Nothing to say. Just disappointment at the stories I have to share:
(All from the Chicago Tribune)
1. Gitmo Detainees in Illinois:
U.S. prison officials to tour Thomson today
November 16, 2009 5:58 AM |
A delegation from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is scheduled to tour and inspect the Thomson Correctional Center today as part of a White House proposal to buy the facility and use it to house some terror suspects now detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Sunday morning.
Speaking Sunday at news conferences in Moline and Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn called the Obama Administration’s interest in the prison near the Mississippi River a “great, great opportunity for our state.”
Housing the detainees here would be “good for our state, good for our economy and good for our public safety,” the governor said.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who also spoke, estimated that using Thomson to hold terror suspects would generate more than 2,000 local jobs directly related to the facility and an additional 1,000 in the surrounding community.
“People are struggling to keep their homes. … They’re getting desperate. With the recession and the loss of jobs, they’re not sure which way to turn,” Durbin said. “Now they’ve got a chance, a fighting chance.”
Republicans on Saturday warned of the security risks posed by housing terror suspects in Illinois.
“As home to America’s tallest building, we should not invite Al Qaeda to make Illinois its number one target,” said Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk in a letter circulated Saturday.
Republican U.S. Rep. Donald Manzullo, whose district includes Thomson, was among several members of Illinois’ congressional delegation to sign the letter.
Durbin said Sunday he was confident the detainees would not be a threat.
The saga of violence continues:
Mayhem erupts throughout city after appeal to end violence
November 15, 2009
After community activists pleaded earlier for a day without killing, violence erupted throughout the city after the stroke of midnight on Saturday, leaving at least two people dead and several injured.
At about 12:06 a.m., Frederick Evans, 20, of the 6800 block of South Ada Street was found shot to death in an alley in the 500 block of West 58th Street. He was shot in his back and chest.
Witnesses told police Evans was involved in a dice game shortly before midnight, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer JoAnn Taylor. Evans was seen being chased by a unknown person who opened fire, Taylor said. He ran to an alley to take cover before collapsing.
A handgun was recovered from the scene, Taylor said.
Minutes after Evans’ shooting, a 32-year-old man was shot at about 12:13 a.m. on Chicago’s West Side in the Lawndale neighborhood. Police said he was shot after he watched a fight in the 3900 block of West Ogden Avenue. He suffered wounds to his leg and thigh, police said.
At about 2 a.m., Howard Hodges, of Park Forest, was shot and struck by a car near a lounge in the Chatham neighborhood. Hodges, 34, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Another man also was shot in front of the lounge located in the 8300 block of South Vincennes Avenue, but he was taken to St. Bernard Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said he suffered a wound to his shoulder.
Later, two other people were stabbed in the Englewood neighborhood at about 3:15 a.m. in the 6600 block of South Carpenter Street, and three people were shot in the Brighton Park neighborhood at about 5 a.m. near 47th Street and Homan Avenue, police said.
Several community activist groups and teens met throughout the city Saturday to discuss ways to end the violence in Chicago neighborhoods.
And finally…If the head of the Chicago Public School’s Board of Education commits suicide what hope is left for the actual kids who attend Chicago Public Schools? You know..the folks who see the violence on the daily basis.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago Public School board chairman Michael Scott’s death ruled suicide
November 16, 2009
BY MAUREEN O’DONNELL, ROSEMARY SOBOL, FRAN SPIELMAN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters
The death of Chicago School Board President Michael Scott was ruled a suicide this afternoon by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
When police found his body early this morning, Scott was face down in a foot of water along the Chicago River downtown, a .380-caliber handgun under his body, a source said…
The 60-year-old Scott, Mayor Daley’s go-to-guy for years, had a gunshot wound to his left temple.
He left behind his cell phone on a ledge overlooking the river on the west side of the Apparel Center, 350 N. Orleans.
But he left no note, a source said.
Scott, who was reported missing by his family Sunday, night had apparently plunged about 15 feet from the ledge into the shallow water. His car — a blue Cadillac — was found about 30 feet from his body, a source said.
Police found the body at 3:15 a.m. It was taken to the department’s Marine Unit headquarters and then transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
As details continued to emerge about the stunning death of the head of Chicago’s school board, family, friends, colleagues expressed their sadness.
An ashen Daley said he saw no indication that his close friend was troubled, saying Scott’s death “is a shock for everyone.”
“No, no. None whatsoever,” Daley said when asked if he sensed Scott was struggling with personal issues. “Mike was always helping people with troubles.”…
A stunned Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up at the scene Monday morning after hearing about Scott’s death on the news. He said he spoke with him last week — and Scott sounded normal to him.
“Everyone thought Michael was their guy,” Jackson said. “People are so very sad. .. . The suddenness of it all — midday has become midnight. The sun has been eclipsed.”
Jackson described Scott as someone equally comfortable working with Chicago’s poorest children or sitting courtside at a Bulls game.
“That’s why I think the mayor leaned on Michael the most,” Jackson said.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, issued a statement saying he was “shocked and saddened.”