ILLINOIS WELFARE SIGN-UPS OUTPACE JOB CREATION BY MORE THAN A MILLION

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Twice as many sign up for food stamps

Illinois’ sluggish jobs recovery is coming at a tremendous cost. For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000. Without adequate job creation in the state, Illinois families have had no choice but to depend upon food stamps to put bread on the table.
The Prairie State has had the worst recovery from the Great Recession of any state in the U.S. There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs.

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Jobs began to come back to Illinois in January 2010. But even since then, job creation hasn’t kept up with the needs of Illinois families. Food-stamp enrollment has outpaced job creation by nearly 2-to-1 during Illinois’ jobs recovery, from January 2010-July 2014.
The pace at which Illinois has been creating jobs is simply not good enough for Illinois families, and policy mistakes, such as the historic 2011 tax hikes, have made it worse. Illinois has gained only 240,000 jobs since the bottom of the recession, while food-stamp enrollment has gone up by 420,000.

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Even this year, as policy leaders claim the state is amidst a recovery, food-stamp enrollment continues to surge. Over the first seven months of 2014, Illinois is dead last in the U.S. for private sector job creation, having lost 5,900 private sector jobs. Food-stamp enrollment has surged by 17,000 over the same time period.

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There are now over 2 million Illinoisans dependent on food stamps, and more than 1 million in Cook County alone. That means that one in five residents of Cook County depend on food stamps just to get by.
Lawmakers need to jump-start entrepreneurship and embrace structural reform in order to get the economy going again. Without a fair shot at work, Illinoisans are forced into food-stamp dependency.
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W.H. talks immigration with Latino lawmakers

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By SEUNG MIN KIM | 9/11/14 4:57 PM EDT

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough pledged to Latino lawmakers during a private meeting Thursday that President Barack Obama will take executive action on immigration before the holidays are over – an effort to soothe lawmakers furious about the administration’s move to hold off on action.

The timeline was described by several members who attended the meeting and, substantively speaking, isn’t different than the end-of-year pledge made by the White House when it moved to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections.

But it gives at least some faith to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who have long pressured the Obama administration to ease deportations of undocumented immigrants – particularly as the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform on the Hill slowly collapsed over the last year.

One member who attended – Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) — said there was some “serious venting” inside the room.

“As I told the chief, I said I for one need constant reassurance,” Grijalva said. “I don’t want to go down this path come November and then for some other reason, find that the immigrant community and the Latino community get thrown in the heap again.”

Multiple people familiar with the meeting said McDonough did not go into specifics of the executive action that Obama will ultimately issue, but stressed that he will go as far as he could under existing law. And – in a response to questions from one lawmaker in the room — McDonough said Obama still plans to act regardless of the results of the November elections or even if the political narrative around the issue worsens for Democrats, people familiar with the discussion said.

Grijalva said after the meeting that he believes the scope of the action will be “significant.” The White House has considered expanding a 2012 program that halted deportations for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, as well as easing some restrictions on legal immigration.

McDonough, accompanied by domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz and other White House officials, declined to go into details of the meeting except to underscore that Obama still plans to act.

“The president understands the depth of the broken immigration system that we have and he’s bound and determined to make sure that we fix it because it’s impacting our economy, it’s impacting our job growth and it’s a humanitarian issue that’s impacting families across the country,” he told reporters.

“So we’re going to fix it and we’ll do it before the end of the year,” McDonough added.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the leading advocate of immigration reform on the Hill, said the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will meet early next week to determine a formal response to the White House over delaying deportation relief.

“No more excuses, I don’t care what senator is dangling in the wind, I don’t care what Republican proposal is being made,” he said. “I don’t care what happens. We are moving forward.”

“We are concerned that this is a community and these are issues that get stalled,” added Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), speaking for the Latino community. “Why are we stalling? For us, these are not political issues, these are substantive issues that move the country forward.”

