May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy

Yesterday, May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy –The unions of Illinois and the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by political and media forces allied with the Empire of Governor Bruce Rauner.
The Unions were at peace with that Emperor and, at the solicitation of Rauner, was still in conversation with its government and its Governor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the workplace.
Indeed, less than three months after Rauner had commenced attacks in the American city of Chicago, Rauner addressed the City Council and delivered to the people of Chicago a reply to a recent Union message.
And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of all out attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Chicago from Springfield, or Lake Forest makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many months or even years ago. During the intervening time, the Rauner government has deliberately sought to deceive working families by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on all unions has caused severe damage to American workers and their families. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American and Illinois jobs have been reported torpedoed by this unwarranted attack.
Yesterday, the Rauner government also launched an attack against teachers.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked schools.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Poor.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Environment.
Last night, Rauner attacked healthcare.
And this morning, Rauner attacked middle class homeowners.
Rauner has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Chicago area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our working class, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
I ask that the Allied Unions and working people declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Rauner on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Rauner empire.


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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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No show by Part-time Governor Rauner after Disaster

Governor Rauner was absent and unresponsive to the destruction to homes and businesses in North central Illinois after Tornadoes struck overnight. Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and at least one person was killed. But in his first test as Governor, Bruce Rauner was absent and silent over the disaster. His primary concern with this part-time Governor seems to be his assignment to attack unions and cut help to the poor.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/1-dead-homes-destroyed-in-tiny-illinois-town-after-tornado/ar-AAaCOcz?ocid=U146DHP


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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We’re in big trouble… The People’s Lobby. Join the Resistance!

We’ve got a venture capitalist as governor - a man who values profit above all else and believes that the market is the best way to solve all of society’s needs. This philosophy has been crushing the middle class and the poor for 30 years

We can blame Quinn for running a centrist campaign – like many other Democrats – that offered no bold vision about government’s role in solving our deepest social problems and restoring economic health to our state. We can fret about the course of the Democratic Party as a somewhat kinder, gentler form of corporate rule. Even worse, we can blame our neighbors who share our values but don’t vote.

All these things are true, but none of these attitudes will get us out of this mess. It’s up to us to set a new course for the Democratic Party. Until we offer a compelling narrative, credible candidates and a positive vision, we’re going to continue to suffer.

It’s time to reclaim the Democratic Party from corporate interests and the elites – starting locally and starting TODAY!

And so The People’s Lobby is building a movement of people and candidates to fight for common good solutions to the economic pain we’re suffering. And we’re starting at the local level – by reclaiming Chicago’s City Council from big-money influence and corporate interests.

It’s time to Reclaim Chicago! Will you join us?

Rahm has lots of money at his disposal, but there is wide spread anger in every part of the city about his choice – time and time again – to put moneyed interests before the needs of residents.

It’s time for Chicago City Council to stand up to Rahm’s agenda and to put OUR needs before corporate profits and mayoral pet projects. No more budget cuts and privatization. No more nickel and diming Chicagoans with fines, fees, and red light tickets. No more NATO summits and basketball stadiums, while closing schools, mental health clinics and libraries.

It’s also time for the rich and large corporations pay their fair share, so city council can invest in the things that matter to us – schools, roads, public transit, public health and so much more.

Reclaim Chicago has big plans to reclaim Chicago City Council from the grip corporate interests and to elect council members who represent us, but we can’t do it without you.

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Quigley and the TPP: Towing the party line.

It was a simple request. Revolution and Beer and Q4 radio in Chicago simply wanted clarification from candidates in Illinois’ 5th congressional district about the upcoming vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP. The Obama administration, in a political slight of hand decided against putting the issue to a vote in congress before the mid-term elections in November. Democrats have also avoided any public debate on the issue. That should give voters pause.

The delay, presumably, is to protect democrat candidates facing challenges in their home districts. But critical issues cannot be left to political expediency and competition between the two major political parties. There are just too many important issues facing the nation that cannot be left to the folly of party politics. But democrats and republicans alike seem to be hiding details of the TPP, which still remain secret, despite a number of leaks, from the American people.

