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Mary Hall-Ries April 23, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Bottom line: It's not a good idea to break into someone else's home…anyone disagree? Kids -Read More take this under advisement. Parents - make sure you teach your kids about CONSEQUENCES. And by the way, your popularity status is not relevant when looking down the barrel of a gun.
Mike Rath April 23, 2014 at 05:05 pm
I live in NJ and have a home in SC.. I called 911 because someone was breaking into a neighbor'sRead More home. It's suburban, but not rural. Took LE 1 1/2 hours to respond.. Can't have a gun here, but after that, you can bet I have one in SC..
jim harris April 23, 2014 at 05:12 pm
If the thieves hadn't broke into the guys house they wouldn't got shot. It was a waist of goodRead More ammunition.
Jennifer Del Prete could be released as she appeals her murder conviction. Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections
Ericus Alanas April 23, 2014 at 02:14 pm
how does information like this not make it to the defense? Interesting how students can dig this upRead More where the people who are paid to do this cant.
DJK April 23, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Wow, am I reading this right? Five Chicago schools in the top 10 and Lincoln Way East at #53 !! HowRead More times have changed.
Alan Gornik April 23, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Go Lane Tech! The other LTHS :)
Herc April 23, 2014 at 04:57 pm
Both Joliet Highs Schools are unranked!
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Simon April 23, 2014 at 02:49 pm
$6 Bil Vanishes From State Dept. Under Hillary Clinton APRIL 07, 2014 In a mind-boggling example ofRead More how the government blows—or perhaps steals—our tax dollars, billions vanished from the U.S. State Department mostly while Hillary Clinton ran it, according to a new alert issued by the agency’s inspector general. Could the former Secretary of State be using the cash to fund an upcoming presidential campaign? In all, $6 billion are missing and it’s highly unlikely any of the money will ever be recovered. The cash was supposed to be used to pay contractors but it just disappeared and documents that could help track the dough cannot be located. How convenient! The paper trail, which federal law says must be maintained in the case of government contracts, has been destroyed or was never created to begin with.
B. Dub April 23, 2014 at 02:50 pm
One positive thing? Um... she never became President?
Simon April 23, 2014 at 03:06 pm
AN ANALYSIS  WORTH READING: by Dick Morris, former political advisor to President Bill ClintonRead More beware as I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone, I offer a few corrections; The facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent. The facts are:  Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. The facts are:   She flunked the DC bar exam, yes, flunked,  it is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas bar. The facts are:  Her main board activity, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices. The facts are: Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them. One cannot think of a single bill Hillary has introduced or a single comment she has made that would tend to strengthen our country in the War on Terror. Think  about it - he's (Dick Morris) said all of this openly, thus if he were not truthful he'd be liable for defamation of  character! And you better believe Hilary would sue him.
Tom Lunde April 23, 2014 at 11:19 am
I think everyone has a memory of their first time at Wrigley field to watch the Cubs suck. It's aRead More Chicago family tradition!
Paul Shafer April 23, 2014 at 11:35 am
The Cubs are spending longer rebuilding than it took us to rebuild Germany after WWII.
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DONO April 22, 2014 at 08:53 am
This is a great time for all and will allow us to continue to protect and keep safe our shelteredRead More animals. Please share this event and be sure to bring the family - Tickets will go fast!!!!
DONO April 22, 2014 at 09:06 am
The date in MAY 9TH - not MAY 8TH as reported - PLEASE correct - ty
DONO April 22, 2014 at 05:07 pm
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Hamburger April 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Who do you think are flying our drones?
Frank Esposito April 23, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Cops got a chance to play with their toys. Relax people. It's not like you had to respondRead More personally. Stop saying it's a waste of money. Then money is absolutely minimal. These guys were not called away from their golf games. I would also like to compliment the responders for not accidentally killing someone. It showed professionalism and did not add to the "trend" of killing "innocent" people; which is becoming an issues to watch. The people incensed over this should focus their anger on plastic shopping bags as many others are doing over at another great Patch piece. Evil lurks at the checkout counters across America!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Linda Mahoney >> the doorbell prank was just that, a prank, that involved actual self risk,Read More courage and cost nothing to do. these brats today have no respect for wasting resouces whilst sitting ontheir fanny all day.
JR April 23, 2014 at 09:47 am
Even if we threw them in jail their brainless voting bases would still reelect them.
Jan Werth April 23, 2014 at 09:59 am
Illinois is one of the top most corrupt states in the USA. I have two more years in this GodRead More forsaken state, then after my daughter finishes school, I'm out of here! My home may be paid off, but I still pay at least $500 a month for property taxes--and I live in the older section with a 55 year old house!!
carol j dixon April 23, 2014 at 11:27 am
Shameful! The audacity to want more is as bold as cat manure. They sell the lottery, lease theRead More toll way, to their friends, all the while saying they need more money. This really stinks.
