Toni Preckwinkle's Condo Building Vandalized Nine Times Since Late July

By Sam Cholke on August 21, 2014 7:51am | Updated on August 21, 2014 9:28am

 Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, has had the glass front door of her building shattered nine times since July 29, a realty company said.
Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, has had the glass front door of her building shattered nine times since July 29, a realty company said.
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HYDE PARK — The glass front doors on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s condo building have been shattered nine times in the last month, DNAinfo Chicago has learned.

George Kotnour of Marian Realty told DNAinfo that he’s replaced the doors nine times since July 29, most recently repairing two doors that were shattered Tuesday with what he said was either a rock or a baseball bat.

“You don’t want to give people the impression that we’re not going to do anything,” Kotnour said.

Residents of the four-story brick condo building in the 5100 block of South Greenwood Avenue, less than a block from President Barack Obama’s house, said they were more confused than worried since nothing was ever taken.

The owner of Kayra Imports, 1001 E. 53rd St., said two of the store's windows also were broken  Sunday night.

At least two other buildings on the block have had glass doors smashed recently, according to Kotnour.

Kotnour said he didn't think it had anything to do with Preckwinkle living in the building.

A spokeswoman for Preckwinkle said the board president was out of town and not available to comment.

Wentworth District Police Cmdr. Terence Williams said he had officers concentrating more on robberies, burglaries and violent crimes on the lakefront and Bronzeville during the summer months.

“I’m not really concentrating on these crimes, and this is not something I was aware of,” Williams said at a Wednesday night CAPS meeting in Hyde Park.

Chicago police did station a car on the block for several days, and there was no damage during that time, according to Kotnour.

University of Chicago police said they were aware of the issue and would also give it special attention.

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