ROCKFORD MAN SENTENCED TO TWO AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON FOR THREATENING TO KILL DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL

FBI News File

June 23, 2021

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for threatening to kill a deputy U.S. Marshal.

GIANNI GASPARE ANTHONY CARDENAS, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.  U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr., imposed the 30-month sentence Tuesday after a hearing in federal court in Rockford.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Talia Bucci.

According to a written plea agreement, the deputy U.S. Marshal in February 2018 interviewed Cardenas at a county jail regarding the whereabouts of a federal fugitive.  Cardenas told the deputy U.S. Marshal during the interview that Cardenas would “kick [the deputy’s] [expletive]” when Cardenas got out of jail.  The plea agreement stated further that, on or about Oct. 20, 2019, Cardenas sent two threatening emails to the deputy U.S. Marshal.  The first email stated, among other things, “Hopefully we can meet again this time with me not being in handcuffs.”  The second email stated, “I’ll kill you.”

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STATE’S ATTORNEY FILES CHARGES AGAINST WHEATON WOMAN ALLEGING VOTER FRAUD

DuPage County State’s Attorney

June 25, 2021

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that on June 21, 2021, his office filed multiple charges related to election fraud in the 2021 municipal election against Susan Cain, 64 (d.o.b. 6/14/1957) of the 1600 block of N. Stoddard, Wheaton. The charges are the result of investigations conducted by the State’s Attorney’s Office into more than thirty cases of alleged election fraud since the November 2020 general election. While most of those cases have been closed without charges, the charges against Ms. Cain represent the sixth active case.

“I commend DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek and her staff for their efforts in uncovering these alleged violations and bringing them to our attention,” Berlin said.

On June 21, 2021, Judge Michael Fleming issued a $1,000 personal recognizance arrest warrant for Cain. Two days later, Cain turned herself in at the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and was released from custody. She has been charged with three counts of Forgery and four counts of Perjury in Election Code, all Class 3 Felonies.

It is alleged that on four occasions, Cain completed an online application to vote by mail using the name of another DuPage County resident. It is further alleged that on three occasions, Cain signed the names of three of those residents on the ballot envelope prior to the ballots being mailed. Cain’s alleged actions were discovered by the DuPage County Clerk’s Office who turned their finding over to the State’s Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

“Fair and free elections are the bedrock of a functioning democracy,” Berlin continued. “While the six cases charged represent an extremely small fraction of all votes cast, to ensure the integrity of the election process, it is important that we investigate anyone suspected with interfering in our elections and file charges where appropriate. In addition to the Clerk’s Office, I would also like to thank Deputy Chief Investigator Dave Zdan, Investigators Greg Klebba, John McAnally, and Nick Liberio as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Katharine Klosowski for their working in protecting the integrity of the election process.” 

Cain’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 26, 2021, in front of Judge Brian Telander.

DuPage County State’s Attorney

NEWSMAX CALLS OUT LIGHTFOOT: YOU’VE LOST CONTROL OF THE CITY

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 26, 2021

CHICAGO — When Newsmax reporter William Kelly approached Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot about uncontrolled violence sweeping the city on Friday evening, tempers flared.

More than 300 people have been shot and murdered in Chicago this year, according to statistics.

Over 1,500 people have been shot and injured.  When Kelly probed Lightfoot on the increase in violent crime, the mayor said he misunderstood the facts.

Lightfoot declined federal aid that was offered by former president Trump but is now seeking aid from from the Biden administration which recently committed to assist Chicago and other major cities that have been struck hard by an increase in lethal gun crime.  He stated that the Justice Department will form a new strike team to assist local law enforcement in stemming the flow of illegal firearms. 

Mayor Lightfoot, who promised to curb Chicago’s lethal street violence, stated on Monday that this month has been less violent than June of last year.  Yet this does not deny the fact that 2021 has been Chicago’s deadliest year in over a decade.

The world watched in horror this past weekend as video from Humboldt Park showed two people involved in a minor automobile accident suddenly mobbed and shot execution-style.

NORTH KOREA EXPANDS AIRBASE

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 25, 2021

SEOUL — According to satellite images assessed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, North Korea is performing “major maintenance and expansion” at its Sunchon Airbase, which houses the most advanced aircraft in the country’s aging fleet.

Repairs and extensions of runways, taxiways, and the aircraft apron have been made to the base, which is around 25 miles northeast of Pyongyang, according to an online study published Thursday by CSIS’s Beyond Parallel project.

The changes appear to have been timed to coincide with the Korean People’s Air and Air-Defense Force’s annual summer training cycle, during which “KPAF aircraft are redeployed for flight training and to test operational readiness,” according to the report’s authors, Joseph Bermudez and Victor Cha.

The airbase is home to the Korean People’s Air Force’s Unit 1017, which flies the country’s only MiG-29 and Su-25 fighter planes, which were supplied in the 1980s and are still North Korea’s most modern combat planes.

Sunchon’s maintenance and extension project was first seen in April, when the Su-25 ground attack planes and MiG-29 fighter planes were transported to separate sites, indicating that a surprising number of the planes were still in operating order, according to the article.

In April, South Korea debuted the KF-21 Boramae, a prototype of its first homegrown fighter aircraft.  North Korea has already expressed its displeasure with the US stealth fighter sale, calling it a grave provocation that exacerbates tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

While US officials have publicly stated a willingness to resume diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, Pyongyang’s foreign minister, Ri Son Gwon, said on Wednesday that Pyongyang is “not considering even the possibility of any contact with the U.S.”

FEDEX ANNOUNCES PROFIT AS REVENUE ROSE 30%

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 25, 2021

MEMPHIS, TN — FedEx made an almost $2 billion profit in the most recent quarter, after losing the previous year, thanks to an increase in online shopping and the expansion of its business-to-business shipping services.

During the epidemic, package delivery businesses like FedEx were in great demand as more people stayed at home and shopped online.  FedEx has been distributing COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based corporation reported $1.87 billion in net income for the three months ended May 31, compared to a $334 million loss the year before.

FedEx reported a 30 percent increase in revenue to $22.57 billion, exceeding expectations.

FedEx Corp. shares plummeted 4.34 percent to $290.50 in after-hours trading Thursday, after more than doubling in the previous year.

ARREST IN ANAT KIMCHI STABBING

by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

June 25, 2021

CHICAGO — Chicago police arrested a suspect in the deadly stabbing of a Maryland graduate student in the Loop over the weekend.

Anat Kimchi, 31, was stabbed in the back while walking in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to CPD.  Kimchi was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Kimchi had been a doctoral student studying criminal justice at the University of Maryland, but had returned to Chicago, recently declared safe by Mayor Lightfoot, to visit friends and family.

The suspect is also being investigated in the attack of two other female victims earlier this month.  One attack was on June 10, 2021 in the 500 block of S Franklin, while the other was on June 13, 2021 in the 100 block of E. Congress Pkwy.

Mayor Lightfoot claimed earlier this week that CPD knew who stabbed Kimchi and that they were “scouring the various homeless encampments downtown.”

However, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan stopped short of claiming that investigators know who the attacker is during a later press conference.

“We are seeking the identity and the eventual arrest of the person who stabbed that female,” he said.

He did not reveal much else, other than there is footage of the attack and a cooperating witness.