Shell Games?, Music, Pawn Shop, Christmas and More

Happenings beginning July 20

Get on your walkin' shoes...lots of places to go! There's shoppin', ridin', eatin', laughin', listenin' and sittin'

Whatever you do...stay hydrated!

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Officer count and crime stats: Chicago Police Department shell games?

"Shell game" is how 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack referred to actions in Chicago's Police Department regarding officers signing into their district in May then being told to patrol in another district 15 miles away.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has repeatedly stated that the crime stats are going down and therefore they do not support adding to the police force. Now it appears that McCarthy's CompStat Reports are another example of a shell game.

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Wicker Park Bandit pleads guilty on 3 counts

Initially credited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with 10 bank robberies, the 27-year-old "Wicker Park Bandit," Simeon Harris, plead guilty to three bank robberies on Thurs., July 12.

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Symphony Sounds String Quartet in Wicker Park: the right talent, the right music, the right time -- heavenly

Symphony Sounds String Quartet presented an excellent performance consisting of works from the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods for the July Concert in Wicker Park Schiller Grove on July 8.

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Spare Change for Real Change on Friday, July 20, Division and Milwaukee

Chicago Police and other law enforcement officers will be celebrating the 44th Anniversary of the Special Olympic Games by collecting "Spare Change for Real Change" on Fri., July 20, at Division and Milwaukee from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Wanted for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault -- 14th District

While boarding the Blue Line at Kedzie, a 52-year-old female met two male black offenders. The victim was forced off the train at gunpoint at the California stop.

Taken to an apartment on the 2800 block of West Lyndale, she was sexually assaulted.

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Moreno says no to zoning change and special use for pawn shop

"I am being very proactive on my own. I have been reaching out to various businesses to come into the area," 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno  told residents many of whose children were playing in another room, Tuesday evening, July 17. in his office. Residents were there because of prospective new owners for 2435-39 N. Western Ave.

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Bucktown Garden Walk successfully made it through drought and helium shortage

While the number of gardens on view decreased because of drought, balloons were not dancing at the gates of open gardens due to a nation-wide helium shortage and rain added to the environmental challenges of excessive heat, the Bucktown Garden Walk was a great success July 14 and 15.

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Christmas is just around the corner -- literally!

With fake snow, holiday garland, giant Christmas ornaments, twinkly lights and big red bows, it was a visual relief to the soaring temperatures causing perspiration to run down one's neck.

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