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Tracking homicides in Chicago

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Six homicides were logged in Chicago on Friday, making it the deadliest day of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found.

Three of the homicides that day occurred in the Chatham community area, according to officials.
At about 3:30 a.m., a 26-year-old man was shot to death in the 7900 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, police said.

About 12 hours later and three blocks away, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were fatally shot in the 8200 block of South Cottage Grove, police said.

That same day, gunshot homicides claimed a 29-year-old man in the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park; a 22-year-old man in the 7100 block of South Rockwell Street in Chicago Lawn; and an 18-year-old man in the 5400 block of West Washington Street in Austin, according to officials.

The last time Chicago recorded six homicides in one day was April 15, 2010, when seven homicides were logged, RedEye data shows.

Citywide, gunshot homicides were recorded in the last week in Ashburn, Brighton Park, Englewood, South Lawndale and West Englewood, according to RedEye data.

In South Shore, two men were shot to death in separate incidents in the last week. On Wednesday, a man in his 20s was killed in the 1700 block of East 72nd Street, police said. On Saturday, a 32-year-old man was killed in the 7100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

Meanwhile, a 56-year-old man was found stabbed to death Monday in the 7100 block of South Champlain Avenue in Greater Grand Crossing, police said.

July ended this week with 55 homicides, up from 42 in July last year, RedEye data shows.
Two homicides have been recorded so far this month. Police recorded 60 homicides in August last year.




Governor Quinn Opens First Chicago Ideas Week Proclaims "Ideas Week" in Illinois to Support Innovation

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CHICAGO – October 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today opened the first-ever Chicago Ideas Week conference and proclaimed this week "Ideas Week" in Illinois. Chicago Ideas Week is a seven-day celebration of ideas, innovation and community, that will focus on bringing the world's best speakers together with the Midwest's best thinkers. Today's event follows Governor Quinn's launch of a program last week to give Illinois entrepreneurs access to $78 million in capital for new and innovative business ideas. "Illinois is proud to be home to some of the brightest minds in science, technology, business and education," Governor Quinn said. "It only makes sense that the best minds in the world should come together here to develop innovative ideas and technologies that will help create the jobs of today and tomorrow to move our economy forward." Chicago Ideas Week was founded by Brad Keywell, chair of the Illinois Innovation Council introduced this year by Governor Quinn (, and co-founder of Groupon and Lightbank. The purpose of the conference is to bring the world's leading visionaries together for collaboration and discussion that could lead to breakthroughs and new understanding of some of the world's most important issues. "This week provides a world-class platform that is designed to showcase our state as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship," said Keywell, creator of Chicago Ideas Week. "We are thrilled by the support we've received from both the city of Chicago and Illinois state government leaders for this celebration." The week-long celebration of ideas will take place at some of Chicago's most prominent landmarks and will feature more than 150 key figures in business, science, health, technology, journalism, the arts, sports and government. Former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and Kasim Reed of Atlanta are among the featured speakers. For a full list of speakers and more information about each session, visit "Ideas Week" in Illinois is the latest step Governor Quinn has taken to solidify Illinois' place as the leading state in the Midwest for entrepreneurship and innovation. Last week Governor Quinn launched the Advantage Illinois program to provide Illinois businesses and entrepreneurs with access to the capital they need to start new companies and expand existing business. Advantage Illinois will leverage $78 million in federal funding that will allow businesses to bring innovative ideas and new products to market and accelerate job creation and economic growth in Illinois. Earlier this year, the Governor created the Illinois Innovation Council with the goal of keeping Illinois on the cutting-edge of the global economy. This year Governor Quinn's leadership has been instrumental in expanding the availability of more than $150 million in investment capital through enactment of the Technology Development Account II, implementation of the Angel Investment Tax Credit and the Advantage Illinois program.



Mayor Emanuel Joins Austin Community March Against Violence

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Emphasizes importance of new, enhanced curfew ordinance to keeping Chicago’s children safe

Today Mayor Rahm Emanuel marched against violence in the Austin community with 29th Ward Ald. Deborah Graham, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, community leaders and residents. The Mayor spoke about the recent passage of a City Council ordinance regarding curfew hours for Chicago’s children.
“Nothing is more important to Chicago’s future than the safety of our children, which is why we have moved aggressively to pass a stronger curfew ordinance to help keep kids out of harm’s way,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Parents and community members have a critical role to play in keeping our children safe, and I am heartened that the Austin community is energized and organized to reduce violence and protect our youth.”
“The Austin community is mobilizing against violence; we are committed to making our neighborhoods safe places for our children to grow, learn, and play,” said Alderman Graham. “The new curfew ordinance will help us achieve that goal. I am proud by the actions we have taken to make our neighborhoods safer, and I am pleased that Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent McCarthy are committed to partnering with our communities to reduce crime.”
The City of Chicago curfew ordinance applies to children ages 16 years and younger.

