WBEZ | North Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/north-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lake County reconsiders 4-year-old ban on video gambling http://www.wbez.org/news/lake-county-reconsiders-4-year-old-ban-video-gambling-108330 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Lake Co. Ban_130807_AYC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Lake County officials today reconsidered a four-year-old ban on video gambling.</p><p>The ban has drawn criticism because many bars abut Waukegan, North Chicago and Lake Villa, where video gambling is allowed.</p><p>In 2009, County Board Member Diane Hewitt was on the majority side of the 18-4 vote that banned video gambling in unincorporated areas.</p><p>But Hewitt said she will vote for it this time because she thinks all businesses should have a fair shot at the possible revenue generated by video gambling.</p><p>&ldquo;There is no reason why some establishments are allowed to have video gaming, and use that as an added draw or income for their businesses, and others maybe just across the streets cannot,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>She said the board needs to fix the situation because local businesses are suffering from a decision that might now be outdated.</p><p><br />If approved, businesses with liquor licenses could have up to five machines, and would be subject to a 30% tax on revenue.</p><p>The board will make a final decision on Tuesday, Aug. 13.</p><p><em>Aimee Chen is a WBEZ business reporting intern. Follow her at @AimeeYuyiChen.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lake-county-reconsiders-4-year-old-ban-video-gambling-108330 North Chicago wrestles with small town pride and pursuit of justice http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-03-29/north-chicago-wrestles-small-town-pride-and-pursuit-justice <p><p dir="ltr">The small suburb of North Chicago is known for a few things. The Navy&#39;s only boot camp is there at Great Lakes Naval Station. Abbott Laboratories and Jelly Belly are international companies based there.</p><p dir="ltr">But lately it seems all anyone hears about North Chicago is bad news about their police force.</p><p dir="ltr">Most recently, a drunk off-duty North Chicago police officer killed two Chicagoans on Lake Shore Drive. But before that there were a slew of other issues.</p><ul dir="ltr"><li>In 2011 six North Chicago police officers beat Darin Hanna, a 45 year old man who later died of his injuries.</li><li>In 2012 a video was released of an incident that allegedly shows a police officer <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-25/news/ct-met-north-chicago-officer-suspended-20120225_1_state-police-regional-commander-police-officer-booking-room">beating a non-violent offender.</a> That same year, another officer was accused of handcuffing a teenager and slamming him against a locker without cause.</li></ul><p dir="ltr">A new police chief, James Jackson, was recently put in place. There haven&#39;t been any brutality scandals reported under his watch. But he found himself in hot water after <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/26/north_chicago_hit_for_brochure_some_find_offensive/">a brochure that some found racist and offensive</a> was used in a community police training.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_3379SM.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="(WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p dir="ltr">We visited North Chicago this week to get a sense of what it&#39;s like to live there and how the small suburb was impacted by the recent incidents.</p><p>Our first impression was scarcity. There just isn&#39;t much to do there. Even the Jelly Belly factory, which has been there for 100 years, has no retail store. Bill Kelley, Vice Chairman of Jelly Belly said that wasn&#39;t always the case.</p><p>&quot;We did have a retail store here at one point,&quot; Kelley said. &quot;I had people say to me &#39;I won&#39;t come to your store because it&#39;s in North Chicago.&#39; They just didn&#39;t think it was safe.&quot;</p><p>Jelly Belly now operates a store 30 minutes away in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_3402SM_0.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Lt. McQuerry of the North Chicago Police Department. (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>North Chicago Police Lt. George McCleary drove us around town. He said he thought that one of the reasons crime was a problem was because there was such a lack of things to do.</p><p dir="ltr">Most of the residents we spoke with acknowledged that crime and a lack of economic development were challenges. But they were hesitant to be down on their city. They were aware of the stereotype that North Chicago was dangerous and didn&rsquo;t want to add to it.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_3460SM.jpg" title="Barbara Thomas says she feeds the birds here as often as possible. (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_3493SM.