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Freedom to Choose our Leaders

Munir Moon | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Munir Moon

Both parties have conditioned the populace in believing that a two-party system is best for the country - perhaps in the 20th century. But we cannot afford to have a 200 year-old two-party model in the 21st century especially when both major parties are focused on dividing the country rather than uniting us.

How a 47.1 Percent Increase in Homicides Becomes 2

Kyle Hillman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Chicago homicides spiked by 47.1 percent over April 2013, shootings up 65 percent, but if you opened up the news today you will likely see none of that. Instead the city awakened to yet another "not so bad" article about how crime is really down.

Day 3 Recap: Getting Over the Hump

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Hump day: The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week. I often use the "...

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

What is population and development about if NOT about human rights and youth?

Farah Mohamed

Here's One Way To Fight The Ruling Class

HuffingtonPost.com | Farah Mohamed | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In times of economic weakness, the ruling class has tended to pit domestic workers against immigrants, warning the former that wages are...

The Illegitimate 2012 Debates

Carl Gibson | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Carl Gibson

No matter what the pundits and the party hacks say, third-party candidates do have a shot at winning, only if the debates were set up to include them.

NPR Hires Lobbyists

The Hill's Hillicon Valley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Media

National Public Radio has hired the lobbying firm Navigators Global, according to disclosure forms filed Thursday. NPR has come under fire from som...

Chicago Police Department Will Hire 500 New Cops This Year

Posted 07.03.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy promised in late 2011 that the city's new budget would provide for the department to hire more police off...

White House Honors Chicago Cop's Service

Posted 05.13.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago police officer was honored at the White House Saturday for his service after fending off two attackers during a robbery attempt. Chicago ...

12-Year-Old Shot During Another Violent Weekend

Posted 05.07.2012 | Chicago

UPDATE: Since this story was originally posted, at least 9 other people were shot in Chicago. WLS reports that the shootings continued through Sunday ...

Everything I Needed to Know About the U.N. I Learned in Kindergarten

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

I spent the week at the U.N.'s Commission on Population and Development, immersed in conversations about young people. It made me remember Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as a frame for the week's lessons.

Teens in the Tinderbox

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Young people are sophisticated enough to explore and define their values, and make informed decisions that help safeguard their well-being.

Chicago Police Officer Dies On Duty

Chicago Tribune | Staff Report | Posted 02.26.2012 | Chicago

A 25-year Chicago Police veteran was believed to have suffered a heart attack while on duty this morning and died after being taken to a downtown hosp...

City Celebrates 24 Hours Without A Murder

Posted 01.19.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's crime rate can sometimes earn the city a bad rap, but for 24 hours Wednesday the city was murder- and shooting-free. Police Superintenden...

Police Continue Search For Cop's Killer As Loved Ones Say Goodbye

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

Update: The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that police are questioning three suspects in Officer Clifton Lewis' murder Thursday afternoon. Read more h...

Search For Cop's Killer Continues As Family Mourns

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

As authorities continue their search for the killer of Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis, his heartbroken family is making plans for his funeral. ...

Chicago Cops Fatally Shoot Man At CTA Station

AP | Posted 02.11.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police says Chicago officers have fatally shot a man at an elevated train stop after he pointed...

City Settles Alleged Attack On Siblings By Detective

Chicago Tribune | Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune Reporter | Posted 01.21.2012 | Chicago

Donna Moore says her son was afraid to leave home for almost a year after he and his sister were allegedly attacked by a Chicago police detective upse...

In High-Crime Areas, Still Too Few Police

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

Despite Mayor Rahm Emanuel's highly promoted efforts at concentrating additional police patrols in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, many crime...

Garry McCarthy: City Will Hire More Cops In 2012

Posted 12.07.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Thursday offered a glimpse into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's upcoming city budget, which will be introduced ne...

Cook County Spent $78 Million Last Year On Marijuana Arrests And Prosecutions

Chicago Reader | Posted by FGFM | Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

Over the next few months, city and county officials will be mulling tax increases, layoffs, service cuts, and other stopgap measures as they try to pa...

Cop Admits To Fabricating Assault, Causing Woman To Miss Sister's Funeral

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago police officer has been charged with perjury after fabricating an assault, causing the woman accused to be convicted of battery and miss her...

Chicago Police May Close Stations To Save Money

Posted 11.19.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has been tasked with cutting $190 million from the department's $1.3 billion annual budget, and as he has...

Study Of Blue Light Police Cameras Finds Crime Deterrence Depends On Police Response

Posted 11.19.2011 | Chicago

A new study on the effectiveness of blue light police cameras found that crime rates do decrease as camera presence increases, but that poor video qua...

80-Year-Old Retired Police Officer Carjacked, Beaten With Own Cane By Four Young Women

Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

An 80-year-old retired police officer says that if he had been armed when four young women carjacked and beat him early Wednesday evening, he "would h...