Chicago news roundup: How the Highland Park shooter got away, a first-person account of the scene and more


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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Highland Park parade shooter dressed up in women’s clothing, planned for weeks: police

Bobby Crimo dressed in women’s clothing and fired more than 70 bullets from a rooftop in the Independence Day Parade in Highland Park before blending into the chaotic crowd and escaping, police said today.

Crimo, 21, climbed out of the roof of a downtown business using an escape ladder, dropped his AR-15-style rifle and headed for his mother’s nearby house, according to Christopher Covelli from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.

Crimo, who may have even used a wig to cover her face tattoos, then borrowed her mother’s car, which was later stopped by the police, leading to Crimo’s arrest.

There is no indication that Crimo said anything to his mother about the attack, Covelli said this morning at a press conference.

Seven people were killed in the attack and more than 30 were injured, Covelli said.

“At this point we haven’t developed a motive for him,” Covelli said.

Investigators “had discussions with him,” Covelli said.

The weapon used in the attack was purchased legally in the Chicago area, he said. ATF agents performed an expedited search for the weapon, which led them to Crimo, Covelli said. When he was arrested, Crimo was in possession of a second high-powered rifle he had purchased legally from another Chicago-area store, Covelli said.

Authorities said they had no information that the attack targeted anyone by race or religion.

“We believe Crimo planned this attack for several weeks,” Covelli said, noting that authorities are working on criminal charges.

Mitch Dudek has more on the developing information from yesterday’s tragedy here.

More news you need

  1. In her first-person account of the tragedy that unfolded during the parade, our own Lynn Sweet describes watching the parade — and when everything changed. Sweet also explains how she’s been reporting on gun killings for years. “But always at a distance. I was not there when the murder took place. Until July 4. When I was.”
  2. A Jewish security group said today that after seeing pictures of Crimo after yesterday’s massacre, a Highland Park rabbi ‘recognized him’ as the man turned away from a police service Passover in his synagogue in April. Although Highland Park has a large Jewish population, Secure Community Network manager Michael Masters said his organization found no information to suggest the motivation for the shooting was anti-Semitism.
  3. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, D-Ill. today touted the most sweeping federal gun safety legislation in 30 years. Yet after a reporter asked if any of the safeguards would have prevented yesterday’s shooting in Highland Park, Lightfoot and Kelly didn’t know, our Fran Spielman reports.
  4. Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey has apologized for telling residents in a livestreamed video to ‘move on’ after the shooting 90 minutes after the horrific attack unfolded – and more than six hours before Crimo’s arrest. Mitchell Armentrout says more about the fallout from Bailey’s comments here.
  5. A 5-year-old boy standing in the backyard of his Humboldt Park home was hit in the right shoulder by a bullet that was apparently fired into the sky last night. He was in the garden when he was hit around 10:10 p.m., and after being taken to hospital he is in good condition, police said.
  6. A Park Ridge family say their 14-year-old son was pinned to the sidewalk with one knee pressed against his back by an off-duty Chicago police officer who believed the boy stole his bike. son. The teenager’s mother said she believed last Friday’s incident was racially motivated – as her son is of Puerto Rican descent and the officer is white.
  7. A long-vacant two-story former professional Lake Meadows building at 31st Street and Rhodes Avenue in Bronzeville is set to come back to life in early 2023 as office space for the Howard Brown Health Organization . In his latest column, our Lee Bey explains how the building’s revival is a good sign for efforts to preserve the wealth of unsung Modernist architecture in Chicago neighborhoods.

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In her new review, Felicia P. Fields reminds us why the blues – and her – are cultural treasures

The world premiere musical revue at Glencoe’s Writers Theater is subtitled ‘A Night with Felicia P. Fields’. An evening with Felicia P. Fields is an evening worth having, writes Kris Vire in her review for the Sun-Times.

The Chicago performer has been a favorite presence on the city’s stages for decades, putting his big voice and considerable comedic skills to work stealing the stage at theaters ranging from the Goodman, Court and Chicago Shakespeare to suburban musical factories. like Marriott and Drury. Way. And, famously, Fields earned a Tony Award nomination on his first (and to date, only) trip to Broadway, in the original 2005 production of “The Color Purple.”

At Writers, where she previously played the titular blues singer in a 2019 staging of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Fields now performs as herself. (If you’re wondering who that “Pearl” character is, well, now you know what the “P.” stands for in “Felicia P. Fields.”)


Felicia P. Fields features blues and a touch of gospel in her world premiere ‘Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields’ at the Writers Theater.

Fields reminds us from the start that the blues doesn’t always have to be sad. Promising a good time is in store, she playfully encourages the audience to “let her hair down”, then with a shrug suggests “take your hair off”, before launching into the initiator of Willie Dixon’ Wang Dang Doodle”.

The show’s set list, shaped by Fields and director Ron OJ Parson (they’re credited as co-creators), leans heavily in its first half toward the more bawdy, blues-wise side. Fields follows “Wang Dang” with Dixon’s “Built for Comfort” (“I’m built for comfort, I’m not built for speed / But I got everything a good man needs”) and “My Stove’s in Good Condition” by Lil Johnson.”

On the promise of a good time, however, Fields and his formidable band – including Frank Menzies on keys, Julie Poncé on bass, Harold Morrison on drums and Ricardo Jimenez on trumpet – absolutely deliver. They showcase the happy vibe of the blues (with a touch of gospel for good uplifting measure); why not ride with it?

Vire has more on Fields’ show here.

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Your daily question ☕

What comforts you in these troubled times?

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On Friday, we asked you: what’s the key to a perfect barbecue?

Here’s what some of you said…

“The key to a good barbecue is good cooks, good music and good company.” —CN Joy

“Season your food.” —Kimyonna Adams

“All charcoal must be lit and distributed evenly! No batteries – if there are, food cooks faster. — Phyllis Barnes-Wright

“Slow and low, and only use hardwood with indirect heat.” —Michael Thompson

“Baked beans with bacon and jalapeños.” —Georgia Doane-Thomas

“Tender, slow, easy love and care. Patience.” –Peter Tony

“It’s all in the seasoning. Most important, cooked with love!” —Regina Allen

“Good music, food, drinks and peace and harmony.” — Licia Johnson

“Marinate your food. It enhances the taste. —Michael Woods

“Family and close friends come together to laugh, enjoy and be served very tasty vittles.” —Nick Viton

“Someone else making it. Let me know when you’re cooking! —Chris Manuel

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