606 Opening Night with a Bang
- Angel Gonzalez remembers when, as a boy, he would venture up on the Bloomingdale railroad tracks and hunt for garter snakes. He could make $1.50 on each snake at the Animal Kingdom, a Logan Square shop that has since closed.
[...] But since those days, gangs have become more dangerous, he noted. And while he and his wife, Elsie, are both all for The 606 trail, the Logan Square couple also has worries expressed by other residents -- about the criminal element that may use the new trail too.
"I honestly think it's a good thing,” Angel Gonzalez said Saturday before stepping onto the trail. "It gives the kids a place to go."
"As long as they keep it safe, it's alright," added Elsie Gonzalez, 52.
- A man has been charged with pointing a gun at police, leading an officer to fire his gun early Sunday morning in the Logan Square neighborhood alongside the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, which officially opened this weekend, authorities said.
Rafael Corona, 29, was charged with crimes including felony aggravated assault of an officer after police said he pulled out a weapon about 12:05 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of North Talman Avenue and pointed it at officers. A police officer fired a shot in response, but no one was injured in the incident, police said.
And as numerous commentators pointed out, this from a gang McCarthy "obliterated" years ago. We guess they discovered there wasn't any money in designing city stickers, so they went back to guns.