Chicago, Illinois, is President Obama's hometown. It is a city where Democrats have been in charge for decades. It is a city with
some of the most restrictive gun-control laws in the country. How's that working out?
dead, 49 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings. Two men shot to death in separate West Side incidents early
Monday were part of a deadly weekend in Chicago that saw eight people killed and 49 others wounded in gun violence between
Friday evening and Monday morning [6/19/2017]. More than 240 people have been shot so far this month. And
more than 1,600 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 279 have died. Last
year, more than 700 people were shot to death in the city.
Ends CarShare In Chicago Due To 'Vandalism, Theft And Fraud'. Enterprise CarShare is shutting down new
reservations for Chicago, blaming crime in the city for the move. A shortage of available cars in Chicago and the
surrounding area has "been a direct effect of significant vandalism, theft and fraud," according to a Tuesday night email the
car-sharing service sent to members. A screenshot of Enterprise CarShare shows most of the nearest available cars as
being in a "hidden lot" about 6,096 miles away.
and Chicago are in a race to the bottom, murder-wise. The temperature is going up across most of the nation
this month, and I mean that literally as well as in the figurative arena of political combat. And when the thermometer
gets into the 90s in some of America's larger urban centers it seems to bring out the worst in people. That was certainly
the case in Chicago, where residents witnessed yet another weekend with near record numbers of shootings and murders.
leads the nation in underwater homes. More local homeowners are underwater on their mortgages than in any metro
area in the nation, according to a new report. In the first quarter, 162,613 Chicago-area homeowners owed more on their
home than the property was worth, according to data CoreLogic provided exclusively to Crain's by CoreLogic. The next
highest number of underwater loans is about half that: 85,790 in the New York area, according to CoreLogic, a property
shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend marks progress for crime-ridden city. Shootings over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago left
seven people dead and another 45 injured, a count that surprisingly marks progress for the city — and a drop in the number of
shooting victims compared to the same period last year. Monday [5/29/2017] — Memorial Day — was the most deadly day of
the long weekend, with 24 people shot, five of them fatally, the Chicago Tribune reported. But these totals are lower than 2016's tally.
Last year, there were 71 shootings over Memorial Day, according to data gathered by the Chicago Tribune. Six were fatal. This year,
there were fewer shootings than over the past three years.
arrested in raids aimed at curbing Memorial Day Weekend violence. More than two dozen people were arrested in a series of
raids aimed at stemming shootings across the city during the traditionally violent Memorial Day Weekend, Chicago Police announced
Saturday [5/27/2017]. Thirty people were taken into custody and hundreds of pounds of narcotics — often a catalyst
of violence — were confiscated by officers during the raids, which primarily occurred on the South and West sides.
math: CPS has 378K students and $9 billion in debt. Picking through details from an article on the WBEZ web
site — oh, that's the Chicago NPR affiliate, so this information does not come from a conservative outlet such as the
Wall Street Journal — I came across a couple of interesting nuggets. Chicago Public Schools wants to borrow
$900 million to survive the school year and make a massive pension payment — instead of the $400 million it was
asking for just last week. Digging deeper into that article you learn that CPS is burdened by $9 billion in
debt. Which comes out to $24,000 per student. If CPS manages to borrow the new cash that will bring the troubled
and ineffective school system's debt to nearly $10 billion. But it may not be able to — Chicago Public School's
bonds have been rated as junk for two years.
[was the] only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016. Chicago was the only city among the
nation's 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year
before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. It's the city's third consecutive year of
population loss. Chicago's population fell by 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016, to 2,704,958. The year
before, it declined by 4,934.
Teachers Pension fund paid out $1.5 billion in '16, earned $7.8 million. The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) paid out
$1.5 billion last fiscal year, mostly on benefits to retirees. But it only earned $7.8 million on its investments, according
to a filing it made with the Illinois Department of Insurance. [...] Such a scheme would be illegal in the private sector. But among
public employee pensions, especially in Chicago, its commonplace and tolerated. For now.
34 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings. Four people were killed and at least 34 others, including a
9-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night [5/19/2017] and Monday morning.
Rodney Davis' bill would end Jesse Jackson Jr. workers' comp pay. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is filing a bill on
Wednesday [5/17/2017] to ban former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., from collecting about $100,000 a year in workers'
compensation — for an unspecified job-related injury — because he was convicted of looting his campaign
fund. "We want to make sure that anybody convicted of a crime, be that Congressman Jackson or any member of Congress,
is not able to submit a claim for workers' compensation at the same time," Davis told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Got Something For You' Driver Says Before Running Over Rival: Charges. The woman who killed a romantic
rival with her Jeep this weekend reportedly yelled, "I got something for you," before ramming the victim into a Morgan Park
tree, prosecutors said Monday [5/15/2017]. The pair had been arguing on Facebook over a man who was dating the victim
and had fathered one of the driver's children, prosecutors said.
Cook County Jail officers call in sick on Mother's Day. More than 200 Cook County Jail officers called off work
Sunday — which also happens to be Mother's Day. About 32 percent of the officers assigned to work from 7 a.m.
to 3 p.m. did not go to work, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.
Flee Chicago For Safer Areas Of The Country As America's Third Largest City Becomes A Gang-Infested Wasteland. A staggering
9.5 million people live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and it was once known primarily for great pizza, bitter cold and some of the
best sports fans on the entire planet. But now the number one thing that comes to mind for many when they think about the city of
Chicago is gang violence. As it becomes clear that things are not going to turn around any time soon, thousands of residents are
leaving the city for safer areas of the nation. In fact, Cook County lost more people than any other county in America last year
by a very wide margin.
dead, 16 wounded in Chicago shootings since Friday evening. Six people were killed and at least 26 others were
wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning [5/8/2017]. The city surpassed 1,000 gunshot
victims for the year in late April, and it is nearing the 200-homicide mark, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.
Flee Chicago For Safer Areas Of The Country As America's Third Largest City Becomes A Gang-Infested Wasteland.
Of course we aren't supposed to talk about the fact that this is quietly happening in communities all over America.
This is one of the reasons why there is such a disparity in real estate prices these days. The wealthy are willing to
pay a substantial premium to live with other wealthy people in areas that are far away from all the violence. [...] Would you
want to raise your children in an area where this was going on? Thanks to decades of open borders and unrestrained
illegal immigration, gang membership has been absolutely soaring in major cities such as Chicago. Five years ago the
Chicago Crime Commission estimated that there were 150,000 gang members living in the metropolitan area, and by this point
that number is certainly far higher.
Police Warns Officers About Gangs Armed with High-powered Rifles. The Chicago Police Department warned its
officers Monday about gangs armed with high-powered weapons, after three people were shot to death over the weekend and two
cops were targeted in an ambush last week. Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said three people who were killed in
shootings Sunday were all members of the same street gang. Two of them died while attending a memorial for the earlier victim.
police shooting: 3 held for questioning after 2 officers wounded in ambush. Two Chicago police officers were
shot while inside their covert vehicle on Tuesday night [5/2/2017] when they came upon a gang street battle and the rival groups
of thugs turned their weapons on the cops. One officer was shot in the arm and the other was hit in the back with a
shotgun blast, Chicago police sources told Fox News. Both cops are expected to recover.
schools chief sentenced to 4½ years in prison. You've heard about "Deep State," the nameless yet
intractable part of the federal government that seeks to undermine political hires, such as members of the president's
cabinet, who work to undermine their bosses and the president, particularly when a Republican resides in the White House.
In Chicago there is Deep Corruption. For instance, Gary Solomon, the former co-owner of SUPES Academy and Synesis
Associates LLC, engineered the hiring of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, commonly known as B3, as the CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
scandal reveals stench of Illinois government. In Illinois, where I live, we have Deep Corruption. Last
week in my own blog I reported on Deep Corruption when former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett received a
4½ year prison sentence for wire fraud for her role in a bribery scheme with a former employer, a
contractor. Her old boss there likely engineered her hiring as the boss of CPS. In 2014 as Illinois' financial
situation was clearly dire — it has gotten worse since then — a political hiring scandal broke at the
Illinois Department of Transportation. Over 200 unqualified people were hired as "staff assistants."
Chicago approves IDs for illegal immigrants.
The Windy City has a whole host of issues to deal with these days, many of them centered around the fact that you're more likely to be murdered there than in
Fallujah on any given day. But rather than worrying about pesky little problems like that, the city council has decided to go after the really big ticket
items on the agenda. One of these is to begin creating and distributing special municipal ID cards for various "underserved" groups including illegal
immigrants. What could possibly go wrong?
What Chicago really needs.
Easter weekend was Chicago's bloodiest since New Year's, with 45 shootings, at least two of them fatal — a bad
sign heading into the warmer months. The Windy City's only consolation is that it's doing better than last year: 915
shootings so far, vs. 955 in the same period in 2016. Homicides are also down, from 171 to 166. But the numbers are
still higher than New York's, though Chicago has about one-third the Big Apple's population.
Easter: Only 34 Shot in Gun-Free Chicago! Twenty-three were shot during just a seven hour period between
Saturday night and early Sunday morning [4/16/2017], reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The lone death over the weekend
happened early Sunday morning. One man shot at two other men, one of whom succumbed to wounds on the head and neck
later at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to authorities.
you ever wonder why Chicago's crime is out of control? One important aspect of civil society is the rule of
law, enforced by police, courts, and a penal system. But what does "law and order" really mean here?
more dead in Chicago neighborhood where shootings killed 5. Two people have died in a drive-by shooting in the
same Chicago neighborhood where separate shootings several hours earlier left five people dead, including a pregnant woman,
police said Friday [3/31/2017].
dead in restaurant shooting. When the shooting stopped, two young men lay dead inside the South Shore
restaurant Thursday afternoon, another was dead outside and a fourth was found dead around the corner, slumped against a
tree. Paramedics draped a sheet over the man outside the Nadia Fish and Chicken restaurant at 75th Street and Coles
Avenue as his mother grieved. [...] The shooting may have been part of an internal gang conflict involving the Black P Stones
gang, in retaliation for the killing of a 37-year-old man in the 7900 block of South Phillips Avenue about 11:15 p.m.
Wednesday [3/29/2017], police sources said.
Crooked Chicago Public
Schools vendor gets 7 years in prison for bribery. Prosecutors asked for a nine year prison sentence. Even that would [...]
not be enough for me. Thankfully this creep wasn't a dean or a teacher at Little Marathon Pundit's high school when she was a student there.
of Chicago are running for the exits. New census data released Thursday [3/23/2017] shows [...] the Chicago area losing
more residents than any other US metropolitan area. The continuing decline coincided with other Midwestern areas, including
St. Louis and Cleveland, as the South and Southwest regions of the country saw gains.
Rahm's private emails are spilling the beans. Chicago is the ultimate expression of Democrat dominance of
politics. This may be a story that keeps on giving.
is still paying for its failed Olympics bid. The site of the now-closed Michael Reese Hospital on the South
Side was supposed to be where the athletes village for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago. But despite Barack Obama
flying out to Copenhagen to personally plea for the games to be held in his hometown, the International Olympic Committee
members chose Rio de Janiero. Meanwhile Chicago taxpayers are in a familiar situation--paying for the expensive
mistakes of the people they put in power.
of teens kidnapped and raped a girl, 15, on Facebook Live. A 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped during a
Facebook Live video after she went missing from her home has been reunited with her mother. Chicago Police said the
teenager was found on Tuesday and they are now searching for the five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting
her. About 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening on Sunday but none of them reported it to
police, according to department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
police warn CTA Red Line riders of violent robbers. Police warn CTA commuters who take the Red Line to look out
for thieves. There have been three robberies this week. During the robbery, three-to-four offenders approach the
victims outside of a CTA Red Line Station or on the train. One asks a question to distract the rider — then
the others punch the victim in the face multiple times and goes through their pockets or purse.
too lax on gun crimes, city's judicial system a 'joke,' critics say. Chicago's historic crime wave has been
blamed on gangs, guns and drugs. But now, harsh critics are taking it a step further — pointing the finger at the
city's judicial system and accusing it of being soft on criminals who keep pulling the trigger. "The Cook County court
system, largest in the country, is traditionally very, very soft on most gun charges," said Jim Warren, a policy and politics
columnist for U.S. News & World Report. Warren called Chicago's judicial system a "joke." In 2016, 762 people
were murdered in Chicago. More than 4,000 people were shot. Police recovered more than 5,000 guns from the streets.
Yet, federal prosecutors tried just 123 gun cases last year.
outgoing US Attorney blames Chicago violence on... Forget about open borders and the gangs that flood in and
engage in open warfare. Forget about the hateful rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and the White House visit that honored
those cries of hatred. And pay no attention to the ACLU and Justice Department's halting of most stop-and-frisk action
by the Chicago Police Department. Nope, the reason Chicago is so violent is... social media!
beat a murder rap on a technicality — but was killed moments after leaving a Chicago jail. For two
years, Kamari Belmont was in a Cook County jail unit reserved for Chicago's most dangerous criminals. A looming murder
charge meant the 23-year-old might never breathe free air again. Instead, a slip-up at the state's attorney's office
bounced in his favor. The murder charge was dismissed, and Belmont walked out of the jail onto California Avenue.
Minutes later, he was dead, killed in a hail of gunfire in a shooting the Chicago Tribune said had "all the appearances of a
pensions are why Chicago will be the next Detroit. I've been saying that Chicago will be the next Detroit for
years, and on Thursday [3/2/2017], syndicated talk radio show host — and former Tea Party congressman —
Joe Walsh, was making the same prediction on his program. Walsh was discussing a just-released pension study which the
Chicago Sun-Times reported on.
woman charged with murder after allegedly forcing boyfriend to drink bleach. A Chicago woman has been charged
with first-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend who police say she forced to drink bleach during a fight.
Reveals How Evil the Democrat Party Has Become. Two separate incidents concerning memorial street signs in
Chicago encapsulates perfectly how warped, truly immoral, and evil the Democrat Party in the U.S.A. has become. The
City of Chicago is one of the most dangerous cities in America, there is simply no doubt. Last year there were a
shocking 4,379 citizens shot and 716 shot and killed — and another 84 murdered by other means — in the
city run by former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. 2016 was the city's bloodiest year in 60 years. If that
wasn't bad enough, 2017 is already shaping up to be worse than last year. In the first two months of the year the
city has already seen 512 total shootings with 98 killed plus an additional 5 murdered by other means. But according
to the Chicago Sun-Times, February of 2016 ended with 187 shootings and only 43 murders.
reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods. When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a
Norfolk Southern rail yard on the South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like
toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster's jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The
guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapons maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington. The .45-caliber
Ruger revolvers and other firearms instead spread quickly into surrounding high-crime Chicago neighborhoods. Along with
two other major gun thefts within three years, the robbery helped fuel a wave of violence on Chicago's streets.
tweets Chicago 'out of control' after 7 homicides Wednesday. President Trump called Chicago's violence "totally
out of control" after a pregnant woman and six other people were shot and killed Wednesday — the city's deadliest
day of the year so far. "Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there —
totally out of control. Chicago needs help!" Trump tweeted Thursday night [2/23/2017].
tweets 'Chicago needs help' after 7 homicides in one day. Seven people were fatally shot in Chicago on Wednesday [2/22/2017],
making it the deadliest day of 2017 so far. And it was only the 21st time in the past 16 years that Chicago has seen that many
homicides in a single day, records analyzed by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
after Chicago public school plans seminar around civil rights, race. A public school in one of Chicago's
wealthiest neighborhoods stepped into unforeseen controversy last week after deciding that its annual seminar will focus on
race and civil rights. Dozens of workshops planned for Tuesday at New Trier, located in Winnetka, Ill., will cover such
topics as voter suppression, affordable housing and police brutality. Colson Whitehead, whose historical fiction "The
Underground Railroad" has won literary accolades, will speak. Administrators and many parents said the seminar is
particularly important because of the school's population. About 85 percent of the school's 4,000 students are
white with similar demographics among the teachers.
Obama aide fined $90,000 for illegally lobbying Emanuel on Uber's behalf. A former Uber senior executive who
once served as Barack Obama's campaign manager has been fined $90,000 by the Chicago Board of Ethics for illegally lobbying
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of the ride-sharing company. The board voted 5-0 to find that David Plouffe violated city
ethics rules by failing to register as a lobbyist after contacting Emanuel to help the company on regulations for picking up
travelers at Chicago's two airports. Plouffe's lobbying violation only became public after Emanuel in December released
hundreds of personal emails related to public business under the pressure of two open records lawsuits alleging the mayor
violated the state's open records law.
campaign manager, Plouffe, fined $90G for violating lobbying rules. Former-President Obama's ex-campaign
manager was fined $90,000 on Thursday for illegally lobbying Chicago's mayor on behalf of Uber. The Chicago Board of
Ethics determined that David Plouffe violated ethics rules when he failed to register as a lobbyist after contacting Mayor
Rahm Emanuel. Plouffe was trying to help the ride-hailing service with regulations for picking up travelers at Chicago
airports. The board also fined Uber $2,000 for hiring a lobbyist who violates the city's lobbying laws. An Uber
spokesman said the company regretted the mistake and would comply with the board's assessment.
Now Getting a Taste of How the Obama Years Felt for Conservatives. Voter fraud? Now you're talking Mom and apple pie to the Alinsky left.
Obama himself never bothered to win a real election in Illinois, always managing to blackmail his opponents into resigning before the vote was ever taken.
Obama learned his politics under the tutelage of Emil Jones, the godfather of the Illinois machine. There are hundreds of jokes about the dear departed voting
for Democrats in Boston, Chicago, Philly, and New York. Today we have millions of illegal voters — foreign nationals with unknown loyalties — voting
wherever paid Democrat thugs can intimidate the wrong American voters.
stamp purchases exempt from Chicago's new 7-cent bag tax. Chicago's seven-cents-a-bag tax goes into effect
today. Plastic bags were legalized just so they could be taxed. It's what Rahm Emanuel calls Chicago
Values. So if I make the mistake of driving five miles south of my home to Chicago — which already has a higher sales
tax rate than Morton Grove — to shop for groceries I'll have to pay a bag tax if accept bags — whether plastic or
paper — to lug my purchases into my car.
attorneys in Chicago torture video case complain that it's 'sad and unfortunate' that four suspects are receiving death
threats. Defense attorneys for the four suspects accused of tying up and torturing a mentally disabled man
while they live streamed it on Facebook are complaining that the foursome have received death threats. 'It is sad and
unfortunate that many have commented on these young men and women without knowing all the facts,' said Cook County Public
Defender Amy Campanelli after a hearing on Friday [1/27/2017]. 'They have been denounced in the media before anything
has been proven.'
