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ILLINOIS state news (Chicago)
Illinois Lawmakers Vote against GOD
Nov. 6, 2013 Illinois lawmakers decided to become the largest state in the heartland to allow Sodom-marriage, with the praise of Barack Husatan Obama.
Starting in June this filthy damned SIN may wed, but will still bring Gods curse on Illinois.
14 states plus Washington D.C., allow Sodom-marriage SIN.
A Godly Marriage is ONLY between a man and a woman. A group of Chicago-area pastors vowed to line up against some evil lawmakers who voted yes.
As a note, Illinois had a small earthquake this week near Chicago.
3.7 Magnitude Quake Rattles Chicago Suburbs
NOVEMBER 4, 2013 - The shaking was felt in Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Des Plaines and Willowsprings at about 12:40 p.m.
One man said it was - like thunder in the ground.
I'd say God warned them AHEAD of that vote, but they poked their finger in God's eye anyway.
Living near the New Madrid earthquake zone, its DANGEROUS to tempt the LORD!
April 2014 I pulled Illinois news off several other threads - combined this state
HARBINGER WARNINGS - Isaiah 9 prophecy
DAILY NEWS with prophetic analysis
Chicago Area School to Close for Flu
Oct 20, 2009 St Charles, Illinois
Major Flu Outbreak in the Chicago area.
972 Students out of 2,100 at St. Charles East High School call in sick.
The school has been shut down until Monday, October 26th after more than 900 students called in sick with flu-like symptoms.
All extra-curricular activities and athletic events have also been canceled.
One student symptoms were cough and fever.
Heavy rains in Midwest cause flooding that shuts down Chicago interstates
July 24, 2010 Standing water on Chicago-area expressways turned the drive into a soggy, snarled mess after heavy rains across the Midwest closed roads, stranded residents and punched a hole through an Iowa dam.
7 inches of rain fell in Chicago, inundating the sewer system and overwhelming waterways.
Water covered portions of several Chicago interstates and the commuter train tracks that run along them, leading crews to divert traffic and call in bus shuttles.
Portions of Interstate 290 west of downtown were closed for several hours.
In eastern Iowa, the Lake Delhi dam failed as rising floodwater from the Maquoketa River ate a 30-foot-wide hole in the earthen dam,
causing water to drop 45 feet to the river below and threatening the small town of Hopkinton.
Heavy rains have also wreaked havoc in the Milwaukee Wisc area in the past few days, and Gov. Jim Doyle planned to tour affected areas Saturday, including the intersection where a sink hole swallowed an SUV.
County Executive Scott Walker estimated Thursday's torrential rains caused more than $10 million in damage to public property and another $18 million to private property.
Doyle has already declared a state of emergency in the county.
Severe storms cause flooding, outages in Chicago, Illinois
July 24, 2010 Severe overnight storms in the Chicago area caused power outages, flight cancellations and flooded homes and roadways.
About 50,000 ComEd customers were without electricity Saturday morning after lightning and heavy downpours pummeled the city overnight, said Laura Micheli, a spokeswoman for the utility.
It was unclear when power would be restored to those households because storms were still rolling through the area, she said. The outages started at about 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) Friday night.
The National Weather Service in Illinois reported that at least 6.3 inches of rain fell at O'Hare and 6.2 inches at Midway.
Actual Video of the IOWA Dam Break
CHICAGO SUBWAY FIRE
June 20, 2010 Chicago firefighters have under control a small fire in the Red Line subway north of the Chicago Avenue station this afternoon, a CTA spokeswoman said.
At least 12 people were taken to area hospitals, five of them seriously injured, a Fire Department spokesman said.
5 people were being taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition; 4 were taken in fair-to-serious condition; and
3 were transported in good-to-fair condition, according to Fire Department spokesman Richard Rosado.
Three trains were in the vicinity of the fire at the time it broke out, but all were able to get to stations and riders were able to leave via regular station exits before power was cut off, a CTA spokeswoman said.
Black smoke could still be seen billowing from subway grates in the Rush Street area, including near Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
1028 N. Rush St., about 5:45 p.m., about 10 minutes after the fire was reported to be out of control.
Red Line trains were being rerouted to elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown because of Fire Department activity, according spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski and the CTA Web site.
