New York Middle School Assignment Shows Kids How to Kill a Baby

-By Warner Todd Huston

It appears that a middle school in New York is training kids in how to shake a baby so hard that it kills them with a hands on assignment where kids are forced to shake a mechanical baby until it stops crying–i.e. until they shake it to death–in a class unit on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Lennie Jarrett of ChampionNews.net spoke to the parent of a middle schooler in Churchville-Chili Middle School in Churchville, NY, earlier this week and the parent said that his child was traumatized by having been forced to “kill” a baby in class.

The father noted that the kids were told that shaking a baby too hard could kill it and offered the example of a man who was in jail for shaking his own child to death. Then kids were ordered to symbolically kill a baby right there in class using a mechanical baby.

“The teacher demonstrated shaking and killing the baby. Once done, she told the students they were going to take turns killing the baby and then warned, “Just don’t go crazy, the doll is heavy”. They were instructed to shake it continuously as the ‘baby’ screamed and screamed until all the parts of the ‘brain’ had lit up indicating which part of the brain was being injured. They were instructed to shake the ‘baby’ until it was quiet. Until it was dead. My son was the first to refuse to participate. He said his teacher was shocked. Others followed his lead.”

The father also noted that his child told him that some of the kids thought it was funny to kill the baby and one even threw the baby against the wall while another slammed the baby on a desk.

The unit was taught in Mrs. Amory’s 7th grade Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Naturally this assignment is a Common Core aligned class.

The FACS class was described this way on the school website:

Career and Technical Education which includes Family and Consumer Sciences is a program designed to prepare students to meet their responsibilities as family members, consumers, home managers, wage earners, and parents. This course is designed to prepare you to become “Life Ready.”

The page was subsequently deleted from the school website.

It is nearly impossible to understand how a class that shows kids how to shake a baby to death–then forces kids to actually shake a mechanical baby to death, even symbolically–can teach children that babies are delicate and shouldn’t be shaken until they are dead!

Principal Giulio Bosco had vowed to investigate the class, but in a statement from Mr. Bosco and Superintendent Pamela Kissel the criticisms of the class were called “inaccurate.” The statement, though, didn’t answer to any specific allegations and only issued its blanket “inaccurate” denial.

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The University of Chicago Needs Some Occupy Wall Street

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you’ll recall, the brief but noisy Occupy Wall street movement was all about protesting the “One Percent,” those evil rich folks that apparently return nothing to the nation. Well a look at the compensation of those at the University of Chicago in President Obama’s home city shows that the Occupy folks were protesting the wrong people! It looks like the one percent reside at the UofC.

A very in depth article by David Francis Mihalyfy reveals what he calls a university mired in outsized compensation “hidden by a PR machine, funded by growing tuition and debt, and allocated despite questionable job performance”

Mihalyfy serves up this damning assessment of the university in Obama’s Chicago:

Over the last decade, profit motive has made significant inroads into the American ivory tower. At universities, money is meant to support a larger social mission, not profit presidents and provosts: ideally, these high-visibility support staff should believe enough in education and research to want any extra resources to go there rather than to themselves. At places like UChicago, however, the ideal of administrative public service has been gradually replaced with that of maximizing short-term self-interest, despite debatable benefits to the institutions and the populations that they claim to serve.

As it turns out, the president of Uof makes more money than the president of Harvard! Yeah, that Harvard.

UofC President Robert Zimmer has leapt to number one in his field… for some unexplainable reason. As Mihalyfy discovered, Zimmer recently got a “110%, $1.76 million pay spike that not only brought him from $1.6 to $3.4 million in total compensation, but also the top position in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual rankings of highest-paid private university presidents.”

Zimmer’s newest pay scale puts him at $1.9 million a year, double what he was making only five years ago.

Meanwhile, Harvard’s president made only $899,000 last year.

but it isn’t just Zimmer who is raking in the cash. Just about all the top administration figures have seen their pay double over past rates.

But, hey, maybe this isn’t a big deal? Maybe the UofC is raking in the cash so the wildly increased compensation is justifiable? Seems “no” is the answer to that. In fact, the school is going into debt at a quick clip.

