Illinois’ workforce hits new low in August, and it’s not because of retirements

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Illinois continues to bleed workers, with another 19,000 Illinoisans dropping out of the workforce in the month of August alone, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.

As a result, Illinois’ labor force participation rate hit a new 35-year low in August.

The state’s jobless rate fell from 6.8 percent to 6.7 percent, once again driven entirely by workforce dropouts. In fact, the number of people working in Illinois actually decreased month-over-month by 7,000. Of the workforce dropouts, 7,000 were previously employed while 12,000 were previously unemployed.

This news comes after four consecutive months of workforce hemorrhaging in Illinois. Since April, 82,000 Illinoisans have dropped out of the workforce. In the same time frame, the state’s jobless rate has dropped from 8.4 percent to 6.7 percent. That drop is clearly not an indicator of economic health, but rather a symptom of an anemic economic recovery.

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46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a ‘D’ or ‘F’

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Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama’s healthcare law a “D” or an “F,” according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an “A” or a “B.”

The findings come from a survey that was emailed to “virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association” this March through June as the law’s major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors.

In their comments that were included (but kept anonymous) in the report, a number of doctors complained about the vast amount of bureaucracy that has been added to the medical profession.

“Get government OUT of healthcare,” one doctor wrote.

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During today’s hearing conducted by the House Select Committee on the Benghazi attacks, one witness admitted that the Independent Panel on Best Practices conducted after the attacks was not “independent.”

Questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan, Todd Keil, a member of the panel, admitted that Admiral Mullen revealed he was reporting ARB proceedings to State Department officials.

“I don’t think that fits anyone’s definition of being fiercely independent,” Keil said.

“You don’t think it was independent at all?” asked Jordan.

Keil agreed.

“Frankly I share your belief,” Jordan said.

Keil’s testimony drew fire from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-WI) who used her time to criticize his statement.

“I was there the day Admiral Mullen testified, and I have to disagree with you,” Duckworth stated, referring to his testimony at the House Oversight Committe. “You may question his professional integrity, but when Admiral Mullen, a man that served in Vietnam — 43 years of military service, defending this great nation — comes before this committee and swears an oath of office and then testifies he was fiercely independent in the ARB, I would tend to believe him.”

After Duckworth was finished, Keil reminded her that Mullen testified under oath that he did discuss the proceedings of the panel with outside parties, which broke the precepts and regulations of the panel.

“It’s a statement of fact; it’s not a subjective judgement,” he said.


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Join us! Third annual Illinois TEA Pary golf outing




Please join us for our 3rd annual Illinois Tea Party golf outing on September 19th at 


We’ll have plenty of ‘Special Guests’ and a Day of Fun!

We reduced the cost this year for ‘Dinner Only’ to $50 to make it more affordable.

Illinois Tea Party will cover cost of dinner for our Tea Party leaders

Come celebrate the Herculean efforts of great Illinoisans from every walk of life who are fighting to make Illinois a great place to live again! Many of Illinois’ leading conservative voices will be joining Illinois Tea Party leaders as we discuss beginning to restore fiscal sanity to our once great state in 2014. 

Republican Senate Candidate JIM OBERWEIS will kick off the event and discuss replacing 32-year liberal senator Dick Durbin.


Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General PAUL SCHIMPF.

Additional candidates will be stopping by with their message and literature.

CHARLES BUTLER, Conservative Radio Talk Show Host, discusses pragmatic and common sense approaches to America’s needs.  

Patriot Gregg Cummings

GREGG CUMMINGS, Army Gulf War Veteran ranger and recipient of 23 military medals, currently Tea Party Patriots Regional Support Leader, will join us with a national perspective of the tea parties message of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.

Conservative Illinois leaders including PATRICK HUGHES, Speaker for Illinois Opportunity Project.

State Director of American’s for Prosperity DAVID FROM 

Founder of Illinois Tea Party DENISE CATTONI,

Illinois Tea Party Health Care Team Policy Coordinator C. STEVEN TUCKER

Founder of West Suburban Patriots CAROL DAVIS.

will give us their thoughts on what can be done to stop the liberal fiscal policies that are destroying Illinois.  

World class guitarist JOHN IVAN

John was named “Best guitarist in the Midwest” by Steve Dahl. Atlantic Records “off Broadway” and Big Guitars from Memphis guitarist and songwriter John Ivan performs solo in the USA, Denmark, Norway, Austria and England. Winner of Musician magazine’s BUB contest and Chicago Music Awards Best Entertainment nominee. John Ivan has the engaging style of Les Paul and features a wide variety of great melodies from Sinatra to Beatles, Led Zeppelin to White T’s, standards to bop, hillbilly to hymns and authentic Flamenco, Latin, Brazil and Mediterranean favorites.  

Hope to see you all there!


