Chicago Crusader staff report Cook County’s jail population in the past several years dropped from 10,000 to 7,500 and the number could drop even lower, according to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The number was among several achievements Preckwinkle touted during her annual luncheon at the Chicago Renaissance Hotel with...
Chicago Crusader staff report They serve those who have served their country. Now a charity group that helps homeless military veterans is slowly winning a battle of their own. The Remake the World (RTW) Veteran Center in Washington Park won’t be closing its doors or shutting down its volunteer food pantry...
By Erick Johnson For over a half a mile on 79th Street, bodies were everywhere. On a sunny morning on Saturday, May 20, an eerie silence fell upon a busy thoroughfare in Greater Grand Crossing as thousands of bodies of men, women, teenagers and even toddlers lay across 20 city...
By J. Coyden Palmer The chair of the city council’s Transportation Committee was plowed over repeatedly by two executives and community supporters of the ride-sharing programs Lyft and Uber on May 25 at a city council committee hearing on whether stricter regulations are needed for the company’s drivers, who...
Chicago Crusader staff report It was a funeral fit for a princess. On a warm spring morning of Wednesday, May 25, nearly 1,100 people said goodbye to 15-year-old De’Kayla Dansberry during a service at New Beginnings Church at 6620 S. King Dr. Community leaders led an emotional service that was packed with...
By Erick Johnson The big weekend is here. The Weber ™ grill has been cleaned, the ribs marinated and the cooler stocked with a fresh assortment of drinks. Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is upon us. For many Blacks, the place to see and be seen will be...
By Chinta Strausberg Come July, Don Harris, will mark 48 years as an unpaid volunteer at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters. He’s the driving force behind an ongoing effort to refurbish the iconic building that has been the site of numerous press conferences over the years. The building has also...
By J. Coyden Palmer The third suspect in the grisly, calculated murder of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee was denied bail by a Cook County judge May 18 after being captured over the weekend in downstate Danville. Kevin Edwards, 23, had been on the run since November when he and two...

Show me the money!

By Erick Johnson Poor Dorothy Brown. She heads the second largest county court system in the country. Yet, the Clerk for the Circuit Court of Cook County makes less than a security specialist, a grant coordinator, a research analyst, top administrative assistants and other employees working in the public sector. While Brown...
Chicago Crusader staff report The human remains of corpses that were ripped from their graves as part of a scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip on Tuesday, May 17, were reburied in a ceremony that gave closure to surviving relatives. Officials from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department were on hand...