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Vicious Machete Attack by Illegal Alien Gang at Chicago Train Station

by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s sanctuary city policies for illegal aliens came home to roost this week, in a brutal attack.

A group of seven gang members — 6 of them illegal aliens — committed a horrific act with a machete at a Chicago train station, sending one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to WGN-TV, around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning a 26-year-old man and his 17-year-old brother were waiting for the next train at the Kidzie stop on Chicago’s Brown Line. A group of seven then approached the pair as they sat on a bench minding their own business.

At that point, one of the members of the group asked the two to flash their gang signs, but they refused, telling the group of thugs that they weren’t in a gang. Police said that 18-year-old Mario Elvira then pulled out a machete and struck the older male in the head with it, continuing to violently take swings at him until a train approached and ran the group off.

ABC7 reports that the older victim remains hospitalized in stable condition. The attack caused a gash 6 inches long and 1 ½ inches deep that required over 30 stitches to close.

Police said the seven suspects – Elvira; Jean Salvatierra, 23; Kevin Ramierz, 19; Kevar Preston, 20; and two 15-year-old males and one 15-year-old female – immediately fled the scene. Police were able to apprehend them a short time after the attacks. They are all charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing on the CTA. The three minors also face charges.

Battery and trespassing? Um, HELLO…what about attempted murder?

WGN reports that the Border Patrol had been called in to investigate the immigration status of the assailants – finding that nearly all of them were here illegally — and probably all “Dreamers” eligible for amnesty under Barack Obama’s DACA executive order.

3 of the illegal aliens are suspected of belonging to the brutal MS-13 gang, well-known for using machetes against rivals.

Where are Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, The DOJ and Eric Holder? In Chicago 2 dead, 11 wounded in city shootings

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Shootings left at least two men dead and 11 others wounded Saturday night into Sunday morning, bringing the weekend total for gunshot victims to 4 dead and 17 wounded..

A man was killed and two others wounded Saturday night on the corner of 73rd Street and Damen Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. It was at least the third shooting in the block between Damen and Winchester avenues on 73rd Street in the last couple months in what police describe as an ongoing gang conflict across the south end of the neighborhood.

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The shooting happened about 8:58 p.m. Saturday. A 19-year-old was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. An 18-year-old suffered a leg wound and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and a 22-year-old was shot in the arm and taken to Stroger hospital. Both men who survived are in stable condition, police said.

Someone stepped out of a black car and opened fire on the group before fleeing the scene, according to police. No one is in custody.

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A 47-year-old security guard who kicked a man out of a restaurant shot him after the man returned with a knife and threatened him, police said. The man, 36, was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and later died from his injuries, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

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The shooting happened about 3:50 a.m. Sunday in the 4500 block of North Kedzie Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. The security guard was confronted by the intoxicated man and told him to leave. The man came back with a knife and tried to attack the security guard. The guard shot him in the abdomen, police said.

The guard did not appear to be injured in the incident, Sedevic said. A knife was recovered at the scene.

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About 9:05 p.m. Saturday, someone shot a 22-year-old in the 1400 block of West Morse Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the Far North Side. Someone in a grey sedan opened fire on the man while he rode a bicycle, police said. The man is in critical condition with head and back wounds, according to police; he was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. No one is in custody.

Two men were shot about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. The attack happened in the 8700 block of South Sangamon Street. Someone shot a 28-year-old walking by a store and a man standing outside the store, a 34-year-old employee, was also hit. Police said the 28-year-old was the likely target and the 34-year-old an unintended victim. The younger man was dropped off at Little Company of Mary Hospital and the older man was taken to the same hospital in an ambulance, police said.

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Three people were shot about 12:30 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Pulaski Road and Arthington Street in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, including a 73-year-old woman. She was taken to Stroger hospital with at least one shoulder wound and is in good condition, police said. Two men, 30 and 50, were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, police said.

The 73-year-old woman was on a porch and the other two were standing on the street when someone opened fire. Police set evidence markers next to casings in Pulaski Road and also east of Pulaski on Arthington Street.

