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[30 Dec 2014 | One Comment | ]

Four years ago, Chicagoans were provided with minutely detailed news coverage and analysis of challenges to the mayoral candidacy of Rahm Emanuel on the basis of residency. It was a prolonged, seesaw battle that was litigated all the way to the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois which reinstated Emanuel after an Appellate Court panel had ruled that he was ineligible. The controversial decision was predicated upon an antiquated court opinion from the Reconstruction Era that seemed distinguishable on its face. The reasoning employed by the high court left …

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[29 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Unless you are a Republican who can revel in the trouncing your party gave President Barack Obama in November,  it wasn’t a particularly good year. I chronicled some of the ups and many of the downs, including some  highly personal, in my weekly outpourings .
I lost a half dozen close friends including the sculptor Caroline Lee and the journalists Jon Anderson and Susan Nelson, but wrote of only about one: my dearest pal of many decades, Ron Dorfman, founder of the Chicago Journalism Review and crusader for gay rights, who, …

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[29 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Big Government reports:

Though the Chinese Communist Party is the largest explicitly atheist organization in the world, with 85 million official members, it is now overshadowed by an estimated 100 million Christians in China. It is no wonder Beijing is nervous and authorities are cracking down on Christian groups.

Christianity is growing so fast in China that some predict that it will be the most Christian nation in the world in only another 15 years. By far, the greatest growth is coming outside the official state-sanctioned churches, which are rightly considered subservient to the Communist Party. Numbers are increasing, rather, in unofficial Protestant “house churches” and in the underground Catholic church.

“By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

Imagine that.

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[29 Dec 2014 | Comments Off | ]

Synagogue, 30 Garages Tagged With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

The Chicago Police Department’s hate crimes unit was investigating, officials said.

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“​Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches,” says left-wing Guardian of England, quoting him: “In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and […]

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Mary Hunter Off Ballot in Race for 39th Ward Alderman

Hunter’s removal leaves two candidates to challenge Margaret Laurino.

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Chuy Questions Crime Stats, Calls for 1,000 More Officers

Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of breaking a promise to hire more cops.

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[29 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Last week, the U.S. Justice Department sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that it discriminated against pregnant teachers at a northwest side elementary school. The suit alleges that starting in 2009, Scammon Elementary School Principal Mary…

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[29 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Soldiers forced to relocate wedding for Obama’s golfing http://t.co/WG3iRydEmc pic.twitter.com/7aZp2TTcYd

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 29, 2014