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Sen. Durbin’s Wife A Lobbyist Who ‘Accidentally’ Got High Dollar Federal Contracts

October 6, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Congress, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Dick Durbin, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government Corruption, Illinois, Liberals, Lobbyists, President, Progressives, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois Senior Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin was forced to respond to a Chicago Tribune story that revealed that his wife is a lobbyist who received high-dollar federal contracts. Durbin said it was purely coincidental… then offered to sell us the Brooklyn Bridge.

Durbin told the Tribune that his wife only lobbies with the State of Illinois, not the federal government, so the millions she rakes in from federal contracts is just a coincidence. Really. It was… a totally, unseen, completely accidental coincidence… that a Senator who is the third in line of power in the US Senate has a wife who just coincidentally got millions in federal contracts.
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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 | No Comments

-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 | No Comments

-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 | No Comments

-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 | No Comments

-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 Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan

August 28, 2014 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, History, Illinois, Liberals, President, Ronald Reagan, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Leave it to leftist Illinois to use a museum dedicated to celebrating Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in history, as a platform to celebrate a loser like Adlai Stevenson while at the same time ignoring Ronald Reagan, a native son, big winner, and another greatest president.

If you think this isn’t just another example of why Illinois is the single worst state in the union in nearly every metric that makes up a successful state, then you are immune to logic.

Illinois spent billions building the Lincoln Library near the state capital in Springfield. The place opened to mixed reviews, but in the modern age, at least Illinois finally recognized one of its greatest Republican Presidents.

That’s all well and good, but now the Lincoln Library is proposing that it dedicate some of its space to a display to celebrate the great Adlai Stevenson, II…. I know what you’re thinking: “Who?”
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New Tone: Illinois Democrat Leader Says Republicans Would Hire ISIS Terrorists

August 25, 2014 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Iraq, ISIS, Islamofascism, Jihad, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Progressives, Republicans, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last weekend Illinois GOP candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner took the ALS “ice bucket challenge.” When he did he urged Illinois Democrat leaders to join him in the challenge. In reply, the state’s Democrat House leader outrageously found a way to link the charitable challenge to a claim that Republicans are like the ISIS terrorists in Iraq!

Instead of picking a long-time politician, Republican voters in the Land of Lincoln chose businessman Rauner as their candidate for Governor and he has been quite a different kind of candidate. I suppose he felt that the ALS challenge was a feels good way to lighten politics up a bit in Illinois–a place where calling politics a “blood sport” is an understatement.

Well, to show that even charities aren’t beyond being used for mean spirited political jabs, the office of Democrat House Speaker Michael Madiagn responded to the ALS challenge by claiming that Rauner would like to hire ISIS terrorists for his campaign.
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Despite What Quinn Claims, Illinois Leads In Job Loss

August 19, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bruce Rauner, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Pat Quinn, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Monday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, contrary to Governor Quinn’s rosy statements, Illinois has lost jobs over the last year. In fact job numbers are worse than they’ve been in 35 years.

Earlier in August, as he stumped for re-election, Gov. Quinn made a big show of the fact that unemployment has fallen in the Land of Lincoln. The federal government reported that the unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest level since August of 2008 when it was 6.7 percent.

Announcing the news, Quinn said, “Putting people back to work is my number one priority. There are more people working now than when I took office and today’s good news shows that we are headed in the right direction.”
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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

-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

-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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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

-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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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

-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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Paying Off Obama’s Buddies: Another Way Illegal Aliens Are Wasting Your Tax Dollars

July 17, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Children, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DREAM Act, Economy/Finances, Education, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Homeland Security, Illinois, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, President, Progressives, Regulation, SEIU, Taxes, Texas, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As Obama starts shipping tens of thousands of these illegal alien minors all across the nation to be housed in cities everywhere, your tax dollars follow them and some of this money is going to Obama’s pals in liberal organizations and unions to care for these children all paid for by you and me.

Obama is pumping billions of dollars into the feeding and care of hundreds of thousands of illegals who have swamped our southern border expecting–and getting–all sorts of freebies not to mention expecting to become instant citizens. But it isn’t just the billions he is spending at the border going on in this mounting crisis. Obama is also billions on these illegals in other parts of the country.

In Illinois, for instance, several left-wing groups, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)–all huge supporters of Obama–are getting hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to care for illegals shipped from Texas to the Windy City.
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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

-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

-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

-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

-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.

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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

-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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Illinois Ranks as ‘Worst’ For Small Businesses

June 16, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, California, Capitalism, Connecticut, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, Idaho, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Louisiana, New York, Progressives, Rhode Island, Taxes, Unemployment, Utah, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again Illinois and California are neck-and-neck in the calculations for the worst of the worst U.S. states, this time in a measure of how friendly the states are for the growth of small businesses.

