"This award-winning photograph was taken by Owen Deutsch in Fox Lake, IL and is a North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) 2011 Top 10 Showcase Winner. This Bald Eagle was chasing the Great Blue Heron away from the eggs in her nest. It wasn’t trying to kill the Heron or she would have done so long before this once in a lifetime shot was captured."
(Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

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"This award-winning photograph was taken by Owen Deutsch in Fox Lake, IL and is a North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) 2011 Top 10 Showcase Winner. This Bald Eagle was chasing the Great Blue Heron away from the eggs in her nest. It wasn’t trying to kill the Heron or she would have done so long before this once in a lifetime shot was captured."

(Owen Deutsch / owendeutsch.com)

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An Illinois Senate committee advanced a same-sex marriage bill 9-5.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, next moves to the full Senate, where backers indicated it could come up for a vote on Valentine’s Day.

Steans sponsored gay marriage legislation in last month’s lame duck session, but could not advance it past the initial committee stage. She said the bill is necessary to provide “equal protection” under laws for same-sex couples when civil union alone fall short.

Bloomington’s Danielle Cook, with her partner Suzie Hutton, testified the legislation is needed to “make our lives more complete.” Cook said she has a civil union but that it is not fully recognized in social ways with the good wishes and congratulations that come with marriage or in employment settings.

Her face getting red, Cook said, “It hurt.” She told senators she sees the couple’s relationship as a marriage but is viewed differently because “marriage is the standard” of society.

The Rev. Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle of Good Shepherd Church in Romeoville said she is straight, married, a mother of three and a pastor who views the legislation as a “matter of legal, civil and human rights.”

She said she has viewed ceremonies for civil unions as marriages, saying, “I believe these people are married in the eyes of God.”

But the Rev. Keith Williams of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church of Country Club Hills disagreed. He said he was in “vehement opposition” to the legislation because same-sex marriage went against the basic tenets of the Bible.

chicagohistorymuseum:

President Theodore Roosevelt in a procession along W. Jackson Blvd. in the Loop. He was in Chicago during the Progressive Party National Convention held from August 5-7, 1912. The photograph was taken on August 6, 1912 by Chicago Daily News, Inc.
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chicagohistorymuseum:

President Theodore Roosevelt in a procession along W. Jackson Blvd. in the Loop. He was in Chicago during the Progressive Party National Convention held from August 5-7, 1912. The photograph was taken on August 6, 1912 by Chicago Daily News, Inc.

Want a copy of this photo?  
> Visit our Rights and Reproductions Department and give them this number: DN-0059371

shortformblog:

  • $25,000 donated to anti-incumbents source

» According to the Virginia Republican, he didn’t realize he would be donating to the Campaign for Primary Accountability (CPA) when he made a deal with Illinois Republican  Aaron Schock to aid fellow Illinois freshman Adam Kinzinger’s re-election bid. Kinzinger faces veteran Republican Don Manzullo, now that the two men find themselves representing the same district following recent congressional redistricting. The CPA is an anti-incumbent Super PAC which has targeted a number of Republicans who are up for re-election in November, leaving many inside the GOP wondering just what the House Majority Leader was up to.

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And what about Schock, who also tossed in $25k? Will his star stop rising now, please?

madillac:

gaywrites:

The General Assembly in Illinois just passed a bill that would add to existing anti-bullying measures to strengthen them. The bill will now move on to the state Senate.

According to the Windy City Times, this bill doesn’t add any LGBT specific measures to anti-bullying laws (luckily Illinois laws already cover LGBT students), but instead it provides “model bullying prevention policies” for schools to use and includes steps to make sure schools are enforcing anti-bullying policies.

Perhaps most significantly, it places an emphasis on “restorative” measures rather than “punitive” discipline. Rather than punishing students who bully, the amendment mandates education, emotional support, counseling and other community-based solutions intended to address root causes of bullying.

Punitive enforcement has largely failed, said Schriber. In addition, LGBT students and students of color are often disproportionately punished, two groups the bullying code seeks to protect.

“It doesn’t teach students to behave better and it doesn’t make our schools safer,” Schriber said.

Good, good, good. Stay tuned for updates.

We’ve given you Obama, hot dogs and now this. YOU’RE WELCOME, AMERICA.

I love my home state.

