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Chicago Tribune Letter: ‘Chicago, And Its Surrounding Areas, Have Become Hell on Earth’

This morning I headed over to the Chicago Tribune website to see what’s cooking locally. On their homepage was a “story” link with the following headline:

“Letter: I’m leaving Chicago and I’m never coming back”

Figuring this should make some “entertaining” reading while I finished my coffee, I checked out the proclamation. The author sure didn’t pull any punches. Here’s a snippet:

I’ve come to understand that Chicago, and its surrounding areas, have become Hell on Earth for any thinking person with a modicum of self-respect.

The caustic combination of corrupt politicians with nothing but contempt for the public; a police force so broken down in spirit it visibly resents interaction with even law-abiding citizens; a criminal underclass empowered by the incessant drone of liberal rhetoric wandering the streets posing clear and present danger to everyone around them; and the enablers, who are everywhere, to say nothing of the ugly, decaying infrastructure, poor economy and joyless entertainment and leisure opportunities – it is for these reasons I have made the decision to disconnect forever…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

As regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know, I am one of those who left Chicago (Northwest Side) only three-and-a-half years ago due to concerns over increasing government mismanagement, crime, and costs of living- in no particular order. Besides, even though I really liked the neighborhood I had lived in for eight years, it was time for a new pad and home prices were just too damn high!

My girlfriend and I did what was right for us at the time and in advance of what we suspect lies ahead. But Chicago is still a great city with fantastic people (minus the criminal element), so much so not only do I understand why one might still choose to reside there, but even I won’t go so far as to proclaim “I’m never coming back.”

I remain optimistic about the long-term prospects for the “Windy City.” That being said, I do believe conditions in the city will erode before improving again. For those dead set on remaining in town, please do yourself a favor and take a good, hard look at your financial and personal safety capabilities for successfully navigating any “storm” that may lie ahead. For example, how do your finances look with the real prospect of future tax hits down the road?

More later. And to read that entire letter sent to the Chicago Tribune, head on over to their website here.

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

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. The creator/Editor of this blog is 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 contained herein.)

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HeyJackass! On 2016 Chicago Murder Tally: ‘We’ll Most Likely Exceed The 800 Level’

“As the gunfire dies down, HeyJackass will finalize the numbers for 2016, the Department will lie about the other numbers, death investigations will be scheduled for reclassification, Rahm will pretend that 600 black people weren’t murdered in his city by other black people, another 3,600 weren’t maimed and that 25 police shootings are the real problem…”

-New Year’s Day post on Chicago police blog Second City Cop

Happy New Year everyone. Hopefully readers were able to ring in 2017 safely- particularly those in Chicago, where the last weekend of 2016 turned out to be another bloody one.

Just how bad were shootings and murders in the “Windy City” in 2016? Well, consider the following from the CBS News website yesterday:

One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

That’s pretty awful. And once the final tally is in, 762 murders might be significantly lower than the actual body count.

From the popular HeyJackass! website (“Illustrating Chicago Values”):

Preliminary 2016 Totals
Shot & Killed: 713
Shot & Wounded: 3665
Total Shot: 4378
Total Homicides: 795

And under the section “New Year’s Stupidity” on the site:

While the 800 homicide gorilla awaits entry into 2016’s frunchroom, the fact is we’ll most likely exceed the 800 level soon after the New Year due to late passings and reclassified death investigations. Happy New Year!

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Stay tuned…

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

Sources:

SCC. “2016 Final Numbers- Pending.” Second City Cop. 1 Jan. 2017. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2017/01/2016-final-numbers-pending.html). 3 Jan. 2017.

“Chicago saw more 2016 murders than NYC, LA combined.” CBS News. 2 Jan. 2017. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chicago-murders-shootings-2016-more-than-new-york-city-los-angeles-combined/). 3 Jan. 2017.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Further Confirmation Of Chicago Police Department’s Manpower Shortage

Reading the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop on a regular basis, I became aware several years ago of the manpower shortage going on in the Chicago Police Department.

Subsequently, I started blogging about the city’s truly “thin blue line” a little over five years ago.

Further confirmation of the depleted CPD ranks comes from Dan Mihalopoulos over at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he reported on their website this evening:

Even if Mayor Rahm Emanuel manages to add nearly 1,000 cops in the next couple years, his promised surge of new hires would barely make up for the decline in the Chicago Police Department’s ranks on his watch.

There were 6,244 rank-and-file police officers working the city’s 22 police districts as of Oct. 19, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. That’s down more than 800 from the 7,047 beat cops shortly after Emanuel took office in 2011

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

And then there’s retirements. Mihalopoulos added:

The already-brisk pace of retirements is rising. In October, the Sun-Times reported 274 officers declared their intention to retire by June 30, driven by an expiring offer of free health care for cops who are 55 years old…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Mihalopoulos wrote an insightful piece about this situation, which can be found here on the Sun-Times website.

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

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Friday, December 9th, 2016 Government, Public Safety Comments Off on Further Confirmation Of Chicago Police Department’s Manpower Shortage

‘Black Lawmakers From Chicago’ Key To Reducing City’s Gun Violence?

