Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Wednesday, February 4th CAPS Beat 815/821 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 South Harding. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.



Thursday, February 5th CAPS Beat 834 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bogan High School, 3939 West 79th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

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Tuesday, February 10th Clearing Civic League

Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Hale Park, 6258 West 62nd Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in Clearing, stop by and get active! This month: CPD Office Jane Fudacz, who will talk about the latest scams to avoid.

Wednesday, February 11th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Symphorosa Church, 6135 South Austin. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Wednesday, February 11th Archer Heights Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare. One of Chicago's oldest and most effective neighborhood organizations--more than 75 years of fighting for a better neighborhood! If you live in and/or own a business in Archer Heights, this is the group to join and get active with. Hear updates on a wide range of community concerns and learn how you can help build a better Archer Heights for everyone. This month: hear from candidates in the 22nd and 23rd Ward aldermanic races, as well as several mayoral candidates.




Thursday, February 12th CAPS Beat 814 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

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Wednesday, February 25th Midway Garden Society
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Runs until
8:00 p.m. Monthly meeting. The Society hosts guest speakers and also conducts plant exchanges, publishes a newsletter, stages an annual Urban Garden Walk every summer, and works to make the Midway area a more beautiful and peaceful place by encouraging gardening among people of all ages. Check them out!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Archer Heights Civic Association Swears in New Slate of Officers, Ready for 2015





The newly installed officers of the Archer Heights Civic Association pause for a photo after being sworn in by Circuit Court Judge (and former Brighton Park resident) Raymond L. Jagielski (fourth from left), at their January meeting.

Serving as AHCA officers are (from left) Michael Kovac, first vice president; Andrew Esposito, second vice president; Stanley T. Lihosit, executive director; Frances Prince, recording secretary; William Tumaitis, treasurer; Steven Martinez, sergeant-at-arms; and Thomas S. Baliga, president.

The AHCA is seeking a recording secretary.

At the meeting, Baliga praised his fellow officers, as well as all AHCA members who volunteer their time to make the organization as successful as it is.

To learn more about the AHCA, call (773) 843-2232 or attend the next meeting. AHCA meetings are always the second Wednesday of the month, with the exception of July and August, and always start at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare. All Archer Heights residents are encouraged to attend.

The Southwest Chicago Post congratulates the AHCA's new officers. Truly, you are the few doing the work of the many; and the neighborhood is a better place because of your generous donation of your time, energy and talents.

Video below.




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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Aldermanic Candidates Make Their Pitch at Garfield Ridge Civic League Forum

Our thanks to the Garfield Ridge Civic League for staging a candidates forum at St. Jane de Chantal's Ward Hall on Wednesday, January 21.

The nearly 100 people in attendance heard from two of the
three 23rd Ward aldermanic candidates. (Alderman Michael R. Zalewski was a last-minute no show, with a political operative offering the crowd a medical excuse.) Plus two mayoral candidates were represented. Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti was received warmly, and 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Munoz spoke briefly on behalf of candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

The Southwest Chicago Post was there with camera and
tripod, recording the event, for the thousands of Southwest Siders we serve and who were not there.

We shot the event gavel to gavel, C-SPAN style, with almost no editing, so you can see and hear the candidates for yourself and draw your own conclusions, rather than read a filtered version in a newspaper.

Video below.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CPD Launches 'Body Camera' Test

Just sharing a press release sent by CPD to the news media this afternoon:


Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy
today announced that the Police Department is launching a pilot program using two types of body worn cameras. The cameras will record audio and video as an event unfolds in front of the officer.

“Over the past three and a half years we have led a return to community policing, fostering


stronger relationships and building partnerships between our hard working officers and the
communities they serve,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Through these cameras, we can use technology as a tool to continue to build the trust between officers and residents that is essential to achieving our shared goal – continuing to reduce crime in our communities.”

Officers on third watch in the 14th police district who are participating in the pilot will be equipped with Body Worn Cameras (BWC) and Point of View Cameras (POV). BWCs are clipped to an officer’s outer garment while POVs are clipped to the officer’s glasses, goggles or head gear.


Officers will activate the system to record all routine calls of service, investigatory stops, traffic stops, foot and vehicle pursuits, emergency driving situations and high-risk situations. They will inform any individuals they come into contact with that they are being recorded. Thirty cameras will be tested during the initial pilot program.


