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A good weekend in Chiraq: Only one killed and 13 wounded in gun violence

Pretty sad when just one murder and 13 others wounded is considered a good weekend. But it’s Chiraq, after all.


MyFoxChicago reported Sunday afternoon that 14 people had been shot — one of them fatally — across Chicago since late Friday.

The homicide happened at 12:30 p.m., when a 25-year-old man was walking in the 1600 block of West Howard when someone walked up and shot him in the chest and back, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he later died, police said.

The two latest non-fatal shootings happened within half an hour – see if you spot a similarity:

  • A 24-year-old woman was shot in the head in West Ridge’s 6000 block of North Western Avenue. She walked into Swedish Covenant Hospital about 4:15 a.m. and her condition was stabilized, police said.
  • About 3:50 a.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot twice in a drive-by attack in Irving Park.He was sitting in a vehicle in the 4100 block of North Drake when another car pulled up and someone inside started shooting. The boy was struck in the shoulder and back and the driver took him to Swedish Covenant, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Nothing good can be happening in Chiraq between 3:00 – 5:00 am in that city. Nothing.

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Chicago Councilman Charged with Murder is Re-elected

There’s a lot of low information voters out there.

ABC Chicago: An East Chicago (Indiana) councilman charged with murder has been re-elected.

The (Munster) Times reports that 42-year-old Robert Battle ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election. He is accused of shooting Reimundo Camarillo Jr. to death on Oct. 12 in East Chicago. He also faces a federal drug charge after police say they found more than 73 pounds of marijuana and more than $100,000 cash during a Porter County traffic stop.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Battle did not request an absentee ballot to vote from the jail.

Battle is seeking bail and a Nov. 17 hearing is planned. On Tuesday a Lake County judge granted prosecutors’ request for a DNA mouth swab from Battle.


Gun control, Chicago style: 2 dead, 8 wounded in separate shootings

There’s a common theme here….”heard a shot and felt pain”. Obviously a regular occurrence in gun-controlled Chicago.

Chicago Tribune: At least two men have been fatally wounded and another eight injured Saturday afternoon and evening in separate shootings on the city’s South and West sides police said.

The most recent homicide happened at the intersection of Adams Street and Kilbourn Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. A man, 26, was driving a black car when someone shot him in the head. He hit a tree and later died, police said.

One fatal shooting happened about 4:50 p.m. in the 5300 block of South Union Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman, correcting earlier information that the shooting took place a block south. Police were called to the area after a report of shots fired, and found a man unresponsive, with gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen, Sweeney said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, he said.

About 2:05 a.m., a 21-year-old man on the sidewalk was shot in the chest and arms, police said. He was in the 200 block of North Saint Louis Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

A 37-year-old man walked into Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center with a gunshot wound to his upper left arm about 12:40 a.m., police said. He had been shot in the 6000 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood. He was transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said. He was on a sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain. 

Someone shot a 59-year-old man in the 9100 block of South Harvard Avenue about 11 p.m., police said. The man was on a porch when someone fired toward the porch. He was shot in the lower right side of his back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

A 28-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to his legs in the 900 block of North Leclaire Avenue about 10:15 p.m., police said. He was on the sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition.

About 9:05 p.m., someone shot a 17-year-old boy in the leg after a fight in the 200 block of East 47th Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. He was fleeing the fight when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was taken by ambulance from the 4800 block of South King Drive, where authorities found him, to University of Chicago Hospital in good condition.

Someone shot a 26-year-old woman in the back twice in the 10900 block of South Mackinaw Avenue in the East Side neighborhood on the city’s Far South Side about 9 p.m. She was with a man when two males approached, stepped out of a white sedan and opened fire, police said. He drove her to Franciscan Saint Margaret hospital in Hammond, where she’s in stable condition, police said.

Later Saturday, a 40-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to a hand and both legs in a shooting about 6:15 p.m. in the 11700 block of South Sangamon Avenue, Sweeney said. The man’s condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The man was on the street when someone came up to him and fired shots, then fled, Sweeney said.


Earlier a 27-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. That shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman. Preliminary information stated the man was standing outside when a vehicle pulled up, and someone inside fired shots. The victim suffered a wound to the leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital where his condition was stabilized, Sweeney said. No one was in custody for any of the attacks and police were investigating.

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Gun control, Chicago style: More Than 50 People Shot for the Second Weekend in a Row in Chicago

Chicago has a serious problem and Rahm is finally waking up? He obviously hasn’t read the news for the past year or so.

