However, on September 28, 2017, they were delighted when Governor Rauner made Illinois one of the few states in America that force taxpayers to pay for abortions.
However, on September 28, 2017, they were delighted when Governor Rauner made Illinois one of the few states in America that force taxpayers to pay for abortions.
CHICAGO - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner may have alienated more of the dwindling Republican support Friday morning when he said on WBEZ that the Kavanaugh vote should be delayed - a position the Democrats and radical Leftists are promoting with hopes of Democrats gaining the majority in the November 2018 election.
Despite Kavanaugh having been through six FBI background checks over the years, and despite Senator Diane Feinstein holding onto the accusation until after all Senate hearings were held, Rauner agrees with the Democrats that the vote should be delayed.
Rauner was very supportive of the US Supreme Court hearing that ruled in favor of Mark Janus over AFSCME - a position Kavanaugh would likely agree with. However, Rauner says he is "prochoice" on abortion - and that has become the biggest issue to pro-abortion advocates. They fear Roe Vs Wade could be overturned. Rauner himself has boasted the abortion funding bill he signed would protect Illinois abortion rights if Roe vs Wade were to be overturned.
WBEZ reporter Tony Arnold tweeted a "full quote" from Rauner during the radio show interview:
On Friday, the Jesuit Magazine withdrew its previous endorsement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
According to the Jesuits, a person is not presumed innocent unless proven guilty. They have reversed that standard to one that demands that an accused person must prove they are innocent. Here is their statement.
“If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman’s report of an assault,” the Jesuit magazine said. “Were he to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly disproved, it would hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country.”
I graduated from a Jesuit college, Loyola University of Chicago, and I have never been more ashamed of an immoral stand by the Society of Jesus.
WASHINGTON DC - Illinois' junior US Senator Tammy Duckworth joined with the protesters supporting Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford outside the Capitol during Thursday's hearing. Illinois' junior senator is with radical Leftist Linda Sarsour - who led the 2017 Women's March protesting Donald Trump's inauguration.
WASHINGTON DC - Illinois' senior US Senator Dick Durbin - not up for re-election until 2020 - participated in the Senate Judiciary Committee's public meeting to hear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony about what she describes as sexual violence committed on her by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 36 years ago.
Kavanaugh denies he was at the party where Ms. Ford claims the assault took place and that he is completely innocent. Earlier, Senator Durbin asked Ms. Ford how sure she was that then-17 year old Kavanaugh was her attacker. Ford said, "100%." Durbin then tweeted out Friday morning - after the hearing:
100% certain. pic.twitter.com/f824POqt8L— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) September 28, 2018
During his time of questioning Brett Kavanaugh, Durbin was agitated. He challenged the Supreme Court nominee to himself request an FBI investigation of the allegations.
By Nancy Thorner -
At this year's Gateway Eagle Council in St Louis, alongside longtime patriots such as General Michael Flynn, conservative Ralph Reed and economist Stephen Moore, a new generation of notable conservatives was also recognized, including controversial videographer James O'Keefe and Turning Points USA's Charlie Kirk.
O'Keefe and Kirk are making headlines and changing the nation's perspective on conservatism. The two shared their experiences and insight into the political and cultural battles that lie ahead.
Many people believe the only path to higher wages is to put in more work hours, but there are actually many economic factors that go into deciding the number on each worker's paycheck. Watch this short video to learn more!
Politicians and celebrities learn the Chicago Way and they take what they learn to DC and Hollywood. In order to save America we have to stop their liberal indoctrination here.
Despite a reported net income in 2017 of $7.6 billion, the most since 2013, Ford CEO Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett said this week the Chinese tariffs cost the company $1 billion in profit loss last year.
“The metals tariffs took about $1 billion in profit from us -- and the irony is we source most of that in the U.S. today anyways,” Hackett said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. “If it goes on longer, there will be more damage."
GRAYSLAKE -- Every election season there's incidents of campaign sign vandalism - especially if a race is contentious. Apparently, the Republican House challenger Ken Idstein is annoying Democrat State Rep. Sam Yingling in the north suburban 62nd District. Vandals spray painted vulgar terms on Idstein's signs.
Idstein responded by condemning the illegal destruction of property committed against a senior citizen in Grayslake and called on his opponent to join him in putting an end to this behavior. Despite Yingling being the fourth openly gay legislator elected to the Illinois General Assembly, he did not respond to Idstein's call.
