New State Rep. Litesa Wallace Wants To Raise Mim Wage, Maintain Tax Hike

Rep. Chuck Jefferson(D-Rockford)

Rep. Chuck Jefferson(D-Rockford)

Late Thursday afternoon Rockford and Winnebago County Democrats selected Litesa Wallace to fill the remainder of the term for retired state Rep. Chuck Jefferson in the 67th district which covers Rockford’s westside.

Wallace will also replace Jefferson on the November ballot, the 67th district has no Republican challenger.

After being tabbed to serve in Springfield, after having been a staffer to Jefferson, Wallace stated that she wants to see the states minimum wage increased and the temporary income tax hike of 2011 continued.

WIFR has more:

Litesa Wallace is the new representative for the 67th District. The three-member panel of the Winnebago County Democratic Party made the announcement around 4:00 at the Zeke Giorgi building in Rockford.

It took the committee about an hour to make the unanimous decision. Wallace is the former chief of staff for Chuck Jefferson as well as his pick to replace him in office. Wallace supports increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as well as extending the temporary income tax increase. As a new representative, she says there are several areas that need work.

Wallace says she’ll be out knocking on doors, getting to know her constituents. She still doesn’t know when she’ll take the oath of office.

DMV Evicted In Belvidere For Not Paying Rent

Sec. of State Jesse White(D)

Sec. of State Jesse White(D)

Only in Illinois.

For 13 months the Secretary of States office, lead by Jesse White, has refused to pay rent on its Belvidere Drivers license facility.

Due to that none payment the DMV is being evicted.

WIFR has more:

after the landlord says she hasn’t been paid in more than a year. It’s gotten so bad , the landlords are now evicting the Secretary of State’s Office from its current Belvidere location.

It’s not clear where the DMV will go, but what is clear is the Secretary of State’s Office can’t stay in the building on Pearl Street.

We spoke with one of the landlords, Diana Toft. Toft and her husband own the building on Pearl Street and they say they’re not willing to sign a lease because of the terms and offer in it. Toft says the state owes them 13 months of unpaid rent, saying the state hasn’t paid since June 29th, 2013. A representative from the Secretary of State’s Office says they’re not paying up because the Tofts haven’t signed the lease.

5 Finalist Named To Replace Chuck Jefferson

Rep. Chuck Jefferson(D-Rockford)

Rep. Chuck Jefferson(D-Rockford)

Rockford and Winnebago County Democrats have announced five finalist to replace state Representative Chuck Jefferson, who resigned earlier this summer citing his health.

WREX has more:

The five finalists in the running include Winnebago County Board members Burt Gerl and Jaime Salgado, former county board member Paul Gorski, southwest Rockford resident and community activist Valeri DeCastris, and Jefferson’s former administrative assistant, Litesa Wallace.

Finalists will be interviewed Wednesday during a process that is expected to last three hours or less. The committee is expected to select one individual, who will be placed on the ballot for the 2014 election.

Iowa Democrats Look To Use Closed Juvenile Home For Illegal Immigrants

Iowa state Sen. Jack Hatch

Iowa state Sen. Jack Hatch

Iowa Democrat Gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Jack Hatch and former Iowa Democrat congressman Dave Nagle are joining forces with a local chapter of the AFSCME in an effort to reopen a juvenile home for use as a shelter for illegal immigrants.

The Obama administration is scrambling to find space that it can use to house the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, both adult and children, that are puring across the US-Mexico border.  At least 57,000 illegal immigrant minors have entered the US since October, with an estimated 150,000 expected to come next year, most coming from Central America.

Late last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced that 30,340 illegal immigrant minors have been released to a sponsor across the entire country, over one hundred and twenty of them ending up with a parent, relative, or family friend in Iowa.

former US Rep. Dave Nagle(D-IA)

former US Rep. Dave Nagle(D-IA)

The juvenile home that Hatch and Nagle want to have used to house even more illegals was closed earlier this year by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad following reports of abuse at the facility.

