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School Choice Finally on the Agenda in Illinois

May 26, 2015 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Public School, Republicans, School Choice, Senate, Teachers Unions, Unions, Vouchers, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


School Choice Finally on the Agenda in Illinois

-By Warner Todd Huston

The move for school choice is not only growing in Illinois in general but in Chicago in particular as politicians and parents both see the downward spiral of the public education system picking up speed.

With the costs of public education soaring but neither the rates of graduation nor proficiency growing accordingly, parents are desperate to find a way for their children to gain a better education.

The state is pumping millions upon millions into the bottomless pit of education and taxes are edging higher every year to support the spending habit. As an example, Illinois school district U46 (west of Chicago in the Elgin area) has $600 million in bond debt and this is just one of the nearly 700 school districts in Illinois.

So, as the system founders, many experiments have blossomed. We all know that charter schools have grown rapidly in the Chicago area, but there are other schools such as Leo Catholic High School in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood that are serving as perfect examples of school choice. Leo is a prime example of a private high school that is a wildly successful example of education at its finest.

The school is not fully supported financially by the city’s Catholic system but has since 1926 served students as an independent high school operating in what is now one of the city’s most depressed neighborhoods. The school started back when Auburn Gresham was a heavily Irish-Catholic part of the city but now serves an entirely African American student body. (Edit to note: The Archdiocese of Chicago does support Leo and has provided over $2M in direct, financial operating support for the school between 2009 and 2015, but doesn’t pay all the school’s expenses as it does the schools it has direct control over.)

The school has been such a success that for the last six years 100% of its students have been accepted into a college or university and 96 percent have gone on to pursue higher education.
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Obama’s Chicago Terrorist Convicted, No His OTHER Terrorist

March 15, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Judaism, Liberals, President, Progressives, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, William Ayers | Comments Off on


Obama’s Chicago Terrorist Convicted, No His OTHER Terrorist

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Chicago terrorist has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, authorities in the Windy City announced late last week. No, not his old terrorist, Bill Ayers, his newer terrorist, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, the woman he hired to work as an Obamacare “navigator” in Illinois.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, a terrorist from Jordan, was convicted in Israel for her part in several bombings including one from way back in 1969 that killed two students in a grocery store.
Despite her murderous past, the Illinois Department of Insurance hired this killer Muslim as an Obamacare “navigator” to push the President’s odious healthcare take over onto citizens in that state.

So, Obama had a terrorist pushing his Obamacare law on citizens in his own home state.

Great work if you can get it.
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Why Did Obama’s FBI Just Release Chicago Bomb Plotter and Narco-Terrorist Emad Karakrah?

February 13, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, FBI, Government Corruption, Illinois, ISIS, Islam, Islamofascism, Koran, Liberals, President, Progressives, Sharia, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Why Did Obama’s FBI Just Release Chicago Bomb Plotter and Narco-Terrorist Emad Karakrah?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several years ago the FBI had arrested Emad Karakrah and charged him with a series of crimes. Karakrah was involved in several plots and crimes including narco-terrorism and a 2009 plot to bomb Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago TV studios. But for some inexplicable reason, the FBI just released this dangerous man out of prison.

This guy has a long history of terrorist activities. Karakrah was involved in a far-reaching narco-terrorism plot according to extensive reporting by Judicial Watch and when he had a ISIS flag waving from his car–the same car he threatened to use as a bob carrier.
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Chicago So Corrupt Even ‘Champion’ Little League Baseball Team Found Cheating

February 11, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Progressives, Sports, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Chicago So Corrupt Even ‘Champion’ Little League Baseball Team Found Cheating

-By Warner Todd Huston

Barack Obama’s Chicago is the most corrupt city in all of America and the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team has now cemented that status by having its championship season vacated and its championship trophies stripped.

If you aren’t aware of this story it has been roiling in Chicago since the inner city, all black little league team went all the way during last year’s Little League World Series ultimately beating the Las Vegas team for the championship.

