By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader A bill that would have kept Chicago State University and other public universities from shutting their doors fell through on Wednesday after lawmakers came up short of passing the legislation. In late night discussion with Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-8th), the Chicago Crusader learned “there...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Thousands of affordable housing units were promised, but never built. Robert Taylor and Cabrini Green projects are gone. So are hot Black neighborhoods that enticed well-educated buyers with money. Englewood residents are drowning in poverty and just 13 mortgages went to people who wanted to...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown’s received a boost on February 19 at the Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville, where several Black leaders and retired judges rallied behind her bid for reelection to a fifth term. The support amid a packed room of about 200 people who cheered...
By Patrice Nkrumah While the full effects of the state budget crisis on Chicago State University’s recruiting and retention will not be known until this fall, some students have already begun the process of looking to transfer to other institutions, according to the Speaker of the Student Senate. August Love...
By Coyden Palmer, Chicago Crusader Earlier this month, a law passed in Maryland that will give ex-felons the right to vote in upcoming elections. Advocates for those with convictions and the community as a whole view it as an important victory in the multifaceted battle to regain rights for citizens...

Many years of racism

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader One year, there were plans to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday with fried chicken and a movie that made fun of a Black crime fighter trying to clean up a Black neighborhood. Another year, an email was sent showing a man in a hat holding...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader The 17-member Cook County Gun Violence Task Force Tuesday plans to ask the U.S. Homeland Security for millions of dollars to fight gangs and create jobs for brothers on the street. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin has asked the federal government to share Homeland Security dollars...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader The historic 84-year-old Chicago Baptist Institute International (CBII) is up for sale and behind on its mortgage by more than $1.3 million, according to Diann Baker, the school’s chief financial officer. The school is located at 5120 S. King Drive. “The school needs the support of the...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Because they appreciate the 55-years Theresa “Teesee” Hooks spent as columnist of the Chicago Defender’s “Teesee’s Town” social column, Spencer Leak, Jr., vice president of the Leak & Sons Funeral Home, said his family voluntarily paid for the entire funeral including a reception. “We donated the...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The presidential race for the Black vote in Chicago shifted into high gear on Feb. 17 when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a rousing speech at the Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville, where she reconnected with disillusioned Black voters and stepped up her campaign for...