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.

Quote of the Day

If democrats didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

Second City Cop on Mayor Lightfoot’s opinions re: Rod Blagojevich having his sentence commuted, vs Crook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx ignoring the “rule of law.”

Felony Murder in Illinois

JusticeThe Social Justice Warriors will start screeching about this being unfair in 3, 2,… Police: Man arrested for shooting, home invasion in Danville.

Two guys break into a home in Danville, Illinois. The homeowner is armed, and sends one to the hospital, where he later dies of his wounds. The other guy gets arrested after an investigation.

Danville Police arrested 30 year old Reggie D. Haywood of Danville and he was charged with home invasion, armed robbery and first degree murder [SNIP]

The first degree murder charge stems from the death of Parrish which was a result of actions taken by the suspects while committing a forcible felony and which ultimately lead to Parrish’s death.

But you can’t hold people accountable for the perfectly foreseeable consequences of their actions, can you? Not if the Left has their way.

We will have to wait and see if Justice prevails. In the meantime, self-defense is a human-right.

Asking Inmates About Gangs Would Be Profiling

Instead they just assign them to cells randomly. OK, not randomly, exactly. “Unexpectedly,” there was a murder. Inmate beaten to death with soap-filled sock half hour after he was put in cell with rival gang member: prosecutors.

An inmate beaten to death last weekend at Cook County Jail suffered injuries so severe, they were similar to those of a person who had been involved in a car crash, Cook County prosecutors said in court Thursday.

AS for info on gangs…

Asked if inmates are still asked about gang ties when they enter the jail, a sheriff’s spokesman said, “we do have a gang intelligence unit in the jail and we monitor gang activity and affiliations.”

So that would be, “No.” I’m guessing that this “gang activity” wasn’t monitored as closely as it should have been.

So do we expect people on the Left to start clamoring for Sock and Soap control? (Hat tip to Second City Cop.)

It Seems Self-defense Is Legal in Chicago After All

Who knew? No charges filed against West Side woman with concealed carry license who shot her boyfriend to death.

So a man, armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, shoves his girlfriend into the wall and says that he’s going to kill her. She defends herself. Cops arrest her.

But even it the People’s Republic of Chicago, there is some vestige of the rule of law.

“We conducted a thorough review of the incident after it was brought to us by law enforcement and concluded that the evidence and facts were insufficient to support the filing of criminal charges,” said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office, in a statement.

That’s lawyer double-speak for “We didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of convicting this woman, and we would just piss off everyone on all sides of the political spectrum, and besides our boss is in deep yogurt right now anyway.”

Self-defense is a human-right. And in Illinois, it might be your legal right, but I wouldn’t count on that.

Another Illinois Politician Charged With Corruption

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to find corruption in Illinois. Editorial: The feds charge Sen. Martin Sandoval. Where does the red-light scandal turn next?. OK, I’m not that shocked.

Sandoval is a former state senator from Chicago. Can you guess his political affiliation?

Sandoval, who may be cooperating with prosecutors, served in the Senate for 16 years, oversaw the influential Transportation Committee and is connected to Cicero politics, the Illinois Tollway, waste disposal companies, video gaming and ComEd, all of which have been touched by an unfolding federal corruption probe.

Turns out those red-light cameras were not about safety after all, but about revenue for the camera companies and bribes for politicians. (The mayor of one Chicago suburb had $60,000 in a safe in his home. It was confiscated by the feds.)

Hat tip to 19th Ward Chicago, who sent me looking for more info.

Even in The People’s Republic of Illinois…

crime scene tapeSelf-defense works. Police: Homeowner confronted masked intruders, shot and killed one.

So you can file this under “Failures of the Victim-selection Process.”

Police were called to a home invasion in progress with shots fired Sunday around 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Franklin St.

When they got there, a 31-year-old Danville man met them and said several people armed with handguns and wearing ski masks kicked in his door and tried to rob him.

