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.”

The Sunday Shows For July 20th

two-thumbs-up-622x342Hate to break it to everyone but your Sunday morning is going to be ruined, regardless of what you do.

John Kerry will be everywhere. :-(

Giving the various rebuttals will be:

Fox New Sunday-Ted Cruz(winner of the week)

Meet the Depressed-Lindsey “Amnesty” Graham.

DeFace The Nation- RINO Rep. Pete King, who will no doubt attack Ted Cruz for no reason.

Last Week- Rep. Mike “I’m going to suck really bad a talk radio” Rogers

State of Confusion- Sen. Diana Feinstein.

Wow, that 10 minutes or so of Ted Cruz is all that is going to be worth watching.

God who books these shows.

Quad Cities #SecureTheBorder Protest

#SecureTheBorder protest Moline, IL

#SecureTheBorder protest Moline, IL

Over the weekend hundreds of protest took place across the nation in the wake of the flood of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors and incomplete families overwhelming authorities in Texas.

Protesters in Moline, Illinois where especially upset at the situation because neighboring Davenport, Iowa mayor Bill Gluba has openly sought to have an undisclosed number of illegal immigrant minors brought to the Quad Cities area.

One man said that it was the “dumbest thing he(Mayor Gluba) could do”.

IMG_0552One woman was all for welcoming legal immigrants into the country but could not stand the fact that many illegal immigrants are able to obtain welfare assistance.

Another protester pointed out that the mayor recently vetoed two construction projects that would have brought jobs and economic activity to the QC area.

One of the protest organizers estimates that they had well over a thousand positive responses from motorist traveling along I-74 and from those traveling adjuioning surface streets.

“Rita’s Law” Signed By Gov. Quinn; New Audit Requirements In Wake Of Crundwell Theft

Rita Crundwell

Rita Crundwell

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed “Rita’s Law” Thursday placing new audit transparency requirements on Illinois units of government.

The legislation became necessary following the arrest of longtime Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell by federal authorities for the theft of $54 million from the city over the span of 20 years.

Crundwell is currently serving a 19 year federal prison sentence.  The city of Dixon was able to recover much of the money from the sale of Crundwell’s assets and a $40 million settlement with the cities bank.

The Dixon Telegraph has more on Thursday’s signing:

House Bill 5503 unanimously passed both chambers of the state Legislature on May 22.

The bill, Demmer has said, was inspired by former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft of nearly $54 million over 2 decades.

The new law requires that, within 60 days from the close of an audit of a local government’s funds and accounts, the auditor must provide a copy of any financial statements to each member of the city council or county board, and present the information to the council or board in a public meeting.

Also, if an audited local government maintains a website, the city council or county board must post the information contained in the financial statements of the audit.

“This is an important law that will see local government audits receive the attention they require so that councils fully understand their liabilities,” Demmer, a former Lee County Board member, said in a news release.

Davenport Mayor Wants To Bring More Illegal Immigrant Minors To Midwest

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba

The Mayor of Davenport, Iowa, Bill Gluba is openly asking the Obama administration to send some of the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant “unaccompanied” minors currently flooding into the Southern border his way.

From WQAD:
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Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba hopes the Quad Cities will play a role in helping care for immigrant children held on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Monday, Gluba told News 8 that he reached out to the White House, offering the Quad Cities’ help to house and care for some of those children. He said the Department of Health and Human Services then sent him information about creating a temporary placement facility in the area.

“We are a welcoming country, and I said, ‘Something’s got to be done about it. Let’s start the process,’” said Gluba.

Gluba is now pulling together a team of representatives from area hospitals, schools, charities and churches. Monday, the group met for the first time at City Hall to discuss what they could do.

Thankfully city council members in Davenport are standing up to the Mayor’s offer to bring more illegals to the Midwest.

KWQC has more on that:

As Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba continues to meet with local organizations about the possibility of temporarily housing undocumented immigrant children in existing facilities in Davenport, several city council members have grown even more concerned. Aldermen approved a motion on Wednesday to keep city tax dollars and staff resources out of Mayor Gluba’s Caring Cities Campaign.

“Every one of my colleagues have had dozens of emails phone calls, and I think it was very important for this city council to get out in front and say look this is not a city council action,” Alderman Bill Edmond said.

By now, the mayor has made several public attempts to clarify that the initiative would use federal money, and not city funds. He says he is disappointed in the city council for bringing it onto the agenda.

“Some of these folks just need to read a little bit more and better understand what’s going on,” Mayor Gluba said. “I cannot spend city money. They know that, but if this makes them feel good, and responds to their right-wing base, in some cases, have at it. I’m a big boy, I’ve been around politics all my life, and I’ll survive.”

