Chicago


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?





Surveillance video shows how customer gunned down armed robber.  Police say the shooting is an example of a legal gun owner using his weapon to protect himself.  On September 13, surveillance video shows a gunman entered the Advance Auto Parts store in Dolton, went behind the service counter and came face to face with a customer while two employees locked themselves in a washroom and called 911.  But this armed robbery had a different ending than most.  The gunman tried but failed to escape through a back door.  He then heads out the front door where he's shot and killed.  Not by police, but by the customer he had confronted earlier.

Suspect Shot After Using Pellet Gun In Attempted Robbery On South Side.  A suspect tried to rob a man using a pellet gun early Sunday [11/5/2017] but instead was shot multiple times with a handgun in the Oakland neighborhood on the South Side.  A 23-year-old man was walking into his home about 1:20 a.m. when a 20-year-old walked up behind him in the 500 block of East 38th and pulled out what appeared to be a gun while he announced a robbery, according to Chicago Police.  The older man took out his own legally-owned handgun and fired at the robber, police said.  The younger man was shot in the abdomen and both legs.

Judge slaps Chicago with a giant wake-up call over its 'sanctuary cities' policy.  Chicago filed a motion to suspend the policy, but Chicago District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber was having none of it, at least for now, writing in a decision handed down on Thursday that granting an injunction would be premature since the Department of Justice hasn't technically denied the city a grant.

Chicago Cracks Down on Crosswalk-Texters as Gun Murders Hit Record Highs.  The city has Chicago has become almost synonymous with "gun violence," which is accompanied with some of the strongest gun laws in the nation.  There aren't many gun control measures to call for in Chicago, because they probably already have them.  It's pretty hard to call for gun control when you've already come just short of banning the things.  And how has that turned out for them?  One word:  bloody.

City officials rip Burke idea to fine pedestrians using cellphones in intersections.  A pair of key Chicago aldermen want to fine pedestrians up to $500 if they're caught texting or using a cellphone while walking through an intersection, an idea that quickly drew skepticism from city transportation officials and a noncommittal response from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  The proposed ordinance, which would still have to pass the full City Council, calls for fines of $90 to $500 for each incident of using a mobile device while crossing a street or highway.

Forget homicides, Chicago focuses on the menace of crosswalk texters.  The Windy City's population is falling again this year as nearly two residents per day are blown away by gunfire or carved to death by knives.  But as Rahm Emanuel is famous for saying in his Obama White House days, never let a good crisis go to waste.  So Mayor Emanuel's machine City Council is focused on another critical urban issue:  Pedestrians texting while crossing the street.  Also talking on cells.

Is this really the key law enforcement innovation needed in Bloody Chicago, the murder capital?  The lethal combination of one-party domination and failed progressive ideology have turned Chicago into a killing zone in certain neighborhoods, with the chaos now spreading to the rest of the city. [... But] instead of tackling the murder rate, this law enforcement initiative would create a new offense that will bring in new revenue — and shear the sheep with a serious fine, a sum of cash that would be beyond the means of the lower third or so of the income distribution to come up with.  Ahem:  Social justice warriors already are targeting fines imposed on poor people that they cannot pay.

Libs think you're Stupid.  Are You?  If stronger gun control laws are the answer then explain the following:  Chicago has strict gun control laws yet has one of the highest murder rates in the nation.  So far this year there have been 569 murders and over 40 have occurred in October alone with most of the victims being young blacks.  How did the assailants get their guns?  Is this being ignored because the blacks were killed by other blacks?  Why aren't there any Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago?  How on earth was Mayor Rahm Emanuel re-elected?

California:  Proof That Everything The Liberals Run Turns [Bad].  The Las Vegas shooting's a tragedy.  The Left says it's the Right and the NRA.  And the only way to fix it is with more violence.  Nancy Sinatra (and others) thinking we should execute NRA card-carrying Conservatives.  Yet, not a word by the Left of the 57 killed and almost 300 shot in Chicago this year.  Not a word about a mental health issue.  Only that sane, card-carrying NRA members are to blame.

