BRIGHTON PARK — Residents called for public officials to reinvest in mental health facilities on the city’s Southwest Side during a community meeting at Shields Middle School in Brighton Park last week. Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and community members urged Ald. Jorge Cardenas (12th), Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and State Rep. Celina Villanueva to address the lack of mental health services on the South Side in a Wednesday meeting.
An activist coalition led by Black Lives Matter on Tuesday pressed its case for major changes to the consent decree outlining the terms of federal court oversight over the Chicago Police Department. “If the city refuses to include these demands in the decree, this most recent effort to address police violence and racism could fail like every effort that has come before it,” Jonathon Projansky of Black Lives Matter Chicago, told a City Hall news conference outside the mayor’s