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?

Only in Illinois:  Wife of indicted political boss will hold highest judicial post in the state.  Illinois Supreme Court Justices chose Anne Burke as their chief on Sept. 10.  One could almost hear the gears turning on the Chicago machine, a hobbled but still functioning apparatus now in the sights of federal investigators.  Burke's appointment to the highest judicial post in the state is a shameless act in a state sorely lacking trust in its government.  Anne Burke is an accomplished lawyer.  She helped start the Special Olympics.  These facts should not prevent criticism arising from her 50-plus year marriage to a 50-year Chicago political boss:  Ed Burke.

Will Chicago Be the Largest U.S. City to Declare Bankruptcy?  The city of Chicago is in dire fiscal and financial straits with an almost billion dollar budget deficit, bonds rated at junk status or below, numerous extremely costly legal judgments, a shrinking tax base, and unfunded public pension liabilities to the tune of an astonishing $42 billion. [...] From my 40-year observations of the Chicago political scene, I have my doubts whether Mayor Lightfoot could do what needs to be done.  The powers that be are just too entrenched.  It's not only politicians, it's bloodsucking businessmen, organized crime, and now street gangs who also get a cut of the action.  This is the way the "City that works" has worked for more than 90 years.

Chicagoans aren't born cynics.  We've just had it beaten into us from birth with stories like this one.  Is there anything more Chicago Way than the story about power couple Anne and Ed Burke?  No.  He's the old-timey Chicago alderman under federal indictment for, guess what, corruption.  And just the other day, she was named chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.  If Burke goes to trial, he'll stand before a federal judge dressed in a saintly black robe.  If he's convicted, he'll be expected to beg mercy and a few blocks away, his wife will be wearing her own saintly black robe as the chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running 'illegal patronage' operation, wants court oversight.  Less than a year into office, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough faces potential federal court oversight of hiring amid a watchdog's accusations that she's "running an illegal patronage employment system."  Veteran anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman said in a new legal filing that Yarbrough has put the politically connected into jobs that are supposed to be free from such influence, asked her employees for campaign contributions on their private cellphones and transferred certain supervisors to far-flung offices in hopes they'll quit.

Judge finds Toni Preckwinkle's son not guilty of assault.  Congratulations are in order for Kyle Preckwinkle, the 38-year-old son of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  Yesterday [9/4/2019], he was acquitted of misdemeanor assault in a bench trial.  It's the second time a judge has found the younger Preckwinkle not guilty of a criminal charge since 2013.  On May 3, a 65-year-old man who lives in the same building as Kyle Preckwinkle called police and reported that Preckwinkle had assaulted him.

Chicago: A hellhole for parole, free bail, and jailbreak for violent gun felons.  Why aren't Republicans pounding the lectern with righteous indignation about violent gun felons being let off easy by the judicial system the same way Democrats engage in cerebral gyrations over guns?  Democrats have sob stories for their gun control agenda.  Republicans need to look no farther than Chicago as the poster child for criminal control. [...] Well, thanks to the goal among both parties to reduce the prison population at all costs, things have only gotten worse over the past two years.  You see, while politicians tell the public they want to keep people safe, Gov. Rauner also made it his goal to cut the prison population by 25 percent.

Is Chicago A Gun Crime Sanctuary City?  In her confrontation with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over guns used in Chicago crimes, which, as Cruz pointed out in response to the Dayton and El Paso shootings, occur in a city which has its own mass murder equivalent virtually every weekend, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed guns brought in from Republican-controlled states: [...] Hypocrisy has a new poster child for what Lightfoot fails to note is that what is important is not where the weapons came from, but what happened to the gun criminals and gangbangers afterword, if apprehended at all, which in Lightfoot's Chicago has been virtually nothing.

Lori Lightfoot blames Chicago's violence on guns from Texas.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz this week — along with the Lone Star state as a whole — for contributing to the city's gun crimes.  The Democrat was none too thrilled with Mr. Cruz on Monday [9/2/2019] for pointing out the impotency of Chicago's gun control efforts, and she let him know it with a direct order:  "Keep our name out of your mouth." [...] "Gun control doesn't work.  Look at Chicago.  Disarming law-abiding citizens isn't the answer," the Republican tweeted while sharing a story about 25 individuals shot in Chicago during the first half of Labor Day weekend.

Hurricane of Lead Hits Chicago Over Labor Day, 43 Shot, Eight Dead.  The criminal element worked over Labor Day weekend in the City of the Big Shoulders.  Police in the gun-controlled city counted 43 people shot, eight fatally.  Depending on which newspaper one believes, between 1,400 and 1,800 people have been shot this year in Chicago, more than 300 fatally.  On a brighter note, fewer people died in the hail of bullets that flew this August compared to last year.  Police have seized thousands of illegal guns to no avail.

After 41 Shot In Chicago Over Weekend, Democratic Mayor Blames... Republicans?!.  Over the three-day Labor Day weekend, 41 people were shot in Chicago, seven fatally.  Davantae Jackson, 15, was supposed to start high school on Tuesday.  Instead, he's dead.  Chicago has among the most restrictive gun-control laws, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter to point out that "disarming law-abiding citizens isn't the answer."

Chicago's bloody Labor Day weekend sees at least 35 shot, 7 of them killed.  Chicago is experiencing a violent Labor Day weekend with at least 35 people shot and seven of them killed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday [9/2/2019].  Two deadly shootings unfolded Sunday within just over 20 minutes.

25 Shot, 7 Killed, During First Half of Labor Day Weekend in Chicago.  At least 25 people were shot, seven fatally, during the first half of Labor Day Weekend in Democrat-controlled Chicago.

Off-duty cop involved in shootout in Burnside.  [Three males] approached the officer's vehicle and at least one of them pointed a handgun.  The officer then displayed his weapon, and one of the males fired shots, police said.  The officer returned fire, but no one was struck.

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The article didn't mention that the three suspects are black.  But they must be, because if three white men had ganged up on someone in the middle of the night, the Sun Times would have certainly mentioned it.

American And Chinese Cities Lead The World In Spying On People.  It is no longer speculation, American law enforcement has been lying to the public about the expansion of CCTV camera surveillance.  A recent report released by CompariTech confirmed what I have been warning people about for years:  American law enforcement has become a world leader in spying on its citizens. [...] CompariTech measured the amount of CCTV cameras per 1,000 people in a city and two U.S. cities made the Top 20.  "Atlanta has 7,800 cameras for 501,178 people or 15.56 cameras per 1,000 people and Chicago has 35,000 cameras for 2,679,044 people or 13.06 cameras per 1,000 people."  But that only scratches the surface of American police surveillance.

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Very obviously, the ubiquitous surveillance cameras do not make Chicago safe.  But removing all the cameras wouldn't help, either.

Chicago Weekend: 29 People Shot, 6 Dead — 1,800 Shot This Year.  Over the weekend, six people were killed and 29 people were wounded by gunfire in Chicago, according to local media there.  In addition, the Chicago Tribune reports that 1,800 people have been shot in Chicago since Jan. 1, 2019.

Man tried to rob woman in Chicago; he didn't know she was a boxer.  The ring inside Unanimous Boxing Gym is where Claire Quinn regularly throws punches.  And they're powerful.  "I would spar her and she would stop me in my tracks with her right hand," Quinn's trainer Lalo Beas said.  Sunday morning [8/18/2019], a would-be thief found out exactly what it feels like to be on the other side of Quinn's right hook.

Chicago mayor takes vacation after blasting a top cop for doing the same.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is enjoying a late summer vacation with her family in Maine.  Normally that wouldn't be newsworthy, except for the fact the mayor previously ordered police brass to cancel summer travel plans, and blasted the department's No. 2 in command for failing to do so.  In June, Mayor Lightfoot called it "incredibly disappointing" when she learned Chicago Police First Deputy Supt.  Anthony Riccio had failed to follow her directive to command staff to cancel travel plans and remain in Chicago to combat a surge in summer violence.

28 Shot, 5 Fatally, over Weekend in Democrat-Controlled Chicago.  NBC Chicago reports the first of the weekend's fatalities was a double murder that occurred in a shooting around 4 pm Friday.  The fatality occurred Sunday evening, when a 41-year-old man was shot twice and killed on South Crilly. [...] Breitbart News reported that 47 people were shot, four fatality, in Chicago over the weekend of August 9-11, 2019.  Fifty-three individuals were shot, seven killed, in Democrat-controlled Chicago during the first weekend of August and 48 were shot, nine fatally, during the last weekend of July.

6 teens tried to rob a house, police say.  After the homeowner shot and killed 1, the others were charged with murder.  Police near Chicago say six teenagers were trying to break into a house when the elderly homeowner told them to leave and fired a gun after they refused.  The youngest of the group, 14, was shot and killed.  Now the other five, including four under 18, have been charged with first-degree murder as adults, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Facebook.  One is legally an adult, 18-year-old Diamond C. Davis, the sheriff's statement says.  Three are 17.  One is 16.  Authorities did not name the minors.

Diamond Davis: Old enough to know better.
Officials: 5 teens charged with murder after accomplice is shot during attempted burglary.  A 75-year-old man shot a 14-year-old who authorities say was in the man's Lake County driveway trying to break into his car, and the five teens accused of being the boy's accomplices are charged with his murder.  Charged with first-degree murder are one 16-year-old boy, three 17-year-old boys and 18-year-old Diamond C. Davis, all of Chicago.  The names of the dead teen, the juvenile suspects and the 75-year-old have not been released.  Though none of the five are accused of pulling the trigger, they are charged under a state law known as the felony murder rule, which allows a person to be charged with the murder of an accomplice killed in the commission of certain crimes.

Everything They're Telling You About Mass Shootings Is Wrong.  What are the facts?  Fact:  There were 387 deaths from mass shootings in the United States in 2018 (defined as four or more shot — not necessarily killed — at one time).  Of those, most were regular criminals as we expect to see in gang-related drive-bys, bar fights, and a strangely large number of shootings at parties.  About 100 deaths were the result of the random, psycho-killer shootings that dominated news coverage for days and weeks at a time.  Mercifully, those are quite rare.  But that's not the impression we are given by the news coverage.  Fact:  There are more privately owned guns in the United States than ever before and the number of murders has been declining for decades and has been at or near a multigenerational low for several years.  More guns, less crime.  Fact:  There were 660 murders in Chicago in 2017.  That's nearly twice the number from mass shootings in the whole country and six or seven times the number murdered by random psychos mass-shooters.  Chicago has some of the strictest gun control in the country.  Maybe it's not the guns.

Media Not Interested in 47 People Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend.  Sorry, these are not the shootings we're interested in.  They don't create the right sort of national dialogue.  So we're not discussing them.  Not even when 47 people get shot over the weekend.  After all there's no manifesto.

Now in charge, Pritzker, Lightfoot on the hot seat for Chicago violence.  A year ago this week, then-candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker heaped blame on then-Gov. Bruce Rauner for an uptick in Chicago violence.  Stalemate over the state budget had reduced funding for social service programs, resulting in increased violence across the city, Pritzker alleged.  If Pritzker were in charge, he would speed resources to violence interruption programs, he said at the time.  It was August and more than 70 people had been shot with 12 killed over a single weekend.  Rauner was ultimately in charge.  What about now?  Is Rauner, or President Donald Trump for that matter, to blame for the city's chronic violence epidemic?  At least 55 people in Chicago were shot and seven died from their wounds over the weekend.  According to the Chicago Police Department, nearly 1,000 people have been shot since the beginning of the year, with the homicide total 236 through June 30.

Weaponizing the dead of El Paso and Dayton.  Those angry loner white boys with guns, this time in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have again erupted on the body politic.  And those with eyes to see are reminded that the American culture is ill.  But what of the mass shootings in Chicago, the 55 people shot over the weekend, with seven hit near a park and then eight more not far away?  You might think these are "mass shootings" too, but, in political/media terms, they're not treated as such.  The victims, and in all likelihood the shooters, are black.  And Democratic politicians find no political advantage in weaponizing the victims of everyday street violence in a Democratic town.

49 shot, 6 fatally in Chicago weekend shootings.  Shootings across the city of Chicago this past weekend have left seven people dead and another 44 people wounded.  City leaders and community activists have planned to address the deadly and violent past couple of days.

Two Chicago anti-gun campaigning moms are shot dead in a drive-by at street corner they were trying to reclaim from gangs.  Chantell Grant, 26, and Andrea Stoudemire, 36, who volunteered with Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK), were shot in the city's Auburn Gresham neighborhood on July 26, the organization said in a Facebook post.  The women were standing at the corner of West 75th Street and South Stewart Avenue, an area that is often occupied by members of MASK to check on children.  Chicago Police Department told that a blue SUV pulled up to the area, where MASK volunteers often gather, and someone inside opened fire into a group of people just before 10 pm on Friday [7/26/2019].

Commentary about Baltimore and Chicago.  [Chicago is] a town that has a homicide clearance rate (that is, percentage of fatal shootings for which someone got caught) this year of nine percent.  You literally have a 90% chance of getting away with shooting someone in Chicago.  In addition among those shootings where we know the race of the assailant just 5% — a literal one — was white.  15 were black and 4 Hispanic.  Yet the city has an approximate 32% white population with the same, roughly, being black and about 28% Hispanic.  In other words both black and Hispanic people are ridiculously over-represented when it comes to both shooting victims and perpetrators.  That's not racist, it's factual.

