SP Intel Report- November 9, 2015


Nearly 1 Out Of 3 City Of Chicago Workers Made $100K Or More Last Year

Having lived in a northwest side neighborhood chock-full of City of Chicago employees prior to moving out to the ‘burbs, I wasn’t really surprised to learn of the following. Chris Fusco and Tim Novak reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website yesterday:

Nearly one out of every three workers on the city of Chicago payroll made $100,000 or more last year — a far higher percentage of six-figure employees than in state or Cook County government.

That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis that for the first time combines city workers’ salaries, overtime and other extra pay.

Twenty-six city workers drew paychecks that eclipsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pay of $216,210, the analysis found. They included a police detective, two fire department ambulance commanders and two water department operating engineers…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Fusco and Novak noted that there were 35,761 City of Chicago employees last year. And nearly 1 out of 3 made $100K or more? Nice gig if you can get it, right? Regrettably, I predict that when tough financial times finally arrive at the Windy City’s doorstep, even “clout” won’t be able to protect certain positions and salaries from getting slashed.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle To Tax Ammunition Sales?

Gun “control” (or gun “safety” as certain word wankers are now trying to call it) is on the march again in Cook County. From a County blog post Friday:

In an effort to reduce gun violence and improve public safety by creating new revenue for preventative actions, President Preckwinkle is also proposing a tax on rounds of ammunition sold in Cook County. The ammunition tax, either a penny or nickel per round depending on the category of ammunition, is aimed at addressing the costs of future gun crimes and the revenue generated will be dedicated to public safety initiatives.

President Preckwinkle, long an advocate of common sense gun laws, previously supported and passed a $25 tax on gun sales in Cook County. She has advocated for legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, require registration of existing firearms and require background checks on all firearms sales at gun shows — commonly referred to as the “gun show loophole.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Tax law-abiding firearm owners in Cook County for the actions of criminals? Yeah, that makes a lot of “common sense.” You see, felons and other convicted criminals can’t purchase ammunition legally in Cook County, because they shouldn’t be able to get an Illinois State Police-issued Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. From the Illinois State Police, Firearm Services Bureau website:

Unless specifically exempted by statute, any Illinois resident who acquires or possesses firearms, firearm ammunition, tasers or stun guns within the State must have in their possession a valid FOID card issued in his or her name…

To be eligible for a FOID card, a person must be 21 years of age or have a parent or guardian sponsor that is eligible for a FOID card. An applicant must not be prohibited from possessing firearms in accordance with state or federal law. This requires the applicant is/has:

• Not been convicted of a felony…
• Not subject to an existing order of protection.
• Not been convicted within the past 5 years of battery, assault, aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction, in which a firearm was used or possessed.
• Not been convicted of domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction…
• Not convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence…

So what’s President Preckwinkle’s goal from a Cook County ammo tax then? My guess is gun “safety.” Something tells me we’ll be seeing the county in court if they decide to pursue this matter.


Illinois Open Range Program To Be Held On November 14

Speaking of guns and the Illinois State Police, it’s that time of year again in the “Land of Lincoln.” From the website of central Illinois NBC affiliate WAND 17 on Friday:

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with Illinois State Police to promote hunting safety through the annual Open Range Program on November 14.

Officials say hunters and observers will be invited to ISP ranges in order to check the sighting in their shotguns…

Ranges in Effingham, Pawnee, Pittsfield, Macomb, Joliet, and LaSalle will be open for the program from 8 AM until 4 PM this coming Saturday. For more information, head on over to WAND 17’s website here.


Greece’s Government Confiscating Contents Of Bank Safe Deposit Boxes?

Last week, I was working on my offshore asset protection-related projects quite a bit. And here’s something disturbing I noted Friday in a post on Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes that may interest you:

Just when the reputation of bank safe deposit boxes couldn’t get any worse comes this out of Greece. Anthee Carasavva reported on The Times (UK) website back on October 12:

Greece’s government is raiding savers’ safe deposit boxes to raise revenue and stamp out tax evasion.

