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Chicago takes AG Sessions to court on Sanctuary City Rule…

Attorney General Sessions has threatened to cut crime fighting money from Chicago if it doesn’t help the Feds go after illegal’s….

The Chicago Police Dept. has enough problems with street crime….

Withholding money for equipment and programs REALY makes NO sense with their high crime problems….

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Two weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that if so-called “sanctuary cities” like Chicago don’t let Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents into their jails, they’ll lose valuable federal grants. Over the years, Chicago has used the grants they could lose — known as Byrne JAG funds — to buy SWAT equipment, police vehicles, and tasers.

Why this matters:

  1. While many law enforcement leaders decry sanctuary policies, a number of local police chiefs across the country defend them. The defenders say they worry that letting federal immigration agents into their jails will erode trust between police and immigrant communities. And when undocumented immigrants fear the police, they’re less likely to call for help if they’re victims of crime and less likely to testify in court about crimes they witness.
  2. The politics are powerful. Trump won a lot of support on the campaign trail by railing against sanctuary cities and highlighting instances of undocumented immigrants killing American citizens in sanctuary cities like San Francisco. Democrats have yet to find a smart way to concisely explain why cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal law enforcement should still expect to get federal grant money. Emanuel is trying to lead the way here.
  3. Chicago will likely be the first of many cities to sue. An Emanuel aide tells me the mayor is in discussions with a number of other mayors and immigrant groups about joining the suit….



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Chicago Mayor disses Trump…President threatens to send in the ‘Feds’…

Probably wouldn’t be a bad idea by the President…


True to Trump’s usual uninformed comments?…

There ARE ALREADY “feds’ from the FBI, DEA and ATF on the ground IN Chicago…..


Sending more law enforcement help to Chicago would NOT be Trump’s idea…

Obama had them there already….

“You didn’t get elected to debate the crowd size at your inaugural,” Emanuel told reporters. “You got elected to make sure that people have a job, that the economy continues to grow, people have security as it relates to their kids’ education. It wasn’t about your crowd size. It was about their lives and their jobs.”

[Chicago Democratic  Mayor] Emanuel added that American families did not care about crowd size, saying: “They were talking about jobs, education, health care, security.”

Earlier this month, a spokesman for Emanuel’s office said that the mayor agreed that “the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety”, listing federal funding for summer jobs and at-risk youth, passing gun laws and “holding the criminals who break our gun laws accountable for their crimes”.

Trump used the word “carnage” to characterize the United States in his inaugural speech, last Friday, although crime rates around the country remains low….


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Chicago has already had 500 Homicides this year….

Last year closed out @ 491….

Chicago recorded its 500th homicide of the year over the weekend. In all of last year, 491 people were killed.

It seemed like the Labor Day weekend would not be as bloody as other recent summer weekends in Chicago. By the end of Sunday, four people had been killed and 34 shot—relatively low numbers for a city where homicides are on the rise. But then as the holiday weekend continued into Monday, there was an 11th-hour surge in violence. Between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, an additional nine people were killed and 31 were shot. The Chicago Tribune explains:

The uptick in shootings in this weekend’s final hours mirrored the end of the Fourth of July. Gunfire in the final hours of that holiday made up half the entire weekend’s bloodshed.

Police attributed the 11th-hour surge to retaliatory acts, often involving gangs, after a weekend of parties and tense encounters.

This weekend brings Chicago’s homicide total to 512. Nearly 3,000 people have been shot this year.

It was also the deadliest holiday weekend of the summer, surpassing the six dead from Memorial Day and five dead on the Fourth of July….


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Chicago HAS gun violence issue’s…BIG Ones…

The NY Times does an in-depth look at gun violnce in Chicago which is worst than in New York or Los Angles….

“Help, I’ve been shot!” another teenager screams as he limps down a darkened street, a bullet having torn through his leg.

It is Friday night in Chicago, and the Memorial Day weekend is just getting started. The Police Department plans to deploy more than a thousand extra officers to deal with the violence they fear will intensify with the unofficial start of summer.

There is no stopping the gunfire, which comes in bursts and waves, interrupting holiday barbecues, igniting gang rivalries, engulfing neighborhoods, blocks, families.

