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BOTY celebrates community heroes

Back of the Yards residents came together on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to celebrate heroes of the community. Mauricio Hernandez, 19, was one of more than 15 youth in attendance at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) Quarterly Council Meeting, where four 9th District police officers and Back of the Yards business owner Ricardo […]

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Activists protest against police brutality outside mayor’s office

Activists protest against police brutality outside mayor’s office from The Gate Newspaper on Vimeo. More than 50 activists and clergy packed the lobby outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and staged a die-in demonstration followed by acts of civil disobedience today. The acts were part of a strategy to pressure Emanuel’s office to meet with them and […]

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Youth activists demand justice for torture survivors

On the heels of Election Day, youth activists rallied in Daley Plaza Monday, March 2 to demand reparations for survivors of Chicago Police torture and abuse under former Cmdr. Jon Burge’s watch. The event featured a number of performances, including spoken word and song. Calling the demonstration a “Runoff Rally,” organizers said their intent is […]

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Residents, business owners alarmed by attempted robbery on 47th Street

Back of the Yards residents and business owners were alarmed Wednesday by a recent attempted robbery at N&P Jewelry, a local jewelry shop on 47th Street. According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, an unknown male offender entered a business located on the 1700 block of W. 47th St., on Jan. 14 at […]

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Illinois Senate passes bill to create funding stream for sex trafficking victims’ programs

The Illinois Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday, April 9 that will divert revenue from fines collected for offenses such as pimping, human trafficking and purchasing commercial sex to a state-administered funding pool. If passed in the House, the Illinois Department of Human Services will use the funding to address existing service gaps by supporting […]

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McCarthy, Emanuel tout decreased crime rates across the city, 9th District shows greatest improvement

The 9th District Police have seen more progress in crime reduction than any other district across the city said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy at a press conference at the 9th District police station on Monday, Dec. 16. “There have been 17 fewer murders here in the 9th District this year, a 43 percent decrease […]

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CPS CEO Discusses Improving Schools in Back of the Yards

Community members say student safety, stress are great concerns CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett met with members of Back of the Yards to discuss ways to improve the quality of area schools including the safety of students in the neighborhood. “I’d like to do three things, one, share a few things about me, let you know […]

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CPD Adds Foot Patrols to City’s Troubled Areas

Chicago police officers are now patrolling prioritized areas on foot as part of a plan to cut crime in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced yesterday he is reviving a classic policing strategy as part of the city’s crime-fighting initiative Operation Impact. “Residents in the prioritized zones will not just […]

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City’s Vacant Property Initiative to Deter Gang Violence “Is Going in the Wrong Direction,” Say Activists

Community organizations are in disagreement with Emanuel and McCarthy’s new plan to demolish vacant buildings in order to curb gang violence around Chicago’s high crime neighborhoods. While both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced their new plan on Monday, July 9 to get rid of vacant homes in communities around the […]

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Hoops in the Hood Returns

The traveling basketball tournament returns to Back of the Yards and surrounding communities Designated neighborhood blocks will soon close down in various communities around the city, making way for the annual Hoops in the Hood, a traveling basketball tournament aimed to deter youth from gangs and drugs while promoting a healthy lifestyle. This year, Back […]