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Chicago Sun-Times On Shootings: ‘There Are Fewer Safe Spaces Left In The City’

Sorry about the “hiccup” in publishing new material on Survival And Prosperity earlier this week, but with Halloween and the Chicago Cubs playing in the World Series, my attention was diverted elsewhere these past couple of days.

Congratulations Chicago Cubs!

Now back to business. After the bloodiest weekend in Chicago this year I brought up a Chicago Tribune piece Monday which noted the geographical diversification of shootings throughout the “Windy City.” I wrote:

Many Chicagoans will tell you the shooting gallery is mostly confined to certain parts of the city known for such violent crime. Since the Chicago Police Department said “this past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides,” going forward it will be interesting to see if there’s a sustained spillover of such violence into the “safer” city neighborhoods.

That still remains to be seen. But consider the following from Mary Mitchell over at the Chicago Sun-Times. From the paper’s website last night:

There are fewer safe spaces left in the city.

You could be sitting in a car, walking down the street, lounging on a porch, riding public transportation or driving on an expressway and someone could start firing a gun…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Not exactly fearmongering. As the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop noted early this morning:

We knew it was bad. We didn’t know it was this bad:

October 2016: 79 killed, 348 wounded
October 2015: 31 dead, 203 wounded
October 2014: 39 dead, 215 wounded

Two years worth of Octobers rolled into one…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Holy Cow! As Harry Caray would say…

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Mitchell, Mary. “Mitchell: ‘Gang-related’ classification for gun deaths a cop-out.” Chicago Sun-Times. 2 Nov. 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/mitchell-gang-related-classification-for-gun-deaths-a-cop-out/). 3 Nov. 2016.

SCC. “What an October!” Second City Cop. 3 Nov. 2016. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/11/what-october.html). 3 Nov. 2016.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 Crime, Public Safety, Self-Defense Comments Off on Chicago Sun-Times On Shootings: ‘There Are Fewer Safe Spaces Left In The City’

Chicago Suffers Deadliest Weekend So Far In 2016: 59 Shot, 17 Killed

Over this past weekend I noticed there was quite a bit of reporting about Chicago shootings/murders in the local news. But I didn’t expect the final tally to be the deadliest weekend in the “Windy City” so far this year with 59 shot and 17 killed. From the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

The last weekend of October was the deadliest so far this year in Chicago, including among its victims an eighth-grade honors student and twin 17-year-old boys, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.

Seventeen people were fatally shot in the city between Friday afternoon and early Monday, an extraordinary toll even in a year that is far outpacing last year in shootings and homicides

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Two disturbing details about this latest orgy of violence caught my eye. Tribune staff added:

This past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides, according to police. Of the 17 people who were killed, seven were younger than 20

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Just last week I blogged about the City of Chicago supposedly having knowledge of who’s behind most of the shootings/murders. From an October 26 post:

Violence-weary Chicagoans might want to focus what remains of their energy on something Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson has reportedly noted about the shootings/murders. From the Associated Press back on August 28:

About 1,400 people are driving 85 percent of the city’s gun violence. He added that the city has gotten very good at predicting who will be the perpetrators and the victims of gun violence…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“About 1,400 people.” Sounds like the City of Chicago has a pretty good idea of who’s behind much of this (future) violence.

Yet bodies are still piling up.

So what exactly is the City doing with this information to stem the growing carnage?

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The question still stands.

Many Chicagoans will tell you the shooting gallery is mostly confined to certain parts of the city known for such violent crime. Since the Chicago Police Department said “this past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides,” going forward it will be interesting to see if there’s a sustained spillover of such violence into the “safer” city neighborhoods.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

“Deadliest weekend in Chicago this year: 17 killed, 42 more wounded.” Chicago Tribune. 31 Oct. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-weekend-shootings-violence-20161031-story.html). 31 Oct. 2016.

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Monday, October 31st, 2016 Crime, Government, Public Safety 2 Comments

Active Shooter Drill At Chicago’s Wrigley Field Thursday

While looking for the latest on Chicago’s debt crisis from Fran Spielman (Chicago Sun-Times), I spotted this on the newspaper’s website Wednesday afternoon:

One week after a lone gunman opened fire on police officers securing a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, emergency responders in Chicago will simulate an “active shooter” situation at Wrigley Field.

