By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Eddie Johnson was named the permanent Chicago Police Superintendent on Wednesday, April 12. The move came after a blistering report about racial bias in the city’s police force. In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved Johnson, a 27-year veteran of the CPD. He grew up...
By Patrice Nkrumah, Chicago Crusader For decades, the 50 Yard Line Lounge in the Park Manor community has been a place where Blacks can hang out and watch sports, meet up with friends, dance and have politically-incorrect conversations. But recent violent incidents at the lounge, 69 E. 75th, have raised...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The roof is coming apart. The creaky wooden porch is aging with growing cracks. And the navy blue paint that once adorned the steps is peeling away. Nearly 100 years ago, this two-story white clapboard house on South Throop Street in West Englewood became the home...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Saying it is time to change an Illinois law allowing cops to legally seize homes, cars and personal funds they find even if a person is innocent, Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-5th) said she working to revamp the legislation, which she calls illegal. It’s an issue...
City leaders on Monday, April 4, launched a citywide task force dedicated to addressing and reducing homelessness in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the Task Force to Reduce Homelessness will focus on improved coordination between city and sister departments, increased efficiencies in service delivery, and identifying additional resources to...
South Side Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) is introducing an ordinance that calls for the replacement of the Independent Police Review Authority by a truly independent police oversight agency. The proposed ordinance abolishes IPRA and establishes, in its place, the Independent Citizen Police Monitor. The proposed civilian agency will...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Cook County Comm. Richard Boykin blames the cause of violence on “poverty, unemployment, hopelessness, and self-hatred” he says they provide the “perfect mix” for increased gun violence. “We are at war and too many of our government officials and institutions have turned their heads and allowed...
Chicago Crusader staff report Two weeks after a stunning decision to keep several South Side charter school open, Chicago Public Schools filed three lawsuits against the Illinois State Charter School Commission (ISCSC) to keep the schools closed. In each lawsuit, school officials say the commission overstepped its authority when it reversed...
One of Chicago’s leading civic and social justice lights, and the storied life of a woman who was an admired luminary within the upper echelons of the Black community has been extinguished. Juanita Passmore, a revered and well-known socialite, corporate executive, civic/community advocate and philanthropist passed away on Tuesday,...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Eddie Johnson’s appointment as Chicago interim police superintendent drew mixed reaction after Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement on March 28. While leaders praise Johnson as a qualified appointment, activists say the mayor should have chosen a candidate who has no ties to a department that has...