One guy with a ski mask and gun was found just inside the door. He died at a local hospital from multiple gunshot wounds. At least one other person invaded the home, but he ran like a rabbit.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Putting the “Criminal” in Criminal Justice System

JusticeCook County State’s Attorney, and Jussie Smollet – Just when you thought it was over. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx hires outside legal help in Jussie Smollett probe, won’t say how much it’s costing taxpayers.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office have retained some high-powered legal assistance in the ongoing probe of Foxx’s controversial handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Hat tip to Second City Cop – Crimesha Lawyers Up: At taxpayer expense no less. Maybe you can tell, but SCC, and most of Chicago PD, doesn’t care too much for the Cook County State’s Attorney and her lax attitude toward crime and criminals.

Even in the People’s Republic of Chicago

crime scene tapeSelf-defense works. 2 dead, 2 wounded in shootout in the East Side neighborhood.

“East Side” is a recognized neighborhood in Chicago. (One of 77 neighborhoods.) It is 13 miles south of the Loop, and borders Indiana.

3 guys were standing on the street when a car pulls up and 2 gunmen jump out and open fire.

The 27-year-old man, who is a valid concealed carry license holder, pulled out his own weapon and returned fire, fatally striking one of the shooters, 17-year-old Michael E. Portis, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Portis, who lived in South Shore, was dead at the scene.

One of the 3 was also killed. The other 2 were taken to a local hospital, and are expected to be OK. The investigation continues.

Hat tip to Second City Cop – Everyone getting in on the action it seems.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

Don’t prosecute crime. Video: Shoplifters walk out of Lincoln Park store with armloads of winter coats.

If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it.

Suburban retailers have blamed the increase on a decision by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to take a softer approach to shoplifting cases. Foxx has instructed her attorneys to reject felony-level retail theft charges unless a person is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise at a single event. An exception may be made if the accused thief has more than 10 felony convictions in their past, Foxx instructed.

So far this year, Foxx’s office has rejected 69% of Chicago police officers’ requests for felony retail theft charges, according to data released by her office.

That will improve things in the city and the county!

Self-defense In The People’s Republic of Chicago

Austin, in this case, is a neighborhood in Chicago. Man shoots would-be robber in Austin.

About 4:45 p.m., he was exiting a business in the 5200 block of West Chicago Avenue when he was approached by two men, one of whom pulled out a handgun and demanded his property, Chicago police said.

The man, who is a valid concealed carry license holder, pulled out his own handgun and fired shots toward the armed man, police said. The armed man then ran in an unknown direction.

A guy with two gunshot wounds showed up at a local hospital a little bit later. The investigation is ongoing.

Self-defense is a human-right, and even in Chicago, it may be your legal right. Hat tip to Second City Cop who says “Well done citizen.”

Five Against One, And the One Came Out on Top

Knives are dangerous weapons. 4 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Portage Park argument. (Portage Park is a neighborhood in Chicago.)

Four men were stabbed, one fatally, and another man beaten Monday after an argument over a damaged car in Portage Park on the Northwest Side.

They were walking to their parked car about 2:04 a.m. in the 5300 block of West Irving Park Avenue when another vehicle struck it, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. The men got into an argument with the male who hit the car.

It didn’t end well for them. There’s a moral to the story; probably there is more than 1. I leave that up to you, gentle reader, to discern.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

That is a dangerous person. That is also why we shoot people with knives.

Edged weapons, in the hands of someone with training and the will to use it, are truly dangerous.

Lie and Cheat to Send a Man to Prison for 20 Years

JusticeThat is how much prosecutors HATE self-defense. Man suing attorneys over wrongful murder conviction.

The suit for Terrence Haynes, 42, was filed Thursday in Urbana. His suit accuses two Kankakee County assistant state’s attorneys of encouraging an 11-year-old witness, Marcus Hammond, a first cousin of one of the prosecutors, to lie about Cezaire Murrell being unarmed when Haynes fatally shot the 18-year-old in 1999.