“As a police officer for more than 35 years, I’m excited about this new program because it will ensure more transparency from CPD and a new view of the work performed by our officers,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “While they are not the be-all-end-all, I believe body cameras will strengthen police and community relations.”


The pilot program is expected to last 45-60 days, and next steps will be determined based on evaluations by the CPD.


The equipment for the pilot program is being provided by TASER International, Inc. CPD will incur no cost for the pilot program. The same cameras are being tested in New York and are used by the Los Angeles Police Department and additional major jurisdictions around the United States.



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Friday, January 16, 2015

Garfield Ridge Civic League Plans 'Candidates Night' for 23rd Ward

Alderman Zalewski


The Garfield Ridge Civic League has announced that it will host a "candidates night" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 at St. Jane de Chantal Parish's Ward Hall, 52nd and McVicker.

Confirmed to attend are 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski and challengers Martin Arteaga and Anna Goral, according to a statement released by the GRCL.
Martin Arteaga

Additionally, according to the GRCL, mayoral candidates Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Robert Fioretti are confirmed to appear and speak about their candidacies.

Moderator of the event will be Garfield Ridge businessman Ed Kozak.

The statement did note that the GRCL has invited 14th Ward Alderman Edward M. Burke and 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn to the event. Both are running unopposed for re-election in the February 24 primary.
Anna Goral

The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Off-street parking is available.

For more information visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org
or call Rick at (708) 269-9094.

Additionally, the GRCL will host a visit from City Treasurer Kurt Summers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 28 at Risen Savior Church, 6059 South Archer. Admission is free, and off-street parking is available.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Crime News Update


Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in Sector 1. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a pickup truck parked on the street near 64th and Long. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old man, at 11:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. The victim told police he got a glimpse of the offenders, whom he described as two black men who fled in a black Jeep Cherokee.

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A catalytic converter was stolen from a van parked on the street near 60th and Rutherford at 12:02 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. A witness who said she heard a loud noise and looked out her front window, said she saw the crime in progress. She alerted the victim, a 58-year-old man. The offenders were described as black men fleeing in a black Jeep.

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Two hours earlier, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Comcast truck parked on the street near 63rd Place and Major. The crime was reported by a Comcast employee, a 40-year-old man.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to St. Symphorosa School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 14. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


An armed thug robbed two people at the Public Storage facility at 7455 S. Pulaski at 11:44 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5. According to a clerk--a 26-year-old woman--the robber can in, brandished a pistol and said "Don't move" to her and a customer, a 58-year-old West Side man. Stolen from the business was $1,500 cash and 11 blank checks. Stolen from the customer was $700 cash, a wallet, and a cell phone.

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Burglars forced open the rear window of a home near 52nd and Moody and stole assorted jewelry, a camera, and Xbox video game console and several games, and $200 cash. The owner was on vacation at the time of the crime, which was discovered by a neighbor checking on the home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.




Burglars pried open the back door of a home near 46th and Karlov and stole a white-gold cross with a coral stone. The crime was discovered the victim's son, a 22-year-old man, at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.

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Burglars smashed the sliding glass door of a home near 52nd and Natchez and stole assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 37-year-old woman, when she came home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.6. A neighbor told police that she earlier heard a loud crashing noise, but did not investigate or call 911.

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Thieves stole the plumbing van of a 41-year-old Garfield Ridge man while he and a girlfriend sat in a tavern near Archer and Nordica at midnight Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to police. The 2001 Ford Econoline, with about $20,000 worth of equipment inside, was last seen speeding away north on Nordica.

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Thieves stole a Ford F150 pickup truck belonging to Schmidt Steel of Elgin while it was parked on the street near Archer and Rutherford--near the home of an employee. The crime was discovered by the employee at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. There reportedly was $20,000 worth of equipment in the vehicle, according to the company.

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Burglars entered an apartment near 63rd and Nashville and stole a computer, an Xbox video game console and five games, and $700 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 21-year-old woman, at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry.

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Burglars removed a section of fencing at U.S. Trailer Parts & Supply, 4334 S. Tripp, and stole 300 truck brake cores. The crime was discovered by a manager at 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9.

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Burglars forced open the side door of a home near 56th and Melvina and stole assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 when he came home from work.


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