The emergency preparedness drill involving “simulated ammunition and flashbangs” will be held between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, prompting street closings around the stadium…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Spielman reported Waveland Avenue, from Clinton to Kenmore, will be closed to both vehicle/pedestrian traffic while the exercise takes place. The drill will involve the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, and the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).

You can read the Sun-Times piece here for more information.

More on Chicago’s mounting financial woes tomorrow…

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Chicago’s North Side Hit By Tire Thieves

Squatters. Fake construction zone robberies. Virtual kidnappings.

Criminal antics which one might think are more representative of a “Third World” country that have taken place in Chicagoland recently.

Now add a rash of vehicle tire thefts in a “nicer” area of Chicago (DePaul/Lincoln Park) to the mix. From Chicago’s CBS 2 News Monday:


“Wheels Flying Off Pricey SUVs”
CBS 2 Video

The Chicago Police Department is recommending the use of locking lug nuts to counter the thefts.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Security, Vehicles Comments Off on Chicago’s North Side Hit By Tire Thieves

REI Survival-Related Classes In The Chicago Area For September

Chicago-area readers- below are survival-related classes from REI this September:

Backcountry Navigation with a Map & Compass- Level 1, Deer Grove Forest Preserve- Grove 5 (northwest suburbs- Palatine), September 5, 9 AM-2 PM, $60 member/$80 non-member, 5 spots left
Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills, Deer Grove Forest Preserve- Grove 5 (northwest suburbs- Palatine), September 12, 9 AM-2 PM, $65 member/$85 non-member, 11 spots left
Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class, Blackwell Forest Preserve- McKee Marsh (west suburbs- Warrenville), September 13, 9 AM-2 PM, $60 member/$80 non-member, 10 spots left
Map and Compass Navigation Basics, Schaumburg REI (northwest suburbs- Schaumburg), September 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, $30 member/$50 non-member, 9 spots left
Preparing for the Unexpected- Outdoor Emergency Basics, Lincoln Park REI (city north- Chicago), September 17, 7:00-8:30 PM, Free, 34 spots left
Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI, Ping Tom Memorial Park- Fieldhouse (city south- Chicago), September 26, 9AM, to September 27, 6 PM, $225 member/$255 non-member, 4 spots left
Map and Compass Navigation Basics, Northbrook REI (north suburbs- Northbrook), September 28, 6:30-8:30 PM, $30 member/$50 non-member, 12 spots left
Preparing for the Unexpected- Outdoor Emergency Basics, Schaumburg REI (northwest suburbs- Schaumburg), September 30, 7:00-8:30 PM, Free, 25 spots left

REI membership is still available for only a one-time fee of $20. For more information about REI, visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Posting of information about any third-party instruction is not to be construed as being a recommendation from Survival And Prosperity and its editor, unless specifically indicated. I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Emergencies, Gear, Health, Preparedness, Training Comments Off on REI Survival-Related Classes In The Chicago Area For September

Chicago Magazine Article On Area Preppers

This morning I read an article on the Chicago Magazine website that focused on Chicago-area preppers- particularly those in the suburbs. Rod O’Connor spoke to preppers residing in Downers Grove, Glenview, and on the North Side for his piece, in which he observed:

The prepper movement has climbed out of the bunker and established itself, quietly, along affluent streets in Chicago, its suburbs, and beyond…

The article is a pretty good read. Finding it difficult to get a suburban prepper to interview, O’Connor wrote:

Preppers are, not surprisingly, a paranoid bunch. Locating people willing to speak with me about their habits was more challenging than finding vegans at a gun range…

Obviously, a little bit of discretion with such matters goes a long way in protecting preppers and their loved ones in a SHTF scenario. But O’Connor also needs to realize that preppers are only too familiar with the numerous hack-jobs perpetrated by the mainstream media at their expense.

From my experience, it’s rare that these individuals are given a fair shake by the press. Instead, ignorance, inherent bias, and sensationalism often shine through in the various MSM articles/segments.

