Crusader Staff Report The sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Jason Van Dyke will take place at 9 a.m. next Wednesday, October 31 in courtroom 500 at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. Judge Vincent Gaughan will hear arguments before deciding on how long the former Chicago police officer will be behind bars...

DEFIANT AND SHAMELE$$

Despite public outrage, several Black aldermen took more campaign donations from the mayor and two were given much more money than what was first reported in a Crusader investigation. By Erick Johnson Everyone was looking for The List. When City Hall said there wasn’t one, the Chicago Crusader pulled information from...
Campaign stresses the importance of voting in this year’s midterms By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Next month’s fast-approaching midterm elections count as one of the most consequential in a lifetime, according to political scholar Norman Ornstein. The folks at AARP “wholeheartedly concur,” and not just in word, but also by...

A Crusader Investigation

By Erick Johnson A 17-year-old Black teenager was dead. A Chicago police officer was being held responsible for shooting him 16 times. There was a video to prove it. And, there was also an FBI investigation and a state criminal investigation to find out why Officer Jason Van Dyke needed...
Crusader Staff Report Last week’s Crusader investigative report about eight Black aldermen who took campaign donations from Mayor Rahm Emanuel has drawn praise from readers across Chicago. Called “Bought for Silence?,” the 2,000-word story reported that eight Black aldermen took nearly $300,000 from the mayor. Some of the Black Aldermen...
24 years later, Octavius Morris signs second affidavit saying cop forced her to lie convict Roosevelt Myles, who has been in prison for nearly 27 years By Erick Johnson Two sworn affidavits. One eyewitness. One fatal shooting and one false conviction. It’s a story that, for decades, has failed to add...
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Much is known about many aspects of the history of the civil rights movement in America. However, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America provided one of the least often heralded but most essential roles in the movement’s...
Mayor and Chicago artist Theaster Gates to host former New York mayor Crusader Staff Report Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and artist Theaster Gates will host Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former Mayor of New York City (2002-2013), on Monday, October 8 at “ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen.” They will meet with...
Chicago Police Department adds 4,000 officers to help patrol city Crusader staff report Jurors on Thursday, October 4 began deliberating after both sides in the Jason Van Dyke trial ended their closing arguments before a packed courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on the West Side. As Chicago and the nation wait...
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Bill Cosby arrived at the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania courthouse in a black SUV surrounded by his publicists and attorneys. He left in a prison van, escorted by sheriff’s deputies. Judge Steven T. O’Neill sentenced the fallen comic to as many as 10 years in...