No Arrests in Beating Death of Bar Owner

By Steve Bryant
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 7:22 PM CDT
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Bar owner Robert Gonzalez was found beaten behind the bar he ran for decades in Lincoln Square.

Bar owner Robert Gonzalez was found beaten behind the bar he ran for decades in Lincoln Square.

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Cops are reporting a few leads but no arrests in the weekend beating death of a bar owner who was found in the alleyway behind his establishment with injuries to the head.

The area's alderman says he believes the case will be solved "quickly."

Robert Gonzales, 69, was found early Sunday morning behind his bar, O'Lanagan's, with severe lacerations to his head. Police didn't know whether he'd been robbed.

He had about $2,000 in his pocket when police found him, but his keys to the bar were missing, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing police.

Ald. Gene Schulter (47th) lives a few blocks away from the bar, and said Gonzalez was "a real gentleman."

"Everybody liked Bobby," customer Gary Wing said.  "This thing is so bizarre.  Everyone is tryin gto figure out what happened."

The bar is described in mostly glowing terms on area web sites.

"Three stars for a REAL old school bar, with old school prices," read one typical entry on Yelp.com. "Good place to just do nothing but play pool or the juke box."

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