Do you see what the top ten cities have in common?
The Ninth Most Rat Infested City Is Baltimore.  Orkin released its Top 50 Rattiest Cities list [on 10/15/2018], and for the fourth consecutive time, Chicago takes the top spot.  Orkin ranked metro regions by the number of new rodent treatments performed from September 15, 2017 [to] September 15, 2018.  This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.
  [#1]   Chicago
  [#2]   Los Angeles
  [#3]   New York
  [#4]   Washington, DC
  [#5]   San Francisco
  [#6]   Detroit
  [#7]   Philadelphia
  [#8]   Cleveland, OH
  [#9]   Baltimore
  [#10]   Denver
Well done Elijah, though you can't take all the credit.  The Democrats who have run Baltimore in the ground for decades are just as responsible for this as you are.

In suburbs, spiral of decline becomes homeowners' burden.  Tucked on the outer edges of southern Cook County, suburban Park Forest was built to help answer a housing shortage in the 1940s as GIs flooded home from World War II. Before long, it became a model of suburban living, featuring enviable public schools and an attractive downtown shopping center anchored by a Marshall Field's.  Today, the legacy department store is long gone.  The high school, Rich East, is facing such low enrollment that it is being considered for closure.  And, as of 2017, financially strapped homeowners were stuck with the second-highest property tax rate in Cook County, at an average of nearly 34 percent.

Gang of teens beat up mentally disabled girl in disturbing video.  A mentally disabled girl was ruthlessly beaten by a group of teens in Chicago as bystanders cruelly laughed and recorded the assault, disturbing video shows.  A 42-second clip posted to social media on Monday [7/22/2019] shows the girl, 15, walking with a group of several other girls and at least one boy when one of the girls suddenly punches her from behind.  A witness who was already recording the teens walking then immediately starts laughing as the other girls — as many as five at one point — join the unprovoked attack.  "They beating her," one teen says while chuckling.  [Video clip]

A teen girl was beaten as onlookers laughed, caught in viral video.  Chicago police are investigating an attack on a teenage girl after cellphone video shared online showed her being repeatedly struck by a group of people as onlookers laugh.  Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Tuesday [7/23/2019] that the video "is beyond disturbing to watch and this young girl deserves far better."  He says the video has been forwarded to the department's Special Victims Unit and a criminal investigation is under way.

Democratic Party has become a Continuing Criminal Enterprise.  Today, the longest serving — 50 years — Chicago City Council member, Alderman Ed Burke, is under indictment for corruption.  The longest serving Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, is also reportedly under investigation.  Both are life-long Democrats.  Their story is largely ignored by the liberal media outside of Chicago — where the local Chicago media has long been aware of the depth of city government corruption. lists the 15 most corrupt cities in America.  Thirteen of the 15 mayors are Democrats.  The Democratic Party excels in corrupt municipal governance.

Chicago Mayor Delusional About City's Violence.  Chicago has become something of a joke among the gun rights crowd.  After all, if gun control worked, Chicago would likely be a Utopia.  People would gather in the streets and spontaneously break into song and dance like they were in a Broadway musical or something.  It would be absolute Heaven on Earth.  That's not what happens in Chicago, though.  Chicago is a rough, violent city that is held up as a hallmark of anti-gun policy failures.

Everything You Don't Know About Mass Incarceration.  Countless citizens on Chicago's mostly minority South and West Sides have been victimized by offenders [...] who'd gotten one too many "second" chances.  A January 2017 University of Chicago Crime Lab study found that, of those arrested for homicides or shootings in Chicago in 2015 and 2016, about "90 percent had at least one prior arrest, approximately 50 percent had a prior arrest for a violent crime specifically, and almost 40 percent had a prior gun arrest."  On average, someone arrested for a homicide or shooting had nearly 12 prior arrests, the study noted — and almost 20 percent had more than 20 priors.

Just discovered: 'Chicago's most powerful alderman' used 'burner' cell phones.  It is a sign of the depth of governmental corruption of our age in America that the distinctions between government and gangsterism are blurring.  Now, news comes from Chicago that federal investigators who have already indicted Aldreman Edward M. Burke on 14 counts of corruption have discovered that "Chicago's most powerful alderman" used a series of "burner" cell phones that he assigned a staff member to buy for him.  If you are not a viewer of police dramas, a burner phone is a cheap cell phone with an anonymous contract for pay-as-you-go cell phone usage.  Burners enable drug dealers and other criminals to evade wiretap warrants because their ownership of the cell phone number is not available to authorities.  It is a gangster tactic.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Bans ICE from Police Database Before Raids.  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said Wednesday [7/10/2019 that the Windy City has made moves to bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from accessing its police databases amid reports of potential raids in more than 10 major U.S. cities slated for Sunday.  "They will not team up with ICE to detain any resident.  We have also cut off ICE access from any CPD databases and that will remain permanent," Lightfoot said.  "Chicago is and will always be a welcoming city that will never tolerate ICE tearing our families apart."

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Chicago's debt to its pension funds keeps growing.  Even after the third-biggest U.S. city raised taxes to pump more money into its cash-strapped retirement system, its unfunded obligation to the pensions rose by about $2.1 billion to $30.1 billion in 2018, according to its financial report released Friday [7/5/2019].  That's because the $1.2 billion that Chicago paid into its four retirement plans was only about half what actuaries said was needed to catch up with a debt that was built up over decades, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Criminal Justice Reform Comes Home to Roost.  The same public officials who used to brag about how many criminals they arrested are now proud of how many they let go.  In Chicago, the local papers run banner headlines touting the success of this new social-justice strategy — as measured by the record low number of people in Chicago jails.  The thinking is that we have to rethink how we treat black criminals.  The talking heads and politicos agree that black people are victims of relentless white racism, all the time, everywhere, and that explains everything — especially why so many black people are stopped, arrested, charged, convicted, sent to prison, released, then returned to prison in numbers that are so wildly out of proportion.

3 Stabbed, 16 Others Hospitalized After Altercation, Stampede At Navy Pier Fourth Of July Celebrations.  Three people were stabbed at Navy Pier around the time of the annual fireworks display Thursday night [7/4/2019], and 16 others were hospitalized for injuries after being trampled in the following stampede, Chicago police confirm.

Chicago Mayor Makes It Perfectly Clear — The Windy City Will Not Cooperate With ICE Raids.  Her name is Lori Lightfoot.  She's the far-left Democrat mayor of Chicago that replaced far-left Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  Lightfoot wants illegal aliens to know that they are welcome in the Windy City, because who needs laws?

FBI Raids Chicago Dem's Office!  Another Dem has been found suspect of corruption and been raided by the FBI.  This time it was Chicago City Ald. Carrie Austin who had her office raided by the FBI.  Especially in Chicago, federal investigations of city leaders are becoming a popular scene.

If you live in these areas [of Chicago], your property taxes are about to soar.  If you're a single-family homeowner on the North Side or in the central area of Chicago, hang onto your wallet, because you're about to get clobbered.  Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough today released her final calculations on new property tax bills that are about to go in the mail.

As Summer Shooting Season Commences in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Picks a Fight with Police.  Regular readers will recall I have a special fondness for Chicago, where I first visited more than 30 years ago and made friendships that have lasted to this day.  So it saddens me to watch from afar as the city's reputation for culture, architecture, and professional sports is overshadowed by its reputation for corruption and crime.  To cite just one of the latest examples of corruption, Alderman Ed Burke, who has served on the city council for 50 years, is facing federal racketeering and bribery charges after being secretly recorded by Alderman Daniel Solis, who, facing corruption allegations of his own, cooperated with the FBI and wore a wire for at least two years during meetings with Burke and other city officials.  Political corruption is an enduring feature of life in Chicago, and despite Mayor Lightfoot's previous experience as an assistant U.S. attorney, it's more likely that by the time she leaves office she will have been consumed by or adapted to the Chicago Way than have done anything significant to alter it.

The Left's Lousy Grasp of Science.  [Scroll down]  Illinois, long recognized as the poster state for liberal largesse, is hemorrhaging residents at record speed; its population has declined for five consecutive years, with 45,000 residents saying goodbye in 2018 alone.  Predictably, the liberal governor of Illinois, currently under federal investigation for his own property tax scheme, has proposed a tax on the wealthy to fund the state's out-of-control deficit.  Only the best scientists recognize that driving taxpayers away increases tax revenue.  The state's prize metropolis, Chicago, faces numerous crises, both cultural and economic.  Not surprisingly, it hasn't had a Republican mayor in nearly eight decades, a trend that haunts America's most violent and corrupt urban centers.

Chicago's Hemorrhaging Housing Market.  Government-employee unions have pushed legislation that gradually forces local municipalities to ramp up pension contributions, even as efforts to control retirement-system costs have sputtered.  The result:  higher taxes.  Chicago's annual pension payments have doubled over the last few years, to nearly $1.2 billion, and are set to rise to $2 billion within three years.  In 2015, the city passed $543 million in property-tax increases, phased in over three years, to pay for the burden.  Every penny that the city collects in property taxes goes into the pension system.  The financially troubled Chicago school system has also been raising its share of local homeowner taxes, including a $224 million hike in the 2017 school year.  The combined bite now gives Chicago among the highest residential property-tax rates of any American city.

42 people shot across Chicago, 6 fatally, since Friday evening.  At least 52 people were wounded — 8 fatally — in shootings over the weekend in the city's most violent weekend of the year so far, prompting a Monday [6/3/2019] press conference from Chicago Police Supt.  Eddie Johnson.

Chicago has most violent weekend this year: 52 shot, 10 dead.  Days after officials touted a slight decrease in crime, Chicago saw its most violent weekend of the year, with 52 people reportedly shot — including 10 fatally.  The violent spree occurred just days after authorities highlighted a nine percent drop in crime compared to the first five months of 2018.

Chicago's Hemorrhaging Housing Market.  A few months ago, predicted that Chicago would have the weakest housing activity this year among the nation's top 100 markets.  Average housing prices in the Windy City still haven't completely recovered from the real-estate downturn that began in 2009, though property taxes continue to climb.  No wonder, then, that Illinois ranks among states losing the most people to other areas of the country, or that some Chicago-area homeowners are taking big losses when they sell their houses.  The future doesn't look brighter.

2 men charged in murder of mother who died protecting baby.  Two men were charged Thursday [5/30/2019] with the murder of Brittany Hill, the 24-year-old mother who was killed Tuesday in Austin while holding and protecting her 1-year-old daughter.  Urbana residents Michael Washington, 39, and Eric Adams, 23, were both charged with one felony count of first-degree murder, Chicago police said.

The case against Ed Burke:  Here's what the feds say he did.  He allegedly demanded that the developer of the Old Main Post Office hire his law firm if it was to receive city subsidies and other help — and offered to pass on some of the loot to an aldermanic associate.  He allegedly vowed to block the request of a museum — reportedly the Field Museum — to raise its admission fee unless it hired a friend's daughter as an intern ... shook down a restaurant chain in need of a routine building permit ... tried to twist arms at Amtrak for someone who paid him a bribe ... and sought to extort a Northwest Side developer who wanted a city tax increment financing grant.  Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, did that and a lot more, the U.S. attorney's office charged late Thursday [5/30/2019] in an [sic] 19-count corruption indictment against him and political aide Peter Andrews that, if true, provides an inside and terribly sad look at how Chicago government really worked during Burke's long reign as chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance.

Chicago Memorial Day weekend:  At least 7 killed and 32 others wounded.  Chicago has a new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, who promised "flooding the zone" with additional police officers.  Still, at least seven people were killed and another 32 others were wounded.

21 shot, 3 fatally so far in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend.  As Memorial Day weekend wore on, by Sunday morning [5/26/2019] Chicago police had responded to the shootings of 21 people, three of whom died from their injuries, officials said.

The Great Divorce?  The Illinoisans Who Want Chicago Gone.  Some may note about our country's left-right divide that if our nation were a marriage, there'd have been a divorce long ago.  And this is precisely the idea in certain states where large urban areas dominate politically, such as New York and Washington — and Illinois, where a movement has been brewing to kick Chicago out of the state.  At issue is the outsized political power of Cook County, home of the Windy City, and its five collar counties, heavily populated leftist bastions that dominate the literally dozens of conservative counties constituting most of the state.  The result is that the majority of Illinois has unwelcome policies imposed upon it.

America's largest cities drowning in debt, with Chicago leading the way, study finds.  America's 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report from government watchdog Truth in Accounting.  The report sought out "to determine what ... overlapping financial entities mean for taxpayers' bottom line."  Truth in Accounting said its purpose was to "calculate the various bills (and surpluses, when available) at the city government level and divide them out to determine a per-Taxpayer Burden."  The two cities with the highest burden:  Chicago and New York City; Chicago's combined taxpayer burden:  $119,110; New York City's combined taxpayer burden:  $85,600.

The Breakdown Of Law In American Cities.  The carnage that is being allowed to continue in Chicago alone should be enough to get people to stand up and take notice.  Chicago has been experiencing an unprecedented rate of homicide for a long time and while the situation is believed to be improving, it is impossible to ignore the high rate of shootings in Chicago and how law enforcement officers do not seem to be as plentiful as they should be.  The statistics pointing to a lower homicide rate are questionable considering how many reports of violence you see just glancing over the local Chicago television news sites.  Shootings are so prolific that it is impossible for law enforcement to keep up with investigations.  One has to wonder what laws are not being enforced that are leading to such horrific waves of killing and violence.

