Thursday, September 20, 2018

Former police commander Jon Burge dies....

[VIDEO] As the trial for police officer Jason Van Dyke continues another infamous Chicago Police Officer passed away on Wednesday. As you will learn in the above vid from ABC 7 he was never charged outright with using torture tactics to coerce confessions from mainly Black suspects. He was however convicted of perjury and was sent to prison released in 2015.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Body found in trash can on west 95th Street last week!

On our FB page and on Concerned Citizens of Chatham have seen a notice from Ald. Howard Brookins with regards to a murder victim. The body of a woman was found in a trash can on west 95th Street last Monday unfortunately the woman herself still hasn't been identified.

I thought it was important to find an article about this grisly story:
Investigators will now await toxicological results and additional details of a death investigation following an autopsy for a woman found dead inside a trash bin on the city’s South Side.

City trash collectors discovered the woman’s body as they emptied the bin into a truck in an alley in the 500 block of West 95th Street in the Brainerd neighborhood just before 11:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

It was unclear how long the woman’s body had been in the trash can, but a Chicago police spokeswoman said it the woman’s body had no obvious signs of trauma.
Well so far most of the other stories I found out there about this, are very short and not a lot of information as of now! Hopefully we will see further updates to this as far as the late woman's identity and hopefully what happened to her.

Meanwhile here's a statement from Ald. Brookins' office

Sun-Times: Ald. Sawyer says Preckwinkle will join crowded mayoral field this week

I'm trying to figure out how to insert Ald. Roderick Sawyer's potential interest in the mayor's office although he said in a Chicago Tonight appearance that the best place for him is Alderman of the 6th Ward. Meanwhile he knows that county board president Toni Preckwinkle could throw her hat into the ring to succeed Rahm Emanuel.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will announce her run for mayor this week, the chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus said.

Ald. Rod Sawyer (6th) told the Sun-Times he talked to Preckwinkle on Monday and the veteran County Board president told him she plans to enter the crowded race.

Another alderman, who asked not to be identified, also said they’d been told by Preckwinkle she is in.

A spokesperson for the Preckwinkle camp, however, would not confirm any plans. Other sources said Preckwinkle’s announcement is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m.

“She has the ability to raise money. She has a decent message. But we also have a lot of people running or expressing interest,” Sawyer said.
Want an official word, we have to wait until Thursday....

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tribune: Top cop seeks to fire 7 officers for lying about Laquan McDonald shooting

Well perhaps this was necessary way before the Van Dyke trial:
Nearly two years after a Chicago police officer fatally shot Laquan McDonald and numerous colleagues filed reports that clashed with video of the shooting, the Police Department on Thursday announced plans to seek the firing of seven officers for allegedly lying about the shooting.

The department's actions represent a long-delayed official response to a shooting that has come to publicly symbolize broad and long-standing problems with policing in Chicago. The move by Superintendent Eddie Johnson also signifies a stand against what the department's critics say is a pervasive and corrosive practice by officers — covering up for one another even in the most troubling situations.

"This is the classic code of silence situation where you have an incident go down and you've got multiple police officers who all feel obligated to help cover the behavior of police officers," said criminal defense attorney Terry Ekl. "Those examples happen over and over and over again. ... Before you know it, an entire community of people do not trust the police, they do not respect the police, they do not like the police. And that is the situation we have now."

Johnson's announcement came in response to a six-month investigation by the Chicago inspector general's office into the shooting by Officer Jason Van Dyke that was captured on a dashboard camera of a responding police vehicle. The footage went viral after the city was forced to release it by a judge last fall after months of resistance.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Capitol Fax: Will Bill or John Daley move up?

When Mayor Emanuel announced he will not run for re-election last week I somehow had visions that a Daley - perhaps the former Mayor Richard M Daley himself who should be enjoying his retirement right now - would run for the mayor's office. Well his brother Bill is looking into it and may announce on Monday whether or not he'll run. It sounds serious, but then I still have in my head that he seemed gung-ho to run for governor in 2014 and dropped out.
Rich Miller didn't mention that about the 2014 governor's race but noted that Bill Daley had a "bad habit of not following through on stuff". Time will only tell if he's truly in it to win it. And in Daley's case another connection to an adopted son who served as President of the United States until January 2017 as chief of staff. He was also Bill Clinton's secretary of commerce.

