On Monday April 26, we announced
that the Chicago Police Department had successfully completed a takedown mission that resulted in the arrests of 16 individuals who were involved in narcotics sales in the Argyle Street area. A number of those arrested were gang members who have been involved with the violence that has plagued this part of our community and were cited for selling narcotics within 1,000 feet of Goudy and McCutcheon Schools.
Four businesses also were closed or cited as a result of this police operation. The businesses closed were the QuickStop at 5000 N. Sheridan Rd., Mobile 2 Go at 1126 W. Argyle and the Granville Food Mart at 1158 W. Granville. The cited business was J&A Convenience Store at 1108 W. Argyle.
My office will be following all of these cases in court, and we can use your help as court advocates representing the community during these hearings. Please contact Marko Zaric in my office at Marko@48thward.org or 773-784-5277 if you can help.
Since the operation took place, police have stepped up patrols, and the 20th Police District has held several events on the street to promote a safe atmosphere for residents in the area.
This week, 20th
District Commander Sean Loughran and I met with parents at McCutcheon school to talk about safety, and we will be meeting with Goudy School parents next week. At 6:30 pm next Wednesday, May 4,
I will hold a Safety Walk
with Commander Loughran that will begin at Argyle and Winthrop. I invite you to walk the neighborhood with us to discuss and point out any safety issues.
All of these efforts are a continuation of the safety initiatives we have undertaken in this area, not an end. I will continue to ask for your help and involvement so we can work together to make the Argyle area vibrant and safe for all of our residents.