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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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TIF Spending: Who’s Really Benefiting?

David Uriostegui understands the need for budgets. He has an 8-month-old daughter and up until recently, he worked three minimum-wage jobs and continues to struggle as he manages to make ends meet. But he is not the only one. Uriostegui has seen many neighborhood residents around his community, barely having the means to survive. “[The […]

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Old Peer Foods Building Transformed to Promote Sustainability

  The music blaring from the small radio resting on a cart in one corner of the room deafened the echoes of harsh construction sounds while workers, mainly volunteers, focused on their task in a huge, dusty room — a small part of the four story, 93,500 square feet of rooms that will be renovated […]

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People’s City Council Drafts New Resolution

On Thursday July 7, the UIC forum became the gathering place for a mock city council debate led by activists, city residents and union members. Over 1,000 Chicagoans representing a coalition of community and labor groups gathered in support of a one-of-a-kind “people’s city council meeting.” “We will hear the stories of how American families […]