Concurrently, UChicago has become an “outlier” and “put its credit rating at risk” by taking on debt equal to more than half of its endowment, according to Bloomberg News. A leaked financial plan from June 2013 had already indicated that UChicago was on the path to owe three times as much debt as peers like Northwestern. Accordingly, Crain’s Chicago Business predicted in August that due to high debt levels “ratings agencies could downgrade the university’s credit by as many as two notches.” Since then, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have shifted the outlook of its bond rating to negative on three separate occasions in anticipation of a likely credit downgrade. Fundraising operations cannot bring in enough money to keep the credit rating unquestioned, yet compensation of a single person like Zimmer makes up as much as half of projected major annual operating deficits. Nevertheless, UChicago’s financial adviser has vouched that “[t]he money is going to… programmatic strengths.”

Mihalyfy also notes that job performance doesn’t seem to justify the massive hike in pay, either.

So, what is going on, here? Well, for one thing this is a perfect mirror of how liberals are running government into the ground, isn’t it? High pay for no performance, to people with no accountability, all paid by other people’s money.

It is a house of cards that must, eventually collapse.

But it is Obama’s Chicago, isn’t it?

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Illinois Ranks as ‘Worst’ For Small Businesses

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again Illinois and California are neck-and-neck in the calculations for the worst of the worst U.S. states, this time in a measure of how friendly the states are for the growth of small businesses.

Earlier this month thumbtack.com released its third annual survey of the climate for small businesses exploring such ratings as the overall friendliness of the state to small businesses, the ease of starting a business, regulations, ease of hiring new employees, taxes, and other criteria.

The poll was conducted among over 12,000 small business owners across the country.

The survey, held in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, found that the worst states for small businesses were California, Rhode Island and Illinois, all of which got a Thumbtack “F” rating. The next worst were Connecticut and New Jersey, both of which received a “D” grading.

Illinois has descended in its rating each of the three years that the survey has been conducted having earned a “D+” in 2012, a “D” in 2013, and an “F” in 2014.

“Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, but rarely does anyone ask small business owners themselves about what makes for a pro-entrepreneur environment,” said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack. “Thousands of small business owners across the country told us that the keys to a pro-growth environment are ease of compliance with tax and regulatory systems and helpful training programs.”

The best states are unsurprisingly Utah, Idaho and Texas. Also getting high ratings in the poll were Louisiana and Virginia–the latter undoubtedly because it is now inextricably linked to the largess of the federal government.

Texas, Utah, and Idaho have appeared at the top of the list in each of the three years the survey has been conducted.

“It is critical to the economic health of every city and state to create an entrepreneur-friendly environment,” said Dane Stangler, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “Policymakers put themselves in the best position to encourage sustainable growth and long-term prosperity by listening to the voices of small business owners themselves.”

Thumbtack.com is a website launched in 2009 that helps people connect with local service providers such as painters, plumbers, small contractors, and the like.

For a little more context on how bad Illinois is, here are just a few more of the “low lights” of Illinois’ standing among the states:

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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In Memorial: Illinois’ Conservative Giant Jack Roeser

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have been made aware that the great Jack Roeser passed away last night. This is a great loss to conservatism in Illinois, but Jack was in his 90s and in delicate health, so it isn’t a surprise, sadly.

Mr. Roeser was very generous with the fortune he built from the ground up as owner of Otto Engineering, a high tech firm located in Carpentersville, Illinois.

Roser was a hard charging conservative and often made folks both left and right mad at him for his choices of causes and candidates, but he was also unapologetic and fearless. In this day and age when people are always mewling and apologizing for their actions, you have to admire a real adult like Roeser making his choices and sticking with them regardless of the “consequences.”

And rarely did he have to face any troublesome consequences, either. He made his decisions and that was that and despite this he was a much sought-after ally in Illinois politics.

Roser was one of the “greatest generation” having served in WWII, but when he came home he didn’t turn into one of those liberal pantywastes that gave us the Baby Boomers, or as I call them the worst generation. Roser built wealth, created jobs, and improved his community. He is the sort of man that we should all hold up as an example to our children.

As to his politics, Roeser was there with Reagan and helped fund most of the conservative activism in the state ever since.He was also a great enemy of the teachers unions that have helped destroy our system of education in Illinois.

Roeser was also the host of a weekend WND talk show as well as the host of ChampionNews.net.

So, rest in peace, Jack Roser. We thank you for you long service to the community. May others seek to emulate your example.

**UPDATE**

Here is a statement on Roeser’s passing from ChampionNews”

“Jack Roeser has passed away at the age of 90. While we are saddened by the loss of our leader, we are inspired by his convictions and the spirited battle he fought, seeking to bring change to Illinois. Jack believed in “little government and big people” and lived the American Dream. He will be missed but never forgotten.”