The Quad Cities Times has more on Hatch and Nagle’s desire to have Iowa host more illegals:

former U.S. Rep. Dave Nagle of the “Keep IJH Open” group, but the group is working with advocacy groups that have called for the state to welcome the children. AFSCME, which represented employees at the Toledo home for juvenile delinquent girls, supports the idea.

It’s a “valid option,” according to state Sen. Jack Hatch, who was among Democrats who went to court to overturn Gov. Terry Branstad’s closing of the facility amid allegations of abuse by staff members.

Hatch, who is challenging Branstad in the November election, said the idea would get consideration if the state had leadership like that delivered by Republican Gov. Robert Ray, who oversaw the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees in the 1970s.

“This state deserves that kind of leadership but doesn’t have it right now,” he said.

AFSCME Local 61 President Danny Homan is not optimistic about reopening the Iowa Juvenile Home to host immigrant children.

“I’m under no illusions this governor is going to open the Iowa Juvenile Home to them given all he has said about that he doesn’t want them here,” Homan said.

That won’t stop him from pushing the idea, because “it’s the right thing to do.”

Nagle called the home an ideal setting for the immigrant children because it has housing, kitchen and medical facilities as well as classrooms.

Nagle, Homan and others will continue to push for using the Iowa Juvenile Home.

“We have a facility sitting there that is vacant that would work for them,” Homan said. “If all the parties wanted to make it work, they could make it work.”

“What’s the alternative?”

Hatch and Nagle aren’t alone in trying to bring more illegal immigrants to Iowa.  As previously reported Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba is openly working with the White House to bring up to 200 illegal immigrant minors to his city, to be cared for by local charities and non-profits.


Mercer Country Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Theft


Mike Bertelsen

Mercer Country Treasurer Mike Bertelsen, plead guilty Monday to a single count of theft in a Rock Island County courtroom.

Over a year ago Bertelsen was accused of stealing $13,000 for the Mercer County 911 fund and of taking additional funds from the Mercer County GOP.

WQAD has more:

An affidavit filed in August of 2012 shows that Bertelsen was accused of stealing money from the Republican Central Committee of Mercer County in April of 2012.

The QC Times reported that Bertelsen was also charged with the theft of $13,000 in county 911 funds.

In a plea agreement, Bertelsen pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in connection with those 911 funds, according to a report by QC Online.

According to attorney Jack Schwartz, Bertelsen pleaded guilty Monday, July 28, 2014 in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

He paid $13,800 in restitution, Schwartz said.

The Sunday Shows For July 27th

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the Sunday shows this week,

Bibi will do Meet The Depressed, DeFace The Nation, Fox News Sunday, and State Of The DisUnion.

With Hamas continuing to ignore cease-fires, uses schools and hospitals to warehouse its rockets, and using Palestinian civilians as human shields, expect fireworks from 3 of 4 host who will act as defenders of the Hamas terrorist.

Fox again will have the best show I’m looking forward to Bibi and the Israeli UN ambassador getting treated with some respect, and the Palestinian mouthpiece getting grilled.

As for the rest of the line-ups:

Meet the Depressed-Rep. Paul Ryan(House Budget Chair)

Last Week-Sen. Cornyn(Texas), Rep. Cuellar(Texas)

DeFace The Nation-Clinton Sec of State Madeleine Albright, Rep. Rogers(House Intel Chair)

Fox News Sunday-Rep.Steve Scalise(Louisana, new Whip), Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi

State of the DisUnion-Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Lindsey Graham(South Carolina), Sen. Chris Murphy(Conneticut)

Rahm Emanuel Wants Another 1,000 Unaccompanied Minors Brought To Chicago


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

According to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk at least 748 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors from the Southern Border crisis are currently being cared for by an agency the Heartland Alliance that has ties to the SEIU and advocates for an increase in the national and state of Illinois minimum wage.

As disclosed late on Thursday the Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Refugee Resettlement has placed 305 minors with a sponsor(parent, relative, or family friend) across Illinois.

