Saturday, February 29, 2020

Our own elected officials endorse this brand of hatred? WTF is going on? This is a total betrayal of our neighborhood and what we stand for.

Rashid is endorsed by the usual pack of extreme liberal assholes. Additionally, he is endorsed by a few of our local leaders. I have to believe they did not realize what they were signing onto, or did they. See below:



Abdelnasser Rashid is Proudly Endorsed By:

Abdel Nasser Rashid wants to represent Mt. Greenwood at the Board of Rview

Robling: Rashid “unqualified for any position of public trust”, so should he be trusted with your property taxes?

By W.J. Kennedy Feb 28, 2020
Cook County
Abdelnasser Rashid, a Democratic candidate for Cook County Board of Review, should apologize and abandon his campaign after boasting of the appearance of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) as the headliner at his upcoming political fundraiser,

Heather MacDonald warns US colleges are breeding hate

Advice from Pritker

Pritzker says coronavirus risk in Illinois is low, but officials prepared
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The risk of contracting the potentially deadly COVID-19 in Illinois remains low, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday as Chicago's mayor and state and city health officials joined him to detail the steps they're taking to halt the new virus.

A respiratory illness caused by the a novel coronavirus, COVID-19 was first spotted in China and has spread to virtually every continent. Illinois has had two reported cases. Patients in both have recovered and returned home, Pritzker said.

“While the risk to the general public remains low, we want you to know that our state and local agencies and officials are using every tool at our disposal to ensure the public health and safety are well-guarded,” Pritzker said at the Chicago news conference.

The state will add labs outside Cook County next week, Pritzker said, in central and southern Illinois, capable of testing for the virus. And voluntary testing at hospitals to gather statistics about the virus' spread will begin in Illinois, as in other populous states, as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The best advice for residents, Pritzker said, is observing “with renewed vigilance" well-known precautions against the flu: Wash hands often especially after using a toilet. If you don't have a toilet,

When It Comes To Protection From The Coronavirus, You're On Your Own

Friday, February 28, 2020

A story about a good man

Phillip D. Rios, sole survivor of 1981 Loop crane disaster that killed 5, has died at 67
A construction worker on the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, he and the others plummeted about 10 stories. He treasured his second chance at living.
By Maureen O'Donnell Feb 28, 2020, 11:00am CST

Three days into a new construction job, Phillip D. Rios entered the metal bucket that would hoist him several stories in the air to work on what would become the James R. Thompson Center.

He was thrilled about becoming an apprentice oiler. At 28, he was married and had an 18-month old daughter, Sarah.

He’d discovered that the crane-hoisted cage would do a stomach-churning drop before going back up.

If Lightfoot really cared about the 11 children shot 2 weeks ago, she would not support Foxx

Former rivals Lightfoot and Preckwinkle join forces for an incompetent States Attorney Foxx. Their endorsement is predicated on skin color and skin color alone.
The three elected officials joined labor leaders for a get-out-the-vote rally at a West Loop union headquarters. But the political pep rally suggested the two former mayoral rivals are not yet BFFs.
By Rachel Hinton Feb 28, 2020, 5:03pm CST

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, left, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, attend a get-out-the-vote rally for Kim Foxx’s re-election on Friday. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Former adversaries Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle teamed up Friday, burying the hatchet to stump for embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx 18 days before the March primary.

The three elected officials joined labor leaders and others for a get-out-the-vote rally at a West Loop

Coronavirus could cost Trump the election, Goldman Sachs warns

By Matt Egan, CNN Business

New York (CNN Business)A market meltdown. Surging recession fears. And a sudden spotlight on America's health care system. Goldman Sachs is warning Wall Street that the coronavirus could cost President Donald Trump the election.
The potential political fallout from the coronavirus adds yet more uncertainty for investors trying to assess the impact of the fast-moving epidemic.
"If the coronavirus epidemic materially affects US economic growth it may increase the likelihood of Democratic victory in the 2020 election," Goldman Sachs analysts led by Ben Snider wrote in a report published Wednesday night.
That could be a negative for stocks because investors have been hoping for a continuation of the low-tax, light-regulation approach of the Trump administration. And Trump of course has been laser-focused on boosting stock prices.

How the coronavirus could spark a severe slowdown or recession in America
It's no secret that a slowing economy can deal a fatal blow to the candidacy of a sitting president. That's what happened in 1992 when Bill Clinton unseated President George H.W. Bush.
In particular, Goldman Sachs notes that economic growth during the second quarter of an election year has been a "key predictor" of past presidential races.

