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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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Residents Express Concern Over Proposed Ward Maps in Second Remapping Hearing

Chicago’s South Side residents crowded into Progressive Baptist Church on Thursday, Jan. 12, taking turns expressing their discontent over proposed ward maps to aldermen at the second public hearing for the city’s ward remapping process. While multiple ward maps have been introduced, including the Black Caucus’ Map for a Better Chicago, the Latino Caucus’ Taxpayer […]

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City Council, Alderman Pat Dowell Pass Ordinance Addressing Vacant Buildings, Lender Responsibility

Click here to hear THE GATE’s interview with Alderman Pat Dowell On Thursday, July 28, the Chicago City Council passed a new amendment to the Vacant Property Ordinance holding banks responsible for maintaining foreclosed properties in neighborhoods across Chicago. The amendment, introduced by 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, counted with the support of the  Mayor’s […]

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People’s City Council Drafts New Resolution

On Thursday July 7, the UIC forum became the gathering place for a mock city council debate led by activists, city residents and union members. Over 1,000 Chicagoans representing a coalition of community and labor groups gathered in support of a one-of-a-kind “people’s city council meeting.” “We will hear the stories of how American families […]