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Kwanza is a made up holiday... I don't think it's celebrated in Africa....?
 

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Kwanza is a made up holiday... I don't think it's celebrated in Africa....?

Nope. Some professor out in Kalifornia dreamed it up.
 

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Man fumbled gun at Christmas party, shooting two partiers, including an 11-year-old, prosecutors say​

December 26, 2021 CWBChicago Avondale
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An Avondale man who illegally carried a firearm to a family Christmas party wound up shooting two attendees, including an 11-year-old, when he fumbled the gun and it discharged — twice — prosecutors said. The family took his gun away and told him to leave the party.
Tyquan Scott, 23, headed to his girlfriend’s family’s home on the 5400 block of North Austin in Jefferson Park to celebrate Christmas Eve with a gun tucked into his waistband, prosecutors said.
Scott began drinking and, around 11:30 p.m., his gun began to fall out of his waist, according to the allegations.
He grabbed for the weapon to keep it from falling, but it fired, striking an 11-year-old boy, prosecutors said. Then, it fired again, striking a 25-year-old man. Both victims were shot in their legs. Police said they were listed in good condition after the shooting.
“We won’t quite categorize it as a Christmas miracle, but it is fortunate to be sure,” Judge David Navarro said during Scott’s bond hearing.
Other family members took Scott’s gun away and asked him to leave, prosecutors said. Police recovered the gun from a table in the home.
Officers radioed a description of Scott, and cops found him sitting at a bus stop about three blocks away, according to prosecutors.
The 11-year-old’s mother reportedly identified Scott as the person who had the gun and caused it to fire. An assistant state’s attorney said Scott admitted to having the gun and said he “grabbed it by the trigger as it began to fall.”
Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood emphasized that the alleged shootings were accidents. Scott lives with his girlfriend and two children, Smallwood said.
Prosecutors charged Scott with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Navarro set bail at $50,000, meaning Scott must post a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail.
 

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The IQ level in that town alone must be dragging down the national average all by itself...
 

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asked for ATF help to get spiraling crime under control
why ask them for help?

that's part of the problem, there are too many departments.....

our gov grows, it never shrinks
Navarro set bail at $50,000, meaning Scott must post a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail.
3, 2, 1, and he's gone to Detroit, never to be heard from again
 

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Man fumbled gun at Christmas party, shooting two partiers, including an 11-year-old, prosecutors say​

December 26, 2021 CWBChicago Avondale
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An Avondale man who illegally carried a firearm to a family Christmas party wound up shooting two attendees, including an 11-year-old, when he fumbled the gun and it discharged — twice — prosecutors said. The family took his gun away and told him to leave the party.
Tyquan Scott, 23, headed to his girlfriend’s family’s home on the 5400 block of North Austin in Jefferson Park to celebrate Christmas Eve with a gun tucked into his waistband, prosecutors said.
Scott began drinking and, around 11:30 p.m., his gun began to fall out of his waist, according to the allegations.
He grabbed for the weapon to keep it from falling, but it fired, striking an 11-year-old boy, prosecutors said. Then, it fired again, striking a 25-year-old man. Both victims were shot in their legs. Police said they were listed in good condition after the shooting.
“We won’t quite categorize it as a Christmas miracle, but it is fortunate to be sure,” Judge David Navarro said during Scott’s bond hearing.
Other family members took Scott’s gun away and asked him to leave, prosecutors said. Police recovered the gun from a table in the home.
Officers radioed a description of Scott, and cops found him sitting at a bus stop about three blocks away, according to prosecutors.
The 11-year-old’s mother reportedly identified Scott as the person who had the gun and caused it to fire. An assistant state’s attorney said Scott admitted to having the gun and said he “grabbed it by the trigger as it began to fall.”
Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood emphasized that the alleged shootings were accidents. Scott lives with his girlfriend and two children, Smallwood said.
Prosecutors charged Scott with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Navarro set bail at $50,000, meaning Scott must post a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail.

Notice how the article states that the gun fired and not that the retard fired the gun. If the weapon did the shooting melt it down and let the retard go, else jail the retard.
 

