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Police hunt teen often seen in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 29, 2014

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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

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Site of robbery.
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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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Man charged in Rogers Park shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 14, 2014

Site of shooting. Google Maps.

Site of shooting.
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By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A man was charged Monday in the weekend fatal shooting of a man mistaken for a gang member in Rogers Park, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Here is a portion of the Sun-Times story:

A North Side man is being held without bond after being charged with the murder in the death of a photographer who was fatally shot Saturday in Rogers Park.

Eric Vaughn, 31, was arrested Saturday, the same day that Wil Lewis, 28, was shot and killed in the 1300 block of Devon Avenue.

Lewis was standing on Devon about 3:20 p.m. when a gunman approached on foot and shot him in the back, Chicago Police said. He was pronounced dead less than 40 minutes later.

Vaughn, of the 4400 block of North Clarendon Avenue, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, police said. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless driving and three traffic citations, including having no insurance, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and having no valid registration.

Prosecutors said Vaughn was driving a car involved in the crime, but was not the shooter. He appeared in court Monday.

Lewis had been scheduled to start a new job on Monday, as a photographer for Trunk Club, an online men’s clothing store, said Warren Rader, a close friend and fellow photographer.

Lewis had escaped poverty in Guatemala when he was adopted at age 7. He was raised in Wisconsin, attended art school in Milwaukee and had moved to Chicago two years ago. Lewis and his wife moved into a new Rogers Park apartment just two weeks ago, Rader said.

Read the entire story at the Sun-Times website by clicking here: SHOOTING

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Loyola: No school connection to shooting

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 12, 2014

Site of shooting. Google Maps.

Site of shooting.
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By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety has issued an alert stating that there is no connection with the school and a shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon six blocks west of the university’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Here is the alert:

Loyola Community,

Campus Safety is writing to make you aware of a shooting that occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. today (Saturday) near Devon and Glenwood. At this time, information is limited, but preliminary reports indicate that a non-Loyola individual was shot and is in unknown condition. The Chicago Police Department reports that a suspect is in custody at this time.

The Chicago Police Department is currently investigating the incident. If you have any information about the shooting, please call 9-1-1.

Sincerely,

Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

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Construction closes entrance to Loyola

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on July 9, 2014

Loyola photo.

Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Construction and campus events are expected to cause traffic congestion the next few days along sections of Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park, the university announced Wednesday.
A campus entrance at Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue will be closed beginning Wednesday due to construction. And student orientations and conference events are expected to increase traffic.
The university is suggesting alternative routes and parking in this memo to students, faculty and staff:
Loyola Community,
Due to construction that begins on Wednesday, July 9, Campus Road will be closed at Sheridan Road and Kenmore Avenue. To access the Main Parking Structure, please use Campus Road at Winthrop Avenue. Additionally, we are expecting heavy traffic on campus due to Orientation and conference activity on Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11. Normal traffic patterns will resume on Saturday.
We strongly encourage you to park in the Fordham Garage for the remainder of the week and we ask that you give yourself extra time getting into campus on these days.
If you have any questions, please contact Campus Transportation at 773.508.7036.  Thank you for your cooperation.
Warm Regards,
Campus Transportation

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