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Loyola to cut ribbon on new Kenmore Plaza

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 29, 2014

Kenmore Plaza rendering. Loyola University image.

Kenmore Plaza rendering.
Loyola University image.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
A cookout and live bluegrass music will accompany tonight’s official unveiling of Loyola University Chicago’s Kenmore Plaza at the school’s Lake Shore Campus.
Here are the details from a university news release:
Loyola University Chicago President and CEO Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman will cut the ribbon at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the newly created Kenmore Plaza, located in the 6300 block of North Kenmore Avenue. The plaza represents a 39,000 square-foot expansion of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and builds upon the University’s commitment to sustainability by featuring a new storm water management system, native plantings, and a meadow living-learning laboratory for students and visitors.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a cookout and live bluegrass music featuring local original members of Henhouse Prowlers. Attendees are also invited to participate in a self-guided tour of the plaza’s unique features and Loyola’s neighboring Institute of Environmental Sustainability.
The event is free and open to the public. Community members are asked to RSVP by e-mailing communityrelations@luc.edu or calling 773.508.7450. For more information, visit LUC.edu/communityrelations.


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Police crack down on crime in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 27, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Chicago police provided 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore with a log of recent police activity in his ward, which includes Rogers Park.
Here is the report from Moore’s office:

Battery – Cause Bodily Harm

Officers from the 24th District, together with Evanston police, arrested a man wanted for attempted robbery from a previously reported incident. The victim identified the offender as the person who punched and kicked him and tried to rob him of his laptop. The offender was arrested and charged with battery.


A man was placed in custody after his DNA matched that left at the scene of a burglary. The offender was arrested and charged with burglary.

Criminal Trespass to Vehicles

Officers observed an offender inside a stolen vehicle. The offender told the officers it was his uncle’s car. The officers interviewed the owner of the vehicle who denied knowing the offender and stated he did not give anyone permission to use his car. The car was stolen from an auto body lot, where it was being repaired.

Indecent Exposure Urinating in Public

An offender was seen by several people urinating on a tree in the public way.  The offender, a member of a well-known street gang, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

Issuance of Warrant

Officers were flagged down by a person who reported that a man was starting a fight in the alley. Officers proceeded to the scene where a name check revealed the man had two active warrants. The offender was arrested and taken to the 24th District station for processing.


Officers responded to a call of suspicious persons looking into vehicles and garages. The offenders were seen fleeing with the proceeds from one garage and a “flash message” was sent immediately over the police radio. Responding officers were able to locate the offenders along with proceeds from more victims. Both offenders are self-admitted gang members.

Domestic Battery – Physical Contact

Officers followed up on a domestic battery call, where the offender grabbed the victim, placed her in a choke hold and forced her into his vehicle. Officers were able to locate the offender and place him in custody. The offender is a self-admitted gang member.


Officers responded to a Burglary just occurred. After a thorough investigation, which included video surveillance, the officers were able to locate the offender and the victim’s property was recovered. Offender was placed in custody and charged with burglary.
Criminal Damage to Property

Officers from the 24th District officers were able to locate an offender from a hit and run traffic accident reported earlier in the day. Offender was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property.
Criminal Damage to Property

An offender was observed on video keying the victim’s car and causing an estimated $3,000 in damage. Officers were able to locate the offender and place him into custody without incident.

Possession of Firearm without valid FOID card

Officers arrested a self-admitted gang member for possessing a Colt 38 special revolver. 

Issuance of Warrant

Officers witnessed an offender engaged in a verbal altercation with the driver of another vehicle in traffic. The officers conducted a vehicle stop and a name check of the offender revealed a warrant for his arrest. The offender was placed in custody. 


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Loyola’s Sister Jean celebrates 95th birthday

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 26, 2014

Sister Jean Delores Schmidt. Loyola photo.

Sister Jean Delores Schmidt.
Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Happy 95th Birthday, Sister Jean.
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, chaplain to Loyola University Chicago’s athletic teams, and a campus favorite to students, faculty and staff, recently celebrated her 95th birthday.
Sister Jean is renown for her cheerful outlook and smile, and is frequently seen greeting students on campus when she’s not cheering on the men’s basketball team.
Here is Sister Jean’s official biography:
Sister Jean was born on August 21, 1919 in San Francisco. She joined the religious order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1937. Sister Jean earned her B.A. at Mt. St. Mary College in Los Angeles in 1949 and her M.A. at Loyola University, Los Angeles, in 1961. After several years as a teacher at elementary schools, including St. Vincent in Chicago, St. Bernard in Los Angeles, St. Charles in North Hollywood, and as principal at St. Brendan in Los Angeles, she accepted a position at Mundelein College teaching in the Education Department. She also worked tirelessly in the role of Assistant Director of the
BVM Scholasticate. Working in dual and sometimes triple roles was common for Sister. Jean. In her long career at Mundelein
she, at various times, wore the hats of Assistant Direct of the BVM Scholasticate, Assistant Dean, Director of the Summer Sessions, Associate Dean, Acting Dean, Director of Coffey Hall, Director of Academic Services, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of the Weekend College, and Director of Academic Advising. She remained on staff with Loyola University Chicago after the affiliation with Mundelein in 1991 as Assistant Dean and Director of the TAF Program. Sister Jean still remains active at Loyola University Chicago as the chaplain to the athletic teams.

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Storms down trees, cut power in Edgewater

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on August 25, 2014

Courtesy noaa.gov

Courtesy noaa.gov

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A powerful afternoon storm knocked down trees and cause power outages Monday afternoon in Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown.

Fallen tree limbs blocked streets and streets and sanitation workers posted stop signs where traffic signals were out.

Here are more details from an alert from 48th ward Ald. Harry Osterman:

This afternoon we experienced a tremendous storm, resulting in traffic signal and power outages and many fallen trees or tree limbs. My office has been in contact with ComEd, who has dispatched crews and is working to restore power as soon as possible.

Department of Forestry also has dispatched clean-up crews. Please report any fallen trees or large tree limbs, as well as any severely damaged trees, to my office by emailing Harry@48thward.org. We will share these locations with Forestry crews immediately.

Many traffic signals are out. Department of Streets and Sanitation crews are currently posting “Stop” signs at non-working signalized intersections. Please be careful and patient at intersections and plan accordingly while traveling or commuting today.

Until power is restored at the 48th Ward office, please send any requests or concerns to Harry@48thward.org. In an event of an emergency, call 911.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward.

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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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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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