Long quiet Chicago area taxpayers push back and win in soda tax battle.  Overtaxed residents of Cook County, where Chicago is, are finally waking up.  After decades of being slapped by tax after tax[,] folks are fighting back.  Last week the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to repeal a hated penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax, one that until the repeal takes effect on December 1, places a 39 percent tax on a $4.88 12-pack of soda pop.  "The pop tax is dead, but the issue is bigger than the pop tax," Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (D-Chicago) told the Chicago Tribune's John Kass last week.  "The issue here is that the people of Chicago and Cook County are not used to having their voices heard and making a difference, with public outrage forcing an elected body to reverse course.  This is something."  Cook County Board President Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle (D-Chicago) last year had to issue a rare tie-breaking vote last year to enact the soda tax, which took effect two months ago.  Last week commissioners voted 15-2 to kill it.

Community mourns 'beloved' teacher killed in Rogers Park crossfire.  Cynthia Trevillion, 64, was caught in the crossfire while walking about 6:30 p.m. in the 6900 block of North Glenwood, when someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire on two juveniles standing on the street near the Morse Red Line CTA station, authorities said.  Trevillion was struck in the neck and head, and she died after being taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Chicago named among safest cities in the world.  Despite Chicago's alarming, if select, murder statistics and routine singling out by President Donald Trump for gun violence, this lakeside metropolis was just ranked one of the safest cities in the world.  The Economist Intelligence Unit, a London-based research firm affiliated with the Economist magazine, named Chicago to its 2017 Safe Cities Index, issued Thursday [10/12/2017] — one of only three US cities to crack the top 20 — largely based on advances in digital security.  The annual ranking assesses 60 global cities using four factors:  personal safety, health security, digital security and the safety of infrastructure.

The Progressive Machine Takes a Big Hit in Cook Country, Illinois.  Yesterday [10/11/2017], something extraordinary happened:  a progressive racket just got busted in a place notorious for one-party, corrupt, and highly taxed Democrat governance.  As you may have heard, the Board of Cook County, Illinois repealed its penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, by a vote of 15 to 2, after passing it last July.  This isn't just about people who guzzle Coke and Pepsi; it is about the progressive racket that follows a battle plan aimed at the state controlling more and more aspects of citizens' lives, while it consumes more and more of their income.

How Chicago gets its guns.  Amid Chicago's ongoing epidemic of gun violence — with 494 fatal shootings and 2,866 people shot this year through the end of September — the availability of guns has been blamed as a root cause and become a defining political and public safety issue.  Chicago police say they've seized nearly 7,000 illegal firearms this year, and federal authorities have stepped up efforts to take down dealers.

In The Sanctuary City Of Chicago:  There's a Las Vegas Massacre Every Month.  The murder toll in Las Vegas on Sunday makes it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  Know what they call that in Chicago?  June.  Actually, there were 84 murders in Chicago, just in June, according to DNAinfo.com, which keeps a running tally.  There were 76 murders in July, 50 in August.  And there were 59 murders in Chicago last month, so the death toll in Las Vegas — again, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — was just a normal September there.

In Chicago, a Las Vegas Every Month.  There were 59 murders in Chicago in September, the city where black lives don't seem to matter to liberals and gun control zealots.  The horrible death toll in the Las Vegas massacre is just a normal month in the gun control and murder capital of America.

On average, there is mass killing bigger than Vegas in Chicago each month.  There were 762 murders in Chicago in 2016, the most in 19 years.  On average, there was mass killing — by different perps — that adds up bigger than the Las Vegas massacre each month.  Where is the wall-to-wall coverage?  Chicago has very strict gun laws, with no gun shops in Chicago.  The Chicago police and politicians know where the criminals, gangs, and guns are, so why don't they get them off the street?  We see more effort to restrain the cops instead of restraining the criminals.  In Chicago and elsewhere, we repeatedly see killings and other serious crimes committed by illegals and legal citizens with long criminal records.  What we have is a catch-and-release program instead of a system that protects the public.  We have more concern for the criminals than either the cops or the victims.

Family attacked, beaten by teenagers at Six Flags.  A family outing at Six Flags Great America's "Fright Fest" took a horrific turn Saturday night [9/23/2017] when a group of teenagers brutally beat a 12-year-old boy and his parents as they waited in line at the amusement park in north suburban Gurnee, authorities said.  The annual Halloween-themed attraction typically draws "an increased number of knuckleheads who come to stir things up" at the park, but nothing like Saturday's attack that left a family of three hospitalized, said Gurnee Deputy Police Chief of Operations Brian Smith.