When the South Side team won the championship last year they became the toast of the Windy City. They came home to a hero’s welcome with parades, big rallies, and meetings at City Hall. They even went to the White House to meet with the liar in chief, President Obama.

Even more amazing, the young team members themselves were given hundreds of thousands of dollars for their “future,” donated by grateful citizens who wanted to make sure these young African American children had a rich future.
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Illinois’ House Reps Have More Wealth Than Average Member of Their Electorate

January 24, 2015 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Bill Foster, Budget, Business, Chicago, Congress, Danny Davis, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jan Schakowsky, Jobs, Liberals, Luis Gutierrez, Progressives, Randy Hultgren, Robert Dold, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois’ House Reps Have More Wealth Than Average Member of Their Electorate

(Here is my very first piece over at The Watchdog….)

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent survey of the wealth of members of Congress revealed that, on average, it would take the combined wealth of 18 American households to equal the wealth of a single member of Congress. While this is an averaged statistic and individual cases vary, a review of the wealth of members of the Illinois delegation to Washington proves the rule rather than the exception.

The January report by OpenSecrets.org found that, “The median net worth of a member of Congress was $1,029,505 in 2013… compared with an average American household’s median net worth of $56,355.”

It is apropos to review what members of Congress are paid as they serve in Washington. Members of the House of Representatives are paid $174,000 a year, a salary that has been frozen in place since 2009. Speakers of the House and majority and minority leaders make a bit more than the average Congressman to befit their higher positions. Members of the House cannot collect a pension until they have served for five years, meaning they’d have to win election three times. Their pensions are never higher than 80 percent of their highest salary and is paid out at retirement age–unless they are still working somewhere in the federal government. In that case, they can’t collect a pension until they are no longer earning a federal salary.

So, what about Illinois? Well, the congressional salary itself certainly puts our representatives in a higher tax bracket than the average citizen of their state. According to information released by the U.S. Census, the median household income of the 13 million some citizens in Illinois is $56,777 annually. That is about 7 percent higher than the national average…

Read the rest at Watchdog Arena.
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Pretty Amusing: Chicago TV Anchors do Spoof of Spanish Telenova Episode

December 12, 2014 | Filed Under Chicago, Entertainment, Humor, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Pretty Amusing: Chicago TV Anchors do Spoof of Spanish Telenova Episode

The folks at Chicago’s WGN, Channel 9, got together to do a spoof of a Mexican telenova soap opera.

It is pretty amusing… and a spot on spoof, too.

Give kudos to the WGN team for stepping outside the box and having a little fun. No, Edward R. Murro wouldn’t have done it… but this ain’t the 1950s.


Report: Oprah Winfrey Was Targeted in Terrorist Bomb Plot

December 4, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Chicago, Crime, Entertainment, FBI, Islam, Islamofascism, Koran, Terrorism, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Report: Oprah Winfrey Was Targeted in Terrorist Bomb Plot

-By Warner Todd Huston

Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based TV studios and Chicago landmark building Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) were the subject of a previously undiscovered terror bombing plot, a new report reveals.

Judicial Watch discovered new information that reveals that the two Chicago facilities were targeted in a bombing plot in 2009. The plot was only discovered this year when two of the bombing’s planners were arrested on unrelated charges.
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Why Inner City Blacks See Racism Everywhere and Think We Are Still in Slave Days and Whites Don’t

November 22, 2014 | Filed Under Al Sharpton, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Chicago, Cities, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Hispanics, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Race, Racism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Why Inner City Blacks See Racism Everywhere and Think We Are Still in Slave Days and Whites Don’t

-By Warner Todd Huston

Inner city blacks have a skewed and untrue view of what America “is” today and it is because they live in all black neighborhoods. This often self-imposed isolation is also why white people don’t understand why blacks don’t see the progress that blacks have made in this country.

