Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times is a daily newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is the flagship paper of the Sun-Times Media Group, and has the second largest circulation among Chicago newspapers, after the Chicago Tribune.

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Keith Walker, who claims he was tortured by former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his “Midnight Crew” into confessing to the murder of Shawn Wicks, stands outside the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in the Loop during a press conference, Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2021. Walker, who was incarcerated for almost three decades and later exonerated, filed a lawsuit against Burge, the City of Chicago and other involved officers. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Alleged torture victim Keith Walker sues city, prosecutors, Chicago cops

Keith Walker is haunted by the memory of three Chicago police officers who, he said, took turns calling him the N-word, beating him and connecting a battery to his arm to jolt him with electricity.

Now, he’s demanding accountability from the city of Chicago, Cook County and Chicago police officers involved in his arrest, prosecution and conviction, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday morning.

“I think everybody in the world should know that these people are still out here,” said Walker, 53. “I want justice. I’m starting this lawsuit today because I’m seeking justice for the people who treated me unjust — not like a human being.”

The lawsuit claims Walker was forced to sign a false confession to the murder of Shawn Wicks, a white teenager from Arlington Heights, after being physically and psychologically abused in 1991 by police officers under former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

Unveiling of Ida B. Wells Monument in Bronzeville met with ‘joy, excitement, appreciation and humbleness’

The Ida B. Wells monument by Richard Hunt is unveiled at East 37th Street and South Langley Avenue in Bronzeville on the South Side, Wednesday morning, June 30, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

Civil rights trailblazer Ida B. Wells-Barnett had her legacy further cemented in Chicago on Wednesday with the unveiling of the “The Light of Truth” monument in Bronzeville.

The monument was dedicated at a ceremony with a hopeful air featuring many speeches from Black women, who honored the memory of the educator and investigative journalist known for her quest against the lynching of Black people and anti-Black discrimination.

Lindsey Stirling demonstrating the unifying power of music on latest tour

Lindsey Stirling headlines Northerly Island on Aug. 10. | Sydney Takeshta

Lindsey Stirling is excited about marking her first concert appearance in Chicago since her 2017 Lollapalooza performance.

“Getting to now stand on stage and perform music and see what it means to people in-person after so long makes me remember how powerful music is to not only connect people,” said Stirling, an Arizona native. “It’s a language that goes beyond words.”

The show features tracks from Stirling’s fifth and latest album, “Artemis,” which debuted in September 2019 at No. 1 on Billboard’s dance/electronic albums chart before the pandemic rocked the live entertainment industry into desolation for over a year.

The Major Taylor Trail Mural is a 400-ft mural on a pedestrian bridge on Little Calumet River by Chicago artist and muralist Bernard Williams. | Brian Rich/Sun-Times

South Side murals recall first African American sports superstar, Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor

He was the first African American sports hero and the first Black athlete to compete regularly in open, integrated competitions. He was the first and only African American to win a cycling world championship. He was known as the fastest man in the world, nicknamed “Major” in his Indiana youth and later “the Worcester Whirlwind” after his adopted hometown in Massachusetts. President Theodore Roosevelt was one of his biggest fans. He was one of the wealthiest athletes of his time, too, before dying penniless in Chicago.

Adam Toledo’s family picks Wisconsin farm for Adam’s Place, rural refuge for inner-city kids

Betty Toledo, the mother of Adam Toledo, tears up while speaking at a Potosi, Wisconsin, town hall meeting Aug. 11 about Adam’s Place. | Screenshot

The family of Adam Toledo has settled on a site in rural Wisconsin for Adam’s Place, a nonprofit project geared to help at-risk youth escape the dangerous allure of inner city streets that killed Adam.

Adam was 13 when he was shot in the chest once and killed by a Chicago police officer on March 29.

Adam’s Place will be built on a 70-acre farm near Potosi, Wisconsin, and was chosen by the Toledo family’s attorney, Joel Hirschhorn, for being a three and a half hour drive from Chicago and two and a half hours from Milwaukee.

Ex-manager who sued Abbott Laboratories for discrimination loses court case

Abbott Laboratories is headquartered in Abbott Park, Illinois. | Sun-Times file

A former worker for Abbott Laboratories lost her lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant Wednesday when a jury awarded her no damages in her case that alleged the company had targeted African American workers in a layoff that led to her firing.

Jacinta “Jay” Downing, the former Midwest sales region manager for the North Shore company, had claimed she was denied promotions and retaliated against even before she was let go in 2015.

“Although I am unhappy about the verdict, I am happy that I got my day in court,” Downing said after the verdict in federal court was handed down.

Richard Jaworowski dies at 78; Catholic school teacher was devoted White Sox fan

Richard Jaworowski (left) at a family outing to a Chicago White Sox game in August 2015. Joining him that night were (from left) daughter Emilee Biegel; granddaughter Kaitlyn Biegel; grandson Michael Biegel; grandson Owen Biegel; son-in-law Jason Biegel. | Provided

The first thing someone would notice when walking into Richard Jaworowski’s home was a television blaring some sporting event — most likely the Chicago White Sox — and his voice bellowing helpful instructions at the team.

