Illinois State Group
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Group Leader/ Admin. Michael Colwell
Started by Michael Colwell Nov 19, 2011.
Started by Michael Colwell Oct 19, 2011.
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Started by Michael Colwell Oct 13, 2011.
Started by Michael Colwell Oct 11, 2011.
Regarding the total gun ban being proposed by your State Senators here is the name and telephone numbers you need to call to tell them to vote against the ban.
We're told that the proposed bill for Cullerton's (John Cullerton Springfield office: 217-782-2728) firearm ban will be heard by the Senate Public Health Committee in their meeting scheduled for 5:45 this afternoon. Please call the members of this committee and ask them to oppose any HB1263 Amendment #5 that has come up for their consideration. Those members are: Sen. William Delgado - D - 217-782-5652 (Chairperson) Sen. Mattie Hunter - D - 217-782-5966 Sen. Susan Garrett - D - 217-782-3650 Sen. Michael Noland - D - 217-782-7746 Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg - D - 217-782-2119 Sen. Heather Steans - D - 217-782-8492 Sen. Dave Syverson - R - 217-782-5413 Sen. Shane Cultra - R -217- 782-6597 Sen. Christine Johnson - R - 217-782-1977 Sen. Carole Pankau - R - 217-782-9463 Be polite, courteous, concise. State your position and ask that they oppose any gun ban bills.
January 09, 2012
By Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-TimesWhen Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley's City Hall in the early 1990s, she was "distressed" by how a small group of "white Irish Catholic" families -- the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans -- "locked up" power in Illinois.Mrs. Obama worked in the Daley administration between Sept. 16, 1991, and April 30, 1993, according to City of Chicago personnel records. She was hired by Jarrett, then Daley's deputy chief of staff.Kantor writes Mrs. Obama "disapproved of how closely Daley held power, surrounding himself with three or four people who seemed to let few outsiders in -- a concern she would echo years later with her own husband."...She particularly resented the way power in Illinois was locked up generation after generation by a small group of families, all white Irish Catholic -- the Daleys in Chicago, the Hynes and Madigans statewide."
The news of the death of Maggie Daley has sparked memories from many who knew her or just saw her handle the role of Chicago's first lady with warmth and grace.
"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maggie Daley. Maggie was an extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to public service. While she will be sorely missed, her initiatives on behalf of Chicago’s youth live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom," President Barack Obama said in a statement late Thursday night. "Maggie’s commitment to the children and people of Chicago was surpassed only by her devotion to her family. Tonight, our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Daley, Nora, Patrick, Lally and the entire Daley family."
"Tonight we grieve for the Daley family," current Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "Chicago has lost a warm and gracious First Lady who contributed immeasurably to our city."While Mayor Daley served as the head of this city, Maggie was its heart."Emanuel said her "most treasured role was as a wife, mother, and grandmother.""Our hearts go out to Mayor Daley, Nora, Patrick, Lally and the rest of the Daley family," Emanuel said. "Just as Maggie will remain a constant presence in their lives, she will remain a constant presence in our city. Like Chicagoans everywhere, Amy and I will always hold her in our hearts.""Whether you knew her personally or were among the countless more who loved and admired her, all of Chicago will remember Maggie for the grace and dignity with which she served for twenty-two years as First Lady," he said.
The former first lady proved resilient in the face of the disease, and her friends and admirers noted her ability to rise above her illness.
"In the city of big shoulders, her grace and charm made our town a very classy place," said Father John Cusick, a good friend and priest at their Old St. Patrick's Church. "I really feel for Rich. He will miss her so much. Being a public family, they were able to be a private family, too. What a great person. May she have eternal rest."
"I think we were all inspired by her courageous and faith-filled life, and her battle against her disease was an inspiration to all who suffer from cancer. She's now in God's hands and her suffering is over," Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, said. "Her legacy to the city and to her family is one of courage."
Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement that Illinios lost a "great treasure" who "treated Chicago residents like family and served up hope and inspiration wherever she went."
"The ever-gracious Maggie was devoted to her family and her faith. Maggie had a servant's heart, especially for children," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Daley family. The people of Chicago and Illinois now mourn a great loss, but we remember the legacy of grace and compassion that Maggie left."
"Maggie was a person of extraordinary grace and strength. She set such a wonderful example both in how she lived, and how she faced the end of life," said David Axelrod, Daley's longtime political media adviser and currently senior campaign strategist for President Barack Obama. "Right until the very end, she had a light about her that warmed everyone around her."
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin issued a statement that said:
“Chicago and Illinois have lost a great and caring woman. Those of us whose lives were touched by her warm smile and inner strength will dearly miss Maggie Daley.
“Loretta and I have lost a dear friend but feel blessed to have traveled part of our life's journey with her and Rich. We remember last St. Patrick's Day at Old St. Pat’s when Maggie’s struggles were quickly forgotten as her grandkids, dressed in their finest green, scrambled in the church pew to see the Shannon Rovers piping up the center aisle. She and Rich were beaming with the joy that loving parents and grandparents live for.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rich, the Daley family and the many who will join us in mourning Maggie's passing.”
Copyright © 2011, Chicago Tribune
7:50 AM CST, November 25, 2011
Thank you for the Freedom, to Pray,to Laugh,and to Sing
Authorities have arrested a man they claim was plotting to detonate pipe bombs, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday night.
The Manhattan man's intended targets were U.S. military personnel who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as U.S. postal facilities and police stations.
The suspect allegedly learned how to make a pipe bomb after reading Inspire, the al Qaeda terrorist network's English-language online propaganda, recruiting and training magazine, according to the source. He is believed to have been acting alone.
The suspect had been under surveillance since May 2009 and "made even some of his like-minded friends nervous," New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Sunday
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