The Editor says...
Denunciation in the news media is a long way from being falsely accused and hastily convicted (i.e., lynched). Notice also
that the defense attorney doesn't deny the accusations. It's hard to imagine how that would be possible anyway, given the
abundant video evidence of the crimes which was provided by the perpetrators themselves.
Trump right that Chicago is more dangerous than Afghanistan? In an interview with ABC News, President Donald
Trump talked about the "carnage" taking place in Chicago, declaring, "Afghanistan is not like what's happening in
Chicago. People are being shot left and right. Thousands of people over a short period of time." Is Trump
right that Chicago is more dangerous that Afghanistan? For Americans, yes. If you compare US casualties in
Afghanistan to those in Chicago, the "Windy City" has been a far more perilous place for Americans. Consider the
statistics. The total number of Americans killed in Afghanistan since 2001 under Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation
Freedom's Sentinel is 2,377. By contrast, there have been 8,229 murders in Chicago during that same time period.
wounded in shooting at vigil for homicide victim. The mourners had gathered near a street corner in Chatham on
the South Side Wednesday evening, around teddy bears, balloons, candles and a poster memorializing a woman killed near a
grade school earlier in the week. Some of them had wandered off around 8:15 p.m. when a car approached and someone
inside started firing near Saint Lawrence Avenue and 75th Street. The shooter then apparently parked, got out of the
car, walked back and opened fire again, according to preliminary information from a law enforcement source.
Trump vows federal
intervention to quell Chicago gun violence. U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to bring federal
intervention to bear in Chicago to quell the "carnage" of gun violence plaguing America's third-largest city unless local
officials can curb the murder rate on their own. Trump appeared to be seizing on a story published by the Chicago
Tribune on Monday reporting at least 228 people shot in the city so far this year, up 5.5 percent from
the same period last January, with at least 42 homicides to date, an increase of 23.5 percent.
Trump sends feds to Chicago, what would they do? [Scroll down] Two points. First, there is ample
precedent of the Justice Department getting involved in local policing. That was, in fact, a major part of the
department's mission under Barack Obama; more than 20 police departments around the country are under consent decrees reached
after Obama Justice Department action against them. So Trump can easily dismiss the concerns of Obama supporters who
protest that the federal government should not be meddling with local police. Second, there are things the Justice
Department could do that would likely help reduce the killing in Chicago. For some readers, Trump's tweet probably
conjured images of troops in the streets. But some Republicans close to law enforcement have been thinking about what
the feds might do to improve things in Chicago.
Why is Chicago so corrupt?
Earlier this month the Department of Justice released a report that excoriated the Chicago Police Department for use of
excessive force, slipshod training, and soft discipline within its ranks. The report was produced because of the
shooting in 2014 — with sixteen bullets — of an unarmed teen black Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago
cop. But the Chicago Tribune's John Kass noted a significant omission in that report: Chicago's corruption culture.
Leftists Can't Stop Violating the Constitution. Yesterday [1/18/2017], the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down yet
another series of Chicago laws that transparently and clumsily attempted to circumvent the Second Amendment and controlling legal precedent
protecting the rights of Chicago citizens to own handguns for self-defense. It's a battle that's been raging for almost a decade. [...] In
2010, [Otis] McDonald won his case. The Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment was "fully applicable" to the states and protected
the right to keep and bear arms from intrusive state and local laws. Chicago's handgun ban was thus plainly unconstitutional. But
rather than comply with the Constitution, Chicago went back to the drawing board, this time constructing a new, indirect ban. As
summarized by the Seventh Circuit, the city allowed residents to possess a handgun if they had a lawful permit, required range training
as a prerequisite to getting a permit, and then banned firing ranges from operating in the city.
Evidence Not Required". The most important statement in the Justice Department's [...] report on the Chicago
Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior. Released on Friday [1/13/2017], the report found the Chicago
police guilty of a "pattern or practice" of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no
standard for what constitutes a "pattern or practice" (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional
police conduct. "Statistical evidence is not required" for a "pattern or practice" finding, the DOJ lawyers announce,
citing unrelated court precedent. Nor is there "a specific number of incidents" required to constitute a "pattern or
practice," they proclaim.
CTA lands $1.1 billion
goodbye grant from Obama. City Hall has received the parting gift it wanted from the Obama administration: just
under $1.1 billion in federal grants to rebuild a key stretch of the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line north. The
city and U.S. Department of Transportation officials are scheduled to sign a contract tomorrow known as a full-funding grant
agreement, committing the DOT's Federal Transit Agency to provide $957 million in "core capacity" funds and another
$125 million in anti-congestion money for the CTA's Phase One Red/Purple Modernization project.
in Chicago blame Obama for failing to stop the surge of gun violence. President Barack Obama returned to his
adopted hometown of Chicago on Tuesday night to cap off his presidency with a farewell address. But the Windy City,
where Obama cultivated his optimistic brand of American politics, has seen 762 homicides in the last year — a 63 percent
increase compared to the 485 homicides recorded in 2015. Some Chicagoans have been left pointing fingers at the president,
claiming he did not do enough to address the problems plaguing the city.
Suspect killed in police shootout on
Chicago-area train. Authorities say a suspect in a Chicago-area slaying was killed [1/6/2017] in a police shootout on a Metra commuter train
while dozens of other people were aboard.
Employee Shot In Head Steps From School Where He Worked. A Chicago Public Schools employee was shot to death
steps from the University Village school where he worked, his mother confirmed Tuesday [1/10/2017]. At 9:50 a.m.
Saturday, police found 31-year-old Jason Goodfriend in a vehicle in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street after responding
to a call of a man slumped over in a running vehicle. The man had been shot in his head, police said. The shooting
occurred about a block away from 12th District Police Station on the Near West Side.
just murder: All violent crime way up in Chiraq. Here's a report that will embarrass Barack Obama, who
returns to Chicago later today to give his farewell address. Obama of course won't be living in Chicago after he moves
out of the White House next week.
racial divisions in Chicago cast dark cloud over Obama farewell address. As Mr. Obama returns home Tuesday
[1/10/2017] to deliver his final speech as president, Chicago is in the grips of a soaring homicide rate and reeling from a
horrific black-on-white torture hate crime that was captured on video. Over Christmas weekend, 12 Chicagoans were
killed in a total of 27 shootings.
hate crime a microcosm of 'collapsing of civil society' under President Community Organizer. Thursday evening [1/5/2017]
on "The Mark Levin Show," Conservative Review's editor in chief addressed the "absolute, horrific inhumanity" of the racist torture
attack on a developmentally disabled man in Chicago, stating it is but the latest example of the "collapsing of the civil society" in
Chicago and other communities under Democratic policies.
Chicago Violence. President Obama will give his farewell and good riddance speech on January 10 in Chicago, the
town where the community organizer-in-chief began his political rise. [...] Chicago, one of the toughest gun control cities in the
United States, ended 2016 with 762 homicides, the most in two decades and more than Los Angeles and New York City combined.
While President Obama has addressed every mass shooting as another reason for stricter gun control, he has little to say about the
carnage in his hometown, and it is not likely he will address it in his self-serving and narcissistic farewell speech.
more dangerous nation is the president's legacy. In 2016 a full 762 homicides took place in Chicago, up from
485 in 2015 and the biggest increase in 60 years. The 762 homicides, an increase of 57 percent, are more than New York
and Los Angeles combined. In Chicago, shootings also jumped 46 percent to 3,550, and most of the victims lived in poor
and minority neighborhoods. True to form, on this president's watch, the entire nation has become a more dangerous place.
The president supports the Black Lives Matter narrative that racist cops are out to gun down African Americans. The president
has hosted leaders of this hatemongering group, which celebrates the killing of police officers. In 2016, at least 64 law
enforcement officers have been shot and killed, the most in five years.
Police Hesitant To Call Videotaped Torture Of White Man A Hate Crime. Chicago law enforcement officials were
reluctant to call the videotaped torture of a white man by black assailants a hate crime Wednesday night — even
though the suspects repeatedly said "f*** white people" as they attacked their victim. Video emerged Wednesday
[1/4/2017] of an unidentified white man — bound and gagged — being beaten, cut and berated by four
African-Americans. One assailant yelled "F*** Donald Trump! F*** white people!" as he kicked the man.
Another video showed the suspects forcing the white male to drink toilet water as they laugh hysterically.
Hate Crime In Chicago Whitewashed By Press. Note that the AP makes no reference to the races of the people
involved, and says it is too soon to tell whether the assault was racially motivated.
Chicago Thugs Arrested for Kidnapping Torturing White Trump Supporter During. Chicago police have arrested four
people in a gruesome attack after they video themselves torturing a white male victim. The bound and gagged kidnap
victim is repeatedly kicked and hit while forced to denounce white people and President-elect Donald Trump.
the Public to Not Judge Groups by the Worst Among Them. [Scroll down] We can't look at the filmed Chicago
beatings and the hundreds of Chicago killings as distinct, with the beatings "political violence" and the killings just crime
as usual. They're both the product of a depraved culture, and they're both facilitated by the breakdown in law and
order. It's time to stop celebrating depravity. It's time to stop crippling the police. And it's time to
speak the truth. Our nation's social fabric is fraying — nowhere more than in Chicago. This is the
Left's city, a foundation of its national power. How many more people have to die before it changes course?
The bloody lesson
of Chicago's 762 murders. The city of Chicago is conducting a long, bloody experiment in what happens to a
gang-ridden municipality in the absence of effective policing. It is keeping the morgue depressingly busy: 762 people
were murdered in the city in 2016, a nearly unheard-of 50 percent increase over the year before. This is more than New
York and Los Angeles — both larger cities — combined, and the worst figure in 20 years. While
everyone on the left pays obeisance to the slogan "Black Lives Matter," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs a jurisdiction where
black lives have been getting cheaper almost by the day, especially in its poorest areas.
City, USA: Chicago Ends 2016 With Nearly 800 Homicides for Year. The deadly violence in Chicago escalates year after
year. In 2015, there were 468 murders in Chicago, a 12.5% increase over the 416 murders in 2014. In September,
it was reported that Chicago had more murders that Los Angeles and New York City combined. This is the city where
Barack Obama was a "community organizer," a city that in 2011 elected as its mayor former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
Chicago is a city where Hillary Clinton got 84% of the vote on Nov. 8 and, not coincidentally, it is also a city where hundreds
of black people are murdered every year. Democrats are the Party of Death.
Bloody Year: 762 Homicides, Over 4,300 Shot. The Windy City ended 2016 with 762 homicides. Compared to 2015, it's the largest increase
in homicides in 60 years, according to the Associated Press. In terms of those who were shot in 2016, that number soared to over 4,000.
In all, 4,365 people were shot in Chicago.
Chicago police chief blasts Black Lives Matter. Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Sunday
blamed the Black Lives Matter movement for causing a rise in violent crime around the country. During a radio interview
with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York, McCarthy blamed protests against police brutality in cities like Baltimore,
Ferguson, Mo., and Charlotte, N.C., for creating a "political atmosphere of anti-police sentiment." "So what's happening,
and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because
80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks," McCarthy said. "Less than half of 1 percent
of all the shootings in this city involve police officers shooting civilians."
Chicago Murder Rate Spikes, Many Fear Violence Has Become Normalized. The nation's third-largest city will end
2016 with a surging murder rate, a demoralized and distrusted police force and a weary populace that has become inured to
daily reports of shootings. More than 750 people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016, the police said, a 58 percent
increase over last year and the highest total since 1997. There have been more than 3,500 shootings in the city this year.
Ends 2016 With Nearly $11 Billion In Unpaid Bills. K-12 education has seen a steady increase in funding since
2006, rising at an annual average rate of 6.2 percent. However, most of this is being swallowed up by ballooning
pension costs, leaving funding for classrooms and other educational operations virtually flat. At the higher education
level, over half of the state's funding for state colleges and universities is being spent on employee pension and retirement
costs. The state's total pension debt has swelled to $130 billion, up 17 percent since 2015. If the debt
is divided by household, it amounts to $27,000 per family. Pension spending now accounts for 25 percent of the state
budget, consuming funds that could be spent in other critical areas. Most other states do not have this problem.
The median rate for state pension spending nationwide is only 4.1 percent.
Headlines Perfectly Sum Up What Democrats Have Done To Chicago. C.E. Dyer reports that the violence in Chicago
raged on over the Christmas weekend as 30 people were shot resulting in 11 fatalities which added to the massive amount of
homicides this year — up significantly from just last year. Powerline reported the statistics as of Sunday
and since then, WGN-TV has updated the figures to at least 30 wounded and 11 fatalities over the weekend.
Bloody Christmas Weekend . [Another web site] counts 785 homicides in Chicago last year, 705 fatally shot,
4,330 people shot. All of them are up considerably from last year: 509 homicides, 447 fatally shot, 2,996 shot.
For all of our complaining, every now and then the national media notices. The New York Times did a lengthy, in-depth
piece in June — albeit one that mentioned Mayor Rahm Emanuel exactly once. Maybe there's a hesitation to
spotlight the ugly side of Chicago, or Emanuel's tenure, or the city's legendarily heavily Democratic leadership over the
past century, or Obama's hometown. Maybe it's the glaring evidence that having really strict gun-control laws has had
little effect on gang violence. In August, the state passed a law toughening penalties on anyone without a gun-owner
identification card who brings a gun into the state of Illinois to sell. So far, there's not much sign that that new
law is having much effect, either.
than 40 people are shot in Chicago over holiday weekend as 12 are murdered in 'gang-related' violence. Twelve
people were murdered as more than 40 were shot in 'gang-related' incidents in Chicago over the holiday weekend. Police
spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that the majority of shootings and homicides from Friday afternoon [12/22/2016]
through Monday morning were 'targeted attacks by gangs against potential rivals who were at holiday gatherings'. The Chicago
Police Department (CPD) said they seized more than three dozen guns. Guglielmi says 45 guns have been seized since
Friday afternoon, which is slightly more than a typical weekend.
Reveals What a Night in Chicago Sounds Like. As you may have already known, Chicago has one of the countries
most stringent gun laws in the country, and yet, the murder rate by gun in that city is staggering. On any given
weekend, expect to google and read about gang-related shootings that went down, and the victims that went down with
them. Needless to say, Chicago ain't the safest city to be relocating at this time... at least parts of it.
That's why it's strange to find that the policies set into place have virtually no effect on the actual gun violence.
Captures Chicago Prisoner Punching Female Officer. An inmate at the Cook County Jail is facing charges after punching
a female correctional lieutenant in the face as officers attempted to retrieve a laptop found in his possession, according to the
Cook County Sheriff's office. Jimmie Smith, 41, was charged with aggravated battery stemming from an incident on Dec. 5,
the sheriff's office said in a release Saturday. Officers were attempting to take a contraband laptop from Smith when he punched
the officer, authorities said, releasing surveillance video of the attack.
The Coming Sanctuary Cities
Crackdown. Chicago is one of the best places to live in America if you're one of the millions of illegal aliens present in the
country — and free-spending, lawbreaking Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying his best to keep it that way. [...] Emanuel is so determined to fork over
tax dollars to illegals that he's moving forward with creating a municipal identification card to open government coffers to those who have no
legal right to be in this country. "Chicago is and has been a city that welcomes everyone, and an individual's background should never be
a barrier to participating in the economic, social or cultural life of Chicago," Emanuel said in October. "With this program, we ensure
that all Chicago residents have the identification they need to access vital services."
Chicago politicians gone 'fetal'? How bad is the bloody violence in Chicago, where more than 700 people have
been murdered so far this year and thousands have been shot in the street gang wars? The gangs keep shooting, the survivors
mourn, police morale is down, anti-police sentiment is up and the mayor says some cops have gone fetal. And the politicians
do nothing in the bloody city. Street gang violence in Chicago is as bad, if not worse, than the record-setting death years
of the 1990s.
and violent Chicago removes remaining Trump street signs. Chicago's bonds are rated as junk. So far over
700 people have been murdered this year — far more than in Los Angeles and New York, which are much more
populous. Last year Chicago taxpayers were punished with the city's largest tax hike in history — to pay
for underfunded municipal worker pensions. But city officials are have other priorities.
pledges $1 million fund to protect 'anxious' immigrants from Trump deportations. Chicago will use $1 million left[ ]over from
a tax rebate program to defend immigrants there from any deportation efforts undertaken by President-elect Donald Trump, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office
said Friday [12/2/2016]. "Chicago has a proud history of diversity and inclusion, and my administration will do everything in our power to
ensure that immigrants remain safe, secure and supported," Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday.
sought in fatal shooting of Chicago-area security guard. Harvey police officials said during a news conference
Thursday they are looking for Rashad Williams of East Hazel Crest in the death of 38-year-old Tyrone Hardin of Merrillville,
Indiana, on Saturday [11/26/2016].
spike over Thanksgiving holiday weekend: 8 killed, 62 wounded. Chicago saw one its most violent Thanksgiving
holidays in years, with eight people killed and 62 others wounded between late Wednesday afternoon and early Monday.
The toll towers over the number of shootings in the previous two Thanksgiving holiday weekends, according to data kept by the
Tribune. In 2014, five people were killed, including a woman inside the Nordstrom's store on Michigan Avenue, and
14 others were wounded. Last year, eight people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and 20 were wounded, the
data show. This year's tally does not include the three people shot dead by Chicago police over the holiday period.
of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax. Some of the biggest cities in the United States
have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on plastic bags under the guise of environmentalism. But, as many have
continued to discover, plastic bags are not the scourge they imagine, and their nanny policies continue to fail.
