A cop opens up

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader On a sunny early afternoon on Tuesday, May 3, I ventured outside to absorb the mild spring temperatures. As soon as I stepped on the sidewalk, a Chicago Police Officer pulled up and headed towards me. I wasn’t in trouble, but he initiated a conversation...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Ambrose Monye has been missing since April 21, 2016. His relatives are pleading for help as the search for the fourth-year medical student enters its third week. With little clues to Monye’s whereabouts, family members hope someone will come forward to help them find the promising...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Before a standing-room only of mostly African-American community activists, ministers and members of the Black Lives Matter movement, Cook County Commissioner Peter N. Silvestri (9th) withdrew his controversial resolution that had asked the Illinois General Assembly and the governor to change the Clerk of the...
Laws and policies governing the treatment of court and arrest records of youth “threaten public safety, produce substantial unnecessary costs, and impede young people’s ability to transition to productive adulthood,” according to a comprehensive study released Thursday by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. State law long has emphasized the principle...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin’s (1st) $50 million jobs and community stabilization plan received a huge boost from a number of neighborhood groups, a congressman, a former head of DEA and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who said, “We can’t arrest our way out” of...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Lawsuits, threats and George Lucas. It’s a battle that’s filled with as much drama as the filmmaker’s Star Wars trilogy. Now, leaders in the Black community are joining the force to support the massive project. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday, May 4, asked a federal appeals court...
By J. Coyden Palmer, Chiacgo Crusader The man who was standing on the balcony with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, passed away last week at the age of 81. Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles passed away April 26 after a long...
By Glenn Reedus The old adage of “Buy Black’ is taking on a cousin slogan according to the new owners of the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan (ISF Bank). The saying, Kweku Nduom said it’s time to Bank Black. Nduom is one of two brothers, who along with their parents...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday, April 25 announced the launch of a pilot program aimed at housing residents experiencing chronic homelessness. Emanuel’s new citywide task force aims to reduce homelessness in Chicago. Launched last month, the task force will partner with advocates, non-profits who serve the homeless, and representatives...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Community leaders joined dozens of Chicago State University students at a rally Tuesday, April 26, saying a temporary $21 million bailout is not enough to keep the school open until the state’s budget crisis is resolved. During Tuesday’s late night “Save Chicago State University” (CSU) rally...