Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene.

In a week that has been full of hostile exchanges over race and love of country on both sides, Trump also claimed he had tried to stop the chant at a reelection event Wednesday night in North Carolina – though video shows otherwise. The crowd’s “send her back” shouts resounded for 13 seconds as Trump made no attempt to interrupt them. He paused in his speech and surveyed the scene, taking in the uproar.

“I started speaking really quickly,” he told reporters Thursday. “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it” and “would certainly try” to stop any similar chant at a future rally.

The taunt’s target- Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – responded defiantly Thursday. She told reporters at the Capitol that she believes the president is a “fascist” and cast the confrontation as a fight over “what this country truly should be.”

“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred. We are not frightened,” she told a cheering crowd that greeted her like a local hero at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as she returned from Washington.

The back-and-forth captured the potential impacts of Trump’s willingness to inject racist rhetoric into his reelection fight. Trump’s allies distanced themselves from the chant, fretting over the voters it might turn off in next year’s election and beyond. Democrats, meanwhile, pointed to the episode as a rallying cry to energy and mobilize their supporters to vote Trump out of office.


“We are ready,” Omar said to cheers, before heading to a town hall on Medicare for All.

Trump started the week’s tumult by tweeting Sunday that Omar and three other freshmen congresswomen could “go back” to their native countries if they were unhappy here. His other targets – all Trump detractors – were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

All are American citizens, and all but Omar was born in the U.S. She fled to America as a child with her family from violence-wracked Somalia.

The president did not back down from that criticism on Thursday.

They have “a big obligation and the obligation is to love your country,” he said. “There’s such hatred. They have such hatred.”

The chants at the Trump rally brought scathing criticism from GOP lawmakers as well as from Democrats, though the Republicans did not fault Trump himself.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California declared that the chant has “no place in our party and no place in this country.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted that it was “ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers. This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union.”


Citing Trump’s rhetoric, House Democrats said they were discussing arranging security for Omar and the three other congresswomen.

Even by Trump’s standards, the campaign rally offered an extraordinary tableau for American politics: a president drinking in a crowd’s cries to expel a congresswoman from the country who’s his critic and a woman of color.

It was also the latest demonstration of how Trump’s verbal cannonades are capable of dominating the news. Democrats had hoped the spotlight on Thursday would be on House passage of legislation to boost the minimum wage for the first time in a decade.

To many GOP ears, this time the attention wasn’t all positive.

Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, a conservative who attended Trump’s rally, told reporters at the Capitol that the chant “does not need to be our campaign call like we did ‘Lock her up’ last time.”

That was a reference to a 2016 campaign mantra that Trump continues to encourage aimed at that year’s Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.


Walker, who called the chant “offensive,” was among about 10 House GOP leaders who had breakfast Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence at Pence’s residence in Washington. Walker said he cautioned Pence that attention to the chant could distract voters next year from the economy and other themes Republicans want to emphasize.

“We don’t need to take it that far where we change the narrative of the story,” he said he told Pence.

The lawmakers attending agreed that the chant was inappropriate and could prove a harmful distraction, and Pence concurred and said he’d discuss it with Trump, said another participant who described the conversation on condition of anonymity.

In North Carolina, Trump berated each of the four congresswomen and said: “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ’em leave, let ’em leave.'” He added, “I think in some cases they hate our country.”

His criticism of Omar included a false accusation that she has voiced pride in al-Qaida.


Associated Press writers Padmananda Rama, Kathleen Hennessey, Zeke Miller, Deb Riechmann and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

Published at Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:23:00 +0000

Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History

Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History

Movie directors Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock face off in this episode of Epic Rap Battles of History. Who won? You decide! [Season 6 of ERB is coming in Spring 2019]
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Steven Spielberg & Michael Bay: Nice Peter

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Executive Producers:
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Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility

Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago.

The Gaming Board announced last week that it had selected Union Gaming Analytics of Las Vegas.

The study is required by the gambling expansion law Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law last month . It’s to generate revenue for a $45 billion capital improvement plan.

A Gaming Board spokesman said the contract will not exceed $100,000.

Union Gaming will present its study regarding the feasibility and ability to finance a casino in Chicago to Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in August. Chicago will pay for the study.

Union Gaming’s bid was one of three the Gaming Board received. But two were disqualified because they were submitted after the deadline.

Published at Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:26:00 +0000

Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator

Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator

An expert from Florida has been summoned to Chicago to help authorities catch an elusive alligator in a public lagoon.

Sections of Humboldt Park are closed Monday while the search continues for the gator, which is at least 4 feet long. Investigators confirmed the sighting last week but don’t know what’s it doing in Chicago.

Frank Robb of St. Augustine, Florida, arrived on Sunday and immediately began assessing the park and lagoon.

Chicago Animal Care and Control says Robb recommended that certain areas be closed to the public so the alligator isn’t spooked. Photos of the gator started showing up on social media about a week ago.

