Chicago Firetruck, generic sized image

Fire Dept. Begins Physical Tests After Settling Suit By Black Applicants

They’ve been waiting for a long, long time, but on Tuesday, the first of hundreds of African American applicants finally got a fair shot at Chicago firefighters’ jobs.

CBS 2–11/01/2011

Illinois State Capitol

African-American Civil Rights Groups Defend Illinois Legislative Remap

Four African-American civil rights groups are trying to join Illinois Democrats in the legal defense of a newly drawn legislative district map.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Chicago Fire Department

UPDATED: Chicago Ordered To Hire 111 Black Firefighters

Thousands of African-Americans passed over by the Chicago Fire Department will collect damages under a judgment that reportedly will be approved later Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2011

Chicago Fire Department

Aspiring Black Firefighters Cautious About Chicago Department, After Court Dispute

A court has ordered the city of Chicago to hire more than 100 black firefighters following a discrimination lawsuit. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talks with two men who could be in line for the job.


A voter casts a ballot during early voting. (AP Photo)

Gary May Soon Have First Black Female Mayor In State

The primary election for mayor in Gary, Ind., Tuesday has set the stage for possible Indiana election history.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2011

Some African-American leaders wonder if the U.S. Census undercounted blacks in Chicago. (CBS)

Did U.S. Census Under-Count African Americans In Chicago?

Some state lawmakers question the accuracy of the U.S. Census count, which says tens of thousands of black residents have “disappeared” from Chicago.


Rev. Augustus Tolton

City’s First African-American Priest May Become Saint

Chicago’s first African-American priest could be on his way to becoming a saint.

CBS Chicago–02/24/2011

Takisha Wade and Torrance Barber attend New Life Covenant Church in Chicago. (CBS)

A Tale Of Two Black Churches

The congregration at one African-American church dwindles, while another grows. CBS 2’s Jim Williams examines what is drawing young people in — or driving them away.


Fred Rice

Former Police Supt. Fred Rice Dies

Fred Rice, the first African-American Chicago Police superintendent, has died.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2011

Danny Davis

Davis: May The Best Candidate Win

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) says he and fellow mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun simply hope the best person gets elected.

WBBM Newsradio–12/27/2010

James Meeks at Ann Sather's Restaurant

Meeks Under Pressure To Leave Mayoral Race

While Rahm Emanuel’s candidacy for mayor is moving forward, another mayoral contender is under pressure to drop out.

WBBM Newsradio–12/23/2010

Terry Lee Campbell Jr. (Police Booking Photo)

Indiana U. Nabs Suspect, Contacts FBI In Attack On Asians

FBI is asked to help decide if crime was a civil rights violation.

CBS Chicago–11/02/2010

(Credit: CBS)

Indiana U. Asian Students Robbed In Racially-Charged Attack

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Indiana University police say a group of African-Americans used racial slurs before attacking and robbing a group of Asian students. LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Marsett Reports Police say the attack happened […]


James Meeks, Carol Moseley Braun

Potential Mayoral Picks Narrowed To Meeks, Braun

A coalition of African-American leaders has narrowed its choices for a consensus candidate for mayor down to two finalists.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2010