8 killed, Chicago police officer and a paramedic among 59 others wounded in weekend shootings in ChicagoSun-Times Wireon September 27, 2021 at 1:50 pm

At least eight people were killed, and a Chicago police officer and a paramedic were among 59 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago.

The 30-year-old officer was on patrol late Friday when she heard the gunfire and rushed to the 1900 block of East 72nd Place, where she saw someone lying in the street, police said.

The officer was getting out of her squad car to provide aid when more shots were fired, striking her in the legs, police Supt. David Brown said. She got back in her squad car, and another officer took her to University of Chicago Medical Center, Brown said. She’s since been treated and released.

She was the 12th Chicago police officer to be wounded by gunfire this year, according to Brown. Thirty-four other officers had been shot at during the same period.

Aaron Jenkins, 26, was charged with shooting the officer. He’s expected to appear in court Monday on attempted murder charges.

The officer was responding to a call of shots fired that left an 18-year-old dead and 15-year-old wounded. About 11 p.m., a 25-year-old man and a woman were returning to their home in the block with a pizza when they were confronted on their back steps by the two teenagers, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

The older man exchanged gunfire with the two younger individuals, Deenihan said. The 18-year-old was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at University of Chicago, police said. His name has not been released.

The 15-year-old, shot in the legs, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Investigators recovered two handguns from the scene and also recovered a rifle while executing a search warrant, Deenihan said.

Two suspects were being questioned Saturday night, according to Deenihan, who said each has a criminal record.

Paramedic shot at hospital

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was grazed at Stroger Hospital while working on a patient, and one person was killed and another wounded Saturday night in a shooting on the Near West Side.

The paramedic was working on a patient about 10:35 p.m. in the emergency room at Stroger when witnesses told police a suspect in an older green Buick opened fire, grazing the medical responder in the bill of their baseball cap, police said.

About 10 minutes earlier, two men, 28 and 31, were outside when they were shot by someone in a vehicle about 10:25 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Warren Boulevard, police said. The older man was shot in the chest and arm, and was taken to Stroger, where he died, police said. The younger man was shot in the right heel, and was also taken to Stroger, where he was in good condition.

One person was killed and three others, including a 17-year-old, were wounded Monday morning in Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side. The group were standing in the 800 block of North Ridgeway Avenue about 1:40 a.m. when someone in a dark-colored car opened fire, police said. A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

Two males, 17 and 24, were also taken to Stroger with a gunshot wounds, police said. They were listed in good condition.

18-year-old woman killed on South Side

Melica De La Garza, 18, was fatally shot Saturday in West Elsdon on the South Side, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was sitting in a parked vehicle around 8:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of South Avers Avenue, when someone approached and fired shots, police said. She was struck in the torso, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Man killed in shootout

A man was killed and a suspect wounded in a shooting after an argument Monday morning in Gresham on the South Side. The two men, 35 and 38, were arguing after a card game about 12:45 a.m. in a residence in the 700 block of West 77th Street when the older man shot at the younger man multiple times, police said. The 35-year-old was taken to the University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The 38-year-old was shot in the left arm, and was also taken to the University of Chicago, where he was in good condition and in custody.

Other homicides

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a 31-year-old man was fatally shot in South Deering on the South Side. About 4:20 p.m., he was on the sidewalk in the 10200 block of South Yates Boulevard, when someone in a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was struck multiple times and taken to the University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He has not yet been identified.
A 44-year-old man was fatally shot Friday in the Burnside on the South Side. About 7:45 p.m., he was near the street in the 700 block of East 92nd Place, when he was approached by two males who pulled out guns and fired shots, Chicago police said. He was struck in the abdomen and taken to the University of Chicago, where he was pronounced dead, police said. He has not yet been identified.
A 36-year-old man was fatally shot in Park Manor Sunday night. He was walking on the sidewalk about 9:05 p.m. in the first block of East 71st Street when he was struck by gunfire in the back and body, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago, where he died, police said.

