WBEZ | Columbia College http://www.wbez.org/tags/columbia-college Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A mother struggles as son's murder remains unsolved http://www.wbez.org/news/mother-struggles-sons-murder-remains-unsolved-108323 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Korey1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-24e19bf5-5a16-6e82-47ab-6daab4f46c9a">On a warm, sunny April afternoon, Veronica Lewis stands and stares at the spot where her 27-year-old son was murdered last year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I know Korey isn&rsquo;t the only one (to be killed in Chicago),&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;But I just want answers to my questions.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Fourth of July</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Korey Parker was murdered July 4th last year. He had spent the day barbequeing with his family. Veronica Lewis remembers she was settling in to watch a movie at the end of the day when she heard someone scream her son&rsquo;s nickname: &ldquo;C.O. got shot!&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">She ran out of the house and found her son bloody, and nearly lifeless on the ground, surrounded by his friends. He had been shot once in the head and six times in the chest.</p><p dir="ltr">A funeral procession filled up the entire block where Parker was shot just days after the murder. Lewis says it was &ldquo;like a party&rdquo; after the burial when friends and neighbors gathered to remember her son.</p><p dir="ltr">His friends say he was the &ldquo;rooster&rdquo; on the block who got everyone up and going in the morning. His sisters describe him as a joker who picked food off their plates and told them to cover up if he thought their clothes were too revealing. Parker&rsquo;s friends and relatives seem to talk about him with genuine affection.</p><p dir="ltr">Police believe there were two eyewitnesses the night of Parker&rsquo;s murder, and Lewis says detectives told her that multiple anonymous callers have described a possible killer. But now, more than a year later, police still have not named a suspect in her son&rsquo;s murder. &nbsp;And Lewis&rsquo; communication, or perhaps lack of communication with the detectives investigating the case, have left her with little faith in the police.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Possible witnesses</strong></p><p dir="ltr">Police say they think two women were standing next to Parker the night of the murder but fled when the killer approached him.</p><p dir="ltr">Lewis says Area 2 Detective Brian Forberg told her he tracked down the two women on the same night as the murder, and they described a possible killer. Forberg declined to discuss the case with WBEZ.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I believe they got scared,&rdquo; Lewis said of the two women. She says &ldquo;there&rsquo;s no way&rdquo; the women couldn&rsquo;t have seen the killer if they were really there.</p><p dir="ltr">Lewis isn&rsquo;t alone in her frustration. About 70 percent of all murders in Chicago went unsolved in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to murder analysis reports from the Chicago Police Department.</p><p dir="ltr">Chicago Police Lt. Brendan Deenihan said police &ldquo;have an idea&rdquo; who killed Parker, but they need cooperation from the two apparent eyewitnesses, who he said police are now trying to find.</p><p dir="ltr">Speaking more generally about murder cases, police spokesman Adam Collins said detectives may know who committed the crime, but state prosecutors need the right evidence to charge a suspect, like witnesses willing to testify or DNA evidence.</p><p dir="ltr">But other than explaining that they need witnesses, Lewis says police haven&rsquo;t said a whole lot more to her since the murder.</p><p dir="ltr">Lewis&rsquo;s sister Sharon Miles was also home the night Parker was murdered. The sisters live in the same apartment building.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I ran out... and found my daughter laying over Korey&rsquo;s body. I told her to move out of the way so I could check for a heartbeat. There was nothing,&rdquo; Miles said.</p><p dir="ltr">Miles&rsquo; husband Julien knows some officers so the two of them served as the family&rsquo;s primary contacts with police in the tumultuous days after the murder. Miles says police were pretty responsive to phone calls at first, but after a month, the responses all but stopped. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">A call log kept by Miles shows she and her husband called and texted the detective 32 times between August 2012 and February of this year and the detective responded only four times--three phone calls and one text. According to police department spokesman Adam Collins the detective was within department guidelines. Guidelines require detectives to contact the families of murder victims one month after the murder, then six months and a year removed, Collins said.</p><p dir="ltr">Lewis doesn&#39;t call as often as the Miles&rsquo;s do, but says she only got one call back from the detective after the few times she reached out to him.</p><p dir="ltr">Miles says she and her husband passed on clues from neighbors to police but have been frustrated by the lack of response.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It just seemed like they weren&#39;t doing anything,&rdquo; she said.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>A new tactic</strong></p><p dir="ltr">In February, Sharon and Julien Miles tried something new to get police attention: they went straight to the top.</p><p dir="ltr">The couple joined about 15 other families at a meeting for those dealing with unsolved murder cases, organized by Purpose Over Pain, a support group for the families of murder victims. Two special guests joined the families at St. Sabina Church on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side: Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and former chief of detectives, Thomas Byrne.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We wanted them to know that the police do care &mdash; they just might not have the resources,&rdquo; says Annette Nance-Holt, co-founder of Purpose Over Pain and mother of 16-year-old Blair Holt, who was killed on a CTA bus in 2007. The group&rsquo;s co-founder and Nance-Holt&rsquo;s ex-husband, Ronald Holt, runs the Chicago Police Department&rsquo;s Crime Victims Assistance program.