Category: Chicago

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.

NEWS ROUNDUP: Illinois Residents Flee State In Droves…AND MORE

New data shows that the population in Illinois is on the decline. According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday, Illinois has lost more people than any other state over the span of a year. Between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, 37,508 people left Illinois. Many of those individuals relocated to other states. “In order to reverse this trend, we need structural reforms to create more jobs, lower property taxes, improve our schools, and enact term limits to fix our broken political system,” said a spokeswoman for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. “The longer the majority party stalls and refuses to compromise, backing the status quo, trends like this will continue.” If the population continues to get smaller, the state could possibly lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Other states that include Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania experienced a population decline as well. Read more.

Holiday Magic 2016 at Brookfield Zoo

Holiday Magic 2016

Go to the Brookfield Zoo, the perfect winter wonderland takes place and outing where the Holiday Magic

Go to the Brookfield Zoo, the perfect winter wonderland takes place and outing where the Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic 2016

 

by Kai EL’ Zabar