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Voices of the Community/Voces de la Comunidad

Jose G. Guadalupe Salazar I’m so frustrated. Did my appointment in Carbondale. In this location it looks like they don’t want to give nobody licenses. They see my documents and they ask for more. I drove for five hours for nothing and the web is not working now. Estoy frustrado. Hice mi cita en Carbondale. […]

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Labor coalition says $13 an hour by 2018 is “too little, too late”

Chicago has the eighth highest cost of living according to the Expatistan Cost of Living Index. Members of the Raise Chicago coalition rallied at a press conference at City Hall Wednesday, July 9, following the release of a report from the mayor’s Minimum Wage Working Group the day before. In their report, which was approved […]

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Constitutional amendment may put redistricting authority in the hands of independent commission

Latinos could be underrepresented in proposed independent commission to draw legislative districts A constitutional amendment establishing an independent commission to draw legislative districts may be on the ballot in November. What would the proposed change mean for Latino communities? The issue emerged this month when an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education […]

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HHS announces ACA enrollment numbers for first four months

Get Covered Illinois Marketplace enrollment number increases to more than 88,000 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released numbers for the first four months of enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) Wednesday. So far, 88,602 Illinois residents have selected a private health care plan through the federal website since Oct. 1.  In […]

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Influential Latino leader retires after 25 years of service

An influential leader who has pioneered access to health care for undocumented immigrants in Chicago has recently announced her retirement. At 74 years of age, Carmen Velásquez, the founder and executive director of Alivio Medical Center said in an interview with The Gate that it is now time to step back and put all her […]

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Childhood Obesity Declines in Rest of Country, Not Illinois

With our busy on-the-go lifestyles and certain health disparities that plague our communities, it’s easier and cheaper to grab a quick bite from a local chain restaurant than to prepare a healthy meal. As a result, we’re faced with combating the growing epidemic of obesity. But new research shows that childhood obesity is declining in […]

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Meet the Candidates: A Preview of the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Race

Eight months before the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial primary elections, we seem to have a good indication of who the candidates might be. As of now, the race predictably includes several Republicans who hope to replace Democrat Pat Quinn as the state’s next governor. The sitting governor will also face at least one challenger from his […]

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Chicago, Cook County Get Stricter Gun Laws Before Deadline

The timeliness of gun legislation is evident. With the Trayvon Martin verdict handed down and the recent shooting incidents in the country, legislators, activists and citizens are continuing to call for lawmakers to take a closer look at our country’s gun laws. Illinois is particularly in the spotlight regarding this issue. Seventy-four incidents of gun […]

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The Marijuana Debate: Illinois Bill Passes on to Senate

For decades people have been debating over whether or not to legalize marijuana. Illinois is one step closer to making this advocate’s dream a reality. In a 61 to 57 decision, the Illinois House of Representatives voted in favor of a measure that would allow those with doctor’s permission to use the drug for medicinal […]

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Governor Quinn Signs Law that Gives Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

  Governor Pat Quinn was joined  by legislators, community leaders and public safety advocates to sign a law that gives driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Governor Quinn was a key supporter of this legislation since it was first introduced. The signing took place at Instituto del Progreso Latino on Sunday Jan. 27. “Although immigration reform […]