Recession fears rise
Economists are warning that the coronavirus could spark an imminent economic slowdown or even recession. Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi said he now sees a 40% chance of a US recession during the first half of 2020, up from 20% previously.
Even former Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has acknowledged the outlook for the US economy is darkening.
"It's just conceivable that it could throw the United States into a recession," Yellen said at an event in Michigan Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.
Coronavirus fears are roiling financial markets, with the selloff escalating after US officials confirmed the US coronavirus case of "unknown" origin.
Fearing a recession, the S&P 500 has plunged about 9% this week. That would be the worst weekly percentage decline since the 2008 financial crisis. Oil prices have crashed into a bear market. And demand for safe assets is so strong that 10-year Treasury yields have dropped to record lows.
The CNN Business Fear & Greed Index is flashing "extreme fear," a sharp swing from "neutral" just a week ago.
Of course, investors often overreact, selling first and asking questions later. If the United States avoids a serious outbreak and the economy proves resilient, stocks and growth could rebound quickly.
A Trump defeat would come as a shock to many on Wall Street, who have been comforted by the success of Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential nomination.
"Many market participants believe Trump would fare particularly well against Sanders in a general election," Goldman Sachs wrote.

'Thrilled if Bernie wins the nomination'
That helps explain why Trump's reelection chances on prediction platform PredictIt have climbed in tandem with the rise of Sanders.
Up until recently, investors have displayed few jitters about the risk of a Sanders White House. If anything, some analysts have argued that the success of Sanders helped lift stocks to record highs earlier this month because investors felt he'd be an easy foil for Trump.
"The stock market should be thrilled if Bernie wins the nomination," Greg Valliere, chief US policy strategist at AGF Investments, wrote in a note to clients Thursday.
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist has called for breaking up big banks, providing Medicare-for-All, banning oil and gas fracking and instituting a wealth tax. Sanders also wants to unwind the corporate tax cuts that juiced stock prices.
Although the Sanders platform would face opposition from many in Congress, his election would at a minimum create vast uncertainty for large parts of the US economy.
Goldman Sachs is advising clients not to count Sanders out.
"In contrast with the prevailing market narrative, head-to-head polls show Senator Sanders would be competitive against President Trump in the general election," the firm wrote in the report.

Another Cook County Land Bank Insider Deal

This deal was reviewed and approved by Kim Foxx!
the level of incompetence at this states attorney's office is staggering

this states attorney will not prosecute the culprits because.........they are friends with Preckwinkle

Even though an inspector for the Cook County Land Bank Authority said the flood-prone home required “an experienced rehabber,” agency boss Robert Rose handed the property to his assistant, writing: “These houses require minimal work.” The land bank didn’t announce the program that Natasha Cornog bought the house under until more than two weeks after it rejected higher offers. Rich Hein / Sun-Times

Cook County official fires aide he gave sweet deal on Oak Lawn home following Sun-Times

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Michelle Obama honors Weinstein at a time when everyone knew about him

Disgusting bullshit.

Vegas Odds 3.5 to 1, Weinstein will be dead by July 1

POS will never be on the streets again
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein will get special treatment in custody — because officials fear another “Epstein incident,” sources told The Post.
Still reeling from the uproar after pedophile Jeffrey Epstein managed to hang himself in his Manhattan lockup last year, jail officials are taking extraordinary steps to monitor their newest high-profile inmate.
Weinstein will always have his own cell, will constantly have a dedicated team of correction officers with him — and could even be shipped to a facility outside the city, sources said.
“The last thing you want is another Jeffrey Epstein incident,” a jail source told The Post.
“Harvey is going to be isolated as much as possible and will always have a detail with him throughout the prison. He’s never going to be like other prisoners, able to walk down the hallway or sit in the canteen alone.”
The special measures have already started within Bellevue Hospital, where Weinstein was taken for chest pains after his conviction Monday, Joe Russo, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens / Deputy Wardens Association, told The City.
A jail captain escorts him on every move, and the team watching him includes several members of the department’s elite emergency response unit to ensure he doesn’t try to harm himself, Russo said.
The entire jail hospital unit is shut down to eliminate any chance Weinstein could bump into other inmates, Russo told the site.
“There seems to be a Jeffrey Epstein influence here,” Russo said.
Russo suggested city officials are keen to keep the high-profile prisoner out of the city, with options being debated including a jail in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester or even as far away as Albany.
Enlarge ImageJeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey EpsteinAP
If he does stay at Rikers, he could even get an entire housing unit just for him, Russo told The City.
“He’s very high-profile and you can’t put him with somebody else,” Russo told the site.
Sources told The Post that while options outside the city are being considered, it is far from straightforward, with state officials getting the final say.
The Correction Department declined to comment on The City’s Weinstein report.
“He’s in our custody right now,” Avery Cohen, a City Hall spokesperson, told the site.
Weinstein was convicted in Manhattan court Monday of rape and criminal sex act — which leaves him facing up to 29 years behind bars. Wherever he ends up, Weinstein should be ready — having hired a “prison consultant’’ to help prepare him for his time behind bars.
Epstein, 66, was being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, awaiting sex-trafficking charges, when he was found dead the morning of Aug. 10.
Corrections officers Tova Noel and Michael Thomas have been charged with falsifying documents claiming they’d checked on Epstein and other inmates every half-hour the night he died. Both guards pleaded not guilty.

