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Mayor Lightfoot silent as shootings/killings keep piling up in Chiraq

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

The good homosexual, WOC Chiraq Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is completely ignoring the continued shootings in her city – a whopping 1,414 shot with 251 killed to date. This despite the fact that she promised to “confront chronic gun violence” in order to get elected.

See my recent Chiraq posts:

This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence
Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence
This is Chiraq: 20 shot, 4 fatally, in the first weekend of summer
After most deadly weekend of violence this year, Chiraq still racking up the shootings (24 as of Wednesday)

This past weekend was more of the same: 9 killed, 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.

While gun/gang violence continues to plague the city, guess what the mayor is focusing on? Some of her recent press releases:

“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on the Rescue of the Alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon”
“Mayor Lightfoot Announces Additional Protections and Resources for Chicago’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities”
“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on President Trump’s Decision on 2020 Census”
“Mayor Lightfoot and BACP Launch ChiBizPride Campaign to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Small Business Owners”
“Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot on Governor J.B. Pritzker Signing the Reproductive Health Act into Law”

There’s not ONE press release in the last two months that addresses the gun and gang violence in her city.

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Priorities: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot promises to protect the children…

You deserve what you vote for, Chiraq.

You have countless shootings EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEKEND – and that includes children being shot and killed.

Yet you elected a progressive mayor who is now promising to protect illegal aliens – and their children.

Heaven forbid Mayor Lightfoot actually do something about addressing the gang and gun violence that plagues U.S. citizens throughout your city.

From WGN TV: Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago business groups are taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants in the city.

They said Chicago will not help federal agents track them down. “It’s not about being confrontational with the Trump administration, but it’s 100% about being supportive of our immigrant community,” Lightfoot said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Chicago, with its status as a Sanctuary City, has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump and his Justice Department.

But the mayor said her focus is the children. “A lot of these issues regarding immigration and the fear and uncertainty about what’s happening is falling disproportionately and harshly on our children,” Lightfoot said.

“What this is doing is scaring restauranteurs and scaring team members,” Sam Toia of the Illinois Restaurant Association said. Toia and other prominent business and health leaders announced their unwavering support for Chicago’s immigrant communities.

Critics of the federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants have called the plan heavy-handed and poorly executed.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: Fourth of July Edition

As I checked the shooting numbers in Chiraq over the holiday weekend (mostly from MyFoxChicago), the numbers kept going up, up and up! Good thing Chicago Police added 1,500 officers to the streets for the holiday weekend…

Mayor Lightfoot’s “Accountability Monday” meeting should be a blast…

Friday morning: 3 stabbed, 14 trampled at Navy Pier after Fourth of July fireworks (no shootings yet bonus gang violence in the form of knife attacks)

Friday morning: 16 shot, 2 fatally in Fourth of July gun violence across Chicago

Friday at 4:00 pm: 34 shot — 4 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Saturday at 6:30 pm: 41 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday morning: No total shot headline on MyFoxChicago but the headline from Chicago Tribune: Multiple victims the norm in shootings Saturday into Sunday as holiday weekend wears on (18 people were shot from Saturday to Sunday in a night that saw several bursts of gun violence on the South Side that left three or more people wounded by a single shooter at least three times)

Sunday at 3:00 pm: 64 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday at 6:00 pm: 66 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday at 9:00 pm: 68 shot, 5 fatally, in 4th of July weekend gun violence across Chicago

For the final grand total number of shootings, see heyjackass.com.

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This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Expect the numbers to go up since I scheduled this early Sunday afternoon.

Given the level of violence this city has seen since Mayor Lori Lightfoot assumed office (see here, here and here), Monday’s “Accountability Meeting” should be a blast.

From MyFoxChicago: Citywide gun violence since 5 p.m. Friday left at least four people dead and 41 others hurt.

The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened Saturday in West Lawn. A witness reported that an 18-year-old man was arguing with a male in an alley about 11:13 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Komensky Avenue, Chicago police said. The male pulled out a gun and fired several rounds before running off. The man was struck multiple times, and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later died, police said.

