The Weekend’s Stupidity

No snow dibsA 50° drop from the highs of Wednesday to the lows of Saturday morning will always put a damper on things.

Stupidity Tally as of 10:00p: 2 killed, 8 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 2 killed, 26 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 0 killed, 5 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 6 killed, 5 wounded

Friday 2/25
All quiet on the Western and Southern fronts
Saturday 2/26
1:00a 6500 S Drexel, Woodlawn, M/20
1:00a 6500 S Drexel, Woodlawn, M/38

1:00a 6500 S Drexel, Woodlawn, F/29
3:55a 2900 N Sayre, Montclare, F/19
7:20a 3300 N Central, Portage Park, M/38
7:20a 3300 N Central, Portage Park, M/40
8:15a 7400 S Baldwin, South Shore, F/?
8:15a 7400 S Baldwin, South Shore, M/?
8:15a 7400 S Baldwin, South Shore, M/?
6:00p 6200 S Rhodes, Woodlawn, M/38

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

Arborists

Fallen TreeFirst the city decides to un-ban plastic bags thereby choking salmon and baby birds everywhere, now they’ve gone ahead and doomed us all with their institutional arborism.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel made slight changes Wednesday to his plan to spend almost $15 million in leftover property tax rebate money, avoiding what could have been more sizable, embarrassing City Council opposition to the package.

After many council members balked at the mayor’s idea to spend $500,000 of the unused money to plant 1,000 trees, he agreed to pull that out and instead put that cash toward anti-violence technology like a test program to create crime-fighting intelligence centers.

That allowed some of those who had been in opposition to change their votes, saving Emanuel from having to publicly confront a larger bloc of aldermen voting against him and calling into question his commitment to fighting violence.

Aldermen approved his new proposal by a 35-10 vote Wednesday.

Freshman Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, had fronted the opposition to the mayor’s plan, saying the planned tree planting and lack of street-level anti-violence funding showed the wrong priorities at a time many Chicago neighborhoods are beset by violent crime.

But he came around to support it after the changes, with Emanuel also agreeing to find at least $1 million to finance toward violence interruption programs like the CeaseFire program.”

Unlike these “programs” and most other things the city blows cash on, trees are at least tangible and provide much needed shade for evidence technicians to gather crime scene evidence that the states attorneys can ignore.

The Weekend’s Stupidity

Lost in SpaceTypically we have to wait until April for that first warm spring weekend however this year we’re two months ahead of schedule. Danger.

Final Stupidity Tally: 5 killed, 26 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 5 killed, 28 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 3 killed, 9 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 3 killed, 7 wounded

Friday 2/17
1:00p 800 W 76th, Auburn Gresham, M/23
6:00p 1400 W 71st, Englewood, M/31
7:45p 300 E Kensington, West Pullman, M/23
8:55p 8300 S Winchester, Auburn Gresham, M/24
11:25p 5100 W Concord, Austin, M/13
11:25p 5100 W Concord, Austin, M/16
Saturday 2/18
2:55a 5000 S Ashland, New City, M/23
2:55a 5000 S Ashland, New City, M/28
4:25a 4500 S Wood, New City, M/29
4:25a 4500 S Wood, New City, M/26
4:25a 4500 S Wood, New City, M/32
3:30p 4900 W Van Buren, Austin, M/33
4:00p 6600 S Springfield, West Lawn, M/28
8:35p 7300 S Aberdeen, Englewood, M/36
8:55p 9800 S Oglesby, South Deering, M/28
8:55p 1200 N Lawler, Austin, M/43
10:00p 7900 S Talman, Ashburn, M/26
10:30p Dan Ryan at 43rd St, Fuller Park, M/?
10:30p 4700 W West End, Austin, M/31 (selfie)
10:50p 7100 S Rhodes, Grand Crossing, F/18
10:50p 7100 S Rhodes, Grand Crossing, F/36
Sunday 2/19
2:50a 1800 S Laflin, Lower West Side, M/30
6:00a 4200 W Roosevelt, North Lawndale, M/49
5:00p 6400 Sangamon, Englewood, M/32
5:30p 7400 S Kenwood, South Shore, M/38
7:45p 9500 S Houston, South Deering, M/21
8:15p 7600 S Peoria, Auburn Gresham, M/13
9:00p 1000 N Pulaski, Humboldt Park, M/36
10:00p 2200 E 84th, South Chicago, M/69
11:50p 5000 S Drexel, Kenwood, F/33
Monday Overtime
1:50a 3100 W Madison, Garfield Park, M/33

