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Judge John Z. Lee becomes the first Asian American judge on the Seventh Circuit

  • Judge John Z. Lee made history by becoming the first Asian American judge confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lee in a 50-44 vote to the Chicago-based court, which handles appeals from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
  • He also previously made history when he became the first Korean American to serve as an Article III judge in Illinois.

Judge John Z. Lee made history by becoming the first Asian American judge confirmed to the Seventh Circuit.

Lee previously made history when he became the first Korean American to serve as an Article III judge in Illinois. Since 2012, he has served as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Asian man fatally struck by unlicensed driver who ran stop sign in Chicago

  • Fengan Yan, 55, was struck to death by an SUV that ran a four-way stop sign in Chicago’s Near South Side on Saturday afternoon.
  • Yan, who was riding a bicycle, was traveling in the same direction as the SUV, according to reports.
  • A 60-year-old woman who was identified as the SUV’s driver was cited for failing to obey the stop sign and for driving on an expired license with no insurance.
  • Yan is reportedly the seventh bicyclist to die on Chicago’s surface streets this year.
  • Advocates are pushing for improved road infrastructure in the city.

An Asian man riding a bicycle was killed after being hit by an SUV that ran a four-way stop sign in Chicago’s Near South Side on Saturday.

Fengan Yan, 55, was pedaling west in the 400 block of West 26th Street in the neighborhood of Armour Square at around 3:35 p.m. when the SUV traveling in the same direction struck him from behind, according to reports.

Chicago’s Chinatown on high alert after string of armed robberies

  • Chinatown residents in Chicago have been placed on high alert after a string of armed robberies hit the neighborhood in the past two months.
  • Since May 25, a group of five armed men has robbed at least nine people between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • The group would reportedly drive around in a white or silver SUV or sedan before hopping out of their vehicle to approach their victims, who are then threatened to surrender their wallets, purses and phones.
  • While a private video surveillance system that local businesses placed to fight crime has caught a few of the robberies on film, the crimes remain under investigation.
  • Authorities are reminding the public to be vigilant and are urging victims to remain calm and surrender their valuables to the attackers to avoid physical harm.
  • Victims are also urged to memorize any identifiable characteristics of the robbers that the police can use in their investigation.

Chicago’s Chinatown community has been placed on high alert after local authorities monitored a string of armed robberies in the neighborhood that occurred throughout the past two months. 

Chicago police warned Chinatown residents to watch out for a group of five men that has robbed at least nine people during overnight hours.

Chicago woman killed by ex-husband in murder-suicide after sharing difficulties of divorce in South Asian culture on TikTok

  • Sania Khan, a 39-year-old Pakistani American photographer and TikToker, was allegedly killed by her ex-husband Raheel Ahmed, 36, inside her condominium in Streeterville, Chicago, on July 18 before Ahmed turned the gun on himself in what police ruled as a murder-suicide.
  • Khan was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ahmed was transported to Northwestern Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
  • Police said Ahmed traveled more than 700 miles from Alpharetta in Georgia to Streeterville, where Khan moved to in June 2021.
  • Khan used to talk about her relationship on TikTok under the handle @Geminigirl_099 and revealed that her marriage to Ahmed lasted less than a year before they got divorced.
  • A GoFundMe campaign created to cover Khan’s funeral and burial costs raised over $36,000, with the remaining balance donated to Sakhi for South Asian Women and the Peaceful Families Project.

A Pakistani American photographer based in Chicago was killed by her ex-husband last week in what police ruled as a murder-suicide.

The incident occurred at a condominium unit in the 200 block of E. Ohio Street in Streeterville on the afternoon of July 18. Chicago police arrived at the residence to conduct a welfare check and heard a gunshot from inside, according to the police report obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago police release pictures and videos of man wanted for shooting in Chinatown

  • Chicago Police on Saturday released pictures and surveillance videos on Saturday of the man involved in a shooting in the 2200 block of South Wentworth Avenue near a karaoke bar on July 1 that left one woman dead and two people injured.
  • Chicago police identified the man as a suspect involved in the shooting and advised the public to avoid him and call 911 immediately if he is spotted.
  • In the surveillance footage, the alleged shooter can be seen entering a store and running through a strip mall parking lot while wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt with a cross printed on the back.
  • Anyone who recognizes the man in the video or has any details about the incident is urged to contact Detective Mitchell at (312) 747-8380 or submit an anonymous tip at www.CPDTIP.com.

The Chicago Police Department has released pictures and surveillance footage of a man involved in a shooting near a karaoke bar in Chicago’s Chinatown on July 1 that left one woman dead.

Authorities posted a video on Saturday asking for the public’s help to identify the man. In the video, he can be seen wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt with a cross printed on the back. He is also shown entering and exiting a store and running through a strip mall parking lot.

Chicago Chinatown residents push for karaoke bar to close after shooting kills woman, wounds 2

  • Chicago police responded to a shooting in Chicago’s Chinatown at around 10:50 p.m. on Friday.
  • The gun fight left a woman dead and two others wounded, including the 38-year-old offender who fired shots.
  • Area One detectives are currently investigating and searching for the other man involved in the shooting.
  • Anna Shaw, a resident in the area, told Block Club that the shooting appeared to have escalated from an argument that stemmed from the No. 18 Karaoke Bar. She created a petition demanding the city to revoke the karaoke bar’s license.
  • Grace Chan, the executive director of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, and Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez are supporting the petition to shut down the bar.

A gun fight in Chicago’s Chinatown left a woman dead and two others wounded.

