Sunday, February 26, 2017

A message from the Alderman

Don't forget the pancake breakfast this morning at St. John Fisher School. Proceeds to buy bullet-proof vest for  CPD.

Wise words from a great sheriff

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Is a big bust coming?

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Term limits would fix this problem!

Senator’s law firm cashes in on state deals

State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park. |

State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, is one of the most powerful people in Springfield, talked about as a possible future president of the Illinois Senate. Everyone thought he was above the fray. This story shows that perhaps he is not.

He’s also a partner in a Chicago law firm that’s been paid more than $9 million in the past five years for doing legal work for state agencies, government workers’ pension funds and local governments whose citizens he represents in the Senate, a Chicago Sun-Times examination has found.

That covers work done for more than 20 government bodies, including the city of Chicago, Cook County, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the agency that owns McCormick Place and Navy Pier.

The firm — Burke Burns & Pinelli — has done work for agencies whose budgets Harmon votes on, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, and government pension funds regulated by Harmon and his fellow legislators, as well as the village of Rosemont, one of the suburbs he represents in the Illinois Senate, according to records and interviews.

His firm also worked on applications for millions of dollars in five state grants that went to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios — where TV shows including “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Fire” are shot. The state money included a $10 million grant that Gov. Bruce Rauner ordered the West Side studio to repay in 2015 after the Sun-Times reported that the money was supposed to buy property for an expansion, but the land owners said they weren’t going to sell.

Harmon says he derives no “financial benefit from state or state-affiliated work done by the firm.”

The west suburban legislator also says he doesn’t handle the legal work that his firm gets from the government agencies, including the pension funds, he helps oversee nor from any local government he represents as a legislator. Other lawyers at the firm handle that work, he says.

Mary Patricia Burns, the majority owner of the law firm, didn’t respond to a call and emails seeking comment.

According to Harmon, the law firm “periodically has represented the state or state agencies since its founding in 1992.”

Harmon — who once worked as deputy legal counsel to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago — was elected to the state Senate in 2002. At the time, he was a lawyer with the firm Mayer Brown LLP, where he “practiced corporate banking and municipal law,” according to the online biography on his law firm’s website. In 2005, he joined his current firm, where he is one of seven partners but says he “has no ownership interest.”

As president pro tempore of the Illinois Senate, Harmon is among the top leaders of the legislative chamber, whose members are part-time and typically also hold other jobs. Harmon’s yearly pay as a state senator is $78,163.

He says his law firm salary is less than that but won’t say how much he makes.

Asked whether he gets any additional compensation beside salary, Harmon would say only that his total pay from Burke Burns & Pinelli is less than the governor’s $177,412-a-year salary — the cap on his pay under Illinois ethics law because his firm gets state business.

The legislative inspector general has the authority to determine whether state senators and representatives are complying with those rules. That’s a post that’s been vacant for more than two years.


The front page of the March 24, 2015, Sun-Times 

Among the biggest government clients of Harmon’s firm over the past five years has been IDOT, which maintains the state’s expressways and other state roads. The state transportation agency paid Burke Burns & Pinelli about $2.2 million from 2012 through 2016, billing records show.

Richard Kabaker, deputy chief counsel for the state agency, says it has had Harmon’s firm handle condemnation cases for at least a decade. Records show the firm has been involved in numerous state road projects in the Chicago area.

Kabaker says the law firms that IDOT employs get reappointed “if they’re doing a good job,” and Harmon’s firm does “a good job for us.”

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office represents IDOT and other state agencies and hires private law firms to represent them as needed, though Kabaker says, with IDOT, those hires are a joint decision.

Ann Spillane, a top aide to Lisa Madigan, says her boss doesn’t get involved in choosing which law firms get state work and that Harmon’s firm has been handling condemnations for state government for years before Madigan took office in 2003. Spillane says the office’s staff attorneys recommended keeping the firm because it was “doing a good job.”

Illinois State Board of Elections records show the firm, its partners and their families and Harmon’s campaign fund have contributed a total of more than $380,000 since the mid-1990s to political funds run by or affiliated with the two Madigans.

Spillane says the attorney general’s campaign fund doesn’t “solicit from people who contract with our office, and we try not to take” contributions from them.

Of the approximately $70,000 Lisa Madigan’s campaign fund has accepted from Harmon, his firm and fellow lawyers, all but $10,000 came before she took office as attorney general, records show.

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, which oversees the tollway system, has paid Burke Burns & Pinelli more than $665,000 since 2012 for legal work in two areas, state records show: borrowing done through the issuance of bonds and property condemnations.

