Former professor Robert Engler is looking to take legal action against Roosevelt University after being let go on what he calls "unfair charges of harassment."
Engler, an adjunct professor of 12 years, was terminated this past summer because of a joke he had told in class. The sociology class he was teaching that day focused on immigration and Engler maintains that the joke tied in to his lesson:
"A group of sociologists did a poll in Arizona about the new immigration law. Sixty percent said they were in favor, and 40 percent said, ‘No hablo English.'"
"I reported the joke," Engler said, "I didn't write it."
Engler's attorney, Doug Ibenehel said that he and his client have several options, including filing suit in federal court.
Congressman Bobby Schilling (R-IL-17) today announced “Small Biz Open Mic,” a new interactive forum that will enable American small businesses the opportunity to communicate with and provide feedback to the House Small Business Committee on how the government helps or harms their businesses.
“Folks in Washington must stay in close contact with America’s job creators, even those unable to travel to Washington to take part in a hearing in person,” said Schilling, the newest member of the House Small Business Committee. “Small Biz Open Mic is yet another way for those of us on the Small Business Committee to be in touch with ‘the final three feet’ – job creators – and get their input on what government policies contribute to creating an environment that supports private sector job creation. I encourage business owners in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois to take part in this discussion, and share their stories and suggestions.”
The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion — to attempt to implement the rules.
The six-year state representative, elected to take the helm of the county party in late July, also was placed on one year of supervision and ordered to attend counseling and participate on a victim impact panel."
Sangamon County Curcuit Judge John Schmidt ruled today that the state Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) can begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities because they refuse to acquiesce to state government demands that they assist same-sex couples with adoptions or foster care, which is contrary to the Catholic faith.
According to the PJStar.com, "Schmidt denied Catholic Charities' emergency request to stay his earlier ruling that the group had no right to such state contracts. He also denied Catholic Charities' motion to reconsider that ruling.
Catholic Charities will now ask the Illinois 4th District Appellate court to stay Schmidt's ruling while it appeals it to that court, according to attorneys for Catholic Charities agencies associated with the Springfield, Peoria, Belleville and Joliet dioceses.
Catholic Charities argued that it would face irreparable harm, including the possible layoff of hundreds of employees."
Two Republican statewide officeholders who have criticized government spending and want to consolidate it have handed out pay raises to dozens of employees during a fiscal crisis.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has awarded 19 pay raises to staff members averaging 16 percent at the very time Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has threatened 1,900 layoffs and facilities closures, reneged on a negotiated pay increase for thousands of union workers in his administration and eliminated salaries for regional school administrators, who have been working for free since July.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a former treasurer who returned to state government this year by declaring she's "not going away" until the budget crisis is solved, gave raises of at least 3 percent to 56 staffers and up to 15 percent to a handful of employees after promotions or an "equity adjustment."
from the Wall Street Journal
America's overregulation problem is only getting worse. Right now, federal agencies are at work on more than 4,200 rules, 845 of which affect small businesses, the engine of job creation in our country. More than 100 are major rules, with an economic impact of more than $100 million each.
No business owner I know questions the legitimate role of limited government in protecting our health and safety. Too often, however, our small businesses are buried under a mountain of paperwork that drives up costs, prevents the hiring of workers, and impedes economic growth.
The Daily Journal reports: Thomas J. Ryan, the 20-year mayor of Kankakee and longtime head of the Kankakee County Republican Central Committee, died late Saturday at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
Ryan, 83, was the older brother of former Gov. George Ryan who is serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.
The FEC’s ruling, which did not receive any news media attention, concluded that a naturalized citizen is not prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act from becoming a "candidate" as defined under the act.
Stated the FEC ruling: "In regard to the definition of 'person,' the act defines that term as including 'an individual, partnership, committee, association, corporation, labor organization, or any other organization or group of persons,' excluding the federal government. There is no reference to natural born or naturalized citizens. As an individual, Mr. Hassan is a 'person' under the Act.”
"People with 'mild' forms of autism are more likely to be atheists, according to a new study - and more likely to shun organised religion in general.
