Does anyone know if the perpetrator or the victim even live in this area? Most of the time the crime that happens here (Portage Park Area etc...) is brought upon from other parts of the city. On a more personal note the lack of cops in our area is a bit troubling. I'm not lying when I say that I can't sleep well at night anymore because I just don't feel safe. Bravo Rahm. You tried to save Chicago a few bucks at the cost of our lives and safety. I can't believe I'm saying this but by the looks of it I'd prefer Daley over Emanuel. At least Daley didn't take away ALL of our cops and made the NW side into a war zone!!!
it's heartwrenching that there have been so many years of unfunded war and hemorraging of our economy off shore, resulting in exponential poverty...people losing their living wages, healthcare, homes, retirement, ...the rise of empty properties, homelessness, street crime, desperate landlords and anyones, need for low income housing & social services (that are being cut) and dimishing tax base. change the conditions that cause socioeconomic oppression:)
Laura, I agree, it's very, very, sad and depressing. I wish there was an easy answer and solution.....Things were so uncomplicated back in the day...I know we can't live in the past, but what is the solution??? Is there one???
My wife and I moved to PP from Lakeview. twenty years ago. Not as many years as some, but more then others. About six months after we moved in, we were broken into. We have had graffiti and a mired of issues with petty crime and other things culminating in our kitchen window and two car windows being broken at the end of last summer.
When we use to get the Nadig delivered on a regular basis, my wife would turn the the "Police Blotter" or "Crime Watch" whatever it was (we also received the Southtown) and read all the things that went on over the past week. It would always scare her. Armed muggings on Milwaukee break-ins, family issues and the occasional shooting or other violent crime.
I am not trying to put an, "it ain't so bad" spin on what is happening now. All of this is serious. What I believe, is, to a large extent we get the information now, we are more in tune with what is going on. To blame other people, or what some of us may consider undesirables is in my opinion not the answer.
I was part of a "Gang Forum" at Schurz High School Years ago (can't remember but I know the Southtown was still around, I was on the cover). The topic was, gangs are here, now what do we do about it. Police instructions were the same then as now, call the Police.
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Found out today, both the victim and the perpetrator live in the neighborhood, and they know each other. They both live near each other, and not in or near all the buildings near the Portage or Dickinson.
Agree Gerard, I think we hear more about what is going on now. Also agree, need to call police if you see something suspicious. What kind of neighborhood is this? well 2 things happened to us over the weekend. First, our garage was tagged. Second, neighbors got together and helped me remove it. I choose to look at the latter to say that's the kind of neighborhood we live in. Thanks guys for your help.
Hi Luci in Rogers Park, "We the People" used to have legislation that sustained US, making US a beacan of expanding equal rights to opportunities for upward mobility; however they've been erroded, allowing decades of US to be laid off, outsourced, gambling away of our homes & retirement, cutting and defunding US into economic depression, debt and deficits, and I dare say, 'dumbing down of America', while we subsidize those that profiteered. "We the People" need to be vigilant and push for legislation that 'Rebuilds the Dream'... reinvestment in sustainable US productivity and tax base, again.
Another hotspot for the gang problem..is the 7-11 AT Addison and Cicero...and also the JJ Peppers and Cochiaro's Pizza at Addison and Central...Gee the few times im over there at those locations Ive seen activity and or police presence...We need community action in these hotspots...
@Lunker I have some sympathy for this kid. I made some terrible decisions when I was a teenager, and I was fortunate enough to have a stable and supportive family and I got off the self destructive path I was on. I hope that his family is able to get him the help he needs to turn his life in the right direction.
@ Inactive User re: DARE program - My kids went through it at Portage Park Elementary.
All three of my kids play sports there and when the after school sports programs were in danger of being cut, the teachers/coaches fought to keep them. They are adamant that they need to offer these kids things to do after school that are a positive use of time and keep them off the streets.
I have never encouraged my kids "just hanging" - I did a lot of that as a teenager and it was amazing how much trouble I could fit in after school and still be on time for dinner.
This young 14 year old boy was not only a gang member of the street gang La Familia Stones but is part of the same crimes involving graffiti, car break-ins, and muggings in this Portage Park neighborhood. I see alot of thanks to the alderman for his knowledge and support in dealing with these rising problems but so far every post he has made regarding these "gang" incidents are not only wrong but is posting information that is mis-leading in what is actually happening. Everyone has an assumption which is totally fine but when the alderman posts FALSE information it makes me think he really knows nothing about what really takes place with these kids and on his streets. Get the gang bangers out of this neighborhood and put more police patrol cars on the street and maybe then the law abiding citizens wouldnt have to defend or take matters into their own hands.
Stop bringing up race. It's your way to put the poster down in a attempt to lesson what the poster is writing and make them sound like a bigot. A gang banging criminal is a gang banging criminal. 1624 is mixed with black, white, mexican, puerto rican and as the latest shooting showed, filapino gang bangers.
Everyone who lives in this area knows the troubled buildings/kids/adults who live in this area. Same people getting into trouble day after day, month after month, and year after year.
If it's the same kid that I think it is he is a La Familia Stone from the Albany Park area who recently moved to the 5000 block of Irving. He has supposedly been recruiting a lot of the neighborhood kids to join up with him. There is also word that he is a killer but police did not have enough to go forward with it.
This same individual also hangs out with the wonderful people who live on the 4100 block of Dickinson. The same building police recovered a pistol at and shooting occurred a little while back (PNC Shooting). It is not a coincidence that all these guys share associates.
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@IP? a few questions. You said "stop bringing up race". Which post above brought up race?
Also...which shooting and when did it happen, that a Filipino was involved in? And one more, What does PNC mean?
Also I think I know the name of the person you are referring to that lives on Irving and the building they reside in. Problem is mentioning their name here without them actually having been cited for commiting a crime would be against Everyblock's "community guidelines". I wonder if using their street name would be against the rules?
@Inactive User Oddly enough, someone told me yesterday that two of the kids involved in the shooting incident a couple of weeks ago were OLV graduates. Don't know if that's true or not.
My assumption would be that there are more gangbangers in public schools because the population of public schools is larger. Private schools do not inoculate your kids from getting in trouble.
Think about it - how many Hispanic gangbangers do you think have had attended a Catholic church or school at some point in their lives? I don't think being Catholic has anything to do with your propensity to be in a gang or not. It's more complicated than that.
You wrote this "Just because someone rents a place, or is a different race then you, doesn't mean they deserve any less respect than a person who lives around here and has a mortgage or owns their place, or is a caucasian." You have also brought race up quite a few times in previous posts. You appear to get upset whenever someone brings up crime in the area. Are you the superintendent of police for the Portage Park area and are attempting to hide the numbers from the residents?
The shooting on Grace involved a Filipino.
I meant Parkway Bank not PNC. My mistake.
I don't know if it is against the rules to use street names on EB. If you like, you can read up on the rules and inform me on them.
I am confused, because the day after the stabbing, a reliable neighbor talked to people at the Tattoo place on Milwaukee and said that it was one of their employees who was stabbed when he went out to get a drink from the store, not a 14 year old boy. He seemed pretty confident that this was the story, so what gives?