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Mayor Rahm Emanuel names Barbara Byrd-Bennett as the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools at a news conference in October 2012.

In a page out of "Bizarro World", where everything is opposite of what it seems, Substance News research into Chicago Public Schools vendor spending has uncovered 1.4 billion dollars of increased spending. During the recent corporate media dust up over an FBI investigation of Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett’s no-bid $20 million contract to SUPES, a company she has direct ties to, it became apparent that there needed to be a history check on CPS spending and public statements of the need for austerity.

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In light of the assertions that the Board of Education of Chicago is claiming a billion dollar (plus) "deficit" and the newly elected reactionary Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring that Chicago schools should declare "bankruptcy", it was curious to see how Chicago schools was actually spending money on outside vendors. Vendors means everything extra outside of paying staff to teach kids. And a closer look at the vendor situation shows that during the past four years, spending on vendors has exploded, while spending on teachers and other staff has actually gone down!

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With the long history of corruption and prison sentences for Chicago politicians over the years there have been many laws passed to make public spending "transparent" to the taxpayers, not that it seems to be slowing down any sticky fingers or golden gooses. Or is this latest $20 million FBI corrption investigation just a slight of hand to deflect attention from the neo-liberal agenda to divert public assets to private hands?

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FULL TEXT OF LAWSUIT AGAINST CHICAGO 12th Ward ALDERMAN GEORGE CARDENAS WHO IS SUPPORTED BY RAHM EMANUEL. AND RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION FEBRUARY 2015.

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Since we are now in full swing of the February 24, 2015 Chicago municipal elections is it good to remind ourselves who are the people that are trying to get elected in our city. This post is a refresher on 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas supported by Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election against Pete DeMay a Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Federation of Labor endorsed candidate. The full text of the case against Cardenas makes for good reading and an insight into the corrupt ward politics in Chicago.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
    COUNTY DEPARTMENT- LAW DIVISION

Case No. 2014-L-006569

MARIA G. CHAVEZ,
Plaintiff,

V.

CITY OF CHICAGO, a municipal corporation and GEORGE A. CARDENAS, individually and in his capacity as alderman of the 12th
Ward of the City of Chicago,
Defendants.

COMPLAINT

Plaintiff, Maria G. Chavez, by and through her attorneys, Laduzinsky & Associates, P.C., and for her complaint against the City of Chicago, a municipal corporation, and George A. Cardenas, individually and in his capacity as alderman of the 12th Ward of the City of Chicago, states as follows:

PARTIES

1.     Plaintiff, Maria G. Chavez     ("Maria") is a resident of Cook County, Illinois residing within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago.

2.     Defendant, City of Chicago, is an Illinois municipal corporation, organized pursuant to Illinois law, with its principal place of business at 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois. The City of Chicago is in the business of providing municipal services such as police, fire, paramedic services and other public services to the citizens living within the fifty (50) aldermanic wards of the City of Chicago.

3.     Defendant, George A. Cardenas ("Cardenas"), is an Illinois resident who, at all times relevant to the allegations of this Complaint, was an employee and agent of the City of Chicago. At all times relevant to the allegations of this Complaint, Cardenas served as the alderman of the 12th Ward of the City of Chicago.

JURSIDICITION AND VENUE

4.     This Court has jurisdiction over the City of Chicago, as it is an Illinois municipal corporation with its principal place of business being located in the State of Illinois and over Maria and Cardenas as they are residents of the State of Illinois.

5.     Venue is proper in Cook County, Illinois as the City of Chicago's principal place of business is in Cook County, Illinois and Cardenas resides in Cook County, Illinois and a substantial portion of the cause of action arose in Cook County, Illinois.

ALLEGATIONS COMMON TO ALL COUNTS

6.    On or about April 3, 2001, Maria started her employment with, the City of Chicago    — Department of Streets and Sanitation working as a timekeeper supervisor and administrative assistant. In 2002, Maria was laid off from the City of Chicago due to budgetary cut backs.

7.    On or about May 5, 2003, Maria was appointed by Cardenas to the position of Staff Assistant of the 12th Ward Public Service Office.

8.     From May 5, 2003 until May 2, 2014, Maria was an employee of the City of Chicago working in the 12th Ward's Public Service Office. From May 5, 2003 until May 2, 2014, Maria completed and excelled in the tasks assigned to her.

9.     As a result of her performance, Maria held and was promoted into job positions with more responsibility and received pay increases associated with those job positions, including administrative assistant, Senior Community Liaison and Manager of Community Relations and Program Development.

10.    From approximately November 2012 until May 2, 2014, Maria served as the 12th
Ward Manager of Community Relations and Program Development working with local community organizations, non-profits and schools.   In particular, Mana s dufies related to Program Development including the planning and execution of 12th Ward Events.

11.     During her employment with the City of Chicago at the 12th Ward Public Service Office, Maria organized, publicized and managed the following events:
a. Mother of the Year Event;

b. City Sticker Sale;

c. Environmental Awareness Fair;

d.  Weatherization Events;

e. Career Fair (in conjunction with the National Latino Educational Institute);

f. Annual Bike the Boulevard Event;

g. Annual Back to School Event;

h. Annual Toys for Kids Event;

i.  Movies at the Park;

j.  Senior and Community Health Fair;

k.  Little Village Health Fair;

l.  Thanksgiving Turkey Give Away;

m. Thanksgiving Senior Brunch; and,

n. Other hosting events.

12.     Throughout her employment with the City of Chicago at the 12th Ward Public Service Office, Maria received multiple positive employment reviews as well as letters of appreciation from local citizens, non-profit organizations and businesses for her efforts for the citizens of the 12th Ward.

