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25th Ward aldermanic candidates battle Ald. Solis on jobs, wages, and schools

*This is an updated version of an article that appeared in our latest print issue dated Feb. 6-19. The 25th Ward is comprised of Pilsen, a slice of Chinatown, Tri-Taylor and the dwindling Little Italy. The majority is Pilsen, the city’s center for Mexican and Mexican-American culture, shopping and activism. According to an income map […]

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Court rules against putting 12th Ward aldermanic hopeful on ballot, ward residents want options

About 100 residents from the 12th Ward shuffled into Brighton Park elementary school’s cafeteria expecting to ask  Ald. Cardenas and his challenger Pete DeMay some important questions. The ward is majority Latino and comprised of McKinley Park, Brighton Park, and Little Village. However, residents found an empty chair next to DeMay, who was outfitted in a […]

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Candidates in the 11th Ward vie for Balcer’s seat

The 11th Ward consists mainly of Bridgeport, Canaryville, Little Italy and University Village on Chicago’s Lower West Side, nestled between primarily Latino communities to the west and predominantly black neighborhoods to the south. It’s been called one of Chicago’s last real neighborhoods by CBS Chicago, often praised for maintaining its historic character of the mainly […]

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Residents live the posadas tradition in Back of the Yards

For Spanish scroll down. Para español baje The gentle sound of an acoustic guitar and children’s voices echoed in the gold and white dome of St. Joseph Church on South Hermitage Avenue in Back of the Yards on Monday, Dec. 15. It was the first evening of their Posadas Navideñas, and a group of about 50 people, mostly mothers […]

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Local painter JoeMama brings whimsy to life on the SW Side

Joseph Mora welcomes me to his studio on 69th and Pulaski, where his paintings are displayed like colorful offerings in a shrine. The studio is his parent’s living room. And kitchen and bathroom and basement. His markers, paint tubs, half-finished canvases, silk screens and rubber squeegees are sprinkled throughout the house, which is already full […]

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Activists demand an end to mass incarceration, expand its diversion program

On Wednesday Dec. 10 a group of about 50 activists marched from 24th Street toward Cook County Jail, flooding the sidewalks, chanting and holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “90 percent of Cook County Jail is poor.” “Too many of our Black and brown citizens are right here,” said Tara Baldridge, gesturing to […]


Environmental activists call for removal of Emanuel’s “Clean Air” ad

A group of environmental activists and community members are protesting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent re-election campaign ad titled, “Clean Air.” They held a demonstration at City Hall the morning of Nov. 26, asking the campaign to remove the ads from the airwaves. The 30-second-long ad features Kim Wasserman, the strategic director at Little Village Environmental […]

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Candidates gear up for February municipal election

**In this article,  it was mistakenly stated that Che “Rhymefest” Smith is running for 20th Ward Alderman in the February 2015 municipal election. Che Smith ran in 2011 but is not running in 2015. The correct name should have been Andre Smith. Monday, Nov. 24, was the last day for candidates to turn in their […]


Young rapper avoids the streets, seeks success

*Scroll down for Spanish *Para Español baje When I initially tried to add Hector Danniel as a friend on Facebook, I was met with the electronic equivalent of a red velvet rope. “This person has reached the friend request limit, but you are now following them,” said a Facebook popup message. Danniel, also known by […]

Writing and performance workshop questions the meaning of power

On Oct. 18, Little Village community art group 96 Acres hosted an afternoon writing and performance workshop called “What does power look like?”. The workshop asked questions about when an imbalance of power becomes an abuse of power, and what can citizens do when they see this power imbalance in areas like police and community. […]