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Back to school: A look inside two neighborhood high schools

As students across the city head back to school we thought it was time to check in with principals from two neighborhood high schools, Richards Career Academy and Tilden Career Community Academy to see what’s on the agenda for the new year. Richards Career Academy Located on the corner of 50th and Laflin Streets, Richards […]

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Heroin, LLC: Una vida y negocio en las drogas

*Este artículo es cortesía de WBEZ.org donde apareció por primera vez. El artículo es parte de una serie titulada “Heroin, LLC”, una colaboración entre WBEZ y The Chicago Reader. El periódico The Gate está publicando este artículo con el fin de destacar un problema que en gran parte es muy pocas veces reportado. Si deseas […]

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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 […]