Sunday, October 31, 2021
A veteran Chicago police officer is charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm after she allegedly opened fire on juveniles who stole her SUV while she was loading it with groceries outside an Evergreen Park store on Saturday evening. No injuries were reported.
The officer’s stolen car made its way to the Loop, where it crashed as on-duty officers tried to pull it
Over 12 shot, 2 fatally, at Halloween party in Joliet Township
Gunfire erupted early Sunday near a DJ booth that was set up in the backyard of a home, authorities said. Witnesses reported that two gunmen opened fire “from an elevated position on a porch looking down over the crowd” of more than 200 people.
By Tom Schuba Oct 31, 2021, 1:18pm CDT
Over a dozen people were shot, two of them fatally, at a Halloween party early Sunday in Joliet
The stage was set with the insertion of Lightfoot, Preckwinkle, Foxx, Pritzker, etc., it was then that Lightfoot invited the peaceful protestors downtown. Non of this was inadvertent.
Downtown shootings up 220%, biggest spike in city: ‘People are fed up’
Chicago police investigate the shooting of a CTA bus driver on East Washington Street in the Loop in September. Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times
The economic and cultural hub has seen the most shootings in years in 2021. The rise mirrors a citywide violent crime wave and threatens downtown’s recovery.
y Tom Schuba, David Struett, Andy Grimm, Frank Main, and Andy Boyle Oct 29, 2021, 5:30am CDT
Deserted during the pandemic and battered by looting, downtown Chicago is grappling with a rise in violent crime that threatens the reputation of the city and its economic viability.
Murders, shootings, rapes and car thefts are all up sharply in the downtown area, prompting fears among residents and business owners similar to those that have long been a reality in struggling neighborhoods beyond the skyscrapers.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
President Biden tells Pope Francis that he's the 'only Irishman you've ever met who's never had a drink' as he gives him a command coin
Fri, October 29, 2021, 10:10 AM
Pope Francis meets with President Joe Biden during an audience at the Apostolic Palace on October 29, 2021 in Vatican City, Vatican. Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images
President Biden met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, giving him a presidential "command coin."
There’s plenty of disgrace to go around, but Quenneville will carry an extra-large share. He had the stature to stand up to John McDonough or anyone else and raise his voice so there was no mistaking it.
By Steve Greenberg@SLGreenberg Updated Oct 29, 2021, 12:12am CDT
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Joel Quenneville is out as coach of the Panthers. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Joel Quenneville is 31 victories shy of going where only one NHL coach has gone before. Ironically, that coach was Scotty Bowman, whose son, Stan, stepped down as Blackhawks general manager Tuesday amid a sexual-assault scandal that has rocked the organization and outraged the public. The elder Bowman worked for the Hawks, too, when former video coach Brad Aldrich allegedly assaulted then-prospect Kyle Beach in 2010 and the Hawks, according to an independent investigation conducted by Chicago law firm Jenner & Block, failed to take appropriate action in what amounted to a cover-up.
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A judge heard arguments Thursday in the Chicago police union’s lawsuit challenging the city’s vaccine mandate, while the union representing Fire Department employees confirmed about two dozen firefighters and paramedics have been placed on no-pay status for their refusal to report their vaccine status.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 sued the city earlier this month over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s shot reporting rule. At the same time, the city also took the FOP to court after its leadership openly encouraged members to defy the rule.
Thursday’s hearing in front of Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell centered
on the FOP’s motion for a restraining order to force arbitration over the vaccination policy — and suspend implementing the mandate until the proceeding concludes, with the exception that officers do regular COVID-19 tests.
The mounting dispute stems from the directive Lightfoot announced in August, which FOP Lodge 7 President John Catanzara has vehemently protested by posting multiple videos instructing his members to disobey the order. His statements led to concern that the police force would be depleted over mass noncompliance. A temporary restraining order barred Catanzara from publicly encouraging further defiance, but that rule expired Monday.
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara walks out after a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court at the Daley Center on Oct. 28, 2021, on an FOP motion to halt implementation of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's vaccine mandate. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
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Those who are unvaccinated can instead undergo regular COVID-19 testing for the rest of the year.
A Wednesday court filing from the city said 32 Chicago police officers were placed on no-pay status for refusing to report their vaccine status, the deadline for which was Oct. 15. Five of them later complied.
Firefighters Union Local 2 President Jim Tracy on Thursday said the city had put about 14 paramedics and 12 firefighters on no-pay status for refusing to report their vaccine status. And he said many other paramedics aren’t answering their phones when the department calls them on their days off to see if they can pick up extra shifts, because they’re worried the call is to order them to report to Fire Department headquarters to report their vaccine status.
As a result, Tracy said that on Wednesday, three fire trucks were shifted from advanced life support to basic life support status, meaning there was no paramedic on board trained to give the highest level of medical assistance in the field.
