| Jun 10, 2015
| 7:59 AM
Graduation season is winding down. The caps and gowns are being tossed aside, the diplomas propped on the mantle. Already, memories of commencement speeches are getting fuzzy, even some of those delivered by big-name speakers. But among the eight...
| Jun 10, 2015
| 4:00 AM
An empty chair in the third row, adorned with a lavender cloth, purple ribbon and fresh flowers, marked the spot where Hadiya Pendleton would have sat at her high school graduation Tuesday night.
The chair was one of the ways former classmates...
| Jun 10, 2015
| 3:54 AM
First lady Michelle Obama drew on her hometown connections and personal struggles from college and the White House Tuesday during a Chicago high school graduation speech to the classmates of an honor student gunned down in 2013 near the Obama family home....
| Jun 8, 2015
| 3:03 AM
For a while, Thomas Cunningham kept the personal note from first lady Michelle Obama tucked away in a file cabinet in his grandmother's bedroom. A picture of the teenager with the first lady's hands resting on his shoulders still hangs on the wall....
| Jun 2, 2015
| 8:20 PM
Cleo Pendleton stood before dozens of people at Harold Washington Park, expressing gratitude for the groundswell in Chicago that made Tuesday a day of nationwide gun violence awareness. She also wondered openly about the life and death that inspired it....
| Jun 1, 2015
| 4:06 PM
Tuesday would have been Hadiya Pendleton's 18th birthday.
The South Side teen's life was cut short when she was fatally struck by a bullet in January 2013 at Harsh Park about a mile away from President Obama's home in Kenwood. The death of the then-15-...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 8:18 AM
First lady Michelle Obama will deliver commencement remarks June 9 at King College Prep in Chicago, the school that Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl slain after participating in the president's 2013 inauguration festivities, attended.
| Apr 10, 2015
| 9:04 PM
As Bonita Foster bounded toward the busy, sunny plaza at the corner of Huron and Rush streets, her stomach fluttered.
"Just as I was coming around the wall, I got a butterfly," Foster said. "… Almost like I was coming around the corner to meet...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 5:28 PM
The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously agreed to rename an expanded Bronzeville neighborhood park after slain student Hadiya Pendleton.
Once construction is completed next year at the Buckthorn Playlot Park at 4345 S....
| Apr 3, 2015
| 1:34 PM
A park in Bronzeville will likely be renamed next week to honor Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old King College Prep High School honor student who was shot and killed in 2013 a week after performing at President Obama's inauguration.
The Chicago Park...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 12:14 PM
A park in Bronzeville could be renamed to honor Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old King College Prep High School honor student and band majorette who was gunned down in 2013 a week after performing at President Obama's inauguration, casting a national...