13.   During the course of the February 2011 Municipal General Election, in which
citizens of the City of Chicago elect municipal officers including Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer and Alderman, the City of Chicago's Office of the Legislative Inspector General received complaints against Cardenas related to allegations that Cardenas was using city property, namely the 12th Ward Public Service Office, and city employees, namely the 12th Ward Public Service Office's employees, to gather registered voters' signatures and notarize petition sheets seeking the nomination of Cardenas as 12th Ward Alderman.

14.     The City's Legislative Inspector General's Office interviewed most but not all of the 12th Ward Public Service Office's employees.  News of the investigation became publically known in mid-2013 through news and radio media reports.

15.     In late 2013, Markese stated that Cardenas was displeased with the public disclosure of the City's Legislative Inspector General's investigation and that a number of 12th Ward Public Service Office employees that had provided information to the City's Office of Legislative Inspector General related to the political activity allegations and investigation related to his 2012 Aldermanic reelection.

16.     Markese, on behalf of Cardenas, advised all of the 12th Ward Public Service Office employees that all information related to Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the office as well as persons that may call the office are sensitive and confidential and should never be disclosed to anyone.

17.    In January    2014, Anabell Abarca, Cardenas' Chief of Staff ("Abarca"), and Markese, on behalf of Cardenas distributed the Employee Guidelines for the Office of Alderman George  A.  Cardenas.  ("Employee  Guidelines")  The  Employee  Guidelines  contained a
Confidentiality Provision, which prohibited the 12th Ward Public Service Office employees from disclosing sensitive and confidential information to anyone outside the office.

18.     Cardenas'  Employee  Guidelines  indicated  that  examples  of sensitive  or confidential information included such things as "matters involving the personal or professional lives of Office employees, internal legislative or political strategy     internal operations of the office." (Exhibit A)

19.    In January    2014, Cardenas required each employee to execute an Acknowledgement of Receipt and Review of Employee Guidelines. ("Acknowledgement")(Exhibit B)

20.   The Acknowledgment stated that each employee was at-will serving at the pleasure of Cardenas. The Acknowledgment also stated "[a]ll internal matters including conversations, memoranda, information and material of any description are strictly confidential." (See Exhibit B)

21.    On January 7, 2014, Cardenas required Maria to sign the Acknowledgment.

22.    On the evening of May 1, 2014, two (2) male Special Agents of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") arrived at Maria's home. The FBI Agents identified themselves as FBI Agents by showing Maria's husband, Alejandro Chavez ("Alejandro"), their badges and government issued identification and by providing him with their business cards. The FBI Agents asked to speak with Maria, however, Maria was not home at the time. Alejandro let the FBI Agents into the house and called Maria to tell her to come home because the FBI Agents wanted to speak with her.

23.    On May 1, 2014, around 7:30 p.m. while Maria was driving home to meet with the FBI Agents, Maria called Rocky Markese ("Markese"), the 12th Ward's Streets & Sanitation Superintendent.    Maria called Markese Twice without him answering his telephone.

24.    When Maria arrived home, the FBI Agents identified themselves by showing
Maria their badges and government issued identification and then interviewed and questioned her for over two (2) hours regarding the activities and communications of Cardenas in and out of the 12th Ward's Public Service Office related to their investigation of Cardenas' for violations of the law including illegal hiring practices and other illegal operations of the 12th Ward Public Service Office. Maria provided the FBI Agents with all of the information she possessed.

25.     On May 1, 2014, around 9:41 p.m. after the FBI Agents had left her home, Maria called Markese again.   Markese answered his telephone.   During this conversation, Maria advised Markese of the unannounced visit to her home of the FBI Agents, the nature of the questioning and that the visit caused her much concern and emotional distress.

26.     Markese asked Maria for details on what questions she was asked by the FBI Agents and the information that she provided. Markese told her "it is okay, it is too late now." Markese also advised Maria that he would tell Cardenas about it in the morning and that Maria, Markese, and Cardenas would discuss the issue further in the morning.

27.     On May 2, 2014 at approximately 7:48 a.m., Maria called Markese on her way to the office. Markese advised Maria that he would meet with her about the visit of the FBI Agents as soon as she arrived.

28.     Subsequently, at approximately 8:02 a.m. and 8:03 a.m., Maria attempted to call Cardenas on his cellular telephone. Cardenas did not answer.

29.    On May 2, 2014 at approximately 8:04 a.m. Maria sent a text message to
Cardenas stating "Please call me it is very important!!!! I need to talk to you in person. Please stop by the office. It is very important!!!!"

30.     Maria arrived to the 12th Ward Public Service Office for work at approximately 8:05 a.m. and met with Markese shortly thereafter. Maria explained in detail the questions that she was asked by the FBI Agents and the answers that she provided. Maria also showed the FBI Agents' business cards to Markese who questioned how Maria knew that the gentlemen who came to her house were FBI Agents. Markese stated that they would discuss the matter later that day with Cardenas at the 12th Ward Public Service Office.

31.     On May 2, 2014 at approximately 8:32 a.m. Cardenas responded to Maria's text message from 8:04 a.m. of that morning and the following text message exchange took place:

Cardenas: "Not around today. See Anabel."

Maria: "Sony I can't it regarding the FBI. It is directly with you."

Cardenas: "Our attorney is James Nally. If it's legal then he takes care of it." Maria: "It is okay. You don't understand."

32.     Shortly thereafter, Anabell Abarca ("Abarca"), Cardenas' Chief of Staff, arrived at the 12th Ward Public Service Office. Abarca called Maria into her office and advised Maria that she could go home if she was not feeling well. Maria was confused by this statement and told Abarca that she felt fine and needed to complete planning for an event the next week but that she might leave after she finished her work because the unannounced visit to her home by the FBI Agents prevented her from sleeping the previous night. Maria told Abarca that she did not want to get Abarca involved and that the FBI Agents' visit to her home was all about Cardenas. She also told Abarca that she was not going to lie to the FBI Agents and that she believed that they were going to come back to question her again.

