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America’s largest cities drowning in debt, with Chicago leading the way, study finds

America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report from government watchdog Truth in Accounting. The report sought out “to determine what … overlapping financial entities mean for taxpayers’ bottom line.” Truth in Accounting said its purpose was to “calculate the various bills (and surpluses, when available) at the city government level and divide them out to determine a per-Taxpayer Burden.” The two cities with the highest burden: Chicago and New York City; Chicago’s combined taxpayer burden: $119,110; New York City’s combined taxpayer burden: $85,600. Chicago has been a hotbed for such burdens. The Chicago City Council approved $2.4 billion in tax subsidies for two major developments in early April. Protesters gathered at City Hall chanting against the deals. Critics said the projects are in prosperous parts of Chicago and developers should pay for infrastructure improvements, not taxpayers.

Of course these cities are solidly under Democrat control and most have been for decades.  Gee..  What a shocker..  Not.   Anyway, click on the text above to see the top 10 worst cities, and read the rest of the article.

Chicago police blast Jussie Smollett ‘phony attack’: ‘Bogus police reports cause real harm’

Chicago cops laid out their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett Thursday morning, accusing the TV star of orchestrating an elaborate hoax involving two “bogus” hate crimes — one involving an alleged attack, and one involving a threatening letter — all in order to get a pay raise. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a “phony attack” in order to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.” Johnson said at a news conference Thursday that Smollett, 36, also sent a racist and homophobic threatening letter to himself at the Fox studio lot before the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary. “I’m left hanging my head and asking why,” a visibly upset Johnson told reporters. “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol…how can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?” He added, “Bogus police reports cause real harm.” Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he is facing up to three years in prison. Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m on Jan. 29. The actor, who is black and gay, said the masked men beat him, made derogatory comments and yelled “This is MAGA country” — an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” — before fleeing. But that isn’t how police say it all went down. Johnson said police found the “check that [Smollett] used to pay [two brothers]” to fake the beating, adding he paid them $3,500 “for the two of them in total, and then $500 upon return.” He said the attack “was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the (air quotes) ‘staged attack’ where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett’s] face was most likely self-inflicted.” Johnson was also incensed at the spotlight the incident put on his town for the past three weeks. “This is shameful because it painted this city that we all love and work hard in, in a negative connotation,” he said. “To insinuate and stage a hate crime of that nature when he knew that as a celebrity he’d get a lot of attention… It’s despicable. It makes you wonder what’s going through someone’s mind.” “As a black man, who spent his entire life living the city of Chicago, I know the racial divide that exists here. I know how hard it’s been for our city and our nation to come together,” he said. Johnson added that “absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared….admitting what he did and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of all the resources that were put into this.”

Agreed..  Jussie Smollet is total garbage.  IF found guilty (as it would appear he will be, but we’ll let the legal process out), he should pay the max fine (which would be nothing to him), and actually do the years in prison.  In addition, FOX should fire him from the Empire series, and this loser should repay the City of Chicago for the police resources that we were used investigating this phony hate crime.   Finally he needs to make a public apology on camera to the good people of Chicago for staging this outrageous stunt which could have turned into a riot.  Remember Rodney King in LA?   Or what happened in Ferguson?  That was all based on a lie.  Remember, “Hands up, don’t shoot?”  That NEVER happened.  But, even after it was proven that never happened, the agenda-driven, dominantly liberal mainstream media continued to promote it to fit their narrative.  Yeah..  That all could have happened in Chicago..  Stunts like this are dangerous and put all of us at risk.  The Chicago prosecutors need to make an example of this disgusting waste of oxygen.  People need to see that this sorta thing comes with consequences that even the liberal elite in HollyWEIRD have to pay.

