Written by David E. Smith
In a sanctimonious and dramatic way, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently took to the Senate floor to attack Republicans for holding up the nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, saying:
And so, Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar. That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate.
Ironically, Senator Durbin is perpetuating the very thing that he (and other Leftists) tend to obsess about: Race and racism.
By focusing on the nominee’s skin color instead of her qualifications, Durbin departs from the example and the wisdom espoused by our nation’s most prominent civil rights leader, Dr.… Continue Reading
Written by IllinoisReview.com
Two state senators whose names emerged as possible Republican candidates to succeed resigning U.S. Representative Aaron Schock said they won’t be running in the special election to fill the 18th CD vacancy.
State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington told WLS Wednesday morning he’s not interested in leaving his duties in Springfield and State Senator Jason Barickman* (R-Bloomington) said he too, would remain in the Illinois State Senate.
“Yesterday, I spoke with many supporters, and discussed this potential opportunity to serve with my family. However, the needs of my young family and the desperate fiscal situation in Illinois state government are paramount,” Barickman said in an announcement Wednesday morning. “These issues demand my full attention and present significant opportunities for me to serve my community and make a difference for our great state. … Continue Reading
Written by David E. Smith
U.S. Representative Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) announced Tuesday that he would be resigning from Congress at the end of the month in the wake of six weeks of being peppered with questions regarding his lavish spending — including tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.
Schock issued this statement:
“Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31st.
“I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years.
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Written by Michael F. Haverluck
When it comes to legacies for President Barack Obama as he passes the halfway point of his second term, visions of Obamacare, executive amnesty and Dr. James Dobson dubbing him as the “abortion president” come to mind. But less attention has been brought to his 38 vacations costing taxpayers more than $40 million … or to his 219 rounds of golf.
So far, the Obama family has tallied up 38 holidays, fun trips and working vacations (that have been recorded). Early last year, Judicial Watch estimated the Obamas’ excursions running a tab of $40 million — before figuring in Michelle Obama taking her daughters to spring break in China, a family summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the first family’s 17-day Christmas on the Hawaiian Islands and holidays taken this year … and many other expenses, as well.… Continue Reading
Written by Russ Stewart
It’s reality check time in the Chicago mayoral race. Chuy Garcia is not Harold Washington. This is not 1983. The Hispanic base vote is nowhere near the black base vote, then and now. The result of the Feb. 24 municipal election, which set up an April 7 runoff between Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, may or may not be a “consciousness-raising” event. “They are energized,” Frank Avila, a longtime political activist, said of Hispanic voters.
Will Hispanic turnout on April 7 be anemic as usual or awesome? Here are a few incontrovertible facts:
First, Chicago’s population is 2,695,598, of which roughly 32 percent (865,000) are white, 44 percent (1,185,000) are black and 24 percent (647,000) are Hispanic. The number of registered voters in Chicago is 1,421,430, and roughly 51 percent are white (735,000), 40 percent are black (575,000) and 9 percent are Hispanic (135,000).… Continue Reading
Written by Michael F. Haverluck
While addressing one of the nation’s leading homosexual activist groups on Friday in the nation’s capital, Vice President Joe Biden used the name of Jesus Christ in vain while defending the claim of the LGBT community that homosexuality is hereditary.
What’s your reaction to Vice President Biden’s comments to the Human Rights Campaign?
Biden was challenging prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s assertion last week that homosexuality is a choice … a learned behavior — not a gender or inherent biological state of being.
“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” the acclaimed neurosurgeon told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”
Apologizing later for his “choice of language” on a Facebook post, Carson wrote that even though he opposes same-sex “marriage” due to his Christian beliefs, individual states should be able to choose whether it’s legal.… Continue Reading
Written by Michael Gryboski
A previously bipartisan U.S. Senate bill meant to combat human trafficking is now being blocked by Democrats over an abortion funding provision.
Senate Democrats have threatened to block Senate Bill 178 over a provision added by Republicans regarding abortion funding.
“Republicans cast this as a routine extension of the so-called Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions except in limited circumstances,” reported Fox News.
“But Democrats said the legislation would mark a significant expansion since it applies to personal funds paid in fines.”
Also called the Justice for Trafficking Victims Act, S. 178 was introduced by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas in January.
Meant as a bill to combat human trafficking, S. 178 accrued over 30 cosponsors from both parties in the weeks leading up to this week’s planned vote.… Continue Reading
Written by Russ Strewart
“Not Rahm.” “Anybody But Rahm.” “Any Alderman Who Is Not A Stooge For Rahm.” Those were the clear victors in the Feb. 24 municipal election.
Chicago’s heretofore esteemed mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has been absolutely, totally, completely humiliated. His gargantuan ego has shriveled. The scope and size of his rejection is breathtaking.
Chicago has 1,421,430 registered voters and a population of 2,695,598. On Feb. 24 in the nonpartisan mayoral election, 472,126 people voted. The mayor, against four lackluster, underfunded opponents — Chuy Garcia, Bob Fioretti, Willie Wilson and Dock Walls — managed to garner 214,988 votes (45.5 percent of the total cast), after having spent almost $30 million. His combined opponents’ vote was 257,158, 42,170 more than his vote.
Consider the enormity of Emanuel’s rejection: 79.9 percent of Chicago’s eligible voters either didn’t vote or didn’t vote for him.… Continue Reading
Written by Scott Reeder
Four years ago, State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) walked into a state office and announced he didn’t want a pension.
“I got a blank look in response. The General Assembly has an incredibly generous pension plan, and I was told I was the first legislator to choose not to participate in more than 14 years. I guess I was a trend-setter because today one-fifth of the General Assembly doesn’t participate,” the Palatine Republican said.
Indeed, documents obtained by Illinois News Network through the state Freedom of Information Act found that 37 lawmakers have opted not to participate in the General Assembly Retirement System. View the complete list of GARS OPT OUTS.
State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison), said she opted not to take a pension so she could be more objective when dealing with state pension reform.… Continue Reading
Written by Chad Groening
A new conservative watchdog group dedicated to exposing unethical behavior in government isn’t confident Hillary Clinton will turn over all the emails from the personal account she used while secretary of state under Barack Obama.
Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, has pledged that the State Department will move immediately to review emails that Clinton wrote on her personal account when she was secretary of state. The former first lady had urged the State Department to release the emails in question. (See earlier story)
Clinton’s use of a personal email account for official State Department business has prompted questions about her transparency – and there are some serious questions whether she violated the law.
Matt Whitaker is executive director of the newly created Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), which focuses on exposing public officials who “put their own interests over the interests of the public good,” according to their website.… Continue Reading