Despite What Quinn Claims, Illinois Leads In Job Loss

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Monday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, contrary to Governor Quinn’s rosy statements, Illinois has lost jobs over the last year. In fact job numbers are worse than they’ve been in 35 years.

Earlier in August, as he stumped for re-election, Gov. Quinn made a big show of the fact that unemployment has fallen in the Land of Lincoln. The federal government reported that the unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest level since August of 2008 when it was 6.7 percent.

Announcing the news, Quinn said, “Putting people back to work is my number one priority. There are more people working now than when I took office and today’s good news shows that we are headed in the right direction.”

Quinn’s Republican opponent, businessman Bruce Rauner, noted that this is not the great news that Quinn is claiming it to be.

“Celebrating today’s job numbers is like cheering a touchdown when you’re down 35 points with two minutes left,” campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf said.

“Our state is still down thousands of jobs since the beginning of the year, we still have one of the worst unemployment rates in the entire country and thousands of Illinoisans have given up looking for work. On top of higher taxes, this means too many families continue to suffer under Pat Quinn. Thankfully, Pat Quinn’s time is almost up and his term in office can’t end soon enough for the working people of Illinois.”

Rauner may be closer to the truth than Quinn. BLS numbers show that Illinois leads the Midwest in job loss.

The numbers show that every state around Illinois gained jobs while Illinois lost. Indiana gained 26,000 jobs, Missouri gained 31,000, Wisconsin is up 11,000, and Iowa is up 6,000 jobs. On the other hand, Illinois is down 4,200 jobs.

So, what accounts for the falling unemployment rate?

Two things: people moving out of Illinois and workers simply giving up and leaving the work force are causing those numbers to fall.

Gary Burtless, a senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institute and a former economist with the U.S. Department of Labor, recently told the Illinois Watchdog, that just looking at the unemployment rate alone is misleading

“While a big drop in unemployment may look good on the outside, we know that’s not the whole picture,” Burtless said. “The unemployment statistics can only measure those who are working or actively looking for work. It can’t tell us anything about those who quit trying.”

Burtless said people usually quit trying to find work out of frustration with the job market, that they can’t get something satisfactory in a reasonable period of time.

“Illinois has mirrored the country as a whole in this regard,” he said. “The rate may technically be going down, but that doesn’t mean more people are working.”

Numbers show that there were 17,157 fewer people in the Illinois workforce than just in June. This is due to people moving out of Illinois as well as people giving up looking for work and falling out of the active job seekers numbers.

About the only bright spot in the state is the city of Rockford, situated about 90 miles north west of Chicago. Air travel company AAR Corp., for instance, is opening a new maintenance and repair facility in Rockford creating some 500 new jobs over the next five years. Rockford has also become a nation-wide hub for the aerospace industry bringing jobs to the area.

But this small bright spot does not make up for the loss the rest of the state is experiencing.

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Chicago Muslim Calls for Jihad Against Jews in Gaza

-By Warner Todd Huston

It has been revealed that Muslim Imam in a Chicago mosque has been calling for Chicago Muslims to go wage jihad against the Jews by flying to Gaza to join the fighting there.

Video of Sheik Mohamed Elimam of the Chicago Islamic Center has come to light showing this “religious” leader urging his followers to go kill Jews in a series of July sermons.

As Breitbart’s Joel Pollak reports, in one excerpt, Elimam says: “Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine.”

In another he says that Israel should be dismantled and the Jews sent “back to their countries.”

“This enemy was planted in the midst of the Arab nation,” this so-called religious man said, “and they chose Jerusalem, Palestine, the most important area–in order to be a thorn in the side of the Arab and Islamic nations. May Allah pull this thorn out, and stick it down their [Western] throats. May they be sent back to their countries in shame and disgrace, Allah willing.”

Of course, there is no such thing as “the Arab nation,” so there’s that. But this is just typical hate speech that we get from these people every single day. So, why isn’t the Chicago police arresting this creep for hate speech? They would if some neo-Nazi said something like this, wouldn’t they?

Naturally when Breitbart reached out to the Mosque for comment, they denied everything. “Maybe they misunderstood,” said Hasan Barut of the Chicago Islamic Center in response to questions from the online news site.

When you see Mr. Barut’s reply just remember the Muslim practice of Taqiyya, or lying to westerners through smiling teeth to misdirect them from the Muslims’ true beliefs.

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Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

-By Warner Todd Huston

The “religion of peace” is at it again, this time posting warnings in Chicago that they intend to start attacking Jews in the Windy City.

The Times of Israel reported on Monday that the threatening fliers were left on cars in Pulaski Park neighborhood on Chicago’s near northwest side.

Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada confirmed the posting of the fliers left on half a dozen cars in the area.

