Chicago news roundup: Police want more helicopters to fight carjackings


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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More helicopters seen as a tool for Chicago police to fight carjackings and other crimes

Chicago police officials, faced with an increase in carjackings in recent years, hope to acquire new helicopters, possibly with the help of donations, to help track stolen vehicles and conduct other types of aerial missions. .

A law enforcement source said the city had earmarked around $12 million to purchase two new helicopters, but no contract was signed.

“We are planning or hoping to replace our helicopters,” Eric Carter, the police’s first deputy, said in an interview.

Carter said “several philanthropists have stepped up and asked what the need is as well as the cost. It would be a gradual transition if we managed to acquire the helicopters through philanthropists and donations – or government funds.

He wouldn’t elaborate.

The department has two Bell helicopters, one built in 1994 and the other in 2006. Although Carter has spoken of replacing them, a former city official said the police department would be better off creating a fleet of helicopters. at least four helicopters, including the two old ones. .

City police helicopters are serviced at Gary/Chicago International Airport in northwest Indiana. In May 2020, the city signed a five-year, $4.7 million maintenance contract with Gary Jet Center Inc. The police department pays for maintenance with money officers seize in drug cases .

The possible timeline for obtaining new police helicopters is unclear. A source said it could happen as early as the end of this year. Another said it would take at least a year and a half.

The need for more helicopters was considered by the three police commissioners who served under Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the sources said.

Frank Mainhas more on the CPD’s push for more helicopters here.

More news you need

  1. Naperville police today released video showing an officer fatally shooting a man who ran at him with a hatchet during a traffic stop earlier this month. The officer stopped a vehicle on June 3 when another car pulled up and a 28-year-old man got out of that car and “charged” the officer with a hatchet, police said.
  2. A Chicago firefighter who was injured in a shooting in West Pullman after a birthday party last year has died. Timothy Eiland, 33, a father of five, was pronounced dead yesterday at South Suburban Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office..
  3. Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of Chicago writer and producer John Cuneo, who passed away early last month. Family and friends remember Mr. Cuneo, 58, as creative, caring and always up for a joke.
  4. Caterpillar, an Illinois-based construction and mining equipment manufacturer for nearly 100 years, today announced that it is moving its headquarters from Deerfield to Irving, Texas. The announcement is a blow to the prestige of the Illinois economy, explains our David Roeder.
  5. A suburban excavation company worker has been found guilty of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the former Bloomingdale Township Highway Commissioner. A jury yesterday found Mario Giannini, who worked for Bulldog Earth Movers, guilty after a week-long trial.
  6. Country pioneers The Chicks are bringing their tour to the area with a stop at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park tomorrow. Lead singer Natalie Maines spoke with the Sun-Times before the show about the band’s journey, name change and legacy.
  7. The River North Residents Association lost what little influence it had when Mayor Lightfoot bid on Bally’s River West bid and convinced the town council to allow a casino to be built in the group neighborhood. But that hasn’t stopped the organization from releasing a list of demands today that it says will make the casino more palatable.
  8. The beloved bronze lions flanking the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago left their posts today for their first deep cleaning in 21 years. Weighing over 2 tonnes, the lions were lifted and taken to a facility in Forest Park where they will be steam cleaned and then coated with a wax preservative.

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Pan de Vida pantry opens in Little Village

At first glance, Pan de Vida Fresh Market may look like a typical grocery store.

There are some local touches, given its location in Little Village. There are ceramics inspired by Talavera. And in the back, a colorful mural depicts a dove and cacti.

But the produce, tastefully displayed in farmer’s market-style boxes, isn’t for sale, because Pan de Vida isn’t a grocery store. It’s a pantry. Buyers won’t have to pay a penny, not even for the flowers. Yes, they have flowers.

Pan de Vida has been operating out of Little Village for a dozen years. Previously, it was run by volunteers from the New Life Community Church basement.

A worker stocks some of the canned spaghetti sauce at the Pan de Vida fresh market in Little Village last Wednesday

Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

During the pandemic, the non-profit New Life Centers got involved, and Pan de Vida went from feeding dozens each week to nearly 10,000, distributing boxes of food, twice a week, while driving, a said Matt DeMateo, executive director of New Life Centers.

Pan de Vida’s new dedicated space, in a two-story building at 2701 S. Lawndale Ave., opened today. The second floor will become an area where social workers can connect clients with resources. There will also be computers so children can learn digital skills.

The pantry will operate five days a week: 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

“It’s going to be like a supermarket,” said Margarita Marquez, a Pan de Vida customer who was shown around. “You will see what you really need. Before, what they had was what you took.

Michael Loria says more about the community effort here.

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