Tuesday, March 24, 2015

$10,000,000.00 without any documentation.

The most incompetent governor in the history of Illinois will be explaining this one to a federal grand jury.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday ordered a clout-heavy Chicago TV and movie studio to give back a $10 million state grant that his predecessor, Pat Quinn, had awarded to the studio’s owners to buy land that isn’t for sale.
The Rauner administration’s action came one day after the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that owners of six of the seven properties listed in the grant say they have no plans to sell their land to Cinespace Chicago Film Studios or anybody else. There’s no indication the seventh property is for sale, either.
Quinn’s administration, the Sun-Times also found, awarded the $10 million without any appraisals to justify the projected purchase prices listed by the studio’s owners.
Additionally, the former governor’s Department of Commerce and Economic opportunity had nothing to show that Cinespace had pending contracts to buy any of the properties — or even had been in negotiations to buy them, according to documents obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
“The administration has very serious concerns about the lack of supporting documentation and the failure of the Quinn administration to abide by normal procedures for issuing grants,” Rauner spokesman Lance Trover said. “Following a review, Gov. Rauner has ordered the $10 million grant to Cinespace be terminated and the funds returned.”
The check Cinespace received from the state | (Sun-Times file photo)
The check Cinespace received from the state | Sun-Times file photo

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Talk of hypocrisy, Starbucks management wants to impose some standard on us but ask them how many Starbucks coffee shops are located in Harvey, Gary, Benton Harbor, East St. Louis, Ferguson, Maywood, Englewood or Matteson.


Perhaps it is time that the US Justice Dept. launch an investigation as to why Starbucks doesn't open stores in black neighborhoods. Let's have that discussion about how blacks continue to be deprived of their economic rights by corporate people like Howard Schultz and Mellody Hobson. 
The talk of the Twitterverse Wednesday began with a cup of Starbucks that brewed up a storm on social media.
And it was Chicago’s own Mellody Hobson — a financial whiz who is president of Ariel Investments and an African-American member of the Starbucks board of directors — who may have started the coffee brewing
At issue was a plan by Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz to start up a conversation about race relations — inspired by the police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson and New York — an initiative titled “Race Together” in which Starbucks baristas write the phrase on coffee cups to inspire customers to discuss racial relations in a more public forum. #RaceTogether was trending on Twitter on Wednesday.
But what was intended to be a quiet water-cooler discussion in the atmosphere of what has become a “third place” to go during the day — began to backfire on social media, prompting criticism and a dollop of derision.
Even Gwen Ifill, the highly respected African-American PBS “NewsHour” anchor, tweeted Tuesday: “honest to God, if you start to engage me in a race conversation before I’ve had my morning coffee, it will not end well.”
Sneed is told the race initiative may have been Schultz’s brainchild, but it was influenced by a TED conference talk by Hobson in March 2014 in Vancouver on being “color brave.” TED is a forum where speakers are invited to share powerful ideas on almost any topic.
Schultz told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle on Wednesday: “Over the last 10 years, we’ve had the benefit – I’ve had the benefit — of having Mellody Hobson on Starbucks’ board. She’s an African-American woman, and she has risen to the heights at the highest level of corporate America. She’s been an adviser and counselor to me on a number of issues, but specifically this issue [of race in America] as I and the company try to navigate through the process of not being a bystander and effectively and respectfully trying to make a difference in the communities we serve.”
Back in 2014, Hobson told the TED gathering: “Race in America makes people completely uncomfortable.”
“I’m asking you to show courage, to be bold,” she added. “I’m asking you not to leave any child behind, not to be colorblind but to be color brave, so every child knows that their future matters and their dreams are possible.”
“She clearly planted the seed,” said a Sneed source — which eventually resulted in a corporate meeting called by Schultz months ago to talk about race relations.
“There was a firestorm at that meeting,” a source said. “There was even crying. Workers who talked about police brutality in their life experiences and how they made sure their children would be protected by going unnoticed.”
On Wednesday, Hobson addressed the Starbucks shareholders meeting: “Race today is still one of the most controversial and uncomfortable issues to discuss in America. Bring it up at the dinner table or the workplace, and the effect is the conversational equivalent of touching the third rail — shock followed by a long silence.
“But we all know the first step in solving a problem is to stop hiding from it. The first step toward action is awareness. So I’m here to talk about what I’ve seen and what I’ve lived, with the hope that we can all feel a little less anxious and a little more bold when it comes to conversations about race.”
Sneed is told Hobson was surprised by the runaway backlash against Race Together, but strongly felt that starting a conversation leads to more empathy and understanding.
Is this coffee controversy a hill of beans, a tempest in a teapot or grounds for a new kind of dialogue on race?
Bravo, Howard. Bravo, Mellody.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spoken from the heart.

