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Kennedy, Emanuel and race: Where's the truth?

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:11
Despite some big-picture successes in reorienting Chicago's economy, black flight continues under the mayor. But the governor candidate misses the point in his criticism.

Big Lincoln Park condo tower to become rentals

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:10
At $78 million, the plan to turn the Kennelly Square tower back into apartments would be the second-biggest condo deconversion in the city.

Goldman Sachs arm mulls sale of suburban snack company

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:00
Downers Grove-based Hearthside Food Solutions could fetch about $2.5 billion.

Monteverde nabs top Jean Banchet honor

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:59
The two-year-old Italian spot opened by Sarah Grueneberg won restaurant of the year. Sepia's Andrew Zimmerman was named best chef, and Anna Posey of Elske won pastry chef of the year.

California teen leads deputies to parents' house of horrors

Plainfield News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:36
PERRIS, Calif. — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.

The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark, foul-smelling surroundings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The children, ages 2 to 29, "appeared to be malnourished and very dirty," according to a press release announcing Sunday's arrest of the parents. "The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving."

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, each were held on $9 million bail and could face charges including torture and child endangerment.

It wasn't immediately known if they had attorneys.

State Department of Education records show the family home has the same address as Sandcastle Day School, where David Turpin is listed as principal. In the 2016-17 school year it had an enrollment of six with one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades.

Neighbors said they were stunned by the arrests. Andrew Santillan, who lives around the corner, heard about the case from a friend.

"I had no idea this was going on," he told the Press-Enterprise of Riverside. "I didn't know there were kids in the house."

Other neighbors described the family as intensely private.

A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins' front yard. Perkins said he complimented them on it.

"They didn't say a word," he said.

The Turpins filed for bankruptcy in 2011, stating in court documents they owed between $100,000 and $500,000, The New York Times reported. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman and earned $140,000 annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed.

Their bankruptcy lawyer, Ivan Trahan, told the Times he never met the children but the couple "spoke about them highly."

"We remember them as a very nice couple," Trahan said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the family loved Disneyland and visited often.

Motorola Solutions cashes in on gunshot-tech company

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:00
The maker of equipment for law enforcement invested in ShotSpotter five years before its IPO.

Trump condo prices down 12% in 2017

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:00
During a year when Americans grew deeply divided over virtually all things connected to President Donald Trump, prices dropped on condos in the Chicago tower that bears his name.

Going into 13th year, Ritz-Carlton Residences near sellout

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:50
The brokerage that took over sales two years ago has sold all but 16 of the 58 condos it was handed.

Will County, city had year's biggest growth in home sales

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:46
Sales were up 2 percent in those areas in 2017, but essentially flat in other parts of the region.

Art history landmark in Beverly sells at a discount

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:00
The first owner of the 19th-century home was William M.R. French, first director of the Art Institute.

Our most-viewed real estate stories in the past week

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:00
The most expensive home sale ever in Chicago tops our list.

Five things to know about the Obama Presidential Center

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:30
Obama Foundation executives on the taller tower, the closing of Cornell Drive and the heated community reaction to the $350 million project, set to occupy 19.3 acres in Jackson Park.

Once Generic, Now Family Friendly

The townhouse in Carroll Gardens was nothing special. But now it’s warm and comfortable, with surprising details.

Last call: Nominate someone for Crain's 20 In Their 20s

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:00
Know a local 20-something who's a game-changer? Someone whose star shines so bright it's hard to ignore? Tomorrow is your deadline to nominate him or her for our 2018 20 In Their 20s feature.

The hottest jobs—and who's hiring

Chicago Real Estate - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:00
The must-read stories to get your day started.

Chicago Men Drop Fake Twenties At Five Below: Prosecutor - Patch.com

Oak Lawn Home Inspector News Feed - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:39

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Chicago Men Drop Fake Twenties At Five Below: Prosecutor
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"Going into a $5 store with counterfeit money, you can probably buy fake twenties there," judge said. By Lorraine Swanson, Patch Staff | Jan 16, 2018 12:39 am ET. 0. Chicago Men Drop Fake Twenties At Five Below: Prosecutor. COUNTRYSIDE, IL -- Two ...

Trump marks King day out of view, buffeted by race claims

Plainfield News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:33
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday Monday largely out of sight, buffeted by accusations that he used a racially tinged word to describe African countries and scoffed at the suggestion of admitting more Haitians to the U.S.

Trump decamped to his Florida estate for the long weekend, spending hours each day at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

On Friday, before he departed the White House, Trump encouraged the public "to observe this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King's extraordinary life ... and his great legacy" as he signed a proclamation recognizing Monday as the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. King's family also urges the public to observe the holiday by performing civic work and acts of kindness.

