CD’s Top Stories of the Week: Black Women Childcare Providers Face Peril, The Pretrial Fairness Act, Former NFL Player’s Mother Found Dead and More…

Here are the top stories from the Chicago Defender for the Week of Sept.18-24:

Black Women Childcare Providers Face Peril as COVID-Era Funding Expires

When the pandemic shed light on the fragility of the childcare industry, the federal government sent $52 billion to states to keep childcare centers and home centers open, retain staff and offer services. This funding is expected to expire on Sept. 30. 

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52nd Annual Legislative Conference: Tackling Black America’s Critical Issues

The 52nd Annual Legislative Conference, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, occurs from September 20-24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center under the following theme: “Securing Our Democracy. Protecting Our Freedoms. Uplifting Our Culture.”

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What You Need to Know About the Pretrial Fairness Act

Illinois is now the first state in the country to eliminate the cash bail system under the Pretrial Fairness Act, which is part of the SAFE-T Act. This new law went into effect on Monday morning. Here’s what you need to know about this controversial law.

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Former NFL Player’s Mother Found Dead, Son Remains Missing

A former NFL player is missing, and his mother was found dead near a creek behind her Maywood home. Police have ruled the death of Myrtle Brown, the 73-year-old mother of Sergio Brown, a homicide. Myrtle’s body was discovered on Saturday, and her son remains missing. 

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ASALH’s Upcoming Conference Defies Florida’s Stance on Black History

This week, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History will host its annual conference in a state led by a governor who has staked his political profile on being the most prominent opponent to the nonprofit organization’s stated mission: the teaching, promotion and research of African American life and history. 

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Breaking the Ice: Why More Black People Should Play Hockey

Although my hockey journey was fraught with racist encounters and frustration, I believe it can benefit Black people if they pick up a stick.   

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Cory L. Thames’ CAN TV Podcast “In My Own Words” Soars to Success

Cory L. Thames conveyed his natural interest in people into a stellar career and top-rated Chicago podcast featuring some of the most influential people in the city.

“I always found the beauty of not only building genuine relationships but also thinking about somebody’s story and how they ascended to where they are,” Thames told The Chicago Defender recently. 

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This Suburban Chicago Store Sold Its 2nd Multimillion Lottery Ticket in 3 Years

A suburban liquor store in Chicago has ample reason to consider itself “lucky” after recently selling its second multimillion-dollar winning Illinois Lottery ticket within a mere three-year span.

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