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This is Chiraq: Two girls, ages 11 and 12, shot in the south side over the weekend of violence

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Paging the good mayor, those who voted for him and #BLM. “Crickets.”

From MyFoxChicago: An 11-year-old girl was shot in the head Saturday night in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side.

The girl was sitting in the rear seat of a vehicle about 7:40 p.m. in the 6500 block of South King Drive when gunfire was heard and she was discovered with a gunshot wound to her head, Chicago Police said. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said. No one was in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

Also Saturday night, a 12-year-old girl was shot and critically wounded in West Englewood. She was playing with friends about 7:15 p.m. outside in the 1900 block of West 57th Street when gunfire erupted and she was shot in the head, according to Chicago Police.

The girl, who was not thought to be the intended target of the shooting, was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. Police initially said the victim was a woman, between 35 and 40 years old. No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate.

The girls were among 18 shot in Chicago over the weekend, including three fatally. During the second weekend of February 2016, which was Presidents Day weekend, six people were killed and 19 wounded in shootings.

So far in 2017, 313 people have been shot in Chicago, according to Sun-Times records. At least ten of the victims have been children under the age of 14.

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Chicago elementary school students surrounded by violence, constantly approached by gangs

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Chicago residents are asking for help from Murder Mayor Emanuel. Don’t hold your breath/Photo from Fox News

This is democrat-controlled Chiraq.

From MyFoxChicago: One Chicago school finds itself in the crossfire. It is Shields Elementary School in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, and kids are constantly approached by gangs and surrounded by violence.

“When a child says to you, I don’t want to go to school because the gang bangers will be shooting. I might die or you might die. That’s sad for a child to tell a grandmother or especially a mom,” said Grandmother Amy Romero.

It’s a story being echoed across this Brighton Park neighborhood. Parents of students at Shields Middle School say it’s what inspired them to not only ask Chicago police for more help, they’re now turning to Mayor Emanuel.

Carmen Castillo is one of the parents leading the charge. It started for her with her 7-year-old daughter Sophia.

She told me, Mom I’m afraid to go outside. She doesn’t want to go outside, she doesn’t want to be in the backyard, she doesn’t want to be in front. But, during the snow, she says I want to build a snowman,” Castillo said. Despite the urge to go outside when the snow falls, Sophia has yet to do so. “I haven’t made one,” she said.

That’s why parents, community leaders and aldermen took to City Hall. The group is asking for the city to use 17-million dollars from the home tax refund surplus for violence preventative programs. The mayor, so far, is proposing dedicating five-million dollars to the cause.

Yesterday I received a letter from a 6th grader, who told me that the gangs were like his family and they loved him and he loved them. We as a city must show that we love our children and our communities more than the gangs do,” said Alderman Raymond Lopez.

Organizers would like to see the money go to efforts like funding Chicago’s youth job program all year. They also want to see the rest disbursed to causes like youth mentoring, trauma counseling and street level intervention. “I think right now the main crisis that we need to deal with are our children and trying to keep these young kids from getting shot on our streets,” said Alderman Jason Ervin.

The mayor’s office says the rest of 17-million will also go to providing all Chicago police officers body cameras and rehabbing vacant homes that will create two hundred jobs.

Parents hope more will be dedicated to protecting their children. The aldermen will be presenting their proposal to City Council.

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This is Chiraq: 9 killed, 27 wounded in MLK Day weekend shootings

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? – MLK Jr.

From MyFoxChicago: At least 36 people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving nine dead, according to Chicago Police.

The latest killing happened at 11:36 a.m. Monday in the West Side Austin neighborhood, where a vehicle pulled up to a 24-year-old man who was on a porch in the 4800 block of West Hubbard and shot him repeatedly. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said.  The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his name.

About 1:10 a.m., a 36-year-old man was standing outside in the 2200 block of West Chicago in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood when someone in a black SUV opened fire, striking him in the abdomen, face and left leg. He died at Stroger Hospital, police said. His name has not been released.

