Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Johnetta Smith, of the 5800 block of South Wolcott Avenue, is due in court Wednesday.
She's charged with one felony count of child abandonment, according to police.
The child was found over the weekend by two people who said a woman approached them and asked for a cell phone to report a child in the lobby of a building in the 8200 block of South Justine Street.
She left before the pair could get a phone but they found the child.Police said Saturday the baby found alone in an apartment entryway Friday night has been identified, and that they are seeking to identify her mother.
The identity of the girl, 1, has not been released.
Also on the Saturday, the man and woman who said they found the girl said they were notified of her presence by a woman in the neighborhood before finding her next to a bag of clean diapers and a sippy cup on the ground of a two-flat building vestibule.Thomas Freeman, 50, said he was walking down the 8200 block of South Justine Street about 11:30 p.m. on Friday to visit a friend when a young woman who appeared to be in her 20s asked to borrow his cellphone and told him a baby was left in a nearby building.
"I just thought it was strange that she knew … that the baby was in there. You couldn't see the baby standing from the sidewalk," Freeman said.
Freeman said before he could respond to her request for his phone she walked away from him. So Freeman said he went to the friend he was visiting next door, Arleasia Lee, she grabbed a flashlight and the two of them approached the building. After peering through the front door, they saw something that looked like a toy wrapped up in a purple blanket on the ground of the building's entry, with a gas can and a bucket full of rock salt nearby, Freeman said.
"When I looked you couldn't tell that it was a baby, maybe a doll or something like that," Freeman said.
That's when the pair called 911 and discovered the front door to the building was open. When asked by paramedics if the baby was breathing, Lee said she approached the child, pulled the cover from her face and let her hand hover above her mouth and nose. She felt warm breath.
"I could look at her and see her little fat face. It looked like she was well-fed. She looked healthy; she looked like she was just asleep," Lee said, adding "it just pulls my heart out."
Freeman and Lee said they don't know anyone who lives in the two-flat and were unable to reach anyone who lives there last night. Freeman said paramedics took the baby away. And he wonders about the woman he watched walk away.
"It's just probably desperate times. People do desperate things," Freeman said.
Delivering his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Quinn sought to offer some sweeteners for keeping the tax increase—including a doubling of the tax credit for lower-income workers and offering a flat $500 property tax rebate to benefit homeowners.
"As a result of our hard work to restore fiscal stability -- from spending reductions to pension reform to contract savings -- Illinois is in a much stronger financial position than it was five years ago," said Quinn, who took over from impeached and imprisoned Rod Blagojevich in 2009. While the temporary tax boost he signed in 2011 was pitched as a way to pay the state's overdue bills, Quinn framed the permanent extension of the tax increase as an education issue in his speech to lawmakers gathered in the House chamber in Springfield.
"The issue of expiring revenue this year is a real challenge that will require another hard choice," Quinn said. Without the higher income tax, he said, the state will face "extreme cuts...that will starve ou schools."
Quinn said by keeping the income tax increase, "we can stabilize the budget for the long-term, in a way that provides targeted tax relief where it’s needed most: to homeowners and working families raising kids."
But in calling for keeping the tax increase permanent, Quinn played into pre-speech attacks by Rauner, a Winnetka venture capitalist, whose campaign had labeled the Democratic governor’s tenure as a litany of broken promises.
Rauner backs the scheduled January rollback of the personal income tax to 3.75 percent from the current 5 percent. Rauner, however, has not been specific about how he would make up for the estimated $4 billion in lost revenue with the rollback of the tax.
Regardless of Quinn’s speech, the reality of a political year in which the entire Illinois House and one-third of the state Senate are up for election makes it highly questionable whether ruling Democrats will take a vote on extending the tax hike before the Nov. 4 general election. Leaders who oversee hefty Democratic majorities in the General Assembly will draft their own version of a spending plan for the state for a budget year that extends into the first six months of the state’s next governor.
Still, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said he supported Quinn’s call for making the income tax permanent and expected a vote on it well before the election.
"Well that's why I commend the governor for his political courage and honesty, and unlike previous governors who ...didn't live up to the problems of financing this state, Governor Quinn has come in here today, and he's just, as he said, he told the truth,” Madigan said during an interview with Illinois Public Television. “He laid the cards on the table. If we wish to continue to provide the level of services which we've become accustomed to for education and other purposes then the income tax increase should be extended."
Asked when lawmakers might vote on the tax increase, Madigan said, "My expectation is that we'll resolve this before the end of the spring session, which is the end of May."
State Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, issued a statement supporting making the tax hike permanent, without saying when a vote should happen.
"Voting to maintain our current tax rate is a responsible action that keeps Illinois’ income taxes among the lowest in the nation. It will allow us to honor our obligations, preserve education funding and secure our financial future for generations to come," Cullerton said.