By Nancy Thorner -
More than 600 attendees joined Gateway Eagle Council XLVII in St. Louis over a three-day period from Friday, September 14 to early afternoon on Sunday, September 16. Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit, one of the most influential conservative websites in US politics, joined Eagle Council XLVII, founded by Phyllis Schlafly in 1972, for this leading mid-America conservative conference. See here this year’s lineup of top American and European conservative leaders who provided amazing insight about issues facing this nation and in Europe.
DePaul University professor David Lay Williams apparently found “a Jesus intent on reducing the corrosive effects of wealth, greed, and inequality and condemning those with great fortunes as unworthy inhabitants for the kingdom of God.”
The professor based his lecture on Pope Francis' claim that "inequality is the root of all social evil."
DePaul's Faculty Scholarship Support Center defended Williams' lecture, telling Campus Reformthat its purpose is to "support, encourage, and disseminate faculty in their research projects."
Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September's 36%. It is the party's most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Forty-four percent give the Democratic Party a favorable rating.
When writing The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx thought he was providing a road to utopia, but everywhere his ideas were tried, they resulted in catastrophe and mass murder. In this video, Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, illuminates the life of the mild-mannered 19th Century German whose ideas led to the rise of some of the most brutal dictators in world history.
The FBI and experts are questioning whether the claims associated with the hat in the museum are credible.
If the hat is not what it is claimed to be, it could be devastating to the Springfield museum, since the hat is coming closer and closer to being auctioned off.
So Chicago State Rep. Ann Williams is calling a meeting to discuss what happened to the museum's finances and why it is in such dire financial straits:
By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD -
Our legislators have been at their worst over the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. What a shameful display: condescending, arrogant show-boating senators questioning him in a manner reminiscent of the Grand Inquisitor. The only things missing from this B-grade movie were the rubber hoses and interrogation lights. Some of us remember that you could count on one hand the “nay” votes for the confirmations of ACLU attorney Ruth Bader Ginsberg and known conservative Antonin Scalia.
This last-ditch effort to derail Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation is more than mere political theater; the interrogators are immoral and beyond hypocritical. The “Lion of the Senate,” Ted Kennedy, killed a woman and former Senate majority leader Robert Byrd was an Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan, and we all know about President Clinton. But that’s okay; their lapses in judgment were somehow worth our compassion and forgiveness.
Imagine if these political hacks were in charge of your medical care. Medicare-for-All as planned is the exclusive purveyor of medical “benefits.” If you want a medical service they do not want you to have, you are on your own.
WASHINGTON - Democrats.com and #VOTEPROCHOICE are organizing a 3-part reaction to the Kavanaugh nomination that starts with taking selfies at 1PM today and includes raising funds to protect women accusers, contrary to how Anita Hill was treated during Supreme Court Clarence Thomas' confirmation proceedings in 1991.
In an email Monday morning, those groups joined together to send out this message:
Step 1: 1pm ET / 10am PT: National Walkout and Moment of Solidarity
Join #MeToo leader Tarana Burke, along with anti-violence and survivor-led groups, to show support for Dr. Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual violence. Wear the color black and walk out (of your home, workplace, classroom, wherever you are) -- and capture it with a selfie to post on social media with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.
Step 2: Thursday 12pm your time: National Solidarity Speakout: We #BelieveChristine
In recent years, more and more voices have been those advocating social justice and condemning America's criminal system as bigoted and unfair. But these same voices are the one confusing the discussion with their assertions of sexual harassment and domestic violence - and their demands that the accused prove their innocence. Quite a contrast to America's once-prized presumption of innocence for the accused.
Because everyone can't talk to the accuser or the accused, the American public is left to be informed by the media. More and more, the media determines the public's view on a situation - for better or for worse.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of Likely U.S. Voters say, when a public figure is accused of sexual wrongdoing, it is more likely that the media will regard him as innocent until proven guilty.
Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it’s more likely the media will regard the public figure as guilty until proven innocent. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.
Driving through Wisconsin this weekend, I saw yard signs. Lots and lots of yard signs.
Wisconsin Republicans are energized. With eight years of incredibly successful Republican leadership to boast about, activists are happy to be campaigning for a third term for Governor Scott Walker, and they are equally happy that one of his key allies in the state legislature, Leah Vukmir, is the Wisconsin GOP’s nominee for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Tammy Baldwin.
