Chicago Ends February Well Ahead of Violence Over Last Year with Another Four Dead, 10 Wounded

By Warner Todd Huston

The last weekend in February ended with another four killed and 10 wounded in Chicago. The tally puts the death toll well ahead of the end of the second month last year.

Over a chilly 48-hours, Chicago again had several incidents with multiple shooting victims per attack with one of those incidents ending with two killed.

Two men were killed early on Saturday morning during an incident in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. At about 1 AM two men in hoodies opened fire on a group of people attending a house party in the 6500 block of South Drexel. A 20-year-old man took a slug to the head and a 37-year-old man was hit in the chest. Both died soon after, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

A list of others wounded during the weekend includes a 15-year-old girl shot in the backside. She is in stable condition.

Thus far this year Chicago has already seen 98 people shot and killed with a total of 512 shot. Another five murders by other means brings the total killed in Chicago to 103.

Even as February, being one of the coldest months in Chicago, usually has one of the lower shooting tallies, the number of victims and deaths wracked up in the Windy City has already exceeded that of 2016, a year that ended with more shootings than any year in decades.

By the end of February last year 189 had been shot in Chicago compared to this year’s 201 total shooting victims. With 72 shot in 2014 and 75 shot in 2015, that is a 152 percent rise year over year.

2 slain in Woodlawn as Chicago surpasses 100 homicides this year


By Mitchell Armentrout

Two men were shot to death early Saturday in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, bringing the number of homicides in Chicago this year to 101.

Just before 1 a.m., two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire into a crowd at a party in the 6500 block of South Drexel, hitting a 20-year-old man in the face and torso, and a 37-year-old man in the chest. They died at the scene, according to Chicago Police.

Additionally, a 29-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the thigh and was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. No one was in custody for the shooting, which was considered gang-related.

The men were the 100th and 101st homicide victims in Chicago during the first 56 days of 2017, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

Ninety-six people have been shot to death in the city since Jan. 1, including two killed by on-duty Chicago Police officers, data shows.

Four people have been fatally stabbed, and the death of 2-month Aliya Acosta — the youngest victim this year — was ruled a homicide by child abuse in Humboldt Park. The oldest victim, 62-year-old Eddie Wade, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the same neighborhood.

At least 84 of the victims were people of color, most of them male, according to information from the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Just seven victims were female. Black or Hispanic men between 18 and 39 years old accounted for nearly two-thirds of the victims.

Eighty-two of the killings have happened on the South, West or Southwest sides of the city. The Austin neighborhood has logged the most homicides at 12, while Brighton Park and Englewood have seen eight each.

A toddler, 2-year-old Lavontay White, was shot dead in North Lawndale during a horrific three-day stretch earlier this month that also saw 11-year-old Takiya Holmes and 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers gunned down. Nine more people younger than 18 have been killed, data shows.

Pushing the city toward its grim milestone was a bloody Wednesday earlier this week, when seven people were shot dead across Chicago, the most fatal shootings in a single day this year. At least 400 more people have been wounded in city shootings.



Seven killed, five of them in just two hours

Trey Sanchez | Truth Revolt  FEBRUARY 24, 2017

That’s the most homicides since Christmas Day last year, when eight people were killed in the city.

Homicides had been lagging behind last year, which had been the deadliest in two decades.  But by Wednesday evening, the city had recorded its 99th homicide two days earlier than it did last year, according to Tribune data.

Like last year, the Harrison police district on the West Side has seen the most homicides: 16 this year compared to 12 this time last year, according to Tribune data.

The Austin district, also on the West Side, is close behind with 11 homicides.  Last year, it wasn’t even among the top five at this time, Tribune data shows.


The next three districts are Ogden on the Near West Side, 10, Englewood on the South Side, 9, and Calumet on the South Side, 6.  The Near North district had no homicides this time last year but has recorded two this year, according to Tribune data.

