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Chicago to house more than 1,000 unaccompanied, undocumented youth by year’s end

Mayor Emanuel recently announced plans to house and provide services for as many as 1,000 young immigrants in Chicago by the end of this year, the Chicago Tribune reports. The mayor’s office also mentioned plans to leverage the city’s legal community to “build a broad-based pro bono campaign” providing counsel to undocumented youth who fled […]

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Peace initiative seeks to inspire inner city youth

The Chicago Area Project (CAP) and CAP Affiliate, South Shore Drill Team (SSDT), are partnering with The World Harmony Run to sponsor a Peace Tree Planting and March in response to recent summer violence today at 2:30 p.m. at the South Shore Drill Team Offices on 7218 S. Chicago Avenue, Chicago. The Peace Tree planting symbolizes bringing […]

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High school is the new college

As this newspaper recently reported, the brand-new Back of the Yards High School only has room to hold about half of the graduating 8th-graders in Back of the Yards each year. Some parents are disappointed that their children are not guaranteed a place at our new school. But the reality is, until Chicago Public Schools […]

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22nd Ward residents present projects at participatory budgeting expo

Area residents showcased more than 20 different projects at Little Village High School Thursday, April 24, as a part of the first year of participatory budgeting in the 22nd Ward. The range of capital improvement projects included everything from street light replacement, sidewalk repairs, and greenway and pocket park development. “It’s a new way of […]

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Activists rally on May Day, ask President Obama to stop deportations

Close to a thousand people gathered at the site of the Haymarket Memorial in downtown Chicago to mark the 125th anniversary of May Day. The rain and overcast skies didn’t keep activists from a wide array of community, labor, faith and immigrant rights groups from turning out for the annual march.. This year’s march highlighted […]

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U.S. Cellular Field and Miller Park – Two Stadiums in 48 Hours

If you are a baseball fanatic like me, you jump on opportunities to get free or discounted tickets to ball games. This week provided me just that opportunity. For completing a White Sox survey, I received vouchers for discounted tickets in April. While I was considering the schedule, the older of my two almost equally […]

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Heroin, LLC: Una vida y negocio en las drogas

*Este artículo es cortesía de WBEZ.org donde apareció por primera vez. El artículo es parte de una serie titulada “Heroin, LLC”, una colaboración entre WBEZ y The Chicago Reader. El periódico The Gate está publicando este artículo con el fin de destacar un problema que en gran parte es muy pocas veces reportado. Si deseas […]

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De México al Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos, una cadena de suministro de heroína que paga

 Un joven texano forma una red de camiones que transporta cargas multimillonarias a Chicago Si te imaginas a un narcotraficante, nunca te imaginarías a alguien como Juan Carlos González. Él es alto pero rellenito. Tiene 31 años de edad pero su cara es tan tersa que me encuentro preguntándome si alguna vez se ha tenido […]

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Juarez students support a proposed recycling plant in Pilsen despite pollution concerns from local environmentalists

Students from Juarez High School braved single digit temperatures on Thursday, Feb. 6, to voice their support for a proposed recycling plant in Pilsen. The teens are members of the Youth Health Service Corps, a group that works with Rush University medical students to conduct health and wellness outreach throughout the neighborhood. According to the […]

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Democracy at its best: Participatory budgeting in the 22nd Ward

The cold weather did not prevent 22nd Ward residents from meeting at their local Starbucks to discuss transit-related issues in their communities as a part of the participatory budgeting (PB) process on Thursday, Jan. 9. This spring, residents 14 years of age and up will have the opportunity to vote on how $1.3 million in […]