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Uptown Erupts in Gang Violence
Neighbors in the Wilson-Broadway
neighborhood were alarmed to hear gunfire on a busy
Friday afternoon. Police report that three individuals
were fighting in front of the TCF Bank at 1050 W.
Wilson at 4:30 P.M. when two gunshots were fired.
A victim was
struck in the shoulder and survived.
Stephens of the 4500 block of
Clarendon was arrested and charged
with aggravated battery with a handgun.
December 7, 2006
Homicide at 11:45 pm in the 900 block of West
Leland. Police report that the victim, an 18 year old
was shot multiple times in
the chest, after leaving a party at 920 W. Leland.
Paul Crume, of the 4500 block of Clarendon,
has been arrested and charged with first-degree
murder. Crume has also been identified
as a member of the Vice Lords gang.
Police District scheduled an outdoor roll call on Leland
a few days after this homicide, attended by over
25 concerned neighbors.
These roll calls send an important message to the
community. Please participate if you are
December 15, 2006
Gunfire erupts at Lawrence and Sheridan. Neighbors
report the sound of gunfire coming from the vicinity
of the JJ Peppers parking lot at Lawrence and
Sheridan at 10:30 P.M. Police
responded and arrested a suspect. The suspect has
been charged with a Weapons Violation. While
grateful that no one was injured, neighbors in the
vicinity were once again concerned to hear the
sound of gunfire.
December 29, 2006
Police roll call at
located at 4715 N. Sheridan. In response to
increased gang and narcotics activity at their new
location, Inspiration Cafe organized an outdoor police
roll call in front of their restaurant. Over twenty
neighbors came out on a cold night to demonstrate
their support for Cafe Too! and their efforts to rid
their building of narcotics trafficking.
Don't Kill a Dream, Save a Life
Uptown Baptist Church, 1011 W. Wilson, was once
the CAPS designated collection site in Uptown where
guns could be
turned in anonymously, on Saturday, December 16.
A prepaid debit card was given
in exchange for each gun.
A record 119 weapons were turned in that day,
exceeding the amount gathered last April. An assault
weapon, similar to an AK47, were among those
DATES: Community residents are requested
to attend court cases as Court Advocates. Requests
have been made to attend the following cases:
Benjamin Johnson March 12, 2007,
Court Rm 308 at the Court House at 26th and
California. Johnson has been charged with Criminal
Sexual Assault for an attack that occurred on the
4100 block of N. Sheridan several months ago. He
has also been linked to an attack on the 600 block of
the 23rd District Community Policing Office at 312-
744-0064 for more information.
|Newz in the 'Hood
THE DOVER STREET LANDMARK designation
going forward. On January 4th it was approved when
it went before the
Commission on Chicago Landmarks. It was
introduced at the November meeting, but Alderman
Shiller requested a delay until January 4, to resolve
two upzoning requests.
This landmark designation will be for the 4500, 4600,
and 4700 blocks of North Dover Street, and the four
houses at 4740-4754 North Beacon Street. A
historic 70% of
the owners on these blocks signed petitions to have
the area designated a Chicago Landmark District.
This area is already part of the Sheridan Park
National Register District, but that designation does
not protect from teardowns or other adverse
changes. In a Chicago Landmark District, alterations
to the exterior of a building that require a building
permit are subject to review and approval by the
The next step will have the proposal go before the
Department of Planning for approval. Afterwards
there should be a public hearing. The proposal would
then to to
the City Council for the final vote.
Rumor has it that a new bar called "UP", a
is going to go into the space across from Borders in
the 4700 block of Broadway, in the building currently
undergoing rehab. Projected opening is late spring.
ALDERMANIC and CITY ELECTIONS -
Early Voting available Feb 5 - Feb 22
46th Ward site: Truman College, 1134 W. Wilson
47th Ward site: Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside
48th Ward site: Edgewater Library, 1210 W. Elmdale
Times: Monday-Friday (9-5); Sat/Sun (9-noon)
UPTOWN CAPS MEETINGS:
20th and 23rd Districts
- Beat 2311: March 6, 2007:
College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave
- Beat 2312: February 20, 2007: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2313: March 14, 2007: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2322: March 1, 2007: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2323/2324: March 21, 2007: 7pm-
Faith Tabernacle, 3750 N. Halsted St.
- Beat 2024: April 19, 2007: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2033: April 3, 2007: 7pm-8pm:
Charlie Chaplin Auditorium, 1345 W. Argyle St
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|Buena Park Neighbors Continue Giving Tradition
Celebrating the true spirit of the season, Buena Park
Neighbors continued their tradition of being Good
Neighbors, and adopted 2 Buena Park families. They
had a holiday event and membership drive at The
Holiday Club, (4000 N. Sheridan) on December 14th.
Attendees were asked to either bring an unwrapped
item from a list or to donate cash. Through the
generosity of BP Neighbors, over $1,000 was
collected. Each child received clothing and one item
from their “wish list”. Both moms and dad received
clothing as well as many items on their wish lists.
Two of the little girls had had their coats stolen from
a Laundromat, so they received replacement winter
coats, hats, mittens as well as Dora the Explorer
night gowns, tooth brushes and dolls. The smaller
family was given $250 in gift cards from grocery and
department stores, and their electric bill paid. The
larger family received $275 in gift cards
Here I am with BP's president, Ken Pearl amongst
some of the goodies collected. Thanks to Ken, Katie,
and Marsha for putting
together this wonderful event, and showing us all the
true spirit of the holidays.
Letter from the President
Once again, the Uptown Chicago Commission
partnered with the League of Women Voters
the 46th Ward Aldermanic debate on
January 31st at
the Walt Disney Magnet School.
Although we are a non-partisan non-profit
organization, we are very proud of our past
president, James Cappleman, and his
election bid for
46th Ward Alderman. We wish him well.
We were deeply disappointed in our dealings with the
Organization of the NorthEast, or ONE, our
sponsor of the debate. They clearly wanted the
event, and the questions they posed, to focus solely
on their issues. The debate was intended to be a
broader look at issues affecting the entire 46th
We are even more disappointed in the conduct of
Alderman Shiller's campaign office, which has
blatantly disregarded the League of Women Voters'
rules about using any photographs or videos of the
event as campaign material. As of this writing,
five different clips from the debate remain on her
website. A strongly worded press release from the
League condemning Shiller's actions has gone ignored.
I remain proud of how UCC has conducted itself
throughout this process, especially given the antics
of ONE and Shiller's office. I can't help but wonder
what would drive an elected official to so flagrantly
ignore the ground rules of a non-partisan
organization. Alderman Shiller boasts her tenure on
the city council's rules and ethics committees. This
deeply troubles me, and I hope it troubles you.
- Kathy Cook, UCC President