Hammond was the only eyewitness called by prosecutors, even though three adults at the scene told police that Haynes acted in self-defense after Murrell reached for a gun in his waistband. But none of those adults testified at Haynes’ trial, which resulted in his conviction and a 45-year prison sentence.

He wasn’t freed, but awarded a new trial. That witness has recanted his testimony, BTW, which is strictly separate from the suit.

Justice? Truth? A Jedi Prosecutor cares not for these things. Winning at all costs. Winning by lying. Winning by concealing evidence.

That new trial was cancelled when the charges were dismissed.

And actually, Jim Rowe, the current State’s Attorney for Kankakee County, sounds like a stand-up guy.

“I am not able to comment on pending civil litigation,” Rowe said. “I have, however, taken the rarest of actions as a state’s attorney by joining in Mr. Haynes’ petition for a certificate of innocence (COI), which remains pending. I believe he is entitled to that COI and that is why I joined in the petition.”

That would expunge his record and entitle him to restitution.

Self-defense In The People’s Republic of Chicago

Unarmed self-defense at that. Epic failure of the victim-selection process. Home intruder dies after confronted by homeowner in Austin.

A guy climbs through the window of an apartment in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

A physical altercation ensued between the homeowner and the man.

Police said the 51-year-old man died at the scene of unspecified injuries.
[SNIP]

Police said the homeowner is not facing any charges.

So self-defense is legal in Chicago? Who knew? And self-defense is a human-right.

Something Seems Off About This

Can a 5-year-old really “escape” from a coyote? Villa Park girl, 5, escapes coyote in front yard: VIDEO.

This story has come thru my news feeds from at least 2 separate places. And something just seems off. Maybe a 5-year-old is too large for a single coyote. Even when I watch the video, I can’t see why it stopped. Maybe it just wasn’t her time.

The animal began to chase Christine, charging at her and coming close.

“I feeled its ear,” she said. “It almost bited my rib.”

A TV interview with a 5-year-old is not the best.

I know more about wolves than I do about coyotes, even though there are coyotes where I live and not wolves. A wolf can run faster than you can legally drive your car through Villa Park. Which is quintessentially suburban Chicago. So why did the coyote not attack? A dog that size, intent on attack would have done serious damage to a 5-year-old girl.

Is a Corrupt Illinois Politician News?

JusticeExcuse me a Judge. Maybe that is news. Illinois panel removes DuPage County judge from bench.

Well Judge, Politician. Tomato, To-mah-toe. Putting the Criminal in the Criminal Justice System.

The unanimous ruling agreed with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board, which alleged that O’Shea made false and misleading statements to Wheaton detectives about a September 2017 case in which he was accused of shooting a bullet through the wall of his apartment. He was acquitted of that charge.

The inquiry board also accused O’Shea of trying to retaliate against two female court employees who accused him of sexual harassment.

Home state of Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich, and adopted home of Barack Obama. And Hillary Clinton, since she was born in Chicago, and grew up in Park Ridge. (Not quite “The Land Beyond O’Hare,” but definitely suburbia. And definitely Chicagoland.)

Quote of the Day

Get ready to bask in the glow of nuclear-level stupidity. Need to mail a bunch of narcotics? Here’s what not to do.

Here’s the quote:

If the Unabomber were dead, he’d roll over in his grave.

So he calls an Uber to take him to a restaurant.

Along the way, Borowski-Beszta asked the Uber driver to pull over because he wanted to mail something. The driver did.

That’s when… You’re not going to believe this.

That’s when police say Borowski-Beszta pulled his hoodie over his face, put on sunglasses and gloves, then “carefully placed a package into a mailbox” at a massive intersection with no fewer than four city surveillance cameras in plain view. On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

In the words of Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon.”

Since the Uber driver wasn’t an idiot, he called police after dropping the guy off.

Will a State’s Attorney Plead the Fifth?