Also being rerouted around the area were the No. 22/Clark, No. 36/Broadway and No. 70/Division buses.
The small track fire was under control by about 5:35 p.m., Hosinksi said. Riders were able to exit the three trains in the affected part of the subway at the
Clark and Division, Chicago Avenue and Lake Street Red Line subway stations, Hosinski said.
Hundreds of people were milling about in the area, and at Clark and Division, patients in ambulances were being treated with oxygen masks as firefighters ran up and down stairs into the subway.
(WGN-TV has a video here from someone on one of the Red Line trains as it made it way to a station during the fire.)
Chicago Commuter bus crashes
October 09, 2010 Dozens of people have been injured in Chicago after a crowded commuter bus traveled off a major thoroughfare and crashed into trees.
Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says around 70 people were on the Chicago Transit Authority bus when it veered off Lake Shore Drive around 6 p.m. Saturday.
The impact caved in a front side of the bus.
Langford says one person was taken to a hospital in critical condition and three in serious condition. About a dozen others were in fair to serious condition.
Langford says more than 20 others were treated at the scene mainly for bumps and bruises.
The spokesman says it's not known what caused the accident.
Rahm Emanuel elected next mayor of Chicago
Feb 2011 Rahm Emanuel is queer and an evil being!
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation's third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.
With 86 percent of the precincts reporting, Emanuel was trouncing five opponents with 55 percent of the vote to avoid an April runoff. Emanuel needed more than 50 percent of the vote to win.
The other major candidates — former Chicago schools president Gery Chico, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and City Clerk Miguel del Valle — had hoped to force a runoff but were no match for Emanuel.
It was the city's first mayoral race in more than 60 years without an incumbent on the ballot and the first in more than two decades without Daley among the candidates.
Daley and his father have led Chicago for more than 43 out of the last 56 years.
Chico had 24 percent of the vote compared to 9 percent for both del Valle and Braun. Two other lesser-known candidates each got about 1 percent.
Emanuel's win caps a campaign that included an unsuccessful legal challenge to try to keep him off the ballot.
Chicago train scales escalator
25 Mar 2014 Union are a CURSE on the land!
An operator of a Chicago public-transit train that jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at O'Hare airport, may have dozed off, a union official said.
The woman said she had worked extensive overtime recently and was "extremely tired" at the time of the accident.
The derailment happened just before 3 a.m. Monday at the end of the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line at O'Hare International Airport. 30 people were hurt.
A CTA supervisor near the top of the escalator said they saw the train enter at a normal rate of speed, about 15 mph. "The next thing they heard the sound (of impact) and the yelling and the screaming[/u]," he said[/b].
The train is designed so that if an operator becomes incapacitated and his or her hand slips off the controls, it should come to a stop. Kelly speculated that, upon impact, inertia may have thrown the operator against the hand switch, accelerating it enough to send it catapulting all the way up the escalator. It was a lot of panic.
The injured were treated at area hospitals and released.
Fatigue or temporary inattention have been raised as possible factors in other commuter train accidents.
Emergency brake failed to stop Chicago train
An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, said a federal investigator.
The events that led to Monday's accident, which occurred around 3 a.m. and injured more than 30 passengers, might have begun with the train operator dozing off toward the end of her shift.
Gotta hand it to a union to make up a reason the driver is not faulted
* Combining several news items from several separate threads
Fire at airport radar center
September 26, 2014 Some flights in and out of O’Hare and Midway airports have resumed more than 5 hours after all flights were halted at both airports, due to a fire at a radar facility in Aurora, apparently started by a disgruntled FAA contractor.
A man lit several fires inside the basement telecommunications room of the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, and then tried to commit suicide.
Damage is extensive to the computers that control the facility’s radar and communications systems.
Fire, apparent suicide attempt at FAA center snarl air traffic
A contract employee at a Chicago-area air traffic control center apparently set a fire and tried to kill himself, shutting the facility and stopping all flights at the world's second-busiest airport.
The bizarre situation resulted in a "ground stop," triggering the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights at O'Hare International Airport and nearby Midway Airport, according to an airline tracking website. An FAA statement said that "flights have begun arriving and departing to and from the Chicago area at a reduced rate." But a separate statement on its website said flights to and from the region wouldn't resume until at least 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET).
