Chicago news roundup: Woman hit and killed by ‘bragging’ Corvette

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A high-speed Corvette struck and killed a woman in a Southwest Side crosswalk over the weekend as she ‘showed up’ with another Corvette and cut off traffic, Chicago police say and a witness.

“Very tragic,” said the witness, who was driving behind the two cars early Sunday at Cicero Avenue and 65th Street. “Very irresponsible of riders taking the life of an innocent person.”

Meireis Shawman was killed the day before her 41st birthday, according to a police report into the crash.

The driver who struck Shawman told officers he was fleeing a carjacking. But the police report cites witnesses who said the drivers of the two Corvettes were racing before one of them hit the woman and then collided with a car on Cicero around 1.40am.

A witness told the Sun-Times that the driver appeared to “show off” to the other driver of the Corvette. The witness said he was stopped at 63rd Street when the light turned green and the two Corvettes, one red and the other blue, began speeding south and cutting off drivers.

The driver of the red Corvette changed lanes to pass the blue Corvette and crashed into a Hyundai at 65th Street. The red Corvette continued into a crosswalk and struck the woman. The driver, a 27-year-old man, was cited for obstructed windshield and lack of caution with a pedestrian in the roadway.

The crash happened during a weekend of “street takeovers across the city,” with drivers from Chicago’s underground car scene performing stunts at scattered intersections and occasionally bumping into the police trying to intervene.

Read David Struett’s full story here.

More news you need

  1. Mayor Lori Lightfoot today appointed the seven-member commission to take the first step toward civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. The interim group will only serve until district council members are elected on Feb. 28, but it will have a lot of power in the meantime, Fran Spielman reports.
  2. Aldus. Ray Lopez today unveiled a dramatic plan to curb the mayor’s control and halve the size of the city council if he wins the race for mayor next year. Here’s more about the big changes Lopez says he would implement as mayor.
  3. Two additional accusers took the witness stand today in the federal child pornography trial of R. Kelly to allege the superstar sexually assaulted them when they were minors in the late 1990s. Andy Grimm and Jon Seidel have more of the federal court in Chicago.
  4. For six years, Chrissy Metz has been a familiar face on TV screens, best known Kate Pearson on the NBC hit ‘This Is Us’, but tomorrow her musical side will be on display for a performance at City Winery. Selena Fragassi spoke to Metz about her music ahead of tomorrow’s show.
  5. An exceptionally rare Chicago license plate sold for $34,000 at auction on Sunday, according to Union-based Donley Auctions. This figure exceeds Water’s estimates which pegged the value of the plate, which would be the first issued in Illinois, at $2,000 to $4,000.

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Urban farm cultivates development in East Garfield Park – but it’s not charity: ‘Let’s empower’

As of 2016, many Herban Produce customers thought they were doing co-owners Alicia Nesbary-Moore and Barry Howard a favor, investing their money to support the fledgling two-acre urban farm in East Garfield Park.

“People were like, ‘Oh, we’re going to have your lettuce because we feel bad for you,'” Howard laughed. “But we realized they should buy it because we have the best products in the city of Chicago.”

Unlike the majority of city farms in the Chicago area, the co-owners are determined to cultivate a real business with Herban Produce. It has not always been so. For two years, the two-acre farm operated as a non-profit organization.

Alicia Nesbary-Moore checks the progress of celosia growth at Herban Produce in East Garfield Park.

Alicia Nesbary-Moore checks the progress of celosia growth at Herban Produce in East Garfield Park

“I kind of got into spaces where I felt like I was charity, and I didn’t really like that feeling,” Nesbary-Moore said. “People kept wanting to categorize me as a West Side community garden — like, ‘Do business with them because they’re from the West Side.'”

Instead, she insisted, “Do business with me because I deliver a high-quality product, and it’s hyperlocal, and you’re supporting the local economy.”

So in 2018, the farm at 2900 W. Van Buren St. became a for-profit business supplying restaurants throughout the city.

Read Mariah Rush’s full story here.

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On Friday, we asked you: what’s it like owning and raising a dog in Chicago? Here’s what some of you said…

“It’s wonderful with all the dog friendly areas, dog patios and events.” — Eric Bruce

“It helps to have access to a fenced yard and to have a regular schedule. I feel safer with dogs. They force me to exercise and I never feel alone. —Robyn Michaels

“The best thing I’ve ever done was get a dog from the shelter, he’s awesome.” —Ray Keaton

“I loved raising my boxer in Chicago. Summers we walked, played catch, in the parks. Fall was awesome watching the color changes in the leaves, walking, running and s ‘fun. In the winter we bundled up and played wrestling with snowballs and king of the mountain from little hills I made and she tried to knock down. My boxer who has I miss crossing the rainbow bridge years ago. There’s no place like Chicago! —Marie Lacaze

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