Chicago News Roundup: Archdiocese of Chicago still protects names from predatory priests, Pritzker insider profits from lobbyist connections and more


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

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Cardinal Blase Cupich still keeps secrets about child sexual abuse by priests of the order

Several years after Cardinal Blase Cupich began cracking down on religious orders for reporting sexually abusive members of their clergy who preyed on minors, the Archdiocese of Chicago added dozens of the order’s priests to its ranks. online publication of predatory clergy.

But Cupich is still keeping secrets about clergy sexual abuse of minors, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has revealed. Even though the Archdiocese instantly nearly doubled the size of its list of clergy deemed to have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse, there are significant gaps in what has been added.

These include the omissions of some clergy whose orders deemed them to have molested children or who faced lawsuits for predatory sex acts that church officials settled. Among them:

The Reverend Jean-Baptiste Ormecheaa Passionist Order priest who was believed by church authorities to have molested children while assigned to the Immaculate Conception Church in the far northwest between the late 1970s and late of the 1980s. Both the order and the archdiocese were sued for his misconduct and settled cases.

The Reverend Terence Fitzmauricea now-deceased Benedictine priest who has been accused in lawsuits – including one settled by the archdiocese – of sexually molesting children while assigned to St. Procopius Church in Pilsen, including a girl whom he was accused of having impregnated.

And the Reverend Donald McGuirea now-deceased Jesuit priest who worked at Loyola Academy in Wilmette whose order says “the range of his abuse spanned several incidents over several years at multiple locations”.

Robert Herguth says more about the archdiocesan omissions here.

More news you need

  1. Charges have been filed in the shooting death of an 87-year-old woman in a South Side seniors’ apartment building last weekend. A 69-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with the murder of Mae Brown, Chicago police said.
  2. A cop is now at risk of being fired in the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo after a lone Chicago police board member spoke out against the objection of Chicago’s top cop during a meeting last night. The council will now hold a disciplinary hearing where the eight members will decide the fate of Officer Eric Stillman.
  3. Reports of hate crimes are mounting in Chicago, particularly crimes targeting Jews and African Americans, a top mayoral adviser revealed yesterday. The news comes amid fears it will only get worse as the 2024 presidential election draws closer, our Fran Spielman reports.
  4. A waste hauling company that the FBI said nearly 20 years ago was secretly controlled by mob figures has been hired to provide ‘trash and debris removal services’ on two projects in the O’Hare airport. Our Robert Herguth has more on the alleged Chicago Outfit cases here.
  5. A group of Afghan refugees in Chicago are asking Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would pave the way for Afghans to gain permanent residency. At a press conference yesterday, members of the group urged Congress to provide long-term immigration protections.
  6. The U.S. Postal Service must “restore confidence” in its leadership after failing to address a rise in armed robberies from letter carriers, Chicago-area lawmakers say. In a letter sent to the USPS Board of Governors, lawmakers blasted the agency’s “inadequate response” to deal with the rise in letter carrier thefts.
  7. Shortly after leaving her job in the state as a senior adviser to Governor JB Pritzker, Nikki Budzinski collected more than $500,000 in consulting and other fees in 10 months, including more than $80,000 from a Springfield lobbyist. The lobbyist is one of those Budzinski helped while working for the governor, a Better Government Association investigation found. Budzinski is now a candidate for Congress.
  8. Former President Barack Obama has endorsed the re-election of Governor Pritzker. In a statewide ad released today, Obama credits Pritzker with making Illinois a national leader on Democratic issues such as abortion and voting rights.

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Pilsen artists will open the studio doors to the public

A host of Lower West Side artists will open their studios to the public this weekend for the 20th annual Pilsen Open Studios event.

The event includes 31 home studios and gallery spaces this year. It operates from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. No registration necessary. Free mural tours leave the Pilsen Arts and Community House, 1637 W. 18th St., at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

The home studio remains an integral part of the event while the number of participating galleries has increased since 2003.

The annual Pilsen Open Studios event this weekend will feature home studios and galleries from the Lower West Side.

Courtesy of Alexandra Alvarez

“When you walk into an artist’s studio, you see everything you’re not really supposed to see, all the unfinished thoughts,” said Denise Trujillo, a surrealist mixed media painter and five-time participant.

The event received $5,000 from the city to pay for activities such as mural tours and live music.

A map of the event is available on the Pilsen Arts and Community House website.

Michael Loria has more on Pilsen Open Studios here.

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Your daily question☕

What four local icons would you put on a Chicago Mt. Rushmore?

Email us at [email protected] and we might feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: Growing up, what was the best place in Chicago to trick-or-treat?

Here’s what some of you said…

“In the mid-’80s, we were doing tricks or treats on Broadway starting at Belmont and hitting every store on one side of the street. Once in Diversey, we would take the glass elevator to the top of the Century Mall, down the ramps stopping at the candy stores, then back down Broadway across the street. — Altaïr de la O

“Harper Avenue in Hyde Park!” Between 59th and 57th streets especially. The best candies, the best Halloween decorations and the best memories. For years they did it on this street and it was the best place to cheat or treat. —Monique Chapman

“I grew up in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in the 1960s and 1980s. It was the best neighborhood. The playground near my house has set up a haunted house, carnival and lantern walk around the blocks surrounding the playground. The owners sat on their porches waiting for us to pass with our handmade lanterns. After the events were over, we went to do some trickery on the way back. It was awesome.” — Nancy Marszewski

“Commercial Ave in 1960s South Chicago. We had stores from 83 to 92. Then we were hitting all the houses on the way back. — David Martinez

“Oh my God Beverly! They handed out candy bags, chunky candy bars, or received the Scout’s honor gifts – grab a piece or two of a pumpkin at the front door! — Jeanette Samuels Battle

“Lives in Villa Park, my dad used to take us to Elmhurst the day before Halloween to buy 5 cent candy bars in the wealthy neighborhoods. I believe Halloween night was the school parties. — Kathy Albertson Barnes

“I’m a 50s girl. Our neighborhood was so wonderful. We lived near O’Hare and our neighborhood was scary. Very little public lighting. No sidewalks. Houses far apart. We liked it.” — Pat Fitzmaurice

“Near the North Side, the Gold Coast area, they gave money.” — JoyceJones

“I just walked in my neighborhood, West Lawn, in the 1970s and 1980s.” —Jennifer Reyes

“1970s 26th Street in Little Village. The bakeries handed out cookies and the rest of the stores handed out candy. Everyone in the neighborhood took 26th Street. (Kostner to Kedzie). —Anna Antillon

“Michael Jordan’s house, he gave out full size bars and/or gift certificates to McDonald’s or something. If he was home and not working. — Dan La Buda

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