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Cara Ball is a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago majoring in journalism.
Illinois Art Programs Facing 20 percent funding cuts

Illinois Art Programs Facing 20 percent funding cuts

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut funding to the Illinois Arts Council by 20 percent is causing a Chicago group to worry it will have to scale back its art programs. The Chicago Public Art Group fears a ripple effect in state cuts will lead to a reduction in youth, community and development activities in […]

Logan Square Community Groups Use Biblical Procession to Protest Chicago Housing Authority

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Logan Square Community Groups Use Biblical Procession to Protest Chicago Housing Authority

Residents and community leaders marched through the Julie C. Lathrop Homes on Chicago’s Northwest Side in December to protest what they say is a broken promise by the Chicago Housing Authority to renovate the low-rise public housing development. The procession, called “Las Posadas” after the Spanish word for “inn,” involved youth dressed as biblical characters […]

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Weekly Meals Feed And Provide Support To Homeless

Homeless Chicagoans get weekly meals and access to job help, health screening and housing through The Chicago Help Initiative. The Help Initiative, located on the 700 block of North La Salle, provides Chicago’s homeless with a meal every Wednesday and connects them to various social services like health care, housing and jobs. Jacqueline Hayes, founder […]

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Renovations For Walt Disney’s Birth Home In Hermosa Back On Track After Failed Kickstarter

When a California couple and owners of Super78 Media Studios purchased the birth home of Walt Disney on Chicago’s Northwest Side in June 2013, it was their hope to begin restoration in spring 2014. The plan was to have the home turned into a historic museum and creative arts center for youth in the neighborhood […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Live In Uncertainty Waiting For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Undocumented Immigrants Live In Uncertainty Waiting For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Felipe Diosdado, 35, has worked as a janitor in downtown Chicago for 14 years. He’s a father of two with family members who are U.S. citizens, however, Diosdado is not. Since coming to America from Mexico in 1997, he has been undocumented. This is why Diosdado is impatiently awaiting President Barack Obama to take action […]

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Austin Community Garden Will Provide Community With Easier Access To Fresh Produce

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Austin Community Garden Will Provide Community With Easier Access To Fresh Produce

The lot across from Velda Brunner’s home on the 300 block of North Lotus Avenue in the Austin neighborhood has been there for years, she said. And after the owner of the property lost it to foreclosure, it became a flat dump filled with garbage and debris. “We constantly had to call 311 for someone […]

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One Young Man’s Solution for Restorative Justice

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One Young Man’s Solution for Restorative Justice

Growing up as a young black male on Chicago’s West Side, Ethan Viets-VanLear has lost track of the number of times police have stopped and frisked him. He said he remembers being stopped when he was as young as 11 or 12; he said his friends have had the same experience. These encounters and others […]

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