Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Want to Salute the Class of 2020? Commemorative Posters Available

Looking for a quick, easy way to honor the members of the
Class of 2020?

Check out this top-quality poster--suitable for displaying in your window at home, at work or in your vehicle.

This smart-looking poster is 12 x 18 inches, printed on high-gloss 100-pound poster board.

These unique, commemorative posters are available at no charge (one per household, please) at the Archer Heights Credit Union, 6554 W. Archer (Archer and Nashville).

Plans call for these posters to be available in a self-service display in the AHCU vestibule, right at the entrance--starting on Tuesday, May 5.

The Archer Heights Credit Union is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; as well as 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

These posters are provided as a public service by:

All Exterior Contractors well as the Mike Riordan State Farm Agency, First Rate Realty/Al Cacciottolo, Southwest Signs Inc. and the Southwest Chicago Post.

Note: if you represent a local school and want a bulk supply of these posters, please call Geno Randazzo at 708-705-7900.

So whether you have a Class of 2020 member in your house,
or if you don't but you just want to say "Way to go" to all the 2020 graduates in the neighborhood, head over to the Archer Heights Credit Union and get yours!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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 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 the western section of the district. 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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Say motorist was drunk, threw senior to the ground
Diego Lemus-Ordonez

A 28-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with DUI, as well as aggravated battery, after he was arrested in the 5100 block of South Tripp at 5:28p.m. Sunday, April 12.

Diego A. Lemus-Ordonez, of the 5100 block of South Kildare, allegedly threw an elderly man to the ground after his vehicle was stopped. The man was a passenger in his vehicle, a CPD spokesman said.

Lemus-Ordonez also was charged with having open alcohol in his vehicle.

Charge Palos Park woman with heroin rap
Lorraine Saban

A 31-year-old woman from suburban Palos Park was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver after she was arrested during a traffic stop in the 7900 block of South Central Park at 6:37 a.m. Thursday, April 9.

Lorraine E. Saban, of the 12500 block of South 86th Avenue, was arrested without incident by police responding to a 911 call of a motorist slumped over the wheel of a vehicle.

Police said there was a passenger in Saban’s vehicle. That person was released without being charged with a crime. Police declined to say how much heroin they allegedly found on Saban.

Claim man threatened woman
Hugo Mares

A 28-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with assault after he was arrested at his home in the 4700 block of South Laporte at 10:04 a.m. Friday, April 10.

Hugo A. Mares allegedly threatened a woman during an argument, according to police responding to a “domestic dispute” call.

A CPD spokesman did not say what the alleged threat was.

According to public records, Mares has been arrested four times by CPD since 2016—three times on undisclosed warrant charges.

Bust man on shoplifting rap at CVS
Daryl Wilkerson

A 55-year-old Wrightwood man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested in the 3900 block of West 63rd Place at 10:26 a.m. Tuesday, April 14.

Daryl Wilkerson, of the 7900 block of South Maplewood, allegedly stole merchandise from the CVS Pharmacy nearby, although police declined to say exactly what had been stolen.

Say man struck police officer
Deion Bevely

A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with battery after he was arrested in the 6200 block of South Meade at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

Deion M. Bevely, of the 2500 block of West 64th Street, allegedly struck a police officer as he was trying to hit another person, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Bevely has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and violating parole by having contact with gang members.

Charge man with domestic battery
Mario Jaramillo

A 39-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5400 block of South Lockwood at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, April 5.

Mario A. Jaramillo allegedly punched a 59-year-old man in the head and body during an argument.

A dozen arrests for Scottsdale man
Albert Sandoval

A 25-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5500 block of South Central at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

Albert G. Sandoval, of the 8100 block of South Knox, reportedly was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by police and had drugs on him, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

According to public records, Sandoval has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as unlawful use of a weapon, child endangerment, criminal trespass to a residence and criminal trespass to a vehicle.

Charge two with arson in 53rd Street blaze
Hector Rebolledo

Two men were charged with arson after they were arrested in the 6700 block of West 53rd Street at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22.

Hector Rebolledo, 27, of suburban Bellwood, and Rey Rebolledo Jr., of suburban Stone Park, allegedly were spotted dousing a truck with gasoline and setting it ablaze.

According to public records, Rey Rebolledo Jr. has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2016 on charges that included possession of a controlled substance, drinking on the public way and driving on a suspended license.

According to a law enforcement source, both men have gang ties.
Rey Rebolledo Jr.

She hit me with an ashtray, man says
Kaitlyn Kwak

A 20-year-old Vittum Park woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:38 p.m. Monday, April 6.

Kaitlyn Rose Kwak, of the 4700 block of South Lamon, allegedly threw an ashtray at the head of a 30-year-old man during an argument.

According to public records, Kwak has been arrested five times by CPD since 2018, on charges that included prostitution and obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Online Variety Show Coming This Saturday; Music, Poetry, Dance and More

Clearing Couple Launches 'Bohemian Night'

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

With taverns, nightclubs, theaters and coffeehouses closed—and live entertainment a fading memory—Clearing wife and husband Reneé Blixt and William Seiyo Shehan are pulling together a diverse group of artists to celebrate the human spirit.

“A Bohemian Night: A Virtual Variety Hour” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25 online.

The hourlong event will feature six performers—most from the Chicago area but a couple from beyond.

“I wouldn’t call it vaudeville, but there will be a variety of performances,” Shehan said. “Singing, spoken word, dance, comedy…I think people who watch and listen will be glad they did.”