</p><p dir="ltr">McCarthy and Byrne both promised to help solve each unsolved case represented by those in the room.</p><p dir="ltr">They also promised better communication. &nbsp;Lt. Brendan Deenihan was assigned to communicate with Lewis and the Miles and met with them three weeks after the St. Sabina gathering. He spent the meeting explaining that they had a &ldquo;good case&rdquo; because there were possible eyewitnesses&mdash; something their detective told the family months before.</p><p dir="ltr">The lieutenant promised the Miles a monthly update on the case, but they say they heard nothing until June when police said &nbsp;they&rsquo;re trying to subpoena the two females believed to be at the scene. That response came after multiple emails and calling the lieutenant, Sharon Miles says.</p><p dir="ltr">Deenihan insists he stays in &ldquo;constant contact&rdquo; with the family, but Parker&rsquo;s relatives say they question if police are doing enough to find the killer.</p><p dir="ltr">The family held a prayer vigil for Parker on July 14, where they announced a $5,000 reward for anyone who can provide significant information in the case. The money was put up through a fund run by the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I just want some kind of closure,&rdquo; Lewis said. &ldquo;I want it to be over.&quot;</p><p><em>Reema Amin is a graduate journalism student at Columbia College Chicago. &nbsp;She reported and wrote this story as part of &quot;Forgotten Dead,&quot; a student project looking into unsolved murders in Chicago last year.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/mother-struggles-sons-murder-remains-unsolved-108323 Youth Voices: Truth & Choices http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/youth-voices-truth-choices-107252 <p><p>In a youth forum/expo style event, different youth organizations from across the city came together with high school students and college students to share experiences and build community and solidarity. Featuring Chicago&#39;s youth-led organizations &amp; guest speaker&nbsp;<strong>Dr. Beth Richie</strong>,&nbsp;Director of the The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p><div><div>The Ellen Stone Belic&nbsp;Institute is pleased to co-present <em>Youth Voices: Truth &amp; Choices</em> in partnership with Black Youth Project; Columbia College Student Organizations: One Tribe; The F Word; Columbia Links; Chicago Freedom School; Crossroads Fund; Fearless Leading by the Youth; Young Chicago Authors and Young Women&#39;s Empowerment Project.<br />&nbsp;</div></div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ISWG-webstory_2.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br />Recorded live Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Columbia College.</div></p> Sat, 11 May 2013 15:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/youth-voices-truth-choices-107252 TV and movie crews spending more time filming in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-and-movie-crews-spending-more-time-filming-chicago-106462 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/film.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The number of days movies and TV shows spent filming in Chicago is up 45 percent compared to 2011, according to the Chicago Film Office.</p><p>The office&rsquo;s director, Rich Moskal, said the city saw a record increase in the number of production days: 1,808 days in 2012 compared to 1,235 the year before.</p><p>Although the number of productions themselves held largely steady, Moskal said the production day figure gives a fuller picture of the amount of activity here. TV series could spend as many as 150 days filming, compared to the production of a commercial, which only has a presence for 2 to 3 days.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Each day a production is filming translates into days of employment for local crew, additional days of business with local vendors, hotel nights, etc,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The more days a production is here, the more they spend locally.&rdquo;</p><p>In 2012, Film Office data shows, local film and TV industry spending hit a high of $170 million. That&rsquo;s up from $160 million in 2010 and $154 million in 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year&rsquo;s increase is mainly due to four TV shows: Chicago Fire (NBC), Boss (Starz), Underemployed (MTV) and Mob Doctor (Fox), Moskal said, adding that 17 independent movies also were filmed in the city. So were several reality shows including Mob Wives Chicago, Chicagolicious and Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago looks great on film, it&rsquo;s a great place to tell a story creatively, but it also has great depth of talent and resources to outfit the productions when they are here,&rdquo; Moskal said.</p><p>He said a 30 percent tax credit also helped bring in the film business: &ldquo;The tax incentive has done a tremendous job in terms of attracting production and keeping (it) here in Chicago, not just for Hollywood productions, but locally produced productions as well.&rdquo;</p><p>Although two of last year&rsquo;s TV shows were cancelled, and the fate of a third looks uncertain, Moskal said that&rsquo;s just part of the gamble.</p><p>&ldquo;You never know if it&rsquo;s going to last or not,&rdquo; he said, adding that this year, the city will have four other pilots filming and three Hollywood films including Transformers Four.</p><p>Bruce Sheridan, who chairs the Film and Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, said he&rsquo;s already seeing an increase in the film industry this year.</p><p>&ldquo;We have six features that we are putting out students interns onto this coming summer, which is much higher than last year or the year before,&rdquo; Sheridan said. &ldquo;So, we think the trend is continuing.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/tv-and-movie-crews-spending-more-time-filming-chicago-106462 Chicago Classics http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-classics-106357 <p><p>Chicago Tribune journalist and WBEZ radio host <strong>Rick Kogan</strong> presents guests from Chicago&rsquo;s literary community reading works by their favorite Chicago authors.