divided convention
We learned a few interesting things in the weekend before the 2016 Republican National Convention… two particularly important things that had been suspected, but only now are proven.
1: In the Rules committee meetings, we learned that the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee leadership – commonly known as “the GOP Establishment” – are now happy warriors together, working hand-in-glove to manage a rubber-stamp convention.
2: In the preparations for the Rules committee meetings, we learned that the Trump campaign’s own internal whipping of the delegates indicates that they have fewer than 900 delegates who can stand Donald Trump. The suspicions of the #NeverTrump movement – that the vast majority of Republicans, and even the vast majority of the delegates, can stand him – are proven correct.
What does this mean to us, as we face the week in Cleveland?
CLEVELAND – The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) begins today in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the next four days, the Convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
The Convention theme for Monday, July 18 is “Make America Safe Again.”
More than two dozen speakers will highlight the Republican Party’s commitment to protect our country and our citizens by strengthening our military, securing our borders, defeating terrorism, and supporting the people who safeguard our communities.
Headline speakers include Melania Trump, Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Jason Beardsley, and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana).
Delegates and the international audience following the RNC online will also hear from American heroes such as former U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and advocates for the reform of our nation’s broken immigration system. A list of today’s program speakers and their backgrounds follows.
The speakers below are part of the prime-time program, which will follow Monday afternoon’s Convention Business Session.
ORLANDO - Soon after 49 people were shot and killed and 54 shot and wounded at an Orlando gay club last month, top U.S officials such as the FBI director and U.S. attorney general described it as both a hate crime and an act of Islamic terrorism.
But largely unreported FBI findings now show that the massacre likely had nothing to do with the club clientele being gay.
“While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community, the investigation hasn’t revealed that he targeted Pulse because it was a gay club,” the Washington Post reports a U.S. law enforcement official said last week.
CHICAGO - The Nation of Islam based in Chicago was in the news this past weekend when the man that assassinated three Baton Rouge policemen Sunday morning was found to have self-identified as a former member.
How radical are the teachings of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of Chicago's Nation of Islam?
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week the House of Representatives passed 245 to 182 the Conscience Protection Act that protects health care providers and professionals, entities and health insurance plans from government discrimination if they decline to participate in abortions. The bill's chief sponsor was Tennessee Rep. Diane Black. It was drafted by Louisiana Rep. John Fleming in response to a recent California mandate that requires all insurance companies in the state to cover elective abortions.
The Conscience Protection Act would bar state and local governments from penalizing the objectors by making it clear they have a "right of conscience" without violating their sincerely held beliefs. Currently, if a health care provider, including insurance plans, refuses to provide abortions, the only recourse is to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. The Conscience Protection Act provides a right of action for victims of discrimination.
“Americans are facing a secular assault on their values and religious liberties and the government wants to force them to participate in human genocide,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “I applaud the House for its role in stopping this assault on human life, religious liberty and conscience and I pray that the Senate will quickly do the same,” said Staver.
To mark the first year since US Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, the Christian Legal Society of Northern Illinois held a panel with four distinguished legal scholars to give their analysis on this past year’s events and their opinions on future directions.
The panel comprised of the Honorable Judge Thomas Donnelly of the Cook County Circuit Court, Professor Judith Schwartz Sherwin of Loyola University Law School (video currently unavailable), Professor John Breen of Loyola University Law School, and Michael J. Lotus of The Howard Law Firm (video currently unavailable). View videos below.
By Laurie Higgins -
Recently, ABC 7 Eyewitness News anchor Terrell Brown interviewed Shari Runner, the president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League on the problems of black-on-black violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. Her predictable responses sound like she just returned from a White Privilege Conference and illuminate why “progressives” exacerbate rather than ameliorate inner city violence.
Brown: “Gun violence is still a big problem in the city, and it’s often gang-on-gang and it’s black- on-black crime….What do you do to stop it?”