Published at Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:26:52 +0000

Hoffman Estates aims to jump-start stalled development

Hoffman Estates aims to jump-start stalled development

Intent on making vacant land west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center viable for development, Hoffman Estates officials may create a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the site.

The land in question is a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads. Along with adjacent right of way, a total of 64 acres would be included.

Among the possible developments would be a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks and a 150,000-square-foot retail center.

Under those assumptions, a TIF district would generate an estimated $20.7 million over 23 years.

The property is just part of the 185-acre Plum Farms commercial and residential development, which has been stalled for the past two years. The new plan for a village-initiated TIF district would focus exclusively on commercial development.

“This is absolutely the village’s TIF,” Village Manager Jim Norris said. “It’s not at the request of any developer.”

The development partnership behind Plum Farms dropped its request for a TIF district amid controversy over its plans for dense residential development, a proposal that drew objections from school officials and others.


A TIF district works by freezing the amount of property taxes local governments receive at the level of the district’s first year. As taxes gradually rise, the increases go to a special fund to pay for public improvements within the district.

With Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod and Trustee Anna Newell adamantly opposed to a TIF district including the residential portion of Plum Farms, the request for one was dropped.

Nevertheless, the density alone of Plum Farms sparked a lawsuit by residents of the Regency at the Woods of South Barrington subdivision, an age-restricted community across Sutton Road.

The original lawsuit has been settled, according to the residents’ attorney, but the concerns of Barrington Unit District 220 — which intervened on the side of the residents — have not. Superintendent Brian Harris said the district’s fears are centered on the expected impact on schools of proposed new homes in the development.


Dense residential development can cause concern for local governments — especially school districts — if they believe cost of providing services to people moving in will exceed the additional tax revenue. This is even more pronounced in the rare instance of a TIF district for residential development, when the increased tax money doesn’t arrive for up to 23 years.

The Plum Farms annexation agreement allowed for 1,250 homes of various types across the site, though the most recent version of the developer’s plan calls for only 1,035 units.

The two corners at which Hoffman Estates is studying the eligibility for a TIF district are in Community Unit District 300 and don’t involve District 220.

In the case of the newly proposed TIF district, Director of Development Services Mark Koplin told village board members they can choose to exclude residential development.


Consultants from SB Friedman Development Advisors in Chicago already have found the site eligible for a TIF district due to its being blighted, vacant land prone to flooding. Last week, the village board approved a contract with SB Friedman for $13,820 to take the eligibility study to the next step, including scheduling a joint review board meeting that would include representation by all the affected local governments.

A joint review board can’t prohibit a TIF district, but its negative vote would require a supermajority vote by the village board to approve one.

Owners of the land did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Published at Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:22:02 +0000

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Premiere Focused on Family and Fun

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Premiere Focused on Family and Fun

After eight films and more than $15 billion dollars earned worldwide, The “Fast and Furious” franchise has its first stand alone film in “Hobbs & Shaw.” We spoke with the cast at the premiere in Hollywood, who tell us the film focuses on family, action and fun.

“We doubled down on the comedy for this one,” star Jason Statham said. He plays Deckard Shaw, a former British military elite operative. He begrudgingly partners with Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). The two have history, very entertaining history, which we saw in “The Fate of the Furious.” Audiences and critics loved their chemistry so much in that film that it sparked the idea to put them together in their own stand alone piece.

Now Hobbs and Shaw have to work together along with Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) to stop cyber genetically enhanced bad guy Brixton Lorr played by Idris Elba. He tells us this character was immensely fun to play.

“He was a complex character to play,” Elba said. “He’s part man, part machine and he’s got a bit of an ego.”

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Writer/Producer Chris Morgan says he’s definitely leaving the door open for the possibility of another “Hobbs & Shaw” film. What exactly that will be remains to be seen.

The “Fast and the Furious” presents “Hobbs & Shaw” opens nationwide August 2. It was Directed by David Leitch (“Deadpool 2,” “Atomic Blonde”) and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby and Helen Mirren.

Published at Sun, 14 Jul 2019 18:28:26 +0000

IT CHAPTER TWO – Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

IT CHAPTER TWO – Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

IT CHAPTER TWO only in theaters September 6, 2019

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with “It Chapter Two.”

The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) stars as Beverly, James McAvoy (“Split,” upcoming “Glass”) as Bill, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) as Stanley. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.

Muschietti directed the film from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”) based on the novel IT by Stephen King. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee produced the film, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg serving as the executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Checco Varese (“The 33”), Oscar-winning production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”), editor Jason Ballantine (“IT,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira (“The Shape of Water,” “Mama”). The music is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Shazam!,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “IT”).

