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Illinois: a Democrat Party paradise of unions and crime

By Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

The restoration of the University of Illinois’ iconic Alma Mater statue in April of this year comes with very mixed emotions.  After undergoing a $300,000, two year restoration effort, our academic mother rests on her pedestal, arms outstretched once again welcoming us to Wright and Green Streets.  But haven’t our university and other Illinois colleges and universities really made Illini citizens the children of cobblers who have no shoes?  How can the state with such a proud academic and medical reputation be in such horrific disarray?  Reading the most recent alumni magazine is disconcerting.

“Blue Waters supercomputer on the Urbana campus (University of Illinois) is so fast that in one second it can run the same number of calculations that a human with a calculator would require 32 MILLION years to do.” (1)  “Such power allows measurement-intensive modeling of complex systems of all kinds, from virus cells to hurricanes…”   Yet, such academic prowess can’t or won’t figure out how to fix the abject dysfunction of Chicago, America’s number one city per capita in killings, murder, violence, shootings, and pure misery for many neighborhoods.

Consider the terrible contrast between the proposed Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute and the third world violence zones that allow citizens to live in fear and misery 24/7!  Less than a three hour drive separates the two vastly different realities. “Unless we have economic rebirth in our state, our children are going to seek jobs and careers elsewhere,” says Chris Kennedy, UI Board of Trustees Chairman.  YOU THINK?  If they manage to survive, that is.

An Email I received at about the same time as the Illini Alumni Magazine states the following about Illinois and Cook County:

“State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, WORST IN COUNTRY.  Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25%, HIGHEST IN COUNTRY. Four former governors in jail, MOST IN COUNTRY!  This astounding paragraph in the anonymous Email goes on: “Perhaps the US should pull out of Chicago.  Body count: in the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago.  221 killed in Iraq.  AND, Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.” (2)

How can a State worthy of international recognition for astounding research and development in the fields of space, medical research, engineering and digital excellence and mathematical acclaim have such a glaring negative sum with its soft subject offerings?  How can ruin, crime and bankruptcy plague Chicago’s urban population while state universities achieve international renown in hard subject studies?  

One answer here: Political Correctness is killing Illinois!  Silly curriculum offerings present sex week, encouraging nubile young people to enjoy a week of sex, lies, and videotape on the student debt dime. But few participants can recite—let alone comprehend– the evil speech of Shakespeare’s Iago who used his cunning and brilliant intellect to harm his fellows, rather than help, as former Illinois students once were taught.  Refusing to require competency in the greatness of Classic Literature (perhaps written by old white guys) is turning out computer freaks without moral imperatives.

The anonymous Email goes on to pound the Springfield legislature that is All Democrat, All of the Time.  “There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working.  Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers of anywhere else in the US averaging $110,000 a year.  Their pensions average 80-90% of their incomes.” (3)  Many teacher union dues donations go straight into Democrat party coffers; the “contributions” coming right off of the top of paychecks, btw. A researcher with ties to Urbana years ago went on to document how many state officials and politicians have done jail time over the years.

We know that POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is destroying our country. And since we have to admit this horror has a death grip on Illinois’ academic community, may we also deduce that PC is the reason for Illinois’ severe decline?  What is wrong with a blinkered mentality that fosters such futuristic development yet foments such third world decay and violence?  The failure rests, I submit, with the once proud Journalistic tradition that taught students how to hold politicians accountable.  Is it true that over 80% of reporters and editors vote Democrat, supporting the Party and its ideology?  Have we forgotten how to write unbiased news stories?

For to praise each other for digital futurism yet fail to recognize academia’s pyrrhic victories is for naught.  Is my anonymous Email any emptier than academia’s self-aggrandizement?

SOURCES:  

(1) ILLINOIS, Vol. 26, issue 4, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Summer 2014, pg. 34
(2) (3) Anonymous Email sent to me by my Illinois relatives.

Former Gov. Blagojevich, sealed tapes and the Windy City that runs the Nation

by Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

“I’ve Got This Thing, and It’s F*king Golden. . .I’m just not giving it up for nothing,” said former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaking of his ability in 2008 to name the new owner of Barack Obama’s vacated US Senate seat.  And now rumors are swirling Blago just might be getting out of jail much earlier than required by the 14 year sentence which he is serving in a mountain Gray Bar Inn, forced retreat in Colorado.

