Chicago news roundup: Unarmed 13-year-old seriously injured by police

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An unarmed 13-year-old boy was shot and critically injured by Chicago police after officers stopped a car wanted for carjacking in Oak Park

An unarmed 13-year-old boy was shot and seriously injured by Chicago police after officers stopped a car wanted for a carjacking in Oak Park a day earlier, according to police sources.

The boy was shot at around 10:15 p.m. last night after he jumped out of the car and started running in the 800 block of North Cicero in Austin, according to a preliminary police statement. The statement gave no details of the confrontation, but a source said no shots were fired at the officers and no weapons were recovered.

The boy was transported to Stroger Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to fire department spokesman Larry Merritt. Sources gave his age as 13.

The driver sped into the wanted car, which was later found abandoned in the 3800 block of West Monroe Street, about two miles away near Garfield Park.

The car had been used in a carjacking the previous day in Oak Park, according to authorities in the western suburbs.

The shooting happened just over a year after a Chicago police officer shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo as he fled from Little Village police and threw a gun behind a fence seconds before the officer confronts him.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office determined in March that no criminal charges would be filed against the officer who opened the fire.

Tom Schuba and David Struett have more on this developing story here.

More news you need

  1. A 16-year-old girl has died after being shot last week at a home in West Garfield Park. A 19-year-old man was charged with hiding the gun that killed her, police say
  2. Nearly a decade after his murder conviction, new controversy has erupted over the case of former Bolingbrook Police Sergeant Drew Peterson and the fate of his long-lost fourth wife, Stacy. Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky, said the judge who presided over Peterson’s 2012 trial today ordered him not to disclose what he knows about what happened to Stacy.
  3. The Chicago Park District is offering financial incentives to people applying for summer jobs, two years after an investigation began that found rampant sexual abuse and harassment among its rescuers. In total, the Park District is looking to fill 2,100 positions this summer, including lifeguards, menial workers, attendants and recreation leaders.
  4. The early voting kickoff for Illinois’ June 28 primary highlights some voter confusion in redesigned Chicago-area congressional districts as candidates scramble to lock in their votes. Also, some voters do not know who is on the ballot. “You’d be surprised how many people don’t know [Rep] Bobby Rush is no longer running,” said an adviser to one of the 17 candidates vying for Rush’s seat after his retirement.

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Chicago chemist-turned-baker creates ube croissants worth seeing in Logan Square

Mirachelle Anselmo is a chemist by training but a food scientist by temperament.

As an undergraduate at North Central College in Naperville, she conducted research on the Maillard reaction – the scientific name for browning food – to see if different types of sugars formed different products after the reaction. While preparing for her master’s degree in organometallic chemistry at DePaul University, she helped customers at Floriole, a pastry shop in Lincoln Park.

When Chicago went into lockdown in the spring of 2020, Anselmo, like many others, started cooking more at home. She started with simpler experiments: sourdough starter and banana bread.

She progressed to braided chocolate babka and other enriched dough pastries, and began selling her baked goods at local fundraisers. Eventually, Anselmo set his sights on the French croissant – with a nod to his Filipino roots.

Mirachelle Anselmo prepares her ube croissant dough for shaping.

On a hot, sticky day in June 2021, Anselmo made his first batch of ube croissants.

Developing the recipe took months of painstaking trial and error, not to mention dozens of disappointing batches. Now, nearly two years later, she’s built up a clientele that anticipates her vibrant purple pastries with the same eagerness you’d expect from sneakerheads waiting for a limited-edition shoe sale.

Anselmo’s croissants – with ube, a common purple yam in the Philippines, incorporated into the dough itself – are striking in color and shape, with their modern, cut tops. They also highlight ube in several forms.

In the latest iteration, Anselmo mixes powdered ube with icing sugar to dust it. Ube (pronounced OOO-beh) is also featured in homemade ube halaya – a jammy violet spread usually made with grated ube, three types of milk (coconut, condensed, and evaporated), butter, of sugar and salt – in the center of each croissant.

Charmaine Runes says more about Anselmo and growing ube here.

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Your daily question ☕

What is Chicago’s most underrated neighborhood? Tell us why.

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

Yesterday we asked you: What do you think should be done with vacant lots in your neighborhood?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Make them community gardens. This will help the community, the children and the elderly. All neighborhoods should have community gardens. With the price of vegetables these days, why not? It will teach children to appreciate what they have and grow. —Diane Wilck

“In my opinion they should be turned into homeless shelters, I’m a retired veteran and I see a lot of veterans and people in general who are homeless. We need to act appropriately and do something to help them. —Kay Frazier

“Put peat in it to create neighborhood parks where kids can play.” —Richard Andrewski

“Build single-family homes through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.” —Dorothy Desouzaguedes

“Ease reassignment with flexible zoning. Reduce the cost of ownership and development by reducing taxes. — Brian Costin

“Vacant land as well as closed abandoned schools on the west and south sides should be turned into youth recreation facilities, mental health facilities and staffing facilities. Lots can be turned into greenhouses and gardens with fresh fruits and vegetables due to food deserts in these low-income neighborhoods as well. —Tiffany Overton

“Make it easier for owners to buy them. My house is located in the middle of two large vacant lots where people park abandoned cars or hold large gatherings, I called my alderman and the city to try and buy and was given the tour. —TeWan Willis

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