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Burt April 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm
Illinois should be doing great with the highest taxes in the world !!!!! Hmmm I wonder why we areRead More broke ?
Burt April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
We need new tough leadership ..someone who can get this state back under control!!!!!!
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Arnibah Vanst April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN AND WOMAN It is time for you to take your que from Farrakhan and stopRead More begging the whiteman to do for you what you can get up and do for yourself.Black people bring in over a trillion dollars a year in income.What are you going to do with that money?Unite and form your own reality.
Bobtwo April 23, 2014 at 12:35 am
It's about time. In my opinion the affirmative action ruling has destroyed the higher educationRead More system in this country, A college diploma is not worth the paper it's written on any longer. In the old days the cream was allowed to raise to the top as the saying goes and that way you insured that you had the best. That is what made this country and its educational system so good. Eventually the minorities would have been part of that cream and would become the best of the best.
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 01:06 am
2 observations: race in my opinion is not a disadvantage. poverty is. and poverty affects people ofRead More all colors--so colleges can take into account challenges in life--but being the son of michael jordan shouldnt grant him an easier admissions process simply because of skin pigmentation. 2) people also need to understand that the system in place does in fact result in diversity that we should all want. New Yrk Times about a year ago ran an article on peter stuyvesant high school--an elite school in manhattan that changed it admission policy to strictly merit. the result was 1 black student 95% asian. 1% hispanic 3 % white. Im not really sure that is a desirable outcome either. going to college is not just about attending bio 101. its interacting with a diverse student body that can also be considered an education. Colleges should not in my opinion adopt a strict meritocratic admissions process--- hardship , poverty, challenges should be considered. I get why people dont want racial preferences-- but i also get why people may regret what they wished for.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Rufus Jackson April 23, 2014 at 12:43 am
EVERYONE knows that common core is the invention of the socialist from Kenya. This is how theRead More obamindoctinzation begins! Once our schoolchildren will be exposed to this hell known as common core they will begin echoing the chorus of the DC elite. Praising Obama and his muslim agenda. I discussed this already in my blog: Cruz Control, below. http://waukesha.patch.com/groups/cruz-control-blueprint-for-gop-to-take-back-usa/p/uncommon-core_7436728e http://waukesha.patch.com/groups/cruz-control-blueprint-for-gop-to-take-back-usa/p/things-im-looking-forward-to-in-new-government-shutdown
Gary Tobin April 23, 2014 at 02:58 am
Susan Harris - You make good points a very very large percentage, nearly all, of CCSS supportersRead More speak about how high the standards are, how important it is to prepare the kids for college and career (the Gov. stopped using global career ready). This all sounds so good but I feel, the state Boe, the local BOE, the communities and the parents must know A-Z. Lets pretend the standards are right on the money, they are perfect, remember I'm pretending. Do you accept that the CCSS are copyright by a corporation and no, absolutely no state or district can deviate from them? Does it matter that corporate America is behind the whole CCSS? Does it matter to you that the kid's data (every piece of information) collected during a child's 12-15 years in school are maintained and sold without approval from parents or child? Are you ok with the claim from every Gov. level that states were part of developing the standards and this is far from the truth? Do you wonder why so many corporations are spending millions of dollars on the implementation of the CCSS. Are you concerned that next year, in CT., the Fed. Money is all dried up for CCSS and moving forward is all on the state and district? Are you at all concerned about the U.S. History books, in line with CCSS, are so anti United States and Pro Global. CCSS Are the standards and all the new text books are in line with CCSS, I'd say the curriculum is CCSS. Do you know the stress the teachers are under to get the kids to pass all the CCSS test? The teachers are coached and supported (unofficially) to teach to the test, "everyone wins when the kids pass the test". I'll add, Gov. Malloy is proud to say, if teaching to the test raises the kids test scores so be it". Corporate America is behind the wheel on this machine and it must be stopped. So again pretending the CCSS are OMG good. It's a whole package you just can't take a piece and forget about the rest. I could go on forever but these are the few pennies of the 100s I have to offer. I feel every documents and the front page of all CCSS should read - WARNING: PARENTS NOT ALLOWED PASS THIS POINT, YOUR KIDS ARE NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS..........
Lee Jacobsen April 23, 2014 at 03:03 am
Common Core makes sense, and ensures that the teachers are teaching our kids something besides theirRead More conception of what education really is. Standardized scores are the only way to determine if the students are learning anything. In Detroit, we pay the teachers 500 dollars a day, and achieve a 10 percent graduation rate, kids can make more money off of the welfare system rather than stay in school . At least with standardized tests, we can see where the problems are, what we are learning , and what is not learned. A good idea would be to do what the rest of the world has been doing for decades, go to a year round school year, the kids are not needed for the harvest in the summers anymore.
