20 People Have Been Shot In Chicago Over The Past 24 Hours *(THOSE GENTLE GIANTS ARE AT IT AGAIN IN CHICAGO)*

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DO BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER?

Five people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded since early Sunday afternoon during separate shootings across the city, authorities said.

In the latest shooting, two men were killed and one was injured around 3:10 a.m. Monday following a fight in a club in the 2200 block of North Ashland Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood on the North Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

Elijah Moore, 41, was shot in the chest and Deonte Jackson, 34, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A 26-year-old man was shot in the wrist and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, authorities said.

Two men were shot dead about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West North Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side , said Officer Veejay Zala, a police spokesman.

The two were inside a vehicle traveling east on North Avenue when another car pulled up and an occupant fired shots, hitting the men, said Zala.

The vehicle they were in then crashed into a parked car, and the two were declared dead on the scene, according to Zala, who said no arrests have been made. A motive was not clear Sunday night.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the two men are Andre Chatman, 23, and Carey Hollis, 28. Both live in the 1000 block of North Mayfield Avenue.

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy died after being shot in the head around 12:52 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West Patterson Avenue in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said.

The boy was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, Alfaro said. The boy, identified by the medical examiner’s office as Giovanni Matos of the 500 block of West Henderson Street, was later pronounced dead at 4:39 p.m.

The Patterson shooting appears to have been a drive-by, police said.

HARRY REID QUICKLY PASSES TORCH TO CHUCK SCHUMER FOR DEMOCRATIC LEADER

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Durbin is also supporting Schumer and won’t seek the top spot

by SAHIL KAPUR | READ MORE | MARCH 27, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) caused a political earthquake on Friday by announcing he won’t seek reelection in 2016, opening up the coveted perch of Democratic leader that he has held since 2005.

Before the jockeying could begin to succeed the mild-mannered political brawler as the chief caucus leader, Reid endorsed New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat, within hours of his announcement.

“I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid told the Washington Post, predicting that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, would stand down. Reid said he spoke to Durbin by phone before the interview.

Indeed, it turns out Durbin is also supporting Schumer and won’t seek the top spot.

“Senator Durbin told Senator Schumer late last night that he wasn’t running for Leader, and that Schumer has his support,” a Durbin spokesman told TPM. “Durbin intends to run again for Whip and has Senator Reid’s support. He’s been speaking with senators this morning.”

Schumer would have been the clear favorite to win a race, multiple Democratic sources said.

“Schumer is clearly the frontrunner,” said one Democratic Senate aide, who is unaffiliated with each of the three senators. “He’s just positioned himself that way both publicly and privately. He’s worked very hard to earn the loyalty of the caucus, certainly in a way that Durbin just hasn’t. He tries to engage directly and be a resource and an asset to individual members, to stick up for them and fight for them in leadership meetings.”

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NATIONAL GUARDSMAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED LINKS TO ISIS, PLANS FOR U.S. ATTACK *(IF OBAMA HAD SONS THESE TWO WOULD BE IT.)*

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Two Aurora cousins — one an Illinois National Guardsman — plotted to have one carry out a terrorist attack at a northern Illinois military facility while the other traveled overseas to fight with Islamic State, federal authorities alleged Thursday.

Hasan Edmonds, 22, an Army National Guard specialist, was arrested Wednesday night at Midway Airport as he attempted to fly to Cairo to wage violence on behalf of Islamic State, according to authorities.

Edmonds’ cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, planned to carry out the attack against a military installation after his cousin departed the country, authorities said.

The cousins made an initial appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon while shackled at the ankles and handcuffed. Both face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Jonas Edmonds appeared to be acting strangely in the courtroom, yawning loudly, swiveling in a chair and tugging at his beard.

His cousin, bald and wearing glasses, was subdued. Asked a question by the judge, he first nodded his head. Told he had to answer aloud, his voice was barely audible.

The federal complaint says the two met with an undercover FBI employee and presented a plan to carry out an armed attack against an undisclosed U.S. military facility in northern Illinois where Hasan Edmonds had been training, the criminal complaint alleges.

