Showing posts with label A hero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A hero. Show all posts

Friday, August 16, 2019

Illinois is losing an example of what good government is all about

Secretary of State Jesse White won’t seek reelection — for real this time
White has been Illinois secretary of state since 1999 — and won all 102 counties in victories in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. His current term is a record sixth term. 

By Tina Sfondeles and Rachel Hinton Aug 15, 2019, 9:30am CDT

Although he’s toyed with retiring before, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White — at 85 — says he won’t seek reelection in 2022.

White will finish his sixth term and won’t seek a seventh, spokesman Dave Druker said Thursday.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Last of WW2 'Doolittle Raiders' Dick Cole dies aged 103

This guy had balls

Dick ColeImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe famed Doolittle Raiders led an attack against Japan at a critical point in WWII
Dick Cole, the last veteran of a World War Two bombing raid on Japan in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 103 years old.
The famed Doolittle raid was named for then Lt Col Jimmy Doolittle, who led the first US strikes against Japan during the war in 1942. 
Retired Lt Cole was Lt Col Doolittle's co-pilot in the lead plane. 
The raid, which included 16 B-25 bombers and 80 crew members, helped boost morale after Pearl Harbor.
"There's another hole in our formation", Air Force chief of staff General David L Goldfein said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The Legacy of the Doolittle Raiders - his legacy - will live forever in the hearts and minds of Airmen," he continued. 

Who is Dick Cole?

Born in 1915 in Dayton, Ohio, Mr Cole enlisted in the military in November 1940, after two years of college at Ohio University. 
He was on a training mission in Oregon with the 17th Bombardment Group when he heard that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, according to a news release from the Air Force. 
After he was transferred to Columbia, South Carolina, Mr Cole and his entire group volunteered for a secret mission with no known details - what would become the Doolittle Raid. 
It wasn't until two days into the group's voyage to begin the raid that the men were told they were on their way to Tokyo. 
On 18 April, 1942, the US Army Air Force and the Doolittle Raiders launched an attack on Japan in retaliation for its devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor. 
Though it only caused minor damage, the attack dealt a critical blow to the Japanese, undermining its assurances that the country was safe from an American air attack. 
Five members of the Doolittle raidersImage copyrightFACEBOOK, COURTESY OF US AIRFORCE
Image captionMembers of the Doolittle raiders lead ship
Of the 80 men who participated in the raid, eight were captured by Japanese forces. 
Six of these men died by execution or while imprisoned. 
Many had to parachute out of their planes after they were unable to refuel as planned in China, including Mr Cole who jumped out at around 9,000 ft (2,743m). 
Mr Cole retired from the Air Force in 1966, after logging more than 5,000 flight hours in 30 different aircraft. 
He remained familiar at Air Force events, including the Doolittle Raiders' annual reunions. 
"We will miss Lt Col Cole, and offer our eternal thanks and condolences to his family," wrote General Goldfein. 

Another member of the Greatest Generation.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Anne Burke to meet the Pope

Nice as they get
Sneed has learned Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, the brainchild of the original Special Olympics — is among a delegation of eight invited to Rome on Wednesday for a special audience with Pope Francis in recognition of the international organization’s 50th anniversary.
“It all began on a 90-degree day on July 20, 1968, when the Olympics was born at Soldier Field,” said Burke, who was a special recreation teacher working at the Chicago Park District at the time.
“Children with special needs — intellectual differences — were bused in from 26 states and Canada, but most significant is that almost no one was in the stands to observe the games,” she said.
“Most were volunteers and coaches and brave athletes and, of course, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who had given us $25,000 and had come to observe the games,” she added.
“It pretty much went unnoticed in that chaotic year of 1968, when Robert F. Kennedyand the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were killed . . . and the subsequent riots . . . and the only reporter to cover it was sports writer Dave ‘In the Wake of the News’ Condonbecause his brother had Down Syndrome,” she added.
“That summer day in 1968 was the day this movement — which has now been held in 172 countries — quietly drew its first breath in Soldier Field. It has now become an international movement to erase the stigma of people with intellectual differences, not disabilities.
“All of us have intellectual differences!”

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Honorable George Leighton, R.I.P.

