Thursday, October 15, 2020

WGN: Reports on early voting at Deneen Elementary School


[VIDEO] Yesterday WGN news was at the Ward 6 early voting site at Deneen Elementary School located at 7257 S. State St. BTW, did Julian Crews pronounce Deneen correctly? Can someone who has attended that school say for certain?

Anyway Crews noted in his report that while things were moving smoothly for the most part throughout the city, there were technical issues at Deneen and as a result there were lines as you saw in this report. People were getting out here and one person Crews spoke to was correct to say we had to fight for our right to vote.

And as another man stated in this report, it doesn't matter who you vote for just vote. He's right. Early voting continues through Nov. 3rd.

If you want to vote early I blogged about it on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Early voting starts tomorrow

 We will have a different election than we had in our history so far. This is due to the ongoing pandemic as the rage for now is to vote by mail instead of voting in person or even waiting until Election Day and going to your local precinct which is what I plan to do.

On Oct. 14, 2020 - tomorrow on Wednesday - early voting around the city will begin. You can register and cast your ballot at designated locations within all 50 wards and at the Loop Super Site located at 191 N. Clark St. or at Clark/Lake.

Here are the locations for wards 6, 9 & 21

  • Ward 6 - Deneen Elementary School, 7257 S State St. 
  • Ward 9 - Curtis Elementary School,  32 E 115th St.
  • Ward 21 - Turner - Drew Language Acad.,  9300 S Princeton Ave.
These are the operating hours for early voting until Election Day Nov. 3, 2020 for all sites throughout the city and at the Loop Super Site

  • Early Voting sites in all 50 Wards - plus the Loop Super Site
    Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm
    Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm
    Election Day, Nov. 3 - 6 am-7 pm
Here's a notice from - Ald. Anthony Beale's constituent webpage about the early voting at Curtis Elementary on 115th Street

If you want more information check out the Chicago Board of Elections page on Early Voting.

Friday, October 9, 2020

CBS Chicago: Regal Cinemas Temporarily Closing Theaters Thursday, Including 8 In Chicago Area


[VIDEO] Probably not exactly germane news to the south side, however, one of things I have been keeping on eye on during this pandemic is the movie theater business. From what I can tell the Studio Movie Grill at 210 W. 87th Street remains closed.

Chains such as Regal Cinemas, AMC Theatres, and even the Showplace Icon on Roosevelt have since reopened back in August. Some of you may have seen the latest anticipated release Tenet starring John David Washington - he's the son of the legendary Denzel Washington - and directed by Christopher Nolan who you may know from the The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception to name a few big ticket releases he's made.

Well what's happening to Regal Cinemas who does have two locations within the city limits aren't much different from what other chains are doing. The Logan Theater announced that they were closing after reopening. Another chain with a few locations within the area Classic Cinemas earlier this summer announced that they were closing temporarily. And as of Thursday, yesterday, Regal Cinemas will again shut down operations temporarily.

The concern is that there aren't movies available to get people out of the house as much as it might be the continuing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. I'm sure there is a reason why the 87th theaters remain close and it's exactly those two factors.

As a matter of fact if you're a James Bond fan you were probably anticipating that release in the near future. Unfortunately it has been pushed back due to this pandemic. Originally it was supposed to have been released in the spring when these stay-at-home orders were in effect, then it was supposed to have been released during this summer, then the fall, and now it has been pushed back into next year.

As I've stated over the past summer and it's true now, people want to get out of the house. Now is the time for entertainment. Thankfully we've finally gotten out of this tumultuous summer and at least so far this week in fall the weather has been nice.

Also stated at some point on this blog, this pandemic is temporary. We should continue to take our precautions with this tricky virus. I shared a video from the state about wearing face masks, my expectation is that we won't be doing that forever. I wish we could flick a switch and this pandemic is over.

As far as the 87th theaters, I'm looking to see what's going on with them. If you have any updates feel free to share. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Generosity of a stranger keeps mother and child from living in her car


[VIDEO] I hate to see stories like this, however, its an interesting twist. You own the property you rent it to someone else, however, that party refuses to move out. Eviction proceedings are useless because due to this pandemic the state has issued a moratorium because well if you're not working and unable to make an income how can you reasonably pay rent.

I'm glad to see that for now, thanks to someone's genorosity that someone helped this mother out and allowed her to stay in an apartment rent free. At least until that moratorium runs out and whenever that tenant is forced to move. In the meanwhile this still isn't an ideal situation.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

CBS Chicago: New #COVID19 rules for certain businesses


[VIDEO] What restaurants or bars will you go to with eased restrictions? Also do you plan to workout?