Although the city is not involved, certain aldermen are holding onto their strong feelings about the issue.

“I will still stand in front of the buses if i have to,” Alderman Edmond said.

Currently at least 748 unaccompanied illegal minors are in Chicago.

Residents of Michigan are currently fighting a proposal to bring 120 illegals there.

The Obama administration has sent 200 to Nebraska in secret and that’s angered Gov. Heineman,

Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad has been admit that he doesn’t want any of the nearly 60,000 illegal immigrant youths to be taken care of in his state.

A protest of the current immigration crisis is planned for Saturday at 10am in neighboring Moline, Illinois.

details here.

 

They’re Baaack: Same Bunch That Protested Mitt Romney And Bain Capital Now Protesting Bruce Rauner

bain21n-1-webNever let an excuse to attack a Republican because he’s rich and worked in the private sector go to waste.

The same group of former employees of a Freeport business that endlessly protested Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign because Romney’s former company Bain Capital had closed the plant is now attacking Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, because he worked at Bain with Romney in the ’70s, or something.

From WIFR:

On Tuesday Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner spent the day in the Stateline talking to supporters, but on Wednesday the Anti-Rauner crowd held a rally against the businessman turned politician.

Former employees at Essex in Rockford and Sensata in Freeport. Took part in what they called a rally against Rauner’s outsourcing. Workers at the former Freeport plant had their jobs outsourced to China and that turned into a national story because then Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney used to run the firm that oversaw the outsourcing. Former Sensata employee Tom Gaulrapp says Rauner and Romney both worked for Bain Capital in the late 70′s and he believes Rauner has a long history of killing jobs through outsourcing.

Back in 2012 those Sensata employees were joined by Illinois’ power labor unions, and the socialist of Occupy Rockford in their protest.

They raised enough of a ruckus that MSNBC’s Ed Schultz did his show live from Freeport one evening before the election.

Flashback: Rev. Jackson arrested in Freeport

Irony Alert: Microsoft To Cut 18,000 Jobs Day After Announcing Big Green Energy Plan

Microsoft_0O’ The irony.

Yesterday Microsoft announced that it would be buying green energy from a wind farm in Northern Illinois.

Today, Microsoft announced it was letting go of 18,000 people.

Fox Business has more:

In a letter to employees early Thursday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella said the tech giant will slash its workforce by as many as 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year, with the first round of 13,000 cuts coming within the next six months.

The move comes after Nadella hinted at changes coming to the blue-chip software company in remarks made earlier in the week. The workforce elimination is what Nadella calls the first step to “building the right organization for our ambitions.” The first round of cuts will hit the Nokia Devices and Services unit, which will account for a loss of 12,500 jobs for professional and factory workers. He added, though, while the company is reducing the size of its current workforce, it also plans to add roles in certain strategic areas.

What Are They Hiding: Obama Admin Won’t Say Where Illegal Minors Are

Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas

Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas recent illegal immigrant murder and kidnapping suspect

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday told Fox New’s Ed Henry that the Obama administration won’t tell the public where in the country nearly 60,000 illegal immigrant minors have been sent.

The Daily Caller has more:

The White House won’t reveal where it is housing thousands of Central American juvenile migrants because their privacy rights trump Americans’ right to know what‘s happening in their neighborhoods, press secretary Josh Earnest declared July 16.

“The public does have a right to know what’s happening… [but] at the same time, there are privacy rights that are included in the law that this administration is committed to enforcing and following,” Earnest told Ed Henry, Fox News’ White House correspondent.

As I’ve been previously reporting according to Illinois Senator Mark Kirk at least 748 “unaccompanied” minors have been sent from the Southern border to Chicago with many more likely to be there, as not every illegal immigrant crosses in this deluge is a minor, some “incomplete” family units have also been coming.

One of those “incomplete families” included one Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas(photo above), who came into the country illegally and was given a notice to appear in June.  Pedro is now in police custody in Texas on murder and kidnapping warrants out of Louisiana.

Breitbart has more:

Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, entered the U.S. illegally with children and turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was processed and released, as are all illegal immigrants who come as unaccompanied minors or incomplete family units from Central America. The alien is from Honduras.

The arrest was first reported by the Associated Press (AP), but Breitbart Texas has exclusively confirmed that the man was part of the Obama Administration’s catch and release policy for family groups from Central America.