Illinois has an estimated population of 12,869,257. Of that, 8,710,824 live in Chicago, Cook County and the eleven surrounding Illinois counties that make up the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Apparently, it’s a shock that having 2/3 of a state’s population in one metro area would affect elections.

Illinois has an estimated population of 12,869,257. Of that, 8,710,824 live in Chicago, Cook County and the eleven surrounding Illinois counties that make up the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Apparently, it’s a shock that having 2/3 of a state’s population in one metro area would affect elections.

To all of you Illinoisans, Happy Casimir Pulaski Day!

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"On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck. … Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator’s recovery over the weeks ahead."

— The office of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) • Discussing the stroke he suffered on Saturday and revealed Monday. He underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain earlier this morning. Kirk, 52, holds the seat vacated by Barack Obama when he ran for president in 2008. (via shortformblog)

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maxistentialist:

Senator Kirk just reversed his position on PIPA:

“Freedom of speech is an inalienable right granted to each and every American, and the Internet has become the primary tool with which we utilize this right. The Internet empowers Americans to learn, create, innovate, and express their views. While we should protect American intellectual property, consumer safety and human rights, we should do so in a manner that specifically targets criminal activity. This extreme measure stifles First Amendment rights and Internet innovation. I stand with those who stand for freedom and oppose PROTECT IP, S.968, in its current form.”

Nice work, internet.

EDIT: Also Reps. Quayle and Terry, and Sens. BrownDeMint, & Rubio (who was a sponsor of the bill).

In fairness, I’m not sure Kirk ever explicitly supported or opposed PIPA.

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If only.

Corruption in the Illinois governor’s office is not uncommon

shortformblog:

  • nine different governors of Illinois have served since 1961
  • four have been convicted and sent to prison — that’s 44% source

Home state pride.

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"I was the governor, and I should have known better. And I am just so incredibly sorry."

— Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, sentenced today to 14 years in prison on corruption charges. (via officialssay)

NY Mag:

Watch Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Get Drowned Out by the People’s Mike

In lieu of bullhorns, the demonstrators down at Occupy Wall Street quickly adapted to using a “human microphone” method of communicating to large groups, in which one speaker’s words are repeated back loudly (REPEATED BACK LOUDLY!) by a group so everyone can hear. Nicknamed the “people’s mike”, it has proven pretty entertaining, but it’s also highly effective for interrupting, say, an anti-union politician from the Midwest. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was giving a speech at Chicago’s Union League Club yesterday when a group of "covert protesters" in suits from Stand Up! Chicago and the local Occupy contingent started shouting over him, ending with the chant, “Union busting is disgusting.” At least on video, the governor becomes very hard to hear.

washingtonpoststyle:

laughingsquid:

Map of United States That Shows Scariest Thing In Each State

Dan is from Son of Sam; Monica is from Zombie Lincoln. But that’s just ridiculous. Everyone knows the thing most feared in Illinois is Werewolf Corn.

Like almost every one of these “United States of …”, this one gets many things wrong.
The scariest thing in Illinois is everything below I-80.
Wisconsin is cheeseheads? So all of Wisconsin is scary? Come on now.
Jeffery Dahmer is the scariest thing in Ohio? Dahmer committed the vast majority of his crimes in Wisconsin. He was killed in Wisconsin.
Nebraska is college linebackers? Pretty sure the Wisconsin Badgers put a dent in that myth.
And for many of the other states, the map relies far too much on “zombie [famous person either living or dead].” This is laziness.

washingtonpoststyle:

laughingsquid:

Map of United States That Shows Scariest Thing In Each State

Dan is from Son of Sam; Monica is from Zombie Lincoln. But that’s just ridiculous. Everyone knows the thing most feared in Illinois is Werewolf Corn.

Like almost every one of these “United States of …”, this one gets many things wrong.

The scariest thing in Illinois is everything below I-80.

Wisconsin is cheeseheads? So all of Wisconsin is scary? Come on now.

Jeffery Dahmer is the scariest thing in Ohio? Dahmer committed the vast majority of his crimes in Wisconsin. He was killed in Wisconsin.

Nebraska is college linebackers? Pretty sure the Wisconsin Badgers put a dent in that myth.

And for many of the other states, the map relies far too much on “zombie [famous person either living or dead].” This is laziness.

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Shots like this make me miss Chicago more and more.

Shots like this make me miss Chicago more and more.

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