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Life in urban America!!

Out of all the murders, shootings and crime sprees, I'd estimate a huge majority (>98% probably) occur in the densely populated cities, and a few here and there in the hinterlands. Why would someone emphasize the few percent, other than subterfuge...
 

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Notice how the article states that the gun fired and not that the retard fired the gun. If the weapon did the shooting melt it down and let the retard go, else jail the retard.
"No gun in history has ever pulled its own trigger."
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This is turning into the Good News thread!:drive by:
 

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Days after $1 million smash-and-grab, Lightfoot walked out of meeting with “idiot” luxury car dealer — then a city inspector showed up with a ticket book​

January 12, 2022 CWBChicago Gold Coast
It’s almost cliché. If a business owner angers Chicago City Hall, they can expect to be visited by one of the city’s enthusiastic ticket-writing ordinance enforcers. But that doesn’t really happen … Right?
After two men smashed a display case in Joe Perillo’s Gold Coast Exotic Motor Cars showroom and escaped with over $1 million in luxury watches on December 11, the well-known car dealer appeared on local and national TV news programs, demanding that the city and county take immediate steps to curb crime.
“It’s only a fool who keeps doing things the same way and expects different results. If the Mayor and Kim Foxx don’t do anything to get control of this, it’s not going to get better. It’s going to get worse,” Perillo told CBS2.
“If they don’t do anything about this, they’re going to lose a lot of businesses. They lost Macy’s. They’re losing Neiman Marcus. They may lose this store,” he said in another interview.
Perillo got Lightfoot’s attention.
Days after the smash-and-grab, Lightfoot walked in to Perillo’s showroom at 834 North Rush Street, where Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and Bentley models are on display. She wasn’t there to buy.
Instead, she met with Perillo and, according to two sources familiar with the conversation, it did not go well. One said that the famously abrasive mayor “got into a fight and walked out.”
The second source confirmed the conversation soured and said Lightfoot called Perillo an “idiot” as she headed for the door.
Efforts to contact Perillo were unsuccessful. Messages to his dealership were not answered.
A mayor’s office spokesperson confirmed that Lightfoot met with Perillo but declined to provide details about the conversation, citing privacy expectations.
“The Mayor routinely meets with victims of crime and reached out to Mr. Perillo which resulted in a meeting. The Mayor offered to work with him to address safety and security matters at any of his dealership locations,” the spokesperson said.
A day or two after Lightfoot walked out, Perillo’s dealership received another visitor from the city: an inspector from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). She brought her ticket book.
Lightfoot’s spokesperson said the inspector was following up on an anonymous complaint that the city received on December 15 about a public health violation at the dealership.
“It was unrelated to the mayor’s meeting with Mr. Perillo,” the spokesperson said.
In fact, CWBChicago has learned, the city inspector slapped Perillo’s dealership with four tickets for six violations during her visit shortly after 2 p.m. on December 17. Only one ticket and two of the alleged violations are health-related.
The inspector allegedly saw three employees and one customer not wearing COVID masks inside the dealership. She issued a ticket for two violations: failing to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order and failing to comply with BACP’s order to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order.
Perillo received another ticket for “storing, receiving, possessing, selling nineteen bottles of liquor. One whiskey, champagnes, wine, etc” The fourth ticket alleges two violations: failure to display an incidental consumption liquor license and failure to have a required liquor license.
The inspector wrote a fourth ticket for “interfering with or obstructing the commissioner’s designee in the performance of duties.” According to the citation, the inspector announced an inspection at the dealership’s front desk, and the attendant presented her with the business’ licenses. When she asked for the man’s personal identification or the ID of any of the company’s representatives, he walked away, the inspector wrote.
On November 1, city records show, Perillo’s dealership received a ticket for “allowing employees and/or customers in an indoor setting without face masks.” In July 2020, it was cited for disobeying social distancing and masking requirements, according to BACP records.
On a different note, after the smash and grab, but before she met with Perillo, Lightfoot addressed the crime during her own media appearance:
“It’s not acceptable. We’re aggressively going after these folks. I’m confident that we will find them. And fundamentally we’ve got to send a message that if you do this, you’re gonna be held accountable.”
CPD has not announced any arrests or charges in the case.
 

