Chicago Crusader staff report The mothers of Sandra Bland and Hadiya Pendleton will speak at the Democratic National Convention, which will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25 to 28. Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley will speak on Tuesday, July 26. They will be among...
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The “amens” and “hallelujahs” could be heard a block away. With emotions running high, it was time to call for some help. As questions swirled, it was also time to ask for divine guidance and strength. On July 19, dozens of Black pastors in Chicago joined...
By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader The Gary Community School Corporation will make a second attempt at turning to the voters to financially bail them out by proposing a $7.5 million operating referendum that will be on the ballot in the November 8 general election. Jack Martin, the financial advisor appointed by the...
Chicago Crusader staff report Patience is wearing thin among activists waiting to find out about the special prosecutor who will handle the Laquan McDonald case. Chief Criminal Court Judge Leroy K. Martin on Friday, July 15 postponed making a decision until he received responses from “various public entities” he was contacted...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Having spent 30 years in Illinois prisons for a double murder he never committed, Johnnie Savory isn’t wallowing in self-pity. Savory is shining a spotlight on a broken and unfair judicial system that too often becomes a slippery slope to prison for innocent black and...

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Crusader staff report She has two degrees from the University of Chicago, worked at the Chicago Public Library and was featured in HistoryMakers, a national-renowned Black archives based in the Windy City. Now, Carla Hayden is on her way to Washington to head the prestigious Library of Congress, one of the...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Despite the rain, a group of diverse students last Thursday evening marched on the South Side at times shutting down the Dan Ryan Expressway and Garfield Blvd., where they called for an end to police-related shootings, but their next target was the Magnificent Mile. Their signs...
With an eye toward the future, John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor unveiled a comprehensive, fiscally responsible plan to invest $3.2 billion in Indiana’s infrastructure over the next 10 years, without raising taxes. Announced at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, the Gregg/Hale Infrastructure Plan addresses both the short and long-term needs...
Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed an Executive Order to help ensure equal opportunity is provided to all Illinois businesses looking to contract with the State. Executive Order 16-08 directs the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to oversee the implementation of the recommendations from a 2015 Disparity Study....
By Patrice Nkrumah, Chicago Crusader During an appearance on the South Side on Wednesday morning, Chicago Public Schools’ CEO Forrest Claypool announced the budget for CPS this upcoming school year. The news is not good for the city’s 392,000 students as principals will have to make some painful decisions in terms...