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Bob Rita 28th District Hosts Chicago's 1st homicide

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He ignores his District

Blue Island, IL

#1 Jan 4, 2014
Fatal Roseland shooting is Chicago’s 1st homicide of 2014
BY LUKE WILUSZ Staff Reporter January 3, 2014

A man who died after being shot multiple times in the South Side Roseland neighborhood Friday afternoon is the city’s first homicide of 2014.

The 30-year-old man was shot about 1:15 p.m. in the 300 block of West 114th Street, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Officers responded to a call of a man shot at that location and found him with gunshot wounds to the back, face, hand and buttocks, police said.

The shooter fled west into an alley, got into a vehicle and fled east on 115th Street, police said.

The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 4:08 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said. His name was not being released Friday night pending notification of his family.

No one was in custody Friday night as Area South detectives conducted a homicide investigation, police said.
He ignores his District

Blue Island, IL

#2 Jan 4, 2014
Crime reports in Roseland, Nov. 21 - Dec. 21, 20131
VIOLENT CRIMES

Robbery - 26
Battery - 13
Assault - 7
Homicide - 3
Criminal sexual assault - 1
}
50
reports
1.1 per 1,000 people
18 th of 77 areas (tied)»
down 30% over last year2
PROPERTY CRIMES

Theft - 81
Burglary - 45
Motor vehicle theft - 22
Arson - 0
}
148
reports
3.3 per 1,000 people
21 st of 77 areas (tied)»
down 10% over last year2
QUALITY-OF-LIFE CRIMES

Criminal damage - 73
Narcotics - 53
Prostitution - 5
}
131
reports
2.9 per 1,000 people
12 th of 77 areas »
down 10% over last year2
1Crime reports are updated daily from the City of Chicago data portal, which is current except for the most recent seven days. References on this page to last N days should be understood as the last N days for which data is available.
2Comparisons are based on the difference in total crimes in this category for the same 30-day window last year.
The Man

Midlothian, IL

#3 Jan 6, 2014
No need to worry because he runs unapposed every election and they would vote for him anyway.
mark

United States

#4 Jan 6, 2014
The Man wrote:
No need to worry because he runs unapposed every election and they would vote for him anyway.
Which election is he running unopposed?
Any and All

Chicago, IL

#5 Jan 6, 2014
mark wrote:
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Which election is he running unopposed?
All of them.
Bobs blight

United States

#6 Jan 11, 2014
He'll never lose. Madigan has him in his back pocket. He's a puppet! They don't care about crime in these indigent neighborhoods! It's all about $$$$$$. And POWER!!
The truth

Midlothian, IL

#7 Jan 11, 2014
Bobs blight wrote:
He'll never lose. Madigan has him in his back pocket. He's a puppet! They don't care about crime in these indigent neighborhoods! It's all about $$$$$$. And POWER!!
Apparently, you are not reading the papers. Madigan is in a bit of trouble. Feds anyone?
The truth

Midlothian, IL

#8 Jan 11, 2014
The truth wrote:
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Apparently, you are not reading the papers. Madigan is in a bit of trouble. Feds anyone?
The problem with many politicians is that they think they are above the law. They think that having friends in other political positions will protect them from scrutiny. Watch this play out. See if a certain group in BI are exempt from this game playing with our dollars.
Daily

Chicago, IL

#9 Jan 11, 2014
Elected/Former Elected Officials are going to J-A-I-L !
A Detective Insight

Blue Island, IL

#10 Jan 12, 2014
Murder toll

Speaking as a retired detective, I was astounded that your lament over the murder rate did not mention the massive role that drug prohibition plays in the carnage ("Choosing Chicago's murder toll; Defy the odds; Push the body count lower in 2014 and beyond," Editorial, Dec. 29). Per experts testifying in the U.S. House, gang violence would be cut in half if the gangs had no drugs to sell. You do your readers a disservice not mentioning the biggest driver of felony crime in Chicago.

— Howard Wooldridge, Washington
Captain Oblivious

Alsip, IL

#11 Jan 12, 2014
Nobody gives a shit about your insight. You are the problem. You go around arresting people for petty offenses while the politicians that pull your puppet strings are breaking every law in the book. You cannot say or do anything for fear of loosing your job.
Illinoisgate

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 12, 2014
The truth wrote:
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Apparently, you are not reading the papers. Madigan is in a bit of trouble. Feds anyone?
Mike Madigan needs to stop he has less time in front of him than he has behind him. He continues to place himself at risk of spending his remaining days behind bars. Like Daley he needs to put together an exit strategy for himself and hope the Feds don't pursue him.
What is Bob doing

Blue Island, IL

#13 Apr 4, 2014
A CHICAGO SUN-TIMES PublicationMARK EVERY DEATH. REMEMBER EVERY VICTIM. FOLLOW EVERY CASE. HOMICIDE WATCH CHICAGO LATEST NEWSVICTIMSSUSPECTSMAPPHOTOSVI DEOCALENDARCOMMENTS POLICYABOUT
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Valentino Taylor fatally shot in Roseland
Posted April 1, 2014, 3:21 p.m. by LeeAnn Shelton | Leave a comment


Valentino Taylor was shot to death in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side Monday night.

