Saturday, January 18, 2020

How does something like this happen?

CHICAGO (CBS) — In just a few weeks, Cook County homeowners will be getting their property tax bills.
Now imagine you owe nothing.
That happened to a booming business on the South Side.

CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports it’s now part of a large scale investigation.
The former Chicago fire station on West 95th Street now serves as a factory and showroom for Optimo Hatmakers. They produce and sell high end hats online and from a Loop storefront.
But it’s the old firehouse location that recently got the attention of the Cook County Inspector General. Specifically: why in 2017 the property tax bill for the renovated hat

How Chicago Rocked The 60's (1/3)

He's Talking!

singing and dancing
Ex-state Rep. Luis Arroyo appears set to plead guilty in corruption case: court filing will show who accepted cash and where the cash came from

Federal prosecutors first charged Arroyo with bribery in a criminal complaint back in October. In that court filing, they revealed a state senator had been cooperating with them off and on since 2016.

Federal prosecutors filed a charging document Friday known as an information against Arroyo that repeated allegations first made against him in October. The filing is significant because an information typically means a defendant plans to plead guilty and rat everybody out.

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

By James Gallagher

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Image captionThere were six coronaviruses known to infect people before the latest discovery
The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. 
There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the

Friday, January 17, 2020

Gov Northam and Virginia - GO Time



this governor is a major asshole

Scottish tribal pipes & drums band Clanadonia playing "Ya Bassa" during ...




Best News Interviews Ever



Being charged is not the same as being guilty, besides, I would not say a Bentley is that nice of a car

Chicago Pastor Charged with Stealing Nearly $1M from Federal Food Program for Luxury Car

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A Chicago pastor is accused of taking nearly $1 million from a federally-funded food program for needy children and using some

She didn't know. Nobody told her.

'I immediately began repaying the overpaid amounts': Dixmoor Mayor Yvonne Davis says after trustees raise salary concerns




Dixmoor Mayor Yvonne Davis says she has been reimbursing the village after taking a larger salary than she was supposed to receive.




By Eric HorngThursday, January 16, 2020 11:30PM
DIXMOOR, Ill. (WLS) -- Dixmoor Mayor Yvonne Davis says she has been reimbursing the village after taking a larger salary than she was supposed to receive.

Davis told ABC 7 in a statement on Thursday that the salary overpayments were due to a "payroll error," and that she began repaying the excess funds "as soon as the error was discovered."


"I have been very open and honest with my constituents about this matter," Davis wrote. "I will continue to repay the village for any over payments until the village is reimbursed in full and I will work with any state or local authorities to review the matter."

Trustees in Dixmoor earlier this week raised concerns about Davis' salary overpayments, claiming they totaled nearly $64,000.

RELATED: Dixmoor Mayor Yvonne Davis overpaid by nearly $64K, trustees say

Dixmoor Village trustees Roberts and Judnita Smith said records show Mayor Davis received more than double her monthly salary for two years.

From June 2017 to August 2019, the part-time mayor collected close to $120,000 in compensation when she should have received about $55,000. The trustees said she hasn't paid the amount back.


"We are responsible for Dixmoor residents' funds. They entrusted us," Smith said.

Roberts and Smith said the overpayments came to light after they were blocked from obtaining village documents. The trustees said they had to submit a Freedom of Information Act request.

"As a trustee I shouldn't have to FOIA copies," Roberts said. "I had to FOIA copies of payroll."

They're calling for the Cook County State's Attorney Office to investigate all of the village finances.

Assault on the Second Amendment’: Virginia Senate passes three gun control bills


by Spencer Neale
January 16, 2020 07:43 PM

Virginia Democrats took an important step toward passing several gun control bills they have prioritized during this year's General Assembly session.

The majority-Democrat state Senate passed legislation that would restrict monthly gun purchases, expand background checks on firearms, and allow localities to ban guns in certain designated areas.

Senate Bill 69 amends Virginia law to restrict citizens' ability to purchase more than one handgun per month, Senate Bill 70 requires mandatory background checks for all private sales of guns, and Senate Bill 35 requires localities to ban guns at public events.

Although Democratic Sen. John Edwards struck the assembly's most controversial legislation, Senate Bill 16, which would have prohibited the sale, possession, or transfer of an assault rifle, many Republicans believe the House of Delegates will pass the similarly worded House Bill 961, which

Meanwhile, while Lightfoot is busying herself with how to cut the pie

Mayor Piecutter

5 wounded, including 3 children, in shooting at Chicago barbershop

5 wounded, including 3 children, in shooting at Chicago barbershop

Three boys and two men were shot Thursday at a barbershop in East Garfield Park on the West Side, authorities said.

CHICAGO - Three boys and two men were shot Thursday at a barbershop in East Garfield Park on the West Side, authorities said.

Two people walked into the barbershop about 6:15 p.m. in the 200 block of North Pulaski Road, looked around and walked back out, Chicago police said. Then they fired shots into the shop from outside.

An 11-year-old boy was hit in the back, abdomen and left arm, police said. Another boy, 16, was shot

DOW 40,000 by November 2020

And then

Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Socialism (Surreal experience)

$400,000,000 Shortfall

the look of incompetence

Preckwinkle prescribes major corrective surgery to fix ills of county’s hospitals and health system. These ills developed during her watch and the media is not accurately reporting her malfeasance. 
  • she has been running the hospital system for 9 years
  • she has appointed all of the board members and executive staff
  • they have run the system into the ground, as spending and patronage hires is out of control
  • she will soon propose massive tax increases to make up for the shortfall
  • her fellow democrats on the board prefer to say nothing, as they have been bought off
  • the media sees nothing

Preckwinkle called for “enhanced collaboration” with the independent board that now runs the Cook County Health System, proposing amendments that would allow her to directly appoint a member to the board.


By Rachel Hinton Jan 15, 2020, 3:59pm CST
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with physicians and healthcare advocates at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in 2012. File Photo. John H. White/Sun-Times

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking more control and oversight over Stroger Hospital and the rest of the county health system, including appointing a member to the system’s governing board and giving the County Board power over the top health official’s salary and job description.

In a letter to county commissioners dated Tuesday, Preckwinkle called for “enhanced collaboration”

Another public chastisement of men!

Angry Lightfoot admonishes City Council for tone of set-aside debate. It wasn't what they said, it was their tone don't you know.

The mayor received a standing ovation and a 47-1 vote to launch a study that could lay the groundwork for earmarking contracts for gay- and transgender-owned businesses in Chicago.

 
By Fran Spielman Jan 15, 2020, 2:20pm CST


An angry and emotional Mayor Lori Lightfoot admonished a handful of African American aldermen Wednesday for “demonizing” the gay community during debate about contract set-asides. Sun-Times file photo


An angry and emotional Mayor Lori Lightfoot admonished a handful of African American aldermen Wednesday for “demonizing” the gay community and said the “pie is big enough to slice it in lots of other ways.”

The mayor’s impassioned plea was followed by a standing ovation and a 47-1 vote to launch a study

Man fatally shot outside St. Sabina Church in Gresham hours after peace march

should start demanding peace instead of justice
The last place that should have happened!

FOX 32's Michele Fiore reports...

CHICAGO - A man was shot to death Wednesday outside St. Sabina Church in Gresham on the South Side, just hours after the church hosted a peace march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

About 11:35 p.m., the man, 23, was outside in the 1200 block of West 78th Place when someone shot him in the chest, Chicago police said.

The man was able to flag down a vehicle which drove him to Racine Street, where he was picked up by emergency personnel, police said. He was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center,