Federal agents raided Springfield, Illin Chicago
Federal agents raided Springfield, Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval's Cicero office, source says.
Investigators are investigating allegations that Sandoval used his official position to lead the business to at least one company in exchange for kickbacks, a source with understanding of the case said.
No criminal charges have been filed. Sandoval, who has been in power for 17 years and heads the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, could not be reached on Tuesday, and there was no call back to his office.
In what became a familiar incident in Illinois, FBI and IRS officials spent hours behind locked doors in Sandoval's state office, where an officer stationed in the nearby hallway turned back a reporter seeking comment.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., at least eight people left the Democratic Senate headquarters carrying cardboard boxes, two brown "proof" pockets, and what appeared to be a desktop computer covered in plastic. News cameras rolled out as agents left the building, loaded the material into two SUVs, and drove off.
Approximately 200 miles away, agents executed search warrants at Sandoval's district office in 5800 block West 35th Street in Cicero, as well as his long-standing family home in Gage Park, sources said.
A person who answered to Sandoval's gate, a three-story house on Tuesday, said that the legislator was not home. Later, two officers with duty belts and handcuffs came out of the house to pick up wheeled hand trucks and take them inside. One recognized himself as a criminal branch of the IRS.
The FBI spokesperson verified that officials were in the capital carrying out "authorized law enforcement activities," but declined to comment further. The raids were the latest in a sequence of ongoing public corruption probes that have sent shock waves from City Hall to Springfield over the prior 10 months.
In November 2018, the FBI took over the offices of the Ald City Hall. Edward Burke, who at the moment was the strong president of the Finance Committee, was papering through the doors with green butcher paper before leaving down a back staircase with computers and files. Burke has since been indicted for sweeping racketeering charges, alleging that he used his clout to direct business to his private law firm. He pleaded not guilty.
A similar event occurred in June when officials executed search warrants at Ald's ward office of influential of the Far South Side. Carrie Austin, 34th, the second longest-serving member of the City Council. Austin was not charged.
Sandoval is also the second state senator to be in the cloud of a federal investigation.
Last month, his coworker Sen. Thomas E. Cullerton of Villa Park was charged with misappropriation allegations, stating that he had pocketed nearly $275,000 in salaries and benefits from the Teamsters Union despite doing little or no job. Cullerton pleaded not guilty.
Born in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of the City's South Side, Sandoval, 55, won the Senate election for the first time in 2002 with the support of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and the now-defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization, a patronage army that collapsed in the midst of a federal investigation into hiring practices in the City Hall.
Controversy has often disturbed Sandoval's political career. In 2011, Sandoval was among a handful of lawmakers whose legislative scholarship records had been reviewed by federal authorities after they had been sent by state education officials. The century-old scholarship program, long riddled with abuse, was eventually repealed.
Last month, Sandoval faced national criticism after photos showing a man pointing a fake gun used as a novelty beverage dispenser to someone wearing a mask depicting President Donald Trump were taken at a political fundraiser hosted by the senator and posted on social media. Sandoval apologized, said he was not aware of the incident when it occurred, and blamed it on a vendor hired to provide music and entertainment.
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Bernie Sanders, John Cusack rallied with Chicago teachers as the strike vote started
The Chicago Teachers Union brought some celebrity to support their campaign for a new contract on Tuesday evening, with actress John Cusack rallying with teachers in front of the headliner of the evening — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — call for big increases for local public school teachers.
"There has never been a better union champion than Bernie Sanders," Cusack said to cheer from a throng of teachers and other members of the local labor group gathered at the CTU headquarters on the first day of its vote to allow teachers strike.
He praised the educators union for "becoming the conscience of the United States of America" when the Vermont senator later reached the stage.
"What we see is teachers standing up and fighting for justice," Sanders said. "... Every problem in society — hunger, domestic violence, poverty — it's going into your doors, isn't it? You see it every day and at a moment when we, in the richest country in the world's history, have the highest rate of childhood poverty in almost any major nation on earth.
"You are demanding, and I am demanding for a change in national priorities," he said.
Sanders highlighted some of the particular requirements of the CTU, calling on the city to "negotiate an agreement that substantially decreases class sizes" and to "boost the pay and benefits for educators in Chicago and support employees in Chicago," as well as address nurses and librarians ' problems.
