After 50+ shot and 9 killed in Chicago during weekend, mayor suddenly wants more money for cops

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CHICAGO, IL – The weekend spanning from the evening of September 17th through the 19th served as another weekend rife with violence in Chicago, as there were a reported over 50 shooting victims with nine people killed.

The news regarding the violent weekend also comes at a time where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her 2022 budget proposal, where Mayor Lightfoot is looking to spend additional funds on law enforcement in light of the concerning level of shootings in the city.

According to the Chicago Police Department, more than 50 individuals were shot, nine of them fatally, in 45 different shooting incidents between 6:00 p.m. on September 17th through 11:59 p.m. on September 19th.

A pair of double murders on the West and South sides, as well as numerous drive-by shootings, were among the occurrences, according to authorities.

A drive-by shooting in the 1900 block of South St. Louis Avenue shortly after midnight on September 18th resulted in two male victims being killed, aged 29 and 34. According to police, a suspect fired a shot from inside a red car before fleeing the area. Both victims were reportedly shot in the head and were pronounced deceased thereafter.

A 31-year-old male was discovered unresponsive in the 200 block of East 121 Place with a gunshot wound to his torso and buttocks less than an hour later, at 12:50 a.m. He was transported to Christ Hospital, where he was declared deceased a short time later.

Following an altercation with a lady in the 3100 block of West Arlington, a 21-year-old male was fatally shot at approximately 2:39 a.m. on September 18th. During the altercation, an unknown male approached the victim and shot him in the chest, arm, and hip several times.

Two other fatal shootings occurred slightly before 4:00 a.m. that same morning. One involved a 33-yearold man being fatally shot while standing next to his vehicle in the 800 block of North Orleans, where authorities say the assailant was inside of a blue SUV during the shooting.

The second around the same time occurred in the 100 block of West 57th Street, where a 27-year-old male tow truck driver was shot numerous times by an unknown assailant while he was trying to provide service.

At approximately 1:25 p.m. on September 19th, a 28-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were fatally shot while standing outside along the 11800 block of South Emerald Avenue. Police say that two unknown shooters approached the men and opened fire before fleeing – leaving both victims with multiple gunshot wounds, including to the head.

In a shooting in the 8300 block of South Vincennes Avenue, one male was killed, and three women were wounded. At approximately 11:35 p.m. on September 19th, all four were in a car when an unidentified passenger of a red van opened fire, killing the male driver.

The car then collided with a steel beam and came to a full halt under a railway bridge, according to police. Two of the women injured were reported as being in critical condition, whereas the third woman was cited as being in fair condition.

Following the weekend of violence, Mayor Lightfoot announced her $16 billion 2022 budget proposal on September 20th, which aims to increase police spending from $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion.

Addressing city leaders during the announcement of her budget proposal, Mayor Lightfoot stated the following regarding safety in the city of Chicago:

“I know that community safety and thriving communities are at the top of all of our minds wherever you live in Chicago.”

“Too often, when we talk about community violence, we forget the victims. We know of them, but they are more than crime statistics. The lives deeply impacted by the violence that once it comes to their doorstep, it lives on in some form forever.”

Aside from increasing police expenditure, the budget plan includes approximately $400 million for community safety, $45 million for violence intervention programs and community organizations, and $10 million for youth diversion programs and wellness programs for Chicago Police officers.

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Chicago businesses being cited for mask violations as shootings and murders skyrocket in the city

(Originally published September 12th, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – As shootings continue to plague the city of Chicago, city officials have been spending time on issuing dozens of fines to local businesses for failing to comply with the state’s indoor mask mandates.

Following the city’s reintroduction of an indoor mask mandate, Chicago’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection department has performed over 100 investigations into various businesses suspected of running afoul, issuing 20 citations and 16 warnings between August 20th and the 29th. Said businesses impacted ranged from restaurants, grocery outlets and even nightclubs.

After removing the mask requirement for fully vaccinated persons in May, the Chicago Department of Public Health said in August that the city’s mask rule will be reinstated – whether someone is vaccinated or not – and the reinstatement applied in August even extends to toddlers wearing face coverings:

“All individuals aged 2 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask as of Friday, August 20, while indoors in public settings.”

“Masks are required in all indoor public settings, including bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs.

Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking.”

CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady says that this mask mandate “will only be temporary and we can bend the COVID curve,” adding that the current COVID case numbers are rising to alarming levels and measures need to be taken to address it:

“But with case counts now rising back to this level, the risk has increased for everyone, even those who are vaccinated. The time to act is now to prevent further spread.

Chicago residents who have not yet been vaccinated should get a vaccine as soon as possible—it will protect you and your loved ones from the risk of serious illness or even death.”

However, numerous shootings continue to occur in Chicago as the city clamps down on local businesses that fail to comply with mask mandates imposed by city officials.

Over the Labor Day weekend alone, at least 63 individuals were shot throughout the city, six of those victims being fatally shot.

ABC 7 reported that during the Labor Day weekend, as many as 8 of the gunshot victims were children, and one of those killed was a 4-year-old boy. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown noted that the children being hurt and killed within the city stems mostly from gang violence:

“It’s always some other offender, gang member, criminal network, some beef, and they’re targeting some adult, and young people are nearby and they are shot as innocent bystanders.”

Reports indicate that Chicago has already seen more shootings and murders in 2021 than that of the entirety of 2019. When it comes to children being shot throughout the city in 2021, at least 280 children have been injured – and 35 have been killed by gunfire.

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Police: 33-year-old man fatally shot while shielding daughter from gunfire in gun-controlled Chicago

(Originally published September 4th, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL- According to reports, 33-year-old Travell Miller’s last act before dying in an ambush on the West Side, was shielding his 7-year-old daughter from gunfire, possibly saving her life. 

On Thursday, September 2nd, Miller’s father, Joseph Gilmore, said in a statement:

“He was simply driving his daughter to school. He was talking to his mother [on the phone] as this guy runs up on the car. His mother hears the son say, ‘Dang man, what the (expletive).’ She hears commotion and then hears him say, ‘Mama, Mama, I’ve been shot.’”

According to authorities, Miller had been stopped in traffic around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1st, in the 3000 block of West Chicago Avenue when the gunman got out of another car, walked up and opened fire. Miller was hit four times and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Gilmore said that a doctor told him that the location of Miller’s wounds show he had bent over to protect his daughter. Gilmore added:

“She’s traumatized. She’s devastated that she watched her father get killed.”

Police have released photos of the suspected attacker and the car he was driving, which was a silver two-door Grand Prix with no plates. Gilmore said:

“I pray that God serves them the same dish they gave my son.”

Detectives are reportedly investigating if the shooting stemmed from road rage. Gilmore said that he and his family have no other idea why Miller would have been targeted, adding that he had no enemies and had just moved to the neighborhood five days earlier.

Miller’s identical twin brother, Lavell Miller said news of his brother’s death has left him feeling “hollow,” adding:

“He wasn’t part of any gang life, criminal life. He wasn’t a troubled man, didn’t have any enemies. He was a brother, a father, a son. He was a partner.”

The brother’s “did everything together,” including moved to Miami, Florida to pursue careers in bartending. Lavell said:

“I introduced him to bartending, but when we did it together, it was ten-times magnified. I have a lot of family, but he was my twin brother. It’s a special bond and it’s a special thing.”

Miller came up with the name, “Bar-twin-ders” to market themselves as a bartending duo. Lavell said:

“I thought that was the right amount of corny.”

Lavell said that COVID made the job impossible in Miami, so they both moved back to Chicago. Lavell added:

“We talked about picking up where we left off. It’s been a financial struggle because of the pandemic. We know finally saw a way to navigate some success through this. We had plans. I was looking forward to us being a team for a very long time.”

Gilmore said that Miller grew up with his family in Maywood and was a star wrestler at Proviso East High School. He studied graphic design and loved video games. Gilmore added:

“All he wanted to do was treat the world like the sandbox it is. He wanted to be the guy who was paid to test video games.”

Miller’s passions adapted as he grew into adulthood and had his first daughter when he was in college. She was given to adopted parents in Minnesota, but he stayed close with her and saw her every year. Lavell said:

“I just want people to know he was a good man. I don’t want him to be just another hashtag or photo on a T-shirt. I want people to know he was a real legacy and that was the most important thing to us – your life resume.”

Miller’s family is pleading for help in finding the suspect who killed their son. Gilmore said:

“That was my boy. That was my son. My first born and I want anybody that was out there to show us some love. You can’t say nobody saw that happened. It was 7:30 on two main streets.”

Police have asked anyone with information on the murder to call detectives or submit a tip anonymously to cpdtip.com.

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