Tryfon Alexiadis, the deputy finance minister, said yesterday that Greeks owing more than €150,000 in back taxes would be targeted. Those suspected of tax evasion would also come under scrutiny and their bank deposit boxes prised open without notice

“Safe deposit boxes across the country will be subject to these inspections immediately,” Mr Alexiadis told an Athens-based TV network…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

It’s being reported that the tax inspectors could seize half of the cash found, and stocks, bonds, jewelry, and works of art. You can read the entire post in its entirety here on my other blog.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Fusco, Chris and Novak, Tim. “THE WATCHDOGS: A third of Chicago city workers make $100k or more.” Chicago Sun-Times. 7 Nov. 2015. ( 8 Nov. 2015.

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SP Intel Report- October 26, 2015

Welcome to the inaugural post of the “SP Intel Report.” On October 15 I blogged big changes were coming to Survival And Prosperity starting October 19. I wrote:

Each day will begin with an “SP Intel Report” (if it’s warranted), where I’ll be focusing on current events locally (Chicagoland area), nationwide, and overseas which I think readers should be aware of…

As luck would have it, my computer crashed October 19, delaying the implementation of these changes.

One week later, I’ve managed to repair my laptop, and I’m back in the saddle again.

So off we go then…


“If City Hall ‘loses’ downtown to the bad guys… you lose the tourists, their money, revenue… you get the point.”

Survival And Prosperity, May 4, 2011

The Chicago news media is reporting that two tourists from Minneapolis were robbed at knifepoint by three men near Oak Street Beach late Saturday evening. The male victim was stabbed during the holdup while trying to protect his girlfriend. Two of Chicago’s more upstanding residents have been charged with the crime (police are still looking for a third individual).

The last time I blogged about a tourist getting knifed downtown was back during the 2012 holiday season. Even though it’s been a while, I fear we’ll be hearing of similar incidents with increased regularity as the city’s financial health deteriorates and the Chicago Police Department keeps receiving lip service but not bodies (meaning manpower).

There will probably be plenty of the other based on recent trends.

Note to self. Study up on defense against knives.


Speaking of deteriorating financial health, the State of Illinois was hammered by two of the major credit rating agencies in the past week. On October 19, Fitch Ratings announced in a press release:

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on $26.8 billion in outstanding Illinois general obligation (GO) bonds to ‘BBB+’ from ‘A-‘.

In addition, the ratings on bonds related to the state based on its appropriation have been downgraded to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB+’…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Three days later, Moody’s Investors Service stated in a release:

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the State of Illinois’ $26.8 billion of general obligation bonds to Baa1 from A3, while also lowering ratings on the state’s sales-tax (Build Illinois) bonds to Baa1 from A3, and on the state’s subject to appropriation bonds (issued by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and for the state’s Civic Center program) to Baa2 from Baa1. The outlook for all of these obligations remains negative…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Keep in mind the following observations by Karen Pierog over on the Reuters website on October 22:

Both general obligation bond ratings are now just three steps above the “junk” level… The downgrade by Moody’s marked the 17th by major credit rating agencies for Illinois since 2003… Even before this week’s downgrades, Illinois had the lowest credit ratings among the 50 U.S. states. Ratings histories from the three major credit rating agencies indicate few states have ever had their GO ratings fall below the A level…

Faced with a $105 billion unfunded public pension liability and a bill backlog of around $7 billion, I suspect Illinoisans will be on the hook for some sort of tax hike(s) in the near future.


Any Survival And Prosperity readers skeptical about the future existence of the Internet? Personally, I won’t be surprised if it goes kaput one day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m somewhat of a techie (driven by needs, not wants) and love the Internet. But I’m not sold on its staying power due to frailties with its infrastructure. A couple of years ago I remember reading about an elderly Georgian woman accidently cutting off neighboring Armenia’s access to the World Wide Web for up to five hours- using only a spade. And now there’s this from The New York Times website this past Sunday. David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt reported:

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.

The issue goes beyond old worries during the Cold War that the Russians would tap into the cables — a task American intelligence agencies also mastered decades ago. The alarm today is deeper: The ultimate Russian hack on the United States could involve severing the fiber-optic cables at some of their hardest-to-access locations to halt the instant communications on which the West’s governments, economies and citizens have grown dependent

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

So the Russians could switch off the Internet. Or a rogue Uncle Sam could do it and blame the Russkies.

