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Chicago task force recommends UBI of $1,000/month for struggling families

As if this idea hasn’t been tried and failed, many times.

From MyFoxChicago: Would a universal basic income help to alleviate poverty in Chicago?

Some residents may be about to find out. A new proposal unveiled by a mayoral task force late last week would provide 1,000 struggling Chicagoans with $1,000 per month — no strings attached.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the pilot program, which would cost up to $12 million per year and be funded by the city taxpayers and philanthropic contributions, was recommended as a way to help individuals and families, along with senior citizens, who have a hard time making ends meet.

“Guaranteed income can have powerful effects: significant reductions in poverty; ability to cover an unexpected emergency; improve school attendance; an increase in savings and improvements to health and well-being,” the report states, according to the Sun-Times. “These are goals that every Chicagoan can get behind.”

Universal basic income has been touted by tech executives like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way to deal with the potentially massive job losses resulting from automation and AI in the coming decades. A number of Democrats, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several 2020 candidates, have also voiced support for a universal basic income of some type.

Retiring Alderman Ameya Pawar, who chairs the task force, told the Sun-Times that a lot of public policies aimed at poor people are rooted in discrimination and shame.

“There is this belief in the United States that, if you help poor people, they’ll get addicted to help, when what we know is, if you help poor people and give them cash, they make the same decisions people with money make,” Pawar told the Chicago newspaper.

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Snowstorm doesn’t deter Chiraq thugs: 11 shot, 3 dead since start of MLK weekend

Chicago is having a big snowstorm – hundreds of flights are cancelled and the temperature is below freezing. But since when has that stopped the criminals from not following Chiraq’s strict gun control laws…

From MyFoxChicago: Gun violence in Chicago has left at least three people dead and eight others wounded since the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend began Friday evening amid a blistery winter storm.

A woman was discovered with a fatal gunshot wound Saturday morning in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago police. At 1:35 a.m., officers found her lying inside an apartment hallway in the 3900 block of West Roscoe. She had a bullet in her head and was pronounced dead on scene. Witnesses heard the woman, whose age was unknown, arguing with someone before gunshots rang out, police said.

That same hour, two people were shot, one fatally, in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side, police said. At 1:05 a.m., a 22-year-old man driving with a 19-year-old female passenger was stopped at a red light in the 2100 block of South Rockwell. Someone in a dark sedan pulled up and unleashed gunfire at the two.

The woman was struck multiple times in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The man was shot in the left arm and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t confirmed the death.

The weekend’s third murder was uncovered early Saturday in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. At 12:02 a.m., officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of West 87th Street found 39-year-old Terrance E. Ross lying in an alley, according to Chicago police and the medical examiner’s office. He had a bullet in his head. Ross was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:18 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

In other weekend shootings, gunfire wounded four people at once Saturday morning in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

At 2:01 a.m., three women and one man were “involved in a fight on the street” in the 4400 block of West Madison when gunshots rang out, police said. It was unclear who the shooter was. The three women — ages 26, 28 and 35 — were all shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. The man, 44, was grazed in the right thigh and walked into West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park.

Two shootings reported Friday evening both involved men fighting off would-be robbers, one on the North Side and one on the West Side.

One man was shot while attempting to fend off an attempted robber in the West Rogers Park neighborhood. The 30-year-old was on the street when someone walked up to him with a gun and demanded his possessions at 6:08 p.m. in the 6400 block of North Campbell Avenue, police said. He tried to grab the gun from the person, who fired three shots into his leg before fleeing into an alley.

A similar situation unfolded about thirty minutes earlier in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 48-year-old was approached by another male who showed a gun and announced a robbery about 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Parkside Avenue, police said. The man knocked the gun out of the attempted robber’s hand, but it discharged when it hit the ground, striking him in the foot.

The holiday weekend began at 5 p.m. Friday concludes at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Last weekend, at least 11 people in Chicago were shot, three fatally.

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Merry Christmas, Chiraq style: 1 killed, 22 shot since Friday night

Strict gun control laws don’t even work during the Christmas season.

From MyFoxChicago: Sun Times Media Wire – At least 23 people in Chicago were shot, one fatally, since the weekend began Friday evening.

The murder occurred outside a club early Saturday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. A 32-year-old man was shot after walking out of a club about 4:35 a.m. in the 2000 block of West 63rd Street, according to Chicago police. Two bullets struck his abdomen and one hit his left leg. He was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office did not immediately confirm the death.

