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January 2011 Archives

Women Claim Packers Jersey May Have Triggered Battery

Some Chicago locals might be taking the Super Bowl rivalry a little too seriously as the much anticipated football game between the Pittsburg Steelers and Green Bay Packers approaches. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a woman told police that she was punched in the head at a bar in Des Plaines last weekend and believes the Green Bay Packers jersey she had on may have triggered the battery.

The woman and her friend, ages 28 and 31, were at the Lee Street Games and Sports Bar when Des Plaines resident Jason E. Powell, 38, approached the two women. The victims claimed they did not do anything to provoke Powell before he suddenly struck the woman wearing the Packers jersey in the head.

Death by Golf Cart of Skokie Attorney Lawrence Schad an Accident

A freak accident back in November on a Skokie golf course has been ruled just that by officials: a freak accident. Lawyer Lawrence Schad, 67, died from injuries he received when he was run over by a golf cart while playing a round at the Evanston Country Club, last November 7.

The determination by the medical examiner that Schad's death was accidental, and not the result of a homicide, did not surprise surviving family members, reports the Chicago Tribune. "I just think that none of us really thought that there was going to be foul play involved," said the lawyer's son, John Schad. "My dad was a nice guy. He didn't have any enemies."

2-year-old Boy Falls From Elevator Shaft At Plaza Hotel

Some Chicago locals may have heard about the unfortunate incident involving a 2-year-old boy who fell down an elevator shaft at the Plaza Hotel in Joliet. Police Lieutenant Jeff Albert said the child was staying at the hotel with his mother and a sibling but left room alone when the event occurred.

The boy had walked away and entered the elevator on his own, apparently playing with its buttons prior to falling to the hotel's basement. He fell almost 30 feet when he stumbled through the 10-inch gap in the elevator's shaft, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The child suffered severe head injuries and was immediately flown over to the Children's Memorial Hospital from Joliet's Silver Cross Hospital.

Chicago, Other State Schools Begin a Moment of Silence This Week

Many parents would agree that it is so hard to get their kids to be quiet, it might take a law to get it to happen. This week, students were quiet for 15 seconds in Chicago-area schools and across the state as the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act and its "moment of silence" went back into effect beginning for many schools on Tuesday, January 18.

The Act was originally passed by the Illinois legislature in 2007, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The moment of silence was supposed to be spent by schoolchildren not "as a religious exercise but ... an opportunity for silent prayer or for silent reflection on the anticipated activities of the day." The law was challenged by "noted atheist" Rob Sherman and declared unconstitutional by federal courts. The resulting ban on the moment of silence was lifted by a federal judge last week.

Rise In Slip And Falls In Chicago Lead To More ER Visits

The Chicago Sun-Times reported numerous slip and fall accidents resulting from icy streets and sidewalks have sent many Chicago-area locals to the hospital during this winter season. One Chicago emergency room reported a 30 percent increase in patients visiting overnight as a result of weather-related injuries.

The Northwestern Memorial Hospital said it had a 20 percent rise in ER visits while Rush University Medical Center reported a 30 percent increase. The sudden rise in ER visits was mostly, if not all, linked to icy conditions. Many patients arrived to the hospitals with dislocated shoulders and wrist and hip fractures.

Chicago City Council Votes On New Rule For Sports Concussions

Chicago city council members are voting on a rule that prohibits student athletes who exhibit signs of a concussion from returning to a sport unless they have permission from a medical professional.

Public schools in Chicago are already asked to remove young sports players from the field if they show any symptoms of a concussion, including memory loss, headaches and dizziness. However, the new rule will also keep students from participating in sports practices or playing until they provide a note from a certified sports trainer or doctor that says they can return, according to Chicago Breaking News.

Danuta Kaczor Sues Des Plaines Police For Wrongful Death

Danuta Kaczor filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the city of Des Plaines after her son, 24-year-old Krzysztof Kaczor, was fatally shot by a law enforcement official over a year ago. The mother said the Des Plaines police applied excessive force in shooting her son, claiming Krzysztof had shown no "imminent threat" to the lives of the officers.

The lawsuit lists eleven members of the Des Plaines police force and the city itself as defendants and seeks over $50,000 in damages, according to the Daily Herald. However, the city requested that the case be moved to the U.S. District Court and argued that cases like Kaczor's were typically handled under federal, not state, jurisdiction.

President Obama Signs New Food Safety Bill

The Food and Drug Administration has more power now to tackle food borne illnesses before they occur, thanks to a new food safety bill signed by President Barack Obama. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Senator Dick Durbin also sponsored the measure, which allows for mandatory recalls to be made in order to prevent hazardous and dangerous foods from being sold to consumers. It's the first major change in food regulation since 1938.

Under this law, the FDA has more authority to check food, improve inspections, and investigate the source of food borne illness outbreaks. The agency can also make mandatory recalls if a company fails to stop selling contaminated or dangerous products.

Two Lane Tech Students Hit in Car Accident

The Chicago Sun-Times reported a vehicle struck two female students as they walked from Lane Tech High School and headed to a nearby sandwich store to eat lunch off-campus. The 15 and 16-year-old were crossing the street at Addison and Western when George Corso, 61, hit the teens, then crashed into the corner of the building where Hero’s sandwich shop was located.

Both teenage victims were injured and immediately hospitalized. One girl was treated for minor injuries while the other teen was left with a broken ankle. Sharon Vitale, whose family owns Hero’s, said the building had likely stopped Corso’s vehicle from colliding into more people.

Two Park Ridge Students Accused Of Cyberbullying

Two Park Ridge middle school students, a 13- and 14-year-old, were recently charged with harassment and accused of allegedly cyberbullying a 13-year-old female classmate. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the two Emerson Middle School students were charged under a local ordinance last month and are expected to appear before the Park Ridge Peer Jury.

Police officials said the pair had allegedly created a page on Facebook that included derogatory and hateful statements about the 13-year-old victim. The two students then sent requests to "friend" the page to over 80 classmates. The victim's father contacted authorities once he learned about the site.