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CHICAGO - Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda will traverse two buildings in Chicago this Sunday. But according to TMZ, Wallenda's grandmother is not impressed.
Wallenda will step on a high wire which will be attached to two skyscrapers that are two city blocks apart. It will be an uphill walk -- the equivalent of 8 stories, and he will be blindfolded for part of it.
It's not enough to wow or scare his 87-year-old Oma, however. Wallenda told TMZ he spiced things up with a few tricks ... backwards blindfolding and kneeling on the wire. But his grandmother still wasn't blown away.
Wallenda will walk without a net or harness. It will air live at 7 PM ET on Discovery.
NASHVILLE, IL – While the retention campaign of Justice Lloyd Karmeier continues to rack up endorsements, the specter of Chicago hangs over the election, according to Ron Deedrick Campaign Manger for Retain Karmeier.
"If you don't want Speaker Madigan and the out-of-district trial lawyers behind the smear campaign to dictate your southern Illinois judiciary, you must vote to retain Justice Karmeier," Deedrick said.
Deedrick said it’s imperative that southern Illinois voters get out on Election Day and vote ‘yes’ to retain Karmeier to keep their control over southern Illinois’ Supreme Court judicial seat.
"The Supreme Court's delicate balance hangs in the balance and your southern Illinois voice on the court will be lost to Speaker Madigan and Chicago-power politics who will impose their will on southern Illinois.
Deedrick said the court's current make-up is four Democrats and three Republicans. If the retention efforts fail, the majority will choose the court's southern Illinois justice. That puts Democrat Party Chairman Mike Madigan of Chicago in the driver’s seat.
LOS ANGELES, CA - The controversial and compelling documentary THE PRINCIPLE premiered in Chicago this weekend to sold out crowds and rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, THE PRINCIPLE achieved the highest per-screen average for a single screen opening, and ranked number four in per-screen average overall. The film, which explores the significance of the earth's place in the cosmos, will now expand into additional theaters in Chicago and additional key markets.
Rick DeLano, the writer/producer of THE PRINCIPLE, explains "We expected a strong opening, but we didn't expect the outpouring of support we received in the Chicago market. We knew that THE PRINCIPLE would have a great impact on those who viewed the film, and our confidence was renewed by not only the number of people who viewed the film, but the variety. We are excited to bring astounding new findings in cosmology to the forefront, and ask the simple question of if we are significant to a wider audience."
NORFOLK, VA. - In a recently released video, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Pastor of THE CALLED CHURCH and President of STAND (Staying True to America's National Destiny) has challenged all Christians, especially Black Christians, to stop voting for candidates who trample their values.
"Christians are under attack by radical gay activists and their Democrat allies," says Bishop Jackson. "We will love and forgive, but we will not be silent. No Christian, and this certainly includes Black Christians, should vote for candidates or a Party that attacks their Pastor, their church, their faith and the right to practice it. Black Christians must stop supporting the Democrat Party which has become anti-Christian, anti-life and anti-religious and anti-civil rights."
Ben Shapiro exposes the truth behind the media-created myth of Gentle Giant Michael Brown, the unarmed teen gunned down in cold blood by a white racist cop for the crime of walking while black. Except that every part of that story is a lie.
No economist of modern times has challenged and overturned more wrong-headed economic thinking than Walter Williams. For forty years he’s argued against the illogic of the minimum wage, racial quotas, occupational licensing as well as the welfare state. What drives his liberal critics crazy is his provocative argument that these government interventions hurt the very people they are designed to help.
CHICAGO - Two Illinois House Republicans - David McSweeney (R-Cary) and Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) - say they expected Democrat attack ads to be run against them this election cycle, but they were stunned to see negative ads from a political action committee financed by fellow Republicans.
"Together Illinois," a PAC funded by well-heeled Republicans, and led by former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner, spent $50,000 against Kay in his Metro East district and $25,000 against McSweeney in his northwest suburban district.
