Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.
But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money.
Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state.
The U.S. Attorney in Chicago at the time, Daniel Webb, estimated that at least 100,000 fraudulent votes (10 percent of all votes in the city) had been cast. Sixty-five individuals were indicted for federal election crimes, and all but two (one found incompetent to stand trial and another who died) were convicted. -Hans A. von Spakovsky
Then there is Illinois. Illinois is an economic behemoth. However, the state is slumbering. But it’s not asleep because it’s tired. It’s asleep because Illinois is like an addict that has intentionally downed a bunch of sleeping pills after an all night bender. -Jeff Carter, Points and Figures
Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Oops, Economy, Regulation, Debt
Chicago was the only city among the nation's 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau... Illinois' population fell by more than any other state in 2016, down 37,508 people, according to census data released in December...
Chicago's population plunge continues to be a result, mostly, of losing residents to other states. About 89,547 residents left Chicago and its surrounding suburbs for other states in 2016...
Liberal, Crime, Violence, Government, Character, Terrorism
Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted terrorist who was granted clemency by former President Obama, will have a street named after him in Chicago. Chicago’s city council recently voted to honor a 74-year-old former member of Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), a Marxist Puerto Rican nationalist group with a history of violence. Mr. Rivera spent 35 years in prison after convictions related to 29 bombings and weapons charges...
New York City businessman Joe Connor decried the Feb. 22 decision. His father, Frank, died in lower Manhattan after a Jan. 24, 1975, FALN bombing.
Liberal, Crime, Election, Hate, Violence, Assault, Trump
Investigators are looking into a Facebook Live video showing a group of people holding a young man hostage. Chicago police told FOX 32 that four people are currently in custody. Chicago police were made aware of this video Tuesday afternoon. A young African American woman streamed the video live on Facebook showing at least four people holding a young white man hostage.
The victim is repeatedly kicked and hit, his scalp is cut, all while he is tied up with his mouth taped shut. The suspects on the video can be heard yelling, "F*** Donald Trump! F*** white people!"
Liberal, Government, Degeneracy, Education, Fascism
Under a new set of guidelines rolled out last week by Chicago public schools, children will now be required to address transgender students and employees by their preferred name and pronouns — or face the consequences. Transgender students and employees can choose their preferred bathroom, locker room, name and pronouns, and everyone else is required to affirm the individual’s new identity, according to the guidelines.
Trangender students and adults in the CPS system can require their peers to adopt gender neutral terminology, such as using the pronoun “ze” instead of the usual “he” or “she.”
Illinois and Connecticut take the lead in the category of “States Where the Most Residents Would Leave if They Could,” according to the 50-state survey. Illinois came in at exactly 50 percent of those polled, and Connecticut at 49 percent. Maryland was a close third at 47 percent.
Democrat, Crime, Election, Fraud, Corruption
Admitting his confidence in Cook County ballot integrity is shaken, State Representative Candidate Jim Moynihan (R-56), was shocked today when he tried to cast a vote for himself and the voting machine cast it for his opponent instead. “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” said Moynihan. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Incompetence, Financial, Debt
In July, shortly after Mayor Rahm Emuel’s Chicago bond rating was triple-downgraded by Moody’s S&P and just before the city released its Annual Financial Forecast which shows the city will be spending $1 billion it will not have in 2015—Amer Ahmad, the city comptroller, announced his “retirement” and return to the private sector. Just weeks after his departure, Ahmad is the subject of a federal indictment, facing charges ranging from money laundering, conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, federal program bribery, and making false statements.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Crime, Oops, Waste, Corruption
Chicago Alderman Joe Moore was to have received an award for "political reform" at the White House. Moore, however, was a no-show in D.C. because on that same day he admitted that he had been interviewed by the FBI in an investigation into political corruption. Now the White House announced that it is putting Moore's award on hold until his status with these charges are settled. Moore was to have been honored as a "a pioneer for political reform, governmental transparency and democratic governance" until the charges against him became known in Washington. The Alderman has been accused of political payoffs and waste.
Democrat, Crime, Character, Funny
A committee of Cook County Democrats has chosen a former state transportation official who just paid off a pending ethics fine to replace a commissioner who was ousted after his tax evasion conviction. Stanley Moore was chosen Thursday after a dozen people made presentations in an effort to replace former Commissioner William Beavers. Among those seeking the post was former County Board President Todd Stroger.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Tax, Crime, Financial, Greed, Corruption
A jury has convicted an influential Chicago Democrat of tax evasion for not declaring campaign cash he spent on gambling as income. The federal jury returned with the verdict on Thursday afternoon, about two hours after they started their deliberations in the federal tax trial of 78-year-old Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. In her closing, prosecutor Carrie Hamilton told jurors the Chicago Democrat dipped into his campaign coffers for gambling money and then failed to declare it as income.