The study, which looked at posts on autism forums, focused on people with high-functioning autism such as Asperger's.
The study, from University of Boston, speculates that common autistic spectrum behaviours such as 'a preference for logical beliefs' and a distrust of metaphor and figures of speech, could be responsible."
by Brent Stewart and D.W. Norris, The Southern
"As the state of Illinois' financial situation becomes increasingly strained, public officials are beginning to re-examine many layers of government to find areas that can be trimmed or cut completely...
Emily Miller, policy and government affairs coordinator for the Better Government Association, said now is the time to examine township governments for redundancies with other forms of government."
"The mayor of a small town that is accused of siphoning millions of sales tax dollars from Chicago and elsewhere has used his village credit card for $36,000 in purchases, dinners and trips over four years, records show.
The expenses by Channahon Mayor Joseph Cook, 45, included a $1,300 steak dinner, limousine rides and trips to conferences in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Florida, the Tribune has learned."
"While Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to release his 2012 city budget next month, Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) will be bicycling in the Netherlands. But Mr. Solis will not be on a European vacation; he will be peddling amid the canals of Amsterdam on a study trip paid for by a bicycling advocacy group.
Mr. Solis revealed the trip on Twitter and said he would report the $2,000 gift on his aldermanic Web site, but nothing in the city’s municipal code requires him to disclose the free travel. The travel disclosure rules that apply to Chicago’s elected officials are far more lenient than the ethics laws for state and federal leaders, as well as for the politicians in many other major American cities."
Seven former Chicago aldermen — William J.P. Banks, Charles Bernardini, Mark Fary, Terry Gabinski, Patrick Huels, Terry Peterson and Miguel Santiago — are cashing in on their clout, lobbying their former City Council colleagues and other city officials to approve projects for developers and other connected individuals.
by Isaac Hayes
This weekend President Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) Annual Dinner in Washington. Considering the CBC recently called on the president to show he is truly black, it is no surprise that our post-racial American president looked as if he was running for president of the CBC.
Obama knows that he is losing support in the black community and this alone could cost him reelection. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC news poll, only 58 percent of blacks say they have “strongly favorable” views of the president, down from 83 percent just five months ago. The president needs to get back his black base and he sought to outshine the likes of Reverends Sharpton and Jackson during his CBC speech.
Channeling a true Civil Rights Hero, Obama used words reminiscent of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “March with me,” said Obama. “Even when folks are hitting you over the head, you can’t stop marching.”
The problem with this speech is three-fold.
According to Greg Hinz at Crain's, despite the massive tax increase Illinois started this year, financial condition continues to worsen. That's the finding from the Civic Federation, which concludes that the state is still spending and incurring debts faster than it's raising money to pay its bills.
According to the report, the cumulative debt in the state's general (operating) funds will top $5 billion by June 30, 2012. That's $464 million more than it was at the beginning of 2011.
However, "that $5 billion does not include "significant" underfunding of Medicaid bills and money owed to businesses in income-tax refunds. If those amounts—about $1.7 billion and $600 million, respectively—are included, the effective shortfall is $2.3 billion more."
In short, the state's total backlog of unpaid bills to vendors and others isn't the $5.5 billion that's been reported, but effectively will be $8.3 billion by the end of the fiscal year.
by Mark Rhoads
Mr. Morgan Freeman is a skilled and talented actor who is very intelligent, and under normal circumstances, is a very thoughtful person. Even so, in his recent appearance with Piers Morgan on CNN, Freeman appeared to embrace the crazy idea, that a large number of people also have, which is that no one could possibly be opposed to any policy that the Obama Administration wants to advance, unless they have racially-charged animosity for Mr. Obama personally only because his skin pigmentation is darker than his mother's was. In a way this belief is sad an childish but Mr. Freeman appears to sincerely believe that the only reason anyone would want to vote to replace Obama next year is because his skin is black. Did all protestants oppose John F. Kennedy's policies only because he was the first Catholic president?
by Mark Rhoads
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) had a fine education at Georgetown University from 1962 to 1969 in relatively narrow special fields such as foreign service studies and the law. But his primary career over the last forty years has been devoted to seeking and holding politcal office, not the practice of law. I think even some of his fans might admit that economics has never been his strong suit.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "the Illinois Department of Revenue has identified 651 gas station operators who have allegedly cheated the state. Officials say they have recouped $54 million in back sales taxes, interest and penalties, most of it through quiet settlements or after violators came forward under the threat of greater penalties."