The law firm’s pension work includes handling general legal services for two of the biggest pension funds for city of Chicago retirees: the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, which handles pensions for city firefighters, and the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund, which covers city retirees.

Burke Burns & Pinelli has been paid a total of about $2.1 million over the past five years by those two retirement funds.

Among the law firm’s duties for both pension funds is keeping their officials apprised of state “legislative matters,” records show.

Addressing the state’s massively underfunded government pension funds is up to the Legislature and the governor. Harmon voted last year to override a Rauner veto and set new funding levels for the firefighters’ retirement fund and for the pension plan for retired Chicago cops. Among the potential revenue sources: money from a Chicago casino, if one gets approved by the Legislature.

Harmon says he avoids voting on legislation directly affecting his firm’s clients.

Asked why Harmon voted on the pension bill, a spokeswoman says: “Senate records indicate no pension funds supported or opposed” the bill. “In the event that clients of the firm do initiate, support or oppose legislation, Senator Harmon discloses the conflict to the Senate and abstains from voting when appropriate or votes in the public’s best interest.”

Much of his firm’s government work involves agencies borrowing money through the issuance of bonds. The firm was paid more than $300,000 to handle bond work for Rosemont. A village spokesman says Rosemont’s financial consultant picked Burke Burns & Pinelli for the job.

The firm also has done bond work involving the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority and the city of Chicago, among other government bodies, records show.

Harmon says he limits his work as an attorney to private clients. He declined to identify any of them.

But he says he never worked for his client’s firm Cinespace, the clout-heavy studio that’s gotten millions of dollars in state grants.


State Sen. Tim Bivins didn’t get the audit he wanted of five state grants to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

Two years ago, state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, introduced legislation demanding an independent audit of five state grants totaling $27.3 million that former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration gave to Cinespace.

Bivins sought the review by the Illinois auditor general’s office after the Sun-Times reported that owners of land that Cinespace said it planned to buy with the last of those grants — for $10 million, awarded after Quinn lost his reelection bid to Rauner — hadn’t listed their properties for sale and weren’t going to sell them.

“It was something that was suspicious,” Bivins says. “It was something that should have been audited. It just seemed like nobody wanted to look at it.”

The Legislature never voted on Bivins’ push for an audit of the grants, including the $10 million grant, which Cinespace repaid the state in response to a demand from Rauner prompted by the Sun-Times’ reports. Bivins’ legislation quietly died earlier this year after being sent to a Senate committee on which Harmon is vice-chairman.

Cinespace’s Alex Pissios. |

“I have no recollection of that particular resolution,” Harmon says.

The other four state grants his firm helped land for Cinespace were used to buy and convert the former Ryerson Steel plant on the West Side into the TV and movie studio, which opened in 2011.

Cinespace is family-owned, run by former real estate developer Alex Pissios. Touted as the largest studio east of Los Angeles, Cinespace deposited its state grants into Belmont Bank & Trust, whose clout-heavy board of directors includes attorney James Banks, a longtime member of the tollway board, and former state Sen. James DeLeo, D-Chicago, a Quinn ally.

Kyle Cullerton, a son of state Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, is on the advisory board of a not-for-profit “film and media incubator” on the studio’s property. Cinespace says it has funded the incubator, called Stage 18, though spokesmen for Cinespace and the Senate president say the son isn’t paid.

Eric Herman, a spokesman for Cinespace, says Burke Burns & Pinelli was hired in 2010 “because they have a great reputation.”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Multi-millionaire car dealer blames everybody except himself

5 vehicles stolen during break-in at Tinley Park dealership; owner offers $10,000 reward.


Police investigate after five vehicles were stolen late Friday from a dealership in Tinley Park. | Network Video Productions

TINLEY PARK (FOX 32 News) - The multi-millionaire owner of a suburban car dealership targeted by thieves blames Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the state's budget crisis for the theft.

Five people broke a window Friday night at about 11:20 p.m. at Bettenhausen Automotive, 8355 W. 159th St., Tinley Park. They used the window to enter the dealership and then they each entered a vehicle and drove it out of the lot and headed eastbound on 159th.

"What we do know is these types of crimes are a direct result of a state without a budget for two years running, and a Mayor of the City of Chicago whose priorities of a crime solution is second to planting trees with surplus dollars rather than hire more police personnel," said Mike Bettenhausen, owner. 
"Those decisions are a direct result of city crime filtering into Chicago’s suburbs of which we experienced last night." 

One of the stolen vehicles was found abandoned on 159th after its driver got out and jumped into one of the other stolen vehicles. Officers tried to stop the remaining four vehicles near 159th and Pulaski Road, but they got away and were last seen heading north on I-57. Any similarities between this crime and the Lane-Bryant murders are inadvertent and purely speculative.