“This could drive response times up. It has the potential to be the difference between life and death, in terms of the response time for someone who needs help to get ALS assistance,” Tracy said.
Tracy said the city should lift the Dec. 31 deadline for city employees to get vaccinated, and instead let workers who don’t want the vaccine to keep getting tested.
“It should absolutely be addressed sooner than later,” he said. “It’s a shame. I hope nobody gets hurt because of the response time.”
Neither the mayor’s office nor the Fire Department has responded to requests for comment. According to a city court filing, 86% of Fire Department employees have submitted their vaccination status.
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police and supporters rally outside City Hall ahead of a City Council meeting in Chicago Monday. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
The number of police officers who have filled out the form has risen slightly, from 65% to 71% compliance with Lightfoot’s reporting mandate as of earlier this week. Police Superintendent David Brown has said many staffers are choosing to obey after speaking with higher-ups about how the mandate works.
But there are still potentially thousands more police officers and other personnel who have not yielded, leaving questions about the potential impact on public safety if the standoff continues.
In court Thursday, lawyers for the city and the FOP debated the union’s motion for a restraining order to force arbitration over the vaccination policy. The union also wants the implementation of the mandate suspended until the proceedings conclude, with the exception that officers do regular COVID-19 tests.
In filing the request, the plaintiffs wrote that the city is relying on “a stream of histrionics about the dangers of COVID-19 to support its claim” that such “unilateral implementation” of its policy would outweigh the four bargaining agreements with Chicago police unions.
Mitchell said he will issue a written ruling by Monday. He gave little indication where he stood but noted what the FOP is seeking is “an extraordinary remedy on top of an extraordinary remedy” because it involves a potential restraining order over a labor dispute.
The FOP lawyer, Joel D’Alba, maintained that officers face irreparable harm if stripped of police powers. As for those who end up getting vaccinated because of Lightfoot’s policy, he said, “Once you have something in your arm, no one can take it out.”
“They slammed down our throats a unilateral change,” D’Alba said. “That’s the most offensive thing an employer can do.”
FOP President John Catanzara after a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court on an FOP motion to halt implementation of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's vaccine mandate. “This momentum is building,” Catanzara said in a YouTube video posted Wednesday evening. “It’s kind of nonstop here.” (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
Mitchell also noted the city is in a bind — or, as he put it, a “zone of twilight.” He questioned what the city will do come Jan. 1, when the provision that unvaccinated employees can submit to COVID-19 testing expires. A lawyer with the city, Michael Warner, replied that officers would once again face being placed into no-pay status.
Warner added the city is not opposed to arbitration but disagrees that the courts should oversee the negotiation and timing of the process. And he remained confident that the city would prevail in arbitration.
“The psychic harm of complying with an order you disagree with is not something covered by the collective bargaining agreement,” Warner said.
Meanwhile, more than 100 Chicago firefighters and other city employees have gone to federal court seeking a freeze on vaccine mandate orders by Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker. U.S. District Judge John Lee is due to rule on the request — which he said “puzzled” him — on Friday.
“This momentum is building,” Catanzara said in a YouTube video posted Wednesday evening. “It’s kind of nonstop here.”
Thursday, October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021 3:49pm
Disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo was charged Thursday with groping a former aide in Albany’s Executive Mansion — a crime that could force him to register as a sex offender if he’s convicted.
A misdemeanor criminal complaint filed in Albany City Court alleges that Cuomo, 63, “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim…and onto her intimate body part.”
“Specifically, the victims [sic] left breast for the purposes of degrading and satisfying his sexual desire,” it adds.
The incident allegedly took place on the afternoon of Dec. 7 on the second floor of the Executive Mansion, the governor’s official residence.
The name of the alleged victim was redacted from the complaint but the allegations line up with those made by former Cuomo aide Brittany Commisso, 33.
The complaint charges Cuomo with forcible touching, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
The alleged evidence against him includes a text message from Cuomo’s cell phone, state police aviation records for Dec. 7 and news reports of a press conference that day, state police Blackberry PIN messages, swipe card records from the state Capitol, and Commisso’s testimony to the Attorney General’s Office.Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be arrested next week and charged with a misdemeanor in the alleged groping of former aide.AP/Seth Wenig
It’s unclear when the former governor will be arrested, booked and arraigned but a source briefed on the
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Father Michael Pfleger: John Catanzara 'is a dangerous man', while he, Father Pfleger, is an undangerous man
By FOX 32 Digital Staff
Chicago police union protest: 1,000 cops expected, only a few dozen showed up
The firebrand president of the Chicago police union called for a thousand officers to show up at Chicago Police Department headquarters Tuesday morning, but only a few dozen actually appeared and some were not cops.
