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Mercy Hospital shooting: A domestic dispute, more gun deaths. When will it stop?

It started, as do so many fatal shootings, as a domestic dispute. A mass shooting at a Chicago hospital ended with four people dead, including the suspected shooter. He confronted his ex-fiancee in a hospital parking lot and shot her, leaving her for dead. He entered the lobby of Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, ready to keep […]

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Voices of black and brown youth: ‘We march for our lives every day’

The 800-plus #MarchForOurLives events around the country and the world are still resonating. The speeches from survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida, moved us all, and some of those those teens are now household names. For me, though, nothing resonated more than the voices of African-American […]

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Documentary offers teen-level views on race issues in schools

Sometimes works of art reflect our own experiences; sometimes they reflect the country as a whole. The new documentary series America to Me seems to do both. America to Me is a 10-part documentary series by filmmaker Steve James whose first five parts are now being shown at the Sundance Film Festival. It tells the […]

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Chicago betting on Obama center to bring hope to South Side

Chicago’s South Side, an area with a reputation for rampant gun violence, decaying neighborhoods, and high unemployment, will soon get a $500 million shot in the arm in the form of the Obama Presidential Center. The new center in Jackson Park is being described as a “monument to the future.” The 500-acre Jackson Park is […]

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Why Chicago police don’t need increased stop-and-frisk

News about the wide swath of U.S. attorneys leaving office mostly focused on Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York until he was summarily fired, despite an earlier promise from President Trump that he would be kept on. But another outgoing U.S. attorney made news of his own. Zachary Fardon, […]

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So you want to help a refugee family

With the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban currently on hold, refugee families—and those organizations aiming to help them resettle in the United States—can return to planning the next steps for a new life. Many people are asking how they can help. Settling a refugee family into your community is not a task to be taken […]

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Women are coming for you, Donald Trump

What do you do when you plan for a Women’s March that totaled 22,000 people on Tuesday and the crowd grows to 150,000 by Saturday? Or maybe 250,000? You march on. Just got back from the Chicago event, which was GREAT. Probably the fact that the sun was shining after a few days of rain […]

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Obama’s last goodbye: Yes, we did, and yes, we still can

So President Obama has given his last speech to the nation. And he’s left a hole in my heart. We were lucky enough to get tickets to attend his farewell address. We were among those standing in line for hours to get into the huge convention center hall at Chicago’s McCormick Place where Obama would […]

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Recalling election night 2008 in Grant Park: Thanks, Obama

As the Obama presidency winds down, we all have memories of times over the last eight years of how Barack Obama showed us what it means to be a successful president. These are my memories, starting at the very beginning. Election night 2008 was really a time of hope. Even Mother Nature cooperated; the temperature that […]

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Chicago adds police to cut gun violence. But can drill rap be ‘policed’?

The city of Chicago is proposing to add nearly 1,000 more personnel to the Chicago Police Department over the next two years in an attempt to tackle the overwhelming gun violence plaguing the South and West sides of the city. The increase in police power is one of several proposals from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. […]

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