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What’s up with that? Local youth step up for their communities

By the time you read this column, Chicago’s primary election results will be in. We’ll know who won some hotly contested Northwest Side primary races. We’ll also know how successful grassroots groups like the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council were in getting out the vote to show support for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour […]

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Ashland bridge demo a taste of things to come?

Since November, the demolition of the Ashland Avenue overpass at Pershing Road has made driving hard on many Back of the Yards residents, including me. I drive my son back and forth to preschool in Pilsen every day, and my drive time has easily doubled since the bridge started to come down—from 20 minutes to […]

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Work the Workplace, Don’t Let it Work You: Keys to Move Up the Corporate Ladder

Like many college grads, I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do after I walked across that stage. I had no job, no internship and just over a year’s experience in my field. But I was lucky. My degree, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism, was from the top program […]

An Eerie Silence: Death of 14-year-old Alejandro Jaime Leaves Community in Despair

  Hearing the stories of youth lost to gang violence is never an easy pill to swallow. Anger, frustration and an unavoidable sense of helplessness quickly gravitate towards many of those who care yet inevitably get used to the frequency of such incidents. Only sometimes, when the violence knocks on our door, do we feel […]

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Snow Storm Parking Wars

Chicago finally received its first taste of a big snow storm last week, as temperatures dropped and the snow accumulated up to five inches the following day, according to the National Weather Service. Residents in the Back of the Yards community started putting broken chairs, baby car seats, crates and buckets filled with snow in […]

Returning Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Have you returned an unwanted Christmas gift these past few weeks…what’s up with that? My 10-year-old daughter received a few gifts she already had or didn’t want this holiday and luckily (I thought) they came with gift receipts. Another bonus was that they were all from the same place—Toys R Us. Easy, I thought. I […]

Black Friday Demeans the Holiday Spirit

I’ve always found it ironic that after a day dedicated to giving thanks for our family, friends and loved ones and for the things we appreciate the most in life, we become materialistic feigns—stomping, eye-gouging and even pepper-spraying our way through department stores to be the first to lay our hands on those coveted sale […]

Boxing Matches Fixed for the Hype

This weekend was full of sports action, but none compared to the much-anticipated third fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. The stage was set for these two warriors to decide who the winner of this trilogy would be. As a lifelong boxing fan, I had read every article, watched every interview, and re-screened […]

Bank of America Drops $5 Debit Card Use Fee

This week Bank of America decided to drop its plan to charge a $5 monthly fee for debit card use. Mounting pressure from upset customers and bad publicity led to the turn in business strategy. Large banks like B of A, JP Morgan Chase and Citibank claim a large market share of consumer banking and […]

Occupy Wall Street Movement

A small protest that started on Wall Street in New York has spread with fervor to many of the largest cities in the U.S. three years after the financial meltdown. It seems that the public is waking up and fed up with the lies perpetrated by our Government, the interests of financial institutions and corporations. […]