UIC Head Coach Steve McClain gives an analysis of the loss to DePaul on December 14, 2019
DePaul Head Coach Dave Leitao discusses the victory over UIC on December 14, 2019
CHICAGO - He has been the Representative for Illinois' First Congressional District for 30 years, and on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, former Black Panther, Congressman Bobby Rush announced he will not seek a 16th term. He said he will instead concentrate on his work as Pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ, located on Chicago's South Side. His Congressional career began in 1992, "I am not leaving the battlefield. I am going to be an activist as long as I'm here in the land of the living," he said.
"I will be making my voice heard in the public realm, from the pulpit, in the community, and in the halls of power," Congressman Rush promised. When asked if he has a successor in mind, he said he looks for a consensus candidate to emerge to take his place in the next election, but has not yet made an endorsement. So far, as many as five residents of the First Congressional District have expressed interest in the office.
"Im glad I'm leaving on a high note, and I'm sure my appeal to the voters will have an effect on their decision," Congressman Rush said regarding selecting his successor to run in the Midterm Election.
While the U.S. Congress is often divided by partisan politics, the church remains the one viable institution that can change the mindset of the people, Congressman Rush asserted. He first entered government service in 1983 when he won the election for Alderman of Chicago's 2nd Ward, a position he held until his victorious run for Congress in 1992. During his 30 year tenure, Congressman Rush has introduced bills on issues from Conflict Resolution and Mediation, to Public Pensions and Community Development. In his second term he gained a seat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. He is the current Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Energy Subcommittee. Here he stands with a few of those present who heard him state his decision to leave Congress and focus on his church ministry. Photo by Marcus Robinson
"Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed." Joe Biden
Families of victims of police violence, organized by Justin Blake Sr., join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Congressman Bobby Rush and Congressman Danny Davis at a Get Out The Vote rally in downtown Chicago..
Thanking her family and supporters for a decisive win in the Primary Election, Illinois State's Attorney Kim Foxx pledged to continue her program of seeking justice from the wrongfully convicted. She defeated challenger Pat O'Brien in the November 2020 General Election, retaining her position as the first African American Female Illinois State's Attorney
Kim Foxx thanks her family and supporters in her victory speech, noting that the voters focused on her success in releasing the wrongfully convicted and refused be distracted by a trial involving a celebrity. She pledged to continue the work of righting the wrongs in the Criminal Justice System. Photo by Marcus Robinson
"We've been righting the wrongs of the past by vacating convictions of the wrongfully accused as part of our commitment to justice. This is why my office has overturned over 100 cases in the last three and a half years," declared States Attorney Kim Foxx in her victory speech before members of the press Tuesday evening, after challenger, former Cook County assistant state's attorney Bill Conway conceded. Other challengers include former assistant U.S. Attorney and assistant Cook County state's attorney Donna More and former Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for President, addresses a crowd in Chicago at the RPC Labor Luncheon June 28, 2019. Photo by John L. Alexander
Former Vice President Joe Biden defeated Berne Sanders in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois in the Tuesday March 17th Democratic Primary Election, pulling ahead of Sanders in the delegate count, and creating a nearly insurmountable lead as the candidates prepare for an uncertain Democratic National Convention. The Coronavirus outbreak prompted the Governor of Ohio to close the polls as a public health measure. The outbreak, which has sickened more than 5,000 people in the U.S. has caused some states to postpone elections and candidates to cancel rallies and instead hold virtual events. Governors across the United States continue to issue updates on new measures to contain the virus.
CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, World Business Chicago (WBC) Vice Chair Mellody Hobson and WBC President and CEO Andrea L. Zopp today announced that Zopp will step down from her position at the end of the calendar year. Zopp is moving on to an opportunity at Cleveland Avenue, a privately-held venture capital firm that accelerates and strategically invests in innovative food, beverage and restaurant concepts and emerging brands. Michael Fassnacht who serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the city of Chicago, a position currently held within WBC, will serve additionally as Interim President and CEO.