This was announced by the mayor's office yesterday.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Dreadhead Cowboy's horse is fine

I just wanted to share this update with you all, if you're at all concerned about the condition of his horse who authorities suggested could be euthanized due to her grave condition. Here's what Sun-Times' Michael Sneed states in her column
Where is NuNu?

Sneed has learned the injured horse nearly ridden to death by the “Dread Head Cowboy” in an anti-violence protest on the Dan Ryan Expressway, is safely on the mend and on her way to recovery since being moved to a horse farm in the south suburbs.

“She’s rallied,” said Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), a strong advocate of humane animal care who works closely with the city’s Animal Care and Control Department.

“But I’m told it should never be ridden again,” he said.
Also and this is more shocking:
But Sneed also hears Hollingsworth — who has been seen at protests riding horses around the city this summer — was “already on the city’s Animal Care radar months ago for riding a horse near the expressway,” Lopez said.

“This is not the first time,” Lopez said, even before Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office tapped the cowboy to do outreach for the U.S. Census. “We had videos and pictures of him multiple times before the mayor hired him to be her census outreach person/cowboy.

“We were trying to find out where he lived before the mayor hired him,” said Lopez, who has frequently sparred with Lightfoot during her administration. “We were actually on the hunt for him due to concern about how his horse was being kept.”

The city might send an invoice for the cost of NuNu’s care to Hollingsworth. A GoFundMe Hollingsworth launched earlier this year — with the goal of opening a horse barn in the city — has raised more than $88,000 as of Friday, with many donations pouring in since his highway ride.

I wanted to share this with you from 2nd City Cop. They were on the case of a horse being kept in an Englewood backyard. I wonder if Ald. Lopez had this on his radar.

Sneed notes that Hollingsworth keeps his other horses at a farm in Dyer, Indiana

Did you know there was a Republican running against Kim Foxx?


[VIDEO] It's been quite a while since I've shared anything from Public Affairs host Jeff Berkowitz who recently interviewed Foxx's Republican opponent Pat O'Brien. The video you see above.

What a difference four years makes? There was great enthusiasm for Kim Foxx four years ago against then state's attorney Anita Alvarez. I'm sure there was a perception that Alvarez wasn't adequately addressing the needs of the Black community over her eight years in office.

Lately State's Attorney Kim Foxx has gotten a lot of attention and it started with the Jussie Smollett fraud. Did you know a judge who called for a special prosecutor in that case didn't get endorsed by the Cook County Democrats.

And nationally - well actually with the right wing to be honest - she's been getting some attention for he handling of the unrest in Chicago especially after the death of George Floyd and last month after the looting in the wake of a young Black man getting shot.

To also share 2nd City Cop wants to see former Democrat and Cook County Judge Pat O'Brien defeat the sitting state's attorney they dub Crimesha.

I also want to note the last Republican who held the state's attorney office was Jack O'Malley who was defeated by Dick Devine for the office in 1996. He later became an appellate judge.

Friday, September 25, 2020

WGN: Dreadhead Cowboy speaks out after expressway horseride


[VIDEO] It's been quite a delight probably for many of you who've seen him in person on the south side. It's been a delight to see any posts of him out there in unexpected settings a man on his horse on the south side. And then this latest stunt to protest gun violence by riding his horse on the Dan Ryan on Monday has opened up another charge, animal cruelty.

In recent reports it was noted that his horse was very exhausted and allegations that the horse was whipped to keep it moving forward. The Dreadhead Cowboy it has been noted is trying to find his horse. Authorities who are now concerned about the condition of the horse which reportedly may cause it to be euthanized.

Earlier this summer Adam Hollingsworth was among the action in downtown Chicago the last week in May where the most violent riots occurred in the wake of George Floyd's death. He had to fight allegations that he stole his horse - I don't know if it's the same horse he rode on the Dan Ryan with, however, the horse he had isn't the type of horse used by police. His car was even vandalized accordingly by people who probably don't care about the horse.

Regardless the recent charges of animal cruelty has only served to cause people to believe he treated his horse Nunu (sp?) inhumanely. I hope finds Hollingsworth finds his horse still alive.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

CBS Chicago: Father Pfleger marches to show disatisfaction with Breonna Taylor grand jury decision.


[VIDEO] As with George Floyd at the end of May protests - or riots - with regards to the case of Louisville, Kentucky native Breonna Taylor goes nationwide. Father Pfleger leads a march from his St. Sabina parish to show dissatisfaction with this decision.

If you didn't know it was announced yesterday by the Attorney General of Kentucky that there would be no charges against three officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. One officer however will be a charge with wanton endangerment of Ms. Taylor's neighbors as he reportedly fired a shot at another apartment nearby.

