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Chicago Faces Political Power Outage as Trump Succeeds Obama

No other city will lose more clout under new administration
President-elect often makes Chicago punch line in his attacks
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Chicago is racing the clock.
Nowhere will political power evaporate more dramatically at noon on Jan. 20 than in the third-largest U.S. city, a bastion of Democratic power that’s enjoyed special access to Washington during President Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House.
When Donald Trump becomes the 45th president, Chicago will trade a first family and top advisers with deep ties to the city for a chief executive who has repeatedly called it a violent mess embodying the failed policies of his predecessor and the Democratic Party.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urgently seeking $1.1 billion in federal grants to renovate mass-transit lines. The city and state of Illinois are trying for $110 million in U.S. Department of Transportation grants for grade-crossing improvements to speed trains through the nation’s busiest rail hub. They also want federal financing for improvements to Union Station, a downtown landmark.
Not since the era of Abraham Lincoln have Chicago and Illinois enjoyed such strong ties to the White House and Washington. Obama’s exit will bring an end to that, as he leaves along with fellow Chicagoans including Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
“A state does have a home-town advantage through longtime friendships, greater access and more attentive and sympathetic ears when one of its own sits in the Oval Office,” said Karen Hughes, an adviser to former President George W. Bush. “Illinois’s elected officials may now find themselves on the outside and opposite side of many policy debates with the new administration, much as Texas elected officials did during the years of President Obama’s administration.”
In the Loop
In some ways, Chicago already has been easing into the post-Obama era. When the former junior senator from Illinois moved into the White House in 2009, many of the administration’s top jobs were held by Chicagoans, including Emanuel as chief of staff, Arne Duncan as education secretary, Desiree Rogers as social secretary and David Axelrod as senior adviser.
“It changes the game,” said Dick Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois and an Obama confidant. “We didn’t have to explain to the Obama administration where they could find Chicago or Illinois. They knew. And when we talked about issues back home, here, there was usually somebody in each Cabinet department who was from Illinois and could help us.”
For Trump, Chicago has often been a weapon for attacks against Obama and Democratic policies. During the campaign, he questioned the city’s policing and said he could in “one week” stop its violent crime — Chicago recently recorded its 700th homicide of the year.
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Chicago also is the one U.S. city where Trump canceled a 2016 campaign event because of unrest. In March, he abruptly called off a rally near downtown at the University of Illinois campus, setting off a melee of shoving and taunting between supporters and opponents inside an arena. Trump said the situation violated his rights to free speech, while opponents blamed him for fomenting the confrontation.
Heightening tensions, the city council voted a week before the election to remove an honorary street sign designating “Trump Plaza” near the 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower, a building that bears his name in large, white letters.
Chicago has long been a punching bag for Republicans looking to criticize Obama. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator John McCain of Arizona ran a national television ad that attacked him as “born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.”
Emanuel has said he’s not worried about Chicago getting shut out during Trump’s tenure. He has some standing with the billionaire businessman, who donated $50,000 to Emanuel in 2010 when he was first running for mayor. After Trump’s election victory, the president-elect called Emanuel to pick his brain on transition matters, Politico reported.
The mayor has one other point of access to the president-elect: Ari Emanuel, his younger brother, has acted as Trump’s entertainment agent.
The incoming president won’t have a lot of reasons to look kindly on Illinois. He won just 39.4 percent of the state’s vote, his eighth-lowest percentage, according to unofficial election returns.
Going Begging
The state’s lost power comes as Illinois faces a budget standoff and fiscal crisis that have triggered dismissals at universities, left $9 billion in unpaid bills and cut into services for the poor. Investors are demanding yields about 2.2 percentage points higher for 10-year Illinois debt compared with benchmark securities.
Representative Dan Lipinski, a Democrat who serves on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and represents a moderate district on Chicago’s southwest side, said he’s keeping an open mind when it comes to dealing with the new president.
“I would assume we won’t be as well off under the Trump administration,” he said, “but I’m not going to count us out yet.”
The project Illinois is most urgently seeking is the one involving two elevated mass-transit lines. The so-called “core capacity” money, a program created at Durbin’s urging, is pending before the U.S. Department of Transportation. Speaking to reporters last week, Emanuel expressed confidence in securing the $1.1 billion.
“Literally, in Washington, there’s a check with Chicago’s name on it,” he said. “Over 50 percent of the resources are going to come from Washington, and I don’t want to miss an opportunity.”

Chicago: ‘Deadliest July in 10 Years’ for Gun Control Haven


Facts are so inconvenient to libs. I wonder what percentage of victims and perps were black? This is what you get when brain dead liberals like Rahm and Obama are in control. Why doesn’t Obama walk the talk and settle on the Southside of Chicago when he saunters out of the WH? I’m sure all his Trayvon “sons” would welcome him with open arms. Meanwhile, CNN is focused on Trump eating KFC with a fork and knife.
July 2016 was the “deadliest July in 10 years” for heavily gun-controlled Chicago: Sixty-five individuals were shot and killed.

