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Local businesses are granted awards for business upgrades

The Back of the Yards College Prep’s gymnasium looked more like a convention center room than a high school gym as more than 30 businesses lined up behind presentation tables giving out food samples and information about their services.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded 51 businesses with more than $5 million in grants through the Retail […]

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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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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 […]