Cassius Rudolph is only 24 years old, but he’s already accomplished a feat many people twice his age only dream of. The Southside Chicago native, currently studying at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, is working as a sort of middle man between both his former alma maters: Harlan High School and Tougaloo College.
In the most un-surprising, surprising news thus far, it seems like the Chicago police department has been monitoring the actions and online communication of protests groups and community organizations after a white cop named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri shot Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager.
Tearing down old, dilapidated buildings and isn’t necessarily the problem. The problem is when low-income families are forced out of their homes to free up space to build high value buildings they’ll likely never be able to afford living in. That’s gentrification. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood.
A couple of months ago, we reported on how a new high rise apartment complex in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood was asking for ridiculously high rent – $1,825 a month to rent a studio apartment, to be exact. It was found that someone would have to make $72,000 a year just to comfortably afford one, not to mention a 1-bedroom.
Since Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority was founded, there have been 409 official complaints made against police. Only two of those claims of police wrongdoing have been upheld. Ald. Leslie Hairston of the 5th Ward feels that this is a problem and one that she plans to fix.
After it was revealed that he fired 16 shots at Laquan McDonald, killing him, Jason Van Dyke has had trouble holding a job. Since being stripped of his title by the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Tribune reports that his wife even had to shut down her business due to threats. Now it appears that the Fraternal Order of Police has stepped in on what appears to be an effort to protect one of their own.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, FOP president, Dean Angelo, confirmed that they’ve hired Van Dyke to work as a janitor for their West Loop location. Angelo claims the idea came to him after the newspaper called him to ask if Van Dyke was employed by the police union. Van Dyke is reportedly making $12 an hour to fill in as needed around the property.
For a long time now, I’ve stood by a belief: the only people that refer to Chicago as “Chi-Town” are either tourists, distant suburbanites, or rappers looking for a shortcut. And I’ll never refer to the city as “Chiraq” and side-eye anyone that does. But I’m not against all nicknames for the city that raised me, just the corny ones. As a matter of fact, a local teenager has been working diligently for the past few months to popularize the city’s lesser known nickname – “The Go.”
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.
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.
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.
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