The Chicago Tribune told its readers, “According to residents in the area, the leaflets made threats to Jewish people in connection with the conflict in Gaza which began on July 8. The leaflets threaten violence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, according to residents and police.”

The Chicago Police Dept. says it has its hate crimes unit on the case.

These fliers appeared just prior to the “die-in” protest launched in Chicago by terror supporters opposed to the existence of Israel.

The terror supporters began their protest downtown and ended it in front of the Israeli Consulate in Chicago.

Notice that Jews are not parading around the world claiming they are going to attack so-called “Palestinians” in cities like Chicago, New York, Paris, or Berlin. The Israelis are concerned only with the enemy at their gates.

Meanwhile, Muslims are threatening attacks on innocent people all across the world.

Quite a contrast, there.

As always, Muslims illegitimize themselves with their love of death, murder, and terrorism.

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Hey, Chicago: Detroit Police Chief Says More Guns is Good

-By Warner Todd Huston

Chicago, Illinois is losing at least 3 to 4 citizens every weekend to violence with upwards to 25 shot. EVERY weekend. Chicago pols, the city’s police superintendent, and state Democrats say we need to ban guns to “fix” the problem. But the Detroit Chief of Police says an armed citizenry is making HIS city safer. Chicago could learn a lesson, here.

According to the Detroit News, Chief James Craig credited the fall in crime in the Motor City to the fact that more citizens are armed these days.

Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.”

“I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.

Chief Craig seems to understand quite well what the Second Amendment is for.

Crime is not light in Detroit by any means, of curse. But compared to Chicago, Detroit is a veritable safe zone.

Meanwhile, as Chicago sees dozens killed every month and hundreds shot, Chicago’s Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy is cruising around the city calling for an end to the Second Amendment.

In fact, not only does McCarthy hate our Constitutional rights, he doesn’t even have the first clue what they are if his a-historical and uninformed rant against American history is any indication.

He called anyone that wants to exercise their Constitutional rights (all of them) a “special interest” group that is harming the country and the city. He then claimed that the Second Amendment is “corrupting public safety.”

Still, McCarthy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and the state Democrat Party have been agitating for decades against the Constitution despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed many of their gun grabs and limitations un-Constitutional.

Illinois leftists like McCarthy seem to think that banning all our guns will “fix” the city’s violence problem. But, as it happens, Chicago is about the only city in America with a violence problem at this level–despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. The problem is not guns. The problem is Chicago gangs.

So, these anti-American pols in Illinois really should listen to what Detroit Chief Craig has to say. They may just learn something.

Posted in Chicago, Chicago City Council, Concealed Carry, Constitution, Cook County, Corruption, Courts, Crime, Democrats, General Assembly, Law, Liberals, Police, Second Amendment, Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Paying Off Obama’s Buddies: Another Way Illegal Aliens Are Wasting Your Tax Dollars

-By Warner Todd Huston

As Obama starts shipping tens of thousands of these illegal alien minors all across the nation to be housed in cities everywhere, your tax dollars follow them and some of this money is going to Obama’s pals in liberal organizations and unions to care for these children all paid for by you and me.

Obama is pumping billions of dollars into the feeding and care of hundreds of thousands of illegals who have swamped our southern border expecting–and getting–all sorts of freebies not to mention expecting to become instant citizens. But it isn’t just the billions he is spending at the border going on in this mounting crisis. Obama is also billions on these illegals in other parts of the country.

In Illinois, for instance, several left-wing groups, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)–all huge supporters of Obama–are getting hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to care for illegals shipped from Texas to the Windy City.

As Illinois Review reports “Heartland Alliance (an ACORN-esque organization) is currently under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nearly $13 million to fund shelter services at Heartland’s nine facilities, which house about 429 of Central American minors that crossed the southwest border without legal guardians.”

The group gets additional funding from the State of Illinois. The Comptroller’s office shows over $500,000 going to the group in the past five fiscal years.

Heartland Alliance also receives funding from corporate sponsorships, including from Harris Bank and Boeing.

In their 2012 financial report, Heartland Alliance says it raised and spent $86,793,110.

This Heartland Alliance is also teamed up with the Chicago Teachers Union, three SEIU locals and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

You can rest assured this isn’t happening only in Chicago. This is going on in every major city in the country.

So, even as Obama is wasting billions at the border he is handing billions more to his buddies in left-wing organizations and unions, billions more of your tax dollars going to waste on illegals and to fill the pockets of Obama’s buddies.

Posted in Barack Obama, Budget, Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Cook County, Corruption, Democrats, Government, Law, Liberals, President, Public Employees, Taxes, Unions | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

If Chicago Would Vote for Commie Karen Lewis, They Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote at All

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll of likely Chicago voters seems to find that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in bad shape for his re-election coming up next year. The poll shows that two other candidates are far and away more popular than the incumbent mayor. One of those two is Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a woman who is nearly an out and proud communist. But, if Chicagoans would vote for Lewis, they don’t deserve the vote at all.

