( Dana Ferguson, Chicago Tribune / October 24, 2014 )
FBI agents stand at Lao You Ju restaurant, 2002 S. Wentworth, in Chinatown.
An FBI agent lowers blinds in a Chinatown restaurant where records are being examined. (ABC7 I-Team)
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CHICAGO (WLS) — FBI agents are raiding restaurants in Chinatown as “part of an ongoing investigation,” according to a bureau media representative. Agents are executing search warrants but have not made any arrests.
FBI Conducting Raids in Chicago, Including at Chinatown Restaurants: Report
By Casey Cora on October 24, 2014 12:44pm
The FBI raided several locations in Chicago Friday. The FBI raided several locations in Chicago Friday. Flickr/Swanksalot
CHINATOWN — The FBI is raiding locations in Chicago, including restaurants in Chinatown, according to officials and media reports.
A spokeswoman for the FBI acknowledged the raids Friday morning.
“I can confirm that search warrants are being executed at a number of locations as part of an ongoing investigation,” special agent Joan Hyde said. Hyde said there were “no arrests involved with today’s activity.”
Hyde would not go into details of where the raids were or what information was being sought.
But ABC7 News reported that some of the raids were at restaurants in Chinatown.
The station said that the restaurant Lao Sze Chuan, owned by chef Tony Hu, was closed due to FBI activity.
Hu could not immediately be reached for comment.
Officials with the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce said they were unaware of the reason for the search warrants.
FBI searches Chinatown restaurants, including at least 1 owned by famed chef Tony Hu
The Chinatown welcome gate on South Wentworth Ave.
Some Chinatown businesses were searched on Friday as part of an ongoing FBI investigation. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
By Carlos Sadovi, Phil Vettel and Dana Ferguson,
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FBI agents executed search warrants at several restaurants in the Chinatown neighborhood Friday as part of an ongoing investigation, including at least one owned by prominent chef Tony Hu, officials said.
FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde would not elaborate but said no arrests were made.
Federal agents were seen entering one of Hu’s restaurant, Lao Sze Chuan at 2172 S. Archer Ave., around 9 a.m. Manager Tommy Wong said he did not know what the agents were looking for, but they removed some “white boxes.”
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“They said everything was okay,” Wong said. “They were just checking.”
The restaurant was closed for several hours but reopened around 2:30 p.m. “I just hope some of the people will come back for dinner time,” Wong said.
Hu had little to say when reached by phone earlier Friday. “I don’t know,” Hu said when asked if his businesses were being searched. “I’ll let you know.”
Hu runs the Tony Gourmet Group, which owns 10 restaurants in the city and Evanston.
Hu was appointed to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks not long after Rahm Emanuel became mayor. He is also vice president of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.
A spokesman for the chamber said the organization was aware of FBI activity involving several restaurants but could not elaborate.
The chamber later issued a statement saying, “The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has no comment.”
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华人社区瞩目的FBI突然搜查若干中国城中餐馆事件有最新进展：据主流媒体报道和本报与老四川经理Tommy Wong 核实，老四川已经在今天下午3时左右重新开业。据Tommy说，这只是一个“例行检查, 暂时没有任何问题”。据报道，Tommy 曾对主流媒体采访者说，“They （FBI）said everything was okay,” “They were just checking.”