" this race has nothing to do with me and Matt Hynes. I have not even seen matt Hynes in over 10 years and to my knowledge none of the Hyneses even live in the 19th Ward anymore. I got involved with Chuy as a volunteer. I am not getting paid a dime. I am working for Chuy because he is much better for our neighborhood. Chuy grew up in a Chicago neighborhood and attended St. Rita High School while the other guy grew up in Winetka attended New Trier and wants to tells us about "Chicago values". The neighborhood I grew up in was safe, neighbors looked out for each other and our public officials demanded the best in constituent services from city hall. Now our police resources are forced to spend much of the time on the east end of the district which isn't even in the ward. Everybody knows somebody or has themselves been the victim of crime. We are paying very high taxes and our children have only a marginal chance of being accepted into the Ag School and Morgan Park is not safe with many out of students living out of the district being allowed to attend because of gang rivalries. The grid system for garbage pick up is a complete waste of money and now instead of neighborhood people doing work and looking out for neighbors,we have some bad actors who live outside of our neighborhood casing houses for burglaries. Matt O'Shea is a very nice guy but it is a slap in the face to Alderman Sheahan and Rugui he sneaks the mayor into the neighborhood to give him undeserved credit. Rahm had $30 million, Obama, every political endorsement, most union officials' endorsements, incumbency, early voting, low turnout and a million dollars negative against Chuy and he still barely broke 40% in the ward. Now Rahm says Chuy is a good man and wants to run a campaign on the issues. A leopard can't change his stripes and now Rahm will attempt to paint Chuy as a nice guy dummy. Really it is rahm who has lied to Chicagoans about hiring 1000 new police officers and if he is re elected he will double our taxes while enriching his big money out town donors. This race has nothing to do with me or Matt Hynes. Chuy will be in the neighborhood plenty between now and the election. I am confident that he will earn your vote". 
Sincerely, Mike Joyce

CAGE FIGHT!!!!!!! April 7, May the best man win.

Look who is standing right behind Chuy Garcia.

Forget the Rahm vs Chuy election. That's a sideshow. The real fight everyone will be watching is between 2 sons of Beverly. Mike "Pickle" Joyce vs Matt "Spoons" Hynes. These guys have been itching for this showdown for years and now it's going to happen. If you live in the 19th Ward, chances are

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Wants a teachers pension too.
A walking breathing example of what is wrong in Illinois. 
A union lobbyist who qualified for a teacher pension windfall by subbing at a school for one day is now suing a state retirement board because his benefits were scaled back once his sweet deal was exposed.
Retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist David Piccioli, 65, is arguing that lawmakers violated the state constitutional provision that says a pension cannot be “diminished or impaired” once it is set.
Piccioli is already collecting $31,485 from the Teachers Retirement System. If he wins his case, his teacher pension could increase by more than $36,000, the Tribune estimated — more than doubling what he gets now.
Piccioli also gets a second state pension worth just over

Try cutting the waste and patronage!