About 9:30 p.m., the 26-year-old was found with two gunshot wounds to the head in the 11300 block of South Forest Avenue, police said.

Taylor, of the 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:56 p.m., a representative for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Area South detectives are investigating.

The 28th district has become more violent since Bob Rita was elected to the Illinois General Assembly. He has refused to help the residents of his district. Instead he wastes his time on Gambling Expansion.
The sad truth

Blue Island, IL

#16 Apr 4, 2014
Gallup Poll: Illinois last when it comes to trusting state government


By Juan Perez Jr.

April 4, 2014

By a wide margin, Illinois residents have less trust in their state government than residents in any state in the nation, according to results of a Gallup politics poll released Friday.

Just 28 percent of residents polled said they trust Illinois state government “a great deal” or “a fair amount”, according to Gallup. That put Illinois 50th in terms of trusting their state government, with the next closest Rhode Island and Maine with 40 percent.

Illinois’“exceptionally low trust level” and dead-last spot isn’t surprising, Gallup said, considering two of its last three governors – Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan – were sent to prison for crimes committed while in office.

“Additionally, the Illinois economy remains shaky and the state government continues to struggle to balance the budget, even after a significant income tax increase a few years ago,” the polling agency said.

The highest trust in state government belonged to residents in North Dakota, with 77 percent, followed closely by Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Gallup said its results are based on a 50-state poll conducted from June to December of last year, which included interviews with a random sample of 600 residents in each state.

In addition to Illinois, Rhode Island and Maine, less than 50 percent of residents expressed trust in state government in, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California and Maryland.

“Many of these less-trusting states have had poor economies in recent years,” Gallup said.“Louisiana, like Illinois, has a history of corruption among its elected leaders.”
Corrupt from Within

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 4, 2014
The sad truth wrote:
Gallup Poll: Illinois last when it comes to trusting state government
By Juan Perez Jr.
April 4, 2014
By a wide margin, Illinois residents have less trust in their state government than residents in any state in the nation, according to results of a Gallup politics poll released Friday.
Just 28 percent of residents polled said they trust Illinois state government “a great deal” or “a fair amount”, according to Gallup. That put Illinois 50th in terms of trusting their state government, with the next closest Rhode Island and Maine with 40 percent.
Illinois’“exceptionally low trust level” and dead-last spot isn’t surprising, Gallup said, considering two of its last three governors – Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan – were sent to prison for crimes committed while in office.
“Additionally, the Illinois economy remains shaky and the state government continues to struggle to balance the budget, even after a significant income tax increase a few years ago,” the polling agency said.
The highest trust in state government belonged to residents in North Dakota, with 77 percent, followed closely by Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Gallup said its results are based on a 50-state poll conducted from June to December of last year, which included interviews with a random sample of 600 residents in each state.
In addition to Illinois, Rhode Island and Maine, less than 50 percent of residents expressed trust in state government in, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California and Maryland.
“Many of these less-trusting states have had poor economies in recent years,” Gallup said.“Louisiana, like Illinois, has a history of corruption among its elected leaders.”
Corruption has swallowed Illinios from Springfield to every tiny community, township, and school district.:(
He is doing NOTHING

Blue Island, IL

#18 May 23, 2014
Three killed, four wounded in Thursday shootings

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE May 23, 2014

A 14-year-old boy was one of three people killed along with at least four others wounded in citywide shootings Thursday, police said.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 10:15 p.m. in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.

Officers who were responding to a call of shots fired found Kevin Diaz, 14, lying unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 6400 block of South Francisco Avenue, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Diaz, who lived two blocks north of where he was shot to death, was pronounced dead less than a half hour later, authorities said.

The shooting is believed to be gang-related, police said.

About 8:45 p.m., Brian McKinney, 20, was standing on the sidewalk in the 10700 block of South Indiana Avenue, when several people walked up and fired shots in his direction, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. He suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and hip, and the people then ran away.

McKinney, of the 7300 block of South Perry Avenue, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Earlier Thursday, an 18-year-old man was found dead with a gunshot wound in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Robert Waldon was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds at 1:17 a.m. in the 1300 block of North Hamlin Avenue, authorities said.

Waldon, of the 3800 block of West Grand Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:54 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. He was a documented gang member, police said.

The most recent non-fatal shooting left a 17-year-old boy injured in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood

About 8:05 p.m., the boy was walking in the 6300 block of South Artesian Avenue when he was shot in the ankle, police said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in “stable” condition

Thirty-five minutes earlier, a male, whose age was not immediately known, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg about 7:30 p.m. in the 9800 block of South Yates Boulevard, police said. Hospital information was not available.