I told my girlfriend her brilliant nephew should get into the BBS game. Wave of the future?

“Apple II on a BBS in 2014!”
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Christopher E. Hill
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Sobol, Rosemary Regina. “$500K, $950K bails set for 2 accused of robbery, stabbing near Oak Street Beach.” Chicago Tribune. 26 Oct. 2015. ( 26 Oct. 2015.

Pierog, Karen. “UPDATE 2-Illinois bond rating cut again over budget impasse.” Reuters. 22 Oct. 2015. ( 26 Oct. 2015.

Sanger, David E. and Schmitt, Eric. “Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort.” The New York Times. 25 Oct. 2015. ( 26 Oct. 2015.

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Senate Democrats’ Gun ‘Control’ Legislation Doomed To Fail (Again)?

“Senate Democrats unveiled plans on Thursday for gun control reforms that include closing background check loopholes, expanding the background check database, and tightening regulations on illegal gun purchases…”, October 8

A number of regular observers of the gun “control” movement in the United States may have already concluded the latest push for more firearm restrictions being launched by Democrats in the U.S. Senate is doomed to fail (again). As the Associated Press reported earlier today:

Democrats fell five votes short of moving their background check expansion through the Senate two years ago. Thanks to retirements and losses in the 2014 elections, they now are probably 11 votes shy of the support they’d need to succeed.

Republicans running the House have shown no interest in even permitting votes on the issue…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphais)

So why would Senate Democrats even bother?

Well, besides obvious reasons like posturing for their “base” come the 2016 elections and diverting the rest of the country’s attention away from the Democratic Party’s failures in domestic and foreign policy, I suspect the strategy is to get the legislation out there should another mass shooting along the lines of Sandy Hook take place while it’s still in the pipeline. Senate Democrats may be banking on a knee-jerk reaction by the American public calling for more gun “control” to be implemented- such as what’s contained in their proposal.

And as any long-time observer of the gun “control” movement knows, their push for more restrictions never subsides, with the goal of the most rabid anti-Second Amendment “activist” being the complete disarmament of the civilian population in the United States.

They envision utopia once that’s achieved.

Realists understand it will only lead to one thing:

Unequivocal subjugation.

Which the “Founding Fathers” knew only too well about.

“Schoolhouse Rock!: America – The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”
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“Senate Democrats Are Preparing a Legislative Package on Gun Control — Here’s a Preview of What’s Coming.” Associated Press. 8 Oct. 2015. ( 8 Oct. 2015.

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Chicago’s North Side Hit By Tire Thieves

Squatters. Fake construction zone robberies. Virtual kidnappings.

Criminal antics which one might think are more representative of a “Third World” country that have taken place in Chicagoland recently.

Now add a rash of vehicle tire thefts in a “nicer” area of Chicago (DePaul/Lincoln Park) to the mix. From Chicago’s CBS 2 News Monday:

“Wheels Flying Off Pricey SUVs”
CBS 2 Video

The Chicago Police Department is recommending the use of locking lug nuts to counter the thefts.

Christopher E. Hill
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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Security, Vehicles No Comments

Gabe Suarez: ‘What We Really Need Is A Good Guy That Is Also A Killer’

Back on January 9, I blogged about Gabe Suarez, head of The Suarez Group and a decorated veteran of Southern California law enforcement, concerning a Facebook post of his in which he declared “Every Man Is A Counter Terrorist” in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France.

On Friday, he updated that “call to arms” against the “bad guys” in the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

While that update was just as thought-provoking as the original, it’s what Suarez wrote Sunday on his company’s Facebook page (and which I received via e-mail this morning) that really stands out for me. From that post:


Some points on Oregon: Its not a video of a kitten so I hope its actually read by someone.

1). I could simply cut and paste every article I have written after these and simply change the dates and locations and they would all be spot on.

a). Its either a jihadist muslim extremist, a common crazy guy, or a combination of both.

b). It is at a place where everyone has been voluntarily disarmed.

c). The police arrive after the bodies pile up and kill him, and then say it was a suicide.

d). The monkeys in charge call for more gun restrictions. Over and over and over. Routine? Yup.

