Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Charges have been filed against an Evanston teen for a shooting that occurred outside Old Orchard Mall in Skokie on May 17.
Criminal charges have been filed against Rayshawn Taylor, 17 , of the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue in Evanston, in connection with a shooting that took place outside Old Orchard Mall near the intersection of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard. Taylor is charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. Taylor shot a juvenile with a semiautomatic pistol on May 17 around 9:45 p.m., police said. When officers arrived at the scene, they observed a male subject lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is currently in stable condition. "This was not a random act," Skokie Deputy Chief Mike Pechter told Patch. Taylor's bond has been set at $250,000 and is under electronic home …
Covering my own hometown for three wonderful years has truly been a blessing. While a senior at Niles North High School, I decided what my dream job would be. Now, it’s become a reality, but that also means goodbye.
Skokie Patch is almost 3 years old. We launched on July 28, 2010. This was our first story. Skokie Patch was the first (or second, depending on who you speak with at the company) site to launch in the entire Midwest. I was hired in May of 2010. Just before launching, Patch asked me to write a mini bio about myself. It read: “I grew up in Skokie and originally wanted to be a foreign correspondent. Now, I'm covering my hometown. I served in the United States Army, worked for then-Senator Obama, covered the military for the Killeen Daily Herald and graduated from Columbia College Chicago, among other things.” I’m a proud product of the Skokie school system, attending Jane Stenson Elementary all the way through Niles North High School. However…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Some new details have come in regarding the shooting that occurred outside Old Orchard Mall on Friday, May 17.
UPDATE 05/22, 3:21 p.m. - Teen Charged in Shooting Earlier - Police have released new information regarding a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard on May 17 around 9:45 p.m. Patch has already reported that a male subject was shot in the abdomen and transported to an area hospital. Now, it has been confirmed that the victim was a juvenile, or under the age of 18. The teen is in stable condition. "This was not a random act," Skokie Deputy Chief Mike Pechter told Patch. A portion of the press release read: "There have been no arrests as of this time. The Skokie Police Department is pursuing several active leads and making substantial progress toward the resolution of this case. Updates will be …
John Wroblewski is staying positive when it comes to the Chicago Rush.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The cult like - but rapid growing - Facebook group has some hilarious (and disturbing) photos. With Skokie's two CTA stations, we thought we'd provide an outlet to share your images.
With Skokie's two CTA stations, we thought it would only be fitting to introduce our readers to the ever growing Facebook group People of the CTA. The page, which features pictures of hilarious (or disturbing) people riding the CTA, was started by Glenview native and Glenbrook South High School alum Sean Coan. Coan, 30, said he started People of the CTA in April 2010. Recently, however, the page has been gaining steam, and has more than 116,000 'Likes.' Coan was even profiled in Time Out Chicago. People of CTA also has a YouTube channel and Twitter account. All that being said, if you happen to catch something interesting on Skokie's Yellow Line, you can now share it with the social media world. Submitting an image to the site is easy. …
A male subject suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen outside Old Orchard Mall on Friday around 9:45 p.m. Police are set to make an announcement regarding the incident later today.
Update - 05/21, 10:34 p.m. No new details have come in regarding the Friday night shooting at Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard. A press release issued on Saturday morning stated further information would be provided on Monday, May 20. However, police are still investigating the incident. The department asked that anyone with knowledge of the shooting contact them at 847-982-5900. Callers can remain anonymous. If new details comes in, Patch will update. Earlier - Police are set to release further details regarding a late night Friday shooting near the intersection of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard later today. The male subject suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen at around 9:45 p.m. and was transported to a nearby hospital, police …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Here's the story of Marlene Konkoly, who found creative ways to spend less and save more so she can retire at 50. This story is the first in our series about Extreme Savers.
- SMART SPENDING
Saturday, May 18
Americans may be living longer, but our retirement plans aren’t keeping up. Which means people are living longer with smaller bank accounts. But Marlene Konkoly will retire at age 50. How did she do it? She contributes a whopping 45 percent of the gross annual income she earns as a procurement officer for an automotive finance company to her retirement—all while owning a home and remaining debt-free. Konkoly is actually well ahead of the retirement savings curve compared to many of her fellow Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fewer than half of Americans even know how much money they would need to retire. And nearly a third of employees who had access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) did not participate …
As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.
- SMART SPENDING
Saturday, May 18
This week: How much do lawn services cost? How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover - just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting? Please share in the comments below - we promise we won't judge you! And if you've got a lawn service you love, tell us that too. You can check out some local lawn care professionals in our directory here. This is the first of an ongoing series, "What's the Going Rate for..." where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again.
We spotlight an exceptional pet available for adoption from a local rescue.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Saturday, May 18
By Katie Bertoglio-Harris Looking for a dog who is out of this world?!? Meet Dr. Spock! It is not too often that Chicago Canine Rescue gets huskies, so if you are a fan, act fast! Dr. Spock is a really sweet young husky mix. He is around 9 months old and 40 pounds, so he is a nice size. He has awesome blue eyes, and a great personality to match! He can be a bit shy at first, but he warms up quickly. He just needs the stability of his own family! Dr. Spock is a northern breed, so there are certain traits you should be aware of if you are considering adopting this handsome fella. Anyone who has been around these dogs knows how wonderfully plush their coats are! Great to pet and snuggle with (especially in the winter!), but be …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday for doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions, sending the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn for final signing. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) saying, urging lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. Kyle McCarter…