JusticeThat would make the “criminal” part of The Criminal Justice System really stand out. Column: Will State’s Attorney Kim Foxx plead the Fifth in her Jussie Smollett mess?

Though a Cook County grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts for allegedly faking a hate crime, Foxx’s office inexplicably dropped the charges. Her chief ethics officer, former assistant U.S. Attorney April Perry, later resigned.

What would happen to a prosecutor who takes the Fifth after she’s been accused of playing games with justice?

In Chicago, that’s business as usual.

Hat Tip to Second City Cop, who is trying to expand everyone’s vocabulary.

Our best guess is the Chicago Machine is in the midst of an internecine (look that one up) war between the Old Guard and the Prickwrinkle faction which is currently aligned with the Sparklefarts [That’s SCC-speak for the Obamas] people.

A Media Outlet Talking About Responsibility?

Surely it’s a sign of the end times. Or something. Austin Weekly News: Parents of kids who commit crimes. (And don’t be fooled. In this case Austin isn’t a city in Texas, it’s a neighborhood in Chicago.)

This relates to the recent case in Illinois where a bunch of kids from Chicago decided to travel north to Lake County to steal cars. During a confrontation with a homeowner, 2 teens “approached him,” one of them was armed with a knife, and he defended himself. One teen is dead, 5 are in jail, held on $1 million bond, each.

Jaquan’s mother has spoken to the media and she puts the blame for her son’s death solely on the 75-year-old homeowner. But where is her accountability for her young teen son being with his older teen cousins whom she knew had a propensity to steal cars?

The columnist, Arlene Jones, also covers the reactions of the other mothers to the idea that their children may go to prison for 20 years. No one, except Ms. Jones, seems to be talking about responsibility. And everyone is upset by the fact that in Lake County, Illinois – unlike Cook County – there are serious consequences for committing serious crimes.

In another column, she has a few words to say about the uproar over the use of felony murder charges by the Lake County State’s Attorney. It seems a lot of people are calling for the law to be changed. Ms. Jones thinks the law should be made a bit stronger, to include the irresponsible parents.

And I agree. That law should be amended to add in wayward parents and make them as culpable for the crime as their wayward minor children. When a parent admits she knows her nephews steal cars, and she doesn’t have a problem with sending her 14-year-old son off to be with them, that is a serious issue.

Must be sign of end times.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

Lack of consequences equals no deterrent.

First up – bail reform. Man charged with robbing 12-year-old & burglarizing home while free on 3 recognizance bonds AND court supervision.

So far this year, [the miscreant in question has] been charged with felony burglary, released on a recognizance bond, charged with criminal damage to property and assault, released on another recognizance bond, charged with battery, released on a third recognizance bond, charged with battery and obstruction of identification, released on a fourth recognizance bond, and pleaded guilty to battery in exchange for a sentence of six months court supervision. And that was all before the Fourth of July.

He was finally held when he robbed a 12-year-old (he stole the kid’s bike) and burglarized a home. He was on MULTIPLE recognizance bonds when he committed these crimes. After all of that, he was ordered held without bail August 7th.

Then there is an actual lack of sentencing. Court update: Prolific bike thief pleads guilty to 12 burglaries; Another man gets 3 years for slashing teen’s throat.

Let’s concentrate on the throat-slashing, though the other examples (more than the two listed in the headline) are also good examples.

A convicted felon who was accused of slashing a 17-year-old boy’s throat because the teen and his girlfriend were “taking up too much sidewalk” has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Chevazz Campbell, the victim, and a 16-year-old girl were walking on the 400 block of West Roosevelt last October when Campbell allegedly became enraged that the teens were walking side-by-side. After insisting that the couple was taking up too much space on the sidewalk, Campbell pulled out a box cutter and cut the boy’s throat, prosecutors said.

Three aggravated battery charges were condensed into one by the judge. He was sentenced to three years, and given credit for time served (230+ days) They don’t say when he will be available for parole, but in less than a year I’m guessing.

If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it, even if that something is crime.