Uber And Lyft services could be taxed in new budget

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Ride-hailing services like the popular Uber and Lyft may be facing taxes along with regular taxi services in Chicago, according to a Tuesday Chicago Tribune.

The possible tax could include a one-dollar surcharge for both ride-hailing services and conventional cabs.

While Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not respond directly to whether a tax will be included in the new budget, he did reference a proposal from Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, regarding a possible revenue-generating tax of taxi services.

To read the rest of the story, visit the Chicago Tribune article.

Police probe recent burglaries in Rogers Park

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago police are investigating recent burglaries that occurred at businesses in Rogers Park.

Here are some of the details from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Police are warning businesses about a pair of burglaries reported between Friday night and Saturday morning in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side.

In both of the reported break-ins, someone pried open the rear or side doors of the businesses and then pried open cash registers to remove cash, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

One of the burglaries occurred in the 6200 block of North Western Between 11 p.m. Aug. 28 and 5:55 a.m. Aug. 29, police said. The other occurred in the 2200 block of North Devon between 9:15 p.m. Aug. 28 and 9:15 a.m. Aug. 29.

Click here for the entire Sun-Times story: BURGLARIES

68-year old Rogers Park resident missing

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding 68-year old John Blackmon who was reported missing from his Rogers Park home on Wednesday.

According to police, Blackmon is 5-feet-9 with brown eyes, gray hair, and a fair complexion.

John Blackmon, Chicago Police
A photo of John Blackmon from the Chicago Police Department

For more on the story, visit the Chicago Sun-Times article here.

Corpse flower to bloom this week

It won’t smell pretty, but the Chicago Botanical Gardens is preparing for the exciting bloom of one of its rarest specimens.  Spike, the corpse flower is predicted to bloom within the next few days.  The Chicago Botanical Gardens has owned the five-foot tall plant for twelve years now, but this will be the flowers first blooming in Chicago. DNAnifo Chicago is running a live feed of the event and the Gardens will be offering late admission to the Gardens until 2 a.m. the day of the blooming.

For more information, check out the DNAinfo article here.

1 dead and 13 wounded in Thursday shootings

Separate shootings on the West and South sides of Chicago have left one woman dead and 13 others wounded. The shootings began early Thursday morning at a South Austin neighborhood liquor store where the gun fight wounded two men and resulted in the death of a 21-year-old woman.  Eight more shootings were reported Thursday into Friday morning.

For more of the story by Alexandra Chachkevitch visit the Chicago Tribune online here.

Christmas lights may go out at Cuneo

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Is this the last Christmas ever at Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills?

It appears that the mansion’s annual Winter Wonderland light festival may be over after 21 years.

Cuneo Mansion. Loyola file photo.
Cuneo Mansion.
Loyola file photo.

Since 1994, thousands of cars have passed through the estate to view an array of colorful holiday light displays. Loyola was deeded the 88-acre estate in 2010 as a gift from owner John Cuneo.

Now a portion of that land is planned for development, which likely means that the festival will end when the lights are turned off on Saturday evening, according to the Daily Herald:

Read the Daily Herald story here: LIGHTS

Remembrances planned for Loyola student killed in robbery near campus

Plans are underway this weekend to honor the life of 23-year-old Loyola University Chicago student Mutahir Rauf, who was shot and killed in a robbery near the Lake Shore Campus Friday night.

In an email sent Saturday to the Loyola community, university officials condemned his killing as “a senseless act of violence, and one that has absolutely no place in a civil society.”

The 23-year-old from Pakistan was walking with his brother in the 1300 block of West Albion when an assailant pulled out a gun and demanded their money, according to Ald. Joe Moore’s post on EveryBlock and the Loyola Phoenix student newspaper.

Moore said the student mistakenly thought the gun was a toy and reached for it, and that it went off in the struggle. He was shot in the head and chest and pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday’s email from university officials also described resources available to the Loyola community, and relayed plans to honor Rauf this weekend:

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Alderman: Loyola student killed in robbery near Rogers Park campus

A Loyola University Chicago student was shot and killed near the Lake Shore Campus Friday night during a robbery after mistakenly thinking the stickup gun was a toy and reaching for it, Ald. Joe Moore said, according to news website DNAinfo:

“Tragically, a Loyola Student from Pakistan was killed in an attempted robbery on the 1300 block of Albion this evening,” Moore wrote on EveryBlock. “He was walking with his brother when an unknown assailant pulled a gun and ordered them to turn over their money. The young victim allegedly believed the gun was a toy and reached for it. During the scuffle, the gun went off and the assailant fled. I’m afraid that is all the information I have at this point.”

Police said the man killed in the shooting was 23.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago’s website.

Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney told The Loyola Phoenix student newspaper that there was a “struggle for the weapon,” which resulted in the victim getting shot in the chest and head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vice President for Student Development Jane Neufeld also wrote to the Loyola community Friday evening. saying:
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Missing Loyola student found, ‘doing well’

Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.
Chan Williams. Photo from Campus Safety.

By Madie Scott

Loyola student Chan Williams, who was reported missing by his father last week, has now been found.

The 20-year-old had stopped attending classes and responding to emails and phone calls, according to an email from Campus Safety to students last Wednesday.

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