#42 Nov 12, 2013
Calumet Township Office on York St has been closed since this article was published.
#43 Nov 14, 2013
Now you know why.
#47 Mar 13, 2014
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Obama orders review of U.S. deportation practices
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has ordered a review of U.S. deportation practices to see whether immigration enforcement can be more humane, the White House said Thursday.
In a meeting with Latino lawmakers, Obama said he was deeply concerned about the pain that families feel when they are separated because of a broken U.S. immigration system. He told the lawmakers he's asking Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to perform an inventory of current practices "to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law," the White House said in a statement.
The announcement comes as immigrant rights activists, frustrated by the lack of progress in Congress, have been pressuring Obama to halt all deportations. Obama had said he doesn't have the power to take that step unilaterally, although he has previously moved to ease deportations for some children brought into the U.S. illegally.
The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill last June with strong bipartisan support that would create a pathway for citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally; tighten border security; and establish new visa and enforcement programs. The measure has languished in the House despite calls from Republican Party leaders, business groups, religious organizations and labor for lawmakers to act.
Taking part in the meeting Thursday were Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a prominent immigration advocate, and House Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra of California also joined Obama in the Oval Office.
#48 Mar 14, 2014
Elgin legislators home, office searched by federal officials
By Mike Riopell and Elena Ferrarin
Federal officials searched state Rep. Keith Farnhams Elgin legislative office and home Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation, but details about the probe remain unclear.
A search warrant was executed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations, but a spokeswoman said she couldnt provide further details.
No federal search warrant has been executed at Rep. Farnhams Springfield office, agency spokeswoman Gail Montenegro added.Because the investigation is ongoing, no additional details can be released.
Neither the Elgin Democrat nor a spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan have returned messages seeking comment.
The federal agencys website describes its activities like this:HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
Secretary of State Police officers with a police dog patrolled Friday outside Farnhams Springfield office on the second floor of the Stratton Building, an office building next door to the Illinois Capitol.
A spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White said federal officials asked for help securing Farnhams Springfield office.
A woman who answered the intercom at Farnhams home on Friday afternoon said he wasnt there and she didnt know when hed be back.
Farnhams neighbor Alex Bahena said she didnt notice any unusual activity in the gated, four-unit complex.
I dont think anyone saw anything. I would have heard about it, Bahena said.
Farnham was not at his legislative office in the Professional Building in downtown Elgin on Friday afternoon, outreach coordinator Elsa Hernandez said.
The office was open for business as usual, she said, declining to comment on the investigation.
The only thing I can do is take a message on that, she said.
Craig Mason of Mason CPA Tax & Accounting, whose office is down the hall from Farnhams, said he also didnt notice anything out of the ordinary Thursday.
Farnham, a former commercial painter, started in the Illinois House in 2009, defeating Ruth Munson in both 2008 and again for re-election in 2010.
He faces no opponent in Tuesdays primary election, and no Republican has yet filed to run against him in November.
The mandatory economic interest statement Farnham filed with the state last year shows no business interests hes connected to. He reported the Niagara Foundation and the Chicago Turkish American Chamber of Commerce paid for him to go to a trip to Turkey in 2012.
#49 Mar 14, 2014
Obviously the good people of blue island are just that stupid. U have two guys six pensions. Good for them if they can pull it off. They saw you retards comin. Wtf. Ha I hope they take in the dough
#50 Mar 16, 2014
Put an end to gerrymandering
Let's start with one of the few things we all have in common: the expectation of democracy. We expect to be represented by our elected officials, but every 10 years gerrymandering gets in the way.
Gerrymandering disenfranchises voters, increases the cost of campaigns because it favors the incumbent and severs the trust between politician and voter.
The system no longer feels fair. It no longer feels designed for us. Gerrymandering is the original sin of partisanship. Let's get rid of it and replace it with a grid and give our citizens the voice they expect. We cannot fix all the other ills that the Plan of Chicago editorial enumerated without trusted government. And in our country, that means representative government.
Since: Mar 13
#51 Mar 28, 2014
a rita is a fireman there
#52 Apr 1, 2014
The task force report points out that patronage hiring is corrosive to good government, demoralizing to the workforce and in most cases illegal.
Which is why its timeline for change begins with ethics reforms, followed by organizational changes and the adoption of a strategic plan. Then, and only then, we can talk about more money.
The above statements explains what State Rep Bobby Rita and Attorney Mayor Vargas are doing in Blue Island, Il. Attorney Mayor Vargas does not believe in the Rule Of Law.
#53 Apr 3, 2014
He was slated to be laid off because he was the newest guy with only a couple years. Instead they promoted him to captain.
#54 Apr 4, 2014
Absolutely disgusting. Shame on you people who support this Greed. Shame on each and every one of you.
#55 Apr 5, 2014
In regard to recent articles in the Tribune about the city and state pension crises, one would think that moving to 401(k)-type programs for all new public employees, like the majority of taxpayers who work in private business and industry have, would be a no-brainer.
It seems ludicrous that the people working for the taxpayers have more attractive retirement programs than do the majority of the taxpayers.
While this change would not solve the existing problems of underfunded pensions, it would prevent such problems in the future.
What don't the politicians get about "unsustainable"?
Since: Mar 13
#56 Apr 9, 2014
damn. i bet his wife isnt waitress anymore.
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