Three students who have been associated with Aurora University, including one who is an assistant and protege of Weisner Campaign Co-Chair and Quad County Urban League CEO Theodia Gillespie, were charged with sexual assault in Aurora of a 25 year year old Joliet woman.
According to the Daily Herald:
Three Aurora men have been charged with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old Joliet woman, according to police and court records.
Authorities said the woman and three men went out on Aug. 10 to an undisclosed Naperville restaurant, they all drank alcohol and the woman, who was an acquaintance of one of the men, became extremely intoxicated.
The four eventually went back to an Aurora home on the 1500 block of Kenilworth Place shared by Eric Stallworth Jr. and Corderro A. Pollard, both 22, police said.
Stallworth, who is an acquaintance of the victim, and Pollard assaulted the woman and Shammrie M. Brown, 25, of the 600 block of Ohio Street, did not try to stop it, police said.
If convicted, the felony charges carry a penalty of four to 15 years in prison.
Last night as my wife and I walked through the neighborhood, we came upon a student (not just AU students) home at the corner of Evanslawn and Kenilworth. A group of students were outside with the car stereo cranked up, which we could hear from two blocks away. Needless to say, the rap music with all of its bass and lyrics. Excuse me for repeating the following inappropriate lyrics we heard: Bitches and bitches asses and a few other choice words. Our neighborhood is not a ghetto, nor will it become one.
I understand the issue of vacant homes, the potential negative impact and problem they cause, and I appreciate real estate investment and a business model of rental to students. In our last Neighborhood Council meeting, Kevin Fitzpatrick, an investor, communicated to us that he has a waiting list consisting of 70 plus students looking to rent rooms in homes. He has also purchased several other homes in the neighborhood which may accommodate some of this demand. This is raising a level of concern, we have ignored the original issue of the expansion of student housing in our neighborhoods. Just because we have established the Neighborhood Council and it seems to be working very well to address issues before or as they surface, this does not provide support by the residents or myself of the expansion of student housing off campus.
The city needs to come to some understanding of the overall impact as we see this trend continue. We may need to restart the discussion on limiting the number of unrelated individuals and other codes to regulate this.
I did call the police for the noise violation last night.
Thank you for forwarding this concern to us. We offer a sincere apologize if for any reason the music was too loud for our neighbors. However, we were never approached nor did the police come to our home to address any concern. On the day in question, one of the tenants was cleaning out his car with the radio station on (2007 Hyundai with a factory stereo). The volume wasn’t turned to the max; however, the doors may have been open as he was cleaning the vehicle. There were also some students from Aurora University out in about who may have also been on the property. This was one of the first very nice days of the spring and we were out enjoying the weather, as others, doing nothing disrespectful and or inappropriate.
However, we do find it very inappropriate for the Alderman to equate us to the derogatory term “ghetto”. The tone of this email seems to have a racist connotation that is very offensive. We have also been approached by Aurora University staff that was attached to this email and they are deeply concerned about the tone of the email. Since we have lived here, we feel that we have been treated unfairly, starting with the inspection of our home without warning by over 9 inspectors. We are all agreeable citizens of Aurora and local ward four. We are all employed and/or are full-time college students who take pride in our local community. We demand the same respect that the Alderman would ask for himself.
It is our hope that the Alderman understands that we are open to suggestions and request from our neighbors. We do respect and value their opinions and will work together to allay any concerns that they may have. We have attended the Neighborhood Council meeting and received the good neighbor incentive from Aurora University for remaining in compliance throughout the entire semester.
As always, we are open and willing to discuss any concerns with our neighbors. We all pay for our homes and are vested to ensure that our local ward remains a safe and desirable place to live.
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