Monday, October 20, 2014

"HELMONT" HEADQUARTERS: Steps From Alderman's Office, Gang Tag Lays Claim To Criminal Beachhead

Looking for the alderman's office?
It's under the scaffolding, just past
this Gangster Disciples tag.
UPDATE OCTOBER 21 9:30PM: The city's "graffiti blasters" removed the tag today. Nicely handled. Now, for the hard part: that gangway.
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Readers of CWB quickly learn that the area of Belmont and Sheffield is one of the best places to go if you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned mugging.

It’s a well-established beachhead for street criminals that city officials have essentially surrendered to bad elements—most notably, the Gangster Disciples (GD) street gang.

44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney’s office is located a few storefronts north of the infamous intersection—just south of this blue, six-pointed star that the GD's have conveniently placed on the sidewalk.

We’ve opened a graffiti removal ticket with the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

But, you know how that goes.

This unsecured gangway is used as a hiding spot and
get-away path for thugs operating near Belmont and Sheffield.

Gangway

Just south of the alderman's office, next to the now-empty Leona's restaurant storefront, lies this unsecured gangway.

It doesn't look like much, but according to multiple robbery victims, you should do yourself a favor by not walking past it at night.

Phone snatchers and beat-down artists hide in this gangway waiting for the right victim to walk past. It also eases post-crime getaways as an easy cut-through from Sheffield to the Belmont Red Line station.

30 comments:

  1. Hey, CiB -- thanks for the info. If you can ID the property owner, you should bring this issue (and the bad public PR that comes with it) to their attention -- a gate at both ends of the gangway seems in order.

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    1. Home Run Inn is opening a restaurant there in early 2015.

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  2. Thanks for the heads up on this unsecured gangway on Sheffield, looks like it borders the former Leona's? Is this on the east side of Sheffield? What about installing cameras on the upper story of the buildings around that high crime area? Could help identify offenders.

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    1. Do you work directly for Rahm or Tunney? You should because your comment is based on the same mentality. Instead of correcting the real problem of a drastic shortage of cops in Lakeview, they suggest lame band-aid fixes like more cameras and more lights and more blah blah blah. There aren't enough cameras in the world to stop criminals from coming to Lakeview looking for easy prey...only dozens of more cops working the streets will do that.

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    2. There is already a CPD camera at Belmont and Sheffield. Those things are worthless.

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    3. Cameras?!? CAMERAS?!? In order to BEAT criminals, you have to THINK like a criminal. Criminals are not afraid of cameras. Time after time after time we see videos of criminals committing crimes on camera. They do not care. Only on-the-spot arrests by a well-staffed CPD will stop criminal activity. Please stop suggesting cameras as a crime solution.

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    4. There are already surveillance cameras at the intersection, at the CTA's Belmont station, outside of Berlin, and outside of Cheezie's for all the good they do.
      Why doesn't Tunney's office have exterior surveillance cameras?
      Why doesn't the Central lakeview merchants Assn do something? Where is their concern and anger? Where are their emails and letters? Where are their private security guards on the nearby streets? If Northalsted merchants can hire private security, then so can Central LV Merchants.

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    5. No, I do not work for Rahm or Tunney. Of course we need more police, that's a given. FYI: this is the first time I have ever suggested cameras on this blog. Police can use video to I.D. suspects. In fact, I am a police survivor, a family of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Are you?

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    6. Having had a good friend on CPD die after being shot by a teenage gangbanger, I can somewhat imagine what you've been through. Don't let some anonymous goof on here get under your skin. If you did work for Tunney, you'd know exactly where that gangway is and wouldn't be asking. That makes the person who jumped on you the idiot, not you. May God Bless you and your family. Know that your loved one is never forgotten. No doubt he or she is walking a beat in heaven and watching over you from afar. RIP Officer.

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    7. Thanks. Everybody be careful out there.

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  3. It sickens me that the mayor, Aldermen, etc., have essentially given up certain areas of our neighborhood and handed them over to the gangs. The Waveland golf course parking lot is another area that has been surrendered to the criminals. Absolutely disgusting.

    The mayor and MOST of the Alderfools need to go. They voted for a budget that doesn't believe in hiring/staffing police to safe levels. We need to get city leaders in that want to STOP the cancer of crime from spreading throughout the city. Enough is enough!!

    We also need to get rid of or put major pressure on all the "social service" agencies around here that have basically "rung the dinner bell" for all the criminals and low-lives to descend upon our neighborhood, but refuse to cooperate with police or require their "clients" to behave like civilized humans.

    So much is going wrong here, and CWB and all the readers know it. We need to act. We need to march and scream and demand that this BS stops.