Testimony from legally blind eyewitness results in murder conviction; case now under review.  The murder conviction of a Chicago man is under review in Illinois, after it was revealed following trial that the key witness — who purportedly saw the crime and identified the perpetrator — is legally blind.  Dexter Saffold swore under oath five years ago that he saw Darien Harris kill a man at a South Side gas station in 2011.  While there was no physical evidence linking Harris to the crime, and surveillance footage did not show the shooting or the suspect's face, Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Ford found Saffold to be an "honest witness" who gave an "unblemished" testimony, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Looks Like Kim Foxx May Not Be In The Clear After All.  Pretty much all the news we've heard surrounding the charges against Jussie Smollett and how they were dropped has been bad.  Nobody was going to be held accountable for anything and it would all fade into the history of The Chicago Way, right?  That was the impression I was left with, at least.  But perhaps not.  One judge has apparently grown fed up with the sleazy process unfolding in the media and would like a word with the woman whose office was responsible for cutting the deal.

Attorney Kim Foxx Has Been Subpoenaed For How Her Office Handled Jussie Smollett Case.  Kim Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney and her deputy, have been subpoenaed in association with their actions with the Jussie Smollett case. [...] I remember what the police commissioner of the city of Chicago said after the Smollett investigation was completed.  He candidly spoke about the overwhelming evidence against Smollett including the sworn statements of the Nigerian brothers who staged the alleged "attack," video footage, receipts, etc., which led to 16 charges against him.  Not 1,2 or 3 charges, but 16.  Then all of a sudden they were dropped without further explanation.  How is justice served this way?  Or is this the old "celebrity" justice?

Alderman believes Foxx's "soft on crime" policies to blame for "wilding" by teens in Chicago.  A Chicago alderman believes "soft on crime" policies by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx helped embolden hundreds of teens who took part in a massive "wilding" in downtown Chicago Wednesday night [4/17/2019].  Chicago police say more than 30 teens were arrested, and it has merchants on the Mag Mile jittery.  Police estimate about 500 teens, spurred on by social media, flooded into the downtown area, many intending to create havoc.

Why Do Most People in This Country Work, while Others Never Will?  [Scroll down]  In President Obama's home town, the south and west side neighborhoods of Chicago had long been decimated by the long-term effects of a stream of uninterrupted rule by Democratic mayors.  The people left behind in these neighborhoods long ago gave up hope of a better life and have been inevitably forced to rely on public assistance and making money in the underground economy, including an unlawful drug trade dominated by violent gangs. [...] Chicago's scourge of violent crime is the number-one issue facing that city.  Let's see if Mayor Lori Lightfoot understands that policies focused on job creation and generating economic opportunities for the people living in these neighborhoods as well as all of Chicago's citizens must be her number-one priority.

Outbreak of Colorblindness Strikes Chicago Reporters.  Chicago picked a strange time to go all colorblind on us.  The occasion was the occasional riot in one of America's premier high-end shopping districts:  the Magnificent Mile.  Wednesday night [4/17/2019], 500 people rampaged through downtown looting, destroying property, attacking white people, defying police, stopping traffic, threatening tourists, and created lots of mayhem and chaos.  All on video.  Some of which you can find [online].  If local media is to be believed, race had nothing to do with the fact that every single one of the rioters was black.  Strange behavior from a local media that is obsessed with race, especially white racism and black victimization.

Sources: Top Foxx aide resigning; City sues Smollett.  A top aide to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx who played an important role in the Jussie Smollett case is preparing to leave the office for private practice, according to multiple sources in the county justice system.  April Perry, Foxx's Chief Deputy and Chief Ethics Officer, will be joining a former top Foxx aide at a private law firm, the sources said.  Perry did not respond to emails seeking comment about her plans.  A spokesman for the State's Attorney's Office said Thursday [4/11/2019], "We have not received a resignation letter from Ms. Perry.  She is still employed at the Cook County State's Attorney as Chief Deputy and Chief Ethics Officer."

Shootings spike nearly 60 percent at start of April compared to last year.  At least 88 people have been shot within city limits in the first 10 days of April, according to data kept by the Chicago Sun-Times.  Last year, 56 people were shot in the same time period.  The shootings have also been more deadly — 20 people have been shot to death so far this month, compared to seven during the same period last year.

Mayor-elect Refers to Spate of Chicago Shootings as "Summer Violence Season".  It was a warm but deadly weekend in the Windy City.  From early Saturday morning until late Sunday morning [4/7/2019] 24 people were shot in Chicago.  Casualties included at least three children under the age of 13. Five adults were murdered over the weekend. [...] After such a terrible and bloody weekend, you might think that the incoming mayor of the city would be seething over the deaths of her citizens and vowing vengeance on those who perpetrated these heinous crimes.  But Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot seems to believe that such violence is a seasonal thing.

If Chicago is a black political mecca, why are African-Americans leaving the city in droves?  Since Lori Lightfoot's historic victory last week, the list has been passed around proudly as a symbol of the achievements of African-American women in the Chicago area.  While hardly anyone was paying attention, black women rose up and took charge of the most high-profile positions in our city and county government.  If you throw in the African-American men also in top spots, the changing political tide is even more astounding.  I have a question, though.  If our city really has become the black political mecca it appears to be, why are African-Americans leaving Chicago in droves?

Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush slams the Chicago police union as the 'sworn enemy of black people'.  Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush has called the Chicago police union the 'sworn enemy of black people' as he defended prosecutor Kim Foxx in the wake of the Jussie Smollett saga.  Rush slammed the Fraternal Order of Police on Saturday following their repeated calls for Foxx, the Cook County State's Attorney, to resign after her office dismissed charges against Smollett. 'The FOP is the sworn enemy of black people, the sworn enemy of black people,' the Democratic Congressman said.

No One Had A Problem Watching A Man Get Beaten Up Until He Pulled Out His Gun.  According to CWB Chicago, the incident occurred at Magnificient Mile where just two days prior, a violent mob forced police to intervene, resulting in 21 arrests.  Video shot from within the McDonalds showed two young black men attempted to assault an older white man.  One of the young men attempted to wield mace against the older man, but quickly retreated as the other got into a grappling match with the older man.  The fight resumes behind ads on McDonald's windows, but suddenly the young man grappling with the older man retreated.  As the older man came into view, he could be seen holding a gun at the youth attacking him.

Attack on River North McDonald's security guard caught on video.  Two people attacked a security guard at a downtown McDonald's restaurant and the incident was caught on cell phone video.  It is unknown how the incident began but video shows the security officer working the McDonald's at 10 E Chicago Avenue fighting with two men.  As customers look on, the security guard drew his weapon and the men backed off.

New Chicago Mayor's First Order Of Business:  Getting To The Bottom Of The Jussie Smollett Case.  Chicago's new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, hasn't even been sworn in yet, and she already has a top priority: figuring out exactly what is going on in Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx's office.  Lightfoot, who won Chicago's mayoral election by a near-50 point margin on Tuesday [4/2/2019], is the city's first black female (and first openly gay) mayor.  She campaigned largely as an outsider to the Chicago machine.  Lightfoot is, herself, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, who served at the head of Chicago's Police Board and Police Accountability Board after leaving legal practice for public service.

How Chicago Democrats Created Trump's Border Wall Problem.  Political power in the U.S. is not inherited, it is based on majority elections within states.  This means that whoever successfully influences voters in a geographical area will win the elections.  The earliest blatant attempt at such control was developed and perpetrated by Elbridge Gerry, the governor of Massachusetts in the early 1800s.  His scheme of voter manipulation was to map out the location of known voters by their past political preferences.  He ended up ultimately redrawing districts to capture the largest number of known voters who supported his party.  This method is now widely known as gerrymandering and the most outrageously blatant gerrymandered congressional district is Congressional District 4 in IL.  This is the district that recently ousted Luis Gutierrez and replaced him with Jesus Garcia in Chicago.

Gunfire at family gathering in Chicago wounds at least 6, including 2 children.  An 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl were among at least six victims in a drive-by shooting Saturday evening [4/6/2019] that targeted a family party in a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, authorities said. [...] The scene provided little physical evidence for investigators, who were reviewing surveillance footage from nearby cameras, the Sun-Times reported.  Witnesses were not cooperating with officers, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Suburban police chiefs blast Foxx on Smollett, felony procedures, and more.  New details are out this morning about the specific issues that suburban police chiefs are going to raise today as they express "no confidence" in the performance of Kim Foxx as Cook County State's Attorney.  CWBChicago reported last night that the North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police had sent Foxx a "no-confidence" letter and the group would be participating in a press conference with the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police to announce their concerns this afternoon [4/4/2019].

Voter turnout for Chicago likely to rival historic low, election official says.  It was an election that made history in Chicago, sending the first black woman to City Hall, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from the dismal turnout at the polls across the city, according to unofficial results from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.  With voters deciding whom they preferred for mayor and a handful of aldermanic races, turnout in Tuesday's runoff election rivaled historic lows.  Only 32 percent of voters, or 509,624 people, cast ballots, according to unofficial data released by the board as of 8 p.m.

Lori Lightfoot wins Chicago mayoral race, to become city's first black woman mayor.  Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor's race Tuesday /4z2z2019=, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become the first black woman and openly gay person to lead the nation's third-largest city.  Lightfoot, who had never been elected to public office, delivered a commanding victory over Toni Preckwinkle, who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president.  Preckwinkle also is chairwoman of the county Democratic Party.  Lightfoot promised to rid City Hall of corruption and help low-income and working-class people she said had been "left behind and ignored" by Chicago's political ruling class.

Retired justice seeks special prosecutor probe of Foxx in Smollett case.  Former Illinois Appellate Court Justice Sheila O'Brien today said she will personally petition the courts to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett false hate crime case.  "This is exhausting, but it has to be done," O'Brien said this morning in an op-ed published by the Chicago Tribune.  "We deserve answers.  We deserve open court files.  We deserve transparency in every case."

Chicago's embattled police are fighting back.  What have we learned about the Jussie Smollett case so far?  Among other things, that it's starting to get very stupid to mess with the Chicago police.  The embattled department is obviously fighting back against the leftist prosecutor's effort to throw out all its thousands of hours of solid police work, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt for news readers at least, that Jussie Smollett faked his own hate-crime attack in a bid to make more money on his television show, and tried to smear President Trump's supporters as a side benefit.  The backlash is obvious, not just from angry statements to the press from Chicago police officials, but in its lightning-swift release of police files regarding the Jussie Smollett case, one step ahead of the prosecutor's office's bid to seal them from human eyes forever.

Chicagoans slam Rahm Emanuel in wake of Jussie Smollett scandal, call him hypocrite over handling race relations.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted his city's handling of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's case this week, calling the surprise deal made by prosecutors a "whitewash of justice" that sends a "clear message" that those in power are treated differently — but now some are pushing back and say his comments on accountability are nothing short of hypocrisy.  "To hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel call the prosecutors' decision to accept an alternative resolution to the Smollett case a "whitewash of justice" in a city with a police and prosecutorial history as checkered as ours rang not just wrong, but fundamentally ridiculous," opinion writer Mikki Kendall wrote.  "Whether one's personal belief about whether Smollett told the whole truth, a portion of the truth or an outright lie when he reported being assaulted, there is no reality in which the Mayor of Chicago, or the head of the Chicago police force, have the moral authority to stand in judgment of anyone's morality."

Jussie Smollett 'Whitewash' Is About Chicago Mayor Election.  Smolett was facing 16 felony counts before the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx (who had recused herself) dropped all charges.  Emanuel called it a "whitewash of justice," and other officials made similar comments.  Why?  One reason is simple:  the facts in the case, as presented when Smollett was charged last month, are impossible to dismiss.  Prosecutors, who bizarrely dropped the charges in recognition of Smollett's past community service, said they had not exonerated him.  And while Smollett claimed to have been "truthful" throughout, his own attorney blamed the attack on the Osundairo brothers — contrary to Smollett's claim that his assailants had been white.

The Chicago Way and Jussie Smollett.  Over a century ago, Carl Sandburg captured the essence of the Second City in the verses of "Chicago." [...] This crooked culture vaulted to national attention again Tuesday [3/26/2019] with the inexplicable dismissal of 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett.  Given the gravity of the allegations, combined with the ironclad prosecution evidence believed to be assembled against Smollett by the Chicago Police Department, the only reasonable conclusion regarding this dismissal involves the crooked "Chicago way" of influence-peddling.

Chicago Police Union Wants A Federal Investigation Into 'Interference' In Jussie Smollett Case.  Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police is officially requesting a federal investigation into whether the Cook County State's Attorney, Kim Foxx, tried to interfere into the department's investigation of "Empire" star Jussie Smollett on behalf of a former Obama administration official.

What if there was a Mueller probe of the Chicago City Council?  My hobby of urban exploration brings me to all nooks and crannies of Chicago.  And there's one street corner that jumps out as a center of crime.  Just last week news broke that one of the no-goodniks who has been an active member of the group that congregates there will accept a guilty plea deal.  And another person, an ex-con, who used to hang out on that block but doesn't anymore, pleaded guilty too.  Since 1973 thirty-five members of this makeshift gang have served time in prison.  What about other people who operate there?  Are they engaged in illegalities?  I'll wager many of them are.

Chicago Swerves Hard Left.  One of the signs of the many seismic shifts in American political life is the collapse, at least tentatively, after 88 years, of the Democratic Party machine in Chicago. [...] Conservatives have not been prominent in Chicago since the days of the last Republican mayor, William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson, a reactionary blowhard who pitched to the city's Irish and German communities by promising to "punch King George V on the nose."  Although a Republican, he was such a scoundrel that when he died in 1944, the Chicago Tribune, published by the archconservative but formidably successful Colonel Robert R. McCormick, commented:  "For Chicago Thompson has meant filth, corruption, idiocy, and bankruptcy ... He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft, and a dejected citizenry ... He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization ... and excelled himself as a liar and defamer."

