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SEX OFFENDER UPDATE: Due in part to UCCís
activism in bringing the issue of whether convicted
sex offenders are complying with a residency law to
the State Attorney General's office, a 5-part series
aired on this subject on WBBM radio. UCC Vice
President Richard Thale, was interviewed as part of
discussing the difficulty of identifying and locating
sex offenders and expressing UCC"s concern
enforcement of the laws restricting where they live.
UCC's concern is reflected in particular to sex
offenders who live at the Wilson Menísí Club.
Questions remain about how the law should be
and who should be responsible for
Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police,
Department of Corrections or the Attorney General's
The mechanism for enforcement still needs to be
well as the agency ultimately responsible for
enforcing the law.
The UCC is in discussions with all the relevant
convene a public seminar to address these questions.
20th and 23rd Police Districts continue to show great
cooperation in addressing this ongoing public safety
We are grateful for the extensive amount of staff
police have devoted to this issue.
UNDERCOVER DRUG STING IN
UPTOWN: Chicago police arrested several
members on April 4th and seized a number of guns
narcotics as part of an undercover drug-trafficking
The arrests were part of a lengthy and continuing
called "Operation Taking Back Uptown," which
many as 10 gang members who live and operate in
and specifically out of the "Happy Wash" laundromat
After receiving complaints at 23rd District CAPS
regarding gang and narcotics related loitering in the
"Operation Taking Back Uptown" was initiated in
Investigators learned that members of the criminal
the "Black Stones," were using payphones inside local
businesses to conduct their drug sales. Officers
undercover purchases of crack cocaine during the
investigation. The officers learned that crack
cocaine was the
primary narcotic being sold and that the "Black
controlled the majority of drug sales in the area.
Three handguns and an unspecified amount of
crack were seized during the sweep.
:Building on the momentum of the "Taking Back
Uptown" drug sting
operation, a positive loitering event and open
police roll call will be held at 6pm on Thursday, April
20, at the corner of Wilson and Magnolia.
6pm. Neighbors, friends, and dogs on
leashes are all welcome to show your support for the
police and against
COURT ADVOCATES NEEDED: April 26,
9 A.M. Room CL 95 at the Daley Center. The
defendant , Paul Myvette, has been charged with
Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Drivers License.
May 4, 2006,
A.M. Room 604, at the
Criminal Court House located at 26th and California.
The defendant, Spenser Martin, has been charged
Robbery in the vicinity of Clarendon and Lawrence
Ron Tanaka at the 23rd District CAPS office at
PROBLEM BUILDING SEMINAR: Do
near a problem building? To learn about options you
may have join us on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at Faith
Tabernacle Church 3750 N. Halsted, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Speakers from the State's Attorneys Office and the
City of Chicago will be present. This Seminar is being
presented by the Cook County State's Attorneys
Office and the Chicago Police Department.
RSVP to Lori at 773-506-3602 or
Ltrier@cookcountygov.com by May 1st. Space is
|Newz in the 'Hood
MORE CHANGES FOR WILSON YARD:
Neighborhood Council (UNC) hosted a Community
Meeting on the hot topic of Wilson Yard, April 4th
in Uptown's Hull House on Wilson Avenue.
Invited guests Alderman Helen Shiller, Developer
Peter Holsten and Commissioner Lori Healey did not
attend the event.
In February, the planned
development suffered a huge loss when it was
announced that the proposed 12-screen movie
theater component planned by Kerasotes Show Place
Theatres, LLC, would no longer be a part of the
Wilson Yard redevelopment, due to escalating
components of the plan that remains in place are the
units of affordable housing in two
13-story buildings and a new grocery store for Aldi's.
In a News-Star
interview, Ald. Shiller expressed confidence that
Target would build a store in the Wilson Yard and
that a letter of intent is expected to be signed soon
from Target representatives.
At the meeting, UNC
President Randy Lehner
expressed many people's concerns about increased
traffic congestion and public safety issues with the
current proposed plan, and produced a report that
was filed by the Chicago Police, stating their concern
for the safety of senior citizens who might reside in
the Wilson Yard residential buildings, citing the area's
crime and potential for accidents. For more
information visit www.uncchicago.org.
In his column in the April 12th edition of the
Chicago Sun-Times, Dave Roeder quesioned
viability of the Wilson Yard plan, and Alderman
Shiller's agenda. For his full
column, go to:
GIRL SCOUT THRIFT STORE OPENS: Ready for
A new thrift store benefiting the Girl Scouts
has opened at 4405 Sheridan Road, and is currently
seeking donations. Do your spring cleaning and help
the Girl Scouts at the same time.
Bring your gently used dishes, pots and pans,
linens, and other household items M-W-F
10:30am and 5pm, or call for more information
The Third Annual Kentucky Derby Party:
will be held on May 6th at CREW Bar &
Grill (4804 North Broadway), from 4-7pm.
For $25 you get food, drink, and a one-year
membership to UCC.
Prizes for Best
Hat!! Prizes for race winners!!! Bring your
neighbors, meet your neighbors... come for a great
20th and 23rd Districts
- Beat 2311: May 2, 2006: 7pm-8pm: Truman
College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave
- Beat 2312: April 18, May 16, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2313: June 14, 2006: 7pm-8pm: Clarendon
- Beat 2322: May 4, 2006: 7pm-8pm: Buena
- Beat 2323/2324: May 17, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
Faith Tabernacle, 3750 N. Halsted St.
- Beat 2024: April 20, June 15, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
- Beat 2033: April 4, June 6, 2006: 7pm-8pm:
Home, 1415 W. Foster Ave.
Send information about neighborhood news,
activities and upcoming events to:
|CLEAN AND GREEN CONTEST
As part of the City's Clean and Green Day on May 13,
UCC is sponsoring prizes to promote the
beautification of Uptown. Two awards worth $250
each will be given toward landscaping materials and
One prize will be awarded to the Block Club with the
highest number of participants, and the second prize
will go to the block club with the most organizations
that join in, such as businesses, churches, schools,
and social service
Plans for a Summer Picnic are getting
started now. Look for more information to
News from the President
A Good Idea Gets Better
Clean and Green has been around for years, but it
makes sense to take this wonderful event and bring it
up another notch or two. As an unassuming high
school student back in April of 1970, I remember the
profound impact it made on me to join my classmates
up garbage in my community as we celebrated the
first Earth Day. All of us at UCC felt we should
people of all ages and organizations of all types to
in the next Clean and Green in Uptown.
With that, an idea surfaced that we could give award
encourage block clubs to invite local schools,
of worship, and area organizations to join with them
Uptown free of litter. UCC Vice President, Cindi
Anderson came up with
that gift certificates to a local nursery could be the
making it a win-win for all: Uptown would be cleaner
block club that organized a lot of participants would
planting material to make their area even better. My
not-so-hidden agenda was that this would also get
connected to other people in our neighborhood.
Gary Yamashiroya of the 23rd Police District loved
idea and has said he wants to help in any way that
And hereís my hope...this event makes a profound
another unassuming high school student who will
wanting to make a difference in our world of
----- James Cappleman