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Days after $1 million smash-and-grab, Lightfoot walked out of meeting with “idiot” luxury car dealer — then a city inspector showed up with a ticket book​

January 12, 2022 CWBChicago Gold Coast
It’s almost cliché. If a business owner angers Chicago City Hall, they can expect to be visited by one of the city’s enthusiastic ticket-writing ordinance enforcers. But that doesn’t really happen … Right?
After two men smashed a display case in Joe Perillo’s Gold Coast Exotic Motor Cars showroom and escaped with over $1 million in luxury watches on December 11, the well-known car dealer appeared on local and national TV news programs, demanding that the city and county take immediate steps to curb crime.
“It’s only a fool who keeps doing things the same way and expects different results. If the Mayor and Kim Foxx don’t do anything to get control of this, it’s not going to get better. It’s going to get worse,” Perillo told CBS2.
“If they don’t do anything about this, they’re going to lose a lot of businesses. They lost Macy’s. They’re losing Neiman Marcus. They may lose this store,” he said in another interview.
Perillo got Lightfoot’s attention.
Days after the smash-and-grab, Lightfoot walked in to Perillo’s showroom at 834 North Rush Street, where Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and Bentley models are on display. She wasn’t there to buy.
Instead, she met with Perillo and, according to two sources familiar with the conversation, it did not go well. One said that the famously abrasive mayor “got into a fight and walked out.”
The second source confirmed the conversation soured and said Lightfoot called Perillo an “idiot” as she headed for the door.
Efforts to contact Perillo were unsuccessful. Messages to his dealership were not answered.
A mayor’s office spokesperson confirmed that Lightfoot met with Perillo but declined to provide details about the conversation, citing privacy expectations.
“The Mayor routinely meets with victims of crime and reached out to Mr. Perillo which resulted in a meeting. The Mayor offered to work with him to address safety and security matters at any of his dealership locations,” the spokesperson said.
A day or two after Lightfoot walked out, Perillo’s dealership received another visitor from the city: an inspector from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). She brought her ticket book.
Lightfoot’s spokesperson said the inspector was following up on an anonymous complaint that the city received on December 15 about a public health violation at the dealership.
“It was unrelated to the mayor’s meeting with Mr. Perillo,” the spokesperson said.
In fact, CWBChicago has learned, the city inspector slapped Perillo’s dealership with four tickets for six violations during her visit shortly after 2 p.m. on December 17. Only one ticket and two of the alleged violations are health-related.
The inspector allegedly saw three employees and one customer not wearing COVID masks inside the dealership. She issued a ticket for two violations: failing to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order and failing to comply with BACP’s order to comply with the commissioner of health’s mask order.
Perillo received another ticket for “storing, receiving, possessing, selling nineteen bottles of liquor. One whiskey, champagnes, wine, etc” The fourth ticket alleges two violations: failure to display an incidental consumption liquor license and failure to have a required liquor license.
The inspector wrote a fourth ticket for “interfering with or obstructing the commissioner’s designee in the performance of duties.” According to the citation, the inspector announced an inspection at the dealership’s front desk, and the attendant presented her with the business’ licenses. When she asked for the man’s personal identification or the ID of any of the company’s representatives, he walked away, the inspector wrote.
On November 1, city records show, Perillo’s dealership received a ticket for “allowing employees and/or customers in an indoor setting without face masks.” In July 2020, it was cited for disobeying social distancing and masking requirements, according to BACP records.
On a different note, after the smash and grab, but before she met with Perillo, Lightfoot addressed the crime during her own media appearance:
“It’s not acceptable. We’re aggressively going after these folks. I’m confident that we will find them. And fundamentally we’ve got to send a message that if you do this, you’re gonna be held accountable.”
CPD has not announced any arrests or charges in the case.

Businesses should leave the area and locate just outside the Chicongo corporate limits to areas better situated for business and still within reach of the people they're trying to sell to.
 

