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Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

Life hasn’t been easy for Enester Amerson, a 60-year-old retired engineer from Chicago who is a U.S. veteran from the Vietnam war. Since then, he’s battled depression and life’s obstacles until he found refuge at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, Illinois. “From 2012 to 2014, I had three different jobs and I […]

Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

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Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

A week after the proposed state pension cuts failed to pick up the Republican votes needed to pass, lawmakers, unions leaders and business groups made their final push in the month-long negotiation over the workers’ compensation cuts – another divisive bill in Sen. John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) ‘grand bargain’ package intended to end the state budget […]

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A Brayzillian Savannah

When makeup artist Brayzill Stevenson, 33, was just eight-years-old, he decided that painting the half-renovated basement of his family’s Joliet home would be his first creative solo project. Without his mother’s permission, he purchased the paint himself, and threw the contents from their cans, leaving vibrant splatters all over the walls and floors. “I didn’t […]

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Paw prints on the sidewalk: Residents take advantage of South Loop dog parks

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Paw prints on the sidewalk: Residents take advantage of South Loop dog parks

Mia, a three-year-old shepherd mix dog, knows that every day when her owner, South Loop resident John Macchione, comes home from work they are going to Fred Anderson dog park. “This is Mia’s favorite thing. I’ve never seen or had any bad experiences out here,” Macchione said. “That’s why I moved to this neighborhood in […]

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Veterans in America: A Community in Crisis

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Veterans in America: A Community in Crisis

Enester Amerson has a warm smile and kind brown eyes. He was a high school athlete back in the day; he ran cross country and won multiple awards and trophies playing basketball. Basketball is still important to him, apparent by the Oklahoma City Thunder cap on his head. He proudly described himself as “60 years […]

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Not Just a Journalist: Q & A With Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens

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Not Just a Journalist: Q & A With Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens

Heidi Stevens, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s Life and Style section, embodies the meaning of “balancing act,” which also happens to be the title of her daily column. Stevens is a true Chicagoan whose writing style is as real as her genuine and humble personality. As a wife, mother and writer, Stevens shares her […]

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Poor nursing home care persists despite new administration, more staff

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Poor nursing home care persists despite new administration, more staff

Residents were wearing old and oversized clothes. Some had no shoes or only one on. One resident had personal belongings overflowing from her dresser onto the floor. Paint buckets, janitor wastebaskets and medicine carts cluttered the hallways. Residents had little space to roam. They were packed tightly around small dining tables and in a dreary […]

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