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District of Columbia, Illinois, New York | July 23, 2021

Internet outage hits multiple companies

District of Columbia, Illinois, New York | July 23, 2021

A widespread internet outage hit multiple companies Thursday afternoon and was resolved just before 1 p.m. EST. Connection failures impacted content delivery and cloud service company Akamai, which said the outage was not the result of a cyber attack.Websites for Amazon, Google, Verizon, Delta, HBO Max, Airbnb, AT&T Fidelity, FedEx, UPS, Southwest Airlines, HomeDepot and others may have been impacted across the country and especially in major cities like New York City; Washington, D.C., and Chicago. (Excerpts from Fox News)

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Illinois, New York | July 7, 2021

More than 230 people fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend

Illinois, New York | July 7, 2021

At least 233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend, a 26% drop from last year’s holiday weekend, according to the latest data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.

According to data released Tuesday morning, which looks at shootings from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, there were 314 fatal shootings with 751 injuries during the same period last year, the GVA said.
The significant drop in shootings and shooting victims comes as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime.
Last year’s holiday weekend came as the nation was starting to reopen after the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders and amid mass protests related to the killing of George Floyd. CNN has requested 2019 data…
(Excerpts from CNN)
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Illinois | July 7, 2021

In Illinois, Biden to push money for families and child care

Illinois | July 7, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Biden is turning his focus to pitching his proposed investments in families and education, using a visit to a community college in a key Illinois swing district to highlight how his spending on so-called human infrastructure would boost the economy.

The president on Wednesday will visit McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, a community college with a workforce development program and a child care center. He’ll promote his vision to invest in child care, health care, education and other important aspects of everyday life for Americans. His plans were shared by a White House official who insisted on anonymity to preview remarks that have not been made public.

The visit marks a fresh focus on the portions of Biden‘s economic agenda that didn’t make it into the bipartisan infrastructure deal that the president signed onto in June. That package includes hundreds of billions of dollars of investments in roads and bridges, transit systems and broadband, but it constitutes only a fraction of the $4 trillion in spending Biden has proposed as part of a broader plan to reinvigorate the economy and boost the middle class….

(Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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District of Columbia, Illinois | July 6, 2021

184 Die Over July 4th Weekend As Violent Crime Continues Its Rise

District of Columbia, Illinois | July 6, 2021

Gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend resulted in 184 people killed and 464 injured across the United States, according to data from Gun Violence Archive. The data shows injuries and homicides caused by gun violence during a 72-hour period, from the evening of Friday, July 2 to the evening of Monday, July 5, according to Gun Violence Archive data….

(Excerpts from the  Daily Caller)

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Illinois | June 24, 2021

Devastating: Illinois sees 10% rise in abortions in just one year

Illinois | June 24, 2021

Newly released data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shows that abortions jumped by 10% in just one year, from over 42,000 to over 46,000, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In 2018, 42,400 women had abortions in Illinois, and women from out of state comprised roughly 13% of that total or about 5,500 abortions. By contrast, in 2019 the Tribune reported that 46,500 women underwent abortions in Illinois, with more than 7,500, or roughly 16%, committed on residents of other states. (At press time, 2019 statistics were not yet publicly available on the IDPH website.) This increase is particularly striking in the context of a nearly one percent increase in abortions nationwide, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data for 2018.

The increase is hardly a surprise given Illinois’ extremely abortion-permissive laws. The summer of 2019 saw the passage of the Reproductive Health Act that both enshrined abortion as a “fundamental right” in state law and erased virtually every abortion restriction on the books up until that time. These legislative changes predictably led to Illinois being dubbed an “abortion tourism” destination for out-of-state women seeking abortions, especially as surrounding states beef up restrictions on abortion with mandatory waiting periods, parental notification or consent requirements for minors, mandatory provision of care on babies who survive abortions, and more. Consequently, abortions on out-of-state women have consistently increased year over year in Illinois since 2014

(Excerpts from LIVEACTION)

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Illinois | June 22, 2021

Rescuing Our Precious Children

Illinois | June 22, 2021

Dear Pastors and Church Leaders,

I’m sure that you would agree that our children are part of a massive mission field – a mission field that has been neglected. They demand our utmost attention and our highest priority. Too many children in our families, in our churches and in our communities are being discipled in ways that are contrary to what the Bible teaches. This cannot continue.

Our Lord and Savior gave us clear instructions in Matthew 28:19-20 to “make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” While international missionary support is necessary, we simply cannot ignore the growing great need here at home with our own children. (Mark 8:36Prov. 17:24)

It is bad enough that children are failing to meet proficiency standards in English Language Arts, Math and Science, but now the focus of school time is on social engineering, humanistic training, sexual immorality, revisionist history and other godless subject matters. Right here in Illinois, a shocking number of kids hear messages about choosing their gender or embracing an LGBTQ lifestyle … and our state lawmakers want to mandate “comprehensive sex ed” for kids as young as kindergarten….

(Excerpts from Illinois Family Institute)

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