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

Street Justice Cont’d

Self Defense ZoneLast week we noted the story of a local car thief being given a taxpayer funded tour of the ER courtesy of concerned residents. Now residents in the far western neighborhood of Dunning are none too keen about having shitheads inquire about gang their membership.

From a pristine block of worker cottages near the city’s western border, Daniel is seven years and 15 miles removed from his former life as a gang member.

On Monday afternoon, he got a shocking reminder of that past.

Just before 5 p.m., the 23-year-old, who’s using a pseudonym out of fear for his safety, was walking with his brother in an alley behind the 3600 block of North Oriole Avenue when a man pulled up next to them in a green Honda sedan and demanded to know their gang affiliation, he said.

“He was revving his engine, and when we didn’t say nothing, he said ‘Hey, I’m talking to you, n—-!” said Daniel.

The driver veered out of the alley, wheeled back around and the man fired six gunshots from his window before screeching away, he said.

“Almost all my neighbors feel less safe now,” said Jeff Eichler, examining a bullet hole in the rear bumper of his Hummer. “I’ve even heard some people talking about moving.”

“This is what’s happening everywhere now,” Eichler said. “I told the cops that if they don’t do anything and the guy comes back, I might have to drop him myself.

Be warned Dunning dwellers, for if such an event were to occur, the outrage mobile will be quickly dispatched for scalp processing. Just ask Mt. Greenwood.

The Weekend’s Stupidity

Chicago Daily News Headline from Feb 14th, 1929.Tuesday marks the 88th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre or what today equals a slow summer weekend.

Final Stupidity Tally: 8 killed, 21 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 7 killed, 14 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 2 killed, 7 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 2 killed, 2 wounded

Friday 2/10
2:30p 3700 W Roosevelt, North Lawndale, M/27
5:50p 3944 N Western, North Center, F/55 (story)
6:50p 10300 S Corliss, Pullman, M/17
6:50p 10300 S Corliss, Pullman, M/17
8:55p 6100 S Halsted, Englewood, M/27
Saturday 2/11
1:25a 3800 W Roosevelt, North Lawndale, M/27
1:40a 5600 W Fulton, Austin, M/24
2:25a 300 N Lorel, Austin, M/29
4:45a 1200 W Lawrence, Uptown, F/29
6:55a 100 N Menard, Austin, M/33
7:15p 5600 S Winchester, Englewood, F/12
7:40p 6300 S King, Grand Crossing, F/11
(story)
8:40p 100 N Mayfield, Austin, F/21
8:40p 100 N Mayfield, Austin, F/25
8:40p 100 N Mayfield, Austin, M/25
8:40p 100 N Mayfield, Austin, M/18
Sunday 2/12
12:45a 1500 N Massasoit, Austin, M/16
2:50a 400 W Evergreen, Near North Side, M/24
3:30a 7100 S Cyril, South Shore, M/23
3:30a 500 E 80th, Chatham, M/40
1:45p 2400 E 75th, South Shore, M/45
1:45p 2400 E 75th, South Shore, M/54
1:55p 1400 W 84th, Auburn Gresham, M/25
4:30p 1200 N Karlov, Humboldt Park, M/37
8:10p 5700 W Fullerton, Belmont Cragin, M/28
9:15p 700 N Harding, Humboldt Park, M/29
9:40p 7700 S Cregier, South Shore, M/16
11:00p 1100 S Whipple, North Lawndale, M/30
Monday Overtime
3:35a 11500 S Indiana, West Pullman, M/34

Key:
shooting
homicide
police involved
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

Street Justice

Charles Bronson - Death WishWe suspect that stories like these are more common than reported and/or will become more commonplace as the CPD stays fetal.

