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If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont, one of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal for keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.
Sign and send the petition—Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont, one of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal for keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.

Sign and send the petition—Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

Urge Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to Grant Clemency to Anthony Dansberry!

Anthony Dansberry is serving a 75-year sentence for a robbery and murder he didn’t commit. He was convicted based on extremely shaky identification evidence and a typed confession that he signed under the mistaken belief that the papers he signed would secure his release. Because there is no physical evidence for DNA testing, Anthony’s best hope of being released is clemency from Governor Quinn.

Anthony was just 27 at the time of his arrest and had no prior criminal record or history of violence. Four eyewitnesses viewed a lineup that included Anthony, and only one witness – who had previously seen Anthony’s photo in a photo array - picked him out. Another witness said that Anthony was definitively NOT the perpetrator.

Anthony has a low IQ and the reading comprehension of a first grader. The so-called confession uses words like “viaduct” and “southbound,” which are not words in his vocabulary. Anthony has always maintained that he was told that the papers he signed were for his release. His aunt has corroborated his account saying that he told her when he was eventually given an opportunity to call her after his arrest that he had signed “release papers.” The Center on Wrongful Convictions, which is representing Anthony, has produced a short video about his case here.

Please urge Governor Quinn to exercise his clemency power and release Anthony.

Traffic Stop Leads to Deportation of Illinois Father

I just signed a petition in support of Octavio, a father and worker living in Melrose Park, Illinois. Each signature lets immigration know that he has a community of people supporting him.

American Legion pulls park funding after atheist official won’t pledge ‘under God’

Ashta pointed out that the First Amendment of the United State Constitution afforded citizens the right not to speak.

“This section of the agenda says Pledge of Allegiance, and I feel like we’re compelling people to speak,” Ashta explained. “So you either stand up and say it or you don’t, but either way you’re making a statement. If you come to the meeting, you don’t have a choice but to make a statement.”

“I’m not entirely sure it’s accurate to say this is a personal choice, but more of a duty. I have an obligation as an elected official to uphold the constitution,” he continued. “I have a sincere, serious relationship with the law. I study law and constitutional law is of particular interest to me. I think the Constitution is what makes this country great and worth making sacrifices for. Countries with weak constitutions usually don’t last.”

“It really saddens me when I hear people say that they think what I’m doing is disrespectful… I do appreciate the sacrifices people have made so that I can be here at this meeting. I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. I have no objections to people who do stand for the pledge.”

Morton Grove Post 134 has a comment form, by the way.

ADM last year reported net sales of about $90 billion. Over the decades, it has been the beneficiary of billions of dollars in federal subsidies and other programs. That makes the $1.2 million a year in job-creation Illinois tax credits for which the company has applied as part of an anticipated in-state relocation of its global headquarters to Chicago look like a glorified “25 cents off” offer.

Yep. A company with a $24 billion market cap is haggling over a $24 million, 20-year incentive from a state that’s teetering on the edge of insolvency. Then again, that’s how she got rich, dearie.
Hey you stupid black n——- b——, how does it feel to walk in an all-white neighborhood?” Diamond, 45, yelled from his porch, according to a police report. The woman said she kept walking and Diamond yelled, “You hear me? You must be from Englewood,” the police report states.

The woman, who was wearing a nurse’s uniform and had a stethoscope around her neck, told Diamond, “I’m not from around here” and said she worked at Resurrection Medical Center.

Diamond, who is white, then got off the porch and ran after her, screaming, “If I see you in my neighborhood again, I’m going to rape you and hang you from a tree,” the police report said.

"He jumped off his porch and chased me down,” the woman said. He tried to grab her but she was able to get away, she said.

Chicago Tribune - Man charged with hate crime: ‘I’m going to hang you from a tree’

Manditory reading for the majority of the Supreme Court of the USA who presided over Shelby County v. Holder.

gaywrites:

In which Illinois Rep. Ron Sandack, a Republican, gets booed for supporting marriage equality but sticks to his convictions anyway. That’s how it’s done. (via Buzzfeed)

Yes, I am about to suggest that you do something that rail against often. But to adhere to purity ignores the reality of how politics work as they are right now: money moves campaigns.

This Northern Chicagoland district isn’t a gay haven as far as I know. I don’t know how representative this mob that Sandack is confronting in this video is of his district, but they do seem comfortable enough to spew anti-gay bigotry in the daylight. The best way to support someone holding office taking an unpopular position that you agree with, particularly if they are a member of the anti-gay Republican party, is to contribute to his re-election. Yep, you need to put your money where your mouth is.

Atta boy messages from far outside of the district don’t win elections yet.

Vigorously support women's rights by fully engaging in efforts to ratify the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

There are currently 35 states that have ratified the ERA and legal analysis suggests we may need just three more states for women to have equal rights under our Constitution. We ask you to support our efforts nationwide, particularly in the states that have not yet ratified the ERA: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, N. Carolina, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. We also ask you to place your full support behind Congressional legislation to eliminate deadlines on the original 1972 ERA. It is time our Constitution protects the rights of women, and women need and deserve active participation in ERA advocacy from the White House.

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 23, Katrina A. Smith, age 30, of Machesney Park, Ill., was reported missing by her husband to the Roscoe Police Department.
Smith reportedly was last seen by her husband late Monday night, Oct. 22, leaving home to run an errand.
At approximately 7:50 p.m., the same evening, Smith’s vehicle was found unoccupied at the intersection of Obispo and Ventura in Machesney Park. The vehicle is a blue 2012 Chevrolet Cruze four-door with Illinois plates. It was observed by neighbors at that location during the daytime hours.
Anyone with information about Katrina Smith should call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6400 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 23, Katrina A. Smith, age 30, of Machesney Park, Ill., was reported missing by her husband to the Roscoe Police Department.

Smith reportedly was last seen by her husband late Monday night, Oct. 22, leaving home to run an errand.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., the same evening, Smith’s vehicle was found unoccupied at the intersection of Obispo and Ventura in Machesney Park. The vehicle is a blue 2012 Chevrolet Cruze four-door with Illinois plates. It was observed by neighbors at that location during the daytime hours.

Anyone with information about Katrina Smith should call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6400 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.

It is clear that Tammy Duckworth makes Joe Walsh feel inadequate. Whether it is because of her military service, because he has nothing comparable to run on or talk about, or simply because she is a woman is unclear. However, his “Ashleigh, Ashleigh” extravaganza strongly suggests that it is women who make him feel inadequate. In any case, it follows a pattern that indicates that Walsh has severe issues with women. Personally, I suspect they make him feel inadequate because he is inadequate.