Metra- the place where the employees are paid too much.
Transit fare increases and service cuts are “very likely” if Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to trim nearly $170 million in state funding from the CTA, Metra and Pace becomes a reality, RTA officials warned Wednesday.
The Chicago Transit Authority would be “disproportionately” and “hardest hit” by the plan, shouldering a $130 million revenue loss — up from an original estimate of $105 million, Regional Transportation Authority officials said.
To put the CTA revenue loss in perspective, the RTA estimated it was the equivalent of what a hefty 30 percent jump in CTA fares would generate.
Hypothetically, a 30 percent fare bump would bring a typical L ride to nearly $3 from the current $2.25. But a CTA spokeswoman emphasized it was “way too early in this process” to speculate about what might happen.
“This is a huge bite out of the CTA’s state subsidies,” said RTA chairman Kirk Dillard, who nearly upset Rauner in the 2014 Republican gubernatorial primary. “It’s nearly half of their state subsidy at a time when the ridership on the L has never been higher.”
At Metra, officials estimated a 6 percent fare increase would plug the much smaller $20.8 million cut Rauner proposed to

Saturday, March 14, 2015

American Irish History Week

Irish American Heritage Center

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Irish American Heritage Center
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Irish American Heritage Center in Irving Park, Chicago, IL
Location4626 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
P. 773-282-7035
TypeHeritage center
PresidentJohn Gorski
The Irish American Heritage Center is a non-profit organization located in Chicago that seeks to enhance the study of Irish culturewith programing centered on Irish dance, literature, heritage, music, and Irish American cultural contributions to the United States. [1]The center also supports Irish immigrants, and three Presidents of Ireland have attended ceremonies at the center.[2][3]
The center's building in the Irving Park community area houses a library, museum, art gallery, archives, auditorium and classrooms, as well as an Irish pub and gift shop. Founded in 1976, it opened its building in 1985. [4] The center oversees and administers the Irish American Hall of Fame.[5] It is a member organization of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

Friday, March 13, 2015

American Irish History Week

List of American politicians of Irish descent

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a list of notable Irish American politicians.
To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article and/or references showing the person is Irish American and a notable politician


Thursday, March 12, 2015

A shocking attack on the Irish by Mary Schmich and the Chicago Tribune!!!!!!!!!!

Mean-spirited person masquerading as a journalist.

Thanks to Pat Hickey for writing the below response. http://hickeysite.blogspot.com/2015/03/mary-schmich-trib-pulitzer-winner-and.html

Where did Schmich's hatred come from? If Schmich wrote a column like this about Blacks or Jews, there would be hell to pay. And rightfully so.  

Mary Schmich is attempting to return us to 1860. This should not be allowed to go unanswered. 

Born in Savannah, Ga, the oldest of eight children, Schmich grew up in Hispania, attended high school in Phoenix, Arizona, and earned a B.A. from Pomona College.
After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, Schmich attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Palo Alto Peninsula Times Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel and since 1985 at the Tribune, where she was a national correspondent based in Atlanta for five years. Her column started in 1992 and was interrupted for a year when she attended Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship for journalists.
From 1985 Schmich was the writer of Brenda Starr, Reporter until its final appearance in January 2011. The long-lived comic strip, set in Chicago, was created by Dale Messickfor the Chicago Tribune Syndicate in 1940. Messick continued to the early 1980s; Schmich was the third and final writer, working with the second and third artists.
She has also worked as a professional barrelhouse and ragtime piano player.[1]
About four times a year, Schmich and fellow Tribune metro columnist Eric Zorn write a week of columns that consist of a back-and-forth exchange of letters. Each December, Schmich and Zorn host the "Songs of Good Cheer" holiday caroling parties at the Old Town School of Folk Music to raise money for the Tribune Holiday Fund charities.
Schmich won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, recognizing 2011 work with the Tribune, citing "her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city."[2][3]

"Wear sunscreen"[edit]

Main article: Wear Sunscreen
Schmich's June 1, 1997 column began with the injunction to wear sunscreen, and continued with discursive advice for living without regret. In her introduction to the column, she described it as the commencement address she would give if she were asked to give one. The column was circulated around the Internet, with an erroneous claim that it was a commencement address by Kurt Vonnegut, usually at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the misattribution became a news item when Vonnegut was contacted by reporters to comment. He told The New York Times, "What she wrote was funny, wise and charming, so I would have been proud had the words been mine."[4]
In 1998, Schmich published the column as a book, Wear Sunscreen. In 1999, Baz Luhrmann released a song called "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" in which this column is read word for word as written by Schmich, who gave permission and receives royalties. This song was a number one hit in several countries.


