0 votes

Chicago accused of violating due process in red-light and speed camera ticketing

Cash-strapped Chicago should be forced to refund $600 million in red-light and speed camera tickets dating back to 2003 because it “skipped a step” and denied motorists due process, a lawsuit filed Monday argues.

Five months ago, attorney Jacie Zolna accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration of ignoring the ground rules established by the state before speed cameras were installed around schools and parks — by issuing thousands of tickets on “non-school days.”

6 votes

Man charged with shooting at suspects who stole his minivan

A man accused of shooting at two people who allegedly stole his minivan Saturday evening in the North Lawndale neighborhood was released on electronic monitoring.

About 6 p.m., 44-year-old Wilfrido Cruz called police to report his Dodge Grand Caravan stolen from his home in the 4300 block of West Cullerton, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Officers responded to meet with Cruz and take down a report, police said. Cruz, who has a conceal carry license and a FOID card, left to search for his vehicle armed with a handgun, police said.

0 votes

What's Your Goal, Cammy?

Cammy Babiarz is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. She’s five years old. She doesn’t have the ability to communicate verbally or walk, as she was born with Rett syndrome.

But thanks to Duncan Keith, she’s now a goal-scorer.

Her mother, Jackie Corrado Babiarz, planned on submitting a photo of Cammy and a pink leg brace with a Blackhawks logo to the team’s #WhatsYourGoal social media campaign. She asked her daughter which Blackhawk she’d like to meet if her entry was chosen.

9 votes

The Hidden Truth of America's Black Site Epidemic Exposed

Infowars reporter Joe Biggs touches down in Chicago to investigate the secret domestic torture facility that is being used to illegally detain, beat and even kill US citizens. As soon as Infowars arrives they are immediately swarmed by police, told to leave public property and bizarrely threatened by a plain clothes officer.

2 votes

Park Forest cop acquitted in fatal beanbag shooting of WWII vet

Park Forest police Officer Craig Taylor was acquitted Wednesday of reckless conduct for firing five beanbag rounds in rapid succession at a knife-wielding World War II veteran who died hours later.

Reading his lengthy written ruling aloud in court, Cook County Associate Judge Luciano Panici said the force used on John Wrana Jr., 95, “was not excessive.”

"There was nothing criminal about his actions,” the judge said in a Markham courtroom packed with a couple of dozen police officers from surrounding south suburbs who were there to support Taylor.

0 votes

Federal prosecutors in Chicago drop drug charges against 27 people in stash house sting cases

CHICAGO – The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities.

5 votes

Illinois law allows schools to demand students' Facebook passwords

Conceived to combat cyberbullying, a new law in Illinois may result in schools demanding social media passwords, even if the posting was not done at school or on school computers.


2 votes


Long time lurker, rare contributor here on the DP.

This is the only site I feel comfortable getting an opinion on something like this from.

Has anybody here dabbled with ETrade? I am starting to expand my investments and think this is the best way to get into stocks.

Any help, tips, books to read, and people to listen to would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

4 votes

Officer stands trial in 95-year-old's bean bag shooting death

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Chicago police officer accused of acting recklessly by fatally shooting a 95-year-old World War II veteran with a beanbag gun at close range in an effort to subdue him.

1 vote

Local 150 spending six figures on libertarian candidate

[This is a little old but a cursory search shows it wasn't posted here. I hope it is of some interest]

Local 150 spending “six figures” on Libertarian candidate
Monday, Oct 20, 2014

By Rich Miller
Capitol Fax

I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor Chad Grimm earlier this month.

15 votes

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Illegally Searched In Sub Zero Temperatures

I was pulled over for "failure to operate turn signal before 100ft of an intersection". I was illegally detained, pulled out into subzero temperatures without gloves and told not to put my hands in my pockets. I was illegally searched which was followed by a citation for the turn signal. I was harassed and treated as a criminal for merely exercising my Constitutional rights. They never searched my person. Doesn't that defy the entire point of the search? This search was conducted by DeKalb Police Department, Illinois.

3 votes

Enviro-'Friendly' Magnetite-magnetized Oil: FERMI Lab Physicist invents an Elec.Mag.Oil Method to cleanup Industrial-Oil Spills!

The Magnetic Wand That Cleans Oil Spills
Published on Dec 12, 2014

Oil spills are an unavoidable part of our future on this planet. Until we no longer have to rely on the messy stuff, we will still have to pump oil and ship it around the world, and drilling and shipping inevitably means spills.

14 votes

Medical Expenses Piling Up For My Son's Friend. Any Help For The Holidays Would Be Appreciated.

Some of you may have heard me talk about my son. He was a delegate for the 2012 Illinois Republican State Convention, designed the candidate comparison sheets for the 2012 election and still proudly displays his Ron Paul Revolution hat everywhere he goes. But, his dedication to personal responsibility and volunteerism is truly shown by how he treats his friends.

15 votes

VIDEO: Obama Admits To Violating The Constitution

Tells pro-immigration heckler “I just took an action to change the law”

Steve Watson |
November 26, 2014

A frustrated President Obama told pro-immigration hecklers in Chicago Tuesday to “get the facts,” and pointed out that he had circumvented the Constitution to stop illegal immigrants being deported.

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