During her more than three years of leadership at WBC, Andy has been an incredible partner to both our city and business community while executing the agency's mission of driving inclusive economic growth," said Mayor Lightfoot. "Her dedication to creating, advocating for and advancing socioeconomic opportunities in underserved communities has truly left a lasting, positive impact on Chicago, and I am confident she will continue to be a driving force of change in her new role. I congratulate Andy on this exciting next step in her professional career and thank her for her years of service to our city."
“Andy leaves a strong team and board of directors whose collective work and passion for Chicago will continue uninterrupted,” said Mellody Hobson, WBC Vice Chair. “Andy’s leadership of WBC has led to many impactful programs and initiatives and certainly helped guide the organization through the challenges presented by the pandemic.”
A search for a new president and CEO will begin in early 2021. WBC is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives economic development, job creation, supports business and promotes the city as the place for international businesses to invest. WBC will continue serving a critical role in driving inclusive and equitable recovery, as laid out in the Recovery Task Force report, with an emphasis on our region’s particular strengths in high-growth areas: expanding the region’s TD&L; strengthening Chicago’s healthcare and life-sciences ecosystem; and building on the region’s assets in food and agriculture. Michael Fassnacht, who is currently part of the city’s Recovery Task Force and will serve as Interim CEO and President for WBC, will continue the organization’s critical work.
“Now more than ever is a critical time to focus WBC on its core tasks of helping Chicago businesses to thrive and attract new companies to our great city,” said Michael Fassnacht, “We will be diligent in our search to identify a leader to drive economic growth in all of our City’s 77 neighborhoods.”
Zopp served as the President and CEO of World Business Chicago for three years. Prior to that she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago, CEO of the Chicago Urban League and other executive leadership positions. She served in the United States Attorney’s Office and was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Zopp is passionate about creating stable businesses and strong communities and in all her roles, she fought for safety, expanded and inclusive economic opportunities, helping youth and young adults achieve academic and career success, and advocating for social justice.
“Historically underrepresented groups have been held back from advancements in VC and Tech because of money and access,” said Zopp. “While I’m saddened to leave WBC, I am excited for my next chapter at Cleveland Avenue that will not only involve improving access for underrepresented minorities, but also lifting up our businesses, communities and neighborhoods. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it has a positive impact that leads to generational change.”
ACCEPTANCE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article and clause thereof on behalf of the United States of America.
Done at Washington this 20th day of January, 2021.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on December 12, 2015 and entered into force on November 4, 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
The Media Connection TV Host Naimah Latif is joined by Chicago photojournalist Marcus Robinson and Memphis Radio Host Wallace Redd to take a look at the messages from the Inaugural Speeches by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. From the swearing in of the first female Vice President by the first Latina Supreme Court Judge, to the young African American Female Poet Laureate, the Inauguration signaled a new era of inclusion.
"It is a tragic day in the United States of America when our Democracy is being undermined by a President who just doesn't know when it's time to go," stated Republican Washington Congressional Candidate Marilyn Strickland in an interview with ABC News January 6, 2021, as angry protestors armed with flags, signs and possible weapons, stormed the Capitol Building in Washington DC. The protests disrupted the Senate's Electoral Vote count in the Presidential Election in which Joe Biden was to be confirmed as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President. The victory of Democrats in the Georgia runoff elections held Tuesday seemed to be the catalyst for the violent protest, openly encouraged by President Trump's tweeted messages. Photo Courtesy of ABC News.
"In case of the removal of the President fromoffice or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President." 25th Amendment, Section 1
Hours after police removed protesters from the Capitol building, members of the President's Cabinet reportedly took a serious look at invoking the 25th Amendment in order to remove President Trump from office and install Vice President Pence until the January 20, 2021 inauguration of Joe Biden.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment states, "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President."
Trump, shown here in a 2019 address in Chicago, encouraged the protests. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Chicago, IL – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. was arrested along with 30 others Monday, July 26th, outside of the office of Senator Krysten Sinema, a Democrat, who opposes the abolition of the filibuster, and charged with third degree misdemeanor and trespassing on private property.
Arrested along with Rev. Jackson were: Rev. Dr. William Barber, who heads the Repairers of the Breach and co-chairs the Poor Peoples Campaign, Attorney Barbara Arnwine, president/founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, her chairman, attorney Daryl Jones,
and 26 others.