There is no admission charge, and instructions on how to view the event can be found on the “Bohemian Night” Facebook page.

Renée Blixt has many years on the Chicagoland scene. 

Renée has played for crowds ranging in size from 6 to 60,000 people, and at venues from churches to bars to stages and stadiums. She is an accomplished pianist, as well as vocalist.

She will serve as mistress of ceremonies for Bohemian Night, and she will perform.

“We’re well suited to put this together,” Blixt said. “With my background in entertainment and his in tech, I think it will work quite well.”

Also on the bill is Lemon Knifea Chicago-based hard rock duo pulling from classic rock, punk, garage rock, and anything built on riffs to create a melodic and eclectic sound that is remarkably big for being put out by two people. 

Formed by "kindred nerds" Mia Blixt-Shehan (bass, melodic vocals, occasional guitar, musical composition) and John Retterer-Moore (drums, punk vocals, lyrics) in the spring of 2017, they have since played an especially varied assortment of Chicago venues, including Burlington Bar, Reggie’s, Crown Liquors, Moe’s Tavern, several memorable DIY spots, and a few notable non-traditional gigs at events such as YesFest 2018 in Elmhurst and Chicago’s Global Reddit Meetup Day, also in 2018.

Tracks from their debut album, Songs About Water and Death, have also received considerable radio play by stations such as WKQX’s Demo 312, WIIT, and WRSE. They released a history– based conceptual EP, In Our Darkest Sour, in October 2018, and their second full-length album, I Know That This is Vitriol, in December 2019. They are currently working on their third album, a concept album taking place in the mythological realm of Purgatory.

Also scheduled to perform is Kyle Strong, keyboardist for Think Floyd USA, a tribute band that honors the music of Pink Floyd.

Also on the bill is comedian Tom Simmons, a self-described contrarian and 21-year veteran of stand-up comedy.

He has travelled on national tours, headlined comedy-clubs, won comedy festival awards and made numerous TV appearances on major networks including Comedy Central, Showtime, BET, Bounce TV, Comedy.TV, Laughs on FOX, and COMICS Unleashed.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Garfield Ridge Fourth Grader Uses His Tech Skills to Help First Responders

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Most news stories about 10-year-old kids who want to do a
Giovanni Alonzo
good deed for first responders seem to involve lemonade stands, home-baked cookies or something similarly sweet.

But Giovanni Alonzo is not your average 10-year-old.

A fourth grader at Byrne School, Gio recently took his love of computers and found a way to help those serving on the front lines.

His mom, Desiree, said Gio kept asking his parents how he could help. “That’s how we raised him, to help out,” she told me in a conversation we had.

Gio and his dad, John, found a program online that would enable Gio to make mask bands that would take the pressure off the ears when individuals wear facemasks. Using a 3D computer, it took Gio four hours to make seven bands. 

“That’s OK. It kept him busy,” Desiree said. 

On the back of the bands are the words, Hero at Work.

Gio kept at it and made dozens of bands. Then he donated 50 of them to the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police. Next time around he wants to make bands and hand them out to doctors, nurses and others who work directly with pandemic patients. 

While he misses his teachers and friends at Byrne, Gio is
happiest behind the computer, according to his mom. Gio is very interested in game coding and 3D graphics. Through that, his interest in 3D printing grew. 

Desiree said of Gio, “He likes getting involved. We explained to him that people are working hard to keep us safe and we have to help them. That’s what he was trying to do.”

A mask band in action.
Keep up the good work, Gio! You make us all proud.

And a note of thanks from me to Al Cacciottolo, for letting me know about this—yet another reason why Clearing and Garfield Ridge are such great places to live.

Gio hands his donation to CPD Lt. Nicole Clark at the 8th District station.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Burke, Quinn, Tabares, O'Shea, Curtis Want 'Line of Duty' Designation for COVID-19 Fallen First Responders

Five Southwest Side aldermen are joining forces to push a proposed ordinance designed to make certain that first responders who pass away from COVID-19 will be considered as fallen in the line of duty.

The aldermen are Edward M. Burke (14th), Marty Quinn
Ald. Edward M. Burke
(13th), Silvana Tabares (23rd), Matt O'Shea (19th) and Derrick Curtis (18th).

“First responders are on the front lines battling an enemy that has already claimed thousands of lives,” Burke said.  “As members of the City Council, we have a moral obligation to support the loved ones of these heroes who have fallen in this fight against COVID-19.”

The ordinance, drafted with input from the representatives
Ald. Marty Quinn
from the Fraternal Order of Police and Local 2 Firefighters, states the city will categorize any death of a first responder from COVID-19 to be “in the line of duty.”  Recipients of line-of-duty death benefits receive the responder’s annual salary for a year from the time of death; and pending approval of the City Council, the spouse and any children under 26 would get health care benefits.  

“First responders put their lives on the line every day, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more stress and uncertainty,” Quinn added. “This ordinance will help to honor the fallen and help the families who have lost their loved one.”

“There should be no question that if a first responder falls to
Ald. Silvana Tabares
COVID-19 that his or her family deserves the recognition and support from the city,” Tabares said. “If we can pass an ordinance and ease some uncertainty for the heroes who are fighting on the front lines to keep us safe and healthy, we need to do it now.”

Chicago Police officers who pass away in the line of duty are also entitled to a full honors funeral.

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