Illinois high school graduation rates slump, Obama legacy, Obama Ayers Chicago corruption cronies, Obama doing to US what he did to Illinois

Illinois high school graduation rates slump, Obama legacy, Obama Ayers Chicago corruption cronies, Obama doing to US what he did to Illinois

“Why was Obama promoting Capri Capital and other investment firms at the same time that Rezko, Levine and Cellini were shaking them down?”…Citizen Wells

From the Chicago Tribune October 31, 2011.

“Illinois high school graduation rates slump”

“Despite its academic struggles, North Chicago Community High School could count on at least one piece of good news: Students were getting their diplomas. The school reported a 90.3 percent graduation rate in 2010.

But in 2011, the figure plummeted to 50.2 percent, a dismal picture created by a new formula that more accurately tracks how many ninth-graders graduate within four years. The new method, required by the federal government, was used for the first time this year in Illinois, with sobering results: Across the state, about 75 percent of high schools saw small dips to big drops in graduation rates, causing educators to adjust to a new reality.

“I think the school probably felt like they were doing things right because we were at 90 percent,” said Eric Gallagher, new principal at the struggling North Chicago high school. “It just took someone else to look at it from the outside.”

The new graduation rates are among the dozens of figures released Monday in the annual School Report Card data that provide information about everything from test scores to teachers’ experience to how much taxpayers spend on their schools.

Parents won’t see the changes in graduation rates in their school report cards because the state reports only this year’s figure with no comparisons to the prior year. The Tribune’s online database (, however, shows 10 years of rates in addition to the regular report card data.

Educators who have seen comparative numbers often reacted with a mixture of criticism, concern and confusion over the new graduation rate formula.”

“In Lake Zurich, district officials corrected their figure twice after initially reporting a 100 percent graduation rate for Lake Zurich High School. The problem stemmed from misunderstandings about applying the formula, according to district spokeswoman Jean Malek. She said the accurate graduation rate is 92.8, up from 92.5 the year before.

Still, Lake Zurich is in the minority of high schools showing an increase in its graduation rate this year. It’s also a high performer — among about 30 percent of the more than 600 Illinois high schools that posted a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher this year.

Only 18 high schools, including Chicago’s Northside College Preparatory High School, attained a 100 percent graduation rate this year, compared with almost 100 high schools that did so last year. The statewide graduation rate slid from 87.8 to 83.8 percent.

The numbers are significant because graduation rates are one of the most important barometers in education, research shows.

“Because high school graduation is a strong indicator of social and economic well-being, this provides important information on the most basic measure of education success in the population,” stated a 2009 study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. The report also cautioned that calculating graduation rates is fraught with technical issues and that no method is ideal.

The search for a better way to gauge how many students were getting their diplomas on time bubbled up from state governments.

“There was no consistency previously, and state governors were very interested in knowing how their particular schools and states were doing on getting students through high school within four years,” said Ryan Reyna, an education program director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

In 2005, the governors association for the first time came up with a common way to calculate graduation rates across states, leading the federal government to draw from that work and draft rules in 2008 on a new graduation formula.”,0,1934891.story

Just some of Obama’s contributions to education in Illinois.

October 23, 2011

“In 2000, after losing a Congressional race, Barack Obama was looking to revive his political fortunes. And he soon found a springboard — a group of black entrepreneurs also trying to break out.”

“In that push, Mr. Obama met with three state pension boards and introduced a bill on the executives’ behalf. He also worked closely with the state’s top legislative leaders to encourage the pension funds to increase the share of their investment portfolios managed by minority-owned firms. That share has risen to 12 to 20 percent now from 1 to 3 percent in 2000.”

“During this period, campaign finance records show, executives from Ariel, Loop and two other leading Chicago investment firms, Holland Capital Management and Capri Capital, sharply increased their donations to Mr. Obama’s State Senate campaign fund. And once he began his campaign for the United States Senate, they quickly became a fund-raising core that has carried over into the presidential race.”

October 19, 2011

“Following Obama’s efforts, the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System gave Ariel Capital $112.5 million to manage, and added hundreds of millions more over the next few years.”

