Over the last three weeks, packages containing dead animals have been left at two clinics on the North Side that perform abortions, according to police.
At about 8:15 a.m. today, a package containing a dead possum was found at a Planned Parenthood clinic at 1200 N. LaSalle St in the Old Town neighborhood, police said. A message scrawled on the package read: “For all the doctors for all you do for women.”
The clinic provides abortions, among other services.
On July 3, a box with a dead skunk was found outside the Family Planning Associates Medical Group clinic at 5086 N. Elston Ave. in the Forest Glen community. Police said a message similar to the one in today’s incident was scrawled on the box.
Although the incidents are similar, police could not say whether the same person was responsible. Both clinics have been the scene of protests in the past.Chicago police also responded to at least three other suspicious packages since Wednesday night.
At about 10 a.m. today, a envelope suspected of containing a “suspicious material” was found in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, prompting the Chicago Fire Department to send a hazardous materials team as a precaution, officials said.
The envelope was determined to be safe, Fire Department spokesman Richard Rosado said.
Earlier this morning, police exploded a cylinder box at a bus shelter in front of the NBC building’s Columbus Drive entrance.
And in Old Town Wednesday night, police investigated a call of a suspicious package at a building in the 1500 block of North Wells Street. A police source said it turned out to be a radio speaker.