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This is Chiraq: 11 people shot (2 fatally) on Monday; 15 people shot (3 fatally) in Tuesday violence

blacks protesting black-on-black crimesUnbelievable. At this rate, they are going to kill off each other until no one is left in that town.

From MyFoxChicago: Three people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in shootings Tuesday across Chicago.

Most recently, a woman was shot to death about 11:35 p.m. in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. Officers responded to a call of a person shot and found 22-year-old Brittany Leflore lying on the sidewalk in the 10700 block of South Indiana, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Leflore, who lived in the neighborhood, had been shot in the abdomen and left ankle and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday.

A 25-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were shot to death at 8:17 a.m. in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. They were sitting in a dark vehicle in the 5100 block of South Halsted when a white vehicle pulled up and two people got out and fired shots. The man and woman were both pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Their names have not been released.

Tuesday’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 11:20 p.m., when a 20-year-old man was shot in the back while standing on the sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

About 10 p.m., a 19-year-old man was walking north in the 6100 block of South Hamlin in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side when two males walked up to him and “uttered gang phrases,” police said. One of the males pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking the 19-year-old in the left leg. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center.

About 9:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was walking in the 4500 block of North Clarendon when a white vehicle approached, stopped, and someone exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots, police said. The man suffered gunshot wounds to both arms and his right leg and was taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

About that same time, a 19-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was standing near a parked vehicle about 9:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Komensky when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. A witness told investigators the shots were fired by someone inside a passing maroon vehicle. The man was shot in the right arm and was taken in good condition to a Mount Sinai Hospital.

On Monday, 11 people were shot in Chicago, two fatally. More than 925 people have been shot in the city so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

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This is Chiraq: 45 shot, 2 fatally, in Easter weekend violence

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Guess they need more gun control laws, or something.

From MyFoxChicago: Two men were killed and at least 43 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the Easter holiday weekend.

Most recently, a 33-year-old man was shot on the CTA Red Line platform at the Garfield Station on the South Side. He was arguing with another male on the platform in the 200 block of West Garfield when the male took out a handgun and fired multiple shots, according to Chicago Police. The man was shot in the head and chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

At 2:27 a.m. Sunday, 23-year-old Tywan Anderson and a 19-year-old man were shot by another male while they were standing outside in the 1300 block of South Fairfield in the Douglas Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, authorities said. Anderson, whose home address was not known, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m. The 19-year-old was shot in the left hand and also taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition was stabilized.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 12:25 a.m. Monday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 40-year-old woman was standing with a group of people in a vacant lot in the 300 block of South Kilbourn when she heard shots and felt pain, police said. She suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Less than an hour earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was driving at 11:27 p.m. Sunday eastbound in the 2300 block of West 58th Street when a gray car pulled alongside his vehicle and someone inside fired shots, striking him in both legs, police said. The man was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 40 other people were wounded in citywide shootings between 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. At least 24 of those victims were shot between 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Easter Sunday.

Last weekend, seven men were killed and at least 28 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago. More than 900 people have been shot in the city so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

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Group of Chicagoans turning high crime street corners into ‘Healing Corners’

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Chicago residents trying to make a difference

It’s a start. Since Murder Mayor Emanuel isn’t doing anything, guess the residents need to take matters into their own hands. Good job for these citizens taking action.

From Fox News: Street corners in Chicago can become high crime areas: drug deals, shootings, and some communities see it all too often. But one group wants to turn them all into “Healing Corners.”

It starts with free food, plus books, conversation and lots of hugs to transform a regular corner into a Healing Corner. “We’re setting the example… like this is how you treat your community and this is what a community is,” said Arielle Maldonado, The Healing Corner founder.

Maldonado and a friend started “The Healing Corner” a year and a half ago. A shooting right next to a prayer vigil convinced them they needed to find a new tactic for fighting Chicago’s violence.

The group recently expanded into West Humboldt Park after starting in Garfield Park and Austin. They return again and again to the same west side corners, bringing resources and building relationships.

“You can give someone a flyer for a job fair, but if they don’t have the confidence or the bus fare or the proper clothes to go to that interview or job fair, they’re not going to go,” Maldonado said.

They work on streets all too familiar with violence. Latonya Brown joins them outside Hefferan Elementary, showing the hole in her sweatshirt recently left by a bullet. “I seen them shooting before but to actually have it happen to you…it ain’t right,” she said.

