Tag Archives: Chicago

AGAIN: Jussie Smollett Charged With Faking Hate Crime

The Chicago Tribune reports: Actor Jussie Smollett is facing new criminal charges nearly a year after Cook County prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct counts against him for allegedly orchestrating a racist, homophobic attack on himself early last year. Smollett was indicted by a special Cook County grand jury on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making four separate false reports …

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Chicago Mayor Blasts Trump’s “Ignorant Buffoonery”

The Hill reports: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Monday slammed President Trump’s visit to the city as “insulting, ignorant buffoonery.” Trump’s visit on Monday was his first to Chicago as president. He spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In the wide-ranging speech, he slammed the city’s crime rate and policies protecting undocumented immigrants. “Here’s a man …

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Trump Responds To Snubbing By Chicago Police Head By Calling The City More Dangerous Than Afghanistan

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump made his way to Chicago today to speak at a police conference where he bashed the city’s head of police and attacked the city as a worse place to live than Afghanistan. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had opted out of attending Trump’s speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, saying it …

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CHICAGO: 22,000 Public School Teachers Go On Strike

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Chicago Teachers Union is on strike and teachers have joined picket lines at schools across the city this morning after the union’s House of Delegates on Wednesday rejected Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Board of Education’s latest proposals. The CTU said it plans to resume contract negotiations with city officials at 9:30 a.m. at …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Catering Truck Goes Wild At O’Hare

Gizmodo reports: An out of control, apparently furious, and driverless catering cart that was spinning in wild circles on the tarmac of Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on Monday was laid to its final rest by a quick-witted worker who prevented it from hitting a plane by slamming into it with another vehicle. American Osteopathic Association chief executive Kevin Klauer …

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Christian Students Sue To Proselytize At Chicago’s Bean

The Daily Beast reports: Four students at Wheaton College filed a federal free-speech lawsuit against the City of Chicago this week, claiming that it violated the Constitution when it prohibited a group of evangelists from speaking and passing out fliers near “The Bean” statue at the popular Millennium Park. The three sophomores and one junior who filed suit—Matt Swart, Jeremy …

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Eric Trump Claims He Was Spit On By Bar Employee

The Daily Beast reports: President Donald Trump’s son Eric says he was spit on by an employee at the Aviary, a cocktail bar in Chicago, on Tuesday night. The employee was taken into Secret Service custody but was later released. “It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Trump told Breitbart News. “For a party …

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Chicago High School To Reprint Yearbooks Over Photos Of Students Making White Supremacist Hand Gestures

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Oak Park And River Forest High School will reprint its 2018-19 yearbook because some photos show students making a hand gesture sometimes associated with white nationalism, the district’s board of education decided Monday night. Reprinting 1,750 copies of “Tabula” will cost $53,794. Supt. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams offered new details about the controversy in an email to parents, …

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Chicago Elects Its First Openly Lesbian Mayor [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports: Lori Lightfoot won a resounding victory Tuesday night to become both the first African-American woman and openly gay person elected mayor of Chicago, dealing a stinging defeat to a political establishment that has reigned over City Hall for decades. After waging a campaign focused on upending the vaunted Chicago political machine, Lightfoot dismantled one of its …

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Trump Claims FBI/DOJ Will “Review” Smollette Case

NBC News Chicago reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice will review the case involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, President Donald Trump tweeted early Thursday. Representatives for the FBI and DOJ did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday morning. The surprise decision to dismiss all charges, which was celebrated by Smollett and his …

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Rebukes Prosecutors For “Whitewash” In Dropping Smollett Charges [VIDEO]

Deadline reports: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson dismissed Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s latest insistence on his innocence and decried the prosecutors’ dismissal of criminal charges against the Empire actor as, in Emanuel’s words, “a whitewash.” Emanuel lambasted Smollett as selfishly exploiting hate crime laws for his own personal gain. “He took those laws and turned them …

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Jussie Smollett Maintains Innocence: I’ve Been Truthful

“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly, one of the worst of my …

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BREAKING: Charges Dropped Against Jussie Smollett

Chicago’s ABC affiliate reports: Charges against actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped, his attorneys said Tuesday. Smollett is in court to make an emergency court appearance. In a statement, Smollett’s attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said, “Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic …

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CHICAGO: Flyers Claim Lesbian Mayoral Candidate Will Give “All Contracts And Jobs To Gay People” [VIDEO]

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Lori Lightfoot jokingly refers to herself as a “triple-threat” because she is an African-American woman vying to become Chicago’s first openly-gay mayor. Now, her sexuality is the subject of a dishonest and deceptive flyer distributed to parishioners at black churches on the South Side and elsewhere. On one side of the flyer is a picture of …

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Michelle Obama’s High School Names Facility For Her

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Michelle Obama’s alma mater Whitney Young Magnet High School will be naming a $4.3 million facility in her honor, marking what is believed the first time ever that a public facility in Chicago has been dedicated for the former first lady. The new facility, which is expected to be named after Obama in May, will serve …

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CHICAGO: Hospital Employee Claims Dozens Were Fired For Wrongly Viewing Jussie Smollett’s Medical Records

CBS News Chicago reports: Dozens of workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital may have been fired for improperly reviewing the medical records of Jussie Smollett, who was treated at the emergency room after he claimed he had been attacked by two men. Sources said those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the “Empire” actor’s medical chart. Smollett has since …

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Singer R. Kelly Re-Jailed Over Unpaid Child Support

The Chicago Tribune reports: Musician R. Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after failing to comply with a judge’s order that he pay more than $161,000 in back child support. More than a hour after Kelly entered a closed court hearing in the Daley Center, he walked out accompanied by Cook County sheriff’s deputies. “He’s in our custody,” said …

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CHICAGO: Open Lesbian Advances To Mayoral Runoff

Reuters reports: Two black women will face off in an historic April runoff for Chicago mayor, one a former prosecutor and anti-establishment candidate and the other a career politician, as the third-largest U.S. city struggles with crime and racial divisions. Lori Lightfoot, 56, the former president of independent civilian body the Chicago Police Board, had 17 percent of the first …

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Chicago Police Chief Blasts Jussie Smollett: He “Took Advantage Of Racism To Promote His Career” [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett choreographed a homophobic, racist attack against himself with the help of two brother he knew, in an attempt to raise his profile because he was dissatisfied with the salary he was making, police said Thursday. Eddie Johnson, superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, kicked off the presser, explaining what their investigation concluded. “This …

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Jussie Smollett Surrenders On Felony Charge [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is in custody to face charges of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago late last month by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony disorderly …

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