Category: Chicago

An Eight-Year-Old Girl Writes ‘I Hate This Life’ Before Being Murdered By Her Grandmother

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Helen Ford, a 55-year old woman, is currently on trial for killing her granddaughter, 8-year-old Gizzell “Gizzy” Ford, back in 2013. A tragic end was preceded by child abuse by her grandmother and father, Andre Ford, who died under jail custody from a heart attack in 2014.

Chicago Grandmother Guilty In Beating Death Of 8-Year-Old Girl

A judge ruled Thursday that a Chicago grandmother was guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 tragic beating death of her 8-year-old granddaughter, reports ABC 7 Chicago.

From ABC 7 Chicago:

A judge declared Helen Ford, 55, guilty in the July 2013 death of her granddaughter, 8-year-old Gizzell Ford. The judge called the murder “exceptionally brutal.”

14-Year-Old Chicago Musician Wins First Place In National Music Competition

14-Year-Old Chicago Musician Wins First Place and $10K In National Music Competition

14-year-old cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing

14-year-old cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing

It was a melodious moment. After thrilling the audience and judges with her performance of Lalo’s Concerto in D Minor, 14-year-old Hyde Park Suzuki Institute (HPSI) cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, a resident of Chicago’s South Side, snagged the coveted first place prize, including $10,000, in the Junior Division of the 20th Annual Sphinx Competition held recently in Detroit.

Obama returns to Chicago to lay groundwork for presidential center

After some glorious and much needed time off, Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago for the first time as ex-president on Wednesday, mapping plans for his Obama Presidential Center.

Obama Returns To Chicago To Lay Groundwork For Presidential Center

After some glorious and much needed time off, Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago for the first time as ex-president on Wednesday, mapping plans for his Obama Presidential Center.

Chance The Rapper Launches Obama-Inspired Clothing Line

Chicago-bred music artist Chance the Rapper is paying homage to the Obamas through a new clothing line. According to The Hill, the rapper teamed up with Joe Fresh Goods to model pieces from their new “Thank You Obama” line.

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NEWS ROUNDUP: Charges Dropped Against Texas Mother And Daughter Whose Arrests Went Viral…AND MORE

The Fort Worth Police Department will drop charges against a Texas mother and daughter whose violent arrests went viral last month. Jacqueline Craig, 46, and her daughter Brea Hymond, 19, were forcefully apprehended after Craig called police officials to report that a man choked her 7-year-old son for littering. A dispute ensued between Officer William Martin, Craig, and Hymond, resulting in their arrests. Craig and Hymond were charged with resisting arrest, search or transport. On Thursday, the FWPD announced the charges will be dropped. “This decision didn’t happen in a vacuum. My decision to pull back these charges was something that I thought was right, something that we owed the community and the Craig family in particular,” said Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald. He also noted that Officer Martin will undergo a “tremendous amount of re-training.” Read more.

Trump Threatens to Send in Feds To “Fix” Chicago; Chicago Leaders Respond

“Fix the carnage.” Is what Trump posted Tuesday night in regards to the violence going on in Chicago.

Demolition Denied on Historic Pilgrim Church

Demolition Denied on Historic Pilgrim Church

The walls will stay up – at least for now. However, the future of historic Pilgrim Baptist Church remains uncertain for the original birthplace of gospel music.

Pilgrim Baptist Church Chicago

Pilgrim Baptist Church Chicago

During the holidays, the Chicago Landmarks Commission temporarily voted to reject a demolition permit to knock down what’s left of the 126-year-old structure.

Obama Returning to Chicago for Farewell Speech

Obama Returning to Chicago for Farewell Speech

By: Defender Contributing Writer Erick Johnson

He kicked of his historic term in the White House in Chicago. Now, President Barack Obama will end his career in the Oval Office with a farewell speech Jan. 10 at the McCormick Place.

Outgoing President Obama remains optimistic

Outgoing President Obama remains optimistic

NEWS ROUNDUP: Chicago Has Deadly Christmas Weekend; Obama Says He Could Have Won Third Term…AND MORE

Over the Christmas weekend, Chicago witnessed numerous deadly gang-related incidents. According to police officials, there were 27 shootings that left 12 individuals dead and 48 others wounded. “The violence primarily occurred in areas with historical gang conflicts on the South and West sides of the City,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday. “We now know that the majority of these shootings and homicides were targeted attacks by gangs against potential rival gang members and groups who were at holiday gatherings. They were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at the homes of family and friends celebrating the holidays. This was followed by several acts of retaliation.” According to law enforcement officials, there have been 3,495 shootings and 753 homicides in Chicago between January 1 and Dec 25. Read more.