“Three other minority-run firms — Holland Capital, Loop Capital and Capri Capital Partners — also saw hundreds of millions of assets turned over to them to manage after meeting with Obama and the state pension boards.”
“Cellini’s alleged crimes – essentially conspiring with others to force Capri Capital, also a real estate investment firm, and Thomas Rosenberg, a principal and part owner of Capri, to raise or donate substantial political contributions for Public Official A….”

September 25, 2008

The Annenberg challenge was supposed to improve Chicago schools but instead funded controversial groups like Acorn. Stanley Kurtz filed a FOIA request and after evaluating the Annenberg Challenge records has written his findings. Here are some of the highlights:

■Obama had most of his executive experience while working at the Annenberg Challenge. Obama does not refer to this fact.
■Chicago schools were not improved by the Annenberg Challenge. The money was instead spent on radical groups.
■Apparently Ken Rolling gave Bill Ayers a heads up in a possible cover up scheme.
■Obama and Ayers were on a committee together that created rules and bylaws.

2 links in the article above yield the following:

“During Obama’s time as Annenberg board chairman, Ayers’s own education projects received substantial funding. Indeed, during its first year, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge struggled with significant concerns about possible conflicts of interest. With a writ to aid Chicago’s public schools, the Annenberg challenge played a deeply political role in Chicago’s education wars, and as Annenberg board chairman, Obama clearly aligned himself with Ayers’s radical views on education issues.”

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Obama is doing to the nation what he did to Illinois education for many years.


38 responses to “Illinois high school graduation rates slump, Obama legacy, Obama Ayers Chicago corruption cronies, Obama doing to US what he did to Illinois

  1. Good Morning!

    I am firmly in the Cain camp after this latest smear by the media.

    More media destruction of a potential Obama opponent. It would be great if Larry Sinclair would travel with Mr. Cain to stand ready to answer questions about his sexual encounter with Obama in 1999. Dare the media to act responsibly by asking appropriate questions and allow Mr. Cain to answer allegations.

    Once they go over the line. Simply ask the reporter if they had interviewed Mr. Sinclair and why not – and then have Larry step forward in a national forum.

  2. Herman Cain should hire Larry Sinclair as his official spokesperson for all questions about this allegation! Crickets heard in the media?

  3. Good thoughts, Zach. That would surely stir up something and cause more scrambling by the media to try to cover it all up.

    Can’t help but wonder why the 2 women didn’t come forward earlier when Cain wasn’t so high in the polls? Did they just, all of a sudden, decide to be insulted or angry? I agree with Mr. Bill in the last comment thread that this is starting to stink like the Anita Hill milarky against Clarence Thomas. I suspect an Obot with $$ behind this newest smear campaign on Herman Cain.

  4. Cain Campaign Spinning Its Wheels on FOX News


  5. Poor Cain. I guess those two women did not want sausage with their pizza

  6. Concerned Women for America wants answers from Herman Cain

    Concerned Women for America, the right-leaning women’s group, is calling on Herman Cain to say whether he faced complaints about his personal behavior from female employees at the National Restaurant Association who later left the organization with financial settlements.

    So should everyone else!

  7. seaque2 | October 31, 2011 at 10:36 am | Concerned Women for America wants answers from Herman Cain

    Concerned Women for America, the right-leaning women’s group, is calling on Herman Cain to say whether he faced complaints about his personal behavior from female employees at the National Restaurant Association who later left the organization with financial settlements.
    Complaints??? How many companies/job creators have paid off the Jesse Jackson “complaints” just to get rid of the nuisance and back to business?? I would like the actual facts…and, as Ann Coulter infers….these “complaints” as related don’t appear to actually equal “harassment” anyway. The complaintants accepted a deal involving money…apparently signed off to satisfaction for their needs and appeared quite content for years now. Hmmmm…..that history doesn’t
    beg too much sympathy. I’m waiting for all names involved to be public. If there was a pay off and now this continuing vengence, let all names be public and unprotected. They’ve invited it.

  8. And Weetie | October 31, 2011 at 10:34 am | consider stopping the degrading of the comment section of this good blog with the gutter effect language.

  9. observer | October 31, 2011 at 11:12 am |

    Observer, I concur completely! Now we see how vicious some people can be before even the ink is dry on the latest “news”.