Dozens others wounded

In nonfatal attacks, six people were shot Sunday morning in East Garfield Park. Just after 2:50 a.m., three men and three women were standing outside in the 800 block of South Albany Avenue when a suspect in a black SUV opened fire, police said. The victims were in their 20s and 30s. A woman was listed in critical condition, while the five other men were in fair or good condition.
A woman and a 14-year-old boy were wounded Saturday in a shooting in Washington Park on the South Side. About 7:45 p.m., the 39-year-old woman and the boy were exiting the expressway in the 100 block of East 59th Street, when a dark-colored Audi drove up to them and someone inside fired shots, striking them, police said. The woman continued to drive east, but later crashed into a silver Pontiac sedan. They listed in good condition.
A 16-year-old was wounded in Back of the Yards on the South Side early Saturday. The teen was riding in the rear seat of a vehicle about 1:15 a.m. in the 4600 block of South Paulina Street when he was shot in the heel, police said. He was taken by the driver to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
A woman was also shot in Back of the Yards less than an hour earlier. About 12:30 a.m., a woman, 26, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling in the 600 block of West Garfield Boulevard when she was shot in her ankle, police said. She was in good condition.
A 17-year-old was among two shot and wounded Sunday morning in Little Village on the West Side. The teen and man, 17 and 29, were leaving a house about 1:40 a.m. in the 2500 block of South Hamlin Avenue when someone inside a gold Suburban opened fire, police said. The teen was in good condition, while the man was in serious condition.

At least 40 others were wounded in citywide gun violence since from Friday 5 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m.

Last weekend, nine people were killed and 52 others — including a 3-year-old — were wounded in shootings in Chicago.

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Five Victorian Homes For SaleSarah Steimeron September 27, 2021 at 1:13 pm

When you hear the term “Victorian,” it doesn’t refer to a particular architectural style but the era of Queen Victoria, whose reign over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland lasted from 1837 to 1901. The era was defined by a mixture of overlapping styles such as Italianate, Second Empire, and Shingle Style. But most people associate Victorian with the Queen Anne Style, which was popularized by English architect Richard Norman Shaw in the 1860s and 70s. Surprisingly, this new design had nothing to do with the earlier 18th century reign of Queen Anne, yet it soon became the dominant residential style in the U.S. after it was featured at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in St. Louis. The majority of new homes constructed between 1880 and 1900 took on a more picturesque appearance of richly ornamented and asymmetrical facades with turrets, lacy spindlework, and wraparound porches.

The suburb of Hinsdale might be known for tear downs, but some historic architecture still survives here — including this landmarked Queen Anne with more than 8,000 square feet of living space. Originally built for William Hinckley in 1886, the home sits prominently at the top of a hill on a one-acre lot in Hinsdale’s Robbins Park area. It has everything you’d expect with a Queen Anne design: an elaborate wraparound front porch, corner tower, and decorative shingling. Inside you’ll find quarter sawn oak wainscotting, original leaded glass windows, pocket doors, and a dining room with wood paneling and beamed ceilings. But this isn’t some stuffy museum piece, as there have been plenty of updates to fit today’s modern needs. The two-bedroom coach house is perfect for guest accommodations. Plus there’s an in-ground pool, hot tub, and built-in BBQ for outdoor parties.

This beautifully preserved Queen Anne in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood was originally constructed between 1893 and 1897 for paper box manufacturer George J. Kroeck and his wife Bertha. It’s hard to believe, but the home was the first one built on this block just east of Sheridan Road when Lake Michigan was right outside its door (before a landfill project changed all that). Located on a double lot with great curb appeal, the house still boasts many of the original features that were first installed back in the 19th century, including the stunning front staircase with hand-turned spindles, wall murals, quarter-sawn oak wainscotting, custom-made bronze hardware, and a variety of doors from pocket to swinging. And old house lovers will also enjoy the fact that the kitchen fits perfectly with the overall historic design — as do the bathrooms.

This 1885 Queen Anne was designed by the well-known architectural firm Edbrooke and Burnham for Joseph and Fannie Sherman Larimer. How fitting that their house backs up to Evanston’s Larimer Park. Random Chicago fact: Fannie’s father Alson Sherman served as the eighth Mayor of Chicago back in 1844-45. Vintage details start on the big front porch with its beadboard ceiling and continue inside where you’ll find gorgeous hardwood floors, intricate moldings and chair rails, and transom windows above the doors. But the best part? Located on one of the largest lots in town, the home comes with multiple money-making opportunities for potential buyers. The side lot can be subdivided and sold to a developer while at the same time you can collect rent from both the two-bedroom coach house as well as the one-bedroom side house.

You’d never know this magnificent Shingle Style home in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood was brought back to life by a developer in 2005. Originally built for E.J. Edwards in 1883, the house was in such poor condition that it had to be gut rehabbed down to the studs and rebuilt inside-out. Today it’s a mix of vintage charm and modern comfort. Step back in time with the foyer and central hall with the original carved staircase, but the open floor plan and modern conveniences put you right in 2021. There is a fully equipped fitness room, game room, theater room, and a full SportCourt and outdoor entertaining area on the beautifully landscaped property. Both the attic and basement are finished, while the three-car coach house comes with a two-bedroom apartment.