About the same time, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a 22-year-old man walked into Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest. He told police he had been shot near Jackson Boulevard and Springfield Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Two men were shot about 3:40 a.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of West Cullerton Street in the Pilsen neighborhood on the South Side, police said. One, 25, was shot in the knee and the other, 18, was shot in the hand. The pair drove to Rush University Medical Center and are both in good condition. They had been seated in a car when someone walked up and shot them, police said.

Where are Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, DOJ and Eric Holder? 1 dead, 13 hurt in shootings across city – Chicago Tribune

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Shootings on the North, South and West sides left one man dead and at least 13 people injured from early afternoon Sunday through early Monday morning, according to police.

About 8:45 p.m. Sunday, two men were shot in the 7400 block of North Ridge Boulevard in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the Far North Side, police said.

One of the two, 29, was shot in the stomach and shoulder and was taken in critical condition to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. The man was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m. at the hospital, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, who identified him as Paul Land, of the 7400 block of Ridge Boulevard.

The other man, also 29, was hit in the leg and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

In the most recent shooting, a 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were critically injured in the 4300 block of West 25th Place in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side, Gaines said.

The two were standing on a porch when two people stepped out of a vehicle about 2:50 a.m. Monday and started shooting, Gaines said. The 22-year-old was hit in the head, and the 17-year-old was hit in the arm, chest and back, Gaines said. Both were in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Also shot early this morning was a 15-year-old girl, shot about 1:05 a.m. Monday in the 6900 block of South Justine Street in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. The girl was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.

In earlier shootings:

• A 19-year-old man was shot in an apparent robbery about 1 a.m. Monday in the 7900 block of South Saginaw Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said. The man was walking down the street when someone he didn’t recognize approached him, pointed a gun into his stomach and announced a robbery, police said. When the man tried to push the away, the man began shooting, police said.

The 19-year-old was hit in the hand and thigh and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

• About 9:55 p.m. Sunday, a 29-year-old man was shot in the thigh in the 300 block of West 66th Street in Englewood, Gaines said. The man was listed in good condition at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, according to police.

• A 24-year-old man was shot about 9:35 p.m. Sunday in the 10000 block of South State Street in the Dearborn Park neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The man was shot in the back and arm and taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

• About 9:15 p.m. Sunday, a 51-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were shot during an apparent domestic dispute in the 9500 block of South Oglesby Avenue in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the South Side, Gaines said.

The man was hit multiple times and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Gaines said. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was also taken to Advocate Christ, where her condition was stabilized.

It was not immediately clear who fired shots during the apparent domestic dispute, Gaines said.

• About 8:20 p.m. Sunday, a 54-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 5700 block of South Keeler Avenue in the West Elsdon neighborhood, police said. The man was taken to Advocate Christ, where he was listed in good condition. Police said the shooter or shooters may have opened fire from a vehicle.

• Two people were hurt, one critically, in a shooting about 5:15 p.m. Sunday on the 1300 block of West Morse Avenue in Rogers Park, police said. The two were walking on Morse Avenue when they saw an argument between two men. The victims heard shots being fired and were struck, police said.

A woman, 28, was shot in the chest and initially listed in critical condition. Her condition had stabilized, police said. A man, 29, sustained a graze wound to his head, police said. They were taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where the man’s condition had stabilized and he was later treated and released, police said.

The two were not the intended targets of the shooting, which police believe was gang-related.

• About 4:25 p.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old woman was shot in the hand while she was a passenger in a vehicle on the 800 block of West 95th Street in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

After the woman was shot, the male driver stopped the vehicle and got out, leaving the woman to take control of the car, police said.

After the woman tried to flee the area in the vehicle, she crashed into a CTA bus and another vehicle, police said. The bus driver sustained minor injuries. The woman was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, where her condition had stabilized, police said.

