Bruce Vincent Rauner is an American businessman, philanthropist, and politician. He is the 42nd and current Governor of Illinois, serving since January 12, 2015.
Bruce Vincent Rauner is an American businessman, philanthropist, and politician. He is the 42nd and current Governor of Illinois, serving since January 12, 2015.
Prevent Illinois from killing their police dogs.
In Illinois, a police dog trainer is threatening that legalizing marijuana in the state will lead to the euthanization of police K9 dogs — and an Illinois Sheriff is agreeing with him. This is a horrible attempt to use animal cruelty to stop marijuana legalization. In March, voters in Cook County, Illinois where Chicago is located passed a measure in support of legalizing marijuana. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C. and 61% of Americans now favor of legalization. For Illinois law enforcement to say that they will kill dogs they no longer need for smelling marijuana is awful. No other state has done this and it is completely cruel and unnecessary. They are using these dogs as a scare tactic for the public so they won’t have legal marijuana. Join in me in calling on Illinois Governor and lawmakers to stop any attempt to kill police K9 dogs. These police dogs can absolutely be retired or trained of focus on more harmful drugs.
New trial for an innocent man
Detective Richard Zuley may be most famous for his notorious interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, but he first learned his torture techniques in the interrogation rooms of Chicago. Now, this 30-year veteran of the Chicago PD is under investigation for using illegal methods to coerce confessions that have put several possibly innocent people behind bars. One of his cases has already been overturned, and a man who spent 23 years in prison is now finally free. But while officials slowly make their way through the pages of evidence against this corrupt cop, my friend Lee Harris -- another of Zuley’s many victims -- still wastes away in prison. My name is Robert. From 2000-2001, I shared a cell with Lee. We became good friends. Like a lot of people in prison, he would go on about how he was innocent and how he had been wrongly accused, but I never knew what to believe. However, when I received letters from the “witness” who put him away, apologizing for lying on the stand, I started digging: Lee’s conviction doesn’t add up. And now that I am on the outside, I am doing everything I can to get him a new trial so he can prove his innocence. I am asking Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to grant my friend Lee Harris a new trial, so he can prove his innocence. He shouldn’t spend one more day behind bars while the true criminal is allowed to walk free. At first, Lee collaborated with Detective Zuley to help him find the real killer in the crime he is doing time for. Facing public pressure to find the killer, they pressed Lee for information using both threats and rewards. In one instance, Zuley offered him a $20,000 reward, and in another, he threatened to stop providing protection for his family, exposing them to retaliation. When they couldn’t find the real killer, they turned on their informant and charged him with the crime. They had no murder weapon or evidence connecting Lee to the crime. Yet, even with all these legal missteps and the lack of evidence, they still threw Lee behind bars for 90 years. He remains in jail to this day for a crime I am sure he didn’t commit. And I am not the only one: Chicago attorney Jennifer Blagg, who has won many exonerations in the US, is now taking a closer look at Harris’ conviction. It’s time to grant my friend Lee Harris a new trial and let true justice be served. We cannot continue to keep this man behind bars while the real killer could be walking the streets. Please sign my petition and help me fight for justice for Lee Harris.
Dog Protection Act - Illinois
A horrifying headline as written in December 2016 by Fox News in Denver after two companion animals were shot in Battle Creek, Michigan: Federal court rules police can shoot a dog if it moves or barks when officers enter a home. The Department of Justice estimates that nearly 25 dogs are killed by law enforcement every day in the United States, which makes a total of 10,000 per year. It is as simple as this - in Illinois there is currently no means to protect companion dogs, including in your very own home, from being shot and killed if local law enforcement, in any way, deems your dog a threat to their safety. This is a petition to Illinois State Senate and House to put forward legislation that protects dogs from this possible fate. The statute would require local law enforcement to undergo training in order to prevent the shooting of dogs by local law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Specifically, this statute would put forth assistance in the training of law enforcement officers so that they can differentiate between threatening and non-threatening dog behaviors, as well as to employ non-lethal means whenever possible. I urge you to read Colorado's new legislation, Dog Protection Act, which was developed for exactly this reason: Colorado's Dog Protection Act. I am asking for replication of these efforts in Illinois and, eventually, U.S. wide. I have a Boxer who loves to bark and even run at the door. She would rather lick you to death than harm you, but it is a huge fear that if law enforcement needed to enter my home and my dog ran at them or barked that she could be killed for it. It is for this reason, and for all of the other dogs out there, that I propose this legislation.
Get Justice for Kenneka Jenkins
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-woman-found-dead-rosemont-hotel-20170910-story.html I believe this girl was intentionally murdered by her friends the night before she was pronounced dead. They are not being charged with murder and should be investigated and charged.
Don't let my sisters killer be released on parole.