And now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is openly planning to have his city host another 1,000 illegal immigrant minors from Central America.

Fox News has more:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama administration chief of staff, wants to expand the city’s efforts to house young illegal immigrants from Central America, reportedly proposing to shelter an additional 1,000 of them by year’s end.

“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said Emanuel, according to The Chicago Tribune. “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions.”

The mayor’s office says the federal government will pay for the youths’ shelter, education, health care, food, safety and social services.

However, officials are trying to get Chicago lawyers to provide free legal services for the youths, who arrived in hopes of staying with U.S. relatives but now face federal deportation hearings.

To be sure, Chicago has its own challenges, including a recent violent-crime wave in which at least 82 people were shot over the Fourth of July  holiday weekend, with 16 victims dying.

Bustos Wants Congress To Skip August Recess To Pass Veterans Bill

Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL)

Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL)

Illinois freshman Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos is calling on Congress to skip its August recess until a Veterans bill is passed to address to scandal plagued health care system for our nations former soldiers.

WIFR has more:

As lawmakers get ready for an August vacation. Local Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is saying “thanks but no thanks”

“I know I speak for many when I say the health of the veterans who have served us so bravely should not be placed on hold while congress is away in August,” Bustos said.

Bustos is one of 116 lawmakers who called on congress to stay in session until a veterans Healthcare Bill is passed.

Mike Huckabee Coming To Peoria For LaHood Fundraiser

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a weekend host for Fox News will be in Peoria in August for a fundraiser for state Sen. Darin LaHood.

Illinois Review has more:

State Senator Darin LaHood’s (R-Peoria) annual Sizzle and Swizzle fundraiser on August 21st at Brewers Distributing in north Peoria.

The 44th Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee was one of the longest serving governors in his state’s history. He now hosts the number one weekend talk show on the Fox News Channel. Huckabee came in second behind John McCain in the 2008 Republican presidential primary is deciding whether to run again in 2016.

Sen. Darin LaHood

Sen. Darin LaHood

“As Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee achieved a strong record on tax cuts, fighting political corruption and improving the business climate. As a potential 2016 republican presidential candidate, I am honored to welcome Governor Huckabee to Peoria to support my campaign,” LaHood said.

Governors Across The Country Unhappy After Learning How Many Unnaccompanied Minors Are In Their States

Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Mike Pence, Gov. Nikki Haley

Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Mike Pence, Gov. Nikki Haley

Governors across the country are very unhappy with the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement after they learned late Thursday how many unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been released to a sponsor in their states.

In total 30,340 illegal immigrant minors are spread across the United States with some being “reunited” with a parent, relative, or family friend as far away as the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Alaska.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said this Thursday night, SC got 350 illegal minors released to sponsors:

Gov. Nikki Haley said it’s wrong for the federal government to expect states to accept unattended children who are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while providing no information on them.

“We do care about these children. We do want them to be safe. But we also have our own children to take care of,” she said Thursday evening during a panel discussion of Republican governors at the Aspen Institute in Colorado.

“We’ve got our foster children in every one of our states and we are trying to balance a budget,” she said. “And because they won’t do the one basic thing of securing our border, we are now taking on additional children. It’s just wrong. It’s wrong. And when we ask who these children are or where they are, Secretary Johnson said we can’t tell you because of privacy issues.”

061014_an_immigants_640On Friday Sen. Tim Scott weighed in:

“There are a lot of things that are frustrating about the situation at the border,” said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Scott said his office has been left in the dark about where undocumented children are being sent to, including right here in South Carolina.

“We asked a very specific question: Are there any [unaccompanied children] coming to South Carolina or are in South Carolina? The response from the administration, HHS I think it was, was no,” Scott said.

Illinois’ hapless Governor Pat Quinn said Friday that he was deeply concerned about the 305 minors released to sponsors here(to go along with at least 748 being sheltered in Chicago by an HHS approved agency):

Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said he’s “deeply concerned” about the welfare of unaccompanied children who’ve crossed the border into the United States.

