Man shot in North Rogers Park

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

A drive-by shooting the 1900 block of West Birchwood resulted in one man critically injured around 8:12 pm, Wednesday night.

The Chicago Sun-Times wire reported the victim was a 26-year-old male who was standing on the corner when he was shot in the head by a shooter inside the passing car.

He has been transported to Presence St. Francis Hospital, where he is reported to be in critical condition.

Construction to block sidewalk at Loyola Red Line stop

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

The sidewalk on Sheridan Road near the Loyola Red Line stop will be partially obstructed due to track work beginning tomorrow, Sept. 30.

An email from Loyola’s Community Relations was sent to students regarding the construction.  It is shown below:

The Chicago Transit Authority is completing track work near the Lake Shore Campus this week. Beginning tomorrow, September 30, through October 2 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the sidewalk on Sheridan Road near the Loyola Red Line stop will have partial obstruction between 6443-6501 N. Sheridan. A northbound lane of traffic will also be closed. The campus entrance will remain open during this time.

CTA is currently making track improvements to remove slow zones and to improve rail service on the Purple Line as part of the Purple Line Express Track Improvement Project. The project will fix aging track infrastructure, including replacing ties and the restoration of track alignment from Lawrence to Jarvis.

For questions about the project, please contact the CTA at 1-888-968-7282.


Summur Roberts
Director of Community Relations

Man arrested in Sept. 11 Rogers Park shooting

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Nathanial Richardson has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Sept. 11 in which couple were shot in their car while driving on the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace.

The 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were driving by a roadside memorial when they were shot after offending the shooter with the loud, pumping music in their car.

The memorial in Rogers Park was for a 19-year-old slain gang member.

A DNAinfo article by Linze Rice reports the following details of the shooting:

The shooter was apparently “offended” by the song — and “boom, boom, boom,” police Officer Robert Dworak said Tuesday night at a community policing meeting.

Dworak didn’t identify the offending tune, but did tell residents the innocent victims — a 24-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — survived and are in good condition.

The couple are reported to be in good condition.

Northside neighborhoods on alert after string of burglaries

By Taylor Utzig, Editor

Police are warning Northside business owners after a series of smash and grab burglaries in Rogers Park and Edgewater.

In each incident, a rock or a brick has been thrown through a window of the business and valuable items and cash have been stolen, according to an article by Linze Rice at DNAinfo.

Burglaries have been reported on the streets of W. Devon, W. Broadway and W. Morse Ave.

Police probe recent burglaries in Rogers Park

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Chicago police are investigating recent burglaries that occurred at businesses in Rogers Park.

Here are some of the details from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Police are warning businesses about a pair of burglaries reported between Friday night and Saturday morning in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side.

In both of the reported break-ins, someone pried open the rear or side doors of the businesses and then pried open cash registers to remove cash, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

One of the burglaries occurred in the 6200 block of North Western Between 11 p.m. Aug. 28 and 5:55 a.m. Aug. 29, police said. The other occurred in the 2200 block of North Devon between 9:15 p.m. Aug. 28 and 9:15 a.m. Aug. 29.

Click here for the entire Sun-Times story: BURGLARIES

68-year old Rogers Park resident missing

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding 68-year old John Blackmon who was reported missing from his Rogers Park home on Wednesday.

According to police, Blackmon is 5-feet-9 with brown eyes, gray hair, and a fair complexion.

John Blackmon, Chicago Police
A photo of John Blackmon from the Chicago Police Department

For more on the story, visit the Chicago Sun-Times article here.

Remembrances planned for Loyola student killed in robbery near campus

Plans are underway this weekend to honor the life of 23-year-old Loyola University Chicago student Mutahir Rauf, who was shot and killed in a robbery near the Lake Shore Campus Friday night.

In an email sent Saturday to the Loyola community, university officials condemned his killing as “a senseless act of violence, and one that has absolutely no place in a civil society.”

The 23-year-old from Pakistan was walking with his brother in the 1300 block of West Albion when an assailant pulled out a gun and demanded their money, according to Ald. Joe Moore’s post on EveryBlock and the Loyola Phoenix student newspaper.

Moore said the student mistakenly thought the gun was a toy and reached for it, and that it went off in the struggle. He was shot in the head and chest and pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday’s email from university officials also described resources available to the Loyola community, and relayed plans to honor Rauf this weekend:

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Alderman: Loyola student killed in robbery near Rogers Park campus

A Loyola University Chicago student was shot and killed near the Lake Shore Campus Friday night during a robbery after mistakenly thinking the stickup gun was a toy and reaching for it, Ald. Joe Moore said, according to news website DNAinfo:

“Tragically, a Loyola Student from Pakistan was killed in an attempted robbery on the 1300 block of Albion this evening,” Moore wrote on EveryBlock. “He was walking with his brother when an unknown assailant pulled a gun and ordered them to turn over their money. The young victim allegedly believed the gun was a toy and reached for it. During the scuffle, the gun went off and the assailant fled. I’m afraid that is all the information I have at this point.”

Police said the man killed in the shooting was 23.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago’s website.

Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney told The Loyola Phoenix student newspaper that there was a “struggle for the weapon,” which resulted in the victim getting shot in the chest and head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vice President for Student Development Jane Neufeld also wrote to the Loyola community Friday evening. saying:
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VIDEO: Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus filled with holiday decorations

By Nader Issa

Loyola University Chicago put its students into the holiday spirit last week with the addition of holiday decorations around the university’s Lake Shore Campus.

Tree lights, Christmas trees and red and green spotlights can be seen all around campus as part of Loyola’s preparation for the holiday season.

The campus’s biggest Christmas tree can be found in the Damen Student Center, which happens to be the most decorated part of the campus. Lights line all the trees that surround the student center and red and green lights can be seen shining on the building from across the campus.

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