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Families say silence the norm after Chicago homicides

Families say silence the norm after Chicago homicides

Victoria Alvarez, Veronica Lewis and Annette Cannon wonder if anyone will ever be charged with killing their sons. The three women share the same sad, seemingly unending journey of seeking justice for a loved one lost to violence – one that hundreds of other Chicago families know all too well. Cannon, whose 29-year-old son, Steven […]

Austin Residents Struggle as Businesses Leave the Community

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Austin Residents Struggle as Businesses Leave the Community

Just a few banking options are scattered across the city’s most-populated community area, and after next week, Austin residents will have one less if a branch that’s closing its doors doesn’t relocate within the West Side community. The U.S. Bank office at 4909 W. Division St. is slated to close Nov. 16, and while a […]

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Timeline of Missing Austin Resident Yasmin Acree

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Timeline of Missing Austin Resident Yasmin Acree

Family and friends gathered Oct. 25 to honor the missing West Side girl’s 20th birthday. The award for information about her whereabouts has been raised to $10,000. Her family is still looking for answers.

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Rebuild Chicago Plans To Turn Empty Homes Into Rental Properties

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Rebuild Chicago Plans To Turn Empty Homes Into Rental Properties

The initiative by the group Action Now aims to help relieve neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosure of crime often associated with the vacant buildings. West Siders can attend an Oct. 25 meeting to learn more about the program.

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Austin Residents Look For Hope, Encourage Unity To Revive Community

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Austin Residents Look For Hope, Encourage Unity To Revive Community

Austin looks for a solution – area leaders and advocates say – that doesn’t just depend on increased police presence, but relies on community organizing for equitable distribution of resources; better schools and adult education and workforce preparation; changes in juvenile justice; community centers and youth programs and creating an environment that can give residents hope.

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Gingrich Places A Distant Fourth In First Presidential Race of 2012

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Gingrich Places A Distant Fourth In First Presidential Race of 2012

It’s been a wild ride for Republican presidential challengers in Iowa, and Newt Gingrich is the latest candidate with motion sickness. Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker, finished a distant fourth in Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest. Predicting the winner of the Iowa GOP caucuses had been nearly impossible, with candidates taking turns sliding up and […]

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Foreclosure Continues to Roil Midwest, But Issue Not at Main Focus of Presidential Campaign

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Foreclosure Continues to Roil Midwest, But Issue Not at Main Focus of Presidential Campaign

DES MOINES – Steps away from Indiana Avenue sits a house with plywood on most of its windows. The windows not covered have rotting frames and the faux brick siding is peeling. Beside the graffiti sprayed on the front, “Priced 2 Sell” is painted on both picture windows. A few doors down, another house is […]

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