He spoke about his concern after federal data was released Thursday showing Illinois has already received this year 305 unaccompanied children that illegally crossed U.S.-Mexico border.

Quinn, who supports abortion and opposes parental notification, says “leaders of conscience must cooperate to protect the vulnerable” and described Illinois as “prepared to help in whatever way necessary to preserve the well-being of these children.”

imagesWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker voiced his concerned this flood of illegal immigrants could drain our system, 50 unaccompanied minors are in his state with plans for many more:

Governor Scott Walker says he is not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children crossing into the United States on the Mexican border, but housing them could eventually “drain the entire system.”

Governor Walker spoke Friday following a campaign stop in Deerfield. He says he is concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the United States and the cost of dealing with them once they are here.

The Republican governor says if the children aren’t sent home quickly, they will likely blend into communities and “that’s going to have costs and drain the entire system.”

Idaho’s Governor and at least one US Senator where kept in the dark about the 8 illegal minors sent there:

Gov. Otter only found out about the children this week through media coverage, a spokesman told KBOI 2News. Now his office says he’s left wondering why the feds never let him know they were bringing the children into our state.

Gov. Otter sent out a letter on Wednesday saying Idaho didn’t want to take any illegal immigrant children. But that was before he found out that we already have eight here.

His office says he took that stand because he doesn’t support the highly dangerous way these kids are getting into the United States.

As of now, the state has no idea where the children are or who they are with.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo said his office, too, did not know about the children.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell fessed up that the 117 illegals there will be of some cost to the taxpayers, which didn’t sit well with state lawmakers:

The governor conceded that state and local taxpayers could be liable for some of the costs potentially associated with the new arrivals.

“If we become aware of individual children in Delaware who require services, we would certainly work with non-profits and state agencies to ensure that their basic needs are being met,” Gov. Markell stated in the letter. “Some of these children may enroll in Delaware schools while awaiting processing by federal authorities, as immigrant children ordinarily do. … The education and other services come at a cost for the state, school districts and non-profit providers, and I am asking federal officials to work with states to cover those costs and ensure that these children receive appropriate care.”

State House Minority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford, said the cost issue concerns him. “If federal officials are not disclosing who these children are, and where they have been placed, how can we track the expenses incurred by state and local agencies in their care? Many of these kids have fled dire circumstances and most everyone is sympathetic to their plight. Having said that, local residents should not be tasked with financing a problem that is not of their own making and which they have no ability to affect.”

State House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, said state officials have largely been kept in the dark by the feds.

In a recurring theme Tennessee Gov. Haslam is upset he wasn’t told about the 700 illegals released into his state:

Gov. Bill Haslam says in a letter to President Barack Obama that his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied minors in Tennessee.

The Republican governor complains in a letter released Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services did not tell officials in Tennessee directly that unaccompanied immigrant children had been released into the custody of sponsors living in the state.

Instead, they learned of the minors through a posting on the HHS website, a practice that Haslam said was “unacceptable.”

“Not only was our state not informed prior to any of the children being brought here, I still have not been contacted and have no information about these individuals or their sponsors other than what was posted on the HHS website and subsequently reported by media,” he wrote.

More of the same for Georgia and Gov. Deal which got more than a 1,000:

Georgia’s governor has sent a letter to the president saying it is “unconscionable” that the federal government didn’t communicate with his office before sending unaccompanied young migrants to the state.

Gov. Nathan Deal sent the letter to President Barack Obama Thursday. Deal wrote in the letter that he was shocked to learn from federal officials this week that the Office of Refugee Resettlement had sent 1,154 unaccompanied children to Georgia in the first half of this year.

The governor expressed concern that Georgia communities would have to provide medical and educational services to the young people awaiting processing.

And lastly South Dakota:

Governor Dennis Daugaard said in a news release that he is disappointed that the children were placed in South Dakota without notification of the state.  Daugaard says that federal officials indicated that all 21 children have been screened and vaccinated.  However, Daugaard wants more information about the children to make sure they do not pose a risk to South Dakotans.

