Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It wasn't proven that Alfredo Vazquez-Hernandez was a top aide to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán (above), but he was still sentenced to 22 years in prison. Federal judge Ruben Castillo said Monday that he didn't see solid evidence showing that Alfredo Vazquez-Hernandez met with Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, let alone that he was a logistical coordinator for the drug organization. But the judge also said no one believes that Vazquez-Hernandez "just got out of bed one morning" and decided to get involved in a deal to move 276 kilograms of Central American cocaine into Chicago, a crime for which the 59-year-old businessman pleaded guilty earlier this year. When he was offered a chance to speak, Vazquez-Hernandez—gray haired and small built, wearing a baggy orange prison jumpsuit—apologized through a Spanish interpreter to the court and the United States. "I accept responsibility for what I did." The extent of his responsibility remains an open question. (full story below) http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/11/24/alleged-sinaloa-cartel-leader-gets-22-years-for-bringing-cocaine-into-chicago
This is the story of Broccoli's adventure out of the vegetable crisper and into land of unhealthy foods that live on the refrigerator's higher shelves. MPAACT playfully explores the world of nutrition and healthy eating through a performance. Performances begin at 4:30pm and are 60 minutes. Free admission.
Demonstrators gathered in Chicago in support of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, with a group of several hundred people marching down and shutting down Lake Shore Drive. The group started at Chicago Police headquarters at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue late Monday and headed north to the Loop, where the crowd rallied and eventually dispersed before midnight. There were no arrests in Chicago during the demonstrations, said Officer Ron Gaines, a Chicago Police Department spokesman. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141125/loop/police-no-arrests-reported-during-ferguson-demonstrations-chicago
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Blackstone Group, a worldwide private equity firm, has spent an estimated $8 billion since 2012 buying up roughly 44,000 homes at rock-bottom prices nationwide, according to DePaul's Institute for Housing Studies, which collects and researches housing data. The homes are marketed under the name Invitation Homes. The company has bought more than 1,300 homes in Cook County. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141117/garfield-ridge/wall-street-is-chicagos-new-landlord
Monday, November 17, 2014
Chicago unsigned hype & rising national recording artist Dolla Bill Dillz links with DJ Jerzeyboy for the second installment of his mixtape series "Drought Rich 1013" check out volume two below along with his lead single "Same Bread" performance vlog.
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There have only been two men in history to be named Public Enemy Number One: Al Capone and “El Chapo” Guzman. At the time of his arrest this past February, El Chapo was considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, with his power and influence spreading all across North America. Chicago was impacted heavily by the aforementioned influence, as the drug trade in the city dictated a lot of the violence it’s faced recently. Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty is directed by Angus MacQueen and Guillermo Galdos and produced by Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man) and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty (Thriller in Manila). The documentary is currently playing in select theaters and is available on VOD right now.
Two decades ago, Chicago decided to start a tradition: At the end of each year, the magazine would honor a few people “who’ve taken it upon themselves to make the city a better place.” Since then, a total of 150 Chicagoans of the Year have been selected. Some are familiar faces (Oprah, class of 1994!), and others have worked behind the scenes, but all have accomplished incredible things. This year’s honorees are no different. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Chicagoans-of-the-Year-2014/?utm_campaign=Chimag+COY+111714&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=Twitter
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
A Cook County judge issued an order this week that will force the Lincoln Mall shopping center in south suburban Matteson to close after the Christmas holiday shopping season. Judge Thomas Condon of the Circuit Court in Markham issued the order late Monday that says the mall will close for business as of Jan. 7 with the exception of the Carson Pirie Scott store. That store will remain open. Village officials also say the mall's owner still owes more than $10 million in unpaid fines and taxes. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lincoln-mall-closing-met-20141111-story.html
Monday, November 10, 2014
He’s an 11-year-old with a heart of gold. For the third year in a row, Samuel Love, a fifth-grader from Chicago, is hosting an ambitious toy drive so that kids who may be going through difficult times will get a special surprise this holiday season. According to WGN-TV, Love launched his holiday toy drive this weekend. He’s reportedly aiming to collect 2,500 toys and gift cards this year. At last year’s toy drive, Love is said to have collected 1,500 gifts, which he sent to children in Oklahoma, Colorado and elsewhere. "Every kid should have at least one present under the tree Christmas morning. I know I would be sad if I woke up and had no toys," he told DNAInfo.com last December. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/10/samuel-love-toy-drive-11-year-old_n_6130730.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago
Even as Chicago’s pursuit of the 60-year-old manager was ongoing, there were rumblings that the Rays felt the Cubs had tampered with Maddon while he was still under contract in Tampa Bay. On Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Postreported that those allegations were deemed serious enough by Major League Baseball that they have opened an inquiry into tampering charges against the Cubs. Here is what Sherman had to say about the situation: “If it is proven the Cubs tampered, they may have to give the Rays some form of compensation, such as a player, draft picks, and/or money. It is also possible – especially if any Cubs official lied to MLB investigators – there could be suspensions. The same wing that investigated Alex Rodriguez in the Biogenesis matter is looking into these tampering allegations.” (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Cubs-Being-Investigated-by-MLB-for-Tampering-in-Maddon-Hire--282176401.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_CHBrand
The Chicago-born rapper has been canned for a violent attack on his girlfriend, Masika Tucker. VH1 made the quick decision based on the severity of the allegations.