  • Weekday curfew for minors 12 through 16 years of age  is 10:00 p.m.;
  • Weekday curfew for minors younger than 12 is  8:30 p.m.;
  • Weekend curfew for minors 12 through 16 years of age is 11:00 p.m.;
  • Weekend curfew for minors younger than 12 is 9:00 p.m.



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"New York's top judge is calling on the state to break with a long-held practice of trying all 16- and 17-year olds as adults and instead to seek ways to rehabilitate them. Judge Jonathan Lippman, the chief of the state court of appeals, wants 16- and 17-year-olds accused of less serious crimes to be transferred to family courts. It is a move that would require a reorganization of the state's juvenile justice system and would have to be approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and the state Legislature. While the state Assembly is controlled by Democrats, the Senate is majority Republican. Democratic lawmakers in New York have been generally supportive of reforming the measure in the past, while Republicans have for the most part opposed it. The New York Times reports that Lippman will call on the state's sentencing commission to prepare a bill that would be introduced in the Legislature at the beginning of the session in 2012. Lippman, the Times reports, will also establish pilot programs in the meantime that will deal with defendants aged 16 and 17. The current law in New York has been in place since 1962. There have been many failed efforts to reform it in the past. Judge Lippman tells the paper this time around he will turn not to lawmakers, but to an informal network of supporters and advocates to push the reforms through. As Lippman told the Times, "I don't think we should be studying this to death." New York is not alone in its efforts to reform its juvenile justice system. The state legislature in North Carolina, the only other state in the nation that tries all 16-year-olds as adults, made moves recently to pass measures that would transfer these defendants to juvenile and family court. Thirty seven states set the age of majority at 18 while 11 states put the age at 17. Georgia, where 17-year-olds are considered adults in criminal prosecution, is set to consider a rewrite of the state's juvenile code when the legislative session there begins in 2012. While some reforms nationwide have been driven by a desire to save money at a time of budget tightening at the state level, the change in New York would be costly, according to the Times. Transferring more people to the juvenile system, with its many social services, could cost the state more, something that could stir opposition among some lawmakers. Last year, more than 45,000 teens aged 16 and 17 were arrested for a variety of offenses in New York.



Judge Jonathan Lippman, the chief of the state court of appeals, wants 16- and 17-year-olds accused of less serious crimes to be transferred to family courts.



"Employment rate for black men at record low"




"If the election of America's first African-American president was expected to give blacks an economic boost, it hasn't emerged yet. Indeed, the percentage of African-American men with a job has dropped to its lowest level since records began in 1972, according to the government's monthly jobs report released last week. Even as the economy added a better-than-expected 244,000 jobs, the percentage of black males over 20 who are currently employed dropped slightly to 56.9, the Labor Department's April report shows. For whites, the equivalent figure is 68.1 percent. Before this recession, the percentage of black adult men with a job had never dropped below 60 percent, according to Labor Department statistics. And among blacks, it's not just men who are suffering. Just 51.5 percent of African-Americans across the board--compared to 59.5 percent of whites--have a job, the numbers show. That's the lowest level for blacks since 1984. (That group includes 16- to 19-year-olds, who are employed at a far lower rate than their elders.) These employment rates are calculated differently from the top-line unemployment rate, which includes only those actively looking for work, and inched back up last month to 9 percent.



Annual Budget Analysis

Mayor Emanuel Launches Interactive Website for 2012 Budget

On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a preliminary projected budget gap of $635.7 million for the City's 2012 budget. The Mayor also announced the launch of an interactive website about the 2012 budget process so that Chicagoans can share their input, and released the City's first-ever Annual Financial Analysis.


Bears' Bell makes noise in crowded backfield

Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell made sure he was noticed in Saturday's 10-3 preseason victory over Buffalo.


Rahm Emanuel: Change in garbage pickup not a done deal yet

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday that changing garbage collection from a ward-by-ward system to a grid plan isn't yet a done deal, but he's pushing it as a way to save $60 million.