A University of Chicago police officer shot and seriously wounded a 21-year-old student who charged an officer with a metal pipe near the South Side campus late Tuesday, authorities said.The student, identified as Charles Thomas, is facing criminal charges in connection with the shooting, including felony aggravated assault of a peace officer and two counts of felony criminal damage to property, according to Chicago police.Thomas is also facing two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property.Body camera footage showing the shooting, which happened off campus just before 10:15 p.m. in the Hyde Park neighborhood, was released by the school on Wednesday night.Three U. of C. police officers responding to a call of a burglary in the 5300 block of South Kimbark Avenue encountered a man — later identified as Thomas — breaking car and apartment windows with a long metal pipe, university officials said in an email to students.Thomas lives on the block of the shooting, … [Read more...] about Video captures University of Chicago police officer shooting student near campus; charges filed against student
A woman was shot early Thursday on Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast neighborhood, and, shortly after, officers chased a car thought to be involved in the shooting for more than 10 miles.The 26-year-old woman was a passenger in a car traveling north in the 1600 block of North Lake Shore Drive on the Near North Side when someone shot her from a silver four-door sedan around 2:05 a.m., police said.Police originally reported the address of the shooting as in the 3100 block of North Lake Shore Drive.She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the knee.About 20 minutes after the shooting, officers spotted a silver sedan traveling south in the 800 block of North Lake Shore Drive.The chased the sedan onto the Stevenson Expressway before ending the pursuit around Kedzie Avenue.No one was in custody in the shooting.The woman was among four people wounded, one fatally, in city shootings Wednesday and early Thursday.The fatal shooting happened about … [Read more...] about Woman wounded on Lake Shore Drive among 4 shot in Chicago
Chicago taxpayers, prepare for another kick in the teeth. In fact, it might be a good time to grow fond of the toothless grin. Another recent court decision will put taxpayers on the hook for additional city pension debts. Yes, even more than before.A circuit court judge in March struck down a 2014 state law that eased pressure on the pension fund of Chicago Park District retirees. The law had increased Park District employees’ own contributions to the fund, increased their retirement-eligible age, reduced their annual cost-of-living increases and reduced duty disability benefits. But those changes will be rolled back, due to the ruling.That means the Park District — you, taxpayers — will have to come up with reimbursements for workers’ higher contributions, plus interest. Going forward the district will have to figure out how to stabilize the retirement fund without those cost-saving changes. Chicago’s pension funds — for municipal workers and … [Read more...] about Chicago’s pension precipice: It’s worse than you thought.
Chicago aldermen could expand the city’s sexual harassment protections to businesses under a proposal that would require training at companies with at least 50 employees.The measure from Northwest Side Ald. Margaret Laurino, 39th, also would require businesses to post signs warning sexual harassment is illegal and informing workers they have to file complaints with city, state and federal agencies within 180 days of the incident.Laurino’s proposal comes after the City Council last fall approved adding aldermen, the mayor, treasurer and city clerk to rules barring sexual harassment of other city officials or employees, a response to the issue put in the spotlight by sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood, Springfield and across the country.And the council on Wednesday is set to vote on an ordinance to require primary contractors seeking work through the city’s procurement office to sign affidavits swearing they have written sexual harassment policies to protect … [Read more...] about Many Chicago businesses would have to offer sexual harassment training under alderman’s plan
Chicago aldermen are taking steps to make it clear police officers have the authority to break a car window to free a dog or other animal trapped inside on a hot or cold day.The City Council Finance Committee on Monday recommended approval of an ordinance spelling out that cops and animal control officers are entitled to shatter the glass if they can’t locate the owner or find another way into a parked car where an animal could be suffering. There’s already a state law to that effect, but city officials said they needed clear municipal language on the books in case a motorist sues for damages.Ald. Gilbert Villegas, 36th, introduced the plan last summer to give citizens the power to break a car window to get an animal out without fear of prosecution and to fine pet owners who left dogs in cars. That stronger language got stripped out, however, and the version the City Council will consider Wednesday contains only the narrower provision.Noted animal lover Ald. Raymond Lopez … [Read more...] about Chicago police may get power to break car windows to free trapped animals