Fired Chicago Police Superintendent Blasts Obama, Lynch.  Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Thursday [9/21/2017] lashed out at the Obama administration's "political reaction" to the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald, which he claimed has emboldened criminals in Chicago.

Obama's promises for presidential center may not be enough this time for African-Americans.  Now that [Barack H.] Obama is about to build his presidential center in Woodlawn's Jackson Park, some residents are wary of his ability to transform neighborhoods without doing harm to longtime residents who could end up displaced by gentrification.  A nasty fight over a community benefits agreement with the Obama Foundation has exposed an unexpected rift between the former president and some of the South Side residents who helped lift him to prominence.  Not everyone on the South Side, it seems, thinks Obama did enough for black folks during his eight years as president.  And as he prepares to build a presidential center that will pay tribute to his legacy, some South Siders are calling him out for what they consider broken promises.

Ex-Chicago cop, a fugitive for almost 15 years, arrested in Detroit.  Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie C. Hicks was arrested in Detroit Tuesday morning, nearly 15 years after he fled on the eve of trial on federal drug conspiracy charges.  Hicks, 68, has been the subject of an international manhunt since 2003, according to the FBI.  He appeared in federal court in Detroit on Tuesday [9/19/2017] and was ordered held until he can be brought to Chicago to face the charges.

Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?  On Sunday [9/17/2017], Black Lives Matter showed up at the St. Louis' police headquarters chanting, "Stop killing us!"  But if the killing of black folks is a legitimate grievance, we need to ask:  Who is killing them?  Last year, there were 4,300 victims of shootings in Chicago and 762 deaths.  How many of those shootings were by cops?  How many of those shootings, mostly of blacks, were acts of "terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan," all of whom our ever-heroic Congress demanded that President Trump, in a joint resolution after Charlottesville, denounce.

5 killed, 13 wounded in Chicago shootings, including 4 dead in rifle attack.  A woman police believe was pregnant was among five people killed and 13 wounded in Chicago shootings Friday [9/15/2017] into Saturday morning.  The woman was one of four victims slain in a rifle attack in the Brighton Park neighborhood Friday night, police said.

"Sambogate".  Move over, Muhammad; you're no longer the only sacred icon that can't be drawn as a cartoon.  Black people are now on the small and exclusive list of things that will spark an instantaneous jihad if sketched by an artist.  And the ground zero for black cartoon proscription?  Chicago, a city in which blacks are so sacred, they compete with one another on a daily basis for martyrdom.

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Sub-Chicago and America's Real Crime Rate.  The NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, in its annual report on crime, finds that the murder rate in America's 30 largest cities rose 13.1 percent in 2016 — an alarming figure, especially considering last year's identical increase.  Striking a calming note, the Brennan Center's press release accompanying the report begins by reminding us that "Americans are safer today than they have been at almost any time in the past 25 years."  But downplaying the recent uptick in the homicide rate distracts from the fact that there is more than one America when it comes to violent crime:  indeed, 51 percent of all U.S. murders are committed in just 2 percent of the nation's counties, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.  No city more starkly illustrates this disparity than Chicago.

How Chicago is morphing into Detroit in one easy lesson.  My heart is breaking for Chicago, and for all Americans, as one of our greatest cities crumbles before our (and the world's) eyes.  I don't see any way out of the vicious circle of political corruption, irrevocable pensions obligations overwhelming tax revenue, vanishing public services, and a decline in civil order leading toward a third world level of crime.  As a result, the city consumes itself, strangling business and entrepreneurship, and killing off precious assets.  Now, comes a story that captures it all in one heart-rending example.

Chicago Reportedly Finds At Least 14,000 More Votes Than Voters In 2016 Election.  News of voter fraud in one of the most crooked cities in America, run by Rahm Emanuel, one of the most crooked mayors in America, who supported Crooked Hillary in Crooked Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago should come as a surprise to no one.  The head of the Chicago Republican Party is claiming the city reported thousands of more votes cast than voters in the 2016 election — sparking a battle with Chicago officials who call the allegations overblown.

