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News Roundup for Tuesday, July 3, Wednesday, July 4, and Thursday, July 5, 2007

Memphis woman arrested with gun at Chicago’s Sears Tower

A Memphis woman was found carrying a loaded revolver at the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Police said 56-year-old Stephanie Warren is charged with one count each of unlawful use of a weapon, failure to register a firearm in the state of Illinois and not having an Illinois firearm owner’s ID card.

She was taken into custody yesterday after she tried to visit the skyscraper’s public viewing area with a .38-caliber handgun in her purse and it set off a metal detector.

Tennessee allows its citizens to carry a handgun if they have a permit, which Warren has. Police said she was unaware that she wasn’t allowed to carry a handgun in the state of Illinois.

[via WMC-TV]

Tyke called 911 nearly 300 times

Police in Illinois were able to stop a maddening series of calls to 9-1-1 by offering the caller a meal from McDonald’s.

Authorities in suburban Chicago tracked down a 4-year-old girl who had called the emergency number nearly 300 times last month, by offering to deliver McDonald’s to her door.

Unbeknownst to her mom, she’d used a deactivated cell phone to call dispatchers 287 times in June - sometimes as often as 20 times a shift.

[via KVIA]

Chicago cracks down on cabdrivers

If disciplinary actions against Chicago’s cabdrivers continue on the same pace, citations will be up 21 percent and fines will rise 68 percent from 2006.

From Jan. 1 to June 26, more than 2,600 citations and $280,246 in fines have been issued to cabdrivers for everything from unclean or damaged vehicles to reckless driving and abusive behavior, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

If you notice something call 311 and file a quick complaint.
[via United Press International]

Residents Look Forward To ‘A New Gary’

As CBS 2 Northwest Indiana Bureau Chief Pamela Jones reports, the theme of this year’s Independence Day parade in Gary is “A New Gary,” something the mayor of the city and the residents are looking forward to.

Last week, four new police reserve officers joined the force to help bolster public safety. By the end of June violent crime killed 32 people in Gary. Officials continue to combat critics labeling the city as “violent.”

“In Chicago, Illinois, they’ve had 35 homicides related only to school children,” said Gary Police Department Chief Tom Houston. “Nobody has a microphone in Mayor Daley’s face asking him to declare that a violent city. It’s an international destination. They don’t dare do that.”

It’s a good point. All the violence in Gary could be contained within Chicago but the outside world will always focus on the touristy aspects of Chicago (as in the Loop and the North Side). Out of sight, out of mind. That’s where crime happens.

I wish Gary the best.
[via WBBM780]

3 killed, 1 hurt in separate shootings across Chicago

Three men died and a teenage girl was wounded in separate shootings across Chicago as the 4th of July holiday drew to a close.

The four incidents occurred over three hours, police said.

On the Southwest Side at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Israel Moralez, 25, was gunned down less than a block from his home in the 3600 block of West 62nd Street, police said.

On the Far West Side about an hour later, a man in a car was shot to death in the company of friends while waiting at a stoplight at Cicero Avenue and Augusta Boulevard, police said.

The third fatal shooting occurred about 1:15 a.m. Thursday on the Far West Side, in the 5200 block of West Crystal Street in the North Austin neighborhood, Greer said.

Officers found Lamont Jones, 26, lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds, Greer said. Jones, of the 2800 block of West 21st Street, was dead on the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.

On the South Side, police are also investigating the wounding of a 17-year-old girl, who allegedly was not the target.

The victim, whose identity was not released, was standing with friends in the 300 block of East 48th Street about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when someone fired at the group, striking her in the left thigh, police said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago’s Finest

Brookfield Zoo: On First Ave. between Ogden Ave. and 31st St., Brookfield. or (708) 485-2200.

Lincoln Park Zoo: 2001 N. Clark St. Free. (312) 742-2246 or

Bristol Renaissance Faire: The 20th Anniversary of the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wisconsin opens July 7, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. and on Labor Day, Sept. 3. A season-long Feast of Fooles celebration notes the anniversary. $18.95 adults, $9.50 children 5 to 12. Advance ticket discounts available. (847) 395-7773 or

Garfield Park Conservatory: 300 N. Central Park Ave. (312) 746- 5100 or

• Niki in the Garden: Over 30 large scale outdoor sculptures by internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle. May 4 through Oct. 31.

