| Jul 21, 2013
| 11:43 AM
On the last day of the annual NAACP convention last week, the Rev. Al Sharpton stepped to the mic.
"We cannot have our sons' and daughters' lives on the line for anybody who wants to pursue them, follow them and kill them — and say it's in self-...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:31 PM
Homicides dropped 18 percent in Chicago last year and crime overall was down 16 percent, according to statistics released by the police department this morning.
The decline in homicides was a more modest 5 percent when compared with 2011. The...
| Jul 26, 2013
Friday's print column Greetings from Chicago, the “murder capital of America,” a toddlin’ town that’s “gaining a national reputation for violence,” the site of a “mini-Holocaust” on the streets due to our ...
| May 30, 2013
Friday's print column It's an arresting idea, so to speak. Round up 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples street gang and put them behind bars awaiting trial. On what charges? "Drug dealing," said U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., when he......
| Feb 20, 2013
| 1:04 PM
President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it.
Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night...
| Feb 21, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama will return to Chicago next week as part of a nationwide tour to promote her children's obesity prevention campaign and reveal plans to increase physical activity at schools.
When the tour stops in the city on Feb. 28, Obama...
| Feb 21, 2013
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton was never particularly interested in politics. She viewed the workings of Congress from afar, giving barely a passing thought to the policies being debated in Washington.
Then her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, was...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 4:55 AM
First lady Michelle Obama said in a "Good Morning America" interview Tuesday that an automatic weapon was used in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, but that detail — which is not supported by police accounts — was edited out when the...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 5:02 PM
It’s been nearly three years since Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed with a gun purchased in Mississippi by a straw purchaser -- a person who buys guns for those who aren't allowed to.
But on Friday, his sister Sandra...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 2:29 PM
In the wake of the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the ward’s alderman announced Tuesday that he has contacted gang members to ask them not to harbor the killers of innocent victims.
Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, a retired Chicago police...
| Mar 17, 2013
— First lady Michelle Obama has invited the mother and 10-year-old brother of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen slain in January soon after taking part in inauguration festivities, to attend the White House Easter egg roll, the mother said.