CHICAGO - Up through this past weekend, in July 2016 alone, 30 persons were shot and killed in violence-ridden Chicago, 216 wounded, making a total of 246 shot. In the second week of July, 10 were shot and killed and 68 shot and wounded.
Thus far in 2016, 329 Chicagoans were shot and killed, 1888 shot and wounded and 2217 total shot.
The figures are breath-taking, but who are the victims and assailants, and how many have been arrested? Over 80 percent of the killings have yet to have a suspect charged - giving an impression to the killers that they are getting away with murder.
And if those numbers aren't stunning enough, the HeyJackass- Chicago website reports that over 77 percent of the victims in Chicago have been black.
What do Illinois Review readers like to read, share and want more of? We want you to know our readers' opinions matter. Your informed comments add to discussions and help us all to know that there are lots of like-minded conservatives in Illinois.
So what did you like best during the second week of July 2016?
Illinois Review readers' favorites this week centered around former IL GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady and his scathing comments about Donald Trump, followed by RNC Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte's response to Brady and Senator Mark Kirk's revelation of who he intends to vote for in November:
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CLEVELAND - As Republicans gather from around the nation in Cleveland next week, there will be signs of the times around the city sending messages about issues they'll be contemplating while nominating their 2016 presidential candidate.
In the skies above, the pro-life group CreatedEqual.org will have an airplane pulling around a sign urging the delegates to support life and end funding for Planned Parenthood.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was a 31-year-old citizen of Nice, France, who was born in Tunisia. He broke Islamic law routinely and beat his wife. And yet he told relatives that he could not understand why she left him.
When he drove his truck into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, he randomly killed 84 people including 10 children some as young as babies. Some confused writers on the Left sometimes claim they think random terror acts are morally equivalent to attacks by the west on Islamic targets in the Middle East. What they refuse to accept is that random terror attacks are by definition never moral at all when they target completely innocent civilians.
CLEVELAND - Next week, delegates will be voting to nominate the candidate the majority of Republican voters chose in their state primaries, the Rules Committee decided at the Republican National Committee meeting Thursday.
After several hours of behind-the-scenes dickering, so-called "NeverTrump" Republicans were outnumbered and their attempt to allow delegates to vote their consciences, rather than reflect their districts' preferences, failed. That one action effectively assured businessman Donald J. Trump his place as the RNC's 2016 presidential nominee.
Illinois' Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte and State Rep. John Cabello are serving on this year's Rules Committee, and DeMonte told Illinois Review she was honored to have been active in whipping the vote on the proposed "Conscience clause."
"There was a small number of us that worked on Mr. Trump's behalf on that decision, and that should be a plus overall for Illinois," she said.
DeMonte's public support for Trump puts her at odds with former IL GOP State Chairman Pat Brady, whose anti-Trump rhetoric on a local radio show interview raised hackles earlier this week.
DeMonte didn't mince words in response to Brady.
"If Mr. Brady does not intend to vote for Donald Trump or vote Republican this fall, he should leave the party," DeMonte said. "Yes, he is a former state party chairman, but he left under a cloud. It's unfortunate that media goes to the disgraced former state chairman instead of talking to current leadership such as [IL GOP State Chairman] Tim Schneider, [IL RNC Committeeman] Rich Porter or myself."
DeMonte said that if Brady was still Illinois' RNC Committeeman, he would be ejected from his position for not supporting the party's chosen nominee.
BELVIDERE - Just outside of Rockford is a Fiat Chrysler plant whose workers received good news this week.
The Belivdere Illinois plant that makes the Dodge Dart small car and the Jeep Compass and Patriot models will switch over next year to making the Jeep Cherokee.
The company plans to invest $350 million in Belvidere, Illinois, the company’s FCA US unit said in a statement Thursday. The automaker plans to increase Belvidere's workforce by about 300 people.
More news HERE
CLEVELAND - "So now do you finally accept the fact that the ‘Never Trump’ is nevermore?" Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager asked in a telephone interview with the Washington Post as he was driven back to his apartment. "Period. End of sentence."