2). The woods are lovely dark and deep. I will leave it at that…look it up. Very excellent timing after Putin gave Obama a penile prostate check over Syria.

3). If we did not embrace the cultures that hate us (reference the 100,000 Syrians your POTUS is bringing into the USA), or allow crazy people to roam free…I bet there would be fewer of these.

4). Given the inability of the authorities to keep you safe in such events, obeying “the sign” is a form of insanity. Not only immoral for them to suggest you do so, but also foolish on your part knowing what the eventual outcome of such an event would be.

5). We have plenty of noble victim-heroes that sacrifice themselves, unarmed to save others.

Yes…I got it…America yearns for heroes in these estrogenized times like an addict yearns for a fix. But we have plenty of the self sacrifial types. What we really need is a good guy that is also a killer. A good guy that is also a killer that will ignore the sign, and go after the sound of the shots with a smile on his face and a pistol in his hand and shoot the bad guy right in the face…or the back of the head if positioning favors that.

Today, every man or woman is a counter terrorist.


Suarez once again leaves his audience with a good deal of material to really think about, particularly that bit where he said, “The police arrive after the bodies pile up and kill him, and then say it was a suicide.”

Christopher E. Hill
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Signs Of The Time, Part 90

Ever notice how detailed descriptions of suspects in a crime have disappeared to a large extent from the news over the years?

And often the suspect descriptions that are provided are incredibly vague to the extent of being a complete joke.

“Two males aged between 30 to 60 are suspects in the crime…”

Seeing that’s been the case, it was refreshing (and somewhat shocking) to spot the following this Monday morning on the Chicago Tribune website. From an article entitled “Police warn residents, businesses of robberies on Northwest, West sides”:

All three suspects are black male teenagers who are between 15 and 17 years old. All three were 5-foot-6 and weighed about 150 pounds. They all had black hair.

One suspect was in a black-hooded sweatshirt, another suspect wore a gray-hooded sweatshirt, and the third suspect had a black-hooded sweatshirt with red strings…

In two of the robberies, a suspect is a black man who is between 40 and 45 years old, police said. The man is between 5-foot9 and 6-foot-2. He has short black hair with a birthmark or an impairment on his face. He was wearing a black coat.

In one of the incidents, a suspect is described as a black man who is between 22 and 23 years old. He is between 5-foot-6 an 5-foot-7. He also had black hair and was wearing a black coat…

A suspect is black man who is between 18 and 20 years old. The man had red dreadlocks…

One suspect is a black man who is between 19 and 28 years old and is between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall, police said. Another suspect is a black man who is between 38 and 43 years old. He is between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall. He weighs between 190 and 210 pounds and has a medium complexion, police said…

Could this be the start of some “new” trend in the news media? Or will the PC Storm Troopers clamp down on such “graphic” suspect descriptions being made available for public consumption?

I suspect it will be the latter, unfortunately.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (

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Gun ‘Control’ Supporters Borrow A Page From Rahm Emanuel’s Playbook

From the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Friday night on the paper’s website:

A young man armed to the teeth kills ten people at a community college in Oregon, and what do the politicians in Washington do?

They put on their saddest faces and go on TV. They shake their heads. They bemoan and decry.

As if that counts for a thing.

Spare us.

Here’s what they should do, right now, every one of them: Pass a law — two good bills are ready to go

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Two good bills are ready to go…”

Of course they are. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from the gun “control” crowd these days.

You can read the rest of the opinion piece on the Sun-Times site here.

