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CPS Officials, Community Members Discuss Details About New IB High School in Back of the Yards

After Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s sudden announcement that the long-awaited Back of the Yards high school will feature International Baccalaureate (IB) studies, neighborhood stakeholders met with CPS officials on June 19 to discuss planning for the school’s enrollment, leadership, and safety. CPS also gave greater details on what “wall-to-wall” IB will look like within the new […]

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NATO Comes to Chicago, Immigrants Talk About Their Issues Locally

While the city of Chicago becomes the focus of global politics during the NATO summit on May 20-21, much of the attention for locals is placed in foreseen protests, closures and other related activities. As the summit draws closer, one key issue that many believe needs to be addressed is immigration and its impact on […]

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Little Village Businesses Hang Tough in Tight Economy

* Edited by The Gate NO IMMUNITY TO HARD TIMES, BUT RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES PLAN FOR PROSPEROUS FUTURE For years, the storefronts and small businesses lining West 26th Street have sustained Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood through thick and thin economic times. Residents and shoppers throughout the region are highly drawn to the Mexican commercial strip […]

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Building Blocks of Peace

Residents and community organizations join forces to tackle the recent surge of violence in Little Village. Together, they hope to change the dynamic of the neighborhood block-by-block. Frustration, calls to action and self-reflections dominated the community dialogue at the town hall initiative “Building Blocks of Peace” organized by Universidad Popular with the support of local […]

Voter Registration at its Lowest

Voter registration and turnout in Chicago have not surpassed the peak records shown in 1952 It is no surprise; Chicago has shown a de­crease in voter registration numbers hitting the lowest since 1942, at 1.28 million. “The fact is that our voter registration num­bers are low especially when compared to the census numbers, which indicates […]

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Power Plants on Their Way Out, Residents Celebrate

After more than a decade of protests, petitions and marches, community residents and activists celebrated a deal that will shut down two coal-fired power plants in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods. These two plants, for years, have been blamed for compromising the health of residents in the two communities. “I’ve lived between two coal […]

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Proposed Child Care Assistance Cuts Alarm Parents

Marleny Herrera was among the parents who gathered at the Erie House town hall rally on Friday Feb 24. in disapproval of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to execute cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Herrera is the mother of two—a 4- and a 7-year-old. She works for a social service organization as a […]

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Back of the Yards Remains in the Middle of a Ward Puzzle. Now What?

After a number of public hearings, map proposals and residents’ plea for unification, Back of the Yards’ newly drawn ward division brought disappointment to many. BYNC president Craig Chico believes the neighborhood lacked a representing voice when decisions were made behind closed doors. “I think [Back of the Yards] was the unfortunate victim of lack […]

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Family Unity? Obama’s proposed rule to keep immigrant families together brings doubts among community agencies

Read our most recent article on Obama’s new proposed immigration mandate Young Undocumented Immigrants Granted Relief from Deportation, Can Apply for Work Permits Right when the Obama administration was finally making a solid effort to keep undocumented families together, community agencies are warning the move should not be oversold as a major step, as families […]

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Criminalizing Youth

Is our criminal justice system setting up minority youth to fail? Though recent reports stated declines in citywide crime, neighborhoods with a large concentration of minority youth continue to harbor high crime rates in comparison to other areas. According to Tracy Siska from the Chicago Justice Project, part of the problem is that continuous high profile […]