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Businesses should leave the area and locate just outside the Chicongo corporate limits to areas better situated for business and still within reach of the people they're trying to sell to.
Yeah, my thought.

That dealer should have just locked up. All un-completed deals put aside...and start making calls to the franchise people with the car brands he carries. And a realtor...it would be worth it if he had to re-open in a TENT for a few months.

Just, outside of Beteljuice's territory. Preferably out of Cook County.

People who want luxury cars...most of them can probably make the trip. Until he sells the old shop, he could have a full-time stretch-limo shuttle customers, until they acclimate to the new location.
 

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Meet Dr. Emily Landon: The Face of UChicago’s Anti-Science COVID Decrees​

To date, here are 6 of Landon’s most outrageously unethical and anti-science policy proposals and beliefs.​

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Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, University of Chicago students and employees have been forced to abide by policies crafted by shadowy ‘experts’ who, to this day, remain unnamed. Emerging as the face of these anonymous scientists is one person: Dr. Emily Landon.
UChicago describes Landon as a leader of “the academic health system’s infection control and prevention efforts.” She has hosted several videos about COVID for the UChicago community and frequently appears on Chicago news stations to offer medical advice. Landon has also served as an advisor to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzer and as a “primary architect” of Illinois’ COVID policies.
Since Landon wields such great power over the lives of UChicago community members and Illinois residents alike, let’s get to know her a little better. To date, here are 6 of Landon’s most outrageously unethical and anti-science policy proposals and beliefs:

1. Landon Dismisses Natural Immunity


In a recent article she wrote for UChicago Medicine, Landon expressed skepticism in the power of natural immunity to combat COVID, writing that “there is a level of uncertainty on how the antibodies will respond, and immunity is really specific to that particular variant.” She goes on to write that because of natural immunity’s uncertainty, even people who’ve had COVID must still be vaccinated.
However, a systemic analysis of 9 clinical studies that investigated natural immunity discovered that all 9 studies “found at least statistical equivalence between the protection of full vaccination and natural immunity; and, three studies found superiority of natural immunity.” The analysis concluded that “vaccination of COVID-recovered individuals should be subject to clinical equipoise and individual preference.”
We’re now learning that vaccines may even cause a statistically significant negative efficacy against Omicron, as demonstrated by a recent Danish study. In other words, those who are vaccinated and haven’t gotten a booster shot might be more likely to get Omicron than those who are unvaccinated.
Natural immunity isn’t just simply equivalent—or perhaps superior—to vaccine efficacy: it’s the only reliable type of protection.
It’s inexcusable for a powerful doctor like Landon to not even acknowledge any of the research that affirms the power of natural immunity. She has used the prestigious platform of UChicago Medicine to tell untold numbers of people to be vaccinated, all while hiding pivotal information from them.

2. She Loves Useless Cloth Masks


Beyond vaccines, Landon has adamantly supported the wearing of cloth masks as a way to combat COVID—even as studies find them to be ineffective and potentially harmful.
In May 2020, Landon emphatically announced during a press conference for Governor Pritzker that cloth masks “are our lifeline.” Just months after she made this claim, however, a study found that “cloth masks have limited inward protection” in areas “where viral exposure is high,” and another study concluded that cloth masks “filter only about 10 percent of exhaled aerosol droplets.”
Even before COVID, numerous studies found a lack of a conclusive relationship between mask-wearing and a reduction in the risk of contracting a respiratory illness. Worryingly, a meta-study that referenced more than 30 experimental studies also discovered a “recurrent and uniform presentation” of “psychological and physical deterioration” among healthy mask wearers, with symptoms ranging from a decrease in blood oxygen saturation to difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath.
Landon still champions mask mandates, and UChicago has, with her guidance, required students and employees to wear useless masks while indoors since the pandemic began.