33.     After her meeting with Abarca, Maria returned to her desk and began her work for the day. Markese went into Abarca's office and they met with each other for approximately twenty (20) minutes behind closed doors.

34.     Before noon, Abarca approached Maria at her desk and again told Maria she could go home. When Maria asked Abarca what she meant by that, Abarca said "Nevermind," and went back into her office.

35.    At approximately 12:45 p.m., Cardenas arrived at the    12th Ward Pubic Service Office. Cardenas went into Abarca's office while Markese stood outside of the doorway of the office.

36.     At approximately 1:00 p.m., Abarca called Maria into the office with her and Cardenas. When Maria entered the office Cardenas was in the process of signing a letter. He then gave the letter, which was inaccurately dated May 1, 2014, to Maria, pointed his finger at her face and said, "don't say anything, wait until [Abarca] explains it to you." He then said he had to leave and left the 12th Ward Public Service Office.

37.    Maria read the letter which advised her that she was terminated. When Maria asked Abarca for an explanation, Abarca said that Cardenas had the right not to give Maria a reason for the termination and that Abarca was not allowed to disclose to Maria the reasons for her termination. Abarca advised Maria to gather her personal belongings and to leave the office.

38.    Maria exited the 12th Ward Public Service Office at approximately 1:30 p.m.

39.    At all times relevant to this Complaint, Illinois had a strong public policy favoring the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses. The cooperation of citizens possessing knowledge of crimes in the investigation and prosecution thereof by law enforcement officials is essential to effective implementation of that policy. Illinois public policy favors citizen crimefighters and persons acting in good faith who-have probable cause-to believe that crimes have been committed should not be deterred from providing information to law enforcement officials by the fear of discharge from their employment.

COUNT I
VIOLATION OF THE ILLINOIS WHISTLEBLOWER ACT, 740 ILCS 174/1 et seq.
V. CITY OF CHICAGO AND CARDENAS

40.    Plaintiff, Maria G. Chavez, reasserts and realleges paragraphs 1 through    39, inclusive, of this Complaint as and for paragraph 40 of Count I of her Complaint as if fully stated herein.

41.     Under Sections 15 and 20 of the Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS     174/1 et seq., an employer, or persons acting within the scope of their authority, may not retaliate against an employee for disclosing information to a government agency, where the employee has reasonable cause to believe there was a violation of a federal or state law, rule or regulation; and an employer may not retaliate against an employee for refusing to participate in an activity which violates state or federal laws, rules or regulations.

42.     At  all  times  relevant  herein,  the  City  of  Chicago  and  Cardenas  were "employer[s]" under Section 5 of the Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/5.

43.     At all times relevant herein, Maria was an "employee" of the City of Chicago under Section 5 of the Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/5.

44.    Section 15 (b) of the Illinois Whistleblower Act,    740 ILCS    174/15(b), prohibits retaliation against an employee "for disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency, where the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of a State or federal law, rule or regulation."

45.    Maria's communications with the FBI Agents on May 1,    2014 regarding her knowledge of Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the 12th Ward Public Service Office concerned violations of law such as illegal hiring practices and other illegal operations within the 12th Ward Public Service Office.

46.     Illinois has a strong public policy favoring the exposure of crime and the cooperation of citizens possessing knowledge thereof in the investigation and prosecution of those crimes by law enforcement officials.

47.     Cardenas  does  not have  a  reasonable  and  legal  cause  to  forbid Maria's communications regarding the aforementioned speech to the FBI Agents.

48.     Maria advised Abarca and Markese that she had spoken to the FBI Agents on May 1, 2014. Upon information and belief, Abarca and Markese relayed that information to Cardenas.

49.    Maria did speak to the FBI Agents and provided them with the knowledge that she possessed related to Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the 12th Ward Public Service Office.

50.     At the time that Maria met with the FBI Agents, she had a reasonable belief that the information she was providing was to assist the FBI in investigating and prosecuting Cardenas for violations of the law including illegal hiring practices and other illegal operations within the 12th Ward Public Service Office.

51.    Maria was retaliated against by the City of Chicago and Cardenas through the
termination of her employment for communicating with the FBI Agents regarding Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the 12  Ward Public Service Office.

52.     Maria's discussion and statements to the FBI Agents regarding Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the 12th. Ward Public Service Office is protected speech and activity under Illinois public policy and the Illinois Whistleblower Act.

53.     As a direct and proximate result of the City of Chicago and Cardenas' wrongful actions, Maria has sustained damages through the loss of her employment, including the wages, health care, life insurance and retirement benefits afforded to her as an employee of the City of Chicago, and attorney's fees and litigation costs, which have a value in excess of $50,000.

54.     Section 30 of the  Illinois Whistleblower Act allows for the recovery of reinstatement, two times the amount of back pay, interest on the award of back pay, reinstatement of all benefits, payment of attorney's fees and costs, and punitive damages to prevent further violations of the Illinois Whistleblower Act by the City of Chicago and Cardenas, as its agent and employee. 740 ILCS 174/30.

WHEREFORE, Maria G. Chavez, respectfully requests this Honorable Court for the entry of an order reinstating her as an employee of the City of Chicago with the same seniority status and benefits she would have had but for the Defendants' violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act, enter judgment against the City of Chicago and George A. Cardenas for compensatory damages, back pay, with interest, and front pay, attorney's fees and litigation costs, which damages exceed $50,000 and an award of punitive damages in excess of $50,000 against Defendant, George A. Cardenas, to deter him from violating the Illinois Whistleblower Act in the future and any further relief that the Court deems proper and just.