“He talked about Sox players every single day we saw him, so he was a real die-hard Sox fan,” said Jerry Wilhelm, a senior manager at Standard Parking, where Mr. Jaworowski worked as an attendant during Sox games.

Another formerly homeless vet gets help furnishing his home

Mark McKenna tours his refurbished apartment for the first time. | Brian Rich/Sun-Times

A 58-year-old U.S. Navy veteran teared up as he entered his refurbished, one-bedroom apartment, overwhelmed that he finally had furniture. The most exciting thing about his new space: a loveseat and dinner table with chairs, so he no longer has to sit on the floor and eat.

“I have a couch to sit on, and I don’t have to lay on the floor to watch TV,” said Mark McKenna, who was discharged in 1986. “It’s nice to have something to sit on.”

The remodel of McKenna’s apartment was made possible by donations from Chicagoans to the nonprofit organization Humble Design.

Space podcast for kids connects with NASA astronauts

NASA astronauts Megan MacArthur (left) and Mark Vande Hei talk with REACH podcast hosts Sept. 1 from aboard the International Space Station.
 NASA

The Forge offers high ropes courses, trails, special events this summer

The Forge outdoor adventure park features an eight tower high ropes course, zip lining, paddlesports and more, which guests participated in on Monday, July 26 at 1001 Main Street, Lemont, Illinois. | Nichole Shaw/Sun-Times

Chicago Auto Show kicks off special summer event with outdoor space

Crowds of people walk the floor checking out different vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place Convention Center in South Loop, Thursday, July 15, 2021. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Fearing ‘tsunami of evictions,’ county touts free programs to help landlords, tenants

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle looks on as Carina Segalini, court administrator and project manager for Cook County Courts, discusses the expiration of federal and state eviction moratoriums during a news conference at the County Building in the Loop, Monday morning, Aug. 2, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

City Colleges’ Future Ready initiative to offer 60 career training programs this fall — for free

Harry S Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago in Uptown. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Archdiocese schools ease pandemic restrictions for upcoming school year

St. Genevieve Catholic School, 4854 W. Montana St., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

CPS to offer students COVID shots starting next week, will ask their vaccination status next month

Christian Clettenberg, 15, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Rush University Medical Center in the Illinois Medical District, on May 13, 2021, when children as young as 12 became eligible for shots. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Chicago Public Schools will start vaccinating students for COVID-19 next week — and will ask families to reveal their children’s vaccination status when schools reopen next month.

CPS said Wednesday that students and their family members ages 12 and up will be able to get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine at three school sites starting Monday. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for those 18 and older.

Fundraising begins to expand Rudy Lozano branch of Chicago Public Library

Ald. Bryon Sigcho-Lopez (25th) speaks about the importance of revitalizing the library for the community during a press conference to announce the $8 million campaign to expand the Lozano library outside the Rudy Lozano Chicago Public Library Branch at 1805 S Loomis St in Pilsen, Thursday, July 8, 2021. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Pilsen community leaders announced an $8 million fundraising campaign Thursday to expand the Rudy Lozano branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The expansion plan includes a second floor, an archival room of local leaders, a larger exhibit about Lozano, conference rooms, private rooms and additional parking. The archival room will focus on highlighting the history of Latino people and important leaders.

First winner of Richard Hunt Award unveils ‘Thought Vortex’ sculpture at Lincoln and Halsted

Artist Gwen Yen Chiu, the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit’s 2021 Richard Hunt Award winner, and Richard Hunt speak with reporters after the installation of her sculpture “Thought Vortex” at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Halsted Street on the North Side, Monday morning, July 19, 2021. The 12-foot-tall aluminum sculpture visually depicts a tornado in its center | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Oak Brook teen receives Diana Award for nonprofit focusing on AI education

Diana Award recipient Jui Khankari at her Oak Brook home. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Grant Park Music Festival kicks off the return of in-person downtown music fests

Concertgoers gather on the lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion to enjoy music during the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park, Friday, July 2, 2021. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Home care workers rally for better pay, benefits

Home care workers represented by the Service Employees International Union march through the Loop to call for Congress to invest $400 billion in expanding access to and creating union jobs, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

SEIU strikes for 5th day after three other unions reach contract agreements with Cook County

Striking SEIU Local 73 Cook County workers rally inside the Cook County Building at 118 N. Clark St. in the Loop, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

2,000 Cook County workers go on strike

Striking SEIU Local 73 Cook County workers walk the picket line outside Stroger Hospital on the Near West Side, Friday morning, June 25, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times
Workers prepare to remove an estimated 100-year-old Oak tree weighing more than 10,000 pounds that struck a house on Hedg Ct in Naperville. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Naperville, Woodridge residents, workers recount storm’s terror and begin recovery

A Naperville resident on Hedg Court had just finished reading his book and turned off his bedroom light at 11:01 p.m. when Sunday’s tornado hit at 11:03 p.m. He didn’t hear any warning sirens or receive any cellphone notifications about the storm.

“All of a sudden, I hear this high wind and then a loud roar,” said Michel Laurent, who has lived in Naperville 18 years. “The house was shaking. I knew right there that this was not your normal thunderstorm. I went to the window, which was not a wise thing to do, when I saw the tree and the lightning surge. It was almost like a black-and-white silver screen in my mind.”