According to the head of the Chicago police union, the majority of members “does not want to work for Brandon Johnson as mayor,” and as many as 1,000 officers could leave the force.
According to John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7, union members’ morale is “in the basement,” and the mayoral election only increased members’ concerns.
“There was a lot of the membership waiting to see what would happen last night, and there is a lot of somber reality for members to choose between: do they stay or do they go?” Wednesday, he stated.
“And if several hundred of them leave within the next sixty days, I will not be the least bit surprised.”
Paul Vallas was nominated for mayor by the Fraternal Order of Police. As a former city budget director and schools chief, Vallas was seen as a more conservative candidate who had run on a law-and-order platform.
Johnson has attempted to distance himself from his previous statements in support of the defund-the-police movement.
Catanzara, president of the FOP, declares, “We shall see where this goes.” I’m willing to talk.”
Catanzara stated that he hopes to have a better relationship with Johnson than he did with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has had public disagreements with officials from the union.
Catanzara stated, “I hope he has a little thicker skin.” He shouldn’t have applied for this position if he can’t handle criticism. However, it is absurd to believe that we will get along and become the best of friends.
On Saturday morning, a hit-and-run accident on the North Side of Chicago left one man dead and injured.
The accident occurred around 7:13 a.m. in the 4300 block of North DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
Chicago police say the person in question, a 36-year-elderly person, was voyaging southward in a SUV with a traveler and endeavored to switch to another lane.
An unidentified driver struck his vehicle while changing lanes and then fled the scene in a white SUV traveling in the same direction.
The accident caused the victims’ car to tip over.
A 31-year-old man who was in the SUV was taken to Illinois Masonic, where he was pronounced dead. The driver received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Illinois Masonic.
The car, according to the police, was the key piece of evidence that the hit-and-run driver left behind. Additionally, it was a ZipCar rental. People are able to rent cars by the hour from the rental company. Local media have contacted ZipCar for a statement and are awaiting a response.
The Major Accidents Unit is looking into the case.
In less than 24 hours, the city has experienced its second hit-and-run fatality.
Chicagoans may before long have the option to fly over air terminal traffic on their way downtown.
According to a joint press release from Archer Aviation Inc. and United Airlines, the first commercial electric air taxi route will start in Chicago in two years.
On Thursday, Archer and United made the announcement that they would be launching a commercial electric air taxi service. They said that Chicago was chosen because it was “the third most populous city in the United States, a center for business, innovation, and investment, and home to United’s headquarters.” Because of this, it is a one-of-a-kind city for Archer and United to develop.
According to the press release, Archer’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will travel from O’Hare International Airport to Vertiport Chicago, the largest facility in North America for vertical aircraft takeoff and landing, which is in the Illinois Medical District near the Chicago Loop.
Six battery packs provide power, and the vehicle has a top speed of 150 mph. There is room for one pilot, four passengers, and luggage in the aircraft. In normal traffic, the journey from O’Hare to downtown Chicago can take more than an hour, and it can take even longer during rush hour.
Bryan Benhard, Archer’s chief growth and infrastructure officer, stated, “This is definitely the transportation of the future… it is safe, sustainable, affordable, and quiet.” Instead of driving an hour to an hour and a half from downtown to O’Hare in ten minutes for the price of an Uber, people will take this aircraft.
According to the press release from Archer, trips will be available for between $100 and $150 through a mobile app.
In 2025, the service is expected to go live. Simultaneously, an enormous development project on Chicago’s fundamental interstate that interfaces the city’s midtown region to ORD is supposed to make traffic bad dreams.
According to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, “This exciting new technology will further decarbonize our means of transportation, taking us another step forward in our fight against climate change.” I’m happy that Chicagoans will be among the first in the country to use this innovative and convenient mode of transportation.
Archer won’t just make a stop in Chicago. The creator of the e-taxi wants to bring the program to other major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and New York City.
State police in Maryland reported that a car struck ix highway workers on Wednesday after entering a work zone.
According to Maryland State Police, the accident occurred around 12:40 p.m. at the Baltimore Beltway, an inner loop of Interstate 695.
According to police, an Acura swerved into Jersey barriers before striking the workers and flipping over.