A few hours earlier, a man was shot to death in Gresham on the South Side. Andre Lyons, 32, was on a street about 2:05 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Aberdeen Street when an unknown person unleashed gunfire, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was struck in the head and once in the back. He was taken to Christ Medical Center where he died, authorities said. He lived in the same block where he was shot.

Near dawn, a man was found shot to death in East Garfield Park. About 5:33 a.m., residents in the 3200 block of West Huron Street heard gunfire and then found Tavaris Trimble, 26, unresponsive in a gangway, authorities said. The man had three gunshot wounds and officers recovered a weapon near the body, authorities said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Friday, another man was killed in the same neighborhood. Henry Daniels, 52, was shot multiple times in the abdomen, leg and back and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where he died, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

The shooting happened about 7:20 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street, authorities said.
Area North detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

In non-fatal gun violence, five people were wounded Saturday on the Near West Side. The group was on the street about 2:32 a.m. in the 2400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when someone unleashed gunfire, police said. They all took themselves to area hospitals.

A 22-year-old woman went to the University of Illinois Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her leg, police said. Her condition was stabilized.

Four others went to Stroger Hospital, police said. Two 28-year-old men shot in the leg and back and a 54-year-old man hit in the back had their conditions stabilized. A 49-year-old woman who was shot in the chin is in serious condition.

Neither witnesses nor victims saw who did the shooting or know where the rounds came from, police said. Area North detectives are investigating.

A bullet struck the side of an apartment building on the street, but the man who was sleeping in one of units said he didn’t hear any gunfire. “I was woken up by the police lights,” Giovanni said. He only gave his first name for fear of getting recognized by the large group of people he said gather on the corner nearly every weekend.

At least 36 others were hurt in gun violence incidents over the weekend.

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This is Chiraq: 20 shot, 4 fatally, in the first weekend of summer

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Same story year after year…

From MyFoxChicago: Shootings across Chicago’s city limits since Friday evening left four people dead and at least 16 more wounded in the first official weekend of the summer.

On Sunday, a 28-year-old man was killed in Englewood. The man was found about 3:54 a.m. in the 7300 block of South Oakley Avenue by officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert, Chicago police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to his neck and was later pronounced dead.

In Saturday’s only fatal shooting, a 49-year-old woman was found with a gunshot wound to the head blocks away from Chicago State University. Officers found Gloria Hentz about 1:59 a.m. outside a home in the 9700 block of South Dobson Avenue, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead, authorities said. There aren’t any witnesses to the shooting.

Two people died Friday in separate shootings. In the later incident, a 29-year-old man was killed in West Garfield Park.

Several males approached him about 10:11 p.m. as he was walking in the first block of North Kilbourn Avenue, police said. They fired shots and struck him in the back and upper body. The man died at Mount Sinai Hospital. Police said no witnesses have come forward, and the circumstances of the shooting are unknown.

Less than an hour earlier, a 27-year-old man was killed in Lawndale on the West Side. Marvin Bennett was standing on a sidewalk about 9:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Christiana Avenue when someone unleashed gunfire, striking him in the head, police said. Bennett was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Nonfatal shootings left three people wounded Sunday, including a 20-year-old man who was shot while driving in Garfield Park.

The man was eastbound about 8:54 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Jackson Boulevard when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He kept driving a few blocks before calling police. He suffered a gunshot wound to the back and had his condition stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

A 19-year-old hurt in Lawndale was among Saturday’s six people injured by gunfire. About 6 p.m., he and a 56-year-old man were in the 3900 block of West Lexington Street when someone fired shots at them, police said.

The 19-year-old was struck in the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. The 56-year-old was hit in the right buttocks and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
The weekend’s earliest shooting wounded a 23-year-old man in a South Loop alley.

He was behind a residential building about 5:35 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Michigan Avenue when a gunman approached him and fired shots, Chicago police said. The man was shot in the knee and hand, and his condition was stabilized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Last weekend, 28 people were shot, 6 fatally, in gun violence across Chicago.

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Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence

There is no such thing as “accountability” in Chiraq.

Demorats have been in charge since 1931 and yet the gun violence CONTINUES.

From MyFoxChicago: City leaders met Monday following another violent weekend.

The second weekend of June saw 39 people shot, three of them fatally. Police were also able to arrest 36 people on gun-related charges and remove 115 illegal weapons from the street.

