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BREAKING: Shots fired near Wabash Avenue, security warns to avoid area

BREAKING: Shots fired near Wabash Avenue, security warns to avoid area

September 23, 2020

Shots were fired at 822 S. Wabash Ave. Wednesday, Sept. 23 just after 3 p.m., according to a collegewide alert sent to the Columbia community. The alert said the scene is now secured and stabilized,...

Opinion: Police sanctioned violence on CTA

Opinion: Police sanctioned violence on CTA

By Margaret Smith, Opinions Editor

March 7, 2020

Gun violence in Chicago doesn’t only exist in a few sectioned-off neighborhoods, it doesn’t just happen in dark, tucked-away alleys or between citizens whose names will soon become part of the endless,...

Attendees pack the auditorium of Pickard Elementary, at 2301 W. 21st Place, to hear community organizers and elected representatives address the issue of gun violence in the 25th ward.

Community meeting to address gun violence in Pilsen wracked with conflict

February 25, 2020

Shouts from agitated attendees echoed throughout the Pilsen elementary school auditorium, demanding action and denouncing “politically correct” language from police commanders and elected officials on st...

Editorial: The case against Remington Arms Company is an avenue for gun reform

Editorial: The case against Remington Arms Company is an avenue for gun reform

November 23, 2019

The federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects gun companies from liability when one of its weapons is used in a crime. But this law has exceptions, namely when it comes to how a gun is ...

OPINION: Back-to-school season combats the normalization of gun violence

OPINION: Back-to-school season combats the normalization of gun violence

September 24, 2019

Scissors and colored pencils come in handy for self-defense, knee-high socks are a lifesaver as a makeshift tourniquet and a phone is great for staying in touch with loved ones to say I love you one last time. A b...

Four Chicago police officers involved in the 2014 Laquan McDonald case were fired Thursday. Three were fired for making

Four police officers fired for their part in Laquan McDonald shooting, cover-up

July 18, 2019

Four police officers were fired by the Chicago Police Board Thursday night for their involvement in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The officers allegedly attempted to cover up...

Fatal shooting on Ida B. Wells Drive

Fatal shooting on Ida B. Wells Drive

April 26, 2019

An alleged carjacker was fatally shot early April 26 on Ida B. Wells Drive. The shooter, a 41-year-old male, said he was driving his 2015 BMW between Clark and LaSalle at approximately 3:15 a.m. when...

Columbia students honor victims of Christchurch shootings

March 22, 2019

Columbia's Student Diversity and Inclusion office encouraged students to gather in Grant Park on March 18 for a 10-minute moment of silence and candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the March 15 sh...

District 12 Cmdr. Ed Kulbida addressed recent shootings, one of which occurred the afternoon of Feb. 3 on Chicago Avenue, at a Feb. 6 community meeting.

West Town demands answers for surge in violent crimes

February 13, 2017

Leah Bindig was walking through the front door of her business, Aeslin Pup Hub, five minutes prior to shots being fired Feb. 3, outside 1810 W. Chicago Ave.  Had the bullet been 25 feet north, it would...

New local web series ‘Brown Girls,’ a love story of friendship, will be available for streaming on Feb. 15 on Open TV (beta).

Local web series to depict needed representation, friendship

February 6, 2017

To combat media’s historically heavy focus on straight, white characters, the creators of the “Brown Girls” web series say they aim to bring humorous and touching stories of friendship told by women, pe...

As a part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago park expansion, 327 playgrounds, such as Near South’s Coliseum Park, 1466 S. Wabash Ave., will have been restored or constructed in the city since 2013 as of this December.

Chicago Plays! to finish a year early

October 31, 2016

Nearly four years after launching the Chicago Plays! playground initiative, 327 playgrounds will have been repaired or built in the city by this December, according to an Oct. 17 press release from Mayor...

CPD should not be able to ditch body cams

April 18, 2016

In the third fatal shooting this year by Chicago Police Department officers, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest April 11 during a chase in which he was suspected of driving a car involved in a shooting earlier the same day, according to an April 13 Chicago Tribune article.A video posted to Facebook by someone in the neighborhood at the time of the shooting showed officers gathering around the boy and shining flashlights aro...

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