Early Sunday on the Near West Side, officers responded to a call of a person down about 5:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of West Van Buren and found a man in his 30s or 40s dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities, who were still working to identify him.

About 1:15 a.m., a 34-year-old man was gunned down in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.He got into an argument with someone who shot him in the chest in the 4700 block of West Polk, police said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said. His name has not been released.

Saturday night, a 26-year-old man was killed in an Austin drive-by shooting. He was outside in the 5500 block of West Rice about 7 p.m. when a vehicle drove by and someone shot him multiple times. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Mount Sinai, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Two men, ages 27 and 39, were standing in the street at 8:05 a.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of South Francisco in Lawndale when someone got out of a black car and fired multiple shots, police said. They were taken to Mount Sinai, where the younger man died of wounds to the head and chest, authorities said. His name has not been released. The older man was in good condition with a back wound.

Another man was killed and a woman was wounded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, where at least five people went into a house in the 6000 block of South Carpenter and shot two people repeatedly. Tyrone Blake, 25, of the 6100 block of South Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:48 a.m., authorities said. The 26-year-old woman was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital.

Read about all the shootings here.

At least 22 more people were wounded in nonfatal shootings across Chicago between 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Monday. Last year, 32 people were shot over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, five fatally.

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Chicago Public Schools to force staffers to take four unpaid furlough days

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Chiraq is so full of problems. Gee, I wonder why…

From MyFoxChicago: Staring down a $215 million budget hole it blames on the governor, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced Friday it’ll make all staffers take four unpaid furlough days this spring on dates when children aren’t scheduled to be in class, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

The move, which CPS also imposed for three days last year to conserve cash, is estimated to save the state’s largest district $35 million. It’ll impact union and non-union employees alike who will be furloughed on February 3, April 7, June 21 and June 22.

CPS banked on $215 million in pension money from Springfield that was allocated in legislation Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed in December. The money was supposed to be tied to “pension reform.” But when a compromise couldn’t be reached, Rauner pulled the plug.

District officials have said they’ll try to plug the funding gap in the least disruptive manner possible to schools, which have already seen their budgets slashed and their reserves spent during last year’s similar budget woes.

“As we address CPS’ financial challenges, we have two goals: minimize classroom disruptions and restore funding,” CEO Forrest Claypool said in an email. “Since Gov. Rauner is denying fair funding to Chicago students, we are forced to make cuts that will create new challenges for schools that are working to build on their academic gains. But make no mistake, any additional cuts we are forced to make would fall squarely at the governor’s feet.

Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly chided CPS for budgeting money it didn’t have but said the governor would consider the legislation again if the General Assembly were to pass statewide “pension reform” measures.“Continuing to blame the governor, who has been in office two years, for decades of fiscal mismanagement and bad decision-making is getting old,” she wrote in an email. “CPS willingly chose to budget for money they had not received and knew was contingent upon real pension reform.”

Last year, CPS also passed a budget it considered balanced despite banking on $450 million in pension help from state lawmakers. By January 2016, when that money hadn’t materialized, CPS cut school budgets for the second semester, too. It later furloughed employees for three unpaid work days.

If principals hadn’t planned so carefully from the beginning of the financially-troubled year, teachers would surely have been among the 200-plus staffers cut in the middle of the school year.

The Chicago Teachers Union is livid at what amounts to a 2 percent pay cut. “It’s the second year in a row they shortened the school year and cut our pay,” said Jesse Sharkey, the union’s vice president, angry that CPS leaders still won’t seek new revenue sources. Sharkey said the days off were to allow teachers to complete grades at the end of each quarter, work he assumes will still have to be finished and handed in.

“I’m hearing hearing from teachers who are outraged because they see this as a reduction of pay without a reduction of work,” he said. “We’re looking into whether it’s wage theft.”

Meanwhile the ratings agency Moody’s advised that CPS shore up its finances with another property tax increase of $400 million, a notion district officials have rejected.

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Four animals charged in beating of white man on Facebook Live

brittany-covingtonThis crime is so horrendous.  I cannot fathom what is wrong with people. Just absolutely sick and evil people motivated by their hatred of white people and Donald Trump.

