Tag: South Side

University Of Chicago Launches Push To Help South Side Families, Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The University of Chicago has launched an effort to help South Side families and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra spoke to one woman at the forefront of that effort. As part of the effort, the U of C pledged 225,000 meals to families who need it over the next 10 weeks. That is at least 3,000 meals a day. Aldermen on the South Side have stressed the need to help vulnerable populations during the coronavirus crisis, which has led not only to health issues, but loss of jobs, more food insecurity, and businesses ... Read more

South Side Church’s Mission to Help Needy Residents More Critical Than Ever – NBC Chicago

A South Side church has dedicated itself to serving vulnerable populations, but the need is even greater now amid the coronavirus pandemic. “They’re afraid to come out of the house,” Pastor Kenyatta Smith, who ministers at Another Chance Church in Chicago, said. “So they have no resources or means to come out of the house to get food.” Seeing elderly and vulnerable populations in need of services, the church has been actively packing up and delivering food to those residents. “They need someone to bring food to them, so we’re boxing up food,” Smith said. “We call them and tell ... Read more

South Side CPD Patrol Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus – NBC Chicago

A fourth Chicago police officer has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the department announced Sunday night. According to a Chicago police spokesman, the officer works as a patrol officer in the department’s South Side district. Officials were notified Sunday that the officer had tested positive for the disease. Chicago police say there is no indication that the positive test is related to any of the other three positive tests the department has reported in recent days. In tonight, a fourth #ChicagoPolice officer has tested positive for COVID-19. This officer is assigned to a southside patrol district and there is ... Read more

Family of Woman Who Died After Coronavirus Diagnosis Speaks Out – NBC Chicago

After 61-year-old Patricia Frieson died Monday, just days after testing positive for the coronavirus, her family is remembering her as a woman who took her relationships, and her faith, seriously. Tarah Frieson, Patricia’s nephew, says he will never forget his aunt’s voice, especially when she would sing worship songs. “She loved to sing,” he said. “She was just a good person all the way around. There was nothing you could really say bad about her. A lot of people loved her.” Patricia Frieson died Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. Her brother Anthony says his sister ended up in the ... Read more

3 Challenge Rep. Bobby Rush in 1st District Democratic Primary – NBC Chicago

Rep. Bobby Rush is the longest-serving member of the House in Illinois’ Congressional delegation, representing the 1st District, which includes part of Chicago’s South Side and the southwest suburbs, since 1993. An Army veteran and ordained minister, Rush was involved in the civil rights movement and co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s before later leaving the organization. This year, as more young people nationwide jump into the political fray, Rush will face four challengers for the Democratic nomination: Robert Emmons Jr., Sarah Gad and Ameena Nuur Matthews. Emmons, who is the youngest candidate in ... Read more

Teens Arrested in Connection With Bronzeville Armed Carjacking – NBC Chicago

Three teens are facing charges in connection with an armed carjacking on Chicago’s South Side Friday. According to police, the three teens were identified as suspects in connection to the carjacking, which occurred just before 8 p.m. Friday in the 4900 block of South Washington Park Court in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Two of the teens allegedly approached a 54-year-old man from behind, and one of them pulled out a firearm and demanded the man hand over the keys to his 2018 Nissan sedan. The teens then fled the scene in the victim’s car. Chicago Public Schools extended the closure ... Read more

7th Victim Comes Forward in Grand Crossing Shooting, Police Say – NBC Chicago

Two suspects are in custody after a shooting that wounded seven people Saturday in Grand Crossing on the South Side. About 4:30 a.m., a group of people were walking out of a home in the 900 block of East 79th Street following a fight at a party inside, according to Chicago police. A gray Dodge Charger then pulled up and someone inside opened fire on the crowd. A 36-year-old man with gunshot wounds to both legs and a 37-year-old man shot in the calf were taken via ambulance to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to police and Chicago ... Read more

8 Injured in Chicago Weekend Shootings – NBC Chicago

Eight people have sustained injuries in shootings across the city of Chicago this weekend, police said. In one incident, six people were shot early Saturday morning in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The shooting was reported at 4:37 a.m. in the 900 block of East 79th Street, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. After an altercation occurred at a party inside a residence, people exited the building and moved out front. An offender in a gray Dodge Charger that was driving by then fired multiple shots at the group, striking a number of victims. A ... Read more

