Affordable Bail Works as Long as You Ignore the Data

JusticeA politician wouldn’t LIE, would they? More murder cases raise questions about officials’ bond court success stories

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, known as Crimesha to Second City Cop (link in the sidebar), loves bail reform.

As we reported Tuesday, Foxx is driving the re-offend statistic down by creating a tight window of opportunity for someone to get caught with another gun.

So the program looks like it’s working, as long as you exclude the data that shows it isn’t.

A gun crime, namely felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resulted in the first guy having to pay 200 bucks to get out of jail. He was eventually given a curfew, not that that mattered to anyone, least of all the bad-guy.

Stidhum violated his curfew again the very next night and 16 more times during the month of June alone, according to court records. But officials didn’t do anything about it.

On July 16, Stidhum shot and killed 23-year-old Tavion Edwards as the man rode his motorcycle in Lawndale, prosecutors say. Patrol officers heard the gunfire and arrested Stidhum as he ran down a nearby alley. Cops said they found a gun in Stidhum’s pants.

Even though he was out on bail, and had violated the terms of his release a bunch of times, the murder he committed, allegedly, doesn’t count on Crimesha’s stats because it didn’t happen right away. Yeah, that makes sense.

Click thru for the rest.

So yeah, you can prove just about anything you want to prove if you ignore the data that doesn’t help your cause.

In case you’ve been living under a rock this summer, Chicago has a crime problem. Murders and shootings have been through the roof, and the looting isn’t helping things. And while it doesn’t get the attention it deserves, carjacking is surging in a big way this year.

Cook County’s Recipe for More Crime

JusticeHome to Chicago, but that isn’t the only city in Cook County. Berwyn police chief: Prosecutors are “managing a catch and release program”.

The police chief of west suburban Berwyn wrote a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday after Cook County prosecutors refused to file charges against one of three persons he says were involved in a shooting there last week.

Chief Michael D. Cimaglia said the juvenile that prosecutors refused to charge “is currently out on bond for two previous shooting and firearm arrests.”

If you make something cheaper you will see more of it, and this guy has seen no cost to shooting other people. Do you think he is going to stop at 3?

Don’t Bring Baseball Bats to a Gunfight

Hand CuffsThings won’t go well for you, even if you bring your friend with a bat of his own. Peoria home invasion suspects arrested

There’s an argument at a house. The 2 would-be bad-guys leave, only to return later, armed with baseball bats.

They then later showed back up at the home armed with baseball bats, kicked the door in and entered.

There was a shot fired in the residence but no one was injured, according to Asbell.

It doesn’t say, but it seems like that was enough for them to decide it was time to leave. Cops picked them up a short time later at a traffic stop.

Matthew J. Sloan, 29, Pekin, and Donald E. Allen, 28, Peoria, were charged with home invasion, criminal damage to property and aggravated assault.

Hey, I never said they ran like rabbits, you are thinking that all on your own.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Another Illinois Politician Charged with Corruption

Color Me Shocked. Feds file criminal case against ComEd, implicate Mike Madigan.

Federal prosecutors implicated Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Friday in a brazen, Chicago-style bribery scheme involving ComEd that allegedly went on for years and involved payments to Madigan associates exceeding $1.3 million.

Illinois politics. It’s almost a tradition. It didn’t start with Paul Powell, but he summed it up. From hero to bum in a flash.

There’s only one thing worse than a defeated politician and that’s a broke politician.

He had something like $800,000 in cash stuffed in suitcases when he died. But back to the present situation.

Though the stunning, lengthy details were revealed in documents that charged only ComEd — and not Madigan — with bribery, they said ComEd has agreed to “fully and truthfully cooperate” with federal prosecutors. The company has agreed to pay a $200 million fine and acknowledged that it sought Madigan’s help for legislation that could be worth more than $150 million to the utility company.

People say I pay too much attention to Chicago and Illinois, but they make it so damn easy.

Chicago’s Financial Problems Are NOT From COVID-19

Chicago and Cook County have been ignoring problems for so long, they don’t know what actually paying the bills would look like. Maybe it is just Standard Operating Procedure at this point. In any event they want the federal .gov to solve their problems.

