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Chicago Police Search For Suspect In Shooting Of 82-Year-Old Man

CHICAGO (CBS) — An 82-year-old man walking his dog becomes the latest victim of Chicago’s gun violence. The shooting happened on the city’s West Side. CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen reports from the University of Chicago Medical Center where the victim is recovering. He has a bullet still lodged between his neck and spine. His family said he was an innocent man caught in the shooting. 82-year-old Homer Donehue is described as the nicest man in his West Chatham neighborhood. As of Friday evening, the great-grandfather is fighting for his life. “My father is sitting in intensive care with a machine breathing for him while these fools are out here in the streets. Something has to stop,” said his daughter Rhonda Donehue. The shooting happened Thursday night near 82nd and South Wentworth. Police said the 82-year-old man was walking a short distance ahead of a 31-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman when someone wearing all black and a ski mask began shooting in the direction of the younger victims. “My father was walking his dog minding his own business, not messing with no one. Gun fire erupts,” she said. Homer Donehue has lived in the neighborhood for more than 60 years. His daughter said he was an electrician and would go out of his way to help others and now this. “I’m calling on the mayor, the alderman, the governor, the president to do something,” said Rhonda Donehue. Alderman Howard Brookins represents the 21st ward where the shooting happened. He said there’s a house on the block that’s causing problems for neighbors and police. “My understanding is that it’s a suspected as drugs, which as caused the raid,” said Brookins. “When it is literally one house that can cause a black eye for the entire community, it really speaks volume as to why the whole community needs to come together to root out that one problem,” he said. As for the two other shooting victims, they were taken to the hospital and they’re expected to be okay. At this time Area South detectives are still investigating.

March For Our Lives Stops In Chicago, Continues To Naperville

CHICAGO (CBS) — The March For Our Lives continues in Naperville on Saturday after a massive rally was held on Chicago’s South Side. Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson joined St. Sabina’s annual end of the school year rally looking to end gun violence in Chicago. This year’s event not only brought out big names but also a big movement. Chicagoans were joined by the student survivors of Parkland, Florida massacre who formed March For Our Lives. Friday night was the start of the March For Our Lives Road to Change bus tour hitting 50 cities across 20 states. The movement aims to educate young people about politicians who take money from the NRA. The March For Our Lives caravan is also helping people register to vote.  

Off-Duty Dolton Police Officer Shot During Robbery In Chatham

CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty Dolton police detective was shot during a robbery attempt early Monday outside his home in the Chatham neighborhood. Chicago police said Dolton Detective Darryl Hope just got home from work shortly after midnight near 76th and Calumet, and was walking through the front door, when two men approached him. The men ordered Hope down the stairs of his front porch, and announced a robbery. Hope, who was not in uniform, pulled out his own gun and traded shots with the robbers. Hope, 55, was shot three times, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Dolton Police Chief Robert Collins said Hope was in good condition and in good spirits, despite what happened. The robbers got away without stealing anything. It was unclear if either of them was wounded. Chicago police brought in a helicopter to help search for the suspects. “This is just another reminder of what can happen to anyone out on the street, not just regular citizens, but police officers completing their shifts. They’re not immune to the violence, and the things that go on on the streets slso. Considering that he was dressed in civilian clothing, no one would know that he was a police officer. He seemed like another easy target,” Collins said. Crisis responder Andrew Holmes said he spoke with Hope just minutes before the shooting. “He’s a friend of mine, and also we have worked together, too, within the community, as far as trying to enhance the quality of life and stop the violence,” he said. “He is a personal friend of mine, as well as all of the Dolton Police Department, as well as the Chicago Police Department.” Hope has been with the Dolton Police Department for about 15 years. He’s also a member of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. Several people in the neighborhood have surveillance cameras that might have recorded the incident. So far, police have only vague descriptions of the suspects.

Board To Rule On Whether Rialmo Stays With CPD

CHICAGO (CBS) — One person will decide if officer Robert Rialmo will get to keep his job. Last month, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Rialmo actions were justified when he shot and killed Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has the story from Chicago Police Headquarters. Not optimistic.  That’s what attorneys for Quintonio LeGrier’s mother say about a possible ruling Thursday night regarding Chicago Police officer Robert Rialmo’s job. They want him fired. But they say the system is stacked against a fair process and towards whatever Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants. On Christmas day 2015, Chicago Police officer Robert Rialmo responded to a domestic call involving 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and his father. Rialmo says he opened fire when LeGrier came at him with a bat. The shots killed the teenager and neighbor, 55-year-old Bettie Jones. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, ruled the shooting unjustified. But Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson disagreed. Because of that, one police board member was left to make a decision on Rialmo’s future. If the member agrees with Johnson, Rialmo keeps his job.  If not, the entire police board votes. That doesn’t sit well with LeGrier’s mother or her attorneys. “It’s a system that is set up to protect officers from any discipline,” said attorney Jack Kennedy. “I’m hoping someone has some morals and principles and makes the right decision,” said Janet Cooksey, LeGrier’s mother. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

New Video Surfaces From Bus Shelter Crash

CHICAGO (CBS) — New surveillance video showing the moment an SUV slammed into a South Side bus shelter, killing a woman. That video is now part of an ongoing police investigation. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has more. Chicago Police said the driver of an SUV was speeding when it hit a car. And then 67-year-old Janice Gilmore. Before bringing down a traffic light and bus shelter. But on security video from a nearby business, it shows the SUV traveling so fast it’s a blur before it slams into the sedan. From another angle, you see the bus shelter collapse. “I pretty much heard it and then seen the aftermath,” says Jereh Brown who tried to help Gilmore, along with his boss. Witnesses say Gilmore was crossing Stoney Island when the SUV hit her. Four people were under the bus shelter when it fell. Including Tiffany Carter and her young daughter Takia. Carter ran, then went back to get Takia who was under the debris. Both only suffered bruises. The other two also unhurt, along with the SUV’s driver. Brown says the driver went over to Gilmore and tried to talk to her. “I looked up and I saw him and he was pretty much saying he didn’t know what happened,” says Brown. The SUV driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and having no insurance. Witnesses say they believe the driver is from out of state and driving a rental car. Police indicate more charges could be on the way.

