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4th District Congress candidates want to help Latinos that are unemployed

4th District Congress candidates want to help Latinos that are unemployed

A 26-year-old Hispanic businessman and a woman who founded her own insurance company — both Democrats — are running in the primary against veteran Democratic  Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. “The people are ready for a change,” said Jorge Zavala, a businessman and son of Mexican immigrants. Zavala said Gutierrez — who was first elected in 1993 — has […]

Dream Fund scholarship could be available for more students

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Dream Fund scholarship could be available for more students

Ulises Sanchez wasn’t able to get an Illinois Dream Fund scholarship last year because the program ran out of money. Sanchez, 23, of Chicago was one of 1,437 students who applied, but couldn’t get it. He also tried again this year. He is one of the undocumented students who might get aid, if a new […]

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Illinois Residents Could Donate To Dream Fund In A Tax Check-Off

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Illinois Residents Could Donate To Dream Fund In A Tax Check-Off

While 140,973 college students in Illinois got monetary awards last year, Stephanie Zavala couldn’t apply because of her immigration status. Zavala, 20, said being undocumented is a barrier. But she is grateful that last year the Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship was launched to help students like her. “Tuition keeps increasing,” said Zavala a her junior […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Take Heart in Fight for Liver Transplant

Undocumented immigrant Lorenzo Arroyo, 37, had to quit his job at Chicago Meat Authority two years ago because he was too ill to work. Now, after marches, protests and a hunger strike, he is on the waiting list at the University of Illinois Chicago Hospital to receive a liver transplant. There are 5,186 Illinois residents […]

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Having Interpreters In Hospitals During All Hours Could Become a Law

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Having Interpreters In Hospitals During All Hours Could Become a Law

Trying to communicate with doctors and nurses at Saint Anthony Hospital last month, Catalina Arroyo said she and her nephew had to wait for hours, or until the next day to get help if no one there speaks Spanish. That’s why they hope state lawmakers approve a bill that would require an interpreter be available […]

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Art of making vejigantes and petroglyphs mosaics

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Art of making vejigantes and petroglyphs mosaics

Lissette Cruz bends over a piece of Puerto Rican history. Using her hands she breaks small pieces of colored stones, tiles or glass, and then glues them into unique designs. She fills the gaps in between the pieces with grout and wipes off the excess with a sponge. She is creating vejigante and petroglyph mosaics. Vejigante is […]

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Catholics in Pilsen Weigh in after Illinois House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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Catholics in Pilsen Weigh in after Illinois House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A Mexican mother, who has been attending St. Pius V Church in Pilsen for three years, said she views gay couples the same way she sees her son with disabilities. “Everybody see my son different, so I feel these couples will feel the same way,” said Jenny García, a 41-year-old mother of four. “I tell […]

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