Friday, January 31, 2014

THAT JOINT IS JUMPING: COH Keeps It Interesting

Even in the depths of winter, the Center on Halsted can be relied upon to keep our police officers occupied. At least five people have been arrested at the pride of Halsted Street since last Thursday.

Two men in their teens or early 20's were arrested for battery after getting into a physical altercation with security guards at the COH at 7:30 Thursday evening.  The details are logged in CPD case HX133462.

Last Thursday, police were called to the Center, 3656 N. Halsted, after citizens reported that they were holding a theft offender. Police made an arrest in the matter, which was eventually classified as trespassing in CPD case HX124828.

As CWB reported earlier this week, another two men were arrested for battery at the Center this weekend. That case number is TBD.

On January 22, a man called 911 to report that he had been "attacked" in a Center on Halsted rest room around 9 p.m. It does not appear that any report was filed in that matter.

The fact is that we won't get our neighborhood's mess cleaned up without getting the police involved. It's encouraging to see that troublemakers are leaving the Center in handcuffs.

People Of Walmart

10:09 PM Thursday: A 911 caller reports that his girlfriend is being harassed by a man outside of the Walmart Neighborhood Market near Broadway and Surf. The offender is described as a white man wearing a white hat.

10:10 PM Thursday: A different 911 caller reports that a white man wearing a black coat and jeans is chasing people around with a baseball bat near the same Walmart Neighborhood Market. According to the caller, whenever people walk out of the store, the man jumps out of hiding and chases them with the bat.

10:17 PM Thursday: Yet another caller reports that guy. He has a knife now.

Officers could not find the assailant when they arrived, but they spoke with the boyfriend/girlfriend couple and drove them around the neighborhood looking for the man, who was last seen walking northbound on Broadway. Officers then gave the couple a ride to their Lake View home.

Burglary Beat

Witnesses saw a man attempt to break into a home in the 3700 block of Kenmore at 2:40 Thursday afternoon. After breaking glass on the home's front door, the burglar turned and fled southbound on Kenmore.  He's described as white man with brown hair who was wearing a light colored jacket and blue jeans.  It is not clear if a report was filed.

As CWB reported this week, two residences were successfully burglarized and a break-in failed at a third residence on nearby Wilton Avenue Wednesday.

Later in the evening, a tenant reported that her apartment had been burglarized in the 500 block of Addison.

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54 comments:

  1. At this point I'm surprised the cops don't petition to get the place shut down...what's the point of showing up at the same venue every single day....seriously pathetic....any comment from the Tico dude about this shitshow?

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  2. COH is a disaster. Get that place out of here already,

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  3. The COH....wasting valuable Chicago PD time and resources, AND our tax dollars. All while bringing some of the city's worst elements to our doorsteps. What a great neighbor!

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  4. Tear the place down and put the OUT Hotel there

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  5. Could you please post 2 seperate countdown clocks on the main page? One for Two Timing Tom Tunney's last day as our alderman and another for the Mayor Tiny Dancer?

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  6. All we need is a good neighbor agreement to fix the Center on Halsted. Problem solved!

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  7. I certainly am not trying to start an argument, and I totally agree that there is far too much riff-raff at the COH, and that it is ridiculous that private security and police are needed to keep the peace there. However, the COH does provide a lot of great services. I actually volunteer for their legal hotline. Yes, the administration refuses to admit that their Center contributes to the crime problem. Yes, that needs to change. But to condemn the whole place and its necessary services because of it isn't really fair.

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    1. I think a lot of residents have given up on the Center because they've denied the troublesome truth about a small element of their clients. The place would be great if it did all of the good things it was designed to do without pulling in the bad. It's up to the leadership to take control of the situation or continue their 7-year long string of denials.

      Question, since you work on the legal hotline. Are you aware of any COH workers or volunteers who've assisted in the filing of grievances against police officers who arrested them or tried to arrest them at the center?

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    2. No. The legal hotline is really for matters such as housing disputes, discrimination, etc.

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    3. discrimination is the angle they take/took against the officer or officers. "they're arresting me because i'm gay" stuff when there was no doubt that they had done something .

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    4. I was speaking more of employment discrimination. The line is not really focused on handling police matters. More civil issues.

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    5. Do you own next door?...if not, step off; you don't have a clue.

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    6. See below. I own in the 800 block of West Bradley since 2006. So I think I'll just stand here instead of stepping off. I will also retain my clue.

