Child who became ill on plane tests negative for Ebola

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A child who fell ill aboard an airplane after visiting the west African nation of Liberia tested negative for the Ebola virus, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Thursday night.

The child was one of two patients placed in emergency medical care Tuesday after becoming ill aboard Chicago-bound flights. The patients, who were aboard separate flights, were whisked away to separate hospitals after their planes landed.

While doctors did not think the child had Ebola, they conducted a test Wednesday out of an “abundance of caution,” officials with the Chicago Ebola Resource Network said in a statement.

The child, who vomited once while aboard the plane, was discharged from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The other patient, a man, was released from isolation at Rush University Medical Center on Wednesday after he showed no signs of having the deadly disease. The man, who had been diagnosed with typhoid fever in August, suffered from diarrhea and nausea while he was aboard his flight. He was not tested for the disease.

What do they know that we don’t know? Chicago Police To Begin Random Explosives Screenings At CTA Stations

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CHICAGO (CBS) – New security measures have been announced to improve safety on CTA trains, under a federal counter-terrorism initiative.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, starting Nov. 3, if you ride the “L,” prepare to be asked to hand your bags, purses, or suitcases to a Chicago police officer to be screened for explosives at some stations.
Passengers will be selected at random before passing through turnstiles at CTA train stations.
Police officers with a mobile explosive screening team will swab bags and place the sample in a machine to check for explosive compounds. Bags will not be opened. The test takes only about 30 seconds.
“We know the fears and the possibilities. It’s going to take 20 to 30 seconds of someone’s time. While we know our commuters’ time is precious, we think their safety is probably priceless,” Chicago Police Public Transportation Cmdr. Nancy Lipman said.
Anyone chosen for a random screening must comply, or they will be denied entry to the platform. If they try to access the platform after refusing a screening, they could be arrested.
“If they refuse to be screened, and still attempt to access to our system, they are subject to arrest. That’s still within our own discretions. We’ll attempt to stop them from making that choice to enter the system, but at the end of the day … they are subject to arrest,” Chicago Police Officer Adam Paulsen said.
The city has invested in three such screening machines. Four to five officers will be designated each day to screen at various stations. Police will select a random number of passengers to screen each day.
The program is being funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to provide an extra level of protection against possible terrorist attacks. A dollar amount for the program was not available.
A similar initiative has been launched in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
Amtrak uses a similar screening process at some stations.

Chicago Way: Voting Machines Changing Republican Votes to Democrat Blamed on a ‘Calibration Error’

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Cook County, Illinois and Obama’s political home of Chicago are famous for dirty politics, political greed and voter fraud and this year’s early voting shows that not much has changed.

Chicago has always been a breeding ground and hotbed of political corruption and still is the home of the Communist Party USA, and was the home of Communist radical Saul Alinsky who taught that the “ends justifies the means.”

When Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote on Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library, his vote, which was naturally cast for himself, was changed by the voting machine to that of his Democrat opponent, reports Watchdog.org:

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Whenever Moynihan attempted to vote for a Republican, the voting machine registered the vote for the Democrat instead.

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told the Illinois Watchdog, that, “It was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine.”

Of course, it’s interesting that the so-called calibration error, was always in favor of switching the vote from Republican to Democrat, and not the other way around. Chicago politics have been dominated by the Democrat Party for decades.

Is this part of what is known as a “Chicago Way?”

2 under observation at hospitals after falling ill during flights from Liberia to O’Hare

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City hospitals evaluate 2 from Liberia who fell ill en route to O’Hare
Two people who arrived at O’Hare International Airport from Liberia have been placed under observation at Chicago hospitals, under the city’s procedures for handling Ebola, after they fell ill during their flights, officials said.

Health officials stressed that “at this time there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola and there is no threat to the general public.”

In fact, the officials said they decided against testing the two for Ebola after initial medical evaluations but did send them to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Rush University Medical Center for observation. They are being kept in isolation.

The two hospitals are among four in Chicago that have agreed to take Ebola patients from other hospitals and health care providers should any cases appear in the area. The others are Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The child had vomited during a flight from Liberia to O’Hare, city health officials said. Upon landing, the child was screened by federal authorities and was found to have no other symptoms and no known risk of exposure. The child was taken to Lurie “out of an abundance of caution” and was undergoing observation in isolation.

Following city guidelines, the child’s family was under quarantine until the evaluation was completed.

The other passenger, an adult traveling alone from Liberia, reported nausea and diarrhea during another flight from Liberia. The passenger reported having been diagnosed with typhoid fever in August but had a normal temperature and reported no known risk of exposure to Ebola during a screening.