Rahm Emanuel creates 'Trump-free zone' for students at Chicago schools.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday assured incoming high schoolers that they need not to worry about President Trump ending the "Dreamers" program, saying Chicago Public Schools are a "Trump-free" sanctuary for young illegal immigrants.  "To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and in the city of Chicago:  You are welcome in the city of Chicago.  This is your home.  And you have nothing to worry about," Mr. Emanuel told a group of freshman on the first day of classes at Solorio Academy High School, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.  "Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone.  You have nothing to worry about," Mr. Emanuel said.

Good News: Only 30 Shootings, 4 Fatalities in Gun-Free Chicago.  The city of Chicago saw 30 people shot between Friday [9/1/2017] and Monday morning, with four fatalities and 26 casualties in hospitals around the city.  Chicago's notorious gun violence has brought the city at least 435 deaths in 2017, ABC 7 Chicago reported Monday.  Disturbing violence has marred several other holiday weekends this year, including Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day, which each saw more than 50 shootings.  Despite the grim numbers, Labor Day weekend has seen fewer total fatalities than the previous weekend, which saw seven people shot and killed.

In Chicago, people get away with murder.  In some years in the 1960s, the police solved murder cases at a rate of higher than 90 percent.  But high murder clearance rates are just a memory.  Since Jan. 1 of this year, more than four out of every five murders in Chicago have gone unsolved.  That's a shockingly low number, perhaps even a historic low.  On what grading curve is 20 percent anything but utter failure?  Since 2006, the city's murder clearance rate has dropped steadily, with just a couple of notable bumps up.  Fewer arrests mean more killers on the streets.  More killers on the streets mean nobody is quite as safe.  And when killers are not caught, others are less afraid to kill.

Chicago Police arrests drop 24 percent in one year.  Chicago Police officers made 85,493 arrests in 2016, a 24 percent drop from the year before and roughly half the number of arrests they made the year before Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.  The steady and precipitous decline in arrests coincided with the mayor's decision to rely on overtime — to the tune of $143 million last year, and even more during in the first quarter of this year — to mask a severe manpower shortage before abruptly reversing course and embarking on a two-year hiring blitz.

Don't buy the spin on CPS. It's still a dumpster fire.  As all the world knows by now, Springfield is getting close to another fiscal crisis, this time over school funding.  At the center of the crisis is how much more to give to CPS.  The district and Mayor Rahm Emanuel make a good case for added money, particularly to help fund teacher pensions, which everywhere else in Illinois outside of Chicago are fully financed by the state.  But CPS admits that, even if it gets every penny of the roughly $300 million in net new aid it wants from the state, City Hall will have to come up with another $269 million — and that's just for this school year.  The truth is, CPS has been fiscally mismanaged for decades.

Chicago: 33 people shot, 6 fatally, in 13 hours.  At least 33 people were wounded, 6 fatally, within 13 hours from Saturday to Sunday across the city in separate shootings, which includes an attack in the West Pullman neighborhood that left one man dead and wounded six other people.  In the West Pullman neighborhood on the city's Far South Side, a man was killed and six other people were wounded in a single attack about 2:30 a.m.  Sunday in the parking lot of a banquet hall used as a nightclub, police said.

Wanted Chicago Felon, 21, Shoots Himself in Groin on Bus in Madison, WI.  Most fatal gun accidents are caused by young males who are reckless in their life style.  Many have a long history of criminality, violence, and other reckless behavior.  Jelani Faulk fits the profile.

Police: Off-duty Chicago fire lieutenant fatally shoots man who stole car.  An off-duty Chicago fire lieutenant shot and killed someone who was trying to steal his car in the North Austin neighborhood Monday morning [8/21/2017], according to police.  The West Side shooting happened about 10 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Lockwood Avenue, according to police.  The lieutenant was not working at the time and has a concealed-carry permit, according to police sources.

AG Jeff Sessions Continues Blasting Chicago Over Sanctuary City Status.  [Scroll down]  It is lawlessness.  It is prioritizing people who are unlawfully present in the country, in contradiction of federal law, over U.S. citizens and those who are lawfully present.  Chicago isn't just protecting those "with no criminal records", but those with criminal records.  Serious criminal records.  Rape, assault, robbery, burglary, theft, arson, attempted murder, and murder, among others.  One of the reasons given for Miami being a sanctuary jurisdiction was that they wanted to be reimbursed by Washington for the costs to hold an illegal on a detainer for that 48 hour hold.  Actually, that is not unreasonable, and should be considered.

