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A Family’s Struggle for Justice

A Family’s Struggle for Justice

Devin Dyer, an 18-year-old Austin resident, was shot to death at a party on March 6, 2011. His parents and uncle are still trying to piece together how he spent the last moments of his life nearly three years later. Sonya Burks, Devin’s mother, said she doesn’t feel any sense of urgency from the Chicago […]

The Curse of the Billy Goat: Fact or Fiction?

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The Curse of the Billy Goat: Fact or Fiction?

Thousands of fans poured into Wrigley Field on Oct. 6, 1945 to watch their beloved Cubs play in game four of the World Series. Also in attendance that day was a goat. On that chilly day 67 years ago an attendee, William Sianis, was asked to leave the stadium because he brought a goat with […]

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Family Atmosphere Surrounds Chicago Toys For Tots Program

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Nine 3-inch binders sit upright on the left side of Nellie Ortiz’ L-shaped desk, completely eliminating the possibility of using that space to write or work on a computer. In those binders are 622 requests that have been sent to the Chicago Toys For Tots program from nonprofit organizations throughout Cook County – asking for […]

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New Citizens Welcomed at Chicago City Hall

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Forty-seven people gathered inside the Chicago City Council Chambers to take a long-awaited oath to become a citizen of the United States. The special naturalization ceremony held at City Council on Tuesday welcomed immigrants from 26 countries all over the world. Could you pass the U.S. Citizenship Test? “This is only the second time we’ve […]

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The Villa Celebrates Landmark Status, Community Involvement

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The Villa Celebrates Landmark Status, Community Involvement

Darcie Wadycki can walk by a home in her neighborhood and knows who lives there 80 percent of the time – something not many Chicago residents can say about their neighbors. A couple blocks south of the Irving Park Blue Line stop sits a quaint neighborhood containing avenues lined with beautiful trees, old-fashioned street lamps […]

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Pilsen: Neighborhood Residents Defined By Religion, Beliefs

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Pilsen: Neighborhood Residents Defined By Religion, Beliefs

The steps and walls of Pilsen are covered in color. Murals of Mayan and Aztec mythology converge with images of family barbeques, local heros, and the Virgin Mary. One such mural is that of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Mexican icon. Six hundred years ago in Mexico, when indigenous people weren’t allowed to enter the […]

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