Afternoon Edition: December 9, 2021

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Good afternoon. Here’s the latest Chicago news you need to know. This is an approximately 5 minute read that will educate you on today’s biggest stories.

This afternoon will be cloudy with a high of nearly 39 degrees and a chance of rain. It will be mostly cloudy this evening with a low of around 31 degrees. Tomorrow will be partly sunny then rainy with a maximum close to 45 degrees.

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‘Sometimes people just do bad things,’ prosecutor tells judge as suspect appears in court for murder of 71-year-old grandfather

A man accused of shooting a 71-year-old grandfather in Chinatown appeared in court today as prosecutors said they had no idea why he opened fire, at apart from “sometimes people just do bad things”.

“That’s what happened here,” Deputy State Attorney James Murphy said during a bail hearing. “Judge, I can’t give you a reason. “

Alphonso Joyner shot Woom Sing Tse more than 20 times as he walked on a sidewalk a few blocks from his home on Tuesday afternoon, Murphy told Judge Maryam Ahmad.

Ahmad said the “overwhelming” amount of evidence described an “execution” and she refused bail for Joyner, 23.

Shortly after the shooting, police obtained Joyner’s car registration number and used at least 10 license plate scanning cameras to track him to the Kennedy Freeway, Murphy said. Joyner was arrested just over an hour later, alone in the car, around Jackson Boulevard, wearing the same clothes as the shooter in the video, Murphy said.

A gun found between the driver’s seat and the center console matched the used cartridge cases at the scene of the murder, Murphy said. Joyner’s hands tested positive for gunpowder residue, he said.

Joyner declined to speak to investigators, police said. He has a record of gun charges, and Detective Chief Brendan Deenihan said police are reviewing other seemingly random shootings to see if they are related to Joyner.

Tse’s family said he left China for the Chicago area 50 years ago and worked as a cook until he saved enough money to open a restaurant and then a other.

“He was a man who came to this country with only a few dollars in his pocket and through his hard work and his wit he made the American dream come true,” said the Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said Wednesday night. “Sir. Tse built a house and provided for his family. He was a father, a husband, a grandfather, a man from the community, a Chicagoan.

Sophie Sherry, Clare Spaulding and David Struett have more of this set that rocked a community here.

More news you need

  1. After receiving “violent threats,” State Representative Jonathan Carroll D-Northbrook will not pursue a proposal requiring unvaccinated Illinois to pay their health care expenses – including hospital bills – out of pocket. ‘they contract COVID-19. Northbrook said he has decided not to prosecute the legislation he tabled on Monday due to the proposal’s “unintentional divisive nature”.
  2. Former State Senator Rickey Hendon today called for legislation that would create a space for minority ownership of sports betting sites in Chicago. Hendon also spoke out for marginalized groups to be included in the state’s predominantly white cannabis industry.
  3. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is calling on automakers to set up 24-hour helplines to help their customers and police recover hijacked vehicles as terrifying crime continues to rise. Dart’s approach comes towards the end of a year that has seen an increase in car hijackings in the city.
  4. Cook County Sheriff’s official Becky Levin today launched her campaign to run for the Illinois House seat under outgoing Majority Leader Greg Harris, calling himself a “crime fighter and public health expert.” Levin is the first candidate to officially enter next year’s race for the Harris seat.
  5. Mayor Lightfoot was accused today of abdicating responsibility for a recent increase in retail crime in Chicago and, instead, of pressuring merchants to put in implement their own costly and unenforceable security measures. Illinois Retail Merchants Association president Rob Karr categorically rejected any of the mayor’s ideas, which included merchandise “chained and roped or put behind glass” and customers “brought in” into stores.
  6. The Chicago Opera Theater will become the second company to present the 2015 family opera, “Becoming Santa Claus,” which opens Saturday at the Studebaker Theater in the downtown Beaux-Arts building. Composer Mark Adamo says his goal is to keep kids and adults entertained – Pixar style.

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Local festivals are in full swing the week ahead

“The Nutcracker” by the Hyde Park School of Dance.
Marc Monaghan

The holiday season is here and Chicago has no shortage of great things to do for the week ahead.

Whether you’re looking to get in the mood or keep the celebrations going, we’ve got a wide range of options for you, from theater and dance, music, movies and more.

Here are some highlights from tonight until next Wednesday. Check out our full list of offers, including some non-holiday picks, here.

  • Otherworld Theater presents “Winter in the Wildwood”, an immersive vacation experience where magical wildlife sets out to uncover the truth behind the fading lights of Wildwood. The family-friendly walking show takes place in every nook and cranny of Otherworld’s unique space and features fairy tales, magicians and puppets. From Dec 9 to Jan 9 at the Otherworld Theater, 3914 N. Clark. Tickets: $ 40, $ 20 for children. Visit
  • Hyde Park School of Dance presents its annual production of “The Nutcracker” performed by students and members of the school’s pre-professional Studio Company. The 75-minute narrated production features a breakdance battle between mice and soldiers. December 10-12 at Mandell Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th. Tickets: $ 10- $ 30, free for children under 5. Visit
  • The a cappella giants Pentatonix have released their sixth holiday-themed album, “Evergreen”. The Grammy-winning quintet performs holiday tunes and songs at a concert in partnership with Toy for Tots, a chance for fans to donate new unwrapped gifts on the night of the show. At 7:30 p.m. on December 15 at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. Tickets: $ 40 +. Visit

Mary Houlihan has more on these events in addition to our full range of offerings here.

From the press gallery

Your question of the day ☕

How would you describe the Bears-Packers rivalry to someone who isn’t a sports fan?

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Yesterday we asked you: where is the best place to find Christmas decorations in Chicago?

Here’s what some of you said …

“We drove around Sauganash tonight and there were some nice exhibits on the houses. Set your GPS for Leroy and Albion and follow the traffic lights in the adjacent streets. – Tonia Lorenz

“Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, the rooftop of LondonHouse Chicago, Trump International Hotel and Tower and Chicago Terrace 16.” – Leisure Mat

“Any corner pub with an Old Style sign on the front!” – Kurt duzan

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