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Teens charged in Rogers park shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 4, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

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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.
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Ald. Joe Moore, Ward 49, released an alert to constituents following the arrest of the teens in the death of Wil Lewis.
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Here is Moore’s alert:
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Dear Neighbor,

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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.

 

Sincerely,

 

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
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Loyola University Chicago announced Thursday the hiring of a new Senior Vice President for Finance.
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Robert A. Munson will carry the title of Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, replacing Bill Laird, who is retiring.
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Here is the message from the university:
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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.
Sincerely,
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
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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.
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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.
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Here are the details from a Loyola Campus Safety Alert:
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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
Sincerely,
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.
Sincerely,
Joe Moore

 

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Rogers Park, Edgewater honor slain neighbor

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 17, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Some 600 people gathered Wednesday evening in Rogers Park and Edgewater to pay tribute to a resident who was gunned down last weekend in a gang-related shooting.
The Positive Loitering event was in honor of Wil Lewis, who was shot Saturday when he was mistaken for a gang member.
Here are details of the rally from 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore:
Hundreds of Rogers Park and Edgewater neighbors gathered at the intersection of Devon and Glenwood Avenues Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Wil Lewis, the victim of Saturday’s shooting, and demonstrate our community’s resilience in the face of such a senseless tragedy.
Police estimated over 600 people attended the event and march, which was organized by Rogers Park Positive Loitering, a group of neighborhood residents who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood and by their presence deter crime. The march stretched for five city blocks. 
Alderman Harry Osterman, St. Gertrude’s Pastor Rev. Dominic Grassi and St. Ignatius Pastor Rev. Joe Jackson joined Rogers Park Positive Loitering’s John Warner and me in leading the march.
As one march attendee stated in an interview, “Violence usually is something that tears down neighborhoods and so we wanted to come out here to show that it is actually strengthening ours and can now help us become a bigger, better neighborhood:”
Wil Lewis’ family has established a memorial fund. According to the fund’s website, “donations will be used for funeral costs and to start scholarships for college-bound kids who have worked hard to make their dreams come true.” To donate, click on the link below:
Please consider making a generous donation.
Sincerely,
Joe Moore

 

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Rogers Park beaches among cleanest in Chicago

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 16, 2014

Courtesy Chicago Park District. www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Courtesy Chicago Park District.
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

It is safe to go in the water in Rogers Park.

When it comes to water quality at the beaches, the North Side Chicago neighborhood ranks among the best, according to a new study.

Juneway Terrace beach and Rogers Beach rank among the best for water quality, according to a study by the National Resources Defense Council,  a grassroots environmental group.

Among the Chicago beaches with the worse water quality include Montrose Beach, South Shore and Rainbow Beach, according to the study.

Click here to view the study: BEACHES

Here are details from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

Ten percent of all water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3,500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most protective benchmark for swimmer safety. According to the 24th annual beach report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the findings confirm that serious water pollution persists at many U.S. seashores, with massive stormwater runoff and sewage overflows historically being the largest known sources of the problem.

“Sewage and contaminated runoff in the water should never ruin a family beach trip,” said NRDC senior attorney Jon Devine. “But no matter where you live, urban slobber and other pollution can seriously compromise the water quality at your favorite beach and make your family sick. To help keep us healthy at the beach and stem the tide of water pollution, our government leaders can finalize a critical proposal – the Clean Water Protection Rule – to restore vital protections for the streams and wetlands that help sustain clean beaches.”

Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches collects and analyzes the latest water testing results from the EPA and state beach coordinators at nearly 3,500 beach testing locations nationwide. The 24th annual report card examines the various causes of water pollution that plague America’s beaches and presents crucial, timely opportunities to keep pollution out of America’s beaches, lakes and rivers.

 

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Community walk to honor slain photographer

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 15, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
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Two North Side alderman will join local residents and police in a community walk and memorial for a Rogers Park man mistakenly killed Saturday in an apparent gang-related shooting.
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Ald. Harry Osterman (Ward 48) and Ald. Joe Moore (Ward 49) will host a “positive loitering” walk and moment of silence Wednesday evening for Wil Lewis, a photographer shot Saturday afternoon near Devon and Glenwood avenues.
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The aldermen will plan to start the walk at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Devon and Glenwood. They plan to walk east on Devon to Sheridan and back to Glenwood, where they will observe a moment of silence for Lewis.  The 24th Police District Commander Waldera and community residents and business owners are expected to join in the walk.
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Here are details of the walk from Osterman’s office:
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Dear Neighbors,
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On Saturday our community experienced a tragic loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of William Lewis, an innocent bystander, who was shot and killed on the corner of Devon and Glenwood while waiting for a bus. We are all deeply saddened by this tragic and unnecessary loss of life.I want to thank the Chicago Police Department for their quick response and I would like to commend them on their speed in arresting and charging a known gang member in connection with the shooting. This individual is currently being held without bail.I would like to also thank the residents and community members who came forward with video, pictures, and eyewitness accounts of the incident. This information was critical in leading to the eventual arrest of the assailant. The investigation is, however, still ongoing.  If you have seen anything that might aid in the investigation and prosecution of this crime, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200. The more information the police have, the faster they can bring those involved to justice. I am in ongoing communication with both police district commanders and the State’s Attorney’s Office and will share any information that becomes available in the days ahead.
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On Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 7:00pm, we will host a special positive loitering walk in partnership with Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward) and the 24th Police District. The walk will start at Devon and Glenwood. We will walk east on Devon to Sheridan and come back up to Glenwood where we will observe a moment of silence for William Lewis. This walk will be attended by me, Alderman Moore, the 24th Police District Commander Waldera and numerous community residents and businesses..

Times like these challenge our sense of safety. It is during these times we need to come together as a community to show solidarity with one another and as a reminder that this is our home and we will not be deterred from our commitment to having safe and thriving neighborhoods.

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Sincerely,
Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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Durbin supports immigrant kids during Loyola visit

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 15, 2014

Sen. Dick Durbin Image courtesy www.durbin.senate.gov

Sen. Dick Durbin
Image courtesy http://www.durbin.senate.gov

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin appeared at Loyola University Chicago Monday to refute allegations that there is a danger posed by immigrant youth who have rushed the U.S. border in recent weeks.

The comments made at Loyola followed a visit to a nearby shelter housing some of the unaccompanied youth who were caught after trying to cross the border.

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

After touring a shelter in the Chicago area that houses children from a recent rush of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. border, Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday said he wanted to make it clear the youths are not a danger to Illinois citizens.

“My friends, you would want to adopt these children if you spent five minutes in the room with them,” Durbin said at a news conference at Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park. “They are lovely, beautiful little kids.”

His remarks come after Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and some other GOP lawmakers alleged that some of the children may be gang-affiliated or at risk of being recruited by gangs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called the allegations “rumors” and said in a statement on its website, “Many of these children are fleeing violent situations in their home country and choose to leave rather than join a gang.”

The shelters are run by the nonprofit Heartland Alliance, which has a contract with the HHS to care for the children. The location of Heartland’s nine facilities, which house about 429 kids, are undisclosed for security reasons. About 319 children are in foster care in Illinois, said Ashley Huebner, an attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Reade the entire story at the Sun-Times website by clicking here: IMMIGRATION

 

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