Chicago News: Laser sights ban reviewed, CPD officer shot and injured, Zach LaVine signs new Bulls contact and more in your Chicago News Roundup


Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.

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Judge eyes Supreme Court ruling on firearms as he debates whether to knock down Chicago’s ban on laser sights

Chicago’s little-known ban on owning laser sights is under new judicial scrutiny after the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling struck down a key provision of a New York concealed carry law.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. asked attorneys involved in a Chicago gun rights lawsuit to make submissions on whether last month’s Supreme Court ruling applies to city ordinances barring the possession of laser gun sights in Chicago.

Dow has given attorneys until mid-July to respond in the case, Second Amendment Arms v. Chicago, which was filed in 2010 by a gun dealer in an effort to overturn the city’s ban on gun stores operating in Chicago.

In a separate case, another Chicago federal judge overturned that gun store ban in 2014.

Because the ban was overturned, Dow ruled that Second Amendment Arms was not entitled to compensatory damages from City Hall.

But the judge is still deciding another issue in the case: whether Chicago’s separate laser sight ban is constitutional.

On Monday, he wrote that “the court is particularly interested in whether the parties believe the Supreme Court framework impacts the analysis and/or outcome on the laser sight issue.”

On June 23, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to strike down a rule that barred New Yorkers from getting concealed-carry licenses unless they could show they had special needs.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in the majority opinion in the New York case, wrote: “To justify gun regulation, the government must demonstrate that the regulation is consistent with the country’s historical tradition of firearms regulations.

A key legal question that remains in the current Chicago gun case is whether the right to “bear arms” extends to laser sights.

Frank Mainhas more on the future of the laser sight ban here.

More news you need

  1. Authorities say a Chicago police officer’s condition is “serious but stable” after he was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call in University Village this morning. When he came down from an elevator, he was ambushed and shot multiple times, according to police.
  2. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the shooting was another example of the “significant increase” during the COVID-19 pandemic in calls related to domestic violence and the havoc those calls create. “Domestic” homicides by firearm and non-fatal shootings have increased by 125% since 2019, reports our Fran Spielman.
  3. Worried South Shore activists have come together to express their anger and sadness after a 5-month-old baby was shot dead in the neighborhood last week. Cecilia Thomas was killed in a drive-by shooting in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive.
  4. Norvell Meadows, a beloved 19-year-old father, community member and athlete, was fatally shot on the West Side yesterday. An All-City high school basketball player in Orr and Prosser, Meadows was “one of those kids that’s hard not to love,” said one of his coaches.
  5. Family, friends and fans also mourn the loss of Dennis Cahill, a great guitarist and virtuoso in Irish traditional music, who died aged 68. After growing up on the South Side playing guitar in rock bands and wedding bands, he rose to worldwide fame and headlined concerts around the world.
  6. A Chicago man today admitted his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, pleading guilty to charges that could carry up to six months in prison. Records show that Athanasios Zoyganeles often posted online about his intentions to storm the Capitol, writing in one instance, “They can’t stop a million people.”
  7. For years, the charter school network Urban Prep Charter Academies in Chicago has garnered national attention for getting 100% of its graduates admitted to college. But Urban Prep has been mired in financial difficulties so deep that CPS officials say they have “serious concerns” about its sustainability, reports WBEZ’s Sarah Karp.

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‘Billiken’, New Short Film About Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade, Highlights Young Parade Dancers

At around 10 p.m. on a recent night, Wills Glasspiegel went to the Merchandise Mart to test out “Billiken,” a new eight-minute art film he co-directed with Shkunna Stewart, with animation by Brandon K. Calhoun.

He was not preparing the film for a screening in a cinema. He was preparing for something bigger, with the film to be shown on the gigantic 340,000 square foot facade of the Merchandise Mart.

Selected as the centerpiece of theMART’s summer lineup, “Billiken,” which premiered Thursday, will screen outside the Merchandise Mart nightly through September 7.


“Billiken,” a new short film screening this summer as part of Art on theMART, centers on the young dancers of Chicago’s historic Bud Billiken Parade, the largest and longest running African-American parade in the United States. United.

Courtesy of Wills Glasspiegel

Young dancers featured in the film — from teams including The Jesse White Tumblers, Dance Force, Geek Squad and Bringing Out Talent Dance Co. — were on hand for the opening.

“Billiken” pays tribute to the young dancers of the Bud Billiken Parade, the largest and oldest African-American parade in the United States. Started in 1929, the parade, which runs down South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Bronzeville, heralds the start of the new school year.

On the night of the Glasspiegel test screening at the Mart, “There happened to be kids with their mothers, and they were dancing at the end of the screening, kind of a continuation,” he said.

“That’s when I knew it was done. He made people dance. It’s good for the city. »

WBEZ’s Isabella DeLeo has more about the movie “Billiken” here.

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Yesterday we asked you: What is the best park in Chicago?

Here’s what some of you said…

“The Calumet park in the extreme south-east. Lake views, beach, walking trails, and a history museum of Southeast Chicago in the iconic country house. Oh, and the US Coast Guard at Calumet Station! —wayne garritano

“I prefer the Lakefront over the planetarium. I’ve always loved this place overlooking the entire Chicago skyline. — Frederic Darrin

“Gill Park! All are welcome including our pets and there is a swimming pool there and lots of fun play equipment for babies. Steps from Lake Michigan and breezy in the summer. Movies in the park are cool for a nice family night out. Gill Park is the best. — Ashabi Tanze

“Milton Lee Olive Park near Navy Pier is awesome. It’s that little place hidden in plain sight that no one seems to know about. It’s quiet and a wonderful place to ignore the rest of the world. (Even with DLSD at 50 meters.)” – Julia B. Meyer

“Ellis Park. We celebrate in peace and the children can play in peace. —Tyree Beamteam

“Sherman Park – has it all, plus a library.” —Denis Novak

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