From Friday evening to the end of Monday, 64 people will have been shot in this city of 2.7 million, six of them fatally. In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of whites, blacks and Hispanics, 52 of the shooting victims are black, 11 Hispanic and one white. Eight are women, the rest men. Some 12 people are shot in cars, 11 along city sidewalks, and at least four on home porches.

It is a level of violence that has become the terrifying norm, particularly in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. With far fewer residents, Chicago has more homicides than Los Angeles or New York.

In an effort to capture what is happening on Chicago’s streets, and why, The New York Times dispatched a team of reporters, photographers and videographers to virtually all of the shooting scenes across the city. Working around the clock through the three-day weekend, The Times interviewed relatives, witnesses, police officers and others, and captured how much violence has become a part of the city’s fabric. The Times intends to follow the cases throughout the year…..



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Chicago Police Report points to Major Problems…

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a major problem with his Police Department…

The report, issued on Wednesday, was blistering, blunt and backed up by devastating statistics. Coincidentally, it was released as city leaders were installing a new, permanent superintendent for the Chicago Police Department.

“C.P.D.’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color,” the task force wrote. “Stopped without justification, verbally and physically abused, and in some instances arrested, and then detained without counsel — that is what we heard about over and over again.”

The report reinforces complaints made for decades by African-American residents who have said they were unfairly singled out by officers without justification on a regular basis, then ignored when they raised complaints.

It comes at a pivotal moment for the nation’s second-largest municipal police force, which is being criticized by residents and is under scrutiny from the Justice Department. And, coming from Mr. Emanuel’s own appointees, the findings intensify pressure on him and other Chicago leaders to make substantive, swift changes.

The report makes more than 100 specific recommendations for change, and task force members called on the mayor and the City Council to take action. After formally receiving the report, Mr. Emanuel had no immediate public reaction.

The task force amassed data that shows the extent to which African-Americans appear to have been disproportionately focused on by the police. In a city where whites, blacks and Hispanics each make up about one-third of the population, 74 percent of the 404 people shot by the Chicago police between 2008 and 2015 were black, the report said. Black people were the subjects in 72 percent of the thousands of investigative street stops that did not lead to arrests during the summer of 2014.

Three out of every four people on whom Chicago police officers tried to use Taser guns between 2012 and 2015 were black. And black drivers made up 46 percent of police traffic stops in 2013.


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Today is Chicago’s Mayoral Runoff Election Day….Fact Sheet…

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be nervous ….

But he’s on course to win….



Chicago voters head to the polls Tuesday in the city’s first mayoral runoff as Rahm Emanuel seeks a second term over Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

The candidates crisscrossed Chicago a day earlier to greet commuters, rally supporters and call voters. Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, has tried to convince the public he’s the best person to navigate Chicago’s mounting fiscal problems. Garcia has criticized Emanuel for not listening to neighborhood residents and touted a strong get-out-the-vote effort.

Here are some things to know about Tuesday:



The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners says more than 142,300 residents voted early, compared with nearly 90,000 ahead of the February election and roughly 73,200 before the 2011 election.

Both campaigns emphasized early voting, with the candidates casting ballots ahead of Tuesday. Still, election officials have been uncertain about how many early votes may have been due to Chicagoans trying to vote before heading out on spring break vacations.



The mayoral runoff is Chicago’s first since the city adopted nonpartisan elections in the 1990s. Emanuel failed to win a majority in February’s first-round election. He finished first in the five-candidate field, winning 45 percent, while Garcia came in second with roughly 34 percent.



Chicago’s next mayor faces major issues, including the worst-funded pensions of any major U.S. city, upcoming contract negotiations with a teachers union that went on strike in 2012 and a persistent crime problem. The leader of the nation’s third-largest city will also have to attract new residents and businesses.


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Would you believe?…Rahm Emanuel against the left in Chicago…

I’d think Rahm Emanuel will win another four years in two weeks if you look at the score card for the left in elections here in America and around the globe…..

In politics perceptions is everything…..

