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Illinois registered a possible 545 noncitizen voters

I’ll bet you that number is a LOT higher than reported.

I wonder if the AP (who is the original author of this article) will follow up and report any more facts other than those provided in this THREE paragraph article. Yeah, don’t hold your breath.

From MyFoxChicago: An error in Illinois’ new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote, 16 of whom cast ballots, state officials publicly acknowledged this week.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, which oversees driver’s licenses, said the data of 574 people who self-identified as non-citizens was erroneously forwarded to elections officials to be registered to vote. Election officials confirmed Tuesday that 545 of them were ultimately registered.

“It was a computer error,” White spokesman Dave Druker said Tuesday. “We moved to correct it and contacted people involved.”

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Happy New Year! Illinois governor pardons more than 11,000 marijuana convictions

Demorat Governor JB Pritzker

From MyFoxChicago: Illinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law.

The expungement process is a key part of the law, which takes effect Wednesday and made Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people 21 or older. When they crafted the policy, Illinois lawmakers said they wanted to repair some of the damage caused by law enforcement’s efforts to combat sale and use of the drug, particularly in minority communities.

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced the pardons at a church on Chicago’s South Side. He said clearing the misdemeanor offenses from individuals’ records will make it easier for them to get jobs, housing and financial aid for college.

State officials estimate that 116,000 convictions involving 30 grams or less of marijuana, including for possession of the drug, are eligible for pardons under the new law. Illinois State Police are responsible for identifying those convictions and sending the records to the state’s Prisoner Review Board, which then forwarded eligible cases to the governor’s office for pardons.

Pritzker’s pardons allow the state’s attorney general to ask courts to formally clear or seal the records.

“We are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis,” Pritzker said in a statement. “We are restoring rights to many tens of thousands of Illinoisans. We are bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market. And we are creating a new industry that puts equity at its very core.”

Other states that have begun permitting marijuana’s sale and use created procedures for people to expunge minor drug offenses, but Illinois officials wanted the process to be almost automatic for people with non-violent marijuana arrests or convictions on their records.

“We know that Black Illinois residents are far more likely to be arrested and convicted for marijuana possession than whites,” said Ben Ruddell, criminal justice policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “This is a good step forward as we begin the legal sales of recreational marijuana.”

Read the whole story here.

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Politicians working hard in Illinois: Over 250 new laws take effect next year

Lawmakers have to find a way to promote themselves in order to get re-elected. One way is to make new laws that they can tout in re-election fundraising efforts.

Or they find a way to bring in more “revenue” so they can give voters more free stuff, courtesy of taxpayers.

Along with legalized recreational marijuana, here are some of the over 250 laws set to take effect in Illinois in 2020, as reported by MyFoxChicago:

• Families will have more access to diaper changing tables when they’re on the go. A new law says any building with restrooms open to the public are required to have at least one “safe, sanitary and convenient” diaper changing table in each of the women’s and men’s restrooms.
• Every baby born in Illinois a jump start on saving for college. The Illinois treasurer is authorized to set up a program in 2020 giving every baby $50 in a college savings plan. The program will require roughly $10 million of taxpayer money, which will require either legislative approval or private donations.
• Graduate-student research assistants will be able to unionize and collectively bargain under an expanded state law.
• A new law requiring a gender-neutral option on drivers’ licenses.
• A new law requiring all single-occupancy public restrooms not specify a gender.

Read the whole MyFoxChicago story here.

WGN TV has the full list of the news laws, see it here. Some of the other laws WGN TV mentions:

• Minimum wage increases to $9.25/hour.
Evidence of a person’s immigration status is inadmissible in a civil proceeding unless it is essential to prove an element of case or is voluntarily given by the person.
• Requires students to take three years of math to graduate high school but provides local school districts with flexibility over required classes to remove barriers to graduation for some students.
• Allows a minor of 12 years of age or older to give consent for health care services or counseling related to the prevention, rather than only for diagnosis and treatment, of STDs.
Permits noncitizen students to be eligible for State financial aid at all institutions of higher education in the state of Illinois.