Meep at STUMP continues on the review of states/cities in trouble with Polities Under Fiscal Pressure: Chicago and Cook County.

I wanted to quote one of Meep’s titles for the title of this post, but there are so many choices picking one is hard. “Deep in the Suck” or “A Big Ball of Bad Ideas” were contenders, but I also appreciated the reference to the Stevie Smith poem “Not Waving But Drowning.”

As you can guess by the list of past posts on the fiscal state of Chicago, below, or the few I’ve mentioned already, things are not good in Chicago. Things are not a lot better in Cook County.

They both want bailouts. They are both trying to blame the pandemic.

There are snippets from interviews with Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and even a few words form Ammar Rizki, Cook County’s Chief Financial Officer. But really all you have to do is look at the litany of woe of past posts by Meep, which she has thoughtfully collected for us.

It’s much, much worse.

Now, that may seem like a lot of posts, but more are here in my Chicago post compilation [which stops around 2017… I really should go back sometime.]

The compilation post is truly massive. And to think people accuse me of picking on Chicago, but they make it so damn easy.

Chicago is in for a bumpy ride, but it really doesn’t have much to do with COVID-19. You should definitely review the link at the top of this post. There is a lot of material. But the most important is that Chicago and Cook County expect you to pay for their insanity from the past decades.

Kim Foxx – State’s Attorney, for Cook County Illinois – Doesn’t Like Criticism

But then who does, really. Foxx sees police as both helpers and critics — and needing to change: ‘It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to be quick’.

If you don’t like the way she refuses to prosecute crimes then you are racist. There is no other explanation.

The police union has been a regular critic of Foxx and her work, organizing a rally against her last year that saw members of the Proud Boys, the American Guard and the American Identity Movement attending. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Proud Boys and the American Guard hate groups.

But as Second City Cop points out, SPLC is a Democratic money-laundering-front.

Taking Flak = Over the Target.

So now, being criticized for being bad at your job is racist?

Though SCC was called out in the Sun Times article, and I think this falls under the heading of “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Second City Cop calls Kim Foxx Crimeshea, for reasons I’ve never been able to divine, though he has nicknames for most Chicago politicians.

The Good People of Deep Blue Illinois Are Waking Up

Too late? Maybe. Surge In FOID Card Applications After Recent Violence Leads To Backlog.

In the two days after violent looting across Chicago and the suburbs, Illinois State Police saw a massive surge in applications from people who want to own guns, but processing delays are growing as well.

State police told CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey staffing is an issue, and their staff is working about 40 hours of overtime every month. They are still not able to process those cards in the 30 days required by law.

Because in Illinois you have to ask, “Please Mr. Government Man, can I exercise my rights under the Constitution?” Without a Firearms Owners ID card, you cannot even pick up a firearm at a gun store to see if you might like it. Freedom? What’s that?

Hat tip to Second City Cop: Gun Up, who notes…

Decent law abiding people are waking up to what’s happening. The police aren’t permitted or are outright forbidden to protect you and your property is a foregone conclusion. You will lose everything if the mob comes for you.

Groot (otherwise known as Mayor Lightfoot) labeled anyone hoping to buy a gun as “vigilantes” and “racists.”

21-year-old Stabbed Trying to Stop Looting

A black man was stabbed trying to stop looting. George Floyd? Who’s that? 21-year-old describes being stabbed while trying to stop looting in Naperville. ‘I really don’t like where this world is going to. It’s going to a dark, evil place.’

Insanity is spreading like a virus, and will do more damage.

Naperville, Illinois is a relatively prosperous suburb of Chicago. (It isn’t Glencoe.) It would take you more than an hour to commute downtown during rush-hour if you tried to drive, though I believe there is a train station for one of the commuter lines. When I visit family, we would sometimes go to Naperville, as there are (or were before the insanity struck) a fair number of fancy restaurants and trendy eateries. Between the lockdown and the looting, I doubt many will survive.

