CPD Release Photos Of CTA Killing Suspect

by Judd Mustin, The Chicago Times

May 24, 2022

CHICAGO – Chicago police release photos of suspect that brutally stabbed a CTA rider.

According to police reports, a man was stabbed on the CTA Blue line late Monday night at the Clinton Blue Line Station in the West Loop.  James Parsons, 43, was found by police with a stab wound to the chest.  Parson was rushed to Stroger Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Surveillance photos depict a Black male suspect with a beard and approximately between the ages 35 to 55-years-old.  Police reports indicate Parsons was stabbed multiple times by the suspect as he exited the LaSalle Street platform.

The police are asking for help in identifying the suspect and remind citizens that all riders are at risk when good citizens do not come forward to help bring criminals to justice.

Car Crashes Into Snowplow Injuring Two

By The Chicago Times Staff

January 29, 2022

CHICAGO – A car crashed into a snowplow Saturday injuring two.

According to Chicago police, around 12:45 am, a car was traveling westbound on Roosevelt Road and crashed into a snowplow traveling southbound in the 1011 block of State Street after failing to obey at a traffic signal.

The driver of the car suffered a broken leg, while the passenger complained of pain in the abdomen.  Both victims were taken to an area hospital.

Chicago: Starbucks Workers Move To Form Union

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

January 4, 2022

CHICAGO – Workers at a Loop area Starbucks are pushing to unionize, joining a growing trend in North America for the coffee chain.

Last week, 14 workers at a Loop area store submitted signed cards to join the Service Employees International Union and have now requested a vote.

According to letter penned on behalf of workers to Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson, workers pleaded for upper management to hear their concerns.

“We believe forming a union will truly support all partners, allowing us to complete our duties to the best of our abilities. Many of us at store 63483 have invested significant time and energy into Starbucks and want it to be a sustainable career. By seeing improvement in security, wages and labor hours, we know we’d be able to brew our best. Despite our differences- the bottom line is we both want to see our store succeed, which we know we can achieve through supporting and listening to one another.”

The Loop area Starbucks is the first store in the Midwest to move towards unionization, now joining other Starbucks stores located in the United States.  Starbucks is opposed to the unionization and believes its direct relationship with employees, without union interference, has been the key to both corporate and employee success for the past 50 years.  Starbucks operates about 8,900 corporate stores and 6,000 franchises in the United States.

Amazon To Add 450 Corporate And Technology Jobs

By Sloan T. Wilson, The Chicago Times

December 22,2021

CHICAGO – As Amazon’s presence in Illinois grows, the retail giant plans to add corporate and technology jobs in downtown Chicago.

In a statement Tuesday, Amazon said it will hire 450 people over the next few years to work in its Loop office.  Amazon will lease 67,000 square feet at 222 W. Adams St., adding to the 140,000 square feet it occupies at 227 W. Monroe St.

According to the statement “These 450 new roles will join the more than 1,000 corporate and technology employees already working here in Chicago.  Chicago’s many amenities and proximity to outstanding academic institutions continue to attract and develop an incredible talent pipeline. We look forward to continue investing in Chicago and creating exciting career opportunities as we build on our strong relationships with the local community and its leaders.”

As the dominance of Amazon delivery grows, warehouse workers organized as Amazonians United Chicagoland plan a walkout Wednesday morning at Amazon facilities located in Cicero and the Gage Park neighborhood. Ted Miin, an Amazon employee who supports the walkout, said management has not responded to worker requests for a $3-per-hour raise.

Loop L Stop Stabbing

by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

November 25, 2021

CHICAGO — A 30-year-old man was murdered at a Loop L stop during an altercation with another man Wednesday night.

According to Chicago police, two 30-year-old men were in an altercation at the Clark/Lake L stop at 100 West Lake Street at approximately 8 p.m. when the one of the men stabbed the other in the back.

The victim was able take the knife from the attacker and stabbed him in the neck. The man stabbed in the neck was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim stabbed in the back was taken to Rush Hospital in good condition.

CPD is investigating.


by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

July 5, 2021

CHICAGO — Hundreds of people were arrested by Chicago police on Sunday night as a large group began taking over the Loop, setting off fireworks and dancing on police cars.  Reports indicate the chaos started at Wabash and Washington injuring two officers.

According to CPD, 61 people were arrested, the majority of whom were young adults and minors charged with battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

CPD reports individuals in the crowd were throwing bottle rockets at officers, jumping on police cars, and refusing to disperse.

During a scuffle with an offender, one officer was hit in the ear with a bottle rocket and another sustained an ankle injury.

No comment from the Mayor.