COUNT II
VIOLATION OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO ETHICS ORDINANCE
2-156-019 V. THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND CARDENAS

55.    Plaintiff, Maria G. Chavez, reasserts and realleges paragraphs 1 through    39, inclusive, of this Complaint as and for paragraph 55 of Count II of her Complaint.

56.    At all times relevant to the allegations of this Complaint, there was in full force and effect the City of Chicago, Governmental Ethics Ordinance, Chapter 2-156 of the Municipal Code of Chicago ("Chicago Ethics Ordinance"). CHICAGO, ILL.. MUNICIPAL CODE OF CHICAGO, Ch. 2-156 (2013).

57.    At all times relevant herein, Maria was an "employee" as defined by Section 2-156-010(j) of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance. CHICAGO, ILL.. MUNICIPAL CODE OF CHICAGO, Ch. 2-156, Art. II, Par.1, § 010(j) (2013).

58.    At all times relevant herein, the FBI was a "public body" as defined by Section 2-156-019(a)(1) of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance. CHICAGO, ILL.. MUNICIPAL CODE OF CHICAGO, Ch. 2-156, Art. II, Par.1, § 019(a)(1) (2013).

59.    Section 2-156-019(b) of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance provides that:
No person shall take any retaliatory action against an employee or any other person because the employee or the person does any of the following:

(1)     Discloses or threatens to disclose to a supervisor or to a public body an activity, policy, or practice of any official, employee, or city contractor that the employee or other person reasonably believes evidences (i) an unlawful use of city funds or city funding for actions performed by or on behalf of the city, unlawful use of official authority, or other unlawful official conduct that poses a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety by any official, employee or city contractor; or (ii) any other violation of a law, rule, or regulation by any official, employee, or city contractor that relates to their work performed for, or on behalf of, the city; or

(2)     Provides  information to  or testifies  before  any public  body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any official activity, policy, or practice described in subsection (b)(1). CHICAGO, ILL.. MUNICIPAL CODE OF CHICAGO, Ch. 2-156, Art. II, Par. 1, § 019(b) (2013).

60.     Maria's communications and statements to the FBI Agents regarding Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the 12th Ward Public Service Office were protected activities as defined under Section 2-156-019(b) of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance. CHICAGO, ILL.. MUNICIPAL CODE OF CHICAGO, Ch. 2-156, Art. II, Par. 1, § 019(b) (2013).

61.     Maria advised Abarca and Markese that she had spoken to the FBI Agents on May 1, 2014. Upon information and belief, Abarca and Markese relayed that information to Cardenas.

62.     The City of Chicago's and Cardenas' termination of Maria on May 2, 2014, less than twenty-four (24) hours after she spoke to the FBI Agents, constituted retaliatory action as defined under Section 5-156-019(a)(2) of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance and constitutes a violation of Section 5-156-019 of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance.

63.    Section 5-156-019(c) of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance provides as follows:

If any retaliatory action, as defined in subsection (a)(2)(i), is taken against an
employee in violation of this section, the employee shall be entitled to the
following relief, if applicable:

(1)    reinstatement of the employee to either the same position held before the
retaliatory action or to an equivalent position;

(2)    two times the amount of back pay; and

(3)    reinstatement of the full fringe benefits and seniority rights.

CHICAGO, ILL.. MUNICIPAL CODE OF CHICAGO, Ch. 2-156, Art. II, Par. 1, § 019(c) (2013).

64.     As a direct and proximate result of the City of Chicago's and Cardenas' termination of Maria's employment on May 2, 2014, she has suffered damages through the loss of her employment, the wages, health care, life insurance, retirement and seniority benefits afforded to her as an employee of the City of Chicago, which have a value in excess of $50,000 as described in Section 5-156-019(c).

WHEREFORE;Maria G. Chavez, respectfully requests—this Honorable Court for the entry of an order reinstating her as an employee of the City of Chicago with the same seniority status and fringe benefits she would have had but for the Defendants' violation of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance, enter judgment against the City of Chicago and George A. Cardenas for compensatory damages, to include two times that amount of her back pay, and any further relief that the Court deems proper and just.

COUNT III
RETALIATORY DISCHARGE V. THE CITY OF CHICAGO

65.    Plaintiff, Maria G. Chavez, reasserts and realleges paragraphs 1 through    39, inclusive, of this Complaint as and for paragraph 65 of Count III of her Complaint.

66.    Maria was discharged on May 2, 2014 by the City of Chicago.

67.    Illinois has a strong public policy favoring the exposure of crime and the cooperation of citizens possessing knowledge thereof in the investigation and prosecution of those crimes by law enforcement officials.

68.    Maria's communications with the FBI Agents on May 1, 2014 regarding her knowledge of Cardenas' activities and communications in and out of the    12th Ward Public Service Office concerned criminal activity such as the use of public funds and the honesty or corruption of public officials.

69.    Maria advised Abarca and Markese that she had spoken to the FBI Agents on May 1, 2014. Upon information and belief, Abarca and Markese relayed that information to Cardenas.

70.    Maria was terminated in retaliation for speaking to the FBI Agents and for exercising her rights to speak to law enforcement regarding an investigation of Cardenas.

71.    The City of Chicago's termination of Maria less than twenty-four (24) hours after she spoke to the FBI Agents was wrongful because it is contrary to a clearly mandated public policy of the State of Illinois.

72.     As a direct and proximate cause of the City of Chicago's wrongful termination, Maria has been damaged in that she has suffered and will continue to suffer from emotional distress, loss of reputation, and had sustained back and future compensation losses and loss of fringe benefits, including but not limited to health insurance and pension benefits, in excess of $50,000.00.

WHEREFORE, Maria G. Chavez, respectfully requests this Honorable Court for the entry of an order awarding her compensatory damages in excess of $50,000.00, plus costs of this action against the City of Chicago and for any other relief this Court deems appropriate.

