| 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 16, 2013
President Barack Obama returned to Chicago for a few hours Friday to address the high-profile gun violence that continues to plague his hometown and suggested the solution is not only more gun laws, but community intervention and economic opportunity in...
| Jan 30, 2013
After taking exams Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton and some schoolmates decided to hang out at a park a few blocks from their South Side high school.
But the trip ended in tragedy when the 15-year-old King College Prep High School student was fatally shot...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:48 AM
Following a deadly start to the year that included the murder of 15-year-old band majorette Hadiya Pendleton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced today that 200 police officers will be reassigned to patrol work.
| Jan 31, 2013
| 10:01 PM
As she and her high school classmates fled from the gunfire, Hadiya Pendleton screamed that she had been shot, fell to the ground, struggled to get up and fell again, according to her best friend.
The best friend and another girl scrambled to Pendleton'...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:13 PM
As community members marched in memory of Hadiya Pendleton Friday, officials announced the reward for information in the slaying of the King College Prep sophomore has been increased to $40,000.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and other...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 12:02 PM
Despite warnings from two Chicago police officers that they should return to class, more than three dozen teenagers marched Monday morning from Hadiya Pendleton's school to the park where the 15-year-old girl was slain.
The teenagers, who were mostly...
| Feb 5, 2013
When times are tough, the distraught have long sought comfort in an old church hymn.
"In times like these," the song goes, "you need a savior."
In Chicago communities overwhelmed by violence, some people are now singing a different tune. In times like...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 3:53 PM
The Newtown murders of Dec. 14 started a national conversation about guns, one we hope will lead to sensible and constitutional measures aimed at keeping them out of the wrong hands. As a short survey of last week's news indicates, the problem has not...
| 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...