Chicago ACORN Affiliated Group Connected to Barack Obama Shuts Down

A liberal activist group connected to both the disgraced and now defunct group ACORN and Barack Obama is closing its doors in Chicago, citing troubles raising funds. In a public notice, Chicago’s Project Vote informed supporters that it would “suspend operations indefinitely” starting May 31. “The decision was made by the board of directors and management of Project Vote,” the notice read, “and it was not made lightly.” “The funding environment for voting rights and civic engagement work has never been easy,” the statement continued, “and it has grown increasingly challenging over the past few years as foundations have cut back on their giving… competition for limited funding has increased.” The group went on to insist that its lack of a “diverse portfolio of work” has made it practically impossible to raise enough funds to continue its activism. After listing some of its successes, the statement went on to thank its employees and supporters and noted some of the foundations that supported them in the past. The list included the Agua Fund, the Arkay Foundation, CREDO Mobile, the Herb Blok Foundation, and several others. The statement ended on an anti-Trump note saying, “We had hoped to spend this year pushing back against the Trump administration’s inevitable attack on voting rights” and hoped that other groups would continue the fight. Chicago’s Project Vote was part of a series of left-wing activist groups that served to help a young Barack Obama cut his “community organizer” teeth when he first came to the Windy City after finishing his education. Not long after law school, after Obama had moved back to Chicago full time, the future president joined some of the efforts of the ACORN-sponsored Project Vote to being his political career. In 1992 Obama directed a Chicago voter registration drive for Project Vote. The effort served as one of his earliest introductions into Chicago’s liberal establishment and became a stepping stone for his first run for public office in 1996, when he became an Illinois state Senator serving in Springfield, the state’s capital. Project Vote was likely working on some of the same projects with the now defunct ACORN liberal activist group during the time Obama was running his voter registration drive. But the two organizations didn’t become officially associated until a short time after Obama worked with Project Vote. The future president did work with ACORN directly between 1992 and 2004 when he was contracted by the group to help train its employees. ACORN was later disgraced and revealed as corrupt. It closed its doors after Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, and insider activist Anita MonCreif teamed up to release information, as well as a series of videos, showing ACORN willingly breaking laws to further its left-wing causes. ACORN suspended its operations in September of 2009.

And that’s just the half of it..  As a result of such revelations, the FBI investigated ACORN, for which Obama was it’s general counsel, and ultimately handed down several indictments…which then lead to many of the satellite offices having to close their doors, and many associated with that corrupt organization going to prison.  Yep..  That’s where Obama “cut his teeth” as a community organizer..   Loser..

ATF Permanently Relocating More Agents to Violence-Plagued Chicago

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is permanently relocating more agents to gun-controlled Chicago in the wake of the city’s nearly 800 homicides in 2016 and the upward trend in violence during January 2017. The new agents will be part of the “Chicago Crime Guns Strike Force.” According to CNN, “ATF headquarters in Washington sent out a bulletin to field offices around the country Wednesday looking for agents to volunteer for permanent transfer to the Chicago area.” An unidentified official said “it’s unusual to ask for permanent relocation in reaction to a specific problem.” Normal practice is for the agency to request a surge of agents “for 30 to 60 days.” January 2017 saw a surge in shootings and violence that easily surpassed the violence witnessed in January 2016. According to the Chicago Tribune, “At least 228 people were shot in Chicago [January 1 through January 22, 2017].” That was an increase of 16 victims above the number shot during the same period in 2016. And there were “at least 42 homicides,” marking a “23.5 percent … [increase from] the 34 homicides from the same period in 2016.” President Trump reacted to this surge in violence by tweeting: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” CNN spoke to two ATF officials about the additional federal agents heading to Chicago. One said the new surge “is not in response” to Trump’s tweet and the second official “could not say for sure that Trump’s comment had nothing to do with decision.”

Well, of course it did.  This was no accident.  Trump threated to “send in the Feds” if Chicago couldn’t get control of the gang-related gun violence problem.  This is just Trump keeping another one of his many campaign promises…and therefore is hardly a surprise.

 

Judge denies bail for 4 black suspects in Chicago torture video of special needs white male

A judge denied bail Friday for the four black suspects accused of beating a mentally disabled white man and streaming it live on Facebook. The four appeared before Cook County Associate Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil who asked them, “Where was your sense of decency?” As seen in the horrifying video that appeared online this week, a young, mentally disabled white man was beaten, threatened with a knife and taunted with profanities directed at white people and President-elect Donald Trump. The suspects, who are black, face charges including hate crimes and aggravated battery. “I find each of you a danger to yourself and society,” Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil said, sounding baffled that the suspects who hold jobs, attend school, live with grandparents and, in one case, care for a brother in a wheelchair, could stand accused of attacking the 18-year-old victim. How, she wondered, could she agree to allow people accused of such “terrible actions” walk out of jail? Prosecutors offered new details of the assault, explaining that one of the suspects demanded $300 from the victim’s mother and that the beating started in a van and continued at a house. The suspects are accused of forcing the victim to drink toilet water and kiss the floor, stuffing a sock into his mouth, taping his mouth shut and binding his hands with a belt. The suspects include Brittany Covington and Tesfaye Cooper, both of Chicago, and Jordan Hill, of suburban Carpentersville. All are 18. A fourth suspect was identified as Covington’s 24-year-old sister, Tanishia Covington, also of Chicago. Hill was arrested in 2015 on allegations of armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and residential burglary. Chicago police said they did not know the disposition of those arrests by suburban officers. Tanishia Covington was arrested in 2007 on attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery charges. Police records do not show any convictions as a juvenile. As an adult, she was arrested on charges of battery and aggravated assault, but those charges were dropped. The 18-year-old victim, who is from a Chicago suburb, suffers from schizophrenia and attention-deficit disorder, authorities said.

