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Further Confirmation Of Chicago Police Department’s Manpower Shortage

Reading the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop on a regular basis, I became aware several years ago of the manpower shortage going on in the Chicago Police Department. Subsequently, I started blogging about the city’s truly “thin...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 9, 2016

‘Black Lawmakers From Chicago’ Key To Reducing City’s Gun Violence?

Before the weekend, I blogged about Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s recent appearance on WGN-TV (Chicago Channel 9) where he discussed the city’s gun violence. Johnson brought up much-publicized (and delayed) legislation tar...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 6, 2016

47 Chicago-Area Expressway Shootings Year-To-Date

While I was watching the local news at lunchtime today WGN-TV (Chicago Channel 9) reported that the in-bound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) was closed due to yet another shooting (people in two vehicles firing at each other- one crashed). Reporter Sar...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 5, 2016

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson On Tackling Gun Violence

Yesterday morning while watching the local news I spotted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on WGN-TV (Chicago Channel 9) talking about the city’s gun violence. From his exchange with WGN’s Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash: BAU...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 2, 2016

Chicago: November Murders Double From Last Year

November saw murders in Chicago double from last year. WGN-TV’s Nancy Loo reported this morning: The latest number only add to an already deadly year. Likely, the worst in two decades. But the numbers for November alone are alarming. According...
by Survival And Prosperity on Dec 1, 2016

Signs Of The Time, Part 111

Truly a sign for once in this long-running series of posts. Seen in Muncie, Indiana, recently was a billboard displaying the following: Hate Cops? The Next Time You Need Help Call A Crackhead. I understand the “advice” has since been withdrawn fr...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 26, 2016

Chicago Police Department Manpower Shortage Latest

“Chicago readers take note: The ‘thin blue line’ that exists in the Windy City will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. Carry on accordingly.” –Survival And Prosperity, October 3, 2011 With the help of the popular Chicago...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 26, 2016

Message For Chicago, Cook County, And Illinois Readers

Readers of Survival And Prosperity might get the wrong impression that I’m rooting for Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois to “fail” based on my routine blogging about their financial, crime, and political woes. Actually, I do this because I car...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 18, 2016

Former CIA Deputy Director Warns After Nice: ‘I Think It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before We See Attacks Of This Size Here In The United States’

Here’s a worrisome prediction from a former top “spook” about future terror attacks carried out by Muslim extremists. Former CIA deputy director and current CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell warned viewers on CBS This Morning...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 15, 2016

Islamic State In 2014: ‘Single Out The Disbelieving American, Frenchman… Run Him Over With Your Car’

Tonight I’ve been following the Bastille Day slaughter that took place in Nice, France. While the mainstream media is still calling it a “truck attack,” should the carnage eventually be found to be the work of jihadists, keep in mind a Survival...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 15, 2016

Chicago Targeted Friday By Anonymous ‘Day Of Rage’ Protest?

Earlier this week I read Internet chatter about the “hacktivist” group Anonymous coordinating national “Day of Rage” protests for Friday, July 15, in response to recent police-involved shootings. Suspecting there would probably be some event...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 14, 2016

City Of Chicago’s Total Unfunded Liabilities Grew To Nearly $24 Billion In 2015

It’s been a while since I last blogged about the Illinois Policy Institute, a Chicago-based non-partisan research organization “generating public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois.” Yet earlier this...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 14, 2016

Active Shooter Drill At Chicago’s Wrigley Field Thursday

While looking for the latest on Chicago’s debt crisis from Fran Spielman (Chicago Sun-Times), I spotted this on the newspaper’s website Wednesday afternoon: One week after a lone gunman opened fire on police officers securing a Black Lives Matter...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 13, 2016

Illinois Democrats Savaged By African-American Gun Rights Activist Colion Noir

“Every cop on the street knows who’s doing the killing- it’s the gang members and felons these same fearless politicians refuse to prosecute and throw in prison. And all these anti-gun politicians have to offer is gun control… and then when t...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 7, 2016

Fourth Of July Weekend In Chicago: 67 Shot, 5 Killed

Despite early optimism, the long holiday weekend in Chicago turned out to be another deadly one. The HeyJackass! website (“Illustrating Chicago Values”) is reporting that there were 5 dead and 62 wounded in shootings over the Fourth of July weeke...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jul 5, 2016

Chicago Pastor Calls On State Of Illinois To Declare ‘State Of Emergency’ Over Financial Woes

by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 22, 2016

Father’s Day Weekend In Chicago: 59 Shot, 13 Killed

The Chicago news media is reporting there were 13 dead and 46 wounded in shootings this Father’s Day weekend. The HeyJackass! website (“Illustrating Chicago Values”) notes there were 7 killed and 32 wounded over Father’s Day weekend in 2015,...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 20, 2016

Quote For The Week

“So the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack (pretty pathetic how some tried real hard to paint this as merely workplace-related violence) wasn’t exactly ‘major,’ and anyone with at least half-a-brain should have seen this coming. But...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 13, 2016

331 Illinoisans On New Islamic State ‘Kill List’

I’ve heard of the Islamic State “kill lists” before. And the latest one supposedly includes 331 “targets” with Illinois addresses on it. Gilad Shiloach reported on the Vocative website earlier today: A pro-ISIS “hacking” group calling i...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 8, 2016

Signs Of The Time, Part 106

From the celebrity news website TMZ this morning: The Game believes he’s dodging real bullets in Chicago now that a judge has granted his request to postpone a court hearing. According to legal docs, the rapper asked the judge to push a June 16...
by Survival And Prosperity on Jun 7, 2016


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