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    7. Move on Waveland and enjoy your summer...if you dare.

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  8. I would say it needs a change in Leadership and a new board of directors.

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    1. I would like to know what members of the board are paid to attend their monthly meetings.

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    2. Hundreds of people, from Lakeview, need to march on the COH and confront the management with the crime statistics and demand meaningful change. Until you get in their face, they won't do shit.

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    3. The suggestion is fine, but unrealistic. I don't believe there are even hundreds of people who have any idea that COH is any kind of problem. Our enlightened blog community here, while growing, is a very small % of the neighborhood. Hell, if I hadn't found this blog, *I* would have no idea what the crime rates in the area are. Sure, I'd see some fights, etc. in front of COH as I had in the past, and I'd kind of roll my eyes and not think anything of it. That's still the reaction of almost everyone.

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    4. Shhh...I'm trying to sell my condo.

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  9. Yes, the issues at the COH have become a serious, serious problem for crime, safety, and the overall perception of our neighborhood. I've been livid over this place. And I take the comments above from Riz quite seriously - he has a valid point. So let me add another view, another simple reason why management and procedures at the COH need to change.

    Simply put, COH leadership has failed its neighbors, but also the COH is at serious risk of totally, completely failing those responsible individuals who need it most.

    I don't think it's a reach to imagine the situation where a criminal event on premises results in legal proceedings (civil, criminal, or both) which effectively shuts down the center. Is not a stretch to imagine the disaster where management allows a known offender into the premises, and he commits a sexual assault. If that situation, and heaven forbid it ever happening, were handled badly, the COH could be so disrupted, it could be unable to offer the services which do have value. As to the likelihood of it being handled poorly, COH history shows this is not only possible, but perhaps likely.

    For the sake of the neighborhood, and for the very goals of COH, management and procedures must change. It's a ticking bomb for all.

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  10. Actually the COHEN has already let a known offender into the premises that did attempt/commit a sexual assault in the bathroom. See earlier articles.

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  11. Sine it opened anyone on Halsted knew it was a problem. That's the day it all started.

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  12. As someone who has lived next door to the COH for years, whatever services it offers..(and it appears very, very few), pale in comparision to the squall I have to walk through all day everyday simply going to the bus. We are constantly on guard. I might suggest that any "volunteer" walk over to the school behind the Center and get back to me as to what this miserable place has done to a NEIGHBORHOOD....one place. Really sad.

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    1. I live on Halsted and Bradley and go there all the time because of the Whole Foods. I know what's going on.

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    2. Yeah, but you really need to have their criminals stand in front of your home 24/7 to TRULY experience crime at its best....maybe we can move them to Bradley?

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    3. Going to Whole Foods isn't the same as having up to thirty thugs standing in your courtyard tho...now is it?...I hope that something happens soon to shut this place down...with the way things are going it will not last the summer...

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    4. CWB, what do you think it would actually take to get the place in such trouble it would have to shut down? And who exactly would shut them down? I fear it would be A LOT!

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    5. We aren't interested in seeing it shut down. We're interested in seeing it improve.

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    6. Well, since I am one who doubts that after 7 years it's going to improve, do you have an opinion of what it might take to get itself shut down? That's all I was asking. Do you think it would have to be a murder inside?

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    7. I have a circa. 2009 cell phone pic (before we were being clobbered for them) of a security guard asleep on a chair inside of Whole Foods. I wondered why they needed a security guard in there while they were closed.

      Almost 5 years. My how times flies.

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  13. Once the weather is warm...the security guards push the COH patrons to the grammer school behind the Center...you get a birds eye view of drug deals, sexual activity and fights all next to the swings....cops have been called many many times, not like they can't see it all day everyday..nothing ever done. THIS is why two of my neighbors moved and why I am looking to as well. Urban flight...good luck with those property values folks.....

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    1. "It's a big city" and "these things just happen". Hearing that 50 times a day is why I moved.

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    2. "Urban flight" Is this term found in the Politically Correct Dictionary ?

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  14. I wonder if the individuals and companies providing large donations to build and open COH are happy with what their money has resulted in for the community?

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    1. I doubt they give two poops. We are on our own.

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    2. I doubt they have any clue...especially the corporations like the Cubs. How do we let them know?

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  15. It appears Tiny Tunney is still finger-tied because he has still failed to provide a response to the residents that pay his $104,101 salary in regards to their questions about what he's doing to combat the thugs taking over our streets.