Low voter turnout so far in historic Chicago mayoral race.  Chicago barely escaped setting a record for low voter turnout in the historic 14-way mayoral race, sparking speculation that voters wanted the field to clear some before choosing their favorite in the April 2 runoff.  Nearly 539,000 residents — about 34 percent of registered voters — had cast ballots as of 7 p.m.  Tuesday [2/26/2019], according to unofficial Chicago Board of Election Commissioners data.  That anemic total ranks among the lowest turnout levels recorded in a city election since it was 33 percent in 2007, when Richard M. Daley won his sixth and final term.

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If there is a Democrat political machine running, why vote at all?  The Party will install the candidate it selects.

Rahm's retirement sets off wild Chicago scramble.  The Daleys collectively ruled Chicago for a total of four decades, dating back to the 1950s.  Now, after a brief interregnum, the family reign might be extended.  Bill Daley, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is emerging as a late contender in the crowded Feb. 26 mayoral race, a contest featuring 14 people vying to succeed two-term Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Is The Most Corrupt American City:  Report.  The Chicago metropolitan area was ranked as the most corrupt U.S. city in a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Along with Chicago, Los Angeles topped the list of the most public corruption convictions in America, based on the number of federal corruption convictions between 1976 and 2017. [...] Drawing information from the Department of Justice, the report shows 25 public figures were convicted of charges tied to corruption in 2017 in the City of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois.  2017 was the most recent year for which the DOJ data was available, the report says.

Chicago chases fake case, ignores 400 murders.  Chicago suffered 530 murders last year.  The victims ranged in age from 1 to 93.  Police will solve 17% of those murders because most of the victims are young black males killed by young black males.  Sadly, our society does not care about black on black crime.  But actor Jussie Smollett, 35, told police that at 2 a.m. two white men in MAGA hats called him names, put a noose around his neck, and spilled bleach on him.  Oh and he got a black eye.  Chicago police are treating the case as if it were a murder while dismissing more than 400 murders as if they were hoaxes. [...] The Smollett case isn't a crime, even if his bizarre tale is true.  He got a black eye.  530 people were murdered.  But the Chicago Police are promoting the Smollett case because it serves an agenda designed to gain power and control Americans.

FBI investigation into Chicago corruption secretly recorded the boss of bosses in Illinois politics.  I hate to raise expectations prematurely, but this could be really big.  Not only Chicago, but the entire state of Illinois has been a cesspool of political corruption as long as anyone alive can remember, all of it a subsidiary of the Democratic Party, even when, as occasionally happens, a Republican occupies the governor's office.  For the first time, there is a hint that a long-running federal investigation may actually target the real power at the center of it all.  Late last year came news that the FBI raided the office of Alderman Ed Burke, taking boxes and boxes of records.  Burke, who is in his fiftieth year in office as an alderman, is widely regarded as the most powerful member of the City Council, a power who has outlasted every mayor, quietly running things while the more visible mayor takes the brickbats.

3 Chicago police officers found not guilty of covering up shooting of Laquan McDonald.  Three Chicago police officers have been found not guilty of falsifying details to cover up the shooting death of Laquan Mcdonald in 2014.  McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was found guilty of murder in October.  Det. David March, 60, and patrol officers Joseph Walsh 50, and Thomas Gaffney, 45, were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.  A Cook County judge acquitted the officers of all charges.

The Democrat Who Banned Guns in Chicago Had 23 Guns.  "Bullets and booze don't mix," Alderman Edward Burke growled.  Then the Chairman of the Finance Committee vowed to fight the NRA.  He had spent much of his 50 years in power fighting for gun control.  And the man dubbed "Alderman-for-Life", whose wife who sat on the Illinois Supreme Court, had the heft. [...] Burke, an Obama and Blagojevich ally, and the godfather of Chicago politics (dubbed its real mayor), hated and loved guns at the same time.  He had nearly as many guns as he had gun control bills.  When the FBI raided the offices of the powerful Chicago Democrat, they found 23 guns.  That's a lot of guns for one man.  Especially for a man who had worked hard to ban handguns in Chicago.

Chicago woman with concealed carry license shoots, kills robber: police.  Police say a woman with a concealed carry license shot and killed a man who tried to rob her.  It happened just before 6 a.m. Tuesday [1/8/2019] in the 500 block of West 103rd Street in Chicago's Fernwood neighborhood.  The 25-year-old woman was standing at a corner, possibly waiting for a bus, when a man, armed with a weapon, tried to rob her.  Police say she showed her weapon and then shot the man in the neck.  He fled the scene and was located in the 400 block of West 103rd.

Chicago Seized And Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt.  According to a WBEZ analysis of thousands of towing records and invoices, the city regularly pulls residents into a nexus of ticket-related debt and car seizures that is stunning in its scope.  In 2017 alone, Chicago booted more than 67,000 vehicles for unpaid tickets.  In about a third of those cases, the driver couldn't afford to remove the boot, and the vehicle was later towed to a city impound lot.  Of those 20,000 impounded cars, more than 8,000 ended up like Botello's:  They were sold off, with the owners receiving none of the sale proceeds.  Instead, the city and its towing contractor pocketed millions of dollars, while residents were left with ticket debt.

The arrest of a powerful Chicago alderman who has been in office for 50 years and the corruption tax.  Chicago isn't so much a city as it is a racket.  The federal criminal complaint issued Thursday against Alderman Edward Burke, who has been a member of the Chicago City Council for 50 years — he replaced his father who died in office — has overshadowed the Chicago mayoral race.  That election, along with that of the fifty City Council seats, takes place late next month.  As their are 15 candidates for mayor, it is unlikely one person will achieve a majority, so the top two vote-getters will face off in April.  Incumbent Rahm Emanuel, after two terms as mayor, chose not to run for a third.  For much of his decades in office, Burke, 75, has been chairman of the City Council Finance Committee, he resigned that post Friday morning.  Burke remains a candidate for reelection for his aldermanic seat and he is still the Democratic committeeman of his ward, a post he's held since 1968.  The Finance Committee chairman is second most powerful politician in Chicago government.  Burke is the lead partner at the law firm Klafter and Burke, which specializes in property tax appeals.  The committee's powers are vast and they of course include tax levies.

Why Ald. Ed Burke May Have Been Allowed To Have 23 Guns In Government Building.  He's been a staunch supporter of gun control measures for decades, but in a surprising twist, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday that nearly two dozen firearms were discovered in Ald. Ed Burke's offices during their raids in November.  It's still not known if the guns that were found in November were discovered at Burke's ward office or at City Hall, but it's hard to miss the irony of a staunch gun control advocate having to turn over 23 guns as a condition of his bond.

Chicago Ald.  Ed Burke charged with corruption.  Ald.  Edward Burke, the longest serving alderman in Chicago history, has been charged with attempted extortion for "corruptly soliciting business" for his private law firm, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday [1/3/2019].  Burke was charged with one count of attempted extortion for conveying to company executives at a group of Burger Kings in 2017 that they'd get the permits if they signed on as clients at Burke's private property-tax law firm in Chicago, the 37-page complaint said.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Video Shows Beating at CTA Red Line Chicago Station.  Chicago police are looking for a group of male teenagers wanted in connection with several attacks that happened Dec. 29 at the Chicago Avenue Red Line station.  A Facebook video shows a man being beaten during one of the attacks.  [Video clip]

Rahm Emanuel, racism, and Chicago Public Schools' massive, underreported sex abuse scandal.  Why is Mayor Rahm Emanuel getting a pass on the Chicago Public Schools rape and sexual abuse scandal?  In this era of #MeToo and grand jury investigations of the Catholic Church, Emanuel should have been driven out of Chicago with pitchforks.  Instead, the Democrat Party and the media have been giving him high-fives as he takes a victory lap on his mayoralty.  Back in June, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered 523 credible cases of rape and sexual abuse of minors at CPS over the last 10 years.  Again, note that this enormous number is in just one city over 10 years.

Chicago: Less blood spilled in 2018, but still a violent year.  The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Chicago lowered its body count in 2018, but the city still managed to record more homicides than Los Angeles and New York combined.  The revelation came as Chicago police made the first arrest of the new year for a "gun related crime" only two minutes after midnight.  Predictably, the guy they arrested had prior convictions and he was described as an "armed habitual criminal."

Chicago's cluster of police suicides raises alarms.  When Roland Perpignan thinks of his younger sister's last drive to work in September, he imagines her in tears over what she was about to do.  Regine Perpignan, a 26-year police veteran in Chicago, parked outside the police force's 5th District headquarters and killed herself with her service weapon.  Her death was one of five suicides of a Chicago officer in the past six months, the most recent occurring on Tuesday [1/1/2019], police and union officials said.

Chicago police make first gun-related arrest of 2019 — two minutes into new year.  For a minute, all was well in Chicago.  But that short reprieve for the crime-ridden city was soon shattered, as police made their first arrest for gun-related crime just two minutes into 2019.  Darrell Rashawn Rhyme, 23, was taken into custody at 12:02 a.m. on New Year's Day after trying to run away from officers during a traffic stop, according to police and media reports.

Roaming mob of 'urban youth' terrorized Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' in below-freezing weather, sent Asian bystander to the hospital.  Cold weather no longer is acting as a deterrent to the marauding mobs of teenagers (of no particular demographic characteristic, according to Chicago mainstream media) roaming through Chicago's showcase shopping district along Upper Michigan Avenue around the Water Tower.  News of the attack could not be ignored, because the famous Water Tower Place Mall had to be closed and because the mob sent an innocent bystander waiting on a subway platform to the hospital.

Chicago's quietest restaurants.  Looking to dine in peace?  There's an app for that.

Gas-tax hike of up to 30 cents a gallon needed, Emanuel and suburban mayors say.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined forces with suburban mayors on Tuesday to call for a 20- to 30-cents-a-gallon increase in the state's gasoline tax to bankroll sorely needed mass transit and road improvements.  After that, the mayors argued that the gas tax should be increased every year to match the inflation rate.  At a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Emanuel argued that 24 states have raised their gas tax since 2012 alone.  Meanwhile, Illinois is "stuck in neutral" with a state gas tax of 19 cents a gallon that's been frozen since 1990 — even though federal taxes and local and state sales taxes and other fees push the overall tax rate far higher.

Police: Drug deal likely led to rush hour shooting in Loop CTA stop.  Chicago police say a drug deal may have led to a 27-year-old man getting shot in a CTA pedestrian tunnel downtown Thursday during the height of rush hour.  Police say high definition cameras from inside the tunnel which connects the Red and Blue lines at Jackson captured images of a man in a surgical mask shooting another man in the hip at close range before slipping away.

Chicago's New PlayStation Tax Shows How Greedy Politicians Can Be.  A few weeks ago, PlayStation 4 users in Chicago were shocked when they turned on their consoles and saw a message from Sony.  The message informed users that as of November 14, 2018, they would be required to pay a 9 percent "amusement tax" for PlayStation subscriptions such as PlayStation Now, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Music, and others.

Another Turbulent Week with Some Big Mysteries.  While the President was out of the country the FBI raided the office of Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, a guy who controlled the city and state finances.  The Feds ordered everyone to leave, placed brown paper over the doors and went through the files in Burke's office.  Is this Trump striking back?  Is Obama's cover coming undone?  The Chicago field office offered no comment.  It's not clear they were even in the loop respecting this raid.

Federal agents show up at Ald. Ed Burke's City Hall office, paper over windows.  Federal agents showed up unannounced at the City Hall office of Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke, kicked everyone out and papered over the windows Thursday morning.  The exact nature of their visit was not known, but Ald. Burke (14th) has dodged dozens of federal investigations over five decades in Chicago politics.  A source told the Sun-Times the raids were in response to new allegations, and not prompted by any past controversies that have swirled around Burke.

Four dead in shooting incident in Chicago.  Four people were shot and killed on Monday, including the suspected shooter and a Chicago police officer, at the Mercy Hospital on the South Side of Chicago.  An emergency room doctor was also killed, according to ABC7 news.  Police said shots were fired both inside and outside the hospital between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. local time.

Chicago: 2,530 Shot, 469 Killed So Far This Year.  Over the weekend, 43 people were shot in Chicago and 5 of the victims died, making it one of the most violent weekends in the Windy City this year.  Since the beginning of the year, 2,530 people have been shot in Chicago, according to the shooting and homicide data maintained by the Chicago Tribune.  Further data, collected by the Chicago Sun-Times, shows there have been 469 homicides in Chicago so far this year — 408 of those deaths resulted from shootings.  Another 30 homicides were caused by stabbing and another 31 deaths were caused by "another type" of violence.  Despite these crimes, a new YouGov poll shows that nearly half (45%) of Chicagoans say gun violence is "not a problem."  Fifty-one percent say it is "a problem."

Property manager who collected millions in fees accused in lawsuit of 'grossly mismanaging' South Side buildings.  After collecting millions of dollars in fees from affordable housing deals, a Chicago property manager and two of his firms have been accused in a federal lawsuit of widespread mismanagement centered on extensive problems in what had been billed as a "model" way to house low-income residents.  The suit filed Monday [10/22/2018] in U.S. District Court follows a [Chicago] Tribune investigation that detailed how the real estate manager teamed with a newly formed nonprofit to get state help to buy 81 South Side buildings and then secure property tax breaks.

Chicago funeral shooting leaves 6 wounded, report says.  At least six people were shot on Monday [10/22/2018] outside of a funeral service in Chicago, Illinois, where a service was taking place for a local rapper.  The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. local time outside Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Former Obama Justice Department official on consent decree:  Chicago 'wants this'.  A key deputy to former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says police reform was already "long overdue" in Chicago when she and Lynch came to town in January 2017, accusing the Chicago Police Department of violating constitutional rights.  Nearly two years later, Vanita Gupta says, that reform is now "desperately needed."  Gupta, the former head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, made her comments in a three-page letter to the federal judge who is considering whether to approve a proposed consent decree negotiated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  It would govern police reform in Chicago.