Respectfully submitted,
MARIA G. CHAVEZ
By:
One of her attorneys

Steven M. Laduzinsky (sladuzinsky@laduzinsky.com)
Tracy L. Brdar (tbrdar@laduzinsky.com)
Laduzinsky & Associates, P.C.
216 S. Jefferson Street, Suite 301
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 424-0700
Atty. No.: 40727

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The local city political season is upon us here in ChiTown. I live in a particularly corrupt ward that has a history of racism and cronyism going back 100 years. The 12th ward boundaries were redrawn last election they used to be part of the infamous 11th Ward of old man Daley. This electoral cycle I will try and keep the kos nation in tune with what use to be the epicenter of democratic machine.

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is running for re-election. He is a hand picked Daley Clan years ago to fill this seat.

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So here is a no no #1.

Using city workers and city paid equipment in the case a van to do private political work for a politician running for re-election.

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Truck parked back at 12th Ward office. (No question this vehicle is used for official business of the ward office)
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What is really funny about this one is these guys are doing this shit in broad daylight and a busy street. that is how emboldened this group of crony's is. The act with impunity towards the use of taxpayers resources to perpetuate their own power. It like watching those dumb crook videos!

Enjoy the first installment. There will be questions later. Those that complete the entire series ending on election might be eligible for a certificate of completion!!

Just for a teaser the more advanced lessons have topics like, voter intimidation, malfeasance, FBI, perjury, bribery, contributing to the delinquency of minors, fraud, cultism, international terrorism, watch lists, visa fraud, toxic waste, real estate manipulation, etc.....

Trust me local politics has it all and with this race you will see everything!

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[in full disclosure I am helping Pete DeMay candidate for 12th Ward Alderman as his treasurer to defeat this combatant crony politician]

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For those of you that still believe Rahm's lies that our city is safe here is an updated story about his sons' mugging a few feet from the family home.

Here is my earlier post on the crime trends in the Second City
Chicago Murder Rate Increases 48%: Rahm Can't Coverup Crime and Chaos in 2014

some more on the rahm's curtain of shame

In addition to Rahm’s kid getting his ass kicked, December tallied 42 homicides which helped exceed 2013′s homicide total by just 1. With some pending “death investigations” and late expirations, the final number will slowly rise throughout 2015 to 460-465.

SOURCE: http://heyjackass.com/...

percap murders 2014 rebel pundit

SOURCE: http://rebelpundit.com/...

CORRECTION AND APOLOGY

further investigating the claims of kid funkadelic that cited web-links here go to racist cites. It is now clear that the claims of the DailyKos poster are incorrect and in one case absurd. I do apologize to anyone reading this diary of my knee-jerk reaction to pull content after its been posted. But I too am human and do fall into the sensitivities of our times. I should be more careful to understand, just as the right seeks to control information and manipulate it, so will the left. In this case I fell victim to someone's censorship without any investigation. Again I do apologize. That being said I will put all original links and content as it was first posted here.

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murders up per cap

According to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top cop, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy who is comparing murder rates to 1965, the per capita murder rate in Chicago is now 48% higher than it was in 1965. How did we get here you ask?

Chicago closed 2014 with what police said were “historic lows” in crime and murder numbers. The year saw a drop of 3 percent in murders, marking the lowest murder rate since 1965, when there were 397, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/...
Well it wasn't me mixing apples and oranges. McCarthy used two week old statistics and an incomplete data set for 2014. Then he added to the mix, 40 year-old statistics. All to get media outlets to report, on January 1st, that the Chicago murder rate for year ending 2014 was down. Rahm the master of media manipulation achieved his messaging goal for the first day of New Year.

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For the record that lower murder rate quote had another caveat behind it. There were two more weeks of crime to be reported before the year ended but it seems like many reporters swallowed this one hook, line and sinker!

McCarthy didn't release specific numbers, but the Chicago Police Department's website shows there were 392 murders in 2014 as of Dec. 21. The website indicates there were 408 in 2013 by Dec. 21 of that year.
As soon as the 12/29/14 Police press conference hit the airwaves, I got to the data and found out that according to the city’s own data portal, there were 400 murders through 12/21. So anyway you cut it Rahm's puppet McCarthy was lying when his mouth opened that there were only 392 murders in 2014 as of Dec. 21.

Let's straighten this mess out.

murders up in 2014
Graph shows the trend line for Chicago murders from 2013 and 2014 seems no question that the murder trend is up both years. Unless my math was wrong and I forgot to read graphs.
For the record as of today (1/1/15) there were 456 murders in 2014 for Chicago so far; one more than last year and 87 more than in 1965 which had a total of 396 murders. That is a 48% increase in the per capita murder rate since 1965.  And to be precise 2014 had (so far) one more murder than last year. I say so far because there may be people who die this year, but were the victim in 2014; therefore the homicide gets recorded in 2014 vs 2015. These are some of the tricks used by law enforcement to lower the murder rates.

One way to check for manipulation of data is looking at other variables. One fact is that the amount of shootings increased in 2014 over 2013 by 14%, it then begs the question if there where more shootings how could murders go down so dramatically? The answer is they didn't.

the number of shooting victims increased 14 percent, to 2,599 from 2,272 in 2013, the statistics show.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/...
I have been watching the murder rate this year, everyday since September, for the simple reason that McCarthy was promoting his statistics of a lowered murder rate all year, yet the numbers showed otherwise. Every month since Sepetember 2014 the murder rate was up.
Checking if this was an anomaly. I compared homicides statistics for the months of September and October to last year during the same months. September 2013 had 43 total murders compared to September 2014 which had 44 total murders a 2.33% increase. In October of 2013 there were a total of 33 murders compared to October 2014 which a total of 38 murders a 15.15% increase. The totals for both months show an upward trending murder rate of 7.89%.
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Then in some follow-up to the above post. The murder rate for November 2014 (38) was up 40.74% from the same time last November 2013 (27). These statistics do not include open death investigations that may push the homicide rate even higher. Statistics were used from the Chicago Tribune Homicides website. Note. The Tribune never updated the murders on their site since December 15, 2014 when there was an uptick in killings in the city. Now when you go to the homicide area the site is down and still does not show any updated data.
Thanks to http://heyjackass.com/ for posting real time stats. Here is how they explain the stats.