CHICAGO - Amid the back and forth between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago’s police union,
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has proposed the more than $31 million program as part of her 2022 budget, which the city council is scheduled to consider on Wednesday. The one-year pilot program, funded by the nearly $2 billion Chicago received from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, is supported by most of city’s 50 aldermen. But it has received pushback from the 20-member Black Caucus, which has urged Lightfoot to redirect the money to violence prevention programs.
Monday, October 25, 2021
By Ryan Saavedra•
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U.S. officials reportedly believe that Iran was “behind the drone attack” on a U.S. base in Syria last week, which comes as the Biden administration continues to try to negotiate with Iran about returning to the Iran nuclear deal.
“Officials said Monday the U.S. believes that Iran resourced and encouraged the attack, but that the
A man who allegedly threatened a woman and shot out one of her car tires during a road rage incident in the West Loop has received a sentence of 24-months probation, court records show.
Devon Dortch, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop the most serious charge he faced, aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and two other felonies.
Police said it all started when a 21-year-old woman was cut off in traffic by a white 2011 Nissan Rogue on the first block of North Jefferson on the morning of January 22, 2020. The driver of the Rogue—identified by police as Dortch—suddenly stopped his vehicle, causing the woman to crash into his back
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Chinese Defector: Covid-19 Was Made in a ChiCom Military Lab and Now We Know Why
Editor’s Commentary: There have been plenty of stories speculating that Covid-19 is a bioweapon developed by the Chinese military. Much of the speculation is credible, backed by documentation and first-hand accounts, including the revelations below by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Li-Meng Yan. But there are two factors preventing this extremely likely theory from getting enough attention.
First and most obviously, the “normies” who get their news from mainstream media and Big Tech will never hear a word about any of this. There are still millions of Americans who have been misled by CNN, Anthony Fauci, and Google to believe that Covid-19 jumped to humans through bat soup or some other non-conspiratorial means. They are not only covering up for the CCP, but also for direct involvement by the National Institute of Health and other American government organizations.
By Jose Torres
Migrants from Central America and Haiti walk in a caravan headed to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, in Tapachula, in Chiapas state, Mexico October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres
TAPACHULA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Several thousand migrants from Haiti, South America and Central America set off from southern Mexico headed north on Saturday, clashing with law enforcement trying to hold the caravan back.
Some people among the latest mass movement of migrants trying to pass north through Mexico said they hoped to eventually reach the U.S. border, where the number of migrants trying to gain entry was already hitting new records.
Some 3,000 people, including families with young children, began trekking on foot on Saturday from the city of Tapachula near the Guatemala border toward Mexico's capital.
One of the caravan's organizers, Irineo Mujica, said he was leading the group to Mexico City in protest of the lack of government assistance in the south, where officials have attempted to contain thousands of migrants, and to demand legal documents that would let migrants move freely in the country.
A highway checkpoint in Tapachula with some 400 law enforcement officers aimed to block their path, but many migrants managed to break past. A Reuters video showed people carrying backpacks and with children on their shoulders pushing through a cluster of officers in anti-riot gear who attempted to contain the crowd.
One family, including a woman and small children, were knocked to the ground in the crush of people, their belongings scattering.
Some migrants who attempted to leave Tapachula in September to head north were subject to brutal treatment by Mexican officials, and the government's National Migration Institute condemned incidents of violence captured on video.
U.S. authorities arrested more than 1.7 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year, the most ever recorded.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Some of the names mentioned over and over:
Clinton, Gates, Prince Andrew, Roberts,
Friday, October 22, 2021
BY GWENDOLYN SIMS OCT 21, 2021 11:26 PM ET
CBSLA reports that the sheriff’s office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, “confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of ‘Rust.'” Director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, and director Joel Souza, 48, were each shot when a prop-gun was discharged by actor Alec Baldwin, 68, during filming.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
No vaccine, no problem: Indiana recruits Chicago cops upset by COVID mandates
BY MITCHELL WILLETTS UPDATED OCTOBER 20, 2021 5:11 PM
With thousands of Chicago police officers at odds with the city’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandates, officials in the neighboring state of Indiana are trying to recruit disgruntled cops, some of whom are being punished for not complying.
As of Oct. 15, all of Chicago Police Department’s roughly 12,000 officers are required to share their vaccination status, outlets report, and those who aren’t vaccinated must get tested for COVID-19 twice weekly. “Hey Chicago police officers, we’re hiring!” an Indiana State Police spokesman said in a tweet on Thursday. “No vaccine mandate … lower taxes, great schools, welcoming communities.”
Chicago police officers who don’t follow the new rules can have their pay and their powers suspended, WFLD reported. As of Tuesday, at least 21 officers have faced those consequences, police Superintendent David Brown told the outlet. Roughly two-thirds of Chicago’s officers have submitted their vaccine status into Chicago’s database, Brown told the station, and 82% of those are vaccinated.