So while Rahm Emanuel HAS done good things for his cities people….He’s pissed off the unions and some on left anyways….That’s because Emanuel HAS made no secret of his efforts to get money from those who have a lot….And because he’s dared to go at the unions in Chicago, which IS a labor strong city….

Make no mistake….

Just as it has come out for Republican Governors going after unions….

Rahm Emanuel’s numbers have gained after he has tangled with unions and not danced for the left…

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Mr. Emanuel has been moving up in the polls since he was forced into a runoff, and his advisers say the left will find it difficult to defeat him.

Mr. Garcia, 58 and known as Chuy, has been vastly outspent by Mr. Emanuel, but he flew to Los Angeles last week to try to drum up last-minute cash from donors. Whether he can raise enough to hurt Mr. Emanuel is an open question.

Mr. Garcia is starting to draw more attention on liberal email lists, but he has yet to draw a total of even $100,000 from small donors using the liberal fund-raising hub ActBlue. (A week of network television advertising in Chicago costs over $600,000.)

“Unless they get the crazy lefty money machine going nationally, it’s not going to matter that there’s a resurgent left,” said an adviser to Mr. Emanuel who did not want to speak publicly about strategy. “The liberals at Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park can think great thoughts and read poetry for Chuy, but nothing else will happen.”


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Rahm Leads Garcia by 14 in Chicago Mayoral runoff….

Anyone surprised on this…Raise your hand?

The Black vote has come back to the Mayor….

(Garcia IS carrying the hHspanic vote)

The Mayor’s lead keeps him above 50%

Garcia has little money and those who thought the President backing Emanuel doesn’t count are wrong….

It’s 3 1/2 weeks to go…..

Garcia has made little headway in his attempts to unite African Americans and Hispanics behind his candidacy, the poll indicates. But with three-and-a-half weeks to go until the April 7 runoff, the challenger is courting black voters. Earlier this week, Garcia rolled out an endorsement from self-funding businessman Willie Wilson, the third-place finisher in last month’s five-candidate election, who earned 11 percent of the vote in February. He’s also been endorsed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

But Emanuel still has the support of President Barack Obama, who came back to his hometown just before the first election to try to boost Emanuel to a majority of the vote — which would have averted the runoff.



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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 3/6/15… Rahm softens his image by allegedly screaming his head off

He, he, he….

The man just Cannot stop being himself…..

The Dog….

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel gestures after speaking to supporters during an election night party in Chicago February 22, 2011. Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will be the next mayor of Chicago, winning more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday to avoid a run-off. Emanuel will take the helm of the nation's third-largest city and President Barack Obama's hometown in May after Mayor Richard Daley, who has been in office for 22 years, retires.  REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR2IYWM

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Leading Off: Chicago Mayor: Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s supporters acknowledge that at times he can be… a little abrasive. Rahm himself recently ran a spot arguing that while he has his flaws, he uses his stubbornness to fight for Chicago. But there’s a fine line between being an asshole for justice and just a plain old asshole, and he may have crossed it on Wednesday.

The Mental Health Movement writes on their Facebook page that two of its members, Debbie Delgado and Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, criticized Rahm during a meeting for shuttering clinics. They describe a heated conversation, culminating with the mayor yelling “YOU’RE GONNA RESPECT ME!” Rahm’s spokesman acknowledges the meeting took place, but says things “ended very cordially.”

There’s no known recording of the alleged outburst, so we can’t verify what happened one way or another. It’s definitely not a good story for the incumbent though, who is already locked in a runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. While it won’t surprise any voters to learn that Rahm has a temper, there’s a big difference between him screaming at political operatives or congressional Republicans and him attacking people advocating for more mental health clinics.

Rahm is too well-funded and formidable to ever count out though, and he’s about to turn his Death Star on Garcia. Politico’s Alex Isenstadt reports that the mayor and his allies are about to launch a massive advertising barrage aimed at portraying Garcia as an ineffective longtime politician. The spots will also depict Rahm as someone who has been willing to make tough choices for the greater good. Rahm’s team executed a few late attacks on Garcia before the February primary, but it looks like Chicago viewers can expect wall-to-wall hits from now until April 7.


