Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Violent Street Crime Hits Suburban Skokie: Section 8 Housing Blamed

North suburban Skokie has been called a lot of things over the years. Folk music great and onetime childhood resident, Steve Goodman called it "tacky and uptight." Syndicated columnist Sidney Harris described the Dempster street corridor as " the ugliest commercial strip in America."

But it has never been called a violent place -- until recently.

 Over an 8 day period in late April, 2 Skokie residents were violently assaulted and robbed on the streets there.

 And more than a few residents of that ultra-liberal enclave have begun to question the wisdom of the suburb's new found diversity and the profusion of new Section 8 low-income tenants there.

 Both attacks occurred in the general vicinity of a bloc of multi unit dwellings in an area between Oakton and Main Streets, just East of Skokie Boulevard. The two-flats and semi-detached duplexes there were cheaply thrown up in the early 60s. They were a bit tawdry at the time and more so today.

Over recent decades, some cheap-buck-artist landlords began buying them up. More than of few of these squires were more than happy to accept the quick cash offered by the federal goverment's low-income Section 8 vouchers. As a result, the standards for Skokie residence have, you might say, lowered a bit.

More than a few of these New Skokians were, until recently denizens of the now bulldozed Chicago public housing projects. One of them, a certain, Stanton Demaret, was indicted for mob action and assault in the August 2011 Chicago flash mob attacks.

 The persons sought for the recent Skokie street attacks have been identified as "black men in their 20s."

\ In the April 20th attack, a middle aged woman was slashed with an ice pick and robbed of $500 outside the 7-11 at Main and Skokie Blvd. In the April 28th attack, a 54 year old man was beaten senseless by 2 suspects, his jaw and teeth broken and robbed of $250 on nearby Louise St.

 The liberal-left Skokie voters were always big on big-government social action and "diversity." Now they don't know quite what to make of their new violent crime reality.

 Some have been questioning the wisdom of living in the midst of so much Section 8 housing. How uncomfortable that must be for Jan Schakowsky and Barack Obama liberals.

 Several years back, the Skokie Village government issued an automobile sticker with the uplifting slogan, "Celebrating our Diversity." One wonders who's really celebrating now.


  1. You've offered "more than a few" suppositions, but no facts at all. Is there any proof, other than your claims, that the crimes you cite were perpetrated by people living in Section 8 homes in Skokie?

    1. I agree there is no correlation between crime and section 8. But there is a correlation between crime and blacks moving into the neighborhood.

    2. puleeassee...

  2. If you had gone to the link to WLS news, you would have found that the esteemed Mr. Demaret, of flash mob fame, resided on the 8100 block of Knox in Skokie.

    As for the perps in this recent violence -- you're right -- they could have just driven in from elsewhere and just happened to go to the 2 Skokie areas replete with Sec. 8 housing to do their mugging and mayhem.

    And if you believe that, I have some commercial property on Dempster that I'd like to sell you.

  3. I havent personally been mugged so I cant offer you proof that Sec 8 residents are responsible for the recent violence in Skokie. I can however, tell you that the burglars we caught in our basement were all residents of subsidized housing. The drug deals we witnessed in our alley out back, they were/are all being done by the Sec 8 residents of one specific building.

    And funny thing, we didnt have these problems before Sec 8 tenants moved into our neighborhood. Not one burglary or drug deal that we ever witnessed in the alley. Just a coincidence, I guess.

  4. I used to stay at a hotel in Skokie from time to time in 2007-2009, on business trips. I picked the area for convenience and safety back then. I noticed that few, if any, houses had barred windows, etc. I was very surprised and shocked to see that this Black Thug stuff has moved in Skokie as well. I imagine that getting a concealed carry permit there would be next to impossible for an honest citizen as well.

    Keep it up Lampoon!: just saw it for the first time today and the writing and topic selection are excellent.

  5. Without section 8 there would be fewer lower income foks, mostof whom are lower income black folks.

    Lower income folks are responsible for most of the crime, in this respect section 8 does increase the crime rate, even if the rate of crime for section 8 folks is no fdifferent then non section 8 low income, because abest section 8 they would not be there at all.

  6. Gee lets turn a blind eye to the situation all to avoid being labeled a racist....no wonder now when Im in Skokie I see more shady bummy looking ppl are we going to say thats a coincidence too!?

  7. Save for few neighborhoods Skokie is on the way down. Why would a family of European descent wish to raise their children there?
    They call it Skompton for a reason.


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