  10. Have you heard this?

    IRONY ALERT: Occupy Wall St. Gets Tax Exempt Status
    Most protesters still can’t define their goals beyond ending capitalism and making life more fair, which means they want other people’s money. Meanwhile, donations of goods and cash pile up, with a reported $500,000 on deposit.

    The cash marks an embarrassment for a movement supposedly railing against capitalism and wealth, especially now that a radical group called the Alliance for Global Justice is legally sponsoring the protest. By lending its tax-exempt status — for a 7 percent cut! — the global-justice group allows donors to deduct their contributions from federal taxes and gives its own board control over the money.

    Read more:

  11. Cabby – AZ | October 31, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    Although Herman is not my first choice in the primary, I won’t be joining the d rat lynching party at politico.

  12. Cain Campaign Accept $Millions Illegally, Hides All Documentation
    The internet- So You Know It’s True! ^ | 2008 presidential campaign | The Internet

    Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 10:55:23 AM by Mr. K

    The Presidential campaign of Herman Cain was hit by allegations of illegal donations and of covering up his entire life long history including connections to communists, racists, and Muslims.

    All efforts to find any life history have been met by roadblocks, from the place of his birth to his work records, from his loss of his law licence to evidence of social securty fraud.

    Cain may be using fraudulent Social Security number. A records check of the federal data required by every employer in the USA fails to show he is eligible for employment in the USA.

    Cain claimed to have been born in Kenya while running for Senator, but now claims to have been born in Hawaii. No real birth certificate can be found despite years of searches.

    The Democrat Senator Nacny Pelosi filed 2 seperate election certifications. The only one that was different was the one from Hawaii where the words “certify that he is legally eligable” have been removed.

    A social security number check shows that Cain may have used at least 12 different SSN numbers, and the one he now claims once belonged to a man named Harry Brounel. Harry Brounel was once a boarder in the home of Michelle Obama’s family, and mysteriously dissappeared in… Hawaii.

    To satisy critics Cain submitted a ‘certification of live birth’ from Hawaii, which can be obtained by people not born there (to satisfy school enrollment in the old days before computers) and when that failed to satisfy critics he submitted yet another “abstract” of his birth certificate that has been subsequently proved to be a manufactured fraud.

    Cain’s law license and that of his wife were “given up” but no record explains why.

    There is no records of his employment as a ‘constitutional scholar’ professor and no one remembers him ever teaching a class.

    Cain was known to be associated with ADMITTED TERRORISTS Bill Ayers, and known racist pastors.

    Cain’s campaign has accepted millions of illegal donations, including mysterious donors from different location who yet submitted SEQUENTIALLY NUMBERED money orders. Credit Card donations to his website are accepted from any location in the world, while his oppenents filter out donations from other countries.

    All of his life long closest friends and associates are members of communist, marxist, and ‘progressive’ organizations. He senatorial campaign was launched in the home of an admitted terrorist who bombed the US Pentagon, a person who he later describe and “someone who lived on the block”

    Cains father was a muslim, his stepfather was a muslim, he went to a muslim-only school, he can recite the muslims fealty oath in perfect Arabic (a pledge which alone makes you Muslim in the eyes of Muslims)

    Cain’s first actions as his new position as leader was to go to Muslims countries and apologize for the USA being so ‘arrogant’. He does not observe Christmas or Easter (except for allowing a “Christmas Wishing Tree” in the White House) But he always observes Ramadan.

    Many more allegations of a life long history of mysterty are waiting to be exposed by the watchdog media, one of the prime guardians of our freedoms, who are franticvally researching things as we speak.


  13. CW.
    I just prepared a video and I would like to premiere it on your site for you and all your supporters.


    Is this Obama’s Final Video?
    Obama, Please Cheer Up!
    The Worst is Yet to Come!!

  14. Paxson, excellent post (1:03 pm)!
    It certainly highlights the overwhelming hypocrisy of the enemy (including the LSM, as well as not so LS). It’s appalling, and methinks it will only get worse.

  15. CW, I can’t help but throw this in, considering the way the Obama supporters (hypocrites) twist the truth:

    With the decline in the Illinois educational system, some idiots will probably allege that it all began to happen when Obama moved out of the state and removed his glorious, direct influence on the system.

