By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The grand staircase where many debutantes once roamed became a meeting place for inner city youth looking for a job. The carved oak mantel on the wood burning fireplace where the well-heeled cuddled on frigid nights for years, held flyers promoting drug treatment programs. For decades,...
Located in the heart of Chicago’s urban violence for 53 years, the Chicago Crusader newspaper is in the vanguard of organizations acknowledging positive contributions in the community. The newspaper’s “Heroes in the Hood” program will celebrate its 24th year of fostering community activism by honoring selfless volunteers in 2017. Noting...
Crusader Staff Report With days left before voters go to the polls, candidates seeking the 4th Ward aldermanic seat are stepping up their campaigns to represent one of Chicago’s most diverse and affluent districts. The 4th Ward, which runs along Lake Shore Drive, includes parts of the South Loop around...
Crusader staff report Dramatic audio tapes that recorded frantic callers who saw three children perish in an apartment fire in 2016 were released Wednesday, February 21, rekindling the horrific moments that shocked a community in Gary. The fire happened two months ago at the Oak Knoll apartment complex, located in the...
Crusader Staff Report The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on Wednesday, February 22, approved a settlement with the Chicago Urban League, ending nearly a decade of legal battles after the state was accused of discriminating against minority and low-income students in its funding of school districts. The settlement came after...

CLOSING AFTER 95 YEARS

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The hacksaws, tape measures and lamps are all on sale. Some shelves are empty. Everything, including boxes of Christmas lights, must go. However, the mural that was once the backdrop for performances by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong will stay. After 95 years...
The Gary Redevelopment Commission this summer will host free tours of historic structures in downtown. Some structures slated for the tour are currently being utilized while others have been left abandoned. Through the tours, one will be embraced in Gary’s story, learn the importance of historic preservation and help...
By Lee Edwards, Chicago Crusader Chicago anti-violence advocate Andrew Holmes is the recipient of the FBI’s 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA), in recognition of his tireless efforts to combat violent crime throughout the Chicagoland area. The Director’s Community Leadership Award provides the bureau a platform to recognize community members and organizations...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Emotions are running high in Chicago’s Black community as area residents, law enforcement, and community leaders as well as activists scramble to find answers to end the city’s escalating gun violence. Shootings over a three-day period involving the tragic deaths of three young children have...
By Desmond Alicea, Gary Crusader After an intense search and hours of uncertainty, Chastinea Reeves was found safe and unharmed on Feb. 15. Police reported that she was found at 2027 Maine St. in Gary, IN. During a press conference on Tuesday at the Gary Police Department, Public Information Officer Dawn...