According to state police, the six people killed were contract workers on a state highway construction project. They were not identified by the police until the next of kin was informed.
The driver, whose character was not known, was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock ER for clinical treatment, police said.
The car entered the work zone for no apparent reason. According to Gov. Wes Moore, his office is keeping an eye on the situation. He tweeted, “My heart goes out to the families and victims of the tragic crash on the 695 beltway this afternoon.”
The accident is still being looked into.
The overturned Acura was captured on helicopter video by Baltimore’s NBC affiliate WBAL, which showed it surrounded by broken construction materials and other debris between the two parallel Jersey barriers.
Johnny Olszewski, the executive director of Baltimore County, offered his sympathy as well.
He tweeted, “On behalf of all the residents of Baltimore County, we offer our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in today’s tragic crash and my prayers remain with those injured in this horrific incident.” He was referring to the accident that took place earlier today.
A source tells local news that a shooting late Wednesday afternoon in the Gage Park neighborhood resulted in the death of a Chicago police officer.
According to sources from the police, the officer was shot in the leg and the face. It appeared as though a long line of police cars were getting ready for a procession that would depart Mount Sinai Hospital following the death of an officer in the line of duty.
After the incident, Chopper 2 observed a police-escorted ambulance heading to Mount Sinai near 52nd Street and Spaulding Avenue.
According to sources, a suspect was reportedly chasing and threatening a girlfriend during a domestic dispute when police were first called to the scene.
Witnesses at the Gage Park scene reported hearing three or four loud bangs and spotting officers hurrying to the officer’s body near a playground. Local media reported that police were preventing people from entering the area near the officer’s shooting scene, according to a man walking his dog nearby. Very few homes were accessible.
According to the man, he could not believe what had occurred. He claimed to have lived on the Southwest Side for 20 years, and while there have been times when crime has fluctuated, he had never heard of a police officer being shot and killed there.
The officer, who was in critical condition, was transported.
Along California and Ogden avenues outside the hospital, a number of police squad cars gathered at the hospital and around it.
No additional information was available. At 7:45 p.m., police were scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the incident. The shooting occurred shortly after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced that CPD Supt. In order to start a new job in Texas, David Brown will step down later this month. First Deputy Supt will take Brown’s place. Until a new mayor is sworn in, Eric Carter will serve as interim mayor.
After Mayor Lori Lightfoot loses her bid for reelection, David Brown, the chief of Chicago police, resigns. Wednesday, a day after losing her bid for reelection, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement that the head of the Chicago Police Department will step down on March 16.
Lightfoot said in a statement that Superintendent David Brown informed him of the decision on Wednesday.
According to Lightfoot, an interim superintendent will be appointed by First Deputy Eric Carter until the new mayor is sworn in.
Lightfoot stated, “We ask the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability to immediately begin the search for a new Superintendent so that the new Mayor will be able to make a selection as soon as possible.” This will allow the new Mayor to make a decision as soon as possible. According to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office, embattled Chicago Police Department superintendent David Brown has resigned after nearly three years. March 16 will be his last day.
Brown resigned less than 24 hours after Lightfoot lost her bid for reelection. Lightfoot had chosen Brown to lead the CPD in April 2020.
In a statement, Lightfoot said, “I accepted his resignation and want to commend him for his accomplishments not only for the department but the entire city.”
Supt. First Deputy Eric Carter, the CPD’s number one The CPD will be led by two people during Brown’s time there until the next mayor is sworn in.
Brown announced that he had accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins in an email sent to CPD employees on Wednesday afternoon. Loncar Lyon Jenkins is a personal injury law firm with seven offices in Texas, Brown’s home state.
As reported by Local News on Wednesday night, a Markham police officer is not the only officer under investigation for PPP fraud. She is also accused of forging tax documents for a fictitious company.
Rayshonda Lewis was a full-time police officer in Markham since 2011, but she quickly resigned last month. Derrick Champion, the administrator of Markham, stated that the city appreciated Lewis’ resignation.
