By Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff Some say Marc Smith may have the most difficult job in state government. Smith is the acting director of the embattled Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He has spent his entire career working in child welfare here in Illinois. In April, Smith was...
By Jessica D'Onofrio, ABC7 News Chicago is moving into Phase 3 of reopening under Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan Wednesday, despite the damage from looting and unrest over the past several days in wake of the death of George Floyd. Mayor Lightfoot said business owners around Chicago urged her to move ahead...
By Cat Schuknecht, NPR Magic Johnson isn't having fun anymore. "Today, I'm going to step down as president," the former NBA superstar told a gaggle of reporters on Tuesday night, about an hour and a half before the Los Angeles Lakers played their last game of the season. "I was happier...
Last week, State Senator Eddie Melton, who has formed an exploratory committee for governor, spoke at the National Urban League Conference held in Indianapolis. In attendance at the conference were multiple presidential candidates including former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Sen. Melton joined a...
Crusader staff report District attorney Dan Friel said on Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Gary Teachers Union signed a new contract with the struggling Gary Community School Corp. Because the district is under state-control, the new contract must be approved by the Distressed Unit Appeals Board, Friel said. Friel said the contract does...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Betty Magness, Illinois political director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is busy registering people to vote for what the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. calls the Nov. 8th “superbowl” election, long after last Tuesdays’ National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). Registration ends October 11th; however, Magness asks...
UpnUp News In what serves as the latest example of a popular documentary forcing authorities into action, the Manhattan district attorney’s office will reexamine the circumstances surrounding the 1965 murder of civil rights icon Malcolm X. The ABA Journal reports that a preliminary review of the convictions in the case will be conducted in...
U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation assume responsibility for processing the backlogged evidence related to the cases involving the 55 unsolved killings of women in the Chicagoland area. “I am writing you today with a...
After successfully kicking off her citywide ‘Listening Tour’ on the mid-south side, Mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown will continue the tour on the near south side on Tuesday, June 26 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th Street. As during her first tour, Brown will begin the evening by walking...
By David Denson In February 2000, Cleveland C. Bynum was arrested and charged with killing five people; Angela Wallace, Suzanne Wallace, Shelia Bartee, Anthony Jeffers and Elizabeth Daily-Ayers. The following year Bynum was later convicted of committing those crimes and received a 300-year sentence. At his sentencing hearing, Bynum, addressing the...