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Take a wild guess as to what happened in Chicago this past weekend…

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MyFoxChicago: Two people were killed and at least 16 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

One man was shot dead and another was wounded in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.The men were standing on a corner in the 4400 block of South Honore about 12:30 a.m. when a red SUV and a light car pulled up and the occupants fired shots, police said. A 40-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A 38-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized.

People who knew the 40-year-old gathered under sheets of rain at the scene, some arguing with police about why his body was still on scene an hour after the shooting. Friends of the victim said he had been released from a three-year prison stint a couple months ago.

Carmen Galzan, 37, said she had grown up with the man in the neighborhood and described him as a “silly” and “funny” friend. She said he had been gang-affiliated since he was a kid. “He just came out of jail, and he was just tired,” Galzan said. “He was just tired of living this life.”

The other fatal shooting of the weekend happened early Saturday in Englewood. Kelly Burrell, 23, and a 20-year-old man were on a porch in the 7300 block of South Green at 2:50 a.m. Saturday when a light-colored vehicle drove up and someone inside fired shots, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

Burrell was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said. She lived on the same block as the shooting. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and a graze wound to the abdomen and his condition was stabilized, police said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Officers responding to a call of shots fired about 12:50 p.m. in the 2800 block of West Polk found a 20-year-old man on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the back, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At least 13 other people have been wounded in separate shootings across the city since 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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Gun control, Chicago style: 5 killed, 27 wounded in weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Five people were killed and at least 27 others have been hurt in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Two males were driving in the 1600 block of North Cicero about 3:50 a.m. when a light-colored vehicle pulled up alongside and someone inside fired shots, police said. One of the males was shot in his head and the other male was shot multiple times in his body, police said. Their ages were not immediately available. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatalities.

Early Saturday, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. Richard Edwards and an 18-year-old man had left a party about 2:15 a.m. after they were “involved in an altercation,” according to police and the medical examiner’s office. As they were driving in a van in the 700 block of West 35th Street, a light-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. Edwards, of the 3900 block of South Lake Park, was shot in the armpit and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The other man was shot in the hand and shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

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As police investigated, a woman who said she was the teen’s mother was a half block away on Halsted, crying and pleading with officers to let her see her son’s body, which was covered by a sheet. “I just want my child,” she said. “I need to touch him. I need to hold him. I need to feel him.”

Late Friday, a 27-year-old man was discovered fatally shot in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Juan Ugalde was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the side of his face just before 10 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Washtenaw, authorities said. Ugalde, of the 2800 block of West 21st Street, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weekend’s first shooting left 34-year-old Laurance Boyd dead Friday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood, authorities said. Boyd was sitting in a parked vehicle about 6 p.m. in the 1300 block of West 122nd Street when a gunman walked up and fired multiple shots, police said. The shooter then ran off eastbound.

Edwards, of the 12700 of South May in Calumet Park, was shot twice in the back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, officials said.

Early Saturday, five people were shot when gunfire erupted outside an Austin neighborhood party on the West Side. They were outside the party in the 0-100 block of North Lorel about 3 a.m. when a gunman approached from a gangway and opened fire, police said.

A 33-year-old woman was shot in the “neck or face” and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 37-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks and a 38-year-old woman in the hand. They were also taken to Mount Sinai, where their conditions stabilized, police said. Two men — ages 23 and 26 — were each shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

The weekend’s most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in Englewood. A 38-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle in the 5700 block of South Lowe a few minutes after 5 a.m. when someone fired shots, police said.

He was shot in the left leg and someone drove him to Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, police said.

At least 20 other people have been shot in separate attacks since Friday 7:45 p.m. Friday.

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Meanwhile, instead of facing the real cause of these criminal acts, Reverend Michael Pfleger listed recent shootings in heavily gun-controlled Chicago then said the NRA “will pay pay for the murder of our children.”

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Another deadly weekend in Chicago: 2 killed, 21 wounded in weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicagoTwo people were killed and at least 21 others, including a 13-year-old boy, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon.

A West Side man has been charged for the weekend’s most recent fatal shooting, in which a 25-year-old southwest suburban man was gunned down during a robbery early Saturday in the North Side Lake View neighborhood. Kristopher K. Pitts, 22, faces one count each of first-degree murder and robbery armed with a firearm, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Pitts, of the 1100 block of North Central Park, was arrested after being identified as the man who shot Kevin O. O’Malley twice in the chest during a violent robbery about 2 a.m. in the 900 block of West Oakdale, authorities said. O’Malley, of the the 10600 block of Palos West Drive in Palos Park, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An officer at the scene said the shooting might have stemmed from an armed robbery for a cell phone.

Pitts fled the scene of the shooting but was arrested a short time later, police said. He was scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot to death in Little Village.