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Demorat Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval resigns amid corruption probe

How convenient the state senator dropped the resignation news the night before Thanksgiving weekend.

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Not held responsible: Murder charges dropped against Chicago teens in shooting

Chicago teens getting away with murder…

Seems the criminals always get a pass…Their crimes are dropped down and their records will not accurately reflect their criminal past.

Good thing we have those super strict gun control laws in Illinois to help prevent future murders!

From MyFoxChicago: Lake County prosecutors have dropped murder charges that were filed against five Chicago teenagers last month after a member of their group was fatally shot by a homeowner in the north suburbs while they allegedly tried to break into a vehicle.

Diamond Davis, 18; Kendrick Cooper, 17; Stacy Davis, 17; Steven Davis, 17; and Curtis Dawson, 16, will no longer be charged with murder for the death of 14-year-old Jaquan Swopes, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim wrote in a statement.

“The circumstances and facts outlined in my statement support the charge of Felony Murder,” Nerheim wrote. “However, after full consideration of all the evidence, mitigation presented by defense counsel as well as the wishes of the victim’s family, my office has entered into an agreement with defense counsel for the five offenders. This agreement ensures all offenders will be held responsible and face appropriate sentences.”

Davis, 18 (center, top row of the photo), will be charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a vehicle, the state’s attorney’s office said. She is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in Lake County court on Thursday afternoon and plead guilty to the new charges next week.

The cases against the younger defendants will be moved to juvenile court, prosecutors said. “However, due to strict laws governing juvenile courtroom proceedings, my office is unable to give details regarding the charges involving the juveniles going forward,” Nerheim wrote.

The fatal encounter began about 1:15 a.m. Aug. 13 when the teens allegedly tried to break into a car in the 17600 block of West Edwards Road in Old Mill Creek, Lake County sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said at a news conference the morning of the shooting.

A 75-year-old man told investigators he saw a black Lexus SUV in his driveway and group of people trying to break into or steal his vehicle, Covelli said.

Two of the teens — including Swopes, who held something in his hand — allegedly approached the man as he was standing on his porch, authorities said. The man fired at least three rounds from a revolver, one of which hit Swopes in the head. He was pronounced dead at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The gunman, who had a valid FOID card and concealed-carry permit, called 911 to report the shooting and request an ambulance, Covelli said. Investigators found a knife at the scene, which they believe one of the suspects had with him.

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Illinois woman being forced to remove 9/11 memorial on her property that officials say is “obsolete”

Bureaucrats gonna do their thing…

From Daily Mail: An Illinois woman says authorities are trying to force her to remove a September 11 memorial on her property that they claim is ‘obsolete’.

Leigh Gardella-Wood lives with her family on the site of the former Spring Bluff Elementary School in Winthrop Harbor about 50 miles north of Chicago. They have lived there since they bought the property in 2011 when the school shut down.

Gardella-Wood received a letter from the Winthrop Harbor Village last week ordering her to remove ‘all obsolete signage’ related to the elementary school and a 9/11 memorial currently on their property. She has 14 days to remove the signage or risk a fine of up to $500 a day.

Gardella-Wood told NBC5 that the memorial rock was already on the property when they purchased it and that they asked officials to remove it within a year. She claims said officials did not make any attempt to remove the boulder.

A local girl scout raised enough money in June 2012 for a plaque to be placed on the boulder that reads ‘We Shall Never Forget’ in dedication to those who died in the 9/11 attacks.

When officials tried to remove the memorial a few months later, Gardella-Wood said they faced uproar from local veterans and they decided to leave the memorial.

She received the letter from officials last week describing the memorial and signage related to the school as ‘obsolete’.

‘I have never heard of a plaque being an issue. There are people who have plaques in their yard all over the place – it is not gawdy, it is not hurting anybody,’ Gardella-Wood said.

‘I don’t know what to think because I don’t understand what they are thinking. I don’t understand how a community that is so close, that they would find a plaque or memorial obsolete.

‘People worked really hard to have that put there. People died on 9/11. It’s not something we can just forget. It is coming up – how do you forget that?