The Democrats are energized too, of course. It’s a midterm, and the party that doesn’t hold the White House is always energized in a midterm. The important point here is that Wisconsin Republicans are able to be equally energized, because of the people at the top of their ticket in November.
By James M. Kushiner -
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing for his appointment to the U. S. Supreme Court began at fever pitch with loud protests and demonstrations. The trigger for all the concern is the judge's view on abortion law and how he might vote on a future case involving abortion.
An atmosphere of anticipation prevailed in many quarters, with some ready to erupt along party lines (mostly) in either joy or anger should Kavanaugh be confirmed. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has thrown a wrench into the proceedings, which now has turned into a debate about teenage sexual harrassment.
The global population living in extreme poverty is now less than 750 million. That represents a decline of more than 1 billion over the last quarter century and the lowest point since the World Bank began monitoring in 1990. Read
CHICAGO - If you were not aware yet, Illinois' four gubernatorial candidates met up for their first debate Thursday night with NBC's Carol Marin as the moderator. Watch the whole debate HERE.
Democrat JB Pritzker, GOP Governor Bruce Rauner, Conservative Party's Sam McCann and Libertarian Party's Kash Jackson clashed over numerous issues. But this little back and forth between Rauner and McCann is drawing all the attention Friday.
"We're here to take you both [Rauner and Pritzker] out - because you signed the Trust Act," McCann zinged.
Jim Edgar is raising eyebrows with his refusal to endorse Gov. Rauner and his chumminess with Democrat JB Pritzker. As they say, perhaps it would be wise to follow the money ...
From Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems (ILCAAAP) -
Last evening, Mark Maxwell from WCIA reported:
[Former Governor Jim] Edgar coaches Pritzker behind the scenes -
TAYLORVILLE— Outsider candidate for the 48th Senate District, Seth McMillan, challenged Senator Andy Manar to a series of five debates Thursday, offering voters a clear, unfiltered opportunity to hear directly from the candidates hoping to represent them in the Illinois State Senate.
In a letter from McMillan’s campaign to Manar’s campaign manager, Paul Peters, the McMillan campaign extended an offer to debate in each of the five counties in the 48th District that could accommodate a debate (Christian, Macon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Sangamon).
By Mark Weyermuller -
It’s hard to go to downtown Chicago without running into some kind of strike, march, or protest. This week I watched a group of hotel workers protest in front of the Westin on Dearborn in River North. The workers are on strike asking for more compensation, specifically more health care benefits. The groups ramp up their efforts by banging drums, chanting, and blowing whistles. They can heard from blocks away and from the inside of buildings. The concept of a “peaceful protest” is taking on new meaning.
Takes business development role as McCarthy leaves for private sector
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today said that Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger would be taking on the new role of acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). She replaces Director Sean McCarthy, who has accepted a position in the private sector.
“Leslie has more than two decades of private-sector experience, has connections with top business leaders, and is familiar with our pending economic development projects,” Rauner said. “In addition, she’s our point person on the Amazon HQ2 bid and leads the Bicentennial effort. She is the clear choice to take on this interim role.
WASHINGTON - Women associates, colleagues, longtime acquaintances and family friends held a press conference Friday to assert their support for embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee last Friday - soon after the first accusations from a woman claiming Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when she was 15 and he was 17 years old - the 65 women wrote:
Brett attended Georgetown Prep, an all-boys high school in Rockville, Maryland. He was an outstanding student and athlete with a wide circle of friends. Almost all of us attended all girls high schools in the area. We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities. Many of us have remained close friends with him and his family over the years. Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.
Not a day goes by when there’s not some concern raised about the state of the economy and how people are faring. While recent economic growth has been promising, wage growth is lackluster, many say. The middle class is shrinking. There’s too much income inequality, and the list goes on. These concerns are often compelling. Who wouldn’t like to see more opportunity and more growth? People yearn for the good life, to experience real human flourishing. Yet many in our society seem to be falling short.
Surely there must be something more that we as a society can do. Are there not public policies and programs, many ask, that, if structured and funded properly, could lead to the outcomes we seek? It’s a tempting vision and, for many, government intervention in the economy seems compassionate and fair. Yet this approach raises a number of questions. Do such public policies and programs actually work? More importantly, do they cohere with our traditional values of justice and charity?
Trump issued a direct challenge to the hardcore enviros who heretofore controlled and corrupted the agency by removing politics from the Environmental Protection Agency.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announced ceiling for refugee admissions into the United States next year. Earlier in the day, Congressman Peter Roskam also criticized the new policy Wednesday.