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
Joe Kocur April 22, 2014 at 08:54 pm
Yea sounds good built it in Chicago. Maybe it will employ 100,000 of the welfare parasites.
swimmer April 22, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Yes Jay Jay, Fox news is the only place to get the truth according to the lunatics. Enjoy.
They Don't Get It April 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Let Bush pay for it he got the economy in this mess. He has enough oil to handle it.
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tenth district April 22, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Funny how Netflix is the "bad boy" yet those that offer more commercials than the movieRead More itself are just fine :) Cable today is pure garbage, a 2 hr movie will last half the night with all those commercials and since all sports from all countries, could be seen live over the internet...cable is obsolete. Netflix is weak but is a fine alternative to cable for now. (as for news, please, you must be brain-dead to get your news from cable...with all of them all over you from second you start the computer to turn on the radio to even the second you "check" the e-mail on the phone. so Reuters don't worry about Netflix, worry about cable companies whose stocks should be worth a little more than half an ounce of dirt
Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Rev. Michael W. O'Connell | St. Alphonsus Church
Judy Jones April 22, 2014 at 09:13 am
Thankfully the Cook County Sheriff’s Dept has now reopened their investigation into sex abuseRead More allegation against Fr Michael O’Connell. It takes a lot of courage to speak up and take action about being sexually abused. It also takes a lot of courage for witnesses to speak up, especially if they have been threatened to stay silent. Also, It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever. It's never too late to come forward about being sexually abused. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Michael W. O'Connel, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Do not report your abuse to the church officials, they are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes. Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 02:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 03:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 05:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
TC April 22, 2014 at 08:41 pm
When someone like Seer starts spewing it causes me to wonder if he's just some ignorant kid tryingRead More to get reactions out of adults or if he's just stupid. After going through some of the 12 other comments he's put on other articles in the last 24 hours it is apparent it is both. I apologize to everyone else for provoking even one more comment out of that imbecile. That said, there is no question that there have been abuses in the pension systems (especially the teacher one with the huge end of career bumps) but I still think it is unfair to blame the rank and file people in that system for what is wrong with the financial status of this state. It goes SO much deeper than that. You can be against pensions and want to eliminate them or whatever you want but take away the biggest incentive for going into professions like those where you make less money than similarly educated private sector employees and you are going to have a major shortage (especially of teachers) much more quickly than you think. Be careful what you wish for.
Walt Hines April 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm
@ George, I would love to hear what state your moving to. I'm just tired of the same old crap thatRead More will continue no matter who gets in. I'm in Oswego and the school district is $800 million in the hole. They've spent like a bunch of drunken sailors with not much to show for it. My taxes are more than my PMI each month. We're having to give our homes away just to move.........This ? goes out to anyone. Has Rauner said anything about not collecting a pension from the state if he wins Governor? I've heard nothing and to me that's part of the problem, please share if you know differently. God help us all!!!
Danni April 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm
About that library-think it will be filled with graffiti and out of control theft by a certainRead More segment of the gangbangers, flashmob, driveby shooter, grammar school dropout, gun-toting druggie type?
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:10 am
@Greg Smith - LOL. More nonsense from the Rush crowd. Millions of blacks who are just asRead More disadvantaged as your scumbag gang banger buddies don't drive around shooting up their neighborhoods. You are also, clearly a racist. There are millions of white Americans who aren't born into money and who are unemployed. You should be thankful that we still have a war on drugs. Legalize drugs remove your profits and all of your homies are going to be unemployed and no Ford Foundations to give you grants.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:13 am
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 05:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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tnjranch April 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Must have been a flat chested female who complained.... remember folks, "Never look down onRead More anyone unless you have a good view of the cleavage"..... And where in hell did all these religious creeps come from? What's religion got to do with staring at her cleavage anyway?
Brian Kari April 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm
can all the religious people go away? the story was about some girl at Disneyland, who apparently,Read More according to some older Disney employee found whatever she was wearing on top, inappropriate. unfortunately, Melissa, large chested women do have a tendency to slide out of some types of clothing, and you may not have even noticed. The "older guy" might have been trying to do you a favor. Just a hunch, from an old guy (who used to have a very large breasted girlfriend.)
John Mark Sappenfield April 23, 2014 at 12:05 am
Was the elderly employee only in his 50's?
John Belushi and Bill Murray, Chicago's comedy gift to America. You're welcome.
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 02:53 pm
HaHa very funny Mother F******
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 02:54 pm
A quote from Eddie Murphy (Not from Chicago) LMAO
Gary April 21, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Well ... Illinois IS a national joke, so ....
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 10:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 01:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 10:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 03:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
lauribe2000 April 21, 2014 at 07:28 am
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080731055339AA4FPib I would be happy to copy editRead More part time for this publication. It seems as though you need someone. In English, you don't say "a dozen of" anything.
Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Quixote April 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm
There’s actually nothing surprising about Twitter parodists being viciously tracked down byRead More the police, because if we don’t speak up for everybody’s rights, we better be ready for our own rights to be trampled on when we least expect it. It starts with criminalizing deadpan satire in the form of “Gmail confessions” intended to embarrass or “injure” a well-connected academic department chairman, and from there it moves to criminalizing Twitter parodies intended to “injure” a city mayor. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal-satire case at: http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/ and consider, in particular, the NACDL’s statement that if certain individuals “feel aggrieved by online speech with academic value, they have remedies in tort,” rather than in criminal courts. http://raphaelgolbtrial.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/raphael-golb-amicus-brief.pdf Note, incidentally, that the Peoria chief of police “said the intent of the account was not clearly satirical. 'I don’t agree it was obvious, and in fact it appears that someone went to great lengths to make it appear it was actually from the mayor,' he said.” This argument was first employed precisely in the New York “Gmail confession” case. That case, despite being widely reported on in the press, has been largely ignored by legal commentators, so it’s not at all surprising that the police now feel free to go after the creators of satirical Twitter accounts embarrassing to wealthy and powerful members of the community, whether they be politicians, university presidents, or anyone else ordinary people might choose to mimic and mock on the Internet.
SportzFan April 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm
The article said the twitter account had only about 4 dozen followers...so why Mr. Mayor are you soRead More worked up? Really...you let these punks get to you that much? Your reaction was so over the top I think you need to question if you are the right person to lead your city.
Marlon St. John April 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm
It is truly disturbing that there is more than one judge in Peoria willing to sign their name to aRead More warrant that sweeps up every device with a built-in memory to address tweets that are open communication. Why didn't they just go ahead and freeze their bank accounts and impound their cars, too?
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grace April 21, 2014 at 06:53 pm
uh@ jj you know that how?
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Status Quo April 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm
'John B' April 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM... be a swimmer and do not sunk. Feed you body and mind toRead More survive.
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Gary April 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm
So you think religion is the primary cause of war. OK. How do you explain over 100 million peopleRead More who were killed by their own god-less Communist governments in the last century? They ban religions in most Communist countries so shouldn't those countries have been peaceful, Utopian places?
Hitchens! April 21, 2014 at 01:24 pm
To repost a response from another thread, "as for Communism, just because it demands atheismRead More doesn’t mean it follows from atheism. It’s just incompatible with any religion because the Communist ideology will not tolerate any competitors. It’s too close to a religion itself". Hitler and the Nazi Party made a treaty with the Pope during WWII, although it was a shaky one at best. Stalin, Mao, and those idiots in North Korea forced citizens to believe that they were divine individuals, thereby establishing "state religion". Stalin was more about absolute power, but never openly rejected the idea that he was believed to be a divine figure. You are confusing the idea of communism as the alternative to religion. Either way, I am not going to get into that here. Have a nice day, and get rid of your religion. I did, and have never been happier. Religion poisons everything.
tenth district April 22, 2014 at 05:46 pm
My favorite part about easter is when jesus rises up yet no one saw the guy in 2000 years evenRead More though he could come down for a second hahahaha. Bible says satan comes and goes from god to earth and vice versa...and we know is ok for jesus to show his face since he did it in "front of hundreds" back in the day where you can't go back and check hahahaha so to make a long story short religions want real money in exchange for funny stories. I have a few questions for the religious freaks: why did jesus stay dead 3 days? Couldn't death be defeated right away? And what kind of sacrifice jesus did if he came back to life? Isn't sacrifice something like permanent? Religions were started by morons, vicious and slick like the type you see in Afghanistan today...and it became the greatest business: no expense as promising pies in the sky is free, no taxes since religions get the breaks yet collect hard cash every sunday rain or shine...boy I wish I would have thought of that myself. At least jews and Christians are decent enough to chill regarding warfare unlike the muslims...but still, religions are poor-designed and nicely wraped garbage
local guy April 21, 2014 at 07:21 am
Made a donation thru the attached website. It was easy, you can donate via paypal or a credit card.Read More Also I found out that you can donate material items as well such as dog food or other pet supplies.
Tori April 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
I pray that the stolen tractor is located quickly and that the person(s) who stole it have horribleRead More karma the rest of their worthless lives!!
SouthSide April 21, 2014 at 11:31 am
http://www.settlerspondshelter.net/donate.html There is a DONATE button that takes you to paypalRead More from the link above.
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Liz Pierce April 20, 2014 at 06:46 am
here's an easter tip....if you or your family wants a rabbit, get it from a shelter. and keep it forRead More life. there is a great website called rabbit.org with all sorts of information about taking care of house rabbits. happy easter!