Broke Chicago Public School System Lays Off 356 Teachers.  Officials with the perpetually insolvent Chicago Public School system laid off 356 teachers and nearly 600 school support staffers this week.  The teachers and other employees received their pink slips from the taxpayer-funded school district on Monday [8/7/2017], reports the Chicago Sun-Times.  Chicago's elementary schools will have 240 fewer teachers this fall.  Second City high schools will have 116 fewer teachers.  In addition to the 356 teachers, Chicago Public School officials also sacked 362 classroom aides and 221 employees who were security guards and special education aides.

All lives are created equal, whether in Charlottesville or Chicago.  A thirty-four year old usher at the Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago along with another man were murdered on Sunday morning while going up the steps of the church just as services were starting.  These were just two of the nine killings, three of which were self-defense during a home invasion, that occurred in the Windy City this past weekend.  Thirty-three others were injured in the violence that has racked the nation's third largest city.  And this past weekend is the norm.  Just use Bing and search for yourself the term "Weekend violence Chicago" and the results are stunning.  On the same weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia there was a similar tragedy, a thirty-three year old woman was killed when a car driven by a hate-filled individual crashed into her and others.  Unfortunately, there are those who seek to politicize the Charlottesville homicide, and ignore the destruction of life that terrorizes many urban neighborhoods.

Rahm Emanuel is the renegade mayor of a renegade city.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to sue the Department of Justice because it's asking the Chicago Police Department to obey the law perfectly illustrates the dangerous disdain the modern Left has for normal Americans.  On July 25, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked all cities, states, and territories applying for a very specific federal law enforcement grant to adhere to three new, very reasonable measures:  To openly communicate with the Department of Homeland Security; to allow DHS officers to meet with locally-held prisoners who live in the country illegally and have been arrested for non-immigration related crimes; and to give the Department 48 hours' notice before releasing such prisoners.

Can Mayor Rahm Emanuel Manage Chicago?  Since 2011, more than 20,000 shootings and homicides have left the city scarred.  City pensions are nearly insolvent.  While property taxes spike higher, the city still borrows for basic operations.  The city now taxes plastic bags and even Cubs, Sox and concert tickets.  One million residents have left Chicago since 1950 and 20,000 fled in the last year alone.  Chicago is in trouble.  But the city's woes aren't stopping 10,600 government employees from bringing home six-figure incomes and higher.  This includes 1,000 city employees who pocketed at least $40,000 each in overtime.

Rahmbo Gives Sanctuary to Illegal Alien Killers.  Title 8 U.S.C. 1324 makes it quite explicit that harboring and concealing from detection illegal aliens is a felony, whether committed by individuals or sanctuary city officials: [...] Sanctuary city mayors are in clear violation of federal statute, so for anyone to argue that withholding federal funds from those violating federal law is unconstitutional is, again, nonsense.  Sanctuary city officials could very well be prosecuted for breaking the law and recklessly endangering their citizens by harboring and shielding from scrutiny illegal aliens among whose number may include assorted Islamic State agents, sympathizers and potential lone wolf recruits, along with assorted criminals, like the one charged with the murder of Kate Steinle in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.  They are accomplices in crime.

AG Sessions:  Chicago 'Proudly' Violates 'Rule of Law' and Protects 'Criminal Aliens'.  In response to Chicago's lawsuit against the Justice Department regarding federal funds for sanctuary cities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Chicago follows a policy that protects "criminal aliens who prey" on residents and that the Trump administration will not "give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens."  Sessions added that Chicago's policies were "astounding" given the city's "unprecedented violent crime surge."  In 2016, there were 788 homicides in Chicago and 4,368 shooting victims.

CBS Inadvertently Admits Gun Restrictions on the Law-Abiding Haven't Worked in Chicago.  On Friday's [8/4/2017] This Morning show, CBS News reporter Adriana Diaz reported on her seven days on the streets of Chicago's South Side, one of the most dangerous and crime-ridden areas in the U.S.  While her report gamely tried to focus on how guns were to blame for the violence, astute observers who know how difficult it is for law-abiding citizens to get guns in the Windy City will notice that, despite those state- and city-imposed barriers, it's still very "easy" for criminals to get guns.