WHEATON, IL — Upon learning the Trump Administration announced plans to reduce the cap on refugees admitted into the country, Congressman Peter Roskam joined with community leaders and residents in Illinois’ Sixth District to voice opposition.
“Thousands of refugees cross our borders in hopes of safety from the dangers and devastation of their home countries and an opportunity to create a better a life for them and their families,” said Roskam. “In the United States, the American dream is inclusive and strengthened by people of diverse backgrounds. I’m calling on the Trump Administration to reverse their decision to lower the cap on refugees allowed into the country. This drastic reduction will alter the lives of thousands who have traveled great lengths to seek help and refuge from the United States.”
Roskam is facing a tough challenge for re-election in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. Roskam has been facing criticism from Democrat activists for aligning often with the president.
SPRINGFIELD - The suit over a new Illinois law providing taxpayer funding for abortions will head to the Illinois Supreme Court, after the Illinois Appellate Court upheld Monday the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the measure.
In the meantime, abortion clinics will have access to state taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions done on women receiving health care through Medicaid.
By Nancy Thorner -
On Monday, September 17, 2008, the day after I returned home from attending Phyllis Schlafly's Gateway Eagle Council XLVII, after having just met and spoken with General Flynn and his family, I heard the news that Robert Mueller was ready to sentence Flynn on or around November 28, 2018. Flynn resigned — after 24 days as Trump's national security adviser — when it was revealed he misled the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of the communications he had with the Russian ambassador at the time, Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 during Trump’s presidential transition.
Despite the trials General Flynn is enduring via Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he was on hand in St. Louis last weekend, calling on conservatives at the Gateway Eagle Council to stand together as "champions of freedom."
Those in control of the Illinois Republican Party have chosen to make one person - Mike Madigan - the evil villain, not the Leftism and radical movement he's enabled for so many years.
A growing number of Illinois conservatives are saying they can't vote for incumbent GOP Governor Bruce Rauner because he has sided with Democrats on key issues and has bought up the IL GOP and GOP county organizations with his personal wealth. Illinois' weak counter to Democrats is now the "Rauner Party" not the "Republican Party." The "Rauner Party" ignores and ridicules the Republican Party platform upon which thousands have based their political affiliation.
Now we learn that even the IL GOP elitists like former Governor Jim Edgar are backing away from endorsing the Republican incumbent and schmoozing up to Rauner's Democrat challenger, another billionaire - JB Pritzker.
So what political party will be left for Illinoisans that are conservative, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-legal immigration fiscal hawks? They are not welcome in either the Illinois Democrat or the Illinois Republican Party - despite an admirable, but failed attempt to rise to IL GOP leadership levels.
Certainly there are good conservatives as high as the State Central Committee level, but the Rauner Party dominates and controls all levels of influence in the party - keeping the party from making unified, strong statements to counter the Democrat Party radical Leftist control in Illinois. Those in control of the Illinois Republican Party have chosen to make one person - Mike Madigan - the evil villain, not the Leftism and radical movement he's enabled for so many years. A movement that has destroyed the morale of a whole state.
WASHINGTON DC - The contentious proceedings surrounding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh could be seen as history repeating itself - deja vu - of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' experience. It was October of 1991 - 27 years ago - when then-President George H.W. Bush nominated his for the highest court in the land.
WILL COUNTY - Orland Park Board member Jim Dodge is running to be Illinois' Treasurer this fall. Will County Board member Steve Balich and Dodge talk about the importance of remapping and the need for control of one of the legislative chambers and/or the executive branch in 2019 leading up to the 2020 census in this video:
What do you think?
CHICAGO - If you have an opinion about how your US Senator should vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation, you may be interested in knowing how Illinois' junior senator is responding to her constituents statewide. Neither of Illinois' US Senators -Tammy Duckworth nor Dick Durbin - will be on Illinois' ballot in November. And they're both sticking with the Democrat party line in strong opposition to President Trump's nomination.
Duckworth, who defeated Left-leaning Republican Mark Kirk in 2016, says that she will be a "no" vote. Duckworth "fears" Judge Kavanaugh "would be the deciding vote in critical cases that restrict a woman's freedom to make health care decisions with her doctor, tear away protections that guarantee Americans with pre-existing conditions may obtain health insurance and empower a President of the United States to be above the law."