American Irish History Week

Michael F. Funchion
Historical Research and Narrative
Although marked by its own nuances, the history of the Irish in Chicago follows a pattern similar to that of the Irish in most other large American cities where they settled in substantial numbers. Early immigrants formed a visible Irish community. Sustained by certain key institutions, this community remained relatively cohesive into the early-twentieth century. After that, many of the descendants of Irish immigrants gradually began to meld into a more general Catholic American subgroup, although a smaller core of highly ethnic Irish remains to this day.

Man standing on flowers 
The early Irish immigrants in Chicago left a homeland teeming with a myriad political, social, and economic problems. Controlled by England in one fashion or another since

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

American Irish History Week

Irish, as a whole, are now truly part of America. Unfortunately, other ethnic, religious and social groups around the world suffer many of the same problems as American Irish have overcome. Indeed, the past struggles and successes of Irish Americans can serve as a positive example for any individual or country trying to improve their cultural identity.
As with most groups facing persecution in the world today, the Irish have a history of turmoil. Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish in the 400s. For hundreds of years, their religion was not challenged until 1100 when the first English invasions began. These powerful new English immigrants were Protestant Christians and they harshly persecuted the Roman Catholic Irish. They took away their land and political rights and forced the Irish to live in poverty and starvation on the poorest land. Several secret Irish organizations, such as the Land League, evolved during the 1870s to oppose the English.
My friend's great-grandfather was involved in this league, but the government officials found out and were going to shoot him, so he fled to America. This is just one example of the many acts of intolerance which took place.
The challenges of Irish immigrants are much like those of other persecuted groups in the world. The Irish were the first non-English and Catholic group to immigrate to Protestant America, so they had an exceptionally hard time being assimilated. After the potato famine, there was little promise for either Irish men or women. The men had no land to farm, and the women had no dowry or choice of successful young men to marry. However, they found that life was not much better for them in America.
Established Americans attempted to block Irish social advancement with signs such as ``No Irish Need Apply.''
Irish immigrants formed organizations to help fellow Irishmen survive and get ahead in American life. Their churches encouraged them to drop their allegiance to Ireland and become assimilated more easily. They strongly encouraged each other to vote and gain political power. It wasn't until President John F. Kennedy, an Irish Catholic, was elected that the Irish were truly accepted as fellow Americans.
The Irish have given numerous contributions to American communities. Many proud and strong Irish women who worked in factories became leaders for labor unions which protect our workers today. The Irish also had a genius for politics and have traditionally been strong Democrats. Irish women such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, have prospered. Another outstanding contribution by the Irish is in literature. The Irish are known for their wit and imagination and have produced such authors as George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O'Neill, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Schock defends plane travel, NYC trip with staff

A perfect example of what is wrong with government. Downstaters have elected a playboy. He does anything but represent his constituents.

Schock defends plane travel, NYC trip with staff - FOX 32 News Chicago

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Police and Fire

At the end of the day, you know you can count on these brave men and women.  They will be there for you. 

Too Little Too Late? There is something about these cameras that rubs me the wrong way.


I know the city needs the revenue but have they tried the unique approach of cutting expenditures?

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Chicago will remove 50 red light cameras at 25 intersections throughout the city. No more tickets were to be issued based on what cameras saw at those intersections as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 6, according to a release from the mayor's office.
Emanuel's office took down 36 red light cameras at 18 intersections in October 2015. At that time, Emanuel pointed to the safety issue. 
“Automated traffic enforcement, whether through red-light or speed cameras, is about changing drivers’ behavior,” said Mayor Emanuel.  “The cameras at these intersections are now showing a low level of crashes and dangerous angle crashes, which means an enhanced level of safety."
The Chicago Tribune has an interactive map available for browsing HERE. 
Emanuel faces a stiff re-election challenge in April from Chuy Garcia, who recently came out opposed to redlight cameras.

Obama: 'Islam Has Been Woven Into The Fabric Of Our Country Since Its Fo...

I think I disagree with the President on this one. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Forgotten White Slaves

They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.
But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbour.
The Irish slave trade began when James VI sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies.
By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.

