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Humboldt Park Voters Cast Their Ballots

Humboldt Park Voters Cast Their Ballots

Curlie Mae Johnson, 63 has witnessed a lot of changes in her polling place at Brian Piccolo Specialty School in Humboldt Park since she started as a poll worker in 1990. “This area used to be all-black, up till about 10 years ago when Hispanics started moving in,” she said. But now, statistics from Chicago […]

Non-Profit Professionals Watch Presidential Debate in Lincoln Square

Around 70 people from many parts of the non-profit sector sipped drinks, munched burgers, and mingled in the living room-like atmosphere of the Daily Bar and Grill in Lincoln Square eagerly anticipating the presidential debate at the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network’s (YNPN) viewing party on Tuesday. Marissa Filippo, executive co-chair of the YNPN says it’s […]

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Englewood Votes Seeks To Register Voters, Exercise Political Muscle

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Englewood Votes Seeks To Register Voters, Exercise Political Muscle

A group of community organizations in the Englewood neighborhood are working together to encourage more residents to register to vote in the 2012 election with hopes of persuading President Barack Obama to visit the area. The Englewood Votes initiative, a nonpartisan campaign, aims to register 5,000 new voters and increase turnout for future elections. Sonya […]

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Chicago Striking Teachers Bring ‘Wisconsin-Style’ Rally To Union Park

Although an “agreement in principle” was reached with striking Chicago teachers, educators and their supporters gathered in Union Park on the Near West Side Saturday for what they called a “Wisconsin-style rally,” bringing attention to so-called assaults on unions. Thousands of teachers, social workers and other CPS staff then marched down Washington Boulevard to Garfield […]

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Mother of Iraq War Vet Speaks Out Against NATO

  Under a scorching May sun that took a toll on protesters and police officers alike, demonstrators gathered in Grant Park today for an anti-war rally intended to make the gathering NATO dignitaries notice. The noon rally drew several thousand people to the Petrillo Music Shell, some chanting, others waving signs that read “Bring U.S. […]

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During NATO, Panel at Erie House Urges Chicago to Act Locally

NATO officials and world leaders arrived in downtown Chicago Saturday. But across town local community organizers and neighborhood residents discussed education, jobs, community growth and budget concerns in a town-hall style meeting. “We want people to go outside of the box when confronting these issues,” Michael Bennett, professor at DePaul University, said. “Think globally, but […]

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