The Republicans that worked to overturn 14 million GOP primary voters' pick failed Thursday night in Cleveland, and Manafort explained his take on what happened to the Washington Post:
First of all, the fairness of the argument was persuasive to people. Secondly, we have a machine, a political organization that we’ve been telling you about. And three, to those people who were not part of 'Never Trump,' they realized the race was over. And to try and change the rules now would destroy the party. It was a combination of people who were for Trump, people who care about the party and people who were persuaded by the moral argument as well.
By Erick Erickson -
A terrorist attack occurred in Nice, France, but you would never know it from the American media. The New York Times called it a “mass casualty event” before MSNBC called it a “truck attack,” as if a truck, on its own, attacked people. Perhaps it was named Carrie.
This is a peculiar trend in the American media. If a white guy in the United States shoots up any place other than the Family Research Center, the American media quickly pounces and calls it a terrorist attack. But if an Islamic radical does it, it is a mass shooting or work place violence.
By Nancy Thorner -
Cedric C. Keith’s “The Dying Fish: A Sojourn to the Source,” is a retelling of Keith’s 4,000-mile walk through the eastern wilderness prompted by his desire to save the Eastern Brook Trout. Keith's book was self-published in 2016. Born from an early childhood fascination with the Eastern Brook Trout, Keith’s journey would lead him to roads often left untraveled and tinged with rugged American spirit. His close witness to the resiliency of the environment would encourage Keith’s hope in regards to the recovery of the environment following centuries of human development.
By Mark Weyermuller -
This week the Office of Emergency Management along with the Chicago Police and Fire Departments held a series of mock drills at Wrigley Field. The drills involved three different scenarios including an a armed gunman running past the metal detectors creating havoc. Another scenario involved gas masks and a chemical attack.
SPRINGFIELD - Thursday, Governor Rauner's Office of Management and Budget Director Tim Nuding and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs Mitch Holzrichter released to the media a copy of a letter sent to all Republican members of the Illinois House and Senate.
The notice, entitled "Fiscal Year 2016 in Review – Holding Strong for Taxpayers," read as follows:
Illinois state government has been overspending and overpromising for years. Rather than confront the State’s deteriorating fiscal condition, prior governors and General Assemblies, controlled by Democrat supermajorities, just kicked the can farther down the road. They bandaged over our fiscal problems with unbalanced budgets, borrowed funds, and tax increases, resulting in record backlogs of unpaid bills and more than $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.
But during the last fiscal year, Governor Rauner and Republicans in the legislature changed the dynamic in Springfield by placing a renewed emphasis on the taxpayer as a key stakeholder in state government. From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, Governor Rauner and Republicans in the legislature:
CLEVELAND - No Republican politicians from Illinois are scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, according to a lit released by Jeff Larson, CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The convention’s theme, “Make America Great Again,” will focus on the core themes of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign: national security, immigration, trade and jobs.
INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump’s running mate -
UPDATE x4: Donald Trump himself confirmed Friday morning:
UPDATE x3: or maybe not - says Jason Miller, Trump's communications director:
Still, the IndyStar has confirmed that Trump will announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending aweeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans. A formal announcement is expected in Manhattan on Friday. The long-awaited decision upends the political landscape in Indiana and at least partially remakes the Trump campaign in Pence’s image.
UPDATE x1: Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk told Bloomberg Politics he was rooting for Pence to be Trump's pick - but then his staff re-confirmed that Kirk would not support Trump.
"I hope he gets the nod," said Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, a former congressman. "I love Mike. He was the leader of the conservatives and I was the leader of the moderates. And we had a mutual admiration society." (Kirk, who's up for reelection, said "we'll see" when asked if he'd reconsider backing Trump if Pence is chosen, but his spokeswoman later called to say he would not back Trump no matter who the running mate is.)
UPDATE X2: Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger met with Mike Pence before Kinzinger ran for Congress, so their relationship goes back several years. Kinzinger told WLS AM's Big John Howell he thought Pence "would be good for Trump."
