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Rahm Emanuel declares Chicago a “Trump-free zone” on Colbert’s Late Show

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Hey Colbert, why not one “rapid-fire” question about Chiraq’s gun control laws and their inability to deter crime in that city? Guess only TDS material is appropriate for “comedy” shows.

From NBC Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday night to declare Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”

It was Emanuel’s first appearance on the show since Colbert took over for David Letterman in 2015, and he took the opportunity to escalate his criticisms of President Donald Trump, particularly when it comes to immigration policy.

“Our motto: A city he’ll never sleep in. We don’t want him,” Emanuel said to kick off his segment.

Colbert questioned the enforcement of that rule, particularly with “a Trump hotel right on the river there,” to which the mayor touted his record of opposing the Trump administration.

Emanuel mentioned free community college for students, including so-called DREAMers, who maintain at least a B average in high school, suing the Environmental Protection Agency over U.S. Steel dumping in Lake Michigan, as well as the recent adoption of climate change policies by mayors from around the world at a summit in Chicago.

“Look, Donald Trump is driving forward looking through the rearview mirror and I’m not going that way because I want my city going that way,” he said, gesturing forward, “and I want it to be a Trump-free zone.”

“He really, never really likes it when I do that though,” Emanuel added.

Colbert then questioned Chicago’s status as a “sanctuary city,” a term used for jurisdictions that do not detain undocumented immigrants illegal aliens arrested on charges unrelated to their immigration status and turn them over to federal authorities for possible deportation. “How is that not sort of a constitutional crisis?” Colbert asked.

Emanuel deflected at first, returning to a familiar anecdote about the arrival of his immigrant grandfather in Chicago 100 years ago, proclaiming that the city that welcomed his ancestors and made him mayor is “the greatest city in the greatest country in the world.”

“That doesn’t necessarily answer my question,” Colbert pushed back. “I’m all for what you’re doing, but I’m just curious how it doesn’t violate federal law for you to do this.”

“Because the police department in the city of Chicago is not supposed to be enforcing the immigration laws of the United States government. That’s what the federal government is for,” Emanuel responded, adding that stricter enforcement of immigration laws would counteract his work “building relationships between the police department and communities” – an area that has been the subject of intense scrutiny and structural reform in the wake of high-profile police shootings like that of Laquan McDonald in 2014.

“I’m not driving a wedge – that is what Donald Trump wants, is a wedge on the philosophy of community policing,” Emanuel told Colbert. “It’s absolutely antithetical to everything we’re trying to do.”

The duo then delved into a rapid-fire question game called “Fast Round” from the mayor’s podcast “Chicago Stories.”

Emanuel chose Cubs over Sox, thick crust over thin, Hancock over Sears, then (begrudgingly) Willis over Sears, lake over river and 16-inch softball over 12 – a Chicago summer tradition that Colbert said “looks like the moon is eclipsing when it comes at you.”

Colbert’s final question for Emanuel centered on Trump’s declaration last week that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, asking why the presidents Emanuel worked for (Obama and Bill Clinton) didn’t do it before him. “First of all, no Democrat or Republican president would ever do this,” the mayor said, calling it “bad policy.”

“The fact is, for a whole host of reasons, you do not want the United States in the middle of negotiations about a two-state solution,” Emanuel continued. “You know, my father is from Israel, I’ve been to Israel, my son’s been Bar Mitzvahed there. This is not what a president should be doing.”

Emanuel landed one final dig at Trump, saying his “bigger worry is that he’s not also moving the nation’s capital to Alabama and I’m really more concerned about what he’s doing there,” in a reference to the high-stakes, contentious race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat.

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This is Chiraq: 7 dead and 36 shot over Thanksgiving weekend

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Chiraq now at 629 homicides and 3,326 people shot for the year.

According to Taiyesha Baker’s logic, those Chicago women sure are raising detriments to society.

From MyFoxChicago: Seven men were killed and at least 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which began Wednesday night.

The latest killing happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when one man was killed and another was critically wounded in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, according to Chicago Police. The men were standing on a street corner in the 2600 block of West 63rd when three males walked up and fired shots in their direction.

A man who was thought to be between 18 and 21 years old was shot in the chest, and a 27-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach. They were both taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where the younger man died and the older man was listed in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner’s office didn’t immediately confirm the death.