Chicago is the latest to go back to this well. Earlier this month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget was approved by the city
council with a 7-cent tax on plastic bags — 5 cents of which will go to the city. While bag taxes like these
are sold as an environmental necessity, studies in multiple locales have shown that bag taxes rarely do much environmental good,
and cities simply use the money raised to plug budget holes. Plastic bag fees are merely a stealth tax hike that
disproportionately hits families that go grocery shopping more frequently.
vacant lots on sale for $1 to Chicago homeowners. Chicago's Large Lots Program, which sells vacant city-owned
parcels to nearby homeowners for $1 each, is getting a lot larger. More than 4,000 vacant lots will be put up for sale
in 33 communities on the South and West sides, beginning Tuesday [11/29/2016]. Eligible buyers must own property on the
same block as the vacant lot, be current on their property taxes and have no outstanding debt to the city.
falling woefully short on restaurant inspections. Less than 44 percent of Chicago restaurants and 24.8 percent
of bars are being inspected as often as state law requires — undermining public trust and jeopardizing state
funding — because the city's Department of Public Health is "seriously understaffed," Inspector General Joe
Ferguson has concluded. State law requires the city to inspect high-risk food establishments twice a year.
The category includes restaurants, hospital kitchens, day care centers and schools that prepare food on site.
The 10 Worst Anti-Semitic
Campuses. [#4] Loyola University Chicago: Loyola University has an active SJP led by students who are
part of the SJP national leadership. The university is fairly apathetic, allowing an extremist fringe to dominate too
much of the discourse, and the administration has only lightly punished SJP for blatantly violating university rules.
Friday hijacked by protesters. As shoppers were busy making purchases on one of the most crucial shopping days
of the year, hundreds of people took to the streets in cities across the country on Friday to protest various issues,
including police mistreatment of minorities and retail workers to the fur trade industry. In Illinois, activists have
called for a shopping boycott in Chicago's downtown on Black Friday as around 400 people gathered in the city's Magnificent
Mile shopping district to demand an elected civilian police review board.
eerie photographs peek into an abandoned Chicago shopping center. Stores across America will be swarming with excited shoppers on
Black Friday, but one abandoned Chicago mall will remain as quiet as ever. Photographer Seph Lawless has made eerie photographs of the
deserted Lincoln Mall available to the public for the first time ever since it was shut down in 2015.
The Editor says...
Why would a modern and perfectly adequate shopping mall close? Could it have anything to do with mobs of shoplifters,
parking lot muggers, and rowdy teenagers who go to the mall to socialize rather than shop?
Homicide Rate Reaches Levels Not Seen In Almost 20 Years. The murder count in Chicago reached 700 this
week. It's the first time since 1998 that the city has seen such high numbers. Joseph Anderson, a black man who
died with a gunshot wound to the face, is at least Chicago's 700th homicide victim for 2016. Jovan Wilson, 15-year-old
grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, was also one of the victims. He was shot during a home invasion and an
argument over gym shoes Friday [11/18/2016]. Homicide rates in Chicago have skyrocketed in 2016. The last time
the city experienced such high murder rates was in 1998, which saw 703 homicides.
Emanuel. It is time to start locking up local officials like Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel for interfering with
the enforcement of federal immigration law. Those who, like Emanuel, enable lawless so-called sanctuary cities deserve
to be behind bars. [...] Emanuel, a Democrat who previously served in Congress and as President Obama's White House chief of
staff, is far from alone. Since the election, many mayors across the country have thrown their lot in with street gangs
and criminals by saying they will fight Trump's desperately overdue crackdown on sanctuary cities.
Grandson of Rep.
Danny Davis shot to death in Chicago. The grandson of a sitting congressman was shot to death in Chicago Friday
evening [11/18/2016]. Jovan Wilson, 15, was shot in the head over a dispute about gym shoes in the boy's Englewood home,
police said. Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat who has represented Chicago in Congress for two decades, confirmed his
grandson's death Saturday.
of Congressman Danny Davis slain, 8 others hurt in city shootings. After attending funerals for slain
teenagers, Congressman Danny Davis always knew there was a possibility that someone close to him could get hurt from gun
violence. "It is so unfortunate when these tragedies continue to occur and reoccur and somehow or another our society
has not been able to find and exact the answers and solutions," Davis said early Saturday at a news conference at the Area
South police headquarters.
Chicago teens are being held in custody as police suspect they shot dead Congressman's 15-year-old grandson over gym
shoes. Two teens are in police custody and could be charged in the fatal shooting of a U.S. congressman's
15-year-old grandson following a dispute over a pair of basketball shoes. Chicago Officer Michelle Tannehill said the
juveniles are considered suspects in the murder of 15-year-old Javon Wilson, who was shot in the head at his home in the
Englewood neighborhood of Chicago on Friday [11/18/2016]. Wilson is the grandson of longtime U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.
2 held, murder charges expected in shooting of grandson of U.S. Rep. Davis. Two juvenile murder suspects
have been taken into custody in the slaying of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' grandson, police said Saturday night.
"First-degree murder charges are expected,'' said Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department. The
two are in custody for questioning and have been classified as suspects in the murder, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a
airport workers plan Thanksgiving strike. Hundreds of workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport are
planning to strike during the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest times at one of the country's busiest airports.
Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants, who are not unionized but are working with the Service
Employees International Union, are seeking a wage of $15 an hour. Some are paid minimum wage, which is $8.25 in Illinois.
Chicago: Families pay $1700 more in taxes, mostly for city pensions. Years ago Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley made a deal with the devil, well not really, it was with public-sector union bosses, to hike the pensions of municipal
workers. Daley, who chose not to run for reelection in 2011, is a Democrat and the government unions essentially lead
the labor wing of the Democratic Party. But the unions, who believed the promises of the politicians and Daley and the
exclusively Democratic City Council, didn't fund those generous pension plans.
Gun Store Owner Giving Away Pepper Spray amid Crime Surge. A gun store owner in the Chicago neighborhood of
Bucktown is giving away pepper spray as a way to fight surging crime in his community. Store owner Tom Bellino says he is
giving the spray as a means to help protect "young moms and nannies" who walk neighborhood streets without any form of protection.
Eddie," ex-Chicago alderman, indicted again. It's the second time for this guy, and he's a big deal, the former
boss of the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization, otherwise known as "the Machine," Fast Eddie Vrdolyak. [...] The
onetime 10th Ward alderman later switched to the Republican Party and he contributed to the destruction of the GOP in
suburban Cook County, where it was once a potent political force. Do you wonder why Illinois isn't trending red like
Wisconsin and Michigan? Fast Eddie is one of the reasons.
have murders soared in Chicago and plummeted in New York City? Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
celebrated the city having it's 'safest October' since the NYPD started digitally tracking crime statistics in the early
1990s. It couldn't be more of a different story in Chicago, where 18 people were killed in a single weekend last
month. Chi-Town is currently going through one of its most dangerous periods, and has already recorded 625 murders
this year as of Monday [11/14/2016]. That's already more murders than every year since 2002. Meanwhile, New York,
a city that has more than three times the population of Chicago, has only experienced 286 murders this year.
Trump, Chicago will continue as immigrant sanctuary. Joining other cities around the country, Chicago is
pledging to remain a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, an act of defiance in the face of Donald Trump's past
promise to cut off those cities from federal funding. In sanctuary cities, local law enforcement officials aren't
required to alert U.S. Immigration and Customs authorities about the immigration status of individuals with whom they come in
contact. On Monday, Chicago's elected officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are expected to hold a news conference
to formally discuss how the city will retain its sanctuary status.
Side Chicago thugs beat man, "You voted Trump". The assault described below occurred in the North Lawndale
neighborhood, one of the worst in Chicago. Trump is the first Republican presidential candidate in decades to make a
strong appeal to black voters. [Video clip]
tension flares in mostly white Chicago neighborhood. A largely white Chicago neighborhood that many police
officers and firefighters call home took center stage this week in the city's tensions over gun violence, race and policing
as protests erupted following the fatal police shooting of a black man.
Schock, ex-Illinois congressman, indicted on 24 criminal counts. Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock loved the
good life — from trips on private planes to skybox seats for Chicago Bears games to posh office furnishings.
He once had a $5,000 chandelier installed in his government office where, as a rising Republican star, he supposedly
conducted the people's business. What he liked less, according to federal prosecutors, was opening his own
wallet. In a sweeping 24-count grand jury indictment handed up Thursday [11/10/2016] in Springfield, prosecutors lay
out in gripping detail charges accusing Schock of using House and campaign funds to support his lavish, jet-setting lifestyle.
Man kicked in head, has car
stolen as bystanders shout 'You voted Trump'. A shocking video of a white man being beaten by a group of black
youths while witnesses shout, "You voted Trump," and, "Don't vote Trump," has been posted online. The disturbing
footage shows the man lying on the ground, struggling to get up as he is repeatedly punched and kicked in the head. The
incident happened in broad daylight at the corner of South Kedzie Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Chicago.
up 55 percent in Chicago after another violent weekend. For the second weekend in a row, more than 50 people
were shot in Chicago as the number of homicides this year rose to more than 50 percent above the same period last year.
More than 660 people have been killed in the city so far this year, according to data compiled by the Tribune. The number
of people shot in Chicago this year is more than a thousand above what it was this time last year, from 2,620 to 3,795, according
to Tribune data.
former chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel 'used his private email domain to communicate when he became Chicago's
mayor'. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used personal email accounts and a personal email domain to communicate with
government officials and political figures, according to a published report based on hacked emails posted by WikiLeaks.
Emanuel's personal account information turned up among the thousands of emails from John Podesta, Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, the Chicago Tribune reported. Clinton has come under fire for her use of
a private email server because doing so potentially jeopardized classified information.
Chicago Mayor and Obama Pal Using Fraud-Infested Visa Program to Raise Millions for His Co.. An Obama ally
embroiled in a corruption scandal as a big-city mayor is using a controversial foreign visa program determined by Homeland
Security officials to be plagued with "crippling fraud and national security vulnerabilities" to raise millions of dollars
for his company. Hundreds of foreigners, mainly from China, are expected to bankroll a skyscraper project via the EB-5
program that provides visas and a path to American citizenship for foreign nationals that invest $1 million in the U.S.
In this case, former longtime Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and his son are asking the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to
let them solicit $150 million from foreign investors by using the EB-5 visa program.
Tactics, Robert Creamer, and Us. Rather than try to adjudicate the factual underpinnings or the journalistic
rights and wrongs of this story, I'm going to focus on Robert Creamer's background. Creamer has already made news by
"stepping back" from the Clinton campaign in response to the videos. So at this point, it's fair to comment on his
background. Creamer is a longtime Alinskyite activist and a leader in Obama's old community organizing network.
Creamer was a key figure in the work of Chicago's community organizer training center, the Midwest Academy, to which Obama
had close ties.
more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year. A thousand more people have been shot in Chicago this year
compared with the same time last year after a weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 40 wounded, according to police and
data compiled by the [Chicago] Tribune. At least 3,475 people had been shot in the city as of shortly after midnight Monday compared
with 2,441 people shot this time last year, an increase of 1,034, according to Tribune data. There have been at least 595 homicides
this year compared with 409 this time last year, an increase of 186. The gun violence over the weekend was at levels usually seen in
the summer when shootings typically spike.
aiming for $15 million green-card bonanza. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley and his son are aiming to cash in on a
federal program that offers green cards to wealthy foreigners with a deal that could bring their company $15 million, records
obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. Tur Partners — which Daley formed with his son Patrick Daley after
leaving office — is seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to solicit $150 million from
foreign investors to help finance construction of a downtown skyscraper through a controversial visa program known as EB-5.
Shot, Five Killed in Chicago Over the Wekend. Five people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in
weekend shootings in Chicago, bringing the total number of people shot so far this year to at least 3,366 — 981
more than this time last year. The weekend's youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy who was shot Friday night [10/7/2016]
as he walked with a group through a vacant lot in West Englewood, police said.
union, Chicago school district reach contract deal. Chicago teachers and officials in the nation's third-largest school
district reached a tentative agreement late Monday [10/10/2016] to avert a strike that would have affected about 400,000 students.
you're not being told about the new crime numbers. A close look at the data reveals that the largest increases
aren't pervasive nationwide, but are geographically uneven and concentrated among a small handful of cities. For
example, an oft-referenced report from the National Institute of Justice examining 56 large U.S. cities last year found that
the 10 with the largest absolute rise in homicides accounted for a full two-thirds of the total increase among those sampled
between 2014 and 2015. In fact, among cities with a population of greater than 250,000, almost one-quarter of the entire
homicide increase is accounted for by the massive increases in just Baltimore and Chicago!
After being turned away from school, Chicago
student shot and killed walking home. An 18-year-old was turned away from school for not wearing part of the
uniform. He was then shot and killed while walking home with a friend and his friend's mom.
gets new agency to investigate police shootings. The city council here [in Chicago] voted on Wednesday [10/5/2016] to
create a new agency to investigate police shootings and major misconduct allegations, a move that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his
allies say is critical to bolstering trust of the embattled Chicago Police Department. The newly created investigative
agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), will replace the Independent Police Review Authority.
the Obamas did not send their daughters to Chicago's public schools. The latest from Chicago's public schools
is rather scary, specially if you are a parent concerned with a good education or paying taxes to finance it.
State Has Only 86 Freshmen Enrolled This Fall. Chicago State University has been dealing with massive budget
problems for at least a year now. This is what the higher ed bubble looks like.
Reality of Chicago's Murder Rate. Political correctness is lethal, and the killing fields of Chicago provide
ample evidence to those willing to look at it with clear eyes. [...] The real question then becomes how to destroy this
subculture. The Constitution rules out simple but drastic measures, and left-wing legal groups are anxious to push
theories like disparate impact to prevent reasonable approaches surviving litigation. Cops can convict some of the
murderers, but incarceration is hardly a scary deterrent when murder is so common a fate.
A retreat from proactive policing
has unleashed mayhem in Chicago. Violence in Chicago is reaching epidemic proportions. In the first five
months of 2016, someone was shot every two and a half hours and someone murdered every 14 hours, for a total of nearly 1,400
nonfatal shooting victims and 240 fatalities. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one per hour,
dwarfing the previous year's tally of 53 shootings over the same period. The violence is spilling over from the city's
gang-infested South and West Sides into the downtown business district; Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies.
The growing mayhem is the result of Chicago police officers' withdrawal from proactive enforcement, making the city a dramatic
example of what I have called the "Ferguson effect."
Charlotte riots, Tulsa
doesn't. Charlotte is the latest Ferguson. The facts of the event, still unknown, do not matter. It
does not matter that since Obama took office, over three thousand African-Americans have been killed in Chicago by other African-Americans.
No one outside their immediate family and friends knows their names. Obama does not speak out about their murders or
the fact that Illinois's strict gun laws have done nothing to reduce the number of shootings in Chicago. So, curiously, Charlotte is the
scene of riots, looting, and more violence like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Dallas. Many of the protesters are being bussed in and paid,
quite possibly with dollars donated by George Soros. He was behind the paid protesters in Ferguson and is most likely behind the chaos
in Charlotte. Last night [9/23/2016], seventy percent of the people arrested were not from North Carolina.
Most Dangerous Neighborhood, the Most Inexperienced Cops. The officers who patrol the Chicago's 11th Police
District face a daunting challenge. The district, which is centered around Garfield Park on the city's West Side, has
the highest murder rate in the city, and it's rising fast. By late August the district already had more murders than in
all of 2015, when it led the city with 48 homicides. The officers of the 11th District stand out in another way.
They are the youngest and least experienced police officers of any district in Chicago. The average officer in the 11th
joined the force 10 years ago; over a third of the district's officers have less than five years on the force.
City Council approves water-sewer tax to save pension fund. Chicago homeowners have already seen their water
rates double and a $9.50-a-month garbage collection fee attached to that water bill in the five years since Mayor Rahm
Emanuel took office. They got soaked again Wednesday [9/14/2016], this time to help solve the $30 billion pension
crisis that has sunk Chicago's bond rating to a junk status shared only by Detroit among major cities.
Lawmakers Go After Guns and Bullets to Quiet the Bloody Streets of Chicago. "I walk through the valley of the
Chi where death is," Kanye West rapped in "Jesus Walks," and it hasn't gotten any better since he laid down that track in
2004. That year, 455 people were shot to death in Chicago. More than 400 people have already been shot
to death in Chicago in 2016, and another 2,300 have been wounded by gunfire.
homes of Chicago's violent South Chicago neighborhood. [Scroll down] Around the corner on Mackinaw Street
you'll find this vacated two flat. South Chicago was a separate village that was annexed to Chicago in 1889. US Steel's
now-razed South Works, which opened in 1882, was the economic catalyst for the area, along with the other steel mills on the
city's Southeast Side, for decades. At its peak in the 1940s South Works employed 20,000 people. The sprawling
mill was shuttered in 1992.
'super gang' tied to 9 murders; lengthy trial set to begin. As they planted the seeds of Chicago's "new breed
of street gang" more than a decade ago, its South Side leaders allegedly uttered these simple words: "Man, we Hobo."
Hobos "just sleep and rob," they said. Now, the nickname is inked on the skin of the gang's elites along with the
words, "The Earth Is Our Turf." But the ruthless and exclusive Hobos crew, an alliance of deadly street gangs forged in the
now-demolished Robert Taylor Homes, didn't stop with robbery, the feds say. Not even close. Instead, the so-called
"super gang" brought a reign of terror down on Chicago's South and West sides between 2004 and 2013, federal prosecutors say.
Fire Shots Near Chicago Officers and Say It Was a Joke. West Englewood is a 3.15 square-mile sized neighborhood
in Chicago. In just one month (June 11, 2016 - July 11, 2016) West Englewood has experienced:
• 24 robberies
• 23 assaults
• 84 thefts
• 29 burglaries
• 42 car thefts
• 83 vandalisms
people killed in Chicago over Labor Day as homicides climb over 500. After another violent holiday weekend,
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday [9/6/2016] his department is doing all it can to combat violence
rooted in "impoverished neighborhoods" where "people without hope do these kinds of things." "It's not a police issue,
it's a society issue," Johnson told reporters outside police headquarters after a long weekend that saw 65 people shot,
13 of them fatally. "Impoverished neighborhoods, people without hope do these kinds of things," he said.