It looks like he’s going to be the pick, I mean otherwise they’re really leading him on, it’s like going out on prom but he , at the end of the day, I think is going to end up being him and I think he would be good for Donald Trump,” Kinzinger said. “He brings kinda some government experience, which you have to have. There has to be government experience to run a government, so he can bring that.
But Kinzinger said he does worry that a Trump – Pence ticket doesn’t have enough foreign policy experience.
In Pence, Trump has added a social conservative who GOP strategists say will reassure rank-and-file Republicans that Trump can be trusted to pursue their interests. Veteran political observers say Pence, a former U.S. House member and chairman of the House Republican Conference, will provide a disciplined counter to Trump’s improvisational campaign style. Pence also brings fundraising power and credibility on a wide range of policy issues that are important to conservatives.
More at Indy Star
WASHINGTON - Thursday, 83-year old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for making nasty comments about presumed presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them," she said in a statement. "Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
One IR reader Tweeted a different take on Ginsburg's comment:
Another reader writes:
LAGUNA HILLS - A year ago Thursday, the Center for Medical Progress released their first explosive undercover video revealing evidence that Planned Parenthood was involved in selling aborted baby body parts for research with StemExpress.
The investigations continue, and along with a review of their undercover videos, CMP said, "
One year later, all the best evidence shows that Planned Parenthood is even more guilty than we first realized: Planned Parenthood sold baby body parts for profit, conspired with StemExpress to do so, violated HIPAA and exposed private patient medical information in the process, and coerced patient consent though fraudulent paperwork.
CMP's latest video:
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
My kingdom for an innocent distraction during this summer of escalating violence. I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood for a silly diversion.
Pikachu to the rescue! Pokémon Go is here and gamers are quickly making this the "it" game of 2016. The interest in Go continues to outpace forecasts, and I predict that this game will ultimately attract a much wider demographic than Nintendo originally envisioned.
The Starkehaus kids, like many of their friends, have been playing Pokémon since grammar school, and they have grown through the various platform metamorphoses as the game adapted and evolved. Trading cards became Gameboys. Gameboys became the DS, the DS branched out into Wii, and now if you want to train and battle your legendary Victini, then Nintendo in cooperation with Niantic has an app for that.
Nintendo's purchase of the Niantic company and their app was by all accounts pure genius. The acquisition will revolutionize the look, feel and portability of gaming forever. Nintendo's giant leap in augmented reality is going to revitalize the Pokémon franchise and bring back former Pokémon players who were starting to age out.
Those two achievements alone would be enough to make this a blockbuster game.
WASHINGTON DC - Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren (R) delivered a floor statement today in support of S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, which prevents government discrimination against doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health care entities that refuse to participate in abortion. In addition, S. 304 will allow discriminated individuals and entities to have their day in court, instead of merely filing a complaint with HHS’ Office of Civil Rights.
Rep. Hultgren prepared remarks below:
CHICAGO - Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady, told Bill Cameron on "Connected to Chicago" that Donald Trump "cannot win the election." Brady, who is a Kasich delegate to the Republican National Convention, said there's still an outside chance that Trump will not receive the nomination. Brady told Cameron that Trump's solutions are not Republican solutions and that Trump's lack of organization ensures he will lose.
Brady said neither Abe Lincoln or Ronald Reagan would attend this year's convention because of Trump, and that he's not surprised that many members of the Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation aren't attending - although they usually don't. However, Brady believes this absence of delegates may be a way to open the convention and nominate someone other than Trump.
Regarding the presumptive Democrat Party nominee, Brady told Cameron that FBI Director James Comey is "one of the most highly respected law enforcement people in the country" and that he had "no quarrel with his decision not to bring forward" an indictment of Clinton.
Brady admitted that no matter what happens, he's "certainly not voting for Donald Trump" in November; and thinks that four years of Hillary Clinton might be good in that it will allow the Republicans to get the Senate back in 2018, which he presumes the Republicans will lose this year. Brady said he "cannot stomach the idea of Donald Trump being in the White House for a minute," and that Hillary Clinton is a better alternative.
