New Governor of Illinois Makes Massive Budget Cuts to Programs For the Poor

Bruce Rauner is slashing budgets for the state of Illinois

Reported by Lyonel Laverde-Hansen Since Bruce Rauner was elected Governor of Illinois last November, he has come out as an unconventional politician.  A successful businessman who proposed changing the normal ways of doing business, Rauner has recently released his annual spending plan, and it has the Democrats fuming. Rauner’s proposals are designed to close a $1.6 billion shortfall, but they ...

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Ben Carson apologizes for saying prisons show homosexuality is a choice since inmates go in straight, leave gay


Baltimore neurosurgeon and Tea Party favorite Ben Carson — who said Wednesday that prisons prove homosexuality is a choice because many people enter the slammer straight and walk out gay — has now apologized for the numbskull comment. “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” he said in a statement to CNN. “I regret that ...

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Homeless man killed by LAPD identified as ‘stubborn’ French bank robber wanted for probation violation


A homeless man shot dead by Los Angeles cops was a French crook wanted on a probation violation and a convicted robber who once knocked off bank to finance his Hollywood dreams, police sources confirmed. Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, and a couple of armed accomplices were wearing masks and carrying guns in 2000 when they stormed a Wells Fargo and ...

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Brothers Charged With Trafficking Underage Girl


An underage girl, forced into prostitution is now safe, and two brothers accused of kidnapping her and forcing her into prostitution are locked up. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle held a news conference Tuesday trumpeting the arrest of the brothers who are now charged with human trafficking, among other felonies. Bogacski Thomas is facing so many charges it appeared ...

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Wizards Apologize For, Uh, Odd Black History Month Campaign: ‘We May Have Missed The Mark’


The Washington Wizards apologized Tuesday for a month-long attempt to honor Black History Month that many viewed as ill-fitting at best, and offensive at worst. “On a personal level, it was a way to share thoughts on African-American historical figures whom we admire,” a post published Tuesday to the Wizards’ Facebook page read.”We may have missed the mark, and we ...

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We Can’t Ignore the Link Between Ferguson and Those Attica Prison Guards’ Brutality


On Monday President Barack Obama, surrounded by members of his President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing—created in the wake of last year’s grand jury decisions in the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner—announced policy recommendations to local law enforcement as a response to the outrage generated by a nationwide epidemic of police violence. “We have a great ...

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It’s time to bring relief to the homeless in L.A.


It’s too soon to know exactly what happened on the skid row street where a homeless man was shot to death Sunday by officers from the LAPD. It will take months for police officials to, as they say, “get to the bottom of this.” And that bottom is likely to be so murky and haunted by suspicion that whatever they ...

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Man indicted for fatal beating of transgendered woman Islan Nettles in Harlem


She’s getting justice at last. Eighteen months after the fatal beating of a transgendered woman in Harlem, prosecutors have indicted the hate-spewing creep they say killed her. James Dixon, 24, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and assault for the vicious beating of Islan Nettles on Aug. 17, 2013. Nettles, 21, had been walking with two transgender friends on Eighth Ave. ...

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Cuba to U.S.: Extradition Of Assata Shakur ‘Off The Table’

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April V. Taylor Assata Shakur, now 67-years-old, has spent more than three decades living in Cuba after being granted political asylum by Fidel Castro. Shakur was a member of the Black Liberation Army, and after being involved in a shootout with officers on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973 in which she was shot with her hands in the air, ...

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The Bottom Line: ‘The Sellout’ By Paul Beatty


What we think: In the prologue to his lyrical new novel The Sellout, Paul Beatty’s protagonist turns a snarky, discerning eye toward Washington, D.C., observing that the city is supposed to look like ancient Rome, “that is, if the streets of ancient Rome were lined with homeless black people, bomb-sniffing dogs, tour buses and cherry blossoms.” He’s waiting for his ...

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