Chicago news roundup: Racist and homophobic posts from user claiming to be Chicago cop, R Kelly’s trial begins and more

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Chicago police are investigating a racist, homophobic post by someone claiming to be police. ‘I hope the department knows I am posting here’

Chicago police have launched an internal investigation into a series of incendiary posts by a man claiming to be an officer in an online forum considered one of the darkest corners of the web.

Many of the posts on 4chan/pol/board are racist and homophobic. These include Chicago police uniforms, city-issued ID badges and photographs of a gun – all covered with Post-It notes with the forum name and the date written on them.

The person posting claimed to be a military veteran and a green cop who worked in the Rogers Park and Chicago Lawn police districts. Among other things, the user bragged about racially profiling people and being involved in two on-duty shootings.

Like others on the site, the user is identified only by a serial number.

The platform is widely regarded as a center of racism, anti-Semitism and other extremism. It was used to launch the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory, which assumes that former President Donald Trump is battling a troupe of Democratic pedophiles.

Jennifer Rottner, a spokeswoman for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, said the agency received a complaint about the posts on Monday and forwarded it to the police department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs.

Maggie Huynh, a police spokeswoman, would only confirm that an investigation has been launched.

The post on 4chan began on August 3 when the alleged officer started a thread asking questions and including a photo of a shirt with a police patch. In the thread, the user lashed out at Mexican and gay men and blamed the city’s violent crime entirely on black people.

The man also claimed to have voted for Trump three times in the 2020 election because “Chicago has a comfortable voting system.” Users appeared to be advocating for armed rebellion, noting that US cities “do not deserve a fight.”

Tom Schubahas has more on the posts here.

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  1. Evanston police today announced an arrest in a July shooting at a backyard party in which a 13-year-old girl was seriously injured. Police said the girl was with other teenagers on July 25, when someone fired at least 10 bullets at the fence.
  2. A 40-year-old man died two days after being shot outside the 69th Street Red Line CTA station. Anthony Dionian, 40, was arguing with someone outside the stop on Sunday night when the other man pulled out a gun and opened fire, officials said.
  3. R. Kelly’s child pornography and obstruction of justice trial in Chicago began this morning. Our Andy Grimm and John Seidel are at the Durksen Federal Courthouse and here are the latest developments.
  4. Two Illinois sisters – one from Chicago – pleaded guilty today to their involvement in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, and now each face up to six months in prison. Sentencing for Trudy Cassel and Kimberly DiFrancesco is set for November 22 in US District Court in Washington, DC
  5. In an effort to help Illinois seniors stay in their homes for longer, officials announced Monday that the state would participate in a new federal program that could offer them the option of nursing facility care. Michael Loria has more information about qualifying for the program here.

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South Side Center ready to provide community, support for homeless young adults

Tanka Bradford met her future boss, Megan Wickman, when Bradford was 17 and living in a homeless shelter for the first time. Wickman worked at the shelter and helped Bradford adjust to community life.

Years later, Wickman asked Bradford to join his organization, Lyte Collective, dedicated to supporting youth dealing with homelessness in Chicago. Now, Bradford and other members of the board of Lyte Collective are applying lessons learned from their experiences of homelessness as they open Light Lounge, a community center for homeless young Chicagoans.

The lounge is at 549 E. 76th St. at Greater Grand Crossing. Its goal is to provide a sense of community and support systems to young adults experiencing homelessness that is not typically experienced in homeless shelters and centers.


Music studio in the Light Lounge, a new center for homeless young adults located at 549 E. 76th Street. The lounge was led by a group familiar with the homeless system, inspired to create a better center for young adults.

The Lyte Collective – which also has a mobile youth support initiative and a transitional housing program – purchased the building that would become the Lyte Lounge in 2017. But the coronavirus slowed down the project. The nearly 100-year-old building required $1.6 million in renovations. After fundraising, donors, and a $500,000 loan, the Light Lounge was finally ready.

The two-storey building nestled in a residential neighborhood has a variety of features to nourish the lives of the visitors. The design was driven by people with extensive experience within homeless shelters – people who knew exactly what they would change if given the opportunity to create their own program.

Light Lounge aims to support young adults and enrich their lives. The lounge is not sheltered; It is a place for those experiencing homelessness to meet their other needs.

“We don’t want to just say, you know, ‘Here’s the food, go on your way.’ We want to say ‘Here’s a meal, let’s play basketball. Are you tired? How did you sleep last night? Wasn’t that shelter great? Let’s find you a new one,'” Bradford said.

More on Maria Rushhas here at The Light Lounge.

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Yesterday, we asked you: Are big music festivals good for Chicago?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Good for cash, but shows a preference for tourists over locals, which is annoying.” ,Joseph Orozco

“I’m sure these festivals have played a role in cementing Chicago’s selection as Condé Nast’s ‘#1 Best Big City in America.'” perception of how security is impacted. It is time for the city to welcome a new era of transparency to ensure enhanced security – especially for the thousands of women and girls participating in these events.” ,Felicia Davis Blackley

“Music heals many diseases and brings people together.” ,Darren Rowland

“Good for the city, bad for park access for residents who don’t pony up for admission costs.” ,jacob peters

“They’re good for us because it brings money to our stores, hotels, restaurants, CTAs, Uber/Lyft, museums/attractions, etc. Our city in general.” ,Jackie Waldhir

“I like them and they have a great time visiting. I think it’s good for the city to provide opportunities for fun events. I wish the city would cover them in the entire park system instead of just covering them in a couple of parks.” Spread evenly.” –Chris Carlson

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