Officer Lewis quit her $83,000-per-year job because, according to federal documents, she applied for a PPP loan for $20,000 and “submitted false and fabricated documents,” including IRS forms claiming she owned a catering company that made “$97,000 during 2020.”
But Lewis “knew none of the foregoing facts were true,” according to the feds.
Champion stated, “That’s concerning to have someone wearing a badge to take advantage of a program.”
Champion claims that the federal government first contacted the city in December regarding their Lewis investigation, and she reached a settlement within weeks.
Champion stated, “She resigned at that point.”
Lewis’ federal case has been sealed. However, we are able to display the documents that the federal government provided the city through an open records request made by local news to the City of Markham.
They include the agreement that Officer Lewis signed in which she admits to breaking the law but agrees to serve 80 hours of community service while on probation to avoid jail time and a conviction on her record.
Champion stated, “I expected it to be this bad.”
However, the Markham Police Department’s investigation into PPP fraud does not only focus on Lewis.
CBS 2’s Terry confronted Markham police Officer Kenneth Muldrow in November 2021 after local news reported that he applied for a PPP loan using the address of the police station.
Champion confirmed that Muldrow is still being investigated and is employed as a Markham police officer.
A new police department hired the third officer under investigation.
Champion stated, “We have identified those individuals who are under the watchful eye of the federal government.” They are being examined closely.”
Champion insists that Markham is committed to collaborating with the federal government to eliminate any additional employees suspected of PPP fraud.
Late on Monday, investigators were attempting to determine who shot and killed a woman in Hanover Park, a west suburban neighborhood. We still did not know who the woman who was shot and killed was until late Monday night, Local News reported. It has been reported that there have been a number of violent incidents in the apartment complex where it occurred in the past.
According to Legal Help Firm on Facebook the woman’s name is Clarice Alexander – 41
At 8:32 a.m., Hanover Park police were called to a shooting in the 1300 block of Court P near Montibello Drive, east of the West Branch of the DuPage River and south of Lake Street February 13th.
At the scene, a 41-year-old woman was found dead by police. Her body was covered in a blue tarp while police looked for the killer.
Henry Jarosinski, a neighbor, claimed to have heard six gunshots.
Jarosinski stated, “It was really loud and it was fast.”
According to the police, the shooting took place on a path that connects the housing complex to a nearby school and is where children typically walk in the morning.
Alvaro Munoz stated, “I just walked over here in the morning with my dogs and saw a person laying here with a sheet over them – it’s about 8:30 this morning.” It’s sad because children pass through this area on their way to school.
“It’s a good thing that it didn’t happen when there were a bunch of kids walking down the alley,” Jarosinski stated. “That’s the main route where the grade school kids go to the school right there on the other side.”
Monday morning, some nearby Keeneyville schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. John Walters, a long-time resident, stated that the complex has issues.
Walters stated, “It’s had its ups and downs, a lot of challenges, gang activities, and drug situations.” If they haven’t, hopefully they will catch the person who did it.”
At the most recent check, the person the police are looking for has not been located. The department has not provided any details regarding a possible motive or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Together with the DuPage County Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team (MERIT) Task Force, Hanover Park police continued their investigation as of Monday evening. Lt. should be contacted by anyone with information. Call (630) 823-5516 to reach Ralph Gniewosz.
Brian Fraser, Arielle Diamond Anderson, and Alexandria “Alex” Verner are the three students who were killed in the shooting at Michigan State University.
The identities of the three students who were shot to death on campus at Michigan State University on Monday night have been released, with two of the victims hailing from the same community.
A statement issued by the school district where Alexandria “Alex” Verner resides in Clawson, Michigan, referred to her as “a tremendous student.”
Verner, a 2020 Clawson High School alumna, is remembered by her alma mater as “a tremendous student, athlete, [and] leader” who “exemplified kindness.” Verner is scheduled to graduate in 2020.
The statement continued, “If you knew [Alex], you loved her, and we will forever remember the lasting impact she has had on all of us.”
Verner was going to graduate from MSU in 2024 with a degree in integrated biology and anthropology, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Shortly after Verner’s death was announced on Tuesday, the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety confirmed that Brian Fraser, a 20-year-old sophomore from Grosse Pointe South High School in Michigan, had also passed away. Fraser will graduate in 2021.
According to Fraser’s social media accounts, he was studying business and had previously held the position of head lifeguard at a country club in the Detroit area.
On Tuesday, the Grosse Pointe Public School System also confirmed the deaths of Fraser and another former student from the system.
Local news later determined that Arielle Diamond Anderson, a 19-year-old Grosse Pointe North High alumna, was the third victim.
Another aunt, Kimella Spivey, said that Anderson was nice, respectful, and wanted to help. She participated in extracurricular activities like working with elderly people.
“This is so inconceivable. When will it end? Really? I’m talking about the succession of one after the other. Spivey stated, “This school has been safe for many years.”
According to a statement released by that district, Verner was a junior when he graduated from Clawson High School in 2020. According to the police and his Facebook page, Fraser was a sophomore at Michigan State University and a graduate of Grosse Pointe South High.
Over the course of the previous ten years, residents of the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side of this city tried unsuccessfully to save Wadsworth Elementary School, an impressive brick structure that had long served as the hub of their community.
Some people said that they felt insulted yet again by the city when they learned that the old school building would be reopened as a refuge for migrants.
During a demonstration on Friday, a candidate for alderman and two others were detained after entering the property of the former school.
The tensions that are taking place in the Woodlawn neighborhood, where more than eighty percent of the people live are Black, highlight the delicate politics that cities like Chicago and New York are having to deal with as they try to deal with an influx of migrants, many of whom are being taken north by buses by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. A request for clarification was not received from the governor’s office.
Luis Cardona, a retired tow truck driver who helped organize the demonstration on Friday, said of the migrants, “I’ve got nothing against them.” We must first assist those in need here, and then assist others.
In Woodlawn, some residents claimed that the city had neglected the neighborhood for a long time and that the reopening of the school to house migrants was yet another instance of the city acting against the wishes of the community.
Patricia Hightower, an 80-year-old community activist, described the closure of the school as “like a feeling of just total disregard and disrespect for the community.”
Ms. Hightower said that she remembers the fight to save Wadsworth and a subsequent effort to use the building as a youth center or shelter for homeless people. As a result, the news that the city had decided to use the building to house migrants was devastating to the community. Ms. Hightower stated, “We don’t believe it was fair to us or to them for this to have taken place in the manner that it did.”
According to the city, approximately 5,100 migrants have arrived in Chicago on buses arranged by the states of Texas and Colorado since the end of August. Nearly 4,000 of them have been housed, and the city, Cook County, and the state of Illinois have provided them with assistance. A city spokeswoman stated that Chicago has utilized all of its resources to respond to what it considers a humanitarian crisis.
The city stated in a statement, “As with every shelter in the city, Wadsworth was selected because it meets the same necessary shelter and safety requirements to house individuals.” We will continue to work with leaders and residents of the community to support this population more.
According to officials, the number of homeless people in New York City’s shelters has reached a record high as a result of the approximately 45,000 asylum seekers who have arrived since the spring. Additionally, the city has established emergency relief centers, one of which is housed in a Brooklyn cruise terminal and provides 1,000 people with cots. Immigrant rights advocates have expressed concern regarding Randall’s Island’s cruise terminal and temporary tent city relief center in the fall of 2017.
Franklin Zapata, a 22-year-old Venezuelan carpenter who is staying at the former Wadsworth school in Chicago, was riding his bike to look for work on a recent day. He stated that while he is pleased to have a place to stay and the ability to shower, it is difficult to find work in a region where few people speak Spanish.
According to Johannes Favi, deputy director of the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, which is based in Chicago, neither the state nor the city were prepared to accommodate the migrants who were coming to Chicago. Without a plan, they have attempted to do their best, he stated. It’s possible to make mistakes when improvising.
Wadsworth Elementary School students were relocated to a different building in 2013 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wave of closing underutilized schools. Residents of Woodlawn tried to keep the school open. It has been empty since 2017, when it housed a charter school.
Firefighters report that traffic is closed at Ashland Avenue. An update from Chicago Fire Media states that the fire has been extinguished. Firefighters are working to extinguish the flames coming from a residence.