Yahoo: Four people were killed and 52 wounded during shootings across Chicago over the weekend. After multiple weekends in a row of increased violence in the cityChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging a fresh and more proactive approach to gun control. The latest incidents, including the murder of a pregnant mother, come on the heels of two weekends in a row with more than 50 shootings in Chicago.

At least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to their analysis, that’s roughly 400 more incidents than during the same period in 2014. Homicides are currently up 21 percent in 2015, with the past two weekends pointing to a noticeable increase in gun-related violence.

“Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home,” Emanuel told reporters on Tuesday after receiving news of the increased violence continuing on Monday evening, leaving six dead and at least eight injured. “You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using ’em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”

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Chicago mayor prepares large property tax hike

Take a wild guess as to which party was in charge during all the years the city’s financial troubles piled up.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as President of the United States in Washington

Yahoo: After watching for years as their city’s financial troubles piled up, Chicago homeowners will be told this week that it’s time for them to start paying the tab. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to propose a $543 million property tax increase on Tuesday to help eliminate pension debt, along with a schools tax for construction, according to details released late Monday by the administration.

Residents will also face more taxes and fees on garbage collection, ride-sharing services and e-cigarettes, all with the goal of easing a budget hole and repairing low credit ratings.

The steps would help reverse the city’s financial slide but could dent Chicago’s reputation for a relatively affordable cost of living. Median home prices in the nation’s two larger cities, New York and Los Angeles, are double Chicago’s.

“There’s no way around it,” said Alderman George Cardenas of the additional taxes. “If we don’t face the consequences, you pay more (later), your children will pay more and that’s no way to run a city.”

It’s unclear how residents and businesses will respond. Emanuel has faced raucous crowds at public budget hearings, but the political fallout for the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama could be delayed because he doesn’t face re-election until 2019.

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Some homeowners, landlords and business owners complain they already pay more than other cities in gasoline prices, sales taxes and parking. Chicago’s sales tax rate is 10.25 percent, the nation’s highest.

“Paying for picking up garbage? That’s ridiculous. That’s what my taxes are for,” said homeowner James Young, 48, who works for a textile company. “Your pay check doesn’t increase every time the taxes increase.”

However, there have been few signs the proposal would fail in the City Council, which has largely been a rubber stamp for the mayor.

Chicago’s property tax rates rank 12th nationwide, higher than Los Angeles and New York, but higher property values in those cities mean property owners pay thousands more a year, according to a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy study.

Laurence Msall, executive director of the Civic Federation, a tax and policy research organization, said the key will be persuading Chicago residents that the additional revenue will be used correctly.


“One of the biggest problems is not the tax increase but the reaction to the tax increase,” Msall said. “If people don’t think we’re going to solve things, they will leave.”

The city’s financial problems have been mounting because of inadequate contributions to the pension system and questionable borrowing, mostly under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Chicago has the worst-funded public pension system of any major American city and a budget shortfall of at least $750 million. Illinois’ governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, has even suggested that the city school district — which credit rating agencies have rated at “junk” status — declare bankruptcy.

Emanuel has cut government costs and sought other ways to raise revenues, such as a bringing casino gambling to the city, but without success. Emanuel’s office announced ahead of Tuesday’s budget speech that the property tax will be phased in through 2019 and put toward police and fire pensions. Emanuel’s aides estimated that it would cost a resident with a $250,000 home roughly $540 more a year. Chicago saw property taxes rise in 2008, but the last major increase was in 1987.

Emanuel also plans to ask council members to approve a $45 million tax for Chicago Public Schools, along with a $9.50 per-dwelling garbage collection fee, higher costs for ride-sharing services and taxis, and a tax for e-cigarette liquid.

The revenue push comes as Emanuel attempts to strike a softer image, conceding during his re-election campaign earlier this year that his bullish style turned off some people. The mayor dropped hints that he’ll seek property tax exemptions for low income and elderly residents. But state approval is needed for the tax hike and exemptions.

“We are going to address our challenges, and I think when the governor looks at the whole budget he will see that we didn’t leave any stone unturned,” Emanuel said. “It is fair, it is equitable. It’s progressive.”



Another typical weekend: 4 dead, 19 wounded in Chicago since Saturday, including 14-year-old boy

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Chicago Tribune: A violent Saturday and Sunday morning in Chicago left four people dead and at least 19 others wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who was killed and a 15-year-old who was injured after a fight in a park in the North Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side.

