Four people killed due to Gun Violence since Dec. 1st in Chicago

Four people have been killed by gun violence in Chicago since the start of the month on Friday. Murders were reported in the Garfield Park, Bridgeport, and Belmont Cragin neighborhoods over the weekend. Three have been 636 shootings deaths in Chicago this year.

State leaders celebrated Illinois’ 199th birthday with eyes on next year’s 200th. Governor Rauner participated in events at Chicago’s Navy Pier Sunday. There will be flag raising ceremonies across Illinois today to mark the beginning of the state’s bicentennial year.

The man whose mother’s remains were dumped into Lake Michigan has pleaded not guilty in her murder. 55-year-old Brian Peck was indicted for first degree murder and trying to cover up the death of 76-year-old Gail Peck. He claims he killed his mother in self-defense and then “hacked her up.”

Marquis Banks has been identified as the latest victim of Gun Violence

Police have identified the victim of a deadly shooting in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. 28-year-old Marquis Banks was shot to death Sunday evening. 35 people have been shot to death in Chicago in November, bringing the homicide total to 631 for the year.

Governor Rauner says a $60 billion package to provide health care to millions of low income Illinois residents will save a billion dollars over current expenses. Critics are deriding it as a “stealth deal” that they say is costing more than expected.

Naperville police investigate an armed robbery Tuesday night. Police were called to a 7-11 on Diehl and Route 59 targeted by two suspects that got away on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of money. They’re still at large. Call Naperville police or Crimestoppers if you know anything.

34 out of 37 Homicides Gun Related for November

There have been 37 Chicago homicides this month and 34 have been shooting deaths. It brings the death toll for 2017 to 630, with 581 of those the result of gun violence. So far this week three people have been shot and killed, the latest in the Austin and Chicago Lawn neighborhoods.

Two wealthy businessmen seeking the democratic nomination for Illinois Governor released partial tax returns on Monday. J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy are part of the field running against republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who is seeking a second term. They released partial returns yesterday.

Naperville police are considering possible connections in a rash of car thefts and burglaries in the past week. In all, 33 vehicles were burglarized and three were stolen with key fobs left inside. In all cases, the vehicles were unlocked.

619 Homicides in Chicago so far this Year

Out of 619 homicides in Chicago and 2017, 572 have been the result of gun violence. 26 homicides have been reported in November so far and all but one of them have been shooting deaths. This week 13 people have been shot with 2 dead and 11 wounded.

Illinois election officials have voted to remain in a multistate voter registration database. Advocates had urged officials to withdraw from the Kansas-run interstate voter registration crosscheck program and now plan to take the fight to the state legislature.

Local law enforcement readies for a no-refusal operation tomorrow night, just before Thanksgiving. Officials are trying to combat drunk driving and officers will be scattered around Kane and DuPage county. The no-refusal system is for drivers who decline to submit a breath test after a DUI arrest.

DeShawn Johnson latest Victim of Gun Violence in Chicago

Six new deaths this week so far as a result of Chicago gun violence. It brings the total for the month of November to 19 and the 2017 death toll to 567. 18-year-old DeShawn Johnson was gunned down in the Uptown neighborhood this week, the latest name released.

State officials are offering safety tips as firearm deer hunting season gets underway this weekend. Officials say hunters using tree stands should secure themselves with a harness. Most of the nearly 30 hunting incidents last year involved hunters falling from tree stands or while climbing up or down.

St. Charles police are once again reminding the public to lock their vehicle doors. Police say every single victim in a string of car burglaries on the northeast side of town earlier this week were the result of owners leaving them unlocked. An unlocked car could give thieves access to one’s garage or home.

557th Shooting Death in Chicago

A woman was shot to death at a party over the weekend in south Chicago. 37-year-old Pamela Enge is the latest victim of gun violence in the city that has now claimed nine lives in the month of November. Police say Enge was at a party in the West Pullman neighborhood. It’s the 557th shooting death in Chicago this year.

The republican leader of the Illinois house wants to establish a hotline for helping victims of sexual harassment. Minority leader Jim Durkin says his legislation would create a “safe outlet” for victims seeking counseling, protective services, or assistance in filing a sexual assault complaint.

A man accused of causing a crash that killed an Elgin woman has pleaded not guilty. 62-year-old Brian Thunderkick appeared in court Monday. Police say he was driving 135 miles per hour when he rear-ended a car driven by 22-year-old Erika Villagomez last month.

New York Senators Offer Illinois Cubs Vs. Mets Wager

The NLCS just got political.

A few days ago, New York State Senator Joe Addabbo issued a friendly wager to Illinois lawmakers in regards to the huge NLCS match-up between the Cubs and Mets.

A FRIENDLY WAGERMyself and members of the State Senate Queens delegation Jose Peralta, Mike Gianaris, Toby Stavisky,…

Posted by Senator Joe Addabbo on Friday, October 16, 2015

Now, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and a few others have accepted the challenge from the Big Apple.

According to USA Today, the losers of the bet will send the winners their city’s signature style of pizza and wear the winning team’s apparel on the floor of their legislative chamber.

If the thought of New York Pizza isn’t horrifying enough, seeing Mets gear in Springfield definitely makes this series a must-win.

Read more at USAToday.