None of the 21 unaccompanied minors have been placed in South Dakota’s foster care system, or with South Dakota’s non-profit refugee agencies

HHS Has Released 30,340 Unaccompanied Minors To Sponsors Across The Country In First 6 Months Of This Year

061014_an_immigants_640The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, responding to numerous media inquiries, congressional probing, and demands from Governors across the nation has released a listing of how many unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been released to sponsors for all 50 states and US territories.

From the start of this year through July 7th 30,340 illegal immigrant minors, most crossing into the US along the Rio Grande valley in Texas from Central America, have been handed over to the custody of a parent, relative, or family friend already in the US.

More than 3,000 of these unaccompanied minors were sent to Florida, New York, and California each.

Maryland and Virgina each have over 2,000.

Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and New Jersey each have more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors in the care of sponsors in those states.

Texas which has taken the brunt of the influx of nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors since October of last year is also the leader when it comes to how many minors have been released to a sponsor with more than 4,000.

My home state of Illinois, which has at least 748 illegal immigrant minors being sheltered in the city of Chicago alone according to Sen. Mark Kirk, also has 300 more who have been released to a sponsor.

As reported yesterday Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is upset that 138 unaccompanied minors were released to sponsors in his state without his knowledge.

To try and stop the flow of even more illegals into the country Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced he is calling up the National Guard to assist Texas law enforcement and the Border Patrol deal with the nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants coming into Texas on a daily basis.  However, Breitbart is reporting that those Guardsmen won’t be deployed for 30-45 days.

House Republican leaders are in the final stages of crafting a response to the border crisis and it is likely to include a call for the National Guard to be deployed along with making adjustments to a 2008 law that is letting many of these children remain in the country in addition to bringing in more immigration judges to handle to overflow of cases.

Initially the Obama administration via WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that the privacy rights of the illegal immigrants trumped Congress and the publics right to know where these illegals where after being detained and processed by the Border Patrol.  That is thankfully changing as evidenced by this listing from HHS and a vow from it that this list will be updated on a monthly basis.

To see how many unaccompanied minors have been released to a sponsor in your state just look at the following table.(Source: Office of Refugee Resettlement)

January 1, 2014 to July 7, 2014
State # Released
Alabama 407
Alaska 5
arizona 186
arkansas 166
california 3,150
colorADO 221
IOWA 122
Maine 8
maryland 2,205
Massachusetts 773
michigan 92
minnesota 173
mississippi 179
missouri 121
montana 1
nebraska 192
nevada 122
new hampshire 13
new jersey 1,504
new mexico 18
new york 3,347
north cArolina 1,191
north dakota 4
ohio 360
oklahoma 212
oregon 50
pennsylvania 386
rhode island 119
south carolina 350
south dakota 21
tennessee 760
texas  4,280
utah 67
vermont 3
Virgin Islands 4
virginia 2,234
washington 211
west virginia 10
wisconsin 50
wyoming 6
Total 30,340

HHS Let 138 Illegal Immigrant Minors Into Iowa; Local Alderman Vows To Lay In Front Of Bus To Stop More

imagesThe Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Refugee Resettlement have sent 138 illegal immigrant minors to Iowa “Behind the scenes”.

The Quad Cities Times reports:

Central American children who have crossed the U.S. border illegally are making their way to Iowa “behind the scenes” with the help of family members and support groups to avoid drawing attention or the ire of protesters, an Iowa Latino leader said Tuesday.

Joe Enriquez Henry, state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa, or LULAC, a Latino civil rights organization founded in 1929, said he is aware of family members who have driven to the Mexican border to be reunited with unaccompanied children who have sought refuge from the violence in their countries.

Henry said the activity has been forced to operate “in the shadows” in part because of Gov. Terry Branstad’s public opposition to efforts to welcome children to Iowa who have entered the United States illegally.

