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After Heated Debate, Zoning Committee OKs Jefferson Park Housing Plan

CHICAGO (CBS) — At a sometimes raucous hearing, the City Council Zoning Committee advanced controversial plans for a mixed-income apartment building in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. The 7-story building at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. would include federally-subsidized housing for low-income individuals or families, and some of those at the hearing subtly – and sometimes not-so-subtly – suggested opponents had racial motives. Opponents of the planned 100-unit residential building said they object to its 7-story height, and to increasing the density of the area. They also complained about the approval process during the hours of testimony.
However, Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) said he thought that language masked racial motives, and he said so bluntly. “You have subverted your own process, your own arguments, because of your own racist tendencies,” he said. “Easily, I can say it, because as someone who represents African Americans and Latinos, when you start talking about people as though they are less than human, I can very easily say that.” Lopez’s comments drew cheers from some in the audience, and jeers from others, and set off more testimony, and an admonition from Zoning Committee Chair Daniel Solis (25th) that calling people racist was not helpful during the hearing. Farnsworth Elementary School student Declan Parker, with some obvious help from his parents, confronted the argument about racial motives, and the crowd was enthralled enough with his testimony to counter Solis’ efforts to end it. “My parents instruct me to treat everyone equally. I try to treat everyone equally, because I do not know who will be the next Steve Jobs,” Declan said. When Solis interrupted Declan to tell him to “wrap it up” because he had run out of time, the crowd in the City Council chamber booed, prompting the alderman to say “keep going, keep going.” According to DNAInfo, at earlier hearings on the project, opponents criticized the affordable units’ potential to bring violent crime to the neighborhood. The plan now goes to the full City Council.

5 Optional Incentives To Consider For Your Small Business Employees

Managing and maintaining a successful business involves staying in touch with your staff and offering more than just salary or baseline perks. According to the Small Business Association, there are mandatory employee benefits that every company is required to offer their employees. Many employers choose to take the extra step, and offer additional incentives that keep their workers happy and encourage them to strive to meet higher goals. These extra perks tend to boost morale, which in turn kicks productivity into hyper drive as employees feel valued and appreciated for their efforts. Following are five optional incentives to consider for your small business employees.    
Reward perks for completing projects and achieving goals Set specific project completion goals that come with rewards for a job well done. Offer special perks for working together as a team or for individual successes. Rewards might include an occasional catered lunch at the office for the most productive team, or a gift card for a movie, restaurant, gas station or car repair. Offer a day at the spa, or go all out by bringing in professional massage therapists to provide the ultimate relaxation for individual achievements without leaving the workplace.  
Workplace wellness programs One of the best investments you will ever make as an employer is to invest in your workers’ health and well-being. Of course, if your employees are not healthy, the quality of work will suffer as well, so taking an interest in their well-being will produce a great return for your efforts. Start by asking your employees how they would like to improve their health. Based on their answers, create incentives that offer rewards for those who lose weight or stop smoking within a given time frame. Make it a team effort by encouraging a place to take part in walking during lunchtime or extra breaks for nonsmokers.  
Corporate memberships Local gyms and other recreational facilities, buying clubs, airlines, hotels and travel agencies offer discounts to groups or corporations. Tap into these small business resources for your employees. As an added perk to the business owner, some of these corporate membership expenses may even be tax deductible. Offer free or lower cost corporate memberships to promote wellness and overall enrichment of life and relaxation outside of work, which will spur your team on to achieving company goals.  
Value employee time with flexible hours Allow employees to work around their life instead of trying to fit a life around work hours. Attract new employees or hang onto the workers you already have by realizing each one has a life outside of work. Offering flexible hours is a fantastic incentive to establish an environment where workers feel valued as a person and not just an employee. Give the option of working a couple extra hours a day in exchange for another day of the week off, or alternate shifts to offer earlier or later start times when necessary.  
Family fun events Each of your employees has a family or friends whom they enjoy spending time with when they are not busy working. Include these families and friends in company events. While company picnics are a great way to kick back outside of the work environment, go beyond the annual picnic. Consider offering a night at the movies, an all company game night, or embrace take your child to work days.   The most successful entrepreneurs know that the best rewards to offer vary depending upon the individual employee’s needs, so the most important first step is to get to know your team before attempting to implement optional incentives. Start by going straight to the source and asking your employees what motivates them including what their individual favorite restaurants, movies, hobbies, or likes are outside of the workplace. Use this information to personalize your optional incentives that you offer to your small business employees. The payoff typically proves to be beneficial to both the individual employee as well as the company as a whole.    
This article was written by Tere Scott for CBS Small Business Pulse

State Trooper Pulls Over Tony Stewart; Tweets, Then Removes Photo

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois state trooper created a bit of a firestorm when he tweeted a picture with racecar driver Tony Stewart, after he pulled over the NASCAR star on Saturday in DeKalb. Trooper Damein Cunningham shared the photo, which appears to be a selfie taken by Stewart as the trooper is leaning against Stewart’s driver’s side window. Cunningham’s post included the message “Just pulled over NASCAR LEGEND Tony Stewart on I-88 in DeKalb, IL, what you think I got him for?#NASCAR #ISP”
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Illinois State Police trooper poses for a selfie with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, after pulling over the racecar driver for improper lane usage on I-88 in DeKalb. (Source: Twitter/Damein Cunningham)