"They're upset that I voted against the pension reform plan, but before the vote I did my due diligence and ran the numbers. The plan we voted on was not going to fix Illinois' pension problem," Rep. Kay told Illinois Review. "I couldn't support it in good conscience."
Rep. McSweeney echoed Kay's response. "The ad was about pension reform, so I'm assuming that's what they're angry about. I voted against Speaker Madigan's pension reform plan because it wasn't going to fix the pension problem.'
"The money they spent did hurt our campaign, but we have worked hard to recover and are optimistic we'll be re-elected next week now," Kay said. "But it doesn't make sense to me that Republicans would want to help Speaker Madigan and the Democrats to gain even more control."
By Joe Kaiser -
Chad Grimm needed 1,500 signatures to run for state legislature in 2012, so he turned in roughly 2,000. But running as a Libertarian in the 92nd assembly district, he was still thrown off the ballot on what he called a “technicality” and Democrat Jehan Gordon-Booth won reelection unopposed.
“That’s when I really started taking this seriously,” Grimm (photo above) told Illinois Review. “(Ballot access) is a problem. It’s extremely upsetting that Illinois voters are being used for people’s political gains and people’s political careers.”
This summer, Grimm, now running for governor, and other Libertarians faced another fierce ballot access hurdle from Republicans, but the circumstances have changed since Libertarians won that battle Aug. 23. Libertarians need 5 percent of the vote in their statewide races for easier ballot access in 2016, and Grimm is polling anywhere between 4-7 points in the tight race between Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. Fellow Libertarian Julie Fox is registering as high as 8 percent in her third run for comptroller, and with Libertarians on the ballot for every statewide office, Republicans are showing some signs of concern.
A mailer sent out last week by the Illinois Republican Party with the headline “REPUBLICAN VOTER ALERT!” issued a warning to hard Rs that “Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan are using Chad Grimm to steal the election.”
Grimm and Libertarians reject this claim and point out that these tactics from the GOP show a sense of desperation.
CHICAGO - A Chicagoan made a video - and a statement - when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the streets in the president’s hometown to highlight Obama's handling of the Ebola threat.
By Laurie Higgins -
In lengthy discussions on Illinois Review over the past few weeks on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of voting for “moderate” Republicans, I have been surprised to learn of the intensity of hostility that “moderate” Republicans feel for conservatives. They call conservatives “crazy loons,” “whack jobs,” “insane,” “fringe,” “hysterical,” and “homophobic hatemongers.” Yes, they sound remarkably like liberal Democrats.
For those who are tuning in late, I have suggested that the time has come for conservatives to make their votes count by voting for Pat Quinn in the gubernatorial race. I’m proposing this not because I support Quinn’s policies, but because the Republican Party is rapidly abandoning what are dismissively called the “social issues.”
“Moderate” Republicans have deceived gullible, compliant conservatives for years, urging them to call a “truce” (or more accurately, a surrender) on the social issues until our state and federal fiscal house is in order. What “moderate” Republicans didn’t tell their gullible, compliant water-carriers is that they have no intention of ending the truce, because in reality they hold in contempt conservative views on life, marriage, and religious liberty. What many “moderate” Republicans (henceforth referred to as “immoderates”) do care about are conservative votes and money.
But they won’t care about those for long.
NAPERVILLE, IL - Tuesday, voters across Illinois will be faced with 131 referenda that calls for new taxes, tax hikes or municipal debt increases. As part of its ongoing mission of promoting economic freedom in the Land of Lincoln, Americans for Prosperity – Illinois re-activated their “Local Anti-Tax Initiative.”
For the fourth consecutive election cycle, AFP-IL is warning taxpayers in communities where such referenda are proposed, using both grassroots activity and paid communications including mail and automated phone calls.
Of the 131 tax-related referenda across the state, AFP-IL focused on 40 via the Local Anti-Tax Initiative. In some cases, particular referenda were targeted because local activists proactively engaged the chapter on their referenda and in other cases a question was chosen because it appeared particularly harmful to economic well-being of local residents:
DIXON - In a press release today, the Illinois Conservatives Facebook page announced they are recommending that Illinois conservatives vote for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in Tuesday's election.
