Hanukkah celebrations begin as Chicago area prepares for 8 days of lights

The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times file Hanukkah celebrations in the Chicago area will begin Thursday with several themed activities planned through the weekend. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by the […]

City invests in cultural programming with $1 million in grants to Chicago organizations

Children show their support for Uhuru Shule Cooperative, a Bronzeville workshop program that is one of 27 grantees in the Neighborhood Access Program. Amirah Rahman Community organizations and artists on Chicago’s West and South Sides will be getting a boost for cultural arts programming, thanks to $1 million in city grants. The Department of Cultural […]

Judge overturns murder conviction that was based on eyewitness who was legally blind

Darien Harris Illinois Department of Correction A Cook County judge on Tuesday overturned a murder conviction that was based in part on the testimony of a witness who was legally blind. But Darien Harris will remain in jail because prosecutors said they plan to try him again. Harris, 30, has spent the last 12 years […]

Committee OKs plan to have city rent more Loop office space

The city already leases space at 2 North LaSalle, but will be expanding there to accommodate the new civilian police oversight commission and the revived Department of Environment. Google Maps A seemingly routine proposal to lease downtown office space ran into a buzz-saw of opposition Tuesday from City Council members demanding that city departments fill […]

Thanksgiving at Sullivan High School part of warm welcome for refugees

Sarai Jimenez, a Venezuelan refugee who arrived in Chicago last July, at a Thanksgiving gathering at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park last week. She hopes to go into law enforcement after graduation. Neil Steinberg/Sun-Times Sarai Jimenez and her family escaped the chaos of Venezuela in 2021, sought refuge in Colombia then, when things got […]