Police Release Video, Seek Leads in Homicide of McKinley Park Neighborhood Teen

A frame from the video released by Chicago Police shows the killer stalking his victim from the alley across from Everett Elementary School.
A frame from the video released by Chicago Police shows the killer stalking his victim from the alley across from Everett Elementary School.
Published November 12, 2019

The Chicago Police Department has released video of the gang-related slaying on July 25 of McKinley Park neighborhood teen-ager Anthony Finley. In the video posted online by police, the assailant can be seen stalking Finley from the alley at West 34th Street between South Bell Avenue and South Leavitt Street before firing multiple shots down the street with a handgun and then fleeing northbound with a driver in a blue Nissan sedan.

Finley was fatally wounded in the attack, shot in the abdomen and taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police ask anyone with information about the suspect or the crime to call Area Central Detective Johnson (#20169) at (773) 664-9650, call Area Central headquarters at (312) 747-8380, or submit an anonymous online tip at www.CPDTIP.com

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Veterans Day Marks Return of U.S. Flag to Western Boulevard

The group responsible for rejuvenation of the veterans memorial includes members of William McKinley American Legion Post 231 and Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah.
The group responsible for rejuvenation of the veterans memorial includes members of William McKinley American Legion Post 231 and Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah.
Published November 11, 2019

The U.S. flag flies once again at the veterans memorial on Western Boulevard at West 35th Street, thanks to the efforts of William McKinley American Legion Post 231 and Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah. A Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11, commemorated the service of U.S. armed forces members and raised the flag at the site, accompanied by the Pledge of Allegiance and a rifle salute.

The flag pole had been in disrepair for many years when American Legion Post members approached Mah last year about fixing it, she said. “No one was able to help them get it done,” Mah said.

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Benefits, Concerts, Community Meetings Lead This Week in McKinley Park

Published November 11, 2019

MPCA american flagMonday, November 11, is Veterans Day, the day to honor and thank former members of the U.S. armed forces.Get ready to rock at One City Tap this week with a double lineup of concerts, starting with hardcore and indie bands at Otro Ritmo Presents Bad Breeding, Tzar Bomba and B.T.T.W. on Wednesday, November 13. More live music follows on Saturday, November 16, with The Ex-Bombers, Part Animal, The Phone Calls and Randall Pike. Want your own turn at the mic? Belt out your favorites at One City Tap's weekly Karaoke Night on Friday, November 15.

The McKinley Park Underage Drinking & Other Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) brings resources to mitigating teen alcohol and drug abuse in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Attend the McK-UDOS and MAHA Benefit on Saturday, November 16, to support these efforts and the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA).

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Columbia Chronicle Profiles Detective, Progress in Historic Grimes Sisters Murders

The parents of the Grimes sisters grieve at the 1957 murder inquest of their daughters, Barbara and Patricia Grimes, in an historic file photo.
The parents of the Grimes sisters grieve at the 1957 murder inquest of their daughters, Barbara and Patricia Grimes, in an historic file photo.
Published November 9, 2019

The 1956 disappearance and murder of teen-aged sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes from the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago spurred the city's largest manhunt and an ongoing mystery about this notorious crime. The Columbia Chronicle sheds light on the subject in an article profiling the event and updates regarding the investigation of retired detective and Chicago true-crime author Ray Johnson.

Johnson shared history about the case and his conjecture about its circumstances at a presentation in October at the West Lawn branch of the Chicago Public Library, wrote Staff Reporter Knox Keranen. This included Johnson's pick for the most likely murder suspect.

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Turkey Raffle Offers Thanksgiving Birds to McKinley Park, 12th Ward Residents

Published November 6, 2019

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas Turkey Raffle lead12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is again hosting his annual Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle from the 12th Ward office in the McKinley Park neighborhood, Cardenas announced. More than 2,000 turkeys are ready to be donated to area families in a giveaway that's open for entries until Thursday, November 21.

"It is important to me that we do our part to ensure every home has the essentials to have a happy and joyous holiday," Cardenas said. "Over the years, the Turkey Raffle has become something families can rely on and trust."

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