More than 35,000 homes and small multifamily buildings in the Chicago area completed the foreclosure process last year, the highest number since the housing crisis began, and the vast majority of them became bank-owned. An increase in foreclosure auctions was expected since lenders shelved many foreclosure cases while state and federal authorities investigated allegations of faulty foreclosure processes. Still, the heightened level of auctions — 35,244 in 2012, compared with 20,281 in 2011 — along with an increase in initial foreclosure filings, shows the local housing market has a long road to recovery, according to the Woodstock Institute.
WASHINGTON- U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to discuss any specific force movements while saying that Mr. Obama had asked the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria. The Pentagon has dispatched into the eastern Mediterranean a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles capable of striking Syrian targets.
Paula Deen was the type of employer who allowed racially and sexually charged language to fly -- and even occasionally took part in it herself, according to earlier legal allegations made against the Queen of Southern Cooking. But now, the woman who made those allegations against Paula Deen is singing a different tune. In fact, the plaintiff is now singing Deen´s praises, calling her a "woman of compassion and kindness" who would "never tolerate discrimination or racism." Shortly after it was announced that the case would be dropped following a mutual agreement, both sides released statements through the Rosen Group,
Glenn Longstorff finds it painful to recall the last moments of his close friend and roommate, Delbert "Shorty" Belton. Belton was outside Spokane’s Eagles Lodge Wednesday night, sitting in his green ´94 Ford Contour and waiting for his girlfriend to arrive. Belton and his girlfriend were going to play pool together, Longstorff said. At some point after 8 p.m., Belton was assaulted. Police say two teenagers robbed and beat the 88-year-old, then fled. His girlfriend found Belton – bloodied but still responsive – and ran for help, screaming as she went. Belton was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Wednesday night,
Sen. Mike Lee is rejecting the argument that Republicans intend to shut down the federal government over efforts to defund Obamacare. The Utah Republican told a town hall meeting on Thursday night that talk of such a shutdown is a “false narrative based on an absolute lie,” Politico reported. “I need you to help communicate a message, a message to defeat a false narrative based on an absolute lie that has been perpetuated by the political ruling class elite in Washington, D.C., that’s been dutifully reported by an all-too-willing-to-comply media, and that lie that the effort to avoid funding Obamacare
LENOX, Pa. — No Obama bus tour would be complete without a stop for the president’s favorite treat: pie. On the road to Scranton this afternoon, the president made a surprise visit to Bingham’s Restaurant in Lenox, Pa. “Hello, everybody,” Obama exclaimed as he walked into the sunny restaurant with Sen. Bob Casey by his side. “I hear you’ve got the best pie… That’s the word on the street.” The president walked straight up to the counter, where more than a dozen pies and sweet treats were on display under a sign that read “Try The Pie.” A tempting coconut cream
Organizers say as many as 100,000 people will descend on the National Mall Saturday as a week of commemorations begin for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Rally organizers have warned that a long list of recent events threaten to undo the progress made over the last half-century and return the country to the very climate of open discrimination that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. railed against 50 years ago. At the top of the list are the Trayvon Martin verdict and the Supreme Court´s Voting Rights Act ruling. Speakers on Saturday are expected to use the
Someone hit a Chicago police officer in the head with a baseball bat after the officer responded to a battery-in-progress call in the Englewood neighborhood, according to authorities. The officer is in serious condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He was hit about 12:40 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Winchester Avenue. It´s not clear if the officer was hit on purpose or accidentally while trying to break up the fight. It´s not clear if the officer was working alone and other circumstances leading up to the attack weren´t immediately clear. No high-ranking police department
FRESNO, Calif.— A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to nearly 200 square miles Friday and spread into Yosemite National Park at the height of the summer season for one of California´s most popular tourist destinations. While it has closed some backcountry hiking, it was not threatening the Yosemite Valley, home to such iconic sights as the Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations and Bridalveil and Yosemite falls. But in an unusual move, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Francisco 150 miles away because of the threat to the city´s utilities. The blaze had
WEST MONROE, La.- Today Duck Commander, the Robertson family duck call business made famous by A&E´s hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," is more of an empire. But in the beginning Phil Robertson made his duck calls in his backwoods Louisiana backyard. And as the oldest son, Alan Robertson served as one of his dad´s first employees. "We made everything in there," Alan said, pointing into an old shed behind his dad´s house. "There used to be an old band saw out back and I used to cut calls in half. I was little, I was 12 years old, I mean,
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday played down the prospect of speedy U.S. intervention in Syria, stressing the difficulty of ordering military action against the Assad government without a strong international coalition and a legal mandate from the United Nations. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Obama has asked the Pentagon to provide military options in light of reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians. While Hagel declined to discuss any specific force movements, U.S. defense officials said the Navy moved a fourth warship into the region. Each can launch ballistic missiles.
The "wheels are falling off" the train wreck that is Obamacare, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz, speaking with Fox News´ Greta Van Susteren on Thursday, further explained the problems with President Obama´s health care law and the effects that it would have on the economy. "We all know President Obama promised the American people: ´If you like your health insurance you can keep it,´" Cruz said. "And yet, every day that´s proving less and less true. And I think the American people are ready to stop this, to stop the biggest job killer we´ve got in our economy." Cruz
They are some of Hollywood´s biggest names - regularly jetting into the world´s most glamorous locations. But rather than Monaco or Malibu, these A-list celebrities decided to visit a small, isolated farm in Ireland after falling in love with its puppies. Stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and Calista Flockhart have all visited the farm in Connemara to visit its young sheepdogs. Scroll down for video -The farm is owned and run by Joe Joyce, 47, who has previously helped with the hit film Marley and Me. Following the film, he started holding sheepdog demonstrations at his farm.