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="Barbara Thomas says police have been responsive to complaints in her neighborhood. (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p dir="ltr">We met Barbara Thomas feeding seagulls in the parking lot of a closed down discount mall. She said &quot;the trust level has fallen down&quot; due to police scandals, but said they always showed up when she called them about drug incidents on her street.</p><p dir="ltr">Another young man told us that the police search him and his friends without reason. He said he didn&rsquo;t trust them, and even if he was in trouble, would not call upon them for help.</p><p dir="ltr">Police Chief James Jackson said his department was getting an undue amount of criticism, and that they &ldquo;were under a microscope.&rdquo; But he did acknowledge the breakdown of trust, and wanted to build it through community outreach.</p><p dir="ltr">Several people told us that their distrust extended up the chain of the command, to North Chicago&#39;s city government.</p><p dir="ltr">That tension was apparent at the city council meeting on March 25.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_3578SM.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Gloria Carr, Darrin Hanna's mother (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>The family of Darrin Hanna (the man who was beaten, and later died), shows up each week to speak about police issues. There have been two city council meetings since the Lake Shore Drive incident, but it has not been on the city council&rsquo;s agenda. Other items, such as honoring a recently deceased police dog, were addressed instead.</p><p dir="ltr">Hanna&rsquo;s cousin, Ralph Peterson and his mother, Gloria Carr, both made comments during the meeting, saying the recent Lake Shore Drive issue and the suburb&#39;s lack of response were yet another sign that North Chicago police lack oversight and discipline. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dNwS8ZBuJnM?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Mayor Leon Rockingham said that North Chicago&rsquo;s police force did not have a problem. He believed the negative attention was part of a political game.</p><p>There is currently a mayoral race between Rockingham and Alderman Charles January. Elections will be held in April.</p></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-03-29/north-chicago-wrestles-small-town-pride-and-pursuit-justice All-apology issue: The Onion, 'Daily Show' suck it up http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/all-apology-issue-onion-daily-show-suck-it-105756 <p><p><em>A &#39;sorry&#39; blog post:</em></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-25%20at%2011.44.23%20PM.png" style="float: right; height: 218px; width: 294px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;" title="" /></p><p><strong>&#39;CRUDE AND OFFENSIVE ... SENSELESS, HUMORLESS ...&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s the way <em>The Onion</em>&nbsp;CEO Steve Hannah describes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-02/offensive-onion-tweet-headlines-hostile-ugly-sexist-oscar-night-105727" target="_blank">a tweet about young Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis</a> during Sunday&#39;s ceremonies -- a tweet <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/02/25/sophomoric-satire-slapped-down-on-social-media/1947123/" target="_blank">taken down within an hour</a>, followed Monday morning by Hannah&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-onion-apologizes,31434/" target="_blank">apology promising &quot;immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.&quot;</a><br />* <em>American Journalism Review</em> editor: Apology &quot;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2013/02/25/quvenzhan-wallis-onion-oscars-academy-awards-tweet/1947413/" target="_blank">was spot on</a>.&quot;<br />* Might that apology now cast&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/the-onion-apology-quvenzhane-wallis/62493/" target="_blank">a chilling effect on <em>The Onion</em>&#39;s humor</a>?<br />* <em>New York Times</em> media critic: &quot;<em>Onion</em> to writers: Tweet incredibly edgy, funny stuff. <a href="https://twitter.com/carr2n/statuses/306087130499796993" target="_blank">If you go over the line, we&#39;ll just slide you under the bus</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Onion</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/thing-x-parody-onion-quvenzhane-apology_n_2761254.html" target="_blank">apology satirized</a> by <a href="http://www.thingx.tv/" target="_blank">Thing X</a>, founded by ex-<em>Onion</em> staffers and Cartoon Network&#39;s &quot;Adult Swim&quot;: &quot;<a href="http://www.thingx.tv/articles/thing-x-apologizes-2287/" target="_blank">Rest assured that from this day forward, nothing will matter to us more than your comfort</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Salon: </em>&quot;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/26/twitters_unstoppable_humor_police_were_all_hate_watchers_now/" target="_blank">Is social media too tough on political incorrectness? Ask Seth MacFarlane</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/us/politics/how-producers-got-michelle-obama-for-the-oscars.html?