Two Chicago Tribune reporters, John Chase and Jeff Coen, (who did not answer a CiR call to hear their side) are being lambasted for what they knew and when they knew it regarding the much heralded SEALED TAPES.  “So why did Blago and his attorneys let Chase and Coen’s public proclamation that the contents of the sealed tapes confirm his guilt go unchallenged?” (1)
  
Sealed, unsealed, just spent words in an ongoing stream of politics-as-usual in Chicago.  Whether the tapes hold the key to opening Blago’s prison cell to return to his wife and children is an ancillary codicil to the real reason the man was sent up.  In the People’s Republic of Illinois, everything now serves the One, and Blago had to be removed from waiting microphones to protect the Chicago gangster in the Oval Office.
 
We hear that Barack Obama is planning his return to the city and the Ayers salon that launched him onto the world’s stage while his beloved wife of over 20 years will remain in D.C.  So what do the tapes have to do with the price of eggs?  Well, they give Blago leverage, leverage which was already pretty well assured because his wife Patricia is the eldest daughter of Richard F. “Dick” Mell.  Mell retired after 38 years, repeat 38 years, serving on the Chicago City Council. Within one month, he began a new career as a lobbyist. (2)

Mell’s own career weaved in and out of his alliance with Fast Eddie Vrodolyak and the Vrodolyak 29.  Oh, those were the years.  Here’s a delicious sidebar; my friend lived across the street from the young male artist who drew the oft derided picture of Mayor Harold Washington in ladies delicate attire. The young man literally had to flee the Chicago suburb, I think by dark of night.  Black politicians were so enraged that a Black female politician, without court order, police protection, or legal authority walked up the steps of the Chicago Art Institute and summarily pulled the large painting OFF OF THE WALL herself. Dorothy “hats” Tillman was not the one who did this, as I got the story.

“How many of us read the stuff we get, OK. . .it’s small print. . .like your insurance policy,” Mell famously said of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s dictum to move forward on the parking meter privatization contracts, an issue which is now in the courts. (3) Mell and his son-in-law locked horns over a landfill flap that Blago shuttered but that somehow was tied to the family patriarch’s wishes. (4)  Now Illinois political blogs are rife with speculation that Illinois’ fourth jailed governor will soon return to the City that runs the country.  Maybe yes, maybe no, but let’s not discount the well liked former governor’s appeal to the common folk, many of  whom just happen to pay for the Democrat disease known as Chicago politics. 

I just can’t get worked up about those tapes, but they are a new chapter in what may be going on. They are grist for somebody’s political mill.  Those two Chicago Tribune reporters could have blown the Blagojevich case right off of Michigan Avenue, but they didn’t.  Compared to most Chicago pols, the former governor was not that bad and he did listen to the people.  My cousin thought he was cute.
 
Let’s not forget the real tragedy of the once lovely home state of the Fighting Illini. A pension system ranked 50 out of 50 states, economic ratios, Moody bond ratings and job creation factors numbering 47 to 48 according to Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal findings are creating a dysphoria that matches the Heroin Hell of Lower Wacker and Rambo’s closing of schools which many black children and their parents really liked.
 
Sure, the much touted FBI sealed tapes just may get Blago out of jail, but his stay-out-of-the-cemetery card is his silence at the microphones of Democrat political power.  Blago walks when Obama says he walks.

SOURCES: (1) http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2014/03/30/blagojevich-agreed-to-let-chicago-tribune-reporter
and to www.nbcnews.com/. . ./nerves-fray-Blagojevich-explains-golden-quo
(2) (3) (4)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Mell
  
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf9X6COc-70
www. nbcnews.com/id/43236017/ns/politics-more-politics/t/r

ObamaCare “Enrollment Event” draws ZERO people in Illinois

by Doug Book,  editor

One of many ObamaCare enrollment events was held in Boone County, Illinois this week. Targeted were the young, whose participation is absolutely necessary if Barack Obama’s “healthcare” fraud is to have any chance of viability.

And as has become an all too familiar pattern at such taxpayer funded events, more media people were in attendance than enrollees of ANY age!

HHS head Kathleen Sebelius maintains over 3 million Americans are now enrolled in ObamaCare. Of course, she also claims to have NO INFORMATION on the number of enrollees who have actually PAID their first month’s premium.

If the Boone County extravaganza is any indication,  a meeting of Affordable Care Act policy holders can be held in a phone booth.

The sad video tells the story.

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlj7VdmdyGA

Atlanta’s ice storm and memories of Winter nightmares gone by

by Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer
 
Reading what went on in Atlanta this week is just amazing!  I moved to Florida after living near Chicago and the lake snow region of NW Indiana most of my life. We had to deal with bad ice storms in Southern Illinois when I was young and while at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Three inches of snow in Chicago is NOTHING.  They got rid of a mayor that didn’t get and keep the roads open. 

