Friday, April 11 Update
By Sade Carpenter
Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
1. Body Pulled
from Chicago River
Officials pulled a woman’s body from the Chicago River this morning, the Chicago Tribune reports. The body was found near the 700 block of South Wells Street in the South Loop neighborhood. According to Chicago Fire Department authorities, paramedics were present at the scene but police recovered the remains
2. Bill Banning Police Ticket
Quotas Passes Illinois Senate
According to NBC Chicago, a bill banning ticket quotas at any state, county and municipal police departments passed in the Illinois Senate yesterday. The legislation would not allow departments to evaluate an officer’s performance based on the number of citations issued. The bill passed in a 57-1 vote, but The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police fought the measures. "Under the provisions of this bill, Illinois would stand to lose millions of dollars in federal highway traffic safety funding for DUI saturation patrols, restraint enforcement details and speed reduction campaigns," said John H. Kennedy, executive director of the association.
3. Cardinal George Seeks
Cardinal Francis George has asked the Roman Catholic Church to start looking for his successor, CBS 2 Chicago reports. The 77-year-old cardinal, who is receiving treatment for cancer, said the chemotherapy depletes the energy needed to complete his job as archbishop of Chicago. “It’s something you have to pay attention to full-time, and now it looks as though I’m going to have to be spending a little more attention on my health,” he said. “So it’s just not fair to the Archdiocese to have someone who may not be able to do the job as well as I believe it should be done.”
4. 'Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese'
on Ritz-Carlton’s Menu
Deca, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s restaurant and bar, is offering diners a $100 sandwich in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month. According to DNAinfo Chicago, the pricey dish features ingredients like Iberico ham, 40-year-old Wisconsin cheddar infused with gold flakes and foie gras sandwiched between artisanal sourdough bread. The sandwich comes with a side of lobster macaroni and cheese, and is on the menu through April 30.
Thursday, April 10 Update
By Emily Brosious
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
1) Stephen Colbert to
Take Over “Late Show”
According to CBS News, Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of CBS’ “Late Show” when Letterman retires in 2015. Colbert is currently host, writer and executive producer for Comedy Central’s long-running “Colbert Report.” The popular cable show is now slated to end in 8 months. Colbert graduated from Northwestern University’s theatre program and cut his teeth at Chicago’s Second City Theatre before rising to stardom. In 2011, he returned to Northwestern to give a commencement address.
Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Move Leaves Comedy Central Slot in Limbo http://t.co/bwBvehgEhP— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 10, 2014
2) Chief Keef’s Cousin Shot to
Death in Englewood
Chicago Tribune reports rapper Big Glo, Chief Keef’s cousin, was gunned down overnight in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Big Glo, whose real name was Mario Hess, had recently signed to a major record label. Prior to that, he went by the name Blood Money. Hess was the oldest member of the Glory Boyz Entertainment crew and was Chief Keef’s second cousin. He was shot as many as 10 times and pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. | Video
3) Top Sinaloa Cartel Member
Cooperates With Prosecutors
Federal law enforcement officials announced a top-ranking member of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel is cooperating with Chicago prosecutors, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla pleaded guilty a year ago to a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin. His secret plea deal, unsealed by U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo, is a breakthrough in the government’s fight against the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. Under the deal, if Zambada-Niebla provides “full and truthful cooperation” against other members of the cartel, the government will try to spare him from life behind bars with a more lenient prison sentence of least 10 years and a fine of up to $4 million.
4) IKEA Buys Illinois Wind
NBC Chicago reports IKEA’s U.S. subsidiary is buying a wind-energy project in eastern Illinois. The Swedish furniture retailer’s chief financial officer Rob Olsen said the 98-megawatt wind farm should generate enough electricity to offset all of the company’s U.S. power use. IKEA won’t say what it paid former owner Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy for the project, but said it plans to have Hoopeston Wind Farm up and running by 2015.
Wednesday, April 9 Update
By Jakub Rudnik
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
1) 21 Students Injured in
Pennsylvania School Stabbing
A 16-year-old student used two knives to go on a stabbing rampage Wednesday morning at a Pittsburgh-area school, injuring at least 20 people, according to CNN. The alleged attacker, who is in custody and being treated for his own injuries, crept quietly through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School, stabbing other students before they could realize what was happening. "They just felt pain and noticed they were bleeding," Dr. Timothy VanFleet, chief of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield. | Video
2) Cicero Youth Minister Charged
with Sexually Assaulting Minors
Juan David Ferreras, youth pastor at Sonido De Alabanza Church in Cicero, has been charged with sexually assaulting six minors in his apartment and at the church, reports the Chicago Tribune. Ferreras, 43, allegedly had sexual contact with six boys aged 9 to 17 who are members of the church. Authorities were alerted after a church official learned that youth were staying away from events because of “inappropriate touching.”
