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Local Music Notebook: DJ Lego's Tragic Traffic Record

"Rafael Rodriguez, the Chicago DJ whose crash on a frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park last month led to the death of his passenger, had 13 convictions for traffic violations dating to 2007. Two years ago, the state revoked his license. It was suspended twice before that," the Tribune reports.

"It was about 1:40 a.m. Jan. 19, when Rodriguez, 42, known as DJ Lego, was traveling south at 90 mph on Lake Shore Drive, authorities said. He lost control of his Lexus and crashed through a guardrail near Diversey Harbor.

"Killed was passenger Claudia Beruben, 37, of Calumet Park. Rodriguez, who prosecutors said had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit,is in Cook County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. His next court date is Feb. 17.

Cook County Court records show he received supervision in 2012 for a drunk driving arrest in December 2011. In addition, Rodriguez' two-page driving record from the Illinois secretary of state's office lists five speeding convictions, starting with one in 2007 for driving 15-25 mph above the limit. His latest, in 2012, was for driving 40 mph or more over the limit.

Rodriguez also had convictions for making an improper turn, following too closely, disregarding stop signs and failing to pay traffic fines.

Before the state revoked his license in 2013 for repeated convictions of traffic violations, Rodriguez received two license suspensions - one for three or more convictions on moving violations and another for driving while on a suspended license.

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From DJ Lego's website:

"Growing up in Chicago's Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities, Rafael 'Légo' Rodriguez dedicated himself to a career in music at a very early age. He landed himself a DJ residency at the well-known Chicago nightclub Kaboom by the age of 19. His notoriety and growing fan base in 1992 led to a now 17-year residency at Chicago's Legendary Boom Boom Room, the longest running club night of any kind. Drawing from a wide spectrum of musical tastes as a DJ, Légo began producing his own music . . . "

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DJ Lego Summer Mix 2014.

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Lupe's New Old Mural
"The Lupe Fiasco Foundation has gotten a name change," the Source reports.

"The organization's announced today that they changed their name to M.U.R.A.L. The acronym stands for Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives.

"Coined as one of the 'Top Organizations to Save Chicago' in XXL magazine, M.U.R.A.L., has served hundreds of youth throughout the city of Chicago. The impact the organization has made in the city has created and supported youth empowerment organizations such as Project Orange Tree, launched food & liquor neighborhood campaigns, coat drives and more.

"The organization's original mission to provide warm meals and coats to families in need quickly expanded to include music education, curriculum and a host of other arts-based initiatives in Chicago inner-city communities."

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Dr. Dan A Real Doctor
"Few things give Daniel Ivankovich more satisfaction than responding to what might be called 'Code Blues,'" William Spain writes (badly) for USA Today.

"Ivankovich, known locally as 'Dr. Dan' or 'Chicago Slim,' is a musician and spinal surgeon who dedicates much of his time and effort to helping the aging crop of local blues stars navigate the health system, often providing free care through his non-profit One Patient Global Health Initiative."

Link added because newspapers are stupid.

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Dr. Dan on Today.

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Other media appearances.

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