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Dan Proft presents “An Upstream Idea” Laquan McDonald

Dan Proft presents “An Upstream Idea”. With the release of the dash cam video for Laquan McDonald, it is clear that with the Chicago Democrat power structure, justice is delayed so that political ambitions are not denied.

“16 shots!”

That is the chant of those protesting the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

They have a point but it’s not the most important one.

If it is system change they seek beyond justice in the McDonald case, they should be chanting, “13 months!”

13 months is how long it took from the night of McDonald’s death to the day of Van Dyke’s indictment.

Were it not for a few seconds of video from a dash cam and a judge’s decision to make that video public, you can be sure we would still be waiting for a dispensation of the case.

With the Chicago Democrat power structure, justice is delayed so that political ambitions are not denied.

The McDonald shooting occurred six weeks after Ferguson and four months before Rahm’s re-elect.

The investigation was slow-walked.

Then came the hush money in the form of a preemptive $5 million check from the city to the McDonald family, a highly unusual move since no lawsuit had been filed, predicated on an agreement not to release the dash cam video.

But an independent journalist wouldn’t play along. So Rahm’s professional stonewallers battled a journalist’s FOIA request for the video even though they knew it was a public record just as is a police report or a mugshot.

Then it was Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s turn to dither as her re-election cycle, including a March primary challenge, was in the offing.

And every step of the way the panoply of Chicago Democrat pols and their corporate financiers spanning the racial spectrum were silent in support of Rahm.

Keep that in mind when you see the aldermanic feudal lords, the Mike Madigan roll call reps, and the cash-and-carry storefront ministers expressing outrage now that it is politically safe to do so.

Cops protecting cops is the myopic view of the last 13 months.

The discerning observer sees this properly as a textbook case of the Chicago Democrat power structure protecting the Chicago Democrat power structure.

This is not a conspiracy.

It is simply the Chicago political culture where it is the rule of men not the rule of law.

It is simply the Chicago political culture where people’s lives are important only insofar as they may be means to the political ends of the Chicago Democrat power structure.

Perhaps instead of organizing another conference for speechifying, another candlelight vigil for praying or another protest for chanting, now is the time to distribute petitions for recalling.

Source: Will County News

Hammond’s Need Your Help/Protect Your Property Rights

For years the Hammond’s property has been sought after by federal agencies. The federal government is now using the federal court system to take their land. They have been tried in a federal court as terrorist, fined $400,000 and must give over their ranch to the BLM if they sell, the must report to federal prison for five years, after already fulfilling their sentencing. All because they started a prescribed burn just like they did every year.

 

Please contact these representatives to help the Hammond’s right now, we cannot wait.

 

State Representative Cliff Bentz (R)
900 Court St NE H-475
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: (503) 986-1460
Email: rep.cliffbentz@state.or.us

State Senator Ted Ferrioli (R)
900 Court St NE S-323
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: (503) 986-1730
Email: sen.teferrioli@state.or.us

 
Thank you,
Ammon Bundy

 

Source: Will County News

Government daily greed

10 Reasons Illinois Bureaucrats (And Their Friends) Are Thankful Today

Adam Andrzejewski
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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 24, 2012: U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald speaks to reporters during a news conference in Chicago, Illinois. Fitzgerald announced that he would step down. For years in Illinois, reform has only resulted from federal law enforcement actions. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

In Illinois, and many states, it sometimes feels like if anything happens for the good of the people, it’s entirely by accident. On Thanksgiving Day 2015, here are ten reasons why the bureaucrats – and their connected friends in both parties – are loving life.

10. Highly compensated Drivers Ed teachers – Four instructors clear nearly $900,000 in total compensation at Hinsdale High School District 86 (Hinsdale) “earning” base salaries up to $165,003, plus rich benefits. State taxpayers guarantee lifetime pensions.

9. Taxpayer subsidized political bloggers – 70 state agencies paid over $270,000 to a self-described political blogger based in the state capitol (specific recipient was Capitol Fax, corp: Ahead of Our Time Publishing, owner Rich Miller) since 2005. This year was the biggest ever for Capitol Fax with Republican Comptrollers Judy Baar-Topinka and Leslie Munger cutting the checks for $43,000.

8. The double dippers – Mohsin Dada, a school district treasurer in North Shore School District #112, double dipped the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement System (IMRF) for a combined income of nearly $500,000. Mohsin’s TRS pension exceeds $240,000 and his new salary as a school district treasurer under IMRF is $245,880.

7. The patronage employees with super-flexible responsibilities – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the top cop in Illinois, gave $1 million in promotional pay raises to 109 personally picked patronage employees. One of them was promoted to “supervising attorney” and was allowed to move two states away and 507 round-trip miles from the office.

 

6. The Republican patronage – In rock-ribbed red DuPage County, the top 10 county employees make a total of $2.021 million in pensionable salary. The county has a long history of taxpayer abuse. In 2011, a county engineer earned $340,147 and then retired. In 2014, Nancy Wolfe, a first assistant state’s attorney, earned $248,083, retired, and then was recently rehired by the county board as an ethics consultant.

5. Junior college pre$idents – In Southern Illinois, at small Lewis & Clark College (Godfrey), President Dale Chapman enjoys lavish compensation of $540,000 and a contract through 2019. In 2012, Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills) paid President Vernon Crawley a final year salary of $674,210 up from $399,169 the previous year.

4.  $5.2 Billion Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) loophole – There are $5.2 billion in no-bid contracts that avoid competition because of a massive loophole in the Illinois procurement code. The loophole essentially allows politicians to hand out contracts to friends by contracting with another unit of government. Once a contractor is stamped “government approved,” the business flows.

3.  Hailing a cab to school – Fifty northern Illinois school districts spent $71 million on mostly no-bid taxi cab rides in the last eight years. These districts call for a cab on a mostly no-bid basis to shuttle students with disabilities and homeless kids. A large portion of the bill is reimbursed by state taxpayers. The taxi spending is primarily in the northern suburban districts, and 822 of the 870 Illinois school districts get along just fine without taxis.

2.  Substitute teaching for 1 day reaped $1 million in teacher retirement pension – A pair of union lobbyists substitute taught for one day in the public schools, and then stood in line to receive $1 million lifetime state retirement pensions. A state law was passed to stop them. Twenty-four months later, we discovered that the union lobbyists retired and received their pensions.

1. Chicago Boss Rahm Emanuel still receiving “pay to play” – Violating his own executive order (2011) to end “pay-to-play” and “the historic culture of corruption in city hall,” Emanuel received $7 million in campaign cash from 600 city vendors. Since 2002, these vendors have been paid $2 billion. While the city heads toward financial insolvency, Chicago’s elites are lining their pockets with taxpayer money.

But Illinois taxpayers can be thankful for a few things this year.

New Governor Bruce Rauner is strongly standing firm against Democratic super majorities in the legislature on necessary spending reforms.

Source: Will County News