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Video records alleged burglar at Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 19, 2014

Video of alleged burglar.

Video of alleged burglar.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
An alleged burglar was captured on video Monday after stealing items, including a purse and an iPad at Loyola University Chicago, according to the university’s Campus Safety Department.
The alleged thief stole the items from the Granada Center in Rogers Park at about 3:45 p.m. Monday, according to Campus Safety.
The suspect may also be the same person who stole items from Granada Center on June 18, Campus Safety reports.
Here is the crime alert from Campus Safety:
Loyola Community,
Campus Safety is writing to inform you of a burglary that occurred in the Granada Center between 3:45-4 p.m. on Monday, August 18.
Security camera footage reviewed during the investigation revealed that the suspect spent several minutes on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building before exiting with several items including a purse and an iPad.
A description of the suspect is: male, dark complexion, approximately 40-50 years of age, 5’6”, 180 lbs.
The suspect is believed to be the same person who is wanted in connection with another burglary in the Granada Center on June 18. In both cases, the suspect arrived and departed in a black four door Cadillac driven by another person.
If you have any further information, please contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.
We also remind you that you should:
  • Keep your doors locked at all times. Never prop doors open.
  • Keep electronic devices and other valuable items in secured storage.
  • Do not leave the key(s) to the storage area in an easily accessible place.
  • Keep track of all electronic serial numbers and keep them in a safe place.
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

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Loyola, Alexian to partner in pediatric care

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 13, 2014

loyola healhtBy Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Health System and Alexian Brothers Health System are teaming to expand their pediatric practices, according to a new release Wednesday from the two Catholic health care providers.

Here is a portion of the news release:

Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Loyola University Health System (Loyola) of Maywood, Ill., are partnering to expand the breadth and reach of their pediatric service lines in the Chicago area.

Under a letter of intent announced today, the two Catholic health systems’ children’s hospitals propose to join forces as affiliates, and ABHS and Loyola will recruit and share pediatric sub-specialists and will collaborate on other physician-sharing opportunities. ABHS and Loyola also plan to work with community-based pediatricians on population health management opportunities and to expand access at each institution as well as in community-based ambulatory-care practices.

“This new affiliation will benefit patients by building on and expanding the clinical program strengths of each health system, making them more available to the communities we serve,” says Patricia Cassidy, ABHS Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

The affiliation will enable ABHS and Loyola to offer a comprehensive array of pediatric specialties and will increase access to pediatric sub-specialists, who often can be hard to find, Cassidy says.

“Access to high-quality pediatric clinical programs in a coordinated network of care is a vision both of our organizations share,” says Daniel Post, Senior Vice President, Clinical Programs, and Chief Business Development Officer, at Loyola. “The Loyola and Alexian Brothers Pediatric Affiliation will provide patients and referring physicians improved access to these high-quality programs in their communities.”


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Is Loyola saving Christmas in Vernon Hills?

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 6, 2014

Cuneo Light Show. Loyola photo.

Cuneo Light Show.
Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

It looks like Loyola is saving Christmas in Vernon Hills.

The Daily Herald reports that Loyola University Chicago is going to allow an annual holiday light show to continue this year at its Cuneo Mansion and Gardens property in the far north suburb.

The annual light show, a tradition in Vernon Hills for two decades, was in jeopardy because Loyola wants to develop a portion of the Cuneo estate.

But it looks like there will be at least one more light show this year, the Daily Herald reports.

Here is a portion of the Daily Herald story:

The holiday light show that winds through the former Cuneo grounds in Vernon Hills, as one of the largest displays of its kind in the suburbs, will be held at least one more season.

The 21st Winter Wonderland drive-through holiday light show had been in question, as Loyola University Chicago considered development on a portion of the property it has owned since 2010.

Loyola indicated they are willing to do another (light show) with us, which is awesome,” Village Manager John Kalmar said Tuesday.

Last year, about 22,000 cars passed through the wooded pathway of holiday lights and displays in what has become an annual tradition from about Thanksgiving through the end of the year.

The village spent about $30,000 last year advertising the event through direct mail and other means. Loyola gets 30 percent of the gross admission fees.

The Cuneo Mansions & Garden was given to the university by the Cuneo Foundation and includes the sprawling 31,000-square-foot Italianate-style home completed in 1916 for Samuel Insull.

To read the entire Daily Herald article, this link will direct you to the newspaper’s website: LIGHTS


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Loyola test shows early return of ragweed

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 5, 2014

Ragweed. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

National Institutes of Health image.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Your allergies bad today?

Maybe it’s because ragweed has returned.

Loyola University Health System reports the early return of ragweed, a sure trigger of summer allergies.