Earlier in the rally, CTU President Jesse Sharkey called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to say that she had not provided staff levels that would guarantee that librarians, nurses or social workers in schools would work on a regular basis.
But Tuesday again, the mayor pointed to a city proposal that offers base pay increases of 16 percent over five years for teachers. She also said that the union is looking for new roles that are "baked ... In this year's budgets.
At the rally, Sanders also talked about working people not being willing to afford childcare and plugged his suggestion for free college tuition. After he said, "Let me show you something else we're supposed to do," an audience participant called out, "Beat Trump!"At that, Sanders laughed as the crowd cheered and rose to their feet.
Bob Reiter, chairman of the Chicago Federation of Labor, had received the crowd ripped up sooner, stating he's prepared to battle for the employees. He was one of several speeches who punctuated his words with F-bombs.
"The Chicago Labor Movement is a unique place. It's the birthplace of the American labor party," he said, saying subsequently, "If it's a moment ... then an (expletive) rebellion."
At the end of the speech, people rushed to one side of the room, where a path had been designed for Sanders to leave. They lined the path, four to five people deep, holding their phones to try to take a picture. "We love you so much, Bernie!" Some of them called out as he went by.
Steps back, Claire Bartlett and her mom were standing arm-in-arm in red union shirts. Bartlett, a suburban librarian, said her mom was a CPS teacher and now works for the CTU, and her dad used to teach in another district. She went out to help teachers because she saw how difficult they work and believed they deserve a living wage. "The finest wishes of the community are at their core," Bartlett said. She said that she liked Sanders ' speech, too.
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Health officials in California are telling everyone to stop vaping now
Health officials in California issued a warning Tuesday that people stop vaping immediately, joining a growing chorus of health experts advising caution about e-cigarette use following recent reports of severe lung diseases associated with the practice.
Hundreds of individuals across the country have been admitted in recent months with severe lung diseases suspected of being associated with vaping, both nicotine and THC. There were two casualties in California due to the diseases as well as 90 people hospitalized, officials state.
"We see something we haven't seen before," Dr. Charity Dean, the current public health secretary in California, said in a statement. "There are countless unknown factors at this moment and we recommend that people stop from vaping until the investigation has been completed due to the ambiguity of the exact source."
E-cigarettes are loaded with a liquid cartridge that, when heated, turns into a vapor that the user inhales. However, the newest outbreak indicates that something in the liquid, like oil or another blended material, has also entered the lungs of people and caused harm, experts claim.
"People get sick and some die as a result of vaping," said Gov. Newsom in Tuesday's statement. "We encourage Californians to stop vaping until health officials fully understand what causes this public health crisis."
The U.S. for the past few weeks. Disease Control and Prevention Centers investigated a collection of severe symptoms associated with e-cigarettes, including chest pain, shortness of breath and vomiting. They claim that they are uncertain about the precise source of the problems, but they have also urged people to avoid vaping.
There were 530 lung injury cases worldwide as of Friday as well as seven deaths, one of which was in Los Angeles County. Two-thirds of the cases happened in people aged 18 to 35 years.
To date, the outbreak has not been associated with any particular devices or chemicals, officials claim. Most sick people had vaped with THC, some with a mixture of THC and nicotine, and a smaller amount with nicotine on its own.
Dr. James Sargent, a professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, said that cases of individuals becoming sick after vaping started to appear in the scientific literature at least five years ago. But until lately, he said, there were not enough cases or consciousness among physicians to form a pattern.
Now doctors who recognize these signs are going to understand how to know child background with e-cigarettes, he said. But Sargent expressed fear about regulating the small number of vaping products.
"We have a vast THC and e-cigarettes test working on ... No one ensures that when the vape shops put nicotine in, they say it's the concentration," he said. "The whole thing about vaping is like the Wild West."
Government is trying to take action against e-cigarettes.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called for a four-month ban in the state on Tuesday on all sales of vaping products. Michigan became the nation's first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes earlier this month. In June, the first major city to ban the sale of any e-cigarette products was San Francisco.
The Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday considered a ban on flavored e-cigarette products that experts say which can serve as a nicotine gateway for children. Discussion of the measure by the board drew thousands of people on Tuesday morning, loudly shouting outside the board chamber. "I Vote, I Vape" and "Tobacco Flavored is a death trap" write signs.
The committee decided to move the measure forward and will meet next week for another vote meeting.