“The shooting of a 17-year-old on Sunday might have been “street justice” for his attempts to break into a car, a police official said.

Speaking at a meeting of residents Tuesday evening, Near West Police District Cmdr. Ed Kulbida said the shooting near Racine Avenue and Huron Street came after the teen and someone else was seen breaking into someone’s car. They were followed and the teen was shot in the leg.

“These people in the neighborhood, they didn’t like that,” said Kulbida of the break-ins, adding of the pair, “I don’t think they’ll do that again.”

The police report said the shooting occurred at 5:35 p.m. and that the shots were fired from the back seat of a dark-colored car. The teen took himself to Stroger Hospital.

On Monday, some in a crowd of more than 250 residents in the basement of the Goldblatt’s Bros. Building, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., laughed at the explanation while others appeared uneasy.”

It’s likely that the neighborhood criminal justice system will provide a stronger deterrent against such future actions than Cook County’s.

The Weekend’s Stupidity

Super Bowl XX

Final Stupidity Tally: 3 killed, 18 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 5 killed, 23 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 2 killed, 9 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 2 killed, 10 wounded

Friday 2/3
5:10p 11400 S Stewart, Roseland, M/15
10:10p 11200 S Avenue G, East Side, M/19
Saturday 2/4
3:30a 2100 E 97th, South Deering, M/15
5:30a 7900 S Phillips, South Chicago, M/23
4:45p 8000 S Marshfield, Auburn Gresham, M/23
6:40p 1000 N Lamon, Austin, M/25
9:30p 5700 W Adams, Austin, M/28
10:35p 9000 S Phillips, Calumet Heights, M/21
10:35p 9000 S Phillips, Calumet Heights, M/25
Sunday 2/5
3:15a 32 W 110th Pl, Roseland, M/59
9:45a 2900 W Adams, Garfield Park, M/26
12:05p 2900 N Laramie, Belmont Cragin, F/42
2:00p 1300 S Troy, North Lawndale, M/22
5:35p 600 N Racine, West Town, M/17
9:30p 4700 S Leamington, Garfield Ridge, M/27
9:30p 4700 S Leamington, Garfield Ridge, F/29
10:10p 1100 E 79th Pl, Avalon Park, F/31
11:15p 1200 W 108th Pl, Morgan Park, M/21
11:40p 200 S Cicero, Austin, M/21
Monday Overtime
12:05a 8200 S Blackstone, Avalon Park, F/39
12:05a 8200 S Blackstone, Avalon Park, M/40
Two people found shot to death in Brighton Park home

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

January Wrap-up

Carnac the Magnificent Last January set the tone for 2016 and this January just wrapped up singing the same tune. Buckle up. It’s going to be a long year.

January 2017: 55 killed, 258 wounded
January 2016: 57 killed, 246 wounded
January 2015: 32 killed, 120 wounded
January 2014: 24 killed, 82 wounded

A breakdown of the month’s idiocy shows:

  • 53 shot & killed
  • 2 stabbed
  • 2 fatal police shootings
  • All 31 days tallied at least 2+ shot
  • 4 days were homicide-free. Success!
  • 48 in serious or critical condition
  • 53 males killed vs 2 females
  • 67 teenagers shot, 9 killed
  • 19 grazed
  • 2 selfies
  • 10 #ShotInTheAss

Looking ahead, February is not only the shortest month of the year but also the quietest. Still, last February managed to put up 46 homicides with an additional 156 shot and wounded. Since the SS Shitshow seems to be stuck at full flank, we’re looking for 50 homicides (~7 St. Valentine’s Day Massacres) plus another 175 shot and wounded.