Police updated via a press release that an 18-year-old woman transported herself to the hospital after she was shot in the back in a vehicle around 4:00 p.m. today. She is reported to be in critical condition after suspects in a black Jeep fired shots at her. No suspects have been detained and the investigation is ongoing. #Chicago #Illinois #news #video
The search for a Chicago woman who, following a verbal altercation, shot a woman in the knee on a train has come to an end.
When Latrice Harvey, 25, got on the CTA Red Line in the Loop, she got into a fight with a 30-year-old passenger. She then opened fire on the train shortly after midnight as it approached the State and Lake station. The Chicago Police Department reported that the woman had been “seriously injured.”
A witness said that during the incident, frantic train passengers tried to move into another car when they heard gunshots.
According to the news outlet, “Red Line trains were rerouted over the Loop and shuttle buses were sent between the Fullerton, State, and Lake stations until service resumed.”
Shortly after the shooting, Harvey was discovered and taken into custody near her residence in the 3600 block of West North Avenue. She has been charged with aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and attempted first-degree murder.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is currently recovering. The reason behind the argument was withheld by the police.
Later, it was discovered that Harvey had a 32-year-old accomplice named Bobby Noblin who was also arrested and charged with the crime.
FOX 32 Chicago reports that authorities at the time stated that the Noblin was dressed in “a black shirt, black pants with white stripes, and black and white shoes.” “Black woman with long black hair in dreadlocks, wearing a purple hoodie and white shirt, black pants, and white shoes,” was Harvey’s description.
Area Three detective Scott Liebhaber can be reached at 312-744-8261 if you have any additional information that pertains to the case. Investigators are still looking for additional information.
After the bouncer of the late-night bar Christina’s Place reported a man pointing a gun at people outside, Supt. Added David Brown.
Following a fight near an Irving Park bar that resulted in gunfire, a man was shot and killed by police early on Wednesday, according to police Supt. Added David Brown.
According to Brown, a bouncer at a bar in the 3700 block of North Kedzie Avenue called police to report a man pointing a gun at people outside just after 3 a.m.
Brown stated that witnesses had informed investigators that the man had been inside the bar when he was asked to leave, returned, and pointed the gun outside. However, he noted that the information still “has to be verified.”
3759 N. Kedzie Ave., Christina’s Place, is open on weekdays until 4 a.m. The shot man had stopped by the bar for a drink, according to customers and a bouncer.
According to local news sources, when he went outside to smoke, he pulled a gun on the bouncer and appeared to become “agitated” while talking to people. This prompted the police to be called.
According to Brown, the bouncer gave the two responding officers, a 12-year veteran and a probationary officer, a description of the man and they followed him as he ran toward an alley in the 3700 block of North Troy Street.
Brown claimed that officers fatally shot the man after exchanges of gunfire.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the man’s identity was unknown.
Brown claimed that no officers were injured. Brown said that at the scene, police found a gun with an extended magazine.
Brown stated that while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability conducts an investigation, the two officers who were involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duties for a period of thirty days.
Sal Mehmeti, the bar’s co-owner, told Block Club that he wasn’t at work when the shooting happened, but employees told him that the man the police killed wasn’t a regular there. He claimed that the surveillance system of his bar, which includes cameras both inside and outside the establishment, was used by the police to record the incident.
Behind New Apostolic Church, 3753 N. Troy St., is the alley where the shooting took place. The church also has at least one camera facing the alley. Police arrived earlier in the day to speak with staff, according to a church employee working Wednesday afternoon, but the employee declined further comment.
Ald. in a statement: Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, 33rd, contacted her office to offer support services to neighbors who knew the deceased man or his family.
Tree lights at The Morton Arboretum in the year of the Arboretum’s centennial. This one-of-a-kind display of color, light, and sound takes place over 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees and features six stunning new displays as well as old favorites. The first illumination display in The Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden will awe and delight you before a spectacular laser-light finale.
Electric Illumination, a late-night experience for adults over 18 with curated trance and progressive house music synchronized to the stunning light displays, is also new this year. #MortonArboretum #lightshow #holiday #Christmas #show #Illinois #Lisle #MyLifeInThechi