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Chicago Ukrainian Overcomes the Odds

Chicago Ukrainian Overcomes the Odds

Inna Zaborenko knew she had to get her family out of Ukraine. The married mother of two lived in Kiev, a city just over 90 miles away from the epicenter of the Chernobyl disaster. An explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in April 1986 released a large amount of radioactive material into the area. […]

Black Political Empowerment: Dead or Alive?

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Black Political Empowerment: Dead or Alive?

When asked about the state of black political empowerment, David Lowery didn’t hide his true feelings. “We fell asleep at the wheel,” he said. Lowery, president of Chicago’s south suburban branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), wasn’t happy with the low turnout of black voters in last month’s mayoral […]

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Cullerton Wants School Districts To Fork Up the Cash

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Cullerton Wants School Districts To Fork Up the Cash

State Senate President John Cullerton (6th) has an idea to fix the state’s teacher pension shortfall, but Illinois taxpayers may feel the crunch: he’s asking for more money from school districts. John Patterson, Cullerton’s spokesman, said Illinois school districts contributed only $171 million, or less than one percent, to the total Teacher Retirement System (TRS) pension […]

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The Night Ministry to Open Emergency Shelter for Homeless Youth

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The Night Ministry to Open Emergency Shelter for Homeless Youth

A shortage of shelter beds makes winter a difficult time for Lakeview’s homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) youth, and a new shelter will soon be opening to help the situation. The Night Ministry, a nonprofit group that helps the homeless and those in poverty, will be opening the 15-bed shelter at Lakeview Lutheran […]

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Will There be a “Winner” in the 44th Ward’s Alderman Seat?

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After running unopposed in 2007, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) will face a challenge this year from local business owner David Winner, who said the ward could use a change. Tunney and Winner both filed as candidates with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners by the Nov.22 deadline. Winner reported receiving 600 signatures and Tunney reported […]

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Swedish Covenant Hospital Expansion Amendment Passed by Plan Commission

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Swedish Covenant Hospital Expansion Amendment Passed by Plan Commission

Swedish Covenant Hospital won approval Thursday from the Chicago Plan Commission to move forward with plans to expand its Lincoln Square medical center. The 238,000-square-foot building will include a surgical center, medical office space and a 260-spot parking garage. The building’s first five levels will be for parking. The first floor also will include retail […]

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Hyde Park Development Project Aims to Attract Retail, Provide Jobs

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Hyde Park Development Project Aims to Attract Retail, Provide Jobs

A new retail/residential development project in Hyde Park won approval Thursday, Aug. 19,  from the Chicago Plan Commission. The mixed-use property along South Harper Avenue and East Hyde Park Boulevard will contain 179 condominium units in two buildings, a two-level retail center and a 400-spot parking garage. City officials hope developing the area will draw […]

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