Illinois' bubbling soda tax rebellion.  Could it be that the deep-blue residents of America's second-most populous county, Cook County — Chicago is the county seat — have had enough?  Probably not, at least yet.  But serious dissent may be bubbling as the effects of Cook County's unpopular soda tax sink to the bottom of the glass.  Cook County Board President Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle, a former Chicago alderman who represented the University of Chicago area — the Obamas were among her constituents — touted that tax as a public health measure.  The new tax covers not just soda but also many other sweetened beverages including those with corn syrup, such as diet sodas, some iced teas, and bottled sweetened Starbucks coffee — but not, for instance, cavity-causing Frappuccinos prepared at a Starbucks location by a barista.  Even "free refills" are taxed now.

Chicago Mayor:  Sanctuary Cities Reflect Our Values.  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday [8/7/2017] that the dismantling of sanctuary cities will harm public safety and diminish American values.  Chicago is in the process of suing the Trump administration for threatening to withhold funding from cities who do not comply with orders to comply with federal immigration policies.  According to Emanuel, stopping Chicago's sanctuary policies would actually be a threat to public safety.  Sanctuary city policies allow police to release illegal immigrants who have been accused of a crime even if ICE has issued a detainer against the immigrant.

Crime-ridden Chicago sues DOJ over sanctuary cities.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sued the Trump administration Monday [8/7/2017] over its threat to withhold funds from sanctuary cities, prompting one official to charge Emanuel is more concerned about protecting illegal immigrants than legal residents of his beleaguered city.  The showdown over so-called sanctuary cities has been heating up in recent months as some local governments have refused to work with federal immigration authorities.  Monday's 46-page suit, filed inU.SD. District Court for the Northern District of Ilinois, named Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the defendant.

Chicago Public Schools To Pay $850 Million in Interest on $500 Million Loan.  In July, Chicago Public Schools borrowed $500 million in long-term, high-interest loans.  These loans, taken out at interest rates between 7.25-7.65 percent, will cost the district more than $850 million in interest costs alone for a total cost of $1.35 billion, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis.  CPS will pay off the loans over 25 years, paying roughly $35 million a year in interest.  Adjusted for inflation, the total value of the interest on the loan is roughly $405 million.  As the Tribune notes, by the time the loan is paid off, CPS students entering kindergarten this fall will be in their mid-30s.  The district plans to use $229 million from the $500 million loan to recoup losses on bonds from previous years.

Cook County Continues to Tax Itself Into Oblivion.  The leftists who dominate Chicago have been spending the entire state of Illinois into insolvency.  But for true believers in liberalism, all is not lost so long as the moonbats responsible can still find new things to tax: [...] Liberals sell soda taxes with sugar hysteria.  The gullible dutifully believe that sugar is a drug and even a poison.  Note that the tax applies even to drinks that contain no sugar.  The taxes will remain, long after sugar hysteria has gone the way of fretting about global cooling and the hole in the ozone.

4 Dead, More Injured in Chicago — Media Silent.  At least 2,190 people have been shot in Chicago this year, compared to 2,399 this time last year, statistics show.  So, the shootings are down just a little bit, but the murders are up.  I guess the killers are getting to be better shots.  Chicago is living proof that gun control does not work.  If people were able to arm themselves there for protection, a lot of this would stop.  I guarantee it.  But the progressives in power won't let that happen.

Taxes Will Account For Nearly One-Third of Chicago Soda Prices.  A new tax on sugary drinks designed to generate revenue for cash-strapped Cook County will be the third burdensome tax applied to soda prices in Chicago, making a $4 12-pack of soda in the city cost $5.97.  Beginning July 1, residents of Cook County may notice their grocery bills growing as a penny-per-ounce tax on artificially sweetened beverages takes effect.  The new tax will be added on top of Chicago's highest in the nation sales tax of 10.25 percent and the city's 3 percent tax on non-alcoholic beverages.

Crime on the L, CTA buses is up; 90% of serious incidents go unsolved.  [Scroll down]  Last January, for instance, a man was Tasered and arrested by the police in Evanston for "waving a knife around" at a Purple Line L |station.  That was one of 50 "incident reports" on file with the police in the north suburb for 2015, 2016 and 2017.  They cover a range of crimes, from battery to theft on CTA property.  In Forest Park, more than 100 crimes on CTA property have been reported since the beginning of 2015.  In one case, at a taxi stand outside a Forest Park Blue Line L station, someone stuck a "big, black revolver" up to the side of a cabbie's head, demanding money, which he got, according to a report from the police in the west suburb.