Lightfoot is more concerned about the CDC than the shootings on her streets

Chiraq off to a typical week: 5 shot, 1 fatally Monday

The shootings never stop in Chiraq, even during Monday’s “accountability” meeting.
From MyFoxChicagoOne person was killed and four others wounded in shootings Monday in Chicago, including a 27-year-old woman who was fatally shot while trying to fend off

Ingraham: The pandemic party

Stocks continue dive due to media-driven flu scare

U.S. stock futures on Thursday morning pointed to declines at the day’s open amid concerns the coronavirus may be spreading in the U.S.

The CDC confirmed the first U.S. coronavirus case of unknown origin in Northern California, indicating possible “community spread” of the disease. The CDC doesn’t know exactly how the patient, a California resident, contracted the virus.

Around 7:30 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures indicated a drop of 400 points at Thursday’s open. A decline of that magnitude would put the 30-stock average in correction territory, down at least 10% from its 52-week high. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures also pointed to sharp losses on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Here we go again.....more public ridicule

not happy with anything, ever

Lightfoot accuses CDC of spreading panic about the coronavirus
The city is prepared to implement extreme measures — like quarantines or closing schools — if warranted, but “I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and suggest to the public that there’s a reason for them to be fearful,” the mayor said.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday she’s “very disappointed” in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for fanning the flames of fear about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, is warning Americans to start preparing now for “the expectation that this might be bad,” triggering a severe disruption in their daily lives.

Messonnier argued the question was no longer if the coronavirus will start spreading in the United States, but when.

That may require what she called, “social distancing measures” that include smaller classes or closing

Contagion more rapid than thought

Ash Wednesday

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

9/11 Firefighters

9/11 firefighter who found own brother in rubble dies of related illness

Two firefighters pay their respects during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 MemorialImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionOver 200 firefighters have died from illnesses related to the attack
A firefighter who helped find victims of the 11 September 2001 attack on New York City, including his own brother, has died of cancer, aged 46.
Daniel Foley's pancreatic cancer was related to the months he spent assisting with recovery efforts at Ground Zero. 
He had "miraculously" been the one to find the body of his elder brother - also a firefighter - in the rubble.
So far, 221 firefighters have died from illnesses related to the attack.
Mr Foley passed away on 22 February. The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) mourned the loss, tweeting: "This is becoming a living nightmare for all of us."
Mr Foley joined the city's fire department in 1998. His brother Thomas was among the first responders to the 2001 terrorist attack that devastated the city.
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When his brother went missing in the aftermath, Mr Foley joined the rescue efforts.
Lieutenant Mickey Conboy, who worked with Mr Foley, told CBS New York: "On the first night, Danny promised his mother and father he wouldn't come home until he bought his brother home with him." 
Eleven days later, Lt Conboy said Mr Foley "miraculously" found his brother in the rubble of the World Trade Center. He could have stopped working with the rescue company that day, Lt Conboy added.
Firefighter in rubble of World Trade CenterImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionHundreds of thousands of people were exposed to toxic materials in the rubble
"But Danny came back each day and joined the company working at the trade centre to find all the Americans that were killed that day. And he didn't stop until we all were done, on that last day in May of 2002."
Mr Foley is survived by his wife and five children.
Up to 80,000 people - including firemen, police officers, emergency workers,

Bears are going to make some changes

Bears’ endorsement of Mitch Trubisky comes with a caveat: it’s lying season
Free agency begins three weeks from Wednesday, and Bears general manager Ryan Pace has never seen any benefit in tipping his hand. Believe anything he says publicly at your own peril.
By Patrick Finley Feb 25, 2020, 4:49pm CST

Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Tuesday that the Bears remain committed to Mitch Trubisky. AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Three years ago, Ryan Pace stood inside the Indiana Convention Center and laid out the traits he wanted in a college quarterback.

“You want to see a guy who has elevated his program,” the Bears general manager said.