Brady's philosophy is: "If we're going to wreck it [the Republican Party], let's wreck it all the way" arguing that the GOP has to get off the social issues and back to what he describes as Ronald Reagan's themes of "national security and fiscal issues" (NOTE: Reagan ran on his now famous three-legged stool of free enterprise, strong defense, and pro-family social policies).
Full interview HERE
UPDATE x1: Tim Schneider, the current Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, responded to Brady's comments, writing:
"Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady's comments do not reflect the views or opinions of the current leadership of the Illinois Republican Party. Through the results of the March Primary, Illinois Republicans made their voices heard and believe that Donald Trump is best suited to take on Hillary Clinton and her decades of corruption, deceit, and liberal politics. The Illinois Republican Party is fully committed to supporting the Republican nominee, Donald Trump."
CHICAGO, IL – In response to the failure of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino (photo above) to answer questions amidst the ongoing federal and state investigations into his campaign spending irregularities while a member of the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) announced the filing today of House Joint Resolution 158 aimed at removing Mautino from office, a measure with over 20 co-sponsors.
“Auditor General Mautino is not able to perform his duties with the trust and confidence that Illinoisans deserve,” Rep. Kay said. “The Auditor General’s Office is a position where transparency is at the very heart of the job itself. Illinoisans deserve a clean government and Auditor General Mautino, by his refusal to respond to public questions surrounding his ethical conduct, has demonstrated that he is unfit to remain in office.”
At issue is more than $200,000 Mautino spent over 10 years on gas and vehicle repairs at a Spring Valley service station owned by a city alderman, as well as $259,000 in payments made to a local bank since 1999.
“As the Auditor General labors under the weight of state and federal investigations which could continue for a long duration of time, the citizens of Illinois and the General Assembly must have complete, unreserved confidence that the Office of Auditor General is able to operate effectively and without the hint of scandal,” Rep. Kay added.
In a letter sent last month, over 20 other House and Senate Republican lawmakers urged Mautino to take an unpaid leave of absence until federal and state investigations into irregular campaign spending while he was a state representative conclude, noting that the Auditor General has yet to provide documentation clarifying his campaign expenditures and reporting practices through his now inactive political committee. Mautino has not responded to the letter or to repeated calls to answer official legislative inquiries.
“Frank Mautino cannot effectively do his job as Auditor General while defending himself against potential criminal charges and a State Election Board investigation,” said Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), a Chief Co-Sponsor of the Kay resolution. “If he will not do the right thing on his own and step aside, we have a responsibility as the people’s elected representatives to hold him accountable.”
WASHINGTON DC - Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam (R) took the the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to speak about the first anniversary of what has is now generally agreed to be the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal.
There will, however, be a billboard advertising atheism at the Republican National Convention, and more than 30 smaller, pro-atheist signs at the Democratic convention.
Attendees arriving in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention next week will be greeted by a giant billboard with President Ronald Reagan’s image, quoting him saying, “We establish no religion in this country.” The sign was purchased by an atheist group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
What convention attendees won’t see, though, is an even larger sign with a pro-religion message that would have advertised the DVD release of God’s Not Dead 2. That’s because, after two months of back-and-forth with the movie’s distributor, the billboard company, Orange Barrel Media, may have deemed the Christian-sounding messaging needlessly provocative.
WASHINGTON DC – Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R) today announced that his amendment to prevent $4.2 million from going to the Office of Congressional Relations at the EPA was adopted late last night and will be included in H.R. 5538, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Davis offered his amendment in response to a lack of inaction by EPA and the Office of Congressional Relations. CLICK HERE to view the amendment.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group identified by the Justice Department as a Muslim Brotherhood entity and designated as terrorists by the United Arab Emirates, boasts of having 325 meetings with members of Congress or their staff over the last year.
The group says it also enjoyed $3 million worth free advertising through media appearances this year alone, resulting in 50 million views of its work.