3) Bathroom Videotaping Charges
Brought Against Eye Surgeon
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago eye surgeon Robert Weiss has been charged with felony unauthorized videotaping after a female employee found a hidden camera in the bathroom of Chicago Eye Institute at 3928 N. Milwaukee. The camera was found attached to the top of the toilet tank after the employee noticed some porcelain chipped away on the tank. Upon inspecting the camera’s micro disk, authorities found that four women in total had been recorded, including two in the female locker room of Weiss’ other office at Illinois Masonic Hospital, 836 W. Wellington Ave.
4) Alderman Claims Logan Square
Store a ‘Criminal Gauntlet’
According to DNAinfo Chicago, neighbors of Armitage Food have gone to City Hall with complaints of public drinking, defecating in alleys, sexual harassment and indimidation against the Logan Square convenience store. Armitage Food has also hired an alleged gang member who allows fellow gang members to hang around the store. Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) filed the formal complaint against the store, and Alex Huebner, owner of nearby Weegee’s Lounge, hired two private cars to provide residents transportation to the hearing Tuesday. Another discussion about the store will be held again at a meeting at 10 a.m. May 20 at City Hall in room 805.
Tuesday, April 8 Update
By Mike Reilley
Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
1) House Passes Emanuel's Pension
The Illinois House on Tuesday passed legislation that would reel in city employee pension benefits, marking a big win for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who pushed the bill. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the bill passed 73-41 with one voting present. It now moves to the Senate.
2) 'Benchwarmer Bandit' is Back
The FBI told the Chicago Tribune that a robbery at a Loop Citibank branch on Tuesday morning could be the infamous "Benchwarmer Bandit," who is believed to have robbed four other Chicago-area banks in recent weeks.
3) 26 Food Things Only a Chicagoan
Our friends at Huffington Post Chicago came up with a great list. Nom-nom.
4) Crime and Punishment in
The Smart Chicago initiative built a super site organizing Chicago crime data. Take a look ...
Monday, April 7, 2014
By Emily Brosious
Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
1) Quinn Blasts
The Chicago Tribune reports Gov. Pat Quinn came out against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to shore up Chicago’s pension system by raising property taxes and cutting retirement benefits. Among his critiques of the plan, Quinn called the property tax a “lousy tax”, saying it’s regressive and not based on ability to pay. The re-election-seeking Governor said he had a better, more comprehensive plan to deal with the pension problem that wouldn’t gouge property owners.
2) Blue Line Crash Cost
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board estimates last month’s CTA Blue Line crash at the O’Hare station cost $9.1 million in damages – about one-third more than initial estimates suggested. The train operator, Brittney Haywood, told federal investigators that she “fell asleep” as the train approached the O’Hare station. The NTSB found that the train’s speed, about 26 mph, was too fast for a “fixed trip mechanism” to kick in and stop the train before it slammed into the platform.
The Red Line Project’s Storify social media coverage of last month’s Blue Line crash.
3) Chicago to Add 20 More Miles of Protected Bike Lanes
DNAinfo Chicago reports Chicago will add 20 more miles of protected bike lanes this spring and summer. An additional 30 miles are slated for installation later this year and early next year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Saturday that the city is halfway to its goal of adding 100 miles of protected bike lanes by 2015. “Improving our bicycling facilities is critical to creating the quality of life in Chicago that attracts businesses and families to the city,” Emanuel said in a statement. “We are making Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the United States.”
Runners Apply for 2014 Chicago
RedEye Chicago reports more than 71,000 runners applied for 45,000 spots in the 2014 Chicago Marathon. Registration for the marathon lottery finished today at noon. Marathon officials will notify hopeful runners on Apr. 14 if they won the lottery to compete in the race on Oct. 12. This is the first year the marathon switched to a lottery system after years of first-come, first-serve registration.
Check out the Red Line Project's coverage of the 2013 Chicago Marathon.
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