| Jun 5, 2013
— First lady Michelle Obama will meet privately Wednesday at the White House with 26 students from Harper High School as a follow-up to an emotional meeting in Chicago two months ago in which the students bore witness to the epidemic of gun...
| May 31, 2013
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 first publicly advanced the notion...
| May 1, 2013
| 8:13 AM
There were no dignitaries or elected officials at Cornelius “Cornbread” German’s funeral.
No activists, no high-profile clergy.
Instead, dozens of teenagers dressed more for a picnic than a somber occasion crowded the pews inside...
| May 5, 2013
| 12:09 PM
First Lady Michelle Obama said the nation has to “embrace” youths whose lives are surrounded by violence and “let them know we hear” their concerns.
In a taped interview on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” television show,...
| May 6, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama said the nation has to embrace youths whose lives are surrounded by violence and "let them know we hear" their concerns.
In a taped interview on CBS' "Sunday Morning" television show, the first lady weighed in about violence in...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 5:23 AM
Timika Rutledge-German finally accepted there was only so much she could do to protect her 15-year-old son from Chicago's dangerous streets, but when he called for her help, she knew she would go.
On Monday night, her son phoned her for a ride home....
| Apr 24, 2013
| 10:53 AM
Boy, Trib Nation had a few things to say about DePaul Professor Rachel Shteir's Sunday Book Review article on Chicago, drawn from three books written by people from here, and which appeared this week in The New York Times.
She reviewed "Golden," by...
| Feb 8, 2013
Michelle Obama is not only first lady of the United States. She's also a mother of two young daughters. And she's coming home to the funeral of a girl who was killed in a park about a mile from the Obamas' Kenwood home.
You've heard about Hadiya...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:32 PM
(Wednesday's print column) Now that two suspects have been charged in the slaying of Hadiya Pendleton, our focus turns from the extraordinary qualities of her life to the ordinary qualities of her death. Hadiya, 15, was mourned at her funeral......
| Jan 30, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Hadiya Pendleton's name now joins those of Ana Mateo Dantrell Davis, Laketa Crosby, Joseph Wallace, Eric Morse, Laquanda Edwards and Toya "Girl X" Currie on the roster our best-known young victims of urban violence. Each story more sickening, sad and........
| Mar 28, 2013
The other day at lunch, two Chicago police detectives, Bill Sullivan and Michele Moore-Grose, were talking with me about the murder cases they've been working and the young people shot dead.
They brought up a movie to explain what they see in Chicago....
| 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...