The employee was being treated after suffering self-inflicted wounds, and police said the incident wasn't related to terrorism. A 50-year-old man at the FAA facility, which controls air traffic for a giant swath of the Midwest, was treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. Investigators with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene.
Man reportedly slit wrists, set fire
The stoppages have the potential to create a nightmare ripple effect for travelers flying to O'Hare, which serves more than 1,000 flights each day. Last year, it handled 883,000 takeoffs and landings, ranking it as the second-busiest airport on the planet, according to Airports Council International.
In addition to it being the beginning of a weekend, the closure affected so many flights because the center controls planes not just flying in and out of Chicago, but also those flying long-distance routes to other regions, raising the potential for thousands of flight delays nationwide.
The airline tracking website FlightAware reported 971 O'Hare cancellations and 376 at Midway.
Hospital watching 2 who flew from Liberia
October 21, 2014 – Chicago hospital evaluating two patients for Ebola after they became sick on separate flights from Liberia to O’Hare. The girl began vomiting after boarding flight. Her family is under quarantine until an evaluation completed.
The other case, an adult passenger, reported nausea and diarrhea, but had a normal temperature.
Just happened not too long ago!
M3.4 - 9km N of Fairfield, Illinois
New Madrid quake
3.4 earthquake Fairfield, ILLINOIS
May 30, 2015 - Just as Dutch predicted yesterday.
S of Chicago, SE of Springfield
Dutch forecast a 3-4m earthquake for the New Madrid Seismic Zone South Illinois towards the Indiana border over the next 7 days.
12 hours later a 3.4m earthquake hit that area - in the EXACT area warned for the exact magnitude warned.
EXACTLY as dutchsinse.com predicted several hours BEFORE it happened!
CHICAGO WEATHER: TORNADO RIPS THROUGH COAL CITY; SUBLETTE CAMPGROUND 'DECIMATED' BY STORMS
CHICAGO (WLS) -- At least five tornadoes touched down in north central Illinois, the National Weather Service confirms. Those tornadoes touched down in Will, Kankakee, Lee, Grundy and LaSalle counties.
The National Weather Service said the towns of Coal City, Sublette and Mendota were among the hardest hit by Monday night's severe weather. Officials said damage survey teams will be dispatched later Tuesday morning to those communities, as well as Harmon, Ottawa, Morris, Braidwood and Momence.
About 17,200 ComEd customers are without power as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Most of the outages are in Dixon, Sterling, Coal City and Joliet. At the height of the storm, more than 55,000 customers were in the dark. ComEd aims to have power restored to all customers by around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Governor Bruce Rauner declared Grundy and Lee counties disaster areas on Tuesday and made state resources available to help tornado victims. He activated the State Emergency Operations Center Monday night to make crews and equipment available to help local emergency responders.
SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS IN SUBLETTE
Storms slammed the community of Sublette in Lee County Monday night. Sublette is about 100 miles west of Chicago.
Sublette Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Schultz said Tuesday that the damage to Woodhaven Lakes, a private campground spanning 1,800 acres, is much worse than he originally anticipated.
"At this point in time, the best word to describe it is 'decimated.' There are trailers in trees. There are trailers upside down. We have liquefied petroleum gas that is in the trees. It is the worst thing I have ever seen," Schultz said.
The damage spans about 700 acres in the southern half of the park. Woodhaven is blocked to anyone trying to get inside. Schultz said five people were injured during the storms.
"We did transport one person to the hospital and we have four walking wounded that were treated by the paramedics or EMTs at the scene and refused care," Schultz said.
Gov. Rauner deployed an 80-member search and rescue team to help look for people who may be trapped at Woodhaven.
Richard Bolin, who was camping at Woodhaven when the tornado struck, said he was lucky.
"Total devastation. All my neighbors have trees down on all their campers. I got lucky. I have my boat and my camper here. Missed all of my stuff by inches. I drove down here from the Fairdale, Kirkland area because we just had a major tornado there. I wanted to see what it was like. It was exactly like that," Bolin said.
Schultz said NWS has not confirmed a tornado in Sublette. Damage assessment teams will be on the ground Tuesday.