"You show me a man that doesn't have hope, I'll show you one that's willing to pick up a gun and do anything with it.
The Editor says...
That last sentence makes no sense. Does murder or armed robbery give a man hope for a brighter future?
71-year-old Chicago man watering
his lawn shot during robbery. About 12:10 p.m., [9/6/2016] 71-year-old Fred Laguardia was watering his lawn in
the 7100 block of South California when he was approached by two males on bikes, Chicago Police said. They demanded his
wallet, and when the man refused, one of the males shot him, police said. He was struck in the abdomen.
Chiraq man shot during robbery attempt while watering lawn. That's the way it is in Chiraq now. Creeps
can prowl the streets and shoot septuagenarians who are only capable of threatening crab grass.
of Chicago City Workers Making $100K+ has Doubled Since 2013. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is heralding a massive
water-sewer-tax hike as a grand bargain between taxpayers and city employees, but new payroll data show it's not exactly a
shared sacrifice. The number of Chicago city workers earning a base salary of $100,000 or more has gone up by
92 percent since 2013, according to research from the Better Government Association. Three years ago, 2,502 city
employees earned six-figure salaries. But more than 4,800 employees, or 15 percent of the city government's workforce,
currently enjoy those large paychecks[.] The median city-worker salary is more than $84,000. The median worker in
Chicago earns just under $32,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Descent into Lawlessness. Thirteen people were shot to death in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, bringing the city's gun-homicide
total to 512 since the beginning of the year. Already, the city has exceeded last year's gun-homicide total (491), and it is on pace to
see its deadliest year since 1998 (704 dead). Meanwhile, August was the city's deadliest month since June 1996; 90 people were
gunned down — and another 382 shot non-fatally, a rate of one shooting every 95 minutes. With the violence that generally
has been confined to the gang-ridden South and West Sides of the city reaching the central business district, it is not an exaggeration to say
that Chicago is experiencing a crisis of law and order. And it is a crisis that is almost entirely self-inflicted.
numbers don't tell the story in Chicago. Shootings do. If you want a number that really speaks to the
violence in Chicago, then don't look to murders, look at shootings. And by shootings I don't mean thugs shooting off
guns in the air. I mean shootings where bullets pierce human skin, destroying flesh, bones, organs and lives. On
average, 12 people are shot in Chicago every day. "Shootings are really attempted murders. These are shootings
not to scare but to kill, these are bullets hitting bodies," Dr. Arthur Lurigio, a professor of psychology and criminology
at Loyola University Chicago, told me. "And that's what we should be calling them: attempted murders."
police solving fewer killings than other cities. Chicago police are solving homicides at a far lower rate than
their counterparts in some other major cities, which may reflect how hard it is for detectives to crack the culture of
silence surrounding the violence committed by the city's street gangs.
90 Homicides, August Was Chicago's Bloodiest Month In 20 Years. A 24-year-old man was killed and a 23-year-old
man was grazed by a bullet in a shooting in the West Lawn neighborhood late Wednesday night, capping off the most violent
month in Chicago in 20 years. Chicago police said there were 90 homicides in August, and a total of 472 people
shot in 384 separate attacks. The city has not had that many murders in one month since August 1996. As he has several
times before, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said a relatively small group of repeat gun criminals are responsible for the the [sic]
vast majority of gun violence in Chicago. The department maintains a watchlist of sorts, called the "strategic subject list,"
which relies on an algorithm to try to predict who is most likely to be involved in a shooting — either as the shooter or
victim — by analyzing data such as gang affiliations, criminal records, past shootings, and previous contact with police.
murders hit 20-year high. Chicago police said Thursday [9/2/2016] that 90 people were killed last month, a
66 percent increase over August 2015.
carnage. Reports this week are horrific and yet, not surprising. Chicago has had its most violent month
since 1997, with the Chicago Tribune reporting 11 people murdered the last weekend of August. According to USA Today,
the murder rate in Chicago has soared 72 percent in 2016. But here's the number which should give every American true
perspective: In Afghanistan, from the start of the war in 2001 to August 2016, there have been 2,384 American
casualties. In Chicago, since 2009 to August 2016, there have been 3,686 homicides. In other words, under
President Obama's watch, there have been 1,302 more people murdered in an American city in half the time compared to the
longest war in U.S. history.
County issues 10,000th same-sex marriage license. As reporters swarmed, the couple said they had no idea they
were the 10,000th same-sex couple in Cook County to pick up a marriage license since the clerk's office began issuing them
to gay people in early 2014. Illinois became the 16th state to make gay marriage legal, after then-Gov. Pat Quinn
signed the marriage law in November 2013. Clerk David Orr was on hand to present the couple with a box full of
goodies — including an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, where Aranda is from — and to sing the
praises of the law that gives gay couples the same rights as straight ones.
Chicago's Murder Rate Spirals
Out of Control. We turn our attention once again to the city of Chicago, where, as of this writing, 2,858 people
have been shot and 487 have been killed so far this year (both numbers will surely be higher by the time you read this). The
website HeyJackass.com tabulates these and other figures related to crime in Chicago, and it reports that on average someone is shot
every two hours and murdered every twelve. But these averages are for the year overall; we are now in the prime shooting season
of summer, and the averages for August approximate to someone being shot every ninety minutes and murdered every eight hours.
August, says the Chicago Tribune, has been the most violent month in Chicago in 20 years.
Shot in Chicago Tuesday Night; Where Is the National Guard? While Obama shock troops run around with their
lunatic Black Lives Matter nonsense, we're seeing daily carnage on the streets of Chicago.
laundromat customers to get soaked by Emanuel water tax. People who wash their clothes at Chicago laundromats
will get soaked by Mayor's Rahm Emanuel's plan to slap a 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest of
four city employee pension funds, an industry trade group charged Tuesday [8/30/2016].
cases in Chicago set to hit highest level in 20 years with as many as 90 shootings a week. In a city with as
many as 90 shootings a week, homicides this year are on track to hit their highest level since 1997. Chicago's murder
clearance rate — a measurement of solved and closed cases — is one of the country's lowest, another sign of problems
besetting police in the third biggest city in the United States. Over the past 10 years, Chicago has consistently had
one of the lowest clearance rates of any of the country's 10 biggest cities, according to data from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Chicago Police Department.
brothers charged in shooting death of Dwyane Wade's cousin. The two brothers charged in the shooting death of
Nykea Aldridge were convicted felons out on parole — prime examples of the judicial system's inability to stop
habitual offenders, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a Sunday [8/28/2016] news conference. "When
will enough be enough?" Johnson said. "How often do we have to stand at a podium like this, demanding from our judicial
and policy partners some type of resolution?"
Chicago men charged in shooting of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin. Two brothers have been charged with
first-degree murder in the shooting death of the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade as she was walking to register her children
for school, Chicago police announced Sunday ]8/28/2016].
in Thursday attacks across Chicago. The day's first shooting happened about midnight in Washington Heights on
the Far South Side. Two men, 18 and 20, were riding in a car in the 1000 block of West 97th Street when another vehicle
pulled alongside them and someone inside opened fire, police said.
bloody weekend in Chicago sees one person shot on average every 33 minutes as four are killed and 30 injured.
This weekend has turned out to be a forgettable one for the city of Chicago. Four people have died and at least 35 more
were wounded in shootings throughout the city since Friday evening [8/19/2016], the Chicago Police Department said. In
one 14-hour span beginning Saturday afternoon, 25 people were shot — which police said is the equivalent of one
person being shot every 33 minutes, according to the Chicago Tribune.
food stamp fraud is 'fairly rampant' at corner stores in some Chicago neighborhoods. Since October 2014, more
than 140 stores in Chicago and another 34 in suburban Cook County have been permanently disqualified from the $75 billion
federal food stamps program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. All but one of them
were kicked out for trafficking, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
of Chicago police officer latest victim of gun violence. Police say 19-year-old Arshell Dennis was shot in the
chest early Sunday [8/14/2016] on Chicago's South Side and pronounced dead at a hospital.
100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week. Nearly 100 people have been shot in Chicago in less than a week, pushing
the number of shooting victims so far this year to more than 2,500 — about 800 more than this time last year, according to data
kept by the Tribune. Between last Friday afternoon and early Thursday [8/11/2016], at least 99 people were shot in the city,
24 of them fatally. At least nine people were killed on Monday alone, the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, according to
[Chicago] Tribune data. [...] The number of shooting victims in Chicago stood at 2,514 Thursday morning. At this time last year,
1,725 people had been shot. The city has not seen this level of gun violence since the 1990s, a trend the Police Department
has blamed on lax gun laws and feuding gang factions.
The Editor says...
Go try to buy a gun in Chicago and see if they have "lax gun laws."
People, Dog Stabbed During Buffalo Grove Home Invasion. Four people and their family dog were stabbed early
Wednesday [8/10/2016], when two masked men broke into their home in north suburban Buffalo Grove. Police said the
homeowner grabbed a handgun during the home invasion, and opened fire, chasing off the suspects.
vet slain after returning to Chicago, where he hoped to battle gun violence. Abner Garcia, a U.S. Army veteran,
was just 19 years old when he approached his mother, Elizabeth Juarez, with his decision to enlist. "I supported
him. I wanted him to go. I didn't tell him I was scared. I didn't tell him I was afraid," Juarez said.
"I just wanted him out of Chicago ... the violence here, that was the reason why I wanted him to go." Juarez is still
struggling with the news that Garcia, 23, died early Saturday from the gun violence he sought to escape.
writes another violent chapter in a year full of anguish. Chicago Police are investigating whether an officer's
19-year-old son was shot and killed over the weekend as part of a gang initiation. Some gangs were doing initiations in
which members are instructed to go around and kill whoever they could, a police official said Monday [8/15/2016].
In Chicago Reportedly Agree To Use Snipers And Automatic Weapons Against The Police. Is the city of Chicago
about to see a wave of unprecedented chaos and violence? The facts that I am about to share with you may seem
fantastical at first glance, but they come from the Chicago police and they are being reported by the mainstream media.
According to authorities, at a recent gathering of major gangs in the city it was agreed that they would use automatic
weapons against the police, and at least one of the gangs already has "a sniper in place" but officials do not know where
that sniper is located.
gangs reportedly plotting to shoot cops in response to teen's death. Leaders from three Chicago gangs
reportedly met last week to discuss plans to kill police officers in response to the officer-involved shooting death of
18-year-old Paul O'Neal. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing an alert issued to Chicago officers, reported Monday [8/8/2016] that the
meeting took place on Thursday between the gangs Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers. According to the paper,
the Four Corner Hustlers have "provided guns" and pinpointed a "sniper in place." However, authorities are still unsure where
the alleged sniper spot is placed. The gang is also funneling weapons to the other two gangs.
gangs conspiring to murder policemen. A disturbing report out of Chicago, where three prominent street gangs
held a meeting last week, where a plot was hatched to ambush and assassinate police officers.
9 dead, 13 wounded in Chicago shootings Monday. Nine people were killed and 13 others, including a 10-year-old
boy, were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Monday [8/8/2016], with seven of the fatal shootings occurring in a span of less than
14 hours. The latest fatal shooting happened late Monday night when one man was killed and two others were critically wounded
in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.
abandoned homes of Chicago's violent West Pullman neighborhood. Along this stretch of Halsted are banners that
read "The South Halsted Street Corridor Redevelopment, Carrie M. Austin, Alderman, and Richard M. Daley, Mayor."
Daley hasn't been mayor for five years, which is a good enough reason to remove the banners, but they are just rags now.
On the other hand, they are accurate representations of West Pullman and the rest of Chicago.
'Deadliest July in 10 Years' for Gun Control Haven. July 2016 was the "deadliest July in 10 years" for heavily
gun-controlled Chicago: Sixty-five individuals were shot and killed. Moreover, according to the Chicago Tribune,
such death figures do not set a new record — they simply tie a record set in 2006, when 65 individuals were killed
in the month of July. This brings Chicago's homicide total to "nearly 400" for the first seven months of 2016
alone. The number of homicides for the whole year of 2015 was 490. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tried to
abate the feeding frenzy on the July death numbers by pointing out that they are at least better than the numbers for June,
"when 72 homicides were reported."
tax bills hit Chicago mailboxes, some taxpayers hit roof. Jines Martinez is going to have to dig deep to pay
the tax bill that arrived at his Avondale home this week. Martinez's bill shot up to $3,900 from $2,673, and his
increase reflects a double-whammy that hit residents in many Chicago neighborhoods after all property in the city was
reassessed last year for the first time since 2013, and the city passed a $588 million tax hike.
property tax bill double whammy: Increases plus an assessment hike. Anne McDermott had braced herself for
a big increase in the property taxes on her Near South Side town home, but when she opened the bill last month, she was still
taken aback. She'd figured a boost of maybe $550 on the $4,214 she paid last year. That's a jump of about 13 percent,
the average increase on Chicago property tax bills for 2016. But McDermott's bill went up by nearly $1,360 — more
than 32 percent. It was the result of being hit with a double whammy: Not only were huge tax hikes by City Hall and
Chicago Public Schools taking effect, but the taxman came as he does every three years and reassessed the value of McDermott's
home. And he concluded it was worth a whopping 31 percent more.
a lot of haze around Chicago's cloud tax. After a slow start, Chicago is lurching ahead in taxing the
cloud. Though thousands of companies could be affected, only about 200 took advantage of an amnesty program in which
City Hall gave businesses the chance to pay the tax for last year and escape liability for previous years. "Vendors and
consumers continue to struggle to understand when, if and how to apply this tax," says David Blum, a partner in Akerman law
firm's tax practice group. "As a result of this confusion and uncertainty, some people are sitting on the sidelines to
see how this plays out." At least one company closed a small office in Chicago to avoid the tax.
homicides in July in Chicago. Chicago is poised to see the number of homicides in July dip from June, but the
city is still on pace to see more people killed in 2016 than last year. "We shake our heads and ask, 'Why are some of
our communities on the South and West Sides being held hostage by gun violence,'" Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson
said Monday [8/1/2016].
of gang members indicted in Chicago area; charges include attempted killing of officer. Nearly three dozen Chicago-area gang
members have been indicted in an alleged racketeering conspiracy that included arson, extortion and the attempted killing of a police officer.
effect' is destroying Chicago. Violence in Chicago is reaching epidemic proportions. In the first five
months of 2016, someone was shot every 2½ hours and someone murdered every 14 hours, for a total of nearly 1,400
nonfatal shooting victims and 240 fatalities. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one per hour,
dwarfing the previous year's tally of 53 shootings over the same period. The violence is spilling over from the city's
gang-infested South and West sides into the downtown business district; even Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies.
police officer shot, suspect killed in South Loop. A Chicago Police officer on bicycle patrol was shot Thursday
evening [7/21/2016] in the South Loop, and the suspect in the shooting was killed, police said. It happened about 8:15 p.m.
near Calumet Avenue and East 18th Street. The officer was taken by fellow officers to Northwestern Memorial Hospital,
according to police and fire officials.
33 Shot In
One Day In Chicago Is New Record. With 55 shootings and five deaths, the weekend in Chicago was particularly
bloody, so much so that Sunday [7/17/2016] marked itself as having the most shootings in a single day in over a year.
Sunday that brought out the worst gunfire, with a whopping 33 shootings and five more deaths. The bloody weekend raises
the odious totals to 2,218 citizens shot this year thus far, with 330 shot and killed.
than 2,200 people shot in Chicago this year, 21 of them kids 13 and under. At least 14 people were shot in
Chicago over 10 hours Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday, pushing the number of gun victims in the city this year to
more than 2,200, including at least 21 children 13 and younger.
Have a 'War on Cops' because of the War on the Family. [Scroll down] Millions of black youths — because of the frequent absence of
fathers — are growing up poorly disciplined, poorly educated, and poorly churched. Thus, gangs and crime have become far too common in the
black communities of America. Sadly, these broken and vulnerable black families typically live in the most dangerous parts of our nation.
From the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, until the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011, there were 4,485 U.S. casualties. The city of Chicago alone
had 4,265 murders during the same time period.
Collapse Has Begun. The city of Detroit, now famous as an economic disaster, began its decline when it lost
jobs. This was accompanied by a loss of population, a rapid rise in poverty, increasing dependence upon federal
entitlement programs and an unstoppable downward economic spiral. Puerto Rico is now undergoing an economic collapse
sparked not by population loss but by excessive government spending. Chicago is in the same situation. Government
overspending and overtaxation comes first, population loss follows. Chicago is technically bankrupt. Its
expenditures have exceeded its receipts for about ten years.
all Black Lives Matter why no protests in the southside of Chicago? Even though the protest took place just
three days ago, the blocking of the Dan Ryan Expressway near Chicago's Englewood neighborhood by Black Lives Matter radicals
is already largely forgotten. The rally was organized after the deaths of two black men last week by two police
officers in Minnesota and Louisiana. The Chicago protest was of course overshadowed by the shooting deaths of five
Dallas cops during a Black Lives Matter protest in the Texas city that night — seven other police officers were
wounded. The assassin, Micah Xavier Johnson, sympathized with black nationalist groups and can fairly be called a
racist. The Chicago expressway blocking occurred three days after another bloody holiday weekend in America's
third-largest city. Four people were murdered in Chicago and an astounding 62 others were wounded during the 4th of
July weekend. The thugs didn't lock up their guns on July 5. In fact, on the day before the expressway
protest a four-year-old Englewood boy was shot several times a mile away from that rally.
Gun Control doesn't work: 3 children among at least 60 shot over holiday weekend in Obama's hometown of Chicago. Gun control
is a favorite topic of Democrats to divert attention from real issues such as Islamic terrorism. But, in the real world of the city of
Chicago with the toughest gun control laws in the country, people are shot in droves day in day out. Gun homicides are up an astounding
50%. And the national media doesn't report any of this strictly for political reasons.
Man, those guns are mean!
