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Local businesses are granted awards for business upgrades

The Back of the Yards College Prep’s gymnasium looked more like a convention center room than a high school gym as more than 30 businesses lined up behind presentation tables giving out food samples and information about their services.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded 51 businesses with more than $5 million in grants through the Retail […]

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Emanuel, Garcia face off in first runoff debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia went head-to-head in the first runoff debate aired on live television Monday, March 16, 2015. Moderator and NBC5 political reporter, Carol Marin, went straight into the current state of city finance. Neither candidate offered a direct answer when asked if the city will be able […]

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Mayoral hopefuls discuss Latino issues

Five mayoral candidates addressed Latino community concerns at the Illinois Latino Agenda’s candidates forum on Friday, February 13 at Instituto Cervantes. The forum and a candidates’ questionnaire serve both to inform voters and to promote accountability, said Martin Torres of the Latino Policy Forum, one of the conveners of the Latino Agenda. The candidates “made real […]

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Mayoral contenders face off in televised debate

Tensions ran high during the latest mayoral forum Tuesday Feb. 10 when Mayor Rahm Emanuel was put on the spot for neglecting city neighborhoods and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was confronted about free legal work his son received from a top law firm that later was approved to do bond financing work for the county. A […]

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Community leaders, residents come out in support of Emanuel’s call for peace

Before the start of Memorial Day weekend, community leaders and residents across the city joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a series of orchestrated peace events on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24. The events were part of a new campaign called Chicago Summer of Faith and Action where residents and neighborhood youth, along with prominent civic […]

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Gutierrez, Emanuel predict movement on immigration reform this year

Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said there could be some movement on immigration reform this year at an event in the nation’s capital on Thursday, May 8. The event, sponsored by the Urban Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, was moderated by Jim Avila, a former Chicago broadcast journalist now serving as a White […]

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Media Often Gets it Wrong in Urban Violence Coverage

Derrion Albert’s death made international headlines in 2009 when the Fenger High School student was beaten by a gang of teens in Roseland. But a story that got little headlines was the collateral damage the media coverage had on the community. Communities like Roseland, Englewood and Austin are often penned in the media as violent […]

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Illinois Public Officials Back Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senate President John Cullerton are among a bipartisan group of public officials pushing for a safety highway legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for special driver’s licenses. The legislation would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a temporary visitor driver’s license (TVDL), a license currently issued […]

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Davis Square Park Gets New Soccer Field

The Chicago Park District was joined by Chicago-area youth athletes, coaches, a consortium of public-private donors and elected officials on Nov. 10 to celebrate the grand opening of the new artificial turf soccer field at Davis Square Park as part of the Take the Field initiative. Take the Field joins public and private resources to […]

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Residents Question Rahm’s New Anti-Violence Initiative

  New program promises to fight violence in the city’s high crime neighborhoods, replaces anti-violence initiatives residents say were working A new partnership between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to fight the violence in some of Chicago’s high crime neighborhoods. The Community Anti-violence and Restoration Effort (CARE) […]