"This quick intervention is precisely the kind of protections we want to see," American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network L.A. Primo Castro, Director of Government Relations, said in a statement. "No mistake— the industry is shamelessly looking to increase revenues while its consumers are suffering death and illness, and local citizens are still paying for the tobacco-related illness''.
The real estate agent in Los Angeles attacked in the open house
Local cops are looking for the man wearing a baseball cap in the trucker style and who smiled into a security camera before pushing the lady forcefully and assaulting her.
A Los Angeles real estate agent was assaulted by a person who looked directly at a security camera minutes ago and smiled for it. Police are looking for the suspect, believed to be in his 40s, videotaped in the incident that occurred around 3 p.m. in Encino's San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Reported on Sunday, NBC Los Angeles.
Two other real estate agents on Tuesday after watching the video said they thought they were groped at other open house events by the same man, the station reported.
The agent had seen this man in a previous open house and said she didn't trust him tod police, believing he was attempting to lure her into a room.
According to NBC Los Angeles, a security camera outside the front door reveals that she went out and said, "You saw the home. You're done. That's it. "That's when he pulls his cap off the camera and smiled at it.
Then they shook hands before he shook her forcibly, which sent her into the vegetation just outside the view of the camera. Before she hit the ground, the agent started screaming for help.
According to the woman, the man leaned over the agent and placed his hands on her chest before beating a hasty retreat amid her screams."I'm not aware of what I did," she said to the NBC channel. "All I remember was screaming so loudly for assistance."
The guy looked up twice when they were at the porch and made eye contact with a security camera. He even took off his baseball cap in the trucker style and smiled straight into the lens.
"You'd imagine that something like this wouldn't occur in the daylight ... particularly when there's a camera video of the whole incident," said broker Bob Siegmeth, whose Keller-Williams Realty team is working with the agent who was assaulted.
Experience has troubled a female who has endured wounds and scars on her knee and is having chest pain. "I couldn't sleep," said the tearful woman. "I keep viewing the clip and weeping."
White House Seeks Deal for Whistle-Blower to talk to Congress
As House Democrats decided to initiate a formal investigation process, the administration is also willing to release a redacted version of the complaint from the whistle-blower.
On Tuesday, White House and intelligence officers were sorting out a plan to release a redacted version of the whistle-blower complaint that helped arouse the impeachment drive against President Trump and allow the whistle-blower to talk with congressional investigators, people informed on the matter said.
The step toward disclosing more information demanded by Democrats as part of the administration's broader effort to settle the rising calls for Mr. Trump's impeachment and became public after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry.
Ms. Pelosi said to fellow Democrats that in a personal call she had with the Mr. President on Tuesday, he said he was not liable for a whistleblower complaint being withheld from Congress, according to Democrats.
The accurate content of the complaint from the whistle-blower was not produced to the public. The inspector general for the intelligence community discovered it is urgent and reliable, and it is said to affect Mr. Trump and Ukraine. People familiar with the circumstances said the administration put the complaint through a process of declassification and intended to release a redacted within the next few days.
It was filed on Aug. 12, a few weeks after Mr. Trump spoke to the current President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, by phone. The identity of the whistleblower has not been publicly revealed.
Mr. Trump admitted that during the call with Mr. Zelensky. He raised his long-standing demand for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his younger son, Hunter Biden, who was doing business in Ukraine while his father was in office and plays a key role in diplomacy with Ukraine.
Initially, the president and his staff rejected requests from the Congress to examine the complaint, igniting intense criticism from House Democrats. But as pressure was set up in the House to initiate impeachment proceedings, officials in the administration found that keeping out would put them in a politically unsustainable position.
In their view, the appearance of being stonewalling Congress could prove more dangerous than the account of the whistle-blower. Mr. Trump also thinks that the allegations about him are not nearly as damning as they were depicted and that revealing them will undercut the drive of impeachment drive, said by the people close to the president.
Recriminations have started inside the White House about how the situation has developed to a stage where a formal investigation of impeachment has been announced, said by the people briefing on the situation.
Some of his long-standing opponents criticized the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney for not acting more strongly. But Rudolph W was most blamed by people.
The recently retired National Security Advisor, John R. Bolton, was deeply worried about Mr. Giuliani's involvement in national security issues, according to a person familiar with his thinking. It was not clear whether he discussed it with either Mr. Trump or Mr. Giuliani.
