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The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
River Dog April 24, 2014 at 01:40 pm
KKK dwindling to less than10,000 members? Not just renaming themselves the Tea Party.
Rick Langley April 24, 2014 at 02:02 pm
@Gerson Goldstein You can say God in school, just like the Klan can say what they wish. SchoolsRead More can't force God on kids. You don't seem to understand the 1st Amendment.
J Leland April 24, 2014 at 02:15 pm
KKK breaks into a few homes and then comes to the rescue. An age old strategy.
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Socrates Cee April 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Alison McArty April 24, 2014 at 10:35 am
Sunny do you have any scientific information whatsoever to back up your asinine comment?
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
Bob Laird April 24, 2014 at 11:34 am
the tolls will only be there until the cost is paid off. the lottery money is for education. if youRead More elect me I'll... I'll love you forever. the check's in the mail. I promise I won't.... aw, never mind.
Herb Hupfer April 24, 2014 at 02:25 pm
Cut the number of districts in half, reduce the number of administrators, introduce uniforms fromRead More elementary to high school, put all public employees on 401Ks and cut property taxes by 25%. Make this state livable again and do it fast. BTW, why are Pat Quinn's property taxes around $3,400 (according to the Tribune)? Does he live in an outhouse or is he getting special treatment?
Bill Lindich April 24, 2014 at 02:35 pm
"Reboot Illinois" misses the point once again, which is that federal spending is aRead More pittance and the Dept. of Education should be shuttered permanently. IL spends $38.4 billion of our state and local taxes on education. That means the $1.4 billion from the feds amounts to 3.5% of total funding (which, of course, comes from you and me by way of federal taxes - minus the carrying charges). I don't see how a 3.5% contribution rate merits complete federal control over curriculums. Kick the feds out of education now. Keep them out. It's not worth it.
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bg robbins April 24, 2014 at 02:24 pm
Someone dragged it in and you went for it.
Pat Kittle April 24, 2014 at 02:55 pm
"bg robbins" -- Yes, that "someone" was YOU -- on "April 24, 2014 at 08:42Read More am" to be exact, you dragged an "ethnic minority group" into this discussion (which has nothing to do with race), piling on as much white guilt as you could. (Unless you remove your comment, it can still be seen.) Self-pitying loser.
mystuy April 24, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Pat Kittle - Master of ....cliques descriptors! "White guilt". Got a million of them.Read More Thanks for sharing them so much and so frequently. Do take original thoughts as well. Those are good. Sure you have some. Please share those as well. Take care. :)
Joseph R. Martan April 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
When I graduated from LT in 1967 we were told that we were the second best high school in IllinoisRead More (New Trier was number one) and among the top ten nationally. Now New Trier is #15 and LT is #40?!? What has happened in the intervening decades. If the proposal to do away with class rank is any indicator I suspect my alma mater is succumbing more and more to the trendy aspects of modern education and moving away from expecting accomplishment.
Geneva Taxpayer April 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm
@Herc, that's because Joliet high schools make you ready for McDonalds, not college.
Herc April 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm
LOL @Geneva, I don't think Geneva's are much better.
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Kevin April 24, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Tom Hollman,all good points,but please,stop with the CAPS.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 01:54 pm
I don't disagree with you that we're becoming less and less a free country but it's wrong to blameRead More democrats alone. It wasn't dems alone that passed the patriot act. It hasn't been dems alone that have been re-uping it since it was passed the first time. On how bad Hillary will be as a president. Every president is bad in some ways. Reagan raised taxes more than a dozen times. Bush took us to war on two fronts with no way to pay for it. Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. Obama gave away the farm in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Papa Bush said that atheists shouldn't be considered Americans. Sure Hillary will be a bad president in some ways.... they are all bad in some way. I can tell you this much though, any president is going to be a worse president when the publicly stated goal of the opposition is to obstruct that president at any and all opportunities. The dems did it to Bush. The republican'ts are doing it to Obama. It's like Palestine and Israel, they'll fight to the death out of spite and habit, neither one of them knowing which one threw the first punch and not caring because winning is the only goal. What America needs are citizens that go into government for the good of the country instead of the good of their party.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 02:03 pm
Oh, one last point on your last post B. Dub. "Hillary presidency combined with a DemocraticRead More Congress." Ain't gonna happen. Republicant's have gerrymandered the states to absolute death. They have the House for the foreseeable future and they have a good chance at getting the Senate. I can't guarantee you who's going to win in 2016 but I can very well guarantee you that no one party will take executive and legislative branches, both.