Moreover, according to the Chicago Tribune, such death figures do not set a new record — they simply tie a record set in 2006, when 65 individuals were killed in the month of July. This brings Chicago’s homicide total to “nearly 400” for the first seven months of 2016 alone. The number of homicides for the whole year of 2015 was 490.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tried to abate the feeding frenzy on the July death numbers by pointing out that they are at least better than the numbers for June, “when 72 homicides were reported.”

Breitbart News previously reported that May 2016 was also a recording-setting month. Almost 400 people were shot and 66 people were killed in that one month. The Chicago Tribune reported May 2016 as the deadliest May since 1995, when 75 people were gunned down.

On August 2, the Chicago Tribune reported a total of 2,395 shooting victims in Chicago for the seven months of 2016. There were 2,988 shooting victims for all of 2015. These shootings come in spite of the city’s “assault weapons” ban, “violence tax,” strict rules on acquiring handguns, and micro-management of the number of gun stores in the city, as well as of the locations of those stores.

Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis This City belongs” To Black People And Not White People.

CHICAGO AGAIN - THE DEMOCRAT CITY -Black mob on rampage fractures cop's skull


chicagopolice-340x170(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.

A Chicago police officer is hospitalized in serious condition with a fractured skull, a victim of black mob violence.

The as-of-yet unidentified officer was responding to a call early Saturday morning when he found dozens of people in the street, creating mayhem. He immediately called for backup, but instead of waiting for reinforcements, went to the assistance of a woman under attack.

The mob turned on him: He was struck on the head with the bat.

“No one tried to help him or stop the attack,” said one Chicago police officer. “That happens a lot: Mob violence. No assistance. If anything, most of the people are either participating or encouraging the violence. Not trying to help.”

What the stories do not report is more important, say two Chicago police officers: The crowd was black, missing from all the news reports.

“Maybe the paper did not know,” said one of the officers. “Or maybe they did not think it was important to note that fact because it happens all the time. Or maybe, as usual, Chicago media does an awful job of reporting racial violence. Never reporting it because they think that would be racist.”

Get the book that documents what the media won’t tell you: hundreds of episodes in more than 80 American cities since 2010, where groups of blacks are assaulting, intimidating, stalking, threatening, shooting, stabbing and killing victims.

If the police on the beat are restrained from talking about the incident in public, the police blog Second City Cop is not.

The popular website marveled at the naïveté of the Chicago Tribune for reporting: “It’s not clear if the officer was hit on purpose or accidentally while trying to break up the fight.”

Said Second City Cop: “On purpose or accidentally? We’re going to go out on a limb and say if someone is wandering around Englewood with a bat, at one in the morning, they’re not looking for Rahm’s Midnight Softball Leagues. … They’re looking to beat someone, and it doesn’t matter who gets in the way. We charge people who shoot, maim and kill victims, regardless of who the intended target was.”

Also missing from the story is context: “The story does not report that black mob violence against police in black neighborhoods is a regular and intense and dangerous situation,” an officer told WND. “This happens a lot: When we ride through the neighborhood, we are often greeted by black people pointing their index fingers at us as if they were shooting a gun. They shout: CCK. CCK. Chicago Cop Killer. Some have that tattooed on them.”

Some of the violence against police is on video, as were the black mob attacks on police that followed a police shooting last year.

Two officers were chasing a car of five suspected truck hijackers when they crashed. Four got away. One remained and was fighting with one officer, then advancing on another when he was shot and killed.

Soon after, a crowd gathered, with several people saying the black man was shot for no reason and the cops were killers. The mob grew to the hundreds, and soon they were yelling profanities at the police, complaining of police brutality. They also threw “bottles, bricks and rocks,” said the Chicago Tribune.

Jamal Moore, the dead man, had a long history of trouble with the law, including a 2006 arrest and conviction for armed robbery.

“F— the police,” said one protestor on a seven-minute video of the disturbance. “They can’t do s— if we start a riot right now.”

Several days after the riot, Revolution News reported that a flyer urging more violent action against the police was distributed in Chicago neighborhoods.

Moore had “put aside all of his youthful habits and was getting things together so he could take care of his 4-month-old son,” said Revolution News: “When Jamaal’s mother asked the police what was going on, one cop told her, ‘Another n-gger dead.’ This, in a nutshell, is the racist and genocidal program these enforcers carry out for the system. The cops taunted the crowd with this s— and the people erupted with righteous anger right in the cops’ faces.”

People were shouting, “We’re tired of this. We’re tired of them shooting down our kids,” and, “F— the police!” In the face of the guns and clubs, the people defiantly fought back.