"Ayeee I knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!" young James Edwards tweeted on July 15 in the wake of George Zimmerman´s acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Edwards´s tweets surfaced after he and two of his homies were charged with killing Australian baseball player Chris Lane in Duncan, Oklahoma, last Friday. For the record, "woods" is short for peckerwoods, a derogatory term for white people. If Edwards, who is black, knocked out five woods as claimed, he would hardly be unique. As Colin Flaherty chillingly documents in his frequently updated book, White Girl Bleed A Lot, the "knock-out
In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, according to local reports, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries. Belton, 89, was shot in the leg at Okinawa. He was confronted in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, when the two suspects jumped him, beat him, and left him to die. One is described as heavy and wearing black clothing, and the other is described as six feet
During President Obama´s wide-ranging interview with CNN´s Chris Cuomo Friday, the president responded to a question about the "lack of action in Washington" with the claim that when it comes to shutting down the government to kill ObamaCare, his "Republican friends" tell him "privately" that they agree with him but are afraid of Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party: Nobody thinks [a shutdown´s] good for the middle class. So the question is ultimately, if you are putting the American people first, if you are prioritizing them, then this shouldn´t be that difficult. And I´ve made this argument to my Republican
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power did not attend an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday, Fox News reported. The meeting was scheduled to discuss an alleged chemical weapons attack on Wednesday. Power’s decision not to attend drew criticism due to her past statements on Syria. Power criticized the U.N. Security Council’s lack of action in Syria during her confirmation hearing. She also discussed the country in a Twitter town hall she hosted last week. A U.S. mission official told Fox News that Power was on a “pre-arranged trip” and
An 88-year-old veteran is dead after he was attacked Wednesday night in North Spokane. The victim, Delbert Belton, was a World War II veteran living in Spokane, according to his family. Spokane Police said in a news release that they responded to a call of an assault at the Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. When they got there, they found Belton in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was taken to a local hospital where he died this morning from his injuries. Belton, who was called “Shorty,” by his friends, fought in the Battle of Okinawa in
Conservative media´s total fixation on black-on-black and black-on-white crime isn´t going to end. Here´s why. There are a few black people up to no good in this country and Fox News is on it! So is Drudge Report. Vigilantly on the lookout, 24 hours a day, for stories about black youths behaving badly. This isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, but it’s intensified noticeably in the past year for at least two reasons. Conservatives, particularly white conservatives, feel a burning urgency to find a racial counterweight to the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s shooting (including President Obama’s public comments about the incident), a
The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23.The event, described in an invitation by White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan as a session focused on “issues of importance to the bisexual community,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Blade. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health and bullying,” Raghavan wrote.
A commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated New Mexico´s anti-discrimination law by refusing to take pictures of a gay couple´s commitment ceremony, the state´s highest court ruled unanimously Thursday. Elaine Huguenin, who owns Elane Photography with her husband and is the business´s principal photographer, refused to photograph the ceremony because it violated her religious beliefs. The court held that "a commercial photography business that offers its services to the public, thereby increasing its visibility to potential clients" is bound by the New Mexico Human Rights Act "and must serve same-sex couples on the same basis that
The reinstatement of four State Department employees who were put on administrative leave following last year’s Benghazi attack only further has only reinforced Pat Smith’s believe that Hillary Clinton should never be president. Smith’s son, Sean, was one of four Americans who died in the 9/11 attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi. On Fox News this morning, Smith said that the former secretary of state had broken her promise to the grieving mother to hold the people accountable for the security failure. According to Smith, Clinton told her she would investigate the attack and contact her, but she never
In recent weeks, some liberal commentators have taken to calling Ted Cruz a demagogue. They concede the freshman Republican senator from Texas is smart as hell. He´s an impressive speaker. An imposing debater. For those reasons, many liberals see Cruz as dangerous, pointing especially to his campaign for a completely unworkable proposal to defund Obamacare.(Snip)Acknowledging that Republicans don´t have the votes to defund the president´s health care law, Cruz essentially seeks to create a wave of public outrage that would force Congress to go along with the small number of Republicans behind the defunding initiative.If that doesn´t work, Cruz proposes
Former Vice President Al Gore said Republicans secretly tell him they believe in global warming because they’re afraid to break ranks with the GOP. “A lot of Republicans have shared with me privately their growing discomfort with the statements of some of the deniers in their ranks. Even though they’re not yet willing to come back to advocate constructive policies, there is definitely movement,” Mr. Gore told The Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. Adding that he’s noticed a shift more at the local level than the national, Mr. Gore said he sees “the biggest shift of all in the
For good reason, the bar for what makes us consider someone crazy in politics is getting higher all the time. As I’ve said, if you think Wall Street is rigged, the government is spying on you and that if you get out of line the Internal Revenue Service will come after you, you’re not considered a nut anymore.(Snip)The bothersome reality is that President Obama is inventing new laws, selectively choosing to enforce laws he likes and ignoring or amending the ones he doesn’t. Many writers, from George Will to Jeffrey Anderson to Charles Krauthammer have written about the president’s increasing