Interestingly, Madigan has not seemed as aggressive in prosecuting food stamp abuse, which is costing the state significantly more money.
Many of our social and political disputes stem from a fundamental conflict in how one views the human person — the Secularist view versus the Incarnational view. That may or may not be an interesting point, but how does it play out in the real world?
To see the impact of this conflict, we need look no further than the recently-announced regulations by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The Department was acting pursuant to a provision in the health care “reform” law that mandates coverage of “preventive services”, a term that would ordinarily encompass medical care that prevents diseases. The Department, reflecting the Administration’s contraceptive mentality, has decided that pregnancy is a disease to be prevented, and has mandated that every private health insurance plan cover — without any charge to the insured person — contraceptive drugs and devices (including some that clearly have the effect of causing an abortion) and sterilization surgery.
I’m not going to discuss the absurdity and iniquity of this proposal. Those should be self-evident. I want to focus for now on how it demonstrates the impact of Secularism on religious liberty.
Read the rest HERE
After former GOP Governor Jim Edgar - who also raises race horses - declared his support for John Cullerton's gambling expansion bill, it's good to hear former Democrat Governor Dan Walker strongly disagree. Walker, who served 18 months in prison himself for illegal activities after leaving office, said expanding gambling in Illinois is "outrageous." According to Sneed:
“It’s outrageous” Walker said. “Thousands of innocent people get hurt by casinos: mothers, children and old people who become victims of gambling addictions.
“What are Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel and [House Speaker] Mike Madigan and [Senate President] John Cullerton thinking? If Gov. [Pat] Quinn signs this legislation on gambling, we’ll be second only to Nevada in gambling.”
And Walker's writing a book about Illinois' "Unique Quartet" - Gamblers, Mobsters, the Machine and Corrupt Pols. Oh my. Someone in Illinois sees the value in telling the truth:
D.C. - Congress' first federal stop-gap budget measure needed to keep the federal government operating until November 18 wasn't acceptable to the spending-cautious Republican majority this week, so House Speaker John Boehner came back with another proposal that was more acceptable. Two Illinois Republicans, Randy Hultgren and Joe Walsh joined the Democrats and voted no on the second proposal, as well. Still, the Democrat-led U.S. Senate turned down the House proposal, suggesting they're preparing their own proposal for a vote next Monday. The Christian Science Monitor explains:
After Wednesday’s defeat, Boehner warned GOP naysayers that if they didn’t support the stop-gap funding measure, he would have to reach out to Democrats – a deal sure to involve even more spending.
Then over night Thursday, the Republican's stop-gap spending bill finally passed, about 30 hours after rejecting a nearly identical version of the legislation. It passed 219 to 203.
As a sweetener to conservatives, GOP leaders added a $100 million cut to an alternative energy loan fund to the CR package. Funding for alternative energy is a signature priority of the Obama administration. It also reinforces an emerging theme in the 2012 House GOP campaign to defend its majority: White House “crony capitalism” and the waste of stimulus funding dollars.
Tweet from Luis Gutierrez:
No argument, Gutierrez is a creative Leftist revolutionary. He's even recruited Hispanic Republicans to join his movement.
Self-appointed victim groups of the world unite!
by Nancy Thorner
As a conservative Republican, well aware that those of my persuasion are more often than not given short-shrift by so-called county-club Republicans -- also known as establishment Republicans -- why should I have been surprised after watching the Fox News-sponsored debate of Thursday, September 22, to observe how two former governors, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Rick Perry of Texas, were once again promoted by the media and Republican pundits as the leading two contenders out of nine to duke it out for the chance to go up against President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections?