Chicago Hope.  In Chicago, the kids aren't all right.  Graduation rates within its public schools were recently downgraded after a "statistical error" overinflated the numbers.  News of shootings is a near-daily occurrence.  President Trump recently dispatched federal law enforcement to help clamp down on the uptick in crime.  While the Windy City wallows in violence, the graduation rate among high schoolers is improving, yet students still have a lousy chance of succeeding in college or finding a job.

6 killed, 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.  Six men were killed and at least 35 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning [7/24/2017].  The most recent deaths were the latest of 364 people fatally shot in the city this year, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.  In all, more than 2,075 people have been shot since the start of the year.

The bill for treating a gunshot wound: $21,000 for the first 35 minutes.  Hospital charges in 2009 for patients admitted in Chicago totaled $41.6 million.  In 2015, the last complete year of data, hospital charges added up to a combined $62 million.  Many categories of charges contributed to that increase, including charges for operating rooms and anesthesiology, both of which more than doubled.

The Irony:  Anti-Gun Activist Shot Dead In Chicago Violence.  Chicago's non-stop violent crime keeps mortuary services and hospitals busy.  Among the customers this weekend: 58-year-old anti-gun, anti-violence "activist" Willie Cooper.  At one point in a wild weekend in Rahm's Wild West, thirty people fell to (mostly gang-related) gunfire, nine fatally, in the span of 18 hours.  Contrast that with 54 percent of American counties that didn't see so much as a single homicide in 2014.

9-year-old boy among 10 dead, 37 wounded in weekend shootings.  Ten people have been killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and 37 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening [7/14/2017].  Since the start of the year, 1,984 people have been shot in the city, 349 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.  Last weekend, two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in city gun violence.

Sun-Times sold to unions, wealthy investors.  The money-losing operations of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Reader have been sold for a $1 to a group that includes wealthy Chicagoans and unions.  People on both sides of the transaction confirmed that the transaction is closing today.  The purchasers' group is led by former Chicago alderman Edwin Eisendrath, and it includes the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Chicago's new requirement for high school students:  No plan, no diploma.  A product of Chicago's South Side, DeAvion Gillarm will be the first in his family to attend college.  "I always had a plan," said Gillarm, a Morgan Park High School graduate headed to Lincoln College next month.  "You're not going to be successful without a plan."  Under a controversial new requirement, starting in 2020, students hoping to graduate from a public high school in Chicago must provide evidence they, too, have a plan for the future:  either acceptance to college or a gap-year program, a trade apprenticeship, military enlistment or a job offer.

Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago.  The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday [7/5/2017].  The youngest of the victims was just 13 years old and the eldest 60, the newspaper said, noting that the shootings were concentrated in the south and west of the country's third largest city.

Chicago Violence Stuns Australia's '60 Minutes'.  Through a segment entitled "Chicago Without Hope," Australian television viewers this week got a glimpse of Chicago's violence, with a perplexed host describing the situation as "urban warfare out of control."  "Imagine living in a place where every three hours someone is shot, and every 14 hours someone is murdered.  And I'm not talking about Iraq or Afghanistan but Chicago, one of the biggest and most sophisticated cities in the world," says Liz Hayes, a reporter for the Australian "60 Minutes."

Police Respond To 'Mass Shooting' In Chicago's Austin Neighborhood.  Several people were transported to hospitals after a gunman opened fire on a group of people in Chicago's Austin neighborhood Tuesday night. [...] Police say at least five people were wounded in the 'mass shooting.'

8 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.

Enterprise 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.

Baltimore 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.

Chicago 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 information company.

52 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.

30 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago [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.

Chicago 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.

4 dead, 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.

Rep. 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.

'I 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.

200 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.

Thousands 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.

2 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.

Thousands 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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.

Ex-Chicago 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.

Hiring 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.

Happy 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.

Did 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?

2 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].

4 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.

Residents 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.

Oh-oh! 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.

Chicago 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.

Gang 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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.

Obama's 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!

He 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 well-planned hit."

Unfunded 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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.

Gangs 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.

Trump 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].

Trump 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.

Outcry 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.

Former 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.

Ex-Obama 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.

Liberals 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.

Food 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.

Defense 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.'

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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.

Is 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.

6 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.

