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Congress struggles with immigration reform, deportations reach record highs

*Updated on March 24 *The Gate isn’t using the last names of the family in this story to protect their confidentiality. When Karla first heard that undocumented students like her could apply for a work permit regardless of their immigration status, she was ecstatic. Karla is a junior at Juarez high school. She belongs to […]

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Local residents, business owners largely support a minimum wage increase

*Baja para leer este artículo en español. Whether to raise the minimum wage, and by how much, is a hot topic in both Washington, D.C. and Springfield this year. President Barack Obama is pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and other state Democrats are leading the […]

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Fast food workers scrape by under current minimum wage

Updated January 8, 2014 Last December about 200 protesters in Chicago braved the cold and rallied in support of higher wages as part of a national movement to increase the minimum wage and improve the working conditions for fast-food and retail workers. Starting this year, 13 states across the nation are increasing the minimum wage […]

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Artists, Community Leaders Aim to Transform Cook County Jail Wall

Project will include temporary site reflections, community feedback that will lead to larger, permanent public art piece What kind of impact does the presence of a jail have on a community and its residents? What emotional, psychological or physical influence does it create? Can something be done to change a negative perception over a space, […]

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Bipartisan Group Introduces Immigration Reform Bill

Proposal includes path to citizenship, increase in border security The group of senators working on an immigration bill for months released the major components of the proposal on Monday, April 15. The draft called: Outline of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, would offer a path to citizenship to the […]

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Longer School Day – Finding Ways to Utilize Students’ Time Wisely

When Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academy Principal, Barton Dassinger, realized that one of the learning programs implemented in the 2010-2011 school year was no longer an option for his students, he began to look for alternatives. With a longer school day to fill this year, the answer, he says, came when he discovered a program […]

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FMEL Builds Platform for Latino Digital Art and Electronic Music

Some people believe that the only music originating from Latin America only carries the traditional sounds of cumbia, salsa, rancheras and that good old merengue that replays for decades in quinceañeras. That, however, is greatly narrow-minded. While it is true that many Latino musicians cling to this traditional track, there are many others that have […]

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We Are Hip Hop Festival

Teens work together to lead, plan and organize an event that has promoted peace through hip-hop in the neighborhood of Pilsen for seven years Mumbled chatter sweeps over the basement of Dvorak Park in Pilsen as more than 20 teens sit hunched over in groups—some concentrate over the delicate stroke their paintbrush creates on the […]

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Vacant Homes Demolished

Mayor’s New Initiative to Deter Crime by Demolishing Vacant Homes has Residents in Disagreement Only a square of bricks and debris remained of the once vacant home at 6747 S. Laflin St. on Thursday, July 12. The home was one of the first 12 properties demolished as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plan to […]

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Are Latino Students Ready for Common Core Standards?

Before CPS implements Common Core State Standards across district schools, the Latino Policy Forum holds a symposium to discuss potential academic achievement gaps among Latinos. Imagine this— two 4th-grade students having a text-based argument. Each student with a book in their hand—citing, talking, discussing and arguing about a particular subject, around a piece of text. […]