Tag Archives: Chicago

CHICAGO: Obama Reports For Jury Duty [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama, free of a job that forced him to move to Washington for eight years, showed up to a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Whether he will be selected to sit on a jury, and presumably be selected jury foreman, was not known. But if he is like other ...

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IML Founder Chuck Renslow Dies At Age 87

Tracy Baim reports at the Windy City Times: Chuck Renslow, 87, a longtime pillar of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and around the world, has died after multiple long-term health issues. Renslow reigned over a seven-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses—bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants and bookstores. He fostered organizations ...

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CHICAGO: Trump Organization Silent After Trump International Hotel Illuminates In Rainbow Colors

Chicago Pride is this weekend and as seen in a photo tweeted late Tuesday by a local NBC reporter, that night the entrance to Trump International Hotel & Tower was illuminated in the rainbow colors. I couldn’t find any news accounts of this, so early yesterday morning I called the hotel to inquire. The cheerful staffer I was directed to ...

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CHICAGO: Obamas To Personally Donate $2 Million To Summer Jobs Program For Young People [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Former President Barack Obama revealed Wednesday his intention to donate $2 million to a summer jobs program for young people in Chicago. He made the announcement while at a roundtable about his soon-to-be-built presidential center and library in Chicago. The completion of that project is “about four years” away, Obama said. However, the programming of this ...

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LIVE VIDEO: First Post-White House Speech By Obama (In Case You Forgot What Presidents Sound Like)

Newsweek reports: After three months of relaxation, former President Barack Obama will step back into public life Monday with a speech in his adopted home of Chicago. His first public remarks since the end of his two terms in the White House will come as part of an event with young leaders at the school where he taught constitutional law ...

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Obama To Give First Post-White House Speech

The Chicago Tribune reports: Former President Barack Obama will return to Chicago on Monday to speak to young people at the University of Chicago, in what will be his first speech since leaving the White House. Obama and young leaders will hold a conversation on civic engagement and discuss community organizing, his office announced Friday. Hundreds of people are expected ...

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CHICAGO: Archive Opens Personal Record Collection Of Late DJ Frankie Knuckles For Public To Play [VIDEO]

Grammy-winning DJ Frankie Knuckles, known worldwide as “the Godfather of House,” died three years ago this month. But his personal record collection is now on display for the public to actually touch and play. MixMag reports: With the record collection of Frankie Knuckles now at Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, The Frankie Knuckles Foundation has shared a ...

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AG Loretta Lynch: Chicago Police Officers Routinely Use “Unjustified, Disproportionate” Excessive Force [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: The Chicago police department regularly uses force that is “unjustified, disproportionate and otherwise excessive”, federal investigators have concluded. In a scathing review, Department of Justice (DoJ) investigators found that police violated both the fourth amendment of the constitution and department policy in the use of deadly force. Investigators faulted poor training and accountability systems for contributing to ...

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CHICAGO: Thousands Wait In Pre-Dawn Frigid Temps To Nab Tickets To Obama’s Farewell Address [VIDEO]

The Daily Mail reports: Thousands waited for hours in single-digit temperatures to try to snag a ticket to President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago. People began lining up well before sunrise for Saturday’s 8 am ticket distribution, saying they want to show their appreciation and soak in the final moments of his history-making presidency. The lines stretched for blocks ...

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Obama To Deliver Farewell Address In Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reports: Ten days before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office, President Barack Obama will say goodbye from the same city that launched his political career. The presidential farewell will take place on the evening of Jan. 10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. In an email expected to be sent out Monday morning, Obama said he was taking his ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Gay Man Proposes At NBA Game

People reports: Jake Conrad took the Bull by the horns and went all out for his proposal to boyfriend Michael Holtzman at a Chicago Bulls game on Thursday night. In the three days since the NBA team shared the video of Conrad popping the question, the tear-jerking proposal has racked up nearly 800,000 views. The video, posted to the Bulls’ ...

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Trump Fan Claims Anti-White Discrimination In Racist Tirade At Black Staffers At Michael’s Outlet [VIDEO]

The Chicagoist reports: A disturbing video filmed last week reportedly shows a woman go on an extended shouting tirade against shoppers and African-American employees at a Michael’s in Lakeview last week. In the clip, the woman is seen shouting pro-Trump taunts and swearing at numerous people in the vicinity, including what appears to be the store manager. According to a ...

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CHICAGO: Drunk Trump Fan Ejected From Hamilton After Screaming “We Won! You Lost! Fuck You!”

Broadway World reports: Broadway World has learned that a Trump supporter interrupted the Saturday evening performance of Hamilton in Chicago. An audience member seated in the balcony allegedly shouted “We won! You lost! Get over it! F*ck you!” during the number “Dear Theodosia.” One Twitter user who attended the show alleges that the audience member also shouted profanities and had ...

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Anti-Trump Protesters March Nationwide [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Protesters took to the streets Wednesday in at least 10 cities to march against president-elect Donald Trump – and numerous college students and faculty leaders took to social media to announce support groups and even postponed exams. Protests were underway in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn. and several ...

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Chicago Cubs Win World Series [VIDEO]

From the Chicago Tribune: Finally. The most epic drought in sports history is over, and the Cubs are world champions. After 107 years of waiting, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series with an 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The triumph completed their climb back from a 3-1 Series deficit to ...

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CHICAGO: Christian Promoter Banned From Restaging Pulse Massacre At Grade School’s Haunted House

The Windy City Times reports: A Far South Side grade school will not co-host a haunted house that contained, among other depictions, a representation of the June 2016 shootings at the Pulse nightclub, according to CPS officials. Fernwood Elementary School, 10041 S. Union Ave., was advertised by promoters as the location of a haunted house entitled The Room: A Journey ...

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CHICAGO: Passengers Use Escape Chutes After Jet Catches Fire On O’Hare Runway, Nine Injuries [VIDEO]

By coincidence, today was O’Hare’s fire drill day and they’d issued social media messages telling people not to worry if they saw anything unusual. DNA Info reports: A harrowing scene played out at O’Hare Airport Friday afternoon after an American Airlines flight caught fire on a runway, forcing 170 people to flee the plane on inflated slides as huge flames ...

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REPORT: Chicago Police Dashcams Don’t Have Audio Because 80% Were Disabled By The Cops Themselves

DNAinfo Chicago reports: Why are so many police dashcam videos silent? Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. Police officials last month blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent ...

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Homocon Peter Thiel Tells Chicago Audience: If You People Were Actually Talented You Wouldn’t Live Here

Peter Thiel’s Horrible Homocons For Trump Tour continues to bowl over audiences. The Chicagoist reports: Cartoon villain Peter Thiel descended upon Chicago earlier this week to test out how it feels to be reviled next to a freshwater lake instead of his usual ocean. Seems like it went swimmingly. He got the chance to unleash some of his signature awful ...

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Chicago Public School System Issues Guidelines Allowing Trans Students To Use Restroom Of Choice

From the Windy City Times: Chicago Public Schools, on May 3, issued revised guidelines pertaining to its transgender students, staff and volunteers, tackling head-on questions surrounding restroom and locker room use that have been vexing school districts across the country in recent months. The guidelines—which revise policies that CPS issued in 2014—explicitly state that students will be able to use ...

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