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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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Building future basketball champions

Annual program teaches teamwork, builds community Last Saturday, July 12 all hands were on deck for the Hoops in the Hood program in Back of the Yards. Four local teams have signed up so far, representing different organizations and churches from throughout the community, including Holy Cross, St. Michael’s, Chicago Police Kids and Kops and […]

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State legislators leave local agencies in funding limbo

  The budget passed May 31 by the Illinois General Assembly “just pushes many budget decisions down the road,” said Martin Torres, policy director of the Latino Policy Forum. Unable to pass an extension of the current income tax rate — or a budget reflecting the $2 billion revenue loss that comes with allowing income […]

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Villapalooza showcases Latino hip-hop talents

It’s time to rise up, Little Village. Say hello to the South Side’s answer to Lolla. On Saturday Sept. 7, a block of 26th Street’s bustling commercial district will transform into the 3rd annual Villapalooza, Little Village’s premier music and cultural festival since 2011. Organized by Surcul Collective and sponsored by community organizations and businesses […]

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Can Jobs Curb Violence?

Two groups team up to offer a job readiness program in Little Village. But are there enough jobs for youth in the city? Two community organizations are preparing at-risk youth and gang members for future job opportunities. Enlace Chicago and Ceasefire Little Village have partnered to offer a set of job-readiness workshops that teaches individuals […]

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Artists, Community Leaders Aim to Transform Cook County Jail Wall

Project will include temporary site reflections, community feedback that will lead to larger, permanent public art piece What kind of impact does the presence of a jail have on a community and its residents? What emotional, psychological or physical influence does it create? Can something be done to change a negative perception over a space, […]

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New Soccer Field in Little Village Gives Neighborhood Kids a Place to Play

Families in Little Village now have a new public recreational space. On Thursday, Aug. 29, representatives of Enlace Chicago, Beyond the Ball, Ald. Ricardo Muñoz and members of the community inaugurated a new artificial turf soccer field in the campus of Ortiz and Gary Elementary schools on 31st Street and Lawndale. Two years in the […]

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Little Village Marches for Peace

In response to the surge of violence this summer, Little Village residents, activists and local organizations came together for a community forum urging neighborhood residents to come together in search of anti-violence solutions. The forum was the beginning of a series of community meetings to keep residents informed and create neighborhood building activities such as […]

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NATO Summit Tour Takes Journalists to the South Side (Part I)

What do Chicago neighborhoods have to do with NATO? According to leaders of local community organizations, the answer is a lot. “Sixty percent of our federal tax dollars go to the military,” said La Villita Community Church Pastor Victor Rodriguez. “In Cook County alone $9.8 billion will go to funding the military and wars. That’s […]

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Saint Anthony Hospital in Jeopardy with Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Community Representatives, Patients, Advocates Rally to Save Safety-Net Hospitals Hilda Martinez, a Little Village resident, visits Saint Anthony Hospital regularly. She is the mother of a 9-month-old and takes full advantage of the hospital’s wellness program and other services for new parents. She fears that future cuts to the Medicaid budget will force her to […]