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Job Fair Coming May 1 to Gage Park HS | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 27, 2018
Looking for a job? You are is invited to an employment and resource fair set for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Gage Park High School, 5630 S. Rockwell.Sponsored by State Rep. Dan Burke (D-1st), the event is designed to link job seekers with employers ready to hire. A number of employers ...
Organizers host anti-violence basketball tournament in East Garfield Park | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 27, 2018
Ten young men ran up and down the cement, outdoor basketball court at Delano Elementary School, their yellow and gray T-shirts drenched in sweat. Around them, 50 more sat in plastic folding chairs smoking cigarettes, eating hamburgers and waiting for their turn to play. A neighbor approached the...
Man held on 30K, accused of firing shots off Marina City balcony | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 27, 2018
A man was ordered held on $30,000 after being accused of firing shots from a balcony at Marina City, officials said. Joshua Lang, 32, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Thursday after several calls of shots fired at Marina City came in. When officers arrived at the building located at 290 N. State St.,...
Chicago Tribune | May 27, 2018
Police are investigating after a woman was found strangled on the West Side Friday night. A passerby called 911 about 6:30 p.m. after finding the body in a vacant lot outside an abandoned building in the 4500 block of W. West End Avenue in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood, police and...
Chicago Tribune | May 27, 2018
A Chicago Police Department patrol sergeant was grazed in her ballistic vest Saturday night as someone in one SUV shot toward another in the West Town neighborhood, according to police. The shooting happened about 11:55 p.m. near the intersection of Chicago and Noble avenues. Someone in a black...
Mega-Passes on Sale Now for Big, Fun Carnival at St. Joseph School | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 26, 2018
Mega-passes (wristbands) for the Southwest Side's firstparish carnival of the season are now on sale at St. Joseph School, 5641 South 73rd Avenue and the rectory at St. Joseph Parish, 7240 W. 57th St.The annual carnival is set for Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 on the grounds of St. Jo...
5 things to know about Six Flags' new Hangover thrill ride | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
Judging by the early reviews, the new Mardi Gras Hangover ride at Six Flags Great America is a scream machine — sending waves of cries from riders suspended upside down at the peak of its loop. Members and season pass holders got a preview this week before the ride opens to the general public Satu...
Trump tweets support for Chicago police union members who protested Emanuel | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted his support for Chicago police union members who protested Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week. The president said the city won’t allow “tough police work” to stop Chicago violence, which he falsely claimed is at a “record pace.” “Chicago Police have eve...
Chance the Rapper, others quit DuSable Museum Board | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
Chance the Rapper and other prominent Chicagoans are resigning from the DuSable Museum of African-American History’s board of trustees at a time when it’s hoping for a boost from the planned Obama Presidential Center slated for nearby Jackson Park. Chance, whose full name is Chancelor Bennett,.....
High pollution levels lead to warning from state EPA | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
Although it’s a holiday weekend, and a lot of people will be taking it easy, the Illinois EPA is warning Chicago-area residents air pollution Saturday could actually make too much exertion dangerous. A stagnant air mass is leading to elevated ozone levels in the Chicago area, including Cook, Lake,...
Chicago is the 13th most segregated metro area in U.S., study finds | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
Housing segregation in the Chicago area continued its gradual decline between 2009 and 2016, a new study shows. A study released Thursday by Apartment List, a website devoted to apartment listings, painted a picture of a metro area that remains significantly segregated but slowly is becoming less...
Illinois groups push to restrict short-term insurance, as Trump administration seeks to expand it | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
Illinois is considering legislation that would impose limits on short-term health insurance plans that the Trump administration is seeking to expand. Dozens of Illinois advocacy groups, under the umbrella of the Protect Our Care Coalition, are supporting a bill that would impose a six-month limit...
