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Preckwinkle Seeks to Curb Juvenile Offender Transfers to Adult Court

(Chicago) – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to squash the Illinois law that automatically transfers children into adult criminal court.
Preckwinkle will deliver a speech on Friday, December 12, calling for an end to the Illinois law that automatically transfers children charged with certain felony offenses from juvenile court into adult criminal court.
The speech, to be delivered in the Cook County Board Room at 10:00 a.m., marks the beginning of Cook County’s participation in the White House-led “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which aims to address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.


for those that sometimes despair about change, know that the current cook county board is an amazingly progressive body. back in the st raygun days the board president just woke up one day and decided to ban abortions at cook county hospital. we have come an incredibly long way, and are setting an example for the nation.
the county's embrace of the aca is set to revolutionize the imprisonment of the mentally ill here. the sheriff and president preckwinkle embraced this as a way to solve so many of the counties problems, and started their own medicaid hmo, a year early under an exemption.

i am extremely proud of these great dems.
so good to live in the land of the blue. (for now)

training the spam filter.

so, mac mail's spam filter drives me nuts.
if i rescue any.thing from the junk, it takes a week of retraining, as it seems to go back to loading things that had been being trashed. i hate to have to do it.

but what is driving me TRULY nuts, is that there is one particular daily digest from a google board that i cannot seem to get delivered. every.damned.day, it trashes it. every day, i go fish it out of the trash, and move it to the inbox for that account. it just refuses to recognize that i dont want this thing junked.

does anyone know how to get to manual controls for this?
(it sucks using mac mail, as it is almost impossible to find stuff about it on the google.)

in defense of weeds.

(from my farm blog on fb. i am being harassed by the city of chicago. i will have a lot to say in this group.)

so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know anything about wildflowers or native food plants.
i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.
yes, many native plants have sprung up on my farm. yes, i let a lot of them grow, thrive and even seed.
BUT, nothing is allowed to stay unless it serves a purpose.
i do weed my weeds.
i eat my weeds.
i feed my weeds to my critters.

so, if i can eat it, i let it grow. if it makes an edible seed, i let it grow.
if pollinators frequent it, i let it grow.
if birds eat the seeds, i let it grow.

we harvested 2 kinds of mustard for human use.
we harvested a couple bushels of amaranth.
green corp kids harvested 4 big burlap bags of poor mans pepper, and a large pile of lambs quarters. (which grow beyond the arbitrary height of 4')

my chickens have feasted on an armload of fresh weeds 3-4 times a week since spring. their favorites gets sorted out where they are out of place.
when something threatens a crop, i pull it out.

if it conserves the topsoil, i let it grow.
if it feeds the soil, i let it grow.
if i think it is pretty, i let it grow.
there are several recognized wildflowers on the farm. i let them grow.
if it is something that it is useless to fight, and the bees like it, i let it grow.

if it is invasive, i dont let it grow.
if it is in the wrong place, i dont let it grow.

if it is overgrown, i dont let it grow.

i have cleared a dozen nuisance trees.
i have cleared a huge wild grape for now, tho i have let it cover much of the rear of the lot. some sort of building will be put there in the near future, i hope.

that is if this stupid fight with the city doesnt bleed the building fund dry.

i know a lot of people dont see the beauty that i see on my farm. i feel sorry for them. they should visit more often. they should learn.
i am happy to teach them.

one more time- the native plants at moah's ark are not untended. they are food. how can food be a weed?



finding out who your real friends are.

been doing a lot of this during this truly tough year.
nothing like a little trouble in your life to have the fair weather folks peel off.

anybody got an inspirational story to convince me this thing has a silver lining?

looks like record turnout

polls are overwhelmed here in wausau wis.
could be a long night!!!

hey wisconsin. friends of wisconsin. relatives of wisconsinites.

first of all, if you are anywhere near wausau, kelly westlund needs your help. go to the labor temple, and lend a hand.

but any of you who have a friend or relative anywhere, really, but especially up here in the 7th district, please, please PLEASE, give them a call and get them out today.

this is such a huge district. the bigger towns have been well covered, but these rural areas, where voters are a mile apart, and the tiny little towns have not been hit like wausau, etc.

so please please, just turn out ONE voter for kelly westlund today.

and knr this thread.
show her what you can do.

ps, calling helen wheels. will you be there tonight?

today i am driving up to help kelly westlund spit in the koch bros faces.

wish us luck.
i will try to pop in and let you know how it is going up there.

but how about some wind for kelly's sails, du?


whoever may be suffering due to charter schools, here in chicago it is the pedophiles.

i have said this many times-
charter schools in chicago, which are run by largely non-profits, are not taking students from district schools so much as they are from the catholic schools.
i believe the clergy abuse scandals are driving a mass exodus from catholic schools in chicago.
they were mostly the only "anything but my local district school" option available. now that cps has made many more options available to families, the catholic schools are collapsing.
charters are only a part of this, with many open enrollment cps specialty schools.
there are a few small chain charters. but most are either university run, or ethnic/language focus non-profits.

this is about the 3rd or 4th mass closing for the archdiocese.


note the comments.

doctor doom is at boot camp.

he is spending 2 weeks at a boarding/training place here, called found chicago.
good folks, smart trainers. they also do rescue.

he is gonna come home a perfect dog, i think.
they put up a daily youtube of what they are doing. so far it goes along with my own philosophy and methods. so, they are building on what i have done with him.

helps me get over missing him. also eases my mind about spending 5 days in wisconsin for the election. good timing.

non-citizen voting

anybody else see this? going around fb.
aside from the ridiculously low sample ##, wtf?
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