I have chosen not to post a picture of the victim (you can easily Google it). I have however, posted a picture of one of the animals, Brittany Covington (above), who has a prior record.

From MyFoxChicago: Four people face felony criminal charges including hate crimes and kidnapping in the brutal beating and torturing of a mentally disabled man that was broadcasted on live on Facebook.

Jordan Hill,18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago; face felony criminal charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime; aggravated unlawful restraint; aggravated battery deadly weapon; robbery; PSMV and residential burglary.

Chicago police were made aware of the video Tuesday afternoon. The footage shows the suspects kicking, hitting and cutting the hair of the victim while he was gagged. Shouts of “F*** Trump!” and “F*** white people!” can be heard in the background.

At one point, the victim is held at knife point and told to curse President-elect Donald Trump. The group also forces the victim to drink water from a toilet.

The victim was held hostage for at least 24 hours and as long as 48 hours. Police believe the kidnapping took place in an apartment in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side.

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi called the footage “reprehensible.”

Check with MyFoxChicago as they report, “This story is developing.”

Here are the mug shots of the lowlife thugs:

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Chicago records 762 homicides in 2016, up 57 percent from previous year

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Take a bow, Murder Mayor Rahm Emanuel/AP Photo

But, but, how can this be with the city’s very strict gun control laws? What a distaster that city has become.

From Fox News: The city of Chicago recorded 762 homicides in 2016 — an average of two murders per day, the most killings in the city for two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

The nation’s third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department that underlined a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence.

The numbers released Sunday are staggering, even for those following the steady news accounts of weekends ending with dozens of shootings and monthly death tolls that hadn’t been seen in years. The increase in 2016 homicides compared to 2015, when 485 were reported, is the largest spike in 60 years.

Police and city officials have lamented the flood of illegal guns into the city, and the crime statistics appeared to support their claims: Police recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2015, a 20 percent from the previous year.

The bulk of the deaths and shooting incidents, which jumped from 2,426 in 2015 to 3,550 last year, occurred in only five neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, all poor and predominantly black areas where gangs are most active. Police said the shootings in those areas generally wasn’t random, with more than 80 percent of the victims having previously been identified by police as more susceptible because of their gang ties or past arrests.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was expected to discuss the newly released statistics Sunday afternoon.

The city has scrambled to address the violence. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last year that 1,000 officers would be added to the police department. At the same time, police officials have been trying to figure out why homicides and shootings — which began climbing the year before — suddenly surged.

Johnson has said several factors contributed to the increased violence. He noted 2016 was the first full year since the city was forced in November 2015 to release video of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black and shot 16 times by a white police officer. The video cost former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy his job, sparked major protests around the city, and led to federal and state investigations of the department.

It also left Johnson with the task of trying to restore public trust in what appeared to be a weakened police force, a perception that was only buttressed by a dramatic drop in the number of arrests in 2016.

While the police department has cited several factors for the declining numbers, including a concerted effort not to make minor drug arrests and focus on gun violence, Johnson acknowledged in a recent interview with The Associated Press that officers have become more cautious — in part out of fear of becoming the next “viral video.”

That, he said, has “emboldened” criminals. “Criminals watch TV, pay attention to the media,” he said. “They see an opportunity to commit nefarious activity.”

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Like Hillary, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel also used private email account for government business

Since narcissists hold themselves as superior to others, a defining attribute of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder is their “rules don’t apply to me” grandiosity. Thus, grandiose Democrat politicians like Hillary Clinton flout the law by unlawfully using an unsecured private email server to conduct her secretary-of-state government business, thereby endangering national security.

Thanks to the dogged work of Better Government Association, the citizens watchdog group that seeks to shine “a light on government in Illinois” and hold “public officials accountable,” we now know that Chicago mayor and Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is another Hillary in that he also uses a private email server to conduct city business.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Better Government Association (BGA) reports on Dec. 21, 2016 that although Emanuel claimed from the start of his tenure at City Hall in 2011 that his leadership would be among the most transparent in the nation, accessing public records at City Hall—especially those pertaining directly to the mayor himself—has often been met with delays, obfuscation or court battles.