*Source Data & Editor’s Note
We compile our own dataset using the following sources: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, DNAInfo Chicago, Chicago Redeye Homicide Tracker, NBC5 Chicago, City of Chicago Data Portal and CPD CLEARMAP.

Editor’s note: A homicide, regardless of type, within the city limits of Chicago counts towards our total metric. CPD-involved, ISP-involved and justifiable homicides all count. Reckless homicides may count if the Medical Examiner rules that the cause of death was a homicide. Suicides do not count. Additional definitions can be found on the Glossary page.
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My habit is to try to read ideas from different political spectrum, to keep myself balanced and in check so I can see where I am at with my personal opinions and biases.

Ran across this post (below) in relation to the assassination of the two NYPD officers yesterday.

We turn to the always pointed commentary of the AceofSpades blog for this observation:
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...in light of the murder of twp NYPD officers, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, I thought I'd bring up one quick concept that too many people tend to forget or understandably shy away from.
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This is what they do.
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The political left in this country is comprised primarily of people who have a background as, or the mindset of, "community organizers". The job of a community organizer is to make things worse. They are the ones throwing gasoline on the fire and rubbing salt in the wounds. Their job is to sew turmoil, discord and hate. They work to prevent accord from being reached, to end cooperation between peoples and to head off agreement. They are professional shit stirrers.
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Why?
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Ideologically, their reason is to destroy western civilization so that it can be replaced with a collectivist Utopia. That's great and all, but it's kind of fuzzy. Personally, however, their motivation is pure personal profit. There's not a single one of these sons of bitches that doesn't get rich ripping the scabs off of wounds, and in that lies the ultimate irony. They decry the capitalist and free marketeer as promoting a system based upon the assumption that people act from in own self interest, while at the same time demonstrating all of the traits that they condemn, proving that the capitalist was right in the first place. Human nature is human nature. None of this should surprise anyone who is a student of history, yet somehow it always does.

A peaceful, prosperous community or nation does not need community organizers. Community organizers, on the other hand, can't function in a peaceful, prosperous nation, so they are always, ALWAYS, striving to destroy it.

None of this is new, or surprising. We just need to remember who these people are.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014
NYPD Turns Back on Mayor
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It started to make me think, what is the end goal of many of the objectives I have personally as an activist; which naturally provoked contemplation of the progressive programming happening throughout the nation, especially in organized labor.

What is actually the end game in what we are doing in relation to:

1) how the membership looks at us

2) how the public looks at us

I believe that progressive labor will be labeled in the corporate media as community agitators and organizers, rather than what our institutions are: a labor organization that enforces workplace rights. This is a discussion of my thoughts as a member of an activist union and what that other side says about progressives, which ultimately leads to how we might be perceived by the masses, not a commentary of my personal opinion of the current affairs of the Labor Unions.

When police start getting murdered, it easily gets turned against any opposition faction or group. In historical contexts these types of events were used for mass arrests, martial law, suspension of human rights, death squads, public executions, and other extreme measures to cull anyone that was a threat to the ruling class.

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the Judge was "partisan," and all the jurors admitted prejudice against the defendants. Historian Carl Smith writes: "The visceral feelings of fear and anger surrounding the trial ruled out anything but the pretense of justice right from the outset."[85] Smith notes that scholars have long considered the trial a "notorious" "miscarriage of justice."[86] In a review somewhat more critical of the defendants, historian Jon Teaford concludes that "[t]he tragedy of Haymarket is the American justice system did not protect the damn fools who most needed that protection... It is the damn fools who talk too much and too wildly who are most in need of protection from the state."
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Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh introduced a range of progressive social and political reforms. declassified CIA documents detail how western intelligence recruited pro-Shah military officers, police, royalists, Islamic mullahs, and others, including paid informants and thugs, to destabilize and ultimately overthrow Mossadegh’s young regime. Following clashes between the police, military and pro-monarchy elements on one side and Mossadegh supporters on the other -- which killed hundreds of people...
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"Operation Condor" involved military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. They worked together to track down, kidnap and kill people they labeled as terrorists: leftist activists, labor organizers, students, priests, journalists, guerrilla fighters and their families.
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Just think of the events of yesterday and how NYPD rank-and-file officers reacted to Mayor de Blasio. If a Union turns its back on de Blasio, who incidentally my Union supports as a progressive politician, am I now against my brothers in the NYPD? When the progressive labor movement gets involved in politics, do we support our union brothers or a politician?

These are hard topics to answer and need to be carefully looked at, since we are now talking about government agents who were killed in broad daylight, as the result of social and racial disparities that are part of a national progressive agenda. They were workers caught in the cross-fire of class struggle, may they rest in peace.

We need to be mindful of those who have created the conditions of intra-class violence between groups of workers and citizens, since we now have begun to develop a viable front for the inter-class struggle. When we do not see the events around us and how they will be used against us, then we will always fail; in some cases, as the past has shown us, we will be killed.

