Saturday, December 21, 2019

No Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes in Illinois as of January 1st, 2020

The Illinois State legislature has acted to protect the rights of the victims of sexual offenses. Starting on January 01st, 2020, if any person commits a sex crime in the state of Illinois, it'll be treated like murder in that the state can prosecute you at any time, up until the moment you die. The new law has a requirement of victims, though. Under the new law, victims have three years to make a report to police. One a victim makes a report to police within that three-year timeframe, the statute will never run. See the Illinois General Assembly site for full details. 

The full text is available here


Chicago Police Returning to Original Detective Division Organization

Prior to Garry McCarthy becoming the Chicago Police Superintendent of Police, the department operated a system of 5 Detective Areas that each covered a geographic area made-up of several Chicago Police districts. When McCarthy became Superintendent, he closed down two Detective Areas, along with the 013th District, the 021st and 023rd Districts. With this move, he re-organized the Detective Division into 3 Detective Areas known as Area North (Area 3), Area Central (Area 2), and Area South (Area 1).

Under the McCarthy re-organization, Area North covered the 011th, 014th, 015th, 016th, 017th, 019th, 020th, 024th, and 025th Districts. O'Hare was also part of Area North in regards to the use of investigative resources. O'Hare is currently part of the CPD Airport Unit, split into Airport Unit North and Airport Unit South. Midway Airport is CPD Airport Unit South. Midway also was part of Detective Area South (Area 1) under the McCarthy re-organization.

Area Central covered districts 001, 002, 003, 008, 009, 010, 012, and 018.

Area South covered districts 004, 005, 006, 007, and 022

What this move actually did was to strain the resources of the Detective Division, forcing Detectives into overcrowded buildings where they had no real workspace, and had to compete for usage of computers and other tools. Detectives had to travel longer distances to crime scenes. Victims and witnesses had to travel longer distances to work together with Detectives to close cases.

When the city returns to the original Detective Division organization in April of 2020, this below map is what the Detective Division will look like.

Anthony Guglielmi, who serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago Police Department, released a copy of the Detective Area boundary map on 17 December 2019

Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said, with the city currently divided into three detective areas, it can sometimes take detectives 60 to 90 minutes to arrive at a crime scene. “By then, many witnesses are gone, and evidence has often been contaminated. These new areas aim to improve CPD’s response time,” he said.

The two shuttered detective areas that are being reopened have not been updated since the 1970s, and will undergo $5 million in renovations before they reopen in April. They also will receive Area Technology Centers – tech hubs already in place at the three existing detective areas, to help investigators more quickly access surveillance camera footage after a shooting or other crime.

The Area Technology Centers were bankrolled by a donation from billionaire Ken Griffin.

Home Invasion and Homicide on Morse

Address: 1600 block w. Morse

Date: 21 Dec 2019

Time: 4:34AM

Beat of Occurrence: 2431

Beat of Assignment: 2432R, 2433R, 2430R, 2424R

UCR Code: 0110

RD# JC-554825

Event# 1935502564 (02564)

M.E. Case# 2019-06046


Event 02564 - BWC Event. R/O's were notified of a person shot via OEMC Zone-11.

R/O's arrived on-scene to find via investigation that an offender used force to break into the residence and fired shots, fatally striking the 55 year-old victim in the face.

The pod camera in the area where this homicide took place could not be used to gather video evidence because it is currently not functioning, per 2402S (SDSC)

See Area North Detective investigation summary for further details.

Area North Homicide Investigation - 015th District, 5100 Block of Ferdinand

Address: 5100 block W. Ferdinand

Date: 20 Dec 2019

Time: 9:20PM

Beat of Occurrence: 1532

Beat of Assignment:

UCR Code: 0110

RD# JC-554528

Event# 14903

M.E. Case# 2019-06046


Event# 14093 - BWC Event, archived for Detectives.

R/O's notified via OEMC Zone-12 of a person shot at above address. R/O's arrived to find via investigation that the 44 year-old victim, Antonio Cox, opened a door to the residence when an offender fired shots, fatally striking victim in the head.

015th District Units in the area witnessed a blue Chevy Impala near the scene occupied with 4 heads, Plate# BU40502

1500 (District Commander) was first on scene and discovered the victim.

Investigation continues, in-progress. See Area North Detective investigative case progress notes for more.