Man sentenced to 3 years for pushing stranger off CTA platform.  A Northwestern University neuroscience graduate was sentenced to three years in prison for pushing another man off a Chicago subway platform and onto train tracks.  Chad Estep pleaded guilty last week [9/26/2018] to aggravated battery after a more serious charge of attempted murder was dropped.

Masked gunman targeting victims in Chicago neighborhood, 2 men killed over 2 days, police say.  Two seemingly random "execution-style" shootings in a Chicago neighborhood appear to have been committed by a mysterious masked gunman using the same firearm, officials said Tuesday [10/2/2018].  Chicago Police said at a news conference ballistics tests showed the same gun was used in the killings of 73-year-old Douglass Watts and 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side.

Chicago pension fiasco: $54M lost on deal with Daley nephew, ex-Obama boss.  A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of President Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley.  It was a high-risk investment.  Allison S. Davis — a longtime Daley ally who once headed a small Chicago law firm that gave Obama his first job out of Harvard Law School — and Daley nephew Robert G. Vanecko even warned in the prospectus that the pension funds could lose their entire investments.

Watchdog sees 'scheme to defraud' in Pritzker toilet tax break.  Cook County's chief watchdog has concluded that more than $330,000 in property tax breaks and refunds that Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker received on one of his Gold Coast mansions — in part by removing toilets — constituted a "scheme to defraud."  Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard also recommends in the confidential report that Cook County should try to recover the money from the billionaire.  Asked whether he would repay his tax savings, Pritzker on Monday afternoon said only, "We're going to follow whatever the recommendations, whatever it is."  The bombshell report comes just weeks ahead of a contentious November election, with polls showing Pritzker ahead by double digits.

Chicago receives federal grant to relieve South Side rail congestion.  Chicago's South Side gets a big financial boost to help relieve rail congestion.  A big grant from the federal government is making project decades in the making become reality.  It is known as the worst rail bottleneck in the country.  Dozens of freight and Metra trains cross each other's paths daily between 71st and 79th Streets.  Known as the 75th Street corridor, there are so many trains, they crawl their way through the area leaving frustrated residents.  "Traffic gets real bad, it's usually backed up from the light all the way down to the railroad tracks," said resident George Curley.

25 face drug charges for selling fentanyl, heroin in Chicago.  More than 25 people are facing federal and state drug charges for selling fentanyl or fentanyl-laced heroin in Chicago.  Many of the defendants were arrested Thursday [9/27/2018], and several have already begun making initial appearances in federal court in Chicago, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

City plan to sell $15M painting slammed as questionable way to upgrade library.  Civic Federation President Laurence Msall on Monday [10/1/2018] raised serious concerns about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to sell off a valuable piece of public art and use the proceeds to give the West Side a regional library.  Emanuel wants to restore the Legler branch library, 115 S. Pulaski Rd., to the regional status it held until the 1970s.  That would require the city to spend about $11.2 million to expand the 36,000-square-foot library and another $1.7 million-a-year to expand its programming and operating hours to match the city's two other regional libraries.

4 killed, 9 wounded Sunday in city gun violence.  A series of shootings across Chicago Sunday [9/30/2018] left four people dead and nine others wounded, including a 13-year-old boy shot to death on the West Side.  At 4:40 p.m., Ujuan Drape was walking on a sidewalk at 4:40 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Monroe Street when a green SUV drove by and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Jon Burge, Chicago's Most Famous Corrupt Cop, Is Dead at 70.  Jon Burge, the former Chicago Police commander synonymous with the city's history of police brutality and excessive force, died Wednesday at age 70.  If you need to know exactly why Chicago's law enforcement environment is such a disaster, just google Burge's name.  The disgraced cop even has his own Wikipedia entry documenting allegations of his abuse and torture across two decades of more than 200 people, mostly black men, in order to secure confessions.  He and his detectives have been accused of beating, suffocating, burning, and even using cattle prods and full on electro-torture to force suspects to confess.

Chicago sets up universal income task force as city seeks ways to tackle poverty.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called "universal basic income" program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy after promising not to run for another term.  The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.  Back in June, Chicago's North Side Ald.  Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution calling upon the mayor to launch the pilot of the program and pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

Senator Durbin Blames GOP For Chicago Gun Violence.  Actor James Woods slammed Sen. Dick Durbin after the Democratic Illinois Senator blamed the Republican Party in a tweet for Chicago's gun violence problem.  Durbin shared an ABC News report on his Twitter account about a 19-year-old "anti-violence activist" who was shot while standing outside a store in Chicago's South Side.  "This is heartbreaking," Durbin wrote.  "Chicago has lost far too many aspiring young people to senseless gun violence.  When will Republicans in Congress finally decide to act?"

Dick Durbin Says The GOP Is To BLAME For Chicago Violence.  On Saturday [9/8/2018], the Democratic senator from Illinois shared an ABC News story about 19-year old 'anti-violence activist', Delmonte Johnson, who was shot in the chest and later died in hospital.  Johnson was standing outside of a store in Chicago's South Side when he was shot.  It is indeed a senseless tragedy.  Durbin decided to politicize the death of Johnson to score political points before the midterms.

Workers from 25 hotels strike in downtown Chicago.  Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. [...] Six-thousand workers are striking, the largest hotel walkout in Chicago history.

Cancer survivor killed by stray bullet hours after move to Chicago.  A cancer survivor was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago over the weekend — just hours after arriving in the city to pursue his Ph.D., according to a new report.  Shane Colombo got caught in the crossfire during a fight between two people in the Rogers Park neighborhood around 8:25 p.m.  Sunday, ABC News reported.  The 25-year-old's heartbroken mother, Tonya, told the network that he was running an errand to buy clothes hangers when he was killed.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel drops out, and it's Lord of the Flies, again.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel drops a political bombshell on Chicago, announcing he won't run for re-election, and just like that the race for mayor has been transformed:  It's Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street.  Bill Daley, son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, is rumored to be getting in.  And Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, protege of Boss Madigan, might also jump.  Now, the one announced candidate who benefits from Emanuel's decision to pull the plug is former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.  He's no friend of the Rahmulans.  And they are no friends of his.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won't seek re-election.  Rahm Emanuel's intense, turbulent eight years as Chicago mayor produced unexpected benefits and losses for the suburbs.  The 58-year-old Chicago Democrat announced Tuesday [9/4/2018] he will not seek re-election in 2019, a stunning move that upends the political order in the region.  "With our three children in college, Amy and I have decided to write another chapter," the mayor said Tuesday [9/4/2018] with his wife, Amy Rule, at his side.

Fireworks, cigarettes may have caused deadly Chicago blaze.  Investigators seeking the cause of Chicago's deadliest fire in well over a decade were searching the porch area where the blaze started for evidence of fireworks, cigarettes or other smoking materials, a fire official said Monday [8/27/2018].

Chicago Plans to Take on $10 Billion More Debt to Make Up for $28 Billon Pension Hole.  The Democrat-led city of Chicago has a new plan to try and make up the difference of a $28 billion pension deficit:  take on another $10 billion in debt.  As the pension for Chicago's municipal workers, including its police and firefighters, continues to spiral out of control, Democrat Mayor and former Barack Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is launching a scheme to float an additional $10 billion taxable bond offering, according to Fox Business Network.

A Perfect Storm Threatens America's Survival.  [V]iolent crime increased in many of the nation's largest cities in 2016 as metro areas saw jumps in homicide, robberies, and aggravated assaults.  Chicago shooting deaths are approaching war-like proportions, with 664 people killed in 2017.  So far in 2018, 360 homicides have been reported, most of them from gunfire.  The Democrats who run these cities, many of them sanctuary cities, have no clue how to deal with the situation other than to spend more money of taxpayers dumb enough to stay behind.  Democrat policies are leading to financial and social disaster.

Chicago has an idea to cover its staggering pension obligations:  Sell bonds.  Chicago is a beautiful city.  No doubt overtaxed, but beautiful.  But there are problems that come with the same political crowd running the place for almost nine decades.  Ask Detroit.  It has to do with debt, spending today and leaving worries about tomorrow to the next team of Democrats, which does the same. [...] In their efforts to stay in power, the meisters of Chicago have promised city workers of all kinds of very attractive pension plans.  And the workers, in turn, return the favor with votes for their benefactors.

'A Literal State of Emergency': Caldwell Says Trump Must Step in to Help Chicago.  In order to solve the onslaught of gun violence in Chicago, President Trump must be involved, Gianno Caldwell said Monday on "The Ingraham Angle."  Caldwell, a Fox News political analyst and native of the Windy City, said that his city is "under siege."  As of Monday morning [8/20/2018], 58 people had been shot, including six fatally, from Friday night to Sunday.

The Editor says...
After decades of Democratic Party rule, several generations of fatherless thugs living in government housing projects, and a welfare state introduced by Lyndon B. Johnson and perpetuated by Democrats ever since, now Donald Trump is expected (by the Democrats) to step in and fix this mess overnight.

Report: Public Schools Failed On Every Level To Stop Abuse In Chicago Schools.  According to a new report, Chicago public schools aren't doing enough to protect students from sexual abuse.  An independent review of sexual misconduct shows there were failures at every level.  A prominent law firm conducted the study over the summer and found deficiencies in training, reporting, data collection and tracking trends in misconduct cases.  The report details a failure to report potential sexual harassment, a lack of communication with the Department of Children and Family Services as well as employee misconduct allegations between students and staff.

57 shot across Chicago in weekend gun violence.  Five people were killed and 52 others wounded in weekend shootings throughout Chicago.  Since 5 p.m.  Friday, 18 people were shot that evening, 23 were shot Saturday, and 21 were shot Sunday [8/19/2018].

Dozens gather at scene of 16-year-old's suicide following police chase: 'He had a promising future'.  Dozens of people gathered Saturday night to mourn the death of a 16-year-old boy who police said shot himself after a chase, briefly clashing with officers who arrived on the scene.  Steven Rosenthal died Friday night at his home in the 1500 block of South Keeler Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood.  The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled his death a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.  Chicago police said Rosenthal ran when officers tried to question him after spotting him with a weapon just before 7 p.m.  Friday.

The Editor says...
Obviously he did not have a promising future.  In addition to a misleading headline, the article immediately above includes a video clip purporting to show "Officers attempt[ing] to remove people from the street during a vigil for Steven Rosenthal on [Saturday night.]  That's not a vigil, that's a mob.  A vigil doesn't take place in the middle of a street, and usually doesn't involve a lot of shouting at the police and refusal to cooperate with them.

Chicago 'peace picnic' turns violent: 3 people shot, another is beaten.  Three people were shot at a back-to-school peace picnic held at a playground in Chicago on Saturday night [8/18/2018].  A fourth person was beaten up at the event that was held to promote peace and community.  The picnic, which took place at Seward Park on the city's North Side, was off to a safe start, but onlookers say the mood quickly turned when a group of young men showed up and started fighting.

Rahm Emanuel under increasing fire for linking Chicago violence and morals in minority neighborhoods.  As Chicago braces for another bloody weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is once again coming under fire for blaming a lack of morals in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods for the recent spate of violent crime.  Emanuel, who has been mayor since 2011 and is facing growing calls to resign from members of his own party, urged locals to "be a neighbor" and "speak up" to help law enforcement pursue killers, gang members and drug dealers.  After one particularly violent weekend earlier this month when more than 70 people were shot, Emanuel deflected questions about police staffing and strategy.  Instead, he ignited a firestorm when he said there needs to be a politically incorrect conversation about character and values.

Rahm Emanuel tells the truth about Chicago violence and gets fierce blowback.  Chicago's mayor evidently forgot one of the iron laws of the Democratic Party:  no members of any victim class can be held responsible for any problems that result from their behavior. [...] Perhaps it was the shock of seeing 75 people shot and 12 killed the weekend before last that impelled Rahm Emanuel to speak honestly about why such extreme violence is concentrated in a couple of neighborhoods.

Fourth instance of mob violence this year shuts down Chicago's fanciest shopping district.  Business interests and police are doing their best to minimize attention to the slide into mob rule of the streets in Chicago's nicest, most famous neighborhood.  But shoppers, tourists, and ordinary working Joes and Janes can no longer take for granted the freedom to walk around Chicago's upscale shopping district along North Michigan Avenue near the famous Water Tower.  Four times this year, mobs of "urban youths" have taken to "wilding" and attacking random pedestrians while looting stores.

Shell Game:  Chicago Considers Plan to Borrow $10 Billion to Pay Off Pension Debt.  The city of Chicago is considering a plan to borrow $10 billion from the bond market to make increased pension payments and reduce unfunded pension liabilities.  The plan does nothing to reduce the size of pension liabilities — it merely swaps one type of debt for another.  City officials hope that by injecting more cash into the pension system now, they can leverage a higher rate of return in the pension funds than the interest they will have to pay on the $10 billion bond issuance.

Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?  Early next year the first round of the Chicago mayoral election will be held, If no candidate achieves a majority, then the top two face each other in a runoff.  The two-term incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first chief of staff, is running, as are several other candidates, each with baggage, including former Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who Emanuel fired after the details of the shooting of Laquan McDonald became public, political gadfly and ex-Chicago Public Schools head Paul Vallas, and Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, whose office is under federal investigation.  There is a one person who could wipe the floor with Rahm and these other candidates and easily avoid a runoff.