All this is good for society, don't you know

Pot profs, cannabis clinicians and loud lawyers among white-collar workers flocking to marijuana jobs
“I never thought I’d be using cannabis as a medication,” said Dr. Rahul Khare, a former emergency physician at who now runs a clinic in Lincoln Park that certifies medical pot patients.
By Tom Schuba Feb 25, 2020, 5:30am CST

Dr. Rahul Khare

White collar workers are going green in Illinois.

Though budtenders and ganja growers have long been the face of legal weed, jobs in a host of fields

Monday, February 24, 2020

Stock Market Collapse?

What happens later this week? Next month?

Vanessa Bryant shares powerful, emotional words at Kobe and Gianna Bryan...

Kobe was a real class act.

How to fix the deficit in 5 minutes, public has to demand it

"You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
I am asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
*Congressional Reform Act of 2020*
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 7/1/20. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term's), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.


POS Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and jailed immediately

Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case set to return to Chicago courtroom

Actor due to make first court appearance after being re-charged by Special Prosecutor in alleged faked 2019 attack.

By Andy Grimm@agrimm34 Feb 23, 2020, 8:56pm CST

Actor Jussie Smollett walks out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after prosecutors dropped all charges against him in March 2019. Smollett is due back in court Monday after being recharged by Special Prosecutor Dan Webb.Sun-Times Media

A year after all charges against him in an allegedly faked hate crime attack were dropped, Jussie Smollett — and the eyes of a divided nation — will return to a Chicago courthouse Monday.

The former “Empire” actor will be facing a prosecution team led by former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb


Winter storm could bring significant snowfall to Chicago area this week

Details later

Free Shit

when this guy gets done, your pension will be the last thing you're worried about

you had a pension, you had money in the bank, death to capitalist

Why Bernie Sanders is just the beginning of an American turn to the left
The United States is on the verge of a huge leftward shift. Here's what to expect


FEBRUARY 22, 2020 3:00PM (UTC)
Adapted from “Bigger than Bernie: How We Go from the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism,” by Meagan Day and Micah Uetricht, to be published on April 28, 2020 from Verso. All rights reserved.

A new socialist movement is cohering in the US, thanks in large part to the popular class politics of

"Mad" Mike Hughes R.I.P.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

It's so easy to kick a guy when he is down

Rod is catching heat for being a friend of Trump. It's best to avoid the media forever. 

CNN's Anderson Cooper excoriated Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former governor of Illinois who had his sentence commuted by President Donald Trump, in a contentious interview on Friday.

Blagojevich defended his statements that he was wrongly convicted, but Cooper dismantled him and

Friday, February 21, 2020

A modern hero

Tim Tebow: I’d rather be known for saving babies from abortion than winning the Super Bowl

An a Kansans for Life banquet, the former quarterback thanked the co-owner of the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs for 'having courage' to stand up for life.

Fri Feb 21, 2020 - 7:27 pm EST

By Doug Mainwaring

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, February 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – While speaking to a large gathering of pro-lifers, former Denver Broncos quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow said that saving the unborn “really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl.”

Tebow was at the Kansans for Life annual Valentine’s Day banquet held at the Overland Park Convention Center, attended by nearly 1,200 people, according to a report by National Right to Life News.

The master of ceremonies, Lamar Hunt Jr., co-owner of the Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City

The Unedited Pritzker-Blagojevich Wiretap

Alderman O'Shea

He's pumping gas today from 3 to 6 pm at Kean gas station, in the cold. 

Why don't you come by and fill up. He will be all yours to complain about the weather. Of course, you can tell him what a good job he's doing too. Sometimes, it's nice to hear that. 

As the worldwide search continues.....

CPD makes high-profile arrest (big deal) amid big spike in downtown crime, search for next top cop

By Anthony Ponce

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck, seeking to avoid a public tongue lashing from the mayor, spoke Thursday night -- after a board meeting on the sudden spike in crime downtown, even announcing an arrest in a shooting that happened Monday in the Loop.

CHICAGO - Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck spoke Thursday night -- after a board meeting -- on the sudden spike in crime downtown, even announcing an arrest in a shooting that happened Monday in the Loop.

Beck announced the arrest of 23-year old Cathery Torrez in a triple-shooting that happened in the tunnel that connects the Blue and Red Line subway stations in the Loop. The shooting killed one and

This guy has clout, so much clout that Kim Foxx wouldn't dream of prosecuting him for ripping off the Board of Education

Chicago Public Schools sue parking biz owned by a guy who is a Daley relative and is Joe Berrios’ son-in-law for $366K
James T. Weiss and his parking business stopped paying CPS last April for the right to park cars at 3 schools near Wrigley Field — but kept charging customers to park there anyway.

