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“I Don’t Know Where I’m Going to Go”: HUD Displaces Even More Residents in This Small City
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“I Don’t Know Where I’m Going to Go”: HUD Displaces Even More Residents in This Small City

This story was originally published by ProPublica. By Molly Parker, Lee Enterprises Midwest Series: HUD’s House of Cards Public Housing Failures It was the last Friday in October, and barges filled with mounds of glistening coal sat parked in the Ohio River below Lee Esther Logan’s high-rise public housing apartment complex in Cairo, Illinois. Wispy white clouds streaked a baby blue sky. The panoramic waterfront view is one that normally gives Logan peace as she takes it in from the brown recliner on her balcony. But on the day I visited her, Logan wasn’t at peace. She was anxious. Two days prior, officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had called Logan and about 60 of her fellow public housing residents to a meeting. An engineering...
55 shot, 11 killed over Labor Day weekend in Chicago
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55 shot, 11 killed over Labor Day weekend in Chicago

Eleven people were killed in a string over shootings across Chicago that left at least 55 people injured on Labor Day Weekend. The shootings were reported between 5 p.m. Friday and midnight Tuesday. During a news conference Tuesday morning, Supt. David Brown of the Chicago Police Department said shootings were down 19% citywide and homicides are down 15% when compared with the same period last year. According to Chicago police data, 69 people were shot and six people were killed during Labor Day weekend in 2021. More information about the latest deadly shootings in Chicago can be found here.
Man arrested after three Black men killed in hit-and-run outside gay bar in Chicago
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Man arrested after three Black men killed in hit-and-run outside gay bar in Chicago

A man was arrested and charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that left three Black men dead and another person seriously injured in Chicago earlier this month. Chicago police announced on Tuesday that 34-year-old Tavis Dunbar was taken into custody on Monday. Dunbar has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder. RELATED: 3 Black men killed in “intentional” hit-and-run outside gay bar in Chicago, police say During a news conference, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said an investigation revealed the suspect "intentionally struck multiple pedestrians" with his car outside of a Black-owned gay club around 5 a.m. on Aug. 14. Police said the hit-and-run happened after the bar had closed and several p...
3 Black men killed in “intentional” hit-and-run outside gay bar in Chicago, police say
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3 Black men killed in “intentional” hit-and-run outside gay bar in Chicago, police say

Three Black men were killed in a hit-and-run collision in front of a popular gay bar early Sunday morning, which police reportedly said “appears to be intentional.” At a press conference on Monday, officials with Chicago Police Department said the hit-and-run happened after an argument inside a bar turned into a physical altercation on the street. One of the people involved in the altercation got into a car and drove into a group standing outside the establishment, reported NBC News. Four men were struck in the collision. Three died at a hospital and one person remains hospitalized. #BREAKING Chicago Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run incident near 71st and Jeffrey in the South Shore neighborhood. ⚠️⚠️ VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED ⚠️⚠️ The incident happened in the 7...
Bodycam video shows Chicago police shoot 13-year-old boy with hands up
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Bodycam video shows Chicago police shoot 13-year-old boy with hands up

Chicago police have released surveillance and bodycam video showing a 13-year-old Black boy with his hands up when he was shot. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. on May 18 near a gas station. According to police, officers were trying to stop a stolen vehicle suspected of being involved in a carjacking and kidnapping in Oak Park. When officers approached the vehicle, the 13-year-old boy got out and ran. Police said the boy turned and pointed a gun at the officer, yet no weapons were found. The boy was shot in the back, leaving him paralyzed. More about the police shooting can be found here.
Illinois city employee calls Black contractor racial slur, resigns from school board
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Illinois city employee calls Black contractor racial slur, resigns from school board

A city employee in Illinois is under investigation after she allegedly called a Black man the n-word while he was working. Phillip Robbin was parked in an alley and the woman, who is a city employee with city of Berwyn, was inside of a city vehicle when she confronted the man and told him to move his vehicle, according to CBS News. The man said when he turned his back to her, the situation escalated. “She was like ‘You cannot turn your back on me you fucking nigger.’” Police were called to the scene and interviewed the city employee who admitted to using the slur and added “I am so sick and tired of these people.” The employee is a blight inspector for the city. She was also a member of the school board, but has reportedly resigned following the incident. Robbin showed a local CB...
Emmett Till’s childhood home in Chicago to receive preservation funds
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Emmett Till’s childhood home in Chicago to receive preservation funds

The childhood home of Emmett Till in Southside Chicago will receive funds from a Black cultural organization to help preserve the property. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced today that the Till family’s house will receive a portion of $3 million in grants intended for 33 sites nationwide that have historical significance in African-American history. Emmett was killed in 1955 after he went to visit family member in Mississippi. A White woman falsely claimed Emmett whistled at her, leading to the brutal murder of the 14-year-old who was abducted, beaten and shot dead by two White men. His body was found in a river by two boys who were fishing. The announcement of preservation funds for the Till home comes on the heels of recent news about an arrest warrant th...
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Republican lawmaker tells Trump rally Roe v. Wade ruling a “victory for White life”

A Republican lawmaker put her racism on display Saturday at a Trump rally in Illinois by telling the crowd the SCOTUS reversal of Roe v. Wade was “a victory for White life.” With former President Trump in tow, the Congresswoman, who is up for re-election, thanked the crowd for their support in the undoing of the 50-year-old federal protection of abortion rights before making the racist comment. She applauded herself the crowd to the cheers of the audience after making the statement. Her spokesperson tried to walk the statement back later by saying the congresswoman misspoke and intended to say “right to life.” She has also made hair-raising comments last year, quoting Hitler. She said, “‘Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’” And Trump, of c...
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Agency claims no evidence found race was factor in Chicago officer roughing up Black woman walking dog

A police oversight agency said no evidence was found indicating race was a factor in the scuffle between a Chicago police officer and a Black woman he tried to arrest while she walked her dog after hours at a beach. In a report released yesterday, the agency claims the aggressive encounter and attempted arrest were not racially motivated because the officer had given orders for several people, including a Black couple, to leave the area before he confronted the woman. The agency, however, says the officer did not have his body camera on at the time he supposedly gave the orders for others to leave. BNN reported on the aggressive police encounter earlier this month. The officer has been charged with battery. The oversight agency still recommended the officer be terminated or suspended f...
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Student charged after nooses found on middle school campus in Illinois

A student has been charged with disorderly conduct after three nooses were found in the recess area of a middle school in Cook County, Illinois. The nooses were discovered in May after students staged an in-school protest over staffing changes. Authorities identified the suspect after reviewing the school’s surveillance footage and cellphone video. It is unclear if the boy was arrested or when he was taken into custody. Authorities announced yesterday he would not be charged with a hate crime. Authorities did not charge the boy with a hate crime because it did not meet the legal statutes in Illinois. More about the charges can be found here. Opinion: Hate crime laws need to be refined because there are too many cracks that allow perpetrators to escape punishment. The suspect is a boy...