Peaceful protests Monday afternoon and evening in the central business district turned violent after the sun went down. People broke storefront windows, looted shops, and threw water bottles and at least one firework at police.

[Jai] Taylor said he walked through the downtown, observing the vandalism. In the street near the Apple store, he said a man in his 20s was hassling and urging a teenager to vandalize businesses.

Angered by what he saw, Taylor said he went up and pushed the man. “You’re supposed to be setting an example because you’re older,” Taylor said he told the man.

That’s when he got stabbed.

So how does this honor the memory of anyone? What does this accomplish?

“Stupidity is not a federal crime”

Too bad. This guy would be convicted of felony stupidity. Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

Matthew Lee Rupert of Galesburg, Illinois is our not-genius.

A man from downstate Galesburg who allegedly appears on video rioting, looting and urging attacks against the police has been hit with what appears to be the first federal criminal charge related to the violence this weekend in Chicago.

Things like that happen when you post video of yourself handing out bombs, encouraging the use of bombs, looting from stores and various other offenses.

Stupidity is not a federal crime, otherwise more Democrats would be in prison, but Rupert’s extreme stupidity — posting evidence of his terrorist spree on Facebook — is worthy of special consideration.

Defending Your Business from Looters in Chicago

Because no one else is going to do it. Logan Square shop owner confronts looters, fires gun, detains one, prosecutors say.

A Logan Square store owner with a concealed carry license fired shots at hammer-wielding looters who confronted him in his shop early Monday, prosecutors said. The businessman even managed to detain one of the alleged intruders for police.

The smoke shop lost about 800 bucks worth of tobacco and vaping supplies, plus has to deal with the broken windows. Cops don’t believe any of the bad guys were shot, though he did fire shots when they charged him with hammers.

Someone please explain to me how this effort to liberate tobacco products honors the memory of anyone. “I swear to think of George Floyd when I smoke this box of stolen cigars.” No, that doesn’t cut it for me.

Keystone Added to I-74 Arch Bridge

I am usually writing about failed or rotting infrastructure. But not all stories are doom and gloom. Crowds come out to watch crews complete first I-74 bridge arch. The piece was installed May 5th.

The I-74 bridge across the Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa is old, and in bad shape. To fix that 2 new spans are under construction. True-arch, basket-handle bridges are being built just upstream of the existing bridges. They will carry 4 lanes in each direction.

The bridge joins Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois, and is pretty much right in the middle of The Quad Cities region. The other 2 cities are Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. The first span of the existing bridge was built in 1935. A second bridge built to the same design was added in 1961. It is handling almost twice the number of vehicles the design called for, and it is NOT up to interstate highway standards.

While on a tour at the base of the bridge in Bettendorf in May 2012, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that, in comparison with other bridges that he has seen in other states, the current I-74 Bridge is one of the worst he’s seen.

The keystone, or center piece of the arch, of the first span was put in place during the first week in May. A 100,000 pound chunk of steel. raised about 200 feet in the air. The video at the news story linked at the top of this post is about 2 minutes long, and is not too annoying. Other videos will play after the first video if you take no action.

This is a short video, about 1 minute, from April showing the stage of construction just prior to the keystone being placed. You can see the temporary towers and cables supporting the arch as it is built, and get a feeling for the size and the design. It isn’t my favorite video, but at a minute, it seems to capture what is important. There are more videos, and they are easy enough to find, that are in the 5-6 minute range, taken anytime from January through Easter, if you’re interested in more detailed views of the construction.

You can find an artist’s rendering of the new design at this link.

There is a longer video of the process of getting the keystone in place, but it is 45 minutes, or more, and not particularly interesting. I can’t really recommend it, but I include if for completeness.

Blue State Blues

I hope Meep is planning to do all of the states eventually, or at least of of the states in fiscal distress. But that is a tall order. To date she’s done California and Illinois.

First up: States Under Fiscal Pressure: California.

The second one is that, unlike the federal government, they don’t have a money printer, and they really need tax revenue.

Governor Newsom of California announced yesterday that he is relaxing the statewide lockdown sooner than he had said he would.