While homicides had been down most of this year, the number of people shot has been higher almost from the beginning.  As of Wednesday evening, at least 495 people had been shot in Chicago, nearly 60 more than this time last year, according to Tribune data.

Statistics from the Chicago Police Department are lower because it does not include shootings on city expressways, police-involved shootings and incidents police consider non-criminal, like justified shootings.

But even the department’s numbers show this year is starting off as violently as last year. The department reported 379 shooting incidents this year, compared to 365 this time last year.  It counted 91 homicides as of Wednesday night, compared to 93 the year before.

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump tweeted about Chicago violence, a frequent subject for him.  Citing the seven fatal shootings Wednesday, he wrote: “What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!”

Last week, he said Chicago was “worse than almost any of the places in the Middle East.” Trump offered at one point to “send in the Feds,” though he was not clear about what he meant.

Among those killed in Chicago Wednesday was Wilteeah Jones, 20, who was expecting a baby girl the end of March.  She had already picked out a name — Mileah — her family said.


She was with her boyfriend in the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue around 8:15 p.m. when someone opened fire.  She was hit in the abdomen and side, and her 20-year-old boyfriend was shot in the neck as he sat in their car, police said.

Both were taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.  The family said the baby did not survive.

On the Far South Side about 8:50 p.m., 24-year-old Devell Coleman was killed in the Brainerd neighborhood. He was on the sidewalk in the 9100 block of South Emerald Avenue when someone in a dark-colored sedan opened fire and hit him in the head and back.

He went to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner said Coleman lived on the block where he was shot.

About 8:35 p.m., a 31-year-old man was shot in the head and back in the 11400 block of South Ada Street in the West Pullman neighborhood, police said. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Police released no details about the shooting but said a person of interest was being questioned.

About 7 p.m., a 45-year-old man was fatally shot in the 900 block of East 133rd Street in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood, police said. The man was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The night before, Michael J. Lawrence-Harrington, 27, was shot to death in the 800 block of East 132nd Street, at the north end of Carver Park, authorities said.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, a relative found Jose Correa, 60, unresponsive on the floor of a garage in the 2700 block of South Central Park Avenue in Little Village, police said. He had been shot in the back, neck and mouth, and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Around 12:50 a.m., a 55-year-old man was killed during an altercation with another person in the Bronzeville neighborhood, police said.

Willie Shaw was in the 4500 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue when the other person pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Shaw, of the 4600 block of South Ellis Avenue, was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, the office said.

In other shootings:

• On the South Side about 10 p.m., a 39-year-old man got himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital with gunshot wounds to the right thigh and left foot after a shooting in the 9000 block of South Greenwood Avenue. His condition was stabilized.

• About 9:20 p.m. on the West Side, a 29-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 5200 block of West Ferdinand Street in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He got to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park where his condition was stabilized.

• Just before 9:10 p.m. on the Far South Side, a 25-year-old man was shot in Calumet Heights. He was riding in a vehicle in the 9100 block of South Oglesby Avenue when someone shot him in the back. He got to Advocate Trinity Hospital and was listed in serious condition.

• About 6:50 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 2200 block of South Central Park Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood. The boy suffered a graze wound to the head and was treated at the scene, police said.


• About 1:20 p.m. on the West Side, a 21-year-old man was shot in the 5800 block of West North Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. The man was walking on the street when he was shot in the lower leg by someone in a brown Impala. He was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.


The Chicago public school system has decided to openly defy the president of the United States

Michael Snyder | End of the American DreamFEBRUARY 23, 2017

The Chicago public school system has decided to openly defy the president of the United States. More than 392,000 students attend public schools in Chicago, and on Tuesday a letter was sent home with each of those students telling their parents that Chicago schools will not “assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law”.

