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Pizzeria Owner Gunned Down in Chicago Suburb of Cicero

The violence of Chicago has extended to the nearby city of Cicero after news that the owner of a pizzeria died after helping his wife escape from a robber holding her at gunpoint. Giovanni Donancricchia, 64, passed away early Thursday morning after being shot in the chest inside his restaurant, Albano’s Pizzeria. Jun 24, 2013 9:42 AM PT

IL Republican Party Official Resigns After Racist Email Rant

Jim Allen, the Republican Party Chairman of Montgomery County, IL, resigned on Thursday after the Republican News Watch website published an email that Allen sent containing racist and disparaging remarks about Erika Harold, a former Miss America and current primary challenger to Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL). Jun 22, 2013 9:35 AM PT

Salon: Rahm Is Losing Control of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel’s first two years as Mayor of Chicago have been nothing less than turbulent. To help weather the many storms, he has been able to rely on an obedient and forgiving Chicago media. But with a plummeting favorability rating among Chicago residents, Emanuel is now facing scrutiny from a staple in the left’s media diet, Salon.com. Jun 20, 2013 8:46 AM PT

Father's Day Weekend Shootings Latest Chicago Gun Violence

After a Father’s Day weekend bloodbath in which 46 people were shot and eight were killed, including one by a police officer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have little to show for their claims of reduced crime across the city. Jun 17, 2013 8:21 PM PT

Mark Kirk Kept Campaign Promise by Voting Against Cloture on Immigration

Arguably one of the most liberal Republican senators in Washington, D.C., Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted against bringing the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill to debate last week. Kirk is now facing a backlash from the Chicago media for his failure to comply with the left's agenda. However, Kirk’s position on this issue has remained consistent since he was a candidate for office in 2010. Jun 16, 2013 5:14 AM PT

Are Top IL Dems Sabotaging Pension Reform to Oust Gov. Quinn?

After a meeting with Governor Pat Quinn (D), Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R) told reporters he is suspicious that Senate President John Cullerton (D) and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) are intentionally sabotaging passage of a pension reform bill to make way for a new governor. Jun 13, 2013 3:00 PM PT

Bill Daley Running for Illinois Governor Office

In an advertisement released Monday night, Bill Daley, former Chief of Staff to President Obama and brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, announced an exploratory committee to run for governor of Illinois. Daley has never held public office, but as the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors, Daley is a well connected member of Illinois' powerful and elite ruling class. Jun 11, 2013 3:46 PM PT

Time Magazine and the Enshrining of Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Can a Media Hero Do Any Wrong?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at the helm of arguably the most corrupt city in the nation, has an image challenge. He has created enemies left, right, and center in the name of budget cuts while racking up spending on pet projects for the 1% like a maze of protected bike lanes through the city. His notorious temper and connections to the embattled Obama “Chicago Way” Administration risk forever tainting his turn in charge. Jun 10, 2013 3:18 PM PT

Activist: Kirk is Wrong on Gangs--Not Because He's White, but Because He's Liberal

Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) is not backing down in his public war of words with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). Last week, the congressman said, Kirk’s idea to go around and round up thousands of young black men in the city of Chicago was an “upper-middle class, elitist-white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.” Jun 5, 2013 1:32 PM PT

Illinois 4th District: Racial Gerrymandering & the Latin 'Earmuffs'

After the 2011 redistricting of the Illinois congressional map, two of the state’s districts were featured on Slate’s list for the 20 most gerrymandered in the country--Illinois’s fourth, and seventeenth districts. The fourth, known as the Latin "earmuffs,” for obvious reasons (look at it), ranks among the top five with Roll Call and the National Journal as well. Jun 5, 2013 12:04 PM PT

Jesse Jackson Blasts 'Undemocratic' School Closings in Chicago

Opponents are still speaking out against the Chicago Public School Board’s decision to shut down 49 elementary schools. Jesse Jackson has been following the Chicago Teachers Union’s lead, providing vocal opposition and appearing at union protests with CTU President Karen Lewis. May 28, 2013 3:29 PM PT

The Nation's Dead: This Shall Be Liberty's Home Forever

Regrettably, I only recognized the significance of Memorial Day a few years ago. Somewhere between that time and my childhood, I grew accustomed to the idea, that while watching images of Memorial Day services on TV, it was really the beginning of summer, barbecues and a day off from school, and later, work. May 27, 2013 4:28 AM PT

Commerce Nominee Penny Pritzker Sails Through Senate Confirmation Hearing

Secretary of Commerce nominee Penny Pritzker coasted through her Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. Thursday. Members of both parties on the committee largely ignored Pritzker’s questionable business practices, offshore investments, and tax problems, as well as the problematic history of her family’s failed subprime-lending Superior Bank, which has left hundreds senior citizens and veterans without their life savings. May 23, 2013 1:47 PM PT

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