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars have already pledged to host the memorial on their property if Gardella-Wood is forced to remove the memorial.

The mayor and village board have not yet commented on the memorial but are expected to discuss it at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night.

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#LoveTrumpsHate: A simulated assassination of President Trump at fundraiser for Illinois demorat state senator

Reporter Mark Maxwell tweeted this yesterday:

“A political fundraiser for @SenatorSandoval simulates an assassination attempt against a mock @realDonaldTrump decked out in Mexican garb. Looks like a man pointed a fake assault weapon at the fake President to pose for a picture.

State Senator Martin Sandoval and @DemsforIllinois have condemned the photos.

The “party of tolerance” and advocates against gun violence should take a hard look in the mirror.

See also:

Sean Penn’s debut novel calls for the assassination of president identical to Trump
Johnny Depp: It’s time for an actor to assassinate President Trump
Magnatone CEO Tells People ‘Rest Easy,’ Predicts Trump Assassination Within 100 Days
Actor Robert De Niro threatens violence against Trump

h/t Twitchy

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Illinois police department tells criminals to stay inside during heat wave

This is not from The Onion.

From MyFoxChicago: Criminal activity has been officially canceled in one suburban Chicago town due to the extreme heat that’s cooking most of the country.

“It is just too hot to be outside committing crimes,” the Park Forest Police Department said on Facebook Friday. “We’re asking all aspiring criminals, seasoned veterans, and those who find themselves committing crimes out of boredom, to please stay indoors.”

The department proposed that Friday would be a perfect day “to Netflix and chill, literally, with the air conditioner set to 68 degrees.”

At the same time, a Massachusetts police department implemented a similar heat wave-related crime-fighting strategy.

The Braintree Police Department took to Facebook Friday night to ask anyone thinking of conducting criminal activity “to hold off until Monday.”

“It is straight hot as soccer balls out there,” the department said before suggesting that potential criminals stay home and binge-watch season 3 of “Stranger Things” instead, according to Masslive.com.“We will meet again when its cooler,” the department said.

In a follow-up post late Friday, Park Forest PD said that one of its officers, Justin Malachowski, was appreciative of everyone who canceled their planned crimes and stayed indoors. “Because of you, he got to enjoy a cold and delicious afternoon Slurpee from 7-Eleven without interruption,” the department said.

The entire Chicago area was under an excessive heat warning Friday and Saturday as heat index values could rise as high as 115 degrees in some places.

Windy City temps hit the 99-degree mark Friday. On Saturday the Park Forest Police was still advising would-be wrongdoers to stay indoors.

“The crime cancellation is still in effect until tomorrow, so please no ‘criminaling,’” the department said.

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Illinois demorat governor cancels band from fair lineup over Confederate flag

From MyFoxChicago: Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag, setting off a firestorm by southern Illinois fans who believe they’re under Chicago liberals’ thumb of political correctness.

The band was scheduled to appear Aug. 27 at the DuQuoin State Fair, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration canceled the appearance last week.

“This administration’s guiding principle is that the state of Illinois will not use state resources to promote symbols of racism,” Pritzker spokeswoman Emily Bittner said. “Symbols of hate cannot and will not represent the values of the Land of Lincoln.”

The logo for the Grammy-nominated band, known for acoustic ballads such as “Jesus and Mama” as well as its raucous anthem, “Trashy Women,” features a steam engine from which waves dual Confederate Navy Jacks, whose stars and bars are the most widely recognized symbol of the Confederacy.

The banner has been attacked in recent years as a racist emblem of slavery and segregation. Supporters say it represents history and southern heritage.

The flare-up in DuQuoin, 87 miles southeast of St. Louis, rekindles a centuries-old rift in Illinois, whose southern tip reaches far into the confines of the old Confederacy and is home to a more traditional and conservative culture than that represented by Chicago Democrat Pritzker. Routinely, the region spawns legislation to make Chicago a separate state.