    What a perfect opening for a serious media outlet (are you out there anywhere) in Chicago to follow him and demand an answer or show him being a dick avoiding the camera.

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  16. Here's another question for Tunney.

    King Alderman Tunney, do you think it is safe for people to walk alone on all streets in the district you represent and if not, why and what are you doing about it? And as a follow-up, is it safe for the people to walk by COH?

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  17. Came across this DNAInfo article. Doesn't give much hope even when (if) the perpetrators are caught. He's committed 19 burglaries since August!

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/river-north/serial-burglar-caught-stealing-blu-ray-discs-river-north-police-say

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  18. There is zero chance for improvement at this point...the documented crimes that were posted on this blog are reason enough to shut it down...and one can multiply those by ten.They had their chance and the place has gotten worse by the year. They need to go, and they will, crime hubs always take themselves down...won't be long....

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    1. Sadly, to take themselves down would involve a murder or some other serious event. Or it's going to take the funding to dry up. The neighborhood should be contacting the donors, especially the corporate donors, and let them know that they are supporting a place with lots of negative impact and controversy. The COH is also keeping their Board members in the dark about the crime in the neighborhood and the ill will the place has generated. No shake up or change is going to happen until the Board sees whatever mission the organization has is jeopardized by poor management.

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    2. Last summer Alderman Capplemen came to meet with our building, and he was asked point blank why no one will take a stand and demand that these social service organizations be reigned in and controlled. In a very rare instance of aldermanic honesty he said no politician will ever speak out against those places because no politician will ever risk being labeled....well, remember Lara Brooks' infamous email to her supporters? That's why any complaints to corporate sponsors will fall on deaf ears as well. Kraft and the Cubs won't risk being tarred with the deposed Ms Brooks' string of "ists" and "isms." Yes, It would take a murder or shooting spree inside or right in front of the facility for politicians and corporate doners to jump ship. That's unfortunate and horrible, but that's the way it is. The people behind these organizations will rip anyone to shreds who challenges them, and that's why politicians, doners and the media play "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" with them.

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    3. Does anyone have a list of donors we can contact to enlighten them? I think they need to at least know what's going on at the COH before we assume they wouldn't do anything. Perhaps CWB can post a list, if they know, so we can all call or write them.

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  19. The decent patrons of the center should not have to go. Run properly the center could be a asset to the community. what needs to go is Tico. He and the board have proven they are unable or unwilling to put policies in place to prevent the bullshit from happening. Hey Tico, do the right thing and step down!

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  20. Income Statement (FYE 06/2012)
    REVENUE
    Contributions
    Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,434,930
    Federated Campaigns $0
    Membership Dues $0
    Fundraising Events $325,645
    Related Organizations $0
    Government Grants $2,075,473
    Total Contributions $3,836,048
    Program Service Revenue $308,128
    Total Primary Revenue $4,144,176
    Other Revenue $428,642
    TOTAL REVENUE $4,572,818

    EXPENSES
    Program Expenses $3,985,396
    Administrative Expenses $791,179
    Fundraising Expenses $294,070
    TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,070,645

    Payments to Affiliates $0
    Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-497,827

    Net Assets $18,481,842
    FY 6/2012
    Compensation of Leaders (FYE 06/2012)
    Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
    $164,484 3.24% Modesto Valle Chief Executive Officer

    That a lot of money for running a charity. In the private sector he couldn't make that much money.

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12765#.Uu1XTXfA9Aw

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    1. Not by running a half-million dollar deficit for the year, that's for damn sure.

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    2. In reality it's probably deficit on paper only by means of how they are accounting for expenses.

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  21. It is shameful that with almost 4.6 million the COH is in the red. if that happened in the private sector someone whould probally be looking for a new job. I can't for the life of me figure out how the board of directors at the COH could let this happen.

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  22. Can it be found out who is responsible for Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,434,930, write the big ticket donors, request they turn off the spigot, and send their charity elsewhere?

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  23. What is Whole Food's involvement with the CoH? Is it true that WF takes care of their rent? If it is I would encourage everything to stop shopping there.

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    1. whole foods rents from coh. they are coh's tenant.

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  24. The only Whole Foods without an ATM machine....BUT they have five security guards and obstacle course tables leading to the COH...partners in crime......

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    1. Usually when they only have 1 door unlocked amongst the numerous sets, it's a dead giveaway there are problems.
      Pulling on 8 doors until you get the right one is a fun game on the Mag Mile. I would think its a fire hazard but...

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