The announcement caused division within the Facebook page's leadership. Two board members - downstate businessman Brian Milleville and attorney Sharee Langenstein - resigned after the board voted by 70 percent to endorse Rauner.
Citing concerns over Rauner's positions on the Second Amendment, life, and marriage, Langenstein told Illinois Review, "If individuals make the choice to vote for Rauner that's one thing, but a group that claims to espouse conservative principles should not endorse or recommend a candidate who is not fully conservative. Illinois Conservatives Facebook group now has a reputation for not being conservative at all."
Remaining board members include the group's founder Zach Oltmann of Dixon, Vice President Demetri Broches, Sherry Helmuth, John Poshepny, Joe Kaiser, Andrew Englund, Lennie Jarrat, and Andrew Spitzer. The group has been "liked" by 3,254 members.
The group's press release explained their reasons for recommending Rauner:
By Willard Helander -
With voting by mail open to all voters, Illinois permits any campaign to create their version of an “official request” for a ballot by mail. The newest change to election laws is virtual, real-time tracking legislatively attached to every voter who asks for a ballot by mail.
When the forms are turned in to elections officials, Illinois law requires this information be pulled to a statewide Intranet site where all political groups can see. When ballots are mailed to the signer, the political eyes are watching. When the ballot is not voted nor returned for a few days, the political eyes are still watching. And knocking and calling again.
Beginning in June, door-to-door “vote by mail shoppers” have gathered thousands of signatures on forms. Even when voters explain they want to vote in person, voters indicate they were urged to sign the form “to make sure their vote counts.” Sounds so helpful, doesn’t it?
People apparently will sign anything to get a door knocker to go away.
By John F. Di Leo -
Of all the issues in the news – the destruction caused by Obamacare, six years of record joblessness, the body counts of inner city street crime – no other issue encapsulates every aspect of this election like the Ebola epidemic.
And don’t say it’s not an epidemic, because it most certainly is… just not here, not yet. Ebola is an epidemic in Africa, and it could be one here. One of the many jobs that our government has is ensuring that this awful contagious disease, fatal to somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of those stricken by it, doesn’t spread to the United States.
Beginning With What We Know:
What do we know about Ebola? It’s a virus, which means that it is contagious. It’s harder to catch than many viruses, and easier to catch than many others, so it’s a medium contagion risk, as viruses go. But it’s an incredibly dangerous one, with a fatality rate of over fifty percent. Balancing the likelihood of contagion with the likely prognosis of the infected, this must be recognized as a horrendously dangerous disease.
There are only three ways to deal with such illnesses: find a vaccine to prevent it, find a cure to survive it, or quarantine those infected so that it doesn’t spread. With an illness this severe, we simply must use quarantine for the time being, until vaccines and cures are both proven successful and mass-produced in enough quantity to deal with a greater outbreak.
BY Mark Weyermuller -
I declared Jim Oberweis the winner of the debate an hour before it started. Of course, I'm an Oberweis supporter so I'm somewhat biased. Last night the City Club of Chicago and WTTW Channel 11 hosted the debate for the United States Senate Race here in Illinois. It was democrat Dick Durbin vs Republican Jim Oberweis. In all fairness, the Democrats I spoke to all declared Durbin the winner.
It was held on the Campus of Northeastern University at the studios of WTTW with about 60 people in the studio audience. Phil Ponce was the host and moderator in what was billed as a discussion rather then a debate. The attendees were treated to gourmet mini-sandwiches and open bar 90 minutes prior to the live broadcast. There was some expensive bourbon at the bar but I cannot confirm or deny that.
CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and state Senator Jim Oberweis discussed issues Wednesday night on public broadcaster WTTW's Chicago Tonight.