Truth be I wasn't, but I'm not happy with how things are unfolding. Both former governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry might be compared to chameleons. Chameleons are able to change color depending on the air. Romney and Perry both change political messages to suit the occasion.
President Obama on Friday said he will, through Executive Order, give states unprecedented ability to waive basic elements of the No Child Left Behind law, calling it a flawed effort that has hurt students instead of helping them.
Obama’s announcement fundamentally affects the education of tens of millions of children. It will allow states to scrap the requirement that all children must show proficiency in reading and math by 2014.
If you've never heard of the political insider Bill Cellini, you're not alone. For decades, he was an Illinois powerbroker and Republican fundraiser. When Democrats won the governorship in 2002, Cellini started raising money for Democrat Rod Blagojevich. Now 76, Cellini is Exhibit A of the bi-partisan Combine that has controlled Illinois politics for years:
Over 26 consecutive years of rule by Republican governors, the prominent GOP fundraiser had amassed significant sway at state government agencies, federal prosecutors said. But with Democrat Blagojevich's election in 2002, Cellini faced the threat of waning influence, they contended.
Cellini "shifted his allegiance, agreeing secretly to raise money for Blagojevich," prosecutors alleged in a court filing this month. As part of that alleged scheme, the man known to some as the "Pope" is charged with conspiring with top Blagojevich aides to squeeze a $1.5 million campaign contribution from a Hollywood producer.
This week Cellini will face federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and attempted extortion. Once one of Illinois' most powerful and influential Republicans, prosecutors wanted Cellini and Democrat ex-governor Rod Blagojevich to face charges together.
by Mark Rhoads
Maybe CNN should sponsor a debate for the three undeclared non-candidates for the GOP nomination: Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, and Mitch Daniels. Why bother about an official declaration of candidacy among friends? All are trying to assume the mantle of Ronald Reagan but not all have walked the walk even as they try to talk the talk. There is no perfect candidate and each has strong attributes as well as flaws.
If the Community High School District 99 board revises its nepotism policy, members will be able to vote on collective bargaining agreements—even if their relatives work for the school system and stand to benefit from the contracts
by Andrew Schroedter/BGA, with WLS-AM
The board of education that oversees two Downers Grove high schools may amend its nepotism policy to allow a board member, whose brother works at one of the suburb’s schools as an instructor, to vote on an upcoming teachers union contract.
Under the current policy Deborah Boyle, Community High School District 99 board vice-president, can’t vote or deliberate on a contract because her brother John Wander Jr. teaches social studies and is head football coach at Downers Grove North High School.
There’s no state law that prohibits board members from voting on matters relating to a relative’s wages, benefits or other terms of employment. Boards are free to establish their own guidelines. Most board members err on the side of caution, recusing themselves if there is even an appearance of a conflict of interest, says Ben Schwarm, associate executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards.
But Boyle says she will cast a vote if the board changes its policy.
"I don’t think it’s a conflict of interest because my brother is one of 500 employees," Boyle says. "I’m not able to grant John anything that anyone else wouldn’t get."
Not every one on the board agrees.
Read more HERE
from John Ruberry
My good friends at the Illinois Review have won a sweet victory in federal court.
From a TC Public Relations press release:
Illinois Review Dismissed from Frivolous Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses Complaints Alleging Increased Taxes Based on Blog Posts
(Chicago, IL) A lawsuit against the blog news source Illinois Review was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew F. Kennelly for a blog post that the Illinois Review wrote over two years ago. Illinois Review is represented by the Thomas More Society in Chicago.
The Illinois Review's blog post included documents showing that former Illinois State Rep. Paul Froehlich sought campaign contributions from individuals who won property tax relief with his assistance. After that story ran, the Cook County Board of Review reversed the tax breaks, and Satkar sued Illinois Review for defamation.
In the decision, Judge Kennelly said that Satkar "failed to show that the [Illinois Citizen Participation Act] is unconstitutional or inapplicable to Satkar's claims against the Illinois Review …. Satkar brought these claims in response to these defendants' acts in furtherance of their right of free speech …."
