African Americans

South Suburban Mayors Reaching Out To Enlist African American Organ DonorsMayors from the south suburbs have teamed up with the Gift of Hope organ donation network, in a campaign aimed at increasing the numbers of organ donors in the black community, where far fewer are donors, and many more are in need of transplants.
Mom Helps Organize Blood Drive To Recruit African-American DonorsA Waukegan woman whose son has been battling sickle cell anemia all his life has teamed up with LifeSource to encourage more African-Americans to donate blood.
Are African Americans Abandoning Democratic Party?Long considered stalwarts for Democratic candidates in Illinois, are African Americans now turning on the party?
Quinn, Rauner Vying For African-American Voters In campaign 2014: you've seen the attack ads and verbal sparring on TV, but tonight Governor Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner will meet face to face in a televised debate right On CBS 2 at 6 p.m.
Gene Flaws Common In Blacks With Breast CancerAfrican American women have higher rates of breast cancer at younger ages, and their survival rates are lower than white women. Now researchers might have an idea why.
Jesse White Urges More African Americans To Become Organ DonorsWhite said African Americans account for 56 percent of those who need an organ transplant, but make up 32 percent of the donors.
Diabetes Hits Especially Hard In Poor Black CommunitiesDr. Monica Peek, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Chicago, said, “From the recent findings, the top 11 communities for diabetes death rates, 10 of those are African-American.”
Mayor Denies Discrimination In School Closing PlansMayor Rahm Emanuel seemed unfazed Thursday by a newspaper report showing nine out of ten students attending the Chicago public schools targeted for closure are African Americans.
North Chicago Police Brochure Stirs Racial TensionsA brochure intended to serve as educational materials by the North Chicago Police Department for citizen training has racheted up racial tension in the far north suburb.
Obama's Inauguration On King Holiday Carries Dual SignificanceWith President Barack Obama's second inauguration coming on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday has been a day of special significance for African-Americans.
Gardner Meets With Mayor About Improving Black Job NumbersAfrican-American business pioneer Ed Gardner met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, to discuss Gardner’s complaints about a lack of blacks on South Side public construction projects.
Businessman Leads Protest To Demand Black Construction JobsLegendary South Side business owner Ed Gardner on Sunday was once again protesting the lack of black workers on local construction crews, leading about 1,000 demonstrators supporting his cause.