An 8-hour public visitation for Ernie Banks Friday in downtown Chicago is sure to be filled with fans, ballplayers, family and friends of the Cubs legend. Banks is being remembered as Mr. Cub, Mr. “Let’s Play Two;” Mr. Sunshine. Banks broke records and barriers during his 19 years with the Chicago Cubs. But as WBEZ’s Katie O’Brien learned, he never broke character.
50 school-aged children have died so far this year in Chicago—on sidewalks, on streets, even inside a friend’s home. For parents living in neighborhoods where violence is a reality, even the most benign setting can feel unsafe and out of control.