Rev. Ira Acree

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Left) and State Senator Jim Oberweis (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Oberweis Opens South Side Campaign Office

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis opened a new campaign office Tuesday in the Woodlawn neighborhood, and said for too long, Republicans have ignored the African American community.

09/30/2014

A group of Chicago area ministers declared the weekend of July 27-29 to be "Peace Weekend," as part of an effort to end street violence, and keep every neighborhood safe for Chicago youth. (Credit: CBS)

Ministers Seek To Make This Weekend “Peace Weekend”

Dozens of local ministers have declared this upcoming weekend “Peace Weekend,” and are asking people to work together to end street violence.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012

Heaven Sutton

Ministers Urge People To Turn In Gunman Who Killed Girl, 7

One day after a 7-year-old girl was gunned down as her mother watched while she sold lemonade in front of her West Side home, a ministers’ group is trying to persuade people to turn over the killer.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2012

Hundreds of West Side residents marched through the Austin neighborhood on April 1, 2012, to show their outrage at the deaths of 57 youths from gun violence since the beginning of the school year in Chicago, as well as the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. (Credit: CBS)

West Side Residents March For Trayvon, Other Violence Victims

The pastor of a West Side church says 57 young lives have been lost to gun violence in Chicago since the beginning of the school year, so he’s calling on his congregation to show their outrage over the loss of innocent lives, including Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

04/01/2012

School Petition

Ministers, Community Leaders Petition For School Turnaround Plan

Another side is weighing in on the Chicago school system’s plan to fix some failing schools.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Yasmin Acree Age-Enhanced Photo

Family Marks 4th Anniversary Of Yasmin Acree’s Disappearance

Four years ago Sunday, a 14-year-old Austin High School student disappeared from her home. Saturday, more than 50 family members, police, community residents and ministers joined in prayers for her return.

WBBM Newsradio–01/15/2012

An off-duty Chicago police officer was fatally shot Thursday evening at  an Austin food mart. (CBS)

Off-Duty Police Officer Shot, Killed

An off-duty police officer was fatally shot Thursday evening while he worked security at a West Side grocery store, Chicago police said.

12/29/2011