About midnight, 24-year-old Jose Velasquez was walking with his spouse in the 2100 block of South Fairfield when two or three people walked up to them from a gangway, yelling and opening fire, authorities said. Velasquez, of the 2800 block of West 21st Street, was shot in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:41 a.m., authorities said.

A 13-year-old boy was critically injured Saturday afternoon in a Homan Square neighborhood shooting on the West Side. The boy was in the passenger seat of a van in the 3200 block of West Lexington when someone fired shots from a red SUV about 2:45 p.m., police said. The SUV sped away eastbound on Lexington. Family members drove the boy to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. An 18-year-old man was heading westbound in the 3900 block of West Congress at 5:25 a.m. when a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and left forearm, police said. He was listed in critical condition Sunday morning.

At least 19 others have been shot in separate attacks across Chicago since 4 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, a 43-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a Pilsen neighborhood bar early Saturday, police said. About 12:40 a.m., Rodolfo Avina was stabbed in the neck while he was in a bar in the 900 block of West 18th Street. Avina, who lived in the 700 block of North Franklin, was dead at the scene, authorities said. Ulises Almaraz, 29, of Berwyn, faces one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death, Chicago Police announced early Sunday. He is scheduled to appear in court Sunday.

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Another brutal weekend: 40 shot, 1 fatally, in Chicago gun violence

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MyFoxChicago: A man was killed and at least 39 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday.

About midnight Saturday, Ronnie Montgomery, 24, was found on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Hastings, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette, was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after viewing the body of her recently deceased daughter at a South Side funeral home. Iola Burress, 81, survived being shot four times, relatives told the Sun-Times. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester Burress, was also shot in the drive-by attack in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“It’s very hard right now because we’re trying to bury her daughter and assist her and then this happens today during the wake,” said Yolanda McBride, Burress’s granddaughter, on Friday. McBride’s mother, Laverne Burress, 60, is the daughter the 81-year-old was mourning. On Saturday, relatives said Iola Burress had to miss her daughter’s funeral.

Chicago Police said that Iola Burress and her grandson were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Carpenter when they were shot by someone who was in a passing white SUV.

The grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was shot in the right wrist and abdomen, while her grandson was shot in the hip, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both were released on Saturday, relatives told the Sun-Times.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Englewood.

About 12:20 p.m., a 22-year-old man was outside in the 400 block of West 65th Place when someone walked up and shot him in the right arm, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

At least 36 other people have been shot across the city since 1:55 p.m. Friday.

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Same old thing in Chicago: 2 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings across city

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MyFoxChicago: Two people were killed and at least 24 others wounded in shootings across the city between Friday night and Monday morning.

The most recent fatal shooting happened late Saturday in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Two 23-year-old men were standing in the 7400 block of South Cottage Grove at 11:55 p.m. when two males walked up and began shooting, police said.

One of the men–later identified as Theo Hike–was shot multiple times in the torso, head and neck, and died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Hike’s home was a block north in the 7300 block of South Cottage Grove. The other man was shot in the back and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Saturday afternoon, another man was killed in a shooting in Englewood on the South Side. Marcus D. Franklin, 22, was on a sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Green at 12:55 p.m. when someone walked up and shot him repeatedly in the neck and chest, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Franklin, of the 700 block of West 61st Street, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m., authorities said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened early Monday during an attempted robbery near Jackson Park on the South Side. A 23-year-old man was walking in the 6700 block of South Jeffery about 3:45 a.m. when two males walked up, announced a robbery and shot him, police said. Preliminary information does not indicate anything was stolen. The victim walked into St. Bernard Hospital at 3:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his left leg, police said. He was listed in fair condition.

About 15 minutes earlier, three men were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. About 3:30 a.m., the men were exiting a residence in the 7700 block of South Emerald when a dark-colored SUV drove by and someone inside fired several shots, police said.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 28-year-old man was shot in the foot, police said. They were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where both of their conditions were stabilized.

A 24-year-old man initially sped away from the scene in his vehicle, but was later stopped for speeding by Dolton police, authorities said. He then revealed he had been shot in the right wrist, and was taken in good condition to Christ Medical Center.

Saturday evening, two teenage boys were shot in a Back of the Yards neighborhood park. The boys, 15 and 16, were standing near the basketball court about 5:50 p.m. at Micek Park at 5311 S. Hamilton, when a gunman got out of a gray car and started firing, police said.

The younger boy was shot in the right buttocks and the older in the left elbow. The boys–who both have documented gang ties–were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, police said.

At least 18 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since 9 p.m. Friday.

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Illinois justices overturn state’s landmark 2013 pension law

 

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MyFoxChicago: The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation’s worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit.

In a unanimous decision, the seven justices declared the law passed 18 months ago violates the state constitution because it would leave pension promises “diminished or impaired.”(As if a $111 BILLION deficit isn’t an impairment.)

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The decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what’s necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations. The hole is so deep the state has in recent years had to reserve up to $7 billion — or one-fifth of its operating funds — to keep pace.

Most states faced the same public employee pension crisis, exacerbated by the Great Recession, and took steps to remedy the problem. But Illinois balked for years at addressing the crisis until former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and fellow Democrats who control the General Assembly overcame opposition from union allies and struck the 2013 deal, amid warnings that it might not pass constitutional muster.

After the General Assembly and Quinn adopted the changes in December 2013, retired employees, state-worker labor unions and others filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the law on constitutional grounds. The high court opinion means the state must keep its pledge on pensions.

The law dealt with four of the state’s five pension programs — the Legislature did not include the judges’ account because of the conflict posed by expected legal action. The shortfall in the amount of money necessary to meet all pension obligations has reached stifling depths largely because of years of skimping on — or skipping — on annual pension contributions by past governors and General Assemblies.

It would have crimped pensions perks in several ways in an effort to erase the shortfall by 2044. Perhaps most significantly, it would have erased the 3 percent compounded cost-of-living adjustment added in 1989, replacing it with a formula that gave the increases on a portion of benefits, depending on years of service. Some would have had the option of freezing their pensions and contributing to a 401(k)-style plan.

It also would have delayed the retirement age for workers aged 45 and younger, on a sliding scale. Workers would have had to contribute 1 percent less to their retirements and the pension agencies would have been allowed sue the state if it didn’t contribute its full annual portion to the funds. Those were additions to help the matter survive a court challenge.

At the March argument before the high court, the opponents to the law argued that the constitution’s language was clear — promised pensions could not be reduced.

State lawyers contended the government had the right to exercise “police powers” in time of crisis, and that the 2008 recession, which decimated retirement fund investment portfolios, provided the crisis. But under close questioning from the bench, the state’s lawyer acknowledged that past governors and legislatures shorted pension payments to save money in the short term.

Even if this pension reform stood the test of court, it wouldn’t have helped. From January 2014:

“A reform package passed late last year will make improvements to Illinois’ woefully underfunded public pension system, but the state’s budget gap still will increase to $13 billion by 2025 if current policies remain in place, according to an independent analysis released on Tuesday.

While the pension reforms are expected to save Illinois $160 billion over 30 years, they will reduce the state’s structural budget deficit only by $1 billion to $1.5 billion a year over the next decade, according to the report by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois’ Fiscal Futures Project.

That would leave the state with a projected budget gap of $3 billion in 2015, growing over the next 10 years to $13 billion. The projected shortfall is just $1 billion less than the $14 billion deficit the report projects Illinois would face without pension reform.

“The pension revision law of December 2013 was a huge step in the direction of fiscal stability for Illinois,” the report said. “Unfortunately, the state’s fiscal problems are so great that much still remains to be done.”

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Paging the #BlackLivesMatter crowd: 5 killed, 22 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Five people were killed and at least 22 others have been wounded – including an off-duty Oak Park policeman – in separate shootings in Chicago since Friday afternoon, police said.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the South Side Marquette Park neighborhood. A 26-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 3100 block of West 64th Street about 12:40 a.m. when two males walked up and fired shots, police said.

The man was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional details.

About 10 p.m. Friday, another man was shot to death in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 7900 block of South Aberdeen found a 26-year-old man lying on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the chest, police said. He was dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

The other two fatal attacks happened within half an hour of each other earlier Friday evening on the South and West Sides.

About 5:20 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot dead in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. Kelvin L. Davis was standing on a sidewalk about 5:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 75th Street when a gunman in a gray vehicle shot at him, authorities said.

Davis, who lived in the 7500 block of South Dorchester, was shot in the neck and chest and taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m., authorities said.

About 5 p.m., two men and a woman were outside in the 4200 block of West Grenshaw when a gunman walked up and opened fire, police said.

Both men, ages 28 and 31, suffered gunshot wounds to the head, police said. The older man was found unresponsive on the ground and pronounced dead at the scene. The younger man was found in the driver seat of a bullet-riddled pickup truck and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.

The 54-year-old woman was shot in the left leg and taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, where her condition stabilized, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatalities but did not release further details.

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On Sunday morning, an off-duty Oak Park police officer was shot on Chicago’s Far South Side. The shooting happened in the 300 block of West 103rd Place at 5:13 a.m., police said.

The 57-year-old officer was exiting his personal vehicle in the 300 block of West 103rd Place at 5:13 a.m. when he was approached by two males, police said. One of them fired numerous shots at the officer, striking him in the arm and leg, police said. The officer returned fire and shot one of the suspects. Both suspects then fled. The off-duty officer was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he is in serious condition.

A few minutes later, responding Chicago officers located two “males of interest” in the 9900 block of South Princeton, police said. One of them had a recent gunshot wound and was also taken to Christ in serious condition. No one had been charged as of Sunday morning.

At least 21 others have been injured in shootings since Friday afternoon.

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