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For Refugees, Freedom Isn’t Free and Isn’t Easy

For Refugees, Freedom Isn’t Free and Isn’t Easy

A fragile sense of security often robs Zuhair Sulaiman of the luxury of good night’s sleep. “The fear is embedded inside,” he said in Arabic at a meeting at Arab American Family Services in Bridgeview. Along with more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs, who abandoned their homes, his family fled to Iraq when Israel was created […]

The Rebuilding Exchange

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Collaborating with a network of contractors and community-based partners in renovation and full-scale deconstruction projects, Bucktown’s Rebuilding Exchange has diverted an estimated 8,000 tons of building materials from landfills. “We need to rethink our relationship with what we call the waste stream, because in fact it’s a value stream; it’s our natural resources that have […]

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Recycling: Initiative Helps Turn Debris Into Business Opportunities

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Recycling: Initiative Helps Turn Debris Into Business Opportunities

Collaborating with a network of contractors and community-based partners in renovation and full-scale deconstruction projects, Bucktown’s Rebuilding Exchange has diverted an estimated 8,000 tons of building materials from landfills. “We need to rethink our relationship with what we call the waste stream, because in fact it’s a value stream; it’s our natural resources that have […]

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NATO Weekend of Protests (VIDEO)

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NATO Weekend of Protests (VIDEO)
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Dillard Wins 24th District Senate Race

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Dillard Wins 24th District Senate Race

Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) is celebrating a victory in the changed-up 24th District after carrying both DuPage and Cook Counties. At a party on election night at Gulliver’s Pizza in Oakbrook Terrace, Dillard mingled with volunteers and supporters while watching the election results come in. “I am committed to make Illinois’ economy be one of […]

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CPS Class Size Reduction a Top Priority for State Lawmaker

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CPS Class Size Reduction a Top Priority for State Lawmaker

A state lawmaker wants to limit the number of students in every Chicago Public School classroom, but she could be facing an uphill battle. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), vice-chairperson of the Education Committee, has proposed a law that would force Chicago schools to cap classroom sizes. But, Lightford admits she doesn’t know how she […]

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Lawmaker and former teacher moves to legislate time on task

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Lawmaker and former teacher moves to legislate time on task

SPRINGFIELD – This will be the last year students in Illinois enjoy a short day on the first and last day of the school year, if a state senator gets his way. State Sen. David Luechtefeld (R- Okawville) is hoping to pass SB 2850, which mandates that the first and last day of school be […]

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