  • WHEN – Friday, September 19th  

    10:30 Registration – 11:00 Lunch – 12:00 Shotgun Start

    GOLF Includes – range balls – lunch and dinner

      21200 S. Carillon Dr. Plainfield (Just South Of I-55 – Exit Weber Road)

  • NOT A GOLFER – Guests for dinner only welcome

$600 – Foursome

$150 – Single Golfer

$50 – Dinner Event Only





Listen to the Illinois Tea Party golf outing radio ad by clicking here

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon to rip into Senate Democrats’ conference-wide support for President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty—which Obama recently delayed until the election in an sign of how unpopular the move would be.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “seems to view as his principal obligation protecting his members from hard votes,” Cruz said after a lengthy floor bout with Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Dick Durbin (D-IL)

“And I’d like to point out the concept of a hard vote only makes sense if there’s a disconnect between what a Senator says at home and what he or she does in Washington. Votes are hard if you have Democratic Senators who go home to their states and tell their constituents ‘I’m really conservative. I don’t agree with that crazy stuff President Obama is doing.’ And then they come here and vote lock step with the Majority Leader and the President,” Cruz added.

Cruz was on the floor attempting a procedural motion to force a vote on the House-passed bill that would block the president from continuing or expanding his planned executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or something like it. While on the floor, Durbin argued with him—at one point literally making the case that legalizing illegal aliens isn’t “amnesty”—and Menendez objected to Cruz’s motion, therefore blocking the bill from coming up for a vote.

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As Obama Defends Immigration Delay, Activists Decry ‘Another Slap to the Face,’ ‘Broken Promises’ and ‘Lack of Political Backbone’

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the immigration issue and led him to put off a pledge to use executive action that could have shielded millions of people from deportation.

Immigration reform advocates criticized Obama after White House officials said that the president would not act at summer’s end as he promised in June but would take up the matter after the midterm elections in November. In an interview taped for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama rejected the charge that the delay was meant to protect Democratic candidates worried that his actions would hurt their prospects in tough Senate races.

By Obama’s own calculations, politics did play a role in his decision. In his remarks to NBC, which were to be aired on Sunday, he said a partisan fight in July over how to address an influx of unaccompanied minors at the border had created the impression that there was an immigration crisis and thus a volatile climate for taking the measures he had promised to take.

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It has been a long, hot summer here in America and abroad. ISIS is on the march and has brutally beheaded two American journalists. The threat is so large that you even have liberal United States Senators like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Al Franken (D-MN) openly questioning President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

The last time the threat to the homeland was this grave was in the aftermath of September 11th. So, what is first on the policy agenda for the United States Senate after a month-long recess? Developing a response to ISIS? Or even a policy on the Russian advances in the Ukraine? No! Reid has his sights on gutting the First Amendment and overturning the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

This folly known as S.J. Res. 19, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), is just another example of how out-of-touch the Democrat-controlled United States Senate is and why Congress, according to the Real Clear Politics average, is at nearly a 80 percent disapproval rating. Harry Reid and the Democrat Caucus that he leads are completely consumed by a political agenda that attacks Citizens United. Why? Because the Citizens United decision gives a powerful voice to the opposition and makes it easier to participate in the process — a scary thought for liberal incumbents.

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EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race

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The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll.

In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows.

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The federal government has reportedly lost track of more than 6,000 foreigners on student visas, some of whom may be in the country “to do us harm.”

According to an ABC News investigation, “58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.” ABC found that “the number of foreign nationals obtaining visas to study in the U.S. has grown from 662,966 in 2003 to more than 1.2 million in 2012.”

Peter Edge, “the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators,” told ABC News that some of the foreign nationals “could be here to do us harm” and his “greatest concern is that they could be doing anything.”

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Bank Admits Choking Off 3 Legal Enterprises at Government Behest

SunTrust Bank is cutting ties with three types of legal businesses in the latest evidence of the Obama administration’s secretive crusade against “objectionable” enterprises.

SunTrust, which counts more than 400,000 small business clients, cited “compliance requirements” as its reason for closing accounts with “payday lenders, pawn shops and dedicated check-cashers.”

“It is consistent with long-standing industry practice to review relationships to ensure they satisfy a range of business and risk considerations,” the bank said in a little-noticed press release dated Aug. 8.

In the same blanket notice, however, SunTrust underlined its support for maintaining bank relationships with licensed gun sellers.

Gun dealers, as The Daily Signal previously reported, are among legal businesses targeted in the Justice Department-coordinated initiative known as Operation Choke Point.

The bank said:

SunTrust fully supports all of the rights that Americans are granted under the Constitution, and we continue to maintain banking relationships with licensed firearms dealers.

>>> Agency Blames ‘Confusion’ for Choking Business Owners’ Access to Banks

Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, suggested that SunTrust released the statement to make clear that the bank is under duress by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as part of Operation Choke Point.

“This admission from SunTrust demonstrates that Operation Choke Point has not ended, but actually expanded while becoming even less transparent,” Calabria said. “More banks should come forward publicly.”

“This admission demonstrates that Choke Point has not ended, but actually expanded.” @MarkCalabria

According to a House committee report, the FDIC, under direction of the Justice Department, has pressured banks and other financial institutions to sever ties to a variety of legal businesses that the Obama administration considers objectionable.


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