By Tim Novak and Lauren FitzPatrick Feb 21, 2020, 5:30am CST

James T. Weiss. Illinois secretary of state. He even looks like a Daley. 

A son-in-law of former Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is being sued by the Chicago Public Schools, which says he failed to pay “no less than” $366,000 under deals that allowed his company to park cars at 10 elementary schools, mostly for baseball fans going to Cubs games last year.

According to the lawsuit filed in Cook County circuit court, James T. Weiss and his parking business

The best the Dems have to offer, this is an incredible tragedy,

Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78 years old, both with heart conditions, leading Illinois primary: poll

Among voters polled, Bernie Sanders led Michael Bloomberg 22% to 17%. Former Vice President Joe Biden had 14%, followed by Pete Buttigieg with 13% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 8%.

By Tina Sfondeles Feb 20, 2020, 6:52pm CST

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., makes a point during a campaign stop earlier this week. AP Photo

With less than a month to go, a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll finds Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with a 5 percentage point lead over former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Illinois presidential primary.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters, released on Thursday by the Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was conducted Feb. 10 through Feb. 17 and has a margin of error of plus or

Thursday, February 20, 2020

ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin' (Official Music Video)

Every Democrat Still Running for President Supports Abortions Up to Birth

Every Democrat Still Running for President Supports Abortions Up to Birth: A few of them, privately, support post-birth abortion. Yesterday, pro-abortion Senator Cory Booker called it a day on his presidential campaign. Julian Castro and Marianne Williamson also dropped out recently. But e

What a nice story

Philadelphia woman adopts 4 biological siblings

A local woman adopted four siblings ranging from ages four to 14.

PHILADELPHIA - Many kids in the foster care system are lucky enough to even get adopted let alone stay with their siblings and that's exactly why one Philadelphia woman adopted four biological siblings and plans on adopting the remaining two.

Bobbie Floyd's husband died in 2014 and a few years later she began fostering three of the siblings. She eventually decided to take on a more permanent role with adoption not realizing at the time there were six siblings in total.

"I realized they were going to separate them and my whole thing was keeping the kids together

Blagojevich: I broke no laws, crossed no lines

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rod Blagojevich holds news conference after Trump commutes his sentence

Cringe: Mike Bloomberg Desperately Tries to be More Personable, Fails Mi...

Salmonella Outbreak Chopped Melon

Federal agencies are reporting a Salmonella outbreak traced to fresh-cut fruit is over after sickening more than 150 people in 14 states. The outbreak strain was particularly virulent with a high hospitalization rate.
One factor likely contributing to the 66 percent hospitalization rate involves the kinds of facilities that received the fruit. They served vulnerable populations with undeveloped or compromised immune systems.
“Most ill people reported eating cut fruit served in long-term care facilities, hospitals, hotels, or schools,” according to today’s outbreak update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Several ill people reported purchasing cut fruit from multiple locations of a grocery store chain.”
“State health officials collected records from the locations where ill people ate or purchased the cut fruit and determined that these locations served or sold cut fruit from Tailor Cut Produce.”
The illness onset dates for the 165 confirmed outbreak patients range from Nov. 7 through Jan. 11. Patients ranged in age from less than 1 to 92 years, according to the CDC. Of 111 ill people with information available, 73 were hospitalized. Public health officers with the Pennsylvania Department of Health first identified the outbreak.
Tailor Cut Produce officials initiated a recall on Dec. 7, one day after the FDA announced an investigation involving the New Jersey company. 
Ultimately epidemiologic and traceback evidence showed the outbreak strain of Salmonella Javiana was linked to Tailor’s fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes. A specific source of the pathogen remains a mystery.
“The FDA’s investigational activities, including an inspection, are complete,” according to the Food and Drug Administration update today. 
“The FDA worked with CDC and state partners to trace back the cut fruit and learn more about the potential routes of contamination. Tailor Cut Produce was identified as the common processor, but the source of the contamination was not identified. 
“When FDA did an inspection at Tailor Cut Produce, the inspectors observed these general deficiencies: the firm’s hazard analysis did not identify a known or reasonably foreseeable hazard that required a preventive control; the firm did not identify a preventive control for a hazard when one was needed, and the firm did not maintain the plant in a clean and sanitary condition and keep the plant in repair. The firm is working with the FDA to address the deficiencies.”
The 165 outbreak patients were confirmed by the use of whole-genome sequencing, which provides a DNA fingerprint of specific strains of bacteria. 
The tests identified patients in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.