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Former Chicago graduate student found guilty of spying for China

  • Ji Chaoqun, 31, a Chinese national living in Chicago, was convicted of spying for the Chinese government after a two-week trial.
  • The former graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology worked under the direction of top intelligence officers in the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security, a provincial division of China’s Ministry of State Security.
  • Xu Yanjun, who was convicted in Ohio last year, tasked Ji with providing biographical information on possible recruits — such as Chinese scientists and engineers, including those with ties to U.S. defense contractors — to the Jiangsu division.
  • Ji managed to gather information on eight U.S. citizens who were all born in China or Taiwan.
  • Ji was found guilty of conspiracy to act as an agent of China, acting as an agent of China and making a false statement to the U.S. Army, which collectively carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

A Chinese national living in Chicago was convicted of spying for the Chinese government on Monday.

Ji Chaoqun, 31, a former graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, one count of acting as an agent of China and one count of making a material false statement to the U.S. Army. He was acquitted of two other wire fraud counts.

Elderly Asian man left bleeding profusely after robbers smash his skull with his own wine bottle on Chicago train

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  • A man reported to be an Asian senior was left dazed and bleeding profusely after a group of robbers smashed his head with his own wine bottle.
  • The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred on a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line train at around 2:12 a.m. on Saturday.
  • The robbers include at least two individuals who fled after the attack.
  • No arrests have been made as of this writing.

A man reported to be an Asian senior was left dazed and bleeding profusely after a group of robbers smashed his head with his own wine bottle on a Chicago train.

The incident, which reportedly occurred on a CTA Red Line train at around 2:12 a.m. on Saturday, was caught on camera.

Teen denied bail in attempted murder of Chicago Chinatown chef

  • Termaine Patterson, 18, has been charged with eight felonies in connection with a brutal carjacking in Chicago’s Chinatown on April 7.
  • Jin Lew, 61, a prominent chef in the neighborhood, was robbed, beaten and “left for dead” in the vicious attack near 25th Place and South Princeton.
  • Chicago police also arrested a juvenile who was found in possession of Lew’s vehicle but not involved in the assault.
  • Patterson, whose charges include attempted murder in the first degree, was denied bail on Saturday.
  • Police are still looking for three other suspects who remain unidentified as of press time.

An 18-year-old man charged for allegedly beating a Chinese American man into a coma in Chicago’s Chinatown back in April has been denied bail.

Termaine Patterson, who was arrested last week and subsequently charged with eight felonies, including first-degree attempted murder, is believed to be one of four assailants involved in the violent carjacking that occurred near 25th Place and South Princeton on the morning of April 7.

Chicago father poisoned himself and his children with carbon monoxide in murder-suicide, police say

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  • Woo Chang, 41, allegedly poisoned himself and his children with carbon monoxide by running a generator inside his Inverness home during a scheduled visitation with his son and daughter on Sept. 11.
  • Chang and his 10-year-old son Austin were both pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The boy’s 6-year-old sister was brought to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and was last listed in critical condition.
  • A GoFundMe page has been set up by friends of the Chang family to help cover funeral costs and medical expenses.

A man and his 10-year-old son died after the father allegedly poisoned himself and his children with carbon monoxide inside a home in Inverness, Chicago. 

Woo Chang, 41, allegedly ran a generator inside his home in the 2200-block of Palatine Road during a scheduled visitation with his children on Sept 11.

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 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. 

Chicago police searching for man who pointed gun at local news crew reporting on gun violence

  • Chicago police are looking for a man who brandished an alleged handgun during a live broadcast on Wednesday morning.
  • Joanie Lum was reporting on the corner of Clark and Hubbard in River North when the man appeared and pointed what appeared to be a firearm at either the camera or camera operator. 
  • The “Good Morning Chicago” broadcast talked about rising gun violence in the city, which suffered a mass shooting incident just last week.
  • FOX 32 reported later in the day that no one was injured during the incident.
  • The authorities now consider the man to be a person of interest and have accused him of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Chicago police are looking for a man who brandished an alleged handgun during a live broadcast about gun violence in the city.

Members of the FOX 32 team, led by reporter Joanie Lum, were on the corner of Clark and Hubbard in the neighborhood of River North at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday when their camera captured the incident.

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.