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What’s the USA’s most-visited city?

When you consider only hotel rooms sold, Vegas’ 40 million hits the jackpot, followed by the Orlando area (27.2 million), L.A. (25.5 million), Chicago (24.8 million) and New York City (23.9 million).

[via USA Today]

Teenage Boy Shot On South Side

A 15-year-old boy was wounded Monday night in a South Side shooting involving a group dressed in black hooded sweatshirts and bandannas.
The teenager was sitting on the porch of his home in the 7800 block of South Constance Avenue about 11 p.m. Monday when the shooting occurred, a report from the police First Deputy Superintendent’s office said.

[via WBBM780]

3rd Woman Attacked In North Lakefront Neighborhood

A woman was assaulted in a trendy north lakefront neighborhood early Tuesday, the third such attack in the past nine days.

The attack comes less than 48 hours after a woman was clubbed, dragged into a gangway and raped early Sunday a couple of miles to the northwest in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Chicago’s gas still costliest as prices fall nationwide

Despite nationally falling gasoline prices, Chicago’s average remains the highest in the nation at $3.29 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price for regular was $2.88 a gallon, mid-grade was $3.01 and premium was $3.12. The nation’s lowest average price, $2.65, was in Cleveland.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Angelina’s Chicago raid

As Angelina Jolie hits town this week to continue filming the crime action thriller ”Wanted,” fans are wondering where the Oscar winner just might be sighted.

No word yet whether her growing collection of children — or main man Brad Pitt — will be here for the short visit, but Jolie’s security team sure has been busy.

Bodyguard types and Jolie personal staffers have been in Chicago this past week, scoping out possible travel routes (mainly to and from filming locations). A source close to the actress indicates ”most of her meals will likely be taken on set in her trailer, or back in her hotel suite.”

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago pushes Wi-Fi despite other cities’ struggles

“Right now it’s only available up to the fourth floor (of buildings),” Grasso said. “It’s about what you want it to be. If you’re happy as a cable (modem) user, then this might be a great supplemental service to go all over town.”

Will it happen? The city is to pick an implementor within the year and then we’ll see.
[via Chicago Daily Southtown]

8 shoreline cities stand up against BP plan

Mayors from eight North Shore communities joined U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Monday in announcing plans to fight the proposed discharge of significantly more ammonia and industrial waste into Lake Michigan by the massive BP oil refinery in Whiting, Ind., after years of effort to clean up the Great Lakes.

“Any time you start putting more pollution into the lake, it’s a concern,” said North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, who joined officials from Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Waukegan and Wilmette in announcing formation of the Shoreline Mayors Task Force to address lake issues such as pollution.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Police Study Curry Case for Tie to Earlier Attack

The robbery came two weeks after Antoine Walker, a Chicago native and Miami Heat star, had his multimillion-dollar home in the upscale Gold Coast neighborhood of downtown Chicago burglarized in broad daylight, in similar fashion.

Knicks guard Quentin Richardson has had two brothers murdered in Chicago, his hometown. Most recently, in 2005, his brother Lee Jr. was shot and killed in a failed mugging attempt as he was walking on Chicago’s South Side with Richardson’s father, Lee Sr., in front of the Richardson home. The attack took place on a side of town long known for criminal activity and violence.

[via New York Times]

CeaseFire receives $1.7 million grant to expand outside of Illinois

The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to expand the CeaseFire program to cities outside of Illinois.

“This grant recognizes that many cities around the country are struggling with violence and grappling with a lack of successful and specific intervention strategies to reduce shootings and killings,” said Dr. Gary Slutkin, founder and executive director of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention and research professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health.

The grant will support CeaseFire implementation in Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Newark, N.J. The cities, Slutkin says, were chosen due to high levels of violence and their strong desire to use CeaseFire’s public health and epidemic control approach to reducing shootings and killings.

[via EurekAlert (press release)]

Body found outside Hyde Park high-rise

Chicago police on Monday were investigating the death of a man whose body was found on the street after apparently plummeting from the 10th-floor window of his Hyde Park apartment.

The body of Kirk Alexander, 46, was found about 6 a.m. Monday outside the 14-story apartment building in the 1600 block of East Hyde Park Boulevard, police said.

Blood was found around the window.
[via Chicago Tribune]

Teen playing dice is shot, killed

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot overnight while playing dice near his West Side home, Chicago police said.

The slaying occurred around 11:15 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of North Lawler Avenue in the city’s Austin neighborhood, police said.

The victim, Robert Thomas, was playing dice on the corner with several other people when a gunman in black clothing approached and fired on the group, striking Thomas in the neck and back, Officer Marcel Bright said. The gunman was last seen running south on Lawler.

[via Chicago Tribune]

19-Year-Old Boxer Fatally Shot On Front Porch

A 19-year-old was shot to death near his Southwest Side home in an apparent gang-related incident early Sunday.


Chicago Isnt Safe for Ball Players

What’s with NBA players getting robbed in Chicago? A little over two weeks ago, it was Antoine Walker who got stuck up inside his own home, and now Eddy Curry (and his family) has been a victim of home robbery:

[via SLAM Online]

Transit bill backer undaunted

SPRINGFIELD - The sponsor of legislation to pump millions into the Chicago area’s struggling transit system through an increase in regional sales taxes will push ahead with the measure this week despite veto threats from the governor.

Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston), chair of the House Mass Transit Committee, said she expects the proposal to be approved by the committee this week. She hopes to bring the measure to a full vote as soon as she secures the supermajority of 71 votes in the House that is required in the General Assembly’s overtime session.

The plan calls for a 0.25 percent sales tax hike in Cook and the collar counties and would authorize the city to impose a real estate transfer tax to support the Chicago Transit Authority.

Metra, Pace and CTA need a total of $226 million in additional operating subsidies, with the CTA’s portion of that amount being $110 million, according to the Regional Transit Authority.

If the state doesn’t come through with the money, transit officials say they will be forced to cut jobs, reduce bus and train routes and increase fares as early as September.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Report finds Chicago property values grow faster than suburbs

Property values in Chicago are rising faster than those in the Cook County suburbs, although overall appreciation is moderating from the double-digit percentage gains a few years ago, said a report to be issued today by the Civic Federation.

Property values in the metro area are either growing slowly or decreasing but the city is doing better than the region overall.
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Meijer sets its sights on Chicago

After a cautious start early in the decade, Meijer Inc. is making a big push into Chicagoland, one of the nation’s most competitive retail markets.

Since 2000, the chain has increased its presence in Illinois to 14 stores, 11 of them in Chicago’s suburbs and most built in the past two years.

It’s a bolder move for privately held Meijer, which is generally known for its conservative growth strategy. And it’s a sign of revitalization at the 73-year-old Grand Rapids chain.

Fresher produce and better selection than Jewel or Dominicks means some suburbanites will be getting lucky soon. When will the city of Chicago get a Meijers?

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