There is a myth of segregated neighborhoods in this country that lives strong, especially in the minds of blacks. The myth is that whites live only among whites and blacks among blacks. The myth is also part of the assumption that whites are racists who will neither let blacks live near them, nor will move to areas where blacks live thereby keeping blacks down.

This is part of the victim mentality that blacks have built up among themselves to explain why inner city neighborhoods are blighted. It’s always someone else’s fault.

But according to an article by Dan Keating in The Washington Post studies have shown that these days all white neighborhoods have plummeted to near non-existence in American cities.
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Jezebel Employees Charge Racism After White Outsider Picked as New Editor Over African American Insider

November 12, 2014 | Filed Under Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gawker, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, Race, Racism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Jezebel Employees Charge Racism After White Outsider Picked as New Editor Over African American Insider

-By Warner Todd Huston

With the announcement that Emma Carmichael is joining Gawker-owned, Celebrity Gossip site Jezebel.com as editor-in-chief, employees are a bit curious why an outsider was picked over their favored long-time deputy editor for the job?

A piece by Capital’s Peter Sterne notes that long-time deputy editor Dodai Stewart was passed over for editor-in-chief even though Jezebel employees really like her and had hoped she would get the job.

Stewart, an African American, was hired in the early days of the site by founding editor Anna Holmes. But her role has grown, especially in the past year since now former editor-in-chief Jessica Cohen had been flying back and forth between her home in Chicago and Gawker Media’s New York offices.
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Ill. Sen. Dave Syverson is an Example of Why the Ill. GOP is a Miserable Failure

November 12, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Ill. Sen. Dave Syverson is an Example of Why the Ill. GOP is a Miserable Failure

-By Warner Todd Huston

Only days after the 2014 election that gave Illinois a new business-minded, tax-cutting Republican as its new Governor, Illinois State Senator and nominal Republican Dave Syverson gave us all a perfect example of why the Illinois GOP is such a crashing failure when he chirped up that he’d love to make the “temporary” state income tax hike permanent, BEFORE the new Governor even gets a chance to take office.

The 2014 midterm elections were a sharp rebuke to a nation of big spending, big government Democrats that have destroyed state budgets, the American healthcare industry, and engorged government in every corner of the nation. This wave election even affected deep blue Illinois as an insurgent first-time Republican candidate beat a thoroughly entrenched Democrat incumbent.

One of the reasons that new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner beat Democrat Pat Quinn is because Rauner ran on his outsider status, his business acumen, and his promises to cut taxes and get the state back from the brink of collapse. Rauner promised to change the absolute fact that Illinois is the worst state in the country in every single measure of what makes a successful state.
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After Six Years Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Being Targeted By Media

November 11, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Foreign Policy, Government, Government Corruption, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


After Six Years Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Being Targeted By Media

-By Warner Todd Huston

After the shellacking that President Obama received at the hands of voters in the midterm elections, his chief advisor, Valerie Jarrett is finally in the hot seat. Over the weekend, two articles attacked her as all that is wrong with the White House with one piece slamming her the “Obama whisperer” and another one flat out advising Obama to fire her.

Jarrett has been with the Obamas since their beginning in Chicago and has become the President’s spokesperson, closest adviser, and, some say, the real decision-maker in the White House.

This ultimate insider has been criticized by conservatives for years, but now it seems even liberals have about had enough of her.

For years many have been afraid to cross her–and for good reason–but with this political drubbing, it looks like at least a few in the media have finally decided to speak up in opposition to Jarrett’s iron fisted rule behind the scenes.
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Obama’s Sec. of Education Says Taxpayer Funded Pre-School is a Civil Right

November 7, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Bill of Rights, Budget, Chicago, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOE, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Public School, Rights, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Obama’s Sec. of Education Says Taxpayer Funded Pre-School is a Civil Right

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Secretary of Education, Chicago operative Arne Duncan, is hoping to make taxpayer funded, universal pre-school a “civil right.”