Bettenhausen said he is not going to stop until the thieves are caught. "To the five perpetrators of this crime, take a look around. You will see yourself EVERDAY on billboards throughout the market," Bettenhausen said. "I’m offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest, and subsequent conviction to the person who delivers all five suspects to the Tinley Park Police Department."

The four missing vehicles are:
A blue 2013 Dodge Charger with an Illinois license plate reading S134102;
A white 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee with no license plate;
A black 2015 Chrysler 200 with an Illinois license plate reading Z314994; and
A blue 2015 Dodge Charger with an Illinois license plate reading 742270.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

MEMO TO THE CAR DEALER: TRY LOCKING THE KEYS UP AT NIGHT; TRY INCREASING THE REWARD MONEY TO SAY $50,000.00; BUY SOME INSURANCE and KEEP IN MIND THAT SINCE MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIKE CAR DEALERS, NOBODY CARES.

A moment of silence please

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Chief Keef prefers an AK-47 and as usual, is true to his word.

OFTEN BLAMED, SELDOM CONVICTED
TMZ - Chief Keef's been arrested for robbery and assault after allegedly jumping his former musicproducer, Ramsay Tha Great, in his home last week ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Keef was wanted for questioning in the armed home invasion, and they got a warrant to search his pad in Tarzana, CA Thursday night. We're told Keef and one other individual were taken into custody.


Ramsay posted video and photos on his Instagram last week, claiming the rapper jumped him with 5 of his friends ... while armed with an AK-47. He said he was going to file charges and apparently he was true to his word.

Which do you prefer, the AR-15 or the AK-47?

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This helps explain the craziness

Half of world’s Muslims are inbred due to generations of incest

Here’s an explanation for Islamic terrorism that’s never proffered:
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A never-spoken-about problem with Muslims is their inbreeding as a result of their long and deeply-ingrained practice of marrying first cousins — a practice that has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses.
More than 7 years ago, the UK’s environment minister Phil Woolas had sounded the alarm about this “very sensitive” issue that is “rarely debated”. Referring to the culture of arranged marriages between cousins in the Muslim immigrant community, Woolas said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem.
Woolas, whose views are supported by medical experts, said most cases occur in immigrant families from rural Pakistan, where up to half of all marriages involve first cousins. Woolas said: “If you talk to any primary care worker they will tell you that levels of disability among the . . . Pakistani population are higher than the general population. And everybody knows it’s caused by first cousin marriage.”
The problem is made worse by generational inbreeding. As Woolas put it, “Many of the parents themselves and many of the public spokespeople are themselves products of first cousin marriages.” That would explain why research for BBC2’s Newsnight in November 2005 showed that British Pakistanis accounted for 3.4% of all births but 30% of all British children with recessive genetic disorders.
Indeed, an entry in Wikipedia confirms that “Cousin marriages in Muslim majority countries are often preferred and even encouraged in some regions,” and points to the fact that prophet Muhammad himself had married cousins.
But the problem isn’t exclusive to Pakistani Muslims as Woolas seems to imply, but is pandemic among Muslims across the world.
Nicolai Sennels
According to Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into Muslim inbreeding, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred:
  • 70% of Pakistanis are inbred.
  • 67% of Saudi Arabians are inbred.
  • 64% of those living in Jordan and Kuwait are inbred.
  • 63% of Sudanese are inbred.
  • 60% of Iraqis are inbred.
  • 54% of Muslims in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are inbred.
  • 25-30% of those in Turkey are inbred.
  • In England, at least 55% of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins.
  • In Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%.
Sennels points out that cousin marriage was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 50 generations (1,400 years) in the Muslim world. This practice of inbreeding will never go away in the Muslim world since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.
Sennels warns that massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done virtually irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to Muslims’ intelligence, sanity, and health. (Similar effects were seen in the Pharaonic dynasties in ancient Egypt and in the British royal family, where inbreeding was the norm for a significant period of time.)
Below are the consequences of inbreeding:
1. Birth and birth defects:
  • 100% increase in the risk of stillbirths.
  • 50% increase in the risk that the child dies during labor.
  • The risk of autosomal recessive genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy is 18 times higher.
  • The risk of death due to malformations is 10 times higher.
2. Physical and mental retardation and illnesses:
  • The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of mental and physical retardation and schizophrenic illness.
  • The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of schizophrenic illness, i.e., insanity.
  • Social abilities develop much slower in inbred babies. An academic paper published in the Indian National Science Academy found that “the onset of various social profiles like visual fixation, social smile, sound seizures, oral expression and hand-grasping are significantly delayed among the new-born inbred babies.”
  • Research shows that if one’s parents are cousins, intelligence goes down 10-16 IQ points. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70, the official demarcation for being classified as “retarded,” increases by 400% among children of cousin marriages.
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All of which would explain the following phenomena among Muslims (Source: Nicolai Sennels):
  • 1 out of every 3 Somalis are mentally ill.
  • More than 40% of the patients in Denmark‘s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals have an immigrant (i.e., Muslim) background.
  • One-third of all handicapped people in Copenhagen have a “foreign” (i.e., Muslim) background.
  • In Denmark, psychologist Sennels’ native country, “non-Western” immigrants (who are mainly Muslim) are more than 300% more likely to fail the intelligence test required for entrance into the Danish army.
  • In Denmark, Muslim children are grossly overrepresented among children with special needs. One-third of the budget for Danish schools is consumed by special education.
  • 64% of school children with Arabic parents in Denmark are still illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system. The immigrant drop-out rate in Danish high schools is twice that of the native-born.
  • The U.S. is not immune. According to Sennels, “One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less educated, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.
Muslims’ average lower IQ means a lowered ability to enjoy and produce knowledge and abstract thinking, which would explain why:
  • The Arab world translates just 330 books every year, about 20% of what Greece alone does. In the last 1,200 years years of Islam, just 100,000 books have been translated into Arabic, about what Spain does in a single year.
  • 7 out of 10 Turks have never even read a book.
  • Only 9 Muslims had ever won the Nobel Prize, and 5 of those 9 were for the “Peace Prize.”
  • According to Nature magazine, Muslim countries produce just 10% of the world average when it comes to scientific research (measured by articles per million inhabitants).
Sennels concludes:
The troubling reality being referred to is the widespread practice of Muslim inbreeding and the birth defects and social ills that it spawns.
The tragic effect of the Left’s control of the boundaries of debate is that any discussion about vital issues such as these marks an individual as an “Islamophobe” and a “racist.”
A person who dares to point at the pathology of inbreeding in the Muslim community is accused of whipping up hatred against Muslim people.
But all of this could not be further from the truth. To fight against inbreeding anywhere is to defend humanity and to defend innocent babies from birth defects….
Let us keep in mind that Muslims are the first — though maybe not the biggest — victims of Islam….
In fact, it is the Left’s callous silence on this issue (and on so many others) that exposes who is truly “anti-Muslim.”

