Category: Chicago

George Lucas, wife donate $25M to Chicago school

 In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson are seen on the red carpet at the 2013 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. T(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson are seen on the red carpet at the 2013 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. T(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, are donating $25 million to a prestigious private school on Chicago’s South Side.

Ramis, Zen master to a wild comedy storm, dies

In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City’s 50th anniversary in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

“Caddyshack.” ”National Lampoon’s Animal House.” ”Ghostbusters.” ”Groundhog Day.” ”Stripes.”

Former US congressman arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography charges

 In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's joining the increasingly crowded field running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he’s joining the increasingly crowded field running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.

NLRB considers if college players are employees

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal agency kicked off the first in a series of hearings Wednesday on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern football players to unionize, and both sides acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes can be considered employees.

Chicago anti-gang efforts tame street violence

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo, Danyia Bell, 16, left, and Artureana Terrell, 16, react as they read a program after the funeral service for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service for the Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Since her death, the number of homicides and other violent crimes that turned Chicago into a national symbol of gun violence have fallen sharply after the city and police changed strategies. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo, Danyia Bell, 16, left, and Artureana Terrell, 16, react as they read a program after the funeral service for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service for the Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation’s debate over gun violence.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

A history of union racism

HARRY C. ALFORD

HARRY C. ALFORD

(NNPA)—It was the early 1970s and my mentor, the late Arthur Fletcher, received the “green light” from Secretary of Labor George Schultz and President Richard Nixon to integrate the construction workforce on federally regulated projects.  Construction unions were livid about this.  AFL-CIO president George Meany demanded the firing of Schultz and the immediate shutdown of this program.  President Nixon ignored him and Art kicked off the program in Philadelphia—The Philadelphia Plan.  The second city was Chicago.