COAL CITY TORNADO CLEANUP
A tornado struck Coal City around 10 p.m. Monday, the second in just under two years. The community of around 5,000 is located about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.
Wilmington Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Todd Friddle said five people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries overnight. There have been no reports of fatalities.
Many survivors were pulled from their basements, Friddle said, once rescue teams were able to get to them. A secondary search is scheduled for Tuesday to make sure everyone is accounted for.
Wilmington Fire is among 35 other agencies who responded to Coal City to help after the tornado touched down. Residents said they heard tornado sirens go off and took cover. Later, they heard a deafening roar as the twister moved overhead.
"I looked out the back door and stuff started blasting the house. So, I ran for the bathroom. I came out ten minutes later and... smashed," Matthew Richardson said.
"All the trees are down, all the power lines are gone. My neighbor's roof is gone. My cars are buried. Power lines are on my car. My wife's car is surrounded by 100-year-old oak trees. I lost probably five trees. My roof is leaking in three different places," Glenn Root said.
Coal City Village Administrator Matt Fritz said multiple subdivisions on the south side of town were damaged. Mayor Terry Halliday said the tornado formed near Coal City High School on the west side of town and moved southeast.
"It's eerily close to the damage we saw about a year and a half ago," Friddle added.
Fire Station No. 2 was struck by lightning during the storm, which caused a communications tower to fall on the building. But emergency crews were able to respond out of the station soon after the damage occurred.
I-55 near Reed Road was shut down for hours overnight because high tension power lines from the Braidwood nuclear plant were downed across the interstate. I-55 has since reopened.
Many of the roads leading into Coal City are blocked Tuesday morning because it is too dangerous to go in. Workers are walking through the rubble to assess damage. They said some buildings were wiped out entirely and there are natural gas leaks in many homes. Overhead wires are hanging low enough to connect with larger vehicles.
Friddle said many Coal City emergency workers' homes were damaged by the tornado, including the fire chief.
An emergency shelter was established at Coal City High School at 650 West Division Street for residents in need. The American Red Cross and United Methodist Church are coordinating efforts to help them.
Fritz said a hotline (815-518-3047) will be available around 9:30 a.m. to connect volunteers with affected residents. Volunteers will be welcome once the area is deemed safe.
The Community Foundation of Grundy County's website has further information about how people can help. Mayor Halliday said cash donations will be the best way to assist affected residents.
The Grundy County Community Organizations Active in Disaster Facebook page will also be used to coordinate volunteers and donations.
Illinois Cant Make Next Pension Payment
October 16, 2015 - Sooner or later you run outta other peoples money!
Illinois won't make its next pension payment, because the state doesn't have the cash.
Bernie Sanders wet dream.
Illinois government pensions are already the worst-funded in the nation. The massive liability grew thanks to the lawmakers shorting the funds. They used the money to pay other expenses instead. Now, Illinois is set do it again.
Illinois Stops Pensions, Chicago Becomes Detroit as the Economy Spirals Down
If it can happen in Illinois, it can happen in any state.
Terror plot names Chicago
Dec 12, 2015 CBS - Chicago may be an ISIS target
Geneva has been on terror alert this week.
Toronto, Canada also mentioned as a target.
Nice photo of lunatic PM Trudo greeting ISIS families.
CBS treats Al Qaeda and ISIS as if they are not the same entity. *eyeroll.
Cellphones and propane tanks stolen in Missouri
If society goes cashless and implant, you can see why terrified people will welcome the beast.
The NWO wants to scare us to death. They are by far worse than ISIS. In fact - they ARE ISIS!
Instead of Christmas Peace they want us to fear thru the holidays. Being vigilant is wise. A LOTTA troubles in Missouri began with Ferguson. Those wicked devils were PAID to riot - by this whitehouse.
I can think of a few reasons to believe ISIS will attack Chicago -
First of all, the source is CBS. Never believe a network BORG source!
#2 - Chicago is too dangerous for terrorists!
Besides, If the terrorists attack Chicago how will we know?
United States of China
Feb 26, 2016 - America has become the United States of China.
Chinese are buying up American companies, including the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Chinese company, Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group (CCEG) acquired the Chicago Stock Exchange.
