Massive Chicago gang database under fire: Database is racially skewed, data shows; and violates spirit of sanctuary city, advocates say

Chicago’s notorious police gang database has been highly criticized by advocacy groups who claim that the list doesn’t honor Chicago’s “sanctuary city” status and is demographically skewed.

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South Side organizations hesitant to embrace presidential library

Former President Barack Obama is bringing his Obama Foundation Presidential Center to sweet home Chicago, with plans to build the center’s library on a 20-acre public space in Jackson Park. But some community activists and long-time residents of the South Side are hesitant to embrace what the foundation has called the opportunity to “give back to the community.”

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Barack Obama comes back to Chicago, bringing talk of hope and activism with him

Global leaders came together this week to welcome Barack Obama back home.

This time around, however, the former United States president did not meet with high functionaries and heads of state. Instead, he and former First Lady Michelle Obama discussed activism and leadership with nearly 500 young community organizers from across the world during the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit.

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New legislation aims to standardize police practices affecting undocumented victims of crime

A bill likely to be heard in the state legislature this week could make it easier for undocumented immigrants who are victims of crimes to obtain a U visa that lets them stay in the U.S. The measure would streamline how local law enforcement agencies statewide fill out paperwork confirming that immigrants cooperated with law enforcement and are hence eligible for the visa.

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