Quinn appeared to acknowledge the political issues surrounding his speech, though not mentioning Rauner by name. The Republican has called for a comprehensive restructuring of the state’s tax system though, without specifics.
Quinn, however, said he was rejecting "any new, unfair taxes," such as broadening the state’s sales tax to include services, or taxing retirement income. Illinois is one of three states that do not tax retirement income.
The Democrat chief executive sought to position his move to keep the income tax as akin to efforts by former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, who had advocated a shift in funding local grade and high schools toward the income tax while reducing local property tax burdens.
"For too long, Illinois has underfunded its schools and overburdened its property taxpayers,"Quinn said.
The governor’s plan also calls for spending $100 million next year on early childhood programs for children from birth to age 5, as well as adding $50 million to a monetary assistance program for college students in Illinois.
Quinn was also expected to direct more money toward paying down state government's multibillion-dollar backlog of old bills, a longtime nagging problem cited by proponents as one of the main reasons to support the income tax hike. The tax increase was passed during the post-election lame-duck session of the General Assembly in January 2011 entirely on the strength of Democratic votes.
The governor laid out his proposals as part of what he called a comprehensive five-year financial plan and warned that without action "to stabilize our revenue code, extreme and radical cuts will be imposed on education and critical public services -- cuts that will starve our schools and result in mass teacher layoffs, larger class sizes and higher property taxes."
Quinn’s warning was echoed even before he delivered his speech in the ornate House chamber by his political campaign. The Quinn camp said Rauner’s push to have the income tax roll back on schedule "would decimate education funding."
“The truth is, those who are telling you that Illinois can tax less and spend less and still expect to fund education are simply not telling you the truth,” Quinn said in a pointed reference to Rauner, who has sought to appeal to voters as a long-time education advocate.
“Today, I propose that we take the path that is honest and responsible, the path that protects everyday families and invests in their future,” he said.
Rauner, a wealthy first-time office-seeker who spent much of the recently concluded Republican primary campaign attacking Quinn rather than his GOP rivals, called the Democratic governor’s push to make the income tax increase permanent Quinn’s “ultimate broken promise.”
“After five years of Pat Quinn’s failed leadership, we have record tax hikes, outrageously high unemployment, massive cuts in education, and there’s still a giant budget mess in Springfield,” Rauner said in a statement today. “It’s now or never to save Illinois. We can balance the budget without more tax increases, if we create a growth economy, and restructure and reform our broken government.”
Republican Rep. Patti Bellock of Hinsdale, among the leaders of the opposition to the temporary tax hike, said Quinn’s plan undercuts the “No. 1 issue” of restoring the state’s economy and luring businesses.
“And I think the people of Illinois were assured (by Democrats) when that was put in that it would be taken out,” Bellock said. “And I think we need to be responsible to the people of Illinois to roll back that…. They were reassured that it was going to go away.”
Bellock said the lawmakers will have to work to hold spending to within the amount of money that would be generated with the lower income tax rate due to take effect Jan. 1. “I definitely think that there’s more money in this budget” than what Quinn portrays, Bellock said.
She called budget negotiations a “challenge” but that she expected House lawmakers working on social issue to act in a bipartisan manner.
Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat who chairs an appropriations committee, called for a vote in the spring session to keep the income tax increase.
“It’s encouraging that Gov. Quinn is investing in education and services to protect the neediest,” Steans said. “It’s not easy to be talking about maintaining revenues in an election cycle. I think there is honor in being honest about what we need to do.”
As he exited the House chamber, Quinn was asked if he hoped to pass his plans this spring and replied “Of course.”
Asked how, Quinn said: "Hope for the best and work for it."
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims onWednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques:
'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'
'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.'
'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!'
'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'
'We will accept your beliefs and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'
'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, OUR LIFESTYLE and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'
'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country that accepted you.'
Thursday, March 20, 2014
President Obama ordered all U.S. and state flags to be at half-staff today in honor of Frank W. Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I, according to the office of Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Buckles is being buried today with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Buckles enlisted in the Army at 16 after lying about his age. He died last month at his home in Charles Town, W.Va, at age 110.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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February 24, 2014
Let’s cut right to the chase, the title says it all. Mike Cummings, the owner of McNally’s (11136 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL) and a Chicago Police Officer, in a drunken rant had the audacity to openly state, “there are too many black people in here” referring to Sunday (Feb. 23, 2014) morning at approximately 12:03am.
Have you ever walked into a room and knew that all eyes were on you? Well, I have experienced that many times in my life. As a young black well-educated, professional male, I have seen my share of uncomfortable situations; however, Saturday, February 22, 2014 is definitely one that will be remembered. I have been in Catholic school most of my life and an active participant in the performing arts. As a result, I have experienced being one of few blacks in a group. This is why I was comfortable agreeing to be the only black member of a band of great musicians. It was the music that drew us together and therefore we all agreed that race would not be an issue. This changed dramatically for all parties involved when we booked a gig at McNally’s.