Before the weekend, I blogged about Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s recent appearance on WGN-TV (Chicago Channel 9) where he discussed the city’s gun violence. Johnson brought up much-publicized (and delayed) legislation targeting repeat gun offenders, telling viewers:

So with this particular piece of legislation, we’re not changing the sentencing years. What we’re doing is giving our judicial partners the wherewithal to be able to sentence them somewhere between the mid-range to high-end of the sentencing guideline, which will be I think the high-end is maybe 14 years. Mid-range will be about 6 years…

He added:

So we, I’m optimistic that we’ll have it done at the beginning of the year. But in terms of what’s taking so long? I guess they just want to get the language of it right. Because it’s more important to get it right than to rush through it. But we have to do something. Because most of our violence in Chicago is perpetrated by repeat gun offenders

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

No doubt “getting the language right” is important. But, there could be another reason why it’s taking so long for this legislation to see the light of day. I was listening to WLS-AM 890 (Chicago) back on September 23 when I caught the following. John Dempsey reported on the radio station’s website that day:

In his speech at Malcolm X college, Emanuel also talked about implementing a three year mentoring program to provide support to over 7,000 at-risk youth in Chicago. The Mayor also called on Illinois lawmakers to toughen penalties for gun crimes, something black lawmakers from Chicago have thwarted in the past, out of concern that harsher gun laws would unfairly target African-Americans.

Eddie Johnson told WLS he is currently talking with those lawmakers about drafting a law that would address the real need the city has to make sure repeat offenders are kept behind bars for longer periods of time. “I think that the legislators are coming around now because before we didn’t have concealed carry and you know the sentencing that I’m looking for is not mandatory. It’s focused at repeat gun offenders so that’s not casting a net over the minority population. It’s more like using a spear to focus on the guys that are consistently telling us they don’t want to play by the rules of society. The way we want it to go is that repeat gun offenders would be sentenced on the mid to high end range of sentencing as opposed to giving them lighter sentences.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Meanwhile, almost 78 percent (567 victims) of shooting deaths in Chicago in 2016 have been African-Americans (source: HeyJackass!).

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

Source:

Dempsey, John. “Eddie Johnson with Big John and Ray: More cops just a ‘piece of the puzzle.'” WLS-AM 890. 23 Sep. 2016. (http://www.wlsam.com/2016/09/23/eddie-johnson-with-big-john-and-ray-more-cops-just-a-piece-of-the-puzzle/). 6 Dec. 2016.

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 Crime, Government, Legal, Public Safety Comments Off on ‘Black Lawmakers From Chicago’ Key To Reducing City’s Gun Violence?

47 Chicago-Area Expressway Shootings Year-To-Date

While I was watching the local news at lunchtime today WGN-TV (Chicago Channel 9) reported that the in-bound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) was closed due to yet another shooting (people in two vehicles firing at each other- one crashed).

Reporter Sarah Jindra remarked during the live broadcast that she thought this latest incident marked the 46th time in 2016 that a Chicago-area expressway was closed due to gunfire- compared to 38 last year- but that she was also awaiting confirmation from the Illinois State Police on these numbers.

A couple of minutes ago, Jindra reported via Twitter that the Illinois State Police said this was in fact the 47th time Chicagoland expressways have been shut down this year due to shootings, and posted the following numbers for comparison:

Expressway Shootings
2012- 9
2013- 6
2014- 19
2015- 37
2016- 47 (through 12/5)

Once again, the trend is not Chicago’s friend here.

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

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Monday, December 5th, 2016 Crime, Public Safety, Transportation, Travel, Vehicles Comments Off on 47 Chicago-Area Expressway Shootings Year-To-Date

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson On Tackling Gun Violence

Yesterday morning while watching the local news I spotted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on WGN-TV (Chicago Channel 9) talking about the city’s gun violence. From his exchange with WGN’s Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash:

BAUMGARTEN: So I heard you mention at the Union Club when you spoke earlier this week that it’s basically about 1,000 gang members or offenders that are causing all these problems. Now when people hear that- why don’t you go arrest those guys? Or are they going to jail and getting back out? What’s happening?
JOHNSON: Well, we’ve gotten real good at predicting who these individuals will be. Unfortunately, we have to work within the framework of a little piece of paper called the Constitution. So we actually have to wait until they do something. So that list that we have is not really for enforcement, but it’s just more of an FYI so we know who the perpetrators are.
POTASH: Lawmakers have been working on a bill to kind of stiffen the penalties for gun possession. What is taking so long with that?
JOHNSON: So we, I’m optimistic that we’ll have it done at the beginning of the year. But in terms of what’s taking so long? I guess they just want to get the language of it right. Because it’s more important to get it right than to rush through it. But we have to do something. Because most of our violence in Chicago is perpetrated by repeat gun offenders. And until we change that culture, that mentality, we’re going to see the same things keep cycling through.
BAUMGARTEN: So ideally what would you like to see, or what is the goal? To have someone who has a gun go to jail for how long? What’s the goal?
JOHNSON: So with this particular piece of legislation, we’re not changing the sentencing years. What we’re doing is giving our judicial partners the wherewithal to be able to sentence them somewhere between the mid-range to high-end of the sentencing guideline, which will be I think the high-end is maybe 14 years. Mid-range will be about 6 years.
POTASH: And why wouldn’t they be doing that already?
JOHNSON: Well, I can’t answer that. That’s a question- that’s a million dollar question. But the fact of it is though we do have to do a better job of holding these individuals accountable for their gun crimes…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)


“CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson on November crime states”
WGN-TV Video

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

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Friday, December 2nd, 2016 Crime, Legal, Public Safety, Self-Defense Comments Off on Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson On Tackling Gun Violence

Chicago: November Murders Double From Last Year

November saw murders in Chicago double from last year. WGN-TV’s Nancy Loo reported this morning:

The latest number only add to an already deadly year. Likely, the worst in two decades. But the numbers for November alone are alarming. According to Chicago Police, there were 77 murders in November- nearly double from last year. And there was a total of 389 shooting victims- that’s 188 more than last November. The murder total for last month is actually more than that of 2014 and 2015 combined. Police say the current violence is fueled by gangs, largely within five police districts on the South and West sides…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)


“Murders in Chicago more than doubled in November, police say”
WGN-TV Video

According to the Chicago Police Department’s CLEARMAP (Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting) Crime Summary web tool this morning, the 6th (Gresham), 7th (Englewood), 8th (Chicago Lawn), 9th (Deering), 10th (Ogden), and 11th (Harrison) police districts had the most reported incidents of violent crime in the past 90 days.

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

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Chicago Tallies 37 Shot, 5 Killed This Weekend Amid Police Crackdown

The Chicago Police Department reported at least 37 people were shot and 5 killed in Chicago this past weekend, despite a well-publicized crackdown by the CPD and other agencies. Elizabeth Matthews reported on the FOX 32 Chicago website last night:

Over the weekend, Chicago police teamed up with state and federal officials in an effort to crack down on an explosion of violence in the city.

The crackdown comes after an especially deadly October. Already this year, more than 680 people have been shot dead in Chicago.

Police targeted three areas: Auburn-Gresham, Lawndale and Austin. A Chicago Police spokesperson told FOX 32 Chicago that they had made multiple arrests, and had taken one of the city’s most dangerous offenders into custody on the West Side…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Well, casualties keep mounting. Still, this initiative seems like one more step in the right direction. CBS 2 Chicago added over on their website earlier today:

Police said they made headway in the fight against gun violence with some important arrests…

The officers who made the arrest were part of the department’s “Strategic Anti-Violence Mission,” which began Friday night. The effort involved traffic stops, police serving arrest warrants, and officers visiting people they believe can leave the gang life if provided the proper resources

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Could it be the City of Chicago is actually acting on intelligence Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly has on about 1,400 individuals behind 85 percent of the gun-related violence?

It will be interesting to find out if this “Strategic Anti-Violence Mission” is just a one-off or something sustained.

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

Sources:

Matthews, Elizabeth. “CPD teams up with FBI, Cook County Sheriff and Illinois State Police to fight violence.” Fox 32 Chicago. 13 Nov. 2016. (http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/217319466-story). 14 Nov. 2016.

“Chicago Police Team Up With Feds To Target Violence Crime.” CBS 2 Chicago. 14 Nov. 2016. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/11/14/chicago-police-team-up-with-feds-to-target-violent-crime/). 14 Nov. 2016.

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Quote For The Week

“This is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate the Trump administration and to intimidate the Trump supporters. This is a slap in the face to the voters. In our democracy, the voters decide who will lead these institutions of government. And numbers came out, enough to make Donald Trump the President-elect of the United States. It’s going to take them some time, but they’ll get over it. But in the meantime, you put up with them like a petulant two-year-old. You let them dance and have their tantrum. And then at some point you take them by the arm and you look them in the eye and you go, ‘That’s enough.’

-Milwaukee County (Wisconsin) Sheriff David Clarke, Jr., speaking on the Fox News TV show Hannity on November 10 about anti-Trump protests/riots

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

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Mob Beats Older Trump Supporter In Chicago?

I came across two shocking videos this morning allegedly showing a mob of young African-American men beating an older Caucasian Trump supporter on Kedzie Avenue (if I read the street sign correctly) in Chicago:


(Warning: Violence, Language)
YouTube Video

In this second video, it appears one of the attackers drives away with the victim’s car, with the victim being dragged through the streets as his hand is caught in the vehicle’s window:


(Warning: Violence, Language)
Vidme Video

Snopes.com has come out saying that according to the Chicago Police Department, the intersection beatdown this guy received resulted from a traffic altercation, not politics.

As this is the City of Chicago we’re talking about here, even if politics were the cause, there are those who wouldn’t put it past “The Machine” to explain this incident away as stemming from a “traffic altercation.”

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

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