A Good Man
George Leighton, a former Chicago federal judge who fought for civil rights, has died at the age of 105.
Leighton died Wednesday after being hospitalized in Massachusetts for pneumonia, report the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. He had retired from the federal bench in 1987 and practiced law until the age of 99.
Leighton only had a seventh-grade education when he managed to win a scholarship competition to gain admission to Howard University. He persuaded the school’s president to admit him despite his lack of a high school degree. He attended Harvard Law School and served in World War II.
After graduation, Leighton practiced law in Illinois and worked in the state attorney general’s office. He won election as a Cook County judge, became the first black judge on an Illinois appeals court, and was appointed to the federal bench in 1975, according to a statement by Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo.
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans also released a statement. “Judge Leighton came to Chicago in 1946 at a time when an African-American man could neither rent an office downtown nor hail a taxi in the Loop,” Evans said. “He made a name for himself as an attorney who fought for voting rights, integrated schools, fair housing and equal access to jury service.”
In 2012, criminal courthouse in Chicago was named in Leighton’s honor.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CFD diver dies, 2 others injured while searching for man in Chicago River

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A Chicago Fire Department diver died and two others were injured Monday night while searching for a 28-year-old man who fell off a boat on the Chicago River on the Lower West Side.

Firefighters responded at 7:49 p.m. in the 2600 block of South Ashland after others on the boat called 911 to report the fall, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

While searching for the man, one diver became separated from the rest of the team, said Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.

Juan Bucio, 46, a firefighter who specialized in diving, was in the water when his dive partner lost contact with him. He was eventually located and pulled from the river by backup divers who jumped in to search for him.

Bucio was taken to Stroger Hospital by ambulance and CPR was performed on the way,

Friday, March 30, 2018

Fire Department Fistfight

Chicago Fire Department lieutenant faces a misdemeanor charge after he punched his colleague in the face at a Far South Side fire station, according to authorities.

Chicago fire Lt. Leonard Johnson, 53, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor battery after an argument with a 52-year-old male firefighter descended into a fistfight, according to a Chicago police spokeswoman.
Around 8:30 a.m., Johnson and the firefighter were involved in a dispute at a fire station where they both work in the 1700 block of West 95th Street in the city’s Beverly neighborhood, police said

The disagreement turned physical, and Johnson hit the man twice in the face, according to police. The man, who suffered a cut to the lip, was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition.

Johnson, who has worked for the Fire Department for about 20 years, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was treated for a cut to his knuckle.

The incident is under investigation, as to who called the police though Johnson has not been suspended or placed on leave, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

A major loss for truth

Rep. Trey Gowdy won’t seek reelection.

Rep. Harold “Trey” Gowdy

Today, fearless warrior for truth Rep. Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced in a tweet that he won’t be seeking reelection and will leave politics to return to the justice system.
Interestingly, QAnon had predicted this 17 days ago (TG = Troy Gowdy):

What does “returning to the justice system” mean?

Before he became a Congressman, Gowdy, 53, was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1994 to 2000, and then as the district attorney for South Carolina’s Seventh Judicial Circuit from 2000 to 2010.

In Congress, from 2014 to 2016, Gowdy chaired the House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, which was partly responsible for discovering the existence of Hillary Clinton’s illegal private email server.

Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted what many conservatives hope:

The AltMedia is alit with speculations, including:
U.S. Special Counsel to investigate the FBI and DOJ.
Replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General and “Lock Her Up!”
As Supreme Court justice: Two slots may open up —
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be 85 years old this March.
Sonia Sotomayor, 63, whose diabetes is increasingly disabling. Twelve days ago, on January 19, paramedics were called to her Washington, D.C. home, where she was treated for low blood sugar. Last year, President Donald Trump hinted at possibly having to replace her on the bench during his time in office because of her diabetes. He said: “Her health. No good. Diabetes.”


Thursday, January 11, 2018

WTF. Why isn't the Fire Dept. picking up his medical bills?

Firefighter hurt on the job returns home, gets hero's welcome

It was a hero's homecoming Wednesday for a southwest suburban firefighter critically hurt on the job just after Christmas.

For Lieutenant Clint Sanders and his family, it was an emotional homecoming.
“This is so overwhelming...we can't believe it. But he's home and that's all that matters,” said wife Sheila Sanders.
Clint Sanders just got out of the Loyola Medical Center burn unit. He was critically injured doing his job for the Roberts Park Fire Protection District.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how a small fire in a house in Justice two weeks ago quickly escalated and overtook him.
Clint suffered burns on his hands and face, plus smoke inhalation.
There's still a long recovery ahead. Clint’s wife has quit her job as a nurse to take care of him.
So, his firefighter family has stepped up to help pay the bills. A GoFundMe page they started has raised more than $50k.
The firefighters say knowing that the person next to them has their back, it keeps them going.
The Roberts Park Fire Protection District is also taking donations at its station for the family.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers for Eddie Johnson

a very decent man
 - Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is set for a kidney transplant.
Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Johnson is scheduled to arrive at Rush University Medical Center at 6 a.m. Wednesday for the surgery later in the morning. Guglielmi says that Johnson's surgeon will have a news conference on Thursday to discuss the operation and the operation on Johnson's 25-year-old son who is donating one of his kidneys to his father. 
Johnson disclosed in January after suffering a public dizzy spell that he has battled for decades a potentially life-threatening inflammation of his kidneys and was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.