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America in Retreat vs The Accidental Superpower
By John K. Kugler

America in Retreat by Bret Stephens, explains how the U.S. is becoming isolationist in nature and how to reverse the damage caused by a number of national and foreign policies. The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan, explains how the world will look if the U.S. becomes an isolated country and the aftermath of the United States’ decision to become isolated. Both cast a grim outlook on the future of the world as a whole, but a rather good one for the United States in the long run if the U.S. adopts more isolationist policies. However, both predictions for the future can be averted, if U.S. policy makers change foreign and domestic agendas; in addition to the public becoming more willing to allow the President to use the military to do what is necessary to defuse foreign conflicts to help keep a long lasting world peace.

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America in Retreat
The New Isolation and the Coming Global Disorder

Written by Bret Stephens
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A lot of books talk about how the world is going to be devastated as a result of a conflict between Russia and the U.S. or the U.S. fighting China, but what people don’t realize that most conflicts happening in our world are caused because of the United States’ increasingly isolationist views towards such conflicts and an example is President Obama’s reluctance to take serious action against Syria.

Bret Stephens’ new book, America in Retreat, explains in detail why America is becoming increasingly isolationist and how this process can be reversed. He also explains how these crises can halted and similar problems can be prevented in the near future. Stephens ends his book by explaining how the U.S. can become the world leader towards a longer lasting peace by taking a firm stance on conflicts happening around the world and punishing those who disregard rules set in place by the UN and NATO.

Promoting Democracy and Capitalism in every country around the world only goes so far; in many cases it causes more suffering than good.
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The Accidental Superpower
The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

Written by Peter Zeihan
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There are are quite a few books that talk about how American Foreign policies are becoming isolationist and how that will affect the whole world and that is very good, but there are very few books that actually explain in detail what is going to happen in the next few decades if the U.S. becomes an isolated country as it was during the years leading up to WWII, however a new book written by geopolitical expert Peter Zeihan explains in startling detail what will happen as America gradually leaves the responsibility of world policeman to the rest of the developed world.

Russia for example will crumble if the ethnic Tatars along with other ethnic minorities living in Siberia and other parts of Russia revolt against the Russian government because at this point all American aid and the large majority of American trade would have ceased with Russia also the Chechens living in the Caucasus regions in southwestern Russia would have greatly weakened the Russian military, allowing for the rest of the ethnic minorities to take over the remainder of the Russian government with relative ease. Also the U.S. government at that point would only intervene in global affairs that directly affect the United States or any other country that is allied with the U.S. at this point, thus setting the stage for vast global economic decay,  the possible dissolution of many countries in Europe, and the increasing demographic age of the world’s populations.

Zeihan states that the

“world is indeed going to hell, but the Americans are going to sit this one out”, meaning that the world will fall apart, but the U.S. will remain unscathed and emerge as the only dominant power in the world.
[Trying something new. My oldest son is a an avid reader and trying to get him into writing mode. These are his first book reviews. Since I am a slow reader his reviews will be posted from time.]
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Chicago Murders in November 2014 up 50% during the same time last November. In November 2013 there were 28 total murders. There have already been 24 murders as of November 16, 2014 with 14 more days left in the month to count.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and his police chief Garry McCarthy (right) claimed in the first month of 2014 that because of their work the murder rate in Chicago was "down." During each of the next three months it went up again, despite attempts by city officials (and the Hollywood propaganda film "Chicagoland") to claim that Rahm had made Chicago safer.
During the month of November 2013 there were a total of 16 murders for the first part of the month. In the current month of November 2014 there have been a total of 24 reported murders a 50% increase in murders from the same time last year. Raw data was used from RedEye Tracking homicides in Chicago.

Checking if this was an anomaly. Substance News compared homicides statistics for the months of September and October to last year during the same months. September 2013 had 43 total murders compared to September 2014 which had 44 total murders a 2.33% increase. In October of 2013 there were a total of 33 murders compared to October 2014 which a total of 38 murders a 15.15% increase. The totals for both months show an upward trending murder rate of 7.89%.

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For those of you that did hear news form Chiraq. We are now getting into our election cycle for municipal power in the city of big shoulders. Rahm and all 50 alderman are up for election in the second city. Time to fire up the engines put on the seat belts and lets see who survives this blood sport!!

Stay tuned!

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After a deadly Fourth of July weekend, let's reflect on crime in Chicago using some public information that apparently the Attorney General missed

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder found much to be delighted about in a roundtable discussion on CPS safety issues. DNAinfo/Ted CoX
Reflecting back on a relaxing July 4th weekend listening to the bloodshed in the streets of Chicago, it was time for a little fact checking. At the time of writing (late night, Sunday July 6, 2014) this story, the murder count for the Independence Day weekend was 60 shot and 9 dead, making the national news. The morning newspapers had the body count at eight. But this was also the weekend that ended the week when one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's White House colleagues, Attorney General Eric Holder, made a special trip to Chicago to praise the mayor for reducing crime.

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So, it's definitely time for a closer look.

Substance News using public information and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests has found that something is wrong with the claim by the mayor and CPS officials that CPS students are safest they ever have been.

This is on the heels of last week’s press event staged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a with US Attorney Eric Holder, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Chicago Schools Security Chief Jadine Chou. The event was at police headquarters, proclaiming how safe the Chicago schools are now under the leadership team of the Movie-Set Mayor.

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New report charges racism in city priorities, investments

A major study released by the Grassroots Collaborative on October 8, 2013, charges that the City of Chicago, through its budget and investment priorities, has crated a racial divide across the city, with downtown being the gainer and the neighborhoods being the losers. Especially left behind have been the black and Latino communities.

REPORT CALLS FOR SHIFTING OF CITY PRIORITIES TO BENEFIT NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS

CHICAGO— Today, the Grassroots Collaborative held a press conference at City Hall to release a groundbreaking new report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago's Black and Latino Workers Left Behind," detailing how the job creation benefits of TIF and city investments go almost exclusively to white, college-educated city residents or suburb-dwellers, and not to the Black and Latino residents of Chicago neighborhoods.