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    1. I wish you were running for Mayor. You would have my vote.

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  4. I used to live across the street and moved this summer. I'm happy every day that I left.

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  5. I was drawn to the blog because I am a visited from the Southwest side of Chicago (Mt. Greenwood and Beverly) and have always loved the community. The feel over the past 3 or so years is that it is much less safe.

    I follow this blog---and infrequently post---because I care.

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    1. Thank you for doing so. Caring is exactly what CWB is about. We can't fix the world's problems, but we can work on this neighborhood.

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  6. I hereby nominate "Helmont Province" as the moniker for the Belmont/Sheffield area....

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    1. Keep it simple -- HELMONT like the El sign.

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  7. I've spoken with Tunney about it and he says people walking alone at night should carry fragmentation grenades and toss one down the gangway before proceeding. An ounce of prevention...

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    1. I call bullshit. Nobody "speaks with Tunney" because he doesn't return calls or emails, is insulated from his constituents by his "staff," is never in his little Sheffield Avenue office anyway, and is probably out "looking into" some issue or another (but, of course, never doing anything more than just "looking into" the matter at hand.) This "alderthing" must be defeated at the polls. Do not vote for him just because he's gay. Vote him and his sticky buns out of office and let's put someone in that office who actually gives a damn about the neighborhood of ward 44.

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  8. According to SCC, http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com, there will be no new police hires. So big surprise, Rahm lied when he promised thousands of new cops. Lakeview will be become a northern suburb of Chiraq and the Gangster Disciples will have a feeding frenzy.

    Until there are hundreds of people protesting in front of Tunney's office demanding that he and Rahm make get more cops on the street, nothing will change. I truly feel that CWB provides and incredible community service and I would not know about any the issues in my neighborhood but until the media starts covering this nothing will change.

    Politicians fear protesters and sound bites not blog comments.

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    1. Rahm parses his words carefully...go check what he said. I believe it was that he'd get/put/have a 1000 more cops on the street. Of course, what he didn't say was he was going find those 1000 by disbanding special citywide units and send those officers to districts. For example, if the Mobile Strike Force was still around they'd be lined up on Belmont and Sheffield waiting to greet the south side $hitheads as the got off the trains or they might be along the lakefront where the bangers are posting up. Instead, the majority were sent to south and west side districts.

      Anyone who thinks protests, or signs or email campaigns will change Rahm's budget priorities is delusional. He really doesn't care what any taxpayer thinks. He's the smartest guy in the city. Just ask him.

      He knows exactly what's going on at Belmont and Sheffield as one of his top advisors lives on that corner. If that isn't proof enough that Rahm doesn't care, I don't know what can convince people.

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  9. Tunneys isn't going to do anything about anything, now or ever. He knows he's a shoo-in for re-election (simply because he's gay, and there are enough gay boys in ward 44 who are totally clueless -- or in denial -- about the crime problem) which means another term of Tommie sucking $105K from the taxpayer's tit for basically doing nothing. Oh, he may scream at a consTITuent now and then, or do a couple of photo-ops, but that's about it.

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  10. There is no doubt that Belmont and Sheffield is a problem. What I can't understand is the rave reviews that Old Chicago Inn and City Suites get on the issue of location. Any negatives are limited for the most part to conditions inside the properties.

    As respects Tunney getting my vote because he is gay and I am gay, I say bullshit. What I want is an alderperson who fights for what is best for this ward. Someone with intelligence, courage and guts needs to step up to the plate. If I think that person fits the bill, I could care less about his or her sexual orientation.

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  11. "Gangway" LOL. There should be a sign there warning pedestrians that this gangway is for real!

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  12. I just walked this way to work today and noticed the graffiti was gone. That was quick!

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    1. Yes. Walked past it ourselves tonight. Nicely handled.

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  13. I walk by this gangway to and from my way to work every day and was pleasantly surprised to see that they've boarded it up with wood fencing. I don't recall seeing it yesterday morning so it must have just been completed. At the very least, it seems that someone with clout is taking notice of this blog.

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  14. Excellent! Thank you to whomever got it together to board it up and to you for advising us about it. Now...how long will it be until "someone" tears it down?

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  15. I guarantee that rinky dink wood will be torn down within a month. I got mugged in that gangway, but I'm glad they're at least doing something. Put some steel or barbed wire over there and secure the other two gangways on the block just north of that one on Sheffield. We need constant patrol on the corner of Belmont & Sheffield every night between 11 pm thru 5 am ESPECIALLY THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY...but I doubt that will happen.

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  16. The boards have been ripped down. Please someone do something to get them back up.

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