The Weekend’s Stupidity

LiberaceA summer weekend overtime scenario was put in place in order to desperately keep this January from besting last January. While there was a noticeable drop in stupidity from the usual west side dumpster fires, we still tallied a slightly about average weekend for this time of year.

Final Stupidity Tally: 5 killed, 23 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 8 killed, 25 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 4 killed, 7 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 2 killed, 10 wounded

Friday 1/27
3:25p 5900 S Carpenter, Englewood, M/38
3:30p 6700 S Morgan, Englewood, M/20
4:00p 1800 S Racine, Lower West Side, M/31
6:00p 6700 S Ridgeland, South Shore, M/35
7:45p 400 W 129th, West Pullman, M/34
11:05p 7600 S Stony Island, South Shore, M/17
Saturday 1/28
12:45a 1400 S Avers, North Lawndale, M/21
1:30a 6800 S Peoria, Englewood, M/47
1:40a 1200 N Halsted, Near North Side, M/25
1:45a 5000 W 52nd, Garfield Ridge, M/27
2:50a 5600 W Grand, Belmont Cragin, M/34
3:30a 1200 N State, Near North Side, M/39 (story)
3:30a 1200 N State, Near North Side, M/33
3:30a 1200 N State, Near North Side, M/30
5:30a 2400 W Division, West Town, M/24
5:45a 3000 W 61st, Chicago Lawn, M/3
5:45a 3000 W 61st, Chicago Lawn, M/23
2:40p 2800 E 76th, South Shore, M/24
4:00p 3500 N Laramie, Portage Park, M/19
6:30p 7700 S Sangamon, Auburn Gresham, M/14
9:05p 3800 W Flournoy, Garfield Park, M/44
Sunday 1/29
1:45a 6300 S Prairie, Washington Heights, M/16
3:00p 6300 S Racine, Englewood, M/22
5:35p 6200 W Grand, Belmont Cragin, M/23
6:50p 4730 W Erie, Austin, F/51
6:50p 1900 N Pulaski, Hermosa, M/16
11:00p 3500 W 38th, Brighton Park, M/31
Monday Overtime
12:35a 8500 S Colfax, South Chicago, M/55

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

Happy Anniversary

Three StoogesIt was on this date four years ago that we launched an idea based on the “Chicago values” we were told so much about during that violent, Chick-fil-A chicken sammich-infused summer of 2012. Since we were never told exactly what those values were, we assumed that it must be murder, crime and mayhem.

Since then we’ve recorded over 2,200 homicides, nearly 11,000 shot and wounded, dozens and dozens of “death investigations” along with hundreds of people who caught one in the ass.

As always, thanks to everyone who has visited, emailed, followed, linked, liked and donated helping make this idea a very minor success.

Here’s to four more years.

– The HeyJackass Crew

The Weekend’s Stupidity

1968 DNC RiotsJust your average summer weekend complete with three doubles, six hat tricks and a grand slam, in January.

Final Stupidity Tally: 8 killed, 47 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 5 killed, 20 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 5 killed, 22 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 3 killed, 14 wounded