Trump dedicated his weekly address to the nation, released Monday, to King.

"Dr. King's dream is our dream, it is the American dream, it's the promise stitched into the fabric of our nation, etched into the hearts of our people and written into the soul of humankind," Trump said in the address, which he tweeted out to his followers.

"It is the dream of a world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from," the president said.

Trump's tribute followed the firestorm that erupted last week after he was accused of using the word "shithole" to describe African countries and seeming to balk at admitting more Haitians to the U.S. He voiced a desire for more immigrants from countries like Norway. Trump is said to have made the comments in the Oval Office during a meeting about immigration with a bipartisan group of senators.

The White House has not denied that Trump used the vulgarity, but Trump and some Republicans have disputed public accounts of the meeting.

Trump defended himself Sunday night, declaring that "I'm not a racist." He said comments attributed to him "weren't made."

The president's defense appeared not to sway the sizable crowd of Haitians – waving their country's flag – who gathered near the foot of a bridge leading to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach to jeer at Trump as the motorcade returned from the golf club.

The Haitians and their supporters shouted, "Our country is not a shithole," according to video posted by WPEC-TV, and engaged in a shouting match with the pro-Trump demonstrators who typically gather on the other side of the street.

The smaller pro-Trump contingent waved U.S. flags and campaign posters and yelled, "Trump is making America great again." One man could be seen telling the Haitians to leave the country. Police kept the sides apart.

In Washington, King's elder son, Martin Luther King III, criticized Trump, saying, "When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don't even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is."

He added, "We got to find a way to work on this man's heart."

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence, who worshipped at a Baptist church in Maryland on Sunday, listened as the pastor denounced Trump's use of the vulgarity.

Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, called the remark "dehumanizing" and "ugly" and said "whoever made such a statement ... is wrong and they ought to be held accountable." Worshippers stood and applauded as Watson spoke. He didn't name Trump, but his reference was unmistakable.

Trump's low-key King holiday contrasts with how some of his recent predecessors observed the day.

President Barack Obama and his family performed community service. President George W. Bush accepted a portrait of King for display in the White House from his widow, Coretta Scott King, in 2002.

Trump has appeared with King relatives in the run-up to Monday's holiday.

Isaac Newton Farris Jr., a nephew, was among the group that attended Friday's proclamation signing.

Last week in Atlanta, Trump invited King's niece, Alveda King, aboard Air Force One to watch him sign a bill expanding an existing historic site in the Georgia capital that is dedicated to King. The site includes King's childhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached. Trump had flown to Atlanta to attend the college football championship game between Georgia and Alabama.

Trump also keeps a bust of King on display in the Oval Office.

King children criticize Trump, decry racism on MLK holiday

Plainfield News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:33
Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. Day as president buffeted by claims that during a meeting with senators on immigration last week, he used a vulgarity to describe African countries and questioned the need to allow more Haitians into the U.S. He also is said to have asked why the country couldn’t have more immigrants from nations such as Norway.

In Washington, King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, criticized Trump, saying, “When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don’t even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is.”

He added, “We got to find a way to work on this man’s heart.”

In Atlanta, King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, told hundreds of people who packed the pews of the Ebenezer Baptist Church that they “cannot allow the nations of the world to embrace the words that come from our president as a reflection of the true spirit of America.”

“We are one people, one nation, one blood, one destiny. ... All of civilization and humanity originated from the soils of Africa,” Bernice King said. “Our collective voice in this hour must always be louder than the one who sometimes does not reflect the legacy of my father.”

Church pastor the Rev. Raphael Warnock also took issue with Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”

Warnock said he thinks America “is already great ... in large measure because of Africa and African people.”

Down the street from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, Haitian protesters and Trump supporters yelled at each other from opposing corners.

Trump was staying at the resort for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Video posted by WPEC-TV showed several hundred pro-Haiti demonstrators yelling from one side of the street Monday while waving Haitian flags. The Haitians and their supporters shouted “Our country is not a s---hole,” referring to comments the president reportedly made. Trump has said that is not the language he used.

The smaller pro-Trump contingent waved American flags and campaign posters and yelled “Trump is making America great again.” One man could be seen telling the Haitians to leave the country. Police kept the sides apart.

Trump dedicated his weekly address to the nation, released Monday, to King.

“Dr. King’s dream is our dream, it is the American dream, it’s the promise stitched into the fabric of our nation, etched into the hearts of our people and written into the soul of humankind,” he said in the address, which he tweeted to his followers. “It is the dream of a world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from.”

The president’s remarks appeared not to resonate with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who also used the holiday to take aim at the racial rhetoric Trump is said to have used.