Government, Financial, Fraud, Oops, Lie, Corruption
Illinois broke federal securities laws in misstating the true health of the state's depleted pension funds when going out onto the bond market between 2005 and early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday. The finding of securities fraud doesn't subject the state to any fines or penalties but amounts to a warning to potential investors about the state's past financial misdeeds.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Financial, Fraud, Greed, Corruption, Convict
Former U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to using campaign money to buy more than $750,000 worth of luxury items, collectibles and clothes - marking the fall of a man once heralded as one of Illinois' most promising politicians. Jackson's wife, Sandi, a former Chicago alderman, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to a separate felony charge of filing false tax returns over six years. The former Democratic congressman, who represented a district that included parts of Chicago's South Side and south suburbs, was first elected to office in 1995, replacing Democrat Mel Reynolds, who resigned after being convicted of statutory rape.
"Corruption and taxes. It isn’t just high taxes, it is the shitty government you get for the high taxes."
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Education, Debt
Illinois already has the highest unfunded pension liabilities of any U.S. state. This has forced the state to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from its education budget, lowered its credit rating, and given it the highest borrowing costs of any state in the nation. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports, the state has postponed an auction of $500 million in bonds only hours before it was set to begin, citing concerns that investors would demand higher interest rates. The bond sale, which had been intended to finance education and transportation projects, is now delayed indefinitely.
“Gangs and politics have always gone together in this city,” says John Hagedorn, a gang expert and professor of criminal justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It’s a shadowy alliance, he adds, that is deeply ingrained in Chicago’s political culture: “You take care of them; they’ll take care of us.” -David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
Liberal, Crime, Guns, Incompetence, Narrative
The death toll by murder in Chicago over the past decade is greater than the number of American forces who have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a police analysis... Between 2003 and 2011, 4,265 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. In 2012 alone, 512 people were murdered in the city. Operation Enduring Freedom, the name for the war in Afghanistan, which started Oct. 7, 2001, has seen a total of 2,166 killed. The war has been ongoing for 11 years, 3 months and one week. Operation Iraqi Freedom, the name for the war in Iraq, which started March 20, 2003, and ended Dec. 15, 2011, saw a total of 4,422 killed.
Liberal, Guns, Narrative
In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website. The number of people murdered the year before was 441, meaning in the city of Chicago, murders have increased by 91 from 2011 to 2012. The Chicago Police Department was not available to confirm these numbers today, which is New Year's Day. The website also claims that, through December 25, 2012, there 2,670 people were shot in Chicago last year. That's also an increase from the year before, when 2,217 people were shot in Chicago that year.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Government, Fraud, Greed, Corruption
The combative Cook County commissioner stands accused of diverting more than $225,000 from campaign coffers to feed a casino-gambling habit and for other personal use without reporting it. Jury selection began Monday, and opening statements are expected later this week... Beavers also is accused of failing to declare that he took more than $68,000 in campaign money and put it in a city fund to double the monthly pension he got for his years as an alderman to more than $6,000.
Democrat, Crime, Election, Character, Corruption
Fresh on the heels of his Tuesday reelection, state Rep. Derrick Smith on Thursday made his first significant public comments since he was indicted on a federal bribery charge and subsequently ousted from the statehouse. Smith, a Chicago Democrat, thanked the voters of the state's 10th legislative district for their support during a Tuesday press conference and said he is "a new man." "I know that there are a lot of people in the media and elsewhere [who] are saying that I only received votes because I am a Democrat," Smith said, as reported by CBS Chicago.
Welcome to government in Illinois, the worst-managed state in the country. The Land of Lincoln is buried under staggering debts, including a projected $6.7 billion operating gap for the next fiscal year and an $111 billion unfunded pension liability. Government unions and politicians engage in legal collusion that fleeces taxpayers. Between 2002 and 2014, 86% of Illinois state lawmakers received union contributions, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.
All of this takes an already chilly business climate down another few notches. Over the past five years Illinois lost 41,000 manufacturing jobs while Indiana gained 51,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As Illinois has economically trailed its neighbors in the past dozen years, 277,000 people have left the state, according to the Census Bureau. -Collin Levy, WSJ
Liberal, Incompetence, Murder
They came to the U.S. from Gambia — in search of a better life. But two tough decades later, some of Kenwood Academy High School student Muhammed Kebbeh’s family say they are considering going back to Africa after he became the city’s 370th murder victim this year and second of his six siblings to be gunned down on the South Side in the last six months.
Mismanaged pension funds, bloated bureaucracies and special interest carveouts are endemic to blue model governance, especially in big blue cities like Chicago.
As the fiscal vise tightens, these institutional failures stand to spill over into the political system, generating vicious fights over resources that bring governance to a standstill.
Crime, Government, Fraud, Greed, Corruption
CHICAGO -- A former Cook County employee has been indicted on federal charges of public corruption for allegedly steering four no-bid contracts to acquaintances and soliciting payments in return. Eugene Mullins, a former director communications for former Cook County President Todd Stroger, was charged with wire fraud and soliciting kickbacks. He was arrested Thursday and later pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Liberal, Crime, Degeneracy
(CBS News) CHICAGO - Chicago is in the grips of a deadly gang war. At least 275 people have been killed in the city so far this year and many more have been shot, many of them innocent bystanders to the gang violence. Among the latest victims were 12- and 13-year-old girls shot Tuesday night. They survived.