Another angle is what will another Daley brother John do at the county board. If Preckwinkle's pulls the trigger on running for mayor he could move up to become county board president.

Friday, September 14, 2018

CAN-TV "Political Forum" with state Sen. Elgie Sims

[VIDEO] This is another item I had been slow to advertise lately. I got an email about state senator Elgie Sims' appearance on CAN-TV's Political Forum. From the description:
Illinois State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (17th District) discusses the state budget, police-community relations, his recent legislative efforts and more. This program was recorded on September 12, 2018 at Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).
Duration of this program is about 27 minutes.The program itself aired live on this past Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Curbed Chgo: Kanye West wants to reopen Chicago’s historic Avalon Regal Theater

What has been going on with the Avalon Regal Theater. Some new developments according to Curbed Chicago.
The building was purchased out of foreclosure for $100,000 in 2014 by entrepreneur Jerald Gary. The South Shore native hoped to raise funds to cover numerous plumbing, electrical, and tech-related updates. As of Monday afternoon, a crowdfunding campaign had raised about $200 of its $150,000 goal. The property owner says that he already put “over $1 million” of his own money into the theater, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Gary hopes the restored Avalon Regal will be ready in time to host a holographic concert organized by Chicago rapper Chief Keef on September 26. If not, a “hologram truck” with a built-in stage is standing by as a back up and will host the free show in the theater’s adjacent parking lot, says the Sun-Times

Meanwhile, the building’s ornate lobby eyes a return to the lineup of the Chicago Architecture Center’s annual Open House Chicago weekend, scheduled for October 13 and 14. The site was abruptly pulled from the last year’s event to comply with a court order requiring the property to remain “vacant and secure,” reported the Chicago Tribune.

Provided the renovations move forward, the Avalon Regal would become the latest historic Chicago movie palace to see new life. Other notable projects include the ongoing redevelopment of Logan Square’s 2,900-seat Congress Theater and the recently announced rehabilitation of the massive, 4,381-seat Uptown Theater

[Kanye] West’s interest in the South Side venue was one several Chicago-related tweets published by the celebrity over the weekend. Additionally, West announced plans for a Chicago Yeezy fashion store as well as news that he would be teaching a course at the Art Institute of Chicago.
It's great to know Kanye West is involved in the efforts to restore and ultimately reopen the former movie palace. If the Uptown Theater can garner some excitement with rehabilitation so can the Regal.

Capitol Fax: Paul Vallas has some explaining to do

Over the past summer, Chicago Public Schools had been rocked by allegations of sexual abuse of CPS students by volunteers or employees at their schools. And now we go back further, Rich Miller takes a look at stories where former schools CEO and 2019 mayoral candidate Paul Vallas chose not to act on allegations of abuse by an elementary school volunteer.
Even though Vallas has been away from CPS since 2001, it seems the current scandals will touch him unless he's willing to adequately address it. Regardless, it seems the problem from over decade ago is almost similar to the scandals we know about today!

It's a shame! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hiring Day at Whole Foods Englewood #TeamWFM

Wednesday evening I posted on both our twitter and ig pages about hiring day at both Whole Foods Market and Mariano's. On this day at both companies job seekers can come in seeking job opportunities and ultimately on the spot interviews with the possibility of being hired the same day.

I apologize in advance for only sharing information about this only the day before, however, for those who think there are no jobs for them to get out there you get a hint about one opportunity. Of course the hiring day about both of those grocery chains are one of main hiring days we've advertised here on this blog and our social media channels over the years.

Then I see this photo from Bruce Montgomery on ig. A long line of job seekers inside the Whole Foods Englewood store. How many people got hired there today?

Capitol Fax: Fascinating insights into Jason Van Dyke’s judge

This was on the Capitol Fax blog yesterday just as jury selection is just about to wrap up in the Van Dyke trial and a Black juror was selected. Now let's turn our attention to the judge for this trial Judge Vincent Gaughan.

Sun-Times: CPD officer commits suicide; 3rd officer to take own life in 2 months

The Calumet district - HQ located in Pullman on 111th St - have suffered from sad losses. The Sun-Times talks about it:
The officer, a 54-year-old woman described by police as a “veteran” of the department, is the second member of the Chicago Police Department to take their own life in that parking lot since early July and the third Chicago police officer to commit suicide in the last two months.

