Teens turn unoccupied Winnetka home i...

Teens turn unoccupied Winnetka home into party house, police say

There are 284 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 25, 2009, titled Teens turn unoccupied Winnetka home into party house, police say. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Several North Shore teenagers turned an unoccupied Winnetka home into a party house where they drank, smoked and made themselves comfortable for weeks, according to police and the homeowner.

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common sense

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 25, 2009
I'm from the area and went to LA. A simple facebook search will show you the poor woman's daughter was friends with all of the kids that are searchable on facebook. I'm not pointing any fingers, but I would not put it past a north shore kid to make themselves more cool by giving her friends a place to drink. Parents think they are doing a great thing by moving to the area to get their kids a great education at New Trier... they forget that the environment and the pressures that go along with high society. I don't want to defend all the kids at LA (obviously one of their students was involved), because this same stuff goes on there as well, but at least the student body is a bit more diverse, and values are a part of the required education.

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 25, 2009
She believed their apologies. She also believes "Muffin" isn't a punchline.
ah the good old days

Chicago, IL

#4 Feb 26, 2009
heh, doesn't anyone remember that stupid kid who let people go balls wild in their home while the parents were out of town?

being an adult now i would be mortified to see the condition of the house upon return...but i'm not so old to not remember the fun wanton destruction of a house that wasn't yours..

kinda like the house party from 'sixteen candles'.
that a way new trier

Madison, WI

#5 Feb 26, 2009
you stay classy up there in winnetka. love, hinsdale central.
Mike CSI

Smiths Falls, Canada

#6 Feb 26, 2009
I would love to know why these little pains in the ass weren't charged with damage to property and criminal trespassing. The statement by the chief that there was no evidence is absolute BS. The woman says, "My house didn't look like this," and bingo you have your evidence by way of victim testimony. Also, how can you not have evidence of criminal trespass when they all entered into a house they obviously were not supposed to be in? I mean, they didn't even hit them with the blanket charge of disorderly conduct that can apply to pretty much any case involving rowdy teens.

It sounds like someone's trying to sweep something under the rug with this measly little underage drinking charge. On the plus side, the woman can happily sue every single one of these kids' families for the damages and maybe recoup some of her losses.

Round Lake, IL

#7 Feb 26, 2009
Why were'nt these "kids" charged with Burglery, Breaking and Entry, and Damage to property?
Mike CSI

Smiths Falls, Canada

#9 Feb 26, 2009
keto wrote:
Why were'nt these "kids" charged with Burglery, Breaking and Entry, and Damage to property?
Unfortunately, burglary does not apply here according to the way the statute is written:

Under Illinois Law (720 ILCS 5/19-1), a person commits a burglary if they: 1) enter or without authority remains within a building, house trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code, railroad car, or any part thereof, with 2) intent to commit therein a felony or theft.

They definitely should be charged with criminal trespass and damage to property, though.

Algonquin, IL

#10 Feb 26, 2009
I'm with you, Wardell. "Muffin?" lol!
Winnetka Resident

Evanston, IL

#11 Feb 26, 2009
Chicago wrote:
Oh, the humanity!!! Those poor Winnetka folks! How will they ever recover in their North Shore homes backed by rock-solid insurance and tons of money!!!! Those darn beer drinking teens!
Not that those kids shouldnt be held accountable, but C'MON!
I know this family and have for 30 years, I can assure you this is not the scenario you have painted. If I found out that my home, that I was in the process of selling (Muffin had moved to an apartment in neighboring community you'll note - if you can actually read), I would sue every one of these kids and their parents and press every charge I could. This "house occupation" "thing" is out of control. These kids thinks its just fine to break into unoccupied or unattended homes and party and destroy the contents. You can make smart ass comments about this situation but personally I feel very badly for the victim family.

United States

#12 Feb 26, 2009
So the Trib is now printing the names of minors charged with crimes? No that I object -- just asking.
Sucker State

Homer Glen, IL

#15 Feb 26, 2009
Those poor rich kids have no place to party.

North Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 26, 2009
I cant believe they came back to help clean up. Not total idiots after all

Oak Brook, IL

#17 Feb 26, 2009
They only came back because it will look good before the judge. They are not really sorry.
wow wrote:
I cant believe they came back to help clean up. Not total idiots after all

Rockville, MD

#18 Feb 26, 2009
Regarding LMAO2's comment. I think the Trib can legally print the names of the 17 year-olds (similar to the age of consent), but they didn't have the name of the 16 year-old. Any lawyers out there?

Mexico, Mexico

#20 Feb 26, 2009
Sounds like risky business to me! Wait, was that a pun of some sort? And to think, that's where the flick was filmed!

Evanston, IL

#21 Feb 26, 2009
I'm in Chicago most of the time anymore for business, leaving behind a comfortable, not expensive, house in Michigan. This had become a very common problem also in that community. I told my college-aged sons that if anyone breaks in and parties in our house, I WILL sue. I also notify the next-door neighbors as to when I or anyone else will be there -- that way, if someone IS there and they haven't been told, they are free to call the police. Sometimes people don't sue because it can create such a hassle to then try to continue to live in the community, especially in a small town. I honestly don't care about such niceties.

As to all those who have posted snotty anti-Winnetka comments, it's only clear that you don't know much beyond your own prejudices. You can bet this stuff is going on in every community.

With an increasing number of empty homes due to foreclosure, this is a problem that isn't going to go away.

Vernon Hills, IL

#22 Feb 26, 2009
In Illinois, 17 years old constitutes an adult by way of criminal charges, which is why their names were printed. The 16 year old was not printed because they are still considered a minor.
Yankee Boy

Schaumburg, IL

#23 Feb 26, 2009
I suggest the kids retain the mouthpiece the Indiana guy used after he heisted $100K in guitars and got 90 days work release. They can use the "I'm sorry" and I "learned a lesson" excuse too.

Naperville, IL

#24 Feb 26, 2009
Has Barney Fife been resurrected in Winnetka? No evidence? That is what the police station and phone books are for. Seems like Jon Burge has a consulting opportunity in Winnetka.

Since: Sep 07

Chicago, IL

#25 Feb 26, 2009
wow wrote:
I cant believe they came back to help clean up. Not total idiots after all
That was what struck me too. Kids will party and do stupid things, but coming back to help clean up is a really responsible thing to do -- their parents taught them something.

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