Here is a report from Loyola University Health System:

Later summer triggers ragweed allergies in 10 to 20 percent of Americans and today spells misery for those with sensitive systems. Ragweed pollen was reported for the first time in the 2014 allergy reporting season, causing a pollen vortex of sneezing, itching and headaches for Midwesterners.

“The ragweed pollen is showing up about one week earlier this year than last year,” says Joseph Leija, MD, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count of the Midwest. “With the high mold count and moderate weed count, the presence of ragweed will make breathing difficult for many.”

Monday, August 4, 2014, was the first count featuring ragweed. The Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count for the Midwest, for August 4 is No Trees, No Grass, Mold High, Weeds Moderate and Ragweed Low

Typical pollen seasons are: Trees in March to May; Grass in May to June; Weeds and Ragweed in mid-August to October and Mold all season long depending on dampness.

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Teens charged in Rogers park shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 4, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Two teenagers have been arrested in Wisconsin in the death of a Rogers Park photographer who was shot July 12 while waiting for a bus.
Ald. Joe Moore, Ward 49, released an alert to constituents following the arrest of the teens in the death of Wil Lewis.
Here is Moore’s alert:
Dear Neighbor,


Two teenagers were arrested in Wisconsin last week on warrants that charge them with the July 12th death of Wil Lewis, the Rogers Park photographer who was shot while waiting for a bus at Devon and Glenwood. Eyewitness accounts at the scene of the crime provided invaluable information, which led to the arrests.


Rogers Park resident and Chicago Tribune reporter Liam Ford broke the story last night and I confirmed it with Commander Thomas Waldera today. According to the Tribune report, a 15-year-old Lakeview resident and a 17-year-old Uptown resident were charged in Cook County warrants with the killing. Another accomplice, 31-year-old Uptown resident Eric Vaughn, was arrested shortly after the shooting and currently is being held without bond.


Police sources and prosecutors report that the three were in a car with several others when they spotted a rival gang member walking down Devon Avenue near Glenwood. Vaughn, who was driving the car, allegedly handed a gun to the 15-year-old and ordered him to shoot the rival. Both the 15-year-old and 17-year-old exited the car and began chasing after their intended target with the younger boy firing the weapon.


Tragically, Mr. Lewis was struck by one of the bullets and died shortly thereafter.


The 15-year-old continued firing his weapon as the two teens chased the intended target south on Glenwood into Edgewater.


Vaughn was arrested on foot shortly after the shooting when witnesses identified him to police as the driver of the vehicle. 


Witnesses took photos of the two teens fleeing down the street and shared those photos with the police. According to Commander Waldera, this information proved absolutely invaluable to solving this crime and leading to the arrests. Though it took some time for the police to locate the two other suspects, who fled the state, the police knew almost immediately who they were looking for thanks to the information provided by eyewitnesses.


All too often, a “code of silence” has impeded investigations of shootings and homicides across the City, including Rogers Park, leaving the perpetrators free to continue their violence and the victims and their relatives without a measure of justice. We must break down the fear and mistrust that prevents good people from sharing critical information.


If you ever see anything that might aid in the investigation and prosecution of any crime, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200.


I congratulate the members of the Chicago Police Department for their quick work in bringing the alleged perpetrators to justice and I salute the residents of Rogers Park and Edgewater for being so willing to become involved and share information with the police officers. It is this kind of partnership between community residents and the police that helps to reduce crime and prevent a reoccurrence of this senseless violence.




Joe Moore


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Man charged in Edgewater auto death

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 1, 2014

Site of accident. Google Maps.

Site of accident.
Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A Chicago man has been charged with reckless homicide in a car crash that killed one man and injured four others in Edgewater.

Here is a portion of the story from the Chicago Sun-Times:

A North Side man has been charged in a crash that killed a 71-year-old man and injured at least four people Wednesday morning in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side.

Vladimir Tsemekhman, 58, faces one count of reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony, according to a statement from Chicago Police. He also was cited for several moving violations, including reckless driving and not practicing due care while a pedestrian was in the roadway.

The crash, involving multiple vehicles and a CTA bus, happened at Sheridan and Balmoral at 11:12 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Frank Kiley, 71, of the 3900 block of North Clark Street, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Read the entire Sun-Times story by clicking here: CRASH

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Loyola names new chief financial officer

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 31, 2014

Robert A. Munson.

