$82 million for public safety. That's how much Mayor Rahm Emmanuel slashed from the city's budget to reduce the deficit. In times of tapped out taxpayers, it's hard to quarrel with the mayor's goal. But what about the impact on concerned residents?
After such national tragedies, society should engage in a discussion about how to address and potentially prevent such tragedies from happening again. We might not all agree, but this is a Democracy, and this is how public policy is made.
Gail Scott, Stanley Wrice's daughter, wants to know why her father isn't already home, enjoying life in the free world. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system, while breathtakingly quick to lock up suspects, is agonizingly slow to rectify its mistakes.
On the Fourth of July, comedian Chris Rock tweeted: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Chris Rock disowns the holiday with tongue-in-cheek. Well right back at you Mr. Rock.
With murders at a 37 percent increase in Chicago, the mayor needed to stop the bleeding occurring due to violent crime. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Chicago is turning to street gang ex-cons and neighborhood insiders or "interrupters" to help treat the virus.
It's a troubling question.I hadn't thought a lot about it because the answer seemed obvious. Sure, some white cops are racist, but most are not. But perhaps the question "Are White Cops Racist?" has nuanced answers.
In Illinois restitution isn't assured unless a freed prisoner first proves his innocence. That's right. Even if the charges have been dropped, he must convince the county's presiding judge that he didn't do the crime.
Making our neighborhoods safe won't be easy. We need to provide the young with the best, not the worst, educational opportunities. We need the police to make protecting the citizens of those streets a greater priority.
Until creative ideas are revisited to target the people in America most subject to chronic unemployment, policing efforts alone are unlikely to do much besides temporarily stop the bleeding.
It is a saga of murder and injustice that spans three decades, and even now a surprising new chapter is being written.
Who is telling the truth in this case -- Howard Morgan or law enforcement? Unfortunately, an obstacle to answering is that much of the forensic evidence was inexplicably destroyed or not collected.
Making Chicago look profitable by cutting health, education, social and public safety services is taxing the collective psyche of our town to the point that by July we will really be in the red... blood red.
When four Chicago police officers shot a black railroad detective 28 times, it appeared that we would only learn what happened from statements by the cops. But Howard Morgan miraculously survived to tell a different story.
Illegal immigrants who repeatedly commit crimes in this country are barred from ever being allowed back in.
Unless Chicagoans give a damn, we will never have the votes at the ballot box or in the city council to end the endemic cultural of corruption which has plagued this city since the first public corruption convictions in 1869.