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Yañez, Lopez face off during 15th Ward runoff debate

Two candidates in the runoff election for 15th Ward alderman clashed over red light cameras, participatory budgeting and the mayoral election in a candidates’ forum held Saturday, April 4 at Davis Square Park. The Gate News organized the forum in partnership with St. Joseph Parish, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Englewood Votes and The Resurrection Project. […]

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Rauner’s budget proposal threatens energy assistance programs, other social services

*In an earlier version of this story, we referred to CureViolence as CeaseFire, its former name.  Last updated 3/23/15  Services like energy assistance for low-income families, violence prevention and youth programs are facing cutbacks under Gov. Rauner’s recent budget proposal. In recent weeks several community groups have traveled to Springfield to protest the governor’s funding […]

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Foreclosures down in Chicago but Southwest Side lags

Foreclosure filings are down by a third in Chicago, but the housing recovery is slower on the South and Southwest Sides, according to a new report from the Woodstock Institute. One factor could be additional challenges faced by undocumented homeowners in obtaining loan modifications, local housing counselors say. But community organizations that provide free foreclosure prevention […]

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Rallying the Latino Vote in Chicago

On an unseasonably cold Friday afternoon, Stephanie Kops waited patiently at the Western Orange Line Station in Brighton Park. Holding a clipboard thick with voter registration forms in her arms, she cheerily approached a woman exiting the bus. “Hello ma’am, are you a registered voter?” she asked, while her hands hid in her sweatshirt sleeves […]

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What’s up with that? Local youth step up for their communities

By the time you read this column, Chicago’s primary election results will be in. We’ll know who won some hotly contested Northwest Side primary races. We’ll also know how successful grassroots groups like the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council were in getting out the vote to show support for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour […]

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Preliminary renovation plans for Kelly Park announced

The Chicago Park District presented preliminary plans for the long-sought renovation of Kelly Park at a meeting of the park’s advisory council on January 15. Funding from the state, the NFL, and Chicago Public Schools — along with a $100,000 grant from the U.S Soccer Foundation announced at the meeting — will go to install […]

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Do we need more charter schools?

Parents and students packed the assembly room at Shields Middle School demanding more resources for neighborhood schools Community residents met Tuesday to highlight CPS plans to expand charter schools just months after closing 50 neighborhood schools and cutting school budgets drastically. “We can’t allow CPS to continue to take money from our neighborhood schools,” said […]

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NFL to fund Kelly Park renovation

The NFL and LISC are donating $200 thousand for the construction of a new artificial turf soccer and football field at Kelly Park, a major victory in a two- year campaign to win renovation of the southwest side park. Mark Bachleda and Ramon Salazar of Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) made the announcement at the first […]

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Brighton Park Residents Say with Budget Cuts to Schools Crime Goes Up, Education Down (PHOTOS)

About 500 parents from Brighton Park packed the Shields Elementary auditorium last Wednesday July 17. At an evening meeting, they urged CPS officials to restore the nearly $7.5 million in funding cuts to their neighborhood schools. Students from the Kelly High School drama club performed a skit that illustrated their reactions when they found out […]

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Brighton Park Residents Call for More Youth Services, Responsible Gun Laws

Youth and community members of Brighton Park want an end to gun violence in the area. In a candlelight vigil held at Kelly Park yesterday honoring victims of gun violence, residents called on legislators to increase funding for youth services in the neighborhood and create responsible gun laws. “The major problem in this neighborhood is […]