“Trump Tower is in the wrong state,” Sharpton told a crowd of 200 at the National Action Network in Harlem. He said it was embarrassing that Trump is from New York. “What we’re going to do about Donald Trump is going to be the spirit of Martin Luther King Day,” he said.

Grundy County Historical Museum to nearly double in size

Plainfield News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:32
By late spring, the Grundy County Historical Museum will have almost doubled, with a new addition of 4,560 square feet to its current 4,800 square feet to increase the space for exhibits, archives, meeting space and more.

The addition will be on the south side of the museum. The groundbreaking was held Dec. 28.

Grundy County Historical Society President Donna Sroczynski said the museum has run out of room since it moved to the site in 2008. She said that when they first moved from the tiny building on the corner of Liberty Street and Illinois Avenue, she thought of the quote, “If you build it, they will come.”

“We never thought we’d fill this space,” she said, “but once we built it, they did come.”

Visitors eventually discovered the museum’s new digs, as did donors, mailing and hand-delivering items like an antique quilt, a graduation gown from the late 1800s, paper bills, photographs and a lot more, eventually taxing the building’s capacity for exhibiting and storing the items.

The museum currently contains a nice display of Mazon Creek fossils, which are renowned internationally for their unique flora and fauna of shallow prehistoric seas. Through April, the museum also hosts an exhibit from the Field Museum of Natural History of more fauna from the period, such as shrimp, clams and insects.

Other exhibits include a 1900 general store, a school room, a military exhibit and a tool room.

Archives also are an important element of the museum. Sroczynski said they receive many inquiries about the history of the county that they help answer through their archival stores.

People ask for help with genealogies, locations of old family farms, photos of Illinois River bridges, and information about historical schools or means of transportation or 100-year-old addresses they cannot locate.

The museum’s meeting room also is too small for the society’s presentations, Sroczynski said. Some of them, such as last year’s meeting on Native American of the Eastern Woodland culture and another about business and life in Morris presented by Arthur Hornsby, were held at other venues due to the museum’s limited space.

Funds for building the new addition were donated by Ken Sereno, a retired Morris businessman and local historian who died in July.

“We are only able to afford to expand because of the Sereno family,” Sroczynski said.

Sereno’s wife, Joan, said learning and sharing what he knew about local history was her husband’s life.

“He was still working on [the plans for the addition] when he died,” she said. “That was his dream to build on to the historical society. It needed to be larger, and before he died, he made all those arrangements.”

Joan said Ken came to her and asked whether she would mind if he left money to the society.

“He loved the historical society,” she said. “He just loved history, even as a kid. ... When anybody would ask him anything or call him on the telephone or knock on the door and want to know something, he was in his glory.”

Hopes are for the addition to be completed in April or May. Dan Dransfeldt, who worked closely with Ken Sereno on plans for the addition, will continue the project with others. The air-conditioning unit has already been disconnected, Sroczynski said, so an opening before summertime is desired.

The museum is located in the Coleman Hardware Building, 510 W. Illinois Ave. in Morris in the same complex as the other nonprofits, The Christian Youth Center, the Morris Theatre Guild, the Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice and the Community Foundation of Grundy County. The museum moved to the site in 2008.

The groundbreaking for the addition included representatives from the Grundy County Historical Society and the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, Morris Mayor Dick Kopczick, Joan Sereno and Narvick Brothers Lumber Company.

“The Grundy County Historical Society Museum is such a gem in our community,” said Christina Van Yperen, Grundy County Chamber executive director, “and with the expansion it will ensure the museum continues to educate our residents and visitors about Grundy County. Ken was dearly missed at the groundbreaking, but we look forward to continuing to spread his love of the Historical Society.”

Police: Brick-wielding Joliet man chases after other man

Plainfield News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:32
JOLIET – A Joliet homeless man allegedly napped in an apartment building and threatened another man with a brick after he was awakened and told to leave, police said.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Brandon L. Tatum, 31, a guest at Catholic Charities’ Daybreak Shelter at 611 E. Cass St., was reportedly sleeping on the floor of an apartment building in the 700 block of Plainfield Road, police said.

A 42-year-old man saw Tatum sound asleep and knew he wasn’t an apartment resident, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said. The man reportedly woke Tatum up and told him to leave. Tatum responded by allegedly picking up a brick and raising it above his head in a threatening manner. Gregory said he didn’t know where Tatum obtained the brick.

The man ran out of the apartment building and contacted police, Gregory said, but his troubles were not over as Tatum allegedly chased after him with the brick in hand.

Police officers arrested Tatum and released him on his own recognizance. He was charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass to land.


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