What gives? I think Newsom is finally recognizing tradeoffs. He started the fiscal year with an expected budget surplus. He now expects a state government deficit of $54.3 billion.

At least they had a surplus going in to this mess. It shows some level of discipline. Unlike Illinois.

Illinois has some serious problems. States Under Fiscal Pressure: Illinois.

They’ve been issuing bonds with some of the highest yields in the muni market because of course they are.

So let’s hit the issues, in no particular order.
Illinois looking to raise public employees’ salaries

Wirepoints: Big raises for Chicago Teachers Union, state’s AFSCME shows where federal aid to Illinois will end up – Wirepoints

As hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans are getting laid off or seeing their pay slashed as a result of the economic shutdown, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been quietly finalizing the $1.5 billion, five-year contract she negotiated with the Chicago Teachers Union six months ago.

So they’re broke. Beyond broke. And they are handing out raises, and holding their hand out for a handout from the rest of us. Yeah, count me out.

Another Case of Self-defense in Chicago

This one from the earlier in the month. Woman citing self-defense is released from custody after fatal stabbing in Garfield Park.

A woman stabbed a man in Garfield Park. Now there is an actual city park named Garfield Park, but there is also a Chicago neighborhood by that name, though it is usually divided into East Garfield Park and West Garfield Park. I’m going to assume that the paper is referring to the neighborhood, because that is the way Chicagoans think about the city.

Cook County prosecutors declined charges against the woman, citing self-defense, according to a law enforcement source.

She was arrested at the scene, which is what usually happens in a place that isn’t Texas. The cops don’t make decisions about who gets charged with what. But it appears that there is some Justice in Chicago. Or it could be Kim Foxx (Cook County State’s Attorney) and her soft-on-crime program. Let’s hope it is Justice.

Hat tip to HeyJackass! because that site made me go look. (Self-defense stats in Chicago are respectable this year.) The earlier post about self-defense in Chicago is at this link.

Armed Self-defense in Chicago

Hand CuffsYes, even in The People’s Republic of Chicago, self-defense works. Woman shoots home invader in Gresham, police say. Gresham, or more correctly Auburn Gresham, is a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, which is most known for being the home of St Sabina Catholic Church, and Father Michael Louis Pfleger, well-known, and outspoken opponent of the Second Amendment.

The 31-year-old was in a residence about 6:21 p.m. in the 8300 block of South Kerfoot Avenue when a male forced his way inside, Chicago police said.

The woman pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking the suspect in the foot, police said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.

Because reporters don’t understand what a concealed carry license is for, they note that this woman has one. But she was in her own home, so she doesn’t need a concealed carry license for this act of self-defense to be legal. But reporters… they can’t be expected to know everything. (Can we expect that they should know something?)

The investigation continues.

Father Pfleger was apparently not available for comment. (Hat tip to Bearing Arms.)

Illinois Wants You to Bail Them Out

Decades of mismanagement to be swept under the rug, with a handout. Illinois Asks for $10B(+) for Pensions — Most Disgusting COVID-19 Bailout Yet?.

Because Illinois [or, rather, a specific set of Illinois politicians] have had the most crass COVID-19 bailout request of all:

Hey Feds, Please Bail Out Decades-Worth of Illinois Fiscal Irresponsibility

Of course, the total “ask” was a lot bigger than $10 billion, and some of the requests are in line with other bailouts. It’s not crass to ask to have at least some relief caused by shutdowns and the need for financial help in covering medical costs.

If you don’t want to bailout Illinois, and then New York, and California, and any other Blue State that made tremendous promises (pensions and the like) and refused to save half of what they should, then you need to write to your representatives and senators.

The House website lets you look up by zip-code. You need Zip plus 4 in most cases.

The Senate website lets you look up senators by state, since there are only 2, this makes sense.

This won’t stop with Illinois, it’s just that politicians from that state have no shame. And their backs are against the wall, it just isn’t because of COVID-19.

Felony Murder in Illinois

The Left won’t like this. Homeowner fatally shoots intruder; second intruder charged with murder.