We are pleased that the Court recognized that Illinois Review, by bringing to light a story of great public interest, did nothing wrong and that this lawsuit was meritless and frivolous," said Peter Breen, Executive Director & Legal Counsel of the Thomas More Society, who is representing the Illinois Review.
Judge Kennelly's decision is available here.
For more information contact Tom Ciesielka 312-422-1333, email@example.com
About the Thomas More Society: Formed in 1997, the Thomas More Society is a national public interest law firm based in Chicago. The Society defends religious liberty, marriage, and the sanctity of human life in courtrooms across the country. For more information, please visit www.thomasmoresociety.org.
Satkar Hospitality operates the Wingate by Wyndham Schaumburg and the Hampton Inn & Suites Hoffman Estates in northwest suburban Chicago.
Satkar's lawyer, R. Tamara de Silva, hurled a low blow at Illinois Review, stating the blog has "attracted a large goosestepping audience" in her plaintiffs' complaint.
Intimidation and namecalling are a poor match for justice and doing the right thing.
Passage and enactment of the state’s new civil unions law has prompted Illinois’ bishops to create a Defense of Marriage department within the Catholic Conference of Illinois.
CCI’s Director of Government Relations Zach Wichmann said the new department reflects the bishops’ intention to keep the Church in the public square and in line with the Catholic faith’s mission. The Defense of Marriage department will advocate marriage as the proper home for human sexuality, as it serves as an expression of love and cooperation in God’s creative design.
Wichmann acknowledged the new department will be fighting an uphill battle against current societal trends.
“The teachings of the Church are not overwhelmingly popular everywhere, nor are they always easily explained,” Wichmann said. “But our message will be proclaimed for the sake of stronger families, secure children and an enriched spiritual life.”
He noted the new civil unions law is just the tip of the iceberg of an eroding yet historically cooperative relationship between the Church and the state of Illinois. The recent decision by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to cancel contracts with Catholic Charities because of the organizations’ refusal to place children with cohabitating couples – including those in civil unions – reflects a growing tension between the Church and state. Catholic Charities is suing to retain the contracts, citing religious discrimination and a 40-year partnership with the state to provide loving homes to the neediest of children.
Forces Agencies to Assess Consequences of EPA Regulations for
U.S. Energy, Manufacturing & Jobs
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-11) along with Congressman Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) today offered a bipartisan amendment to the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts to the Nation (TRAIN) Act, H.R. 2401. The Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment would give Americans the opportunity to receive an explanation of the costs and job impacts associated with a new EPA regulation on gasoline before it can be enforced. The amendment was adopted and the TRAIN Act passed the House with bipartisan support.
Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a “Tier 3” rulemaking that would further reduce sulfur levels in gasoline to an average of 10ppm – this is a 70 percent change from today’s already low levels. In 2004, Tier 2 rules reduced sulfur by 90 percent from 100ppm to 30ppm. The Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment forces the EPA to ensure that the economic and job impacts of the Tier 3 regulations are thoroughly analyzed and reviewed.
from The Hill
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will hold a fundraiser outside of Chicago, President Obama's hometown, Crain's Chicago Business reports.
The fundraiser's host is controversial Illinois social conservative Jack Roeser, who said in 2010, 'There is a solid rumor that [now-Illinois GOP Sen.] Mark Kirk is a homosexual,' a comment that was used by one of Kirk's opponents in an attack ad. Kirk's campaign and the head of the Illinois Republican Party both decried that ad."
Coming soon to Illinois schools:
An honors student in Fort Worth, Texas, was sent to the principal’s office and punished for telling a classmate that he believes homosexuality is wrong.
Dakota Ary is an honors student, plays on the football team and is active in his church youth group. He’s been in church his whole life and he’s been taught to stand up for what he believes.
And that’s what got him in trouble.
Dakota was in a German class at his high school when the conversation shifted to religion and homosexuality in Germany. At some point during the conversation, he turned to a friend and said that he was a Christian and “being a homosexual is wrong.”
“It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me,” Dakota told Fox News. “I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”
Dakota was sentenced to one day in-school suspension – and two days of full suspension.