Where are Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and DOJ Eric Holder? Man killed, 9 hurt in Chicago shootings and it’s only Friday

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By Chicago Tribune

A 36-year-old man was killed and at least 10 other people were hurt in city shootings late Friday and early this morning, according to authorities.

The fatal shooting happened about 10:45 p.m. Friday in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

Police called to the scene found the man on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds, Gaines said. The man was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County soon after.

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Police blocked Damen north of West Garfield Boulevard after the shooting as detectives investigated. An investigator placed about 20 yellow evidence markers in the street, most or all labeling the location of shell casings.

The shooting happened just north of two gas stations, on a largely residential block. The street has one lane in each direction, with an adjacent bike lane and also a lane for parking.

A detective at the scene said investigators declined to comment on a possible motive for the shooting.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

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In the most recent shooting, a 28-year-old man was shot at least twice in the back about 5:10 a.m. Saturday in the 2600 West 65th Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.

The man was outside when someone stepped out of a vehicle and started shooting, police said. The 28-year-old managed to flee to the 6500 block of South Washtenaw Avenue, where he collapsed. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized.

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Earlier this morning, a 47-year-old woman was shot and critically injured about 2:45 a.m. Saturday morning as she sat in a vehicle in the 8100 block of South Muskegon Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The woman was taken to Stroger hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the side, police said.

In other shootings since late Friday:

• About 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a 32-year-old man was shot in the arm as he rode in a vehicle in the 4400 block of South Archer Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The man was taken to Holy Cross hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

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• A 34-year-old man was critically injured in the 10900 block of South Racine Avenue in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side, Gaines said. The man was taken to Stroger hospital after the shooting, which happened about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Gaines said. The man was uncooperative with police.

• About 9 p.m. Friday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the 10000 block of South Avenue M in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, Gaines said. The man was walking when a red SUV pulled up, occupants flashed gang signs and someone stepped out and started shooting, according to police. The 26-year-old was hit in the back and brought himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

• Also about 9 p.m. Friday, a 32-year-old man was shot in the finger in the 4600 block of West Van Buren Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.The man was taken to Loretto Hospital, where he was expected to be treated and released.

• About 8:15 p.m. Friday, two men were standing on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of South Throop Street in the Pilsen neighborhood on the West Side when someone in a passing vehicle started shooting, police said. The older man, 22, was hit in the thigh and taken to Stroger hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The younger man, 19, was hit in the leg, according to police. His condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. Police said a shooter had approached on foot and that the men had been outside.

• A 23-year-old man was shot about 7:05 p.m. Friday in the foot on the 9100 block of South Yates Boulevard in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the Far South Side, News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. The man was reportedly sitting on a resident’s porch when an occupant of a black SUV began shooting. The victim’s condition was stabilized at Advocate Trinity Hospital.

• A 28-year-old man was wounded about 7:05 p.m. Friday after a shooting reported in the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side. Zala said the victim reported he was standing on a corner in the first block of East 101st Street, when he felt pain and realized he’d been shot in the buttocks. The man’s condition was stabilized at Trinity Hospital.

Motorist With ISIS Flag Makes Bomb Threat Against Police in Chicago

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(STMW) – A man who had an ISIS flag waving from his vehicle is facing several charges after he threatened police with a bomb Wednesday morning when he was pulled over on the Southwest Side.
Emad Karakrah, 49, was charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to Chicago police. He was also issued three traffic citations.
Someone called police after seeing a “suspicious person” driving a silver Pontiac southbound in the 7700 block of South Kedzie at 9:18 a.m. with an ISIS flag waving out the window, according to a police report.
Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off, according to the report. The officers called for assistance, and another officer pulled the vehicle over after it went through several red lights.
The man told police during his arrest that there was a bomb in the car and he would detonate it if they searched the vehicle, according to the report.
A bomb squad, the FBI and Homeland Security responded to the scene and searched the vehicle, but no bomb was found, authorities said.
Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Karakrah held on a $55,000 bond Thursday. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 3.