Jonas Edmonds asked the undercover FBI employee to assist in the attack and said they would use Hasan Edmonds’ uniforms and inside knowledge of how to access the installation and target officers for attack, authorities charged.
lRelated Terror suspect: ‘If we can break their spirits we will win’

Hasan Edmonds was assigned to Golf Company of the Joliet-based 634th Brigade Support Battalion, according to the National Guard. The complaint does not name the facility the cousins allegedly plotted to attack.

In an online exchange Jan. 30, Hasan Edmonds told the undercover agent that the best way to beat the U.S. and its Army was to “break their will,” according to the complaint.

“With the U.S., no matter how many you kill they will keep coming unless the soldiers and the American public no longer have the will to fight,” Edmonds wrote, according to the complaint. “If we can break their spirits, we will win.”

A woman who identified herself as Hasan’s sister and Jonas’ cousin said by phone Thursday that the FBI showed up Wednesday night at the family home in Aurora armed with a search warrant and removed computers from the address.

Manchinique Bates, 23, repeatedly denied the charges against them were true, saying her brother and cousin never spoke of any extreme beliefs.

“To be honest, we didn’t know anything about my brother trying to travel across seas nor did we know about the supposed attacks my cousin was supposedly doing,” she said. “… They don’t go out seeking trouble. … Neither one of them come off as terrorists. They aren’t terrorists.”

Bates, who said she also had been in the National Guard, said she and her brother and other family members joined the military together as a way to travel and help the country.

“I do not feel as if my cousin or brother would ever do anything of such nature,” she said. “My brother is very, very much so … what is the word I am looking for .. he is always .. into the military .. and wanting to join the Army.”

Bates said she last saw her brother leave the house around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday without any bags.

The FBI said it began investigating Hasan Edmonds late last year, when the agency discovered that he and Jonas Edmonds allegedly had devised a plan for Hasan Edmonds to travel overseas and use his military training to fight for Islamic State.

Hasan Edmonds booked a flight to leave Chicago on Wednesday and arrive in Cairo on Thursday, with layovers in Detroit and Amsterdam.

Jonas Edmonds was to stay behind “to carry out an act of terrorism in the United States,” the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the cousins met with a second undercover agent on Monday to discuss the planned attack on the military installation where Hasan Edmonds had been training.

Jonas told the undercover worker that after his cousin left for the Middle East, he planned to purchase weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles and grenades, from a third party and then attack the facility, anticipating a “body count” of 100 to 150 people.

Hasan Edmonds said he would provide a list of officer rankings, advising they should “kill the head,” the complaint alleged.

The next day, all three drove to the installation to scout the attack, according to the complaint. Hasan Edmonds described the inside of the installation and which rooms to avoid during the assault. He also went into the facility and “retrieved a military training schedule,” which he gave to his cousin, the complaint alleged.

Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, a spokesman for the Illinois National Guard, said federal authorities informed the Guard that Edmonds was under investigation, so the Guard took “discrete but concrete steps” to ensure he didn’t have access to equipment or computers and even gave him different duties.

Leighton said Edmonds was a supply specialist who joined the Guard in August 2011. He last drilled with the Guard for a weekend this month, he said.

Both cousins were charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan set a detention hearing for Hasan Edmonds on Monday, while attorneys for Jonas Edmonds decided not to fight his detention.

The cousins attended West Aurora High School, according to district spokesman Tony Martinez. Hasan Edmonds graduated in 2011. Jonas Edmonds left the district’s system in 2004 when he was a senior.

According to the complaint, Jonas Edmonds spent time in a Georgia prison for a felony conviction.

Online court records from Cobb County in suburban Atlanta show that Jonas Edmonds was charged along with two others in the 2004 armed robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant. He pleaded guilty in 2005 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Records show he was released in June 2010.

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10 wounded in citywide shootings *(DO “BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER”?) ONE OF THESE SHOOTINGS JUST 2 BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE.

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THOSE GENTLE GIANTS AT WORK

By Quinn Ford

At least ten people were wounded in shootings across the city since Saturday night.

Most recently, two men walked into a South Side hospital after being shot in the Englewood neighborhood early Sunday morning.

The two men walked into St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center with gunshot wounds about 4:20 a.m. Sunday, said Officer Amina Greer, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.