Chicago struck by spike in deadly
gun violence. The city of Chicago is dealing with a major spike in gun violence. Ten people were shot overnight Friday
[7/1/2016]. Last month, 72 people were shot to death. There have already been 350 homicides in Chicago this year,
outpacing the total for the same period in 2015. The city may even surpass 600 murders for the first time in more than a decade.
In Mogadishu, Hillary Calls Gun Control A Civil Rights Issue. And by Mogadishu, I mean Chicago. It used
to be that Detroit was referred to as Mogadishu, due to all its shootings and murders and crime. I think it's safe to
move the title to Chicago.
51 Wounded, Seven Killed During Hot, Humid Weekend. High temperatures helped raise the number of weekend
casualties in Chicago up to 51 wounded and seven killed, topping the number from the same weekend in both 2015 and
2014. Between about Friday noon and early Monday morning, Chicago's temperatures exceeded 85 degrees with high
humidity. That caused residents of the usually 'Windy City' to endure sweltering conditions.
The Editor says...
Right. The problem can't possibly be godless, fatherless black thugs. It must be global
warming. No, the truth is that if the dew point had been 40 below, there would still have been multiple shootings.
Records 306 Homicides This Year, With 13 Deaths Over the Father's Day Weekend. On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune
reported on a grim statistic following the weekend celebration of Father's Day — 306 homicides this year in the
city, including 55 people shot — 13 fatally — from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning [6/20/2016]. "So far
this year, close to 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died from their wounds,
according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune," the paper reported on its website on Tuesday. "A total of 306 people
have been killed this year, by shooting, stabbing or other means."
Shot, 13 Killed During Father's Day Weekend in Chicago. Another holiday brought another slaughter of innocents
in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. Fifty-six people were shot during Father's Day weekend, and 13 of those shooting
victims died. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The city recorded its 300th homicide this weekend and went on
to record six others over a 60-hour period that saw 56 people shot, 13 fatally, from Friday afternoon through early
Monday morning." From Friday into Saturday alone, five people were killed and another nine were wounded.
Killed, 36 Injured in Weekend of Gun Violence in Chicago Overshadowed by Orlando Shooting. At least 8 people
were killed and 36 others were wounded in a string of shootings across Chicago over the weekend, police told ABC News today
[6/13/2016]. The violence erupted between 8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. Among those shot
was a 5-year-old girl, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson said.
A Weekend in
Chicago: Where Gunfire Is a Terrifying Norm. From Friday evening to the end of Monday, 64 people will
have been shot in this city of 2.7 million, six of them fatally. In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of
whites, blacks and Hispanics, 52 of the shooting victims are black, 11 Hispanic and one white. Eight are women, the
rest men. Some 12 people are shot in cars, 11 along city sidewalks, and at least four on home porches. It is a
level of violence that has become the terrifying norm, particularly in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the
South and West Sides. With far fewer residents, Chicago has more homicides than Los Angeles or New York.
to release audio, videos from about 100 police-related incidents. The Chicago agency that investigates police
misconduct cases plans to release videos, audio recordings and other material Friday [6/3/2016] from about 100 incidents,
the latest move in the city's effort to regain public trust in its beleaguered police force.
releases 'unprecedented' trove of videos, evidence from 101 investigations into police shootings and alleged
misconduct. Officials here released a huge array of videos and police reports Friday [6/3/2016] from about 100 open
investigations into police shootings and use of force, a sharp reversal in a city still reeling from the impact of long-withheld
footage showing an officer fatally shooting a teenager. As the city's police department faces intense scrutiny and a looming
Justice Department investigation, authorities promising reform and increased transparency said they were releasing the trove to
try and restore trust between officers and the community. The agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct
in the city posted this material all at once, which experts said was an "unprecedented" move.
Sets Grisly Record with Memorial Day Weekend Violence. There were so many shootings in Chicago over Memorial
Day Weekend that the media tracking the violence had a hard time keeping up. When the final tally was published by the
Chicago Tribune, the grisly totals were 69 people shot, with six of them dying from their wounds. This reflects a
50-percent increase in shootings this year compared to last year and is being blamed, predictably, on "proliferation of guns"
and "gang conflicts" by the Chicago Police Department. [...] So far this year, Chicagoans have suffered at least 250 homicides
(compared to 167 a year ago at this time) and 1,500 shootings. At that rate, those numbers will easily eclipse the numbers
from last year, estimated to reach 3,000 shootings and 500 deaths.
helped Barack Obama avoid the taint of Chicago corruption? There's no need here to rehash Rezko's and Blago's
criminal transgressions in detail, or document the many Illinois politicians, from both major parties, who, over the years,
traded their business suits for jump suits. It is common knowledge that Chicago is the center of political corruption
in a widely corrupt state. Yet, somehow, the 44th President of the United States emerged from that toxic cauldron
called "Crook County" untainted by the maelstrom of high-profile corruption cases that engulfed several of his closest,
political associates. The question is... How did that happen?
Invisible Shooters Wreak Havoc. Abe Simmons sat down on a bus bench at the corner of Chicago and Leclaire late
Saturday, watching as police worked one of dozens of shooting scenes that played out across the city over the holiday
weekend. Chicago's ghost shooters — charged in only 26 percent of the city's homicides last
year — wreaked havoc on summer's unofficial kickoff weekend, a three day period that saw at least
36 shot and four killed by Sunday morning [5/29/2016], according to the Chicago Tribune. There
have been more than 1,400 shootings and nearly 300 homicides in 2016 so far.
Murder Problem. Already embroiled in a crisis over race and police conduct, Chicago now faces a 62 percent
increase in homicides. Through mid-May, 216 people have been killed. Shootings also are up 60 percent.
hate crime: "Man says "I hate 'expletive' white people" while stabbing and robbing victim. Coincidentally
I was just a few blocks from the racist creep's home earlier that day. It's part of the area of Chicago known as the
Wild 100s. It's an apt moniker. Near the site of where the picture on top was taken an obese thug in an Indianapolis
Colts shirt chased after me while screaming "Hey buddy! Hey buddy!" He was not my buddy. Urban exploration is
dangerous — which is why I always have a planned escape route in mind while I snap photographs.
8 dead, 41 wounded in Mother's Day weekend shootings. Eight people — including a 16-year-old
boy — were killed and at least 39 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago over Mother's Day weekend.
Than 1,000 People [have been] Shot in Chicago So Far This Year. The number of people shot in Chicago so far
this year has exceeded 1,000, according to data from the Chicago Tribune. The total stood at 1,008 as of Wednesday,
which included a 4-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the foot. The child had been walking down a block with his mom
on the city's West Side when an argument erupted in the street. Gunfire followed.
pleads guilty to kickback scheme with Chicago's parking meters. A former executive for the company that runs
Chicago's parking meters pleaded guilty Thursday to taking kickbacks to steer a $22 million contract to install the privately
owned meters. Philip "Felipe" Oropesa, 57, of Marietta, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court
in Atlanta, where his case was transferred after he was indicted in Chicago last year, court records show. Oropesa also
agreed to forfeit $90,000 in bribe money he was paid over the course of the scheme.
Chicago police have 'no regard' for minority lives. Police in Chicago have "no regard for the sanctity of life
when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a
code of silence, a task force declared Wednesday [4/13/2016] in a report that seeks sweeping changes to the nation's
third-largest police force.
Task force accuses Chicago police of
institutional racism. Chicago is once again seething with rage after a deadly shooting by a police officer, the latest in a
spate of violence that has strained relations between the community and law enforcement. Hundreds of residents took to the streets
Tuesday night [4/12/2016], one day after authorities identified the person shot and killed by police as 16-year-old Pierre Loury.
The Editor says...
Before you get angry at the cops, ask yourself this question: Which political party has ruled Chicago for the last several
decades? If there is a system that condones excessive force and permits a "code of silence," who is to blame? The correct
answer is: the Democrats!
Cost of Radical Police 'Reform' Is Blood on Chicago's Streets. In Chicago, two momentous things are happening
at once. First, in the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald shooting — where a white officer shot a black
teenager, who was armed with a small knife, 16 times, even as McDonald appeared to be walking away — Chicago
police and prosecutors are facing a Department of Justice investigation and intense public scrutiny. Second, as the
investigation and accompanying political controversy unfold, Chicago's murder rate has surged by 84 percent, and
shootings have almost doubled.
crumbling, dangerous South Side creates exodus of black Chicagoans. Outsiders and former residents read headlines describing
violence on the South Side and wonder what has gone wrong in the largely black neighborhoods. But few discuss the toll that black
flight is having on Chicago, long a beacon for progress and employment for African-Americans stretching back to the days of slaughterhouses,
steel mills and Pullman porters. Chicago, the city that had once been home to the most prominent African-Americans, from Joe Louis and
Mahalia Jackson to Michael Jordan and Oprah, lost 181,000 black residents just between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Theatrics, and Murder in Obama's Adopted Hometown. President Obama's hometown of Chicago has been controlled by his political party since at least 1931.
The city is a reflection of a certain style of politics and philosophy, one in which single-party rule, corruption, and the casual disregard of human rights all go
hand-in-hand. Perhaps the city's residents have become accustomed to this state of affairs, but for the rest of us, the Windy City is a cautionary tale of what
America could look like if Barack Obama and his cronies were allowed to reign unopposed and unchecked.
Chicago's Homicide Rate Has Exploded This
Year. Chicago's homicide numbers this year are the worst they has been since the 1990's. Data recorded by the Chicago
Police Department and The Chicago Tribune show that there have been at least 102 homicides this year, 95 of them
murders. The incredible murder rate is the highest for this time of year in Chicago since 1997. This time in 2015, there
had only been 52 homicides, almost half the current total.
in Chicago this year double same period last year. Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning
[2/22/2016] pushed Chicago's homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year. The city has recorded
at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the [Chicago] Tribune.
The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot — about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.
of Chicago Red-Light-Camera Scandal Found Guilty On All Charges. The final chapter in one of the biggest
corruption scandals in Chicago history came to an end Jan. 26, as a federal jury convicted former Chicago transportation
official John Bills on all charges. Formerly second-in-command at the Chicago Department of Transportation, Bills was
convicted on 20 counts of mail and wire fraud, bribery, extortion, conspiracy and tax evasion charges. The jury found
that Bills took hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and perks from Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. in exchange for helping the
company win and maintain Chicago city contracts for its red-light camera system. The guilty verdict comes with a maximum
potential prison sentence of more than 300 years, according to the Chicago Tribune, and serves as a case study in Chicago
waste and corruption.
homes in Chicago's most violent neighborhood — West Garfield Park. For all of the talk of Englewood on
the South Side being Chicago's being so viscious, by most accounts it is not Chicago's most violent neighborhood. That dishonor
goes to West Garfield Park on the West Side. And yesterday afternoon [1/24/2016] I dropped by for a visit.
Went to Rahm Emanuel, Then Quashed the Laquan McDonald Video. City of Chicago lawyers, after meeting with Mayor
Rahm Emanuel, demanded the Laquan McDonald family bury the video showing the killing of their son by a police officer.
Emanuel said last month that Stephen Patton, Chicago's corporation counsel, briefed him "towards the end of March" about what
the dashboard-camera video showed and about the proposed $5 million settlement with McDonald's estate. After that briefing,
Patton's second-in-command, Thomas Platt, drafted settlement language to keep the dash-cam video hidden for at least several years,
according to emails reviewed by The Daily Beast.
Judge: City Attorney Concealed Evidence Of Police
Shooting. A top attorney for the City of Chicago has resigned after a federal judge said he hid evidence in a deadly police shooting
case. A jury ruled in March 2015 that the 2011 shooting death of Darius Pinex by Chicago police officers during a traffic stop was justified,
according to the Tribune. But U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang ruled on Monday [1/4/2016] that the trial was "unfair" because attorney Jordan
Marsh covered up evidence that contradicted the cops' accounts of the shooting. Chang overturned the verdict, imposed sanctions against
the city and granted a new trial.
of big government have made Chicago ungovernable. Crime, corruption and misgovernment are rampant. Last year, homicides
in Chicago approached 470. Gang violence in some neighborhoods is a constant occurrence. The city has strict gun laws, but
shootings in poor neighborhoods are a regular event. Public schools are in deplorable condition, with the teachers union promising a
protracted strike later in the year, the second such strike during Rahm's five years in office. City finances are a dreadful mess, and
the city's public school budget is out of balance by nearly $500 million.
Chiraq man murdered despite being on school Safe
Passage route. With great fanfare last fall Chicago Public Schools rolled out Safe Passage route so students could walk to school with
adult monitors without being worried about gang violence. Someone on the on the West Side didn't heed the bright yellow signs this morning [1/4/2015].
sings blue-model blues. For starters, look at Rahm Emanuel's Chicago. Rahm Emanuel, a major inner-circle
supporter of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is not a stupid man. Nonetheless, he's finding it harder and harder to
hold things together. Right now, Emanuel is facing problems over the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Video makes it
pretty clear that the shooting wasn't justified, but the city withheld the video until, conveniently enough, after Emanuel had won
a sharply-contested election. McDonald's family received a $5 million settlement (which some have characterized as hush
money) and emails obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times last week show that city officials were more interested in managing the news
than in getting to the bottom of what happened. Meanwhile, Chicago faces other problems, including a secret jail where
prisoners were kept from their lawyers, numerous other instances of police misconduct and racial discrimination and a sinking
Rahm Emanuel's Cuban Vacation.
No doubt you, too, spent the holidays relishing the humiliation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the overrated and obnoxious Democratic Party
hack who, finally, is teetering on the brink of political oblivion. [...] How bad is Rahm Emanuel? He makes Bill De Blasio look good.
He was forced into an unprecedented runoff before winning a second term last spring. In early December his approval rating was
18 percent. Protestors, including Democratic powerbroker Al Sharpton, want him to resign for the city's withholding of video in
the case of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager killed by a police officer in 2014. Gang violence is pervasive. Municipal finances
are a wreck. Normally one might be inclined to sympathize, however faintly, with a city manager out of his depth and at the mercy of
events. Not in this case.
schools' credit rating sinks below 'junk' status. The rating drop, which increases borrowing costs for the
district, comes as CPS remains at odds over a new labor contract with the Chicago Teachers Union that could further increase
operating expenses. The CTU is now threatening to strike if CPS does not meet its demands. The union contract
negotiations also hinge on the district's budget predicament, which CPS officials believe can only be solved with a massive
cash infusion from state lawmakers.
you weren't watching: The 2015 Chicago politics year in review. For most of the world, the calendar starts in
January. But in Chicago, the New Year apparently began on November 24, when Mayor Emanuel finally released the video showing
police officer Jason Van Dyke gunning down Laquan McDonald. With that, Chicagoans awoke to the realization that [...] we're
living in a corrupt autocracy ruled by a jerk. How come no one told us?! For the benefit of the sleepyheads,
let me run through just a few of the things that, politically speaking, happened in the first ten months of 2015-before you were
prison for 'ringmaster' in giant Chicago fraud case involving politically connected black figures in Obama's circle. How bad is
political corruption in Chicago? A sentence handed down yesterday [12/14/2015] in a case involving theft of grant money gives some
indication. The people involved had serious political "clout" (a great Chicago political word) in the city chosen by Barack Obama as
his political home.
Pays Millions but Punishes Few in Killings by Police. The gunshots blasted on and on, 45 in all, until Calvin Cross lay dead in
a vacant lot. Mr. Cross, 19, had run away after three Chicago police officers pulled alongside him on a South Side street near his house.
Bullets hit his chest, arm, back, face and the little finger on his right hand. The officers, who fired four weapons including an assault
rifle that night in May 2011, said that Mr. Cross had fired at them. Investigators found an old revolver several hundred feet from Mr.
Cross's path. But tests later showed definitively that the gun was inoperable and did not have Mr. Cross's fingerprints.
police scandal fueled by decades of one-party rule. Monopolistic political machines breed contempt for voters,
animosity toward policy innovation and even minimal notions of transparency. Ending one-party rule in Chicago and other big
cities won't solve all of their problems, but it can force a more honest conversation about what those problems are.
the dog in Chicago. The [Laquan McDonald] incident was captured on police dash cam when it happened, so
authorities knew right away what the truth was (the public, meanwhile, had to wait over a year for the truth). Not to
mention multiple officers witnessed their colleague shoot a 17 year old in the back while he was walking away, and
continued to pump him full of lead after he had collapsed to the pavement, convulsing as the bullets tore into his body.
Nevertheless, the union wasted no time cranking up its PR machine in protection of the shooter.
launches investigation into Chicago police. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday [12/7/2015] the launching of an
investigation into the Chicago Police Department for possible civil rights and other violations. The investigation comes as the police
force is under intense scrutiny since the recent release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black teenager Laquan
McDonald 16 times. The announcement also comes just ahead of the expected release of similar footage in another young black man's
death at the hands of an officer.
The Fish Rots From the Head in
Chicago. I've got nothing against [Rahm] Emanuel. I've known him since 1992 and benefited from his strategic leaks
in the Clinton White House. And I know this: Emanuel epitomizes a brand of politics that puts loyalty and electoral success
above all else. He was educated in the school of Clinton, where the ends justify the means, and ruled the Obama White House when
it capitulated to the culture of Washington that his boss had vowed to fight. And then off he went to Chicago, a historically
corrupt city with a police department known for hiding misconduct and brutality.
Republicans Must Save the Cities. A
Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was wielding a
knife and who had PCP in his system. Chicago authorities apparently went to some trouble to sweep the case under the rug: A $5 million
settlement to his family already had been approved; the officer wasn't charged until nearly a year after the fact; a police-camera video of the
shooting was suppressed for more than a year, until an FOIA lawsuit forced its release.
Shootings, 440 Deaths Year-To-Date In Heavily Gun-Controlled Chicago. As of November 23, there had been
2703 shootings which resulted in 440 deaths year-to date in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. [...] It is interesting to note
that regardless of the failure of the "violence tax," the Seattle City Council adopted a similar tax on August 10.
As with Chicago, gun crime in Democrat-run Seattle is raging.
