By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The story begins on a Fall Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field in 2017 where many political candidates seeking the Black vote scoped out the movers and shakers attending the Chicago Football Classic, an annual Black Chicago tradition. One candidate was a fresh faced political rookie...
Crusader staff report Sharon Fairley, former head of Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, has officially entered the race for Illinois Attorney General, but can she win the Black vote with ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department? Or will her Democratic opponent Kwame Raoul sweep Chicago’s...
Crusader staff report It’s official. Many Illinois residents will soon be registered voters. After a year of challenges, Governor Rauner on Monday, August 28 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Bronzeville, signed into legislation a new law that will automatically register residents to vote when they obtain their driver’s...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin said the controversial pop tax is not being charged by all business establishments, some blaming the inability of their financial systems to handle the new transaction and others not charging their customers at all. During a City Hall press conference, Boykin...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Now that the House and Senate have passed the Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) bill, Rev. Jesse Jackson said once Gov. Bruce Rauner signs the bill, the next fight is to get a Constitutional right to vote, but he’s more concerned about GOP voter suppression. The fight...
By J. Coyden Palmer, Chicago Crusader When billionaire Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker announced he would be running for governor of Illinois at a South Side park last week, there were many influential Black leaders in attendance. Speaking at the Grand Crossing Park field house, Pritzker said it is time the...
Sophia King
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader Riding a wave of big endorsements and political contributions, Sophia King cruised to victory in the 4th Ward aldermanic race on Tuesday, February 28, defying critics who doubted her chances because of her ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. With nearly 63 percent of the vote, King...
By Dennis Robaugh, patch.com A white man driving in Chicago was attacked by young men who punched and kicked him as someone recorded a video and shouted "You voted Trump? Don't vote Trump." A voice also can be heard yelling "Beat his ass." The video, now the focus of a police...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the election only days away, a new national poll shows that Black American voters overwhelmingly plan to vote for Hillary Clinton as their choice for President of the United States. Their choice is influenced by concerns about high quality, affordable education, income inequality, jobs, the...
By J. Coyden Palmer, Chicago Crusader Its good news for those who live in Cook County suburbs as the Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 26 to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour within the next four years. Commissioners say raising the minimum wage will put the suburbs on...