More Italianate than Queen Anne with its tall, narrow windows and 13-foot ceilings, this absolutely stunning home was one of the first to be built in historic Riverside in 1869. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux produced the plan for America’s first planned suburb, but it was investors and developers who turned it into reality. William Le Baron Jenney’s architectural firm carried out Olmsted’s vision, ultimately constructing seventeen residences — including one for William T. Allen, a shareholder in the Riverside Improvement Company. Today Allen’s home still has many original details, such as the grand staircase, nine marble fireplaces, crown moldings, and hardwood floors. Featured in the Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock film The Lake House, the historic home sits on a half acre overlooking the Des Plaines River and the town’s famed swinging bridge. 

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How a Chicago murder suspect was charged, then uncharged, in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes battle among law enforcementTom Schubaon September 27, 2021 at 10:30 am

When Cook County prosecutors rejected charging a suspect in the shooting that left 7-year-old Serenity Broughton dead and wounded her younger sister, it set off an extraordinary chain of events earlier this month that veteran court observers believe is unprecedented in recent history.

A high-ranking Chicago police commander, frustrated by another recent case rejection by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office and confident in his detective’s work, went to a judge to have the suspect held in custody for longer and circumvent prosecutors to charge the man with murder and attempted murder.

But hours later, top police brass reversed course — and persuaded another judge to essentially “uncharge” the suspect, as a source familiar with the case described the move.

The court proceedings were so hush-hush — done without an attorney for the suspect or a prosecutor present — that no record of any of the actions were ever officially filed within the court system.

While previous news accounts highlighted the disagreement between police and prosecutors, the new revelations include documentation of the extent cops went to pursue the case without Foxx’s involvement — and also show how it ended up driving a wedge between police leaders and their subordinates.

The case has had lasting reverberations in the Chicago Police Department, with some saying it has decimated morale among an already beleaguered police detective division.

What’s more, the family of the victims have been left without justice and unsure if there is a clear path to getting it. While law enforcement authorities were feuding, the suspect was released from custody and now can’t be found, according to a law enforcement source.

“We don’t know where to go,” said Regina Broughton, the sisters’ grandmother. “It’s not seeming like the justice system is working for us. And that’s disheartening, it’s just angering.”

An override — then a reversal

On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Serenity and her sister Aubrey, 6, were sitting in a parked car in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue when gunfire erupted. Serenity was struck in the chest and later died at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Aubrey was hit in the chest and armpit but survived.

A relative of the girls was believed to be the target of the shooting, law enforcement sources said.

Police investigate the scene where 7-year-old Serenity Broughton was killed and her younger sister, Aubrey, was injured in a shooting in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue in Belmont Central, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Police zeroed in on a suspect they said was seen sitting in a car near the scene of the shooting, according to an internal memo between prosecutors that was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The Sun-Times is not naming the suspect because he’s not charged in the attack.

The memo noted that two other people were seen running back to the same car after the shots were fired. It’s unclear whether police identified the two men seen running to the car or whether they sought charges against either one of them.

But none of the men was seen holding weapons, no physical evidence was collected and witness statements were inconsistent when the case was initially brought to the state’s attorney’s Felony Review Unit for charging on Sept. 3, according to the memo. The unit rejected the charges, saying there wasn’t enough evidence.

That left police only a few hours to continue holding the suspect, who had been taken into custody Sept. 1. By law, a person has to be charged within 48 hours of being apprehended.

Eric Winstrom, commander of Area 5 detectives, signed off on a felony override, which allows police to circumvent the state’s attorney’s office and file charges on their own. The maneuver is rarely used, particularly in high-profile murder cases, several sources in the state’s attorney’s office said.

The Sun-Times obtained copies of two criminal complaints dated Sept. 3 and signed by Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese Jr. detailing charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder against the suspect who was in custody.

Panarese also presided over a videotaped hearing that same day to extend the suspect’s detention; the Sun-Times obtained a transcript of the proceedings.

The police department has long used these types of ad hoc hearings — often held at courthouses adjacent to police stations or inside the stations themselves — as a way to keep suspects in custody for more than 48 hours. Suspects are not entitled to a lawyer during these so-called Gerstein hearings, which have been criticized by public defenders, the Sun-Times has previously reported.