If 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.

Urban 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.

"Statistical 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.

Residents 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.

CPS 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.

Not 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.

Violence, 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.

Chicago 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.

Addressing 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.

A 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.

Chicago 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.

Vicious 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.

Four 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.

Trust 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.

Murder 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.

Chicago's 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.

Former 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."

As 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.

Illinois 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.

2 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.

Chicago's 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.

More 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.

This Video 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.

Bodycam 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."

Have 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.

Broke 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.

Chicago 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.

Man 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].

Shootings 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.

Nanny State 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.

4,000 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.

Chicago 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.

Black 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.

New 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.

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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?

Chicago 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.

Arrest Rahm 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.

Grandson 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.

Two 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.

Police: 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 police spokeswoman.

Chicago O'Hare 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.

Rahm's 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.

Chicago 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.

"Fast 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.

Why 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.

Defying 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.

West 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]

Racial 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.

Aaron 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.

Homicides 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.

Obama's 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.

Former 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.

Alinskyite 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.

1,000 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.

Daley 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.

40 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.

Teachers 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.

What 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.

Chicago 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.

Why 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.

Chicago 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.

The 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.

The 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.

[Chicago] 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.

Illinois 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.

Mackinaw Street
Abandoned 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.


Hobos '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.

Onlookers 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:
  •   5 murders
  •   24 robberies
  •   23 assaults
  •   84 thefts
  •   29 burglaries
  •   42 car thefts
  •   83 vandalisms
  •   34 narcotics cases

13 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.

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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.

71-year-old 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.

Number 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.

Chicago's 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.

Murder 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."

Chicago 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.

With 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.

Chicago 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.

Obama's hometown 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.

Cook 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.

Fifteen 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.

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].

Murder 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.

Two 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?"

2 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].

10 shot 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.

Another 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.

Why 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.

Son 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.

Nearly 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."

Four 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.

Army 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.

Chicago 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].

Gangs 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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.

Police: 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.

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The 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.


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."

After 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.

Chicago 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.

Still 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.

Police: 65 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].

Dozens 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.

The 'Ferguson 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.

Chicago 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.

More 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.

We 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.

Chicago's 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.

If 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.

Obama 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.

Speaking 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.

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.

Chicago 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."

56 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.

8 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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.

Who 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?

Chicago's 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.

Chicago's 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.

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Chiraq 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.


Chicago: 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.

More 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.

Exec 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.

Report: 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!

The 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.

A 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.

Fraud, 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.

Homicides 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.

Center 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.

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Abandoned 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.


Lawyers 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.

Decades 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].

Chicago 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 school system.

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.

Chicago 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.

While 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 paying attention.

Federal 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago's 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.

Wagging 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.

DOJ 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.

2703 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.

Chicago 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.

President 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?

Chicago 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.

Gun 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.

The 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.

Where 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.

Obama's 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.

The 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.

Judge 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.

Cash-strapped 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.

Report: 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.

The 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.

Obama's 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.

Who's 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."

Obama's International 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.

Obama's Days 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.

Obama's International 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.

Obama's 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.

NBC's 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 big city.

Barack 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.

Armed pols:  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 administration.

You're 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.

MSM 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.

The "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 decades.

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.

Arne 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.

Tony 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.

Obama's 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.

How 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.

Controversy 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 learned.

Obama's Other 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.

Obama 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 Oprah Winfrey.

No 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 the state.

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.

Chief of 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.

Obama 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.

Obama's Chicago.  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.

Chicago 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.

Who 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 few years.

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."

Which 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.

Feds: 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 of Indiana.

Suburban 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.

Moseley 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.

It's 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.

Beavers 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.

Weekend 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 politics.

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.

A 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.

How 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 [...]

Crossed Paths: 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.

Chicago 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.

Chicago 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 he peddled.

Effort 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.

The 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.

Crime 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.

Chicago 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 of hers.

Former 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].

Blacks 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.

Teen 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.

National 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.

Also posted 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.

Suspect: 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."

Motivated By 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."

Another one!
Authorities: 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, she said.

World 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.

Dante's 'Chicago'.  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.

2 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 [9/23/2013].

Cyclist 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.

Man 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.

Police 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, [...]

Another 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.

At 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.

Fourth 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.

11 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.

The 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.

Before 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.

Obama 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.

State 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.

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