Here is a little bio film on Mr. Roeser made not long ago…

**UPDATE No. 2**

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement on the passing of Jack Roeser.

Christy and I would like to offer our prayers to Jack’s family. Jack was an unsurpassed giant in the conservative movement. He was an expert at translating the principles of conservatism into everyday actions and set the bar high for all of us. His entrepreneurial spirit and business success is a model for those in pursuit of the American Dream. His passion for education reform and ensuring that every child has an equal chance at succeeding was well known. He fought hard for accountability in the school system to ensure that all students received the education they deserved. He never wavered in the cause to ensure that the vision for limited government by our Founding Fathers was observed and respected. Jack will be greatly missed.

**UPDATE No. 3**

ChampionNews posted a full bio and memorial message HERE. Funeral service plans are also posted.

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Mmmmm History: Hillary Extols Abe Lincoln’s Senate Career (Hint He Was Never a Senator)

-By Warner Todd Huston

Hillary Clinton is an Illinois girl, right? Oh, and Hillary Clinton is the smartest woman in the world, isn’t she? Then how come she thinks Abraham Lincoln got elected to the Senate before he became President, when he never did?

Hillary was in Chicago for a meaningless, love-fest appearance with former Obama White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel where both professed a deep love and respect for each other but otherwise offered nothing of substance to their audience. But during this schmaltzy blubber fest Clinton waxed historical for the crowd.

“I actually write about Rahm in the book,” Clinton said from her spot as featured speaker. “I asked him not to read it before we sat and did our interview! But it was in the very first chapter, the chapter I rightly call ‘Team of Rivals’ because that’s what it was in the beginning. A senator from Illinois ran against a senator from New York just as had happened way back with a senator from Illinois named Lincoln and a senator from New York named Seward. And it turned out the same way.”

Only, in 1860 when Lincoln (who would have been “the Senator from Illinois” in Hillary’s example) and William Seward (a Senator from New York) ran against each other for the GOP nomination for President it was not two senators in the running.

The facts is, Lincoln never became a senator from Illinois. He ran, sure, but lost his election in a famous loss to Stephen Douglas. Further, Lincoln had a famous series of debates called the Lincoln-Douglas debates just prior to the election. In fact, those several debates are the most famous debates in US history as along with his Cooper Union speech, they helped bring the little known Lincoln to national attention and that prominence led to his becoming president in1860.

Lincoln was sort of a dark horse candidate for president in 1860, too. Most political insiders expected Seward or Salmon P. Chase (a Governor from Ohio at the time, also a past US Senator himself) to easily take the GOP nomination–the latter pair were the most powerful Republicans in the country at the time. It was due to Lincoln’s consummate skill as a campaigner that he won. He spent weeks writing letters and conferring with powerful Illinois Republicans in the run up to the GOP convention–held in Chicago that year–and he engineered his nomination from Springfield. This was something his rivals didn’t spend much time doing as they went into the convention with a lot of assumptions but little groundwork.

Anyway, one would think that the “smartest woman in human history” would have known all this important US history surrounding one of the country’s most famous presidents, especially one from her own home state. Wouldn’t you?

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Woman Mailed Citation From Chicago Area Park District After Social Media Post

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently police are now cruising the web looking for people who make claims that leads one to believe they could or might or perhaps broke some jackbooted rule, regulation or law and then they are punishing them through the U.S. mails on this hearsay evidence.

The police department of a Chicago area forest preserve district used a local woman’s social media post as a basis to send her a citation in the mail after she made a Facebook post about a county park.

The woman says she wrote a Facebook post that was misinterpreted by Will County forest preserve police as an admission that she was violating park rules. It wasn’t long after she posted her comment that she received a notice of violation in the mail and told she owed the county a fine for illegal use of a park.

Will County is situated south and a bit west abutting Chicago’s Cook County.

The citation came after Will County citizens began posting social media warnings that dogs were catching “kennel cough” at a particular dog park in the park system.

A Facebook page set up by private users of Will County’s Whalon Lake Dog Park–a page not connected to, or run by county officials–started warning that dogs were getting sick after owners took them to the park.

But one Facebook group member posted a badly worded entry to the page that got the attention of police who were evidently monitoring the Facebook page.

The woman wrote: “I was feeling bad that I haven’t bought a pass and been bringing Ginger there but I’m pretty glad I haven’t.”