Despite the dozens of cell phone cameras capturing the action, not one captured a recording of police using racial epithets.

Nevertheless, Revolution News said Moore was really a victim, not the violent predator police would have us believe he is.

“It is the workings of the capitalist-imperialist system that produces killer cops and the mass incarceration of a whole generation of Black and Latino youth – over 2.4 million in prison,” said the paper. “We need a revolution to end once and for all the brutal, vicious oppression of Black people.”

The officers say people who depend on local TV and newspapers are largely ignorant of the violence and racial slurs directed at white police officers on a regular basis.

“No politician in Chicago will say anything about that, other than to say the people who were fighting with baseball bats need jobs, and that is why they are violent,” said one of the officers. “That is what happened last month at the Urban Violence Summit in Chicago with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.”

The summit, broadcast nationwide on CSPAN, featured little talk about violence and lots of talk about racism and how unemployment are the real problems.

“People have no idea what is happening out there,” both cops agreed. “And how it is going from bad to worse.”


Gun Control's "Signature City" Windy With Bullets for Father's Day: 24 Shot, Six Dead in Chicago

By Peter Nickeas, Anthony Souffle and Carlos SadoviChicago Tribunechicago-violence-chi-sun-times
Two dozen people were shot Saturday afternoon into Father’s Day Sunday across the city, according to authorities.

Of the 24 people shot, six died either at the crime scenes or at local hospitals. The youngest was 16. One of the men killed was an armed man shot by police after he raised a 9-millimeter handgun in their direction after bailing from a moving car, authorities said.

The shootings stretched from 9400 S. Loomis Avenue on the South Side up to about North Avenue and Pulaski in the Hermosa neighborhood.

• The first homicide of the night was about 10:12 p.m. Saturday inside a club on 79th Street between Ellis and Ingleside avenues in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, where four men were shot, one fatally, after someone opened the door to the club and started shooting.

Todd Wood, 40, of the 8100 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood, was pronounced dead at Advocate Trinity Hospital at 12:45 a.m. this morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Also wounded in that attack were a 35-year-old man who was shot in the leg, a 25-year-old man shot in the leg, and a 24-year-old man shot in the chest. The man with the chest wound is in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center, the 35-year-old’s condition has stabilized atUniversity of Chicago Hospitals and the 25-year-old walked into Jackson Park Hospital with a minor leg wound, police said.

• The second killing of the night was in the Little Village neighborhood on the South Side. Five people were shot overnight in that neighborhood — three near 26th Street and Ridgeway Avenue and two others at 31st Street and Pulaski Road, police said.

The shooting on Ridgeway about 10:50 p.m. included the fatality. Ricardo Herrera, 21, died at the scene. He lived nearby, in the 2400 block of South Marshall Boulevard, according to the medical examiner. Two others, one who was 20 years old and the other who was in his 20s, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Someone approached the trio, who were standing on the block, and started shooting.

A couple blocks west and five blocks south, at 31st Street and Pulaski Road, two people were shot about 12:30 a.m. A woman had just stepped out of a car on 31st Street when a gray Jeep pulled alongside and six shots were fired at the car, hitting the 22-year-old woman in the thigh and the 18-year-old driver of the car in the head, chest and shoulder.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition and the woman limped over to a nearby laundromat, where paramedics found her with a hip wound.

• A 16-year-old boy was killed in the Hermosa neighborhood on the Northwest Side about 11:45 p.m., police said. Someone on a bicycle shot him in the 4100 block of West North Avenue. Kevin Rivera, of the 1500 block of North Keystone Avenue, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center about 1:35 a.m. The boy, from the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, had attempted to run from the scene after getting shot but collapsed a few feet away from where the shooting happened.

• About 1:15 a.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, a 19-year-old man was shot to death. Police there responded to a call of a person shot in the 7400 block of South Parnell Avenue and found Jamal Jones, of the 8800 block of South Yale Avenue in the West Chatham neighborhood, bleeding from his head, chest and shoulder, police said. He was pronounced dead at Christ hospital at 2:18 a.m., according to the medical examiner.

• About 1:35 a.m., a man was killed and a woman wounded in the 200 block of South Keeler Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Cortez Wilberton, of the 200 block of South Lavergne Avenue in the nearby Austin neighborhood, was pronounced dead at Loretto Hospital at 2:13 a.m., according to the medical examiner The woman, 31, suffered a graze wound to the face and was treated at Loretto Hospital, police said.

In other shootings:

• The most recent shooting happened about 4:10 a.m. in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 34-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to his face and chest, according to police. A friend dropped off the man, described by police as an uncooperative victim.

• A 32-year-old man, standing with a group of friends, was shot about 1 a.m. by someone who opened fire from inside a passing red SUV. The man, shot in the 2000 block of West 56th Street in West Englewood, is in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital, police said.

