WBEZ | lil jojo http://www.wbez.org/tags/lil-jojo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en While feuds simmer, no charges in Lil Jojo shooting http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/while-feuds-simmer-no-charges-lil-jojo-shooting-102423 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Keef2.jpg" title="Rapper Chief Keef (courtesy of the artist via Facebook)" /></p><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> It&rsquo;s been over a week since <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/chief-keefs-taunting-tweet-has-him-hot-water-102220">the first news</a> of the death of local rapper Lil Jojo and the investigation into the involvement of rising local rap star Chief Keef and there&rsquo;s still no new news. Rumors of Keef being brought in for police questioning circulated on Twitter earlier this week but were never substantiated. Keef still insists that his account <a href="http://rapfix.mtv.com/2012/09/10/chief-keef-denies-tweeting-lil-jojo-lupe-fiasco/">was hacked</a> and later tweeted a more appropriate tribute to the fallen rapper. Another local rapper, No I.D. <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1693628/chief-keef-lupe-fiasco-feud-no-id.jhtml">weighed in on the feud</a> between Keef and Lupe Fiasco but just this week Fiasco <a href="http://www.bet.com/news/music/2012/09/13/lupe-fiasco-extends-olive-branch-to-chief-keef.html">seemed to be seeking a truce</a>. Another rap star, Fifty Cent, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/15111696-418/superstar-rapper-50-cent-defends-chief-keef.html">came to Keef&rsquo;s defense this week</a>, pointing to the lack of charges against Keef as a reason to withhold judgment. And now local rapper Lil Jay <a href="http://allhiphop.com/2012/09/12/potential-violence-brewing-over-death-of-chicago-rapper-lil-jojo/">has remixed the Lil Jojo track</a> that allegedly led to his death, promising vengeance for Jojo&rsquo;s killing. Of course, with all this back-and-forth, what&rsquo;s lost is that an 18-year-old boy is dead and a 17-year-old rival is eyed as being connected to the murder; if nothing else, 2012 will be remembered for being the year of the gun in Chicago and Lil Jojo&rsquo;s murder the symbolic incident of the city&rsquo;s spiraling gang and poverty problem that&rsquo;s spurred the violence these same rappers embrace and even celebrate.</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> It was a bad, bad night for the Bears in Green Bay, the magic of the week one offensive explosion gone as the Bears offense sputtered and the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012091300/2012/REG2/bears@packers#menu=drivechart&amp;tab=analyze&amp;pbp=gc-pbp-cd">Packers pulled away 23-10</a>. The entire game was mainly a defensive struggle as neither Pro Bowl quarterback &ndash; the Bears&rsquo; Jay Cutler or the Packers&rsquo; Aaron Rodgers &ndash; developed a solid rhythm. A poor performance from the Bears&rsquo; offensive line had Cutler scrambling and tossing wild throws that led to several Cutler sacks (six, actually) and interceptions (four, actually), a bad case of deja vu for Bears fans. Dropped passes, including a sure touchdown throw bobbled by Brandon Marshall, didn&rsquo;t help, either. At least the team gets a few extra days off before their next game on September 23 when they welcome the Rams to Soldier Field.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> In one of the more bizarre stories this week, Fox Chicago <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19540560/wanted-1-goat-herder-30-goats-at-ohare-intl-airport">unearthed a bid</a> at O&rsquo;Hare for a goat herder. After a little digging, they found that the city&rsquo;s aviation department is looking for someone to oversee a herd of goats to be used to keep grass and brush levels near the airport that&rsquo;s hard for mowers to access. Other cities that have already instituted such a program include San Francisco and Atlanta. It&rsquo;s a pretty great idea and probably pretty cheap. But one has to question whether or not this is really the right city for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Billy_Goat">goats</a>. On the other hand, let&rsquo;s see this bid go out just to see which alderman has the clout to get his brother-in-law&rsquo;s goat business a contract. And which alderman has a brother-in-law with a goat business.</p><p><strong>Released: </strong>The full two-minute trailer for the upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed Abe Lincoln biopic starring Daniel Day Lewis.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qiSAbAuLhqs" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Strange happenings in China were the next president <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/world/asia/xi-jinpings-absence-puts-communist-party-off-script.html?_r=1&amp;hp&amp;gwh=D2DE665D172CCBDB96932CF19343F6E5">is still out of sight</a> but not out of mind.