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I was born and raised in Chicago. I have been lucky enough to live and travel to many cities all over the world. One thing I have learned is, no matter where I go from big cities to small farms, everyone has a story and everyone is always hungry for the news.
Proposed Bill Would Give Transfer Students Relief

Proposed Bill Would Give Transfer Students Relief

It has not been an easy year for community college student Eric Guenther. After learning in the same year that his mother had a cancerous brain tumor and his father lost his job, Guenther moved home to help take care of his parents both personally and financially, putting his dream of continuing his engineering education […]

Frustrated Students Lobby in Springfield

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Frustrated Students Lobby in Springfield

Over 300 college students descended on the Illinois General Assembly Thursday, lobbying Springfield legislators to reinstate the guaranteed MAP funds taken away from them this semester. “How can they do this,” asked Roosevelt University student Katie Hoepfner regarding the 5 percent reduction she and over 140,000 Illinois students received in their spring 2011 semester MAP […]

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Theft, Armed Robbery On the Rise in Near North, West Loop

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Theft, Armed Robbery On the Rise in Near North, West Loop

In spite of a slight decrease in crime rates throughout the city of Chicago over the last three years, crime continues to climb in the 27th Ward, and proposed solutions remain varied. Nearly 30,000 crimes were reported in 27th Ward precincts between January and October 2010. More than one-third of these crimes were theft, armed […]

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27th Ward Pushes for More Public Transit

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27th Ward Pushes for More Public Transit

Facing a sluggish economy and rising unemployment rates, political and business leaders in the 27th Ward say economic development — and more public transportation — may be the answer. “We need to work with businesses to grow and create jobs,” said Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. of the West Loop and Near-North Side neighborhoods. “But in […]

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Sweet Home Chicago Almost Home

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Sweet Home Chicago Almost Home

In spite of objections from retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, the Sweet Home Chicago ordinance passed both the Housing/Real Estate and Finance Committee by a 13-8 vote Monday, bringing chief sponsor Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) one step closer to adding affordable housing in his West-Side ward. “Alderman Burnett is the best sponsor I have […]

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CPS, Teachers Union Go Head-to-Head on Standardized Testing

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CPS, Teachers Union Go Head-to-Head on Standardized Testing

Following an impassioned exchange of words at a recent Chicago Public Schools board meeting, CEO Ron Huberman agreed to meet with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to discuss concerns over the amount of mandatory testing conducted in Chicago’s schools. “This excessive regime is boring our kids,” Lewis told Huberman, referencing the 23 required assessment […]

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