One of the satanic group that killed my sister (and others) is getting out of jail, serving only half of his sentence. Read this and you'll question why on earth our government would let this happen: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/07/31/chicago-ripper-crew-member-convicted-of-elmhurst-murder-to-be-released-in-september/a27vqon/
METRA DISCOUNT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
For all of the commuter students who have been taking the Metra to get downtown from the Rock Island District, Electric Line, Southwest Corridor, etc. who are tired of increased ticket prices each year. I understand fully that public transportation in Chicago needs appropriate funding in order to continue to provide round the clock transportation via bus, train, or subway train. But it is inappropriate to continue to charge these commuting students, and in some cases the family of these students, higher and higher fare cost simply because Metra has a monopoly on train transportation. This petition is for a reduced fare cost (-$3.00) off of Chicago Metra Train tickets for qualifying students who are taking classes full time at a University within the Chicago metropolitan area. So if a ticket is $6.75, you should be able to show your ID, give your UPASS for scanning, or show your student status through the Metra App to the train Attendant for the discount and only pay $3.75. If you are a part-time student, the same rules will apply as for full time students only you will receive a discount of (-$1.50) off of tickets. The students of Chicago, as well as suburbanite students who frequent Chicago for college classes are fed up with this borderline coercive monopoly called the Metra. We need change and now! - Cedric Ngwa
Require ISP's with Illinois state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.
I'm calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to issue an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. This would mean that in order to receive a contract with the state of Illinois government, internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast must not block or throttle web content or create internet fast lanes. State governments can be some of the biggest consumers of internet services so this will send a strong message. Furthermore, this can be done. In January of 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order to do just this, explaining “This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.” Please sign my petition asking Governor Bruce Rauner to require all internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.
Death penalty for hate crimes and torture
Brittany Covington, Tesfaye Cooper Jordan Hill, Tanishia Covington. These are the names of the 4 who kidnapped a handicapped man.. tortured him yelled f**k white people and f**k donald trump.. these people are to dangerous to be on the streets. They shouls not be allowed to live after there violent actions. So i believe that the state of Illinois should open up the death penalty option for this case..
Stop The Statute of Limitations (SOL) on Sex Crimes - Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Rape
Lesley Barton’s WWII hero father once said to her, “You should never take advantage of someone that is weak or vulnerable just because you can." Little did he know how much his simple words would one day mean to his beloved daughter as the 1st survivor of 10 (4 in SOL 6 outside of it) known victims to report a 15 yr active and violent serial rapist who continuously got off with slaps on the wrist. The time is NOW to Stop The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes for children and adults. Please click the link below to learn more about her and her sisters’ fight against sadistic and emboldened rapist Marc Winner and to really understand the gravity of predators like him who are able to use the statute of limitations against their victims to their advantage. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2016/Marc-Winner/__________________________________________Lesley’s story... Over 16 years, she’d hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although she knew he couldn’t stop-it was her greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the Statute of Limitations and 10 known total in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to her when they wanted her to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? This has not been an easy road for her and her sisters. It’s actually been harder than any victim survivor could ever be able to explain. Our msister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years for Lesley Barton who was the first to report Marc Winner for criminal sexual assault. Even after she came to terms with the unthinkable by finding some joy again she was really thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when she found out he was back or actually never left. For he remained active and her reporting him, going to all their trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. Lesley no lomger feels any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. She could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. She does however feel an immense responsibility to her sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway they lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Brock Turner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis CK, USA Gymnasts Dr. Larry Nassar, Thad Alton, and Denny Hastert (to name only a small few) is to Stop the Statute of Limitations Clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in every state for children and adults, once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone have some common sense, reasonably understand, and get behind that? #metoo#Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute
New trial for Benita Johnson
Detective Richard Zuley may be most famous for his notorious interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, but he first learned his torture techniques in the interrogation rooms of Chicago. Now, this 30-year veteran of the Chicago PD is under investigation for using illegal methods to coerce confessions that have put several possibly innocent people behind bars. One of his cases has already been overturned, and a man who spent 23 years in prison is now finally free. But while officials slowly make their way through the pages of evidence against this corrupt cop, a woman I know, Benita Johnson -- another of Zuley’s many victims -- still wastes away in prison. My name is Robert. From 1998-2001, I was incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections. During this time I met several people who claimed they were innocent and I never knew what to believe. After doing research on this detective, I found one of his victims. Benita's conviction doesn’t add up. And now that I am on the outside, I am doing everything I can to get her a new trial so she can prove her innocence. I am asking Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to grant Benita Johnson a new trial, so she can prove her innocence. She shouldn’t spend one more day behind bars while the true criminal is allowed to walk free. At first, when Zuley didn’t have any suspects, he leaned on a sketchy street informant who received $15,000 reward money from the victim’s family and who had also been used to close previous high profile cases. One of those cases a man lost his freedom for more than 5 years before a Chicago Judge acquitted him, saying this specific informant is worthless. Facing public pressure to find the killer, Zuley closed this case using Johnson, an innocent woman, that didn’t match witness descriptions and has had 3 separate DNA tests that do not match the DNA evidence police recovered. They had no murder weapon or evidence connecting Benita to the crime. Yet, even with all these legal missteps and the lack of evidence, they still threw Benita behind bars for 50 years. She remains in jail to this day for a crime I am sure she didn’t commit. And I am not the only one: Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner, who has won more exonerations than any other lawyer in the US, is now taking a closer look at Johnson’ conviction. It’s time to grant Benita Johnson a new trial and let true justice be served. We cannot continue to keep this woman behind bars while the real killer could be walking the streets. Please sign my petition and help me fight for justice for Benita Johnson.