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Taskforce co-chaired by Mayor Lightfoot and former White House Chief of Staff Samuel K. Skinner to advise City’s recovery efforts to rebuild and come back stronger post-COVID-19 On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the creation of the COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce to advise city government as economic...
Governor calls looting, burning of small businesses “heartbreaking” By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com The “structural change” demanded by protestors around Illinois will come from nonviolent demonstrations coupled with policy reforms, Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday. Speaking at a blended-income housing development in Chicago called KLEO Art Residences, the governor said “community activism...
Initiative – comprising philanthropic and corporate commitments – seeks to advance an equitable recovery, specifically focused on Black and Latinx communities and residents historically left behind. To harness the Chicago region’s momentum, energy, and generosity to tackle the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and the deep-seated inequities amplified by the pandemic,...
The NJ ref who forced a Black student to cut his dreads will file a lawsuit alleging emotional distress and character defamation. By Jessica Bennett, Ebony The New Jersey referee who forced a Black student to cut his dreadlocks or face disqualification from a Buena Regional High School wrestling match claims...
By Jessica D'Onofrio, ABC7 News Chicago is moving into Phase 3 of reopening under Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan Wednesday, despite the damage from looting and unrest over the past several days in wake of the death of George Floyd. Mayor Lightfoot said business owners around Chicago urged her to move ahead...
By Lois Beckett, The Guardian If estimates are correct, Kamala Harris drew a bigger crowd at her presidential campaign launch in Oakland than Barack Obama did when he announced his run for president in Illinois in 2007. Harris, the second African-American woman elected to the US senate, has drawn comparisons to...
By Douglas Perry and Amy Wang | The Oregonian/OregonLive Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land,” hits bookshelves on Nov. 17. Publisher Penguin Random House calls the 768-page book “a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making,” tracking the first Black U.S. president’s “improbable odyssey from young man searching for his...
By Errin Haines, The 19th via The Washington Post Breonna Taylor was working as an EMT in Louisville when the coronavirus pandemic hit the country, helping to save lives while trying to protect her own. On March 13, the 26-year-old aspiring nurse was killed in her apartment, shot at least eight times by...
By Janey W. Lee, Variety Actor Carol Sutton, who made appearances in “Steel Magnolias” and “Queen Sugar,” died Thursday night of complications from COVID-19. She was 76. The actor spent her last months at the Touro Infirmary in her native city of New Orleans, where she was treated for the virus. New...
ABC 7 NY Medical students across the country were given the surprise of a lifetime Monday: no more student loan debt. Former New York City Mayor and one-time presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg pledged $100 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies to the nation's four historically Black medical schools. About 800 students attending Atlanta's Morehouse...