She was found in her personal car and her name was not released as of Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The department said it was making counselors available to officers in the Calumet District, where the deceased officer was found.

“Crushing news for the department this morning as we grapple with the suicide of a veteran #ChicagoPolice officer who took her life inside her personal vehicle,” Guglielmi tweeted. “Please pray for this officer’s family and fellow officers of @ChicagoCAPS05.”
The Calumet District already suffered through two other officer deaths over the summer.

On July 9, Officer Brandon Krueger, a 36-year-old officer of five years, shot himself in the head in the Calumet District’s parking lot. Two days later, Officer Vinita Williams, 47, fell unconscious in the station and died a short time later.
As the police seeks more recruits this fall, let's recognize how difficult a job being a police officer really is. We have to treat them better than it seems we have been recently. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Did you watch this past Friday's Chicago town hall on FOX News with Laura Ingraham?

On Friday Laura Ingraham' hour long show was a Chicago town hall. A number of prominent people in Chicago from politics, police, even churches gave us their own takes on Chicago politics and the violence. I watched this and tweeted some comments on Twitter and got one retweet from Pastor Corey Brooks who was on this town hall.
I haven't been able to find the segment with Pastor Brooks so far, however, there are some segments worth sharing with you all. To start here's a segment with FOX News political analyst Gianno Caldwell discussing the issues of violence in Chicago. Even offering a young man an opportunity to leave the drug dealing life if he had a job. And with him is Vic Maggio who you might remember from those series of videos - Chicago's 10 most violent neighborhoods of which Englewood is one of them. [VIDEO]
Another video talks about Chicago's "political class" and their response to many of Chicago's issues. With DePaul University professor Jason Hill he refer to Rahm Emanuel as incompetent. I would urge you to watch this segment for yourself. [VIDEO]
Finally of the videos I can find on YouTube from Laura Ingraham's special program we see Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward)  a former police officer himself with two representatives from Chicago's police union discuss how the police could be part of the solution. What you will learn here is since the city is understaffed on police detectives which puts a damper on solving many of the crimes in the city. [VIDEO]
There is one other video I'd like to share with you, however, I think it deserves it's own dedicated post. It's a story about Demetrius Griffin. I tweet his name during his segment with a hashtag, what happened to him was so horrible and is related to what the police officers above were discussing, they aren't able to clear these cases. We don't know who killed Demetrius in such an evil way and he and his family deserves to bring the culprits to trial for their atrocity.
So now that we have an open seat for Mayor of Chicago in 2019, there are some issues for those candidates who will throw there hat into the ring for the office will have to chew on. I just hope they have the answers - that I'm sure without this townhall - will argue Rahm Emanuel just wasn't able to provide.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Crain's: With Emanuel's departure, Chicago needs a new closer

Hold on, in what way is Rahm Emanuel a closer for Chicago?
Emanuel was as enthusiastic a pitchman for Chicago as Daley, which is saying something. But after years as a national Democratic fundraiser, Emanuel had access to CEOs across the country, if not around the world. That included tech chiefs like Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Salesforce's Marc Benioff and Google's Eric Schmidt. When word broke a year ago that Amazon was looking for a second headquarters, Emanuel already had been working on Bezos.

"He understood he had access to the tech community at a level very few people have," says Howard Tullman, a veteran tech entrepreneur and avid watcher of Chicago politics who traveled with Emanuel overseas on recruiting trips. "He used that great advantage. The biggest loss (in Emanuel's decision to leave office) is he had an international reputation. You saw this in Japan, China. People wanted to meet and work with him because of his stature. He had the ability to talk about national and global politics."

Emanuel also put CEOs at ease, and it showed in the parade of companies that moved their headquarters to downtown Chicago from other countries, other states, downstate Illinois and the suburbs during his two terms. The list includes Motorola, Archer Daniels Midland, GE Healthcare, Conagra, McDonald's, Beam Suntory and Kraft Heinz. Though they're not ribbon-cutting full-fledged HQs, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Google and Facebook are staffing up significantly downtown, too.