Their main goal is to connect with the young boys and men who hang out at each corner. That’s where Antonio Brown comes in.

As Brown puts it, he used to live the “fast life” selling drugs. Then, a shooting took his 7-year-old son. Now, Brown tries to show the gangbangers another path.

“It’s like people following the wrong foot steps, so I try to be a leader, try to make a change the best way I can,” Brown said.

Click here for more from Fox 32.

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Chicago’s ‘Mexico of the Midwest’ Fights Fallout From Fear of Trump

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From NBC News: It’s Friday night and time for the “marcha de cumpleaños” (birthday march) at Mi Tierra restaurant in the Chicago neighborhood of Little Village. Waiters bring cupcakes with lit, oversized sparklers, while patrons don straw hats and, paying no attention to empty tables, snake through the dining room to a Latino beat in a conga line.

“Fiesta. Happy,” is how Mi Tierra owner Ezequiel Fuentes describes the good times in culturally vibrant and economically vital Little Village — or as the community calls it, La Villita, a historic section in southwest Chicago that is billed as the Mexico of the Midwest.

But since the start of the year, fear of President Donald Trump has been spoiling the “fiesta” of Little Village, business owners and regular visitors said. Despite Chicago’s sanctuary city status, the uncertainty of when or whether immigration agents might strike is sapping the bustle from the 2½-mile stretch of quinceañera shops, restaurants, shoe and clothing stores, dental offices and other businesses that line W. 26th Street, the community’s main drive.

Locals say they see evidence that something has changed since January. Dozens of carved, brightly painted chairs and tables of Mi Tierra’s second dining room sat empty one weekend last month. Some tables in the main dining area also were unused. At lunchtime, half of the tables hid behind a partition awaiting customers.

“After the elections, everything changed,” said Fuentes, a former undocumented immigrant who now owns several restaurants in four states. “People are scared. They are scared to go out. The decrease of business (after the election) probably was 40 percent during the week, especially in the day time.”

Other business owners echo this sentiment. Vendors on the street corners complain that they no longer see the crowds walking up and down the neighborhood’s main street and lining up at their carts to buy their “elote” (Mexican grilled corn) and raspados (shaved ice sweetened with natural syrups). The usual buzz amid the selling of mariachi suits, clothing, jewelry, curios, accordions and many other goods at the Discount Mall outside Little Village’s welcoming arch is dampened.

Business leaders have been trying to tamp down the fear they think is driving the slowdown, reminding the community of Chicago’s historic sanctuary city status, and enlisting the mayor and police chief to dispel anxieties. They tell them there are no arrests going on in the neighborhood, that the Chicago police and local agencies don’t cooperate with the feds or question the immigration or citizenship status of residents because Chicago is a sanctuary city.

Exuding confidence in the city’s sanctuary status has taken on an urgency as news stories of arrests of immigrants with DACA – a type of protection from deportation – and people with immigration violations but not criminal histories fill the national news. The administration has threatened to punish cities that don’t cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I would tell people here in La Villita to not be afraid, to get well informed, find [out] for each other if ICE is coming. Get communication through police. Come out and support our families, our businesses,” said Ezequiel Fuentes Jr., who works with his father in running their restaurants. “La Villita is a great place. We can make it even greater.”

Two days after the Mi Tierra celebration, residents came together at La Villita for a community meeting where some of the topics discussed included how to prepare for possible deportation, what rights people have if arrested and shopping local. The meeting’s title: “La Villita Se Defiende.” (“Little Village Defends Itself.”)

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Mayor Rahm “Murder” Emanuel: No high school diploma without acceptance letter

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Since when did Rahm determine that he could be in charge of other kids’ future plans? Leave that to the kid and his family.

From MSN.com: Chicago high school students may soon need to create a plan for their future in order to graduate.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday to discuss his new proposal, which would require students to develop a post-high school plan before receiving a diploma. Chicago would be the first city to adopt such a requirement if the measure is approved by the city’s board of education.

“We live in a period of time where you earn what you learn,” Emanuel said. “The school system of K through 12 is not applicable to the world and the economy and the world that our high school students are graduating to. So we’re moving to a pre-K to college model.”