Earlier this month thumbtack.com released its third annual survey of the climate for small businesses exploring such ratings as the overall friendliness of the state to small businesses, the ease of starting a business, regulations, ease of hiring new employees, taxes, and other criteria.

The poll was conducted among over 12,000 small business owners across the country.

The survey, held in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, found that the worst states for small businesses were California, Rhode Island and Illinois, all of which got a Thumbtack “F” rating. The next worst were Connecticut and New Jersey, both of which received a “D” grading.

Illinois has descended in its rating each of the three years that the survey has been conducted having earned a “D+” in 2012, a “D” in 2013, and an “F” in 2014.
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In Memorial: Illinois’ Conservative Giant Jack Roeser

June 13, 2014 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Conservatives, Education, Elections, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Jobs, Public School, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have been made aware that the great Jack Roeser passed away last night. This is a great loss to conservatism in Illinois, but Jack was in his 90s and in delicate health, so it isn’t a surprise, sadly.

Mr. Roeser was very generous with the fortune he built from the ground up as owner of Otto Engineering, a high tech firm located in Carpentersville, Illinois.

Roser was a hard charging conservative and often made folks both left and right mad at him for his choices of causes and candidates, but he was also unapologetic and fearless. In this day and age when people are always mewling and apologizing for their actions, you have to admire a real adult like Roeser making his choices and sticking with them regardless of the “consequences.”
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Woman Mailed Citation From Chicago Area Park District After Social Media Post

May 29, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Bill of Rights, Chicago, Civil Rights, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Liberals, Police State, Progressives, Regulation, Rights, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Will County | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently police are now cruising the web looking for people who make claims that leads one to believe they could or might or perhaps broke some jackbooted rule, regulation or law and then they are punishing them through the U.S. mails on this hearsay evidence.

The police department of a Chicago area forest preserve district used a local woman’s social media post as a basis to send her a citation in the mail after she made a Facebook post about a county park.

The woman says she wrote a Facebook post that was misinterpreted by Will County forest preserve police as an admission that she was violating park rules. It wasn’t long after she posted her comment that she received a notice of violation in the mail and told she owed the county a fine for illegal use of a park.
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Muslims Demand Des Plaines Library Muzzle Anti-Terror Group Meetings

May 27, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Books, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Koran, Liberals, PCism, Progressives, Religion, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A group dedicated to warning America about the evils of radical Islamists and the growing wave of terror they commit is coming under fire in Des Plaines. The group meets at the city’s public library but now several Muslim groups are seeking to have government quash the anti-terror group’s right to use the public facility.

The group, ACT! For America, has been meeting at the Des Plaines, Illinois public library for months, but as they gear up to offer a screening of a film that warns of radical Islamism, several Muslim groups have started to illicitly call for the public library to ban the group.

ACT!’s local leader, Sara Schmidt, insists that their group is not about hate but is instead about informing the public of the dangers.

The DesPlaines Journal & Topics reports that Schmidt said, “We just simply try to educate the public about these terrible things going on around the world because of these militants.”
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Illinois General Helped Create Memorial Day

May 26, 2014 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Civil War, Coast Guard, GOP, History, Holiday, Illinois, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Republicans, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few years after the Civil War as the nation started upon its long road toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and healing the wife of one of the war’s union generals noticed the touching devotion of Confederate widows, wives and their children as each year they came together to place flowers and little flags at the graves of their fallen. Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan was so moved by the devotion she witnessed that she urged her husband, Illinois General John A. “Blackjack” Logan, to look into creating what was to become Memorial Day.

General Logan was a Senator from Illinois and eventually became a candidate for Vice President on the 1884 Republican ticket, losing to Grover Cleveland and another Illinoisan, Vice President Adlai Stevenson. But before all that Logan was instrumental in creating Decoration Day, the celebration of the nation’s war dead that eventually became Memorial Day.

The following is the general order that Logan issued in 1868.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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Ill. Democrat Demands Judge Delay Corruption Trial So He Can Vote For Tax Hike

May 22, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A judge in Illinois refused to delay the corruption trial of Democrat Derrick Smith, a Chicago-area State Representative, so he could vote yes on an upcoming tax hike bill. This will hurt the Democrats’ push to make a temporary tax hike permanent.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman didn’t say that Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan ordered the request that she delay the trial, but Madigan said that without Smith’s vote he will have trouble passing the tax hike.

Smith made the request of a delay so that he could vote for the tax hike but he also claimed that he had a “back injury” from a recent car accident. The judge said that Smith had never complained about any injuries in the several court appearances since the accident, so she found the claim unimpressive.
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Bankrupt Illinois Spent $12 Million on Medicaid for Dead People

May 15, 2014 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois is constantly at the bottom in every metric that measures our most successful states. It is perennially either the 48th, 49th, or 50th worst state in every category. And now we learn that the state is spending up to $12 million a year that it doesn’t have on Medicaid for people who are dead! Can this state become more of a joke?