45 members of Congress wrote a letter to the U.S. Treasury Dept noting that CCEG's financial assets were originally owned by the Chinese government and the company was created to absorb those state controlled assets in 1997.
U.S.A. Wall Street Stock Market, Baltic Dry
T Bills, Gold Standard, and CMKX
The Shemitah warning was NOT a joke or false.
The whole world economy is collapsing
America's Golden Calf is Coming Down!
How can Americans worship their golden calf, the stock market?
David Wilkerson prophecies
Christian Couple Fined for Refusing to Allow Same-Sex Marriage at Their Bed and Breakfast
A Christian Illinois couple has lost a lawsuit to a gay couple whose civil union ceremony they refused to hold at their bed and breakfast.
Jim and Beth Walder, owners of the Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois, were fined $80,000 by the Human Rights Commission for refusing to host the civil union of Todd and Mark Wathen in 2011, according to Christian Today.
When the Wathens contacted the Walders about having their ceremony at the bed and breakfast the Walders explained, "We will never host same-sex civil unions. We will never host same-sex weddings even if they become legal in Illinois. We believe homosexuality is wrong and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it. If this is discrimination, I guess we unfortunately discriminate.”
The Walders have also been ordered to pay $15,000 each to Mark and Todd Wathen, as well as $50,000 in attorney fees, and $1,218.35 in other costs.
Despite the fines, the Walders remain committed to their beliefs.
"In our opinion, neither the state of Illinois nor the U.S. Supreme Court has the authority to tamper with the definition of marriage. God alone created marriage and declared thousands of years ago that it was to be between a man and a woman. Not two men. Not two women," the couple stated.
Although the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed the ruling, the Walders say it shows that religious freedom is restricted in Illinois.
New Elizabethkingia cluster found in Illinois
A new cluster of Elizabethkingia infection, previously rarely seen in humans, has been found in Illinois, health officials said Wednesday.
Testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the Elizabethkingia anophelis infection in 10 Illinois residents, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Six of those individuals have died. Most of the infected patients had underlying health conditions, and it's unknown if they died from the infection or pre-existing conditions.
The Illinois cluster of cases is a different strain of infection from the one identified in an ongoing Elizabethkingia outbreak in Wisconsin, first reported in March. Fifty-nine cases have been confirmed in that state since November. Eighteen have died. Officials there have said all of those infected had "at least one serious underlying illness" and most are older than 65. The cases began in 2014.
Dr. Chris Braden, deputy director at the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said this cluster of cases in Illinois is not surprising but it is concerning.
Chicago records 300th homicide with 13 over Father's Day weekend
CHICAGO — Chicago recorded its 300th homicide this weekend and tallied six others over a 60-hour period that saw 55 people shot, 13 fatally, from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning.
So far this year, close to 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died from their wounds, according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune. A total of 306 people have been killed this year, by shooting, stabbing or other means.
A 3-year-old boy was among the wounded who survived the weekend shootings. Police said he’s in critical condition. The 3-year-old was shot in the right shoulder near East 61st Street and South Kimbark Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, police said. The boy was in a car seat when an unknown attacker fired shots at the car, police said. People in the vehicle managed to get the boy to University of Chicago Medical Center. He was then transferred to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
Five people were fatally shot and nine others were hurt between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Four of the fatalities occurred in seven hours. The fatalities included a 16-year-old boy who was killed in West Englewood about 9:05 p.m. Friday. He was in the front passenger seat of a car driving through an alley in the 6500 block of South Hamilton Avenue when two males came up and fired shots, according to police.
Chicago Man Kills Wife Leaving Church; Couple Active Members for 20 Years
A 38-year-old man fatally shot his 36-year-old wife as she came out of her church in Chicago, Illinois, after Sunday service, and then shot himself to death. Both were found dead on the scene.
The shooting took place shortly after the morning service ended at Second Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church on the West Side of Chicago on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Kenneth Giles, the church's pastor, said, according to Chicago Tribune.
The woman, identified as Trinyce L. Sanders-Wilson, attended the service and was just leaving when she was shot, Giles added. "I think they were probably estranged at this time. I think there was probably some things going on between the two of them."