At least 1 injured when car hits median, overturns on I-294 in Hazel Crest, police say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
At least one person was injured and several lanes of traffic were closed after a crash on Interstate 294 in Hazel Crest on Saturday morning, police said in a press release. The crash occurred about 10:01 a.m., Illinois State Police reported, when a passenger car hit the median and overturned. The...
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
Two people were killed and five others have been wounded in shootings since the Memorial Day weekend started Friday afternoon, Chicago police said. Most recently, a man was shot around 1:30 p.m. in the Roseland neighborhood in the 11400 block of South Normal Avenue. The victim told police a man...
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
A Chicago police officer shot a man during an “armed encounter” in the Austin neighborhood early Saturday morning, according to authorities. The shooting happened in the 5200 block of West Ohio Street, in an alley south of Ohio Street and east of Lockwood Avenue just before 3 a.m. Chicago Police...
Chicago Tribune | May 26, 2018
At least two people were wounded in shootings as the Memorial Day weekend began Friday afternoon, Chicago police said. The first shooting of the holiday weekend according to the Tribune’s tally which began after 3 p.m. Friday, happened shortly after 5 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood. Police....
Be Careful After Storm Damage, SW Side Homeowners Advised | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Local man serves as homeowners’ advocateBy Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostThe sometimes-sudden, severe storms springtime brings to the Southwest Side can leave quite a bit in their wake: downed trees and power lines, damaged roofs and fast-talking quick-fix guys who seem to come out...
Earth Day Cleanup Set for Nearby Forest Preserve; Everyone Invited to Volunteer | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Garfield Ridge family leads effort near 47th and HarlemBy Joan HadacEditor and PublisherSouthwest Chicago PostAll are invited to take part in a hands-on Earth Day celebration set for 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 22 at the Ottawa Trail Woods South, immediately west of 47th and Harlem.Participants wil...
Fight Crime With Food in Garfield Ridge | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
GRNW hosts ‘Meet Your Eats’ at Mayor’s MansionBy Joan HadacEditor and PublisherSouthwest Chicago PostA tactic borrowed from a North Side civic group is being tried out in Garfield Ridge as part of a larger strategy to prevent crime.A “Meet Your Eats” get-together, sponsored by the Garfield...
Construction Jobs Available For School Annex in Brighton Park | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th) is urging local residents to apply to work on the construction of a new $2.7 million modular building that is being built at Columbia Explorers Academy, at 46th and Kedzie in Brighton Park.The hiring events are sponsored by the Chicago Public Building Commission. They...
Police bust four for blocking streets | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Scottsdale crime fighter cheers ‘nuisance crime’ arrestsBy Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostFollowing through on a pledge by Chicago Lawn (8th) District Commander Ronald Pontecore to enforce laws against public nuisances, police have made four “traffic obstruction” arrests in th...
Civic Leaders Cheer Cicero Ave. Arrests | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Are busts routine or sign of change ahead?By Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostLess than 10 days after Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson made a public vow to rid Cicero Avenue of streetwalking sex workers and related crime, police on the ground appeared to be making good on the top cop...
St. Mary Star of the Sea sets big Ballet Folklórico showcase at Hubbard HS | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Our friends at St. Mary Star of the Sea School have asked us to share details about their upcoming Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar talent showcase: "Mi Música, Mi Baile, Mi Cultura," set for Friday, May 11 in the auditorium at Hubbard High School, 62nd and Hamlin.Why Hubbard? Well, th...
Central Illinois native, SIU grad hailed as hero after stopping Indiana school shooting suspect | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
The teacher who subdued a suspected gunman during a shooting Friday at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., is a former Southern Illinois football player and Mahomet, Illinois, native. Jason Seaman, 29, played defensive end for the Salukis from 2007 to 2010 and graduated with a degree in elementary...
Latest retaliation claims spark new push for lawmakers to address sexual harassment | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Rocked late last year by allegations of a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol and campaign offices across the state, Illinois’ political leaders vowed to do better. They required lawmakers, staff and lobbyists to take harassment prevention training, filled a long vacant watchdog....
