Vote NO on SB16

In May of 2014 the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would divert millions in General State Aid for Education away from hundreds of Illinois school districts and toward other districts. SB16 does not fix problems with the current funding formula for school aid; it simply redistributes money and creates a new list of “winners” and “losers.”

We think education funding reform should be comprehensive, thoughtful, bipartisan and done with all stakeholders at the table. We also think that all Illinois children deserve an opportunity for optimal success post high school.

If you agree, please add your name to the petition, and take the added step of sharing it with your friends.

Petition HERE

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Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal

Washington Post -

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and firsthand accounts — the same types of evidence the agency and military relied on to determine who in their ranks was involved.

The Secret Service shared its findings twice in the weeks after the scandal with top White House officials, including then-White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Each time, she and other presidential aides conducted an interview with the advance-team member and concluded that he had done nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, the new details also show that a separate set of investigators in the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security — tasked by a Senate committee with digging more deeply into misconduct on the trip — found additional evidence from records and eyewitnesses who had accompanied the team member in Colombia.

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Proof: Virus leaving U.S. children paralyzed did come from Central America -

Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) refuses to discuss the origin of the current outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the fact that emergency rooms across the country began seeing infected children around the same time as the nation’s public schools were re-opening for the 2013-2014 school year, should serve as at least a clue as to how the virus made its way here.

Of course, the Obama administration has allowed tens of thousands of children to enter this country illegally over the past several months, and most of them have now been admitted to our public schools.

Between Oct. 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014 there were 66,127 so-called “unaccompanied minors” entered this country along our Southern border and processed by officials, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The CBP lists the country of origin for most of those children…

-El Salvador…15,800




While the evidence seems to point to the recent surge of illegal aliens as the cause of the EV-D68 outbreak, now there is proof…

A 2013 Defense Department study conducted in Central and South America on patients with flu-like illness, did identify EV-D68 in some of the test subjects. All 3,375 test subjects were age 25 or under.

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The government accountability group Judicial Watch announced Thursday that it has sued the Department of Homeland Security for records dealing with the more than 36,000 convicted criminal aliens the Obama administration released last year.

The conservative group says it is suing because the government failed to respond to its Freedom of Information Act earlier this year about a Center for Immigration Studiesreport revealing criminal immigrant releases.

“This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the President and perpetrated by our own immigration officials,” former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) said at the time of the report’s release.

In May, reacting to CIS’s report detailing the nearly 88,000 crimes for which the 36,007 released criminal immigrants were convicted — including homicide sexual assault kidnapping, aggravated assault, and drug convictions — Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking a wide range of documents dealing with the criminal alien releases.

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New Study on the Cause of Global Warming Might ‘Take People by Surprise’

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A new study suggests that the warming trend on the West Coast over the last century was not caused by human activity but more so by a change in the winds.

The research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences acknowledged in the study significance that warming trends are “often ascribed to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing.” Using independent data from 1900 to 2012, researchers showed that the temperature change is “primarily attributed to changes in atmospheric circulation.”

This, they wrote, “presents a significant reinterpretation of the region’s recent climate change origins.”

“Surface winds and wind-driven ocean currents have large effects on temperatures in and around the northeast Pacific Ocean; they dominate the overall temperature variability and also account for a large fraction of the warming trend,” Jim Johnstone, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “West Coast sea surface and coastal air temperatures evolved in lockstep with changing patterns of atmospheric pressure and winds.”

To the Associated Press, Johnstone said that these findings show that “there are other factors stronger than the greenhouse forcing that is affecting those temperatures.”

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On Monday, the Washington Free Beacon broke the news of a young Hillary Clinton’s correspondence with socialist agitator Saul Alinsky. Alinsky, whose philosophy has long been linked with President Barack Obama’s focus on community organizing, was a far larger influence on Clinton, who wrote her thesis at Wellesley on Alinsky.

Alinsky fully embraced the tenets of socialism – as Stanley Kurtz points out, Alinsky wrote in his first work, Reveille for Radicals, “Radicals want to advance from the jungle of laissez-faire capitalism to a world worthy of the name of human civilization. They hope for a future where the means of economic production will be owned by all of the people instead of the comparative handful.” In order to accomplish those goals, as Alinsky spelled out in his follow-up work, Rules for Radicals, community organizing was necessary: a strategy by which an organizer would find the “Have-Nots” in particular communities and encourage them to agitate against the “Haves” – almost always, a corporation. Disturbing the general population, lying, and cheating were musts.

What makes Alinsky unique is his focus on messaging. He recognizes that naked radicalism does not sell – instead, he suggests that true radicals hijack the language of the Founding Fathers, for example. Time magazine described him thus: “Alinsky claims to be doing nothing more un-American than following the precepts of the Founding Fathers. In the Federalist papers, James Madison warned against allowing any class or faction to acquire too much power. In his own way, Alinsky is trying to redress the balance of power within contemporary America…He surely offers proof – if any is needed – that significant change can be accomplished within the American system.”

What sort of change? He wanted “individual freedom” supplanted with “communal freedom.” He wrote, “The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.”

In Hillary’s thesis, she does criticize Alinsky for not going far enough – she wanted to go into government itself and use its tools for manipulation, as Alana Goodman points out: “Many of the Alinsky-inspired poverty warriors could not (discounting political reasons) move beyond the cathartic first step of organizing groups ‘to oppose, complain, demonstrate, and boycott’ to developing and running a program.”

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Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn’t want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, “Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare.”

Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their “last contribution” to society likely occurred more than a decade ago.

Good God.

The phrase “the banality of evil” gets bandied about a lot. Emanuel’s column, which in reality is a public service announcement meant to begin a debate about the way in which we prioritize healthcare, takes the prize in that department.

And yes, Emanuel’s article is an act of evil, written by a soulless bureaucrat with no respect or compassion for the individual. Emanuel’s only concern is for the collective, the State. And he is exactly the kind of “medical professional” many feared would grab hold of our healthcare system if the Federal government got their hands on it — which it now has.

Thanks Obama!

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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’

Washington Examiner -

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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