Friday, February 24, 2017

McCain accuses Russians of hacking! Here's why.

WikiLeaks: John McCain in 2008 illegally solicited campaign contribution from Russia. 

john-mccain-lord-of-the-tarp1RINO senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is a diehard anti-Trumper in the 2016 campaig. McCain also went fully on board with the Obama administration and the MSM’s fake story that the Russian government had intervened in the election to favor Trump by hacking into and transmitting to WikiLeaks damaging Democrat emails — an assertion that remains unverified and unsubstantiated to this day. See:
Along with fellow Republican senator Lindsey Graham (SC), McCain is one of a bipartisan group of senators calling for an investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. McCain is also a co-sponsor of the Russian Review Act that would impose strict new congressional oversight and veto power over the Trump administration if it decided to lift sanctions on Russia.
The irony is that according to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, it is John McCain who in 2008 had solicited a campaign contribution from Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin. U.S. law forbids presidential candidates from seeking foreign donations.
The documents are two:
(1) A 4-page letter, dated September 29, 2008, from John McCain to Vitaly Churkin, who was Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the time, asking for a campaign contribution “of $35, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000 to the McCain-Palin Victory 2008”. To download the letter in Word format, click here.
Below are screenshots of pages 1 and 4 of McCain’s letter:
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“We have received a letter from Senator John McCain requesting financial contribution to his Presidential campaign.
In this connection we would like to reiterate that Russian officials, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations or the Russian Government do not finance political activity in foreign countries.”
Here’s a screenshot of the Statement:
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WikiLeaks released the Statement on October 20, 2008, stating that “Wikileaks staff have verified the authenticity of the document.”
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Vitaly Churkin was Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN from 2006 until his sudden death in New York City three days ago on February 20, 2017, the eve of his 65th birthday. From Wikipedia:
The immediate cause was heart failure, according to Russian diplomat Sergei Ordzhonikidze.[16] The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Churkin died while at work and expressed condolences to Churkin’s family.[17]
[…] On 21 February 2017 the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office released the preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Churkin, which states that the cause of death needed further study, which often indicates the need for toxicology tests.[19] The same day Churkin was posthumously awarded the Russian Order of Courage[20] and the Order of the Serbian Flag 1st class.