3. Landon Demands Students Get a Booster, but Not Doctors and Scientists


A recent Chicago Thinker opinion piece written by Christopher Phillips and I that decried UChicago’s COVID policies was praised by Dr. Adam Cifu, a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical School Academics at UChicago. Landon responded to Cifu on Twitter, writing “no one is arguing for [infection] control no matter the cost … slowing spread [is] important so [the] high risk can get care and more therapies.”
However, if the goal of the Landon-led COVID measures is to protect the high risk, that goal is entirely thwarted by the fact that UChicago hospital employees, who total more than 9,400 and regularly interact with high-risk patients, are exempt from the university’s booster shot mandate.
As Christopher and I pointed out, this exemption—which exists because the university fears hospital employees and scientists will quit if they have to get a booster shot—completely undermines the university’s narrative that the booster shot is crucial to saving lives. The fact that Landon demands students get a booster shot but not doctors and scientists—people who, per Landon’s logic, need a booster the most—should make everyone realize she doesn’t actually believe boosters are essential.

4. She Thinks Vaccinating Young Children Is ‘Great’


When asked even before Omicron what she thinks about vaccinating young children ages 5-11, Landon enthusiastically remarked that it’ll be “great! It’ll be huge! It’ll be so good!”
Yet vaccinating young children is anything but “great.” Pfizer itself admits here on page 11 that we can’t even know the risks of vaccinating children younger than 12 due to the clinical development program’s sample size for that age group being too small. As a result, additional studies, including “a 5-year follow-up study to evaluate long term sequelae of post-vaccination myocarditis/pericarditis,” are needed to determine if vaccinating young children is safe.
Despite Landon having no idea what the risks are, she still wants all children ages 5 and up to be forcibly vaccinated. And from available data, she must have known the risks of vaccinating young people are serious: the rate of vaccine-associated myocarditis for ages 12-17 was found in Canada to be 36.1 per one million doses, a rate that significantly exceeds the pre-Omicron chance that someone in that age group is hospitalized with or dies from COVID.
Myocarditis is very serious. It can weaken someone’s heart and lead to the formation of clots, which can produce a stroke or a heart attack. Most worryingly of all, the mortality rate is believed to be 22% within 6.5 years.
Landon’s complete support for such an unethical and harmful measure should enrage every parent. Most importantly, it seriously calls to question why she has any authority to force young college students to be vaccinated.
The Hippocratic Oath, which all physicians must take, is unequivocal: “do no harm.”

5. Landon Supports Deceptive COVID Data


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In one of her most recent tweets, Landon expressed confusion as to why people distinguish between those hospitalized with COVID and those hospitalized because of COVID. Landon “really [doesn’t] see much difference” between the two.
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky have differentiated the two groups to demonstrate that nearly half of reported COVID hospitalizations aren’t even due to COVID. To understand how truly misleading the hospitalization numbers are, consider that even gunshot victims are listed as COVID deaths if the victims merely tested positive for COVID.
Clearly, to conflate these two groups is egregiously misleading, but Landon doesn’t care.

6. She Views the Unvaccinated as Uneducated


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Landon crassly and inappropriately mocks the unvaccinated, retweeting posts that depict them as being low-class and incapable of independent research.
As the Chicago Thinker’s Editorial Board recently emphasized, there are many legitimate concerns surrounding COVID vaccines, ranging from the questionable FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine to comprehensive evidence of there being no discernible relationship between a population’s vaccination rate and number of COVID cases.
Landon seemingly brushes these concerns off, making fun of the unvaccinated for daring to think for themselves.

Here’s the bottom line: Dr. Emily Landon has both significant power and knowledge of the scientific process. It’s perfectly acceptable to make claims that are ultimately disproved by science—that’s an integral part of scientific inquiry. What isn’t acceptable, though, is to make these claims and double down when the science says otherwise. And because Landon isn’t just a scientist but a public health bureaucrat, she has used her incorrect claims to guide and direct both Illinois and UChicago’s COVID policies.
Emily Landon is “widely regarded as one of Chicago’s top coronavirus experts,” yet she has supported unquestionably harmful measures and been wrong about natural immunity. And vaccines. And masks. Despite having such an inept track record, she’s still demanding you and I obey her anti-science policies.
 

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Typical New-Age "scientist." Of which include the Woketard physicians, also mostly female.

THIS is how they address problems! They learn the dogma and what pleases their masters; and they hang onto it, forever.