About 11 hours earlier, another man was killed in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Mario Gaines, 18, was shot multiples time when another male walked up and fired at him about 10:30 a.m. in the 200 block of North Lockwood, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Gaines was taken to Loretto Hospital, where he died. He lived about three blocks from where he was shot.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, a 22-year-old man was gunned down in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found Hakeem Murray lying on the ground in the 6400 block of South Calumet, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Murray had been shot multiple times and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m. He lived in the Englewood neighborhood.

About 5:05 p.m., 23-year-old Daniel Nash was killed in a Lawndale neighborhood shooting on the Southwest Side. He was in the 1500 block of South Ridgeway when a person walked up, fired shots and ran away, authorities said. Nash, who lived in downstate Fairview Heights, was struck in the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.

Another man was killed at 10:18 a.m. Friday in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side. The 22-year-old was a passenger in a vehicle in the 10000 block of South Avenue M when someone shot at him from another vehicle, authorities said. He suffered a gunshot wound to his body and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:09 a.m. His identity has not been released.

At 1:26 a.m. Friday, 27-year-old Daimmyon Hackman was shot to death during a robbery in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. He was sitting in a vehicle in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence when someone walked up, pulled out a handgun and announced a robbery, authorities said. Hackman, of downstate Bloomington, refused to comply and the robber shot him in his left armpit. He was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 2:28 a.m.

At 1:35 a.m. Thursday, another man was gunned down in a separate Chatham neighborhood attack. James Jones, 38, was driving south through an alley with a female passenger in the 400 block of East 77th Street when they saw three males, authorities said. He drove up to the trio and the two groups exchanged words before one of the males pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. Jones, who lived in the neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female was able to get out of the vehicle and run away unharmed after the shooting, police said. She was not cooperating with investigators.

At least 35 other people were wounded in citywide shootings throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including a man shot early Thursday on the Eisenhower Expressway. Last year’s Thanksgiving weekend saw 68 people shot across the city, eight of them fatally.

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This is Chiraq: 3-year-old boy among 16 shot, 1 fatally, in weekend violence

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From MyFoxChicago (Sun-Times Media Wire) – A 3-year-old boy was among 16 people shot, one fatally, in separate incidents across Chicago since Friday evening.

The boy was shot and seriously wounded about 12:30 a.m. Sunday while traveling in the back seat of a car in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side.

The westbound car stopped at a stop sign in the first block of East 60th Street when another vehicle pulled up on the passenger side and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago Police. The car’s driver sped away from the shooting before realizing his only passenger, the 3-year-old boy, was shot in the back.

The driver took the boy to Holy Cross Hospital, where the white Pontiac Grand Am could be seen with at least four bullet holes, surrounded by crime scene tape at the emergency entrance. The boy “suffered what appears to be a graze wound” and was transferred in “serious-but-stable” condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.

At least 13 other people were wounded in separate Chicago shootings between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Last weekend, two men were killed and 26 others were wounded in citywide shootings.

Read about all the shootings here.

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Good business practice: More gun control measures proposed for Illinois

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Just another “feel good” proposal that will do absolutely NOTHING to address Chiraq’s gang and gun violence.

From MyFoxChicago: At least two gun control measures could be addressed in the upcoming veto session of the Illinois General Assembly.

The proposed measures come as reaction continues to the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded, The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported.

The legislation introduced by Rep. Martin Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, would ban the sale of assault weapons, large-caliber rifles, bump stocks that allow rapid firing of weapons and large-capacity magazines, which are described in the bill as holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition.

Moylan has previously proposed similar measures, but they haven’t passed the legislature. He thinks circumstances may change since it was discovered that Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, had reserved hotel rooms in Chicago overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival last summer. Paddock didn’t use the rooms.

“I’m passionate about it this time because of the events that happened in Las Vegas,” Moylan said. “Especially since the guy was scoping out a Chicago site, I think this bears a lot of weight on it. I would hope I get a lot of support, both on Republicans and Democrats.”

Rep. Kathleen Willis, a Democrat from Addison, has also proposed a measure. Her proposed bill* would create state licensing of gun dealers in Illinois.

*I tried to find more about this “state licensing” bill yet couldn’t locate anything more than proposed in this story. No doubt it will involve more bureaucratic and prohibitive actions that will do nothing to stop Chiraq’s gang and gun violence.