“Reprieve Blues Band“ is a new and exciting Chicago Blues Band. The McNally’s booking marked only my second engagement with the band. Understandably, I invited family, friends and members of various organizations with which I am affiliated to come support me, hear some great music, and have a good time. The other members of the band did the same. We were scheduled for a 10pm-1am block. The place was already full by 9:15pm. By 10:30, the place was packed. People of all social, economic and racial classes were shoulder-to-shoulder enjoying a cold cocktail and live music. Just after midnight we finished our second of three sets. It was during this break that I was informed that we would be packing up and going home. The owner, who was visibly inebriated at the bar, explained that he was shutting down our performance because there were in the bar. He handed over our compensation and made it clear that he was shutting it down.
There are so many things inherently wrong in this story. First, a member of the Chicago Police Department (Michael Cummings, McNally’s owner) spread this hatred. It is offensive that this type of blatant bigotry is still on display in 2014. It is offensive that a business owner would be visibly inebriated and insulting paying customers while the doors of his business are still open. It is offensive that such disrespect would be shown to the band that filled the establishment with paying customers on a Saturday night, this further demonstrates Michael Cummings’ hubris. Notwithstanding these offenses, it is most offensive that some people would pretend that this is an isolated issue that does not demand attention. This owner thought there were too many black people in his bar. This same owner has been charged with the duty to serve and protect ALL people. It is clear that these type of people do not deserve the honor to serve this city or this country. Where does this bigotry end if we do not stand up and demand what is right for ALL people? How can we sit back or do nothing? What happened to me Saturday night could happen to you or someone you love. Telling not to support this establishment is exactly what he wants so we have to do one better. We have to spread the word and pass this message along to everyone we know. We have to expose Mike Cummings for the racist he is and let everyone know what McNally’s is really about. Will you be part of the problem or the solution?
Finding a new use for the old Cook County Hospital is back on the drawing board after the County Board voted Wednesday to spend $2.4 million to study ways to reuse the shuttered building, shift functions from other buildings into nearby Stroger Hospital and redevelop the surrounding area.
The 100-year-old hospital was boarded up more than 11 years ago, when patients and staff made the move to Stroger. It was originally slated for demolition, but an outcry from architectural preservationists started a long line of efforts to find new uses for the building.
At least $1.4 million already has been spent on those efforts. Three years ago, plans were laid to spend $126 million to put office space in the structure for use by the vast Cook County Health and Hospitals System. But that plan fizzled.
Backers of the latest study say the time is ripe to do something with the old hospital with the Illinois Medical District making plans to develop property at 2020 W. Ogden Ave. nearby, the CTA looking to redevelop a nearby Blue Line rapid-transit stop and the health system searching for ways to be more efficient.
"The county wants to be at the table as these redevelopment opportunities take place," said John Cooke, who is in charge of the county's capital planning.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she has faith that Chicago Consultants Studio Inc., which will be the lead agency on the planning effort and also is doing work for the Illinois Medical District, will come up with a viable plan.
"Just because there have been efforts in the past to look at the Stroger Hospital campus that didn't lead anywhere doesn't mean that this one won't lead anywhere," Preckwinkle said. "We've got a lot of land there, and the question is how does it make sense to develop and redevelop that land."
Chicago Consultants Studio will look not only at possible reuses for the old hospital, but also at whether administrative and medical functions at two nearby buildings should be moved into Stroger. The study also hopes to come up with a blueprint for the entire 10 acres of county-owned land.
The goal is to come up with a "strategic road map" in 90 days, solicit proposals by fall and sign an agreement by spring 2015, according to county documents.
Those documents indicate that much of the subcontracting work will go to minority- and female-owned firms, although some are familiar names around City Hall and the County Building.
Lobbying for the plan will be a law firm whose founding partner is Homero Tristan, a former Chicago human resources commissioner who resigned in the wake of allegations that he lied during a probe of city hiring.
A law firm whose lead partner is Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, will work on zoning issues. And the Target Group consulting firm, owned by Joe Williams, a longtime associate of former Metra Chairman Larry Huggins, will help with community engagement in the planning process.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Today we were informed by the NRA that a Illinois resident who filed for concealed carry was denied. So we ask the court of public opinion would you give this man a gun to protect himself, you and or others. Below is his documents. You make the call. If you think the way I do we encourage our readers and followers to call ISP and demand that they give this man a ccw.
Illinois law says they can deny you if you are a threat to your self or the public. and since none of the licenses below were revoked or had any disciplinary action against him then why deny a ccw.
|This is the ISP web site showing you the DENY in red lettering|
|P.A. Concealed carry still valid|
|Utah Concealed Carry still Valid|
|Valid FCC for uniform|
|Plan Cloths FCC Valid|