CHICAGO (CBS) –Chicago city councilor says hotel in River North is a magnet for crime – and he wants the hotel’s license withdrawn after a shootout over the weekend.
For months, CBS 2’s Tara Molina has been investigating the Eurostars Magnificent Mile, 660 N. State St. As Molina reported on Tuesday, this shooting violates an agreement between the hotel and the city, which they have concluded after disciplinary proceedings due to a number of criminal offenses here.
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Part of that deal was that no one could stay at the hotel without signing a document stating that they didn’t have a gun and that they wouldn’t have a party.
Shots were fired at the hotel at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, and the audio signal from the police dispatch indicated that a bullet had gone through a wall. Police found a damaged wall and headboard.
Fortunately, there were no injured guests.
Two men, aged 28 and 56, called for help. They said they heard a loud noise, but did not see who was behind the shooting.
Audio for the dispatch indicated that a man who called the front desk after hearing the shots was put on hold.
This incident follows months and months of trouble that CBS 2 has been tracking here. They include criminal offenses such as:
• Smoke cannabis on the premises;
• Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon;
• Armed robbery;
• Narcotics in illegal possession;
• Criminal sexual assault;
• Domestic battery.
These violations, and other illegal activity, led to disciplinary hearings that we first told you about in April and a fine of $ 10,000 in September.
We have also now learned about the conditions hotel operators have to agree to in order to stay open. They again included the requirement for guests to register at the reception and sign the “no party policy” and “no gun policy” documents, as well as immediate notification to the CPD of illegal activities and illegal weapons.
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Other stipulations included more cash payments for room charges, no use of in-room balconies by guests, and a licensed and bonded security requirement on the property 24/7.
So with the shoot here technically breaking that deal, what’s next?
Ald’s office. Brendan Reilly (42nd) told us Reilly contacted the city’s legal and business affairs and consumer protection departments, calling for Eurostars licenses to be revoked for violating the terms of the deal with shooting.
Reilly’s office said the hotel had entered into a plan of operation with the city and willfully violated it.
But for now, those municipal offices will only tell us that they know about it, and violations will be reviewed by the mayor’s permit discipline commission.
The Ministry of Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection issued the following statement:
“Over the past year, the City of Chicago has received several complaints and referrals related to crime, public safety and nuisance issues at Eurostars Magnificent Mile, located at 660 N State St. In response to these issues, The Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) partnered with the Chicago Police Department to take enforcement action and tried to work with the facility to alleviate the issues. The problems persisted and, as such, the City of Chicago initiated the licensing discipline process by filing a Notice of Hearing against Eurostars Hotel.
“On September 1, 2021, the city of Chicago entered into an agreement with Eurostars Magnificent Mile. Under the agreement, Eurostars paid a fine of $ 10,000 and signed an amended operating plan and a nuisance reduction plan which includes numerous provisions relating to safety, hours of operation and levels. noise. The plan also requires Eurostar to cooperate with the BACP and Chicago Police, notify authorities of any illegal activity, and link the hotel’s cameras to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications’s video surveillance network.
“The BACP was informed of the incident on Sunday, December 5 by the Chicago Police Department. Any license violation resulting from the incident will be reviewed for licensing discipline before the Mayor’s Licensing Discipline Commission (MLDC).
Molina also contacted the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association on Tuesday morning. The organization did not comment specifically on Eurostars, but President and CEO Michael Jacobson made a general comment on the criminal reports at Chicago hotels:
“When it comes to activity inside hotels, city officials and members of our hotels told us that criminal reports in hotels have declined in recent months. Clearly, issues remain with criminal activity in the city, but we remain committed to working with public officials on the larger issues outside of hotels to ensure the safety of our employees and guests. “
There was no response to our Eurostars questions on Tuesday evening, nor did they respond to our previous reports.
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There was also no gunman in custody Tuesday evening. Zone Three detectives continue to investigate.