Stewart got off with a warning for improper lane usage, but the trooper’s bosses didn’t think much of his decision to tweet the photo of himself and Stewart. Illinois State Police were reviewing Cunningham’s post, but would not say if Cunningham would face any discipline for his social media use during a traffic stop. Twitter lit up after the posting, with some users criticizing Stewart for a crash that killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a non-NASCAR sprint race in 2014. The trooper who posted the photo has since taken it down, but the web being the web, it can still be easily found.

The Bernstein Brief: Appreciate Manu Ginobili

By Dan Bernstein– senior columnist (CBS) If that was it for Spurs guard Manu Ginobili on Monday night, his unique style and unparalleled range of career accomplishments deserve recognition. The man who helped bring the “Euro step” move into the mainstream was a four-time NBA champion with the Spurs, EuroLeague champion with Italy’s Kinder Bologna in 2001 and the leading scorer for Argentina when they won Olympic gold in 2004. He spent his entire NBA career in San Antonio, in what turned out to be an ideal time and place for his artful game to be put to use as one of the all-time great bench scorers. Ceaselessly interesting as a player in ways many of his cookie-cutter competitors weren’t, the left-hander became an early summer entertainment fixture in his 213 playoff games that saw him average 14.4 points. He came to the NBA at the relatively old age of 25 and looks to be leaving at 39, his legacy cast as the best EuroLeaguer to make the jump to the NBA. There was a time when the basketball world didn’t feel as small and interconnected as it now does, and the sustained success and telegenic play of Manu Ginobili is a big reason for the game’s accelerated internationalization. Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s “Bernstein and Goff Show” in afternoon drive. You can follow him on Twitter  @dan_bernstein and read more of his columns here.

Former FBI Agent: Manchester Bombing Had Markings Of ISIS Attack

CHICAGO (CBS) — A former FBI agent said the deadly suicide bombing Monday night at a concert in England likely was carried out in response to President Donald Trump’s trip to the Middle East and his plea for Muslim nations to help combat terrorism. “This was a coordinated and planned attack, and it was in all likelihood carried out in response to the president’s visit this weekend to Saudi Arabia, in which he made a very impassioned plea to Muslim world leaders to combat organized terrorism,” CBS 2 Security Consultant Ross Rice said. At least 22 people were killed and 59 were wounded in a massive blast as a sell-out crowd was filing out of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Police said the bomber was not inside the arena when he set off an improvised explosive device, but had just arrived on a local rail system and was outside one of the main exits as the audience was leaving. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a claim of responsibility for the attack in a brief, generic statement that didn’t identify the bomber and appeared to get some of the facts of the bombing wrong. ISIS claimed a “caliphate soldier managed to place a number of devices among a gathering of crusaders in Manchester, and detonated them.” Officials say there was only one explosion, and no other devices have been discovered at the arena.
Rice said the bombing has the markings of an ISIS attack, and he said it’s unlikely additional security at the arena would have stopped the attack, given the bomber was outside when he set off the bomb as people were leaving the concert. “In so doing, he still had the opportunity to inflict mass casualties, which he did, but he was able to circumvent the security. They’re not going to search people that are outside a certain area or perimeter, which apparently is what he did,” Rice said. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker had deliberately chosen “his time and place to cause maximum carnage” in the young crowd. ISIS repeatedly has called for its supporters in the West to attack “soft targets” like sports events and concerts in any way possible. Attacks in Europe and the U.S. have been claimed by individuals who support ISIS and have made contact, but were not directly supported by the terror network. U.S. intelligence sources told CBS News they were exercising caution on the early claim of responsibility from ISIS. Authorities are still looking into whether it was a killer who acted alone or who might have had some level of support from the terror network. U.S. intelligence officials were offering assistance in the investigation, as is standard practice in any case involving a close ally. CBS News sources have confirmed that the attacker was identified as 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack. “Knowing the identity of the bomber is going to be immensely helpful in tracking back his activities, his contacts; and determining whether he acted alone, or he had assistance from other people, groups, or organizations – either inside or outside the country,” Rice said. Manchester police confirmed the arrest of a 23-year-old man in the southern part of the city on Tuesday morning. They also said there was at least one controlled explosion carried out at the scene of a raid. The suspect taken into custody on Tuesday was not identified, but police said the arrest was linked to the bombing. Witnesses said the man was smiling as he was apprehended.

