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[ • 8 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Let’s face it: elected state’s attorneys or county prosecutors have a symbiotic relationship with police departments–as they should. Police are first responders in major crimes and help locate evidence, then prosecutors work hand-in-hand with cops to develop cases. That’s why prosecutors essentially become part of the often-racist police culture, as we’ve frequently seen. In Chicago recently the Cook County state’s attorney’s office was complicit in the police...


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[ • 8 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Continuing a week of protest over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the Rev. Michael Pfleger on Sundayinterrupted Mass — leading worshipers out of the pews at  Saint Sabina Catholic Church and into the street. “We are taking a stand with our young people,” Pfleger said, referring to those who have been protesting around the country. “I have never been more proud to be an American citizen than right now. We got your back, we are going to fight with you.” Read...


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[ • 6 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Don’t take this the wrong way: energy is important. Oil prices are important. But, we believeth those involved in economic punditry often bloweth them out of proportioneth. Many, who previously fretted that higher oil prices meant economic doom, now say the sharp drop means an economic boom. We are happy to be paying less at the pump, but, from a macro-economic perspective, we don’t expect lower prices to generate a noticeable improvement in the overall economy.   There are four pillars...


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[ • 4 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Federal prosecutors in Springfield moved a step closer Wednesday to being allowed to treat Dr. Eric Whitaker, a former Illinois state public health director who is one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, as a hostile witness in a fraud trial involving a Chicago businessman accused of spending more than $3 million in state health grants on luxury cars and vacation homes. But they’ll have to question Whitaker outside the presence of the jury, U.S. District Judge Richard Mills ruled, before...


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[ • 3 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
From the Washington Post A former Democratic congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two women in 2010. Donny Ray Williams Jr., 37, who served as a staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.
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[ • 2 Dec 2014 • No Comment ]
Blessed are those who expect nothing; for they shall not be disappointed. That proverb aptly describes the Obama Administration. Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign – remember the “change we need”? – gave rise to great expectations, and has culminated in great disappointment. What political pundits then hailed as the dawning of the “Obamanation,” a seamless alliance of blacks, Hispanics, white liberals, urbanites and suburbanites, young Millennials, gays and the intellectual elite has, after...


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