Pritzker Favors Higher Tax On Rich To Pay For State Pensions

CHICAGO (CBS) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker is strongly defending Illinois’ generous state pensions at a time when some tax watchdogs say those pension payouts are bankrupting the state. Big pension payouts, like the nearly $600,000 to UIC Dr. Leslie Heffez or the $250,000 pension for retired state senator Arthur Berman, infuriate tax watchdog James Tobin. “The bankruptcy of Illinois is caused by these lavish, gold-plated pensions,” Tobin said. “They’re outlandish, ridiculous. They’re legalized theft. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports, more than 20 cents of every Illinois tax dollar goes to pensions. When former Gov. Pat Quinn raised taxes by $30 billion over four years, most of that went to pay pensions. When lawmakers raised income taxes $5 billion last summer, all of it went to pensions. Tobin wants a constitutional amendment to cut pension payments. “It’s an immoral system and these pensions are legalized theft,” he said. But JB Pritzker opposes any pension cut amendment. “[Governor] Bruce Rauner is the one who’s created this aura that you can’t pay the pensions.  It’s our obligation to step up to the plate and pay those,” Pritzker said. Pritzker instead wants a constitutional amendment to raise taxes thru a progressive income tax. “The whole idea is to protect the middle class and those striving to get there and ask the wealthiest to pay more,” Pritzker said. If elected, Pritzker thinks it would take at least two years to get a progressive income tax on the books.      

Firefighter Injured By Brick When Wall Collapses In Englewood Blaze

CHICAGO (CBS) — One Chicago firefighter suffered a minor injury Tuesday morning while helping extinguish an extra-alarm blaze in Englewood. The fire started around 6:15 a.m. in a vacant building near 70th and May streets. Deputy Fire Commissioner William Vogt said there was heavy fire in a building marked with a red X, indicating to firefighters that it was too dangerous to go inside. Flames quickly spread to two neighboring buildings.

Because of the volume of fire, and the dangerous structural conditions, fire officials called in a 2-11 alarm to bring extra trucks and crews to the scene. Vogt said approximately 100 firefighters and 16 pieces of equipment responded to the fire. About 15 minutes after the first firefighters arrived, two walls of the building where the fire started came down, and the roof collapsed. As a precaution, a mayday call went out, because a crew of firefighters was working close to the building, and there was a threat someone might have been lost as the wall came down. Vogt said no one was trapped when the walls collapsed, and only one firefighter was hurt, when a falling brick hit him in the arm. The firefighter was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition, with a minor contusion to his arm. Although the building where the fire started was a total loss, the two neighboring buildings were saved, according to Vogt. “I can tell you this, the companies did an excellent job recognizing that the structure was unsafe at this time. They did a phenomenal job saving the exposure buildings,” he said. One neighboring building was vacant. There were four people living in the other building, but they were safely evacuated when firefighters arrived, and were not injured. Vogt said that building had some minor fire damage that would need repairs. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

After The Bell: Dow Slides 380 Points

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Stocks closed lower Wednesday, giving up earlier gains, as Wall Street finished a volatile month of trading. The S&P 500 lost 30, the NASDAQ fell 57 and the Dow Jones industrial average, hit the hardest, shed more than 380 points, settling just above the 25,000 mark. “What happened yesterday, people listened to the new Fed Chairman Jay Powell and interpreted his comments regarding the economy and fiscal stimulus as indicating again potentially the Fed will be more aggressive than what people were expecting. We saw the market down yesterday, and that decline followed through today,” Jim Welsh, Macro Strategist at Smart Portfolios, said. He adds that he sees a potential leadership change from growth stocks to value stocks.

Preservation Chicago Releases The 2018 ‘Chicago 7 Most Endangered’ List, Asks Obama Foundation To Find New Site

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Preservation Chicago is calling on the Obama Foundation to consider another site and abandon plans for Jackson Park.

“We’re very concerned about the plans for the Obama Presidential Center and the golf course proposed for Jackson Park, the Midway Plaisance and the South Shore Cultural Center,” said Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago.

“We’d encourage the Obama Center to maybe look at other sites. And we really do welcome them to Chicago’s South Side, just not in these legacy parks by Olmstead – the best of the best.”

Preservation Chicago announced Wednesday its annual “Chicago 7 Most Endangered List.”

Besides Jackson Park, the list included the Thompson Center, Union Station, Hotel Guyon, Woodruff Arcade, Washington Park Substation, Harper High School in West Englewood, and the brick paved streets and alleys.

The Woodruff Arcade in Edgewater has been around since 1923 and Chicago’s brick paved streets and alleys date back to the turn of the last century.

Deerfield Considers Assault-Weapons Ban

(WBBM Newsradio) — The village of Deerfield may be getting closer to a ban on assault weapons. It was the deaths of 17 people in Florida that was the tipping point for Deerfield, Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said Tuesday. “I believe is took all of us by storm with those students being so articulate,” she said. “So, I think it struck many of us, and the the time was right.”
Mayor Rosenthal says Deerfield elected leaders will consider an assault weapons ban when they meet March 5. It’s not clear that local municipalities can actually impose a ban — that’s something only the state can do — but Rosenthal says because Deerfield took some action on weapons five years ago, the village got a foot in the door, legally speaking. She says the local government may now impose its own assault weapons ban.