By the way, if you do read the piece on the Chicago Magazine website, I penned the following comment in response to a blanket claim by another commenter that preppers are “selfish” and “paranoid”:

A popular misconception. As a regular observer of the prepping “movement,” there’s no shortage of preppers who have adopted a “give until it hurts” mindset when it comes to helping out neighbors/strangers in a poop hits the fan scenario. It’s discussed often in various prepper forums (“What should I be stocking up for my neighbors/others?” and “What’s the best way to get my neighbors/others food and supplies without putting myself and loved ones in danger?” are pretty common questions). In addition, those in public safety might disagree with the notion that preppers as a whole are “selfish.” In a neighborhood-wide or larger emergency, police, fire, and other public safety agencies might not have to aid citizens (preppers) that had the foresight and follow-through to prepare for such an incident, thereby freeing up responders to help others in the community who for some reason or another weren’t prepared. Selfish? How about carrying out their civic duty? Like “L O” points out, Ready.gov and other emergency preparedness-related government initiatives implore Americans to sock away at least 72 hours of emergency food, water, and other supplies. When it comes to prepping, plenty of practitioners look at it this way. Americans insure their health, their vehicles, their residences, etcetera. Why not insure one’s standard of living, at least as best one can in a significant emergency/disaster? Not such a “paranoid mindset” if you ask me.

Like I said, the Chicago Magazine article is a decent read- particularly if you’re from the Chicagoland area. You can view the entire article on the publication’s website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 Emergencies, Food, Government, Insurance, Mainstream Media, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Public Safety, Supplies, TEOTWAWKI, Water Comments Off on Chicago Magazine Article On Area Preppers

Signs Of The Time, Part 78

Karma doesn’t look to be dialing down her bitch anytime soon.

Alexandra Chachkevitch and Rosemary Regina Sobol reported on the Chicago Tribune website last night:

Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was robbed near the family’s Ravenswood home Friday night, according to a mayoral spokeswoman and police reports…

Zach Emanuel was talking on his cellphone in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue, across the street and a few houses down from the Emanuel home, when two males approached him from behind, according to the police report.

One of them “placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear chokehold,” and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report said.

“The offenders then asked the victim, ‘What else you got?’ (and) forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone,” the police report said.

The robbers then ran away. The teen was treated for cuts and bruises on his face by a personal physician at his home, according to the report…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Couple of things here:

1. Mayor Emanuel and his administration are known for claiming “crime is down!” in the city.

2. For those blog readers who don’t already know, the “Rahmfather’s” Chicago pad is heavily-guarded by the Chicago Police Department, including two or more cops in front, two or more in the alley, a heavy-weapons vehicle nearby, and a roving patrol (source: Second City Cop blog). By extension, the surrounding area is thought to be one of Chicago’s most secure as crime is concerned.

3. Glad to hear Zach’s injuries weren’t worse, since not resisting during a robbery is no guarantee the bad guy(s) won’t still injure/kill you.

4. I, too, was like Zach at that age, oblivious to my surroundings (no cell phone, but often found sporting a Sony Walkman). Then I started hearing/reading stories about the bad guys preying on people carrying on like that. By the time I was living in Chicago, I’d still listen to my mp3 player while walking down Northwest Highway- but not without a healthy dose of situational awareness.

Anyway, glad the young man is safe after the ordeal.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Chachkevitch, Alexandra and Rosemary Regina Sobol. “Emanuel’s son robbed near family’s North Side home.” Chicago Tribune. 20 Dec. 2014. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rahm-emanuel-son-robbed-20141220-story.html). 20 Dec. 2014.

SCC. “Hey Rahm, Crime is down!” Second City Cop. 20 Dec. 2014. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2014/12/hey-rahm-crime-is-down.html). 21 Dec. 2014.

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Signs Of The Time Comments Off on Signs Of The Time, Part 78

Zombie Survival Training In Chicago

It’s the beginning of a new year. And if you’re like me, you may be looking at taking a class or two in the next twelve months.

First Aid and AED/CPR training through the American Red Cross is high on my list.

Zombie Survival Training is up there as well.

Zombie Survival what?

I recently stumbled upon a locally-taught class entitled “Zombie Survival Training” on Dabble.com, an Internet “marketplace for classes.” From their website:

If the zombie apocalypse happened right now, would you be ready? Do you even have a plan?

This course is designed to teach you how to survive the worst disaster imaginable, even a wide-spread pandemic of flesh-eating zombies. Using the zombie apocalypse as the worst case scenario, we will discuss survival strategies, food and water preparation and improvised weapons. This class is perfect for zombie lovers and survivalists alike.

After this class you will know where to go, what to eat and how to defend yourself when the unthinkable happens.

Okay, so it’s not really all about zombies. In fact, at the top of the Dabble page it’s classified as a “disaster survival class.”