Branstad’s office said Tuesday an official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that 122 children were released to relatives or other sponsors in Iowa during the past six months.

“To clarify, there have been 122 minors discharged from the Unaccompanied Alien Children program and placed with sponsors in Iowa between January 1 and June 30, 2014,” Kenneth J. Wolfe, deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, said in an email.

Beth Levine of Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office said, however, that Health and Human Services officials on Tuesday updated the number to 139 through July 18, a figure that reflected children released to sponsors in Iowa but did not address minors who may have been sent to larger facilities.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, upon learning of the release of over 100 illegal immigrant minors into his state without his knowledge, was livid.

Again from the QC Times:

Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday it is “outlandish” that undocumented children are being placed in Iowa without any notification to state officials by the federal government.

Branstad said he has a lot of questions but no answers from the Obama administration in the wake of revelations this week that at least 139 Central American minors who have crossed the U.S. border illegally have been placed with sponsors in Iowa since Jan. 1.

“It’s disappointing that the administration has not been transparent or open with governors or human services departments across the country,” Branstad told reporters Wednesday. “I think it’s outlandish that the federal government is being secretive about what they’re doing and how our tax money is being spent.”

Before this latest revelation the state of Iowa had been in a tizzy following Davenport mayor Bill Gluba’s offer to the Obama administration to have his city take in up to 200 illegal immigrant minors.

On Sunday’s Meet The Press Davenport alderman Bill Edmond said that he would lay in front of the bus in order to stop them.


KKK Leaflets Appearing In Northern Illinois

KKK recruitment leaflet found in Streator, IL photo Ottawa Times

KKK recruitment leaflet found in Streator, IL photo Ottawa Times

Forgive my naiveté but I am shocked to see the Ottawa Times and the Kankakee Daily Journal report that the terrorist arm of the Democrat Party is passing around recruitment leaflets in my neck of the prairie.

The leaflets have so far been found in Streator, New Lenox, Tinley Park, and Seneca.

Following the Civil War the Ku Klux Klan was created to harass, terrorize, intimidate, and murder black and white Republicans in the South.

For one hundred years the Klan held sway in parts of the country.

FDR put a Klansman, Hugo Black, on the Supreme Court.

The late Senator Robert Byrd(D-WV) was once a member.

Once a real political and paramilitary force, the KKK of today is motley collection of angry(drunken), idiots whose total membership could if in a bus(and leave it half empty).

That’s why is seems only one person is involved in the leaflet campaign.

Jones said the organization’s Grand Dragon for Illinois, who he declined to name, has been keeping the state “hot” with recruitment drives and private rallies. To date, none of it has been local, according to recent police reports and sources.

Theodis Pace, president of the Kankakee County branch of the NAACP, said his organization hasn’t heard of any Klan activity locally. Clint Perzee, Iroquois County sheriff’s police investigator said there haven’t been any reports in Iroquois County, either. Ken McCabe, Kankakee County sheriff’s police chief deputy, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

When someone finds this loser please let him know the following



Gov. Quinn’s Security Detail Doesn’t Like Rauner Supporters

Quinn security removing Rauner supporter

Quinn security removing Rauner supporter

Earlier Tuesday in downtown Chicago a member of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s taxpayer-funded security detail forcibly removed a videographer from the Bruce Rauner campaign.

Quinn was at the Circle Interchange to sign a billion dollar construction bill, at what all accounts appears to have been a public event.

According to Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax blog prior to being forced out of the bill signing the Rauner person was standing with the rest of the media.

Unless there is something that happened that isn’t on tape or photographed this security thug of Quinn’s acted way out of line.

The scuttlebutt is that Quinn’s campaign does not like any Rauner supporters, videographers, and the like being anywhere near Quinn.


Beware Suburban Cook County One Of Your Township’s New Employees Has A Troubling History

Former Coloma Township supervisor Deb Burke

Former Coloma Township supervisor Deb Burke

Residents of suburban Cook County, specifically those in Berwyn Township, had better be on the watch because Berwyn Township’s newest employee has a very troubling history.