Chicago Is Next To Look At Universal Basic Income.  It's the year of the Democratic Socialist and that means that some relatively crazy ideas are all the rage.  One of the biggest is the dream-like vision of a society where you get paid whether you work or not.  It's known as universal basic income (UBI) and it fits in nicely with the idea of each according to his needs.  Can it work in the United States, particularly in some of our cash-strapped major cities?  We may find out soon enough because Chicago is looking at giving it a go.

Shooting Up Chicago.  An explosion of drive-by shootings erupted on Chicago's South and West sides this weekend.  At least 74 people were shot, and 12 killed, between 3 p.m. on Friday [8/3/2018] and 6 a.m. on Monday.  In one seven-hour stretch, starting around midnight on Saturday, at least 40 people were shot, four fatally, as gunmen targeted a block party, the aftermath of a funeral, and a front porch, reports the Chicago Tribune.  Over two and a half hours that morning, 25 people were shot in five multiple-injury shootings, including a 17-year-old who died after being shot in the face.  An 11-year-old boy, a 13-year-old boy, and a 14-year-old girl were also hit over the course of the weekend's bloodbath.  Mt. Sinai's emergency room shut down for several hours due to the overload of bodies; in May, the entire hospital went into lockdown following a virtual riot in its lobby among gangbangers, reported Tribune columnist John Kass.

A Tale of Three Cities.  Chicago has become more dangerous than many cities in the war-torn Middle East.  This past weekend was another example of the killing fields of Chicago:  "[a]t least 72 shot, 13 killed in Chicago over violent summer weekend, police department says."  What's the mayor of Chicago doing in response?  Maintaining and bolstering Chicago's status as a "sanctuary city" and virtue-signaling to fellow progressives, prioritizing illegal aliens over Chicago residents.

The Real Reasons for Chicago's Deadly Crime Wave.  If you were somehow to identify and arrest every single one of the shooters involved in the weekend violence, you would no doubt discover that nearly all of them came from homes with absent fathers, and that nearly all of them had been previously arrested for violent crime.  As Rahm Emanuel knows, to take a stand against hit-and-run fatherhood is to cast blame on a significant portion of the Chicago electorate.  What's more, to do so would also cast blame on the leftist policies that gave rise to the welfare state and to which he owes his political career.  The vast government apparatus that over the years has come to make fathers unnecessary, at least in a financial sense, lies at the very heart of Democratic politics.  Single mothers may do their best, but the research is consistent and irrefutable:  boys raised without fathers are far more likely to become involved in crime.

Chicago Walmart is forced to close temporarily after investigators found 400 RAT DROPPINGS inside the store.  A Chicago Walmart temporarily closed on Wednesday after a health inspector discovered over 400 rodent droppings in the store.  The store[,] located at 4650 West North Avenue[,] was closed after it failed a health inspection on Tuesday [8/7/2018].  There were 405 mouse droppings found in the store, according to the health inspection report obtained by the Chicago Sun Times.

Bloodbath in Chicago, 74 Shot, 12, Fatally in Weekend Shootings.  This Bloody Chicago video is very intense.  It includes coverage of a wounded woman who vehemently tells the police what she wasn't shot.  She finally acquiesces to treatment.

Weekend Shooting Spree Leaves Six Dead, Over 50 Injured in Chicago.  A weekend shooting spree left 10 dead and over 60 people injured in Chicago, which has left the city in a state of havoc.  Sixteen of those shot were said to be teenagers, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Sixty-three people have been shot since Friday at 5 p.m., according to ABC 7 in Chicago.

The Bloodbath In Chicago Continues.  Just last week there were some massive protests in Chicago where outraged citizens shut down major traffic lanes, demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel do something about the wave of gang violence which has sent the city's murder rate to new heights.  While we shouldn't condone the use of tactics which close down infrastructure in the name of free speech, it's clear that the residents of the city have plenty to be upset about.  You can expect those protests to grow in volume because this weekend saw yet another staggering toll in shootings and loss of life.  There were more than sixty people shot over the weekend, with ten dead.

It's time to hold Democrats responsible for Chicago's violence.  Most Americans are appalled to read that 63 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, with 10 fatalities.  The numbers are huge, downright massacre-level.  News coverage says Chicago's hospital and emergency rooms are now crowd scenes.  Here in California, we are appalled at the death toll among firemen and other public workers in California's massive wildfires, brought about by eco-wackos and their environmental mismanagement, which have killed 7.  In Chicago, seven dead would be a good day.  What's going on?  All of these attacks are gang-related, according to this report, and are happening in the 6th, 10th, and 11th Districts, all led by Democrats.  What a massive sludge of corruption and thuggery rests behind that.

Democrat Rep Says Gangland's Not a Trump-Free Zone After 63 Are Shot.  At least 63 people were shot from Friday [8/3/2018] through Sunday in Chicago, Rahm's gun-free zone.  Ten were killed, some are children.  Many of the wounded are children.  It's safer in Kabul than it is in the Democratic hellhole run by Rahm Emanuel and his cronies.  It's not the gun laws that are the problem since it's a gun-free zone.  The gangs and possibly the Ferguson Effect are core problems.  The Communist ideology is a problem.  At least 40 people were shot, four fatally Sunday within seven hours in tightly gun-controlled Chicago.

A Weekend in Chicago.  I assume that you have been wondering how things are in Chicago.  You are certainly concerned about whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel is keeping his city safe.  You know that Emanuel's Chicago has become a killing field, perhaps not leading the nation in homicide, but being one of our most violent cities.  Strangely enough, no one seems to believe that the mayor has any responsibility for the gun violence.  The "woke" media prefers to blame it on the NRA.  Anyway, Chicago just had a very bad weekend.  In less than two days, 60 instances of gun violence, nine deaths and fifty-one injured.

Chicago's Blacks Turn against Rahmbo.  When President Trump announced that the unconstitutional DACA program, put in place by President Obama after Congress refused to pass it into law, would be allowed to expire unless Congress took action on border security, former White House chief of staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (aka "Rahmbo") announced that Chicago would become a "Trump-free zone," a sanctuary city welcoming and protecting any and all illegal aliens. [...] The problem is that he forgot the beleaguered African-Americans in his city burdened by debt and high taxes as its citizens fight poverty, joblessness, and high crime rates.  They have dreams too, such as getting to school alive or being able to do their homework with a bullet piercing their bedroom window.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Facing Backlash For Prioritizing Illegal Immigrants Over Citizens.  Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel received backlash, on "Fox & Friends" Friday [8/3/2018], for favoring illegal immigrants over American citizens.  Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell attended a Thursday protest in Chicago, where citizens marched against gun violence and demanded Emanuel's resignation.  "Honestly, the residents of Chicago are fed up with Rahm Emanuel's inaction," Caldwell said.  "In addition they are fed up with the violence.  They don't see any change."

High levels of lead in Chicago's drinking water.  Chicago is currently replacing 900 miles of water mains, and such work can increase lead levels in drinking water, the EPA says.  And that might be the cause of the high lead content in Chicago's water.  Excessive lead levels are particularly damaging to children as it can lead to developmental problems.  In fact, dangerous lead exposures among Chicago's children could be a factor in the city's high rate of violent crime.  The Chicago Park District may soon shut off nearly half of its water fountains on its crowded Lakefront Path because of the high lead content in its water.  For twenty years I swigged that water when I was training for marathons.  Chicago's two-term mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who is up for reelection next year, has been mostly quiet about the lead issue.

Chicago-Area Water District Official Resigns Without Explanation, Collects $95K Severance Package.  The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, or MWRD, the special-purpose state agency tasked with treating wastewater and preventing flooding in Cook County, agreed July 12 to award a $95,000 severance package to former executive director David St. Pierre, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  The agreement also includes six months of health insurance.  St. Pierre had resigned from the agency effective June 27, following an investigation by the MWRD board, the contents of which have remained undisclosed.  The agency officially announced St. Pierre's resignation July 5, but declined to offer an explanation for his termination.  MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore said the investigation did not involve sexual or criminal conduct but refused to comment further, due to a non-disparagement clause in the severance agreement.

15 Former Chicago Aldermen Collect 6-Figure Pensions.  Of the 38 former elected Chicago officials currently receiving pensions, 15 former aldermen see yearly payouts exceeding $100,000, according to documents from the Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, or MEABF. Two additional aldermen receive annual pension payouts just a few thousand dollars shy of $100,000.  On average, the 15 former aldermen collecting six-figure annual pensions have accumulated $768,500 in total gross pension benefits.  Four of those ex-aldermen have accumulated more than $1 million in gross benefits.

The Blue-State Housing Bubble.  The best illustration of the current housing bubble can be seen with a specific example.  I know a person on the northwest side of Chicago, a middle-class neighborhood, who recently received, in his July 2018 property tax bill, a raise of $10,000 on his annual tax payment.  This was not a raise in the assessed value of his house, this was a raise in the tax that is due.  The house is 2,200 square feet and since the owner now wants to sell the house, it was recently assessed as having a fair market value of $348,000.  Before this $10K property tax increase, the property tax bill of the house was already at $13,800.  So if anyone wants to buy a house worth $348,000 they have to pay $1,983 per month in property taxes.  The mortgage will be about $1,350 per month, so the total payment will be $3,333 a month for a house worth $348K.  And each year the property tax will only go up.

Board of Elections says Wilson's cash giveaway didn't violate rules.  Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson says he wasn't trying to buy anyone's vote when he handed out close to $200,000 to churchgoers.  The millionaire businessman said Sunday's appearance at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church was nothing more than "one of the biggest property tax relief assistance" events of the year and the kind of thing he's done before.

Chicago Named the 'Rat Capital' of the U.S., Study Says.  A new study names Chicago the rat capital of the U.S.  According to a study by the apartment search service "Rent Hop," the city received 50,963 rat complaints last year — more than any other city in the country.  New York came in a distant second place, followed by Washington, D.C., and Boston.  The study also found the number of rat complaints jumped 55% since 2014.  Logan Square, Englewood, and West Ridge topped the list for most rat complaints called in to 3-1-1.

Police killing in Chicago draws protests despite video showing armed suspect.  On July 14, 37-year-old Harith Augustus was confronted by Chicago police because he appeared to be armed.  As police moved in, Augustus broke free and began to run, reaching for a weapon in his waistband.  At that point, officers opened fire.  That's what body cam footage of the shooting released by the Chicago police department shows.  It comes after a July 15th riot during which several officers and civilians were injured.  The police released the video on the 16th, but protests are continuing despite the clear evidence that the shooting was justified.

Chicago's Next Really Bad Idea:  A Guaranteed Basic Income.  Apparently not satisfied with the already disastrous condition of its finances, Chicago this week said it would like to experiment with a universal basic income, a socialist pipe-dream that pops up every few years as a "new" idea.  It's not.  And it will never work.

Illinois Pioneers Election Manipulation at the State Legislative Level.  Chicago has long been nationally famous for manipulating election results.  Its reputation for registering voters with a cemetery address, registering the homeless, and allowing people to vote more than once is legendary.  What is not so well known is how Illinois has, along with other blue states, established new methods of stealing votes at the level of the state legislature.  The plain fact is, when voters in Illinois elect state representatives and state senators, they vote for persons who are supposed to represent their interests. [...] But since January of 2017, the Illinois House of Representatives, led by Speaker Michael Madigan, has developed new techniques to steal the voice of voters and control what becomes a law and what doesn't.  In other words, Illinois House speaker Madigan now bypasses election results completely through new methods of manipulating the writing and passing of bills in the Illinois House.  In short, the House speaker of Illinois's state government has made the Illinois House a one-man operation.

A Tale of Two Killings.  Last Sunday, a 59-year-old woman on the West Side of Chicago was killed by a would-be carjacker.  The felon walked up to the driver's side of the car, which was being driven by a 71-year-old man, and pulled his gun.  The senior citizen refused to surrender the vehicle and kept driving.  The would-be carjacker opened fire at the car, striking the woman in the head and killing her. [...] There were no protests against the taking of the carjacking victim's life.  Carjackings have nearly tripled in Chicago since 2015, averaging two per day in 2017 and close to that in 2018.

Chicago Anti-Police Protesters Are Falling for Fake News.  Although police body camera footage may tell another story, it appears as if protests will continue in the city of Chicago over the death of 37-year-old Harith Augustus.  Harith Augustus was shot and killed over the weekend by members of the Chicago Police Department, following a confrontation with authorities in which he was armed.  With protests' gaining momentum, the Chicago police decided to release the body camera footage from the incident, yet protesters haven't quit.  On Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" Monday night, former Los Angeles Police Department detective Mark Fuhrman, a Fox News contributor, said that with the evidence that has emerged, the current protests are based on something that's not even true.

Chicago police union fights state's 'bizarre' proposed consent decree after Obama-era DOJ investigation.  The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is fighting to get a pending consent decree it considers heavily anti-police tossed out before the document is enacted and potentially brings a dramatic overhaul to the city's police policy.  "The consent decree will make the simplest police duties and actions rife with ambiguity, and set up officers for discipline no matter how professional or appropriate their conduct," Chicago FOP Vice President Martin Preib wrote in a statement to Fox News.

Chicago could soon test universal basic income program.  Chicago may soon become the largest municipality in the U.S. to test a universal basic income program.  Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar recently proposed legislation that would provide 1,000 families with a $500 monthly stipend — no questions asked.  The bill already has the backing of the majority of city lawmakers, and Pawar hopes to soon work with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to implement the pilot program, The Intercept reported.  "Nearly 70 percent of Americans don't have $1,000 in the bank for an emergency," Pawar told the outlet.  "UBI could be an incredible benefit for people who are working and are having a tough time making ends meet or putting food on the table at the end of the month."