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took over, “Accountability Monday” has become a weekly affair between the mayor and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Also meeting with Mayor Lightfoot Monday was all 22 police district commanders to go over the weekend violence numbers.

“There’s nothing wrong with having another set of eyes looking at what we are doing,” said Johnson.

A police spokesperson says officers also arrested four robbery suspects and two shooting offenders over the weekend.

In hopes of decreasing violence numbers, the mayor and superintendent have announced the creation of “Business Liaison Officers.”

Each of the 22 districts will have a designated officer to be in direct communication between local businesses and the police.

“All those officers will have cell phones, so instead of those businesses trying to reach out to the commanders personally, they have an officer that they can go to 24 hours a day and report if they need some help,” said Johnson.

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After most deadly weekend of violence this year, Chiraq still racking up the shootings (24 as of Wednesday)

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have her hands full…

Last weekend, Chiraq saw the worst weekend of gun violence so far this year. Fifty people were shot with 10 killed. Over Memorial Day weekend, 32 people were shot – 5 fatally.

When the homosexual, POC mayor Lori Lightfoot was elected, she proclaimed, “Well, get ready because reform is here. I campaigned on change, you voted for change, and I plan to deliver change to our government.”

Also, “…there’s no higher calling than restoring safety and peace in our neighborhoods” and promised to develop a more proactive strategy against violence.”

What has the good mayor been tweeting about since Memorial Day weekend?

“She got one! @LightfootForChi on summer safety tour stops for a quick game of #bags

“Her first act as mayor — signing an executive order limiting aldermanic power — in retrospect looks like what she had promised voters: the initial step of a long march to reform of City Hall.” #BringInTheLight”

I see Mayor Lightfoot retained her ball handling skills. Good to see her out at the season opener of the Chicago Sky. Now let’s get a win!”

“Our family – and many LGBTQ+ Chicagoans – are fortunate to live in a city that supported LGBTQ+ rights long before they were officially legal. That’s why, as mayor, I am so proud to represent all Chicago communities.

NOT ONE WORD about the gun violence throughout her city.

Meanwhile, the violence continues:

8 shot, 1 killed Monday in Chicago
9 shot, 1 killed Tuesday in Chicago
7 shot, 2 killed Wednesday in Chicago

Good luck, Chiraq. You’re going to need it!

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 44 shot – 8 fatally – since Friday night

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have her hands full…

When I originally scheduled this post early Sunday afternoon it was 42 shot, 6 fatally. By 9:00 pm the numbers had gone up to 44 shot, 8 fatally. I’m sure the numbers will be higher by Monday morning.

From MyFoxChicago: At least 42 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday evening, the large majority of whom were wounded in a rash of violence during the first 12 hours of the weekend, leaving six people dead by early Sunday morning.

A 26-year-old woman was shot and killed in Fuller Park in the weekend’s latest fatal gun violence incident.

She was outside in the 4900 block of South Princeton Avenue about 4 a.m. when gunfire erupted, Chicago police said. She was struck in the chest and pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Saturday, a man was found with a fatal gunshot wound in Albany Park on the Northwest Side.

Officials found 20-year-old Piotr Rbaliczek in a vehicle about 6:29 a.m. in the 4300 block of North Mozart Street, police said. He had been shot in the neck and was pronounced on the scene. The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear.

Earlier, authorities responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot detection alert discovered a homicide at 4:11 a.m. in the 7700 block of South Morgan in the South Side Gresham neighborhood, according to police.

Christopher Walton, 29, man had been shot in the chest and he later died at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Late Friday, two people were killed in separate Humboldt Park shootings.

Read about all the shootings here.

Guess the thugs missed the message that women of color are now in charge of Chiraq, which will somehow magically transform!

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This is Chiraq: 32 shot – 5 fatally – by early Sunday evening of Memorial Day Weekend

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have her hands full…

Guess the thugs missed the memo that the women of color now in charge of Chiraq are going to fundamentally transform that sh*thole…

From MyFoxChicago: At least 32 people have been shot — five fatally — in Chicago so far over Memorial Day weekend, including five people shot in a single incident Sunday on the Near West Side. (I scheduled this at 8:30 pm on Sunday night.)

