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Activists Pressure Roskam on Immigration

Immigration activists are putting pressure on U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R), urging him to support a future immigration reform proposal coming from the House of Representatives.On Saturday July 27, people from all across the Chicagoland area marched through the streets of West Chicago in efforts to get Roskam’s attention.The Illinois Republican legislator remains reluctant to […]

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Ex-offenders Re-learn How to Make a Living

Job readiness program offers a second chance through hands on experiences  Ex offenders face significant challenges when re-entering society, but with assistance from Chicago job readiness programs, these men and women are able to transition back to life on the outside.  Two years ago, Reginald Holloway, 37, was arrested for possession of heroin and spent […]

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Chicago Residents Protest Zimmerman Verdict (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of angry protesters filled the streets of downtown Chicago the afternoon of Sunday, July 14 to rally and march after the trial for George Zimmerman ended with a not guilty verdict. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and, later, manslaughter for the death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla. “I thought especially with […]

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Paint, Mingle with Wet Paint Chicago

Bridgeport art class allows students to find their creative side Non-artists can now find the space to explore their creative side using paint and empty canvases every Wednesday through Sunday throughout the year. Wet Paint Chicago an art studio located in the Bridgeport Art Center is now holding art classes. The purpose is to work […]

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Seed Chicago Set to Help Local Businesses, Projects Reach Funding Goals

Initiative includes 11 Chicago projects such as the Unísono Festival and The Tamale Spaceship in Pilsen Local entrepreneurs can now promote their start-up businesses and projects in Chicago through a website that hosts thousands of projects and allows anyone to add financial contributions. The idea is to support initiatives that could bring development and jobs […]

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Cook County Offers New Medicaid Program

County Care program will expand Medicaid coverage to up 250,000 people A new initiative in Cook County is designed to help insure thousands of residents without coverage before the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion takes effect in the state. County Care, a joint Medicaid program between the federal government and Cook County, will help cover […]

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Yollocalli Arts Reach Celebrates Move to Little Village with Art Exhibit

After 16 years of community involvement, the Yollocalli Arts Reach will close its doors in Pilsen to reopen in Little Village at the Boys and Girls Club. The center is hosting an event to celebrate and is inviting the community to participate. The Little Village location is expected to be open to the community by […]

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Pilsen Walks for Peace

A peace march on April 13 remembered victims of gang violence in Pilsen Pilsen youth marched for peace in memory of those that have recently died to gang violence in their community. Youth from Casa Juan Diego walked under the cold weather on the morning of April 13. Six boys led the walk pushing a […]

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Pilsen Observes Good Friday with Annual Via Crucis (PHOTOS)

  Hundreds of community and church members walked down 18th Street in Pilsen Friday morning to participate in the Good Friday procession. Church members dressed as Jesus and Roman soldiers reenacted the crucifixion of Christ in the annual Living Way of the Cross procession, more commonly known as the Via Crucis.  Elaborately-dressed volunteers performed the […]

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Immigrants ‘Come Out’ in National Effort

Local organizations and community groups met at Union Park for the National Coming out of the Shadows march on Sunday, March 10. Nearly 200 people gathered for a press conference before marching to the Federal Plaza. This is the fourth anniversary of the march and rally organized mainly by undocumented immigrants. This year, protesters shared […]