Robert A. Munson

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Loyola University Chicago announced Thursday the hiring of a new Senior Vice President for Finance.
Robert A. Munson will carry the title of Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, replacing Bill Laird, who is retiring.
Here is the message from the university:
Loyola Community,
I am pleased to announce that Robert A. Munson will become Loyola University Chicago’s new Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Rob succeeds Bill Laird, who will retire this month after more than 11 years of service to the University.
Rob comes to Loyola from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he has served as the vice president for finance and administration, CFO, and assistant treasurer. At Wittenberg, he leads finance and several other administrative areas. He is a member of the University’s senior staff and the president’s extended Cabinet and is the liaison to several board committees. Prior to his time at Wittenberg, Rob spent nearly a dozen years at Xavier University, the Jesuit university in Cincinnati, serving as vice president for finance, assistant vice president for planning and budgeting, director of financial planning and budgeting, and director for financial services. He brings to Loyola a dozen years of higher education experience, as well as many years in the services industry and at a “Big 4” public accounting firm.   
In his new position, Rob will lead all aspects of the University’s finances, including the following departments: Budgeting and Financial Analysis, Bursar’s Office, Controller’s Office, Payroll and Payment Services, Purchasing, Sponsored Program Accounting, and the Treasurer’s Office. He will lead the University’s Budget Review Team, serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, and play a key role as a liaison and resource to our Board of Trustees and their executive, finance, audit, and investment policy committees. He will also collaborate with our partners at LUHS and Trinity Health in ensuring the success of our shared commitment to Catholic health care education and research. Rob’s first day at Loyola will be Monday, August 25.
On behalf of the entire University, I want to thank Bill Laird, who has been instrumental in Loyola’s success and growth over the last decade. He is a trusted colleague whose character, financial acumen, and commitment to fiscal responsibility helped us develop disciplined budgeting and spending policies that have put the University in a strong financial position for the next decade. There is no area of Loyola’s financial health that has not been positively impacted by Bill’s wisdom and his collaborative spirit and style. The results of Bill’s leadership and hard work are most evident in the transformations on all our campuses, our financial statements, the partnership with CHE-Trinity Health, and in the talent he has hired and developed within the finance division. I am grateful to Bill for his years of devoted service to Loyola and wish him many years of happy retirement. 
Please join me in welcoming Rob to Loyola next month.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO

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Police hunt teen often seen in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 29, 2014

Google Maps.

Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Police are seeking help in finding an Evanston teen known to frequent Loyola Park in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

The girl, Alishianna Harris, 15, was last seen July 24.

She has been reported missing numerous times in the past and is known to suffer from cognitive disabilities, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at (847)866-5000 or utilize the text-a-tip option by texting to CRIMES (274637) and put EPD TIP in the message line along with the information.

To read an Evanston Review article on the subject, click here: MISSING



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Loyola student robbed in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 28, 2014

Site of robbery. Google Maps.

Site of robbery.
Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
A Loyola University Chicago student was robbed early Monday as she was returning to her residence near the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.
The student was walking at 12:45 a.m. Monday near Sheridan Road and Columbia Avenue when she was approached by a man asking for money.  As she was opening her wallet, the man grabbed it, took all the money, and fled.
Here are the details from a Loyola Campus Safety Alert:
Loyola Community,
Campus Safety is writing to notify you of a strong-armed robbery that occurred on the corner of Sheridan and Columbia at approximately 12:45 a.m. on Monday, July 28.
The victim, a Loyola student, was walking to her residence from the Loyola CTA Red Line when she was stopped near the intersection of Columbia and Sheridan by a male subject who asked her for a dollar. The victim opened her wallet, and then the subject grabbed the wallet from her hand and removed all of the money. The subject then fled the area in a southerly direction towards the CTA Red Line.
A description of the subject is: male, approximately 18-22 years of age, 6’0”, black hair in a buzz cut. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants.
Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.
Please also keep the following safety tips in mind.
  • Walk or jog with a friend whenever possible
  • Stay alert and tuned-in to your surroundings
  • Walk or jog in well-lit areas; stay away from alleys
  • Do not listen to earphones while out alone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat; it also advertises to a would-be thief that you may have a desirable item to steal
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return
Joseph J. Bogdalek
Deputy Chief, Campus Safety

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Two men injured in Rogers Park shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 17, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Two men were seriously injured Wednesday evening when they were hit by shots fired from a vehicle in the 1500 block of Farwell Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park.
Here are the details from 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore:
Dear Neighbor,
Two men were seriously hurt last night in a shooting on the 1500 block of Farwell Avenue. The men, ages 23 and 35, were walking on the street at approximately 10:00 p.m. when someone in a dark-colored vehicle drove by and fired shots.
I have spoken with 24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera and he tells me both men are expected to survive. He said the investigation is still ongoing and as of midnight, no suspects have been arrested and no motive has been determined.
I urge anyone with information that may help in the case to contact the police immediately. In the meantime, Commander Waldera has requested and received police reinforcements.
I will continue to keep you updated.
Joe Moore


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