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PROPOSED CHICAGO CASINO | Crime Commission will fight gambling

The debate over a city-owned casino in Chicago is about to turn up a notch.

The Chicago Crime Commission — the country’s oldest citizens crimefighting group — today will announce it is teaming with good government and anti-gambling activists to fight legislation that would allow Chicago to own a casino, add two casinos outside the city and enlarge the state’s existing nine casinos.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

CTA waives $5 fee on Chicago Cards until end of year

The CTA is waiving the $5 fee to obtain a Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus until the end of the year, to give riders more time to switch to electronic fare cards before fares increase in November and January.

The Chicago Transit Authority is threatening to raise fares to as much as $3 on Nov. 4, and then up to $3.25 on Jan. 6, if it does not get additional funding from the General Assembly to balance its budget.

If you are planning on using the CTA for a while, consider getting the Chicago Plus card. You get $2 free for every $20 you add to the card and fares are $1.75 instead of $2 and if fares go up they will be $2 instead of $2-3. But they will automatically charge your credit card when you run low so they will always have some of your money, like a free loan. And when your card expires you lose what you have on it. So be prepared to cash out when you are going to stop using the card.
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Feds release sketch of suspect in West Side kidnapping, murder

October 15, 2007 - A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of two men wanted for kidnapping and murder. The victims included a 13-year-old boy.

The FBI released a sketch of one suspect, described as a 26-year-old African-American male, about 5′11″, with a short beard and mustache.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Cops Bust ‘Erotic Live Show’ in Chicago Basement

CHICAGO ; ; Police last week arrested five people after a Craigslist ad promised live sex and sex acts in a Chicago apartment building near a school and a church, MyFoxChicago reports.

“Being that we have a lot of children around here, it brings the wrong message to the neighborhood,” one Humboldt Park resident said.

Police said the ad promised an “erotic live show” where couples would have sex. In addition, refreshments would be served and cameras allowed for $240. For $200 more, attendees could receive sex acts, the report said.

[via FOX News]

3 slain in separate shootings

At about 10:45 p.m., Darrious Blackmon, 23, was found shot outside a home in the 500 block of North Lawler Avenue. Blackmon, of the 5000 block of West Ohio Street, was pronounced dead at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Police said the victim was known to have gang affiliations. It was unclear, however, if the shooting was gang-related. No arrests have been made.

About 30 minutes earlier on the South Side, a 38-year-old man was fatally shot near West 85th and South Elizabeth Streets, police said. The victim was identified as Steve Huff of the 9500 block of South Marshfield Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police had no further details this morning.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago transit doomsday looms

After previous budget Band-Aids, many state lawmakers seem to finally agree that commuter buses and trains need a permanent source of new money to keep running. The problem is and its a big problem elected leaders continue to disagree on how to raise those hundreds of millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking toward the Chicago Transit Authoritys Nov. 4 doomsday, when lack of money will force the CTA to reduce service, lay off employees and raise peak-hour fares. Deeper cuts and larger fare hikes for 2008 were previewed Friday by CTA President Ron Huberman, who urged Springfield to deliver permanent relief.

[via Springfield State Journal Register]

Looking to ogle on Google? Web site gives virtual tour of Chicago

Google Maps unveiled its Street View feature — which links ground-level photos of locations to the Web site’s street maps — in six cities last week, including the Chicago metropolitan area.

The Chicago metropolitan area mapped with Street View extends north to the Wisconsin border and as far south as Park Forest and Chicago Heights. West of the city is mostly uncharted territory until Naperville.

Other cities added to Google Maps’ Street View coverage Tuesday include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Portland, Ore.

[via Aurora Beacon News]

20000 disappear in Chicago each year

Roughly 20,000 people go missing each year in Chicago.

Though a common perception is that missing people are victims of abductions or other foul play, the truth is most are gone of their own accord and usually turn up fine. The Chicago Police Department’s clearance rate on missing persons cases — 98 percent — speaks to that reality.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Severed feet found in suburban Chicago roadway

MATTESON, Ill. (AP) - The Cook County Sheriff’s department is investigating the discovery of 2 severed human feet found in a south suburban Chicago roadway.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office says the feet found near a hospital in Matteson had recently been cut.

[via WAND]

1 dead, 1 wounded in Marquette Park shootings

[via Chicago Tribune]

MotorCity chef lands a big gig in Chicago

Certified Master Chef Michael Russell, who was executive chef of MotorCity Casino for more than 8 years, has been named executive chef of Chicago’s McCormick Place, the largest convention complex in North America.

Russell, 61, of Rochester Hills resigned his MotorCity Casino job 2 weeks ago “under very good terms,” he says.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Chicago man dead after carjacking ends in shooting

A 13-year-old boy and another man were wounded.

That man says they were abducted at gunpoint yesterday on Chicago’s West Side.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Chicago Transit Faulted in Derailment

[via The Associated Press]

Mobilize Against Violence in Uptown Tonight

Phillipi Larrnarri, 32, was sleeping on a park bench when he was shot in the head in what appeared to be a random shooting early on Thursday morning. The wound would lead to his death at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center later that day.

The other victim from last Thursday, James Lane, 29, was shot around 1:30 a.m. while leaving the Sylvia Center, an interim housing center for families in the neighborhood. Police said he was seen arguing with another person prior to the shooting.

[via Chicagoist]

2 Dead In Separate Hit-Runs

CHICAGO (STNG) - An 89-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were killed in separate hit-and-run incidents last night on the South and Southwest Sides.

Vee Watts, 89, of 7648 S. Perry Ave., was killed in a hit-and-run collision at 3790 S. Western Ave. at 8:10 p.m., Deering District Police Capt. Donald OÂ’Neill said.

[via WBBM780]

Man found shot to death on South Side

[via Chicago Tribune]

2 Teens Shot At Woodlawn Playground

(STNG) CHICAGO No one is in police custody Sunday in connection to a shooting at a South Side playlot that sent two teenagers to the hospital.

A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were shot in a playlot in the 6200 block of South Kimbark Avenue about 12:30 a.m., police News Affairs Officer David Banks said.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

3 in custody for fatal Washington Park shooting

An 18-year-old man is dead and two others were injured in a gang-related shooting that police witnessed on the South Side in the Washington Park neighborhood Friday night. Three suspects are in custody, but police say no charges have been filed, as of early Saturday.

Three people were shot on the street near the 5700 block of South Calumet Avenue about 8:30 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer JoAnn Taylor.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Uptown Resident Found Fatally Shot In Head

CHICAGO — A woman walking home from work saw a 29-year-old man fall to the sidewalk after he was shot in the head in the Uptown neighborhood near Truman College on the North Side early Friday.

The woman heard multiple gunshots in the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue and saw the victim fall to the ground and onto a sidewalk. She called police, who responded at 1:34 a.m., according to Town Hall District Police Lt. Robert Kohnen.

[via NBC5.com]

400 to lose bank jobs

Almost 400 suburban MidAmerica Bank employees will lose their jobs, following the bank’s acquisition by National City.

According to a filing with the state of Illinois, 98 people will be fired from Mid-America’s Clarendon Hills headquarters, and 292 will be laid off from offices in Downers Grove. MidAmerica had about 2,100 employees in May, so the layoffs affect almost one-fifth of the staff. The first layoffs are scheduled to take effect Feb. 16.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

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