During the hearing, Panarese told the suspect, “You are charged with murder and attempt[ed] murder,” and he said he found probable cause to detain him, according to the transcript.

No evidence — nor mention of evidence provided by police to support the charges — was detailed during the hearing, the transcript shows.

But roughly 10 hours after the hearing was held, the charges were abruptly withdrawn and the order of detention was vacated at the request of top-ranking police officials, according to sources familiar with the case and a separate order signed by Judge Peggy Chiampas.

“After further review, at this time the Chicago Police Department is respectfully requesting to withdraw complaints for First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder and respectfully requests this Court to vacate the order of detention ordered,” the order reads.

Multiple sources said Chicago Police Supt. David Brown had been on board with the original decision to charge the suspect. But then, the sources said, he received a phone call from Foxx about four hours after the override was carried out.

After that call, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan urged Winstrom to withdraw the charges, law enforcement sources said. Although Deenihan was told withdrawing the charges could lead to a rift between police brass and Area 5 detectives, sources said, Deenihan worked with Chiampas to draft the second order, which was entered at 11:03 p.m. Sept. 3.

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan (left) and Area Five Commander Eric Winstrom speak during a press conference last year.Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Deenihan declined to comment on the case, and the police department’s News Affairs division declined to make Brown available for an interview.

In response to detailed questions from the Sun-Times, a spokesman forwarded a statement that had previously been issued, saying police are “committed to holding those responsible for the murder of 7-year-old Serenity Broughton and the wounding of her 6-year-old sister Aubrey, accountable. We are working closely on this investigation with the Cook County State’s Attorney to bring forward justice for Serenity, Aubrey and their family.”

No records on file

Details of the case, including the charges against the suspect and both judges’ orders, don’t appear anywhere in the Cook County court record, according to the clerk of the circuit court’s office. An official case number — assigned to all criminal records — was never created, a spokesman for the clerk’s office said in a statement this week.

“We have not received any documentation that criminal charges were approved against [the suspect], and therefore, a court case number should be created,” a spokesman for the clerk’s office said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the Office of Chief Judge Timothy Evans declined to comment last week and said circuit court judges are banned from discussing pending or potentially impending cases.

But Chicago attorney Jeffrey Neslund, a former Cook County prosecutor, said the whole matter “just sounds crazy.”

“That is absolutely bizarre to go to a judge and say, ‘We want this guy charged’ and then to turn around … and say, ‘Forget about it,'” Neslund said. “In my experience, it’s unheard of.”

Grand jury convened

Regina Broughton said her family was never informed of the flurry of behind-the-scenes activity in the case until the Sun-Times brought it to her attention. The news, she noted, “felt like a drop in the pit of my stomach.”

Broughton said Foxx reached out to the family earlier this month to tell them she planned to assign investigators from her office to work the case because detectives had pulled back.

The Sun-Times has previously reported that after prosecutors asked police for more evidence, the detective on the case pushed to drop it, saying he “had not seen his family and was tired and was not willing to do any more work on the case.”

Winstrom has pushed back on that claim, saying in an email to staff that “characterizing facetious comments expressing frustration with [the state’s attorney’s office] not charging the case as ‘wanting them to reject charges,’ or our declining to take counterproductive investigatory steps as ‘not willing to do any more work’ are disingenuous and offensive.”

Police say they are actively working on the case. A source confirmed detectives met with prosecutors last week and went over additional evidence, which includes phone records and evidence from a Facebook account. A grand jury hearing was also held.

In an emailed statement to the Sun-Times, Winstrom noted that Area 5 detectives “can never make this family truly whole again, but we want to give them the comfort that closure and justice can bring and do what we can to make sure this sort of evil doesn’t happen again.”

But they have a problem: The suspect, who is on parole for a 2018 attempted robbery conviction, was placed on electronic monitoring after being released from custody but now can’t be located, law enforcement sources said.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections said Friday the suspect was on parole “in good standing,” although officials did not immediately say the last time he was in contact with them. Parolees are required to check at least once a month, but the frequency is set on a case-by-case basis, the spokeswoman said.

The whole matter frustrates the victims’ family.

Police officials and prosecutors “are just bickering amongst each other, and we’re not getting anything in return,” Regina Broughton said.

“It’s so convoluted, and it’s so twisted,” she said. ” … We don’t know what’s fact or speculation. All we know is that we’re not getting any conclusion on anything. The guy’s still, as we know, not in custody and still no closer to being charged.”