But as a result of BGA’s more than a year of investigation and hard-fought litigation — comprised of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuits — the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel eventually agreed to release all of Emanuel’s private emails related to city business—subject to any applicable legal exemptions—as well as institute a new policy that will ban city employees and officials from using their private email accounts to conduct city business.

The Chicago Tribune had also separately filed lawsuits that, together with BGA’s lawsuits, resulted in rulings by two Cook County judges that public officials’ emails are not outside the scope of FOIA simply because they are on a private account.

BGA President and CEO Andy Shaw said:

“It’s unfortunate that it took a lawsuit to produce the transparency we all deserve. But that said, this is a major step forward in the fight for transparency at City Hall. Use of private email accounts that hide the transaction of public business threatens to render meaningless the open records laws that allow citizens to hold their government accountable. The new city policy requiring public business to be conducted where it’s subject to public scrutiny is a sea change in transparency and consequently in good government.”

To settle a lawsuit filed by BGA in the fall of 2015, Emanuel was forced to release about 2,700 pages of emails from his personal accounts.

As described by BGA, those emails show him routinely using his personal email accounts to conduct city business, including:

  • Conversing with city employees and key community members.
  • Receiving updates on crime.
  • Chatting cattily with powerbrokers.
  • Monitoring his press coverage.
  • Soaking in flattery from aides — another defining attribute of narcissists.
  • Giving special access to select journalists and those with political power and influence.

One email in particular shows Emanuel bragging about trimming the city budget by eliminating retiree health care. So much for the Democrats’ portrayal of themselves as “bleeding hearts” who care about and fight for people.

Reporting for Gateway Pundit on Dec. 22, 2016, Andrew Marcus has reproduced the damning email exchange between Emanuel and his friend, Henry J. Feinberg.

Note: Henry J. Feinberg, 64, is the Director of Mattersight Corporation, formerly known as eLoyalty — a publicly-traded company that provides “behavioral routing software” for call centers. Its address is 200 W. Madison St., Suite 3100, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

On Oct. 17, 2015, at 2:52 PM, Henry J. Feinberg wrote an email to Rahm Emanuel about city budget cuts, with the subject, “The Shock and Awe Budget Address Rahm Should Have Given”. Feinberg wrote:

“Since when did Rahm Emanuel let a judicial ruling get in his way and not find a creative work around solution

Heart’ J. Feinberg
Chicago, IL 60614”

Below is the email Emanuel wrote in response to Feinberg:

Rahm Emanuel <mayor_re@rahmemail.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:53:51 PM
Recipient: Henry J. Feinberg
Subject: Re: The Shock and Awe Budget Address Rahm Should Have Given

Never which is why I eliminated retiree health care. Only elected official to eliminate not cut or reform a benefit. Thank you very much. A 175 million saving!

Sent from my iPhone

Despite Emanuel’s release of hundreds of his emails, there remain several problems:

  1. We don’t really know if Emanuel has released all pertinent emails because the court left it to Emanuel — via his attorney Michael Forde — to determine which emails were strictly private in nature vs. those that were government-related and therefore should be made public. BGA, however, retains the legal right to re-open its lawsuit if it later believes that the Emanuel administration had misrepresented its determination of what emails on the mayor’s accounts were public in nature.
  2. Many of Emanuel’s emails which were released included large sections of redactions, which appeared to black out email addresses, talking points and responses from the mayor to queries. BGA is in the process of determining whether these redactions were proper and will address any that are not.
  3. Prior to the filing of the BGA and Tribune lawsuits, Emanuel’s personal email accounts were programmed to auto-delete files after 90 days, which means that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of his emails had been erased before his attorney Michael Forde scrutinized them to determine which ones to release to the public.

In other words, we don’t really know what was in Rahm Emanuel’s private email account.

~Eowyn