One of those contentious races is in the 5th Illinois district. Entrenched democrat incumbent Mike Quigley is facing a renewed challenge from Nancy Wade, a Green Party candidate focusing on reforms. The 5th district is reflective of the political mood in the nation. While constituents run the gamut from Left to Right, the district regularly skews strongly to the Left and progressive side in elections, due to a strongly middle class sentiment imbued by a strong sense of patriotism. Republicans have not fared well in the district, which runs from the near north side of the city west to the suburbs, including Elmhurst and Oakbrook. In the last election the Republican Party only fielded a token candidate.

There are indications that the democrats hold on the district, which was once represented by Rahm Emanuel, may be slipping as well. The reason is a perception that the party has taken its constituents for granted. TPP is a critical case in point. Quigley, who helped stoke tensions in Ukraine over oil and gas concerns, appears to be dutifully supporting policies to the detriment of Ukraine, and a sizable Ukrainian constituency in the 5th, in a backdoor scheme by the administration to sneak passage of the XL Keystone pipeline. That vote has also been delayed until the November elections.

Simply, the questions reflected discussions we had on our radio show, with voters and with activists, such as, does Representative Quigley opposed to in favor of the TPP? What reasons would he have, given the amount of information concerning to his constituents on this issue? Given the amount of time it has been in the public discourse, what is his reason for not holding a position on TPP? In that case, when would he expect to communicate a position to his constituents? What are Rep. Quigley’s positions or position regarding fast track on the vote? Does he have a personal position on any specific aspect or issue regarding fast track or TPP? What are his thoughts, concerns with how TPP might affect positively or negatively other regional or global trade agreements? Are there concerns regarding the agreement for oversight, loss of jobs, economic impact, US sovereignty issues or trade imbalances that might be created? What steps, positions and actions is the Congressman prepared take to satisfy genuine concerns over those issues by his constituents?

It has been nearly 3 months and not a word from Quigley’s office. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that he follows the party line, rather than the interests and wishes of his constituents. That might explain why district offices are located in the city, well out of reach of all of his suburban constituents, and why the congressman is nearly impossible to reach in person. That seems to be going around in Washington these days, on both sides of the aisle, and it has cost some notable politician’s their jobs. That is called voting, by the way, a handy little tool for replacing politicians who show a greater interest in their party than in their constituents.

Voters, you have choices. No one and no party should take you for granted. That indicates arrogance, and sets them up to believe that they know better than you. They do not, and when they refuse to respond about serious and critical issues to our nation and our families, it is an indication they have exhausted their usefulness.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/182406862/IL-Who-Is-Behind-The-Illinois-Policy-Institute
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Revolution and Beer double shot: Gun lobby bullies and blackmails citizens of Niles Township in suburban Chicago Despite majority of citizens opposed to a new gun store opening in the town outsiders threatened a costly lawsuit to bankrupt municipality and drain civic resources. The town council vote 4:1 in favor of the gun store and gun Nazis despite the public outcry. Also, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner admits he can’t cut taxes under current system. Says that he will increase taxes on working families and promises to cut taxes for the rich. Luckily for him, he’s rich.

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WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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To The Last Drop: Will Illinois run out of Water over Fracking?

It would seem fundamental to any reasonable assessment from an industry requiring substantial amounts of a critical resource to first be certain that there is a supply chain for that resource, and what are the constraints in accessing or over-using that resource. In a media-driven culture framing everything in terms of marketplace dynamics, and which exalts the pre-eminent efficiency of private business over government inefficiency, it seems odd that the key component to an industry’s efficiency is ignored by the industry, or worse, simply assumed to be in adequate supply. Hardly fits the narrative of the pretense of the greater efficiency of private business. Sort of like invading a country without taking along fuel because it is assumed there will be enough when the army gets there.

The resource I refer to is water. For fracking companies the availability of the very substance they use to extract gas from the earth should be fundamental. It should be, but it is not. And that should inform the debate, but it hasn’t. And, at a minimum, it should call into question the poor state of planning by the fracking industry, though nobody seems to have pointed that out yet, until now.

In any industry data should drive the conversation, but the climate of debate is no longer about the quality of the data, but instead is about who controls the data and how it is controlled. From the start of the so-called debate on fracking in Illinois, truth or any semblance of truth has been sorely lacking both from the industry and from the Illinois State government.