Joe McKinney, who has contacted Confederate Railroad about performing at his family’s banquet facility in DeSoto because of the group’s popularity, said the band has never used the flag to fan racial strife. “It’s just their logo. It’s just their southern pride,” McKinney said. But McKinney’s attempt to land the band goes beyond symbolism.

“In the southern part of this state, we suffer from a lot of decisions made from Chicago …,” McKinney said. “In addition to trying to bring the people what they want, we’re also trying to prove a point to northern Illinois: You don’t own everything.”

Confederate Railroad frontman Danny Shirley said in a statement Tuesday that the news “was very disappointing as we have played this fair before and enjoyed it.” He thanked supportive fans but dissuaded them from asking Restless Heart and Shenandoah, who are still scheduled for Aug. 27, to be no-shows.

Shenandoah released a statement saying it would appear, but added, “This ‘political correctness’ has to stop. It’s tearing our country apart.”

Rep. Terri Bryant, a Republican from Murphysboro, said a Facebook campaign to boycott the fair is ill-advised. A private festival for 70 years before the state purchased it in 1985, the DuQuoin fair is struggling to recover. So is the larger state fair in Springfield earlier in August, from a two-year budget stalemate and a boycott would hinder nonprofits who have substantial fundraisers there, Bryant said.

Bryant met with top Pritzker aides Monday in Chicago about the issue. Among other things, she pointed out that Snoop Dogg, who’s appearing at the state fair in Springfield, is promoting his latest album, “Make America Crip Again,” whose cover features the rapper standing over a corpse toe-tagged with Republican President Donald Trump’s name.

Bryant said she doesn’t support the Confederate flag, but is trying to limit government censorship.
“If you’re going to censor Confederate Railroad because it’s offensive to people, then censor the other entertainer with the depiction of a dead president that many people here love.”

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This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Expect the numbers to go up since I scheduled this early Sunday afternoon.

Given the level of violence this city has seen since Mayor Lori Lightfoot assumed office (see here, here and here), Monday’s “Accountability Meeting” should be a blast.

From MyFoxChicago: Citywide gun violence since 5 p.m. Friday left at least four people dead and 41 others hurt.

The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened Saturday in West Lawn. A witness reported that an 18-year-old man was arguing with a male in an alley about 11:13 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Komensky Avenue, Chicago police said. The male pulled out a gun and fired several rounds before running off. The man was struck multiple times, and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later died, police said.

A few hours earlier, a man was shot to death in Gresham on the South Side. Andre Lyons, 32, was on a street about 2:05 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Aberdeen Street when an unknown person unleashed gunfire, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was struck in the head and once in the back. He was taken to Christ Medical Center where he died, authorities said. He lived in the same block where he was shot.

Near dawn, a man was found shot to death in East Garfield Park. About 5:33 a.m., residents in the 3200 block of West Huron Street heard gunfire and then found Tavaris Trimble, 26, unresponsive in a gangway, authorities said. The man had three gunshot wounds and officers recovered a weapon near the body, authorities said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Friday, another man was killed in the same neighborhood. Henry Daniels, 52, was shot multiple times in the abdomen, leg and back and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where he died, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

The shooting happened about 7:20 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street, authorities said.
Area North detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

In non-fatal gun violence, five people were wounded Saturday on the Near West Side. The group was on the street about 2:32 a.m. in the 2400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when someone unleashed gunfire, police said. They all took themselves to area hospitals.

A 22-year-old woman went to the University of Illinois Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her leg, police said. Her condition was stabilized.

Four others went to Stroger Hospital, police said. Two 28-year-old men shot in the leg and back and a 54-year-old man hit in the back had their conditions stabilized. A 49-year-old woman who was shot in the chin is in serious condition.

Neither witnesses nor victims saw who did the shooting or know where the rounds came from, police said. Area North detectives are investigating.

A bullet struck the side of an apartment building on the street, but the man who was sleeping in one of units said he didn’t hear any gunfire. “I was woken up by the police lights,” Giovanni said. He only gave his first name for fear of getting recognized by the large group of people he said gather on the corner nearly every weekend.

At least 36 others were hurt in gun violence incidents over the weekend.

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