Among the many topics discussed with show host Phil Ponce, Durbin opposed a travel ban for those coming to the U.S. from ebola-infected countries, Oberweis supported a ban. Durbin and Oberweis agreed competition should be a part of America's space program. The discussed National Football League's domestic violence controversy, and Durbin used the opportunity to blast the NFL's tax exemption.
The Republican National Committee encourages voters to "get rid of Obamacare" by voting Republican and warns what could happen if one doesn't vote in the November 4th election:
A trend seen by prolife activists that frequently engage college students on campuses nationwide is the growing acceptance of post-birth abortion, or killing the infant after he or she is born, campus prolife outreach leaders tell The College Fix.
Anecdotal evidence by leaders of prolife groups such as Created Equal and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust said in interviews that not only do they see more college students willing to say they support post-birth abortion, but some students even suggest children up to 4 or 5-years-old can also be killed, because they are not yet “self aware.”
“We encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit,” said Mark Harrington, director of Created Equal. “While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”
Campuses where the high school, college students, local activists and staff members of Created Equal have encountered this opinion include Purdue, University of Minnesota, and University of Central Florida. And at Ohio State earlier this year, the group captured a debate on video between one of its members and an older woman on campus who defended infanticide.
“This is the whole problem with devaluing human life at any stage—it will naturally grow to include other groups of humans; in this case, born humans as well as preborn humans,” Harrington said. “[I] talked with one young man at the University of Minnesota who thought it was alright to kill children if they were under the age of 5 years old, as he did not consider them persons until that age.”
By Ulysses Arn -
ROCK ISLAND - Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney told KWQC TV that people raising the issue of voting machines in her county repeatedly switching votes for Republican candidates to Democrat votes is "voter suppression". The clerk said they're addressing the issue.
MOLINE, IL - Up until now, stories of Illinois voting machines switching votes in have been anecdotal and blamed on voter error or calibration issues.
There is now a video of it actually happening.
A man in Moline used his phone to document how his vote for a Republican registered as a vote for the Democrat. The man wanted to vote for Republican Neil Anderson for Illinois State Senate, but when he touched Anderson’s name the vote registered for Democrat Mike Jacobs.
It wasn’t a one-time “error,” the same thing happened when he tried to vote for GOP congressional candidate Bobby Schilling. When he touched Schilling’s name, the vote registered for his Democratic opponent, Rep. Cheri Bustos.
WISCONSIN - What kind of a president jokes about voter fraud in Chicago? A president who comes from Chicago - a city considered one of the most corrupt, Democrat-dominated places in history.
At a campaign stop in Wisconsin to stump for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, Obama said:
“Because early voting runs through this Friday, you don’t have to wait until election day,” he said. “You can vote all week! ...I mean you can only vote once,” he added. “This isn’t Chicago now.”
H/T: BizPac Review
WASHINGTON DC - According to Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller, the radical, pro-amnesty National Council of La Raza is promoting a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID -- including here in Illinois.
“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”
So who ended up using the Post’s helpful graphic?
The Chicago chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice tweeted Blake’s article with the message, “Reminder — #Illinois does NOT require #voterID to cast a ballot,” along with the pro-Democrat hashtag #TurnOutForWhat.
The tweet was helpfully retweeted by the National Council of La Raza.
CHICAGO - On Oct. 20, Personal PAC, Illinois' pro-abortion political action committee, hosted its 21st Annual Awards Luncheon in Chicago.
The event was keynoted by former CIA officer Valerie Plame who told the Windy City Times that she believes "the issue of our time is going to be women's economic and educational freedom."
"This [abortion] is an issue I believe in passionately, and I love Personal Pac's focus on state and local candidates and that's where real change is effected at those levels."
Personal PAC celebrated its 25th anniversary with the idea of "The personal is political. The political is personal."
Gov. Pat Quinn (D) also spoke. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D), Ald. Tom Tunney (D) and state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D) were in attendance.
Terry Cosgrove, President & CEO of Personal PAC focused his remarks on the upcoming election and Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner, who is also ardently pro-abortion. He specifically spoke about Personal PAC's opposition to the state's parental notification law, which requires parents of minors to be notified before their child can have an abortion.
