Austin briefs
A gang-operated drug ring near a West Side elementary school was recently broken up by Chicago Police and narcotic and gang officers.

The Narcotics and Gangs Investigation Section (NAGIS) shut down a Gangster Disciples street gang drug operation near Calhoun Elementary School, 2833 W. Adams. ‘Operation Wilco East and West’ also shut down the gang’s drug territory near Greater Exodus Church, 2900 W. Adams, Walls Memorial Church, 200 S. Sacramento, and St. Joseph Church, 2901 W. Monroe. Police charged 29 people in the investigation. The four-month long investigation began in November, targeting a high drug area in the 2800 block of West Wilcox Street in the 11th District. Police say dealers sold heroin near Calhoun school at all hours of the day.

San Miguel celebrates
‘Youth in Motion’

Austin’s San Miguel School – Gary Comer Campus hosted a celebration of active Chicago youth March 21.

The ‘Youth in Motion’ celebration, which took place at San Miguel School, 819 N. Leamington, included a drum-line and praise dancers, and a performance by the South Shore Drill Team. The event highlighted youth in the community who have chosen positive extracurricular activities rather than hanging out on the streets.

Black History Month
contest winners honored

Eyes on Austin, 5519 W. North Avenue, celebrated the winners of its 2007 Black History Month essay writing contest on Saturday. Kadedra Murph, a student at McNair Academic Center, 4820 W. Walton, was the first place winner. Second place winner was William Hezekiah-Onwukwe of Lovett Elementary School, 6333 W. Bloomingdale, and third place went to Kyle Davis of Lovett Elementary. Look for all of the winning essays in next week’s Austin Weekly News.


In the March 29 Austin Weekly News article titled SACCC, Quinn rally in Springfield against ComEd hike the legislative measure to roll back and freeze ComEd’s recent rate hike was recently approved by an Illinois Senate Committee.

Austin Weekly News regrets the error.

– Terry Dean