The course is being taught by The Green Suite. From the Dabble page:

A self-proclaimed eco-warrior, Nick Conrad founded The Green Suite to enlighten others how to lessen their impact on the environment while improving their homes. Through The Green Suite, he teaches innovative, DIY ways of producing food, power, and products from recycled objects and repurposed materials. The Green Suite offers classes, tips, and kits online to help any aspiring eco-file get started. Nick has been featured in Chicago’s Red Eye for his Zombie Survival Class and presented as a guest speaker in local schools…

I’ve heard of Nick Conrad before. Kara Spak wrote on the Chicago Sun-Times website back on June 24, 2013:

Conrad, 32, an Eagle Scout, Dick’s Last Resort waiter, former improv performer, small business owner and self-described ecowarrior, teaches Zombie Survival Training in Chicago…

Conrad is a zombie-genre fan but believes there are more realistic but equally sinister scenarios we should prepare for, like a weather disaster or a terrorist attack. Those who attend Zombie Survival Training- each class has room for about 30 people- will come away ready for those as well…

Conrad has background teaching survival skills. As an Eagle Scout in Texas, he taught wilderness survival…

Through Green Suite, Conrad offers more than just survival instruction. Spak added:

He’s an active environmentalist whose dream is to live totally off the grid in the city. His company, Green Suite, teaches local folks how to create more sustainable elements in their homes, like a hydroponic garden created from wine bottles. Through Green Suite, he teaches non-zombie-themed classes showing how to make a big but low-cost impact on the environment.

In his own two-bedroom Lake View apartment, Conrad has built solar panels, a hydroponic garden and a soil garden, all of which can be removed when he moves. On the third floor, Conrad said he is well positioned to survive a zombie apocalypse.

“I’ve got food, I’m building a water filtration system, I’ve got my own electricity,” he said…

Pretty cool stuff, if you ask me. And something I’d like to learn more about in the future.

According to Dabble, the next Zombie Survival Training class is scheduled to take place on January 29 at the Holiday Club, 4000 North Sheridan Road, Chicago (I remember hitting the Holiday Club with my pals back in the mid-90s and from what I recall- wink- it was a lot of fun). The cost is $25 per person, with only 3 spots left as I type this.

For more information, you can visit the Dabble page for the class here. To receive info on future classes and other instruction, you can subscribe to The Green Suite newsletter on their website here.


“Zombie Girl- Creepy Crawler- Music Video”
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By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Spak, Karen. “ Fear not the apocalypse; zombie survival training on offer.” Chicago Sun-Times. 24 June 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/20862179-421/fear-not-the-apocalypse-zombie-survival-training-on-offer.html). 13 Jan. 2014.

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Monday, January 13th, 2014 Emergencies, Energy, Environment, Food, Gardening, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Security, Self-Defense, TEOTWAWKI, Terrorism, Training, Water, Weather Comments Off on Zombie Survival Training In Chicago

Bread, Eggs, And Milk Disappear From Grocery Store Shelves Prior To Severe Winter Weather

This past weekend, I was watching the local news prior to the snow and “polar vortex” that descended on the Chicago area when the co-anchors started talking about a photo submitted by a Lake View grocery store. It depicted a number of barren shelves where loaves of bread used to be displayed. One anchor proceeded to tell viewers that bread, eggs, and milk typically disappear from grocery stores and supermarkets prior to these types of events.

Bread, eggs, and milk? Okay, I can see that.

This isn’t just a Chicagoland thing either. Nick Schneider reported on the website of southern Indiana’s Greene County Daily World back on January 6, 2010:

Mark Angell, president of Angell’s Food Center in Linton, says it’s kind of a retailing mystery why people seem to flock to the store and stock up on staple items like bread, milk and eggs whenever a big winter storm is predicted.

Empty shelves for those items are not unusual…

When asked why there seems to be likening for bread, milk and eggs as pre-storm supplies, Angell replied, “We have never been able to figure that out. For some reason, bread and milk are the items of choice and that’s what they come after.”

Bloomfield IGA office manager Mandy Donovan also said she’s noticed a rush for the “Big 3” — bread, milk and eggs — whenever a storm is headed toward Greene County.

“They are the staples from back in ‘the day’. Whenever you’d get snowed in, you’d have those things on hand. We joke around and say every time it snows, they (the customers) want French Toast,” she said with a laugh…

French Toast. Yum. All this talk of food is really making it difficult to hold out until lunch time.

