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Supreme Court declines to review Illinois assault weapons ban, leaving it in place

By Melissa Quinn Updated on: July 2, 2024 / 1:42 PM CDT / CBS News To watch video report, Click Here. Washington — The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to…

Undocumented immigrants now eligible for standard Illinois driver’s licenses with “federal limits”

By Sabrina Franza Published on July 1, 2024 Under an Illinois law that went into effect Monday, undocumented immigrants are now eligible for standard driver’s licenses in Illinois. It is…


Cook County plans to replace juvenile detention center with smaller ‘centers of care’

Fewer than 50 kids are expected to remain in the juvenile jail, while most kids will be released post-arrest or held in semi-secure, community-based facilities, according to a proposal from…

Juneteenth 2024: Nine Ways to Celebrate Around Chicagoland

by: BJ Lutz, Jewell Hillery Updated: Jun 17, 2024 CHICAGO — A military honors ceremony and the raising of the Juneteenth flag on Friday kicked off a three-day weekend celebration and is among a number…

Chicago City Council OKs $50 Million Settlement with 4 Men Wrongfully Convicted of 1995 Murders

By Todd Feurer, Darius Johnson Updated on: June 12, 2024 CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago City Council unanimously approved a $50 million settlement with four men who were wrongfully convicted of a 1995…

CPD Holds Multiple Buyback Events Across the City

By CBS Chicago Team, Mugo Odigwe May 20, 2023  Police hosted several gun turn-in events around the city on Saturday. The goal? To further promote public safety. A big part of that…


CPS school-based budget formula targets schools with high needs

Even with shifting priorities, the school district says it has successfully maintained the funding it provides to schools overall. By Nader Issa and Sarah Karp On May 29, 2024 A…


The Chicago City Council is pushing to keep ShotSpotter technology, despite Mayor Brandon Johnson’s effort to get rid of it

Johnson campaigned on ridding of the technology, saying it over-polices Black and brown communities. By Mariah Woelfel On May 22, 2024 In a protest vote to curb Mayor Brandon Johnson’s…


The Chicago City Council is Pushing to Keep ShotSpotter Technology Despite Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Effort to Get Rid of it

Johnson campaigned on ridding of the technology, saying it over-polices Black and brown communities. By Mariah Woelfel, Tessa Weinberg May 22, 2024 In a protest vote to curb Mayor Brandon Johnson’s power,…

Crisis Team Helps Majority of Mental Health Calls Without Engaging Police

by: Dana Rebik, BJ Lutz Posted: May 2, 2024  Trilogy’s First-response Alternative Crisis Team (FACT) was created in 2022 under a state program CHICAGO — A behavioral health organization working under a state…

Local Organizations

Rainbow PUSH Coalition - We protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.

Chicago Urban League - Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League—through collaborative community, corporate and civic relationships—has helped people find jobs, secure affordable housing, enhance their educational experiences, and grow their businesses. One of the oldest and largest affiliates of the National Urban League, we promote strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, innovation, and collaborative community, corporate and civic relationships.

Grassroots Collaborative - Grassroots Collaborative builds power with working families through strategic community-labor organizing, grassroots leadership development, civic engagement, and training. We started in Chicago and our 9 member organizations and their 125,000 members, along with an effective and diverse set of ally organizations across movements create transformative change to win fully funded resources for our public schools, social services, and affordable housing that working families depend on.

First Defense Legal Aid - First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system.

Inner-City Muslim Action Network - The Inner-City Muslim Action Network is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center. IMAN incorporated as a nonprofit in 1997 through the drive of people directly affected by and deeply invested in social issues affecting communities of color living on Chicago’s South Side.

One Northside - Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.

Polished Pebbles - The mission of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is to provide girls (7-17 years old) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating.

Restore Justice Illinois - Restore Justice Illinois believes in the possibility of rehabilitation, redemption, and reunification with the community for all incarcerated people, even those who have committed the most serious crimes.

Safer Foundation - Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records. We focus on helping our clients secure and maintain jobs because we understand that employment offers the best chance at successful re-entry.

Dovetail Project - We give young African American fathers – ages 17-24 – the skills and support they need to be better fathers for their children and better men in their communities.

Black Youth Project 100 - BYP100 is National, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year old activists and organizers, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens. BYP100 envisions a world where all Black people have economic, social, political, and educational freedom.

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Race to Cure Sarcoma Chicago 5K

The Race to Cure Sarcoma (RTCS) is the premier run/walk series in the United States, focused on raising awareness, providing education, and research funds for sarcoma. Each year, the Sarcoma Foundation of…

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