The boys were on the street in the 4400 block of South Greenwood Avenue in the North Kenwood neighborhood when a car drove by and someone opened fire around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

Tyjuan Poindexter

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The 14-year-old, identified by his mother as Tyjuan Poindexter, was shot in the head and died on the scene. The 15-year-old boy was shot twice in the leg and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, a police spokeswoman said.

Witnesses told police there was a fight between two groups at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., not long before the shooting, and police were investigating if it was related. Authorities said the boys did not have criminal records or gang affiliations. The shooting happened two blocks from where 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was killed in January 2013.

The 14-year-old’s mother, Michelle Poindexter, gripped yellow police tape at the scene and yelled at the small group of neighbors huddled on the other side. “All you spectators? Go … home,” she cried. “My son dead. My son no gangbanger. He … 14 years old.”

One neighbor said she was sitting on her couch when she heard “what must’ve been about 20 shots fired.” “They must’ve been chasing someone,” she said. “All you could hear was pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.” Neighbors in hoodies and sweatshirts huddled together under the streetlamps. A few shared cigarettes, their eyes focused on the door of a home behind the police tape.

Two hours after the shooting, Poindexter continued to pace around the block, looking for a way to get past the yellow tape that blocked off the home.  An officer explained that police would not allow the mother to see her son’s body because she might try to embrace him and possibly spoil evidence.

“She’s a mom,” a neighbor whispered, watching the mother as she trembled. “She’s gonna keep trying to get through.”

Another neighbor said the neighborhood is generally quiet. At first, she thought the gunshots were firecrackers.  “It was like this about 30 years ago. Gang-infested area,” she said. “Now these little boys taking over. Thirteen, 14, 15. They just kids.”

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No where to be seen in Chicago…

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No holiday respite for Chicagoans: 5 killed, 22 wounded in Labor Day weekend shootings

Well, at least they didn’t break a record like they did last Wednesday (course the holiday weekend does have one more day to go).


My Fox Chicago: Five people were killed and at least 22 others — including a 14-year-old boy — have been wounded in shootings across Chicago so far this Labor Day weekend, according to Chicago Police.

The most recent homicide happened early Sunday on the Near West Side. Two men, both 24 years old, were standing outside about 2:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of West Randolph when a black van pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. One man was shot multiple times in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not immediately release additional details. The other man suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left arm and was also taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

About an hour earlier, a woman was shot to death in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The woman, 19, was shot in the head about 1:30 a.m. during an outdoor party in an alley in the 6100 block of South Cottage Grove, according to Chicago Police. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Late Friday, two fatal drive-by attacks happened within 20 minutes of each other on the Southwest and West sides.

About 11:40 p.m. in North Lawndale, 22-year-old Jamaal Barney was standing on a sidewalk in the 1800 block of South Drake when a gold SUV drove by and someone inside opened fire, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Barney, of the 1600 block of South Central Park, suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen and legs, authorities said. He taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m. Saturday.

About 11:20 p.m. in North Austin, three men were shot while standing on a sidewalk in the 1600 block of North Mayfield, police said. Someone in a passing vehicle started shooting.

One man, 31, was shot in his right side and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, police said. The medical examiner’s office had not confirmed the fatality as of Saturday night. The two others, 33 and 28, were each shot in the right leg and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, respectively, police said. Their conditions had both stabilized.

The weekend’s first homicide also occurred in the North Lawndale neighborhood. A 35-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 1100 block of South Richmond at 8:20 p.m. Friday when someone walked up to the car and shot him. A friend drove him to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the death but his name still was being withheld Saturday night pending family notification.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Two people were shot early Sunday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Shots were fired outside of a party near Washington Boulevard and Laramie Avenue about 3:40 a.m., police said.

A man, 30, was shot in the chest and back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 29-year-old woman suffered a graze wound and was taken to Loretto Hospital, where her condition was stabilized. A police source said the man is a documented gang member.

Earlier Sunday morning, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood on the South Side. The teenager was walking on the sidewalk in the 4700 block of South State about 1:10 a.m. when several males walked up and shots were fired, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the lower back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a Humboldt Park neighborhood shooting on the West Side. The boy was standing on a sidewalk with a group of people in the 4000 block of West Potomac when a dark-colored car drove by and someone inside opened fire. The boy was shot in the right thigh and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

At least 15 other people have been shot in separate attacks since 4 p.m. Friday.

No where to be seen in Chicago...

No where to be seen in Chicago…

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