The Associated Press recently filed a Freedom of Information Act request and uncovered a disturbing memo from the Illinois state auditor.

“State auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths,” the AP wrote.

This was more evidence that Obama’s claims that Democrats are fixing the Medicaid enrollment system is a failure.
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Obama Library Starts Off With $100 Million in Corruption in Chicago

April 27, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Michael Madigan, Pat Quinn, President, Progressives, Rham Emanuel, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Why is it not a surprise that the first moves to make Chicago the home of the Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library are born in corruption? But I suppose it is a fitting way to start a library for one of the biggest failure and most corrupt politicians ever to sit in the White House.

In the most bankrupt state in the union the Illinois Democrat Party floated the idea of using $100 million in taxpayer dollars to set up the BO Library and the way they went about it all was 100 percent corruption.

Illinois Democrats are desperate to have Chicago named as the site of the Obama Presidential Library, so desperate they pulled a sneaky “off-site” vote to spend $100 million in tax dollars on its construction. But the underhanded vote and the unfunded expenditure of millions the state doesn’t have had Democrats running for cover after politicians, the media, and the voters erupted in criticism of the move.

The snap decision to throw $100 million tax dollars at a project that isn’t even assured came in for heavy criticism in a state that has one of the worst budget overruns in the country. But the way the decision was made and the many conflicts of interest involved in the campaigning for the library also raised eyebrows all across the state.

One such conflict is that the woman who heads the Illinois Arts Council Agency is the wife of the Speaker of the Illinois House, Democrat Michael Madigan. Shirley Madigan expects to have a big role in the planning and construction of an Obama Presidential Library, a project of which her politician husband is a big booster.
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Poll: Even People in Illinois Say Illinois Worst State to Live In

April 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Property Taxes, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now, usually when a state is dissed it is dissed by people from outside the state. With the usual hometown bravado, and all, denizens of a state used to stick up for their own in the face of criticism. But a new poll finds that Illinois is so bad, even people that live there say it sucks.

America is a land of polls, for sure, but this poll is a particularly telling one. The Gallup polling firm asked residents of the 50 states (or the 57 states if you are our clueless President) what they thought about their own home states. It turns out that Montanans really love their state. But Illinois and Rhode Island? Not so much.

The top five states where residents are happy to live right where they are living are Montana (77% of residents love the place), Alaska (also 77%), Utah (70%), Wyoming (69%), and Texas (68%).

Further, if you ask everyone the general question of where the best place to live is, Texas wins, followed by Alaska then Hawaii.
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Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider Refuses to Stand & Recite Pledge of Allegiance

April 25, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Chicago, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Patriotism, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Witnesses say that at a recent anti-gun forum Democrat Congressman Brad Schneider (10th District, Illinois) strangely reused to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Democrat State Rep. Scott Drury sponsored an April 23 forum about gun violence the Deerfield Park City Hall, one of Chicago’s northern suburbs. Congressman Schneider was an invited co-host for the event.

The story was first reported by a local blogger named Louis Atsaves on his Common Sense in Illinois 10th blog.

“According to four different individuals reporting on Facebook this morning,” Atsaves wrote, “Congressman Schneider refused to stand during the pledge of allegiance.”

Atsaves put out a call to anyone who attended the event to forward any photos of video of the incident.He also heard from several others after he made his initial blog post that Schneider did refuse to participate in the Pledge.

But a commenter on Atsaves’ site says he also witnessed such an incident with Congressman Schneider.

“I was at an overflow meeting at Deerfield City Hall last night concerning Illinois Conceal Carry Law. At the beginning of the meeting, Congressman Brad Schneider was asked to open the public meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, he refused twice to do so. At this point the audience then stood up and recited The Pledge at the top of their voices, including the phrase ‘under God’,” a commenter named Charles Van Eeckhout wrote.

The Congressman refused to comment when Illinois Review asked for a comment on the claims.
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Eric Khon Slams Rich Miller as Anti-Capitalist

April 18, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Eric Kohn over at Illinois Mirror has a great piece that highlights the main difference between real capitalism and the sort of crony capitalism (which isn’t capitalism at all) that the left so dearly loves.

Rich Miller is a liberal who runs a well-trafficked website on Illinois politics called Capitol Fax. While he is certainly a Democrat and fully linked into that sort of politics, his site isn’t always mere propaganda for the left–though it is filled with such. Once in a while, Miller also slams a Democrat and he has certainly reported on situations and incidents that Democrats would rather be kept quiet. So, by this I mean his site isn’t mere propaganda as once in a while he does do some actual, good, unbiased reporting, or as Rush Limbaugh calls it a “random act of journalism.”

Miller’s site is also his business. He makes a tidy living off his efforts and he deserves his success for having built a website from the ground up that has become one of the state’s biggest sources of political news. It is also notable for being a website that makes money. Thar ain’t many of them around, to be sure. So, congrats to Rich.
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