A 2007 court filing by federal prosecutors notes how two of CAIR’s founders were wiretapped at a secret Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993, where they participated in a robust discussion of how to use deception to influence American public opinion in a direction favorable to the Islamist cause.
WASHINGTON - The Hill is reporting this morning that Hillary Clinton has lost her lead in Florida and Donald Trump now has a slim lead in the swing state of Pennsylvania while tying her in Ohio, according to polling released Wednesday.
Trump leads Clinton, 42 to 39 percent, in Florida in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. That's an 11-point swing from last month, when Clinton led, 47 to 39 percent.
Trump has also retaken the lead from Clinton in Pennsylvania, where he now leads her, 43 to 41 percent. Last month, Clinton held a slim lead, 42 to 41 percent.
In this new video, Project Veritas set its sights on top gun control advocates in Congress to see how they felt when placed in the same position as those who fall victim within Gun Free Zones. The people who died in the Orlando Pulse terror attack died within a gun free zone. Project Veritas put that same concept to the test with some of America’s most fervent advocates for gun control. Posing as “Citizens Against Senseless Violence,” Project Veritas citizen journalists went door-to-door in New York and Washington, D.C. to see which outspoken champions for Gun Control would be willing to declare their own home as a “Gun Free Zone” by placing a sign on their lawn.
WASHINGTON - "How are we going to bring the thousands of Chicago police officers with the millions of American citizens together so we can make our communities stronger? Will you come to Chicago to discuss this issue?" Congressman Luis Gutierrez asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch Tuesday in D.C.
During the hearing, Ms. Lynch was asked about her conversation with former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton's email debacle.
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner held a press conference Tuesday to announce the formation of a 25-member bi-partisan, bi-cameral commission to propose ways Illinois' education funding can be equalized and improved - a new funding formula for Fiscal Year 2018. Rev. James Meeks will facilitate the group's meetings.
Rauner pointed out three key points as to why the commission was a priority:
"This won't be easy," Governor Rauner said. "Democrats don't agree with themselves how this should be done, and Republicans don't agree among themselves either."
Still, Rauner said, he's optimistic that a new formula can be agreed upon.
CHICAGO – To show support and unity with the men and women of local law enforcement who serve and protect, Cook County Commissioner Sean M. Morrison has created the website www.LightsForBlue.com which offers assistance to the public as to how they can show their support for their local law enforcement through a public display of blue and by signing an online petition of support for rank and file police officers.
“As our nation mourns over the vicious and unconscionable attacks of our men and women in blue, we are asking everyone to pray for those who have lost their lives last week to those who would viciously ambush our first line of defense, the men and women who protect all Americans. It is a sad day for law enforcement and a sad day for America,” said Commissioner Morrison.
By Nancy Thorner & Ed Ingold -
The “Ferguson Effect” has a long reach, including Chicago and Dallas. Here in Illinois, Chicago's violence is reaching epidemic proportions. Police have been put on notice that the ACLU and DOJ are watching, while the President continues to express “disappointment” at every perceived transgression without first waiting for the facts to surface.
Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, gave rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a combination of concerned local citizens and professional agitators. Making their opinions public is of far less importance than the havoc the Movement can cause through disrupting traffic, business, and promoting confrontations with the police. In Ferguson, the police responded in force to the ensuing demonstrations, only to be ordered to stand down under pressure from the DOJ, a Democratic governor, and the mainstream media. Consequently, the “peaceful” demonstrations devolved into a violent riot accompanied by arson and widespread looting.
Although the President said nothing, he did sent Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate, of all things, the police, while the demonstrators were granted a free pass. Obama subsequently ordered the return of armored vehicles that were being used by the Ferguson police to send and retrieve police officers from dangerous areas. For according to the President, there was "too much militarization of the police."
NEW YORK - Community activist Jessica Disu from Chicago was among those discussing race relations on "The Kelly File" Monday night. She called for police to be abolished and disarmed -
"We need to come up with community solutions for transformative justice," she said. "The police in this country began as slave patrol."