Chicago news roundup: South Sider, who was the first black Secret Service agent on a White House detail, honored

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South Sider who was the first black Secret Service agent on a White House detail honored

Six weeks ago, Abraham Bolden hung up the phone and drank a glass of water in his Auburn Gresham home as he absorbed the news he had waited decades to hear.

He received a presidential pardon.

President Joe Biden released it nearly 60 years after Bolden, the nation’s first black Secret Service agent to serve in a White House detail, was convicted of trumped-up corruption charges in retaliation for whistleblowing racist and unprofessional behavior of fellow officers.

“It felt like a ton had been lifted off my shoulders,” Bolden, 87, said after a ceremony today in the Loop where he was honored by Cook County Council Speaker Toni Preckwinkle. and County Commissioner Stanley Moore.

“It was indeed a trial and a tribulation to undergo for a crime that I knew I had not committed,” he said.

He faced charges in 1964 for allegedly accepting bribes from counterfeiters.

His first trial resulted in a hung jury. He was convicted in a retrial which relied on witnesses who later admitted lying at the behest of the prosecutor.

Bolden, who served on the protective detail of former President John. F.Kennedy spent over three years in federal prison.

“This Presidential pardon has been a long time coming, but ultimately what we know is so true and proven that you, sir, are trustworthy,” Moore said today.

Mitch Dudekhas more on Mr. Bolden here.

More news you need

  1. A 3-year-old girl riding a bike with her mother died this morning after a tractor-trailer hit her bike in Uptown and dragged the child, authorities said. The bike was traveling in the same direction as the truck when the mother apparently lost control and collided with the cab of the tractor-trailer, police said.
  2. A children’s gym trainer in Downers Grove has been charged with sexual abuse and producing child pornography in what authorities called a “heinous” case. Wyatt Kopka, 30, faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim aged 13 to 16, court records show.
  3. Nearly two years after voters dumped Cook County Judge Jackie Portman-Brown following a video that showed her locking up her 6-year-old grandniece to teach her a lesson, she’s back on the ballot. Portman-Brown is running in the June 28 Democratic primary for a vacant seat on the South Side’s Fifth Judiciary Sub-Circuit bench, Injustice Watch’s Maya Dukmasova reports.
  4. The McHenry County District Attorney’s Office has determined that a sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting a man who shot him, despite blood tests showing the deputy had ‘inhalants’ in his system. Deputy Nicholas Arnold fatally shot Nicholas Sebastian, 43, while responding to a report from a man threatening to kill his family in their home on January 11 in Port Barrington, according to the prosecutor’s office. State.
  5. Senator Bernie Sanders endorses the primary nominations of Democratic congressional candidates Delia Ramirez and Jonathan Jackson, reports Lynn Sweet. The Vermont Independent will be in Chicago next week, where he is expected to appear with Ramirez and Jackson to leverage his endorsement.
  6. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol begins its first prime-time hearing tonight at 7 p.m. with next sessions Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. In a recent column, Sweet traces Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s path from a GOP conservative to one of two Republicans on the panel.
  7. In Humboldt Park, a new wellness center aims to tackle the neighborhood’s top health risks like obesity, diabetes and depression. Scheduled to open in 18 months, the Humboldt Park Wellness Center is being built at Division and Richmond streets across from the park.

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Summer Guide: ‘It Came from Outer Space’ Musical, Inspired by a Cult Film, Tackles Hot Topics 70 Years Later

Before there was “Alien”, before there was “Star Trek”, before there was “Star Wars”, there was “It Came from Outer Space”. The 1953 sci-fi film may seem corny by today’s standards, but that, and its Ray Bradbury pedigree, only added to its status as a cult classic.

Now Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, the musical theater team behind the hit ‘Murder for Two’ series, have taken on the challenge of turning the film, based on a Bradbury story, into a comedy musical.

Yes, Kinosian (book and music) and Blair (book and lyrics) spent a lot of time thinking about aliens. “It Came From Outer Space” is a flying saucer tale that examines society’s fear of strangers. When a spaceship accidentally crashes in the Arizona desert, the aliens inside are benevolent and mean no harm, but the mean-spirited citizens of Sand Rock feel otherwise and form a gang to hunt them down. .

Jaye Ladymore as Ellen Fields and Christopher Kale Jones as John Putnam in the world premiere of Chicago Shakespeare’s ‘It Came From Outer Space’.

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The musical makes its world premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on June 22 under the direction of Laura Braza. The Sand Rock couple determined to help save aliens – scientist John Putnam and schoolteacher Ellen Fields – are played by Christopher Kale Jones and Jaye Ladymore. The remaining cast – Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Veronica Garza, Alex Goodrich and Sharriese Hamilton – each portray multiple characters, both human and extraterrestrial.

Kinosian (from Milwaukee) and Blair (from Seattle) met at the BMI Musical Theater Workshop in 2008 (“It’s basically speed dating for musical theater writers,” Blair laughs.) they teamed up to create the Jeff’s award-winning musical “Murder for Two,” which premiered at Chicago Shakespeare in 2011 and went on to hit Off Broadway.

The amiable duo agree that the first draft of “It Came from Outer Space” was the best first draft they’ve ever written.

Mary Houlihan has more on the musical theater team here.

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Yesterday we asked you: If you were in charge of your favorite Chicago sports team for a day, what would be the first thing you would do?

Here’s what some of you said…

“I would try to convince Jason Hayward to retire so I wouldn’t have to nominate him for an assignment.” — Richard Goldberg

“Return the fire to Bridgeview. It’s a better stadium for sports. — Michael Thompson

“Make it affordable for parents to take their kids to a Cubs game whenever they want.” — Marc Lelig

If I was in charge of the Bears, I would reject the idea of ​​moving the Bears from Soldier Field to Arlington Heights. —Pete Baker

“I would make the games available on mainstream television for everyone to enjoy.” —Jackie Waldhier

“Sell the White Sox to Mark Cuban. Build a retractable-roof multipurpose stadium on the edge of the lake with an open-air view of downtown. The stadium can be for the White Sox, Bears, Super Bowl, Final Four, etc. —Jeff Kean

“I would fire Tony Larussa.” — Jamie Ladendorf Benson

“Get a different property for the bears.” — Walter Malacina

“I would open the Wrigley ground for a children’s day, allowing those who have never been able to attend a game (for whatever reason) to include free concessions, the choice of a souvenir at bring, i.e. a t-shirt, baseball, etc. And a signing session (1 hour before the match) with all the players then have the owners pay for everything. Just for one day!” —Karen Connelly

“Get Benny the Bull a statue. One of them dunks with one hand and knocks over a bag of popcorn with the other. — Victor Jiménez

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