Chicago police responded to the shooting on the 2200 block of South Wentworth Avenue at around 10:50 p.m. on Friday.

Man injures three women in two separate attacks at Chicago Chinatown train station

  • A man who injured three women in two separate attacks at CTA Red Line platforms on Wednesday was taken into custody and was brought to the Jackson Park Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
  • The 29-year-old suspect stabbed a 22-year-old woman in the face with a sharp object and punched a 20-year-old woman at the Cermak-Chinatown platform at around 10:30 a.m.
  • The suspect also approached a 23-year-old woman at the CTA Roosevelt station just 13 minutes later and hit her with a construction cone.
  • The 22-year-old and 23-year-old women went to a hospital, where they are reportedly in good condition.

Chicago police have taken into custody a suspect who injured three women in two separate attacks at CTA Red Line platforms in South Loop.

The 29-year-old man was reportedly standing by the CTA Cermak-Chinatown platform when he stabbed a 22-year-old woman in the face with a sharp object at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Father who was beaten and ‘left for dead’ near Chicago Chinatown wakes up from coma

  • Jin Yut Lew recently woke up from his coma after being brutally beaten and “left for dead” near Chinatown in Chicago on April 7.
  • The Chinese father was transferred to a long-term care center, according to his family.
  • While his memory and speech are not back, Lew can now follow commands with his hands and respond to some questions with head nods.
  • The victim was previously diagnosed with severe brain trauma and underwent brain surgeries after he was carjacked, robbed and brutally beaten in the head with a blunt object.
  • No arrests in relation to the assault have been made. The Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

A father who was brutally beaten and “left for dead” near Chinatown in Chicago last month recently woke up from his coma.

Jin Yut Lew was transferred to a long-term care center, according to his family. 

Chicago police honor late officer Xu Meng, whose long hours may have led to his death, with memorial hall

  • The Chicago police’s 24th district unveiled a new memorial wall and held a private dedication ceremony to honor Asian American officer Xu Meng, whose accidental death in 2020 rocked the local Asian community.
  • Officer Xu Meng, described by loved ones as a hardworking father and husband, died at age 36 from carbon monoxide poisoning in his home in Albany Park.
  • Family and friends attributed his death to exhaustion from enduring 12-hour shifts for 12 consecutive days, as it may have caused him to forget to turn off his vehicle’s keyless ignition.
  • “He worked countless days, countless hours,” said John Pham, the vice president of the AALEA. “He passed away. Unfortunately, he didn’t get enough rest so we want people to be aware that we are there for them as an organization.”

The 24th district Chicago police station unveiled a new memorial wall and held a private dedication ceremony to honor an Asian American officer whose accidental death in 2020 rocked the local Asian community.

Xu Meng, described by loved ones as a hardworking father and husband, died at age 36 from carbon monoxide poisoning in his home in Albany Park.

Chinatown residents protest proposed casino site in downtown Chicago

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  • Chinatown residents gathered on Sunday to protest against one of three proposed sites for downtown Chicago’s first integrated casino resort.
  • A Chinatown health organization said that a poll indicated most residents do not want a casino in their neighborhood.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced three developer finalists in March, which include Hard Rock’s $1.7 billion bid near Soldier Field, Bally’s Corporation’s $1.8 billion bid at the Chicago Tribune publishing site and Rush Street Gaming’s Rivers 78 proposal of a $1.62 billion casino just north of Chinatown.
  • “Most of the people, they feel concerned,” Dr. Hong Liu of the Midwest Asian Health Association said. “They don’t feel comfortable to have a casino near Chinatown which may damage the community’s safety and increase the addiction problem.”
  • Lightfoot, who has stressed the potential benefits of the casino for taxpayers and police pension funds, said the winner will be chosen no later than June.

Chinatown residents gathered on Sunday to protest against one of three proposed sites for downtown Chicago’s first integrated casino resort.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced in March the three developer finalists, which include Hard Rock’s $1.7 billion bid near Soldier Field, Bally’s Corporation’s $1.8 billion bid at the Chicago Tribune publishing site and Rush Street Gaming’s Rivers 78 proposal of a $1.62 billion casino just north of Chinatown.

1 of 3 bodies found in Chicago waterways over the weekend identified as Yuet Tsang, 80

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  • One of the three bodies found in the Chicago River on Saturday morning has been identified by police as an 80-year-old woman.
  • The victim was pulled from the water at 2800 block of South Eleanor on April 16 at around 10:40 a.m., the Chicago Police Department told NextShark.
  • She has been identified as Yuet Tsang, 80, who was found unresponsive and dead at the scene.
  • A second female victim and a male victim were also found unresponsive and dead at the scene but have not been identified as of Sunday.
  • Police have not determined if the deaths of the man and two women are connected.

One of the three bodies found in the Chicago River, which runs west from Lake Michigan, over the weekend has been identified as 80-year-old Yuet Tsang, according to police.

Chicago Police Department’s Marine Unit pulled the body of a female victim from the water at 2800 block of South Eleanor on April 16 at around 10:40 a.m., the department told NextShark. Tsang was found unresponsive and dead at the scene.

Japanese restaurant in Illinois under fire for refusing service to two Black customers

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An Asian food court stall in Illinois has gone viral on TikTok after an employee refused to serve two Black sisters because of his alleged encounter with another Black person earlier that day.

What happened: TikTok user @labellamonay shared the incident on Sunday, and the clip has been viewed more than 1.1 million times at the time of this writing.