By J. Coyden Palmer, Chicago Crusader Last week Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he had chosen Sophia King to fill the vacancy of Alderman for the 4th Ward created by the resignation of Will Burns. The news left residents of the ward happy they have a representative in the city council....
By Chinta Strausberg Just four days before a mass rally to save the Chicago State University (CSU) is scheduled, state lawmakers Friday passed a $21.1 million stopgap amendment that will keep CSU opened at least until September when elected officials say they hope they’ll have a budget. The Rev. Jesse L....
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The streets are finally quiet. Calvin Palmer Jr.’s barbershop on the South Side is humming with customers. Gang bangers have fled the area and the gunfire has stopped. The barbershop’s strategy to give free haircuts during a 48-hour ceasefire between rival gangs worked. That’s Hollywood’s version...
Move over Andrew Jackson. Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the $20 bill. And on the back of the $5 bill, Martin Luther King Jr. and the late Black opera singer Marian Anderson will join former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. For the first time in history, famous Black pioneers...
Chicago Crusader staff report Chatham, one of Chicago’s most prominent Black communities, is about to undergo two multimillion dollar projects to improve the neighborhood. In two of his most ambitious plans for the historic neighborhood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday, April 20, launched a $4.8 million streetscape improvement project that will...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) recently held an accountability forum on how to recall Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. He remains on the hot seat for personally using educational funds as hostage to get his non-budgetary initiatives passed. The forum, headed by attorney Mike...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday, April 11 announced that Sophia King, a 30-year Chicago resident, will be the new alderman representing the City’s 4th Ward. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has not just lived in the 4th Ward, she has worked to improve the quality of life for everyone...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Flanked by workers from Nabisco Co., Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. welcomed a call for a national boycott of Nabisco products made in Mexico. Jackson accused the company of “corporate greed” with its plans to move its company and 600 jobs from the West Side of...
Chicago Crusader staff report Four months after Mayor Rahm Emanuel formed the Police Accountability Task Force amid angry protests, the organization recommended abolishing the police review panel that investigates shootings that involves Chicago officers. The recommendation is part of a blistering report that the task force released this week. The report...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader With a critical deadline for funds approaching, more than 60 Black leaders are gearing up to hold a major rally on the South Side to send a message that CSU will not close. Led by attorneys Thomas N. Todd, Lewis Myers, Berve Muhammad, Rev. Paul Jakes,...