River North

‘The Las Vegas strip is not going to be on your doorstep,’ said Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chief Engagement Officer Martina Hone.
“We will take the handcuffs off the police and we will put the handcuffs on the people who are victimizing” residents, Wilson said. “If police officers continue to be like they are right now, I’m gonna move out of Chicago myself.”
After a mass shooting Sunday morning, an attempted carjacking early Monday led to a shootout in the South Loop. “The casual violence of these incidents is terrible,” one community leader said of Chicago’s crime cycle.
The River North Residents Association issued a wish list divided into eight categories. The most costly asks are infrastructure projects — led by the proposed Jefferson Street extension and construction of entrance and exit ramps off the Ontario-Ohio feeder.
Detectives used surveillance video to track the suspected attacker from downtown Chicago to Melrose Park. A police officer who knew him since childhood alerted authorities after he saw a public bulletin.
The plan for a casino along the Chicago River passed 41-7, but not before a screaming match between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, who accused her of being “more worried about campaign contributions than doing the right thing for the city of Chicago.”
Thanks to a push from organized labor, a special City Council committee approved an ordinance authorizing Bally’s to build a $1.7 billion permanent casino in River West, preceded by a temporary home at Medinah Temple.
It’s an unusual timeline for any legislation to move through the council, and unnecessary at that, said Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), who vehemently opposes Bally’s proposal to break ground at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street.
Soo Kim, chairman of Bally’s Corp., joked that after gaining Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s backing to build a casino at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street, “it would be easier for me to be hiding in some dark, smoky room. I’m here in person telling you that we’re going to keep our promises.”
Ald. Brendan Reilly, who opposes the River West site, warned colleagues that “the last time we were given less than two weeks to vet and approve a deal, it blew up in our faces, and it was called the parking meter deal.”
The Cook County assessor says the value of the downtown skyscraper’s mostly vacant retail space is 68% higher than it was last year — when he lowered its value by 37%.
Secure Community Network, a nonprofit based in River North, ‘saved our lives,’ one hostage said. It works with the FBI and the Homeland Security Department to protect Jewish facilities across the country.
Following an agreement with a tenant, a developer intends to start construction on the second of three planned buildings.
Iñaki Bascaran left a River North bar on Halloween weekend but never returned home. ‘Iñaki would want his story to stay in people’s hearts and help them avoid irreversible tragedies,’ his father said Thursday.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) has told constituents Vornado Realty Trust has a plan to build at the southwest corner of Kinzie and Canal streets.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) had proposed banning pedicabs altogether from the River North entertainment district after 6 p.m. and prohibiting pedicabs from using amplified sound. On Wednesday, Reilly settled for a whole lot less.
Nineteen of the city’s 22 police districts saw an increase in sexual assault reports this year compared to 2020, with reports nearly doubling in an area including River North and parts of downtown.
The Chicago police say their marine unit recovered the U. of I. grad’s body from the river Friday night near the 1000 block of South Wells Street.
Wyndham Lathem’s attorneys said the verdict would come down to who the jury found more credible: Lathem, or Andrew Warren, who has pleaded guilty to his role in Trenton Cornell-Duranleau’s murder. The jury apparently believed Warren, taking less than two hours to reach its decision.
Wyndham Lathem pinned Trenton Cornell-Duranleau’s murder on a British man he just met, but admitted he never sought help after the fatal stabbing.
“I didn’t help him.” Wyndham Lathem said of his action’s in July 2017. “I just stayed in the bathroom while he was being killed.”
Trenton Cornell-Duranleau had a pierced spleen, stomach and lungs, a punctured liver and a foot-long wound on his neck that spanned nearly ear-to-ear, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar testified at Wyndham Lathem’s murder trial.
“I took that all away when I killed him.” Lathem can also been seen saying in a video Cook County prosecutors played for jurors Friday.