  16. hapnHal | October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm |

    I DID enjoy the video! It was really scarily impressive with the blood-curdling yell from the Emperor! Thanks!

  17. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    hapnHal | October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm |

    The 3 most powerful tools of the internet –

    1 – Google
    2 – youtube
    3 – Wikipedia

  18. Paxson | October 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm |

    FreeRepublic pulled the thread already.

  19. Some earlier commentors came up with a great idea. Larry Sinclair needs to be introduced to Herman Cain. Let Sinclair tag along whenever Cain is asked these sorts of questions from the media. Fair is fair. In fact, Sinclair is a more plausible witness in the case of Obama’s sexual misconduct because he is a real person and has not wavered from his story in three years.

    Yep, bring it on. Larry Sinclair needs to be in the middle of this mix. Come on media, let’s roll with Sinclair.

  20. Gianni…wouldn’t that be a hoot?

  21. Did anyone hear Rush Limbaugh today. He raised an interesting possibility Cain’s situation. What if the two women were white and Cain were white? Would there be any claims filed? Would whatever Cain may have done be considered innocent flirting, normal for friends, just kidding aroun?

    Could be pure racism. I agree.

  22. I made the following comment on FreeRepublic today:

    Rush Limbaugh raised an interesting possibility on his show. He speculated that if Cain’s accusers were white and Cain were white the women might not have filed any claims. It would be pure racism.

    Mr. Cain should hire Larry Sinclair as his spokesperson and arrange for a unbiased polygraph extravaganza to determine what was the real truth of in 1999! The media would have a cow.

    Larry took part in a polygraph setup regarding his allegations of sex and cocaine use with of Obama. The computer analysis of his examine indicated that he was telling the truth.

    Let’s have a new polygraph trifecta for these two women and Larry Sinclair to find out what really happened back in 1999! Was it racist white women? Was it an Obama stepping out on Michelle?

    The media can’t handle the real truth.

  23. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Gianni | October 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm |

    zachjonesishomene | October 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm |


    It was watching Larry being crucified by the LSM at the Natl Press Club that got me to the CW site. I saw him get arrested and then he was put in a D.C jail and then rearrested in Delaware by Biden’s son, the Attorney General of Del.

  24. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    PS – And no LSM Covered it. It was buried.


    Paul Joseph Watson
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010


    “However, yet another clip has been uncovered from the archives in which the First Lady plainly states that Obama is “Kenyan,” leaving little open to speculation in terms of context.

    During a December 2007 speech in Tampa Florida, Michelle Obama stated, “What it reminded me of was our trip to Africa, two years ago, and the level of excitement that we felt in that country – the hope that people saw just in the sheer presence of somebody like Barack Obama – a Kenyan, a black man, a man of great statesmanship who they believe could change the fate of the world.”

    The comment is made after the 2 minute mark. Watch the clip below.

    [Note: The video referred to here has been removed from YouTube that is cited in this article. Howevere, here is another video of the same Michelle Obama’s December 2007 speech in Tampa Florida.]


    Listen carefully at the 2:10 mark:

    “It would be quite a stretch to claim that Michelle Obama means anything other than that Obama was born in Kenya when she says that the President is “Kenyan”. When it comes to the term “home country,” there’s a little wiggle room, but saying that Obama is “a Kenyan” seems to be reasonably cut and dried.

    This seems as straightforward as saying that Arnold Schwarzenegger is Austrian, because he was born in Austria. Of course, under the terms of Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution, to be eligible to become President, an individual must be “a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States”. This prevents Schwarzenegger from ever becoming President, as it would make Obama’s presidency illegitimate if it was conclusively proven that he was born in Kenya.

    We’ve largely sat on the fence regarding the whole “birther” issue, pointing out that there are legitimate arguments coming from both sides, but what’s not up for debate is the fact that Obama’s real name is Barry Soetoro, the name given to Obama at the time of his enrollment in an Indonesian elementary school.

    Whatever the exact nature of the controversy, it seems inevitable that Obama is being blackmailed over his dubious origins, making it imperative that a proper investigation of the issue be conducted in the interests of both national security and the basic rule of law.”