Under the proposal, all Chicago Public School students starting with this year’s freshman class would have to show an acceptance letter to a four-year university, a community college, a trade school or apprenticeship, an internship, or a branch of the armed services in order to receive their high school diploma.

“Around 62 percent of our kids are already either accepted into college or accepted into community college, and our goal is to make sure nobody spikes the ball at 12th grade,” Emanuel said on Wednesday. “We want to make 14th grade universal. That’s the new goal line.”

Chicago Public Schools students would have to show acceptance into continuing education, a trade or the armed services in order to graduate from high school.

Emanuel said the plan is a continuation of the city’s efforts to provide more access to higher education, including free community college for students with a B average or better.

“We want to make sure our kids do not see graduation from high school as the end point, but all of them have a plan and all of them have a specific acceptance on how to go to post-high-school education,” Emanuel said.

The plan would allow students in special circumstances to waive the requirement. Undocumented immigrants illegal aliens, English language learners and currently incarcerated students would be able to apply for a waiver with Chicago Public Schools.

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This is Chiraq: Two girls, ages 11 and 12, shot in the south side over the weekend of violence

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Paging the good mayor, those who voted for him and #BLM. “Crickets.”

From MyFoxChicago: An 11-year-old girl was shot in the head Saturday night in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side.

The girl was sitting in the rear seat of a vehicle about 7:40 p.m. in the 6500 block of South King Drive when gunfire was heard and she was discovered with a gunshot wound to her head, Chicago Police said. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said. No one was in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

Also Saturday night, a 12-year-old girl was shot and critically wounded in West Englewood. She was playing with friends about 7:15 p.m. outside in the 1900 block of West 57th Street when gunfire erupted and she was shot in the head, according to Chicago Police.

The girl, who was not thought to be the intended target of the shooting, was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. Police initially said the victim was a woman, between 35 and 40 years old. No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate.

The girls were among 18 shot in Chicago over the weekend, including three fatally. During the second weekend of February 2016, which was Presidents Day weekend, six people were killed and 19 wounded in shootings.

So far in 2017, 313 people have been shot in Chicago, according to Sun-Times records. At least ten of the victims have been children under the age of 14.

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Chicago elementary school students surrounded by violence, constantly approached by gangs

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Chicago residents are asking for help from Murder Mayor Emanuel. Don’t hold your breath/Photo from Fox News

This is democrat-controlled Chiraq.

From MyFoxChicago: One Chicago school finds itself in the crossfire. It is Shields Elementary School in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, and kids are constantly approached by gangs and surrounded by violence.

“When a child says to you, I don’t want to go to school because the gang bangers will be shooting. I might die or you might die. That’s sad for a child to tell a grandmother or especially a mom,” said Grandmother Amy Romero.

It’s a story being echoed across this Brighton Park neighborhood. Parents of students at Shields Middle School say it’s what inspired them to not only ask Chicago police for more help, they’re now turning to Mayor Emanuel.

Carmen Castillo is one of the parents leading the charge. It started for her with her 7-year-old daughter Sophia.

She told me, Mom I’m afraid to go outside. She doesn’t want to go outside, she doesn’t want to be in the backyard, she doesn’t want to be in front. But, during the snow, she says I want to build a snowman,” Castillo said. Despite the urge to go outside when the snow falls, Sophia has yet to do so. “I haven’t made one,” she said.

That’s why parents, community leaders and aldermen took to City Hall. The group is asking for the city to use 17-million dollars from the home tax refund surplus for violence preventative programs. The mayor, so far, is proposing dedicating five-million dollars to the cause.

Yesterday I received a letter from a 6th grader, who told me that the gangs were like his family and they loved him and he loved them. We as a city must show that we love our children and our communities more than the gangs do,” said Alderman Raymond Lopez.

Organizers would like to see the money go to efforts like funding Chicago’s youth job program all year. They also want to see the rest disbursed to causes like youth mentoring, trauma counseling and street level intervention. “I think right now the main crisis that we need to deal with are our children and trying to keep these young kids from getting shot on our streets,” said Alderman Jason Ervin.

The mayor’s office says the rest of 17-million will also go to providing all Chicago police officers body cameras and rehabbing vacant homes that will create two hundred jobs.

Parents hope more will be dedicated to protecting their children. The aldermen will be presenting their proposal to City Council.

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