Deserves Riots Over The Laquan McDonald Shooting And Coverup. Chicago is bracing for riots after the release of
a video of a black teenager, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. [...] From what we
know, McDonald was hopped up on hallucinogenic drugs and in his addled state had attacked a police car and slashed its tires with a
knife, so he was definitely a danger to himself and others and needed to be apprehended. But when he was shot, he was trying
to walk away from police and did not pose an immediate danger to them, so the hail of bullets that took him down — and
kept pumping into him after he was on the ground — was grotesquely excessive. But that's not the real grievance.
The real grievance is the total contempt the city government of Chicago has always shown for its citizens.
Cop-Basher Strangely Mute on Laquan McDonald Case. You would think this one is right in his wheelhouse. A cop
acted stupidly, it happened in his hometown and the mayor is his former Chief of Staff, so it's not as if he can't get the facts,
right? By now Obama would have normally unleashed his Justice Department to get to the bottom of this obvious political
cover-up. Strange. We just can't put out finger on why a guy with verbal diarrhea isn't expressing his outrage.
Unless maybe, just maybe the fact Chicago is a Democrat cesspool of corruption. Could that be it?
paid $5 million to shooting victim's family, keeping them quiet and video secret while Rahm re-elected. As
Chicago is convulsed over video of Office James McDonald emptying his gun into 17 year old Laquan McDonald with 16 shots,
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is so far escaping scrutiny over the city's successful effort to suppress the shooting as an issue in his
re-election campaign. The shooting took place on October 20, 2014, and Mayor Emanuel was facing a nonpartisan election
4 months later, on February 24, 2015. Since no one received a majority of the vote (Emanuel received 46% to
runner-up Democratic Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" García's 34%, a run-off election was held on April 7,
with Emanuel winning 55.7% of the vote and a second term.
Control Works: Chicago Has the Deadliest Murder Month in 13 Years. This is why you can't fix gun violence as
long as the Democratic Party is in power. The Democratic Party isn't just a pro-crime party, it's a party of criminals.
It's their own political foot soldiers who are doing the killing.
Obama Wants to Take Our Guns, So We Can All Experience
the "Peace" of Chicago. After the shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus last week, Obama took to the airwaves to issue this
statement: "We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass
shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways
to prevent it." These "common-sense" and "modest" laws Obama refers to in Britain and Australia Obama refers to aren't just lines in a
law book, but would require extreme confiscation and bans. They also did little to reduce overall homicide rates. Instead, United
Kingdom was found to be the most violent country in Europe in 2009.
awful truth about Obama's hometown that he and the media ignore in gun discussion. Why has no one asked President Obama what
"commonsense" gun control measures in addition to those already at work in Chicago he would like to see? Why has no one asked him about the
disparity in his concern over a handful of white victims in Oregon versus his completely ignoring hundreds of black murder victims in his hometown?
Chicago, the town Obama adopted as his own and where his mansion still sits, puts the lie to the vague gun control nostrums he is selling.
will the Obamas live when they leave the White House? Probably not Chicago. [Scroll down] All around
these old Obama haunts, Hyde Park — with its tree-lined streets and hip restaurants — hums along
without its most famous former residents. Lingering in the air is the acknowledgment, eked out in drips and dribbles over the
past year, that the Obamas probably will not call this place their permanent home again. The couple, who are away on
Martha's Vineyard for their sixth vacation there in recent years, have made places other than Chicago their retreats from the
hot light of Washington. They will have spent 16 days on the Vineyard, off Massachusetts, before returning to Washington
this weekend. They have not spent extended time in Chicago, and in the past seven years, their longtime home has played more
of a peripheral role.
Mental Rigidity Is Dangerous. Obama comes from a power culture in Chicago. Just listen to
Obama's guru, Rev. Jerry Wright. In Jerry Wright's sermons, no opponent has a respectable opinion.
Dissidents are scapegoated and abused, by words if not deeds.
Obama Administration's Chicago Politics. Chicago has long been stereotyped as a city
where any-means-necessary politics have ruled, and where excess is preferable to moderation.
Convicted felon Tony Rezko, leftist extremists Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger,
radical Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky's take-no-prisoners Rules for Radicals, felon and former
Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich — all these were part of Barack Obama's Chicago
tutelage. Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel's infamous adage — "You never let a serious
crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that, it's an opportunity to do things you think you
could not do before" — was the unofficial motto of the Obama administration's efforts to
grow government, up-regulate, and borrow immense sums — measures impossible without a
climate of induced panic and fear.
rules Chicago law to shore up imperilled pensions unconstitutional. On Friday, Cook
County Judge Rita Novak shot down a 2014 law aimed at reducing multi-billion-dollar deficits in two
of Chicago's pension funds, ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The move is widely
considered a blow to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he struggles to rescue his city's credit rating
and balance its finances.
Chicago schools propose $1.16 bln more debt. Chicago Public Schools on Monday [7/20/2015] proposed
selling up to $1.16 billion of bonds despite the district's falling credit ratings, big budget
deficit and lack of an approved plan to ease escalating pension costs.
Obama library to be built in America's most corrupt major city. As a sort of farewell
present to the city he adopted as his political base but will leave for more glamorous New York City
after his presidency, the Barack Obama Presidential Library is to be built on parkland taken from
the citizens of Chicago. Unless, that is, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoes a bill
authorizing the transfer of city-owned park acreage to the library.
Chicago Treason Network. Notwithstanding the intricacies and nuances of Middle Eastern
politics and tribal blood feuds, Chicago, by comparison, is a microcosm of parallel intrigue. For it
is through this Midwestern city that Obama's personal connections come together in a variety of tangled
ways. [...] Chicago, the urban hub of the Midwest, was, through much of the 20th century, also Communist
central. The city was home to the tireless Communist Frank Marshall Davis, a primary mentor of Barack
Obama. In Chicago, an intricate latticework of labor movements, civil rights organizations, and
newspapers all carried the Soviet line, recruiting fellow travelers and useful idiots who helped advance
the cause of their Soviet utopia.
Chicago Presidency. Malice is a valuable political tool for Barack Obama. Benjamin
Netanyahu apparently bothered President Obama. What could that possibly entail, given the historic
alliance between Israel and the United States? From the petty malice of Obama-administration aides
leaking slurs that Netanyahu was a coward and chickens--t to the fundamental malevolence of
community-organizing Netanyahu's opponents in an effort to defeat him at the polls to leaking
previously classified information about Israel's nuclear deterrent, the message is again Chicagoan.
running the Illinois Lottery? No one seems to know. Who's in charge of the huge
Illinois Lottery — and under what contract terms are they working? Anyone who knows
the answer to those questions isn't answering them today in the wake of Illinois Attorney General
Lisa Madigan's surprise move Jan. 23 to scuttle a "termination agreement" between the Lottery and
Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that manages its operations. Madigan said in her opinion
that the termination pact, announced in the final days of Pat Quinn's administration, was illegal and
would have cost taxpayers millions in extra fees and charges. But the opinion omitted lots of
details about who, what and how much.
Chicago, the Shame of a
Nation. It should come as a surprise to just about nobody that Chicago is the most corrupt big
city in America, and long has been. [...] Chicago has flaunted its outlaw status in the country's face for
nearly a century. And continues to do so, now that one of its own occupies the White House.
The Abuser in Chief.
Obama's political career was made in the Democratic stronghold of Cook County. He never had to cut deals
across the aisle. Any success he had when he served in Springfield was due to bill-jacking; the hard work
across the aisle was done by others, but Obama's political mentor, State Senate President Emil Jones, schemed to
have Obama's name attached to the bills so he could make a United States senator out of his protégé.
Deep Cover at Organizing
for America. [Scroll down slowly] Notice, too, the use of the phrase "take ownership of the
community." Evanston borders Chicago on the north, and they speak the same political language. In
Democrat-ese, "owning the community" means that if you got a problem with trash pickup, talk to the Democratic
precinct captain. If you have a kid who needs a job, talk to the Democratic precinct captain. If
you have trouble with delivery trucks getting ticketed for double-parking in front of your shop, talk to the
Democratic precinct captain. If you need a block party permit, a one-day liquor license, or a building
code violation overlooked, talk to the Democratic precinct captain. Democrats own the community.
Welcome To Camp Obama.
[Mike] Kruglik happens to be the Alinsky disciple who first taught Obama hardball organizing tactics on the South
Side. He was Obama's boss in the '80s. Kruglik now works for the Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation,
which trains and deploys radicals across the country. Kruglik once declared Obama "the undisputed master
of agitation," according to David Freddoso, author of the best-seller "The Case Against Barack Obama."
Socialist Connections: Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received
the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state
senate seat. Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to
eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the "champions" of "Chicago's democratic left" and a long-time socialist
activist. Obama's stint as a "community organizer" in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his
relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.
with Daley. It was one more story of dirty Chicago politics that went unnoticed in the national
media. This story of Patrick Daley feeding from the trough — or more properly, from the
sewer — exemplifies the sweetheart deals that are typical of the political environment in which
Senator Barack Obama rose. It rounds out the story of how each member of the family of Obama's Illinois
Senate mentor, Emil Jones, somehow manages to make big money from government salaries and contracts.
Socialist Connections: Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received
the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state
senate seat. Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to
eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the "champions" of "Chicago's democratic left" and a long-time socialist
activist. Obama's stint as a "community organizer" in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his
relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.
Carl Davidson: In
the mid-1990s Davidson was a major player in the Chicago branch of the New Party, a Marxist political coalition
whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials. ... Davidson first met Barack Obama through
the New Party, which endorsed the latter in his run for the Illinois state senate in 1996. Obama had
actively sought this endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers. Davidson
quickly became one of Obama's most ardent supporters. He helped organize a large 2002 rally where Obama
first established himself as an eloquent anti-war spokesman.
When is Obama Not Lying?
Obama is just another shifty-eyed, moondancin' pol from the Chicago Machine, playing the race card like Jesse Jackson,
even according to The New Yorker. He makes outright deals with corruptocrat Tony Rezko to get his home cheap,
and with the Teamsters to buy their election troops in exchange for Federal oversight leniency. He's been
lolling in bed with the wild-eyed zealots of ACORN for ten years or more.
Aim: In 2007, Senator Barack Obama stood up for a gun owner. He endorsed Chicago Alderman
Dorothy Tillman in her Democratic primary. Not only was she a gun owner, but she had even pulled a gun
on her colleagues during a contentious 1991 ward redistricting hearing, according to eyewitnesses.
Tillman, best known for demanding to be served by black (not white) waiters, and for advocating reparations
for slavery, narrowly lost her race despite Obama's support.
Obama and South
Chicago Slum Developers: Barack Obama's political career rose from the south side of Chicago
with a lot of help from his friends involved in the housing industry. They have profited and thrived,
unlike the Senator's south side constituents. The Tony Rezko scandal focused the nation's attention on
just one piece of a much larger story: Obama's close association with several South Chicago slum
landlords, plus one property manager who is now his senior advisor.
Chuck Todd Ascribes to Chicago Mayor Daley Tremendous Power Over White House Olympic Push. This
is a BIZARRE assessment. But Todd's explanation — in defense of his bizarreness — had
him venturing further into the realm of the absurd. He insisted that Mayor Daley basically ordered the
White House — and the President specifically — to get involved on behalf of his Olympic effort.
If this is true, Todd is breaking some serious news here — that the titular head of the vaunted,
notorious Chicago Political Machine can bend the White House to his will whenever he wishes.
Which would be more than a little disturbing.
Chicagoland. Instead of
lobbying Olympics officials to bring the games to his hometown of Chicago, President Obama should be huddling with
local officials to figure out how to control violence there. Some say Chicago is too broke to host the
Olympics. Others say it's too corrupt. Above all, it's too dangerous. Crime is out of control,
and the president shares some blame for the trend.
America, You've Been
Punk'd. It's okay to admit it: you thought you were voting for a more benevolent and wiser
version of Tiger Woods when all you got was a smoother version of Chicago-style, brass knuckle politics.
It isn't so much that you voted for the wrong guy; you were lied to by the media. But you should have
known better. Chicago has a long and storied run of thoroughly corrupt political bosses giving envy to
any third-world dictator.
Obama hits opponents with Chicago brass knuckles.
[Scroll down] Daley's father of course was Richard M. Daley, mayor of Chicago from 1955 until his
death in 1976. Ayers' father was head of Commonwealth Edison, the Chicago-based utility, from 1964 to
1980. You bet they were great friends. That's governance, Chicago style. The head of
government is friends with the heads of every big business, lobby and union, and together they make
decisions on how everyone else will live. Those on the inside get what they want. Those
on the outside — well, they get what the big guys want them to have. That's life in the
Obama's Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model. The guru of Sixties radicals, [Saul] Alinsky
urged his followers to be flexible and opportunistic and say anything to get power, which they can then use to
destroy the existing society and its economic system. Alinsky died in 1972, but left behind an organization
in Chicago dedicated to his malicious ideas. This team hired Barack Obama in 1986 when he was 23 and taught
him how to organize for radical transformation.
An unfortunate Chicago tradition. You want to be able to pack a weapon in public for your safety?
Fine. All you have to do is 1) run for the [Chicago] City Council and 2) win. Why the state
assumes that aldermen are fit for this prerogative is a mystery. "Law-abiding" is not the very first word
that comes to mind when you think of the City Council. Since 1972, 27 of its members have been convicted
on charges involving malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance, disfeasance and anti-feasance with mopery
aforethought. It would be hard to come up with a group of people that has proven itself less
deserving of blanket trust.
It's the Totalitarianism, Stupid.
It is no comfort to know that Barack Obama rose to power in the hustler world of Chicago politics and that Mayor Daley,
Michelle Obama, and Valerie Jarrett, all faithful creatures of the machine, decided on all the appointments in this
known by the friends you keep. Since the advent of his socialist circle of czar advisers, we now
have a better measure of Obama. He seems to be a progressive in a European socialist way, but his czars
appear to be authoritarian — not democratic — socialists. As manufacturing czar
Ron Bloom put it, "We believe in the persuasion of power." Let's look further back to the "friends he
keeps." Obama's consigliore is his senior adviser, progressive liberal Valerie Jarrett, a virtual
cerebral body part to both him and the first lady. Know her and you know the Obamas.
Obama and the White
House Chicago Boys. Barack Obama has a problem. His polls numbers are dropping and his
policies are fueling an angry backlash across America. The Democratic party is held in disrepute, and
congressional Democrats are dropping like flies. This imperils Obama's radical agenda and his own 2012
prospects. What to do? Game the system and rig the future elections. That is how things are
done in the streets of Chicago.
Obama and the Government
Employees: Barack Obama may not have learned much at Harvard regarding the Constitution, but he did
learn in Chicago how politics works: the Chicago way. Reward supporters, and keep the bribery as opaque
as possible. Chicago mores have been brought to Washington.
Ignores 'The Chicago Way,' Corrupt Machine That Spawned Obama, Three Suicides. While [John] Kass
calls Obama "a Chicago political guy," he knows the Machine is multi-layered. While the hub is Chicago,
spokes extend throughout Cook County, and reach deep inside the state capital at Springfield. Because
the MSM ignored the Machine from which Obama emerged, the electorate didn't realize that voting for Obama
meant endorsing politics the Chicago way.
Study examines decades
of Cook County corruption. Nearly 150 elected leaders, high-ranking officials and people doing
business with the county have been convicted in corruption cases ranging from bribery to ghost-payrolling
dating back to 1957, a study released Thursday [2/19/2010] by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Better
Government Association found.
Obama, the Chicago
Boys, and their 30 Billion Dollar Slush Fund: [Scroll down slowly] Recall, Barack Obama's
statement, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." That is the modus operandi of a criminal.
Evidently that is also the governing philosophy of our President.
"Chicago Way" Of Barack Hussein Obama. The Better Government Association, a busy Chicago-based
watchdog group that has its work cut out for it, recently released its "Hall of Shame" report that details the
nearly 150 county officials who have gone to jail for corruption in Barack Obama's Cook County. And that
doesn't even include the more than one hundred Chicago officials who have also gone to jail over the last few
The bullies in
the White House. Recall, Obama is at his most truthful when he speaks extemporaneously, when
the Teleprompter and his handlers cannot control him. He said back during the campaign that when
adversaries "bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Those are mob rules. It is also the
modus operandi of Presidential "governance" in the Age of Obama. These are the Chicago Boys, after all.
Chicago: home of Al Capone, one party-and one-family rule for decades. Alderman politics, city
of corruption, and whose political mores have now been writ large.
Duncan's list and the Chicago Way. When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ran the Chicago
Public Schools for the boss of Chicago, he kept a secret list of those who hoped to clout children into the
city's top-tier public schools. "We didn't want to advertise what we were doing because we didn't want a
bunch of people calling," CPS official David Pickens admitted to Tribune reporters Azam Ahmed and Stephanie
Banchero, who broke the story. So the schools kept a clout list. But they didn't want nobody nobody
sent hassling them with calls.
First, He Was a
Community Organizer. When Barack Obama entered the 2008 Presidential Election scene, ...we were told that
his most endearing credential was that he had navigated the "mean streets of Chicago" as a community organizer disseminating
"hope"; that he had been successful in making the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Chicago a better place to live, a safer
place to live. As of April 25, 2010, the residents of Chicago have stood witness to 113 homicides. ... Gang
crime is so bad in some parts of the city that parents, when there are two existing in the household, routinely remind their
children not to play in front of the windows in their houses for fear of being struck by a stray bullet fired from the
gun of a gangbanger.
Shoring Up Chicago's
Community Bank. Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee want to find out if
anyone in the Obama White House attempted to influence the financial bailout of a well-known Chicago-based
"community bank," which faced FDIC closure last week, and which, going back to the Clinton Administration,
has had close ties to ACORN and the leftist community-organizing world of Chicago.
Rezko, Barack Obama, the FBI Mole, and the Somnolent Chicago MSM. The Chicago media covers
Illinois political corruption like crime reporters. They show up at the scene, gather for the perp
walk, snap a photo, and cover the trial. In short, they wait for the story to happen and then accept
official explanations with minimum scrutiny. Consequently, when the Machine gets caught, it's generally
not the media that breaks the story. And it's been that way in Chicago for a very long time.
The Candidates That Nobody Sent.