The shooting happened just after 6 a.m. in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, Chicago police said. Officers responding to a call of a male firing shots in the area found several men and women suffering from various gunshot wounds.

Two men, 27 and 26 years old, were taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

Two women who were sitting in a black sedan were shot as well, and both are in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. One woman, 31, had been struck in the hip and the other, 25, was hit in the left arm.
A third man, who police think may be a possible offender, is in custody at Stroger Hospital and being treated for a graze wound to his nose.

In addition to the man being treated for the graze wound, detectives are questioning two more people of interest in relation to the shooting, police said. Several weapons were recovered at the scene.

Police believe the incident is related to an earlier shooting Sunday morning in which a man was killed and a woman wounded on the same block of West Hastings, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Officers responded to a large group disturbance about 1:33 a.m. in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street, police said. They heard reports of gunshots and found a 27-year-old man hit in the chest and unresponsive.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. A 25-year-old woman was hit in the forearm and took herself to the same hospital. Her condition was stabilized, and no one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

Two people were killed in separate shootings Saturday in Winneconna Parkway and Roseland on the South Side.

Read about all the shootings here.

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Get ready: Women of color will change Chiraq!

Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot

I won’t hold my breath. The “Chicago Way” has been around for a looooong time and is not going away anytime soon.

But if you believe the “women of color” now in charge of Chiraq hold the power to make a serious difference in that sh*thole, get to Vegas and place a bet!

The power to make a difference doesn’t depend upon your skin color, it depends upon your policies. Yet when it comes to liberal strongholds, apparently race is all that matters to some elections.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune:

As Lori Lightfoot completed her ascension Monday from a long-shot candidate to Chicago’s first black woman and openly gay mayor, the former federal prosecutor stood in front of thousands at a crowded arena and vowed to fundamentally transform a city government that for months has operated under the cloud of an ongoing federal public corruption investigation.

Moments after placing her hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office, Lightfoot bluntly promised to restore integrity to a city government and City Council that has at times been hobbled by allegations against some of its highest-ranking members. Her fiery speech drew numerous standing ovations from a raucous crowd, but also potentially set the stage for future conflict with aldermen as they prepare to jointly tackle some of the city’s other lingering problems — massive budget shortfalls and endemic violent crime.

“For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well, get ready because reform is here,” Lightfoot said in her inaugural address. “I campaigned on change, you voted for change, and I plan to deliver change to our government. That means restoring trust in our city’s government and finally bringing some real integrity to the way this city works.”

During an approximately half-hour speech, Lightfoot drew from Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks and called for citywide unity in addressing public safety, education, financial stability and “integrity” — a reference to Chicago’s infamous corruption.

“Our challenges can only be solved if we face them together,” Lightfoot said. “We cannot fail. We will not fail. We are Chicago.”

Lightfoot also drew a standing ovation when she noted that the election of Melissa Conyears-Ervin as treasurer and Anna Valencia as clerk marks the first time Chicago’s three citywide positions are held by women of color.

“Children who look like me and come from families like mine shouldn’t have to beat the odds to get an education, pursue their passions, or build a family,” Lightfoot said. “Black and brown kids, low-income kids, every kid in this city should grow up knowing they can pursue anything, they can love anyone — that’s my Chicago dream.”

In addition to the daunting challenge of cleaning up City Hall, Lightfoot’s administration will confront chronic gun violence, neighborhood disinvestment and segregation, and a first-year budget shortfall estimated by the outgoing administration at more than $700 million though it’s expected to be even worse.

City cops and firefighters need new contracts, and the Chicago Teachers Union already has threatened a strike in the fall. And the Chicago Police Department will navigate a federal consent decree aimed at overhauling how the city’s historically troubled force operates.

Throughout her speech, Lightfoot promised to confront the city’s toughest subjects and highlighted Chicago’s historical ingenuity.

On crime, Lightfoot said there’s “no higher calling than restoring safety and peace in our neighborhoods” and promised to develop a more proactive strategy against violence.

“People cannot and should not live in neighborhoods that resemble a war zone,” Lightfoot said. “Enough of the shootings. Enough of the guns. Enough of the violence.”

Read the whole story here.

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