"Businesses want to know the mayor and the administration understand the private sector—that they don't view it as an enemy," says Steve Koch, a former investment banker who was Emanuel's point person on economic development for five years as deputy mayor. "The private sector really wants to know the mayor is committed to fiscal responsibility. They want to know the city has a vision for the future. Rahm was extraordinary at that. He's an unbelievable bundle of energy. With his commitment to (what companies care about), you were already 75 percent there."
OK, it's great to see the Mayor work hard to make big business at ease with doing business in Chicago. However, perhaps a future mayor of Chicago - to be elected next year in 2019 - could be a closer for both the south and west sides of the city? Don't just put all the focus on the north side and downtown Chicago.

BTW, I suggest you read the whole thing

Monday, September 10, 2018

CBS Chicago: 3 Students Shot Outside Chatham Academy School On Chicago's South Side

[VIDEO] This story actually broke via CBS 2 about an hour ago. Worth sharing with you all. Location of Chatham Academy is 9034 South Langley. The incident itself took place at 91st & Langley.
Three students were shot outside Chatham Academy High School on Chicago’s South Side Monday afternoon around 4 p.m..

Chicago Police confirmed a 16-year-old male was shot in the left shoulder and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in stable condition. An 18-year-old was shot in the right arm and left armpit and was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in stable condition. A 17-year-old male was shot int he upper left leg and was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center in unknown condition.
As the young people return to school this fall may they stay safe and stay out of trouble.

Editorial: Will the next mayor get Chicago its cut of a booming economy?

If this economy is booming right now shouldn't Chicago have already gotten a piece of it? From a Tribune editiorial:
Under Emanuel, the city attracted major employers, experienced a building boom and boosted tourism. He bolstered O’Hare and Midway airports and kept a shine on downtown, the lakefront and many neighborhoods. He made little progress helping the underdeveloped South and West sides, besides recruiting the oft-mentioned Whole Foods to Englewood. Yes, he got the Barack Obama Presidential Center for Jackson Park, but that was a gimme — imagine the scandal if Obama had taken his library to New York. Will Emanuel cap his tenure by winning Amazon’s second headquarters? We’ll know soon.
What connects the mayor’s accomplishments as bond salesman and corporate recruitment cheerleader is his commitment to the cause and ability to speak the language of business and finance. Emanuel, who did a turn as an investment banker, made economic and urban development a priority and went hard at CEOs to convince them to locate in Chicago. With each of those HQs came good-paying jobs.

We’ve echoed the desire of Emanuel’s critics to see private-sector investment spread evenly across Chicago. But Emanuel understood that money invested in an already healthy downtown does a lot more for all Chicagoans than if that money went to Atlanta or Dallas.

So how about the next mayor? America’s economy is booming. Will Chicago get its share? Who among the candidates understands the city’s potential, and who can best balance competing needs to achieve the greater good?

The bond market people will have opinions. So will CEOs and developers. But voters, hiring a mayor who can win their trust is up to you.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Chicago's next mayor isn't in the race?

As many Chicago politicos either bow out of the mayor's race in 2019  such as Valerie Jarrett and someone such as a Toni Preckwinkle begins exploratory committees for mayor. We have this parting shot from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel told WGN radio host Steve Cochran he doesn’t think any of the 12 announced candidates for the fifth floor office at City Hall has the skill set to do the job, while getting in plugs for some of his own work.

“No,” Emanuel said when Cochran asked him whether the next mayor is in the race. “I don’t think so. And here’s the thing: The public knows that this is a very big job, and the mayor cannot be a one-trick pony. You can’t just speak on one issue. You got to do economic development, you got to do education policy, you got to be able to get money out of Springfield and Washington. You’ve got to have an ability to actually invest in our neighborhoods, transportation, libraries, schools and park system.”

“My view is … the list is not done,” he added. “It’s going to shake out for about a month, and then the voters will make a smart decision of who can fill that office. And what I mean by that is, you’re not going to shrink the mayoralty, and there’s got to be a mayor that actually fills this job.”

Plenty of big names are still out there.

Among those reportedly weighing bids to join the field in the February election are Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 2011 mayoral candidate Gery Chico, city Treasurer Kurt Summers, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley and GCM Grosvenor CEO Michael Sacks, Emanuel’s close friend, confidant and top campaign donor.