That's how most females get through school and college. They're VERY good at rote repetition. Actual critical analysis, seems to be more a gift to males.

Although maybe not today...neither sex seems able to learn or use critical-thinking skills...
 

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16-time felon, shot in the butt during Uptown burglary, gets 6-year sentence​

January 18, 2022 CWBChicago Uptown
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A 16-time convicted felon who was shot in the butt while burglarizing an Uptown home in 2019 has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of residential burglary.
But, after getting the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for the time he spent sitting in jail before entering his plea, Christopher Lee Johnson will be released on May 6, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.
Johnson received a 14-year sentence for his last burglary conviction in 2009 and he was on parole for that case when he allegedly forced his way into an Uptown man’s apartment through a sliding glass door on May 24, 2019.
The victim, a licensed firearm owner, confronted Johnson inside the apartment on the 800 block of West Lakeside Place and fired a shot that struck Johnson in the buttocks, according to a CPD report.
Prosecutors dropped two counts of home invasion with a dangerous weapon and six residential burglary charges in their plea deal with Johnson. Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer oversaw the case and sentenced Johnson.
Two weeks before he was shot, Chicago police arrested Johnson after he allegedly broke into a garage in Uptown. He was released after being charged with two misdemeanors. Those charges were pending when he committed the ill-fated burglary on Lakeside Place.
State records show Johnson was sentenced to 14 years in prison for burglary in 2009; five concurrent three-year terms for theft in 2007; 18 months for narcotics in 2006; three years for drugs in 2005; three years for burglary in 2003; three years for attempted burglary in 2002; two years for manufacture-delivery of a look-alike drug in 2000; another year for narcotics in 2000; three years for theft in 1999; and two three-year terms for drugs in 1997.
 

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Lightfoot “alarmed and distraught” after armed stalker came to her house to protest parking tickets and fines, prosecutors say​

February 17, 2022 CWBChicago Logan Square
Angered by mounting parking ticket fines, a Chicago man repeatedly went to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home over the past month while armed and then fired shots from his truck about a mile from her residence on Wednesday morning, according to prosecutors and police records.
Lightfoot “became alarmed and distraught” when she learned of the man’s repeated visits to her home on Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
Joseph Igartua, 37, was ordered held without bail on felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and stalking by Judge Maryam Ahmad.
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Chicago police units sit outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home, where Joseph Igartua (inset) allegedly protested his city traffic tickets while armed. | Google; CPD
Igartua drove to Lightfoot’s home last Saturday and walked up to her home with a letter, but two CPD officers stationed outside the residence stopped him on the front sidewalk, Murphy said. He allegedly told them he went to the mayor’s home to express his anger about traffic citations.
The officers temporarily seized a gun that Igartua was carrying, but they returned it after verifying that he had a valid concealed carry license, according to Murphy.
Igartua returned the next day, driving down Lightfoot’s alley and then dumping a stack of papers in the street as he passed the front of her home, Murphy said. The documents included a letter to Lightfoot in which he said he had been there before with a firearm, and CPD officers took five of his bullets. Murphy said that traffic tickets issued to Igartua and photos of his vehicle were also left in the street.
CPD officers stopped him for speeding after they saw him drive past Lightfoot’s house on Valentine’s Day. He received a warning, and Murphy said he was carrying his licensed firearm at the time.
Murphy said that data from city license plate readers showed Igartua drove past Lightfoot’s home about 15 times between January 17 and Valentine’s Day. Each time, Igartua allegedly drove past the residence, did a U-turn, and passed it again.
Finally, a little after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, covert CPD units conducting surveillance on Igartua due to the recent incidents saw him drive into an alley on the 2500 block of North Tripp, about a mile west of Lightfoot’s home, according to a CPD report.
Moments after Iguarta entered the alley, officers heard gunfire, and a ShotSpotter gunfire detection device alerted to five rounds fired in the alley.
Covert officers located Igartua’s vehicle again as he drove toward Lightfoot’s residence and pulled him over at a gas station on the corner of Pulaski and Wrightwood, about a half-mile from the mayor’s home, according to a CPD report.
Murphy said the officers found two spent shell casings inside Igartua’s truck that matched casings recovered in the alley where shots were fired. They also found a loaded gun in his center console.
Igartua’s defense attorney said he has twin children and recently left his job after seven years of employment.
While Judge Ahmad ordered Igartua to remain in jail without bail, she also set conditions should he be released in the future: surrender his gun licenses and weapons and stay away from the mayor and her home.
 