I had to teach in Chicago Heights, IL when the temperature was -48 and the wind chill was -82.  As I recall, I was the only female that showed up, though most of the men were there. When we were dismissed at the 8 p.m. class break, my big Buick was the only car in the frozen lot. I had even locked the door! But the door opened and the Buick turned right over on my first try. I drove the back roads into NW Indiana, a story in itself.  But those big trucks the Hoosiers drive had already plowed open the back roads, just by force and might, so I drove into my driveway, got inside my home and said some prayers of thanks.  I never let my cars get older than 18 months; I know this was more costly for me, but I always got back and forth to work.
  
In l967, we had a land hurricane and that winter, one of those famous Chicago blizzards that this time really did shut down the city for a few days. My daughter remembers getting out onto our flat top roof to help me shovel off the snow before it hardened from sleet.  We told the man next door he had better do the same, but he thought it was a silly idea.  The next morning when he went out to start his car, he found his roof was on top of it. 

My daughter tells me this winter up there is very bad, but they’re dealing with it.  I asked, “How are your snow plows and shovels holding up?” She said, “We don’t have any; we have five boys instead!” She still remembers my telling her when on a plane, if the oxygen masks come down, put yours on first.  I know this sounds odd at first, but if you fail, who will care for your little children?  So she’s learned well to be prepared and to take care of herself and her own in emergencies. 

I still have nightmares about being out on I-57 during those terrible white-outs.  One Christmas Eve we were driving North to get home to Flossmoor, but conditions were getting worse by the minute.  My family was depending upon my ability to keep the car on the road, even while semis were slip-sliding all over the frozen road.  We got off at the last exit open, just south of Kankakee and spent our holiday in a little motel that took us in.  I literally  could not see where I was driving.  When my Dad asked why he couldn’t see out of the windshield, I didn’t answer him. My little dog climbed up next to my right leg and I said, “We’re getting off now.” And so we did.
  
But, hey in my old age, I moved down to Florida and what an experience to observe these southern drivers.  I’ve been out on I-95 in visibility conditions just as bad as up north in the white-outs.  When those coastal storms move in, you are literally trapped in your car. Pulling off to the side just wasn’t an option during one of these storms. 

But while up north, I’ve noticed that drivers slow down as conditions worsen. Down here I’ve noticed drivers tend to speed up the worse it gets.  Why, I don’t know.  It’s just Florida.  Cheers everyone.

“Martial Law Now in Effect” signs create stir in YouTube video

by George Spelvin
 
“Martial Law Now in Effect” signs have been spotted in a three truck convoy on Illinois highways, and you can read all about it on a YouTube video that has already had 1/2 million hits!  (1)  “You wouldn’t believe what I’ve got in the back of this truck” a young trucking employee allegedly is telling anyone who will listen to him.
Warning, this video is full of “F” word expletives as you clearly can detect the distress in the voice of the producer who relates being awakened late at night by a friend wanting to tell him what is going on! 

“He’s scared out of his f______ mind,” says the speaker, apparently describing the young trucker.  The employee is feeling very scared and upset as he examines three loads of Martial Law signs printed in English and stacked top to bottom in the back of the convoy vehicles.  This employee relates how his boss said to him, “That’s for another country,” when pressed about what these well written, expensive looking signs were doing being transported along Illinois highways.  The trucking helper is upset because he says, “Nothing is coming to Illinois (in the middle of the country) to get shipped to Iraq.”

The three diesel truck convoy dropped off these signs at three un-named warehouses near Army bases in Illinois, according to the video whose Email address appears to be majormindjob.com.  Fear is the over-riding emotion throughout this video which begins with a news report of a possible call up of the Illinois National Guard to restore order and protect school children from rampant gang violence in Chicago.  New school assignments and the closing of under performing schools by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Obama Chief of Staff, both require extra supervision for children having to travel through competing gang territories to get to their new schools.
  
But the young trucker concludes his rant with, “No one orders 1,000s of signs without something pretty negative.”  A commenter to this video alerts viewers to an Army website that is advertising for a Supervisor of Confinement and Detention Centers. (2) Job duties include: “External security to facilities; supervision of confinement and detention operations; counseling/guidance to individual prisoners within a rehabilitative program; records of prisoners/internees and their programs.”  Yet another commenter to this very disturbing video relays the following quote attributed to Hitler in 1935:” This year will go down in history.  For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration.  Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead in the future.”

SOURCES: (1)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sxr10nkpio   ( view it before it is removed)
(2)  www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/legal-and-law-