And Arne Duncan, the former secretary of education for President Barack Obama and a former CPS CEO, and former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett have long been discussed as possible mayoral candidates.
Who has these skills set to become mayor that's in this race right now? And who's not in the race that has these skills set?

Usually Saturday's are light days on this blog, but Rahm Emanuel not seeking a third term is the big story right now.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Chicago Tonight: Aldermen Discuss Priorities for Mayor’s Next 9 Months #6WardChicago

6th ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer appeared on Chicago Tonight with Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36), Ald. John Arena (45), and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2). They discussed not only whether or not they would run for mayor, the mayor's decision to no seek a third term, and of course what his priorities are going to be for the remainder of his term.

Ald. Sawyer was the only one who answered the questions about his mayoral aspirations. Also bear in mind that the alderman is also the son of Mayor Eugene Sawyer who served for two years after the death of Mayor Harold Washington from 1987 to 1989. Sawyer discussed being in the family of a Mayor of Chicago.

All the same Ald. Sawyer indicated that if the voters of the 6th Ward so choose he would continue to serve them. He believes this is the best place for him at this point in time. He did indicate he made some calls with this especially noted in a Sun-Times article earlier this week. I suppose I can't blame him if you're going to go for such an important office the time is now! Who knows when the next opportunity will come around?

Silas Purnell College Expo on Sept. 8, 2018

This event will take place at Tuley Park 90th & King Drive starting at 11:00 AM this Saturday. Here's a post from the organizers of this annual event - Chesterfield Community Organization.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Crain's: Urban Partnership Bank finds a buyer

Another great article by Crain's Steve Daniels, this time about Urban Partnership Bank:
The ShoreBank saga appears to be nearing a definitive end as south suburban lender Providence Bank & Trust looks to acquire the legendary failed community bank’s successor.

Urban Partnership Bank, the lender established in 2010 to take over the ShoreBank franchise after the high-profile urban community bank’s demise, is throwing in the towel.

The South Side bank has an agreement to sell to Providence Bank & Trust, based in south suburban South Holland, the companies announced today. The deal brings to a close UPB’s effort to continue the “mission” of ShoreBank, for decades a bank renowned for lending actively in low-income urban neighborhoods neglected by other banks until it foundered on hundreds of millions in bad loans following the housing bust and Great Recession.

Still, David Vitale, longtime Chicago banker and chairman of UPB, said in an interview he was pleased to find a buyer interested in furthering ShoreBank’s legacy. Having shrunk dramatically from an asset size that had well exceeded $1 billion, UPB wasn’t able to attain its goals, he said.

“The ability to do what we wanted to do at that scale, with the regulatory costs, put our future into question,” he said. “We’re feeling excited for our customers and our communities that someone was willing to invest in us and our communities.”

Providence Bank & Trust is an interesting story in and of itself. Launched in 2004, just six years before UPB, the bank glided relatively unscathed through the financial crisis when most bank startups from that time frame went belly up. It has 12 branches located mainly in the south suburbs, with a few in northwest Indiana.

The acquisition of UPB will give Providence its first presence in the city.

Describing itself as a “stewardship” bank, Providence donates 10 percent of its profits each year to nonprofits and other causes.
To be honest, I would've liked it if some Black investors who hopefully were unscathed by what happened with Seaway Bank for example could've gotten it. Thus we could have another Black-owned bank in the community. Just shows banking is a very difficult business right now or certainly it always has been.

Ald. Sawyer for Mayor...

This was in Tuesday's news about Rahm Emanuel bowing out of his re-election bid next year:
Ald. Roderick Sawyer, (6th), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, said he’s considering a run.

“I’m talking to someone this afternoon just to talk it through,” Sawyer said. “I would be lying to you if I said I was not interested.”

Sawyer said he’s having conversations about “the greater impact of all of this, not just the personality.”
I'm sorry I didn't see this on Tuesday or even earlier on Wednesday.

I see the feedback on the link to this article at Concerned Citizens of Chatham. I suppose the question is not whether or not Ald. Sawyer should run it would be if he decided to forgo re-election for 6th ward alderman who could replace him?
On the other hand is Chicago ready for another Mayor Sawyer?