CME Group Inc. is evaluating whether to move some operations to other states from Chicago to reduce its taxes, but it has not decided on an exact timeline, CEO Craig Donohue said Thursday. "Our tax situation is untenable," Donohue told Reuters, noting that CME is taxed more heavily than any of its global competitors. The company is talking with at least three states -- Texas, Florida and Tennessee -- about relocating some of its business to take advantage of lower tax rates there, Donohue said.
In some parts of Chicago, violent street gangs and pols quietly trade money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the elected officials thrive—and you lose. -By David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
Liberal, Crime, Degeneracy
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) - The public housing complexes on the east side of the river might just be the deadliest places in the country, but efforts are underway to secure the area. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is bringing in federal law enforcement to help state and local authorities crack down on crime. Figures show that East St. Louis is nearly twice as dangerous as even the worst streets in Chicago.
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Financial, Oops, Education
Chicago's former schools chief has flunked the education foundation headed by Barack Obama and founded by 1960s terrorist Bill Ayers - saying it failed to monitor projects and funded school "reform" groups that campaigned against boosting academic standards. "There was a total lack of accountability. If you went back and asked, you'd be hard-pressed to find out how the money was spent," said Paul Vallas, the city's school superintendent when Obama chaired the Chicago Annenberg Foundation from 1995 to 1999.
Liberal, Degeneracy, Oops
CHICAGO (STMW) – To the disgust of some staff, bodies are piling up at the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, stacked atop each other in blue plastic tarps against a wall of the storage cooler because of ongoing financial woes, the Sun-Times has learned.
Crime, Government, Financial, Fraud, Education, Corruption
In the year leading up to the overhaul of Chicago Public Schools leadership, the school district was beset by troubling instances of fraud and employee misconduct, including $1.13 million in improper benefits paid to retired teachers, systemic abuse of the federal free lunch program at a West Side high school, and a scheme by a central office employee to use school funds to buy items he later exchanged for cash.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is full of excuses for why the city’s schools are hemorrhaging money, failing to educate students, and laying off teachers by the hundreds. During her tenure as union head, Lewis has blamed Chicago Public Schools’ problems on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, charter schools, standardized tests, bankers, venture capitalists, a lack of funding and “a culture of fear.” During a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Lewis focused on her two most inflammatory excuses for CPS’ failures: “racism” and “rich white people.”
Liberal, Tax, Government, Sex, Degeneracy, Financial, Fraud
The Admiral Theatre strip club received $5,197.78 from the City of Chicago between the dates 2006 through 2011. The sixteen checks ranges from $1.00 to $1,900. A buck? Is some one tipping dancers using City of Chicago checks?
Democrat, Liberal, Corruption
CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Union, Greed, Corruption
Most city workers spend decades in public service to build up modest pensions. But for former labor leader Dennis Gannon, the keys to securing a public pension were one day on the city payroll and some help from the Daley administration. And his city pension is more than modest. It's the highest of any retired union leader: $158,000. That's roughly five times greater than what the typical retired city worker receives.
Crime, Government, Corruption, Convict
With the strong assistance of the Cook County court and local police--92 officials had been indicted, including 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 8 policemen, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 court officials, and 1 state legislator. Nearly all were convicted, most of them pleading guilty...
Chicago, they conclude, has the dubious distinction of being the federal district with the most convictions since 1976. Since then, 1,828 elected officials, appointees, government employees and a few private individuals have been convicted of corruption in Illinois
Crime, Corruption, Law, Convict
Revealing what Federal prosecutors described as a "movable feast" of public corruption, in which government officials are said to have conspired to fix everything from zoning cases to murder trials, a Federal grand jury here brought a wide range of criminal charges against five men today. The defendants include a former Cook County Circuit Court judge, a State Senator and a longtime Chicago city Alderman.
Democrat, Liberal, Tax, Incompetence, Financial, Brilliance, Oops
Topinka says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67 percent) and corporate taxes. “After the largest tax hike in our history, the state continues to be in this precarious fiscal position with persistent payment delays, and frankly, the situation is unlikely to significantly improve in the near term,” she said.
Liberal, Government, Incompetence
The state of Illinois has reached a new level of broke. Come Monday, it won't have enough cash to bury its indigent dead.
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois may not be finished investigating those late military ballots. Members of the House Elections Committee say they're considering formal hearings into how and why 36 counties missed the deadline to send ballots to deployed servicemen and other overseas voters.
Government, Incompetence, Financial
For the last few years, California stood more or less unchallenged as a symbol of the fiscal collapse of states during the recession. Now Illinois has shouldered to the fore, as its dysfunctional political class refuses to pay the state’s bills and refuses to take the painful steps — cuts and tax increases — to close a deficit of at least $12 billion, equal to nearly half the state’s budget.
Degeneracy, Waste, Assault
A woman riding the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line in Oak Park told police she was last week attacked by another passenger wielding a sock filled with human feces. "He had a sock full of his poop on me," the 21-year-old college student told the Pioneer Press. "It was everywhere; on my face, my hair, my clothes."