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90 Years On, The Fight For The Equal Rights Amendment Continues

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Drafted by a suffragette in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment has been stirring up controversy ever since. Many opponents considered it dead when a 10-year ratification push failed in 1982, yet its backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making clear this summer that the fight is far from over. In Washington, congresswomen Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., are prime sponsors of two pieces…

Senate GOP blocks bill to overturn Hobby Lobby ruling

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The Senate on Wednesday torpedoed a Democratic plan to reverse a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing some employers to decline to provide employees insurance coverage for some forms of birth control on religious grounds. The bill failed to get 60 votes needed to cross a procedural hurdle, as Republicans were largely united against it. Three Republican senators voted for the bill: Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and…

More Embarassing Content on McDonald’s Employee Resource Website Forces Execs to Shut It Down

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By Daphne R Well, it looks like McDonald’s finally realized their employee resources site was more of a liability than a helpful resource and they have decided to shut it down. Why? Well, a tip was placed on the website to employees more or less telling them to avoid the fast food they actually sell. An image was posted to the site that showed a cheeseburger, fries and a drink…

Flesh Eating Drμg “Krokodil” Hits the Streets of America

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Just when it seemed as if man had created every illegal drμg imaginable, there is a new one that has made it to the shores of America. The substance is called krokodil because of what it does to the flesh, tissue and organs of its users. Gangrene develops which gives the skin a rough, green appearance. It rots the body from the inside out and has lead to several deαths….

Teacher in Trouble for Telling Students They Could Plead the Fifth on School Survey

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A teacher at Batavia High School in Illinois is in trouble for telling his students their constitutional rights before they took a survey.  The teacher faces disciplinary action for telling students that they have the right to plead the fifth before taking an exam.  Since his remarks got him into trouble, the teacher has been the beneficiary of petitions and Facebook posts backing him during the turmoil the incident has…

Illinois Lawmakers Say that You Can Now Conceal and Carry Your Guns

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Chicago has been hit hard with gun violence.  The answer to the gun problem, according to those who make money by having more guns in the streets, is to allow everyone to carry a gun of their own.  Illinois lawmakers recently approved a concealed carry gun law right after a court struck down the ban on such weapons. Those in Chicago, where children are dying left and right, are strongly…

Yet Another Shooting Leaves Five Dead in Illinois, Including One Child

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The US is fast-becoming the wild, wild west.   Five people were killed in a shooting that occurred last night in Manchester, Illinois.  According to KSDK-TV, there were five people shot in the small village of Manchester, with a population of just 350 people.   The shootings occurred at 4:30 pm EST. The shootings also bring up the debate on gun violence, and how the nation should adjust its policies….

Dozens of Children in Hospital After School Bus Driver May Have Run a Red Light, Flipping Bus Over

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Someone died and dozens of kids were sent to the hospital after a school bus overturned in Illinois.   There were 35 people on the bus, all of whom survived, and some are saying that the driver may have run a red light.  The bus driver is under investigation for what could have been a serious error, likely leading to termination and/or criminal charges being filed by police. “The bus…

Sixteen people in 5 states sickened with salmonella

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Kibbeh, a traditional Middle Eastern dish, prepared with raw ground beef has been linked to at least 16 people who are suffering from salmonella food poisioning in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigican and Wisconsin. Two Michigican businesses have recalled 1,000 pounds of beef: Troy-based Gab Halal Foods and Sterling Heights-based Jouni Meats. At least 16 people in five states have been sickened with salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef, the…

Mayan Calendar Says the World is Coming to an End in a Few Days

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The Mayan calendar was created thousands of years ago, and some believe that it says that the end of the world is set to occur on December 21st of this year.  We’ve been speaking about the matter for decades and some are concerned that they won’t have a chance to get in their Christmas shopping this year.  But never fear, since scientists are saying that you’ll definitely get to make…

Lottery Winners Leave Behind $800 Million Dollars

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Most of us dream about winning the lottery.  If that’s the dream, then the greatest nightmare would be to win the lottery and forget to pick up the prize.  Believe it or not, this happens all the time.  Everyone is so focused on getting the big prize that they can sometimes forget about the little ones. It turns out that many lottery winners never go to claim their prizes. Two…

Research Shows Those That Don’t Finish High School Die Sooner

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Research is basically showing that even though there has been a lot of progress in medicine, poor and less-educated Americans still have significantly lower life expectancies. For some, not finishing high school is resulting in even lower life expectancy than before, a new study shows, while those with more education in America are showing higher life expectancies than in the 1950s and 1960s. The head of the new study, Jay…

Chicago Publicizes Alarming Number of Traffic Deaths, Discourages Drunk Driving

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Chicagoans are shocked by the astounding 488 traffic deaths that have occurred in the state so far this year. The number is currently displayed on the electronic message boards of Chicago’s busiest interstates and throughout the rest of the state. It flashes “488 Traffic Deaths This Year Don’t Drink and Drive”.  Being that we’re only seven months into the year of 2012, one can only fear if the number will…