6 Shot in Grand Crossing: Police – NBC Chicago

Multiple people are in custody after a shooting that injured six people Saturday in Grand Crossing on the South Side. The shooting was reported at 4:37 a.m. in the 900 block of East 79th Street, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. A 36-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg and a 37-year-old man shot in the calf were taken via ambulance to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to Chicago Fire Department officials. Their conditions were stabilized. Three other gunshot victims showed up on their own at the same hospital, police said. A sixth person showed ... Read more

Reckless Homicide, DUI Charges Filed in I-57 Crash That Sent Woman’s Car Flying Onto Metra Tracks – NBC Chicago

A man who went out for drinks on his 25th birthday allegedly crashed into a rear of another vehicle, sending it flying off I-57 and onto railroad tracks below, killing the driver, Cook County prosecutors say. Tevin Washington is charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence in the Feb. 28 crash near south suburban Calumet Park, according to a bond proffer prepared by prosecutors. The victim of the crash was 39-year-old Stephanie Anselmo, according to published reports. She leaves behind a husband and son, according to an online fundraising page. Washington was allegedly driving 85 mph in a ... Read more

City Unveils Plan to Fix Obama Center Site Housing Concerns – NBC Chicago

Chicago officials have proposed a plan to address affordable housing concerns around the site of the planned Obama Presidential Center. The city would invest about $4.5 million in four programs to help low-income residents fix their homes, help others become homeowners and renovate vacant buildings, according to The Chicago Tribune. The proposed ordinance follows a sit-in outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office by protesters concerned about gentrification and neighborhood preservation and years of activism on the issue. Activists have called for other protections including a rental assistance fund. The $500 million center planned for lakefront property on Chicago’s South Side is expected ... Read more

Batting Champ Anderson Says He Won’t Change His Style – NBC Chicago

As far as Tim Anderson is concerned, winning a batting title doesn’t change his status. Anderson led the major leagues with a .335 average last season for the Chicago White Sox. Despite a sprained ankle that limited him to 123 games, he hit 18 homers and stole 17 bases. The 26-year-old shortstop has emerged as a leader on a White Sox team seeking the franchise’s first postseason berth since 2008. When Chicago failed to sign Manny Machado ahead of the 2019 season, Anderson told teammates not to get down and said: “Ride with us or get run over.” “I just ... Read more

Man Body-Slammed By Police Sues Chicago, Officer – NBC Chicago

A 29-year-old man who was knocked unconscious when a Chicago police officer body slammed him onto a street curb sued the city and the officer on Thursday, saying the officer should have known the maneuver was dangerous because he is trained in martial arts. The officer detained Bernard Kersh at a South Side bus stop on Thanksgiving for drinking alcohol in public. During the arrest — which was videoed by a bystander and captured on a police body camera — the officer’s actions left Kersh with serious head, neck and shoulder injuries, according to the 14-page filing in Cook County ... Read more

8 Shot Thursday in Chicago – NBC Chicago

Eight people were wounded Thursday in shootings across Chicago, including five who were shot in the span of about 90 minutes. The day’s latest shooting left two men injured as they drove through Little Village on the Southwest Side. The men, both 21 years old, were southbound about 8:05 p.m. when someone standing in the 2100 block of South Trumbull Avenue pulled out a gun and opened fire, Chicago police said. One man was shot in the thigh and grazed on the torso, while the other was grazed on the thigh. Both were in fair condition after driving themselves to Mount Sinai ... Read more

SoxFest Begins With Huge Expectations – NBC Chicago

It’s been more than a decade since the White Sox last played in the postseason (2008), but as a sold out SoxFest kicked off at McCormick Place, there’s realistic hope the 2020 team can end that drought. A day after manager Rick Renteria made headlines for saying he’d be disappointed if his team didn’t make the playoffs, some of his players agreed. “I think we’ve always looked at ourselves as a team that’s ready to win, and now that we have more weapons, I think we’re all that much more excited,” said pitcher Michael Kopech. “It’s going to be a ... Read more

South Side Hospitals Hope Merger Will Lead to Better Healthcare Options for Residents – NBC Chicago

A quartet of hospitals on Chicago’s South Side are combining their assets to create a new hospital system, and their goal is to help patients live longer and healthier lives, as 60 percent of residents go to hospitals outside of the area. Patients are hoping that the news of the merger between Mercy, South Shore, Advocate Trinity and St. Bernard will help to improve outcomes and quality of care. “People want better service and I think that’d be the best thing for us,” one resident said. Census data shows most South Side communities have significantly lower life expectancies than those ... Read more

