The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff was spared a prison term Thursday for stealing nearly $100,000 from a Chinatown charity.
Gene Lee — a 65-year-old Chinatown leader who for years was an aide to Daley — was instead sentenced to five years probation by U.S. District Judge John Darrah, who said Lee’s 40 years of devoted community service counted in his favor.
Dozens of Chinatown residents who’d packed Darrah’s courtroom to show their support for Lee erupted in cheers and applause as the sentence was announced, prompting a stern rebuke from the judge.
Lee himself had bowed to the judge and each corner of the courtroom in a traditional show of respect and contrition before apologizing for the thefts he said had caused him “guilt and shame and my public humility.”
He plead guilty to embezzlement and tax fraud in April, admitting that he cashed 161 large charity checks at a Chinatown restaurant then kept part of the money for himself.
Dinesh D’Douza eat your heart out! No word yet on this story from Jon Corzine. Even Robert Creamer, who is Jan Schakowksy’s husband, must be stunned with the outcome. “161 large charity” checks and no jail time for this prominent Democrat. Amazing.
NBC New York reports:
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York.
The September 2013 closures — where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were shut down, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters — has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
Can Obama’s “friends” at MSNBC get through the day?
The Daily Caller reports:
Since when does the Department of Justice coordinate with an obviously liberal media organization to go after a conservative reporter? It’s official: At least since 2011.
In email exchanges obtained by The Daily Caller in two separate FOIA requests, a coordinated effort to slam Breitbart News reporter Matthew Boyle emerged. To be sure, Boyle is not a reporter who is beloved by other reporters and he’s been critiqued on any number of matters that include his youthful chipmunk cheeks, his previously questionable Twitter avatar and his TV skills. But his beat was DOJ and Eric Holder and shouldn’t a reporter be commended for going after an enterprising story or two on his beat?
Cook County prosecutors on Thursday are planning to unveil an indictment of a Chicago police commander who allegedly rammed his pistol into an arrested man’s mouth.
A grand jury last week indicted Cmdr. Glenn Evans, 52, on charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct, according to Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. WBEZ revealed the excessive-force complaint behind the charges in July.
City records, meanwhile, show that Evans has been suspended from duty at least 11 times during his 28 years in the police department.
Yet, Rahm Emanuel thinks only police officers should own handguns! Anyway, you will not be seeing this story on MSNBC today: it doesn’t fit the propaganda line the Obama regime needs out of his close friends.
Quinnipiac reports:Neutralizing the traditional Democratic lead among women voters, Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst leads U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 50 – 44 percent among likely voters in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, ac…
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The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
A deal involving the federal government’s most expensive lease in Chicago produced millions of dollars in profits for a development group that included Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama who is now his commerce secretary, a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation has found.
The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in rent and operating expenses for the Near West Side property, which houses the FBI’s Chicago headquarters.
That’s more than double what it cost to build the complex at 2111 W. Roosevelt Rd., which opened in 2006, records show.
Watch the video report down below. For the Pritzker family ties to the Chicago Mob read Ovid Demaris’ book- Captive City: Chicago In Chains.
Crain’s Chicago Business reports:
Recent grads may think their biggest challenge will be landing full-time employment, but some Illinois professionals are finding it’s even tougher to get their hands on a piece of paper that allows them to do their job.
The state’s professional regulation department is short 25 percent of its staff due to retirements and transfers. This has led to delays in licensures in some industries, particularly massage therapy and cosmetology, which hamper employers and new hires alike.
Matt Kemp, who co-owns a Massage Envy franchise in north suburban Niles, says some of his recently graduated therapists are waiting more than three months to receive the license required to legally touch a client—and therefore to earn a paycheck. In one extreme case, he says, a therapist who spent several months in limbo wound up living in her car.
Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has ballooned to more than 1,000 locations since its launch in 2002, including 37 in Illinois. The company says it could hire 200 therapists in Illinois immediately if licensed candidates were available.
Since opening his franchise in August, Mr. Kemp says his location has turned away 125 potential clients because it didn’t have the resources to accommodate them. That translates to about $10,000 in lost revenue, not to mention potential long-term client relationships.
What could be worse?
a therapist who spent several months in limbo wound up living in her car.
The great moments of the regulatory state.