Friday 1/20
4:15p 1400 W 49th, New City, M/30
5:40p 600 S Sacramento, Garfield Park, M/19
9:00p 5200 W Congress, Austin, M/25
9:00p 5200 W Congress, Austin, M/27
9:00p 5200 W Congress, Austin, M/22
9:20p 2900 E 91st, South Chicago, F/27
11:10p 8100 S Drexel, Chatham, M/24
Saturday 1/21
2:00a 5400 W Ohio, Austin, M/28
3:15a 3900 W Thomas, Humboldt Park, M/?
3:15a 3900 W Thomas, Humboldt Park, M/36
3:15a 3900 W Thomas, Humboldt Park, M/42
3:15a 3800 S St Louis, Brighton Park, M/22
3:15a 3800 S St Louis, Brighton Park, F/27
3:15a 3800 S St Louis, Brighton Park, M/28
3:45a 7600 S Bishop, Auburn Gresham, M/26
11:35a 100 W 69th, Grand Crossing, M/24
1:40p 2600 W Monroe, Near West Side, M/24
2:25p 4400 W Maypole, Garfield Park, M/27
4:00p 4400 W Fullerton, Hermosa, M/36
4:45p 7700 S Racine, Auburn Gresham, M/47
5:00p 100 W 104th, Roseland, M/21
5:15p 1300 N Mayfield, Austin, M/18
5:15p 1300 N Mayfield, Austin, M/21
5:15p 1300 N Mayfield, Austin, M/23
7:40p 7900 S Exchange, South Chicago, F/19
8:30p 300 S California, Garfield Park, M/17
8:30p 300 S California, Garfield Park, M/22
9:10p 8000 S Woodlawn, Avalon Park, F/20
9:10p 8000 S Woodlawn, Avalon Park, M/18
9:40p 3330 W Monroe, Garfield Park, M/27
10:45p 600 N St Louis, Humboldt Park, M/26
11:15p 10 N Sacramento, Garfield Park, M/23
Sunday 1/22
12:20a 6100 N Winchester, West Ridge, M/29
2:50a 6500 W Irving Park, Dunning, M/23
3:20a 9600 S Peoria, Washington Heights, M/28
3:40a 500 S Central, Austin, M/27
4:00a 3200 E 91st, South Chicago, M/26
4:25a 700 N Hamlin, Humboldt Park, M/15
4:25a 700 N Hamlin, Humboldt Park, M/17
6:30a 3500 S Rhodes, Douglas, M/22
6:30a 3500 S Rhodes, Douglas, F/23
6:30a 3500 S Rhodes, Douglas, M/24
8:50a 1500 W Huron, West Town, M/25
8:50a 1500 W Huron, West Town, M/26
8:50a 1500 W Huron, West Town, M/30
11:00a 1100 N Lockwood, Austin, M/27
12:15p 1800 W 63rd, Englewood, M/26
12:15p 1800 W 63rd, Englewood, M/26
12:15p 1800 W 63rd, Englewood, F/56
12:15p 1800 W 63rd, Englewood, F/48
9:25p 2800 S Hillcock, Bridgeport, M/16
10:45p 4200 W Iowa, Humboldt Park, M/18
Monday Overtime
12:30a 3600 N Central, Portage Park, M/22
1:25a 2000 W Diversey, North Center, M/24
1:55a 5000 W Maypole, Austin, F/?

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday
Photo borrowed from Time Magazine

“Another defeat…”

Self Defense ZoneWe’re quickly approaching the bonus level of self parody with the city not able to pass a constitutional law regarding firearms without it being struck down at first defense.

“The U.S. Court of Appeals handed Chicago another defeat in its effort to restrict the operation of gun ranges in the city.

The appeals court on Wednesday ruled that city ordinances restricting gun ranges to manufacturing areas in Chicago are unconstitutional. The ordinances also placed limits on the distances they can be located in relation to other gun ranges and to residential areas, schools, parks and places of worship.

A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals noted the city claimed the ordinances serve important public health and safety interests, specifically that they attract gun thieves, cause airborne lead contamination and carry a risk of fire.

“The city has provided no evidentiary support for these claims, nor has it established that limiting shooting ranges to manufacturing districts and distancing them from the multiple and various uses listed in the buffer-zone rule has any connection to reducing these risks,” the court wrote in its opinion.”

Besides, who needs those costly gun ranges and their boring paper targets. Numerous street corners, alleys, porches, avenues, boulevards and/or neighborhoods are free fire ranges with live, moving targets all with no cost or penalty for the user.

The Weekend’s Stupidity

Nothing to See Here Folks... Naked GunAs is usually the case whenever there is a quiet period, last weekend, the following period, this weekend, more than makes up for it.

