During her off hours, Chicago Police Officer Jennifer Maddox operates her own summer day for children in Parkway Gardens, a low-income housing development in Woodlawn. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times Media
In Parkway Gardens, a sprawling low-income housing development in Woodlawn, everybody from the itty-bitties to the gang leaders knows Officer Maddox. She’s the Chicago police officer who in her off hours runs a free summer day camp for the children there, funded in part from her own pocket. One of Maddox’s fellow police officers thought the rest of Chicago should know about her, too, and I agree.