Some experts say Chicago officials should be providing activities and services in Millennium Park to the kids flocking there.
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Prisons helped rural towns, while Black communities in Chicago paid a heavy price. Now, rumors swirl that parts of Pontiac prison may close.
Chicago Beyond is creating a different vision for what safety can look like for incarcerated people, their families and corrections staff.
A Chicago clergy member and an activist weigh in.
City investigators tied Sgt. Alvin Jones to corrupt cops, but his dismissal case got buried in red tape. Now he has quit.
The 16-year-old boy shot dead in Millennium Park had big plans for his family and for his music ‘if I make it to 21.’
“He said there are a lot of things that happen in Chicago, you see so many kids lose their lives at early ages … He couldn’t even make it to 17,” the boy’s mentor said.
The 18-year-old white gunman was motivated by the “replacement theory” — the idea that people of color will replace white people in the U.S.
The man allegedly said he was incensed by news coverage of violence in his neighborhood, worried it was “too close to home.”
In Cook County, elected judges are seldom voted out of office — even when they have controversial records.
In the 1980s Illinois leaders held a competition, where rural towns competed to “win” prisons and the jobs that come with them.