Up until the end of May Deb Burke was the Supervisor for Coloma Township in Whiteside County as of early June she is now a case worker for Berwyn Township.

Burke was forced to leave office after numerous problems arose there relating to financial documents and the reporting of those documents.

As the Dixon Telegraph has been reporting for some time Burke failed to file financial documents with the state of Illinois’ Comptroller’s office for several years.  This resulted in a fine being assessed against Coloma Township for more than $5,000, that fine was later reduced to $3,200 which Burke paid herself.

That’s important to note because due to Burke’s mismanagement Whiteside County was forced to withhold property tax revenue to the township.  Burke’s failures to complete mandatory requirements resulted in the township going at least one year without any tax revenue coming in.

If you’re wondering how a township was able to operate for at least one year without any money, you’re not alone. Thus, the Coloma Township board initiated an audit of its finances.  That simple audit had to be turned into a full forensic audit of the townships finances because various documentation that the township and Deb Burke were supposed to have were missing.

Deb Burke’s management of Coloma Township was so bad that audits’ of its finances, required by state law to be done, hadn’t been done in 20 year!!!

But don’t worry Cook County residents of Berwyn Township your township supervisor and president is aware of Burke’s troubles, telling the Dixon Telegraph:

Elizabeth Pechous, Berwyn Township supervisor and president, said she was aware of the circumstances that led to Burke’s departure at Coloma.

“I had heard about that situation,” she said. “I have attended general assistance training. I had been a caseworker in Berwyn Township since 1993. Deb knows her stuff and does a good job.”

Good job my left foot.

Is Majority Leader McCarthy Walking Back Opposition To Reauthorization Of Ex-Im Bank?

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Days after being named the new House majority leader congressman Kevin McCarthy(R-CA) went on Fox News Sunday and was asked about the upcoming(Sept) deadline to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, something seen by most critics as a textbook example of crony capitalism.

McCarthy told Chris Wallace that he did support allowing the Ex-Im Bank’s authorization to expire.

From FNS’s transcript:

WALLACE: Authority for the Export-Import Bank, which backs, supports, helps encourage the selling of U.S. products overseas, expires in September. Do you agree with conservatives who say that the Export-Import Bank is a form of crony capitalism and it should be put out of business, allowed to expire?

MCCARTHY: One of the problems with government is it’s going to take hard earned money so others do things that the private sector can do. That’s what Ex-Im Bank does. The last authorization of the Ex-Im Bank directed the president and the treasury secretary to wind down the Ex-Im bank, negotiate with other countries, to wind them down so we have a level playing field.

We’ve got hearings going on next week in financial service, which I sit on. I think Ex-Im Bank is one that government does not have to be involved in. The private sector can do it.

WALLACE: So straightforward question, you can say it right here. You would allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire in September?

MCCARTHY: Yes, because it’s something that the private sector can be able to do.

On Sunday Majority Leader McCarthy was singing a different tune when asked about the Ex-Im Bank by Chris Kaergard of the Peoria Journal-Star.

McCarthy’s new line is that the Export-Import Bank should be reauthorized with reforms.

From the PJS:

McCarthy also used a question-and-answer session before the brunch to discuss his position on the Export-Import Bank, an issue that’s been of some concern to companies, including Caterpillar Inc., that have a large global trading presence.

The charter of the 80-year-old bank is due to expire in September, and McCarthy suggested last month that he was in favor letting that happen.

Opponents of the bank have argued it distorts the free market through the aid that’s offered, including to large and well-connected companies, and that private banks can offer the financing as well as government. Proponents have pointed to its ability to return a profit to the U.S. Treasury and to hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs supported by the trade it encourages.

McCarthy said he recently spoke to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman “on ways we can improve it” and pushed the idea of finding reforms.

“We want to make sure there’s greater accountability,” he said, noting the departure of four employees recently in corruption-related investigations.

But he suggested that the bank’s time may have passed.