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Lightfoot “alarmed and distraught” after armed stalker came to her house to protest parking tickets and fines, prosecutors say
I bet that was the smartest thing he did that day...
 

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Lightfoot “alarmed and distraught” after armed stalker came to her house to protest parking tickets and fines, prosecutors say​

February 17, 2022 CWBChicago Logan Square
Angered by mounting parking ticket fines, a Chicago man repeatedly went to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home over the past month while armed and then fired shots from his truck about a mile from her residence on Wednesday morning, according to prosecutors and police records.
Lightfoot “became alarmed and distraught” when she learned of the man’s repeated visits to her home on Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
Joseph Igartua, 37, was ordered held without bail on felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and stalking by Judge Maryam Ahmad.
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Chicago police units sit outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home, where Joseph Igartua (inset) allegedly protested his city traffic tickets while armed. | Google; CPD
Igartua drove to Lightfoot’s home last Saturday and walked up to her home with a letter, but two CPD officers stationed outside the residence stopped him on the front sidewalk, Murphy said. He allegedly told them he went to the mayor’s home to express his anger about traffic citations.
The officers temporarily seized a gun that Igartua was carrying, but they returned it after verifying that he had a valid concealed carry license, according to Murphy.
Igartua returned the next day, driving down Lightfoot’s alley and then dumping a stack of papers in the street as he passed the front of her home, Murphy said. The documents included a letter to Lightfoot in which he said he had been there before with a firearm, and CPD officers took five of his bullets. Murphy said that traffic tickets issued to Igartua and photos of his vehicle were also left in the street.
CPD officers stopped him for speeding after they saw him drive past Lightfoot’s house on Valentine’s Day. He received a warning, and Murphy said he was carrying his licensed firearm at the time.
Murphy said that data from city license plate readers showed Igartua drove past Lightfoot’s home about 15 times between January 17 and Valentine’s Day. Each time, Igartua allegedly drove past the residence, did a U-turn, and passed it again.
Finally, a little after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, covert CPD units conducting surveillance on Igartua due to the recent incidents saw him drive into an alley on the 2500 block of North Tripp, about a mile west of Lightfoot’s home, according to a CPD report.
Moments after Iguarta entered the alley, officers heard gunfire, and a ShotSpotter gunfire detection device alerted to five rounds fired in the alley.
Covert officers located Igartua’s vehicle again as he drove toward Lightfoot’s residence and pulled him over at a gas station on the corner of Pulaski and Wrightwood, about a half-mile from the mayor’s home, according to a CPD report.
Murphy said the officers found two spent shell casings inside Igartua’s truck that matched casings recovered in the alley where shots were fired. They also found a loaded gun in his center console.
Igartua’s defense attorney said he has twin children and recently left his job after seven years of employment.
While Judge Ahmad ordered Igartua to remain in jail without bail, she also set conditions should he be released in the future: surrender his gun licenses and weapons and stay away from the mayor and her home.
So a "latino perp" was judged by a "muzzie judge" for discharging his weapon near the "frog's" house... following the Irish cop's identification of the perp... all on Saint Valentine's Day....

That's all worth a limerick...
 

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Massive Fire That Destroyed Twisted Hippo Brewery, Gym, Apartments Started In Building Owned By Problem Landlord, Neighbors Say​

https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/02/21/massive-albany-park-fire-destroys-twisted-hippo-brewery/

The fire started in a building owned by landlord Gary Carlson, who owns at least 60 buildings around Albany Park. Aside from hundreds of building code violations, his buildings have been the sites of deadly shootings and other issues.