In nonfatal shootings, a teenage man was critically wounded during a drive-by shooting at night in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

Late Friday, gunfire seriously wounded a 26-year-old man outside of Percy L. Julian High School in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

Last weekend, a west suburban man was killed and 23 others were wounded in shootings throughout Chicago.

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Never let a crisis go to waste: Rahm Emanuel calls for gas tax increase

He apparently hasn’t seen what is happening in France.

From ABC 7: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus are calling on lawmakers to raise the gas tax as part of a capital bill to pay for much-needed transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements.

The proposal would raise the gas tax by 20 to 30 cents per gallon.

It may seem like a big ask, but Mayor Emanuel and others believe there is a bigger problem with the state’s transportation infrastructure, particularly in the Chicago area, that cannot be ignored any longer.

“This has to be about achieving a permanent fix to our chronic transportation funding shortages,” said Joe Szabo, Executive Director Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. “We’re at a crisis point and the worst thing we could do now is to settle for a short term funding solution that will put us back in the same situation five or ten years from now.”

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP, represents 285 communities in seven counties.

In the mayors’ proposed 20-to-30-cents per gallon increase, every five cents would provide an estimated $250 million in revenue statewide, including $20 million for Chicago. The money could be used to pay for road, bridge or rail improvements.

“If you take the lower range, the 20 cents, and since we haven’t raised it since 1990, that would be just about equal to what inflation was since 1990, that’s just catching up to where we were,” Emanuel said.

Chicago drivers are already paying one of the highest motor fuel taxes in the country, 49 cents a gallon, plus another 10.5 percent sales tax on top of that. The thought of raising it even further seemed jarring to some.

“Yikes. That’s pretty steep,” said Linda Sandoval, driver.

“There’s got to be a better way to find that money. They do need repair, but there’s got to be other means to get that money besides from a gas tax,” said driver John Heider. “It seems like we’re being penalized to get to and from work.”

The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association said the proposed tax hike would be disastrous to retailers, especially those near state lines.

Wednesday Mayor Emanuel will roll out another plan to deal with the city’s pension problems. A source confirmed he will call for the legalization of marijuana, and a Chicago casino with all the revenue going to pay for the city’s pensions.

He will also push for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the pension protection clause.

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Just another typical Sunday in Chiraq: 22 shot, 2 fatally

Not even the freezing weather is gonna stop the criminals…

From MyFoxChicago: At least 22 people in the city were shot, two fatally, over a 24-hour period on Sunday.

The latest homicide happened when a man died after he was found with a gunshot wound at night in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side.

At 8:23 p.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 2600 block of South Homan and discovered the 42-year-old lying on the ground, according to Chicago police. He was taken with a bullet in his chest to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t confirmed the fatality.

The other deadly shooting claimed the life of a 23-year-old man was spotted lying in front of a home Sunday morning in the Galewood neighborhood, police said. The man was spotted at 3:51 a.m. on a front porch in the 2100 block of North Mulligan. He died after being taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with a bullet in his chest, police said.

The latest shooting left a 26-year-old man wounded at night on a street in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

At 9:54 p.m., he was walking down the street in the 1000 block of West 76th Street when he heard a “loud noise,” police said. He felt pain in his leg and discovered he had been shot. The 26-year-old was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

Roughly nine shell casings were spotted around the street as officers scoured the scene of the shooting. A black jacket slumped on the grass near the casings.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 18 shot, 6 killed since Friday night

Don’t be surprised if the body count goes up by Monday morning…

From MyFoxChicago: At least six people were killed and 12 others were wounded since 5 p.m. Friday in citywide shootings, spanning from a sidewalk next to River North’s nightclubs to a single West Side block where two separate homicides erupted less than 24 hours apart.

The most recent reported shooting happened early Sunday in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

At 2:04 a.m., a 23-year-old man was standing on a sidewalk in the 3300 block of West Montrose when he heard shots and felt pain, according to Chicago police. He was taken with a gunshot wound in his right leg to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Soon after, a double shooting struck the West Side Austin neighborhood.

At 1:52 a.m., officers arrived at the 100 block of North Lockwood Avenue and found the woman, of an unknown age, and a 26-year-old man shot inside a parked car, according to police. The woman had already died from a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital with multiple bullets inside him and pronounced dead.

In the Roseland neighborhood on the Northwest Side, another man was shot in the right leg early Sunday. At 1:45 a.m., the 32-year-old was standing on a sidewalk in the 11000 block of South Wentworth Avenue when a bullet struck him, police said. The man was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Saturday’s latest shooting left one man dead in the Gage Park neighborhood on the South Side, according to police. At 10:43 p.m., a 21-year-old man was driving east on the 2700 block of West 58th Street when gunfire entered his vehicle and caused him to careen into a parked vehicle, police said. He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center with a bullet in his left shoulder, police said, and was later pronounced dead.

