has released a 40 minute mini-documentary on violence in Chicago and the young rappers who are a part of the scene surrounding it. The Field: Chicago
features appearances from up-and-coming rappers such as Lil Durk
, Lil Reese
, King Louie
, Lil Bibby
, Katie Got Bandz
, and more. [more inside]
"Maria Ridulph was 7 when she was kidnapped from a street corner in Sycamore, Illinois, on December 3, 1957. Her kidnapping and murder is the nation's oldest cold case to go to trial. It required family members to turn against one of their own and haunted a small town for 55 years. Even now, the case may not be over." CNN: Taken: The Coldest Case Ever Solved [more inside]
Chicago's WBEZ has created an interactive map
of the city and where its various gangs operate, using data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Chicagoist
considers the map and its implications while Progress Illinois
discusses the changing nature of gang violence.
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., son of revered civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Sr., has been missing from the public eye since June 10th, failing to cast votes and making no public appearances. After weeks of vague statements
raising more questions than answers about his mystery illness, Jackson's office has stated that he is seeking treatment for "debilitating" depression
at the Mayo Clinic. Jackson's office denies alcoholism or drug addiction. [more inside]
for same-sex marriage rights in Illinois took an unprecedented turn Thursday as Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez conceded that the state's ban on gay marriage violates the Illinois Constitution, essentially agreeing with a pair of lawsuits her office was expected to oppose. It marks the first time a state has refused to contest a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a gay marriage ban. The Illinois attorney general's office, which would be next in line to defend the state's constitution, already had announced plans to file a brief in support of the lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois."
"Downstate families are tired of Chicago dictating its views to the rest of us."
Two Downstate Illinois state legislators, Rep. Bill Mitchell
(R-Forsyth) and Rep. Adam Brown
(R-Decatur), have proposed a bill
to make Cook County
its own state. Of course, this is a lot easier said than done
Curt Teich (1877-1974) was a printer who immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1896. Curt Teich & Company, opened in 1898 in Chicago, was the world's largest printer of view and advertising postcards. Teich is best known for its "Greetings From" postcards with their big letters, vivid colors, and bold style. Flickr user amhpics has archived nearly 2000 Teich linen postcards in his set Vintage Curt Teich linen postcards 1930s-1950s
. [more inside]
"When we started Windy City, it was a means to an end, because there wasn't a distributor in Chicago that wanted to touch craft beer," Mr. Ebel says. "We went around to bars and they said, 'Great beer. How many free cases can you give me?' We just had to walk out of those accounts, set a price, and stick to it. And nobody asks us that anymore."
Pay-to-play contreversy in the Chicago beer scene
, with appearances from a who's who of Midwest beermeisters: Tracy Hurst of Metropolitan Brewing Co.
, Deb Carey of New Glarus Brewing Co.
, the Ebel Brothers of Two Brothers Brewing Co.
, and Josh Hall of Goose Island Brewing Company
In Illinois, a political ad is airing on the radio. In it, former
Republican Party candidate Andy Martin
says current Illinois congressman Mark Kirk
is a homosexual
. Another ad claims Kirk is a "de facto pedophile
." Jack Roeser
, an Illinois businessman, is quoted in one ad as saying there is a "solid rumor" regarding Mark's sexuality. What says Roeser about Martin? "I have nothing to do with that SOB."
Asian Carp update: since 2003(previously)
, the inexorable advance of Asian Carp
up the Mississippi delta has brought them to within 6 miles of Lake Michigan
. These invasive "100-pound Zebra Mussels" suck rivers clean and starve native fish. Asian Carp are now 97% of the fish biomass
in the Mississippi delta. The "electric fence" across the canal didn't stop them
. The poisoning of the canal won't stop them. Closing the Chicago sewage canal locks
is the only way to be sure. But the Army Corps of Engineers
have the jurisdiction. Feel safe? [more inside]
Blagojevich impeached by State House.
With only one dissenter Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives while out jogging (video)
. This is the first step for removing the governor from power. Next the state senate puts Blaggo on trail, and that is scheduled to happen shortly after Obama's inauguration in a couple of weeks.
Capital Fax Blog is reporting
that Blaggo is not going to resign, and the governer has scheduled a press conference this afternoon with an official response to the vote. Previously on Mefi [more inside]
For nearly 20 years, Chicago has known about police torture of suspects.
Torture at the city's notorious Area 2, under Commander Jon Burge
, resulted in numerous false confessions in the 1980s, including the men who became known as the Death Row 10
. The Death Row 10 case was among the reasons former Gov. George Ryan's called a moratorium
on capital punishment in Illinois in 2000 and pardoned four
in 2003. Burge, fired in 1993, retired to Florida on his police pension, where he seemed to escape any measure of justice. Until today
. [more inside]
Upon the Nazi invasion of Poland, pediatrician Eugeniusz Łazowski and his friend Stanisław Matulewicz fabricated a fake typhus epidemic
to save Polish Jews from the Nazis
. Knowing that typhus-infected Jews would be summarily executed, non-Jews were injected with the harmless Proteus OX19
, which would generate false positives for typhus. [more inside]
Republican Congressman Jerry Weller of Illinois just got married--
to Zury Rios Sosa, a current member of congress in Guatemala. "The U.S. Congressional Historian in the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives confirmed this would be the first ever inter-parliamentary marriage between a sitting U.S. Representative and someone currently serving in national legislative body abroad. "
What Rep. Weller's own site omits is that his new wife
is the daughter of former Guatemalan dictator Efraim Rios Montt
, friend of Ronald Reagan
, born-again Christian
, and, according to many, genocidal thug
The unholy union was reported
in the local press
, but one reporter who had been following the congressman's connections turned up brutally beaten outside his apartment
under mysterious circumstances.
Chicagoans fight new stadium proposal.
The Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and other organizations have their reasons to stop the construction. Many are against the loss of lakefront public parkland, desecration of a National Historic Landmark, and the use of public funds for a for-profit venture. [Trib update
] [friends of the parks petition
And I thought Florida only had this problem.
The Chicago Tribune reports that nearly 8% of votes in Illinois' 1st Congressional District went uncounted in the 2000 presidential election. It also adds: voters in low-income, high-minority districts nationwide were more likely to have undercounted ballots than were those in affluent, predominantly white districts, the study showed.
Is there a nation-wide epidemic of undercounting? Or is it a problem limited to few localized areas? Or is it an underhanded way to deny the underprivileged of their vote? From the looks of it, at least additional investigation needs to be done.