"Our report shows spending billions of dollars of TIF money in downtown has only gotten Chicagoans one out of four of the new jobs created. Prioritizing downtown to the exclusion of neighborhoods is an economic development strategy failing most of the people in the city," said report lead author Eric Tellez, Research and Data Manager for the Grassroots Collaborative.

Downtown Job Growth

The report lays out a sharp racial disparity in downtown job gains and losses. From 2002 to 2011, Black majority city zip codes suffered a median loss of 620 downtown jobs per zip code and Latino majority city zip codes suffered a median loss of 381 downtown jobs per code; meanwhile, white majority city zip codes each added a median of 509 downtown jobs during the same period. Englewood was one of the leading neighborhoods in terms of downtown jobs lost--losing approximately 800 jobs--while Naperville gained over 800 downtown jobs.

Median Income Change

"If the city can spend billions of taxpayer dollars to bring these jobs, the city can also structure the rules so that Chicago taxpayers can get a return on their investment," said Charles Brown, a retired Chicago police officer, member of Action Now, and Englewood resident. "City budget cuts destroy jobs that are accessible to people in our community. That leads to other problems like foreclosures, gangs, and violence. We need to restore economic opportunities in struggling neighborhoods so that we can raise them from the bottom up."

"The Latino community is growing. In order for Chicago to be successful, Latinos need to be successful," said Janeth Herrera, member of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. "It's wrong for the city to continue an economic development policy with our tax money that leaves out our communities."

"Taken as a whole, the emerging research on TIF investments reveals that the program allocates tax revenue in highly uneven and inequitable ways. We need more balance, evenness and fairness in the way that TIF revenues are allocated throughout the city," said Stephanie Farmer, Associate Professor at Roosevelt University.

The report release comes a week ahead of the October 15 Take Back Chicago town hall meeting which will draw thousands of residents, aldermen, and state legislators and launch an economic justice agenda for the city.

"When we assess the budget crisis, we must see all the ways the city manages taxpayers’ dollars, seeing where that money goes, and knowing that cuts to service and closing schools are not about being broke--it’s a matter of priorities," said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative.
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"There is no budget crisis. There is a crisis of priorities. Chicago cannot continue to leave Black and Latino workers out of economic development policies. A global city takes care of its neighborhoods, not just its downtown." said Patel.
The full report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago's Black and Latino Workers Left Behind," is available on the Grassroots Collaborative website:

http://thegrassrootscollaborative.org/...

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September 11?... Chile 1973, Chicago 2013: 40 Years of Neo-liberal attacks on our societies
by Kim Scipes

What do you think of when you hear the term “9-11”? September 11. A date. Does it remind you of the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, or the attack on the Pentagon, or the attack that was frustrated by passengers in Pennsylvania? Will a local Chicago school be marking the date by honoring "first responders"?

It reminds me of all of these things but, more importantly, it reminds me of the FIRST 9-11, September 11, 1973, when the US helped overthrow the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile. This wasn't the first time in the post-World War II period that the US Government had helped overthrow a democratically-elected government.

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On September 11, 1973, the Presidential Palace in Santiago Chile was bombed by the Chilean Air Force as part of the military coup d-etat that overthrew the elected government of President Salvador Allende. Organized in cooperation with American corporations (including Anaconda Copper and IT&T), the coup leaders, including General Augusto Pinochet (who would become dictator for 17 years) rounded up as many popular, trade union, community and student leaders as they could on the day of the coup and in the following days. Many of those were rounded up based on lists provided to the CIA and Pinochet's people by American unionists working for the CIA-funded American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD). Hence, the blood of those who were tortured and murdered by the Pinochet people is on the hands of several American unions, most notably the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), whose Cold Warrior policies included working with AIFLD and other CIA fronts in the "international free labor movement."
The US had done that in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Brazil in 1964. Plus, the U.S. government and corporations had supported dictators in a number of countries in the Caribbean, "Latin" America, Africa and Asia by that time.

But September 11, 1973 was the first one that many of us who came to political consciousness in the “1960s” experienced it directly.

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Protests against the September 11, 1973 coup d'etat in Chile were quickly and brutally suppressed, and leaders and members of protests were rounded up by the military and police and then tortured and murdered at various locations in the country, including the infamous soccer stadium in Santiago.
Nobody denied the basic facts, or denies them today. Salvador Allende was an experienced Chilean politician who worked to gain the presidency. He won in 1970 with a plurality, and according to the Chilean Constitution was put into power legally. He was no radical; politically, he could be described as a social democrat, someone who sought some form of “socialism” but wanted to achieve it through electoral politics.

Allende realized that Chile was being raped of its natural resources — most importantly, copper — by US multinational corporations such as Anaconda. These multinationals had invested something like $800,000 in Chile, yet had taken over $5 billion out—and climbing. Allende realized that he could not successfully address the development problems in Chile — the poverty, the lack of nutrition for children, the slums — without nationalizing the facilities owner by US corporations, and using the profits from the copper operations for the good of the Chilean people.

When he nationalized the US investments, he put himself on a collision course with the US Empire.

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Following his 1970 election as President of Chile, Salvador Allende moved to nationalize the country's resources from the international corporations, many of them American, that had gotten control because of the corruption of previous Chilean governments. The coup d'etat that overthrew the Allende government and murdered thousands of its key activists on September 11, 1973 was organized by the Chilean military, the American corporations, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger were personally involved in developing a strategy and providing resources to members of the Chilean military high command to help overthrow President Allende. [Also involved, unfortunately, was the leadership of the AFL-CIO, who were operating behind the backs of American workers and without their knowledge through an organization they had created for such purposes, AIFLD (American Institute for Free Labor Development).]
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