Final Stupidity Tally: 10 killed, 24 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 4 killed, 27 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 4 killed, 14 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 4 killed, 13 wounded

Friday the 13th
4:00p 600 N Central, Austin, M/21
5:15p 4000 W Madison, Garfield Park, M/19
9:50p 7200 S Washtenaw, Chicago Lawn, M/20
11:30p 10500 S Sangamon, Washington Heights, M/28
11:40p 2300 S Kedzie, Little Village, M/21
Saturday 1/14
12:30a 4000 W Ogden, North Lawndale, M/17
3:30a 6000 S Carpenter, Englewood, M/25
3:30a 6000 S Carpenter, Englewood, F/26
8:05a 1100 S Francisco, North Lawndale, M/27
8:05a 1100 S Francisco, North Lawndale, M/39
9:50a 1500 S Hamlin, North Lawndale, M/18
11:45a 1900 W 70th, Englewood, M/16
1:30p 100 S Kilpatrick, Austin, M/25
5:05p 200 N Kostner, Garfield Park, M/23
5:05p 400 S Central, Austin, M/18
6:55p 5500 W Rice, Austin, M/26

8:50p 4900 W Hubbard, Austin, M/22
Sunday 1/15
12:25a 3400 W Madison, Garfield Park, M/34 (story)
12:25a 3400 W Madison, Garfield Park, F/51
12:25a 3400 W Madison, Garfield Park, M/30
12:25a 3400 W Madison, Garfield Park, F/21
1:15a 4700 W Polk, Austin, M/34
3:50a 1400 N Rockwell, West Town, M/25
5:05a 7300 S Union, Englewood, M/25
5:30a 2600 W Van Buren, Garfield Park, M/?
2:25p 4600 S Marshfield, New City, M/31
2:25p 4600 S Marshfield, New City, M/60
2:45p 6300 S Cottage Grove, Woodlawn, M/16
7:30p 4500 N Kedzie, Albany Park, M/22 (story)
8:00p 600 W 95th, Washington Heights, F/36
8:10p 600 N Leclaire, Austin, M/33
Monday Overtime
12:25a 6900 S Normal, Englewood, M/28
1:10a 2200 W Chicago, West Town, M/36
1:45a 7500 S Wentworth, Grand Crossing, M/28

Key:
shooting
homicide
police involved
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday

Flip to ’17

Face PlantGiven how 2016 ended up being the most nonsensical year in a couple of decades, we’ve decided to let the year’s stupidity hang around for a bit longer than years prior. As 2016 basks in all its morbid glory, 2017 has been working behind the scenes and tallying similar counts to its older sibling. While all bad things must come to an end, we’ll look to retire 2016 and start rolling out the new stats and charts over the weekend.

UPDATE: For those of you looking for the Weekend’s Stupidity, as of 12:00a the tally stands at 5 killed, 12 wounded. We’ll post the usual rundown after we’re finished rolling over to 2017.

UPDATE 2: Flip complete. As always, we’ll be posting additional stats and graphics over the coming weeks and months as the stupidity accumulates.

Thanks for your patience and continued support.

The Weekend’s Stupidity

HomerWhat was likely the coldest weekend of the winter shooting season, we were expecting a quiet one for a change and we did. This weekend was the quietest since early March.

Final Stupidity Tally: 2 killed, 10 wounded
2016 weekend tally: 7 killed, 32 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 2 killed, 14 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 2 killed, 8 wounded

Friday 1/6
1:40p 3800 W Adams, Garfield Park, M/19
1:40p 3800 W Adams, Garfield Park, M/20
1:40p 3800 W Adams, Garfield Park, M/26
5:30p 4800 S Wolcott, New City, M/23
11:10p 3900 W Grenshaw, North Lawndale, M/23
Saturday 1/7
10:00a 1300 W Hasting, Near West Side, M/30
2:45p 10300 S Western, Beverly, M/25
9:25p 5300 S Maryland, Hyde Park, M/17
11:00p 800 S California, Garfield Park, M/24
Sunday 1/8
12:00a 4900 W Roscoe, Portage Park, M/33
1:40a 5600 N Western, West Ridge, M/21
9:40p 5400 S Laflin, New City, M/21

Key:
shooting
homicide
Weekend = 12p Friday – 6a Monday