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Chicago's "Walking Man" Beaten, May Not Be Able to Walk Any More

Misdemeanor charges filed in beating of 'The Walking Man'

Rosemary Regina Sobol ReporterChicago Tribune

Misdemeanor charges have been filed in the beating of Joseph Kromelis, a fixture on downtown Chicago streets who is known to many as "The Walking Man."

Perry McCarlton, 41, was charged with reckless conduct even though Kromelis was reluctant to press charges, police said.

Kromelis told police he was on Lower Wacker around 11 a.m. Tuesday and said "Hi" to someone he passed. That man began punching and hitting him with a bat, police said.

A Central District sergeant responding to a battery call saw McCarlton straddled over Kromelis, struggling with the bat, according to a police report. A witness told the sergeant the suspect also tried to throw Kromelis over a railing to the pavement about 20 feet below.


Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Thu May 26, 2016, 07:15 PM (2 replies)

DUer pinto has died.

I don't have any details. His twin sister posted on Facebook this morning that there will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 23.

pinto was a staple in the Cooking & Baking and Religion groups. He had served as a long-term moderator on DU2, and on MIRT and as a main forums host on DU3.

His last post was a week ago today in C&B.


Star Member pinto (106,886 posts)
4. Not a clue. LOL, my sister stood me up for a lunch date today, so I'm winging it.

She just lost track of time or forgot. Retired after 30+ years of living by an appointment book (hairdresser) so I can't blame her.

I'll post details when I have them.

From pinto's dearest friend, worldfamouslois:

worldfamouslois (2 posts)
97. DUer pinto has died

Hi everyone-I just finally figured out how to do this-I am a long time friend of his and his family.-If you want to contact me please feel free- I'm am new to this site, not sure how to navigate so I get your messages. Not to mention my grief is over whelming right now and life is a huge fog.

One thing I would like to have passed along is that if any one wants to honor his memory he would love it if you made a donation to SLO Bangers Syringe Exchange-He was instrumental in helping us stay funded to stay open from day one as our grant writer. He made sure we could provide access to free syringes,free HIV/HEPC testing and to provide naloxone to save lives. If you so feel inclined to do so you can contact me and I will give you info on how to do so.

thank you all !

And the donation link, thanks to MADem. Please specify that the donation is for the needle exchange. It meant a lot to pinto.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Sun Aug 16, 2015, 11:31 AM (258 replies)

Jane Byrne has died

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne has died

Former Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday morning.

Byrne had stunned the city’s political establishment in 1979 when she became the first female mayor by toppling an incumbent backed by the fabled and still formidable Democratic machine.

Byrne, who gradually faded from public view after losing a reelection bid in 1983, died Friday morning, her daughter Kathy Byrne said.

More to come.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:30 PM (6 replies)

Rauner: Need insiders to know where 'bodies are buried'

Rauner: Need insiders to know where 'bodies are buried'

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner discusses bipartisanship and working with democrats while stopped at a Springfield cafe during his thank-you flyaround in Illinois, Friday.
By Ray Long, Rick Pearson, Clout Street contact the reporter
Bruce RaunerExecutive BranchPat QuinnMichael MadiganBill DaleyDemocratic Party
Rauner said he wants his administration to seek advice from 'fresh, new leaders,' as well as insiders.
Rauner names former Kirk aide his chief of staff

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Friday said he wanted some insiders like Democrat Bill Daley on his transition team to help identify where the “bodies are buried.”

Rauner’s decision to put Daley on his transition team raised a few eyebrows when the son and brother of former Chicago mayors was named Thursday. Daley, who himself briefly tested a Democratic primary challenge against Gov. Pat Quinn, served as White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama. Rauner played up his outsider status as a businessman during the hard-hitting campaign against Quinn.

But on Friday, Rauner said he wants to lead an administration that seeks advice from “fresh, new leaders and outside thinking as well as folks who’ve been around the block a few times and know the issues.”

“The smart way to do a turnaround is to talk with folks who know where some of the bodies are buried, and know where some of the failures have been,” Rauner said, sparking a burst of laughter and applause from onlookers as he took questions at a downtown cafe in Springfield, one of several stops on a thank-you tour of Illinois.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 08:44 PM (6 replies)

Home sweet home.

