from Ald. Cappleman's latest email:
"On Sunday, January 1st at 4:25 a.m., two individuals shot each other in a dispute at 4623 N. Broadway. Both men died as a result of their injuries later that morning.
Public safety is crucial to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods, which is why I have asked Commander Buslik and Superintendent Johnson to enforce the "problem building" ordinance, which I had supported when it was passed in May 2015. This ordinance only allows for the closure of businesses in the most extreme of circumstances, including a homicide taking place within the business.
Due to previous nuisance complaints from residents and neighboring businesses, I met with the operator of Iyanze this past June to discuss the late night parties that they were holding on premise and how they were disruptive to the neighborhood. Additionally, we discussed the limits of their business license and issues that may result if I continued to hear complaints about noise and other nuisance issues. I also asked them to participate in our Wilson Corridor task force of businesses, which includes the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, to promote public safety, which unfortunately they did not attend. Many businesses on Wilson and Broadway in this area are active participants on this task force which has made a major, positive impact on public safety in the area.
The incident on New Year's Day was incredibly alarming due to the nature of the crime and the resulting gun fire that spread out into the street. We have not had an incident like this which resulted in a murder within a business since I have been Alderman, and I hope we never have one again. To protect our community and underscore the severity of this occurrence, I have asked the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Eddie Johnson, to close Iyanze until the Chicago Police, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the community have a full understanding of what happened. The business must also create and submit a nuisance abatement plan that includes reasonable steps to prevent another violent occurrence.
We have many wonderful businesses on the 4600 block of Broadway. Please join me in continuing to visit these businesses and let them know how much we appreciate their continued effort to be a part of the community and their work with residents to increase public safety and economic development."