2 Killed, 1 Wounded In “Domestic” Shooting In Woodridge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two people were killed and one other was wounded, in a shooting at an apartment complex in west suburban Woodridge. Neighbors said children in the home might have seen and heard everything. Investigators confirmed three people were shot at the Hawthorn Ridge apartment complex in the 7700 block of Fox Street shortly before midnight. Two people were killed and one was wounded, police said. “The lady that I saw they brought out is a sweet girl, a good girl. All I know, she goes to work, and minds her own business. I am sorry this happened to her,” neighbor Kerchennia Huff said.
Authorities have not released the victims’ names or ages. Woodridge Police Chief Brian Cunningham stressed the public is not at risk, calling the shooting a domestic incident.

One woman said she called 911 when she heard a man yelling and kicking at her neighbor’s door. She said shots were fired while she was on the phone with the dispatcher. Other witnesses recalled hearing at least six shots. They ran outside, and saw a flurry of police activity, with children in the middle of it. “They were in shock. One little boy had blood on his legs, and on his arms, and I couldn’t console him. He was unconsolable. He was just crying, and he was freaked out,” said one neighbor who asked to be identified only as Carissa.

Ricardo Parra said said, for the most part, the apartment complex is a tight-knit community. “There is people here who is living here for more than 20 years. I am surprised this is happening,” he said. Police said they were interviewing the family early Tuesday.

Cubs Fan Climbed On Handrail With Cup Before Falling To Death

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Cubs fan who died after a fall at Wrigley Field last week was climbing on a railing with a red cup in his hand when he fell backward and hit his head on the concrete below, a police official said Monday. Richard Garrity, 42, of Wheaton suffered head injuries Tuesday night and died the next day at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Garrity, a marketing manager for Heineken, was at the Cubs’ win over the Cincinnati Reds. He was on a work outing with his wife. Cubs officials believe they were sitting in Section 239, which is in the main grandstand, close to the right-field foul pole. Garrity, the father of a boy and a girl, was leaving the game shortly before 11 p.m. after most fans had exited the stadium, officials said. He fell over a handrail on a ramp leading from the upper deck to the terrace level, officials said. Garrity landed on his head after falling more than 5 feet, officials said. He was taken to the hospital in a private ambulance. Police were contacted about the accident the next day after he died, officials told the Sun-Times. Police said two associates of Garrity saw him climb on the handrail with the cup before he fell. A stadium employee heard the fall, but didn’t see it. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has ruled the death an accident. The handrail that Garrity fell over was 36 inches high. Some major league ballparks have 42-inch handrails. “Given the age of our ball park, we have been grandfathered,” said Julian Green, vice president of communications for the Cubs. The height of the railing “in no way contributed to this incident.” (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Man Killed In East Side Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was shot and killed early Tuesday in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. The 28-year-old was in his vehicle at 2:11 a.m. in the 9800 block of South Avenue H when another vehicle drove up, someone inside fired shots and it drove away, according to Chicago Police. The man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not release information on the fatality early Tuesday. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

2 Killed, 5 Wounded In Chicago Shootings Monday

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men were killed and at least five others were wounded in separate shootings Monday in Chicago. A 27-year-old man was gunned down at 7:52 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was driving west in the 200 block of West 59th Street when someone in another vehicle fired shots, striking him in the chest, back and arm, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately release information on the fatality. At 11:27 a.m., someone walked up and fired several rounds at 24-year-old Antoine Alexander while he was sitting in a vehicle in the 8400 block of South Hermitage in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Alexander, who lived in the same block, was shot in the buttocks and back, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m. Monday’s latest nonfatal shooting happened at 8:34 p.m. Monday in the South Deering neighborhood on the South Side. A 27-year-old man was shot in the 9800 block of South Hoxie, police said. He drove himself to Trinity Hospital, where his condition stabilized. At 2:11 p.m., a 36-year-old man was shot in the left arm in the 5100 block of South Prairie on the South Side, police said. He was taken in good condition to University of Chicago Medical Center. Just before 11 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the South Side Washington Park neighborhood. He was on the sidewalk in the 400 block of East 61st Street when a black Chrysler 300 drove by and someone inside fired shots, police said. The teen was shot in the leg and taken in good condition to St. Bernard Hospital. Less than 10 minutes earlier, a man was shot in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 25-year-old man was shot in the left heel in the 4900 block of West Adams and took himself to Loretto Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, police said. Monday’s first shooting happened at 1:49 a.m., when a 16-year-old boy was shot in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side. He was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle in the 10600 block of South Ewing when someone in a silver car fired shots, striking him in the left shoulder, police said. He showed up at Trinity Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The day’s shootings followed a weekend in which four people were killed and at least 34 others, including a 9-year-old boy, were wounded in shootings across Chicago. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Woman With Dementia Missing From Belmont Cragin

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are looking for a 76-year-old woman with dementia who went missing Monday from the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Belia Arrington was last seen about 7 a.m. in the 2100 block of North Lawler, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police. She was wearing black Skechers shoes.
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Belia Arrington (Source: Chicago Police)

Arrington was described as a 5-foot-2, 123-pound Hispanic woman with an olive complexion, brown eyes and gray hair, police said. She is known to frequent the area of 24th and Hamlin, police said. Anyone with information on Arrington’s whereabouts should contact the Area North Special Victims Unit at (312) 744-8266. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)