In fact, the letter actually says that federal officials will not even be allowed “to access CPS facilities”. In essence, every Chicago public school has now officially been declared to be a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants. If you would like to see the original document, you can do so right here. This is just another example of how deeply divided we are as a nation. The entire public school system of one of our largest cities is now in open rebellion against the president, and that is a very dangerous sign.

Of course Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had already established a precedent earlier this year when he pledged to defy Donald Trump and to continue to keep Chicago as a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants. The following comes from the Chicago Tribune

As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to cut off some federal funding from sanctuary cities, Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Chicago would remain one and continue to protect immigrants from deportation.

“We’re gonna stay a sanctuary city,” Emanuel said in a news conference after Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “There is no stranger among us. We welcome people, whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American Dream.”

Emanuel makes it sound like you are “anti-immigrant” if you are against sanctuary cities. But that is not accurate at all. The truth is that America was built by immigrants, but for years we have had an immigration policy that is completely upside down.

We have allowed millions upon millions of people to pour across our borders illegally, but meanwhile we have made legal immigration a complete nightmare. I am familiar with the process that someone has to go through to legally immigrate to this country, and it is exceedingly complex and very expensive.

So we are keeping out the hard working, law abiding people that we should want to come here, but we have been keeping the back door wide open for criminals, gang members and those that are seeking to take advantage of the system.

What kind of sense does that make?

And the truth is that the Trump administration does not even want to deport all illegal immigrants. At this point, they are only focusing on those that have done something wrong, and that is very similar to the approach that was implemented under the Obama administration. The following comes from the Los Angeles Times

Immigration officers were directed to focus first on deporting convicted criminals or those charged with crimes. But Kelly also freed them to conduct more raids in immigrant communities and detain people who don’t have criminal convictions.

In addition to deporting those convicted of crimes, immigration officials will also target:

  • people in the country illegally who have been charged with crimes not yet adjudicated.
  • those who have not been charged but are believed to have committed “acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.” That would include the 6 million people believed to have entered without passing through an official border crossing.
  • those who receive an improper welfare benefit.
  • those who committed minor infractions such as driving without a license.

Unfortunately, if you speak out against illegal immigration these days, it could cost you your job.

This is becoming one of the most hotly contested political issues in the nation, and as we have already seen there are a lot of leftists that are not afraid to openly defy the federal government.

Of course the truth is that it is already probably too late to try to turn things around. It has been estimated that there are well over 100,000 gang members in the city of Chicago alone, and a very large percentage of them are illegal immigrants.

Someday when things get really bad in this country, gang violence will help fuel tremendous civil unrest all across the United States. The coming civil unrest is a major theme in my novel, and it is one of the reasons why so many concerned Americans have been moving away from the big urban centers.

And it isn’t just leftists that are openly defying Trump. This week, it is being reported that Mexico “will vigorously fight U.S. mass deportations of undocumented immigrants”…

Mexico will vigorously fight U.S. mass deportations of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico and refuse to accept any non-Mexicans expelled across the border, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday.

A day after the Trump administration unveiled tough new guidelines for enforcing immigration laws, Videgaray said the treatment of Mexican migrants in the United States would top his country’s agenda when President Enrique Peña Nieto meets Thursday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Relations between the United States and Mexico are already the worst that they have been in my entire lifetime, and they could potentially get a whole lot worse in the months ahead.

When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump is trying to do things very differently from how Barack Obama was doing them, and that is causing a lot of chaos, pain and confusion.

We always need to remember that every single person on this planet is of extraordinary value no matter what they look like or where they are from. And we will always need people to immigrate to this country. It is just that we need to make sure that everyone comes in through the front door instead of sneaking through a back door that has been purposely left wide open by careless politicians.


Poll: Most Americans Oppose ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Support Trump’s Travel Ban


by Robert Gehl

Whatever leftists think about “Sanctuary City” policies, they’re on the opposite side of most Americans.

Because by and large – we hate such a program – and in staggering numbers.

A new Harvard-Harris poll shown exclusively to The Hill shows that 80 percent of all voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting illegal immigrants they come into contact with to federal agents.

