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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Makes His Pick For Chicago Police Superintendent

Ever since former Chicago Spt. Garry McCarthy was fired following pressure stemming from Laquan McDonald’s murder, there’s been a search for a permanent superintendent for the Chicago Police Department. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made his pick on who he would like to fill the position.

Eddie Johnson is a 27-year CPD veteran and current chief of patrol, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. According to sources, he’s a non-polarizing figure and his history and work in the Gresham neighborhood will bode well for both raising officer morale and keeping homegrown talent from fleeing to other cities. 

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Chicago Teachers Union Vote To Hold Walk Out On April 1

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have been struggling to come to terms on contract negotiations and how to fund school resources moving forward. As a result, the CTU has  voted to approve a one-day walkout on April 1.

According to NBC Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says the walkout would ideally have teachers picket in the morning before meeting up for a rally later that day.

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Chicago Mother Says School Security Handcuffed Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

A mother arrived at her daughter’s Chicago elementary school 50 minutes after being told she got in trouble for taking candy from her teacher’s desk. But when Marlena Wordlaw arrived at Fernwood Elementary School, she says she found her six-year-old daughter, Madisyn Moore, was handcuffed under a flight of stairs, according to NBC.

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Chicago Denied Donald Trump, Maybe Now Voters Will Too

Donald Trump’s rallies have become even more of a fiasco than they were a few months ago. Black protestors are being flagged and escorted out of the building upon request, with one even being punched in the face on the way out.

Trump was scheduled to hold his next rally on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus in the middle of the city on Friday (March 11). Chicago may actually be the most outwardly liberal place Trump’s hosted a rally at thus far. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it makes complete sense that Trump protestors managed to show up in large enough numbers that the rally was cancelled “postponed.”

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Trump Found A Loophole To Silence Protest

Any active politician is going to be the target of protest and natural dissent. That’s taken to an intensified level once the presidency is waiting at the finish line. While most choose to mostly ignore their dissenters or even embrace them occasionally, Donald Trump has taken another opportunity to show he’s far different than “most.”

Through the use of loopholes and technicalities, Donald Trump has pretty much found a way to further silence free speech and control protests. After making public statements saying that he’d look to restrict the press and commit other unconstitutional acts if elected, this doesn’t come as a surprise.

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Illinois High School Performs Mock Slave Auction Skit

There’s been a longstanding separation between schools in the city of Chicago and its suburbs. To help bridge that gap, events like the Illinois Junior Classical Convention are held to bring them all under one roof. But during this past weekend at the Westin in Itasca, things took a turn for the worst.

Students of Barrington High School were caught on video performing a skit that included the depiction of a slave auction. Parents and students of the South Side’s Kenwood Academy, some of which were in attendance, were appalled.

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Did We Do Enough To Save Chicago State University? Not At All.

Less than 24 hours after Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosted a rally at Chicago State University, all 900 employees of the university received layoff notices. The layoffs appear to be the final blow in the nearly 8 month battle between Chicago State (as well as other predominantly-Black public colleges) and Illinois politicians. But while many have directed their anger over the budget impasse at Springfield, primarily towards Republican governor Bruce Rauner, one thing is certain: Chicago itself did not do enough to save CSU.

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Chicago Library of Valuable Black Literature Is In Danger

The Carter G. Woodson Library in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood is rooted in history. It was named after the “Father of Black History” and holds the largest collection of black literature in the entire Midwest.

It notably contains the Vivian G. Harsh Collection, named after Chicago’s first black librarian, which features slave and genealogy records and original manuscripts from notable black authors. The library is now at risk of closing due to damage to the building after years of not being kept up by the city.

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Two 911 Dispatchers Suspended After Quintonio LeGrier Murder

Quintonio LeGrier called 911 three times on Dec. 26. His first two calls were ignored by dispatchers, even though he claimed his life was in danger. After the third , dispatchers sent Officer Robert Rialmo to the scene where he would shoot and kill LeGrier and a neighbor named Bettie Jones.

The first two dispatchers who chose to not send police to the scene have been suspended by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, according to The Chicago Tribune.