The ethos of the clubhouse era was captured in the story of Illinois Democrat Abner Mikva, who — decades
before becoming a House member and then a federal judge — walked into his Chicago Democratic ward office
in 1948 as an earnest law student hoping to volunteer. As Mikva later recounted, a glaring ward committee
member brusquely asked him, "'Who sent you?' I said, 'Nobody sent me.' He put [his] cigar back in his
mouth and he said, 'We don't want nobody that nobody sent.'" This week's elections were the triumph of
the candidates that nobody sent.
Chicago homecoming is not so sweet. It's been 15 months since President Obama went home
sweet home to Chicago. ... [But] it should be obvious why Obama hasn't been home much. Obama moved to
Chicago to establish his political base, but now the city is a political liability.
Tony Demasi and
the Chicago Way. [Scroll down] Owning a club introduces the proprietor to the seedy
world of Chicago politics unlike any other business. In order to own a club one would need as many
as six different licenses: a liquor license, a tobacco license (smoking was still legal in bars at
the time), a valet license, sidewalk license, and the Public Place of Amusement license, which allows a
venue the ability to charge a cover for live music or a DJ. In order to get these licenses successfully,
building inspectors, plumbing inspectors and electrical inspectors from various city zoning and buildings
departments, along with the local Alderman and Police commander would all have to approve parts of any
and all of these licenses. With his connection to [Marty] Gutilla's circle of friends, [Anthony A.]
Demasi had just the right influence to navigate this process.
Illinois is that? What could be tastier than two Democrats — President Barack Obama
and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — hanging out with the treasurer of the Republican National Committee
at a Wilmette fundraiser hosted by a political fixer who would soon be in federal prison? According to
testimony by businessman Joseph Aramanda (who later wrote a $10,000 campaign check to Obama), it happened in
2003 as Obama was mounting a campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Surrounding Bank with Obama Ties Grows. Controversy continues to swirl around the Obama administration's
bailout of the politically connected community lender ShoreBank, with new calls for an investigation into how
the bank was able to secure tens of millions of dollars in Wall Street cash to stay alive, FOX Business has
Chicago Problem. [Scroll down] Mr. Obama continued to swing for Mr. Giannoulias right
through the news that the Giannoulias's Broadway Bank had loaned millions to Michael "Jaws" Giorango, a
convicted bookmaker, as well as other crime figures. He stuck with him through the news that some of
this money had been disbursed when Mr. Giannoulias was the bank's senior loan officer. And Mr. Obama
stuck with him when even the Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan, refused to endorse Mr.
Giannoulias. "My history in politics, if you were alleged to be connected to the mob, you were done,"
said Mr. Madigan in the run-up to the 2006 treasurer's election.
Obama "All In" for Sen. Candidate/Mob
Banker Who Loaned $20M to a Guy Named "Jaws". President Obama has thrown his political weight
behind Chicago mob banker and basketball buddy, Alexi Giannoulias, in a brazen attempt to help elect one of
the sleaziest Democrat politicians around to his old Illinois Senate seat.
Obama Cozies Up to
Giannoulias. President Obama was believed to be avoiding Alexi Giannoulias. Why?
Well, Giannoulias, who is vying for Obama's old Illinois Senate seat and is a former basketball buddy of
the president, has become something of a political toxin. It became public that the former banker
serviced loans to mobsters and crooks, and Giannoulias's own family bank collapsed, creating yet another
political embarrassment for the candidate who is currently Illinois's state treasurer. But Obama
seems to have had a change of heart, and later this week he will host a political fundraiser for
Giannoulias in Chicago.
raises nearly $1 million for Giannoulias. The nearly $1 million fundraising event at the
Palmer House Hilton highlighted a quick visit by Obama back home to Chicago that also included a tour of a
Southeast Side Ford plant and a 49th birthday dinner Wednesday night [8/4/2010] with friends including
Shady Banking Buddy Left Behind. First Lady Michelle Obama's latest overseas jaunt is getting
all the headlines. But President Obama's money-grubbing junket to Chicago may cost taxpayers far more
in the long run. With his Gaultier-clad wife sashaying around the Spanish seaside, the lonely
fundraiser-in-chief returned to Illinois to take care of some birthday-week business. Job One:
Filling the Senate campaign coffers of his corruption-tainted political protege Alexi Giannoulias.
Only in Chicago Would
Street Gangs Be So Bold. Chicago street thugs held a press conference where they complained they
were not getting their fair share of the goodies that make Chi-Town the "City that Works."
City: Daley's friend got
$31K in free water by mistake. Two decades ago, the city's Streets and Sanitation Department
began leasing a block-long garage in Chinatown, in Chicago's notorious 1st Ward. The landlord: Fred
Bruno Barbara, a nephew of the late 1st Ward Ald. Fred Roti. Streets and San moved out by early 2005,
when Barbara — a friend of Mayor Daley — got caught up in the Hired Truck scandal.
But Barbara's garage and two adjoining buildings that he owns kept getting free water from City Hall —
until three months ago, when a Chicago Sun-Times reporter asked the Daley administration why it was treating
Barbara's garage as a "charitable account."
Obama and Company trying
to pull a fast one? The MOVE Act was passed in 2009 in reaction to ongoing problems with having
overseas military votes counted. States have had time to prepare and abide by the law. Is it a bolt
out of the blue that Illinois — a very blue state, home to Barack Obama and his cast of West Wing
characters — somehow just let this slip off their to-do list? All levels of state government
are in the hands of Democrats, and Cook County — where the Democratic machine has been in operation
for decades and where corruption is king — exercises a tremendous grip on what happens throughout
Voter Fraud in America.
The Chicago machine that nurtured Barack Obama's political career is legendary for its ability to manipulate
an election. Indeed, cheating and fraud are such staples of Illinois politics that residents hardly
notice any more. It is, of course, always interesting to hear a Chicago news-anchor provide the latest
tally of calls to the "Election Fraud Hotline" and no doubt some wagers are won and lost among citizens once
the final count is announced. But, for the most part, pay-offs, unregistered voters, dead voters, and
all the rest are an accepted part of life in the Prairie State.
Exposing Un-American Activities.
[Scroll down] The big news today is that some of the people who have been supporting Obama from the start
in Chicago are now under investigation by the FBI, suspected of providing support to foreign terrorist organizations
in Latin America and the Middle East. This is a trail that could lead all the way to the White House.
Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner, who are husband and wife, had their homes and offices raided because of
suspicions that they were providing support to foreign terrorist organizations. Both of them have been
associated with the Marxist-Leninist Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) and the Chicago New Party
that included Barack Obama.
staff pick just another cog in the Daley machine. As President Barack Obama knighted Chicago's William
Daley as his new chief of staff — and kept the Daley machine in control of the executive branch of our federal
government — I couldn't help thinking of the good old days.
mouthpiece Robert Gibbs was forced out by new henchman William Daley. I wondered yesterday [1/6/2011]
whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama's words indicated that it was "not
an entirely voluntary departure". It's being reported by John King on CNN right now that Gibbs wanted to be a
presidential counsellor — something he's been putting about for quite a while — but William
Daley, the new chief of staff, nixed this because he believed that too many cooks would spoil the presidential
broth. So that's why Gibbs is out.
The Chicago Machine Pumps Out A New Chief of Staff.
President Obama chose William Daley as his new chief of staff yesterday [1/6/2011], replacing Rahm Emanuel, who is leaving
to run for mayor of Chicago... a job currently held by Daley's brother Richard. It's comforting to know
there will be no net loss of Chicago politics in the White House.
Think Barack Obama left Chicago when he headed to the White House? Think again. The commander in
chief still commands a considerable presence here in the Midwest. Take, for instance, the rumors swirling
around police headquarters today that officer Mike Shields could be the top pick to permanently replace outgoing
police superintendent Jody Weis. Sources tell NBCChicago that he'll earn the top cop job sometime after
May. Shields is a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.
City Hall hired 139 ex-cons in two years. One of them smuggled cocaine from Jamaica about a
decade ago. Another was a carjacker. A third was convicted in the shooting of two Chicago cops
in the 1970s, hitting one of them in the face. They are among 139 people who got hired by the
City of Chicago over the past two years despite having been convicted of crimes. That's according to
a list of all of the city's hires of ex-cons in 2009 and 2010 obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times under
the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
gets nearly free internet and computers? [Scroll down] Many of the key people in Obama's
White House also hail from the Windy City including the man who replaced Emanuel as the Chief of Staff, Bill
Daley (brother of Chicago's former mayor) and Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's oldest friends and advisers.
This sort of bullying is not uncommon in Cook County, one of the last Democrat-run city machines in the nation
(wags call it Crook County for a reason). One hand washes the other there and rules are bent to favor
political allies — the seeming modus operandi of Barack Obama on a national scale over the last
Valerie Jarrett - Obama's Rasputin. She receives more protection than our Libyan ambassador,
calls the president by his first name, dines and vacations with the First Family and had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin
Laden. Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya. But White House senior adviser and Obama confidante
Valerie Jarrett reportedly had a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
Chicago's Violent Flash
Mobs. The Chicago Democrats have controlled the city for more than fifty years. The mayors
Daley instituted policies that not only segregated the city and the schools, but also insured the survival of
the Democratic Party at the expense of many neighborhoods. The Chicago Defender newspaper documented
how Democrat politicians in Chicago set up physical barriers to integration. The Chicago Defender claims,
"The Dan Ryan Expressway was conceived in clout and racism and born into a pattern of racial segregation that's
earned it the reputation as world-famous symbol of how Chicago's politicians used to create ghettos."
state has the worst balance of assets and liabilities? The management of the public
purse in Illinois is criminally sloppy, negligent, and without parallel in the United States.
Hard to imagine that it can get any worse, but it will. The burden they are placing on future
generations means that the state will continue to empty itself of people and businesses as taxes soar.
Eventually, the bills will come due.
Two Chicago cops took orders from Latin Kings. A bistate crackdown on the Latin Kings street gang
on Friday [11/18/2011] snared two Chicago Police officers accused of using their badges to rob people in Northwest
Indiana and Illinois. Their arrests were part of a broader crackdown against gang members and associates
accused of taking part in 19 murders, attempted murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and weapons violations,
mostly in Chicago and Indiana but stretching down to Texas, said U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District
school official, board member indicted in kickback scheme. A former North Chicago school board
member and her district's transportation director were accused Thursday of taking kickbacks totaling at least
$800,000 over 10 years from contractors who had been awarded lucrative school bus contracts. Gloria
Harper, 59, of North Chicago, was a member of the board of North Chicago Community Unit School District 187,
and Alice Sherrod, 59, of Gurnee, was in charge of transportation for the 4,000 students, prosecutors said in
announcing a 26-count indictment against them and three contractors.
Braun says 'no more drilling down' on her finances despite questions. Chicago mayoral candidate
Carol Moseley Braun today [1/7/2011] said there will be "no more drilling down" about her tax returns despite unanswered
questions about where she gets her money and the troubled state of her finances.
Obama's Gerrymander: We've been following
the ways that politicians and special interests try to influence the redistricting process for their own gain, often at the
expense of voters. An article this week in The New Yorker suggests that President Barack Obama's own political rise in
Chicago was partially the result of gerrymandering. As The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza reported, Obama worked with a
Democratic redistricting consultant to draw a state senate district tailored for him.
official: Chicago is nation's corruption capital. A University of Illinois study has found what
many probably already suspected: Chicago is the corruption capital of the nation. The study —
published Wednesday [2/15/2012] as the details of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Colorado prison assignment
emerged — showed that the federal court district that includes Chicago has had 1,531 public corruption
convictions since 1976, more than any other district in the nation.
Chicago Called Most Corrupt
City in the Nation. A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found
that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country. He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his
case. And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country.
says feds indicted him on tax charges when he wouldn't wear wire. Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was
indicted Thursday [2/23/2012] on charges he failed to pay taxes on tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds that he used
to pay off personal expenses. But the storied, tough-talking 77-year-old Democrat denied the charges and said he was
indicted after he refused to wear a wire on fellow Cook County Commissioner John Daley. "I'm too old to be a stool
pigeon," Beavers said.
Some 'Splainin' to do in
Chicago. Why did it take an obscure website to break this story when the Sun-Times has those
three-musketeer journalists they call the WATCHDOGS? And when the Trib has equally dogged sleuths
like John Kass and John Chase? Did either paper have knowledge concerning
what Illinois Pay To Play reported and decide to sit on the
information? Thanks to the legendary Bob Cooley, yet again, some current and former Chicagoans got some
'splainin' to do. But, what we'll most likely hear instead is the sound of crickets.
of violence claims 10 shooting victims across Chicago. At least 10 people were killed, including
a 6-year-old girl, in shootings over the weekend in Chicago. The slain were among at least 49 people wounded
in shootings from 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to information compiled by the Chicago Tribune.
Obama's early Chicago rise brought
African-Americans foreclosures, bankruptcies. President Barack Obama wants his 2012 re-election campaign to focus on Gov. Mitt Romney's private-sector
record, but his own private-sector history shows that he promoted and profited from the nation's disastrous real-estate bubble. One striking example comes from
the president's 1995 housing-discrimination class action lawsuit: It provided him with legal fees, greased his political donations and boosted his role in Chicago
Obama the Reactionary. [Scroll down] You have to
remember that Obama was given nearly 100 million dollars of play money by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, courtesy of Bill Ayers, supposedly
to fix the inner city school system. When the money was all spent Obama's campaign was launched, but nothing had changed in Chicago's schools.
The Word "Chicago" is Now Racist When in Conjunction
with "Obama". So says Chris Matthews and the MSNBC crew. Well.... Barack Obama worked in Chicago after college.
Obama went back to Chicago after law school. Obama was an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago. Barack Obama
represented an area of Chicago in the Illinois state Senate. Obama owns a house in Chicago. Obama's wife worked in
Chicago. Obama went to church in Chicago.
Obama brings Chicago politics to
Washington. Chicago has been called the home of "gangster government." How bad is it? Consider the following facts about
the city from which President Obama rose through the ranks of American public life, from community organizer and local lawyer to the Illinois state
legislature to the U.S. Senate and finally the Oval Office:
• Chicago's 2.7 million residents make up only about 21 percent of the state of
Illinois' population of nearly 13 million. Yet the city and its suburbs have accounted for 84 percent
of the state's public corruption convictions in federal courts since 1976, according to a
study released earlier this year by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
• Four of the state's previous seven governors went to jail on public
corruption charges, as did a third of Chicago aldermen who served during the period.
• New York and California have higher totals for public corruption convictions,
but Illinois leads the nation on a per capita basis.
Getting The Truth Out About Obama
Is A Winning Strategy. Republicans are properly squeamish about calling their opponents liars. (Democrats are not so shy.)
But sometimes a lie can be demonstrated. Republicans need to factually report Obama's falsehoods so the electorate will conclude on its own that
he intentionally deceives. [...] Americans can no longer believe anything Barack Obama says — just like any Chicago politician.
sordid tale of Chicago politics that reveals how Obama got his start. There's no other American city quite like it.
Fortunately. It's a beautiful city from the outside. And a political cesspool inside, a seeping source of conniving and
corruption that spawned Barack Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett and is now ruled by the president's ex-chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Chicago and Obama Globalized Voter Fraud . Chicago has a long tradition of padding its vote totals
by placing homeless and deceased persons on its voter registration list. Jim Laski, who once served as the
City Clerk of Chicago, second in power only to the mayor, noted in his book My Fall From Grace that fraudulent
voters were registered to addresses that included cemeteries, municipal buildings, and taverns.
Chicago Area Bank Robberies Nearly Double
Over 2011. Bank robbers had a busy year in 2012. The FBI said robbers have hit 218 banks in the Chicago area as of
Dec. 31, compared to 115 in 2011. "Close to double what we had in the prior year," said FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde.
New State Legislature Includes
Three Facing Criminal Charges. It's a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in
Springfield. It's the first time in years that three sitting lawmakers simultaneously face criminal charges. Representatives Derrick
Smith and LaShawn Ford and state Sen. Donne Trotter, all Chicago Democrats, face varying charges.
Rahm Emanuel Out of Excuses for Chicago's Murder Rate.
In 2012, Chicago recorded 505 murders. That may not sound all that bad, since in some years in the past two decades the city had over
900 murders (1991, 1992, and 1994). But it looks like a terribly high number when compared to New York (which recorded 414 murders
in 2012) or any of the other ten largest cities in America, because Chicago is not only the murder capital of America in terms of experiencing the
most murders. It also has, by far, the highest murder rate among America's ten largest cities.
Can Rahm Emanuel's Illegal Thug
Tactics Be Stopped? Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent a letter from his office to two banks, Bank of America
and TD Bank, asking each to suspend doing business with gun manufacturers in the hope that this will pressure these companies into
helping gun legislation pass.
On CNN, Cause of
Chicago Violence Is — You Guessed It — The GOP. Chicago hasn't had a Republican mayor in over 80 years.
Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor's mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats
ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans.
We learned that this morning [2/22/2013] on CNN Newsroom [...]
Chicago's Jacksons and Obamas. When Barack and Michelle Obama were married in Chicago two decades ago, Santita
Jackson, a daughter of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, sang at their wedding. When Mr. Obama ran for his first national
office, he made sure he was not stepping on the ambitions of her brother, Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who later became a
co-chairman of his 2008 presidential campaign.
The Chicago Roots of President
Obama's Leadership Style. Congress's authority to write a budget is determined not by a Home Rule Commission, but by the Constitution.
But President Obama was able to cleverly subvert Congress's power of the purse this way: the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate has not passed a
budget in four years. One can reasonably ask if President Obama enlisted, in the early months of his first term, the cooperation of Senate
Leader Reid in suspending the constitutionally mandated responsibility of the Senate to pass a budget. Since Harry Senate Majority Leader
Reid has the power to refuse to consider a budget bill, this is not a far-fetched idea.
Obama's 'Chicago Way'. The scandals
swirling around the Obama administration have many journalists scratching their heads as to how "hope and change" seem to have been supplanted
by "arrogance and fear." Perhaps it's time they revisit one of their original premises about Barack Obama: that he wasn't
influenced by the Chicago Daley machine. You know: the machine that boosted his career and whose
protégés — including Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and his wife, Michelle — he brought to
Washington with him.
