04 Mar

New video link to full story

CHICAGO is a great city to live and visit. But a friend of mine from overseas shared this documentary with me yesterday.  In this recently produced video, Ross Kemp exposes the serious problem with heroin addiction, not only within Chicago’s inner city, but in “Middle America” suburban neighborhoods.

My friends first comment was “this video sure is bad for tourist who are thinking of visiting Chicago”.  So I watched this incredible series and was shocked to see Kemp’s findings.  The frightening details of how heroin has infiltrated Chicago, was mind-boggling.  I live here and did not know about most of what he uncovered.  Did you know the Eisenhower (29o expressway) is known as “Heroin Alley”?  Well, I sure had not heard that.  He filmed the drug trade and dealers who hang out along the side of the expressway.  Did you know huge numbers of suburban addicts visit this area to buy drugs?

His series called “Ross Kemp Extreme World” is well produced and extremely graphic.  Kemp clearly risked his life interviewing drug dealers and users throughout this documentary.  It has sad moments of regular people now addicted, in action.  They shot actual footage of them injecting the drugs, having seizures close to overdosing, and cutting the heroin.  One of the suburban young women interviewed, said 70% of her friends were users.  Wow!

If you want a closer look into Chicago’s drug problem, this is a must see.  ALL OF THEM.  As he digs in deep you will be amazed at his findings and that this happening right under our noses.  At one point a dealer says the Chicago police are involved and some are also addicts.  That’s not too surprising after watching this documentary.

If I was a tourist watching this documentary, I would sure be afraid to visit Chicago.  Let’s hope this does not discourage them. Take some time out to watch and share it with others.  It will blow your mind!  Why isn’t our news media reporting this?  Maybe our new Mayor Raum Emanuel will investigate.

Ross Kemp has received international recognition as an investigative journalist for his critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary series Ross Kemp on Gangs.  He is an award-winning British actor, journalist and author.





Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP


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  1. PFO

    May 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    The Ross Kemp piece is so sad but very typical of how life is out here now.

  2. Muhsin Githitu

    August 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Ross kemp is the rare bred of journalist who dares the most feared terrains just to bring you first hand info. He’s an inspiration to many up coming journalists and a living example of what real journalism is about.

  3. immigrantgirlh

    August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Believe it or not, Ross Kemp started off as an actor…first in a well known soap and then various drama series produced in England. He took a break before returning with his hard hitting documentaries. I saw a show a few weeks ago (I will try and find it) about the Heroin problem in suburban female user called the 290 Heroin highway. It was shocking how quickly the problem was’s moving at the same rate at what would be legally termed an “epidemic.” I love Chitown…it has a great deal to offer and this wouldn’t put me off going again. However, for those unfamiliar with the area/city I agree that you are right…this may well put off some potential tourists.

  4. Mark

    December 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    when are you going to do your x factor recap? i need you to get on this, as i enjoy reading your thoughts…

  5. Econometrics Group

    January 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    regarding your comments on QL’s zing blog;
    “…This is a great article. While some still seem to dispute this article, which is better? Continuing to pay rent and feed the pocket of landlords?”

    While this is half right, you failed to address the issue of DP and DTI.
    Just because it may make more sense to buy than rent, does NOT mean, this should be the standard operating procedure. Again, most re persons seem to think that there are droves of buyers with cash in hand waiting to buy a house.

    IF a potential buyer has the proper DP, earns a sufficient amount of money, has a savings
    of 6 months to pay the mortgage, then yes. it is better to buy than rent. Otherwise, NO
    it is does not make sense to take the risk. There is just not not risk factored in to buying
    residential real estate. Something that is sorely missing.

    Unfortunately, Most of the potential buying pool does not have sufficient DP and/or can qualify for a loan.This is not entirely the banks fault either, as so many re agents point to. 80% to 90% of buyers should not be buying a home- unless they have a minimum of 15% down and purchase a home within a 25% to 28% DTI. Not this 30% to 35% range that has been the case in the past.

    RE persons have to take a different approach to real estate. Just because we depend on commissions and sales, does not mean it is okay to hick buying homes to anyone.
    The buying pool has been narrowed and we have to be selective in who we try to
    sell houses to. We have a responsibility as much as the bank does. Thinking otherwise
    is irresponsible.

    • brittaj

      January 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for your feedback.

      It is true that everyone is not in the position to purchase a home. This blog was only to address those who are in the position to buy. However, the pricing is finally at affordable rates and if someone has decent credit, solid employment and is paying more in rent than a mortgage, it is a great option. As a real estate agent, my goal is to assist potential homeowners and help assess their situation. Making a commission selling to someone who cannot afford a home, would make me lose sleep at night.

      Down payments are a big piece of the puzzle but FHA 3.5% down loans are popular and offer support to those with little readily available funds. Debt to income is looked at when renting a home, so it would likely be already at a good balance. FHA offers loans to those with approx. 41% DTI so many qualify and don’t even know it. Bottomline, people should take the time to analyze their overall situation and discuss with experienced professionals before buying to insure we do not see a repeat of the housing crash.

      The media sometimes makes it seem as though NO ONE should buy and this is just not the case.

  6. Econometrics Group

    January 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Good points Britta.

  7. jolene sailer

    May 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Brittaj, tried to upload video, but it said it is no longer available. Do you have another link we can see and learn from this video you are talking about? Thank you.


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