“This bill is something that has been worked on for 15 years,” Willis said. “I don’t think that it is definitely tied to the Las Vegas shootings. I think this is a good business practice bill.”

She said 16 states already require a state license for gun dealers in addition to a federal license.

Legislators are expected to meet in Springfield for the session starting Oct. 24.

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Chiraq passes 500th fatal shooting with 3 dead, 19 hurt in weekend gun violence

From MyFoxChicago: A man shot dead Friday evening was the 500th person to be killed in city gun violence since the start of the year during a weekend in which three people have been killed and at least 19 others wounded in Chicago shootings.

The city reached 500 shooting homicides about a week later than it did last year, on Sept. 29, 2016, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. At this point last year, there had been 511 people shot to death.

In all, 537 deaths have been ruled homicides in the city since the start of this year, according to Sun-Times data.

The 18-year-old became the 500th person shot to death when he was found unresponsive by officers about 4:45 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of East 83rd Street in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, according to Chicago Police. He suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his identity, pending notification of his family.

Two other men were shot to death about 10:50 a.m. Saturday in the Pilsen neighborhood on the South Side. Alexis Salgado, 20, and a still-unidentified 18-year-old man were driving in the 1800 block of South Throop when they flashed a gun at someone standing on the street, authorities said. The person on the street pulled out their own gun and fired shots at the vehicle, striking both men. Salgado suffered a gunshot wound to his body and tried to get out of the vehicle, but collapsed; the younger man was shot in the neck, and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened at 5:21 a.m. Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 21-year-old man was standing on the corner in the 2400 block of South Whipple when a black vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, striking the man in the left leg, police said. He was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At least 18 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since 4:30 p.m. Friday, police said. 

Last weekend, five people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in citywide shootings between Friday evening and Monday morning.

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This is Chiraq: 26 people shot over the weekend, including a 13-year-old boy

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You want to talk about an oppressed community?

I almost didn’t do this post because the shooting statistics for this weekend actually aren’t that bad compared to other weekends in Chiraq. How sad is that?

From MyFoxChicago: Three people were killed and at least 23 others, including a 13-year-old boy, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent killing happened at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in the North Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found a male laying face down on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to the body in the 5000 block of North Bernard. The male, whose age was not known, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago Police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not provided information on the fatality.

Just before 9 p.m. Friday, someone walked up to 49-year-old Michael Hillard and shot him in his face in the 4700 block West Jackson in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Hillard, who lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene about 15 minutes later.

Less than two hours earlier in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side, 27-year-old Juan Vargas was shot in the head by a person who walked up and opened fire, authorities said. Vargas was found about 7:10 p.m. Friday in the 4000 block of West 25th Place and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died less than an hour later. He lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood.

The 13-year-old boy was shot about 2:40 p.m. Saturday in a separate Little Village neighborhood attack. He was riding his bike in the 2500 block of South St. Louis when someone got out of a light-colored vehicle nearby and fired shots, striking him in the right arm, police said. The boy was taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital.

Earlier in Little Village, an armored car driver shot a person who tried to rob him with a sledgehammer, police and the FBI said. The driver, who works for the Garda armored car service, was making a delivery about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at a currency exchange in the 4300 block of West 26th Street when a male wearing a reflective vest hit him with a sledgehammer in an attempt to rob him. The guard shot the robber, who ran away, but was found nearby and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

At least 21 other people were wounded in citywide shootings between 5 p.m. Friday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Last weekend, three men were killed and 36 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago.

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Strict gun control in Chiraq: One person shot every 2 hours and 18 minutes

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Below are the shooting numbers for this past weekend. Expect the final tally to go up by Monday morning. It always goes up.

From MyFoxChicago: Nine people have been shot dead and at least 27 others wounded in Chicago since Friday evening.

Four of the murder victims were shot on Friday night in the Brighton Park neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side. In that attack, three men and one woman were shot dead in a car. The woman was pregnant. Chicago police said that shooting was gang related and that three of the victims were gang members.

The website “HeyJackass.com,” which tracks violence in Chicago, said that on average, a person is shot about every 2 hours and 18 minutes in the city. On average, two people are murdered every day.

So far this year, more than 500 people have been murdered in Chicago. The vast majority of the killers used a gun.

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