Father of 43 children found beaten in West Side home.  A 63-year-old father of 43 children was found beaten to death Sunday afternoon [7/15/2018] in his home on Chicago's West Side.  The body of John Hearring — known as Nicholas — was discovered with head trauma in his upstairs apartment in the 1000-block of North Leamington Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood.  Multiple family members confirmed that he had 43 children.

Police body cam shows man shot dead by a Chicago police officer was armed with a gun.  Saturday's [7/14/2018] fatal police involved shooting that sparked violent protests in Chicago was captured on police body camera which shows the man who was killed was armed with a handgun.  Harith Augustus, 37, was identified as the man who was shot by police by the Medical Examiner's office, according to the Chicago Tribune.  The video, released Sunday by the Chicago Police Department — much earlier than expected — shows Augustus clearly had a gun holstered, as well as an additional magazine.

Tough Gun Laws Do Nothing To Prevent Chicago PD Finding 35 Illegal Guns.  Chicago doesn't have a gun problem.  They have a criminal problem.  Whatever the mechanism is that creates criminals in urban centers, Chicago has it in spades.  They're chock full of whatever it is, and instead of looking at what that might be, they keep focusing on the tool being used, not the tools using them.  The truth is, the city has so many illegal guns not because of gun laws in other states, but because they have a culture that serves as a breeding ground for people who will acquire illegal guns.  Plain and simple.  Remove that, and suddenly the crime rate will plummet.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sets up clash with Illinois State Police over expressway-blocking demonstration.  Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel is up for re-election next year and apparently is worried about his chances in a city where poverty and ethnicity matter a lot.  The obscene level of murders on Chicago's streets and the spread of crime to the fanciest areas of the city are issues for the middle and upper classes, while anti-police sentiment is high among minorities, aggravated by the suppression of police dashcam video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald and subsequent protests upon its eventual release.  Into this volatile mix, add Father Michael Pfleger, the radical Catholic priest, who intends to lead an "anti-violence" protest today [7/7/2018], shutting down the Dan Ryan Expressway, the major freeway leading from the Chicago Loop to the city's southside.  Mayor Rahm yesterday came out in support of the expressway-blocking demonstrations.  The only problem is that by Illinois state law, it is the State Police who exercise jurisdiction over the expressways.  And the Illinois State Police, like the Chicago P.D. leadership, for that matter, oppose the demonstrations closing down the vital artery.

1 in 4 Chicago schools fail in new inspections spurred by dirty schools reports.  Chicago Public Schools officials say their efforts to improve school cleanliness are working, but data they released late Tuesday showed that one in four schools still failed "blitz" inspections despite heightened awareness prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports.  Just ahead of the July 4 holiday, CPS released school-by-school summary results of inspections by central office staffers and employees of Aramark and SodexoMAGIC, which have major contracts to clean and oversee facilities services in the school system.  CPS officials still would not release copies of the new inspection reports, though.

The Chicago Model:  Population Replacement and the Transformation of the USA.  The roots of Obama's politics are to be found in the uni-party politics of Chicago.  It has been the aim of the national Democratic Party to use Chicago as a model and then impose that political model on the United States.  The Chicago model requires, first of all, population replacement.  Population replacement leads to voter replacement and then cultural replacement.  Once population replacement is accomplished, voting will eventually reach a point where it becomes irrelevant.  After population replacement, any opposition party to the Democrats can never get enough votes to stop the fundamental transformation of the United States from a constitutional republic to a socialist democracy.  Democrats will always have a guaranteed majority once population is replaced.  Today, uncontrolled immigration and redefining citizenship are the keystone to unlocking that guaranteed majority.

Media Lining Up to Defend Black Teen Shot in Carjacking, Attempted Murder.  What's it like to feel powerless?  A lieutenant in the Chicago Fire Department may find out.  The fireman committed the grave sin of defending himself and his property from an aggressor.  Now he is the target of a social media campaign to ex post facto punish him for having the audacity to protect what is rightfully his.

SPLC Exposes Epidemic of Nonexistent White-on-Black Violence.  In Chicago, this year's sport is riding the subway to that city's nicest neighborhoods and attacking white people.  Local news calls the hundreds of black perps "teens" and pretend there are no dots to connect.  Cops at the Second City Blog site don't have problem saying what they see on the streets — but never in Chicago's legacy media:  Black crime is out of control and spreading.  It's not hard to find similar violence and denial in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Brooklyn, New Orleans, and hundreds of other Chocolate Cities.

Judge Blocks Chicago Suburb's Gun Ban Hours Before Going Into Effect.  Zero hour was approaching for the law-abiding gun owners of Deerfield, Illinois.  The village had banned the ownership of so-called assault weapons, which in reality meant AR-15 rifles and any other firearm that carried a detachable magazine capable of holding ten or more rounds.  That's how Deerfield defined a so-called assault weapon.  On June 13, the anti-gun ordinance passed by the Chicago suburb would have gone into effect.  It was essentially a gun ban, and there were no exceptions.  It's either you turn them over, move, or risk facing a $250-$1,000/ day noncompliance fee.  Yeah, the AR-15 and other rifles the anti-gun Left finds scary were banned, but it also included scores of handguns.  Magazines holding 15 rounds are not uncommon.  Luckily, a circuit court judge blocked this law 24 hours from going into effect.

Wow, those guns are really mean!
4 shot to death, 6 wounded Friday in city gun violence.  Four people died and six were wounded Friday [6/8/2018] in shootings across Chicago in a 24 hour period.  The last reported fatal shooting happened about 10 p.m. in the South Chicago neighborhood.  A 25-year-old man was shot in the head and leg in the 7900 block of South Muskegon Avenue, police said.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.  The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office hasn't released details about the death.  Area South detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

More than 1,000 [people have been] shot in Chicago this year.  Five months into the year, more than 1,000 people have been shot in Chicago and there have been more than 200 homicides, according to data kept by the Tribune.  As of early Monday [6/4/2018] at least 1,070 people have been shot this year, below the last two years when violence hit record levels in the city but well above other recent years.  There have been at least 202 homicides, the data shows.

Epic ICE Raid on 'Sanctuary' Chicago Nets 156 Illegal Aliens.  Amid all of the failing "sanctuary cities," we have discovered that ICE has managed to overcome the rebellion.  This rebellion that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans over the years.  The motive of these sanctuary cities has become abundantly clear.  They would rather defend and conceal illegals that come to this country then protect their own citizens.  The recent ICE raid in "sanctuary Chicago," nabbed 156 illegal aliens.

Uncontrollable Chicago Violence Demonstrates Fraud of Gun-Grabber 'Solutions'.  It's warm where I am, too — not that my neighbors and I have been tempted to trade shots.

The first hot weekend brings violent mobs to Chicago streets as media turn a blind eye.  "Wilding" is the term for mobs of violent young people taking over upscale neighborhoods and wreaking havoc, looting, mugging, and attacking innocent people just for the fun of it.  A "good" neighborhood is no guarantee of safety anymore in Chicago.  The breakdown of civil order, in other words, is well underway in the Windy City.  Bit by bit, civilization is slipping away in Chicago.

Chicago Was the Only Major U.S. City to Lose Population from 2016 to 2017.  Nearly 80 percent of Illinois' most populous cities saw population decline from July 2016 to July 2017, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 24.  Of the state's top 50 cities, 39 saw a shrinking population over the year, while 25 have seen their populations shrink compared with 2010.  These trends align with Illinois' statewide problem of population loss, which has been occurring for the last four years consecutively — driven by a loss of people to other states.

Chicago continues to be the most corrupt city in the country.  During 2016, the latest year for which U.S. Department of Justice figures are available, public corruption convictions in the State of Illinois rose to 35 from 19 in 2015.  However this is a significant decline from 69 such convictions in 2013 and an average of 44.8 convictions per year during the past decade.  Nonetheless, public corruption remains unacceptably high in our state.  Over the last several years, incremental reforms to address corruption have been initiated but they have been insufficient.  For example, the Chicago Inspector General is now allowed to investigate aldermen and their staff, measures to introduce greater accountability with the Chicago Police Department have been begun with the creation of the Chicago Office of Police Accountability, and civics classes are now required to be part of the Illinois public school curriculum.

Chicago's Massive Gang Database Is Inaccurate and Out of Date, Say Critics.  It has grown steadily over many decades with little public attention.  Through countless arrests and street stops, Chicago police officers have compiled a database of street gang members that now totals a staggering 128,000 names — and that doesn't even include juveniles.  But now critics in Chicago are joining a nationwide chorus questioning the value and fairness of these massive lists of gang members, saying they are often inaccurate, outdated and racially skewed.

Leftist Propaganda Thwarts Unity.  The Americans who listen to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and all the networks are being systematically lied to. [...] Around 3,500 blacks were shot in Chicago, called Chiraq by black Chicagoans, last year, but that's rarely mentioned in the news.  On the other hand, the MSM had wall-to-wall coverage when a white police officer shot a black thug in self-defense.  Note that both Obama and his black attorney general agreed that the shooting was justified and that that wasn't given wall-to-wall media coverage.  Because of this sort of "reporting," many Americans think the real problem in America isn't out-of-control crime in black neighborhoods in Democrat-run cities, but that the police are out hunting innocent blacks on a regular basis.

Moments before he was shot dead, man told girlfriend over phone that he was being followed.  A man told his girlfriend on the phone that he was being followed by a black Dodge Charger shortly before he was shot to death Thursday evening [4/19/2018] on a dark, dead-end street on the Far South Side, according to police and a family member.  The man, identified by family members and the medical examiner as Jerome Fouch, was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m. on scene in the 9200 block of South Dauphin Avenue, the block where he lived, in the Burnside neighborhood.  Fouch was shot multiple times as he exited his car around 9:35 p.m., police said.

Chicago man slashed woman's cheek and jaw at bus station.  A Chicago man accused of slashing a middle-aged woman's face with a knife last week was ordered held without bail Saturday [4/7/2018].  The suspect, identified as Deandre Cavaness, 36, approached the 54-year-old woman at a bus stop around 9 p.m. in an area about 10 miles west of Chicago.

Chicago Public Schools cheated to pass cleanliness audits, janitors say.  When parents, teachers or students have complained in recent years about dirty classrooms and lunchrooms, Chicago Public Schools officials have pointed to high "pass" rates found in audits by an independent firm that monitors the work of private companies overseeing the cleaning.  But following Chicago Sun-Times reports revealing that CPS staffers found filthy conditions at 91 of 125 schools they examined, janitors now tell the newspaper that supervisors cheated to pass those cleanliness audits.  Janitors at two Chicago schools say their bosses alerted them whenever the auditing company would be coming — sometimes several days ahead — and also tipped them about where to clean.

Woman stabbed while riding bus on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.  North Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River is dominated by upscale department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's.  It's not where Chicagoans typically are assaulted, particularly on busses.

Woman Stabbed While Riding CTA Bus on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.  A 30-year-old woman was sitting on a northbound bus when a woman seated behind her stabbed her in the back of the head with an unknown object inside of a glove, according to Chicago police.  The stabbing resulted in a minor cut, officials said, and the victim was in good condition, refusing medical treatment on the scene.  The offender may be homeless, according to police, and exited the bus walking southbound on Michigan Avenue.

Attempted armed robber shot by church security guard in West Garfield Park.  An investigation is underway after an attempted armed robbery suspect is shot overnight by a church security guard.  It happened just after 8 p.m.  Wednesday [3/28/2018] near a church on the 4400 block of West Maypole in West Garfield Park.  Police said a 27-year-old gunman burst into the Maypole Avenue Church of Christ and announced a robbery.  He was immediately confronted by a 57-year-old security guard, who is a concealed carry cardholder.

'Superior Donuts' Questions Gun Ownership In Chicago.  In Chicago, there is a 1 in 33 chance that you could become a victim of a crime.  Sounds to me like owning a gun would almost be a no-brainer to defend yourself.  However, in the Chicago of CBS's Superior Donuts, gun ownership is still treated as a controversial event despite the hundreds of murders that occur yearly in that city.

Two defensive gun uses by concealed handgun permit holders in Chicago this past week.  An armed suburban man with a concealed-carry license intervened in a 3-on-1 beating and robbery in River North yesterday evening, according to a witness and police.  The victim was in the 700 block of North Clark around 8:30 p.m. when three offenders wearing white surgical masks attacked him and began taking his property, police said.  A passing motorist who saw the robbery unfold pulled over, unholstered his concealed firearm and intervened in the attack.

Chicago Murder Rate Shows 'False Narrative' on Strict Gun Control Laws.  As the debate over gun control rages, Chicago continues to be plagued by gun violence, despite having some of the strictest firearms laws in the country.  In 2017 alone, the city saw more than 2,700 shooting incidents.  Fox News political analyst and Chicago native Gianno Caldwell said this issue can't be solved by expanding gun laws, because criminals don't obey the law.

Decline and fall:  Chicago area loses population for third straight year.  Good people in the Chicago area are disgusted with rife corruption, rampant cronyism, and sheer incompetence among the politicians that are running America's third-largest metropolitan area into the ground.  Oh, then there is the crisis of runaway rampant crime.

Chicago cop charged with sexually assaulting suspect in custody.  An on-duty Chicago police officer, who once negotiated with a knife-wielding man for three hours, has been charged with sexually assaulting a male suspect in his custody last month at a local hospital.  Carlyle Calhoun, a 10-year veteran of the department, was charged Tuesday [3/20/2018] with aggravated criminal sexual assault and official misconduct.  He was ordered held on $200,000 bail.

