Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Law enforcement deaths jump 37 percent in 2010 - Chicago Sun-Times

Law enforcement deaths jump 37 percent in 2010 - Chicago Sun-Times


A longer version of this article appeared elsewhere, included information about driving deaths, mentioned laptops in police vehicles, and said more research is needed about distracted drivers. Four of the five Chicago Police Officers killed mentioned in the article this year were shot:

http://www.ilcops.org/Heroes.htm

All of the Chicago Police Officers who died in 2009 and 2008 died as the result of being shot, not from using laptops while driving. The "Sun-Times" wisely left out the part about laptops.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Upcoming DeKalb Self-Defense Workshops

Back to local topics . . .

The DeKalb Park District offers two Women's Self Defense Workshops, on Tuesday, February 22 and April 12, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. For those who already tossed the booklet that came in the mail to residents, it can be found online on the Park District's Web site:

http://www.dekalbparkdistrict.com/district/program-guide

STOCK YARD FIRE: ‘A disaster people didn’t want to remember’ - The SouthtownStar

STOCK YARD FIRE: ‘A disaster people didn’t want to remember’ - The SouthtownStar

Ex-cop among 2 firefighters killed in blaze - The SouthtownStar

Ex-cop among 2 firefighters killed in blaze - The SouthtownStar

December 22nd was already a sad day in Chicago for firefighters, on the anniversary of the 1910 Stock Yards tragedy. Today I watched the Chicago news on television as another tragedy unfolded live, after a wall collapsed during a fire, trapping four firefighters, killing two of them. More firefighters remain in hospitals, six of them in critical condition.


The historian for the Chicago Fire Department described on FOX Chicago News being at the Firefighters' memorial ringing the bell for those lost in 1910 when they heard the mayday call over the radio of one of the fire engines at the ceremony.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Suburbs' red-light revenues on the blink - chicagotribune.com

Suburbs' red-light revenues on the blink - chicagotribune.com

Generally, over time, red-light cameras do help reduce the number of drivers who violate the lights but in doing so, the revenue generated from tickets drops with fewer violators.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chicago’s gang crime spreading to the suburbs - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s gang crime spreading to the suburbs - Chicago Sun-Times

Leaving DeKalb with a Need for Speed?

Anyone with a lead foot should find his or her brake pedal and the speed limit in Bull Valley, Park City, Carol Stream, McCook, and Evergreen Park, according to the Chicago Tribune. They are the top-rated suburbs for most traffic tickets. For one, town, do not bother trying to drive through it with a broken tail light. McCook, population 240, gained $160,000 in revenue from violations such as cracked windshields.