CA-Sen: If you’re a political analyst who’s been yearning to toss out some gratuitous “Eye of the Tiger” references ever since Michigan Republican Rocky Raczkowski’s 2010 campaign for Congress ended in failure, then we’ve got your Yo, Adrian right here. GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chávez just announced his formal entry into the race to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, making him just the second candidate (after Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris) to do so. But remember: Even Rocky Balboa lost to Apollo Creed, and Chávez is a much, much bigger underdog than the Italian Stallion.

FL-Sen: In the event that Marco Rubio decides to run for the White House rather than seek re-election, plenty of his fellow Republicans would have to at least consider making a bid to succeed him (if they aren’t doing so already). But for now, even the biggest names don’t have a lot of recognition. GOP pollster Gravis Marketing tested a three-way matchup and finds state Attorney General Pam Bondi leading with 36, while state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam takes 12 and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater brings up the rear with 9. Unsurprisingly, a 43 percent plurality of voters are undecided.

MD-Sen, 08: In the wake of Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s announcement that he’ll seek Barbara Mikulski’s now-open Senate seat, his would-be rivals have mostly just re-affirmed that they’re still considering the race. Counting Van Hollen, seven of Maryland’s eight members of Congress are in the mix, including the state’s lone Republican, Andy Harris, who says he’ll make a decision by “early summer.”

Plenty of non-congressional pols are looking, too. The most recent to declare her interest is ex-Del. Heather Mizeur, who “beat the spread” by finishing a respectable third in the Democratic primary for governor last year against much better-funded opponents. But with serious heavyweights already gunning for the Senate, Mizeur might be much better off taking a gander at Van Hollen’s House seat, the solidly blue 8th District in the D.C. ‘burbs. Mizeur lives in the liberal bastion of Takoma Park and would have a natural base from which to launch a campaign, buttressed by the donor network she built in her gubernatorial run.

She’d have company either way, though. Plenty of Democrats will also be keen to fill Van Hollen’s shoes, and one of them, hotel executive Kathleen Matthews, is reportedly preparing a bid. Matthews is the wife of MSNBC gasbag Chris Matthews, but she also has a media profile of her own, as a longtime news anchor for a local ABC affiliate. That sort of background would give Matthews some built-in name recognition, always a valuable commodity in an expensive media market.

OH-Sen: The Ohio Democratic Party, relying on their old buddies at Public Policy Polling, have put out the first numbers on their state’s Senate race since Ted Strickland announced his entry, and they’re quite positive for the former governor. Strickland ties with GOP Sen. Rob Portman at 45; Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, meanwhile, trails by a considerable 59-31 spread.

We certainly wouldn’t expect the ODP to publish data that didn’t look good for Team Blue, and this release is pretty thin (for instance, they didn’t include favorables for any candidates), so don’t call this race a tossup just yet. But it’s now up to the GOP to show contradictory results, if they’ve got any. It’s also possible that the Democratic establishment is trying to nudge the stubborn Sittenfeld out of the way by showing him what a disadvantage he’d start off at (and by showing him they’re unafraid to demonstrate that publicly), though perhaps some primary head-to-heads would be even more illustrative….


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Rahm runs again…..

The one term Mayor of Chaicgo is in an unexpected run off with Jesus “Chuy” Garcia….

It wasn’t supposed to be this way…

But the Mayor, whose ‘take no prisonors’ style angered the home town unions and some blacks now has to find a way to get over 50% of the vote….

Most think he’ll get it…

But he’s gonna have to work his butt off to do so….

He’s already made inroads to balck voters that carried more of than his opponent and he’s working the uniuons also…And he’s going hard against Garcia….

Recent polling shows the race between Emanuel and his unknown and underfunded rival, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, has closed to within single digits. With local and national progressive groups lining up behind Garcia and promising to pour cash into the effort to deny Emanuel a second term, the mayor is suddenly scratching and clawing for his political existence.

“In Chicago, politics is a contact sport, and it looks like we’re going to have one of those full-contact battles,” said Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff whose father and brother each served as Chicago mayor for more than 20 years.

