VIDEO: Horse statues to return to the streets of Chicago

By J’nelle Agee

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation announced the return of the Horses of Honor Campaign.

The public art exhibit will debut this summer and is a continuation of last year’s collection. All proceeds will benefit the “Get Behind the Vest” campaign, which buys new bullet-proof vests for active-duty Chicago police officers. Continue reading

Puppies, domestic violence focus of Super Bowl ads

By Lukas Voss

Wedged between Cris Collinsworth´s analysis and Katy Perry´s elaborate halftime extravaganza, a 911 call involving a pizza delivery halted the usual Super bowl commercial landscape.

The NFL, in collaboration with NO MORE, a campaign to raise awareness and end domestic violence, used its airtime during the biggest television event of the year to air the first-ever public announcement against domestic violence during the Super Bowl.

Many people were genuinely impressed with the ad on twitter with reactions ranging from being completely floored by its content, to supporting NO MORE in the effort to publicize the issue of domestic violence. Continue reading

Emanuel: Chicago needs a ‘21st century’ infrastructure

By Matt Yurus

Campaigning before the City Club of Chicago’s guests and members, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that Chicago needs a “21st century foundation” to maintain a “21st century economy.”

Emanuel’s speech, which was his fifth and final speech concerning his agenda for a second term, called for continued investment in Chicago’s infrastructure. More than $7 billion have already been invested in infrastructure under Emanuel’s administration. Continue reading

Lynch’s silence keeps media talking

By Bennet Hayes

“I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

By the letter of the law – or at least the NFL’s version of it — Marshawn Lynch fulfilled his duties at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day. Never mind that he uttered the same seven-word phrase in response to every question, or that he took leave of the podium immediately after the NFL-mandated 270 seconds had elapsed. By the barest requirements, Lynch fulfilled his media obligations on Tuesday.

Video clip via KCPQ-TV.

But in the hours since Lynch stepped off the podium in Glendale, debate has raged. Does the Seahawks star tailback owe the world – media, fans and the NFL alike — more than those seven words?

Many media members seem to think so.

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VIDEO: Maggie Daley Park Dog Ban

By: Julie Woon

The Chicago Park District’s decision to ban dogs in the newly renovated Maggie Daley Park has emotions running high and opinions split.  Despite opposition, dog owners will have to find somewhere else to take their pets. Continue reading

VIDEO: Religious leaders pledge to increase black voter turnout in February’s mayoral election

By Courtney Dillard 

Ministers and community activists across Chicago have pledged to transport at least 100 congregations to the polls for early voting on Sunday, February 15. They announced the “Souls to the Polls” initiative Wednesday at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church on the Near South Side.

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VIDEO: Mayoral candidate reports differing diversity numbers from CPD

By Grace Eleyae

Mayoral candidate Willie Williams stood in front of Chicago Police Department headquarters on Wednesday to discuss what he says are low numbers of African Americans in the police force. His numbers on the lack of diversity, however, are vastly different from the statistics offered by the CPD.

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VIDEO: “Decorative board up” in Humboldt Park puts new face on vacant properties

By Michaela Meaney

Many of Chicago’s vacant properties are subject to crime – or worse – demolition.  The Neighborhood Foundation, a Bridgeport-based organization, is working to change that in Humboldt Park with something called “decorative board up.”

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Dance company focuses on family in debut performance

By Megan Kramer

DanceWorks Chicago made its debut in the Harris Theater’s 2014-2015 Exelon Family Series on Saturday, with a program that included the premiere of a piece titled “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours.”

If you missed the performance, you can catch DanceWorks’ next performance on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, 1147 W. Jackson. The Family Series, which opened in November with the children’s music band Dan Zanes and Friends, will wrap up its season with the Peking Acrobats Feb. 6-7. Continue reading

Boeing takes off in fourth quarter

By Bethel Habte

Boeing Co. reported a 19 percent increase in profits and record revenues in its fourth quarter. The stock rose 5.4 percent.

The company credited its strong showing to a wave of new orders in the commercial sector and international contracts.

The aircraft manufacturer made $1.47 billion in profits in the quarter-ended Dec. 31, compared with $1.23 billion in the year-earlier quarter. Boeing’s earnings per diluted share widened to $2.02 from $1.61. Continue reading