During comments made in Los Angeles at the LA Universal Preschool forum on Oct. 21, Chicago hack Arne Duncan said that universal pre-school was a “social movement” that was “just like” the civil rights movement.

“At the end of the day for me this is really a social movement,” Duncan said of taxpayer-funded pre-school.

“If you look at social movements, we all celebrate what happened in the 1960’s. The civil rights movement was extraordinarily powerful, life transforming, earth shattering. But the question I have is, why didn’t the civil rights movement happen in the 50’s or the 40’s or 30’s or 20’s?” he said.
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Food Stamp Sign-ups in Obama’s Illinois Larger Than State’s Job Growth

September 18, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government Corruption, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Food Stamp Sign-ups in Obama’s Illinois Larger Than State’s Job Growth

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s home state of Illinois is struggling to break the Great Recession. A perfect example of this is seen in a recent report that shows that applications for food stamps in the Land of Lincoln is greater than its creation of jobs.

Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month. “There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs. ”

“For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps,” the Institute wrote. “In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000.”
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Chicago’s Emanuel May Find His Millions Won’t Save His Re-Election

September 13, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Progressives, Rham Emanuel, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Chicago’s Emanuel May Find His Millions Won’t Save His Re-Election

-By Warner Todd Huston

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has over $8 million in his campaign fund and usually that sort of cash is quite a harbinger of election success but maybe not this time as the mayor’s approval ratings crater and at least two powerful opponents warm to a run against him, one of whom might be backed by the deep pockets of the national teachers union.

Emanuel has amassed over $8 million for his re-election thanks to his close association with a network of big dollar donors. He also has a secondary fund that many consider a slush fund.
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Illinois Website Beats Attempt to Silence its News Coverage

September 12, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Chicago, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Judges, Law, Liberals, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois Website Beats Attempt to Silence its News Coverage

-By Warner Todd Huston

In 2011 a political operative attempted to sue the Illinois news website Illinois Review for “defamation” over one of its stories. This week a federal appeals court issued its final ruling dismissing the lawsuit handing the website a long hoped for victory for free speech.

The Thomas Moore Society was pleased to report that IR emerged the victor in this illicit attempt to silence them saying that Satkar Hospitality Inc. lost its appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. (See decision here)

“We’re very pleased that this blatant attempt to silence aggressive political reporting has been finally rejected by the courts,” Peter Breen, Thomas More Society vice president and senior counsel said in a statement. “Illinois Review has a First Amendment right to speak out on controversial issues, and frivolous lawsuits should not be permitted to shut down their free speech.”
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Illinois a ‘Sinkhole State': Rates Second Worst for Liability Per Taxpayer

September 2, 2014 | Filed Under Alaska, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Connecticut, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Hawaii, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Massachusetts, Montana, Nanny State, Pat Quinn, Pensions, Policy, President, Progressives, Regulation, South Dakota, Taxes, Transparency, Truth in Accounting, Unions, Utah, Warner Todd Huston, Wyoming | Comments Off on


Illinois a ‘Sinkhole State': Rates Second Worst for Liability Per Taxpayer

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Illinois perennially ranks at the very bottom of every statistic that marks a successful state and a new report on America’s “sinkhole states” finds that Illinois again ranks at the very bottom this time for how much state debt each citizen is saddled with.

The statistics gathered by the excellent Chicago-based budget watchdog group Truth In Accounting calculated how much state debt–obligations like pensions, healthcare plans for retirees, etc–each citizen would have to pay to retire the debt in a lump sum.

The group has dubbed the worst states as “America’s Sinkhole States.”

Truth In Accounting found that Connecticut is the worst state in the union with each citizens owing 48 thousand dollars per citizen to retire the debt. But coming in a close second is the state of Illinois with a whopping 43 thousand dollars per citizen in debt.
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Illinois Has Coolest July on Record, Cool Summer Leaves New Yorkers With ‘Disorders’

August 5, 2014 | Filed Under Chicago, Climate Change, Environment, Illinois, New York, New York City, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois Has Coolest July on Record, Cool Summer Leaves New Yorkers With ‘Disorders’

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois state climatologist reported on Friday that the preliminary assessment of last month’s temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded history but that as the data is further quantified it will likely break the record.

