News Roundup: Weis to move officers to high-crime areas

Police Supt. Jody Weis revealed plans Tuesday to reassign officers from districts with low crime to neighborhoods with high levels of crime. His statements drew criticism from 38th Ward Ald. Tom Allen, as well as some concerns from North Side residents afraid that criminals will commit more crime in the area knowing fewer police will be around.

Also in the news…

  • Vincent Lane, the former chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority who was imprisoned for fraudulent loan activity, is now facing a civil lawsuit. It’s alleged that Lane falsified loan information in his role as a consultant to the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation’s affordable housing project. Lane is accused of misreporting the number of occupied apartment units and the amount of money needed for necessary renovations in a financial statement he submitted for one of his development projects on the South Side.
  • The Environmental Law and Policy Center released a study estimating that Chicago coal plants are responsible for between $750 million and $1 billion in health and related damages over the last eight years. Some city councilman are advocating an ordinance that would require Chicago coal plants to limit harmful emissions. The Chicago Reporter in 2008 found that in Chicago, the vast majority of people living within a half-mile
    radius of the two coal plants are Latino: nearly 95 percent in Little
    Village and 85 percent in Pilsen, according to 2000 Census data.

    –Compiled by Ryan Jacobs

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