The short, sad story of Cafe de Champion — Jack Johnson's mixed-race nightclub on Chicago's South Side | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
The monogrammed spittoons were said to be solid silver. Fifteen thousand dollars' worth of oil paintings of the owner and his family hung on the walls, and mosaic inlaid tile covered the floor from front to back. Its “auspicious inaugural function” — a “grand opening” was deemed too plebei...
Crime News Update | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | May 25, 2018
Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes comm...
Cook County Judge says City Council can vote on police academy funding measure | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
The City Council will get to vote Friday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to fund a controversial West Side police academy, after a judge denied opponents’ call for a halt in the proceedings. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Celia Gamrath refused to grant the “extraordinary protection” of a tempo...
Thursday state budget deadline looms in first year of talks after historic stalemate | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
State lawmakers took advantage of an unusually drama-free lead-up to their looming Thursday budget deadline, spending the holiday weekend in their districts with plans to return to the Capitol Monday afternoon for the final days of their scheduled session. The late-May calm at the Capitol follows...
Five things to know about Chicago's proposed police and fire academy — and the controversy surrounding it | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to build a new, $95 million police and fire academy hit a speed bump this week when aldermen delayed approval of using $20 million from the sale of city-owned land for part of the cost of the academy. The City Council is scheduled to reconvene Friday to vote on...
Man files lawsuit saying Naperville cops framed him in fatal fire for which he spent decades behind bars | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
A man who was convicted of murdering his mother-in-law in 1995 and then acquitted in a retrial after spending two decades in prison has filed a federal civil rights suit alleging Naperville police framed him for the crime. William Amor, 62, who was imprisoned for the 1995 fire-related death of...
Woman pleads guilty to role in drug operation connected to raid on McHenry County mansion | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
The fiancee of a Bull Valley man recently sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges connected to a large drug business has pleaded guilty to her part in the operation and was sentenced to probation. Jamie Lee, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of manufactur...
Hammond mayor discovers almost 30 genitalia spray-painted on bike trail 'like directional signs' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott was having a great bike ride Tuesday. That soon changed. Ten miles into a ride around Wolf Lake, McDermott finally headed south on the last leg of the trip. Then his tire blew. McDermott said he realized it was more than a mile he’d have to walk to reach a point wher...
Zion resident charged after 11 pounds of cannabis found in home, sheriff says | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
A Zion man was arrested earlier this month after the authorities received a tip about a city resident “receiving large quantities of cannabis via a package delivery service,” according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. In a statement released Friday, sheriff’s officials said members of th...
Cops: Sweet heist reported at McCormick Place | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
A thief with a sweet tooth made off with nearly $20,000 worth of candy Thursday night from McCormick Place, Chicago police said. It happened about 8:30 p.m. on the last day of the Sweets and Snacks Exhibition, in the 2300 block of King Drive. The candy was being loaded into vehicles and was left...
Let the swatting begin: Mosquito season kicks off after cool, wet spring | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
After a late start, mosquito season is buzzing in with the warmer weather. The deluge of rain this month has created stagnant pools of water perfect for mosquito breeding. At the same time, cooler temperatures have helped to slow the maturation of larvae, delaying the pests’ season by about three....
Skokie 7th grader wins national prize for designing space station for travel to Mars | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Emilia Dobek traces her interest in space and the universe back to third grade when she and her father watched a blood moon — a total lunar eclipse — on the roof of their Skokie house. Now a seventh grader at East Prairie Elementary School, Dobek recently won the national Discovery Education Loc...
Bond set at $100,000 for man accused of being with woman fatally shot by police in Gurnee | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Bond was set at $100,000 for a man connected to two major police incidents Wednesday, including a fatal shooting of a woman by police in Gurnee. Jordan Huff, 37, of Antioch Township, faces felony charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding and criminal damage to state property, and misdemeanor charges...
