Woman With Rare And Dangerous Form Of TB May Have Exposed Hundreds In Three U.S. States

Report: Patient With Rare & Dangerous Form Of TB Sent To NIH, May Have Exposed Hundreds In 3 States – Big Government

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An unidentified female patient with an extremely rare and drug-resistant form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and authorities are reportedly attempting to track down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her and exposed to the dangerous form tuberculosis.

According to an NBC report, the unidentified woman flew from India to the United States and “traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor.” The patient was reportedly “isolated in a suburban Chicago hospital before she was sent to the NIH.”

“The patient traveled in April from India to the United States through Chicago O’Hare airport,” the CDC said in a statement to NBC. “The patient also spent time in Missouri and Tennessee. Seven weeks after arriving in the United States, the patient sought treatment for and was diagnosed with active TB.”

The CDC said it “will obtain the passenger manifest for that flight from the airline and will begin a contact investigation.” The agency said that though “the risk of getting a contagious disease on an airplane is low, public health officers sometimes need to find and alert travelers who may have been exposed to an ill passenger.”

But the unidentified woman does not have a normal case of tuberculosis.

She has what is known as XDR-TB (extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis), which is so rare and dangerous that the CDC reportedly “got reports of 63 cases between 1993 and 2011″ and “only about a third to half of cases can even be cured.”

Though ordinary TB is “hard to treat and requires, at a minimum, weeks of antibiotics,” XDR-TB “resists the effects of almost all the known TB drugs” and patients sometimes “have to have pockets of infection surgically removed.” In fact, XDR-TB is reportedly “so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.”

According to the CDC, “TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, shouts, or sings,” and “these bacteria can float in the air for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air containing these TB bacteria can become infected.”

The NIH said that “the patient was transferred to the NIA via special air and ground ambulances” and is staying in an isolation room that is “specifically designed for handling patients with respiratory infections, including XDR-TB.” The special isolation rooms reportedly “control air flow to prevent germs from escaping into the rest of the hospital or outside.”

The woman reportedly “may face months or even years of treatment,” and, according to NBC, “the average cost of treating multidrug-resistant TB is $134,000, compared to $17,000 for a normal case.” The cost can even “shoot up to $430,000 for an extensively resistant case.” NBC noted that it is not yet clear at the moment who will pay for the patient’s extensive treatment.

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Pulling A Scott Walker – Newly Elected Republican Governor Of Illinois Declares War On Government Unions

Illinois’ New Republican Governor Just Declared War On Government Unions – Daily Caller

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Illinois’ newly elected Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner attacked labor unions during a speech Tuesday, saying they are responsible for many problems that plague his state.

Throughout his speech, Rauner took aim at “government union bosses,” calling them corrupt for contributing to Democratic candidates in return for favorable deals.

“The taxpayer’s on the outside,” Rauner said during his speech in Decatur, according to Northern Public Radio.

“It’s a conflict of interest. It’s a closed loop. This is what’s going on,” Rauner continued. “It’s driving up our bureaucracy and jobs are leaving.”

“The unions that contract with the state: I think it’s the No. 1 conflict of interest in our state today,” Rauner declared.

Rauner pointed towards Prevailing Wage Laws and Project Labor Agreements as some of the few examples of how labor unions drive up costs through unfair laws.

According to The Illinois Policy Institute, the state is struggling in jobs and education, two areas vital to economic growth and stability.

“Illinois’ low standing for total job growth is unusual given that Illinois has the largest population in the Midwest and the fifth largest nationally,” the Institute noted in a report for 2014. “It takes a particularly toxic combination of bad policy and corrupt dealings to hinder such a large and talented workforce from keeping up with the likes of Kentucky and Connecticut.”

“Illinois tracks last of all states for private-sector job creation in 2014, one of only four states to be negative for jobs on the year,” the report added.

The governor also addressed right-to-work legislation. Though he is hesitant to support it as a state law, Rauner does say local leaders should decide for themselves if they want such legislation. Under a right-to-work law, workers cannot be forced into a union as a condition of employment.

“I’m not advocating Illinois becoming a right-to-work state, but I do advocate local governments being allowed to decide whether they’re right-to-work zones,” Rauner said according to The Associated Press.

