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[29 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Confirmed by Voice Vote: Exec. Cal. #929 Ronald Gidwitz to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Belgium @StateDept
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) June 28, 2018

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[14 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Wilmette, a village in New Trier Township, will be voting whether or not to opt into Cook County’s new minimum wage hike, which will take effect on June 26. However, this decision from the village has been met with a great deal of disagreement from the township given the potential that wage hike has to disrupt wages for even small companies with four or more employees.

If Wilmette opts in, the minimum wage in 2018 would increase to $11. In 2019, it would go up to $12, and in 2020, it …

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[4 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

From 1001 Iraqi Thoughts
It is hard not to receive the latest United Nations casualty figures for the month of May (at least 95 killed and 163 wounded) in a very favourable light. This outlook makes more sense when those numbers are compared to UN figures from May 2017 (354 killed, 470 wounded) and May 2016 (867 killed, 1,459 wounded). Iraq is currently experiencing its lowest levels of violence for nearly a decade, with security and intelligence forces working tirelessly to maintain this new status quo.

Low levels of violence over the last …

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[2 Jun 2018 | 5 Comments | ]

From Chicago City Wire
An armed security guard associated with staunch anti-gun and nationally known social activist, Father Michael Pfleger, was arrested on May 27 outside St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church on the South Side where Pfleger is a senior pastor.
The Chicago Police (CPD) charged Henry Eugene Hale, 35, with possessing a firearm without a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. He was released on $150 bond.

A spokesperson for the CPD told Chicago City Wire that police officers approached Hale at the church, which  is at 1200 W. 78th Place, when “they saw him …

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[1 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Illinois Democrats rally around accused sexual harasser Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

Before letting the process play out, before any of the accuser’s claims have been vetted, and after they all wore black in support of #metoo a few months ago, they jump to his side. Kind-of like Cullerton giving $100K to Silverstein in the primary. Not serious. https://t.co/UULZa118f4
— Kristen McQueary (@StatehouseChick) May 31, 2018

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[1 Jun 2018 | One Comment | ]

Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) on Wednesday
“This is about the United States Constitution, people. And half the people in this country aren’t in it,” Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the resolution in the House, said. “They aren’t included in the United States Constitution. Isn’t that enough for you to realize the historic moment and step back from predispositions you’ve had and your heels dug in the ground on this issue and that issue and the other issue?”
Rep Lou Lang (D-Skokie) on Thursday

Activist Maryann Loncar is accusing Lang of …

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[30 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

Is the Sun Time really independent from the Emanuel Campaign?
Piecing this together
Michael Sacks is a Florida Resident who is regarded as Rahm Emanuel’s money-man and leads GCM Grosvenor Capital.
Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez is part of the buyout group which has purchased the Chicago Sun-Times.

Michael Sacks has hired former Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez as Managing Director of GCM Grosvenor.
John Kass is beginning to ask questions

I’m amazed that no one else writes about the political conflict, Rahm’s money guy and the Sun Times chairman. Media critics silent. Except for …

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[26 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

Just two days after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting in 2012, and before any bodies of the dead were laid to rest, Duncan and Emanuel talked political leverage. From Costantino:
At 6:57PM EST on December 16, 2012, Duncan wrote to Emanuel in a message titled ‘CT shootings.’
Duncan asked the Chicago mayor, ‘What are your thoughts?’

Five minutes later, Emanuel responded, ‘Go for a vote this week before it fades. Tap peoples emotion. Make it simple assault weapons.’
Duncan responded immediately, ‘Yup- thanks.’
Read more at The Federalist

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[25 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

From CWB Chicago
When Daryl Williams stepped in front of Cook County Judge Stephanie Miller on Wednesday, it wasn’t the first time the two had seen each other. Back in November, Miller—a champion of the county’s “affordable bail” movement—let Williams go free on a recognizance bond after he was charged with possessing a stolen handgun on the South Side.
While free awaiting trial on the handgun charge, Williams obtained another gun and fatally shot a man in the back of the head, police say. Arrested this week, Williams just happened to find …

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[22 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

Ronald Gidwitz of Illinois, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Belgium.
Mr. Gidwitz is a partner in GCG Partners and previously led Helene Curtis Industries as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Gidwitz is also Chicago regional chair of the Business Executives for National Security and, for almost thirty consecutive years, and led three important public institutions; the Chicago Economic Development Commission, the City Colleges of Chicago, and the Illinois State Board of Education.  In addition, Mr. Gidwitz chaired the Illinois …