"Mr. Rauner likes to say he has 'no social agenda,' but his actions and statements around reproductive rights, as is the case with marriage equality, tell an entirely different story," Cosgrove to the Windy City Times. "Bruce Rauner has a social agenda and it is a very frightening agenda. The mission of Personal PAC is to elect pro-choice leaders and candidates who understand that the definition of 'pro-choice' is that every woman in Illinois should have the exact same access to reproductive health care regardless of age, income or geography."
State Treasurer candidate Tom Cross was the only statewide Republican endorsed by Personal PAC.
NASHVILLE, IL - According to Ron Deedrick, the Campaign Manager for southern Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, the dark money group 'Campaign for 2016' has broken the Illinois Campaign Finance laws for the second time since they began their campaign of personal attacks against Karmeier.
"'Campaign for 2016' is breaking Illinois campaign finance laws. On a disclosure filed late on Oct. 27th the 'Campaign for 2016' shows two disbursements to the county Democratic organizations in Franklin and Williamson Counties in southern Illinois," Deedrick said. "These laws aren't set up to allow shadow organizations of out-of-state lawyers to steal Supreme Court seats.
Recent additions to the Illinois Campaign Finance laws prohibit independent groups like Campaign for 2016 from funneling money into local political party organizations. (Illinois Statute 10 ILCS 5/9-8.5c).
The Illinoisans for Karmeier Campaign filed a formal complaint ( HERE) with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Oct. 29 seeking immediate relief from the campaign violations by the group, which has collected nearly $2 million to financial the personal attack efforts against Justice Karmeier.
"This isn't the first time 'Campaign for 2016' has broken the law. Since they began their attacks 10 days ago, they've violated a number of provisions of the current finance laws," Deedrick said. "The opposition says it's their goal to educated the public about the Justice's record, but it is apparent that what they are really about is doing anything they can to intimidate the courts and buy this southern Illinois Supreme Court seat."
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) made an official visit last week to the United States Air Force Academy to conduct oversight of efforts to train next-generation commissioned officers and visit with cadets from his district. Schock was guided on a tour of campus facilities by some of the academy cadets he has nominated during his nearly six years serving in the United States Congress. As part of his oversight efforts, Schock joined classroom laboratories and participated in various training exercises with cadets, including simulated ejection from combat aircraft in a war zone.
“It is clear that the United States Air Force Academy places value on the character of these cadets as well as their classroom instruction and combat training. It is inspiring to see these active men and women motivated to lead in service to our nation. The 18th District of Illinois and I are proud to be represented by these outstanding cadets and thankful for their service and sacrifice,” Schock said of his visit.
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By Irene Starkehaus -
Kaci Hickox is a nurse with degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Johns Hopkins University. She spent time in West Africa helping and caring for Ebola patients while working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. When she returned to the U.S. last Friday, she was forced into quarantine at a New Jersey hospital. She has tested negative for Ebola and has exhibited no symptoms, but she was placed in confinement anyway because Ebola has a 21 day incubation period.
Hickox is now examining possible litigation against the State of New Jersey for having infringed upon her civil liberties because she was detained against her will. Her lawyer…let me rephrase that…one of her multiple lawyers summed up Hickox's position in this way:
"She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it."
Doctors Without Borders…for a little background on Médecins Sans Frontières, fifty years ago, a group of French physicians were employed by what is now known as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Crescent Societies and broke away to form an independent movement with its mission to provide timely emergency medical relief free of the administrative and legal restrictions imposed upon the ICRC .
SPRINGFIELD - "Libertarian Chad Grimm knows that it takes real conservative principles to make Illinois soar," says a new political action committee called "Liberty for Illinois."
The group filed paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections October 22, and a week later, a mailer attributed to them hit downstate Illinois voters mailboxes promoting Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm for governor. The only name on the ISBE paperwork is of a forklift operator named Michael Bonivel of Chicago.