Monday, December 17, 2012
Westboro Baptist Church came to Skokie in September 2010 to protest on the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. Now, the group says they will protest outside of Sandy Hook Elementary, claiming, "God Sent the Shooter."
In September of 2010, Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) came to Skokie so they could protest outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on Rosh Hashanah. WBC members, known for demonstrating at military funerals and burning American flags, made their rounds in Skokie, Evanston and the Israeli Consulate in September 2010. Their message that day: "Obey God or Destruction." Fast forward to today, and the WBC is once again trying to practice their 1st Amendment rights. A day after Friday's shooting in Newtown, CT, where police said 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother and then 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, Westboro Baptist member Shirley Phelps-Roper posted a message on Twitter that the group would "sing …
Friday, March 18, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Friday March 18.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Some parents express pride as students--facing detention--leave class to oppose Wisconsin statute.
Almost 300 students gathered outside of Niles West High School to protest Wisconsin's anti-union legislation on Thursday. Fearing the bill may have a domino effect and ultimately hit their hometown, the teens walked out of class in support of collective bargaining. (Watch the video by clicking on the image to the right.) "This is obviously something that the government and big businesses are pushing, but the people don't want it at all and I know Illinois doesn't want it," said Alex Knorr, 18, a senior at Niles West and an organizer of the event. "So, this is kind of the students' way of saying we don't want [the anti-union bill] in Illinois and we don't want it in our school," she added. Hundreds of students lined up in front of Oakton …
Friday, February 25, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Friday, Feb. 25.
The latest headlines on Patch sites around you: Man Dies in Early Morning Car Accident Up to 5 Inches of Snow Predicted; Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Charges Lead Lake County Coroner to Resign Pack Your Bags Kids, We're Going to Wisconsin! Renegade Pizza-Maker Earns National Nod