Albert Gazalooch April 24, 2014 at 08:02 am
All Wrigley needs now is a decent home team to play there!
Gary April 24, 2014 at 09:16 am
Wrigley field has a goat problem.
Jon Hall April 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm
They should be negotiating with the city for an occupancy permit instead of mitigating the ChicagoRead More way. The gulls come to roost there for a reason.
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 06:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 07:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 07:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
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.
david kraatz April 24, 2014 at 02:59 pm
We have 1000 sq. ft. home............ $6000.00 TAX BILL !!!! What could be wrong w/ this pictureRead More ?????
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Grumpy Old Man April 24, 2014 at 01:02 pm
@Charles Taite - As one of the commentators responding to and to whom Black Panther of PoetryRead More responded I happen to agree with you. I don't know whether Patch removed him or whether he did so himself. I for one did not flag any of his comments as offensive regardless of my personal dislike of some of the comments he made. If Patch did so shame on Patch. P.S. As much as I have issues with what he wrote he is no where close to the KKK for bigotry or racist beliefs or talk but your point is well taken.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Patch deleted my comments on an Earth Day article. All I did was recommend JunkScience.com.
Charles Taite April 24, 2014 at 01:45 pm
TRUST ME!!! "The Black Panther of Poetry" did not do this himself. benicia patch didRead More it!! THIS IS NOT AMERICA!!!
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.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 11:20 am
Gary's post is full of falsehoods.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am
"Agreements or addenda" are not part of the Common Core. Again, if states are doing theirRead More own thing by adding stuff or agreeing to do something different, it isn't Common Core.
Millsey April 24, 2014 at 01:46 pm
If it's on the internet it must be true? A small group of parents make up some "facts" andRead More post it on random news sites. So it must be true? I'm in favor of trusting the actual sources of the program over a blog that someone created because they are afraid of their kids getting a better education.
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 08:41 pm
How long do you think it will take to recover from the deficits, left from Bush's wars?
Independence666 April 24, 2014 at 05:28 am
If the clueless Obama would have signed on to Ryan's budget, we would have been well on our wayRead More toward eliminating the deficit. Instead, he chose to drive us over the cliff. He has been an absolute failure.
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 06:37 am
If Ryan and his cohorts started to slash corporate welfare along with everything else, perhaps itRead More would be worth considering
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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.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 01:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 04:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 10:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.
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?
jack hess April 23, 2014 at 09:03 am
God save the over TAX Citizens of Illinois. I wish i could sell my home, an move out of one of theRead More most corrupt state in the U.S. and Crook County ,but would take a big loss on my home. We have more convicted felons State Legislators than any other state. Ask yourself why ? Look at the legislators who running the state gambling committee! Ask yourself why do Crook County Part -time Commissioners and all part time State Legislators get a ( Full-Time Pension).
Phaedrus Pirsig April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am
TC, Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, pretty sure we could fillRead More those teaching spots overnight. With the technology we have today we could easily supplement the cost of these state breaking pensions that fraudulently get bumped up in a teacher's final years. Charter schools are doing a better job without union teachers. During Chicago's teacher strike I listened to union teachers that barely spoke English. No complaints about the salaries, just get rid of the pensions.
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!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Hey Oprah, where are you?? out in the streets helping these thugs find a new way of life?? with allRead More that cash and negro power behind you, you should be able to fix this in one show.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
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.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 01:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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Dave Van Rosenberg April 24, 2014 at 01:23 pm
I see nothing wrong here
Archie Bunker April 24, 2014 at 02:29 pm
except she's a pig
Mark Burdman April 24, 2014 at 03:02 pm
Much ado about nothing. Disney thru the years has taken some very uncalled for stances. StartingRead More with Walt Disney a flaming Jew hater, and if you were a mixed couple in the 1950`s or 60`s and you share a kiss you would most likely would have been arrested. Then there were the long haired people of the 1960`s and many other very vile moral highground attacks. I am happy my kids are grown and I do not have to go to Disney land and get gouged from the moment I paid for parking, to Park admission overpriced lousy food. If you want to purchase a gift for someone or a souvenir you better bring a big bankroll.