_r=1&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;adxnnlx=1361855483-Hh8bbfnnRfQGXLD+U8wHnA&amp;gwh=66FD85D01E8AF01F48DF4401DCC0A3DF" target="_blank">How producers got Michelle Obama</a> to present an Oscar.</p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:512px;"><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="144" longdesc="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus" scrolling="no" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:424128" width="256"></iframe></div><p><strong>&#39;THE DAILY SHOW&#39; APOLOGIZES, TOO. </strong>Jon Stewart last night regretted having &quot;<a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus" target="_blank">randomly slammed a dude because ... he had a funny name like Dick Molpus</a>,&quot; using him as &quot;an avatar for casual bigotry,&quot; when in fact Molpus has endured death threats during &quot;a long and distinguished record of speaking out for civil rights.&quot;<br />* Mississippi investigative reporter: <a href="http://blogs.clarionledger.com/jmitchell/2013/02/22/note-to-jon-stewart-why-not-invite-dick-molpus-and-constance-slaughter-harvey-to-appear-on-your-show/" target="_blank">Invite Molpus on the show</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;MOST INCREDIBLE NEWSPAPER APOLOGY EVER.&#39;</strong> That&#39;s how media watcher Jim Romenesko describes a &quot;Note to Readers&quot; from a North Carolina paper groveling before &quot;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/25/paper-apologizes-for-gun-records-request/" target="_blank">everyone we unintentionally upset with our public records request</a> ...&quot;<br />* <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> columnist calls apology &quot;<a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Murphy-NC-is-where-American-journalism-went-to-die.html" target="_blank">embarrassing, snivling</a> [sic].&quot;&nbsp;<br />* <em>Boing Boing</em> calls it &quot;awe-inspiring work, <a href="http://boingboing.net/2013/02/25/newspaper-publisher-apologizes.html" target="_blank">even by established standards of smalltown media obsequiousness</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;INAPPROPRIATE AND TO SOME DEGREE OFFENSIVE.&#39; </strong>That description by a suburban mayor of <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/north-chicago-hit-brochure-some-find-offensive" target="_blank">a police brochure displaying black stereotypes</a> falls short of <a href="http://newssun.suntimes.com/18477140-417/african-american-police-protest-north-chicago-presentation.html" target="_blank">the apology demanded by some veteran black cops</a>.<br />* New York state lawmaker <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/us/new-york-lawmaker-blackface/index.html" target="_blank">apologizes for blackface costume</a>.<br />* Pennsylvania mayor <a href="http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/21346776/in-statement-mayor-a" target="_blank">apologizes for his ejection from high-school wrestling tournament</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>SORRY TO TROUBLE YOU WITH THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/all-apology-issue-onion-daily-show-suck-it-105756 Activists marching against police abuse in suburban North Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-marching-against-police-abuse-suburban-north-chicago-103783 <p><p>Activists, attorneys and politicians are planning to march against police violence and abuse in a suburb north of Chicago Saturday. The march is intended to put pressure on the North Chicago Police Department, which has seen a number of scandals in the last year. One of those involved the case of Darrin Hanna who was beaten by police during an arrest and died a week later. &nbsp;More recently, the former police chief in North Chicago was charged with stealing money police had seized in drug cases.<br /><br />Attorney Stephen Potts is planning to march Saturday. He&rsquo;s suing the city on behalf of an 11-year-old who says last year Officer Casimir Rincon came to his school and handcuffed him and shoved him against some lockers in retaliation for an altercation between the boy and the officer&rsquo;s child.<br /><br />&ldquo;When you have officers that can do what they want whenever they want, they&rsquo;re going to do it,&rdquo; said Potts. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re going to push it to the extremes, to the extremes of handcuffing an 11-year-old kid. &nbsp;That&rsquo;s where it is now. That&rsquo;s how far it&rsquo;s gotten.