Chicago news roundup: Willie Wilson asks CTA to bring back drivers and police unit


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Wilson wants CTA to bring back drivers and his police unit to stop transit crime ‘crisis’

Mayoral hopeful Willie Wilson promised today that if elected, he would bring back CTA drivers, resuscitate the CTA’s own police unit and complement both efforts by rehiring Chicago police officers at the retreat to stop a rise in violent crime and unruly behavior that keeps riders away and puts off employees. at risk.

The millionaire businessman embraced the safety plan championed by Eric Dixon, president of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union Local 308. Wilson announced his plan after walking the L of 95th Street downtown, finding himself at the Thompson Center, across from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. office at the town hall.

Wilson said he had no idea how much it would cost to restore the CTA’s police unit and hire drivers. He also does not know how many retired police officers should be hired to support these efforts.

He only knows that no matter how much it costs, more needs to be done to stop an epidemic of armed robberies, stabbings and shootings that are scaring people who have no choice but to take the CTA to work and encourage those who have the choice to continue to drive to work or work from home.

“The first duty of a mayor, in my opinion, is to protect his citizens. If she has 71 security guards around her house, why can’t she protect citizens who are being robbed and things of that nature on the CTA? Wilson said.

“You [used to have] people from suburban areas on CTA. Now they don’t because they are afraid of crime. … A lot of people don’t come to Chicago anymore. They don’t even come for visits. I have people from the suburbs who are afraid to come. People are scared. Look at how many tax dollars you’re wasting just because of people not coming to Chicago and going somewhere else to shop. You are defeating yourself there.

Two months ago, Lightfoot, superintendent of police. David Brown and CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. unveiled a plan to “more than double resources” for unarmed private security guards and “strategically adjust resources” for the United Nations Counterterrorism Office. Chicago Police Department to better deal with changes in crime patterns” on public transit.

Fran Spielman has more on the mayoral candidate’s comments on CTA security.

More news you need

  1. With R. Kelly already facing a life sentence in federal prison after a New York jury found him guilty of racketeering, the singer’s new defense attorney has turned his sights on the federal charges still pending against him in Chicago. Jon Seidel shares more about the motion filed today by Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, the Chicago-born attorney who helped freelance actor Bill Cosby.
  2. Two men were injured near the Theater District in the Loop yesterday when victims of a robbery opened fire on the robbers and beat them instead, police said. The incident led to the cancellation of a Sunday night performance of “Moulin Rouge!” The Musical” at the nearby Nederlander Theatre.
  3. A shooting outside a Near North Side bowling alley that killed one woman and injured another over the weekend occurred during an argument involving an ex-boyfriend, the city said. police. No one was in custody at the time of publication earlier this afternoon.
  4. In Woodlawn, a developer’s effort to revitalize a south side landmark was given new life by his adaptability. David Roeder reports on the future of the former National Bank building in Washington Park.
  5. Ahead of Patti Smith’s headlining show at the Metro later this week, the Chicago-born singer and songwriter spoke to Selena Fragassi about her memories of the city, her music and her upcoming book. “One thing that remains constant is his view of artistic freedom and its connection to the punk rock ethos,” writes Fragassi.

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Spotlight on Pullman Porters as Part of Major South Side Museum Expansion

After Lyn Hughes took a walking tour of Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood in 1990, she decided to create a museum around her essential connection to the black labor movement. At the time, she didn’t know much about the world of museums. But she saw a need.

“I just thought there had to be a place in Pullman that talked about the African-American experience, and I was appalled that no one did,” Hughes said.

Five years later, Hughes founded the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum in a humble brick house. It would be just the start of a long battle to bring more recognition to the black men who were masters of hospitality on America’s most luxurious railroad cars in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Uniformed Pullman workers in front of a clock tower in Chicago, circa 1880.

Federal efforts to designate Pullman as a national monument took off under the Obama administration, but the spotlight has been on the southern end of the neighborhood, founder George Pullman and the railroad car factory. Hughes’ Porter Museum was sometimes overlooked.

Now Hughes and other museum leaders are aiming to change that, announcing plans last month to expand while creating a new cultural district that would attract tourists and boost local employment.

For Hughes, the whole story began when she stumbled upon this walking tour of Pullman, a Far South Side neighborhood that began in 1881 as one of America’s most important company towns – a residential area for workers who made railroad cars at the Pullman plant.

Read the full story to learn more about Hughes, the story behind the museum and the new expansion effort.

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Your daily question☕

How do you think the Bears fared in the NFL Draft this weekend?

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

On Friday, we asked you: What are your predictions for the Bears heading into the NFL Draft this weekend? Let’s see how these predictions compare to reality…

“The Bears will do everything wrong.” -Gordon Siggeman

“No matter who they pick and how good they are, the Bears will lose more games than they win this coming season.” —Jeff Hornstein

“Being patient. The pace left us in trouble and the Poles have to clean it up. That doesn’t happen on a repechage, and just because you haven’t heard of the player doesn’t mean he doesn’t isn’t good. We had 1st round picks that couldn’t even cut it, and before we had Darnell Mooney, how many of us actually knew him? Now we’re praising him… Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this Bears team won’t be in a draft either. -Michael Johnson

“I predict more people around Chicago will become Lions fans.” —Jonathan Justus

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