While her granddaughter Aubrey is healing, she’s now showing some signs of aggression and anger and hasn’t yet returned to school, she said. With the trauma of the shooting still fresh in her mind, Aubrey still talks a lot about her older sister, who was “her whole world,” Broughton said.

“She always calls her an angel.”

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Landlords try homey touches to get you back to the officeDavid Roederon September 27, 2021 at 10:30 am

If the pandemic has put you on a work-from-home regimen, chances are you’ve come to terms with the arrangement.

There’s the coffee the way you want it, the dress code is gone, the commute is from one room to the next, and nobody minds if you knock off for a while to get your kids to soccer. Flexibility is the new rule, and some form of it is expected to survive once the pandemic blessedly abates.

But that has office building landlords concerned. They want you back, at least regularly if not every day. There’s a kind of arms race in building amenities designed to coax people out of their homes because landlords know if there is less demand for physical offices, tenants don’t need all that space.

“Before, we were competing with other landlords. Now we are competing with people’s apartments,” said Thais Galli, managing director at property owner Tishman Speyer.

At the 26-story Tishman-managed building at 222 N. La Salle St., the lobby has been renovated to include a tenants-only area called the Clubhouse. It has places to work out, meditate, get a manicure, eat lunch prepared by steakhouse Prime & Provisions or enjoy happy hour.

Places to eat, drink, relax, exercise or socialize are common themes. Some buildings have declared an entire floor as amenities-only, and on a high level with views. Examples include the tower at 1 S. Wacker Drive. On the 28th floor is a three-story glass atrium lounge connecting to an outdoor deck, an “executive-style” health club and a space for “nap pods,” futuristic-looking recliners.

In 2017, Aon Center at 200 E. Randolph St. opened amenities on its 70th floor. But it also has paid attention to the ground level and whether it’s inviting for tenants or visitors. The building opened last week a redesigned plaza that minimizes the old granite-heavy effect, creating a front yard for this 1972 colossus.

Some landlords started this before the pandemic, but COVID-19 accelerated the trend, said Lori Mukoyama, a principal at the design firm Gensler, which has worked with many building owners. She said the attention has extended from lobbies, which are starting to look like hotels, up to the rooftops, where the Old Post Office at 433 W. Van Buren St. has set the standard, creating a 3.5-acre park and event space.

Common areas are getting sofas, area rugs, bookshelves and lots of plants to mimic the comforts of home, she said. At developer Sterling Bay’s new building at 333 N. Green St., there’s a room with a pivoting bookcase that swings open to a private reading room, Mukoyama said. She said she’s working on a design for a music listening room at a site to be named.

Lori MukoyamaGensler

The most recent buildings in booming Fulton Market have prioritized tenant access to outdoor space. But Mukoyama said existing buildings also have gotten creative. Willis Tower has added outdoor yoga while also “curating a really great food hall” to attract tenants, she said. Mukoyama is working with the Merchandise Mart to open some space facing the river and to redesign how its interior storefronts connect to the hallways.

The desire for fitness is built into many designs. Pool tables and shuffleboard often turn up in buildings now, and the Old Post Office lets you shoot hoops on the roof. Having a gym on-site is standard issue. So far, people in Chicago haven’t demanded accommodations for pets, although that’s a thing in California, said Tishman’s Galli.

Is all this a bit too much imbibing, relaxing, socializing at work? “The last year and a half, we were taught we still get our work done when we’re not stuck in our 5-foot cubicles,” Mukoyama said.

Meanwhile, the Great Migration back to the office has been on hold as the Delta variant prowls. Data from Kastle, which provides building security systems, shows that in the Chicago area, office buildings are at about 31% of their occupancy levels. A year ago, it was around 20%.

The region ranks in the middle of the 10 top U.S. metros. Companies had talked about calling people back after July 4th and Labor Day. Now, it’s into next year.

Robert Sevim, vice chairman in Chicago for Savills, which represents tenants in lease negotiations, said bosses and their workers still want the advantages of face-to-face contact and the collaboration it fosters. The amenities fit with that.

“What they get by being in the office has to be more appealing and effective than staying at home ad infinitum,” he said.

Landlords swallow the cost of amenities and give up rentable square feet, yet “it’s a smart move because it brings in the tenants that fill the rest of the space,” Sevim said.

Yes, napping and games are getting to be OK at the office. Leave the PJs and the pooch at home, but it’s looking good for your favorite slippers.

