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Mayoral candidates debate issues in a series of forums

Mayoral candidates are debating key issues in a number of forums and debates with just a few weeks left until Chicagoans decide who will lead their city for the next four years. On Friday, Jan. 30, the five candidates came together for the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board forum discussing topics including the pension crisis, the […]

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Jesus “Chuy” Garcia talks politics at The Hideout

A standing-room-only crowd filled The Hideout Inn, located in the Elston Avenue industrial district, Tuesday, Jan. 6 for a chance to hear from mayoral candidate and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia at “First Tuesdays with Mick and Ben.” The monthly talk show is facilitated by Chicago Reader writers Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky as […]

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Emanuel releases education platform

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released his second-term education platform on Thursday Jan. 8, 2015. His plan, which he released during an invitation-only event at the Chicago Cultural Center, includes increasing the number of neighborhood high schools with a specialty focus, including more International Baccalaureate and STEM schools, which specialize in science, technology, engineering, and math. […]

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City Council holds hearing on mental health issues, clinic closures

Mental health care advocates talk about Chicago’s mental health crisis during council hearing. “When are we going to get our opportunity to tell our truth?” yelled Veronica Morris-Moore from the back of City Council chambers. “When are we going to be heard?” That’s the question members of the Mental Health Movement have been asking of […]

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Two Back of the Yards businesses make SEED Chicago financing round

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council has sponsored two local business initiatives that have been accepted in this round of SEED Chicago’s financing program. SEED Chicago highlights small businesses and community development projects that will grow jobs, facilitate economic activity, revitalize communities or promote education and training. SEED Chicago is an initiative of Mayor […]

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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 […]

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Mayor Emanuel, elected officials begin fast in support of immigration reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Danny Solis and some other members of the Latino Caucus will begin a 24-hour fast during an evening mass at Pilsen’s St. Pius Parish tonight, Thursday, Dec. 12.  They will break their fast Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The elected officials join a national campaign known as a Fast for […]

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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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Proposed Littering Ordinance Gets Boost from Mayor

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently supported 21st Ward Ald. Howard Brookins’ litterbug crackdown proposal, but with significant amendments. “I welcome and support your ordinance to penalize those who throw litter onto our streets, and I look forward to working with community leaders throughout Chicago,” Emanuel said in a letter to Brookins. Brookins sponsored the original version, […]

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Board of Education Approves Closure of 49 CPS Schools, 1 High School Program

Despite ongoing pleas from parents to keep their kid’s schools open, the Chicago Board of Education is closing dozens of them. During its monthly board meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education unanimously voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program. After months of public hearings, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett emphasized that “we […]