State Climatologist Jim Angel reported that the statewide average temperature in July was 70.3 degrees which tied the record low set in 2009.

July started with temperatures between 4 and 8 degrees below normal throughout the Midwest
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Chicago Muslim Calls for Jihad Against Jews in Gaza

August 1, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Chicago, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gaza, Hamas, Hezbollah, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Jihad, Judaism, Koran, Liberals, Palestinians, Progressives, Religion, Sharia, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Chicago Muslim Calls for Jihad Against Jews in Gaza

-By Warner Todd Huston

It has been revealed that Muslim Imam in a Chicago mosque has been calling for Chicago Muslims to go wage jihad against the Jews by flying to Gaza to join the fighting there.

Video of Sheik Mohamed Elimam of the Chicago Islamic Center has come to light showing this “religious” leader urging his followers to go kill Jews in a series of July sermons.

As Breitbart’s Joel Pollak reports, in one excerpt, Elimam says: “Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine.”

In another he says that Israel should be dismantled and the Jews sent “back to their countries.”
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Happy Birthday Milton Friedman: His 7 Most Notable Quotes

July 31, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Economy/Finances, Education, Free Trade, Jobs, Keynesian, Money, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Birthday Milton Friedman: His 7 Most Notable Quotes

-By Rob Nikolewski

Harry Truman once complained he wanted to find a one-handed economist because he was tired of asking a direct question of those on his economic team, only to have them say, “On the one hand … but on the other hand.”

If there was one hand that noted economist Milton Friedman favored, it was the “invisible hand” of the free market.

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of Friedman’s birth. He died in 2006, but during his long career Friedman won over admirers and drove left-of-center critics crazy with his direct and eloquent defense of capitalism.

Friedman won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1976. But perhaps his greatest influence was nudging people who otherwise may have had little interest in the “dismal science” of economics to look at the world through a new set of eyes and question their assumptions.

CLICK to The Daily Signal for some of Friedman’s most notable quotes.
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Worst American Governor Pat Quinn Urges Obama to Bring all Illegals to Illinois

July 26, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Central America, Chicago, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Hispanics, Homeland Security, Illinois State Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, Liberals, Mexico, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Worst American Governor Pat Quinn Urges Obama to Bring all Illegals to Illinois

-By Warner Todd Huston


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has a great idea. He wants Obama to bring all the illegals to Illinois! In a state that sits at the bottom of every metric that makes a successful state–rampant unemployment, lowest job creation, highest debt, biggest pension crisis, worst business climate–Pat Quinn wants to import thousands of people who have no jobs and no prospects for one, people with no education, and people possibly full of diseases right here to the Land of Lincoln.

On Friday evening after the news day was done, Quinn announced that he is prepared to give as many illegals as Obama can spare a place to stay in Illinois.

During the announcement, Quinn spokesman Grant Klintzman said, “If a location is needed we are prepared to aid the federal government in finding a suitable one.”
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Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

July 22, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Chicago, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gaza, Hamas, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Koran, Liberals, Palestinians, Progressives, Religion, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

-By Warner Todd Huston

The “religion of peace” is at it again, this time posting warnings in Chicago that they intend to start attacking Jews in the Windy City.

The Times of Israel reported on Monday that the threatening fliers were left on cars in Pulaski Park neighborhood on Chicago’s near northwest side.

Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada confirmed the posting of the fliers left on half a dozen cars in the area.
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Chicago’s Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Celebrated National Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Ask Alfred

July 20, 2014 | Filed Under Chicago, Children, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Chicago’s Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Celebrated National Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Ask Alfred

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here’s something fun that happened earlier this month. Chicago’s Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel hosted a great day for kids to celebrate National Teddy bear Picnic Day–yes there is such a thing–which was July 10 this year.

