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Charter schools remain unaffected by CTU strikes

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Charter schools remain unaffected by CTU strikes

Huddling together for warmth in the 40-degree weather while also trying to stand under the crowd’s sparse umbrellas—acting as the only shelter from the early morning rainstorm—swarms of people unloaded from school buses April 6 and overtook Parking Lot B at U.S. Cellular Field. With opening day for the White Sox two days away, the […]

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Durbin tackles national lead crisis

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Durbin tackles national lead crisis

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Monday called on federal and local government leaders to take greater measures to protect children from lead exposure in city homes and water systems. Nearly 80 percent of Chicago’s homes are connected to lead-containing pipes, according to Durbin’s press release. Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s standards for federally-assisted […]

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Surviving the criminal court beat with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Rummana Hussain

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Surviving the criminal court beat with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Rummana Hussain

The room is small, dusty and full of paperwork. The chairs are plain and look like they’ve been through a few interrogations. The walls are bare. It feels like a jail cell. But after all this is “26th and Cal.” That’s what the regulars call the Criminal Division of the Cook County Courthouse located on […]

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Chicago’s Latino community divided over Alvarez’s defeat

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Chicago’s Latino community divided over Alvarez’s defeat

Alex Rendón could not bring himself to support Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, even though she is the first Latina elected to the top prosecutor job in Chicago. Alvarez lost her reelection bid in the primary on Tuesday. Rendón, 35, recalled how the younger brother of one of his closest friends was “t-boned” by a police […]

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Trump UIC rally shut down by protesters

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Trump UIC rally shut down by protesters

PHOTO/Michael Vadon, 2015 By NADER ALGHOUL Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had to cancel his March 11 Chicago campaign stop at the University of IllinoisChicago Pavilion after hundreds of protesters disrupted the event. The anti-Trump protesters included a diverse group, with Hispanics, whites and African-Americans, Muslims and pro-Palestinians taking over the event. Black Lives Matters […]

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Domestic Violence in the Arab-American Community

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Domestic Violence in the Arab-American Community

Domestic violence is a problem that affects all communities. In the Arab American community, however, it is also taboo, always kept behind closed doors because culturally, it is a shame to let the people know what’s going on at your home. But awareness about domestic violence is increasing. In fact, some women in the Arab […]

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Law enforcement officials urge Springfield to end budget stalemate

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Law enforcement officials urge Springfield to end budget stalemate

Law enforcement officials from around the state converged on Springfield Wednesday to urge the governor and legislators to end their budget stalemate in order to fund anti-crime programs for youth. States attorneys and police chiefs blamed both Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratically-controlled Legislature for the nine-month stalemate. Many state-funded programs and local nonprofits […]

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