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  • Does the Second Amendment apply to black people? July 20, 2018
    With all the attention focused on the police shooting of Harith Augustus in South Shore, the silence coming from the gun rights groups is deafening. I mean, just about everyone else has weighed in, one way or the other, on the July 14 shooting, including Black Lives Matter activists, Mayor Rahm, and the Fraternal Order […]
    Ben Joravsky
  • Chance the Rapper owns Chicagoist—now what? July 19, 2018
    A young black Chicago philanthropist has purchased a dormant local news site. But because that philanthropist is Chance the Rapper, and because he made the announcement in "I Might Need Security" (the best of the four new songs he dropped last night), the good news comes with an asterisk.…
    Leor Galil
  • Is a Puerto Rican native running for Chicago alderman the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? July 19, 2018
    Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, who is taking on Deb Mell, closely resembles the 28-year-old socialist from the Bronx who upset a powerful congressman in New York. Rossana Rodríguez-Sánchez is running in next year's election for City Council in Chicago, but her phone keeps blowing up over an election held almost 1,000 miles away.…
    Ryan Smith
  • Penalty for poisoning Lake Michigan ‘unjustifiably low,’ surfers say as they seek to restart lawsuit vs. U.S. Steel July 18, 2018
    Surfrider Chicago says the penalty against the northwest Indiana steelmaker should be $5.3 million, not the proposed $600,000. Surfrider Chicago is looking to relaunch its federal lawsuit against U.S. Steel, which it says sickened surfers when it dumped toxic hexavalent chromium in a waterway connected to Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana. Attorney Mark Templeton of […]
    David North
  • Rauner showers praise on Mike Pence, leaving no doubt how he feels about gay marriage July 16, 2018
    It's been almost a week since Governor Rauner was outed for attending—maybe even officiating—the wedding of a gay friend. And he still hasn't commented on it. The Sun-Times ran a picture featuring Rauner reading something from his cell phone at a recent wedding ceremony—either the wedding oath or some sort of celebratory speech or poem. […]
    Ben Joravsky
  • Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future July 13, 2018
    At the risk of sounding hopelessly naive, I must say the sight of Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson and Father Michael Pfleger walking arm in arm down the Dan Ryan at last weekend's protest march left me with a tinge of hope about the future of Chicago. Oh God, I feel really naive just writing […]
    Ben Joravsky
  • These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side July 12, 2018
    From Auburn Gresham to Hyde Park, seniors and their allies are doing whatever it takes to combat social isolation and other issues of aging. O lder adults in their 70s and 80s gather in the lobby of New Pisgah Haven Homes every Thursday morning.…
    Pat Nabong
  • Lake surfers say polluted waves are making them sick—but they love it too much to stop July 11, 2018
    One of the best local spots to surf is surrounded by a grimy industrial landscape in northwest Indiana. A group of dedicated Great Lakes surfers is always chasing the next big wave, even if it means surfing in dangerous water alongside grimy landscapes home to some of the area's largest polluters.…
    David North
  • Not everybody in Chicago is down with OKCupid's new DTF ad campaign July 10, 2018
    Some local city agencies apparently aren't DTF. Or at the very least, they're not cool with OKCupid using the casual sex acronym in a series of cheeky new ads (it stands for "down to fuck").…
    Ryan Smith
  • Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years July 10, 2018
    The historic Pullman neighborhood is getting 38 units of affordable housing inside a new $18 million artists' enclave—some 124 years after Pullman railroad car workers went on strike over the company's refusal to lower their rents after cutting their pay. The Pullman Artspace Lofts, a new apartment building to be built between two long-abandoned Pullman […]
    Sandra Guy