A U.S. Border Patrol source who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity provided Breitbart Texas with the alien registration number for the man, and the event number for the man’s apprehension. He was processed in the McAllen station of the U.S. Border Patrol. The alien’s registration number is 202027386. The event number for his apprehension is MCS14061487. The “MCS” designates the McAllen station, the “1406” designates that the man was apprehended in June of 2014. A separate Border Patrol source confirmed that the man was apprehended on June 26, 2014 with two children he claimed were his own. He told U.S. authorities he had family in Metairie, Louisiana.

The AP identified the illegal alien as a “suburban New Orleans man” who faces a second-degree murder charge after his girlfriend was found bludgeoned to death in a bathtub in Louisiana.

It is because of the all to predictable examples such as Pedro that prompted me to file Freedom of Information Act request with both the Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement several days ago seeking statistics regarding the illegal immigrant minors that have been sent to Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois.

Based upon White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s comments I fully expect to have to fight to Obama administration tooth and nail to get them to honor those FOIAs.

After all why wouldn’t the administration want to hide the fact that some of the 80+ shootings, and 16 murders that occurred in Chicago during the 4th of July weekend might have been committed by gang and cartel members that just got here from the Rio Grande. Or that they are in many cases being cared for by an organization that is heavily financed by the taxpayers, while advocating to have the minimum wage increased, O’ and is affiliated with the SEIU.(Illinois Review has that story)

I hope the Obama administration is ready to take on this #JustABlogger because their excuse that telling the public about the whereabouts of these illegals is trumped by the privacy rights of those illegals won’t fly, not with my FOIAs.

I didn’t ask for the names, ages, and Guatemalan equivalent of a social security number, I want to know exactly how many illegals have been sent to the Land of Lincoln by city and county.

I want to know how many of them are known gang members or are otherwise criminals in their home countries.

I want to know how many of them have infectious and communicable diseases.

I want to know, the American people want to know, and so do lawmakers of every stripe across the country.

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People will have their chance to voice their outrage at what is going on at 5 protest taking place this Friday and Saturday in Illinois.(listing here)(*I’ll be in Moline Saturday)

Let’s stop this before more Pedro’s, more cases of TB, and an even greater influx of Central America’s poor and desperate strain our system further.(And hopefully take a least a small bite out of Chicago’s crime)

 

Stealing Mississippi: Chris McDaniel Continues To Challenge Thad Cochran

Chris McDainel(Left) Sen. Thad Cochran(right)

Chris McDainel(Left) Sen. Thad Cochran(right)

The Republican Senate run-off in Mississippi isn’t over yet, not by a long shot.

Chris McDaniel and his supporters are not letting the GOP establishment steal this election.

According to McDaniel’s lawyer they will be challenging in court the election results in the coming days.

From Breitbart:

The lawyer for state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon in Jackson, MS, that he has enough evidence to file for an official challenge of the election results, and will do so in the coming days.

When local reporter Scott Simmons asked them if they have enough evidence to file a legal challenge of the election, Tyner replied: “Yes. There’s already enough evidence to file the challenge.”

When Simmons followed up to ask if that evidence is entirely ineligible crossover votes—Democrats who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary then in the June 24 GOP primary runoff—Tyner responded that he’s “not going to go into the specifics of everything, but crossover votes are a big part of our challenge.”

As has already been reported at least 8,300 Democrats who voted in the Mississippi primary also cast ballots in the GOP Senate run-off, that is illegal and ruffly equals the margin of victory for Cochran.

Some if not many of those Democrat votes(African-American) came about because of racist attack ads that appeared in print and on the radio in Mississippi’s African-American community.

Erick Erickson at RedState has proven that those ads where funded by top Republicans in the Senate and in Mississippi, i.e.  former Governor Haley Barbour.

I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.

The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour backed group called Mississippi Conservatives.

Mississippi Conservatives, in turn, was funded in part by Sally Bradshaw of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the political action committees created for Senators Mitch McConnell ($50,000), John Cornyn ($50,000), Rob Portman ($25,000), Bob Corker ($25,000), and Roy Blunt ($5,000).

Interestingly, Sally Bradshaw and Henry Barbour (Haley Barbour’s nephew) worked on the autopsy of the 2012 GOP loss.

Speaking of Haley Barbour’s nephew Henry, Breitbart has this about him:

A coalition of powerful conservative leaders, led by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, is demanding that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus censure RNC committeeman Henry Barbour for his role in racially incendiary appeals to Democratic voters that voting for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) was a means of helping stop the Tea Party.

The coalition, which includes TPPCF Chair Jenny Beth Martin, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell, Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie, former RNC grassroots director Drew Ryun, Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins, and SOS4SOS PAC Chairman Ken Blackwell, is calling on Priebus to create a special RNC committee to investigate the matter and eventually issue a formal RNC repudiation of the actions taken in Mississippi.

