Friday, September 24, 2010

Everybody Needs A Hero

... and Uptown's got a new one.  Read all about Stephen Kukenis in the Sun-Times and on Chicago Breaking News.  He got involved and came to the rescue of a woman who was being attacked in the Margate Park ladies' room on Tuesday, allegedly by a former convict who worked at 941 West Lawrence.

Kudos to Mr. Kukenis.  (If you want to put in a good word for him with his employer, visit the Broadway Beach House at Foster Beach or Broadway Cellars Restaurant.)

We are proud to live in a community where regular citizens get involved without hesitation, and where there are heroes like Stephen Kukenis and the other Good Samaritan who followed the alleged attacker on his bike and pointed him out to the police.  Good job, all!


  1. I'm so glad that this story has a somewhat happy ending. The woman may need therapy though after an attack like this, they can be very traumatizing.

    It disgusts me that this guy should have been in prison. Another judicial system failure that led to more suffering. Once we rid Uptown of our societal rejects, we need to target our elected officials in the judicial system. Plea bargaining, early release, lenient judges all work for the criminals. What works for us? Pretty much nothing hence stories like this and continued stories of shots fired, robberies and public drunkenness in Uptown.

  2. "Once we rid Uptown of our societal rejects, we need to target our elected officials in the judicial system."

    With the prison system stretched thin, it going to tough to figure out where to send off social rejects. Unless they recreate another Cabrini Green in the North Side, we just have to hope that over time, everyone is going to assimilate into the hardworking and taxpaying uptown culture.

  3. I think the best thing is to have a huge showing of court advocates when this case comes to trial. His comment to the officers after the attack was bone-chilling.

    This man needs to have the book thrown at him, (including charges of attempting to impersonate a law enforcement officer) and we, as the community, need to make sure this happens.

  4. If you're interested in being a court advocate for this case, contact the 20th District CAPS office. 312-742-8770;

    Ed Kuske is the volunteer in charge of court advocacy in that district and does a great job.

  5. Great job Stephen! I'm going to send him a card.

  6. what was his "bone-chilling" comment?

  7. Read the Sun-Times story, Stu.

  8. Three Cheers! Great Job! Awesome example of people caring for the welfare of the fellow citizens and ACTING upon it. Let's use this story to get others to ACT.

    Too often, police need a witness and no one steps up. If you see something, say something!

  9. Awesome that he stepped in and saved her. It gives you faith in people.

    Just a reminder to everyone, when getting involved with this type of situation, keep your wits about you. YOU may be the intended victim. I've read numerous times about attempted 'decoy' robberies.