The woman had parked her car across the church and her husband waited for her to come and shot her as she reached the car. He then shot himself.
"She was a wonderful woman," the pastor said. "It's a tragedy on both sides for the church. He was also a good guy. But you never know what's going on in the minds of people," he added.
The couple had been members of the church for about two decades, and the woman actively served at the church voluntarily.
A witness, Andrew Davis, told ABC7 Chicago that he first heard a gunshot and then saw the woman falling to the ground. The man then shot the woman two more times, he added.
500 homicides. 9 months. 1 American city.
A visual guide by Amanda Wills and Sergio Hernandez, CNN
Updated 10:49 AM ET, Tue September 6, 2016
Chicago's 500th homicide of the year happened over Labor Day weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune.
That number carries a lot of weight for the city -- not just in quantity, but in meaning: 2016 is now the deadliest year in two decades.
CHICAGO VS. OTHER CITIES
When you compare Chicago's homicide rate to that of other big cities in the country -- New York and Los Angeles, for example -- it tops the list.
But Chicago is not the homicide capital of the United States.
New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore and Newark all have higher rates when you drill down the data per capita.
ILLINOIS VOTE FRAUD
Oct 22, 2016 - Early voting in Illinois votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote at the Library. Moynihan said, “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent. You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.” He notified the election judge and was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.
Thank you Jesus!
Dec 13, 2016 - Atheist who fought Illinois laws dies in small plane crash.
An Illinois atheist who favored keeping religious and government affairs separate died in a plane crash. Robert I. Sherman died from multiple crash injuries.
He went straight to hell. Tragic for him, hell has NO EXIT.
As Chicago Murder Rate Spikes, Many Fear Violence Has Become Normalized
CHICAGO — The nation’s third-largest city will end 2016 with a surging murder rate, a demoralized and distrusted police force and a weary populace that has become inured to daily reports of shootings.
More than 750 people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016, the police said, a 58 percent increase over last year and the highest total since 1997. There have been more than 3,500 shootings in the city this year.
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Over Christmas weekend, at least 60 people were shot, 11 fatally, according to The Chicago Tribune. Two teenage girls were among those shot.
As the year draws to a close, residents and community leaders say they are despairing over the ceaseless violence, which city officials are trying to confront with more police officers and new law enforcement strategies. But many people here also worry that the shootings, primarily in African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods on the South and West Sides, have become normalized, a routine part of life.
“We should be embarrassed as a city, every single one of us, that we’ve allowed this city to become the poster boy of violence in America,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, an activist and pastor of a Catholic church on the South Side. “Are we just going to shake our heads and say, ‘What a terrible year in Chicago?’”
Father Pfleger, who often spars with elected officials, said he was searching for fresh ways to draw attention to the plague of gun violence. He is planning a rally on Saturday on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a downtown avenue lined with high-end shops and restaurants, that will be attended by marchers carrying two-foot-high wooden crosses bearing the names of victims. Some victims’ relatives are expected to attend.
Chicago had more criminal homicides this year than New York and Los Angeles combined, despite having fewer residents than either city. Los Angeles had 288 through mid-December, up slightly from last year, and New York had 325, a decline from 2015. Still, Chicago’s per capita murder rate remains much lower than in several smaller cities, such as St. Louis and Baltimore.
Across the country, some cities have seen upticks in homicides while others have seen their numbers hold steady or decline. St. Louis, which had one of the country’s highest murder rates in 2015, had 183 criminal homicides as of Wednesday, roughly in line with its 188 in 2015. Milwaukee had 142 as of Wednesday and 146 in 2015. Criminal homicides have increased this year in Kansas City, Mo., Indianapolis and Dallas, and have declined in Cincinnati and Baltimore.
In Chicago, the surge in violence has become a national flash point.
“I’ve never seen so much attention and energy and focus being put on this epidemic of violence,” said the Rev. Ira Acree, whose church is on the West Side. “And yet instead of things getting better, it feels like things are getting worse.”
Representative Danny K. Davis, a Democrat whose district includes some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, said that he believed poverty was fueling the city’s bloodshed, and that Chicago needed to make investments “to revamp whole communities.”