That shot was in response to a shot fired by her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when police came to break down the door. There was a no-knock warrant however some reports were emerging that police had announced their presence and had knocked. Either way tragically Breonna Taylor was killed in a gunfight. Regardless none of the three officers involved will be charged in Ms. Taylor's death.

Unfortunately I think a lot of people have made up their minds on this particular issue. There were protests in Chicago and thankfully as this report from our local CBS affiliate indicated they were largely peaceful aside from wanton vandalism of a monument in Logan Square where most of the protests in Chicago were taking place. Louisville, Kentucky has some unrest but has calmed down after quick action by authorities there.

EDIT 9:47 AM This is more about the protest near St. Sabina. Pflegers group yesterday disrupted traffic at the intersection of 79th & Racine. Again via CBS Chicago [VIDEO]

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Political Forum with Ald. Anthony Beale (Ward 9)


[VIDEO] I've been meaning to share this since getting the email blast from the Ald. Beale's office sharing the word on this. Ald. Beale has been a vocal opponent of Mayor Lori Lightfoot especially with the unrest going on in the city during our most tumultuous summer. You may have even seen him on FOX News last month and if you haven't here it is.

So here on this recent edition Beale talks about the financial issues facing the city during this pandemic and how he was able to prevent the looting of business in Ward 9.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A postal worker was shot in Burnside on Thursday


[VIDEO] According to the Tribune the mail carrier was not the intended target and it seems to be a drive by shooting. The US Postal Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leaders to the alleged shooter. She was just walking her route at 11:30 AM on Thursday when she was seriously wounded.

This was also added in case you may have some information with regards to this incident:

Police are also looking for help from the community and have asked anyone with tips to call Area 2 detectives, 312-747-8271. People also may call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service tip line at 1-877-876-2455 (say “Law Enforcement”) and reference Case No. 3157692.

Friday, September 4, 2020

WGN: Police partners with the Neighbors app to help solve burglaries


[VIDEO] I remember a few years ago when neighborhood security cameras usually on housing in West Chesterfield helped to solve the murder and robbery of a Cook County Judge. For those of you interested in some new technologies to help secure your home you have Neighbors app by Ring. Basically there is a doorbell you purchase which also has a camera.

Usually with this camera you can see - using an app you can probably check your mobile device such as a phone or tablet - who's at the door. As far as being able to help police you can send your information anonymously.

There is a heavy focus on Ward 19 or Beverly/Morgan Park. In a previous story from WGN shared on this blog recently there was some recording of the gun shots. Of course that camera was likely a good distance away from the shooting at a pancake house on Western Avenue perhaps that was something provided by a user of the neighbors app.

Just something to share with you all, something to utilize to help secure your home and certainly to be able to see who visits your home while you're at work. Even if you just want to know post office came by to drop off your mail.

Monday, August 31, 2020

You hear about the shooting at a pancake house in Morgan Park?

[VIDEO] Beverly/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood is a part of the city known for the residency of city workers especially first responders (i.e. police and fire), however, that area which is mostly part of Ward 19 is known as a politically important area. I would have a tough time believing that they would tolerate a crime like this. I even would say shootings wouldn't occur there then came Sunday afternoon.

As you see in the CBS Chicago report above one man was shot fatally - said to be the intended target - four others were injured as they dined in an outside tent at a pancake house on Western Avenue.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Tribune: ‘I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before’: Shaken by summer looting in affluent neighborhoods, some Chicagoans are moving away.

I'm sharing this wondering how many of you are looking into leaving the city with what's been going on crime-wise in this city?
They understand why protesters and rioters have poured onto the streets of downtown, and some acknowledge that crime is worse in other parts of Chicago. Some also agree with protesters that something systemic needs to be changed.

But they don’t want to wait it out here in the city, fearful of stepping outside at night and hoping for things to maybe get better.

They want out.

“Not to make it all about us; the whole world is suffering,” said Amber, a 30-year-old nurse who lives in River North. “This is a minute factor in all of that, and we totally realize that. We are very lucky to have what we do have.

“But I do think that I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before.”

Incidents of widespread looting and soaring homicide figures in Chicago have made national news during an already tumultuous year. As a result, some say residents in affluent neighborhoods downtown, and on the North Side, no longer feel safe in the city’s epicenter and are looking to move away. Aldermen say they see their constituents leaving the city, and it’s a concern echoed by some real estate agents and the head of a sizable property management firm.
2020 has definitely became quite a year with the coronavirus pandemic and issues with crime and then then riots and looting. Very tumultuous, but I do wonder how many people who are able to move are moving?