</li><li>On the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019140393_apuscivilwar150thantietam.html">an interesting look</a> at the sweeping reenactment.</li><li>New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg&rsquo;s big gulp soda ban in NYC <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/09/13/bloombergs_soda_ban_victory_lap_big.php">has gotten the green light</a> and will go into effect next March.</li><li>Britain has a great new way to deal with unruly movie theater patrons: <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/british-theater-deals-with-noisy-moviegoers-by-hir,84959/">ninjas</a>.</li><li>And just because it&rsquo;s Friday, meet <a href="http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-news/great-dane-from-michigan-is-worlds-tallest-dog/ph4PB/">the world&rsquo;s tallest dog</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>The Christopher Vaughn murder trial, largely overshadowed by the Drew Peterson case, could <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/13/christopher-vaughns-sister-testifies-at-his-murder-trial/">head to the jury early next week</a>.</li><li>Don&rsquo;t hold your breath on state pension reform. State senate president John Cullerton says a vote <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-illinois-senate-president-no-vote-on-pension-reform-until-january-20120913,0,7636977.story">won&rsquo;t happen until at least January</a>.</li><li>Even as the paper moves on from <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/182837/chicago-tribune-staffers-relationship-with-journatic-threatens-to-jeopardize-our-credibility/">the Journatic fiasco</a>, the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> is still <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120913/NEWS06/120919887/in-wake-of-journatic-tribune-reduces-number-of-triblocal-editions">cutting back on TribLocal sections</a>.</li><li>Despite the city&rsquo;s <a href="http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2012-09-12/news/33794614_1_analysis-of-preliminary-police-first-homicide-chicago-homicide">brief reprieve</a> from its violent year, things are still so crazy <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/13/rival-gang-members-hired-by-same-temp-agency-fight-on-break/">even temp agencies are unwittingly</a> setting gangs against each other.</li><li>The <em>Reader</em> <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mayor-emanuel-pushes-chicago-teachers-toward-strike/Content?oid=7412909">weighs in on the teachers strike</a>, exploring how the teachers reached this point of frustration with the mayor.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li>Sox Watch: With their lead over the Tigers reduced to just one game, the Sox will have to wait until Monday to earn one back the easy way as last night&rsquo;s game was <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-spt-0914-white-sox-tigers-chicago--20120914,0,7425822.story">postponed</a> due to rain.</li><li>It was <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/gallery?section=news/sports&amp;id=8809595&amp;photo=1">an emotional day for Derrick Rose</a> yesterday as he announced his new shoe, the Bulls star breaking down in tears while discussing his injury. But the good news? <a href="http://www.nba.com/2012/news/09/13/bulls-derrick-rose-knee.ap/">He&rsquo;s making great progress</a>.</li><li>There hasn&rsquo;t been much fuss &ndash; yet &ndash; over the fact the Cubs and Sox will <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120912&amp;content_id=38297678&amp;vkey=news_chc&amp;c_id=chc">only play each other four times next year</a> in back-to-back two-game sets at each park in late May.</li><li>There aren&rsquo;t any signs yet <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/story/_/id/8375714/commissioner-mike-aresco-says-big-east-prepared-negotiate-notre-dame-buyout">of a buyout for Notre Dame</a> to exit the Big East early to head to the ACC, but if they get one, it won&rsquo;t be cheap.</li><li>Don&rsquo;t get too excited, hockey fans: things look grim as <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/time-running-nhl-union-swap-083401305--nhl.html">a lockout looms this weekend</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally</strong><br />Saturday Night Live debuts its new season tomorrow night and they&rsquo;ve finally got a different cast member to portray President Obama. Jay Pharoah, who&rsquo;s been painfully under-utilized since he joined the cast, <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/09/13/as-obama-jay-pharoah-could-bring-snl-the-change-we-need/?mod=google_news_blog">will play the Commander-in-Chief this season</a>.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/djBUQOqgFMM#t=400" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/while-feuds-simmer-no-charges-lil-jojo-shooting-102423