    Read More Here:

    Read More:

    * * * *


    “Still maverick after all these years – not taking hand outs from George Soros, NGO’s or corporate lobbyists”

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Monday, October 31, 2011


    “There’s a very good reason why gets more traffic than, why the Infowars media platform is now taking on the establishment media head to head, and why the message of liberty is once again creating brushfires in the minds of men and women across the globe – that reason is you our supporters, who we turn to once again for your fantastic support in the upcoming Infowars MoneyBomb.

    Unlike other media platforms that pose as “alternative,” Infowars is not funded by the likes of George Soros, the Ford Foundation, or the Carnegie Institute. We are not PBS, we do not receive taxpayer funds. Similarly, we are not like the BBC in Britain, which uses government coercion to force people into paying license fees for content they may not even want.”

    Read More Here:

    * * * *


    Parody: Alex Jones joins the New World Order

  27. zachjonesishomene | October 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    I am convinced Rush Limbaugh is now a Lib. This happened shortly after marrying latest Trophy Blonde wife. Today he hung up on a conservative who wanted to know why he was wasting our time reading from Liberal Politico blog smearing Herman Cain.

    Rush’s MO is to read Left wing Blogs bashing conservatives, then agreeing with them.

    The conservative Rush is gone……..


    * * * *


    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” said Barack Hussein Obama (A.K.A. Barry Obama, A.K.A. Barry Soetoro, illegal alien) in his autobiography “Dreams Of My Father” (his father also a muslim). SO, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT? The Pogo quotation “We have met the enemy and he is us” takes on a new and sinister meaning.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Washington DC is dripping communism and corruption! There are no longer “checks and balances” between the branches of government — they ALL are in conspiracy for the overthrow of America. Only the armed men and women of our military, which have sworn to defend America and uphold the U.S. Constitution, can depose the TRAITORS to our Republic before the next civil war.

    Only “enemy of the state” Fox News (so branded by Obama’s White House henchmen) REPORTS THE NEWS that all the Liberal co-conspirator, propaganda media refuse to broadcast! Charles Krauthammer and Steve Hayes boldly report the news for all Americans to see the TRAITORS and their TREASON in our midst:

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “[Obama] never uses the word [jihad], [because] ‘war on terror is over’ and all this stuff, but there’s no escaping [it]. And it seems as if he didn’t ‘jump’ to a conclusion but he’s reached a conclusion or two — that if somebody yells ‘allahu akbar’ as he shoots up a room, there ‘might’ be an element of jihadism involved.”

    STEVE HAYES: “The reason that people are talking about these so-called ‘benign communications’ is because that’s what the White House and the intelligence community is putting out right now. They’re the ones who are labeling. Nobody has seen what these things actually said. They’re telling us that these are benign communications. … There is no benign communication between somebody like this and an Al Qaeda leader.”

    EDUCATE YOURSELF! And ask yourself — what you are prepared to do!

    Nobarack08 Weblog (all about Obama’s U.S. frauds)

    From DREAMS OF MY FATHER: “I ceased to advertise my mothers race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites. … I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    The Obama File (all about “The Man Who Never Was”)

    “Obama has had the finest possible education. Nobody knows how it was financed or what his grades were. His academic records are all sealed and he has an army of lawyers making sure they remained sealed.”
    “Barack Obama was born of Marxists; mentored by a communist writer and activist during his formative years; spent his college days hanging around radical activists; worked as a radical community organizer … A ‘community organizer’ is an agitator — a rabble-rouser.”

  29. Paxson | October 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm |




    * * * *


    Listen carefully at the 24 mark to the end:

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  32. Mr. Bill(ms. helga) | October 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    It was watching Larry being crucified by the LSM at the Natl Press Club that got me to the CW site. I saw him get arrested and then he was put in a D.C jail and then rearrested in Delaware by Biden’s son, the Attorney General of Del.
    Mr. Bill,
    That’s why I came here too, more than 3 years ago. Larry Sinclair seemed so credible. Why was Beau Biden involved in Larry’s arrest? It wasn’t until Joe Biden’s wife let it slip that Joe had the choice of VP or AG that the puzzle pieces began to fit.

    Yes, now is the time to suggest to the media that it is also appropriate to pursue Larry’s allegations. Hit the blogs, folks.

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