Shortly after 6 p.m., a man was shot in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The man, 20, was shot in the lower back in the 12400 block of South Union Avenue, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in “stable” condition.

Less than 30 minutes earlier, a man was shot during an attempted robbery in the South Side Washington Park neighborhood.

The 22-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg about 5:50 p.m. in the 0 to 100 block of East 53rd Street, police said. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in good condition. Police said the shooting happened during an attempted robbery, but additional details were not immediately available.

No one is in custody for any of the shootings as area detectives investigate.
Arnold

Blue Island, IL

#20 Jun 24, 2014
The cover up wrote:
SPRINGFIELD
Illinois Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, presides over a hearing on gaming legislation in Chicago on April 16. On Monday, referring to a legislative investigation of Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, Rita said:“What’s the endgame here? What are we going to accomplish?"
Dems can’t bury issue of Quinn anti-violence program
MON, 06/23/2014
MARK BROWN
Illinois Democrats would like to put the whole mess of Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program behind them as quickly as possible, so much so that they have forgotten one of Yogi Berra’s greatest maxims:
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
I hate to break it to Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, and Sen. John Mulroe, D-Chicago, and whoever’s water they were carrying Monday with a determined attempt to “bring closure” to a legislative investigation of Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.
But this issue isn’t going away anytime soon, and any effort to short-circuit an investigation is only going to backfire.
To hear the Democrats tell it, everybody already knows the anti-violence program was a problem, so much so that the state agency that ran it, the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, has already been disbanded.
Coupled with the fact that federal prosecutors in Springfield and the Cook County state’s attorney are conducting their own investigations, they argue there’s nothing more for the Legislature to do.
“What’s the endgame here? What are we going to accomplish?” asked Rita in his best move-along, nothing-more-here-to-see voice during a subcommittee meeting of the Legislative Audit Commission.
“It was a long time ago,” Mulroe said of the program that ran from 2010 through 2012.“What remedies are we seeking?”
Democrats eventually went along with Republicans by voting to subpoena Barbara Shaw, the former executive director of the anti-violence authority, to testify at the bipartisan panel’s next hearing on July 16 and 17.
Then they one-upped the Republicans by helping push through subpoenas for six other Quinn administration officials who Republicans say were involved in the program. Republicans would have preferred to call them to testify at a later date after hearing what Shaw had to say.
Where did all that money go?
Leadership Team

Chicago, IL

#21 Jun 24, 2014
Corrupt from Within wrote:
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Corruption has swallowed Illinios from Springfield to every tiny community, township, and school district.:(
Quinn, Madigan, Rita, and Cronies have played hide and seek with the taxpayers money.
The dust is settling

Blue Island, IL

#22 Jun 28, 2014
State Rep Bob Rita continues to neglect his duties as a elected State Rep. It is obvious, he has no clue. The Electorate are finally discovering who State Rep Bob Rita really is!

Teen shot near PUSH headquarters on South Side

BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter June 27, 2014
teen shot in Kenwood neighborhood

A teenage boy was shot Friday evening near Rainbow/PUSH headquarters in the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side, officials said.

The 17-year-old was walking about 7:35 p.m. in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard when a minivan drove up and someone inside fired shots, striking the teen in the back, police said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was conducting a town hall meeting on education when he was told of the shooting outside.

“I rushed out, the police had come, they had put him on a stretcher,” Jackson said.

Jackson tried to comfort teens who were emotionally distressed.

“It hurts to see so many young children traumatized and scared and crying and holding onto me,” Jackson told the Sun-Times.

Jackson said paramedics worked on the wounded teen for about 20 minutes and they then took him to Stroger Hospital. Jackson also went to the hospital.

“The tragedy is, they could’ve used the University of Chicago hospital just around the corner,” Jackson said.“But it’s not a trauma level hospital.”

Jackson, the founder of PUSH, said he has been protesting the lack of a trauma center hospital in the area for some time.

Jackson said he saw no link between the shooting and Friday’s kick-off event for PUSH’s annual convention.

“It’s also [blocks] from the president’s house, you can’t read anything into that,” he said.

The teen was in critical condition early Saturday morning, officials said.

A police source said the boy is a documented gang member.

The shooting happened during a five-hour period Friday night in which four others were shot on the South Side, including another 17-year-old boy.

Contributing: Mitchell Armentrout
What is Bob Rita doing

Blue Island, IL

#23 Aug 12, 2014
Another Homicide in the 28th district.

Julio Perkins fatally shot in West Pullman
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 by Michael Lansu


Julio Perkins was fatally shot in the head early Tuesday in the West Pullman neighborhood.

Perkins, 30, was shot outside his home in the 11600 block of South Stewart Avenue about 2 a.m., authorities said.

Witnesses told investigators they heard five or six shots then saw two males running away from the area, police said.

Perkins died less than an hour later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nobody has been charged for the murder.

Area South detectives are investigating.

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