“People struggle, and on top of that, in many instances, people have lost hope in their government,” Mr. Davis said. “They’ve lost hope that something is going to change for them. And if we can’t keep hope alive, then you don’t have to wonder whether things are going to get better or get worse: They’ll get worse.”
Last month, Mr. Davis’s 15-year-old grandson, Javon Wilson, was shot dead at a home in his grandfather’s congressional district. The Chicago police said a fight that preceded the shooting may have been over a pair of shoes, and two other teenagers have been charged in Javon’s death.
Matt McGrath, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said in an email that “there is no single solution” to Chicago’s violence, and that Mr. Emanuel was “approaching this holistically.”
“The increase in violence, largely driven by gun crimes in the South and West Sides of the city, is unacceptable, and we’re working day and night to address it,” Mr. McGrath said. “In September, the mayor announced his plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers as part of a comprehensive law enforcement reform package designed to restore community trust and increase police effectiveness. At the same time, the mayor strongly believes this is not exclusively a police matter and is committed to making investments in education and citywide economic development — including the expansion of universal mentoring for young men in the most violent neighborhoods.”
Arthur Lurigio, a criminology professor at Loyola University Chicago, said that in addition to the proliferation of guns and deepening poverty, personal disputes among gang members have led to more shootings, often escalating quickly through social media.
“What’s different about this year, and what has added much more fuel to the fire that was already burning intensely, was social media as a way to communicate,” he said. “There are no rules governing gang members anymore. They’re solving interpersonal conflicts with murder.”
The spike in crime comes at a time of upheaval and uncertainty in the Chicago Police Department, with officers trying to tamp down violence while also mending long-strained relationships with residents of some of the most troubled neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the mayor and the police announced that they would speed up a plan to expand body-camera use by police officers, ensuring that every patrol officer would wear a camera by the end of 2017.
Protests and complaints of widespread police misconduct rocked Chicago last year after an officer was charged with murder in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, and video of the fatal shooting was released. Since then, other police shootings have also prompted protests here, including a teenager fatally shot in the back this summer after a car chase.
Fallout from the McDonald case led to the firing of the police superintendent, promises of new training and equipment, and a Justice Department investigation of Chicago police practices. Some have wondered whether the results of that federal inquiry will be announced before President Obama leaves office next month.
Eddie Johnson, the current Chicago police superintendent, recently spent time at the New York Police Department, studying techniques focused on community policing. He said in a statement that most of the shootings over Christmas weekend were targeted attacks by gang members and called on elected officials in Illinois to pass tougher gun laws.
“While we have promising leads, this unacceptable level of gun violence demonstrates the clear and present need for policy makers to convene in January and give Chicago the gun sentencing tools against repeat offenders so that we can adequately hold people accountable,” he said.
Dean Angelo Sr., president of the union that represents Chicago’s rank-and-file officers, said that department morale was low and that his members were “treading water.” He added that policing and violence had been inappropriately politicized, and that some elected officials were “being more anti-police in their platform as opposed to being anti-crime.”
“In some areas, the neighborhoods are on fire,” he said, “and they’re more worried about transparency and police issues.”
EVERYONE WHO VOTES DEMONCRAT
VOTES FOR VIOLENCE
Jan 27, 2017 - What the Hell's going on in Chicago? Demonrats.
After threatening to send in The Feds after seeing the carnage in Chicago, President Trump asked during his address to Congressional Republicans, "what the hell is going in Chicago?" He received a surprising one-word answer that seemed to sum things up rather well - Demonrats.
Black Leaders In Chicago Finally State The Obvious About Violent Crime
Chicago residents need to start taking responsibility for the city’s shootings, according to black leaders in the area.
The Chicago Police Department hosted an Operation Wake Up event Thursday where leaders urged residents to stop blaming the police, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Here’s a fact: When it comes to violence and our children, there is no side. We are all on the side of righteousness and justice on this,” Glen Brooks said, speaking in response to a widely-held view that Chicago protests only focus on police brutality.
“Nobody wants to see death and destruction visit upon their family, their neighbors or their communities,” Brooks, a CPD coordinator, added.
Numerous officials, police, residents and activists came to the event, which was held close to the place where a two-year-old boy and his aunt were shot over Facebook Live Tuesday. The little boy died from his injuries.