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Fall Allergy Season May Be Longest, Strongest this Year

Posted 9/9/11 11:16 a.m. NEW YORK (WLS) – With record pollen counts already on the board for August, this fall is gearing up to be one of the worst, and longest, allergy seasons yet, according to experts. Thanks to a particularly wet summer, ragweed pollen levels are surging and standing …

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Court allows torture lawsuit against Rumsfeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two American men can go ahead with a civil lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, an appeals court said Monday, over allegations they were tortured in Iraq at the hands of the U.S. military. Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel sued in federal court seeking damages from …

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Local ice cream makers face shutdown by state

By Monica Eng and Chris Borrelli Tribune reporters 4:27 p.m. CDT, August 5, 2011 A few years ago, Kris Swanberg, having been laid-off from her job as a Chicago Public School teacher, remembered she received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift. TheChicago mom fished it out of her …

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Senate Panel Keeps ‘Secret Patriot Act’ Under Wraps

By Noah Shachtman Email Author August 2, 2011 The secret Patriot Act is staying secret. Two Senators have been warning for months that the government has a secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act so broad that it amounts to an entirely different law — one that gives the feds …

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Most Illinois Lawmakers Who Supported Gambling Expansion Bill Received Contributions From Casinos: Report

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the overwhelming majority of Illinois legislators who voted for a narrowly-approved casino expansion bill, which would double the number of casinos throughout the state, have received political contributions totaling about $812,000 from the gaming industry since the beginning of 2010. Going back a full …

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Texans to Launch ‘Citizen Filibuster’ Over TSA Groping

Campaign seeks to pressure public servants into following will of the people Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet.com Monday, June 27, 2011 Texans to Launch Citizen Filibuster Over TSA Groping tsa patdown Texans outraged by repeated attempts on behalf of state representatives working in consort with the federal government to kill …

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US Accused of News Blackout on Nebraska Nuke Plant

A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear …

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Is Illinois Serious About Tackling Debt?

The quick answer is “No.” The answer really is not at all complex. The latest legislative session for the general assembly ended last week. The session started in November with an increase in personal and corporate income taxes. The rationale coming from the Democrats (I can be partisan because it …

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Chicago must pay attorney’s fees after losing in Supreme Court gun ban case.

Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and BAUER and POSNER, Circuit Judges. EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge. The Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), that a federal enclave’s ban on operable handguns in the home violates the Constitution’s second amendment. In 2008 the City of Chicago and …

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Prepare for More Money Printing: Analyst

By: Jessica Hartogs Assistant Producer, CNBC.com Investors should prepare themselves for a third round of quantitative easing, Simon Maughn, co-head of European equities at MF Global, told CNBC Wednesday. “The bond market is going in one direction which is up-falling yields which is telling you quite clearly the direction of …

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FOI Act not meant to expose citizens to risk

The Daily Herald editorial “Stop dimming transparency efforts,” failed to understand the crux of the Freedom of Information Act argument. The Herald correctly stated that the point of the law is to help citizens keep government accountable so as to limit corruption. This is a valid goal, and indeed, should …

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U.S. dipping into pensions as it hits debt limit

Reuters 9:43 a.m. CDT, May 16, 2011 U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress he would start tapping into federal pension funds Monday to free up borrowing capacity as the nation hits the $14.294 trillion legal limit on its debt. The U.S. Treasury will issue $72 billion in bonds and …

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US Rail Train False Flag Terror Plots

US rail lines in al-Qaida terror plans Jessica D’Onofrio, May 6, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Information taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound after his death is revealing details of al-Qaida’s plans, including a potential plot against U.S. rail lines. That means tighter security on rail lines everywhere. An alert to …

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Could Political Complications Shut Down the Logan Square Farmers Market?

We’ve been proud to see small, neighborhood-based farmers markets spreading rapidly throughout the city over the past several years. But this is Chicago, and eventually a market would run into the harsh reality of city politics. We’ve discussed the bureaucratic obstacles to creative foodspaces before, but Gaper’s Block reports a …

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Quinn Making Slaves of Us All

I concluded my last blog by stating that debt and financial hardship makes slaves of us all. No one proves my point any better than Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/politics/quinn-threatens-stop-cities-funding-borrowing-approval-chicago-taxes-illinois-20110429 The linked story from Fox Chicago tells of how Governor Quinn has threatened to withhold money from municipalities unless he …

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