Below is a copy of the response she sent to a concerned Illinois voter:
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a program through which students can obtain mock interviews, internships, and more with the CIA.
UIC is one of four colleges in the country to offer such a program, but progressive student groups at UIC are not happy with the college's ties to the nation's spy agency.
Every adult in Illinois is on the hook for $4,000 in retired teacher health care costs, according to a new study showing the state has no money saved to pay for the growing cost of its promises.
The report released Tuesday by Bellwether Education Partners estimates that Illinois owes $54 billion in future health care costs that have been promised to teachers after retirement. That’s the sixth-most of any state when divvied up by each state’s adult population. This is not included in the estimated $130 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. John Miltimore:
A year ago, Denver Public Schools put an end to “lunch shaming.” No longer would students have the stigma of receiving a sticker reminding them to pay if they had not settled an outstanding lunch bill.
Denver promised that all children would receive lunches whether they paid for the lunch or not.
The price tag of the policy was recently revealed. Denver Public Schools reports that lunch debt ballooned from $13,910 in the 2016-17 academic year to some $356,000 last year, a 2,400 percent increase.
Building a conservative Facebook is easier said than done. Unmoderated platforms are not the solution to liberal bias in content filtering, because those will fail economically, explains Iain Murray:
Recall back in 2006, conservative activists created online encyclopedia Conservapedia in reaction to allegations of liberal bias on Wikipedia. Conservapedia hasn’t exactly caught on. It’s dominated by fringe religious issues to the point Christian conservative thought leaders like Rod Dreher and Damian Thompson scorn it (Thompson said in his book Counterknowledge that Conservapedia was there to “dress up nonsense as science”). What happened?
The economy is doing alright. Mark Perry reports some data from the latest Census Bureau report on Income and Poverty in the United States:
Median household income last year of $61,372 was an increase of 1.8% from 2016 and brought median income for US households to the highest level ever, above the previous record level last year of $60,309. The income gain last year was the fifth consecutive annual increase in real median household income starting in 2013, following five consecutive declines from 2008 to 2012 due to the effects of the Great Recession. The last period of four consecutive gains in annual median household income was during the late 1990s at the end of the longest economic expansion in US history (120 months from March 1991 to March 2001). Although it doesn’t get as much attention as median income because it’s influenced by outliers on the high-end, average household income also increased to a new record level last year of $86,220, which was an increase of 1.5% from 2016 and the seventh consecutive annual increase starting in 2011. [...]
Expanding crude oil production did help lower gas prices. Nicolas Loris writes:
When gas prices topped $4 per gallon in May 2011, President Barack Obama said, “We can’t just drill our way out of the problem.” [...]
More than seven years later, human ingenuity, technological innovation, and the power of the free market have proven him wrong. To the benefit of American families across the country, the United States is now the largest global producer of crude oil.
When listing the world’s most notorious terrorist organizations, why is it that Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram so quickly spring to mind, while Hezbollah is frequently forgotten? In this video, Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains how the backing of Iran has served to legitimize Hezbollah on the world stage, while simultaneously making the group all the more dangerous.
CHICAGO - Social conservatives are often ridiculed and mocked for promoting traditional Biblical values such as one-man/one-woman marriage, encouraging sexual abstinence outside of marriage and refraining from immoral lifestyles.
The more popular perspective now is for political candidates to declare they "really don't care what goes on in the privacy of a bedroom" or that "love is the determining factor" about whether a couple - or three or four - of adults should be joined in state-recognized legal unions. Now it is considered rude, bigoted or homophobic - all societal taboos - to even be aware of a candidate's sexual orientation.
Ironically, that same tolerance and polite silence is not a part of the LGBTQ movement's political views. Instead, sexual orientation is a reason to support candidates, as indicated by the Victory Fund's promotion of candidates running in the 2018 election.
MOKENA - The Illinois Family Action group is distributing a comparison group that clearly doesn't support Governor Bruce Rauner or Democrat challenger JB Pritzker. The group's comparison chart shows State Senator Sam McCann (R-Springfield) - who is running on the Conservative Party ticket - as closest to the socially-conservative group's positions on social issues.
The candidates' opinions on taxpayer funding of abortion, sanctuary state for illegal aliens, forced speech for abortion referrals, banned speech for professional therapists, transgender birth certificates and other issues show Rauner and Pritzker's views to be nearly identical, and McCann's to be opposite.
Illinois Family Institute's voter guides are now available online HERE.