19th Ward Safety Hazard

DURBIN CALLS FOR TOUGHER RAIL CARS AFTER GALENA TRAIN DERAILMENT. This is very relevant to the 19th ward since approximately 5000 railcars roll down Talman-Rockwell-Maplewood every week. God forbid that ever happens here. 

CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling for tougher rail tank cars in the wake of a derailment near Galena, Illinois of a BNSF Railway freight train transporting North Dakota crude oil, Associated Press is reporting.
In a statement, Durbin said the rising number of train derailments across the country "is unacceptable." He says the Obama administration should act quickly to finalize their rule to strengthen tank car standards.
Durbin says regulators need to look at not just the safety of the rail cars, but the safety of what is being put into those cars. He did not mention whether a Keystone XL pipeline would be the safest way to transport oil.
There were no injuries in Thursday's derailment of 21 cars of a 105-car train that continues to burn.
BNSF says the train's tank cars were a newer model known as the 1232. But 1232 standard cars involved in three other accidents have split open in the past year.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CAGE FIGHT!!!!!!! April 7, May the best man win.

Look who is standing right behind Chuy Garcia.

Forget the Rahm vs Chuy election. That's a sideshow. The real fight everyone will be watching is between 2 sons of Beverly. Mike "Pickle" Joyce vs Matt "Spoons" Hynes. These guys have been itching for this showdown for years and now it's going to happen. If you live in the 19th Ward, chances are good you know all about the blood feud which everyone has tried to keep quite. Watch all the locals get out of town while this is going on.

Pickle has been hired to run Chuy's campaign while Spoons has been hired to run Rahm's campaign. Both are being paid handsomely and stand to benefit greatly if successful. 

Pickle is bent on avenging what Rahm did to his family 4 years ago. He has planned this for some time and is determined. A former boxer, dedicated coach, practicing lawyer and self-made businessman, he knows he can go the distance, as he often has and is certain to inflict some heavy damage. 

Spoons was sent back to the south side to restore order.  Lets face it, there are few that can handle Pickle. Spoons also has some scores he wants to settle and jumped at the chance. An expert organizer and legal scholar, he is a disciple of the left - centrist - right movement. He is known for not tolerating any shit. 

This will be a fight to the finish. Let there be no mistake the winner will emerge to run Chicago and collect the spoils during the next 4 years, (provided that their man stays in office) while the loser will be history.

Pickle Joyce, great neighborhood guy. 
Spoons Hynes, AKA The Terminator

New Version of Thunderstruck, GO SOX

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blackhawks Cheating Scandal, WTF else can go wrong.

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It's just a rumor T...
It’s just a rumor T..
This is what we’re hearing. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp, is the main player mentioned in connection with Duncan Keith’s wife Kelly-Rae Keith. Our inside source who works for the Chicago Blackhawks, tells us the scandal has definitely affected team chemistry, and it has lead to a up and down season.  He goes on to say Brent Seabrook and Jonathon Toews have sided with Sharp, and it’s clearly a locker room divided over what went down. There’s no greater offence in sports than sleeping with a teammate’s wife.-TO
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Read more at http://terezowens.com/chicago-blackhawks-cheating-wife-scandal-erupts/#v7vAfxUgGPJzhRo6.99

Look for lots of BS stories like this leading up to the election. Chicago named best city in U.S for business relocation, expansion.

Chicago named best city in U.S for business relocation, expansion by Site Selection Magazine. How bout that?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Prayers for Cardinal George

Cardinal George hospitalized - FOX 32 News Chicago

Another Executive Order?


By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold - 
The ATF’s move to ban ammunition in common use since before the 1986 ban on “armor piercing ammunition” is at the direct hand of President Obama. Having failed to secure an assault weapons ban after New Town, or even universal background checks, he is trying to dry up the most popular “plinking” ammunition for AR rifles, the most popular rifle style sold in America. He has already moved to ban importation of Russian ammunition on the pretense of sanctioning Putin’s supporters, and the importation of foreign made semi-automatic rifles. (The same rifles are made here under license.)
As related in the Washington Examiner:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela's, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group's policy and lobby shop, likewise made this statement about the ammunition ban:
The Obama administration was unable to ban America's most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it's trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation." . . .  "The NRA and our tens of millions