In all seriousness, people cleaning out bread, eggs, and milk before a severe weather event is something that’s been investigated at the psychological level. Laurie L. Dove recently authored a piece entitled “Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits?” on Discovery’s HowStuffWorks website, and said:

Rain, sleet or snow, there’s milk in the refrigerator and bread in the basket. This may sound a bit like the delivery mantra of the U.S. mail service, but it’s actually the tactic most Americans employ during severe weather. And this behavior offers clues as to the motivations driving them.

The compulsive desire to stockpile perishables isn’t always based on logical behavior. “The thought to get milk before a storm is followed by the action or compulsion to go out and stockpile it. In one way or another, we spend a lot of time and energy trying to feel in control, and buying things you might throw out still gives the person a sense of control in an uncontrollable situation,” says Lisa Brateman, a New York City-based psychotherapist.

In contrast, filling your cart with cans of beans and tuna — or any selection of non-perishables — sends the message that you expect the storm to keep you homebound for an extended period. Although practical, non-perishables are a psychological admission that you’ve surrendered to waiting out the storm and its aftermath; perishables are about optimism.

“Buying perishables is like saying, ‘the storm will be over soon and I won’t be stuck in this situation for long,'” says Judy Rosenberg, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles…

Interesting. Without delving too deeply into this matter, I chalk up the buying of these staple foods to the fact that one can make a variety of tasty meals out of them. French Toast included (stomach grumbling).

While I’m a big believer of having food needs taken care of long before extreme weather hits, in the event that I ever find myself doing some last-minute grocery shopping (girlfriend will be laughing pretty hard when she reads this), hitting the sections where the bread, eggs, and milk are kept first is probably not a bad idea.

Or else I might have to contend with the following…


“I’ve got to get some bread and milk, oh my god!”
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By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Schneider, Nick. “Do you have your bread, milk, eggs? — People tend to stock up on ‘The Big 3’ before bad weather hits.” Greene County Daily World. 6 Jan. 2010. (http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/1600136.html). 7 Jan. 2014.

Dove, Laurie L. “Why do people buy up all the bread and milk before a storm hits?” HowStuffWorks.com. (http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/buy-bread-and-milk-before-storm.htm). 7 Jan. 2014.

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 Emergencies, Food, Preparedness, Psychology, Supplies, Weather Comments Off on Bread, Eggs, And Milk Disappear From Grocery Store Shelves Prior To Severe Winter Weather

Nice Chicago Neighborhoods Suffer Rash Of Strong-Arm Robberies

Strong-arm robberies have taken place in the nicer Chicago neighborhoods of Lake View and Gold Coast. From the website of Chicago FOX affiliate Friday morning:

Chicago Police have issued an alert warning of several recent purse robberies during the early morning hours in the Lakeview neighborhood.

A man and woman approach female victims from behind on a sidewalk or in an alley, shove them forcefully to the ground, and rob them of their purses, according to the community alert from Area North detectives…

The strong-arm robberies took place on December 19 and 20 on the 800 block of West Oakdale Avenue, 500 block of West Briar Place, and 3500 block of North Southport Avenue.

And from the Chicago Tribune website yesterday:

A 70-year-old man was shot in the foot during a robbery outside the Archbishop’s Residence in the North Side’s Gold Coast neighborhood, authorities and a relative said.

The man was walking his dog in the 1500 block of North Astor Street, adjacent to the mansion where Cardinal Francis George lives, when someone wearing a mask grabbed him from behind and put a gun to his head about 7:30 p.m…

“Give me your [expletive] wallet,” the robber said, according to the family member.

When the 70-year-old explained that he doesn’t carry a wallet, the assailant fired a shot into his foot…

When asked about the incident, representatives for the Archdiocese of Chicago suggested the holdup might be the work of the South or West Side Amish.

Just kidding. Watch your six, Lake View and Gold Coast.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“Police warn of violent purse robberies in Lakeview neighborhood.” Sun-Times Media Wire. 27 Dec. 2013. (http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24314424/police-warn-of-violent-lake-view-purse-robberies). 29 Dec. 2013.

Sege, Adam. “Man, 70, shot during Gold Coast robbery outside Archbishop’s Residence.” Chicago Tribune. 28 Dec. 2013. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-28/news/chi-man-70-shot-during-gold-coast-robbery-outside-archbishops-residence-20131227_1_gold-coast-north-astor-street-robbery). 29 Dec. 2013.

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