When contacted by a Patch reporter, the woman said that she meant to say that she hadn’t gotten a license and had not been using the park and was glad she hadn’t because she would have exposed her dog to the illness that was going around.

But park police took her post to mean that she hadn’t purchased a license but was still using the park in violation of park rules and so sent her a ticket in the mail after tracking her down through her social media account information.

Will County forest preserve spokesperson Cindy Cain admitted that the park police department did, indeed, send the woman a violation in the mail.

“We did issue a citation to a woman based on her Facebook post. The only reason we were monitoring the group is because of the complaints of kennel cough. When we saw her post about visiting the dog park without buying a permit, it was our responsibility to respond,” she said.

Cain also said that the woman would have her day in court and could protest the ticket.

But users of the Facebook page were alarmed that county officials were using their page as a platform to hand out citations. One even called it a “Gestapo tactic.”

Not surprisingly, the citizen who received the ticket in the mail said she was “shocked and confused” when it arrived.

County officials were quick to claim they aren’t trolling social media to find violators and just happened to accidentally come across this woman’s posting when monitoring the Facebook page for the health concerns of pets.

In a post to The Will County News, Steve Balich, a Will County Forest Preserve Commissioner, said he spoke to Don Gould, President of the Forest Preserve, and Gould agreed that his police department should not be trolling social media looking for violators.

Recently the same county turned back rules that allowed the assessor’s office to use aerial drones to search for violations of building and land use codes. In May an Executive Order by the Will County Executive dumped the rule after citizens complained of the invasion of privacy endemic by the use of the drones and other types of aerial photography as a means to hand out code violations.

These two issues, trolling social media and use of aerial drones to search for violators of county codes, is another marker of how authorities are using technology against citizens.

But let’s think about this, here. We have police issuing citations based on some few lines on the Internet? How do they know that the incident even really happened? What proof do they have that the social media post is truth and not just someone spouting off, someone joking, even someone posing as someone else? How can police possibly use this as undeniable “proof” of anything? (Note we are not talking actual photographs, here. At least a photos is some kind of proof.)

No, what we have here is government as a weapon against the people, folks. We need to rise up and stop this nonsense. Get involved like the folks in Will County that stopped the use of aerial drones to spy out code violations. Get involved and stop this un-American, Big Brotheresque government intrusion.

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Muslims Demand Des Plaines Library Muzzle Anti-Terror Group Meetings

-By Warner Todd Huston

A group dedicated to warning America about the evils of radical Islamists and the growing wave of terror they commit is coming under fire in Des Plaines. The group meets at the city’s public library but now several Muslim groups are seeking to have government quash the anti-terror group’s right to use the public facility.

The group, ACT! For America, has been meeting at the Des Plaines, Illinois public library for months, but as they gear up to offer a screening of a film that warns of radical Islamism, several Muslim groups have started to illicitly call for the public library to ban the group.

ACT!’s local leader, Sara Schmidt, insists that their group is not about hate but is instead about informing the public of the dangers.

The DesPlaines Journal & Topics reports that Schmidt said, “We just simply try to educate the public about these terrible things going on around the world because of these militants.”

The film that ACT! wants to screen for the public features Dutch politician and anti-Islamist Geert Wilders and is titled “Warning to America.”

Once ACT! started passing out fliers about the film, our own radical Islamist groups here in the US began to call for the library to throw ACT! out of its facilities.

Such an action would, of course, be wholly un-Constitutional, not that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is much interested in the law.

Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of CAIR, jumped into the fight claiming that the library would somehow be “tainted” by ACT!’s use of the facility.

“It’s a safe haven for knowledge, education, and enlightenment,” he said. “That place is now being tarnished.”

By his logic, then, opponents could charge that DesPlaines itself is “tarnished” by having allowed the building of Mosques in the first place. But, logic would surely escape him.

Unsurprisingly, local DesPlaines Muslims agree with CAIR that the group’s Constitutional rights should be quashed. Fazal Mahmood, board president of the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines, for instance, insisted, “I think they should cancel it.”

“I understand and respect freedom of speech, but where do you stop?” he said.

Well, by banning freedom of speech, I suppose. That is likely the only place it would “stop,” Mr. Mahmood. But, OK, let’s do it and let’s start with yours, shall we? Or better yet, let’s not start at all.

In any case, it is illegal for the DesPlaines library, a publicly, tax dollar supported facility, to ban ACT! from holding its meetings or showing its film. The Supreme Court has said so as recent as 1988.

