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West Side Students Tackle School Violence

West Side Students Tackle School Violence

On March 24, Chicago Talent Development High School students, assisted by City Year Chicago and AmeriCorps team members, participated in an in-school service project focused on creating non-violence awareness within the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

College students to see ‘painful’ scholarship, grant cuts without fully-funded state budget

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June 29, 2009 – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission announced Friday thousands of college students are facing a loss of $275 million in grants and scholarships if state lawmakers do not pass a fully-funded budget by month’s end. Impending cuts would affect approximately 40,000 Illinois students currently receiving support from the Monetary Assistance Program, or […]

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Rider and advocate discuss CTA service woes: slideshow

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Rider and advocate discuss CTA service woes: slideshow

May 19, 2009 – A rider and advocate discuss CTA service in this video by Jennifer T. Lacey Rider and Advocate discuss CTA Equipment and Service Woes from Jennifer T. Lacey on Vimeo.

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Pressure put on CTA to improve service for handicapped riders

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May 19, 2009 – Disabled advocates pressured the Chicago Transit Authority president on Monday for more accountability and transparency with its service and maintenance of accessibility-related equipment. The board meeting was a first time CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez met with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Committee since his appointment two months ago. […]

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Lawmaker calls for transparency on accessibility issues, CTA defends repair efforts

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May 15, 2009 – A key state lawmaker said Thursday the Chicago Transit Authority should conduct internal performance audits and hold its managers accountable in the wake of a ChicagoTalks investigation that found more than one-third of the system’s accessible stations were not fully available to customers over a two-week period in February. A team […]

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May 11, 2009 – Thirty-six students have been killed in Chicago during the 2008-09 school year. As the Chicago Public Schools’ year comes to an end, community activists, educators and police are still grappling with how to reduce a rise in violence among school-age children. Last Thursday night, a panel discussion was held at Chicago […]

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Some say there’s still hope for Streetwise

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April 20, 2009 – By the time Bruce Crane went to bed on April 14, the survival of Streetwise magazine was in question. But an overnight sudden injection of 40 online donations to the struggling non-profit organization had Crane believing otherwise. “[If] you asked me two weeks ago would we do it? I’d say, ‘I’m […]

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