The coalition wrote to Priebus:

We, the undersigned, write today to express our outrage at the actions of a member of the Republican National Committee, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour, and to respectfully insist that you create a committee to investigate questionable activities surrounding the June 24 Mississippi Republican Senate nomination runoff election; that the RNC repudiate any and all unethical and potentially illegal activities associated with the runoff election; and that you and your RNC colleagues formally censure or otherwise discipline the persons responsible for those actions.

5 Illegal Immigration Protest Planned For Illinois This Weekend

20130130_amnesty2American citizens and legal immigrants feed up with the recent surge, I say invasion, of illegal immigrants, some 250,000 adults, and more than 50,000 minors(nearly 1,000 of which are in Chicago) have crossed into the United State in the last few months, are planning a series of protest around the country this weekend.

Five protest are planned for Illinois.

On Friday July 18th:

  • Chicago - 204 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607, Friday July 18, 11:00am – 4pm, This protest will take place at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Peoria -  74 Overpass on Monroe St. Downtown Peoria, Friday, July 18, 11:00am - 6:00pm, This protest will take place on an overpass.
  • Bloomington - Oakland Ave. Overpass Constitution Trail, Friday, July 18, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, This protest will take place on the Overpass.

On Saturday July 19th:

  • Fairview Heights - Overpass on Bunkum Road & Highway 64, Saturday, July 19, 9:00am - 12:00pm, This protest will take place on the Overpass over Highway 64.
  • Moline - This protest will take place on the Overpass at 27th Street over I-74, Saturday, July 19, 10:00am-2pm

 

Dem Challenger To Rep. Adam Kinzinger Thinks Two Masters Degrees And Wanting To Raise The Min. Wage Qualifies Him For Congress

Randall Olsen

Randall Olsen

The Democrat seeking to unseat Illinois congressman Adam “The Young John McCain” Kinzinger, Randall Olsen, spoke with the Dixon Telegraph recently and boy is he continuing the areas Democrats habit of throwing up the weakest opponents to challenge for the 16th congressional district.

According to Mr. Olsen because he has two Masters degrees(Divinity and Psychology) and because he wants to raise the nation’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, he’s qualified to be a member of Congress.

From the Dixon Telegraph:

“I just got really, really tired of all the obstructionism, the lack of cooperation that seems to be so dominant in Washington,” he said Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall. “And so I figured this is my call, I guess.”

After getting an undergraduate degree from Troy State University in 1984, Olsen began working on a master’s degree in psychology from Auburn University, he said, because both had classes offered close to the Air Force base where he was stationed in Alabama.

In 1995, he received a master’s degree in divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He said the two master’s degrees helped qualify him for Congress from the 16th District.

Among his biggest priorities are job creation and raising the minimum wage, he said.

He said $15 a hour is a reasonable minimum wage, as long as there is a gradual increase to that level. Once the minimum wage is increased, he said, he wants it to be tied to the success or failure of the economy.

“I’m a moderate Democrat,” Olsen said. “And I’m willing to listen to anybody who’s got an idea. If you think you can improve the lives of the people, and in particular my constituents in the 16th [district], I’m willing to listen. I’ll hear you out.”

Mr. Olson, a retired Air Force vet, and recent retiree from one of Rockford’s hospitals, also said something else that got this political observers attention. ” If elected, he said, he will most likely try to get on the House Agriculture Committee.”

Any congressional candidate that is talking about committee assignments in the middle of the summer(or about the pork they’ll bring home) is someone who is going to Washington for the wrong reasons.

Committee assignments and pork are not the goals of a good citizen legislator.

No matter how badly I want to be rid of Adam Kinzinger as my congressman, there is no way I could back replacing him with someone who is as bad or worse in terms of political instincts.(Just search site archives to see how big an issue I have with Adam and his attacks on conservatives, the Tea Party, and Sen Ted Cruz)

This isn’t the first time 16th CD Democrats have put up a real loser of a candidate to face Kinzinger.

In 2012 Occupy Rockford activist and other hardcore progressives got the Democrat Party to place Wanda Rohl on the ballot.  Wanda was an open socialist.

If some hubris wasn’t enough to make Olsen an underdog of underdogs in a heavily Republican district, according to his campaign website Mr. Olsen also supports continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood, supports “Cap and Trade”, and wants to give all illegal immigrants(he calls them undocumented) some pathway to citizenship or legal status.

Mr. Olsen you are toast as a candidate.