But, then again, we had that ol’ Constitution thingie as far back as 1787 telling us we have a right to speech, so…

See Frenchman Charlie Hebdo’s full-sized Anti-Mohammad Cartoon HERE

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Illinois General Helped Create Memorial Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few years after the Civil War as the nation started upon its long road toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and healing the wife of one of the war’s union generals noticed the touching devotion of Confederate widows, wives and their children as each year they came together to place flowers and little flags at the graves of their fallen. Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan was so moved by the devotion she witnessed that she urged her husband, Illinois General John A. “Blackjack” Logan, to look into creating what was to become Memorial Day.

General Logan was a Senator from Illinois and eventually became a candidate for Vice President on the 1884 Republican ticket, losing to Grover Cleveland and another Illinoisan, Vice President Adlai Stevenson. But before all that Logan was instrumental in creating Decoration Day, the celebration of the nation’s war dead that eventually became Memorial Day.

The following is the general order that Logan issued in 1868.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief

N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General

Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

Today, America takes the time to remember those who served and died in service to our country and it is fitting that the holiday was born of both a re-united South and North after our bloodiest war.

Please enjoy your Memorial Day and say a prayer for the souls of our fallen heroes.

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Ill. Democrat Demands Judge Delay Corruption Trial So He Can Vote For Tax Hike

-By Warner Todd Huston

A judge in Illinois refused to delay the corruption trial of Democrat Derrick Smith, a Chicago-area State Representative, so he could vote yes on an upcoming tax hike bill. This will hurt the Democrats’ push to make a temporary tax hike permanent.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman didn’t say that Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan ordered the request that she delay the trial, but Madigan said that without Smith’s vote he will have trouble passing the tax hike.

Smith made the request of a delay so that he could vote for the tax hike but he also claimed that he had a “back injury” from a recent car accident. The judge said that Smith had never complained about any injuries in the several court appearances since the accident, so she found the claim unimpressive.

Republican State Rep. Jil Tracy was disgusted by the attempt. “Only in Illinois could you present a scenario like that,” she said.

In 2011, Illinois Democrats convinced the legislature to vote for what they claimed was a temporary 63 percent tax hike but now that the tax is to sunset next year, the party is desperately trying to make the tax hike permanent.

On the same day that the still serving State Rep. was told his trial was going on as scheduled, he passed a bill out of committee that would make it easier on convicts in the state.

“The legislation, SB3267,” the Sun-Times reported, “amends the Unified Code of Corrections, including to require that multiple terms of probation imposed at the same time shall run concurrently. As introduced, the bill sought to add educational requirements and family enrichment when an individual is serving out probation.”

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Bankrupt Illinois Spent $12 Million on Medicaid for Dead People

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois is constantly at the bottom in every metric that measures our most successful states. It is perennially either the 48th, 49th, or 50th worst state in every category. And now we learn that the state is spending up to $12 million a year that it doesn’t have on Medicaid for people who are dead! Can this state become more of a joke?

The Associated Press recently filed a Freedom of Information Act request and uncovered a disturbing memo from the Illinois state auditor.

“State auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths,” the AP wrote.

This was more evidence that Obama’s claims that Democrats are fixing the Medicaid enrollment system is a failure.

“It’s disappointing and somewhat enraging for taxpayers, but it’s not surprising. I wish this administration would spend more time trying to solve the problems rather than trying to convince taxpayers that they’ve already solved them,” State Sen. Dale Righter (R, Mattoon) said.

Republicans in the state were pushing to resign with a private company to trim the rolls of dead and ineligible enrollees saying that a contract that recently ended achieved a Medicaid eligibility-removal rate of 40 percent.

The contract with Maximus Health Services, though, ended last year and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn refused to resign with the company. Quinn shifted the work of maintaining the rolls to state workers.

As Kristina Ribali wrote, “Taxpayers in the Land of Lincoln should demand a major overhaul of their state’s Medicaid program. As Obamacare pushes more people into government health care programs, the 2,900 deceased people in Illinois who received these benefits could seem like a drop in the bucket of fraud, abuse and mismanagement.”

But none of this should surprise anyone. Illinois has been failing spectacularly since the last vestige of any power the state Republican Party once had faded nearly 10 years ago.

Illinois is a failed, one-party state in the death grip of the Democrat Party.

For a little more context, here are just a few more of the “low lights” of Illinois’ standing among the states:

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 Pat Quinn and the rest of the worthless set running the state into the ground.

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