Atticus April 23, 2014 at 04:07 pm
I often wonder why Plainfield calls in surrounding communities so often in these situations. As aRead More citizen I am not concerned with it, nor does it bother me. In fact, it seems that they've been able to keep a safe community for the most part, and I would rather have a force that asks for help to be SAFE, than one that is too bull-headed to do so. I will say this particular police force is rather obsessed with traffic stops, but that's simply a revenue requirement and it's not changing anytime soon. No sense in blaming the officers unless they handle themselves in a less than favorable way. Abuse of power is my only concern when it comes to traffic stops. The ONE issue I have with cops in general, and I have seen it FIRST HAND with officers in Plainfield is their obsession with guns. Not long ago I was in Katie O'Connors and a party of law enforcement officers (most from Plainfield) were in the bar having a good time while off duty. I know of these men, but I do not know them personally. However, I overheard a conversation about the guns they were carrying on their person at the time. It was actually a fairly hilarious conversation, but I came away thinking quite a bit less of these men. Of the FIVE men standing there, every one had a gun on them while off duty and consuming alcohol. THREE of them had at least two guns. It seemed to me that the love for power exhibited in the conversation said a lot about each of them. I would guess that most of them were picked on at a younger age, but that's just the type of guys they seemed like in that moment. I've since payed attention to this with other police officers I know personally and asked them about carrying while off duty. The practice does the opposite of making me feel more safe. Owning a gun is our given right as an American, but being "gun hungry" has always been something I couldn't understand.
Tim April 23, 2014 at 04:25 pm
FDADAM - you hit the nail on the head! If the department was correctly managed, they would not beRead More so short-handed based on the population they serve. Instead, management is wasting time on its own pet-projects, that serve no benefit to the residents. In fact, thousands of residents signed a petition a few years ago in an attempt to get the attention of this police chief that he was going in the wrong direction. It made national news headlines in case you missed it. Shorewood is MUCH smaller than Plainfield, yet they sent their on-duty force out for hours at a time to another city? -I'm all for the situation you are describing, in an actual widespread emergency. But when it is relied on to such an extent that it becomes part of your standard operations for anything more severe than a traffic stop, something is being done very very wrong. I honestly feel bad for the actual officers out on the street, because they are the public face for these horrible decisions that come down from the top, even though they have nothing to do with it.
FDADAM April 23, 2014 at 04:27 pm
You know if your speeding it's a legit ticket. I don't like getting a ticket either but it's not theRead More cops fault for doing there job. As far as guns, it's a huge part of there life! They need to be extremely familiar and comfortable with there weapons. I'm not condoning being in a bar talking about what there carrying or whatever. Sounds like you we're ease dropping on there conversation. Lastly I know a lot if police officers and NONE of them talk about there carrying habits. A large part of the problem in the city of Chicago is what's going on with all these comments. If they had the help and support of the community instead of all the criticism they wouldn't have half the problems they have. So I suggest we stand behind our Law enforcement so our community doesn't turn into a less than desirable place to live. Have a nice nite!
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Kim McCoy April 23, 2014 at 03:23 pm
Black Panther, you assume a lot. So full of hate, who taught you that?...and if I had two shoes ofRead More the same persuasion, they would be "two right shoes." Listen, when that hate boils over, please do us all a favor and take it out on those who saddled you with such...excuses, excuses, excuses.
Kevin April 23, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Black Panther of Poetry? More like the Black Panther of Bigotry.
Grumpy Old Man April 23, 2014 at 03:54 pm
@Black Racist of Poetry - The problem with race relations in this country is well, you. I thinkRead More blacks can achieve whatever they set their minds to, and there are numerous examples of that. It was always a measure of racism, whether real or imagined, to think of blacks as being such superior athletes. The implication of course was that they weren't capable of engaging in intellectual pursuits. Here, I state that a goal of affirmative action is to permit them to engage in intellectual activities and you respond by advocating the stereotype of the blacks as being such superior athletes and musicians. You are a real gem, a real credit to the Black Panthers and racists everywhere. By the way, I wouldn't trumpet the black background of rock and roll. Some of us don't like rock and roll. That doesn't mean we don't acknowledge or admire many black musicians. What's even more funny, or in your case, sick, the musicians you mentioned, Beatles, Presley, all acknowledged their debt to black musicians. You are an insult to every black person in this country who seeks to get ahead for himself and his family and rid the country, no the world, of intolerance.
Rep. Manley pictured with Paige Henson (far right) and her parents. Paige is a Will County Drug Court Participant. Credit: Submitted photo
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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.
Gary Tobin April 23, 2014 at 03:47 pm
National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are private,Read More no-profit organizations. They are NOT government agencies. Therefore the STATES DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO CCSS.
Matt Miller April 23, 2014 at 03:53 pm
So educational professionals and people that hire these students out of college or high schoolRead More shouldn't have a seat at the table? Who should make curriculum decisions? The local school board member that doesn't know anything about a high quality education? The state government that might think creationism and abstinence only education is still what our children should be learning? I'd rather have the Common Core which brought together education professionals from all of the states to make sure my kids have a leg up when they graduate High School. They also brought in companies that have decades of education or hiring experience. What's wrong with having people that know what they are talking about, setting our policy? I'd rather have professionals making these decisions and not some groups that create facebook pages and youtube videos demonizing Common Core because they don't want to listen to the facts.
Bonnie Parker April 23, 2014 at 04:12 pm
In the time some of you have spent obsessing about this, you probably could have home-schooled yourRead More kids a couple of grades. I don't know what you're so het up about, but I suspect it's not the quality of your kids' education.
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 05:07 pm
I'm quite happy with Obama. Another four yrs would be fine.
Gary April 23, 2014 at 05:19 pm
OK. It's agreed then. We build a temporary Obama Presidential library in Chicago for about $10,000Read More and then tear it down after 4 years. Is everyone on board, yes, good. Let's do it.
Gary April 23, 2014 at 05:20 pm
We'll promise him that he can "keep his library in Chicago if he wants". he-he-he-he.Read More I'm sure he'll understand.