As it stands, hundreds of cities – most with Democratic mayors – and some states and counties – are refusing to cooperate with the feds in detaining these illegal aliens.

President Trump has signed an executive order directing Homeland Security to find ways to withhold federal funding from these cities. The top ten sanctuary cities in the country combined stand to lose upwards of $2.27 billion. They are:

  1. New York City: $701.6 million
  2. Chicago / Cook County: $526.4 million
  3. Los Angeles / LA County: $466.2 million
  4. Philadelphia: $199.5 million
  5. Detroit / Wayne County: $104.7 million
  6. Seattle / King County: $72.7 million
  7. San Francisco: $70.9 million
  8. Boston / Suffolk County: $65.5 million
  9. Denver: $39.1 Million
  10. Washington, D.C.: 20.4 million

That money goes to everything from public education to health services.

Homeland Security Secretary Kelly is expected to hire thousands of new immigration enforcement agents with broad authority to detain and deport those in the country illegally – setting up a showdown between the feds and Sanctuary Cities. Reports are that illegal immigrants could be detained for as little as a traffic violation.

The Harvard poll showed strong support for a reform of the nation’s immigration laws, with 77 percent saying they support comprehensive reform and only 23 percent against it.

In Chicago, 4 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings


By Elvia Malagon

Four people were fatally shot and 25 others were wounded in shootings during an unusually warm winter weekend in Chicago.

As of Monday, there have been at least 88 homicides and at least 468 shooting victims, according to data compiled by the Tribune. The number of homicides is a slight decrease from the 90 homicides the city had logged this time last year.

Still, the number of overall shootings continues to increase. Last year around this time, there had been about 437 shooting victims, according to Tribune data.

Late Sunday, a 69-year-old man was shot in the chin and grazed on his left hand during an attempted robbery in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said. The shooting happened about 10 p.m. in an alley in the 2200 block of East 84th Street. His condition was stabilized at South Shore Hospital.


Late Saturday, an off-duty Cook County sheriff’s officer was shot in the leg while he was standing in front of a house in the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street in the Englewood neighborhood, police said. It was unclear if the off-duty officer was the intended target.

Early Saturday, two shootings in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side left two men dead and three others wounded. That included Willie Cook, 23, who had been at an after-hours gathering in the 5000 block of South Ashland Avenue when gunfire erupted, wounding him multiple times in the back.

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It’s disgraceful that a city which touts itself as a place where businesses should want to move because of what it has to offer. Cannot keep a certain culture, from threatening the actualization of those dreams of becoming business friendly.

Louis Farrakhan Gives Speech In Detroit To Chants Of ‘Allahu Akbar’ And ‘Long Live Muhammad’

By Kyle Olson

The Nation of Islam had its annual gathering in Detroit over the weekend and thousands of attendees chanted “Allahu Akbar” as Louis Farrakhan made his way onto the stage.

During his appearance at Joe Louis Arena, Farrakhan denounced Jews and told them they are not God’s “chosen” people.

“I want to disabuse the Jews today of the false claim that you are the chosen of God — that Israel or Palestine belongs to you,” he said.

LOUIS Farrakhan said, slamming his hand on the podium.

He blamed the world’s ills on white people.

“For 6,000 years, the people of the earth have suffered under a mischief-making rule. Bloodshed and war, hatred and strife, all because a man with a new color — or the lack thereof — thought that he was better than all of those who inhabited the earth before he was even a thought,” Farrakhan said.

“But I am here to announce today the end of his world and the beginning of a brand new reality that all human beings will enjoy peace, freedom justice and equality under the rule of Allah.”

Farrakhan said he wants to work with Barack Obama to curb Chicago’s out-of-control violence.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Farrakhan also directed remarks to former President Barack Obama: “Let’s have coffee” to talk about ways to help Chicago and avoid having to bring in troops.