A quiet space for tenants at 333 N. Green St.Tom Harris/Design by Gensler

A bocce court inside a lounge at the Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St.Eric Laignel/Design by Gensler

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1 killed, 3 wounded — including 17-year-old — in Humboldt Park shootingSun-Times Wireon September 27, 2021 at 8:18 am

One person was killed and three others, including a 17-year-old, were wounded Monday morning in Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side.

The group were standing about 1:40 a.m. in the 800 block of North Ridgeway Avenue when someone in a dark-colored sedan opened fire, police said.

A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said. His name hasn’t been released yet.

Two males, 17 and 24, were also taken to Stroger with a gunshot wound to the right leg, police said. Both were listed in good condition, authorities, said.

A 39-year-old man was also shot in the right leg, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody.

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Man fatally shot in Park ManorSun-Times Wireon September 27, 2021 at 6:08 am

A man was fatally shot Sunday night in Park Manor on the South Side.

A 36-year-old was walking on the sidewalk about 9:05 p.m. in the first block of East 71st Street when he was struck by gunfire in the back and body, police said.

He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died, police said. His name hasn’t been released yet.

No one was in custody.

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Horoscope for Monday, Sept. 27, 2021Georgia Nicolson September 27, 2021 at 5:01 am

Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions until 11:05 p.m. Chicago time. The moon is in Gemini.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a lovely day to schmooze, especially siblings, relatives and neighbors. You are curious about what’s going on, and you want to share your ideas with someone. Short trips will please you. Stay light on your feet so that you can jump in either direction.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Money, cash flow and your financial situation is on your mind. (Hardly surprising because you are the financial wizard of the zodiac!) You might have some excellent money-making ideas. Make time to play because this is the perfect day to socialize, especially with kids.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today the moon is in your sign, which might make you more emotional than usual. The good news is it also slightly increases your good luck. This is a lovely day to enjoy the company of others. Do what pleases you. Kick back, relax and have a great day!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It’s Monday, but you want to hide or work alone or behind the scenes. (You’re just not ready to meet all the demands of the world out there.) You need some buffer time to get performance ready. Find a hideaway place where you can chill and relax.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You will enjoy conversations with female companions because this is a friendly day and people are keen to socialize. You might enjoy the company of a group or an organization. This is a good day to share your dreams for the future with someone to get their feedback.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today, people notice you more than usual. (They might be discussing personal details about your private life.) No worries because, basically, this is a fun-loving day, and with Venus in your House of Communications, you are smooth and charming with everyone.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Do something to shake things up a little because you want adventure and stimulation. However, the kind of stimulation you want today might be a great table at a wonderful restaurant or something that really pleases you. This is a lovely day to socialize because you’ve got energy to burn!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

With Venus in your sign now, you are smooth and diplomatic, which is why you will enjoy relaxing with others today. Quite likely, you will prefer something low key and behind the scenes. (Your contact with someone from your past might be hush hush.)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a great way to begin your week. Because the moon today is opposite your sign, it’s best to go more than halfway when dealing with others. Hey, this is no biggie, it simply requires some friendly cooperation. You’ve got this.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You look fabulous in the eyes of bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs right now because the sun is at high noon in your chart, casting you in a flattering spotlight. You don’t even have to do anything special — it’s smoke and mirrors. Relations with coworkers will be friendly.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You are in play mode, which is why you should do yourself a favor and make some time to relax and have fun with others. Take a long lunch. Enjoy the company of children, romantic partners or sports colleagues. Discuss travel plans?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You might want to play hooky and hide at home today because this is what will give you a warm feeling in your tummy. Some of you will have a cozy discussion with a female family member, maybe Mom. You will definitely enjoy cocooning at home.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow (1972) shares your birthday. You are energetic, alert and very alive. You are also kind-hearted and sincere. Because you are success oriented, you work hard to achieve your goals. This year you have a strong drive for freedom, which means you will embrace and be open to change. There will be times when you have to act quickly — trust your intuition and stay focused.

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16-year-old grazed, man wounded in Little Village shootingSun-Times Wireon September 27, 2021 at 5:26 am

A 16-year-old boy was grazed and a man wounded in a shooting Sunday night in Little Village on the West Side.

A man, 41, was outside about 10:50 p.m. in the 3400 block of West 23rd Street when someone in a grey-colored sedan opened fire, striking him in the torso and grazing the teen, Chicago police said.

The man self-transported to Saint Anthony Hospital, but was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said.

The teen was grazed in the leg, and was taken to Mount Sinai, where he was in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody.

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