This new Chicago Sun-Times poll shows Emanuel losing–and badly–to two other possible mayoral candidates in next year’s election. The biggest disparity is that between the mayor and Current Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. She really slams Emanuel beating him 55 percent to 31 percent in the poll.

Preckwinkle has made no moves at all to run against Emanuel and insists she won’t. Still, rumors abound that she will throw her hat in the ring, anyway.

To be honest, it really is no surprise that Emanuel is finding low favorables in polling this far out from the election. Mayor Emanuel has failed in many respects as Chicago’s mayor. He has done nothing at all to address the mounting pension crisis, spending is still skyrocketing, he’s solved none of the mess that previous mayor Richie Daley left him, and worse of all violence in the city has soared to never before seen rates of blood shed.

It might not be surprising if a ham sandwich was leading him.

Now, the second unannounced candidate that beats the mayor is Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. The poll shows that Lewis beats Emanuel 45 percent to 36 percent.

When the paper called Lewis to let her know of the results she reportedly replied, “Well, first of all, I’m sitting here stunned.”

The fact is, we should all be stunned that anyone at all would vote for this hate-filled, near communist who is at the very least an outright race baiter.

For instance, in 2012 Lewis mindlessly threw the race card and claimed that teachers are now looked down upon because they serve “lower class students” and “students of color.” It isn’t because they fail to teach, that they demand higher and higher pensions and healthcare benefits even as no one in the private sector get anything close to what they get. No it is because everyone is racist against them.

Even as the city has been drowning in debt, in 2012 Lewis led a teachers strike because her demands of a 30 percent raise in salary and benefits weren’t being met. 30 percent! Who in the private sector ever gets a 30 percent raise?

By 2013 Lewis was going around telling people that Chicago “belongs” to black people and that whites and Hispanics should have no say in what goes on there.

At another speaking engagement in 2014, Lewis said that math should not be taught as a straight subject. Instead math should be coupled with left-wing “social justice” propaganda to get kids’ minds right.

And Lewis’ socialist/communist styled ideas are fully embraced by her vassals in the union, too. In 2013 Chicago teacher Tim Meegan gave a speech rife with communist buzz words and insisted that a violent revolution ala the revolution that ushered communism into Russia in the last century was coming unless people adopted his left-wing ideas.

In 2012 the CTU was also a sponsor of a socialist program called the “Social Justice Curriculum Fair.”

Despite all this wholly un-American stuff, Chicagoans would vote for Karen Lewis? Seriously? If this is what Chicago would vote for, it seems clear they don’t deserve to vote.

Posted in Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Children, Communism, Cook County, Corruption, Democrats, Education, Liberals, Public Employees, Public Schools, Rahm Emanuel, Socialism, Taxes, Teachers Union, Unions | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Illinois Worst in Midwest for Private Sector Job Creation

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have been chronicling all the major failures of the once great state of Illinois and this week we have yet another one. A new tabulation of private sector job creation finds that Illinois created a dismal 500 non-government jobs in 2013 making it the single worst state in the Midwest and almost the worst in the country (again).

The Illinois Policy Institute put out its jobs report card recently and found Illinois to be one of the worst of the worst. It was the worst of the Midwestern region and the second worst in the whole country.

The Ill. Policy Inst. had a disheartening statistic to illustrate this dismal job creation rate.

“For context,” the policy group wrote, “that’s one job for every 300 high school seniors in Illinois, another terrible stretch of job creation for a state that already ranks last in the Midwest for job recovery from the Great Recession.”

The next worst in the Midwest was South Dakota with 1,500 jobs created.

This doesn’t mean that Illinois is up 500 jobs, either. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says Illinois lost 26,300 jobs since January.

Here is the latest list of stories showing that Illinois is the worst of the worst in the country, all thanks to the Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn:

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Pat Quinn’s Major Loss Over Forced Healthcare Worker Unionization

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several years ago the Governor of Illinois decided with a fiat decision to hand his union buddies millions of free taxpayer dollars by suddenly forcing all private in-home healthcare workers to be unionized without their knowledge or approval. Today the U.S. Supreme Court said that Illinois was not allowed to do this.

The year was 2003 and Democrat Rod Blagojevich–who later went to jail for corruption–was the governor who decided that all Illinois citizens who get a stipend from the state to help them take care of their mentally and/or physically disabled family member must be unionized.

So, Blago wrote an Executive Order that forced all in-home healthcare workers into a union. The Guv unilaterally declared that all these people who got such stipends are suddenly “state workers” and ruled that union dues will then be taken from the already small stipend they get from the state and those “dues” sent directly from the state to the union bank accounts.