Chicago students allegedly trash Walmart during National School Walkout protest.  About 60 students from a Chicago high school used their time during the National School Walkout protest to wreak havoc at a Walmart, witnesses say — and police are investigating.  Walmart shoppers and store employees were stunned by the destruction allegedly inflicted by Simeon Career Academy students Wednesday morning [3/14/2018], FOX 32 reported.

As bullets fly, Chicago police boss blasts civilian oversight plans.  Proposals by the city's leading community organizations call for greater oversight by a seven-member civilian board called the Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, the Chicago Tribune reported.  But Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said no one consulted him or anyone in the CPD for the year and a half it was conceptualized.

We Don't Need No Stinking Ratings!  Since Michael Brown and Ferguson, the Washington Post has been tracking police shootings all over the United States.  In 2016, police shot and killed a total of 963 persons.  In a country of 330 million, in 50 states, with almost a million cops, 963 persons were shot and killed by police — in self-initiated investigations, traffic stops, warrants, calls for service, etc.  And the numbers, by race:

    White:            466
    Black:            233
    Hispanic:         160
    Other/unknown:    104

To give this some context, in 2016, Chicago had 762 murders in a city of 2.7 million.  Of those 762, 626 (82%) were black.  Before someone asks, police in Chicago shot 25 people in that year, of which 11 were killed.  To look somewhere else, L.A. County had 662 murders in 2016, with a population of 10 million.  Houston had 302 murders in 2016, with a population of 2.1 million.

Suspect in Chicago cop's death got off easy for major parole violations, records suggest.  The suspect who allegedly gunned down Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer near City Hall earlier this month received an unusually light sentence for major parole violations in 2007, court records show.  The documents, reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times, reveal that Bauer's accused killer, Shomari Legghette, dodged up to 30 years in prison when he was booked for the violations that year.  At the time of his 2007 sentencing, Legghette was on parole following an armed robbery conviction that landed him a 16-year sentence, and prison time from 1998 to 2005.

Chicago, Then and Now.  The big news out of Chicago, city of my birth and upbringing, is murder.  According to a reliable website [...], during 2017, someone in Chicago was shot every 2 hours and 27 minutes and murdered every 12 hours and 59 minutes.  There were 679 murders and 2,936 people shot in the city.  This, for those who like their deviancy defined down, is an improvement over 2016, when 722 people were murdered and 3,658 shot.  The overwhelming preponderance of these people, victims and murderers both, are black, and the crimes committed chiefly in black neighborhoods on the city's south and west sides.

Chicago ID card would be valid voter identification.  Municipal ID cards that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is launching for undocumented immigrants and others will be a valid form of identification for people both registering to vote and voting in Chicago, according to a letter aldermen received Friday [2/16/2018].  Clerk Anna Valencia, who's heading up the CityKey program, cited state election rules to explain why the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will accept the card.

Dana Loesch:  CNN Doesn't Do Town Halls on Gun Violence With 'Grieving Black Mothers in Chicago'.  During her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday [2/22/2018], conservative author, radio host, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch questioned why CNN does not host town halls for the "thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend" whose sons and daughters are the victims of rampant gun violence.  She also wondered why they don't hold televised town halls for the victims of illegal aliens in sanctuary cities.

Violent crime in Chicago Loop up 97%, but Mayor Rahm cuts the number of cops there.  Chicago is the canary in the coal mine for America's big cities as civil order slips away.  The presumption that life can be lived without constant fear of violent predators is already gone in gang stronghold neighborhoods, where murder rates shock the nation and the world.  The combined force of the police and judiciary, hobbled by federal scrutiny of police tactics and a bail system so weak that it is informally known as "catch and release," is simply laughed at.  Cook County jail is "out of control," and a gang leader enforced a reign of terror there.  Only last week, Chicago's top cop admitted that criminals think the police and judiciary are "a joke."

Off-duty police officer shot and killed in downtown Chicago.  An off-duty police officer was shot and killed at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.  The officer was later identified as 53-year-old Cmdr. Paul Bauer of the city's 18th District. [...] Bauer, a 31-year veteran, was in the area, overheard police radio transmission and confronted the individual, Johnson said.  An armed physical confrontation ensued and Bauer was shot multiple times, he added.  Johnson said the suspect is in custody and police have recovered the weapon.

Chicago train passenger sets fire during arrest in dramatic video.  A dramatic video of the moment a passenger on a Chicago subway train set the car on fire while being arrested last month was released by authorities on Friday [2/9/2018].  The incident happen on a Red Line train on Jan 18 in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.  In the video the rider, identified by police as David M. Ferguson, is seated on the train holding his hands before arguing with an officer who walks through the train's open doors.  Authorities had been called to the train station after the 28-year-old allegedly splashed paint thinner on another passenger, himself and several seats.

Chicago police teaming up with feds once more to fight shocking rise in violent carjackings.  Chicago cops are calling in the feds — again — to help combat violent carjackings that have reached record levels in the city.  Police announced at a news conference Sunday that they are teaming up with federal authorities, including agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to deal with the problem.  "We'll look at the patterns and trends and we're bringing federal resources to bear because quite frankly they have some things that they can realize that we can't on the state and local level," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

New York City, Chicago Top List of Cities with Worst Fiscal Health.  Spoiler alert:  almost none of the 75 most populous cities in America have enough money to pay their bills.  Overall, those cities have racked up an astounding $335.4 billion in unfunded liabilities.  Of that, over $210 billion consists of unfunded pension commitments.  That's the conclusion reached by Truth in Accounting, a non-partisan think tank that advocates for transparent and honest accounting in public finances.  They examined the finances of the top 75 most populous cities in the U.S. and found that 64 of them balanced their budgets only because "elected officials have not included the true costs of the government in their budget calculations and have pushed costs onto future taxpayers."

Black activists shout 'Shame on you!', at Chicago aldermen supporting Obama Presidential Center.  Now that the huge monument to Barack Obama won't be a presidential library and is purely a private endeavor, the gift of precious park land belonging to the people of Chicago to a private group is questionable.  And federal permits are necessary for certain aspects of the planned center.  This isn't going to be simple or easy.  Plenty of people, black and of other races, are not thrilled with the impact the monument will have on their neighborhood, their parks, and their lives.

Passenger on Chicago train gets doused with chemicals.  Chicago police reportedly arrested a man riding a Chicago Transit Authority train during rush hour Thursday [1/18/2018] after they said he doused another passenger with chemicals and sparked a small fire.  The Chicago Tribune reported that a 26-year-old woman was on a southbound Red Line train when she was splashed with liquid from a water bottle.  She reportedly said the liquid smelled like paint thinner.  Another passenger reportedly told her that he had seen the man setting the car's seats on fire.  At the next stop in the Uptown neighborhood, the train operator ordered the passengers off.

Dramatic video of gang armed robbery in an expensive Chicago neighborhood.  The locally oriented website CWBChicago provides a valuable instructional video for its readers in fashionable, upscale Chicago neighborhoods who (quite realistically) fear the ongoing predation by gangs running rampant elsewhere in the city, making it the murder capital of America.  A compelling security camera video released by the Chicago Police Department depicts a gang driving into Wicker Park — an expensive area with great shopping attracting many pedestrians (and a Hollywood film named after it) — and carrying out an armed robbery on a pedestrian.  [Video clip]

75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago since 2001. Most of their killers got away.  Over the last 17 years, at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago and their bodies dumped in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage cans, snow banks.  Arrests have been made in only a third of the cases, according to a first-ever analysis by the Tribune.  While there are clusters of unsolved strangulations on the South and West sides, police say they've uncovered no evidence of a serial killer at work.  If they are right, 51 murderers have gotten away with their crime.

2017: Chicago Homicides Outnumber U.S. Military Casualties 18 to 1.  There were 664 homicides in Chicago in 2017 and, for comparison, 37 casualties in the U.S. military in its myriad operations around the globe.  That's according to data from the Chicago Tribune and from the Department of Defense's press office.  The Chicago deaths are for the period Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017; the military deaths are from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 22, 2017, which is the latest update on casualties by the DoD posted so far.  (There may have been a few more military casualties in December.)  From the data available, it shows that Chicago suffered 17.9 times more homicides than the U.S. military worldwide — combat and non-combat related deaths — last year.

The Watchdogs:  More Chicago shooting victims being shot multiple times.  When 22-year-old Kendrick Thornton of Bellwood was shot to death last year in Garfield Park, his body was found riddled with bullets — he'd been shot 38 times.  The same month, August 2016, another man, 29-year-old Donta Jerome Lee of Maywood, who was gunned down on the West Side died after being shot 23 times in Austin.  They were among seven men who died that month in Chicago after being shot at least 10 times, according to a Chicago Sun-Times review that's found that someone shot to death in Cook County these days is likely to have been hit with nearly twice as many bullets than shooting victims were a quarter century ago.

What Has Made America's Inner Cities Into A Violent Warzone.  The stories coming out from Chicago and Baltimore paint an increasingly pessimistic picture: that America's inner cities are transitioning into a warzone, where violence has returned to levels not seen since the drug wars of the early 1990s.  Take for example Chicago, five men were killed and at least 20 people shot over the four-day Christmas holiday weekend.  Last year, 59 people were shot over the same period, leaving 11 dead.  Across the United States, homicides rose about 9% last year with more than one-third of the increase concentrated in Chicago neighborhoods, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Ferguson Effect is real, and deadly:
One-Third of [the] U.S. Homicide Spike [is] Coming From 5 Chicago Neighborhoods.  Murders in the U.S. rose nearly 9% last year, and one-third of that increase came from just a few neighborhoods in Chicago, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the FBI's annual 2016 publication, Crime in the United States.  While violent crime (homicide, rape, assault, and robbery) also rose nationwide from 2015 to 2016 — over 4% — the data show the increase was not uniform, but rather concentrated in cities like Chicago and Baltimore.  Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., meanwhile, saw "meaningful declines in violence [that] have been sustained since the 1990s."  Interestingly, the paper's neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis claimed that areas where homicides spiked had a "lighter street presence by police following officers' high-profile killings of young black men."

Chicago's Emanuel reaps benefits of opposing Trump — as city problems fester.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a good year at the expense of city residents — and for that he might want to thank President Donald Trump.  Despite presiding over a city with rampant money and crime problems, Democrat Emanuel has bolstered his approval ratings and become the rising star of the left by placing himself front and center in the anti-Trump "resistance movement."  Emanuel declared the Windy City a "Trump-free zone," prevailed in a legal battle against the White House over threats to cut funding from sanctuary cities, and came out in strong support of combatting climate change — an apparent dig at Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement.

Chicago WCKG radio station manager says UN troops [are] already in Chicago.  Chicago, a gun-control city ravaged by gun homicides, is in Cook County, Illinois.  On December 14, 2017, in complete defiance of protocol and in violation of U.S. sovereignty, County Cook Commissioner Richard Boykin told CBS Chicago that "we're headed to the United Nations to meet with the Assistant Secretary General" to ask that the UN "help out" by dispatching troops ("peacekeepers") to Chicago to quell its gun violence.

Chicago Needs To Think Twice Before Begging For UN "Peacekeeping" Troops.  So the One World Government crowd in Chicago thinks they are doing the right thing by requesting United Nations "peacekeeping" troops to patrol their streets to root out crime and dispense with firearms?  If you only had a clue as to what you are asking for — well, maybe some of you do and the idea doesn't bother you.  You feel you are taking an important step into the corridors of potential One World government and if only you show the way, others may follow your shining example.  Though others may try to follow your example, they will curse you for it in the end, once they wake up and find out what you have unleashed in this country.

Five Year Murder Rates
Chicago Isn't Even Close to Being the Gun Violence Capital of the United States.  Chicago's rate of non-fatal shootings was 12th highest of 68 cities in 2015, with a rate of 88.9 per 100,000, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  The association collects data from the country's largest law-enforcement agencies.  St. Louis led the list with a rate of 660 per 100,000 — nearly seven times as high as Chicago — followed by Memphis and Oakland.

6 dead, 18 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.  Shootings across Chicago have left six people dead — including a 15-year-old boy who was shot while delivering newspapers with his stepfather — and 18 more wounded since Friday afternoon [12/15/2017].  The teenage boy, identified as Brian Jasso from the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, and his stepfather were delivering newspapers about 6:50 a.m. in the 5100 block of West 47th when someone in a white van rammed their 2000 Honda CRV from behind, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.  The boy's stepfather tried to speed away, but the van drove alongside them and someone inside opened fire into their SUV.  The boy was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.  The stepfather was not injured.

Emanuel rolls out Chicago ID for 'undocumented' and those 'on the sidelines'.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has officially unveiled a new ID program he says is designed to welcome the "undocumented" community and people "on the sidelines" into the city.  "If you want somebody who's undocumented to feel comfortable to be able to drive their child to school and all the benefits, they have to be part of the city," Emanuel said.  The name "municipal ID" was initially floated for the program, but Emanuel revealed that Chicago's city IDs would actually be called "City Keys."

Cook County Commissioner Requests UN Peacekeeping Forces to Chicago — 652 Homicides So Far This Year.  Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin has requested UN Peacekeeping Forces to the City of Chicago to cut down on violence in the Windy City.  Boykin says peacekeeping forces are needed to fight the "quiet genocide" in the streets of Chicago.

CPL holder pulls gun to scare off man attacking her.  The woman says she saw the man holding something shiny, possibly a knife.  "She put the gun into the suspect's stomach and said, 'I don't want to kill you,'" Dwojakowski said.  Police say the man appeared shocked and quickly ran off.  The woman describes him as a black male in his 30s, medium build, clean shaven, with a scar on his upper lip.

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, 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 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.

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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