Bolingbrook: Police Shoot Suspect Who Stabbed Man And Dog

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

July 23, 2022

BOLINGBROOK, IL – A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly stabbing a man and fatally stabbing a dog in Bolingbrook Friday.

According to Bolingbrook police, on Friday, around 3:30 pm, officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 500 block of Spruce Road.  On scene, officers encountered a male suspect who allegedly stabbed a male victim and dog.  Police were forced to shoot the suspect after he resisted arrest.

The suspect and victim were both taken to an area hospital where the suspect was pronounced dead.  The victim is listed in stable condition.

Life Sentence Affirmed For Man Convicted Of Hinsdale Murder

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

WHEATON, IL — An Illinois court has reaffirmed the life sentence of a man convicted in the brutal murder of a Hinsdale woman in 2017.

According to prosecutors, on May 4, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Hinsdale police responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive woman located in a residence in the 700 block of Town Place.  When officers arrived on scene they discovered Andrea Urban, 51, lying on the kitchen floor with knife wounds to her head and neck.  Medical personnel confirmed that Ms. Urban had dead on scene.

After an investigation, police found that on May 4, 2017, Dominic Sanders illegally entered Urban’s house which led to a physical altercation with Urban.  Sanders then brutally beat and slashed at Urban with knife cutting her throat.  Sanders then stole two rings from the home and fled the scene.  Police later arrested Sanders on May 25, 2017.  On January 24, 2020, Sanders was found guilty of first-degree murder, home invasion, and residential burglary.

Sanders later petitioned the appellate court to reduce his sentence. Sanders claimed the trial court did not “adequately consider his rehabilitative potential when imposing his sentences.”

Justice Hutchinson affirmed the life sentence of the Court with Justice McLaren and Justice Hudson concurring.

Bond Denied For Cook County Man On Parole

By The Chicago Times Staff

July 14, 2022

WHEATON, IL – Cook County man arrested for illegally possessing a loaded firearm with an extended magazine and approximately 43 grams of methamphetamine.

Brian Miller, 31, of the 1700 block of Madison, Evanston, appeared at a bond hearing this Wednesday where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh denied bond.  Miller has been charged with one count of Armed Habitual Criminal (Class X Felony), one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 3 Felony), one count of Possession of Methamphetamine (Class 1 Felony) and two counts of Misdemeanor Resisting a Police Officer.

According to Lombard police, on July 11, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Crescent Boulevard.  On scene, police were met by the victim at the door.  Allegedly, while the officer was at the door, the door began to close at which time the officer pushed the door open.  Once inside, the officer located Miller who allegedly resisted arrest after struggling with the officer.  After the arrest, the officer found a loaded handgun with an extended magazine on a couch in the bedroom along with methamphetamine in an opened backpack that allegedly belonged to Miller.

“It is alleged that Mr. Miller, a convicted felon currently on parole, was illegally in possession of a handgun with an extended magazine, as well as more than forty grams of methamphetamine.  The law is very clear, as a convicted felon Mr. Miller is prohibited from ever owning a firearm again and there is absolutely no justification that would allow him to do so, as alleged in this case. I thank the Lombard Police Department for their heads-up work on this case that allegedly took a dangerous weapon out of the hands of a convicted felon. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Demetri Demopoulos and Denis Cahill for their work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Miller,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in a statement.   

Miller’s is scheduled to appear in court on August 8, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh.

Elmhurst: Man Charged With Hate Crime

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

July 14, 2022

ELMHURST, IL – An Elmhurst man has been charged with spray-painting swastikas on the homes and vehicles of several Elmhurst residences.

Joel Jexie, 25, of the 500 block of Crockett Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing Wednesday where Judge Michael Reidy set bond at $100,000.  Jexie has been charged with three counts of Hate Crime, a Class 4 Felony and one count(s) of Criminal Damage to Property, a Class 4 Felony.

On July 9, 2022, the Elmhurst police received a call regarding vandalism that occurred on Oak Street.  On scene, officers observed swastikas painted on two garage doors of the home as well as on a Lexus ES 350.  Three days later, on July 12, 2022, Elmhurst police responded to another call regarding a swastika that was spray-painted on a VW Atlas located on Crockett Avenue.  After an investigation, Elmhurst police were able to identify Jexie as a suspect in the two cases in addition to an April 2022 incident where a swastika was spray-painted on a home on Walnut Street.  Jexie was taken into custody Wednesday at his home without incident.

“The allegations against Mr. Jexie are very disturbing and have been charged accordingly.  Hate crimes have no place in a civilized society and the allegations against Mr. Jexie in no way represent the welcoming, good-hearted people of DuPage County. I thank the Elmhurst Police Department for their work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Rob Willis and Grace Barsanti for their efforts on this case,”  DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.

Jexie’s is expected to appear in court on August 5, 2022,a for arraignment in front of Judge Reidy.

CRCP: $500 Monthly Payments Distributed To Chicago Residents

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

July 11, 2022

CHICAGO – Monday saw the first $500 monthly payments to low-income Chicago households that endured financial hardship during the recent pandemic.

The $31.5 million Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, which gives 5,000 Chicago households $500 cash payments every month for a year via lottery selection, is funded by federal tax dollars through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Mayor Lightfoot announced the launch of applications for the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot on April 13, 2022, just about two months shy of her official announcement to seek another term as mayor.

Lightfoot has stipulated that tax dollars distributed through the CRCP are unrestricted and participants will not be required to report how they spend the money.

“Prepaid debit card data will be anonymously aggregated and reported to the City to support the public’s understanding about how people generally make use of cash assistance funds. If you select to use a prepaid debit card, you will be able to opt out of reporting your expenditure data. If you select to use direct deposit, your transactions will not be tracked or reported in aggregate to the City.” According to the CRCP website.

“In order to recover fully from the economic impacts of COVID-19, we must develop solutions that equitably and inclusively address the challenges facing our residents.  Through this cash assistance program, we are able to serve those who have borne the brunt of COVID-19. Direct cash payments have the potential to be truly transformative for communities that need it most, which is why I remain so proud to be able to provide this vital programming for residents.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.

Lightfoot’s office said 176,000 residents applied for the pilot program this spring.  Applicants who were eligible were entered into a selection lottery that determined who would receive the $500 monthly payments.  In total, 5,000 households were randomly selected to receive the funds.

According to the Mayor’s office, “The lottery is designed to prioritize households living in poverty (at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level) and those living in communities with preexisting economic hardship. This is aligned with the Chicago Recovery Plan’s objective of promoting an equitable economic recovery.  All 5,000 fund recipients, plus a few thousand applicants who are not selected to receive funds, will have the opportunity to participate in an optional research study which will include a small stipend for participation.”

Participants will receive payments through direct deposit or via a prepaid debit card.

Willie Wilson Gas Giveaway Saturday

By The Chicago Times Staff

July 9, 2022

CHICAGO — Willie Wilson will giveaway gas in Chicago Saturday morning.

Wilson, a millionaire businessman and candidate for Chicago mayor, is again giving away gas in Chicago to as relief to residents as gas prices remain high.  Wilson has personally funded similar giveaways over the last few months.

Saturday’s giveaway begins at 7 am at the following 10 locations:

Amoco, 7201 N. Clark St.

BP, 101 N. Western Ave.

BP, 5701 W. Fullerton Ave.

Citgo, 1745 W. Western Ave.

Citgo, 2801 W. 59th St.

Citgo, 3820 S. Archer Ave.

Gulf, 9901 S. Halsted St.

Mobile, 850 E. 63rd St.

Super Save, 11100 S. State St.

Super Save, 48 E. Garfield Blvd.