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Michelle Obama's Ancestors: LaVaughn Johnson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.09.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Of Michelle's grandparents, LaVaughn Johnson was the most like her. A native Chicagoan, she was an early product of the mixing effect of the Great Migration with parents of radically different histories.

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Film Tackles Scandal At Historic Black Cemetery

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.06.2012 | Chicago

In the summer of 2009, three gravediggers and a cemetery manager in Alsip, Ill., 12 miles south of Chicago, were exposed in an elaborate money-grubbin...

Burr Oak Tragedy's Mastermind Sentenced To 12 Years

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

Fifty-one-year-old Carolyn Towns, of Blue Island, pleaded guilty and was convicted of a bevy of charges related to her oversight of an under-the-table...

More Dumped Bodies Found At Burr Oak Cemetery

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In 2009, a massive grave desecration scandal was uncovered at Burr Oak Cemetery in suburban Alsip. Graves were dug up, double-stacked and destroyed. T...

Burr Oak Cemetery: A Year After Scandal, Little Has Changed

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Though the entry gates and some signs have been replaced, not much has changed in the historic black cemetery in the year since Cook County Sheriff To...

Sheriff Wants To Stop New Burials At Burr Oak

Southtown Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is trying to prevent new burials from taking place in a 10-acre parcel of Burr Oak cemetery where human remains were dug ...

Burr Oak Lawsuit: Nellie Riley Claims Cemetery 'Desecrated' Bodies

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak Cemetery was sued today by a woman who says her relatives' remains were knowingly desecrated in order to resell their burial plots. ...

Burr Oak Cemetery, Site Of Grave Desecration Scandal, Up For Auction Today

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Scandal-plagued Burr Oak Cemetery today will move one step closer toward a new owner. A public auction is scheduled to be held this afternoon at the ...

Burr Oak Memo Reveals Internal Conflicts About Cemetery Desecration

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak Cemetery executives knew about the elaborate grave reselling scheme there as early as 2003, and discussed the issue with the comptroller's of...

Undecided Voters Likely to Defeat Governor Quinn

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A new poll in the 2010 Illinois Democratic primary for governor has Governor Pat Quinn's lead over Comptroller Dan Hynes shaved to 4 points. Gulp.

Pat Quinn Attacks Dan Hynes For Burr Oak Cemetery Handling

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In response to a recent attack ad by rival Dan Hynes, the campaign of Governor Pat Quinn has released a 30-second spot hitting Hynes for his handling ...

Pat Quinn, Dan Hynes Attack Each Other In Debate

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

They shook hands at the end and said they'd still be friends, but for an hour, Gov. Quinn and challenger Dan Hynes accused each other of incompetence,...

Burr Oak Cemetery Reopening, Tickets Required To Visit Graves

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — A Chicago-area cemetery that was shut down after four former workers were accused of digging up graves in a scheme to resell buria...

Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal: More Bodies Found

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Officials at a historic black cemetery in suburban Chicago where former workers allegedly dug up graves in a scheme to resell burial p...

Old Caskets Found In New Plots At Burr Oak Cemetery

Chicago Sun-Times | LISA DONOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since the embattled Burr Oak Cemetery quietly resumed burials this fall, grave diggers in three separate cases have broken ground on what they thought...

Burr Oak Cemetery: Thousands Of Bodies Over Capacity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If the prospect of graves being dug up, double-stacked and destroyed was not unsettling enough, the Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Burr Oa...

Original Burr Oak Owners Regain Control Of Cemetery After Bankruptcy

ABC 7 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A day after the task force put together by Governor Pat Quinn to investigate what happened at Burr Oak Cemetery released recommendations for more stat...

Burr Oak Cemetery Desecration Suspects Plead Not Guilty

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Four former cemetery workers pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges accusing them of digging up bodies at a historic suburban Chicag...

Burr Oak Workers Lose Jobs As Cemetery Runs Out Of Money

SouthtownStar | LAUREN FITZPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak's remaining eight workers have been laid off since Friday when the cemetery's receiver learned in court he couldn't make payroll, the Southto...

Authorities Stop Collecting Evidence At Desecrated Burr OakAuthorities Stop Collecting Evidence At Desecrated Burr Oak

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Investigators stopped collecting evidence Friday at a historic black cemetery in suburban Chicago where workers allegedly dug up c...

4 Former Burr Oak Cemetery Workers Indicted For Dismembering, Desecrating Human Remains

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Four workers accused of digging up corpses at a historic Chicago-area cemetery as part of a scheme to resell plots have been indicted ...

More Burial Vaults Found Dumped In Woods At Burr Oak Cemetery

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit and tie were found sitting in a burial vault with no casket in sight at a historic black ...

Skeleton In Suit And Tie Found Without Casket At Burr Oak

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ALSIP, Ill. — Skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit and tie were found sitting in a burial vault with no casket in sight at a historic black ...

Cops Dropped Burr Oak Case In 2005 Despite Finding Human Bones

Chicago Tribune | Kim Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Alsip police found human bones and shattered vaults dumped in plain view at Burr Oak Cemetery four years ago but detectives dropped the case within a ...

Congressional Panel Holds Burr Oak Cemetery Hearing (VIDEO)

AP | Rupa Shenoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- A patchwork of inconsistent state laws governing cemeteries allow scandals like one in suburban Chicago, where four people are accused...