The person was taken to Rush for medical evaluation and observation, health officials said.

Ebola patient at NIH in Maryland upgraded to ‘good’ condition
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The city released no other details of the passengers or their flights.

Five people wounded in city shootings since Saturday night. Where are Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the DOJ and Eric Holder?

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By Alexandra Chachkevitch,
Tribune reporter

A 51-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot by an attacker who tried to rob him around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.

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Police officers guard the scene of a multi-victim shooting in a hair salon on the 4400 block of West Madison Street early Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Chicago. Two men and two women were shot during a gathering at the salon, one of the men fatally at the scene.
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Police officers and detectives investigate the scene of a double shooting on the 8800 block of South Carpenter Street early Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Chicago. One of the gunshot victims, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
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Police officers and detectives investigate the scene of a double shooting on the 8800 block of South Carpenter Street early Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Chicago. One of the gunshot victims, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
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The man was walking in the 1600 block of South Central Park Avenue when “an armed male” came up to him and announced a robbery, Alfaro said. The man was shot in the side of his body when he refused to cooperate with the attacker.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

In the latest shooting, a 27-year-old man was shot around 2:45 a.m. in the 12200 block of South Halsted Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, Alfaro said. The man was on the sidewalk when he heard somebody fire shots.

He suffered a gunshot wound to his ankle and a graze wound to his wrist, Alfaro said. The man self-transported to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, Alfaro said.

Around 2:25 a.m., a 25-year-old man was wounded in a gang-related shooting in the 4000 block of West Cortland Street in the Hermosa neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said.

The man was walking in the alley when three men came up to him and fired shots, Alfaro said. The man was hit in his left foot and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital where he is listed in stable condition, Alfaro said.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the right buttock around 9:40 p.m. Saturday in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, said Alfaro. The boy was standing on a corner in the 5600 block of West Lake Street when an attacker walked up to him and fired shots, Alfaro said.

The boy was transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition had stabilized.

A 26-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 10:25 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of North Kildare Avenue in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said.

The man was driving northbound on North Kildare Avenue when another car pulled up to him and someone inside fired shots.

The man suffered a gunshot to his left arm and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where his condition was stabilized, Alfaro said.

FBI ASKS PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS

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By Jason Meisner,
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FBI: We need your help to identify homegrown terrorists
One day after a Bolingbrook teen was accused in federal court in Chicago of plotting to travel to the Middle East and join Islamic State, the FBI is asking for the public’s help to identify other individuals who have traveled — or are planning to travel — overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations.

“We need the public’s assistance in identifying U.S. persons going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas,” Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said in a statement posted Tuesday afternoon on the bureau’s website.

The posting also asked for information on the identity of an English-speaking man and others seen in a propaganda video released last month by Islamic State.

In the 55-minute video, a masked man alternates between English and Arabic in pro-Islamic State pronouncements that are intended to appeal to a Western audience, the FBI said.

“Dressed in desert camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, the masked man can be seen standing in front of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves and then later presiding over their executions,” the FBI said. His accent is believed to be North American.

“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” Steinbach said. “No piece of information is too small.”

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A Bolingbrook teen was arrested at O’Hare International Airport over the weekend on charges he was attempting to travel overseas to join the Islamic State terrorist group, federal authorities said today.
Submit a tip online at http://www.fbi.gov/ISILtips or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.

The move comes as U.S. national security and counterterrorism officials have voiced growing concerns over radicalized Americans traveling overseas to join Islamic State. The terrorist group has killed thousands while taking over swaths of Syria and Iraq and has released a series of videos showing the beheadings of Americans and other captives.

In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, FBI Director James Comey, who has said about a dozen Americans were believed to be fighting in Syria, described such homegrown terrorists as “troubled souls” who “engage in jihad after emerging from their basement.”

On Saturday, the FBI arrested Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, at O’Hare International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Vienna with plans to connect to Turkey, authorities said.

A criminal complaint filed against the Bolingbrook teen detailed his alleged plans to join Islamic State. Authorities charged he had a contact to take him across the Syrian border to the terrorist organization’s stronghold and had left a letter for his parents explaining his motivations.

“We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day,” Khan wrote in the three-page letter discovered in his bedroom, according to charges filed in federal court. “I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this.”

FBI agents also found handwritten documents that expressed support for the terrorist group. One drawing appeared to be of an armed fighter with an Islamic State flag with words written in Arabic saying, “Come to Jihad.” Other drawings showed an arrow pointing from the border of Turkey into Iraq and Syria, according to the complaint.