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10.16.07 | admin | In marathon, theatre, tax, olympics, south side, shootings, roundup

Chicago Rapper Pleads Guilty To Murder

Smith, 35, had faced first-degree murder charges in a case that spawned charges against his girlfriend, who allegedly paid witnesses $1,000 to get them to change their testimony.

The girlfriend, Felicia Hamilton, was convicted earlier this year of obstructing justice and communicating with witnesses.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Daley’s tax attack would put too big a burden on citizens

The Issue: Substantial tax increases are needed to keep Chicago afloat, the mayor says.

We say: Daley is asking for too much. Aldermen need the guts to say so. If not, city and suburban residents will pay too big a price.

It is becoming clear that nobody but the mayor wants to see taxes go up. Certainly not the taxpayers of Chicago who don’t trust Daley to spend the money wisely.
[via Chicago Daily Southtown]

Developments in transit

A visitor to downtown Palatine a decade ago might make a double-take today.

Since the year 2000, about 1,000 residential units have been constructed in the city center near the train station, said Michael Jacobs, deputy village manager of the northwest suburban community. A mix of dwellings has been constructed, including row houses, brownstones and condominiums.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Midland police officer remembered Thursday

Officer Chad Schieber — a 13-year veteran of the Midland Police Department — collapsed during the Chicago Marathon Sunday.

Medical officials say he died from a heart condition.


Chicago’s ‘hidden tax increase’ County commissioner’s TIF tiff

Mayor Daley’s record $108 million property tax hike was bad news in a lot of quarters, but it could actually turn out to be good news for Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley.

“The underlying issue is the city’s poor financial state. It’s all starting to catch up with us because of the economy. Now we’re in real serious trouble at the state, city and county level.”

“Tax bills are higher because of TIFs,” Quigley says, because other taxing bodies don’t get the normal benefit from the increase of property values inside the TIF districts. “It shrinks their base.”

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Officer’s son gunned down in drive-thru

The fatal shooting took place Saturday morning around 4 at a fast food restaurant at 69th and Western on the city’s South Side.

Chicago police have several leads on a suspect in the shooting, thanks to surveillance video and a large number of witnesses.


Marathon woes could impact Chicago’s Olympic bid

CHICAGO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Four days after a heat-plagued Chicago Marathon that saw one death and hundreds sickened a debate swirled on Wednesday about whether the debacle bruised the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The fact that spectators and business owners jumped in with garden hoses and bags of ice up and down the course to help complete strangers demonstrates “engaged spectators — the kind that the International Olympic Committee should want cheering and filling seats at its 2016 Summer Games,” the Chicago Sun-Times said in a Wednesday editorial.

[via Guardian Unlimited]

Empty office building symbolizes weak suburban market

In a chilling sign for the suburban office market, all of Two Overlook Point in Lincolnshire is empty and being marketed for sublease, said brokers who have toured it. The building was fully occupied this summer.

Hewitt Associates Inc., which is based in that northern Chicago suburb, leases about 98 percent of the 321,000-square-foot building through 2017, but is not using it.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Report: Chicago Theatre to be sold to Madison Square Garden

CHICAGO - The Chicago Theatre, famous for its landmark marquee, is being sold to New York’s Madison Square Garden Entertainment, according to a published report.

“Madison Square Garden has agreed in principle to purchase the Chicago Theatre,” a spokesman for Madison Square Garden Entertainment told the Chicago Tribune in a statement Tuesday.

[via Newsday]

Chicago Marathon — One Bad Trip

I was in Chicago the past 3 days for the Chicago Marathon.

I was there to support my daughter and husband.

Last night, I had nightmares about what I witnessed – runners down, runners throwing up, constant screaming ambulances, hovering helicopters with police on bullhorns shouting “The race is over! Stop running!”A marathon is a controlled risk event. When risks spiral out of control like they did Sunday, it results in a bad, bad trip for those who came.

But how many millions did Chicago’s economy and the ill-prepared marathon still make off the runners and their families who in good faith signed up for this debacle? How many millions did the hotels and restaurants and convenience stores suck in?

[via Detroit Free Press]

1 killed, 1 wounded in public housing shooting

The incident occurred about 3:20 a.m. in one of the buildings of the Lathrop Homes, in the 2700 block of North Hoyne Avenue, police said.

Mario McKay was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the complex about a block south of where the shooting occurred.

[via Chicago Tribune]

6 dead in Chicago shootings

“Someone approached them in another vehicle and got out and fired shots,” Henry said. Witnesses told police that the assailant got back in the car and fled. Henry did not have a description of the car.

The slain men were identified as Jeffrey Boler, 25, of the 13300 block of South Prairie Avenue, and Patrick Williams, of the 5100 block of South Winchester Avenue.

One man was in a car in the 2100 block of West 53rd Place and the other man was standing near the car, said Police Officer John Henry.

Also on Saturday, Cordero Washington, 18, of the 8900 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, died at Christ after being shot in the chest in the 9000 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side about 3 a.m., police said. Police think the shooting may have happened during a drive-by.

About 4:15 a.m., Ronald Heard, 23, of the 8000 block of South Richmond Street was shot in the parking lot of a White Castle in the 6900 block of South Western Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police said the shooter walked up to Heard and started shooting at point-blank range. Heard died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police also are investigating the shooting of Richard Gibbs, 29, of the 400 block of South 7th Street in Springfield. He was shot multiple times in the 8100 block of South Escanaba Avenue at 2:15 a.m., police said; he was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he later died.

On the South Side late Saturday, a man was in critical condition after being shot, officials said. A 22-year-old man was standing near the street in the 4700 block of South Throop Street when he was shot at about 9:40 p.m., Banks said. The victim was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, Banks said. The gunman was described as being about 18.

About an hour later in the same area, a 45-year-old man was wounded, apparently by a different gunman, in the 1700 block of West 49th Street, police said. The man was shot in the forehead at about 10:45 p.m. and taken to Stroger in critical condition, Banks said. The gunman, in his 30s, fled along nearby railroad tracks, Banks said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Walker has moved out, moving on after robbery at his Chicago house

MIAMI - Antoine Walker’s level of conditioning is still a concern for the Miami Heat, and coach Pat Riley predicted Wednesday it may take the forward until January to meet his team-mandated body fat level.

The issue has been a thorny one for Walker and Riley for the past two seasons. Walker was briefly suspended by Riley last season over body-fat measurements, and was kept out of the opening day of training camp practice this year for the same reason.

[via The Canadian Press]

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