A veteran's remains were discovered at a Griffith Goodwill store. Now, unclaimed, they've been laid to rest. | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
As staff at a Griffith Goodwill store worked their way through donations, they made an unusual find: An urn. Bearing the name Mark Kelley, staff searched the internet for an obituary, said Terry Wheeler, who works maintenance at Goodwill, and found the man had died in New Mexico and was a Korean...
New center, garden in Austin will serve as 'peace hub' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Religious and community leaders are hopeful a new Catholic Charities social services office and peace garden in the heart of the Austin neighborhood will assist underserved residents and show others the importance of tranquility in a community plagued by gun violence, but neighbor Thelma Wordlaw...
Emanuel-backed plan to let police drones survey big crowds rejected by state lawmakers for now | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
SPRINGFIELD - A plan to give police more power to use drones to watch over large public events was rejected by the Illinois House on Friday, as lawmakers try to balance public safety with personal privacy. The bill fell six votes short on the House floor. Democratic state Rep. John D’Amico of Chic...
Cook County medical examiner reviewing more than 200 cases handled by fired pathologist | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
The Cook County medical examiner's office is taking the unusual step of reviewing the entire caseload of a pathologist who was fired the end of last year, so far changing eight findings with nearly 200 cases still to be re-examined. “They were clerical errors and then there were some errors with.....
Chicago's in for a hot weekend, but that temptation to go jump in the lake comes with a warning | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
If you’re thinking the answer to these 90-degree (or near 90-degree) days is to go jump in the lake — think again, officials warn. Beach season may have officially opened in Chicago on Friday, but swimmers take heed: the water temperatures are below 60 degrees and that could put someone at risk....
South Austin neighbors run from one shooting to the next | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Without hesitating, bystanders at one South Austin shooting scene rushed to another. As Chicago police interviewed residents about a double shooting in the 1000 block of North Lockwood Avenue, a handful of neighbors lingered outside the yellow crime scene tape sourrounding a section of the street...
Aurora man sentenced to 48 years in prison for shooting estranged wife's boyfriend while wearing her dress | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
An Aurora man was sentenced to 48 years in prison Thursday for trying to kill his estranged wife’s new romantic interest while wearing one of her dresses. In 2014, Jermaine Baker, 41, put on a wig and his then-wife’s dress, sneaked into Anthony Townsend’s Aurora duplex and shot him three times...
Indiana serial killer sentenced to life in prison for murders of 7 women | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
His victims’ families and attorneys shared their thoughts Friday about Darren Vann in Lake Superior Court, but Vann wasn’t there to hear it. Vann, 47, chose not to attend his hearing Friday morning as a judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of se...
Decatur native and award-winning children's author Richard Peck dies at 84 | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Prize-winning children's author Richard Peck, who drew upon his Illinois roots for such favorites as "A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder," has died. Peck died on Wednesday at his home in New York City at age 84. His publisher, Penguin Young Readers, told The Associated Press, that...
Worst time to drive in Chicago this Memorial Day weekend? During Friday night's rush hour | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
More than 41 million people will travel in the United States over Memorial Day weekend — the most to take to the roads and skies since the heady pre-recession years — and the AAA travel club is giving a little heads-up about when Chicago’s highways and airports may be the most clogged. In fact...
Convicted killer's letter to newspaper shows 'self-pity narcissism,' psychologists say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
Psychology experts reached similar conclusions after reading a letter written by a Merrillville woman convicted of killing her husband and boyfriend. The letter indicated “self-pity narcissism” of a person who showed no remorse and wanted to dictate her own narrative, they said. Kelly Cochran,.....
Blaze destroys home in Wadsworth while brush fire fought in nearby Zion | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | May 25, 2018
A single-family home in Wadsworth appears to be a total loss following a fire Thursday morning that caused complications for firefighters in nearby Zion, where a brush fire broke out, fire officials said. The Newport Township Fire Protection District responded to the reports of the fire about 11:50....