Now back to try and find someone to challenge Kinzy for 2016 in the GOP primary(assuming he doesn’t go for Mark Kirk’s Senate seat).

Green Energy Boondoggle: Microsoft To Buy Illinois Wind Energy For Next 20 Years

60759_tnThose of us who live in the rural parts of Illinois are well acquainted with wind farms, wind mills, and the green energy boondoggle.

I particularly love traveling past the wind turbines near Mendota and in the Eastern part of Ogle County and not seeing a single one of them moving, and thus not making a single watt of electricity.

Now Bill Gates and his Microsoft corporation have announced that they are going to rely on that unreliable energy source for the next 20 years from Illinois wind farms.

Yet another reason to buy Apple products.

WREX has more:

Microsoft Corp. says it has agreed to buy electricity from a new wind farm in Illinois for the next 20 years in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

The company’s chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, made the announcement Tuesday.

The 175-megawatt Pilot Hill Wind Project is being built on the Kankakee and Iroquois county line, about 60 miles from Chicago. EDF Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of a French utility, owns 96 percent of the project.

The project will produce enough electricity to power 70,000 homes, and should be online next year.

Bernard says electricity will be delivered to the same grid that powers Microsoft’s Chicago data center, and is its largest wind investment.

He says the agreement builds on Microsoft’s commitment to green power.

Illinois’ Pot Boom: Peru City Council Getting Deluged With Medical Pot Grow Proposals

a72cf41249a5b2e135a9c19cc81415bcNow that Illinois has become a medical marijuana state pot growing businesses are jumping all over local communities trying to get the okay to set up operations.

The Peru city council has already gotten two proposals to start a medical marijuana grow operation in the city and up to three more could be made before the month is out.

The News-Tribune has more:

The MedFarm, a newly-formed company based in Chicago, presented its intent Monday to the city council to seek a special use permit to build a greenhouse and manufacturing plant on 5 acres of vacant land on the southeast corner of Donlar and Unytite drives, west of Euclid Beverage.

This is the second pitch in a month from a marijuana grower to Peru. On June 30 Agricare LLC, doing business as AgricareLabs, said it was seeking a special use permit from the city to operate at 22 Unytite Drive.

The MedFarm’s president, Jeff Basler, and director of strategic partnerships, Chris Bochenski, said they plan to use a greenhouse and sunlight versus a warehouse with artificial light, to lower electricity cost.

“This isn’t rocket science,” Basler said. “It’s plant genetics. It’s plant biology.”

The new building would have a 40,000 square-foot greenhouse and 40,000 square-foot manufacturing area for growing, processing and packaging cannabis — an estimated 17,000 pounds annually — for shipment by armored vehicle to dispensaries.

Three other cannabis growers have indicated they plan to come before the council on July 28, Vickrey said.

Last week Largo Meds LLC indicated it wanted to open a growing plant in the Princeton Logistics Park.

The city passed an ordinance in April to comply with state passage of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The act restricts cultivation centers to 21, one per each state police district. Peru lies in District 17, which includes La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties. The act also allows up to 60 dispensaries in the state.

Gov. Christie Coming To Chicago For Bruce Rauner Fundraiser

9197863-largeNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Chicago July 25th for a fundraiser for Chicago businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Review has more:

The Rauner campaign has announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be fundraising for the Republican gubernatorial candidate on July 25 in Chicago. Tickets are $1,500 per person

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Gov. Quinn’s Troubled Anti-Violence Program Told People “Cops Kill Kids”

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn

Documents uncovered by Edgar County Watchdogs reveal that a troubled anti-violence program of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn told people that “Cops Kill Kids”.

With a growing lack of trust in our government one can only wonder who was overseeing the Governor’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiate program (NRI) and those on the street counseling families.

One particular family counselor out of the “Pricsy Production Outreach Program” actually instructed the family dealing with curfew issue’s to teach their kids that it is the Cops who are killing kids at night.

“I told her to tell him that late night is the prime time that you get harassed & killed by police“. 

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We talked about speaking w/child about dangers of being out on streets late, such as shootings, Police brutality

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What kind of program to curb violence at the cost of $millions of taxpayer dollars thinks teaching kids that the Cops are the ones killing, harassing, and committing police brutality is actually a good plan?

Governor Quinn, by all indications from the thousands of documents we have reviewed, may well be the 5th Governor of this state to face prison time.  The scathing report from the Auditor General leaves little question this $54 Million Dollar political slush fund was a total failure as it relates to curbing violence.  The report appears to have been key to what has now lead to a criminal investigation by the Feds.