At the opening session of the 41st annual Rainbow/PUSH convention, the Reverend Jesse Jackson avoided reporters left and right. He dodged us as we tried to intercept him leaving the dais on one side, then dodged us on the other, before disappearing behind a curtain then walking into the hotel kitchen before stepping on a freight elevator, telling me “no, no, no,” he didn’t want to answer questions about his ailing son, Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Betsy Benefield was one of only about two dozen Occupy Chicago protesters who marched through the Loop to the Thompson Center and to City Hall, demanding compensation for what they called physical and emotional injuries at the hands of police during NATO.
As volunteers picked up trash on North Ave. Beach, 52-year-old Dzevad Hadzic was picking up attention in his thong. ”Girls get drunk and sometimes they get too obnoxious,” he says. ”I don’t like it.” Chicago beaches officially open Friday.
Vikki Tulcus was coordinator of the Ill. Secretary of State’s organ donor program for two years, then she got sick - and needed a kidney transplant. This week, she found out her chances of getting a donor kidney were less than she’d realized.
After the story ran on WBBM Newsradio, I got this email from Vikki:
Would you believe that (the story) inspired a woman to contact me to see if she could donate? I spoke to her on the phone and gave her the info for my transplant coordinator. She said she would keep in touch.
Holy Family’s six front doors, weighing 600 pounds apiece, are being redone after 151 years. The church at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., was one of the few building to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Mrs. O’Leary and her husband were parishioners.