Wednesday, April 08, 2015

GUNPOINT: Man Robbed As He Leaves Local Walgreens

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Two offenders robbed a man at gunpoint as he walked out of a neighborhood Walgreens Tuesday morning. No one was injured. There have been no arrests.

The hold-up occurred as the victim walked from the Walgreens at the intersection of Halsted, Clark, and Barry around 6:15AM.

Two black men—one in a black hoodie, the other in a gray hoodie—approached the victim and one of the offenders produced a handgun, the victim said.

After getting the victim's wallet, both offenders fled northbound on Clark Street.

Case number is TBD.
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18 comments:

  1. And we have sentenced ourselves to another four years of this. . .

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  2. Has anyone else noticed how many empty storefronts there are in the Clark/Diversey intersection and beyond? I know that there are many reasons that businesses may close, and that there is always some turnover in the neighborhood, but there seems to have been a mass exodus in the past few years. Three out of four businesses at the Clark/Broadway/Diversey are now vacant. A number of businesses on Clark have been vacant for a few years now. I also counted no less than 5 residential “for sale” signs on my short walk to public transportation. What is it going to take before the powers that be will recognize that there is a problem?

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    1. There were some articles about how Lincoln Park is transforming from post-college destination to mega single family home mansion destination. When a building that housed 20 20 somethings is knocked down to house a family of four, the density goes down and there aren't as many customers to support the small businesses in the area. The articles called the closing of John Barleycorn a symbol of this.

      If it continues, Lincoln Park will look more like an urban suburb. Not saying this is good or bad, it just is. Seems like lots of the young people seeking cheap rentals are going to Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, etc.

      Also there was something about a guy owning lots of the storefronts in that area and just not leasing them out for whatever reason.

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    2. Building owners don't have to pay as much in property taxes if the retail space is vacant.

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  3. I've observed in recent times that people who are not Walgreens shoppers hangout in and around that parking lot, *on Walgreens property*, at all hours of the day. I passed by there on foot at night, perhaps 9pm, recently, and there were three thugs smoking weed openly and brazenly, on the entrance plaza to the store. I hold Walgreens accountable for this sort of thing. Yes, they have a "security guard" but I've seen him inside texting, which means he's not paying attention to what is going on. Then again, many places have "security guards" who don't stay aware of their surroundings (i.e., the Northalsted security force in those little yellow vests who wander up and down Halsted jiving with their homeboys, and so on.)

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    1. I've offered it before, but if a group wants to head up to their headquarters in Deerfield and "positive loiter" in their parking lot and harass them at their front door to get a taste of Chicago Walgreens stores, please speak now. My vehicle will hold 4 other passengers. Any other volunteers?

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  4. There once was a time when this sort of article would garner many 'shocked' comments about how our neighborhood is becoming a haven for criminals going after our friends and neighbors. A couple of days in and this is the first comment. Sign of the times in our neighborhood. That's very sad.

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    1. Yes, it is sad that people are no longer shocked by this shit. Seems the neighborhood has accepted this as the new normal. Hell, both Tunney & Cappleman were reelected, so the folks around here think everything is just peachy. Very sad.

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    2. Cappleman's opponent had ties to Helen Schiller's regime. We saw her on Channel 11, and she was totally useless.

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  5. Stupid Rahm doesn't know who butters his bread. He knows all too well the city (and state) are broke, yet is happy to let his north side tax bases, be property tax or sales tax, erode to nothing.

    Is this affecting the occupancy rate at the Days Inn yet ?

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  6. Clark/Diversey/Broadway is also at the border of Tunney and Smith's jurisdiction, so at the peripheries of their districts, and does not command their attention. However. Belmont violence from Halsted to Sheffield is right in Tunney's front yard, and still does not get the scoundrel's attention.

    That said, it took many years for the Barnes and Noble to be replaced by a Trader Joe's. This is way before Rahm and his vandalism of the CPD. It was caused by a greedy landlord doubling rents and getting nothing in return.

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    1. "Scoundrel" gets extra points in my book.

      Part of the reason commercial rents are on the rise, is because commercial real estate taxes are on the rise. If they give the homeowners a break, then the missing funds have to be made up from commercial and industrial properties. The real estate tax racket is a nice little cottage industry here in Chicago. Berios may well be a crook and egomaniac, but he's no fool.

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    2. Maybe the rent went up, but I don't think that's why B&N left - the move from reading print books to ebooks (which are almost exclusively sold online and through devices) is probably the real reason. Their business model is collapsing. Spoken from a landlord's point of view.

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    3. When Borders was open, they said B&N's rent had doubled for the next lease. No business can survive that. There are still plenty of B&N's around even though Borders is gone. In any case, it took far too long to rent the space out. Perhaps the financial collapse had something to do with it.

      Tunneys' Ward is clearly heading back to the way he found it when he arrived on the business scene 30-35 years ago. The Scoundrel will leave no legacy except sucking up to Wrigelyville Rooftop owners and Pylons on Northalsted honoring a Gay community that had to move out for their safety.

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    4. Besides high taxes and Landlords asking high rents, retail on Clark Street is drowning because there was (or still is) the recession, technology changes (shopping online, downloading/streaming music, TV shows and movies, books) big box stores such as Walmart, Costo and Target offering super low prices that small business can't complete. Everyone wants to save money but when you support big box stores, you are supporting super wealthty Americans such as the Walmart family who are trying to market themselves as more gay friendly and give their workers higher wages but it is all marketing to keep the consumers shopping at their stores for crap made in China by almost slave labor. Capitalism at work!

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  7. How long before we see the first storefront with the metal grates across the door and windows? This is standard practice on the southside? It's just a matter of time if the smash and grabs continue. We need the police back in full force to discourage the easy robberies that seem to be the norm these days.

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  8. CWB, whatever became of the investigation into the guy who owns the Chicago Athletic Clubs and the allegation that he planted secret cameras in a tenant's apartment? Any updates?

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    1. I'd love to know, too. There seems to have been a blackout on information about this case. Would this have been true if it had been an average Joe as opposed to a wealthy businessman? Nothing against wealthy businessmen so long as they're not buying special privilege?

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