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'Fela!' musical, Rainbow PUSH launch anti-violence initiative

    The producers of the award winning Broadway musical “Fela!” have partnered with the Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition in an effort to help combat the increasing rise of violence in Chicago. Rainbow/PUSH founder and CEO Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and “Fela!” producer Stephen Hendel launched the new Stop The Violence initiative to inspire and encoura

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    NIU fires Grady as campus police chief

      DEKALB, Ill. — Officials at Northern Illinois University have fired the chief of the NIU Police Department.

      According to a local radio station report, NIU informed Donald Grady on Tuesday that he's been dismissed.

      The dismissal comes in the wake of the case against a former NIU officer who was charged with sexually assaulting a student. Grady was

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Jesse Jackson Jr., wife to appear in court

        WASHINGTON  — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are to appear in federal court to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

        Both the former Illinois congressman and his wife, Sandra, have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. Jackson is

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Rep. Flowers to introduce GPS tracking bill for all guns

          Fed up with the rising violence in Chicago, state Rep. Mary Flowers, D-31st Dist., announced Saturday that she will introduce a bill that calls for a GPS tracking device in all guns.

          “This would work the same way as our cell phones that way we will know where the guns are coming from and who has it,” said Flowers at the WE CAN, Inc. community org

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago