By the way, in a few minutes I'll be leaving to give blood. I'll enable comments upon return.
Now, this expressway shootings thing--this is a way that inner city violence impacts the entire metro area population to some not insignificant degree. That's because so much traffic from all over the area is funneled through Chicago's expressway system. Not to mention the fear factor--woops, I did mention it. So, when you read this:
then you know things are getting out of control. You'll also see why my tongue was definitely not-in-cheek when I speculated a few days ago that shooting deaths in Chicago probably exceed--for the time being--military deaths in Ukraine. I believe they do, based, for example, on this story: The Donbass War of 2021?
Back to Chicago:
The latest shooting happened at 11:06 a.m. on northbound I-57 at Halsted Street, according to Illinois State Police.
Troopers said they found a victim inside his car with life-threatening injuries, but did not immediately provide further details. The driver’s side door of the car was left riddled with bullet holes.
All northbound lanes on I-57 were closed for hours, but they have since reopened. Meanwhile, if it feels like we’re seeing and hearing about more and more expressway shootings in the Chicago area lately, then your hunch is right.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Thursday night, the stretch of I-57 in Cook County is leading the way.
The year 2021 is shaping out to be dangerous for drivers around Chicago. In the first four months, Illinois State Police reported 59 expressway shootings.
Consider this – there were only 22 expressway shootings in the same time period last year.
Yet 2020 ended with 128 people shot while riding in a vehicle – a 40 percent jump from 2019, when there were only 52 shootings the whole year.
That's a trend. Another trend is the growing power of government teacher unions and their unwillingness to return to work. Will voters in Deep Blue and deeply dysfunctional Illinois express an opinion in 2022? Dems own this.