Once he got into office, Gov. Pat Quinn also issued an EO that also claimed that such in-home healthcare workers are “state employees” and open to forced unionization.

The state legislature controlled by Democrats backed the Guv up and codified it into law.

This handy-dandy EO handed the Service International Employees Union (SEIU) up to $20 million of new state money right into their pockets. This move, of course, was nothing but a state payoff to unions. The new relationship had no benefit for the workers.

But a few parents of disabled children were not at all pleased to be forced into a union and have some of their already small stipend sent to a union. So, they got together and under the name of one parent, Pam Harris, sued the current Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, to stop the bleeding of their stipend and the forced unionization.

The case became Harris v Pat Quinn, a case that the U.S. Supreme Court finally spoke to on Monday, June 30.

This new ruling is a more narrow than some anti-union activists had hoped. Some were hopeful that the SCOTUS would out law all forced dues payments from all public employees. But what this decision did was more narrow saying that only these type of workers should be free of union oppression.

Still, this is a victory for anti-union forces and serves to limit the states in whom they declare to be a “state worker” and therefore open to union meddling.

This ruling will affect more than just Illinois, too. Several other states have engaged in this union payoff scheme and they will all now have to revisit their practices.

The Illinois Policy Institute celebrated the decision. Paul Kersey, the Illinois Policy Institute’s Director of Labor Policy, said, “The attempts by Quinn and Blagojevich to unionize Medicaid recipients were motivated by greed and politics, not by an interest in helping Illinois families. Luckily, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the families in Illinois and nationwide who are fighting to take care of their loved one.”

Finally, an important part of this case is that it might open the door to topple the Abood case. That case ruled that non-members of who have state jobs that are unionized were still liable to pay the union’s costs of representing employees (i.e. teachers could not stop paying dues but still expect to share in the benefits the union wins fir them).

Harris maintains that the state cannot forcibly unionize people and then force them to pay the unions fees and other costs—but it only ruled in the case of these particular types of employees, not all employees.

But the case Harris as ruled practically inviting a new suit to be brought in the case of the other sort of employees (such as teachers) forced to pay dues.

The McHenry County Blog also has some excerpts from the ruling.

Posted in Business, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Democrats, Economy, Government, Health, Healthcare, Jobs, Judges, Law, Medicaid, Medicare, Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich, Supreme Court, Taxes | 1 Comment

Illinois One of the Worst GDP Growth in Entire Midwest

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois has earned its spot as the state with the worst GDP in the entire Midwest. So, once again we find that Illinois turns out to be one of the worst states in the country for nearly any and every metric that makes a successful state.

Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute pointed out in a recent blog post that Illinois ranks only above Missouri as the worst for GDP growth among the 12 Midwestern states in the survey.

“Illinois recorded the second-worst growth in gross domestic product of any state in the Midwest,” Lucci wrote, “according to this week’s release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Illinois economy grew by just 0.9 percent in 2013. Only Missouri grew slower, at a sluggish 0.8 percent.”

Bad growth isn’t just a number. New and better-paying jobs go hand in hand with a state’s GDP. Illinois has the region’s highest jobless rate, and is dead last in the Midwest for employment and job creation since 2009. Unemployed Illinoisans need real solutions from state leaders.

This is no news at all to those who frequent my writing on Illinois, of course.

Governor Pat Quinn and Majority Leader Michael Madigan and their democrat Party conspirators have destroyed this state with their greedy, criminal behavior as I’ve listed numerous times.

Here is the latest list of stories showing that Illinois is the worst of the worst in the country:

So, we have to hand it to the Illinois Democrats and their weak sisters in the feckless Illinois Republican Party. You folks have done a great job utterly destroying one of the greatest states in the union. Great job to the dictator Michael Madigan, the hapless and ignorant Governor Pat Quinn and the rest of the worthless set running the state into the ground.

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WIND Kicks Joe Walsh Off The Air, Station Refused to Allow Honest Discussion of Racism

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Congressman Joe Walsh joined WIND AM 560 not long after he left Congress and has been doing a great, fearless job on the air. The station was even beginning to look into syndicating him. But now, because he tried to have an honest discussion about racism, the station got cold feet and suspended him until further notice.

Here is some of what the Chicago Sun-Times said today

According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-show host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs.

In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: “Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.”

And: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases (C-word, N-word, etc).”

The posts said the discussion involved the ethical debate about the name of the pro football team in Washington, D.C.: the Redskins.

Joe’s show is from 5PM to 8PM weekdays.

You can follow Joe on Twitter at https://@WalshFreedom.

This is what Joe sent out on Twitter today: “Want to hear what I ACTUALLY said last night?

All Republicans and conservatives in the Chicagoland area need to call WIND and tell them to put Joe back on the air. Here is the WIND contact page.

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