Jonathan Jackson keeps 1st congressional seat in Democratic hands following US Rep. Bobby Rush’s retirement
The Associated Press has declared Democrat Jonathan Jackson the winner in the 1st Congressional District race, filling the seat of longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who chose not to run again.chicagotribune.com
Suburban man running for Congress was convicted 27 years ago of sexually assaulting a woman
A Lemont man running to be the Republican nominee in the heavily Democratic 1st Congressional District spent nearly six years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman, records show.chicagotribune.com
Anti-Lynching Bill Passes House, Expected to Clear Senate
Named in honor of Emmett Till, the Black whose horrific murder at the hands of white men in Mississippi in 1955, the bill outlaws lynching. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent @StacyBrownMediaThe U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime. Named in honor of Emmett Till, the Black whose horrific murder at the hands of white men in Mississippi in 1955, the bill outlaws lynching. The House finally passed the bill on a 422-3 vote. “That shaped my consciousness as a Black man in America, changed the course of my life, and changed our nation,” Congressman Rush asserted.thewestsidegazette.com
Furthering the conversation about dozens of Black women and girls who go missing without any resolution. WVON’s Candace Collum’s series this week, is doing just that.
Candace McCollum's series seeks to draw attention to the disparity in the investigations and the coverage of missing Black women and girls versus their white counterparts. The series airs four times daily this week on WVON 1690-AM November 29th - December 3rd.chicagotribune.com
Families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Alvin Cole hold Get Out The Vote Rally
Five days before Election Day, the families of victims killed in high-profile cases of police violence are banding together for a voting rally. The families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Alvin Cole and Jacob Blake will join forces Thursday to encourage residents to vote like their lives depend on it. The event's main goal was to "unite a community in action," according to a press release announcing the rally. Taylor, Floyd and Cole were all killed by police officers earlier this year. We've been crying, we've been protesting, we've been in the courts.cbsnews.com
Chicago investigating officers 'lounging' during unrest
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush looks on as Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, June 11, 2020, about a group of Chicago police officers in the congressman's campaign office while looters hit nearby stores. She said the officers shown have not yet been identified. Lightfoot said investigators will use department records and location data from department vehicles to identify the officers involved. Thirteen officers making popcorn, taking a nap and relaxing as I was standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other officers on State Street while we got pelted with rocks, he said, reminding reporters that more than 100 officers were injured during the rioting. She also suggested that the scene that unfolded in that office suggest the officers believe they can do whatever they want.
Facebook and Twitter slammed by congressman for allowing spread of 'racist themes and language' about coronavirus
"I have been profoundly disappointed to see countless examples of misinformation and downright lies propagated on your platforms," the Illinois Democrat wrote. "Furthermore, much of this misinformation has also conveyed racist themes and language literally adding insult to injury." Rush pointed out one example of race-based misinformation about COVID-19 on Twitter from earlier in the day. The congressman tagged Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey in a message commenting on a post that falsely claimed "Blacks are not getting Coronavirus!" Rush said in the letter that race-based misinformation about the virus can have real repercussions.cnbc.com
Trump calls impeachment probe a 'lynching'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the House of Representatives's ongoing impeachment probe into his conduct "a lynching." But at least two Republican lawmakers defended Trump language as appropriate, and said the current impeachment process is in fact a lynching. Asked whether he understood that black Americans would be offended by the term lynching, Graham said, "No." McCarthy said that while he does not believe Democrats are conducting a fair impeachment process, "I don't agree with that language. "For three generations in South Carolina, we have understood the evil history of lynching in our state.cnbc.com
Harris lands 2020 endorsement from two Black Caucus members
By Juana SummersBALTIMORE (AP) Two more members of the Congressional Black Caucus are backing Kamala Harris bid for the presidency: Reps. Bobby Rush of Illinois and Frederica Wilson of Florida. Endorsements from the caucus, which counts more than 50 members, could be influential in the Democratic presidential primary. With these two new supporters, Harris now has six endorsements from the CBC. Rush told Politico that Biden, another Democratic presidential candidate, was wholly out of touch and woefully ignorant of the nuances of the black American experience. Rush will serve as Harris Illinois campaign chair. Harris said Bidens recollections of working with the two senators were hurtful.thewestsidegazette.com