Two guys break into a home in Suburban Chicago. What Mike Royko used to refer to as “The Land Beyond O’Hare.” One was armed with a knife, the other with a gun. They threatened the homeowner’s family with the gun.

While that was going on, the homeowner retrieved his firearm.

“Fearing for his life and the lives of his wife and children, the homeowner discharged a round from the family handgun, striking Mr. Brodacz in the abdomen,” the police statement said.

Brodacz was pronounced dead at the scene. His death was ruled a homicide.

The other miscreant was charge with murder, because you are responsible for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions, and it visit violence upon a family there is a good chance that someone will defend their family members from you.

It’s tough being an adult, but grow the f^ch up.

Self-defense is a human-right, and even in Illinois, it just might be your legal right.

Jussie Smollett Isn’t The Only One To Get a Pass in Cook County

JusticeJustice? Kim Foxx isn’t interested in Justice. Politically-connected email to Kim Foxx got results for teen murderer.

It turns out that Smollett isn’t the only person to have extraordinarily good luck in court after a private appeal was sent to Foxx’s personal email address.

It is a bit complicated to summarize here. Suffice it to say that the case of Dionte Johnson, who was 14 when he participated in brutal murder, got what looks to be special consideration from Foxx’s office for a crime committed when he was an adult. After a email was sent on his behalf.

I don’t expect this to impact her reelection.

Man On Parole for Carjacking Arrested for Carjacking

How do you spell “recidivism?” Two charged with West Loop armed carjacking, including one released from prison less than a week ago (for carjacking).

Officers assigned to the city’s newly-reconstituted carjacking task force traced the victim’s stolen phone to the Austin neighborhood where cops saw two men getting into the carjacked vehicle around 11:30 p.m., according to a CPD spokesperson.

The men crashed the victim’s car and ran from the scene, but both were tracked down and arrested. A revolver was also recovered by police.

They both served “about half” of their previous sentences. One was convicted for vehicle theft, the other was in prison for carjacking. That second guy was released prison last week.

The “reconstituted carjacking task force” is in place because there were more than 600 carjackings last year (though that was a decrease from a prior 2 or 3 years) and there have been 135 carjackings so for this year.

The 2 carjacking suspects were ordered held without bail. (That is a little amazing in Cook County, IL.)

Even In The People’s Republic of Illinois…

Self-defense works. Sheriff: Man Shot Dead By Homeowner in Self-Defense.

Tazwell County, Illinois is about halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, just across the Illinois River from Peoria.

Deputies received a disturbance call from a house on Boynton Road just after 8 p.m. The homeowner, Luke P. Taylor, reportedly heard someone yelling outside and went to investigate.

Lower said the man on his property, 41-year-old Daniel Williamson of San Jose, threatened Taylor, charged at him, and bit his face and head before the homeowner shot them.

Mr. Taylor is the Tazwell County Public Defender.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Reality Hits Chicago

How high can you push taxes before someone notices. Sales of Chicago commercial buildings plunged in 2019: ‘Everyone was asking me what’s wrong with Chicago’

Well, if the people in question are politicians, they will never notice that taxes are too high. Real Estate investors on the other hand…

Sales of office, apartment, hotel and industrial buildings in the city totaled $8.07 billion in 2019, down from the post-recession peak of $16 billion a year earlier, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

With the dollar sales volume cut in half, last year was the worst year for commercial property sales since 2013, when transactions totaled $7.55 billion.

Now that the dollar value basically doubled from 2013 to 2019 is also a problem reminiscent of bubble, but to have it cut in half in a single year is amazing.

Last year’s reduction in sales slashed about $95 million in city, county and state revenue generated from real estate transfer taxes in 2019, compared with the previous year’s total. That means less money for the Chicago Transit Authority and other services funded by local governments.

It’s OK. The City of Chicago, and the County of Cook and the State of Illinois will just keep raising taxes, until everyone leaves. Or maybe not, because they are competing against places like Boston and San Francisco, and as screwed up as Chicago is these days, it is still cheaper than some of those other cities.