Emanuel — once thought to be a shoo-in in the April 7 runoff — plans to launch an ad campaign in the coming days intended to discredit Garcia and cast him as a do-nothing pol who’s accomplished little during his two decades in public service, according to sources close to the mayor. The commercials will also present the mayor, who’s come under fire for closing underperforming schools in hardscrabble neighborhoods and for hiking taxes to close the city’s budget deficit, as someone who is willing to make tough decisions even if they aren’t popular.

The move comes a week after Emanuel finished atop a crowded field of mayoral candidates but failed to win a majority of the vote, which would have allowed him to circumvent the runoff against runner-up Garcia. So far, Emanuel’s advisers argue, the race has centered on questions about the mayor and his leadership. Now, with only two candidates battling it out, the advisers contend they can put the spotlight on Garcia.

The central battle, both campaigns believe, will be for African-American voters, who make up more than one-third of the city’s electorate and who have been deeply divided over Emanuel’s tenure. According to Aldertrack, a website that tracks Chicago politics, the mayor received 42 percent of the black vote in last week’s election, with Garcia winning 23 percent and the other three candidates picking up the remaining 35 percent.


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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) backing Dem Rahm Emanuel for Chiacgo Mayor in run-off..

Senator Mark Kirk has had a good working relationship with Emanuel from back in the day when both where in Congress….While State has just elected a Republican Governor…..It is basically a Chicage MayorKirk, who is facing a tough reelection campaign of his own in 2016, warned that Chicago could go the way of Detroit if Garcia won, saying he didn’t have the economic gravitas to lead the city.

“Rahm’s reelection is essential to maintaining the value of Chicago’s debt market. We need a strong capable leader … I would worry about the value of the Chicago debt if Rahm was not reelected. … It’s a concern if we have some of the less responsible people running against him,” Kirk said Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.


image of Chicago Mayor Emanuel and Sen Kirk (r.)…..kirk.senate.gov

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2015 Chicago Mayoral Primary Preview….

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Today, voters across the city of Chicago, IL, will go to the polls and decide whether or not to either re-elect Incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel or to replace him with someone else. Emanuel has had a stormy tenure in his first term of office, most notably through his public and legal battles with the city’s Teachers Unions. To give everybody some back-history on this matter, Chicago Teacher Unions, later joined by the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union, went on strike September 10, 2012, as a result of neither deal nor consensus being reached on both the Mayor’s proposal of pay increases with layoffs and unions’ demands regarding better pay and benefits, decreases in high-stakes testing for students, smaller class sizes and paid preparation time, and also expansion of under-funded schools’ music, arts, and gym programs. Leaders of the schools, the unions, and the city continued negotiations, though no deal they came up with ultimately held. After the breakdown of negotiations, Mayor Emanuel threatened a legal injunction which would force striking teachers and school employees back to work. After little more than one week of striking, union delegates voted to end the strike and teachers and school employees returned to work September 19, 2012. Crime(Chicago is in competition with Atlanta and NYC for the position of crime capitol of the US) and traffic cameras have also played major roles in this year’s Mayoral race.

Battles with the unions has left Mayor Emanuel with low approval ratings, which reached as low as 35% in August, 2014. However, recent polls have shown the Mayor with consistent and wide leads over his scattershot, to say nothing about divided, opposition, with his nearest opposition being the Union-backed Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, who Mayor Emanuel was recently seen leading by a margin greater than two to one. 3 other candidates(Chicago City Alderman Robert Fioretti, medical supply company executive Willie Wilson, and William Walls, a former aide to former Mayor of Chicago Harold Washington) bring up the rear, but still look to be a factor given the dynamics at play in this race. Namely, if no candidate clears 50% in tonight’s results, the race goes to an April 7 Runoff. While Fioretti probably looks to take support from Mayor Emanuel, both men being of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party, activist no-chancers Wilson and Walls likely siphon support from Garcia. Even if the race were to go to an April Runoff, Emmanuel would still be a heavy favourite and would most likely win a 20+ point victory over Garcia. But if recent trends are any indication, the race should be resolved tonight.

Prediction: Emanuel 52-25 over Garcia, with Fioretti(13%) beating out Wilson(8%) for third place, contradicting what some recent polling shows, and Walls bringing up the rear with 2%.

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