Riding World Cup buzz and the momentum of Major League Soccer, the Chicago Fire increased attendance this year despite winning the fewest games in its 17-season history. It's a big offseason ahead for the Fire, especially off the field. The team is putting the finishing touches on the new $15 million to $20 million Chicago Fire Soccer Center in the North Center neighborhood, set to become its first outpost in the city. Indoor soccer leagues are set to begin there Dec. 1 under a dome on the artificial turf field at 3626 N. Talman Ave. (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141110/BLOGS04/141109828/chicago-fire-down-on-the-field-up-in-attendance
Chance the Rapper was presented Chicago's "Outstanding Youth of the Year Award" by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicagoist points out. Chance called it "the most important award I will ever win". The award was presented to him, according to the plaque, "for your outstanding contributions to the youth of the state of Illinois. You have given yourself to the upward mobility of young people throughout the state of Illinois." He responded, "It's an honor to bear that weight." Earlier this year, Chance and his father promoted the #SaveChicago campaign, which resulted in Chicago going 42 hours without a gun-related homicide.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Maddon was introduced Monday as Chicago's fifth manager since the start of the 2010 season, replacing Rick Renteria. The sides agreed to a five-year contract through the 2019 season. Terms were not disclosed, but according to ESPN and media reports the deal is worth $25 million plus incentives tied to the postseason and does not include an opt-out clause. (link below) http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/11815376/chicago-cubs-introduce-joe-maddon-manager
As some of Chicago's elite artists continue to "quietly" leave their former teams, Katie Got Bandz decides to leave her "former" record label "Lawless Inc." with a bang. Listen to her new record clearing the air between her and former label heads.
Billboard reports that No I.D. was just promoted from the co-head of A&R to the executive vice president and will be overseeing all the A&R activities at the label. Aside from his new duties as an executive, he will still be running things at his label ARTium Records, which artists like Common and Jhene Aiko call home. (link below) http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6304479/def-jam-recordings-dion-no-id-wilson-evp-ar
Monday, November 3, 2014
Here is a new single from "Extravagent". This record was produced by Browntime. To stay updated with Extravagent. follow him on twitter & instagram here twitter.com/loud_pac_kidd Instagram.com/extravagentlpk
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising Hiphop artist "Jilla" 1. Introduce yourself and what you stand for as an artist. I go by the name Jilla for those who may not know me. What I stand for as an artist is innovation and creativity. I try to stay in my own lane as far as music and the culture goes. 2. Where are you from and what is the music scene like there? I'm from Rockford, IL, about 60 miles north of Chicago. The music scene here is very diverse, a lot of talented rappers and singers to say the least. My city is filled with potential. 3. What aspect of the music making process excites you the most & why? Recording the actual song is the process that excites me the most. I still get nervous when I record, and I guess that's because I take pride in my craft and enjoy every minute of it. 4. How do you feel about the way the internet & digital sales matter the most in music nowadays? The Internet and digital sales play a pivotal role in music nowadays. We're in an era where physical CD sales are at an all time low, and everyone is buying music via iTunes and Google Play. The Internet is important because that is the main way fans and label reps discover new talent, whether it be YouTube, or other social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 5. Dream collaboration Rather another artist or producer. My dream collaboration would most likely be Jeezy. I've been a fan of his for quite some time, and his energy is inspiring. 6. What's the future hold for you as an artist and overall brand? My team and I are just trying to take the music and my brand to the next level. I'm trying to get recognized on a national platform and make new relationships with different people in this industry. We came to shift the culture! Follow Jilla's Progress... SoundCloud @Jilla_815 Twitter @Jilla_815 Instagram @Jilla_815 YouTube /Jilla815