Rep. La Shawn Ford joins Good Day Chicago to talk about the importance of Juneteenth becoming an official state holiday and where Illinois needs to go from here.
Illinois government offices will be closed Friday in a nod to a new federal law, making Juneteenth an official holiday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation in Springfield on Wednesday declaring June 19 an official state holiday.
After an outcry at a raucous public meeting over a previous decision to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, the board of education at a New Jersey school district decided to strip all holiday names off of the school calendar.
Meanwhile Saint Charles says it's full speed ahead for its Independence Day celebrations.
It appears life is slowly getting back to normal, but that was just a piece of what people were reflecting upon this Memorial Day.
Because of the pandemic, some observances are being adjusted to be COVID-19 friendly.
"We celebrate and remember under one flag, and remember our African American, Jewish American, Latin American, Asian American, European American and all other heroes, and their bravery, dedication and courage is shared by all ethnicities and religions."
Juneteenth commemorates the date in 1865 when the last enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned from Union soldiers in Texas that they were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
On Friday, the TSA screened the most passengers since the beginning of the pandemic - a whopping 1.9 million.
Around Chicago, people were out grilling and seeing friends they haven't seen for a year as people celebrated the first holiday without mask requirements for those who are vaccinated
It is Memorial Day weekend, but do not expect Mother Nature to make it easy.
President Joe Biden on Friday kicked off the Memorial Day weekend by celebrating progress made in the fight against COVID-19 and thanking U.S. troops for their service.
Steven Herman, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, talks about how the White Sox will honor members of the military this weekend.
In west suburban Lisle, volunteers assemble care packages for troops serving in the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific Rim. Each box is stuffed with 25 pounds of surprises from home.
Thousands of service members will place American flags on over 260,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday as part of their Memorial Day remembrance celebrations.
After more than a year of missed vacations, weddings and much more, people seem ready to travel this Memorial Day weekend.
Chicago is getting back to normal. Beaches will reopen for Memorial Day weekend and it was also announced that the Pride Parade will return in the fall.
Memorial Day weekend gas prices are expected to be the highest since 2014, according to AAA.