&rdquo;<br /><br />North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham says the city has talked to students, parents and teachers about the incident at the school but still doesn&rsquo;t know what happened. But Rockingham says his police department has been actively discipling officers, firing one in the last year, in addition to suspending the police chief charged with stealing cash taken in drug seizures. He says he and the new police chief, a lieutenant, an Human Resources representative and a citizen now review every incident in which police use force.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 16:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-marching-against-police-abuse-suburban-north-chicago-103783 State to send financial oversight panel, consultants to North Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/state-send-financial-oversight-panel-consultants-north-chicago-99267 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/IMG_1305.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>More state control is coming to the troubled public schools in suburban North Chicago.</p><p>The Illinois Board of Education voted Thursday to put a five-member panel in charge of North Chicago school finances. &nbsp;</p><p>State schools Superintendent Chris Koch said the district is facing &ldquo;all sorts of potential train wrecks financially.&rdquo;</p><p>Earlier this week, WBEZ <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/eight-forty-eight/2012-05-14/state-hand-getting-tighter-suburban-north-chicago-schools">reported </a>on state involvement in the struggling district and Koch&rsquo;s plans to remove the locally elected school board. A separate state-appointed board will take its place.&nbsp;</p><p>The financial oversight panel is similar to others in districts across the state. Currently, the Cairo, Proviso and Venice school districts have such panels. Last month, the board voted to appoint one in East St. Louis, where the local board also will be replaced.</p><p>No one has been appointed to the finance panel or the new board yet, but state law says the financial oversight group must include two people from the community.</p><p>Last year, North Chicago board members signed an agreement with the state to work together to improve its struggling public schools.</p><p>But in recent months that agreement has fallen apart.</p><p>Another state-appointed board is one of two new additions to the state&rsquo;s strategy in North Chicago.</p><p>Earlier this week, the state indicated plans to hire The Vallas Group, run by former Chicago schools chief Paul Vallas, to help improve low-performing districts, including North Chicago.</p><p>Vallas&#39; was one of five groups that responded to the request for proposals. The preliminary contract would pay the organization just under $1 million for three years.</p></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/state-send-financial-oversight-panel-consultants-north-chicago-99267 North Chicago officials fire one police officer, suspend another http://www.wbez.org/news/north-chicago-officials-fire-one-police-officer-suspend-another-98626 <p><p>Public officials in the city of North Chicago announced one police officer will be fired and another suspended in connection with the violent arrest of a suspect last November.</p><p>The suspect, Darrin Hanna, died a week after his arrest. The Lake County coroner’s office reported Taser shocks and physical restraint contributed to Hanna’s death, as did drug abuse and other health problems.</p><p>North Chicago Police Chief James Jackson said Officer Brandon Yost would be fired immediately for violating the department’s use-of-force policy. Jackson said Yost put Hanna in a headlock and punched him in the face.</p><p>Jackson said Officer Arthur Strong would be suspended for 30 days for filing a false police report about the incident.</p><p>The announcement comes after protest from family and community members, as well as four separate investigations into the matter.</p><p>A total of seven officers responded to a complaint that Hanna was allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend. At the time, Hanna had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from an aggravated battery charge.</p><p>Rev. Jesse Jackson was in North Chicago on Friday for the announcement. He said he’s not satisfied with the officers’ punishment.</p><p>“The punishment does not fit the crime,” Jackson said. “They beat him while he was down, and he died. We’re asking the Department of Justice to intervene because the local officials—the relationship is so incestuous—they can’t be trusted.”</p><p>The family of Darrin Hanna has filed a lawsuit against the City of North Chicago, according to a lawyer representing the city.</p></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/north-chicago-officials-fire-one-police-officer-suspend-another-98626