Some union leaders are already attacking Rauner for deceiving voters during the election last year: While running for governor, Rauner said he was not anti-union.

“It’s taken him less than two weeks to show his true colors,” Sean Stott of the Laborer’s International Union told Northern Public Radio.

Scott says the governor’s plans will drive down wages and lead to a loss of jobs, and not just for union members.

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan, called the governor’s speech, “failed right-wing economic policy.”

“The Bruce Rauner that managed to mask his true feelings about working families for most of last year showed his true agenda today,” Carrigan told Insurance News Net in a statement. “Much like his past proposal to cut the minimum wage, he is now going after workers on all fronts by supporting right to work, attacking unemployment insurance and workers compensation, as well as prevailing wage and project labor agreements that benefit both workers and the taxpayers.”

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SEIU Union Thugs Organize Assault On McDonald’s HQ In Illinois; Charter 32 Buses To Bring In Leftist Rabble-Rousers (Video)

Send In The Clowns: 84% Of McDonald’s Protesters Were Not McDonald’s Employees – Labor Union Report

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On Wednesday, the Service Employees International Union, as part of its four-year old plan to unionize the nation’s fast-food workers, launched a frontal assault on McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois.

During the event, over 120 protesters, as well as SEIU boss and fast-food unionization architect Mary Kay Henry, were arrested.

After her arrest, the SEIU’s self-anointed Burger Queen actually thanked the police on her Twitter feed.

The union’s event planners had rented 32 buses, ensured they had prominent civil rights leaders in tow for photo-ops as they stormed the company’s entrance and, while they had some of McDonald’s 440,000 U.S. employees, the vast majority of protesters (about 16%, according to Bloomberg’s numbers) appear to be nothing more than a rent-a-mob (or astroturf, as the case may be):

The event, the latest in a series of demonstrations by workers demanding $15-an-hour pay and the right to form a union, began at 1 p.m. local time yesterday, on the eve of McDonald’s Corp.’s shareholder meeting.

About 2,000 protesters, including about 325 McDonald’s workers in restaurant uniforms, stormed though the company’s campus entrance at Jorie Boulevard and Kroc Drive in Oak Brook, according to the organizers, holding signs that said, “We Are Worth More” and “My Union My Voice.” The Oak Brook Police Department estimated the number was 1,000 to 1,500.

The protesters – brought to the scene by 32 buses – were joined by Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry and William Barber, an official from the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. About 110 people were arrested for trespassing, police said. The protesters who were arrested included McDonald’s (MCD) workers and 36 community, clergy and labor leaders, including Henry, according to the organizers.

Although, when the SEIU originally launched the fast-food unionization campaign, the SEIU boss had initially tried to portray it as a “spontaneous movement.”

However, the spontaneous movement portrayal quickly dissolved as the SEIU’s role in the campaign planning became more apparent.

As a leader of the now-infamous SEIU, Wednesday’s protest will be Mary Kay Henry’s second known arrest, after having been previously arrested during the union-sponsored Occupy Wall Street protests.

Of course, one must wonder if the three-strikes-and-you’re-out rule applies to games involving pure astroturf.

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Democrat State Rep. From Illinois Charged With Possession Of Kiddie Porn

Breaking: IL Democrat Rep. Charged With Possession Of Child Porn On State Office Computer – Gateway Pundit

Democrat Keith Farnham was a champion against kiddie porn – Until he wasn’t.

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Former Rep. Keith Farnham, 66, announced his resignation in March, one day after he won the Democratic primary, running unopposed. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)

In March 2014 authorities from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seized electronics from Illinois Democrat Keith Farnham’s state office.

Today Democrat Keith Farnham was charged with possession of child pornography on his work computer in his state office in Elgin.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham was charged today with possession of child pornography more than a month after he abruptly resigned after federal agents raided his home and state office.

The federal charges alleged that Farnham, 66, of Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin in March. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago on Wednesday.

When he resigned his seat on March 19, Farnham told the Tribune he was stepping down due to serious health concerns. A Navy veteran who ran a painting business in Elgin before running for office in 2009, Farnham said he is receiving treatment for bladder cancer and also struggles with pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes lung tissue to scar.

Federal agents executed a search warrant at Farnham’s office and residence in Elgin on March 13. Several computers and electronic storage devices were recovered that contained child pornography images, including the two charged videos, according to the complaint unsealed today.