“Rahm Emanuel: ‘Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’”
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President Obama Gets Owned By Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Over Politicizing Oregon Mass Shooting

I didn’t hear about the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon until arriving home from Wisconsin late Thursday night. Incredible tragedy- my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. As expected, the incident is being exploited to no end by gun “control” supporters. Yet, one of the more well-known mouthpieces of the anti-Bill of Rights crowd got owned on national television the other night by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. From The O’Reilly Factor October 1:

I don’t have a script here. I’m just talking to President Obama right now. Okay. It’s just me, to him. You say that the states that have the most gun laws have the least gun violence. Your home state of Illinois has perhaps the most stringent gun laws in the country. Chicago is the largest city in Illinois. Since 2012, there have been 6,000 shootings- 6,000 shootings- in the city of Chicago. There have been 1,679 murders in the city of Chicago, many of them exactly where you worked as a community organizer. So you know the problem that Chicago has. And you also know, Mr. President, that Chicago has extremely stringent gun laws. In fact, Chicago was confiscating guns against the Second Amendment until the courts stopped that. So, most of the people in Chicago say, “If we have all of these stringent gun control laws in our city and our state, why do we have a holocaust? Why?” The reason is that criminals who need guns to do their business are going to get the guns, because there aren’t stringent penalties if you violate gun laws in Chicago or Illinois. The laws are on the books- they’re not enforced. And you, Mr. President, have not made an issue of it at all. In fact, you don’t even mention the carnage in Chicago. You do mention the individual things like what happened in Oregon. But Chicago is like, doesn’t exist, even though this is your turf, your hometown, you’re the guy who was there. So I don’t understand any of that. I don’t get any of it…

“Bill O’Reilly Message To President Obama: I Have A Right To Protect Myself”
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Signs Of The Time, Part 89

Nonsensical visions of a nationwide push for BB gun “control” and panic buying of Daisy Red Ryders came to mind as I read the following from David Chanen over at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) website yesterday.

What’s that? It’s the scary looking semi-automatic BB guns that are to be banned, not the lever-actions? Oh, okay.

Chanen wrote Monday:

A small BB gun found in a felon’s car has been ruled a firearm by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and its possession means more prison time for him.

Since 1977, the state’s two appellate courts have repeatedly agreed with the Legislature that a BB gun is a firearm when involved in various crimes, such as drive-by shootings.

As the result of a 2005 felony drug conviction, David Lee Haywood wasn’t supposed to have a handgun. The BB gun was found in his glove compartment during a traffic stop in 2013.

He was found guilty of a felony in Ramsey County District Court and received a mandatory minimum of five years in prison…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Chanen noted that Haywood owned “a Walther CP99 Compact .177-caliber BB gun.”

In other words, a BB gun powered by a CO2 (carbon dioxide gas) canister.

Funny. I thought firearms were defined as such if the projectile is discharged by an “explosive.”

Awesooome, but definitely NOT a firearm
“Walther CP99 Compact BB Pistol”
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I understand Haywood’s case is going to be appealed before Minnesota’s state Supreme Court.

In the meantime, I better head over to the PyramydAir website to “stock up” before their Fall Clearance Sale (100+ products up to 61% off) wraps up today.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Chanen, David. “Minnesota Court of Appeals rules BB gun is considered a firearm.” Star Tribune. 28 Sep. 2015. ( 30 Sep. 2015.

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 Air Guns, Crime, Firearms, Hunting, Legal, Shooting Sports No Comments

Another Violent Chicago Weekend: 4 Dead, 53 Wounded By Gunfire

Just read on the Chicago Tribune website a short while ago that 57 people were shot (4 fatally) from last Friday night through early this morning.

Alexandra Chachkevitch and Jeremy Gorner reported this marked “the second consecutive weekend in the city in which shooting victims topped 50,” where 53 people were shot (8 dead, 45 wounded) last weekend.

Chicagoans know that this type of violence typically occurs in certain parts of the city.

However, the amount of shootings going on these days- Chachkevitch and Gorner added “more than 40 were shot on four consecutive weekends in August”- is somewhat mind-blowing.

And while the arrival of more seasonal weather may result in a drop in these numbers soon, not only do I feel this level of violence is going to be a recurring issue for the city, but I think it will escalate and spread as the fallout of Chicago’s financial ills converges with the next major economic crisis that will soon grip the nation.

If this scenario does in fact arrive in the “Windy City,” a focus on self-defense and security (among other things) will be required by residents to come out the other side of this storm in one piece.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Gorner, Jeremy and Chachkevitch, Alexandra. “Ten-year-old girl among 57 shot over bloody weekend in Chicago.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Sep. 2015. ( 28 Sep. 2015.

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