State Representative Chris Nybo (R - Lombard) announced that he will seek re-election to the Illinois General Assembly by running for State Senate in the newly drawn 24th Senate district. Nybo made the announcement at the Milton Township Republican Organization meeting August 15 with large numbers of committeemen from the region present.
“The newly drawn Democratic map has forced difficult choices for many of my colleagues. By running for Senate in this new district, I can continue to represent the largest number of constituents from my current district, including those in Lombard, Elmhurst, Westmont and Oak Brook,” Nybo said while making the announcement.
More on the incredible union thug pension scam today on WGN-TV reminds us that we're all Chumbolones. Yes, Chumbolones.
The Chicago Tribune's John Kass will confirm that he was privately asked to run for governor a few years ago. In response, he wrote a hilarious embargoed column explaining what he'd do as governor and why Illinois' powers that be would never allow it to happen. Only he could give permission for it to be published.
But suffice to say, with yesterday's column scolding us Chumbolones about this pension debacle, he's started a movement. We're seriously contemplating launching a unique, Illinois version of the nationwide Tea Party movement, only a little angrier. We thinking of calling it "Chumbolones Unite!," after Mr. Kass' trademarked dubbing of us blind, naive and ignorant Illinois taxpayer/schmucks.
One major reason we both ran for Congress was to eliminate Washington’s red tape and restore a path toward limited, effective government. To return government to the people, we must rein in Washington’s culture of senseless regulations.
Whether it is the Environmental Protection Agency trying to regulate spilled milk as spilled oil or implementing a national energy tax, our constituents in New York and Illinois — and Americans across the country — have had enough.
One big concern in the past few years has been the amount of “legislating” done by executive branch fiat — a far cry from the role our founders outlined for the executive branch.
The Republican National Committee has changed the rules - all March primaries must award presidential candidate delegates proportionally and any winner-takes-all contests must be held in April. Anything different will result in an out-of-line state losing half of their delegate voting power at the convention.
So, maybe someone can help us with this ... the whole idea of changing Illinois' GOP presidential primary system from a proportional one like it is now (supported by the Romney camp) to a winner-takes-all (supported by the Perry people) would have involved the GOP primary changing from March to April?
Would that whole State Central Committee uproar in August about changing the primary electoral system have been a near impossibility this time around anyway, and after all? What would have happened had the SCC voted to go with what the Perry campaign wanted?
We're confused. Are you?
by Mark Rhoads
President Barack Obama said in Cincinatti, Ohio yesterday that he is "a warrior for the middle class." The Bureau of Labor Statistics says at least 14 million Americans are out of work. Who does Obama think those jobless people are? None of them are middle class? The BLS also says there are an additional 997,000 workers who have dropped out of actively looking for work because they are too discouraged. None of them are middle class?
Two groups, Hispanics and blacks, who gave President Obama his highest support levels in 2008, have been rewarded now with the highest uemployment rates at 11.3 percent for Hispanics and 16.7 percent for blacks. Please note the BLS is part of the Obama Administration, and they use the word blacks instead of African-Americans. Does Mr. Obama think there are no unemployed blacks or Hispanics who were ever part of the Middle Class before they lost their jobs?
by Chris Robling
from Drudge this afternoon --
We made the point a month ago about the Philly Fed manufacturing report indicating to Fox business that we were already in a second dip.
Indicators have worsened considerably since then.
“Retirement payouts that include unused vacation and sick days to former Chief Bryant Krizik and Deputy Chief Joe Madden — who is on paid leave until he retires in November — will cost fire district taxpayers more than $247,000, records show. Included in the total is $34,560 in severance pay that Krizik will get as part of the deal, according to his retirement documents. Krizik and Madden agreed to retire in the wake of a two-month inquiry, the details of which officials have refused to describe other than to say Krizik had questionable images found on his work computer.”
"Federal authorities today announced corruption charges against Lake County, Ind., sheriff’s officers accused of illegally selling machine guns and a former county official who paid himself $25,000 in allegedly improper bonuses from a fund used to hire extra staff to pursue unpaid child support."