Yellow crime tape cordoned off the street as Area Central police were investigating the homicide. The 21-year-old’s black Chrysler minivan stood on the street with the back window punched out from the bullets.

Another homicide Saturday happened in the same East Garfield Park block where another man was shot to death less than 24 hours before.

Leetemi Daniels, 41, was shot multiple times just after 2:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Washington Boulevard, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.Daniels was struck in his abdomen and chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Friday, 34-year-old Rodney Jernigan was fatally shot as he walked down a sidewalk in the same block Friday, police said. According to the medical examiner’s office and police, Jernigan was shot in his chest and head, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In the morning Saturday, a fatal double shooting unfolded in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

About 5:20 a.m., two men were sitting in a vehicle parked in an alley in the 4400 block of North Bernard Street when someone approached them on foot and opened fire, police said.

Roberto Ramirez, 23, was shot in his head and was pronounced dead at the scene, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. The other man, 22 years old, was shot in the face and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, police said. Ramirez lived a block away from where he was shot, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Last weekend, citywide gun violence left 27 people shot, three of them fatally.

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This is Chiraq: Cancer survivor killed by stray bullet hours after arriving in the Windy City

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From NY Post: A cancer survivor was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago over the weekend — just hours after arriving in the city to pursue his Ph.D., according to a new report.

Shane Colombo got caught in the crossfire during a fight between two people in the Rogers Park neighborhood around 8:25 p.m. Sunday, ABC News reported.

The 25-year-old’s heartbroken mother, Tonya, told the network that he was running an errand to buy clothes hangers when he was killed.

“I was very concerned about him coming out here, and he was killed within four hours of being in the city, four hours of stepping off that plane,” she said, moments after identifying her son’s body at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. “I put him on a plane that morning at 10 a.m. [in California] and I kissed him goodbye, and that was the last time I saw him alive.”

Colombo had just moved to the Windy City to live with his fiancé, Vincent Perez, and was set to attend Northwestern University to pursue his Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

“He was so passionate about what he was doing,” Tonya said. “He was going to be a doctor. He wanted to do clinical research. He wanted to give people answers.”

Before Chicago, Colombo lived in New York and worked as a researcher at Columbia University’s Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, the mom said.

Colombo, who graduated from San Francisco State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree, was 15 years old when he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

“He beat cancer and he pushed himself through high school after missing a year,” Tonya said. “He pushed himself through college on his own. And came to Chicago to get his Ph.D. He got a full scholarship to Northwestern. He didn’t depend on me to go to school. He depended on himself.

Colombo was one of six people gunned down in Chicago over Labor Day weekend. He was shot once in the abdomen and taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he died.

Police are trying to identify the suspects in his shooting. No arrests have been made.

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Good riddance: Rahm Emanuel won’t seek third-term as mayor

The people of Chiraq might have a chance to turn their city around…

USA Today reports that Emanuel won’t seek a third-term as mayor of Chicago, which was a surprise announcement.

Emanuel said, “As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I have decided not to seek re-election,” Emanuel said. “This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime. You hire us to get things done – and pass the torch when we’ve done our best to do what you hired us to do.”

More from USA Today:

With Chicago enduring daunting levels of gun violence, a $36 billion public worker pension crisis and discontent in some corners of the city’s African-American population with his leadership, polls showed Emanuel faced a difficult, but not insurmountable, path to re-election.

A poll commissioned by one of Emanuel’s campaign backers and published last month showed that the mayor had backing of about 32 percent of voters in the crowded field – and a 19-point lead over his closest competitor, former police superintendent Garry McCarthy, but not enough to face avoid a runoff. The poll was conducted by New York-based Global Strategy Group. Emanuel also raised more than $10 million for the re-election effort.”

The announcement came on the eve of a police shooting trail (of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald) that has plagued his second term. Emanuel fought to keep the video of the police incident from the public yet a judge ordered it made public in November 2015.

From Chicago Tribune:

“Jury selection is scheduled to start Wednesday in the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot the knife-wielding teen 16 times in October 2014. Lawyers at the trial, which is poised to draw non-stop local media coverage and national attention, could spend weeks poring over the white officer’s decision to empty his magazine into the African-American 17-year-old, shooting him several times as he laid on the street.

Van Dyke’s lawyers are expected to argue self-defense.