White Sox Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale This Week – NBC Chicago

Single-game tickets for the 2020 Chicago White Sox season will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m., the team announced Monday. Beginning on that date, fans will be able to purchase tickets to all 80 games at Guaranteed Rate Field. The team’s 81st home game will be contested at the Field of Dreams in Iowa, where the White Sox will take on the Yankees on Aug. 13. Here are some of the key series and giveaways on this year’s schedule: March 26: Opening Day vs. Kansas City Royals The White Sox will open their 2020 season at home against the ... Read more

Victims in Deadly Orland Park Hit-and-Run Were Teachers Leaving Staff Christmas Party

The two women struck by a car in an Orland Park parking lot Wednesday night, leaving one dead and the other injured, were teachers leaving their staff Christmas party at the time they were hit, the school’s principal said. At around 8 p.m., the two women were walking out of the Square Celt Restaurant, located at 39 Orland Square Drive at the Orland Park Mall, when they were hit by a vehicle that fled the scene, according to a statement from Orland Park police. The women were taken to Silver Cross Hospital where one of the victims, a 61-year-old woman, ... Read more

Lions Announce David Blough Will Start at Quarterback vs. Bears

When the Chicago Bears face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving in the Motor City, they’ll be facing a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a single NFL pass. The Lions announced Wednesday that quarterback David Blough will be under center for the team in the nationally televised game. The undrafted free agent out of Purdue has not thrown a single pass since joining the league, and with Matthew Stafford on the shelf with a back injury and Jeff Driskel dealing with a hamstring issue, Blough will have to face one of the NFL’s toughest defenses. In 44 career games at Purdue, Blough ... Read more

Overcast Skies, Cool Temps on Menu for Thanksgiving in Chicago Area

After a blustery and windy day Wednesday, calmer and cooler conditions are on the menu for Thanksgiving Day across the Chicago area. The day Thursday will begin with chilly and overcast conditions and will remain that way for most of the day. High temperatures will only rise into the mid-to-high 30s in most locations, and heavy cloud cover is expected to stick around the area for several days. Friday will see more of the same both in terms of clouds and temperature, with a very slight chance of rain or an icy mix on Friday morning, but changes are in ... Read more

UIC Students Hold Vigil Honoring Ruth George

Students gathered at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Monday after it was announced that the man accused of killing a 19-year-old student had confessed to her brutal slaying. Ruth George was reported missing by her family over the weekend. Her body was later found inside of a campus parking garage, and 26-year-old Donald Thurman is facing first-degree murder charges in her death. On Monday, students gathered for a vigil to mourn George’s death, remembering a girl who had been on campus for less than two years, but had made a big impact on the lives of those around her. “We ... Read more

Family Left Devastated After Dog’s Mysterious Death at Doggie Daycare

It was a day like any other for Nick Kamenjarin when he dropped off his dog Pharaoh at a dog daycare center, but when he returned, his dog was unresponsive and he was left with a lot of unanswered questions. On the fateful day, Kamenjarin brought in his 3-year-old dog to Playful Paws in Chicago’s South Old Irving Park neighborhood on the northwest side. When he returned to get the dog, however, something was terribly wrong. “(The owner) came back and said that Pharaoh was not breathing,” Kamenjarin said. Kamenjarin then raced back to the dog play area at the ... Read more

Family of Teen Shot During Police Gun Battle Sues Surviving Suspect

A high school musician who was interning at a Chicago music school when he became the innocent victim of a gun battle between police and a bank robbery suspect may never regain full use of his arm, his family said Monday.  The parents of 15-year-old Rylan Wilder filed a lawsuit Monday against the surviving suspect in a Des Plaines bank robbery that sparked a police chase into Chicago and ended in a fatal gun battle between officers and a second suspect.  Wilder is believed to have been wounded by gunfire from a Des Plaines officer’s weapon, but his family’s lawsuit ... Read more

15-Year-Old Girl Shot to Death in Aurora Sunday

Police are continuing to investigate after a teen girl was shot to death Sunday morning in suburban Aurora. According to authorities, the girl, identified as 15-year-old Jasmine Noble, was shot to death early Sunday morning in the 400 block of Florida Avenue. Just after 12:20 a.m., a 911 call placed to Aurora police reported a girl shot inside of a home. Paramedics rushed to the scene, where they pronounced Noble dead, according to a press release. Police say that the case is being handled as a death investigation with suspicious circumstances. Authorities are interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence, and are ... Read more