Loop Tour Train: Chicago Architecture from the “L”: The history of the 130-year-old downtown area and the “L” system are presented on a 40-minute FREE tour at 10 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. on Saturdays, May 5 through Sept. 29. Presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism, Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Transit Authority. (312) 744-2400 or

Navy Pier: Visit Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, east of the downtown area, at 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-7437 or

Remember the Lincoln Park zoo is free and so is Navy Pier although you may find it difficult to avoid buying some fudge or nuts or some other tasty treat.
[via Aurora Beacon News]

Issues at home — will there be enough and will it be clean?

You don’t have to travel around the world to find challenging issues of water quantity and quality. They’re right in your own back yard, whether you live in Mundelein or Wilmette. The Great Lakes are being depleted at a faster rate than they are naturally replenished, said Max Muller of Environment Illinois.

“The Great Lakes are very big, but they are not replenished very quickly,” said Muller. More than 30 million people get their drinking water everyday from the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan provides water to Chicago and 40 suburban communities, and water in Chicago is then diverted away from the lake via the Chicago River (reversed in 1900 because of water-borne disease epidemics).

[via Pioneer Press Online]

Chicago officials encourage residents to stay safe in summer heat

As summer temperatures rise, the city of Chicago is encouraging residents to call 3-1-one and sign up for the city’s extreme weather notification system.

People signed up for the system will receive phone calls when the National Weather Service declares a weather emergency.

[via WQAD]

A longtime bus driver sets the Pace

[via Chicago Tribune]

We all share the same diverse origins

Carpentersville, a largely Latino suburb of Chicago, made history last week when it passed a resolution to make English its official language. And on June 6, the Senate approved an amendment written by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., to make English official nationwide.

[via Independent Florida Alligator]


Almost 50 gay men in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and New York City have been discovered as carriers of neurosyphilis, a potentially dangerous form of syphilis, according to This rare strain of syphilis can develop within a year of initial infection and can cause blindness or strokes. The CDC has said that gay and bisexual men have been the main reasons for a nationwide increase of syphilis.

[via Windy City Times]

Sochi’s selection may boost Chicago’s 2016 bid

GUATEMALA CITY — The selection of Sochi, Russia, here Wednesday as the 2014 Winter Olympics host could reverberate all the way to Chicago, the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Or not.

“I don’t think so,” U.S. International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFrantz said when asked if Wednesday’s result would affect the 2016 vote, scheduled to take place in October 2009, “or I think everything that happens every place affects everything else.”

Sochi’s victory seemingly makes it difficult for a European city to win the 2016 Games, with London hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The non-European cities in the expected field are: Baku, Azerbaijan; Chicago; Doha, Qatar; Rio de Janeiro; and Tokyo. Of those, Chicago, Rio and Tokyo appear to be the strongest competitors.

Chicago and Rio would present the possibility of the first Summer Olympics in the Americas since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games.

[via USA Today]

Chicago Gathers To Celebrate Independence Day

“As a person coming from Nigeria it says that people are happy being free, living in freedom,” Mbagawu Paschal said.

Kadu Thakkar said she was very proud to be an American on the Fourth of July. She said she was proud to live in a free country.

“I love to be here,” Thakkar said.

Illinois State Secretary Jesse White said he was proud to be an American and he thinks Illinois is the greatest state in the union.


Cops Seek Public’s Help Finding 3 Murder Suspects

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Chicago Area Bursts With Patriotic Pride On July 4

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Hunt for space in Streeterville

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Looking for lovely lavs

Every summer, rows of portable toilets transform a critical area of the Taste of Chicago into the waste of Chicago. While you steel yourself for the inevitable nature’s call at Taste this year, take comfort in knowing that times are changing in the portable sanitation industry. Not quickly enough for you this year, but portable facilities are improving.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

CHICAGO 3 men wounded near Cabrini-Green

CHICAGO — Three men were shot and wounded early Tuesday morning near the Cabrini-Green public housing area on the Near North Side, Chicago police said.

The incident took place about 4:55 a.m. in the 800 block of North Cleveland Avenue on Chicago Housing Authority property. The victims’ ages were given as 22, 25 and 39.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Bond Set For Man With AK-47 On West Side

Bond was set at $150,000 Tuesday for a 41-year-old man taken into custody after Chicago Police discovered him in possession of five guns, including an AK-47 early Monday on the West Side.

About 12:15 a.m. Monday, the Grand Central Area Gang Team executed a search warrant at a residence at 2438 N. Linder Ave. and recovered an AK-47 rifle, four handguns and a “small amount” of drugs, according to Grand Central Area Sgt. Muscolino.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

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