Location: Sears Centre
5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Date: December 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
On June 5, 1995, Trooper Chong Soo Lim was killed in the line of duty. At 11:56 pm, Trooper Lim’s squad was struck from behind by a pickup truck on Interstate 90. The squad car became engulfed in flames. Trooper Lim, who was in his squad completing citations for a traffic stop, was killed as a result
of his injuries suffered in the crash. Trooper Lim had been assigned to District 15 for only a short time, being a recent transfer from District
Trooper Lim was a graduate of Von Steuben High School in Chicago, and of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In January of 1990, Trooper Lim became a member of Cadet Class 87 at the Illinois State Police Academy. On June 1, 1990, Trooper Lim was assigned to District 3, now District Chicago. During his many years in District Chicago, Trooper Lim was often recognized for his professionalism, dedication, and motivation. On more than one occasion, he was commended for exceptionally high activity, and he received many letters of thanks from the citizens for whom he routinely made an extra effort. His consideration and kindness when dealing with citizens in need, whether they were stranded motorists or accident victims, reflected Trooper Lim’s dedication to public service and to the ideals of the Illinois State Police.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have revealed that from 2000-2014, the Chicago Police Department has meritoriously promoted just (2) Asian officers to the rank of Lieutenant; (3) Asian officers to the rank of Sergeant; and just (1) Asian officer to the rank of Detective. During this same time frame, (31) White; (28) African American, and (16) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. (110) White; (77) African American; and (51) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. (57) White; (36) African American; and (34) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Detective. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asians are the fastest growing population in the country. Currently, Asian families account for 5.5% of Chicago residents and 7.2% of businesses. The (2) Lieutenants that were meritoriously promoted have since retired.
After speaking with the members of AALEA, the problem appears to be state-wide and in every department. As a result, the issues facing these Asian communities are often set aside. With more Asians in supervisory positions, we can ensure that these Asian communities get the police service that they deserve.
A link to the online petition below:
Any questions, concerns, or advice as we move forward with this initiative, please feel free to reach out to any officer or board member.
2016 Chong Soo Lim Golf Flyer
The Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA) will be co-sponsoring the Trooper Chong Soo Lim Memorial golf outing along with the Korean American Law Enforcement Group (KALEG) on Sunday, June 12th at White Pines Golf Club & Banquets located at 500 West Jefferson Street, Bensenville, IL 60106. Golf foursomes must be submitted by June 3rd. Included is 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be closest to the pin, longest drive, contests, 50/50 and raffle tickets will be available throughout the day. The outing will help provide funds for scholarship awards which will be awarded at the AALEA awards dinner. This is for a good cause so please come out and enjoy a day of golf, dinner and some fun!
The Scholarship will perpetuate the memory of Illinois State Police Trooper Chong Soo Lim who was tragically killed in the line of duty when his patrol car was struck from behind as he conducted a traffic stop on the Northwest Tollway. His squad car was rear-ended and burst into flames.
On Tuesday, June 6th 1995, Trooper Lim stopped a car on I-90, near Hoffman Estates. He was sitting in his squad car when a pickup truck struck the rear of his vehicle and forced it into the automobile in front of him. The force of the collision caused the gas tank to explode and trapped Trooper Lim inside.
The driver of the pickup truck was arrested for DUI. He was later charged with manslaughter for Trooper Lim’s death and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Born in South Korea, Trooper Lim patrolled District 3 in Chicago upon his graduation from the Academy. He transferred to the midnight shift in District 15, Oak Brook, just one month before his death. He is survived by his wife. The scholarship award is named after Trooper Chong Soo Lim.
It is with a heavy heart I send this information. We have lost another brother in law enforcement.
Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim, a 27 year veteran was tragically killed in the line of duty on Friday, June 19th 2015.
Officer Kim, 48, was a South Korea-born immigrant who came to the United States in 1973. Raised in Chicago, he moved to Cincinnati in 1986 to attend classes at the university of Cincinnati. Two years later he joined the Cincinnati police force where he earned 22 commendations over the years and was praised in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Justice for his service.
Officer Kim leaves behind 3 sons and his wife, Jessica. A benefit account has been started for his children at the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union. Anyone wishing to donate may stop by any of our branches or mail their donation to 959 W. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45203.