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Opinion: ‘People who do bad things are not necessarily bad’

*Because of my professional career I am choosing to remain anonymous. For the last 14 years, I have worked with at-risk youth and I love it. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than to see a kid’s smile after helping him or her overcome a struggle.* I want to share my story for others […]

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15th Ward aldermanic candidates headed to runoff

*Baja para leer en español *scroll down for Spanish Two candidates will be fighting to become alderman in the newly drawn 15th Ward. On Tuesday Feb. 24, Democratic Committeeman Raymond Lopez almost took the victory with 47.31 percent of the vote according to unofficial reports from the Chicago Board of Elections. Chicago Police Officer, Rafael […]

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15th Ward aldermanic candidates talk about key issues in a series of forums

Aldermanic hopefuls in the Southwest Side are presenting their platforms to residents and stakeholders in the wards they are hoping to lead. They have been participating in a series of forums organized by several community groups in Back of the Yards, Englewood and Brighton Park. On Tuesday, Feb.10, candidates running for alderman in the 15th […]

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Grassroots Illinois Action endorses 23 aldermanic candidates, including six on the Southwest Side

Grassroots Illinois Action, a political action group backed by community and labor activists, endorsed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor and 23 aldermanic candidates, including six on the Southwest Side. “This is an incredibly important election,” said GIA executive director Amisha Patel. “After years of having resources stripped away from our neighborhoods, we have a chance […]

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New funding allocated toward early childhood education programs

New federal and state support for early childhood was announced recently, but more needs to be done to ensure equitable distribution of resources, particularly concerning Latino communities, said Cristina Pacione-Zayas education director of the Latino Policy Forum. Particularly notable was the exclusion of Brighton Park from the second round of the state‘s early childhood construction […]

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“Working minimum wage isn’t going to get me far”

What’s the secret to getting by on a minimum-wage job? Chris Fallet, a 19-year-old resident of Brighton Park, has learned some of the tricks. He earns $8.35 an hour—ten cents above Illinois’ current minimum wage—by working half-time in the new Jewel-Osco at 1340 S. Canal. Fallet’s top tip: “It helps having roommates because the cost […]

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Union Impact Center Concludes Soccer Tournament, Honors Players at Awards Ceremony (PHOTOS)

On Friday Aug. 16, the Union Impact Center hosted its Summer Soccer Award celebration at Cornell Square Park.  Founded by Chicago police officer Rafael Yañez, the Union Impact Center is a volunteer-based network of mentors that provide after school activities to community youth, particularly those residing in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. “Our goal […]

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Five Week Basketball Tournament Ends

The summer season is perhaps the most important time of the year for the Back of the Yards. For many youth, this is their time to relax, hang out with friends and have fun. It is also a time where safety and community involvement is needed to deter the increased crime rates that coincide with […]

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Veterans Wellbeing on Chicago’s Home Fronts

After 16 years in the military, Philip Chan said he had a relatively smooth transition back to civilian life. But he knows things are a lot more difficult for many young veterans including those in the South and West sides of Chicago. Chan believes the violence and lack of choices many young people face when […]

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Worker-Run Window Factory Starts Production in Chicago’s Southwest Side

Workers who occupied factory in 2008, open New Era Windows Cooperative The opening of a new factory in Brighton Park usually doesn’t draw much attention, that’s not the case for New Era Windows Cooperative, a factory run by the workers themselves. The plant, located near California Avenue and 35th Street, is filled with machinery, stacks […]