The two men, ages 26 and 29, told police they were driving southbound in the 5700 block of South Princeton Avenue on the South Side when someone stepped out of a dark-colored vehicle and opened fire on their car, Greer said. The 26-year-old man was shot in his back and leg, and the 29-year-old man was shot in his leg. The two were stabilized at St. Bernard, police said.

About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a 43-year-old man was shot in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The man was in the 3500 block of West Fullerton Avenue when he was shot in both of his feet and his leg, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

About 15 minutes earlier Sunday, a man and a woman were shot in Chicago Lawn. Around 2:15 a.m., the two were outside in the 2800 block of West 61st Street on the Southwest Side when someone inside a passing gray van fired shots at them, police said. The 33-year-old man’s head was grazed by a bullet. He drove himself to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition stabilized, police said. The 23-year-old woman also wounded in the shooting was shot in her leg. She was found on the scene and was transported to Christ Medical Center, where her condition was also stabilized.

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Shortly before 2 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in Gresham on the South Side. The man was walking in the 8700 block of South Wood Street when a gunman got out of a light-colored van and opened fire on the man, hitting his body multiple times, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center where his condition was stabilized. Saturday afternoon a 30-year-old man had been shot and killed about a block away in the 8800 block of South Wood Street.

A 34-year-old man was shot Sunday during a robbery in the Golden Gate neighborhood on the Far South Side. Police were called to the 13200 block of South Eberhart Avenue about 1:30 a.m., police said. The man was inside a home on the block when someone knocked on the door. When the 34-year-old answered the door, a gunman forced his way inside, announced a robbery and shot the man repeatedly in his abdomen, police said. The man was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition stabilized, police said.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, a 30-year-old man was shot in Chicago Lawn. The man was walking in the 6100 block of South Rockwell Street when a gunman standing on a nearby corner opened fire in the 30-year-old’s direction. The man was shot in his foot, police said and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized. The gunman fled westbound on foot.

About 9:20 p.m. Saturday, two men were shot in the 4400 block of West Monroe Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 19-year-old was shot in the arm and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition stabilized, police said. A 20-year-old later walked into Stroger hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot after he transported himself to the hospital from the scene of the shooting. His condition was also stabilized, police said.

The two men told police they were walking in the 4400 block of West Monroe Street when they heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. No one was in custody in connection with the shooting as of late Saturday.

As of early Sunday morning, no one was in custody for any of the shootings reported since Saturday night, police said. At least one person was killed and another five were wounded in shootings from Saturday morning through Saturday evening.

OPRF board president: Black Lives Matter assembly set ‘dangerous precedent’ *(AS A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME IF I HAD A WHITE-STUDENTS-ONLY ASSEMBLY?) (WAKE UP AMERICA!)*

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BY REBECCA R. BIBBS

In the wake of a controversial black-students-only assembly at Oak Park and River Forest High School, members of the School District 200 Board said Monday they’re worried about potential legal consequences.

OPRF gained national attention for a “Black Lives Matter” assembly held Feb. 27 after parents of white students who tried to participate in the assembly complained they were turned away. Principal Nathaniel Rouse, the assembly’s organizer, said he thought black students would speak more freely among members of their own race, a model known as affinity grouping.

OPRF parents upset ‘Black Lives Matter’ assembly excludes other races

In the wake of the assembly, some online commenters said they believe it is unconstitutional to segregate students for activities on school property during school hours. Others have called for Rouse to be fired; some even called for complaints to be filed against the school with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

The fallout from the Black Lives Matter assembly spurred a three-hour discussion at OPRF’s School Board meeting March 16 that included public comment from dozens of parents, students and teachers — almost all of whom spoke out in support of Rouse and the assembly.

School Board President John Phelan, a lawyer by trade, said he was concerned about a process that led to an event that could be considered separate but equal, a segregationist doctrine that was later deemed unconstitutional with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.Each trustee of the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Board supported the intent of the assembly, but several worried about potential legal consequences faced by the school.

“We’d all like to look the other way,” he said. “From my perspective, though, it’s a dangerous precedent to set.”

‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie

“We have violated our policy as I understand it on equal education opportunity,” said Trustee Steve Gevinson.

School Board Vice President Jeff Weissglass, a lawyer with a history of diversity training who has led affinity groups in business settings, said he also was troubled by the legal ramifications.