ALBANY PARK — The extra-alarm fire that destroyed two beloved neighborhood businesses and left several people without homes Monday started in a building owned by a landlord with a history of building violations and problematic properties, a state representative and neighbors said.

The fire broke out about 3:30 a.m. in a multi-unit residential building in the 4300 block of North Richmond, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Neighbors said the fire started in a three-story building on the corner and quickly spread to the Twisted Hippo brewpub, 2925 W. Montrose Ave. and the Ultimate Ninjas Gym.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Neighbors reported hearing explosions in the brewery as the fire raged inside. One side of the building collapsed, dropping bricks atop parked cars and crushing them.

A 60-year-old man suffering from smoke inhalation was taken to Swedish Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Fire Department. No other injuries were reported.

Resident Joe Bradtke said the fire started in a building owned by landlord Gary Carlson that neighbors the brewery. Carlson owns at least 60 buildings with more than 500 apartments in and around Albany Park and Irving Park, according to a 2016 investigation by the Sun-Times and the Better Government Association.

Carlson’s buildings have logged hundreds of code violations over the years and more recently have been the sites of deadly shootings and other issues.

Bradtke said residents of Carlson’s building were known for partying, drug use and throwing trash onto the roof of his building.

State Rep. Jaime Andrade also confirmed the fire started in the building owned by Carlson.

“You had a bad feeling that something was going to happen with that building … and it did,” he said.

Andrade said Carlson’s properties have been an issue in the neighborhood and the landlord is currently tied up in court cases regarding these issues.

When reached by Block Club, Carlson said he’s owned the building on Richmond since 2006 and it included 21 apartments, though three were vacant.

“I’m sorry it happened and my sincerest apologies to those affected,” he said.

While Carlson denies the fire started in his building, he also said his employees had notified him Jan. 28 that someone had set fire to a dumpster in the alley behind the property.

“I have a garbage crew that goes around to my buildings,” Carlson said. “It could have been a firebug, I don’t know.”

Albany Park resident Brian Pudil said he woke to shouting and went to his living room to see an orange hue from the huge blaze across the street. He saw the fire starting to spread to Twisted Hippo and within 30 minutes heard explosions and saw the side of the building collapse, crushing cars on Richmond Avenue.

About 150 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. As of 8:30 a.m., crews had the fire under control. It was put out by 9:20 a.m.

Marilee Rutherford, owner of Twisted Hippo, said she got a call from a neighbor about the fire around 4 a.m. Monday.

“You know, we’ve worked so hard to to be a part of the community and give
the space to the community,” she said. “ just literally don’t know what
the future is going to look like. But I will say this: I’m so grateful for everything we have been able to build here. … And it’s all gonna be okay. We don’t have problems. We have solutions waiting to happen. So we’ll see how it all goes.”

Though it was not immediately clear how many people were displaced from the blaze, Ald. Rossana Rodriguez said her office is “reaching out to our neighbors to provide assistance.”

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Andrade said he’s been getting calls all morning from neighbors devastated by the fire.

“It’s very devastating for the community,” he said. “Yes, insurance is gonna cover everything but it’s just it’s a complete loss. … It’s just that we’re in disbelief. Everyone’s in disbelief.”

Ultimate Ninjas Chicago was another community staple, where kids could learn martial arts, have birthday parties and get some energy out, Andrade said.

Jeff Piejak, owner of Ultimate Ninjas, was in disbelief early Monday.

“It [Ultimate Ninjas Chicago] is a staple of the community,” he said. “We have 1,000 kids a week that come through that gym. We had 20 birthday parties this past weekend.”

The gym had a special event planned for Monday, too, as students were out of school for Presidents Day.

“We were sold out Presidents Day … 90 kids were going to be in that gym. I’m just still trying to process everything. I literally a couple hours ago I woke up to this.

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Credit: Chicago Fire DepartmentTwisted Hippo brewery burns on Feb. 21, 2022.
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Credit: Chicago Fire DepartmentTwisted Hippo brewery burns on Feb. 21, 2022.
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Credit: Chicago Fire DepartmentTwisted Hippo brewery burns on Feb. 21, 2022.
 

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