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Devon Marti is a multimedia journalist with an emphasis in political and investigative journalism. Devon is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but is currently based in Chicago. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Findlay in 2014. Devon is currently working towards her M.A. in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.
Cook County Leaders Attend Forum on Criminal Justice

Cook County Leaders Attend Forum on Criminal Justice

Overcrowding in Cook County’s criminal justice system has for years been a hot-button issue and recently four area leaders spoke at the City Club of Chicago and addressed the high number of incarcerated low-level offenders and offenders with mental health issues. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who oversees Cook County Jail, said in the forum […]

Medicaid Users Wait for Budget Outcome

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Medicaid Users Wait for Budget Outcome

The blood and food stains on Randy Boese’s shirt and bed are highlighted by the sun, which is shining through Boese’s bedroom window at his West Side community clinic, a room he shares with three other men. The 59-year-old former Chicagoan is homeless and being treated at Central Nursing and Rehab Center, for a foot […]

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House Bill to Increase Supervision at Emergency Shelters

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House Bill to Increase Supervision at Emergency Shelters

An Illinois House panel voted Wednesday to require children in state care be accompanied by an adult when leaving state emergency shelters, the latest attempt by the state to address a growing list of problems at its troubled child welfare agency. Supporters of the proposed bill, which will now be heard before the full House, […]

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Vacant Buildings in 17th Ward are Impacting Residents’ Quality of Life

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Vacant Buildings in 17th Ward are Impacting Residents’ Quality of Life

Doors boarded up with plywood, stamped with graffiti and gang signs. Porches clinging to the front of houses by duct tape and metal chains. Bent window frames and broken glass from intruders coming in and out. This is the scene of 154 vacant, boarded up residential properties throughout the 17th ward, with the majority being […]

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Grant Park Skate Park is Now Officially Open

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Grant Park Skate Park is Now Officially Open

The grand opening of the Skate Plaza and Performance Space in the southern corner of Grant Park kicked of Saturday with a party featuring local Chicago DJs, contests and giveaways sponsored by a number of local skate shops and brands. Bob O’Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy, has spearheaded the plans for the skate […]

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Coalition Members Request More Support For Accessible Housing

“Nothing about us, without us!” This is what members of the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing chanted during their press conference Wednesday morning at City Hall. Coalition members want Chicago’s City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to revise the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), which right now requires just 5 percent of affordable housing to […]

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