The decision of the administration to find solutions to defuse some of the tension over the whistle-blower was a striking turnaround. Intelligence community lawyers sent a letter to the whistle-blower's lawyers on Tuesday, stating that the office was trying to sort out the issues that would allow the whistle-blower to talk to Congress.
Andrew P. Bakaj, a whistle-blower lawyer, sent a letter earlier this Tuesday to the National Intelligence Director stating that his client wished to meet with members of Congress but needed the permission of the office
“We applaud the decision to release the whistle-blower complaint as it establishes that, ultimately, the lawful whistle-blower disclosure process can work,” said Mr. Bakaj and I. Charles McCullough III, another lawyer for the whistle-blower.
Intelligence community lawyers had discussions with officials from the White House and Justice Department on how the whistleblower can share his complaint without infringing on issues such as executive privilege.
Allowing the whistleblower to meet with congressional investigators would provide an opportunity for the whistleblower to share at least some details of the complaint he filed, even if the complete document is not handed over to Congress.
Joseph Maguire, National Intelligence's acting director, said on Tuesday that he would work with Congress and the administration to find a resolution on Congressional access to the complaint in the standoff.
Mr. Maguire pushed back on Ms. Pelosi's assertion that he had acted illegally by withholding Congress ' whistle-blower complaint in a sharply worded statement.
"In the context of recent whistle-blower complaint disclosure, I want to make it clear that I have retained my responsibility to obey the law every step of the manner," Mr. Maguire said.
Mr. Maguire also seemed to protect the whistleblower by stating that all representatives of the intelligence agencies in the country "have a special obligation to do what is correct, including reporting wrongdoing."
Originally, the administration had prevented the complaint of the whistleblower from being exchanged with Congress on the basis that it did not satisfy the legal boundaries of a subject under the purview of the National Intelligence Director's office.
But the administration worked on several fronts by Tuesday to show important aspects of the material that Congressional Democrats sought. Mr. Trump said he would disclose a record of his call to Mr. Zelensky on July 25 as he came to visit sessions at the United Nations on Tuesday.
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Continue second day CA students protest in jodhpur
Protest by CA students angry over ICAI evaluation process
In Jodhpur, on the second day in a row of nationwide protests against the evaluation process of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), CA students protested and staged protests outside the ICAI branch office for hours for the second consecutive day. According to these students, there are disturbances in the evaluation process of the answer sheet from the institute, due to which they are demanding transparency in the evaluation and evaluation process of the answer sheet.
In this context, a memorandum has been submitted by the students to the officials of ICAI Jodhpur branch on Tuesday. Sikasa chairman CA Abhishek Soni and branch secretary CA Dhawal Kothari said that the memorandum has been sent to the main office.
Demand to increase MCQ questions to 50 percent. Students say that even in the MCQ questions started last year, the Institute is not giving the right marks. Numbers are also being deducted in the same manner as the sagged tears and notebook answers. There is also a demand from the students to replace 30 percent of MCQs with 50 percent. Some of the protesters, on the condition of anonymity, said that many mistakes were found in their evaluation of answer sheets. It is worth mentioning that at present, there is a provision of reverification from the institute, i.e., the retort and the answer left from the check are consented, whereas there is no provision for revaluation.
New Delhi: After the abrogation of 370 and 35A, Pakistan has broken ceasefire continuously. The incident is not one or two if it is seen in no 2050 which is biggest no for the take care of peace at the border.
Indian army is taking precautionary action for any upcoming situation, army is also assuring minimum casualty to our civilians, to protect them around 5 km radius near to border has taken under precaution.
According to the foreign minister, spokesperson Ravish Kumar more 2050 times Pakistan has broken the ceasefire in which more than 21 civilians were killed in this year.
Under the ceasefire, Pakistan infiltrates the terrorist to India so that the peace of Jammu and Kashmir can not be maintained. According to sources, more than 500 terrorists are ready at balakot where Indian air force already done air strick which was vacant till this month but now there is the movement of more than 500 terrorists in Balakot.
India has repeatedly requested Pakistan not to violate the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement and ordered its troops to maintain peace and restraint on the border.
More than two dozen terrorist has already entered in Srinagar according to the intelligent report, waiting for the right movement,if the security forces in valley losses, can create unpeace in the valley. Also activating stone-pelting people but security persons are taking care of all the input coming from IB.
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