“If the private sector can fill that void, the private sector should fill that void,” he said. “It was only created as a bank of a last resort. You’ve got (Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based Emirates Airlines) buying planes from Boeing that the taxpayers of America are guaranteeing. Is that right?

Sycamore Man Uses BB Gun To Force Roomate To Snort Ritalin

Joseph Johnston, Sycamore

Bizarre doesn’t begin to describe this story.

From the Dekalb Chronicle:

Joseph M. Johnston, of the 100 block of East Maplewood Drive, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Police said Johnston accused his roommate of having sex with his girlfriend and shot the BB gun, which looked like a handgun, in the roommate’s arm about 7:33 p.m. Saturday. Johnston ordered the victim to retrieve his items from the home, when he shot the victim several more times, according to court records.

Johnston also threatened to shoot his roommate in the face unless he snorted crushed Ritalin, a stimulant typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, court records show. The victim snorted the Ritalin, got sick, and had his fiancee drive him to Kishwaukee Hospital’s emergency room, where police said they spoke with him.


So. Illinois Woman Takes Selfie Wearing Stolen Clothes, Promptly Gets Arrested

Screen-Shot-2014-07-20-at-11.42.07-AM-553x620The Blaze has a really odd story out of Southern Illinois about a woman who got arrested after she posted a selfie photo in which she was wearing clothing recently stolen from a store in West Frankfort, IL.

Hours after the owner of Mortie’s Boutique in West Frankfort, Illinois, took to social media to report a stolen neon leopard print dress, citizens tracked down 27-year-old Danielle Saxton’s selfie.

She was arrested and charged with retail theft less than $300, KFVS reported.

Police also found two t-shirts, sunglasses and a necklace on Saxton taken from the boutique, KFVS reported, and Saxton was jailed because of an outstanding warrant for a prior drug charge.


Feel Good Video Of The Day: IDF Takes Out Hamas Terrorist Retreating To Their Tunnel

I_STAND_WITH_ISRAEL_2New video released by the Israeli Defense Force shows a group of Hamas terrorist hiding in bushes as they attempted to launch an attack inside Israel after having slipped into the country from the Gaza strip by use of an underground tunnel.

Things did not go well for the terrorist as they were fired upon of Israeli soldiers before a missile takes them and their tunnel out.

Majority Leader McCarthy: House Will Secure Border And Reunite Families

Former congressman Bobby Schilling with Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Aaron Schock and more

Former congressman Bobby Schilling with Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Aaron Schock and more

At a press conference in Peoria, IL for former congressman Bobby Schilling, new House majority leader Kevin McCarthy stated that the House of Representatives will pass measures in the coming days and weeks that will help secure the southern border with Mexico and that the thousands of illegal immigrant families will be reunited.

Estimates are that 57,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have entered the US in the last few months, many coming believing that the Obama administration won’t deport them and will instead grant them amnesty, and that doesn’t even include the much larger number of adult illegal immigrants that have been coming over the border as well.

A working group of lawmakers established by Speaker John Boehner is looking at crafting an emergency appropriations bill that would include sending the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border, making changes to a 2008 law that inhibits the speedy deportation of individuals from Central and South America, bringing in more immigration Judges, as well as measures to further secure the border.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has his own legislation in the Senate that would further address the problems on the border.

The Texas Tribune has more:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz filed a bill Thursday that he says would immediately halt the flow of unaccompanied Central American children who are now crossing into the United States.

“We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it,” Cruz said in a statement. “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs; it is heartless to allow that to continue.”

The intent of the bill is to stop the application of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Cruz and other Republicans blame the 2012 measure, which does not deport certain undocumented children who come to the United States. 

Cruz’s measure would block any federal agency from using taxpayer resources to consider new applicants using DACA.

Cruz, Texas’ junior senator, plans to introduce additional legislation to remove current legal obstacles to sending these minors back home. He also hopes to include language in that future measure that would give governors the authority to send the National Guard to respond to “crises like this.”