• A 20-year-old was shot about 9:45 p.m. in the 9400 block South Loomis Street in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side. He was hit in the buttocks and thigh and his condition has stabilized at Christ hospital, police said. Someone shot toward him and a group of other men from inside a passing minivan.

• Three people were shot about 9:30 p.m. in the 7700 block of South Homan Avenue in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Someone shot at a group of people from inside a light-colored car, hitting a man in the leg, a 21-year-old man in the leg and arm, and a woman whose age wasn’t available in the thigh. The woman was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, and the two men to Christ hospital, police said.

• The first shootings Saturday, of four people in two connected incidents, were both about 2:15 p.m. in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

It began with three people being shot on Artesian Avenue just south of 72nd Street, police said. Two were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Christ hospital in Oak Lawn, and a third person was taken in fair-to-serious condition to Holy Cross Hospital, according toChicago Fire Department Chief Will Knight.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the right arm, a 19-year-old man was shot in the right leg and a 23-year-old man was shot in the back, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

The victims told police they were standing on the street when they heard shots and were struck, Zala said.

Police said the shooter in that incident was subsequently wounded neighborhood in retaliation in the 2500 block of West 74th Street several blocks away and was taken into custody at his house nearby. Police seized two long guns and three handguns there, authorities said.

The suspect is being questioned by police. No one is in custody for shooting the suspect, police said.

The Dirty Chicagoization of America

25 People Shot in One Night in Chicago – So how are those anti-gun laws working

What happens when a city bans law abiding citizens from owning firearms?
Well, to answer that question all you have to do is look at the city of Chicago.
Chicago is one of the most anti-gun cities in America and severely restricts it’s law abiding citizens from owning self defense weapons. Despite the fact that the city has pretty much banned citizens from owning guns, it has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Things are so bad that earlier this week 25 people were gunned down in one night on the streets of Chicago.

More than two dozen people, including a 6-year old girl, were shot in one night throughout the city.
[youtube][/youtube]How much longer can politicians push the lie that they’re trying to protect the public?
One of the arguments you often hear from those who are against gun ownership, is that there’s an epidemic of people dying from gun violence due to the lack of gun control. You often hear them use buzz words like “high-powered assault weapons” “cop killers” or “large capacity clips” to scare the public into thinking we need more gun laws. But if these gun laws work, why is the city of Chicago starting to look like a war zone?
If gun bans actually protected the public, cities like Chicago should be utopias where crime has been wiped out and everyone skips through the streets giving each other high fives. But obviously that isn’t happening. Chicago has some of the most draconian gun laws on the books, yet the average citizens put his life on the line by just walking out the door in Chicago.

Merchants of Despair


Chicago Politicians are Corrupt

We are just as shocked as you to hear that Chicago political “fixer” “Tony’ Rezko has been sentenced to over 10 years in prison for his corrupt kickback scheme. Rezko, a Chicago businessman, was convicted for trying to make $7 million in kickbacks from companies trying to do business with former Illinois Governor Blagojevich.

If the name “Rezko” sounds familiar, it should. That’s because Mr. Rezko, a notorious Chicago slumlord, helped a little-known Chicago-area State Senator (who incidentally had just published a book) get a sweetheart deal on a house in Chicago’s ritzy Hyde Park (unofficial slogan: “Home of the One-Percenters!”). (Story here):

The (then) junior senator from Illinois has been answering questions on Rezko’s involvement in the house purchase since news of it broke in 2006. In the 2005 deal, Obama purchased a house for $300,000 less than its owners were asking, and Rezko simultaneously bought the adjacent lot from the same seller at full price. Obama denies there was anything unusual about the price disparity. He says the price on the house was dropped because it had been on the market for some time but that the price for the adjacent land remained high because there was another offer.

Obama called it “bone-headed” to have engaged in financial dealings with the wealthy Chicago political operative, particularly as federal agents were reported to have been investigating Rezko for alleged corruption. He has also said he was “confident that everything was handled ethically and above board.”

The new revelations appear to indicate Obama had involved Rezko at an earlier stage of his home buying process than was previously known, and left many wondering why he had not shared the information sooner.

Perhaps we are being a tad unfair to Mr. Rezko as it’s not as if he’s Mr. Obama’s only questionable friend. The exclusive “Friend of Barrack’s” club includes terrorist (and ghostwriter) Bill Ayers, rabid anti-Semite and racist Louis Farrakhan, anti-American Communist “poet” Frank Marshall Davis, radical professor and Palestinian apologist Rashid Khalidi, radical Chicago priest Michael Pfleger, Sacramento Mayor (and former NBA star) Kevin Johnson (who embezzled $800,000 from AmeriCorps) and many more.

There is an Aesop’s fable which taught us, “you are known by the company you keep” and Mr. Obama’s friends speak volumes about the kind of man that he is.

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