Despite Emanuel’s exit, the McDonald shooting could still loom over the 2019 election, as the scandal shaped the careers of several contenders in the populous field. Candidates include Garry McCarthy, the former police superintendent Emanuel fired as the controversy deepened, and Lori Lightfoot, the former Chicago Police Board president who has played a central role in the administration’s police reform efforts.

In his remarks Tuesday morning, Emanuel largely focused on personal reasons for leaving office and did not directly address the McDonald scandal. His spokesman, Adam Collins, said the upcoming trial was not a factor in the decision.”

I’m guessing Emanuel saw the writing on the wall that Chicagoans want a new leader. Here’s hoping they elect one who can address the many, many problems which plague that progressive-run city.

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Where’s the #GunControlNow crowd? 45 people shot over the weekend in Chiraq, including 9 children

From Yahoo (via Chicago Tribune): A t least 45 people were shot in gun attacks in Chicago over the weekend, including nine children 16 years and younger.

From Friday afternoon to early Monday morning, 7 people were killed and another 38 were wounded, including three children and one adult who were shot in Lawndale on Friday night.

As of Friday, at least 1,629 people have been shot in the city this year, fewer than the last two years at this time when violence hit record levels in the city but well above other recent years. There have been at least 294 homicides, according to Tribune data.

The children were standing with a group in the 1100 block of South Troy Street when someone fired into a crowd, Chicago police said.

A 12-year-old boy shot in the head was in critical condition, a 10-year-old girl shot in the shoulder was in good condition and an 11-year-old boy shot in the right ankle was in good condition at Stroger Hospital.

Early Monday morning, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were injured in separate shootings on the South and West sides, respectively. Early Sunday morning, a 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting on the West Side, and a 15-year-old boy was wounded in a South Side shooting later that afternoon.

On Friday and Saturday, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were injured in shootings.

In the weekend’s most recent homicide, a 57-year-old man was shot in the armpit after four males tried to force the man into his residence in the 4100 block of West Potomac Avenue, police said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Where’s the #GunControlNow crowd? Four killed, 25 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

From MyFoxChicago: Four men were killed and at least 25 others were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Monday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. Sunday in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Two men were standing on a sidewalk in the 5500 block of West Haddon when someone wearing all black clothing fired shots from an alley, according to Chicago Police.

Marquell Hicks, 23, suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest and was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He lived in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The other man, 19, was shot in the torso and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said. Area North detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

Earlier in the morning, a 32-year-old man was killed and another was wounded in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

About 3:30 a.m., the men were driving in the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard when a vehicle that was following them pulled up beside them and someone inside opened fire, police said.

The 32-year-old was shot in his neck and back of the head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died. The 33-year-old was shot in his arm, and was in good condition at the same hospital, according to authorities.

A 22-year-old was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. in the South Side Roseland neighborhood.

Daniel Carter, 22, was arguing with someone he knew in the 11000 block of South State Street when someone pulled out a gun and fired shots, according to authorities. Carter was struck in his neck, chest and leg, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died about 8 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the Fernwood neighborhood.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend happened about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Titus Daily, 40, was shot dead after several people approached him and shot him in the 9300 block of South Luella, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened about 2:50 a.m. Monday in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Officers responded to reports of a person shot and found the 20-year-old with gunshot wounds to the face and groin about 2:50 a.m. in the 10700 block of South Avenue O, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition.

About 15 minutes earlier, a man was shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The 35-year-old was walking when a black minivan drove by and someone inside fired shots at 2:36 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 39th Place, according to police. He was shot in the leg and was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital where his condition stabilized.

A third man was wounded Monday morning in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 19-year-old was driving southbound when he heard shots and felt pain at 12:02 a.m. in the 1500 block of North Laramie. He was shot in the right shoulder and suffered a graze wound to the head. He was taken to West Suburban hospital where his condition stabilized, police said.

On Sunday, 13 men were wounded in shootings across Chicago during a 24-hour period, including a 63-year-old man, a man who was sitting in a wheelchair, and a man shot during an attempted carjacking.

A 55-year-old man was shot as he drove off from an attempted carjacking near the border of the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

About 10:30 p.m., the man was stopped at a red light in the 8700 block of South King Drive when two people walked up to him and demanded his vehicle, according to police. As the man sped off, the people opened fire and struck him in the leg, police said. He drove himself to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.

The 63-year-old was shot in an abandoned house in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was inside the house about 8:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of West 70th Place when someone pulled out a gun and shot him in his leg and groin area, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Last weekend, 39 people were wounded and 4 were killed in city gun violence.

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