“If affinity groups are really unconstitutional to public institutions, that will come as a surprise to a lot of people,” he said.

Defending his use of affinity grouping as a way to allow students to speak of their challenges with race in a single-race environment, Rouse said he planned affinity groups for students of other races that would culminate in an all-school assembly. However, no dates have been set for any future affinity groups.

Superintendent Steven Isoye said he believed he was the only non-black person at the assembly.

“It was clear to me that Mr. Rouse was trying to build a space that was safe space for our black students,” he said.

Though much of the social media discussion surrounding the assembly centered upon the fact that white students were excluded, most of the members of the public who spoke at the March 16 Board meeting were black.

Citizens who spoke at the meeting said they believe this is an issue only because it involves black children, and that if the assembly were female- or gay-only, no one would complain. Several also questioned the community’s professed commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“When OPRF claims racial diversity, I have to call farce,” said Julianne Darden, cofounder of the OPRF black student group Code Black.

“Not everything is about us. Not everything needs to have our stamp of approval, much less our participation. Can we just check our white privilege for a minute?” said OPRF English teacher Paul Noble. “I don’t know why a white affinity group is necessary to make a black affinity group palatable.”

Karen Steward-Nolan, who made bumper stickers in support of Rouse, said she understands some parents felt their children were aiding the cause of black students by wanting to participate in the assembly.

“The important part of being a white ally is to know when to be quiet and listen,” she said.

Though most speakers supported the affinity group concept, parent John Callahan described it as divisive.

“I’m very sad this has come about in Oak Park,” the 1983 OPRF graduate said. “I think this was bad for this organization. I think it was bad for Nate Rouse.”

Chicago Tribune Lies About Muslim Brotherhood in Oak Brook

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The media is determined to continue lying and covering up Islamic violence and supremacism. This story is yet another disgraceful chapter in the media’s shameless lies and deceits.

We begin with the Chicago Tribune doing its best straight face fake journalism.

Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger is assuring the community there are no local extremist Islamic groups, following a TV report that had Oak Brook listed on a map among 20 municipalities in the United States as a city with a “radical Muslim organization.”

Ryan Mauro is the national security analyst for the Clarion Project, a group that bills itself as “a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the threat of Islamic extremism and provides a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community.”

Mauro was a guest on a segment of “The O’Reilly Factor,” during which he responded to a request to pinpoint five dangerous situations of Islamic extremists in the United States.

Ginex emailed Mauro, stating the village checked and did not find any radical Muslim organizations in the village. Ginex also asked Mauro for information on what such organization is in Oak Brook.

“We wanted to know if there was something we didn’t know about, and I asked for a correction to the story if there weren’t any organizations here,” Ginex said.

Ginex said he never received a response from Mauro.

Kruger said he never contacted anyone at the North American Islamic Trust after learning the FBI considers it to be legitimate.

“There’s a concern of protecting the civil rights of a legitimate organization,” Kruger said.

Of course the story is as real as the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate.

The Chicago Tribune article implies that the Clarion Project was evasive when questioned about NAIT, reporting that Oak Brook Village Manager Rick Ginex emailed me to inform me that the FBI found that no extremist group exists in the area.

I received no such email from Ginex nor did I receive a message from anyone identifying himself as being from the Chicago Tribune.

And it gets even better.

The irony in this reporting is that it was this same Chicago Tribune that published a blockbuster series of articles about Islamist groups in America, including the organization in question.

On September 19, 2004, the Chicago Tribune published an intriguing article titled “A Rare Look at Secretive Brotherhood in America.”

In fact, the Tribune itself writes in its 2004 expose:

“While separation of church and state is a bedrock principle of American democracy, the international Brotherhood preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic. The group also champions martyrdom and jihad, or holy war, as a means of self-defense and has provided the philosophical underpinnings for Muslim militants worldwide.”

The March 12 article by the Tribune quotes Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger as saying, “They [the FBI] said it is a legitimate place of business; there are no threats or other concerns in the village.”

The FBI is a branch of the Justice Department and the Justice Department designated NAIT as an unindicted co-conspirator in a trial related to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s secret financing of the Hamas terrorist group