Tony Landers Charged In Attack On Ald. James Cappleman After Alderman Confronted Men Who Were Drinking In Public In Uptown

A man was charged with aggravated assault Tuesday in an attack on Ald. James Cappleman (46th) after the alderman confronted a group of men who had been drinking in public in Uptown.

Tony Landers Charged In Attack On Ald. James Cappleman After Alderman Confronted Men Who Were Drinking In Public In Uptown

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was charged with aggravated assault Tuesday in an attack on Ald. James Cappleman (46th) after the alderman confronted a group of men who had been drinking in public in Uptown.

Tony Landers, 58, was charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault on public property.

Chicago Police said Cappleman suffered minor injuries after being struck with a blunt object at Leland and Racine avenues around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, and refused medical attention.

In a statement, Cappleman said he received a text from a constituent that there were numerous drunken people at that Uptown corner. The alderman reported the corner has had issues with public drunkenness for the past couple of years, but it started getting “much worse” a few months ago.

Cappleman reported he had called 911 for public drinking at Leland and Racine earlier in the day, and his husband had removed some small garbage cans that people had been sitting on as they drank “constantly.”

Cappleman reported when he arrived on Saturday evening, he saw one man at 1150 W. Leland Ave. and told him drinking at the corner had to stop, “because it wasn’t fair to the community, especially to the young parents with kids who feel unsafe.” The alderman said he also picked up a small table that had been set up at the corner for the past couple of days for drinkers to rest their beers upon.

Upon turning the corner, Cappleman reported he saw several “highly intoxicated” people lying on the sidewalk along Racine Avenue. One of those men told Cappleman the table the alderman had just picked up was his table, and Cappleman told the man no, it was not, and the table was going to be thrown away.

At that point, the man grabbed the table from Cappleman, the alderman reported. Cappleman said he told the man to let go many times, but the man fought him over the table and it ended up breaking.

Cappleman’s husband called police and the man now identified as Landers was arrested. The alderman reported the man had 47 prior arrests.

Cappleman reported that he had previously tried to help Landers with his addiction, housing, and employment many times, but the man has consistently refused.

Cappleman wrote that the man who got into the fight with him had pervious arrests for offenses such as aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon, heroin possession, and battery. The alderman blamed the man and two others who were with him Saturday night for a “disproportionate” number of issues in the neighborhood over the past five years.

Landers is due for a court hearing on Oct. 20.

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Benet Academy Decides To Hire Amanda Kammes As Lacrosse Coach After Rescinding Job Offer Because She Is Married To A Woman

Benet Academy in Lisle has decided to offer an alumna a job as lacrosse coach after all, after earlier rescinding the offer because the coach is a lesbian.

Benet Academy Decides To Hire Amanda Kammes As Lacrosse Coach After Rescinding Job Offer Because She Is Married To A Woman

LISLE, Ill. (CBS) — Benet Academy in Lisle has decided to offer an alumna a job as lacrosse coach after all, after earlier rescinding the offer because the coach is a lesbian.

In a statement, the board of directors at Benet Academy announced they had extended a job offer to Amanda Kammes to be the next head girls’ lacrosse coach. The board said Kammes has accepted the offer.

The board noted that Benet Academy is a Catholic high school, and had deferred its employment discussions with Kammes after learning she is married to a woman. But the school’s board has since determined that Kammes is the right candidate and offered her the job, the board said.

“The Board has heard from members of the Benet community on all sides of this issue over the past several days. We had an honest and heartfelt discussion on this very complex issue at our meeting. Going forward we will look for opportunities for dialogue in our community about how we remain true to our Catholic mission while meeting people where they are in their personal journey through life,” the board said in a statement. “For now, we hope that this is the first step in healing the Benet community.”

This move comes after protests from students, alumni, and faculty members about the school’s earlier choice to rescind Kammes’ job offer over her sexual orientation.

More than 2,000 people had signed a petition urging that Benet Academy in Lisle reconsider and hire Kammes. They said her track record as a lacrosse coach should be the main focus for her employment, not the woman she loves.

“The most frustrating piece of this is that Amanda was not being hired as a religion teacher, or in a position where she would be responsible for supporting the Catholic Church’s practices or religious traditions,” Benet Academy alum Tim Jacklich told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot on Monday.

Kammes’ supporters said the job offer was rescinded after Kammes listed her wife’s name as an emergency contact.

“This former student, who is interested in coming back and supporting her school – she was not valuable, or not worthy of recognition and celebration, because of who she loves,” Jacklich said.

Also speaking out on the subject was Benet Academy assistant lacrosse coach Colleen Savell.

“One hundred percent it was pulled because who she was married to,” Savell told CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar. “I want the girls and the students at Benet to know that this is not OK. This is not the example that we should be setting for the students here.”

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