Four Chicago Neighborhoods Named on List of 25 Most Dangerous. NeighborhoodScout, a real
estate blog, has compiled FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies to rank America's 25 most dangerous neighborhoods.
Chicago has four neighborhoods on the list, tied with Detroit for the city with the most neighborhoods listed.
New Boss, Same as the Old 'Boss'.
For those looking for insight on the scandals engulfing the Obama administration, read Boss, Mike Royko's classic 1971 biography of
former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. The IRS targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminalizing
reporting will make more sense after understanding how the infamous Chicago Machine, the one that birthed President Barack Obama, worked.
Cop Arrested Four Times in Seven Years Still Working, Makes $80K. Chicago Police Officer Richard A. Rizzo has been
arrested four times in the past seven years, but that's not enough to get him fired from the department. Rizzo has been arrested
for domestic battery, child endangerment and aggravated assault with a gun.
'Hot dog seasoning
emergencies' and other stupid Illinois political tricks. Now that Illinois has given us Barack Obama as president, crony capitalism is alive
well beyond the dreams of Gilded Age robber barons. The inherent dynamism of the American economy, which ought to be booming based on shale oil,
information technology, and other products of innovation, is instead being strangled by corruption and bureaucratic obstructionism.
Gun Control? Obama's Chicago New U.S. Murder
Capital. President Obama doesn't often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control. Then he'd have to explain, in arguably the most
gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States.
Jack Welch Vindicated: Obama Regime
'Faked' Pre-Election Unemployment Number. Chicago is known as a political cesspool. From Al Capone, to Rahm 'Dead Fish' Emanuel,
to Mayor Daley, it is a town that reeks of corruption and anyone who emerges, and especially the case of Barack Obama rises quickly, as a leading
force in that political arena should be met with high speculation. After all, a rise to prominence in Chicago means one thing —
you are tainted, a dirty player who will do anything and everything to obtain and remain in power.
Obama's Fate. [Scroll down] When he eventually
turned his eyes toward politics, Obama gravitated to the single place in the United States that most resembles a third-world tyranny —
Chicago. Controlled for years by a single party, and for much of that period by a single family (the Daleys), Chicago embodies
Indonesian corruption and authoritarianism (if not climate) to a point beyond the understanding of luckier Americans. (Among other
techniques of control, when a Chicago precinct captain ascertains that a voter has cast his vote the wrong way, the miscreant's garbage
cans — owned by the city — are confiscated, and he's left on his own to solve the problem of family waste disposal.
Suharto never came up with anything more effective than this.)
Obama's clever campaign to constrict
the flow of criticism. Among the many costs of the Barack Obama presidency is an intentional corrosion for its own political gain of public
faith in so many American institutions, among them Congress, the Supreme Court and the media. If numerous sectors of society are feuding or distrustful
of each other, then a well-controlled central authority like a chief executive can more easily rule the pieces. It's classic Chicago politics, the
way the mayor there controls the city's feuding neighborhood fiefdoms of Democrat pols and workers.
lawyer gets 15 years in big tax fraud case. A Chicago-area lawyer and accountant labeled by the government
as history's most prolific and unrepentant tax cheat was sentenced Wednesday [6/25/2014] to 15 years in prison, and
the judge bemoaned the "incredible greed" of some of America's wealthiest people for taking advantage of the tax shelters
to get Obama library draws Chicago-style suspicions. Chicago's rush to secure space in
a public park for Barack Obama's presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president's
hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics
as tangled as the ivy at Wrigley Field.
Chicago Way: Obama Visits Rahm Bearing Gifts ... Five Days Before Election. Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting a big political boost from his former boss just five days before he
faces re-election for mayor in the city elections.
Plummets in Chicago as Conceal Carry Permits Rise. The Washington Times is reporting
that as the number of Chicago residents with concealed carry handgun permits is rising, crime is
steadily declining. Since the state of Illinois began granting concealed carry permits this year,
the number of individuals arrested for robbery has fallen 20 percent.
Schools Chief Resigns Amid Federal Investigation. The chief executive of the public
school system here, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who has been the subject of a federal investigation into
possible misconduct, has resigned, the district announced Monday [6/1/2015]. Ms. Byrd-Bennett has
been on leave from Chicago Public Schools since April, following local news media reports that a grand
jury was hearing evidence about a no-bid school district contract that was awarded to a former employer
Chicago Public Schools chief to plead guilty to bribery scheme. Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara
Byrd-Bennett plans to plead guilty to charges she steered no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to an education
consulting firm where she once worked in return for promises of hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks, other perks
and a job, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday [10/8/2015].
are 13% of US population 37.6% of prisoners and 71% of shooters in Chicago. Over the
last couple of years, one of the dinner discussions our family has had relates to the observation
that many, if not most, of the alleged perpetrators of violent crimes whose photographs appear in
the mugshot section of our local newspaper's crime report are black.
Murders Jump in Obama's
Back Yard as Chicago Cuts Police Hires. The recession is stinging in President-elect Barack Obama's
hometown, where the Chicago Police Department is slowing hiring even as murders increase. Murders in Chicago
rose 16 percent in the first 10 months of the year. The city's homicide rate is triple New York's
and double that of Los Angeles.
Punches Homeless Man on Red Line While Friends Videotape the Attack. More than 250,000 people
have viewed an online video that appears to show a thug punching a homeless guy at a Chicago L stop.
Guardsman thwarts Red Line robbery; 3 teens arrested. Three teens who attempted to rob a judo
instructor with a replica gun at a CTA station got more than they bargained for, police say. It wasn't the
judo teacher who taught them a lesson, authorities say, but an Army National Guardsman armed with a real gun.
under guns save lives.
Do the Media Want a Race War?
[Scroll down] And where is our President in all of this? He says that "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin."
You do have two daughters, Mr. President. Does either one of them look like Aliyah Shell? In case you've never heard of Aliyah,
she was a 6-year-old black girl in Chicago who was shot to death last month while sitting with her mother on the front porch of her home.
She was one of 10 blacks murdered in Chicago over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Police say all 10 were murdered by other blacks.
I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case. Alton L. Hayes III, a west suburban
man charged with a hate crime, told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up
a white man early Tuesday [4/17/2012]. Hayes and a 15-year-old Chicago boy walked up behind the 19-year-old man
victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it
at the man and said, "Empty your pockets, white boy."
Media Lies About George Zimmerman, a Hate Crime Occurs In Chicago. We're learning today that in
Obama's Chicago, 18-year-old Alton L. Hayes has just been charged by police with "attempted robbery and
aggravated battery along with a hate crime" for attacking and robbing a 19-year-old man. Hayes is black,
the victim is white, and Hayes told investigators "he was angry about the [Trayvon] Martin shooting and decided
to attack the victim because of his race."
Racially charged beating sparked by death of Trayvon Martin. An 18-year-old man charged with a hate crime in
Oak Park told investigators he beat his victim in anger over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Cook
County state's attorney office. Alton L. Hayes, of the 1200 block of Woodbine Avenue in Oak Park, was
charged with attempted robbery and aggravated battery along with a hate crime, state's attorney spokesman Andy Conklin said
Wednesday afternoon [4/25/2012]. A 15-year-old Chicago boy also was charged with attempted robbery in the incident.
Wrigleyville Man's Throat Slashed in
Random Attack. Michael Schmidt says he has no idea why a man he passed while walking his dog Sunday night turned around and
attacked him. "He came up behind, put his left arm over my chest, took his right arm, and slashed my throat from left to right," Schmidt
explained. [...] He described his attacker as a black man about 30 years old who stood about 6 feet, 1 inch or 6 feet,
2 inches tall.
Relatives: Racial taunts sparked Lakeview
brawl. Witnesses saw the four men running in the streets and striking other people, including an off-duty police officer, [Assistant State's Attorney
Lorraine] Scaduto said. One man was struck from behind in the back of his head by Donald Robinson, Scaduto said. Another man was leaving a pizza restaurant
and was punched in the neck by Simmons, she said. When the man fell to the ground, he was kicked in the chest and ribs by Edward Robinson, Scaduto said.
The four then walked south on Clark and "caused much disruption in the business district," Scaduto said. They were followed by witnesses and some of the victims,
War II vet attacked: 'They hit me and they kicked me'. An 87-year-old World War II veteran was walking from a
corner store in West Englewood after buying lottery tickets when he was attacked by three people who smashed his glasses,
knocked out his hearing aid and broke his dentures, then went through his pockets and fled with his wallet, according to
his family and police.
Chicago Thugs Celebrate
Obama's New Gun Laws By Shooting Woman on Bus. The report says police are looking for three men. No descriptions of the
suspects, of course. We doubt they are law-abiding gun owners or members of the NRA.
Sunday morning's Chicago Tribune went to bed a full day before reporters could complete their lengthy computer spreadsheet of Independence Day
weekend gun casualties: more than 70 people shot, 11 of them fatally, from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening
[7/7/2013]. Two other murders — a stabbing and a beating — pushed the city's homicide toll to 13.
The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment.
Today's black leadership pretty much lives off the fumes of moral authority that linger from its glory days in the 1950s and '60s.
The Zimmerman verdict lets us see this and feel a little embarrassed for them. Consider the pathos of a leadership that once
transformed the nation now lusting for the conviction of the contrite and mortified George Zimmerman, as if a stint in prison for him
would somehow assure more peace and security for black teenagers everywhere. This, despite the fact that nearly one black teenager
a day is shot dead on the South Side of Chicago — to name only one city — by another black teenager.
Men Charged in Mass Shooting at Chicago Park. Bryon Champ, 21, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, are charged with attempted murder and
aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting Thursday night at Cornell Square Park on Chicago's southwest side, police said late Monday
Punched By Man Wielding Machete As Accomplice Tapes Attack. [Scroll down] "He got right in my
face, but he just punched me in the face," [the victim] said. That's when he noticed the second man was
filming the attack with a camera phone. The victim managed to escape on a flat tire. The bizarre
run-in was especially puzzling because the bad guys never tried to take a thing.
held on $1 million bail in Friday shooting. A man was charged with attempted murder and aggravated
battery in a Friday [4/18/2014] shooting that left a 40-year-old man in the Brainerd neighborhood with six gunshot
wounds. Deontae C. Jones, 18, was held on $1 million bail after appearing in Cook County bond
court Sunday afternoon. Prosecutors said Jones approached a man who was outside his residence on the
9300 block of S. May St., checking to see if his recycling bin was full when Jones approached the
man and fired at him.
in south suburbs issue alert after 7 women attacked. The most recent attack occurred early
Thursday morning [4/24/2014] when a 34-year-old woman was sexually assaulted near the Metra train station
in Matteson, police said. The woman was walking on the Old Plank Trail from her home in Park Forest
around 5:30 a.m. when she was grabbed by a man between Main Street and Homan Avenue, Matteson police
said. The attacker was described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, [...]
mass shooting in 'Terror Town'. Police call it Terror Town, a 2-block by 4-block
patch of South Shore where apparent gang conflicts have erupted into three mass shootings in a
little over two years. The latest occurred Monday evening [6/2/2014] when a gunman walked up to a
strip mall on East 79th Street and fired into a crowd, wounding six people, including two boys ages
14 and 16. All are expected to survive. Police have made no arrests but they are looking into
whether the boys, the youngest victims of the shooting, may have been the targets. They are
believed to be members of a Gangster Disciples faction that has been feuding with a faction of the
Black P Stones. Police consider their rivalry among the most violent in the city.
Least 20 Shot in Chicago Since Fourth of July Evening. At least 20 people have been
wounded in shootings across the city since the evening of Fourth of July. The shootings
include an incident in which police shot and killed a suspected gang member in Portage Park and an
incident in West Englewood in which suburban teenagers riding in a car may have been mistaken as
gang members. Additionally, there was a Mayfair shooting in which a bullet fell on a man's
head during what may have been a July 4th celebration.
of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago. Responding officers
kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday
night and early Monday morning. Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed
with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.
It was just one of dozens of shooting scenes across Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend. In all,
at least 82 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon when two woman were shot as they
sat outside a two-flat within a block of Garfield Park.
Killed, At Least 60 Wounded In Citywide Shootings This Weekend. At least 11 people were killed and 60 others
were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the long holiday weekend, from Thursday evening [7/3/2014] through early Monday
morning. There were also six police-involved shootings, two of them involving teens who were killed. In the most
recent fatal shooting, a 24-year-old man was shot in the back, right arm, chest, and eye while he was standing on the
8400 block of South Buffalo Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Monday.
The Editor says...
Here's a helpful tip: Don't stand on the street corner at 2:30 a.m.
most dangerous block in Chicago. The sprawling Parkway Gardens low-income apartment
complex sits on one side of the street. A string of businesses including an Auto Zone, a food mart
and the Chicago Crusader newspaper lines the other. Young men in hoodies and low-riding jeans
gather in the courtyards here, staring down strangers. Mothers hurry past, holding tight to little
hands as they shuttle between the neighborhood school and the safety of their apartments. Security
cameras posted nearly everywhere here see it all.
Chicago to take over at the White
House. The inner circle in the White House will be overwhelmingly Chicagoan. [Obama's] two chief
advisers, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, are both long-time associates from the city, and his White House chief
of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is another. But more than that, Obama brings with him the baggage of Chicago's political
culture — the roughest in the US. The small-scale bribes that older Chicagoans remember from visits to City Hall
are a thing of the past but the sharp suits, naked ambition and political trading are much the same. So too is the
large-scale corruption that has seen 50 elected officials from Illinois jailed over the past 30 years.
The Real Obama:
The story of Obama's political career is not a pretty story. He won his first political victory by
being the only candidate on the ballot — after hiring someone skilled at disqualifying the signers
of opposing candidates' petitions, on whatever technicality he could come up with. Despite his words
today about "change" and "cleaning up the mess in Washington," Obama was not on the side of reformers who
were trying to change the status quo of corrupt, machine politics in Chicago and clean up the mess there.
Obama and the Daley
Machine. It is quite telling that both Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama know their places in the
sphere of Chicago politics. Obama's first appointment was Emanuel as his "minder" from the
Boss. ... Barack Obama has a shorter leash than you might assume a president-elect could wear, and
Mayor Daley holds the other end.
he was famous: The biggest disappointment for Hyde Park's liberal Democrats was Mr Obama's failure to
oppose the political machine of Richard Daley, the powerful Mayor of Chicago, or to condemn its excesses and
abuses. Indeed, he endorsed the mayor for re-election in 2007 even though Mr Daley's administration had
suffered a string of indictments and corruption scandals. Weeks later Mr Daley reciprocated by backing
Mr Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Candidate Who Cried Wolf.
The few who have managed to breach the mainstream media's protective mote, and get the details on Obama's pre-messianic
days, are not surprised by this Chicago-style, kick-em-in-the-shins approach. After all, Obama sued all of his
primary challengers in a 1996 state senate race, questioning the authenticity of their petition signatures. Even
if you haven't succeeded in prying sacred reports of Barack the Shielded from university and newspaper archives,
there's evidence of Obama's bogus foul-call strategy.
Played by Chicago Rules. Democrats don't like it when you say that Barack Obama won his first
election in 1996 by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities. By clearing out the
incumbent and the others in his first Democratic primary for state Senate, Mr. Obama did something that was
neither illegal nor even uncommon. But Mr. Obama claims to represent something different from old-style
politics — especially old-style Chicago politics.
Obama's Bag of Tricks:
Throughout his campaign, Barack Obama has presented himself to be a new type of politician: transparent,
clean, aboveboard, and above all, positive. His campaign would be an idealistic one: no tricks, just
plain old-fashioned honesty. Of course, coming from Chicago with its big-city machine politics this would
be quite impressive if it were true. Alas, it is not.
Obama and the Woods
Fund of Chicago. Barack Obama served on the board of directors of Woods Fund of Chicago from
1993 to 2001. During that time, the tax exempt foundation made some interesting grants, including one
to Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ, headed by Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the time. Grants
were also made to ACORN, a left wing voter registration group and to a partnership for constructing low
income housing. The fund also used Northern Trust for financial services, which is the same company
that provided Obama his 2005 mortgage.
A Cog in the Chicago Machine?
While the convention will be held in Denver it will give off the greatest Chicago cast since 1996, when Mayor
Daley hosted the convention that nominated President Clinton for his second term. The June decision to
place operations of the Democratic National Committee in Chicago together with Mr. Obama's headquarters
reinforces the Windy City's dominance of Democratic politics. The big question is whether American
voters will notice.
A Radical Leftist's Journey from Community Organizing to
Politics. The remarkable ascent of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama begins with his career as a
"community organizer" for far-left causes in Chicago, an experience that served as a launching pad for his political career.
Along with way, Obama acquired some unsavory friends including sleazy political fundraiser Tony Rezko and unrepentant Pentagon
bomber William Ayers. Obama promises to carry his activist spirit into national politics, but does he also carry the
smell of Chicago politics into the national arena?
Another Obama fiasco. The
idea was to create a botanic garden in one of Chicago's most blighted neighborhoods. This was to be the first step in
a $1.1 million dollar affordable housing project that Obama promised to help create.
The housing development
never got past its initial phase. As for the botanic garden that was to be its focal point, the $100K went to an Obama
volunteer and campaign contributor who now says he doesn't have the paperwork to prove how the money was spent.
investigates grant given by Obama for park. The Illinois Attorney General is investigating a
state grant awarded by then-state Sen. Barack Obama for a park that was never built. The $100,000 grant
for a botanical garden in the impoverished Englewood neighborhood in Chicago was awarded by the Democratic
presidential nominee in 2000. Officials are not investigating his actions in awarding the money. The
grant went to a one-time Obama campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association.
The Blago Saga Begins. I have a
theory that Obama became a Senator for one primary reason — Mayor Daley considered him the only
viable threat to unseat him as Mayor, and so Daley worked to get him out of the city. Richard Daly
considers the Chicago Mayor's job as one of greater importance that that of any US Senator, and probably the
Presidency as well. So he sent his loyal aide David Axelrod to work with Obama in his 2004 Senate race.