</p><p>Featured readers include: <strong>Kathie Bergquist, Arnie Bernstein, Charles Blackstone, Kevin Coval, Alison Cuddy, Amina Gautier, Ronne Hartfield, Aleksander Hemon, Gary Johnson, Billy Lombardo, Eric Charles May, Samuel Park, Coya Paz, Donna Seaman, Regina Taylor, </strong>and<strong> Tony Trigilio</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-classics-106357 Literary Rock & Roll: Girl Trouble http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-106358 <p><p>Writers <strong>Gillian Flynn</strong> (<em>Gone Girl</em>), <strong>Jane Hamilton</strong> (<em>Laura Rider&rsquo;s Masterpiece</em>) and <strong>Joe Meno</strong> (<em>Office Girl</em>) read from their work followed by music from Chicago band The Right Now.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_17.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-106358 From Truth To Fiction Panel http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/truth-fiction-panel-106220 <p><p>Writers <strong>Jane Hamilton</strong> (<em>Laura Rider&rsquo;s Masterpiece</em>), <strong>Patricia Ann McNair</strong> (<em>Temple of Air</em>) and <strong>Shawn Shiflett</strong> (<em>Hidde Place</em>) discuss the role of truth, fiction, and everything in between in their work, hosted by <strong>Eric May</strong>.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://www.storyweek.org">here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_10.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/truth-fiction-panel-106220 Emma Donoghue Discusses 'Astray' and 'Room' http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/emma-donoghue-discusses-astray-and-room-106223 <p><p><strong>Emma Donoghue</strong> appeared in conversation with <strong>Garnett Kilberg Cohen</strong>&nbsp;on the morning of March 20th to discuss her noted collection of short stories titled <em>Astray</em>. &nbsp;The characters featured in these stories include a cross-section of society, such as runaways, drifters, gold miners, counterfeiters, attorneys, and slaves from Puritan Massachusetts and revolutionary New Jersey to antebellum Louisiana.</p><p>Garnett Kilbert Cohen is an instructor at Columbia College Chicago and was named a Distinguished Artist there in 2007. &nbsp;She has published two collections of short stories, most recently How We Move the Air, along with numerous other publications.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84434000" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Later in the day,&nbsp;Emma Donoghue appeared in conversation with <strong>Karen Lee Osborne</strong>&nbsp;to discuss her powerful novel titled <em>Room</em>. &nbsp;Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.</p><p><strong>Karen Lee Osborne</strong> is a writer and has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 1987. &nbsp;Her novels include <em>Carlyle</em> <em>Simpson</em> and <em>Hawkwings</em>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86218038" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_11.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/emma-donoghue-discusses-astray-and-room-106223 Dramatic Revisioning: Conversation with Playwrights http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/dramatic-revisioning-conversation-playwrights-106221 <p><p>Playwrights <strong>Adrian Danzig</strong>, Producing Artistic Director, <em>500 Clown</em>, <strong>Mickle Maher</strong>, Co-founder, Theater Oobleck and <strong>John Musial</strong>, Writer/Director, Lookingglass Theatre discuss the role of vision in their work on a panel hosted by<strong> Lisa Schlesinger.</strong></p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.storyweek.org">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_12.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/dramatic-revisioning-conversation-playwrights-106221 Sapphire Discusses 'The Kid' http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sapphire-discusses-kid-106224 <p><p>Bestselling author <strong>Sapphire</strong> converses with <strong>Donna Seaman</strong>, Senior Editor at Booklist, to discuss her novel <em>The Kid</em>. <em>The Kid</em> is Sapphire&#39;s second novel and tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push&#39;s unforgettable heroine, <em>Precious</em>.</p><p>Famed in the worlds of literature, poetry and literacy--and an extraordinary public speaker--Sapphire is first and foremost a poet and performer. She is the author of <em>American Dreams</em>, cited by <em>Publisher&#39;s Weekly</em> as &#39;One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties;&#39; and <em>Black Wings &amp; Blind Angels</em>, of which <em>Poets &amp; Writers</em> declared, &#39;With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection retains Sapphire&#39;s incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds.&#39;</p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/99774/">here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_13.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.</p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sapphire-discusses-kid-106224 Events in the near and far future! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/events-near-and-far-future-104336 <p><p>If you have no plans Wednesday night and want to learn all about the magical world of blogging, I will be chatting with beloved local bloggers <a href="http://www.dmitrysamarov.com/">Dmitry Samarov</a> and <a href="http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/">Ben Tanzer</a> tonight on a panel at Columbia College. I&#39;m psyched to hear what they say because <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Claire-Zulkey-instr334.html">I am teaching a course on blogging in January</a> and think I need to pick up a few insights from the experts. Details are below:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/401762_10151292465844738_272715510_n.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Also! Mark your calendars, because the literary humor reading series I run, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php">Funny Ha-Ha</a>, is returning in 2013! February 22 at the Hideout from 6:30-8 p.m. Details to come!</div></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/events-near-and-far-future-104336