New Line Cinema presents, a Vertigo Entertainment/Rideback Production, an Andy Muschietti film, “It Chapter Two.” The film is slated for release in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2019 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Protesters line Arlington Heights road over migrant conditions near U.S.-Mexico border

Protesters line Arlington Heights road over migrant conditions near U.S.-Mexico border

Protesters gathered near the downtown Arlington Heights train station Friday night to demonstrate against the conditions in migrant detention centers along the U.S. border.

The “Lights for Liberty” street-corner rally was part of a series of events held nationwide and in such suburbs as Downers Grove, Elgin, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn and Naperville. The crowd, which easily exceeded 100 people, stood on the grassy area between the Union Pacific tracks and Northwest Highway from Arlington Heights Road to Evergreen Avenue.

People lifted signs and banners bearing such messages as “KIDS DON’T BELONG IN CAGES” and “SEEKING ASYLUM IS NOT A CRIME.” The crowd was greeted largely with honks of support from passing vehicles, although one passerby yelled support for President Donald Trump.

Some of the signs incorporated images of the Statue of Liberty and the words used on the statue. Randy Longstreet of Arlington Heights held a sign that juxtaposed the statue and the words “Bring me your tired, your poor” with a drawing depicting the father and daughter who drowned at the border.

“To me, America has always been a beacon of hope and chance,” said Longstreet, a descendant of an Irish grandmother and African American slaves. He said of his sign, “It’s an indictment of this current administration, the lengths of depravity that they are willing to go to to push their agenda at the cost of human lives.”

Trump administration officials have defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations after reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said that since the first of the year, 200 medical providers have been added to facilities, including personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and Public Health Service Commission Corps.


Just this week, a former oil field worker camp in rural Texas became the government’s newest holding center for detaining migrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations. Long trailers once used to house workers in two-bedroom suites have been converted into 12-person dorms with two pairs of bunk beds in each bedroom and the living room. The Department of Health and Human Services said about 225 children are being held at the site in Carrizo Springs, with plans to expand to as many as 1,300, making it one of the biggest camps in the U.S. government system to help provide capacity.

The Arlington Heights event was organized by Mount Prospect resident Erika Burch, who has led similar street corner protests in her village.

She said she feels she is making a difference.

“What started off with just me holding a sign came to many friendships being made, other protests being started, lots of encouragement, lots of comfort knowing that there are other people,” Burch said.

Speakers included Father Corey Brost of Viator House of Hospitality, which offers services such as housing, food and referrals to young men seeking asylum.


“As Dr. King said, the arc of history is long, but it’s bent towards justice. But it only bends towards justice when people of faith, people of good heart bend it. And you are, we are bending it tonight,” Brost said. “And we will continue to bend it until our sisters and brothers who are migrating are being treated as the humans that they are and their rights are being respected.”

State Sen. Ann Gillespie also spoke out, lashing out at the federal government.

“This is a matter of a policy embedded in deliberate cruelty,” she said. “That’s what our federal government is doing in our name.”

She also said she is proud of developments in Illinois, where the General Assembly voted to ban private detention centers in the state. She added that Gov. Pritzker signed an executive order saying Illinois is a state that welcomes immigrants, and she praised Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for making it clear that the Chicago police force will not be used as agents of ICE.

Published at Sat, 13 Jul 2019 02:53:18 +0000

Greek Fest continues Sunday at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin

Greek Fest continues Sunday at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin

Greek Fest will wrap up its 40th year at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; the church is at 525 Church Road, Elgin, near I-90 and Route 31.

In addition to authentic Greek cuisine dinner dishes such as gyros, Grecian chicken, souvlakia (shish-ka-bob), moussaka, pastitsio, there’s saganaki (flaming cheese), and Greek fries, fried calamari, and Greek salad.

Kids can enjoy games and inflatable rides.

Published at Sat, 13 Jul 2019 19:59:12 +0000

Trubisky Scooter Photo Sparks Worry Among Bears Fans

Trubisky Scooter Photo Sparks Worry Among Bears Fans

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is soaking up his final few days of fun before training camp starts later this month, but a photo he posted on social media is apparently causing some concern among fans.

Trubisky, who is entering his third season in the NFL, posted a photo of himself riding a scooter as part of a partnership with Bird, one of the scooter companies that has been included in a pilot program in Chicago this summer:

Bears fans, likely still scarred from Cody Parkey’s missed field goal in the postseason earlier this year, are harboring big Super Bowl dreams for this season, and they seem rather worried about his safety while riding on the scooter:

Some fans even went so far as to suggest that Trubisky, who is being talked about as a darkhorse MVP candidate going into the 2019 season, should wear his helmet and shoulder pads while riding, just to make sure that he doesn’t hurt himself.

At any rate, the Bears will report to training camp in Bourbonnais on July 25, with their first open practice set for July 27.

Published at Sun, 14 Jul 2019 02:10:10 +0000