So who owns the data on fracking in Illinois? Certainly it isn’t freely available to the people who might then construct reasonable and informed decisions. The activists and regular citizens concerned about their communities, their health and the health of their children are repeatedly denied Freedom of Information Act, FOIA, requests by the IDNR, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. That proves that the IDNR has become more than a public service organization that should transcend party politics and economic pressure, and is now a function of the industry itself. It is easier to acquire documents dealing with national security through FOIA requests to the federal government than it is to illuminate the basic facts about Illinois’ fracking policy. The only available data, ironically, as incomplete as it is, comes from the industry itself.

It is very easy to believe that the availability of water in Illinois represents a near infinite resource. We are blessed with access to Lake Michigan, the iconic Mississippi river, lakes, ponds and an average yearly precipitation amount of around 46 inches, bringing some 60 billion gallons of water to Illinois. That much precipitation seems at first a fantastic number, but that number is simply a starting point. Quickly that 60 billion gallons begins to reveal its finite and precious nature as a sizable portion is lost to evaporation almost immediately. Still more becomes locked into the soil and plants. Another substantial portion runs off to lakes and rivers and streams, and more replenishes the aquifers which are truly the life’s blood of our state. This says nothing of current human use. 60 billion gallons falling on the state does not mean 60 billion gallons of accessible or useable water.

The amount of waters locked up in aquifers is unimportant, because they must continuously be replenished. It is a balanced system, and disruptions to that balance must be weighed carefully to prevent a dangerous imbalance. No such research has taken place either by the industry or by the IDNR. The unguarded and unrestricted use of water creates potentially disastrous consequences. For the free marketplace people, it is like borrowing continuously against the principle. Eventually the principle evaporates. Pun intended.

Is this the future of Illinois? a rusting ship sits high and dry in the Ural Sea, the product of a blatant disregard of the environment.

Is this the future of Illinois? a rusting ship sits high and dry in the Ural Sea, the product of a blatant disregard of the environment.

Now, there are two key data points regarding the wells. The first is how many wells, and second where will they be concentrated? The 60 billion gallon number is an average statewide. The top 20% of the state is a bit wetter than the middle 30%. The heaviest rainfall, or roughly 50% of the overall rainfall falls in the southern half, or about 30 billion gallons. Again, this is an average. This year might be a bit higher, an aberration in a string of drier and hotter than normal years. For our logistics friends in the fracking camp, that is critical. They need that water to produce profits, right?

Why is that so important? The state of Illinois refuses to tell its citizens how many fracking wells there will be. All that we have to go on is an industry leak that says they intend to turn Illinois into a Midwest version of the Bakken fields of North Dakota, which would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-20 thousand wells and that they would be concentrated in the southern portion of the state. The average well uses between 2 and 6 million gallons of water; water incidentally that cannot be cleaned or recycled because of radioactivity and proprietary cancer causing chemicals, we must remove that waste water from future use and availability. That represents 20-40 billion gallons on the low side and 60-120 billion gallons of water on the high side used to frack those wells.

Even at the low end of the projected water requirements for the projected 10-20 thousand wells the region would already be at or beyond the amount of water falling on southern Illinois. Even if every single drop could be gathered and utilized for fracking, that would leave little or nothing for crops, communities and even replenishing favorite fishing holes. At the high end, it overburdens the entire region, imperils the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, creates a logistical and political nightmare over massive shipping of tens of billions of gallons of water, and eradicates whole communities; the very same communities the so-called fracking boom pledged to bring thousands of jobs to. Man, irony can be a bitch.

While this is only meant to be a simple assessment, it indicates a looming crisis over water availability throughout the state and across state lines. More than that, it reveals a near criminal lapse in planning, judgment and basic business sense in the lack of consideration for supply chain basics, a flagrant disregard for the environment, and the health and safety of the citizens of Illinois. But we expect that business may run blindly in pursuit of naked profits, which is why we have government. So when industry fails in any regard there arises the necessity for correction and justice rather than the complicity and conspiracy by the government running hand in hand with industry.

Now, in closing, and to be fair some frackers are proposing to supplement water with hydrofluoric acid, combustible propane or nitrogen pulverizing the earth beneath our feet, roads and homes. That would lesson a little the burden on our water supply, but trade up for a whole separate set of problems. What could go wrong? But then that’s another article…

WC Turck is the author of 4 books, including the critically acclaimed Bosnian War Memoir “Everything for Love,” and Broken: One soldier’s unexpected journey home, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He can be heard weekdays from 9-11am, and 1-3pm on the Revolution and Beer show with partner and cohost BL Murray.

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