The event was spent with the little guestlets (I mean the kiddies, there) getting a bunch of great give aways. They also got a chance to meet some famous bear personages such as Winnie The Pooh, Paddington Bear, and the Care Bears.
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Hey, Chicago: Detroit Police Chief Says More Guns is Good

July 18, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Chicago, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Detroit, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Illinois, Liberals, Liberty, Michigan, Police State, Policy, President, Progressives, Regulation, Rights, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Hey, Chicago: Detroit Police Chief Says More Guns is Good

-By Warner Todd Huston

Chicago, Illinois is losing at least 3 to 4 citizens every weekend to violence with upwards to 25 shot. EVERY weekend. Chicago pols, the city’s police superintendent, and state Democrats say we need to ban guns to “fix” the problem. But the Detroit Chief of Police says an armed citizenry is making HIS city safer. Chicago could learn a lesson, here.

According to the Detroit News, Chief James Craig credited the fall in crime in the Motor City to the fact that more citizens are armed these days.

Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.”

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If Chicago Would Vote for Commie Karen Lewis, They Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote at All

July 15, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Children, Communism, Constitution, Cook County, Cook County Board, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Pensions, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Public School, Rham Emanuel, Socialism, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Toni Preckwinkle, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll of likely Chicago voters seems to find that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in bad shape for his re-election coming up next year. The poll shows that two other candidates are far and away more popular than the incumbent mayor. One of those two is Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a woman who is nearly an out and proud communist. But, if Chicagoans would vote for Lewis, they don’t deserve the vote at all.

This new Chicago Sun-Times poll shows Emanuel losing–and badly–to two other possible mayoral candidates in next year’s election. The biggest disparity is that between the mayor and Current Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. She really slams Emanuel beating him 55 percent to 31 percent in the poll.

Preckwinkle has made no moves at all to run against Emanuel and insists she won’t. Still, rumors abound that she will throw her hat in the ring, anyway.

To be honest, it really is no surprise that Emanuel is finding low favorables in polling this far out from the election. Mayor Emanuel has failed in many respects as Chicago’s mayor. He has done nothing at all to address the mounting pension crisis, spending is still skyrocketing, he’s solved none of the mess that previous mayor Richie Daley left him, and worse of all violence in the city has soared to never before seen rates of blood shed.
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Illinois Worst in Midwest for Private Sector Job Creation

July 3, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois Worst in Midwest for Private Sector Job Creation

-By Warner Todd Huston


I have been chronicling all the major failures of the once great state of Illinois and this week we have yet another one. A new tabulation of private sector job creation finds that Illinois created a dismal 500 non-government jobs in 2013 making it the single worst state in the Midwest and almost the worst in the country (again).

The Illinois Policy Institute put out its jobs report card recently and found Illinois to be one of the worst of the worst. It was the worst of the Midwestern region and the second worst in the whole country.
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Pat Quinn’s Major Loss Over Forced Healthcare Worker Unionization

June 30, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Chicago, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Illinois, Judges, Liberals, Medicaid, Medicare, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Rod Blagojevich, SEIU, Supreme Court, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Pat Quinn’s Major Loss Over Forced Healthcare Worker Unionization

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several years ago the Governor of Illinois decided with a fiat decision to hand his union buddies millions of free taxpayer dollars by suddenly forcing all private in-home healthcare workers to be unionized without their knowledge or approval. Today the U.S. Supreme Court said that Illinois was not allowed to do this.

The year was 2003 and Democrat Rod Blagojevich–who later went to jail for corruption–was the governor who decided that all Illinois citizens who get a stipend from the state to help them take care of their mentally and/or physically disabled family member must be unionized.
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Illinois One of the Worst GDP Growth in Entire Midwest

June 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Nanny State, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Illinois One of the Worst GDP Growth in Entire Midwest

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois has earned its spot as the state with the worst GDP in the entire Midwest. So, once again we find that Illinois turns out to be one of the worst states in the country for nearly any and every metric that makes a successful state.

Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute pointed out in a recent blog post that Illinois ranks only above Missouri as the worst for GDP growth among the 12 Midwestern states in the survey.

“Illinois recorded the second-worst growth in gross domestic product of any state in the Midwest,” Lucci wrote, “according to this week’s release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Illinois economy grew by just 0.9 percent in 2013. Only Missouri grew slower, at a sluggish 0.8 percent.”
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WIND Kicks Joe Walsh Off The Air, Station Refused to Allow Honest Discussion of Racism

June 20, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Chicago, Entertainment, Illinois, Joe Walsh, Radio, Republicans, Talk Radio, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


WIND Kicks Joe Walsh Off The Air, Station Refused to Allow Honest Discussion of Racism

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Congressman Joe Walsh joined WIND AM 560 not long after he left Congress and has been doing a great, fearless job on the air. The station was even beginning to look into syndicating him. But now, because he tried to have an honest discussion about racism, the station got cold feet and suspended him until further notice.

Here is some of what the Chicago Sun-Times said today

According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-show host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs.

In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: “Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.”

And: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases (C-word, N-word, etc).”

The posts said the discussion involved the ethical debate about the name of the pro football team in Washington, D.C.: the Redskins.

Joe’s show is from 5PM to 8PM weekdays.

You can follow Joe on Twitter at https://@WalshFreedom.

This is what Joe sent out on Twitter today: “Want to hear what I ACTUALLY said last night? https://soundcloud.com/am560theanswer/the-joe-walsh-show-june-19-2014.

All Republicans and conservatives in the Chicagoland area need to call WIND and tell them to put Joe back on the air. Here is the WIND contact page.

AM 560
25 NW Point Blvd. Suite 400
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 437-5200

For specific questions about our Privacy Policy or Terms of use, or to submit a claim of infringing content, please send an email to: webmanager@salem.cc.

To send an e-mail, please click on the name of the person you’d like to contact.

Jeff Reisman
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jreisman@salemradiochicago.com

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Michael Mann
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Bryan Biggs
Joe Walsh Show Executive Producer
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, Wizbang.com, among many, many others. Huston has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and many local TV shows as well as numerous talk radio shows throughout the country.

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The University of Chicago Needs Some Occupy Wall Street

June 17, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Public School, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


The University of Chicago Needs Some Occupy Wall Street

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you’ll recall, the brief but noisy Occupy Wall street movement was all about protesting the “One Percent,” those evil rich folks that apparently return nothing to the nation. Well a look at the compensation of those at the University of Chicago in President Obama’s home city shows that the Occupy folks were protesting the wrong people! It looks like the one percent reside at the UofC.

A very in depth article by David Francis Mihalyfy reveals what he calls a university mired in outsized compensation “hidden by a PR machine, funded by growing tuition and debt, and allocated despite questionable job performance”

Mihalyfy serves up this damning assessment of the university in Obama’s Chicago:
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Mmmmm History: Hillary Extols Abe Lincoln’s Senate Career (Hint He Was Never a Senator)

June 12, 2014 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Chicago, Civil War, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, History, Liberals, President, Progressives, Rham Emanuel, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Mmmmm History: Hillary Extols Abe Lincoln’s Senate Career (Hint He Was Never a Senator)

-By Warner Todd Huston

Hillary Clinton is an Illinois girl, right? Oh, and Hillary Clinton is the smartest woman in the world, isn’t she? Then how come she thinks Abraham Lincoln got elected to the Senate before he became President, when he never did?

Hillary was in Chicago for a meaningless, love-fest appearance with former Obama White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel where both professed a deep love and respect for each other but otherwise offered nothing of substance to their audience. But during this schmaltzy blubber fest Clinton waxed historical for the crowd.
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