This is a follow up to the story we posted earlier today (scroll down several articles).  Kudos to the judge for denying bail.  These disgusting, barbaric, evil animals should never again be allowed on to our streets.  Life in prison without the possibility of parole is a gracious sentence.  Anything less is simply not acceptable.

Four black thugs charged with hate crimes over livestreamed Chicago assault on special needs white man

Chicago prosecutors filed hate crime and other felony charges Thursday against four people suspected of holding a special needs man captive and assaulting him in a racially charged attack broadcast live on Facebook. Video of it shows a terrified young white man crouching in the corner of a room as four black attackers taunt and beat him, at times yelling “Fuck Donald Trump” and “Fuck white people.” The video was posted live on Facebook by one of the alleged perpetrators, and has since spread on the internet. Police identified the four suspects on Thursday – three of whom were 18 years old and the fourth 25 — as Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington. All four face multiple felony charges, including for kidnapping, battery and hate crimes. Police did not reveal the identity of the victim. In the video, the victim appeared to be tied up and had duct tape over his mouth. The two female and two male attackers are seen cutting off parts of the victim’s clothes, hitting him, and cutting some of his hair to the scalp, causing bleeding. The victim, who was found by police walking near the scene of the attack, was recovering after being released from a hospital, authorities said, describing him as traumatized by the ordeal. Police said the victim had likely been with the group of attackers for at least 24 hours and as many as 48 hours, and knew one of them from school. The victim’s parents reported him missing on Monday in their Chicago suburb, and later received text messages saying their son was being held captive, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

What a bunch of evil, disgusting, maggots!  If you’ve not seen the video of this, you really need to…without the greying out of those involved, and WITH the actual audio.  And, if it doesn’t fire you up, then you need to seriously get your head checked.  Glad, at least, the poor man is recovering, and the pieces of garbage have been identified and WILL face charges including kidnapping, battery, AND yes, hate crimes.  If EVER there was an example of a hate crime, this is it!  Last night the dominantly liberal mainstream media tried to dance around it because of the racial component.  It was embarrassing.  And yet, just fathom if the racial makeup had been reversed and it was a young black person being tormented and tortured by white adults saying “F__ck  Obama, F_ck balck people!”  Boy howdy..  There would be riots in the streets.  All the usual race-baiting suspects like the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and so on would be organizing some march.  Obama would have dozens of FBI agents canvassing the neighborhoods looking for “witnesses”..and the black domestic terrorist organizations like the New Black Panther Party and Black Lives Matter would be posting wanted posters and such.  And we ALL know it.  But, it’s the liberal media and this story doesn’t fit their racial template/narrative.  So, they are dancing all around this one.

Gun-Controlled Chicago: ‘At Least’ 19 Shot, 6 Killed Overnight

Chicago police report ‘at least 19 people were shot’ and six persons killed from Friday night to Saturday morning in gun-controlled Chicago. The shootings and death continue a string of mayhem and bloodshed that has made 2016 one of the deadliest years in Chicago history. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, one person was killed and six others wounded in one shooting Friday night. That shooting occurred at 8:15 p.m. in East Garfield Park. Police reported that the victims “were standing together in the 3300 block of West Maypole when someone in a black vehicle going east opened fire.” Three of the wounded men were able to “[take] themselves to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs.” Two others–a man and woman–were injured and had to be transported to a hospital. The sixth wounded victim was only grazed with a bullet and “was treated, but not taken to a hospital.” A seventh individual–“a male whose age was unknown”–was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Approximately 15 minutes before the shooting on West Maypole, two men–ages 18 and 20 years old–“were standing by a parked car in the 5500 block of West Congress Parkway…when a gray car drove up and someone inside opened fire, hitting the younger man in the head and the older man repeatedly.” Both men were fatally wounded. And the shootings continue and the death toll rises. On October 11 Breitbart News reported that Chicago was approaching 600 homicides for the year. At that point, the Chicago Tribune reported the number of homicides was 578 and the number of shooting victims was 3,368. Homicides year-to-date are now well over 580 and the Tribune reports 3,424 shooting victims January 1 through October 15, 2016. DNA Info reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez expects to see Chicago homicides hit 700 by the end of the year.

Another example of how liberal, Democrat, anti-gun policies have utterly failed in a major U.S. city.  And yet, these same liberal, agenda-driven, anti-gun Dems will continue to call for more regulations and laws to prohibit law-abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights…and fighting back against these thugs and criminals.  Typical..