“Rev. Jackson and those arrested were engaging in demonstrations which may result in civil disobedience outside of the office of Sen. Sinema and other senators later this week in Texas,” said Rev. Janette Wilson, senior adviser to Rev. Jackson. “He was charged with third degree misdemeanor and trespassing on private property.”
"The purpose of these demonstrations is to highlight the need for the Senate to join the House in passing H.R. 1/S.1, the "For the People Act," a comprehensive voting rights bill, even if it requires getting rid of the Senate filibuster, and to encourage the House to finish writing and vote on H.R. 4, the "John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act," that will establish new national Section 4 criteria for triggering Section 5 or the preclearance provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This would correct the damage done by the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby," Rev. Wilson said.
Rev. Jackson is pushing for passage of the “For the People Act” that expands, not restricts voting rights. However, Republicans blocked the bill with a filibuster on June 22, 2021. It failed to secure the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture after a party-line vote of 50-50. Rev. Jackson is vowing to carry his fight for the passage of the civil rights bills to Texas later this week. File Photo by John L. Alexander
In an address at a Clayco Construction s in Elk Grove Village October 7, 2021, President Biden announced COVID vaccine mandates for all Federal employees. He praised Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for following suit with their COVID vaccine mandates for State and City employees, Last month, President Biden announced a mandate requiring businesses with 100 or more workers to ensure their employees are vaccinated or show a negative test weekly or more frequently.
A spirited crowd watched a nail biter of a game as the Windy City Bulls followed closely on the heels of Motor City Cruise, at times leading in this season opener held at the newly renovated NOW Stadium in Rosemont Illinois. In the final seconds of the game, the Windy City Bulls came within striking distance of a win witth a score of 96 to 97. But a few well placed free throws in the final 6 seconds of the game clinched a win For the Cruise. Jamorko Pickett, Motor City Cruise number 24, hit two free throws to make the final score Motor City Cruise 101, Windy City Bulls 99.
Actor Jussie Smollett, accompanied by his mother and his Attorney Nenye Uche, enters Cook County Courthouse for the verdict in the highly publicized case in which he is accused of staging a hate crime, and causing police to search for assailants. Photo by Marcus Robinson
CHICAGO -The highly publicized case against former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, delayed for a year due to COVID, was finally decided after two days of deliberations by a 12 member jury. Prosecutors claimed that the actor made false reports to police when he claimed to be the victim of a hate crime in January 2019. The jury's decision came Thursday, December 9, 2021 from the Cook County Courthouse: Actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty of five out of six counts of disorderly conduct. Each count is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Cook County Judge James Linn will decide whether Mr. Smollett will serve concurrent or consecutive sentences. Mr. Smollett was accompanied by his mother at the courthouse, and his attorney, Nenye Uche, who said he "respectfully disagrees" with the jury's verdict. He stated that he feels "100% confident" that Mr. Smollett's case will be won on appeal. Mr. Smollett exited the Cook County courthouse after hearing the jury's verdict. Photo by Marcus Robinson
It was a cold day for Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace after ending the season Sunday January 9th with a big loss against the Minnesota Vikings, a final score of 31-17. Things got even colder when Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey announced at a news conference Monday January 10th that the Bears have fired Head Coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace,
The Bears' 31-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday was seen as the final blow to Nagy's career as Bears Head Coach. He ended the season with 6 wins and 11 losses. Although the Bears went into halftime leading the Vikings 14-3, in the second half Minnesota gave Chicago a beating. A Vikings touchdown in the third quarter narrowed the gap, 14-10 and although the Bears moved the ball down field, they could only manage a field goal, bringing the score to 17-10. Another Minnesota touchdown in the fourth quarter evened the score 17-17. Another touchdown put Minnesota ahead 24-17, and an interception leading to another Minnesota touchdown seemed to put the possibility of a win out of reach for the Bears. The game ended with a final score, Minnesota Vikings 31, Chicago Bears 17. Above, Head Coach Matt Nagy explains what he thinks could have gone better during the season. Photo by John L. Alexander
The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago. The Bears compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division. The Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.