The office computer that contained the videos was labeled “PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.”

According to a criminal complaint, homeland security agents were investigating information received from its Cyber Crimes Center that an email address was being used to trade child pornography on the Internet.

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Leftist Catastrophe Update: Zero People Attend Obamacare Enrollment Event In Illinois (Video)

Zero People Attend Obamacare Enrollment Event In Illinois – Washington Free Beacon

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With the March 31 deadline to enroll in Obamacare looming, health department officials across the nation are making a huge, last minute push to sign Americans up – especially those between the ages of 18-34, but are finding it increasingly difficult.

Over three million Americans are enrolled in Obamacare, but only a quarter of enrollees are the heavily targeted youth.

To make matters worse, an Obamacare enrollment event at the Boone County Health Department failed to produce any attendees.

“I don’t think that young people are signing up for Obamacare at all because they can either be covered under their parents for essentially free or there’s other cheaper options or they just feel like they don’t need it at all,” Jenna Liphart, a Rockford, Illinois resident, shared told WTVO.

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Illinois Leftists Raise Taxes By $26B As An Excuse To Pay Down $4.5B Debt… End Up Doubling Debt Instead

#ILGov: $26 Billion In Tax-Hikes Later, The Deadbeat State Is Deadbeatier Than Ever – Conservative Intelligence Briefing

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In January 2011, the clock was running out on a lame-duck Illinois state legislature that wanted to raise taxes. Democrats had lost seats in the recent election, and with some of their own members opposed to the increase, they were about to lose the numbers they needed to make it happen.

The 66 percent income tax hike passed by just one vote in the state Senate and three votes in the state House.

The point of the tax hike, Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters, was to retire the $4.5 billion in IOUs the state had accumulated – late payments to state vendors, contractors, doctors seeing Medicaid patients, and anyone else foolish enough to do business with the Deadbeat State.

Nearly three years and $26 billion in additional taxes later, guess what’s happened? That’s right, Illinois is now $9 billion behind on its payments, the Illinois Policy Institute notes:

[I]llinois’ unpaid bills are slated to reach $9 billion during the Christmas season this year… By the end of the current fiscal year, lawmakers will have collected a total of $25.7 billion in new revenue from the 2011 tax hike. Despite this massive inflow of new cash, Illinois’ unpaid bills are higher today than they were when lawmakers passed the 2011 tax hike.

Yes, it’s easy to laugh at Illinois – and Illinois deserves the mockery – and its low bond rating, and anything else you can throw at it. But if you wonder why conservatives generally oppose tax increases as a way of balancing budgets, here’s the easy answer: If you give these guys extra money, you know exactly what they’re going to do with it.

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Another thug gets what he deserved, and his father calls it “murder”

I am always sorry for a father who loses a son, but honestly what kind of fool defends his son charging police with knives?

42-year-old Michael Habay slipped on motocross armor and allegedly armed himself with a pair of knives (pictured above) when Boulder Police came to check on the welfare of his live-in girlfriend after neighbors saw him with the knives, and heard him making threats. When a police entry team breached the door, Habay allegedly charged, and was deflected by the police point man carrying a ballistic shield. Habay then charged a second officer, who shot and killed him.

Habay’s father has taken issue with the shooting.

Noting their officers took “reasonable measures” to protect lives, Boulder police officials on Monday defended the actions of the 14-year veteran who shot and killed a man over the weekend, saying the officer had reason to believe the knife-wielding suspect was about to stab him.

But the suspect’s father placed the blame on police, saying the officer-involved shooting that claimed his son’s life was a “murder.”

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office on Monday officially identified the shooting victim as 42-year-old Michael Habay.
His father, William Habay, of Illinois, told the Daily Camera on Sunday that his son was renting the unit at Wimbledon Condominiums, 3009 Madison St., from him.

When reached again by phone Monday, William Habay called the shooting a “murder.”

“He had knives, they had rifles,” he said. “That’s murder.”

Because no one has ever used a knife to kill right? What does daddy expect a cop to do? Get stabbed THEN defend himself? Or maybe police should have to engage in a knife fight if their attacker is “only” charging them with knives? The fact is his son should have heeded some sage advice. Never bring a knife to a gunfight.