President Obama spent last night at his Kenwood house. I bet it felt good to sleep in his own bed. I hear that traffic in that area is badly snarled.

By Dahleen Glanton, John Byrne and Christi Parsons, Chicago Tribune reporters

June 2, 2012
President Barack Obama delighted in the prospect of sleeping in his own bed Friday night, after his Kenwood neighborhood was securely tucked in by the police and Secret Service.

Obama arrived in Chicago about 4:30 p.m. for three campaign fundraisers, traveling without the first lady and their daughters. He planned to stay overnight at his house for the first time in more than a year.

"He told me he … might even make himself breakfast in the morning," said White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, adding that the president likely would visit with old friends before heading back to Washington on Saturday.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Sat Jun 2, 2012, 03:14 PM (5 replies)

I'm greatauntoftriplets.

I found DU via the Top 10 Conservative Idiots shortly after DU went live, but didn't join until the following October. I'd never belonged to a discussion board and was a bit leery of the whole idea.

I really am the great aunt of triplets -- they are now 11 1/2, big and smart. To think they were only babies when I joined DU blows my mind.

I am also the aunt of almost 16-month-old twin girls, a 4-year-old boy and step-great-aunt to two boys (aged 15 and 13) and an 11-year-old girl.

Needless to say, our family gatherings are large and raucous. And fun.
Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Tue May 22, 2012, 09:13 PM (27 replies)

Very Bizarre story.


Could this be connected to the NATO protests or copycats dressing like the Black Bloc. Tinley Park is miles away from the action.
Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Sun May 20, 2012, 10:22 AM (3 replies)

Weary warriors favor Obama

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) - Mack McDowell likes to spend time at the local knife and gun show "drooling over firearms," as he puts it. Retired after 30 years in the U.S. Army, he has lined his study with books on war, framed battalion patches from his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, a John Wayne poster, and an 1861 Springfield rifle from an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.

But when it comes to the 2012 presidential election, Master Sergeant McDowell is no hawk.

In South Carolina's January primary, the one-time Reagan supporter voted forRon Paul "because of his unchanging stand against overseas involvement." In November, McDowell plans to vote for the candidate least likely to wage "knee-jerk reaction wars."

Disaffection with the politics of shock and awe runs deep among men and women who have served in the military during the past decade of conflict. Only 32 percent think the war in Iraq ended successfully, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. And far more of them would pull out of Afghanistan than continue military operations there.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Sun May 13, 2012, 10:01 AM (2 replies)

Malia Obama safe after Mexico quake.

First daughter Malia Obama, who is reportedly in southwestern Mexico on a school trip, "is safe and was never in danger" in the wake of a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that hit near Acapulco on Tuesday, the first lady's office said.

The White House does not traditionally discuss the Obama children, but broke with the policy to announce that Malia Obama is safe. Word of her trip to Mexico was reported by a number of media outlets on Monday, though CBS News has not reported her trip until now.

The Monday reports prompted the first lady's office to reach out to media outlets and ask them to pull the stories, which many elected to do. In order to protect the "privacy and security" of the first daughters, the first lady's office said, it was reiterating its longstanding request that news organizations not "report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest."

Malia, 13, is reportedly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on the school trip. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was felt strongly in Oaxaca, according to the Associated Press.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 11:49 AM (2 replies)

Obama's Alzheimer's plan focuses on treatment, care

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Obama administration's plan to fight Alzheimer's disease aims to harness the nation's expertise to find real treatments by 2025 and improve the care and treatment of the 5.1 million Americans already afflicted with the brain-wasting disease.

The draft plan, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, makes treatment a top priority, but it also focuses on the burden the disease places on families and caregivers.

"Alzheimer's disease burdens an increasing number of our nation's elders and their families, and it is essential that we confront the challenge it poses to our public health," President Barack Obama said in a statement marking the plan's unveiling.

The White House earlier this month said it would divert an additional $50 million this year from HHS projects to Alzheimer's research, and seek an extra $80 million in new research funding in fiscal 2013.

Posted by greatauntoftriplets | Sat Feb 25, 2012, 10:27 AM (14 replies)
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