Man shot in robbery attempt

Victim in stable condition

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

A man is in stable condition after being shot twice while running from a masked man who intended to rob him last night. The masked man approached the victim from behind in the 300 block of Clinton Avenue and tried to remove the victim's property at 11:42 p.m., Aug. 18.

When the victim began to run away, the masked man discharged a firearm striking the victim in his thigh and his shoulder. According to police reports, an ambulance transported the victim, who is in stable condition, to Loyola Medical Center.

The victim was unable to provide any further description of the assailant to police.

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Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: August 27th, 2020 11:08 AM

Call in the national guard to Oak Park, armed on every street corner in a armored tank with rifles pointed. Give the village back to the law abidiing citizens.

Michelle Williams  

Posted: August 24th, 2020 1:06 PM

At the village board meeting tonight, a resolution will be presented regarding defunding the police department. The below info is taken directly from the village website and highlights key aspects of this proposed resolution: 1. Reducing the amount spent on policing in the Village of Oak Park by defunding the Oak Park Police department such that we ?reduce the number of budgeted sworn officers during the FY2021 budget cycle, and commit to further reductions in future budget cycles. 2. Using the dollars from defunding the police to create a non-police response team for mental health crises, homelessness, and domestic disturbances. 3. Rescind Village of Oak Park laws and ordinances that may be used to unfairly target Black and Latinx youth 4. Removing the building of a new police station from the 2021 Capital Improvement Plan 5. Amending Chapter 2, Article 30 of the Village code to create a truly independent, empowered, and transparent Citizen Police Oversight Commission. 6. Acknowledging the harm done by policing in Oak Park and across the nation by enacting a memorial day for victims of police violence. The full text can be found on the village website at:

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 24th, 2020 8:09 AM

I just might have this wrong, however The OPPD works hand in hand with Family Service on issues like suicide threats, mental health contacts, battered spouses and finding housing. A police officer makes initial contact and a social service field representative is dispatched to the scene or station. A police officer does not spend time contacting intake institutions, rather TOT - turned over to- Family Service representative who may or may not ask the police to stand by at a distance for their safety. So many of these issues are taken care of by a Social Service representative. Procedure may have changed.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: August 23rd, 2020 5:19 PM

@ Jason. As usual, your posts are very reasonable and prudent. When Mr Dwyer throws the Trumpesque comment at you, that's the 1st sign he does not seek a conversation or any type of dialogue, but more of a monologue. He does not enjoy having his posts challenged. He seems to think he is the overseer of all of us. Thank God he isn't.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 23rd, 2020 4:32 PM

@Willy, you would be a much better fit for Trump considering you are attacking a person that's arguing for BLM and defunding the police. I guess you really do have a hard time following along. It happens to the best of us as we get older.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 23rd, 2020 4:21 PM

@Ramona, I agree and have said the same thing about the term "defund the police". It's not the best marketing term that's for sure. We need a review of how we police in America. I think both sides are right. We need the police. We don't necessarily need the same person with a gun for every police call. Maybe the calls about some kids being noisy on bikes can go to a community social worker instead, for example. A vast majority of crime isn't violent. Maybe we don't need to bring guns to every crime situation? I don't pretend to know the answer but I do know there are issues to be discussed.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 10:21 PM

I'm quite certain you're adept at dumbing things down, Jason. Articulating issues clearly and fully is where you struggle. Unfortunately, this is an important issue that deserves better than what you have to offer. But you're good with the slam, son. Warranted or not. You could work for Trump.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 9:24 PM

Defund does not mean "get rid of". Where I work, every year things get defunded. Those dollars are simply shifted to something else. An example would be shifting dollars away from law enforcement to perhaps another role and that role would be responsible for responding to 911 calls that are less police matters and more social work matters. i.e. someone calls the police about someone begging or perhaps harassing people on Lake St. downtown, or parents call because their mentally ill child has become frantic, etc. Defund is a poor descriptor.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 7:52 PM

@Tom, the comment made about me thinking someone being shot is "comical is beneath you. You know very well I didn't say that. I wouldn't make a claim that you were happy someone got shot regardless of how much I disagree with you. It says a lot about your character that you would even imply I said that.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 7:48 PM

@Willy, I will try to dumb things down a bit more for you next time. My apologies.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 7:44 PM

@Tom, what are you talking about? I have been posting on this site for years and have lived in OP for almost 20 years I guess you response to my post is to pretend I am a fake account? That's impressive

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 7:32 PM

Jason finds it comical when people are shot in Oak Park? Hope it was worth creating a fake Facebook alias for him to post here.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 5:29 PM

Jason... learn how to use the English language, son. The joke is people like you who choose erroneous language to try to convey your ideas. You did graduate high school, right?

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 3:41 PM

It's comical how naive some of you are on what defund the police actually means. It's also funny that all we see in here are complaints about the crime in OP prior to talks about defund the police, and now it's like they are the best ever. Our current policing policies aren't working. This is painfully obvious to the rest of the world. Change is desperately needed for a lot of reasons.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 1:58 PM

@ Tommy 'Big' MacMillian: For you consideration, if defunding the police takes place here in Oak Park there is a good chance that younger, trained, experienced officers will be terminated. Those younger, trained and experience officers will fit it any police department in this state. They will be a desired commodity. Meanwhile, if defunding fails, and police are now needed, the Village of Oak Park will have to pay more in salary to attract candidates who might not want the position, because of past practices. A loss out and a loss in. Buyer beware.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 22nd, 2020 12:34 PM

Trustees Walker and Buchanon actually want to defund the police. Insane.

Ernie Morales  

Posted: August 20th, 2020 11:54 AM

If you run you may die tired! So give up what you've got(no guarantees you won't get shot anyway) or fight. To close to home!!

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